Tuesday, 05 March 2019 - Imphal Times

Siam Sarower Jamil,
Dhaka, March 5

The organisers of Chobi Mela 2019 were forced to stop all preparations at Krishibid Institution auditorium in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh to stage the much-publicised talk by eminent writer Arundhati Roy of India, scheduled to be held on Tuesday evening, as police asked them not to prepare the stage at the venue, said the organizers.
‘The Krishibid Institution authorities, referring to Local police Station in-charge (OC), had asked us to stop the stage preparations. We were forced to stop the works. The OC has asked us to meet Tuesday morning,’ Drik director Rahnuma Ahmed told IMPHAL TIMES in the evening.
She said that the directive came out of the blue though they had needed permission to hold the programme which they secured early on as part of the tenth edition of Chobi Mela, the most prestigious photography festival in Asia that was launched in the city on February 28 and scheduled to end on March 6.
The talk was scheduled to be held on Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Arundhati is in Bangladesh on her first tour in the country.
Tejgaon police station officer-in-charge Mazharul Islam Kajal told IMPHAL TIMES that the organisers were asked to stop their scheduled programme for security reasons.
‘The prime minister will attend a programme at the venue on March 8. For this reason, we are to hand over the venue to the SSF and Special Branch of Police three days before the programme. That is why we have to hand over the venue on Tuesday. As a result, we were compelled to ask them no to stage the programme on Tuesday,’ the OC explained.
Chobi Mela is organised by Drik Picture Library Ltd and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.

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Thoubal, March.5

Soon after Dr, S Ibomcha took charge as Superintendent of Police, Thoubal district in Manipur, a highly trained police team comprising of women police led by Officer –in Charge N. Sadananda busted a manufacturing factory of Counterfeit Indian made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) at Thoubal Athokpham area in Thoubal district of Manipur. Huge quantity of liquor – both packed with branded label of some IMFL and raw items for packing were seized from the illegal liquor manufacturing factory.

Talking to media persons at Thoubal Police station, District Superintendent of Police Dr. Ibomcha said that the raid was conducted at around 5 pm yesterday after receiving specific information about the existence of the liquor factory at the residence of Thokchom (Ningol) Changammayum (Ongbi) Roji Devi (25) wife of Changangmayum Badalkumar Singh at Thoubal Athokpam Awang Leikai.

In the raid, 10 Jerri cans (20 litres capacity each) containing unknown chemical liquid suspected to be used in producing counterfeit liquor; 120 bottles of local made Rum bottle; 1570 bottle caps; 200 numbers of empty bottle; 4 number of wooden frame for screen printing; 7 number of cans containing Rolex ink black colour and an Aluminum pot having red color liquid for dying, one tong  were recovered.

Talking to media persons SP Dr. Ibomcha said that the chemical used by the manufacturer could not be known at the moment but he ascertained that those chemical used would do no good to human health. On the other hand Dr. Ibomcha said that there were incidents where many people died after consuming such liquor at Jorhat and Golaghat.

Drive against illicit liquors and drugs began since last week of February after convening a meeting of the Thoubal police. Chemicals and Rum seized from the manufacturing home have not been treated as liquor and hence a criminal case will be taken up against the husband and wife.

Sample of the Chemical seized has been sent to Foot Safety & Standard Enforcement Wing”, Thoubal district, Dr. Ibomcha added.

Label like “For Sale to Para Military Force Only” and “Not for Sale in Assam” were tactfully stamped in the bottles.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 16:56

RPF condole

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Imphal, March 5,

Proscribed group Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) condole the demise of its  cadre 2nd Lieutenant Tayai @ Sanathoi . In a condolence message, the RPF said that 2nd Lieutenant Tayai @ Sanathoi, real name RK Thoi , son of RK Khoimu and RK Shanti of Khurai Chingabam Leikai died on February 15, 2019 while in a mission of the party. 2nd Lieutenant Tayai @ Sanathoi worked for the People’s Liberation Army (Strategic Command)  - the army wing of the RPF.
The statement further said that 2nd Lieutenant Tayai @ Sanathoi joined the party on May 5, 2008 and completed  basic military training after which he joined the war office on October 27. His army number is 3117.
Stating that 2nd Lieutenant Tayai @ Sanathoi is a real patriot of the nation who love the people of the nation irrespective of hill and plain and soft spoken, sincere revolutionary, the RPF observed condolence function at all Units, Dept.  of the RPF.  

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Imphal March 5,

Tribal Market Vendors Association (TMVA) warned intense agitation if the government fails to remove the Chairman of the Management Committee of Tribal Market New Lambulane who is also the Director of Tribal Affairs’ and Hills from his post by 10th of March this year.

