Wednesday, 02 October 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Oct 2

Anguish over the mysterious death of 14 years old girl at her hostel room on July 17 midnight is still giving sleepless night to the members of the JAC formed against the death as their demand for handing over the case to the CBI has not been fulfilled even after 2 and half months. The JAC was formed terming the death as mysterious one but later after finding clue of possible murder, the JAC was renamed as against murder of the class VII girl student, said the Convenor of the JAC L. Gyaneshwari, while talking to this reporter.  She said that the JAC has been suspecting foul game to the heinous incident and today after an armed organization claimed the murder to have been committed after being sexually assaulted, the JAC now is convinced that the 14 years old girl has been murdered after being sexually assaulted.

“We are not simply guessing it on the claim of the armed rebel group, but we do have photographs which showed sign of physical assault at one of her knees”,  a JAC member told this journalist showing the photograph they had taken on July 18 before conducting post mortem at RIMS.

“At first we suspect foul play but could not spell it out, but as the armed group had said that they have evidence of sexual assault before she was hanged to death, we are now convinced”, the JAC member said in the presence of their Convenor L. Gyaneshwari.

Earlier, in a press meet held at the Library of THAU at Thangmeiband, Convenor of the JAC L. Gyaneshwari said that as there have been prima facie evidences of sexual assault, POCSO act should also be incorporated in addition to Section 302 while investigating the said case.

Gyaneshwari said that the JAC do not have any confidence to the state police that has been investigating the case as the Investigating officer (IO) submitted erroneous report to the law court. That is why we have been demanding for handing of the case to CBI, she said.

“We want the culprits responsible for the killing be booked under 302 of the IPC and not under 420 of the IPC”, Gyaneshwari said.

She warned the authority of serious consequences if the two detained in custody in connection with the death of the school girl are released on bail. Bail hearing of the two – Landhoni and Romita is scheduled on October 4 at lower court after the Manipur High Court had rejected the plea some days back.

The JAC warned serious agitation if the two are released on bail.

When asked about the agitation, Gyaneshwari said that as of now the JAC has been offering prayers for justice to the victim girl by hoisting black flag. In addition to this the JAC has been meeting the MLAs of both opposition and ruling for helping the JAC in delivering justice to the deceased girl by giving pressure to the government for handing of the case to the CBI.

“So far we have met MLA Khumukcham Joykishan and MLA Th. Lokeshwar. We tried to meet Works Minister Th. Bishwajit but could not as he seems to be occupied with some other works. We have also sought appointment for the Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla but as of now we are not getting it”, Gyaneshwari said.

The JAC had met the Governor of Manipur on September 11. During the meeting Dr. Najma Heptulla had assured the JAC members to provide all possible help in handing over the case to the CBI. The JAC is meeting the Governor once more to remind her assurance.  

