From Our Correspondent
BIHSNUPUR | Aug 31
Indian Red Cross Society Manipur State branch in association with International Federation Red Cross and IRCS National headquarters Delhi, provided relief materials for the flood affected areas of Bishnupur today.
Communication officer, IFRC, Hanna Butler, chairman, IRCS state branch R.k. Nimai and its vice chairman, Narendra Ningomba, DM coordinator, N. Amulkumar, life member, Sunil Senjam, chairman, IRCS Bishnupur district branch, I. Jugeshwar, secretary M. Jagat and other officials attended the programme.
A blanket, chlorine tablets, 2 t- shirts, alum, sanitary napkins, lime, a bed sheet, a soap and on solar lamp etc. were provided for each family. The relief materials were provided to around 400 families through relief camps opened at Nambol Phoijing, Thinungei part I and II, Moirang Lamkhai Fish Market and one tent of Indian Red Cross Society set up at the road meridian of Sendra. The programme aimed to provide relief materials to around 2000 people.
Scarcity of rice, cooked up by traders in the State, triggered intense students’ agitation. August 27, 1965 saw the martyrdom of four students, who took part in the agitation. The agitation gave birth to one of the oldest students’ organisation in the Northeast. The All Manipur Students’ Union was born. This student body has been observing the Chaklam Khongchat Numit or Hunger Marchers’ Day, every year on the said day to pay tribute to the four students. It may be recalled, the 2nd Nupi Lan in 1939 was also an outcome of rice scarcity due to excessive export by the Marwari merchants. Today, abject hunger among the population of the State is something rare. This absence of hunger is not because of increase in food productivity. Rather, the state now depends on import of food-grains. This dependency is growing. Though AMSU highlights the issue of self-sufficiency every year in its observance of Chaklam Khongchat, the truth is that self-sufficiency is still a mirage to the people of Manipur. Without a sign of remorse for time and energy lost, we are ready to spend long hours in the queue to fill up our fuel tanks in times of highway blockades. We do not complain much the hike in the prices of essential commodities. We do not mind standing long hours just to get a cooking gas cylinder, which should have been delivered to our doorsteps. Every year farmers run from pillar to post in search of fertilizers. And every year, there is artificial scarcity of fertilizers, mostly created by unscrupulous traders, working hand in glove with various ‘social workers’. Not a single day would pass without the news of allegations and counter-allegations concerning the irregularities of PDS items. In most of the cases, the point however is, scarcity is clearly man-made. Scarcity artificially schemed to squeeze more profits. Petty politics on State highways, scheming black marketeers, along with devious ‘social workers’ can still make people feel starved. One cannot always point finger to an ‘external force’ all the time.
During the observation, a former president of the Union had drawn attention on the phenomenon of splintering organisations, which impair any mass movement in the State. This has been an issue which has plagued social movements, leaving room for public mistrust towards the civil voluntary organisations. One can imagine too many generals without enough army to follow them. It is not easy to construe why splintering nature is so much deep-seated within the body politic of our civil voluntary groups. Hereof, allow us to present an analogy from a conversation with a Western Classical musician. A question was raised to him, on whether there is any possibility of Manipur having opera concert played by local musicians. The musician was skeptical, not because there is lack of talent. Western musical instruments are costly, yet they can be procured. The musician explained that Western Classical gives utmost importance to harmony. In a concert, an ensemble of musical instrument sets the mood, tone and pace of the performance without disturbing the harmony. The string instruments cannot overplay over the brass instruments, the same rule has to be followed by the wind instruments and the percussions as well. On the whole, harmony has to be maintained. The musician said we have a critical deficit in this area. Perhaps the musician is not wrong.
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IMPHAL | Aug 31
A meeting organised by Loktak Downstream Affected Peoples’ Welfare Association (LDAPWA) was held on August 24 chaired by president of the association, Ningthaodoi Gonmei and president of the Joint Action Committee on construction of Loktak Downstream Project, Akhon Riamei.
