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Pre Monsoon rain overflow of major Rivers; failed drainage flooded many places in Imphal

IT News
Imphal, May 6,

Pre Monsoon rain which began just 2 days back have over flow almost all major Rivers in Imphal valley. Besides, many places in the state capital including National Highways, state Highways and local streets have been flooded as rain water logged at many places due to fail drainage system which was constructed just one or two months before the last State Assembly Election held on March, 2017 failed to drain the logged rain water.
Government hectic effort of cleaning river bed at Imphal River seems to serve its purpose as the water level runs touching the tip of the river bank fearing overflow if the rain continue in the next one or two days.
The drain constructed from Keishampat to Khagempalli under along the MI road failed to drain the water from the road. Water logged was seen in front of Keishamthong Model School, causing many inconveniences to vehicular movement. The drainage system was reconstructed spending huge amount of state money which has been collected from the people in the form of tax. Crores of rupees had already been spend just some few months back in constructing the drain.

At Tiddim road the drain which is higher the road flooded the road. Many locality too are flooded as drainage system completely failed.
Skynet weather report said that rainfall recorded on Friday at 8 am was 33 mm in Imphal. Following day recorded lower but rainfall recorded till today morning was nearly 40 mm , said a source.
Last year, that is in 2017 rainfall recorded from December 9 and till December 12, was 116.1mm. Heavy damage was cause as banks of Imphal River, Nambul River and Iril River breached at many places. In Kakching, Over flow of Manipur River had destroyed several field and many houses were submerged. The rain also cause landslide at many Hill districts.
As per Skymet Weather, the conditions are still favorable for active pre Monsoon activities over most parts of Northeast India. Moderate rain is expected to occur at many places. Few heavy spells are also likely to occur at a few districts.
The intensity of showers will be more in Nagaland, Meghalaya, East Assam and Arunachal Pradesh as compared to Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura. Along with rain and thundershower, thunder squall activity with lightning strikes will also accompany at a few parts. These pre-Monsoon activities are expected to continue over Northeast India another three to four days.

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Tourism dept promoting eco-friendly and sustainable tourism: W. Ibohal Singh

DIPR
Imphal, May 6,

Director of Tourism Department W. Ibohal Singh said that the Tourism Department is giving its priority to promote eco-friendly and sustainable tourism in the State. This was stated by him at the press conference of HODs organised by DIPR for highlighting the activities and achievements of the Government of Manipur held at DIPR Complex, Moirangkhom, Imphal on Saturday.
Speaking to the media persons, W. Ibohal Singh said that a good hospitality is a must to promote tourism in the State. The Tourism Department is trying its level best to promote economic growth and provide sustainable livelihood to the people of the State, he added. He stated that the Department has successfully organised various Tourism Festival in grand manner such as Manipur Sangai Festival, Shirui Lily Festival, NorthEast Development Summit, International Polo tournaments etc. He stressed that around 50,000 National and International delegates and exhibitors witnessed the Manipur Sangai Festival 2017. Because of such festivals, there has been rapid increase in tourist flow in 2017-18 in the State. Around 1,58,000 domestic tourists and 3600 foreign tourists were recorded between April 2017- March 2018. The significance of organising various tourism festivals in the State is not just to generate revenue but to build a good relationship and revive the sense of brotherhood with the local people. And tourism festivals have immensely helped in enhancing such relationship, he added.

