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Thursday, 31 October 2019 - Imphal Times

No official agreement signed; HM assured to sign such final settlement only after consulting stakeholders – N. Biren Singh

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Imphal, Oct 31

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today appealed the people of the state to stay calm assuring that no final settlement between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India will be brought without consulting the government of Manipur, Assam and Nagaland.

“ Media reports at some newspapers and web portal which said that the issue about a separate flag and about Greater Nagaland formation are all fabricated and speculations”, N. Biren Singh who is presently camping with delegates of all political party members uploaded at his face book page at around 7 pm today.

“No official agreement has been made in the so call final agreement reportedly signed between the representative of the Government of India and the NSCN-IM and this has been assured to me by Union Home Minister Amit Shah”, Biren said. He added that he had been directed to talk to media regarding that and said that the Home Minister had assured him that no final settlement will be inked without consulting the government of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and other stakeholders.

“Union Home Minister Amit Shah has contacted me and advice me to conduct press conference to announce that no official agreement has been signed as of now and if an agreement has be made it will only be done after consultation with the government s of the Neighbouring states of Nagaland”, the Chief Minister assured.

Meanwhile, Convenor of the COCOMI Sunil Karam said that has been spearheading alert protest across the state has extended the cease work until 6 pm tomorrow. Talking to media persons Sunil Karam said that as there are development reported at newsportal that may affect the state of Manipur, people need to stay alert.

A clarification on the Naga settlement issue

It has come to notice of the Government that lots of rumours and misinformation is being spread in media including social media that final Naga settlement has been arrived at and will be announced soon. This is creating anxiety and concern in some parts of the country.

It is clarified that before any settlement is arrived at with Naga groups, all stakeholders including States of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be duly consulted and their concerns will be taken into consideration.

No credence needs to be given to such rumours and incorrect information.

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Manipur under siege: Normalcy crippled, administration collapses, protest galore

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Imphal, Oct 31

Manipur once more witnessed a total shut down with all form of lives put to a complete halt as people across the state particularly in Valley districts and some part of Hill districts cease normal lives and staged protest against any solution made between the NSCN-IM and the GoI that may hurt the sentiment of the people of the state.

1000s of people formed Human chain and shouted slogan to protect the integrity of Manipur under the aegis of Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI).

At many places here in Manipur, sit-in-protest were staged warning of serious consequences if any unwanted agreement is signed between the NSCN-IM and GoI.

Government offices, banks and other government set up remain closed during the total shut down called by the COCOMI making the administration a complete standstill.

National media report said that the stalemate over a separate flag have been resolved between the two however a separate constitution will be discussed later. The two entities are likely to sign the agreement at 8 pm today.

When thousands across the state are protesting any unwanted settlement brought between the two, cadres of the NSCN-IM were seen praying at its camp at Hebron. There was also report about mass prayers at many churches in Naga dominated areas.

Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) is also organizing a mass rally today evening in protest against any –ve move by the government.

Sensing trouble state government has taken up various security measures across the state. Additional troop of CRPF have been deployed at many places in Imphal besides cordoning of Major Government offices with barricades and barb wire.

At present police have also alerted all security force to prevent any untoward incident.

Amidst the total shut down a ‘Run for Unity’ event was organised by the State Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry at the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex. The Run for Unity marathon was flagged off by state Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Letpao Haokip in the presence of Education Minister Radheshyam Singh, Lok Sabha MP Dr RK Ranjan Singh, Chief Secretary of Manipur Dr Suresh J Babu and several top brass Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry officials.

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Minister’s wife seeks action for defaming her husband on social media

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Imphal, Oct 31

Wife of Forest and Environment Minister Th. Shyamkumar , Mrs. Thounaojam Ongbi Babita  is all set to take action against the persons who had uploaded photo of her husband posing with DJ Soda taken at Delhi Airport by writing post that both are leaving for a trip to Germany.

Talking to Imphal Times, Babita said that she is taking the matter seriously as it is no different from assassinating the character of her husband.  Recalling on how the photo had taken Babita said that she along with her husband, son and daughter happened to be on the same flight that DJ Soda flew for New Delhi. As DJ Soda being an international celebrity was being accompanied by my husband being a Minister of the state where she visited.

“Myself along with family took many photographs at the Airport before we departed”, Babita said.

The misleading photo spread through social media – Facebook and Whatsapp was found to be uploaded by one Sinam Phajaton (Facebook Identity) and after she found the post Babita made an oral complaint to the Police.

“I will teach those spreading misleading information a lesson so that they don’t repeat such action in the future” Babita said while talking to Imphal Times she also sent many other photos taken with  DJ Soda and her family members. 

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Facebook Vlogger RK Echanthoibi picked up

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Imphal, Oct 31

Facebook vlogger, RK Echanthoibi, who is being followed by over thousands of people was picked up by a police team today after she uploaded her voice comment supporting the statement of Narengbam Samarjit and Yambem Biren who had declared to form an exile government of Manipur State Council.

