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Items filtered by date: Sunday, 11 March 2018 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger


By- Dr Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

I remember and how I remembered, makes too difference;
As I grow through this phase, I remembered all too,
Knowing much as I could, I am aware all too,
Ask me not a question; and knock me not down;
Wasn’t I a daughter to parents? Totally, yes I was and am;
Wasn’t I a sister to all my brothers and sister? Totally, yes I am is;
Wasn’t I so darling to my parents? Totally, yes to them;
Didn’t I so loving to my sisters? Totally, yes them to me;
Wasn’t I too obedient to my brothers? Totally, yes I was to them;

What am I to them, my parent?  I wonder much,
Much easier to them, I was and am a daughter so loving;
Withering away ties, time and tide, memories only last ever;
Making me carried away far and far away from them;
Institution bounds me too tight, holding by my neck;
Institution bounds them back away from me too, so socially;
Snatching me away from them, ever away, erasing;
Snatching them away from me too, ever dying;
Can’t I go back to my parents? Totally no
I am not seen; I haven’t had a place, so lonely;
Getting a seat to sit on upon:  aren’t that easy
Too strange to say a word, it’s dying now and ever.

‘Nigol’ I am by now, ‘Nigol’ as I am term upon,
I hate being so call upon myself, categorically;
‘Distance’ I fear the most; ‘trust’ I worry about worst;
Leaving me all aloof, a stranger am I, ‘sit’ ‘sit’ here;
No words heard by now; No actions recognize by now,
Too emotional, hurting within the core;
I carry so heavily ‘missing’ each work and each action;
I release forgetting that love and affection, that brother and sister;
Memories as do I carry lots and loosing that all,
Oh! I was and I was here sleeping soundly;
I leave no word, judging all where I belong.

Can’t bear much when they judge ‘Nigols’ within;
Equally as we grow, equally as we tame, I remembered all;
I pray don’t ever Dear Brothers, Who’s best? Who’s richer?
I pray don’t ever Dear Parents, who’s nearer attaché to you?
I pray don’t ever segregate amongst, who’s more and more to all?
Feeling so broken inside, when you judge so darling to so lovely;
Aren’t I a sister to sister? Totally yes to them;
Aren’t I a sister to my brothers? Totally yes to them too;
I hate when you driven me away ‘Nigol’;
I hate when you see me unseen;
Life I bear is summary, daughter, sister and Nigol;
Hate me not when am I a Nigol?

Not a word of women’s beauty was mentioned on International Women’s Day, was it good or bad Beti Bachao beti Padhao

By : Sanjoo Thangjam
Advertisement play a key role in influencing our concept of beauty. Beauty is how we see it, as the saying goes – ‘beauty is in the eyes of the beholder’. Aggressive promotional tactics are used to shape people’s expectations as well as revolutionize accepted levels of style, quality and glamour. Over time they have managed to develop these unrealistic expectations to such a degree that make conceited women the world over demand beauty as a basic human right.And the so called beauty which many people seek are external rather than internal. External good looks are what they look for when selecting friends or when choosing a life partner.
Because of the high premium being placed on good looks, people try various methods to achieve this desirable state. It could mean going for aerobics, an intensive slimming course, and a face lift, wearing fashioning clothes, a new hairdo, or makeup. Usually, ladies tend to be very conscious and particular about their weight when they discovered that they put on extra weight.
The womenfolk in modern society spend a good part of their income on expensive clothes and cosmetics. Their choice of what to buy is heavily influenced and dictated by the expensive promotional gimmicks adopted by fashion houses and cosmetic companies.
It is indeed surprising how profoundly women are interested in clothes. For example, if a man and woman meet another man or womanon the street, the woman seldom looks at the man: she usuallytends to looks to see how well the other women is dressed.

