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Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

AR organises National Deworming Day

IMPHAL | Aug 10

2 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector Assam Rifles organised a Deworming day today and a Mop-up day will be organised on August 17 with an aim of 100 percent administration of Deworming tablets, said a release.

It further said that on the occasion of deworming day, 370 students of Assam Rifles Middle School including 228 boys and 142 girls were administered the tablets under the supervision of medical team of 2 Assam Rifles. 

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5-year jail term for rapist

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Aug 10

The Special Court POCSO, Imphal West, Maibam Manojkumar, today sentenced 42 years old Chanambam Brojen, rape convict to five years’ rigorous imprisonment.

The court also recommended for providing compensation of Rs. 50 thousands from “financial assistance and support scheme to the victim of rape, A scheme for retrospective Justice” launched by the ministry of women and child development government of India to the dependent of deceased victim.

Chanambam Brojen 42, son of Ch. Bihari of Ngairangam Makha Leikai was convicted by the court on August 4 under Section 8 of POCSO Act 2012 for sexual assault on minor a girl and the sentenced hearing was fixed today.

During the hearing today, A. Nilachandra additional public prosecutor (APP) submitted before the court that the accused was convicted under Section 8 of POCSO Act 2012 for committing sexual assault upon the victim girl and the victim expired during the course of trial.

As a result, the crime committed by the convicted accused is a serious offence and prayed to sentence the convict to the maximum sentence of five years imprisonment with fine for committing the offence, said the APP.

Advocate Kanta, defense counsel of convict, on the other hand contended that the convicted accused is a person having a wife and two minor children and that there is no bad moral character of the convict in the past.

He pleaded the court to sentence the Borjen to the period he had undergone in Sajiwa jail. Brojen has been lodged in the Judicial custody for about three years and three months. 

After hearing the submissions of both the counsels, the court sentenced Borej to rigorous imprisonment for a period of five years and fine of 10 thousand rupees under the section 8 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act 2012 and in default of payment of fine the convict has to undergo 3 months simple imprisonment.

As per the court order the fine has to be deposited to the court and the said amount of Rs. 10,000 be given to the father of the victim as compensation since the victim has already expired.

The period which has already undergone by the convict in the judicial custody, during the period of investigation as well as during the trial, if any, will be set off from the sentence awarded, it said.

The court recommended for providing victim compensation scheme under Section 357 A of Cr PC to the victim and forwarded an order copy to the member secretary of Manipur State Legal Service Authority for doing the needful.

A written complaint against the convict was filed by the father of the victim on April 5, 2012.

In his complaint the victim’s father said that on April 4, 2012 at around 2.30 pm his daughter went Brojen’s house to take money from him. While eating pan with the convict’s wife at their home, Brojen assaultd the girl.

After a regular FIR was lodged the investigation of the case was carried out by G. Ketty Sharma women sub-inspector of Patsoi police station and arrested Brojen.

After the completion of the investigation the IO submitted charge sheet against the accused Brojen under Section 4 and 8 of POCSO Act before the then Special Judge POCSO Manipur East and the charge was framed against the accused on January 23, 2013 under Section 4 and 8 of POCSO Act by Special Judge POCSO Manipur east.

The case was then transferred during the stage of examination of prosecution witnesses from Special Judge POCSO Manipur east after bifurcation of district and session Judge Manipur east as district and session Judge Imphal west and Imphal east.

All together 13 prosecution witnesses were recorded and cross-examined during the four year long trial of the case.

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Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Tripartite talks today

Newmai News Network

SENAPATI | Aug 10

The tripartite talks involving the United Naga Council (UNC), the Central Government and the State Government of Manipur on the district creation issue are all set to be held on Friday, August 11, at Senapati headquarters.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Joint Secretary in-charge of Northeast, Satyendra Garg while speaking to Newmai News Network over phone has expressed his hope for a positive outcome. Satyendra Garg also said that the Government of India is very much concerned with the issue. “The engaging parties must resolve the problem the way it can be,” stated the Joint Secretary of MHA while adding, “Let us hope for the best outcome of the talks.”

 Satyendra Garg will be chairing the tripartite talks on Friday.

Meanwhile, UNC president Gaidon Kamei told NNN this evening that “Nagas believe in finding solutions to all problems through dialogues”. He also said that “Nagas do not exhaust in finding logical conclusions” to any issue. “However, if the Government of Manipur takes advantage of our patience and decency, and start working to victimise us then we will know about such dealings in advance,” Gaidon Kamei added. He also said that the Nagas know the “strength” of the Manipur Government. “We have been asking our people to remain prepared to face any eventuality in the event of the break-down of the tripartite talks,” he asserted. Nevertheless, the UNC president expressed optimistic about the Friday’s talks.

