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Items filtered by date: Sunday, 01 April 2018 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger


By - Dr Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

Frequently I heard calling, calling me addressing;
May I know not, pretty and adorable, isn’t that?
Asking enough questions to self, how and why and what for?
Hopefully am I too darling to them? Sweet and winsome;
I raised ears to overheard it’s echoing,
Why should I be call? Wondering what may I be?
It’s too rationale, yes indeed! Too purposefully;
‘Reasoning’ difficult addressing me ‘Angaobisidi’;
Am I to them? Too grounding still sounds great;
Days passed by, months passed by, years passed by,
Understanding! I can’t cooperate practically;
Make me no sense, I dare searching, what makes ‘them’ call?
They knows well, ‘Angaobi’, undying sanity I ever try to know.

Forgive me; forget me not; I usually pray
Holding ‘them’ within me, I see them through extremity;
I cried hard when life flings, harder I cried I behold ‘them’;
‘Give me strength’, ‘Forgive me’ easy touching their feet;
Distance! Carries me away far and wide,
Time! Making me no easy, casting shadowing;
‘Give me wings’ I may come and hear your call,
Happily I responded, ‘Angaobisidi, Kamdouri nungairibra’?
Still I see, with your teary eyes, constant smiling,
Oh Dear! Dear father! I love thy calling;
Sweeter I feel within, making me no shame;
Magnificence Dignity! I presume ‘am sustaining;
What may I be? ‘Angaobisidi’, undying sanity I ever try to know.

Breaking no barriers; I stand firmly;
Seeing ‘them’ unexposed tight and concern,
I still wonder, why? Anger I hated the most;
It’s bitter, too bitter when ‘you’ turn away;
Tired you’re; holding untold memories of six;
Mother! I pray thy solidity, overcoming resilience;
‘Call me angaobi’, ‘Give me a chance’ your virtue;
How weak I am? Stretching no arms to hold ‘you’,
‘Your’ murmuring, I see a lots, yes I am the one!
‘Let me love you; let me wipe off your enduring tears’;
Appreciating much, I adore and cherish your sanctity;
Soft and teary, I can’t apprehend your discern;
How truth I feel? Call me more ‘Angaobinidana’;
What may I be? ‘Angaobinidana’, undying sanity I ever try to know.
Question after another, I verify honestly;
I may or I may not; what fault I may have;
Experiencing! I witness many through ‘call’;
Identity! What may I have, lies I may cope to;
Certainty, they have upon ‘me’ I need to accept;
Bravely I drive my swallow options;
‘Angaobi’, ‘Angaobisidi’ ‘Angaobinidana’ I bet the summary;
‘Call me’ ‘address me’ but I see through your teary eyes;
Thy untold memories, delineating fathoms maneuver;
What may I be? ‘Angaobinidana’, undying sanity I ever try to know.

Scientific Perspective: Manipur CM Biren’s Controversial Speech at Madhavpur fair, Gujarat on Krishna, Rukmini and India’s North-Eastern region

