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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 - Imphal Times

Release CPI Secretary Sotinkumar, Rescind the Sedition Law – Left Parties

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Imphal, Dec 24

The Four Left Parties- CPI, CPI(M), RSP and AIFB has expressed strong condemnation the decision to slap sedition cases against the leaders and activists of the Left Parties who were arrested in connection with the successful General Strike of December 19, 2019 against the CAA as a part of the nationwide protest.

“In connection with the General Strike Comrade L Sotin, Secretary Manipur State Council of CPI, was arrested on 20th December from the gate of his party’s state office at Imphal and slapped Sedition Law against him. The CJM Imphal West released Sotin on bail on 21st December but he was re-arrested from the court gate. Next day , he was produced in Bishnupur Court and remanded 15 days judicial custody and sent to jail for further interrogation”, a statement released by the four left party said.

It added that the Left Parties has always opposed the continuation of the Sedition provision after independence. This provision was brought in to protect the British crown and sovereign and had been used widely to detain and silence prominent Indian freedom fighters including Gandhiji. On this occasion when the country is observing the 150th anniversary of Gandhiji, it will be most appropriate to remove this provision from the statute books.

“Calling a General Strike against the unconstitutional, communal and undemocratic CAA is not a crime , it was a form of popular protest. Expressing opinions on important matters through protest cannot be constituted as a crime and be termed as anti-national. This is tantamount to punishing all those who have a dissenting opinion on the policies of the present government.  This is a complete negation of democratic rights and reflects the growing authoritarianism in the country”, the statement said.

It expressed surprised on the order of the Judicial Magistrate 1st Class, Bishnupur to register  this case, when the Supreme Court had ruled as early as 1962 that the sedition clause cannot be invoked unless there is a direct call or instigation of violence against the State.

The meeting of the Left Parties demands the release of Comrade L Sotin without any condition immediately and rescind the Sedition Law, the statement said.

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NFSA card holder from Wangoi files petition to MHRC over not getting food grains

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Imphal, Dec 24

A ration card holder under the National Food Security Act, 2013, from Wangoi Wahengbam Leikai in Imphal West, identified as Sharungbam Netaji Singh had filed a petition to the Manipur Human Rights commission over not getting his share of food grains demanding Food Security Allowance under the National Food Security Act.
In his petition to the MHRC, the NFSA beneficiary said that he had never get his share of ration/rice food grains from the month of March 2016 to till date terming it as gross violation of the provisions of the Act.
He urged the Commission to direct the concern DC of Imphal West, District Supply Officer, Imphal West District and Fair Price Shop of Polling Station No. 22/28-A to provide his due foods for the years from 2016 till date and also urged the commission to avail his monthly foods according to the provisions of law. He also urged the Commission to direct the state government for setting up of State Food Commission , District Grievance Officers under the National Food Security Act, 2013.
The petitioner has stated that he had already filed a complaint to the DC Imphal West district and the fair price shop of the Polling Station No. 22/28-A namely Chongtham Kona  of Wangoi Manipur against failure to provide ration rice and other food grains for the stated month and urged the DC for providing Food Security Allowance.
On November 22, 2019 , the petitioner said that as per response from the DC Imphal West he attended a meeting at the DC Office Chamber but as the FPS was absent his grievance was not listen.  

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Imphal West Police team recovered stolen vehicle, handed over to owner

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Imphal, Dec 24

A team of Imphal West police Station led by Assistant Sub Inspector Th. Saratchandra Singh acting under the supervision of Officer-in-charge N. Ingocha recovered a stolen 2 wheeler vehicle and handed over the vehicle after informing the owner of the vehicle.

The 2 wheeler vehicle, Honda Activa bearing registration number MN01N5533 was lifted while parking near IMPACT –TV at Nambul River Road on December 14, 2019 at around 6 pm.

According to ASI Sharatchandra, the two wheeler vehicle was found lying at the road side of Tiddim road near Hodam Leirak for around two days. Suspecting foul play he along with his team checked the vehicle and enquire about the owner to the nearby shops. Later after informing the matter to the officer in charge of Imphal West Police station N. Ingocha, he searched for the owner base on the name registration certificate and came to know that the vehicle was assumed lost by the owner.

Talking to Imphal Times the owner of the vehicle said that he had never expected that he will find his vehicle. He thank the Imphal West Police team for such a good service.

