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SSUM demands termination of BJP leader interfering the investigation

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Imphal, May 17,

A day after family members of the Thanga Gang Rape Victim’s family revealed the identity of the politician who has been hindering the investigation process for taking up action against those guilty rapists, Socialist Students’ Union Manipur, (SSUM) today demanded immediate expulsion of the politician from the political party.   
Peoples’ eyes were to Thanga Assembly constituency MLA T. Robindro until he himself clarified the matter yesterday and until the family members of the minor rape victim disclose that the politician who have been threatening and interfering to the investigation of the case is the present Vice President of BJP Manipur Pradesh M. Ashinikumar.

While talking to group of reporters yesterday at the victims residence, father of the victim girl said that on April 25, one masked men also came to the campus of chief judicial magistrate, Bishnupur and threatened the victim by showing a gun, while she was waiting for her hearing to give her statement, sitting inside a vehicle.
He further revealed that the then investigation officer (IO) of the case, Ningboy said that the alleged accused, H. Bungoba, 25, son of H. Sanatombi of Thanga Heisnam Leikai, who is not yet arrested is the brother-in-law of the BJP state, vice president, M. Asnikumar, and asked him not to let her daughter disclose his name as threat may come to the family and to the IO himself.
The alleged accused Ningboy is the eldest among the five accused and he himself is the driver of the van which is used in kidnapping and raping the minor girl, claimed the father.
SSUM convenor, N. Tanoranjan, while speaking to media persons today said that the present government should act irrespective of the status of any persons found guilty.
“When 2 Ministers of the BJP who were involved in the Kathua rape case in Jammu and Kashmir were sacked, why the state government headed by the BJP could not take any action against the State Vice president of BJP who is not even an MLA.

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‘Appointment of Rapist MLA as Chairman of a labour board is an insult to women community’

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Imphal, May 17

Socialist Students Union Manipur (SSUM) and Proletariat Feminists Movement (POFM) today said that appointment of a rapist MLA as the Chairperson of the Manipur Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Board is an insult to not only to the women community of the state but also to the people of the state in general.
Talking to media persons, Naorem Tonaranjan, Convenor SSUM, said that FIR has been lodged against the MLA by the victim girl and following the complaint a case hearing is being underway but have been delayed as police still fails to submit chargesheet against the MLA.

The students body convenor said that the victim girl complaint to the Women Police Station of Imphal West alleging rape and cheating on June 19, 2017. As per the FIR No. 12/(6)2017 the accused Heikham Dingo, who is now the MLA of  Sekmai Assembly Constituency is punishable under section 376/417 of the Indian Penal Court.
The court case is still pending as the police still is yet to submit a charge sheet regarding the case.
SSUM and POFM while talking to reporters said that all those culprits responsible in rape crime should be punished as per the law of the land while adding that in certain case which involved high ranking powerful people are involved the two bodies will not remain quiet. Both the bodies threaten stern agitation if the government fails to expel Sekmai Assembly Constituency MLA before 20 of this month.
Tonaranjan also appealed all sections of people to support in rendering justice to the victim of rape.
The two organisation also announces series of agitation that will be taken up in the following days in consultation with other like minded civil bodies and also with political parties of the state to bring the issue to the notice of the Prime Minister of India.

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Fasting month of Ramadan begins

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Imphal, May 17,

The fasting month of Ramazan has begun across the country today. The worshippers thronged mosques last night, as soon as the sighting of moon was announced, to offer special night prayers called “Traweeh”, which will continue throughout the month.
Ramazan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar and Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated at the culmination of this month.
In Gulf countries also, today is the first day of holy month of Ramazan.

