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Items filtered by date: Monday, 04 November 2019 - Imphal Times

COCOMI continues its alert protest; Assurance from the Govt. fails to convince people over Naga issue settlement

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Imphal, Nov 4

Questioning the integrity of the interlocutor R.N. Ravi, now the Governor of Nagaland, General Secretary of United Committee Manipur Kh. Athouba demanded clarifications and motive behind the inclusion of the fabricated report which stated that 25 % of the Manipur is valley and is being occupied by the Meetei Community in the parliamentary committee report.  During a discussion hour TV programme , the UCM general secretary also stated that until the agreement has been brought to the public domain a mere invitation either by the Prime Minister or the Home Minister will not be accepted as the Manipuri people already know that every agreement that they may show to us need to be discuss in depth.

“We have been told that the settlement is already completed and that the Prime Minister of India is likely to announce and ink the agreement on December 1, i.e. on the opening function of the HornBill Festival” Athouba said and added that it is not even 1 month that the PM is all set to announce the agreement and how could the message sent out through the Chief Minister of Manipur that every state government will be consulted before the final settlement be trusted.

Meanwhile, series of protest continues in the state demanding disclosure of the content of the agreement between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India.

Protest were staged at Keikhu Kabui Khul, Sawombung, Khunjao, Sawombung khunou, Muji Khun, Ragailong, Chingmeirong Kabui khun, Majorkhul khul, Mahabali Kabui Khun, Mongkhang Lambi, Nambol Bazar , Singjamei etc.

An unofficial report said that some vested interested persons had threatened the Kabui people from joining the alert protest being staged under the aegis of the COCOMI.

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Manipur HC directs authority to ensure safety of ostracized family in returning to their village

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Imphal, Nov 4

In yet another landmark judgment, Manipur High Court today directed the state law enforcers to ensure safety of a family while returning to their village that have been ostracized for converting to Christian religion.

Maibam Sanjoy Singh (43) and his wife Khambiton Devi (43) along with their 4 minor children who were permanent residence of Kachikhul Mayai Leikai, Thangjing Khulen , Imphal West, Manipur were ostracized from their village for converting to Christian religion . Kachikhul village is a Hindu Village and on July 1, 2017 without prior notice or information to Maibam Sanjoy Singh, Local Meira paibi and club members in a meeting convened by the Kachikhul Village Development Committee and that to in the absence of Maibam Sanjoy Singh had resolved to forcibly expel the family on the allegation that a minor son of the family had committed rape crime to one of his relative minor girl on June 26, 2017.

Maibam Sanjoy Singh along with his family filed a writ petition seeking justice by ensuring their safety in retuning back to their home. The allegation related to rape crime is left aside in this report even though the judgment against the mob violence properly mentioned as the report submitted by the police as they too are respondent. Separate suggestions and directives on the crime committed by minor has been categorically mention in the 16 page judgment.

However, the interesting part of the judgment mentioned is the directives to ensure safety of the mob victims .

As per the order, the Manipur High Court directed concern police station to be intimated by the petitioner and inform the date they would like to return to their village (Kachhikhul Mayai Leikai, Thangjing Khullen, Imphal West ) and to ensure their safety while staying at the village.

The Manipur High Court ruling also directed the state government to strictly implement the guideline as laid down by the Supreme Court in its judgment order dated 17-07-2018 rendered in Tehseen S. Poonawalla Vs. Union of India and Others. It further stated that failure to implement the SC ruling may invite the High Court to take up contempt proceeding to the state government.

