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Kuki Black day Observance : For 25 years the Kukis are crying for justice

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Imphal, Sept 13,

Kuki Community across the globe today observed “Black Day” commemorating the 1990s mass killing of Kuki by armed militants of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Issak Muivah) NSCN-IM.
As per record, inbetween 1992 to 1997 as many as 1157 Kuki, including women and children were slaughtered, over 360 villages were burnt leaving over lakhs of Kukis refugees in their own land by the armed group NSCN-IM.
Commemorating the Killings, September 13 has been observed as “Black day” or “Sahnit Ni” every year by demanding justice for the victims. Today is the 25 years that “Sahnit Ni” is being observed not only in various parts of the state but also across the globe where Kukis resides.
Main observance was held at Tuibong in Churachandpur district in the complex of Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) for three days – today being the last day.
The theme for this year’s observance is ‘Justice to Victims of Kuki Genocide’. A memorial stone for the victims of the Kuki Genocide was also unveiled during the three day observance.
Speaking on today’s observance , President of the Kuki National organization (KSO) said  the Kuki community have been crying for justice of the victims by bringing the perpetrators of the genocide to book for 25 years.
The governments both at the centre and the state had not only turned a blind eye to the human massacre by Th. Muivah and his band of marauders, but alsi shunned their ear to the cries of the Kukis for justice for a quarter of century, Haokip said.
Th. Muivah led NSCN-Im is presently ensuing in peace deal with the government of India and talks are going around for a final solution to their issue after the signing of the Frame Work Agreement with the government of India.

“Today, by erecting memorial Stones inscribed with the names of the victims of the Tangkhul instigated and NSCN-IM led genocide , we are telling the world and powers that be , that we shall continue to fight for justice to more than 1000 inocent , hapless kuki villagers killed , the people of 350 plus villages uprooted, the innumerable children orphaned, the many mothers widowed by the genocide”, PS Haokip said.
He further said that KNO is in political dialogue with the central government where they have consistently telling the Government of India that the Kuki will feel safe only when the right to govern by the Kuki is given recognition.
“The KNO is ready to stand with the Kuki people till that right of ours is respected , and no attempt to trample over our land and rights will be tolerated”, PS Haokip said adding that they will not hasitate to go back to the Jungle if the rights of the Kukis is not respected and treated with dignity.
The 25th Kuki Black Day is also observed at Indo-Myanmar Border Town Moreh. Hill Tribal Council Moreh and Kuki Student Organization Moreh , Kuki Women Union and Human Right Moreh and Moreh Youth Club Jointly organised the observance.
A silent public rally was staged from Galngam Lentuol Grouns to Forest Gate of Moreh from 7:30am . More than five thousand  Kukis took part at the Condolences Rally.
After the rally a mass public meeting was also held at Gamnom Lenthol ground.
A two minutes silence was also observed in honour of the victims of NSCN-IM.
Speakers during the observance expressed that the Kuki will continue to observe the black day until the Government of India (GOI) recognises the untold sufferings meted out to the Kukis by the NSCN-IM.
“ Not only in Manipur and India , the Kukis all over the world is also observing the Kuki Black Day”, a speaker said
On the other hand, the volunteers of the organising committees shut down all traffic along the NH102 and also inside the Town from 6 am to 12 noon today as a mark of solidarity and tribute to the departed souls.

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System error –

who will fix the Broken Window ?
Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or consider a pavement. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of refuse from take-out restaurants there or even break into cars.
If the concept is to be applied to the law and order situation in our society with special emphasis to the prevailing system of administration and governance, one would find the same psychological response to the prevailing situation.