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Civil societies in Manipur protest RN Ravi’s statement published on Indian Express

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Imphal, May 17,

Representatives and volunteers of United Committee Manipur (UCM), All Manipur United Club Organisation (AMUCO) and CCSK today staged a protest demonstration demanding clarification of the statement reported in National Daily Indian Express in its April 26 issue.
Base on official source, The Indian Express had reported that the Naga Accord is nearly final. The report also stated that the agreement will not change the boundary of states but will provides autonomous Naga territorial councils for Arunachal and Manipur; a common cultural body for Nagas across states besides setting up of  specific institutions for state’s development, integration and rehabilitation of non-state Naga militia and the removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.
Centre’s interlocutor, R N Ravi, who signed the framework agreement with National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) or NSCN-IM in August 2015, while talking to Indian Express had stated that the accord is nearing final stage and the Indian Express quoted him as saying “Yes, we are pretty close to finalising the (Naga Peace) accord” without saying any comments to the report about the formation of the autonomous Naga territorial councils for Arunachal and Manipur. Which indicated that the report stands true. President of AMUCO Ph Devan while speaking to media persons said that the civil society organisation in the state have been waiting for a clarification regarding the statement of RN Ravi which was published in Indian Express, but as there comes no clarification the UCM AMUCO and CCSK staged a protest demanding immediate clarification on the matter while threatening another mass uprising if any modalities to segregate the territorial integrity of the state has been affected.
Devan also calls on all political party to stand unitedly over the issue as it is for the future of the state and also urged the state government to make a clarification.
Sunil Karam, the new president of the United Committee Manipur while speaking to media persons said that if the reported statement of the interlocutor   RN Ravi stands true than people of the state will not remain quiet. Saying that the statement is against the interest of the people and already the UCM , AMUCO and CCSK had opposed any form of division among the people of the state.
The civil society bodies staged protest at Keishampat leimajam Leikai using banner with slogan to clarify over the statement of RN Ravi.
Placards which urged the Chief Minister of Manipur to clarify the matter as well as threats for June 18 like uprising if the accord affect the territory of the region were displayed during the protest.
Later at around noon the protestor marched a rally towards the Chief Minister Bungalow however they were put to halt in front of Nupi Lal Memoral Complex. After a bit confrontation with the police team 8 representatives including president of AMUCO Ph Dervan, UCM President Sunil Karam and President of CCSK Jitendra Ningomba were allowed to meet the Chief Minister. A memoranding demanding immediate clarification have also been submitted to the Prime Minister of India through the Chief Minister.

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Ministerial team inspects illegal River banks encroachers

Kangpokpi, May 17,

A team of Cabinet Ministers including Revenue Minister, KaramShyam, Water Resources Minister, LetpaoHaokip, TA & Hills Minister, N. Kayisii and Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister, NemchaKipgen, today inspected illegal encroachers at river banks located in and around Kangpokpi District.
Briefing the media during the visit, Water Resources Minister, Letpao stated that the new government is committed in clearing any illegal construction in riverbeds for long-term safety of the masses. On the other hand, the government, through respective DCs has given prior notice that no construction should be set up in river beds under the Manipur Flood Plain Zoning Act 1978. He appealed the general public to take the initiative of the government in a positive light and to co-operate with the government in this constructive and developmental work. And, for those areas that have not been covered, it is due to the reason that the inhabitants have brought their land documents (pattas) and due verification of the papers is being done, hence the delay in the completion of dredging in some areas, Letpao asserted.
Minister Letpaoalso reminded the public that no constructions can be made in the river bank under the Manipur Flood Plain Zoning Act, 1978 and the Manipur Land Revenue Reforms Act. He appealed the public not to dispose garbage and plastic materials in the river and to dispose it at the proper places given by the Municipality. He also asserted that the public must support and co-operate with this initiative of the government in the larger interest of the general public and to achieve the objective of preventing floods for long term.
He further stresses on the fact that the government always has serious concern for the frequent floods faced by the state, especially during last year and has been discussing for a long term plan to combat this problem. The dredging work is a result of that discussion. The dredging is almost completed for valley area and has now reached to Nambol side and WaiselMaril stretch, he added. But, full result of it cannot be seen due to blocking and narrowing of the river at YangoiKarong and Upokpi area. So, cleaning of river bed in that portion will also be done soon.
Revenue Minister,KaramShyamexpressed that under the leadership of the Chief MinisterShri N.Biren Singh, the government have recently taken up dredging works to prevent floods andtoday’s visit is being carried out to check the illegal encroaching and constructions in and around KangpokpiDistrict as this area is the starting point of the Imphal river and to further prevent the river from contamination.
He also informed that the inspection is planned after the strong instruction from the Chief Minister and the visiting Ministerial team have assured co-operation in the common goal of cleaning the river-bed. He also added the execution of the clearing out of the encroachments will be carry out with the help of respective DCs, SPs, SDOs and other top officials.
The Ministerial team was today accompanied by Kangpokpi District’s DC, SP, SDO,village authority and concern officials.

