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Inquiry for submission of vitiligo – depigmentation information / my experience at “Imphal Times”

Sir,
Each one of the vitiligo patients has a story to tell. So, I am writing to enquire if there’s any possibility to submit the information of depigmentation for vitiligo in your local news paper “Imphal Times” in Manipur.
To be honest, it’s not easy task to get this information and Dermatologist do not suggest recommend such kind of treatment because they are not fully aware of the process and so they stuck by giving prescriptions for only re-pigmentation. Doctors are not even ready to hear what do those which skin doesn’t respond by any other options of re-pigmentation treatment wants.
I, hope many of the vitiligan in different parts of Manipur especially who do not get any respond by any other treatment of re-pigmentation might be searching to make their skin in same color and I am sure they must be trying their best to hide their uneven skin conditions however, some of them would find a cosmetic to make their appearance in single but not many of them.
So, I would like to share my experience of vitiligo and help to those affected person who could not achieve a single color tone / or those who failed in re-pigmentation treatment after considering different options.
I am looking forward to a hearing from you in a very near future and please feel to revert back in case of any query.
Thank you,

Your’s sincerely,
Anandi
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NO BANDH, BLOCKADE FROM TOMMORROW pliz

Sir, please analyse the result of Lecture posts declared by MPSC on 18-9-15. Please see the advertisement and its result. Analyse the total no of posts, posts reserved for various categories, and final selections. Bandhs ,Blockades, Strikes and all those useless news which you make as headlines have affected the education system. 80% of the written qualified candidates are ST. And this downward strend will continue for another 7-8 years. The reason is simple. Frequent bandhs, strikes affect only Imphal,Thoubal,Bishnupur. Hill districts find conducive atmosphere to all round development. I am not saying that bandh, blockade, strikes should also take place in hill districts. My word is ‘NO BANDH, BLOCKADE FROM TOMMORROW’. I also blame the state media for the present chaos in Manipur.

 

Yours.
Mohd Amir
Yairipok

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Press clarification

A news item that appeared in the Naharolgee Thoudang daily and Imphal Times evening edition on August 11 alleging me of mark tempering during the submission of documents for the post of Assistant Project Engineer is false and baseless with no knowledge of the details of the required qualifications mentioned in the advertisement posted in all the leading newspapers by CEDTI on 11 July 2001 which only mentioned the required qualification of BE Mechanical. No mention of marks or percentage was mentioned anywhere in the said advertisement for the said post. Since I secured 62.9 percent in the BE Mechanical, I was an eligible candidate for the abovementioned post which was on purely contract basis, and was subsequently selected. The necessity for tempering marks does not exist in the first place. The allegation is nothing more than a malicious attempt to malign my image and that of the Director mentioned in the news.

Condolence to Churachandpur victims and solidarity to people’s democratic struggle