This very social phenomena is termed the Broken Window Theory - introduced by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in an article titled Broken Windows, in the March 1982 The Atlantic Monthly following an experiment by Philip Zimbardo, a Stanford psychologist who tested the theory in 1969. Unsurprisingly for many, the test concluded that vandalism, or for that matter, most forms of social disturbances occurs much more quickly as the community generally seems apathetic. Similar events can occur in any civilized community when communal barriers – the sense of mutual regard and obligations of civility – are lowered by actions that suggest apathy. In other words, the theory posits that the prevalence of disorder creates fear in the minds of citizens who are convinced that the area is unsafe. This withdrawal from the community weakens social controls that previously kept criminals in check. Once this process begins, it feeds itself.
Disorder causes crime, and crime causes further disorder and crime. A lot of social discrepancies- between the accepted social norms and the ground reality can be explained based on this theory. The snowballing effect of corruption, favoritism, unrest and elitism being increasingly experienced by the general public in the state can be understood more clearly and objectively when one understands the psychology behind the cause of such undesirable social occurrences. But understanding the cause is not the panacea to the festering problem, it is rather the beginning of a long and tedious process of reforms and redressals which should be pursued relentlessly. But the task at hand is easier said than done.
The present system of administration and governance which has been consciously shaped and engineered to comply and conform to the interests of a precious few having access to power and connections, with the added bonus of having in place various mechanisms to protect and cover the nefarious activities and conniving characteristics of those fortunate few, needs to be pulled down and a radical system to administration and governance has to be drawn up be implemented without further ado. In short, an overhauling of the deep rooted social evils and malpractices that has been inextricably intertwined with the present system is the need of the hour. If the present government does not have the gumption to own up and make the much delayed changes, the general public will be forced to act on their behalf. Time to fix the broken window is running out for the government.    

Thoubal district bandh tomorrow

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Thoubal, Sept.13,

 Bandh called by United Action Committee from Lilong to Wangjing in Thoubal district from September 14 to September 15 has not revoke as of now as no understanding between the DC of Thoubal District and the  committee member. The band is also supported by the affected people of Wanhjing while widening the National Highway 102 as agreement reached between the former Dc and the affected people is reported to have not been respected by the present DC.
The Committee has not been opposing the land acquisition for widening of the National Highway 102  but has been demanding to conduct the eviction without partiality.  

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Hill district bandh called off

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Imphal, Sept 13,

Total shut down called at Hill district against the constitution of a cabinet sub committee headed by Works minister Th. Bishwajit to look into the functioning of the Autonomous District Council in respect of Senapati, Churachandpur and Tamenlong district has been called off following an order of the governor which revoke the government order dated August 23 , 3018.
The bandh was called by one ATRPM from 6 am of Sept. 14 till Sept. 15 morning.

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Ringui Village Authority donates 600 acre of land to state Forest Department

Imphal, Sept 13,

Village authority of Ringui in Ukhrul district has donated 600 acres of land to Forest department for protection of Environment.
Lauding the gesture of the villagers Forest and Environment Minister Th. Shyamkumar said that village authority of Ringui has set an example on their commitment to save the environment.
“God created different places and environment but human race exploited it for their own benefit”, Shyamkumar said.
He said the Forest department is committed to save the environment at different locations of the State and the department respects the villagers of Ringui who have donated the land for conserving the environment.

The Forest and Environment Minister Th. Shyamkumar said the above statement during an inaugural function of a community hall at Ringui village at Ukhrul district today.
Shyamkumar appealed the people to protect the forest and environment and also to extend their support to the authority of the Forest department in preserving the natures’ gift.
“ Officials of the Forest department is visiting nooks and corners of the State to spread awareness to conserve the environment and combat the climate change which is the biggest threat faced by the world, but without the support of the villagers it will be a hard task for the official in saving the environment.  
The Minister also assured to take up various schemes for the development of the village.
Ringui village is a plastic free village and it has official dumping site. The Forest Minister was impressed to learn it.
As part of the function, a CD containing Ringui Horei song was released and a documentary was also shown to the audience. Land donors were also felicitated at the function.
The function was also attended by officials of Forest and Horticulture & Soil Conservation Departments.

