PPI programme held

Mail News Service Imphal, Feb 19: Pulse polio immunization programme was held today. 5/9 Gorkha Rifles under the aegis of Red Shied Division provided assistance to civil helath department to carry out pulse polio immunisation in Gothal, Kwakta and saiton villages. Approx 250 children were givens the polio drops and the Regimental Medical Officer of […]

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Imphal, Feb 19: Pulse polio immunization programme was held today.
5/9 Gorkha Rifles under the aegis of Red Shied Division provided assistance to civil helath department to carry out pulse polio immunisation in Gothal, Kwakta and saiton villages. Approx 250 children were givens the polio drops and the Regimental Medical Officer of 5/9 Gorkha Rifles made people understand the importance of this polio immunisation. In Ningthoukhong 6/8 Gorkha Rifles under the aegis of Red Shield Division and PHC, jointly organised a Pulse Polio Camp at Ningthoukhong on 19 February 2012. 145 children from all walks of life benefited from the camp. It was the first such jointly organised camp by Army and civil authorities in this area. In Maram 5 Assam Rifles organised the Pulse polio immunisation drive. The pulse polio program was organised by SMO 5 AR Deputy Comdt T NK Ching assisted by Nb/Sub P K Choudhary of the Battalion alongwith a team of Nursing assistants of the Battalion deployed at all COB’s who established OPV contact teams for remote areas at all COB locations which aided in the establishment of 11 Oral Polio Vaccination Booths.
The vaccination drive commenced from 0630hr till 1500 hr and provided Vaccination to a total of 449 children.

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Antony’s visit to AP getting attention

Pradeep Kumar Itanagar, Feb 19 (ANI): Defence Minister AK Antony is scheduled to arrive here on a two-day trip to attend the golden jubilee of Statehood Day on February 19. Antony is expected to review the border situation from all angles, from military build-up to road development with the high-ranking defence officers. Of the total […]

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Itanagar, Feb 19 (ANI): Defence Minister AK Antony is scheduled to arrive here on a two-day trip to attend the golden jubilee of Statehood Day on February 19.
Antony is expected to review the border situation from all angles, from military build-up to road development with the high-ranking defence officers. Of the total 3,500-km border India shares with China , 1,080-km touches Arunachal Pradesh.
Any statement which Defence Minister Antony makes, after getting first hand feedback from the army top brass and state Governor JJ Singh, a former Army chief, particularly from nation’s security view point, will be watched by the global media particularly Beijing.
Antony had made his maiden tour to the state (Tawang) in April 2008.
Anthony, in a written reply to questions from Rajya Sabha members, had said: “On July 13 this year, a PLA patrol attempted to cross a 200 feet wall of loose stones constructed 250 metres on our side of LAC in Yangtse area of Tawang, which was prevented by our troops. The stone wall was partially damaged by PLA, which has been reconstructed.”
After drawing Anthony’s attention on the slow progress of BRO road work in his office on January 13. Arunachal’s Planning, Finance & PWD Minister Chowna Mein sent another letter to him recently expressing his disappointment.
Addressing jawans at Tawang on April 6, 2008, Antony had said ‘infrastructure development in the Northeast is now a top priority for the Government of India. Infrastructure development in the NE would not only contribute to the security of the nation but also accelerate the growth process of this vital region.
‘In the past, required attention was not given to this region. There is no point in finding fault with anybody. It’s our topmost priority now to develop infrastructure in the North- East’, said Anthony.
Antony, who was accompanied by the then Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor, Defence secretary, Vijay Singh and other senior officials of the ministry had reiterated GoI’s commitment to the modernization of the Armed Forces.
‘Our overall objective is to provide you (Armed Forces personnel) with the latest equipment so that our Armed Forces continue to be one of the best in the world. Our endeavour will be to ensure an all-round welfare of Armed Forces personnel and their families. I wish to assure you that we will do whatever is humanly possible to give you the best’, he had added.

