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Political crisis remains unsettled; BJP Central leaders to review MLAs performance during the 17th Lok Sabha Election

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Imphal, June 18,

At what could be term as a twist to the political drama over the move by dissident BJP MLAs for replacement of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Central leadership of the BJP is all set to review the performances of the BJP MLAs of various constituencies in both Inner and Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituencies in the 17th Lok Sabha Election, a source told Imphal Times. Whether the development is related with the political crisis or not is matter yet to be confirmed, however, the complex nature of the political crisis in the BJP led coalition government in the state has left no choice to the central leadership of the BJP but to remain silent.

On the other hand, source further stated that half of the BJP MLAs are still in the dissident camp but some have left the camp. News report appearing in some of the local dailies said that 17 BJP MLAs have signed for replacement of N. Biren Singh from the post of Chief Minister. But as per source at least 10 BJP MLAs now are not in the dissidents’ camp. In the current state Assembly there are 21 BJP MLAs, 8 Congress MLAs and 1 TMC MLA joining the BJP to support the government however, they are still yet to be counted as BJP MLAs officially. The source further stated that it is from among the 21 BJP MLAs that will decide the fate of N. Biren Singh.

Talking to Imphal Times, an important BJP leader whose background is the RSS said that the RSS had never interfere with the government formation or change of leadership even as BJP is their ‘Parivaar’.

“During the visit of one important RSS member in the last during December last year in Manipur we did not inform about it to the government and had not taken any assistance from the government”, one RSS member told Imphal Times when asked whether the appeal as reported to a newspaper could decide the fate of either N. Biren Singh or Th. Bishwajit.

Another source from New Delhi said that as the arithmetic fails to prove in the number game, the central BJP now believes in Chemistry to strengthen BJP government in the state. The Chemistry in the strengthening of the BJP government in the state of Manipur however, is in the hand of the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, Yumnam Khemchand. This is being stated as the Speaker can decide the fate of 7 Congress MLAs at any time as the case for disqualification of them remains with the speaker.

At this crucial stage of Manipur’s political theatre, Speaker Yumnam Khemchand, who got elected as BJP MLA remain as the most matured politician. His stand to remain as neutral as he is the speaker of the state assembly without joining any of the side is appreciated by various political analysts.

To solve the political blunder, the decision to review performances of the BJP MLAs in the 17th Lok Sabha Election by the central BJP leadership appeared as the only means to solve the crisis amicably.

BJP MP Dr. RK Ranjan won the 17th Lok Sabha Election by getting 263,632 votes that is 34.72% of the total vote cast. Rival Congress candidate O. Nabakishore gets 245,877 votes and was defeated. A review on votes that the BJP candidate got constituency wise may be a chemistry to show the performance of the BJP MLAs. The source said that BJP being one of the largest political party in the world and most disciplined party will do the needful for solving the crisis without hurting any MLAs or Ministers but by strengthening the party.

The source further said that MLAs and Minister who are on the side of the Chief Minister had reported to Central BJP leaders stating that the dissidents are of those MLAs /ministers who tried to sabotage the party in the Lok Shaba election at both seats  and were against the NAMO mission .

Meanwhile, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is likely to return Imphal tomorrow.

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Fitting tribute paid to martyrs of 2001 June uprising

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Imphal, June 18,

Fitting tributes was paid to the Martyrs of June uprising of 2001 at Kekrupat today.

People from all walks of life came to pay homage to the departed souls who sacrificed their lives while safeguarding the integrity of the state on June 18, 2001 protesting against the June 14 Bangkok Declaration where a dubious and contentious clause ‘without territorial limits’ were added to the agreement signed between NSCN (IM) and Government of India ceasefire agreement which provoked the people of the state to openly revolt against it. Various government buildings including the state assembly, official residencies of the MLAs, Ministers and political party offices were burnt down during the agitation. Various persons from different communities paid homage to the departed souls at the Kekrupat memorial complex.

Revenue Minister Karam Shyam, Education Minister Th. Radheshyam, MLA Susindro @Yaima, Ex-MP Dr. T. Meinya and  Wife of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh , N. Ongbi Heiyanu were also seen paying tribute to the martyrs of June uprising at Kekrupat.

