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RBI ban likely to be lifted soon: Chief Minister

DIPR
Imphal, June 20,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to lift the ban imposed on the financial transactions of the State Government due to overdraft within a few days.
He was speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day held at the Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
The Chief Minister said that during his recent visit to New Delhi, he had apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of the current financial position of the State. N. Biren further informed that he requested the Finance Minister to release open market borrowings to overcome the current situation. Subsequently, the Union Ministry of Finance issued permission directing the RBI to raise open market borrowings of the State up to Rs. 795 crores. For the time being, the State Government is borrowing Rs. 400 crores from the open market through RBI to neutralise the current overdraft, he said while adding that the State Government is also expecting to receive Rs. 305 crores as State share of Central Taxes in a day or so.
In another positive development, the Chief Minister said, he could secure approval of different projects worth Rs. 176.43 crores from the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) during the visit.
Out of the total Rs. 176.43 crores, Rs. 59.06 crores is for three projects to be taken up under North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS), the Chief Minister said and added that Rs. 90 crores for 38 projects under Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) particularly for Tamenglong district has also been approved. Rs. 27.37 crores for 16 projects under Flood Relief Works for 2017 damage due to floods in the State have also received approval, he added.  
The three projects under the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) are upgradation of Moirang Sendra Road upto Sendra Hillock, Moirang Sendra Road to Omba Hillock and Keina Bazaar to Thanga Keibul Road for promoting tourism amounting 21.65 crores, augmentation of Moreh Water Supply Scheme amounting 22.84 crores and provision of special ward in JNIMS amounting 14.57 crores.  
The projects under Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) included construction of water supply schemes at Tamei, Nungba, Haochong etc., transit quarters/hostels for doctors, teachers and Government employees at Nungba, Noney, Haochong and sub-divisional headquarters in Noney and Tamenglong District, development and promotion of eco-tourism centre at Zeliad lake and Tharon cave etc. The scheme also covers projects related to employment generation for the local public by taking up various food processing units for fruits, vegetables, tea, bamboo, spices etc. with forward and backward linkages leading to overall increase in income. Out of the total Rs. 90 crores approved under HADP, Rs. 24.22 crores, which is 26.91%, has been earmarked for projects related to welfare of women and children.
 Flood relief works approved by DoNER included construction of irrigation canal and intake stair for RLI scheme at Chingarel and Keibi Awang Leikai, Imphal East and construction of pick-up weir across different rivers in Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur and Kangpokpi Districts.
 The Chief Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 5th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog mooted the need for rain water harvesting to curb water scarcity. The Prime Minister directed the States to impart awareness regarding rain water harvesting projects at district and village levels. As such, he would convene a joint meeting of Zilla Parishad Members, Pradhans and ADC Members soon, the Chief Minister added.
 Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day could not be held for the months of March, April and May due to election model code of conduct for Lok Sabha elections. In today’s joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day, the Chief Minister attended to around 510 complaints and personally met around 1500 people from 9 am to 2 pm. Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Principal Secretary (Health) and Nodal Officer of Meeyamgi Numit Vumlunmang Vualnam, Secretary to CM N. Geoffrey, DIG (Adm) I.K. Muivah and other senior Government officials assisted the Chief Minister in assessing people’s complaints.
HoDs and officials of different Government Departments were also present at the CM’s Secretariat complex to assist the Chief Minister in resolving people’s grievances.

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“Bad politics is the root of all the financial crisis of today’s Manipur”, said Economists Chinglen Maisnam. 

