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Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

State pencak silat team felicitated

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Chairman, Livelihood Business Incubators (LBI) Pungdonbam Imphal east, Telem Dara Singh said that Manipur is the powerhouse of sports in the whole country. He was speaking as the chief guest at the felicitation function of the national medallist in the 3rd national pencal silat championship, held today at the Manipur press club.

He said that there are many youths in the state are good and have passion in sports and they can compete in the national level and also the international level if we give them the right education of sports.

The national pencak silat championship was started from the August 18 to 20 at Amritsar, Punjab. Around 30 players represented the state in the boys and girls category.

The felicitation programme was organise by the Pencak Silat Association Manipur where president pencak silat association Manipur Ksh.Jugeshwor Singh attended the programme as the president and vice president pencak silat association L. Shamkumar Singh and technical director pencak silat association Y. Mani Khuman attended the function as the guests of honour, respectively.

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By Laifungbam Debabrata Roy

It is a normative international understanding and principle today that justice is the indispensable companion of truth. The rule of law and institutional reform cannot start with a “clean slate”. Understanding the patterns of past human rights violations and ending impunity for the worst violations are indispensable for successful transformative processes. At the core of any effort to establish accountability are three indispensable and interlinked rights: the right to truth, the right to justice, and the right to an effective remedy and reparation. In order to implement these rights, a comprehensive strategy is required that involves governments and civil society and addresses gaps of knowledge, capacity and political commitment. Genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other gross violations of human rights undermine the fabric of entire societies. They can destabilize States and whole regions, threatening international peace and security. In the aftermath of such terrible events, it is essential to establish the truth about the international crimes and gross violations that took place. A people’s knowledge of the history of its oppression is part of its heritage. Knowing the truth allows victims and relatives to gain a sense of closure and restores a measure of dignity.

Manipur, and indeed the entire northeast region including the press (and the studio-based TV media), is these past weeks obsessed with the ongoing peace deal process between the government of India and the NSCN (I-M) faction of the GPRN. It is only fitting, perhaps, that arguably the “longest standing insurgency” in the world today is also the longest-standing peace negotiation process. Both are yet to conclude.

According to a recent article in the American Journal of International Law, “the last fifteen years have seen a proliferation of peace agreements. Some 50 per cent of civil wars have terminated in peace agreements since 1990, more than in the previous two centuries combined, when only one in five resulted in negotiated settlement. Numerically, these settlements amount to over three hundred peace agreements in some forty jurisdictions. International standards have even begun to regulate peace agreements. United Nations guidelines, guidelines and recommendations of the secretary-general, and Security Council resolutions have all normatively addressed peace agreements: both the processes by which they are negotiated and their substance, particularly with relation to accountability for past human rights abuses.”

Peace deals are essentially contracts that are increasingly becoming accountable under international law. They hold only as long as the implementation parents are committed and sincere to the contracted matters. There are many kinds of such contracts, naturally. Some are step by step deals towards a comprehensive settlement, while others are a one-time deal approach. There are overlapping characters between these many approaches. The present one under negotiation we are concerned with is more of a one-time deal approach.

(The author is presently the President of the Elders’ Council of the Centre for Organisation Research & Education (CORE), Manipur, India. He is an experienced national and international policy analyst.)

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By Amar Yumnam

It is behaviour which distinguishes any element, object or life form from each other. Humans are different from the animals because of the manifest behavioural characteristics. Plants are different from the life-forms with mobility capabilities because of variations of behavioural characteristics. Domesticated animals are different from the wild animals because of evident behavioural manifestations. Even within the same life groups, genomic research tells us that each gene possesses unique behavioural qualities. Research in Institutional Economics tells us that each country with more or less similar material conditions would end up at highly different development outcomes; well the explanation lies at the differentials in social behaviour. In fact, the manifest behaviour of innate qualities account for the manner of larger group and inter-group interactions, and the resultant outcomes. This applies in the case of a success or otherwise of governance for a successful polity.  

