Thursday, 02 May 2019 - Imphal Times
Thursday, 02 May 2019 17:41

Of the three missing, One body found

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Imphal, May 2,

Of the three persons who were drowned at Chadong /Ramrei of Mapithel Dam after the boats they were riding were swept by cyclonic storm on April 28, body of Sagakpam Rajiv (36) was recovered today.

Massive hunt for the bodies of Sagakpam Romen (31) and Ningthoujam Rina (20) is being underway along with a special team of Indian Navy. Report reaching here said that the dead body of Rajiv was found by a local at around 3 pm today.

All the three hail from Ningthoukhong Kha Khunou.

This is perhaps the first time that the state government handles the situation with extreme seriousness. After the National Disaster Response Force and the state Fire Service fails to find the dead bodies, the state government takes the help of a Navy team. Divers of the Navy team arrived on April 30 evening and since then the divers had been conducting massive hunt of the three dead bodies. Interesting a local Manipuri Muslim identified as AsadUllah from Urup Awang Leikai who is experienced in searching drowned persons also surprised the Navy team. But the person who found the dead body was a local of Chadong.

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Imphal, May 2,

KSO Gunpi Block today cleans hand to the arson of St. Joseph School.

The school was burnt on the night of April 25, and following the sequence of event that took place following the suspension of 6 students the KSO Gunpi Block has been accused of the crime by everyone.

A statement by KSO Gunpi Block stated that the accusation hurled on KSO regarding the involvement of KSO Gunpi Block in the burning down of the school is conceived by some vested interest.  The KSO Gunpi Block said that the organisation condemns the incident in the strongest term.

Following is the clarification by the KSO Gunpi Block.

  1. It is a fact that the KSO Gunpi Block had taken a decision to close down the school. The decision was arrived at solely to save the career of 6 young students, who have been placed under suspension by the school authority. The KSO Gunpi Block repeatedly appealed to Father Dominic but our appeals were disregarded. So as to bring the school authority at the negotiating table the KSO Gunpi Block found no alternative but to close down the school. We, as students leaders, had done our best to fight for the six students and we have no regrets over it. For what we had done was to save their career. In Matthew 18:12-13 it says, “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice it over more than over the ninety-nine that did not wander away.” As a Catholic Christian school the principal of the school should have cared for the 6 students who could have wandered away.
  2. On the first day of school closure, the KSO Gunpi Block executives went to the school and found that people have assembled at the school to protest KSO Gunpi Block’s action. We felt it is a challenge to KSO’s authority and were bent on defending KSO’s prestige.

So in order to ensure that the school is closed we accidentally used unwise and regrettable words which hurt and angered the sentiment of the people, and also unintentional words which could wrongly incriminated us in crime. However, at the end of the day, the school authority relents to hold a discussion with us to solve belligerent situation.

  1. So at 4:30 pm we had a meeting with the Parish Pastoral Council at our office in which we mutually agreed to solve the entire problem. Accordingly we decided to have a final meeting the day after at 10:00 am that would solve all our issues.
  2. At 7:00 pm the meeting dispersed and we headed back to our respective house to rest. But at around 9:40 pm it was heard that the school building was on fire. Some of the executives had gone to douse the fire and save the building. But the mob that had gathered there begun to abuse them and accused them of setting the building on fire. Some persons who wielded daos and sticks chased and threatened to kill them. So we fled from the mob to save our lives fearing the mob culture that is prevalent in our society today.

Here the KSO Gunpi Block would like to ask some pertinent questions. Why would we commit an act of arson after taking all the troubles of reconciling with the school authority and when all our issues were to be finally settled the next day? Why should we have taken the trouble of trying to save the school building if we were the one who had set the building on fire? What discernible proofs did the JAC possess to directly accuse us of arson? The JAC claimed to know the persons who had set the fire but why did they hesitate to disclose their names in public? Is it not prudent to question the JAC members on the real identity of the people who had burnt down the school? 

The KSO Gunpi Block once again clarify that it is completely innocent of burning down the school and feels hurt that such a wild allegation has been thrown against us. It seems the JAC was formed with intent to instigate the gullible public against KSO. It would be in the mutual interest of both parties if the JAC stops arbitrary allegation towards KSO Gunpi Block.

