Thursday, 01 August 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Aug 1,

The wrath of mothers and brothers of Babysana , who was cremated yesterday at Haraorou still seem to burn the hearts as Imphal witness hue and cry demanding justice to be delivered at the earliest , when bail plea hearing of Landhoni , the Principal of Standard Robarth School started in the CJM Imphal Cheirap Court.

After hearing of the plea the CJM –IW had rejected the bail plea.

Earlier, when the hearing was going on confrontation took place between the large number of people who thronged on to Cheirap Court complex and the police. As the mob protesting justice for Babysana started throwing eggs towards the police team, the police team in retaliation resorted to fire tear gas shells.

Principal of Standard Robarth School Landhoni and another school authority today had to appear at the CJM-IW as a part of the enquiry being conducted by the special team. Our reporter could not confirmed whether the two had come to the court, however, it was reported that the anger of the people finally turn violent after they were informed that the hearing could not be proceeded as the counsel of Landhoni and party did not show up at the CJM.

Pheiroijam Robinson, son of Landhoni, the Principal of Standard Robarth School was yesterday remanded in police custody for 7 days after producing to the CJM yesterday.

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Imphal, Aug 1,

Normalcy in the state was severely affected due to 14 hours bandh called by All Manipur Excavator, Local Truck, Tipper Owners and Workers Association (AMELTTOWA) from 4 am today. Exam scheduled for various schools have been postponed as schools and colleges remain closed due to the bandh.

During the bandh almost all shops and business establishment remain closed, bank transaction was stopped and government offices witness less attendance. The bandh even though seems not to affect in greater Imphal area however, as supporters came out in the streets at Thoubal, Bishupur, Sekmai and Yairipok witness almost bore a deserted look.

Badh supporters burn tyres at Yairipok area and other places. 

The 14 hours bandh is called against High Court of Manipur order to ban sand mining, quarrying in all rivers and transportation of sand and stones without licences.

Meanwhile, the Department of Textiles, Commerce & Industries, Gov. of Manipur in association with the Department of Forest & Environment and Water Resources is organizing an Awareness Programme on mining with particular reference to quarrying of minor minerals, their process and procedure involved in obtaining quarrying licenses, etc. The Awareness programme will be held at the Food Processing Training Centre Porompat (DIC, Imphal East Complex) on August 8 at 1.30 pm.

The department invites individuals, associations and societies associated or interested in mining or quarrying of minor minerals like stone crushers to attend the prog.

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Imphal, August 1,

A statement by UNLF today clarifies that Retd. Col of the outfit Saikhom Sarat @ Tomchou , son of S. Ibomcha of Heirok Keithel Macha , Thoubal district, who was arrested by state police from Heirok Bazar at around 2 pm yesterday was already discharged from the party.
The statement further said that Retd. Col. Tomchou as discharged from the UNLF on July 21, 2019 by a decision of the Central Committee Member after his health condition deteriorated and unavoidable circumstances of his family. Retd. Col. Tomchou is no longer related with the UNLF and its army wing MPA, the statement signed by M. Sak-hen, Director Department of Publicity , UNLF said.  

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Imphal, Aug 1,

Ereipak Enaat Chanura Loinasillon (EECHAL), Imphal today decries the raising crime against women and children in the state of Manipur.
“ At first we were worried that the sanctity of the Manipuri women and the children would have been spoiled with the influx of outsider after being merged to India, but we are shocked to learn that more crime on women and children are being committed from our own people”, T. Ibemcha, President EECHAL said, while talking to media persons at te sideline of its 14th Foundation Day function held at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compund.
Citing the case of the suspicious death of Babysana, Ibemcha said that the tragic incident happened at the premises of a school which is being looked after by a woman with woman sub-ordinate staffs.
“What is more concern is the atrocities and harassment committed from our brothers and even from women community towards our women and children”, she said.
Expressing shocked to the incident where a minor girl Babysana was found dead in suspicious manner, Ibemcha said that government inability to show a single clue on the cause of the dead of Babysana is an insult to all the womenfolk of the state. Earlier, we had struggled lot fighting for justice of rape victims by armed forces who entered the state , now we are fighting against our own people as the government now had forgotten to show respect to the dignity of women and children of the state.
Ereipak Enaat Chanura Loinasillon (EECHAL) was borne to fight for the rights of the women folk of the region. Since its birth the organization has been voicing against all form of crimes committed to women.
The 14th Foundation Day held today at Lamyanba Shanglen was also attended by Ph. Shakhi, President of AMKIL, TH. Ramani. President of Nupi Samaj, S. Momon Leima , President of All Manipur Tammi Chingmi Apunba Lup, Rose Mangsi Haokip, Advisor Kuki Mothers’ Union, Manipur, Atompui Kamei, President KAMA, Aribam Sitara Begum , President All Manipur Muslim Women Development  Association etc.

