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India and Myanmar authorities conducted joint survey at International boundary

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Moreh, Nov 2.

Authorities of Myanmar and Moreh today conducted joint survey at the controversial India Myanmar Border at Moreh area in Tengnoupal district today. Interestingly, no authority of the Manipur state government were present while conducting the survey work.

As per our Moreh Correspondent, Indian representatives includes Joint Secretary Vikram Doraiswami. Ministry of External Affairs, Joint Secretary AV. Reddy, Ministry of Home Affairs (Border Management ) Director of International Boundary, Survey of India. From the Myanmar side,  Nyii Thun Kyaw - Deputy Director General Administration Tamu District and other officials of Myanmar joint the survey.
The joint team inspected Border Pillar No. 78 and 79 in the morning. Later the team also inspected other border pillar.
Whether the state government authority have been informed regarding the survey remain as mystery as state machineries including some top police officials knew nothing about it.

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History can be never distorted and manipulated: CM

Imphal, Nov. 02,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that History can never be distorted and manipulated.  This was stated during the opening of the Ethnological Gallery and release of short film of Manipur Legislative Assembly at Old Assembly Complex, Imphal today.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that some people are trying to deconstruct and manipulate histories to gain the popularity of their identities. Building of such museum won’t let them to manipulate the historical facts. Quoting Maharajah Bodhachandra, Chief Minister said that from the written records, there were no hill-valley division in the pre-British period and all the communities were living as one in harmony. The Britishers divided the hill and valley on the pretext of better and convenient administration, he added. He maintained that we need to introspect the records which would help in Nation Building and regaining oneness among the communities living in the State.
The Chief Minister stated that with such Museum, people can now learn and gain knowledge about the history of administration in Manipur. Such Museum would strengthen the unity and integrity of the State and also help in diminishing the differences among the communities of the State. Chief Minister appreciated the Speaker and the staffs of the Manipur Legislative Assembly for their sincere efforts for building and maintaining such priceless Museum.
Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Y. Khemchand, Minister for PWD, Commerce and Industries Th. Biswajit, Minister for Health and Family Welfare L. Jayantakumar, Minister for PHED L. Dikho, Chairman HAC T.T. Haokip, staffs of Manipur Legislative Assembly attended the function.

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A suggestion for a strong democracy

Media plays vital roles in the running of proper effective governance. Be it in the dictatorial form of government or democracy, media has been always considered as a tool to run their respective government. The only differences of treating media in the above two case is that – in dictatorial form of government media is put under full control of the regime while in democracy media is free to criticize the government or is left to the wisdom of those running the media houses. Saying so, those in the media never left aside on what has been going on in the country where media is kept under their full control. When military junta ruled Burma now Myanmar, there was no free media in the country. Those existed are government controlled and had been published/broadcast for strengthening the military regime. But then, people working in the field of media business penetrated the country and let the people across the country aware of what actually has been happening in the country. The restoration of democracy in neibouring Myanmar is perhaps because of the journalists across the globe who had been highlighting the issue of the country through various channels of Mass Media.
In a two days interaction programme with the journalists from Myanmar who had visited this region of India, on the invitation of the government of India, with journalist from the state as well as some few from the Capital city of India, it is learnt that, the change of regime in the Myanmar country from dictatorship to democracy, has also brought tremendous changes in the field of journalism and mass media. Now the media are let free to make their own decision of what to write and what not. As per what the delegates from the neibouring Myanmar said, it was only in the year 2011 that the concept of free media has been understood and the government of Myanmar has let free the scribe work without the control of the authority. Yet the country is yet to go more journeys to make sure that the journalists of the country are protected at any cost.
Now coming to India, those in the field of media and mass communication are somewhat lucky comparing to the neigbouring counterpart. Before Independent, there were writers who highlighted the conditions of the Indians during British rule. The mass mobilization for struggling against the British colonial regime was done through various mode of media channels – print , public meeting and others etc. Had there been a internet, British would not have been able to ruled the country for over 200 years.

In Manipur the concept of print medium mass communication came late. It was only after Hijam Irabot started circulating a newspaper written by hand to spread his struggled, the importance of media was slowly understood. Since the launching of ‘Meitei Chanu” the hand written newspapers by Hijam Irabot, the happening in the society of that time have been spread among the people of the state.
It cannot be denied that Mass media and other forms of communication technology have an enormous influence in helping to shape public opinion and underlying sentiment. But then the irony is that in India particularly in Manipur, those running the government are trying everything to keep the media houses under their control.
But it should be remembered that keeping the media under control in a democratic form of government will never do any good. Its better to let this fourth estate to perform their duty under their own wisdom. Democracy can only be successful when media is let free and guarantee full freedom of speech.  

