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Court Revokes NSA, Manipur Journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem to be Released from Jail

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Imphal April,8,

CJM Imphal West revoked the charges against Kishorechandra Wangkhem, jailed under the National Security Act (NSA), more than four months after he was imprisoned for criticising chief minister N. Biren Singh on social media.

Kishorechandra, 39, has been in the Sajiwa Central Jail in Imphal East since November 27 last year.

The journalist had condemned the chief minister for organising a function to commemorate the Queen of Jhansi battle against the British and linking it to the freedom movement of Manipur.

Earlier on November 21, 2018 Wangkhem, then working as an anchor-reporter with ISTV, a local news channel, was arrested by Imphal West Police in response to a video he had uploaded on social media, criticising the BJP-led state government

Manipur Journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem, who was detained under the National Security Act last month, has been sentenced to one year in jail under the law for targeting PM Modi in a social media post.

Wangkhem’s lawyer told news website Scroll that his family will challenge his sentencing on Wednesday.

Wangkhem was detained on November 27. About a week before his detention, he was arrested by the Manipur Police for posting a video critical of Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Facebook, Scroll reported.

In the video, the Chief Minister lashed out at the CM, calling him a “puppet of Modi and Hindutva” for organising a function to mark the birth anniversary of Rani Lakshmibai.

Wangkhem was arrested under sections 294 and 500 of the IPC in addition to section 124 A, which deals with sedition. On November 25, a local court released him on bail on the ground that his words were “mere expression of opinion against the public conduct of a public figure in a street language”, The Wire reported.

However, he was re-arrested by the police and detained under the NSA. He has since been lodged at the central jail in Sajiwa.

On December 17, members of the Manipur Students Association, Delhi and Manipur Muslim Students Union staged a protest outside the Manipur Bhavan in Delhi opposing the detention of Kishorechandra, The Wire reported.

The Indian Journalists Union and the Press Council of India condemned Kishorechandra’s detention and demanded his release, the report said.

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Our agenda is to save the country from BJP – D. Raja

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Imphal, April 8,

The present Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime and its family Rastriya Shwam Sevak (RSS) has been creating fear psychosis to the people of the country, so it is important that we the people of the country wipe out BJP and its alliance. This was what parliamentarian Doraisamy Raja popularly known to the people as Comrade D. Raja told this journalist at Irabot Bhavan here in Imphal.
When asked about the modus operandi of how the CPI will wipe out the BJP, D. Raja said that people across the country have started realizing the fact that if BJP continue to rule the country fate of common people will be at stake. The veteran politician further said that the recent defeat of BJP in three states is a perfect example of how the people see the BJP. He also said that BJP got only 38% vote last Lok Sabha Election so it is natural that they will go down in the upcoming Lok Sabha Election and definitely an alternative secular government will certainly replaced the present regime.
Regarding pre poll alliance strategy, D. Raja stands clear that such alliance will only comes after the poll result. The veteran parliamentarian however decline to answer about the expected number of CPI MP that might get elected but said that CPI will do render all activities to protect the democracy of the Country.
D. Raja also expressed confidence that the Secular Democratic Force (SDF) will defeat the BJP and its family RSS.

On a question regarding free speech and the sedition act (124A CrPC), D. Raja said that Communist Party of India (CPI) is against the sedition act and the party has been demanding for scrap of the act since 2014.
“I on behalf of the CPI had brought up the issue regarding the arrest of Kishorechandra Wangkhem by slapping NSA at the Rajya Sabha”, D. Raja said and added that CPI has been demanding unconditional release of the Manipur Journalist.
On the issue of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016, Raja said that the BJP don’t seem to understand what actually a citizen is. Moreover the content in the bill is unconstitutional. The uproar against the Bill clearly indicate that people have more understanding of what a citizen should be. On being asked the reason behind the AGP going in hand with the BJP even after the President of BJP Amit Shah had announced that they will bring CAB if they come to power, Raja reply that AGP is an opportunist political party with no commitment.
“BJP and its family including RSS is becoming aggressive, sectarian and using divisive policy among the people of the country as they are getting desperate”, D. Raja said.
Raja also added that the BJP at present have no answers to questions from political parties. Dissent are treated as anti national and many have been kept behind bar for speaking or questioning against the government.
D. Raja is campaigning in the state for CPI candidate in the inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency.

