Sunday, 01 September 2019 - Imphal Times

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Delhi, Sept. 1

A two days National Convention in defence of Democratic Rights was held today at Malvioya Smriti Bhawan, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, New Delhi.

Speaking on the convention regarding the impunity given by Black Laws, Human Right activist Ravi Nair said that the people of the land should stand firmly against the black laws and the impunity given by it. He added that they not only need to remove AFSPA but also need to focus on and stand against the impunity section given by it which is Section 4 and 5.

Several other speakers also focused on the present government and its tactics to systematically violate the right to dissent by the provision of UAPA where any individuals can be declared as terrorist.

During the third session which is on ‘Redefining Citizenship to create the other’ Senior Lawyer Prasant Bushan condemned the NRC where he said that the process of NRC has left 1.9 million people as stateless.  He added that such act is against the international law.

Denying that the National Foreigner Tribunal can’t take appropriate actions Prasant said that the people that were not included in the NRC can further appeal to the National Foreigner Tribunal which will not bring solution.

Journalist Sanjoy Hajariza stressed that illegal migration is a big problem in North East and added that movement of protecting indigenous people still prevails in the region.

He concluded that the process of NRC should not bring any problems to the Indians.

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Imphal, Sept. 1

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that we must serve the people with sincerity, dedication and honesty and need to think for the common good rather than for personal benefits. This was stated by him at the launching of POSHAN Maah (National Nutritional Month), 2019 held at Tribal Research Institute, Imphal East today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister stated that various schemes and measures have been taken up by the State government to eradicate poverty in the State. Stating that the government has introduced many welfare schemes, Chief Minister stated that we need to constantly monitor that whether the people are getting the benefits of the welfare schemes at the grassroots. He urged the people of the State to take the benefits of the schemes initiated by the government so far.
Chief Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a legendary Prime Minister of India. Prime Minister has introduced many welfare schemes with human touch and no other leader or Prime Minister has done so much as he is doing for the country, he added. Under his leadership, a revolution has been brought in every sector in this country, he added. He stated that we should follow his footsteps to bring positive change in the State.
Mentioning about the current scarcity of rainfall in the State, Chief Minister said that the State Cabinet after consultations with MLAs and officials of various departments has declared the State as drought affected State. All preventive and precautionary measures have been taken up to cope the situation, he added. He maintained that the government is planning to provide alternative crops to the farmers of the State.
Stating that the government is focussing in improving government schools and School Fagathansi Mission was introduced to provide quality education to the children, he stated that this year, government schools have recorded highest pass percentage above 74 percent in HSLC exam till now. Such result shows the commitment of the government to improve education sector in the State, he added.
Chief Minister announced that a District level Monitoring Committee and Block Level Monitoring Committee would be formed so as to keep vigil on the activities of the Anganwadi Centres across the State. Concerned DCs, DSOs, officials of Health Department will constitute the Committee, he added.
He urged the people of the State to take the benefits of the schemes initiated by the government so far.
During the function, Chief Minister handed over the appointment letter to Khangembam Bijaya, sister of late Khangembam Santosh of Thoubal Athokpam. Khangembam Bijaya has been appointed as Graduate Teacher at Government Ideal Blind School, Takyel.
Minster for Agriculture V. Hangkhanlian, Deputy Chairman of State Planning Board S. Rajen, Secreatary to Chief Minister N. Geoffrey, Director Social Welfare Ng. Uttam, officials of Social Welfare Department, Anganwadi and ASHA workers attended the function.

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Sunday, 01 September 2019 18:08

Two cops injured in bomb blast in Dhaka

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Dhaka, Sep 1

Two policemen have been injured in bomb blast at Science Laboratory intersection area in the capital of Bangladesh.
The incident took place at 9:15pm on Saturday night.
The injured policemen are assistant sub inspector Shahabuddin, 35, and constable Aminul, 40.
Sub inspector at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Bacchu Mia confirmed it.
Both of them are members of the protection team of LGRD minister Tazul Islam, said in-charge of DMCH police camp inspector Bachchu Mia.
He, however, could not confirm whether they were providing escort to the minister when the crude bomb went off with a big bang around 9:20pm.
Sources at the DMCH said Shahabuddin sustained injuries to his both legs under knee while Aminul to fingers of his right hand.
They were first taken to a local hospital and then shifted to the DMCH.
Being informed, a bomb disposal unit rushed to the spot.

