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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - Imphal Times

CM co-chaired MoS Home GK Reddy in Security review meeting held ahead of the final settlement with NSCN-IM

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Imphal, Oct 22

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today co-chaired a Security review meeting with the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy, who arrived here yesterday. The meeting was attended by top profile government employees of the state including Chief Secretary Dr. Suresh Babu, Director General of Police LM Khoute top level officers of the Indian Army and Assam Rifles and other members of the Unified command including high profile leaders of the state Home department.    

Prevailing issues of the awaiting final settlement between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM and probable impact to the state of Manipur may have been discussed during the security review meeting even as it cannot be confirmed on what actually were the agenda of the meeting, a source said.

Political analyst said that the visit of the MoS Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy coincided with the government of India’s strong commitment to settle the Naga issue by October 31. And that the discussion has included security measures that have to be taken up if in case any unwanted things happen. 

“It may not be because that the settlement hurt the sentiment of the Manipuri people but it may be to control any peoples’ violent movement at any part of the state as a fall out of the final agreement”, the Political analyst said.

When Imphal Times contacted the DIPR staffs deployed at the Chief Minister’s Office, we were told that no staffs of the IPR were allowed to present in the meeting.

Meanwhile, as per unofficial report reaching here heavy troops of Indian army are reportedly reinforced at the Army cantonment at Rangapahar in Dimapur. The source said that movement of tank and heavy armor were seen exercising inside the camp in addition to the normal training of the  Indian security forces.

District administrators had been ordered to stay in the office in their respective district head quarters in Nagaland as security measures. And it is expected that the government of Manipur may issue similar directives to all the district administrators of the state of Manipur to confine in their respective offices at district head quarters.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the all Political parties is being underway at the Chief Minister’s office to discuss the issues of the final settlement between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India. The meeting begins with every political party’s members expressing apprehension about the possible outcome if the agreement contains clauses that may hurt the sentiment of the people of the state. This time two representatives of the opposition Congress party are also attending the all political party meeting. Details of what decision has been taken during the meeting could not be known as of now as the meeting still continue at the time of filing this story.

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NEFIS stages protest rally at MU demanding Anti Sexual Harassment Committee in MU

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Imphal Oct. 22

North East Forum for International Solitary (NEFIS) today under the aegis of MUSU staged a protest rally inside Manipur University (MU) Campus demanding setting up of effective Anti Sexual Harassment Committee in MU.

Speaking to media persons, member of NEFIS Manipur Unit Khumukcham Chinglen stressed the need to have an effective Anti Sexual Harassment Committee for MU as in other Universities in the country.

He said that as per the guidelines of Supreme Court, such Committee is a must for every university of the nation and unfortunately as in the case of Manipur University the committee exists only in paper.

“When a student inside the university was sexually harassed there is no place or room for the students to file complaint inside the university”, he continued.

Chinglen further highlighted that many of the women suffered and hide their suffering denying justice till today.

He added that they will not allow women to be suppressed and sexual harassment should be removed from the face of the earth. 

Later the protestors marched starting in front of Linguistics Department and move towards the administrator office of MU and then meet with the administrator Jarnail Singh. More than thousands signatures collected through signature campaign was also given to the administrator. 

After meeting with the administrator a protestor identified as H Reema Chanu asserted that the administrator agreed to fulfill their demands of forming effective anti harassment committees in MU involving female students in the said committee and also to make aware of such committee by uploading in the website.

She further added that the administrator also assured to extend the opening hour of the library and also extend the curfew of ladies hostels till 9 o’clock at night.

Reema concluded that the administrator assured to fulfill their demands within 15 days.

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TSA organises Cybercrime awareness seminar

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Imphal, Oct 22

The Ministry of Education & Statistics, Thadou Students’ Association, General Headquarters (TSA-GHQ) has organized a one day awareness seminar on cybercrime yesterday at the Jubilee Hall of Presidency College, Motbung.
The awareness seminar was attended by Shri Hemant Pandey, IPS (SP Kangpokpi) as Chief Guest, Emmanuel Fimate, MPS (Addl SP Kangpokpi) as Resource Person, Shri P. , Officer-in-Charge, Gamnom-Saparmaina Police Station as Special Guest and school going class 9 & 10 students studying in and around Motbung village. In all, 400 students from 7 different schools are in attendance.
Chief Guest of the seminar Hemant Pandey advocates the importance of cognition and awareness in cybercrime in today’s world. He too talks about privacy and proper usage of social media such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.
Resource person of the seminar highlighted the ill-effects of internet technology, the punishable and laws under the Indian Information Technology Act. He highlighted various types of crimes under the cyber viz. Banking Fraud, SMS Scam, Lottery, Social Media Fake Account, etc. proper explanation through the slides. He also talks about the ominous effects of mobile internet games such as PUBG especially to the school going students.
After a session of 2 hours lecture by the Resource Person, various students had shared their feedback and testimony about the productiveness of the seminar.
The SP Kangpokpi distributes sweets to each participating school as a token of admiration and acknowledgement. The Seminar starts at 12:30 pm and ended at 3 pm with a vote of thanks addressed by Michael Lamjathang Haokip, Secretary General, Thadou Students’ Association, General Headquarters.

