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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 - Imphal Times

Governor launches digital literacy and online safety Programme

Imphal, Dec 5,

 The women of the North East, particularly women of Manipur are highly talented and they deserve to be sufficiently empowered with the digital technology for a space in this highly competitive world. This was stated by Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla today at the launching of Digital Literacy and Online Safety Programme at Sangal Conference Hall, Imphal Hotel. The programme is a nationwide campaign to digitally empower young girls and women. The campaign is aimed towards sensitizing women and capacity building to help navigate in the internet space but has also empower them to protect themselves and actively respond to issues and incidents like cyber crimes.
The Governor, who graced the launching programme as Chief Guest said the Central Government recently launched the Digital Northeast Vision Document, 2022 in Guwahati on 18th August, 2018 with the objective to improve digital connectivity and infuse digital literacy in the North East States in tandem with other States of the country. The Central Government’s flagship programme ‘Digital India’ launched in 2015 has newly incorporated the North-East Region into the programme.
She also expressed her pleasure that as part of the pilot project under Digital Literacy Programme over a one year period, awareness training will be conducted for sixty thousand women in universities across major cities of Haryana, Delhi, NCR, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Meghalaya and Sikkim on safe and responsible use of internet, social media and e-mail. The programme will enable trainees to differentiate between credible and questionable information circulated digitally. Internet has come to stay in the modern society and it is playing a role in our everyday lives like no other technology ever, she added.
On the positive side, it has given people opportunity to connect and stay connected with people, explore professional skilling and grooming, share information and participate in the global race for development. She also cautioned that it is crucial for everyone to be aware about safety practices, basic security and privacy tools.
The number of internet users among women is few in India due to lack of digital awareness and literacy about different platforms, their potential and opportunities for a smart usage. There are successful women running cosmetic product businesses through social media from their homes, women self-help groups selling local village produce on E-Commerce platforms and homemakers showcasing their food delicacies on YouTube. Women have launched great start-ups online and are pioneering some very successful ones having worked on technology, offering solutions to modern day problems of the people.
In India, we need to solve the problem of lack of inclusion of women in the Internet using population through technology capacitation and it is encouraging that the rate of inclusion is fast catching up. Along with access to devices and technology, women also need to be aware about how to use them. It is heartening to know that the present initiative of National Commission for Women has already reached out to close to twelve thousand women across the country and it is very encouraging to hear stories of women who have benefitted from a campaign.
Minister of Social Welfare Smt. Nemcha Kipgen who graced the occasion as Guest of honour said that the launch of Digital Literacy and Online Safety Programme is for the women of North East, especially for uplifting and digitally empowering the lives of womenfolks of Manipur. The programme seeks to promote digital literacy for women including the precautions that can be taken, raising awareness about cyber crimes through the use of internet. Minister also stated that the current use of internet by literate women is still low in the rural and hilly area which is due to the lack of awareness, ignorance and lack of services as well.
Chairperson, National Commission for Women, Smt. Rekha Sharma addressing the gathering said that women are empowered because of digitalization. Safety of women is a top priority with the knowledge to use internet safely and cautiously. She also said that the Commission will organize the same event in Meghalaya and Sikkim in the coming week.
The programme was attended by NCW member, Smt. Soso Shaiza, President, Cyber Peace Foundation, Capt. Vineet Kumar, Policy Programme Manager, India and South Asia, Facebook, Smt. Shruti Moghe, Joint Secretary, NCW A. Asholi Chalai, students amongst other. The programme was jointly organized by National Commission for Women, Cyber Peace Foundation and Facebook

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Chief Minister assuages hurting feelings of the disabled

