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Minister Karam Shyam lauds Manipuri Diasporas for keeping cultural heritage alive

IMPHAL: Manipuris settled in different parts of the country, including those settled in Hojai District, Assam are continuing with their efforts in keeping the rich cultural heritage of Manipur alive. This was stated by Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Revenue Minister Shri Karam Shyam during the 56th Foundation Day celebration of Assam Manipuri Sahitya Parishad at Manipuri Sahitya Parishad Bhavan, Hojai District, Assam. 

Speaking as the Chief Guest, the Minister assured the gathering that he will address to the Manipur Chief Minister to help the Manipuri Diasporas in providing financial assistance. Terming the welcome accorded by women in Hojai as an emotional experience, Minister Karam Shyam said it is a sign of advanced cultural society where the traditions and rituals are followed with passion.

Shri Karam Shyam also assured the gathering that he will help in installing the statue of Jana Neta Hijam Irabot at Manipuri Kala Kristi Kendra, Manipur Basti, Hojai and will attend the Irabot Day celebration. He also said he will convey to Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, Health Minister, Assam to help the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Hojai and the Manipuri community members with financial assistance.

Paying tribute to the Manipuri ancestors, Karam Shyam said that each and every Manipuri must remember the hardships faced by them in keeping the traditions and culture alive. He said Manipuri community expanded as a minority community in Tripura, Assam, Bangladesh and other states due to the efforts of the ancestors who fled Manipur due to internal disturbance. He also advised the students to carry out good deeds and carry forward the works of our ancestors. Stating that it was encouraging to see that youths are keeping up with the traditions despite the rapid modernisation across the globe, the Minister said Manipuri community is still alive because each one of us feels the pride in being a Manipuri.

The function was attended by Dr Karam Ibongohal, President, Assam Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Laipubam Upendra Sharma, Director, JN Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal and Dr. Parmanda Rajbanshi, Secretary General Assam Shahitya Sabha and representatives of Manipuri community in Hojai District.

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100 Years of Anglo-Kuki War commemoration observed

Imphal Oct. 17: The solemn centenary commemoration of Anglo-Kuki War (1917-1919) was held today at Lonpi village in Chandel district,where the first act of war against the British was waged, with the theme "In defence of our ancestral land and freedom."

Fitting homage and tribute was paid to the gallant and patriotic spirit of warriors under the leadership of late Ngulkhup, the then chief of Lonpi (Mombi) who stood firmly against the mighty British army defying the imposition of forced labour during the WW-I. Kuki.

Chief Guest of the function Education, Labour and Employment Minister Th. Radheshyam, saluting the immense sacrifices made by the brave forefathers defending the land, called upon the people to continue waging collective war against poverty, illiteracy and underdevelopment in order to make the  commemoration a meaningful one. Asserting that hatred can be conquered by love, he urged all the concerned​ to promote love, peaceful coexistence by emulating the patriotic spirit of the forefathers.

Maintaining that different communities living in the State have their own weaknesses and strengths, the Minister said weaknesses can be made up by the strengths so that a common good for Manipur can be achieved. The Education Minister further assured to do the needful after consulting with the Chief Minister for inclusion of the 'Anglo-Kuki War' in State school curricula. He also assured possible assistance to fulfill the proposal for declaration of October 17 as State Holiday.

Functional president, Water Resources and YAS Minister Letpao Haokip said the valor of the forefathers in defending the land should not be let to go in vain. He urged all concerned to stop pursuing narrow agendas and rather work for the common good of all. He also distributed red blankets to various chiefs to mark the centenary celebration.

Other speakers urged all concerned to follow the footsteps of the brave forefathers by promoting unity among brothers and forgiving each others' mistakes. They also called upon the gatherings to shun pursuing clan-centric agendas and show goodness instead of promoting hatred for the larger good of the people.

They added that the celebration will help to establish the rightful place of the iconic leaders of the Kuki War of Independence. Chief Guest  Radheshyam unveiled a centenary commemoration monument and inaugurated the foundation stone for construction of Anglo-Kuki War Museum cum Kuki Heritage Centre while Lhukhosei Zou, Chairman, ADC Chandel inaugurated the Anglo-Kuki War Memorial Park.

