Sunday, 16 February 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Feb 16

Marathon runner Kh Roshan bagged the winner’s title while S Premila retained her winner’s title of the 13th Mega Marathon Manipur in the men’s and women’s open category today. The annual mega marathon was organized by United People’s Front Manipur under the aegis of Athletic Association of Manipur(AAM).Roshan, a personnel of 3rd Assam Regiment Shillong clocked 1 hr 06 min 32 sec to bag first position in the men’s of the 21.5 kms long half marathon while S Premila of Yairipok Kekru Mayai Leikai also under Thoubal district reach the finishing line in 1 hr 21 min 08 sec to bag the first position in women’s category. Both the athletes also won a cash prize of Rs 40,000 each. Another athlete Y Inao,also from 3rd Assam Regiment  (1hr 06 min 38 sec) and Romajit Kh of Khundrakpam(1 hr 06 min 43 sec) finished the second and third positions of the men’s category.

In the women’s category H Bhumeswaori Devi of Sports authority of India touched the finishing line in 1 hr 22 min 58 sec and bag the second position while Th Babita of Yairipok under Thoubal district reached in 1 hr 26 min 17 sec to bag the third position in the same category of this year’s event. The second position holders of the marathon also got a cash prize of Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively. The other position holder’s runners (4th to 15th rank position holders) of both the men’s and women’s competition which was participated by a good number of athletes, also went home richer with a cash prizes of Rs 3000 each. The prizes were distributed during the closing function of the marathon which was attended by Director Of Social Welfare Ngangom Uttam Singh, President of United People’s Front W Second and President of AAM Leishangthem Ajit besides other prize donors. Youth affairs and sports commissioner Bobby Waikhom and the key functionaries of organizing body and others also present during the day’s marathon flagging off ceremony held at Khuman Lampak sports complex in the morning.

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Imphal, Feb. 16

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the government is committed to render human service and work for the welfare of the people regardless of their political affiliation, caste, creed, religion etc. This was stated by him at the inauguration of Staff Quarter, Community Health Centre at Haoreibi Makha Leikai, Lilong today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that the State government fully endorsed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. He opined that when we uplift the lives of the poor people then there will be peace, prosperity and development in the State. The purpose of doing politics is to help each other and to gain mutual respect and trust among all the communities living in the society, he added. He informed that his aim is to build a strong and cordial relationship between the communities.
The Chief Minister further stated that the present government has fulfilled every promise made to the people. Emphasizing on various welfare schemes introduced by the government, Chief Minister said that after conducting survey about the status of people in the minority inhabited areas of the State, the government has identified beneficiaries who can be benefited from various welfare schemes.  CMHT, PMJAY cards have been distributed after organising various camps in these areas. The government has also constructed above 1000 houses in the Lilong area under PMAY, he added. He appreciated the people of Lilong for fighting collectively against drug menace in the area.
N. Biren Singh maintained that transit accommodation for Doctors, Teachers and Nurses are being constructed at 19 places in hill districts of the State. Some of them will be inaugurated soon, he added. With the support of the people, the government could deliver good governance, bridged the gap between hills and valley in the State. In the next 5-10 years, the State would be transformed into ‘Golden Land’ with the present pace of the government, he assured.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri L. Jayantakumar appealed the doctors and nurses to render their service with sincerity and dedication while treating the patients. He maintained that collective efforts are needed for inclusive development in state. He said that the government would extend every possible support to improve the infrastructure of the CHC. He further said that Geriatric, Palliative care unit will also be installed in the CHC soon.
  The newly inaugurated Staff Quarters at CHC was constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakaram (PMJVK) funded by Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India and Department of Minority Affairs, Government of Manipur with a ratio of 90:10 with a total cost of Rs. 342.07 crores. The quarter consists of rooms for patients, doctors, nurses, medical store room, patient attendant room, conference hall etc.

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By - Deborah Phijam

Imphal, Feb 16

A one day International  Workshop on Alternative  Plants for Opium –Poppy was held at VC ‘s Court Hall, Manipur University today. The workshop was jointly organised by Department of Forestry and Science, Manipur  University , Canchipur and South East Asia Centre for Agricultural Sciences and Humanities [SEACASH] under the aegis of the Apunba Imagi Machasing [AIMS], Manipur and Marjing Industries Private Limited ,Imphal , Manipur.

