‘Framework Agreement’ shouldn’t affect territorial integrity, reaffirms public meet

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 18

UCM, AMUCO and CCSK in an open dialogue reaffirmed not to allow ‘Framework Agreement’ affect the territorial integrity of the state. Resolution was also made that any kind of pan-Naga formation based on cultural, provincial, territorial, financial and ethnic administrative will not be endorsed.    

It was decided today in the public open dialogue session on possible outcomes of ‘Framework Agreement’ in the context of Manipur, organised by United Committee Manipur, All Manipur United Clubs’ Association and Committee for Civil Societies of Kangleipak (CCSK) at Lamyanba Shanglen here today.

The resolution taken during the meeting today also said that without the consent of people of Manipur, the government of India cannot take any decisions regarding the ‘Framework Agreement’ that was signed between the Centre and the NSCN(IM) on August 3, 2015. It also added the officials will talk to the Union government officials and urge them to respect the sentiments of the people of Manipur.

The resolution taken today also demanded that state ratification should be made compulsory if Article 3 is to be revoked from the state. It also demanded that Manipur’s unique and rich political, historical and social history before merging into Indian government should be mentioned in Article 371 (C).

State intellectuals and eminent personalities took part and gave their views in the session.

One of the speaker at the session said that people of Ching-Tam of the state are of same ethnic group with shared culture and history. Both fought together to get freedom from the British and also took decisions jointly under Hijam Irabot’s time, therefore should remain united for Manipur.

Human rights activist, Babloo Loitangbam said that what the NSCN (IM) needs are a pan-Naga identity and more power to district autonomy which was given since 1973 besides fighting for freedom. So the need of the hour is to chalk out the details of what they want and counter their steps accordingly.

Social scientist, Dhanabir Laishram said difference should not be created on ethnic lines and urged that the best strategy towards a united Manipur will be going hand in hand with the hill areas people.

One of the representatives of Aimol tribe during the meet said that the issue of ‘Framework Agreement’ is only about NSCN-IM and that all Nagas are not involved in the conflict.

Maoist’s general strike cripples normal life, relaxed for one day today

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 18

Normal life was affected in Imphal area today due to the indefinite cease work strike which started from today’s 5am called by the Maoist Communist Party, Manipur as part of the agitation to save the indigenous people of the state.

Business establishment, educational institutes, petrol pumps, markets and most of the shops remained closed. However hospitals, medical stores remained opened and a few vegetable vendors at Khwairamband Keitel were also seen waiting for buyers.

Only a few private vehicles were seen running on the street. The intra state bus services were totally paralysed by the strike. Later in the afternoon a few passenger auto rickshaw were seen on the streets and the number of private vehicle gradually increased. As petrol pumps were closed black market retailers were also seen on the roadside.

Meanwhile the MCP has relaxed the ongoing cease work agitations from 6 am to 6 pm tomorrow, responding to the proposal made by the public to hold a meeting which will decide the resolutions of the people regarding the movement.   

A release said the party finds the progress made today fulfilling. It shows that the people are united as one to give their full support to the cause, it said.

At this stage, the party warmly welcomes the proposal brought up to hold a meeting that will decide what the people want on the matter, it continued. The party will fully support the resolutions taken up by the public, it added. 

As for today, there was bleak attendance of employees in most of the government offices, though the government has not declared a holiday. No strike supporters were seen coming out on the road.

On the other hand, taking good chance of the low volume of traffic, organisers of the upcoming Sangai festival were seen speeding up decorative works in different pockets of the town. 

According to a release signed by Maoist Communist Party Manipur, coordinator of standing committee, Kyonghan Mangang said that the party will carry forward the agitation until a viable system to save the indigenous population is work out.  

It stressed that the main purpose of the strike is to save the indigenous people of Manipur who are on the verge of becoming a minority group in their own land, who are becoming less in numbers due to the massive influx of non-locals into the state.

The released further added that the movement to save the indigenous people will be personally led by Manipur Forward Youth Front president, Sapamcha Kangleipal and after his self-immolation on November 25, the agitations will be handed over to the public.

