NSA advisory board to examine cases of 17 undertrials

By A Staff ReporterIMPHAL, June 6: The proposed sitting of the State Advisory Board on NSA under the chairmanship of Justice (Retd) SP Rakhkowa along with two members of the… Read more »

By A Staff ReporterIMPHAL, June 6: The proposed sitting of the State Advisory Board on NSA under the chairmanship of Justice (Retd) SP Rakhkowa along with two members of the board Dr. Yamini Kanta Pukan, Sr. Advocate and Jodginder Singh Sr. Advocatewhich is scheduled to be held from June 7 at the board office located at Sajiwa Jail, Manipur.
The proposed sitting will examine the cases of the detention of the 17 under trials mainly members belonging to separate under ground outfits who were apprehended by the security forces during the counter insurgency operations.
According to an official source, the official scheduled of the first round of sittings will be convened following and official intimations from the state Home department seeking the official approval of the board for the detentions of 17 under trials identified as Konsam Laxman Singh alias Anil alias Angamba, 42, s/o late K Manihar Singh of Khuyathong Polem Leikai,  Salam Keshorjit Meitei alias Boy alias Jila, 32, s/o S Shamungou Singh of Slanthong Nandiebam Leikai,  Thokchom Nanao Singh alias, 34 s/o late Th. Birjit Singh of Thameiband Hijam Dewan Leikai,  Chingakham John Singh alias Chingkhuba, 35, s/o Ch Bira Singh of Andro Bazar, Yuman Domen Singh alias Tayai, 29 s/o Y Labango Singh of Nambol Moijing, Sanabam Samananda Singh alias Bung alias Bungcha, 20, s/o S Tarapn Singh of Nambol Kabowakching Mayai Leikai.
Other undertrials are identified as Longjam Thoithoi Singh alias Lukhoi alias Naocha alias Samson, 29 s/o L Itobi Singh of Akham Mayai Leikai,  Ninghtoujam Idom Singh alias Chamba, 35, s/o later N. Tomba Singh of Leimaram Awang Leikai,  Wahengbam Dilip Singh alias Pomel alias Ibomcha alias Tomba, 30, s/o W Thambal Singh of Toubul Maning Leikai,  Mayanglangbam Ibomcha Singh alias Sarkar, 32, s/o late M Soba Singh of Heirangoithong Maibam Leikai,  Ahiebam Ningol Thingujam Ongbi Sorojini Devi alias Soro alias Iteima, 39, w/o Th Subhash Singh of Heierangoithong Maibam Leikai presently residing at Uripok Tourangbam Leikai, RK Manisan Singh, 32, s/o RK Khedasana Singh of Wangjing Heitupokpi, Yumnam Surjit Singh alias Abung alias Amit, 27, s/o Y Mani Singh of Motbung Meitei Leikai, Sagolsem Ibochou Singh alias Rojen alias Mani, 51, s/o S Changou Singhy of Sekmaijin Khunou,  Thoudam Sanjit Singh, 31, s/o Th Manihar Singh of Uchiwa Awang Leikai,Arambam Deva Singh, 46, s/o late A Lairen Singh of Sakmaijin Bazar and SalamAmuba Singh, 35, s/o S Isheihanba Singh of Hiyanglam Awang Leikai.
The official source further mentioned that, the state home department has already recommended the detentions of these 17 under trials soon after they were apprehended by the security forces and following official proceedings of concerned district magistrates under Section 3(2) of the NSA Act 1980.
The source also mentioned that finalization for the detention of the said 17 undertrials will be finalized only after three rounds of sitting of the board which are scheduled on June 7, 8 and 13, the source added.

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Art of the Possible

There is a tendency in Manipur for things to always return to square one. The avenue for a way out of this depressing stagnancy eludes the imagination of one and… Read more »

