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National Cleanliness day observed; Healthy people make a healthy nation: Dr. Najma A Heptulla

All government initiatives aimed towards human service: CM Biren

IMPHAL, Oct. 2: As in other parts of the country, the State government also observed Gandhi Jayanti- the International Day of Non-Violence and National Cleanliness Day today at the Gandhi Memorial Hall, Imphal.
The State function was graced by Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma A. Heptulla along with Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh, other cabinet ministers and Chief Secretary. The event is celebrated in commemoration of the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.
Addressing the function, Dr. Heptulla said that the state of cleanliness which is maintained during the observance of the national cleanliness day should be made a regular feature – a way of life. It should not be just a normal observance but a wake – up call for all to maintain high standards of cleanliness in our homes, workplace, roads, streets and public place.
She further said that Mahatma Gandhi – the great soul has always emphasized on cleanliness for a healthy living. Healthy people make a healthy nation. The Mahatma believed in the spiritual purification of body, mind and soul, she observed.
She elaborated that a clean environment is essential for good health which will beget a pure mind. The “Swachh Bharat” initiative taken up by the Central Government is aimed towards this end of keeping the environment clean. All should endeavour to make it a preserving campaign for a good health and mind, she added.
She pointed out that the Swachhta Hi Seva, ‘Cleanliness is Service’, a campaign which  started on 15th September ,2017, concluded today on Gandhi Jayanti. The campaign is an initiative of  Prime Minister Narendra Modi .
In his address, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh said that people should not only focus on cleaning their surroundings, but also aim to free their minds of negativity, hatred, enmity, communalism and corrupt thoughts.

He urged the people to maintain harmony , solidarity and peaceful co-existence amongst each other. He also said, “Good thoughts will pave the way to a better society and lead to progress and development of the nation.”
The Chief Minister explained that the fortnight long Swachta Hi Seva campaign is a way of realising Gandhiji’s vision for a Clean India.    
The Chief Minister also said that the Imphal Evenings which will be launched this evening aims to bring some entertainment avenues for the people. Explaining that the Imphal Evenings is an initiative to provide family- oriented evening life to the public, he sought support and cooperation from the public for the successful implementation of the initiatives and programs of the new government.
On the present United Naga Council issue, the Chief Minister said the government has already held talks with the organisation and further reaffirmed that the government is committed to finding solutions to all issues through talks.
Asserting that several welfare schemes for the people are in the pipeline, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren also said that his government is mulling to introduce an Old-age Pension Scheme through which beneficiaries will be provided Rs 1500/- per month and a Skill Development Training Course for the differently abled.
Chief Minister Biren also asserted that since his government was formed, several potholes had been mended and repaired however, incessant rain over the past few months has resulted in the washing away of the repaired roads.
As part of the function, the Governor led others in offering floral tribute to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Artistes of Shri Shri Bal Mukunda Dev Government Music College also presented an opening song at the start of the function. Other high ranking officials also attended the function.

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Expanding live of Imphal: the need of the hour

Manipur will witness the most awaited Night Life from today evening. “Imphal Evening” which will open from 7 pm to 10 pm every Saturday and Sunday evenings will be inaugurated by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and MAHUD Minister Th. Shyamkumar. The changing world needs such an initiative in Manipur too. Most developed states around the globe had already started the night life to improve the economic condition of the people as well as to improve the revenue of the state government. The impact of such ventures, as had been witnessed the world across, goes much beyond the intended economic considerations. The efforts being taken up by the government needs to be applauded by all of us here in the state of Manipur for one reason: officially recognised working hours for both government officials and those running small time business will be extended for another 4 hours at least on weekends.
Life in Manipur unofficially starts as early as from 2 pm for some people who are engaged in distribution of morning newspapers, and for some Khwairamband Keithel women vendors, life starts as early as 4 am. If one would visit Khwairamband Keithel here in the middle of the city at these wee hours, traffic jam will be witnessed as there are no traffic control police at the time. Vegetable vendors start selling as early as 4.30 am to 5 am in an unorganised manner as there are no authorities to control during these times. And almost all public transports take rest by 7 pm (except a negligible few) and the women vendors had to hurry and pack up their goods to return home.  Shops and business establishments in Paona Keithel and the Thangal Keithel including the Restaurants closed before 6 pm, as there are no buyers or customers coming after the hour. For those in the government offices which are entrusted with the responsibility of running the state, their time starts from 7 am in the morning (traffic control police) and after 7 pm no traffic control police are seen on any of the roads except some police men assigned at some areas where high ranking officials or elected representatives reside. The government offices starts at 10 am and ends at 4 pm.(Excluding Police department) School colleges and all banks close by 4 pm. Transaction works of most of the bank winds up at 2 pm.
While on the topic of opening “Imphal Evening” on an experimental basis, it is also recommended that the early morning life which is very popular in Khawairamband Keithel be encouraged. Traffic control police authorities should be deployed as early as 3 am before the vehicles transporting goods from every nook and corners of the state gather and jam the area. We can’t impose any rules on private passenger service providers to be on service for specific period of time, but at least the city bus service introduced recently by the state government needs to be on road till late in the evening so that the women vendors which were coming from far flung villages do not have to worry on how late they can sells their goods.
Mindsets of many people of the state have changed a lot. Most people wanted to earn for a living and it is the limited lifestyle of the city that is posing to be a hindrance to such economic aspirations.

