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MLA Robindro Assures Justice to Thanga Gangrape Victim

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Imphal, May 16:

MLA of Thanga Assembly Constituency Tongbram Robindro Singh today assured to deliver justice to the victim of Thanga gangrape victim and book those culprits as per the law of the land for their heinous crime if prove guilty.
MLA also clarify that no intervention or fault play were carried out from his end to protect the culprits.
Speaking to media persons at his office chamber, MLA Robindro Singh said that news report appeared at some newspapers about his involvement in protecting the culprits involved in the rape crime is totally baseless as he himself have open doors to any group or organization to extend all form of assistance to extend justice to the victim of rape.

“The truth is there is no intervention or relation with the culprits who have committed the heinous crime with me or my family”, MLA Robindro said.
No hindrance will be given to SSUM or any civil society organization while trying to find out the truth to serve justice to the pare victim instead full support will be given from his side, Robindro added.
Robindro also appealed not to feel any doubt while serving the truth to the public by SSUM or any society organization of the state regarding any anti-human, anti-social, crimes or for any issues occurred in the state rather than criticizing that can hurt the sentiments and not to quote his name in any issues without any proof in the near future.
Being an MLA of the BJP lead government, no political pressure were given to the police personnel or SIT from his side during the investigation of the rape case.
Those culprits responsible for the heinous crimes will be booked and serve severe punishment as per the law of the land, he added.
Robindro appeals the general public to trust and believe in the rule of law as there is no divide and rule policy in the eyes of the law and assured to give full support to the victim serve justice at the earliest and SSUM to clarify the truth for including his name with the case by calling a press conference.

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Folktales can make school attractive to children: Th. Radheshyam

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Imphal, May 16,

 Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam said that telling the tales of folktales to the students can intrigue their interest towards school. He asserted that the folktales are the treasures of moral values and lessons that need to be instilled to the young minds to enhance their conduct.
The Minister was speaking as the Chief Guest at the inauguration of the 7 - Day Workshop on Folktales & Its Educative Values for Elementary School Teachers, organised by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Government of Manipur, held at the Nambol Higher Secondary School, Nambol. He urged that all of the 50 participating teachers should tell a folktale to each other during the training session so that they could imbibe themselves the art of telling stories for sake of the students.

He said, the workshop would help in reinstating the old age tradition of telling stories from  folktales (Phunga-wari) to the children and generations to come, if not at home but at school. Teachers, he asserted, have a very important role to play in shaping the society. Every trade that every individual practice, he added, is because of a teacher. He stressed that the children are always in one way or the other talented, it is the teacher who should discover such innate qualities in children, to make them a successful educated citizen.
He appealed the entire teaching fraternity to carry out their duty with interest and love and insisted that the school must be made a place for attraction for children. He asked the teachers to be innovative to mentor and guide the young mind to make the learning and teaching motivating to encourage the student to come to school and attend their class. He asked the teachers to apply visual teaching to make learning fascinating.      
Zonal Education Offcier Bishnupur Nepram Tikendrajit Singh speaking as Guest of Honour said that the workshop on the importance of folktales is a relevant topic to re-establish the moral lessons filling the void of moral science that was once a subject.
The first session of the workshop is being conducted by Prof. H Bihari as resource person. The inaugural programme was attended by dignitaries, principal of the school, concern officials, teachers and students.
It may be mentioned that the workshop on Folktales & Its Educative Values is being carried out to revive the traditions and significances of folktales, a wealth of lessons to be learnt that would help in grooming the young children in becoming a more refined.

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SSUM continues protest; visit Thanga gang rape victim

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Imphal, May 16,

With the increasing rates of crime against women in the state, students of Manipur Standard English School, Singjamei, Kakwa Asem Leikai today stage a standing protest at the school campus demanding immediate arrest of rapists, BJP MLA of Sekmai A/C and Thanga goons. The protest was organise by Socialist Students Union of Manipur (SSUM) and Proletarian Feminist Movement Manipur (POFM).
Large number of students of the school took part in the protest.
Meanwhile a team of Socialist Students Union Manipur (SSUM) today visited the residence of the Thanga Gang Rape case. During the meeting Members of Proletariat Feminist Movement Manipur also attended. The SSUM volunteers assured to provide all support to deliver justice for the rape victim.  


