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MUTA declines CM’s invitation for talk

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Imphal, Sept 29,

Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) has declined the invitation of Manipur Chief Minister to hold talk over the issues of Manipur University. The invitation was sent to the authority of the MUTA by the Secretary to the Chief Minister of Manipur, N. Geoffrey base on a statement given by President of MUTA I Tomba during a panel discussion at NE Live TV on September 27, 2018.

The MUTA said that talk between them and government may be possible on the ground that if the arrested faculty members and students are released without any condition and also by withdrawing the FIR lodged against the members of the University Community. The MUTA also stated that how could they hold meeting with the government when the faculty members, staffs and the students are being chased.

“Stop the dodging and arrest of the teachers, staffs and students; remove all the security forces from the Manipur University campus, then we may consider talking “, a MUTA representative told Imphal Times.

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Why the MU Community is against Prof. AP Pandey? ‘Of the 482 working days Prof. AP Pandey remain out of station of about 180 days’

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Imphal, Sept 29,


With Prof. AP Pandey’s refusal to cooperate the 2 member independent enquiry committee looking to the crisis at Manipur University and after documents which were kept sealed in the VC room at A Block of Manipur University have been taken out, Imphal Times now felt that people across the nation need to know why the Manipur University Community stand firmed with their demand.

One factor which enraged the students of the varsity was his frequent absence and touring outside the state which makes difficult for students in taking approval for their research works whatever so related.

As per documents available with the Imphal Times, Prof. AP Pandey who joined the Manipur University on October 26, 2018 used to be out of station for a period of over 180 days out of the 482 working days. Which means , AP Pandey attended office for 272 days only. The total expenditure for his travel comes around Rs. 8 crores and was bear from the Manipur University Exchequer. Imphal Times had earlier reported that at most of leave return dates were not mentioned.

As per source available with the Imphal Times, AP Pandey made about 32 trips during 180 days which he remain out of station. As per report Prof. Pandey never prepared any official tour dairy in all the 32 trips.

On the other hand since Prof. Ap Pandey joined that VC Office in Manipur University there was never a regular meeting of the statutory bodies of the Manipur University which includes the Court, Executive Council, Academic Council, College Development Council, the board of studies and the finance committee. A source said that failure to hold regular meeting of the statutory bodies is a gross violation of the Manipur University Act, 2005. As per the MU Act it is mandatory to hold meeting of the statutory body for at least three times a year.

Moreover the last convocation held of the Manipur University was on April 29, 2014. Source said that Prof. Pandey refused to entertain the request for conducting of the convocation.

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State observes Surgical Strike Day; CM seeks support to bring a solution to MU row

Imphal, Sept. 29,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the government seeks the support and co-operation of the people and media to find a solution on the Manipur University issue. This was stated by him at the Surgical Strike Day Observation held at Banquet Hall of 1 M.R. Battalion, Imphal today.
 Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that we all must join our hands together to bring an amicable solution on the issue. He maintained that the government is open to hold meeting with the representatives of MUTA, MUSA and MUSU for a fruitful dialogue to bring solve the MU row. He stated that the government had invited the MU community for talks today but they turned it down for their own reasons. In the meantime, the government will sent another invitation when they are ready for talk so that the 3 months long agitation would be put to an end. He believed that the MUTA, MUSU and MUSA would hear the earnest appeal of the government to restore normalcy in the Manipur University.

Appreciating the people of the State for their positive feedbacks and response during the bandh recently, Chief Minister thanked the people for showing maturity and refraining from any violent acts during the bandh. Since the installation of the present government, Manipur is experiencing positive change. And no unwanted incidents have taken place in the last 18 months, he added. He urged the people to join hands together to build a better Manipur.
Mentioning the contribution of Manipuris in the Nation Building, Chief Minister said that Manipur has produced highest number of Army Officers in per capita by any State in the country. The State has produced two Lieutenant Generals in the Indian Army so far. There are around 300 Army officers serving the Nation, he added. He thanked the Army and Paramilitary officials for extending their valuable help during natural calamities such as flood, landslides which have occurred in the State.  
Chief Minister highlighted that India believes in universal values of humanism and is a peace loving country. The world must member that we are the founder members of Non-Aligned Movement. India also believes in holding political dialogue to bring a solution with any country, he added.
Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh presided the function. Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, top Army Officers, top civil and police officers attended the function.    

