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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 - Imphal Times

Govt committed to protect indigenous people- CM

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Imphal, Jan. 7

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the government is committed to protect the indigenous population of the State. This was stated by him at the 45th Foundation Day of the Manipur Press Club held at its complex at Majorkhul Imphal on Monday.

Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister stated that there is a provision in the Inner Line Permit system (ILPS) that gives the State government an inherent power to relax any of the guidelines at its discretion. He also mentioned that it also provides a power to any doubt or issues not addressed in the guidelines be vested with the Home Department whose decision shall be final.

Clarifying the apprehensions of the people, Chief Minister mentioned that the registration counters for providing ILP to non-locals have been opened at various areas and police stations. He mentioned that various camps will be organised in hill districts of the State soon. Computerized registration system for ILPS would be introduced soon to overcome any hassle, he added. The government welcomes any positive suggestion and advice from the people for proper implementation of ILPS in the State, he added.

Chief Minister appealed to the Civil Societies not to indulge in the implementation process of ILPS rather they should inform the government authorities or law enforcing agencies like police for smooth implementation of the system. He urged the people to extend their support and cooperation for smooth implementation of ILPS in the State.

Highlighting the genealogy of the Inner Line Permit system in the North-Eastern States, Chief Minister said that unlike previous governments, the present Central government has transformed the dreams into reality of the people of Manipur by extending ILP system in the State.

 Addressing various issues faced the media fraternity, Chief Minister mentioned that journalists, newspaper hawkers are covered under CHMT scheme and the State Cabinet has also approved to increase the pension amount from Rs. 4000/- to Rs. 8000/- per month for retired journalists of the State.

 Minister for Information & Public Relations, Th. Biswajit said that media must play a constructive role towards bringing development in the region. Media, the fourth pillar of democracy, has the responsibility to act as a watchdog to protect public interests against injustice, unfairness and corruption in our society, he added. Speaking about the fake news in the age of new media, the Minister mentioned that journalists and media houses must uphold their accountability and credibility. 

During the occasion, Chief Minister launched the official website of All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) www.amwju.org and also released a Souvenir. Former Secretaries of Manipur Press Club were also felicitated on the occasion.  

Member of Parliament Dr. R.K. Ranjan, Director IPR H. Balkrisna, President Editors Guild Khogendra Khomdram, President AMWJU Bijoy Kakchingtabam, members of Manipur Press Club and others also attended the function.

 

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Manipur Legislative Assembly adopts resolution to ratify the Constitution (126th) Amendment Bill, 2019

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Imphal, Jan. 7    

The Ninth Session (Part-II) of the Eleventh Manipur Legislative Assembly held yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution on Ratification of Amendments to the Constitution of India falling within the purview of clause (d) of proviso to clause (2) of article 368, proposed to be made by the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 as passed by both the Houses of Parliament.
The motion was moved by Leader of the House and Chief Minister N. Biren Singh.
Prior to the motion the Secretary, Manipur Legislative Assembly relayed the message from Rajya Sabha Secretariat for ratification of amendments to the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 and laid the message on the Table of the House along with the copy of the Bill as passed by both Houses of Parliament.

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Alumni and various other Students stage protest demonstrations condemning the attack on JNU

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Imphal, Jan 7

Police today dispersed the protestors which hold peaceful protest demonstrations condemning the attack on the Jawaharlal Nehru University Community on 5th January  at Manipur University.
Alumnis of Jawaharlal Nehru University and various other students participated in the protest demonstration. They  also showed solidarity with all the campuses all over the country which have been victims of violence unleashed on the University community.
HOD of Political Science Department, Indira Gandhi Tribal University who is also an alumni of JNU Dr. Homen Thangjam stressed that resistance shall be with them and will stand by with the Alma mater of JN University.
“Times are dangerous today and Winds of Change seemingly is blowing to tumble down even the walls of learning and centres of wisdom and knowledge,’’said Homen.
He stressed that during such times, domain of knowledge can never be captured by the fascist.
Homen further added that they will stand together and resist the menace which will eat us up together.
Placards like “Down with state sponsored Goondaism”, “Shame on Delhi Police”, Save Public Education” were held by the protestors.
The JNU alumni, Manipur stressed that they were alarmed at the happenings in various universities and other campuses which have been subjected to violence and terror in an effort to subdue and discipline the democratic right of all to freely debate and dissent from the majoritarian opinion.
It also added that the midnight raid by state security forces at MU have laid bare the anti-intellectual, anti-student, anti-education spirit of the present dispensation and reaffirmed a commitment to democracy, dissent and debate.
Slogans were also raised, protest song was also sung during the protest demonstration .
Last night Manipur University Students Union also staged a candlelight vigil showing solidarity with the JNU community and condemned against assault unleashed on the University community

