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Save Loktak lake campaign at PuneE-Pao.netImphal, February 28 2011: With firm determination to save Loktak Lake – lifeline of Manipur, the third phase of Worldwide Save Loktak Lake Campaign was successfully held in Pune on February 28.The campaign was …

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Imphal, February 28 2011: With firm determination to save Loktak Lake – lifeline of Manipur, the third phase of Worldwide Save Loktak Lake Campaign was successfully held in Pune on February 28.The campaign was organised at the seminar hall of Nowrosjee

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Union Budget 2011-12: Don’t forget the people, but wisely

Amar Yumnam IMPHAL, Feb 28: The general elections are round the corner. In a democracy and its elections, what counts are the votes cast by an individual irrespective of age,… Read more »

Amar Yumnam

IMPHAL, Feb 28: The general elections are round the corner. In a democracy and its elections, what counts are the votes cast by an individual irrespective of age, caste, class, region or education. This dictum has been very wisely adopted in the Union Budget presented by the India`s Finance Minister on Monday. In other words, in this latest edition of the union budget, the approach is rather of the neoclassical wherein the interests of the individual agents in the economy are addressed rather than of the classical one which calls for grand designs for the economy as a whole.

There are four aspects from which I would try to evaluate the latest budget. First is the case of inflation. Second, we have the issue of lack of accountability and corruption in the governance of the country. Third, we need to look at how the budget addresses the issues of the North Eastern Region. Fourth, we have the forthcoming general elections. Let me give my take on all these four issues now.

Coming to inflation, we would have expected a very frank and directed approach in this regard. The inflation we experienced in 2008-09 was mainly because of international factors of high food and fuel prices. This was satisfactorily taken care of. But soon after this we started experiencing the current phase of inflation due to domestic reasons of rising food prices. While this is being attempted to put under control, the world now sees the emergence of another round of rising fuel prices consequent upon the Jasmine Revolt in Tunisia and the aftermaths in Egypt, Libya and others. This is coupling the already high food prices at the global level. All these factors would certainly have an unfavourable impact on prices in the country. The budget is completely silent on this aspect. Maybe with the elections getting near, the government does not wish to alarm the people on any issue, or otherwise these are conditions favourable enough for governments to push ahead with strong measures.

The last few months have witnessed the increasing exposure of corruption and corruptibility in the governance of the country. Naturally the whole world expected that the government would come up with certain tough and innovative measures to address this menace, particularly because the entire prestige of the country has been terribly compromised. But the government thinks otherwise, or particularly at this time of democracy, it feels it should rather leave the responsibility of taking care of this to the next government whatsoever. At at least three places, the Finance Minister does display absolute understanding of the issues involved, but when it comes to the remedial measures he has sought time by appointing committees.

When it comes to our region, the budget has nothing specific about it. The special assistance being promised for the next fiscal year would of course go a long way in meeting the election expenses of the ruling party. The Untied Special Central Assistance would be of extreme use in this regard.

Lastly, we need to examine how the budget attempts to meet the interests of the people. The Finance Ministry must definitely have burnt the midnight oil in order to identify the different cross-sections of the population in the country and their varied needs. The budget has definitely attempted to put in place one scheme or the other for every category of the population of the country and with benefits to be delivered at the level of the individual. This is where the ingenuity of the budget lies. Unlike the earlier pre-election budgets, it does not show a picture of populism in as much as it is. It tries to portray these as inclusive development schemes. The problem here is of course would be how is the government going to ensure that these do reach the population group being targeted. Such schemes have been the most convenient ones for the powers that be to siphon-off the funds for their own personal aggrandisement. With the governance issue being skirted for the time, the fear still remains strong. This is particularly surprising as well, as the pre-budget Economic Survey itself had acknowledged the World Bank ranking of India as one of the worst countries to do business with in so far as the quality of administration is concerned.