Despite all their seriousness in the search of beauty, people have forgotten to use a source everyone is endowed with the nature but often used. They miss out natural resource of beauty. Maybe this source has been overlooked because present day cosmetics provide a convenient substitute to give an instant thought false conception. In this age of fast foods and all sorts of ‘instant this’ and ‘instant that’ many women resort to instant beauty aids and cosmetics which are readily available in the market. Now coming back to our natural source of beauty, we like to ask: What can this source of beauty be? Nome other than kindness, love, simplicity and beauty of the heart. Of all the cosmetics available, the best is loving kindness. It is natural, inexpensive and always effective. The one who has this quality looks beautiful even without having to worry about is applied on the face or done to the hair.
Even if one is born with plain looks, one can look radiant and attractive, if virtue of love, kindness, and patience are cultivated. These virtues will rise to an internal charm that will radiant outwards, making the person irresistible. Many people will be attracted to her because of that special charm as beauty which fades like a flower, this internal beauty has an aura of charm which can often become more intense in its glow the mature the person becomes.
On the other hand, even if a woman is born beautiful with stunning features, many people will turned away from such a person if she is jealous, selfish, and cunning and conceited. But if woman is overflowing with loving-kindness, speaks gently and politely, she will far more attractive than the so-called beautiful woman who is conceited and full of pride. A beautiful complexion can attract attention, but for how long? There is no complexion remain beautiful especially if a woman’s mind is corrupted. External beauty will fade like all things must. The saying that ‘beauty is but skin deep’ is indeed very true. But the beauty of loving kindness remains, and is appreciated by all alike.
The world is like a mirror. If we look at the mirror with a smiling face, we will see a face smiling back at us. But if we look at it with a frown or a face of anger, we will also see the same ugly face reflected back. In the same way, if we were to act with kindness and sympathy, the same good qualities will be returned to us. And we perform noble virtues which arise in the heart, they will be translated into good speech and good deeds which are apparent to all.
The writer is lay Buddhist and Human Rights Activist of People Who Use Drugs ( PUDS)

Minister Biswajit inaugurates Bridges in Ukhrul district

Imphal, March 11: Works Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh inaugurated the Challou River Bridge today in the presence of MLA of 45-Chingai (ST) AC                   KhashimVashum at Ukhrul District today. The bridge, connecting Chingai (Kungai) and Tusom Manipur, was constructed under NLCPR at a cost of Rs. 299.92 lakhs.
Addressing the inaugural function at the bridge site, Minister Biswajit explained the correlation between good connectivity and economic development of the State. He also stressed that improving the quality of communication is a priority of the present Government. He said that communication gap contributes to disunity among the communities.
The Minister said that the ‘Go to the Hills’ slogan of the present government was introduced with the main objective of bringing equal development in the hills and the valley areas of the State.
He said that the present government has no intention to claim the inauguration of the bridge as its achievement. The Minister also said that the Challou River Bridge is an important bridge in the area and will connect interior villages namely Kungai, Tusom CV, New Tusom, Wahong, Soraphung to Chingai Sub Division Head Quarter and district Head Quarter Ukhrul.  Responding to appeals made by the village authorities through memorandums submitted to him, the Minister assured installation of a 33/11 KV Sub-Station in the area at the earliest. He also gave assurance to ensure completion of the laying of second WBM of the six roads under PMGSY which is Chingai to Tusom Pt I, II and III. He also explained various schemes of the government including UJALA, PMGSY, etc. Minister Biswajit also inspected a bridge on Challou River located in between Tusom and Chingai.
MLA Khashim Vashum expressed his happiness on the formal inaugural of the bridge by the State Works Minister and said Minister Biswajit is the first Minister to visit the village since former Chief Minister Yamsho Shaiza visited the area in 1978.
He urged the people not to forget that the government cares for the people and also sought cooperation of the general public to the government’s effort to bring development in the area.  
As part of the government’s celebrating its one year, Minister Biswajit also provided 200 LED bulbs to the village authorities attending the function to be distributed among the poorest of their villagers.Later in the evening, Minister Biswajit also inaugurated a bridge over Layii River connecting Kharasom Lazo in Ukhrul District to Laii in Senapati District. The bridge was constructed with an expenditure of Rs 350.79 lakhs and it will facilitate the mobility and accessibility of villages in Ukhrul District and Senapati District and the travel time between the two district Head Quarters particularly between Kharasom and Laii will enhance a lot.Addressing the bridge inaugural function, Minister Biswajit said that the formal inauguration of the bridge is not an attempt to show the bridge as an achievement of the government but just a formal handing over of the bridge to the public.Replying to memorandums submitted during the inaugural function, he assured to act on selective demands on priority basis. Reiterating that the State government has set a target to provide electricity to all households of the State by December 2018, the Minister urged the concerned authorities of the area to identify villages and houses which are yet to get electricity.Stating that the present government is for the people, he further appealed to the people to cooperate and support the government in its effort to bring development to the State.The inaugural function was also attended by MLA Shri KhashimVashum, DC Ukhrul District Dr. Harmit Singh Pahuja among others.