Language activist Anil Kishan feted

Language activist Anil Kishan feted

IMPHAL | Nov 18

Chief minister N. Biren presented Thiyam Leirikmacha International award to cultural and language activist from Bangladesh, Thokchom Anil Kishan Singh. The award presentation ceremony was held at the Cabinet hall.

President of Bangladesh Manipuri Sahitya Sangsad, AK Sheram also attended the occasion. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 along with a citation and a shawl. Thokchom Anil Kishan Singh is the fourth recipient of the award instituted by Sahitya Thoupang Lup.

Speaking at the occasion, the Biren said that the State government would never compromise on culture, language and identity of Manipur.

It is a matter of pride that Manipuri diasporas are protecting Manipuri culture, language and identity in different parts of the globe despite facing different challenges, he added.

He said that the present government is planning to construct a guest house for Manipuri diasporas so that they may have a comfortable stay during their visits to the State.

Stressing the importance of literature in identifying a community to the world, he said that the State government would also consider the proposal for setting up a ‘Sahitya Bhavan’ in the State.

Stating that a team of delegates from Bangladesh is likely to visit the State during Manipur Sangai festival, Biren said that he would discuss the issues pertaining to Manipuris residing in the neighbouring country with them.

‘Getting funding for flying dispensary is my first victory for people of Manipur’

‘Getting funding for flying dispensary is my first victory for people of Manipur’

From A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 18

Governor Najma Heptulla said she has convinced the union government to allocate funds for a flying dispensary which will use a helicopter to provide medical services to remote and hill areas of Manipur.

The governor was speaking today as the chief guest at the second anniversary celebration of the first open heart surgery in Manipur, by Sky hospital and research centre in Imphal. She added that the union civil aviation ministry on her recommendation is deliberating five new airports in the state.

Getting funding for the flying dispensary is her first victory for the people of Manipur, the governor said, adding that her next goal is to make Manipur a tourist attraction. She will have a village or part of Imphal painted so beautifully that it will look like Italy or Spain, Heptulla revealed.

Heptulla said she visited Prime Minister Narendra Modi on her third day as governor and asked for a flying doctor service such as one she had seen in Australia. “I told the Prime Minister that we have military and paramilitary helipads all across the state which could be used for providing medical services,” she said.

Heptulla also requested the Prime Minister to improve connectivity to Manipur by introducing direct flights to and from major cities at least three times a week. “We lose one and a half hours because of connecting flights from Guwahati,” she said.

She lauded Sky hospital chairman and chief cardiologist Dr L. Shyamkishore, who presided over the ceremony, for leaving behind his kids and a flourishing practice in London and returning to Manipur to open a heart care facility. “I wish all Indians, wherever they are, follow his example and come back to contribute in building our nation,” she said.

The governor also said that she too had once wanted to be a doctor, but was below the age limit when she passed high school. Upon the advice of her grand uncle and India’s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, she took up research instead. Her doctoral thesis was on the development of conducting tissues in the hearts of birds, Heptullah said.

The governor called the staff at Sky hospital its most valuable reason for success. The hospital has performed 56 open heart surgeries since the first such operation in 2015 on Grace, a young girl from Tamenglong who had a hole in her heart. Grace and her family were also present at the function and thanked the doctors for saving her life.

Health and family welfare minister L. Jayantakumar Singh, guest of honour at the ceremony, said government and private hospitals have to work collectively to ensure delivery of medical services to all the people of the state.

Children who had undergone successful open heart surgeries at the hospital cut a cake celebrating their new lives with the governor and the minister.  Chairman of BLK multi-specialty hospital Dr Ajay Kaul and wife of chief minister Hiyainu Devi also attended the event.

Manipur becomes first state to introduce DBT in sericulture schemes

Manipur becomes first state to introduce DBT in sericulture schemes

IMPHAL | Nov 18

Manipur has become the first State in the country to introduce DBT system in the transfer of funds to beneficiaries regarding sericulture schemes.

The DBT launching function cum inauguration of a training programme was held with chief minister N. Biren as the chief guest at sericulture complex, Sangaipat, Imphal East today.

With this, Rs. 3, 07, 84,000 was directly transferred to the bank accounts of 520 beneficiaries of Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur and Thoubal districts, who have planted 3500 to 4000 mulberry plants at their plots.

Under this project, every beneficiary received Rs. 59,200 each as first instalment.