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Fierce Gun battle at Sajik Tampak

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Imphal, Jan 7

Heavy gun battle between armed insurgent group and Indian security force was reported near Indo-Myanmar in Sajik Tampak at around 6 am. Source said that the armed troop while coming on duty at Kongtang Village at Sajik Tampak in Chandel district near the Indo Myanmar Border come across a group of Indian security force who were again patrolling the  site. Both engaged in fierce gun battle which reportedly lasted for around half an hour . The source however fails to confirm any casualty on both side.

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Emoinu day

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Imphal, Jan 7

People across the state particularly the meetei community today celebrate Emoinu Day with cultural flavour. Emoinu is the Goddess of Wealth of Meitei people and has been worshipping since time immemorial by the Meitei people. Prayers in traditional ways were held at every household of the state. The Emoinu day is also observed in a larger way by Club members and cultural body.

Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh, CAF and PD Minister Karam Shyam, Works Minister Th. Bishwajit, Cultural bodies of the state including SEACO among others wish the people of the state on occasion of Emoinu Day.

South East Asia Cultural Organisation (SEACO) greets the people of Manipur an occasion of Emoinu day (the goodness of wealth) which falls on today.

The Meitei have been worshiping traditional deity Emoinu since time immemorial in their own traditional way .

The celebration of Emoinu day also signifies the rich cultural civilisation of the metei people as the similar goodness of wealth has been worshiping at various civilised nation including Japan ,Thailand ,Korea , Vietnam ,Rome ,South Africa ,in different name The SEACO in which has  been Marking for communalism of the Indigenous Meitei religion and culture of Manipur applied to  culture the day with traditional  Humour.

The organisation also Appealed people not to mix with alien culture in celebrating Emoinu day .

SEACO also wish the people of the state  for a prosperous and wealthy life.

 

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Education Minister distributes free text books

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Imphal, Jan 6

 Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam distributed free text books to Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs) of Imphal East and Kamjong as the first phase of Distribution of Free Text Books under the Samagra Shiksha Manipur on Monday. These books for academic session 2020 will be provided to the students of government and government aided schools for Classes I – VIII. Altogether, more than seven lakhs of free text book has been allocated for 17 (seventeen) ZEOs.
Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam lauded the officials of Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BSEM) for timely completion of printing the text books. He expressed that it is one of the achievements that this year the text books are being distributed to the ZEOs on time unlike previous years. The Minister was speaking during the Distribution of Text Books for Academic Session 2020 organised by Samagra Shiksha Manipur, held at its office’s Conference Hall, Babupara.
He said that the education department has many issues, problems and faces many complaints as well. The department is trying its best to come up with solutions and solve the problems one by one to make education better. He said that every year hundreds of teachers retire from service on superannuation and as a result many post are vacant. Education department cannot function without adequate teachers.
Director Education (S) Th. Kirankumar said that the timely completion of printing text books was able to achieve under strict guidance of the Education Minister. He explained that in order to achieve the target of availing text book timely, certain rules and regulations followed by BOSEM for buying of paper and issuances of order for printing to the firms were slightly modified. The printing of text book are carried out in different local printing firms.
Provision of text books to students free of cost is one of the basic necessities for children to access in school education under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009, popularized as RTE Act 2009, which envisages the importance of imparting free Elementary Education to all students in Government and Government Aided Schools in the country.  
The Minister also flagged off the books to be delivered to the respective zones.

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Minister Biswajit releases theme based MEETAC Wall and Desk Calendar

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Imphal, Jan 7,

Minister (Textiles, Commerce and Industries) & Chairman, Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans & Craftsmen, MEETAC Thongam Biswajit Singh on Monday released the Wall and Desk Calendar, 2020 developed by MEETAC, at his Official Quarter in the presence of Addl. Chief Conservator of Forest, Government of Manipur and Chief Executive Officer, MEETAC Anurag Bajpai (IFS).

