Saturday, 09 March 2019 - Imphal Times

Imphal, March 9,

With an objective to tackle the exploitation and pollution of Nambul River, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched the “Rejuvenation and Conservation of Nambul River at Imphal in Manipur” project. The launching function was held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that the rejuvenation and conservation project of Nambul River is a dream project and appealed the people to stop littering on the river banks which lead in polluting the river as well as the environment. He mentioned that such initiative would also save the Loktak Lake, the pride of the State. He encouraged the local clubs and organisations to construct concrete garbage bins in their locality. The government would provide loan or grants in constructing those garbage bins, he added.
Chief Minister further appealed the people of the state especially those living in the hills to stop further deforestation so as to avoid from self created disastrous situation like climate change, water crisis etc. in the State. Stating that the government need the support and cooperation of the people to conserve the rivers effectively, Chief Minister appealed all the stakeholders, civil societies, local clubs etc. to extend their support towards creating clean environment in the State.
The project would be executed in phase manner under the National River Conservation Plan of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India. The first phase of the project would be undertaken in the polluted stretch of the Nambul river i.e. Iroisemba to Heirangoithong area. A sum of Rs. 97.72 Crores has been approved for the project.  The State government had also submitted proposals for seven rivers i.e. Imphal, Iril, Khuga, Khujairok, Lokchao, Manipur and Thoubal rivers with an estimated project cost of around 500 Crores.
The project aims to control pollution of river water quality by intercepting and treating all the urban waste water outfalls by using latest technology for treatment plant known as MBBR (Moving Bed Bio Reactor) at Mongsangei(16 MLD) and Samushang (1 MLD).  
Under this project, a total of 56 eco-friendly crematoria and 20 units Community Toilet Complex would be constructed at various areas along the Nambul River. Department such as Water Resources Department, PHED, MAHUD, State Pollution Control Board, etc. will be working together in this project.
Minister for CAF&PD Karam Shyam, Minister for Forest and Environment Th. Shyamkumar, MLAs S. Bira, O. Lukhoi, Y. Radheshyam, S. Subhaschandra, Awangbow Newmai, K. Leishiyo, Addl. Chief Secretary Dr. Suhel Akhtar, Secretary to CM Geoffrey Ningthoujam, Secretary (Law) Smt. Nungsitombi Athokpam and officials of the Directorate of Environment attended the function.

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Imphal, March 9,

AMSU team led by its President participated in the 46th Annual General conference of Karbi Students’ Association at Chokiwola, East Karbi anglong, Assam. The programme is going on for three days, i.e., from 7 to 9 March,2019.

Speaking as the Guest of Honour at the Students Open Session, Manjit Sarangthem , President of AMSU stressed on the issue of land and identity which is facing serious challenges especially in the context of Manipur. ,

“My state in the ancient past was an independent Asiatic state which welcomed all comers to our land, the people of Manipur was constituted by not only the indigenous Meiteis and other tribal ethnic communities”, Manjit said and added that the Asiatic kingdom even welcome Indian Brahmins who had escaped the onslaught of Muslims in India and also welcomed Islamic population since 15th & 16th centuries.

“We welcomed Indians, Assamese, Bengalis, Chins, Burmese and Chinese and they were integrated in our social structure” Manjit added.

Coming to the present day context Manjit said that under new historical forces of colonial expansion, conquest of our land by aliens and outsiders.

“We had become no longer masters of our land, people who did not speak our language, people who did not eat our food, and people who were stranger to us had become master of our territories.   They had become rulers and lawmakers and we had to survive to maintain our identity and culture in a regime where we are no longer master, the AMSU president said.

This phenomenon has become extremely powerful since fifties when India became independent, Refugees & illegal migrants had created a new history.  Manjit also cited the condition of Tripura today, and also that of Arunachal Pradesh.

Manjit also highlighted the crisis arising at Assam due to the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which he term as very potent and dangerous phenomenon which will challenge the very reason of our being the sons of the soil.

