Tuesday, 16 June 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, June 16:

Police has registered an FIR against a person who identified himself as official of the Custom Division Imphal based on the complaint by two advocates who complained at Lamphel Police station and Sekmai Police station. The matter was informed to Imphal Times by District Superintendent of Imphal West K. Meghachandra over phone.

Advocate Chongtham Victor and his colleague Amom Malemsana after receiving threat call from a person claiming to be an official of the Custom Division Office Chingmeirong lodged two separate complaints at Sekmai Police station and Lamphel Police station. The two advocates received threat call on mobile phone on the late evening of June 10. Both were threatened at the cost of their life for exposing corruption in the office of the Custom Division Chingmeirong.

The matter was seriously taken by the All Manipur Bar Association and a complaint has been lodged to the Chief Secretary, Special Secretary and the Superintendent of Police Imphal West to take up appropriate legal action against the culprit(s) and also to protect the lawyers on duty so that they may discharge their duties without fear.

The complaint application submitted to the government authority signed by Okram Nutankumar Singh, Joint Secretary, AMBA mentioned the series of events that occurred after Advocate Victor and his colleague Advocate Amom Malemsana exposed corruption in Custom Division Office Chingmeirong.

The life threat to Victor and Malemsana has been consider as a threat to all lawyer community of the state.

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Imphal, June 16:

Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam along with Commissioner, Higher Education & Technical Education, M. Harekrishna today held a meeting with the College Principals' and representatives of Students’ Organization at the SCERT, Multipurpose Hall, Lamphelpat organised by the Higher Education & Technical Education.
The main agenda of the meeting were re-opening of colleges, examinations, college admission for the academic year, 2020-21 and admission fee structure, college intake capacity and shortages/hurdles in increasing the capacity.
Dr. Th. Radheshyam said that the meeting was convened to discuss and develop a preparatory plan so that necessary measures can be taken up in view of the re-opening of colleges once the lockdown imposed by the Government is relaxed. He said there are infrastructure shortages and other facilities in the education sector especially in higher education.
He also said that while the primary focus is maintaining the quality of education, it is imperative that the infrastructure of educational institutions is improved to facilitate the students who have returned back to the State due to COVID 19. He sought suggestions and opinions on the best option to increase the intake capacity and accommodate students who have returned back from other States' if they desire to pursue their higher studies in the State Colleges'.
The Minister said that once the lockdown restrictions are lifted, the education sector will be facing tremendous pressure and the teachers will have to share the majority of the burden. He appealed to all the participants to communicate, collaborate and have a brainstorming session during the meeting to find the best solution. A survey for the higher educational institutions in the State is also under process to assess the infrastructure and facilities of the institutions, he added.
During the meeting the Minister interacted with the Principals and students representatives of the Students’ Organization. The meeting was attended by Director by the Higher Education & Technical Education, Kh. Diana Devi, Director, SCERT, Dr. M. Meenakumari Devi and officials concerned of the department.

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Imphal, June 16:

A team of Sagolmang Police Station led by Inspt.Kh. Devkumar Singh, OC Sagolmang PS assisted by SI L. Kenedy and ASI H. Birchandra Singh along with police  party including WPCs under the supervision of Jugeshchandra Haobijam, IPS Superintendent of Police, Imphal East District and Ksh. Ravikumar Singh,IPS  SDPO-Lamlai conducted a liquor raid at Pukhao Dolaithabi village and seized huge quantity of items use from liquor production at 6.30 am today

During the raid 16 plastic buckets (20 ltrs each), 2 plastic Jars (15 ltrs each) and 2 alluminium  pots  containing fermented rice for manufacturing local liquor (DIC liquor) were seize. Two persons they are (1).Khunaijam Shanti leima W/o Kh. Jiten and (2).Wahengbam Bebe leima w/o W. Premjit of Pukhao Dolaithabi village Imphal East. The police arrested along with the seized items and the arrested persons along with  will be handed over to Excise department for further legal action. Ander the Manipur liquor prohibition act 1991 Regard . In this mass drive in14th June at around 4.30 pm, Teams of SDPO Lamlai PS. and Sagolmang PS, conducted a liquor raid at Sanjenlok village which is located near Sinam village.