By- Bit Irom
Imphal, Dec 5,

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has assuaged the hurting feelings of the disabled, saying, “The door of my govt is always open for the physically challenged fellows particularly the weaker section of the society residing in the far flung villages of Manipur.” The CM was speaking to the representatives of the Society for Empowerment of the Disabled Persons, Langmeidong village during his recent visit at Langmeidong in the southern part of the state.
Presenting a mat made of  locally called ‘Kouna,’ long weeds, during the reception function of the CM at Langmeidong ground, Kakching district of Manipur, the Secretary of the Society Laiphakpam Memcha Devi, 50, a spinster, drawing the attention of the CM disclosed that some of the Society members are not getting financial assistance from the Govt for the many months. Memcha said that she couldn’t walk properly since she was hit by a heavy bench on her back at the age of 17. Whenever she goes, a walking stick is always used, she said. “The disabled in our locality are not getting the monetary assistance apart from depriving of wheel chairs, tricycles and hearing aids,” the physically challenged female added.
On hearing the woes of the disabled, the CM said that the details of the matters would be put up through the proper channel of the local MLA and then it would be looked into the matter for providing all sort of assistances to the right persons.
President of the Society, Elangbam Babita Devi, 48, also revealed her plights of hearing impairing stating that the concerned authorities had so far failed to provide the much needed aids despite drawing theirs attention on several occasions. The Society has 70 members including 30 females and of them there are 27 handicapped, 18 hearing impaired fellows and the rest mentally retarded persons. One Elangbam Sakila Devi, 40, a resident of Elangkhangpokpi village said that for a few months her disabled son namely Kunjo was getting financial assistance from the Govt but it had been stopped six months back.

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Meitei/Metei and Tangkhul bondage strengthen as UNACSU felicitated Soso Saiza

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Imphal, Dec 5,

Soso Saiza, the first woman from Manipur to become a member of the National commission for Woman was felicitated by the United All Communities’ Social Up-Lifters, Kangleipak (UNACSU) yesterday.
The felicitation function was attended by a crowd of about 50-60 people, half of whom came all the way from Ukhrul and half of them were meetei/meiteis who knew her importance more than her Tangkhul belongingness and warmly held her reception as a harbinger of justice and equality for woman.
There was a dinner event organized in the evening, where she was again welcomed and thanked. No more shall women suffer and no more shall women cry was the resolution agreed by those attended.
It showed that when we produce outstanding achievers we bring down the hard walls that we produce in our heads based on community and politics of division. The most important part of the event has to be the fact that the dinner program entailed interactions between those present there, together for many of the Tangkhuls and meeteis/meities dinning on a single plate. This has to be an achievement against 300 years of Hindu occupation since King Pamheiba that prevented us from having any sort of “wine and dine” to foster the relatedness and shared belongingness that we can never overlook.   
In a time when this occupation has a second coming through institutions of governmental control just like it happened 300 years ago, it has to be true what the greatest revolutionary thinker in history, Karl max had said “History repeats itself, first as a tragedy, second as a farce” in ridicule to another Giant thinker Hegel who believes history has always a second coming. And just like Marx believed that history never truly repeats itself and always had different outcomes under different circumstances, the event yesterday showed history will not be repeated; circumstances will be fought for.
When absolute monarchy ruled Manipur with an iron hand, the people were never in control of their circumstances and history making. The trajectories of their lives were swept away by the direction of the ruling ideologies of the time that kept the monarch absolute and maintained his divine rights to decide the future of his subjects i.e. the people. Hence along the conversion of the king as a Hindu king, the kingdom of Manipur became a Hindu kingdom. The political and economic mechanisms and institutions of control that were under the king hence became the mechanisms of converting the non-Hindu population into a Hindu one; rewarding those who embraced it and prescribing severe punishments entailing even death for those who resisted. The concept of purity that lies at the core of Hindu ideology became the absolute ruling ideologies that the population at reach to the monarch had to adhere to.
A drunken man from Ukhrul told the most heart touching lines over the bonfire at the event. While in his drunken state of mind, he seemed to the one sanest while we have numbed our thoughts over the last 300 years. He said “Ng eiti ee ki mari ni, blood test tousi hairasu dna ta mari leinapani, ee ki mari pu kari ki mangpra. Same blood bu kariki mangpra. Awa na lan ngampaga Awa na palle, British na lan ngampaga British na palle, Mayang lanmi mayam amuk thachalak aka akhoi pu amuk palle, ato akhoi mayang natte, Awa natte, British natte Vap tamminase; Eina American Baptist chatle noina Hindtu chatpasu yaore, meetai ki hanna ki chatpasu yaore, ato ei American natte, noisu hindtu chatlenasu mayang ti natteba, circumstances na yatabaki akhoi dharma dharma matung inkhrepa ato akhoi kana no kaokumse.”  
The search for purity that Hinduism has sown in our society has robbed us of our belongingness and our dignity, it has even robbed us of our robbed us of a strong nation that we could have been. Nawadeep and Bengal became the ideological fountainhead in search of this purity and thus the greatest colonial occupation that has come from the west of us remains in power with an artificial and enforced cultural affinity we identify ourselves with the occupier. It is different hence to be a Hindu in a free nation and a Hindu in an occupied land where there ruling ideologies of the occupiers are also the same. To be a Hindu in the USA for example would not mean changing their social fabric and enforcing the practice of purity but a spiritual affiliation. There is no attack intended here on individual spiritual affiliation but the outright attack on the structurally enforced mechanisms of control and governance that had robbed the freedom of a nation; making the population celebrate its own un-freedom.
But the dinner and the interaction event has showed that it may take hundreds of years but the artificially enforced concrete walls of identity we have in our minds will break down and we are no longer accepting circumstances as given to us, we will no longer be subjects but free people who will control the destiny in  our hands. No power can robbed us of our destiny as free people, no more can the king spread its tentacles and no more can the guns pointed at our temples make us sing tunes of servitude. Nagas and meeteis will hold the destiny in hands together as brothers in arms, for meetei is naga and naga is meetei, blood to blood, gene to gene.  

