Tribute paid to students

/IMPHAL, May 06 MU : Mao Council under the aegis of the United Naga Council (UNC) observed the 6th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of (late) MeliChakho and (late) DikhoLoshuo at the Martyrs Park, Mao gate on Friday. The observance is held in the memory of two students who lost their life at the hands of […]

/IMPHAL, May 06 MU :
Mao Council under the aegis of the United Naga Council (UNC) observed the 6th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of (late) MeliChakho and (late) DikhoLoshuo at the Martyrs Park, Mao gate on Friday.
The observance is held in the memory of two students who lost their life at the hands of Manipur Police on this particular day during 2010, while trying to control a large agitators in Mao Gate of Manipur, bordering Nagaland.
The imposition of AFSPA in all the Naga inhabiting areas by government of India, is an implicit idea to end all the Naga peoples and the then Prime Minister Jawaharal Nehru was the main proponent of the ideas, said UNC (United Naga Council) president Gaidon Kamei while speaking at the observance.
“Naga National Problem is a political issue, so cannot solved through other means. And, Naga got its Independence a day ahead of India’s independent from the then British Rule, the president of Naga CSO added. The Naga efforts for “peace process”, he stated that the neighbours are trying to hijacked and sabotaged it.
The Naga apex CSO president also said that the Manipur CM O Ibobi and his deputy Gaikhangam is harassing the Naga People to protect their interest.
“The Naga are not save under the communal government of Manipur”, the UNC president Gaidon Kamei stated criticising in a veil manner.
President Gaidon Kamei said also criticised three Bills in the state assembly by terming it as “Anti-tribal Bills” and stated, “Manipur government introduced and passed the “anti-tribal bills in the Manipur Assembly”. And he also strongly challenged the reported statement (of an MLA in the assembly) that there is no Naga in the Manipur state by adding that this may not be end of the Manipur Government and they have determined to sabotage the Naga Talk.
Calling the attention all Naga people, he asked to prepare physically and mentally to defend the Manipur government and “Naga will not compromise its history, culture, identity,and national at any cost. Naga have to stand together for this cost”, Gaidon Kamei said.
Naha Hoho President ChubaOzakum called for Naga Unity in his speech at the Martyrdom Observation.He said time is not far away for the Naga political solution, which Naga has been waiting for the moment for more than past70 years.
He said, “let’s not lose the hope for the solution” and made appeal to all Naga not to fight among themselves”. He said the people Naga did not recognised the artificial boundary between the Nagaland and Manipur.
He expressed hope that Naga leaders will not betrayed the people of Naga, unlike the past. He also said that the historic framework agreement that was signed between NSCN and Government of India on 3rd August 2015 will fulfils the Naga aspirations.
“Though we have not known the exact contain of the agreement, we have heard from different angles that some of the main point of the agreement is to recognised the unique Naga history, recognised the universal principal of the democracy that sovereignty lies with the people”. He added that the frame also proposes to agreed the settlement according to the wishes of people, showing sovereignty and both (GOI and NSCN) agreed to maintain co-existence.
Leaders from All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM), Mao Students’ Union, Naga Students’ Federation, Naga Women Union, NMA, NPMHR, ZB attended the observace and marked the respect to the departed students by offering solidarity messages, florals tribute along with two minutes silence observation. Family members of the two students were also present in the observation and large numbers of students from Mao area also attended the observation function.

SCHEMES FOR THE WEAKER SECTION OF THE SOCIETY IMPLEMENTED

  DIPR, Imphal 6th May 2016:The Department of Social Welfare under the State Government has taken up various welfare programmes in the social welfare sector especially for the weaker sections of the society, the Department of Social Welfare, provides welfare programme and services towards realizing goals and objectives through (I) Social Defense (Prohibition and social […]

 

DIPR, Imphal 6th May 2016:The Department of Social Welfare under the State Government has taken up various welfare programmes in the social welfare sector especially for the weaker sections of the society, the Department of Social Welfare, provides welfare programme and services towards realizing goals and objectives through (I) Social Defense (Prohibition and social security for the Aged), (ii) Welfare programmes for persons with disabilities , (iii) Integrated Child Protection schemes, (iv) Women and Child Development including supplementary nutrition programmes and other development schemes.

The Department is implementing National Social Assistance Programme and Manipur Old Age Pension Scheme under which old persons are given monthly pension.

Apart from the other programmes initiated by the Dept., the Women Welfare Programme implemented from the year 2011-12 provides (I) Financial Assistance and Support services to victims of Rape. A scheme for Restorative Justice provides financial assistance and services such as shelter, counseling, medical aid, legal assistance , education and vocational training to the victims. The rate of assistance ranges from Rs.70,000/- to Rs. 1,20,000/- per victim. (ii)Financial assistance for the Needy Widow Women Scheme provides security by way of giving one time financial assistance @ Rs. 2000/- to widows in the age group of 18-40 years.(iii) The Welfare Training Institute ,Takyel, provides capacity building for self employment for destitute women in trades like embroidery, tailoring and cutting. Sewing Machines are provided to trainees on subsidy. (iv)The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 has been implemented in 2007.So far, 597 cases have been taken up by Protection Officers designated under the DAV Act, 2005.

The Department initiates to provide education to differently abled persons by running 2(two) Special Schools for providing education upto 10th standard for the Blind and the Mute at Takyel. One Braille Press was commissioned and inaugurated in the year 2011.

Four schemes – Unemployment Allowance to educated unemployed person with disabilities, financial assistance to the persons with disabilities, Grant-in- Aid to the Associations formed by the persons with disabilities or parents of persons with disabilities and Marriage Incentive Award have been implemented by the Department.
Under Central Sector, the department had launched the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) at Ukhrul TD Block on 2nd Oct, 1975. The Scheme has been expanded throughout the entire state covering 42 CD/TD Blocks. The 43 ICDS Projects sanctioned by Govt. of India are functioning in full swing through Anganwadi Workers and Helpers in each Anganwadi Centre.
Under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme, two Shelter Home for girls in need of care and protection are established at Imphal West and Thoubal. Four NGO run Open Shelter provides Schooling and other alternative for Vulnerable Children in Urban Areas to protect from abuse and negligence. Under the provision of Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection) Act 2000, there are five State Government run Specialized Adoption Agency in Imphal East, Bishnupur, Ukhrul and Chandel with a total capacity of 50 children who are orphan, surrendered and abandoned children and one NGO run SAA with an intake of 10 children in Imphal West District
The state Bal Bhavan, affiliated organization of the National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi, was established at Khuman Lampak with an aim to provide development and participation opportunities among children. 14(fourteen) children from the State had received National Awards.