During the raid, 27 plastic jars (15 litres each) and 8 plastic drum buckets (20 litres each), containing fermented rice for manufacturing local liquor (DIC liquor) were seized.  Another 30 litres of DIC liquor were also seized during the raid. Five persons they are  Chaphamayum  Ambra 53 Year W/o (L) Ch. Kumar , Takhellambam Sunita 55 year W/o (L) T.  Inao ,  Chaphamayum Khomdonbi Leima 60 year (L) Sanajaoba ,  Chaphamayum Memtombi 42 year W/o Ch. Brojendro ,  Phanjoubam Memma Leima 59 W/o (L) Tomba, The seized items and the arrested persons will be handed over to Excise department today.

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Imphal, June 16:

The NSCN-K showed its solidarity with all the patients and families of victims affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
A statement of the outfit said that MIP,NSCN/GPRN  extend the heartfelt appreciation to all Nagas , especially Naga administrative officials , village authorities, Medical teams and social media for the incredible strength and continued efforts to combat this pandemic it said . It is indeed very stressful and confusing time for everyone of us especially for the infected persons and families of the victims. In spite of the stress we must continued working to keep everyone safe calm and prepared to weather this crisis together.
The NSCN-K called upon all the frontline workers to be more transparent and more responsive in protecting those most vulnerable. We also request everyone to cooperate and follow the advice of the health authorities which is very crucial in minimizing the risk of transmission.
It further state that MIP,NSCN/GPRN  express not allow intolerance and fare undermined our fight against this deadly virus. The disease do not discriminate hence everyone is vulnerable it added.

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Mumbai, June 16:

While Maharashtra, which has surpassed one lakh COVID-19 cases and accounts for more than a third of the country’s coronavirus case burden, has lost nearly 9 doctors even as nearly 40 doctors and three nurses, have succumbed to coronavirus fatalities across the country till now.
The doctors include specialists as well as general practitioners, who were either treating or had unknowingly exposed themselves to coronavirus patients. The nurses were in the treating wards. Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat follow Maharashtra in the number of death of doctors. Dr. Shatrugun Panjwani, from Indore in Madhya Pradesh, became the first doctor to pass away due to coronavirus in the country.
As per the Indian Medical Association (IMA), the statistics of the death of doctors is: Maharashtra-9, Madhya Pradesh-6, Gujarat-5, Uttar Pradesh-5, Tamil Nadu-4, West Bengal-3, Delhi-3, Andhra Pradesh-2, Meghalaya-1 and J & K-1.
Maharashtra: Dr. Ashfaq Shah (36), general practitioner, Govandi, (23 April,2020), Dr. Ranjit Singh, Dr. Om Saraf, Dr. Anil Bhulekar, Dr. Chittaranjan Bhave, Dr Sunil Warang, Malad, Dr Rajendra Vora, Santacruz…all from Mumbai, Dr. Sanjay Shelar (55), Pune and a 44 year old general physician from Amravati district=09.
Madhya Pradesh: Dr Shatrughan Panjwani (general physician),Dr. Omprakash Chauhan (ayurvedic practitioner), (10 April), Dr Sanat Dalal, Dr. Ajay Joshi, Dr. B K Sharma (67) (21 May,2020)..all from Indore and Dr. N L Hera, Itarasi=06.
Gujarat: Dr. Aditya Upadhyay, Dr. Kamlesh Tailor, Dr. Ramesh Patel, Dr. M A Ansari, Dr. Pankaj Shah,..all from Ahmedabad=05.
Uttar Pradesh: Dr Nizamuddin, Moradabad, an anonymous Ayurvedic doctor from Bulandshahr, an anonymous Registered Medical Praactitioner, Bijnore, Dr. Sunil Agarwal, Lucknow and Dr Zaheer Alam(65), Jarwalm (11 June, 2020)=05.
Tamil Nadu: A 55 year old neuro surgeon, (19 April,2020), Dr Simon Hercules, Dr Vinod Raja (9 June 2020) and Dr R Balasubramanian (70) (11 June 2020)..all from Chennai=04.
West Bengal: Dr. Bimal Kanti Dasgupta, Dr. Sisir Mondol (orthopaedic surgeon) and Dr. Biplab Dasgupta( Assistant Director in Health Services)( 26 April).. all from Kolkata=03.
New Delhi: An anonymous doctor from Jehangirpuri, Dr. Jitendra Nath Pande (78) (veteran pulmonologist),AIIMS, New Delhi (23 May,2020) and Dr. Rajendra P Yadav, Delhi=03.
Andhra Pradesh: Dr Laxminarayan Reddy, Nellore and Dr. K M Ismail Hussain, Karnool=02.
Meghalaya: Dr John L Sailo Ryntathiang, Shillong and Jammu and Kashmir: a 74-year-old doctor from Parray Poram, Srinagar( 6 June,2020)
Over 100 doctors and nearly 200 nurses have tested positive for COVID-19 across India so far. Since most of these infections were transmitted by patients in a hospital environment, at least 1000 medical workers, had to be quarantined and nearly 20 hospitals had to be fully or partially closed.
It is not just those working in Covid-19 wards who are on the front line, but also the community health workers and officials who are involved in contact tracing and screening suspected patients by going door-to-door in virus hotspots.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2020 17:28

