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Complaint lodged against alleged humiliation of Mahabharata

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Imphal April 15,

A complaint against the alleged humiliation of Hindu’s  Mythology – epic “Mahabharata’ by the BJP while advertising for election campaign at All Indio Imphal in Manipuri Language has been lodged to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of ECI by one social worker identified as K. Seityajit.

In the complaint letter, Seityajit stated that the election campaign advertisement being broadcasted at AIR Imphal has hurt the sentiments of the Hindus of Manipur and that such is a blatant violation of Model Code of Conduct.

The complaint note stated that the advertisement not only tarnish the image of Kunti, Duryadhona and Sukhani of the Hindu epic Mahabharata but also is injecting communal hatred to the various communities of the state.  The advertisement which appeals the people to vote for BJP hurts the sentiment of the Hindus and that the AIR Imphal is giving preferential treatment to the ruling party.

“This is an utter violation of the Model code of Conduct of 17th Lok Sabha Election . 2019”, the complaint note stated and urged the CEC to take up prompt action against the BJP.

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Three Women killed in Thunderstorm; many houses destroyed

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Imphal, April 15,

At least three women were killed and several houses including a makeshift for public meeting of the BJP at Thanga in Bishnupur district was destroyed in a fierce thunderstorm today morning. As many as 40 people, including 30 students, were also injured in today’s nature’s wrath.

Two women were crushed to death after a house collapsed at Churachandpur district, while another woman, who ran a tea shop in the Wari area in Kakching district, was killed when a banyan tree fell on her.

The two women died at Churachandpur were identified as Nemdom (74 years) w/o Ngulkhomang and Chenkholhai (50 years) w/o Sehkholen. The tragic incident happened at K Salemjang village, Kulbung, TD Samulamlan block, in Churachandpur. The two women were reportedly taking shelter at a house in T Munjang village Ccpur when heavy storm destroyed the house.

The women died at Kakching district has been identified as Yengkhom Nungsitombi @Memcha (56), wife of late Angangcha. She runs a hotel at Kakching Wairi Senapati Leikai, Lairam Pareng. The incident happens when a Banyan tree falls on her hotel by the storm.

The 30 students were injured when a building collapsed at Kwakta. All were rushed to a hospital and are said to be out of danger.

There were reports of destruction of houses and shops from many parts of the state. Chief Secretary Suresh Babu has sought information from all District Collectors on casualties and damage.

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‘BJP violated Model Code of Conduct at Mayang Imphal’

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Imphal, April 15,

Mayang Imphal Block Congress Committee has alleged that the BJP had violated the Model Code of Conduct while organizing a public meeting for RK Ranjan, BJP candidate of the Inner PC, at Mayang Imphal Assembly Constituency on April 14.

The Congress alleged that the venue of the meeting was held in the middle of the ‘Public thoroughfare Road’ of Salamat Bazar to Bashei Leikai ( Bengoon Leirak Achouba) blocking commuters on the road side. Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh and MLA of Mayang Imphal Constituency were among those attending the meeting,  Congress said.

It alleged that the meeting was held in total violation of the of the Election Model Code of Conduct of Public meeting with loudspeakers at clause no. 4 (a) as prescribed in the terms and conditions of permit issued by the District Magistrate Imphal West.

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Paona’s statue at Bangladesh

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Dhaka, April 15,

Khongjom Day Observation Committee, Hamom Leikai, Chhanggaon , Kamalganj, Moulvibazar , Bangladesh district has laid foundation stone for installation of a statue of Paona Barjabashi and construction of a hall at around 8.30 am today.
The foundation laying ceremony was attended by king of Bhanuganj Rajkumar Birendrajit Singh, Member of 7 – Adampur Union Parishad Keisham Manindra, President of Sangathan Hamom Ajit and Nongmaithem Shantakumar and Thounaojam Niranjan. 

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People now realise the false promises of the BJP – Gaikhangam

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Imphal April 15,

Congress President Gaikhangam slams BJP saying that the people have now realised the false promises made by BJP.

Speaking in a election campaign for INC Candidate at Mekola Ground, MPCC President Gaikhangam said that there was a great realisation and a great awakening of the people of the state after knowing the false claim and empty promises made by BJP. He added that such belief in the false promise has led to suffer the nation and the state at a great extent.

Gaikhangam stressed that in previous years people were afraid of the insurgents groups but now the people are afraid of BJP  as there is an apprehension of getting arrested anytime.

