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AMSU supports NESO; calls 15 hours total shut down on December 10

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Imphal, Dec 7

All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) a component body of the North East Student’s Organisation (NESO) has called 15 hours total shut in the state of Manipur on December 10 in support to the total shut down called by NESO.

Announcing this to media persons at AMSU Head Quarter today evening, President –in-charge of AMSU, Laishram Athouba Meitei said that even though the AMSU understands the inconveniences that the people might face due to the total shut down called, the AMSU taking into consideration for the future of the state decided to take the stern stand. He said that as the day falls as the International Human Rights Day, those related to the observance of the day will be exempted from the purview of the total shut down called along with the essential services and the media persons. He also appealed the Manipur University and Dhanamanjuri University authority to reschedule the ongoing semester examination of that day. 

“AMSU being a component body of the NESO, and in view of the India government attitude towards the state of Manipur and the NE states the AMSU is compelled to announce the total shut down in support to the NESO”, Athouba Meitei said.

He appealed people of the state to support the total shut down called and to show strong opposition to the citizenship Amendment Bill, that is scheduled to be passed in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

The president –in – charge of the AMSU said that All decision made by the NESO will be comply by the AMSU.

On the assurance by the Union Home Minister for protection of the Manipur from the CAB, the AMSU said that there is no provision for the state of Manipur in the Bill (CAB) that is to be tabled for passing in both the parliament house even as there is a clause for exemption of the area under six scheduled and those states enforcing ILP system..

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Lorho Pfoze cautions Modi government against the passing of CAB

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Imphal, Dec  7

MP of the Outer Manipur Parliamentary constituency  Lorho Pfoze has cautioned the Modi government against passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in its current form and asked him to pay heed to emotions and sentiments of the people of northeast.
“The government is trying to alter the demographic profile of the Northeast by “dumping” outsiders in the volatile region under the garb of the citizenship bill”,  Lorho Pfoze of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), which is in alliance with the BJP in Manipur, cautioned the Modi government against passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).
News agency quoted the MP as saying ,  “The Union government views the northeast as a region which harbours a lot of discontent against the country, particularly because it has not blended with mainland India. This is why we think that all outsiders would be dumped in the region under the garb of CAB”.
The CAB was introduced in Parliament prior to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls but got lapsed after it could not be cleared in Rajya Sabha. It is now likely to be tabled in Lok Sabha on December 9 and taken up for discussion and passage the next day.
If passed by Parliament, it will be the first legislation under which nationality will be granted on the basis of religion.
Granting citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Christians, escaping persecution was an election promise of the BJP in 2014 and 2019.
The bill has been opposed by several opposition parties with the Congress threatening to go to Supreme Court to challenge the proposed legislation.
Pfoze said an all-party meeting was recently held over the matter and the clamour raised by the people from the northeast against the bill had coerced Union Home Minister Amit Shah to give an assurance that special arrangements would be made for some northeastern states so that they do not get impacted by the CAB.
However, the MP said there was no clarity from the Centre on the issue.
“Home Minister Amit Shah had told us that there would be special arrangement for states like Manipur which he would announce in his speech when the bill is tabled in Parliament... There is no clarity yet,” he said.
The 59-year-old lawmaker further said that despite the assurance, there remains a lot of uncertainty about the Modi government’s intentions especially after the way it abrogated the provisions of Article 370 and bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.
“There is a lot of uncertainty looking at the way the government handles critical subjects. Look at the way Article 370 was abrogated... Until the day the special status was revoked and the bill brought in Parliament, everything seemed normal.
“... The Governor had said that they will not tamper with the special status of the state, but what happened on August 5 was surprising,” Pfoze said.
His state of Manipur has witnessed the most intense protests against the CAB with people demanding that it either be rolled back or amended.
While the Centre has said that states with ‘Inner Line Permits’ - an official travel document issued by the central government to enter the respective state - will not be impacted by the CAB, people of Manipur are concerned as there is no ILP there.
“Manipur, interestingly, has autonomous district councils but is not covered within the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution that protects administration of tribal areas. People are much concerned over the bill as it is does not even have an ILP,” he said.
On Shah’s statement in Parliament that the National Register of Citizens would be implemented across the country, Pfoze said in the case of Manipur, the cut-off date should be 1971 since Muslim infiltration in the rural belts of the state is a serious issue.
He further advised Modi not to “suppress the people of any region as attaining national ambition is possible only if proper care of regional aspiration is ensured”.
“The prime minister has been talking about national ambition and regional aspirations... so, in my opinion... regional aspirations should be taken care of first and only then can true integration of the nation can be ensured,” he said.
(with inputs from Agency)

