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Social Activists Majaibung Gangmei Blames Railway Department for Noney Landslide.

Social activist Majaibung Gangmei blames Railway Department for neglecting Geological survey Reports that eventually led to Noney Landslide on June 29 which caused loss of lives. Speaking to media persons, Majaibung Gangmei said that according to a survey report by the  Geological survey of India on 2013 & 2017, the landslide zone area was reported as not fissible area. He also said the villagers received signals about the landslide and even the geological survey of India sent scientist from Shillong to look into the matter in which they gave warning to evacuate the villagers from the area. 

However, the railway department authorities did not infrom the villagers about the warnings which eventually led to the landslide and the loss of lives. He said, in the incident only 5 villagers loss their lives and because of this limited number of persons there were not much issue from the local villagers about the matter. He also mentioned that the site is  still in danger and requested the government to keep the pace as reserved area. Lastly, he also thanked DC, SP and the prople of the state for rendering help to the people of the district regarding the unfortunate incident.

Awareness Program Held

Today oneday awareness program on climate change and tree plantation held at Huidrom Village, Imphal east district organised by Lamlai Mapari Thougal Lup

88th 'Krantikari Kavi' Hari Bhakta Katuwal Jayanti observed in Cotton University, Guwahati


~ Nanda K Dewan

88th birth anniversary of 'Krantikari Kavi' Hari Bhakta Katuwal was observed at the prestigious Cotton University in Guwahati on Saturday.

'Krantikari Kavi' Hari Bhakta Katuwal, one of the brightest gems in the history of Gorkha Bhasa literature was born on July 2, 1935 in a small village called Bogibeel in  Dibrugarh, Assam. He read and wrote poems in Gorkha Bhasa, English, Hindi and Assamese. Hari Bhakta Katuwal received his formal early education in an Assamese medium school and as a result Assamese poetry had a deep influence on him but the fact that he was also the loudest voice in the realm of Gorkha Bhasa poetry during the 60s and 70s from the northeast region is not an exaggeration. It was in Digboi during the late 50s when Katuwal was teaching in A.O.C. Nepali M.E. School that he attained a new glory in the spheres of Nepali literature and culture. This was a period of literary and cultural renaissance in Digboi as there started the circulation of reputed Nepali journals and newspapers from literary hotspots of the time like Darjeeling, Banaras, Dehradoon and Kathmandu. In fact the then literary works and writers from Darjeeling inspired him a lot.

'Cottonian Gorkha Unit organised the birth anniversary of poet, philosopher, writer, composer and lyricist Hari Bhakta Katuwal  at AGRC Hall, Cotton University in Guwahati on Saturday 2nd July 2022 where Dr. Dr. Khagen Sarmah, Assistant Professor, Department of MIL and Literary Studies, Gauhati University attended as Chief Guest.' said Shiksha Basnet, General Secretary of Cottonian Gorkha Unit.

It is for the first time such an intellectual interactive session was organised in Cotton   University. The students of Post Graduate Diploma in Nepali language along with students of various department also attended the event which was anchored by Milan Bhattarai. Dr. Srijana Sharma, Assistant Professor, Centre for Language Culture & Art (CLCA), Cotton University and Dhakaram Kafley, Guest faculty of Nepali language at CLCA Cotton University attended as Guests. Speaking at the event Dr. Khagen Sarmah emphasized on recognizing Katuwal with a 'Title' by the Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha (ANSS)- the only literary body of Gorkhas in Assam. He also felt that atleast thirty of the best of his poems and lyrics should be translated into other languages and compile a book of his Patriotic Poems and lyrics that caused revolution that's why youth called him Krantikari Kavi. He requested Cotton University students the epicenter of students and youths empowerment to initiate this movement. 

'Yo Desh ko Mato ley Bhancha

Yo Desh ko Dhoonga ley Bhancha

Haamro pani Raati Ragat yehi bogeko cha

Haamro pani Taato pasins yehai Khaseko cha' is the most read, recited and heard poem by the Krantikari Kavi.