A release issued by general secretary of LDAPWA, Hoinailung Malangmei said that the meeting unanimously resolved that the long awaited Loktak downstream project at Taosang Khunou, Tamenglong district which had been delayed must be resumed at the earliest and to appeal the authority concerned to start the project as this project is not only for power supply but also a developmental project to develop and uplift the most remote areas of the district.
It further resolved to urge the authority concerned for completion of the process for power purchase agreement PPA and others related issue and also to solve any intra village conflict/dispute/court case amicably at the earliest.
The meeting also resolved to launch a democratic means of agitation if the petition of the association is not heard in time.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Aug 31
A 27-year-old youth who posted a call to kill former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh on social networking site facebook has landed in judicial custody.
The youth identified as Bobsu Meikam, 27, son of Gogon Meikam of Soibam Leikai, Khanglabung under porompat police station.
It is learnt that the cyber crime unit Imphal East, received a complaint with regards to a Facebook post on “call to kill O. Ibobi Singh MLA and ex-chief minister of Manipur” and an inquiry was conducted to verify the individual and his facebook post on the matter.
After having established the credentials, Bobsu was reportedly arrested from his residence on August 28 around 3:30 pm.
It has been informed that on spot interrogation Bobsu admitted that he had commented that particular objectionable/Threatening comment on facebook wherein he has made a call to kill O. Ibobi Singh, MLA and ex-chief minister of Manipur from his Facebook account bobsu.meikam.
One Laptop (DELL VOSTRO 2520 with Laptop Charger) and one mobile phone (Micromax X2050) along with two airtel sim cards were reportedly from his possession.
Bobsu who was arrested under Section 66 IT Act, 806 IPC, produced before the chief judicial magistrate, A. Nautuneshwari.
During the court appearance, the police pleaded the magistrate to four days remand to police custody for further investigation. At the same time, the accused also applied for bail.
Taking into consideration of the offence, which is bailable, the court granted bail to the accused only after furnishing bail bond of Rs. 10,000.
However, on failing to furnish the bail money he was sent to judicial custody on August 29 until further notice.
The court asked the police to produce Bobsu before it to hear the consideration of his charges.
IMPHAL | Aug 31
The two apex bodies of Kukis in Chandel, Kuki Chiefs’ Association (KCA) and Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) has resolved to close the office of North Eastern Community Resource Management Projects (NERCORMP) from September 4 till an amicable solution is brought with the Kuki apex bodies.
A release said that the two apex bodies of Kukis in Chandel have appealed the authority concerned of NERCORMP to take necessary steps for corrective measures but no positive action has been made till date.
It said that NERCORMP was launched in Chandel district since 2014 to enhance the economic development if the poor villagers through community participation and benefited thousands of poor families.
However, the project turned ugly shape after a new project manager was posted recently by playing communal game through the project which hurt the sentiment of the Kuki people in general and the poor Kuki villagers in particular, it added.
Stating that there are eleven NERCORMP partner NGOs in Chandel district, out of which six NGOs are headed by Naga people and five by Kuki people, it said that the recent visit in Chandel district by NERCORMP monitoring team selectively visited mostly the Kuki dominated areas penalised the Kuki villagers and Kuki headed NGOs only in a bias and communal manner by issuing discontinuation order from NERCORMP partnership and blacklisted as many as kuki villagers without giving any chance for rectification.
It further said the monitoring team used very provocative and abusive language against the Kuki people and the Kuki chiefs hurting their sentiments and added that the former project manager has to resign from NERCORMP due to threats from arm groups suspected to be influenced by some staff/team members of NERCORMP head office, Shillong.
There is inadequate staff in NERCORMP Chandel and the villagers faced extreme hardships in times of need for guidance during activity implementations while the present project manager managed the project with high handedness as if having strong link with arm groups, it added.
IMPHAL | Aug 31
Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur, (SSUM) in collaboration with Proletariat People democratic Union (PPDU) and Struggle Committee Manipur will be observing the month-long memorial event of pioneer leader Hijam Irabot.
A statement issued by SSUM publicity secretary, N. Tanoranjan said that various events in connection with the life of pioneer leader Hijam Irabot will be organised in the month long observation.
