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Manipur HSLC Exam results declared

Class 10 Exam 2022 Results Out, COVID-19 Positive Cases Increases, Security Beefed at Moreh Following Killings, Bodies of 12 Victims Still Missing

Manipur Board Class 10 Exam 2022 Results Out

The results of High School Leaving Certificate Examination 2022 (Class 10) conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BOSEM) was declared on July 8. The total pass percentage of the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination was 76 per cent.

The HSLC Exam 2022 results were announced in the presence of Manipur Education Minister Thounaojam Basanta Kumar and officials of BOSEM at BOSEM Conference Hall in Imphal. BoSEM conducted the Class-10 board examination 2022 from April 5 to May 11, 2022 in 192 centres across the state.

Altogether 39,233 candidates, including 20,087 boys and 19,146 girls, appeared in the HSLC Examination 2022. Of them, 29,814 students cleared the examination. In all, 20,393 students got first division, 9,153 got second and 268 students got third division.

A total of 8,306 students who appeared for the Class 10 examination were from government schools, 1,611 from aided schools while 29,316 students were from private-run schools in the state.

Girl students outshine boys yet again in the HSLC Examination 2022 conducted by the BOSEM and all 25 toppers mentioned in the official list are students from private and aided schools, according to the official sources. While the total pass percentage was 76 per cent, the pass percentage of boys was 76.11 per cent and that of girls was 76.46 per cent.

“No students from government schools are among the toppers,” Education Minister Thounaojam Basanta said while addressing the media on the sidelines of the announcement of the results, reports added.

The first position was secured by Rahul Laishram of Catholic School, Canchipur with 586 marks. Nongmaithem Dhanajeet of Heritage Convent, Uripok and Tanishq Tongbram of Heritage Convent, Uripok who shared second position with 585 marks each.

While Menaka Huidrom of Eureka Academy, Thounaojam and Jesia Khwairakpam of Ratankumar Memorial School, Kwakeithel Heinoukhongnembi shared the third position with 584 marks.

COVID-19 Positive Cases Increases

In view of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren on July 4 reviewed the overall COVID-19 situation in Manipur and said that the state government is taking up all necessary precaution to prevent any breakout.

The Chief Minister held a review meeting in Imphal and pointed out that a total of 37 cases have been registered in the past seven days between the last days of June and beginning of July.

“Reviewed the overall Covid-19 situation in the state. A total of 37 cases have been registered in the past seven days. With Covid cases rising in other states, we are taking up all necessary precaution to prevent any breakout,” Biren tweeted.

Meanwhile, the State Health Department instructed JNIMS, RIMS and all the district hospitals to arrange enough bed in Covid wards.

Security Beefed Up at Moreh
People in Moreh protests against the killing of two Tamils from Moreh at Tamu in Myanmar

Security has been beefed up in and around Moreh along the Indo-Myanmar border, as reports circulated on social media on July 7 say the bodies of the two Tamil persons from Manipur’s Moreh shot dead at Tamu town in Myanmar’s Sagaing Region has been disposed of.

When Indian authorities claimed that they are communicating with Myanmarese counterparts to bring back bodies of two Tamil youths who were gunned down at Tamu Town in Sagaing Region on the Indo-Myanmar Border on July 5, Myanmar Military Council Information Deputy Minister General Zaw Min Htun on July 8 said that two bodies suspected to be two Tamil youths were declared unclaimed and disposed of.

Two Tamil youths identified as L. Mohon, 28, son of late Perumal and M Iyanar, 35, son of late Murga, both from Moreh Town in Manipur’s Tengnopal District, were gunned down near School No.4 at Saw Bwar Inn Ward in Tamu Town, Sagaing Region on the Indo-Myanmar Border around 1 pm on July 5, reports said.

Bodies of 12 Victims Still Missing

As on July 8, altogether 12 bodies out of those believed to be buried in the debris of the massive landslide of Marangching at Makhuam village in Noney district where Tupul Railway Station is constructed remain untraceable.

The rescue and search teams were unable to recover any body on the ninth day of the ongoing operation. So far 49 bodies have been recovered and 18 were rescued alive out of 79 affected by the landslide. It is also said that the bones recovered on July 6 have not been counted as a body buried due to the landslide. The officials maintained that body identification has become increasingly difficult due to tissue disorientation. Besides, finding missing bodies is also increasingly difficult as the ability to trace decreases with depth, reports added.

CM for Necessary Action to Save Forest

Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren while speaking to media on July 7 at a tree plantation programme conducted at Eshingchaibi area of Nongmaiching Reserved Forest in connection with the celebration of 73rd Van Mahotsav 2022 said the state government is committed to saving forests and water bodies and there will be no compromise in undertaking the effort.

Chief Minister said with the commemoration of 75 years of India’s Independence, the Van Mahotsav is organised across the country. For the state, the government is targeting to plant 75 lakhs tree saplings by the end of August.

CM Nongthombam Biren said the present BJP-led government will prioritise saving reserved forest, protected forest and water bodies and the government will not compromise. Eviction process will continue against illegal encroachers at reserved forest, protected forest and near water bodies. The government will take necessary action without favouritism, nepotism or political benefit. The impact of deforestation can be witnessed in the recent landslide that occurred at Tupul, he added.

EEVFAM and HRA Welcome Judgment

The Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) and the Human Rights Alert (HRA) have welcomed the July 4 judgement of the Session Judge (Imphal West) Manipur in the Pheiroijam Sanajit killing case.

The release issued by EEVFAM and HRA stated that the judgment was pronounced following a revision petition filed by the Union Defence Ministry challenging the order of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West seeking a reference for clarification and guidance of the Manipur High Court on 10 seminal questions pertaining to the issue of prosecution sanction.