Highlighting the success of the recently held Shirui Lily Festival 2018, Shri W. Ibohal Singh said that around 10,000 Shirui lily saplings were planted across the Shirui hills during the festival. He said that the government is giving extra effort to conserve and preserve the Manipuri Pony in the State. The Government is developing an exclusive Pony Sanctuary at Heingang area as part of measures to protect and preserve the unique Polo Ponies found in the State. A polo ground with International field dimensions would also be developed in the said area, he added. International Polo Tournaments such as Manipur International Polo Tournament and Manipur Statehood Day Women’s Polo Tournament are being organised to encourage the game of Polo and to preserve the endangered Pony in the State.
Director mentioned that a team from USA would be visiting the State to discuss various issues regarding the protection of Manipuri Pony such as to exchange their knowledge and chalk out plans to preserve Pony in the State.
Mentioning some of the tourism projects in the State, Director said that major tourism projects such a Infrastructure Development of Tourist Destination of Santhei Natural Park, Andro, Infrastructure Development of Tourist Resort at Sendra Hillock, development of Marjing Polo Complex at Heingang and development of Manipur Adventure and Allied Sports Institute Complex(MAASIC), Keirao have been inaugurated in the past one year. Some other projects would be inaugurated within some months, he added. The Thanga-Karang ropeway and Heingang-Cheiraoching ropeway would be constructed soon to attract the tourists to witness the scenic view of Loktak Lake and Imphal city.    
Citing some of the awards bagged by the Manipur Tourism Department, W. Ibohal Singh said that the Department won the Best Cultural Destination Award at East India Travel Awards 2017 and also bagged the TODAY’S TRAVELLER AWARD 2017 for Best State for Showcasing Art and Culture under Domestic Tourism Category.
Director (IPR) H. Balkrisna Singh, Project in-Charge (Tourism Dept.) S. Shankar Singh, Project in Charge (Tourism Dept.) M. Bimolchand attended the press conference.   

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Reclamation of eutrophicated water bodies through EM Technology

By : Pandey

Manipur is dependent mostly on the rain water collected in the water reservoirs. The largest water reservoir in Loktak Lake of Manipur, which is highly eutrophicated (polluted) water body of the North East India. Besides in Manipur numerous small and mid sized ponds are also maintained by almost every farm. These water bodies serve fuel purpose of catching water during the dry season and fish farming.
Most of the water bodies in valley of Manipur are getting water from the rains and this water contains a lot of organic matter, most of the times domestic effluents also mixed in this water. A study revealed that 90% of the water bodies in Manipur is having eutrophication. This is not only a threat to the aquatic life but also a potent health hazard for the humans due to the toxins released by the algae. There was an article in the The Sangai Express, 4th May, 2018, titled “Large number of fishes perish in Nungleng Pukhri at Kangla”, which states the probable reasons for this fish death is lack of oxygen, high content of carbon monoxide, etc. Eutrophication is the enrichment of an ecosystem with chemical nutrients, typically compounds containing nitrogen, phosphorus, or both. Runoff from agricultural fields, pollution from septic systems and sewers, and other human-related activities increase the flux of both inorganic nutrients and organic substances into terrestrial, aquatic, and coastal marine ecosystems. Consequences of eutrophication include excessive plant production, blooms of harmful algae, increased frequency of anoxic events, and mortality in fishes. Economic losses attributed to eutrophication include costs of water purification for human use, losses of fish and wildlife production, and losses of recreational amenities. Eutrophication has become a global problem that is likely to intensify in coming decades because of increases in human population, excessive phosphorous from sewage, demand for food, land conversion, fertilizer use, and nitrogen deposition. When these algae die, they start decomposing and the nutrients contained in the organic matter are converted into inorganic form by microorganisms. This decomposition process consumes oxygen, which reduces the concentration of dissolved oxygen. The depleted oxygen levels in turn may lead to fish kills and a range of other effects reducing biodiversity. Enhanced growth of aquatic vegetation or phytoplankton and algal blooms disrupts normal functioning of the ecosystem, causing a variety of problems such as a lack of oxygen needed for fish and shellfish to survive. The water becomes cloudy, typically coloured a shade of green, yellow, brown, or red. Eutrophication also decreases the value of rivers, lakes and aesthetic enjoyment. Health problems can occur where eutrophic conditions interfere with drinking water treatment.
To address this problem of eutrophication and its related adverse effects like decrease in oxygen, formation of toxic gases like methane, ammonia, hydrogen sulphide, etc. EM Technology (Effective Microorganisms) from Japan is an innovative biological solution. EM Technology is been used worldwide in more than 140 countries for the last 30 years. Maple Orgtech (India) Limited, having their Head office in Kolkata, is the authorized manufacturer of EM Technology in India. Their product MAPLE EM.1 AQUAMAGIC is the only answer to all these problems without the use of any chemicals. It is a complete microbial product and safe for the aquatic environment. Maple Orgtech (India) Limited has worked with many state governments, NGOs and Municipalities with their EM Technology and successfully restored many lakes and ponds. One such example is the restoration of Ulsoor Lake in Karnataka.
Before Treatment After Treatment Maple EM.1 Aquamagic can be used in the Nungleng Pukhri at Kangla to reclaim the water body and maintain a healthy aquatic life through the use of EM Technology from Japan. This technology will help to increase the dissolved oxygen level which is cited as one of the key reasons for the fish deaths.

