Friday, 03 January 2020 - Imphal Times

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Mumbai, Jan 3

BJP MP from Mumbai North constituency Gopal Shetty has sought disqualification of members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, who are indulging in misinformation campaign about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA), NRC and NPR, in breach of the oath taken by them in front of the Speaker.
In a letter dated December 30, 2019 written to the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Shetty has pointed out that every member of Parliament takes an oath of true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India, under Article 99 and Third schedule of the Constitution. They are expected to uphold the integrity and sovereignty of the country. Despite this different elected representatives, through street protests, media interviews are spreading a false canard that the CAA is “anti-Muslims”.
The Article 99 (Oath or affirmation by members) stipulates that every member of either House of Parliament shall, before taking his seat, make and subscribe before the President, or some person appointed in that behalf by him, an oath or affirmation according to the form set out for the purpose in the Third Schedule. This article deals with “conduct of business”.
They are spreading the lies that “CAA is against Muslim community, it is against Dalits and SC/STs, the act seeks to divide the people based on religion, because of the CAA the constitution is in danger and the Muslims will be thrown out of India and their citizenship will be taken away. This is a bundle of lies and shows irresponsible behavior of the some of the members of the Parliament.
In reply to the members queries Union Home Minister Amit Shah has given a detailed reply in the Parliament. Yet the misinformation campaign continues. Such lies are affecting integrity and sovereignty of India, Shetty, who is also a member of the Textile/finance committees of Lok Sabha, stated and deplored the behavior of certain members.
The CAA includes the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians, whereas it omits Muslims and Srilankan Tamils. The CAA 2019 passed by the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019 seeks to give citizenships to  migrants who had entered India by 31 December 2014, and had suffered “religious persecution or fear of religious persecution” in their country of origin. Nowhere the act mentions about the people, regardless of their religion, already residing in India, for the years together.

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Imphal, Jan 3

Medical Directorate of the Government of Manipur has directed the Directors of both RIMS and JNIMS not to accept reports of 28 private diagnostic laboratories which are functioning in the state of Manipur without valid registration.

Private diagnostic laboratories are mandatory to register under the Manipur Nursing Homes and Clinics Registered Act, 1992 (MNHCR Act) and Rules, 1993. As per the directives of the Director of Medical & Health Services, Government of Manipur, any private diagnostic laboratories which runs without registration can be penalized fine or imprisonment.

“In provision of Section 3 of the Manipur Nursing Homes and Clinics registration Act, 1992 , no person shall carry on nursing home or clinic unless it has been duly registered under this Act. & under Section 6 of the same Act, whoever contravenes the provisions of Section 3 shall, on conviction be punished with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or in case of a second or subsequent offence, with imprisonment for a term which extend to six months or fine which may extend to two thousand rupees or with both.”

The Director of Medical & Health Services, Government of Manipur, has directed both the directors of RIMS and JNIMS to inform all concern departments not to accept any reports of laboratory investigations by the private diagnostic laboratories without valid registration.

The 28 (twenty eight) private diagnostic laboratories are – Lamphel X-Ray (RIMS road) Public X-Ray (RIMS road), Global Diagnostics (RIMS road), Leima Diagnosis (Porompat), Radical Diagnostics (Porompat), A.M Diagnostic Centre (Porompat Kongkham leikai), Sangai Clinic Diagnostic and Research centre (Khurai Chingangbam Leikai), Siroi Diagnostic Centre, Soibam Leikai Ayangpalli Road), Public X-Ray & Clinical Lab. (RIMS RD), Lifeline Diagnostic Centre (Thangmeiband Polem Leikai), Dudu Diagnostic Centre (RIMS Road0, Toto Diagnostic Centre (Singjamei Parking , Chinga Diagnostic Centre ( Singjamei Chinga Mathak), Supriya Diagnostic Centre (Clinic) (Thoubal Achouba), Sanasam X-Ray and Laboratory (Thoubal, near District Hospital), Seba X-Ray) (Thoubal near district hospital), Public health Clinic & Diagnostic ( Near Bishnupur District Hospital), Tombimacha Diagnostic Centre (Nambol Chingmang), Shine Laboratory Clinic ( Moirang, Kumbi Parking), Community Care Centre of Smart (Lab) (Moreh Bazar), Excel Diagnostic Centre ( Churachandpur ), New Clinic ( Churachandpur ), Eden Clinic ( Churachandpur ),Omega Diagnostic Centre ( Churachandpur  IB Road), Royal Diagnostic Centre ( Churachandpur ), Jerusalem Clinic ( Salemveng Lamka , CCP) , Unique Diagnostic Centre (I.B. Road near DH, CCP) and Advance Diagnostics (I.B. Road, near CCP Govt. H/S).