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Secular Democratic Front Manipur stands with Congress in the upcoming election.

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Imphal April 8 As the 17th Lok Sabha election is at the door step Secular Democratic front Manipur today declared that the front extends support to Indian National Congress in the upcoming 17 Lok sabha election. Speaking to media persons in a press meet held at the office of Samajwadi Party, Moirangkhom Convenor of SDF Th Inaocha said that they will be fighting this election by extending support to INC with the sole purpose to remove BJP. He said that because of the assurance of BJP's president Amit Shah that their party will pass the contentious CAB if they came in power, he said that they will strongly opposed it. He further said that to save democracy and the secular feature of India, they have taken such steps to help the INC. He appealed to all the people and the CSOs to not support the party which will bring CAB once again. He also said that a memorandum consisting 22 points were also signed with the congress which focus on various state issues. The memorandum includes to fight BJP and its plan to implement CAB, also to remove AFSPA from the entire state and to surveyed the controversial border pillar of the states, he added. He finally concluded that at any cost the people of the entire state should not vote for BJP. He added that if they didn't want to support INC than they should opt for other party but not BJP.

 

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Lit fest Imphal 2019

By : Jilima Yengkhom

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Imphal April,8,

Lit Fest Imphal 2019, an event organised by Ya_ All Manipur with the support from  1 Billion Rising Campaign  Revolutionary 2019 under the theme “ Against Gender based Violence on Women and queer community” at 70 mm Cafe & Restaurant, Uripok today.

Some of the panelist present in the program were Mala Lisham-, Child Protection Officer,Social Welfare Department, Shreema Ningombam-Asst. Professor Sanoi College

Bisesh Huirem-Artist & Transgender Activist and Ms.Tilotama-General Secretary, Manipur Pradesh Congress.

Most of the speaker spoke on the present scenario of women who has been facing problem. Section of third gender were also present.

Film maker Meena Longjam also screened her film,” Auto Driver” .Some youths also took part in spot poster making competition.

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1st Manipur National Convention on Socialism

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Imphal, April 8,

1st Manipur National Convention on Socialism was held today at Iboyaima Sumang Leela Sanglen organised by the Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM) in association with like minded organisation of the state. Around 2000 people attended the convention. Representatives of the Regional political parties also attended the first convention. Editor of Imphal Times Rinku Khumukcham, Convenor of the Young Communist League W. Kameshor, President of AMMOCOC S.M Jalal and Senior Journalist of Imphal Free Press Paojel Chaoba attended the convention as presidium members.

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If BJP win , people of Manipur like and support CAB

With just 3 days and 10 days to go for the outer Manipur and Inner Manipur Lok Sabha Poll respectively, political parties across the state are engaging in hectic poll campaign across the state. Promises after promises, criticisms after criticisms among rival candidates fill the air of Manipur. It is not only in this tiny state of Manipur but across the entire country that similar situation is notice. We are witnessing the biggest festival of democracy.
 But the air is murky in the state of Manipur and the so call biggest festival gives neither joy nor hopes to the people. In outer Manipur Parliamentary constituency altogether 8 candidates are in the fray.
The Indian National Congress (INC), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Naga People’s Front (NPF), National People’s Party (NPP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), North East India Development Party (NEIDP), Janata Dal United all field their candidate for the Outer seat. One Independent candidate is also contesting the election.
For the inner Manipur Parliamentary Election 11 candidates are in the fray. And the poll date is on April 18.
With the campaign gearing up by all the political party peoples’ mind seem to be diverted from where it should be not only for the state of Manipur but also from all the people of the North East.
People across the north East seem to forget that the entire North East, particularly the state of Manipur was nearly burnt due to decision by the political party in power at the Center (i.e ) that is the BJP. The decision to pass the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 at turned the entire North East states into a battle field like situation with violent protest everywhere. The situation resumed to normalcy only after the BJP led government failed to table the Bill at the Rajya Sabha. Leaving aside other issue, it is natural that CAB should be an issue for the state of Manipur and that of other North East state. Political analyst suggested CAB – an issue of the Lok Sabha Election. But surprisingly BJP President Amit Shah during an election campaign at Assam said that CAB will be introduced in the country if BJP comes to power. This was again followed by Ram Madhav , another leader of the BJP, while talking here in Imphal at Hotel Classic Grande during a so called “Intellectual Meet” of the BJP. He was quoted by newspaper and electronic media as saying that the CAB will not affect the state of Manipur or North East.
As for other political party particularly the Congress, it is clear that they will oppose tooth and nail if non - secular law like CAB be put up for passing at the Parliament. President of the Congress Party Rahul Gandhi during his visit in the state had stated that his party will definitely challenge if any party force to pass such a Bill.
The Communist Party, the North East India Democratic Party (NEIDP) and others whoever contesting the election make their stand clear on the issue of CAB. Yes, they will finally oppose the CAB.
So, if one takes a deep look into the political theatre, this lok sabha election should be between those who are against the CAB and those who are supporting the CAB.
What is more surprising the confidence of the BJP in this lok sabha election. If the party win and give mandate to their candidate it is a clear indication that the majority of the people support the CAB and the hue and cry was voice of the minority. This justification may not be correct as the candidates contesting with “no CAB” issue may get votes but if distributed to the 10 other than a minority but magic number may push the BJP candidate as its elected representative.
On the issue of CAB this news paper had time and again highlighted its probable impact to the people of the region.

