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Justice to Babysana should be justice for 1000s babysanas

Voice of anger now spread far and wide across the state over the mysterious death of Ningthoujam Babysana, a class –VII student, in her hostel room at Standard Robarth (Hr. Sec) School. With the cry for justice becoming louder, people witnessed conducting the post mortem of the lifeless body of Babysana twice, in order to convince the people who are crying for justice of the ill fated 14 years old minor girl, the state government even prepared proceedings for handing over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation. And to make sure that the government will not left any stone unturned in the case of the mysterious death, a Special Investigation Team under an Additional Superintendent of Police had been formed and speedy investigation in the matter is seen carrying out since the SIT took over the case.
The first suo moto case taken up regarding the mysterious and unnatural death of Babysana inside her hostel room was registered under section 305 of the IPC. But from the pressure of the JAC formed against the death, the police had now incorporated section 302 of the IPC. This means that there is going to be a slight diversion to the case; the final argument may be on the matter regarding IPC 302 and IPC 305, and as per report there seems no possibility of IPC 302, if in case it is proved then the case is settled either by awarding punishment of the culprits as per the law of the land. The matter ends as per the law and justice of 1000s babysanas will never be provided.
It shooked every Manipuri, when the tragic news of a minor girl was found dead in a mysterious way was heard by everyone. It was everybody’s demand that justice be delivered for the ill fated minor girl. People across the state expressed shock as there has been many such cases happened in the state.  
When the JAC formed against the mysterious death of the minor girl stuck to their demand for the specific case of Babysana, then it is not the right move. The society may witness more instances of the fate of Babysana forced to suicide. We should also keep in mind those incidents where minor girls were raped and molested in school-run hostels, torture of minor boys in hostels by the authorities, dead of a student after allegedly falling from the hostel stairs. All those incidents including Babysana were caused by negligence, irregularities and failure to follow guidelines by the hostel authorities in running the hostel.
While the people demands justice for Babysana it should be a demand for delivering justice for all students of the state. The soul of Late Babysana will only find peace and happiness when the system in hostels or residential schools of Manipur is made to conform to the rules and regulations both in letter and spirit. When corporal punishment is abolished and when children in hostels are provided love and affection to make feel homely.

 One more thing that the state machineries seem to forget is about the students of this school. It is being told that there are over 4000 students in Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School. What will be the condition of these students? What will the mental and psychological state of the 36 students with whom Babysana stayed together? Have the Social welfare department taken up any initiative to settle the mental disturbance of the 36 students which are reported to be living in mental trauma after the incident? And it seems that until the investigation is over, the school is likely to remain closed due to pressure from various groups.
Will Babysana be happy even if justice is delivered for her when the rights of her friends in the school are continued to be deprived? It is neither the JAC nor the School authority that should be blamed when it comes to the fate of the students of the school. Why no initiative is seen to be taken up for rescue of the students of Standard Robarth, why government is not ordering the concern department of the state to give counseling to the 36 students who shared the same dormitory with Babysana , when the tragic incident occurred?
A simple suggestion to the government is to take over the administration of the school until the case is over to save the students by appointing a representative from the government.
The SIT investigating the matter is showing its seriousness in the incident. Their inquiry had also revealed that the hostel that the Standard Robarth is running does not have a valid license. Many more irregularities and anomalies are likely to be found during the course of the investigation.
Let’s hope babysana turns out to be the last victim of injustice and apathy meted out to students in the state.

Protest rows against the death of Babysana 

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Imphal Aug 7,

Several protests continue to stage demanding justice for N. Babysana who died in her hostel.
Tingjinpong Eveninglories Prayer Centre today staged a sit-in-protest at RNBA complex, Tarung.

 Speaking to media persons Promoter of TEPC Panti Gonmei urged the government to take up step for the dispense of justice against the death of Babysana and added that they will stand in the movement initiated by JAC for the justice of Babysana.
Deploring against the hostile conditions and attitudes of Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School Panti said that authorities concerned and the law enforcing agencies have shown their incompetency and added that students are sent to learn and not to be killed, harassed, tortured or insulted mentally or physically.
She further demanded that the culprits should be punished with iron hand to eradicate the evils once and for all.
Panti warned the school authorities, teachers and wardens should stop mental and physical tortures which were not allowed by the new education system.
She further urged the parents not to hesitate to agitate and face situation boldly and added that there is nothing to fear and both parents and students should communicate frequently to find out any evil designs on the part of the school staff concerned.

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MARC urges MHRC to give direction for implementation of Child Rights policy

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Imphal, Aug 7,

The Manipur Alliance for Child Rights Manipur urged the Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) to take up appropriate action for proving of the long pending draft State Child Policy. It also urged the MHRSC for giving direction to the  State Cabinet for proper implementation at the earliest.
Regarding the mysterious death of Ningthoujam Babysana Chanu. a student of Class VII of Standard Robarth Hr. Sec. School Canchipur on 18‘“ July, 2019 inside the hostel’s room run by the school; MACR requested the  MHRC to take up appropriate steps to provide immediate Psycho-social care initiatives in order to address any possible “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (l’l’SD) syndrome inflicted to the 36 room inmates of the deceased minor.

