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Items filtered by date: Thursday, 19 November 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

The task ahead

The inauguration of Sanjenthong Bridge is not enough, if wanted to win the heart of the people of the state more had to be done, besides changing the present system. If one is asked to think of two words that would best describe the present working system of the Government and its various Departments, more often than not, the words would be “Confusion” and “Corruption”, but this does not mean that there is no other word that can be used. Miscommunication, inefficiency, favouritism, mismanagement, absenteeism- attributes that has come to be synonymous with Government functioning. Yet we have seen at times that the Government and its Departments have, in spurts, managed to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks and projects in record time- that they can rise to any challenge and face it successfully. For a society to develop, a holistic approach is very essential. Making things work in fits and bounds would only make a farce of whatever precious little progress we have managed to accomplish. It would require a very proactive and prominent role from the judiciary if we ever aspire to bring in real change in our society. Curtailing the brash attitude of the often high-handed nature of the security forces or fighting the rampant corruption being practiced in almost every sphere of public domain needs the support and encouragement of the judicial system to become effective. A swift and stern justice system would surely deter many from tempering with the law, if not altogether contain it. Such a scenario would also revive the will of the common people to demand their rights and dispense their duties without fear or apprehension. The Government, on its part should come clean on various issues and try to make a clean start. The unspoken nexus of power and fear will not augur well for anybody, least of all for those who use them in their pursuit of personal advancement. Until and unless those at the helm of affairs have the integrity to discharge their duties and responsibilities, no law or directives will make any sense or serve any purpose. In this age and time when any information can be accessed with the touch of a button, trying to fool the people and underestimating their intelligence will surely prove to be a costly mistake. One does not need to draw up grand designs and mammoth schemes to initiate development. When each and every arm of the Government has done their bit, then the big picture will emerge itself as it ought to be. All everyone need is a sense of belonging, of responsibility and a spirit of participation, and the public should join in with an open mind instead of sitting back and being mere spectators waiting to point out every little mistake and make it out into a mountain, to complete the picture. 

Md. Alimuddin remembered on 43rd Foundation Day of JNU (PG Centre)

Md. Alimuddin, the first Chief Minister of Manipur, was remembered today at the 43rd foundation day of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) PG Centre, now Manipur University (MU), organized by The Pangal (Manipuri Muslim) Political Forum (PPF) at the Centenary Hall of Manipur University, Canchipur.
O Joy Singh, Ex- Minister, Sarangthem David Singh, MUSU President, Azizul Haque, President PPF, Dr Khashim Ruivah, Ex-Minister, Md Alauddin, Ex-Minister, AR Khan, Retd IAS and Chief Advisor PPF’s Manipur, MI Khan, VP MPTCC and Spokesperson PPF, Nazima Begum, President PPF (Women Wing), AK Abhiram, Social Activist, Sheikh Kheiruddin, Retd. PPS ML Assembly attended the function as dignitaries.
Addressing at the function, O Joy Singh, Ex- Minister sad that Md. Alimuddin was one of the leading politicians of the State who was known for his secular ideals, political acumen and farsightedness. He was not highly educated but he had immense knowledge and wisdom of running the State. He was the first Chief Minister of Manipur after it attained statehood. During his tenure he instituted some of the important institutions including JNU Centre for Post Graduate which is now Manipur University, a central university and Regional Medical College which later became the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), he added.
O Joy said that Manipur People’s Party (MPP) was formed soon after Manipur attained statehood in 1972. Md. Alimuddin, who was the leader of MPP became the First Chief Minister of Manipur in March 1972 .However, the government was short-lived and was later dissolved in March 1973. In 1974, mid-term election was held where MPP again managed to form the government and Md. Alimuddin again became the Chief Minister of Manipur which lasted for just four months from March to July of 1974, he added.
O Joy also said that during his tenure as Chief Minister of Manipur, Md. Alimuddin laid the foundation of most of the premier institutes of the state. He inaugurated Manipur Medical College, at Lamphel in Imphal West District on May 22, 1972 and in the same year of Sept. 14; Manipur Medical College was upgraded as Regional Medical College. The JNU Centre that he founded was developed into a state university which later approved to a central university in 2005. He erected many dams and irrigation facilities and introduced double-cropping in the State but that it is very unfortunate that the State Government has fail to recognize the contribution of Md Alimuddin, he added.
MI Khan, VP MPTCC and Spokesperson PPF speaking at the function said that PPF have been requesting the authorities of MU to observe the foundation day of the JNU Centre by giving befitting tribute to the departed leader. However, the university has not come up with any plan to observe the day. PPF again requested the authorities to observe the foundation day of JNU PG Centre. PPF had been observing the foundation day of JNU Centre since 2012. PPF had also requested the State Government, VC of MU and the authorities to name a significant site or building within the MU campus after Md. Alimuddin but is not fulfilled,he added.
MI Khan further said that he have already file a PIL to the court against RIMS where Md Alimuddin have led the foundation stone of the institution by Md Alimuddin and Bk Nehru in May 19, 1973 but RIMS authority are celebrating the foundation day at September 18 which shows the faultiness of trying to divert the history of the institution. The file PIL which is pending will commence very soon and co-operation from the public is required to bring out the truth, he added.