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The uproar by section of people against the Manipur High Court order regarding the ban on mining of sand stones from River bed is a serious one. Even though there are some legitimacy to the anger of labourers who live on the sands and stones from the River bed; the way they responded to the High Court order is a sign of Judiciary becoming weaker then the Legislative and the Executive. Moreover, the failure of the state machineries, either due to incompetency or due to pressure, in honouring the verdict of the Manipur High court indicates downgrading of the Judiciary. To come straight to the point the weakening of Judiciary is nothing but another symptom of infection to the democracy of the Country. If people stop respecting/ honoring  the judiciary and if people started going to the street by using violent means protesting High Court order and if the state remain quiet looking for some sort of political measures to appease the sections of people, then the democracy will be in jeopardy. People will stop saying that – I will challenge you to the law.
In democracy people have the right to protest and raise the voice of dissent to any government policy which the people felt it unfair. Democratic protest is the right of all citizens of the country. Dealing with such protest lies to the hand of the state government. And if in case the government failed to act in favour of the protesting people, than the last option that people of the country often chose is the Law Court. There may be criticisms about justice being delayed by the law court but people still have trust to the Law Court. Judiciary is perhaps the most important pillar for the success of democracy. If Judiciary is suppressed than the so call democracy will take no time to convert into autocratic rule.
The purpose of this write up is an attempt to keep alive judiciary and make its existence more meaningful to the people and also to the government.
Yesterday, the Chief Minister of Manipur after convening an important meeting with all important Ministers and staffs at his secretariat had resolved to allot license to some sand quarry runners. If one ponder on the protest, the frontrunner were the local labourers who didn’t get their minimum wages while working at the sand quarry owned by rich people who can afford excavators, trucks etc. The daily wage earner labourers at the sand quarry have already been exploited since the entry of the rich people. Earlier some 5 to 10 years back the sand miner labourers managed to get sufficient amount without creating much disturbance to the nature and the river. Small quantities of sands accumulated from the river were seen collected by truck owners. But since the coming of rich and powerful people the labourers seems to have been bought and the recent spurt of protest showed that they are now in the grip of the people earning lot of money and they might have left with no choice to act to the advice of the excavator owners.
One mistake, the state government seems to had committed is that, no proper survey of the live of sand minor labourers were conducted. Whether the government skipped that part as no organizations put up the matter or is it their mere negligence will be only known by those who are paid to serve the people at the cost of the state government exchequer.
When everyone across the globe is showing so much concerns about the environmental degradation, one need to ponder on why some people are so much against it. Well they need work to live, but there are many other works which the government could arrange to make their live worth living. The government should also conduct awareness programme on why the High Court had to give such an important ruling.
 The High Court ruling was to protect the environment, and it is for the future generation. If the labourers and those instigating them love their children, they should call off all agitation against the High Court order regarding the mining of sand from river bed. However, they can start a fresh agitation demanding arrangement of an alternative work for their living.

