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Saturday, 15 February 2020 - Imphal Times

National Seminar on ‘Mahatma Gandhi’s inclusive approach to humanity’ held; Whenever Ahimsa is there, world will be there and we will remember Gandhiji: CM

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Imphal, Feb 15

In commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti organised a national seminar on ‘Mahatma Gandhi’s inclusive approach to humanity’ today at Raj Bhawan, Imphal.

On the occasion, Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla and Chief Minister N. Biren Singh graced as Chief Guest and President respectively. Founder of the Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, Acharya Lokesh Muni was also on the dais.

In her speech, Dr. Najma Heptulla stated that Mahatma Gandhi is recognized as the Father of this great nation. He was an exceptional leader and human being. He has influenced and inspired both individuals and world leaders in fight against inequality and oppression, and has provided an invaluable contribution to peaceful freedom struggles across the world. Mahatma Gandhi’s struggle was first and foremost for the freedom and independence of the people of India. But his message was also one of universal relevance. His voice for humanity, equality, justice and non violence gained global recognition. In 2007, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, the 2nd of October, was declared by the United Nations as the International Day of Non Violence, and is today celebrated all over the globe. Despite grand thoughts, his was a life of austerity, tolerance, courage and struggle. A person who stood up for what he believed in and who lived as he preached. He spent a total of approximately five years in prison and was imprisoned six times in South Africa and seven times in India. All are for freedom, human rights and justice.

The Chief Guest added that today, Gandhi’s vision of an inclusive, secular India continues to be challenged, despite India’s fundamentally multi religious fabric. In this time of uncertainty and disruption, the celebration of Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary is a reminder of the continued relevance of his teachings and of their importance all over the world his teachings also remind us that change often begins at the individual level, and that we all, as human beings, have the capability to change the world through peaceful activism, she continued.

While addressing, Chief Minister said that there are so many strong weapons in today’s world. A single press to a switch can destroy the world four or five times. However, Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology for peace and Ahimsa saves the world. Whenever ahimsa is there, world will be there and we will remember Gandhiji. Mahatma Gandhi is beacon of peace and apostle of non-violence. He is an Indian but the whole world admired his principles and ideology. His two weapons—satya (truth) and ahimsa (non-violence) paved the way for India’s independence from the mighty British. Moreover, his style of simple living, honesty, deadly against untouchability, racial discrimination etc can be guiding light for this complex generation and have relevance to the contemporary world. Biren Singh appealed to remember Gandhiji’s service for mankind in his 150th Birth Anniversary.

In his speech,  Acharya Dr. Lokesh told that unity in diversity is the fundamental feature of Indian culture, with the strength of unity in India’a diversity, if our social and family values are not secured, then India’s future will be in danger. Adopt a culture of connecting, not dividing. Support the truth and recognize it. For this, we have to adopt Gandhiji’s ideas. The unity in diversity of our country will have to be strengthened by following the principals of Mahatma.

As part of today’s national seminar, Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Magazine ‘Aahwaan’ was released.

It is said that Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti is organising Peace and Harmony conclave in different states of the country to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and will organize 25 national seminars in almost all provinces of the country and last seminar will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.

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One more Indian test positive for Coronavirus on board “Diamond Princess”

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Mumbai, Feb 15

One more Indian crew member has tested positive for CoronaVirus on board “Diamond Princess” anchored in Yokohama, Japan, taking number of affected Indian crew members to three, while the number of total affected persons went up to 218 as of Friday. 

While the disease claimed on each in the Philippines and Hong Kong a few days, an 80-year-old woman succumbed in a town near Tokyo. She had tested positive and samples of her blood were sent for test. But she died before the receipt of the report. 

On Friday, the Indian embassy through twitter said that “the Japanese Government has decided to disembark those above 80 years, who have tested negative. Those who meet age requirements and have pre-existing conditions or are staying in rooms without balcony will be prioritised for disembarkation. No Indian national fall under this category, eligible for early disembarkation”. 

“ The Embassy of India in Tokyo has reached out to the Indian nationals (crew members and passengers) through e mails and telephone calls and has explained to them about quarantine regulations oh Japanese authorities. Many of them have responded and expressed their understanding. The embassy has been in constant touch with the ship management company and the employer of the six passengers for appropriate facilitation”. 

After the announcement by Japanese Government totally 11 passengers were disembarked on Friday. As of today there are 136 Indians (132 employees, 6 passengers) aboard “Diamond Princess”.