There is a tendency in Manipur for things to always return to square one. The avenue for a way out of this depressing stagnancy eludes the imagination of one and all, including our leaders, intellectuals and the numerous NGOs in the field of social works. The shared obsession seems to be to analyse, dissect, scrutinize and then either rubbish or glorify the past compulsively and then blame each other or else some external agency or the other for all the misery and misfortune that is everybody’s fate. Maybe there is some truth in this vision but it certainly cannot be the whole truth. To think this is so would be to reduce the social organism that we all are part of, to a simplistic mechanics of stimulus and responses only. And this we know cannot be, for the being and the soul of any society is far more complex, and we would contend, infinitely so. The difficulty in sizing up a society or its mores completely lies in this complexity and not to any attributable flaws of the past, as the current intellectual tradition in social analysis in the state seems to suggest. If social issues were so clear cut, and there were no ambiguities about remedial measures, most social problems ought to have disappeared by now everywhere in the world. The greatest thinkers have discovered, or others discovered after they are long gone, that this has never been the case and cannot ever be so as well.
The linearity of our social analyses has had some very serious consequences. For instance we seem to be a society which sees salvation in the past, at the cost of even ignoring the future. From the point of view of this limited linear vision, this is totally understandable. At least in its structure as a chronological sequence of events, there is a definitiveness about the past and this makes it comparatively simple to grasp, or at least it does not make it seem out of grasping distance. We would not say the same thing about the substance that gave form to this structure, but even here the same definitiveness associated with past events thins out the desperation to get the diagnosis right. The unfortunate thing is, this approach in our effort to come to grip with the past, is often extended to our quest for an understanding of the future. This, we would contend is flawed, for one thing there is nothing linear or definite about the future. In fact, the biggest flaw in historical materialism of the Marxist variety is precisely this linear and deterministic view of history and the future. This modernist outlook it seems is infectious, and hence our problem solving efforts have seldom acknowledged that the future is about discovering previously unknown and unexplored equations. The foundations of our mainstream as well as the numerous prevalent alternate politics today have never been built on any such broad platform, negating in the process the well known, one line definition of politics as “art of the possible”. Unlike the past which is a dead process and circumscribed in time and memory, the field for the future is wide open. We cannot erase the Chahi Taret Khuntakpa chapter in our history, but creative vision of the future can prevent similar historical catastrophes.
While we cannot possibly forget our past, or ignore what we have inherited from it, we do feel there is an urgent need for our society to tone down some of its claustrophobic obsession with the past and develop a vision of the future that is not everything about undoing the past or based on any utopian ideal, but in the light of it as precisely “an art of the possible”. Only when this understanding becomes the standard, realistic terms for resolutions to most of our conflict situations, both internal and external, can begin to dawn. If the question is about past wrongs and their impacts on the present and the future, surely as creative, autonomous beings that all human individuals are, we can overcome these impacts. In structural terms, democracy guarantees this possibility. In spiritual terms too, the prison of “coloniality” of even formerly colonized worlds, cannot contain this same creativity that gives the individual the capability of sizing up his predicament and affect the changes necessary to overcome that state of mind. It is depressing that our public discourses seldom have approached the future without the past as the sole measuring tape. Let our future go beyond the status of being just a response to our past.

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DoNER officials arrived to review the NLCPR funded projects in state

By A Staff ReporterIMPHAL, June 6:  A high level official team of Ministry of Department of Northeast Region (DoNER)  led by DoNER secretary Jayati Chandra and includes joint secretary PK… Read more »

By A Staff ReporterIMPHAL, June 6:  A high level official team of Ministry of Department of Northeast Region (DoNER)  led by DoNER secretary Jayati Chandra and includes joint secretary PK Patnaik and directors of the ministry Dr. Udal Sankar and PR Mishra besides Dr. MC Mehenathan, director ministry of home affairs (Northeast in-charge), Vandita Kaur, director (PF-1) ministry of finance and SN Bromho Choudhuri, advisor planning commission have arrived state capital this afternoon and conducted official inspections and review development works which have been funded by non-lapsable central pool of resource (NLCPR).
 According to the source, the purpose of the visit of the high level team is to inspect various development works being initiated with funds from NLCPR. The visiting team will visit and inspect work sites of various developmental projects with state officials beginning tomorrow morning. Later at 3 pm on the same day, a high level meeting will be convened at the conference hall of Manipur secretariat here, added the source.The officials from the state will be led by chief secretary DS Poonia in the high level meeting tomorrow.
The official source informed that the visiting dignitaries held a meeting with the state transport department in the afternoon today moments after their arrival.The discussion in the meeting mostly centered on traffic problems and shrinking parking space in Imphal and the possibility of the introduction of the newly acquired and much awaited low floor public transport buses, added the source.

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Monthly publication to spread awareness on crime against women launched

By A Staff ReporterIMPHAL June 6: In an endeavor to address the rising crime perpetrated against women in the state, a monthly magazine titled “Nupigee Punshi” has been launched today… Read more »

By A Staff ReporterIMPHAL June 6: In an endeavor to address the rising crime perpetrated against women in the state, a monthly magazine titled “Nupigee Punshi” has been launched today at GM hall by MLA Th Nandakishore.
The magazine is launched under the aegis of Young Women Help Organization with Arambam Robita,who is also the secretary of the Organization as the editor of the magazine.
The function was also attended by ex-chairperson of Manipur State Commission for Women, Dr Ch Jamini and social worker Laishram Nabakishore.
In the keynote address, Arambam Robita stated that the initiative to launch the magazine was to address and inform the public against the rising violence and crime perpetrated against women.
“We have an aim to spread awareness among the public, especially to the women so that the victims can know how to address the situation and what help can be sought, we have the belief that the crime rate will decreased if awareness is provided through our publication”, she said.
MLA Th Nandakisore in his speech as the chief guest commended the motive behind the inception of the magazine.He stated that the elected legislators need to address the issue of the rampant violence committed to women. He opined that the monetary benefits given to widows under the scheme of the Family Welfare department needs to be increased.
Today’s program saw a full audience mainly comprising of widows and victims of conflict incidents.

