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Manipuri silk is world famous: CM

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Imphal, May 10,

N. Biren Singh has urged the officials and experts of the State Sericulture Department to explore means for cost reduction in the production of silk items without compromising the quality so that demands from different parts of the country and world may see an upsurge.
 Speaking as the Chief Guest at the inauguration of Cocoon Mela and Farmers Training Centre organised by the Department of Sericulture, Government of Manipur at Sangaipat in Imphal East District yesterday N. Biren Singh said that Manipuri silk is world famous but demand in the market is still not good enough due to high price. Some foreign visitors once suggested him to cut down the price to attract more demands, he added.
He also directed the officials of the Department to combine their technical expertise with farmers’ practical experience to enhance production both in quality and quantity.

The Chief Minister also urged them to put in best possible effort to bring economic development of the State and enhance farmers’ income through large scale production of Sericulture items.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Minister also strongly condemned the powerful bomb blast that occurred near the gate of 49 Bn. BSF camp at Koirengei.
Maintaining that violence would never bring any solution, the Chief Minister urged all concerned to extend co-operation to the Government in resolving all forms of discord and conflict through democratic and peaceful means.
Manipur has already started making a good impression of being a beautiful and peaceful State to the world. As such, nobody should resort to any activity which may again spoil this hard earned condition, the Chief Minister said.
Stating that situation has improved considerably and peace has returned to the State of late, the Chief Minister said that there is no point to target security personnel with an intention to create a chaotic situation again.

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We should preserve our culture for future generation - Biswajit

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Imphal, May 10,

 Culture encompasses our language, cuisine, dance, music and arts, etc. and we should preserve our culture for the future generation, said Works/Power/Commerce and Industries/Information and Public Relations/Rural Development and Panchayati Raj/AR &Training Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh on Wednesday.
Biswajit was speaking as the Chief Guest at the third day celebration of the Maring Paaryao-Thillai (A Cultural Festival) cum Indigenous Heritage Village Lil Thallung Bun at Lhikbung Machi, Machi Sub-division.
He said that Manipur is inhabited by different communities and we get to see unique cultures and traditions of the different communities. He said that if the Meitei community is known for its handloom products, the Maring tribe is also known for making ‘Thumok’ (cane and bamboo basketry).
Promoting the idea of unity among the different communities, the Minister said that we may have different languages, dialects, culture, tradition, religion, etc., but, we should always remember that “we belong to one human race”. We should cooperate with one another to bring development in the State, he said.
Observing that there can be no peace without unity, the Minister said that we should bridge the gap of mistrust and communication amongst the communities residing together in the State.

“Today, we also get some fulfilment in knowing that the attempts of the government to bridge the gap have started showing positive results”, he said.
Biswajit said that the State government cannot declare a Heritage Site, however, the State government can develop tourists spots in the area and convert the village into a Tourist destination.
He asked the concerned local authorities to submit a formal application for the same so that he may take up the issue with the Chief Minister and the concerned Tourism department.  
Further in his speech, Biswajit Singh also asked whether the people are getting the benefits of the government schemes implemented for the welfare of the people.
    Expressing concern on the deforested hill slopes along the way to the village, the Minister said that crop plantation like maize can be taken up along the deforested hill slopes after properly identifying the suitable crops. He said that the plantation which could be undertaken under the buy-back policy of the government could help in improving the economy of the village and its people.
Biswajit also explained various government schemes including the UJALA Yojana, SAUBHAGYA, PMAY(G) etc.
The celebration was also attended by Tengnoupal MLA Shri D.Korungthang, district officials, village leaders among others.
Cultural dances and songs were also performed as part of the function. On their arrival at the village, the dignitaries were accorded a warm traditional welcome by the villages.

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AR conducts employment generation drive through Afforestation

IT News
Imphal, May 10,

11 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) conducted a conference on its new initiative “Employment Generation through Afforestation” with chiefs all villages under its area and Civil Administration including Forest and Wildlife Department. Manipur, being one of the three ‘Biological Hotspots’ of India and one of thirty four ‘Biological Hotspots’ of the world has very rich biodiversity.
Many rare species of plants, animals, fishes and birds have their shelter in the Jungles of Manipur. However, due to poverty and traditional poaching, this diverse bio-diversity is witnessing a steep downfall.
Committed to the welfare of locals, 11 Assam Rifles took a new initiative for ‘Employment Generation through Afforestation’ which serves both the purposes i.e. Employment and Afforestation. Villagers were sensitized about the depleting biodiversity of Manipur and were briefed about how planting fruit bearing trees can solve this issue. Plan was discussed with representatives of Forest and Wildlife Department. Forest Department assured that they would provide maximum saplings of fruit bearing trees like Cashew nut, Orange, Beetle Nut, Banana, Lemon, Yanelak, Heiribok etc for each village during “Van Mahotsav” which is celebrated every first week of July.
Villagers were invited for the conference and over 43 villagers from Area of Responsibility of 11 Assam Rifles alongwith representative from Moreh College were in attendance. SDC, Wildlife Range Officer and Forest Range Officer of Moreh also participated in the event. Importance of afforestation and employment was told to the villagers. Villagers were briefed about the concept of this new initiative. The complete project would be carried out in three phases. Firstly, pits will be prepared as advised by Forest Range Officer and will be inspected by the representatives of Forest Department.
For this villagers will be given one month of time. In second phase, saplings will be distributed to the villagers as per their demand during ‘Van Mahotsav’. In third phase, a committee will be formed which will be run completely by local people. The committee will be monitoring the growth of these trees and will facilitate selling of fruits directly to the market (to curb the involvement of middleman).
Village chiefs were asked for their demand and after discussion with Forest Range officer, Moreh and keeping in view the biodiversity of the respective areas, demand for saplings of each tree was given to Forest Department. Moreh College was included in the drive with aim of inculcating the essence of this drive to the youths studying at Moreh College.
Villagers appreciated the new initiative for the long term benefits of the locals and expressed their gratitude. The conference was conducted with the closing address by Colonel R S Rawat, Commandant, 11 Assam Rifles and lunch was served to all participants.

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AR conducts lecture on Hygiene Education

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Imphal, May 10 A lecture on health and hygiene was conducted by Regimental Medical Officer of 6 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) at Laishram Mani Memorial School. A total of 100 students attended the lecture where they were educated about prevention from water borne diseases, Malaria and Dengue.
The school authorities appreciated the efforts of Assam Rifles in reaching out to them.

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