She had openly supported the exile government which is punishable under the same section of the Indian Penal Code that has been applied to Samarjit and Biren.

An unconfirmed source also added that two other associates of Salai Holding Private Limited have also been picked up for questioning by Lamphel Police.

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2 Amur Falcon with satellite transmitters released

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Imphal, Oct 31

Two Amur Falcon birds deployed with satellite transmitters were released today at Puching Village, Tamenglong, Manipur. Both the birds are female. The birds are named as ‘Irang’ and ‘Puching’, weighing about 155 gm and 195 gm respectively. The birds were released by the chairman of the village in presence of all the villagers. The satellite tagging activities are being carried out by Dr. Suresh Kumar and his team from Wildlife Institute of India in support of Tamenglong Forest Division, Forest Department, Manipur. Three more birds will be tagged in this season. Moreover, One juvenile Amur falcon, which was not suitable for tagging, is put with ring and was released.
Tagging exercise was carried out today morning by the Dr. Suresh Kumar and his team. It is historic as the all expert were from India only this time.
The tagged birds were released By Dr. Suresh Kumar after a prayer from the pastor of Puching village for safe passage and in presence of Chairman Ramkhonang Gonmei, staff of Tamenglong Forest Division and large number of villagers at around 7.00 am
It is history for Puching Village for the hunting ground of Amur falcon being transformed to Dancing ground for the Conservation of Amur falcon. It is an indeed proud moments for the village Authority of Puching, Tamenglong Forest Division, Rainforest Club Tamenglong, and Sciebtists of Wildlife Institute of India.
The team of Tamenglong Forest Division led by Shri Arun R S and Scientists led by Dr. Suresh Kumar of WII were camping in Puching since 21st October for GPS satellite transmitters to at least five Amur falcons this year. After several attempt with canopy mistnet yesterday three birds were captured. Out of the three two birds were selected foe tagging.

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Rashtriya Ekta Diwas observed at Chandel District

Chandel, Oct 31

 All over the country the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is being observed as the National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas  with the theme “RUN FOR UNITY”.
As observed all over the country, Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, was also observed in Chandel District today. As part of the observance a “Run for Unity” was organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra in coordination with the District Aministration Chandel, from indoor stadium to the Mini secretariat. The event was flag off by the Deputy commissioner Chandel,  Krishna kumar.
As part of the observance wreaths and floral tributes were paid to the photograph of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and  Rashtriya Ekta Pledge were also taken at a function organised at the Mini secretariat, Chandel.
On the occasion sports items which were sponsored by the Nehru Yuva Kendra were distributed by the Deputy Commissioner to several Youth Clubs and the Schools of the district.
    Today’s function was attended by Superintendent of Police Chandel  N. Madhunimai, MPS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dr. A. Chinlenkhomba Meitei, SDOs, SDCs, DLOs, students and any officials  and public of the district.

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The final agreement – a mere mistake will distort the peaceful coexistence in the state

Life in Manipur has been put to a complete stand still, as almost all communities of the state waited what would happen tomorrow. A mere mistake while signing the so call final agreement between the interlocutor of Government of India R.N. Ravi and the Naga National Political Groups along with the NSCN-IM, which probably is likely to take place today have the tendency to put the entire region into flames. Almost all ethnic communities of the state – no matters they belong under the umbrella of Naga or under the Kukis or the Meetei or Meetei pangal, each and every-one of them are panic. A mere mistake in the signing that is happening today will surely distort the peaceful coexistence in the region as fear factor of unwanted incident is expected even as there has never been any communal enmity among the various ethnic group.
On the apprehension of distorting the peaceful coexistence in the state which is likely to be a fall out of the final settlement, life has been put to a complete stand still. People irrespective of which community they belongs are seen sitting at almost all places with placards and banners warning the India government of unwanted consequences, if any agreement to appease the NSCN-IM is signed in the so call final settlement.
Quite for sometimes people have stopped worrying, as the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the Home Minister Amit Shah had assured that no boundary of the state of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will be affected while solving the problem. However, a likely segregation of the state administration which has been reported agreed between RN Ravi and the NSCN-IM collective leadership has once again alerted the people of the state.
The main thing which people of the state has been opposing is the creation of a territorial council for the Nagas of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. When it is known to the government of India that already there are Autonomous district Council existed in all the hill districts of the state and when the government of India already know that the Hill areas are given separate autonomy under the article 371 C of the Indian Constitution, one wander on the kind of autonomy by creating a Territorial Council for Nagas of Manipur. This has been opposed by all communities of Manipur as there are no distinctive hill areas which are inhabited by Nagas alone. There are many Kuki people, Nepali people and also Meitei people settled at many hill areas and creation of a separate Territorial council on ethnic based will be none other than setting the hill under fire.
The idea of a Pan Naga Cultural Body is acceptable but without incorporating the Article 371 A of the Indian Constitution. Any measures or agreement to extend the provision of Article 371 A to all Naga inhabited area will amount to not only violation of the Constitution of India but will ignite a fierce uprising from the people of the state.
Now a report appeared at a National media about RN Ravi agreeing the demand for Greater Nagaland by the NSCN-IM is the worst mistake that the government of India is going to commit. The people across the state has witnessed additional paramilitary troop being sent in the state and this create fear psychosis to all the people of the state. There is a possibility that Government grants a separate Naga administered land directly control by the center even though the boundary of the state of Manipur is kept undisturbed.
And as RN Ravi fails to define the concept of Greater Nagaland clearly to the people , he will be the first bureaucrat who was appointed as the governor of a state who defy the promise of prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. Because Greater Nagaland is the demand for a separate state of the NSCN-IM to be created by curbing out portion of land from Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
When the cease fire between the NSCN-IM and India was extended to the state of Manipur all form of administration or existence of government cease as there was a mass uprising. 18 plus people sacrificed.  The state Assembly, political party offices, MLAs official quarters and some government offices were burnt just because people felt that extension of cease fire to the state of Manipur was equivalent to granting of a state for the rebel group by curbing out some territory of Manipur. Imagine if the government of India Grant Greater Nagalim , what will be the condition of the state of Manipur.