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A good man perspective

The one simple thing that could make much of almost everything much easier and smoother, yet seemingly impossible to accomplish is the act of becoming a good person.
It would indeed take a much greater strength of character to own up our mistakes and short comings, and still greater willpower to refrain from deliberately committing acts we consciously know is wrong and false. The few fortunate ones who have the grit and will to transcend these urges are acknowledged and respected.
On the other hand, a new breed of “Go-Getters” who would not stop at anything to achieve their goal is on the rise the pressures of present day society helping in developing and pruning such mindset to perfection. They are the restless, hyperactive and aggressive ones who do not cater to emotions and aesthetics. Modern parents and guardians are increasingly urging their wards to adopt the letter approach towards life in order to carve out a place in the society that invariably results in a level of respect-respect that again is dependent on the earning capacity, the social circle adopted and living status maintained. Increasing compulsions for security in terms of food, shelter and a step towards a more secure future could be the factors that prompted the collective thinking towards adopting such an attitude towards life.
But then, does that mean the adage “All is fair and love and war” will be made true? Is our life becoming a daily struggle, a battle-if not a war, we are destined to wage every single living day of our lives? Where does that leave us with any room or opportunity for improvement not the financial kind, but a more rounded and holistic, as a person?
The present developments in the society-particularly that of mindless atrocities and lack of considerations that is becoming rampant would be a spill-off of this new approach towards life. The struggle for security-for the basic necessities of life has become the all-consuming tryst for wealth which invariably leads to the thirst for power and influence. Greed takes over everything else, making our lives worse off than when we started. What then could be the panacea for these aberrations that has come to plague our lives of late? The answer lays within us common knowledge which just needs to be acknowledged, and more importantly to act on. Putting up a façade of make-believe and a show of benevolence and righteousness will not absolve anyone of the crimes and wrongs.
This is of utmost importance for everyone, and more so for those who are donning the role of public representatives who we are following. Concepts like beauty, peace and harmony can only be experienced if we can rise above our petty urges and look at life-that of ourselves and the ones around us in a different and totally new perspective one that does not have anything to do with wealth, power or fame.
“The earth has enough to satisfy man’s needs but not man’s greed”. Mohandaskaramchand Gandhi.

