Tuesday, 06 August 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal Aug 6,

Founder cum Principal of Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School and her daughter were both remanded in judicial custody for 15 days.

The prayer for judicial remand for 15 days was accepted today in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate rejecting the bail plea for Romita.

Since early morning hundreds of police forces were deployed around Cheirap court area keeping a strict vigil. 

Both Landhoni and her daughter were brought to CJM court around 2.30 in the evening. 

Landhoni though present in the court stayed in the ambulance because of her deteriorating health. 

Women protestors run after the ambulance where Landhoni was taken. The angry protestors roar the streets with ‘Landhoni the killer’.  

The protestors confronted with the police demanding to bring out the culprits involve in the death of Babysana.

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Imphal, Aug 6,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh chaired a meeting of Chairmen and Members of Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) of different hill districts regarding rain water conservation under different schemes at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Speaking at the meeting, the Chief Minister urged ADC Chairmen and Members to join hand and co-ordinate with respective DCs in taking up water conservation/harvesting works in different villages. He suggested them to hold meetings regularly and communicate among them so that maximum work is implemented before ADC elections likely to be held in May/June next year. The Chief Minister said that all the resolutions taken in the meetings should be translated into action instead of simply keeping in files.
Stating that Panchayati Raj Institutions of different valley districts had already started executing water harvesting/conservation works in their respective areas, the Chief Minister urged the ADCs to expedite works in hill districts as well. Stating that the State Government is planning to construct around 100 check dams at different foothills with financial assistance from the Centre for water harvesting, the Chief Minister urged the ADCs and DCs to identify streams where these dams can be constructed.
 During the 15th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog, N. Biren said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi instructed the Chief Ministers of all the States to mainly focus on rain water harvesting and water conservation works while implementing Central Government sponsored schemes like MGNREGS. Prior to this directive, the State Government had already started taking up water harvesting schemes worth Rs. 2 crore each at seven different places of hill areas in view of people’s extreme woes due to acute water scarcity during lean season in hill districts, the Chief Minister said.
N. Biren also assured to look into matters relating to pay, vacant posts and warrant of precedence of ADC Chairman and Members at the earliest. He also urged them to find a way to expedite works under BADP.
ADC Chairmen of Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Chandel, Senapati, Sadar Hills and Churachandpur, Additional Chief Secretary (RD&PR) M.H. Khan and Additional Chief Secretary (TA & Hills) Letkhogin Haokip also graced the occasion as dignitaries. ADC Members, DCs of different hill districts, officials of ADCs and different Government Departments were also present in the meeting. Officials of RD & PR, TA & Hills, Planning and Minor Irrigation/Water Resources spoke on different water conservation schemes taken up by these Departments at the meeting. Chandel DC Shri Krishna Kumar also shared his thought in the meeting.
Water conservation/harvesting works are being executed across the country under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan (Water Conservation Campaign) launched on July 1, 2019 under the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti. The Ministry was formed by merging two Ministries namely, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in May this year. The campaign focuses on water conservation and rain water harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, re-use of water and recharging structures, watershed development and intensive afforestation.
It may be mentioned that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh held another meeting with elected members of Panchayati Raj Institutions on rain water harvesting and ground water conservation on June 27, 2019.

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Imphal, Aug 6,

The Union Government led by BJP announced the scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35A which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Not only this the Union Government dismantled the state by bifurcating two Union Territories - Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh . It is an attack on the Indian Constitution and the people of Jammu and Kashmir, a statement by CPI-M state Unit said in a press statement.

It added that the people of Kashmir had acceded to India in the face of invaders from Pakistan and a solemn commitment had been made to them by the Indian State to provide them with special status and autonomy which was embodied in Article 370.

The Modi government has betrayed the people of Jammu and Kashmir by going back on this commitment.

The CPI-M Manipur also lashed the combined BJP-RSS rulers of the country for treating Jammu and Kashmir as “occupied territory “.

“Trampling on the Constitution, they were converting Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh as two centrally-ruled Union Territories. This is the biggest attack on national unity and the concept of India as a Union of States” , it added .

The major security build up ahead of the announcement and the keeping of opposition Kashmiri leaders under house arrest shows that the Modi government is imposing its diktats without the consent of the people. This is harmful for the unity and integrity of India.