Since behaviour happens to be such a key determinant of every nature of interaction and outcome, it is important that we be conscious and conscientious of the behaviour of each organ of the state; the state is the highest form of social institution. Before we proceed, I would like to talk of two types of behaviour – one unconstrained and another constrained. Among the animals, we observe a very common characteristic of urinating to demarcate the boundaries of functioning. This demarcation applies to both the urinating animal and other animals. While the urinating animals establish for autonomous functioning within the urinated boundaries, it is at the same time a message to other animals that there is a boundary immediately. If both the animals function respecting the boundaries, it is constrained behaviour. This is a behaviour necessary for social coherence, peaceful coexistence and shared forward movement. Once this principle is violated, it becomes unconstrained behaviour where each animal tries to intrude into other’s territory and violence is the outcome of this kind. Ipso facto, it is fundamental that individuals and groups in every society should have to follow the principle of constrained behaviour instead of the unconstrained one. Governance is possible only in an atmosphere where each organ and each member of the society honours the principle of functioning under constrained behaviour. The imperative for respecting this principle is all the more in a heterogeneous society like Manipur’s. The recent fear people are feeling consequent upon the acts of cow vigilantes relates to the unconstrained move towards unconstrained behaviour despite the necessity of constrained behaviour for social cohesiveness and peaceful functioning and more so in a highly diverse society like India’s.

I have had the fortune of observing the behaviour of the police forces in Europe, North America, East Asia and South East Asia. The immediate stimulus for pondering over the behaviour of the Manipur police personnel comes from two personal experiences and one international happening. Let me first talk of the international happening. When the President of the United States was in South Korea recently, a group of university students was protesting against his visit as he is seen as representing unconstrained behaviour of readiness for indulging in violence. The video was clearly seen in international news channels, particularly the CNN. What really struck me was the absolutely civilised way of functioning by both the protesting students and the police personnel trying to bring the students under control. I immediately saw what development demands and what it entails.

Now coming to the two recent personal experiences in Manipur in connection with the Manipur Police personnel. The first occasion was only a few days before the Donald Trump’s visit to South Korea. It was in the morning hours when the saviours of Manipur’s economy try to sell whatever little they have in order to sustain their livelihood as well as the province’s economy and before the police unlovingly drive them out. I had just bought banana from a lady and was making payments over the sidewalk at the Maharani Thong. The Ima was definitely in a haste as the police personnel were approaching to throw everything away. While the monetary transaction was taking place two police constables barge in and started almost picking up the mat for throwing. I immediately held their hands up and told them that that was not the way to do things. From behind a Sub-Inspector (a woman, not a lady of course from the behaviour of the way she talked) shouted what I meant when I said “That was not the way to do”. I immediately told her: “Behave yourself.” The Ima was almost leaving the place anyway and why should the police displayed the functioning in an unconstrained manner? The kid Sub-Inspector woman started even manifesting her readiness to act in an unconstrained manner and I asked her “Whatever you wanna do, you can do”. My wife was with me, and she pulled me towards further marketing and the kid kept on uttering behind. Then the video of the South Korean happening came. The contrast became so salient. 

It was exactly in this background that on Friday (18 November 2017) and around 1850 hours another manifestation of unconstrained behaviour of the Manipur Police personnel happened. I was moving with my family towards Imphal for a Dinner. While we were approaching the Entry Gate of the Tulihal Airport, there was a huge police party stopping the vehicles for checking. When I approached, I immediately switched on the inner light of my car and gave signal for moving to the side. When a stopped the vehicle, I met another Sub Inspector kid like the one at the Maharani Thong; this time it was a boy. The tone and character of language immediately made me feel that he is a kid with unconstrained upbringing. While I was getting increasingly irritated, a senior officer came in from a distance and signalled me to proceed. Thank Goodness, another scene of showdown was avoided.

Now the issue I want to raise is if the training we are giving to the police personnel in Manipur upto the rank of Sub-Inspectors something in need of immediate review. Are we teaching them to behave in an unconstrained manner to behave like uneducated and uncultured people?

