Thursday, 06 June 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, June 6,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that the State Government will launch a campaign known as ‘Green Manipur, Clean Manipur’ with a solemn objective to protect environment and combat climate change soon. A Cabinet decision in this regard would be taken at the earliest, he added.
N. Biren Singh was speaking as the chief guest at the State level World Environment Day observation organised under the theme ‘Air Pollution’ by Directorate of Environment at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Palace Compound, Imphal East yesterday.
Under the campaign, the Chief Minister said, the State Government would encourage every village of the State, both hill and valley, to protect or develop forest land each having an area of at least 5 to 10 acres. The Government would install open gym worth around Rs. 5 lakh each at these greenery areas so that people may do physical exercise or take rest there. Urban and semi urban localities, which do not have such land for forest development, would be encouraged to plant trees at their Umang Lai (Sylvan Deity) complexes.
He also said that the State Government would also put in effort to enact a law in consultation with Hill Areas Committee to check unnecessary and frequent shifting of habitation or village in hill areas. Stating that the World Environment Day observation would continue for a week in the State this year, the Chief Minister said that planting of saplings and imparting awareness on environment would go on during this week at all the educational institutions and Government office complexes.
N. Biren Singh said that when he was the Minister of Forest and Environment in 2004, the then State Government launched ‘Green Imphal, Clean Imphal’ campaign. As part of the campaign, the Chief Minister said, he led the State Government’s effort to start cleansing of Nambul River at polluted areas of Imphal city apart from beginning plantation of saplings on road sides and medians.
Speaking as the functional president, Forest and Environment Minister Th. Shyamkumar observed that people should have the mindset of feeling ashamed if they do not grow trees and plants at their residential complexes. He said that water scarcity that people are facing today is the impact of deforestation. In order to encourage planting of saplings and impart awareness on the importance of trees, the Minister said that Forest and Environment Department would present saplings instead bouquets and gifts in all its functions in future.
Lok Sabha MP Dr. R.K. Ranjan Singh, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Ltd. Chairman Dr. S Ranjan Singh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest K. Angami, Environment Director Dr. Y. Nabachandra and Dean of School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Manipur University, Prof. N. Rajmuhon Singh also attended the function as dignitaries.
Later in the afternoon, N. Biren Singh, Th. Shyamkumar, Dr. S. Ranjan Singh and K. Angami also attended another World Environment Day observation and planted tree saplings at Heibokching in Imphal West District.
Earlier in the morning, they also attended World Environment Day observation held at Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School, Hunpung, Ukhrul. The dignitaries planted saplings at the school compound.

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Imphal, June 6,

Yumnam Khemchand Singh, Speaker, Manipur State Legislative Assembly said that discipline and patience are the two tools to become a champion for every sportspersons irrespective of their fields. He said that it defines the quality of the sportsperson and effort should be made to maintain these qualities. The Speaker made the statement at the opening ceremony of the 65th National Ball Badminton Championship for Boys and Girls held at the main Stadium, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex yesterday.
Sharing his experience, Yumnam Khemchand who is also a Patron of the Ball Badminton Association , Manipur said that he was also once a sportsperson in his youth like the young sportsperson who were present at the occasion. The efforts and the hard work he had put to become a true sportsperson, to win and bring laurels for the State and country was much more than the efforts he put in politics, he added. He said that a sportsperson should work hard to achieve their dreams of becoming a successful person.
The event is participated by 26 states consisting of 550 players and 100 numbers of officials including coaches. The Oath Taking ceremony was led by Manipur Team Captain  Oinam Demboy and the Flag Bearer for the ceremony was M. Lembisana , who is also a National player. Cultural dances were also performed during the opening ceremony.
The Opening Ceremony was also attended by Dr. Suresh Bongadeand, Vice President, and P.Ramkrishna, Vice President along with Y.Raja Rao, General Secretary of  Ball Badminton Federation of India as Guests of Honour and Dr. Laiphrakpam Kumar Singh  who is also the President of Ball Badminton Association , Manipur attended as President of function. Dignitaries, coaches, sportsperson and sports enthusiast attended the opening ceremony.

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Tamenglong, June 6,

To dedicate towards creating awareness on environment issues like global warming, ozone layer depletion and desertification, Rainforest Club of Tamenglong in collaboration with Tamenglong Forest Division, The Corbett Foundation and District Administration of Tamenglong celebrated World Environment Day by planting around 3500 saplings in Tamenglong District. Apoukhui, Executive Member, ADC, Tamenglong graced the formal function at Indoor Stadium, Tamenglong Headquarters as Chief Guest and Arun RS, DFO Tamenglong as Function President. Ramningle Pame, Chairperson Education, ADC, Tamenglong, Guisinang Pr. Member, ADC, Tamenglong and Major RR. Dutta, 23rd, Assam Rifles were the Honourable Guest of the program.

At the function DFO, Tamenglong, Arun RS, declared that over 91% of the Tamenglong District is covered by the forest and the motive of this Environment Day is to bring to the knowledge the need to preserve the environment. He also encouraged the people to plant more trees and also advise not to destroy the environment by cutting down tress. With proper planning we can build a beautiful place added the DFO of Tamenglong.He also urged the people to take responsibility to look after the environment.

World Environment Day “Greenward Award” was given to Tamenglong Ward No.10 (Phunguang) with a cash prize of Rs.10,000 along with a citation for maintaining the Ward by the chief guest of the function G. Apoukhiu Executive Member ADC, Tamenglong.

Since Air pollution is increasing day by day and it seems complex to control it this year World Environment Day is celebrated under the theme “Air Pollution”.

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