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Sunday, 01 September 2019 18:07

IPSA demands appropriate wage

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Imphal, Sept. 1

International Peace and Social Advancement (IPSA) has demanded appropriate wages for labourers working in Food Cooperation of India store house.

Briefing media at its office, Keishampat on Saturday, President of IPSA Joychandra Konthoujam informed that labourers working in FCI store house Jiribam has approached IPSA that their daily wages are not at par with the minimum wages of the present day, and demanded a minimum wages of rupees 4 for lifting a bag of rice which will be at par with the labourers in FCI Imphal.

He further said that labourers working in Jiribam received a monthly income of about Rs. 3000 which is not sufficient to manage a family and further appealed the contractors of FCI to increase the daily wage of the FCI labourers in Jiribam.

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Sunday, 01 September 2019 18:05

Khelen Thokchom Media Fellowship announced

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Imphal, Sept. 1

After successful completion of the first edition of Khelen Thokchom Media Fellowship (KTMF) program 2018-19, the Khelen Thokchom Trust (KTT) today announced its 2nd edition of media fellowship programme for journalists, both from hills and valley of Manipur for 2019-20 to highlight and report on Manipur’s Dying Water Resources.
In fact  urbanization, deforestation encroachments,  conversion of  the low lying areas into farms, disposal of garbage, leaching of chemical fertilizers, release of unhygienic watery waste from households, other toxic chemicals into drain and water bodies besides aging and the climate change are the major causes of degrading, polluting and ultimate dying of the water resources in Manipur.
Rainwater, groundwater and wetlands were the main water sources of Manipur which comprises of 1,820 sq km of flat alluvial valley and 20,507 sq km of hilly terrain which forms a part of the Himalayan mountain system.
KTT encourage the Journalist who worked as a reporter/correspondent/contributor of newspapers/periodicals with 3 (three) years of experience in print journalism to apply for the fellowship and explore the issues and concerns of the above topic.
The first edition of KTMF program was awarded on ‘Prospects of the game of Cricket in Manipur’.
How to apply for KTMF : An application along with Bio-data, a letter of support from the editor that the output under the fellowship will be published (mandatory for all candidates), a minimum of one sample of ‘published report’ on environment and water issues if any should be submitted to Coordinator, KTMF C/o Pureiromba Enterprises, Konung Mamang (Palace Gate) near Pureiromba Khongnang, Imphal East District - 795 005 (Daily office timing 10am - 5pm except Sunday) before September 20, 2019.
The selected applicant will be provided a stipend Rs. 50,000/- (Rupees Fifty Thousand only) and the duration of his/her work will be from November 2019 – April 2020.
The selection of applicants will be done by a jury of eminent media experts. The last date for submitting the application would be September 20, 2019. The selected applicant will be announced on October 27, 2019 during the birth Anniversary observation of late Khelen Thokchom.

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By - Cecil Thounaojam
Imphal, Sept 1

Nawa: Spirit of Atey, a documentary film on a trans nupamacha (trans boy) was screened yesterday, August 31, 2019, at Court Hall in collaboration with Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), Manipur University. A prologue to the life of 13-year old trans nupamacha Atey, the film was directed by Amar Maibam and Santa Khurai and produced by Lawai Bem Bem. Santa Khurai came to know about the story when Atey’s mother told her that Atey had stopped going to school when asked to wear girl’s uniform, and when the school headmaster got to know the reason, Atey was given boy’s uniform and he continued going to school. In another account, Atey wanted to join boxing classes and, so, was admitted to SAI, but the coach asked him to grow hair like a girl. Since then Atey refused to go for the boxing class. However, because of his interest in sports, he started learning Thang Ta under a local teacher, who had no issue with Atey’s masculine expression and treated him like any other student. Even though he was born female and showed interest to be a boy, his locality, school teachers, and parents did not pay much attention to it. Instead, they protected him with the idea that he was just an innocent child and should not lose track of life. The film also showed how a working class Meitei family, with no knowledge of gender education/child psychology, treated Atey and allowed him to experience his freedom of expression and happiness of being a child. Such old meitei tradition of gender inclusiveness or unbiased attitude among humans could also be seen in this film. The film also sent out a message for the parents and families of transgender children to understand this idea of gender inclusion rooted in our history and deal with their transgender children accordingly. If done so, then the children could hold a bright future ahead. Such unique stories should be told globally, not only in Manipur, and whatever pi-pa identity that a child wished to embrace should be respected. A post-screening discussion session was organised with the directors, Amar Maibam and Santa Khurai, the main character of the film, Atey, his father, and his Thang Ta teacher as panelists and Professor Amar Yumnam, Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Manipur University, as the moderator. The event was attended by various students, professionals, and members of transgender community.