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The scrapping of Art 370 is the beginning of the onslaught on democracy- Nara

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Imphal Aug 7,
Decrying over the recent scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A in the Parliament by BJP led government, National Executive member of CPI, M. Nara said that it was the beginning of the onslaught on democracy.
This was stated in a protest meeting held today against the scrapping of Article 370 and reducing the political status of Jammu and Kashmir at Irawat Bhavan complex. 
With such act of BJP Nara stressed that the BJP have proved it that their government is authoritarian, fascistic and dictatorial and added that it is not a good trend and moving backward in today’s 21st Century.
He added that the fate of the North East is not known with such dictatorial government.
He further said that there will be a huge repercussion from various sides. 
With the sole objective of BJP in making a Hindu Rashtra, the left leaning political parties considered being a dark future.

Various protest and campaigns begin all over the India and will continue. He added that there is a need for discussion academically and politically. 
Assistant Secretary of CPI Manipur State Council Th Surchand said that it was the manifestation of Hindu fascism. He added that scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A is one of the 100 days programme of NDA government to built a Hindu Rashtra.
Condemning the act of BJP where the central government bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir by enforcing thousands of military and disconnecting all communication and shutting down of Institutions.
 Surchand further said that the actions of BJP has destroyed the federal and autonomy model of India and added that its core objective is to out numbered the Muslim community to make a Hindu Rashtra.
The progressive, secular, democratic forces of the nation has strongly condemned the scrapping of Article 370, he added.
Surchand stressed that Kashmir was a trial and added that the BJP didn’t want a parliamentary form of government but instead they wanted a presidential form.
He concluded that such things might never happen in any part of the world and added that they should fight and struggle for it.
 The protest meeting was attended by M. Nara, Sotinkumar, Shanta, Ratan, Gyaneshwor, Apanthoi and Sharat Salam as the Dias members.
The protest meeting was jointly organised by the left leaning political parties- CPI, CPI (M), RSP, AIFB.

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Assam Rifles foils a major incident

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Imphal, Aug 7,

Assam Rifles Battalion under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) successfully foiled an attempt by miscreants (likely UGs) to perpetrate an untoward incident in the run up to Independence Day 2019 by recovering large quantity of explosives.   
In the view of the heightened security situation leading to Independence Day 2019, the AR Battalion had deployed number of troops along the Indo-Myanmar Border to prevent any action by the UGs. On the night of 03 August, one of the teams detected and prevented the movement of likely UGs into Indian territory from Myanmar. The UGs taking advantage of hours of darkness and heavy rains disengaged themselves from the pursuing security forces and fled from the scene. A deliberate search operation was carried out the next day wherein large cache of war like stores to include four Chinese made hand grenades, 21 locally made unmarked hand grenades, one mine, 29 detonators and 12 Kg of gelatin was recovered. The recovered items have been handed over to police for investigation.    
The activity seemed likely to be an attempt by UGs to perpetrate a major incident in Manipur in the run up of Independence Day 2019. The vigil and timely action by Assam Rifles troops have prevented any major mishap that could have occurred in the days to come.

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RIMS appointed 13 candidates as regular employees after 8 years gap

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Imphal, Aug 7,
After a gap of 8 years, the Regional Institute Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal appointed 13 candidates as regular employee under the Compassionate appointment of RIMS Die-in-Harness Scheme. A program was held yesterday to distribute “Offer of Appointment” to the candidates in the Jubilee hall, RIMS, Imphal. The Director of RIMS, Prof. A. Santa Singh, the Medical Superintendent Prof. Ch. Arunkumar Singh, Principal of Dental College, Prof. Praveen Reddy, Deputy Director and Chief Accounts Officer are on the dais. The program was attended by Heads of Departments, faculty members, officials, staff, students and prominent leaders of Civil Society Organizations.

It may be mentioned that Compassionate Appointment Scheme is to grant appointment on compassionate grounds to a dependent family member of a Government servant dying in harness or who is retired on medical grounds, thereby leaving his family in penury and without any means of livelihood, to relieve the family of the Government servant concerned from financial destitution and to help it get over the emergency. The ceiling of 5% of direct recruitment vacancies can be utilized for making compassionate appointment.
In RIMS, Imphal the Compassionate appointment under the scheme has not been made since 2011. The application of more than 126 dependents received however the cases could not be processed for what of vacancies and other administrative issues. As a result of delay in processing of the cases, there was wide resentment among the applicant. Compassionate appointment has also been one of the major persistent demands of the Non-Teaching Employee Welfare Association (NTEWA) of RIMS, Imphal.
The members attended in the program appreciated the Director for his dynamic leadership, compassionate, strong will and commitment for the welfare of the institute. It is due to his fueled inspiration towards this vision, RIMS, Imphal could dole out  Offer of Appointment to 13 family members of the  deceased employees/employees retired on medical grounds, after verifying their accuracy of depending and financial position from the concerned authorities. The case of other eligible candidates will also be processed as and when adequate vacancies for appointment under the scheme are available.
On the other hand, 117 regular non-teaching employees of the institute were also given Financial Upgradation facility under the MACP Scheme (for 10, 20 and 30 years).