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7th Pay Demand Protest enters 56 days

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Imphal, May 16,

The on-going protest staged by various employees of state government departments demanding implementation of 7th pay commission in Manipur has entered 56 days today while employees and staffs continue to stage sit-in-protest at their respective office premises.
Likewise, employees of All Manipur Transport Department stage sit-in-protest at the office premises demanding implementation of 7th Pay Commission in the state, organise by All Manipur Transport Department Employees Union (AMTDEU).
Speaking to media persons, General Secretary AMTDEU, Th Bijoykumar Singh expressed disappointment over state government for failure to implement the 7th Pay Commission in Manipur while most of the states in India the commission has been implemented by their respective government. Even in North-East states like Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, implementation of the commission has already been announced but no sign of the commission can be seen in Manipur which is a big disappointment for the state employees, he added.
 Bijoykumar said that the demand made by the employees is genuine and it’s their rights that the commission should implement in the state.
Unfortunately, no positive response or initiative has been taken up by the state government despite the demand protest has reached 56 days, he added.
On behalf of the employees, Bijoykumar appeals the state government to implement the 7th Pay commission at the earliest and also to urge the central government for implementation of the commission in the state.
The employees will give full support to any decision taken up by the JAC AMTUC and AMGEO until and unless their demand is fulfill.

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Kangleipak Calendar Board to observe 10th Foundation Day

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Imphal, May 16,
Kangleipak Calendar Board is observing its 10th Foundation Day on May 20, 11 am at Manipur Press Club Imphal Major Khul. A statement said that since the establishment of the Board differences and confusion of the Meitei lunar date has been sorted out through scientific findings. The Board appealed people to attend the foundation irrespective of getting formal invitation or not. It also appealed CSOs or any other organisations not to call bandh or blockade on the day.

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3rd Go To Village Mission launched in Churachandpur

Imphal, May 16,

The third phase of Go to Village Mission was launched for Lamka TD block, as a Part of an initiative of the Government of Manipur, comprising of Tangnuam, Pangzawl, Nghathal, Lanva and Kawnpui villages at Lanva Village, Churandpur district yesterday.    
Speaking as Chief Guest Agriculture Minister V.Hangkhanlian  said that to give awareness to the hill people ,to make known   the Schemes taken up by the government to them, to go to every village and find out eligible beneficiaries to be  included in the list and queries the one who was left out for beneficiaries and their problems, to deliver appliances or help them to get the benefits entitle to them at their door steps are some of the aims and missions of  ‘Go to Village‘. He further said that the various line departments will approach every village one after another to enquire about their problems and necessities. He also appealed village authorities and leaders to prepare and sort out the priorities, tell the officials about their grievances, prepare AADHAAR cards, keep data of villages and submit to the visiting staff of different department if and when they access to their villages.
The function was graced by Agriculture, Veterinary and Animals Husbandry Minister V. Hangkhanlian, Principal Secretary, JC Ramthanga, Deputy Commissioner, Churachandpur Shyamlal Poonia, IAS as Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and Functional President respectively.
Under PMUY, Bungmual Indane has distributed new gas connection books to five BPL families. Social Welfare departments has distributed Aids and Appliances to five handicapped persons and as Care Given Allowances Rupees six thousand each was handover to four persons and ZEO, Ccpur also aids material for dropout students.
The Minister, handover old age pension money as in the form of cheque to old age persons, Wheel chairs, Cp Chairs and MR kids were handover to disable beneficiaries in yesterday function. Different departments open stall for delivery of complaints and registration.
Large number of beneficiaries and villagers besides line department officials Village authorities and leaders are present in yesterday function.

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Are we waiting for the “Go-dot”

Times are a changing but the sort of changes happening in our state is nothing to write home about or rather everything that should be made public.
It has become a breeding ground for unscrupulous elements where the name of the game is “instant wealth”. Gone are the days when enterprising people, by dint of their sheet tenacity and unwavering pursuit made fame and fortune. The “get rich quick” mantra being increasingly subscribed to by the younger generation has begun to bear fruit rapes, murders, extortions, thieves and burglary, drug trafficking and corruption the list growing linger by thee day.
The race to amass wealth even at the cost of giving up one’s peace of mind and the hearth and home have taken precedence over the concept of a peaceful and fruitful easy life. Conscience and morality have been shoved off to the furthest corner of one’s mind shedding the last remnants of humility to enter the temple of mammon. The result is a society where might is right and truth is relative.
Honesty and sincerity is at a premium and the ideology of high thinking simple living having been replaced by the reckless aim to attain power and influence. Humility and respectfulness has begun to be looked down upon and is being equated with weakness a trait to be avoided. Truths are being sold and brought at a price and the collective mentalities have started to revert back to the Stone Age where survival of the fittest holds true. Making things worst are the growing number of indolent youths accustomed to luxury and exhibitionism influenced in no small measure by the western cultures but failing to capture the essence of the dignity of work and the regard for fellow humans that underlines the basic principles of these western societies. Abusing the powers entrusted to them and turning their official domain into their personal fiefdom is the order of the day for bureaucrats and politicians while the common people are left in the lurch with a feeling of betrayal and alienation in their minds. This has created a chasm that is growing wider with each passing day leading to a feeling of suspicion and getting cynical of the steps of the public. This social turmoil paves the way for a breed of human parasites living off the sweat of another’s labour intimidation and fear being their weapon of choice and not thinking twice about taking lives if their whims are not catered to.
Shouts of negligence and deprivation trying to drown out the screams of the unfortunate public destined to lead a life of uncertainty and fear. Tolerance is no longer a virtue and wealth is the benchmark of a person’s worth never mind the means one used to a acquire it. Public memory has inexplicably shrunk to let matters pass if only to wash their hands off the trouble of facing the bitter reality or to rectify it. Rationality has succumbed to power and ethics is an alien notion. A bleak future is in the offing it is for us to stand up and stand fast for the life we lead the way we want to. It is in us to walk with our heads held high and taste the sweat and the fruit of our own labour.
At the end of the day what really matters is an unburdened mind and a good sound sleep.

