MNS: The Citizens Concern for Dams and Development, North East Dialogue Forum and Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur co-organized a public meet on “Tipaimukh Dam and Indigenous Peoples Rights” at Manipur Press Club, Imphal on 3 May 2016. The consultation is also organized to discuss visit of the representatives of the National Human Rights […]
MNS: The Citizens Concern for Dams and Development, North East Dialogue Forum and Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur co-organized a public meet on “Tipaimukh Dam and Indigenous Peoples Rights” at Manipur Press Club, Imphal on 3 May 2016. The consultation is also organized to discuss visit of the representatives of the National Human Rights Commission in Imphal on Tipaimukh dam from 3-6 May, 2016 and deliberate on the longstanding concerns of Tipaimukh dam. Mr. Jiten Yumnam, Secretary, Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur presented key note in the consultation. Ashen, People Action for Development, Joseph Hmar, ATSUM, Majabung Gangmei, Speaker, Zeliangrong Baudi, U. Nobokishore, NEDF, Phulindro Konsam, Chairman, and Committee on Human Rights spoke as resource persons.
Joseph Hmar, President, ATSUM shared how Land is life and crucial for indigenous peoples livelihood and survival.The loss incurred by Tipaimukh dam in terms of submergence of peoples land, forest and resources is simply disproportionate to the projected benefits. The aggressive move for Tipaimukh dam construction despite peoples’ objection exposes the ulterior motive of the Government.
Development process should be sustainable and people friendly and be pursued with their consent. Majabung Gangmei, Speaker, Zeliangrong Baudi expressed concern that the aggressive move of the Government of India to build Tipaimukh dam is meant to destroy peoples land and their survival sources. There is underestimation of impacts, especially forest and agriculture land by project proponents. Ashen, Peoples Action for Development shared how the Tipaimukh dam will involve submergence of huge trace of agriculture land and forest in Tamenglong and Churachandpur District.
The Tipaimukh dam will involve felling of 7.8 million trees and 27,000 bamboo columns in Manipur.
Phulindro Konsam of COHR shared how the Tipaimukh dam is anti-people, anti-environment project.
Nobokishore of NEDF stressed the need to promote alternative energies, Solar, Wind, mini hydel etc, instead of large scale and unsustainable development projects such as Tipaimukh dam.
The participants of the consultation on Tipaimukh dam adoptedseveral resolutions, first to appraise the NHRC officials visiting Manipur to meet all communities affected by the Tipaimukh dam project and their representatives. The second resolution affirmed that the 1500 MW Tipaimukh dam should not be built over the Barak River due to its enormous scale of impacts on the flora and fauna, natural heritages of Manipur and the threats to the livelihood, survival and human rights of indigenous peoples depending on Barak River.The Ministry of Environment and Forest should revoke the Environment Clearance for Tipaimukh Dam on 24 October 2008 despite community objections in all the five public hearings.
The resolutions further urged the Government to revoke all MoUs signed on Tipaimukh Dam by the Government of Manipur with NEEPCO, NHPC and SJVNL etc and that the dam Tipaimukh HEP should not be constructed without the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of indigenous peoples, as also recommended by UN CERD committee and UN DRIP, 2007. Further affirms indigenous peoples self-determined rights over our land, forest and resources and to develop and define all development priorities in Manipur as also outlined in the UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007.
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MNS: The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today conferred National film awards for the year 2015 in various categories at the 63rd National Film Awards Function held at Vigyan Bhawan here. Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley and MoS I&B Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore were also present on the occasion. The […]
The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley and the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and the Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Shri Ajay Mittal are also seen in the picture.
MNS: The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today conferred National film awards for the year 2015 in various categories at the 63rd National Film Awards Function held at Vigyan Bhawan here. Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley and MoS I&B Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore were also present on the occasion.
The best film critic award was given to Meghachandra Kongbam who interprets the world of Indian cinema for his readers in Manipuri. This year National Film Awards included a special award given to the state of Gujarat for being the most film friendly state in the Country.
