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CM calls for conserving biodiversity wealth

DIPR Imphal, Aug. 30: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh called for exploring scientific means to conserve the precious biodiversity wealth of the State including rare Shirui Lily and Sangai. He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the Inaugural Session of the 7 th Review and Monitoring cum Mentoring Meeting of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) sponsored Biotech Hubs in North East India at Hotel Imphal today . The Chief Minister said, “W e need to learn live in harmony with nature. While utilizing biotechnology , let’ s not for get how to conserve our precious biodiversity wealth and traditional practices and indigenous wisdom. Let’ s listen to the soulful cries of the sick Loktak Lake, pangs of the precarious Sangai and anguished whispers of Shirui Lily . I hope biotech can do something to conserve these precious biodiversity and ecosystem resources urgently as I believe such rare plants and animals once extinct will not come back again.” N. Biren contended that as someone who has been associating with governmental efforts in various capacities since 2002 in the service of the people of Manipur , especially in the area of Forest and Environment, he can foresee the potential role of Biotechnology in every sector of the economy , be it agriculture, food, energy or environment. The Chief Minister further said that it is imperative to work in concert to harness the natural resources of Manipur and the rich biodiversity of the North East, its flora, fauna, rare and endemic medicinal plants, aromatic and ornamental plants and microbial resources. N. Biren also expressed hope that the Biotechnologists present at the function would extend help to the State Government towards harnessing Biotechnology for the overall growth and development of the State and the region, and thereby contributing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ s vision of building a New India by 2022. Stating that Manipur is famous for its pineapple, Kachai lemon, orange, rare orchids, endemic medicinal plants and rare animals and wildlife, the Chief Minister said that the State Government has been celebrating different festivals to promote these bio- resources. Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University , Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey , Advisor of Department of Biotechnology , Dr . T Madhan Mohan, Dean of School of Life Sciences (Manipur University), Prof. W. Vishwanath, HOD of Department of Economics (Manipur Universoty), Prof. Amar Yumnam, Dean of School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (Manipur University) Prof. N Rajmuhon, former Director of Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneshwar , Dr . B. Ravindran and Director of Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo also attended the function as presidium members. The two-day meeting was organised by Advanced Level State Biotech Hub, Department of Biochemistry (Manipur University) under the sponsorship of Department of Biotechnology , Government of India.

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The rascal Godman drama

Something seems to be seriously wrong with the people of Haryana and its neighbouring state who are blind follower of Godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who was convicted 20 years jail term for raping his follower . Rape is being criticised across the country and many are voicing stern punishment for the rapist. But what is more surprising is that why so many people are against the Court verdict for punishment of the so call God man who is accused of raping so many girls including his adopted daughter . The violence unleashed by Dera Sacha Sauda supporters in the immediate aftermath of the conviction and arrest of Godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is highly condemnable. But even more so is the abject surrender to the goons by the Haryana government which allowed thousands to congregate in P anchkula where the CBI court’ s verdict in the rape case involving Ram Rahim was delivered and to wreak havoc on innocent residents. Accountability for such gross mishandling of an event has to start from the top. By that token, the State’ s Chief Minister , Manohar Lal Khattar , does not deserve to be in the coveted saddle for one more day . He miscalculated and misjudged the reaction of the Sacha Sauda supporters who had gone to P anchkula with violence in their head, and apparently believed the assurances of the Godman that his cadres would not resort to violence. There was indeed a perceptible softness of approach for which innocent people paid with their lives and property . Residents of P anchkula who were witness to the ghastly events insist that the miscreants were well-prepared and both the local police and the para-military forces showed appalling dereliction of duty . It was the army which, with a mere 350 soldiers, controlled the situation from turning uglier . Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ s ‘Mann ki baat’ radio address yesterday whose crux was that violence in the name of faith was unacceptable, would indeed ring hollow if the Chief Minister is not removed in pursuance of the principle of accountability . It is on the lips of the entire media and the citizenry that this was a clear case of the BJP having had a soft corner for the Godman and his sect. It is common knowledge that the State government was indebted to Dera Sacha Sauda for having supported it wholeheartedly in the last Assembly elections. In the preceding elections it was the Congress that was the principal beneficiary . W ith an estimated five crore supporters, the dera was a formidable vote bank. But that did not mean that the State administration did not have a responsibility to protect the people from lumpen crowds that went berserk. The ghastly events in P anchkula and some other strongholds of Sacha Sauda have drilled fear in the minds of people at large. Horrible memories of the sect’ s supporters going on the rampage will live on in people’ s minds for a long time. If the Modi government is to make amends and win back the trust of the people even partially , it must act fast. Not only must the Chief Minister be sacked and replaced by a person of unimpeachable public goodwill, the miscreants of that day must be punished for their misdeeds without fear or favour . Above all, the BJP and the Congress in particular must learn a lesson from the events of that fateful Friday not to sacrifice public interest at the altar of political expediency and vote bank politics