Sir,
We express our heartfelt condolence to the untimely demise of Kuki brethren, who lost their precious lives in the course of series of unfortunate incidents in Churachandpur District (Manipur: India): the two persons who were burnt alive, one who succumbed to an accident injury, and five others who were killed in the repression. We share the grievances of the families and pray for the departed souls to rest in peace. We also convey our goodwill message to all the injured persons to recover soon.
We are aware of the restive situation erupted from 31 August 2015 onwards, against the three bills recently passed by the Government of Manipur; which has now spread like wildfire in the Manipur Hills. About 13 days before, the incident in Moreh Town on 18 August was a clear signal that any political decision that may encapsulate the entire Manipur, if there is no deliberate policy agenda to make it become a matter of contention and unrest, must first of all fulfil prior informed consent of the peoples for whom the decision has to be taken. The government, however, have always acted above the community or popular conscience, as result of which dissentions and unrests have become the order of the day. We wonder if the policy makers were either sincerely ignorant about the latent unrest vis-à-vis the bills or simply feigning ignorance to test the tolerance and capability of dissention or simply igniting communal flames to disunite peoples, to serve certain authoritarian interests. Although we do not approve violent mobbing, riots and destruction of properties in the name of protest; we held the government fully accountable for creating an atmosphere of mistrust and violent agitations in the Kuki clustered areas.
We are also aware that before the Kukis and the Nagas rose in protest against the bills, the peoples in the Manipur Valley rose in agitations to demand Inner Line Permit System and they were brutally suppressed for some months. The unrest had affected the entire Manipur, particularly the larger bulk of the poor and daily wage earners. A student was killed in police action, about 450 were injured, hundreds were jailed and scores of properties were destroyed. All these could have been prevented, if the government had fulfilled the reasonable demand without delay. After causing much damage, the government, on 31 August, passed three bills, which partly fulfilled the demands and pacified the agitation. What becomes apparent, however, is; while the wounds in the Valley have not been fully healed, the government have designed the bills in such a manner that it opened the door to different interpretations that inflicted wounds in the Hills. A Pandora’s Box is being opened to let loose sensitive issues, thereby, letting the wounded communities into tensions. In the melee of projecting community enemies, those who are in power often escaped away from the collective scrutiny of their arrogances and misrules.
We are witness to the manner the Kukis have reacted to their immediate representatives, the MLAs. The MLAs were singled out for unrepresenting the dissenting voice and their luxurious houses were burnt. Although we could not approve such violence and destructions; we cannot deny that these convey the message about the power of popular struggle. All these exemplify that the existing relation of powers, between the rulers and the ruled, can be turned into upside down, at the wink of eye, if the peoples want it. The Kuki agitation is limited in scope, as it is centred on the resentment against the bills. Given the nature of the demand and the leadership, which could not magnify beyond the higher demand for either VI Schedule or different administrative state for the Kukis: revolutionary direction towards an overall regime change, to free the society from inequality and bourgeoisie misrule, is still missing. However, the misruled Nagas, Meeteis and other minorities in Manipur have a lot to learn about their latent collective strength from this particular episode of Kuki agitation. The Kuki experience can also serve as a constant reminder to whosoever comes to the power, to have a second thought in policy framing and implementations.
Finally, we once again express our heartfelt condolence to all those from the Meeteis and Kukis who lost their precious lives in the course of different agitations in the last few months. We convey our goodwill message to all the injured persons to recover soon. We congratulate those in the Valley who have partly achieved their demand. We also express our solidarity to the democratic struggle in the Hills by those who do not want the bills to encroach upon their rights. We appeal to all, to arrive at a point, to ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples are collectively protected from the outsiders and capital intrusion that grabs land and resources in the guise of projects such as dams, mining, oil drilling, civil and defence infrastructures.
“Long live people’s democratic struggle”
Campaign for Peace & Democracy (Manipur)
4th September 2015.

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Open letter to the DC Churachandpur


To,
Shri Lunminthang Haokip, I.A.S.
Deputy Commissioner, Churachandpur District, Manipur
Subject: Request for Immediate Occupation of SDO/BDO Office at Singngat Village.
Sir,
Most respectfully, we beg to state the following points for your kind consideration and necessary action on public interest. That, after more than a decade of abandoning SDO/BDO office and its related activities in Singngat Sub-Divisional Headquarter, we are finally blessed with the inauguration of the new office building on 4th July, 2015 by Shri Ginsuanhau, Hon’ble MLA, 60 Singngat AC. Elected MDCs of 60 Singngat AC, District Superintendent of Police, Officials and staffs from various government departments, Chiefs, Social Leaders and members of Philanthropic Organisations, Singngat Vision 2020 Implementing Committee members and the public in general who were present on the occasion applauded the expectation that the SDO/BDO office would be occupied and start serving the people regularly within few days. On the contrary, the office remained closed with no one working in the office till this date for reasons best known to the concerned officials and staffs and the District Administration in particular. On the other hand, office activities are taken up in Churachandpur which is only about 34 kilometres away from Singngat. People in the Sub-Division had to come down to Churachandpur for SDO/BDO office related activities. Much time, money and energy are wasted unnecessarily. The poor, the needy, the illiterates and the deprived in the society who constitute much larger sections of the society are most affected with the absence of SDO/BDO related activities in the Sub-Divisional Headquarter, Singngat. We have suffered too long already! If Bank, Medical, Police, Fire, Forest Departments, Govt. School, Para-Military Forces, Non-Governmental Organisations, Secular and Religious institutions manage to function and render their services for the people in spite of lack of basic facilities, how can the parental head of the Division- the Sub-Division Office and the Block Development Office remain closed and abandoned? In the past, appeals had been made to install regular office activities in Singngat but no concrete action was taken till date. We are now compelled to set a dateline which is the 15th of September, 2015 latest by which the office remain occupied by the concerned officials and staffs. Therefore, we earnestly request your good office to look into the matter and make necessary arrangement where SDO/BDO offices are occupied and its activities are resumed in the said building at Singngat proper immediately.
Thank you Sir, and hoping your kind co-operation and prompt action on the subject matter, we remain gratefully yours in the service and interest of the general public.