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Imphal, Aug 6,

State police have successfully rescued three girl of the state from being trafficked out of the state probably for utilizing in flesh trade.

A statement by Montu Ahanthem, Convenor, Wide Angle, The Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) in partnership with Child Rights and You (CRY) has extended its heartfelt gratitude to Manipur Police and all its member partner who took different roles and succeeded in rescuing three young girls hailing from Moreh, Tengnoupal District, Manipur.

It said, on 3rd August 2019, our Chandel MACR partner informed that 3 girls (Pinky age 16, Asha age 16 and Vandana age 19 [name changed]) from Moreh town were missing since early morning from their respective houses. After confirming the missing report by the MACR HQ, an alert was sounded and a special task force was formed which immediately contacted the OC Imphal West Ingocha for alerting the Anti Human Trafficking Unit stationed at the Airport.  A Missing Report was made by the parents of the two siblings at Moreh Police station at 10:30 AM with the help of our members. One of the constable at Moreh check post informed that they had seen the girls heading for Imphal, SP Dr. Ibomcha of Thoubal Police was also alerted so that they could intercept the girls on the way.

OC Ingocha inform that around 12:30 PM one of the girls were rescued from the booking counter at the airport and the other two from North AOC Bus ticket counter. They were then handed over to Special Juvenile Police Unit of Singjamei PS and kept at Child Friendly Police Station Lamphel under the supervision of Imphal West SP   Meghachandra.

Out of the three rescued girls, Vandana 19 years old was planning to go to Delhi as someone whom she befriended through Facebook had offered her in getting auditions for a TV Serial. Pinky aged 16 was the younger sister of Vandana who too wanted to follow her sister to work in the TV serial along with her friend Asha aged 16 who was married did not wanted to stay with her husband who was very senior to her. The two minor girls planned their travel by bus till Dimapur (Nagaland) and take the train for Delhi and Vandana was going by flight hoping to meet the two as soon as they reach Delhi.

The Moreh Police along with Child Line Thoubal arrived at Imphal and meet with MACR team at Child Friendly Police Station Lamphel and gave them counselling. In the evening around 7 pm they were released and handed over to Moreh Police personals, accompanied by the parents of Vandana & Pinky and the husband and mother of Ashawho had also come down to Imphal. The girls were later accommodated at the Ujjwala Home, Moreh and processed to be produced at Child Welfare Committee, Chandel, after the hearing, the CWC passed an order and handed over the children to their respective families.

MACR is looking into two angles from this incidence, whether it is a simple case of runway from home for pursuing better economical future or is it a big racket of Cyber criminals trapping young girls on Social Media with false promise and exploiting their innocence. This need to be further investigated by the concern Police official handling the case so that other children would not be trapped in a similar way.

Looking to the past incidence of trafficking there is a urgent need to adopt the draft ‘Plan of Action for Combating Child Trafficking in the state of Manipur’ which was submitted by the MCPCR to the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur comprising preventive approach, rescue protocols, rehabilitation of Survivors, and coordination and convergence of all the line department and adopt the Draft ‘State policy for children 2018" by the Sate Cabinet at the earliest, both the documents were prepared by MACR in consultation with CRY as it will help to resolve various child rights issues in the state of Manipur.

The incident has proven beyond doubts that the Manipur Police has once again proven its outstanding capacity to carry out  the rescue operation of the three children as and when calls for, so swiftly, despite pre engaged with their various assignments in coordination with various agencies working in the field of Child Rights.

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Imphal, Aug 6,

ATRPFM while expressing appreciation and gratitude to the concerned Minister and State government for implementation of Pension Scheme for ADC Employees, expressed shock to learn that some groups of individuals under a particular association has extracted money from ADC Employees for extension of pension benefits.

“We wanted to ask whether the pension scheme is implemented by the State Government or purchased by the Employees by way of contributions of funds. We have all the evidences that some section of people have collected huge amount of money in the name of pension benefits. In this regard, we had published press releases to take necessary action against them. However, no action has been taken till date”, a statement said. 