The police have arrested two of our members and have been in their custody for the last five days. If the two executives are really guilty of the crime their guilt would have already been established by now. Therefore is it not reasonable that the two executives be released unconditionally and immediately as they are not guilty of the act of arson.

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Imphal, May 2,

Speaking in the Culminating Ceremony today organized as a part of the Smile Torch Event by Shija Foundation at IMA hall Lamphel, Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla said that the biggest service we can give to cleft and pallate patients is to stamp out any mark of discrimination.
She added that voluntary workers and voluntary organizations to set up hospitals, Nursing homes and other health care centres by providing incentives should be encouraged.
She further said that many children born with such birth defects have not availed of these facilities simply due to lack of awareness.
“The Government alone cannot bear the full burden of health care.  At least, a part of it must be given out to voluntary services, to people who are willing to serve the health system”, she added.
Highlighting the various free cleft and  operations done  President of the function who is also Smile train partner surgeon Dr Palin said that more awareness is needed in every nook and corner to eradicate the cleft and palette patients.
He added that the operation was done for free of cost and not only that even travel allowances were also given.
It can be mentioned that ‘Smile Torch’ is a unique national initiative for creating renewed awareness about cleft and its treatment and to sensitize communities about the challenges faced by children born with clefts. Smile Train, an NGO founded in 1998 which was based in the United States, is working for the goal to eradicate the global problem of cleft lips and palates.

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 17:35

May Day observance

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Imphal, May 2,

Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM) observes May Day yesterday at Manipur Dramatic Union (MDU) Hall  at Yaiskul on the theme “Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement” .

Ch. Ibohal, Asst. Professor of Manipur University, Arunkumar Tellem, Managing Director Langei International, Kishorchandra Wangkhemcha , Whistle Blower Journalist, Comrade Yaima Meetei , President SSUM and Sha Nawaz, President AMMSO attended as dignitaries on the dais.

A publication called Anouba Meerol, a special edition for the May – was released on the occasion.

Bhusan Longjam, Secretary of SSUM while speaking on the occasion highlighted the importance of observing May Day.  

Centre of Indian Trade Union, Manipur state Committee in collaboration with the BSNL Employees Union also observed the May Day at the Union Office at Babupara. Hoisting of the party flag and paying floral tribute to the Martyrs Column mark the observance.

Secretary of the Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) Manipur State Committee,  Kshetrimayum Santa , while speaking on the occasion stressed on the significance of observing the May day.

“May day is an important day for the working class people” , Santa said.

He blamed both the government t the center led by BJP and at the State Led by N. Biren Singh over failure to take up any welfare programme for the working class people.

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Imphal May 2,

All Manipur Women’s Social Reformation and Development Samaj also known as Nupi Samaj appealed to amend the laws of adultery which gives punishment to man only.
Speaking in a press meet held at the office of Nupi Samaj today President of Nupi Samaj Thokchom Ramani said that their organisation  condemned the laws which give punishment to man only in case of adultery. She appealed the supreme court to amend the law thereby giving equal punishment to both the gender and added that if such laws aren’t made at the earliest serious crimes will be increased further.
She said that law of the land should be under the premise of the culture of the society. She added that if laws are made beyond the norms of the society than such laws should not be allowed to enforce in the society and it should be amended at the earliest.
Ramani further said that giving punishment to only male persons in respect with the crimes of adultery will lead to chaos in the family relations.
Highlighting the different crimes involving adultery in recent times she said that such crimes keep increasing and the trust deficit among the couples eventually made many broken families and added that such incidents demolished the beautiful culture of the state.
Ramani concluded that a concrete stand should taken by the people to save the people from the crimes which increases in the recent times.
She appealed the Supreme Court to amend the laws and also appealed the government to look into the matter.

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Imphal, May 2,

International model and Social Activist Mayanglambam Diana was Conferred National Women Social Award by Progressive Thane Residency Welfare Association, Thane on the Occasion of Maharastra Day which is observed every year on the first of May.
The Award giving ceremony was held yesterday at Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha, Auditorium, Thane in honour of the Socially Dedicated Persons of the country.
Mayanglambam Diana was chosen for this Award in recognition of her dedicated humanitarian services she rendered at Delhi for the last three years. The award carries a citation, cash and Shawl.  Mayanglangbam Diana had also received different Awards earlier.

