MOREH | Aug 25
Centre for Development Activities (CDAC), Wangjing provided grocery items to the widows of flood affected 50 families.
Secretary of CDAC, M. Sushilkumar has stated that the initiative was carried out from the centre’s fund, concerning the hardship faced by the families due to recent flood in the region. He further said that the centre shall take part in every social activities in the days to come.
By: Ringo Pebam
Flipping through The Hindu newspaper sometime ago last month, I came across the news of the sad demise of Chester Bennington, the front-man of Linkin Park. I was shocked, because just three months ago it was Chris Cornell, one of the architects of grunge movement of the 1990s, the voice of a generation, who passed away, and then before the grief receded, came the turn for Chester.
Chester Bennington, an American singer and songwriter for the rock band Linkin Park passed away on 20th July this year. His music has moved many a hard rock music lover in Manipur, especially the youth, and the news of his untimely demise shattered their hearts. Of late they talked commonly how they have been inspired by Chester Bennigton. The angst of Chester’s songs was the inner voice in their growing up phase, when they were in their crucial decisive stage of boyhood or girlhood. His songs motivated them to fight the demon within and overcome the dark times.
Michael Gurumayum, former vocalist of Spoon and Fork, Pariahs Of Paradise and currently of On The Verge... says that the birth of Linkin Park changed the definition of Nu-Metal with their unorthodox style of heavy guitar riff, blend of heavy melodic rap into the music. “Linkin Parks blending of turntables caught our heart off guard. That’s how veteran bands like On the Verge..., Slackjam, Pornkidproject, Stepping Stones, to mention a few, became the new face of rock scene in the early 2000s. And yes from that moment on youth of Manipur were blended to the Nu-Metal scene,” he infers.
Chester had a big impact on all of us than we thought. He was arguably the purest font of angst. His songs could capture the distress of the listener, giving an emotional outlet, providing solace. “To me, Linkin Park was an evolution, revolution, revelation of a new sound,” mentions Reuben Akham, an acclaimed guitarist, who founded bands like On The Verge..., Slack Jam, Spoon and Fork. He adds that they (Linkin Park) had the energy and the angst screaming to be released; once it got out, the listeners followed suit, one step closer to the tune every-day. On the Verge..., Slack Jam, Stepping Stones, Spoon and Fork, among other bands pushed up the rock music scene of Manipur in the late 1990s and 2000s to a new wave.
My friend Anil Laishram remembers, “I was in Class VI or VII in 2004 when I first saw the video of Linkin Park In The End in ICTV’s programme Pure Passion. After seeing that I immediately went to a CD parlour and bought the band’s ‘Hybrid Theory’ and ‘Meteora’ albums’ mp3s and videos burnt on a CD. On our Teachers’ Day programmes at school, it was always for sure my friends, my juniors and my seniors played Linkin Park.”
Another friend of mine who grew up studying in Manipur Public School (MPS) at Koirengei in the early and mid 2000s recalls how Linkin Park used to be her company and how the band or Chester helped her. She says, “Chester and Linkin Park for me are like the beginning, the alphabet to all my poems. But to go through something, something difficult with music as a company was something I experienced for the first time with Linkin Park; I was fourteen then when I first discovered the band with their song ‘Somewhere I Belong’, then I belonged to them and bought two of their popular albums – ‘Hybrid Theory’ and ‘Meteora’, and listened to both every single day after school, and it helped with whatever I was going through.”
My MPS friend further says school and teenage life aren’t always fun, it’s a horrible phase for some of us; however, she refers to Linkin Park as a vital force helping her in overcoming it. “I might have skipped Linkin Park over the last few years. But the news of Chester’s death shattered me and seemed to me a kind of void,” she mourns.
In the similar tone, Guitarist Gosaimayum Chanu Sapna of the all-girl band Maniac agrees, “Linkin Park is one of the few artists whose music provides us strength to embrace loneliness and even overcome it.” She adds, “I started listening to the band when they released ‘Hybrid Theory’; since then I never stopped; their lyrics are powerful and their composition excellent. And most of all they had had a strong vocalist - Chester Bennington.”
