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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 - Imphal Times

Anal Naga Tagnpi ANTA supports Indo-Naga Framework Agreement

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Imphal, Oct 1,

Anal Naga Tagnpi (ANTA) extended support to the Indo-Naga Framework Agreement signed between the the Government of India (GoI) and Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) on August 3, 2015 at New Delhi.
A statement signed by Jamhring Wanglum, General Secy., ANTA,  stated that The Anal Naga Tagnpi (ANTA) the apex body of the Anal Naga tribe affirms total support of the Indo-Naga Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015 in New Delhi between the Government of India (GoI) and Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN -IM). The statement appreciate the determined efforts from both the GOI  represented by its interlocutor R.N.Ravi and the collective Leadership of the Naga peoples led by Th. Muivah, General Secretary, NSCN-IM and the late Chairman Isak Chishi Swu for signing the historic document.
The ANTA recalled that the signing of the Indo-Naga ceasefire agreement in 1997 on the basis that the talks should be between two entities held at the highest level, in a third neutral country and without any pre-conditions subsequently led to the solemn recognition of the “Unique History and Situation of the Nagas” on July 11, 2002. This recognition has led to the forging of new relationship between India and the Nagas.
“The Framework Agreement furthers the goal of new relationship between the India and the Nagas by recognizing and acknowledging the importance of peaceful co-existence  by sharing sovereignty between the two entities. In this regard, ANTA is constraint to express that an agreement without the Naga flag and a Nagas constitution which would safeguard the inherent rights and identify of the Nagas would be going against the Universal principles acknowledged and recognized in the Framework Agreement”, the statement added.
The ANTA expressed trust to the collective leadership of the NSCN -IM and endorse the broad vision of the Framework Agreement and the concomitant “competencies”.

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MLA Brojen assures free NFSA rice for beneficiaries of Wangjing Tentha Assembly Constituency

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Imphal, Oct 1

MLA P. Brojen has assured free NFSA Rice to beneficiaries of Wangjing Assembly Constituency while speaking on the 123rd birth anniversary of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot at Wangjing Laikol Community hall on Monday.

The MLA also said that cultivation land which remains dry due to scarcity of rain will be prepared for cultivation of wheat within three months.  

On the occasion, the MLA also distributed pension to old aged people.

MLA, Paonam Brojen’s wife P.Shyama Devi, also attended the occasion.

The MLA, while speaking on the occasion appealed people of the state to follow the path of Lanyanba Hijam Irabot.

“People of today should remember the words of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot and contribute for the welfare of the state”, Borjen said.

Regarding the programme for distribution of NFSA rice at free to the beneficiaries of his constituency, Brojen said that it was the ideology of Hijam Irabot to serve the poor that he made up his mind to distribute the NFSA rice free to the beneficiaries.

“Each beneficiary will get 5 Kgs of rice free of cost every month”, Brojen announced.

The announcement is the first of its kind in the state of Manipur.

Following the path of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot, a Charitable Foundation in the name of his late father P.Birahari distributes pension to the old aged people every month. He added that aged people who attain 68 years will be provided pension under the Foundation.

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Bangladesh Manipuri wants Manipuri Language in Primary schools

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Bangladesh, Oct. 1

Department of Primary & Mass Education, Govt. of Bangladesh had assured to introduce Manipur Language text book from Pre Primary to Class III from the academic session of 2021. In this connection, Bangladesh Primary Teacher’s Association wants the Government of Manipur to officially communicate with the Bangladesh government for improvement of Manipuri Language.

The General Secretary of the Bangladesh Manipuri Primary Teachers Association, Ningthoujam Shanta said this while talking to a delegate of Indo-Bangla Friendship Tour, which left Imphal on September 23 for Bangladesh. The team delegate was led by Rakesh Naorem, Managing Director, IPAK Tours & Travel Agency, Manipur.

“In class IV, there was a curriculum called ‘Bangladesh & Global Studies’. In that there was a chapter for Manipuri Language. However, the Manipuri Language has been replaced by Bishnupriya Language since 2013", Shanta said and said that the Manipuri in Bangladesh will opposed the claimed of the Bishnupriya Language as Manipuri Language.  