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Guv Prof. Jagdish Mukhi visits Moreh

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Moreh, May 17,

Governor –in-charge of  Manipur Prof.  Jagdish Mukhi today inspected the condition of the Integrated Check post and Indo Myanmar border trade at Border town Moreh today at around 11 am. After checking the condition of the Integrated Check post the Governor inspected the condition of the Indo-Myanmar Border Bridge. The governor then inspected the Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate No. 2 .
Later after the inspection the governor Jagdish Mukhi held a meeting with various representatives of Civil Society bodies and community leaders at Convention Hall Trade Center Moreh.
The governor also interacted about the issue and problem of the traders.
Grievances of the people due to lack of proper infrastructures of the district hospital Moreh as well as deteriorating inter-village road connectivity were brought to the notice of the governor by the leaders of the various communities.

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Reasoning without disparities

Times are a changing- as everything ought to. Stuffs that were not even dreamt about are becoming devices and gadgets for everyday use. The pace of development and inventions is increasing at a dizzying pace and in an unbelievably complex manner. Every single gene in the human body can be identified, isolated and manipulated. Electricity can be transmitted without any wires or cables. Cars that run for more than a thousand kilometers with only a gallon of fuel is no more a fantasy today. Space travel or space tourism is here. Humans with embedded microchips can now manipulate and control his environment, well almost, as of now.
Research and development in every field, being aided by sophisticated computers and robots, have quickened their pace and shortened their observation periods, leading to quicker results. It would not be much off the mark to say that the world as we know today is undergoing a paradigm shift in the way we live our lives. Through these radical changes and developments, one thing has withstood the test of time, proving to be an unseen and unaccounted yet determining factor that could make or mar everything else- the human mentality.
The workings of the human mind – emotions and feelings that cannot be quantitatively ascertained or expressed as an exactable scientific expression or equation, has remained an enigma- a mystery that has not been unraveled till date. Herein lies the genesis of every conflict and differences. Societies created laws and statutes based on the greater good of the citizens, and a system of checks and balances to arbitrate, enforce and amend them. It is a perfect set up- on paper. Unfortunately, the bitter reality is so far removed from the system so envisaged. We, the ordinary citizens are arrested and harassed for raising our voice against what we feel is unjust and wrong- even threatened and shot by those who purport to serve our motherland, whatever form that might take. The powers that be proclaims to work according to the wishes of the people, while the voice is subdued with threats and intimidation, or worse still, let the voice die out and be forgotten with time. And who are we to turn to for help when the terrorists are the army and police who are drug traffickers who are extortionists who are the influential and powerful? For us mere mortals, complaints and appeals entail the inherent risk of losing limb and life. Is what we are experiencing a replica of the so called Jungle law? I’d like to think that a jungle law would be a far better option- each one would then have a place in the set up.
But then again, we are born equal. A prime minister is as human as a sweeper or a carpenter or a scientist. Each one is doing their bit for the society. The president of India or the Chief Minister of Manipur needs a weaver to weave a piece of fabric which will be sewn into a cloth by a tailor and sold at the market from where it will be brought for his use. We need to accept and embrace one another as our equals. The powerful ones wouldn’t have had a concrete mansion to hide within were it not for the masons and plumbers.