“ The only thing to restraint the poor cultivator from growing poppy is not to be done only by the law but has to be done by  giving alternative plantation or giving  them work with adequate income” said MLA Yengkhom Surchandra Singh who attended as the Chief Guest of the inaugural session of the workshop.

He said that  If opium or ganja can be used for production of medicines government should allow cultivators to plant it by providing them license in connivance with pharmaceutical companies for production of medicine  to benefit both the society and the cultivators , the MLA said.

Supporting the suggestions made by Th Brinda  Addl SP of the Narcotic and Affairs of Border, few days back for growing Ganja replacing opium  ,Yambem Laba,senior journalist said that it has become high time for CBI not to delay furthermore in giving punishment to the drug traffickers and he further said that why the people who were supposed to be the one to tell others not to do but they have become the one who are involved in drug trafficking.

Sharing the past vivid experiences of 30 years in Myanmar,Mr .Yataku Agatsuma ,chairman ,Alternative plant for Opium poppy, Sendai, Japan, said that  grapes ,coffee or ginseng can be alternative crops for poppy plantation.

Pradip Phanjoubam , Editor, FPSJ, Review of Arts and Politics said that the government have to search and block  the bigger market which the drugs  were supplying.

Speaking about the reasons of poppy opium plantation in Manipur, Dr.H. Birakumar singh ,senior principal scientist, CSIR-NEIST, Imphal said that the government needed to substitute the poppy opium plantation by different plants like medicinal and aromatic plants, lemon grass and citronella etc.

The workshop was also attended by MLA L.Radhakishore Singh, Prof. Amar Yumnam, L. Meghachandra , Principal Scientist ICAR - RC NEC and other scientist  and academicians, from Japan.


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Imphal, Feb. 16

All Manipur Student’s Union (AMSU) has stated that the student body will be taken up various programme to maintain  and improve quality education in the state.
A statement by the student’s body said that even as there seems some improvement in the conduct of class X and Class XII examination conducted by the BOSEM and COHSEM in the last few years , however the examination still lack in meeting the goal to improve human resources.
The statement said that beside conducting the examination in a proper way it is also a need to improve the teaching - learning process round the year.
Even though mass copying during class X and XII examination seems to have perished at many examination centers such culture still is continuing at some examination center , the AMSU said. In this situation even though there is no need for paying inspection visit to all the school AMSU definitely feel it necessary to visit some examination center for the class X and XII.  
  For that matter AMSU is setting up a Special task force to look into the matter , said the statement signed by                                                                                                                               Bruce Pebam,  Secretary HRD, AMSU Headquarters.

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Mumbai, Feb 16

Chaos ensued in a housing society at Chembur in North East Mumbai, after a local resident shot a video of a 23-year-old Naga woman suspecting her to be a Chinese national suffering from novel coronavirus and circulated it online.
The 23-year-old woman, who was donning a mask, had just arrived in Mumbai from Nagaland, to visit a friend staying in the society on February 10. The Naga woman, a video-blogger, arrived in Chembur around 8.30 PM and was ringing the apartment’s doorbell, when, to her surprise, a male resident of the building started shooting her while trying to engage her in a conversation.
Subsequently that neighbour who had video graphed the visiting woman, passed it on to the l owner of the flat, who had gone to Kerala, .in which the host is residing. Within minutes (at about 8.57 PM), the host, received the video from her Kerala-based owner, who questioned her about the visitor.
The host, is also a 23-year-old woman, from Nagaland studying at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in North East Mumbai. She had been staying in the flat for a year. “I was shocked to see the video, where my friend, who had just arrived from the airport, was filmed by my neighbour. When I confronted him, it led to a major argument. His wife even asked my friend to leave the building,” she said.
 ”My neighbour claimed that he assumed my friend to be Chinese, and since she was wearing a mask, he thought she was infected with the coronavirus,” the TISS student said, adding that after she tried to tell him that it amounted to “racial discrimination” the fight escalated. Her friend eventually went away to stay with another acquaintance. The TISS student intends to lodge a complaint with the institute’s North East Students’ Forum.
In similar incident on 14 February, a residential colony at Malabar Hill in South Mumbai, had  pressed the panic button and sought the intervention of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), thinking one of its residents, who works in Singapore and had recently returned from Sri Lanka, was infected.  Ever since the coronavirus broke out in China’s Wuhan, instances of race-based discrimination have been reported from the world over.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, 11 persons suspected to be infected were admitted and kept under observation in Maharashtra. They included 5 in Kasturba Hospital(Mumbai), 3 in Naidu Hospital( Pune) and 3 in District Hospital (Sangli). The patients in Kasturba included a crew member (Philippines national) of the “Fred. Olsen Cruise Liner “ Boudicca””. The cruise liner arrived in Mumbai on Saturday.
“He was suffering from cold and fever and as such he was admitted to the hospital. However  his condition is stable. There are 824 personnel, including crew and passengers, on board the ship. They all are safe, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said.
In Maharashtra,till now 49 out of 60 patients admitted to different hospitals, have been discharged. Besides, the health condition of 193 passengers was monitored and 137 passengers were given clean chit after 14 days of surveillance. Also, till date a thermal test was conducted on 34,283 passengers at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. Maharashtra  has 39 isolation wards and 361 beds, he added.
In the meanwhile Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist with the Johns Hopkins University Centre for Health Security, Baltimore, USA has said that certain environmental conditions including cold weather and humidity is conducive to the transmission of viruses.
In Wuhan province in China, the epicentre of coronavirus, the temperature had been in the region of 6-8 degree Celsius, for about a month. In such cold temperature, the transmission of viruses takes place within 15 seconds. The virus cannot last in the temperature of 30 degrees and above. As such the scientists world over are hoping that onset of summer may bring in relief from the infection.

