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Kut festival celebrated across the state with much fan fare

Imphal, Nov.1: The biggest and post harvest festival of Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups “Kut Festival” was celebrated across the state today with much fanfare. The main state function was held today at 1st MR ground here in Imphal. The Kut festival was also celebrated at other districts of the state.  
Chin Kuki Mizo (CHIKIM) Communities of Chandel District also celebrated the harvesting festival - Kut 2017 on Wednesday at the ZYO Ground, Sugnu Lamhangda under the theme “Kut for Cultural Integrity” with Sokhomang Haokip, President KCA Chandel as the Kut Pa.
The Noon Session of the post harvest festival of the Chikim community  organised by the District Level Kut Committee, Chandel was graced by Letpao Haokip Minister, IFCD & YAS, Subhachandra Parliamentary Secy. fishery, K.Robindro Parliamentary Secy.YAS, K.Dingo MLA Sekmal Assembly Constituency, lndrajit MLA, Kshetrigao Assembly Constituency, L.Satyabratta MLA Yaiskul Assembly Constituency, Rameshor MLA Kelrao Assembly Constituency, T.Robindro MLA Thanga Assembly Constituency, Leishiyo Keising, MLA Phungyar Assembly Constituency and Hgamkholal Baite MDC, 22-Sugnu Hill Area as the Chief Guest,  Guest of Honour and Functional president respectively.
As the huge crowd who were attired in their respective traditional dresses gathered for the Celebration, Ngamkholal Baite, Kut Pa of the year declared the Kut Celebration begins.

And the celebration began with exhibition of colourful Cultural Dances performed by the cultural troupes of different communities besides spectacular choreography performed by talented young artist with the theme ”Kut for Cultural Integrity”.
Apart from witnessing the 1st round of beauty contest for the coveted title of Miss Kut 2017, The Invited Kut Artistes also enthralled the huge gathering with the melodies songs.
Village chiefs, social workers, religious leaders, leaders of civil organizations of the district, District Level Officers of the district Chiefs’ Association attended the celebration.
K.Ranjlt Singh MLA Sugnu Assembly Constituency, Brig. Neelesh Bhanot DIG 28 Sector,Assam Rifles, L.lbomcha Singh Director SAI, Ngamthang Mate MDC, Sibuong, Limkhojam Haokip MDC, Tolbung and Seithang Haokip MDC, I8-Songjang  graced the evening session.

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Of three Ws and Politics

It takes a lifetime to build up a reputation but a moment to ruin it. The adage couldn’t have been truer than for people who are constantly in the glare of the public. It would indeed prove a difficult task for anyone to tread the line and balance the private and public side of oneself. This is the inconvenient choice one has had to make when the decision to spend one’s life in the public domain is made. And given the inherently instinctive nature of man, it would be an understatement to say that every step that an individual takes is fraught with temptations, enticements and influences that could and often lead to disastrous results. A restive society such as ours is often a hotbed for various forms of enticements, corruptions and temptations as have been experiencing by the public till the present day.
War, by its very definition is the state of armed conflict between different groups- political, ethnical, social, religion of financial. While there is a perceptible improvement in the situation in the state regarding administration of law and order, it would be a blunder for anyone to assume that the society has returned to normalcy. However, credit must be given where it is due and it would not be much further from the truth to state that the Biren-led state government has managed to make exemplary headway in steering the society towards the path to peace and reconciliation and as a result the general feeling of the public has been an upbeat one. The air of uncertainty and suspicion that was hanging like a suffocating shroud over the entire state has been lifted, replaced by a palpable feeling of bonhomie and appreciative gestures all around. However, it would be a premature move to hark on the achievements if one could term it as such because the present situation should rather be viewed as a desirable beginning towards a long and arduous journey.

Wine, and all drinks alcoholic has been portrayed as a cause for many a misery in the society, and not without any reason. And yet, it has been accepted and offered as a drink for the gods among some faiths and has been an integral part of rituals and cultures for since time immemorial. And the so-called ban on alcohol in the state is but a half-hearted joke which is neither beneficial nor effective. The issue should be on regulation and awareness rather than on total prohibition which only encourage unscrupulous bootleggers and spurious products, not to mention the loss of precious income to the state. The most pragmatic solution would be to lift the prohibition and instead enforce strict regulations on sales and consumption.
Women have been proven to induce cognitive impairment in men according to scientific experiments. Wars have been fought and dynasties have been laid waste on account of women since ancient times beginning with when Adam fell prey to Eve’s words despite god’s warning. Cut to the present, our society is no exception and there are more instances than one would care to acknowledge of the influence and sway women holds over men who are in positions of power and authority. There is the ever present threat of well-meaning and righteous leaders giving in to the emotional manipulations and wiles of women who managed to capture their attention and interest, and if the past is any indication it would only be right for the public leaders to exercise caution in this regard else all efforts and intents will come to naught along with their reputations. The worst loser will be the public who will ultimately bear the brunt of such foolish indulgences.