The function also marked the inauguration of a one-month training programme of these beneficiaries.

Speaking at the occasion, N. Biren said that DBT is one of the most effective tools of warding off space for corruption.

With the introduction of this new system, beneficiaries have now started receiving their entitled benefits in their bank accounts directly and instantaneously without any hassle, he added.

With such innovative systems, India is marching forward towards progress, and it is a matter of delight that Manipur has also joined this positive change, N. Biren said.

The chief minister said that Manipur Sericulture Project Phase-II is being implemented in four valley districts. The project having a target to provide employment to 8000 beneficiaries has a fund outlay of Rs 149.76 crore, he said while adding that the project was introduced in 2015.

Sericulture department is also implementing Integrated Sericulture Project for Mulberry and Eri in the hill districts. The project which began in 2016 has a target to provide employment to 700 beneficiaries.

The chief minister expressed hope that a sericulture project for Ukhrul district having a fund outlay of Rs. 30.08 crore is likely to get approval from the Central government soon.

Reiterating his government’s commitment, N. Biren said that the government would never indulge in any form of favouritism and nepotism in the posting and promotion of employees, and at the same time visible positive and progressive outputs are also expected from them as well.

Maintaining that the new government’s ‘Go to the Hills’ campaign is a determined mission to bring unity, peace and progress in the State, the chief minister urged the public to support the initiative instead of giving unwanted remarks.

He reiterated that the State government had already spelt out what it is aspiring to accomplish within a stipulated time in written.

Tamei AC MLA Awangbou Newmai attended the function as the president while Yaiskul AC MLA Th. Satyabrata, Imphal East Adhyaksha P Bimola, principal secretary (Sericulture) PK Singh and director of Central Tasar and Research and Training Institute, Ranchi, Dr. AK Sinha attended the occasion as guests of honour.

JCILPS observes ‘2nd Decade Celebration of ILP Movement’

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 18

Recalling the movement taken up by the civil voluntary organisations on the implementation of the Inner Line Permit System in Manipur from the past 20 years, ‘The 2nd Decade Celebration of ILP Movement in Manipur (Kangleipak)’ was observed at press club today.

In a keynote address, general secretary of International Peace and Social Advancement (IPSA) Khuraijam Athouba recalled the movement and steps taken up by civil voluntary organisation right from 1989 till today for the protection of indigenous people of Manipur.

He said, “The first organisation that formed for the protection of indigenous people was Poramlan Apunba in 1989 and demanded implementation of ILPS which is yet to be achieved till today.”

From November 18, 1997 onwards, IPSA and several other allied organisations played a crucial role and intensified the movement as there was a sudden demographic imbalance in the state, he added.

He further pointed out the expansion of organisation stating, “After due course of time a civil voluntary organisation was formed that only include IPSA and allied organisations of IPSA called Inner Line Permit Demand Committee in July 2, 2006. The office bearers appointed was Sapamcha Jadumani, Yumnamcha Dilipkumar as joint convenor and Heikujamcha Ibotom Singh as consultant.”

The committee had organised many public awareness cum meeting in various districts. They had demanded to enact and implement Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 in Manipur which was implemented in neighbouring states like Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.

The movement was continued by FRIENDS for six years all alone but the government did not give any concrete solution. Finally with some positive aspect, several other civil organisations collaborated and formed Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) on July 4, 2012.

 “In July 13, 2012 the Manipur Legislative Assembly unanimously resolves to urge the government of India to extend the provision of the Bengal Eastern Frontiers Regulation, 1873 for extension of Inner Line Regulation of the state of Manipur or to enact a suitable law under clause (5) of the constitution of India,” he said.

But unfortunately the Centre turned down the resolution with negative response. Till then the government of Manipur has not taken up any affirmative steps, he concluded.

Speaking as a chairman of celebration committee H. Ibotombi said that if we continue the movement involving all the people from hill and valley, the government may pay heed our demand someday.

The programme was jointly organised by IPSA, All Club Association and Meira Paibi Lup (ACOAMLUP), Indigenous People’s Association of Kangleipak (IPAK), Kanglei Ima Lup (KIL), Chanura Lamchinglen Kangleipak (CLK), Kangleipak Lamjing Apunba Meiralup (Kanglamei) and PANDM.