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L. Ibomcha Singh
Former Secretary (Law)

On hearing the news of the notification of the adaptation of Laws (Amendment) order, 2019 extending Inner Line in Manipur by the Hon’ble President of India notified in the official gazette of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on December 11,2019, the people of Manipur had overwhelming joy. However, on minute scrutiny of 5the adaption order, the said joy was short-lived. There is a serious legal flaws the adaption order made by the Hon’ble President. It is a great pain and sorrow to see such legal loop holes in the said order. It seems that Union Government had wrongly exercise such power to issued such order under clause (2) of Article 372 of constitution of India. For  matters where the Hon’ble President has to exercise the legislative powers under the constitution, such casualness should not be shown by the Union Government.
To point out such legal flaws in the adaptation order are not with mala-fide intention to tarnish the image of the Hon’ble President and the union Government, but to protect and uphold the highest constitutional office of the Hon’ble President. It is due to the Union Government dealing with the matter in a hasty and casual manner without consulting and seeking proper legal advice from the appropriate legal experts.
The fact is that the Adaptation of laws (Amendment) order,2019 was issued by the Hon’ble President on 11th December,2019 in exercise of power conferred under clause (2) provides that  the Hon’ble President may for the purpose of bringing the provisions of any Law is force in the territory of India into accord with the provisions and modifications of such law as may be necessary or expedient and specify the date from which the same would
 be effective where upon such law will be effective there from, subject to such adaptation and modifications. However, in view of the provisions of clause 3 (a) of the article 372, Hon’ble President can exercise the powers under clause (2) not beyond three years from the commencement of the constitution, i.e. the twenty sixth day of November, 1949. This is not an opinion but legal proposition based on factual legal provisions. This is not an opinion but legal proposition based on factual legal provisions. In this context, Hon’ble Supreme Court in civil appeal no .4918 of 1984 decided on April 1994 (state of Sikkim vs. Surendra Prasad Sharma and others) observed that, “ Article 372 (3) (a) makes it clear that this special power conferred on the President is transitory in nature and will not enure beyond three years from the commencement of the constitution”.
In view of the above discussion, the Hon’ble  President should not have exercised his power under the said provision as per mandate of the constitution of India. Therefore, the present adaptation order for extension of ILP to Manipur is unconstitutional ,void and has no force of law. what will be the fate of the action taken on the basis of the said impugned adaptation order is very annoying.
Now , the only alternative actions to be taken by the union government to tide over from the present impasse is to introduce a Bill in ILP in the current session of the Parliament for validating the impugned adaptation order by inserting a validation clause for saving all the actions taken under the said impugned order from the date of its notification.
We want a strong ILP not a paper tiger.
For anything against the interest of the state Government and its people, we can’t remain as a mute spectator , we have to raise our voice to rectify such mistakes failing which our future generation will spit on our graveyards.
It is my earnest appeal to all the civil societies and the stakeholders to remain clam without resorting to any agitations. We may have our trust and hope to the Union Government.