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The Sundarbans – Unique Ecosystem for Wildlife

Kalpana Palkhiwala (PIB Feature.) The Sundarbans is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. It is the estuarine phase of the Ganges as well as Brahmaputra river systems. It lies at the mouth of the Ganges and is spread across areas of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India, forming the seaward […]

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The Sundarbans is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. It is the estuarine phase of the Ganges as well as Brahmaputra river systems. It lies at the mouth of the Ganges and is spread across areas of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India, forming the seaward fringe of the delta. The typical littoral forests of Sundarbans comprises of a host of trees species adopted to the peculiar estuarine condition of high salinity, lack of soil erosion and daily inundation by high tides. The tidal forms and the mangrove vegetation in Sundarbans are responsible for dynamic eco-system vigorous nutrient cycling both terrestrial and aquatic. The whole eco-system is sensitive to change in salinity and the continuous cycle of erosion and deposition is affecting the plant continuously adjusting to the new conditions. The great fight goes on between nature and each individual here for survival, and survival for the fittest.
The forest covers of 4,000 sq km are on Indian Side. It has been declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997. The Sundarbans are separately listed in the UNESCO world heritage list as the Sundarbans for India and the Sundarbans National Park, Bangladesh, which is 6000 sq km area. Sundarbans was designated a Ramsar site on May 21, 1992.
“Sundarban” literally means “beautiful jungle” or “beautiful forest” in the Bengali Language. The characteristic tree are the Sundari (Heritiera littoralis), from which the name of the tract has been derived. It yields a hard wood, used for building, and for making boats, furniture, etc. Other belief is that it is derived from “Samudraban” or “Chandra-bandhe” which was name of a primitive tribe.
Special Status Since 18th Century
The importance of conserving and preserving Sundarbans was realized way back in late 18th century. This is the first mangrove forest in the world which was brought under scientific management. Under the Forest Act, 1865 (Act VIII of 1865), a large area was declared as reserved forest in 1875-76 and the remaining portions of forests was declared as reserve forest the following year. The control was changed from the civil administration district to the Forest Department. The first management plan was written for the period 1893-98. A Forest Division was created in 1879 having its headquarter in Khulna.
Conservation History
The Sundarbans Tiger Reserve, created in 1973, was the part of the then 24-Pargans Division. Subsequently the area comprising of the present tiger reserve was constituted as Reserve Forest in 1978. The area of the Reserve is 2585 sq. km. covering land area of 1600 sq. km. and water body over 985 sq. km. Within this area 1330.12 sq. km. is designated as core area, which was subsequently declared as Sundarban National Park in 1984. An area of 124.40 sq. km. within the core area is preserved as primitive zone to act as gene pool.
Within the buffer zone, Sajnekhali Wildlife sanctuary was created in 1976 covering an area of 362.335 sq. km. considering the importance of the biogeographic region of Bengalian River Forests and its unique biodiversity the National Park area of the Reserve was included in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1985. The whole Sundarbans area was declared as Biosphere Reserve in 1989.
Physiography
To the south the forest meets the Bay of Bengal; to the (contd next col)
The Sundarbans – Unique Ecosystem for Wildlife
east it is bordered by the Baleswar River and to the north there is a sharp interface with intensively cultivated land. The total land area today is 4,143 km2 and the remaining water area of 1,874 sq km encompasses rivers, small streams and canals. Rivers in the Sundarbans are meeting places of salt water and freshwater. Thus, it is a region of transition between the freshwater of the rivers originating from the Ganges and the saline water of the Bay of Bengal.
Biotic factors here play a significant role in physical coastal evolution. For wildlife, a variety of habitats have developed including beaches, estuaries, permanent and semi-permanent swamps, tidal flats, tidal creeks, coastal dunes, back dunes and levees. The mangrove vegetation itself assists in the formation of new landmass and the intertidal vegetation plays an important role in swamp morphology.
Climate Change Impact
The physical development processes along the coast are influenced by a multitude of factors, comprising wave motions, micro and macro-tidal cycles and long shore currents typical to the coastal tract. The shore currents vary greatly along with the monsoon. These are also affected by cyclonic action. Erosion and accretion through these forces maintains varying levels whilst the mangrove vegetation itself provides a remarkable stability to the entire system. During each monsoon season most of the Bengal Delta is submerged. The sediment of the lower delta plain is primarily adverted inland by monsoonal coastal setup and cyclonic events. People living in this area may face two of the greatest challenges in coming years- rising salinity and sea levels caused mostly by subsidence in the region and partly by climate change. The Bengal Basin is slowly tilting towards the east due to neo-tectonic movement, forcing greater freshwater input to the Bangladesh Sundarbans. This might increase the salinity of the Indian Sundarbans.