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ACOAM- LUP urges private Hospitals to reduce fee

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Imphal, Dec24

For the past years All Club Organisation, Association and Meira Paibi Lup (ACOAM-LUP) had been eyeing most of the private hospitals and clinics charging Rs 500-600 per person for availing medical services.
“The private hospitals and clinics are charging excessive high treatment fee from common people”, said  a statement by ACOAM-LUP, Assistant IPR Secretary, Th.Baleswar. It added that most of the government doctors are also practicing in private hospitals or clinics and it is questionable whether the treatment charges fixed by these clinics and private hospitals are permitted by Medical Council of India (MCI), Indian Medical Association (IMA) or Manipur Medical Association (MMA). Without giving due importance to the government hospitals where they are serving, many government doctors are continuing to practice in private hospitals, the statement added.
Moreover, most of the doctors who are operating clinics in their residences or private places have made it a point to sell pharmaceutical items by attaching medicine sale outlets, the Assistant Secy. mentioned and questioned whether these pharamacies are authorized or not.
The organization will conduct checks to authenticate operation of clinics and medical stores if the concern authority fails to look into the matter and will make to the public aware about pharmacies which might be selling substandard medicines or drugs.
The Asst. Secretary also appealed to the private hospitals and clinics as well as private laboratories to reduce their charges so that common and under privileged persons could enjoy their services.

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Student killed in road accident; SDSA and MKS threatens NH- 2 bandh if authority fails to arrest the culprit

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Senapati, Dec 24

B Kamba, 17 years old, died in a road accident that took place between Senapati Bazar and Council at 9.10 pm of December 22.
Report said that one Karong- bound Tata Sumo hit him and fled from the spot without caring the victim and surrendering himself to the police.
The deceased who hails from Willong Khullen Village was studying at St.Vincent School Pumdumlong and wil be appearing matric next year.
In view of the seriousness of the case and callousness of the concerned authority, Senapati District Students Association (SDSA) and MKS (Maram Students’ Union) strongly condemned the heinous crime committed upon an innocent student, said in a press statement.
The bodies also stated if the concerned authority and state government fail to book the culprit at the earliest, bandh will be imposed along National Highway-2.
The students bodies further appealed the culprit to immediately surrender himself to the police or approach the deceased family on humanitarian ground.

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India breaks China’s record of non-stop karaoke singing

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Mumbai, Dec. 24

Banarasi Lal Chawla, father of Indian American astronaut late Kalpana Chawla on Sunday night dwelt upon simple living and high thinking and urged people to rise about religious politics for the progress of the nation.
Speaking as a chief guest at a function organised in Navi Mumbai, to mark the breaking of China’s record of 792 hours and two minutes non-stop karaoke singing, he said that he was honoured to participate in this function with India entering the Guinness World Records book with a new timing of 895 hours, 4 minutes in non-stop karaoke singing marathon.
“This is a new feather in India’s cap and will certainly enthuse Indians to achieve dizzy  heights not only in singing but also in other fields. I have not been keeping well for the last three years. But still I came for this function since this is a proud moment for every Indian” he added.
Kalpana who was born in Karnal in Punjab, emigrated to the US with an aeronautical engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College. She died in 2003 on her second mission when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated while returning to Earth.
On the occasion, Rishi Nath, Adjudicator, Guinness World Records said that I am delighted that India has broken China’s record and I congratulate Virag Madhumalati and his troupe for achieving this feat. Premparakash Atreja, Virag Madhumalati Wankhede and others spoke on the occasion.
Over 800 singers from Delhi, Kerala, Chennai, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and other states sang nearly 9000 songs, delighting music lovers. The program was organised at the Little World Mall, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai from 15 November onwards to promote social projects including “National Integration”, “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao”, “Stop Global warming”, “Campus With Helmet”, “Save Water, Save Trees” and “Organ Donation”
Virag Madhumalati has four world records to his credit, which he has dedicated to national integration and eye donation awareness.  

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Transgender activist reportedly harassed by Police for criticizing CM

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Imphal, Dec 24

Report appeared at some of the web portal as well as newspaper that a transgender activist of Manipur, Santa Khurai, was harassed by a police team for posting comments criticizing the Chief Minister of Manipur. When Imphal Times reporters enquired, Santa Khurai stands with the news report.

