Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Imphal Times
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:40

Chief Minister launches School Fagathansi Mission

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Imphal, Feb 12

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today launched the State Government’s ambitious School Fagathansi Mission at the Moirangpurel High School, Andro Assembly Constituency, Imphal East.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated the newly constructed school buildings equipped with latest infrastructures of the school at a function organised by the State Education (S) Department. Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar and Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam, were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, CM N. Biren Singh said that the School Fagathansi Mission is an initiative to upgrade the condition of Government schools for overall development in shaping the future pillars of the society. He said that the mission is implemented in one school each in all the 60 assembly constituencies of the State and the mission will be launched at five schools namely Moirangpurel High School, Heingang High School, Singjamei Chingamakha High School, Praja High School, Lamsang and SK Ideal High School, Ngairangbam.
CM further said that it is the responsibility of the Government to provide good schools with highly qualified teachers along with adequate infrastructure and facilities to its citizens. He said pre-nursery facility is also given under the mission which was unavailable earlier in Government schools.
He further lauded the Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam and his team for swiftly and successfully implementing the mission. He also lauded the Forest and Environment Minister, who is also the local MLA of Andro AC for his sincere dedication towards reviving the Government schools in his constituency. Terming both the Ministers as dynamic, he hoped that the sincerity and dedication by the leaders and support of the public will surely lead to the progress of the State.
Forest Minister Th. Shyamkumar said the long cherished dream of the people of the locality have been cherished today with the launch of the School Fagathansi Mission at the Moirangpurel High School which will provide latest teaching techniques to the young students.
Education Radheshyam said that under the mission, teachers and all latest required infrastructures are being provided to the students. He credited Chief Minister for supporting the entire team of Education Department which allowed for rapid action in the education sector. He said that a grievance cell will be opened for the mission where people can send their suggestions and grievances. As part of the function two students were distributed school uniforms for free.
Secretary to the Chief Minister Ningthoujam Geoffery, Education (S) Commissioner T. Ranjit Singh, Education Director Th. Kirankumar, officials of the Education (S), top civil and police officials also attended the function.

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Imphal, Feb. 12

Non payment of compensation entitled to victims of sexual assault crime particularly to minor victims has been seriously noted as non-compliance of rules of law of this land by the government authority by Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR).

Talking to media persons at Manipur Press Club today afternoon, MACR Core Member Keisham Pradipkumar and State Convenor Montu Ahanthem informed that family of a 4 years old minor girl who was raped and murdered in December 2015 still is not getting compensation even after the court announced recommendation for the compensation on August 1, 2018.

The mandate of section 9 (a) of The Manipur Victim Compensation Scheme, 2018, says that after verifying the claim, the District Legal Services Authority shall after due inquiry award compensation within two months from the date of the recommendation of the court or application received from the victim subject to the provisions contained hereinafter. State coordinator Montu Ahanthem said that the mandate provided in section 9 (a) is not duly complied not only in this specific case but also in other similar cases. 

Montu said that delay in releasing victim’s compensation is a lot of mental harassment, inconveniences to the victims, their families and support persons. 

MACR Core member Keisham Pradip said that even though “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” perceives as a high-sounding national flagship programme, the girl children in Manipur are not totally “safe”, since chains of Child Sexual Assault (CSA) cases targeting the minor girls even in schools, boarding, and hostels, within community have continued to occur now and then. In a year, on average around 78 Child Sexual Assault (CSA) cases were reported in Manipur (2013 to 2019), while in India a total 24,212 rape cases were registered during a six months period i.e. between January 1, 2019, and June 30, 2019 (National Crime Records Bureau).

India has 1.66 lakh pending cases of crime against women and children across the country. For quick disposal of the pending cases, Supreme Court on November 13, 2019 has directed to set up a total of 1,023 Fast Track Special Courts ( FTSCs), out of which 389 courts are to exclusively handle cases registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Furthermore, The Criminal Amendment (Law) Act, 2018 mandated to complete rape trial within 2 months from the filing of the charge sheet, besides, proving mandatory completion of an investigation by police within 2 months.

However, in an average, CSA cases in Manipur are found pending in courts for more than three years, after the case got registered. The lengthy trial process eventually gives a traumatic and painful experience to the survivors and their families, Montu Ahanthem said.

