Monday, 09 September 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Sep 9

Federation of College Teachers’ Associations, Manipur (FEGOCTA) today sets September 23 as deadline for implementation of 7th UGC Pay and Regulations, 2018 for Colleges and University teachers under the Department of Higher Education, Government of Manipur.

In a press meet held today at Manipur Press Club Imphal, General Secretary of FEGOCTA, Dr. N. Somorendro Singh said that an ultimatum in the regard has been submitted to the Chief Minister, Education Minister, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary Finance, Commissioner of Higher Education and Director , University and Higher Education, Government of Manipur today.

While urging the government to not force the college teachers into agitation, FEGOCTA warns the government of serious but democratic agitation from September 24 if the government fails to response to their demand.

“There are many other issues but as of now the FEGOCTA demand the government for immediate implementation of the 7th UGC Pay and regulations 2018”, Somorendro said.

He stated that the UGC Pay and Regulations for the College and University teachers are revised every ten years after central Pay revision. Manipur was the last state in India to implement 6th UGC Pay for the college teachers and only state refused to seek 80% reimbursement from January 1, 2006 to March 31 , 2010, he added.

Somorendra further said that College teachers in Manipur are discriminated by granting 13 months less from other employees of Manipur Government. Even today for almost 9 years college teachers are being discriminated by depriving allowance of SCA and TA which are component of salary, he added.

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Imphal, Sept 9

Legendary Manipuri fusion singer Loukrakpam Jayenta commonly known as Tapta was conferred Inspirational Singer of Manipur award by Manipur University Students Union (MUSU) today.

The award was given during a one day seminar on ‘Tapta and Social Relevance of his lyrics’ which was organized by MUSU at the Senate hall of Department of Earth Science MU.

Addressing in the inaugural function as the Guest of Honour, Dean School of Humanities of MU Professor Ch Yaswanta said that the relevance of the lyrics still holds in the present socio political scenario. He added that the uniqueness of Tapta lies in the divergence from the Traditional way of singing and the lyrics for that song,

Yashwanta said that his songs were the reflection of the society and he only shows the scene of the society in its own unique way.

Chief Guest of the function Professor Th. Ratankumar who is the Dean of Students Welfare stressed that Tapta is not only an entertainer but the lyrics of his songs can be put in the Academics.

He also added that entertainment can be used as a medium to change and polish the society.

Addressing the function Tapta said that he was shocked to confer such an award to him and added that he is just a simple mere person.

Around 6 resource persons presented papers on the Social relevance of the lyrics of Tapta.

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Imphal, Sept 9

In 19 days, Traffic Control Wing Police collected a fine of Rs.4,41,200/- as penalty from traffic regulation violators. A statement by Khoisnam Sarma Devi, MPS, SP Traffic Control Police Wing, said that a total of 3849 cases and under Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 was taken up in the last 19 days and collected a sum of Rs. 4,41,200/- as penalty. The Traffic Control Police Wing, SP statement said that as many as 1083 traffic regulation violators were warned and released. Those released after warning are mostly under aged drivers, it added. 


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CCpur, Sept 9

The 7th Economic Census 2019 was set into motion in respect of Churachandpur and Pherzawl districts today by the respective Deputy Commissioners.
Speaking to media persons by the sideline of the launch programme at his Office premises, DC Churachandpur Pawan Yadav appealed all concerned stakeholders to take part in the operation wholeheartedly and extend maximum cooperation to the enumerators so that the data thus collected served its purposes meaningfully.   
DC Pherzawl Mannuamching also launched the 7th Economic Census 2019 at her office located at DTC campus, Tuibong today. Exuding great confidence that the enumerators and supervisors would cover all villages within the district in a free and fair manner, Mannuamching assured possible helps to the enumerators from the district administration side in order to carry out the census operation successfully.
DLOs of both districts were present at the launch programme of the economic census operation which will go on for three months.
A total of 249 Enumerators, 53 level-1 supervisors and one level-2 supervisor will conduct the census in Churachandpur and Pherzawl districts.
The Economic Census is a complete count of all establishments and it is aimed at collecting information like type of economic activities, number of workers, turnover, etc. will provide. This will in turn help Government to formulate development planning.

