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Rs. 100 crore sanctioned for action plan to check floods in NE

Imphal, Sept. 8:  Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that the Central Government has sanctioned Rs 100 crore to study the causes of frequent floods in the North East region and prepare an Action Plan to check it.
He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the inaugural session of the Convention on Climate Change – Manipur State Action Plan on Climate Change, 2013, organised by Centre for Social Development (CSD) at 1st MR Banquet Hall today.
The Chief Minister said that during a recent review meeting on the recent flash floods, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi informed the Chief Ministers of the North East States about sanctioning of the said amount.
Biren said that North East region is home to around 280 ethnic communities speaking around 170 dialects.
N. Biren said that people are talking about protecting the indigenous population of the region, whereas it seems that they take less interest in protecting the indigenous properties – the rich floras and faunas of the region.
Stating that Prime Minister  Narendra Modi has a long-term plan to tackle climate change and global warming, Shri N. Biren contended that Ujwala and Housing for All Schemes are part of it.
He contended that the Government should be practical in its approach and it needs to provide replacements of the traditional way of living and livelihood to the people.
N. Biren said that free LPG connections are being provided to BPL families under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana so that deforestation for fire-woods can be checked.
Likewise, the Government is also helping people to own concrete houses under Pradhan Mantri Awaj Yoajana (Housing for All scheme), he added.

Stating that mere shouting of environment protection slogans without being practical would lead to nowhere, the Chief Minister said that efforts are being made to convert garbage into fuel to replace charcoal as well.
Maintaining that people must be aware that heavy rainfall and flash floods had started wreaking havoc in the hills as well apart from valley areas,  N. Biren reminded the gathering that natural calamities never spare anybody on the basis of religion and community.
As such, the humankind should join hands as one family to take up necessary measures in advance to avoid natural calamities, he observed.
PHE Minister Losii Dikho and Environmentalist and BJP Spokesperson Shri RK Ranjan also attended the function as guest of honour and president respectively.
In his speech, Losii Dikho opined that people should begin environment protection from personal levels. Mere holding of functions and conventions without dedication and conviction in this regard would not serve any purpose, he added.
Speaking at the occasion,  RK Ranjan said that all the development plans of the Government should be prepared taking the possible impacts on environment into consideration.
North East region is not only known as the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot but also as a confluence of species migrants because numerous species from Indo-Malaysian, Chinese and Indian regions had migrated to the North East.
As such, people of the North East should do whatever possible to protect this rich bio-diversity resource for a sustainable living, he opined.
Delegates from all the eight North East States also took part in the convention.

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Performance anxiety: and its election again

Panchayat election is knocking on the door. People are once more driven by the election euphoria. Though a local body election, candidates contesting the election are using every means to win the game – be it muscle power or Money power. Nothing is seen change in the way that elections were held earlier. The coming of new government are not of much help as the system remain the same.
The electoral politics (be it local body or assembly) being practiced in the country in its present form has come under increasing attacks and criticisms from all quarters, and with credible reasons which are acquiring greater relevance considering the fact that even after more than sixty years since the country regained independence, the rate of development and progress across every parameter remains dismally low, especially in comparison with countries like China and many of the southeast Asian countries.
Yet, despite the conceived flaws and drawbacks, representative democracy or electoral politics remains the most widely followed form of electing public representatives throughout the world, a clear indication that either the system or the method of implementation has gone awry, either through inefficiency or as a deliberate mechanism. The seemingly inexplicable contradiction should be analysed in detail if the country is to make radical changes and expedite progress and development.