‌Chairman of Anglo-Kuki War Centenary Commemoration Committee Shri Khaimang Chongloi said there are two major wars fought against the British in the soil of Manipur. The Government has given due recognition to the Khongjom War by observing it every year. He requested the Government to accomplish the hope and aspirations of declaring October 17 as State Holiday in recognition of the longest war fought against the British in Manipur, i.e. Anglo-Kuki War.

The programme organized by the Anglo-Kuki War Centenary Commemoration Committee (AKWCCC) and Celebration Committee 2017 was attended by Thangkhosei Haokip, Kumpipa, Kuki Inpi; Krishna Kumar, DC Chandel; Kamei Angam Romanus, SP Chandel; Brig Rajesh Kumar, DIG, 28 Sector, AR; village chiefs and CSO leaders.

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Anglo Kuki War heroes remembered; fitting tribute paid to Kuki Martyrs and Kuki King Chengjapao

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Imphal : Fitting tribute was paid to the heroes of the Anglo-Kuki war of 1917-1919 today at Indo – Mayanmar Border town in Chandel district.
The Anglo Kuki war was perhaps the first war in the erstwhile Manipur nation against the British Colonial ruler. The day was observed today under the theme “In defence of our ancestral land”.
At around 8.30 am today morning floral tribute was paid to the statue of Kuki King Chengjapao erected in between Moreh Police station and National Highway -102. Kuki King Chengjapao sacrificed fighting the mighty british colonial ruler in defence of his people.

As a mark of respect to the departed leader gun salute was also paid.
President of Hill tribal Council Moreh Ginsei Lhundim and General Secretary Mangminlien Singson narrated on how the Kuki King Chengjapao fought the mighty British colonial rulers. Both the leaders recounted the sacrificial spirit and courage of the Kuki King who led the people and fought for the Kuki people.
At around 10 am a memorial function was also organised at the conference Hall of Hill tribal Council Moreh. The memorial function was attended by Shonminthang Dougel Chairman Political Affairs (KIM), Ls, Seikhojang mate, General Secretary Kuki Chiefs’ Association Tengnoupal district, H. Jamkhokam Mate, Dy. General Secretary Hill Tribal Council Moreh, President of Hill tribal Council Moreh Ginsei Lhundim and General Secretary Mangminlien Singson as dignitaries on the dais.
Members of the various Kuki organisation including Kuki Students Organisation, Kuki Women Union and Human Rights body were also attended on the function.

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JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO re-iterated stands over its demand for implementation of 7th Central Pay in the state

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Imphal : Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of All Manipur Trade Unions’ Council (AMTUC) and All Manipur Govt. Employees’ Organisation (AMGEO) today appealed all organisations related to the government employees to at least inform the JAC before launching any sort of agitation to meet their demand.
President of the JAC, Khadem Mani said that as the JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO is not affiliated with any of the political organisations and is a recognised body especially for the state of Manipur any movement which is for the welfare of the employees will not be left aside. He further said that if the movement which concerns for the development and welfare of the employees are separately demanded then it would not  be fruitful but a collective movement will be forceful one.
The President of the JAC was talking about a recent announcement by a body which threatened to launch cease work strike from October 25 demanding implementation of the 7 central pay commission for the employees of the state.
Khadem Mani said that the demand for implementation of the 7th Central Pay for the employees of the state is a long standing one and regarding that the JAC had submitted memorandum and other charter of demand since last year.   Besides being mentioning about the series of protest launched by the JAC in 2016, the members had met the Chief Minister of Manipur twice to appraise the need for implementation of the demands for 7th Central Pay.
“On  April 21, 2017 and August 29, 2017 we the representatives of the JAC of AMGEO  and  AMTUC had met the Chief  Minister N. Biren Singh. Even though he assured to do the needful, there is still scepticism due to financial constraint”, Khaidem Mani said.
He further said that the members had also met the Deputy Chief Minister Yumanm Joykumar who is in charge of Finance on September 1, 2017 to apprise him about the situation of government employees as he had stated that the state government have not discussed about the implementation of the 7th Central Pay while answering during question hour in the last state assembly session.
JAC of AMGEO and AMTUC is on the right track and is doing everything to implement the 7th Central Pay for the employees of the state, Khadem Mani added.
“We will meet the Chief Minister again as he is the sole responsible authority for the implementation of the 7th Central pay and we will also appraise the matter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Finance Minister of India to provide special package so that the Manipur government can implement the 7th central pay to the employees of the state.