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Imphal Aug 6,

Dhanamajuri College of Arts, DM University today celebrates its 74th Foundation day held at the premise of the college.
Addressing the function as Guest of honour President of DM College Alumni Association N. Ibohal asserted that Manipur lies in the hands of the youths. He added that several profession were made from the college.
He urge the students to learn from the teachers.
Being an advisor of CM he said that to give their grievances of any infrastructure and development and added that he will help in their best efforts.
He further urged to give inputs and suggestions from the teachers and other various stakeholders.
Ibohal appealed the students to respect the teachers and said added that teachers love their students more than their sons and daughters. 
University toppers in BA 6th Semester, MU were also felicitated with cash and certificates during the function.
The function was attended by Retd IAS RK Nimai, Retd Chairperson of BOSEM W. Ibempishak, Retd Principal of DM College of Arts A. Nungshitombi and Principal of DM College of Arts Ch. Sheelaramani as the Chief Guest, Guest of honour and President of the function respectively.
Floral tributes were also paid to founding members of the college.

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 17:19

Redefining India

2nd term of the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making all effort to redefine the earlier concept of India. After the upper house of the Parliament scrape Article 370 and 35 A, India today is different as it is a country with one law. Leaving aside other states of the country, top priority of the BJP is to end the issue of Jammu and Kashmir by abolishing the existence of a country within a country. It may be a good move as per their agenda but while making a new India sections of people now worried on whether the BJP led NDA government is acting crossing its limit by violating the constitution of India. Well that will be decided by the Constitutional bench of the Highest Court of the Country – the Supreme Court.
There are mix responses to the scrapping of the Article 370 and 35A, some appreciated it saying that such an action should have been done long time back, however, it pertinent to question to the legitimacy of the scrapping of the Article 370  as there is poviso in the said article which said that a consensus of the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly is mandatory for the scrapping of he said article.
This is being raised as the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly is under animated suspension and President rule has been imposed in the state. Now the state is rule by the governor, and governor is only an appointee of the Central government. The governor does not represent the people of Jammu and Kashmir but represent the Central government of India. The governor’s approval is amending or scrapping of the Article 370 is  in violation of the Constitution of India.
Before taking up the issue for scrapping of the Article 370, people aross the country had witnessed the both the upper and lower house amended the UAPA (Act). The opposition strongly protested the amendment of the act to certain section which allow the NIA to conduct investigation to any of the state across the nation without taking prior permission from the state government authority. The amended act also empowered the NIA to announce any individual as terrorist without following the due process of law. Amidst oppositions the UAPA Amendment Bill had been passed as the BJP which led the NDA had absolute majority.
It is a matter that people need to ponder on why the UAPA which empowered the NIA to act at any states without taking permission and even declare any individual as terrorist be passed before scrapping the Article 370. Besides, passing of the scrapping of the Article 370, the Jammu and Kashmir has been bifurcated into two union territories and Ladakh has been made another Union Territories.
The controversy surrounding over the scrapping of the Article 373 and the bifurcation of the J7K state into two UTs and creating of Ladakh is left for further debate and discussion to the Constitutional bench of the SC.
But the this recent changes will have much impact to the demand of the NSCN-IM. The idea of having separate flag for Nagalim and special status to them will be a dream. And what is more worrying is that there is a possibility that at least one demand of the NSCN-IM for formation of a Nagalim state by bifurcation of Manipur is possible. Anything is being done if it will not impact the  National integration of India is the long pending dream of BJP led NDA government.
On the other hand it is also a risk for the NE states which have certain provision in the constitution of India under Article 371 A, B, C, D, E, etc. which is similar to that of Special status provided to the state of Jammu and Kashmir may have been scrapped. The existing inner line permit system in certain North East state of India may be lifted any time to make India a one nation of one community abolishing the idea of federalism. If that happened then the demand for Inner Line Permit System in the state of Manipur will have to end by itself. The Manipur Peoples’ Bill will be thrown to the dustbin as it is also a similar legislation that the Jammu and Kashmir Government had implied under the under the Article 370.
Well, the citizen of India today is left with no choice but to wait and watch to see if the BJP led NDA can redefine INDIA.

