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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 - Imphal Times

Forest Minister Promises guest house at Kamjong HQ

Kamjong, Dec 4,

Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar announced that a guest house will be constructed in the next financial year at the Kamjong district headquarters, located around 140 kms from Imphal. He said three guest house have been constructed this year at Ukhrul,Jiribam and Moreh.
He made the announcement at the two days 2nd Kamjong Festival 2018 (a plastic free event), promoting tourism held at Kamjong Public Ground. The festival to be concluded today (December 4) is organised by the Kamjong Development Committee.
Speaking at the gathering as the chief guest of the inaugural function, Minister Th. Shyamkumar said that the objective of organising the event is to conserve and protect the natural beauty and safeguard the traditional cultural heritage of the people of the area.
He said the promotion of tourism also requires the conservation and protection of the forest and wildlife. He opined that there is no use of promotion of tourism if we do not safeguard the forest and wildlife.
Forest Minister said that he was happy to see the thick forest cover while coming to Kamjong district headquarters. Stating that he was happy to attend the festival, he said it is possible due to close relationship between the valley and the hills.
Informing that rewards will be given to the villages that properly safeguard the forest, he said that this year Khamasom village in Ukhrul district was rewarded by the Forest Department for safeguarding the virgin forest. Stating that although the Government has repeatedly appealed to the people not to cut trees, he said as an alternative the villagers can plant other crops/plants in between the trees. He further asked the villagers to inform about required crops/plants to the officers of the district.
Leishiyo Keishing, MLA Phunyar Constituency, Zuringla Kengoo, Deputy Commissioner Kamjong, Thangjam Arun Kumar, proprietor Arun Enterprises, Mataimi Chithung, headman Bungpa Khullen along with villagers attended the function.

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Manipur Maoist postponed 48 hours general strike

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Imphal, Dec 4,

Rebel group Maoist Communist Party , Manipur (MCPM), in a statement today said that it has postponed its earlier scheduled general strike called from Dec 5 till the midnight of Dec 7. It said that the general strike will be called from December 16 midnight till December 18 midnight.
A statement of the outfit said that even thought all was set to call the general strike the political gaol that the Maoist is likely to be thwarted as the Manipur government is still yet to call the Assembly session. It said the general strike is being called on the needs for political, social and organisational matters. And as the government delayed in calling the state assembly session the party felt its necessities to postpone the general strike.
The rebel group continue to lambast the authoritarian nature of the present government over the misused of power. Fault promises about the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission , going in hands with political party which is sponsored by he NSCN-IM whose main agenda is to distort the unity of the state , threat intimidation to media houses by filing defamation cases for reporting against them, misusing of NSA etc. were some of the matters highlighted by the rebel  group  

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ACOAM -Lup submits memorandum for preservation of Indigenous paddy Crop CHAKHAO