Yours sincerely,
MR. XAVIER NENGKHANLAM
Chairman, SV-2020
MR. T. AWNSUANHAU
Secretary, SV-2020
Dated: Singngat The 26th August, 2015

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Manipuri Diaspora Individuals and Associations donated over 3 lacs toward DM/H2M Flood Relief Efforts

Sir,
Several Manipuri Diaspora Individuals across the globe have donated over 1 lac INR to assist the flood relief efforts being conducted by Dynamic Manipur (DM) and Helping Hands, Manipur (H2M). Their individual contributions are in addition to one’s respective Manipuri Diaspora association they are part of. The list of individual donors are as follows: Dr. Ng. Shantikumar Meetei (Mr. World & English Professor at DE LIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (Taiwan) and Chongtham Jayanta Meetei Director of EX-Theatre Asia (Taiwan) have together donated 22630 INR; Anonymous Donor of Manipuri Origin from Silicon Valley CA (USA), 30500 INR, Bhaban Nongmaithem & his friends, Senior IT Engineer, iRevo (South Korea) : 30000 INR ; Shilpa Phairembam, Program Manager , Health Information Exchange (USA) : 10000 INR; Jiten Nongmaithem, Principal Scientist, Samsung SDI (South Korea) : 6000 INR, Chongtham Bobby Khaba (Flight Supervisor ), Qatar Airways (DOHA): 5000 INR; and Bishwajit Okram & family Legal & Finance Professional (Ireland): 5000.
So far the total fund collected by DM/H2M for the relief activities and “Potable Water Supply to Flood Victims through Pond Restoration and Filtration Units – Manipur Flood 2015” project is 427798 INR, of which 314548 (73%) are donated by Manipuri Diaspora Individuals and their respective associations. Among the donor associations are Korea Manipuri Association (KMA) with support from Indians in Korea (INR 74050), Manipuri Association of Canada (INR 61364), San Francisco Bay Area Manipuri Community (INR 50000) and North American Manipur Association (INR 20000, coordinated by Flood Relief Manipur). As of August 19, 2015, DM/H2M for the flood relief activities have provided basic supplies to more than 750 flood affected families of the following villages: Wangoo, Pangaltabi, Leishangthem Khong Manung, Komnao, Wabagai Tera Pishak, Uchiwa, Tangjeng, Sekmainin.
Presently, DM/H2M are focused on the pond restoration activities, primarily concerning clean and potable water in order to restrict mass spread of water borne diseases, which are very common after floods. This is also one of the key areas of WASH activities recommended in Joint Assessment Analysis (JNA) report prepared by Sphere India in association with several NGO groups. So far, DM/H2M volunteers have treated over 17 local community ponds located at Kakching, Keirak and Thoubal Leishangthem. In the next two weeks, the team will undergo restoration of community ponds at Tentha, Wangoo and many other flood affected villages. As part of this project 100 water filtration units will also be provided at flood relief camps and to all families of a small village where 100% of the population was affected by flood.

Yours
Dynamic Manipur
email: fb.com/DynamicManipur and
fb.com/HelpingHandsManipur

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Will DPC in RIMS be legal?

