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Thursday, 06 June 2019 - Imphal Times

Crisis over leadership in BJP led govt. looms

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Imphal, June 6,

Political theatre in the N Biren Singh led Government is landing in serious crisis after the reality of the crisis among the BJPians over the race for leadership comes up at public sphere.

The announcement by the Chief Minister for reshuffling of the Ministry within this month and simultaneous reaction to some of his cabinet Ministers, at which he stated that “they will get the result for what they did and I will get the fruit for what I did”, sparks anger to some BJP high profile leaders.

Source said that N. Biren Singh is trying to reach out the Central leadership over the new development. The Chief Minister also called on the Governor, Dr. Najma Heptulla at around 7.30 pm yesterday. The purpose of the meeting is stated to be a courtesy call in connection with Id-Ul -Fitre, but source said that the Chief Minister might have been consulting with the governor for the reshuffle of his Ministry

Post Lok Sabha Election, major shifts in the state political theatre was witnessed and the rumours about reshuffling and dropping of Ministers from coalition NPP partners emerges. But source added that not all the four of the NPP will be dropped out. Crisis between BJP leaderships too comes up in the public domain.

Whether there will be dissidents against the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh or not is a matter need to be watched, but for sure there protest from the Ministerial colleague over the allotment of portfolio if the Ministry reshuffled. 

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2 bombs found at two different places in Imphal East

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Imphal, June 6,

Amidst claim by the state government on the improvement of law and order situation in the state, two bombs – (Chinese hand grenade pack with nails in tin can of Zarda wrapped by black tape) were placed at two different places in Imphal East district.

As per report reaching here, the first bomb was recovered from Khurai Thoudam Leikai at a residence of a contractor identified as Yumkham Dinesh, located near NRL Pump, while the second was recovered from Bishop House at Mantripukhri, Lamlongei, as per police source.

The report further said that both the bombs were first suspected to be IEDs as they were placed inside a tin can wrapped by black tape with wires and nails. The two were almost similar and police source said that those would have been placed by a same party or individuals. It further added, the bombs which were recovered from the front gates of both the places were safely detonated today morning at around 9 am.

As of now, no party has so far claim responsibility.

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KSO’s General Strike from today midnight

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Imphal, June 6,

State wide general strike called by Kuki Students  Organisation (KSO) Gunpi block, over the arrest of its 10 executives members in connection with the arson of the St. Joseph School, Sugnu on April 25 this year, is set to begin from today’s midnight.
The student body took the decision in its meeting of Central Executive Council of KSO which comprises of all the district branches of KSO in Manipur, held in the state capital Imphal on June 4 where it also unanimously resolved to demand the unconditional release of the ten executives of KSO Gunpi Block who are allegedly held under judicial custody.
The Kuki Students Organisation (KSO) Central Executive Council (CEC) meeting also declared that it cannot condone the continued detention of the KSO Gunpi Block executives who were accused of arson of St. Joseph School, Sugnu on the fateful night of April 25.
The KSO Tengnoupal Block appealed  all concern public and vehicular owners to extend full cooperation so as to avoid any untoward incidents and troubles. And also warned that any one defying the said bandh will be at his/her own risk, the KSO Tengnoupal Block will not be held responsible.

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ATRPFM lauds govt. for creation of Pension cell for ADC employees