Flora
The Sundarbans flora is characterized by the abundance of Heritiera fomes, Excoecaria agallocha, Ceriops decandra and Sonneratia apetala. A total 245 genera and 334 plant species were recorded by Prain in 1903. Unlike most of man games in the world the mangroves of Bangladesh are dominated by the Streculianceae and Euphorbiaceae.
Sundari and Gewa occur prominently throughout the area with discontinuous distribution of Dhundul (Xylocarpus granatum) and Kankra. Among grasses and Palms, Poresia coaractata, Myriostachya wightiana, Imperata cylindrical, Phragmites karka, Nypa fruticans are well distributed. Deora is an indicator species for newly accreted mudbanks and is an important species for wildlife, especially spotted deer (Axis axis). Besides the forest, there are extensive areas of brackish and freshwater marshes, intertidal mudflats, sandflats, sand dunes with typical dune vegetation, open grassland on sandy soils and raised areas supporting a variety of terrestrial shrubs and trees.
Fauna
The area is known for the eponymous Royal Bengal Tiger, as well as numerous fauna including species of birds, spotted deer, crocodiles and snakes.
Sundarbans Tiger Reserve provides characteristic type of habitat suitable for animals inhabiting vast tidal swamp area. Because of their intimate association with the estuarine environment, sizeable portion of aquatic and semi-aquatic animal communities are interrelated with the animals inhabiting the land areas. The uniqueness of the habitat is said to have contributed to certain behavioral trends, which are characteristic of Sundarbans tigers only. It is considered that man-eating propensity for tiger in this area is hereditarily acquired over a period of generations in the process of consumption of saline water. Dolphin is the other target specie for planning wildlife management and tourism development.
This unique ecosystem has provided extensive habitats for the River Terrapin (Betagur baska), Indian flap-shelled turtle (Lissemys punctata), peacock soft-shelled turtle (Trionyx hurum), yellow monitor (Varanus flavescens ), water monitor- Salvator Lizard (Varanus salvator), Indian python (Python molurus) and wild pigs. Cheetal, wild boar, rhesus macaque are the main prey species of tiger.
This area serves as the nesting ground for endangered marine turtles like Olive Ridley, Green Turtle and Hawk’s Bill Turtles. The aquatic endangered mammals like Gangetic Dolphins thrive within mangrove creeks close to sea. Numbers of heronries are formed here during monsoon as well as during winter. It is home for Trans-Himalayan migratory birds.
The Reserve has received effective protection under Project Tiger since its creation. The core area is free from all human disturbances like fishing, collection of wood, honey and other forest produces while in buffer zone, fishing honey collection and wood cutting are permitted to a limited extent.
Sundarbans mangrove is the home of a number of endangered and globally threatened species. The creeks of Sundarbans form the home of Estuarine Crocodile and Horse Shoe or King Crab. Aquatic animals like the crabs and fishes are also eaten by Sundarban tiger which occupies the pinnacle of both terrestrial as well as aquatic food-web.
Some species such as hog deer, water buffalo, swamp deer, Javan rhinoceros, single horned rhinoceros and mugger crocodile have become extinct since the beginning of last century. Intensive management takes care of the maintenance and improvement of the habitat through eco-conservation, eco-development, education, training and research. Mud-flats on the periphery of the reserve are artificially regenerated with mangrove plants to meet local fuel wood demand and reduce the pressure on buffer. Non-mangrove plantations are also raised along roads and embankments of the fringe area to cater the need of the fringe people.
The other main activity is controlling man-eating by tigers which existed here since time immemorial and the number of casualties has been reduced from more than 40 to less than 10 per year. This has become possible due to strict control over the movement of the people inside the tiger reserve, alternative income generation and awareness building among people. Use of human-masks, electric human dummies etc. are believed to have also contributed in controlling man-eating by tigers. Measures like erection of branches of genwa, nylon net fencing at forest side and solar illumination at village side at night have however, helped to reduce the incidents of tiger straying. For rescuing the strayed tiger, method of tranquilization using dart gun is also applied where driving of the tiger to the nearby forest is not possible.
The Reserve has successfully launched a special programme to conserve the highly endangered Olive Ridley Turtles. Hatching of Olive Ridley Turtles and River Terrapin is done at Sajnekhali to replenish their population.