Laba elected

Laba elected

IMPHAL | Nov 18

Yambem Laba has been elected as a member of the governing Council of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation in the elections that followed the 53rd Annual General Body Meeting of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation in New Delhi today.

Speaking to this reporter, Laba said, “I am glad that I will now be part of the decision making body of the apex body that controls mountaineering and adventure activities in India”.

He further said that it has been a long march beginning from 1971 as a member of the adventure club at his old school, North Point, Darjeeling to his association with the Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA) from 1983 to his becoming an individual member of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation in, 2000.

“Manipur has highest antibiotic sale in the country”

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 18

Antibiotics sale in the state is one of the highest in the country and need to take control of the situation, said director of health services, Dr. K. Rajo during ‘World Antibiotic Awareness Week’ observation function held at Indian Medical Association, Lamphelpat here today.

The observation was organised by Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) under National Health Mission.

Rajo continued that one should leave the harmful habit of relying entirely on antibiotics. He said that once started with antibiotic dose, the dose should be completed even if one feels better with just one tablet.

He also advised not to take any antibiotics without prescription from health professionals. He added that even if antibiotics are taken following doctors’ advice one should be aware of the side effects.

Health minister L. Jayantakumar today delivering the chief guest’s speech said that it is high time for the state to give awareness of knowledge on adequate use of antibiotics to the public.

He gave the statement as the chief guest at the “World Antibiotic Awareness Week” observation function at Indian Medical Association, Lamphelpat. It was organised by Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) under National Health Mission.

Jayantakumar said that he was disappointed as there is no drug inspector in the state. He said that people should not buy and consume drugs without the prescription issued by health professionals.

He also reminded the responsibilities of health professionals in serving people that they should do their duty well even in prescribing medicines to patients.

Deputy director of health, Dr. L. Somorendro also said that the irrational use of antibiotics has affected the resistance pattern and is becoming a global problem. Giving awareness about antibiotics to public, health professionals for giving correct and needed prescriptions and policy makers to check the use of antibiotics are the need of time, he added.

Regional director of ministry of health and family welfare, Dr. L. Ashananda Singh and HOD of Community Medicine, RIMS, professor Akoijam Brogen Singh attended the function as presidium members.

State govt committed to protect boundary, says MAHUD minister

State govt committed to protect boundary, says MAHUD minister

IMPHAL | Nov 18

Th. Shyamkumar, minister of Forests and Environment, MAHUD, Town Planning and Horticulture & Soil Conservation today said the government led by chief minister N. Biren Singh is committed to safeguard and protect the territorial integrity of Manipur at any cost.

He was speaking during a press conference at the New Secretariat office which was attended by minister Thokchom Radheshyam, K. Leishiyo, parliamentary secretary (PHED/P&S/Horticulture & Soil Conservation) and Kongkham Robindro Singh, parliamentary secretary (Education, Youth Affairs and Sports). 

Advising the Opposition parties to play a constructive role for the welfare of the State, minister Th. Shyamkumar said the intention of the Opposition parties for bringing up the Naga ‘Framework Agreement’ and the alliance with the Naga People’s Front (NPF) party is questionable.

He also reminded that Naga ‘Framework Agreement’ signed between the Centre and the NSCN (IM) was during the tenure of the previous State government.

The minister said constructive participation of the all political parties is important on any State issue and welcomed all the political parties for discussions and suggestions to the State government.

Stating that the NPF is an alliance partner in the government led by N. Biren Singh, minister Th. Shyamkumar said the State government is committed to bring equal development in the hills and the valley.

The minister also said the State’s financial condition is on a path of recovery and the government has started receiving funds from the Centre after sending utilization certificates to concerned ministries.

Speaking on the yet to be completed market complex at the Tombisana Higher Secondary School, the minister said the remaining construction work will be completed, as soon as the State government receives the fund from the concerned ministry. He also said details of the various programmes/schemes/projects undertaken by the new government can be availed through RTI.

Education minister Th. Radheshyam appealed to the opposition parties to play a constructive role and said all political parties must work collectively for the welfare of the people.

