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FIR lodged against poll violence; Dr Nara appeals to kibosh post poll violence

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Imphal, April 26,

CPI State Council has lodged a complaint against the miscreants who had assaulted its workers on re-poll day near Yambem polling station, 7/32-Yambem (C) under Andro Assembly constituency. An FIR (FIR No. 10 (4) 2019 ) has been registered under section 325, 427 and 34 of the IPC against the persons who had assaulted and vandalised the van that they were travelling.

Speaking to media persons at Irabot Bhavan, Dr Nara said that the allegations charged by workers on BJP against their workers of distributing money and disturbing the peaceful sanctity of election are completely false.

“The BJP workers should be ashamed for the re-poll as it was conducted as a result of misdeeds and malpractices using all the muscle and money powers” Nara said.

Highlighting the polling areas of the re-poll, Dr Nara said that all the four constituencies were the areas of the ministers and MLAs of the ruling party. He said that the re-poll was a complete proof of mass malpractice in the election in the said polling station.

“Instead of feeling ashamed they still tried to woo voters by means of money and muscle powers and threatened to take away the voting rights of the innocent people”, he added.

Dr. Nara further alleged that the BJP workers distributed money amounting to rupees one thousand to each voter on the re-poll day.

He further said that the re-poll was a moral victory for CPI and the incident of violence occurred due to provocation by persons who did not want the re-poll.

He appealed not to provoke any further violence and appeals to kibosh any post poll violence.

Nara further expressed confidence of winning the election. He stressed that the main reason behind the inability to conduct free and fair election is the present electoral system. He added that electoral reform is the need of the hour to conduct the election free and fair minimising the corruption.

He concluded that they the election is between wrong doer and justice seeker and hoped that justice would prevail this time.

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Andro Youth Club Assn complains against posting of communal words at FB

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Imphal, April 26,

All Andro Youth Club Association has lodged a complaint to the Cyber Crime Police Station against the posting of communal words targeting people of Andro at social networking site Facebook.

General Secretary of the Andro Youth Club Association, A. Nandakumar, while speaking to a group of reporters said that at around 2.30 pm of April 25, some person uploaded post on Facebook which threaten the people of Andro. The post on Facebook has potential of sparking communal flare up.

The post even said to rape and molests the women of the Andro besides appealing to target people from Andro while coming to Imphal. A. Nandakumar urged the Cyber crime authority to take action against those persons uploading such post.

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Condemnation pours to the attack on St. Joseph School Sugnu

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Imphal, April 26,  


The Manipur Catholic Youth Organisation(MYCO) also vehemently condemn the arson attack on the St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, Sugnu, Chandel District which took place on the evening of April 25 at around 9 pm.

“Such barbaric act of vandalism of an educational institution is against the cause of humanity which aims at peaceful education”, a statement of the Organization said.

It added, “It is deeply and unfortunate event that the temple of learning, the harbinger of hope could be so brazenly reduced to ashes by some unscrupulous people in the society”.

The MYCO said that they will extend their full support and cooperation to the investigation of the crime until the culprit is brought to justice as per the Indian law.

The Senapati District Catholic Union (SDCU) expressed strong condemnation to the burning of the St. Joseph Hr. Secondary School (Catholic Missionary School) at Sugnu in Chandel District.

In a statement the SDCU said that the Union is shocked and dismayed by the irrational and violent attacked on the school on the April 25 by the demonic miscreants.

“Such beastly acts undermines humanity and deserves the severest condemnation”, the statement said.

The Union urged the government Authorities to arrest and punishes the miscreants. The Union also appealed the government to provide adequate security for the mission schools.

Meanwhile, IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip today visited St Joseph Hr Sec School at Sugnu. Speaking to reporters Letpao Haokip condemned the burning of the school at the strongest term. He assured to donate Rs. 5 lakhs and half of his salary (Rs 50,000) for reconstruction of the class rooms destroyed in the arson by miscreant yesterday evening.

St. Joseph Hr. Secondary School was reportedly burned down by miscreants over disciplinary action taken against some students.

School source said that almost all its files and records of the past 55 years has been destroyed in the arson. The School is the second oldest Catholic school in Manipur.

Father Jacob Chapao, the director of the Manipur Catholic Youth Organisation, has issued a condemnation letter, slamming the miscreants for the barbaric act.

“Such barbaric act of vandalism on an educational institution is against the cause of humanity,” the priest said.

The school, which has some 1400 students in the current academic year, took disciplinary action on six students a week ago but were allowed to attend the class as usual.

One of them took to social media to malign the school and insult the teacher who was in the class. The school then suspended the six for a month on April 22. One of the girls, whose father is alleged to be a militant leader operating in Sugnu area, mobilized the Kuki Student Union (KSO), a student outfit based in Chandel to pressure the school to revoke the ban.

The school refused to give in and this led to burning down the school, Father Chapo said, narrating the incident.

The Catholic school has been catering to the educational needs of the tribal people, especially Kukis and Anals, two ethnic groups in the state. The fire has gutted the school’s office building.