Seram Nekan felicitated HSLC Toppers

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Imphal, June 16:

Five toppers of the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination-2020   of Thongju Assembly Constituency were felicitated Zilla Parishad Member of Uchekon Nongchup Seram Neken today.

Niken visited the families of the meritorious students including the topper of the HSLC Exam 2020. Those felicitated students are 1st position holder  Reshmi Nandeibam, D/O- Nandeibam Rishinanda & RK Sanahanbi of Khongman Zone V, 6th position Ksh. Rajshree D/O Ksh Brojen & Tourangbam Santibala of Kshetri Leikai  , 10th position Chalton Yumnam S/O Yumnam Shantikumar and T. Romila of Kshetri Leikai, 18th  position Pintu Thokchom D/O Th. Ratan & Janeshori of Ningomthong Kitna Panung, 19th position Elia Nepram D/O N Koba & Okram Sanahanbi of Bashikhong. Cash rewards were presented to the students.

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With the coming of June 18, Manipur once more remember peoples’ uprising where as many as 21 people braves the bullets of the security forces for protection of the territorial integrity of the state. This time too, the COVID-19 scare fails divert the mind of the people. Major civil bodies – particularly the AMUCO and the UCM is all set to pay homage to the martyrs, even as the Civil bodies may follow the social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
May be not many people may turnout at Kekrupat this time but the observance is a sign to prove the the spirit of unity.
Everybody knows the genesis of the historic uprising. 19 years has been passed and still the concept of Nagalim/Greater Nagaland, Kukiland, Mizoland, Meetei/Meiteiland still is a tool disrespecting the martyrs who had sacrifice their live for Mother Manipur.
What we need to recalled is that, June 18 is not the first time that people of this region had uproar against any attempt to distort the identity of the state. Remember Pundongbam incident of 1948. It was under the leadership of Hijam Irabot that vehemently opposed and agitates against the idea of Purbachand Pradesh by amalgamation of Chachar, Tripura, Manipur and some part of Assam.
This time too, after the June 18 incident has been failed, a supposedly new strategy in the name of delimitation is coming up. The delimitation is going to be conducted base on the 2001 census which the people of the state including the ruling BJP party is opposing it. The political parties and the CSOs are demanding to conduct the delimitation after conducting fresh census. However, the argument to conduct delimitation on fresh census is likely to be turn down as a survey on the bogus census of some district alleged by the CSOs and the Polical party has been conducted in between 2011 to around 2014. This showed that even though there are political pressure , the CEO will be conducting delimitation as scheduled by them. Whether this delimitation will be a threat to the integrity of Manipur or not is a matter yet to see.
While the demand itself is a serious threat to the future of the state as it exists at present in terms of its physical features, a far more treacherous and sinister outcome will be the mutual bitterness and suspicious attitudes of the communities that will eventually develop which will be almost impossible to get rid of. While the grievances and the concerns of the people in these parts of the state against the administration may very well be genuine, there is no denying the fact that the demand for a separate statehood entails a complex and insidious work of a few politically motivated and self-seeking individuals in the garb of righteous leaders and philanthropists. The question everyone in the state, especially those thousands rallying behind the leaders needs to ask, rather ponder over is: will the granting of a separate state be the ultimate solution to all their grievances and woes? Is there any certainty or assurance that there will not be further outcry or agitation for further demarcation or separation by the numerous sub-groups? Has it been established that the elected representatives of the various communities and regions of the state have tried their level best to address these complaints and fell short by way of the state government failing to cooperate or provide the required resources despite their due shares being in the possession of the government? Are the demands for these numerous separate states or administrative units even plausible?