Panthou crisis

  The Ima Leishem Inaat Loishang has appealed to all to help in peaceful resolution of the confrontation at the locality of Panthou. Yambem Laba former President of the organisation said the confrontation occurred due to a communication gap. He said the incidents were unfortunate. He said no complaints were filed to the police regarding […]

 

The Ima Leishem Inaat Loishang has appealed to all to help in peaceful resolution of the confrontation at the locality of Panthou. Yambem Laba former President of the organisation said the confrontation occurred due to a communication gap. He said the incidents were unfortunate. He said no complaints were filed to the police regarding the burning of vehicles by the organisation.

The organisation wants to have a conducive environment where the locals and the devotees can freely exchange ideas and implement do’s and don’ts around the area.

Dy CM appeals to all to live as one

    Imphal, May 4 DIPR  : Dy. CM   Gaikhangam has appeal to all sections to live  peacefully and harmoniously since the people of Manipur have a  common history. It is very important for the people of the state to remain unite. Gaikhangam further stated that with increase in population  , there is scarcity of […]

 

 

Imphal, May 4 DIPR  : Dy. CM   Gaikhangam has appeal to all sections to live  peacefully and harmoniously since the people of Manipur have a  common history. It is very important for the people of the state to remain unite. Gaikhangam further stated that with increase in population  , there is scarcity of land to  construct   halls and play ground  . Inaugurating   Irom Meijrao Mamang Makha Leikai Community  Hall here today he added it is fortunate for the people of Irom Meijrao to have space for Community Hall and appealed to the locals to look after  the hall as their own property.

The Community Hall was jointly constructed by Wangoi Kendra Development Council, Social Youth Club, Irom Meijrao and under the supervision of  S. Achouba Singh  Vice -Chairman, Manipur  Khadi and Village  Industries Board.

During the programme , cultural programmes  were performed by students of Guru Irabot Institute, Bashikhong and presentation were gifted to the dignitaries by Local Cluster Groups.

 

7,51,376 REGISTERED IN MANIPUR EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGES

    Imphal,  May 4    (DIPR) :  A total of 7,51,376 applicants including   2,20,063  female applicants have Live-Registered in the different Employment Exchange of Manipur till the end of March, 2016 according to monthly progress report on the working of Employment Service, Manipur issued by the Directorate of  Employment Exchange, Manipur. Imphal West district has […]

 

 

Imphal,  May 4    (DIPR) :  A total of 7,51,376 applicants including   2,20,063  female applicants have Live-Registered in the different Employment Exchange of Manipur till the end of March, 2016 according to monthly progress report on the working of Employment Service, Manipur issued by the Directorate of  Employment Exchange, Manipur.

Imphal West district has the highest number of job seekers with 1,96,224 registered including  69,025 female. Imphal East district has 1,19,875 including 35,650 female , Thoubal 1,27,478 including 28,178 female , Bishnupur 71,878 including 18,793 female , Churachandpur 74,953 including 20,180 female , Ukhrul 30,721 including 9,398 female, Senapati 62,306 including  17,506 female , Tamenglong 26,343 including 6,522 female  and Chandel 32,040 including 10,259 female  .

The number of those registered under Physical/Handicapped are 2,794 (1,876 male and 918 female) and under U.E. I & G. B are 6,764 (3,130 male and 3,634 female) respectively.

During the month 1,444   applicants including 623  female applicants got themselves registered with Employment Exchanges in Manipur as against 2,613  applicants last month.

 

  General strike  begins

    Imphal, May 4 UNA :  Joint Action Committee (JAC) formed over the controversial death by hanging of Sagolsem Prashanta today announced a two-day state-wide general strike beginning from Wednesday midnight. The general strike was called at a time while Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) announced a 42-hour “public curfew” which […]

 

 

Imphal, May 4 UNA :  Joint Action Committee (JAC) formed over the controversial death by hanging of Sagolsem Prashanta today announced a two-day state-wide general strike beginning from Wednesday midnight.

The general strike was called at a time while Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) announced a 42-hour “public curfew” which would be started from the midnight of May 5.

 

 

 

The decision to call the general strike was taken in a meeting held at the office of the United Committee Manipur (UCM) in which members of another JAC formed by the people of Lilong area where the youth was found murder and leaders of UCM and All Manipur United Club Organizations, (AMUCO) took part.

 

 CM INAUGURATES TWO 33/11 KV POWER SUB-STATIONS  

  Imphal, May 4, 2016(DIPR): Chief Minister Shri O. Ibobi Singh said that what is longed by the Government is not the inauguration but to provide the benefit to the people of the state. This was stated by him while speaking as the Chief Guest at the inauguration function of 33/11 KV Power Sub-Station at […]

 

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Imphal, May 4, 2016(DIPR): Chief Minister Shri O. Ibobi Singh said that what is longed by the Government is not the inauguration but to provide the benefit to the people of the state.

This was stated by him while speaking as the Chief Guest at the inauguration function of 33/11 KV Power Sub-Station at Thoubal Leishangthem Thoudam in Thoubal District. Prior to this, another 33/11 KV Sub-Station at Lilong Ushoipokpi in the District was also inaugurated by him.

Saying that such a function is not a political platform to give public speech CM Shri O. Ibobi continued that what is being done is to discharge the duty of a government at the best level to meet the necessities of the public. So, he even told the Managing Director of the Manipur State Power Company Limited (MSPCL) to carry out the inaugural function along with the representatives of the Local Bodies like Zilla Parishad and Panchayat. He expressed that with inauguration of the power sub- station at the area there will be no more inconveniences of bringing power supply from distant sub-station and at the same time the voltage profile will be more consistent. He also thanked the MSPCL for the completion of the sub-station within a short time.

The inauguration functions organised by MSPCL were attended by Md. Fazur Rahim,MLA Wabagai A/C, Zilla Parishad Members and Pradhans of the area,  Shri N. Sarat Singh, MD MSPCL,Deputy Commissioner Thoubal, Superitendent of Police Thoubal and officers and staff of MSPCL.

