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Saturday, 26 October 2019 - Imphal Times

Apprehensions about the fate of Manipur continue to haunt Imphal; Mass Rally continues; memorandum submitted

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Imphal, Oct 26

Manipur once more saw thousands of people coming out in the street shouting slogan for protection of the Integrity of Manipur today. Since the last couple of days Imphal has been witnessing countless protest after the COCOMI announced to launch agitation. Two days after thousands of ladies staged a mass rally at BT road, another similar number of people staged a rally from Kwakeithel today afternoon. The rally organised by COCOMI – a joint body of 6 major civil society bodies, marched towards Governor Bungalow, however, a strong team of state police stopped them at Keishampat junction.

Reporters at the site witness confrontation between the police team and those taking part in the rally. However, the police team restrain maximum tolerance and no gun shot, lathi charge, mock bomb or tear gas shell were fired. The police later allowed some members of the COCOMI to meet the Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptula.

Convenor of the COCOMI Sunil Karam, Genral Secretary of UCM Kh. Athouba, President of the CCSK Jeetendra Ningomba, President of HERICOUN Ratankumar Longjam, President of MMWO, Abdulah Phundreimayum and President of Kuki Inpi (Imphal Zone) Maangcha, President of Aimol Tribe Union, Akhil Aimol and President of AMUCO Ph Nando Luwang jointly signed a memorandum and submitted to the Governor of Manipur.

Sunil Karam while speaking to media persons soon after meeting the Governor said that, the Governor had assured to convey the message to the Union government and said that she fully understands the sentiment of the people and will render her duty to make sure that peace is restored in the state.  

It may be mention that apprehensions about the fate of Manipur looms large among the people of the state as the Government of India is still keeping the contents of the frame work agreement that is likely to sign with the Nagaland Political Groups including the NSCN-IM from public domain.

Assurance to consult and let know the contents of the agreement, if any, with all stakeholders particularly the civil bodies of the state by the Prime Minister has not yet been  fulfilled  even as it is just five days as per announcement.

Heirok Rally

At Heirok in Thoubal district, a protest demonstration was staged warning of serious consequences if the integrity of Manipur is distorted while solving the issue of the NSCN-IM. The rally organised by Ningol Club Heirok and People Action for Change Heirok kicks start from Higher Secondary School at Heirok Part 3 today morning.

Over hundreds of people took part in the rally denouncing any act to distort the integrity of Manipur and finally concluded at Heirok part-II Keithel. The mass rally was followed by a public meeting. The participants at the rally carried banners and chanted slogans demanding to safeguard the integrity of the State Manipur. The slogans also include that the State cannot have two Government and Article 371 A cannot be implemented in the state of Manipur.

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NSF to commence first phase agitation from October 30 over Government failure to set up SSB

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Imphal, Oct 26

Naga Students Federation in a press communiqué said that the student body will commence its 1st phase of democratic agitation from October 30 following government failure to comply with their demand for setting up of Staff Selection Board (SSB) in Nagaland.
“It was unanimously resolved to register the resentment of the Federation in a democratic and phased manner against the failure of the Government of Nagaland to comply with its demands for setting up of Staff Selection Board (SSB) in the State,” the NSF statement said.
The first phase democratic agitation will begin by wearing black badges.
“All the school, college and university going students shall wear symbolic black bands/badges along with the uniform of their respective institutions”, the NSF appealed.
The Federation also directed all the Federating Units and Sub-ordinate bodies to take up all necessary actions to ensure that the protest is carried out successfully in their respective jurisdiction.
It also appealed to all the stakeholders to lend their support and cooperation in this fight towards a just future.

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Manipuri Folk song gains more popularity; Mangka invited to perform Manipuri folk song at Okinawa

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Imphal, Oct 26

Japan based International Foundation invites Laihui (the troupe that Mangka belongs) to take part in the commemorative event for the 30th Anniversary of the Haebaru Town Museum.  The Haebaru Town Museum is located in the Kiyan district of Haebaru directly west of the site of the Haebaru Japanese Army Hospital. The museum features a reproduction of the facilities of the dugout bunkers that were used for the army hospital. In addition to other wartime artifacts, the museum has exhibits on traditional pre-war Okinawan life and overseas emigrants from the town.

