Monday, 27 January 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Jan 27

Can an Administrator appointed by a Court to look after a University on interim basis can exercise the power and function of a full time qualified Vice Chancellor of that University is a question being asked by every citizen. However, in case of Manipur University, where the Manipur High Court made an arrangement to end the long impasse at Manipur University by appointing an ‘Administrator’ on interim basis, who is also not even qualified for the post is exercising the full power conferred to a regular full time Vice Chancellor. What is shocking to the present trend happening in the Manipur University is that all of the University Community, even after knowing that, the ongoing practice in the University may bring an end to the functioning of the Highest Learning Institute of the entire state remains silent.

This is the fourth story that the Imphal Times is exposing on how the Manipur University is going to face serious financial crisis as per the finding by Imphal Times Special Investigation team.

October 11, 2018, Jarnail Singh, an IAS officer,(Retd) , who had year long experience in the administration of Manipur, was appointed as “Administrator” on interim basis by putting VC AP Pandey on suspension, by a division bench of Manipur High Court which comprises of Justice N. Kotiswar and Justice Kh. Nobin.

Soon after Jarnail Singh took charge as Administrator, he appointed 49 (forty nine) contractual staffs in between October 17, 2018 to June 6, 2019. With this appointment total contract staffs reached 270 numbers as per record on June , 2019.

Among the 49 contract staffs stated above, one RK Abena, appointed as Project Officer on contract basis on October 17, 2018 was first paid a sum of Rs. 25,000/- per month at the time of appointment, but her remuneration increased to Rs. 30,000/- per month. The project officer is a post newly created by the MU Administrator appointed by Manipur High Court as an interim arrangement. Remuneration of the two other post appointed during his short period are H. Nelia (Assistant Project Officer) and Ashiikho Ashuli (Progress Assistant). On appointment H. Neliana was paid Rs. 15,000/- but increased to Rs. 18,000/- by an order of the Administrator at the capacity of VC on April 1, 2019, while Ashikho Ashuli whose initial remuneration was 13, 000/- was increased to Rs. 15,600/-. Remuneration of the contract faculties, guest teachers are also paid well so as to silence any possible complaints. Sad portion is that there were no advertisements called for many of the 49 contract staffs at any of the electronic or print media. 

Manipur University after conversion as Central University on 13/10/2005 is being run directly under the grant from the Central Government and UCG. 

On September 19, 2019, the University Grants Commission (UGC) in a notification sent to the Registrar of all Central Universities clearly stated that the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of the Government of India had instructed that all expenditure of Contractual/ Guest Faculty and daily wage / outsource non-teaching staff is to be incurred from recurring head. The MHRD instruction to Central Universities also said that incurring of expenditure for the said contract staffs mentioned above under salary head will be treated as an unapproved expenditure while finalizing the utilization certificate at the end of the year.

So, the expenditure of the 270 contract employees of Manipur University will have to be done from the recurring head.

As per University’s regulations expenditure for procuring of stationery articles required for class room purposed and other computers and machineries including chemicals and science equipments were usually procured from the recurring head.

In 2017-18 , a total of Rs. 31,43,465/- (Rupees Thirty one lakh forty-three thousand four hundred and sixty five)  was procured for academic propose. (This purchase too has been made from a single firm without resorting to Codal formalities). These stationery items are requisite of academic affairs in all the department of the University and need to be purchased at the time of needs.

If this expenditure for contractual staffs is being paid from the recurring head that means it is likely that class rooms of almost all departments may have no fund left for purchasing stationeries and other required materials.

Manipur University today continues to face dark times, with no regular and qualified Vice Chancellor. Meanwhile, AP Pandey still is the Vice Chancellor of Manipur University and is enjoying all facilities that a VC enjoys during suspension period. It is not clear on how the salary or remuneration of the Administrator, Jarnail Singh is being paid as he himself cannot be treated as a regular VC. Silence of the Manipur University community at these dark times may someday lead to extinction of Manipur University.