It may be mentioned that the 33/11 KV Sub-station at Thoubal Leishangthem Thoudam was taken up with the approval of the Planning Commission under SPA. The project cost is Rs. 1086.96 Lakhs and the date of award is 13/12/2013. The objective of the project is to give reliable supply of electricity to the surrounding villages like leishangthem kelimakhong, Keibung, Keibung Wangmataba, Khekman, Thoubal Moijing, Sabal Tongba, thoubal Ningombam, Leishangthem, Thoudam, Irong Thokchom, Maibam konjil, Iram siphai, etc.  The 33/11KV Sub-station at Lilong Ushoipokpi was taken up under 10th Plan RGGVY   (Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana) with an estimated cost of Rs. 3.50 crs.

With the installation of 33/11 KV Sub- Stations access to electricity to all the rural households will be enabled and which in turn bring about rapid development of agro based industries in the District.

Discussion on dam held

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.

Indian films truly reflect character of Unity & Diversity: President

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.

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.

Depression

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
Feeling helpless
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.
Useful websites
1. www.llttf.com (Living life to the full)
2. http://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/depression.asp
3. https://moodgym.anu.edu.au

A comparison of Thailand, Manipur Education Systems

  By Chingakham Dina, Arambam Karamjit, Khwairakpam Sunita Thailand is one of the biggest business centres in southeast Asia. It plays major role to attract potlight in world tourism and it serves a regional transit hub to other ASEAN nations. All these successes are the product of how the human resources have been nurtured and […]

 