Biswajit said the calendar, 2020 is a “Themed based Calendar” which will help in promoting and marketing items produced under MEETAC. He said MEETAC aims to provide a market platform and economically empower artisans by developing their products to global standard. He also stated that today, Manipur has a Craft Map through which craftspeople are identified and the different types of craft across the State.

development of their crafts/arts as per global standards, training and entrepreneurship development in order to increase the market demand of their products and achieve better economic valuation.
The Minister also lauded the CEO and the officials working under MEETAC for their efforts. The calendar release function was also attended by Director (Admin) MEETAC K.Bantee Singh and Director (Finance and Asset Management) MEETAC Th.Gunindro Singh, MES.

The wall calendar 2020 contains some new prototype designs developed by craftsmen of Manipur during the current financial year under the guidance of National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. The designs depict the new trends including souvenirs and utility items made from Wood Craft, Metal Craft, Bamboo and Cane, doll making under paper mache craft, dry flower craft among others. The new designs developed by the craftsmen may develop a better market within and outside the State.

The Desk Calendar 2020 is a “Theme Based Calendar” depicting Traditional Dolls of Manipur developed under Paper Mache Craft. The Manipuri dolls are made for both religious and cultural purposes and are realistic representations of Gods, Goddesses, and people from all walks of life.

The inspiration behind the dolls has changed but the Manipuri impression and flavour in the style of making remains intact. MEETAC through the Calendar, intends to promote and market Manipuri Dolls as Russian, Japanese and Mexican traditional dolls.

Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans & Craftsmen (MEETAC) is the new Mission of the Government of Manipur, established on 29th December, 2017 as an autonomous Society under the Department of Textiles, Commerce & Industries.

MEETAC was formally launched on 1st September, 2018 to promote inclusive growth by developing the Traditional crafts/arts sector of Manipur as per global standards and making it an important spoke in the wheel of economic activities.

MEETAC aims to provide unified access to the Traditional Craftsmen/Artisans of Hills and Valley of Manipur for design

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Countrywide protests against JNU violence

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Mumbai/Pune/Delhi/Imphal
January 6

Shaken by the attacks in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)campus in Delhi late on Sunday evening, hundreds of people staged protests in Mumbai and Pune late on Sunday night condemning the manner in which students and teachers were targeted.
Soon after the incident, hundreds of college students assembled at gateway of India in South Mumbai to condemn the violence. Former JNU student Umar Khalid was part of the group, which also held a candlelight vigil to show solidarity with JNU students. It was an “impromptu assembly at a short notice”.
The protests continued on Monday morning, with students stringent action against the guilty, even as Delhi police lodged an FIR and claimed that they had identified the attackers. There appeared to be no breakthrough in talks between the protestors and police. The Mumbai police wanted the protesters to move to Azad Maidan, some distance away from the Gateway of India, but students refused to move from the Gateway of India. Protestors referred to the Constitution’s Freedom of Expression, while police referred to the “Reasonable Restrictions”. Refusing to vacate the area, protestors begun to list down the volunteers who will stay put and also planned 12-hour shifts, besides chalking out a course of action.
At least 28 persons, including JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh and  General Secretary Satish Chandra Yadav, were injured as chaos reigned on the campus for over two hours on Sunday. While the JNU administration called the police for help, the vandalism continued and reportedly after two hours the Delhi Police reached the campus and conducted a flag march inside the campus which ended at its Bab-e-Syed gate.
Registrar and Pro-VC of JNU met Delhi L-G Anil Baijal on Monday morning and apprised him of the situation. Later the JNU violence case was transferred to Crime Branch and Delhi police began collecting evidence. Medical examination of 35 injured students was completed both in AIIMS trauma centre and Safdarjung hospitals.
In a related development, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik and sought a report on the violence.
The fracas began when a group of masked men and women armed with sticks, rods and acid unleashed violence on the campus. The masked goons, allegedly associated with ABVP, went about storming the campus, rampaging through hostels and attacking students and teachers alike. Students and teachers said the attack happened at a “peaceful meeting” called by JNUTA and backed by JNUSU. However ABVP denied the charge.
While the students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) (Uttar Pradesh) took out a candlelight march on Sunday, the AMU Teachers’ Association (AMUTA) released a statement urging the Chief Justice of India to take suo motu cognisance of the “unprecedented situation arising from Sunday’s assault on JNU students and teachers”.
The agitation spilled over the campuses across the country. In New Delhi over 500 students and alumni from universities in Delhi protested outside the old Delhi Police headquarters at ITO. The students of AMU took out a candlelight march. A protest took place in Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur at around midnight where about 300 people, including students and activists, protested against the violence. In Patna (Bihar), students’ union president Manish Kumar led the protest. Students associated with the All India Students Federation (AISF) also staged a protest outside Patna University office. The students of the National Law University in Bengaluru (Karnataka) staged candle light protest.
In Goa, the Goa Forward Party, an ally of NDA, condemned the violence and said the “heinous masked attack” on professors and students was “shocking and appalling”. Violence is the first resort of cowards and intellectually bankrupt.
In Manipur, students of the Manipur University staged a solidarity protest inside the campus at around noon on Monday. 100 of students gathered at the Traffic Island inside the University campus and staged the protest with placards showing solidarity to JNU. Later at evening a candle light vigil was also organised by the Student body.
The chronology of developments on Monday: 08:10 AM: Delhi Police: “We have received multiple complaints in connection with Sunday’s violence at JNU. We will soon register FIR”. 07:40 AM: The Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) called the Registrar, Proctor and Rector of JNU to his office. 07:27 AM: Students from different colleges gathered outside Gateway of India in Mumbai to protest against the JNU violence. 10.30 AM an FIR was lodged by Delhi police.