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Imphal, Sept. 9

Social Scientist Dr.Dhanbir Laishram stressed on the need for moral education to the present day students of Manipur.
Speaking during Felicitation ceremony cum interaction with the eminent inspirational speaker organised by Mind Empowering Centre at Patsoi-III in Imphal west. Dr Dhanabir Laishram appealed students not only to score mark during exam but to make sure that he or she learnt in depth on what has been taught in the schools or colleges.
“Exam is important but students should not worry on whether he or she did well to get more marks but what is important is how much a student learnt”, Dr. Dhanabir Laishram said.
He also stressed on the need to build confidence to the students by letting them free to decide on what he or she had to do.
“Parents should trust their wards and should never imposed strict regulation like urging them to get more mark in exam”. Dr.Dhanabir said while adding that such strictures over-burden the children and often become dependable.
To the students, Dr.Dhanabir appealed them to listen carefully to the teachers while taking class. He also appealed them to correct their moral character which is becoming menace to our society.
The felicitation cum interaction programme was also attended by Tompok Wahengbam, Faculty of Manipuri Dept., Paree Imom Sindam Shang and Jagajit Heigrujam, Faculty English Dept. Pole Star Public School.  

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Monday, 09 September 2019 17:46

September and Hijam Irabot

With the coming of September month we the people of Manipur once more remember our pioneer leader Hijam Irabot.
Once again the people of the state will be observing the birth anniversary, the day he went underground and his death anniversary as all happened in the month of September. Hijam Irabot is the only leader of Modern Manipur, who had renounced all the worldly pleasure and spent the later part of his life fighting for justice of the common and the downtrodden people. It was with the sheer unstinting effort of this leader that the thin bondage between the Hill people and the plain people was strengthened. The virtue of patriotism among each Manipuri was first embedded by this leader.
Years have gone and some among the people still continue to follow the path once paved by this leader but majority of the people had forgotten what Hijam Irabot really wanted to see in the Manipur of today. The kind of tribute being paid to the pioneer leader today on the occasion of his birth anniversary is worth every effort, but seemed to have lost the essence of keeping his dreams and ideologies alive to each one of us. Just recalling his work, and praising him with cultured language by standing at the manmade podium is not really what is actually needed to remember Hijam Irabot, but to fulfil his dream should be the essence of remembering him.
Now Manipur is on fire. The bondage once tied by this leader is on fire and is on the verge of snapping off even while the blame game continues and nobody really cares to look back and reflect on what went wrong in the last few decades.
Is it the price of the merger of this erstwhile kingdom to the Union of India? Or is it the selfishness of the self proclaimed leaders who ruled the state after the merger of the erstwhile kingdom to the Indian Union?
A civil society organisation is blaming the merger of the erstwhile kingdom to the Indian Union as the root of all the things that is happening today. They now campaign the public to mobilise a movement to restore the pre merger status of Manipur, and this very well may turn out to be the right demand. But will this extinguished the fire raging today?
Sixty plus years of democracy and till today there is no proper road connectivity with almost all the important places of the state. It takes the whole day on a good day, and longer most of the times, if someone from the capital town of Manipur tried to reach Singhat or Tamei or Jessami. There are still many tribal people who never know that there is a place called Imphal which is the capital town of the state they are residing in. Many in the interior parts of the state had to spend the whole day fetching a bucket of water to drink or collecting firewood to cook for their family. These people really have no time to think about the future of this ‘once upon a time’ nation state while struggling to survive each dawning day.
The Government of India introduced a lot of beneficiary programme to improve the life of the common people living in the interior and inaccessible parts of the state particularly the tribal people. The absence of proper connectivity with these interior villages has built a communication gap. And not to be surprised, these befits provided by the government for these disadvantaged people are being pocketed by few vested interested people. They hold the stomach of the poor people and played with any games they desire for their own narrow interests.
When there was enough time to check the missing link the rulers were busy building their houses and amassing wealth for themselves and their descendants. And now things seem to be going out of hand.
For Hijam Irabot who renounced worldly pleasures for the cause of the poor and down trodden, he certainly would have been crying in heaven or tossing in his grave, as the case may be, if only he can see the present state of affairs of the state we have come to be identified as Manipur.

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By- Mr. Pakinrichapbo (Advocate)
Samziuram Village, Peren, Nagaland