AMUCO and UCM observes the day as “ 18TH The Great June Uprising Day and Unity Day” at Kekrupat, as usual.

Speaking to the reporters, Chairman of the 18TH Great June Uprising Day and Unity day Observation Committee,  Devan Sharma said that Manipur was an independent nation until India annexed the nation on October 1949.

He added people need to recall on how the 18 precious lives were lost and 3 other in the following protest in June 2001.

He further said that with the immediate response of the people and the shut down called by different civil society organisations to protest the declaration and the ultimate mass protest on June 18, in which 18 people were killed in firing and the way in which the State Assembly were burned down by the angry protestors. He continued that offices of the different political parties were also torched.

Divide and rule policy was exercised between hill and plain, Devan added and said that the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for safeguarding of the land must not be forgotten.  

In connection with the “ 18TH The Great June Uprising Day and Unity Day” a blood donation camp was also held at Kekrupat. Similar blood donation camp was also held at Thoubal Wangma Taba. The blood donation camp was organised by Royal Fitness Academy Gym, RFA Thoubal under the supervision of Blood Bank & Transfusion Unit, District Hospital Thoubal under the theme “Tears of Mother cannot Save Her Child, But your Blood Can”

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Central leaders will come and decide for solution – Th. Bishwajit

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Imphal, June 18,

Minister Th. Bishwajit, who is believe to the leaders of the dissident BJP MLAs revolting for replacement of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today said that central leaders of the BJP will come to Manipur and solve the present crisis.

The Minister arrived at Imphal Airport today afternoon. He has been in New Delhi since political crisis erupted in the BJP led coalition government over leadership.

Talking to reporters soon after his arrival at Imphal Airport, Minister Bishwajit said that there is nothing like dissidents among the BJP MLAs. Skipping to reporters queries regarding the change of leadership Bishwajit said that he is not the authority to speak anything about the party matter.

“The Central BJP leaders will come and bring a solution to the present crisis”, Bishwajit said.

On a question regarding the removal of PWD and Power from him, Bishwajit said that removal of portfolio is in the prerogative of the Chief Minister. Bishwajit however said that blame on both the department for the present financial crisis is baseless.

On being asked whether he will accept if the portfolios are return to him, Bishwajit said that he will think over it.

The Minister appealed the media fraternity not to mislead the people by playing divide and rule among the BJP MLAs.

“I am not the authority to say anything regarding the indifferences but it will be the central leaders who will decide”, Bishwajit said.

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Manipur Maoist urges for unity and strengthening mission journalism, patriotic regional forces

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Imphal, June 18,

Manipur Maoist in a statement on the condition of Manipur said all questions of the people regarding the revolutionary movement must be answered.  The statement said that the government is terrorizing the people in the name of NSA and fake encounters and the rebels are also doing things which are against the people. The price of one kilo of rice has shot up to fifty rupees. At such a time, instead of keeping mum those who call themselves communist should stop those who are stealing the rice and distribute it those who need it. If Dr Nara leads such a movement and go to prison for it, people will definitely garland him. Saying that one is a communist, one is concerned about the people, is reading Marxist literature will not result into anything. One has to show that one is a communist through their activities, only then people will accept the person as a leader. On the other hand, the editors of news papers are now the panelists of the discussion programs in the electronic media. They discuss on important matters giving the public knowledge about those matter but they still carry advertisement of the government without even considering the parties which are giving these advertisements, without even thinking that the ruling party is good or bad. The more advertisement they get the more money they earn for their newspapers. In this context, we can think about why people are taking 200-300 rupees and participating in the election. The gap between theory and practice has affected this society badly. If one is little educated, one does not want to activism, in order to be called a think tank many are doing Phd and publishing books. Intellectual activism is not just going as chief guest in programs but working with the revolutionaries and standing with them shoulder to the shoulder in the revolutionary movement.
Maoist Communist Party Manipur is not disheartened in any away since the urge for change among the poor and toiling masses of Manipur is ever increasing. People have lost faith in all the national parties. Now people do not trust that India will give us a good future. This is a good objective condition for the revolutionary movement. At the point, we need to develop mission journalism, patriotic regional forces, progressive intellectual activism, and democratic social activism and collectively work together. Maoists are trying to develop the regional forces, in this context. North East Development Party (NEIDP)’s ideology is based eclecticism and they are gathering whoever they could find to strengthen their organization. Given this, Maoists will not include this party in the unity based on regionalism till they change their organizational practice. Manipur People’s Party which is the one of the oldest political parties in Manipur and the problem ailing them was the financial irregularities. There is no confusion regarding PRJA. So, there is nothing much to talk about them.
Maoists are keeping a close eye on the matter however the party will take definitive action towards people who swindle party funds. Furthermore, the remaining regional parties are centrist and given that they are not building their organizations, they are not yet part of this unity. Maoists are doing whatever they can to help the armed parties however it has not interfered in their internal affairs. If they create problems for the people, Maoists will withdraw all the help, the statement stated.  The statement urges the people for their support in the building tactical unity with other forces.