The problems of insurgency in Keisham Priyokumar’s short stories

By-  Thingnam Joyshree Devi

Keisham Priyokumar (1949-   ) is an eminent short story writer of Manipur. He has contributed five short story books in Manipuri Literature. He has received many awards like Sahitya Academy award (1998), Manipur State Award for Literature (2014) etc. The problem of insurgency and issues related to communal clash could be seen in Priyokumar’s third book, ‘Nongdi Tarakhidare’ [1995 ].    
 The colonialism era have ended when the British left Manipur but there are a lot of discontentment in the heart and mind of the youths of Manipur. This is due to several reasons. When the natives thought that Manipur, being an independent state, would be a full-fledged state of India, the government kept Manipur in a very low status as part C State. People thought that democracy would be benificial but the opposite of it happened. The fruits of democracy and its benefits were not given. The people of India also could not view the Manipuries as Indian citizens. Due to these reasons the youths of Manipur demanded its independence back and gave birth to the idea of anti-colonialism. The political chaos also increased. The seeds of insurgency began to saw in the 1960s. The people demanded Statehood and finally Manipur got its statehood in 1972. But the anguish and hatred that started in 1960s still continued. And in 1980s, the conflict of insurgency heightened. The changes that came with time were seen in the works of the Manipuri writers who were also a part of this society. The writers felt the miseries of common people due to the insurgency and the conflict between state and non-state actor. These issues were reflected in Manipuri Literature. The Manipuri short story writers kept the burning issue of insurgency far away from their works. But within a decade the writers showed the various issues faced due to insurgency. The age long insurgency struggles from its strongest time until it slowed down that is, the wave of insurgency could be found in Keisham Priyokumar’s three short stories. We could see the communal clash in the hilly areas of Manipur in 1990s in his works. The themes of insurgency and communal clash could also be seen from his book, Nongdi Tarakhidare published in 1995. Later on “Lan Amasung Mang”[2000] and ‘Nongkhong Tamna’ [2013] were published based on the issues of insurgencies, ethnic and communal conflicts. He experimented on a new style while writing these fictions. Some features in which the writer encounters while sketching these significant revolitionary issues and their effects are:                                                                                          
1.    The life of the common people between the state actor and non-state actor.   
2.    Sorrows and suffering faced by the parents whose children enlisted themselves in the revolutionary army.
3.    The mental reflection of the changed feeling of home-sickness or return to home experienced by those who have been already in the revolutionary    armies.
4.    The psychological set up of those who surrendered.
5.    Fake revolutionary armies.
6.    The painful effects of ethnic conflicts.   
1.    Life of the common  people  between  the  state  actor  and  non-state   actor
In ‘Tha Amasung Rahu’, ‘Grahagi dasha’ [Nongdi Tarakhidare,1995], the agony of the common people who suffer while existing between the strong forces of insurgents and those who stand to suppress the former is depicted. The story ‘Tha Amasung Rahu’ has been developed with the background of a bus which travels from Senapati to Imphal. The long awaited monthly salary has been forcibly and completely robbed on the journey towards home by the insurgents at Sapermeina. Thereafter, hard frisking is done on the protagonist immediately after crossing the Pheidinga Bridge blaming him to be one of the insurgents thereby giving repeated trauma. The story reflects the unwanted activities and fear caused by the state army in the name of suppressing the insurgents and this can be vividly known from one of the writer’s line : ‘Grandmother worries only about her granddaughter when the arrival of army is heard’ [Priyokumar, 1995: 55].
 The writer compares such an agonising sorrow of the common people with the moon eclipsed by Rahu. Again in Grahagi Dasha a family gets ill fated  for the army claim all the family members to be insurgents because they have given shelter to some insurgent. In it, a young daughter without the permission of her parents provides a night’s shelter to two young insurgents. But, on the very night, the police came and take the two lives away with the ultimate result of the ill-fate and suffering got by the daughter and her whole family. Such a terrible situation is frequently experienced by the people of the state in reality. During the whole activities of getting independence by the state revolutionary armies and of suppressing the former by the state security forces, the innocent and common people always suffer.
2.    The agony faced by the parents whose children unlawfully enlisted themselves in the revolutionary army
In ‘Meisha’ [Nongdi Tarakhidare] and ‘Shiningbagi Wakhal’ [Lan Amasung Mang, 2000], the sorrow and agony experienced by the parents whose children have become insurgents are portrayed. Meisha depicts the grief of the innocent life of Chaoton who resides at the edge of the Chakpi river growing maize and collecting Khanggra leaves. In the story, Chaoton’s daughter marries a non Manipuri man who takes shelter at Serou resulting in an unhappy married life. Although he gets societal shame, he lives in the hope of his son who studies at Imphal. However, the son turns out to be insurgents and gets involved in a military encounter and gets killed. This sad news put another sorrowful burden on the life of already grieving father, Chaoton. He then becomes a father who gives up the hope of living. ‘Siningbagi Wakhal’ outlines a grief stricken father who feels like giving up life because his sons have become victims of insurgency and drugs.
3.    The mental reflection of the changed feeling of home sickness or  return to home experienced  by those already enlisted insurgents  
