Saturday, 24 August 2019 - Imphal Times

IMPHAL, Aug. 24,

The first Chairperson of the Manipur Lokayukta, Justice (Retd) T. Nandakumar Singh, today, launched the website of the newly constituted Manipur Lokayukta, at his office chamber of The Manipur Lokayukta, 3rd Floor, Directorate Complex, 2nd MR, North AOC, Imphal. The Manipur Lokayukta Act 2014 (Manipur Act No. 11 of 2014) came into force with effect from 1st day of April, 2016.

Briefing the media persons, Chairperson Justice (Retd) T. Nandakumar Singh elaborated on the functions of Lokayukta. He said with the launch of the new website, cases will be shown and types of complaint to be accepted will be uploaded after due process. Lokayukta is a quasi judiciary authority for transparent administration of the State Government.  Lokayukta is for the people and it will work for the interest of the public, he added.

The Chairman added that the website will act as a window through which people will know the functioning of Lokayukta. Lokayukta will look into allegations of corruption and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto against Elected Public Officers, Public Servants and Public Functionaries for speedy redressal of grievances of the public. Lokayukta is a friend of the people and friend of the government. People should not refrain from lodging complain to Lokayukta out of fear or any inhibition. Lokayukta is an independent body having the sole authority of investigating and prosecuting allegations of corruption against Elected Public Officers, Public Servants and Public Functionaries, he added.

He further said that any individual can file a complaint to Lokayukta and the limitation period of a complaint is within a period of 7 years from the date of crime committed. If the case is a continuing process there will be no limitation period, he added. It will take up complaints filed against Ministers and senior IAS officers, he said. But every complaint will not be entertained and only those genuine complaints will be taken into consideration after preliminary enquiry. Complainants will be treated equally and will be given protection if need arises, he said.

The launching function was attended by T. Ranjit Singh, IAS, Secretary, Manipur Lokayukta, Officials and Officers of Manipur Lokayukta and NIC, Manipur.

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Imphal Aug 24,

Calling upon all communities of the state to live peacefully and harmoniously, President of Federation of Haomee Sapamcha Jadumani said that the organization will fight against any demands of Homeland by any specific community in the state. 

Speaking in a press meet held today at the office of Federation of Haomee situated at Kabow Leikai, Imphal East, Jadumani stressed that their Organisation believed living in harmony and peacefully with all the communities. He added that there is no Meetei land, Kuki land or Naga land and such demands of homeland should be stopped. 

Condemning the talks between Kuki Militants and the government, Working President of Federation of Haomee, Ramthing Hungyo stressed that the Kuki militants were foreign based militants groups and questioned how a government can hold talk with a foreign base extremist. 

Stating KNA as a foreign based extremist group, Ramthing said that there is an agreement between the government and Naga Students Federation signed by the Chief Minister of Manipur which stated that KNA is a foreign based extremist group where they attacked the civilians at Moreh and thereby flushing in Kukis secretly from foreign countries and made to settle in Manipur. 

He added that the agreement assured three main points where the Nagas killed will be compensated, the KNA will be driven out and finally the Nagas will be rehabilitated. 

Ramthing urged the government to drive out all the KNO, KNA and UPF from Manipur.

A memorandum was also submitted today to the Chief Minister by the Federation of Haomee.

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Saturday, 24 August 2019 18:11

Huge quantity of WY tablets seized

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Imphal, Aug 24,

Huge quantity of World is Yours (WY) tablets (a narcotic drug) were seized yesterday by a team of the Anti-Smuggling Units of Customs Division, Imphal, led by its Superintendent from a person identified as Hefajuddin, 23 yrs , S/o. Riyajuddin, resident of Lilong Haoreibi, Sambrukhong, Lilong Sub- Division, Thoubal . The contraband drugs were found carrying inside a green bag separated in 10 packets containing 10,000 tablets each. The drug peddler was caught at Lilong Mairenkhun Makha Leikai, Thoubal District along Imphal-Moreh (NH-102). Total WY tablet seized from him was 1,00,000 (one lakh) (Net wet. 10 kg) tablets of Amphetamine worth around Rs 10 crore, SP of Anti –Sumuggling Units Custom Division Imphal said to media persons . He said that locals of the area supported the Custom team.

A case was registered under the relevant provisions of NDPS Act’ 1985, he added. 

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Imphal Aug 24,

The United Women Organizations Tamenglong (UWOT) strongly condemned the use of force against the peaceful protestors demanding justice for suspicious death of (Late) Ms. Chungamuu Riamei , sustaining severe injuries at the hand of state police force. 