Gaidon Kamei then said that “anything that may hurt the future of the Nagas” will be thwarted with all out efforts by the Nagas.

Earlier, the tripartite were scheduled for July 22 at the ‘political level’ but the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had “fervently requested” the UNC leaders to have the talks in the early part of August.

It can be noted here that the tripartite talks on district creation issue which were also scheduled earlier for July 10 at Ukhrul district headquarters were postponed, and the talks were latter fixed for July 22 with Senapati district headquarters as the venue. Apparently reacting to the prolonging of the tripartite talks the UNC had earlier expressed its frustration.

Last month, UNC President Gaidon Kamei had stated that Naga people in Manipur “to remain alert to face any eventuality”. Earlier, the UNC had alleged that a party engaging in the tripartite talks was intentionally trying to sabotage the ongoing dialogue on district creation issue.

On May 19, the representatives of the Manipur Government, the Central Government and the UNC had agreed upon to hold tripartite talks on the district creation issue at the political level within a month’s time. However, it has been more than two months now that the talks on the issue could not be held for various reasons.

It may also be recalled here that the UNC had stated two months ago that “since the new government of Manipur under the leadership of N Biren Singh and the Narendra Modi government at the Centre had assured us to redress the problems created by the communal Ibobi Singh government we are fervently waiting for the justice.”

Things may further be recalled here that, in the last tripartite talks held on May 19 in Senapati headquarters, it was reaffirmed the “focal point No 1 of agreement arrived at in the tripartite talks on March 19, 2017” which states that “the grievances of the United Naga Council which led to the imposition of the economic blockade by them was recognized as there was non-adherence to the four Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the Government of India’s assurance on the matter. The Government of Manipur agrees to start consultation with all stakeholders to redress the same”.

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By Arshad Shah

When the Boston Bombing incident took place in 2014, users of Reddit (a social media platform) took it upon themselves to find the perpetrators. A suspect was singled out and a massive head-hunt was launched to harass this person and his family. The users congratulated each other, but it was soon realized that the suspect was just an innocent guy who had committed suicide. Damage control was initiated but when the fog settled, it was too late to undo the harassment caused to the deceased and his family .

Then here in India, in 2012, a nation-wide chaos ensued when rumours on Facebook alone created a mass exodus of Northeast denizens from mainland India. Closer to home, the recent stand-off between United Naga Council and Manipur government spilled over to social media and it began to fan fire of communal riots.

There is no dearth of such examples: Social media is used time and again to exploit the “herd mentality” of gullible people to spread propaganda or create social chaos. It is time for sensible minds to roil up and start asking whether social media is really the white knight that we hoped it would be. Discerning minds should ponder - How far can we rely on social media in the age of green screens, 3d printing, Photoshop and most importantly “half-truths” and “fake news”?

The alleged “fiasco” in the conduct of MCSCC Examination 2016 by MPSC which exploded recently on social media bears an uncanny resemblance. A closer inspection of the issue is warranted. Is MPSC really in the wrong or is the repercussion of “Educated Unemployed” creating havoc in the minds of the youth?

MPSC is no stranger to controversies. However, public opinion started to sway in its favour after having continuously conducted various exams successfully in the recent years. What else would explain the craze for civil services examinations among our youths and the explosion of coaching centres? Why would troves of youth head back home if not for faith in the institution?

Today, this hard-earned headway is being challenged vigorously by a group of aspirants who believe that the institution is corrupted to its very core. And the evidences they have produced through RTI applications, if proven, definitely needs further inspection. It is with an open mind and a skeptical stance that one should start to defog the hazed up truth.

Two of the main reasons for call to arms for a few of the aspirants against the MCSCC Examination 2016 were

  1. The Mains/Written result was announced too soon.
  2. And extra sheets were given to benefit only a select few candidates.

These issues, among others, were investigated by a High Court appointed independent committee headed by Retired Justice Maibam Binoykumar Singh as the Chairman. The report of this committee observes categorically that there was nothing “substantial on the basis of which one might reasonably conclude that there had been irregularity or impropriety on the part of the MPSC in getting the results announced speedily”?.

Examining of each subject’s answer papers started soon after each paper was conducted and not after the end of the entire Written/Mains examination - unlike in previous years. There was more manpower utilized, and thus the examiners had ample time. The issue of extra sheets was also summarily rejected as it was found that among this very group of aspirants, the majority had taken extra papers. Unfortunately, quite recently, the spokesperson of this group nitpicked on minor mistakes of the aforementioned Judicial Committee’s independent report and labelled it an “eyewash” on a popular local television channel’s Discussion Programme, which rightly outraged the other panelists. This particular aspirant was given a chance to retract his statement.

