Friday, 14 February 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Feb 14

The Budget Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly began today with an address by the state Governor Dr Najma Heptulla. Addressing the House, the Governor said that the government is deeply committed to protecting the interest of the indigenous people of the State.

She termed the implementation of the long-standing demand of the people - the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system as a “landmark” decision. She said for the ILP, which was implemented from January 1 this year, the government is launching online portal for issuing ILP for the larger benefit of the people.

Acknowledging the improvement in the security environment of the State, Dr Heptulla said that “With signing of Memorandum of Understanding with various Insurgent Groups, over 644 cadres have joined the mainstream”.

In her around one hour twenty minutes long speech, the Governor has highlighted various achievements of the government. Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio will present the state’s budget for 2020-21 fiscal later today. The 15-day long Budget session will continue till the 28th of this month and will have eleven sittings.

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Imphal, Feb 14

Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR), while showing serious concerns to the rights of the street vendors here in Imphal says that the ongoing issues has now become a threat to the livelihood of the street vendors.

A statement of the YFPHR said that a communication letter has been submitted to the Chief Minister of Manipur drawing his attention to the problem being faced by the street vendors. The Right body stated that      Since January 15, 2020, the street vendors of Khwairamband Keithel are not allowed to sell any products for the last 29 days till the submission of this letter which has now become a threat to their livelihood.

As per the statement that has brought to the notice of the Chief Minister, the YFPHR said that  there are more than 2000 women Street Vendors earning their daily basic livelihood for their survival and to meet the daily needs of their family and children. The street vendors earn minimum of Rs. 200/- and Rs. 400 – Rs. 500/- at the maximum which is once in a blue moon. Since not allowing the vending by the Government they are facing the hardship to meet their daily basic needs. 

The YFPHR also stated that they have learned that a sum of Rs. 1,300/- to Rs. 2,000/- are now being collected from these suffering women in the name of issuing Street Vendor’s ID Card by some women among the street vendors being an agent of an unknown person assuring the same which is in need to be identified at the earliest.

This was not the ultimate issue, earlier too a sum of Rs. 250/- to Rs. 500/- were informed to have been collected to obtain a street vendor card and nothing such happened till date, it added.  

The Rights body requested the Chief Minister to allow the Street Vending at the earliest to avoid violations of one’s livelihood  by providing compensation for the entire period until allowing the Street vending and also urged to direct the Police department to investigate on the collection of cash from the street vendors in the name of issuing Street Vendor’s ID Card.

The Right body also urged the Chief Minister to formulate proper Street Vendor Policy.

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Imphal, Feb 14

Should we term it as the wisdom of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh or should it be the bridging of misunderstanding between the ruling MLAs, for the first time ruling MLAs along with all the Ministers together had breakfast before the commencement of the budget session which began today. May be such gathering would have happened many timed in the nearly three years old N. Biren Singh government, but this is the first time that a photo of all the ruling legislatures sit together enjoying breakfast before the commencement of the budget session .  

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Friday, 14 February 2020 18:06

UPF’s Mega Marathon on February 16

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Imphal, Feb 14

Mega Marathon Manipur 2020 an annual event organised by United Peoples’ Front with the theme “Run for Nation” in collaboration with Athletic Association of Manipur since 2007, will be held on February 16, 2020.

The 13th edition of the Marathon which was scheduled to be held on November 3 was postponed due to the restive nature of the State, said by Organising Committee Convenor N. Rupachandra United Peoples’ Front (UPF).

He expressed regrets to all athletes, media fraternity, technical and medical staff, clubs, bodies and organisations along the route of the run and some route are change from Khongnang karak to Nagamapal Traffic point , the new route is from Khongnang Karak to 2nd MR road and then Kangla pat and then to Nagamapal . Media committee Chairman M.Takunkumar distributed tracksuit to the media committee members of the Mega Marathon Manipur 2020.