What is a village but a sink of localism, a den of ignorance, narrow-mindedness, and communalism? wrote B. R. Ambedkar. These words of Ambedkar ring true in today’s Naga village context. I meant no disrespect to Naga villages, but it’s time for the younger generation starts the democratic debate on the positions occupied by the village and the role played by the village in Naga political system by first finding materials.  Some of the materials are H.K. Barpujari’s , “The Comprehensive History of Assam- Volume-IV & V”, Dr. Piketo Sema, British Policy and Administration in Nagaland:1881-1947, “Democracy in Nagaland: Tribes, Tradition and Tensions”, edited by Jelle JP Wouters & Zhoto Tunyi and “Nagas in the 21st Century”, edited by Jelle JP Wouters & Michael Heneise.
The purpose of this article is to remind the Naga Nationalism, multiple governments of armed factions, and the Nagaland State, that the Constitution of India is a living reality. It is also to show how village nationalists mentality have brought the Nagas to the opening stage of final partition and in such chaos, how do we come up with the best available solution as the fragmented Nagas move forward.
Again, observing the latest fiasco in civil society arena (Naga Hoho versus Naga Tribes of Nagaland), disgruntlement of the public with the negotiating parties, regionalism growing beyond its limits, younger Naga generation losing interest or no interest in Naga Nationalism, tribe consciousness growing more entrenched than ever, I have to conclude for now that these things happened because of village nationalists mentality. This may soon lead us to the beginning of our final days of self-destruction, which would, in near future forced each Naga tribesman to return to his village as it was, before the beginning of the movement.   
Before highlighting some of the major damages done to the Naga populations, for the reason of Village Nationalists mentality, let us very briefly highlight what village nationalist mentality is and what are its characteristics.  
Who is a village nationalist?
A village nationalist refers to a Naga individual considering oneself to be a Naga Nationalist but does not know the elements of nationalist nor have the political will to reform the position of village and tribe in traditional Naga political system i.e. village and tribe representation system.  
 Some essential characteristics of village nationalist (underground):
 (i). Village nationalist (Underground) would glorify the theory of Naga village republic with little ingredients of federalism, therefore would staunchly oppose any political reformation in the political system of  tribe representations to the Government and have no intellect capacity to evaluate the damage done to the Nagas by rigidly practicing the current political system of village and tribe representation.
(ii). Village nationalist being from a village, their loyalty goes to their villages and their tribes, and they will have more concern and respect for their fellow tribesmen that for all practical purposes defeat the idea of Naga nationalism.
(iii). A Village nationalist first-priority is for his tribe and not national cause for he has no moral and no political understanding of what is a national cause.
(iv). A Village nationalist would only favour his tribesmen to occupy top leadership posts and would give blind loyalty to his tribesmen occupying top leadership brass. Even at the expense of the common national cause, the same ideals continue to colour the views of the top-ranking village nationalists.
(v).A Village nationalist from major tribes would heavily engage in majority-minority tribe politics and would not acknowledge leaders from minor tribes and, due to his village nationalist mentality, he would heavily engage in territorial regional politics even though he is a member of the nationalist armed faction.
(vi). A Village nationalist is extremely biased by nature and, in any disputes involving his village or tribe with other village and tribe, would unreasonably support his village or tribe without caring to find out the truth and would have no care to uphold the truth, if the truth hurts his interests.
(vii). He would favour and respect only his mother-tongue with little or no respect for other tribes dialect, such an attitude adds more problems to the inter-tribes relations.
Over-ground nationalists share these common traits with their underground village nationalists’ counterparts, some essential characteristics of (over-ground) village nationalists are:
(i). Over-ground nationalists still harbour the idea of independent Naga nation but have no will to physically involved or fight for it. They will habitually disparage Government of India for all human rights violation etc.
(ii). Over-ground nationalists will blabber on Naga nationalism but would have no regard for other villages or tribes, forgetting that numerous tribes struggled equally in the movement.
(iii). Over-ground nationalists would support only a particular faction based on their family, relatives, or tribal ties.
(iv). Over-ground nationalists would routinely criticise underground nationalists for amassing ill-gotten wealth, but will quickly approach the underground personnel to get his work done or fight his case using muscle power.
The village nationalist mental attitudes automatically acquired by the Naga nationalists due to the unrefined traditional political system followed by various Naga Nationalist organizations have created innumerable internal disturbances among the tribes thus hampering ourselves as we journey toward our ill-fated Naga National Movement. And with our society filled with village nationalists, a sane person would not be so optimistic about what may happen next.
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Imphal Sept.9,

Winners of KakchingWW2 Memorial Run for the 25 km run are Nonthongbam Chaoba Devi (female) and Lr Luther (male) for 45 years below; Lourembam Sobhabati Chanu (female) and Ningthoujam Basanta Singh (male) for 45 years above competition.

The event, Kakching World War II Memorial Run, Manipur 2019 2nd Edition was organised successfully yesterday the 8th September, 2019 at DSA ground, Kakching, Kakching District. 1400 plus runners from different parts of India came and participated this run in supporting the zeal and efforts of Kakching Runners for bringing a healthy society and the environment free from pollution and corruption. Honourable MLA, Y. Surchandra Singh with the advisors and elders of Kakching Runners lifted the starting flag for the run.