Opening of Night schools and colleges will also be a great fillip to the efforts of the state government to increase literacy rate in the state.
Imphal today is experiencing the most terrible traffic congestions during office hours. If these office hours of government departments are not put at the same timing then there might be some relief to the road traffic. For example banks do not necessarily need to open at the same timing with other government offices but can be open 3 hours late from the Secretariat and other government offices by extending 3 hours. Schools here need not necessarily open at 9 or 10 am but it can begin from either 6 am or 7 am so that students have more time study in the evening.
The changes of working hours at various offices, both government and private establishment will not only give opportunity for many people to engage in work but also will definitely help in reducing the road traffic congestion.  And definitely the life of Imphalites will be extended.
Officially Imphalites begin life at 9 am and end at 4 pm which means, Imphal City is alive for only 7 hours out of the 24 hours. We almost wasted 17 hours. In a month we have 4 Sundays and a Second Saturday, which means in a month we have only 25 working days effectively. So 24x5 which is 120 hours plus 17 x 15 or 255 hours that is a total of 375 hours is dormant in a month that is around 15 days official life in Imphal is dormant for around 15 days. Excluding holidays, in one year the state remain dormant for 15x 12 days that is equal to 180 days or half the year. If holidays are included it will be more. That definitely is one of the reasons for why we are lagging behind.
Hopefully The Imphal Evening will bring some positive changes and hope the government will usher in more and much needed radical changes to make Manipur a developed state.

Saplings planted at Raj Bhavan

Imphal, Oct. 2: Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma A. Heptulla , Forest & Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar along with the  faculties and students of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Manipur planted saplings inside the campus of Raj Bhavan today  on the occasion of celebrating the National Cleanliness Day.

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AMWJU joins nationwide protest against serial killing of journalists

Imphal, Oct 2: When the nation celebrates non-violence day to mark the 148th Birth Anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi, journalists across the country today staged protest denouncing the serial killing of journalists in the country.
Journalists of the state under the aegis of the All Manipur Working Journalist Union also staged a protest demonstration at Keishampat. Members of the AMWJU hold banner condemning the serial killing of journalist across the country.
The Manipur base journalists, while expressing shock over the killing of journalist in the country, appealed safety & security measures for working journalists as early as possible.
The third case of journo-murder in September itself was reported from Punjab, as senior Journalist KJ Singh, 66, along with his old-age mother Gurcharan Kaur  found murdered in his residence at Mohali on Saturday (23 September 2017). Singh, who used to work for The Tribune, The Indian Express and The Times of India in Chandigarh, was found with his throat slit.
Punjab chief minister and veteran Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh had already ordered to form a special investigate team (SIT) to probe into the dual-murder. He also reiterated his commitment to maintain the law & order situation in Punjab accordingly. KJ Singh becomes the eighth journalists murdered in India this year immediately after Shantanu Bhowmik, 29 (killed at Mandai of Tripura on 20 September) and Gauri Lankesh, 55 (shot dead at Bangalore of Karnataka on 5 September).
Prior to them, a Haryana based television journalist (Surender Singh Rana) was shot dead on July 29. The other victims include Kamlesh Jain of Madhya Pradesh (killed on  May 31), Shyam Sharma also of MP (15 May), Brajesh Kumar Singh of Bihar (January 3) and Hari Prakash of Jharkhand  ( January 2).
India lost six journalists to assailants in 2016, which was preceded by five cases in 2015. The populous country witnessed murders of only two scribes in 2014, but the year 2013 reported as many as 11 journalists’ murders, where three northeastern media employees also fall victims to the perpetrators.
The killings of Sujit Bhattacharya (proof reader), Ranjit Chowdhury (manager) and Balaram Ghosh (driver) inside the office premises of DainikGanadoot in Agartala broke as sensational news as Tripura had no recent record of journalist murders.  So Tripura repeated its shameful record on journo-murder after three years with Shantanu’s killing on duty hours.