Union Budget 2011-12: Don’t forget the people, but wisely

Amar Yumnam IMPHAL, Feb 28: The general elections are round the corner. In a democracy and its elections, what counts are the votes cast by an individual irrespective of age,… Read more »

Amar Yumnam

IMPHAL, Feb 28: The general elections are round the corner. In a democracy and its elections, what counts are the votes cast by an individual irrespective of age, caste, class, region or education. This dictum has been very wisely adopted in the Union Budget presented by the India`s Finance Minister on Monday. In other words, in this latest edition of the union budget, the approach is rather of the neoclassical wherein the interests of the individual agents in the economy are addressed rather than of the classical one which calls for grand designs for the economy as a whole.

There are four aspects from which I would try to evaluate the latest budget. First is the case of inflation. Second, we have the issue of lack of accountability and corruption in the governance of the country. Third, we need to look at how the budget addresses the issues of the North Eastern Region. Fourth, we have the forthcoming general elections. Let me give my take on all these four issues now.

Coming to inflation, we would have expected a very frank and directed approach in this regard. The inflation we experienced in 2008-09 was mainly because of international factors of high food and fuel prices. This was satisfactorily taken care of. But soon after this we started experiencing the current phase of inflation due to domestic reasons of rising food prices. While this is being attempted to put under control, the world now sees the emergence of another round of rising fuel prices consequent upon the Jasmine Revolt in Tunisia and the aftermaths in Egypt, Libya and others. This is coupling the already high food prices at the global level. All these factors would certainly have an unfavourable impact on prices in the country. The budget is completely silent on this aspect. Maybe with the elections getting near, the government does not wish to alarm the people on any issue, or otherwise these are conditions favourable enough for governments to push ahead with strong measures.

The last few months have witnessed the increasing exposure of corruption and corruptibility in the governance of the country. Naturally the whole world expected that the government would come up with certain tough and innovative measures to address this menace, particularly because the entire prestige of the country has been terribly compromised. But the government thinks otherwise, or particularly at this time of democracy, it feels it should rather leave the responsibility of taking care of this to the next government whatsoever. At at least three places, the Finance Minister does display absolute understanding of the issues involved, but when it comes to the remedial measures he has sought time by appointing committees.

When it comes to our region, the budget has nothing specific about it. The special assistance being promised for the next fiscal year would of course go a long way in meeting the election expenses of the ruling party. The Untied Special Central Assistance would be of extreme use in this regard.

Lastly, we need to examine how the budget attempts to meet the interests of the people. The Finance Ministry must definitely have burnt the midnight oil in order to identify the different cross-sections of the population in the country and their varied needs. The budget has definitely attempted to put in place one scheme or the other for every category of the population of the country and with benefits to be delivered at the level of the individual. This is where the ingenuity of the budget lies. Unlike the earlier pre-election budgets, it does not show a picture of populism in as much as it is. It tries to portray these as inclusive development schemes. The problem here is of course would be how is the government going to ensure that these do reach the population group being targeted. Such schemes have been the most convenient ones for the powers that be to siphon-off the funds for their own personal aggrandisement. With the governance issue being skirted for the time, the fear still remains strong. This is particularly surprising as well, as the pre-budget Economic Survey itself had acknowledged the World Bank ranking of India as one of the worst countries to do business with in so far as the quality of administration is concerned.

National Science Day

IMPHAL Feb 28: The National Science Day 2011 as observed throughout the Nation was observed by the Socail Economic and Environmental Development Organization (SEEDO) at Takyel Khonbal today. The function… Read more »

IMPHAL Feb 28: The National Science Day 2011 as observed throughout the Nation was observed by the Socail Economic and Environmental Development Organization (SEEDO) at Takyel Khonbal today. The function was jointly organized by SEEDO Innovators Science Club (SISC) and SEEDO Science Club(SSC) at the Office hall of the organization.
National Youth Awardee T Romen Meitei ,Assistant secretary of SEEDO Sanayai Devi and socail worker Mangolnganbi Devi were the chief guest, president and guest of honor at the function respectively.