Saying that this election is a fight between the people and the BJP, Gaikhangam said that Congress victory in this election is the victory of the people.

Highlighting the diversion of secular forces he said that they believed such diversion were B team of BJP.

Questioning the BJP government he asked what achievement has been done by them other than promoting anti people issues and doing anti people works.

He added that the only achievement of BJP is none other than the achievements of failures and again such failures piled up which even formed a mountain of failures.

He further slapped the BJP as a party without a vision, agenda and a dream and added that they have done only the politics of temple, hatred, statues and lies.

He concluded that BJP has been snatching the democratic rights of the nation.

Inner candidate O.Nabakishore slammed BJP stating that BJP has made history as the first to misuse National Security Act.

He further reminded the recent incident of Kishorchandra where he was detained under NSA. He added that it was very shameful of the BJP government where the NSA charges imposed by the government was again withdrawn by the court. He concluded that BJP government is a government which can’t be criticised.

CLP leader O.Ibobi said that he was ashamed of the BJP government’s propaganda and advertisement in TV and radios.

He added that the developmental works can’t be covered if they truly did it.

Reminding the previous MU issue he slammed that BJP is a party who even handcuffed the teachers of MU like a terrorist.

It can be mentioned that as 17th Lok Sabha election for the inner parliamentary is at the door step election campaign mushrooms at every nook and corner of the inner constituency.

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KCP observes 39th Foundation Day

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Imphal, April 15,

Armed rebel group Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) observed 39th foundation day on April 14. A press statement issued by S. Mangal, Secretary -in-Charge, Information and Publicity of the proscribed group said that the foundation day was observed at its Central Head Quarter, GHQ, Training Centre, Tectical Head Quarters, Mobile Unit, Special Task Unit, 141 Battalion, 131 Battalion, Special Elite Unit and at other places of the region.

Main function was held at 131 Battalion of the outfit, the statement said. It added that Foreign and Regional Affairs Secretary of KYKL, C.Langamba and Army Chief of MFL /KCP H. Ibomcha attended as Chief Guest and President respectively. Camp commander of MYL Captain Dhana, Captain Tamba, Captain Suman, G-(III) of MFL M. Robin and Camp commander of MFL M. Punsiba attended as Guests of Honour.

Paying tributes to the revolutionary fighters of WESEA region, President message to the people and speech by the dignitaries on the dais mark the observance.

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UPRFM celebrates first foundation day

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Imphal, April 15,

UPRFM ( United People’s Revolutionary Front of Manipur) today celebrates its first foundation day at its Genral Head Quarter, Divisional and Sectoral areas today. A statement by L. Rolin @ Thoupangba Meitei, Information & Publicity Secretary of the outfit said that chairman of the UPRFM T. Bhudhi @ Tamnganba and Vice Chairman of the outfit N. Romen @ Nongpok attended as dignitaries on the dais. A two minutes silence was observes as a mark of respect a departed cadre of the outfit Kangeibam Kangleinganba @ Kipak  besides paying gun salute. Kipak was discharged from the party on October 21, 2018 after sustaining serious injury at an accident occurred on October 14, 2018 and he succumbed to his injury after few days, the statement said. 

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Real face of Indian election

