Five major student organisations AMSU, MSF, SUK, AIMS and KSA resolve to support MUSU's 48 hour general strike
Imphal, 17 July 2018 ( Evening News ) :Five major student organisations in the state namely, All Manipur Students Union (AMSU), Manipuri Students Federation(MSF), Students Union Kangleipak (SUK), Apunba Ireipak-ki Maheiroi Singpang Lup (AIMS) and Kangleipak Students Association (KSA) have resolved to jointly support the 48 Hour General Strike called by MUSU in demand for ousting of the VC of Manipur University. Executive members of the student organisations agreed to unanimously support the general strike after holding a public meeting and the same was intimated to media persons at Manipur Press Club today. Addressing media persons, President of Manipuri Students Federation, N. Milan denounced the Government for remaining silent and for not initiating any actions even when the University crisis has completed 49 days. Taking part in the press meet, President of AIMS, Rajesh asserted that MUSU's demand is just and rational. He said, now the 6 organisations will join hands in the movement.
A joint statement of Singjamei to Lilong United Club’s Organisation informed that the organisation also supports the 48-hour General Strike called by MUSU in connection with Manipur University impasse.
Imphal, 17 July 2018 ( Evening News ) : Students were yet again injured during their agitation in demand for dismissal of the VC of Manipur University today. Student protestors under the initiative of Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) burnt the effigies of the Chief Minister, Union HRD Minister and VC of Manipur University in front of Kangla around 2 this afternoon chanting various slogans. Massive force of Manipur Police rushed at the spot to contain the situation. Scuffles ensued as Police personnel tried to arrest the agitating students. The irate students then ran toward the CM's Bungalow and stormed the Bungalow. As soon as the agitating students reached the gate of CM's Bungalow, they started pulling away the police barricade and chanted various slogans. Police personnel posted on duty at the site tried to drive the students away but the situation was very tense and hence resorted to lathi charge. Police personnel also detained some students including a girl student and drove the other protesting students away from the bungalow. Few minutes later, the students returned again after reaching the bungalow’s turning point. The police personnel then detained the crowd and urged them to leave the place. The student protestors did not give in to the request and continued to agitate chanting various slogans to defend students' rights and condemning the manhandling the protesting students by Police personnel. Later, massive police force was deployed to finally contain the situation.
Imphal, 14 July 2018 ( Evening News ) :Father of Archana Hijam, 4th ranker in the recently declared BOSEM’s class 10 examination-2018, Hijam Ranjitkumar has refuted the media statement made by Chairman of BOSEM. Briefing media persons at Manipur Press Club, today, Ranjitkumar termed the media clarification which stated that understanding has been reached with the family members of Archana Hijam regarding the alleged allocation of lesser marks during a meeting as baseless. He said, a meeting was held in the Education Minister’s chamber attended by subject experts, guardian of the student and head examiner, however, the student’s party was unhappy with how the meeting was proceeding and hence left the meeting half way without reaching any agreement or understanding. Ranjitkumar termed it unfortunate that the Chairman of BOSEM took undue advantage of the said meeting to spread false information on media that an understanding has been reached regarding the matter. He also expressed disappointment that the Education Minister did not try to boost the morale of the student’s party even though he assured to set up an enquiry committee to probe the case.
On the other hand, Manipur Students Federation (MSF) in a press release informed that, the organisation has found that 14 marks were deducted from the total score of a student who was supposed to secure position and that a student who was earlier declared fail have passed in 1st Division in the Class 10 board examination 2018 conducted by BOSEM. The organisation said that 14 marks were deducted from Pariton Langpoklakpam, a student of Nongpok Maheikol and Chingakham Chingdrenkhomba Meitei, Student of Halley English School was declared fail by awarding 7 marks instead of 27. MSF also questioned the Government , on what ground a person who have never worked at BOSEM was appointed as its Secretary.
CLP leader, Okram Ibobi urges government for re-survey and re-demarcation of border area as per 1967 agreement signed
Imphal, 09 July 2018 ( Evening News ) : Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee has asserted that the Indo-Myanmar International boundary issue at Kwatha Khunnou can only be resolved when re-survey and re-demarcation are carried out as per the agreement signed between the Governments of the two Nations on March 10, 1967. The Party appealed to make representatives of the State Government and villagers on the border area participate in the boundary demarcation and field verification to be carried out in Manipur Sector. Speaking to media persons at Congress Bhavan, BT Road today, leader of Congress Legislature Party, Okram Ibobi said, the Congress party stands firm that the territorial integrity of the State can never be compromised. He appealed to the Present State Government to resurvey the border area along with the villagers and that it will be a right step to demarcate the boundary when it is clear that not even a single inch of land is lost. He mentioned that representatives of former Congress Government including himself and Dr. Suresh Babu who was then Additional Secretary Home, held several meetings with representatives of the Ministry of External Affairs and Survey General of India on Indo-Myanmar border issue. Ibobi recalled that the boundary fencing of 10 kilometre stretch of the Indo-Myanmar was put on halt after some CSOs raised complaints on land encroachment by Myanmar.
