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Sunday, 03 November 2019 - Imphal Times

Chief Ministers invites COCOMI’s leaders to consult over their ultimatum

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Imphal, Nov 3

Representatives of the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) are likely to meet the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh today evening. A source said that following the ultimatum set by the COCOMI to the Chief Minister and other representative of political parties to put the content of the agreement signed on Oct 31 between the NSCN –IM, NNPGs and the Government of India in public domain, the representatives of the civil body were reportedly called for talk. Earlier, the Chief Minister had appealed the civil body not to dictate the government. He said that no agreement has been signed for the final settlement and the central government had also assured to consult all stakeholders and the government of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh before the signing peace deal.

Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar also appealed the COCOMI to withdraw their stand as central government has given commitment to state government as well as to the delegation of all political parties representatives.

It cannot be confirmed as whether the representative of COCOMI will meet the Chief Minister today evening as per the invitation or not. However, talking to this journalist Co Convenor of the COCOMI Jitendra Ningomba said that the people of the state had to remain alert until the final settlement is brought between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM. He said that the Government of India should now let the people know about the final agreement reached between them on October 31. As the content of the agreement is still concealed from the public domain, there still looms apprehension to the people of the state about the safety of the Manipur state while solving the issue of the NSCN-IM.

He said the Government of Manipur should stand with the people of the state and act as per the desire of the people.

It may be mentioned that the COCOMI had on November 1 set ultimatum to the representatives of the political party to place the agreement in public domain by November 4. The organisation threatens serious agitation if they failed to do so. However, the COCOMI still is yet to announce the mode of agitation they are planning.

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Six AICC members visits Imphal

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Imphal, Nov 3

6 members AICC team landed here in Imphal to take stock of the peoples’ sentiment over the issues being met by the people of the state. The AICC team comprises of General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, Jairam Ramesh (MP) Jitendra Singh (Ex MP) , Manikcham Tagore MP, Ranajit Mukherjee Secretary AICC and Mohamad Ali Khan. The six members will meet the media today to brief on the purpose of their visit to the state. Source said that the AICC team may campaign the state Congress members regarding the CAB Bill that the BJP government is going to pass in the upcoming parliament session.

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Investors of Salai appeal CM to help them get back their money

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Imphal, Nov 3

Investors of the Salai Holding Private Ltd. today appealed the Government of Manipur to help them get their money that they had deposited to the company.

Talking to media persons at Manipur press club today afternoon, an investor said that they now fear losing of their hard earned money after the company’s activities including financial transaction had been sealed by the police after the Director of the Salai Holding Pvt. Ltd. in a surprise move announced Independence of Manipur and formation of an exile government from London.

The investor appealed the government particularly the Chief Minister to help in getting back their money.

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Countdown begins for MANITEX- 2019: 15 stalls from foreign countries and 56 from different states of India will take part - Bishwajit

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Imphal, Nov 3

State government is set to host the grant MANITEX -2019 – for the second time to showcase quality textile products for promotion of the state weavers. The grand Expo will begin on November 5 and concludes on November 15 at Manipur Trade and Expo Centre, Lamboi khongnangkhong, in Imphal West.
To keep the surroundings and all routes leading to the Manipur Trade and Expo Centre is also important for drawing attention of the visitors and with objective to attract visitors Minister for Textiles , Commerce & Industry , Thongam Biswajit Singh today kick start a social service campaign at Naoremthong. The Minister himself joined the Social Service. He lead other volunteers in cleaning the route  from Naoremthong, DC Office Junction, Imphal , the routes leading to the venue at Manipur Trade and Expo Centre, Lamboi khongnangkhong.
Talking to reporters Minister Bishwajit said that it is very necessary to maintain cleanliness for bringing development in the society. He asserted that politician alone cannot bring changes in the State, there is need for responsibilities for all in bringing development in our Society.
Minister maintain that handloom is second livelihood next to agriculture in our State and every household  either in valley and hill owns loom. Manitex is being organised since last year with an aim and objective to showcase all the quality textile products of our State in international level and to promote our weavers and artisans.
Minister Biswajit also highlighted the importance of youth in bringing a new India. He also informed that 12 international countries and 56 stalls from different states of India are going to participate in this year Manitex.
Ahead of Manitex 2019 , Directorate of Handlooms& Textiles is organising the social service to maintain cleanliness along the route leading to the venue at Manipur Trade and Expo Centre, Lamboi khongnangkhong. And the social service is being organised to seek the cooperation and support of public in general and weavers and artisans in particular.
The Manitex Social Service flagged off function was attended by Deputy Commissioner of Imphal West, N. Prabin Singh, Director, Handloom and Textiles Lamlee Kamei and officials of the Directorate.
More than 300 volunteers including weavers, entrepreneurs, fashion designers, local clubs and NGOs participated the Manitex Social Service.

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3 BSF injured in powerful blast at Tellipati

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Imphal, Nov 3

Three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel sustained injuries in a powerful blast at Telipati in Imphal East district at around 11.30 pm yesterday.

