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SSUM celebrates its 4th Foundation day

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Imphal, March 14,

Socialist students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM) today celebrated its 4th Foundation day at Manipur Hindi Parishad, Imphal.

As a part of the 4th foundation day, a blood donation camp was organised at JNIMS hospital and free books and monetary help were also distributed to the deprived students who were not able to admit in the schools.

Speaking as a Presidium member, President of SSUM Soraisam Yaima declared that the organisation will establish memorial hall at various places of the state remembering Lamyanba Irabot to bring consciousness and spreading the ideas of the leader to the hoi polloi of the state. He added that the weaker class the poor section of the society especially the students will be allowed to study free education in the said memorial hall. Yaima also declared that a quarterly journal will be also produce from April this year.

“We have a dream. A dream of an egalitarian society, a classless society where there is no difference between the class of the rich and the poor. For such a society to take place we should forward with a strong dedication”, Yaima added.

He said that a new motto was also change from today stating “Study for struggle and unity for socialism” and added that the previous letterhead will not be used any further.

Convenor of young communist league Wahengbam Rameshwar said that students play a vital role in the society. They are the future pillars of the nation he added. He further said that they should mould the students in manufacturing the leaders of the nation. He concluded that they need to develop an inclusive society building integrity.

President of SSUM Soraisam Yaima, Convenor of Young Communist League Wahengbam Rameshwar and Executive Committee of MPPDU were the Presidium members of the function.

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Are media Houses in Assam glorifying terror activities?

By Our Correspondent
Guwahati, March 14,

Sympathetic to the cause of community but soon turned out to be a vivid supporter of insurgency- that is how few Assam media outlets can be described and the trend continued for decades. However everything has not gone well for the Guwahati based media groups as the matter is brought to the notice of Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi, which has reciprocated with official communiqués for necessary actions.
 “With utmost concern and sadness I wrote the letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing suspicious behaviour of few print and electronic media outlets of Assam. They seem to be pursuing a mission to derail the sincere initiative by the Centre for all round developments of northeast India in general and Assam in particular,” said Biswajit Nath , a Guwahati based concerned citizen. The letter dated 26 November 2018 asserted that a section of Assam media used to glorify the act of insurgents during 1985 to 1992, when the State was put in turmoil by the banned United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).
 As the militancy erupted two major anti-insurgency operations namely Operation Bajrang and Operation Rhino (between November 1990 and May 1992) were launched.
 “That was the darkest chapter of Assam’s long cherished history when our very own boys (also girls) with guns on their hands started killing own people for logics best known to them only. We the Assamese people had to suffer most from both the State and non-State actors as the counter insurgency operations launched. Thousands got killed, many women were raped, families ruined during those black days,” added the letter.

 Slowly the region has marched for peace and developments, but Biswajit pointed out that few journalists and intellectuals of Assam maintained their ill-designs against the country where common people have to
suffer but those conspirators continue successfully camouflaging themselves. Their strategy remains the same as to instigate the local sentiments and take advantage of the situation. Biswajit disclosed an example of motivated news contents spread by Guwahati based satellite news channel ‘Pratidin Time’ and daily
newspaper ‘Asomiya Pratidin’ last year when the regional channel aired a prime time interview with Paresh Barua (a face of terror, who leads ULFA-Independent) on 20 November. Next morning the interview was seen printed on the front page of the highest circulated Assamese daily.
“This is in clear violation of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, section 39 of which describes the offence relating to supports given to a terrorist organization, where the term support is not restricted to provide only money or other property but also instigating the terror outfit for further disruptive activities,”
asserted Biswajit adding that soon a well-orchestrated media hype was created and few other news channels namely NewsLive, DY365 and PragNews followed it (interviewing the fugitive militant leader from
an undisclosed location).
Meanwhile, the Union government in a letter (dated New Delhi 22 February 2019) to the commissioner & secretary (Home and Political) of Assam government (also copied to Biswajit) directed to take appropriate actions over the matter. Biswajit, who also lodged an FIR at Basistha police station in the city over the same matter, now keeps waiting for some meaningful measures from the concerned authorities.

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Family of a girl harassed by a married man cry for justice

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Imphal, March 14,

Family of a 17 years old girl from Imphal East today cry for justice by arresting a 37 years old married man who had allegedly molested and physically assaulted her.

During a press meet held today at Manipur Press club, family of the victim girl said that a person identified as Waikhom Ngouba , about 37 years old from Sekta Mayai Leikai had allegedly assaulted the 17 years old girl on February 20 and the matter was revealed to the family members by the victim girl on Feb 25. Both were sportsperson and were having illicit relationship for quit some times after the incident, the family reported the matter to Porompat Police on February 26. However police take no action against the person, said the grandfather of the victim girl. He said that the said person had threatened the family many times after they had reported the matter to the police. He urged the concern authority to take appropriate action against the said person.