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Imphal-Dimapur Flight Service Commences; Chief Minister inspects preparations for Japanese PM’s visit

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Imphal, Dec 7

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated the Imphal-Dimapur direct flight service at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport today. 

Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister expressed his happiness over the launching of the Imphal-Dimapur flight service which is being operated by Alliance Air, a private airlines company. Chief Minister said that better connectivity would build deeper connections among the people of the two states. He maintained that such flight service would further strengthen the friendly relations between the States. 

The Chief Minister asserted that the flight service would be operational thrice a week. He announced that the Alliance Air has promised to operate daily flight service between Imphal and Dimapur in the next 2-3 months. 

Later, the Chief Minister along with his Cabinet Ministers inspected the preparations being made for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at Maibam Lotpa Ching, also known as Red Hill at Bishnupur District. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to visit Manipur on 17th December, 2019. During the visit, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pay tribute to the Japanese soldiers killed during World War II in Manipur at Imphal Peace Memorial located at Maibam Lotpa Ching, Bishnupur district. Chief Secretary, Addl. Chief Secretaries, Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners of Imphal West and Bishnupur district top civil and police officers accompanied the Chief Minister during the inspection.

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KNF (N) condemns extortion threat to PMGSY

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Imphal, Dec 7
       
A statement by the Information & Publicity of KNF (N), [email protected] has alleged the KNA of violating the ground rules of Suspension of Operation (SoO) by threatening a JCB driver by snatching the JCB key in between Bongbalkhollen and Kaihoa Village for monetary demand. The JCB is reported to have been used for PMGSY road construction.
The incident reportedly happened at around 3 pm yesterday as per the statement.
It added that  The KNA is presently ensuing Tripartite talks with GoI and GoM, but they still neglect the agreement and violated several ground rules. The outfit urged the Govt to investigate the issues and appealed to take up prompt action to the matter.
The cadres are reported to have been from KNA SINAI CAMP. When almost all Kuki SoO UGs has stopped such kind of barbaric act after the Tripartite talks, the KNA SINAI Camp movement affect social life, distress the Public sentiments and disturb Peace and Harmony of the Local Area, the KNF (N) statement said.

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CPI stages sit-in-protest against CAB and Naga issue

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Imphal, Dec 7

Raising voices that the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and impending solution to Naga peace process should not affect the interest and integrity of the state in any form, members of CPI Bishnupur District Council staged a sit-in protest at Bishnupur Ward no 7 Market Shed, today. Later, the demonstrators also distributed leaflets regarding the issues to the people passing along the Tiddim road.
Speaking to media persons, secretary of CPI Bishnupur District Council, K Bimol said that the public of North East India, especially Manipur should not fall for the verbal assurance given by the Union Home Minister. Questioning if the Centre is considering people of Manipur as ‘fool’, K Bimol said that all left parties will unitedly oppose the contentious Bill so that the same is not passed. The protesters also shouted several slogans to save territorial, political and economic integrity of Manipur, apart from submitting a memorandum to the DC concerned to be handed over to Union Home Minister.