By: Raghu Ningthoujam

Manipur CM Honorable Sri.N Biren Singh said that by “marrying Rukmini, Krishna had bound the Northeast with India”. “In the time of Lord Krishna, there was no separate Arunachal Pradesh or Assam or Manipur. The entire Northeast was one entity. Now, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland are on the border of China. But Lord Krishna made them part of India during his time,” said Biren Singh. – Madhavpur Fair, Gujarat, March 28, 2018
Let’s analyze the contents of the above excerpt in details in the context of science:
Who is (was) Lord Krishna?: Sri (lord) Krishna is a major deity in Hinduism. He is worshipped as the avatar of god Vishnu and also the supreme God in its own right. He is a special character during Mahabharat war and known for his gift of Bhagavat Gita. He was born in Mathura (in Uttar Pradesh) during in Dwapar Yug. His date of birth is given in various dates as: July 21, 3227 BCE (before Christian era), July 18, 3228 BCE, June 18, 3229 BCE. He lived around 125 or 126 years and died on the banks of Hiran river (in Gujarat). His date of death is given as February 18, 3102 BC, marking the start of the Kali Yug. Lord Krishna was 89 years old on the 1st day of Mahabharat War. This means that Lord Krishna was on this planet earth at around 5245 years BP (before present). He had 16,108 wives in his lifetime! But, Radha was not His wife!
When did Mahabharat happen? It is believed that Mahabharat war commenced in November 3139 BCE at Kurukshetra (Haryana) and ended in 18 days with death of Duryodhana. On February 05, 3140 BCE, Aswamedha Yagna was started by Yudhishtir. That means that Mahabharat war is believed to happen at around 5156 years ago from now.
Who was Rukmini (Rukmani)? She was the principal wife and queen of the lord Krishna. Rukmini is the first and most prominent queen of Krishna. Rukmini is also considered an avatar of Lakshmi, the Goddess of fortune. She was born as a royal princess from Vedic #Aryan tribe. Rukmini was the daughter of Bhishmaka, the king of Vidarbha. Vidarbha is the eastern region of the Indian state of Maharashtra, comprising Nagpur Division and Amravati Division. Its former name is Berar (Varhad in Marathi). It borders the state of Madhya Pradesh to the north, Chhattisgarh to the east, Telangana to the south and Marathwada and Khandesh regions of Maharashtra to the west. Birthplace of Rukmini has nothing to do with Northeast states.
How is Madhavpur (in Gujarat) coming into picture? Rukmini’s parents wanted to marry Rukmini to Krishna but Rukmi, her brother strongly opposed it. According to folklore, Krishna came to the village of Madhavpur Ghed after eloping Rukmini and got married to her at this very place. A celebration of this event is held at Madhavpur in memory of this marriage every year in a cultural fair. At Dwaraka (in Gujarat), Krishna was married to Rukmini with great pomp and ceremony. Therefore, Madhavpur fair (mela) is arranged this time at national level and the above speech was delivered during the fair.
What Science Says? If we see the history of the earth in the geological timeline, earth was formed around 4.5 billion years ago (1 billion = 1,000,000,000). The entire geological time scale is divided into Eon, Eons to Era, Eras to Period, Periods to Epoch. We are at present in #Holocene epoch of Quaternary period of Cenezoic era of Phanerozoic eon. Modern human beings have just evolved/appeared on the earth in the pleistocene epoch in around 2,000,00 years ago only according to “out of Africa” theory. Our presence on earth is 0.004 % of the total timeline of the earth. Human beings are just born Babies according to the geological timescale of earth. According to Continental drift theory (Wegener theory), the entire earth was having only one supercontinent called “Pangaea” around 335 million years ago (1 million = 10,000,00). Around 200 million years ago, the supercontinent Pangaea began to split into two continents called – Laurasia and Gondwana. Specific to the context of Indian subcontinent, what is now India’s southwest coast was attached to Madagascar and southern Africa, and what is now its east coast was attached to Australia, before the continental drift.
Due to continental drift, the India Plate split from Madagascar & Africa around 90 million years ago, continued moving northward and finally collided with the Eurasian Plate resulting in the formation of the Himalayas in around 50-55 million years ago. Kangleipak (present northeastern-India Manipur) is part of India Plate geologically and initially it was submerged inside ocean till Paleocene epoch (66-56 million years).