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Sunday, 01 September 2019 18:04

Her Richness

By :  Dr Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

She hold her sleekly hair’s bun so tightly,
She’s seems all ready for a life journey plentiful;
She grasped her bags one and two sack fully,
Ah! She wondered roaming around hither and thither;
Her pace sweeter one and two and three smaller;
She walked so elegantly sophisticated neat;
On those muddy lane; by the side of Naga mapan;
Over those stone pavement wet and slippery;
Her foot dramatically classic as she holds her sleeper;
Losing her decorous fitting peeping mud between,
Her feet cultured a unity; pure and clear;
She’s soft and she’s all weak tired and sweating;
She walked so elegantly not taller but bending,
She’s feeble so livelily, one weak soul speaking;
She eyed upon me and other, never resting.

Her fitting “phanek” up held so high tightly;
She moves a peahen’s step, as she holds herself back;
So puny, so lightly, so little and so sturdy;
As she holds both her sacks tightly and fully;
Heavy and full she carried along; clothes and raged;
No winds can sweep away from her clutches;
No man could seize away from her beholding;
She speaks her voice out heart-rending;
As she knocked me over by her way to mine;
She stood half tall and half bending mesmerizing;
Eye upon eyed I flagged a texture ‘vowing down”;
Oh! The mother, you’re stronger than anything,
No storm and no thunder could ever make you dirty;
“Will you buy this for me” she declared approaching,
“I want to go back home” she uttered maintaining.

Looking back towards her I stood firmly;
Ah! Wonderful, prepossessing she looks at me;
Aged! No matter how she’s, she’s short but magnetic;
I smiled as I walked and stopped by her “yes I’ll buy”;
“Give me 10 Rupees, take all these fadigom”
“It’s very hot and I want to go back home” she told me,
How captivating she was! I stood all of sudden;
Without a sentence I felt so interested blessing;
Her ‘bundles’ dried up in the air scattering;
Scented over her hand she flopped again and again;
Her eyes all withered drooping loose;
Her lips wilted pink as she mentioned;
She walked professed as she maintains,
Her ‘inaphis’ loosing around her waist;
“I want to go back home” she uttered maintaining.

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Imphal Sep.1

Lt Gen MM Naravane,PVSM, AVSM,SM, VSM relinquished the command of the Eastern Command on 31 August 2019 after a successful and eventful  tenure of 11 months . The General Officer had assumed charge of the prestigious Command on 01 October 2018 and led Eastern Command in the most professional and dignified manner.
The formations under his command set highest standards of operational preparedness. It was his professionalism and farsightedness that ensured peace and tranquility along the Borders. The General Officer, during his tenure, traveled extensively to visit most of the far flung areas and interacted with the troops on ground. *Under his watch, the Command which is pivotal to India’s Act East Policy, has contributed immensely to nation building in many ways , significant among them being effective counter insurgence operations thereby ensuring peaceful environment for developmental activities to reach the people. Methodologies to test bed various reforms have been formulated for implementation once sanctioned.
Lt Gen MM Naravane,PVSM, AVSM,SM, VSM moves on to Army Headquarters to assume the appointment of Vice Chief of Army Staff.