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Naga Students Federation prepares to fight back door appointments

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Kohima, Oct 22

The Naga Students Federation (NSF) is all set to fight against the rampant back door appointments at various government departments in Nagaland.
A statement by the media cell of NSF sad that The Naga Students Federation as the conscience keeper of the Naga Students and youth has taken it upon our shoulder to fight against this ever pervasive malaise and reign in the better days for the Naga students and youth. The NSF (hereinafter ‘the Federation’, in this noble pursuit submitted a memorandum to the  Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphui Rio on  11th June 2019 urging his government to set up a committee which will work out the modalities for setting-up of Staff Selection Board (SSB) in the state within two months time.
“Rampant practices of back-door appointments and other undesirable practices been adopted by those in the seat of power during the recruitment process to various government jobs threatens to throw the future of the educated Naga youths in the state of Nagaland into disarray. Meritocracy has been living its dark days in the state, counting very little of the efforts and sacrifices been made by the students to secure a future for themselves and the society at large.  This situation needs to be remedied without further delay lest posterity holds us accountable for having done little or nothing to right this monstrous wrong”, the statement said.
The NSF also issue and ultimatum to the government of Nagaland on August 21, 2019 with the following charter of demands which were in addition to the federation’s long pending demand for setting up of SSB:
1) Issue notification banning all recruitment to ‘group c’ posts until the implementation of SSB in the state.
2) Issue notification for scrapping down of all departmental exams for recruitment to ‘Group C’ posts.
3) Setting up of SSB and that all existing vacancies be filled through open recruitment.
The federation’s draft policy and modalities in tune with the already implemented states was also submitted to the government for ready reference and implementation thereafter.
The Federation, appealed to the government to comply to these demands within a period of 1 (one) month. The representation also clearly stated that the NSF shall be compelled to take up befitting actions in the interest of the students community had the government chose to refrain from taking up the issue in earnest.
“More than a month had elapsed since that ultimatum was placed before the authority concern for their consideration and positive action thereafter. However, the Federation regrets to inform each one of you that we’ve not been able to make much headway in our pursuit as the state government has not been forthcoming to hammer out a solution in tune with the aspirations of the Naga students and youths”, it added.
This uneasy impasse created by the failure of the state government to heed to the collective desire of the Naga youths and students has now compelled the Federation to register our resentment against the state government through a series of democratic mass based protest. The NSF says details of the protest shall be made public in days to come.
The NSF appealed to all the right thinking Naga citizens to come forward and lend your support towards the federation as we take forth our fight against the evils within the government set-up which has been responsible for obscuring the future and spoiling the lives of countless students and youths.
The federation also appealed to all youths to take ownership of righteous cause and be relentless in our collective pursuit to tell the state government that the Naga youths and students shall no longer accept practices that are responsible for the stunted growth of our Naga society.
The Federation shall not waiver until the desired result is achieved and we appeal to each one of you to walk together with us throughout this journey.

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We definitely want a solution of the NSCN-IM and that could be empowering the ADCs

If it is all about greater autonomy similar to the one with Article 371 (A) of the Indian Constituency in all so call Naga inhabited areas particularly in the state of Manipur why does the NSCN-IM needed so much bloodshed that had cost thousands and thousands of Naga patriots. If it was all about more autonomy for the so call Nagas or Hill region of the state of Manipur the movement should be devolution of power to the Autonomous District Councils. If one digs to the unwritten biography of Th. Muivah , the supremo of the NSCN-IM, that person will definitely come to the conclusion that there are not many people who knows the history of Manipur. How could a leader so conscious about the politics of that time, when Manipur was yet to merge to the Indian union, unaware of the history of the erstwhile nation. After all the leader had been associated with many of the eminent scholars who forcefully picked arms to wage war against the government of India until he entered the peace pack with the government of India in 1997. The respect and support he gained during his journey as the leader of the NSCN-IM was his promise of a sovereign land exclusively for the Naga including Nagaland . This is just not an assumption , Th. Muivah (called by many as Avakaran) had time and again stated that Naga were never under any alien ruler and were independent since time memorial.
But the recent development reveal that what Mr. Muivah has been working for over 50 years was for a land exclusively and of course for the development of the many Hill tribal who were never honoured with the basic amenities and who were always deprived of their right by the successive regime.
When it comes to the state of Manipur, there is already a provision in the constitution of India, inserted specially for the welfare of the Hill tribal people. Manipur don’t need a sixth schedule or any other extra autonomy as it would flare up confusion and anger among the various communities who have been living with peaceful co-existence since time immemorial. To be precise this column had revealed the shrewd divisive game being played by vested interested group like NSCM-IM. This was stated based on the sequence of events that has been recorded with the Imphal Times since 1980- the time when NSCN was formed due to differences with the NNC.
Article 371C in The Constitution of India gives Special provision with respect to the State of Manipur
It said,  “Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, the President may, by order made with respect to the State of Manipur, provide for the constitution and functions of a committee of the Legislative Assembly of the State consisting of members of that Assembly elected from the Hill Areas of that State, for the modifications to be made in the rules of business of the Government and in the rules of procedure of the Legislative Assembly of the State and for any special responsibility of the Governor in order to secure the proper functioning of such committee
“ The Governor shall annually, or whenever so required by the President, make a report to the President regarding the administration of the Hill Areas in the State of Manipur and the executive power of the Union shall extend to the giving of directions to the State as to the administration of the said areas Explanation In this article, the expression Hill Areas means such areas as the President may, by order, declare to be Hill Areas”
Now, that there is a Autonomous district councils in every hill district and the only problem is that there is no clear devolution of power to the ADCs. People of the state may oppose any other mechanism – that would be no different from formation of a state within a state like structure. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had time and again oppose existence of a nation within a nation and the spirit should be follow – no state with a state should be allowed if Governor of Nagaland RN Ravi, who is also the interlocutor have some respect for the Prime Minister of India.
Media had once quoted RN Ravi as saying that something has to be done for the solution – well in that case strengthen the ADCs by devolution of power.

