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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 11 November 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Of Sangai Festival and our preparation

There is a sudden feel of anticipation in the air with the “Sangai Festival”- touted to be a showcase of the rich traditional and cultural heritage of the State which is scheduled from November 21. The emphasis of the festival is admittedly to draw in tourists to Manipur. There has also been a marked increase in the spending by the State Government with an intense beautification drive of the Imphal city in this regard. Yet those at the helm of affairs apparently missed the whole point of the exercise as various countries have expressed their apprehensions in participating at the tourism extravaganza. A radical approach needs to be implemented- from the point of view of a tourist. The starkly visible and seemingly omnipresent armed police personnel with their stern expressions and unapproachable attitude needs to be done away with urgent immediacy, even with the looming threat of violence and mindless mayhem from various quarters. That the Government and the police force are under tremendous pressure to prevent any untoward incidents would be an understatement- yet the fact remains that the sight of so many armed police and their “peculiar” style of dealing with the public leaves a lot to be desired and is proving to be a huge deterrent for the tourists- both domestic and foreign. A more people friendly and polite yet firm approach could definitely do a world of difference in the perception by the general public. More than the renovations and refurbishing of facades and roads, creating an atmosphere conducive to tourism should be given priority- a task easier said than done what with the worsening social and law and order conditions. Utilizing machines and other gadgets for security checks and reducing the presence or at least minimizing their utilization wherever possible would be a good start. Another often overlooked yet equally vital aspect that would make a huge difference in the efforts to make Manipur a tourist friendly state would be by improving the sanitation facilities existing in the state at present which is almost non-existent to say the least. There had been a lot of complaints and negative feedbacks on the inadequate and haphazard sanitation facilities being provided in the festival premises in the last edition compounded by the dismal maintenance of the same. But then, even adequate arrangement inside the festival premises would not serve the purpose as the whole city needs to be adequately prepared in this regard as well as other places of tourist interest as the overall set up will be crucial for sustaining and improving the prospects of tourism taking off in the State. That the State Government is sparing no efforts to make the Sangai Festival a resounding success is apparent, with the sudden spurt in beautification drives and renovation activities till the wee hours being witnessed by all and sundry- a far from the lethargic and often protracted working style the people of this small state has been used to, but nevertheless a welcome sight. One should extend support and cooperation in these efforts as the prospect for development of tourism in the small yet versatile state is immense. The Government and departmental heads responsible should take into confidence and consideration the suggestions and concerns of the public for a holistic development. Meanwhile, an open mind and a genuine smile should make for a great start to the whole momentum.

State government manipulate meeting resolution: AMCTA

All Manipur College Teachers’ Association (AMCTA) alleged Manipur Government of violating  the UGC guideline regarding the age of Retirement for College Teachers. The association also accused the state government for manipulating resolution of minutes of the state level meeting on New Education Policy related to Higher Education held on 31st October this year at the Conference Hall of the Directorate of University and Hr.Education, Manipur chaired by P.Vaiphei (Com.Hr & Tech Edn).
In a press Statement released by Dr M Ibomcha Singh, Joint Secretary (Publicity), AMCTA argued that the resolution no. 3 of the meeting that is “Age of Retirement of College teachers has been extended upto 65 years of age. The Government is proposing to review the service extension of those teachers who have attended 62 years of age in accordance with certain guidelines to be formulated by the government” (vide letter no. 3/3-7/2015-UHE (NEP) dtd.31/10/15, was manipulated. The matter was not even discussed during the meeting and AMCTA cannot accept it, said the statement.

 The statement further reads that as per UGC’s model guidelines, University and College teachers are granted to extend their service period upto 70 years of age after their superannuation. The provision was implemented in all central Universities and colleges in India including Manipur.       

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Minor Girl injured in accidental firing

A 5 years old minor girl sustained serious bullet injury after the father of the girl accidentally fire a barrel gun owned by a Village chief of a village at Chakpikarong. Report reaching here said that both the father and the daughter along with his wife has been staying at the farm house of the village chief at Porohish at Chakpikarong in Chandel district. They held from of Kumbi Sagolpat of Bishnupur district.
The injured minor girl identified as Wahengbam Thoi, daughter of W. Nanao was immediately evacuated at RIMS hospital and conducted surgery today morning. Her condition is stated to be out of danger. The girl sustained injury at her right knee. The incidents happen at around 2:30 pm of Monday evening. Report said that the father of the minor girl fire the barrel gun accidentally while trying to clean the gun of his owner.

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BJP gears up election campaign for Thongju by-election

One day Political Conference was held on November 10 at Khongman Zone 3 community hall. The conference was organised by Development Committee 5/28 and 5/30 Bharatiya Janata Party, Thongju Mandal.
BJP candidate for Thongju by-election Th. Bishwajit, BJP Manipur Pradesh President Th Chaoba, Dr. Nimaichand Luwang and newly joined veteran politician O. Joy attended the conference. Speaking during the Political Conference Okram Joy said former MLA Th. Bishwajit could have approach court regarding his disqualification issue. However sensing the political pulse of the people of Thongju A/C, Th. Bishwajit decided to fight the election instead. Attacking the congress party for their claim that what change will happen if the people vote for Th. Bishwajit, O. Joy said may be the congress party wants uncertainty and instability in Thongju.
He also asked the people of the constituency whether they want change for their constituency by electing Th Bishwajit as their MLA. He said if the people elect Th Bishwajit the opposition party in Manipur will be strengthened and the BJP will be able to fulfill its promise to eradicate corruption from Manipur.