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ATRFM calls indefinite bandh from Dec.16 in NHs and Tribal areas

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Imphal, Dec 7

All Tribal Rights Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM)  has imposed indefinite bandh on all National Highways and tribal areas of Manipur from December 16.
A statement of the ATRPFM , signed by its general Secretary James Haokip said that the indefinite bandh is being imposed after the state government has failed to address the ultimatum served by the ATRPFM and All Tribal Chief Forum Manipur (ATCFM).
The demand by the ATRPFM are -
1. Bifurcation / Recognition of new villages - All matters relating to the creation / recognition of new villages or bifurcation of a village in hill areas of Manipur were done by TA & and Hills, Govt. of Manipur since the beginning. However, the same were allocated to Revenue Department by an Office Memorandum (OM) dated 08.06.2008 issued by Principal Secretary (Revenue) under Para No. 9 and 30 of the Business of the Government of Manipur (Allocation) Rules, 2009 which is illegal. The said OM is illegal on the ground that MLR & LR Act, 1960 is not extended in the Hill Areas of the State as per Section 1(2) of the said Act. And as mandated under Article 371C of the Indian Constitution, the Governor is to submit Annual Report prepared by the TA&Hills, Manipur to the President of India. Hence, the State Government should re-allocated all the matters relating to the creation / recognition of new villages or bifurcation of a village in hill areas of Manipur in accordance with law.  
2.   Funds and Pension for ADCs - Grant-in-aid for ADCs has paralysed their functioning and ADC Members do not enjoy pension. Hence, we demand direct funding to ADCs instead of grant-in-aid and also to revise of honorarium to Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Executive Members and ADC Members.
3. Doubling of district jurisdictions - There are many villages where they are covered by two or more jurisdictions of districts therby causing confusion and hardship among the innocent general public. Hence,  inter-district boundaries i.e. doubling of villages in both the hills and valley district jurisdictions in the past Census records must be corrected in the coming Census 2021.
4. Inclusion in the Census - Many Tribal villages were found missing from the Census list of 2011 and Socio-Economic & Caste Census which deprived them from availing welfare schemes. Hence, we demand all villages should be included in the coming 2021 Census as well as in the current 7th Socio-Economic & Caste Census 2019.
5. Inclusion of VA Members in warrant of precedence - The Village Chiefs/Ex-Officio Chairmen are heads of the Village Authorities and all the members of Village Authorities in the hill areas are elected members under the Village Authorities Act, 1956. Hence, they should be included in the warrant of precedence.  
6. Illegal Eviction of tribal people by Forest Department - Right to shelter is a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution and also right on land of tribal people and other traditional forest dwellers are well recognised by the Forest Rights Act, 2006 as well as under International Conventions/Instruments.  Therefore, the Forest Department shall have no right to evict the tribal people from their residence/villages in contravention of the above-mentioned provisions.  
and  7. Percentage of reservation in proportion to population - It is a settled law and constitutional intention that percentage of reservation in educational institutions and public employment shall be in proportion with the population of different categories so that equal representation of all categories is maintained as far as that is practicable. The population of Scheduled Tribes constitutes 35.1% of the total population as per Census 2011. It was 31% in Census 2001. There has thus  been an increased of 0.9 %. Accordingly, the Manipur Rservation of Vacancies in Posts and Services for SCs and STs Rules, 2011 be amended and give reservation in proportion with population in the interest of equal representation in all areas.  

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Significance of windows

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.     

