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World Boxing Champion Mary Kom urges PM Narendra Modi to intervene and resolve Manipur Crisis

The blockade has disrupted the normal life in Manipur with scarcity of essential goods being a major concern

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The Indian Boxer, Mary Kom calls on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on January 28, 2015. Wikimedia
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New Delhi, Dec 22, 2016: Recently Manipur is undergoing an economic blockade which prompted the five-time world champion boxer and Rajya Sabha MP M C Mary Kom to urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and resolve the crisis.

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The blockade is in response to the state government’s decision to form seven new districts. It is imposed by United Naga Council. The UNC claims the districts in the Naga-dominated hill areas will affect land holdings of Naga tribes settled in these areas, mentioned PTI.

Apart from the violence that has become the order of the day after the blockade, this has also disrupted the normal life in Manipur with the scarcity of essential goods being a major concern. The blockade has surpassed 50 days.

In a letter to PM Modi, Mary Kom, an Olympic bronze-medallist, urged him to try and resolve the issue at the earliest. “It is to bring to your notice that the state of Manipur is going through the toughest of time with unrest situation.”

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Her letter to PM Narendra Modi bore deep concern regarding the seriousness of the matter. She wrote,  “The whole section of communities, both in hills and valley, residing in Manipur are suffering due to the economic blockade and counter-blockade and have now turned into ugly consequences of greater destruction and if not intervened in time, there are possibilities of untoward happenings and the people are so insecure.”

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She also said “irrespective of the causes and reasons, I strongly recommend and request you to consider this prevailing situation in Manipur a serious matter and kindly intervene at the earliest for peaceful solution and the state be brought back to normalcy. This act will remain a great achievement and the people will remain in owe towards your kind intervention.”

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Witnessing Violence in Schools May Affect Kids’ Grades

The effect was the same for hidden or veiled violence, which included theft and vandalism

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Impact of violence in the neighborhood, on children. Pixabay

Witnessing violence in high school may lead to emotional distress among children and affect their academic performance later, suggests a new research.

The findings, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, suggest that schools should seek to empower bystander students who are not directly involved in acts of school violence, rather than giving them messages to stay uninvolved.

For the study, the researchers statistically tested the relationship between witnessing school violence in Grade 8 and subsequent anti-social behaviour (drug use, delinquency), emotional distress (social anxiety, depressive symptoms), and academic adjustment (school achievement, engagement) in Grade 10.

The research involved nearly 4,000 high-school students in Canada.

“There were several take-home messages. First, witnessing school violence in Grade 8 predicted later impairment at Grade 10. Second, bystander effects were very similar to being victimized by violence directly,” said study co-author Linda Pagani, Professor at University of Montreal in Canada.

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The researchers examined different forms of violence and established the fact that witnessing major violence including physical assaults or carrying weapons is associated with drug use and delinquency later.

The effect was the same for hidden or veiled violence, which included theft and vandalism.

Witnessing minor violence (threats and insults) resulted in an increase in drug use, social anxiety, depressive symptoms, and decrease in engagement and participation at school, the findings showed.

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“Most students reported witnessing violence. It is clear that approaches to prevention and intervention should include witnesses as well victims and perpetrators and target all forms of school violence,” Michel Janosz of University of Montreal said.

“Supportive family and community relationships also prevent emotional desensitisation to violence which contribute to aggressive behaviour in youth,” Janosz said. (IANS)