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Imphal, Dec 4,

ACOAM-Lup Kangleipak has submitted a memorandum to the aagriculture Minister today urging the government for preservation of Indigenous paddy Crop CHAKHAO AMUBI/CHAKHAO POIREITON.
The memorandum expressed serious concern over the needs for the production of pure CHAKHAO AMUBI and CHAKHAO POIREITON SEED under NATURAL SOIL. It stated that the production of pure CHAKHAO AMUBI and CHAKHAO POIREITON SEED under NATURAL SOIL has become utmost importance due to the INFLUX of different varieties of BLACK RICE in the NATIONAL as well as INTERNATIONAL market.
The ACOAM-Lup also urged the Department of Agriculture to take up concrete measure using all possible resources to produce Genetically pure CHAKHAO AMUBI and CHAKHAO POIREITON Seeds using Natural Soil.
Drawing the attention of the agri Minister  the ACOAM- Lup Kangleipak purpose that the production of Genetically Pure CHAKHAO AMUBI and CHAKHAO POIREITON be taken up at the esteemed RICE RESEARCH CENTER WANGBAL of the State Agriculture Department.
The memorandum further added that the Variety of Manipuri Black Rice CHAKHAO AMUBI AND CHAKHAO POIREITON which is being cultivated only in the Geographical area of Manipur must be registered at the GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION Registry for Better categorization in National and International Market.
The memorandum also stated that CHAKHAO AMUBI and CHAKHAO POIREITON must not be exported until and unless Genetically pure SEEDS has been produced and made available to our farmers and Registration of Geographical Index for protection of Property Rights.
The memorandum further said the state of Manipur has been hub to varieties of high value nutritional crops which has been grown since time immemorial which also makes the profession of Agriculture one of the most important occupation. Manipur is one of the most fertile sub-tropical rainfed farming zones of Asia. In fact, history of rice cultivation in Manipur state is as old as 6,000 years .Rice is the staple food for the people of both hill and plain areas of the state. Shifting cultivation in the hills and transplantation of nurseries in the low land valley areas are the traditional methods of conservation and production of rice in Manipur since times immemorial. Out of the numerous variety of rice cultivated in Manipur CHAKHAO AMUBI and CHAKHAO POIREITON has gained popularity throughout the world due to its Nutritional value and Anthocyanin content which is a valued Cancer fighting agent.
It further added that the Government of India through the Ministry of Agriculture has provided huge investment under Mission Organic and Value Chain Development for production and preservation  of CHAKHAO AMUBI and CHAKHAO POIREITON.
It said under the MOVCD more than 2000 Hectare of Agricultural land is under cultivation using organic methodology to maintain the natural Aroma, Flavour & Nutritional value of CHAKHAO AMUBI and CHAKHAO POIREITON. And the perplexity of using pure certified seed while growing CHAKHAO AMUBI and CHAKHAO POIREITON  under MOVCD has become a major hurdle in marketing of CHAKHAO AMUBI and CHAKHAO POIREITON because of the mixed production on maturity of crop.

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Filling the left out : Hareshwar Goshwami’s revise edition “History of the People of Manipur’ released

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Imphal, Dec 4,

When community across the globe are searching for their roots and people started focusing to the issues of identity crisis, a former bureaucrat, who resigned from service to begin political journey, Hareshwar Goshwami have contributed today’s generation the revise edition of his book “History of the People of Manipur” , which perhaps will be a treasure to the students of history to their research work.
The revise edition content 273 pages and is published by Yaol Publishing Limited and co-published by Suraj Kumar Okram contain historical data about the formation of the erstwhile kingdom Kangleipak which later become Manipur. Myth, legends and secondary sources from the writings of many historian appeared to be the methodology   applied by the author in tracing the root of the people of the state.
Topographical characteristic of the region and the argument about Meitei or any other ethnic communities are not simply born from a cave but are settled who came from various part, said Malem Ningthouja , a scholar based in Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, author of the book, Hareshwar said the book is an attempt to collate and analyse fragments of oral and literary accounts in an attempt to bring into a single volume. This is a sum-up view about the origins, distribution, split and blending, and the emergence of the communities which are believed to have constituted the natives or indigenes of Manipur.
He said it has not been an easy attempt as he had realized missing links and contradictory views on several topics due to lack of more detailed and authentic primary and secondary sources.
There were limitations in finding first-hand information on many areas.  However, the book is expected to open up certain pertinent themes or issues or topics that in future others may carry out more comprehensive research. Because the book is not a research work, but a simple narrative, Hareshwar asserted.
The releasing function of the 2nd edition of the “History  of the People of Manipur” was held yesterday evening at “Books and Coffee” located at Singjeimei Thokchom Leikai, in presence of various eminent personalities and academicians.
Former Chief Secretary, Former MCS, Deputy Director of the Manipur Legislative Assembly were among those who attended the book releasing function.
Professor NgangkahmNimai Singh HOD  department of Physics,  MU,; Dr. DhanabirLaishram social scientist,; general secretary of United Committee Manipur, KhuraijamAthouba; editor Imphal Times, Rinku Khumukcham and journalist, Richard Ranjan also attended the book release function as dignitaries on the dais.
The author, Hareshwar Goshwami, was born on May 15 , 1959. He graduated from University of Delhi in 19979  with honours in History and completed Master degree from JNU Canchipur in 1981.
Before joining the Manipur Civil Service, Hareshwar Goshwami was very active in social activism  since his college days till he completed his Master degeree. He was the general Secretary of MSAD, General Secretary of All Manipur Polo Association and Advisor of the MAPI Council .