Minister Radheshyam urges youth to dream, envision and act for the change

Imphal, Nov. 2,

Education, Labour & Employment, Minister, Thokchom Radheshyam, interacting with the youths, encouraged them to have dreams and envision to achieve them for the change that they want to bring in the State. The will to bring the change will bring positive change in the society, he added.

The Minister was speaking as Chief Guest at the inauguration of the 3-Day Youth Event, Imphal Jamboree - ‘Improving the State of Youth’ under the theme ‘Our Future; Our Responsibility’ organized by the Global Shapers Community, Imphal an initiative of World Economic Forum, at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound.  

He said that the change can be attained through educational reformation. The education system needs to give freedom of thought and innovation rather than binding the youth to the norm of memorizing. Therefore, the need of the hour is to inculcate in students and youths the ability of thinking and creativity.

Through a playful experiment with the young minds present at the Youth Event, he explained that in teaching, visual aids are used since seeing accelerates learning. If the youths want to improve the state, he said, the action and activities rendered by the youths should be set as an example for the others to follow in becoming a catalyst for a positive change.

Achievement, Th. Radhehsyam expressed is small part to success. He said when one’s achievement is recognized by the people and the achievement becomes a constructive force towards the society, a means for the wellbeing of the people then it transforms into success. He said that prioritizing problems, proper use of time is important with positive attitude towards the goal is necessary mastering in their field to be successful. Success and unsuccessful, he added is differentiated by a thin line of being capable and inability to do the task one should.

Director, YAS, Armstrong Pame sharing the experiences as a Young Global Leaders at the YGL meet San Francisco, said that the conclave has been organized to inspire the young people to work together, driving dialogue action and change across societies. He said that it is never too late to start again after failure. He added that the youth holds the key to bring a change in the world. He urged the youths present at the event to challenge self and be the transformation rather than to fight amongst each other.

The three day event is comprised of inspirational talk sessions, workshops on vocational skills and start-up pitching competition. To name few eminent speaker of the event includes Nattinee Dora Sae Ho, Managing Director/Founder, Kid Hero, Bhawana Luthra, Executive Director, Leadership For Environment and Development (LEAD), International, Deepjyoti Sonu Brahma, Co-Founder and Director, Farm2Food Foundation, Neichute Doule, CEO Entrepreneur Associates, and many more.

The Minister also launched the Eco Bag a movement to fight against plastic pollution as an initiate of the Global Shapers Community, Imphal Hub

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Unexpected performance by Manipur’s Sportsperson thrills MOA President

Imphal, Nov 2.

Manipur which emerged as overall champion in the recently concluded 1st North east Olympic Games 2018 by bagging 157 medals including 79 gold,47 silver and 31 bronze medals bagged as many as 40 gold medals from Wushu (28)and archery(12) while while Assam which bagged the runner up title secured maximum gold medals from Athletics(15),Shooting(7) and Archery(6),according to official records available at Manipur Olympic Association(MOA).
In NE Olympic Games which come to an end on October 28, Assam got 138 medals including 45 gold,52 silver and 41 bronze medals.
It may be worth mentioning that with active participation of around 2000 sports persons and officials from eight North Eastern states, the 1st North East Olympic Games, 2018  was held in Imphal from October 24-28.The sports persons competed in twelve disciplines. 
Arunachal Pradesh which secured the third position in the medal tally won maximum number of gold medals from Karatedo(9)and Weightlifting(5) while Mizoram got maximum gold medals from Judo(3) and boxing(2).

Nagaland which secured fifth position in the medal tally with 41 medals including 6 gold,9 silver and 26 bronze medals, won a total of 3 gold medals from athletics alone.Meghalaya which occupied 6th in the medal tally won their gold medals from Athletics, Boxing and Table tennis while 7th position Sikkim won its lone gold medal from taekwondo.
Interestingly unlike other NE states, Tripura which usually good in athletics could not get a gold medal in the games though they managed to 21 medals including 3 silvers and 18 bronze medals.
Meanwhile speaking to media here,President of MOA Thokchom Radheshyam Singh appealed to the sports persons of Manipur to prepare and achieve better performance in the 2nd edition of North East Olympic Games to be held in Arunachal Pradesh next year.
Expressing concern over the unexpected performances by sportspersons of the neighbouring states in the 5 days 1st North East Olympic Games which concludes here on October 28, Radheshyam said, “We still need to have better performance in the upcoming games.”
Stating that the host state Manipur could bag the overall team champion in the Games with the blessings of the people of the State, he lauded the coaches and the players representing the State for their dedication and hard-work to win this coveted title.