Sir,
As per order of the Manipur high court Prof S. Sekharjit assumed the charge of the Director of RIMS on August 22. This was after expiry of the three weeks’ period during which the authority could not furnish details on the  validity and legality of the relieving of Prof Sekharjit. In his ruling chief justice L.K. Mohaptra said that this provision was not found in the bye law and recruitment rules.
Reports say that Prof Rita had written a letter to Prof Sekharjit to wait till August 31 since the date of communication will fulfil three weeks on that day. However sources said that there is evidence to show
that Prof Rita had received the order on a particular date so that it fulfils three weeks’ period on August 21 which means that Prof. Sekharjit becomes the director from August 22.
After  his assuming the charge on August 22 the presence of Prof Rita as the director in charge in RIMS has become redundant and her signature cannot be valid. In this backdrop there are reports that one
DPC for the appointment of several persons in grade III and IV will be held soon. Since it was planned that the chairperson of the DPC shall be the director in charge it will have no validity and legality in the
changed situation. If the DPC is not cancelled it will be a matter which will be challenged in a law court and indications are that the RIMS authority shall not be able to defend it.

Yours
Hiyang Athouba
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The Jana Gana Mana controversy

Sir,
Still remembering those days when the feeling of anti-India among the Manipuri youths during late 80s reached its peak. It was during our schooldays where our teacher compelled us to sing the National Anthem ... Jana Gana Mana. I never learnt the song by hard and for that my teachers would certainly canned me at my leg for murmuring and not singing the song. Then come the daily prayer as it was Christian missionary school, at which I never remember fully except for the first line ... Our father in heaven, holy be your name and ... blah blah blah.... I still remember my teacher punishing me for not able to learnt the morning prayers. I sometimes regret for not able to remember the prayers as I thought I was never a good student.
Recently, I am happy to come across a facebook post by Justice Markandey Katju, at which he justify that Tagore wrote the National Anthem ‘ Jana Gana Mana ‘ in honour of the British King George the Fifth who visited India in 1911. After reading the post I now have no regrets to my failure to learnt the song.
Justice Markandey Katju light up a controversy on whether the Indian National Anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana ‘ was written by Rabindra Nath Tagore in praise of God, or as sycophancy in praise of the British King George the Fifth.
In his opinion the evidence is strongly in favour of the second view.
The Engish translation of the song ... Jana Gana Mana is produced here:
“ Victory to thee, O ruler of the minds of the people,
O Dispenser of India’s destiny.
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sindh,
Gujarat and Maratha,
Of the Dravida, Odisha and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
mingles in the music of Yamuna and Ganges and is
chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea.
We get up with your blessed name on our lips
We pray for your auspicious blessings
Thou dispenser of India’s destiny.
Victory, victory, victory to thee.”
Now a few things must be noted about this song :
1.The song was composed at precisely the time of the visit of the British King George the Fifth and Queen Mary in December, 1911
2.The poem does not indicate any love for the Motherland.
3. The ‘ Adhinayak ‘ ( Lord or Ruler ) is being hailed. Who was the ruler of India in 1911 ? It was the British, headed by their King-Emperor.
4. Who was the ‘ Bharat Bhagya Vidhata ‘ ( dispenser of India’s destiny) at that time ? It was none but the British , since they were ruling India in 1911.
5.The song was sung for the first time in India on the second day of the Calcutta Conference of the Congress Party in December 1911. This Conference was held specially to give a loyal welcome to King George the Fifth, and to thank him for annulling the Partition of Bengal in 1905.
6. The agenda of the second day of the Calcutta Conference , in which the song was sung, was specially reserved for giving a loyal welcome to George the Fifth, and a resolution was adopted unanimously that day welcoming and expressing loyalty to the Emperor and Empress.
7. It was only as late as in 1937, when he wanted to show himself as a patriot, that Tagore denied that he had written the song to honour the British King
The above facts almost conclusively prove that ‘ Jana Gana Mana ‘ was composed and sung as an act of sycophancy to the British King.
I now have no regret for my weak memory in singing the national anthem. As for the prayer, I now learnt that that was not my destiny and have nothing to do with my life as a meitei.


Jai Ho !
Denish Yengkokpam
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Where is the fair price shop?