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Shattered dream- “The Smart city”

Talks about smart city have almost been forgotten. Because it is still a far away dream and measures taken up a year back turn out to be nothing but to fill the pocket of authority.
In this era of science and technology, we have reached the moon, scientist  are planning to live on the Mars and everyone has a desire to develop. Then the big question is, “how can we make it possible”?
For state like Manipur the government always talks of making the Imphal city the finest on the earth, but will it be possible with the kind of happening today. Is there a vision, which must identify the potential risks and bottlenecks and their possible solutions in order to mobilize efforts in a focused manner. It is neither a prediction of what will actually occur, nor simply wish-lists of desirable but unattainable ends. It is a testimonial of what we believe is possible for Manipur to achieve, by fully mobilizing all the available resources like – human, technological and natural resources. Our effective strategies should focus on fully utilizing the man, material, technological and natural resources that we possesses—in the most rapid, efficient, organize and sustainable manner.
Every Nation or State, therefore, needs a vision, which should stir the imaginations and motivates its people to greater efforts. The denizens of Manipur should also share visions of prosperous Manipur, visions of winners, visions of leaders. Here, a vision is not just a public speech, conference proceeding, project report or a plan target—it is an articulation of the desired end results in broader terms.
Clearly, Imphal Municipal Council (IMC) has been experiencing the growth, parallel to some other cities of India. The contributions of Manipur to the World and India are already written in the golden book, because of which, today, we are known to many as, “Power House of Sports”, “Land of Polo”, “Land of Dancing Deer”, “Land of Siroi Lily”, “Land of Dzuko Lily”, “Land of Loktak Lake”, “Land of Women Markets” etc. These will clearly provoke our thoughts that, “How smart will Imphal Smart City (ISC) be?”
All over the world, urban and peri-urban agriculture is contributing to employment opportunities and income generations of households, operating as individuals and organized as micro and small enterprise operators, cooperatives and investors. It has also become an area of investment opportunity. Producers are able to satisfy their food need and supply the market with agricultural products mainly grains, crops, vegetables, poultry, milk, livestock, fruits, honey, tree crops etc.
In this scenario, the utilizations of wastewater and biodegradable solid wastes have high potential for reuse in agriculture; an opportunity for increasing food and environmental security, avoiding direct pollution of rivers, canals and surface water, conserving water and nutrients, conserving lands and landscapes. Thereby, reducing the need for chemical fertilizer and disposing of municipal solid wastes and wastewater in a low-cost sanitary way. The WHO’s international guidelines on wastewater reuse in agriculture and aqua-culture and recommendations of wastewater treatments are considered by many governments as the legal framework. Roughly, 10% of the world’s urban wastewater is currently being used for irrigation. However, industrial wastes, such as heavy metals, acids and derivatives of plastics, and organic and inorganic components of human wastes—pose serious health and environmental threats. Prolong contacts of solid wastes and wastewater poses numbers of health and environmental risks for users and communities.
Therefore, the preparations for growth and growth plan for ISC should be, to develop capabilities to meet the challenging demand for urban populations, industries and environment. Diversification of ISC into the emerging areas, in line with the changing trends of the World and the advancement of the infrastructures and technologies is required. There should be focus on the expansion of ISC activities with increase in workforces and infrastructures. IMC should also tap the potential Human Resources. Incorporate the improvements of the human life styles, health, environment, and mitigation of the urban poor. All these can be achieved through; improvement of work cultures, infrastructures, technologies, quality educations and health facilities.
Finally, realizing the ISC goals should not be an end in itself, but rather an essential condition for allowing the spirit of Manipur to emerge and flourish. The fresh minds and young Manipuri’s have immense potentials and ideas within them—that we just need a push. It is a joint responsibility of all of us present today in Manipur, and also for the future generations who will lead tomorrow, to continue the pace of developments by leaps and bounds to fulfill the visions of our Imphal Smart City.  