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Guwahati, Feb 14

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses serious concern over an incident of eve-teasing to a senior lady journalist at a place adjacent to Guwahati Press Club in Ambari locality of the city
and demanded necessary action plan to ensure safety and security of every woman in the society.
Mentionable is that the senior lady scribe faced the humiliation on the evening of February 10, 2020 as she was returning from a function at Ravindra Bhawan. A group of people inside a parked vehicle in the locality passed obscene comments targeting her which she responded in a courageous manner.
As she tried to reach them and take a photograph of the number plate of the vehicle, they fled from the scene. However one of their friends was not inside the vehicle and was seen running to catch the vehicle.
The lady scribe asked him about the people inside the vehicle and he answered accordingly.
“We are really shocked that those people inside the vehicle dared to verbally humiliate a lady journalist. It shows their audacity to target women  anywhere anytime as they perhaps start believing that nobody can punish them. The concerned authority should adopt necessary measures to ensure safety and security of each woman in public places,” said a JFA statement.

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Supporting the demand of an indigenous people’s group called Yelhou Mee Thoupei, veteran politician and former MLA Okram Joy Singh today said that he is ready to lead the organisation in spearheading the agitation demanding for a government resolution to announce “Sanamahi’ religion as minority religion in the ongoing state assembly session.

‘’ I  will throng with the Yelhou Mee Thoupei to the  Manipur Legislative Assembly  if the issue of Sanamahi religion is not discussed and announced as a minority religion in the ongoing budget session’’, the seasoned politician O Joy  said while speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club today.

He said that the address of the Governor of a state is the statement of the government  and hope that the Sanamahi religion is included in her speech.  He further urged the Government to announce Sanamahi  religion, which is one of the oldest religions  in the South East Asian countries to officially recognise as minority religion before the 2021 census.

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Mumbai, Feb. 14

The police who have managed to bring down the number of anti-CAA protestors by nearly 40 per cent at “Mumbai baug’ in South Mumbai by booking over 300 protestors, has now began serving notices to vendors warning them that they would be held equally responsible if something goes  wrong at Mumbai Bagh.
The notices have been served under section 149 Cr PC to those distributing and delivering food, including bananas, and water to the anti-CAA protesters.
The police on Thursday served notices to several people under the CrPC. A local fruit seller, Ayyaz Shaikh, said that he was served notice under Section 149 for selling bananas to one of the visitors, who wanted to distribute them among protesters. Shaikh fears he may face police action after the protest is over. Section 149 states that “Police to prevent cognizable offences. Every police officer may interpose for the purpose of preventing, and shall, to the best of his ability, prevent, the commission of any cognizable offence”.
The police have already registered a case under section 341, 34 of IPC as well as section 313,314 of the BMC Act against protestors on charges of disrupting BMC’s ongoing road work  by blocking the road and also continuing protests without seeking required police permission, at public place since Republic Day. The police have also sent a notice under Section 107 (security for keeping the peace in other cases) of the CrPC to some of the protestors.
Retired ACP Shamsher Khan Pathan of Mumbai police (retired in 2012) alleged that the police were harassing protesters and said that the police had served a notice under CrPC Section 149 to him as well. Since the police began intimidating the protesters, close to 90 per cent of them have faced action,  one of the organisers Tohaa Qureshi said.
By now most of the vendors who had been distributing food and water to the Mumbai Bagh demonstrators have stopped coming fearing police crackdown. The police are not only serving notices to the protesters and the vendors, but also to those who have been extending  their support to the Mumbai Bagh women. Notices are being given randomly to those who came there to express solidarity with the protesters, advocate Sundeep Narwani, claimed.
It may be recalled that some Muslim women began agitation from the night of Republic Day at Morland Road in Nagpada in South Mumbai and continued it without police permission and despite police suggesting them alternate site to stage agitation. The agitation is being staged on the lines of agitation in Shaheen Baug in Delhi. Many “secular” minded and “left-oriented people have visited Mumbai baug to express solidarity.
The protestors had a meeting with Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Monday after which they agreed to withdraw the agitation. However some of the women came back to the venue saying that the issue was not confined only to Maharashtra, but was applicable to whole of India, the agitation cannot be withdrawn. Besides the Maharashtra Government had not agreed to pass any resolution in the state legislature against CAA/NRC.