It may be mention that Kuki Students’ Organisation Gunpi Block, Chakpikarong in a statement has called for shut down of the School from April 25 after the school did not relax the suspension of 6 students suspended for one month. The decision for closing of the school was taken during a meeting of the KSO held on April 24, the statement stated.

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Training Program for Journalists on Right Base Reporting on Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Abuse”

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Moreh, April.26,

With the vision ‘All children are protected from abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation,’ FXB India Suraksha, Manipur Branch and Centre for Development Activities (CDAC) Jointly Organised a “Training Program for Journalists on right base reporting on Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Abuse” held on Thursday at Conference Hall of Meetei Council Moreh.
The training program has conceptualized with an objective to understand the nuances of ethical reporting specially when it comes about reporting story about the victim of trafficking and child sexual abuse.
The training program was bring different guidelines and provision laid down by National Human Rights Commission, Honorable Supreme Court and Juvenile Justice Act. Further we believe with better reporting the community at large will be benefited in order to address their vulnerability and take appropriate steps to protect the menace of human trafficking  and child sexual abuse in the society.
At the consultation programme, resource persons stressed on dealing child issues by the media in sensational but without resorting to identification and victimisation. Further, to follow up the stories stage-by-stage for protection of child rights efficiently, was also discussed.
Talking on ‘Journalism Ethics and responsibilities while reporting on children’s issues,’ Programme Manager of FXB India Suraksha, Satya Prakash said, the juvenile justice and child rights institutions were installed rather late. Various forms of issue are being faced in Manipur and other States. Here, the main importance is the information from media that makes the public aware about the issue. It is a significant medium that gives awareness.
He further put stress on the question “How far freedom is free?” while speaking on the matter of reporting news upon crime against children. Special focus is mandatory while reporting news of children, he said. Freedom of expression is given to all citizens, but there is no absolute freedom without any restriction, he added.
Speaking on the freedom given by Indian Constitution, he said the press is also subject to certain restrictions on freedom. On reporting upon issues relating to children, POCSO act lays down specific rules of reporting,  such as to protect the confidentiality of children who are victims of abuse and neglect. And it is also stated that any details that can lead to the identification of the survivor must not be revealed, he informed. Schools, institutions, address of school or any particulars that may reveal identity of victim should not reported, he added.
The identity must not also be revealed for Whether they are ‘child in needs of care and protection’ or ‘child conflict with law,’ their identities must not be revealed. Though, it can be published for the sake of the child in missing or kidnapping case. If a report is published against the act, then the journalist can be punished for six month, and one year with fine to jail.
Section 23 of protection of children from sexual offences (POCSO) Act and section 228A of Indian Penal Code, 1860 provides legal provision regarding disclosure of identity of victims of certain offences. There are various offences faced by children; here, journalist should also take an initiative on context referring to India policy and local context issues, he added.
POCSO act was enacted to protect children from offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography and to provide a child-friendly system for trail of these offences. The increasing incidence of sexual offences against children had to be addressed through a separate legislation, as the Indian Penal Code, he said.

Coming to media reports, no person shall make any report or present comments on any child on any form of media or studio or pornographic facilities without having complete and authentic information, which may have effect of lowering reputation, he informed.
He further informed that provided that for reasons to be recorded in writing, the Special Court is competent to try the case under the act and may permit disclosure, if in its opinion; such disclosure is in the interest of the child.
Any person who contravenes the provision of sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) shall be liable to be punished with imprisonment of either description for a period which shall not less than six months but which may extend to one year or with fine or with both, he said. While informing that any offences should be reported to police, he stated that provisions to be followed are also given to police.
Situation which journalists have to deal with is publishing sensational news in interest of running firm, he said. Identification of an accused perpetrator published on news may sometimes disclose the identity of the victims. Even if a victim or parents agree to be identified, they may not fully understand the ramifications of their decision, he said. They often have potential to cause harm to the child and the family, and this far outweighs any potential benefits from the story.
He urged media to take follow up story of an issue systematically with consideration on writing news input policy, plan, compensation and provision to make the public aware about Acts. He said, various cases are yet to get timely justice or waiting for compensation to be given to victims.
The training programme was attended by Kh.Sunil Meitei, project officer, FXBIS Imphal and Moirangthem Sushilkumar, Founder Centre for Development Activities (CDAC), Wangjing Manipur.
It may be mention that FXB India Suraksha’s project called ‘MUKTI’ was launched in the district of Ukhrul and Imphal to combat human trafficking and prevent child sexual abuse in Manipur. To combat the issues, FXB needs of a strong coordination between different agencies who are working for child rights.
FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) is a Child Rights organization registered in year 2007 as non-profit company under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956. FXBIS works in 10 states and union territories and reaches out to over 200,000 people through its community based programmes and interventions.
FXBIS is a member of National Action and Coordination Group (NACG), a SAARC level initiative to end violence against children. During the last few years working on an integrated approach the organization has been addressing rights of girls and women and have partnered with UNWOMEN, NCPCR and the Ministry of Women and Child Development to address incidents of violence in diverse forms faced by women at the state and the national level. FXBIS is a collaborative organization to implement CHILDLINE service for the districts of Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh and Ukhrul, Manipur.
As a part of our intervention to combat the Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Abuse, we are planning to organize trainings/ awareness programs for different peoples including Law Enforcement Agencies, Journalist, Community leaders and religious leaders at Moreh Town, Tengnoupal, Manipur.
Working Journalist of Chandel, Tengnoupal, Kakching and Thoubal Districts also Attended as the training programme.

