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State Observes Vijay Diwas CM calls for unity to fend off external threats

Imphal, Dec 16: Manipur joined the rest of the country in paying tributes to the martyrs, who laid down their lives for the Nation during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971, on Vijay Diwas today.
The State level observance was held at the Banquet Hall of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles with Chief Minister  N. Biren Singh and Deputy Chief Minister  Y. Joykumar Singh as the chief guest and functional president respectively.
Addressing the function,  N. Biren said that the observance would be meaningful only when every citizen of the country across community and caste lines put in collective effort to protect the oneness of the country.
The Chief Minister said, “We all need to take a pledge to be ever ready to sacrifice our lives for the integrity of the Nation on this day.”
N. Biren further said that the people of current generation should honour the spirit, courage and political will of the then Government for taking cudgels for East Pakistan to liberate it as Bangladesh despite the fact that Indian Army was not that strong and well equipped at that time.
The Chief Minister asserted that external threats of the country or State can be warded off if the country is united.
On the other hand, shunning provocation and ensuring entitled rights equally to the people are also equally important in maintaining unity, he added.
Alleging that there was no proper administration and governance in the State during the tenure of the last Government, the Chief Minister said that the present Government is trying day and night to put this mess in order.
In this regard, N. Biren urged the bureaucrats, head of departments and all the subordinate employees to extend co-operation in making the present Government a clean, transparent and efficient one.

Stating that every man or woman usually gets very limited time to receive education during his/her lifetime, the Chief Minister urged the guardians/parents to convince their wards not to waste their valuable time in staging unnecessary stirs.
However, it does not mean that they must be fended off from contributing their bit for the State or country in meaningful movements, he added.
Regarding Government assistance, the Chief Minister informed the gathering that the Central Government had sanctioned Rs. 130 crore as flood relief assistance to the State.
Another Rs. 1200 crore had been approved by the Centre under PMGSY apart from taking a decision to continue the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) funding pattern of 90:10 till March, 2020.
Delivering his speech, Y. Joykumar spoke on the connection of Indo-Pak War, 1971 with the Nation’s current security scenario. Concerted threats to the country from different sides were neutralised up to a large extent due to the victory of the war, he opined.
Ministers, MLAs, Administrative Secretaries, heads of departments, high ranking civil and police officials attended the function.

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Mismanaging natural resource

“Be very careful what you wish for; they might come true”- ironic as the saying might sound, the people of the state have had the unfortunate experience of living this statement for a number of years now.
What was a fervent wish for the people only a couple of days back have materialized, only to add more worries and cause much discomfort and inconvenience. The frantic rush for water, made more serious by the forecast of a prolonged spell of dryness had the public worried, with much of the days preoccupied with the process of looking for and stocking up on any available source of water. Neglected and stagnant bodies of water which have hitherto been left untouched suddenly became precious. Social organizations and public bodies were suddenly awakened to the necessity of keeping the environment clean and the waters hygienic. The jolt did our society a world of good, and hopefully the heightened civic sense prevails for years to come.
 But the irony of the situation is that only a few days of rain have left the state in danger of being inundated. Roads and lanes became unusable as water everywhere was flowing on the streets, with the newly constructed drains and drainage systems either being too high off the road or disconnected with the rest of the drainage system, if there still exist such a system worth the name.

Incidentally, there is an apparent realization on the part of the Government of the increasingly worsening situation of floods and droughts in the state, with reports of a plan to set up a plan to tackle the situation. But it’s easier said than done and it would take much more than a mere plan, however practical or efficient it might be, to make things work at the ground level. There needs to be a radical change in the system as well as in the mindset of those running the system. Welfare of the public does not necessarily mean huge expenditures and never ending construction activities, nor does progress entail unimaginable inconvenience to the public.
Timely execution and strict conformity to the quality and schedule of activities could produce better results. A concerted effort needs to be taken up- a proposal that is in all probability an impossible feat given the present circumstances. It is rather unfortunate that a state like Manipur, endowed with abundant resources and favorable conditions have remained largely underdeveloped, not for want of assistance from the centre, but as a result of the haphazard implementation of policies and programs, not with the best intention and welfare of the public in mind, but apparently with personal interests and private gains in sight. To say that the state is prone to droughts and floods would be stretching things beyond acceptability. It is rather the absence of an efficient system of utilizing these natural resources such as water and natural drainage system, compounded by haphazard unplanned populist measures of doling out contracts such as for drains and culverts without proper planning.
The Government needs to take up measures to harness and preserve resources such as rain water and address the issue of disconnected drainage system along with a system to keep these resources and structures functional and clean. Involving the multitude of social organizations and making them partners in the process of development instead of doling out contracts to the cronies of the powerful and the influential will go a long way in mitigating the various social inconveniences and inefficiencies plaguing the system at present.