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Monday, 27 January 2020 17:42

State Celebrates 71st Republic Day Of India

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Imphal, Jan. 27

Manipur joined the rest of the country in celebrating the 71st Republic Day of India yesterday. The colourful State level function was held at the historic Kangla Fort with Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla as the Chief Guest.
The celebration began with the Governor unfurling the National flag and inspecting the guard of honour. She then took salute from 118 different march past contingents including uniformed services, schools, colleges and bands platoons, 17 cultural troupes and 16 tableaux of different Government Departments.
On the occasion the Governor handed out President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service to Jemadar Md. Ghiyasuddin of 7th IRB. On the other hand, Police Medal for Meritorious Service was given to Dy. CO of 1st MR Suresh Thapa, Shri S. Sarat Chandra Singh of 3rd IRB, ASI of MPTO Devishore, Head Constable K. Brojen Singh of Imphal West District, Head Constable Khualthianthang Vaiphei of Churachandpur District and Havildar Bhomen Sharma of 7th IRB.
The Governor also handed over Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Police Training to Subedar Kh. Naba Singh, Havildar Y. Guneshore Singh and Havindar D. Mathew Maring and Rifleman Y. Sundar Singh of Manipur Police Training College.
While delivering the vote of thanks at 1st Bn. M.R. ground, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh stressed that the Government is striving towards inclusive and all round development for all for both hills and valley with a sense of unity, peace and harmony. He expressed that the participation of all communities in the Republic day parade signifies the revival of the close bond between people of different communities residing in the state. The main objective of the BJP-led coalition government in the state is to ensure equal opportunities and participation for all, he said. It is under this objective that the State Government have initiated Go to Hills and Go to Village, he asserted. CM further stated that such programmes of the government is reaching out to every nook and corner of Manipur including the remotest part which have been unreached so far.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Cabinet Ministers, MPs, MLAs, top civil, police and military officers, Government employees and general public also took part in the celebration.

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Imphal, Jan 27

North East Dialogue Forum (NEDF) has urged the Prime Minister of India to withdraw Assam Rifle from Manipur immediately and repeal AFSPA, 1958 to save democracy and Constitution of India for rule of law. A memorandum in the connection has been submitted to the Prime Minister , Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of State of Home Affairs and Minister of Women and Child Development  by the Forum.
The memorandum also urged the to investigate against the Assam Rifles for committing violence against women and civilians in Manipur.
The forum also urged the Union Republic of India to oblige  Article  14 (that guarantees equality before law for all), 15 (‘no person shall be discriminated on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth’), 21 (‘no person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty’), in relation to the members of the Manipuris in its territory, take all measures  within its power to prevent the commission of all acts within the scope of above mentioned Article of the constitution of India , in particular .
It also urged Government of India is further  urged  that India shall, in relation to the members of  Manipuri in its territory , ensure that our military  , as well as any irregular armed units which may be directed or suspected by it and organizations and persons  which may be subject to its control , direction or influence, do not  commit any acts described in point (1) above , or of conspiracy to commit such kind act of grave human right violation ( rape , killing , torture , intimidation, harassment  etc), of direct and public  incitement to commit  rape, sexual harassment, killing, torture etc , of attempt commit such human right violation , or of complicity in human right violation.
The Forum said that the Communication was made with regard to the recent mater which occurred on the 18th of November, 2019 wherein the 12th Assam Rifle Sexually Assaulted one woman at Khudengthabi , Tengnoupal District of Manipur.
And also to draw the kind attention with regard to the Sexual Assaulted to a Lady IPS Officer of Yairipok on the 19th of January, 2020.

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Monday, 27 January 2020 17:39

CRPF celebrates 71ST Republic Day

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Imphal, Jan 27

Group Centre CRPF, Langjing Imphal, celebrated 71st Republic Day with cheers and enthusiasm. On the auspicious occasion, GC CRPF, Langjing Imphal organized various programmes. First of all Chief guest Sh. Anshuman Yadav, IPS, IGP M&N Sector took guard of honour there after he hoisted the National flag, Sh. D.K. Tripathi, DIGP, M&N  Sector Hqr, Sh. Suresh Sharma, DIGP, M&N Sector Hqr, Sh. I.Lokendra Singh, DIGP, GC CRPF, Shri P.K. Singh DIGP, Range Imphal and other officers saluted the National Flag and sang National Anthem along with the Chief Guest. Sh. Anshuman Yadav, IPS, IGP M&N Sector addressed all officers, SOs and other ranks and brought out about the importance of Republic Day and remembered the CRPF personnel who have sacrificed their lives for the save of country.
After that the Chief Guest read out the name of CRPF bravehearts who have been awarded, Gallantry Medals, Distinguish and Meritorious Service Medal and congratulated them. The Chief Guest also conveys his best wishes to all officers SOs, other ranks and their families on the occasion of 71st Republic Day. Lastly he distributed sweets to the officers, SOs and other ranks.