The trans-female, Santa Khurai said that around 6 policemen came to her house at 8pm on the evening of 20th December, and forced her to delete a post where she had shared a news link about the state government recommending AFSPA extension and described the CM N Biren Singh as a “son of a slave”. She was forced to post an apology as well, which was later deleted after police took screenshots of the same.

Santa said that no policewoman accompanied the men, and she felt extremely threatened by the presence of the so many uniformed men in her house. She also added that the police men did not show her any orders or documents to delete the post, and were constantly on the phone with another person. When Khurai refused to comply initially, she was told that her family members too will be framed, after which she posted the apology. “I apologized because I don’t want my family to suffer because of me,” she said.

After the apology was posted, the men in uniform took screenshots of the apology as well as the original post and asked her to delete both posts. Due to bad internet connectivity, she asked them if she could do it the next day instead, but they did not budge. “They waited for almost an hour till I had better signal reception. Only after I deleted the post did they leave.”

Santa Khurai further said the absence of any police woman with the men made her feel really uncomfortable and was an affront to her gender identity. She said she would have been able to explain her stand had there been a woman with the group of policemen.

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From obscured to suppress community

Transgender community of Manipur still gets nothing from the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 – reason, the department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur is not initiating any measures to enforce the act.
Before the Bill has been introduced the community remained obscured for quite a long time and even after the passing of the Bill and getting assent of the President of India they are now being suppressed in the state of Manipur. The rights has been suppressed as even the law enforcers cannot assured as no regulations existed for dealing cases involving them.
The Act was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 19 July 2019 by the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot, in light of the lapse of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018. The 2018 bill, which was preceded by a 2016 version, were both met with protests and criticism by trans groups, lawyers, and activists in India. The 2016 bill was sent to a Standing Committee which submitted its report in July 2017. Following which, the Lok Sabha tabled and passed a newer version of the bill in December 2018. However, it did not incorporate many of the committee’s recommendations. Members of the opposition in Rajya Sabha criticised the bill and assured transgender persons of not voting in favour of it, although it was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 25 November 2019. On 5 December 2019 it was signed into law by the President of India.
 After the law, the government of India gave recognition of third gender in addition to the existing male and female. In school and colleges (even in Manipur) transgender can get their admission quota and some even did it.
However, when it comes to law and order, police often face difficulties in dealing with the transgender, as the state government of Manipur still is yet to establish a board for formation of regulations for implementation of the act. The police department too is facing criticism sometimes as they received criticism from the trans community as there is still yet to regulate legislation on which police force should be assigned when it comes to deal with cases involving trans- community. Besides, in case of arrest or detention, no police station in the state of Manipur has separate cell for accommodating them.
Recent case is about a complaint by a trans-female, who had even undergone surgery and change his sex to she needs serious attention of the government. Report appeared at some of the newspaper and websites said that some male police personnel without any women personnel came to the residence of the trans-female and harassed her. Police side of story in connection with the allegation is yet to be made, but when talk regarding the matter with some legal experts, it is being informed that it is the male police that has to be deal with when it comes to trans – female as of now. As for the trans-male community it is the female police that should be assigned.
Rather than interpreting the news report as that of the violation to the freedom of speech, one need to ponder upon is the issue coming up due to none implementation of the act by the state government authority.    

Bangladeshi maid servants go “Out of Range”