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Education Minister inspects schools

Imphal, Sept. 13,

Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam today visited The Sangaiyumpham Higher Secondary School, Sangaiyumpham and interacted with the staff. The Minister inspected the three new school buildings constructed at the adjacent side of the previous building where the staff and students had been recently shifted.

After enquiring to the staff the Minister learnt that out of the three school buildings one of the building was being occupied by locals. He warned the locals to vacate the school building within five days. Inspecting the school premise the Minister also suggested demolishing the concrete fencing separating the three school buildings.
He said the demolition of the walls constructed between the school building would enlarge the school campus enabling the students to move freely and utilizes the ground for assembly and other sports activities. Expressing displeasure on seeing the poor maintenance of the staff rooms and school premises, he asked the principal and staff to bring academic atmosphere in the institution since it has been already a month being shifted to the new building.
Radheshyam who is also the MLA of Heirok A/C visited the Government Primary School, Heirok part II.

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RIMS sets to celebrate its 47th Foundation Day

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Imphal, Sept 13,

Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal established in the year 1972, is celebrating its 47th Foundation Day on 14th September, 2018. RIMS, Imphal has significant contributed in the field of medical science by imparting Undergraduate, Post Graduate and other courses, and catering to the health care needs of the country particularly North Eastern Region as a tertiary medical institution. The following course are offered in RIMS Imphal MBBS (100 seats / year), PG course in 23 disciplines (147 seats / year), M.Ch. course (2 seats / year), M.Phil Clinical Psychology course (6 seats/year), B.Sc. Nursing (50 seats/year), B.D.S. (50 seats/year), BASLP (Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology) course (10 seats/year). Cardiology, Neurology, and GIS & MAS has upgraded to full-fledged departments in 2018. RIMS, Imphal has catered to 3,95,527 Nos of OPD patients, Casualty – 1,21,236, indoor patients – 42,888, 7,245 (major) & 4,595 (minor) surgical operations and 11,645 deliveries were conducted in the last one year.

A statement by Dr. R.K. Lenin Singh, Chairperson, Publicity Sub-Committee, of the foundation day celebration said that Smt. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India inaugurated Digital Payment System in RIMS Hospital on 31st May, 2017. The Ministry of Electronics & IT, Govt. of India has complimented and selected RIMS, Imphal along with AIIMS, New Delhi for interaction with the Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad with persons availing benefits of e-Hospital for easy excess of health facilities. Under this program, Online Registration System (ORS) facility is available to OPD patients through website www.ors.gov.in.
RIMS, Imphal is also implementing various schemes and programs of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India such as Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram and availing Direct Benefit Transfer to the beneficiaries, it added.
The statement also stated that the Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), Govt. of Manipur scheme is fully implemented in RIMS Hospital. This scheme is a pioneering health assurance scheme initiated by Govt. of Manipur which provides Rs. 2 Lakh per eligible families every year. RIMS is prepared to implement Ayusman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission which will benefit upto Rs. 5 Lakh per family per year.

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Governor launches Mobile App ‘Heiya’

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Imphal, Sept 13,

Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla today launched mobile application ‘Heiya’ developed by Royal Apps at the auditorium of Manipur Film Development Corporation, Imphal.
Dr. Th. Meinya Singh, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Dilip Mayengbam, Station Director, All India Radio, Imphal,  Prameshwor Singh, Executive Director, National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology and Akampat,  Prabir Kumar Singha, Managing Director, Royal Apps were also attended as dignitaries in the launching function .
Speaking on the occasion Dr, Najama Heptulla lauded the effort of the Rayal App which developed the App for mobile phone which will benefit the youths of the country in searching job without wasting much time.  