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Environment day celebrations

IMPHAL, June 6: The Damini Memorial Academy, Changangei, Airport, Imphal has celebrated the World Environment Day yesterday alongwith the 18th  Sikh Regiment at the school campus. Exercise books, pencil, adomos mosquito… Read more »

IMPHAL, June 6: The Damini Memorial Academy, Changangei, Airport, Imphal has celebrated the World Environment Day yesterday alongwith the 18th  Sikh Regiment at the school campus. Exercise books, pencil, adomos mosquito repellants were distributed to the students and light refreshment was organized and distributed to all the students by the army regiment.
Further, small samplings were planted in the school campus, all the teachers, students and parents and people of the nearby, village attended the function yesterday.
Meanwhile, in celebration of the world Environment day, the Institute of Bioresources and SUstainable Development, dept of Biotechnology, GOI undertook a tree plantation programme at the IBSD bioresources park at Hararou, Imphal east on June 4.
According to a release of the IBSD, a total of about 1000 plant saplings were planted during the observation.

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Setting up of high transmission wires discussed at public meeting

IMPHAL, June 6: Residents of Kongba, Heinoubond, Ayangpalli, Wangkhei Thangjam Leikai, Laishram Leikai, Konsam Leikai, Koijam Leikai convened a public meeting on June 5 at the Kongba Laishram Leikai Youth… Read more »

IMPHAL, June 6: Residents of Kongba, Heinoubond, Ayangpalli, Wangkhei Thangjam Leikai, Laishram Leikai, Konsam Leikai, Koijam Leikai convened a public meeting on June 5 at the Kongba Laishram Leikai Youth club ground to discuss about the likely impact on the local populace in the setting up of high transmission electricity line for the upcoming 33KVA power sub-station at Sangaipat, a release of the Kongba Laishram Leikai Youths Club said.
The public meeting was held in the presence of local MLA Th Nandakishor and later resolved to halt process of lying high power electrict line to 33KVA power sub-station at Sangaipat through inter-village roads and densely populated area.
While condemning state power department and state information commission for outrightly rejecting local people’s request for furnishing some information regarding the 33KVA station project at Sangaipat, the meeting resolved that concerned authority should revealed all information about the upcoming project.
The meeting also resolved that the Sangaipat electricity project should be taken up after conducting proper environment assessment failing which local populace will launch severe forms of agitation, the release said adding the local MLA was asked to inform government about local people’s resentment.

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BJP Manipur Unit stages dharna against black money

By A Staff ReporterIMPHAL, June 6: Showing solidarity to the nation wide Satyagraha initiated by Yog Rishi Baba  Ramdev against corruption, the members of the Manipur state unit of Bharat… Read more »

By A Staff ReporterIMPHAL, June 6: Showing solidarity to the nation wide Satyagraha initiated by Yog Rishi Baba  Ramdev against corruption, the members of the Manipur state unit of Bharat Swabhiman Nyas and Patanjali Yog Samiti uder the aegis of state Unit Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a one-day satyagraha against corruption in front of its office gate here from 8 am to 4 pm Monday. Speaking to the mediapersons at the sideline of the protest, the state secretary general of the BJP Th Shyamo said that the one-day satyagraha was launched in connection with the arrest and eviction of Baba Ramdev from Ram Lila ground, New Delhi forcibly by Delhi police.
Forcibly breaking the peaceful agitation of Baba Ramdev and his followers by the Delhi police with the use of lathi is strongly objectionable, said the BJP Manipur secretary general.
He went on to say that the BJP also demands for the bringing back of black money stashed away by Indians on foreign shores. “Black money account holders are Congress leaders and bureaucrats who are in the payroll of the Congress because of which the Congress led coalition government at the centre is dithering on the demand,” Shyamo said.
Corruption in public place and black money accrued by the corrupt state government are not new things for the people of Manipur which have been exposed more particularly in the selling and buying of the posts of constables and sub inspectors at the price tags ranging from Rs 5 lakh to 25 lakh, he alleged.
L Basanta, secretary media affairs, said that the chairman of BJP-led national coalition of opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA), LK Advani had today met the President of India seeking the initiation of a special parliament session to discuss the issue of black money.
The BJP Manipur pradesh strongly condemns the state cabinet decision of not attesting positive feedback to the draft Lok Pal bill which the central government had earlier sent seeking recommendation from the state, he said, adding that this is a covert sign of encouraging corruption in the state by the government. 

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DPC faced candidates threaten 36 hours general strike

IMPHAL June 5: The Havildar and CRTO DPC faced candidates Association, 2008 in a press conference held at Majorkhul community hall today stated that if the results of the DPC… Read more »

IMPHAL June 5: The Havildar and CRTO DPC faced candidates Association, 2008 in a press conference held at Majorkhul community hall today stated that if the results of the DPC are not announced by the state government before June 8, then the association will launch a statewide general strike beginning from June 9 from 5 in the morning till June 10 evening for a total of 36 hours.Addressing mediapersons during the conference, convenor of the association K Rajesh stated that on July 26, 2008, NPTS conducted a recruitment rally of havildars/CRTO and the viva voice was held on April 26, 2010 however till date, the results have not been announced by the state government. The association also submitted a memorandum on March 1, 2011 and the issue was raised in the Manipur Assembly by MLA Rk Anand, and the Chief Minister had also replied to the query saying that the results will be announced soon.He further added that the delay of the government has caused untold sufferings to the appeared candidates and further questioned why the results have not been announced as of yet and what complications are faced by the responsible department.He said that without announcing the results, new drivers for the police/ MR/ IRB /VDF and women police have been announced and training has been already conducted, he stated that the issue has been neglected by the state authorities. The DPC faced candidates have immensely suffered due to the delay in the declaring the results and as such appealed the government to announce the results before the set deadline of the association.