The function was attended by students of the University and many other re-known persons from various parts of the State. Guests, dignitaries and those who attended the function gathered to pay floral tribute at the foundation stone of the JNU Centre, which was laid by Md. Alimuddin on Nov. 19, 1972 before the commencement of the programme,
It may be remember that Md. Alimuddin was elected from the Lilong Assembly Constituency in the first Legislative Assembly election held in 1948, and became a member of the Council of Ministers taking charge of Jail and Medical departments. He was also elected in the subsequent Assembly/Electoral College/Council elections held in 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1974.

Md. Alimuddin was born in 1920 at Lilong Haoreibi Turel Ahanbi, Lilong, in Thoubal District. He passed away on Feb. 3, 1983 at the age of 63.

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Meiraba clinch National Badminton Championship title

Manipur’s Badminton player Maisnam Meiraba has clinched the championship title in the All India 29th Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship in under-15 year category held at Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. The final match was played between him and Akash Yadav of New Delhi. Meiraba won the first and second game simultaneously. The first game was a tough one but Meiraba defeated the Delhi opponent by 27 – 25. In the second match Meiraba defeated his opponent by 21- 17.

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‘Authorities must ensure justice for abused Nepali domestic workers’

Indian and Saudi Arabian authorities must work together to deliver justice and reparation for two Nepali women who were raped and assaulted repeatedly, allegedly by a Saudi Arabian diplomat and others, Amnesty International India said today.
The two women were found by the Haryana police during a raid on the Gurgaon apartment of the Saudi Arabian diplomat on 9 September. The women, who were employed as domestic workers, said they had been forcibly confined, starved and repeatedly raped and assaulted by the diplomat and others over months.
The Saudi Arabian Embassy in New Delhi denied the allegations, and complained that the police entry into the diplomat’s home breached diplomatic conventions. On 16 September, the diplomat returned to Saudi Arabia. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that the diplomat was protected by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The Haryana police have registered a criminal case against six unnamed people, but have not yet filed charges.
“Diplomatic immunity must not lead to impunity for human rights abuses,” said Gopika Bashi, Women’s Rights Campaigner at Amnesty International India. “Authorities in India must promptly investigate the allegations, charge those suspected and seek their extradition from Saudi Arabia for prosecution, if required. The Saudi Arabian government, on its part, must not use the shield of diplomatic immunity to protect anyone, and must extradite suspects to India, if the need arises.”
Medical assessments leaked to the media confirmed that the women had been vaginally and anally raped and brutally beaten. A newspaper quoted a senior hospital official as saying that the medical examination showed that “the women have been so grievously tortured that it will take years to recover”.
Both the survivors are currently staying in a shelter home in Kathmandu and receiving psychological counselling. One of them told Amnesty International Nepal, “For me, the sooner I get justice the better. Three countries are involved in this. We have faced so many problems and we struggled a lot, and we need justice…Arrest whoever is involved…It is like a nightmare for us. The only thing I want is justice and for them to be put in jail”. 
The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, to which India and Saudi Arabia are state parties, grants diplomats immunity from criminal prosecution by a receiving state. Diplomatic immunity is meant to enable diplomats to carry out their work without fearing intimidation or harassment by the receiving state. However the treaty also states that diplomats enjoying immunities have a duty to respect the laws of the receiving state.