He said the MACR demands Setting up Fast Track Special Courts in every district for speedy trial of POCSO Cases, Complete the CSA cases within a stipulated time as mandated by the related Laws, Ensuring of child-friendly environment and open special child-friendly court rooms in every POCSO Court, Ensuring early disbursal of recommended interim and final victim’s compensation without further delay and cumbersome process as per the provisions of the Manipur Victim Compensation Scheme, 2018, special training to the Police, Support Persons and Judicial Officers on victim friendly approaches and to ensure speedy trail of Sexual Assault Cases, Synergize the key stakeholders i.e. Social Welfare Department, Deputy Commissioners, MSLSA/ DALSA, Home Department and generate a One Window solution system for resolving any undue delay, while disbursing recommended Victims’ Compensation in CSA cases and the State to allocate adequate funds for setting up and running Village Level Child Protection Committees (VLCPCs) in all the villages of the state, to prevent and response to Child Sexual Assault Cases, Child Trafficking, Child Substance Abuse, School drop-out cases and other child protection issues on priority.

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Kakching, Feb 12

A team of Manipur police under the supervision of Superintendent of Kakching District Police, Victoria Yengkhom conducted a cordon and search operation at JKS CONSTRUCTION and GRIL base camp at Kakching Lamkhai in Kakching district today. The construction company is undertaking the works for repairing of the National Highway. Police source said that the cordon and search operation was conducted from 4.20 am today morning till 630 am after getting specific information about the presence of anti social elements.

Around 400 labourers were verified one after another, however no arrest was made said the source.

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Imphal, Feb. 12

The Department of Economics, Manipur University, is organizing 21st Annual Conference of the North Eastern Economic Association (NEEA) during 14-15 February 2020 at Manipur University. The North Eastern Economic Association (NEEA), formed in 1997, is a non-political, nonpartisan, voluntary regional economic association, registered under the SR Act XXI of 1860. With a national perspective NEEA draws members not only from the Eight North Eastern States but also from other States of India. The objectives of NEEA are to undertake, promote, co-ordinate and collaborate in the study of socioeconomic problems and issues with emphasis on North Eastern India; provide a common platform for interaction of ideas and exchange of experiences among the scholars and contribute in promoting technical competence for teaching and research in economics and allied subjects. The theme of the conference is “Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in North Eastern Region of India”. The conference, however, will focus on three interrelated goals such as SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, SDG 4: Quality Education and SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. More than 100 abstracts have been received. The sub-themes of the conference are as listed below:
The Sub-themes of SDG 3: Good Health and Well Being
Sub-themes of SDG 4: Quality Education
Sub-themes of SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:29

School, Boarding and Houses burn into ashes

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Thoubal, Feb.12

One school building including its boarding and a house was burned to ashes around yesterday midnight at Heirok Part III in Thoubal district.

According to report, TN Memorial Academy School and its boarding along with a house located adjacent to the school complex located at Heirok Part IIl Champrathong under Heirok Police station caught on fire at around 12.30 am today. There was no human casualty in the fire disaster.

Important documents of the school along with Admit Cards for students appearing class X examination scheduled to begin this month and other school uniforms, books, clothes of students staying in the boarding were reportedly burnt to ashes. School authority estimated the loss to be around 1 crore.

The root of the fire is not known as of now but it is speculated that the fire could have been occurred due short circuit of electric wires.

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Thoubal, Feb.12

A women’s Hostel constructed under the financial assistant of the University Grant Commission, UGC (NERO) Grant, XII Plant at YK College at Wangjing in Thoubal district was inaugurated by MLA Paonam Brojen today.

The Hostel constructed under the UGC Grant, XII Plant cost around Rs. 78 lakhs . It has 8 (Eight) rooms and 30 beds.

Besides, MLA Paonam Brojen Singh, Principal of the Y.K. College Prof. S.Giri Singh, Director of the College Development Council MU Prof. Th. Ratankumar Singh and Principal of DM Science Prof. Jadumani Singh attended the inaugural function of the hostel as dignitaries.

Other teachers and students of the YK College Wangjing were also attended in the inaugural function.