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Imphal, Jan 3

BJP will begin a 10-day mass contact drive from Sunday to mobilise support for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Briefing media at BJP headquarters in New Delhi today, party general secretary Dr Anil Jain said, BJP president and Home Minister Amit Shah will join the drive in Delhi.
He said, working President JP Nadda will start the drive in Ghaziabad. Rajnath Singh will join the drive in Lucknow and Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur. Mr Jain said, all leading faces of the party, ranging from Union ministers to organisational leaders will travel to various parts of the country during the drive. He said, during the campaign party leaders and workers will contact, three crore families to rally support for the CAA.
As part of its programme, the BJP has launched a toll-free number  8866288662 for people to give missed calls to register their endorsement of the law.
Jain said, people will be urged to take to social media to voice their support for the law during the campaign. He said, party leaders have already been holding public meetings and press conferences over the issue as they work to counter the opposition’s campaign against the amended citizenship law.

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Imphal, Jan 3

Civil body ACOAM-Lup Kangleipak has appealed the government authority to solve the issue of the FCI labourers by holding a dialogue with the agitating labourers. A statement of the civil body said that the solution should be amicable and should not hurt the sentiment of the labourers who are engaging in peaceful democratic agitation.

The statement also urged both the Food Cooperation of India (PCI) and the Union Ministry of CAF & PD to abide by the agreement (MoU) signed between the two in 2010-11 and 2012-13. As per the MoU the National Productivity Council had submitted a report regarding the condition of the labourers. Another independent study on the Man Power Planning, Induction policy among others was conducted by Delloite Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. after the signing of the 2012-13 MoU.  The recommendation is being under observation by a Board level Sub-Committee  of the FCI, the statement added.

The ACOAM Lup Kangleipak said that the recommendation should be properly look into by the authority and should take immediate action to solve the issue of the FCI workers who are presently facing taught time.

The organization appealed the authority to abide by the agreement in solving the issues of the labourers of the FCI Manipur.

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Imphal, Jan 3:

Should women be confined to household chores or are they limited with only some work like weaving as their only means to earn livelihood as the patriarchal Manipuri society classified works that are supposed to be done by women and men? The predominated mindsets of women that suppress them from picking up of jobs of their choice have been social lacunae since the past many years. But not everything remains the same in some part of the state. Womenfolk of  Kairembikhok village in Thoubal district dares classification of jobs between male and female and chose carpentry jobs as a means of livelihood.

Women of this village now become a role model of the state by earning awesome income which is more than enough to support their respective family. It is not that the women of this village set up carpentry that are exclusively for women but these women joined their male family members and equally contributed even much better from the male counterpart when it comes to elegancy and aestheticism of the carpentry products.

While picking the carpentry works these women of Kairembikhok village never left out their household chores that are traditionally followed in Manipuri society since time immemorial.

Interestingly what provoked the women folk from joining the carpentry work is that almost all families of the village lives on carpentry job.

Seleibam Ibecha Devi a lady carpenter, while talking to Imphal Times said that the women first entered to this profession as helper. What we women did was helping in burnishing or painting and the amount they earn for the kind of service was from Rs. 300 to 400. However, as some started learning the skill of carpentry job they are able to help in decorative furniture items like table, bed, almirah etc. Ibecha added. 

Kairembikhok Village is located at a foothill which is about 9 Km east from Thoubal district head quarter. It has a total household of around 100 and the total voter in this village is around 1500. The village has a government primary school where a student can study upto class 5. After completion of the primary school students of this village have to go either at Wangjing , Khangabok or Thoubal for further study.  A Primary Health Sub Centre set up in this village some 30 years back survives with no staffs, building and without even a signboard.