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Three houses belonging to three brothers were burnt yesterday afternoon at Wangjing Keithel in Thoubal district. First hand report said that the around Rs. 10 lakhs worth properties were destroyed in the fire. Two fire tender of the Thoubal district Fire service rushed the spot and extinguished the fire from spreading it further.  
The three brothers are identified as Moirangthem Inaocha Singh (40), Moirangthem Mombi Singh (44) and Moirangthem Romen Singh (50). All the three are sons of  late M.Biramani.
The three brothers run work workshop and Grocery shops at the crossing Wangjing Keithel.

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Monday, 27 January 2020 17:32

Coronavirus: 11 people returned from China

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Mumbai, Jan 27

Even as over 20,000 passengers returning from mainland China and Hong Kong underwent thermal screenings for suspected “coronavirus” at the seven international airports in the country, 11 passengers have been kept under watch in Mumbai and Kerala.
The eleven person include- seven in Kerala, two in Mumbai and one each in Bengaluru and Hyderabad—who are among hundreds of passengers who returned from China in the recent days, are under observation in hospitals to check for possible exposure to the deadly novel coronavirus,  central and state officials said.
A total of 20,844 passengers who travelled in 96 flights from China have been screened at the airports till January 24, underwent thermal screenings at the seven international airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) in Delhi has set up an isolation ward and kept beds ready for providing treatment to any suspected case of the respiratory infection. Also, on the basis of the details provided by the Indian Embassy in China, around 25 students who have returned to India recently from Wuhan are being closely monitored, the official said.
During the screening at the Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport, six passengers — three from Pune and another three from Mumbai, underwent thermal screening and were admitted to hospitals.
“ICMR-NIV Pune said that 4 samples (2 from Mumbai, one each from Bangaluru and Hyderabad have tested NEGATIVE for “Coronavirus”(nCoV). One of Mumbai patients has tested positive for “Rhinovirus”, one of the routine common cold virus,”.
Till now nearly 1,789 passengers have underwent the thermal screening for the coronavirus since January 19 in Mumbai. The passengers who returned to Mumbai from China, have been admitted to BMC run Kasturba Hospital located at Borivali in North Mumbai as a precaution. They have been kept in an isolation ward and their blood samples collected to check for the new strain of coronavirus..
“The isolation ward has been created for diagnosis and treatment of persons suspected to have the virus infection,” said Dr Padmaja Keskar, executive health officer of the BMC. Two persons under observation at the hospital have mild cough and exhibited cold-related symptoms. Doctors at the airport have been asked to send travellers returning from China to the isolation ward if they show any symptoms of the novel coronavirus, she said and added that “All private doctors in the city have been asked to alert us if they observe symptoms of coronavirus in any person who has returned from China,”.
Apart from Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai, quarantine facilities have also been provided at Naidu Hospital in Pune. Dr. Pradeep Awate, surveillance officer with the Maharashtra Health Department, said cases of coronavirus infection have been detected mainly in China, and a few cases have been found in other countries including South Korea, Japan, Thailand and the United States.
In Kerala, officials said another 73 people were being kept under medical surveillance at their homes in the state. According to Kerala state health ministry officials in Thiruvananthapuram, 7 persons, who had shown mild symptoms of fever, cough and sore throat are under watch in state-run hospitals in different districts. Among them, two of them are in Kochi, while one each is in observation in the state capital, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Pathanamthitta. The Kerala government has advised those under home surveillance to remain at home for 28 days from the date of their departure from China.
The coronavirus is a large family of viruses that causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory syndromes, but the virus in China is a novel strain and not seen before. It has killed 26 people so far, and has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
According to a union health ministry official, no positive case has been detected in the country so far. Coronavirus cases were first reported from Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei province.

