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Citizenship Amendment Bill: Protestors clash with police at Khwairamband Keithel; Cry against CAB fill the air; May demand a separate country – Student leader

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Imphal, Jan 11,

Khwairamband Keithel today was turn to a war field after large number of protestors against the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill tried to storm at Raj Bhavan.

Around noon large number of women vendors of Khwairamband Keithel and students today came from nowhere and gathered at Khwairamband Keithel surprising the police force. The students taking the front row under the initiative of All Manipur Students Union, Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur, Students Union of Kangleipak Manipuri Students’ Federation , AIMS and Kangleipak Students Association and some of the Ima lup (women body) marched a protest rally at Khwairambandh Keithel at around 2.30 pm. The protestors confronted the police force near Raj Bhavan. Later the police resorted lathi charge and also fire several tear gas shell and the protestors to reportedly threw plastic bottle at which a police officer sustain injury after being hit by a bottle containing water.

The protestors were later drive out till BT road using excessive force. The police action fails to keep the protestors under full control at BT road as another rally against the CAB was also set out from the CPI office under the aegis of the Left Coordination Committee.

The Left Coordination Committee Comprises of CPI, CPI(M), Manipur Forward Front etc.

Speaking to media persons Manjit Sarangthem President of AMSU said that the Citizen Amendment bill 2016 is a policy to oppress the people of North East by the mainlanders and will surely wipe out the indigenous people of North East states.

He condemned that even when the leaders of state implementing ILPS system like Nagaland and Mizoram have the guts to strongly condemn and stand against the bill, the leaders of our state stills act as a puppet and look towards the central government for their decisions. And he added that it is not the time to take political mileage by the political parties by throwing words to each other but to stand for the people and to act against the bill for the sake of the welfare of the indigenous people

He added that the people were still saddened because of the forceful annexation of Manipur and adding fuel to the burning fire the people of North Eastern states witness racial discrimination and other forms of oppression in mainland India. And also the BJP led government tries to saffronize with its Hindutva policy to the people of North East.

He further added that the people of Manipur and the students will stand firmly against the bill which is against the people of the North Eastern states.

He said that the people of the state along with the North East will intensify the movement against the Citizen Amendment Bill 2016. He added that people of all the North East states should stand and fight unanimously against the bill. 

 Manjit further warn the government of India to be cautious in dealing the sentiment of the people as the people may left with no choice to demand a separate country from India.

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AMSU leader Sinam Prakash meets victims of Tripura

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Imphal, Jan 11,

All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) advisor  Sinam Prakash along with NESO members led by Samujjal Bhattacharjee advisor AASU on Friday reached Tripura to meet the tribal youths who had sustained injuries while demonstrating against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 Madhabbari and adjacent areas on January 8.

Internet services have been suspended to prevent spreading of rumours.

Led by Bhattacharjee, a team of North East Students’ Organisation reached Tripura to take stock of the situation and met the local people. However, the team was stopped by the police in Khumulwng of Agartala.

As per reports, 15 youths sustained injuries during the firing and seven are said to be critical.

The members of the North East Students’ Organization clashed with the police at Khumulwng. The police had to lathi charge and blank fire to disperse the protesters. Police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas to chase away the protesters.

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NPP leaders to meet at Guwahati to discuss the issue of CAB

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Imphal, Jan 11,

Major alliance partner of the BJP , NationalPeople Party is all set to hold a meeting of all leaders of the party at Guwahati to discuss the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha.
Talking over phone to this reporter Legislature Wing leader of the NPP Manipur Legislative Assembly said that as of now the NPP is yet to make any decision on whether to go or continue with the BJP as it is too early to give comment. The Legislature Wing leader Yumnam Joykumar however said that a collective decision of the NPP will decide the political strategy of the party, but did not give any opinion his  regarding the CAB saying that the party president had already make its statement.
“As the Bill is yet to pass the Rajya Sabha we have to make a collective decision”, Yumnam said

The meeting is likely to hold tomorrow with all leaders of the NPP.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma had earlier described the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, in the Lok Sabha as “unfortunate”, today said he will discuss with his National People’s Party (NPP) leaders to take a call on whether to snap ties with the BJP.
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Citizenship Bill that seeks to remove hurdles in eligible migrants from six minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan from getting Indian citizenship despite opposition by political parties.
“Well, it is very unfortunate that this Bill has been passed as this is something which we have opposed vehemently,” Mr Sangma told journalists.
Mr Sangma, who also heads the NPP, said the Meghalaya Cabinet have passed a resolution opposing any kind of implementation of this Bill.