Reclamation of eutrophicated water bodies through EM Technology

By : Pandey

Manipur is dependent mostly on the rain water collected in the water reservoirs. The largest water reservoir in Loktak Lake of Manipur, which is highly eutrophicated (polluted) water body of the North East India. Besides in Manipur numerous small and mid sized ponds are also maintained by almost every farm. These water bodies serve fuel purpose of catching water during the dry season and fish farming.
Most of the water bodies in valley of Manipur are getting water from the rains and this water contains a lot of organic matter, most of the times domestic effluents also mixed in this water. A study revealed that 90% of the water bodies in Manipur is having eutrophication. This is not only a threat to the aquatic life but also a potent health hazard for the humans due to the toxins released by the algae. There was an article in the The Sangai Express, 4th May, 2018, titled “Large number of fishes perish in Nungleng Pukhri at Kangla”, which states the probable reasons for this fish death is lack of oxygen, high content of carbon monoxide, etc. Eutrophication is the enrichment of an ecosystem with chemical nutrients, typically compounds containing nitrogen, phosphorus, or both. Runoff from agricultural fields, pollution from septic systems and sewers, and other human-related activities increase the flux of both inorganic nutrients and organic substances into terrestrial, aquatic, and coastal marine ecosystems. Consequences of eutrophication include excessive plant production, blooms of harmful algae, increased frequency of anoxic events, and mortality in fishes. Economic losses attributed to eutrophication include costs of water purification for human use, losses of fish and wildlife production, and losses of recreational amenities. Eutrophication has become a global problem that is likely to intensify in coming decades because of increases in human population, excessive phosphorous from sewage, demand for food, land conversion, fertilizer use, and nitrogen deposition. When these algae die, they start decomposing and the nutrients contained in the organic matter are converted into inorganic form by microorganisms. This decomposition process consumes oxygen, which reduces the concentration of dissolved oxygen. The depleted oxygen levels in turn may lead to fish kills and a range of other effects reducing biodiversity. Enhanced growth of aquatic vegetation or phytoplankton and algal blooms disrupts normal functioning of the ecosystem, causing a variety of problems such as a lack of oxygen needed for fish and shellfish to survive. The water becomes cloudy, typically coloured a shade of green, yellow, brown, or red. Eutrophication also decreases the value of rivers, lakes and aesthetic enjoyment. Health problems can occur where eutrophic conditions interfere with drinking water treatment.
To address this problem of eutrophication and its related adverse effects like decrease in oxygen, formation of toxic gases like methane, ammonia, hydrogen sulphide, etc. EM Technology (Effective Microorganisms) from Japan is an innovative biological solution. EM Technology is been used worldwide in more than 140 countries for the last 30 years. Maple Orgtech (India) Limited, having their Head office in Kolkata, is the authorized manufacturer of EM Technology in India. Their product MAPLE EM.1 AQUAMAGIC is the only answer to all these problems without the use of any chemicals. It is a complete microbial product and safe for the aquatic environment. Maple Orgtech (India) Limited has worked with many state governments, NGOs and Municipalities with their EM Technology and successfully restored many lakes and ponds. One such example is the restoration of Ulsoor Lake in Karnataka.
Before Treatment After Treatment Maple EM.1 Aquamagic can be used in the Nungleng Pukhri at Kangla to reclaim the water body and maintain a healthy aquatic life through the use of EM Technology from Japan. This technology will help to increase the dissolved oxygen level which is cited as one of the key reasons for the fish deaths.