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9th State Level Children’s Cultural Meet, Governor presents Child Rights Award to three individuals

Imphal, Sept. 29,

The 9th State Level Children’s Cultural Meet, 2018, under the theme ‘Break the Silence, End Child Sexual Abuse, Let us Make a Child Friendly Manipur’ organized by  Manipur Alliance of Child Rights (MACR) was held at Tribal Research Institute, Chingmeirong, Imphal today.
The Children’s Cultural meet was graced by Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla, Law, Health and Art & Culture minister L. Jayentakumar Singh and Advisor, MACR and also Former Chairperson of MCPCR S. Sarat Kumar Sharma as Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honour respectively.
Speaking at the function, Governor said that she was happy to be amongst all, especially the young talented. It is indeed an opportunity for the young children to show their talents and innate potential in different fields of art and culture, she added.
The Governor stated that the theme of this year’s cultural meet ‘Break the Silence, End Child Sexual Abuse, Let us Make a Child Friendly Manipur’ is relevant in the current social scenario. Congratulating the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights for putting up the important issue into context, the Governor said that the campaign launched by MACR from the month of August this year has covered 32 Educational Institutions and more than ten thousand students have taken the pledge to stop sexual violence against children.
Expressing anguish over reports of child abuse in the country, the Governor stated that sudden escalation in the number of cases of child sexual abuse is most disturbing. In Western countries where family bonds are presumably less tenacious there have been extensive reports of such crimes however, it was assumed to be quite alien to the Indian society and more so to the well knit culturally rich society of Manipur. Unfortunately, such rabid social aberrations have started occurring in Manipur also, which was completely unheard of in the past. It underscores the need of realizing our collective responsibilities of each and every stakeholder, schools, colleges, parents and students to ensure a safe and secured environment, where basic rights of the children are well protected and promoted, she added.

The Governor further said that there are other grievous challenges confronting the children which if not engaged appropriately can destroy the whole generation. The menace of drugs and substances among the school going children is on the rise. A comprehensive approach for containing this enemy of the youths is imperative. ‘Digital Addiction’ leading to Cyber Crime is another dimension of the challenges faced by the young generation. She expressed hope that with sincere and focused efforts, Manipur Alliance and Child Rights will be able to contribute substantially in the fight against these evils.
Lauding the Manipur Alliance and Child Rights for submitting a draft ‘State Child Policy’ to the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights, the Governor expressed confidence that the Government will consider implementation of such policy earnestly in the interest of the younger generation.
The Governor also stated that the participation of large number of children from both valley and hills from different districts, different ethnic communities to a single forum will help in achieving communal harmony, emotional integrity amongst the indigenous peoples, tribes of hills and valley of Manipur.
In his presidential speech, Law, Health and Art & Culture Minister Shri L. Jayentakumar Singh stated the need for mass awareness on the various laws related to children which protects the legal rights of the children. He said it is the responsibility of each and every parent/guardian to nurture their children in the right direction. In the nine district of Manipur, there are nine Juvenile Justice court, the Minister added.
As part the cultural meet, the Governor presented Citation and shawl to Child Rights Awardees, Shri Kabib K, IPS, SP, Churachandpur and  Shri  M. Pradip Singh, IPS, SP, Senapati for their outstanding work in the protection of Child Rights and N. Sanajaoba Meitei, Senior Reporter, ISTV for his commendable media report and stories on Child Rights.
Later in the afternoon, Children from different district showcased variety of dances including Folk dance, Body building show, Cultural dance, Thougal Jagoi, Fashion parade, Kabui dance, Mao Jagoi, Thadou Kuki Folk dance, Choreography among others.

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Manipur Maoist coveys the people to remain firm & steadfast against the repressive regime

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Imphal, Sept 29,

Maoist Communist Party Manipur conveys the people of the state to remain firm & steadfast against the repressive regime of Manipur.

A statement of the outfit said that on the 122nd birth anniversary of the Late Hijam Irabot, the Maoist Communist Party Manipur, the lone voice of the peasants & the working class of the society, would like to request the public to remain firm against the repressive regime of Manipur and work together to give a befitting reply to the repressive regime.
“It is an everchanging world and MCPM also understands that even the Philosophy of a Revolution should also develop with time”, the statement added.
It further says that the evolving revolutionary theory of Marxism to Marxism-Leninism and presently to Marxism-Leninism-Maoism is laid bare for all to see and witness, as no one can stop the wheels of change, develop even in the ideology of Revolution. Likewise the seed of Revolution, the revolution of equality, sown by the Late Hijam Irabot based on Marxism-Leninism was indeed the right thing for the generation of that time and with the Philosophy of a Revolution evolving with time, the Maoist Communist Party of Manipur was formed based on the ideology of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, with the objective of striding forward the revolutionary steps taken by our predecessors. On the other hand, the ever increasing defiance, arrogancy & the repression of the Manipur Govt should be met head on collectively. A quote by the Late Bhagat Singh, one of freedom fighters of India,  In the grab of a fraud called “rule of law” the oppressing state’s violence is treated as legitimate and the rationale behind the adoption of violent means by the oppressed is not even acknowledged” – needs to be analysed thoroughly using our rational and wisdom by all of us. It is very evident that the present repressive rule in our motherland Manipur is exactly what the his term of “Fraud “ was and it is also crystal clear to all of us that the tyrannical BJP regime is exercising “the rule of law “, a pure eye-wash, to suppress the genuine and the just demand of the people of Manipur. Why would the regime then unduly without any rhyme or reason assault the innocent students of Manipur University and that too in their dorms in the middle of a night? Is this what they call it as the “the rule of law “ and Isn’t this what the Late Bhagat Singh had described as “Fraud of the Rule of Law”? The repressive and the tyrannical act of the BJP Govt has indeed given us and the public a new zeal and a new desire to resist them even if some of us were mere mute silent spectators. The MCPM would also like to quote the great freedom fighter Nelson Mandela who once said “The freedom fighter learn the hard way that it is the oppressor who define the nature of the struggle, and the oppressed is often left no resource but to use method of that mirror those of the oppressor”. From what is happening now and what has happened in the past, we need an all out effort to counter this repressive Anti- People Regime of the BJP or any other repressive regime for that matter, in unison. The present imbroglio of Manipur University and the inability to solve a very simple issue which of course as puppets, they are not allowed nor do they have the gall. Instead they unleash a fury of assault and repressive measures on their own people, a typical cowardly quality of a fascist tyrant and a direct challenge to their own people. This however is indeed a blessing in disguise as we all, including both the young & the old, are morally & emotionally strengthened to resist them even more firmly and ready to take the bull by the horn. It is time for all of us to wake up or else we will never wake up, the statement added.