 

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By: Veewon Thokchom

With the release of the Bollywood movie “Axone” directed by Nicholas Kharkonger, a debate on racism has been ignited. Though the movie could not have been worse than it is when it comes to racism, it at least has sparked off a discourse on racism faced by people of colour (yellow people) in Indian metropolitan cities. And this is the moment that we have to seize. A dialogue on not the movie in particular but racism at large; a talk on race and colour – brown and yellow.
As a starting point to this dialogue, it is essential to state that one need not have to believe in the objective existence of race to be able to enquire the social, political and cultural relevance of the “idea of race.” The question of race needs a study to have a firm grasp on how race is socially and discursively constructed to maintain a structurally hegemonic relationship between people. Talking about race is not enforcing racial difference but it rather seeks to critique the oppressive relations that come along with relationships amongst races.
While the movie functions as the basis of the current debate on the problems of racism faced by yellow people in the Indian metropolitan cities, it is worthwhile to investigate this problem from a different vantage point. Though it is irrefutable that every yellow person from the “Northeast” who travels to Indian mainland brown Hindu lands for education or job opportunities has faced overt racism, it would be more incorrect to say that the person has not come across “racism” at home. Because the racism at home is the more brutal form of institutionalised legally sanctioned (AFSPA, 1958) form of population subjugation, control and disciplining. And this manifests itself in the form of military occupation that has been existing in the region for decades, whose demonstration can be physically or traumatically experienced through mass disappearances, mass fake encounter (1528 and counting recorded cases), number of massacres over the decades (Tera, RMC, Oinam, Malom etc.) and instances of rape and mass rape (Oinam incident,Manorama, Ahanjaobi, Mercy), in many cases the survivor killing herself from shame and despair (Rose Ningshen, etc.).
The point here is that, a “Northeast” yellow body becomes an object over which a hegemonic racial power is exercised throughout her life, both at home and the brown mainland society. The more hideous nature of the racism at home is its character to remain unnoticed and therefore questioned.
The abnormality that was created with the persistent militarisation decades after decades made the generation who grew up in the 1990s take refuge in places like Delhi and Bangalore only to go through another form of racism. It was in the 1990s and the 2000s that every parent who could afford started sending out their children as an escape to the imposed political climate of uncertainty, death and disappearance.
Racism is so simple yet immensely complicated to understand that we miss out a lot when we look at it through personal experiences and discard its more crucial systematic, structural, political and historical aspects. The language of racism is so complex that it can take new shapes in different times – from Negro to Nigger to ghetto to thugs to thieves in the American context. From chinky to momo to chowmein to randi in the Brown land. This categorisation and characterisation exist as a tool of othering and marking of territory by the dominant racial group.
It was in 2012 that thirty thousand yellow people fled Indian metropolitan cities in fear of racial attack, the same time Mary Kom turnedinto a national icon overnight and returned to India after winning a bronze medal in London Olympics. As the exodus continued for weeks, the issue of racism was taken up by the Indian media as well its academicians and the public. The peculiarity of the discourse was such the Mary Kom was constantly invoked to challenge the existence of racism in India. Previously the same year, Richard Loitam, a Manipur boy in Bangalore was killed in a racist attack by his seniors in college. In the public outrage from the Northeast people that followed, the then Prime Minister Manmohon Singh was compelled to make a statement in the racist killing, only to deny any racial motivation in it. As Mary Kom became the presentable “Northeast” face at the national level, a new path to integration of a troubled region was opened – sports.
A real test of the authenticity of this presentable face came in 2014, just two years after the moment of “national glory”, when a brown Bollywood actor, Priyanka Chopra, was chosen to play the role of Mary Kom in her biopic. The insensibility of the brown actor to the question of racism became all the more vicious and visible when she claimed in an interview that she to undergo surgery on her eyes and nose to get a mongoloid facial appearance.With this, another act of denial of the existence of a race and racial injustice was achieved, though the dominant racial group who committed the erasure would hesitate to call the act racism.
In another case, if the idea of ‘not being bias’ in racism as the Axone director Nicholas Kharkonger believes holds true ethically, morally and politically, Richard Loitam, Nido Tania and PravishChanam would be alive today watching his movie of weakness, docility, victim shaming, brown appeasement. If we anticipate a dystopian trend of Bollywood as a follow-up to this movie, there would come a day when the departed souls of Richard, Nido and Pravish will become a commodity to be marketed in the name of racism while actually perpetuating it.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2020 17:23

Dossers Urge: Who Are They?