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VC inspects the work progress of the 105TH Indian Science Congress

Imphal, March 11: Professor Adya Prasad Pandey, Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University along with a team of Deans, local organising secretaries, officials and other concerned staff of the university inspected the massive undertakings which include construction of Inaugural Pandal, Pride Of India (POI) Expo site, Science Exhibition sites, Helipad, Food Courts, etc. for the upcoming 105th Indian Science Congress  inside the Manipur University premises.  
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi will inaugurate this five-day long event on 16th March. It may may be noted that Manipur University is hosting such a mega event  for the first time ever in its history. The theme of this year’s congress is “Reaching the Unreached Through Science and Technology.”  Three Nobel Laureates , many renowned scientists, eminent scholars, delegates and speakers will participate in this prestigious scientific event of the country. After observing the undergoing work sites , the Vice-Chancellor expressed his satisfaction on the pace of work which are being carried out. He said that all preparations are going on in full swing and would be able to finish well in time. Earlier, team of University Grant Commission (UGC) along with Vice-Chancellor and other competent agencies along had reviewed the work sites also.

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Delhi based Kakching students urge CM for improvement of Kakching district infrastructures

Imphal, March 10: United Kakching Students, Delhi (UNIKAS) submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Government of Manipur on March 10 for expediting process of formal inauguration and improvement of infrastructures of District Headquarter at Kakching for Kakching District, Manipur.
The memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister, Government of Manipur through the office of Resident Commissioner, Government of Manipur, New Delhi via R.R.No.875 dated 10th March 2018 with a request to the Chief Minister and his office for the swift action on inauguration of the headquarter building /offices and relevant institutions at Kakching for Kakching District, Manipur . The student community and working people in Delhi, who held from Kakching and Surrounding villages, expressed their deep concern on delaying of the inauguration of District Headquarter formally at Kakching and on slow process of establishment of essential offices and infrastructures under the Kakching District even after more than one year of functioning of new Kakching District at Kakching. UNIKAS further seeks the attention of the Honourable chief Minister to the long due demand and the aspirations of the people of Kakching and the surrounding villages for locating the headquarter of Kakching District at Kakching town for more than two decades. The UNIKAS appeals to the honourable Chief Minister for expeditious execution of the relevant process for formal inauguration of headquarter of Kakching District at Kakching and development of required infrastructures of the office under the Kakching District.

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Manipur base CSOs condemns ban on PFI by Jharkhand Govt.

Imphal, March 11: Manipur base civil society organization AMMCOC, LSA, RAUCO, SADA and Imphal Unit of Popular Front of India (PFI) has strongly condemned the banning of PFI by Jharkhand state Government.
In a meeting held yesterday at its state head office at Lillong, the representatives of the CSOs and other social activist urged the Jharkhand govt. to lift the ban on the organization. The organization – PFI was banned by the Jharkhand Govt. under section 16 of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 1908. The order for ban was uploaded in the official website of Chief Minister of Jharkhand. It said members of the PFI are having nexus with ISIS. The Manipur based CSOs and social activist which includes Retd. Senior Govt. Advocate Md. Jalalluddin , Advocate Ramijuddin Azaz etc. said that the allegation about PFI members’ nexus with ISIS is baseless. The meeting also blamed the BJP saying that since the coming of the BJP various form of violence in the name of Gao Rakshak, have killed many innocent lives in other states of India including Jharkhand. The meeting said the act of Jharkhand govt. is unconstitutional.

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Vocational rooms of various schools inaugurated

Thoubal, March 11: Vocational rooms of different schools of Thoubal District were inaugurated by MLA H. Dingo Singh, on March 10, 2018. The schools where vocational rooms were inaugurated are that of The New Ideal High School, Khangabok High School and Lalita Madhop Sharma High School, Khongjom.
Speaking on the inaugural function, MLA H. Dingo said that the vocational rooms are meant for giving skill education to the students apart from their normal education. He said that such vocational education will help the youths to develop their innovative power. M. Veto Singh, SDO, Thoubal, said that the vocational education will be very useful for the students as their education will help in giving employment to the youths.
MLA P. Brojen and Shri A. Anilkumar Singh, ZEO Thoubal, also attended the inaugural function.

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