 A perfect or fail-safe system, when used in the context of a political environment, is something non-existent, and yet this inherent drawback should not be allowed to be used as an excuse to cover up deficiencies or, more alarmingly, to pilfer from the huge amount of resources allocated for public welfare by a few who have the wherewithal to control and regulate such schemes. There has been a perceptible increase in the pace of initiation of development measures with more promises and assurances, a signal to the changing work ethos of the government and the increasing awareness of the general populace of the intricacies of governance coupled with the willingness to air one’s views and opinions ably supported, and at times, sensationalized by the rapidly expanding reach and influence of the print and electronic media. What is woefully absent is the fruitful completion of these initiatives. Till date, almost every public project conceived for the general welfare of the public has yet to have a smooth run and are often beset with disruptions, cost and time overrun, and in many cases, ending up being scrapped altogether after huge amount of funds have been sunk in.
There surely has to be a remedy for these unfortunate and undesirable deviations and shortcomings. Public opinions have it that the overlapping jurisdiction and authority of many implementing agencies and departments have been playing an unenviable role in propagating such rampant inefficiencies, discord and opportunities for pilferage and misappropriation in the actual implementation of the schemes and projects which are always often launched with much pomp and promise. A persistent and continuous monitoring system with clearly defined objectives and procedures should help in carrying out the plans.
A system of checks and measures to take prompt actions, whether remedial or punitive, should also be in place which would act as a deterrent for any individual or department with the intention or inclination to deviate from the given procedures and process. Perhaps it is high time for the government think tank to hunker down and draw up a system which would improve the delivery or implementation system rather than conjuring up populist schemes and grand plans that serve to benefit a few unscrupulous individuals because of the inherent loopholes and defects that allows them an easy escape route.

The Buddha said: The more the Government make Rules, the more the people will find loopholes to break them

By Sanjoo Thangjam
Albert Einstein once said that if there were any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it will be Buddhism as it has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal god, dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and  the spiritual, as a meaningful unity.
Therefore, in view of a above premises or rather in another terms, what Albert Einstein meant to say is that unlike human beings, animals have no politics, or government, religion or education, but yet maintain themselves without facing many difficulties among themselves. What would be the situation among human beings, if they were allowed to live without any government , religion or education?
And for this raison d’être, the Buddha said that Government cannot control human beings merely by imposing more and more rules. The more the Government make rules, the more the people will find loopholes to break them. If man or woman were morally trained by a religion which makes him or her understand why he or she should behave as a good citizen, no problems would arise.
Political religions have no authority to impose religious laws. Their duty is to uphold the religious principles, introduced by the enlightened religious teachers to maintain peace and order in the society.
Subsequently, Mahatma Gandhi as well said, “I do not accept India of my dream to develop one religion, to be wholly Hindu, Christian or wholly Muslim, but I want it to be wholly tolerant with its religions working side by side with one another.”  
Yet again in disparity, people may cheat the Government but not religion. One who tries to cheat religion cheats oneself. Discipline cannot be brought out by coercion and compulsion or by science, but by sincerely following a religion, which stands for peace, purity and happiness. And we should not judge the merits or demerits of a religion simply by watching certain ill-conceived  practices and beliefs adopted by illiterate people in the name of religion.
The original teachings of the great teachers are open to everybody and must be examined before criticism is made. Irreligion is sometimes propagated under the garment of religion. Many people think religion is to found only in a place of worship and a guru and they regard religion as suitable for old folks or women but not for the youths, educated or rich people.
To them, religion can only be found within the covers of some musty books but not among the flowers that bloom so freshly in the fields. These ideas are the results of their negligence, laziness and misunderstanding.
Therefore, the Buddha said that in his eyes, a religious man is one who is leading a noble life. Such a person can be a follower of any religion or even a person without any religious label.
Yet, if such a person could purify his mind from various defilements or evil thoughts, then he will be able to enjoy a happy, peaceful, contended life and finally attain everlasting happiness.
It is not easy for a person to prove that he is more religious than others, just because he worships and prays so many times a day or by making offerings in the name of a god or a religious teacher. The Buddhists believe that the only way to be religious is by following noble principles to develop the moral and spiritual aspects of our life without harming others.
The Buddha said that we also cannot show the progress in religion simply by erecting big buildings as places of worship, or by making huge images, or through various functions and ceremonies, or organising some colourful and attractive religious activities to bring more and more people into religion.
But we can show the progress of a religion according to the behaviour of the followers of the religions, how they convince others through  their decent life and kindness, sincerity, harmless and unblamable life.    
The quotations written below are the sayings of the founders of several religious teachers as well as great philosophers, thinkers, scientists, historians, psychologists, politicians and free thinkers Their names and references are given below in many places.
1.Buddhism is a living religions
Buddhism influenced Indian life in a hundred ways, as it was bound to, for it must be remembered that it was a living, dynamic , and wide-spread religion in India for over thousand years.
Pandit Nehru
2.   Science and religion
Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.
Albert Einstein
3.  Belief in charms and magic
Some people resort to charms, magic, supernatural powers and mantras to overcome their problems. But nobody knows just how far they can succeed through such beliefs and practices.
Swami Vivekananda
4.  Why religion was introduced
     Religious belief is the invention of a wise man statesman who wished to restrain men from          secret and hidden vices.
 Critias, uncle of Plato
5.  Everything is interdependent      World depend on God and God depends on world. All are interdependent.
Prof. Whitehead
6. Experience of the divine in man           Religion is not a set of doctrines but it is experience. And religious teachers experience is based on   realisation of the presence of the divine in man.
Dr. Radhakrishnan
7.   God must be in the mind
Beware of the man whose god is in the skies.
George Bernard Shaw
8.   How we behave in front of God
      Before God we are equally wise - equally foolish.
Albert Einstein
9.   Why religion influences hatred
      We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
Jonathan Swift
10. Religion is to conquer    
      Religion is the conquest of ear; the antidote of failure and death.
Dr. Radhakrishnan
11. Moral conduct and religion
Religion is central part of our education that determines our moral conduct.
H.G. Wells
12. Moral principle are in religion
 Religion is the recognition of our moral principles as laws that must not be transgressed.  
Kant
13. Concept of god is important
      If the concept of god did not exist, somehow or other, man would have created one because it is    very important for psyche. A divine power is necessary to allay our innate fear.
Anotole France
And last but not the least, I, as a lay Buddhist respect and honour the founders and teachers of other religions. All the religious teachers deserve respects and honour, for they have also done service to mankind. If I like, I can also keep pictures or symbols of these religious teachers in my home. Because Buddhism advises us to honour those who are worthy of honour.

