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No to ST demand: PPCM

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 3

Protection and Preservation Committee Manipur (PPCM) has given their affirmation that the scheduled tribe demand for the Meitei is not in the larger interest of the public. Speaking to media persons in the regard at Wahengleikai Lairembi leirak office today, convenor of PPCM, Nongthombam Bimol told reporters that the organization is against the scheduled tribe status demand.

He said that the Meitei are the majority community among the other communities inhabiting the state and that we have our own script and tradition which is almost 2000 years old.

The Meitei have our own distinctive identity and religion which is recognized not only by the Indian nation but in a global arena too. Before the advent of Hinduism, there was not pagan or shamanism but the Sanamahi, Pakhangba,Panthoibi rituals constitute a proper religious doctrine. Even the British rulers at a time were considered unclean and at a lower stature as they were not allowed to enter temples then, this shows that the Meitei society never considered themselves as an inferior race. We never demeaned our community under any circumstances.

A memorandum in the regard was submitted to the Chief Minister yesterday by the PPCM members, it states that in the 20th century, the Meiteis never lagged behind in any form of profession be it medical, legal, engineering etc. as compared to other states or communities and population-wise. The only hindrance is the the inability to create new avenues for self-employment and this issue will not be solved by providing some reservation seats for the Meiteis. Rather, emphasis should be paid on the development of human resources inclusive of marketing our local resources to the global market. It said that the political economy now does not spare tribals and general alike as the one nation, one tax or rather GST has been imposed. This shows that even the tribals are now not in an exempted status like before, the memorandum states.

It mentioned that there have been policies from the time of the British rule which are objected at dividing the hills and the valley. The Meiteis being the majority should be more inclined to looking after the needs of the other minorities and at the same time creating a congenial atmosphere. The ST demand is more on adding fuel to the fire and creating a wider chasm between the hills and the valley and not the other way around, it said.

Bimol states “ We have had the ILP issue here and many lives were lost, we should learn from this and before taking any decision, we should take into consideration the opinion of the other ethnic communities, in this ST demand, we should consult all stakeholders,” he said.

The memorandum states the possibility of the Meities being awarded ST status that it will be more inclined towards making the Meitei community more lethargic then being competitive. Hence, the public should be more inclined to discuss the pros and cons of the demand and for the Meitei community to be more forward than to be regressive.

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The State Government of Nagaland has impressed upon the Government of India today the need for settling the Naga political issue before the State of Nagaland goes to the polls due in early next year. In this regard, Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang along with  his full team of Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government Cabinet and Lok Sabha MP from Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh this morning.

During the meeting, the Nagaland Chief Minister and his colleagues impressed upon the Union Home minister the need for finalizing the solution to the long standing Naga political issue befor the Assembly polls.

According to the Chief Minister’s Office, TR Zeliang told the Union Home minister that it had been 20 years of negotiations and with the State scheduled to have Assembly polls early next year, it is important that settlement of  Naga political issue is initiated before the elections. Lok Sabha MP, Neiphiu Rio also mentioned that with the commitment and leadership of the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister, the final settlement does not seem to be very far and that it will be in the interest of all if the settlement is done before Christmas. The Union Home Minister appreciated the initiative of Chief Minister of Nagaland and his colleagues for highlighting the need for an early solution and hoped that settlement of Naga political Issue will be done soon, according to the Chief Minister’s Office.

Later in the afternoon today, the Chief Minister along with his colleagues had a meeting with R.N. Ravi, Interlocutor for Naga peace talks at Nagaland House, 29 Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi.

 In this meeting too, the Chief Minister requested Ravi to ensure that settlement of Naga political issues is done before elections. The Chief Minister also appreciated the efforts made by the Interlocutor towards an inclusive solution that is both honorable and acceptable, according to the Chief Minister’s Office.

R.N. Ravi then explained that they are very near to final solutions and it is essential that all parties are involved in the final negotiations to ensure a peaceful and long lasting solution. He also mentioned that most of the substantial issues have been resolved and only symbolic issues need final resolution. He also urged upon all concerned to impress upon all parties for the need of an early solution, preferably before elections in the best interests of the State.

The Nagaland leaders who met Union Home minister Rajnath and Naga Peace talks Interlocutor RN Ravi were Neiphiu Rio (Member of Parliament Lok Sabha), Imkong Imchen, (Minister), G. Kaito,  (Minister), Tokheho Yepthomi, (Minister), Y. Patton, (Minister), Dr. Nicky Kire, (Minister), Kipli Sangtam, (Minister), E.E. Pangteang, (Minister), Mmhonlumo Kikon (Minister), Kejong Chang (Minister), Neiba Kronu (Minister), Imtilemba Sangtam (Minister),  S.I. Jamir (Advisor), C.M. Chang (Advisor), Pukhayi (Advisor) and Hukavi, (Advisor).

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IMPHAL | Nov 3

Non-BJP opposition political parties appealed to the public to take part in the proposed “Black Day” observation due to be held on November 8 in protest against Demonitisation.

A press conference was held at Congress Bhawan with regards to the proposed “Black Day” observance wherein chairman of the observance committee, Gonvinda Konthoujam, informed that preparation for the protest demonstration has been completed.