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BJP says uprising in NE regarding the CAB is a blessing for the govt. of Manipur

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Imphal, Jan 11,

BJP Spokesperson Ch. Bijoy today said that the issue of the Citizen Amendment Bill which was passed in the Lok Sabha give an opportunity to the government of Manipur to urge the centre for giving assent to the pending “Manipur Peoples’ (Protection ) Bill”, which was passed by the state assembly for protection of the Indigenous people of the state.

Speaking to reporters at its temporary office located at Canchipur here in Imphal , Ch. Bijoy, the spokesperson of the BJP, which is leading the government in the state slammed the opposition party for intimidating the general party. He said that the kind of propaganda has confused the public and it goes out of hand then it will be hard for the government to correct the misconception incite to the people. He also added that whatever the Chief Minister of Manipur has stated was true.

“The mass protest against the Citizen Amendment Bill in the North East region have give an opportunity to the government of Manipur”, Bijoy said, adding that the government has been given an opportunity to urge centre for giving assent to the Manipur Peoples’ Protection Bill which was passed by the state assembly.

“This time the president will give assent to the Bill as all our leader including the Chief Minister is at Delhi to pressure the issue, and I am sure that our government will be first to implement the Manipur Peoples’ (Protection ) Bill.

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Regional Agri Fair begins in Eroisemba

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Imphal, Jan 11,

The three days Central Agricultural University (CAU)-Regional Agri Fair 2018-19 begins at the CAU campus at Eroisemba in Manipur on Friday. The agri fair which was organised by CAU under the sponsorship of Ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare, Government of India, Coconut Board, Government of India and National Horticulture Board, Government of India.
The fair held under the theme ‘Agripreneurship for attracting rural youth to Agriculture, ’ was participated by more than 50 stalls including representatives from constituent colleges of the CAU in seven North East states.

Manipur assembly speaker Yumnam Khemchand inaugurated the mega event of the year in presence of the Chancellor Dr S Ayyappan of the CAU, Vice Chancellor Prof M Premjit Singh and three former Vice Chancellors of the university which have a total of 13 colleges under different disciplines across seven NE states.
Speaking on the occasion, Speaker Khemchand CAU plays an important role in modernising the farm sectors. He also expressed the need to have production of quality food and for this the sci9entiosts and the farmers need to have time to time interaction.In his speech Chancellor Dr Ayyappan called upon the farmers community to target at least a profit of Rs 1 lakh from a agriculture land measuring 1 acre.On the other hand highlighting the functions and achievement of the CAU in the last 25 years,Vice Chancellor Prof Premjit said that the institute which ranked 13th best agriculture varsity among the country’s 74, has so far organised 65 capacity building programmes,88 farmers training programmes,736 farm demonstration programmes through six krishi vigyan Kendras in the region.Many publications of CAU including a souvenir was also released during the occasion.
 Innovative farmers and progressive farmers from different land based departments, educational and research institute,Non-governmental organisdations and self-help groups of the region, the krishi vigyan Kendra and important input dealers and agri-preneurs are likely to participate in the show activities in the fair to showcase their innovative ideas in developing modern agriculture.
This is a very good opportunity to disseminate research advances in location-specific farm technologies, implements and other inputs and also to bring awareness regarding scheme/projects being handled by the university and state governments to sensitize all stakeholders besides encouraging the innovative farmers for motivating the farming communities and to understand the problems as well as feedback from the farmers dwelling in near and far flung areas in the region, according to the CAU sources.

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Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 is insecular Discriminatory Bill: AMMOCOC

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Imphal, Jan 11,

With the passing of the contentious citizenship Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha, the whole Northeast region has been in great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty situation. And also Thanks to the collective outrage of the united northeast that The Citizenship Amendment Bill has been put to a halt in the upper house but fortunately Rajya Sabha has put the Bill to reconsider. Though the problem has been tentatively delayed but it is not completely negated. What is more concernable with this Bill is that it has the potential of disturbing the whole social fabric of the diverse indigenous communities of NER. The whole of NER has already been facing the problems of alien people taking over the population of the indigenous communities bringing them to the brink of extinction. There is an ongoing struggle of resistance against the influx of non-native Indians in this region and at the same time there is an angst amongst the whole northeast for making it the dumping ground for illegal immigrants particularly from Bangladesh. Simply this Bill appears to be a flawed and divisive which is more like of an attempt to eliminate the indigenous peoples of northeastern region.