By Chingakham Dina, Arambam Karamjit, Khwairakpam Sunita
Thailand is one of the biggest business centres in southeast Asia. It plays major role to attract potlight in world tourism and it serves a regional transit hub to other ASEAN nations. All these successes are the product of how the human resources have been nurtured and trained. To understand the underlying background, it is important to know the education system of the country which is the source of success. We summarize a short educational background of Thailand. Literacy rate of Thailand is 96.7%.
Education System: Thailand has free education system to all her citizens up to 12 standard. Preprimary school takes 2-3 years. It is followed by 6 years elementary school, then another 6 years high school including upper secondary school. In Thai education system, students will attend at primary schools up to class 6th standard. High schools start from class 7 to class 12. Schools in Thailand can be divided broadly into four categories. They are
1. Government School
2. Private school
3. International school and
4. Buddhist school
Apart from formal education there is also non-formal education run by community centres with the help of government. There are very fewer private schools in Thailand compared with system in Manipur. Private to government school ratio is about 1:10, which means there is one private school for every ten government schools. Buddhist monastery is learning centre about Buddhist religion and there are 424 recognized Buddhist school run by monastery for formal education (Source: Wikipedia, 28 December, 2015). In higher education, the number of government and private universities are closer. International schools are affiliated to education board of other countries such as Britain, USA, Canada and Australia etc. International schools also belong to private..
International schools are for business class people and tuition fees are very expensive. There are many International schools in Thailand. They are truly international in terms of environment and management. Students are from different countries and teachers are also from different nationalities.
International schools in India and international schools in Thailand are very different. In India, international schools are just by name, and everything from students, teachers, management, learning atmosphere, and teaching-learning are all in Indian style. But international schools in Thailand or in another countries are truly in international atmosphere. Tuition fees at international schools range from Rs 5 lakhs to 13 lakhs per year.
There has been a wave of English medium instruction class since the past 10-15 years ago. Under this influence, well equipped schools run private classes inside the system of government schools.
They are called MEP (Mini English Program) and EP (English Program). In MEP program, most of the main subjects such as mathematics and science are taught in English. In EP program, all the subjects are taught in English except Thai Language subject which is similar characteristic to private schools of Manipur. Government schools have free education system however students pay a little amount of money as admission fee. MEP and EP programs are private, so students are paying around Rs 60,000-70,000 per year. There are two semesters in a year.
Private schools with medium of instruction in English have tuition fees ranging from Rs 2-3 lakhs per year.
School Atmosphere
Discipline: Thai schools and universities are very strict about their school uniform. Uniform and books are heavily discounted for government schools up to 12 standard. Students will arrive school before 8:00am. On daily basis, 4-5 teachers will be standing at the gate and greet the students every day taking turn one after another. Hair, nail, ear rings, shocks, and uniform must be checked carefully at the school gate. This is the beginning of school discipline of the day. Students must bow down their head with folding hands. If the head bow is not polite enough and satisfactory, the teacher will correct to make it to acceptable gesture which begins Thais’ respect for each other.
School assembly starts at 8:00 am and classes start from 8:30 am. Schools close at 4:30pm. Students are not allowed wearing shoes inside the classroom. They must remove and keep it outside or inside the room but at the back of the room. Discipline and politeness reflects to Thailand’s major attraction of tourists which indirectly helps to boost tourism industry.
Classroom: Most of the classrooms install computer and projector, and TV along with whiteboard.
They use modern teaching and learning aids in the classroom. All the rooms will be fitted with fans, power outlet, microphone jack, wall speaker, overhead projector, air conditioners in most of the classrooms, smart-board which is connected to main computer and it works as touch screen. Library is equipped with computerized system. Mini theatre room is arranged with audio-visual, screen for seminar or meeting. There is usually auditorium hall for every school for meeting, gathering, and to perform activities. Computer literacy is good at school level and it is accessible to all students.
When the students are in class 8th level they have done Microsoft office, creating games using Microsoft office, multimedia-sound and video editing, and basic programming and learning computer languages.
Every student has his own place and is accepted if he is good at any field not only in academic field. Hardly any students will fail. Whether good or bad, students are kept in the school and their education will be going on and on, and when it comes 9th standard, weaker students will be sorted out and they will be sent to vocational training schools. This is very important point we can learn from them. School will not remove them straight by failing them. When they have grown up, and knew their sense of responsibility, they started thinking and taking up any course suitable with them even though they are not allowed to continue in general course. Otherwise their career might have been ruined by failing them.
English Learning: English learning and class with English medium have been growing popular in Thailand over the past 10-15 years with program such as MEP (Mini English Program ) and EP (English Program). Most of the schools hire teachers from USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Filipinos constitute the largest number of teachers from Asian countries.
Many language courses are offered at school. Popular foreign languages are English, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, and Germany.
Exchange Program: Foreign student exchange program through AFS (American Field Service of youth exchange program) which is intercultural interaction program for one year exchanging students is popular. Many foreign students come to Thailand, and many Thai students go to foreign countries under this program. The students are exposed to outsiders, and this reflects to their personal job, career, and business later in their future. When European and American students return home, they got special credit points from the exchange program that added to their overall high school scores.
Most of these foreign students came to get cultural exposure and to have experience of different culture before joining to university. Students from Thailand will go for exchange program at any level. In our education system of Manipur, when a class 10th or 12th students spend one year and came home after exchange program, his credit or certificate will not be accepted in mainstream education, so the whole point and value of exchange will be useless and time wasting things. For example, a Thai student joins exchange program during class 10, then he comes back the following year, he can join class at 11th standard. They value the experience as an important part of learning. This is not the case in Manipur. In Manipur, we learn for examination only and it doesn’t matter much for your participation or experience as long as you show a certificate with good score and that influences for unfair means during exams to get good score.
School-A Mini Community: Thais pay much more attention to extracurricular activities, sports, health education, and art. In India, schools are considered for only text book learning. In Thailand, schools and social activities are closely related. All social activities, religious ceremonies will be organized and celebrated within the school system. Students learn all kinds of skills such as cooking, weaving, farming, recycling materials, etc through projects. In many schools, students will cook and sell food once a week inside the campus. Healthy life and sports are highly encouraged. Annual sports days are celebrated around the same time in many schools all over Thailand. In the same way universities sports days are also celebrated almost at the same time throughout the whole country but in different time from high school. School children run bank inside school and they learn money management from early age. Art, music, handicraft, hydroponic plantation, etc are actively participated by students. School is a place for social gathering and it is the place where children love to come and play but in Manipur, school is such a boring and burdensome place. Students tried to avoid school in Manipur. All school children have their lunch at school, so every school manages school canteen well.
Entry to University: There is no board exam to complete high school. Every school will conduct their own examinations. However there is a test called O-NET (Ordinary National Educational Test) to see the quality of students. There is no pass or fail score for this test. Students who are studying final year in primary school that is class 6, and high school students of class 9, class 12 students must take this test. Admission to universities or colleges is managed through central admission procedure. So, students who are learning 12 standard must take GAT (General Aptitude Test) for the purpose of university admission. However there is also university’s own test that can admit students apart from allotted students by centralized admission procedure.
Scholarship and Student Loan: Scholarship are given to academically excellent students, socio economically backward families, as well as to those students who perform good work for the society. For higher studies, not only government institutions, there are many organizations, business offices who offer scholarship with an agreement that the student will work for the organization or the office after finishing the course. Any organization -government or private, they want to attract highly potential good candidate to work for them. Students loan is easy to find. In India student loan is just for a few lucky students, few students out of thousands. Getting student loan is not easy task in Manipur.
Students and Politics: In a period of more than a decade, we have never seen students campaigning for student election which is commonly seen in Manipur. There is election of course for students’ leadership selection but they don’t waste time in politics during study. We have gone through too much far in Manipur by taking all sorts of issues in students’ hands such as social issues and politics. But in Thailand, politics and students don’t mix. Thai students never waste their study time for politics but it is totally contrast compared with the system in Manipur.
Teachers and Their Responsibility: Thai teachers are more sincere and they know their responsibility. They will come to school without any absence. The principal and head of department will strictly check their attendance. Colleagues will raise voice if any teacher is missing from his/her duty. In Manipur, all teachers are their own boss. The head of the school cannot control over a teacher if he does not perform his duty. Because of this people’s work ethic, taking responsibility in their hands and level of sincerity, they are more advance and we are still in third world.
Part Time Job and Practice Skills: Students are allowed to work part time at 24/7 opening shops, and malls etc. to practice skills by selling, exposing to business and marketing. They are paid for their time and service. In Manipur, when a nurse wants to practice in a clinic or hospital, the clinic/hospital demands money from the practicing nurse. We have never heard this in other countries that people work for a clinic or hospital and the clinic/hospital gets money from the persons who work for them. It is just total opposite. But in Thailand, students can practice their skill but they are respected and they get something for their time and energy. Scope of Education as Foreign Students in Thailand Bangkok is vibrant cosmopolitan city. It is famous for shopping, sight seeing, and it is a major tourist attraction in the world. It serves a transit hub to neighboring countries such as Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, and then to Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia by bus and train. Once you landed in Bangkok you can easily access to the neighboring countries quite easily by land. Being a cosmopolitan city, it is busy centre of business in southeast Asia. Education here also quite reflects to the nature of business, people, and global influence. Our youths move out from northeast to main city of India for education. In a new horizon of outlook, you can explore Bangkok in your map of educational destination.
Here are the potential advantages you will get by going school or university in Thailand.
1. No Student Will Fail
In Manipur’s education system students will be failed. Teachers are happy to fail students which is a
form of punishment for not working hard or for weakness in study. In Thai education system,
students will hardly fail if it is not exceptional cases. Exams will be conducted by schools
themselves up to 12 class. Unlike our Manipur’s system, if any student fails due to absence from
examination or due to poor mark, you still have chances to consult with your teacher who teaches
the subject till you pass the exam. In our system of Manipur, if you are absent on the day of
examination due to accident or illness, or fail due to poor score, we are sorry. No excuses and goodbye, see you again next year. Because of this, every year students and parents of class 10 and 12 suffer from psychological illness. You don’t worry from this fear in Thai education system. The
system in Thailand is to nurture your child, not to destroy your child’s carrier by punishing in the
examination.
2. Career Opportunity
Study and schooling in Bangkok must be a new horizon in your career. Whatever you learn in India, the same topics and subjects will be learning in American classroom, British classroom, so does in Bangkok. The differences are how people manage things, how people interact with each other. The
more you see, the more your mind and thought will be opening up. This is how education works and
in that way you learn to cope up with problems and situation in your future career and business.
Classroom is much more modern compared with Indian schools or universities. Growing up in Thailand, you can see a number of business and work opportunity not only in Thailand but also in southeast Asian countries such as Singapore and Malaysia which is one day journey by bus. You have the opportunity to travel most of the ASEAN nations easily if you live in Bangkok.
3. Chance to Get Admission
In a large population and with poverty, our government cannot arrange enough number of seats in each discipline. You want to study medicine but you cannot get admission, there is no way to pursue your dream course. According to UN expert, India needs to double the university from the existing ones to educate our youths but our government cannot afford it. In this situation only a fraction of students get admitted in their dream career subjects. There is more chance to get admission in Thai universities as foreign student. But there is no course in medicine for foreign students. You have chances for other courses including engineering courses. But be ready your English skill because
you are going to another country and it is required for admission.
4. Learn Thai Language
If you go to school in Thailand, naturally you will be picking and learning Thai language. If you can communicate in a foreign language, you have better opportunity for employment and you are about to able to do business with Thai people. This is an opening the door of opportunity.
5. Food and Weather
Food and climate are nothing strange to you in Thailand. Whatever we eat in Manipur, you can find
plenty of them in Thailand. The taste of Thai food will be nothing new to you once you taste it, unlike mainland Indian food. We are much more closer to Thai in terms of foods and drinks.
Yongchak, Soibum, fermented fish, vegetables, eatable insects, meat, fish so on and so forth.
Weather will not torture you in Thailand.
6. Second Class Citizen Feeling
When you go to another city in India, you will feel second class citizen with our mongoloid face (Sorry to say this but our personal experiences).You will never have this feeling in Thailand. You just feel as if you are living in your hometown as the surrounding people and their culture will not be a shock to you. People are friendly. Nobody will call you and talk behind you ‘Chinky’ as it is in other
states of India. Local people will just feel you like their local fellow people. If they found you
foreigner, they will react even friendlier, not like as fearful feeling as in Delhi or Kolkata.
7. Opportunities for Learning Other Foreign Languages
If you study in Thai high school, you have the opportunity to learn other foreign languages easily.
English and Chinese are taught in almost all schools, and French, Japanese, Korean, German are also taught to a bit less extent. You will learn Thai without any struggle as time passes. Bangkok has much more opportunity for learning foreign languages than any cities of India. You can learn any
foreign language easily which you will never see or heard of that opportunity in Manipur. Teaching
and learning is more in participation and practical in nature while in India, learning is mostly in
theory and students might not able to work directly after they finished their course in India because
of our teaching and learning depends heavily only on theory.
8. Admission
In Thailand new school session will begin on 15 May every year. Admission for foreign students should start by January and February. All documents and paperwork should be done by April and May. There are two semesters in a year. There is no winter holiday in Thailand as winter is almost unknown in Thailand. Some universities have autumn intake/admission. For university students,
some universities provide hostel. Their hostels are very different from our India university hostels.
The room, canteen, floors, and surroundings are neat and clean like expensive hotel in India. Free internet will be provided in the hostels and university campus. If you want to stay in private apartment, there are plenty of them. Rental will be much cheaper compared with apartment in India with same facilities as supply is much more plenty in Thailand whereas in India rental is very costly due to demand far exceeds than supply with the large population size. In the university, nursing, hotel management, tourism course and hospitality courses are popular among the foreign students.
Thais are famous in these areas very well so they are really famous in tourism sector, as well as in medical tourism too. You can see more foreign students in the above mentioned disciplines. All other modern courses are offered in the university.
If you like to know more about education, courses or admission, contact Mr.Dina at the following address below.
Writers’ Profile:
Chingakham Dina- Working at Pathumwiali School, Pathumthani Thailand. Also taught in
Cambodia / Can be reached at chingakham(at)yahoo (dot)com
Arambam Karamjit- Teacher SKN School, Nonthaburi, Thailand/Former Retail Outlet Manager,
Hang Ten Co Ltd, Singapore / Can be reached at ronin9992008 @gmail.com
Khwairakpam Sunita- Works at Pathumwilai School, Pathumthani Thailand / Can be reached at sunita.khwairakpam( at)yahoo(dot)com