On September 21, the student body in collaboration with other organisations will organise patriotic song competition, recitation and panting competition at various part of the state, it said adding that September 21 is the day when the veteran leader went underground for the cause of the erstwhile nation.
It further said the student body along with others organisations will pay highest honour and a march pass will be organised on September 26.
Appealing the people of the state to make the month long observance successful, the release said that the student body will be observing the 121th death anniversary of Hijam Irabot on September 30.
IMPHAL | Aug 31
A team of Imphal East district police commandos arrested two alleged active cadres of UNLF organisation during frisking and checking at Hatta Golapati, near Orient Hotel yesterday, said a statement issued by PRO, Manipur police department.
According the statement, the duo has been identified as Md. Yunus Khan (30) son of Md. Chaoba Khan of Keirao Makting Makha Leikai and Mutum Naobi Singh alias Mahindra (40) son of (L) M. Kulachand Singh of Nongmeibung Pung Makhong a/p Khanglabung, Soibam Leikai and were arrested while coming on a Maruti Alto (Maroon colour) bearing registration number MN-01AK 3983 from Minuthong side.
It further said that two demand letters of the organisation and the alleged alto car was seized from their possession while investigation revealed that they were going to Babupara for serving the demand letters which was seized from their possession.
From Our Correspondent
BISHNUPUR | Aug 31
Students of Wangoo Government Higher Secondary School carried out a class boycott and locked down the school gate today, in protest against the shortage of school teachers.
According to sources, the school under Kumbi assembly constituency had been facing the same issue since it was a high school. However, the issue of insufficient teachers in the school has worsened after it was converted into higher secondary.
Numerous protest and rally had been carried out demanding a good number of teachers in the school but no positive action has been taken up by the government even though the education minister had inspected the school.
One of the students of the school stated that the students have faced enough hardship in their academic activities and the boycott is a consequence of the negligence of the authority concerned.
If the demand of the students is not met at the earliest, there will be more serious form of agitation after consulting student leaders, which would include surrender of books, added the student.
From Our Correspondent
CCPUR | Aug 31
The second Tribal’s Unity Day 2017 was observed today at the martyrs park located near Khuga dam. Candles were lighted and sky lanterns were released as a tribute to the tribal martyrs who died while protesting against three anti tribal bills.
The observance was participated by different tribe leaders, Mizo People convention (MPC), Teddim Chin Union (TCU), Simte Tribe Council (STC), United Zou Organisation (UZO) and Young Paite Association (YPA).
The observance was commenced with the welcome speech by president of TCU, Pauzachin, followed by exhortation by Rev. JF Lalropuia from Presbyterian Church of India and speeches from chief convenor of JACAATB, Mangchinkhup, ADCC chairman, Khaipao Haokip and Agriculture minister, V. Hangkhanlian.
Hangkhanlian mentioned that the government had earmarked Rs. 1 crore for the Martyrs Park.
Most of the schools and shops in the town were closed while plying of vehicles was executed by JAC Against Anti Tribal Bill (JACAATB).
From Our Correspondent
CHURCHANDPUR | Aug 31
The Zomi Council, Thadou Innpi and Hmar Inpui, constituent of United Peoples Front (UPF) jointly submitted a memorandum to interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma today regarding the on-going tripartite talk between the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and UPF, and India government and state government.
The memorandum congratulated Dineshwar Sharma for being appointed as interlocutor by the centre, to facilitate the ongoing political dialogue between tribal armed groups under the UPF and the governments.
The memorandum mentioned important points on merger history wherein Hmar, Zomi, Kuki and Mizo peoples of Manipur were never consulted nor taken consent when Manipur was merged with the Indian Union, the undesirable Hill Areas Committee Order 1972, the controversial MLR and LR Act 1960 and the Manipur Autonomous (Hill Areas) District Council Act 1971 which was a contentious issue where in the status of the district councils was neither properly defined nor stated its provision in the Indian constitution.
The memorandum has also mentioned that the interlocutor was announced by the state government on July 27 and formally introduced to UPF on August 9. It also mentioned the three high-level political talks that have taken place so far, the first on June 15, 2016, the second on October 19, 2016 and the third on August 9, 2017.