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 17:38

Popular Front suggests changes in NEP 2019

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Imphal, Aug 1,

Popular Front of India General Secretary M Mohamed Ali Jinnah has submitted observations and suggestion to the Draft National Educational Policy 2019.
 He pointed out that the Draft National Education Policy 2019 which was shared with the people of the country by Union Ministry of Human Resource Development is an effort by way of assessing and revising the existing system of education in the country to meet the challenges of the time. When going through the draft in the backdrop of this objective, some of the changes that the government seeks do not carry feasibility and validity. Though access, equity, accountability, affordability and quality are the claimed foundational principles of the draft, questions and apprehensions exist about many of the suggestions, recommendations, and omissions in the draft.   The draft should be revised and be made inclusive by recognizing the contributions of visionaries and thinkers of not just ancient India but also that of Medieval and modern periods. Mohammed Ali Jinnah asked government to take into account the following suggestions submitted by the organisation while preparing the final draft.
Promotion of Indian languages is definitely a worthwhile step, but it should not be done in a compulsory manner. Students should be given the freedom to choose languages they want to study beside their home language and the language of the medium.
3-language formula should not be made mandatory and the choice should be left to the students.
The policy should include ongoing affirmative actions stipulated by the Constitution for integrating underprivileged sections to national mainstream seriously and ensure their right reservation is protected in education sector.
The infrastructure from primary education to the higher education must be established in ratio of the population. And priority is to be given to backward areas of the country.
As enshrined in our constitution and further made statutory through Right to Education Act, providing education to all citizens between the ages 6-14 is a state responsibility. Hence, provisions leading to more privatisation of education are to be avoided and govt sector must be strengthened.
In pursuance of its emphasis on bringing the educationally weak sections of the society in to the national education mainstream, the existing criteria for admission in to undergraduate and post graduate classes in colleges and universities, which is purely academic merit, should be amended. Instead, academic merit should constitute only 60% of the candidates’ eligibility criteria. In the remaining 40%, the candidates’ backwardness should be measured on the basis of backwardness of the district, backwardness of the community and low income of the family.
The government recognized Madrasas are intra community educational ventures and have long been doing yeoman service to supplement the national educational efforts. The Madarsas should be adequately represented/covered in the constitution of Proposed Rashtriya Shikhsa Ayog, its sister bodies and in the national education Framework.

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Imphal, Aug, 1,


Additional Chief Secretary, Forest and Environment, Government of Manipur, Dr. Suhel Akhtar said that the Government will take up immediate measures to mitigate the distress of the daily wage labourers engaged in sand mining and stone quarrying. The Manipur High Court has completely banned unauthorized sand mining, stone quarrying, river pollution among others in the State.

Dr. Suhel Akhtar yesterday briefed  the media at the Conference Hall, Old Secretariat on the decision taken during the emergency meeting chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister, Manipur N. Biren Singh on “Regulation of illegal mining activities in the State”. The meeting held today was attended by Hon’ble Ministers for Revenue, Forest & Environment, Water Resources, concerned MLAs, DGP, Administrative Secretaries, ADGP & IGP, Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and other concerned officials.

Dr Suhel Akhtar further said that Water Resources Department will identify potential quarry sites in respect of waterways where quarrying work can be carried out, after which the Public Works Department will prepare the mining plans. Temporary permit of two months period for quarrying in potential sites will be given on the submission of mining plans and use of machineries will be strictly prohibited in such sites, he added. Under no circumstances, areas in the river channel which has been degraded will be permitted for quarry.

Dr. Suhel Akhtar also mentioned that Deputy Commissioners were instructed to immediately activate the District Environment Impact Assessment Authority at the meeting chaired by the Chief Minister today. The District Environment Impact Assessment Authority will be assisted by the District Expert Appraisal Committee headed by the Water Resources Department.

 It may be mention that Individuals, firms, society, among others can apply for mining lease along with the mining plan (prepared by qualified/registered mine planner) for private patta land for an area less than 5 hectares to the Directorate of Trade, Commerce and Industries. The proposal will be forwarded to the District Authority for Environmental Clearance. Such proposals which are found feasible shall be forwarded to Director (Environment), Government of Manipur for Environmental Clearance by the State Level Expert Committee. And based on the Clearance the Directorate of Trade, Commerce & Industries will issue permits.

Principal Secretary (Textiles, Commerce and industries), P. Vaiphei who was also present at the press conference said that a Joint Committee will be constituted to take up awareness programme on the process and procedure of obtaining mining permit. The Joint Committee will consist of Department of Textiles, Commerce and Industries, Forest & Environment Department and Water Resources Department.

 An awareness programme will be held on 3rd August, 2019 at the Food Processing Training Centre, Porompat at 11 a.m.  Interested parties can attend the same for necessary clarification of issue related to mining in the State.

Inspector General of Police, Clay Khongsai, Secretary, Water Resources Department, Jacintha Lazarus, Director, Commerce & Industry, C. Arthur Worchuiyo and other officials were also present at the press conference.

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