Speaking on the occasion the President said that the Indian Films truly reflected the Indian character of Unity and Diversity. He complimented the composition of Award winners in the National Film Awards which included new comers as well as legends of Indian cinema. He said that the National Film Awards this year reflected all aspects of cinema including digitization and technology.
He further added that with a growing world audience who were attracted towards Indian films and an increasing presence of Indian films at different parts of the world, the overseas market possesses a great potential for the Indian film industry. It was heartening to note that the revenue from overseas theatricals witnessed an increase of 11.5 percent from Rs. 8.6 billion in 2014 to Rs. 9.6 billion in 2015. The President also spoke of the importance of films in context of variety and diversity of India and the important role it played in unifying the Nation.
The President also conferred this year’s Dada Saheb Phalke award to Shri Manoj Kumar.
A total of 21 Awards were given by the President in the Non-Feature film category while the number of awards in Feature Film category being 51.
Read more / Original news source: http://manipurmail.news/2016/05/04/indian-films-truly-reflect-character-of-unity-diversity-president/
Dr Anand Beri, Consultant Psychiatrist in the National health service, UK Depression is a very common illness; about 1 in 5 people become depressed at some point in their lives. Usually everyone feels a bit low in mood occasionally, if this doesn’t last longer than a week or two, and doesn’t interfere too much with […]
Dr Anand Beri, Consultant Psychiatrist in the National health service, UK
Depression is a very common illness; about 1 in 5 people become depressed at some point in their lives.
Usually everyone feels a bit low in mood occasionally, if this doesn’t last longer than a week or two, and doesn’t interfere too much with our lives, then most probably it is not depression. However if your feelings don’t lift after a few days and carry on for weeks or months and start interfering with your life then it is time to consult your doctor.
Symptoms of depression
Feeling low-spirited for much of the time, every day
Getting tearful easily
Feeling numb, empty and full of despair
Feeling isolated and unable to relate to other people
No pleasure in life or things I usually enjoy
Lost interest in sex
Feeling restless and agitated
I am unusually irritable or impatient
A person who is depressed becomes withdrawn and loses interest in hobbies. They may become more forgetful, and find it difficult to focus on the task at hand. They may have lots of guilty feelings and sometimes blame themselves needlessly. The future seems bleak and there may be a loss in confidence.
Some people feel that life is not worth living anymore and may think of suicide. Anxiety which a feelings of unease, worry and fear commonly co occurs with depression.
Causes of Depression
Depression is not a form of weakness. It is an illness which can be caused by traumatic life events, drugs, alcohol, and physicalillness among other things.
What to do about it
Talk to someone- don’t just keep things to yourself, talking to a friend may help you feel better.
Keep physically active- regular exercise helps in lifting your mood and increases your energy levels, it also improves appetite and sleep. Physical activity stimulates endorphins in the brain, which can help you to feel better.
Avoid alcohol; it worsens depression, and stay away from illicit drugs
Eat well- even if you have lost your appetite try and eat a regular healthy diet.
Do things you enjoy to relax, treat yourself and take care of yourself
Try to stop thinking in a negative way – when you think a negative thought try and replace it with a positive one.
Counselling has proven benefit in depression; this will give you a safe space to talk to someone who is especially trained. The counsellor will help you find solutions and teach you healthy coping strategies and to look at the reasons behind your depression. The counsellor can also teach you how to think positively when negative thoughts overwhelm you.
If despite having a positive outlook and doing the above the mood remains low see your doctor.
Medication for depression
Certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters are associated with depression — particularly serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. Most antidepressants relieve depression by affecting these neurotransmitters.
While antidepressants can treat the symptoms of depression, most people benefit from taking antidepressants to some degree. Antidepressants may need to be taken for several weeks before benefit is seen and need to be continued for many months after you start feeling better.
Antidepressants can have side effects such as feeling agitated, shaky or anxious, feeling and being sick, indigestion and stomach aches, diarrhoea or constipation, loss of appetite, and dizziness among others.
Your doctor should explain more about the side effects.
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Read more / Original news source: http://manipurmail.news/2016/05/04/depression/