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Monday, 27 January 2020 17:31

The way forward towards civility

Change- an attribute easier to wish than to implement. Desired change- an almost impossible challenge, especially when it relates to humans who are creatures of habit.
Everybody has their own unique perspective of the world which is perhaps the most interesting aspect of human beings. But sometimes, along with these different perspectives rises different conflicts of interest. An ideal society resolves these conflicts for the greater interest and benefit of its members. Our present society, like most others prevailing today, unfortunately is far from perfect, yet we negotiate, bribe or just barge our way through in our daily struggle to survive.
Every so often, individuals with altered mindsets or depraved morals continue to commit acts considered as aberrations, heinous or even bestial in nature. Understandably, the society spontaneously voiced its resentments and anger - demanding, and rightly so, a swift and exemplary justice for the crimes. Whatever be the reason or compulsion that led to these drastic incidents, there obviously is not one single reasoning human who does not condemn these acts. Yet condemning an act for which the perpetrator/s are yet to be identified or apprehended as the case may be, by burning down houses, destroying their properties or directing our ire against another fellow citizen has become the order of the day.
While we should be steadfast and unrelenting in our demand for justice, excessive violence and prolonged acts of destruction of public property which are there for our own benefit and convenience should be curbed. This form of agitation which has been used for a long time, with a quite high level of success, needs to be changed. It is time to bring in a change in our mindset and try out other more subtler yet effective means of protesting against injustice and crime. One of the many ways which, perhaps we should try out is giving a reasonable amount of time for the Government and its concerned authorities to bring out the truth and identify the criminals, and to act accordingly as per the law in such a manner that would deter such acts in future. Failure of these concerned parties to bring results within such time may be countered with social boycott form all sections of the society in unison. Such a move would also enable the police and other concerned agencies to investigate the case in an orderly manner instead of mayhem and disruptions that will hamper the ultimate objective for which everyone is shouting for- to uncover the truth and act on it as per the law.
A cohesive unit- that of the Government, the concerned investigating authority, the security and police, the judiciary and most importantly, the general public, working hand-in-hand would prove more productive and fruitful in bringing out the truth, rather than putting the blame squarely on the Government. Mutual trust, understanding and cooperation, and most important of all, restraint is called for in such circumstances. If each section of the society carries out its part earnestly, there will not be a stronger force. A change in our mindset- a change in our approach and game is all that is called for to set the wheels of change in motion- a change towards a better society and a better life.