‘Lan Amasung Mang’ was published five years after the publication of Nongdi Tarakhidare. The work mentions the feelings of the insurgents when they are far away from homes. The feeling to surrender after becoming insurgents, the longing for home return and the feeling of disheartenment on the side of the revolutionary armies are strongly depicted in ‘Uchek’. A home-sick insurgent, Chingkheinganba’s mind is symbolised in the bird. Chingkheinganba who has been already an insurgent yearns for his home return after numerous months. As he eagerly waits to return home at dusk on the dense hill near his village, a bird flies freely over him in the sun setting shy to return to its nest. The situation vividly symbolises this young man’s mental longing for a return to home as reflected by the writer:
 “…like the free roaming bird, he wants to be free.”
[Priyokumar, 2000: 52]
4.    The psychological set-up of those who surrendered
‘Nongkhong Tamna’ published in 2013, is a portrayal of the long period of anxiety gone through by the young surrenders. The story ‘Khongup Boot’ in this book shows the mental and emotional anxiety of a young surrender. The story evolves from only a night. It reflects the agonising condition and anxiety of a surrender who was at one time an active insurgent. Though he presently lives at home, he is unable to have mental peace or to get the better of his past bitter experience. Sanatomba (Malemnganba) has surrendered and has been in a marriage bond but he cannot lived a peaceful life. Even if he stays at home, he faces the fear of encountering both security and militants. The whole story clearly reveals the fear and anxiety of Sanatomba’s inner mind experienced at just a night. The killing of surrenders on the pretext of fake faults by calling them out of their houses by the security forces and by the real insurgents is a frequent incident in this conflict prone region. Such a terrible news often haunts the mind of man like Sanatomba. He wishes to smile freely and happily with his mother, wife and child but he hardly does so because of frequent fear. When his wife informs him about the news of surrenders got killed kidnapped, he remembers his past life and consequently fear overpowers him. He feels that such an incident could also happen to him anytime which panics his existence. Meanwhile, Sanatomba wants to hear something new that will make his heart delighted from his wife. He wishes to live a restful life. The barking sound of the dog with the thundering storm in that night might raises his hidden fear. Then, he hears the sound of stepping boots, he becomes more fearful. He can’t even breathe. The sound of the boots can even panic the sense of stepping of the readers. He starts to feel the grief of his young and charming wife:
 “I am devoid of any accusation now. Don’t be worried. What I am concerned is your being like a newly bloomed flower,” [Priyokumar, 2013: 11]                          
5.    Fake revolutionary armies
The short stories ‘Ngaiba’ and ‘Bomb’ in ‘Lan Amasung Mang’ [2000] depicted the unfortunate condition of the poor, powerless unemployed and disoriented youths turning into fake revolutionary armies. Ngaiba sets its background on two fake insurgents who, on a stormy night wait for the money they have demanded from quite a rich man. So, in their act of waiting, the desperate lives of their past and of their unsettled future yet to come could be seen. They know well that what they are doing is not right, but they want to have the last attempt thinking that they could make the last attempt thinking that they could make the better of their lives with the whole lot of money they are going to get. While showing hesitation over their act, they can see a vehicle coming towards them. When they come closer to it, the persons inside it turn out to be more powerful and able and they lose their lives in those unknown hands immediately. Instead of depicted the punishment owing to facing insurgents, the reader could feel genuine sympathy for these unfortunate youths for their helpless situation trying to make a well off destiny. ‘Bomb’ shows the confused mind and life of Mohon who is an educated unemployed and who has lost all hope and ways to get employment. Mohon has a confused state of mind because his sick father, divorced sister and their property on mortgage for getting a secure job. Consequently, he wants to have a test of power after testing a bomb which has been left by a young man owing to inconvenience. The flow of his wild quick thought ends when the young man comes to recover the bomb. ‘Shiba kiba Amasung Kidaba’ reflects the situation in which one needs to hold a gun in order to survive and live. The writer shows the unfortunate condition of those young contractors’ whose cheques have not sanctioned whereas the powerful contractor’s cheque has been sanctioned. In such a situation, the powerless ones are conditioned to get guns and pressurize the authority to sanction their required cheques. The story drifts down with a great pace. The writer even brings in the incident of two youths stuffing an engineer inside a sack and hiding him at a bushy side of a river. The description of the gun which frightens the engineer could be seen at the end of the story.
 “The gun off his belly has been thrown away into the river. The dark gun flowing down at the moon-lit night could be seen clearly.”[Priyokumar, 2000: 52]
‘Mang Macha Amagi Khongchat’ in Nongkhong Tamna has been represented as the double faced look of insurgency. Whether the insurgents are making money on the pretext of revolution or whether they are really fighting for their motherland is being displayed in front of the readers. The writer shows that some of the insurgents are doing revolutionary business and making a huge amount of money in the name of fighting for freedom. The protagonist Amu in the story is a young man who has sat in many interviews but has not yet got a job. However, he enlists himself in the insurgent army after encountering the leader of seven insurgent parties. Then, he gradually realized that their leader is a multi-faced one. But he gets involved in the activities of making money lose trust on one another blaming each other with an extremity that they try to kill one another. Later on, he tries to survive hard instead of making money. Finally, he succumbs to his death pit and ends the journey of his short dream.

