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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 - Imphal Times

Warren Khumukcham gets Bharath Kishore title at 67th National fitness and bodybuilding championship 2019

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Imphal, Dec 31

20 years old Warren Khumukcham brought laurels of Manipur after getting Bharath Kishore title after by lifting the Junior Mr. India at the  67th National fitness and bodybuilding championship 2019 head at KLE Auditorium Bangalore from December 28 to December 29.
All together 6 body builders from the state participated in the Championship at different categories.
The championship was participated bodybuilders from all over the country for  titles: Bharath Uday (Novices) Bharath Kishore (Juniors) Bharath Kumar (Youths)  Bharath Kesari (Masters) Bharath Shree (Seniors) and Bharathh Shrestha (Mr India)   alongwith Mr Fitness  and Dakshin Bharath (southern states).
The championship jointly organised by Metroflex and Multi Gyms alongwith Karnataka Amateur Bodybuilders Association.

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Literary Forum with Manipuri Creative Writers held

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Sahitya Akademi and Manipur Sahitya Samiti Thoubal jointly organised Literary Forums With Manipuri Creative Writers People And Books ; Katha Sandhi And Poetry Reading was held today at Paradise English School.
The forum was graced by Nongmaithem Kirankumar Singh, convenor, Manipuri Language Advisory Board ,Sahitya Akademi New Delhi, Akoijam Deven Singh , Retd. Wing Commander and President of  Manipur Sahitya Samiti Thoubal and Mihir Kumar Sahoo, officer-in-charge of Sahitya Akademi Kolkata as dignitaries on the dais.
Speakers on the occasion stressed on the need to improve reading habit among the people.
“Nurturing of reading habit is the need of every mankind”, Nongmaithem Kirankumar Singh, while speaking on the occasion said. He also appealed people to spread awareness about the importance of nurturing reading habit.

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4 cadres of KYKL arrested

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Imphal, Dec 31

A team of Thoubal Police Commando led by ASP(Ops), Sachidananda Soibam, assisted by Inspt. N. Sadananda Singh, OC/CDO Thoubal under the supervision of District SO Dr. S. Ibomcha Singh, arrested four cadres of KYKL namely  Leishangthem Amujao [email protected] Ngamba(27) s/o (L) Joy of Thoubal Leishangthem, Sadokpam [email protected] Nanao(18) s/o Kaoremba of Phanjakhong Maning Leikai, Khangembam Athoi [email protected] Naotomba(21) s/o Manglemba of Samaram Mayai Leikai, and  Mayanglambam [email protected] Achouba(20) s/o Ingocha of Kakching Khunou Awang Leikai from Thoubal Wangmataba near Magic parking at around 8.30 am today morning.
Police source said that they got 45 days basic military training at Tanan Training Center, Myanmar under army number 001, 008, 004, and 007 respectively of 38th batch of KYKL.
All the arrested cadres are handed over to Thoubal PS for further necessary action.

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Rape convict sentenced 7 years imprisonment

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Imphal, Dec. 31
Session Judge, Imphal West, RK Memcha today sentence rape convict Heikham Herojit to undergo rigorous imprisonment of 7 years along with a fine of Rs. 5,000/- under section 366 and 376 IPC for committing a crime of kidnapping and rape of minor victim on August 6, 2011.
30 years old Heikham Herojit, s/o Nongthon of Yairipok Top was convicted by the same court yesterday after the final hearing of the trial case.
Court also recommended to providing compensation under Manipur Victim compensation scheme to victim of the case.
Mention may be made that the incident of rape and kidnapping of victim minor took place on August 6, 2011 and kept concealed the victim for five days.

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Moyon Tribes celebrates Diamond Jubilee

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Chandel Dec.31

To mark 64 years of village establishment Tungphae ( Heigrutampak), a village of Moyon Naga tribe in Chandel district celebrated Diamond Jubilee with cultural fanfare on December 28.
The jubilant villagers celebrated the event on the theme ‘Let us come before Him with Thanksgiving and sing joyful songs of praise’ which was quoted from Psalms 95:2.
Social worker SS Olish, Father of Moyon Literature Dr. Donald kosha, chief of Tungphae village N Solomon attended as chief guest, guest of honour and function president of the celebration respectively.
The celebration started with a prayer offered by N Solomon following a jubilee trumpet and hoisting of jubilee flag and followed by unveiling of a monument erected to mark the diamond jubilee by SS Olish.
The jubilee celebration was marked by welcome and presentation of gifts to dignitaries and others, rendering of beautiful hymns and songs by Jubilee Song and music committee, special items showcased by Chothe tribe of Purum chumbang, Lamkang tribe of Leipung village, youths and Laarchang Shanuw of Tungphae village and releasing of a Diamond Jubilee Souvenir by SS Olish as chief guest of the Jubilee.