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By: LK Kuki
The press released by the so called FOH (Federation of Haomee) vide its Ref:No.F2/8/19OH dated 26.8.2019 in which it spelled out the statement of lies with venomously communal tone against the Kuki peoples of Manipur needs to be rebutted in the best interest of the general public of Manipur. This press statement signed by one Lishemba Mangang, Secy, Publicity, Federation of Haomee was against the Kukis with advice directed to the two Kuki armed organisations; KNO (Kuki National Organisation) and UPF(United Peoples’ Front) to drop their demand for a territorial council. In its earlier press statement issued on 25.08.2019, Mr Ramthing Tangkul on behalf of FOH had stated that Kukis are refugees in Manipur.
The press statements being laced with lies, hate, communal and misinformation with the sole aim of misleading the uninformed general public of Manipur, I as a peace loving citizen of Manipur cannot remain a silent reader but to rebut and clarify the said statement. To begin with let us first look at the name of the organisation “Federation of Haomee”. As the name goes, it must have been christened to project the indigenousness of its members and to point fingers at others randomly as foreigners.  However, it is pitiful to learn that its self-styled spokesman, Ramthing Hungyo, who had made vociferous statement before the TV camera against the Kukis as from Myanmar is himself from Somra of Myanmar. Since the identity of its spokesman being known, the general public of Manipur should be aware of falsehood disseminated by FOH.
 In the second press statement of FOH, the self styled Secretary Publication of FOH, Dr. Leishemba Mangang has made boastful statement that FOH is of the indigenous people, by the indigenous people and for the indigenous people. Then, how come a man from Somra is made its spokesman? Has FOH or Dr. Leishemba Mangang got confounded in his research for the meaning of indigenous people of Manipur with that of Somra, Myanmar?  The University which has awarded him the doctorate degree must feel downgraded and sorry for his failure to even comprehend basic/ordinary social science.
The self-styled secretary also bragged about the 2000 years old history of Manipur while terming the Kukis as foreigners which only reveals his ignorance about the true and correct history of Manipur. The general public of Manipur should not be carried away by such kind of hoax or communal propaganda which only does disservice to the unity and integrity of Manipur. 
It is pertinent to note that the word ‘’Kuki’’ finds a respected position in the Chronicles of Meitei Kings. In the Cheitharol Kumbaba, we find that a Kuki by the name Taothingmang became the King of Manipur in 186 Skabda (264 AD). Again in 33 CE, two Kukis by the name Kuki Ahongba and Kuki Achouba were allies to the Nongba Lairen Pakhangba. King Irengba who reigned Manipur between 1107-1127 AD had contacts with Kuki Villages North of Imphal Valley. (Asim Roy, 1997). L Joychandra (Lost Kingdoms 1995:1), noted that Manipuri King Naofanga who reigned between 624 AD and 714 AD had Friendship Treaties with Kuki Chiefs East of Imphal.
The above mentioned Indigenous Historical Evidences clearly proves that Kukis were present in Manipur long before the colonial British had come to our land. The accounts of colonial writers which often contain partial information cannot be relied upon as the only source of our research work on the indigenous people of Manipur. Therefore, disregarding the indigenous historical account of ‘Cheitharol Kumbaba’, the Royal Chronicle of Manipur and placing sole reliance upon the accounts of outsiders to declare who the indigenous people of Manipur is nothing but an anti-indigenous exercise aimed at creating disruption to communal harmony in the state.
Further, the statement of FOH is full of self-contradictions or double standards that it has rendered itself a public mockery. Some of the contradicting statements are enumerated as under:
 (i) While claiming that it tries to bring love, mutual understanding, mutual respect, mutual trust, unity and solidarity on the one hand, all FOH does is the other way round i.e. it tries its best to create hatred, misunderstanding, mistrust, disunity, etc.
 (ii) While opposing by stating that the people of Manipur will never agree to the formation of a separate Kuki Territorial Council even with the condition of maintaining the integrity of Manipur, FOH completely remains silent on the NSCN-IM’s demand to break away from Manipur and form Nagalim.
(iii) While cautioning the Kukis not to fall trapped by what it states as the hidden agenda of the government of India to create ethnic divide among the communities, it has already created ethnic division at the worst against what it advises by irrationally pointing fingers at the Kukis.
(iv) While stating that the Kukis have no right to demand for their own Territorial Council, FOH did not realise that it has never ever been authorised by the Kuki peoples to speak on their behalf and as such it has no right to talk about the rights of the Kukis.
Finally, it is a prudent advice to FOH that if it still thinks the Kukis as foreigners and should not live in Manipur, the only way it can help is to help expedite the creation of Kuki land or Zalengam which is the solution available. FOH is also advised to appoint indigenous persons with knowledge of history of Manipur as its executive members instead of appointing someone from Somra, Myanmar as its spokesman or fake degree holders as its secretary, publicity.

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