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21st Manipur Integrity Day

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Imphal, Aug 4,
Commemorating the August 4, 1997 mass rally here in Imphal with a pledge to safeguard the territorial integrity of Manipur, All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO) observed the 21st Manipur Integrity Day at MDU Yaiskul.
As part of the observance members of AMUCO led by its President Ph. Deven Sharma paid floral tributes at the Integrity Pillar erected at Mapal Kangjeibung.
The main observance function was held along with a public meeting at MDU hall at Yaiskul Police lane.

Speaking on the occasion President of AMUCO, Ph. Devan said that people of the state are at crucial stage with the signing Frame Work agreement between the government of India and the NSCN- IM and the recent report of the Parliamentary committee report.
He said after entering into a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India, NSCN-IM has been trying to Disturb the territorial integrity of Manipur and now under the influence of Government of India, some Kuki organizations have also started demanding a homeland for the Kukis.
UCM President Karam Sunil also appealed the people to stay alert to every development of the NSCN-IM and GoI talk. He said CSOs representative had met the Union Home Minister submitted memorandum to all the concern for safeguarding of the Manipur’s territorial integrity and also met the Indian government Interlocutor RN Ravi urging him to make any division either in administration of bifurcation. He said even after assurance after assurance the people of the state are still not secure due to the recent development. He appealed people to stand united for protection of the integrity of the state.
Meira paibi leaders Representative of Kuki Inpi Manipur and various other CSOs also attended the Manipur Integrity Day observance.

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Hunger strike site shifted inside MU complex One MUSU member picked up by police

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Imphal, Aug 4,
Relay hunger strike by the Manipur University Community demanding removal of Vice Chancellor AP Pandey at the University main gate at Canchipur has been shifted at the bus stand inside the University complex after police team dismantle the makeshift protest site yesterday midnight.
District administration had imposed Section 2 of the CrPC 144 since 1 pm of yesterday.
Meanwhile, Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) and teachers’ community are likely to intensify the agitation after one of the MUSU member had been picked up yesterday by a team of police yesterday midnight. The student picked up by the police has been identified as Khagemba from Heirok. He is at present a class representative from department of adult education. He has been staying at a rented room at Canchipur near the Manipur University. Report said he was picked up at around 12 midnight yesterday. Reason of his arrest is speculated for sabotaging the government hoarding with colour at various places of Imphal. The MUSU had earlier announced to paint black to the government hoardings.
A team of teachers had went to the police station for release of the student but had to return back as police turned deaf ear to the request.
Following the arrest, MUSU is likely to launch intense form of agitation.

Talking to Imphal Times, General Secretary of MUSU , Kenedy said that as some unknown persons had stolen all the sheds for staging democratic protest they are now left with no choice but to launch intensified form of protest .
On the other hand the General Secretary questioned the Chief Minister regarding his statement at which stated that 95% of the demand has been fulfilled.
“What are those 95% fulfilled by the Chief Minister to the demand of the MUSU?” Kenedy asked.
He said that as for the leave of the Vice Chancellor AP Pandey , it was normal leave and it has nothing to do with the demand of the Manipur University Community.
On the other hand the Kenedy also stated that so far there has been no contact from the so called Fact finding committee constituted by the MHRD to either the MUSU, MUTA or the MUSA .
“How could they said that enquiry is on when no enquiry regarding the matter has been carried out?” the MUSU leader said.

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UKLF asks TSA to be silent on July 13 Moreh terror attack - TSA

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Imphal, Aug 4,

The Thadou Students’ Association (TSA) in a statement said that some persons who claimed to be members of UKLF has asked TSA to be silent on July 13 Moreh terror attack. 
A statement said, “while we appreciate the so-called peace banquet at Moreh on July 23 between the Kuki National Organisation/Kuki National Army (KNO/KNA) and UKLF in the presence of several CSOs of Moreh, we would like to again make it clear that our demand for arrest of the culprits and justice in the July 13 Moreh terrorist attack have nothing to do with any feud or peace between KNA and UKLF. Neither Thongminlun nor TSA had any knowledge of the peace banquet or involvement in it. TSA and its activities have never been for or against any particular militant groups or political parties, but for justice, peace and freedom and for people’s welfare”. The TSA further urged all armed militant groups and civil organisations not to harass, threaten or try and force us to stop pursuing justice in the July 13 Moreh incident of attempted murder of Moreh TSA president, Thongminlun Haokip, and his family including his pregnant wife and two children both below five years of age and also urged the government and authorities concerned to stop armed militants from intimidating or harming TSA leaders and the general public.
“ Any further untoward incidents happen to Thongminlun and his family or any other TSA leaders should be held responsible by the government “, it added.
The TSA had earlier pointed fingers to KNO/KNA to the attack of its leader on July 13 at Moreh and had urged the govt. to arrest the culprits.