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Sunday, 16 February 2020 17:17

Yet another anti-CAA morcha in Mumbai

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Mumbai Feb 16

While anti-CAA agitations are going in some part of the country or other, a massive anti-CAA-NRC-NPR morcha, was organised by  Maharashtra chapter”National Alliance against CAA-NRC-NPR” at Azad Maidan in South Mumbai on Saturday evening.
Thousands of people, including a large number of women, participated in the morcha, amid recitation of Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s popular poem ‘Hum Dekhenge’ and slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
The participants came to Azad Maidan from various parts of Mumbai and the extended suburbs like Navi Mumbai, Thane as well as other parts of Maharashtra. Waving the tricolour and holding banners denouncing the CAA-NRC-NPR in their hands, the protesters raised slogans like “Modi, Shah se Azadi” (freedom from PM Modi and Amit Shah) and “freedom from the CAA and the NRC”.
The protesters resolved against showing any documents (during the NPR exercise or otherwise), saying that they are citizens of India since time immemorial. Resolutions against the CAA-NRC-NPR regime were also passed on the occasion.
They demanded that the new citizenship law be repealed in the current Parliament session. At the stage at Azad Maidan, speakers recited noted Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s famous Urdu poem “Hum Dekhenge” (We will see), which has of late emerged as a kind of anthem for the anti-CAA protests in the country.
Women protesters raised slogans like “Hum betiyan hain Jhanshi ki rani ki aur Mata Jijau Ki”. Convener of the protest, Justice (retired) Kolse Patil, social activist Teesta Setalvad, actor Sushant Singh, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi etc. were present on the occasion.
In related development women protestors continued their agitation at “Mumbai Baug”  Nagpada in South Mumbai demanding that the coalition government in Maharashtra must pass a resolution in the state legislature, that the state will not implement the CAA/NCR.NPR. Till now verbal assurances have been given by the leaders including Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. However the state is yet to bring in anything on paper.

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Imphal, Feb.16

Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam yesterday visited the Kasom Khullen High School, Kasom Khullen, in Kamjong District and inspected the school infrastructure including building, classrooms and hostels of both boys and girls.
At the Kasom Khullen High School campus, the Minister interacted with the students, where students raised various issues concerning the school. Concerning up-gradation of the high school to a higher secondary school, the Minister assured to look into the issue. He explained that once a detailed report is called from the officials concerned he will discuss it with the Hon’ble Chief Minister.
Dr. Radheshyam, who was on his maiden visit to the village as Education Minister, was also warmly welcomed by Kasom Khullen Villagers at the Bharat Nirman Rajiv Gandhi Sewa Kendra building. During a brief interaction with the villagers, he said that he has a close affinity with the village and its people as his father was once posted as a teacher and lived in the village for more than a decade. He further assured to look into their demands regarding development of education sector in the area.
During his brief interaction with the villagers, the Minister gave a patient hearing to the concerns of the villagers in the education sector. The villagers highlighted that the Kasom Khullen High School is the lone government high school in Kasom Khullen and used to be one of the leading schools with more than 300 students in the past. However, the number of students has declined over the years due to several reasons. Further highlighting the importance of a higher secondary school in the village or nearby areas, they also pointed out that many students dropped out after completion of 10th grade as they are unable to afford further studies in outside the district due to financial constraint.

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Imphal Feb 16

Thingat Battalion of Churachandpur Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organised a free health check up and a motivational lecture on Career in Medical Fieldfor the students and teachers of Vunzagen Higher Secondary School at Mata Village in Churchandpur District on yesterday respectively.
The medical team under the Medical Officer checked the students and spread awareness regarding Government of India’s Ayushman Bharat initiative. During his interaction with the students the Medical Officer emphasized the importance of hygiene.
The session witnessed active participation from the students. The career counselling vehicle of the battalion was also placed in the venue and information regarding job opportunities in Indian Army and Assam Rifles was given to the students.
Currently a pre recruitment training is being given to youth by the battalion and many more students have wished to join the program after today’s career counselling drive
Assam Rifles is resolute in uplifting the lives of these youths through such initiatives and the efforts were happily acknowledged by the students and teachers alike who requested the battalion to conduct such events in the future also.

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