“”How shall we preserve our lands, our precious cultures which are under threat? “ Manjit asked and said that the young Generation of North East Indian must collectively sit down together to discuss these very critical issues of contemporary times. Electoral politics of mainstream India should be understand by the youths on who are our friends or our enemies, Manjit added.

 Other prominent organizations  from all across the North East  including Hmar Students Association, All Dimasa Students Union, Kuki Students’ Organisation Karbi anglong, Moran Students’ Union, Rengmai Naga Students’ Union, Manipuri Youth Front Assam also participated  the programme.

The session was presided by Bijoy Bey, President of Karbi Students’ Association and Longsin Teron, Bharat Gaurav Awardee and President of Journalist  Association  For Assam (JAFA) as the Chief Guest.

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Imphal, March 9,

Manipur People’s Party strongly condemned the bomb threat to the party. Denouncing the bomb threat ,Manipur People’s Party which is the oldest regional party of the state today staged sit-in-protest in front of the Party office.

Speaking to media person President of MPP O. Jugindro said that yesterday around 4.25 in the evening two unknown person came at the office and handed a grenade to the party general secretary administration H.Geetajen. Jugindro expressed strong condemnation to such attack and appealed not to repeat such act.

Jugindro further said that the party has been witnessing several death of its party members. At least seven leaders of the party were killed including chief minister Yangmaso Shaiza, their advisor Ch. Akaba. But unfortunately he added that no culprits were caught. He also said that killing the leaders of the party has hurled the development of the party. Such act has made the people afraid in joining the party and participates in politics by joining it. He further appeal not to repeat such an inhumane act and such act is considered as a challenge to the people of Manipur.

Since the inception of MPP, the party has been focusing on various issues of the state especially in safeguarding the territorial integrity, he added. He asserted that the party has been working for the welfare of the people and for the state even risking their lives.

Jugindro further questioned who will be the next to be killed from the party. He also asked the people to think the consequences of the state if the oldest regional party of the state vanishes. He also said that the party always respects the feedback and the grievances for their work. But such a threat is highly condemnable, he added.

Jugindro also said that the security given to the party isn’t adequate; he appealed the government to provide more security personnel.

Finally he concluded to not repeat such an act which threatened and discouraged the party.

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Imphal March 9

Parents’ and teachers’ body of the Catholic School today appealed students bodies to intervene the ongoing crisis between armed group People’s War Group and Catholic Education Society (CES).

The conflict between the People’s War Group and Catholic Education Society (CES) nearly reached catastrophe after the armed group planted and IED at Chatholic School Canchipur on  February 14 thus year. The IED planted was so powerful that the Manipur police Bomb squad had to detonate it at the place where the miscreants planted the bomb.

Speaking to media person in a press meet held at Manipur Press Club, General Secretary of Parents Teachers Association of St. Joseph School, Moirangthem Subhaschandra appealed the various students organisation of the state to intervene the crisis  between the PWG and CES and help in settling the issue thereby continuing the regular academic atmosphere of the schools.

He further requested the two groups to meet each other and talk over the issue so that  the entire problem can be solved through dialogues  and peaceful ways. He added that the PTA will help with all its might in resolving the matters between the CES and PWG without any partiality on any side. He finally appealed to let the academic atmosphere continue in its normal process. 

The press meet was organised by the PTA of four catholic schools namely St. Joseph’s School, Catholic School, Nirmalabas School and Little Flower School.

It can be mention that the proscribed PWG have even warned the teachers and Van driver association to cease their work until the matter is resolved.

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Imphal, March 9,

In a clear instance of leading by example, Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla has moved her voting constituency to Imphal, her present place of residence. She was earlier enrolled in New Delhi. She is now enrolled in the Sagolband Assembly Constituency. Dr. Heptulla will now cast her vote at 11/34 Old Lambulane (B) polling station.  Speaking about her move, the Governor of Manipur said, “It is only natural that I move my constituency since Imphal has been my place of residence for some years now. Moreover, I identify with the place as I continue to learn more and more about the state and its people. I am proud to say that I am ready to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Imphal.”