Run for unity organized by AR & CRPF at Historic Kangla fort

Imphal, Nov. 1: As apart of nation wide campaign, Assam Rifles & CRPF under the aegis of & IG Assam Rifles(South) & IGP CRPF M & N Sector organized ‘Run for Unity’ on 31/10/2017at Historic Kangla Fort which had been the ancient seat of political power and also a holy Place of religious worship and ceremonies. The program was organized in connection with “Rastriya Ekta Diwas” to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, the “Iron man of India” who played a stellar role in the struggle for independence and creation of a united independent India out of several hundred princely states which existed at the time of Independence.
More than 600 persons drawn from Assam Rifles, CRPF, students of Sainik School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mary Kom boxing Academy, Sarita Devi boxing Academy & various other institutions participated in the Run. A pledge was administered to all the participants by Vikram Sahgal, IGP, Manipur & Nagaland Sector CRPF to up hold the unity, integrity, harmony and Internal security of the nation reiterating the vision of Sardar Patel. Miss Oinam Bembem Devi,renowned Footballer of the country, Arjuna Awardee, graced the function as a special invitee. The Run was flagged off jointly by Vikram Sahgal, IGP CRPF, Brigadier Jai Singh Bainsla Commander 9Sector AR, Brigadier S.K.Sharma, DIGP CRPF and Miss Oinam Bembem Devi.The Run started in front of Historic Kangla Uttara and ended at the same spot after covering about 1.5Kms. Speaking during the function Vikram Sahgal, IGP stated that the strength of India lies in its Unity in diversity and appealed to one and all to work towards building a progressive and united India. Later on, a march past of contingents drawn from CRPF & AR was held at Group Centre Langjing followed by Cultural program presented by students of KV Langjing.

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Information and Public Relations Day Observed

Imphal, Nov 1 :  The 69th Information and Public Relations Day was observed today at DIPR complex, Moirangkhom, Imphal with Minister (IPR), Manipur Shri Thongam Biswajit and  Commissioner (IPR) Shri  K Radhakumar Singh were the Chief Guest and President of the events.  It was on this day in 1949 that a Publicity Office of the Government of Manipur had been set up with late R.K Maipaksana as its first Publicity Officer. As part of the celebration a 3-day DIPR festival on government’s achievement was also inaugurated by the Chief Guest. A number of photographs depicting several programmes and activities taken up by the government and Press Releases issued by the department were also displayed.
Speaking on the occasion, IPR Minister Shri  Thongam Biswajit said that what DIPR has done for the public was well known to the general public. The main objective of DIPR is from time to time, disseminated information to the public pertaining to achievements, activities and programmes of the govt. In democracy, transparency and accountability is very important.  DIPR as a media is a medium between public and the govt. The present govt. has done so many changes in the last few months and many more changes are ahead. To bring development in all sphere, peace and public cooperation is a must and urges constructive criticism from the public for good governance.  
The minister further said that govt. is looking for more new entrepreneur to solve the unemployment problems of the state. Govt. is also trying hard for improvement of the road condition and  improvement of power supply in the state. However, works could not be done well due to rainfall and  time constraint.  Govt. wants to show practically what govt. has done for the public. People’s reaction to what the government is doing is equally important as what the government wants to tell the people, added the minister. While mentioning about the welfare of the Journalist Fraternity, the minister said process for establishment of Media park is about to complete and Press colony will also come up later. DIPR building at Keisampat will be completed as early as possible.
In his Presidential speech, IPR Commissioner Shri Radhakumar said  the role of the DIPR is very important and it could be considered as a two-way traffic.  It is not only to inform the public about the activities and achievement of the government but to receive feedback from the public as well, the Commissioner said. Also, the existing rules of Pension scheme and Advertisement policy of the department needs to be amended so that  journalist and media houses would be benefitted.  The man power in the department is good enough as of now and office building at Keisampat would be completed to some extent within this current financial year. Any views and opinions for improvement of the department would be welcome from media fraternity, however they must submit in writing, said the Commissioner.
In his welcome and key note address, IPR Director Shri Meghachandra Kongbam emphasized the need to change the structure of the department into a specialized and professional department to achieve the government’s goals to inform, educate, and to enlighten the public. Social media also known as new media is very important now adays for sharing information. The department is able to launched facebook, twitter, youtube and even mobile apps. Press releases, photos, videos etc were uploaded and post in these apps and people living  outside Manipur and abroad are able to know what DIPR is doing. The primary duty of the department  is to carry out the public relation practices to resolve the issues of the state, he observed.
The celebration not only remembers the first conceptualization of government publicity but also gives a message to the masses that the state government has an organization responsible for dissemination of information of public interest. Set up with a very limited number of manpower, infrastructure and equipment, the information machinery of the state government has now considerably been expanded following its up-gradation as a Directorate.