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Minister Jayantakumar Unveiled Statue of Kharam Maichou Thadoi

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Imphal, Nov 4, 2019 : Art & Culture Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh today has unveiled the statue of Kharam Maichou Thadoi (Pharuisim) at Kharam Pallel, village in Kangpokpi District. Kharam Maichou is one amongst the seven maichous of Manipur. The Minister also inaugurated Laamtuol Fencing, Kharam Pallel. Speaking at the unveiling of the statue of Kharam Maichou Thadoi (Pharuisim) as Chief Guest, Jayantakumar said that Kharam Maichou Thadoi is the only leader with genius talent from tribal communities in Manipur. There is still research going on by the scholars about such famous personalities. The wisdom of our maichous should be adorned and preserved by this new generation and their philosophies and mighty deeds. Only unveiling of his statue will not mean to glorify their ideologies and great deeds. This event will become a mark to develop tourism in Kharam village which is also a historical site.
Minister Jayantakumar also assured to set up a Primary Health Sub-Centre at Kharam Pallel to avail health care service to the people of Kharam Pallel. Minister appealed the villagers to work in coordination with the government to improve and develop other sectors of the village too. He said that the event of unveiling such a statue of a mighty leader will definitely bring peace and integrity between different communities in the state.
Speaking at the occasion, as guest of honour, Director Art & Culture, Government of Manipur, A. Shivdas Sharma said that it is the duty of every citizen to protect and uphold the ideologies of our maichous. Their philosophies and deeds have become inspirations and a model of way of life for the new generation. Speaking as guest of honour, Director Tourism, W. Ibohal Singh said that it is very fortunate for all of us to get an opportunity to trace the foot steps of our forefathers. He also assured all possible measures to develop tourism in the area. Kharam Union President R. Samuel Kharam presided the unveiling and inauguration of Laamtuol Fencing which is also a historical site. Village chief and others also attended the function.

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LMS Law College demands for postponement of students’ election scrutiny

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Imphal, Nov 4

L.M.S. Law College Students’ Union urged the concerned authority for the postponement of scrutiny for their college election.

Speaking to media, today by L.M.S. Law College Students’ Union, President, Soyam Thomas Singh said that they had already filed nomination paper day before yesterday and scrutiny was fall today for the election. He added that unfortunately, scrutiny was postponed without giving any valid reason to the college. He further appealed the concern authority to organise scrutiny process as soon as possible in the clear norms of the election.

He added that in relation with the scrutiny process some outsiders or organizations lock the door of A Block room without giving any information to the college union. He further strongly condemns the action done by unknown organizations or persons and appealed not to do such kind of action in near future. Later, the college union destroyed the padlock of A Block room seeing inconvenience for the students, he added.  

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State Institute of Journalism, DIPR Inaugurates Short Term Course at Moreh College

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Imphal, Nov 4

The State Institute of Journalism, DIPR inaugurated the 15 days short term course on “Impact of Social Media” at Moreh College, Moreh Town Tegnoupal district today. The function was attended by Ng Bimola Devi, Upa Adakshya, Imphal West as the Chief Guest, Dr. L.S. Lunzapau Vaiphei, Principal Moreh College, Moreh as the Guest of Honour and Smt. Seema Sanjenbam, PRO and Course Coordinator, DIPR, as the president. Dr. L.S. Lunzapau Vaiphei stated that “Border areas should be protected by education”. He strongly urged the students to screen social media messages so that unnecessary misunderstandings  are lessened in a cultural and religious melting point like Moreh. Ng Bimola Devi stressed on judicious use of social media today.

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Amur Falcon Has Put Tamenglong in The Global Map: Forest Minister