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Societal understanding will help improve the rehabilitated individuals: Th. Radheshyam

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Imphal, June, 18,

 Education, Labour & Employment, Minister Thokchom Radheshyam said that the understanding of the society towards the rehabilitated individuals can help them in coping and returning to the normal life. To fight against the substance misuse, it is important to create awareness about the ill-effects of alcoholism and substance abuse on the individual, the family and society, he added.

The Minister was speaking as a chief guest at the 3rd Anniversary Celebration of Holistic Vista Substance Use Disorders Treatment Centre, Ningthemcha Karong on Monday. He explained that drug abuse is a social disease, a problem that has to be addressed in a collective manner and free the society from the issues of substance abuse. He said that after rehabilitation, when the individual returned to their families it is of utmost importance that the family members and friends treat them with trust and love, for suspicion can easily relapse the disorder of the individual into being an abuser again. He also warned about the effects of passive smoking, the inhalation of smoke, called ‘second-hand smoke’ by persons other than the intended “active” smoker which directly affects the life of others.
Th. Radheshyam, sharing his experience of working as counselor, said that not a single individual wants to become a bad person. Everyone understands that there is nothing more important than ‘life’. But somehow due to certain circumstances and influence people tend to incline towards the wrong path, becoming an offender. However, one’s decision and confidence to become a better person brings a holistic change to one’s life and to the life of others. He added these individual becomes an example for others who had undergone the same struggle of being a substance abuser.  
Th. Radheshyam also emphasized on the importance to safeguard the youngster from substance abuse. He urged the attendants of the celebration of Holistic Vista Substance Use Disorders Treatment Centre to become the guide who would save the generations to come from substances abuse. He said there are thousands of people who need help and proper guidance to return to normal life by overcoming these issues and creating mass awareness is of utmost importance.
Chief Editor, Kangleipakki Meira, Wangkhemcha Shyamjai informed the gathering that the government official has also assured to extend help according to need and requirement of the inmates of the centre. He said that every locality of State is also fighting against the drug abuse as one of the main causes to safeguard the future.

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Remembering the great Uprising

The state observed the Great June Uprising and Unity Day, and the massive turnout at Kekrupat attending the memorial service and paying floral tributes by people from different walks of life from various communities reinforced the fact that the people of Manipur, with its diverse inhabitants and cultural mix, still believes in the spirit of unity, and despite setbacks and disappointments, are ready to go to lengths to preserve and protect its unique identity as portrayed by the variety of cultures, traditions, customs and beliefs.
Everybody knows the genesis of the historic uprising. 18 years has been passed and still the concept of Nagalim/Greater Nagaland, Kukiland, Mizoland, Meetei/Meiteiland still is a tool disrespecting the martyrs who had sacrifice their live for Mother Manipur. While the rest of the world is coming to the realization that much more can be achieved with greater ease and efficiency with the integration and cooperation of different countries and their particular expertise and resources especially, but not limited to the fields of science and technology and even security and administration, the situation back home presents a diametrically opposite approach to the future.
While the demand itself is a serious threat to the future of the state as it exists at present in terms of its physical features, a far more treacherous and sinister outcome will be the mutual bitterness and suspicious attitudes of the communities that will eventually develop which will be almost impossible to get rid of. While the grievances and the concerns of the people in these parts of the state against the administration may very well be genuine, there is no denying the fact that the demand for a separate statehood entails a complex and insidious work of a few politically motivated and self-seeking individuals in the garb of righteous leaders and philanthropists. The question everyone in the state, especially those thousands rallying behind the leaders needs to ask, rather ponder over is: will the granting of a separate state be the ultimate solution to all their grievances and woes? Is there any certainty or assurance that there will not be further outcry or agitation for further demarcation or separation by the numerous sub-groups? Has it been established that the elected representatives of the various communities and regions of the state have tried their level best to address these complaints and fell short by way of the state government failing to cooperate or provide the required resources despite their due shares being in the possession of the government? Are the demands for these numerous separate states or administrative units even plausible?
The intrinsic protective feeling is certainly not something unique to the people of this state. It is rather the universal feeling and one that has caused many a great epic battles and induced acts of heroism and sacrifices. The threat to one’s own space and liberty, whether personal or social, has always evoked reactions ranging from the passively defensive to the more aggressive and violent.