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Imphal, Jan 3

A team of Moreh battalion Assam Rifles have recovered contraband drugs near border pillar 78 on Jan 2.
According to report troops of Chavangphai outpost Assam Rifles was round the clock for area domination along the border on the eve of New year. Around 9pm the team spotted an unknown individual suspected to be Myanmar national, trying to sneaked into Indian side. When the AR team challenged him on suspicious the person retreated back and immediately fled towards Myanmar side. The individual dropped a bag while fleeing towards Myanmar side.
On thorough checking the bag, the AR team recovers 05 packets of suspected Methamphetamine ( Ice drug) weighing approx 5 kg and valued around Rs. 3.75 crore.
The recovered drugs were handed over to Moreh police station for necessary legal action.

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Friday, 03 January 2020 17:10

Krishi Karman Award for Manipur !

Manipur’s Chief Minister received Krishi Karman Award, 2017-18 for the highest production of food grains amongst those states who produce less than ten lakh tonnes of food grain. The award should have made us feel that Manipur is doing better now in agriculture. However, the devil lies in the details of the latest economic survey report of Manipur. When we look closely at the details of food grain production and the crop production of the past years, we not only see an increase in production but also an increasing amount of suffering for the producers who actually toiled for this award.
The food grain production has increased by 3.14 percent, from 504.78 to 520.65 thousand tonnes. 98 percent of food grain that the state produced in 2017-18 is rice. If we go in the details of the matter, we see that the farm price, which the cultivator in the villages get for settling their paddy, has declined for both autumn and winter paddy between 2016-17 and 2017-18. For autumn paddy, it declined from Rs. 1593 to 1550 per quintal and from Rs. 1636 to Rs. 1612 per quintal for winter paddy. It reveals that the increase production of paddy coincides with a decline in farm prices. More production means more supply; therefore we should expect a decline in the retail prices.  However, on the contrary the average retail price of local rice increased from Rs. 3200 per quintal in 2017 to Rs. 3300 per quintal in 2018, reaching upto Rs 3800 in the month of December 2018. We gain more clarity on the matter when we look at the wholesale prices of milled rice, it increased from Rs. 2875 in 2017 to Rs. 3117 to 2018 per quintal.  This indicates that those who are trading in rice have benefited more than the consumers who are buying the rice from the retail shops, even with increased production. It shows that the increased production is not bringing the price of the milled rice down.
If we want to look at the situation of the farmers and cultivators, we should look at the gross state domestic product data and net state domestic product data at constant prices for crop production for 2016-17 and 2017-18 in the latest economic survey report. The principal crops which the economic survey mentions are paddy, maize, mustard seeds, chilies, ginger, potato, cabbage, cauliflower, banana, pineapple, papaya and sugarcane.  Prices at which farmers sell  only potato, cabbage, cauliflower and maize have increased for the respective years. For mustard seeds, ginger, banana, pineapple, papaya and sugarcane, the prices which farmers get for selling these crops have declined between 2016-17 and 2017-18. The prices which farmers get for selling banana between 2016-17 and 2017-18 have declined, from Rs. 3356 per quintal to Rs 2844. We see a sharp decline in mustard seed farm prices also, from Rs. 4200 to Rs 3000 per  quintal. Given this, the gross state domestic product at constant prices, which saw a steady increase between 2011 and 2015, has declined from 144305 Lakhs in 2016-17 to 137804 Lakhs in 2017-18. The negative growth in GSDP for crop production is more than 4.5 percent. And, the NSDP at constant prices declined more than 6 percent between 2016-17 to 2017-18. However, it was steady increasing between 2011 to 2015.
These numbers clearly reveals that even though there is an increased production of food grains for which the state gets the Krishi Karman Award, there is negative growth in GSDP and NSDP for crop production. Further, it does not make sense to attribute the decline in net and gross state domestic product for crops to either surging or declining armed conflict given the numbers. So, we must look for the answer in some other direction.
Krishi Karman Award should not cover the things which the recent Good Governance Index revealed. Manipur came last in the good governance index amongst the NE and Hill state. If we look at the methodology for preparing the index, performance in agriculture and allied sectors is one indicator. In agriculture and allied sectors performance, Manipur came last according to the Good Governance Index. The performance in agriculture and allied sector is prepared using the data of growth in the sector, food grain production, horticulture production, milk and meat production and crop insurance which the cultivators and farmers get from the government.  The agriculture and allied sector has seen negative growth when we see the GSDP and NSDP data at constant prices. On top of that, the national crop insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, does not cover Manipur at all along with Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. We have more to worry about. As per report published by the Hindu on its May 17, 2019, it seems that the scheme has failed. The central government has only spent Rs. 8 crores out of Rs. 1400 crores earmarked for this scheme till the mid of 2019. The state is facing huge problems in agriculture and allied sectors given these issues. The people of Manipur should be intelligent enough to understand that we need to do a lot more in agriculture and allied sector so that we can appreciate ourselves. We need to produce more than 1 lakh tonnes of food grain in order to become self sufficient in food grain production, according to economic survey data. We should first cast away the devil in the details, then we should go for thabal chongba. Otherwise, it is not very intelligent.