IT News
Imphal June 20,

“Bad politics is the root of all the financial crisis of today’s Manipur”, said Economists Chinglen Maisnam.
Speaking in a public discourse on Financial Crisis in Manipur held today at Manipur Press Club Chinglen Maisnam said that the only solution to those is good politics taken up for the welfare of the people. He said that a movement is the need of the hour for good politics to strive in the land and added that the economy of the land is not decided by economist but by the politics of the land.
 Highlighting the reason behind the present financial crisis of the state Chinglen Maisnam said that the reason behind it was because of the Indian government derecognising Planning commission and omitting Special status of the state and the misappropriation, Financial indiscipline and mismanagement of the public funds.
He also stressed that if there is any financial crisis than the authority should look into the area of non planned revenue expenditures where the legislature can manage in whatever way they can.
He added that the financial crisis of the state is a prolonged one and the recent banned by RBI simply add more stress to the financial instability.
He also highlighted that the financial budget of Manipur is lower than Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and many other state.
 “Under the BJP regime, government employees should never dream of implementing 7th Pay Commission”, said CPI State Secretary Sotinkumar in a public discourse on Financial Crisis in Manipur.
Speaking in keynote address Sotinkumar further said that the financial crisis which occurred this year where even RBI banned in transactions of money due to overdraft has never occurred in the history of Manipur.
He said that they believed that more than 274 crores were transacted during the times of Election Code of Conduct. It is the need of the hour that a white paper should be brought and discuss in the lime light, he added.
Sotinkumar further said that many believed that the recent Lok Sabha Election was misappropriated by money, power or even through EVM or by any other unfair means. He questioned whether is it necessary to withdraw money in times of election code of conduct and whether the money can’t be withdrawn after the election. He added that they believed that all the money was dispersed during the election times for their party which is the BJP party.
He concluded that the politicians who hold power loots the public money and added that their is a disease where such politicians and legislators were never checked by the people of the land.
Sotinkumar said that all the people of the land congregated towards BJP during election times even though BJP assured the contentious CAB to pass if they came to power. He added that the people were all swayed using money power which finally led to today’s financial crisis.
“Never in the history of Manipur such crisis has ever happened and to check them thoroughly is the need of the hour”, Sotinkumar concluded.

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The Manipuri boy who cracked IIT in his First attempt

IT News

Imphal, June 20,

Mutum Sonarjit Singh s/o Mutum Jugidro Singh & Mutum (Ongbi) Bedabati Devi of Khoijuma Ward No:2, Bishnupur District, cracked JEE Advance and qualified to study in Indian Premier Technical Institutions IIT in his first attempt at  5446 All India rank.

 Sonarjit Singh had his schooling from class Nursery to class V at one of the local School, then from Class VI to XII at JNV, Bishnupur. He passed his Class X exam from JNV Bishnupur with CGPA 9.8 and XII Science Exam from the same school with 87.6%.Not like other students he did not had the chance to go for extra tuition as his family is in acute poverty. His father was a Diploma in Electrical Engineering but did not get any chance to be a government employee because of poverty. His mother is a simple house wife though a graduate in Arts. His father was plying an Auto but due to BP stroke few years ago he stopped that also ,though recovered from his illness still cannot do hard work. His mother generally works at the fields as laborer just to maintain the family. Whenever Sonarjit got holiday /vacation, he will help her mother in doing the works at the fields. Sonarjit has one elder sister, one younger brother and one younger sister. Though he cracked JEE Advance and got a chance to study in IITs he is in a state of dilemma and disappointment whether he can continue to study in IITs or not because of the huge amount to be incurred in IITs.

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War on Drugs : SP Ibomcha assures major change in 3 Months

IT News
Thoubal, June.20

Thoubal District Superintendent of Police Dr. Ibomcha while expressing strong concern to the rise of drug abuse in the district said that almost every family in the district have either one or two drug abusers.
The SP was talking to reporters in connection with the “Meeyamgi Numit” (Peoples’ Day) at his office room.
“Its alarming and the district police in hands with the people of the district will bring a major shift to counter drug abusers in the coming 3 months”, Dr. Ibomcha assures the reporters.
For that Dr. Ibomcha sought cooperation from the general public in fighting the menace of drug.
“Please feel free to get in touch with the police personnel, we will build good relation between the police and the public in two months”, the district SP said.   
In today’s Meeyamgi Numit , elected representatives of local bodies, members of club and other organizations in the district brought up issues about the rise in violence against women and children and problem of drug abuse among youths of the state.
Dr. Ibomcha assures to do the needful in tackling the various social lacunae. 

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For the first time in Manipur, Lutembacher Syndrome treated at SKY Hospital

