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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 - Imphal Times

Indo-NSCN-IM deal HM says disclosure of the details of Naga Political Negotiations ‘Premature and Prejudicial’

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Imphal, July 16,

Even after twenty two years of political dialogue, the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Issac Muivah) group and the Government of India is yet to reach an agreement where the issues can be amicably settled.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy said that any disclosure to the details of the Frame Work agreement signed between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM on August 2015 will be premature and prejudicial to the final settlement.

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs in a written reply to a star questioned by MP Manish Tiwari during the Parliament session today, however said that the Naga Political Negotiations are in advance stage.

In his question, Manish Tiwari sought the details of the Framework agreement signed by the Government of India with the Naga Underground groups in August 2015 along with the complete text of the said agreement, he also sought information from the Union Home Minister of State if the government is ready to consider a Naga Flag for a Pan-Naga Cultural body and term the final agreement as the “Naga Constitution” as reported in Section of Press on March 5, 2019.

The Union Home Minister did not answer the question on whether there will be a separate flag and constitution for the Pan Naga Cultural body but answered in a shrewd manner saying that disclosure of the details will be premature and prejudicial to the final settlement.

This means the eight point agreement signed between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India as reported in this newspaper time and again since the signing of the Framework Agreement in August 3 , 2015 and which was later carried by other newspaper has not been rule out.

As per this newspapers’ report the agreement signed between the GOI and the NSCN-IM are
1. A separate constitution for Nagaland.
2. Separate Flag
3. Separate Naga passport
4. Permanent UN Representative
5. Joint Foreign Affairs
 6. Joint Defence/Military
 7. Use of Currency Rupees (Right to use Naga Currency) and ,
8. Pan Naga Government to cover all Naga inhabited Areas.

As the Union Home Minister of state did not say that the reports are false it is likely that the Framework Agreement contains the eight points.

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Is the government harbouring hooligan?

Police still fails to take action against culprits involved in life attempt to human rights defenders’ daughter

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Imphal, July 16,

Twelve days has gone, Police still fails to arrest those hooligans who attempted to kill [email protected],  the daughter of renowned Human Rights Defenders U. Nobokishor and M. Sobita, by shooting at her with guns right in front of her house.

Thoibi was attempted to murder by 6/7 persons coming in a Gypsy vehicle by shooting at her with a small arms in front of her house at Boroi Makhong , Kha Naorem Leikai under Singjamei Police Station on the evening of July 4.

Various Human Rights bodies had condemned the heinous crime and demanded action against those culprits.

A meeting of the Human Rights Defenders held at Manipur Press Club this week had vehemently condemn the incident and had urged the state government to take up prompt action against those hooligans, but no action has been initiated to arrest those culprits who roam in the streets of Imphal with deadly guns in Gypsy vehicles. Is the government harbouring those hooligans to eliminate and intimidate the Human Rights Defenders, Mrs. N. Jeevanmala, President of the United NGO Mission said to Imphal Times.

“Is the state intelligence agency too weak or is the government intentionally setting free those hooligans so that families of Human Rights Defenders can be attacked any time?”, Jeevanmala said.

Meanwhile, Khwairamband Keithel Street Vendors while condemning the gun attack to the daughter of Human Rights Defenders [email protected] staged a protest demonstration at Khwai Brahmapur Club today at 11:00 am.

Moirangthem Bina, President Khwairamband Keithel Lambi Mataida Potpham Phambi Lup ,condemning the frequent attack on Human Rights Defenders and its family members by unknown gunmen and urged the government to book the perpetrators at the earliest and urged the unknown persons to stop all kind of activities that threatened the life of Common people and especially women & children .


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Education is the backbone of the society: CM

