Thursday, 16 January 2020 - Imphal Times

The wealth of the indigenous people is not just the land but also the things that grows on it, lives on it, rest and dwells below it. Therefore, it is imperative that when we struggle to save the indigenous people we must also include our environment, our plants and animals, in the discourse. Indigenous people’s movement must include the conservation of our surroundings. We should not just remember the relationship between various indigenous communities but also these communities have with their environment.  
The destruction of the environment by local people as they need more space and more income have affected the environment. However, a place like Manipur in anyway cannot contribute much to the destruction of the environment at the global level. The blame should squarely be handed over to multinational companies who destroy the environment globally. Manipur cannot escape from the wind of destruction that is sweeping across the world. We can wait for them to come here and destroy the environment. We should be very careful in allowing things in the name of development that affect our environment. Anyway, whose development we are talking about. Can the destruction of the environment go hand in hand with the development of the indigenous people ?
The indigenous people and their environment are intertwined. Can indigenous culture be disassociated with the environment in which it grew up ? These questions must make us see the relationship between the two. The two must go hand in hand. Our forests are now being destroyed, hills that dot the valley are losing their green coverings fast. Illegal mining is rampant. Our indigenous animals, including the indigenous dog, Awang Huijao or Haofa, is now endangered. Shrinking of paddy land, destruction of wetland and forest must be addressed properly. Many of our indigenous plants and animals are now endangered. Even our indigenous domestic animal, Haofa, popularly known as Tangkhul Hui, is now endangered. Our rivers are severely affected, wetlands are shrinking, flooding is becoming a major issue which destroy the livelihoods of many.  Will the indigenous people recognise their environment after some decades ? How are we to call ourselves indigenous if our forest, hills, pants and animals are gone ? We will be indigenous people living in concrete jungles, mine quarries and barren land.
The responsibility should not be just for the government. It is also the people who are responsible for it. It is our responsibility to defend and safeguard our environment. We cannot wait till a different reality knocks on our door and we find ourselves lost in a new world where we do not recognize our surroundings.

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Imphal, Jan. 16
A Noutuneshwari Devi Special Judge POCSO Senapati today sentences 52 year old Ashin @ Kasinba of Nungthek Karvanmuang village part II Noney to undergo rigorous imprisonment of life and fine Rs 2 Lakh for committing a crime of grievous hurt and penetrative sexual assault to minor victim , on the other hand, Rk Memcha Session Judge Imphal West today sentenced rape convicted 32 year old Meisnam Suresh Singh of Ghari Awang leikai to undergo rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and fine Rs 15 thousand for committing a crime of rape on August 14, 2014 under section 376 of IPC. Court also recommended to provide Rs 6 Lakh compensation to the minor victim through her mother under Manipur Victim compensation scheme, One lakh for causing grievous hurt and 5 lakh for penetrative sexual assault. Court also directed the convict to pay the fine amount of Rs 2 Lakh within 2 months and the said amount to be given to the victim through her mother. As the same court yesterday convicted Ashin @ Kashin @ Kasinba 52 of Nungthek Karvanmuang Village part II Noney district for committing a crime of grievous hurt by dangerous weapon and for committing penetrative sexual crime to a minor victim on August 1, 2017 and fixed today for sentence hearing.
It may be mention that the convict Ashin @ Kashin @ Kasinba 52 s/o (L) Mangainanba @ Adaitba of Nungtek Karvanmuang village part II of Noney was absconding in connection with the case for around 23 months after released on PR bond by concerned Police station after the incident and on July 12 last year the convict was produced before the court by Senapati district police in execution of the warrant of arrest issue by the same court.
Meisnam Suresh 32 s/o Loken of Ghari Awang, who was sentenced 10 years rigorous imprisonment was convicted by the same court on January 6 after the trial of the case. The convict was produced before the court for sentence hearing from Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa. Court after hearing the submission of APP of the state and Defense counsel of convict in length, sentenced convict Meisnam Suresh to undergo rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and fined Rs 15 lakh for committing a crime of rape upon the victim. Court also recommended to provide compensation to the victim under the Manipur Victim compensation scheme. It may be mention that on August 14, 2014 at around 1.30 the victim was sexually assaulted by the convict while the victim was sleeping in her room taking advantage of other family member’s absence by entering victim room, putting a pillow over the victim mouth when victim tried to call other peoples for help.