She said, “As you are well aware, mobile phone has become a leading telecommunication service in our present generation, becoming indispensable to everyone’s day to day life. This modern gadget has become so embedded in everyone’s life that life without mobile has become unthinkable. It has become a mainstream item and we feel isolated and disconnected without it.”
“Royal Apps was established hardly a year ago, but it has already become a player to reckon with in the world of mobile and its vast possibilities. It gives me enormous satisfaction that the Royal Apps developed the mobile application ‘Heiya’ and I am fully confident that Royal Apps will be able to launch this application in major parts of the North Eastern Region within a very short period. The prime objective of ‘Heiya’ is to make the search for jobs by the jobseekers or the search of the jobseekers by the job providers much easier and without any cost. I am sure that the people of this State particularly the younger generation will get fully benefitted from this mobile application. More importantly, the Company has set an objective to design and fabricate user friendly mobile applications meant for the general mass to enable them to live a more complete, comfortable and meaningful life.  I am fully confident that the Company, with their sincere efforts, will be able to achieve the objective.
“It is very impressive that this mobile application ‘Heiya’ has two modules - Jobs and Entertainment. The Entertainment module has another eight sub-modules touching upon various issues such as General, Scientific, World, Health and it is designed in order not only to minimize the nuisance created by the rampant use of the current Social Media but also to give a completely new taste of Social Media.  Apart from these modules, I am happy to learn that ‘Heiya’ is also going to add another four different modules in a very short period. The world has become virtually smaller with all these mobile applications and with a swipe one can be privy to any information of utility.
“The Royal Apps also deserves praise for instituting the “Innovation Award” to be given every year to the Best Innovator who should be below 20 years of age.  This award is introduced mainly to encourage the young men and women to innovate and carries an amount of Rs. 2 lakhs and citation.   My heartiest congratulation to Royal Apps for this very meaningful and far reaching gesture.
“The world is developing very fast and things around us are changing at a mad pace. It is especially true in the electronic world. What is innovation today does not remain relevant tomorrow. In this highly competitive world, when I come across companies like Royal Apps, I feel comforted that our own people are also in the race of development. My support is always with such ventures. But I would like to sound a word of caution also that we should not lose sight of the importance and necessity of putting in place a proper system to avoid misuse of our innovations”, Dr.Najma  added

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Radheshyam inaugurates SBI, Tamei Branch & R. Tale Memorial Women’s market

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Imphal, Sept. 13,

Education, Labour & Employment Minister Thokchom Radheshyam inaugurated the SBI, Tamei Branch, R. Tale Memorial Women’s market and laid the foundation stone of Model Residential School, at Tamei Head Quarter yesterday. The SBI, Tamei branch was reopened after 38 years.
The Minister said that the people of Tamei and Tamenglong had been deprived of the basic benefits and development. He appealed to the employees posted in Tamei and Tamenglong irrespective of the post they held to render the best of their service to serve the people. He said that the people had suffered long enough due to lack of development in the district.

He said that the inauguration of the bank and the market has given an opportunity to look into the prevailing problems and issues faced by the people to be able to work for the betterment. Assuring the people he said that he will put into words to the Hon’ble Chief Minister on the need to improve the road condition.
Minister said that in terms of the infrastructure of schools there are certain plans in the pipeline to be carried out to improve the condition of the schools of the Tamenglong district and in the whole of Manipur which will be carried out according to the priority basis. He also highlighted certain development plans being intended to be carried for the Tamenglong district.
MLA, 52-Tamei (ST) A/C Shri Awangbow Newmai said that for the people of the Tamei and surrounding villages the newly reopen SBI branch will help them ease in the difficulties in financial transaction. He added that reopening of the SBI branch will also help the people in getting the benefits of the several government schemes. He said that the residential school will also serve the best to the children from remote villages.
Vice Chairman,MIDA, Shri o. Lukhoi Singh, Chairman of Tamenglong ADC Namsinrei Panmei, DC Tamenglong Shri Ravinder Singh, concern officials, village authority and locals were also present. The ministerial team also visited District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) Tamei Tamenglong, District.

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