We need to convert the philosophies and ideologies of our leaders into action- Minister Jayantakumar

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Imphal, Oct 31

Health and Family Welfare Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh has urged the new generation to uphold and convert the Philosophies and Ideologies of our national leaders into action.  Speaking at the observance of Rastriya Sankalp Diwas (National Re-Dedication Day) as chief guest minister Jayantakumar also renew the philosophies and dedication rendered to the nation by our leaders.
Speaking at the state level occasion held at Manipur Secretariat, South Block, Imphal, Jayantakumar Singh said that this day of 31stOctober,  have been being observed as Rastriya Sankalp Diwas (National Re-Dedication Day) as a mark to honour the dedicated service of late Prime Minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi. She was shot dead by one of her personal guards on this day of 1984. The fateful incident shocked not only the people of this country but also the world. It was a really a great loss of this country, he added.
Minister also recalled the dedicated works of the late prime minister by highlighting her activities and love of the nation and its citizens. He appealed the citizens of this new generation to play a role by igniting the great philosophies and ideologies bestowed by our national leaders to face the new trend of global challenge.  Minister also urged the citizens to rededicate to build a stronger nation and bring sense of unification and oneness for a new India.
Speaking as president Deputy Chairman, Manipur Planning Board, S. Rajen Singh said that the dedicated service of late Smt. Indira Gandhi is an inspiration to the citizens of this country. Her role to build an united India can never be ignored by the people of India, he added.
The observance was also attended by Chief Secretary Manipur, Dr. J. Sureshbabu, IAS, DGP, Manipur, LM Khaute and other top officers of different departments of the Government.

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Thadou Inpi met with Mathur for finalisation of Indo-Kuki talks simultaneously with Indo-Naga talks

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Imphal, Oct 31

A delegation of Thadou Inpi, General Headquarters (Manipur), led by its president Lamminthang Kipgen and four others including Michael Lamjathang Haokip, secretary general, Thadou Students’ Association (TSA) met with Mr AB Mathur, Retd IPS, Interlocutor (Govt. of India), Indo-Kuki talks this afternoon at New Delhi and discussed various critical issues at this crucial stage of finalization of Indo-Naga peace talks.

The delegation, on behalf of Thadou people, the largest tribe of Manipur, apprised Mr Mathur about their desire for the Government of India to conclude the Indo-Kuki talks simultaneously with the Indo-Naga talks which is widely reported to be finalized on 31st October, 2019.

The Thadou delegation also highlighted the overlapping settlement of the Kukis and Nagas in Manipur and stressed its strong objection if there is any plan to give away Thadou inhabited land by way of boundaries or territorial council in the event of final Naga political settlement. The delegation emphasized the need for mutually acceptable solution to both Kuki and Naga political problems on the basis of equal respect, equal treatment and equal recognition of the political aspirations of both communities for genuine and permanent peace and solution in north-east India. 

In view of the political developments against the backdrop of the process of finalisation of Indo-Naga peace talks, the Thadou people, as a major stake holder, are compelled to assert their rights to their land, culture and identity and thus the call for finalisation of Indo-Kuki talks at the same time as finalisation of Indo-Naga talks. 

During the meeting that lasted for 2 hours, Mr Mathur acknowledged that the issues raised by the delegation are legitimate and assured that they would be addressed at the most appropriate level in a timely manner.