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Dalai Lama arrives in Manipur on three-day visit

Imphal : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived here on Tuesday on a three-day visit to Manipur.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and Assembly Speaker Yumnam Khemchand received the Dalai Lama, who has been declared a state guest, at the airport.
There was tight security at the airport and the Dalai Lama came out in a bullet-proof vehicle. Soon after his arrival, he went to the Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Najma Heptullah. This is the first time the Dalai Lama is visiting Manipur. His earlier visit to Arunachal Pradesh led to a diplomatic row between India and China.
The Dalai Lama has lived in self-imposed exile in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959. Around 100,000 Tibetans also live in India.

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PREPAL (Pro) arrested

IT News Imphal : At around 5.30 pm yesterday, Moreh Police led by SDPO Moreh Lawrence K. Munluo under the supervision of Superintendent of Police Dr S. Ibomcha Singh  arrested one  cadre of PREPAK(PRO)  namely -Thongam Anand @ Iku @ Binod (25) s/o Th. Amuba Singh of Sekmaijil Thongam Mayai Leikai from Moreh Ward No.-4, Premnagar near Gate No. 2 .  Police said the arrested person is a self style Sgt. Major with Army No. 270180 and he has been working under one Rakesh  s/s Chief of Army of PREPAK (PRO).

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Nagaland journalists denounces threats to media houses

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Kohima: Nagaland based newspapers; both English and language dailies have expressed strong resentment over harassment and threats regularly meted out by individuals or organizations against media houses with regard to publication and non-publication of news articles.
In this regard, the editors and publishers of Nagaland Post, Eastern Mirror, Morung Express, Nagaland Page, Tir Yimyim, Capi and Ao Milen have resolved to take a firm stand against all such attacks to any of the media fraternity.
In a joint statement, the editors and publishers stated that Nagaland newspapers are united and resolute in the stand against all coercions and threats in order to function freely as the fourth pillar of a democratic society.
The statement said that in the process of upholding its responsibility, the media continues to be exposed to ongoing harassment and threats by individuals and organizations that coerce the media to publish their articles and statements. Simultaneously, there are also people who take it upon themselves to determine what the media cannot publish. The Nagaland newspapers, therefore urged all sections of society to enable a free and vibrant fourth estate which is the only means to publicly confront all forms of political, economic and social suppression. Every citizen is responsible to ensure that the media is allowed to function freely, it stated.

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Young Athletes Program at Punsi Maheikol

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Thoubal: A One day training program for Special Educator, coaches and families had conducted at the school premises of Punsi Maheikol, Wangkhem in Thoubal District.
The program world help teacher. Special Educators for programs in their schools and to carry out the program at home for the parents. The program can improve skills for children with servers disability young Athletes program is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7yrs. Old.
Young Athletes introduces basic sports skills, like running, kicking and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of Sports with all children.

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Army sponsored National Integration tour flagged off

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Imphal : National Integration Tour was org by Tamenglong Battalion under the aegis of Senapati Brigade of Red Shield Division to promote the spirit of national integration among the young generation from 29 September to 14 October 2017.  20 school students and two teaching staff from Tamenglong dist, Manipur visited various cultural and historical places in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
The tour was flagged off from Tamenglong on 29th September 2017. The NIT team reached Agra on 3rd October and visited Taj Mahal, Agra fort, Sikandra Tomb, Agra Market. The NIT team further moved to Jaipur (the pink city) on 5th October and visited Jaipur Zoo, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Birla Temple and Jantar Mantar. The NIT team moved to New Delhi on 07th October where in they visited Red Fort, Jama masjid, India gate Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. A visit to Rastrapathi Bhawan was also organised on 09th October 2017. During the visit the students had the opportunity to meet and interact with The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind. IT Team moved back from Delhi by BG Express on 10th October 2017 and reached Dimapur on 13th October 2017 and further moved from Dimapur to Imphal on the same day. A flagging in ceremony was conducted at Imphal by Senapati Brigade on 13 Oct 2017.
 The NIT team reached back at Tamenglong on 14th October 2017.  A grant welcome ceremony was organised at Tamenglong bn and the students were received by their parents. During the interaction, students expressed their heartiest gratitude to all Army units for their assistance during the tour, especially the Red Shield Div, Senapati Bde and the Tamenglong battalion to arrange such a huge programme that explored the minds of all participants.