A statement signed by President of UWOT,  Aduanliu said that the very act against the peaceful protesters is a clear violation and an attempt to suppress tribal people’s rights instead  of ensuring justice by the state government.

Recalling the incident, she said that Late Ms. Chungemliu  Riamei  W/O Mr. Kansanng  Tombe @ Jackson of Moirang Pansang Leikai, Bishnupur,  was found dead in a very un-natural manner inside her marital residence on August 17, 2019.

UWOT expressed serious concern on the rapidly rising violence against women in the state of Manipur and the inept  handling of such cases by the state  government  including the recent mysterious death of (Late) Babysana, whose dead body was found hanging inside the hostel of Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School, Canchipur on the morning of July 18, 2019. 

Highlighting several demands regarding the death of Riamei and also the atrocities of the police upon the peaceful protestors, she said that UWOT demand immediate impartial and thorough  investigation regarding the  suspicious death of both Late Ms. Chungamllu Riamei and Late Babysana.

UWOT further demanded to immediately identify and book all the persons involved and to device an effective means and mechanism to prevent all forms of violence against women and children.

Condemning the atrocities of the police on the peaceful protestors, they demanded to issue immediate suspension order for all the police personnel involved in using force against the peaceful protestors, award exemplary punishment as per the law of the land to the guilty persons, guarantee that no arm or force is to be used against the peaceful  protesters demanding  for delivery of justice in future and compensate adequately  against the medical  expenses incurred by the victims 

UWOT further extended solidarity  to the JACs of Late Ms. Riamei and Late Babysana. 

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Imphal Aug 24,

3rd Foundation day of Armed Forces Ex- servicemen Welfare Association (AFESWA), Thoubal was held today at Thoubal Achouba Multipurpose community hall.  

Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function Retd Lt. General Konsam Himalay said that only 25 percent will be funded by the State government and the rest will be funded by Central Government in the establishment of Rajya Sainik Board, Jila Sainik Board. 

Highlighting the grievances of the ex servicemen as compared to other states he pointed that a meeting of Rajya Sainik Board of Manipur could not be organised till now. 

He further said that they will try to hold a meeting at the earliest and also urged the ex servicemen to help by taking responsibilities. He added that their grievances also need to be told to the state government.  

Addressing the presidential speech AFESWA’s President AK Debendro said that Welfare schemes of the forces were initiated in various parts of the world for their works and sacrifice of the land and added that most of the states have taken up welfare schemes for the ex servicemen by establishing Rajya Sainik Board and Jila Sainik Board 30 years ago.  

Debendro said that it was very unfortunate of the government for not taking up such initiatives for the ex servicemen. 

He further stressed that they didn’t want to staged protest and called Bandh as they were based on occupation rooted by discipline.  

The function was attended by Retd Lt. General Konsam Himalay, President of Thoubal AFESWA,  Retd Wing Commander AK. Devendro, Lt. Colonel of 26 Assam Rifles, Thoubal T. Liang Mung and Post commander of 26 Assam Rifles Yairipok Major Suraj Oinam as the dais member.

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By NJ Thakuria
Guwahati, Aug 24