MU stir likely to intensify as students, teachers and staff of the University launch relay hunger strike today
Imphal, 09 July 2018 ( Evening News ) : MUSU, MUSA and MUTA are all set to intensify their agitation in demand for the ousting of the Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University. Relay hunger strike as part of their ongoing agitation was launched by students, teachers and staff of the University at MU Main Gate today. MUSU has strongly warned the BJP led government to stop political blame games and resolve the University impasse at the earliest failing which MUSU reiterate to undertake intense agitations along with students and CSOs of the state. President of MUSU, Mayanglangbam Dayaman strongly condemned the Central Government for ignoring the 40-day old demand to oust the inefficient Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University, Pof. Anya Prasad Pandey. He termed the indifference as suppression of the state. Dayaman asserted that students' career lives are at stake due to the prevailing crises of the University, however, the Government instead of trying to improve the situation and save the students, it is trying to defend the Vice-Chancellor. MUSU maintained that suspicions of conspiracy to malign the image of the agitating students and teachers of the University cannot be ruled out when some miscreants set fire in the University campus at the wake of such crises. He warned of any such conspiracy and called on the Central and State Government to bear any negative consequences. Condemning the state government for not taking any substantial measures to resolve the university crises, Dayaman asserted that MUSU will not withdraw its agitation until it's demand is met.
Imphal, 06 July 2018 ( Evening News ) : Health Minister L. Jayantakumar has assured that the vision of flying doctors and air ambulance in the state will soon be a reality by this year. The health minister made the statement during his visit in Ukhrul District for inaugurating the newly constructed Primary Health Sub Centre of Ngainga Village and also to lay the foundation stone for the construction of a Community Health Centre of Somdal Village. Minister Jayantakumar asserted that the air ambulance service will be able to bridge the gap between doctors and people in the hilly and remote areas. He maintained that the Health Department aims to utilise helicopter facility to bring super specialist doctors in remote areas and provide medical treatment and even conduct medical operations. Minister Jayentakumar gave the assurance to put in best efforts to fill up any lags in the health sector of Ukhrul District by providing all the necessary medical infrastructure in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Superintendent of the district. The Health Minister further assured that the Government is putting all out efforts to make available adequate Primary health Centres, Primary Health Sub-Centres and Community Health Centres in the district.
Speaking exclusively to media persons, CMO of Ukhrul District, Dr. A.S Kapangring lamented that majority of the PHC and PHSC in Ukhrul District are non functional. He expressed that inconveniences are being faced by the people due to the incomplete infrastructure of Primary Health Centres and Primary Health Sub-Centres entrusted by the Government. Speaking further, he also highlighted that lack of proper roadways serve hindrance in providing necessary health care facility to people in the interior villages of the District. He stressed the need to maintain proper roadways as well as ambulance service to facilitate health care opportunities. The CMO urged to the relevant authorities to do the needful.
Imphal, 06 July 2018 ( Evening News ) : All India Students’ Federation (AISF), Manipur State Council held a discussion meet at Manipur Press Club today in relation to the ongoing upheavals at Manipur University. Presiding the discussion meet, Retired Professor, Naorem Joykumar called on to settle the burning issue of Manipur University without further delay. He asserted, there must be a strong reason to justify the strong allegations made against Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey by the students, teachers and other student organisations and urged to the VC to comply to their demands. He maintained that Manipur University plays a significant role in moulding the future of the state and that perpetual chaos in the university will lead to complete decimation of the society. Expressing discontentment at the lack of response from the State and the Central Government on the matter, the retired professor reiterated that silence will not solve the prevailing issue. Academicians, students and representatives of various organisations of the state took part in the discussion meet and expressed their opinion. They asserted that the prolonged issue at the University is affecting the students' career lives and hence urged to the Government and relevant authorities to oust the VC from his post and resolve the crisis at the earliest.
Imphal, 03 July 2018 ( Evening News ) : The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee delegates today met with the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind and submitted a memorandum on the prevailing issues of Manipur. Treasurer of MPCC and MLA Sugnu, K. Ranjit intimated Impact news over a telephonic conversation that the 13 member Congress delegates including MP Dr T Meina, MP Thangso Baitey and former Deputy Chief minister Gaikhangam met with the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan around 11 this morning. The Congress delegates submitted a memorandum on various issues of the state including Border Pillar issue, Indo-Naga framework agreement, Citizenship Amendment Bill-2016, and prevailing crises in Manipur university to the President of the Country. The Congress team intimated the President in-depth on the prevailing upheavals at Manipur University where normal academic atmosphere has been badly affected, deans and Head of Departments have resigned, classes are on halt etc. President after listening attentively to their grievances responded that career lives of the students should not be affected and assured of efforts to resolve the University impasse at the earliest.