Election Fever The hysteria of a first time voter

By : Roshan Huidromba

India, the largest democratic country in the world is having election shortly andI can’t wait any longer for the election day.For the first time in my life, I will exercise my voting right as granted by Election Commission to the eligible citizens of this democratic country, in the coming Loksabha election to choose theleaderof my choice who will representit’speople.ECI issued my EPIC  just few months after State Assembly Elections were held in 2017 following several unsuccessful attempts to enrol my name in the Electoral Roll.
As the polls are happening in just few days, all the stakeholders seems to prepared in full swing; political parties, candidates, and their supporters are busy propagating their agendas in whatever possible way they could:through campaigns, public interactions, media forumns and even social media platforms liketweeter, Facebook , WhatsApp etcincluding publication of ElectionManifesto and had already flooded with their views, opinions, hopes and aspirations of this country and it’s people.ECI, on the other hand, is confident ofit’s preparations so that no voter will left behind to participate in a free and fair election of the largest democracy in the world.Some measures taken up by the Commission includes model code of conduct during election is going on, providing security measures through deployment of various law enforcing agencies to ensure that no untoward incident is occur, introductionof most developed and reliable technological outputs of Information technology likeVVPATs,cVIGIL app, GPS tracking of vehicles in transporting EVM machines and  setting up of polling stationseven in the remotest of areas, additionalprovisions for peoplewithspecialneeds, conductingawareness programmes related to electioninevery nook and corner of the country besides arranging  support systems and keepingclosevigil monitoring of any happening that may disturb or hamper the Electoral process in any form.
Coming to Manipur, a total of 19,30,912 voters will cast their votes in 2,861 polling stations across the statefor two seats of Lok Sabha MPs.Out of the total voters, 9,39,926 voters are male, 9,90,960 voters are female and for the first time 26 voters are enrolled as third gender.Eleven candidates are contesting in Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency while eight candidates are contesting in Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency.Despitethe challenges of it’s geographical location,difficult terrain conditions and other sensitive problems,the Election Commission is all set to conduct the election in Manipur in two phases; April11 for Outer and 18 April for Inner constituencies respectively.As in the words of respected CEO Manipur Mr. PK SINGH IAS and I quoted here, “We are 100 percent prepared”.
         But the question is,are the citizens ready for election? This is indeed remains a big question. I would like to emphasize this  because nowadays there seems to be an unconnected gap between public and the government due to various factors responsible for it,like rampant corruption (although thegoverment always ask for proofs),worsen law and order situations,violation of even basic human rights in various ways,delay justice in legal matters, less development reforms but more gossip.Such factors builts a dividing wallbetween WE and THEM.This is in fact very unfortunate as it creates a deficit of trust between the government and it’s people.    Unlike recently held State Assembly election, it seems that citizens of Manipur give less importance to Lok Sabha election.Another possible reason is the lesser number of MPs as compare to other states which is very wrong,as the saying goes something is better than nothing.Besides this, no woman candidate has file nomination paper despite the ever increasing issues of woman.I really don’t know the reason behind it but more and more woman policy makers must come up.However, it is encouraging to see some vibrant and energetic youths as candidates.
So, the most pertinent question is,who will be our MPs? For me the key criteria for selecting our leader will be someone who will respect our human rights, who is ready to bring reforms be it electoral or economic, education etc, who will be fighting corruption with all his will, who can challenge this deformed system rather than adapting to it.And I am very hopeful toI elect him as our leader.One more thing I don’t believe in propagandas like my party or our party is the best, because, to me,it doesn’t matter in what party a candidate belongs, a good leader will always be a good leader.
Lastly, for those people who always wonder why should we elect leaders to work in a deformed system, as Nelson Mandela once said,”The world is in chaos not because of presence of bad people but the silence of good people”, as a citizen I urge all of you to come out and be a part of the change you just wishing and longing for.I am very thankful to the Commission for this privelege.Thank you so much ECI for making me a decision making part of this country.