National Science Day

IMPHAL Feb 28: The National Science Day 2011 as observed throughout the Nation was observed by the Socail Economic and Environmental Development Organization (SEEDO) at Takyel Khonbal today. The function… Read more »

IMPHAL Feb 28: The National Science Day 2011 as observed throughout the Nation was observed by the Socail Economic and Environmental Development Organization (SEEDO) at Takyel Khonbal today. The function was jointly organized by SEEDO Innovators Science Club (SISC) and SEEDO Science Club(SSC) at the Office hall of the organization.
National Youth Awardee T Romen Meitei ,Assistant secretary of SEEDO Sanayai Devi and socail worker Mangolnganbi Devi were the chief guest, president and guest of honor at the function respectively.

UPPK refutes AR claim

IMPHAL Feb 28: United People`s Party of Kangleipak (UPPK) in a press release signed by the outfit`s secretary in charge of information and publicity, Khuman Laishramcha has denied the news… Read more »

IMPHAL Feb 28: United People`s Party of Kangleipak (UPPK) in a press release signed by the outfit`s secretary in charge of information and publicity, Khuman Laishramcha has denied the news report stating that AR has arrested two cadres of the outfit on February 26.
It stated that the 39 AR on February 26 claimed to have arrested two cadres of the outfit,namely Santrok Aten Kom ,25,resident of Maibung Khul of Imphal West and Aseibam Tomcha,36,of Maibung Khul. Both persons are not cadres of the outfit or its armed wing the KPA,the release alleged that implicating innocent civilians in relation with underground outfits is not a new polcy of the security forces and the public knows well. It further state that if the allegation of the AR is indeed true, it should be clarified on the particulars of the arrested duo and provide information like their army number and batch number are.

UPPK refutes AR claim

IMPHAL Feb 28: United People`s Party of Kangleipak (UPPK) in a press release signed by the outfit`s secretary in charge of information and publicity, Khuman Laishramcha has denied the news… Read more »

IMPHAL Feb 28: United People`s Party of Kangleipak (UPPK) in a press release signed by the outfit`s secretary in charge of information and publicity, Khuman Laishramcha has denied the news report stating that AR has arrested two cadres of the outfit on February 26.
It stated that the 39 AR on February 26 claimed to have arrested two cadres of the outfit,namely Santrok Aten Kom ,25,resident of Maibung Khul of Imphal West and Aseibam Tomcha,36,of Maibung Khul. Both persons are not cadres of the outfit or its armed wing the KPA,the release alleged that implicating innocent civilians in relation with underground outfits is not a new polcy of the security forces and the public knows well. It further state that if the allegation of the AR is indeed true, it should be clarified on the particulars of the arrested duo and provide information like their army number and batch number are.

Army helps snakebite victim

IMPHAL 28 Feb: A patient of snakebite was treated by 12 MARATHA LI today evening. The victim identified as Suresh Yumnam (25), Waheng Khuman of Bishnupur district was bitten by… Read more »

IMPHAL 28 Feb: A patient of snakebite was treated by 12 MARATHA LI today evening. The victim identified as Suresh Yumnam (25), Waheng Khuman of Bishnupur district was bitten by a viper while working in a paddy field. He was later taken to 12 MARATHA LI for treatment . The individual was administred life saving antisnake venom therapy by the unit`s medical officer and paramedical staff and was sent back home after 5 hours of observation post treatment,a press release said.

Army helps snakebite victim

IMPHAL 28 Feb: A patient of snakebite was treated by 12 MARATHA LI today evening. The victim identified as Suresh Yumnam (25), Waheng Khuman of Bishnupur district was bitten by… Read more »

IMPHAL 28 Feb: A patient of snakebite was treated by 12 MARATHA LI today evening. The victim identified as Suresh Yumnam (25), Waheng Khuman of Bishnupur district was bitten by a viper while working in a paddy field. He was later taken to 12 MARATHA LI for treatment . The individual was administred life saving antisnake venom therapy by the unit`s medical officer and paramedical staff and was sent back home after 5 hours of observation post treatment,a press release said.