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Gandhi Jayanti celebrated Lungnila Elizabeth School of Social Work, Senapati

Senapati, Oct 2: As Mr. Narendra Modiji, bow to beloved Bapu on Gandhi Jayanti,for his noble ideals motivating millions across the world, Lungnila Elizabeth School of Social Work (LESSW) commemorated Gandhi Jayanti with a theme ‘Clean & Green environment.’ LESSW join hands with the nation to keep the environment clean and green. The Cleaning drive was kicked off by Mr. R. Jacob. Th, Managing Director, LESSW, at 6.30 am in the campus. Faculty, Students and non-teaching staffs participated in the drive.  The father of nation was honored with humble example by maintaining the surrounding ‘Clean & Green ’. Besides, cleaning drive, LESSW students & Faculty installed dustbin at Senapati District Hospital approach road and Zamning Valley, a Picnic Spot & eco-tourist center, situated at Katomei village, Senapati . Gandhi Jayanti,2nd October 2017 was celebrated remarkably at LESSW campus . 

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RIMS celebrated Gandhi Jayanti

The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal celebrated Gandhi Jayanti on the theme “Swachh Swasth Jeevan Divas” today. Prof. Ch. Arunkumar Singh, Medical Superintendent of RIMS Hospital launched the program in the RIMS campus. Many faculty members, officials, Nursing Officials & staff, members of the Centre for Research on Environmental Development (CRED, Imphal, Manipur Security Services (MSS) took part in the program. A cleanliness competition was also held amongst the hospital wards and the prizes will be given to top three hospital wards.
On September 15, 2017, the Director of RIMS, Imphal Prof. A. Santa Singh and the Medical Superintendent of RIMS Hospital, Prof. Ch. Arunkumar Singh launched a sanitation campaign “Swachhta Hi Seva” which will be observing from 15th Sept., – 2nd October, 2017 in RIMS & RIMS Hospital, Imphal Campus. On 27th Sept., 2017, the Medical Superintendent Prof. Ch. Arunkumar Singh administered the Collective Swachhta Hi Seva Pledge to all the doctors and staff whereby the institute resolved to creates a clean healthy and new RIMS & new India. Addressing the gathering the Medical Superintendent said “Since Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat Mission on 2nd October, 2014, the RIMS & RIMS Hospital, Imphal is taking up this flagship program very seriously. Cleanliness is not the responsibility of only sanitation personnel and government departments; it is a multi-stakeholder national movement.” During the campaign, many volunteers & NGOs also took part in the sanitation program. Not only the staff of the institute, but also the Centre for Research on Environmental Development (CRED, Imphal, Manipur Security Services (MSS), RIMS and 86 Bn. of CRPF, Lamphelpat took very important roles in the campaign. Hospital drains, corridors, offices, wards, campuses, approach roads etc. were also cleaned during the 17 days long campaign.

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One-day legal awareness programme held

Thoubal, Oct.2: Legal Aid Clinic, Nungourok in association with District Legal Services Authority Chandel, on Monday organized a one day legal awareness programme on Making People of remote areas more aware about provisions under these Acts and responsibilities of the Manipur State Legal Service Authority (MSLSA) at Molnoi Village community hall in Chandel District.
Darngam Khaling graced the program as Moderator respectively. K.Moikham Secretary ATWO Nungourok delivered the welcome and Keynote address. Advocate Rakeshwor, Chairperson CWC Imphal West and Advocate G.Paushing attended as the resource person. Topics like “The Roles and responsibilities of Community leaders and Parents for effective implementation of JJA and POCSO Act” and “Overall views on ICPS the components, Services and facilities available under ICPS for vulnerable children” were deliberated by the resource person.
The programme was participated by Village Authority members, women society executives and students of Molnoi Village.

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