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Imphal, Oct 2

National Cleanliness Day 2019 was today observed at Gandhi Memorial Hall,Imphal to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi.
Speaking at the function as Governor Dr.Najma Heptulla said that every year, the 2nd of October is observed as National Cleanliness Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The observance assumes greater significance this year because it is the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Father of the Nation. Gandhiji was an apostle of peace and he led India’s freedom struggle against the British by using ‘Ahimsa’ as his most powerful weapon. He was an equally strong advocate of the cleanliness of mind and body or the environment.
The Governor reminded the gathering that Mahatma Gandhi stands tall in the gallery of great world leaders and thinkers. He belongs to the whole world and to all generations. His profound humanism is his message. A symbol of indomitable human soul power, Gandhiji firmly stood for the cause of the downtrodden and oppressed not only in India but also in other parts of the world. He lived and died for peace and welfare of mankind. His philosophy of non violent agitation and civil disobedience not only led his own country to independence but also influenced political activists throughout the world.
Gandhiji novel mode of mass mobilization and non violent action brought down colonialism, strengthened the roots of popular sovereignty including civil, political and economic rights, and greatly influenced many a freedom struggle and inspired leaders far and wide.  He won affection and love of millions of people all over the world and from both friends and foes alike. He will be remembered as one of the greatest souls that ever walked on earth, She added.
She stated that, Gandhiji was vehemently against hatred between man and man. He once observed that he could not live when the atmosphere was marred with violence and hatred. What he wanted was the bridge that connects and not walls that divide man from man. Transcending the social barriers of caste, creed, colour, language and religion, Gandhiji preached universal peace, brotherhood and friendship. Peaceful co existence was his perennial message. The Governor also said that, for Gandhiji, political independence of India was not the end. It was the beginning of real freedom - economic freedom of the country.  He was the champion of “Swadeshi” or home economy. He wanted to work for an India in which the poorest should feel that it was their country. To him, the spirit and soul of India rested in the village communities. He also wanted an India in which all communities live in perfect harmony. Mahatma Gandhi always emphasized cleanliness for a healthy living and healthy people make a healthy nation. He also believed in the spiritual purification of body, mind and soul.
Speaking about the Swachh Bharat Mission, The Governor said that, Our present Prime Minister has added a new vigour to the cleanliness drive and made it more impactful and meaningful when he launched the Mission on 2nd October, 2014. He declared the day as a non holiday to the Government workers and staffs and urged them to take cleanliness to their offices and work places. He also urged all the Indians to devote at least 2 hours per week to clean their surroundings.  In the 2-year long celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, new schemes have been launched and awareness campaigns have been intensified to promote a clean and healthy environment all around. Such a step is the development of Swachh Campus and Jal Shakti Campus and Jal Shakti Gram under Higher Education as initiated by the Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education in areas of sanitation, hygiene and water conservation.
Expressing confidence in  connection with the launching of two Manuals on Swachh Campus and Jal Shakti Campus and Jal Shakti Gram as a part of this State Level Programme, The  Governor said that these will certainly help the Higher Educational Institutions including Universities, Colleges and Polytechnics in keeping the campus clean and in developing strategies, action plans and implementation plans for water conservation within the campus and in the villages. She also mentioned that, the state of cleanliness which we maintain during the observance of the National Cleanliness Day should be made a regular way of life. It should not be just a normal observance but a wakeup call for all of us to maintain high standards of cleanliness in our homes, work places, roads, streets and public places.
She also appealed the gathering that while celebrating the National Cleanliness Day, we should all remember the lofty thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi and it would, indeed, be paying true homage to the Father of the Nation if we strive to keep our body, mind and soul clean.
As part of National Cleanliness Day 2019, Manipur Secretariat organized a special cleanliness drive in all the sections. An evaluation team of senior officers have ranked the Section based in specific 4(four) criteria, the winner for Cleanliness of floor, cupboards, fans and walls of North Block, New Secretariat are 1st Art and Culture Section, 2nd Sports section, 3dr Water Resources Section, the winner for Proper arrangement of furniture items in neat and clean of Western Block New Secretariat are 1st Finance Budget Section, 2nd Finance PIC Section, 3rd Finance Expenditure and PHED Section, the winner for Systematic arrangement in keeping and stored files within available cupboard/shelves(weeding old files) of Annexe Building, New Secretariat are 1st Horticulture Section, 2nd Hill Section 3rd Education-S Section also the winner for No unnecessary hanging/papers on walls of South Block, Old Secretariat are 1st Commerce and Industries Section, 2nd Dept.of Personnel(Wing-1) 3rd GAD(Establishment).
Deputy Chief Minister Y.Joykumar Singh  grace the function as President, Revenue, Karam Shyam, MAHUD Minister Th ShyamKumar and other top officials of the state government attended the observance.

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Dhaka, Oct 2

With aims to promote Manipuri Language and Culture in Bangladesh, ‘Manipuri Library and Research Centre ‘ was inaugurated at Bhanubil in Bhanughash of Bangladesh. Bhanughash has maximum Manipuri population in Bangladesh.

Founder and Chief Executive of the Library is Ayekpam Anju, the first Manipuri lady writer in Bangladesh.

The inaugural function of the Library held yesterday was attended by   Yaiskul Khwairakpam, President Patriotic Writer Forum, Manipur,  Rakesh Naorem, Secretary Patriotic Writer Forum, Manipur, Khoirom Indrajit, President, Integrated Manipuri Association and Hamom Tonubabu, Cultural Activist as dignitaries.

President of the Manipuri Library Association Kangjam Chaoba delivered speech on the benefits given by public Library in a society.

On the occasion, two books ‘Punshi Ichellaktei’ (a poetry collection written by Yaisku Khwairakpam) and ‘Nangsu Nupini’ authored by Jilla Leishanthem were released.