I am aware and understand that there are aberrations in the developed areas of the world too. But these are aberrations and not the norm. I have also experienced highly cultured police personnel in Manipur and behaving in a wonderfully constrained manner. I have always been more willing and ready to comply to such personnel than to the directions of the police personnel with unconstrained characteristics. Unfortunately the constrained behaviour is rather an aberration than norm in the Manipur context. Time is now to review the curriculum and orientation of the training programmes of the police personnel in Manipur for the ranks from Sub-Inspector downwards. Any society is in need of police personnel, but not the ones with unconstrained behaviour. I feel and understand the daily pains of the common people now.

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Hon’ble Sir,

With due honour, I, the undersigned Convenor, FPS, 43-Phungyar A/C, Ukhrul/Kamjong District, Manipur would like to bring to your kind notice through this paper:

  1. That, S.A. Salim who was posted as DSO, FCS Ukhrul has collected Rs 21,64,845/- (rupees twenty one lakh sixty four thousand and eight hundred forty five) only from FPS agents of three constituencies, namely, 43-Phungyar A/C, 44-Ukhrul A/C and 45-Chingai A/C for the month of August, 2016 and has also collected the required amounts upto June, 2017 before dated 12 of every month.
  2. That, S.A. Salim issued a notification dated 10-08-2016 whereby all FPS agents of the districts were asked to deposit of cost price of rice again for the quota of August, 2016 which was extended upto 12-08-2016. The notification further asked the FPS agents that the cost price of NFSA rice for the month of September 2016 quota may also be deposited in the C/A A/C No. 0257050012801 on or before 25-08-2016. Again it was also reiterated that no extension would be given for the month of September, 2016 as the October month’s quota deposit should be made on or before 12-09-2016.
  3. That, the former DSO, FCS, Ukhrul before S.A. Halim, DSO FCS has already done draft/RTGS on 16-07-2016 for the month of August, 2016 and there was no need to collect the money again by S.A. Halim from FPS agents. However, S.A. Halim has collected Rs 21,64,845/- again by cash for the month of August, 2016, without doing the draft/RTGS which is illegal. When the Officer on Special Duty, Chief Minister’s Office, Imphal, anti corruption cell, Manipur asked the reason for collection of Rs 21,64,845/-, he said that it was for the month of September but he has collected again Rs 21,64,845/- for the month of September, 2016. Hence, S.A. Salim, DSO, FCS has wrongly pleaded.
  4. That, S.A. Halim posted at Ukhrul from August 2016 to June, 2017 and FPS agents deposited for all the months from August 2016 to June, 2017 (eleven months) as cost price of NFSA rice as per his Notification every month before dated 12. The total months of deposit of cost price is 12 months whereas he gave rice only for 11 months. The action of S.A. Halim has spoiled the scheme of NFSA rice 2013.

5.That, I have repeatedly submitted my complains in this regard, to the following authorities.

  1. Deputy Commissioner, Ukhrul and DGRO dated 03-12-2016
  2. Superintendent of Police, Ukhrul dated 21-06-2017, Receipt No. 1963, FIR No. 13/2017 OC, Ukhrul Police Station.

iii. SP Ukhrul, Ukhrul Police Station, Rejoinder to the reply dated 10-07-2017 given by Shri. S.A Halim, DSO, Chandel, R.R. No. 2239, FIR No. 13(6)2017. The same copy was also served to DCAF & PD, Sangaiprou, Imphal, R.R. No. 744, dated 14-07-2017.

  1. Hon’ble MLA, Phungyar 43-A/C dated 19-07-2017.
  2. Hon’ble Minister, PDS & Consumer Affairs, Government of Manipur dated 17-07-2017.
  3. The Officer on Special Duty, Chief Minister’s Office, Imphal, anti corruption cell, Manipur R.R. No. 86 dated 17-07-2017.

vii. Hon’ble Chief Minister, Manipur (Meeyamgi Numit), R.R. No. 366 dated 16-08-2017.

  1. That, the Hon’ble Chief Minister has written a letter to anti corruption cell, Manipur on 17-08-2017, R.R. No. 100.
  2. That, S.A. Salim stayed in Ukhrul as DSO, FCS for 11 months (from August, 2016 to June, 2017) and he made deposited of cost price of rice for 11 months (if the previous DSO draft/ RTGS for the month of August, 2016 is added, it is 12 months) which is an excess of 1 (one) month, and done drafts only for 10 months.