Ruling BJP showed apprehension of losing in the outer Manipur Parliamentary constituency seat even though they are confidence of winning the inner PC seat. This is being speculated in the move by BJP. If the party is confident of winning the seat they would not have move the Election Commission of India for re-poll in various polling stations.
The election of the outer Manipur PC was held on April 11, with a turn out rate of over 84% voters. Except for some minor poll related incident and a report about malfunctioning of EVM machines, the election was reported peaceful.  But the way the BJP alleged mass proxy being carried out at some of polling station by armed miscreants and its cry for re-poll speaks volumes to the level of confidence to the BJP party.  
On the other hand the complaint by the BJP for re-poll may be another counter measures to the complaint by a political party alleging opening of the strong room in Churachandpur district.  
As for the inner seat the BJP seems confidence of winning and people now talk about Congress and BJP forgetting the serious of fake encounter that had prompted the rights activist to take the matter to Supreme court and the mass uproar due to the passing of CAB in Lok Sabha.     
Not only in Manipur, but also the way people across the country are discussing seems to show that Congress and BJP is the only hope for the country.
In democracy, every citizen has the right to contest election or become a Chief Minister of Prime Minister on the condition that he or she fulfilled the eligibility criteria provided in the constitution of India.
Colonial mindset of the people across the country (except some few) never thinks of other alternative political party which will protect the country’s fate as well as what has been written in the Constitution of the country. When congress insult the equality and justice for all provided in the preamble of our constitution the BJP insult the same by forgetting that Secularism is one important content of the preamble of our constitution.
We should, we tried BJP but one man Government deceived people of India, it’s like “known devil is better than unknown God “.
It is an open secret that the Congress party is corrupt political party with scams after scams during their reign. The coming BJP to power except taking up some case where they could suppress the influential Congress leader, nothing which could be benefitted to all the people of the country have been taken up.
Well and good BJP Government punished Corrupt Congress leaders. In 2G scam also Raja got clean Chit from CBI court, BJP government could not punish Rober Vadhra so far. Every body in India knows Politicians and rich people kept their black money in foreign banks but no government dare to bring that Black Money back to India.
 If you talk about BJP Government, this is one man Government, many changes they have made, planning commission have been changed with Nity aayog government given clear cut instructions to Nity Aayog to put blind eye on dependent states like Manipur.
 BJP assured that they will bring black money from foreign banks and that money in individual account, regarding employment BJP Government given assurance that also not fulfilled. Demonetisation badly failed but people suffered, without any vision GST implemented but people are suffering because of GST till date.
Atrocities on women and girls increased drastically, and many time ignored if such atrocities and rape are committed by their loyal MLAs. It happens in Manipur, till now nothing has been taken up against an alleged rapist MLA by either enquiring into the matter.
But why the people consider BJP and Congress as the only party that will comes to power at the center.
 When it comes to NE states like Manipur and Nagaland which depend their economy to the central assistance, Congress MLAs or Ministers from Assam or Manipur will have no problem in changing the political party. It will takes only one night for change of political party in small dependent states like Manipur, Assam, Meghalaya , Nagaland to the political party which is in power at the center. The moment party change in the center the political party ruling in the smaller state will take no time for conversion.
Earlier , that is before the 2014 Parliamentary election people are fed up dynastic rule now people started pouring the anger over Hindutva domination.
A third front who will respect the preamble of our constitution is perhaps the need of the hour. Or otherwise the BJP so sacrifice their one nation one religion theory which people have been criticising as a hidden agenda.

Truth Commission In Manipur Needed For Securing Justice To Victims Heads Of State Human Rights Institutions In Manipur Assure Full Support


Imphal, April 15,

Heads of State Human Rights Institutions, senior academics, human rights activists, victims and other stakeholders strongly emphasized the need for a transitional justice process in Manipur to address the pressing needs of widows, children and other family members affected by the extrajudicial killings and other serious human rights violations in Manipur over the past several decades.

Towards this end, they stressed, among other measures, the immediate need for the establishment of a truth commission, payment of compensation to victims, strengthening the justice institutions including the State Human Rights institutions, expedite criminal cases lodged against the perpetrators and ensure accountability and uphold rule of law.

These unanimous recommendations emerged at the end of a one-day consultation on Application of Transitional Justice Framework for the Families of Victims of Extrajudicial Execution in Manipur that was organised by the Centre for Studies of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) of Manipur University, Human Rights Alert (HRA), Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) and Centre for Human Rights Studies of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) at Manipur University Court Room on 13 April 2018.

 Participating in this Consultation, the Acting Chairperson of Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC), Chairperson of Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) and Chairperson of Manipur State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) assured the support of their respective institutions in seeking justice for these victims.

 Delivering the keynote address, Babloo Loitongbam, executive director of HRA pointed out the limitations of the on-going investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators to address the pressing justice needs of the families of more than 1528 victims. Transitional Justice (TJ) framework – defined by the UN as the full range of processes and mechanisms associated with a society’s attempt to come to terms with a legacy of large-scale past abuses, in order to ensure accountability, serve justice and achieve reconciliation – needs to be invoked in Manipur today, he asserted. In that spirit he called upon the meeting to deliberate if it is time for Manipur to establish a Truth Commission as was done elsewhere.

Professor YSR Murthy, executive director of the Centre for Human Rights Studies of JGU, presenting a report of a similar consultation on the same issue conducted by his university involving national and international experts in December 2018 at New Delhi, pointed out

that the Constitution of India puts the ‘dignity of individual’ in the same pedestal as ‘National Security’. He also emphasised on the close relationship between Peace, Justice and Human Rights and stressed the crying need to initiate TJ processes in Manipur. Referring to the ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’ and ‘Unnar Bharat Adhiyan’, he observed that the country can become great only when human rights of all persons are protected including widows and children affected by extrajudicial executions.