 

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NIELIT celebrates 31st Foundation Day cum Fresher’s meet

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Imphal, Oct 1,

National Institute Of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) celebrated its 31st Foundation day cum Fresher’s meet 2019, at its campus today.

The programme was attended by Director Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Prof. Dr.T.G.Sitharam, Director, Science and Technology Govt.of Manipur, E.Ibocha Singh and Executive Director, NIELIT, Imphal, Th.Prameshwor Singh as dignitaries.

Speaking on the occasion Dr.T.G.Sitharam stressed on the need for imparting quality education specially in technical education and should tap the opportunities of ICT, Skill development so that our youth may be empowered to sustain self employment and contribute in nation building process.

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Rally held in connection with “64th Wildlife Week Celebration 2019” in Chandel

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Chandel, Oct.1

Divisional Forest Office, Chandel organized a Mass Rally in connection with the “64th Wildlife Week Celebration 2019” with an aim to spread awareness about the significance of wildlife and the essence of preserving wildlife on earth. The rally was flagged off from DFO Office Chandel by DFO Tengnoupal E.Home Singh.

In the mass foot rally held in the morning, which started from DFO Office Chandel to Indoor Stadium, various students held placards which read as “Stand To Save Wildlife March to Celebrate Their Rights”, “Wildlife: Save It to Cherish or Leave it to Perish”, “Conserve Wildlife for a Better and Healthier World”, “Soot us with Cameras, Not Guns. We Love to Pose too, Not Bleed to Death” and “God Gave us Dominion Over All Creation as Stewards, Not as Destroyers”.

The observance function of “64th Wildlife Week Celebration 2019” was attended by DFO of Tengnoupal E.Home, Range Officer Moreh N.Santosh and Cheif of Sinadam Village Bd.Konthu Anal as Presidium Members respectively.

During the function, prizes were distributed to the winners of each category of spot painting, quiz, Slogan Writing and debate competitions which were held on September 25 at Maha Union Govt. Hr.Sec. School.

In the painting competition held on the theme “Wildlife in Manipur” for Class VI to VIII students, Phowlhman Sinruwng of Koinonia Training School secured the 1st position, Zaenivar Tongsin Anal of Koinonia Training School at 2nd position while Nameirakpam Ashmita Devi of St. Paul’s High School finished at 3rd position.

In the quiz competition held for Class IX and X students, the pair of Khininghla Wangshol and RT.Welldam Anal of St. Peter’s Hr.Sec. School Chandel stood 1st, the team of L.Rosemary and HB. Hmunthari of Anallon Christian Institute Chandel secured the 2nd place while team of Bungsingam Shilshi and T. Modikai of Koinonia Training School & Ringam Khular and S.Khosirlal Aimol of St. Paul’s High School finished at 3rd position.

In the debating competition held on the topic “Development is Possible with Conservation” for Class XI and XII students, SR. Oasis of Anallon Christian Institute Chandel was declared the best supporter while Ts. Canahring of the same school was adjudged the best opposer. Both are Nominated for the State Level Debete to be Conducted at Forest Head Office Sanjenthong on 5th October.

In the Slogan Writing Competition held on the theme “Any, on Wildlife Conservation” for Class XI to XIII students, Alonika Langhu of Anallon Christian Institute Chandel secured the 1st position, Leevis Tongsin of Anallon Christian Institute Chandel at 2nd position while Samjeyile Newme of Maha Union Govt. Hr. Sec. School finished at 3rd position.

Range Officer of Chandel Forest Division Ch.Deven, Range Officer of Chakpikarong S.Socheekumar and RO Tengnoupal A.Ranbir also attended the Observation.