Imphal, July 16,

Department of Education (Schools) and Board of Secondary Education, Manipur (BOSEM) jointly organised the annual prize distribution ceremony for the years 2018 and 2019 with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh as the chief guest at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound, Imphal East today.
Education Minister Th. Radheshyam, Joint Secretaries (Education-S) Shri L. Nandakumar and Ng. Roben and BOSEM Secretary Smt. Chithung Mary Thomas also attended the function as dignitaries.
In all, 209 awards were distributed today, out of which 125 awards were under BOSEM while another 84 were incentive awards instituted by the Department of Education (S).
Speaking at the occasion, N. Biren Singh observed that education is the backbone of the society and giving good education to children is the only means to hone their talents. He added that there has been huge improvement in school education sector in the past 2 years. The Chief Minister informed that the overall pass percentage for HSLC examination touched an all-time high of 74.69%, which is the highest since establishment of BOSEM in 1972. Credit for this feat goes to hardworking teachers, he added.
N. Biren said that as private school education has become extremely costly nowadays, huge number of parents, who were desirous to send their wards to private schools, came on Meeyamgi Numit to seek financial assistance from him. Stating that about Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 60,000 is spent per student every year in getting education in private schools, the Chief Minister observed that all these put a huge financial burden on poor families.
To provide a solution to this scenario, the State Government launched ‘School Fagathansi’ mission with an objective to give the desired quality education to students, he added. Informing that one school each had been selected in all the 60 Assembly Constituencies of the State to develop them as model schools, Shri N. Biren said that all these schools would have similar facilities like in private schools including smart classes, computer lab, open gym, separate toilets for boys and girls and other modern infrastructure etc. Rs. 24 crore had been earmarked in the State budget while another Rs. 19 crore had been sanctioned by the Central Government for the mission, he added.
Many committed and motivated Government teachers had applied for posting in these schools, he said and added that postings would be announced after the completion of necessary procedures like interview as soon as possible. He also said that all these schools would have classes from Pre-Primary to Class X or XII.
The Chief Minister said that the Government has no intention to undermine the efforts and dedication of private schools or challenge them in their endeavour but simply trying to ensure the desired modern quality education to the students belonging to needy families from the side of Government as well.
In his speech, Education Minister Th. Radheshyam sought co-operation and support from public regarding Government’s recent move of amalgamation of Government schools. He said that there are many Government schools, which have many teachers but very less number of students while some other schools have good number of students but inadequate number of teachers. As such, the Government believes that amalgamation of schools would serve as an effective solution to resolving the problem of lack of infrastructure and manpower disparity among Government schools, he added.
Stating that mushrooming of private schools and unholy competition among them being witnessed in the State is not a good sign, the Minister said that the Manipur Private School (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2017 would be implemented soon to regulate establishment and functioning of private schools. He also sought suggestion and co-operation from public regarding improvement of education sector in the State.
It may be mentioned that under Education Department’s incentive award scheme, the State Government had announced to award Rs. 3 lakh to Government school students, who secure 1st to 3rd position in HSLC examination, Rs. 1 lakh to 4th to 25th position holders. Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 25,000 were also announced for the students, who secure 1st and 2nd positions at district levels respectively.

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Awareness campaign to reduce carbon emission launched

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Imphal, July 15,

With an objective to preserve and protect the environment Smart Society Manipur today launched awareness campaign among the vehicle users to reduce carbon emission from the vehicles at Kwakeithel bazaar today morning.

Project co-ordinator of Smart Society Heikrujam Jodhachandra said that one contribution that the vehicle users could contribute to preserve and protect the environment by stopping the engine when the traffic stop signal is on.

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The political conundrum

The recent development in the N. Biren Singh lead BJP government is a serious issue. Every concern citizen of the state need to stay alert and should be ready to give constructive criticism to the present fiasco.
For the first time in the two and half year old BJP led government, the people of the state has been witnessing a political drama at which an MLA of the ruling BJP attacked to a partner LJP MLA who is holding ministerial berth ( CAF & PD) demanding NFSA rice share for the people of his constituency.
The Chief Minister’s silence to the present blame game between an MLA of his party and a Minister in his government which is from another political party speaks volumes. Every politically conscious citizen are eager to know the reason for the ongoing war of words between the two representatives of the people.
Yes, the MLAs who wanted to change the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, seems to be tight with their stand. As reported in some newspapers base on the source from the dissident MLAs they are not going to give up until the N. Biren Singh has been removed from the post of the Chief Minister.
By now as the crisis appeared in the public domain, it is difficult that they played and make the public a fools. They cannot hide that there is a cold war going on for power among the BJP MLAs. No matter how the people of the state suffer due to scarcity of water they are still fighting to get their goal. The paddy field which are supposed to start cultivation remain dry and the MLA waging war for change of the Chief Minister still stay at New Delhi enjoying five star life.
On the other hand the weakness of the chief Minister in bringing a solution to this matter is also another unfortunate for the people of the state. His remark regarding the uproar of the BJP MLAs as a family matter and telling the people that the problem will be settled soon is more like saying that “my father is not hiding under the bed”. Being the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh might have known the consequences of differences among MLAs of his party.
He had seen and witnessed some of the past government in the state crumbled due to disunity among the MLAs. So, why Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is not exercising any power to summoned all the BJP MLAs to talk over the matter for sorting out the difference?
Waiting for high command directives to solve the matter of his MLAs is a sign of incompetency. Moreover, the promises for the good governance at the time when he was sworn in as the Chief Minister is appeared to be another joke to the people as none of them can be converted into action due to the present political fiasco. Even the enquiry committee he had set up for withdrawal of Money in the PWD has been put to silence.  His announcement for reshuffle of the cabinet still could not be converted into action.
Amidst this, the show cause notice sent to the 7 Congress MLAs who had supported the BJP government by the speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly seems to be adding salt to the wound.
It is alright when MLAs of political parties argued, quarrel and criticized each other if it is for the welfare of the people. But the differences among the BJP MLAs and their demand for change of N. Biren Singf from the post of Chief Minister is rather a war for power.
What worried the people is that if the kind of fight continues then the Center may not left with no other option but to impose President Rule in the state by keeping the state assembly under animated suspension. They may try to solve the crisis within 6 month and in view of the crisis there seems no way for a solution. That is the time that the state assembly will be dissolved and fresh election may held.
A waste of time, money and career of the students. And who knows some of the dissident don’t return back if a fresh election is conducted.