P.K. Singh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said that the Governor’s move can be considered a good sign of being a responsible citizen as it is the responsibility of a citizen to move her vote and not waste it when relocated to a new place. In India millions of people constantly relocate to other parts of their state or the country on account of job, business, study, marriage or other reasons, he added.

The Election Commission of India has even launched a National Campaign recently titled “It’s so easy” to encourage people to move their vote to their present place of residence. Incidentally the campaign was conceptualized and designed by CEO Manipur, as mandated by the Election Commission of India.

P.K. Singh, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) handed over the EPIC to the Governor in presence of Shri N. Praveen Singh, DC/DEO Imphal West

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Imphal, March 9,

Proscribed Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF)  decried various form of atrocities committed to Kashmiri Students, businessmen and employees at various part of the Northern Indian states in the post Pulwama terror attack of February 14, by a terror group called Jaish –e – Mohamade. A suicide bomber killed at least 40 CRPF personnel on the terror attack
A release signed by secretary publicity, Roben Khuman stated that during the backlash following the terrorist attack, many Kashmiri students were expelled from educational institutions across 10 states in India. Many businessmen and traders had to abandon their work and flee towards home, it said. Since their very lives were at stake, they had to endure many threats in trying to reach Kashmir, it added. Above all, many person including women were arrested and put to jail for giving their opinions on social media about the Pulwama incident, it said.
No Indian leaders, politicians and mainland Indians spoke out against the reactions carried out against the innocent Kashmiris, it further said.  However, when the matter finally reached Supreme Court and an order was released that Kashmiris should be protected, the government clarified that there is no war against Kashmiris, it said.
The release further said that the recent backlash meted out against Kashmiris following the Pulwama incident has shown that mainland Indians including its leaders do not consider Kashmiris as Indians or have affection towards them. It has rather shown that Indians are racists, and they have affection only for the geographical area of Kashmir for the interest of larger Hindustan, it stated.
In the year 1947, Kashmir was merged into India by the Hindu King, Hari Singh much against the wishes of the general public which consisted of Muslim majority, it said. Ever since then, the state had been facing endless turmoil and violence, it further said. Kashmir was recognised by United Nations on August 14, 1947, it further said adding more than one lakh Kashmiris have given their lives in its struggle to regain independence.
However, India has not given any consideration to the political stand of the Kashmiris who are the stakeholders of the whole situation, regarding their wish to remain independent.   
Kashmiri people’s struggle for Independence escalated right after the murder of Burhan Wani, the 22 year old leader of Hijbul Mujahiddin by the Indian Army on July 8, 2016, it said.  With the news of the death of Burhan Wani, thousands of protestors took to the streets breaking the curfew and pelted stones against Indian Army.  To suppress the Kashmiri movement, Indian army started using pellet guns in the year 2010. With the use of pellet guns, out of the 1314 people injured by pellet guns from the year 2016 to April, 2018, 1253 person have lost their eyesight, it said. Many have been left disfigured. Among the wounded, they received injuries while staying at homes as bullets were fired into their houses from outside, it said.
Considering the numbers of patients injured at the face and eyes, it has been known that they have been targeted not below their waist but on to their chests and faces, the release further informed. Resolutions have been also taken by the Amnesty International that India should also stop using pellet guns.   
As per a report by Amnesty International, for seven months after the death of Wani, around 6000 persons were injured by pellet guns. A 283 page report ‘Kashmir-Scars of Pellet Gun’ written by Human rights activist, Mannan Bukhari has informed that from 2010 to July 26 2016, 10 people have been killed by pellet guns while more than 1800 injured.  