IT News
Imphal, June 20,

Lutembacher Syndrome is a very rare disease entity in which a large hole in the heart called Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) present from birth and Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis (blocked mitral valve of the heart) which develops after birth are present in the same heart . The condition was first described in 1916 by Lutembacher.
For the first time in Manipur , such complex heart condition was successfully operated at SKY Hospital on 19th May, 2019.
Mr. T. Yuithing, 52 years old resident of Kashung Village, Ukhrul District having the rare heart problem had been suffering from breathlessness, cough, chest pain, palpitation etc for many years. At last the accurate diagnosis was made for him at his first visit to SKY Hospital on 6/3/2019. His cath study revealed that his Pulmonary Arterial (PA) pressure was severely high at 78 mmHg with high PVRI of 5 (> 6 not operable) putting him at high risk category of open heart surgery for two operations – mitral valve replacement (MVR) and closure of the large ASD. However, without surgery he was not going to survive. SKY Heart Team performed the double operation on him. The operation started at 7:00 pm and finished at 11:50 pm. Not unexpectedly he had to be on life support including ventilator, pacemaker for the first 48 hours post-operatively. Subsequent post-operative recovery was smooth though slow. Another major achievement of this operation is the reversion of his Atrial Fibrillation  (irregular palpitation). He started eating, drinking, mobilizing gradually and was discharged home. Dr. L Shyamkishore expresses his happiness and satisfaction on the success of such high risk operation for Mr. T. Yuithing and appeals to the people of state to be aware of the sophisticated equipments, infrastructure and highly experienced specialists available at SKY Hospital to treat various high risk and complex heart diseases.  

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Finally Manipur got Lokayukta

Better late than never, the two and half years old N. Biren Singh’s government, amidst political crisis now has Lokayukta – an anti-corruption ombudsman organization yesterday.
Justice (Retd) T Nandakumar Singh was sworn-in as the first Chairperson of the Manipur Lokayukta along with Justice (Retd) Basu Deo Agarwal and Ameising Luikham, IAS (Retd) as Judicial Member and Non Judicial Member respectively. Perhaps, a good news for all the people of the state.  What is more interesting is that chairman and members once appointed, Lokayukta cannot be dismissed nor transferred by the government, and can only be removed by passing an impeachment motion by the state assembly.
Ombudsman, an institution started in Sweden in 1809, is a public officer whose function is to investigate the grievances, raised by citizens regarding maladministration of the authority. Through this institution the citizens have power to lodge complaint against the concerned authority if there are gross lapses in the functioning of the public administration. An Ombudsman can be empowered to investigate the cases of corruption (in any form) not only against the government officers but also against the judges of the highest court and Ministers.
There is an inseparable relation between democracy and ombudsman. Usually, ordinary people are the victim of the negligence of public administration or wrong policy of the government or corruption of the government officials and Ministers. So, there shall be an institution in any democracy whose chief function shall be to oversee whether proper policies are adopted and more important, whether the adopted policy is executed properly. The institution of Ombudsman protects individuals from the injustice done to them by any of the three main organs of the government.  It is independent of the three organs of state as neither of the organs of government has any control over it. Every man has free access to it.
The Lokayukta (meaning “appointed by the people”), constituted under The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, is an anti-corruption ombudsman to enquire into allegations of corruption against public functionaries in the Indian states. Once appointed, Lokayukta cannot be dismissed nor transferred by the government.  He can be removed only by passing impeachment motion by the state assembly. Lokayukta investigates cases of corruption, where substantiated, recommend action. The institution is a great check on corruption, brings about transparency in the system, and makes administrative machinery citizen friendly.
Corruption is internationally recognized a major problem, capable of endangering stability and security of society, threatening social, economic and political development and undermining the values of democracy and morality. It has assumed alarming proportions resultantly public funds going into private hands leading to enrichment of a few. Corruption causes inefficiency, delays and insensitivity to people’s grievances. As a result, citizens bitterly feel the distance that separates them from the decision makers. This distance, makes them feel abandoned or even rejected and they eventually lose interest in public matters and become marginalized. In states like Manipur this is one of the main causes of rampant extremism that is plaguing the society. Corruption does not mean only taking bribe but mal-administration. The short experience of Anti-corruption cell of Manipur government shows that people’s grievances are many and the cell is unable to perform the assigned duty due to its limitations in authority being an organ of the executive machinery of the state.
The commissioning of the Lokayukta under The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 in the state of Manipur will now investigate the citizen grievances of injustice and hardship caused by maladministration, and will also conduct inquiry into allegation of abuse of office, corruption or lack of integrity against public servant.
This will decrease the frustration among the youths of the state. Lets’ hope the first case taken up by the lokayukta Manipur is a sue motto case regarding the malicious practice to the recruitment procedure conducted by the MPSC.     