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Condemnation for minor killing and ADC bomb blast continues unabated

IMPHAL, June 5: The Self Support Group and All Manipur Positive Women Network, Imphal East, Christian Net of Positive Women Manipur Branch, has strongly condemned the killing of 4 year… Read more »

IMPHAL, June 5: The Self Support Group and All Manipur Positive Women Network, Imphal East, Christian Net of Positive Women Manipur Branch, has strongly condemned the killing of 4 year old Thiyam Roberoy and the bomb blast at ADC office Khuman Lampak, wherein a mother and her two daughters were injured.A press conference was held in this connection at Hatta, Imphal East district. Speaking to media persons the representatives of the organizations urged the government to produce the culprit involved in the killing of the minor boy within June 10 failing which it warned to endorse any course of action taken by the JAC formed against the killing. The groups further condemned the act of a police officer who used his service pistol to threaten protestors yesterday who were staging a protest against the killing of the minor at Ningthoukhong.At the same time, the groups while condemning the blast at the ADC office which injured three women folk of a family has urged the perpetrator to avoid similar incidents in the future.Menawhile, the Poumai Students’ Union in a press release signed by its publicity secretary has decried the bomb blast which at the ADC complex, Khuman Lampak on May 28, which had left three members of a fmily injured. The release has stated that the responsible group behind the attack should come forward and claim responsibility of the incident. The Union also condoled the injured victims and their family members while mentioning that the public should joined in to condemn the barbaric act.

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Condemnation for minor killing and ADC bomb blast continues unabated

IMPHAL, June 5: The Self Support Group and All Manipur Positive Women Network, Imphal East, Christian Net of Positive Women Manipur Branch, has strongly condemned the killing of 4 year… Read more »

IMPHAL, June 5: The Self Support Group and All Manipur Positive Women Network, Imphal East, Christian Net of Positive Women Manipur Branch, has strongly condemned the killing of 4 year old Thiyam Roberoy and the bomb blast at ADC office Khuman Lampak, wherein a mother and her two daughters were injured.A press conference was held in this connection at Hatta, Imphal East district. Speaking to media persons the representatives of the organizations urged the government to produce the culprit involved in the killing of the minor boy within June 10 failing which it warned to endorse any course of action taken by the JAC formed against the killing. The groups further condemned the act of a police officer who used his service pistol to threaten protestors yesterday who were staging a protest against the killing of the minor at Ningthoukhong.At the same time, the groups while condemning the blast at the ADC office which injured three women folk of a family has urged the perpetrator to avoid similar incidents in the future.Menawhile, the Poumai Students’ Union in a press release signed by its publicity secretary has decried the bomb blast which at the ADC complex, Khuman Lampak on May 28, which had left three members of a fmily injured. The release has stated that the responsible group behind the attack should come forward and claim responsibility of the incident. The Union also condoled the injured victims and their family members while mentioning that the public should joined in to condemn the barbaric act.

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Condemnation for minor killing and ADC bomb blast continues unabated

IMPHAL, June 5: The Self Support Group and All Manipur Positive Women Network, Imphal East, Christian Net of Positive Women Manipur Branch, has strongly condemned the killing of 4 year… Read more »

IMPHAL, June 5: The Self Support Group and All Manipur Positive Women Network, Imphal East, Christian Net of Positive Women Manipur Branch, has strongly condemned the killing of 4 year old Thiyam Roberoy and the bomb blast at ADC office Khuman Lampak, wherein a mother and her two daughters were injured.A press conference was held in this connection at Hatta, Imphal East district. Speaking to media persons the representatives of the organizations urged the government to produce the culprit involved in the killing of the minor boy within June 10 failing which it warned to endorse any course of action taken by the JAC formed against the killing. The groups further condemned the act of a police officer who used his service pistol to threaten protestors yesterday who were staging a protest against the killing of the minor at Ningthoukhong.At the same time, the groups while condemning the blast at the ADC office which injured three women folk of a family has urged the perpetrator to avoid similar incidents in the future.Menawhile, the Poumai Students’ Union in a press release signed by its publicity secretary has decried the bomb blast which at the ADC complex, Khuman Lampak on May 28, which had left three members of a fmily injured. The release has stated that the responsible group behind the attack should come forward and claim responsibility of the incident. The Union also condoled the injured victims and their family members while mentioning that the public should joined in to condemn the barbaric act.

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Why McCain Visits Burma Now?