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Imphal, May 2,

Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) has appealed the Government to Decommissioned Mapithel Dam which was constructed without proper Social Impact Assessment, Environment Impact Assessment and Cumulative Impact Assessment.
The forum also condemn the Chief Minister of Manipur for his alleged statement on the functioning of the sub-standard boat being operated by the villagers to earn their livelihood after the entire area have been submerged by the Mapithel Dam snatching all the possible livelihood which use to be dependent by the villagers before the construction of dam. The statement of the Chief Minister clearly indicates the irresponsibility as being a head of the state by blaming the villagers who are deprived of their rights due to the construction of the Mapithel Dam, a statement by Kh. Phajaton, President of YFPHR said.
It added that if the government of Manipur was responsible enough for its citizen than the construction of Mapithel Dam wouldn’t have been constructed keeping in mind of the destruction which is being caused including destruction of forest, agricultural field, displacement, cultural integrity, etc and also losing lives of more than 16 people at the huge reservoir of Mapithel Dam since its blocking of Thoubal river.
YFPHR  also expressed shock to the missing of 3 people, who went for boating at Mapithel Dam on April 28 this year. It said that the beauty of Mapithel Dam is an artificial after the submergence of hundreds of house, schools, churches, cemetery, forest, paddy field, etc, therefore, enjoying the artificial beauty would be a curse and may cause several lives in the near future if the Mapithel Dam is not decommissioned and restore the destroyed areas and the villages.  
YFPHR however, appreciated the government for its prompt response in the recent incident which was never done when few lives have been claimed earlier in these couple of years at Mapithel Dam.

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 17:31

Mission – Save Manipur

When people from across the state upraises against the central government pack to extend the cease fire between NSCN-IM and the Government of India without territorial limits during June 2001 no power could be used to tame or suppress the peoples’ movement. Realising the momentum of the peoples’ uprising the central government was left with no choice but to withdraw the three words - “without territorial limits” on July 27 of the same year resulting to strengthen the agenda of the NSCN-IM. In 2004 after a lady, alleged by the SF as a cadre of an underground group was mercilessly rape and murdered after picking her up from her own residence at Bamon Kampu in Imphal East, series of protest sparked in the state. The potential of the kind of protest which upraises in the backdrop of the extra judicial killing, with no differences of opinion or ideology among the people of the state spread far and wide drawing supports from even among the humanist group operating in the mainland India. Addition to that the un relentless protest by Sharmila and the subsequent uprising of the people of the state against the so called draconian act has left with no choice to the Union government but to constitute a commission to review act called Jeevan Reddy Commission. After thorough study of the act the committee has recommended to scrap the act. But with all sort of techniques the government perhaps had thrown the committee’s recommendation to the dustbin.
After the government authority experience the kind of uprising those in the paid service now had successfully work out to oust any such people movement. May be this is the reason that the issue of AFSPA or the issue pertaining to the safeguarding of the territorial boundary of the state could not march ahead like the one the people unitedly struggle together.
It was again, the ILPS movement, the technique of the protest surprised the state government, and political gamble to delay the peoples’ aspiration failed, prompting the elected representative to pass the Bills reluctantly. May be a direct planning, sooner the Bills were passed similar opposition from people from Hill area was successfully triggered. Nine persons died in the protest against the demand of the people in valley area on the following day that the Bills were passed at Manipur Legislative Assembly on August 31, 2015, while a student was killed in uprising demanding the ILPS like legislation.
It took another government (the present N. Biren Singh govt.) to cremate the dead bodies by sorting out the differences.
When all was supposedly going well, another issue which is a potential threat to the existence of indigenously people is the CAB (the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016).
Since, 2000 there is no dearth of any problem which ignited to major one, keeping halt to the day today normal life on every month of a year. The perception that the new regime will end such a chaos still remains a dream. The performance of the new govt. led by Chief Minister N. Biren in the first year was somehow satisfactory but the second year was a more threatening. The crisis of Manipur University over a RSS man who was sent as the Vice Chancellor rocks the state.
So, it is clear that the ILPS demand which was also agreed and passed by state Assembly is in no way going to see light. And for sure if the BJP return to power once again the state might witness turmoil.
Having experience the kind of peoples’ movement, the present government should now focus on various issues which might triggered unnecessary peoples’ uprising. Saying so, it will be wrong to encourage suppressing the peoples’ voice using force; however, a courage to ‘correct’ the ‘wrong’ instead of making ‘right’ the ‘wrong’ is the best policy.

