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IPR Minister hands over financial assistance under MSJWS to six journalists

DIPR
Imphal, Nov. 14

Information & Public Relations Minister Thongam Biswajit handed over financial assistance to 6 (six) media persons at his official residence today. The assistance provided is under the Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme (MSJWS), Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur. The scheme was launched formally on 30th June, 2017 at City Convention Centre, Imphal by the  Chief Minister as part of important programme of the new Government’s 100 day’s achievement.
While handing over the cheques to the media persons, Minister Th. Biswajit said that the Government has always acknowledged the important role played by the media and media persons despite various hardships and challenges faced by them while discharging their duties. The important role played by the fourth estate in a democracy is necessary more than ever in the globalised world of media. This Government recognising the immense contribution launched the scheme as an important programme of the new Government’s 100 day’s achievement, he added.
The Minister further added that the benefits for the media persons will be increased from time to time according to the resources available to the Government. He appealed the media persons to bear with the present financial disbursement.

Paying condolence to the demise of K. Bipin Sharma of Impact TV and other media persons, the Minister said that it is a great loss for the media fraternity and the State and further stated that ex-gratia for the demise person will be handed soon after due process.
The six media persons availing the benefits of the scheme are (Late) Ningthoukhongjam Gitchandra Singh, Joint Editor, Manipur Mail, Uripok Ningthoukhongjam Leikai, V. Khamkhanthang, Joint Editor, Manipur Express, Siloam Veng, Bungmual (one time ex-gratia amounting to Rs. 2,00,000/- each), Phanjoubam Santosh, Photo Journalist, PTI, Wangkhei Konsam Leikai, Imphal, Yendrembam Mangi Ningthouja, Desk Editor, Pandam Daily, Paona Bazaar, Imphal (medical assistance amounting to Rs. 1,00,000/- each) and Koijam Rajen Meetei, Editor-in-Chief, Liklam Journal, Toubungkhok Awang Leikai, Langjing Camp and Kakchingtabam Bipin Sharma, Cameraman, Impact TV, Brahmapur Guru Aribam Leikai, Imphal (medical assistance amounting to Rs. 50,000/- each).
Ten (10) media persons have availed financial assistance under the scheme since its launch. Ex-gratia to four (4) media persons and medical reimbursement to six (6) media persons were distributed respectively.
For the scheme launched formally on 30th June, 2017, the Government made a contribution of Rs. 10,00,00,000/- (Rupees ten Crores) towards the Corpus Fund of the Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme on 5th May, 2017. The Scheme provides one time financial/medical assistance to Journalists and their families. The Scheme is constituted under the Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur and is administered by a Committee and the Committee reserves the right to reject or accept any application without assigning any reasons to the applicants. Assistance are extended depending on the Committee’s satisfaction regarding the eligibility/merits of the cases and the financial resources available for the purpose. A Journalist is eligible for relief from the Scheme, provided that – He/She is a citizen of India, He/She is ordinarily resident of Manipur, He/She is accredited to the Govt. of Manipur and Journalists who are not presently accredited to the Government are eligible for relief from the Scheme if they have been journalists as defined under the guidelines for a minimum period of ten continuous years.
The assistance available under the scheme is upto Rs 2.00 lakh, provided to the family under extreme hardship on account of death of the journalist, upto Rs 2.00 lakh provided to the journalist in case of permanent disability rendering the journalist incapable of earning a livelihood, upto Rs 1.00 lakh  provided towards the cost of treatment of major ailments such as cancer, renal failure, heart ailments requiring by-pass/open heart surgery, angioplasty, brain haemorrhage and paralytic attack, any of the ailments which is permissible for full re-imbursement under the medical re-imbursement facility of the Government. This would be subject to the medical expenditure not being covered under CGHS, or any other insurance/departmental health schemes, etc. However, relief under this provision is available to the journalist only upto the age of 60 years and upto Rs 50,000 may be provided in case of accidents causing serious injuries necessitating hospitalization. This would be subject to the medical expenditure not being covered under CGHS, or any other insurance/departmental health schemes, etc.
H. Balkrisna Singh, Director, IPR, Tenshubam Sangeeta, APO (Press), DIPR, and Staffs of DIPR also attended the programme.

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Meghachandra Kongbam To Be Jury Member Of Kerala International Film Festival 2018

IT News
Imphal, Nov 14,

Meghachandra Kongbam, a member of International Federation of Film Critics, has been assigned as one of the members of the Jury at the International Film Festival of Kerala 2018 organized by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy to be held at Thiruvananthapuram from December 7 to 14, 2018. The Jury will select the best film for ‘The International Critics FIPRESCI Prize’ of the festival.
Klaus Eder, Secretary General of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), Munich, Germany has communicated the assignment to Meghachandra Kongbam through email yesterday.
Meghachandra Kongbam, who is presently a PR Practitioner and Strategist, is the President of Film Society of Manipur, Advisor of Film Forum, Manipur, and Advisor of Cine Artistes and Technicians Association, Manipur. He is the recipient of Best Film Critic of the National Film Awards 2015. He regularly contributes articles on cinema in the vernacular daily-Poknapham and the English daily-The Hindu.

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Minister Biswajit encourages students to work hard to achieve their goals

DIPR
Imphal, Nov. 14,

Works Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh today graced the Annual Freshers’ cum Literary and cultural Meet, 2018 of Tamphasana Girls’ Higher Secondary School as chief guest and called upon the students of Tamphasana Girls’ Higher Secondary School to work hard to achieve their goals in future.
Addressing the gathering, Minister observed that participation of women in our society is regarded highly throughout the country. Acknowledging the exemplary performance and talent of the State sportspersons, the Central Government gave the approval for establishing Sport University in our State. He continued that nomination of boxer MC Mary Kom as Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha reinforces the principle of the Central Government of empowering women. He further maintained that our State has highest concentration of handloom weavers across the country. And handloom sector has been providing employment in our society as it is the secondary occupation. The number of National Awardee has been increasing day by day in the field of Handloom and Textiles, he added.
Highlighting the importance of celebrating Children’s Day, the Minister said that we should cultivate the habit of discipline to the children. He urged the students to work hard to achieved their goals and contribute for the betterment of the society.
As part of the events cultural programmes were also presented by the students.
Today occasion were attended by officials of Education Department, staffs of Tamphasana Girls’ Higher Secondary School and students among others.

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Police, BNP activists clash in Dhaka

Siam Sarower Jamil,
Dhaka, Nov 14

A clash broke out between police and Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders and activists in front of the party’s Nayapaltan Central office in the capital on Wednesday, disrupting traffic in the areas.
Witness said BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas along with his several hundred supporters marched towards their party office around 12:30pm and started staging a showdown there, halting traffic on the road.
Police tried to remove the BNP men from a portion of the road so that vehicles could pass through, but failed to do so. At one stage, they locked into an altercation with the BNP leaders and activists and started charging batons to maintain the law and order.
BNP leaders and activists also started hurling brickbats at the cops, triggering a fierce clash between the two sides.
The clash was going on there till filing of the report around 1:25pm. Police also lobbed teargas to disperse the BNP activists.
The BNP men then torched a police van and vandalised some others in the Nayapaltan area.
BNP assistant office secretary Taipul Islam Tipu said that the clash broke out around 12:55pm as the police were trying to obstruct their leaders and activists from gathering in front of their office.
Traffic in the areas came to a complete halt following the clash.

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