6.    The painful effects of ethnic and communal conflicts
The Naga-Kuki conflicts in the hilly areas in the 1980s spread like a wild fire in the hills. Such a fiery incident was depicted in Nongdi Tarakhidare for the first time. Nongdi Tarakhidare reflects the sorrowful and agonising condition of hilly people who have becom victims of communal riot and clash. When they were accounting their income in a hopeful moment waiting for the seasonal rain the writer depicts a heartbroken Chongnikim remembering how Lungjahao was killed by crucifixion in the communal war between the Nagas and Kukies. Chongnikim’s heart could not be soothe even if the seasonal rain could bring greenery in the surrounding hills. She had to leave her village to an unknown one in order to survive when she was still unable to cope with her husband’s separation. The theme/idea of communal conflict which started with Nongdi Tarakhidare took a new form in Lan Amasung Man. The images of heart and mind could be clearly seen as compared to the incidents. In Ahing Ama [Lan Amasung Mang] the setting is the consequences of killing due to communal conflict of a night. Stephen (Naga) and Lingpao (Kuki) were living for four years as brothers. But the bond of lone and trust between them were destroyed due to the communal killings in their village. When Lingpao’s brother was killed by Nagas, Stephen’s mind was filled with doubt that Lingpao might want to avenge his brother’s death. The writer clearly depicts the restless minds of both Stephen and Lingpao
From the stories discuss above, we can’t find any insurgent protagonist. The writer depicts the pain and miseries given to various people in the state and community due to the emergence of armed insurgent groups. The distress of common people between insurgent and the power to subdue it, misery due to communal clash, thought of the youths involved in insurgency, testing life by the doubtful and hesitating youth and the wavering mind of the surrendered youths are depicted in Priyokumar’s works. In the story, Mang Macha Amagi Khongchat, which is in his last published book, ‘Nongkhong Tamna’, the issues between the ideas whether the war is fought for the motherland or the insurgents are earning money in its name is very confusing. The writer has shown that the 30 years long insurgency conflict is a mere war for earning money. If we discuss the writer’s works, we could see that the issues and problems of insurgency is in a chaotic and confusing state.

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The Day Of Inscription Sankirtana Of Manipur Observed

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Imphal, Dec,5

Observance of the Day of Inscription of Sankirtana Of Manipur in the UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was held today at Guruaribam Mandap near Thumbuthong, Imphal East.

Speaking at the occasion as Chief Guest Art & Culture minister  L. Jayantakumar Singh said that the state is being known to other state and beyond for its rich art and culture. The enthusiasm taken by our elders who are taking part to enlighten our indigenous art and cultural form is really commendable. Honouring our culture is as similar as honouring our society and its legacy, he added. Minister further maintained that encouragement of the objectives and the prospects of the Art & Culture Department will lead to its goal. In this regard public suggestions and cooperation is required. The Government is also making all out efforts to include Manipuri language to the list of Indian Classical language, he added. Speaking at the occasion as president MLA Yaiskul Assembly Constituency  Th. Satyabrata Singh said that we all need to join in hand to discover and enlighten our rich culture. L. Upendro Sharma, Director, JNMDA, Imphal and  A. Shivadas Sharma, Director Art & Culture attended the occasion as Guest of honour.

The observance was followed by sankritana performances from different cultural troops.