As the India plate continued to move towards the north, Kangleipak emerged out of the oceanic water during the Eocene_epoch (65-34 million years ago) with the mountain “Koubru” firstly emerged along with its ranges surrounding the present Imphal valley. Therefore, Kangleipak is sometimes described as “Eeronnungi Mani (yai)” and “Awang Koubru Asuppa, Yoimayai Khunda Ahanba” . Thus, Kangleipak become into existence around 50 million years ago during the Eocene epoch. The Lai people or the Leima Lai people were the human beings who were inhabiting on the tops of the present Koubru Mountain and its ranges surrounding the present Imphal valley, once full of fresh water as an inland sea. When the imphal valley become dry because of natural causes, when rivers and rivulets got drained the water towards the south of the Imphal valley, the Lai people came down to the Imphal valley, first occupied the present Imphal Kangla and its surroundings, as the areas were first got dried, and became the present Meetei people. The time of the coming down of the Lai people from Koubru to Kangla was around 17,291 years BCE or 19,308 years ago (BP), according to the findings of Potshard (chafu cheigai) at Kangla as per Kangla Excavation report of 2009. It may be mentioned that the oldest pottery found in China (at a cave in Yuchanyan) is dated to be 17,500 to 18,300 years old. Also, the Indus valley/Harappan civilization is dated to be around 2000 years BCE. This shows that human settlement in Kangleipak was one of the oldest in the history of human evolution/appearance/civilization. It may also be mentioned according to Meetei calendar, present year 2018 (21st century) corresponds to Maliya Kumsing 3415 (36th century). Also, it is a well known fact that Hinduism entered Kangleipak in 1709-1719 (early 18th century) during the reign of king Pamheiba. And subsequently the name Manipur is given to the land instead of the name Kangleipak in 18th century.
Thus, the following points can be concluded from the above facts regarding the statement made by honorable CM:
1. Rukmini was princess of Vidharba kingdom in present Maharashtra, but not from/in northeast.
2. Lord Krishna, born in Mathura (UP), had lived around 5245 years ago and no records found of His visit to Kangleipak. Meeteis lived in Imphal Kangla 19,308 years ago.
3. Mahabharat epic had happened 5156 years ago at Kurukshetra (Haryana) and Kangleipak was not having any role in Mahabharat epic as per India map during Mahabharat.
4. Manipur or Manipura in Mahabharat epic was not Present north-east India Manipur as Kangleipak was the name of the land. There are no findings of name Kangleipak in Mahabharat epic.
5. Geologically, Kangleipak (present north-east India Manipur) was a part of India Plate since 335 million years ago, before the birth of Lord Krishna who was living in 5245 years ago.
6. Politically, Kangleipak (present north-east India Manipur) merged into India in October 15, 1949 while forming the country India. Lord Krishna has no role in the unification.
7. Geologically Kangleipak (present north-east India Manipur) is at least 50 million years old (500 lakh years) and is sufficiently old to support Modern Humans who were just appeared/evolved on Earth in 2,000,00 years ago (2 lakh years).

Senior Journalist Khelen Thokchom passes away; thousands condole ; Social Networking site flooded with words of pains and sorrow over his untimely demise

Imphal, April 1

Renowned journalist, Khelen Thokchom presently serving as the Special Correspondent of Telegraph daily newspaper passed away today morning. He was 58.
Family source said that, Khelen Thokchom made some complaint of chess pain at around midnight yesterday. His son and wife immediately rushed him to RIMS hospital and after treatment he succumbed to his injury at around 4.30 am today morning. He is survived by his wife Thokchom Ongi Memcha, son Thokchom Gregory and a daughter.
The mortal remain of the departed journalist was taken to Manipur Press Club here in Imphal at around 9 am after performing rituals at his residence at Tera Tongbram Leikai, Imphal West.  Journalist fraternity of the state paid two minutes silence as a mark of respect at Manipur Press Club .
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, MAHUD Minister Th. Shyamkumar, members of journalist fraternity, Acting Chief Justice of Manipur N. Kotiswar Singh and many eminent personalities, MLAs and other political workers apart from CSOs representatives paid floral tribute to the mortal remains of the departed journalist at Manipur Press club.
Late Khelen Thokchom appeared at ISTV discussion hour yesterday.
Following the news of his demise social networking site Facebook is being flooded with condolence message from over 100s users.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh expressed his heartfelt pains and sorrow to the untimely demise of Khelen Thokchom, who was also his one time colleague as a journalist.
The Editors’ Guild Manipur also condoled the sudden demise of senior journalist Khelen Thokchom, Special correspondent Telegraph. “His untimely demise gives us a great loss and vacuum that we can’t fill it easily. We the members of Editors Guild Manipur share the grieve and sorrow faced by the bereaved family members, near relatives, friends”, said A. Mobi Singh, President Editors Guild Manipur in a statement.
All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) also condoled the demise of Khelen Thokchom .
Khelen Thokchom had been associated with the AMWJU for the last many years and also served as a member of the standing committee AMWJU. He had also served as Secretary of the Manipur Press Club.
“Khelen Thokchom has been epitome of inspiration and a source of encouragement to all of us”, S. Nanda, General Secretary of AMWJU said in a statement.
Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM) also condoled the demise of the senior journalist saying that his lost is a great lost for the state. The students’ body also observed a 2 minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
Mr. Pranab Bora, Resident Editor, The Telegraph, Guwahati Bureau in his condolence message wrote – “ Khelen Thokchom wore many hats and he wore them well and in style: that of an excellent and intrepid journalist, that of a true Northeasterner, a proud Manipuri and Meitei, a wonderful flautist, proud cook (check his Facebook posts), highly regarded mentor and above all a wonderful human being.
Khelen, born on February 1, 1961 joined The Telegraph on July 1, 2003. In a state torn apart by militancy and violence, he stood tall as someone whose reports portrayed not just the mayhem but the culture of a people, their music, dance and literature.
Before joining to Telegraph, Khelen also served as the Editor of Sangai Express daily (both English and Manipuri).
Rebel group Maoist Communist Party also condoled the demise of Khelen Thokchom. In a statement the outfit said that it shares the pain of his family.