 The return of Kashmiri Pandits to Kashmir valley must be addressed in terms of historical aspect than a cosmetic contemporary understanding. This community has suffered a genocide for last 700 years and has been eventually reduced from cent percent presence in the valley to hardly three percent now, commented a senior journalist of Jammu & Kashmir.
Tito Ganju, editor-in-chief of Epilogue, an English newsmagazine published from Jammu, while interacting with Guwahati Press Club member-scribes through the video-conference facility on 23 August 2019, also added that safety, dignity and opportunity should for the cardinal of any policy on return and rehabilitation of those evicted Pandit families.
Replying to queries on the successful return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley, Ganju however commented that time and situation are yet to be conducive for their return. Though Kashmiri Pandits are the aboriginals of the valley with first and uncontested claim over the resources, their demand for a centrally administered region carved out of  Kashmir Valley should be acknowledged, he asserted.
Organized in the backdrop of historic decision by the Union government in New Delhi to revoke Article 370 & 35A and reorganization of Jammu & Kashmir,  Ganju mentioned that the ideology of Panun Kashmir stands today vindicated as everyone knows, it was Panun Kashmir which demanded the abrogation of these articles and reorganization of the
Commenting on Article 370, the outspoken journalist termed it as a temporary provision of the Constitution of India  and architects of the Constitution were clear about its temporary position. Those who say that it forms the basic structure of our Constitution are simply trying to mislead the nation, stated Ganju adding that temporary provision is the weakest one among three provisions (other two being Special Provision and Transitory Provision).
Recognized as an expert on the Constitution, Ganju categorically pointed out that the government had the legal and constitutional mandate to deal it with the manner it deems fit. Jammu & Kashmir  was under President’s rule and hence the legislative power of the State in accordance with the constitutional provisions lied with the Parliament and the Centre took the route of Parliament to bring in the bill to make necessary changes in Article 367 and Article 372.
Narrating the political history of  Jammu & Kashmir, Ganju claimed that  J&K Maharaja Hari Singh had all moral, ethical and legal rights to decide upon the accession of Jammu & Kashmir with either dominions (India and Pakistan) and the king duly signed the treaty of accession with Indian Dominion on 26 October 1947.
J&K Maharaja was seeking a better deal with both the Dominions before finally making its mind. The unwanted aggression of Islamabad through Pakistani Army regulars and tribal forces into the erstwhile province of Jammu & Kashmir later compelled the king to seek assistance from New Delhi and eventually he signed the Instrument of Accession.
Talking about the petition filed by India in the United Nations after Pakistan’s aggression, Ganju made it crystal clear that it was
strictly on the aggression of Pakistan into Jammu & Kashmir, which had already become a legal territory of India following  the official consent of J&K Maharaja.
Adding further he revealed that the Centre till date was pampering the separatists of Srinagar valley through a kid glow treatment prostrating interest of the nation and the supremacy of its Constitution to the whims of Kashmir region. The nation-state over 70 years now unfortunately incentivized separatists including the so-called mainstream political parties of Kashmir region and ultimately continued penalizing the nationalists of the region.

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Saturday, 24 August 2019 18:04

Threatened democracy

Thanks to Article 370 - a clause in the constitution which gave it significant autonomy, including its own constitution, a separate flag, and independence over all matters except foreign affairs, defence and communications - Indian-administered Kashmir has held a special position within the country. On august 5, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as the governing party had promised in its 2019 election manifesto, India revoked that seven-decade-long privileged status. The Hindu nationalist BJP has long opposed Article 370 and had repeatedly called for its abolishment. In what was described by many as a coup-like situation, telephone networks and the internet were cut off in the region in the days before the presidential order was announced. Public gatherings were banned, and tens of thousands of troops were sent in. Tourists were told to leave Kashmir under warnings of a terror threat. Two former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, - the Indian state which encompasses the disputed territory - along with more prominent public figures were placed under house arrest. India’s parliament also passed a bill splitting Indian Occupied Kashmir or, to use the more politically correct term- Indian-administered Kashmir into two territories governed directly by Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir, and the remote, mountainous region of Ladakh. Understandably China, which shares a disputed border with India in Ladakh, has objected to the reorganisation and accused Delhi of undermining its territorial sovereignty. Also, as expected, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to challenge India’s actions at the UN security council, and take the matter to the International Criminal Court.
Looking a little further beyond the border, China is also playing out its own version of the process vis-à-vis Hong Kong which is facing a major political crisis as it heads into its 11th weekend of mass demonstrations. What started as a movement against a controversial law has expanded into something much bigger. Over the past few months, the demonstrations have evolved from millions marching through the streets, to groups of protesters in hard hats storming government headquarters and shutting down the city’s international airport for two days. While the majority of protesters have been peaceful, frustration is building on all sides. Protesters are now demanding greater democracy and an inquiry into alleged police brutality during past demonstrations. And as unrest intensifies, Beijing’s tone is becoming increasingly heated. Hong Kong belongs to China, but it has its own currency, political system and cultural identity. Many Hong Kong residents don’t see themselves as Chinese, but rather as Hong Kongers. The city was a colony and territory of the United Kingdom for more than 150 years, until the British handed it back over to China in 1997. Today, Hong Kong’s legal system still mirrors the British model, prizing transparency and due process.
To many political observers and analysts, the similar sequence of developments points to a deeper and more disconcerting agenda at work- a process that unfolds gradually and in which power is concentrated in the hands of one strong leader, who often claims to understand the “will of the people” and to govern in its name. Autocratisation.
According to a long term study by political scientists Anna Lührmann and Staffan Lindberg, director and vice-director respectively of the V-Dem Institute (“Varieties of Democracy”) at the University of Gothenburg: the biggest international research project on measuring democratic quality; involving 3,000 researchers around the world , there has been three waves of democratisation, each followed by a wave of autocratisation – the overall story of global political development from 1900 to 2017.
According to the authors,the current third wave of autocratisation has new features: while earlier autocratisation took place in countries where such movements were already in progress, this one is happening mostly in democracies. In other words, while in earlier “classic” waves autocratic regimes came to power through foreign invasions or military coup, today the process is subtler and more gradual, and often camouflaged by legal changes and are often characterized by overriding civil liberties and bringing opposition, media, and civil society to heel after coming to power through democratic elections.  “The third wave of autocratisation is real and endangers democracies,” Lührmann and Lindberg conclude. According to them, almost every case of autocratisation in a democracy in the past has led to the countries turning into an autocracy.”Very few episodes of autocratisation starting in democracies have ever been stopped before countries become autocracies”, they write.
Are we in the midst of a change, albeit subtle and gradual, is real and underway, while our elected leaders are too busy appeasing their political benefactors and masters to read the signs? A point we need to ponder upon in light of the present political and social developments.