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Farcical Goodwill Football match fails to please football enthusiast – E-Pao.net

KanglaOnlineFarcical Goodwill Football match fails to please football enthusiastE-Pao.netImphal, February 19, 2012: The Goodwill Football match between Manipur XI and FC Kickers, Japan organised by the Manipur Tourism Forum ended up as a farce with spe…


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First Round Pulse Polio Immunisation drive held in Manipur – E-Pao.net

First Round Pulse Polio Immunisation drive held in ManipurE-Pao.netImphal, February 19, 2012: Manipur joined the country in administering polio drops to children under five years of age in the first round Pulse Polio immunisation programme held across …

First Round Pulse Polio Immunisation drive held in Manipur
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Imphal, February 19, 2012: Manipur joined the country in administering polio drops to children under five years of age in the first round Pulse Polio immunisation programme held across the State. The campaign was formally launched this morning at the

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Manipur contract lecturers threaten to boycott exams – Times of India

Manipur contract lecturers threaten to boycott examsTimes of IndiaIMPHAL: The agitating All Manipur Hills Contract Basis Lecturers Association has threatened to boycott the ensuing standard XI and XII final examinations scheduled to begin from February…

Manipur contract lecturers threaten to boycott exams
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IMPHAL: The agitating All Manipur Hills Contract Basis Lecturers Association has threatened to boycott the ensuing standard XI and XII final examinations scheduled to begin from February 23 if the government fails to comply with their demands of

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Myanmarese seek entry into India for medical treatment – Times of India

Myanmarese seek entry into India for medical treatmentTimes of IndiaThough the citizens of Myanmar are not permitted to enter Imphal without valid documents, some of them living in Tamu and Namphalong occasionally visit hospitals in the border town of …

Myanmarese seek entry into India for medical treatment
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Though the citizens of Myanmar are not permitted to enter Imphal without valid documents, some of them living in Tamu and Namphalong occasionally visit hospitals in the border town of Moreh in Manipur's Chandel district during their permissible time to

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Rape case shows Mamata in bad light

KOLKATA, Feb 19 (IANS): The efforts of the West Bengal administration, led by the state`s… more »

KOLKATA, Feb 19 (IANS): The efforts of the West Bengal administration, led by the state`s first woman Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, to play down an Anglo-Indian woman`s complaint of being “raped at gun point” after late night partying on fashionable Park Street have raised the hackles of rights bodies and eminent people.

After a series of twists and turns, police claimed to have cracked the case by arresting three youths Saturday, throwing egg on the face of top government functionaries who had doubted the veracity of the woman`s complaint.

A manhunt has also been launched for the prime suspect, who is said to have fled the state.

The incident has raised serious questions on law and order, as it is the latest in a chain of murders as well as shootings and snatchings – many of them in broad daylight – in Kolkata and adjacent areas. There has even been several incidents of packets containing body parts being unearthed.

The alleged rape victim, who is a mother of two and a call centre employee, claimed that while coming out of a posh night club in the wee hours of Feb 6 she was offered a lift by an acquaintance in car.

As the car was about to start, some more people entered it, and she was later raped inside the moving vehicle and then thrown out into the streets.

However, the woman`s claim that the acquaintance was one Lavi Gidwani created confusion as immigration records showed he was in Canada from Jan 2. Later, the woman told a television channel that the man had first introduced himself as Rahman Khan and then gave his name as Lavi Gidwani.

Besides, police mobile call records of two other alleged culprits – Sharafat Ali and Azhar Ali – showed they were far from the spot at the time of occurrence of the alleged crime.

Deputy Commissioner of City Police (Crime) Damayanti Sen Thursday said the “victim” seemed “confused” and “certain technical discrepancies” had to be sorted out before police could come to a conclusion.

Police finally took the erased video footage of the night club on the day of the alleged incident to a cyber lab and nailed the alleged culprits, who were the not the ones originally identified by the woman. It was found that the arrested trio were Ruman Khan, Sumit Bajaj and Nasir.

“One person in the presence of others raped the woman. All of them used fake names while introducing themselves to the woman. So she got confused. The people whose names they took and who were mentioned by the victim initially were not present at the time of the crime,” said Sen.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had claimed Thursday that the incident was “cooked up” to “malign the government”.

Trinamool Congress leader and Sports Minister Madan Mitra went further. While talking to a TV channel, he not only did he question the morality of the woman but went on to say that the complaint was fabricated to extort money.

“She has two children and so far as I know she is separated from her husband. What was she doing at a night club so late in the night?” he asked.

At the state secretariat, a government spokesman even asked whether she was involved with an escort service and referred to an old case of cheating against her father.

What was also shocking is that some police officers had mocked the woman when she went to file her complaint at the Park Street police station. An inquiry has been ordered into the alleged indecent behaviour of the policemen.