The spontaneous reaction of the collective society on that eventful day in 2001 which saw the unrestrained outpouring of the frustrations of the Manipuris is no different. It would be prudent for us all to ponder over the issue without preconceived notions or personal feelings, and to try and understand the facts as they are. The aspirations of the different communities to better their own kinds is understandable, but if and when that aspiration starts to infringe on the right and liberty of another community or the rest of the communities as the case may be, then differences and suspicions are bound to develop amongst the communities.
There is also the bigger threat of the political system feeding on the concerns of these different groups to its advantage, and what was at first a credible issue, even if only from the point of view of a particular community without delving further into the legality or the practical aspect and its impact on the entire social setup, such genuine concerns almost always gets tainted with political overtures, making the whole process a farce and drama, played out to the interest of the very few who are orchestrating such social disruptions. Ultimately, the issue gets sidelined, or more seriously, gets diverted, eventually betraying the hopes and support of the very people who are made to suffer the consequences.
The final step - resorting to brute force and irrational violence to subdue and suffocate the rational curiosity and dissenting voice of the society. The only way out of such undesirable situations, and indeed the most effective means of preventing the very fomentation of such divisive ideas is for the people to put a decisive, just and impartial Government which have the political will and the guts to implement even the most unpopular and drastic measures for the good of the society, state or the country- an impossible expectation?
Lets’ make June 18 observance a meaningful one.

Twin effects of Political and Financial Crisis

By - Dr. Sougaijam Priyokumar Meitei

On the present issue of Manipur, following the removal of key portfolios from two cabinets, people are frequently asking whether it is merely a family matter, temporary hiccup or a temporary suicide? The two ministers have been charged in an order stating that a huge amounts were withdrawn while model code of conducts were in force. Counter charges were also come out through media. Now, the question is, in this serious dilemma, how the financial crisis incurring an overdraft of 274 crores is related to intra-ruling-parties revolts. As an immediate effect, RBI has banned the state from all kinds of transaction since the state has crossed the limits of ways and means advancement. This is not a temporary hiccup because it may affect in disbursing the state employees payment regularly. Meanwhile, it may be recalled that state is not yet able to implement seventh pay scale, in spite of that, owing to the current financial condition, state employees are now in a very critical point.
Financial problem is now coupled with political shakes. Tensions are now on raise among state cabinet holders. On a report released from the government officials, it is considered as merely differences in opinion, almost about to settle in few days and there is no resolution of changing leader. However, people are not yet clear and asking a series of questions - why charges and counter charges in high level platforms, was there not any preventive mechanism for this chronic illness of overdraft, was that actually happened the withdrawal of huge amounts during model code of conducts, whether the three member committee led by Principal Secy. V Vumlunmang will be able to find out the actual story. Experts feel that it should be investigated in accordance with the commission of enquiry act, 1952, led by a retd. judge.

Therefore, publics are not expecting any concrete outcomes from the presently formed three member committee led by Principal Secretary. People of Manipur are so unfortunate that we are boarded in the same sinking boat because our leaders think all problems as temporary and closes the chapter by temporary solutions. It is often questionable whether the functions of state accounts finance dept, officials are completely paralyzed and failed. Now, the issue is not simply differences in opinion, it is as magnified as a big crisis indulging to central leaders.  Some experts felt, is it because of power mongers or Mafias, some sort of organised group who directly involve in brokering and enforcing illegal transaction. Something like as, no matter the problem is or having a black sheep in a family, all members get embarrassed and suffers, but parents or guardian should be responsible, similarly government is responsible to detect it, to resolve it.
Opinion may differ among family members, but the leaders should be in a position to settle it with amicable solutions before it turns into a big devastating turmoil.

