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CM inaugurates Archaeological Museum at Kangla

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Imphal, Nov. 20: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today inaugurated Archaeological Museum at Kangla here in Imphal. A Battery Operated Vehicle service was also launched for service inside the fort by the Chief Minister to make Kangla premises free from pollution  
 Speaking at the occasion, N. Biren expressed hope that the newly launched Battery Operated Vehicle service would give convenience to visitors especially senior citizens and differently-abled persons, who wish to sightsee the historic fort.
The Chief Minister also expressed desire to have a coffee table book on Kangla, which has vital information about the sacred fort.

Stating that he sometimes comes across instances of victimising helpless police personnel, the Chief Minister said that he would not tolerate any form of victimisation and unwanted ill-treatment meted out to police personnel/officer and Government employees.
Likewise, employees who indulge in any form of irregularity would also get action from the Government, he added.
 Art and Culture Minister L. Jayantakumar also attended the inaugural function.
Four Battery Operated Vehicles have been made operational inside Kangla Fort from today. Every vehicle will have a trained tour guide each.

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‘Cooperatives are the right choice for socio-economic development’

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Imphal, Nov. 20: “Cooperatives are the right choice for self-employment, income generation for all walks of life to develop their socio-economic development,” stated Cooperation and Social Welfare Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen. This was expressed while delivering a Chief Guest speech during the celebration of the 7th Day of the 64thAll India Cooperative Week Celebration 2017 held today in the premises of the Institute of Cooperative Management, Cooperative Complex, Lamphelpat. It is organised by ICM, Imphal in collaboration with the Manipur State Cooperative Union.
Stressing on the topic “Cooperatives as Key Partner for Skill Development,” Minister Nemcha Kipgen felt that the topic is very appropriate to be addressed in this current scenario. She proclaimed that skills should serve as an integral part of employment and economic growth. She draws the attention of all concerned to identify the skill needed by various cooperatives for improving the quality of services and products. She highlighted that the facilities under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana and other flagship skill development programmes being implemented by the Government of India and State Government and other counterparts should be explored and used by the cooperatives.

She further continued cooperative way of working hand in hand has been in existence in our state both in hill and plain areas since time immemorial. Till date, 9148 cooperative societies are registered with the total membership of 7,26,671 members in our State. These societies include different sectors such as agriculture, dairy, fisheries, livestock, urban and rural credit, housing, consumers, transport, labour, handloom & handicrafts, fruit processing, etc.
Cooperation Minister Nemcha felt that the functioning of such societies should be improved so as to enable to improve the economic and social status of the members. These societies need a skilled workforce for increasing their performance. The members and employees should acquire the required skills in their respective fields to contribute towards making cooperatives or successful movement, she added. She also believed that the cooperative movement in the state can serve the majority of the population with strong leadership, professionalism and skill development. As a part of this occasion, various meritorious awards were also distributed.
MLA, 43, Phungyar AC K. Leishiyo, Principal Secretary (Cooperation), J.C. Ramthanga, Principal Scientist CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology, Imphal, Dr. H. Birkumar Singh, Director, ICM, Imphal, Dr. N. Ranjana Devi graced the function as President and Guests of Honour respectively. The function was also attended by officials and staff of the Cooperative Department, Manipur State Cooperative Union, ICM, trainees and students of various programmes of ICM and Centre for Cooperative Education

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DFO Thoubal swings into action; bans sand mining at Thoubal River

Thoubal,  Nov.20:  Showing serious concerns to the degradation of the Thoubal River as well as its environment, a team of state police and Forest department officials led District Forest Officer (DFO) RK Amarjit today paid surprise visit at Moirang Purel and Itham area under Andro Assembly constituency where sand mining are being underway at mass scale.
During the inspection visit the government official saw illegal excavation of soil from nearby hills of the area and dump it at Thoubal River for extraction of red sand.
As the mining of sand not only endangered the forest area of the surroundings but also degrades the condition of the Thoubal River, the District Forest Officer put immediate ban on the sand mining as well as excavation at hills of the surroundings. The DFO also orders ban transportation of red sand in Thoubal and Kakching district with immediate effect from today.
Speaking to reporters at the inspection site DFO RK Amarjit seeks support from the general public to the initiative of the Forest Department.

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Combing operation

Imphal, Nov 20: State police continues search operation in and around Imphal area to assure full prove security during the visit of President Ram Nath Kovind to inaugurate the Manipur’s largest tourism festival, Sangai Festival, which is set to begin from tomorrow.
The last few days saw police team conducting series of combing operation at various places of Imphal areas including localities in the surroundings of Bheigyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT) where, the Sangai Festival is scheduled to be officially inaugurated.     Today too, a team of state police led by Thangkhochon Haokip, Deputy SP (Ops) of Imphal West under the supervision of Additional SP (Ops) N. Madhunimai, conducted house to house search operation at Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai from 5:30 am till 7:00 am. About 300 ppl were verified out of which two UG bailouts were pulled up for verification.

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