Respected Sir,
In my article dated13 may 2015, I had mentioned that I will be filing case at supreme court. I had already sent legal notice on June 23rd 2015, to the following department & Schemes/Project: MNREGA, PPDS, MID DAY MEAL, ANGANWADI CENTRE, LIQUIR, TOBACCO, AGRICULTURE, LDA, INDIRA AWAS YOJANA, ELECTRICITY and MOBC Dept. This may take time but I will continue step by step, till the people of Manipur gets justice. The beneficiaries of the following schemes are not provided as per the said requirements even for the constituency of concerned Ministers and the Chief Minister, then what can be expected from other constituencies. During my journey, I had approached the opposition leaders, elected / non-elected members, to provide the beneficiaries of above schemes but they denied.
Illegal selling of Liquor and Tobacco at open market by the Non-Manipuries, (though I am not against any community) is being practiced. Including the fact, that liquor is sold inside the battalions’ canteen, to the general public ( From Jawan’s quota).It clearly indicates that there issupport from the concerned authority because these two items are banned in Manipur.
Through media ( newspaper) , it had come  to my knowledge  that Honourable minister for Social Welfare had mentioned that ANGANWADI CENTER buildings had already been constructed for the entire Ukhrul District, but according to my survey and report it has not been done. Also , Honourable  Minister for Department of consumer affairs, Food & Public Distributions claimed that under PPDS scheme, the beneficiaries received all the items which includes wheat , rice, sugar , kerosene etc. ,but according to my survey and report it is absolutely wrong.
Here, I would like to question the concerned Minister - where is the fair price shop?
Including few points to be noted,
· Agriculture department is selling Urea at Rs. 310 per bag. Private retailers are  also selling above Rs 400 per bag Urea.
· MNREGA- It’s huge injustice (according to our survey , out of 100 working days , the beneficiaries work for average 20 days .)
Similar case can be seen with
· Mid-Day Meal (most of the items that should be provided to the students are very less),
· Substitute teachers (they are appointed by the concerned authorities illegally without Govt. approval) ,
· LDA (The contract was awarded for a high magnitude, in spite of the fact that there was a single bidder\applicant. In such a situation, the guidelines are very clear that a fresh NIT should be issued.
· Electricity( We would like to know about the states/ company with whom your department is doing trading/selling)
· INDIRA AWAS YOJANA(Most of the beneficiaries are getting very less amount, according to our survey)
· MOBC (students’ scholarship) (Many wrong things are done according to our survey)

 

Yours Sincerely
Rajkumar Premjit Singh, Social Activist
(S/o (late) R.K Ranbirsana,
Ex-Chief Minister, Manipur)
Contact: 8588000465

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The ILP movement

Sir,
We can’t simply put the blame to the law enforcers either they are under the state government or the central government, regarding the present turmoil happening in the region. We all know that these people were only following the orders from their higher up. The connotation Higher ups refers to those bureaucrats who are giving direct order to these law enforcers following the strong directives of the legislators who are assigned to take charge of the various department including the Home department as cabinet ministers.
For decades, Manipur has been a turning to a theatrical staged where some directors or script writers are steering to whatever direction that they desired to the performers. It was under the supervision of the director that plays are being staged and the similar thing happens. The recent uprising of the of mass movement is the architect of the Chief Minister his cabinet colleagues. And the main artist performing is the state police and the people of the Manipur.
May be people of the state may not be able to think on the same line that some people think to certain burning issue like introduction of an ILP like act in the state. But it is also a fact that almost all the people of the state particularly the Meitei community among the Manipuris that had felt necessary for introduction of ILP like act. It is because of the insecure position of this community that the people consider ILP or similar act is the need of the hour. The demand is not a new one. It is a demand of the people since 1980s. And the government while trying to get the mercy of the Union government has been able to suppress it time and again by using any means.
It is also a fact that many in the state police force were once active supporters of the JCILPS and its equivalent organisation spearheading the mass movement in those days. It is simply surprising to see them treating the agitators in support of JCILPS as animals by these police personnel of whom some were leading such agitation before joining the state force.
The high handedness showed to the agitators and the kind of atrocities committed by them is a clear signed of pouring anger to the already burning anger of the people. The more the police force mishandle the more the agitation with intensify. Police logic to utilise maximum access can’t be understand, as, if they had stopped utilising maximum force the tendency of the peoples’ movement might reduced.
Now, it is certain that the Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh is now changing its tactics to end the people movement. He might now try to win the heart of the people. It is at this hour that people should be more careful.
In this crucial hour let me remind each and every citizen of the state not to make U-turn to the present agitation.

With regards,
Dinesh Yengkokpam
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