MEMORY SKILLS: Making Your Head Strong


By :- Md. Nasir Khan,

Mind power in us gives us the brain energy and simultaneously it can prostrate us. We are now towards the third Millennium, the Millennium of the Mind, and in Second Millennium through the 21st Century, the century of the Brain. In between the ‘Brain’ Century and the ‘Mind’ Millennium the ultimate needs of every learner is to make our head strong. The more you mentally relaxed the better you can make your head strong. One simple activity to relax our mind is SMILE! Smiling fosters relaxation. With greater relaxation comes greater ability to recall. What comes on your way, be in classroom, society, family or in privacy, all confronts your working memory, then it comes to your short-term memory and finally it either goes to long-term memory or it goes off permanently. Important information needs to be retained yet it doesn’t happen to most of us. Your memory, in many ways, is who you are. Think of a situation where you met one of your close friends whose name you had forgotten and he called you by your name? Think of the embarrassment you would face that may reflect in your face.
Subconscious-Mind
In order to improve our Memory, we need to improve our Mind Power. Daydreaming in one important aspects that help you master the Mind Power. This power needs to be controlled; and to keep it in control you need to unleash the tension so that you can relax communicate with your internal channels, the subconscious mind. The fact is that your subconscious mind is much more receptive to suggestion when you are relaxed. Yoga, meditation, prayer, music, guided imagery, juggling, dog walk, deep breathing, relaxation, etc are few of the many effective techniques that allow you to totally relax your muscles, accelerate and communicate with your subconscious mind. (Unleashing the mental-stress can be had in our brain training session). In most cases you try to use the conscious mind; the sub-conscious mind makes you unleashed the stressed brain thereby helps you mentally peace and physically recharged.
Memory
Recalling information can be termed under three heads: Recall during learning, after learning and after a period of learning. During learning you can unlock information and such information stays active in your working memory. The working memory allows you to learn and retain those information later. It is active and has its limitations and has no defined duration. After learning you retain information in your head/ mind for a limited duration. Most adults can store between 5 and 9 items in their short-term memory. This idea was put forward by Miller (1956) and he called it the magic number 7. He thought that short term memory could hold 7 (plus or minus 2 items) because it only had a certain number of “slots” in which items could be stored. The challenges with all learners are the recall after a period of learning. Long term memory is responsible for three operations: Encoding: which is the ability to convert information into a knowledge structure. Storage: which is the ability to accumulate chunks of information. Retrieval: which is the ability to recall things you already know.
Revision Formula
The five times repetition formula of Tony Buzan is the solution to store your information in the long term memory and makes creative learning. This is the secret to reviewing information five times to make it stick. The first review should be an hour or so after you’ve first read or learnt something, for example, when you get home. The second, the day after (so take another look the next day after school). The third should be about a week later, the fourth one month later and the fifth and final time six months later. Then it’s yours, FOREVER!  The formula is STM­­­­—> LTM = 5R, from short term memory to long term memory requires five repetitions/ reviews/ recalls.  You can review most efficiently by drawing a Mind Map of your information; this will saves time and the examination blues, information overloads! Without effective revision you forgot 80% of new stuff you’ve learned in day. Isn’t it SCARY?
Memory Senses
We have five sensory organs eye, ear, nose, tongue, and skin. The specialized cells and tissues within these organs receive raw stimuli and translate them into signals the nervous system can use. Nerves relay the signals to the brain directly, which interprets them as sight (vision), sound (hearing), smell (olfaction), taste (gestation) and touch (tactile perception). These are the five memory senses we have. Can you believe it? You only have one option, BELIEVE IT! Eyes that you use observe information plays the major role of the memory senses. It contributes to 40%, ears contributes 25%, skin 15%, nose 10% and tongue 10%; altogether it makes 100%.
The logic behind memorising is simply the activation of the memory senses. The better you activate it during learning the more you can memorise it. Our memory senses are very much attracted to colours and pictures and indeed your brain thinks and remembers in pictures and colours. Say for instance, I said to you, ‘Your School’, what would pop into your head? Would it be a computer printout of the word, written in a line across the page, or would you get a picture in your mind of your school, the classrooms, the windows, and the corridor? Do you see what I mean? It was the picture of your school in colour that came into your mind first and not the words written on a piece of paper. So if you want to remember your school, summer camps, adventure trips, textbook, exams materials or anything else, the best way to do is to draw a picture of it, Mind Map it.
Most Important Graph in the World
May be you are watching a movie, listening to lectures in the classroom or you are reading a novel. How do you remember them? The most you remember would be the first part and the last part. This we call it primacy and recency effect. To create more and more primacy and recency effect, you need to take regular breaks. A learning period of between 20 and 50 minutes produces the best relationship between understanding and recall. How could you remember those important information given in between primacy and recency? You can learn more when things are associated or linked in some, by using, rhyme, repetition or something that connects with our senses. The brain will remember something better if it stands out from the context, particularly a BIG, loud, multisensory image. This is known as Von Restorff effect. There is one very important effect we would need to discuss; the Understanding and Misunderstanding Effect. This is a tricky one so brace yourself. Have you ever had a conversation where you know you said something, yet the other party knows you said something else? Everyone has, and normally it is not because one of you is just being awkward. It is because of this effect. Every individual creates different associations to different words and this can lead to different memories of the same situation. Again the Effect of Meaning plays a great role to remember what you are trying to memorise. Meaning and insight become part of the memory and learning process as your brain takes in bits of information and pieces them together to create a holistic picture. Try to connect it with real life examples and stories. And finally the interests! Interest is like a sleeping GIANT! ­­­­­­­­­­­When it is awakened, it is as if a massive turbine has been switched on in your brain and all Learning, Thinking, Memory and Creativity improve in one immediate, giant leap. It raises the entire curve; the more interested you are in a subject, the more you will make associations and remember more. This recall curve is well explained by Tony Buzan in his book the Most Important Graph in the World.
Sleep: This is the time the brain software is updated. It erases the less important parts of memories and simultaneously strengthens areas that you need or want to remember. During sleep your brain also rehearses some of the tougher parts of whatever you’re trying to learn, going over and over neural patterns to deepen and strengthen them. Lack of sleep means you’re operating with a brain that’s got little metabolic toxins floating around in it. Poisons that make it so you can’t think very clearly. In fact, getting too little sleep doesn’t just make you do worse on memory, too little sleep, over too long of a time, can also be associated with all sorts of nasty conditions, including headaches, depression, heart disease, diabetes, and just plain dying earlier. It would be an all time wise step if you could follow the sleep duration recommendations provided by Nation Sleep Foundation. www.sleepfoundation.org / www.sleep.org