By Sanjoo Thangjam

All three passed out from St.Anthony’s School, Shillong, Meghalaya.
Dossers Urge are David, Gideon, Romeo Kom. Three of them are all  brothers residing in Shillong though their origin is from Manipur.
Dossers Urge simply means the urge to make music constantly, also because all the good catchy names were taken and we think it sounded different.
It’s a band known for electrifying live shows with stage presence, genre is a mixture of Punk, Psychedelic, Garage  Pop, Indie, Math, Sample,Dance, etc.
Three of them have been playing music at a very initial stage, getting introduced to western music from friends during school days and church as well. Attending uncountable concerts also the idea of band entertaining through live music inspired us. We started off by playing at different tribal fresher’s meet held in the city, later we started writing our own songs and changed the name.
Like any other artists, David said that our vision is that we like to make music, go play to avid music followers, festivals, inspire and enjoy the perks of being a musician. So basically speaking, there is no mission or objective as such but rather a constant process of producing music. 
Dossers Urge said, “ We would play in couple of competitions only because we required funds to upgrade gears but later we stopped participating once gears got upgraded.”
Dossers Urge have performed in countless numbers of festivals across the country from Indie Earth Exchange to Nh7 Weekender, Vh1 Supersonics. Sharing the stage with Megadeath, Steven Wilson, Incubus has been phenomenal !
Converse selects an artist from India to record at rubber-tracks studio in Brooklyn, New York. Selection was based on artist music content, personality and the ability to execute live performance. I
David said that he had sent their three brothers’  content after which they were selected at rubber-tracks studio, Brooklyn , New York.
However, prior to their selection, they had to undergo several screening procedures.
First, in Guwahati, then they got them to Mumbai, following where Converse along with influential musicians scene persons from all over India choose Dossers Urge amongst thousands other bands.
Dossers Urge stated that we are glad that we Dossers Urge, a  brothers’ band could track the album ‘ HONEST RAGE’ with world class engineers and producers which had made them to showcase their abilities both musically and mentally.
After recording sessions in New York, “ We made some friends and ended up spending a month hitch hiking across Manhattan, Philly, New Jersey, Atlantic etc experiencing and adapting the lifestyle and music scenes of America.
Dossers Urge’s future plan is to create more contend and then figure out how to channel their brand of music to youth as they think the music they created is freely or rather easily accessible. They said that perhaps it will take some time to come out in the mainstream. 
Daivd said this to Special Correspondent ,  “GOVERNMENT & POLITICS LEAVING IT TO YOU”. What does he really meant, I myself do not know.
FROM WHICH PART OF COUNTRY IS THE DOSSERS URGE FROM?
Parents are from Manipur. Mom is house wife.She used to sing and still does & Dad, retired from Indian Army.      
Dosser Urge said, “We are all self taught musicians thout at times, learned from friends and also had taken classes in Music schools.
DOSSERS URGE’S OPINION ON MUSIC SCENE IN NORTH EAST
David said, “I think the current music scene in the north east is not great but also it is not very bad either. Thanks to few festivals. Will definitely like to come and introduce Dossers Urge there.Message to upcoming musicians would be to go out and play for people, just find a way anyhow.”
Dossers Urge stated that Shillong is a place where we like to make music, not stating that one cannot make music anywhere else because for Dossers Urge, it would be illogical to move elsewhere to create music given the logistics to be covered to move elsewhere. Also this depends on time and project that they are planning to undertake.
Last but not least, David said,  “No, I do not think people in Manipur discriminate us because I dont see any reason why? And even if it does, it does not bother me from an artist point of view claiming that we are artists because as I feel that understanding music is universal.”
The writer is a Special Correspondent of Indian Observer Post

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