Reactions to the Merger of Manipur into the Dominion of India and Public responses

Senjam Mangi Singh
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pol.Science
Manipur University, Canchipur- 795003.

The Merger of Manipur into the Dominion of India has become one of the most discussed and debated upon issues during the last five years or so. Various opinions have been expressed about the validity or otherwise of the agreement itself in various seminars, debates, symposiums, conferences, newspapers and journals. However, the intention of the present paper is not to contribute to the validity or otherwise of the Merger Agreement. It is only a humble attempt to assess the reactions of the people of Manipur in those times to the issue from a purely academic point of view.
Praja Santi Sobha
    The praja Santi Sobha was also the ruling party in Manipur during the time of the Merger. It was also known as the Nationalist party. From the very beginning the clearly expressed opinion of the party was to let Manipur remain as a state enjoying responsible government with His Highness, the Majarajah of Manipur as the Constitutional Head and with her sovereignty undisturbed1. Though the party said that ‘Manipur State will have necessary relations’, with India, it also insisted that it should be without merging Manipur into any province2. Her geographical position, different language and customs, etc. were some of the reasons which, according to the party, necessitates her independent existence3. The Sobha also feared that if Manipur got merged into India, they will not be able to run parallel with their fellow Indians because of their backwardness4. Besides, it also felt that the then existing relationship between Manipur and the Dominion of India was ‘most satisfactory’ and as the Manipuris were ‘quite satisfied with it’, there is no need for integration5. Again appraising the public opinion in Manipur about the issue, the party informed the Governor of Assam that “Almost cent percent of the people of the state is quite against the integration or merging6.
    Here, it may be remembered that under the then existing relationship between Manipur and the Dominion of India, Defense, Communication and External Affairs were under the control of the Dominion government of India. The Sobha felt that this arrangement was ‘the best political handicraft’ for the time being and was carrying on its duties well both for India and Manipur7. The party also said that the people of Manipur were not only satisfied with the then existing relationship but were also as well being inspired with a sense of responsibility for India8. Thus they favored the following9.
1.    The Continuance of the relations between India and Manipur under the Instrument of Accession.
2.    Home Rule by local figures under the democratic Constitution of Manipur State.
3.    The representative of India, if there would be any,
in Manipur should be bound by the Constitution and should not interfere in the day-to-day internal administration except when required constitutionally.
    Apart from these, a meeting of the MLAs belonging to the party was also held on 2518/1949. In that meeting the MLAs resolved to send deputation to the Government of India with enclosed papers substantiating the solid reasons against integration or merging of the State.
The Manipur State Congress
    So far as the Manipur State Congress was concerned they were very much there demanding the merger of Manipur into India even before the transfer of Power. It has been reported of a public meeting held on 15/8/1947 at Pologround where the Manipur State Congress president said that if Manipur, by chance, was not included into.
    India, the congress would launch a people’s movement immediately for it11. Then there was also the time when the Congress resolved to launch a satyagraha against the Manipur State authorities as a protest against the dishonoring of the Indian National Flag and the Gandhi cap12 simply because the Maharaja did not allow Congress men wearing Gandhi caps to take the Indian National Flag inside the Govindajee Temple complex. Beside their propagandas on the eve of their Satyagraha in November 1947, were also saturated with pro-merger overtones. It was their firm belief that the people of Manipur should take shelter under the National Flag which has been the symbol of National struggle against foreign exploitatio13.
    In spite of all these, there was a conspicuous absence of such pro-merger tones in their Election Manifesto of 1948 elections. There, regarding the relationship between Manipur and the Dominion of India, it simply stated that the party will always endeavor to preserve the identity of Manipur, her language, culture and civilisation14. A possible explanation of such a conspicuous silence is attempted in the later parts of this paper dealing with the attitude of the general public.     However, not so surprisingly, soon after the appointment of Major Rawal Amar Singh to the post of the Dewan of Manipur on 16/4/1949, there was a revival of the party’s activities for the first time since their failure to form the government after the 1948 elections. The Congress perfectly knew in which favor to wind was blowing. The new Dewan who had already become the most dominant structure inside the political system of Manipur will only be too happy to see their aspirations fulfilled. Soon they started complaining to the Maharajah for oppressing the people in social and religious matters, and demanded immediate abolition of the monarchy and integration of the state into the Dominion of India for the benefit of the people15. About two months earlier also, they had resolved the consolidation of the Government of India through integration and merging of the native states, especially Manipur State, as urgently required16.
    The Manipur State Legislative Assembly and the Council of Ministers:
 For all its highly vaunted popular basis, the Manipur State Legislative Assembly, as a body, failed to raise even a plausible murmur of protest against the merger of Manipur. Was it not supposed to be the true representative body of the people? Is it not mainly on the basis of having this popularly elected assembly that many have tried to invalidate the Merger Agreement? Of course, one finds the Speaker of the Assembly writing to the Private Secretary of the Maharajah: ‘Since we have got an Assembly elected on adult franchise will it not be advisable for H.H. to call the Assembly to discuss the matter first17. But this too was after a local