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AMHPWA observes 6th foundation day

The 6th foundation day of All Manipur Handicapped Persons Welfare Association (AMHPWA) was observed today at Manipur Press Club.
Speaking on the occasion, General Secretary of AMHPWA Loken Sanasam said that during the 6 years long journey, the association has imparted various welfare programme of the handicapped persons.
In order to improve the living standard of the persons with disabilities the society has provide many vocational training programme with assistance from Social Welfare Department to make them financially independent. Besides, free computer training course are also being conducted. As a part of the function a book entitled “Yeningthagi Yening” written by Mayenglangbam Sumati was also released. On the occasion Mayanglambam Aber Ningshing Mana was handed over to Laisaram Eshei Heibi.
MLA of Oinam constituency of Dr. I. Ibohanbi, Vice President of AMHPWA N. Kesho Singh, Addl. Chief Engineer of CADA K. Manoranjan, Padmashree L.Nabakishore, Deputy Director of Social Welfare Th. Joychandra, and President of AMWJU Wangkhemcha Shamjai grace the function as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.

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KVK Chandel training programme

A one day training programme on Raising of Rabi Maize crop with time isolation for pure seed production for Extension Functionaries was conducted at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chandel. Ts. Leenda Monsang, Assistant Chief Technical Officer (Plant Breeding), KVK Chandel was the resource person. The training programme was attended by Y. Romeo, Secretary, United Tribal Development Programme (UTDP), Chandonpokpi; Hb. Joseph, Secretary, Organisation for Tribal Benefit Programme (OTBP), Salemthar; Kh. Thamtit, Project Director, Socio- Economic and Cultural Development Organisation, Kanankhu and their respective staffs. A total of 20 Extension Functionaries were participated in the training.

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Holiday declared for employees of Thongju & Thangmeiband AC on Nov. 21

Government of Manipur has announced holiday, for all Government offices and educational institutions, Private Sector Undertaking other establishment located within the area of by-election to the Thongju and Thangmeiband Assembly constituencies on November 21, in order to  enable the employees to exercise their right of franchise on the day of the by-election. Besides, employees of both government and private sector undertaking who are electors of both the constituencies are also allowed to avail Special Casual leave on the by-election day.

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Ramina Haorokcham in the BBC’s 100 Women Entrepreneur list

BBC India chooses 100 strong women who changed rules, set examples and opened new paths to follow for others. The first top 10 in the list is new to entrepreneurship and with their work jolted and changed the way how we look upon women in India.
Ramina Haorokcham from Manipur features in the top ten list and is the first from the region to feature in such list. Other prominent personality to feature in the list includes Ektaa Kapoor, Gauri Singh etc..
In a country like India where talking openly about sex and sexuality is considered a taboo, Ramina’s venture with such website selling intimate items is quite a daring step. Ramina is a resident of Imphal, Keishampat Thokchom Leikai. She studied in Imphal till 10+2 and after that did her graduation at Delhi.  After doing her MBA in China and working there for about 3 years, she returned back to India to start her own business. Ramina Haorokcham is the owner/founder of Gojilove.com. Based in Noida, Gojilove is an online lingerie, pleasurable objects, swimwear and dresses collections store which aims to fulfil the personal and intimate needs of youngsters (18+) and adults. Launched in February 2015, Gojilove has 3-4 employees in its payroll and was entirely self funded. 
She believes that with the products on her website selling openly, people’s perception for intimacy and sexuality will also change and increase awareness.
She has also featured in the NASSCOM for Start-ups list, a list of Woman entrepreneurs for building valuable companies and giving back to the society.

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