Minister Karam Shyam condemns attack on oil pumps

Imphal, Aug 30: Consumer Af fairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Karam Shyam today strongly condemned attack on oil pumps in the State. It may be mentioned that, on Tuesday (August 29, 2017) at 9:00 pm, a bomb blast was reported at a petrol pump located at Napet Palli, under Lamlai police station. Minister Karam Shyam said, the State government condemns the bomb blast in strongest possible words. He said violence has no place in our society .

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Reports about cops collecting donation to court fee shocks civil societies

Imphal, Aug 30: A news report appeared in a local daily paper here in Imphal which said that police are collecting donation for advocate fees to counter the prolong fake encounter case at Supreme court. In a Press meet held today at Manipur Press Club today afternoon, Human Rights Activists, Khaidem Mani, Babloo Loitongbam among others urged the chief Minister of Manipur to find out if the said report is correct or not. The news report also quoted a high ranking official of the state police police talking to the reporter of that media house. Talking to reporters Babloo Loitongbam and Khaidem Mani said that before election the BJP had promise to cooperate with the victims of the fake encounter presently seeking justice at the Supreme court. The Human Rights activists urged the chief Minister of Manipur N biren Singh to constitute an enquiry committee to find out the truth.

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Youth wash away by flood in Barak River

Imphal, Aug 30: A youth aged around 20 years from Laii village, Senapati district washed away by flood while crossing the Barak river at Karong at around 12.30pm today , a report in Herald today said. He was with two friends, one from Phaibung village and another from Laii village. They came for fishing at Barak river just below Karong bridge. Massive search for the body underway . Report said that the youth is identified as D. Aloysius, of Laii village presently residing at Viewland in Senapati district.

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SF arrests KYKL, UNLF cadres

Imphal, Aug 30: Team of CDO/ Moreh under the supervision of SP Tengnoupal Dr S Ibomcha Singh arrested one cadre of KYKL today at around 8 am from Moreh- Imphal Van Parking, Moreh. The arrested person has been identified as one Chungkham Raju Meitei @ Sanahal (33 yrs), son of Ch Singhajit Meitei of Kakwa Sairom Leirak, Imphal West. Through revelation by Raju, it was found out that he joined KYKL in December , 2012 and trained at Eastern Nagaland in 2013 in 32nd batch and has been working under s/s Lt Sangai of KYKL at Leipok camp, Myanmar . Meanwhile, another team of CDO/Imphal East Unit also arrested two active cadres ounderground outfit UNLF today morning around 9:30 am from Hatta near Orient Hotel, Imphal East. The arrested cadres have been identified as Md Yunus Khan (30 yrs), son of Md Chaoba Khan of Keirao Makting Makha Leikai under Irilbung Police Station and Mutum Naobi Singh @ Mahindra (40 yrs), son of (Late) Mutum Kalachand Singh of Nongmeibung Pung Makhong. The CDO team, on a tip off information about the presence of some unknown active cadres of UNLF in and around Hatta Golapati, conducted a mobile frisking and checking on the suspected passerby at Hatta near Orient Hotel where both the cadres were arrested after detaining while coming from Minuthong side. One maruti Suzuki alto car , maroon colour bearing registration number MN/ 01AK/3983, two extortion notes of UNLF along with one mobile phone was recovered from Mutum Naobi while checking. On further verification, it was found out that both were overground worker of UNLF working under the command of one s/s Major Boicha @ Lukhomba @ Imocha of UNLF . Both also disclosed that they were proceeding towards Babupara to deliver the recovered extortion notes on the advice of Boicha @ Lukhomba @ Imocha of UNLF . Both the arrested persons have been kept at Porompat Polcie Station for further legal action.