By Nehginpao Kipgen John McCain, a U.S. senator from Arizona, has been one of the fiercest critics of the Burmese military junta, while lending unwavering support to Aung San Suu Kyi-led… Read more »

By Nehginpao Kipgen John McCain, a U.S. senator from Arizona, has been one of the fiercest critics of the Burmese military junta, while lending unwavering support to Aung San Suu Kyi-led democracy movement. Why is a man who once called the Burmese military generals “thugs” have decided to visit Burma now? Perhaps equally surprising is that why did the Burmese government issue him visa?This week’s visit comes at a time when both the United States and the Burmese government are interested in improving bilateral ties between the two nations. The visit is more so important for the Burmese government than the senator’s own agenda. Even though McCain has not publicly spelled out the objectives of his mission, his past records have suggested what his intentions are. Although he is not an official envoy from the U.S. government, the nature of his important role in imposing sanctions on the Burmese government and his influential status in the U.S. senate makes the visit a significant one. The high-profile visit also comes at a time when Burma has once again captured headlines in international media. The country’s request for the 2014 chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, two high-profile visits from the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy Vijay Nambiar and U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state Joseph Yun, and the visit to China by the Burmese president Thein Sein, all happened in May, have drawn the attention of the international community. Analyzing his past records on Burma, senator McCain has two primary objectives in his trip to Burma: assessing the ground reality of political developments in Burma after the 2010 election and listening to Aung San Suu Kyi’s view on the U.S. policy toward Burma. McCain in his July 2009 senate floor statement said, “I once had the great honor of meeting Aung San Suu Kyi. She is a woman of astonishing courage and incredible resolve.” The 2008 presidential candidate presumably has no high expectation of making a great stride in this trip. By meeting Suu Kyi, he wants to reiterate his admiration for her courage and dedication for the cause of democracy, and convey the U.S. strong support for democracy and human rights. With the formation of a new Burmese government, McCain plans to assess the ground reality of political developments inside the country. In doing so, he is expected to meet representatives from the government, which is dominated by the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party. Since there are over 2,000 political prisoners still languishing in different prisons across Burma, McCain is likely to push for their release and the implementation of more democratic reforms before the U.S. can consider lifting sanctions, the issue raised by deputy assistant secretary of state Joseph Yun in his May 18-20 trip. On the other hand, the Burmese government wants to take this opportunity to show the U.S. government that it has made progress in democratic reforms. The new Burmese government, former military generals in civilian clothes, wants to demonstrate its claim to the international community. This is an important reason why McCain was issued visa in the first place. Indeed, the government has something positive to present to the visiting senator and other critics. President Thein Sein recently reduced all prison sentences by one year and commuted the death penalty to life imprisonment. Thousands of prisoners were released, although only a small number of political prisoners were among the freed. Naypyidaw will argue that it has successfully conducted the first countrywide general election in two decades and has released thousands of prisoners. It will reiterate its demand for the U.S. government to lift sanctions which the Burmese government considers as the greatest hindrance for improving bilateral relationship. It has to be noted that the United States has a leverage to help genuine democratic transition in Burma for two important reasons. First is because of the U.S. unparalleled economic and military power and its pioneering role in championing democracy and human rights. Second is because of the widely acceptance of the U.S. engagement policy by the Burmese people. The senator’s visit should be viewed as a positive development. The U.S. government needs to continue its diplomatic pressure for genuine democratic reforms and protection and promotion of human rights. One effective way of engagement for the senator is to urge his colleagues to confirm the nomination of Derek Mitchell as a U.S. special envoy for Burma. The then-president Bush nominated Michael J. Green as U.S. special envoy for Burma in late 2008, which was never confirmed by the senate. Senator McCain and his senate colleagues should not let president Obama’s nomination slip away. The special envoy, with an ambassador rank, can work more effectively than some occasional visits. Burma decades-old problem is not entirely a question of democracy. The root cause is about denying rights to ethnic minority groups. In the process of engaging Burma, the U.S. government, either democratic or republican party, should involve more representatives and experts from ethnic minorities. After all, the Burmese people themselves best understand the political psychology of the Burmese military generals. Burmese native scholars should be consulted equally, if not more than the Western scholars, in formulating effective U.S. political strategy. The Burmese scholars have the advantage of in-depth empirical knowledge besides theoretical, which the Western scholars often lack. Nehginpao Kipgen is a researcher on the rise of political conflicts in modern Burma and general secretary of the U.S.-based Kuki International Forum (www.kukiforum.com) whose works have been widely published in five continents – Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America. He currently pursues a Ph.D. in political science at Northern Illinois University and can be reached at nkipgen1@niu.edu.

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Why McCain Visits Burma Now?

By Nehginpao Kipgen John McCain, a U.S. senator from Arizona, has been one of the fiercest critics of the Burmese military junta, while lending unwavering support to Aung San Suu Kyi-led… Read more »