Contestations for Sovereignty over Land and Natural Resources: A Legal Perspective on the Political Economy of the Manipur-India Conflict

 By : L. Malem Mangal
 Assistant Professor,
 Royal Academy of Law, Oinam

The driving force behind colonialism had been to gain control over land and resources of a territory for commercial exploitation. The same holds true for neo-colonialism today. The paper argues that the annexation of Manipur post-war, which began in 1949 by the Indian State, is an ongoing process and therefore, yet to complete. The economic repercussions of the annexation process are beginning to unfold with more intensity and rapidity. In the disputed territory of Manipur, the Indian State, through its multiple policies from appeasement techniques involving political-dialogues or cease-fire agreements, piece-meal economic concessions to extreme forms of violence and repression under wartime – emergency situation legislative measures has successfully established its authority over the lands, natural resources and peoples of the former. A certainty of consistency is reflected in the State policy in dealing with the conflict situation ever since the 1949 political onslaught. Uncompromising positions of the State to address and resolve the conflict has made it a never-ending or near-permanence in character. In the light of such an indefinite nature of conflict lis pendens, the State and its agencies have adopted an approach that favours maintaining the status quo. This art of conflict management produces certain actors who become key stakeholders of the situation. The paper attempts to underline that militarisation, enforcement of wartime legislations, heavy State repression, restrictions on freedom of speech and expression, elimination of political dissentism, among others contribute to a situation which gives virtual immunity to the State and its agencies to exploit the lands and natural resources of Manipur. The elite class of the society is able to fast reap the fruits of the exploitation with the active cooperation of the State. The exploitation is witnessed in multiple forms – construction of giant dams for hydro-electric projects, acquisition of vast areas of arable and habitat lands, oil and natural gas explorations, developing wild-life and tourist spots, corporatisation of essential public services, dispossession and relocation of local inhabitants to the extent of depriving their means of sustenance, smuggling of natural resources, inter alia. All these policies combined produce a situation that suppresses the well-being of the peoples. The paper draws its major premises of critique from both the Indian domestic legal system and rules of international jurisprudence. It calls for a serious politics to contest and challenge the virtual authority of the State in the exploitation of lands and natural resources pending the resolution of the Manipur-India conflict. It is argued that this politics of retaining sovereignty over natural resources constitute the core of the right to self-determination struggles around the world. The paper concludes by highlighting that the political economy dimension of the conflict sustains the conflict itself to the disadvantage of the peoples of the occupied territory. Questions of unaccountability, illegitimacy, repression, militarisation and non-governance are conveniently shielded under the umbrella term of conflict-ridden state of affairs. The interests of the State are more sub-served by the sustenance of the conflict than from its resolution.
The paper can be divided into three main parts. Part I tries to define Manipur and India conflict as a proper conflict from the perspective of international law. It traces the undemocratic nature of the Indian State building process after the colonial British left the Indian sub-continent. Series of instruments, instruments of accessions, merger agreements with the native rulers of the then princely States took place. Junagadh, Hyderabad, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur and Tripura led the protest against such coercive and aggressive State building process of the Indian Union. Particularly, after the former titular Head of Manipur State was forcibly made to sign the Merger Agreement on 21st September, 1949, on September 28, 1949 the Manipur Legislative Assembly (read Parliament) renounced the conclusion of the Merger agreement under duress. Soon the Assembly was dissolved and the administration of Manipur was taken over by the Indian Dominion on 15th October 1949 without providing an opportunity to the popularly constituted Manipur Legislative Assembly and its peoples to ratify the association. In 1950 the Manipur Visa system was revoked by an authority of the Indian Union. Irabot’s movement inaugurated the national liberation movement in Manipur against the annexation of Manipur by India. The Indian Parliament enacted the infamous AFSPA in 1958 without paying regards to the opinions of the MPs from then Assam and Manipur. Since then intensive militarisation, heavy state repression, elimination of political dissentism, virtual authority of the State over the lands and natural resources of the State, etc. have been taking place. The People’s Democratic Movement, Manipur in 1993 had in its convention adopted a unanimous resolution stating that the 1949 Merger Agreement was “annexation” without any constitutional validity. It can be noted that no parliamentary deliberation have taken place till date regarding the annexation issue of Manipur. Nor did a plebiscite have been hold to ascertain the best wishes of the people with regard to defining the relationship between Manipur people and India.