 

The writer is presently pursuing MA ECONOMICS at MANIPUR UNIVERSITY (IGNOU CENTRE). All feedbacks  and suggestions are most welcome and feel free to drop the same  at email id:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Facebook username: @huidromba

Recap on victimizing only the Women and Children in our Society

By: Marina Konsam

As we all know that a DJ Event was organized by some people to enjoy the Holy Festival at Utlou which is actually no were connected with old traditional Yaoshang Festival of Manipuri Poeple. However, unfortunately the event was obstructed and banned by the meira paibi of the locality on the charge that all the events participants both men and women were dancing in an unwanted manner like dancing very closely to one another and many other reasons which have been shared like a wild fire by the active social media users and the followers thereafter. I can’t give my opinion either the meira paibi or the people involved in the event are right. No one can find the real truth till date instead the social media trial still prevails which gives a negative traumatic situation to the young boys and girls who have not experienced such situation. There could be different opinions, as a result there could also be various truth. But I feel sad for those women folk who were paraded in front of all the people by imposing the blame upon those women and girl as if they have committed heinous crime which is against the rule of law.As to recall slightly about the very day incident that men folk were also involved in it then why they were not part of the parade taken out by the self-proclaimed law enforcing people? Is it a reason that men can do anything following the deeply rooted patriarchal norms, therefore, need to be exclude and protected? If yes it would be a very sad reality. Why the women folks are made only the target in our society is in need to be diagnosed with several round of debate and consultation with various stakeholders?
Why doesn’t one tried to teach a lesson to both men and women instead of targeting only the women? Is our society here to give the blame to women only? But why? Why not men? Men also were part of the event which means they also involved in doing unwanted activities then why only the women were the target by subsiding the men.
If it is so to subside the men from committing any unwanted or unlawful or antisocial things than there is nothing surprise about the increasing trend of rape and murder of women and girl in the state as it clearly indicates that the men are being protected from commissioning any heinous crime but to victimize the women and girl in which our society seems to permit to do the same.

RIMS observed World Health Day and Swachhta Pakhwada

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Imphal April ,8,
The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences,  Imphal observed World Health Day and Swachhta Pakhawada at Kameng,  Imphal West today under the supervision  of Medical Superintendent Prof. Ch. Arunkumar Singh. The program was held in collaboration with Kameng Maning Leikai Club, Kameng as part of Swachhta Pakhwada being observed from 1st to 15th April 2019 in the institute as per guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,  government of India.  During the Swachhta Outreach Healthcare, an awareness cum workshop cum healthcamp was also organized. Prof. Kh. Sulochana Devi, Department of Microbiology delivered talk on health and hygiene and infection control. RIMS Hospital Nursing Superintendent Smt. Sh. Lata spoke and demonstrated about hand washing technique. Around  385 soaps and free medicines  were also distributed to the people who came for medical check up. The specialist doctors from Medicine, Surgery, Obst and Gynaecology, Dermatology,  Paediatric, Orthopedic, Eye,  ENT and Dentistry etc were participated in the program. A Mobile dental van with full equipments was also used for dental treatment. The nursing officials were also involved major roles in the patient care services. Principal,  Dental College Prof.  Praveen Reddy, senior faculty members,  officials, nursing officials, staff and others were took part in the program.

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