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Chief Minister meets keyboard warriors; frames regulations for group admin of Social networking site

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Imphal, Nov 2

Understanding the impact of various social networking sites which keep in touch among numbers of users in sharing their ideas, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today convene a meeting with almost all social media users particularly those administering group – open or close at Facebook and Whatsapp.  

“Social networking site like Facebook , Twitter, Instagram and Messaging app Whatsapp is taking an important role in transforming the society. It is you the future of the state who utilised the social networking site judiciously and for the welfare of the state that keeps Manipur heading towards prosperity”, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said while interacting the keyboard warriors.

What to upload and what not to upload depends on the wisdom of the users but if a post uploaded and share openly at any groups or newsfeed in Facebook that might spewed venom to a community or an individual than the person responsible are liable for punishment under various sections of the IT Acts, Officer in Charge of the Cyber Crime department of the Manipur Police, John said while talking on the occasion. He cautioned administrator of any group in either Whatsapp or Facebook of facing serious criminal offences if derogatory comments are found posted in their group.

“If any admin found derogatory or seditious words being uploaded in their group, it should be taken out”, Cyber crime Police OC said. He also appealed the keyboard warriors to block all suspicious users which they feel is faked.

Interestingly a module to check running of a Whatsapp or Facebook has been suggested to register with nominal fee. 

The Cyber crime department also issued a series of dos and don’ts to the users.

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Begin dialogue with stakeholders on Naga settlement issue immediately- CPI -M

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Imphal, Nov 2

CPI (M),Manipur State Committee has appealed  the Government of India to begin immediate dialogue with all stakeholders to conclude  the 22 years dialogue between the Government of India (GOI) and Naga groups on Indo-Naga Peace Talk .
In this regard, Kshetrimayum Santa, Secretary, of the CPI –(M) said that there are a lot of apprehensions in the neighbouring states of Nagaland viz. Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Particularly in Manipur, the people are on the street to safeguard the territorial integrity of the state , administrative and political integrity of Manipur. And also stand together for a composite nature of Manipuri culture featuring its unique characteristics of unity in diversity. In this regard an All Political Parties Delegation went to New Delhi and submitted Memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Minister of Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah on 30th October,2019. The CPI (M) was represented by Kshetrimayum Santa, the Secretary of the Manipur State unit of the party.
He appealed Union Home Minister Amit Shah to assure to the Delegation in a one liner that before any settlement is arrived at with Naga groups, all stakeholders including States of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be duly consulted and their concern will be taken into consideration. And in this regard a declaration was made by the Ministry of Home Affairs as a clarification to the public.
“We believe that the GOI will keep its words, which was publicly declared, and immediately invite the stakeholders in Manipur, Assam and Nagaland including the state governments, political parties and CSOs for a fruitful dialogue to finally seal the deal in the interest of people irrespective of their caste , creed and religion for a lasting peace in the region particularly in Manipur”, the statement added.

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Security forces shifted from Colleges campus after Human Rights bodies, students demand for removal

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Imphal, Nov. 2

After various bodies working for the protection of Human Rights including Committee on Human Rights (COHR), Human Rights Alert (HRA),  Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM), Human Rights Defender, Manipur (HRDM), Manipur, Civil Society Coalition for Human Rights in Manipur and the UN (CSCHR) United People’s Front (UPF), Reachout , Life Watch (Manipur) and students bodies had decried militarization at Educational institute of the state, security forces station at DM College campus and MB College campus have been withdrawn.
Apprehension about upraise in Manipur following the fall out of the NSCN-IM and GoI final agreement which was earlier scheduled to settle yesterday, the state government administration had deployed large number of central security force at the campus of some colleges here in Imphal East and Imphal West district. However, after students’ Union and Civil society organisations including human rights defenders had denounced the deployment and stationing of para military forces inside the premises of educational institutions, the state government administration had removed the para military stationed from DM College and MB College campus.
Large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CMPFs) and regular Army were transported and airlifted to Manipur in the wake of the final settlement between the NSCN-IM and the government of India. Already the state of Manipur have already been deployed large number of Military at various places.
The Human Rights body in their memorandum submitted reminded the state government about the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child under Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict recommend the Government of India in 2014 . It reads:
The Committee urges the State party to take all necessary measures to prevent the occupation and use of as well as attacks on places with a significant presence of children, such as schools, in line with international humanitarian law. It also urges the State party to ensure that schools are vacated expeditiously, as appropriate, and to take concretemeasures to ensure that cases of unlawful attacks on and/or occupation of schools are promptly investigated and that perpetrators are prosecuted and punished.