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DG AR inspects ICP Moreh

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Moreh, Aug 4, Director General of Assam Rifle Lt. General Sukhdeep Sangwan inspected Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate No. 1 , 2 , Integrated Check Post and the post of 11 Assam Rifle at Moreh at around 10 am today mornings.
A source said that the DGAR inspected the ICP as the guarding force of ICP will be done by Assam Rifle . When ask to the commander of 11 Assam Rifle he didn’t disclose the reason of the DG ‘s visit.

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Police alerted at border area following notification of NRC Assam; JCILPS Students’ Wing and KSO joins hand in checking illegal influx

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Imphal, Aug 4,

Following order of the Manipur government to keep strict vigils along the borders of the state in the wake of the notification of NRC Assam, Manipur Police has tighten security measures at all border areas including Moreh, Mao and Jiribam.
On the other hand JCILPS Students Wing along with Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) Jiribam had started checking of illegal influx at Jiribam Check post.
9 non locals who tried to enter the state who failed to produce valid documents were forced to return back, a report said. Report from Moreh said that Tengnoupal district Superintendent of Police Dr. S. Ibomcha has instituted 5 teams headed by 5 Officers to look after the influx of illegal immigrants .
All police stations has been ordered to remain alert. At the moment Additional SP K. Robinson is looking after the Moreh Police Check Post , Sub-Divisional Police Officer Shandeep Gopal Das assisted by OC MOREH Police Letkhohao Vaiphei has been supervising checking at Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate No. 2 to Muslim Basti of Moreh .
Deputy Superintendent of Police Thomas Thokchom is looking after the Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate No. 2 to Friendship Bridge (Gate No. 1 ).

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An Obituary to News Analysis of Akashvani Imphal “Fear of criticism is no sign of Good Governance. Instead, invite constructive criticism to bring improvements in governance”

By: Seram Neken


At 7.30 in the Morning of Wednesday, the 5th of March 2003 was born one of the much-appreciated and beloved babies of Regional News Unit of Akashvani Imphal - ‘Local News Analysis during Morning Bulletin’. The conception of the new-born 10-minute bulletin component of Imphal Radio Station was due to the wisdom of the officers and the hard work of the staff of State’s Regional News Unit under the innovative leadership of the then Deputy Director Shri BB Sharma (Indian Information Service), who was later awarded the ‘Bold and Courageous Reporting Award’ in 2006. The same year, the Regional News Unit of All India Radio Imphal also received the Best Regional News Unit Award for the popularity it gained out of the innovative news formats like the ‘Local News Analysis’, ‘Matamgi Wapham’, ‘PaogiSaktam’ and ‘Letter from Districts’. ‘News Analysis’ during bulletin was indeed the tastiest item in the news menu of Akashvani Imphal.

Manipuris across the globe, particularly those living in far-off places where the newspaper hardcopies could hardly reach in time, appreciated the ‘News Analysis’ format in a jubilant manner. The addition of ‘News Analysis’ during the morning bulletin was really a ‘feather on the cap’ of the Imphal Radio Station. It not only enhanced the quantum of listeners of Radio News, but also boosted the quality of news bulletin to a great extent. Various positive comments with suggestions for improvement poured into the Media Institution through the feedback mechanisms like the ‘Mani Mala ChithiPaokhum’ and ‘Good Morning Manipur’. Newspapers highlighted appreciation notes in their ‘Letters to the Editor’ column. In fact, among the other components of Akashvani Manipuri News, the ‘News Analysis with Experts’ during morning bulletin has been the most popular programme.However, Akashvani Imphal bade adieu to this most averred ‘News Analysis’ very untimely on 31 July 2018 with a sudden announcement from the Regional News Unit of Akashvani Imphal. Millions of Imphal Radio News listeners across the globe now ask as to why such a beautiful programme ceases its airing.