JAC demands punishment against accused duo

IMPHAL, Apr 04 MU: The JAC against the suspicious death of N Sopia demanded punishment of father and son duo from Thanga Hameiba Leikai, which is alleged to be main accused of the incident. Speaking to media person in regards at Manipur Press Club this afternoon, JAC co-convenor, S Premabati said that the JAC have […]

IMPHAL, Apr 04 MU: The JAC against the suspicious death of N Sopia demanded punishment of father and son duo from Thanga Hameiba Leikai, which is alleged to be main accused of the incident.
Speaking to media person in regards at Manipur Press Club this afternoon, JAC co-convenor, S Premabati said that the JAC have receive information the accused are trying to bail out and if those accused were found to move out on bail then intense action will be taken up with several types of agitation along with women CSOs.
She also appealed the concern police to submit charge sheet for speedy justice, and alleged that deceased Ningthoujam Sopia was a murdered and not a suicide.
Several accused have been move out bailed which is serious issue and inculcate other persons that any crimes can be done and there is a room to escape through bail which is a gross injustice toward the victims, wherein several crimes and tortures against women society is increasing day by day.
Proper judgment and punishment must be given to every helpless victim; despite approving to move out on bail is a gross injustice which makes trauma to the victim. It may be recalled that the decease N Sopia of Thanga Salam Leikai d/o N Shamjai was found dead on February 6 at ThangaHameibanLaikai.

CM demands support from centre to make NFSA effective

Manipur Information Centre NEW DELHI , October 1: Welcoming the National Food Security Act 2013, Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh described the Act as an opportunity to address the issues that the State had been facing for many years and it would benefit the people of Manipur ensuring effective Public Distribution System in Manipur. […]