This Bill that seeks to replace the Citizenship Act of 1955 is problematic on many grounds. Without going into the details, it violates the historic Assam Accord 1985. Moreover, these citizens gain permanent citizenship after 6 years of residency in India instead of 11 years as mentioned in the Citizenship Act (1955). This communal granting of citizenship as against the secular ethic as claimed by the Indian constitution is supposed to bring the whole demography of the northeastern into invasion.
The northeastern peoples are not in a position to frame their own laws to protect their interests in the parliament but only imposing those laws being framed by others.
The police brutal against the protestors in Tripura and other parts of NER are to be rated as overly tyrannical and undemocratic actions which is highly condemnable in the strongest term. Today’s firm and united political stand of the whole northeasterners in against such imperialistic framework to appropriate and colonized new people should be continued till to the death of any such anti indigenous peoples’ Bill. Though the Bill stays in hold in Rajya Sabha, there is still the possibility to easily pass as smooth as that of the Lok Sabha’s passage.
The insecular discriminatory basis of Citizenship Amendment Bill, we are not against humanitarian act of giving citizenship to the refugees or the persecuted peoples of other countries but that should be done not on the basis of religion. And AMMOCOC urges to the concerned to proportionately distribute the refugees and again we wish to bring into attention that as of NER we have had enough of refugees. We have been much more generous than our capacity and in consideration of this; the GoI has to look for other regions than northeastern to accommodate them. We urge the GoI to respect the Assam Accord 1985 and uphold the autonomy and rights of indigenous people of NER. AMMOCOC extends the heartfelt solidarity to our peoples of northeast in general and Manipur in Particular who are fighting against the GoI’s move of this anti-indigenous peoples’ Bill.

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When Govt. disregard Constitutions…..

Preamble of the Indian constitution says “WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens: JUSTICE, social, economic and political; LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation.
It is this preamble that the nation’s constitution was framed 395 articles in 22 parts and 8 schedules at the time of commencement. At present the nation’s constitution consist 448 articles in 25 parts, 12 schedules, 5 appendices and 98 amendments. All amendments are done under the preamble.
The equality mention here envisages that no section of the society enjoys special privileges and individuals are provided with adequate opportunities without any discrimination. All are equal in front of law. The word secularism which was added later says that India is a country where any citizen can chose any religion.
As promise during parliamentary election campaign of 2014, where Narendra Modi spread across the country, the BJP led government has tabled Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which allows illegal migrants from neighbouring country on the basis of religion is something which is equivalent to dishonoring the Constitution of country. The Bill says that illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Budhists, Jains, Parsis and Christian from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan will be made eligible for becoming the citizen of the country.
This concept of accepting only some particular community (illegal Migrants) on the basis of religion is a direct blow to the so call secular character of the constitution.
Article 14 which stated that all citizens are equal before law and that the State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India and also prohibit discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill,2016 is the direct violation of this Article 14 of our constitution.

The Bill also stated illegal migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. When it comes to the state of Manipur it is already a known fact that Protected Area Permit System which have been imposed in the state has been lifted but continue for foreign tourist from Afghanistan and China. When the country restrict tourist from Afghanistan in visiting the state of Manipur, what actually is the agenda of accepting the illegal migrants base on religion from Afghanistan be granted citizenship if they stay for 7 years.
This concept of staying in the country for seven years is also illogical when there are Foriegners Prohibition Act.
On the other hand, the post election political drama in the state of Karnataka keeps many political analysts brainstorm on what went wrong in the practice of democracy in the country. It is not because that the governor of the state Vajubhai Vala inviting BS Yeddyurappa of BJP which got single majority but fails to reach the magic number to form the government. It is about differences of the conduct of Governors  of each state which indirectly indicate support to ruling political party at the center.
The Karnataka episode had raised an issue in the state of Manipur, with opposition Congress coming up to point out that the way the Governor of Manipur invited BJP legislature leader which won only 21 seat to form government as violation of the constitutional provision. If Karnataka Governor is right from the perspective of the law of the land than Governor of Manipur can never be right and can be stated that the governor had violated and showed disrespect to the constitution of India.
 Now the question that we as an observer wanted to know is - Where is the so call check balance of power gone? Which pillar of the democracy is going to save the sanctity of the Indian Constitution which keeps on protecting the country since the time became an independent republic?
Whether it is those with leftist or Righteous or those in the middle ideology , it is times for all to think on the matter to protect the sanctity of the Indian constitution.