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Assam Rifles organises Football Tournament at Indo-Myanmar Border

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Imphal, Oct 1

Assam Rifles organized the first ever Friendship Cup Football Tournament between Indian and Myanmar villages along the Indo-Myanmar border with aims to boost the growing ties between India and Myanmar.               
The inaugural Friendship Cup kicked off to a rousing start in the sleepy remote hamlet of Nampisha in Kamjong district of Manipur on 27 September 2019. Five teams from border villages of Myanmar and seven from India participated in the tournament. The attractive prizes included the winner’s purse of Rs 35,000 with a sizeable Rs 25,000/- for runners up, consolation prizes of Rs 5,000/- for each participating team from Myanmar along with trophies and medals.                                              
The final match was played between Teijang village team from Myanmar against the host team from Nampisha village on 29 September. In an intense and pulsating match, Teijang team from Myanmar won after a penalty shootout with the score reading 4-2. A vibrant cultural show was also presented by villagers from both sides of the Indo-Myanmar border

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Demise of a dream

Once again the people of the state particularly the Meitei observed the birth anniversary of Hijam Irabot, who had renounced all the worldly pleasure and spent the later part of his life fighting for justice of the common and the downtrodden people. It was with the sheer unstinting effort of this leader that the thin bondage between the Hill people and the plain people was strengthened. The virtue of patriotism among each Manipuri was first embedded by this leader.
Years have gone and some among the people still continue to follow the path once paved by this leader but majority of the people had forgotten what Hijam Irabot really wanted to see in the Manipur of today. The kind of tribute being paid to the pioneer leader today on the occasion of his birth anniversary is worth every effort, but seemed to have lost the essence of keeping his dreams and ideologies alive to each one of us.  The bondage once tied by this leader is on fire and is on the verge of snapping off even while the blame game continues and nobody really cares to look back and reflect on what went wrong in the last few decades.
Is it the price of the merger of this erstwhile kingdom to the Union of India? Or is it the selfishness of the self proclaimed leaders who ruled the state after the merger of the erstwhile kingdom to the Indian Union?
Seventy years of democracy and till today there is no proper road connectivity with almost all the important places of the state. It takes the whole day on a good day, and longer most of the times, if someone from the capital town of Manipur tried to reach Singhat or Tamei or Jessami. There are still many tribal people who never know that there is a place called Imphal which is the capital town of the state . Many in the interior parts of the state had to spend the whole day fetching a bucket of water to drink or collecting firewood to cook for their family. These people really have no time to think about the future of this ‘once upon a time’ nation state while struggling to survive each dawning day.
The Government of India introduced a lot of beneficiary programme to improve the life of the common people living in the interior and inaccessible parts of the state particularly the tribal people. The absence of proper connectivity with these interior villages has built a communication gap. And not to be surprised, these befits provided by the government for these disadvantaged people are being pocketed by few vested interested people. They hold the stomach of the poor people and played with any games they desire for their own narrow interests.
When there was enough time to check the missing link the rulers were busy building their houses and amassing wealth for themselves and their descendants. And now things seem to be going out of hand.
For Hijam Irabot who renounced worldly pleasures for the cause of the poor and down trodden, he certainly would have been crying in heaven or tossing in his grave, as the case may be, if only he can see the present state of affairs of the state we have come to be identified as Manipur.