paper reported that the Maharajah may discuss with the Governor of Assam matters relating to the future of Manipur State when he visits Shi1long. Otherwise the Manipur State Legislative Assembly remained silent for most of the time.
    About the Council of Ministers, it was worse. They can’t say that they did not have any idea about what the Maharajah and the Governor of Assam may discuss at Shillong. Yet it also remained silent. Even after the signing of the Merger Agreement become public knowledge, the Council of Ministers did not bother to call a general session of the Assembly to discuss the matter. And though it had its weekly sessions till Oct. 12, 1949, their proceedings shows the discussing appointments motivated by personal interest or matters like levying tax on liquor, fire-arm licenses, war compensation etc. and not the merger.
    Why the Manipur State Legislature Assembly and the Council of Minister remained silent? This question still evades a satisfactory answer. It may remember that earlier the two did not resist the appointment of Major R. A. Singh as the new Dewan of Manipur on 1614/1949. Once he was appointed as the Dewan, the administration was to be done ‘under his general superintendence, guidance and control’19. They should have realized earlier that the appointment of such an official will be in contradiction not only with the provisions of the Manipur Constitution Act, 1947, but also with their own existence. Having failed to do this, perhaps, they realized that it was too late in the day to assert their meaningful existence by the time the Merger Agreement was about to the implemented.
The General Public
    There were very few, if any, protest from the general public against a possible merger that was in the air before the Merger Agreement was signed. One such instance can be seen at a public meeting held on 318/1949. The Congress Leaders had called a public meeting on this day saying that they would declare the mandate of the Indian government as to the abolition of the Gadi and integration of the state, with written assurances from Dr. Pattavi Sitaramaya and Sardar Patel2. But when the meeting started the people realised that the meeting was not going to be a public meeting hut a congress meeting with the President of the Manipur State Congress appointed as the President of the meeting by the Congressman. Then the congress also announced that the meeting was a congress meeting and not a public one, contradicting their notice calling the meeting. They also revealed to the people that the assurances of the government of India was ‘for’ and ‘not against’ the merger of Manipur. The result was that there wert chaos and confusions. Feeling justly annoyed at this undesirable conduct and behaviour of the Manipur State Congress, the assembled people of several thousand moved to the Gandhi Meidan and held a public meeting there, leaving the handful of congressmen21.
    The result was that the congress organized meeting at Rupmahal Theatre ended in a fiasco with only five speakers out of a scheduled eight speaking and with no resolutions passed. On the other hand regular resolutions against the proposed integration or merger were unanimously passed in the public meeting at Gandhi Meidan22.
    Then the  was the Manipur daily Bh.iabat Patrica, trying to mould public opinion against the merger. It said that Manipuris do not want to be sub-servant to another nation. It also repeatedly voiced its opinion in favour of maintaining the distinct identity of Manipur and that the monarchy must be preserved. It also appealed to the king not to surrender the dignity and honour of the Manipur nation to India23.
    There are the two instances of protest of some significance from the public. Otherwise, by and large, the people were ignorant of the historic significance of the merger. But still, perhaps, there was a possibility of the common people for becoming anti-merger. For, as noted earlier, there was conspicuous absence of the issue in the Congress Election Manifesto of 1948. One may take it for granted that the Congress do not have to put up the issue specifically and that the party was bound to endeavour for it because of its parent body. However, it may also be that the Congress deliberately refrained itself from raising the issue actively fearing that the mass, through ignorant as it was then, might become against the merger it they were made conscious of the significance of the issue. Certainly, if the Manipur State Congress had confidence in making the people conscious of the issue and their subsequent response to it, then they would have done it without any hesitation.
    While examining the response of the people to the issue, one has to remember the fact that Manipur. During the time of her merger into the Dominion of India, had a very low level of political culture. Except for a small politically aware section of the population who were showing signs of having subject political culture, the common people remained politically ignorant. What with the low degree of
literacy, their tradition of participation in the political system, etc. The fact that they remained more or less completely silent when major R.A.Singh was made the Dewan of the State clearly shows the type of political culture which the people had. It was sadly a parochial type of political culture. Therefore, it will not be fair to expect them to understand them significance of the political problems posed to them by the changing times.
    However, for the elected representatives of the people, they had no excuse. They should have at least done something for or against the merger keeping in view the best interests of those people whom they represent. They were the elected representatives of the people enjoying privileges which were not entitled to the common people and were getting paid for their duty of looking after the welfare of the people. Their responsibility cannot be equated with that of a common man. Their apparent inaction in connection with the issue is an example of monumental failure by a popularly elected legislative assembly and a council of ministers originating from that assembly in the due discharge of their basic duty.