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A Rejoinder to press communique of Kuki Chief Association, Tengnoupal Dated 26th October, 2019 - CNPO

The Chandel Naga Peoples’ Organization (CNPO) and Naga Students’ Union Chandel (NSUC) hereby issued a rejoinder to the press communique issued by the information and publicity of Kuki Chiefs’ Association dated 26th October, 2019 regarding the distorted/ concocted history and claim of Chandel and Tengnoupal as ancestral land of Kukis. The CNPO & NSUC opposed the centenary celebration of so called Anglo-Kuki War for the undermentioned reasons:
1. There was no Anglo-Kuki War of 1917-19 in the History of Manipur. The Kuki rising was known as Kuki Rebellion which was started on 19/12/1917 and ended in 20/05/1919. Many scholars has already clarified/ declared both in print and electronic media.
2. There is no Kuki ancestral land or Kuki independent country in Tengnoupal/ Chandel. The name of Kuki was heard only when Kukis arrived in 1845 and settled at Khangbarol Village. How can the Kuki claim that there is ancestral land in Tengnoupal and Chandel. The Kukis fought against the British Colonial Power with the main aim to invade the ancestral land of the Nagas. In support of the non-existence of Kuki land in Tengnoupal, a dispute land case was settled in favour of the Anals. In the court of the President, Manipur State Darbar Civil Case No. 208 of 1929-30 the Kuki Chiefs namely 1. Ngulkhup, Chief of Lamkhanghang Mombi. 2. Leothang, Chief of Lamphou Gobok Khuman claimed to establish their right to land against the Anal Chiefs namely 1.Kanllun Khullakpa of Thulcham (Thorcham), 2. Monal of Khubung Khunou (Respondents) was dismissed in favour the two mentioned Anal Khullakpas by JC Higgins (P. A. 24/01/1933).
3. In another case, in the court of Sub-Divisional Officer, Ukhrul (East) vide Misc. Case No 256 of 1934 -35, between 1. Beting, Khulakpa of Lambung Village 2. Shelnong, Khulakpa of Pantha Mantri Village versus Limkon Ningthou of Tonghlang Village, Limkon was directed to pay Lousal of Rs. 20 to Lambung Village by an Order of S.J Duncan (Limkon Camp, 26/02/1937).
4. Again, in the court of Sub Divisional Officer Ukhrul vide inter district case No. 28 of 1934 – 35 between 1. Berung 2. Kotham Khulakpa of Thangpuk (Thangbung) Minou village Versus the Kuki Chiefs of Tamu District and Angou Khulakpa of Moreh, it was recognized that the defendants (Kuki Chiefs of Tamu District and Angou Khulakpa of Moreh) were not allowed to take trees, bamboos, fishing etc. They were also penalized to pay Re. 1 and a jar of Zu for their earlier mistake by an Order by G. Gimson P.A and TD Gaudoin DC/UC Camp Tamu dated 15/01/1936.
5. That, the Anal, Lamkang, Moyon, Monsang, Maring etc. are classified as Nagas by the Govt. of India according to the Historical facts maintained by the Political agents or British administration. The above mentioned tribes were called Naga in the early centuries before the Kukis arrival to Khangbarol. Therefore, the theory of forcing themselves to affiliate to Naga fold by the Tangkhul is baseless.
6. That, the recent allegation that Nagas never live in Chandel / Tengnoupal is completely a wrong information, because, many documentary evidences have proved that Nagas are land owner in Tengnoupal / Chandel and these documentary evidences are a proof that there is no ancestral land of Kukis in Tengnoupal/ Chandel. Hence, safeguarding of Ancestral Land, Culture and Custom by the Kukis does not arise while protesting against the British administration.
7. That there is no record or any standing order for the Nagas to obtain prior permission from the Kuki Chiefs for settlement in any part of British Manipur according to the verdict of Land Dispute Court Cases.
8. That, there is a record that the Finance Ministry, Govt. of India Vide Memo No. F/3/9/66 granted fund for the Kuki Refugees. Payment of Relief Fund was made by the Govt. of Manipur Vide Memo No. 301/R/RLF in 4 (four) Installments on the following dates i.e., 22/4/1957, 7/7/1959, 28/2/1966 and 18/7/1968. However, there is no record of Memo No. 01/R/RFL for payment of Installments of relief fund to the Nagas. It is the habit of Kukis to fool the people by distorting thus becomes a great liar in the land of Nagas. “Be sure your sin will find you out” - Number 32:23. “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is a sin” –James 4:17.
9. The CNPO and NSUC further appeal the Kuki Community and various Kuki Committees to avoid any distortion and display of cultural attires of the Naga Tribes of Chandel/ Tengnoupal in any occasion or festivals.

Huten Alexander
Gen. Secretary, CNPO
Sh Kalenchung
Gen. Secretary, NSUC

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