By Nehginpao Kipgen John McCain, a U.S. senator from Arizona, has been one of the fiercest critics of the Burmese military junta, while lending unwavering support to Aung San Suu Kyi-led democracy movement. Why is a man who once called the Burmese military generals “thugs” have decided to visit Burma now? Perhaps equally surprising is that why did the Burmese government issue him visa?This week’s visit comes at a time when both the United States and the Burmese government are interested in improving bilateral ties between the two nations. The visit is more so important for the Burmese government than the senator’s own agenda. Even though McCain has not publicly spelled out the objectives of his mission, his past records have suggested what his intentions are. Although he is not an official envoy from the U.S. government, the nature of his important role in imposing sanctions on the Burmese government and his influential status in the U.S. senate makes the visit a significant one. The high-profile visit also comes at a time when Burma has once again captured headlines in international media. The country’s request for the 2014 chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, two high-profile visits from the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy Vijay Nambiar and U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state Joseph Yun, and the visit to China by the Burmese president Thein Sein, all happened in May, have drawn the attention of the international community. Analyzing his past records on Burma, senator McCain has two primary objectives in his trip to Burma: assessing the ground reality of political developments in Burma after the 2010 election and listening to Aung San Suu Kyi’s view on the U.S. policy toward Burma. McCain in his July 2009 senate floor statement said, “I once had the great honor of meeting Aung San Suu Kyi. She is a woman of astonishing courage and incredible resolve.” The 2008 presidential candidate presumably has no high expectation of making a great stride in this trip. By meeting Suu Kyi, he wants to reiterate his admiration for her courage and dedication for the cause of democracy, and convey the U.S. strong support for democracy and human rights. With the formation of a new Burmese government, McCain plans to assess the ground reality of political developments inside the country. In doing so, he is expected to meet representatives from the government, which is dominated by the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party. Since there are over 2,000 political prisoners still languishing in different prisons across Burma, McCain is likely to push for their release and the implementation of more democratic reforms before the U.S. can consider lifting sanctions, the issue raised by deputy assistant secretary of state Joseph Yun in his May 18-20 trip. On the other hand, the Burmese government wants to take this opportunity to show the U.S. government that it has made progress in democratic reforms. The new Burmese government, former military generals in civilian clothes, wants to demonstrate its claim to the international community. This is an important reason why McCain was issued visa in the first place. Indeed, the government has something positive to present to the visiting senator and other critics. President Thein Sein recently reduced all prison sentences by one year and commuted the death penalty to life imprisonment. Thousands of prisoners were released, although only a small number of political prisoners were among the freed. Naypyidaw will argue that it has successfully conducted the first countrywide general election in two decades and has released thousands of prisoners. It will reiterate its demand for the U.S. government to lift sanctions which the Burmese government considers as the greatest hindrance for improving bilateral relationship. It has to be noted that the United States has a leverage to help genuine democratic transition in Burma for two important reasons. First is because of the U.S. unparalleled economic and military power and its pioneering role in championing democracy and human rights. Second is because of the widely acceptance of the U.S. engagement policy by the Burmese people. The senator’s visit should be viewed as a positive development. The U.S. government needs to continue its diplomatic pressure for genuine democratic reforms and protection and promotion of human rights. One effective way of engagement for the senator is to urge his colleagues to confirm the nomination of Derek Mitchell as a U.S. special envoy for Burma. The then-president Bush nominated Michael J. Green as U.S. special envoy for Burma in late 2008, which was never confirmed by the senate. Senator McCain and his senate colleagues should not let president Obama’s nomination slip away. The special envoy, with an ambassador rank, can work more effectively than some occasional visits. Burma decades-old problem is not entirely a question of democracy. The root cause is about denying rights to ethnic minority groups. In the process of engaging Burma, the U.S. government, either democratic or republican party, should involve more representatives and experts from ethnic minorities. After all, the Burmese people themselves best understand the political psychology of the Burmese military generals. Burmese native scholars should be consulted equally, if not more than the Western scholars, in formulating effective U.S. political strategy. The Burmese scholars have the advantage of in-depth empirical knowledge besides theoretical, which the Western scholars often lack. Nehginpao Kipgen is a researcher on the rise of political conflicts in modern Burma and general secretary of the U.S.-based Kuki International Forum (www.kukiforum.com) whose works have been widely published in five continents – Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America. He currently pursues a Ph.D. in political science at Northern Illinois University and can be reached at nkipgen1@niu.edu.

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Why McCain Visits Burma Now?

By Nehginpao Kipgen John McCain, a U.S. senator from Arizona, has been one of the fiercest critics of the Burmese military junta, while lending unwavering support to Aung San Suu Kyi-led… Read more »