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Imphal, Jan 16

A team of state police successfully arrested three members of a gang involved in various organised criminal and anti social activities from various areas in Thoubal district yesterday. Those arrested were reported to have been mastermind in various criminal activities like vehicle theft, drug smuggling and financing in various illegal activities like manufacturing of heroin as well as supplying of chemicals for manufacturing of illegal drugs, said a police source.

How the police crack the modus operandi?

According to police source, a team of Thoubal Police Commando while frisking at Tangjeng area in Thoubal district intercepted Alto Car bearing registration number  MNO 5J 0079 riding in a suspicious manner at around 12.30 pm yesterday. When the police team stop and check the car the driver of the car namely Md. Rashid Ali (32) s/o Md. Kheiruddin of Moijing Awang Leikai failed to produce any valid documents of the car. The police team on suspicion after interrogating the driver came to know that the car was actually used for transportation of illegal drugs. The suspect also revealed to the police that his elder brother Md. Abbas Ahamad @ Masatana (35) along with his associates Md. Imran (28) s/o Md. Ziauddin of Lilong Leihaokhong Leinung Hotel and Md. Firoj Khan (39) s/o Md. Ajijur Rahaman of Yairipok Kekru Makha Leikai have been involved in vehicle thefts, illegal manufacturing of Heroin brown sugar, transportation of chemicals used in it and financing in such illegal activities. 

Follow up action:

On the revelation of the Md. Rashid Ali, the Thoubal police Commando immediately conducted search operation at Arapti Komla Ingkhol under Lilong Police Station. During the search operation the police team recovered some items/ equipments and chemicals used in brown sugar manufacturing which were kept concealed by the said Md. Abbas Ahamad and his associates. Md. Firoz Khan was later arrested from Yairipok Lamkhai. 

Md. Abbas Ahamad and  Md. Imran are still evading Police arrest.

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Moreh, Jan 16

Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen stated that cooperation, unity and support of every individual are needed to build a good, harmonious and prosperous society. This was expressed by the Minister while addressing the gatherings as Chief Guest during the inaugural function of the 3rd Thangkholun Memorial Football Tournament (TMFT), 2020 held at Jangmunthang Playground, Sahei Village, Moreh.

She further said that the government is working tirelessly towards overall development of the state. She also said that new roads are constructed and infrastructures are established at the same time in hills and valley. On this note, Minister Nemcha highlighted that through cooperation department, there are various schemes that can be implemented to improve the economic condition of our people like engaging themselves in handloom and handicrafts, poultry, piggery, amongst others through registered cooperative societies. She ardently appeal the masses not to indulge themselves in any forms of illegal activities, instead to avail various government schemes and projects to improve their living conditions.

On the inaugural occasion, Nemcha Kipgen also lauded the TMFT Committee for organising such football tournament in the remote corners of our state as such platform will bring the focus of the youths towards shaping themselves to be someone who will bring laurels to their community and to the country, at large. Such sporting event will also curb the problem of drug menace which is a major concerns for many youths and Minister stated that sports shapes the youths towards healthy and discipline lifestyle.

While citing the example of famous sporting personality like Mary Kom, Minister Nemcha expressed that like education, sports can also uplifts the living standards of a person if their focus and skills towards particular sports are coupled with hardwork, dedication, good discipline and a healthy diet. Through one’s talents and successful sporting career, one does not represents themselves but their entire society, state or country will be well known by the whole world, she asserted.

Chairman, Hill Area Committee (HAC), Government of Manipur, T. Thangjalam Haokip and Chief of S. Khudengthabi Village, Tengnoupal District, Manipur, Ch. Pacho Kom graced the occasion as Guest of Honour and President respectively.  Deputy Commissioner, Tengnoupal District, Manipur, M. Rajkumar and Superintendent of Police, Tengnoupal District, Manipur, Vikramjit Singh also graced the function as Special Guests.