In a 24-hour poll conducted through the social media Facebook by this writer on the topic ‘Abrupt Ceasing of Radio News Analysis of Akashvani Imphal is a challenge to Democracy and People’s Voice. It is better the AIR Imphal resumes this programme in public interest’, 93 percent of netizens support the idea of resumption of this programme, while only 7 percent voted against it.

In Democracy, the media is the only effective bridge between the government and the people. The more freedom the media are provided, the more meaningful will be the representative democracies in this modern world. The incumbent Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi attaches much importance to the Media particularly the Radio, as he occasionally talks with his people from various corners of the country on live interactions via Radio. He not only gives his opinion to the people through the monthly ‘Maan Ki Baat’ programme which started on 3rd October 2014, but also takes feedback from the listeners regularly on various issues of the country. Theoretically, communication, without feedback from the audience, is one-way and not complete. If the adage ‘Democracy is the government of the people, for the people, by the people’ is to be made more operative, then Media should be encouraged to carry people’s voice to their rulers.

Among the other available electronic media in our society today, Radio is the most popular mobile medium which one can listen to even while working in the fields or driving a vehicle. Messages through radio are instantaneous and suitable to both literates and illiterates. Both for programme producers and to the Radio set owners, Radio is inexpensive. Having no topographical limits, Radio programmes have wide reach and accessibility. ‘News Analysis’ of local newspapers during bulletin is a highly valuable format to the rulers as well as to the ruled, as experts and intellectuals analyse a variety of news stories which the Akashvani Imphal can hardly broadcast in its news bulletin for various reasons.

Going down the memory lane, Manipuri Language news bulletin was for the first time broadcast from Guwahati Station in May 1957 with Chandam Gopal as the newsreader. Later, with the opening of AIR Imphal on 15th August 1963, regular news broadcast started on 1st January 1964 with a 15-minute evening bulletin at 7.30 PM. Later, on 4th January, 5-minute Morning Bulletin was introduced at 7.30 AM.

Mr. R. Constantine, a Keralite was the first News Editor and later Mr. Maibam Haricharan became the first Manipuri News Editor. Shri Nabakumar Singh served as the translator cum newsreader during that period. Newsreel entitled “Paogi Saktam” of 15 minutes duration was introduced from January 1964 at 7.45 PM on every Sunday. Five-minute commentary called ‘Matamgee Wapham’ (Spotlight) on a variety of current issues began broadcast on every Tuesday and Thursday of the week. During State Assembly Sessions, a 15-minute Assembly Review entitled ‘Manipur Vidhan Savagi Paodam’ is broadcast by Regional News Unit of AIR Imphal just after Evening Bulletin. From the year 2002, morning bulletin has been extended to 10 minutes. Mid-Day News at 12 noon was launched on 21stJune 2008, thereby making AIR Imphal the first station broadcasting Mid-day news in the entire north east India.

In the early decades of Akashvani Imphal, names of RK Maipaksana, NK Sanajaoba, Lalagopal Singh, Seram Mangi, Bimola Devi and Thoudam Imomacha were familiar to the radio news listeners. Spotlight from the pens of NK Sanajaoba, RK Maipaksana, Seram Mangi Singh and others were acclaimed as thought provoking and appealing to the authorities of those times. Voice of Lalgopal Singh practically monopolized the Radio Newsreel years back. News rendering by Thoudam Imomacha, Bimola Devi and others were appreciated by listeners for clarity and rhythmic. Later on, voices of Ramakanta Sharma, Meghachandra and Hanjabam Priyokumar’s moderating news discussions during morning bulletin are lauded by many. The incumbent head of Regional News Unit of AIR Imphal Dr. A. Ibomcha Sharma (IIS) is also a dynamic newsman with an innovative outlook. During his tenure, internet based rendering of Manipuri Radio News started with introduction of new apps.

News Analysis of main stories published in local dailies of the state with editors of local dailies, experts and intellectuals, which was introduced by AIR Imphal 15 years back, was a very thought provoking programme of this station. Discussions with resourceful experts like Leihaothabam Saratchandra Sharma, Prof. MC Arun, Journalist N Sanatomba, P Ibochouba, WangkhemchaSamjai, Dr. DS Sharma, Editor Hemanta Ningomba, Khogendra Khomdram, Bijoy Kakchingtabam, Ahongsangbam Mobi and others have been indeed inspiring and thought provoking. Whoever is the architect of such a news format would have surely felt the desperation when the programme ceased its broadcast.