Why Manipur does not forget Merger Agreement

Manipur is now at a wrong cross-road of history and geography. The people of Manipur faces many thousand problems brought by India’s classification of population such as Hindu and Muslim, Castes, Caste-Tribe as well as deliberate negligence of development in its broadest sense. Manipur, everyone knows, has high number of educated unemployment and education was what she could do during the days of Part C or territorial council days. Though we could not plan anything during the first Five-Year Plans, with limited resources, Manipur gave high priority to education and hence, Manipur was not wiped out in those days. The State also see many political turmoil since her first day of marriage with India as being modern Rukamani (following N Biren’s analogy). The political turmoil was around two undercurrents: brighter Manipur within Indian framework and a new independent Manipur.
The merger of Manipur and its aftermath gave a strong sense of Great Betrayal in the collective mind of those who wanted to merger Manipur with India.  There were three kinds of politicians or intellectuals in the Pro-merger Camp in late 1940s. A section of Congress wanted Manipur to merger after the formation of Purvachal consisting of Manipur, Cachar District of Assam and Tripura. Another section of Congress wanted to merge Manipur as a State in India. Socialist Party shouted to merge Manipur as a District in Assam. The members of all the three thought merger of Manipur would bring a new social and political life under the Democratic Republic of India. However, 15 October 1949 did not bring anything what they had thought of; rather they felt that they had been betrayed.
On other hand, there was a section of population who did not want to merger Manipur. Their dream was to emancipate Manipur from colonial and feudal systems in order to build a new Manipur. These days were days of interaction and counter-reaction of various ideas – ranging from liberal democracy to communism. There were many slogans, agitations of different sizes and colours. The 15 October gave a big full stop to these interactions of ideas in the collective mind of the people. The healthy growth of an Idea of New Manipur had a great fall. To them, 15 October was transfer of power from British colonialism to Indian colonialism and hence, they also felt the act of merger was a great betrayal to the people of Manipur.
The subsequent days of Manipur is witnessing two streams of political actions: make Manipur bright in Indian framework and a New Manipur lies outside India. The first stream took the course of non-violent movement (with limited violence) for Statehood, establishment of university, medical college, inclusion of Manipuri language in the VIII Schedule to Indian Constitution etc. The second stream gained momentum from Anti-Merger agitations to full armed struggle to free Manipur from colonial yoke. In between two great streams of political action, there were agitations against Repeal of AFSPA etc. and many others.
The Agreement was signed in 1949 by King of Manipur and representatives of Indian Union. The then King was Constitutional Head; the Agreement was never discussed in the then Assembly of Manipur. Many legal and political examinations are still going on in the collective mind. To some, Merger means extension of Instrument of Accession, already signed in 1947 and hence, no meaning to discuss it. To many, the entire process of becoming Indian was a game plan of Indian Republic. However, one can say, Merger Agreement is still a living debate in the collective mind. Many Princely States forgot the act of signing the Agreements. Why do not Manipur forget it? The simple reason may be different nature of Princely State and India did not consider unique position of Manipur in history and British colonial days. Manipur never resolve her own conflict between the two streams. Merger Agreement, one may accept or not, is a vital issue in resolving the conflict.  The 15 October 1949 was not an end of history, but birth of a sharp conflict between the two streams in Manipur.  

Leap of faith on the wings of ‘Prayer’