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From our correspondent
Nagpur(Maharashtra), Jan 16

In a multi-state operation, the Nagpur Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) apprehended a person and seized fake Indian currency notes (FICN) which was being smuggled from Bangladesh with a face value of Rs. 18.75 lakhs. The accused  identified as Lalu Khan (38) has been arrested.
The DRI’’s Mumbai Zonal Unit (MZU) has taken Lalu Khan into custody and is now investigating a suspected global fake currency racket with an international syndicate based in Bangladesh. Some more suspects have been identified and they are likely to be picked up soon, the official added.
 Following a tip-off, the DRI Nagpur mounted the operation in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal to effect the seizure in which they recovered 386 notes of Rs 2000 denomination and 1,191 notes of Rs 500.
This is the fourth major seizure of FICN by the MZU after three years when other similar successful operations was carried out in 2017, months after the demonetization of Nov. 8, 2016.
The DRI said that possession of such fake currency is a serious punishable crime and after amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the authorities can classify offences involving high-value FICN as “terror acts.” At present the investigating agency is currently spearheading efforts to eradicate cross-border smuggling of FICN.
Earlier, in August 2017,the DRI had arrested a person and seized Rs 6.98 lakh FICN from Mumbra town in Thane. Similarly in September 2017, it had seized Rs 7.36 lakh FICN and had nabbed two persons from Navi Mumbai. Besides in October in the same year, the DRI had arrested four persons from Bandra Kurla Complex (Mumbai) and had seized Rs 20.57 lakh fake Indian currency notes.
 Similarly in the recent months the NIA and Delhi Police’s Special Cell busted several rings and seized FICN of Rs 17 crore —brought to Delhi from Bangladesh.
Bangladesh border has become new entry point for fake notes and these currency consignments meant to disrupt India’s economy, the official said and added that the currency consignments are smuggled in through various border states like Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat.  
The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan, hand-in-glove with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s syndicate, used to print the fake currency notes in Pakistan and pump them into India. Now the ISI and the D-Company, besides independent rackets, have started printing units in Bangladesh.
Earlier, most arrests were made from Malda in West Bengal and Pakistan was using Bangladesh as a transit point to push fake notes. However of late there is a lull on the Assam and West Bengal borders.  
The printing bases in Pakistan have not been able to copy the security features of Indian currency. As such the Bangladesh has emerged as the main source for counterfeit notes of Rs 2,000 denomination. Utilising the network of the ISI and the underworld, printing bases in Bangladesh are smuggling the paper for the Rs 2,000 note from Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 17:26

RNBA 3rd Children festival begins

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Jiribam, Jan 16

The Rongmei Community, which is one of the major tribe Community, is celebrating its 3rd Children festival of Rongmei Naga Baptist Association (RNBA) from January 15 till 18 at Namdailong Baptist Church, Cachar, Assam under the theme “Celebrating our future”.
On the opening ceremony Pouh. Rev. Mansi Gangmei, Executive Secretary, RNBA unfurled the flag followed by special song sung by Sunday school children of Namdailong and Ramgaijang.
The three days programme will showcase rich Rongmei children talent at the cultural events, tradition and many more.
Speaking at the sideline of programme Pouri Gangmei, Secretary 3rd Children festival RNBA stated that the three days programme was conducted under the Christian Education and Literature Department, RNBA.
The celebration was attended by 3000 children from Nungba, Assam and Khoupum regions.
He added that they have much hope on their children and young generation that are growing up and these children will brings laurels and brotherhood among Rongmei Community.

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IGAR (South)

Imphal Jan 16

Troops of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) seized contraband items valued more than 59 Lakhs at Khudengthabi Check Post in Tengnoupal District of Manipur on 13 January.

Acting on a specific input,  troops on duty at the checkpost stopped a suspicious and unregistered Black  Scooty driven by Md Wahidur Rahaman, r/o Moreh along with two pillion riders Md Mukram r/o Moreh and Md Imtiyas Khan r/o Wangjing in Thoubal District. On carrying out a thorough check of the two-wheeler, 2.068 Kgs of WIY tablets worth approximately 59 Lakhs in the international market were recovered.