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 17:42

National Cleanliness Day at RIMS

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Imphal, Oct 2

The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal in association with National Medicos Organisation (NAMO), Manipur Unit and My Home India Foundation observed National Cleanliness day at RIMS Hospital, Imphal. During the observation, the team led by Prof. A. Santa Singh, Director, RIMS, Imphal cleaned the OPD Block and nearby areas of the hospital. Prof. Th. Naranbabu Singh, Vice President, NAMO and Prof. Th. Sachin Deba, Secretary, NAMO along with volunteers of the NAMO and My Home India took part the in the cleanliness drive.

On the other hand, Gandhi Jayanti was also observed in the office of Nursing Superintendent, RIMS Hospital,  Imphal.  Sh. Lata Devi, Nursing Superintendent, RIMS hospital, Senior Nursing officials and nursing staff paid floral tributes to the Father of Nation. Hospital wards were also cleaned by the nursing and other staff. 

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Imphal Oct.2

G C CRPF  celebrates 150th Birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi ,On the occasion ,GC CRPF ,Imphal organized on “ Swachhata hi Sewa (SHS) ‘ and during which a series of events organized on awareness of cleanliness drive. GC CRPF Imphal had also taken active part in the “Swachh Sankalp se Swachh Siddhi” campaign from 17/09/2017.
GC,CRPF ,Imphal  always help local populace to clean their areas and take part in the Swachha Bharat Mission .Ashok Kumar S.DIG(Medical),composite hospital,Imphal who was the Chief guest of the function has administered the oath on Swachh Bharat Mission I.Lokendro Singh ,DIG GC,CRPF ,Imphal motivated all officers , SOs and Jawan to keep the group center , CRPF , Clean and Green

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 17:37

The humility of MK Gandhi and Manipur

“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, self-reliance 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. Today we also witness the center becoming a deciding factor of whom to rule the state making the state completely dependent to the central government.  
Case in point- while the state is just recovering from the difficulties caused by the failure many things, the mind of the people of the state are living in fear. A fear to the threat in the territorial integrity and fear for the future of the Indigenous Manipuri people due the CAB, the government of India is planning to pass. Besides, the political crisis for change of leadership has added more uncertainty to concern people of the state.   
The present social conflicts and misunderstandings spawned by false propaganda and ethnically tainted rumours 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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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 17:35