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Mumbai, Feb 12

India is among the top 20 countries likely at risk of importing the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) with Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata figuring in the list of cities, which may be affected due to the disease.   
New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has a localised relative import risk of 0.066 per cent, with Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 0.034 per cent and Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport at 0.020 per cent. Other Indian airports in the list include Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi.
As per the study report based on “Berlin Model” of the Germany’s Humboldt University and Robert Koch Institute,  India is in the 17th spot, followed by UAE in the 19th spot among a total of 30 countries at risk of importing the virus. Outside China, Thailand, Japan and South Korea are the most likely to import the infections, the report shows.
The Humboldt University and Robert Koch Institute has computed a list of countries at risk of importing the virus after analyzing air traffic patterns connecting 4,000 airports worldwide  with over 25,000 direct connections between them.
UAE’s Dubai airports has a localized relative import risk of 0.124%, Abu Dhabi at 0.050%, Sharjah – 0.002%. The Dubai Al Maktoum International posed no risk (0%) of importing the virus.
The report has been based on three factors - Relative import risk, Most probable spreading routes, Relative arrival time. According to the study, ‘relative import risk’ is the percentage of infected individuals who may be travelling from an affected area - in this case China.
The busier a flight route, the more probable it has an infected passenger travelling this route. Using these probabilistic concepts, relative import risk to other airports is calculated, the report stated. When calculating the import risk, the factors like connecting flights and travel routes that involve multiple destinations are taken into consideration.
What is relative import risk? According to the study, “relative import risk” is the percentage of infected individuals who may be travelling from an affected area - in this case China. “Going by air travel passenger numbers, the estimate of  virus spread in to other areas, is worked out. The busier a flight route, the more probable it has an infected passenger travelling this route. Using these probabilistic concepts, relative import risk to other airports, is calculated.
The core of the computational model used to prepare this report is the worldwide air transportation network, which has 3893 nodes (airports) connected by 51476 directed links (connections between airports). Each link is weighted by the traffic flux between nodes, i.e. the average number of passengers that travel that route per day.
Definition of relative import risk
“If an infected individual boards a plane at airport A in an affected region, the relative import risk P (B|A) at airport B quantifies the probability that airport B is the final destination for that individual (irrespective of non-direct travel routes). Say, a hypothetical 1000 infected individuals board planes at Hangzhou Airport. An import risk of 0.2 per cent in Germany means that, of those 1000 individuals, only 2 are expected to have Germany as their final destination” states the report.
As of now, the most confirmed cases of coronavirus outside mainland China are in Japan (45), Singapore (28), Thailand (25), Hong Kong (24), and South Korea (23). This is considered a partial success for the report based on “Berlin model”.

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:25

The silence breaks

However much as we would like to consider ourselves as ones who are abreast of the times, with an acute sense of awareness of our rights and responsibilities, yet the undeniable fact remains that the mentality of most of those who have appointed themselves as saviours of the society from enemies both real and imaginary, has been one of “we are always right”, and “our cause is the most important one”.
What the common people has not been able to comprehend yet is the “why” of it. Why are these self appointed guardians of the society turning their guns and bombs on the very society who are their source of sustenance? Why are they still adamant on “serving” the common man, despite the overwhelming reluctance of the public to accept their “service”? Why do a crime becomes less evil after an amicable settlement with the perpetrators? Why do they insist on “donations” with fixed amounts? Why are they not “interfering” with the known and notorious smugglers and black marketers in spite of the glaring evidences, and more relevantly, with the recent uproar of the public against the dismissive state government adamant on ignoring the wishes of the people? Why are they harassing the weak and vulnerable public when their targets should be the corrupt and the unscrupulous elements taking undue advantage of the weak and helpless? Why are they so keen on changing the world when there are so many small hurdles we need to remove before everything else to make our society visibly better? Why are they conveniently looking the other way while various atrocities are being committed against the society everyday without respite?
It would not be an exaggeration to state that the society would be a much better place for their absence. The ulterior motives of these guardians of the society have been laid bare, yet the fear of physical harm and unwanted repercussions, which is so real and possible, has the public to keep mum. It does take two hands to clap- the cheatings, forgeries, misappropriations and underhand dealings being carried out in Government Departments and offices are the excuse and the reason for their existence. Yet in their purported quest to cleanse the society of things evil and bad, it is the common man, clueless and defenceless, who are bearing the brunt of the anger and threats, getting caught in the crossfire, without the connection or the influence to secure a better bargain of their lives. Insecurity and the fear psychosis have been so deeply ingrained in the minds of the people, with a deep suspicion for everything and everyone even remotely out of the ordinary.
The outcome of such a society can never be a positive one- as has been witnessed and felt by everybody. The Indian army has been using the excuse of the unrest and social disruptions to carry out their myriad nefarious activities, while various leaders in power are amassing wealth meant for the affected people. The deathly vortex of extortions, killings and threats has been growing stronger. The only real and plausible solution? – take away the sinner, and the saint disappears! How easier can things get?