The apprehended persons and the recovered items have been handed over to the Moreh Police Station for further investigations.

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Even as the year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the RTE Act,  large prevalence of learning deficit and the poverty of basic reading and arithmetic skills among elementary school students (Classes I-VIII), has been noticed, as per the report the “Annual Status of Education Report” (ASER) published “Pratham” a non-profit  organisation.
Besides, the draft New Education Policy (released in June 2019) links the “severe learning crisis” and points out that close to five crore children currently in elementary school do not have foundational literacy and numeracy skills.
Only 50.3 per cent of all class V students can read and write texts meant for class II. Reading ability among such students has jumped to 10 percentage points in Kerala, 8 percentage points in Himachal Pradesh and 7 percentage points in Chhatisgarh and Odisha since 2016.  
The learning deficit is prevalent across Government and private schools. The percentage of private school enrolment in 6-14 years has been around 30 per cent in the last 5 years. The dependence on private schools is much higher in Manipur (70.4 per cent) and Haryana( 55.3 percent). As present over 180 million students are in elementary schools, adding secondary schools, the figure is 240 million.
ASER report shows that the students, especially those in elementary school (Classes I-VIII), are not learning enough. To cite one metric, only half (50.3%) of all students in Class V can read texts meant for Class II students. There seems to have been some improvement in learning levels, especially among students of Class III and Class V, in 2018 compared with those of the previous five years. However, there is some improvement is not visible at a higher level, for example among students of Class VIII. The latest report collected data from 596 districts by surveying 546,527 students from 354,944 homes.
The students in private schools have fared better than their government school counterparts, but that’s a relative situation. For example, while 40% of Class VIII students in government schools can do simple division, the figure is 54.2% in private schools. But this success rate is three percentage points below that of 2012 and the same as in 2014. “Private school students are believed to have better family background, both in economic and education front. That’s a key differentiator,” Pratham chief executive Rukmini Banerjee said.
There is gradual improvement in some segments and in some states. The reading ability among Class V students in Kerala jumped 10 percentage points in 2018 from that in 2016. In Himachal Pradesh, the growth is nearly 8 percentage points and in Chhattisgarh and Odisha it is around 7 percentage points between 2016 and 2018. Still, data from states such as Jharkhand, West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu shows a marginal dip in the same criterion for the same cohort.  
While 30.9% of students in the 6-14 age group were in private schools in 2018, the figure was 30.6% in 2016 and 30.8% in 2014. This is less than a percentage point growth since 2014. In Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, there is a two percentage point drop in private school enrolment. In Gujarat, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, it has risen by a similar margin. Private school dependence in Manipur (70.4%) and Haryana (55.3%) is much higher than the national average.
There is considerable scope for expanding anganwadi outreach for three and four-year-old children. All-India data from 2018 shows that slightly less than 30 per cent children at age three and 15.6 per cent of children at age four are not enrolled anywhere. But these figures are much higher in states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
The children enter Standard I at age six and that they proceed year by year from Std I to Std VIII, reaching the end of elementary school by age 14. The Right to Education Act also refers to free and compulsory education for the age group six to 14. However, the practice on the ground is quite different. ASER 2018 data show that 27.6 per cent of all children in Std I are under age six.
In many private schools, parents are encouraged to bring their children at age four or five into kindergarten (LKG or UKG) and not directly into Std I. Poorer parents, who cannot find accessible or affordable preschool alternatives and who do not see anganwadis as an option for education, enroll their children in Std I in the nearest government school. These patterns lead to very different age distributions in Std I in government school and private school.