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The weird side of Democracy

With the completion of the re-poll in the 12 polling stations of the 4 assembly segments in Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituencies, 17th Lok Sabha, fate of the 19 candidates of both Inner and Outer Manipur Parliamentary constituencies are now sealed in EVMs. Who will represent the state from the two seats in the 17th Lok Sabha will only be known after the result is declared on May 23.   
Of the 545 seats for the Lok Sabha, election across the country is being held for 542 seats in 7 phases. Election for the outer Manipur Parliamentary constituency, which is reserved for the Schedule Tribe, was held in the first Phase election, i.e., on April 11 along with 90 Parliamentary constituencies of 14 states and Union Territories of the country.  As for the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency polling was held along with 94 parliamentary constituencies of 9 states and union territories in the second phase, i.e. on April 18.
In both the election of Inner and Outer Manipur Parliamentary constituencies, the so call festival of democracy nearly turned ugly with complaints of booth capture and proxy voting at many polling stations. The timely intervention of the Election Commission to the complaints regarding malpractice of voting in many constituencies proves that even though the electoral system of the country gives opportunity few anti-social to indulge in undemocratic activities, democracy of the country will be rescued by the mechanism in the constitution of the country.
After complaints from Political parties of gross malpractice in many of the polling stations during voting at outer Manipur Parliamentary constituency held on April 11, Election Commission of India announced re-poll in 19 polling stations of seven assembly segments in Senapati, Ukhrul, Churachandpur and Chandel districts. Similarly, re-poll was held in 12 Polling stations of Imphal East and Imphal West districts.
Differences of ideas on whom should be voted and who should not be voted, which even prompted supporters in poll violence is a clear indication of the existence of democracy amidst criticism and counter criticisms from various sections of people. The illiterate who believes in their own ideology have no fear fighting the elite class which believes in their own ideology. Election in the country, as witnessed here in Manipur, is perhaps the only time when anybody can speak up against any person – no matter he or she holds big post or not. A voter can show his or her power to voice for his or choice during election.

The critics on the first-past-the-post, regarding the politics of divide, even gives a clear picture of the festival of democracy. The one who can play all odds to get maximum voters is deserved the post as it is not only the clean hand that required to become the representatives of the people but also a good and intelligent politician that is needed for the people. People across the state has been hoping of a leader that can shack the parliament with the issues of the state and for that the candidate who played all games to get the required number of voters to win all the contenders is whom we need. The one who got elected is the man we need for the state like Manipur.
In persons, all the contenders of both the Inner and Outer Manipur Parliamentary constituency have the quality. Saying so, the first among the best will be the one who got maximum voters.
A slightly different political culture seen in today’s Manipur is that, with the advent of the social networking platform in Information Technology, political consciousness among the people has rise among the people of the state. It is this political consciousness that makes worried to even the candidate of the ruling party.
Last time, i.e. during 16th Lok Sabha Election, political consciousness among the people was not that high and candidate of the ruling party easily got the seat.
But this time Manipur will have representatives elected by the people and who will represent for the people. Hail with the democracy.

Intellectual Property Right (IPR) (Absolute Right for Creators)

In 2000, World Intellectual Property organization’s (WIPO) member states designated April 26-the day on which the WIPO convention came into force in 1970-as World IP day with the aim of increasing general understanding of IP. The theme this year is
“Reach for Gold: IP and Sports”.
Intellectual Property (IP) is a category of property that includes, intangible creations of the human intellect. In fact,IP refers to creation of mind such as, inventions; literary and artistic work; designs; symbols; names and images used in commerce. Intellectual property encompasses two types of rights: Industrial property right (Industrial patents, designations of origin, industrial designed models) and Copyright. It was until the 19th century that the term” Intellectual Property “began to be used and not until the late 20th Century that it became commonplace in the majority of the World.
 The statute of Monopolies (1624) and the British statute of Anne (1710) are seen as the origin of patent Law and Copyright respectively. These two firmly established the concept of Intellectual property, Literary Property and was the term predominantly used in British legal debates of 1760s and 1770s over the extent to which authors and publishers of works also had rights deriving from common law of property. The first known case of the term “Intellectual Property” dates back to this time when a piece published in the Monthly Review in 1769 used the phrase. The first clear example of modern usage goes back as early as 1808, when it was used as a heading title in a collection of essays.
The main purpose of intellectual property Law is to encourage the creation of a large variety of intellectual goods. To achieve this, the law gives people and business property rights to the information and intellectual goods they create— usually for a limited period of time. This gives economic incentives for their creation, because it allows people to profit from the information and intellectual goods they create. These economic incentives are expected to stimulate innovations and contribute to the technological progress of countries which depends on the extent of protection granted to innovators. The intangible natureof intellectual property presents difficulties when compared with traditional property like land