Manipuri Women & Crime Against them

Manipur, a tiny state with an area of 22,327 sq. km in the north-eastern part of India is home to diverse ethnic groups and sub-groups. The sex ratio, according to 2011 census is 934 per 1000 male and has decreased as compared to 975 per 1000 male in the last census. Manipur has a literacy rate of 79.85% with male literacy 86.49% and female literacy at 73.19%. In general women hold a high and free position in Manipur. Manipur is a state where women occupy a very unique position in the society since time immemorial. The Manipur women enjoy much more freedom to move around and so are much more enlightened and intelligent unlike in other parts of the country, where women are kept shut inside their homes. Women have always been held in respect and accorded honor in Manipur. Manipuri women are usually inspired by ideal women depicted in literature both mythology and legendary. It may be said that most women while discharging their duties in the families are still following in varying degrees, the principles and norms prescribed by IMOINU, a mythological Goddess for the maintenance of peace and welfare of the family.
In addition to their household responsibilities, women also participate in social function and religious ceremonies. Since early times, women have been taking active parts in the performance of religious rites and rituals. Another important contribution of Manipuri women is in the field of art and culture. They have added a lot to the cultural heritage in dance, literatures and the like. The world famous “RAS LILA” is performed by female artists only. Manipuri women have also contributed a lot in the field of sports. M.C.MaryKom,Kunjarani Devi, L.Sarita, Bombela, Bembem,Balaetc are acclaimed sportspersons of the state. The responsibility of running the family was by and large entrusted to women in the absence of their menfolk. The work participation of women in Manipur has been fairly high. Sometimes women also supplement their family income by weaving cloths and selling them in the market. At the same time we all see the street vendor’semas (women), who are taking major role to sustain family economy/income, though they are deprived of their comfortable seats. They are in fact very industrious in many sectors. The most admirable featureof the Manipuri women has been their capacity to resist any imposition on them, their families or their state, be it in the social, political or economic field. From the very ancient times, Manipuri women as a group played active role and participated in the political and social movement of the state as indicated by the two Nupi Lal of 1904 and 1939. EmaKeithel or NupiKeithelis one of a kind in the World as it is exclusively run by women. Rani Gaidinliuis another woman who had strongly asserted the political rights of her people against the British authority. The Nisha Bandh movement started in the seventies to take up steps to prohibit the use of liquor and drugs in Manipur. The Meirapaibi movement in the 1980s as a voluntary organization of the womenfolk to prevent violation of basic human rights of the people in the hands of the armed forces. The Meirapaibis also work for the eradication of social evils which are harmful to the development of the society as a whole. The Manipuri women as a group, played active role and participated in political and social movement of the state. Manipuri women make crucial economic contributions and hold a distinctive position in social, religious and political life.
However, reports of violence against women in Manipur have been rising rapidly in the last few years. Despite being accorded respect and honor at home and adorned on public platform, in recent years, women have been more and more at the receiving end of escalating violence to which there is no limit, both in the public domain and private arena of the family. Man-woman relationship in the society continues to be a dominating-dominated relationship. Much of the violence in the public sphere has been a direct result of the conflict situation in the state which is accompanied by an atmosphere of vagueness, fear and insecurity to aggression. Violence in the public domain –shapes the choices women make about their own mobility and those of their family members and the choices family members impose on women which have lasting consequences when mobility is necessary. Violence against women has become an endemic part of our society today. When one subscribes to the view that the status of women in Manipur is very high, the question arises as to why women are then vulnerable to all forms of violence? Many women fulfil multiple categories in their varied roles inside and outside the household. A heterogeneous form of patriarchy looms large behind the unwavering perception of women’s elevated position in Manipur, a perception common both within and outside the state. As customary practices are reshaped by modern legal and social norms, patriarchy  in the state has evolved, yet subordination of women is still prevalent. Just as violence against women has a close connection with women’s status and position, it also has an intimate connection with the ideology of patriarchy, especially in the context of Manipur. In patriarchal society like ours, violence against women occurs in every step of life in different forms—mental, physical, economic, emotional and sexual. Despite the involvement of women inagricultural production, Paid employment and household decision –making, women are still excluded from formal decision-making institutions.However high the women’s status in any given society, as long as there is no quality and freedom in the realm of politics ,economy and decision-making, the patriarchal  element will reign strong and supreme.
Reports of incidence of violence against women amounting to killing have been on the rise in recent times. The present state of conflict situation has also compounded the problem. Increasing crime against women is an escalating problem in Manipur. Women of Manipur have experienced multiple forms of gender-biased atrocities including rape ,molestation, kidnapping ,intimidation, cheating on the pretext of marriage proposal and job opportunities and various types of verbal, psychological ,sexual harassment and abuse of women including eve-teasing. Such action deepened the sense of victimization and helplessness of the women of Manipur and brought both physical and psychological insecurity. All these are again catalyzed by social media of IT product. Manipuri women fit the portrayed of what is called victimization of the victim. Manipuri women have been the victims of various forms of violence. Yet the strong sense of subsistence and survival compels them to be the source of sustenance for their families. In spite of such strength, the burden of all misfortune and adversity has taken a toll on their lives. They have not been given their due recognition for all that they are worth which is why women in the state still victims to copious crime and violence. There is no economic, political or social empowerment of women in true sense in our state. The deteriorating law and order situation in the state has added to the sufferings of the womenfolk. It is quite tragic and painful that women are increasingly unsafe, whether within or outside their homes. The harsh reality is that the elevation of women to a high pedestal in the socio-economic realm is only another side of the coin because as individuals, most women in Manipur fall prey to one or the other form of violence. Rape and murder are no longer sporadic cases and has become some sort of an epidemic in the state. Lives of women have been severely affected to such an extent that in both the hills and valleys of the state while doing their day to day chores, many women have been tortured  and raped and sometimes murdered. There are various instances where the raped victims conceal their awful stories because of fear being stigmatized by the society.
In tiny state of Manipur, violence has become a way of life with an ever increasing incidence of different forms of violence against women. Though violence against women has increased in Manipur, going by the rate of conviction in cases of violence against women, it would not be wrong to say that the law and criminal justice system has failed to respond or deal effectively with it. Women therefore continue to suffer without adequate legal or other redress. What is needed is an active and sustained engagement on the issues of violence against women in the form of collective people’s movement and not just the collective women’s movement. To combat the menace of violence against women, a woman-specific movement is the need of the hour.