He said the leaders at the Centre have repeatedly reaffirmed that the territorial integrity of the Manipur will not be compromised. In the interest of the State, the Opposition parties should refrain from creating mistrust and unnecessary tension among the public, he added.

AMWJU decries burning of Poknapham copies

IMPHAL | Nov 18

All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union expressed serious concerns and condemned against the act of burning several copies of ‘Poknapham’ daily by the BJP Manipur Pradesh Yuva Morcha (Youth Front) in front of BJP Manipur Pradesh office.

BJP Manipur Pradesh Yuva Morcha (Youth Front) burnt the said copies in protest against the content of ‘Vox Populi’ of Poknapham’s November 18 edition, said a release.

The release further mentioned that according to AMWJU’s Code of Conduct (Local adjustment), there is no restriction on taking legal recourse against any media content by any civil voluntary organisation, political party, or the general public.

Moreover, if there is any complaint concerning any media contents published in the state, there is a Standing Order to consult AMWJU or the editors and publishers of the media house concerned, it continued.

But without any consultation with the editors and publishers of Poknapham, BJP Manipur Pradesh Yuva Morcha (Youth Front) had resorted in a condemnable act of burning the copies of the said newspaper, which AMWJU consider as an act of violating the rights of media, it added.

AMWJU appeals to all civil voluntary organisations, political parties and the general public in state to refrain from such deeds in the future, the release concluded.

CORCOM calls general strike against prez’s visit on Nov 21

IMPHAL | Nov 17

The proscribed umbrella organisation, CORCOM has called for a 26 hour general strike all over Manipur against the president’s arrival at Imphal, starting from 6 am in the morning of November 21, till 8 am of November 22. The general strike will be relaxed for hospitals and media services, emergency services and matters related to faith.

A release signed by media coordinator, Ksh. Yoiheiba said as a part of the ongoing war of independence, the general strike is being called upon the visit of the president of the India, the colonial master, to Manipur on November 21. CORCOM urges the people of all communities to give their full support on the general strike being called, it said.       

Following the steps of other colonisers, India took over Manipur by setting a colonial system, taking control over the economy and establishing overall power through the means of utilising military forces, it continued.  

Since Manipur was under the British rule, non local Marwaris arrived and took control of the economy, it said adding the king of Manipur was forced to hold the pen on October 15, 1949 which made the state to become a colony. Afterwards, the state was put under heavy militarisation and had been keeping under a forced rule, it added.  

The imperialist India, in order to suppress the freedom movements that rose against the coercive rule, a horrendous black law otherwise known as Armed Forces Special Power Act was implemented and started conducting extreme forms of human rights violations against  the innocent civilians of the state under a military rule, the release maintained.  

The underlying implication is “The Manipuris will not be able to do anything whenever the rule of India does whatever it wants, Manipuris must exist as the slaves of Indian rule,” the release alleged. However, upon realising that the war for independence cannot be suppressed by the reign of terror, they have now undertaken new tactics of cajolery and persuasion, it said.     

They are making statements like “Know your friends” by introducing gimmicks such as civic action program, it further alleged. They, the same people who used to burn down forest, now would like to bring greenery everywhere in Manipur, and organising medicals camps, handing out few cloths, embroidery tailoring machines, TVs and computers etc., it said.   

These are attempts to seduce the innocent civilians and to further continue the colonial rule in Manipur, it further alleged. Now is the time the people realise the true faces and the true intentions of the Indian rule, it said. Therefore, the people who have been enslaved by India, must not extend their hands to give welcome to the president when he comes to Manipur; the people must now wake up, the release added.

Manipur handloom motifs showcased at India Fashion Week London

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL| Nov 17

Representing the unity and integrity of Manipur through fashion was the focus of my recent participation, said Robert Naorem, a leading fashion designer of Manipur said in a press meet held at Robert Naorem Studio and Academy.

Robert shared his experience at the India Fashion week London, the largest Asian Exhibition and Fashion Event in Europe, held at Olympia London from Nov 11-12 organised by Platinum Exhibition Europe Limited.

He stated that with the objective of bringing unity in our society, the collection that took to the exhibition was termed Chingtam- Tam Collection. And even in the fashion parades, starting from music to styling we tried using ethnic sounds and colours with modern touches, he added.