MARSAC organises workshop on Disaster Management System

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Thoubal, July 16,

One Day workshop on “Disaster Management System” organised jointly by Manipur Remote Sensing Application Centre (MARSAC) and Deputy Commissioner, Thoubal was held today at the Counting Hall of DC Office, Thoubal. 

Additional Deputy Commissioner, Thoubal L.Radhakanta was the Chief Guest of the inaugural function. In his speech, he emphasized the importance of remote sensing applications in minimizing the damage caused by flood, landslides, earthquake and other natural calamities. 

Scientists of MARSAC also spoke on the various topics like Landslide Hazard, Flood Hazard and Earthquake Hazard  etc. 

SDO, Thoubal, Binita Ngangbam and Nodiachand Singh Scientist C, (MARSAC) were the President and Guest of Honour of the inaugural function. 

Elected members of ZP/GP, Councillors of Thoubal  Municipal Council, SDOs, BDOs, DLOs and DRDA official/staff of Thoubal District attended the workshop.

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Claw toes may be a symptom of an underlying disorder

By- Sakshi Jaiswal

Toes bend like claws is not a serious problem on its own, but it can be a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes or neurological condition.
“After conducting several tests, it was confirmed that Heena (74) was suffering from claw toe which was a result of rheumatoid arthritis and Diabetes. She had been noticing her toes bending like inverted V and thought it to be normal at this age. Though it was not painful, still she felt uncomfortable in walking.” Said Dr Pradeep Moonot, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is one of the leading causes for claw toe in India especially in women. According to a survey, women in India are affected five times more than men. Prevalence of claw toes deformity gradually increases with advancing age and upto 20% of the Indians are affected. This is observed most often in patients in their 7th or 8th decade of life.
“Unrelieved pressure on the toes could have caused severe complications and make them rigid making it difficult to treat. Heena had her second toe crossed over the first and eventually could have dislocated. The corns that became too large were shaved off and exercises were provided to her in addition to specially designed shoes to relieve the pressure.” Said Dr Moonot
Claw toes are classified based on the mobility of the toe joints. There are two types - flexible and rigid. In a flexible claw toe, the joint has the ability to move. This type of claw toe can be straightened manually. A rigid claw toe does not have that same ability to move. Movement is very limited and can be extremely painful. This sometimes causes foot movement to become restricted leading to extra stress at the ball-of-the-foot, and possibly causing pain and the development of corns and calluses.
A combination of medical intervention, physiotherapy and home care can be recommended to treat claw toes, depending upon the severity and rigidity of the deformity.
Specially designed shoes can also ease off the pressure while avoiding others as tight shoes or high heels will only make the toes more rigid. Wearing shoes with plenty of room can help alleviate discomfort. The design will be in such a manner that the toe can be accommodated in the extra depth area, and a special pad to help ease off the pressure from the ball of the foot.
“Surgery is opted only in cases, when this deformity is causing symptoms and in extreme condition with rigid toes. The bone at the base of the toe is shortened, so that more room is available to straighten out. It is a day care surgery and patient is walking immediately. After surgery, the toes may take upto four to six weeks to heal.” Said Dr Moonot.

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