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PAP relaxed for five more years from 3 states including Manipur

Imphal, Oct 13: The Protected Area Permit (PAP) system which prohibits foreign nationals from visiting some North Eastern States including Manipur without obtaining due permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs has been relaxed for the States of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland for another 5 more years.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced that relaxation of 5 years has been made on ‘Protected Area Regime’ under Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958 for the states of Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram with effect from the 13th of December 2017 till the 31st December 2022.
A Circular issued by Ministry of Home Affairs has informed this decision to Chief Secretaries of Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram, a source said.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has also stated that if there is any kind of obstruction in carrying out the rules and regulations, the Central Government will have a liberty on the revision of the relaxation. It also said that Citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan will have to take an approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs in order to get access to Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram. It said violators will be punished under Foreigners Act.

The restriction was lifted on January 1, 2014 by the MHA for a period of 2 years.
The three States were put outside the ambit of PAP regime for the first time on January 1, 2013 for a period of one year.
However, the relaxation of PAP regime is not applicable to citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan.

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Awaited expectation

A subtle yet consistent change is sweeping across the public domain in the state of late.
The State Government making a bold and decisive stand on the issue of disintegration of the State to appease a group of people apparently devised by the centre to wash it’s hands off the illogical issue is a case in point.
The people of the state, so far has been bearing with the indifference and inaction of the Government, and it still has a long way to go in doing away with the tag of a passive and unwilling entity in the scheme of things. But things needed to get started somewhere and hopefully this positive attitude of decisive governance is not a one-off incident but a jolt to total consciousness and a miraculous awakening of the inner strength suspiciously lacking thus far in the discharge of the duties and responsibilities by it’s various departments.
A fresh and objective view of things still needed attending to without any consideration for caste, creed, religion or more importantly personal relations or favours could be a great starting point. Ad-hoc measures and experimental governance has so far been the order of the day. It is now time to draw up a concerted and lasting roadmap taking into consideration the varied needs and demands of the public, keeping in mind the feasibility and practicality of such an action.

An understanding yet resolute Government is what the general public has been clamouring for, as a decisive and proactive approach coupled with a high level of transparency in governance will eradicate most of the trivial matters that has been made into mountains due to Government inactiveness.
The identity of the State and it’s welfare supersedes everything else and as long as the different groups and communities that contribute to the vibrant and diverse character of the State are allowed to co-exist in peace with their rights and privileges duly delivered, then only can there be lasting harmony and progress. Inclusive growth- concerted development of all sections and regions should be the aim. When the Government has taken the initiative and concrete steps towards enduring development in earnest, then will the warmongers and disruptive elements in the society began to stand out like sore thumbs to be remedied as they should necessarily be, regardless of the virtuous and discriminated façade they operate behind. It is for the Government to set the ball rolling and bring in the much needed change so eagerly awaited with a glimmer of hope, sparked by the recent bold steps and stands taken.
The people of the state has been led astray for too by too many forces- only for want of a far-sighted visionary and leader. Is the long wait coming to an end?

