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Ato Kilosor of NSCN-IM Th. Muivah popularly known as ‘Abakaran’ hospitalised

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Imphal, Oct 2, General Secretary of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim Th. Muivah popularly known to his follower as Abakaran has been hospitalised in New Delhi. Confirming it, NSCN-IM leader Karaiba Chawang told media that the 84- year-old Muivah was admitted to the hospital after he had complained of an “upset stomach”. Chawang did not reveal the hospital’s name but it was said to be a private hospital. It was learnt that most NSCN-IM leaders swarmed to the national capital to be by Muivah’s side. “There is nothing serious about his illness. He was admitted on Monday morning as advised by the doctors. He is most likely to be released by today ,” Chawang said. Sources in Nagaland said Muivah, who is the Ato Kilonser (Prime Minister of the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim, was admitted to the intensive care unit of a private hospital as he had complained of “uneasiness”. Like all other Naga insurgent groups, the NSCN-IM runs a parallel government with various ministries. The name of the NSCN-IM-run government is Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim. A veteran in the Naga insurgency movement, Muivah is the face of the NSCN-IM which is arguably the most powerful rebel group of the Northeast. It was he who had led the extremist group in most peace parleys with representatives of the Central government in India and abroad and signed the “Framework Agreement” with the Centre in 2015 which is seen as a prelude to the final Naga peace accord.

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AHRC calls for stringent action against those responsible for harassment and detention of students and professors of Manipur University

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Imphal, Oct 2, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has called for quick and stringent action by the Government of India as well as the State Government of Manipur against the police personnel who have used brutal force against the students. The AHRC also wrote a separate letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. The AHRC initiated the action after receiving information from Human Rights Alert, Manipur regarding the continued harassment and detention of the students of Manipur University. The AHRC details the series of events that took place in the matter of the present impasse. There has been no rest at Manipur University since the Ministry of Human Resource Development appointed its new Vice Chancellor in October 2016. After inquiry, he was suspended. In the meantime, he had appointed a Pro-Vice Chancellor which led to student protests against him. After three months of agitation, the semester examinations were being conducted at Manipur University. On 20 September 2018, a small group of students on campus gathered to discuss the Pro-Vice Chancellor’s bid to take over as the Chancellor. However, the police dispersed the gathering, making the students flee. At around 12:15 after midnight of 21 September 2018, the students were shocked to see a large number of security force officials walking inside their hostels in search of the office bearers of the Manipur University Students’ Union. They even entered the girls’ hostel. This led to panic and chaos, as the security force destroyed hostel properties such as doors and windows. The students in the hostel resisted the entry of the forces into their hostels and it was later learnt that the Pro-Vice Chancellor provided permission for the same. The security force resorted to using tear gas shells, mock bombs and even live bullets. Some students were even subject to torture and degrading treatment. Panic stricken students soon gathered near the traffic island of Manipur University, where, yet again, another round of tear gas shells were used in order to disperse the crowd. This caused the students to run inside their hostel campus. Another round of searching was carried out at the Boys’ Hostel by the security forces at around 3:30 a.m. The police action continued until early in the morning, and in the meantime, the students were not allowed to buy medicine or seek medical attention for the injuries that they had sustained during the scuffle. Ambulances were only allowed inside the campus after 2 p.m. A 48-hour bandh was also called by the All Manipur Student Union (AMSU), Manipuri Student Federation (MSF), Kangleipak Student Association (KSA), SUK, DESAM, along with the support of other organisations. The Manipur Teachers’ Association (MUTA) has also stated that they will only sit down to resolve their month-long agitation after the teachers and students are unconditionally released


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First private satellite TV channel launched

IT News  Imphal, Oct 2, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today launched the first ever private run satellite channel today. Lamjingba groups Times of Manipur is the name of the newly launched channel. Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh, Education Minister Radheshyam, Works Minister Th Bishwajit among others were present during the inaugural function of the private TV satellite channel. Along with the TV Channel, a Manipuri Medium News Paper was also launched under the name Time of Manipur. Speaking on the occasion chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the satellite channel will serve its purpose of spreading the happening in the state across the globe. He said that government will give every possible support to the newly established channel.

