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Ashinikumar Mutum

Ashinikumar Mutum

Ashinikumar Mutum, a resident of Sagolband Meino Leirak has been writing for Imphal Times since 2016. He handles mostly Press release and announcement related news. Ashinikumar is also a social worker. He can be emailed at [email protected]

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PIL filed in Allahabad High Court seeking judicial probe into Police violence in Uttar Pradesh

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Imphal, Jan 20

Popular Front of India has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Allahabad High Court seeking court monitored judicial probe by are tired Supreme Court or High Court judge on the police violence in connection with the Anti–CAA protest in the state. The petition was filed by Md. Shahzad, UP State Adhoc committee member on the behalf of organisation.
Unlike other states where the protests against CAA – NRC –NPR were largely peaceful, the UP police has resorted to all sorts of atrocities such as Illegal arrests, custodial tortures, unauthorised riots, even targeting women and children. Many innocent lives were lost in police firing in different parts of the states. Even after getting exposed through video footages and reports of fact finding missions, Yogi Government continues to harass activists by falsely implicating them in new cases and by spreading false stories through a section of media.
The petition came for hearing today in the court. The court posted the case for tomorrow along with other petitions before it on the same issue.

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City scribes condole death of Journalist Naresh Mitra

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Guwahati, Jan 10

City based Journalist fraternity on Thursday appealed to the Assam government for launching a scheme to support the bereaved families of working journalists of the state who died on duty.
Appreciating the government for initiating the pension scheme for journalists, the fraternity also urged to consider extending such benefits to the spouse of journalists who dies before attaining the age of 60.
Attending a memorial meeting of journalist Naresh Mitra at Guwahati Press Club, various speakers deliberated on the need for immediate financial support to his family. The media fraternity has also appealed to all for individual contribution for the benefit of the deceased journalist’s family.
State Information Commissioner of Manipur Information Commission, Oinam Sunil (a former Bureau Chief of The Times of India and a colleague of Naresh Mitra) has already donated Rs. 2.5 lakh to the
family of Mitra. The amount in the form of a bank fixed deposit was officially handed over to Mitra’s wife Biva Sarkar (Mitra) in the meeting today.Amit Kumar Jain, a renowned industrialist also donated an amount of Rs. 50,000 to the family of the bereaved journalists.
Advocate Arshad Choudhury, an advocate of the Gauhati High Court, also donated Rs. 10,000 to the family of the deceased.
Meanwhile, the media fraternity of Guwahati, who are interested in donating any amount to the family of Naresh are requested to deposit the amount either to the bank account number of Biva Sarkar (Mitra) wife of Naresh (Account Holder Name Biva Sarkar, A/C No 3194937302, IFSC Code: CBIN0283229, Central Bank of India, Bhangagarh Branch, Guwahati) or to the Guwahati Press Club (Santosh Mahato, Cont:7002700486) within next seven days.Various other organizations are also welcomed to contribute towards the bereaved family.

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6 music bands to represent Manipur and Sikkim at Ukhrul auditions for Rhythms & Aromas of Northeast on January 10

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Guwahati, Imphal  Jan. 9

Total 6 music bands from Manipur and Sikkim will perform during the fourth leg of Rhythms & Aromas of Northeast at the Town hall in Ukhrul on January 10 to compete and get selected and further perform at 4th Guwahati International Music Festival 2020 in Guwahati. The bands who will be competing on January 10 are Salt and Light Travelling Band, Echoes of Mercy Band, Oking Band and the Antic Molecule Band from Manipur and Granite Yard Band and solo artist Ridgex from Sikkim. Selected artistes will also undergo intensive mentorship by industry experts and the chance to perform with music legends of Asia.

The first State-level music audition for artists from Assam and Nagaland was inaugurated in Dimapur on December 30, 2019. After Nagaland, auditions were held in Aizawl on January 4, Shillong on January 7, 2020.

Eastern Beats Music Society – a prominent socio-cultural organization working for promotion of NE culture and establishment of new vistas with other countries, especially Asia – has announced the launch of its highly ambitious and a first-of-its-kind Pan-Asian music project ‘Rhythms and Aromas of Northeast India’. Under the project which is being held with the support of North Eastern Council, Shillong, the society is calling for auditions from talented artists and musicians from the 8 states of Northeast India to be a part of a unique exercise which will culminate with the 4th Guwahati International Music Festival 2020.

‘Rhythms & Aromas of Northeast India’ is being held in multiple stages across the entire region where local talents will be identified, mentored, groomed and provided a stage to perform alongside celebrated artists of the region and other parts of the country. The mammoth three months long exercise also includes a unique music conference where stakeholders of the music industry will be invited to deliberate on latest musical trends as well as the business side of music.