A rebuttal to Imprudence of ATSUM

Apropos “A rebuttal to Imprudence of ATSUM” appeared in the media yesterday, and I presume — issued by ATSUM, I am to say that I made two points to which ATSUM takes strong exception.
Now what I have said was, one, that the Meiteis are no less tribal than any of the tribals listed in the schedule tribe lists of the fifth schedule of the Indian constitution from anthropological angle.
Two, that it is absurd to say that if the Meeteis are included in the schedule tribe list of the constitution it would “bring more inequality in the state in all respects”
I have stated that the demand of the Schedule Tribe Demand Committee Manipur (STDCM) to include the Meiteis in the Schedule Tribe lists of the Constitution is to protect the Meetei from the threat of extinction in the face of unchecked influx of migrants into this beautiful Manipur valley of seven hundred square miles, which is the home to all sections of the Manipuri society —— Kuki, Meitei, Naga, Pangal and the rest of the people.
I have raised the question to the Government of India writing to the Prime Minister while enclosing a copy of my letter to which ATSUM take strong exception. I have drawn the attention of the Honourable Prime Minister as to what has the Government of India done to rectify the wrongs done to the Meeteis by the Indian Constitution. I have said that the unscheduled Meitei tribes should be given its rightful place in this great country of 1.3 billion plus people where their existence is not threatened.
I have also pointed out that the rationale for the demand to enlist the Meeteis in the fifth schedule of the Indian constitution is genuine and the state government too, must do its part without delay.
In my writing I have not criticized any community or any group of people or any organization including ATSUM. So why should ATSUM have any grudge against my statement.
Yes, ATSUM might have been offended when I call their statement — “it (ATSUM) will fight to the end against the inclusion of the Meiteis in ST list” —— stupid. But frankly, tell me how should I call your statement  — hatred, communal venom, a war cry against the Meiteis — you choose.
My dear ATSUM friends you may be smart but you are students; you are not an army to fight a battle. Do not allow yourself to be carried away by sentiment and hatred because that will take you nowhere. Even if you are hostile to the Meitei heaping all the blames for all the ills on the Meeiteis — Meitei Manipur history, Meeitei government, Meitei hegemony, Meeitei exploiting the hill people — these are uninformed, unknowledgeable and ill-conceived world view.
True, in every community there are unprincipled and ignoble people who by their sheer position in power do more disservice than anything. But you cannot curse a community for those obnoxious and unscrupulous crooks.
 Lastly as an elder, I would like to appeal to you to be civil in your approach in this regard because it involves the future of your fraternal community, even when your own future is safe and secured.
I believe we can talk; have meaningful dialogues, debates and discussions. This is the way the world moves forward.

With regards
yours sincerely,
Heikrujam Nabashyam

NSCN-IM condoles the demise of Dy. Kilonser

Imphal, Oct 13: NSCN-IM today condoles the sudden demised of D. Rengshel Lamkang, Deputy Kilonser Ministry of Art and Culture and Tourism today at Thamlapokpi Village, Chandel district after a prolong illness.
A condolence massage by the NSCN-IM said that late D. Rengshel Lamkang joined the organisation on March 15 , 1987. “Since then he had been serving the Naga nation whole heartedly in various capacities with utmost sincerity and dedication given his all for the nation till he breath his last”, the NSCN-IM said.
“At this hour of grief and sorrow, the Nation extends its deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family and prays to the Almighty for the departed soul to rest in peace.

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First Guava Festival

Chandel,Oct.13: First Guava Festival was held today at Liwa Sarei Village community Hall with much fanfare of varieties of programme. Krishna Kumar, Deputy commissioner, Chandel,IAS graced the inaugural function of the festival as Chief Guest while LV.Robert , President, Chandel Naga Peoples organisation, CNPO presided over it. SDO Chandel Ksh Siddharth, MCS and CEO of ADC Chandel Ts.Kothar also attended as guests of honour.

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MSF celebrates 19th Foundation Day; Says will launch agitation for repeal of AFSPA

Imphal, Oct 13: Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF) today celebrates its 19th Foundation day at KYDC Community Hall, Konjeng Hajari Leikai, Keishampat. The celebration was graced by 11 former president of the students’ body and the present President Muktangamba Mangang as presidium members.  
Speaking to media persons at the sideline of the function, President of the MSF Muktangmaba Mangang said that MSF has been campaigning for a better and quality education in the state under the theme “Lets Study well”and had conducted survey on the present state laboratory equipments in Higher secondary schools and colleges in the state. The MSF president also stated that the students’ body has also been conducting drive against selling of expiry goods or medicines. He said even though some people criticised conducting such drive as they said those were not related with the students’ affairs. However, students do have to check such anti social practice as it would affect the youths of the people and being youths of the state the student body also need to clean the society.
On the other hand the MSF president also said that the student body will launch agitation for repeal of the draconian Act, Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1058. Muktangamba said that they will first urged the government to revoke the disturb area status from the state and then will also urged to repeal the act.