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The taste of Indian democracy: Will sincerity work ?

After over 70 years of Independence, India gets a state that is govern by a group of highly civilized and politically literate class that converted pre poll promises into action. What is more impressive is the way that this group of likeminded people who form a political party called Aam Adami Party (AAP) after completion of its term don’t beg for vote to return to power but left it to the people to decide among themselves either to vote for them or not by judging on what their government had done for the people of Delhi.
This political party was born in the aftermath of Anna Hajari fast-unto-death protest against corruption (2013). Even as there were differences between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hajari when the former decided to go for election, the party is still a brain child of the anti-corruption protest by Anna Hajari. When Kejriwal and his team started to fight the election with hope to change the system under the banner of the newly formed political party, many critics are of the opinion that the party and its member including the mastermind Keejriwal will be diluted to the corrupt and grotesque political culture and they will make no difference from other political party already existed in the country. But Kejriwal proves wrong to his critique and he finally showed that the system can be changed. 
Almost all members and key leaders of AAP are mostly intellectuals turn politicians and do acted with reasons. There pre-election manifesto contain no Mandir or Mosque creation but rather on issues education, jobs, health, electricity and water etc. 
New Delhi under the AAP government today have the best government schools , even better then the private run schools. And the best government schools are converted in five years of his government. This is perhaps an activities where no state government in the entire country had ever performed. The budget for the sector of education is three times more than what it was when AAP came to power. The revolutionary work that has been done by the government is being spoken about across the world. As per the report card the AAP government added 20,000 new classrooms across Delhi during their ruled. The education budget has gone up every year, hitting the figure of Rs 13,997 crore in 2018-19 — 26 per cent of Delhi’s entire budget, as per report by media. 
One interesting changes that AAP government has brought is that the government of Delhi is the first state in the country to have surplus revenue as per the report by CAG.  The audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for the year ended March 2018, noted that tax revenue and non-tax revenue also registered an increase of 14.70 per cent and 101.05 per cent respectively over the previous year, according to New India Express report.
What is interesting is the answer by Chief Minister Kejriwal when asked about how his government was able to provide free travel to public transport for women at which he said that instead of buying a Jet Plane as done by Gujarat government for VVIP ride , his government spent the kind of money for free ride to women at public transport. 
The way the Delhi government did is what the common people always desire. But it is still skeptical on to judge whether his government will return or not as Indian voters’ mindset is not so politically literate and incline more on blind fate. Many felt that Mandir or Mosque is more important than Roti, Kapara Makan. And after all the electoral system in India which is fast post the past always give those in power to play every means to win the election. People have to wait and watch on whether sincerity works in politics or not, after Delhi election.  