To be held in the format of a festival promoting Northeast India through its rich and diverse music traditions, the objective of the project is to nurture and celebrate the rich musical talent and ethnic cuisines of the region, and use it as a means to foster people-to-people connectivity with ASEAN and other Asian countries. In the grand finale to be held in the last week of February, the artists will perform alongside music legends of Asia, and the best of the selected Northeast artists/ bands will also walk away with prize money of Rupees One Lakh Fifty Thousand.

A brainchild of Northeast-based writer and cultural activist Aiyushman Dutta, the initiative will have multiple-pronged benefits as it will help identify and groom upcoming musical talents of the region, document the musical landscape of the region and also establish new cultural relations with our neighbouring countries and countries in Far-east Asia through music and food. The project also seeks to look at music as an industry and focuses on the creation of a vibrant musical eco-system, says Dutta.

The Society’s Founder Secretary Aiyushman Dutta said that a team of co-ordinators from all the north-eastern States have been working tirelessly to identify new progressive musical talents and groups. “Once the artists and bands are selected, they will get the unique opportunity to interact and get mentored by the veterans of the Indian music industry and learn about the latest trends in the industry. We are also inviting a few journalists and news channels from our neighbouring Asian countries to our final event. As such, this will definitely be a big platform for the artists, besides helping create positive stories in the global media about Guwahati, Assam and the Northeast as a whole.”

The Guwahati International Music Festival was mooted way back in 2010 in order to provide a platform wherein musical maestros from across the globe can share stage and collaborate with our indigenous music and cultural practitioners. The Society’s President Peter Todd Baruah said, “In the first three editions, the festival has helped create new vistas for cultural collaborations of our topmost northeastern folk exponents with the finest of musicians from Goa, Nepal, UK, US, Germany, China, Bangladesh, Thailand, etc.
In the fourth edition, we have tried to provide a platform for the budding artists from the region to share stage with the maestros through these unique auditions.”
Organized by the Eastern Beats Music Society, the Guwahati International Music Festival involves a medley of music workshops for students, lecture-demonstrations by veteran artists and musical concerts by master performers. A number of global maestros have performed in the previous years of the festival. Among the artists who have performed in GIMF, mention can be made of Pt BickramGhosh, master percussionist and Music Director of the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Matrix’ Greg Ellis (USA), Padma bhushan awardee Buddhadev Dasgupta, veteran harp player Brendan Power (United Kingdom), Nepali rock legends Abhaya Subba and Steam Injuns (Nepal), radical Baul singer and poet Mac Haque (Bangladesh), Ralf Kamphuis (Germany), RishiiChowdhury (United Kingdom), Edwin Fernandes (Goa), Scavenger Project (Mizoram), Hornbill International Rock Competition 2019 winners UDX (Nagaland), amongst others.

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‘Unsustainable developmental projects a violation of Rights to Life’

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Imphal, Jan 8

Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) urged the the Department of Environment and Ecology Wing, Government of Manipur and Department of Forest, Government of Manipur for the urgent intervention with regard to the Illegal Mining of Stone at Tingtong Lajang, Kangpokpi (near Kotland Area before reaching Tupul), Filling up of rivers and streams along the Imphal-Jiribam Road and Imphal Moreh road, in Manipur.
A statement said that the Illegal mining of stone and mud from the hills has tremendously decreased the Greenery Hills and large scale deforestation has contributing to rapid increase on climate change which will have a serious impact on the living creature on earth. In other words Right to life is under threat due to uncheck unsustainable developmental projects.
“Environment and Life are interrelated. The existence of life on earth depends on the harmonious relationship between ecosystem and environment. Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development and that they are entitled to healthy and productive life in harmony with nature,” the statement said.  
Large scale Unsustainable Development Projects like (Road Expansion, Railway Projects, Power Grid Lines, Construction of Dams) being initiated in the state are observed to be major factors of deforestation, water pollution, air pollution, destruction of environment at large scale, displacement etc which further contribute to climate change and need a serious consideration immediately by the people and the aforementioned departments.
The YFPHR demanded to take up immediate measure to stop illegal mining of stone and mud immediately across the state; to stop polluting water bodies, air and environment; to adopt proper sustainable planning before initiating any so called developmental projects in the state; to save and protect river, streams, forest and hills for sustainable wellbeing of civilization and to conduct a thorough assessment on illegal mining of stone and mud, Filling up of rivers and streams and large scale deforestation.

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