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Coronavirus affects sale of chicken in Maharashtra

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Mumbai, Feb 15

Due to a scare among people about coronavirus, the sale of chicken has been reduced by nearly 300 MT per day in Maharashtra. This, despite the state animal husbandry clarifying that there is no co-relation between the coronavirus and consumption of chicken.
A special meeting of the officers from animal husbandry department and doctors from Sassoon Hospital and BG medical College, was organised in Pune on Friday to take stock of the situation and dispel rumours about the disease. Maharashtra Animal Husbandry Additional Commissioner Dr Dhananjay Parkale, Dr Vinayak Limaye, Deputy Dean of the Sassoon Hospital Dr Rajesh Karyakarte, Superintendent Dr. Ajay Taware, Dy.Superintendent and Dr. Vijay Jadhav attended the meeting. They clarified to the media that the people should not be scared about the disease and should continue their usual diet.
Due to WhatsApp messages being circulated on chicken being infected by coronavirus, many people have stopped buying and consuming chicken. Similar reports have come Bengaluru, Chennai and other cities. The message, which has a picture of the chicken, reads, “High alert: Chicken infected from Coronavirus found in Bangalore,  kindly circulate the message and avoid consumption of chicken. Spread the message to your dear ones.”
A chicken seller Zubair Ahmed, said, “Our business has dropped in the last 20 days. I used to sell about 80-100 kg every day, but now only 50-60 kg gets sold”.

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MIU signs MoU with Men-Tsee-Khang to set up international Tibetan Medical Institute

Imphal, Feb 15

Manipur International University (MIU) has invited Men-Tsee-Khang (Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute) to establish an international medical college and hospital of Tibetan medicines in the state of Manipur.
In this regard a historical MoU was signed between MIU and Men-Tsee-Khang (Sowa-Rigpa), an institute specialized in offering Sowa-Rigpa (Tibetan medicine) which is recognized by Department of AYUSH, Government of India on Wednesday the 12th February 2020 at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.
Appreciating and lauding the endeavors of the Manipur International University and MoU, His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama states, “I am also pleased to learn that the University proposes to have a Center for Tibetan Medicine and Astrology. This alternative medicine system will certainly enable the students and the community alike to appreciate the importance of a holistic approach to treatment”.
n nearly sixty years of Men-Tsee-Khang’s existence in India, collaborations are taking place, not only with groups in India but several abroad. But, the offers from our partners have never been like that of the MIU. Therefore, the signing of MoU is historic, said Tashi Tsering Phuri, Director of Men-Tsee-Khang (Sowa-Rigpa) on the occasion of the signing of the MoU.
“Sowa-Rigpa is one of the oldest medicinal practice of Tibetan passed down from ancestors more than 3000 years ago. The system of medicine is priceless and endangered as of now. There is an urgent need to protect, preserve and propagate Sowa-Rigpa,” said Dr. Harikumar Pallathadka, Chancellor of MIU at the signing of MoU in Dharamshala.
With the signing of the MoU, the Manipur International University will start degree courses on Sowa-Rigpa and associated subjects in Manipur.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has visited Imphal in October 2017 on the invitation of State Government and laid the foundation for future friendship of MIU and Tibetan Government in exile.
Manipur International University (MIU) is an Autonomous State Statutory International University established and recognized by State Government of Manipur. MIU is established by an Act of State called as Manipur International University Act, 2018 and it is recognized and listed by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Govt. of India.
Men-Tsee-Khang (Sowa-Rigpa) (Men = Medicine, Tsee = Astro-Science, Khang = House or Institute, Sowa = to heal, Rigpa = Knowledge or science) is a charitable, culture and educational institution, registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. It is the oldest, largest and most reputable Sowa-Rigpa Institute in India for learning, treatment and pharmacology.

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Zomi Chiefs’ Association lauds CM

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Imphal, Feb 15

The Zomi Chiefs’ Association had expressed heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the new initiatives of Chief Minister of N. Biren Singh, for introducing “Go to Hills, “Go to Village” and “Hill Leaders Day” programmes.
The association also applauded the Chief Minister for allocating Rs. 2 crore in the Budget Estimate, 2020-21 for construction of Guest House to be maintained and operated by Village Chiefs.
It is customary for Village Chiefs to host guests visiting their village. Due to limited accommodation facilities in the village, many a times, Chiefs are unable to perform this obligation as is desired. Construction of Guest House in villages is expected to resolve this issue. The new and innovation policies of  Chief Minister bring about positive changes in the lives of the common man and won the hearts of the hill people. It is our earnest prayer that he continues serving the people with the same passion and spirit, a statement of the association said.

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Lui-Ngai-Ni, 2020 celebrated at Ukhrul

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Ukhrul, Feb 15

Lui-Ngai-Ni 2020, a seed sowing festival for the 20 Naga clans in Manipur particularly Anal, Aimol, Chothe, Chiru, Inpui, Kharam, Khoibu, Lamkang, Liangmai, Mao, Maring, Maram, Moyon, Monsang, Poumai, Rongmai, Tarao, Tangkhul, Thangal and Zeme celebrated  at TNL ground, Ukhrul district headquarters.

A two day celebration which is hosted by the Tangkhul Naga Long(TNL) was  organised by the State Level Organising Committee(SLOC) under the aegis of United Naga Council (UNC). Losii Dikho, honourable minister, PHED, Printing & Stationery, Manipur, graced the function as the Chief Guest in the presence of local MLA . Alfred Kangam Arthur, Joseph Pauline Kamson, DC, Ukhrul, ADC members and many CSO leaders from different Naga Tribes.