In the 25 km run for competition, for the category below 45 years female, Nongthongbam Chaoba Devi from Luwangsangbam Godown Maning BIB no.515, Makakmayum Minarashi from Yairipok Tulihal Mayai Leikai BIN no.501 and Kshetrimayum Romika Devi from Kakching Wairi Khullakpam Leikai BIB no.513 stood first, second and third positions respectively. In the above 45 category, Lourembam Sobhabati Chanu from Khurai Sajor Leikai Tinsid road BIB no.514, Saikhom Bideshini from Khangabok Awang Leikai BIB no.502 and Thoudam Akasini Devi from Wangoi Makha Leikai BIB no.505 stood first, second and third positions respectively. In the male category below 45, Lr Luther from Assam BIB no.123, Romajit Khundom from Khundrakpam Awang Leikai BIB no.119 and Mudang Omo from Assam Rifles BIB no.225 stood first, second and third positions respectively. For above 45 male category, Ningthoujam Basanta Singh from Konchak Makha Leikai, Uchiwa BIB no.190, Bheigyachandra Singh from Kakching Laithagol Leikai BIB no.109 and Yumnam Brojen Singh from Nambol Sabal Leikai BIB no.116 won first, second and third positions respectively.

In the male category below 45, Mr Lr Luther ran 25km at 1:28:31, Romajit Khundom at 1:29:17, Mudang Omo at 1:31:04. In the above 45 category, Ningthoujam Basanta Singh ran 25 km at 1:57:55, Bheigyachandra Singh at 2:07:24 and Yumnam Brojen Singh at 2:10:37.

In the female category below 45, Nongthombam Chaoba Devi ran 25 km at 1:56:45, Makakmayum Minarashi at 2:08:38 and Kshetrimayum Romika Devi at 2:09:10. In the category above 45, Lourembam Sobhabati Chanu ran 25 km at 2:51:15, Saikhom Bideshini at 3:03:17 and Thoudam Akasini Devi at 3:29:10.

In the 8 km fun run, male and female, young and aged, students and teachers, children and adults and all, more than 1200 runners took part and felt the happiness of running together for a cause of bringing a healthy society.

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As a step towards uniting people in endeavors for protecting their fundamental rights and maintaining a peaceful atmosphere free from fear and hatred, Popular Front of India convened “Community Leaders Convention” on 7 September 2019 at N.D. Tewari Bhawan in New Delhi. The programme was attended by more than 200 delegates drawn from Delhi and adjacent states representing different local organizations and institutions.
After deliberation on the current socio-political situations prevailing in the country, the convention resolved to build grass root level alliances to prevent right violations that are on the rise in certain parts of the country.  The meeting called upon local communities to adopt constitutional and legal measures to ensure punishments to the culprits. Resolutions were also passed on various issues like amendments to UAPA act and NIA act, abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, extension of NRC etc. The leaders coming from different political and social backgrounds spoke on this occasion and expressed their views and suggestions.
Popular Front chairman E. Abubacker said in his inaugural speech that this government’s moves are not only against the Muslim community, but against all citizens of this country. “The fascist forces think that they are a well organized majority, but history makes it clear that many of the well organized majorities have been defeated by minorities”, he said. He commented that NRC is to be thrown in Ganga-Yamuna, instead of creating fear in the name of keeping documents ready for submitting before NRC.
In his keynote address, Anis Ahmad, National Secretary of Popular Front said that you can’t change the agenda of fascism by appeasing them. He called for a new resistance movement against the authoritarian rule as the country has witnessed during emergency period.
Former judge at Mumbai High Court Justice BG Kolse Patil said that if the people really want to defeat fascism, they must come out of their homes and agitate on the streets.
While expressing his views, Sayed Sarwar Chishti (Gaddi Nashin Ajmer Sharif) said that with the differences prevailing among the minorities, we can never defeat the fascist forces. If we fail in uniting for this cause, our future generations would not forgive us.
Other speakers who addressed the convention include  Javed Ali Khan (Member of Parliament),  Advt. Sharfuddin Ahamed (National Vice President, SDPI), Dr. Taslim Ahmad Rahmani (National Secretary SDPI), Ashok Bharti (National President, All India Ambedkar Mahasabha & Jan Samman Party), Adv. N D Pancholi, Raghvan Sreenivasan (National President, Lok Raj Sanghatan), Adv. Bhanu Pratap (National President, Rashtriya Janhit Sangharash Party), D C Kapil (National President, All India Dalit Muslim United Morcha), Harminder Singh Ahalwalia (Convenor, United Sikh Mission), etc.
M Mohammad Ali Jinnah, General Secretary, Popular Front presented the resolutions which were approved by all delegates.
A S Ismail, President, North Zone, Popular Front presided over the convention. Anis Ansari, Zonal Secretary welcomed the guests and Dr. Mohammad Shamoon gave vote of thanks. Perwez Ahmed (Delhi State President, Popular Front of India) conducted the programme.

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