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Dr. Kangabam Romeo Meetei honoured on National Sports Day in Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar , Aug 30 : Dr . Kangabam Romeo Meetei who has been promoting adventure sports in the North East region was honoured on the occasion of National Sports Day celebration in Arunachal Pradesh yesterday . Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh who attended the function as Chief Guest along with Deputy CM and BJP President applauded Manipuris in his speech for promoting sports in Arunachal Pradesh. He praised that without Manipuri players in India team, India’ s sports is not completed. In the function of the National Sports Day held at Itanagar , the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh felicitated mountaineers for the first time in the meritorious cash award category . BJP State Pradent Mr . Tapir Gao presented a cash award of Rs. 2 lakhs along with track suit to Dr . Romeo. He became the first official from Manipur to receive the incentive award. Mr . Romeo had been conferred Excellence Award, the Highest S tate Award from Arunachal Pradesh Govt. twice earlier for promoting adventure sports in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and other North Eastern states. It may be mentioned that Mr Romeo is the founder of adventure sports movement in Arunachal Pradesh and he played vital role in producing world class mountaineers from the state. Under him, two women namely Mrs. Anshu Jamsenpa & Miss Tine Mena scaled Mount Everest and created many records which brought laurel to the state as well as to the country in 2011. He is now serving as In- Charge Adventure Cell, Dept of Youth Af fairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.

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AMTUC- AMGEO members meet CM

Imphal, Aug 30: Members of Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of All Manipur Trade Unions’ Council (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees’ Organisation (AMGEO) led by its President Shri Khaidem Mani and Secretary General Shri . Biken Singh met Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh to discuss its 22 points charter of demands including implementation of the 7 th Pay Commission in-toto at Chief Minister ’s Secretariat yesterday . After patiently listening to the points raised by the JAC members, the Chief Minister assured them that the State Government would to look into the demands in consultation with the officials concerned.

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NSCN-IM warns hostel runners, impose dos and dont's

Imphal, Aug 30: In view of the rampant practice of unreasonable & unacceptable conditions applied by unfair lots in the name of running private hostels & tuitions for the students, the NSCN IM had laid down certain dos & don’ts for responsible teachers. A press statement, the outfit said that many hostels that are supposed to provide basic necessities to the students do not meet the required room space, some of which are overcrowded and lack required numbers of bathrooms/toilets negating basic hygienic principles & electrical lightings. There are hostels without warden, proper rules & regulations & administration which ought to be checked to avoid any liable consequences, and teachers in many cases charges exorbitant fees of Rs. 3000/- to 4000/- for private tuitions rendering students from poor families helpless, while getting only 2 to 3 classes in a week, it added. With this business like practice & daylight robbery in the eyes of the people, the fate of students hangs in uncertainty & despair . So, the Secretary , Ministry of Kilo Affairs, lays strict caution to right the wrongs in the greater interest of all, particularly the students. The NSCN IM instructed to all hostel meant for the students should provide basic necessities for the overall development of the students. The hostels should be isolated from crowded areas to avoid unwanted disturbances. Students are the builders of the Naga nation. Teachers educate the students, and are paid salary accordingly . However , it should not burden aspiring students who are unable to take tuition. Therefore, to relieve the distress of the students, the teachers may charge a maximum of Rs. 500/- (Five hundred) per subject while taking tuition from classroom, and Rs. 800/- (Eight hundred) per subject for home tuition. Anyone found violating this instruction shall be viewed seriously , it stated.

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