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Problem of 1949 Annexation of Manipur

By: Prof. Naorem Sanajaoba
(Translated by Aheibam Koireng Singh)    
In these recent few years, the intelligentsias have started giving their attention, and discussing on the issue that Manipur had forcibly been merged in the year 1949. In addition to it, there has been uninterrupted public curfew on 15 October every year since 1991. According to the official press release issued by the state, Manipur had been merged to India with the willingness of the masses. However, according to the newspapers which reflect the voice of the people, bandh had been organized with the overwhelming participation of the masses. Hindustan Times, a leading national English newspaper, dated 19 April 1993 had on its featured news item titled, “Tact needed to assuage anger in Manipur” stated – “And according to report, it (bandh) was such a success that not a single soul stirred out of the houses.” It further added, “The immediate Post-Independence euphoria soon gave way to widespread resentment over the Merger issue.” Because of all these reasons, the question surrounding the merger of Manipur remains an inevitable and crucial issue of the land.
On this very issue, three very important and significant questions emerge very clearly. They are:
First Question: What is the political status before Manipur became an integral part of India on 15 October 1949?
Second Question : Whether the integration or merger of Manipur to India is right or wrong as per the existing norms and standards of International Law?
Third Question: After the merger of Manipur to India, whether there doesn’t have any scope for Manipur of regaining its pre-merger political status?
Keeping these three questions in imperative and prime consideration, other corresponding and collaborative issue also emerges. To cite an example- How far, the stand taken by the Government of India that, the issue of Manipur falls within the sovereignty of India, any individuals or country have no right to interfere in the internal affairs of the country, is true?
Let me give my understanding in brief on this very big historical and people’s question from the perspective of Manipur nation.
 Parameters used in this discussion are briefly mentioned because solution, responses, and stances are taken depending on the appropriateness, and rightness and wrongness of the parameter. Let the first pick be from the wrong stance. It is not possible to unearth the truth if the history of Manipur is perceived from the viewpoint/perspective of British imperialism and inter alia legacy. Why? Because, if the parameter and yardstick set by imperialism are used, possibility of having a perspective that transcends beyond imperialism is very remote and almost ruled out. The case of merger of Manipur should be viewed and perceived from the base that the state of Manipur has historically evolved (continuity of state).
Since 1,100 AD (Sic. 429 AD, Bogeshwar), both the residents of hills and plains has been cohesively under the political constitution in early in early state (Manipur) except for some brief spell of trying and testing difficult times.
Writings of L. OppenheimMax Sorensen J.G. Starke, James Crawford, Lauterpacht, G.I. Tunkinand other UN documents,  Transfer of Power Vol. I-XII edited by Nicholas Mansergh, E. W. R Lumby,  Accession of States by V.P. Menon, The Great Divide: Britain, India, Pakistan by H.V. Hodson, Philps and Doreen (ed)’s The Partition of India, Nehru’s Discovery of India, Lapierre’s Freedom at Midnight, Durga Das’ From Curzon to Nehru, Philip Ziegler’s Mountbatten are referred and taken into account of such authoritative and well known sources while discussing the issues of Manipur in the light of ending international law and paramountcy. In addition to it, Maulana Azad’s India wins Freedom, D.R. Manekar’s Accession to Extinction, H.M. Seervai’s Partition of India: Legend and Reality, Wavell’s The Viceroy’s Journal, Bipan Chandra, et.al (ed)’s India’s Struggle for Independence, Stanley Wonpert’s Jinnah of Pakistan; and from the perspective of Manipur, British Reports, N Sanajaoba (ed)’s Manipur: Past and Present (Vol. I-III), Manipur University publications of contemporary times have been source materials. Let me discuss the issue of Manipur in entirety using the historical documents and various analytical tools. Inevitably, some foreign vocabularies and nomenclatures will be used as it is so as to avoid the controversy surrounding and arising out of the people.
(to be continued)
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