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S. Jugeshwor Singh

Every year, the 1st May is being celebrated as “The International Worker’s Day “or May Day to commemorate Hay Market Affairs in Chicago throughout the World. The Haymarket affairs (also known as Haymarket massacre, Haymarket riots) was the aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on4th May 1886 at Haymarket Square in Chicago.It began as a peaceful rally for an eight hour work day demand by the working class people. The day after police killed eight workers, an unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at the police as they acted to disperse the meeting and the bomb blast ,ensuing gunfire resulted the death of seven police officers and at least four civilians ; dozens of others were wounded. In the late 19th century, the working class was in constant struggle to gain 8-hour work day. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10 to 16 hours a day in unsafe conditions. Death and injury were common place at many work place and inspired such books as Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle & Jack”, London’s “The Iron Heel”. As early as the 1860s, working people agitated to shorten the working day without cut in pay, but it wasn’t until the late 1880s that organized labor was able to garner enough strength to declare the 8- hour work day. This proclamation was without the consent of employers, yet demanded by many of the working class.
 At this time, socialism was a new and attractive idea to working people, many of whom were drawn to its ideology of working class control over the production and distribution of all goods and services. Workers had seen first-hand that capitalism benefited only their bosses, trading workers lives for profit. Thousands of men, women and children were dying needlessly every year in the work place ,with life expectancy as low as their early twenties in some industries and little hope but death of rising out of their destitution. Socialism offered another option. A variety of Socialist organizations sprung up throughout the latter half of 19thcentury, ranging from political parties to choir groups. In fact, many socialists were elected into governmental office by their constituency. Butagain, many of these socialists were ham-strung by the political process which was so evidently controlled by big business and the bi- partisan political machine. Tens of thousands of socialists broke their ranks from their parties rebuffed the entire political process which was seen nothing more than protection for the wealthy and createdanarchist groups throughout the country. Literally thousands of working people embraced the ideas of anarchism, which sought to put an end to all hierarchal structure ( including government) emphasized worker controlled industry and valued direct action over the bureaucratic political process. It is inaccurate to say that labor unions were taken over by anarchists and socialists but rather anarchists and socialist made up the labor unions.
The International Worker’s day has been observing on every 1st of May every year for the last 128 years. This year is the 128thobservance. In India this was first started in 1923. For the first time Labor Kisan Party of India observed this at Madras (PresentChennai). In Manipur it was first observed under the leadership of Jana NetaIrabot on 1st May 1939 as per AITUC May Day observation committee. In Manipur too, this year, the day is being observed by All Manipur Trade Union Council (AMTUC), JACof All Manipur government Employee Organization (AMGEO),Imphal Municipal Employee Union, Consumers Affairs Food & Public Distribution Labor’s welfare Association, Socialist Students Union of Manipur, All Manipur Progressive Farmers’ Association etc. Still today, indiscriminate treatment to many workers in various part of the world continues. Fundamental rights of labor / workers are continued to forfeit. In many big industries, factories, hotels, labor / workers are still used as 3rd class citizens exploiting all their rights. Wages for the workers are paid at the lowest possible. The minimum wage fixed by government of Manipur for the working class is still in a deplorable state which is not at all conformable with the present day market index. At the same time Union as well as state government classified human being having same qualification&caliber as regular employee & contract or adhoc or master roll employee etc by giving a sea difference salaries. Many of para – government employee are not paid their remuneration timely in spite of delivering their tireless duties. During a media discussion in a local TV channel on May Day 2019, Manipur Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Federation reported that about 1.3 lakhs workers have been registered to the Manipur Building & construction Workers Welfare Board which is under labor Department Govt. of Manipur, out of which benefit permissible to the workers have been given to few of them for the year ending 2015. What about 2016 to 2018? At the same time, out of 1.3 Lakhs registered workers only 26,106 workers claimed their permissible benefit as per labor Dept. It may be due to the lack of awareness among the workers, but a question arise at this point of time that who is responsible to give awareness to the workers?  State government is declaring this day as general and public holiday to enable the labor / worker to observe this day successfully with a meaning. However a big question is-whether government of Manipur has taken up all the possible welfare for its employees or not? It is also pertinent that even labor laws are framed but it’s still not properly enacted. Therefore it’s the voice of the people that government needs to take up the necessary actions to overcome the problems faced by the employees & labors/ workers. By simply observing May Day on every 1st May without taking up serious steps for the welfare & benefit of workers,will not have any meaning & significance of May Day.