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Imphal, Feb 14

Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptullah,  met the NCC cadets of Manipur who were part of NER contingent for RDC 2020 and congratulated them for their outstanding performance in winning RDC 2020 competitions.
While meeting them at Raj Bhawan, the Governor was briefed on these competitions and that the NER contingent had won six of these competitions, namely Flag Area, Guard of Honour, Republic Day Parade, National Integration Awareness Presentation,  Discipline and March Past in Hon’ble Prime Minister’s Rally.
The nine cadets who have done Manipur proud are Sgt Avavei Veikho of DM College of Arts, SUO Purnima Singh of Kha Manipur College, Cpl Nandita Wahengbam of Liberal College, Sgt Yaikhom Nira Chanu, Cdt Y Sachin Singh, Sgt Themchui Keishing and Cdt Mayarchung Chithung all of DM College of Science, Cdt L Albert Mangang of RUDA Academy and Cdt Jodha Leimapokam of Meiti Mayak High School.
Brigadier RS Sethi Group Commander, brought out that participation of cdts in the Republic Day Camp parade and competitions at Delhi marks the pinnacle of a cdts journey in NCC. Cdts go through a tough selection procedure at unit, Group and Directorate levels, and then compete against the best of each of the seventeen NCC Directorates. Winning at this level is indicative of the immense potential of these cdts as future citizens of the nation. He added that such a good performance reaffirms our faith and belief in the sincere and hard working youth of Manipur; and given the right guidance and resources, these children can achieve the impossible.
The cdts were accompanied by their unit officers, school/college principals and the Associate NCC officers.

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Friday, 14 February 2020 17:58

Redefining mob violence

Intolerance, anger, sentiments often drives the human mind to commit serious offenses that are self-justified. A similar offense, when committed by a group of unorganized people denouncing any anti-social or inhuman activities of one or two persons without giving a chance for a fair trial, is often coined as ‘Mob Justice’. But in reality, this is “Mob Violence”.
Arson, assault, lynching, humiliation, destroying of properties, ostracizing and attacking the family members of the person committing anti-social or inhuman activities are the nature of activities committed by the group of unorganized people in the name of dispensing justice.
Mob violence in the name of dispensing justice is becoming very common in India. Countless incidents of mob violence in the name of delivering justice happened across the country and in the state of Manipur. What is interesting is that almost all the nature of violence or action by an unorganized group of people call ‘mob’ in the name delivering justice across the country look alike.
 Vandalizing of hospital or doctors’ residence over the death of patient, humiliation by parading in public or tonsuring of women either for committing adultery or indulging in anti-social activities like using drugs, selling alcohol, ostracizing and destroying of houses of alleged criminals, etc. are common form of mob violence happening in the state of Manipur. The growing phenomenon is worrisome as even accused produced in the courtroom are not spared.
But is the action of the mob justified? Forget about taking the law in hand, the kind of action turns out to be another heinous offense which impacts not only the wrongdoers but also to many innocent lives. 
Many fathers, mothers, brothers, wives, and children become the victim of the mob action as they had to spend a painful life for the crime committed by their son, father, brother or husband. There were instances that minor children were punished by leaving them as an orphan after their parents were lynched to death for a crime they had committed. The fact is that those minor children know nothing about the kind of crime committed by their parents.
There were instances that an innocent had to undergo a painfully and humiliated life after he became a victim of mob violence. Judged and prosecuted by a mob, the person was punished in charge of murdering his own wife who was later found alive having a joyful life with another husband. What is more interesting is that the person was even jailed for the crime that he had never committed.
It may be mentioned that in August 2011, Laishram Chaoba of Tentha Marongband in Thoubal district reported missing of his wife at Thoubal police station. About three days later a dead body of a woman was found at Ithai Barrage. The family and relative of the missing women then charged Laishram Chaoba and his family of murdering their daughter and forcibly cremated in the courtyard of the accused. The accused husband pleaded the hurriedly formed JAC not to cremate the dead body as he protested the dead body as not of his wife. Laishram Chaoba and his father were charged with murdering the lady and later released on bail. After four years Laishram Chaoba found his wife living a new life with another partner at Nongdam Tangkhul Village in Ukhrul district. The case has been carpeted without undergoing any discussion on what would compensate the Laishram Chaoba and his Father.
Mistrust and lack of confidence in the judicial system are perhaps some of the reasons why the public indulges in mob violence. Or maybe, the people are less aware of the existing law.
More or less, Manipur society is slowly heading towards this culture as a direct consequence of the mistrust in the system, mistrust in the law and order, a dysfunctional society where everyone seeks justice, but no one is ready to take the ownership and responsibilities for their actions, where everyone is ready to blame others, but no one wants to listen about their own mistakes and shortcomings.
Saying so, the public cannot be entirely blamed for the upsurge in mob violence. Various crime associated factors like poverty, unemployment in the state are also leading to the upsurge of mob violence. This is perhaps because when people feel insecure because of the crime, and for that matter robbery, they will defend and protect themselves by resorting to violent acts of instant justice.
Moreover, in our society mob violence is considered a deviant behavior but not necessarily a crime.
Critics blamed the law enforcers and the justice delivery system of the country for the kind of fall out. There were times when people had completely lose faith in the law enforcers as well as the justice delivery system and that was one reason for the mob to throng into action instead of waiting for the law enforcers to act.
The rampant mob violence drew serious attention of the government of Manipur. On November 8, 2018, the government of Manipur passed The Manipur Protection from Mob Violence Ordinance 2018. There were several criticisms from various sectors including media houses over the accountability of the ordinance. However, many have been put behind the bar under the ordinance for indulging in mob violence.
Still then the government need more intention no make sure that justice is delivered to all citizens.