Elaborating this ita Devi Dewan an advocate in Golaghat who recently wrote about Hari Bhakta Katuwal said, 'This patriotic poem is one of the cause of Gorkha renaissance in Assam. It's a poem filled with patriotism with a message of supreme sacrifice at any time for the nation where he sweat and blood.'  Katuwal's life was influenced due to his friendship with Bhupen Hazarika since they were born and brought up in Eastern Assam . Some author has shared anecdotes between them that they were friends as cattle rearers and  learning to consume home made beverages.

 'I was interested to explore 'Krantikari Kavi' for his relations with Jajabor Bahrat Ratna Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. It is widely believed and accepted that it was Hari Bhakta Katuwal who had crowned Bhupen Hazarika with the Gorkhali Bhadgawley Topi (particular cap worn by Bhupen Hazarika ) and it remained with the legend maestro till his death and still kept at Bhupendra Sangrahalay in Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra and jajabor's Jalukbari museum. This made me write an extensive article on Hari Bhakta Katuwal with his life sketch and work.'

Katuwal wrote his poems with great revolutionary zeal and the subject matter largely revolved around patriotism, sacrifice of the Gorkhas in nation building, cause and sufferings of the Gorkhas, Racial consciousness, nationalism, rights needed to be asserted for the safeguarding of the Gorkhas and so on. He was awarded by the Royal Academy for his poem 'AKASHKA TARA KE TARA'. It was in the year 1973 that he came out with what his now dim literary prowess still finds a flame of reassurance - his collection of poems, 'YO JINDAGI KHAI KE JINDAGI'. It is one of his most significant works and a landmark contribution in the history of Nepali literature. 

Mean while the Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh observed 88th birth anniversary of the great poet philosopher song writer, lyricist and composer Hari Bhakta Katuwal virtually and adopted a resolution to second the proposal to award pen name 'Krantikari Kavi'. Former chief spokesperson of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) and author of the book 'Haami Gorkha - Haami Bharatiya' Late Purna Chetri had proposed the title 'Krantikari Kavi' at Katuwal janma jayanti held at Gorkha Thakurbari AAGSU office premises in Guwahati organised  by the Guwahati City Gorkha Students Union in last decade. Since than youths and students of Assam use pen name ' Krantikari Kavi' Hari Bhakta Katuwal. 

Kabita Katuwal elder daughter of Late Hari Bhakta Katuwal expressed hapiness to see her father being given 'Krantikari Kavi' pen name or title by Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh that was proposed almost a decade ago. ' My father Hari Bhakta Katuwal was keen interest in painting is also discernible in the poet. His paintings were highly admired by the people. He was unequivocally a great poet but he was a lyricist of equal merit. His ''Malai Nasodha Kahaan Dukcha Ghaaw'' and  ''Pokhiyera Ghaamka Jhulka Bhari Sangharaima'' are still the favourites among the youths of 21st century. he great poet spent even his last days (late 70s) in forging something new for  Nepali literature. In its aim of attacking the varied ills of society and the blows and counterblows of life , his poetry has touched the reader's pain. Thus, his poetry has become the poetry of a common man.', added Kavita Katuwal.

Similar events were held across Assam at Rongbong and Kohra in Golaghat, Margherita in Tunsukia by Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha (ANSS) and at Rowta in Udalguri, Tezpur in Sonitpur by AAGSU on Saturday and Sunday. 

MPCC observed 58th Death anniversary of First Prime minister of India

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committe organise 58th Death anniversary of first prime minister of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru at Congress bhawan

Aung San Suu Kyi seen in court for first time since Myanmar's military coup

MYANMAR:Aung San Suu Kyi has been seen for the first time since Myanmar's military coup a month ago. The ousted leader appeared in court on March 1 via video link, where she has been charged with two more criminal offences. Meanwhile, protesters marched in defiance of a crackdown that killed at least 18 people over the weekend. The United Nations said it is the highest single-day death toll since the February 1 coup, but the army said it has exercised restraint to keep casualties to a minimum.