Laihui, the troupe founded by Mangka’s father Mayanglangbam Mangangsana, is presently in Tokyo for the Cross Transit Project as a Dramaturge, Music Composer and Performer since 1st October. He will lead the Laihui troupe that has been invited to perform at the 30th Anniversary of the Haebaru Town Museum commemorative event. Various Cultural Exchange events with artists in Okinawa will take place from October 28 to November 5, 2019.

Mangka will be presenting Manipuri Folk music performance on November 4. Various Cultural exchange activities like interaction cum musical exchange with students of various schools and colleges and also, they will be visiting Ishigaki Island and Taketomi Island and will have a music as well as traditional songs exchange with the traditional musicians of these islands.

A communiqué by Mangangsana said that there will be exhibitions of traditional textiles. Byron Aihara, and Kangabam Bikram Singh’s (KBC) photographs will be highlighting Manipur’s charm. This historic trip will be documented by Romi Meitei. And this trip will bring a closer and tighter ties of love, trust through music and songs for generations to come.

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Shehtri Samridhi Utsav Mela underway

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Imphal, Oct 26

The 2nd  3- Day  Shehtri Samridhi Utsav Mela which began yesterday organized by the  Manipur Urban Development Agency (MUDA)   in commemoration with the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is being underway at Hatta Kangjeibung, Imphal East.
The  Mela was organized under the sponsorship of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India with the aim to unite all Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) stakeholders and create strong momentum for the Mission by implementing a number of high –impact initiatives.
M.Joy Singh, Commissioner, MUDA who attended the inaugural function as Chief Guest said that the main purpose of organizing the Mela is to showcase and market the products manufactured by Self Help Groups (SHGs) who are under the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) in the state to national level. Also It is a platform for these groups to meet and have healthy discussions about their various products so that they compete in the national level. He stated that due to some technical problems, the previous loan applications were not disbursed. He urged the concern officers to look into the matter and submit the relevant documents as soon as possible. He asked the MUDA officers to upload the registered SHGs on online portals.
Attending the function as Guest of Honour,  Ravi Solanki, National Mission Manager- MIS-ME, DAY-NULM conveyed that Shehtri Samridhi Utsav Mela is basically a platform to provide component to SHGs. He states that he is confident to see high quality products of these local SHGs in the national level Shehtri Samridhi Utsav Mela which will be held in Delhi in the later part of February, 2020.  He informed that during the last year’s Mela, he was an Anchor for the state of Manipur and was very proud that the state was doing well even in the national level.
Presiding over the inaugural function, Th. Harikumar Singh, MMAS,Director, MUDA stated that the state’s SHGs successfully participated in the first ever Shehtri Samridhi Utsav Mela at Rajgath, Delhi. The products manufactured by these groups were in high demand. He encouraged the participants to work hard and produced more for economic sustainability. He also stated that there is a proposal to sell these products on online shopping sites.
The Mela saw a healthy participation from around 100 stalls showcasing   food, handloom and handicrafts, vegetables among others.

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Only the Government can calm the people