NLFT opposes the enactment of CAB

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Imphal, Dec. 7

The National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT) spearheading the movement for the restoration of the Boroks’ historical rights in the state of Twipra shows concerned and opposed to the enactment of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the winter session of Parliament.
A statement of the NLFT signed by Secretary General D. Uomthai drawing the attention of the policy makers, thinkers and law makers of the nation and said that the fundamental conflict and political unrest in Twipra is all about the core issue of illegal immigrants that occurred in different waves right from 1947, 1950, 1960, 1964 (Hazratbal shrine incident in Jammu and Kashmir and riot in East Pakistan), 1965, 1971 and even after the liberation war of Bangladesh.
The administration may have thought their job is done after the border fencing. But the reality is just the opposite and beyond the perception of the authority. Illegal immigrants continue to arrive by managing the BSF with money. Relatives of these immigrants in the other side of the border are now making digital infiltration by obtaining Adhaar and ration card well ahead of their arrival. By the enactment of the CAB, the Government of India is trying to blanket cover millions of illegal immigrants in Twipra which endanger the very existence of the Boroks and sons of the soil, the statement said.
It added that over the decades, the illegal immigrants were the fastest growing ethnic group and ranks No. 1 with 7 in every 10 of the state’s population. Institutional and logistic support by both New Delhi and the state government were the main source and cause of such disproportionate growth of illegal immigrants. As family members and relatives from the immigrants move back and forth between Twipra and our immediate neighbouring country, it ensured the further inflow of illegal immigrants and consolidation. The Government of India, instead of checking the incoming waves of illegal immigrants, provided all possible help like cash dole and loan for self-reliance and business, allotment of Borok lands for settlement of the illegal immigrants, transport for resettlements in new areas and other basic amenities like health care, sanitation, education and above all security. The state government under Chief Minister Sachindralal Singh even took away the royal reserved lands of the Boroks by enacting the Twipra Land Reform Act 1968 and put the illegal immigrants on it.
New Delhi unjustifiably turned its back on the sons of the soil in that it spent far more resources and time on the well being of the illegal immigrants rather than on the people with whom it entered into the merger agreement on October 1 5, 1949 that made independent Twipra a part of Union of India.
A careful recount of coherent policies and enactments of laws by both the Centre and the state governments would show not only how the Boroks have been reduced to insignificant minority but also by default politically handicapped. The CAB is yet another nail in the coffin. It is legitimising the stay of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in the state of Twipra which at present is not even the size of kutch district of Gujrat (17,634.829 sq. mile) or Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan (14,826.708 sq. mile). It is only little bigger than the  Home Minister Amit Shah’s Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency ( 7, 931 sq. mile) as present Twipra has only 10,471 sq. mile geographical areas. How can it host such huge population with its agri-based economy? By what count Delhi justifies this aggression by the illegal immigrants on the Boroks of Twipra?
The NLFT said that they are not against any persecuted religious minorities or ethnic group. But questioned on why only in this tiny territory where the sons of the soil are now persecuted by the illegal immigrants and the government of India is providing institutional protection to the persecutors rather than to the victims. And in the context of Twipra, the Boroks are the victims and so called religious minorities and infiltrators from the neighbouring country are the perpetrators with both New Delhi and the state government on their side.
“We believe the Boroks too have every right to defend themselves. We cannot be forced upon to accept Socio-economic-political situations we do not want. It is the question of justice here, not might”, the statement said.
The NLFT also called upon all the right thinking citizens of the country to come and make on the spot study to see what befell the Boroks and what it takes socially, economically and politically to accommodate the illegal immigrants.
The group also appeal to the international community to prevail upon the Government of India to refrain from the application of the Citizenship Amendment Act (when passed) in the state of Twipra as this would lead to unprecedented ethnic unrest.

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Tata Memorial Hospital opens 3 new Paediatric cancer units