Amid this Linkin Park generation I talk about here, I am a little bit of an old-school chap as I grew up my teens in the years of Guns N Roses and Nirvana in the 1990s. In 2006, I was going through a bad phase, and a Kannadiga friend made me sit down and listen to Linkin Park’s ‘In the End’, indeed a song that pushed me up.
Chester Bennington underwent depression through a major portion of his life, and this intimate experience was reflected in the words he sang. It is impossible not to feel the pain in his voice and the words. As sad as it is that he left the world so young, he must have had his reasons for taking his own life, and it is not in our place to judge. He may be no more, but he still remains in our heart and in his songs.
Chesters untimely demise nudged everyone to say something or lament awhile. The Guardian wrote that his cleanly articulated tales of emotional struggle gave millions the sense that someone understood them, and the huge sound of his band around him magnified that sense, moving listeners from the psychic space of their bedrooms into an arena of thousands of people who shared their pain.
There has been tremendous grief and outpouring of love for him from fans from all over the world cutting across regions and races. It is because Chester and his band were there for them when they needed them. “We were utterly shocked when we first came to know that Chester committed suicide. We were clueless what could we do for the departed soul. Finally, we came up with this idea of giving a small tribute concert”, say Musicians United Manipur, a group of like minded musicians who got together to organise the tribute concert for Chester, adding that many fans across the state supported the idea and came forward to take part in it.
It was over the last one month or so the group Musicians United Manipur and a host of Linkin Park fans have dedicatedly been working on for the tribute concert. Now things have been chalked out and the concert is scheduled today (26th August 2017) at Iboyaima Sanglen, Imphal, where diehard fans of Linkin Park will gather to pay a homage to Chester Bennington.
The bands slated to play at the tribute gig are: On The Verge..., The Wishes, Cleave, Star Crossed and Rubicons.
If you are fan of Chester/ Linkin Park, don’t be late, be there on time!
(The writer can be reached at www.facebook.com/ringo.pebam . He and his friends regularly update the local rock music scene at www.facebook/rockmusicmanipur)
After the Triple Talaaq’s legal ‘watershed’ moment, it is another landmark verdict from the Supreme Court on August 24 that became the cause of celebration albeit short of being worthy to be termed as “icing on the cake” for the government as it dampened the possible double celebration, leave alone the possible third. It is so because the verdict was based on an array of petitions that challenge the Centre's move to make Aadhaar mandatory in various aspects including mandatory use of Aadhaar cards for availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes. During hearings on establishing legality of the Aadhaar project, the bench felt the need to first settle the question of whether Indians have a fundamental right to privacy. Though the government thinks that forcing Indian citizens to give a sample of their fingerprints and their iris scan for being Bharatiya does not violate their privacy, the apex court choose to think otherwise. Yes, despite orders from the Supreme Court the government has made Aadhaar mandatory for numerous services and expanded massively over the last two years. Since the pronouncement seemed to be telling the powers that be that “individual privacy is a fundamental right protected by the Constitution” the protected lot aka the individuals got a reason to celebrate as they can keep their privacy away making it vulnerable and far from penetration of the scan-happy “intruding protectors” for whom it somehow proved negation of double whammy forcing it to fizzle out thereby curtailing the imagined triple celebrations. Yes, the nine-judge bench’s ruling is also an exercise involving the overturning of earlier verdicts including those of the 1950s and 60s that were based on the interpretations that provision of privacy does not form a part of the Indian Constitution. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court’s premise for the historic ruling is that since the right to life is a fundamental right for the Indians as envisaged in the Constitution, the right to privacy is certainly a fundamental right intrinsic to constitutionally guaranteed ‘'right to life”. The unanimous pronouncement established the fact that “right to privacy is an integral part of right to life and personal liberty guaranteed in the Article 21 of the Constitution.” While terming the concerns over privacy as "bogus", the Centre earlier had asserted that linking of Aadhaar with PAN cards was made mandatory to weed out fake PAN cards, which were allegedly used for terror financing and circulation of black money. The contention of the ‘right to privacy activists’ who are petitioners say that enforcing the use of Aadhaar is an infringement of privacy.