By - Dr Aniruddha Babar
Dept. of Political Science,  Tetso College, Dimapur

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
- SørenAabye Kierkegaard

The power or strength of a prayer must be examined, lest its practice becomes worse than useless. Blind faith is better avoided, and egotistical prayers can only lead people into self-defeat.Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship, typically a deity, through deliberate communication. In the narrow sense, the term refers to an act of  supplication  or  intercession directed towards a deity, or a deified ancestor. More generally, prayer can also have the purpose of thanksgivingor praise, and in comparative religion is closely associated with more abstract forms of meditation and with charms or spells. Today, most major  religions  involve prayer in one way or another; some ritualize the act, requiring a strict sequence of actions or placing a restriction on who is permitted to pray, while others teach that prayer may be practised spontaneously by anyone at any time. How many people today truly know what prayer is, how to pray, and to whom, and for what? Some people regard prayer as a bargaining process in which they seek to obtain certain favours in exchange for their good behaviour at some future time. The “Catholic” Church employed a similar strategy during the Middle Ages: selling forgiveness of sins. For a fee, bereaved relatives could get their deceased loved ones out of Purgatory. The living could also offset their own future sins in return for a fee—a sort of a spiritual insurance policy. Similar tactics has also been employed by Hindu Temples when the priest would be required to perform Pujas and rituals at the instance of devotees and in exchange of those devotees are required to offer ‘good’ offering to the deities.More than 2,000 years ago, the Greek philosopher, Socrates said: “Our prayers should be for blessings on all, in general, for the Gods know best what is good for us.” He also said: “I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.” Now that is a truly wise prayer we may all utter at all times with the greatest benefit to ourselves and others.
However, the question arises as to whether ‘prayer’ has a real, scientifically measurable effect on our world? Or is this all an imagination, a wishful thinking and shouting out into the dark abyss of a cold, indifferent, mysterious universe or is someone or something actually listening and responding? These are questions nearly as old as human species, which have consumed theologians, philosophers, thinkers, scientists, doctors, and psychologists alike since time immemorial, and yet we still are searching in the dark for answers.  There have been documented cases in the history of medical science where prayers actually worked. There have been studies pointing at a benefit of prayer, such as a study in The American Journal of Public Health which followed 5,000 people in California for 5 years and seemed to show that those who prayed regularly were 36% less likely to die than those who didn’t, another one published in the U.S. Journal of Gerontology that suggested atheists had an increased death rate, and research by The American Society of Hypertension, which apparently showed overall lower blood pressure for those who prayed regularly. A study conducted by San Francisco General Hospital examined the effects of prayers sent by strangers to 393 cardiac patients, and concluded that those who were prayed for showed fewer complications and better overall health, as well as quicker recovery times and earlier release from hospitals. Another study comes from 1998, and involved a rigorous, double blind study of 40 patients with severe, advanced cases of AIDS. Each patient randomly either received prayers from strangers or did not, and nobody knew who might be praying for them. After 6 months it was found that the group that had received the prayers displayed better overall health, fewer doctor visits, and decreased cases of further health complications than the group who had not been prayed for. However, there have been studies which has shown no ‘significant’ results of prayers for e.g. double blind study conducted by Mayo Clinic in 2001, study conducted by the scientists of Duke University in 2005 known as “Monitoring and Actualisation of Noetic Teachings II “and also a study conducted in 2006 which is now well known as “The Study of Therapeutic Effects of Intercessorary Prayers”.  However, the success stories cannot be ignored.
Now the question is, whether to expand our understanding about the prayer is it necessary to amend the definition given beforehand in the beginning of this write up? Will this be helpful in understanding the functioning of the prayer? Let us try and see. As we know that Prayer is often connected with the God and the God is connected with the Religion which is further connected with the FAITH. Moreover, we know the religion, we know the Godhead, Prophets too, but none of us have any idea about the nature of ‘GOD’ and therefore, GOD may be considered as a ‘Hypothesis’ for the proof (or conclusion) of which ‘Faith’ is an essential element, therefore FAITH is an act of holding the Hypothesis to be true and therefore this truth becomes our very own, absolutely personal truth. In this context, it may be said that the prayer connects our mind with the help of the ‘prayer-words’ (that amalgamates tonal vibrations and emotions)as a ‘bridge’, to connect to the truth of Hypothesis which; whether we accept or reject connected with the core of the ‘infinity’ of ‘Creation’. Hence, basically we connect our whole living existence with the existence of Creation by way of prayer and that core of the infinite-living creation or source of everything may be understood as God.
Words used in Prayers are not ordinary words. They are special words that create special ‘vibrations’which are charged and accelerated by the ‘energy’ of emotions resulted out of thoughts produced by the mind. Let us take an example of The Book of Psalms. Most individual psalms involve the praise of God-for his power and beneficence, for his creation of the world. The psalms envision a world in which everyone and everything will praise God, and God in turn will hear their prayers and respond. Worst of all is when God “hides his face” and refuses to respond, because this puts in question the efficacy of prayer which is the underlying assumption of the Book of Psalms. If we study The Book of Psalms in depth, it reveals us the need to pray ‘properly’ which may be interpreted as a need to connect our consciousness with that of the God. When prayers are released ‘properly’ from us they transformed into the waves and set themselves into the right ‘frequencies’ and reaches to the almighty provided the mind is fully cultivated/programmed for this type of extrasensory ‘communication’. Therefore, cultivation of mind with the help of the light of the ‘true’wisdom of Jesus is a necessary condition that needs to be fulfilled in order to pray more effectively.
Real prayer is the gateway to abundance glory and kindness of almighty. However, Prayer is not just an utterance of some given words. More than words it is the ‘tides’ of emotions upon which ship of prayer floats in the vast ocean of thoughts is important. Jesus said, the ‘Kingdom of God is within us’ that simply mean that an each one of us has inherited the godly nature from our Creation-God/Creator. Therefore, it is necessary to ‘activate’ that godly essence if we truly desire to reach to the ‘Creation-God’ by prayer and therefore, as the flower opens its eye to the light of dawn, so should man open his heart to God, that His rays may strengthen the flowering, and the fruit of attainment be his. Blind mind contaminated with the fog of ignorance cannot reach to the almighty, but a man who lit a lamp of wisdom ‘within’ can access the infinite plain of ultimate reality of God-where prayers are truly answered.

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