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Postal Div. organized mobile Philately Day

Imphal, Oct 13: As celebrated across the country, the Department of Posts, Manipur Division organized mobile Philately Day on 12th Oct’ 17 at different schools of Manipur as part of the National Postal Week 2017 celebration which will be observed from 9th Oct to 14th Oct. 2017. Functions were organized at Kanandevi Memorial Hr. Secondary School, Kombirei Keithel, Imphal, C.C Higher Secondary School, Sanjenthong, Imphal and Johnstone Higher Secondary School, Imphal under Postal staff team of Manipur Postal Division.
Th. Gandhi Singh Marketing Executive Divisional Office, Imphal expressed about the importance of celebrating Philately Day on 12th Oct 2017 and the students were made aware of Philately products by demonstrating and displaying “My Stamp Sheet”, “Commemorative and definitive Stamps. He also stated to open at least one Philately Deposit Account and also to take the opportunity of “My Stamp” to the Students. Chingaikim Vaiphei, In-Charge, Philately Bureau Imphal Head Post Office expressed about the importance of Special Cover, First Day Cover etc.

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KCP (Noyon) cadre apprehended by Assam rifles

Imphal, Oct 13: 12 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) apprehended a KCP (Noyon) cadre on October 12 at PVCP, Khudengthabi, Tengnoupal District at around 4 pm.
The arrested cadre has been identified as Damu s/o Late Madhumangol, age 38 years of Uripok, Imphal. He was arrested while travelling in A Maruti Van from Moreh to Imphal. An AR statement said that as he was seen moving suspiciously the AR personnel questioned him at PVCP, Khudengthabi. The individual later confessed that he is an active cadres of KCP (Noyon) Individual was handed over to Police Station Moreh, the statement added.

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Proscribed groups KYKL, KCP and NLFT calls total shut down in Tripura and Manipur on October 15