Rights of the indigenous people and the merger problem

By- Dr. M. Horam
Professor, Manipur University.

l.a. Secretary General of the United Nations declared 1993 as the “International Year of the World’s Indigenous People”. The motto is; “Indigenous People; A New Partnership”.
1.b.    Indigenous People are those who first inhabited in a particular country before other races having different cultures arrived or invaded to that country. The indigenous Peoples, for want of better name, are also called Aborigines, or, Natives. For examples, the Red Indians are the natives of Two Americas (the North and the South), the Maoris are of the New Zealand, the Eskimos are of the Northern Europe, the Tatars are of Russia and the Adivasis are of the Indians.
2.a.    Who are the Indigenous peoples of Manipur.
This is a tricky question to answer. It needs a serious and unbiased systematic study of early history of Manipur. Manipur has past Written history, particularly of the Valley. It had its kings and queens played their parts in shaping the destiny of its people. Manipur had also a political system of its own which was basically feudal; a system in which land was granted by a king to a subject in exchange of for his military and other services. This system however, was badly jolted by the British arrivals in Manipur. A word may be mentioned here that system was primarily enforced and practiced in the valley of Manipur.
2.b.    Manipur, from time immemorial, is geographically divided into two Regions: 1) The Valley and 2) The Hills. The Valley was peopled by various clans, now called the Meiteis, the Hills were/are peopled by the various tribes. These Tribes are now called the Scheduled Tribes by according to Indian Constitution’s definition. The Hill Tribal’s administration was/is entirely indigenous based on their age- old traditional un-written laws and codes. Each village was/is a republic (like the ancient Greek City-States) for example, a Naga Village. A Naga Village has its own administration besides the tribal customs; well-demarcated land and land use system. The tribal way of life continued uninterrupted for centuries till the extension of the British Colonial Rule to the Tribal Areas of Manipur. Nonetheless, the British adopted the “Non-Interference Policy” towards the Tribals respecting their cultures and customs.
The Hill men and the Valley men lived in peaceful co-existence for centuries. These Hill Tribals were not directly under the control of the Manipur King though they had friendly relation with the exchange of good will missions from time to time. Gifts were exchanged by the visiting members.
2.c.    From the above statements we can arrive at the conclusion that the Meiteis are the Indigenous people of the Manipur Valley and the Tribals are the Indigenous people of the Hills. Needless to remind ourselves that the word “Tribals” are of Westerners concept which they often used to the first settlers of a place. The Westerners called the first settlers as ‘tribals’, uncouthh’, ‘barbarian’ and uncivilized whenever they came into contact with them. Therefore, these words have derogatory attribution and contemptuous appellation. The Indian Government and the Indians coming from other parts of Indian Sub-continent still use these colonial phrases with a sense of superiority complex.
3.a.    Objectives of the International Year of World’s Indigenous People are:
1.    To protect their birth rights such as land, forests, culture, religion, language, education, social and economic conditions, self-government and self-determination.
2.    To recognize their contributions.
3.b.    Today many Indigenous Peoples are threatened by systemic development process, distortion of History, artificial creation of boundaries (e.g. Burma and Manipur boundary), forced occupation, military atrocities, erosion of cultures by stronger communities in the name of bringing them into the ‘mainstream’.
3.c.    Peoples of Manipur consider that they are the Indigenous Peoples of the Valley and the Hills of Manipur. If, that proposition is correct, then the Peoples of Manipur have the right to defend their cultures, forests and land.
The Charter of the Indigenous passed and adopted in Penang, Malaysia reads; “We, the Indigenous Tribal Peoples of the tropical forests, Present this Charter as a response to hundreds of yearsfndreds ier that they are the i of continual encroachment colonization of our territories and the undermining of our lives, livelihoods and cultures caused by the destruction of the forests that our survival depends on”. “It further continues to say; “We declare that we are the original peoples, the rightful owners and the cultures that defend the tropical forests of the world”. 4.a.    During the past years, the peoples of Manipur have witnesses the application of Special Arms Acts such as Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 and amended in 1972. This Act is supposedly to contain the various Underground Organizations. According to this Act, “Special Power” are conferred to the Armed Forces that any “Warrant Officer” can arrest without warrant, can enter and search without warrant any premises…and no prosecution, suit or other legal proceeding shall be instituted, etc. etc.
Recently again, the Punjab Security of the State Act, 1953 has been imposed on Manipur to ‘flush out’ the Insurgents. In the name of curbing the Underground Activities and ‘knocking out the sympathizers’, many innocent men and women have suffered both psychologically and physically.
Many persons have been arrested, tortured and beatened. And fear-psychosis has been created in the minds of the law abiding citizens of the State. There is a general suspicion in the minds of the public that, while applying this Act, wittingly or unwittingly, powers can be misused.
More often than not, the Government officials and the Armed Forces misconstrue and misinterpret the grievances of people as ‘anti-social activities’, or ‘sympathizers’ of the Undergrounds thereby painful and unwanted punishments are inflicted on them. In such eventuality, the eternal question of the public is; imposition of Armed Forces Acts against Human Rights?
Unimaginative and dictatorial application of such Acts can be counter-productive. Problem faced by the Peoples of Manipur are not only military or political problems. They are also human problems; and therefore humane approach to ease the situation is the utmost importance.
4.b.    On the Merger Question.
Much has been said and much has been written on this issue. I need not go the same story all over again. However, it must be admitted that this is a controversial subject and thus it needs to have serious dialogues among the Indigenous Peoples themselves and then with the Indian Government. For further debate, I would like to pose the following questions to the learned members. They are:
1.    Who appointed the “Dewan”? Was he appointed with the consent and approval of the Maharjah?
2.    Did Maharajah sign the Merger Agreement with his own accord, or, under duress?
3.    Was Merger question placed to the people of Manipur for their considered opinion, or, were they by-passed? These are a few questions. The validity and legality of the Merger may be questioned and debated.