Explaining the type of attire he showcased, he asserted that all the outfits had motifs from Kuki, Naga and Meitei traditional fabrics.

“I have also used the Meitei Mayek script on the enaphee to promote the regional script and also to proclaim the advances of the traditional seven clans of the Meitei,” Robert added.

Expectedly, Robert returned home with an award.

“As an appreciation of our collection and designs supporting the state weavers and promoting handloom of the state I was awarded as The Most Inspirational Designer of 2017 by the organising team of India Fashion Week London and JD Institute of Fashion Technology,” Robert explained.

He further showered gratitude to the weavers of Manipur. “I particularly focus on handloom of Manipur. Weaver from Manipur played a crucial role in bringing me to where I am today and making my dream come true.”

He also felicitated three weavers namely Khundongbam Sophia, Bidhyalakshmi Athokpam, Omita Ashem, who particularly supported him in his choice of fabric from the fashion week.

He also thanked Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, MLA R.K. Imo Singh and Joybi Sinam of Eastern Motors for the financial help and support extended to him.

RPF condoles and pays homage

IMPHAL | Nov 17

The proscribed Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) said sergeant Koko Ningsheng worked under the apunba force of PLA and MNPF, as A – 129 sergeant Koko, real name Themriyo Ningsheng, son of Peter Ningsheng and Florence Ningsheng from Nongman Village under Kamjong district.

A joint release signed by assistant publicity secretary, MNPF, Thomas Numai and assistant secretary publicity, RPF, Bangkim said the brave friend, after killing one army jawan and maiming another in the battle at Sajik Tampak under Chandel district on November 15, laid down his life in the battle field.

MNPF and RPF pay revolutionary homage to the brave friend who gave his life for the motherland, it said. Sergeant Koko Ningseng joined apunba force of MNPF and PLA in 2013; he was a freedom fighter who fought bravely in many battles against the soldiers of Indian colonial force, the release continued. Sergeant Koko was a freedom fighter who loved the motherland dearly without any discrimination against the hilly and valley people and strived for a united Manipur, the release informed. He was gentle and honest friend who had good manners and was a brave solider who wanted to live a life of independence, it continued.   

A condolence meet was observed to honour his sacrifice for the motherland at every unit, department and station of MNPF and RPF, the release informed. Additionally, MNPF and RPF along with its military wing PLA share the grief of the bereaved family and friends, it added.

Sangai International Film Festival to be begin from Nov 25

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL| Nov 17

As a part of Sangai festival, 3rd Sangai International Film Festival is scheduled to be held from November 25 to 29 at Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS).

The film festival is being organised jointly by MSFDS and Film Forum Manipur said the secretary MSFDS Dr. Nabachandra Singh in a press meet held at office of MSFDS today.

The organising committee decided to screen selected Manipur features and non-features films along with five feature films from abroad. This is aimed giving our young talented film makers the opportunity to learn something from these movies, said H. Nabachandra.

“We also planned to display all the old shooting equipment in vogue many years back. Apart from that ethnic food court is also going to open inside the campus of MSFDS,” he added.

Commissioner of Art and Culture M. Lakshmiskanta Singh who also spoke at the function, lamented the decline in cinemagoers, in spite the state of producing many Manipur films in a year.

“We cannot only consider film as a medium to promote culture and tradition and social issues. It is also a big industry where we can earn huge money. But unfortunately people hardly go to theatre for watching movie these days,” the commissioner said.

“The present generation in Manipur are missing the opportunity to feel the comfort of watching a movie in a proper theatre as once upon a time the case.  All of us have a great role to play in the restoration and the revival of this culture”, he added

On the inaugural day of 3rd Sangai International Film Festival, a movie directed by Samira Makhmalbaf’s “Two Legged Horse” will be screened. From the following day till November 29, four different movies will be screened in different time slots.

The programme of 3rd international film festival will also expand to other location where Sangai Festival is being conducted said well-known Manipuri film actor S. Mangoljao.

Apply the training received to improve the quality of education: Radheshyam

Apply the training received to improve the quality of education: Radheshyam

IMPHAL | Nov 17

Education Minister  Thokchom Radheshyam Singh stressed that education is a need for every person to grow and develop. For an organisation to grow, the human resource needs to be updated. For this, training of Education Department Personnel, specially the teacher is a must and the most important is to implement the knowledge received by them to improve the quality of education, he added.