He appealed to the public to take part in the protest to send a loud and clear message to the BJP that people can no longer endure the ill effect of the Demonitisation.

The BJP government set in motion Demonitisation with the objective to curb black money but it has miserably failed to achieve its goal, it contended.

Demonitisation has inflicted an adverse impact on the lives and economy of the country, he asserted adding that over 100 people have lost their lives as a result of Demonitisation.

Govindas opined that the future of the nation can be at stake if the BJP and its allies continue to be in power.

Convener of the observance committee and CPI leader, L Sotinkumar, said marking the “Black Day” a massive rally would be organize starting from Congress Bhawan till Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace compound, where a public convention will be held.

He said many intellectual and think tanks will shed lights on the adverse impact of Demonitisation during the meeting and added that the opposition parties is expecting around 5000 people.

The observance committee comprises of Non-BJP opposition parties including INC, RSP, AIFB, BSP, CPI, NCP, AAP, JDS, AITC, CPM. 

The proposed “Black Day” observation in the state is a part of the nation-wide protest against Demonitisation organize by non-BJP opposition political parties.

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IMPHAL | Nov 3

Education minister Thokchom Radheshyam Singh on Friday said that while educational institutions are the holiest places where youth from all religions come to learn and nurture their future, it is unfortunate that these institutions are constantly under the threat of encroachment by people living in and around them.

The minister said educational institutions belong to all the people and the society but are being manipulated for some personal gain. He said such things need to be stopped, and asked people to regard the buildings of schools, colleges and universities as the holiest places like temples, mosques and churches.

Singh was speaking as chief guest at the first Sin-Lang Fest, a three-day event organised by the BBA department of DM College of Commerce, Imphal. Since birth, man has to manage every step of life, and the best management in life can lead one to success, the minister said.

Parliamentary secretary Leishangthem Susindro Meitei said the fest is a practical for students to make themselves aware and gain experience in event management. He said the students also need to participate in events organised by other colleges and universities to develop their skills in this field.

Principal of D. M. College of Commerce said that such a festival is being organised to enhance the competency and skills of the students.

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IMPHAL | Nov 3

The Maha Area Chiefs Association (MACA) today clarified that the reception ceremony of chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh in Chandel tomorrow is organised by MACA and not by Chandel unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as reported in local media.

The convener of the reception committee of CM in Chandel district, Stephen Ruwngkham in a press meet held at the Manipur Press Club, refuted that the report appeared in a local daily that reception ceremony of CM is organize by BJP Chandel Mandal was wrong and baseless.

He said that the efforts of MACA will be in vain if the reception is organised by the Chandel mandal as reported.

Stephen who is also the chairman of MACA urged the BJP Chandel Mandal to clarify on the matter prior to the scheduled reception ceremony failing which would result in low turnout.

The reception programme is organised for the chief minister who will be coming to the district for the first time after taking charge as the chief minister of the state.

The CM is going to inaugurate and lay foundation stones of several infrastructure for the district headquarter including the 50-bedded hospital, United College science laboratory, Ima market among others.

Chief minister Biren’s visit to Chandel is a part of the “Go to hill” initiative started by the new government to bridge the gap between hills and valley.

This is going to be the second cabinet meeting in the hill districts after first cabinet meeting held at Churachandpur on July 14.

The reception ceremony will be held at Maha Union High School ground after the inauguration of Maha Union Girls’ Hostel. The chief minister will head for the cabinet meeting at DRDA Hall on 3 pm.

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IMPHAL | Nov 3

Tamei headquarters based organizations alleged today that a cadre of Kuki Revolutionary (KRA) assaulted a church leader. The victim has been identified as one N Michael, Secretary of Centre Church (CC) Tamei headquarters, Tamenglong district.

Strongly condemning the incident, the Tamei Headquarters Student Union (THQSU), the Tamei Headquarters Youth Club (THQYC) and the Women Front of Tamei Headquarters (WFTHQ) alleged that the church leader from Tamei was assaulted in the evening of October 27 at Chalwa in full view of the public by a man who identified himself as a cadre of Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA). The Tamei based organizations said the church leader was returning home from Imphal by a bike when some men stopped him at Chalwa and interrogated him. 

There were altogether three persons involved in the whole ugly episode but it was one of the KRA cadres who assaulted the church leader,  the Tamei organizations alleged.

According to the Tamei based organizations quoting the victim, two of the three men identified themselves as those of KRA cadres.

They said that the KRA cadres asked the church leader so many irrelevant things. “According to the church leader, two of the three men identified themselves as those of KRA cadres,” the Tamei organisations added.

The Tamei based organizations then said that the church leader was detained till 10 pm at Chalwa from 7: 45 pm by the KRA cadres. He was kicked and slapped by one of the cadres but the people around the Chalwa village did not intervene, the Tamei based organizations rued. They also alleged that the KRA cadres threatened to shoot the victim in the head. The church leader’s wallet containing Rs 7800 and his mobile phone were taken away by the KRA cadres, the Tamei organisations further alleged.