Speaking to media person at the complex of the Tribal market New Lambulane, Rebecca Vaite Treasurer of TMVA termed the chairman as ‘irresponsible’ saying that he fail to render his duty as the responsible person of the Market by neglecting it for a long time.

She recalled that a sit-in-protest had also been staged for not taking out the garbage that piles up in the dustbin of the market shed.

Focusing on the issue of selecting members of management committee Rebecca said that the government has issued a notification to enlist 9 vendors of the market for the management committee but surprisingly 10 non vendors were selected as members of the management. She added that as the government fails to review the non vendors they have gone to the court for justice.

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Imphal, March 5,
Tribal Affairs & Hills Minister N. Kayisii inaugurated two mortuary vans at the office premises of Directorate of Tribal Affairs and Hills in Imphal today. Kayisii said that the scheme will benefit poor tribals of the state for transportation of dead bodies from hospital to their respective homes. The two vehicles are added to the existing service today due to high public demand of the service as well as the unserviceable condition of the old vehicles, he added.
According to officials, over 1000 dead bodies have been transported in the last 30 years from Imphal to their respective villages and cemeteries for burial. Under Mobile Dispensary cum Mortuary Van Project which has been operational since 2004, a gypsy Ambulance and a Mortuary Van-TATA 407 were used for transportation of dead bodies from hospital to home, officials said.
 TA & Hills Department has laid down several conditions for availing the scheme. As per the scheme/condition, only a tribal of Manipur can avail the scheme. Fuel charges as well as food and lodging for the driver- if the need arises, has to be borned by the family concern. It also stipulated a guarantor to sign an undertaking for the safe return of the vehicle.  
The scheme can be availed by contacting L. Rajendro Singh, Deputy Director-TA & Hills at the following numbers-7005215911 or 9402679913.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 16:53

AR celebrates National Security Day

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Imphal March 5,

Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised a  Declamation Competition on the occasion of National Security Day on 04 March 2019 for the students of Nilamani English School, Mayang Imphal.
The topic for the Competition was “Is There Any Justification of War and Establishing Peace is Not Possible”.  The students enthusiastically participated in the competition, putting forth their views both for and against the motion. The competition proved to provide the young minds a suitable platform to overcome their stage fear and at the same time be able to put across their viewpoints in a lucid and confident manner.
As part of the event, an informative lecture was also organised to enlighten the students about various career options available in the Indian Defence Forces including recruitment in the Army and the Assam Rifles in various categories. The students were also briefed on various inherent advantages of joining the Indian Armed Forces including exciting life style, thrill, adventure, job security as well respect of the Forces. In addition information on the upcoming recruitment rallies along with career counseling were also provided to the attendees during the lecture.
The principal and the school staff appreciated the efforts of the Assam Rifles for organsing the competition and extended their gratitude for organising such an event. The event was culminated with prize distribution to the speakers followed by refreshments for all.

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By Our Correspondent
Guwahati March 5,

India and Afghanistan have maintained historically close ties fruitful for both nations.
But political disturbances in Pakistan, located in between, poses difficulties for the Indo-Afghan bilateral relationship, observed senior Afghan radio journalist Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar while interacting with city based scribes on Sunday (3 March). He was participating in Guwahati Press Club’s ‘Meet the Press’ programme through video conferencing from Kabul.
However, these difficulties are short lived and both the friendly nations soon revert to business as usual. Regarding the present Indo-Pak standoff and the volatile situation in Kashmir, Khalvatgar asserted that the Indian government has legitimate rights to defend their territory and people. This is why New Delhi has drawn support from various countries, said the young scribe academically qualified in international relations.
Terming Afghanistan itself as a victim of terror,  Khalvatgar urged all progressive forces worldwide to unite against terrorism that has emerged as a curse to the human race. Persistent conflicts fuelled by terrorism can ruin a nation, and Khalvatgar’s native country today represents a classic example of this malady.
Speaking about the woeful condition of education and health sectors in Afghanistan, Khalvatgar said that many young Afghans now prefer to go to India for pursuing higher and professional education. Moreover many patients from Afghanistan, primarily suffering from hypertension, blood sugar, liver ailment and various cancers opt for treatment at Indian hospitals. Indian film actors and Bollywood fare as well as Hindi tele-serials continue to be popular among Afghans, Khalvatgar informed, adding that large sections of rural women remain glued to their TV sets running dubbed versions of Indian entertainment serials in local languages.
Fluent in Persian, Pashto and English languages, the author-journalist also revealed that many Afghan residents perceive India as a fairytale land where women usually pursue higher education to hold powerful positions in government and the corporate world.
Khalvatgar also appreciated the latest initiative to open a trade route between Afghanistan and India through Chabahar port of friendly nation Iran (bypassing Pakistan) that re-establishes the importance of Kabul as an international business centre in the present era.
Nevertheless,  he disclosed that the turmoil in Pakistan has severely affected the ongoing peace process between Taliban and the US administration. Radical Islamists are not interested in talking to the Afghan government in Kabul, whereas India has always championed negotiations, he said.
Speaking of New Delhi’s developmental initiatives in Afghanistan which have generated huge goodwill there, Khalvatgar pointed out that Afghanistan is the second-largest recipient of aid from India after Bhutan. Hundreds of community development projects are being run by Indian agencies in various sectors like education, health, rural development, agriculture etc.
Having studied professional journalism in Europe, USA, Turkey, Sri Lanka and India, Khalvatgar has also authored ‘Islam and Globalization’, ‘Provincial Councils and National Cooperation’ and ‘Ethics on Social Media’. He has been an active member of media law working groups, journalists’ ethical codes and access to information law in Afghanistan.
Despite numerous threats to media persons, Khalvatgar claimed, Afghanistan still supports a good deal of journalism in comparison to neighboring countries. Media may not have a direct strategy for peace and conflict resolution, but the Afghan media fraternity significantly contributes to various peace building efforts in the country, he affirmed.
However,mainstream journalism across the globe has been facing major challenges from   social/alternate media. People now look for internet-fed outlets for prompt news coverage while they also prefer newspapers and news channels for in-depth and analytical inputs. Even amidst fake news hogging headlines, social media continues to be a great influence on public opinion, said Khalvatgar as he signed off.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 16:52