By Nehginpao Kipgen John McCain, a U.S. senator from Arizona, has been one of the fiercest critics of the Burmese military junta, while lending unwavering support to Aung San Suu Kyi-led democracy movement. Why is a man who once called the Burmese military generals “thugs” have decided to visit Burma now? Perhaps equally surprising is that why did the Burmese government issue him visa?This week’s visit comes at a time when both the United States and the Burmese government are interested in improving bilateral ties between the two nations. The visit is more so important for the Burmese government than the senator’s own agenda. Even though McCain has not publicly spelled out the objectives of his mission, his past records have suggested what his intentions are. Although he is not an official envoy from the U.S. government, the nature of his important role in imposing sanctions on the Burmese government and his influential status in the U.S. senate makes the visit a significant one. The high-profile visit also comes at a time when Burma has once again captured headlines in international media. The country’s request for the 2014 chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, two high-profile visits from the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy Vijay Nambiar and U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state Joseph Yun, and the visit to China by the Burmese president Thein Sein, all happened in May, have drawn the attention of the international community. Analyzing his past records on Burma, senator McCain has two primary objectives in his trip to Burma: assessing the ground reality of political developments in Burma after the 2010 election and listening to Aung San Suu Kyi’s view on the U.S. policy toward Burma. McCain in his July 2009 senate floor statement said, “I once had the great honor of meeting Aung San Suu Kyi. She is a woman of astonishing courage and incredible resolve.” The 2008 presidential candidate presumably has no high expectation of making a great stride in this trip. By meeting Suu Kyi, he wants to reiterate his admiration for her courage and dedication for the cause of democracy, and convey the U.S. strong support for democracy and human rights. With the formation of a new Burmese government, McCain plans to assess the ground reality of political developments inside the country. In doing so, he is expected to meet representatives from the government, which is dominated by the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party. Since there are over 2,000 political prisoners still languishing in different prisons across Burma, McCain is likely to push for their release and the implementation of more democratic reforms before the U.S. can consider lifting sanctions, the issue raised by deputy assistant secretary of state Joseph Yun in his May 18-20 trip. On the other hand, the Burmese government wants to take this opportunity to show the U.S. government that it has made progress in democratic reforms. The new Burmese government, former military generals in civilian clothes, wants to demonstrate its claim to the international community. This is an important reason why McCain was issued visa in the first place. Indeed, the government has something positive to present to the visiting senator and other critics. President Thein Sein recently reduced all prison sentences by one year and commuted the death penalty to life imprisonment. Thousands of prisoners were released, although only a small number of political prisoners were among the freed. Naypyidaw will argue that it has successfully conducted the first countrywide general election in two decades and has released thousands of prisoners. It will reiterate its demand for the U.S. government to lift sanctions which the Burmese government considers as the greatest hindrance for improving bilateral relationship. It has to be noted that the United States has a leverage to help genuine democratic transition in Burma for two important reasons. First is because of the U.S. unparalleled economic and military power and its pioneering role in championing democracy and human rights. Second is because of the widely acceptance of the U.S. engagement policy by the Burmese people. The senator’s visit should be viewed as a positive development. The U.S. government needs to continue its diplomatic pressure for genuine democratic reforms and protection and promotion of human rights. One effective way of engagement for the senator is to urge his colleagues to confirm the nomination of Derek Mitchell as a U.S. special envoy for Burma. The then-president Bush nominated Michael J. Green as U.S. special envoy for Burma in late 2008, which was never confirmed by the senate. Senator McCain and his senate colleagues should not let president Obama’s nomination slip away. The special envoy, with an ambassador rank, can work more effectively than some occasional visits. Burma decades-old problem is not entirely a question of democracy. The root cause is about denying rights to ethnic minority groups. In the process of engaging Burma, the U.S. government, either democratic or republican party, should involve more representatives and experts from ethnic minorities. After all, the Burmese people themselves best understand the political psychology of the Burmese military generals. Burmese native scholars should be consulted equally, if not more than the Western scholars, in formulating effective U.S. political strategy. The Burmese scholars have the advantage of in-depth empirical knowledge besides theoretical, which the Western scholars often lack. Nehginpao Kipgen is a researcher on the rise of political conflicts in modern Burma and general secretary of the U.S.-based Kuki International Forum (www.kukiforum.com) whose works have been widely published in five continents – Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America. He currently pursues a Ph.D. in political science at Northern Illinois University and can be reached at nkipgen1@niu.edu.

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Open discussion against shifting of Modern college

IMPHAL June 5: An open discussion held at the multipurpose hall of Modern College and attended by the coordinating committee of Founders and Alumni and students of Modern College was… Read more »

IMPHAL June 5: An open discussion held at the multipurpose hall of Modern College and attended by the coordinating committee of Founders and Alumni and students of Modern College was held today.The discussion unanimously resolved to urge the State government against the shifting of the college premises. The resolutions include that the 45 year old institution which has produced several contributing members of society must remain at the original place and to further urge the government to revoke the cabinet decision. A memorandum will also be submitted to the Chief Minister in the regard, if the government disregards the plea then protests will be launched with the help of like minded organizations,the release stated.

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Higher Education: For a better Manipur

By Khuraijam Jibankumar Singh, FLS Founder and Managing Trustee,North East Centre for Environmental Education and Research, ImphalEvery year colleges in different Universities across the country are increasing their cut off marks… Read more »

By Khuraijam Jibankumar Singh, FLS Founder and Managing Trustee,North East Centre for Environmental Education and Research, ImphalEvery year colleges in different Universities across the country are increasing their cut off marks for admission to under graduate courses. Students of states like ours are facing difficulty in getting admissions in good colleges like St. Stephen College, Sri Ram College of Commerce due to low aggregate in their marks in Board Exams. Only a few get admissions in reputed colleges and the remaining had to settle for correspondence courses or had to go for some certificate or diploma courses. Students of our state are very good in studies, extra –curricular activities and are well aware of the happening across the country or globe. In spite of all the turmoil in the state as the result of the prevailing situation in the state, students are still not losing their hope to achieve their dreams. We need to give them support, encouragements, appreciation and proper guidance. Not only these, our teachers and education system should change their approach in giving marks or grading system. Our students are second to none but are still facing problems in getting admission after XIIth. Manipur Education Board and Council should encourage teachers to give marks according to what the students deserves. Every year thousands of Manipuri students couldn’t get admission due to low grade in Board/Council Exams. However, the situation is different for students studying in other boards like CBSE, ICSE. Does it mean that students studying in CBSE, ICSE are better than students of Manipur Board/Council? Take example of Manipuri students (not only Manipuri students) studying in Assam Valley School (CBSE) in Assam get admission in colleges easily as compare to students studying in schools of Manipur Board. The only difference is marks/percentage. Every year Manipuri students topped in colleges and university somewhere or the other across the country. We have several Gold medallists and toppers in every field of sciences, arts, engineering, medical and commerce. However, the number could be increased if all the talented students get proper education and this can be achieved if they get admission in good colleges and universities. Manipur Government/Education Departments should hold regular meetings and interaction programmes with teachers, officials of Board/Council and principals to address the situation and problems faced by the students of the state in getting admission for higher education. Encourage students to pursue higher education for better Manipur. Education will bring peace and development to the state.