The injured BSF personnel are identified as ASI Lalkumar (54), Koram Mahindra and Santram, 23 of 108 BSF. They were immediately rushed to JNIMS and were out of danger.

Police rushed in to enquire into the incident.

Large numbers of security personnel and police were on duty in the area as security has been beefed up following unrest in the state in the wake of talks between the government and Naga militants.

Senior police officials today inspected the area and a probe has started into the incident. It was not yet known who was responsible for the blast.

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Manipuri Combatant invited to the 5th International & Thai Martial Arts Games and Festival-2020 in Pattaya Beach

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Imphal, Nov 3

The Kru Muay Thai Association (KMA) supported by the Government of Pattaya city, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Tourism Authority of Thailand is organizing the 5th International & Thai Martial Arts Games And Festival-2020 in Pattaya Beach, Thailand from March 8 to  March 17, 2020 to promote Tourism, Cultural Exchange and Friendship through the Games & Sports Festival.

Combatant Chief. Master Ch. Premchandra Singh, Pioneer MMA, Manipur, Kru (Master) Certified by Kru Muay thai Associahon (KMA), World Muay Boran Federation (WMBF) & Refree/ Judge, Kru Muay Thai Association (KMA), World Muay Boran Federation (WMBF) and wold Muay Thai Orgnisation (WMO) was invited to lead Indian team by Grand Master Chinawut Sirisompan (GM Woody), Chairman of organizing Committee. 

Interested fighters, having valid Indian Passport and National International Medalist can take part in the Championship can contact the MMMAA Office, Khurai Puthiba Leikai, Imphal Pangei Road, Imphal East District, Contact No. 7005689003.

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Education minister Th. Radheshyam inspects school and interacts with students on ‘No School Bag Day’

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Imphal, Nov. 3

On Saturday, Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam visited Budhimanjuri High School, Uripok to personally find out if the students are happy or not to the introduction of the ‘No School Bag Day’. The Minister then interacted with the students about their hobbies and interests.
During the visits, students were found practicing arts and crafts with teachers. The students were making traditional banana leaf bowl (dona), plates and houses design from paper. The students later gathered at the school ground recited poems and sang songs.
The Minister advised the teachers to encourage the students to make them participate in extra-curricular activities for overall improvement.  Head of schools should chalk out list of extracurricular activities for each class in advance through discussion and consultation with teachers and inform students/ parents accordingly.
Th. Radheshyam said that students should be made to feel that the school is their second home where they can live in ease. He also appealed to the teachers to motivate the students even when they are lacking behind. He said that fear and anxiety disheartens the students. He urged the teachers to treat the students as their own, imparting education with affection so that the children are able to express their views and perspective without hesitation.
The students – teacher relationship need to be made friendlier so that the students could approach the teachers anytime when they need. The students should be taught to maintain neatness to instill in them a sense of work culture and cleanliness in school and their surroundings. The Minister said that No School Bag Day policy aims in building positive culture amongst children, providing platform for innovative ideas and to reduce the stress and harmful effects of carrying heavy bags by the young children.
The No School Bag Day policy is implemented by the Department of Education(S), Manipur for the students from class I – VIII to attend school without school bags on all working Saturdays. No School Bag Day is being implemented in school with efforts to add various extra and co-curricular activities to make it a more structured and purposeful in manner.
The ministerial team comprises Director, Education (S), Th. Kirankumar Singh, concerned officials and ZEOs also inspected infrastructure of the school.

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Meiraba Luwang clinches Korea Junior Open title

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New Delhi, Nov. 3

Maisnam Meiraba Luwang lived up to his top billing as he clinched the boys’ singles U-19 title at the Woncheon Yonex Korea Junior Open International Challenge 2019 in Miryang, Korea on Saturday. The top seed from Manipur needed just 36 minutes to brush aside the challenge of 15th seed Lee Hak Joo of Korea in a 21-10, 21-13 win.
Also claiming the bronze in the same category at this Junior International Challenge tournament was eighth seed Sathish Kumar Karunakaran, who had bowed out to Luwang 16-21, 22-24 in a gritty semi-final contest on Friday.
Luwang, who currently holds the No. 9 spot in the World Junior Rankings, was impressive throughout the week and dropped just one game in six matches. This is the 16-year-old rising star’s third international title this year following his triumphs at the Russian Junior White Nights 2019 and India Junior International 2019.
Luwang would especially be pleased with the way he rebounded after a disappointing exit from the World Junior Championships last month, where he crashed out in the Round of 64.

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Manipur: Context and Structural Violence

By - JN Lai

Asst. Prof, International College,

(University of Suwon, S Korea)

When the mighty Himalayas is leaving its snow-white height going down the deep green Southeast Asia, there trapped a hilly terrain with a tiny valley in the middle stressing north-south. Over the centuries, she was having changing names Meckley, Meitrapak, Kangleipak with changing boundaries enlarging up to 72,000 sq km between the Brahmaputra and the Chindwin River. She has been known as Manipur shrinking to 22,327 sq km, and been a controversial part of India since 1949. She is bigger than East Timor and smaller than Rwanda. There are about 40 ethnic peoples whose culture reflects ending tail of South Asia and beginning head of South East Asia - showing a hybrid display in Indo-Myanmar region.