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Not far are the days in Manipur when we see bodies hanging in the middle of the polo-ground with signs written on them. Pubic execution being carried out in the middle of Shamu Makhong while the crowd cheers , judgement and sentences implemented right on the spot without even trial. Everyone walking around doing their daily chores with AK 47 on their shoulders with occasional gunfire in the distance. School Children’s’ packing a pistol apart from their lunchbox and disputes settled through gunfight and law & order just for name sake.  
I am not trying to describe a scene in a Taliban Hollywood movie , I am describing a society which we are heading to, a dysfunctional society without any laws where mistrust reigns and every decision is influenced by a misguided mob. A society where law and order are non-existent. There is a saying that a “mob has no head or a tail” which is very true. Nothing good has ever come out of a mob, a mob is never right or wrong every action a mob takes always ends up in a disaster.
Manipur society is slowing heading towards this culture as  a direct consequence of the mistrust in the system , mistrust in the law and order , a dysfunctional society where everyone seeks justice, but no one is ready to take the ownership and responsibilities for their actions. Where everyone is ready to blame the OTHER person, but no one wants to listen about their own mistakes and shortcomings.
To prove how dysfunctional our society has become , let me draw the attention of the reader to a very hot topic and a very recent unfortunate incident which has been burning Manipur for few weeks now, the untimely demise of an innocent child, Babysana Ningthoujam. I blame our entire dysfunctional society for what happened to her and the subsequent series of incidents and events which is burning Manipur. Not only I blame the school management for their negligence but I also blame the media including social media for inciting mob violence , the investigating agencies for their non proactive but reactive nature , the political parties trying to take political mileage in such situation, our government for not being able to create trust among the citizens and last but not the least our citizens who don’t think with their head but their knees and can easily be manipulated by anyone.
Print and Electronic Media role in Journalistic Objectivity -  By definition of Wikipedia ”journalists should present the facts whether or not they like or agree with those facts. Objective reporting is meant to portray issues and events in a neutral and unbiased manner, regardless of the writers opinion or personal beliefs.” It has been widely covered in news that there was a scuffle between the police personnel and the media team on the spot of the incident and apparently the media team left without proper coverage of the incident. While the first coverage of the incident on print and electronic media stated categorically that the death was “Questionable” and ever since that posts the public has been agitated and was responsible for inciting the initial flares of public unrest . Now the question arises about Journalistic integrity of the reporters whether the reports of the events were reported in neutral and unbiased manner or personal ego and opinions due to the scuffle was inserted in their reporting . It is already very evident as media has never published any interview or press release from the school authority side and apparently the press release by the Principal of the school on the 2nd day was never circulated and given equal airtime compared to the story from the parents side. “The school authority is silent” has been one of the most contentious statement which has agitated the public and caused restlessness. Has the media in its “questionable” reporting added more fire to the burning flame by just telling one sided story to general public ?
Reactive rather than proactive nature of Investigating agencies –  There is a serious trust deficit issue with the police and investigating agencies in Manipur which has accumulated from a very long period of time and which I don’t need to elaborate much. Not all issues can be resolved with tear gas or mob bomb. The reactive nature of police personnel and dealing every situation with confrontation has brought about a never-ending Vicious cycle of tit for tat reaction from public. No one trust the police frankly because of their action . Hence, there is serious need for police reformation and changing some of the procedures. For example , in many developed countries always a press briefing is held 48 hrs. after an incident informing the public about some of the basics about the incident. Frequent press briefing is done giving awareness to public about the status of the investigation . Why there is no such procedures in our Policing today. I don’t think all information about an incidents can be confidential some can be released to the public. Specially in Babysana’s case no status update has been provided to the general public which has incited more rumors and restless among the public.
Political parties always ready to feed on others sorrow -  Needless to say political parasites look for any given opportunity to divert the common people’s attention from the real issues related to  development and progress to unrelated issues which will give them political mileage and earn the title of the “champion of the people” . It has been very evident in Babysana’s case some political leaders are benefiting at the expense of the deceased child which is very unfortunate. For every single incident someone is trying their best to get the most benefit and get that political mileage to the extend some of them go to great length even tampering with active crime scene evidences just to make a political statement. What good can we expect from such political leaders , what an example they are setting for our younger generation.
Easily manipulated citizens  - It is rather very unfortunate that a pristine organization like Meira-Paibi which started as a very noble endeavor of eradicating drug abuse and community watch program has been time and again manipulated by vested interest group to become ponds in their master plan. Meira-Paibis are turned into foot soldier , always in the frontline ,getting emotionally manipulated and getting the brunt of police lathi charge and tear gases. While the master planner stays in the background with nothing to lose.
Our unemployed youth are also not that innocent and has been contributing towards the dysfunctionality of our society. While some are using their empty minds to create the devils workshop , spreading and propagating rumors others are trying to get more Facebook likes on their page and get more people join their group using babysana’s unfortunate incident. Even attention seeking tik tok personalities have joined the bandwagon creating a complete mockery of entire situation. In this entire façade I am sorry ichal Babysana no one has even bothered to understand you, understand why you too the ultimate action ? What was bothering you ? What were you thinking ? Why take such a step at such a tender age, you had your whole life ahead of you ? I know you are gone now for your heavenly abode, but I am sure you are seeing everything from there. How people are using your name for their own agenda to get political mileage, get more Facebook likes and what not . How in your name 5000 of your school friends career is in jeopardy and no one seems to care , the mob is trying its best to frame some charges any charges against anyone remotely related to your incident. How all of sudden every tom dick and harry who have never done anything good in life or helped another person has become the savior.
These are all the signs of a dysfunctional society heading to path of Taliban like system where everyone is own their own and it is slowly happening right here in Manipur. Everyone in this society is responsible for your untimely demise , a society which is breeding depression , injustice and hatred for its kind and the worse is yet to come. So, I apologize to you from all of us , for not listening to you , taking care of you while you were alive for which you give the ultimate sacrifice as a warning sign for all of us. I apologize to you for we have failed you and many of our younger generations to come because we gave you a dysfunctional and hateful society which you don’t deserve, you deserve much better than this , you deserve a joyful childhood without worries or hatred, you deserve love from your parents , friends and families , you deserve to be happy and be not depressed , rest in peace my dear child now that you are free from all these worries.