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Health Minister flagged off Swasth Bharat Yatra,Cyclothon

Imphal,Nov 2,

Health and Family Welfare Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh today flagged off a Swasth Bharat Yatra,Cyclothon from the western gate of sacred place, Kangla of Imphal. Speaking at the occasion as Chief Guest Shri Jayantakumar said that organising such rally will not only propagate the message of good health and wellbeing of the public but also a sense of belongingness and togetherness. Minister also appealed the public for participation and cooperation in such activities.

Taking part at the flagging off ceremony as Guest of Honour CAF & PD minister Karam Shyam said that cycling is a good exercise to reduce one’s tension and improve the health condition of individuals. Minister also shared his personal experience of riding bicycle once a week stating that it not only helps saving at least some fuel but also mainstreaming a public life.
Band party of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles also displayed performance by playing the national anthem as a part of the ceremony. Contingents of NCC boys and Girls were also present at the function.
Principal Secretary Health Services Manipur V. Vumlunmang (IAS), Director Health Dr. K. Rajo Singh, SP Imphal West Jogeshchandra Haobijam and others also attended the Flagging off Ceremony.

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PPFA asks authority for stringent actions, appeals people for maintaining communal harmony

By -T Navajyoti
Guwahati, Nov. 2.

 Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA), expressing utter  dismay over the killing of five common people in eastern Assam last evening, has asked the authority to take stringent actions against the culprits. The forum of nationalists also appeals the residents of both Brahmaputra and Barak valleys to maintain communal harmony in the time of crisis.
It may be noted that five people belonging to a particular linguistic community, were  targeted by suspected militants in Dhola locality of Tinsukia district on Thursday evening. A group of armed militants, understandably belonged to United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent), had abducted six youths from a Dhaba and later gunned down near Brahmaputra river. Five of them died on the spot and one is in the hospital with injuries.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal as usual condemned the killing of innocent people and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families. He also stated that strong actions would be taken against the perpetrators of this dastardly act. Union home minister Rajnath Singh also expressed deep anguish over the civilian casualties. Terming it a reprehensible act of mindless violence, Singh had asked the State chief minister, also in charge of home portfolio, to take strict possible action against the perpetrators.

PPFA, which had earlier expressed serious concern over the ‘government inactions against fabricated and unruly comment & activities by some individuals’, demanded the authority to take  swift & proper actions against the culprits.
“What was shocking that, the State government and concerned authorities remained mute spectators to such unruly comments & activities by some individuals in the public domain. Assam chief minister should have treated it as his call,” asserted the forum. The forum, in its earlier statement said that on the issue of citizenship amendment exercises (by the Union government in New Delhi), a section of individuals in Assam started making illogical and unruly comments. “We agree that the voice of dissidents should be raised in need, but that must not encourage indulging in illegal activities,” stated the PPFA.
Needs to be mentioned that, following the Assam Bandh called by many organizations and Asom Gana Parishad sponsored rally against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 on 23 October, various individuals representing different organizations of the State had made outrageous comments against a particular community.
“Some of them even did not hesitate to declare that they would attack the opponents to impose their point of views,” said the PPFA statement.
Finally it appealed to everyone including the politicians, former rebel leaders, social activists etc to exercise restraints over comments on various socio-political issues and respect the opponent
views. It also requested the social media users to be judicious while putting their views in alternate media maintaining due decencies.

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Governance, State Capability and Public Services: Power reforms in Manipur (Contd. from yesterday)