Now, after copies of answer sheets surfaced through RTI, one of the evidences of alleged corruption presented by this aspirant group is a collaged ?picture of altered marks (both up scaling and downscaling). But what amounts to tampering? Revision of marks is the norm in every evaluation process. Isn’t it fair that examiners are given liberty to undergo revision of their judgment albeit during the examining process? Correction, as per the discretion of the expert examiners cannot, logically or legally be equated to the illegal practice of ‘tampering of marks’.

Now, if the other alleged ‘evidences’ are assumed to be undoctored, it would be wrong to assume that the MPSC is free of blemishes. These evidences allege negligence on the part of the MPSC - missing signature, and an isolated case of tabulation/totaling error. But this should, and can only be proven in a court of law. And it is rather unfortunate that a few misguided aspirants have taken the route of orchestrating a “media trial” to tarnish the image of both the Commission and the successful candidates based on some alleged, and most likely, isolated inconsistencies. In the media - print, TV or online, we haven’t heard the other side of the story - neither from the Commission; nor from the successful candidates, whose image assassination goes on, almost daily, unabated and relentlessly. And who is to defend the rights of these selected candidates, who may have well struggled and toiled for years to get to their goals? Are they to be summarily convicted by this hateful ‘digital mob’ without having a chance to exercise their moral and legal right to be heard?

This issue is one of the most high profile cases of social media manipulation in our state in recent history. Judicial route has been taken by the aspirants from the onset. And the Hon’ble single bench of High Court of Manipur had already dismissed a writ petition praying for the quashing/cancellation of the Mains examination of the MCSCCE 2016 stating that no patent illegality had been disclosed. Now, the aggrieved party, if not satisfied with the judgement, can always appeal as the door of the court is always open for them. It is hoped that, in the garb of anti-corruption movement, they do not resort to petty tricks such as media trial via social media, print and electronic media. There have also been instances where misinformation was openly spread or issues which are already sub judice were raked up. It would only leave a big doubt on their own credibility. And it is hoped, for the sake of truth, that the government and the public in general will be able to sieve the right from wrong and stand up for what is right for our state and its future.

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Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Remembering Chittaranjan, resisting AFSPA

Thirteen years ago, student activist Pebam Chittaranjan laid down his life against imposition of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 in the State. Chittaranjan self-immolated on August 15, 2004. Internationally acclaimed and national award winning film ‘AFSPA 1958’ directed by Haobam Pabankumar is worth recalling. Those familiar with the film cannot forget the last scenes of the 77 minutes long documentary film. Chittaranjan spoke on camera about his strong opposition against the Act, catching his breath in between words. The shot was taken when Chittaranjan was nearing his end from burn injuries. This is not to valorise the act of self-immolation by the young activist, neither to initiate a debate on suicide. But this is to put on record the act of resisting the Act, which is still in imposition in the State. Chittaranjan’s decision to self-immolate may be extreme. Yet he was firm with his opposition even during the last minutes of his life. It is important to recall that 2004 was a significant year in the protest history of Manipur against the Act. The alleged rape and killing of ThangjamManorama by paramilitary forces on July 11, 2004 evoked widespread protest against the Act. Women activist disrobed themselves in front of the Western gate of Kangla, which was then occupied by the 17 Assam Rifles, in protest against the atrocities of the securities forces meted out to Manorama. They demanded punishment of the personnel who were involved in the act, and also shouted slogans against the security personnel to come and rape them. This was when Manorama’s body was still lying at the mortuary of the Regional Institute of Medical Science. Her family had refused to accept her body in protest. A few days later, activist of Manipur Forward Youth Front tried to self-immolate in front of the Chief Minister’s bungalow. Protest agitations were seen erupting at different corners of the State; this was in spite of the curfews which were imposed by the authority to control the situation.