The three Tamei headquarters based organizations then appealed the State Government to “tackle the menace of Kuki militants who are signatories of the Suspension of Operation (SoO)”. They alleged that people travelling along the IT Road are going through harrowing times as Kuki undergrounds harass the “innocent public”. The Tamei based organizations also appealed the Kuki civil organizations including the Kuki Inpi “to help in bringing order in the area”.

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IMPHAL | Nov 3

Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Thongam Biswajit Singh said that the hill-valley gap will gradually disappear when there is more cultural exchange programmes between the different ethnic communities of the state.

The minister stated this during the 24th general conference cum cultural meet of Tangkhul Katamnao Long (TKLI) held at Tribal Research Institute, Chingmeirong.

The two days conference was orgnaised by the TKLI, Imphal under the theme “Diversity and Inclusion” According to the organizer the objective of the conference is to bring together the Tangkhul students together, a way of preserving the Tangkhul culture and also a platform to expose the talents of Tangkhul youths.

Underscoring the importance of students and youths in the society for change, the minister said such cultural programme should be organised often but with all the ethnic communities of the state.

He said Manipur, which is home to over 40 different tribes, too can live peacefully citing the Andaman and Nicobar Island that lives peacefully in spite of diverse cultures.

Minister Bishwajit also assured the gathering to complete the construction of a guest house of TKLI in Imphal by March 2018, for which the TKLI has already acquired land in the capital area.

A book was also released during the function by the dignitaries.

The inaugural function was enchanted by Tangkhul Baptist Church Checkon with their Christian anthem song ‘Halleluya’ chorus in traditional attire. The programme also saw performance of Beat Jagger crew and songs from Nimshimphy Muivah and Oshim Shokwungnao, contemporary artistes and among others.

The two-day event will feature folk song competition, quiz competition, debate, fashion parade and choreography competition among others.

Chairman of ADC Ukhrul K. Dickson, principal secretary to CM, Vineet Joshi and commissioner of taxes, Modak Hrishikesh also attended the function as guests of honour.

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ABVP protest against Kerala violence

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IMPHAL | Nov 3

The Akhil BharatiyaVidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) Manipur today orgnised a sit-in-protest near Thau ground denouncing the recent incidents in Kerala, where 18 persons were killed by CPI (M) workers.

The objective of the protest according to ABVP was to draw the attention of the President through the governor of Manipur on the killing CPI (M) workers.

Speaking to media persons on the sideline of the protest, Narendra Sapam, state secretary ABVP said that the ABVP Manipur strongly condemned the incidents that are happening in Kerala by the CPI (M) workers.

ABVP all over India is organising a peace rally “KeralChallo” in Trivandum on November 11 against the ‘red Terrorism’ led by the CPI (M), he said.

He further informed 700 students from the entire Northeast including 150 students from Manipur will be participating in the proposed peace rally.

The ABVP Manipur accused the CPI (M), the coalition partner of Kerala government, for their involvement in most of these incidents.

In the past one year, several gruesome cases of attacks against ABVP workers have been reported from various colleges in the state of Kerala, he said adding that the government is not taking any steps to bring the culprits to the process of law.

The ABVP secretary also demanded that the cases of the recent political violence and murders should be investigated by the CBI.

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IMPHAL | Nov 3

The delegates of IAWA India Manipur is organising a peace rally under the theme “Lets’ voice together to end domestic violence and child abuse” on November 6.

The rally will start at 10 am starting from the western gate of Kangla fort going through Paona Bazar, Thangal Bazar, Nagamapal and concluded at the Khwaibrahmpur near Cheirap court.

The main objective of the peace rally is to stop domestic violence to stop child labour and promoting women empowerment in the state. The delegates urged the people of the state to participate in the peace rally.

An event which was conducted by the IAWA India Manipur under the aegis of Raj and BK Manipur Associate and Amar Cine Production, Mumbai, where a total number of six delegates was selected to represent Manipur for the upcoming grand finale of the IAWA India 2017 to be held on December 4 and 9 at Mumbai.

Among the selected for unmarried category were Archana Konsam (Miss IAWA India Imphal East), Naorem Tony Meitei (Mr. IAWA India Imphal East) and for married category are Adaphro Sylvia (Mrs. IAWA Imphal West) HomenMangshatabam (Mr. IAWA Imphal East) ThangbaikialianGuite (Mr. IAWA Churachandpur) and AshakiranKonsam (Mrs. IAWA Imphal East). The Delegates are looking for sponsors who could offer some financial assistance for the peace rally and upcoming grand finale at Mumbai.

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Saturday, 04 November 2017 00:00

Guv greets on Guru Nanak birth anniversary

IMPHAL | Nov 4

Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla, conveys her heartiest greetings to the people of Manipur, especially the Sikh community, on the joyous birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji.

She highlighted that Guru Nanak Devji was a symbol of love, tolerance and compassion, in a release. His spiritual life and wisdom exudes universal brotherhood and service to humanity regardless of caste, colour or creed, it said. She urged the people of Manipur to join her in rededicating themselves to Guru Nanak Devji’s noble teachings which is about spreading love, warmth and care to the needy and suffering, and for a peaceful and prosperous Manipur, it added.

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