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Date for linking PAN with Aadhar card extended

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Mumbai, Dec. 31

The deadline for linking the Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar has been extended till March 2020, by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). Earlier deadline of l 30 September 2019 was extended till 31 December 2019 and now it has been extended till March next year, as specified under sub-section 2 of section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961.
Since the deadline given by the CBDT to link PAN Card with Aadhar has now been extended those who have not linked their cards are required to do it by 31 March 2020.
The linking can be done through the Income Tax e-filing website or by sending an SMS to 567678 or 56161. It can also be done by visiting  income tax indiaefiling.gov.in After providing the PAN, Aadhaar number, and name as mentioned in the Aadhaar card, a square will have to be ticked if only the birth year is mentioned in the Aadhaar card. After entering the Captcha code. (Visually challenged users can request for an OTP instead of the captcha code. The OTP will be sent on the registered mobile number), the ‘Link Aadhaar’ button, has to be clicked.
In the meanwhile the State Bank of India (SBI) has asked its customers to upgrade their old cards to the more secure EMV chip and PIN-based debit cards. SBI customers can either visit their home branch or apply online through internet banking to get EMV chip-based cards
The SBI has announced that the Magnetic Stripe debit cards will be deactivated by Tuesday, 31 December. The customers can get their magnetic stripe debit cards upgraded with EMV chip and PIN-based SBI debit cards. With effect from 1 January 2020, SBI customers will not be able to use their old magnetic stripe debit cards even if the validity of the card has not expired.
SBI has also clarified that if those holding SBI cards are already in possession of cards with the chip implanted in them, they need not worry. Those will be still valid beyond January 1 as well. One has just need to check the date of the card’s expiry, the moth and year printed on the card itself.

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Bye- Bye 2019

The year 2019 is fading out,
    It was eventful, no doubt,
In Pulwama, CRPF men breathed their last,
    When a suicide bomber car perished them in a blast,
With air strike, India retaliated,
    Jaish and LeT camps in Balakot were decimated,
Modi held reigns again,
   It was UPA’s loss, NDA’s gain,
In ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India lost the race,
   England emerged the winner with brave face,
 Almost entire country, faced heavy rains,
    Wet spell continued with unseasonal rains,
 Crops destroyed, food production went out of gear,
    Prices of essentials onion brought tears,
Article 370 was out, making J & K full part of India,
    People rejoiced Pan-India,
 But CAA/NRC put country on the boil,
     Anti-protests led to turmoil,
Country continued to face slow down,
      Economy slumped and GDP came down,
The five trillion dollar is Modi’ mission,
       But it is beset with many omissions,
Many acts were brought to dispel eve’s fear,
       But “Nirbhayas” continued to be hounded by fear,
Space sector went into Mission 2.0 mode bringing cheers,
      But joy subsided when “Vikram Lander” went out of gear,
Pak violated cease fire 2100 times and has continued to strike,
       India wonders whether Pak is inviting one more “surgical strike”,
 Let’s hope that the leap year 2020,
      will be full of sparkle and gaiety.

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Combined annual training NCC camp conducted by 14 (M) BN NCC, Imphal from 21 Dec 19 to 30 Dec 2019

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Imphal Dec 31

The Combined Annual Training Camp conducted by 14 (M) Bn NCC, Imphal culminated on Yesterday.
The 10 days camp was attended by 263 NCC Cadets of 13 colleges and 15 schools from all over the Manipur State.
During the camp, NCC cadets were given training on various military activities like Drills, Map Reading, Marching, Field Craft, Battle Craft, Physical Training, Firing, Sports and Games.
Also during the camp cadets were given lectures and demonstrations  with help of Fire Fighting Department, Traffic Control Department, Health Department and State Disaster Management of Manipur.
The camp culminated with a colouful cultural programme performed by the cadets attending the camp. Lt Gen  L. Nishikanta Singh,(Retd), Chairman Manipur Public Service Commission was the Chief Guest during the function.  Addressing to the cadets, the Chief Guest said that NCC cadets should be role a model for all in their society, community, locality and area, they should put in their best efforts with discipline, dedication and devotion. He added that NCC cadets should also motivate other students in schools/colleges and children in their societies.