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Bihar CM designate Nitish Kumar picks call from a Manipuri fan

The congratulatory phone call made by an author and poet Ningombam Bupenda Meitei, who is a common man, of Manipur’s capital Imphal to Bihar Chief Minister’s Office was picked up finally by Bihar’s Chief Minister designate Shri Nitish Kumar himself. The phone call was made by the author yesterday, in the afternoon of 10 November, 2015, after getting the official number from Nitish Kumar’s residence in Bihar. The author Bupenda Meitei’s call was forwarded by Haridwar Prasad who picked up the phone line of the official number of Bihar’s Chief Minister. The conversation between Bupenda Meitei and Nitish Kumar went for a few minutes. The author expressed that such humble response of Nitish Kumar is an exemplary nature of approachableness of being a great leader of not only Bihar but also of the nation. He is a resident and voter of Imphal, the capital city of Manipur.He mentioned that it was a courtesy call made to Bihar’s Chief Minister designate who will be the three time Chief Minister of Bihar. It is to be noted that Nitish Kumar’s Grand Alliance of his party JD(U) along with Lalu Prasad’s RJD and Sonia Gandhi’s Congress has ensured the defeat of the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi’s party, BJP, in Bihar’s 2015 state assembly election.

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Month long observance of Puwarigi Amamba Numit

Month long observance of the 283rd  burning of Meetei Secret Scripture, ‘Puwarigi Amamba Numit’ concludes today. A function was held at Leimayol Arts Center, Singjamei Chinga Makha organized by  Puya Mei Thabagi Apunba Ningsing Lup, PUMANIL
Dr. Ng. Bijoy, MLA and also Chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board graced the program as chief guest. While leaders of various Civil Society Organizations like  UCM, AMUCO, ACOAM also attended as dignitaries. Winners of the debating competition which was held on November 7 in connection with the observance were conferred prizes during the program.
While speaking at the occasion, Convenor of PUMANIL, Chandramani Khumancha said the tensions of differences raising among us is the result of adaptation and practice of other communities culture and religion after our (Meeteis) Scared Scripture had burnt down. 

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Cleanliness drive

A one day awareness program on the theme “Live in a clean environment” was held at Kwakeithel Heinou Khongnembi today. A special discussion on the health hazards caused by burning of plastics and rubber was held during the program. The awareness program was organised by Nongsaba Yoga Kwakeithel Heinou Khongnembi in collaboration with Manipur Pollution Control Board. Pradhan of Heinou Khongnembi Gram Panchayat Maibam Tombi urged the local residents to stop burning plastics and rubber.

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Postal dept. Construct waiting shed for Ngairangbam village

Dr Th Meinya Singh, MP Inner Manipur dedicated the newly constructed “Waiting Shed” in Ngairangbam village of Imphal West on November 10.
Speaking on the occasion Meinya informed the villages that the waiting shed was built by postal dept to facilitate the villagers in time of Summer and rainy season. He congratulated villagers and said that the waiting shed can be considered as a Diwali gift from the Manipur Postal Division to the Ngairangbam village.    Vinod Kumar, Director (Posts) Manipur described the waiting shed as a symbol of connection between people lives and postal system, furthered the statement.

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MASAD condemn killing of Headmaster Muhammad Hasmad Ali

Manipur Students’ Association of Delhi (MSAD) strongly condemn the killing of Muhammad Hasmad Ali alias Babu of Keirao Makting  Awang Leikai. Such culture of killing in Manipur based on false allegation persists because of State government’s lack of concern, political will and inability to bring justice to the victim on time. We also condemn police lathi charge and atrocities against the people who were demanding justice for Md Hasmad Ali.
On the other hand, Manipur Students’ Association Delhi strongly condemn the media groups such as Hindustan Times and New York Times for their alleged linking of this unfortunate incident with Dadri lynching and beef politics. In Manipur beef is not banned and incident of killing due to beef eating and beef politics have never happened in Manipur. Media should not try to politicize this incident with beef politics. The student body further demanded the  Government to take immediate action against the culprits and bring justice to late Md. Hasmad Ali, besides urging immediate action.
The MASAD also demanded immediate payment of proper compensation and a suitable government. job to the family member. Other demands put up by the student body includes proper protection of citizens beside demanding unconditional apology from  Hindustan Times and New York Times for portraying the matter into communal clash.

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AMSGO honours journalists

All Manipur Guardian’s Organization ( AMSGO), Manipur presented gifts to the editors of Media in Manipur on the occasion of 5th Anniversary of  former Publicity secretary of AMSGO “ Late Kshetrimayum Shamungou Singh”. The gift presentation ceremony was held at the head office of AMSGO, Singjamei Sougrakpam Leikai today afternoon. Irengbam Hemochandra Singh, Minister, PHED, Rev Rehang Chothe, President, AMSGO, Dr Thokchom Meinya, MP, inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency, Karam Shyam, MLA, Langthabal A/C, P Dhanakumar, Rted IPS, Wangkhemcha Shamjai, President, AMWJU, A Romel, Professor, SCERT, Govt of Manipur and other dignitaries took part in the anniversary function.

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