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Assamese film maker Joor Baruah’s documentary film “Voice of Siang” has been selected
for screening at the Mumbai International Film festival 2020, organized by Films Division. MIFF is the oldest and largest festival for documentary films in South Asia.
This year’s showcase will include a special section on Satyajit Ray and select film from North East. The festival will be inaugurated on 28 January, 2020 at Nehru Centre auditorium, Wprli and will conclude with award ceremony on 3 February 2020. Voice of Siang will be screened on 2 February at 2.30 PM.
The documentary of Voice of Siang is about the indigenous Adi people in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. Their culture is unique with mythological chants and animistic rituals around nature. With memories of 1962 Indo-China war still fresh, China continues to reasserts its territorial claim of Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the Adis. The elegant Siang that originates in Tibet, and flows down through the Adi now new battle ground for power. A series of encounters with the Adis, near the old town of Pasighat, this tale portays their inspiring resilience and hope.
This 57 minute feature-length documentary film was commissioned to Joor Baruah as part of a prestigious fellowship by Public Service Broadcasting Trust, Prasar Bharati and Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
In the meanwhile some of the films that will be screened in the festival include: International competition-29 January 10.30 AM to 11.30 AM—”Karbala Memoirs”/Dir : Sourav/40 Min./Bengali/Documentary/India/2019, 11.45 AM to 30 PM-”And What is the Summer Saying”/Dir : Payal Kapadia/20 Min./Marathi/Documentary/India/2018, “Swimming Through The Darkness”/Dir : Supriyo Sen/76 Min./Bengali/Documentary/India/2018, 2.30 PM to 4 PM: MIFF Prism-”A Dying Wish”/Dir : Shubhra Dixit/14 Min./English/Documentary/India/2019, “Wings of Desire”/Dir : Pratibha Kaur Pasricha/59 Min./English/Documentary/India/2018,
International competition: 4.15 PM to 6.15 PM-”Shot Awake: The Making of Changlangshu’s “New Llogdrum”/Dir:Anungala Zoe Longkumer/26, in English/ Konyak/Documentary/India/2018, “Blue Breath/Dir : Rodrigo Areias/78 Min./Portugal/Documentary/Portugal/2019. Country Focus: 6.30 PM to 8.00 PM: Atlantic/Dir : Risteard O’Domhnaill/80 Min./English/Documentary/Ireland/2016.
Other films in international competition include: “Seconds Divorce”-Canada-54 minutes-Documentary-Director-Shazia Javed, “A Brave Bunch -Uprising through children’s eyes”.Poland-29 minutes, Documentary-Tomasz Stankiewicz, “Abdul and Jose”-Australia, 52 minutes,Documentary, Luigi Acquisto & Lurdes Pires, “Atul”, India, 52 minutes, Documentary, Kamal Swaroop, “Born Together”, Bangladesh,, 72 minutes, Documentary, Shabnam Ferdousi, and “Brother Jakob, Are You Sleeping”, Austria, 86 minutes, Documentary, Stefan Bohum.
“Campus Rising”, India,74,Documentary, Yousuf Saeed, “Charlie vs Goliath”, USA, 80 minutes, Documentary, Reed Lindsay, “Earth Crusader”, India, 55 minutes, Documentary, Shabnam Sukhdev,”Grandfather”, India, 22 minutes, Short fiction, Amar Kaushik, “
I am Bonnie”, India, 45 minutes, Documentary, Satarpura Santra, Farha Khatum, “
Ice”, France/Estonia, 15 minutes, Short Fiction, Anna Hints,”My Secret Forest”, Finland, 56 minutes, Documentary, Niina Brandt,”My Turn”, South Korea, 15 minutes, Short Fiction, Nakyung Kim, “Rice”, UK, 35 minutes, Documentary, David Blamey and “Salam”, USA, 75 minutes, Documentary, Anand Kamalakar.
“That Gutsy Morning”, India, 22 minutes, short fiction, Jahnu Barua, “The Cinema Travellers”, India, 96 minutes, Documentary, Shirley Abraham &Amit Madheshiya, “Velvet Revolution”, India, 56 minutes, Documentary, Nupur Basu,and “Wabi Sabi”,”Surabhi Family”, France, 52 minutes, Documentary, Neeta Jain Duhaut, “The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe”, Australia, 84 minutes, Documentary, Ros Horin, “The Dispossessed”, Canada, 183 minutes, Documentary, Mathieu Roy,”The Egg”, Israel, 19 minutes, short fiction, Nadav Direktor, “The Poetics of Fragility”, USA, 64 minutes, Documentary, Nicolas Grandi and Lata Mani, Singapore, 25 minutes, Short fiction, Anshul Tiwari,
Some of the 43 documentaries selected in national competition are: “1984, When the Sun Didn’t Rise”, 57 minutes (Documentary up to 60 minutes), Director- Teena Kaur, “Aaki”, 14 minutes, short fiction film, Harshwardhan Bhalerao, “Ask The Sexpert, 83 minutes (Documentary above 60 minutes, Vaishali Sinha, “Beloved”, 18 minutes, short fiction, Ranjan Chandel, “Catharsis”, 34 minutes, short fiction, Indira P, “Chasing Tails”, 49 minutes, Documentary (up to 60 minutes), Tangella Madhavi, “Comeback WOOL E, 10 minutes, animation film, Sumanta Ghosh, “Conversation” 22 minutes, short fiction, Harshal Wadkar, “Duality”, 15 minutes, short fiction, Vishal Vasant Ahire, “For Susan”, 25, Documentary (up to 60 minutes) Arunima Tenzin Tara, “I am Jeeja”, 28 minutes, Documentary (up to 60 minutes)-Swati Chakraborty and “Ima Sabitri, 57 minutes, Documentary (up to 60 minutes)- Bobo Khuraijam.

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