West Bengal Women`s Commission chairperson Sunanda Mukherjee, who was handpicked for the post by the chief minister, took exception to the comments made by government functionaries.

“If any woman claims she has been raped then the rule is it has to be looked into with utmost seriousness. None of us have the right to say the allegation is right or wrong when investigation is on,” she said.

Writer Suchitra Bhattacharya said: “No woman will falsely claim that she has been raped. And the character of a woman should not be dragged into the issue. There is a Supreme Court ruling on this.”

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Khursheed`s wife attacked

FARRUKHABAD, Feb 19 (IANS): Louis Khursheed, Congress leader and wife of union Law Minister Salman… more »

FARRUKHABAD, Feb 19 (IANS): Louis Khursheed, Congress leader and wife of union Law Minister Salman Khursheed, had a narrow escape Sunday evening as a group of people pelted stones at a polling booth here, from where she is contesting the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, for allegedly promoting bogus voting.

The protesters charged her with `facilitating voting by her supporters` inside a booth at a primary school in Bibiganj after the 5 p.m. deadline.

As the gates were closed for voting and the people who had queued up were taken in, a group of Bharatiya Janata Party and Bahujan Samaj Party workers gathered near the booth and started shouting slogans.

The protesters even pelted stones at the polling booth where Louis Khursheed was standing. They accused her of trying to influence voters and promoting bogus voting.

Farrukhabad Superintendent of Police Mohit Gupta said that an incident had been reported from Bibiganj and he had asked officials to investigate the matter.

`Such reports have come to me and I have asked Louis Khursheed to send me a formal complaint so that the matter may be looked into,` Gupta said.

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Pulse Polio Immunization camps

IMPHAL, Feb 19: As in other parts of the country, polio was administered at various… more »

IMPHAL, Feb 19: As in other parts of the country, polio was administered at various parts of the state today.

The central security forces also provided assistance to various civil departments in administering pulse polio in the state today.

According to a PIB release 5/9 Gorkha Rifles under the aegis of Red Shied Division assisted the state health department to carry out pulse polio immunisation in Gothal, Kwakta and Saiton villages.

Further according to the statement approximately 250 children were given the polio drops.

In Ningthoukhong area 6/8 Gorkha Rifles under the aegis of Red Shield Division and local PHC, jointly organised a Pulse Polio

camp where around 145 children from were administered with polio drops.

The statement has stated that this is the first such jointly organised camp by Army and civil authorities in the area.

Meanwhile, in Maram 5 Assam Rifles also organised the Pulse polio immunisation drive, the statement added.

The pulse polio program was organised by SMO 5 AR deputy comdt T NK Ching who was assisted by Nb/Sub P K Choudhary of the Battalion alongwith a team of nursing assistants.

The statement has also added that the vaccination drive had commenced from 6:30 am and continued till 3pm in the evening during which a total of 449 children were administered with the polio drops.

Meanwhile, the commandant 69 BN CRPF in a press statement has informed that his battalion had also organized a pulse polio immunization programme at Mantripukhri during which hundreds of children below 5 years of age were administered polio drops.

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Master class on psycho-physical acting by Taiwanese director concludes

IMPHAL, Feb 19: A special master class on psycho-physical aspects of acting conducted by Lin… more »

IMPHAL, Feb 19: A special master class on psycho-physical aspects of acting conducted by Lin Pei Ann and Chongtham Jayanta Meetei of EX-Theatre Asia, Taiwan concluded today at Kay Pee Studio Complex, Kwakeithel Thokchom Leikai, Imphal.

The master class was organized by Mamikon Academy, Manipur and EX-Theatre Asia, Taiwan as an extension programme of the participatory project on film production, 2012 under the sponsorship of Manipur Film Development Corporation (MFDC).

The closing ceremony was graced by Dr RK Nimai, commissioner of art and culture, Dr K Sobita Devi, managing director of MFDC and Wareppa Naba, president of Theatre Centre, Manipur as the chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Nimai stressed on the need of “professionalism” in every field of work, which may be in art, culture, sports or academics.

He maintained that the state is rich in art and culture, however lack of professionals is a major drawback in bringing up the indigenous art forms to the international arena.

Nimai said that a Russian ambassador once appreciated the Manipuri dance as the best classical dance of India. He also appealed to the young actors to work dedicatedly in their field to uplift the standard of Manipuri theatre and cinema.