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In view of the increasing number of paediatric cancer patients, the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) has opened three new childhood cancer centres at B. Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) in Guwahati (Assam), Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital (HBCH) in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) and HBCH, Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).
TMC is also slated to start new cancer treatment at a hospital in Bulandpur (Punjab) next year. The distributed cancer control model seeks to take cancer care closest to the patients  and make treatment accessible and affordable, TMC officials here said adding that nearly 1,000 new paediatric cancer cases were registered at above three centres in the last few months.
In Guwahati’s B Borooah Cancer Institute about 500 and in Visakhapatnam’s HBCH, over 200 children cases of paediatric cancer were registered. Blood cancer remained the most common cancer (45 per cent) among children.  
Speaking about the new paediatric cancer centres, Dr Shripad Banavali, Director Academics, TMC said that “Paediatric cancer is highly curable when treated appropriately by not just a medical multi-disciplinary team, but by also providing all necessary support for families to undergo the treatment journey. This includes financial, nutritional, accommodation, transfusion and other support. Setting up more centres across India to provide holistic care is the need of the hour to tackle the burden of paediatric cancers”.
“Across India there are an estimated 40,000-50,000 new paediatric cancer cases, but only 20,000-30,000 children reach a major cancer care hospital for treatment. With more hospitals, the patients will reach out to centres of excellence closer to their homes”, Dr Banavali said and added that “there are only 75-100 paediatric oncologists in India, with nearly 40 cancer care institutes dedicated to paediatric cancer treatment. The paediatric cancer is curable, but diagnosis is often late. Besides a gender bias forces several girls to drop out of treatment,”.
Dr Girish Chinnaswamy, Head, Paediatric Oncology,TMC said that “Although there are good treatment options available for children with cancer in India, the majority of these treatments are in tertiary centres located in major cities. Hence we anticipate that a large number of children with cancer will be able to access care in these new centres.  
Speaking about the holistic support that will be provided at these new centres, Shalini Jatia, Secretary, ImPaCCT (Improving Paediatric Cancer Care and Treatment) Foundation, (Division of Paediatric Oncology) (set up in October 2010) said, “The model at TMC, led by ImPaCCT Foundation, has been successful in providing holistic care and other support to children and their families. This has improved the cure rate of childhood cancer to over 70 per cent and has also decreased the refusal and abandonment of treatment by families. This has been possible by partnering with government and NGOs. Such a tried and tested model should be replicated by regional centres across the country.  “ImPaCCT Foundation”, ensures that every child with cancer coming to TMC receives treatment, regardless of the family background, caste, community and religion.
TMC located at Parel in South Central Mumbai, treats over 60,000 cancer patients, coming from all over the country annually, of which 2000 are children. It was set up in 1941 as a ‘beacon of hope for the hopeless’. The management of the hospital was handed over to the Union Ministry of Health in 1962. Now TMC is an autonomous body under the administrative governance of Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India.
In 2012 a TMC centre was launched in Kolkata by the Tata Trust, to address the high prevalence of cancer and the lack of suitable facilities in the eastern and north-eastern region. TMC is the biggest tertiary care and referral cancer treatment and research centre in India and in the world.
TMC began “decentralization of treatment” a few years back, hoping to reduce the load of patients. Accordingly recently 50 children who had come to Mumbai for treatment from Uttar Pradesh were referred to the Varanasi hospital. “But we found that 450 other children who had never come to Mumbai for a referral, had already registered at Varanasi for treatment, pointing to the fact that people are accessing treatment as it is nearer to them,’’ Dr Chinnaswamy added.
By now TMC has set up cancer research and treatment centres in Varanasi, Tirupati, Bhubaneshwar, Ranchi, Allahabad and Mangalore and is also partnering state governments in building state-wide cancer facility networks in Assam, Odisha, Jharkhand, Telangana and Nagaland. It has supported the formation of the National Cancer Grid since most of the  oncology centres are located in western and southern parts of India.
TMC, is planning to double the number of paediatric patients it treats annually. Compared to 2,500-odd children treated in 2018, it plans to extend its free treatment avenues to 5,000 children by the end of 2020.
Every year over 50,000 children develop cancer in India and at least 70 per cent of them succumb due to various reasons including lack of money, family dislocation, no home to stay in big cities, no access to good centres in small cities and lack of proper care and treatment in smaller cancer centres etc.
India has 27 dedicated cancer hospitals and an additional 300 general or multi-specialty ones providing care to cancer patients. Research reports suggest for those aged between 25 and 69 years, cancer is the fourth-leading cause of death in India (after cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and tuberculosis). Experts say the concentration of cancer patients is more in the north eastern states, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. India has 1.8 mn cancer patients but there is only one oncologist to treat every 2,000.
According to experts there is a need for immediate government intervention, since the death toll in this segment is on the rise, with chances of the disease rising fivefold by 2025. The Indian Council of Medical Research has already urged the government to make cancer a notifiable disease.

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