Manipur Information Centre
NEW DELHI , October 1: Welcoming the National Food Security Act 2013, Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh described the Act as an opportunity to address the issues that the State had been facing for many years and it would benefit the people of Manipur ensuring effective Public Distribution System in Manipur.
In the letters addressed to the Prime minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh, Chairperson of UPA and NAC Sonia Gandhi and the Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distrbution Prof K.V.Thomas on September 29 ahead to the Conference of Food Ministers of States held today, the Manipur Chief Minister said, “ The Act gives us a lot of challenges as it needs to be enforced vigorously to meet its objective failing which our accountability will increase many fold”.
Referring to the annual allocation for Manipur at 1.51 lakhs MT calculated by the Government of India on the average annual offtake of 1.30 lakhs MT during 2010-11 to 2012-13; The Chief Minister said, “ This is much lower than our requirement of 1.71 lakhs MT of foodgrains”. He stated that there were long blockades, bandhs and landslides that severely affected induction of foodgrains into Manipur by the Food Corporation of India during 2010 and the lower offtake in Manipur was not due to lesser need but external factors.
He demanded the Centre to increase the annual allocation of foodgrains for Manipur either rising of the annual allocation or through provision of additional and adhoc allocations for rice and wheat on monthly basis.
The Chief Minister mentioned that the Government of India had asked all States to report their preparedness to implement the National Security Act, 2013. He expressed, “ Manipur is very keen to implement it but not yet prepared due to many shortfalls in infrastructure, logistical requirements, lack of fund and manpower and many other problems which the other States may not face”.
He emphasized the need for an extensive support from the Central Government to meet the requirements like construction of FCI godowns at Imphal East, Bishnupur, Jiribam, Chandel, Thoubal and Tamenglong; completion of construction of godowns at Churachandpur and Senapati; construction of 60,000 MT capacity godowns at State Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Imphal for buffer stocking so as to keep bufferstocks for at least six months; construction of godowns at interior areas at Tousem and Tamei in Tamenglong District, at Parbung in Churachandpur District; construction of 2700 Fair Price Shop(FPS) buildings of one-room each at central location of all FPS centres; and procurement of transportation vehicles with GPS tracking system for PDS foodgrains including door step delivery.
The Manipur Chief Minister looked forward to a strong commitment from the Central Government in terms of enabling the Government of Manipur which had the poorest road and rail connectivity, far-off and remote location from the mainland, bad law and order situation with insurgency, difficult terrains, acute financial constraints of the State Government, lack of adequate infrastructure and trained manpower; so that the historic Act could be a game-changer for a food-deficit State like Manipur and a harbinger of food security through an effective mechanism for the people of Manipur.
In an another letter addressed to the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Prof K.V.Thomas, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh expressed his happiness for agreeing to the State Government’s proposal for setting up a separate office of the General Manager of Food Corporation of India for Manipur. He invited the Union Minister to visit Manipur for inauguration of newly set up office of the General Manager of FCI at Imphal along with the completed FCI godown at Mayangkhang in Senapati District within October this year.

India intolerant to dissent : AI

IMPHAL, Oct 1 NNN : The detention of Irom Sharmila Chanu, , for close to thirteen years for her prolonged hunger strike is a continuing reminder of India’s intolerance to dissent, Amnesty International India said today. Raghu Menon, Networks and Advocacy Coordinator of Amnesty International in India said, “Irom Sharmila is a Prisoner of Conscience, […]

IMPHAL, Oct 1 NNN : The detention of Irom Sharmila Chanu, , for close to thirteen years for her prolonged hunger strike is a continuing reminder of India’s intolerance to dissent, Amnesty International India said today.
Raghu Menon, Networks and Advocacy Coordinator of Amnesty International in India said, “Irom Sharmila is a Prisoner of Conscience, who is being held solely for her peaceful expression of her beliefs,” said Shashikumar Velath, Programmes Director of Amnesty International India. “Authorities must drop all charges against her, and release her immediately and unconditionally.”
Irom Sharmila has been on an indefinite fast since 2 November 2000, demanding the lifting of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA).
She was arrested by the Manipur police shortly after she began her hunger strike and charged with attempting to commit suicide – a criminal offence under Indian law. In March 2013, a Delhi court also charged Sharmila with attempting to commit suicide in October 2006, when she staged a protest in Delhi for two days.
Irom Sharmila has never been convicted of attempting to commit suicide. However, as the offence is punishable with imprisonment for up to one year only, she has been regularly released after completing a year in judicial custody, only to be re-arrested shortly after as she continues her fast, the Amnesty International said.

More blood banks to be opened

Imphal, Mar 1 MNS/NNN: The health minister Phungzathang Tonsing said, the government is trying to improve the health sector. The govt. has taken up works to set up a blood bank each in Senapati and Moreh. He was speaking as chief guest at the national voluntary blood donation day at DM College multipurpose hall today. […]

Imphal, Mar 1 MNS/NNN: The health minister Phungzathang Tonsing said, the government is trying to improve the health sector. The govt. has taken up works to set up a blood bank each in Senapati and Moreh.
He was speaking as chief guest at the national voluntary blood donation day at DM College multipurpose hall today. Blood is most important in the life of human being. Govt. is trying to supply more blood. Blood banks have already been set up at RIMS, JNIMS and Churachandpur district hospital.
Manipur State AIDS Control Society (MACS) and State Blood Transfusion Council jointly observed the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day today at Multipurpose Hall, D. M College campus here under theme “Voluntary blood donation will cost you nothing but it will save a life”.
Speaking on the occasion, Health minister Phungzathang Tonsing highlighted that like many other countries developed in medical science, Manipur too is growing rapidly in the field with the introduction of highly advanced machines and technology for medical treatment. Mentioning of three blood banks existing at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and one at Churachandpur District Hospital, the minister declared that three more blood banks will be set up, one each at Senapati, Thoubal and Moreh districts. The minister appealed the need of people between age group 18-65 years to donate blood in order for the blood banks to survive.
Dr Suhel Akhtar encouraged that people between the age group of 18-65 years who are free of disease and who have the weight of 45 kg and above should donate blood every three months as blood is precious and humans cannot invent blood even in this advanced technology. He also added that more awareness camps are needed to give knowledge of voluntary blood donation.
The club 25 inter Manipur organized a cycle rally in Imphal in connection with the national blood donation on the theme to promote young blood donors.
The rally was flagged off by RK Nimai, commissioner, art and culture from Kangla gate. The rallyists passed through B.T road, Uripok, Naoremthong, Tera, Kwakteithel, Keishamthong, Yaiskul and later assembled at Kangla.

Hearing of Satyabhama case on October 17

IMPHAL, Oct 1 NNN : The three accused in the Ningombam Satyabhama murder case appeared in the court of Imphal West District and Sessions Judge here on Tuesday, but the next hearing of the case has been fixed on October 17. However, the trio had to give their signatures inside the prison van for their […]

Accused in Satyabhama killing case produced before court.