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Public Laud Go To Village Mission

Imphal, 5 Dec,

Bishnupur- Continuing the initiative of the Manipur government to reach the people in their own doorsteps, the District Administration of Bishnupur conducted “Go to Village- Khungang Chatse”  at Ithai Government High School, Ithai for all villages under Wangoo Gram Panchayat with SDO, Moirang as Officer-in-Charge of the camp.
Sanasam Bira Singh, Hon’ble MLA of Kumbi, Pawan Yadav, DC/Bishnupur and DLOs attended the camp.
Disbursement of various government schemes to the beneficiaries were delivered which includes seeds and fish feeds distribution, free medical examination and treatment,  and on the spot water testing .With enormous public support and participation since the launching of the programme on the 1st May, 2018, the District has covered Bishnupur and Nambol sub-divisions under ‘Go to Village’ Mission. Chandel - District Administration of Chandel conducted GTV Camp at  Challong Village, Chandel District under the supervision of Nodal officer, SDO, Chandel, Shri Ksh. Siddharth. Today’s GTV camp covered a total of 9 villages in and around Challong  Village, Chandel Sub-division, namely Larong Khunou, Larong Khullen, Libung, Darchin, Vomku, Thumtam, Challong and Paraolon. A total of  24 numbers of gas cylinders were distributed by IOC specially for Vomku village beneficiaries apart from delivering various  Government schemes. Churachandpur- State Government’s “Go to Villages” (Khungang Chatse), camps were held today at Mata Lambulane Community Hall for Tuibong SDO/BDO covering 23 Villages (Mata Lambulane, H Ponpi, Sabual, Khotuh, Hengkot, H Mongjang, Hopelane, S Kaplane, SalvaLhanbung, Lenglakot, SongpiKholui, Songpi, Monglenjang, Mongneljang, Gangpijang, T Zoujang, Tolphei, Thinghangjang, Telsing Bazar, Molhoi, D Khonom, Vaojang and T Tangnom) under the Churachandpur District Administration.
Khaipao Haokip, Ex-Chairman, ADC Churachandpur who was present at the Camp lauded the efforts of the Chief Minister’s  noble GTV Mission and said that the people of the area are immensely happy as the services are being delivered and easily availed within their vicinity.
Dignitaries attending the function included James Doujapao Haokip, MCS, SDO/Tuibong and other DLOs.
At the Campsite, the Medical Department conducted Child Health Screening, Diabetes & Hyper-Tension Screening, registration for CMHT and also free medicine were distributed at the camp. The Vety& AH vaccinated 30 Cows & Dogs on the spot while the Election Department conducted EVM & VVPAT Awareness Campaign. Similar Camps were also opened at Leisanbung Community Hall for Kangvai SDO/BDO covering 26 Villages (BijangTampak, BijangGangte, Humkot, ThoroilokT Chavangphai, Songdoh,Sijang,P Geljang,PBoljang, Mualngat,Moulhoi, Molpheitampak, Molphai, Molngat phai, Masemjang,   MaovamLeinom, Leilonkhuman, Laimaniakuki, Laikamoulsao, Bongphajol, GHengmol, GKhomunnom,L Phajang, Leisanbung,P Gelmol&Phungchongjang) and also at UkhaLoikhai under Henglep SDO/BDO covering 22 Villages (UkhaLoikhai,B Mongjang, Bungkot, Chothemunpi, Golenkot, Gouthang, Songkongphai, Kolchung, M Phajang, Phaipijang, Zongmakot, L Hengjang, MajuronKuki, Mollungthu, Mongken, MonglhamNabil Khuman,Pakol, Phaibong,Phoipi, Thangsi&Songpijang).

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Manipur Scientists rule out predator involvement in some livestock killings