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Locals Appeals to Repair Keirao Makting road

Imphal,Nov.01: The deplorable condition of the Irilbung to Urup Litan Makhong road via Keirao Makting in Imphal east, seems to have been completely ignored by the State Government.
The IVR road comes under two Assembly Constituencies of Keirao Assembly constituency of BJP MLA L Rameshore and Kshetrigao Assembly constituency of BJP MLA, Nahakpam Indrajit.
Machahal portion of the road falls under Kshetrigao AC While Keirao Makting to Urup portion falls under Keirao AC. Pond like Potholes have adorned all over this road stretch. The IVR road stretch Witnesses worst portion at Irilbung Machahal, Keirao Makting and Urup.
Commuters are experiencing serious inconveniences while passing through the road stretch. Locals appeal to the BJP led govt to repair the deplorable road as earliest as possible.

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Natl. Unity Day Organized by 27 Assam Rifles

Imphal, Nov. 1: 27 Assam Rifles of 10 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised “RUN FOR FUN” to commemorate NATIONAL UNITY DAY. The children of four schools from Ukhrul participated in the event along with troops of 27 Assam Riles. A total of 138 children participated in the said event with 36 girls and 98 boys. The schools participating in the event are Ukhrul Public School, Jesus Public School, Savio School and Assam Rifles Public School.
The run started from the Gandhi Chowk and culminated at Ukhrul COB. Prizes were given to students standing 1st 2nd and 3rd. Seven consolation prizes were also given to students and the accompanying teachers as token of encouragement. The Company Commander of Ukhrul COB gave a short speech about Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel - Iron Man of India and the his work after independence in uniting the princely states into one country .
The students were informed about the ethos behind celebrating UNITY DAY on his birth anniversary. The event culminated with distribution of refreshments to the students.

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KSA Oppose the Inclusion of Karbi Land into Nagalim 

Silchar,Nov.01: The Karbi Students Association, KSA opposed the inclusion of Karbi Anglong and  entire Dima Hasao district into a framework agreement signed between NSCN(IM) and BJP led central government.
In view of the visit of Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad to Diphu, KSA took a protest rally on Monday to register their disappointment of inclusion of Karbi Angling and Dima Hasao district in Nagalim and delay implementation of Article 244 (A)  of the Indian Constitution. The rally was started from KSA headquarter located at Ronghninghang area of Diphu headed by its president Bijoy Bay and lasted at Deputy Commissioner office and submitted a memorandum addressing to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In a memorenda, amongst various demands, KSA expressed it’s disappoint in inclusion of Karbi land in Naga Framework agreement and also demanded recognised Karbi Anglong district of Assam as separate state of North East.

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Critic Forum Manipur

Imphal, Nov.1: Critic Forum Manipur today observed 12th Foundation Day at Manipur Dramatic Union Hall Yaiskul.
The function was attended by MLA Y. Radheshyam as the Chief Guest while Prof. IS Kangjam, President Critic Forum Manipur presided over it. On the occasion Padmashri Laishram Birendrakumar, Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee Oinam Birmangol and Padmashri Wareppa Naba were felicitated. A play called “Jali note” written by Athokpam Tomchou was also performed by artist of Ipom Chaoba Memorial Cultural Institute. The play is directed by Takhellambam Rajen. 

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Monetary help to body builder Romesh

Imphal, Nov.1: Thongram Rameshwar Chicken Center of Sagolband Khamnam Bazar has donated a sum of Rs. 25,000/- to Paonam Romesh Meitei, a body builder from Paona Memorial Kangleipak Haksel Lup, who will represent India in the Mister World Natural Body Building Championship, 2017, which is scheduled to hold at Lombegada, USA, from November 9 to 12.

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