It will be significant to know the 10 seminal questions which are quoted in the statement issued by the EEVFAM and HRA.

  1. Whether the Defence Ministry can deny the grant of prosecution sanction against the accused persons (who are defence personnel) despite the fact the CBI found a strong prima facie material evidence for commission of serious offences punishable under Section 302/342/201 read with Section 34 IPC by the accused persons?
  2. Whether, at this stage, the Defence Ministry is empowered to project a fact situation contrary to the prima facie findings of the CBI (which is the investigating agency specially entrusted by the Apex Court in this regard)? In other words, can the Defence Ministry at this stage project a fact situation thereby indicating that the prima facie findings of CBI against the accused persons are all wrong and that the victim Pheiroijam Sanajit was killed by the accused persons in an ambush during the course of official duty in lawful exercise of the powers conferred by law?
  3. Can the Defence Ministry take the role of investigating agency in the present case at the present stage of the case?
  4. Whether the detailed and reasoned order dated December 2, 2019 passed by the Defence Ministry, asserting that Sanajit was killed by the accused persons in an ambush during the course of official duty in lawful exercise of the powers conferred by law, is legally tenable?
  5. Whether the benefit/protection of Section 6 of AFSPA can be extended in all given situations, including blatant abuse or misuse of official position by defence personnel?
  6. Will a defence personnel get the protection of Section 6 of AFSPA even in such a given situation, for instance, where he (defence Personnel) keeps on firing/killing all passers-by without any reason while he (defence personnel) is on patrolling/during official duty?
  7. Whether the act of killing Sanajit by the accused persons be considered as an act done during the course of official duty in lawful exercise of the powers conferred by law in the light of the prima facie findings of the CBI?
  8. Whether the accused persons be given protection under Section 6 of AFSPA even in cases where re-investigation was done by the CBI on the specific instruction/direction of Supreme Court of India?
  9. Whether prosecution sanction is required, as per law, in case of the Accused No 1 namely Girish Nair, the then Major, 19 Rajput (Bikaner) who is now retired from service?
  10. Whether the victim’s family, EEVFAM has a right to file protest petition in the given fact situation of denial of prosecution sanction by the Defence Ministry?

It is revealed that the then district and session, Manipur East submitted the Judicial Enquiry Report (JER), dated July 31, 2017 to the Gauhati High Court (Imphal Bench) in connection with the killing of Sanajit. The High Court (then Gauhati High Court, Imphal Bench) on finding material substance against the accused persons passed an order on July 29, 2011, thereby awarded a sum of Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the wife of deceased P Sanajit.

Now the question is: “Will the proceeding of the present case remain stagnant or futile exercise or empty formality even after aforesaid finding of Judicial Enquiry and subsequent award by the High Court on the ground of denial of prosecution sanction against the accused persons?

“Will the court have the power to take cognizance of the present case even in the face of denial of prosecution sanction by the competent authority?”, asked the release.

Protestors Demand Release of Man Arrested Without Arrest Memo

Joint Meira Paibi of Chanam Santrok Makha Leikai and Awang Leikai demonstrated a one day sit-in-protest on July 8 at the Community Hall of Chanam Santrok in Imphal East district, decrying the arrest of a person by a team Imphal East district commando.

Reports said that one Koijam Inaobi was picked up by a team of commando, Imphal East district around 10 am on July 7. While he was picked up by the commando team, no arrest memo was issued to the family members and the reason for the arrest was also not disclosed.

Inaobi was a member of an insurgent group. However, he surrendered himself to the government around 30 years ago in order to live a normal life in the society. Since then, he has been providing passenger service by driving an auto rickshaw for nearly 30 years, reports added.

Push for Manipuri Language in India’s Classical Languages

Manipur is all set for a renewed push towards Manipuri language achieving the status of classical language of India. A roadmap with a timeline has been prepared to collect and prepare necessary documents and papers and submit them to the Ministry of Culture by September.

Reports said the development came after Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren chaired a meeting with the Committee for Declaration of Manipuri Language as a classical language to chalk out a roadmap and timeline for initiating necessary steps in this regard on July 7.

The committee was constituted in 2018 but remained inoperative. The movement for recognizing Manipuri as a classical language began in 2013, yet there has been a gap in the follow up actions.

It may be mentioned that a new push is given after the Manipur’s lone Rajya Sabha MP Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba raised the issue in Indian Parliament on September 22, 2020.

Presently, six languages of India, namely Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit, Kannada, Malayalam and Odia have been granted classical language status.

MU to Introduce Certificate Courses for Manipuri Dialects and Sanskrit

Manipur University’s Academic Council in its 19th meeting held on May 31, 2022 has resolved under Resolution No. 8 to start Certificate/Add on Programme in Sanskrit and Manipuri dialects such as Tangkhul, Kabui, Mao, Paite, Thadou, Hmar, etc, an order of the Registrar of Manipur University issued on June 22 said.

CPI to Struggle for Statue upkeep

The first day of the 23rd State Conference of the CPI Manipur State Council resolved to struggle for the rights of the people guaranteed by the Indian Constitution as a revolutionary political party.

Reports said the state conference, which was conducted as a calendar democratic process of the CPI, was started from July 8 at the Irawat Memorial Hall in Lamlai, Imphal East and will continue till July 10.

“It is not the time to remain silent against the drastic and communal rule of the BJP which totally suppressed democracy and focuses on privatisation for some vested interest,” said State Secretary of CPI Manipur State Council L Sotinkumar while speaking to the media on the sideline of the conference, reports added.


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