Shri Samuel Jendai Ex MLA Tamenglong AC in some points of view

Short video clip of Shri Samuel Jendai Ex MLA Tamenglong AC 👉👉 in some points of view , example👉👉👉 Developmental works of BJP coalition Govt led by Shri N Biren Singh done only in media and social media

Kwakta Sericulture farm Quarantine inmates demanding test results

Health Minister visits Quarantine Centres at Imphal West and Imphal East

IMPHAL (DIPR): Health & Family Welfare Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar today visited quarantine centres established to curb the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic located at different places of Imphal West and Imphal East district. Minister also distributed PPEs, Sanitizer, N-95 masks and Gloves for the health workers at the quarantine centres as supplementary protective back-ups. He also interacted with the health staffs stationed at the respective quarantine centres and discussed the feedback from them.

Minister said that there may be lack in adequate number of health workers and supporting staffs at the Quarantine Centres. However, the Government, specially, the health department is trying its level best to increase the number of health workers and supporting staffs at the earliest so to enable proper functioning of such centres. He also appealed the present health workers and staffs to cooperate for the time being since health department have already chalked out to engage skilled and unskilled health staffs. 

Minister added that the Ministerial team will continue to visit the remaining quarantine centres located in different districts as a regular activity of the Health Department, Manipur Additional Director (Health), Dr. Arkey, mentioning the possibility of increase in number of COVID-19 positive cases to a large number, said that the department has identified UNACCO School, Metram to covert as a COVID Care Centre of the State and for the first phase, it will be converted into a 100 bedded COVID Hospital. In this regard, the department has prepared for the necessary steps to be taken up.

Today visit included Jawaharlal Navodaya Vidyalaya, Yaralpat, Imphal East, IIIT, Mantripukhri, COVID-19 Screening Centre at Oriental College, Tera, Imphal West and UNACCO School, Meitram.

Minister was also accompanied by Deputy Director (Health), Dr. A. Probin, Dr. Somendro and other health staffs.

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CNBC Interview Joshua Wong on the New Security Bill

Joshua Wong, Secretary General @joshuawongcf  of Demosisto adds that the proposed national security bill is "more evil" than the extradition bill....and time is running out for Hong Kong

Is NRC only for Muslim community? Isn't India a Secular Country?

Why all the religions are not treated equally?

BJP government has introduced NRC to push back all the illegal Bangladeshi Muslims from North East: Himanta Biswa Sharma said

Indian Citizenship shouldn't be given on the grounds of religion whether Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Parsis, Jains all must be treated equally.
#IndiaForIndians #NRC #illegalBangladeshi

Re-posting of Armstrong Pame as Tamenglong DC opposed; rally held, railway works halted

IMPHAL: Strongly opposing the re-appointment of Armstrong Pame as the DC of Tamenglong district and demanding justice for Makhuam village and issuance of persecution sanction under 197, villagers of Makhuam/Marangching village and Thoubei village staged a mass protest rally on Saturday.

The protest rally was carried out along the railway construction stretch from tunnel no. 26A to tunnel no. 26 in Makhuam village on Saturday and was organised by Makhuam village authority and Thoubei village.

The irate protestors burnt flex poster of Armstrong Pame in front of railway tunnel No. 26 while slogans “Condemned re-posting of corrupt DC” were changed. The protestors have also banned NF Railway construction works from September 7 to 9, 2019.

Speaking to media persons on the sideline of the protest, Chairman Makhuam village authority, Lanranglung Gondaimei said that the mass rally is mainly organised as the large villagers strongly condemned the re-posting of corrupt DC Armstrong Pame who has amended a sum of Rs. 36 crore illegally and urged the government to take appropriate action against him.

Chairman of Marangching Thoubei village Lankhuilung Kammeiei said that on June 17, 2017, Armstrong Pame called up three village representatives and had a talk in his camber while he was the DC of Tamenglong and assured them the land compensations will be awarded to those villagers the court has given verdict and made the three of them sign an understanding paper.

However, the compensations were given to two persons namely Kh. Lovejoy and Thuankhulung who are not even mention in the court verdict.