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Tml, Nov  4, 2019 : Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar said that the migratory bird ‘Amur Falcon’ has put Tamenglong district in the global map.
He said the forest, wildlife, sanctuaries and water bodies are the real assets for the district. He was speaking at the opening function of the 5th Amur Falcon Festival celebrated at the Unity Stadium, Tamenglong. The festival was jointly organised by the Tamenglong Forest Division, the Rainforest Club Tamenglong and Tamenglong Baptist Church.
Lauding the villagers of the district, he said that the conservation initiative taken up by the locals is a testimony to the fact that villagers are committed for wildlife conservation. Speaking on the jhum cultivation, he said the Govt is working towards providing alternative livelihood to the villagers. This year the department will send proposal to Centre seeking around Rs 30 crore (Rupees thirty crore) as financial assistance for hill districts. The fund will be utilised to initiate various developmental programmes in hill districts.
The Minister also stated that he will consult with Hon’ble Chief Minister regarding the need to start the conservation process of Hornbills which are found abundantly in Raengkikilong under Tousem sub-division.
Armstrong Pame, Deputy Commissioner, Tamenglong, highlighted the steps of the district administration on conservation initiatives of Amur Falcon and the necessity to conserve Hornbill bird in the district. He announced that 500 hectares of land has been declared as community forest. He also informed that other villages are convinced to come forward together for set up of more community villages.
DC informed that annual Orange Festival will be held for three days from 13 December, 2019. He said this time orange cultivation has increased. A group of 1,000 choir member will be singing gospel song ‘Hallelujah’ which will be the highlight of the festival.
The Rainforest Club Tamenglong  submitted a memorandum demanding separate wildlife division for Tamenglong, increase forest staff by recruiting local youths, provide alternative livelihood for those dependent on jhum cultivation and logging forest products, promotion of eco-tourism, conservation and protection of Amur Falcon in Tamenglong beyond protection of the roosting sites.
PCCF and HoFF K. Angami showed his gratitude to the people of Tamenglong and Noney districts for their initiatives in protection, conservation of Amur Falcon, giving safe passage to them in their stay in the district for a month. On the other hand, he requested the villagers to extend support to the Forest Department officials.
This year, Dr Suresh Kumar and his team from Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun have satellite tagged five Amur Falcons namely Puching, Irang, Barak, Phalong and Chiulon.

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Political Rumors

Except for NSCN-IM leaders, NNPGs leaders and interlocutor RN Ravi, people across the country know nothing about what actually had been agreed between them to settle the vex Naga issues. Yet, there are numbers of reports carried by different media houses based on their source. As reports appeared differs from one media houses to another, the best thing that people should rely is the announcement made by the government authority.
As per released by the Government of India, PIB reports said that no final settlement between the GoI, NSCN-IM and NNPGs had been signed and it will only be done after consultation with the Government of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
 Being a good law abiding citizen of India, people should be aware and should not let them instigated by political rumors. Chief Minister of Manipur also expressed similar ideas and made an impression that nothing is finalized till date.
On the other hand, many political leaders of Nagaland including those of negotiating parties openly said that final agreement is ready and about to sign the agreement soon. The decisions on Question of flag, nature of constitution, and establishment of Naga Territorial councils in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur are revealed by NSCN (R) leader in an interview yesterday.  What the leader said may be right or wrong. PIB Release might be right or wrong. The Government of India does not categorically refute such claims of finalizing the questions of flag, constitution and territorial council. This is the right breeding ground for rumors.  
All the peoples of three affected States are in a state of puzzle. They are panicky because there will be divisions – administrative as well as social — in the name of Naga Peace  by establishing territorial councils. This panic in collective mind of the people generates many possible answers and escape routes from the fear of being deceived. Thus rumors are generated and transmit these political possibilities. To fight rumor is not telling people not to believe them. The only means to control rumor is to reveal the truth. What is there in the Framework Agreement and what were the things Government of India were talking about with NSCN - IM on the fateful evening of 31 October 2019.
Government of Manipur has sincere commitment to safeguard the interest of Manipur. We should, now, think that all the stakeholders should not act as copy readers of the agreement arrived without them or their knowledge.  For a meaningful engagement in the consultative meetings, the people of Manipur in general and Government of Manipur in particular should know the content of the Agreement and do some homework on it.
COCOMI’s demand for the content of the Agreement is nothing but to understand the spirit and principles underlying the Agreement. Without knowing these things, there cannot be any realistic and pragmatic approach to any settlement. If the people of Manipur do not know the reality, there will be various rumors circulated in the system. Empower the people by revealing the truth, people will form their own opinion. Moreover, there is another fear among the people — Government of India agreed something that the people of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur will not agree. Will there be enemy swap in the Naga politics ?

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