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Higher Education: For a better Manipur

By Khuraijam Jibankumar Singh, FLS Founder and Managing Trustee,North East Centre for Environmental Education and Research, ImphalEvery year colleges in different Universities across the country are increasing their cut off marks… Read more »

By Khuraijam Jibankumar Singh, FLS Founder and Managing Trustee,North East Centre for Environmental Education and Research, ImphalEvery year colleges in different Universities across the country are increasing their cut off marks for admission to under graduate courses. Students of states like ours are facing difficulty in getting admissions in good colleges like St. Stephen College, Sri Ram College of Commerce due to low aggregate in their marks in Board Exams. Only a few get admissions in reputed colleges and the remaining had to settle for correspondence courses or had to go for some certificate or diploma courses. Students of our state are very good in studies, extra –curricular activities and are well aware of the happening across the country or globe. In spite of all the turmoil in the state as the result of the prevailing situation in the state, students are still not losing their hope to achieve their dreams. We need to give them support, encouragements, appreciation and proper guidance. Not only these, our teachers and education system should change their approach in giving marks or grading system. Our students are second to none but are still facing problems in getting admission after XIIth. Manipur Education Board and Council should encourage teachers to give marks according to what the students deserves. Every year thousands of Manipuri students couldn’t get admission due to low grade in Board/Council Exams. However, the situation is different for students studying in other boards like CBSE, ICSE. Does it mean that students studying in CBSE, ICSE are better than students of Manipur Board/Council? Take example of Manipuri students (not only Manipuri students) studying in Assam Valley School (CBSE) in Assam get admission in colleges easily as compare to students studying in schools of Manipur Board. The only difference is marks/percentage. Every year Manipuri students topped in colleges and university somewhere or the other across the country. We have several Gold medallists and toppers in every field of sciences, arts, engineering, medical and commerce. However, the number could be increased if all the talented students get proper education and this can be achieved if they get admission in good colleges and universities. Manipur Government/Education Departments should hold regular meetings and interaction programmes with teachers, officials of Board/Council and principals to address the situation and problems faced by the students of the state in getting admission for higher education. Encourage students to pursue higher education for better Manipur. Education will bring peace and development to the state.

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MBC painting competition

IMPHAL June 5: The Manipur Baptist Convention (MBC) centre church organized a painting competition on the theme “Think green, live green” today at the church.The competition saw two categories in… Read more »

IMPHAL June 5: The Manipur Baptist Convention (MBC) centre church organized a painting competition on the theme “Think green, live green” today at the church.The competition saw two categories in the junior (class I-V) and senior category (class VI-XII). It was organized with the view to ingrain the children with love and concern for the environment.

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MBC painting competition

IMPHAL June 5: The Manipur Baptist Convention (MBC) centre church organized a painting competition on the theme “Think green, live green” today at the church.The competition saw two categories in… Read more »

IMPHAL June 5: The Manipur Baptist Convention (MBC) centre church organized a painting competition on the theme “Think green, live green” today at the church.The competition saw two categories in the junior (class I-V) and senior category (class VI-XII). It was organized with the view to ingrain the children with love and concern for the environment.

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MBC painting competition

IMPHAL, June 10: The painting competition under the theme “Think Green Live Green” was organized by the MBC Centre Church on Sunday, 5th June in connection with the World Environment… Read more »

IMPHAL, June 10: The painting competition under the theme “Think Green Live Green” was organized by the MBC Centre Church on Sunday, 5th June in connection with the World Environment Day celebration. The result of three categories are here below:-Sub junior: 1st position- Baby Brianna Woleng, 2nd position- Calvin, 3rd position- Mayosing. Junior: 1st position- Rahul Yumnam, 2nd position- Babloo Chetan Sood, 3rd position- Kowarson Saka, Senior:       1st position- Y. Ricky, 2nd position- Tomuilin Maring, 3rd Position- Tochanme Keishang.

The Prize distribution will be held at MBC Centre Church on June 12 at 7a.m.

The judges of the painting competition were Elizabeth Thaisu wife of DD Thaisu, minister YAS & Edu, L Anil (artist), N. Shimreichon, K. Shangningden and Ajay Kumar Sood, proprietor MM World, MajorKhul.

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