May be this time it may happen

It’s no wrong presuming that the center has now framed a modality to solve the issues of the NSCN-IM. RN Ravi’s visit at Nagaland is significant. The long awaited agreement may be signed before the announcement of the Lok Sabha Election. This is being presumed because of the fact that the ruling government may gain doing so. The CAB agenda will be diverted and there is possibility that the ruling may gain at least 2 seats in Outer Manipur and from Nagaland. No matter Valley area of Imphal burn. Above all the probable hindrance expected from the NSCN-K has also been somewhat neutralized after Myanmar trooper coupe the Taga region which was once under the control of the NSCN-K.   
 Well a leader like Prime Minister Narendra Modi will keep his word and it’s no wrong believing that this final solution (as assumed by the GoI) will not disturb the territorial boundary of any of the neighbouring  states of Nagaland particularly the territorial integrity of Manipur.
Think tanks and leaders of the India government are no fool; while the leadership of the NSCN-IM cannot be underestimated, when it comes to determine the fate of the Naga people. If one goes back and look at how NSCN-IM was borne and how it had struggled for nearly three decades, the said will certainly understand how the rebel group had utilized all possible means to find a solution irrespective of its position. We can assume 1988 as the birth of NSCN-IM after the NSCN has been split into two faction – one led by SS Khaplang and the other led by Th. Muivah. In less than five years, the rebel group popularized its name by targeting to Kuki communities leading to a communal flare up which led to the death of 1000s of innocent people belonging to both Kuki and Naga. Number of Kuki civilian killed during the communal clashed ignited by the NSCN-IM was much more than those of Nagas. When the wind was settled with the intervention of major community Meitei, the NSCN-IM entered to peace deal with the government of India. It was in August 1, 1997 that the rebel group put its step to begin peace talk with the Government of India and in June 14, 2001, the cease fire agreement between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM was signed between the two entities at Bangkok, which is also known as the Bangkok agreement which led to a mass uprising in the state of Manipur. The journey of the NSCN-IM from 1988 to 2001 and the later stage to till today showed that the rebel group is driven by a desire to achieve something no matter what it had stood earlier.
It is at this point that we can assume the final solution of the framework agreement will not disturb the boundary of the Manipur and other neighbouring states of Nagaland. But what else could be the frame work agreement? – A matter need to be pondered by all.
Well time and again a modality called “Pan Naga Hoho” has been reported at many of the newspapers published in Manipur as well as at Nagaland. Neither the Interlocutor nor the collective leadership of the NSCN-IM had denied it. And the so called Pan Naga Hoho modality has also been a talk of the NSCN-IM among its frontal bodies and intellectuals. If the Pan Naga Hoho is the final solution than the territorial boundary of the neibouring states will remain as it is but the so called Nagas coined by the NSCN-IM, no matter where it stays will come under a single administrative unit.
In this column this newspaper has stated what actually is a Pan Naga Hoho briefly. It is a statutory body with Executive authority, budgetary and negotiating power. This body will function beyond territorial limits of any state and will be able to operate in any state where Naga are settled.  
If this is the agreement, no matter the territorial boundary of Manipur remain intact, the so call Manipur will have no meaning at all as the government will not be able to govern to its citizen residing in its soil.
Political parties in the state who had always stood for the integrity of the state should also be aware of a situation arises this way.  