Imphal, Oct 13: A joint statement signed by the Chairman of proscribed groups Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) N. Oken, President of Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) Laba Meitei and President of National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT) D Yamrok has called total shut down from the midnight of October 14 to 6 pm of October 15 resisting the imposition of Indian rule on the two erstwhile nation state on October 15, 1949. The statement however said that the shut down will not cover essential services such as medical, water supply and religious activities.
In a lengthy statement signed by the leaders of the three rebel groups, it is stated that
refusal of Tripura Merger Agreement (TMA) and Manipur Merger Agreement (MMA) which were signed respectively on September 9 and September 21, 1949 have been at the very heart of people’s struggle for freedom and change, which have been witnessed in the last 5/6 decades in Tripura and Manipur.
“In our struggle for freedom, that is freedom from colonial India, and better change if we are not able to make the people indignantly stand against the agreements mentioned above explaining them how treacherously we have been coerced to ink the agreements, whatever strategy we invoke will prove to be counterproductive. Making the people and ourselves critically conscious of the treacherous and uncivilized ways through which the two agreements were concluded and came into force to sit on our necks may be the long way round but the shortest way to freedom”, the statement said.
It further stated that the then Manipur King refused to sign the pre-drafted Manipur Merger agreement being supplied to him by the agents of the dominion of India without consulting the council of ministers in whom the real sovereign power lies, for Manipur, at that time, have had a democratically elected Government with a written constitution adopted under the Manipur State Constitution Act, 1947 thereby reducing the king of Manipur to the status of a mere constitutional head of the state.
Stating that the sovereign power once embedded in the body of the king had shifted to the body of the people after the first election held in March 1948 under the Manipur constitution Act, 1947 on the basis of adult franchise.
“Therefore Maharaja’s signing of the agreement has gone beyond the legal authority he has been given under the constitution thus rendering the agreement legally invalid.
If a treaty is concluded by using threats or force, it will be taken as void and null as it has violated the principles of international law enshrined in the charter of the United Nations. This is what the Article 52 of the Vienna convention on the law of treaties,
1969 precisely puts down. Cutting into the Manipur merger Agreement, 1949 through the lens of Vienna convention, one will never find a reason not to say MMA, 1949 invalid, the statement said.
It further added that If one quickly looks up the episodes transpired there in Shillong during September 17- 21, 1949, what could be evidently seen is how the Maharaja of Manipur had been subjected to psychological tortures, emotional blackmailing, prolonged detention and military threat in dominion India’s two-faced attempts in order to get the agreement signed.
“The strength of Jat Regiment, for instance, had been increased from one section to two sections intensifying surveillances over the king as he expressed his desire to return to Manipur to obtain the approval of the people without signing the document. This is more than an indication of transacting the signing of the Manipur Merger Agreement under duress rendering it completely invalid and non-operative. Besides the final confirmation of an agreement needed to make it legally operational,which we call ratification, was never done as respects the Manipur Merger agreement,1949 by the Manipur Legislative Assembly, which alone can claim the invalidity of MMA. Pending the ratification, the administration of Manipur was however handed over to the dominion of India, which any rational people can take as the worst form of treachery. This was what Indian leaders who shamelessly compared democracy with the holy bible did to us; they deceitfully took possession of Manipur strangulating democracy masquerading as if they respect people’s voice.
“Assumption of Indian leaders as not understanding the necessity of ratifying the agreement concluded between the two states for its consummation would constitute our infantile understanding of India. But it was not that they did it for nothing; they purposefully did so thinking what they did then as the only rational choice left to co-opt the sovereign independent state of Manipur into the newly born fascist India, though it seemed to be a bit infantile.
The statement said that what the India did was nothing but making things invisible whichever they considered obstacle to their elephantine venture of constructing India, where the mainland will imprison the periphery, particularly the people of WESEA.
“What is more, the Manipur merger agreement through which India has been riding roughshod over us for more than 6 decades had never been subject to a plebiscite under the supervision of a neutral party like the United Nation, which has been a universally democratic norms to ascertain whether the people in a particular territory want to remain independent or join another country. So we stand against the merger of Manipur with the dominion of India as no plebiscite was held seeking what the people in whose body lies the real sovereign authority have in their mind”, the statement signed by the three leaders said.
Regarding Tripura the statement said that the regent queen Kanchan Prava was taken for a ride by the newly born fascist India to sign the Tripura Merger Agreement in the name of protecting her state on September 9, 1949 to come into effect from October 15, 1949, the same day on which Manipur’s administration was handed over to India. “This tragic historical episode of Tripura, an ancient princely state ruled by as many as 184 sovereign kings, began with the death of its last ruling King, Bir Bikram Kishore Deb Barman resulting in putting his 13 years old minor son, Kirit Bikram, on the throne with his wife as regent queen. At that turbulent period of time she had to face a great number of crises from within and without”, it said.
The statement also said that The independent-minded people of Tripura stood against the merger. Tens of thousands Borok people took to the street protesting the perfidious agreement, raising their voice that spoke the Borok spirit of independence and justice. Unfortunately the fascist minded Indian leaders who still smell slave, masquerading as democrats, suppressed the voice of the people sending many Borok leaders to prison.
A close observation will tell one that all the issues confronting Tripura in the postmerger period, beginning from politics, identity crisis, the unchecked influx of Bengali migrants, economy, arts and culture and even social mores, revolve around the contested agreement.
“Therefore, there is a need to understand the existential challenges we are facing now by latching onto the agreement that had landed us in extreme troubles like national death through tools like population assimilation, cultural Indianization and militarization.
Relegating the significance of understanding these plethora of issues through the prism of the merger agreement to mere sentimentality and emotional outburst, it would be nothing less than endorsing the Indian system of colonialism to maintain their hegemonic status quo.
Understanding the truth that the two independent states of Manipur and Tripura were annexed into India through a treaty without binding characters when viewed from different aspects, we have to stand up as a single entity to break the chains of slavery and throw off the shackles which India put us on. It is worth remembering that these princely states were not even annexed to British India, but the merger agreements they were forced to sign had pushed both of them to the lowest status of Part C state within India disrespecting their sovereign political status they enjoyed before being merged with India”, the statement added.

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