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Imphal, March 9,

Maoist Communist Party today claimed the Bomb threat to the Manipur Peoples’ Party (MPP) office yesterday evening.
A Hand grenade wrapped in a black plastic polythene bag was reportedly gifted to the General secretary of the MPP by two unidentified persons , while he was in his office room.
The Maoist statement said that the bomb was placed as a last warning to the leaders and workers of the MPP. The statement warned leaders and workers who committed irregularities to the party functioning and also who stood up against the party of dire consequences. It said the cadres of the party will directly attack to the residence of all violators who are defaming the oldest regional party.
The Maoist also stated that they know the trouble maker in the functioning of the MPP and stated that if those person continue their activities the party is prepared to award capital punishment. The Manipur Maoist however said that solution to the crisis of the MPP is not the Maoist goal but will take up all works to strengthen the regional force. It said that the MPP should submit the all related financial statement of the MPP. The statement further throws the ball to the court of the President of MPP and the Secretary administration. The president, Jugindro should also submit his financial statement within 3 weeks and any manipulation will not be taken lightly.
On the other hand the problem in the MPP over leadership crisis will be sorted out after the result of the MP election.     
Maoist said that no property of the MPP should be sold without the permission of the Maoist. It further added that MPP leaders and workers should work for the party in the upcoming election and the decision on who will lead the party will be decided by the number of vote they get in their respective constituencies.
Leaders and office bearers of each assembly constituencies who fail to get not less then 4000 voters will be reconstituted, the statement added.

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Saturday, 09 March 2019 16:49

Changing Manipur – which direction?

Times are a changing- but the sort of changes happening in our state is nothing to write home about- or rather everything that should be made public. It has become a breeding ground for unscrupulous elements where the name of the game is “instant wealth”. Gone are the days when enterprising people, by dint of their sheer tenacity and unwavering pursuit made fame and fortune. The “get rich quick” mantra being increasingly subscribed to by the younger generation has begun to bear fruit- rapes, murders, extortions, thieves and burglary, drug trafficking and corruption- the list growing longer by thee day. The race to amass wealth- even at the cost of giving up one’s peace of mind and the hearth and home have taken precedence over the concept of a peaceful and fruitful easy life. Conscience and morality have been shoved off to the furthest corner of one’s mind- shedding the last remnants of humility to enter the temple of mammon.
The result is a society where might is right and truth is relative. Honesty and sincerity is at a premium and the ideology of high thinking – simple living having been replaced by the reckless aim to attain power and influence. Humility and respectfulness has begun to be looked down upon and is being equated with weakness- a trait to be avoided. Truths are being sold and brought at a price and the collective mentality has started to revert back to the Stone Age where survival of the fittest holds true. Making things worst are the growing number of indolent youths accustomed to luxury and exhibitionism influenced in no small measure by the western cultures but failing to capture the essence of the dignity of work and the regard for fellow humans that underlines the basic principles of these western societies. Abusing the powers entrusted to them and turning their official domain into their personal fiefdom is the order of the day for bureaucrats and politicians while the common people are left in the lurch with a feeling of betrayal and alienation in their minds. This has created a chasm that is growing wider with each passing day leading to a feeling of suspicion and getting cynical of the steps the Government is taking up for the professed good of the public. This social turmoil paves the way for a breed of human parasites living off the sweat of another’s labour- intimidation and fear being their weapon of choice and not thinking twice about taking lives if their whims are not catered to. Shouts of negligence and deprivation trying to drown out the screams of the unfortunate public destined to lead a life of uncertainty and fear.
Tolerance is no longer a virtue and wealth is the benchmark of a person’s worth- never mind the means one used to acquire it. Public memory has inexplicably shrunk to let matters pass- if only to wash their hands off the trouble of facing the bitter reality or to rectify it. Rationality has succumbed to power and ethics is an alien notion. A bleak future is in the offing- it is for us to stand up and stand fast- for the life we lead the way we want to. It is in us to walk with our heads held high and taste the sweat and the fruit of our own labour. At the end of the day what really matters is an unburdened mind and a good sound sleep.