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Dr Pradeep Moonot, Orthopaedic & Podiatric Surgeon (Foot and Ankle), Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai

A 40-year-old woman had been complaining of pain in her heels for over a year. She used to wake up with the stabbing sharp pain at the bottom of centre of her heels. The pain usually returned after long periods of standing or after she moved from a seated position. The lady had shown it to a few surgeons who prescribed her painkillers. With the help of analgesics the pain subsided, but only for a while. After examining her condition, it was found out that the lady had a high arched foot and tight calf muscles which accowas the main cause of pain in her heels condition as plantar fasciitis. The lady’s high arch tissues of sole were under constant tension due to plantar fasciitis and the tension only increased as she walked. In such cases patient are recommended to perform stretching exercises of plantar fasciitis and the calf. Also to wear supportive shoe wear for arch support. After about a week’s time the patient returned back fairly happy and satisfied. There was no pain in her foot for the first time in over 13-14 months. And, within a month, the lady was totally pain-free and the best part, she was not on any analgesic or any kind of medication. Thus, the diagnosis of the cause or abnormality of plantar fasciitis is more important than diagnosing plantar fasciitis itself.
So, if your first few steps out of bed in the morning cause severe pain in the heel of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis. A lot of times, many of us tend to ignore the stabbing pain assuming it’s going to subside as the day ends. But this could be an early sign of plantar fasciitis. 
Understanding Plantar Fasciitis 
The plantar fascia is the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot. When this tissue becomes swollen or inflamed, it is called plantar fasciitis. Classically, it is worse in the morning with the first few steps and at the beginning of any sporting activity. Though it is common in runners and dancers, plantar fasciitis can affect men and women alike between 40-60 years. Also, people with very flat feet or very high arches are more prone to plantar fasciitis. 
Causes and Symptoms 
Several structural causes can contribute to plantar fasciitis. These may include:
A misaligned and weak first toe Weak intrinsic foot muscles
Tight, shortened calf muscles Tight plantar fascia Other contributing factors may include: Increased mechanical stress from running/dancing, etc.
 Obesity Occupations that keep people on their feet. For instance, factory workers, teachers, etc.
Poor walking and running mechanics Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in chronic heel pain. It can even change the way you walk. The common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are:
Stabbing or sharp pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel, although some experience pain at the bottom mid-foot area.
 Plantar fasciitis usually affects just one foot, but it can affect both feet Pain is usually worse in the morning when you take your first steps out of bed  Pain while climbing stairs or while performing any sport activity
Once the cause of plantar fasciitis is diagnosed, it’s easy to cure the condition. Stretching is the best treatment for plantar fasciitis. It may help to try to keep weight off your foot until the initial inflammation goes away. You can also apply ice to the sore area for 20-30 minutes several times a day to relieve your symptoms. Home exercises to stretch your Achilles tendon and plantar fascia are the mainstay of treatment and reduce the chance of recurrence. If your condition has developed recently, anti-inflammatory/ analgesic medication (in tablet form), coupled with heel pads may be all that is necessary to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. In case there’s no relief in pain or your condition, speak to your ankle and foot doctor. If  Surgery is rarely required for plantar fasciitis. It would be considered treatment if the pain is still incapacitating after at least 12 months of treatment.
However, during recovery, loss of excess weight, good shoes and sedentary activities- all help the injury to heal.

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