Condemning the illegal exercise by Armstrong Pame, the irate villagers had carried out numbers of blockade, bandhs, strikes and agitation including closure of railway construction works, he added.

Lankhuilung Kammeiei said that villagers of Makhuam Marangching strongly condemns and will not except re-posting of Armstrong Pame as DC Tamenglong who was transfer after the villagers carried out numbers of agitations and warned of intense agitation if the government and authority concern fails to take up befitting action against Armstong Pame, at the earliest.

Further, the Makhuam Marangching Village in a press release stated that the village has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Manipur on August 31, 2019, vide R.R No. 1084, against the re-posting of Armstrong Pame as DC of Tamenglong, Manipur.

Source: TMB

JAC form against the suspicious death of Mrs. Ichan Devi @Chungamlu Riamei

IMPHAL: JAC against the suspicious death of Mrs. Ichan Devi @Chungamlu Riamei aged 30 years D/o Kaningai Riamei, Duithanjang Goitang Village under Khoupum Sub Division a wife of Kongjenbam Jackson Singh S/o K. Joykumar Singh of Pangsan Leikai, Moirang held a joint meeting at Tarung Community Hall today the 21st August 2019 with Zeliangrong CSOs viz. Rongmei Luh Phuam (RLP) Zeliangrong Union, Kabui Mothers Association (KAMA) Rongmei Naga Students Organisation Manipur (RNSOM) etc. demanding the culprit to punish according to the law and to bring justice at the earliest for the dead soul. At the end of the meeting, a rally was organised by the JAC and marched from Tarung Community Hall towards Sanakeithel holding a black flag and shouting a slogan "Book the culprit and punish as per the law", "We want Justice" and "We condemn Killing of human being".

Mention may be made that the incident happened on 17th August 2019 (Saturday) where the husband's family reported to the wife's family that she hanged herself in the mosquito net stand with her chunni in the bedroom. The couple have a son of 1.4 year. Upon asking her husband, he replied that they had an argument on Saturday morning over a golden ring which she had lost it unknowingly. Her husband Kongjenbam Jackson Singh went for a party with his friends on Saturday. As per her husband's report, he got 16 missed calls at around 6pm (which he replied to his wife's family members that he was swimming at that moment and his phone was in the car). He also said that his wife texted him as he did not respond to her calls after she called her several times saying "when I call you, you didn't pick my calls, but when your brother call you, you answer to his call - huithu".

As per Kongjenbam Jackson Singh report when he returned home, they had an argument again. But others from his wife family members asked him, his reports are deviating.. Saying when he returned home he found their bedroom door locked from inside, so he sent a child from window (a window which doesn't have bars) to go and unlock the door. And when he got in, he didn't see his wife, so he thought that his wife must be joking. So he laid down on the bed and took out his phone to kill the time...but after sometime, he saw his wife standing near the pillar of the mosquito net.. But when he approached her he found his wife hanging.

His family members took down his wife and found that his wife is still breathing they took her to Community Health Centres one after another as doctors were not available at that time.. And when they brought her to the hospital the doctor told them that she has been brought dead.

When his wife's father came, he was told not to touch her body. Besides, Moirang police came to the spot already. The police personnels kept saying that they will take the dead body to the morgue.. Even after repeated requests to waiting for the other family members who are coming from Khoupum, the police forcefully took the dead body and deposited at RIMS mortuary at midnight of Saturday.

Sensing suspicious of her dead JAC was formed to find out the genuine cause of her death.

Memorandum was submitted to the Hon'ble CM of Manipur on 19th August for intervention and to bring justice for the dead soul. Post mortem was conducted yesterday (Tuesday 20th August) at RIMS at around 2:30pm.