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In The Name of Democracy

Mosa Sangtam,
Tetso College,
4th Semester, B.A. (Political Sci. Hons), Dimapur

“……With great Difficulty, I have brought this CARAVAN where it is seen today.Let the CARAVAN march ON and further ON despite the hurdles, pitfalls and difficulties that may come in its way. If my people, my lieutenants are not able to take the CARAVAN ahead, they should leave it where it is seen today, but in no circumstances they should allow the CARAVAN to go back.”
~ Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
At the dawn of India’s independence, Indian Political Leaders unanimously decided to adopt democratic form of Government and thus, India afterward became a Democratic Republic of India. Democracy is undoubtedly the best form of Government as in comparison with the rest. Today, majority of the Countries has adopted this form and also those countries which are practicing other forms are slowly and gradually developing and progressing towards adopting a Democratic form of Government. It is absolutely pertinent to understand that no single form of Government is free from the hands of its own but it largely depends on the rulers of that country whatsoever. Cleisthenes, considered as the father of Democracy from Ancient Greece had a peculiar idea about the people and their rulers and the state. The peculiarity of his thought was formulation of the idea of equality before law which thereby replacing heredity based mechanism or system of a state to merit based in the areas of appointment of Government Servants or Policy makers, therefore, ultimately gives and provides maximum power to the people rather than the Government. The question is, what makes Democracy the best form of Government among the worst? The very nature and essence of democracy is free from prejudice and it praises human Rights at its peak. Democracy talks about freedom of a man in framing the policy of a state (directly or indirectly), existing and living irrespective of his social, economic, political background as a ‘born free’ human being. Whatever may the ruling Government of a particular country enforces law or restrictions to its members and foreigners their policy must remain unaltered with the fundamental principles of Democracy. Countries of the world have successfully adopted Democratic form of Government but the question as to whether the policy makers or the rulers of a Democratic Country abide by its principles or not? remains unanswered. Democracy has been used as a legal weapon by Political Leaders to justify their rule. India has been considered to be the largest democratic country in the world. Besides, huge number of voters; what are the other elements that make India a Democratic Country? In 2014 General Election the BJP led by its Chief Narendra Modi won by overwhelming majority (282 seats) and again, in 2019 General Election with 303 seats securing their position in Indian Political arena as a Single largest party in the  country. This was a historical moment for BJP and the people to have won with such overwhelming majority next to INC. However, it seems that theynow have become unstoppable, as a matter of fact, anything and everything they propose (bill or ordinance) in the Parliament eventually promulgates. Naturally, it gave birth to the very concept of tyranny of the majority. Hence the question arises as to whether the government function for the nation or for a majority? Or whether their very idea of nation comes from the majoritarian spectrum?Questions need to be asked.
Ironically, democracy seems to have been used as a destroyer to democracy itself in India. In past few months, the people of Kashmir, the people of India and the rest of world had witnessed the abrogation of Article 370 by virtue of article 370(3). Degradation of State of Kashmir into union territory and shutting down of internet services, educational institutions, government offices, 24×7 curfew by armed forces, curbing of freedom of press, freedom of speech and expression, restrictions in transportation etc. Therefore infringed upon the basic fundamental rights of the citizens, this is not democracy that I understand, this is certainly not a democracy that Dr. Ambedkar imagined. Freedom of speech and expression, freedom of press and media remains safe haven for those who supports the ruling Government whereas, anyone who dares to critically examine the policies of the Government; and its political and social allies faces consequences as in the case of Aatish Taseer, a novelist and journalist whose OCI (overseas Citizens of India) was revoked by the Indian Government some days after he had written an article (India’s divider in chief) for TIME that was critical to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Gauri Lankesh an Indian Journalist was murder a week after she wrote against RSS and BJP, Dr M M Kalburgi, Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, Dr Govind Pansare were killed just because they wrote against Fascist Hindutva Politics and advocated ‘Constitutionalism’. This was not only the murder of innocent people but Democracy too. The transformation of Hinduism to Hindutva for political gains is not in the very best interest of this nation which believes in secular principle of governance, administration and socio-political life where human values and justice is given priority not a religion.