Saxena also notes that the Indian state’s capacity to deliver public services have declined considerably as a result of the “rising indiscipline and a growing belief widely shared among the political and bureaucratic elite that state is an arena where public office is to be used for private ends” (2005, 1). The Indian civil service today is deeply engaged in partisan politics to the extent that the virtues of integrity, neutrality, morale are declining, while in the political domain accountability has shifted from the people who are the electorates to vested interests behind the respective MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) such as the contractors, corrupt bureaucrats etc.  This unfortunately however has given rise to a situation of weak governance particularly manifested in the poor capability of the state to deliver public services. Consequently the public service delivery system in India according to Saxena is:
mired in a system where the incentives for effective service delivery are weak, and political patronage is a way of life. Highly trained doctors seldom wish to serve in remote rural areas. Since those who do serve are rarely monitored, the penalties for not being at work are low. Even when present, they treat poor people badly (2005, 2).
State capability to deliver public services in India is thus challenged most importantly by problems of weak administrative machinery that has failed to institutionalize an effective accountable transparent public service delivery system. The Indian state has also failed to institutionalize an inclusive model encouraging institutional or organizational capability of the Indian states. Rather, what has happened is that while some states have been able to improve state capability, some have not. This is true in the case of Manipur too.
Weak capability of the state in Manipur
The administrative capability of state institutions in Manipur is characterized as lacking effective planning and co-ordination between line departments, low utilization of funds, bribery, absence of monitoring and grievance redressal systems, lack of personnel, distortion in financial management, absence of social audit, corruption and violation of official guidelines, political interference, inability to complete projects on time, general apathy, poor citizens participation, absence of citizen charters etc., (The White Paper on Manipur State Finance 2002, TISS 2012). Moreover numerous social groups, and organizations continue to challenge the capability of the state to maintain law and order, create an environment conducive to economic growth and development, and ensure citizens equitable access to basic services (The White Paper on Manipur State Finance 2002, TISS 2012). Manipur has the largest number of insurgent groups currently engaged in active combat, as well as those with whom ceasefire agreements have been signed (Institute of Conflict Management 2015).1 However while the prolonged violence and unsustainable peace has created uncertainty in the political, economic, and social environment, it is the poor capability of the state that has influenced governance most profoundly.
The weak administrative capability has affected state ability to institutionalize an effective planning and coordination mechanism for efficient public service delivery. For instance the CMOs of the hill district of Ukhrul and valley district of Bishnupur were “unaware of project components and plans of the implementing agency to finish work within the targeted date” (Government of Manipur 2011) with regard to the construction of the 50 bedded hospitals.2 Even the Superintendent of Directorate Health in the hill district of Churachandpur, was unaware of the project components and progress of the construction of a 100-bedded hospital. The Deputy Commissioner, Ukhrul and other concerned authorities were also unaware of the construction of the District Sports Complex (Government of Manipur 2011). The lack of citizen’s participation and monitoring mechanisms has also affected the implementation of PDS. In Tamenglong 100% of the respondents were unaware of the purpose of village vigilance committee while in Bishnupur it was at 99% (TISS 2012, 57).  
State institutions in Manipur suffer from repeated failure to implement programmes and policies (The White Paper on Manipur State Finance 2002, TISS 2012). Commenting on the prevailing state of public services, the TISS report notes that:
§ PDS (Public Distribution System) is in shambles as complaints about political interference in the award of Fair Price Shops and siphoning of food grains are routine,

§ IAY (Indira Awaas Yojana) face serious political interference and mismanagement,
§ ICDS and MDM (Integrated Child Development Scheme, Mid Day meal) suffer from wilful neglect, corruption, and violation of official guidelines about monitoring and supervision,
§ NRDWP, TSC, NRHM, PMGSY (National Rural Drinking Water Program, Total Sanitation Campaign, National Rural Health Mission, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana) suffer from low utilization of funds and bureaucratic delays in implementation (2012, x-xi).
This declining administrative capability has most deeply affected the ability of the institutions of government to ensure citizens access to public services. In Imphal the capital according to the City Development Plan of the 26% of population living below the poverty line: 23% did not have access to safe drinking water and were largely dependent upon stand-posts water, 3% rely on tank supply water, 59% do not have access to proper toilets, and 66% live in kuchha houses. Field survey in the Imphal urban area also reveal that 93% of the respondent households did not receive electricity regularly, while 78% complained of irregular water services (Yambem 2013b). The lack of supervision and monitoring has contributed to increasing deterioration of public schools. In Bishnupur, primary schools were functioning without Head Masters, while teacher absenteeism is as high as 95% in Tausem, 70% in Tamenglong, 20% in Bishnupur and 58% in Moirang (TISS 2012). Consequently, public school enrolment in Manipur has declined considerably. In fact Manipur with 71.7% students has the highest private school enrolment in the country (ASER-Rural 2016). The nature and poor quality of public services whether roads, or the issues of underdeveloped infrastructure, frequent transfers and non-availability of teachers or health workers doctors in public schools, heath centers and the overall lack of accessibility to public services have also been widely reported by the local media. Recently the local Sangai English daily highlighted the absolute lack of basic services in Khengjoy in the Chandel subdivision. The news report item wrote:
Even though the State Government often makes tall claims of successfully addressing grievances of the people through introduction of certain programmes aimed at reaching out to the hills and far flung areas of the State like “Hill Leaders Day”, “Meeyamgi Numit” and “Go to Village” etc, many villagers residing along Khengjoy subdivision of Chandel district still remain deprived of even (he most basic amenities.( ( The people living in villages such as Toitung, Phoilin, Gelmol, New Somtal, Old Somtal, Kovang are yet to see any of the developmental progress of the State Government.( (
The standard of life in many of these villages is still very primitive as there are no proper roads, health care system, educational institutions and other basic amenities. The condition of the approach roads to these villages are so pathetic that no vehicles, except Shak-timan trucks and Kenbo (a kind of moped imported from Myanmar) can access these villages. ( ( While travelling by foot, one has to walk on the muddy road (the mud sometimes almost reaching the knees) to reach the villages.( (
(To be contd....)

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