"Walls Of Hatred In Name Of Religion": Naseeruddin Shah In Amnesty Video

Walls of hatred are being erected in the name of religion in India and those who stand against this "injustice" are being punished, actor Naseeruddin Shah on Friday claimed in video released by the Amnesty India against alleged government "crackdown" on NGOs.
In the 2.13-minute solidarity video for the human rights watchdog Amnesty, Naseeruddin Shah said those who demand rights are being locked up. 
"Artistes, actors, scholars, poets are all being stifled. Journalists too are being silenced," he said in the video message.
"In the name of religion, walls of hate are being erected. Innocents are being killed. The country is awash with horrific hatred and cruelty," he claimed. 
He said that those who stand against this "injustice" are having their offices raided, licenses cancelled and bank accounts frozen to silence them so that they are deterred from speaking the truth.
"Is this where our country is headed? Had we dreamt of a country where there was no space for dissent, where only the rich and powerful are heard and where the poorest and most vulnerable are oppressed? Where there once was law, there is now only darkness," he said in the video in Urdu.
Under the hashtag of #AbkiBaarManavAdhikaar, the Amnesty claimed India has witnessed a massive crackdown on freedom of expression and human rights defenders. 
"Let''s stand up for our constitutional values this new year and tell the Indian government that its crackdown must end now," the Amnesty said. 
Aakar Patel, a member of the Amnesty India, said it may seem that the odds are against human rights defenders and civil society in India at this moment, but human rights have always won and will this time also. 
"The arc of the moral universe is long, as Dr Martin Luther King said, but it bends towards justice. The widespread crackdown on civil society organisations and human rights defenders by the government of India must end immediately," he said. 
Mr Shah had stoked a controversy last month when he had said that the death of a cow had more significance than that of a police officer. 
He was speaking in the wake of a mob violence that broke out in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr on December 3 over alleged cow slaughter in the Mahaw village. The violence led to the death of two men, including police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh.
"I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks if you are you a Hindu or a Muslim, they will have no answer," Mr Shah had said. 
Last year, five prominent activists were arrested over their alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon violence.
The Enforcement Directorate in October conducted searches at two locations of Amnesty International India here in connection with a foreign exchange contravention case.
Reacting to Mr Shah's Friday remarks, human rights activist Annie Raja said what he has said is the reality. "There is no space for dissent. There is no space for even democracy. We can see the proof in form of violence all around us," Annie Raja said.
Kavita Krishnan, human rights activist and the Secretary of the All India Progressive Women's Association, said Mr Shah is "spot-on" in his observation. 
"He expressed his concern and I hope people pay attention to it. The world also needs to know what is happening and wake up to the danger in this part of the world," she said

HRLN stands by Manipur journalist

NEW DELHI: HRLN condemns arrest of Manipur journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhemcha The Annual General Body Meeting 2018(AGM 2018) of Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) was held at Rajasthan from 19th December to 23rd December 2018. It was attended by many lawyers and activists associated with HRLN from nearly 25 states of all over India and many social organizations of Rajasthan. The AGM 20018 discussed various issues of human rights violations in many parts of India. In one session, the arrest of a journalist in Manipur, Mr. Kishorchandra Wangkhemcha for using “F” word under NSA by the present government of Manipur was also discussed.

Mr. Kishorchandra was arrested for his Facebook post criticizing the government of Manipur for organizing the birth anniversary of Rani Jhansi in Manipur.

On the arrest of the journalist Mr. Kishorchandra, the founder of the HRLN and senior advocate, Dr. Colin Gonsalves said, “Regarding the arrest of Kishorchandra, there has never been a case like this one before. To use the “F” word, for the use of swear words is part of the freedom of speech and expression. It is lawfully used. It is justifiably used. And for the state to try to arrest such a person is totally wrong. And I do hope that he moves to the High Court immediately and gets bail. And this matter, not only should he get bail but prosecution should be quashed. The use of swear words is totally permissible under the constitution of India. It is a part of the freedom of speech and expression. Every journalist and every human rights activist to stand up and support Kishorchandra against the tyrannical used of law against him.”

He further said “Further to say that Rani Jhansi has nothing to do with Manipur whether right or wrong is absolutely protected by the freedom of speech and expression. He may be right or he may be wrong, but there is nobody in this country, who can prosecute a journalist or anybody for that matter on the basis of the statement; which seems as an offence for a very conservative and right wing section of the society. It is protected by the freedom of speech and expression.”