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Friday, 03 January 2020 17:06

The Brutal Annihilation of ‘Lidice’

In June 1942, the Czechoslovakian town of Lidice was destroyed by Nazi occupying forces in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, a high ranking Nazi official. The men of the town were killed, most of the children were sent to gas chambers and the women were sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp. Chalamba Kshetri revisits the brutal annihilation of the town by Nazis.

The World first learned about Lidice via a brutally detached Nazi radio announcement broadcast the day after the attack. “All male inhabitants have been shot. The women have been transferred to a concentration camp. The children have been taken to educational centres. All houses of Lidice have been leveled to the Ground, and the names of this community have been obliterated”.
In 2nd World War, in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, the Lidici massacre was the complete destruction of the village of Lidice, in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, now in Czech Republic.
Operation Anthropoid-
Operation Anthropoid was the code name for the assassination of Schutzstaffel (SS)- Obergruppenfuhrer and Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Reich Main Security office, the combined security service of Nazi Germany. The British trained  Czech resistance fighters attempted assassination of Reinhard Heydrich and later successful in doing so, killing the ‘Right Hand’ of  Hitler- the fuhrer.
Lidice - a Scapegoat?
Lidice was chosen as a target for reprisals in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, because it’s residents were suspected of harbouring local resistance partisans and were falsely associated with aiding team members of Operation Anthropoid. On 10 June 1942, Nazi soldiers entered Lidici and all men of the village were rounded up. The shooting of the men commenced at about 7.00 a.m. At first the men were shot in groups of five, but later proceeded slowly and ordered that ten men be shot at a time. This continued until the afternoon hours when there were 173 dead. Altogether, about 340 people from Lidici were murdered because of German reprisal (192 men, 60 women and 88 children).
Determined to obligate Lidice, the Nazis destroyed every building in sight and even dug up the town’s cemetery. They dumped massacre victims in a mass grave dug by the massacred victims themselves. Pregnant women and babies under the age of one were separated from the others, as were several children with Germanic facial features. German doctors measured the children’s facial features, identifying those with “Aryan” characteristics as candidates for Germanization - a process where suitably feature non - German children were adopted by German families. The village of Lidice was set on fire and the remains of the building destroyed with explosive. All the animals in the village were slaughtered. Lidice was razed to the ground in order to wipe it off the map for ever. News of the tragedy soon reached the rest of the world as it was filmed and broadcast by the Nazis.
Aftermath of the Massacre-
After the war ended, only 153 women and 17 children returned. They were re-housed in a new village of Lidice that was built overlooking the original site, built using money raised by the ‘Lidice Shall Live’ campaigned. An art gallery, which displays permanent and temporary exhibitions, is in the new village 500 metres from the museum. The annual children’s art competition attracts entries from around the world.
Today, Lidice- a small town of about 540 residents, rebuilt alongside a memorial and museum commemorating the tragedy- stands in defiance of the Nazis attempted extermination: 82 larger than life bronze statues , each representing a lost child of Lidice, greet visitor. More than 25,000 roses are planted at the Lidice Memorial rose garden to give new life to the ‘Departed Soul’.

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