Dewan : Major General
Rewal Amar Singh.

Deputy Chief Minister inaugurates Grid Connected Roof Top Solar Power Plant

Imphal, May 16,
Deputy Chief Minister had inaugurated a Grid connected roof top solar power plant at office premise of United Club & Library (UCAL), Uripok Khwairak Selungba Leirak in Imphal. The power plant will generate power from solar energy for street lighting has been installed by Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency (MANIREDA), as a part of the ongoing solar energy generation project jointly undertaking with Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (MSPDCL). The plant has a capacity to generate five Mega Watts of power and will provide power to around 80 street lamps in the area.
Speaking at the function, Deputy Chief Minister said, 35 different sites in Uripok Assembly Constituency have been identified to install such solar power plants for the first phase. As of now, 12 plants have been installed and have started power generation. 11 more plants will also become functional within three-four days. He further said, such power plants can be helpful in generating clean energy and excess energy can be transmitted to MSPDCL, which in turn generating revenue. Stating that under the ambitious project, almost all places in his Constituency will be covered in phase wise manner, Shri Joykumar Singh said, installation works of the first phase will be completed within 30th of June this year. He said, in the first phase, public places like community halls, clubs and institutions will be covered. 70 per cent of the total expenditure required in installation of the plants will be borne by MANIREDA. He appealed to the people to extend support while identifying places where it can be installed and to avail such benefits which will be helpful in overall development of power generation in the State.
Director, MANIREDA, L. Manglem Singh said, power supply improved considerably in the last three-four years in the state. He said, under Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO), 8 per cent of the total power generation in the state per year will be from solar energy and steps are being taken up to generate more and more solar energy to meet the target. As of now, around 6.2 Mega Watts of power can only be generated from solar energy as against the target of 40-50 Mega Watts per year. Therefore, Grid connected roof top solar power plant has been introduced as third step of solar energy generation in the state.

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AR distributes solar lights

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Imphal, May 16,
Upper Khoripok Company Operating Base 26 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) distributed Solar Lights to villagers of Upper Khoripok, Molan, Natjang, Hongbi, Sangpunram, Thangja, Lairam Phunka and Lairam Khullen of Kamjong District.
A statement of the IGAR (S) said that the service is an initiative of spreading light and a step towards clean energy to the villages. The villagers appreciated the efforts of Assam Rifles in reaching out to them, the statement added.

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