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By:SanjenbamJugeshwor Singh

International Women’s Day(IWD) is celebrated on 8thMarch, every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights after Socialist Party of America organized a Women’s Day on February -8 in1909 in New-York. The 1910,International Socialist Women’s Conference suggested ,a women’s Day be held annually .After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917,March 8 became a National holiday there. The day was then predominately celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations .It is claimed that the day was commemorating a protest by women garment workers in New-York on 8th March 1857.The United Nations began celebrating “International Women’s Day “in the International Women’s Year 1975. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited members state to proclaim March 8 as the United Nations Day for Women’s right and World peace. The theme for International Women’s Day-2019 is “Think Equal, Build Smart, and Innovate for change”. The focus of the, on innovative ways in which to advance gender equality and empowerment of women particularly in the area of social protection system, access to public service and sustainable infrastructures.

Yes, it is very much necessary and a must to celebrate this day widely and also celebrating worldwide. But, is the situation dismal to be a woman in India? In a survey of experts done in 2018, India ranks as the world’s most dangerous country for women. It had ranked 4th in the same survey done 7 years ago. The Global Gender Gap Index 2017 by the World Economic Forum, placed India at 108 positions out of 144 countries benchmarked on the basis of gender parity in the field of economic participation, education, health and political empowerment. India ranked 131 out of 153 countries in the global women peace and security Index 2017-18, that is based upon 11 indicators incorporating inclusion, justice and security. Despite women accounting for 49% of India’s population, only 12% of seats in the national legislature are held by them. The female labor force participation rate in India fell from 37% in 2006 to 27% in 2017 as per World Bank report, ranking India at 163 out of 181 countries.

   Yes, it is also true that, more women are getting educated and coming out of their cocooned existence. They are entering professions that were till recently considered to be the domain of males. They are flying planes, driving e-rickshaws and trains, wielding the surgeon’s knife and winning Olympic medals. It is heartening to know that amongst the top 79 global airlines ,Indigo Airlines employs maximum percentage of women pilots (14%) followed closely by Air India (nearly 10%).Even rural women are becoming  more independent ,working outside of their homes and exhibiting active leadership at local government level. The Economic survey -2018 shows that 43% of all gram Panchayat (Village Councils) in India are headed by women so as in Manipur also. In spite of all these, there are still problems at ground level in actual practice. The number of women in the work force is dismally low and even those who are working do not get equal wages as compared to their male counterparts. Women do not even have the right to take personal decisions; they do not have the right to enter into matrimony or walk out of a relationship of their own choice. Sometimes somebody also raised the question like: why is a women expected to fit in the framework designed by a patriarchal society and conform to the social norms laid down by others, even if they are deter mental for her own wellbeing? There are women, who are financially independent who suffer in silence and stay in abusive marriages. Perhaps, due to emotional weakness, they are scared of what others will say. Even though more and more girls are going to school, education of the girl child is still beset with problems. This is more so in rural areas where girls schools are still not a plenty and parents do not feel safe for their daughters to travel long distances. Also most rural schools have poor toilet facilities, which is another deterrent for girls .This is  fact in case of Government schools in Manipur ,as per ASER -2018 report and at the same time girls students are not safe in private boarding’s, where many sexual harassment news often came out in our local dailies. Patriarchal mindsets when coupled with poor economic status make matters worse.

 India has several women friendly laws on girls’ education, prohibition of child marriage, equal inheritance of property, curbing of sexual and domestic violence etc. However, lack of political will power and a deeply entrenched patriarchal society makes their implementation very poor. Moreover, most women –even the educated and working women –do not have much knowledge about them and many are clueless even about their existence. India is a vast country, which, despite the skewed up sex ratio (945 females per 1000 males) is a home to 65 crore women. That is a huge women power ,who should neither bow down in fear nor remains silent, but be brave and snatch their rights to exercise their choices- be it their education, marriage, profession, or health ( including sexual and reproductive health).The International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme of Balance for Better also calls for driving gender balance across the world-gender balanced boardrooms, a gender –balanced government, gender balanced media coverage, a gender balanced of employees, more gender –balanced in wealth. So let us celebrate our womanhood every day and fight till win. In solidarity we all should stand together.


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