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22nd National Conference on e-Governance 2019 to be held at Shillong on August 8-9, under the theme - “Digital India: Success to Excellence”

22nd National Conference on e-Governance 2019 to be held at Shillong on August 8-9, under the theme - “Digital India: Success to Excellence”

Imphal, Aug 7,

The Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), in association with Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India and the State Government of Meghalaya will organize the 22nd National Conference on e-Governance (NCeG) 2019 on 8-9th August, 2019 at Shillong, Meghalaya.
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space, Dr.Jitendra Singh will preside over the function. ShriConardKongalSangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya will be the Chief Guest of the event. The theme of this Conference is “Digital India: Success to Excellence”.

The Conference is a part of the DARPG’s 100 days initiatives in the new Government. This is the first time the event is being organized in North-Eastern region of the country. This Conference provides a platform to disseminate knowledge on effective methods of designing and implementing sustainable e-Governance initiatives to provide end-to-end Digital Services, exchange experiences in solving problems, mitigating risks, resolving issues and planning for success.
Discussions will be held on six sub-themes in Plenary session during the Conference: India Enterprise Architecture (INDEA), Digital Infrastructure, Inclusion and capacity building, Emerging Technology for Practitioners, Secretariat Reforms, National e-Governance Service Delivery Assessment (NeSDA). Four Breakout Sessions will be held on sub-themes - One Nation One Platform, Engaging with Innovators and Industry, End-to-End Digital Services: IT initiatives of State Governments.
The Conference would provide considerable momentum to the e-Governance initiatives in the North Eastern region, providing opportunities for civil servants and industry captains of the region to showcase their successful interventions in e-Governance in improving end to end service delivery. 15 States would be presenting their IT initiatives and success stories in the breakout sessions.
28 States and 8 Union Territories have confirmed their participation in the Conference and over 500 delegates are expected to attend it. An Exhibition will also be organized during the event to showcase India’s achievements in the field of e-Governance, along with a Hall of Fame/ photo exhibition on the award winners.
ShriHamletsonDohling, Minister of Information Technology & Communication and Urban Affairs Department, Government of Meghalaya will address the inaugural session. Senior Secretaries from the Government of India including Shri K.V. Eapen, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and Pensions and Shri Ajay PrakashSawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology would address the conference.

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Haris Adhikari: Going for Finest Whiskey in Writing

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HARIS ADHIKARI is a widely published poet and translator from Nepal. A lecturer of English at Kathmandu University, Adhikari edits Misty Mountain Review. He has three books of poetry and translation to his credit, and is currently working on his upcoming book of Nepali poetry and an experimental poetry project—clipoetry, apart from some works of research. In the past, he has served as a researcher, interviewer, translator and contributor for Nepal Monitor. He has also been a guest translator for Grey Sparrow, a US based literary journal.
His poems and works of translation have appeared in various national & international journals. Siam Sarower Jamil talks to him about his poetry and dreams for Imphal Times.

Siam - When did you start writing and what do you think attracted you to poetry?

HARIS- Writing, particularly poetry, has always fascinated me. I wrote my first poem when I was 9. Initially, it was nature that filled me with awe and inspiration. In particular, flowers, birds, rivulets, rainbows, the open sky, and the illusive horizon attracted me the most. Later, frictions of different kinds—from socio-cultural to personal ones—ignited my poetic sensibilities.  
But I wrote sporadically until 2007, in Nepali, English and Hindi languages. Then, after my master’s studies, I gave more of myself to reading and writing poetry, and in recent years, to poetry translation and my research interests. I think in the last ten years I’ve focused more on personal, spiritual, social, and cultural issues—more importantly on the crooked ways of this society that I’ve come across.
Different worlds of mythoi have also been my poetic preoccupations these days. I am interested in reading the dramatics of life and world, the difference between what we’re told and what really is, through mythoi—through the power dynamics and illusion created in (or by) most of them.
My recent realization is—in poetry I can more freely express what I’ve in my heart and mind. Yet I sometimes find myself distant from poetry. What I also have come to realize is it’s essential for a poet to be able to make even the most familiar, most quotidian, most drab, the vehicle to the exquisitely exotic, mysterious, insightful or thought-provoking world of poetry.

Siam - How do you think you’ve evolved as a writer over the years?

HARIS- I am still learning. My interest in poetry has now led me also to poetry translation and research in different areas of creative writing and translation. O