Accused in Satyabhama killing case produced before court.22

IMPHAL, Oct 1 NNN : The three accused in the Ningombam Satyabhama murder case appeared in the court of Imphal West District and Sessions Judge here on Tuesday, but the next hearing of the case has been fixed on October 17.
However, the trio had to give their signatures inside the prison van for their appearance before the court as large number of women hailing from several women organizations including Khwairamband bazaar vendors stormed the Chierap Court complex shouting slogans.
All the accused remained inside the van because the situation appeared insecure for them to personally present before the Judge as the agitating women started shouting slogans after surrounding the accused.
The Judge then put off the next hearing of the case on October 17.
The women protestors held placards that read “We Demand Justice for Satyabhama and “Hang the Culprits.”
The prison van later sped away from the site under heavy security arrangement.
The three accused in the Satyabhama brutal murder case are Toijam Theus, 27, of Thambalkhong Sabal Leikai, Thoudam Jibon, 27, of Irilbung Macha Ahal Mayai Leikai and Biju Kshetrimayum 28, of Irilbung Bazaar.
Satyabhama, a research scholar of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) was found murdered at Bashikhong Loumanbi in Imphal East district on April 3, 2013.

Love the senior citizens: Mirabai

Imphal, Oct 1 MNS/NNN: The social welfare minister AK Mirabai said it is inhumane to treat senior citizens badly. Atrocities on olders have been reported in this state. To reduce such incidents, it is necessary among us to make aware of the same. The minister was speaking at the international olders day at Iboyaima Shumang […]

Imphal, Oct 1 MNS/NNN: The social welfare minister AK Mirabai said it is inhumane to treat senior citizens badly. Atrocities on olders have been reported in this state. To reduce such incidents, it is necessary among us to make aware of the same.
The minister was speaking at the international olders day at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Sanglen today.
The govt. by taking up various schemes is trying the make senior citizens live happily. Every district has opened tribunal which will extend compensation to those older who were driven out from their respective houses. Altogether 16 old age homes have been set up in nine districts.
Mirabai said the state Government has recently initiated a policy to set up tribunals for elderly people in all the districts so that all these people, who have been forced out from their homes by their own children, can get suitable compensation through these proposed courts.
Mirabai said the Social Welfare Department has so far given pension to 72, 514 aged persons in the state under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension scheme and another 45, 905 persons have availed pension under the state’s own similar scheme.
Admitting that elderly people are facing increasing harassment and maltreatment from their own children in the state, Mirabai said this type of ill-treatment and spite meted out to their own old parents is nothing but cruelty.
The minister was speaking on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons 2013 observed at Iboyaima Shumang Lila Shanglen, Palace Compound here. This year’s edition of the observation was held on the theme “The Future We Want; What Older Persons are Saying.”
She also called for a joint effort of the Government and the public to mitigate cases of elderly people in the state who have been victimised by their own children.
Informing that the Social Welfare Department has been taking up various schemes to take care of older people, Mirabai said the department has initiated a latest policy to establish tribunals in every district to deal with their cases so that they can get proper compensation.
She further informed a total of 16 Old Age Homes have been kept open by the Government in the all the nine districts of the state to nurture older people.
Many older persons from different parts of the state were honoured by presenting shawls on the occasion. Md Fajur Rahim, chairman, WAKF Board, Manipur, Yaiskul constituency MLA E Chand, Social Welfare Director L Ibobi, Manipur Women Commission chairperson Dr L Ibetombi, Manipur State Protection of Child Rights chairperson A Nabachandra were also present on the occasion.
Md. Fazrool Rahman, L. Ibobi, director, social welfare, Dr. M. Ibetombi, chairperson, MSWC and Nabachandra of Manipur state protection for child rights were the presidium members.
The day organized by Senior Citizen for society was also observed at Shija Hospital Langol.

Mahatma Gandhi: An Ace Communicator

O. P. Sharma Mahatma Gandhi, “The Father of the Nation” is one of the greatest freedom fighter, a revolutionary social reformer and above all an ace communicator. Not only he held lofty principles but he effectively propagated his message among the masses by using the then existing media, mostly the print as well as through […]

O. P. Sharma
Mahatma Gandhi, “The Father of the Nation” is one of the greatest freedom fighter, a revolutionary social reformer and above all an ace communicator. Not only he held lofty principles but he effectively propagated his message among the masses by using the then existing media, mostly the print as well as through public meetings. Among his other qualities of leadership he was the best communicator. His distinguish quality was that he truthfully believed in the message and skillfully conveyed his philosophy which he himself also practiced. He sent his thoughts through the life by setting a personal example. His autobiography titled “My Experiments with Truth” narrates the actual life he lived and practised his principles for setting a personal example. This was also the secret of his success as a communicator.
More than anyone else, Mahatma Gandhi recognized that skillful communication is the most effective tool to shape public opinion and mobilize it for popular support. He was successful because he had a latent skill in communication that surfaced in South Africa where he started during 1903 “The Indian Opinion”. Gandhi’s journalism belonged to an era where there were no modern mass communication gadgets. He did make use of his mighty pen to convey his heart to millions of his followers and admirers across the globe.
Successful Media Use
After return to his motherland on January 9, 1913, he spearheaded the freedom struggle. Gandhiji did make best use of the nationalist press and his own journals: Young India, Navjeevan and other periodicals to reach the masses in every nook and corner of the country. He also knew that the secret of reaching out to the hearts of people living in the rural areas was through the age-old oral traditions as also public lectures, prayers meetings and padayatras (walks). He used all the available means of communication channels of the time to give a new direction to the national struggle and assumed the inspiring leadership on the national scenario and won the freedom through the unique technique of non-violence, Satyagraha, truthfulness.
Gandhiji never for a moment minimized the important role of newspapers (then radio was under the British Government control and the television channels were non-existent). He would scan through all the newspapers and reply suitably to any misrepresentation or distortion of facts. It is to his credit that he did use the traditional and modern media of communication with telling effect.
Trend-Setting Style
Gandhiji made his personality felt through the columns of Young India and other periodicals. The impending change was visible from the very beginning. He turned those into his “views papers” ventilating his point of view .The Young India sold more copies than the combined total circulation of several other newspapers in the country. There were not only new thoughts, simple but stylish language and a fresh air of fine quality of journalistic writings. It is a unique feature that Gandhiji had not been accepting advertisements for his periodicals and what is more, he had allowed his articles to be freely reproduced in most other newspapers in India or elsewhere.
Gandhiji proved that style was the master and his writings were complete departure from the one that was in practice. His English was biblical and he was meticulous about the use of proper words at the particular moment. Above all, his sentences were simple and lucid. In fact, he wrote from his heart and directed it to the hearts of his targeted readership. Gandhiji himself declared all his journals as ‘views papers” because all of them were organs of political and social movements which discussed with intensity and concentration the public problems.
Gandhian Era
Gandhiji, in fact, brought many new elements which introduced a free life in the field of journalism. Many of his followers were moved to write and publish in the Indian languages and regional journalism began to acquire an importance and there was hardly an area in the country that did not have its newspapers.
An effective communicator, Gandhiji was fearless and eloquent with his words. He reached out to millions of people and convinced them of his cause. Gandhiji was probably the greatest journalist of all time, and the weeklies he edited were probably the great example of weeklies of that period. He published no advertisements but the same time he did not let his newspapers run at a loss. He wrote simply and clearly but forcefully, with passion and burning indignation.
Indelible Imprints
“One of the objects of a newspaper, he said, is to understand the popular feeling and give expression to it, another is to arouse among the people certain desirable sentiments, and the third is fearlessly to expose popular defects”, Mahatma Gandhi has always stressed.
The Father of the Nation was not only one of the greatest freedom fighter with his unique technique of non-violence but was the best communicator who mobilized the public opinion for attainment of freedom. Gandhiji made optimal use of other channels of communication very efficiently and effectively as he had a rare knack of “inventing apt news events” to get the best coverage by the media. Mahatma Gandhi exercised his high moral values in his political life and practice of mass communication which stands out as a light house for all times to come. (PIB Features)