Nonetheless, the government has heralded the right to privacy verdict saying it affirms the government's position even as Union Law minister dismissed the suggestion that the government was opposed to ‘privacy being made a fundamental right’. With a late ritual welcoming of the celebration-spoiling verdict, the Union Finance minister steered clear of the government's stand in the court thereby targeting the previous Congress government for not enacting a law when it started issuing the 12-digit unique identification numbers. But, what is the government’s explanation about its sticky arguments made earlier in the court. Simply, Bharatiya or Indian "banter"? This was, however, soon contradicted by the government's former Attorney General by admitting that he had argued on behalf of the government before the top court against treating privacy as a fundamental right. He reiterated that the government submitted before the top court that privacy "is not a fundamental right but a regular common law right". One has reasons to believe what he said as he had represented the government in the top court till June this year. Whether the verdict packs a blow to Aadhaar project or not, the implications of this verdict might go beyond just the question of legality of Aadhaar scheme. Despite divergent verdicts in the past and the ongoing debate on whether privacy is a fundamental right or not, whether the Indian Constitution have a concept of privacy or not, the verdict has certainly brought privacy to a different plane, by making it legally visible to be some kind of a ‘right’- fundamental or otherwise. As such it is a legal step making a giant leap in safeguarding Indian citizens’ individual privacy - the Indian or Bharatiya Privacy.
Leader Writer: Zeet Nawaz Thouba
IMPHAL | Aug 25
All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA) held a condolence meeting today in connection with the sudden demise of advocate S. Jeeten Singh, at the premises of AMBA, Cheirap Court complex, Imphal.
A release said, judge of Family Court, Imphal West, Salam Tara Devi, judge, FTC/CAW, Manipur, A Noutuneshwari Devi, additional District and Sessions judge, FTC, Imphal West, W. Tonen Meetei and senior advocate and president of AMBA, H. Chandrajit Sharma were the presidium members in the meeting.
Members of AMBA and the Bench expressed deep sorrow on the demise of advocate S. Jeeten Singh on August 21. The meeting observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul and shared the grief of the bereaved family. The court was suspended from 11 am today.
IMPHAL | Aug 25
The Manipur Electricity Employees’ Union (MEEU) have urged the government to give their unpaid salaries which have been due for the past two months of July and August.
A release said, the union has informed that the employees of Manipur State Power Company Limited (MSPCL) and Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (MSPDCL) are working hard to provide power to the consumers of the state.
It said, the union has appealed to the authority concerned to hand out their salaries in time as the Muslim community will be celebrating their important festival Id-ul-Zuha on September 2.
IMPHAL | Aug 25
Shiv Sena Manipur State Unit has extended its support to JCILPS regarding the peoples’ demand for Inner Line Permit System.
A release said, Dilip Panickar, a prominent worker of Shiva Sena, will be visiting Manipur on August 28. Panickar will be providing experience and reviews on Shiv Sena’s role in saving the Marathas of Maharastra from the massive influx of non- locals.
Shiv Sena, Manipur State will be giving stronger efforts to create a larger movement than the movement it made in Maharastra against non-locals for the sake of Manipur and its people, it added.
From A Correspondent
THOUBAL | Aug 25
As a part of the drive against illicit liquor and drugs, Thoubal Police arrested three persons after seizing 1000 litres of illicit liquor from their possession today at about 9.30 pm at Thoubal Khunou area.
The drive was conducted by a team of Thoubal Police Station led by SI Minabanda Singh with women police personnel under the supervision of OC Thoubal Police Station, Rishikesh Sharma.