He added “If there is anything the HRLN can do to help to support legally or otherwise, HRLN stands fully with him and we are sure of victory because what is done is totally unconstitutional.”

On this case of Kishorchandra, Mr Shreeji Vhavsar, senior advocate of the Supreme Court, associated with HRLN had gone to Imphal to meet Mrs. Ranjita Wankhemcha, the wife of Mr. Kishorchandra and went to Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa to meet him on 20th December 2018. Even after 3 hours of waiting, the jail officials didn’t allow the advocate to meet his client.

Issued by 
Human Rights Law Network
Dr. Seram Rojesh, Communication Officer, HRLN 
Mayank Manohar, Communication Officer, HRLN

Kishorechandra vows to continue fight for justice, calls AMWJU 'toothless'

IMPHAL: Kishorchandra Wangkhem, who has been detained under NSA, on Saturday vowed to continue his fight for justice till the end and even take it to the High Court or Supreme Court of India even as he slammed the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) for being ‘toothless’.

Brought to the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital earlier in the morning for routine medical check-up, the NSA detainee said his detention was arbitrary and all allegations against him baseless.

“My detention under NSA is arbitrary. The allegation levelled against me is baseless, they are trying to stop me from raising my voice against the government,” the former anchor of ISTV said.

“I will fight till my last breath at the High Court or the Supreme Court to get justice,” he added.

Kishorchandra also slammed the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) for stating that he was not a journalist.

“I consider AMWJU toothless union. They stated that I am not a journalist, that I am not a bonafide member of AMWJU and that is a lie,” the detained journalist said as he was being taken away by security forces at the JNIMS Hospital.

“AMWU works for the government and there is nothing surprise in that,” he added.

On Friday, the AMWJU had written to the Indian Journalists’ Union (IJU) urging it not to publish any press statement on Kishorechandra’s detention.

In the letter, AMWJU wrote that “....Kishorechandra is/was not a member of AMWJU. He is/was not a journalist in the real sense. He was just a news reader and translator on the ISTV News. Working for the ISTV as a news anchor and translator was a front for his main profession of being the master of ceremony/compare at public functions. So far, he has not written a single article or editorial or comment on his political ideology or concerns in the newspapers published in or outside the State.”

And with regards to the action of Kishorchandra and his arrest and detention thereof, the AMWJU wrote “The EGM (Editors’ Guild, Manipur) knows very well what Kishorechandra did was to the total opposite of AMWJU’s principles and not a bit ethical as far as the profession is concerned.”

Following a series of videos and updates on social media where he criticised the BJP-led Manipur government, especially for observing Rani of Jhansi’s birth anniversary in Imphal, Kishorchandra was arrested on November 20. In the said videos, which went viral on the social media, the journalist while abusing CM Biren and the government and calling him a ‘Puppet’ of PM Modi also challenged the CM to arrest him.

However, produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Imphal West, he was released on bail on November 26. However, he was arrested again the very next day, i.e. November 27 and on December 14, the state government released an order to detain Kishorchandra under the NSA for one year following the approval of the NSA advisory board.

Kishorchandra also slammed the Manipur Central Jail SP, S. Touthang stating that the jailer gave a half-cook story to the media about the detainee’s supposed-to-be-meeting with his counsel, Shreeji Bhavsar, advocate of the SC of India.

The advocate alleged that he and the detainee’s wife Ranjita had gone to Sajiwa Jail on Thursday to meet the Manipuri journalist but even after waiting for three hours, he was not given permission by the jail authorities to meet his client.

However, as per reports, SP Touthang said that the advocate had left before they were yet to complete the formalities for the meeting.

Refuting the statement of the Jailer, Kishorchandra stated that the SP has been telling to media was a half cooked sugar coated story.

“If you want to see the realities come and stay with me at the Jail just for one day and you will know the truth”, he said.

Strongly hitting out at the government again, the NSA detainee said that if one cannot say anything against the government, then, it shows that there is no democracy in the land.

“Arresting me under NSA for speaking against the government should be appropriate only in the times of Hitler,” Kishorchandra said.

Source :- TMB Report