Media plays a pivotal role in educating the public and raising the level of political discourse in the society, which are essential for a healthy political process and sound policy making. Discussions with local analysts and policymakers on various social, political and economic issues of the state, if such a spectrum is made available to listeners in an uncensored and coherent manner, will help a lot in creating informed public opinion. Participatory democracy will be more meaningful, if the government encourages the discussions and interactions through media. As the voice of the people is said to be the voice of God, now the people of Manipur particularly the millions of radio listeners wish that the News Analysis programme resumes airing in the larger interest of participatory democracy in Manipur with certain prescribed guidelines so as not to offend norms and ethics of broadcast journalism. As suggested earlier by this writer in previous write-ups, women experts available in the state may also be invited to join the discussion, and time be allotted during evening bulletin to analyze front-page news of evening newspapers.

(The writer is a Freelance Columnist. Readers may send comments to this writer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Fear factor

The past few days, people in the state have been living with fear of uncertain future. The multiple problems plaguing the state cannot be considered as a mere joke.
The sequence of events witness in Manipur University and a final solution for the NSCN-IM as well as the Border Pillar issue besides the illegal influx is indeed a worrisome for all people.
The idea of nation having one identity, one religion, one culture, one language promulgated by some self style son of mother India has created fear psychosis to various ethnic communities in the country. At a time when chauvinistic idealism of creating a nation of only one community is seen marching ahead, it is natural that each and every ethnic communities of the nation have reason to be feared. Because it is family first then come the society then it is the nation.
India was and is a nation of diverse people. The beauty of India is the existences of different ethnic people with diverse cultural people. It is important that if India has to prove the world as the most successful democratic country, the leaders and the so called self style son of the soil should tried to become real son of the soil by accepting that the concept of one religion, one culture and one language should not be followed in the Nation called India. The peaceful co existence and communal harmony was put in dead danger with the rise of communal centric feudalism classes. They spew venom of hate feeling among the various communities for their mere selfish gain. Last few decades showed rise of many such feudalists and the rise of this class raises the feeling of enmity among the various community.
The force annexation is often pin point as the root of all sort of trouble here, but the reality is that the root of the entire problem facing in the state of Manipur is the chauvinistic attitude of the ruling government in the mainland India.
Instead of looking on the problem, the then ruler of the mainland India had sideline the real issue submitted by the then expert officials deputed by their government, they never tried anything to put a halt to the rise of the armed opposition group. But rather the then government incited hate feeling among various communities thinking that the same technique adopted the British ruler can suppressed any movement in the region.
The fear factor right now is felt to everyone. Man dies and sacrifices for their children and nation. If the fear factor grows no one can guarantee any untoward incident at which the fear factor was challenge and wipe out completely to restore the once upon a time nation state called Manipur.