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Workshop on Legal Reporting and Contempt of Court held

Imphal, April 1: One day workshop on “Legal Reporting and Contempt of Court” for media fraternity was held today at the Judges Lounge, High Court of Manipur.
Justice Kh Nobin Singh,Judge, High Court of Manipur; Justice N Kotiswar Singh, Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Manipur; K Sarojkumar, President-in-charge All Manipur Working Journalist Union; Y Rupachandra, Chief Editor Impact TV; Satya Prakash, Legal Editor, The Tribune dais the workshop. K Sarojkumar speaks on the Legal Reporting: Trend in Manipur, Y Rupachandra speaks about the Challenges before Media and Satya Prakash speaks on the positive and negative sides and the consequences about Legal Reporting and Contempt of Court in today’s workshop.
Journalist from different media fraternity of the state, students undergoing journalism courses, members and lawyers of High Court of Manipur attended the workshop.

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Women vendors must take benefit of central government flagship programmes: Dr. Najma Heptulla

Imphal, April 1

Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla stated that women vendors can access financial assistance from the financial institutions and insurance companies in line with the Prime Minister’s financial inclusion policy and women empowerment. She was speaking as the chief guest at the awareness campaign on financial services exclusively held for the women vendors at Ima Keithel today.
Ima Keithel which is the only market in the world run by all women is a place where equality is preached and practiced. She emphasized that the women vendors should reap full benefits from the Central Government flagship programmes such as Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Mudra Loan Yojana,Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jan Suraksha Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana. She also informed that she has advised the State Government to initiate action for taking up robust welfare measure as the welfare of the vendors is of paramount importance. The Governor also stated that she had formal meetings with various representatives of Financial Institutions of the State to take a holistic look into the matter of credit support and strategize ways and means to help the vendors. Drawing concern on the problems faced by the street vendors, the Governor said that the Government and the public must address the problem together to bring an amicable solution.
President of the function, MAHUD Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar reiterated the importance of making Imphal city clean. He stated that the women vendors and the public must take collective responsibility for preserving and maintaining the cleanliness of Ima Keithel and Imphal city.
Khoibi, Assistant Manager, RBI spoke on the role of RBI in Financial Services and Grievance Redressal while A. Subhash Singh MCS MD, MSCB, spoke on the topic of Credit Linkage of women vendors. Ksh. Rameshwar Singh, Chief Manager, SBI, Th. Kiran Singh, District Development Manager, NABARD, Imphal also spoke as resource persons during the function.  L. Lokeshwor Singh, Mayor, Imphal Municipal Corporation was the Guest of Honour of the function.

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