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:23

Education & Teachers in Manipur

The status of education is flexible in nature; so it can change anytime, unlike manmade human status, which had the rigid structure with stratified, hierachiaracal order, which is based on birth. However in the classless society, education lift up the status of person according to the attainment of educational qualification with the standard of earning in livelihood. The richer a person the higher status a person attained in society. Likewise the standard of education have also numerous status based on how the state run the educational institution in the country. Reputed educational institute is looked up by the society and this educational institute produce high quality of human resource while on the other hand the low-grade educational institute produce quantity of human resource, which endanger the socio-economic of the society. Development of education depends upon how the state provides education to the people and how the state played the role in shaping the education sector. Education is considered as the investment of human resources and most of the developed countries have attained the benefits of investing in education. The quality of providing education in the past and present stages depicts the status of development at present and future generation.The better in quality of imparting education, the higher in attainment of educational status and the  faster in development take place, which depends upon the condition of the specific state.   
      Education is the most important driver to deliver development when it is driven in the right direction whereas education which is driven in the narrow lane without aim to achieve the status of vertical position is difficult to bring development and confuse the driver to which direction to go in  order to deliver socio-economic development .System in education is one of the main ingredients in education sector to trigger the status of education at high level. The education system is the catalyst that translates creativity into innovation and when you have innovation you have entrepreneurship, you have development of business.  This can only happen if the education system gets inclined with the needs of the economy, the perennial question of “Who Pays” is bridged and mobility between all the sectors happening smoothly. The status of education in Manipur is unique when we compared to other states of the country as well as to different countries. Due to political instability in the state, instead of integrating and promoting the education system in the state, the system of education is fragmented and it disrupts the environment of educational institute vary badly. The upcoming generation has uncertain future because the state failed to provide quality education to build a better state and nation for tomorrow’s generation. The dearly implemented education policies were not much effective and it collides the adopted policies. To give a meaningful definition upon pursuing education, from foundation level of pursuing knowledge will depict the future scope of a person in climbing the stages of higher education. Whereas imparting low level of education during the foundation level of learning and providing the best quality education in the higher stage could not lead to a successful academic career because a person could not adapt to the high quality of imparting education. Thus resulted in failure of a person’s educational career in higher stage.The state government/central run institute is not able to provide  required necessary needs to existing government run educational institutes and instead government recruited teaching and non-teaching staffs on contract basis with paltry monthly salary moreover the monthly salary was also not paid in time even for SSA,RMSA teachers. and recently there was a big hue & cry for the 7th pay of college teachers but withdraw their agitation after assuremce given by cabinet on 10th February,however the real outcome of the  assuremce is yet to be seen.Let’s hope for the best.Regular teachers were careless and negligent in their duties. Besides they got their monthly salary easily and they even earned extra income by taking up other activities .when it comes to the recruited staffs on contract basis they are placed in the fathom of the organization. Due to unequal treatment they broke down their patient but still they are not brave enough to voice for their rights as they have the apprehensions of termination or non-extension of their services which causes them anxiety and unable them to deliver their expertise effectively.  
     Everybody says, teaching profession is a noble job, practically however, the nobility of teaching job in the general perception of public as reflected in our present day status conscious materialistic society seems to be discouraging, as nothing noble has been shown to the teachers by the society. In civilized society as in ancient Greece, teachers are regarded as semi-Gods and even worshipped by the pupils. Truly the fountain of knowledge and wisdom flows from the nature-gifted teachers who are possessors of intrinsic qualities of teaching. In other words, teaching is not everybody’s job as teachers are not common people and common people cannot be a successful teacher. It requires special skills and techniques which nature has ordained as in-born qualities. It is therefore, a pre-requisite to introspect oneself if the realities of teaching  in him/her  before opting teaching as a profession because the onus of continuing the unaccomplished work of God in making human beings ( pupils) realized ,self-realization rests with the teachers.  It may be stated that God created human beings instilled in them the seeds of wisdom and knowledge. But it is the teachers who like gardeners nurtured the seeds to its full stature. Now-a-days the general perception of the people towards the teachers is excruciatingly humiliating and disgraceful as the job of teaching has been reduced to the most unattractive job. Precisely teaching job has become a purchasable profession. In this age of stiff competitive world, especially in the field of education where the wealth of the nations are measured in terms of the standard of education of its people , it is disheartening and shameful to learnt that the teachers who are regarded as builders of the nation’s pillars are on strikes, dharanas, class boycott etc  interrupting now and then.The normal regular classes of the students in this strike infested and academic uncertain state become sluggish, as teachers are demanding audience of the authorities to pressurized their legal as well as constitutional service rights.
        It may not be an over-statement to say that in almost all cases the demands of the teachers are genuine in as much as they are fully aware of the legality of their demands. Indeed teachers are fully conscious about the constitutionality of their rights and would not demand the things beyond the permissible limits specifically laid down in the rules. And the most intriguing question which pricks the conscience of the academicians and the scholars in our state who by profession are not necessarily a teacher is about the stoic silence and indifferent attitude of the state government / authority towards the teachers specially the contract ones whenever issues affecting the teachers arose. As long as we draw our teachers in the street corners to organize sit-in- protest. dharnas, class boycott etc, to demand what is constitutionally due to them , our civilization is incomplete because teachers voices are heard with dignity  in all civilized societies. It is an undeniable truth that changes in the society since ancient times originates from educational institutions, verily, all civilization in the world past and present emanates from the brains of the teachers and those educational institutions manned by the teachers in all countries and in all ages. In order to bring about a change in the society, every individual must change himself or herself and change their perception towards the teachers. Most importantly, those who are in the higher administrative hierarchy of the government must unavoidably change their mindset towards the teacher as they themselves owe gratitude to their teachers. It is the selfless service and devotion of the teachers towards their students that produced bureaucrats, teachers, scientists, educationists, politician etc.