Framework Agreement: Alternative and Needs

By : Jinine Lai(Asst. Prof, International College, University of Suwon, S Korea)

The deal is difficult, the stake is high. And fixed ideas and preoccupied propositions of the stakeholders especially theMeeteis and Nagas don’t help either. Why do they fail to find a new alternative mutually?
Is New Delhi happy to make it catch-22 situation – pulling others in a bargaining trap? If something is given to NSCN-IM there will be fire to burn Manipur.  If IM gains nothing- what on earth an ever lengthy peace talk for?
The majority of the Meeteis and Nagascannot see the Win-Win experience. In fact, they care for a cousin’s Win only, never concern over the other cousin’s Lose.  
Owing to the complex challenges attaching to the Nagas’ neighbors in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, it is much suspicious that the crying Naga conflict may not be resolved with the existing approaches and manners. The engagement of the other Political Armed Oppositions (PAOs) and concerns of the communities of the North East (NE), are the prerequisite for just peacebuilding.
If Government of India (GoI) is affirmative towards the accomplishment of Naga peace deal, and if all Naga political armed organizations and communities involve themselves in the endeavor, there may be a redrawing of the territory or may be a layout of a new economic-cultural administrative landscape out of current North East. In fact, very likely it will come along with an escalation of violence from the communities of the neighbors.
If NSCN-IM resolves or compromises the Naga issue with GoI somehow without participation of other Naga PAOs and communities, it may prolong the feud in Nagaland and around.
If there is accommodation for NSCN officers, other Naga PAOs in the Indian electoral activities and in the likewise engagement, it may contribute limited harm and tension to the existing NE conflict.
It is important to be keen on process-driven orientation focusing on dialogue rather than advocacy. There is a critical importance of the dialogue among the peoples at various levels. So far, most of the communication have been of the advocacy in the local media, and unfortunately this communication is predominant with pre-determined solutions, articulated demands, rigid stances and limited awareness of real needs.
If look forward to a favorable future, be little way to avoid the conflict or to compromise it either. Either the Meeteis or the others will lose or win or all will lose if the conflict mode continues in contesting one another with their interests or positions but some other third parties from far and near will gain in terms of extractive industries, controlling water, other natural resources and utilization of political economic conditions.
Have to realize that it will enjoy the Win-Win experience out of this conflict if stakeholders are able to adopt the Collaborative Approaches.
Therefore intensify the endeavor of sitting together, continue dialogue, not debate about the needs and values, awareness and appreciation of complexity–complex needs, challenges, emotions; and openness to negotiation and flexibility are prerequisite.
Looking at a meaningful resolution or transformation, together it can re-identify the Needs, Interests or Positions and Causes if this is a case of conflict involving the peoples of the soil. Has New Delhi, being the bigger stake holder of the conflict, shown meaningful and sincere response to the political armed organizations in the region? Does the situation demand a conducive atmosphere and Confidence Building Measures in initiating productive dialogue? Why there fails collaborative approach to enjoy the win-win experiences?
The following can be a rough architecture for transforming the structural violence and resolving the multifaceted conflicts.
1. A unification of the (principal) Political Armed Oppositions of North East India by investing all their resources, drives and sincerity towards giving birth to a new (Nation) State sharing negotiable configuration with the Republic of India.
2. The other NE states which have low intensity of armed conflict or absence of PAOs will also be invited to. Those have not joined at the inception may be considered in the aftermath. Thus, it will capacitate a desired inclusiveness of the communities of NE and even beyond. [Necessarily all the present seven/eight states may not be part of.]
3. The name of the new State may be called the United Peoples Land of Indo-Myanmar–UPLIM or New Sub-Himalayan Land–NESHLAND or Western Southeast Asia–WESEA.
4. In order to legislate for and govern the UPLIM/NESHLAND/WESEA, and to practice a good socialism, and to deliver fundamental rights of life, liberty, equality and dignity to the peoples of the new State, there will be a Parliament that may be called Peoples House–PH. [The structure and modus operandi of the PH may be considered and derived from the other parliamentary practices of the world.]
5. Currency may be retained with the Republic of India with validating the Euro and US dollar in the region; Communication, Defense, External Affairs, Natural Resources may be negotiated for a concurrent list; and the rest could be better in the realm of the PH affairs.
6. The key members or leaders of the PAOs, and from the other states where PAOs do not exist, political/social leaders will be member-representatives in the Parliament/PH [whom may be called People Representative–PR]
7. The modality of how and what number of PRs may be determined by considering various bases and will be settled democratically among PAOs in consultation with the NE communities/peoples by considering the optimum economic-political space of ethnic/indigenous minority. [Will Bodo, Karbi, Naga, Kuki, Meetei, etc., have one PR for each of them or will drop down to ancestral tribal communities and clans or will it based on the population ratio?]
8. The first five year tenure of the PRs may be reserved and compensated for the PAOs, afterwards PRs will be elected through universal franchise by their respective peoples/communities or otherwise.
9. The existing State Assemblies will remain, so do the participation of the MLAs in the UPLIM provincial governing activities in two houses setting. However it will be with the reformation of power division and functional sharing and in conjugation with PH structure. [It may minimize the outward dismay and eventual turbulent of the existing political personalities and parties.]
10. A wider candidature in the existing constituent assemblies election will be validated to accommodate the members and leaders of PAOs by migrating their organizations into electoral political parties or joining existing parties or floating new ones. Thus it may extend a meaningful participation to the governing activities for the new (Nation) State.