 

Statement released by NESO leaders Samuel B. Jyrwa and Sinam Prakash Singh on CAA

The North  East  Students’  Organisation  (NESO),  which comprises  of  the  Khasi  Students’  Union  (KSU),  All  Assam  Students’  Union  (AASU),  Naga  Students’  Federation  (NSF), Mizo  Zirlai  Pawl  (MZP),  Twipra  Students’  Federation  (TSF),  All  Manipur  Students’  Union  (AMSU),  Garo  Students’  Union  (GSU)  and  All  Arunachal  Pradesh  Students’ Union  (AAPSU)  representing  eight  major  students’  movements  of  the  seven  North  Eastern  States, is opposing strongly the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) since 2016 which has now become an Act also known as Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019, is reiterating its strong opposition to this draconian Act on the very basic principle that this CAA is a grave threat to the identity and survival of the microscopic indigenous communities of the different states of North East. Historically the North East which shares a long and porous border of nearly 1,750 Km with Bangladesh has been facing the problem of illegal infiltration since the time India attained its Independence in 1947 in which large scale migration took place from the then East Pakistan now Bangladesh especially to Tripura and Assam, again, in 1971, due to the Liberation War of Bangladesh, large scale migration of people from Bangladesh again took place and they cross over to the different states of NE especially Tripura and Assam. The consequences of these large scale migration resulted in the indigenous people of Tripura being reduced to a minority in their own land and they accounted at present only 30% of the total population, 11 (eleven) districts of Assam where the indigenous people of Assam are reduced to a minority. This CAA has nullified the provision of the Assam Accord signed in 1985 whereby the cut-off date of 1971 is squashed with the new provision inserted in the Act, this is total disrespect and utter disregard of the Accord which the GOI itself is a signatory in which the people of Assam and North East can never accept. This CAA is only adding to the already burgeoning problem of illegal infiltration from Bangladesh which is continuing unabatedly thereby changing the demographic structure of the whole region. The then Home Minister in the United Front government, the late, Mr Indrajit Gupta, on 6th May 1997,made a startling revelation and stated in the floor of the Lok Sabha that the number of illegal migrants stood at nearly 1(one) Crore, the Intelligence Bureau in 1998 reported that the estimated number of illegal migrants to be 1.1 Crore with the greatest concentration in Assam and West Bengal, the Group of Ministers (GOM), in its report on reforming the national security system made public on 23 May, 2001, while mentioning about the law and order situation in North East, also stated that the situation has staggered from bad to worse with the influx of an estimated 1.2 Crore or 12 Million illegal Bangladeshis since 1971. The then Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Prakash Jaiswal, in 14th July, 2004, has stated that more than 1.2 Crores of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants are present in India, out of which, 50 Lakhs in Assam, 3,25,400 in Tripura, 59,000 in Nagaland, 30,000 in Meghalaya. The then Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr Kiren Rijiju, in 2016, has stated in the Rajya Sabha that the estimated number of illegal Bangladeshi migrants to be 2(two) Crores. If this is not a threat to the microscopic indigenous communities, then what?
This Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019 is also unconstitutional and communal as it defines citizenship on the basis of religion. NESO does not differentiate a person on the basis of religion, as according to us ‘a foreigner is a foreigner irrespective of his or her religion’.
 The indigenous people of the North East are deadly against this Act as its implementation will grant citizenship to illegal infiltrators who were illegally entering and settling here in North East and the Government instead of taking action and deporting them to Bangladesh is awarding them with citizenship. The people of NE have all along been demanding that all the illegal migrants be deported back to their country of origin, but the Government of India, through the promulgation of this Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, is legitimizing the presence of illegal infiltrators in North East and will also encourage more infiltration from Bangladesh to NE thereby threatening the language, culture and the very identity of the microscopic indigenous communities of the NE. This is a treacherous act of the GOI towards the indigenous peoples of the NE, whereby instead of making laws to protect its own citizens, it is bringing in a law to facilitate the illegal migration of foreigners and putting at risk its own citizens from external aggression. So the pertinent question is “This Government is for whom?” Is the Government of India for its own citizens or for the illegal foreigners from Bangladesh?

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