Dr. Th. Bharat Singh, Reader, CSSEIP, MU made a PowerPoint presentation of the preliminary findings of the socio-economic survey of the families of the victims of extrajudicial executions in Manipur conducted by CSSEIP and pointed out the 54.8 % of the families are expecting justice in their case. Director of CSSEIP, Prof. Amar Yumnam, during his presidential address, stated that no examination of economics is complete without addressing the issue of justice. And justice, in economics, is understood in terms of welfare and wellbeing. He pointed out the ongoing survey will be able to identify what kind of interventions are needed for different categories of persons amongst the victims – women, children, disabled, aged etc.

 Mr. Khaidem Mani, Acting Chairperson of MHRC encouraged the families of victims left out from the CBI/SIT investigation to petition the State under section 357A of Criminal Procedure Code for compensation and to approach MHRC if they failed to get the remedy. He also expressed his Commission’s willingness to function as the Truth Commission if such a mandate is granted by the Supreme Court or the State Government. Dr. Meinam Binota, MSCW chairperson also committed to work for the socio-economic upliftment and sustainable livelihood of the widows of extrajudicial executions. In the same spirit, Ms. Sumatiblala Ningthoujam, MSCPCR chairperson, assured to extend all possible help for the protection of the rights of children of the victim families.

The panel discussion on Truth, Justice and Restitution of Families of Victims of Extrajudicial Executions was moderated by Prof. Arambam Lokendro, eminent organic intellectual of Manipur. R.K. Bobichand, director of Change and Peace building Action, tracing the history of the Government of India (GOI)’s response to issues of Manipur, opined that it is unrealistic to expect GoI to constitute a Truth Commission for Manipur. Instead, he suggested that a direction from the Supreme Court or alternately a civil society process is more realistic to think through.

Prof. N. Pramod of the LMS Law College pointed out the need for infusing the restorative justice elements in the process and Keisham Pradip of the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights pointed out the need to widening the scope of the proposed Truth Commission to include all the children affected by armed conflict. Deben Bachaspatimayum of the North East Institute of Social Science and Research opined that the TJ process can be achieved either through judicial process, political demand or social movement. Vijayalakshmi Brara of the Centre for Manipur Studies of Manipur University identified that initiation of a TJ process will require various elements including the acceptance of guilt by the perpetrators, forgiveness by the victims, multiple institutional collaboration, doing away with social hierarchies and recovery of and building upon the indigenous justice processes.

Participating in the discussion, Malem Mangal of North East Hill University pointed out the need to include all the victims of ongoing armed conflict in Manipur and also address the underlying root causes rather than confining the scope to only the victims of extrajudicial execution.

Prof. Lokendra saw the proposed Truth Commission as a one time clinching of the rot though it is a difficult exercise. He stated that there are different kinds of truths — ‘forensic truth’ or the ‘personal narratives’, ‘dialogic truth’ or the ‘final truth’ etc. But what we should be seeking ultimately, he concluded, is the healing and restorative truth.

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Service Voters Exercised Voting Rights

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Imphal April 15,

Personnel from the units of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegies of IGAR (South) exercised their democratic rights and cast votes for the impending Lok Sabha Elections on 11 April 2019.    
The serving personnel of Assam Rifles deployed in intense Counter Insurgency in Manipur cast votes on 11 April 2019 during the 17th Lok Sabha Elections 2019. As a run up to casting votes, the serving personnel first registered themselves as service voters online. Thereafter Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot (ETBP) was generated for each service voter to exercise his right to vote. After months of preparation which involved placing of requisite infrastructure, overcoming digital connectivity challenges and exhaustive awareness campaign for the Assam Rifles personnel, the complete procedure was streamlined and voting took place under supervision of senior officials.
As part of the elections, Mantripukhri Battalion conducted the polling in a phased manner in which out of a total of 821 voters  1151 service voters cast their votes in phase I on 11 April and remaining will be exercising their rights during phase II of the elections on 18 April.
Keithelmanbi Battalion also conducted the polling in a similar manner and 256 voters out of the total 1076 registered service voters cast their votes on 11 April. They will again be casting their valuable votes on 18 April.
The exercising of voting rights by the service personnel is indeed a great initiative by the Assam Rifles in contributing to the national development and selecting the best government for the country.

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