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Tension runs high between villagers of Senjam Chirang and Haraorok; 1 injured in gun attack

Imphal, Dec 16: Tension runs high between villagers of Senjam Chirang and Haraorok after villagers of the two clashed over land occupation in the bank of the river.
Report reaching here said that a person identified as Ch. Rame, aged about 42 sustained minor injury after villagers of Haroarok fired upon the group of villagers who went to confront over the occupation of land at river bank. The report added that some villagers of Senjam Chirang reportedly rear pig at the river bank which runs through the village. As the many villages including Senjam Chirang, Phumlou and Lamdeng depends on the river water for livelihood the villagers told the villagers of Haraorok to stop rearing of pigs at the river bank. However as the villagers of Haraorok continue to rear the pigs at the river bank despite repeated appealed a large number of villagers of Senjam Chirang went to Haraorok to talk over the matter. As soon as the villagers reached the site some villagers of Haraorok reportedly fired gunshot towards the group of people injuring Rame. He has been immediately evacuated at hospital.
It may be mentioned that villagers of both the villages have been experiencing souring relationship after the villagers of Haraorok opposed government’s proposal to establish National Sport University at the site. The matter has been however settled by the district administration of Kangpokpi, but the relationship between the two villages remain sour.

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Training Programme for NGO Functionaries

Imphal, Dec. 16: 5 days Special Training Programme for NGO Functionaries of NE Region Organized by Dattopant Thengadi National Board for Workers Education & Development (Ministry of Labour & Employment Govt of India) Regional Directorate Imphal Manipur was held today at the Conference Hall Shaheed Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel Agartala. NGO functionaries of the State including Konthoujam Geeta Devi attended the training programme  

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Imphal-Saikul road blocked from Pangei to Sagolmang area

Imphal, Dec 16: JAC of Peace and Development Co-ordinating Committee Khundrakpam had begun the indifinite blockade at Imphal Saikul road from Pangei area to Sagolmang against the government failure to construct the road stretch.
The JAC had earlier served ultimatum to the government to either cancel the work order alloted to four firms for construction of the road stretch or start construction of the road stretch on or before December 15. As the government failed to response to the demand of the JAC large number of people came out at the road at Pangei and Sagolmang area enforcing the total shut down of the road stretch from early morning today. the JAC earlier had stated that due to the deteriorating road condition some lives had been lost due to tragic road accident.

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Bandh begins demanding removal of state police commando from Chandel district

Imphal, Dec 16: Supporters of Chandel Naga People’s Organisation (CNPO) today block road at LIWA area in Chandel district from early morning today.
The Chandel Naga People’s Organisation has earlier notified a total bandh from December 15 midnight in Chandel district demanding removal of state police commandos from Chandel district. The organization had issued an ultimatum to the State Government on December 11 to remove the commandos from the district before midnight of December 14. Due to the bandh vehicular movement were prevented by the bandh supporters. Shops and other business establishment remain closed during the bandh called by the CNPO. Police team which rushed the site faced tough time in controlling the bandh supporters.

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Man found hung to death

Imphal, Dec 16: A middle aged person was found hung to death at Bujari Chuthek area at the backyard of his house in Heirok Part 2 of Thoubal district early today morning. The deceased has been identified as one Laishram Laishram Bimol @ Baymon. Nature of death suggested suicide but police are investigating over the cause of the death.

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Missing woman found dead; body in decompose state

Jiribam, Dec 16: Dead body of a missing woman was found today at a village called Lalkham of Chhotbekra under Borobekara Police Station in Jiribam district yesterday evening.
Yumnam Dilibati (age 48), daughter of (late) Yumnam Chouduri Singh and Yumnam Ongba Kashbati Devi of Dibong Makha leikai, Jiribam has been reported missing since November 24 this year. A missing report has also been filed at Jiribam Police station. Lalkham of Chhotbekra area is near Doltang village. According to report reaching a villager who went to cut bamboo in the area found a decomposed dead body lying at the area and had reported about the matter to the Borobekara Police station. Police team who rushed the site picked up the dead body and deposited it to the morgue of Jiribam district Hospital. Family members of the deceased lady identified the dead body on the dress and body structure. The dead body was handed over to the family members.  

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National Youth Award to Kshetrimayum Premdash

Imphal, Dec.15: Kshetrimayum Premdash of Manipur has been announced as the winner of the prestigious “National Youth Award 2016” by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
Kshetrimayum Premdash Singh (23) S/O Kshetrimayum Chaoba Singh of Kairembikhok Awang Leikai, a member of Kairembikhok Students Union and Club was selected as the winner of the prestigious “National Youth Award 2016” by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India for his contribution towards community services. The Prestigious Award Presentation Ceremony will be held at Jaipur, Rajasthan during the National Youth Festival scheduled to be held from Jan.11 to 17 Jan, 2016. The award carries a cash award of Rs.50,000 with a medal, a shawl and a Citation.
In the past, he also received “National Service Scheme(NSS) Award Manipur University 2015” and “State Youth Award 2016” etc.

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