‘Apprenticeship training is one of the efficient ways to develop skilled Manpower’

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Imphal, Oct. 22

Labour & Employment, Minister Thokchom Radheshyam said that the apprenticeship training is one of the most efficient ways to develop skilled manpower. Human resource is the true source for progress of the country. Participants of the training should take the opportunity to gain knowledge and clarify their doubts.
He expressed that India’s median age at present is 27 years and if the youth population are skilled, then the economic output of the country would be enormous. Readiness to solve any problem is the quality of a skilled individual. Thus it is important to become a skilled individual for betterment of the society. Skill upgradation is important to remain relevant and is necessary that each and every individual improve their skill. Every profession has its own unique specification and specialization and it is important that one keep on updating oneself with the latest knowledge.
The Minister was speaking at the Apprenticeship Pakhwada, an Apprenticeship Awareness Programme organized by the Manipur Society for Skill Development (MSSD). The programme was held at Classic Hotel, Imphal yesterday. Keeping in view the importance of Apprenticeship Training, the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme was launched on 19th August 2016. The main objective of the scheme is promoting apprenticeship training and to increase the engagement of apprentices from 2.3 lakh during August 2016 to 50 lakh cumulatively by year 2020.  
Th. Radheshyam said that advancement and changes in technology is happening very fast and is a need that one keeps tap with the development. The end where one idea ends is where the ideas of new innovation are conceived. Technology has its negative factor but when in safe hands it becomes a boon making the earth a heaven. It is every individual’s responsibility to make the world a better place irrespective of where one lives.
MSSD, Mission Director, W. Malemnganba Chenglei said that to promote apprenticeship training the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) was approved by the GOI. The scheme of NAPS offers sharing of 25% of prescribed stipend subject to a maximum of Rs. 1500/- per month per apprentices. Sharing of cost of basic training is compulsory for apprentices who come directly for apprenticeship training without any formal trade training.  
He explained that the employers are to engage apprentices within a band of 2.5% to 10% of the total workforce including contractual workers. Employers who are engaging apprentices under the Apprentices Act are exempted towards contribution of EPF and ESI for apprentices engaged by them.
Joint Director RDSD&E, Guwahati, GoI, Shri B. K Singh gave presentation as a resource person during the awareness programme. Additional Chief Secretary, Labour & Employment, Letkhogin Haokip, dignitaries, trainees and participants attended the programme

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A nonagenarian blesses Smriti Irani

By Raju Vernekar 
Mumbai, Oct 22

Union Minister of Textiles Minister Smriti Irani cast her vote in Versova Assembly constituency at polling centre located at Swami Samarth Nagar, Andheri West in North West Mumbai, even as voting for Maharashtra assembly held on Monday. The counting will be held on Thursday.
On arrival Irani was greeted by BJP workers and she was also blessed by a local resident 93 year old Khanna uncle. Khanna, an ex army man had cast her vote early in the morning.
Turning to media persons, Irani used the elderly man’s example to encourage others to come and vote. “Today’s hero is Khanna ji...he had served in Army,” Irani said. “He is 93 and  came out to vote early in the morning. It is an inspiration to people to come out and vote,” the Amethi MP said. She went on to add that “If at 93 he can vote, who is stopping you?”. The nonagenarian who in any case active, participates in all festivals and recites aarti without fail.
After casting her vote, Irani also interacted with local BJP workers. Kajal Rochwani, Atul Malviya, Kashi Kanojia and others were present.
Although the voting percentage was low till afternoon, by 6 PM at the close of voting the voter turnout in Maharashtra was recorded at 55.31 percent. The voting in rural areas was high compared to urban areas. Total percentage was expected to go up to 60 per cent, after final figures.
Earlier in the day a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Sunil Khambe, threw ink on the EVM in a polling booth situated in Thane Head Post Office, as a protest against alleged “misuse of EVMs”. He threw ink on the machine after he had cast his vote in the Assembly polls in progress state-wide. While being bundled into the police van, he told reporters that he did this as EVMs were making a “mockery of democracy”..

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