When I’m sick

By- Dr Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

Sick! Knows no limits; it’s harsh,
It’s cruel and ruthless and sickening;
Sick embarrasses me happily, awfully!  
I feels ‘sick’, when all I feel sick inside;
I carry him, as I long as I walk, go and stand,
He clinches too strong; concealing all my motives;
Don’t want to have him; still he makes his room,
He’s too shameless, bold he comes, with no permission;
He knocks me not; he stands still forwarding,
I know; and when I know he is slowly trying
And steadily holding me as one; ruthlessly
One of headache, one of fever, one of cold
It’s paining; when he embraces me all awhile.

When I’m sick, I feel completely perplex;
When I’m sick, I feel totally exerting and utilizing;
Feeling struggling, I employ much of exercises,
Leave me alone! He never leaves incomplete;
Sick! As do I sick, I work much harder enrolling;
I carry along with ‘sick’; never did I try to set lying;
Alas! I dare waking myself alive, fresh and settle,
How innocently he controls me, taunting more;
I hate myself being with him carrying and shadowing around;
Go away! I do shout, he’s so dumb and he’s muted;
I do serve faithfully; sick as hell, he makes his room;
Empty as I could; my stomach aches, thinner as I stay struggling; It’s paining; when he embraces me all awhile.

One o’clock, two o’clock, and six o’clock it struck;
Heavier and weaker as I walk, strolling by the bed;
I tried never to glimpse lying on the bed,
Holding! And holding stronger, as I serve others
I feel dizzy, I feel sickening, and still I’m awake working homely;
Help me; help me; when I’m sick, no one’s around,
And steadily holding me as one; ruthlessly and scaring,
One of headache, one of fever, one of cold, weakening alive;
Oh Dear! Is that the way, I should have neglecting him;
I don’t want sharing; take away from me;
He Mind me better, when I’m weaker;
He leaves me with no choice, battling within
 It’s paining; when he embraces me all awhile.

When I’m sick, I stay aloof away, boring;
When I’m sick, I tremble rapidly feebly;
When I’m sick, my inner voice lowers missing;
Holding me tight as though I may leave him unattended;
Sick! He isn’t a gift, he isn’t a reward,
Mind not the others! When he’s with others;
Something strange; when I dump him medicating,
Lighter I feel when I don’t carry ‘him’ around shouldering;
When I’m sick, I see those beauties lies within
Give more; take these; eat these; throw away nothing;
I wonder how pathetic he is.

Manipur University Teachers’ Association annual function held

IT News
Imphal, May 6,

Manipur University Teachers’ Association held its Annual Felicitation Function at the MUTA Hall, Manipur University on Saturday. On this occasion, MUTA felicitated the faculty members who are retired from service in Manipur University during the 2017 -18. Introduction of new MUTA officer bearers and handing over of the charge to the newly elected MUTA Executive body was as also held in today’s function.
Addressing on the occasion as Chief Guest, Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University said the university is known for its teachers and students.  “Teachers never really retire. Their teachings will forever be treasured, their contribution in the lives of others and commitment towards education can never be measured or compared with,” said Prof. Pandey while asserting that when teachers grow old, they grow with maturity. He further appealed to all teachers to engage with more research works as well in addition to their primary task of teaching.  Professor appreciated the teachers who are doing excellent research in academics and developmental works for the university. In conclusion, Vice-Chancellor urged the teachers for their support and cooperation for a collective growth of the university in the field of ‘academic excellence’ and development of the university in the national and international arena.
All the retired teachers shared their past experiences and academic achievements they attained during their tenures as teacher. MUTA felicitated all the retired teachers of Manipur University at today’s function.
One of the retired professors, Prof. Dhaneshwor Singh of Chemistry department shared his experience and good times he had in Manipur University. Prof. Ibotombi, Prof. Asha Gupta and Prof. Madhubala also recalled their personal experiences during their service in the university.
Names and designation of the new office bearers of MUTA were also announced.