Lalu Prasad Yadav in jail

Former Chief Minister of Bihar Lalu Prashad Yadav was sent to jail for his involvement in fodder scam. He may be disqualified from the parliament membership. This is a sad end to the illustrious career of a big politician of his stature. The historic verdict of the CBI court gives strong warning to the corrupt […]

Former Chief Minister of Bihar Lalu Prashad Yadav was sent to jail for his involvement in fodder scam. He may be disqualified from the parliament membership. This is a sad end to the illustrious career of a big politician of his stature. The historic verdict of the CBI court gives strong warning to the corrupt members and would be members of the house that they cannot play with the law in hand and resort to the activities that make themselves happy. All that had happened indicates power corrupts human mind. Lalu was a good student leader before he took up politics as a profession. When he was young he would not have thought of doing what he did. Sycophants thronging around such leaders are also responsible for giving false advice to the leaders for doing what they did. Leaders should be able to close ears to the false advice given by the sycophants for at the end the sufferers happen to be the leaders themselves. Lalu Prasad is a great leader, who knows to which direction the wind is blowing. His witty remark when the opposition parties questioned the locus standi of the Congress President Sonia Gandhi over the issue of making her Prime Minister of the country was really thought provoking. He questioned the logic behind the opposition demand. He said, what is this tradition that cannot accept a woman even after marriage as sister in law of a family. Hindu law was challenged by opposition parties when Sonia was rebuked saying she cannot become prime minister of India because she is an Italian. The law says a woman becomes a part of the family after marrying into one of the family members. Lalu stood solidly behind Sonia saying she can become Prime Minister of India. Nevertheless Sonia Gandhi turned down the pressure from the workers and other leaders of Congress party and made Dr. Manmohon Prime Minister of India. Since then things have changed. Lalu continued to maintain close relationship with Congress party. Congress party also attempted to protect him. The controversial ordinance, which Rahul Gandhi described as non sense was construed as a tool to protect tainted leaders like Lalu. Congress did not betray the friendship. Congress party did not attempt to abandon a sinking ship. Lalu understands that so he did not say anything when Rahul flayed the ordinance. A lesson should be learnt from all that happened in Bihar. One must know howsoever big a person may be he cannot remain above law. The long hand of law can touch anybody.

Four years rigorous imprisonment for former Minister

MNS: The Special Judge for CBI Cases, Tis Hazari Courts, New Delhi has today sentenced four years Rigorous Imprisonment to Shri Rasheed Masood, the then Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare; Shri Gurdial Singh, then Resident Commissioner, Tripura Bhawan, New Delhi (IPS, Retired) & Shri Amal Kumar Roy, then Secretary to Chief […]

MNS: The Special Judge for CBI Cases, Tis Hazari Courts, New Delhi has today sentenced four years Rigorous Imprisonment to Shri Rasheed Masood, the then Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare; Shri Gurdial Singh, then Resident Commissioner, Tripura Bhawan, New Delhi (IPS, Retired) & Shri Amal Kumar Roy, then Secretary to Chief Minister, Tripura(IAS, Retired). The Court has also sentenced eight private persons i.e Geeta Banik; Bipul Kanti Rakshit; Sonia; Sachidanand Dwivedi; Kumari Kirti; Giti Puri; Roopa Ghosh & Udai Shankar Sharma to undergo one year Rigorous Imprisonment. The case of Hemant Saluja has been sent to Juvenile Justice Board and fixed for 22.10.2013.
CBI had registered the case on the directions of Hon’ble Guwahati High Court, Agartala Bench, Agartala passed vide Order 1.2.1996 in Civil Misc. Case No.53 of 1996. It was alleged that the public servants misused their official position on behalf of the Government of India and Tripura to fraudulently making nomination letters in favour of students acquainted/ known to them for obtaining admissions to MBBS/ BDS Courses in various colleges situated all over India during the period 1989-1990. These public servants were not authorized to nominate any students for any MBBS/ BDS admissions.
The students who benefitted from these fraudulent nominations were also ineligible for admissions—they were neither in the merit list as per the Entrance Examination nor were they permanent residents of Tripura.
Investigation was conducted in different parts of the country, including Delhi, Tripura, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Pondicherry. More than one hundred witnesses and voluminous records were seized to build up the case against the accused persons.
After thorough investigation, CBI filed chargesheets against accused persons U/s 120-B of IPC r/w Sec. 420, 468 and 471 of IPC and U/s 13 (2) r/w Sec. 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
The Trial Court found the accused persons guilty & convicted them on 19.09.2013 for offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and criminal misconduct in a case relating to fraudulently making nomination letters in favour of students acquainted/ known to them for obtaining admissions to MBBS/ BDS Courses in various colleges.