MIND MAPPING

By :- Md. Nasir Khan

Learning is an ultimate need as a human being and formal education plays the major role in the process though we agreed learning is happening around in all walks of life. Right from our mother’s womb learning is taking place. “If you put your hand over your mouth and speak, that’s very similar to the situation the fetus is in,” says cognitive neuroscientist Eino Partanen of the University of Helsinki. “You can hear the rhythm of speech, rhythm of music, and so on.”
Our misperception is learning happens right from the day a child attends school. Learning begins right from the mother’s womb and began practical learning right from the moment a child is born; that’s how a child began to cry. When a baby enters the real world, it faces a change in environment. The womb is a warm, silent and comfortable place for the baby whereas the outside world is cold and strange for the baby. This is a major reason behind the newborn’s cry. Furthermore, when the baby lives in a womb, it didn’t need to use its own lungs to breathe, now in the outside world, the baby has to breathe on its own. This process is difficult for the baby, that’s why it cries. Actually, crying is good for the baby as due to crying the lungs get activated. Due to crying the amniotic fluid in lungs is removed.
Many philosophers and educationist have introduced some best form of learning procedures however there are many unnatural and unscientific forms of learning process going on in our classrooms. Let us look at how we practically introduced A is for apple to our child. In maximum of the English medium schools A is for apple is the most common, popular and undeniable introduction of learning worldwide just after completion of alphabets. Here lies an error. Why should we begin a child’s learning with an instructional thinking process? A child’s mind is an open space, unlimited and unimaginable; they can think in whatever way they wish to. Instructional thinking kills creativity. Freedom to think freely and independently empowers their mental ability and thereby enabled them to multiply their neurons connectivity and activate both chambers of the brain. How much we try some way or the other way we commit the same mistake of limiting our child to think.
Limiting the Unlimited Thinking Power
Aahil is a small boy of age 3 two years ago and her mother is Shabhnam. They lived is a small village. He attends a local school in playgroup and began learning alphabets and numbers. After learning few sounds of letters he began his imagination of forming words. He would play shouting A for apa, ama …and so on…. The mother cried A is for apple not apa!
Master Aahil would scribbles on the wall exploring his imagination with charcoal, crayons and pencil. Happy and satisfied with his work he would call his mother, “Mama mama look what I have drawn…his mom was furious seeing the newly painted wall dirty and would say”… Aahil stop scribbling on the wall, you are making it dirty baby.” Shabhnam’s concern was more on the dirty wall but not on the child’s imagination and his cognitive motor skills.
Aahil is a healthy and sporting child. He loves to jump down from his bed and so does he. His mother would always stop him from doing so, as she is concern of him getting injury and advised not to jump down. Aahil is inquisitive by nature…he would always have dozens of questions to ask…Mama why is the stars seen only at night? Where does Spiderman live? Why is sunflower yellow? How is Hulk so healthy? When can I meet Shiva (cartoon)…?
Shabhnam: Aahil stop asking stupid questions. Read your books and one day you should become a doctor. Present day Aahil have stop imagining new ideas, stops asking questions, does not dream anymore to meet Shiva, his favourite cartoon character, and day by day the curiosity in him was dying.
 He sometimes tried drawing a flower in his notebook and on the wall, tried asking questions to his mom however he stops his hands nor does words comes out from his mouth with a fear that his mother will feel bad. He stops looking up in the sky nor did he questions where Spiderman lives.
A creative boy Aahil was; with a freedom to think on its own without limitations. He is now an idle boy who thinks many times before he develops his independent thinking. He has no choice but to follow the instructions, the instructions of his mother and that of his teacher. When asked what would he be when grown up, he looked at his mom and unwillingly replied; My mom says I should be a good doctor.
Let us look at the character Aahil in the short story above; his thinking was independent, imaginative and full of energy. He has the life in his own world; today he is waiting for instructions to come, instructions from his mother, teacher or any elders. There was in him, rhythm, imagination, daydreaming, colours as well as spatial awareness which are all characters of the right hemisphere of the brain linked with creativity. Yes it’s true that Shiva, his cartoon character doesn’t exist, nor does the Spiderman and the Hulk. There is better way to let him understand the facts, not by shutting his mouth. As he grow up he would discover his potential and prove to be one, successful and promising but now he would stop the quest and may probably end up a doctor. Is this the right education we look for? This way there are millions of students who were less creative, less intelligent by the time they began the formal education. Is there a way out to bring back them to their original life, original thinking, original creativity, original independent thinking?
……YES!
……HOW?
A child named Anthony Peter “Tony” Buzan (/ÈbuÐzYn/), popularly known as Tony Buzan later, was born on June 2,1942 in Palmers Green, Enfield, Middlesex, London, England. As he grew up and attends university the volume of academic work has increased and his brain is starting to buckle under the strain of all the thinking, creativity, memory, problem-solving, analysis and writing required. Like other fellow friends, he began to experience not only diminishing returns but accelerating non-returns. The more he took notes and studied, the worse paradoxically, he seemed to do! In his second year at university, Tony Buzan strode purposefully into the library, and asked the librarian where he could find a book on his brain and how to use it. She (the librarian) immediately directed him to the medical section of the library! When he explained that he did not wish to operate on his brain, but to use it, he was politely informed that there were no such books. He left the library in astonishment.
Right from the day he left the library young Tony began to study every area of knowledge he felt would help shed light on the basic question he have:  
How do I learn how to learn?
What is the nature of my thinking?·  
What are the best techniques for memorising?·  
What are the best techniques for creative thinking?
What are the best current techniques for reading?
What are the best current techniques for thinking in general?
Is there a possibility of developing new thinking techniques or one master technique?
As a consequence of these questions Mr. Tony Buzan began to study psychology, the neuro-physiology of the brain, semantics, neuro-linguistics, information theory, memory and mnemonic techniques, perception, creative thinking and the general sciences. He finally realised that the human brain functioned more effectively and efficiently if its various physical aspects and intellectual skills were allowed to work harmoniously with each other, rather than being divided. Little by little an overall architecture began to emerge, and as it did, he began to coach, as a hobby, pupils who have been described as ‘learning disabled’, ‘hopeless’, ‘dyslexic’, ‘backward’, and ‘delinquent’. All these so called ‘failures’ very rapidly changed into good students, a number of them rising to the top of their respective classes. His findings on importance of the use of colours, symbols, pictures and key words gave him satisfying results. Say for example, combining the two cortical skills of words and colours transformed his note-taking. The simple addition of two colours in his note improved his memory of those notes by more than 100 per cent, and perhaps even more importantly, made him begin to enjoy what he was doing. By early 1970s artificial intelligence had arrived and he managed to own a megabyte computer and then he decided to write a series of books based on his research: An Encyclopedia of the Brain and Its Use. He started in 1971 and as he did so an image on the horizon became ever clearer – it was the growing concept of Radiant Thinking and Mind Mapping®.
Mind Maps ®
 A Mind Map® is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain. It harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness – in a single, uniquely powerful manner. In so doing, it gives you the freedom to roam the infinite expanses of your brain. The Mind Map® can be applied to every aspect of life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance human performance. The technique maps out our thoughts using key-words that trigger associations in the brain to spark further ideas. Mind Maps® are now used by millions of people around the world – from the very young to the very old – whenever they wish to use their brains more effectively.
Uses