Wareppa Naba stated that theatre is the mirror of the society. Acting is a specialized field which needs both expertise in both academics and aesthetics.

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DESAM meet appoints panel for 2012-14

IMPHAL, Feb 19: The Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur, DESAM during its 6th general conference… more »

IMPHAL, Feb 19: The Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur, DESAM during its 6th general conference held from February 16 to 19 at the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex under the theme ‘Liberate Education from Corruption’ has appointed 43 members for its executive committee for the duration of 2012 to 14.

According to a statement of the student body has appointed WM  Islouddin of Royal Academy of law, Oinam as president, M Angamba of LMS Law college as vice president and A Thoithoi of Royal Academy of Law, Oinam as secy general.

It has also appointed 11 secretaries and an auditor general during its 6th general conference, the statement added.

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JAC thanks cops on arrest of rapist

IMPHAL, Feb 19: The JAC against the brutal rape and attempted murder on Kumari Durga… more »

IMPHAL, Feb 19: The JAC against the brutal rape and attempted murder on Kumari Durga Devi daughter of Kedar Sharma of New Takaimai village has extended its gratitude to all concerned individuals who had worked tirelessly to deliver justice to the victim, stated a release of the JAC.

It has further extended its gratitude to Senapati Superintendent of Police (SP) Pushpanjali, IPS and to all her officers and police force for cracking the case and booking the accused.

Such achievement of the guardian of the people will promote better law and order situation in the district, the statement added.

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Awareness programme

From Our Moreh Correspondent MOREH, Feb 19: A One day program on poverty alleviation of… more »

From Our Moreh Correspondent
MOREH, Feb 19: A One day program on poverty alleviation of person with disability (PWD) through micro finance & micro enterprise development and distribution for aid and appliance was organized today at Raj cottage hotel, Moreh at 2pm by the HD Foundation, Manipur.

The program was attended by Inaocha Meetei secy. Meitei Council Manipur, Rupachandra chancellor HD foundation and Th. Robin meitei as chief guest, functional president and guest of honor respectively.

Helper stands were also handed over to five persons with disability during the awareness programme.

Inaocha Meitei also handed over Rs Five thousand to the persons with disability as a gift from the Meitei Council Moreh.

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Food items donated to home

IMPHAL, Feb 19: Agency for Rural Development, Thoubal donated food items to Children Home at… more »

IMPHAL, Feb 19: Agency for Rural Development, Thoubal donated food items to Children Home at Sagolband Tera Keithel in connection with its 30th foundation day.

The president of the agency, Dr Akoijam Lokendra presented the items to the authorities of the children home.

The inmates of the chidren home also performed a play titled “Hanubi Pal Thaba” written and directed by Somen.

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Khurai Polo Club thrashes Chingkhei Hunba Polo

IMPHAL, Feb 19: Khurai Polo Club makes it to the last four stages beating Chingkhei… more »

IMPHAL, Feb 19: Khurai Polo Club makes it to the last four stages beating Chingkhei Hunba Polo Club(A) by 7-5 goals in the 3rd 57 Mountain Division Polo Tournament 2012 played at Imphal Pologround.

Khurai Polo Club got off to a flying start as L.Thompson Singh hits home the opening goal however in the next instant Chingkhei Hunba Polo Club replied back positively as O.Rozer Singh, K.Samananda Singh and Th.Koaba Singh pick up a goal each to lead 3-1 goals in the first chukker.

Khurai Polo Club turned the tables in the second chukker with some gallant ride as P.Jotin Singh, H.Papak Singh and L.Thompson Singh struck in to post 4-3 goals and later in the third chukker Khurai Polo Club jostled up Chingkhei Hunba Polo rank with Th.Momocha Singh, H.Papak, L.Thompson firing in a goal each to dominate the proceddings with 7-3 goals. However just before the final whistle, H.Muhindro Singh hits one for Chingkhei Hunba team to tail 4-7 goals.

Later in the fourth chukker, O.Rozer Singh chips in with Chingkhei Hunba Polo Club fifth goal but not enough to see them through in the tournament.

In another match, Manipur Police Sports Club(A) also sails into the semi final beating Imphal Riding Club by 7-4 goals.

Manipur Police riders make a grand entry as S.Bimol Singh struck two goals while S.Somorjit fetch one for the lead in the first chukker and later in the second chukker S.Somorjit Singh adds one for Manipur Police to gave 4-0 lead. Kh.Saratkanta Singh gets the opening goal for Imphal Riding Club.