Part II underscores the political economy of the conflict. It argues that the political economy of the conflict itself sustains the conflict. The exploitation of natural resources witnessed in multiple forms – construction of giant dams for hydro-electric projects, acquisition of vast areas of arable and habitat lands, oil and natural gas explorations, developing wild-life and tourist spots, corporatisation of essential public services, dispossession and relocation of local inhabitants to the extent of depriving their means of sustenance, smuggling of natural resources, inter alia suppresses the well-being of the peoples. The benefits of exploitation are being reaped by key stakeholders which includes the State and its agencies and local elites. These development processes have denied and deprived peoples’ of their means of subsistence and are left without any life supporting systems. This is genocide. The Indian State is committing genocide in Manipur. Genocide does not necessarily mean mass slaughter of peoples in a particular time frame. The crux of the 1948 Genocide convention is the intent to destroy a national, racial, religious, ethnic group in whole or part. Deprivations of the means of subsistence of peoples through aggressive development processes constitute cultural genocide. 20, 000 persons killed of 19 lakh indigenous peoples of Manipur constitute physical genocide. Mass rapes and sexual violence against women of Manipur by the Indian armed forces constitutes biological genocide as it aims to inflict conditions on the people to destroy their identity. Rape as a means of genocide was upheld by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1994 (Akeyasu case).
Part III argues that Indian State is administering power in Manipur. It is because the people of Manipur have been demanding the privilege to exercise the right to self-determination against the Indian State. Since early 1960s, Manipur national liberation movements as represented by the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) and United National Liberation Front (UNLF) among others have been demanding end of Indian rule and independence from India. Manipur peoples have not been able to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination. Therefore, Manipur peoples are occupied peoples. Participation of peoples in elections conducted under the Election Commission of India is farce. It is because peoples are being bribed to vote. In other words, candidates buy votes from peoples and people sell their votes to get some easy money and for some consideration. People of Manipur have not exercised their right to self-determination and therefore, they constitute non-self governing territory. Article 73 of the UN Charter obliges the administering State to regard the interests of the occupied peoples as paramount and sacred trust of civilisation and to take measures for their well being. If the people of Manipur are allowed to express their best interests by holding a plebiscite under the supervision of UN, and if according to that outcome participate in the Indian election processes, then it can be said that the people of Manipur have exercised their right to self-determination and are no longer occupied peoples. Further, revocation of Manipur visa system in 1950 by the Indian Union and subsequent denial of adopting a regulation to protect lands, natural resources and cultural identity of the peoples is serious. Article 19 (1) (e) fundamental right to settle and reside in any part of India has in fact indirectly encouraged people from other states of India to settle and subsequently acquire interests in lands and natural resources and political – economic administration of Manipur. Transfer of population of the occupying power directly or indirectly into the territory of the occupied peoples is prohibited by article 49 (6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention 1949. Indian is a high contracting party to this Geneva Convention. Further, under List I of the Seven Schedule of the Indian constitution, entries 53, 54 and 56 empowers the parliament to make laws regarding oilfields, petroleum and its products; mines and mineral development; and Inter-State River and river valleys. More drastic is the fact that under entry 97 of List I, the Union Parliament can make any law with regard to any matter which are not enumerated under any of the lists – residuary power. The prohibition of exploitation, export and trade of natural resources of occupied peoples was also re-affirmed by the International Court of Justice in a number of cases such as the Armed Activities in Congo (DRC v. Uganda), East Timor, Construction of Wall case, etc. It is argued that the natural resources of Manipur cannot be exploited by the Indian State until the people have exercised their sovereignty over natural resources which lie at the core of the right to self-determination guaranteed by UN Charter and instruments such as the ICCPR and ICESCR.
The paper concludes by argueing that the Indian State is not interested in resolving the conflict rather it is benefited from the conflict itself. This is evidenced from the peace processes where major insurgent groups like the ULFA, NSCN (both factions) have engaged the GOI to find out a lasting solution. Recently, a Wikileaks source informed that the GOI is not interested in resolving the conflict as appeared in The Assam Tribune in 2013. The CM of Manipur also reiterated that the GOI is not going to revoke AFSPA from Manipur. All these evidences suggest that GOI is not interested in resolving the conflict rather to maintain or manage the conflict to its advantage.