Grenade recovered

IMPHAL, Feb 28: Police retrieved a hand grenade which was found at Thangal Bazar, near the SS hotel this morning at around 7:30 am. The bomb was found near a… Read more »

IMPHAL, Feb 28: Police retrieved a hand grenade which was found at Thangal Bazar, near the SS hotel this morning at around 7:30 am.
The bomb was found near a bridge connecting Nagamapal with Thangal Bazar near the SS hotel.
Reports said that the bomb was found without the detonator and is speculated to be an old bomb.

Grenade recovered

IMPHAL, Feb 28: Police retrieved a hand grenade which was found at Thangal Bazar, near the SS hotel this morning at around 7:30 am. The bomb was found near a… Read more »

IMPHAL, Feb 28: Police retrieved a hand grenade which was found at Thangal Bazar, near the SS hotel this morning at around 7:30 am.
The bomb was found near a bridge connecting Nagamapal with Thangal Bazar near the SS hotel.
Reports said that the bomb was found without the detonator and is speculated to be an old bomb.

Cultural Fest

IMPHAL, Feb 28: A one-day district level cultural festival was organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra today at Khuman Lampak Youth Hostel, Imphal. The festival was graced by Ch Shantikumar, deputy… Read more »

IMPHAL, Feb 28: A one-day district level cultural festival was organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra today at Khuman Lampak Youth Hostel, Imphal.
The festival was graced by Ch Shantikumar, deputy director of Youth Affairs and Sports, and Guru Thiyam Surjamukhi as the chief guest and president respectively.

Cultural Fest

IMPHAL, Feb 28: A one-day district level cultural festival was organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra today at Khuman Lampak Youth Hostel, Imphal. The festival was graced by Ch Shantikumar, deputy… Read more »

IMPHAL, Feb 28: A one-day district level cultural festival was organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra today at Khuman Lampak Youth Hostel, Imphal.
The festival was graced by Ch Shantikumar, deputy director of Youth Affairs and Sports, and Guru Thiyam Surjamukhi as the chief guest and president respectively.

Pay hike for Anganwadi Workers and Helpers

IMPHAL Feb 28 (PIB): The Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the Union Budget for 2011-12 has announced that the remuneration of Anganwadi workers and Anganwadi helpers who… Read more »

IMPHAL Feb 28 (PIB): The Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the Union Budget for 2011-12 has announced that the remuneration of Anganwadi workers and Anganwadi helpers who are the backbone of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme are being enhanced from April 1, 2011 onwards. He said that the remuneration for Anganwadi workers would be increased from Rs.1,500 per month to Rs.3,000 per month and for Angnwadi helpers from Rs.750 per month to Rs.1,500 per month.
The Finance Minister pointed out that around 22 lakh Anganwadi workers and helpers would benefit from this increase which is inclusive for the Anganwadi workers and  helpers of the state.

Pay hike for Anganwadi Workers and Helpers

IMPHAL Feb 28 (PIB): The Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the Union Budget for 2011-12 has announced that the remuneration of Anganwadi workers and Anganwadi helpers who… Read more »

IMPHAL Feb 28 (PIB): The Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the Union Budget for 2011-12 has announced that the remuneration of Anganwadi workers and Anganwadi helpers who are the backbone of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme are being enhanced from April 1, 2011 onwards. He said that the remuneration for Anganwadi workers would be increased from Rs.1,500 per month to Rs.3,000 per month and for Angnwadi helpers from Rs.750 per month to Rs.1,500 per month.
The Finance Minister pointed out that around 22 lakh Anganwadi workers and helpers would benefit from this increase which is inclusive for the Anganwadi workers and  helpers of the state.