Th. Radheshyam made the statement inaugurating 10 Day Training on School Leadership organised by the Directorate of State Council of Educational and Research Training (SCERT) in collaboration with SSA, RMSA, Directorate of Education (S) and National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) at Multipurpose Hall, SCERT, Lamphelpat.

He said whatever is being received in the training programme should be used to transform the existing educational system in a positive direction. To bring such transformation, he appealed the school heads to utilise the best of training for the development and betterment of the education of Manipur instead of keeping it to oneself. He also requested the teachers to love and regard their profession. Calling upon the teachers, he asked them to regard as their own belonging and the students as their own children.

Stressing the importance of training, he said, that the vision of the training is to develop leaders and new generations to enable transform schools so that every child receives a quality education and every school excel in imparting education. He added that the vision is to enhance leadership capability at school level for institutional building to deliver quality education.

Elaborating the essence of leaders and leadership, he said that it differs according to space, time and situation. However the best leaders are those who utilise the best out of what is available on the limited resource, he added. The teachers were also requested by the Minister to set target and identify the students who are bright and weak to make them better and achieve higher goals in their life. He also expressed the need to introduce feedback into the education system. He said that the students’ feedback on teachers can better the teaching – learning process between the student and teacher. He added that the feedback will enable one to identify the weakness and strength, giving a chance to improve and develop.

Director Education – S,  Th. Kirankumar Singh said that the main focus of the Education Department is the students pursuing education and how to improve the education system. He said teachers should have details of their respective schools and regulate the guidelines honestly. The teachers participating in the Training on School Leadership will be made the ambassadors to other schools in expanding the knowledge received in the training, he added.

Asst. Professor, NUEPA, Dr. N. Mythili said six key areas Perspective on School Leadership, Developing Self, Transforming Teaching – Learning Process, Building and Leading Teams, leading innovations and Leading Partnerships will be the main topic for the training session.

Director, SCERT Dr. M. Meenakumari Devi, Additional State Project Director SSA Manipur T. Phullen Meetei, Principals, Heads of schools and teachers attended the function.

Centre releases Rs 106 crores for Imphal smart city

Centre releases Rs 106 crores for Imphal smart city

IMPHAL | Nov  17

Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) and Town Planning Minister  Thounaojam Shyamkumar today said the Centre has released Rs 106 crore for the Imphal Smart City Mission.

Addressing the media persons at his office chamber in New Secretariat, he said that his department targets to complete 90 percent work of the Imphal Smart City Mission within 3 months. Stating that the Chief Minister will be consulted for the work related to the Mission, he appealed for the support of the general public to make the Imphal Smart City Mission successful.

MAHUD Minister further said a year-long cleanliness drive in all the Municipal areas will begin from tomorrow in view of the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival 2017 scheduled for November 21-30. He said the Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) staffs led by the Mayor will conduct cleanliness drive from early morning tomorrow in different areas of Imphal. He said similar drive will also be conducted in the areas under Municipal Council such as Moirang, Bishnupur, Kakching, Yairipok and Thoubal.

Th. Shyamkumar appealed to the shopkeepers of Imphal core zone area including Thangal Bazar, Paona Bazar, Uripok road, Kwakeithel road, Yairipok road, Keisamthong road, Singjamei road and others to keep dustbins near their respective shops. He said legal action will be taken against those shopkeepers who are found littering the surroundings.

MAHUD and Town Planning Minister said legal action will also be taken against street vendors and mobile hawkers in case found violating the instructions. He appealed to the general public to support the State Government in keeping the Imphal city and the surrounding areas clean.

MUSU calls for relaxation of strike

IMPHAL | Nov 17

31st Manipur University Inter-College Youth Festival, will be held from November 18-20, a release said.

The release further mentioned that the dates for the said festival had been announced in the public, at an early period. That Manipur University Student’s Union (MUSU) had always taken part in many of the agitations on the issues of the state, it added.

So, in view of the festival and the interest of the students, MUSU request the relaxation of the strike/ bandh that has been called on the days of the said festival, the release added.