Speaking as the Chief Guest, Dikho recalled forefathers of the Naga Tribes whose many unique historical values had been inherited. Seed sowing culture in the spring is one of the many features the Nagas still practice today. For the prosperity of live at least in a year’s time, anything before plantation, sacrifices and prayers to God were made to sprout and bear good harvest.

 Dikho further reminded the gathering that God has bestowed the Nagas without any shortage on  land that grows everything the people needed. But with time, water has now become a matter of great concern everywhere. And scarcity of water is going to worsen if we do not take proper measurement today.  He urged the gathering for preservation of the environment for a better sustainable future in the land.  Under the theme, “oneness through culture” the festival is a unique event showcasing different social exercises like cultural dances, melodies, clothing, drum thumpings, horn blowings, customary moves and tunes etc.

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Is accepting gifts by newsperson unethical?

Much has been talking about journalists being paid by vested interested groups for the promotion of their activities. There are rumors about celebrity journalists across the country by big corporate houses in exchange for news report which promotes them. In Manipur, people started spreading rumors about journalists being pocketed by politicians by offering them gifts in the form of money or luxurious items. These are rumors spread by vested interested people who had faced the music of reported news items that sabotage their careers. Having said so this write up is not saying that all journalists particularly those who are based in Manipur are clean.

There may be some but if any person who has proof of auctioning their profession for mere gift or benefit, there is a body called All Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) and Editor’s Guild Manipur (EGM) whom they can complain with proof so that the declining image of the journalists’ fraternity can be safe. Simply blaming for personal enmity towards the journalists’ fraternity will not help the fourth pillar of the Indian Democracy in rendering their service to push forward the nation in the right direction.

When N. Biren Singh led BJP government supported by some other political party replaced the Congress led government in 2017, he being started his career as journalists invited all journalists of the state for a dinner and presented gifts (Samsung Tablet) to each journalist. Many people particularly the opposition criticized it. It was not to the selected journalist that he offered the gift but to all the journalists. It seems like these critics which tried to misinterpret the presentation of gifts seem to have forgotten that – the world has changed today. Diary and pen which used to be gifted to journalists in the earlier days were common and none criticized such presentation of gifts to journalists.

On the other hand, these days people who criticized or judged the activities of journalists started calling those journalists who use to visit Ministers, MLAs, bureaucrat officers without knowing the purpose of the visit. Journalists reporting political beat need to meet Ministers, MLAs, or even the bureaucrats to extract worthy news.

Talk about payment of some money during the press conference is also a matter of serious concern. But why these people paid to the journalist for publishing their news. Instead, they could come to the media house and request for publication in the form of advertisements through proper channels. Blaming the journalists is a kind injustice done to demoralize the spirit of journalism.  

People who are not in the profession should remember that everything that is being published by media today is still the nation’s conscience. Editorial still continues to condemn the venality of politicians and corruption.

Infringing to one’s profession without having a complete understanding of the profession will do no good to the society but will only demoralize those in the profession of journalism where the maximum of them works with sincerity with meager pay. 

CATC-114 for Air Force and Army NCC cadets organised

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Imphal, Feb 15

The Combined Annual Training Camp-114 for Air Force and Army NCC cadets was organized by  Manipur Air Squadron NCC, Imphal Group from from February 5 at NCC Group Complex concluded yesterday. The Camp was attended by Air Force and Army cadets of NCC including 163 boys and 88 girl cadets from various schools and colleges of Manipur.
The cadets were imparted training on weapon handling, foot drill, arms drills, aeromodelling, physical training, etc.
For the first time some of the air wing cadets were given a flying experience with the Microlite Virus SW 80. Various lectures & classes were conducted on various NCC topics like, Airframe, Aeromodelling, Metrology, National Integration, Health & Hygiene, Communication skills etc. The cadets were also put through a number of competitions like quiz, debate, extempore, firing, football, drill competitions & cultural events.
As a part of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ a cleanliness drive was carried out in and around ISBT, Imphal and DM College by the cadets. Trekking was also conducted at Cheirao Ching for motivating the cadets to take part in adventure activity and also to improve their physical strength and overall fitness.
An interesting lecture followed by Mock Drill on First Aid was delivered by Dr Arunkanta, O Ratan Singh & Dr Bankim Chandra and team of Indian Red Cross Society, Imphal West Dist. Fire Lecture was also conducted for the cadets by Fire Department, Fire Services Manipur followed by a demonstration. Dr Nilakanta of Medical Directorate also delivered a lecture on importance of deworming and distributed medicines to the cadets as a part of National Deworming Day.
Also, Officer from 15 AR delivered a motivational lecture with informative videos which was followed by weapon display by the team of 15 Assam Rifles, Mantri Pukhri. A lecture on role of ASC in Armed Forces and its importance was delivered by officer of Indian Army and also Officer from Redshield Division delivered a lecture on Career in Armed Forces and clarified all the queries raised by the cadets regarding the procedures to join the Armed Forces.
Various agencies like Medical Directorate, Fire Services, Public Works Department, Indian Red Cross Society and Principal of DM College of Science has extended support in making this Combined Annual Training Camp-114 a successful event.

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