44th GB held

IMPHAL Feb 28: The 44th General Body meeting of the Manipur Electricity Employees Union was held at Keisampat Electricity head office today.The GB was presided by MANITRON chairman Kh Ratankumar… Read more »

IMPHAL Feb 28: The 44th General Body meeting of the Manipur Electricity Employees Union was held at Keisampat Electricity head office today.The GB was presided by MANITRON chairman Kh Ratankumar and 16 new officials of the union was selected today, apress release by S Ibomcha,publicity secretary of the Union states.

44th GB held

IMPHAL Feb 28: The 44th General Body meeting of the Manipur Electricity Employees Union was held at Keisampat Electricity head office today.The GB was presided by MANITRON chairman Kh Ratankumar… Read more »

IMPHAL Feb 28: The 44th General Body meeting of the Manipur Electricity Employees Union was held at Keisampat Electricity head office today.The GB was presided by MANITRON chairman Kh Ratankumar and 16 new officials of the union was selected today, apress release by S Ibomcha,publicity secretary of the Union states.

BJP Mahila Morcha president leaves for New Delhi

IMPHAL Feb 28: National vice president of BJP Mahila Morcha, A Sharda has left the state for New Delhi today to take part in the national office bearers meeting of… Read more »

IMPHAL Feb 28: National vice president of BJP Mahila Morcha, A Sharda has left the state for New Delhi today to take part in the national office bearers meeting of the Mahila Morcha BJP , scheduled to be held on March 1.

A press release by L Basanta , secretary of media affairs of state BJP states that the national VP will visit Gandhi Nagar , Gujarat as an organizational programme for the political party which will be convened by Gujarat Chief Minister ,Narendra Modi. She will be representing the North East region.

In the meantime ,Laishom Karnajit Singh and Ch Keke Singh are nominated as president and General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha ,Singjamei Mandal by the president of the said Mandal, BJP, thje release states.

BJP Mahila Morcha president leaves for New Delhi

IMPHAL Feb 28: National vice president of BJP Mahila Morcha, A Sharda has left the state for New Delhi today to take part in the national office bearers meeting of… Read more »

IMPHAL Feb 28: National vice president of BJP Mahila Morcha, A Sharda has left the state for New Delhi today to take part in the national office bearers meeting of the Mahila Morcha BJP , scheduled to be held on March 1.

A press release by L Basanta , secretary of media affairs of state BJP states that the national VP will visit Gandhi Nagar , Gujarat as an organizational programme for the political party which will be convened by Gujarat Chief Minister ,Narendra Modi. She will be representing the North East region.

In the meantime ,Laishom Karnajit Singh and Ch Keke Singh are nominated as president and General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha ,Singjamei Mandal by the president of the said Mandal, BJP, thje release states.

AR provides assistance to orphanage

IMPHAL Feb 28: Continuing with the endeavor to assist and support social institutions in the state, 40 blankets were donated by Sandhya Krishnan, President of ARWWA HQ IGAR(South) and Major… Read more »

IMPHAL Feb 28: Continuing with the endeavor to assist and support social institutions in the state, 40 blankets were donated by Sandhya Krishnan, President of ARWWA HQ IGAR(South) and Major General CA Krishnan,to children of Kapaar Kachoung Orphanage and Children Education Centre,Kakching Lamkhai in a ceremony organized at the orphanage premises in the presence of children and staff of the orphanage alongwith other civil dignitaries.A PRO(AR) release states that,the Kapaar Kachoung Orphanage and children Education Centre was established in 2004 with an aim to up uplift and educate the orphaned children. The Orphanage is governed by Kapaar Kachoung Development society and headed by Shonmai Saka as Principal. The orphanage accommodates 40 orphaned children including 17 girls and 23 boys from Meitei,Kuki and Naga tribes boarding and studying together.

The IGAR(South) praised the governing body of the orphanage for running a School in the same campus and termed it as a great ray of hope for a bright future of the children. He also assured of providing assistance in future to the institution. The children had organised a small musical program on the occasion.