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IBSD Cleans Imphal City during 150th Gandhi Jayanti

IT News  Imphal, Oct 2, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) , a National Institute of Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India, while marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi took the initiative to clean up Kangla Fort and Ima Keithel. This social activity was carried out by a large number of scientists, staff and students of IBSD who cleared and collected the garbage from these main areas of Imphal. Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director IBSD, said this was organized to not only sensitise the people of the importance of sanitation and cleanliness for good health but also for educated youth to set an example for others. Such activities are also important for the cleanliness and health of the rivers, into which most of Imphal’s waste is being dumped indiscriminately. During the cleaning of the market, several women vendors also joined in with the cleaning activities and helped unclogged several drains at the Ima Keithel (Mothers’ Market) , which is one of the largest all women’s market in the world, and an economic hub of the region, said Sahoo. Cleanliness drive were also conducted at various district head quarters including Kakching, Thoubal, Senapati, Ukhrul , CCpur, Tamenglong and other districts to mark the Gandhi Jayanti.

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Power of humility

Man’s greed knows no bound. The urge to take in that bit more than what is rightfully ours has been the genesis of so much evils and ills in the society. Such a habit also infringes on other’s rights and privileges. Yet almost always, it turns out that it is those who are more knowledgeable and informed individuals who are doing the dirty deeds of infringing. The issues of kickbacks and underhand deals in Government contracts and supplies are nothing new. It has been the bane of many otherwise respectful and well-meaning leaders and powerful figures. But when such issues do break out, it never fails to elicit amazement and anger from the public, and are also a source of amusement for many, given the efforts and thoughts that is being invested in pulling out such schemes and also the ingenious ways employed for the same- tactics, had these been utilized legally and for the good, would have definitely made a visible positive impact on the development of the society. “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth”- Albert Einstein on Mahatma Gandhi. A man with nothing more than a loin cloth around his waist and the conviction of the truth he holds as his sole and greatest weapon challenged, and ultimately forced the mighty British empire to relinquish its economic and political stranglehold over India. What the man, born as Mohondas karamchand Gandhi and revered as the ‘Father of the Nation’ exemplified was the perceived frailty and humility turning out to be his greatest strengths. Born on October2, 1869, he was a wayward child, as mediocre as anyone, full of curiosity and childhood enthusiasm. After attaining education and real life experiences from various countries, he realized the futility of oppressive politics and physical domination without the conviction of one’s actions. On his birthday today, the country, and the rest of the world as well are still remembering the person. What still remain true for the people today as it was then are the principles that Gandhi lived and preached. The principles of non-violence, selfreliance and rationality, among others, perhaps has more relevance in today’s world more than ever, what with the increasingly violent and impatient nature we all are developing, inadvertently or otherwise. We are also witnessing an increased dependence on central funds and largesse for the development of the state given that there is an evidently regressive development and no sustainable progress worth mentioning. The state government, despite continuing pressure and outcry from the public, had carried on with its own agenda and justifications. Case in pointseems like the main resource of the state are in deep trouble, with no permanent solution in sight except for some measures which is known to everyone that something which is not right is being committed. On development issues , the declaration of intent to construct a permanent bridge over Makru river, efforts are in full swing to beautify the Kangla moat – a landmark which is still in remarkably good condition given the dilapidated state of most other landmarks in the city to attract tourists, at best, throw a cursory glance, with no expenses spared. The Imphal-Moreh road- another vital route linking the border town of Moreh with the capital of Imphal and a source of income for thousands of small businessmen in the state, is still unsafe for transportation of heavy goods. It would be interesting to read the state government’s take on the matter, only if for the entertainment factor. One other principle Gandhi espoused was that of developing a rational mind. It would not be difficult for anyone to guess how far we have strayed from that objective. The present social conflicts and misunderstandings spawned by false propaganda and ethnically tainted rumors is today threatening to tear the state and plunge it into chaos and violent mayhem, all because we failed to reason with ourselves and instead chose to go with the flow which is unfortunately steered by self-centered and biased leaders. The increasing pace of competition and development calls for a greater control of our emotions, actions and intentions, and it is times like now when one needs to turn to the life of people like Gandhi’s for inspiration and vindication of our thoughts and beliefs.

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