Narakasur for GPC screening

From a Correspondent
Guwahati June 20,

On the occasion of Ambubachi festival at Mother Goddess Kamakhya temple atop Nilachal hill in the city, an old Assamese classic Narakasur will be screened at Guwahati Press Club (GPC)
tomorrow (21 June) starting from 3.30 pm.
Narakasur, a legendary demon, is considered as the founding ruler of Bhauma dynasty of Pragjyotishapur (ancient Assam). Asur Naraka wanted to marry Ma Kamakhya and finally he was killed by Lord Vishnu with the aid of the goddess. King Bhagadatta of epic Mahabharata fame succeeded his father.
Produced by Bhaskar Chitrakala co-operative limited of Nalbari in 1961, the b&w feature film was directed by Nip Barua. Based on a story of Atul Hazarika, the movie has screenplay by  Amalendu Bagchi,  music by Brajen Barua and cinematography by Nalin Dowerah. The casts include
Phani Sharma, Eva Achao, Dharani Choudhury, Jnanada Kakati, Beena Das etc.

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Assam Rifles Conducts Medical Camp

IGAR (South)
Imphal June 20,

Keithelmanbi Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised a medical camp at Malkon village, Andro under Assam Rifles Civic Action Programme on Yesterday.
With an aim to reach out to the needy and socially deprived section of the society and as a contribution towards ensuring well being of one and all, the battalion organised a medical camp at Malkon village, Andro. The medical camp commenced with an informative lecture on seasonal diseases and cure by the Regimental Medical Officer followed by an interactive session in which various queries raised by the attendees were clarified.
 As part of the camp, a dedicated medical team under the Regimental 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.
 During the camp, the battalion in a joint venture with Kangla Diagnostics, Imphal, also carried out various free of cost tests for the locals including Complete Blood Count, Lipid profile, Blood sugar test, Thyroid test, etc. A Cardiac care clinic was also set up where ECG for middle and old aged patients was carried out.  The campaign witnessed the attendance of over 550 locals including women and children of the area.
In addition, a Mobile 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 camp witnessed an attendance of over 150 locals of the nearby areas.
The series of activities undertaken by the battalion as part of the medical camp received an overwhelming response from the local populace. All the attendees conveyed their heartfelt gratitude to the Assam Rifles for facilitating the outreach of the medical facilities and requested for more such camps in the near future.

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