# The writer is a lay Buddhist and Human Rights Activist for People Who Use Drugs (PUDs)

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Formulation of policy for children, a welcome step: Chief Justice

DIPR
Imphal, Sept. 8: Formulation of policy for children in the state is indeed a welcome step towards the welfare of the children and to mould them to the right path during this formative phase of one’s life. This was stated by Chief Justice, Manipur High Court, Shri. N. Kotiswar Singh while delivering a speech as Chief Guest at the ‘One Day Consultation on the Formulation of Manipur State Policy for Children-2017’ held today at Sangai Conference Hall, Hotel Imphal.
The event was organised by Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) in collaboration with Social Welfare Department and Child Rights & You.
Considering the alarming rate of crimes and abuse against children in the state, Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Smt Nemcha Kipgen gracing the occasion as President, stated that the formulation and development of Manipur State Policy for Children, 2017 is the need of the hour. She believes that it will provide a safe and positive environment for children in our State. The Minister draws the attention of all the stakeholders to comply with all relevant local legislations, administrations and other measures on child rights and welfare to protect and ensure child rights, and to provide what is in best interest of the child, since keeping children safe and secured is everyone’s responsibility. “All of us have the responsibility to do all that we can to mould our children for their lives as productive citizens in the future,” she added.
 She asserted that children, who occupy an essential part of every population, are the most vulnerable section of society. They suffer from one form of abuse or the other every day. As the future of a nation utterly depends on the level of care provided to its children, children’s rights should be made one of the main mandated priorities of everyone and be committed to their welfare and protection.
Commissioner, Social Welfare Shri H. Deleep Singh, Chairperson, MCPCR Shri S. Saratkumar Sharma, Director, Social Welfare, Smt. Jacintha Lazarus and General Manager, Development Support, CRY Smt. Mahua Chatterjee graced the occasion as Guests of Honour.

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Stop atrocities on Rohingya, Bangladesh Buddhists urge Myanmar

By: Siam Sarower Jamil
Dhaka, Sep 8: Buddhist community in Bangladesh Friday called upon the Myanmar government to stop ongoing atrocities on Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state.
Bangladesh United Buddhists’ Forum came up with the call during a human chain formed in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka this morning.
The forum also expressed concern over the Buddhists’ security for allegedly spreading rumours in social media against the minority community people in Bangladesh.
“I call upon the Myanmar government and its people to deal with the ongoing matter in non-violent way,” said the forum’s Chief Convener Ashokh Barua. He alleged that some vested groups are spreading rumours in social media blaming Buddhists over the attacks on Rohingya Muslims.
“Many of our peace-loving Buddhists feel insecure for such revengeful attitude of few people,” he observed.
The forum will submit a memorandum to Myanmar embassy in Dhaka on September 10 and also send a copy to the local office of the United Nations.
President Dr Ashim Ranjan Barua and its women chapter executive president Prof Tripti Rani Barua among others spoke at the occasion.