In the above facts and circumstances, I, hereby appeal to all the general public of Manipur to know the truth and the concerned authority shall take disciplinary action against the erring officers for fooling the FPS Agents and AAY/PHH Card holders under NFSA, 2013. As such, the excess amount for a month has to be returned to the FPS agents at the earliest. I have all the necessary documents.    


With Warm Regards,


Convener, FPS Agents,

Phungyar-43, A/C.

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As part of the 64th All India Cooperative Week Celebration, people of Kangpokpi district widely celebrated the occasion at the community hall, here today.

Haokholal Hangshing, chairman, ADC Sadar Hills attended the celebration as chief guest while Thangjakam Misao, vice chairman, ADC Sadar Hills and Irom Iboyaima, CO, Manipur State Cooperative Union and O. Jiten, district cooperative officer Kangpokpi attended as guest of honour and president, respectively.

The celebration was organised on the theme, ‘Empowering the people through digitalization cooperatives’ with the topic ‘Cooperative for disadvantages and economically weaker sections.’ It was jointly organised by Manipur State Cooperative Union, Lamphelpat, Imphal and district cooperative officer, Kangpokpi.

Thousands including LAMPS Chairman, society’s leaders, CSOs leaders, village chiefs, womenfolk and many economically weaker persons in the district attended the celebration.

ADC Sadar Hills chairman Haokholal Hangshing hoisted the Cooperative flag in the presence of the dignitaries in front of the community hall and lit candles along with the dignitaries to mark the celebration.

Addressing the gathering, Haokholal said that Manipur cooperative society was once very active and functioning well rendering immense contribution towards the people of economically unsound background.

But, it gradually declined since some years back in the state and even many have considered it to be already defunct, he observed.

Irom Iboyaima, CO, Manipur State Cooperative Union stressed on the theme ‘Empowering people through digitization of cooperatives’ and the topic ‘Cooperative for disadvantage and weaker section of the society’ while emphasizing on the initiatives like digital awareness campaigns, digital transaction, etc.

He also said that cooperative is very helpful to overcome all the disadvantageous of the weaker-sections and it is greatly enhanced by the cooperation for the youth to make their own societies to actively take part in the cooperatives movement to make their livelihood more institutionalised.

District cooperative office, Kangpokpi, O. Jiten said that National Cooperative Week is celebrated every year throughout the India to increase the awareness among general public about the important roles ad Indian economic model.

He also distributed handloom made shawl to the LAMPS chairman present in the function.

ADC Sadar Hill vice chairman, Thangjakam Misao also spoke on the occasion.

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Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

Legal awareness programme held at Saikul

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Legal Aid Clinic Senapati organised legal awareness program at Saikul sub divisional at Saikul hill town yesterday in collaboration with KSO Saikul Block under the sponsorship of District Legal Services Authority Kangpokpi and Senapati as part of the nationwide observation of National Legal Services day.

Post Commander, 38 AR Saikul, Maj. Mrunal Dongare attended the legal awareness program as the chief guest while District and Session Judge Senapati, Shantibala and president, Kuki Inpi Saikul Gamkai, Seimang Lupho attended as president and guest of honour, respectively.

Addressing hundreds of students from various educational institutions within Saikul hill town, Maj. Mrunal Dongare termed legal awareness as ‘Discipline’ and motivate the student to good thing which are legal while avoiding any anti-social activities which are illegal.

While enlightening the various rights of the people as a citizen of India, Shantibala said that the legal awareness program is being organised to impart awareness to the people of their rights and about the role, activities and functioning of the legal services institutions.

The lady Judge further said that sitting as Judge only in the office is not a complete job for us rather we should visit school children, villagers and other stakeholders even in the remote areas of the district as part of our duties to impart education on legal matters.

While underlining the need to inculcate the ideas of alternate means of livelihood in grassroots level, Shantibala said that what a person can expect from the government which cannot provide even our basic needs such as proper road connectivity, clean water to drink, proper houses in the villages even after 70 years of Independence.