The past few days witness another chaotic situation in both the state of Manipur and Nagaland. A Kohima based journalist while updating his Facebook page stated that –”Nagaland today is no difference from President Rule”. Civil societies here in the state of Manipur spent restless days and are now united under a single platform call COCOMI. Torch rally, sit-in-protest, mass rally, uproar in Khwairambandh Keithel is being resumed after almost 2 years. To be precise People in both Nagaland and Manipur are living with fear. The chaotic situation in both the states is the fall out of the hectic preparation for ending the 2 decades old peace talk with the NSCN-IM. As per announcement by the Interlocutor of the GoI, who is also the present governor of Nagaland, the final agreement between NSCN-IM along with 6 political groups of Nagaland will be signed to find a lasting solution.
People in Manipur are restless as they have not been informed about the contents of the agreement, and the people in Nagaland are worried as the major rebel group stand tight with their demand – separate flag and separate constitution which is next to impossible. Unofficial news about cadres leaving at both designated and undesignated camps of NSCN-IM at this crucial stage have created fear psychosis among all people of Nagaland as they fear Nagaland becoming another war zone. The presence of heavy security force in Kohima and Dimapur is illogical if the government of India agreed to all points raised by the NSCN-IM. Now, what is more disturbing is the isolation of the NSCN-IM from other political groups which are engaging in the talk when it comes to finding a lasting solution.
On the other hand people of Manipur believe in the assurance given time and again by the prime minister of India to keep the territorial boundary of the state intact. But people of Manipur fear the likely existence of a state within a state. This was assumed as per the statement of RN Ravi.
There is nothing wrong in the granting of a Pan Naga Cultural body as far as it is not incorporated with the extension of Article 371 A of the Indian Constitution.   But as the government of India gives no proper explanation of what actually is the Pan Naga Cultural body, people have apprehension and thus, several form of protests – which were not even heard after the coming of BJP government in the state resumed. The point that RN Ravi stated was about granting of more autonomy.
The interlocutor RN Ravi says nothing on what exactly is the kind of autonomy that he is referring too.
When Manipur merged to the Indian Union and became a full fledged state in 1972, there is a provision – article 371 C which give absolute autonomy to not only the Nagas but to all tribal inhabiting in the state. There is a separate Hill Area Committee in the Manipur Legislative Assembly. Autonomous district Councils are existed at almost all hill district. The only thing is that some vested interested people particularly from among the tribal people, the ADCs are yet to function properly. If ADCs are hampered than people have all reason to believe that any form of autonomy will be for ruining the uneducated, poor tribal people living in the interior hilly terrain. For almost one decades some self style leaders or groups who claimed themselves to get the mandate of Naga people forcefully hampered the conduct od ADC election. It was not long ago that the ADC election was held but till today they exist more like a name shake local self government.
The panicky situation to the people of Manipur needs to be cleared. And that will be only possible if the government details on the real meaning of autonomy that Mr. RN Ravi had stated.  

Manipur artisans gained major export orders through IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2019

The 48th edition of IHGF DELHI FAIR AUTUMN 2019 concluded on 20th October 2019 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida contributing significantly both to the exports of handicrafts as well as the promotion of crafts clusters across India. This edition of the IHGF-Delhi Fair tagline was Reduce, Reuse and Recycle –An initiative to breathe life into junk. Buyers from various countries appreciated the efforts of EPCH for taking initiative in the direction of sustainability and also opined that IHGF-Delhi fair is growing year after year and keeps on not only bringing new products on display but also taking new initiatives. India Expo Centre & Mart remained action-packed for five days with over 3200 Indian handicrafts exporters from all across the country displaying selections of over 2000 + products and more than 300 trend specific design developments, 14 display segments of home, lifestyle, fashion, furniture and textiles spread out in an area of 1,97,000 sq. mtrs. The other highlights of five days extravaganza were knowledge seminars, fashion shows, theme pavilions from North East, Narsapur and Mana Village at Indo-China border for the first time.
In order to promote the artisans of NER and to showcase the crafts of the region before foreign buyers during 48th IHGF Delhi Fair, Regional Director (NER) O/o Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) has initiated various sample development programmes in different craft clusters of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Assam.
Ms Maibam Surjamala Devi, Designer of EPCH (Manipur) has provided design support for development of Sample products in different cluster of Manipur. The 48 Days Sample Product Development Programme under Technical Training Programme on ‘(2’C’ to 4 ‘C’) Combo for Dine Area’ for display in IHGF, Delhi Fair Autumn 2019 at Imphal in 4C  i.e. Kauna, Cane & Bamboo, Cotton & Clay (Pottery) Craft was organised in Imphal with the support of Handicraft Service Centre (RD & TDC, NER). The products from this programme were showcased in the 48th edition of IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn where these products were found irresistible by the buyers who visit the fair.
Also, Ms Surbala Mayanglambam, Women entrepreneur from Kakching Khunou, Kakching District Manipur has organised  sample products of Cushion covers out of cotton fabrics designed with traditional Handwoven with Contemporary designs in Manipur with an excellent finishing. These products have received numbers of inquiries from buyers of different countries as well as from domestic buyers.
Similarly, Mrs Babita Keisham, M/s Natural Textile Collection from Imphal has also developed new samples mainly Kauna bags to showcase in the event and have received orders for the products from buyers of  Europe.
Mr M.Lucky Singh , represented Lucky Manipur Handicrafts ,Imphal , Manipur, showcased products like Utility Basket ,Sling Bags ,Marketing Bags Laundry Baskets out of Kauna.
With every passing event of IHGF-Delhi Fair, the designs and quality of products being produced by the entrepreneurs are becoming excellent and buyers who visit IHGF-Delhi fairs have always found these exclusive products made out of Natural Fibres irresistible.
EPCH with the support of O/o DC (Handicrafts) has also showcased the Eco-Friendly Crafts of North Eastern Region for Export Marketing Opportunities during MAISON & OBJET from 18-22 January, 2019 at Paris, France, HONG KONG HOUSEWARE & TEXTILES FAIR 2019 FROM 20-23 APRIL & HONG KONG GIFTS And PREMIUM FAIR FROM 27-30 APRIL, 2019. Products from Seven organizations were showcased in the above exhibitions. Cane Trays and Bamboo products were the major attraction.