Two women, identified as Seleibam Bala Devi (38), wife of S. Inaocha Singh of Khugatampak Zouveng, Churachandpur and Wangkheimayum Ranjana Devi (30), wife of W. Ricky Singh from the same location were found carrying a huge consignment of local liquor . A total of 1000 litres of local liquor, packed in 40 jute bags were found concealed in a Tata Magic driven by Thongam Inaocha of Thoubal Nongangkhong. It is stated that the seized local liquor was being transported from Andro to Churachandpur.
The Tata magic along with the illicit liquor seized from their possession will be handed over to excise department for further action.
From Our Correspondent
KANGPOKPI | Aug 25
Toppers of HSLC Examination 2017 from various schools within Keithelmanbi area were felicitated today during the 2nd Keithelmanbi HSLC Examination Centre Toppers meritorious Award, 2017 at HM Higher Secondary School, Keithelmanbi, Kangpokpi district.
The ceremony was organised by Keithelmanbi Area School Committee (KASCOM) and it was attended by vice-chairman of ADC Sadar Hills, Thangjakam Misao as chief guest while chairman of Keithelmanbi VA, Dehlam Lhouvum was the president, local MDC Lamminthang Kipgen was the guests of honour and Rev. Thangkhotinkai Sitlhou was the blessing minister.
Chinneilam Haokip, a student of Golden Path Academy affiliated to Keithelmanbi High School, was conferred the overall topper of Keithelmanbi HSLC Examination Centre 2017 award with a cash prize of Rs. 2,000 and a citation. She also received the school toppers award bearing cash prize of Rs. 1,000 and a citation.
Others school toppers awarded with a cash prize and citation were Kimngaiching Kipgen of HM Higher Secondary School, Keithelmanbi, Ajay Khawas of Gorkha High School, Kalapahar and Lammang Singsit of Highland Academy, Keithelmanbi.
Thangjakam Misao and other dignitaries handed over the award to the awardees and encouraged the students during their respective speeches. While Rev. Thangkhotinkai Sitlhou offered blessing prayer for the meritorious students and their parents.
Chairman of KSACOM, S. Singsit said that the award for toppers have been constituted as part of its endeavour to bring quality education and to encourage the young learners of Keithelmanbi area in their struggle in the field of education.
School principals, headmasters/headmistress, local civil body leaders and student community of Keithelmanbi area also attended the award ceremony.
IMPHAL | Aug 25
The 86th Haipou Jadonang Death Anniversary will be held on August 29 at 8 am at Haipou Jadonang Park, Keishampat, jointly organised by HJDAC and HJSPDCM under the aegis of Zeliangrong Union (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland).
A release said, the organisations jointly requested all the Zeliangrong public leaders, intellectuals, CVOs, government officers, churches, women leaders, student leaders, village authority members and youths to attend the function and pay homage to the departed martyr.
Haipou Jadonang Death Anniversary Committee and Haipou Jadonang Statue and Park Development Committee jointly appealed to all the Zeliangrong organisations in Zeliangrong inhabited areas and outside the three states to observe the death anniversary in their respective places.
From Our Correspondent
KANGPOKPI | Aug 25
Kuki National Front (KNF) warned the contractors of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana [PMGSY] not to bid their works below the scheduled rate within its jurisdiction in Kangpokpi district.
KNF alleged that PMGSY has failed to serve its purpose to the hill people in the far flung rural areas and executed works below scheduled rate.
Director of Project and Planning of the outfit, Andrew K. alleged that inspite of huge amount of money sanctioned from the government, the road construction under PMGSY does not serve its purpose to the hill residents. He also said that many of the roads constructed under PMGSY in the past had remained not motorable creating tremendous hardships to the people. Many developmental schemes and projects have also been avoided due to the worthless road, he added.
He further said that the survey team of KNF had come to the conclusion that the main reason behind the poor and substandard quality of PMGSY work is issuing and execution of the work with unreasonable rates below the scheduled rate at the time of tender process.
‘Such unreasonable low rate quotation below the scheduled rate at the time of tender process by the agencies or contractors should be stopped at once within the jurisdiction of KNF in Kangpokpi district’, asserted Andrew K.
The outfit also urged the concerned department not to entertain such contractors who tender below the schedule rate of the department.