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Dr Bimal Chhajer,
Director, SAAOL Heart Centre, New Delhi. 

One day Education camp on heart health was recently organized by Science and Art of Living (SAAOL) for training people to eradicate heart diseases from the root.
Under the banner name of ’An Education Vaccine’ the training session was conducted to spread awareness and educate the masses on the possible ways to prevent and control the most common but fatal disease – heart attacks.
On the occasion of their 25th year Anniversary, Founder of SAAOL, Dr Bimal Chhajer highlighted on the views of eradicating heart diseases through lifestyle related changes, diet, exercise and yoga. The program included complete education on ways of overall heart care to patients and those vulnerable to heart ailments. Dieticians Doctors, yoga experts also educated the patients on management of heart diseases by food, exercise, knowledge and yoga.
“Cardiac ailments being a lifestyle related ailment and hence the treatment should also be focused in the same direction. While cardiac ailments remain to be a growing burden in the Indian society, affecting millions of people and the economy of the country, it is time to eradicate them from the root. Present day Cardiologists are in the wrong track by emphasizing more use of Bypass surgery or Angioplasty, medicines, emergency treatments – but they are overlooking the real cause of heart attack and heart disease. If all of them work by removal of the cause of heart disease, we can control the spread of heart disease as well as work towards Eradicating heart disease.”
Till today heart disease remains the most common cause of death in most of the countries of the world.  There are 8-10 crore (80-100 million) heart patients in India and every 10 seconds one person dies of heart disease in this country. This makes roughly about 9000 deaths per day and about 30 lakh deaths per year.
Dr Chajjer who has been working on ‘Reversal of heart diseases’ for the past 24 years has developed a ‘SAAOL Safety Circle’ which can guide every adult of the country to take steps to reverse and prevent heart disease.
“I have treated over 2 lakh heart patients in the past 24 years with non-invasive treatment modules like lifestyle change, US FDA approved EECP and a combination of Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, and Detoxification. With the development of the SAAOL Safety circle which is the best indicator of the heart health has benefitted many to prevent future heart complications.  It has three circles and 12 factors to control, six parameters related to medical and four each related to healthy diet and lifestyle habits.”

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New Delhi, Oct. 2

Meiraba Luwang and Tasnim Mir led India to an impressive 4-1 victory over Australia in their Group E clash as the contingent continue their winning run on Day 2 of the BWF World Junior Mixed Team Championships 2019 in Kazan, Russia on Tuesday.
In the opening match, Goa’s Tanisha Crasto and Chattisgarh’s Ishaan Bhatnagar continued their striking form by securing a win in 21-17, 20-22, 21-11 over Jack Yu and Kaitlyn Ea of Australia. The 43-minute match provided India its first point of the day.
Junior World No. 10 Maisnam Meiraba Luwang then crushed Australia’s Rio Agustino 21-17, 21-11 in 29 minutes to secure India’s second point for the day. The Manipur youngster carried his rich vein of form from his Russian Junior White Nights 2019 title win and his runner-up finish at the India Junior International earlier in the year.
India’s third point came in the girls’ singles category as Gujarat’s Tasnim Mir clinched an easy 21-11, 21-15 victory over Angela Yu in just 22 minutes. The rising shuttler has been roaring after grabbing two golds at the Dubai Junior International Series earlier this month.
Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam gave India their fourth point of the day. The Manipur duo made a comeback in the second game to choke Ricky Tang and Otto Xing De Zhao 17-21, 21-8. 21-14 in 35 minutes.
The sole setback for India came in the last match of the day where India’s pair of Aditi Bhatt and Tanisha Crasto lost to Victoria He and Angela Yu in a 17-21, 21-18, 15-21 scoreline.
Earlier yesterday India whitewashed Armenia with a 5-0 win after starting their campaign with a strong 4-1 triumph over USA. With another 4-1 win today, India continued their winning streak in Group E on Day 2.
Action in the group stages will continue till October 2 following which the knockout rounds will begin.
In their final group assignment on Wednesday, India will next face the mighty Japanese, who haven’t dropped a single point in two matches so far.

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