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Imphal, Feb 12

A team of  Zeliangrong Youth Front (Assam, Manipur & Nagaland) and ZeliangrongBaudi, Manipur had highlighted the grievances of the Zeliangrong people particularly living at the border of Maram-Peren National Highway in the absence of any Administrative Block and proposed for setting up of Administrative Block SDO/BDO Office and other necessary establishments at Tamphung village in order to bring effective development at the border areas while meeting the Chief Minister of Manipur on Monday evening
The team highlighted the grievances of the Zeliangrong people particularly living at the border of Maram-Peren National Highway in the absence of any Administrative Block and proposed for setting up of Administrative Block SDO/BDO Office and other necessary establishments at Tamphung village in order to bring effective development at the border areas.
The team made a proposal for construction of Parking lot for transporters at any suitable location between Jiribam and Imphal for the convenient of the truckers with modern amenities. The transporters who have been rendering service for the people have been facing hardships on the long distance hilly roadNational Highway No. 37 for the last many years for which the responsibility of the State Govt. to construct a Parking lot is greatly needed.
The team also proposed for construction of Guest House for the people of Tamenglong and Longmai (Noney) districts at Namching (MahaKabui) village so that the hardships and inconveniences of the people from these two districts who came for different purpose at the State capital can be ameliorated. The people of these two districts especially those who came from far flung and interior areas for important work and medical treatment at Imphal have been facing financial burdened while trying to meet the cost of medicine and treatment charge as well as the high and unaffordable cost of hotel lodging and fooding charge.
The team also submitted memos regarding the proposals for taking up at the earliest possible in the interest of the people. A statement said that the  Chief Minister of Manipur assured the team to take up the demands at the earliest.

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