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By:Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh  

It is said that “no atom bomb or a long range missile is required” to destroy a Nation, simply destroying Education is enough to destroy a Nation. Yes, In this day of  Internet  and  IT  of  21st   Century,  in  what  direction  our  Education  system  is treading? This is the question that many asked. Is the knowledge, the skill that our education induced to our youths good enough or compatible with the fast moving technology of 21st century? It seems that the present education system is not valued base system rather it’s mark based education system. Because of this mark base education system, our youths are unable to cop up with any situation crop up at any point of time in our society which cause them frustration and depression. The beautiful Manipuri rhymes like “THATHA THABUNGTON…..”NUNGSAO SARO URUM LEIMA CHANGKHARO……”  “CHONGNA CHONGNA   KAGERA THOUNA FABA SAKERA………” etc were replaced by Twinkle Twinkle  Little Star……Ba Ba  Black ship…….Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall……etc. Isn’t the beginning of destroying our  cultural  heritage  based  on  high  moral  value  which  has been  transmitting through our rich tradition? Now a days, our children right from Primary level doesn’t learn anything about our tradition and culture, if Im not mistaken (may be lack of my personal information & knowledge).  When we were in Class-I, we were taught  some  good  moral  lessons  like  “PHAJABI  GHARI  HURANBA”  “YAHOU NGANBA  HAKCHANG  FEI  KHONGHOU  HANBA  LAMJEL  THOI”  etc.  These days’ children are taught anything in memorizing way of teaching. Heavy home works are being given to these young & tender children. Home works are being done either by parents or tuition teachers. Parents are happy when their children are given good marks by class teachers. But, is that mark, the mark obtained due to real work of the student? After day long hectic activities at the school, majorities of our students are send to private tuition. Why? Is it parent’s aspiration of giving good education to their children to be a good citizen in future or children are not taught properly at the schools? Because of heavy academic schedule, they don’t have time to play, talk with friends and parents (Except inside the van during going to schoolx
and  coming  from  school).At  the  same  time  they  don’t  have  time  to  study themselves and do anything in their own ways, which slowly destroy the neuron of self-confidence from their early childhood period. As they grow and come to the higher classes, they themselves (even parents) always try to score good marks in the examination without knowing or understanding the value and concepts of the lessons they have gone through in different levels. According to experts, children needs proper rest and sufficient sleep for their all-round physical and mental development. But these young and tender children who need enough sleep are drag out from sleep in the very early morning at around 3; 30am for sending them to private tuition. Parents take them from one tuition center to another (at least two or three) before they go to school. Many of them are not willing to do this but because of their parent’s pressure they are compelled to do so. After school hour is over (generally by 2; 30 or 3; 00 pm) they have to go for another series of tuition which will continue up to 8; 00pm. After day long hectic academic activities they are exhausted (physically, mentally) extremely. Then, soon after the dinner is over they feel sleepy and go to bed without opening the books or note books they copied at the schools and tuition centers. This process continue till the syllabus at the tuition centers and school is covered. However they don’t have the time to digest themselves what teachers taught at the school as well as at the tuition centers. Because of this process, in spite of hectic academic activities they are unable to write well in the examination resulting poor performance when result is out which is out of parent’s expectation. Parents are unhappy with this and started scolding their wards using possible language. Whose fault is this? Is it the fault of children or parents? Answer may be decided by general public. This is not only in school examination but also in Board’s examination of Class X and XII. Some learned educationist and experts termed this system as the “System which damage the Neuron of Self Confidence among our youths”. Is it right or wrong public will decide.
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Imphal March 5,

Thoubal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised an Awareness Drive on HIV/AIDS at Lungthoram Village of Kamjong District on 04 March 2019. The awareness drive was organised by Upper Khoripok Company Operating Base with an aim to educate and raise awareness on HIV/AIDS among the locals. The educational drive incorporated an enlightening lecture by the Unit Nursing Assistant on HIV AIDS which was later followed by an interactive session during   which all the queries raised by participants were answered.
The event witnessed participation by over 100 villagers from the area including ladies & children. The participants were educated on the causes, symptoms of HIV/ AIDS alongwith preventive measures. They were also acquainted with various health schemes launched by the Government of India regarding HIV/AIDS. The event concluded with tea and refreshments for all the attendees. The villagers sincerely acknowledged efforts by the Assam Rifles for regularly undertaking such educational drives and thereby contribute in creating a healthier society.

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