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IMPHAL, Aug. 24,

Art & Culture minister L. Jayantakumar Singh has stated that Manipur is a land of resources. Minister was speaking as Chief Guest at the second day of the 10th Shirarakhong Hathei Phanit, Chili Festival. He said that our unexplored resources available in the state need to be utilized at the utmost. We can apply new scientific methods to our cultivable lands for more production of crops and food grains.  He said that the famous chili of Sararakhong need to be promoted to a higher level. For this, the sense of competition should be imbibed by the farmers of Sararakhong. Increasing of production will help to enter to a new chapter of competition in the market, minister added.

Minister Jayantakumar also maintained that the type of soil of Manipur is suitable for growing aromatic and medicinal plants. Our farmers can be trained and made aware of the values of locally available medicinal plants of high value. Saplings will also be provided at free of cost to the farmers by the government. Marketing for the products will also be arranged, he added.

Minister also suggested to the Shirarakhong farmers for mixed and double cropping so that their income will be increased spontaneously. He said that the beautiful landscape of the state also attracts tourists from outside. Tourism is also a big industry which can generate revenue of the state. What is required is a proper planning and its implementation, he added.  

Minister also assured the people of Shirarakhong that the PHSC of the village will be upgraded to a Health and Wellness Centre during the current year. He also urged the villagers to help to promote our rich art and culture. He also expressed his desire for construction of a cultural complex in the area.

Speaking as guest of honour, President, AMWJU, Bijoy Kakchingtabam said that the popularity and uniqueness of Shirarakhong chili has been increasing day by day. We need to introduce the value of Shirarakhong chili to the world as its kind is only confined in Shirarakhong and its adjoining areas.

Account Officer of Horticulture & Soil Conservation Department, Manipur, Nongthombam Loyalakpa also attended the function as guest of honour. Maniwood Club members, village chiefs, villagers and others also attended the function.

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New Delhi, August24,

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Jiribam, August 24,

Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar Yesterday appealed to the people of the State to collectively fight and reduce the effects of climate change as the departments cannot combat the issue without the support of the citizens.
He said collective action is needed to address the issue of climate change and to achieve sooner, the Chief Minister’s vision of a Green Manipur. Minister Shyamkunar made the statement during the inspection tour of the Baiboni nursery centre at Jirimukh range, Jiribam district. The bamboo nursery centre was established in the 2018-19, funded by the National Bamboo Mission, with the target to prepare seedlings of big varieties of bamboos.
He said that the State Government is committed to combat the issue and has launched several initiatives and various missions targeted towards environmental conservation. As part of initiatives, Forest Department is preparing required seedlings, focusing on the suitable plants and trees of the specific area and location.
Stating that bamboo is highly suitable to the soil and climatic condition of Jiribam, he expressed his hope that the bamboo nursery centre will help in increasing the income of the people of the area as well as replacing the traditional practice of jhum cultivation. He stressed on the benefits of bamboos which is used as construction material as well as popular food cuisine. Bamboo will be planted in the district where there is no green vegetation, he added.
Ch. Ibomcha Singh, DFO, Jiribam said that the target is to prepare more than 1 lakh bamboo seedlings of various varieties, focusing mainly on big varieties of bamboos. He said that the focus is on three varieties Bambusa Tulda (unal), Bamboosa Bambos (chingsanei) and Bamboos Polyferus. He said the estimate cost will be around Rs 16 lakh. Stating that the Bamboos Polyferus is imported from outside the State as it is not available in the State, he said that Bamboosa Bambos has medical value.
Later the Minister also visited the Jirimukh Forest Beat office and Jirimukh packet post where he was accompanied by Forest officials led by DFO and police officials led by Jiribam SP.

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