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Sericulture (Queen of Fabrics) now catering for domestic consumption needs only

DIPR
Imphal, May 6,

  The present status of the Sericulture Industry of Manipur is mostly focussed on sufficing the domestic consumption of the State with the raw silk production during the past one and a half decade giving remuneration of Rs.1,50,000 to Rs.2,50,000 per annum with one acre systematic plantation and proper mulberry rearing, stated S Kunjakishore, Sericulture Director, Manipur.
A strong movement towards Sericulture started in 1997-98 with the birth of the JICA project under funding of the Japanese Government with an estimated Rs.134.5 crores budget, he stated. The Manipur Sericulture Project(MSP) Phase 1 was implemented till 2008 after which the project was unfortunately stopped due to the deteriorating law and order situation of the State, he explained.
“Mulberry silkworm rearing and reeling was confined to Khurkhul, Leimaram, Pheiyang and Thongjao. One Project Management Complex was established under the Manipur Sericulture Project,Phase -1  in 2005-06 at Wangkhei Panchim, Sangaipat Imphal East in an area of 23 acres of land with an outlay of Rs.12.64 cr”, he stated.
Briefing media persons during the conference, S Kunjakishore said that the total productive hectare covered by the silkworm food plants  has been in increasing trend with 7,548 for mulberry,14,381 for Eri, 8,135 for Oak Tasar and 1,546 for muga by the end of 2016. Special Plan Assistance(SPA)  with an outlay of Rs.75 cr in both mulberry and eri sector, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana(RKVY), Integrated Sericulture Development Projects for valley as well as hill districts,Human Resources Development Programme(BEP) & DBT and catalytic development Programme(CDP) have been implemented so far for strengthening Sericulture infrastructure in seed production and extension of works, skill development and extension of technology from lab to field level, he stated.
S Kunjakishore also informed that the sector wise employment provided by Sericulture industry  as on January 2018 by muga, eri,oak tasar and mulberry sectors to sericulture farmers are 22,222(SC),13,551(ST) and 2,182(others); to family engaged is 9,042 and to seri villagers is 981.
Upgradation of regional silk institutes, introduction of Integrated bi-voltine Sericulture Project in Tripura Model, one IBSDP in mulberry with financial assistance from the Ministry of Textiles under NERTPS scheme and composite “Soil to Silk Project” are in the pipeline, he said.
District Sericulture Officer, Imphal West, S Birendra Singh said that there are 6 common races of silkworms – 3 each in Japanese( j001,j003,j101) and Chinese(c002,c004,c102) in the State.
Deputy Director, Sericulture,Manipur, Shri Ch Harendrakumar Singh also spoke on the various projects, schemes and training related to Sericulture Industry in Manipur.
IPR Director Shri H Balkrisna Singh moderated the conference.

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Abide the teachings of the teachers to become a better human: Th. Radheshyam

DIPR
Imphal, May 6,

Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam said that a school has two parts like the humans having a body and a mind. He said the body acts as a hardware and mind as software, and as we grew old our body may get unattractive, but our minds become more beautiful.
Similarly, in an educational institute, the infrastructure acts as the hardware and the young students and teachers as the software. Therefore, it is very important that the students take up the teaching of the teachers who guides and mentor them, to become a better human. The Minister was speaking as Chief Guest at the Farewell Cum Graduation Day - 2018 ceremony of Don Bosco College, Maram. Citing the hard-work and service of personalities like Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela, the Education Minister appealed to the young students to be hard-working, for success comes to those who struggle, sacrifice and serve the needy.
Th. Radheshyam said that the North Eastern states of the country has been lacking behind despite of all the talents the region has, and the progress of the region now lies in the hands of the young people. He urged the students to become the solution provider with their abilities and talent that they have been nourishing with the education they have receiving since the day they took their first step.
The ex Minister Francis Ngajokpa said that everyone in this world comes alone and will die alone.  The knowledge of light that one receives should be taken along the path of their life for the betterment and well being of the society.
The two students of the college who hold positions in the recently declared Higher Secondary Examination, 2018 conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur were also felicitated.
The Farewell Cum Graduation Day - 2018 was attended by Senapati District Commissioner, Athem Muivah, concern officials, Principal of the College, teachers, staffs, students and parents.

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Assam Rifles conducts tree plantation drive

IT News
Imphal, May 6,
15 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) conducted a tree plantation drive. The drive elicited participation from NCC cadets and students of Leishamba Maheikol English Medium School, Chingarel. Approximately 190 saplings were planted at Chingarel village, Imphal East District on 04 May 2018. The youth promised to work to create awareness in local populace about importance of saving earth and spreading greenery. The local populace thanked Assam Rifles for their initiative towards this noble cause.

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