Mind maps are now used in government offices, corporate sectors, businessmen, educational institutions, farms and individuals the purpose of which are Learning, Teaching, Thinking, Self Analysis, Problem-Solving, Family Study, Story-Telling, Meetings, Presentations, Management, Whole-Brain Thinking, as well as Mental Literacy etc. My focus here is on education, mainly the learning skills in Mind-Mapping.
Brain compatible thinking tool
One major aspects of Mind-Mapping is the whole-brain thinking, as it gives you the freedom to roam the infinite expanses of your brain. Almost the moment Mind Maps came into use another major piece of scientific research confirmed their validity as a brain-compatible thinking method. In California, Dr. Roger Sperry, who won a Nobel Prize, in 1981, for his research in “split-brain”, confirmed that the evolutionarily latest part of the brain, the ‘thinking cap’ of the Cerebral Cortex, was divided into two major hemispheres, and those hemispheres performed a comprehensive range of intellectual tasks, called cortical skills. The tasks included: Logic, Rhythm, Lines, Color, Lists, Daydreaming, Numbers, Imagination, Word, and Gestalt (seeing the whole picture).
Components
Key-words:
Mind Maps uses key-words, colours, pictures and maps out information in a plain paper. The key words are such words that give the larger links and associations and it funneled in information. Once these keywords are triggered, same order of information shall be funneled out. The funneled out information creates creative words; and creative words sprays out association in all directions. This is the beauty it has in it.
Colours:
We learn with colours. It is one of the most powerful tools to stimulate memory and creativity. It generates feelings, attention, and behavior when learning. Colours enable us to escape the danger of monochrome monotony. It adds life to our images/ pictures and makes them more attractive. Monochrome learning makes our brain dull and lazy; it makes our learning less efficient.
Pictures:
Pictures are ‘worth a thousand words’. We learn with pictures. Raymond S. Nickerson, an American psychologist and author, did an experiment in which each subject was presented with 600 pictures at the rate of one per second. When tested immediately after the presentation, average accuracy was 98 per cent reports the Canadian Journal of Psychology. He further expands his research, increasing the number of pictures from 600 to 10000. Significantly, Nickerson emphasized that each of his 10000 pictures were ‘vivid’. Also, in the article ‘Learning 10 000 Pictures’, in the Quarterly Journal of Experiment Psychology, Dr. Lionel G. Standing, Professor in the Psychology department at Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, QC, commented that ‘the capacity of recognition memory for pictures is almost limitless!’
Brain Synergy
Mind Maps works exactly in the way our brain functions. From a central idea/ image, associative key words radiates in a curvy way similar to the neurons connection in our brain, and not in straight lines. It is organic in nature as the neuron’s organic nature. This organic nature makes the mind maps rhythmic and flexible; flexibility is an art of being creative. The use of words, images/ pictures, colours, associations, imaginations, rhythm, key words, codes, curve lines on a plane picture activates both the two hemisphere of the brain and creates synergy and that’s how you don’t feel asleep when you study using Mind Maps. You don’t need to worry for information overload. Your long essay of 5-10 pages or even a whole book can be picturized in a single plane paper in just a page.
Note-Taking/ Making
How do we normally take notes and make notes? Conventionally, isn’t it? We use lined paper, make notes in lists, we use words, we use numbers to structure the order of words, we try to be logical, and we use a single colour: a blue or blank colour pen. These are all left-brain skills. By using only half of our brain’s amazing potential while making standard notes we let our brain idle; less efficient. Let us look at some key characteristics of linear note-taking set against those of Mind Mapping:

This way Mind Maps note-taking helps us to remember better, come up with brilliant ideas and have fun while studying.
Revisions
While Mind Mapping we use only 10% words of the whole topic. These words are all key words and associative words radiates from the main branch. These words in the main branch are actually sub-topic of the chapter/ topic. Exam revision takes time; we have less time and more subjects to cover. The solution to such major challenges of the students is Mind Mapping. It saves time and gives you opportunity to cover more topics. When we revise a subject, chapter or a topic using Mind Maps, we are only triggering the key words already stored in our long term memory and enable us to get better grades. This way we are free from examination blues. It may be noted that a Mind Mapped information goes to the long term memory. The steps to store information in our long term memory using Mind Maps can be had from our Brain Training Session.
Mindfulness and Mental Literacy
When we start writing an examination remembering the key words and their associations, we generate imaginations, making it more creative and help us score better marks. We use our own expression while trying to make up the whole idea rather than remembering word by words as in the text book or the notes prepared by teachers. Mind Maps help us improve our vocabulary and make us expressive. Another great advantage of a Mind Mapper is the Public Speaking Skills. Mind mapped information can be delivered efficiently and with confidence. There is no room of pausing in between as you begin your presentation as the associative words are linked to the key words and the connection continues as it proceeds. The use of more than two colours adds flavor to memory and build confidence. It helps us mentally literate and makes us use our head in the way we would love to and always enjoy the moment. We are more mindful and our head becomes strong as we are mentally literate day by day as we continue to Mind Map.
Our brain is the most creative machine on this planet! All we need is to activate it. And Mind Map is one such tool that activates it, pulls the trigger and helps us more and more creative and intelligent.
“For 21st Century Kids, we need to Revolutionize Education, to Revolutionize Education we need to Train the Brain and to Train the Brain we need MindMap”:- Md. Nasir Khan
Additional Resources:
Tony Buzan: Mind Maps for kids
Tony Buzan with Barry Buzan: The Mind Map Book
Tony Buzan: Mind Map Mastery