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CM dedicates state TB hospital to public

Imphal, Dec. 4

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated the State TB Hospital constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 8.74 crore by Manipur Police Housing Corporation (MPHC) at Keirao Wangkhem in Imphal East District yesterday.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, the Chief Minister stressed on the need to change the pattern of imparting awareness on the prevention and treatment of the disease. Stating that the only way to control TB is to create effective mass awareness, N. Biren Singh said that controlling the disease is the collective responsibility of each and every member of the society. Local clubs in valley districts and Churches in hill districts may extend great help to the Government in spreading awareness about the disease to public, he opined.
Regarding rampant killing of fowls and domestic animals by an unknown predator, the Chief Minister urged the public not to panic because experts from Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun had already arrived and started investigation. CCTV cameras had been installed and traps laid to identify the mysterious predator, he conveyed.
The Chief Minister opined that wild animals had apparently come down to residential areas due to constant destruction and trespassing on their natural habitats by human beings.
Regarding developmental initiatives taken up by the new Government, the Chief Minister said that the main deterrence to effective execution of developmental works is the practice of distributing work programmes among Ministers and MLAs. In the past, MLAs and Ministers used to claim any available work programme no matter the work is suitable for effective execution at their area or not, he said. The Chief Minister said that doubling farmers’ income would not be a hard task if the Government can precisely identify the potential areas.
Observing that every Government should be able to understand and address to the basic necessities of its people, the Chief Minister said that the current Government has a strong commitment to rehabilitate poor and helpless people. After introducing different schemes and taking up different measures, poor people are now able to get treatment as  well-to-do persons free of cost same, send their children to schools, get rice in highly subsidised rates and construct houses under Government’s Housing Scheme.
Moreover, efforts are being put in to provide safe drinking water to every household of Manipur to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision a reality by 2022. Stating that the Government is ever ready to provide any type of assistance to hard working self employees and skilled persons, N. Biren Singh urged the public to extend co-operation to the Government in making Manipur self sufficient in fish, food and vegetable productions. He also urged them not to extend support and co-operation to any type of bandhs/blockades because it largely affects the State economy.
Health and Family Welfare Minister L. Jayantakumar who attended the function as the functional president said that TB is one of the greatest health challenges being faced by the country. Stating that this challenge has become further complicated with the emergence of Multi-Drug Resistance (MDR) TB and prevalence of HIV-TB co-infection. Informing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a vision to eradicate TB by 2025, L. Jayantakumar said that there need for strong support from the public to achieve the objective.
Construction of the State TB Hospital began from 2010 after the project was approved by the Central Government approved sanctioning of Rs. 5 crore under Special Plan Assistance (SPA) during 2008-2009 financial year while the State share of the project was Rs. 3.74 crore. The State TB Hospital was earlier located in Chingmeirong and it was shifted to the current location in 2015. The hospital currently has 62 staff including seven doctors and a Superintendent.
Forest and Environment Minister Th. Shyamkumar and MLAs Y. Surchandra, N. Indrajit, Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Khashim Vashum, Th. Satyabrata, Shri L. Rameshwor, Principal Secretary (Health) Vumlunmang Vualnam, MPHC Managing Director C. Doungel and Director (Health) Dr. K. Rajo also attended the function.