Uniqueness adorns Manipur in its own way. The multiethnic peoples, and compounded problems are all sucked into this small landlocked geography. The historical memory of the socio-cultural turmoil of Hinduisation is not able to evaporate so soon and the gone days of Annexation by India is still posing an unsettling political hiccup. The present experience is becoming a staggering predicament of the past stumble.

Power in New Delhi condescends that the world’s longest political hunger strike happened here, the game of Polo was born here, and the earliest universal suffrages in Asia too was practiced here. This is one of the biodiversity hotspots of the planet, the abode of the natural resources and the power house of sports in the Indian subcontinent.

For decades Manipur has been witnessing multi-faceted conflict. The silent war between Political Armed Organizations (PAO) and the Government of India (GoI), and inter-ethnic conflict among the Meetei, Naga, Kuki, non-Naga, non-Kuki, Pangal (Muslim) have brought violence and the noise of human rights. Thousands of lives have lost, many more have been undergoing pain and trauma, and communities have been living with fear and distrust.

The violence and tension are seen in a landscape where Hinduisation drew a thick and sticky backdrop, haunted by the issues of the Controversial Manipur Merger to India, Militarization under an Extraordinary Armed Forces Legislation, and Hills-valley Dichotomy. They have imprinted their own roots in the socio-political-economic layout by displaying fractured justice, broken peace and twisted human rights. They are sources of fear and conflict for the communities in the region. They are the structural violence of Manipur that have deprived the rights of indigenous peoples in terms of safety, respect, participation, economy, identity and culture.

On 23 September 1969 when Indira Gandhi visited Imphal she said in her public speech, “You must behave like a civilized people. You must behave like people who know how to handle the affairs of their city and their state.” Her speech was criticized in December publication, 1969, The Lamyanba, for affronting peoples of Manipur. Because she ignored the real uncivilized Indians who broke her head in the previous election. In various Indians cities there had been violent clashes between students and police, and Siva Sena burnt houses, vandalized properties, she thought her Indians were civilized. Whereas Manipuris who were living harmoniously with outsiders and did not show any violent acts upon her visit to Imphal, she called uncivilized. The Lamyanba questioned - the ruthlessness of Indira Gandhi in addressing Manipur as something do not know how to handle affairs of city and state, ignoring the fact that Manipur had been an independent sovereign state for centuries before her India dismantled it suddenly.

In the following decades, leaders from the New Delhi have been singing Manipur and Manipuris as a rich heritage, rich arts and culture, peace loving peoples, with a heavy tone of need of militarization, a concern for insurgency, law and order situation. One interesting fact that contradicting the reality is the comments come out as posthumous responses from the retiring military officers. In most of the media briefings, the moment they are leaving Manipur, they opine “Military is not the solution.”

One similar example is of the former Union Home Secretary to the Government of India, Gopal Krishna Pillai articulated strangely. In his talk at the Internal Security Lecture Series organised by Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), YouTube video Published on 6 Feb 2012 underlined that, thousands year old ancient kingdom of Manipur was forced to diminish to a mere Part C State of the Dominion of India overnight. In the illegal process of Merger that was carried out by the then Dominion Government of India had definitely made serious mistakes, for which he very boldly made a call for the Prime Minister or the Home Minister of India to apologise for the past mistakes that had been so dictatorially executed.

For a holistic approach to the structural violence and multiple challenges of Manipur, we should not forget the Action, Behavior and Context or ABC. Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), migrant issue, the border pillar and other crisis are just AB not the Context C. Instead of addressing fundamental root causes, New Delhi, this time, BJP merely plays multiple repressive cards as usual. They dilute and divert crucial issues of Manipur whereas state government displays the most submissive diplomatic treatment upon them so far.

When the man is silent

By -Dr. Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent scholar

When the man is silent; he wants something;
When the man is silent; he wants to say lots;
When the man is silent; he expects things;
When the man is silent; he expects more unnoticed;
When the man is silent; he’s crazy hunting;
When the man is silent; he speaks within;
When the man is silent; he knows something odd;
When the man is silent; he’s becoming wild within self;
When the man is silent; he’s thousand heads;
When the man is silent; he’s violent and damaging;
When the man is silent; he’s an individual warrior.

When the man is silent; he designed desires;
When the man is silent; he elaborates his feelings;
When the man is silent; he’s bound to know about him back;
When the man is silent; he eagerly awaits answer;
When the man is silent; he conquers his woman;
When the man is silent; he cuts every single personal;
When the man is silent; he wants other to know him;
When the man is silent; he have too many queries;
When the man is silent; his privacy is golden.

When the man is silent; he hates being group;
when the man is silent; he truelypressure woman to be with;
When the man.

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