Shija Hospitals MOU for RBSK Nagaland

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Imphal, May 17,
 Shija Hospitals & Research Institute and National Health Mission, Nagaland signed an MOU for surgical treatment of Cleft lip and Cleft Palate, Congenital Heart Diseases (CHD), Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), Congenital Cataract, Congenital Deafness, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Otitis Media, Dental Carries and Vision Impairment under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) programme. Under the said agreement, beneficiaries of RBSK for children from birth to 18 years with the above mentioned birth defects can avail of sponsored treatment facilities at Shija Hospitals, Manipur. The beneficiaries have to be referred by RBSK Nagaland.
The MOU was signed between Dr. Kh. Palin, CMD Shija Hospitals and Dr. Kevichusa, Mission Director (NMH), Nagaland at Mission Director (NHM) Office, Nagaland in the presence of Dr. Thanghoi Lam, State Programme Officer (NHM) Nagaland and Dr. Khriesi Sachu, Nodal Officer RBSK (DHFW) Nagaland.
Shija Hospitals & Research Institute is already empanelled by Govt. of Nagaland since 2nd March, 2006 vide letter no. MED/FW-10(B)99 for the purpose of medical treatment of Nagaland State Government Employees and their dependants. Also, Shija Hospitals is also recognized by RBSK Manipur for treatment of Children from birth to 18 years with birth defects listed under RBSK Scheme.

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Combined annual training camp of NCC

Imphal, May 17,
A camp fire to mark the culmination of Combined Annual Training Camp from 08 May 2018 to          17 May 2018 was organized by 14 Manipur Battalion NCC at D M College Campus. A total of 353 cadets participated in the camp representing 8 district of Manipur. Lieutenant General K. Himalaya Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM (Retd), Chairman MPSC was the chief guest. Brig Vivek Sharma, VSM GP CDR NCC and other dignitaries graced the occasion. The NCC cadets showcased the rich cultural heritage of Manipur through their colorful and traditional presentations which was highly appreciated by all during the camp the cadets were trained in Physical Training, Drill, Map Reading, etc and exposed to social service activities. Addressing the cadets Lieutenant General K. H. Singh, emphasized need to have clear aim and to work hard to achieve the same to attain success.

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