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Mumbai, Feb 14

While 138 Indians (with two confirmed cases of Novel Corona Virus) are stranded on luxury cruise liner” Diamond Princess” quarantined in the port of Yokohama in Japan, a woman security officer from Mumbai, on board the ship, has sent an SOS to Union Government urging it to rescue stranded Indians immediately.
Sonali Thakur (24) working as a security officer, speaking to a TV channel here, through video caller, stated that the situation on board the ship was fast deteriorating and if it continued, the outcome would be worst. The infection is spreading and it will soon grapple others, she said.
Sonali was placed in isolation on Monday, a week after the ship docked at Yokohoma on February 3. “We are scared that the infection is spreading so fast that we could also become one of them. We don’t want to. The situation on the cruise ship has worsened, compounded by the delay in getting results on coronavirus tests being performed on passengers.
“We want the Indian government to take us back to India and isolate us there. Or at least send some more medical staffers across to help these people with the tests. We want to go home,” she said.
Sonali said that she has already informed her friends and family in Mumbai about her situation. “They are really worried about me and want me to get back home. They are praying day and night for me, and that’s all they can do from their side. I just want to tell my parents to stay strong, stay positive. Your girl is going to be back soon.”
In all 3711 people, including 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members have been quarantined in the port of Yokohama.They include 138 Indians. The ship masters have said that the quarantine will end by 19 February, 2020, unless there are any unforeseen developments. The ship remains anchored after a passenger from Hongkong was found infected, when the ship arrived at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan.
Ten new confirmed cases were reported on Thursday, thus taking the total number of confirmed cases on board the ship to 175, at least 10 of those are crew members. Although authorities had said that they would release some passengers to shore to finish their two-week quarantine, no one is allowed to disembark, Thakur said.
The cruise line has tested over 490 of the more than 3,700 passengers and crew on the ship so far. Japanese Health Ministry has said that more tests will follow in the coming days. However passengers feel that the quarantine should end.
Existing visas, including eVisa, issued to mainland China nationals before 5 February by India have been invalidated. Passengers who have been in mainland China after 15 January are not allowed to enter with any visa into India. The state-owned carrier Air India has suspended flights to Shanghai and reduced service to Hong Kong. InterGlobe Aviation Ltd-led IndiGo has also suspended its services to Chengdu and Hong Kong.
In the meanwhile US based “Moody’s Investors Service” in its report has stated that banks will take maximum hit if Coronavirus crisis prolongs. The people will travel less and economic growth and employment conditions will weaken in these economies in general and those dependent on foreign travellers in particular.
“Whilst travel to and from mainland China accounts for less than 4% of total Asia-Pacific passengers, the financial impact on airports is larger than suggested by passenger numbers, as they typically generate substantively higher revenue from international passengers than from domestic ones,”, the report stated.
“If the outbreak of the coronavirus intensifies and the disruptions stemming from it are not contained in the next few months, it will hurt the asset quality and profitability of banks in the Asia-Pacific region. Banks will face credit losses from exposures to weaker companies. Factory closures in China will disrupt supply chains, particularly in electronics and automotive sectors, which are already impacted by it.

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