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Mumbai, Dec 24

While the CAA and NRC have stirred the country, most of the Bangladeshi maid servants working in and around Navi Mumbai have proceeded on long leave to go to their native places.
According to information, these servants, originally from Bangladesh, had migrated to Navi Mumbai from Eastern states like West Bengal, Assam and Odisha, a few years back and have been working in different households. However they do not possess basic documents like Aadhar card to prove their nationality and due to a fear psychosis, they are rushing back to their “native places” in the hope of getting basic documents.
A housewife residing in an NRA Complex in Seawood said that her maid had been receiving constant phone calls from her native place to return home for the last few days and now all of a sudden she has stopped coming to work and her phone has also been switched off. Another housewife said that her maid servant has proceeded on a month long leave with a request that she be employed back, when she returns.
Most of the Bengali-speaking Muslim from a border town in West Bengal in large number have been working at Digha, Rabale, Turbhe, Shirvane, Vashi, Karave and adjoining areas right up to Panvel for the last few years. Since they are prepared to work on low salary, they are given a preference by local populace. For example if a local maid demanded Rs 700 to Rs 800 per month for domestic work like washing clothes, cleaning utensils, rearing children etc, these Bangladeshis maids are prepared to work for the salary as low as Rs 500-Rs 600 per month. They also found it easy to get rented accommodation in the villages adjoining Navi Mumbai at cheaper rates.
The waves of fears have also affected hundreds of Bengali-speaking people living in Mumbai. The stretch between Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Wadala, which is also knows as the “harbour railway route”, has metamorphosed into contiguous, larger settlements for Bengali-origin Muslim migrants who have moved to Mumbai for work.
Neela Limaye, Secretary of Maharashtra Mahila Parishad said that there is a fear psychosis not only among maids, but also among workers working in construction and other sectors. They fear that they would be arrested under new legislations.
The raids are periodically carried out across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and the adjoining Thane district, as a concerted exercise between the local police and the intelligence bureau of the state CID. As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, around 245 cases were registered in Maharashtra alone between 2014 and 2016. While according to data provided by the Union Ministry of Home affairs, as many as 1,770 “Bangladeshi nationals” were deported, between 2015 and March 2018.
The recent arrests include: 14 March 2018-Panvel- (5 Bangladeshis arrested), 17 March 2018-Pune-(three Bangladeshis arrested), 17 November 2019-Dhakta Khanda(Panvel)- (10 Bangladeshis arrested), 14 December 2019-Arnala(Virar)-(7 Bangladeshis arrested),16 December 2019-Nalasopara-(12 Bangladeshis arrested).
While the Foreigners Act and the Passport Act apply to any foreign nationals entering and residing in India without proper legal documentation, the Maharashtra has been seen using it primarily against illegal immigrants who crossed over from Bangladesh from 1990s onward. The arrested persons are tried in a special court located in South Mumbai.
In the meanwhile the state government is already in the process of setting an Assam-like detention centre in Nerul, in Navi Mumbai, to deal with illegal immigrants. The centre will be equipped to accommodate at least 50 persons.

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Men are three times more likely to die from Sudden Cardiac death

By a correspondent
Guwahati, Dec 24

Even though heart diseases in India are on a rise, men are three times more likely to suffer from sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) than women. Sudden cardiac arrest is a medical emergency and if not treated immediately, it causes death.
Sudden cardiac death is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and conscious due to a cardiac cause occurring within 1 hour of onset of symptoms. Sudden cardiac death usually results from an electrical disturbance in the heart that interferes with its pumping action, stopping blood flow to the rest of the body.  It usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes.
“The major risk factor for SCD is coronary heart disease (CAD). This is especially true if somebody recently had a heart attack. However, people may not know that they have coronary artery disease until SCD occurs. Their CAD is “silent”—that is, it has no signs or symptoms. Some people can have heart attack without any signs, and they don’t even realize that they’ve had one. Other risk factors for SCD include: A personal or family history of SCD or inherited disorders that make you prone to arrhythmias, a personal history of arrhythmias, heart attack, heart failure and drug and alcohol abuse.” Said Dr. Viveka Kumar , Senior Consultant - Interventional Cardiology & Electrophysiology, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, New Delhi
With fast, appropriate medical care, survival is possible. Rapid treatment with a defibrillator and cardiopulmonary resuscitation — or even just compressions to the chest administration can be lifesaving. A defibrillator is a device that sends an electric shock to the heart to try to restore its normal rhythm.
However, a heart attack can sometimes trigger an electrical disturbance that leads to sudden cardiac arrest. During a heart attack, some heart muscle cells die and are replaced with scar tissue. The scar tissue damages the heart’s electrical system. As a result, electrical signals may spread abnormally throughout the heart. These changes to the heart increase the risk of dangerous arrhythmias and SCD. The chances of having SCD are higher during the first 6 months after a heart attack.
“Following a healthy lifestyle can help to lower the risk for CAD, SCD, and other heart problems. Other treatments for CAD, such as angioplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting, also may lower the risk for SCD. Doctor may recommend an ICD if somebody are at high risk for SCD. An ICD is a device similar to pacemaker surgically placed under the skin in chest. The device has wires with electrodes on the ends that connect to heart’s chambers. If the ICD detects a dangerous heart rhythm, it gives an electric shock to restore the heart’s normal rhythm.” Added Dr Kumar.

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