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He calls the state Government as unrecognized association – and there is no word from the state authority

The legitimacy of appointing Prof. Yugindro as Pro-VC by VC Professor AP Pandey on September 20, when the 2 members inquiry committee is in full swing and when the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the MHRD representative, Manipur Government representative and Manipur University community on August 16 is being complied is not the reason for intensification of the ongoing agitation at Manipur University. 
There seems to be some hidden agenda, as the move to hand over the charge of the VC by the newly appointed VC is proceeded in a hasty move. The way that the so called Pro VC entered the Manipur University Complex with former in- Charge Registrar along with a huge number of security force on the afternoon of September 20, talks volumes about some hidden agenda. 
The conspiracy behind the game being played is slowly unfolding as the version of alleged Pro-VC Yugindro differs from the clarification made by the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh in the wake of the 48 hours bandh called by 6 different student’s organizations of the state. Moreover, students and teachers gathered on the day protesting the taking charge of the in-charge VC by Yugindro don’t seems like to be criminals as none of them were notice holding deadly weapons and as per photo available with many the Pro-VC was seen serving tea by the students inside the room. 
The version of Prof. Yugindro who allegedly filed compliant to the Police and that of the Chief Minister does not match at all. That is why desperateness of the Chief Minister to take some action was notice and the midnight crack down inside the Manipur University Campus of Sept 20 seem to be something which he felt the only way to defend his position from the central leadership. This is notice from the statement forecasted by the Chief Minister using all means of media at the aftermath of the bandh called. 
Each and everybody including those who are favouring the VC AP Pandey knew that the Memorandum of Agreement signed on August 16 after three days of hectic discussion in the presence of Chief Minister and his colleagues knew that the VC AP Pandey have no respect for it and have been challenge to the court of law. At one of his submission to the Enquiry Committee dated September 9, 2018, AP Pandey term Manipur government as unrecognized association and the MU community as illegal. 
It is his right to challenge anything which he felt that he has been framed in violation of the rule of law to the law court and he had done that. Pandey had already filed a writ petition  to the Manipur High Court challenging the MoA and also the enquiry committee.  

As of now the case is pending in the law court and no verdict regarding the MoA is being announced. Untill Court says anything there is no such provision that Mr. AP Pandey can simply denied co-operation to the enquiry committee and also his terming the government of Manipur as unrecognized association need to be seriously handled. 
And another thing that need to be pondered is that why the MHRD had accepted the Pro VC appointed by Prof. AP Pandey at the capacity of when the MHRD had agreed that during the period of inquiry and until follow up action taken on the inquiry report by the competent authority, preferably within a period of 15 days, Prof. AP Pandey will be on leave, how could they recognized the Pro VC appointed by him on Sept 10 this year.
And more over the University Act 2005 regarding the appointment of Pro VC has not been followed .
As per the statute of the Manipur University – pro Vice Chancellor shall be appointed by the Executive Council on the recommendation of the VC. Prof. Pandey who joined the Manipur University on October 26, 2010 neither issued any order about the abolition of the Court, the Executive Council , the Accademic Council, the College Development Council etc. nor had been issued order for replacement of the member. What he did was that he never called sitting of any of the statutory bodies which is mandatory in any university. This means the Executive Council does exist and the name of Prof. Yugindro was not placed in the executive council for appointment of Pro VC . The first line of the order for appointment of Pro VC reads – “In the anticipation of approval o the executive Council …………….” Which executive council was Prof. AP Pandey referring too. 
Prof. AP Pandey’s blatant  lei about not receiving any summoned from the Enquiry Committee and terming the government of Manipur as unrecognized association need to be deal with extreme seriousness or else people will start asking – if AP Pandey is above the government of Manipur? 
Playing blame game to save one person is not the people expects from those in the government. 
Now, Imphal Times felt that, people who read our newspaper have the right to know why MU community wanted action against AP Pandey. And this news paper will start publishing the irregularities committed by him one after another as peoples’ judgment seems to be need of the hour.