 Democracy in India is slowly and gradually taking its shape as ‘THEOCRACY’. The Nexus between Politics and Religion becoming more and more visible with the coming of Hindu Nationalist group in Indian Politics. Granting of citizenship status to an alien is also not free from religious political bias; the CAA of 2019 is a sturdy and mighty example of religious politics.  “Educate, agitate and organize” was the final words of advice to the younger generation and students by Dr B R Ambedkar. His message was clear, he wanted the students to be educated enough to reclaim their lost rights, he wanted them to understand the social evils, suppressions, exploitation, and subjugation of the masses on grounds of religious, political, economic or any kind of discrimination meted by the ‘system’-social, religious and political. To organize and agitate against injustice and to fight for Justice at individual as well as mass level. However, at ground reality, students, scholars, illiterate and literate who protest against the policies of Government which is their Constitutional Right under Art. 19 of the Constitution of India, who stands up for Justice, who stand to ask questions to their own elected representatives sitting in the ivory tower of power are not spared, Students are brutally beaten and protesters are being killed in day light by the ‘Force’ (Ref. News reports from Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi, Assam). As a student of Political Science I understand that a ‘constructive dissent’ is a ‘constitutional right’ essential to the survival of the democracy. Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, Members of Legislative Council, Cabinet Ministers, State Cabinet Ministers, Civil Service System, Police Administration, Defence Forces of India, Central Banking System and every other man, woman and institution-right from peon to Chief Secretary, from Village Guard, Village Administration, Dobashi, Gaonbura  to the Chief Minister, From Chief Minister to the Prime Minister and the President, From Civil Judge Junior Division to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court- each and every man and woman who is directly or indirectly involve in running the state machinery is completely, fully, absolutely, unconditionally, by law of the land is answerable and accountable to the Constitution of India and finally to THE PEOPLE OF INDIA.
The current developments which surfaced on the occasion of passing of Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 are nothing but direct threats to the survival of principles of democracy. Democracy doesn’t work on its own, we (THE PEOPLE) are supposed to work for it, unless we participate, democracy will soon die a natural death. It is the fundamental duty of every intellectual, scholar, student, artist, writer and every thinking human being to participate in the struggle for Justice, struggle for constitutional rights, struggle for equality, struggle for fraternity, and to create a free and just society. Dr. Ambedkar’s Constitution has given us the greatest gift of ‘Constitutional Democracy’, let us cherish it, let it not get destroyed in the hands of the people who on record defined democracy through religious spectrum with fascistundercurrents ( Fascism is a political philosophy characterized by authoritarian views and a strong central government — and no tolerance for opposing opinions. Fascist traces to the Italian word fascio, meaning ”group, bundle.” Under fascist rule, the emphasis is on the group — the nation — with few individual rights).
After so much of efforts and struggle Dr. Ambedkar brought the CARAVAN of Justice where we see it today. At present, we are living in a very complicated time. Our brain is getting fatten up with false propaganda by paid media, our thinking capacity has been taken away by the system that injected a slow poison of ‘materialism’ in our veins, we have become so much selfish that we are content with ourselves, tribe, family & children, we have become slaves of money, power and pleasure, we have forgotten to react, our educated class which supposed to show the correct direction to the society is in deep slumber. We Nagas have been introduced to ‘Materialism’ before we were introduced to the ‘Wisdom’.  Moreover, we are shown false dreams of economic prosperity whereas in reality farmers are committing suicides, Dalits and Tribals are brought under the shadow of fear-insecurity and white caller corporate workers are losing their jobs all over India. With passing of Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 our future has been brought under grave threat. We are told to believe in the dreams sold out to us by the ‘Merchants of the Dreams’. Should We? I don’t know about the others, but I set my stand open and clear. No matter what political party is ruling this nation, they all should be made answerable and accountable through Constitutional means and modes. The CARAVAN of justice should not be allowed to go back.  I register my dissenting opinion against the way this glorious nation of Christ, Buddha,Asoka, Ambedkar and Gandhi is being currently ruled.In this dark time Democracy must be protected. Voice of commonest of the common must be heard. We do not need ‘Ram Rajya’, we need Bharat of Emperor Asoka The Great where the principles of Justice, Equality, Liberty and Fraternity will prevail, where welfare of common man will be given priority over religion, whererights and wishes of ‘THE PEOPLE’ will beguarded, respected and honoured. Kuknalim ! Jai Bharat !

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