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Imphal, Dec 5,
Wildlife experts investigating into the mysterious slaughter of livestock in Manipur have ruled out the involvement of any predator in some incidents in Churachandpur and Kangpokpi.
The experts were, however, still clueless to the string of attacks and killing of livestock in other places and claims of sighting the unidentified creature particularly in valley areas.
A team of experts from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has been camping in Imphal and investigating into the incidents of mysterious killing of livestock.
The slaughter of livestock started from hill district of Churachandpur where the first incident was reported in Chiengkawnpang village on October 27 after a large number of chickens and ducks were found slaughtered with its mutilated carcasses left behind.
Officials of the state veterinary department investigating into the series of killing of livestock in Churachandpur district, in its preliminary report, suggested that the domestic animals might have been killed by predators having sharp teeth.
However, Wildlife Institute of India scientists opined that the domestic animals might have been killed by human beings as the carcasses bore no teeth marks and they were ripped open very cleanly.
They further ruled out involvement of any predator in the recent killing of a cow and dismemberment of a cow’s horn at a village in Kangpokpi district.
However, chief conservator of forest (CCF) Anurag Vajpayee said, police would examine some cases of killing domestic animals in Churachandpur and Kangpokpi.
Regarding the series of attack on livestock in valley districts, the CCF said that experts from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun camping in Imphal along with the officials of state forest department have laid camera traps at various places in their efforts to identify the predator(s).
Wildlife forensic experts in the WII team have suggested that wolves may be behind the killing while citing similar incident in Odisha last year. However, Vajpayee ruled the opinion saying that wolves are not found in Manipur.
Wolf dogs are found in Nagaland but it is very rare in Manipur, he said, adding that the experts were studying whether the killings are perpetrated by jackals or pet dogs.
The experts were also studying whether the predators were leopard cats or jungle cats, he said.

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CRPF Organises“ Kasa-Koso football tournament “ in Mao

IT News
Imphal, Dec 5,

109 BN , CRPF is Organising “ Kasa-Koso football tournament “ in Mao, Senapati Distt from 05/12/18 to 08/12/18 under the aegis of Shri. Rajesh Kumar, IGP, M&N Sector CRPF.  “ Kasa Koso” means friendship in Mao dialect. 109 BN CRPF is organising such event with the objective to extend the hands of friendship and to encourage the youth to honour the diversity of our society with them and game spirit. A colourful opening ceremony of football tournament was Organised  in play ground of  Pudunamei village, Mao. Opening Ceremony was presided by Shri. Vinod Kumar, Commandant, 109 BN, CRPF in the presence of police and administrative officers, local dignitaries besides huge gathering of villagers. Shri. Vinod Kumar, Commandant in his speech expressed the message of the tournament to strengthen the strong bond of brotherhood ship and to promote harmony among different community.
Total ten teams of different villages and sports club are participating in the tournament. Befitting cultural programme was presented by local villagers and students of different schools including J.N.V.  Mao, with full of gusto, representing diverse cultural glimpses of the area.

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Team Rutsa-Meyase win JK Tyre Hornbill Off-Roading event in Nagaland

The off-road winners
Overall champions: Aviu Rutsa/ Neiketoulie Meyase; Rudkuobetvo/Pete
1strunners-up: Yanger Lushang/ Maken Lepden; Bento Swu/ Bovito Kiho
2ndrunners-up: Ikweithing (Justin)/ Kenrak Thou; Irietui/Elu
Best spotter: Abemo Yanthan
Best off-road rig: Aviu Rutsa

By a correspondent
Kohima, Dec 5:

The formidable team of Aviu Rutsa and co-driver Neiketoulie Meyase and Rudkuobetvo/Pete cracked the testing mountainous terrain of Kohima to emerge victors in the JK Tyre Hornbill Off-Roading Cup here on Tuesday.
Yanger Lushang/ Maken Lepden and Bento Swu/ Bovito Kiho claimed the first runners-up position while Ikweithing (Justin)/ Kenrak Thou and Irietui/Elu took the second runners-up in the 1.5 km course that comprised six gruelling challenges and obstacles.
Each team comprises of two cars, manned by a driver and a co-driver, to help each other tackle the various obstacles together.
 Abemo Yanthan was adjudged Best Spotter while Aviu Rutsa added another feather to his cap by winning the best off-road rig as well.
It is the first time that the off-road event has been added to the annual JK Tyre Hornbill Motor Rally which is in its ninth year of existence.
The rally coincides with the famous Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, a seven-day extravaganza of cultural performances, ethnic food courts, handlooms and handicrafts bazaars, film and art festivals, fashion shows and a national rock contest.
Earlier on Monday, defending champion Gagan Sethi and co-driver Sabatullah Khan stole the show in the picturesque hills by winning the TSD rally spread over 55 kilometres.
The rally concludes with the World War 2 Peace Rally, that pays homage to the martyrs of the Battle of Kohima.

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