By Thangjam Sanjoo Singh

The quotations in this article are sayings of the founders of several religions and also different religious leaders, thinkers, great philosophers, free thinkers, scientists, psychologists, politicians and poets and some other publications, too. Their names and references are given under each quotations. There are also many other statements in this article where references are not given. Most of them are extracted by me.
People typically consider friendship a voluntary or freely chosen relationship. This is in contrast to family, who are not freely chosen or interactions with people at work which are not voluntary. Human are by nature social beings. But this is not by choice; it is a matter of survival. These friendly interactions make people feel that their presence is valued. Friendship is seen as an equity relationship where the norm is that what a friend does for you needs to be reciprocated in some form as gratitude.
Spending time together means that friends seek out each other’s company. Nevertheless, while friends wish to spend time together, friendship is typically not experienced as exclusive, such as romantic relationship. Companionship on the other hand means having someone to do or share things with and to be of service in times of need. This is an obvious benefit of friendship. Emotional support from friends often takes the form of gratitude, moral support and may occur in both mundane crisis situations.
Some friendship are of long duration while others are relatively brief. Research has found that two-thirds of older persons have had friendships that lasted throughout their life.
As people age, their needs for social support may increase as they are confronted with mobility, health and stamina difficulties. At the same time, the death and retirement movements of friends may reduce the size of their social network. Having friends seems to make a difference in people’s lives. It may foster self-esteem, providing services to the needy, promoting social competence and inhibit loneliness.
According to the Buddha, we must seek out spiritual friends who will support us as we strive to attain perfection. These friends will point out weakness without rancor and encourage us in our practice of the Buddha’s teaching. Friends like these do not expect anything in return and are only concerned with our welfare. We in return treat them in the same way and we work for our mutual benefit.
The Nature of Friend
There are four kinds of friends,
This you must know.
One is like a flower, another like a scale.
One like a mountain and one like the earth.
Foe Suo Pei Sutra
Do Not Break Friendship
Break not the friendship of a friend in vain:
The same friendship you will never regain,
For friendship once broken like a china bowl
Can never, never again be made whole.
It can be mended like a china bowl;
It’s true but the parts mended will always remain in view
A Reliable Friend Gives Confidence
Life has no blessing like a prudent friend
A True Friend
A true friend is one who knows all your faults, and still loves you.
Real Friendship
Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
New And Old Friends Make new friends but keep the old,
The first is silver but latter gold
Silence Is A Friend
Silence is friend that will never betray you
Confucius With Whom You Dare To Be Yourself
What a friend? I will tell you.
It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself
Frank Crane
A Prayer
Save me from my friends.
I know how to protect myself from enemies.
No Language For Friendship
The language of friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is the intelligence above language
The Ornament Of A House
The ornament of a house is the friend who frequents it.
Friendship For Everything
By friendship you mean the greatest love, the greatest usefulness, the most open communication, the noblest sufferings, the severest truth, the heartiest counsel, and the greatest union of minds of which brave men and women are capable.
James Taylor
False Friend And True Friends
False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.
Virtuous Friends
Friendship must be accompanied with virtue, and always lodged in great and generous minds.
Friendship Grows Slowly
Friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
Give In Return As Much As Is Received
Many times a day, I realized how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I received.
Albert Einstein
****The writer is a lay Buddhist and a vocalist of a Rock band called “No Name”

“COFFEE PLANTATION”; In-liu of Poppy for Sustainable Economy & Better Environment Manipur

By- S.Jugeshwor Singh
Founder Secretary, Global Science Club ,Khoijuman, Bishnupur.

Very recently I visited KOLASIB , a small Town in Mizoram State. In that District ,I saw huge areas of Coffee plantation in the hill slopes by the Mizo people with great enthusiasm. When I enquired about how do they do this and the marketing of the Coffee produced by them, they said ,it was initiated by “ THE COFFEE BOARD OF INDIA”, which is a BOARD under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Government of India. An Extension Centre of this Board is there at KOLASIB, they Said. The Coffee growers said, there is no problem of Marketing their crops as THE COFFEE BOARD is taking the responsible for that, as a result their family income is sustained due to the plantation of Coffee. When I visited one of the Coffee Farm, it was amazing to see how they grow coffee. It was so beautiful to see the way they grow coffee. Not only growing the Coffee in their hill slopes ,they also plant trees for giving shades to the coffee plants. Near the trees for the shade of coffee plants, they also grow beetle leaves( KWA MANA) as well as GOLD MARICH(Kali Mircha/Black pepper).They said, additional income from these crops also obtained, so they have no monetary problem for their family even they are not Government Employee. Planting the trees for giving shades to the coffee plants also prevents soil erosion during rainy season thus control the flash floods and keeps the Environment clean and balance. However it takes at least three years for the coffee to grow full and get the fruits from the initial period of planting it, but once it completes three years there is not much maintenance and the life span is 80 years. The em COFFEE BOARD provides technical support for the grower in regular interval to avoid diseases and control from pest etc. After seeing this, I thought this can be done in Manipur also So that the problem of POPPY plantation can be solved. Not only this, economy of our people will also be improved ,at the same time planting of trees around the coffee plants will also prevents soil erosion for a better Environment and control flash floods. When I returned I tried to contact the expert from COFFEE BOARD of India, to my surprise a small unit of this Board has already existed in Manipur initiating plantation of coffee in various places of Manipur like at UKHRUL,SENAPATI,NONEY,CHURACHANDPUR CHANDEL, THOUBAL etc. The experts says the quality of coffee produced from North East region is very high and costly in the International Market at the same time the soil and climate of Manipur is very much suitable for this crop. .If it is true why should not we plant coffee in hilly region of Manipur extensively for economic growth, environmental protection etc.etc??. Taking this fact into account I draw the attention of the Government of Manipur to initiate to grow COFFEE in large scale in the state of Manipur for multi pronged benefits of our state.

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