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 17:23

Destroyers of Civilizations

‘Regarding news’, Menon would tell cub reporters. ‘The basic principle of news may be what Charles Dan of the New York Sun voiced a century ago - man biting dog; but taking it seriously in the changed social and media scenario would be like comparing the Wright Brothers aircraft with a Boeing 737.’While talking to journalism students, Menon would add a few more points to this observation.
‘The dog and man story was created when the reporting field was nascent with very limited scope. Now you have a lot more subjects on your plate to deal with. Vast strides have been made in the fields of audio visual communications, transport, industry, socio-economic changes, globalisation, opening up of markets, tourism, medicine, sports, wars, international terrorism, refugees and diplomacy.
And the most important of them all – absence of competent, well informed leaders to meet these challenges.’
The lecture would be invariably followed by his favourite quote from Herbert Casson to warn future journalists to keep an eye on the back brained people who occupy positions of power.
‘The fear, and many other feelings that we must get rid of or bring under control are the back brain activity. It contains instincts - mainly lower grade feelings like rage, hate, fear, greed, cruelty and lust, and a few of the higher grade feelings such as love of offspring.
For the last 10,000 years, there has been a struggle between the front brain and back brain people. Here and there, a body of front brain people would create a civilization and invariably, the back brain people overpowered and destroyed it.
In India, Assyria, China, Egypt, Persia, Greece and Rome, civilizations were created by the front brained people, and destroyed by the back brained class.
After warning that the struggle is still on, Menon would continue: ‘The back brained are dominant in several countries. It is a tragic fact that in the streets of our proud cities, there are thousands of back brain people – the Goths, Huns and Vandals of our times.
They are the sort that destroys civilizations. They walk past our noblest buildings, waiting their chance to pillage and destroy. And our supreme national problem is how to lift them up to a higher level to make them fit to live in a civilized nation.’
Menon is believed to have almost memorised it by frequent repetition. The lecture would end with an appeal to the students not to limit their vision to the man biting dog example while on the media job, but broaden their vision with extensive reading, and interaction with front brained people.
Writer - T. Kannamala

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Mumbai Jan 16

A 41-year-old Indian businessman Vikas Sachdeva was awarded three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 25,000 by Special Judge A D Deo of the Special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Court, Mumbai on charges of molesting a former Bollywood actress in a Delhi-Mumbai running flight three years back.
The Special Judge A D Deo, convicted Sachdev under section 8 of POSCO Act and section 354 of Indian Penal Code Section (assault or criminal force on woman with an intent to outrage her modesty).
A former actress, who was 17 years old then, had claimed that she was molested on a Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai in December 2017 by co-passenger Sachdeva. She accused him  constantly nudging her shoulder and rubbing his foot along her neck and back. She said that while she informed the flight crew about this, no action was taken. The airline later issued an apology and ordered an inquiry into the incident.
She was travelling by business class and was seated on seat no “One F” and her mother was in a adjoining seat. The accused Sachdeva, sitting behind her, put up his feet on her armrest. She brought this to his notice but he ignored, she stated in her complaint.
Later she shared her experience in a video on Instagram. She accused Sachdeva of constantly nudging her shoulder and rubbing his foot along her neck and back. It continued for another five to ten minutes and then I was sure of it. “I tried to record it on phone to understand it better but the cabin lights were dimmed, so it was even worse. I failed to get it’.
“I just landed, the whole irony of this that I yelled... and this is not done... this is not how you should be treated or made to feel. This is terrible. This is how they will take care of girls? No one will help us if we don’t decide to help ourselves and that is the worst thing,” she said.
According to reports, his wife had claimed that it had just been an accident and that Sachdeva had fallen asleep while keeping his feet on the armrest of the actor’s seat.
Sachdeva, residing at Powai in North East Mumbai, was arrested by Sahar police the day after the actress complained and an offence was registered on 9 December 2017. He was charged under sections of POCSO Act, 2012 and the Indian Penal Code. A sessions court in Mumbai had released him on bail of Rs 25,000 on 20 December, 2017.
The accused Sachdeva had told the court that “we had gone to Delhi for last rites of a relative. While returning back we were travelling by business class. I fell asleep soon after the flight took off. Next day after reaching Mumbai, when I had gone out for purchases, my wife told me that the police had come home. After some time, the police registered an offence and arrested me.
While seeking minimum punishment for Sachdev, his lawyer Adnan Shaikh argued that the accused was the sole breadwinner of his family. He also also said that his client was a first time offender and had no previous criminal record. On the other hand, the prosecution sought maximum punishment for the accused. The victim had announced her “disassociation” from the field of acting last year.

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