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Troops of AR Visit Old Age Home

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Imphal, Dec. 4
Mantripukhri Battalion of HQ 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organised an interaction programme at Old Age Home in Nongpok Kakching village near Imphal by personnel of Hanuman Top Company Operating Base. Aim of the visit was to provide succour and sense of belonging to the old. During the interaction, importance of physical fitness and healthy lifestyle were also highlighted.
A total of 19 old ladies and men of Old Age Home were present during the interaction. Material assistance in form of basic essential items and medicines were also provided. All members who attended the meet conveyed their appreciation and gratitude to Assam Rifles for organising such an interaction programme showing concern towards the old people.

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Minister Shyamkumar Honours 180 differently abled persons on World Disable Day observance

Imphal, Dec. 3

Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar yesterday attended the World Disable Day observance organised by the Handicapped Welfare Association Manipur State Head Office, Yairipok Top Chingtha Imphal East, at the Khuthabi Ground, Yairipok Top Chingtha, Andro Constituency, Imphal East.
World Disable Day or International Day of Disabled Persons is celebrated this year with the theme “empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. The day celebrated annually on December 3 was promoted as an international observance by the United Nations from 1992 in order to promote the awareness about the people as well as to encourage them by implementing a lot of assistance in their real life to enhance their way of life and remove social stigma towards them.
Speaking as the chief guest of the function, Minister Th. Shyamkumar said that all human beings must accept life as a gift from god. Stating that we must dedicate our life working for the welfare of the people, he said by observing the day we are honouring differently abled people with the objective that we as a society live united as one pursuing for a sustainable and equitable development.
Stating that differently abled people are given special skills, he lauded them for working for their livelihood in different sectors contributing in the nation building process. He said as per the initiative of the Chief Minister, pension schemes are distributed to the differently abled people and assured that all will be covered under the scheme. He assured that initiatives have been taken by Government to give livelihood and equalization of opportunities to the differently abled persons so that they can achieve financial independence.
As part of the function blankets were distributed to 180 differently abled persons. The function was attended by K Inaoucha Devi, Tulihal Zilla Parishad, Yumnam Tomba Meitei, Pradhan Yambem GP and local residents of the area.

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Workshop on National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP)

Imphal, Dec. 3

District Health Society, Chandel & National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) Chandel, organised a District level Orientation/ Workshop of Stakeholder organisations yesterday at DRDA hall, DC complex Chandel.
Chief Medical officer, Chandel, Dr. Serthani Serbum and DNO, NPCDCS/NCD Cell, Dr. Gillbert Sumpi graced the function as the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour respectively.
In today’s program Dr. N. Somorjit Singh, SNO, NTCP, Government of Manipur spoke about Tobacco Control Act (COPA) 2003 and the roles of various Govt. Departments and other stakeholders in tobacco control.
Dr. Gillbert Sumpi, DNO, NPCDCS/NCD Cell spoke on the topic, “tobacco and its effects on human body” and “Growing tobacco addiction among youth – the way ahead.”
While giving the welcome address Dr. Joyson Mathew Monsang, DNO NTCP highlighted the overview of the workshop and its objectives,
The orientation/ workshop were attended by various stakeholders like, students, Village Chiefs and representatives of all the major departments of the district.
 Yesterday program was concluded with the closing Remark and vote of thanks by Tovir Ngoru, District Program Manager i/c.

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