Lieutenant General Rajeev Sirohi takes over Spear Corps

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Imphal, Jan. 11

Lieutenant General Rajeev Sirohi, AVSM, VSM took over the reins of 3 Corps on 11 January 2019 from Lieutenant General Gopal R, AVSM, SM who proceeds on posting to Army Headquarters.

Lieutenant General Rajeev Sirohi is an Infantry Officer from the Grenadier Regiment of the Indian Army.
Lieutenant General Rajeev Sirohi has had an illustrious career encompassing several prestigious staff assignments in Military Operations Directorate with command tenures being mainly along the borders and in counter terrorism operations. He commanded an Infantry Brigade in J&K and an Infantry Division in North East.  
The General Officer has extensive international exposure having served in two United Nations Missions as well as two international courses abroad. His experience of the Region include attending the Joint National Level Meeting in Myanmar and leading the Indian Army Military Delegation for Victory Day Celebrations in Bangladesh.

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Assam Rifles Conducts Friendly Volleyball Match

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Imphal, Jan. 11

Thoubal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) conducted a friendly Volleyball Match at Thoubal Company Operating Base on 10th January 2019. The match was played between the team of Kairembikhok Youth club and troops of Assam Rifles. The teams played with great zeal and enthusiasm and displayed great sportsmanship during the course of the match. The villagers appreciated the effort shown by Assam Rifles towards creating a healthy environment and developing friendly relations with local populace.   

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Open letter to the The Government of India & he People of India

Against the Citizenship Bill Act 2016

“It is a very unfortunate, condemnable and illogical acts of BJP led government and supporters that let Citizenship Bill which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from other countries from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan passed on Tuesday, the 8th January 2019 by the Lok Sabha.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 is contemptible as it bypass the democratic ideals of India. Introduced in the Lok Sabha by the Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, its primary objective is to amend the current Citizenship Act 1955 to provide for the acquisition and determination of Indian citizenship for a certain category of illegal immigrants and not for the benefits of any citizens of NE and rest of India. Additionally, this bill relaxes the citizenship criteria for such immigrants and merges the categories of Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) together. This Bill cannot be acceptable to people of the Region.
When Mr. Modi, Prime Minister of India said that “I want to assure the people of Assam and North East that their rights will not be hurt after passage of the Citizenship Bill”. What Rights of the People is he talking about, when we are treated unjustly and undemocratically.
Apart from the Citizens issues worrying for other’s countries please look into the problems faced by people of the region. NE has many major issues to be discussed and solve at the earliest. Some may point out like, AFSPA, Law and Order, Internal Territorial State, Undemocratic Political issues, Immigrants / Refugees problems, Revolutionary issues, Educational drawback issues etc.   Please bring solutions to these problems. Stop giving burden to the NE people by passing such illogical bill against the people of NE.
North East is a small region which comprises of seven sisters and one brother states namely as Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim respectively. It is approximately an area of 262,230 square kilometres which is almost 8 percent only of that of India. North East India so different from the rest of India. Nothing is common other than being Indian. Precisely the food intake, life-style, cultures and traditions, environmental and geographical factors etc... This bill will affect the indigenous people of this region and threats to the identity and cultures prevailing in North East. The immigrants / refugees in NE will soon rise in its peak and turn into a citizen.  NE was never part of India or any Indian kingdoms before the British came and conquered unfortunately. In fact, NE should be protected & safeguarded from the rest of the country with prior to the Indigenous and uniqueness of the region.
Even after India became an independent country on 15th August, 1947, 72nd years of Independent, India have failed to recognised and established for the wellbeing to the people of the Region. We are living in a broken democracy with untruth leaders. If India cannot feel our sentiments and keep on doing such injustice to the people of the Region, I belief one day India will have to face the consequences of all the deeds done to this Region.”

Yours sincerely,
Chongtham Thangamba Meetei,
Teacher of St. John Higher Secondary School, Shillong cum
Advisor of the Shillong Manipuri Students’ Union, Shillong
Shillong, Meghalaya
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