Babri Masjid case: Popular Front hopes a just verdict based on facts and records

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Imphal, Oct 26

The National Executive Council meeting of Popular Front of India has expressed hope that the verdict of the apex court in Babri Masjid title suit will be fair and impartial based on facts and records and not on mythology.  
There have been clear attempts from communal forces to pressurize and influence judiciary and intimidate lawyers and litigants. However our hope is that such devilish tactics will fail and truth and justice will ultimately prevail. The Babri Masjid case is not merely about the ownership of the land. The verdict in the case would be illustrative of whether the judiciary of the country is capable of ensuring the people the constitutional guarantees of secularism, equality before law and freedom of faith.  The meeting appreciated litigants and the lawyers from Muslim side who relentlessly stood in defence of truth and justice despite all odds.
In another resolution, the NEC of Popular Front demanded the central government to end the ongoing oppression of people in Kashmir.  Since the dictatorial move of the abrogation of Article 370 on 5 August, the entire population of Jammu and Kashmir has been made prisoners by deploying more armed forces and denying them all civil rights that people in the rest of the country enjoy. The lockdown on the people in the region, cutting off all communication lines, restricting movement and arresting politicians and common people for more than two and a half months is a brutal collective punishment unheard in the past. It is high time that all people and parties across the country raised their voice for Kashmiri people. NEC of Popular Front demanded immediate withdrawal of the armed forces, release of the imprisoned people and restoration of democracy in the region.
Referring to the report of the National Crime Records Bureau (2017), the meeting condemned attempts to manipulate national data to serve political interests of the ruling party.   The exclusion of certain category of crimes such as mob lynching and crimes by influential people from the report shows that government is reluctant to recognize even the existence of such organised crimes.  This denial of truth is despite the fact that Supreme Court of India has suggested special legislation against mob lynching.
The meeting questioned the move to accord the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna to V D Savarkar. He is recorded in history as a man who betrayed the freedom struggle and played instrumental role in dividing Indian people on religious lines.  His mercy petition to British rulers for walking out of jail speaks volumes about his enmity to motherland and loyalty to British Raj. NEC of Popular Front has pointed out that honouring such a traitor with Bharat Ratna is insulting real freedom fighters who laid their lives to free this country.

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One Day Free Heart Camp at Moreh

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Imphal, Oct 26

Manipur Heart Foundation (MHF) in association with SKY Hospital & Research Centre Pvt. Ltd & Moreh District Hospital conducted one day Free Heart and Echo screening Camp at Moreh District Hospital  on 26th October 2019.
Free Heart OPD, Free Echocardiography, Free ECG and Free Diabetes Detection tests were provided. A total number of 61 patients including children below 18 yrs of age were given Free Heart OPD, Free Echo were given to 12 patients, Free ECG to 26 patients and Free Diabetes Detection tests to 8 patients.
2 children below 18 yrs of age were detected to have CHD (Congenital Heart Disease) and another 4 adults were found to have abnormal Echo study findings for which free further assessment at SKY hospital was advised.
Dr. L. Shyamkishore, President, Manipur Heart Foundation asserted that the foundation would continue to provide Free Heart Camps at different places of Manipur and appealed to the people of Manipur to take the opportunity of such free services at their door steps.

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