CM attends to about 500 complaints from hills and valley during people’s day

CM attends to about 500 complaints from hills and valley during people’s day

IMPHAL | Nov 17

Thousands of people turned up on the joint Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit to highlight their grievances to the Chief Minister  N. Biren Singh at CM’s Secretariat today.

The Chief Minister attended to as many as 500 complaints and personally met nearly 1500 people from 8:00 am to 3:15 pm.

On the occasion, the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) screened various documentaries highlighting the achievements of the new government and Chief Minister’s visit to various hill districts of the State.

Speaking to the media persons, Chief Minister said that the government is focusing on action oriented policies and programmes for the welfare of the people and State. He affirmed that the new government is right on track towards bringing development in the State. Seeking people’s support and co-operation, Chief Minister said, “I am doing my level best to serve the people of the State.”

Refuting the allegations made by the Opposition parties,he said that people are witnessing the recent progress and development in the State and what the new government is tirelessly working for its people. He stated that the new government didn’t announce any false promises to the people, everything has been put before the public. He said that since its inception, the government is maintaining complete transparency to achieve good governance in the State. He asserted that the new government is trying its best to resolve the misdeeds/issues done by the previous government. As of now, there hasn’t been a single protest/agitation against the present government by the people of the State, he added.

Stating the grievances of differently-abled persons, widows, and old-aged persons, Chief Minister said that the government is conducting assessment camps in various districts for the identification and issue of disability certificate and assessment of nature of disability for providing appropriate aids and appliances for persons with disability living in the State.

Mentioning some of the developmental projects being taken up in the State, he said that the Tamenglong-Haflong road is upgrading to National Highway, construction of Water Supply Scheme estimated cost of Rs 40 crores at Tamenglong etc.

Chief Minister further stated that the health insurance scheme for BPL families which would provide financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh for medical treatment would be launched on 1st January, 2018. He mentioned that to ease the financial burden faced by widows, the application form for the Health Care Insurance Scheme for widows is being issued here today.

Mentioning about hosting the North-East Development Summit during Manipur Sangai Festival 2017, Chief Minister said that preparations are almost complete for the upcoming Sangai festival. Various National and International investors and companies are expected to participate in the North-East Development Summit to be held on 21st-22nd November, 2017, he added. He said that till now, Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have confirmed to attend the Festival. A media team from Myanmar would visit the State and interact with the media persons of the State during the festival. An exhibition football match will be played between Women football team from Mandalay and Manipur Women football team under the theme “Connecting through Sports” in the Sangai Festival, he added.

He said that he will inaugurate the Curtain Raiser of the Manipur Sangai Festival 2017 at Keibul Lamjao on 19 November 2017. And the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind will formally inaugurate the Manipur Sangai Festival 2017 and North-East Development Summit on 21st November, 2017.

One day legal awareness programme

One day legal awareness programme

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 17

A one-day legal awareness programme was held today at Government Deaf and Mute School, Takyel, Imphal West in the aim to give legal awareness to the students regarding their rights.

The programme was organised by Legal Aid Clinic, Social Welfare, Imphal West and sponsored by District Legal Services Authority, Imphal West in connection with the 19 days long observation of the Legal Services Campaign “Connecting to serve” which is started from November 9.

Speaking as resource person advocate, Ch. Momon spoke on the topic “POCSO” and “Juvenile Justice Act”.

He said that as children do not know what is right or wrong the Indian Constitution is giving special provision for children for correcting their mistake by keeping them in observation home if they have any conflict with law.

POCSO is an act which applies to any adult when any child under 18 years is sexually harassed by same or opposite sex, he added.

Prizes were distributed to both the winners and participants of the painting competition that was organised earlier.

Students of the school performed a play on “communal harmony and unity” as a part of the programme.

District and sessions judge, Imphal West, Maibam Manojkumar, chief judicial magistrate, Imphal West, Lamkhanpou Tonsing, Government Deaf and Mute School, Imphal head mistress, Nongmaithem Kalpana attended the programme as presidium members.

Earlier at Savio English Higher Secondary School, Thangmeiband the District Legal Services Authority, Imphal West distributed prizes to the winners of the painting competition conducted on the theme “Function and Activities of Legal Service Institute in Manipur.