Minister Shyamkumar opens rural market shed in Senapati; Inspects ongoing projects in Imphal East

DIPR
Imphal, June, 18,

 Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar inaugurated a rural market shed constructed under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) scheme under the aegis of Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department at Biisho Koide village, Senapati district on Monday. The rural market shed is constructed with the cost of Rs 13.75 lakhs.

Speaking as the chief guest of the function, Minister Th. Shyamkumar appealed to the people of the village to support in the environment conservation. He assured that within a short period of time, a plantation drive will be taken up with the consultation with the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of the area for beautification of the area as well to conserve the environment. He called upon the people of Koide, Purul and the surrounding areas to come forward and participate in the plantation drive.
Regarding the memorandum submitted by the villagers of Biisho Koide, Minister Shyamkumar assured for construction of a football playground and public urinal in short period of time. Speaking about the demand of the villagers to construct community hall, he said the matter will be appraised to the Chief Minister and the concerned minister.
Th. Shyamkumar further hoped that the rural market shed will help in increasing the income of the people of the area. Later, he inspected the Forest Beat office at Maram Centre, where he addressed to the grievances of the department officials. On the way to Imphal, he also inspected the Forest Beat Office at Kanglatongbi.
Minister Shyamkumar today also inspected the ongoing projects constructed under the central funding in the Andro Assembly Constituency, Imphal East. He inspected the under-constructed additional school buildings of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, the construction work at the Panam Ningthou Garden under the NEC funding and ‘Heikol’ - fruit orchard cum home stay at Huikap, the fruit trees at the orchard were planted in the year 2007.

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Assam Rifles distributes Sewing Machines and organises Medical Camp

IT News

Imphal, June 18,

With an aim to provide basic amenities to locals of remote areas, Mantripukhri Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) distributed twenty four sewing machines to achieve meaningful socio-economic development and conducted a free medical cum dental camp at Community Hall, Khonghampat on 17 June 2019.

The event commenced with the distribution of twenty four sewing machines to the needy women to make them self reliant and provide them a source of income. This initiative will improve skill development amongst women folk and give them independence along with livelihood thereby empowering them to lead a dignified life.

The function was presided over by Zonal President ARRWA, HQ 9 Sector Assam Rifles along with President of Meira Paibis of Khonghampat village and the village headman.  The women folk were urged to make optimum use of the sewing machines for adequate skill development in addition to women empowerment thereby weaning them away from negative impacts of insurgency. Thereafter, the sewing machines were handed over to the respective village heads of the Khonghampat village.  The President of the Meira Paibi, Khonghampat area speaking on the occasion praised the thoughtful initiative of the security forces and told that this gesture will pave way for socio-economic upliftment and development of the region and in turn result in peace and harmony in the state. The event witnessed an attendance of over 500 locals of Khonghampat and nearby areas.

As part of the event a medical camp was also organised in which a dedicated medical team under the Unit Medical Officer provided medical assistance to the locals of the area. In addition, to the medical checkup, consultation on various diseases and health related issues as well as free medicines were distributed to the needy patients.

In addition, a dental clinic was also established for the dental checkup of locals. A medical team comprising of Dental Officer and nursing assistants from 12 Dental Unit Assam Rifles (DUAR) provided free dental treatment and medicines to the locals of the area.  The medical camp witnessed an attendance of over 250 locals.

The villagers appreciated the gesture of the Assam Rifles in reaching out to them and hoped that this effort would go a long way in further cementing the bond between the people of Manipur and the forces. 

 

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