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Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

HHP reaches out to cancer patient

IMPHAL | Nov 19

Helping Hands for People, Manipur will bear cancer treatment for a widowed mother of a differently-abled girl, said a release.

The organisation today donated Rs. 50,000 to the patient Longjam Manisang (57), resident of Haobam Marak Chingtham Leikai, Imphal West, it said.

Manisang has been financially challenged since the demise of her husband in 2008 after a stroke. Their daughter Longjam Bijenti (20) was born with abnormal deformities in her ears and mouth. While an operation reconstructed the deformities, Longjam lost her sense of hearing, it said.

After her father’s death, Logjam was also found to have a hole in her heart. Manisang sold a piece of land for her daughter’s treatment.

Manisang herself was diagnosed with breast cancer. She got a mastectomy done with money borrowed from locals. Now she has to undergo chemotherapy, the first phase of which began on November 11. Manisang recently tried to end her and her daughter’s life out of frustration, it added. 

Helping Hands for People said it will bear the costs of the chemotherapy with help from the people, the release added.

The organisation also appealed to the government to help the family.

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Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

Reception for Delhi dharna participants

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IMPHAL | Nov 19

Chairman co-ordinating body of trade union Manipur, L. Sotinkumar congratulated the participants from Manipur for their enthusiastic response to the 3-day Mahapadev (Dharna) at the parliament New Delhi.

The reception programme of the Delhi dharna participants was organised by the co-ordinating body of trade union Manipur at Irawat Bhavan.

Sontikumar while delivering his speech as the presidium member said that on the 8th of August a convention was held at the Talkatora stadium. He said that 100 people represented the state in the 3-day mahapadev (dharna) at New Delhi.

He said that the main objective of the Dharna was to reduce corruption and to give proper PDS benefits to the labourers and farmers.

He alleged that the government has not taken up any initiatives to help the farmers and labourers of the state.

The reception programme was attended by convenor, coordinating body of trade unions Manipur Ksh. Santa, secretary, Trade Union Coordination Centre Manipur Kh. Gyaneshwar, secretary Union Trade Union Congress Manipur K. Manoranjan as the presidium members.

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Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

Sangai festival tickets available online

IMPHAL | Nov 19

IT company of Manipur Globizs Web Solutions Pvt, Ltd has launched a website at its office at Konung Mamang New Checkon road today in connection with the upcoming Sangai festival.

A release said that in an effort to reduce the long queue at ticket counters at the venue, ticketing partner of Sangai Festival 2017, Globizs has launched this website. Tickets of three venues i.e, Hapta Kangjeibung, Lamboi khongnangkhong and khuman Lampak are available at the website for booking, it said.

The tickets are priced at Rs 30 for Hapta Kangjeibung, and Rs 20 for Lamboi Khongnang khong and Khuman Lampak. Each venue will be equipped with infra-red counters. It will monitor the number of visitors at the entry and exit of each venue, the release added.

Visitors can also purchase tickets from the venues and dedicated location around Imphal and efforts are being made to make the tickets available at most of the district headquarters. A dedicated mobile app is also released exclusively for the Sangai Festival 2017, he added.

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Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

Tamenglong gets new bank

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Deputy commissioner of Tamenglong, Armstrong Pame yesterday opened the initial functioning of Canara bank at Tamenglong district headquarter.

 AGM, Silchar region office, BK Panigrahi, manager regional office, Ranjit Nana, and several other officials of Canara bank, along with civil organisation leaders and customers of the bank attended the initial functioning kick-off program.

 Addressing the attending public, DC Tamenglong, Armstrong Pame said that people of Tamenglong would receive many benefits from the operation of this new bank. He urged all the district level officers and the citizens of Tamenglong to open bank accounts in order to avail the various schemes launched by the Prime Minister of India which includes Direct Transfer Benefit Schemes.

 Further, he also requested the officials from the Canara bank to open their branches at Tousem and Tamei sub-divisional headquarters as well.

 Full functioning of the said bank will begin from December 6 after being formally inaugurated by the chief minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh on the occasion of Tamenglong orange festival, 2017.

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