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SALAI launches project to monitor developmental project; signs agreement with three World class companies

Imphal, Sept 8: Manipur based private company SALAI Infotech Pvt.Ltd is all set to launch a joint venture with two World class major companies on an online project management and elevation system which can monitor all all project operations under various departments.
An Agreement was signed between the three companies- SALAI Infotech Pvt.Ltd, KAINOS Business Solutions Pvt.Ltd and SUMATO Global Tech Pvt.Ltd today at the Office of SALAI at Sagolband Tera Loukrakpam leikai here in Imphal. The agreement was inked between Mr. Augustine, Managing Director KAINOS Business Solution, Mr. Taimnoy Goswami of the SUMATO Global Tech. Pvt. Ltd and Mr. Narengbam Samarjit, Chairman SALAI Infotech Pvt.Ltd.
Speaking to the media person vice chairman of the Salai Infotech Pvt.Ltd said that the project if implemented would speed up the works in any government department and institutions making room for timely redressal of grievances by providing effective implementation of works and policies with tracking tools in itself.
There will be computerize database of wok progress report with financial information organized and programmed in such a way that it produces regular reports on operations for every level of management. The need and importance of such management information system (MIS) which is highly sophisticated and user friendly, could be understood from the fact that in the absence of latest and accurate information the growth and smooth functioning state of various departments like irrigation road and transport PWD, Law enforcements, institutions could be highly benefitted.
This project would also be highly benefitted in providing quality, efficiency, transparency, accuracy, economic, timely execution and accountability of almost every nature of works for a good governance giving no room for corruption of any kind.
This agreement is a grand step on SALAI’s ongoing journey of finding out the means and solutions to  meet the objective and vision for transforming the society  within 20 years. The project is aimed to be implemented in all NE states paving way for speeding up the progress towards act east policy, the Vice president of SALAI Pvt. Ltd. Said.

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SALAI launches project to monitor developmental project; signs agreement with three World class companies

Imphal, Sept 8: Manipur based private company SALAI Infotech Pvt.Ltd is all set to launch a joint venture with two World class major companies on an online project management and elevation system which can monitor all all project operations under various departments.
An Agreement was signed between the three companies- SALAI Infotech Pvt.Ltd, KAINOS Business Solutions Pvt.Ltd and SUMATO Global Tech Pvt.Ltd today at the Office of SALAI at Sagolband Tera Loukrakpam leikai here in Imphal. The agreement was inked between Mr. Augustine, Managing Director KAINOS Business Solution, Mr. Taimnoy Goswami of the SUMATO Global Tech. Pvt. Ltd and Mr. Narengbam Samarjit, Chairman SALAI Infotech Pvt.Ltd.
Speaking to the media person vice chairman of the Salai Infotech Pvt.Ltd said that the project if implemented would speed up the works in any government department and institutions making room for timely redressal of grievances by providing effective implementation of works and policies with tracking tools in itself.
There will be computerize database of wok progress report with financial information organized and programmed in such a way that it produces regular reports on operations for every level of management. The need and importance of such management information system (MIS) which is highly sophisticated and user friendly, could be understood from the fact that in the absence of latest and accurate information the growth and smooth functioning state of various departments like irrigation road and transport PWD, Law enforcements, institutions could be highly benefitted.
This project would also be highly benefitted in providing quality, efficiency, transparency, accuracy, economic, timely execution and accountability of almost every nature of works for a good governance giving no room for corruption of any kind.
This agreement is a grand step on SALAI’s ongoing journey of finding out the means and solutions to  meet the objective and vision for transforming the society  within 20 years. The project is aimed to be implemented in all NE states paving way for speeding up the progress towards act east policy, the Vice president of SALAI Pvt. Ltd. Said.

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SARGAM to celebrate Silver Jubilee

Imphal, Sept 8: Music band SARGAM is celebrating Silver Jubilee Foundation Day on September 11, 2017 at the community Hall of Young Progressive and Athletic Club (YPAC) Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai at 3.30 pm.
SARGAM is a performing cum Musical Institute established by group of talented musician of the state. Education Minister Th. Radheshyam, Arts and Culture Minister L. Jayantakumar and Director Arts and Culture Sushila will be attending the Silver Jubilee celebration as dignitaries.

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