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South Korea is the Country Partner for the 4th India International Cherry Blossom Festival 2019 at Shillong

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Shillong, Nov 2

Shillong’s 4th India International Cherry Blossom Festival 2019- will celebrate the unique autumn flowering of Himalayan Cherry Blossoms with several cultural events at Shillong, Meghalaya from 13-16 November 2019. Visitors can enjoy fashion shows, rock concerts, a beauty pageant and even compete in an amateur Golf Tournament. Alongside, there will be stalls showcasing the best of the region’s food, wine and crafts. This festival is being organised at Polo 5th Ground and the picturesque Ward’s Lake by the Government of Meghalaya (spearheaded by the Forest and Environment Department), Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

This International Year of Indigenous Languages also brings in the Republic of Korea as a partner country and there will be several K-events including a K-Pop concert, a Korean Taekwondo  also Korean Cuisine and Arts stalls and exhibits on opportunities on Education in South Korea, in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre India.

The festival will be inaugurated by Conrad Sangma, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya and the Republic of Korea delegation will be led by HE Shin Bong-Kil, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea.

A key event of the Festival will be a summit between the Republic of Korea and the Government of Meghalaya on issues of environmental reclamation and waste to wealth, and several MoUs are expected to be inked during the summit.

In this 4th edition of the Festival, LG Electronics Inc , a South Korean Headquartered Multinational Electronics Company has also stepped in as a a major sponsor.

Visitors are advised to visit the festival website cherryblossomfestival.in and the Facebook Page India International Cherry Blossom Festival for the latest updates and tracking of the Cherry Blossoms.

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Mass protest and torch rally continues in the State

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Imphal, Nov 2

Under the supervision of Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), Coordinating Body of Khurai in collaboration with Moirangkampu Nupi Thoudang Lup, Top Awang Leikai Mahila Mandal Lup, Top Khunou Meira Paibi Lup and Moirangkampu Sajeb Makha Leikai Meira Paibi, yesterday staged alert sit in protest. Moreover, Coordinating Body of Khurai in collaboration with Chingarel Tejpur Meira Paibi staged a torch rally at their surrounding area yesterday evening. Soibam Leikai Meira Paibi, Ahongei Meira Paibi Thangjam Leikai Meira Paibi, Thoudam Leikai Meira Paibi, Chingangbam Leikai Meira Paibi, Khurai Salanthong Meira Paibi staged torch rally at khurai Lamlong Keithel.

Slogan were also raised by the protestors against the peace accord signed between NSCN-IM and India government and warns that the accord should not include any statement which affect the territorial integrity of  Manipur.

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NSF expresses happiness in bringing positive note between GoI and NSCN-IM

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Imphal, Nov 2

The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) expressed happiness in reaching a positive note between the Government of India (GOI) and NSCN-IM during the talk held on Friday.
A statement by Ninoto Awomi, President, NSF and Liremo R Kikon, General Secretary, NSF said that the federation always maintained that the abrogation of the peace process due to differences between the negotiating would prove too costly for the future of the Nagas.
The NSF welcomes this positive development and appreciates both the parties to the political dialogue for adopting such progressive policies and resorting to ways that could eventually reign in a peaceful future for the Naga people.
The federation is convinced that this recent development is another landmark towards amicably resolving the South-East Asia’s longest movement for self determination in a manner which will uphold the legitimate rights and unique history of the Nagas, it urged.

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Tracking black money

Unexpected things happen here in the state of Manipur more than at any other states of the country. Impact of Demonetization kills many at many parts of the country but it makes many untouched and made many millionaires overnight. Narendra Modi announced demonetization all of a sudden to bring back the black money. His intention was to distribute the black money to the poor people of the country. What is heartbreaking is that the Prime Minister’s aspiration to make every citizen of the country rich never becomes reality.
 But demonetization brought good fortune for some exceptional people in the state. Talks are going around in the town that due to the demonetization some small micro finance runners who took risk become millionaires overnight and it was due to the many privileged  class people who have plenty of black money which make the micro finance bankers success.
Unlike in other state, the demonetization is perhaps a blessing for the state. It raised a group of capitalist class people who give employment opportunity to hundreds of jobless people. Even as it is against the socialist ideology, it did serve some people who are searching for job. The agenda of Right Wing ideologue is revealed even as it has been always working under the shadow of the Socialist ideology.
It is not a simple and baseless criticism when this newspaper says that a neo capitalist class has been born by demonetization, but it is an open secret which happened in front of our eyes. The only thing is that Indian legal system is very complicated that sometimes a wrong is right due to loopholes to prove that it was wrong. Perhaps it may be not due to loopholes in the Indian law but lack of sincerity and commitment to prove that it was wrong among the legal practitioners.
Well good thing are always good. Everybody needs to encourage those who are successful in becoming employers. But what about the many hundreds of people who had uncountable number of black money which makes things possible for some exceptional people.
So far , no investigation about how a person have so much money beyond his income before the demonetization and how come he or she deposited to the micro finance business runner instead of depositing it to the bank. Why any government agency is not looking into this matter?
When success needs to be appreciated and encouraged, the government machineries who are paid to check things which goes wrong by public money collected in the form of various taxes should also act to punish those who had black money beyond their income.

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