By  a Concerned Manipuri citizen

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Imphal Aug 6,

Thoubal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised a mega health awareness camp at Yairipok. The health awareness camp commenced with an informative lecture on ‘Health, Hygiene and Sanitation’ followed by an interactive session during which various queries raised by the attendees were clarified by the unit medical team. The locals were also enlightened on basic healthcare issues including precautions against common viral diseases as well as importance of hygiene and sanitation for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.   
As part of the camp, the unit medical team provided necessary medical assistance to the locals of the areas in an around Yairipok. In addition, to the medical checkup, consultation on various diseases and health related issues as well as free medicines were distributed to the needy patients. As a goodwill gesture, 16 doctors from various departments of the Thoubal District medical authority voluntarily participated and assisted the battalion in the camp.    
The health awareness camp received positive and overwhelming response from the local populace with over 400 people attending the camp. All the attendees conveyed their heartfelt gratitude to the Assam Rifles for their sincere endeavour and requested for more such camps in the near future for the benefit of the entire community.   

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Imphal, August 5,

Fisheries Minister N. Kayisii today inaugurated the 1st Fish Seed Fingerlings Mela at Senapati Mini Stadium.
Addressing the gathering as the Chief Guest, Minister Kayisii said that about ninety percent of the population in the State consume fish and fish products. Despite being a small department, fisheries department is tasked with a crucial responsibility of meeting these demands, he stated. Reiterating the State’s goal of attaining self sufficiency in fish production by eliminating fish import by 2022, Kayisii expressed gratitude to the honourable Chief Minister for allocating rupees 1.5 Crores through additional funding for promoting fish farming. Expressing satisfaction on the overwhelming response towards the mela, Kayisii opined that the Fish Seed Mela will help place Senapati in becoming one of the leading fish producers in the State.
Kayisii also interacted with local fish farmers following the inauguration ceremony and assured all possible assistance to promising fish farmers of the district.
Altogether, more than one lakh sixty thousand good quality fish fingerlings were stockpiled by the District Fishery Office for the Mela.
The Fish Seed Fingerlings Mela, the first of its kind in the State, drew a huge crowd and keen participation from over 400 intending fish farmers, DLOs, community leaders, officials and staff from fisheries department. The mela was organized by District Fishery Office, Senapati.

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