The remaining chukker saw an evenly fought game but Th.Ranjit gets a goal for Manipur Police while Prakash Bhandari adds Imphal Riding Club second goals just before the whistle in the third chukker. In the last chukker, S.Somorjit and M.Jawan scored for Manipur Police Sports Club to give them 7-2 goals while Imphal Riding Club hits home two more goals through N.Ranjan and L.Romiyo to give them a final verdict of 4-7 goals and made the sad exit.

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Hail Omar

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The recent decision of Omar Abdullah government in Jammu & Kashmir to take over three hydro power projects from the centrally owned NHPC is noteworthy in the backdrop of the long-standing demand in Manipur for taking such a step in the case of the Loktak Hydro-electric Power project.  What is more interesting is the suggestion that such takeover policy should also apply to other hydel projects where there are no existing agreements. This is how state leaders should take policy decisions in state interests in a federal set-up whatever be the form. India practices federalism with a strong centre and as a result, regionalism had come of age in the recent past. We are seeing stark examples of the growth of regionalism in Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and the north-east, and more recently in West Bengal. And regional leaders are increasingly asserting regional stances on different issues. The recent protest of non-Congress chief ministers in relation to the National Counter-Terrorism Centre is a case in point. This should perhaps be an eye opener for the leaders of Manipur, and the incoming government after March 6.

Jammu & Kashmir’s case is of taking over three centrally owned hydro-electric projects in Salal, Uri and Dulhasti on the recommendations of a Cabinet sub-committee. The sub-committee hasd also recommended effective monitoring of all agreements and terms and conditions which have been made with NHPC keeping in view the benefits and rights of the state. The J & K government also signed MOUs with the Central government with regard to seven other hydel projects in 2000. As per the agreement, these seven projects are required to be handed over back to the state government after their final execution. The sub-committee also suggested that the same formula be made applicable to all projects including Salal, Uri and Dulhasti and other such projects where no prior agreements are existing with regard to such projects.

Manipur’s relation with NHPC with regard to power is in a pitiable condition. In a reply to a recent RTI query, the Power Department replied that it could not locate the MOU signed between the state government and the NHPC regarding Loktak project. Again a case is pending in a lower court regarding the payment of tax for use of water from Loktak Lake for power generation between the state government and NHPC. This speaks volumes on the way NHPC regards Manipur government. Manipur is getting meagre only 12 percent free power from NHPC, while the devastation caused for upkeep of the project is tremendous. More than 80 thousand hectares of cultivable land had gone under water in the periphery of the lake, which in turn led to thousands of traditional farmers losing work and extreme poverty. Later on, they resorted to fish farming. While on the other hand, the traditional methods of fishing in Loktak Lake became obsolete and fishermen began using insecticides thereby causing health hazards. In such a scenario, it is pitiable that Manipur cannot assert its rights and remain subservient to NHPC. Please for the sake of Manipur, follow J & K‘s example.

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Nippon wayfarers thrashed by state team, `international` tie turns into damp squib – KanglaOnline

Nippon wayfarers thrashed by state team, `international` tie turns into damp squibKanglaOnlineIMPHAL, Feb 19: Football lovers of the state were deprived of the genuine thrill of international class football game and felt taken for a ride by the `Goodwi…

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IMPHAL, Feb 19: Football lovers of the state were deprived of the genuine thrill of international class football game and felt taken for a ride by the `Goodwill Football Match' played between Manipur XI and a group of Japanese tourist-FC Kickers at the

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Cycle rally by activists against Tipaimukh dam construction – The Hindu

Cycle rally by activists against Tipaimukh dam constructionThe HinduA cycle rally was taken out by activists at Kakching Khunnou in Thoubal district of Manipur against the proposed Tipaimukh dam. They submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan S…

Cycle rally by activists against Tipaimukh dam construction
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A cycle rally was taken out by activists at Kakching Khunnou in Thoubal district of Manipur against the proposed Tipaimukh dam. They submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, requesting him to revoke the Memorandum of Understanding

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Cycle rally by activists against Tipaimukh dam construction – The Hindu

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Cycle rally by activists against Tipaimukh dam construction
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A cycle rally was taken out by activists at Kakching Khunnou in Thoubal district of Manipur against the proposed Tipaimukh dam. They submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, requesting him to revoke the Memorandum of Understanding
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