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State Level MCMC and Media Certification Committee Constituted

DIPR
Imphal, March 14,

State Level Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) and State Level Media Certification Committee have been constituted by an order issued by Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Manipur, in respect of Manipur State for the ensuing 17th Lok Sabha Election, 2019. The State Level Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) consist of seven members led by Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Manipur, P. K. Singh as Chairman and Addl. CEO, Manipur, T. Ranjit Singh as Member Secretary. An Observer appointed by ECI; Director (IPR), H. Balkrisna Singh; Station Director, AIR, Imphal, Dilip Mayengbam; Sr. Consultant (SEMT), Manipur, Bankimchandra Maisnam and PCI Nominated – Independent Journalist / Citizen are the members of the committee.
The State Level Media Certification Committee is headed by the Addl. CEO, Manipur as the Chairperson. Returning Officer, Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency (DEO – Imphal West) and Station Director, AIR, Imphal, Dilip Mayengbam are the members of the committee.
Political parties, Candidates and any other interested individuals may contact the committees for any information related to media certification and other related matters.

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Interfering the media

The advancement in information technology has made today’s world a ‘Global village’ – the term first coined by Canadian-born author Marshall McLuhan. Man born at the extreme corner of Far East Asiatic countries knows, cry and pray for the kind of disasters that happen in Middle East countries or in Latin America. Installation of internet technologies to cell phones which every human being can afford makes the people of our Earth- whose circumference is estimated at about 40,075 Kilometer staying at a communicable distance. Now every human being equipped with cell phone can now talk or stay in touch with any of their friends or relatives staying thousand miles away. Point bringing here is about the changes in the theory of mass media in relevance to today’s journalism. The very concept at which the older generation considered ‘proximity’ as a characteristic of news is somewhat losing its foot.
Professor M.L Stein, the then chairman of Department of Journalism, California State University, Long Beach, Carlifornia in his book “Shaping the News” in 1974 wrote that people are more interested in what happens in their neighbours. The one time presumption that ‘a dog fight on Main Street is of more interest to our readers then fifty thousand foreign troops killed in battle somewhere’ seems to have no relevance in today’s society. Readers are now interested about happenings at distance places if the subject matters is his or her interest.
However, another characteristic of news - ‘Prominence’ on the hand is becoming a matter of more interested subjects for almost all readers. People now want to know what had happen to their leaders, celebrity or the bureaucrats irrespective of where they stay or which country they reside. Every news readers are eager to know the story of successful personality.
Points bringing up here are not to lecture on what is news and what should be reported but this is an attempt to make some of our critic to understand on why the newspaper especially the kind of ours often published story about real heroes or events that happen far far away from our state. Sometimes a mere insignificant event at which some people are of vested interested are often left of and the result is not always good for we in the media fraternity of Manipur state in particular. The other kind of pressure that the media persons sometimes remain helpless is their intentions to get publish their story. Manipur or say Imphal is not a safe place for even VIPs who are escorted by security personnel days and night. It is an open secret that almost all the politicians including MLAs or Ministers or even the Chief Ministers have linked with the UGs , the only thing we don’t have is the proof.
So, what would be the security of those working with the media if in case, some of the individuals or rebels force us to publish stories of their interest. Being taken up this profession, we always stand with our ethics and there is no question of compromising our ethics while publishing stories. But when the government said that this should not be published and this should be published then where is the freedom of speech provided under the constitution of our country. Government machineries can invite news editors and can discussed about the content on objectivity reason but should in no way dictate the media on what or what not to publish. Calls of bandh or blockade by any organisation are in some way an essential news items for media houses living in conflict zone – because it is for the safety and security of the common people that the government machineries cannot guarantee safety. We have PCI guidelines, local code of conduct and this should be respected.
Bottom line is that media should not be harassed at any cost for any reason because we chose this profession not merely to earn for living but with full intention to serve our nation.   

Delhi Association of Manipur Muslim Students (DAMMS), urged the STDC to look into its Unclarity

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Imphal March 14,

Delhi Association of Manipur Muslim Students (DAMMS), New Delhi has urged the Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee (STDC), Manipur to look into the “Unclarity” in its demand for the Meitei/Meetei community in the Scheduled Tribe list under the Indian Constitution. Stating that indigenous people’s movement has taken place all over the world where there are “oppressed, conquered and colonised people,” a release from the Association said that Manipur has also recently seen the rise of indigenous people’s movement in the demand for Inner Line Permit (ILP). “However, the demand for the rights of indigenous people has now shifted to the demand for the inclusion of Meiteis in the ST list,” it said while stating that the theoretical explanation of the shift is that the indigenous people are the same as tribals in the Indian context.  Asserting that Indian academicians and the government of India (GOI) do not acknowledge the category of indigenous people, the release contended that the understanding of the word ‘Tribal’ according to International Labour Organisation (ILO) says that “Tribal people also retain some or all of their social, economic, cultural and political institutions, irrespective of their legal status” as an argument to back up DAMM’s allegation that the demand for the inclusion of the Meiteis in the ST list is a forced equation that indigenous peoples are tribals. “Yelhoumi” which translates as indigenous is now forced to mean tribal given the limitation imposed by the Indian Constitution, it added. DAMM also stated that “The Meitei Pangals (Manipuri Muslims) have settled in Manipur since the early 17th century even before the Brahmin migration in the Imphal Valley; and there is no denying that both Pangals and Bamons are indigenous to the Manipur valley.”While contending that the listing of both Pangals and Meiteis in the same category as Other Backward Classes (OBCs) is problematic given the vast economic and economic and social equality between the two communities, the release argued that the demand of the STDC leaves the Meitei Pangal community in a precarious state. It further asserted that if the Pangals remain OBC and Meiteis become ST, then it would mean that Meiteis are less economic and socially capable than Pangals while adding that the Meitei Pangal community is one of the most marginalised communities in the State.

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