Chittaranjan’s self-immolation protest was very much part of the chain of events that had occurred. The then Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh had promised to replace the Act with a ‘human Act’. Assam Rifles was shifted away from Kangla as a symbolic gesture towards fulfilling peoples’ wish by the government of India. A committee to review the Act, known as the Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee was instituted. Ironically the recommendations of the committee was not made public, and it could have remained hidden within the confines of the Home ministry had not The Hindunewspaper published it for public scrutiny. The committee recommended repealing the Act. The government of India has been trying to sweep aside the recommendations. Congress or the BJP, whosoever comes to power has been maintaining an ambiguous stand on the question of removing the Act. Earlier this year the BJP government at the Centre had pleaded to the Supreme Court with a curative petition regarding the judgment in July 2016 that ordered a thorough investigation into alleged fake encounter killings in Manipur. The apex court declined the petition which sought protection of the armed forces in their efforts of neutralizing militants in the state.  Subsequently, the court ordered a CBI probe into specific cases of fake encounter killings in the state. The order of the court is a shot in the arm of the human right workers of the state in their concerted effort to fight for justice. CBI is expected to submit the report by the year end. To be sure, the apex court in its ruling has set a new benchmark while addressing the issue of excesses committed by the armed forces. But what is best left unattended is the pressing need for a debate over the constitutional validity of the Act itself. Chief minister N. Biren in the recently concluded Assembly session assured to explore the feasibility of removing the Act from the state. Take the assurance peppered with ‘feasibility’ condition with a pinch of salt. The act of removing the Act is not going to be as simple as Manmohan Singh handing over the symbolic key of Kangla gate to the people of Manipur.

Leader Writer: Senate Kh.

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Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

AR saves life

IMPHAL | Aug 10

Immediate medical assistance was provided by 17 Assam Rifles of 10 Sector Assam Rifles to one Pasant Wabchan (28) son of Ramso of Changa, Ukhrul district, said a release.

It further said that the patient had his right knee torn with severe incision wound with dissected muscles and tissues had erupted out of the wound and added that the individual got himself injured while chopping wood with the axe.

The patient was brought to 17 Assam Rifles yesterday, it said and added that at the time of arrival, the wound was bleeding profusely.

Necessary treatment was given to arrest the bleeding in no time, followed by surgical intervention to repair the damaged tissues and muscle, it added.

It further said that eight stitches were given along with the complete treatment which went on for about three hours.

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Public meeting held

From A Correspondent

THOUBAL| Aug 10 

CADA Thoubal district committee and Thoubal district United Women’s Development (Thoubal Ima) in association with All Manipur Social Reformation and Development Samaj (Nupi Samaj) held a public meeting at Wangjing Devi Mandop regarding the recent incident of alcohol poisoning at Oinam Sawombung.

Various speakers discussed about the negative effects of drugs and alcohol abuse in a society.  On the occasion, MP of Thoubal district K. Meghachandra, retired teacher, H. Bihari, social worker, Kh. Maniton, secretary, National Dalit Sahitya Academy, Y Mahendra Kumar, president, Thoubal Ima, Bimola and advocate Y. Ratankumar attended as presidium members.

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Workshop on Deworming Day

JIRIBAM | Aug 10 (JNN)

One-day training cum workshop on National Deworming Day was held today at the conference hall of zonal education office (ZEO), Jiribam.

The programme was attended by assistant inspector of school, S. Krishna Das and ZEO in-charge, Jiribam, Md. Hafiz Uddin Khan as chief guest and president respectively.

Dr. N. Soroja Devi attended the programme as a resource person and briefed about the benefits of feeding the deworming tablets to the students.

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IMPHAL| Aug 10

All Manipur Recognised Private Schools Welfare Association organised a meeting with representatives of the schools regarding the Manipur private school registration and regularisation bill, 2017 at their office at Sega Road on August 8 and resolved various resolutions.

A release said that the high power committee created under the association made resolved the resolutions through thorough discussion.

The meeting unanimously resolved that the schools should be recognised based only on the initial recognition process and written testimony should be provided by the Education director himself for the assurance he made to the association regarding the creation of the bill, it said adding that the students should be included to give their opinions about the bill and it should be considered in the bill.

It further said that the meeting also resolved that each sections of the bill will be discussed with officials of the government in regards to the convenience of the association and written reports will be forwarded to the authorities concerned.

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National Deworming Day commences at Ccpur

From Our Correspondent

CHURACHANDPUR | Aug 10

To mark the observation of National Deworming Day, Albendazole tablets were given to the children of 1 year to 19 years of age in all the schools and Anganwadi centres of Churachandpur district today.

Hand washing techniques were also demonstrated and Swachhta Pledge was taken towards healthy and hygienic society across the schools. A cleanliness drive was also carried out in different schools along with planting of tree saplings. The state nodal officer of AYUSH and consultant of RMNCH along with DPM-NHM of Churachandpur visited different schools to encourage the Deworming sessions more effectively.

A massive cleanliness drive was also launched in the office premises of the deputy commissioner of Churachandpur wherein around 90 staffs participated from early morning onwards. Churachandpur DC Shyam Lal Poonia appealed to all the village authorities, CSOs and government departments to turn up in large numbers for a mass cleanliness drive to be carried out in Churachandpur town tomorrow starting from 7 am.

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