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Imphal, June 6,

All tribal Rights Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) has lauded that present BJP led government both at center and the state for creating a pension cell in the Directorate of Tribal Affairs and Hills for ADC Employees stating that such a cell will give a great relief for thousands of ADC Employees, both tribe and non-tribe.
A statement of the ATRPFM said that creation of the pension cell in the Directorate of Tribal Affairs and Hills for ADC Employees has been published in Manipur Gazette vide No. 15/04/2016-HILLS(PT) vide Office Memorandum dated 02.02.2019 read with Notification dated 02.02.2018.
The statement said that   the Governor of Manipur had framed Rules under Section 51(2)(vi) of the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act, 1971, for giving service pension in respect of ADC employees and a notification has been issued by the Commissioner (Hills), Government of Manipur to that effect vide Notification dated 18.07.1991, bearing No. CHA/79/83-Pt. which was published in Manipur Gazette on the 18th day of July, 1991. The said Rules shall be deemed to have come into force on the first day of July, 1991. However, the State government could not implement the same.  
Again, the same Rules was notified by the Principal Secretary to the Government of Manipur on 29th August, 2006 which be deemed to have come into force on the 28th of February, 2006, vide Notification No. CHA/79/83-Pt. But State Government is reluctant to implement the said Rules in spite of  repeated approach and requests by ex-employees, employees and civil organisations(ATRPFM). The Governor of Manipur further amended the ‘Scheme for Payment of Pensions to the Employees of District Councils of Autonomous Districts of Manipur issued under Notification of even number dated 22/08/2006. A Notification dated 8th January, 2007 to that effect was issued by Commissioner (Finance), Government of Manipur and published in the Manipur Gazette on 30th January, 2007.  
It is clearly mentioned at Item No. 1.7 under Para 2 of the said Notification that the Government has decided to provide fund under Demand No. 14 - Development of Tribal and Scheduled Castes to meet the expenditure on account of payment of pension,/family pension, gratuity, other retirement benefits, etc. as per the Manipur Civil Service (Pension) Rules, 1977 to the District Council officials and staffs. The scheme would take effect from 28/02/2006 as per the Notification.
 The fund for Pension to Employees of Autonomous District Councils has been included in the State Budget under Demand No. 14 of the Tribal Affairs and Hills Department, Government of Manipur since 2007-08 financial year of which Rs 193.81 lakhs was earmaked. The fund for pension of ADC employees is also reflected in the Budget, 2018-19 with Rs 247.81 lakhs. Thus, the funds for Pension in respect of Employees of Autonomous District Councils have been reflected in the State Budget from the financial year 2007-08 till 2018-19. However, the previous State government failed to implement it and kept in abeyance. However, the State Government question their own laws and Rules. It is the government who made those Acts and Rules, and at the same time they were questioning their own laws which is amounted to mockery.
The ATRPFM statement said that the creation of the pension cell is an achievement for the BJP-led State Government.

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‘No other project except National Sports University at 44- Yaithibi Loukol’

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Imphal, June 6,

Land Donors Association of 44- Yaithibi Loukol staged a torch rally from Langthabal Khunou to Lousi khongjao, Imphal Moreh Road, yesterday evening in protest against the proposal for establishment of Fruit park instead of the National Sports University.

The protestors strongly opposed the proposal saying that “No Other Project Except National Sport University At 44- Yaithibi Loukol”.

In a press statement the protestors said that the locals of the area has consented in giving up their farming lands in consideration of welfare and progress in the future when the state government had proposed to construct a National Sports University. Now, the Sports University has been constructed elsewhere. The people of the 44- Yaithibi Loukol now demanded the State government to return their farming lands as soon as possible.

“If the government didn’t listen the voice of the 44- Yaithibi Loukol various kinds of agitation will be launched”, the statement said.

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Kangla Fort Board renamed as Kangla Board

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Imphal, June 6,

Kangla Fort Board has been renamed today as the Kangla Board. The decision to rename the Board as Kangla Board was taken during a review meeting held today at Kangla which was chaired by the Chief Minister.

After of the meeting the Chief Minister inspected the developmental works being taken up inside the Kangla. The meeting discussed the details about the construction of ‘Nongpok Thong’ of Kangla among others.

In  his face book post the Chief Minister wrote – “ Chaired a meeting of the Kangla Fort Board at the Kangla and inspected developmental works-in-progress inside the Kangla. Discussed in detail on the constructions of a ‘Nongpok Thong’ of the Kangla and other issues. The Board has also approved to rename the ‘Kangla Fort Board’ as the ‘Kangla Board’.

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Manipur creates record on World Environment Day: Over 50,000 saplings planted in 950 schools and 80 colleges in 1 hour

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Imphal, June 6,

It was a record breaking initiative and the Education Minister Th. Radheshyam has done it. Over 50,000 saplings were planted in just one hour time at 950 schools and 80 colleges to mark the World Environment Day celebration on Wednesday.
The initiative taken up by the Education department with the Forest Department and All Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) not only aims in planting of trees but also monitoring the survival of these trees that are planted.
Speaking at the inauguration of the campaign of Mass Tree Plantation programme at S. K. Ideal High School, Konthoujam, Education Minister Radheshyam stated that on the World Environment Day planting a tree sapling is very easy but making it survive, grow and attain its maturity is a big challenge. He said that the Education Department in collaboration with the Forest Department and All Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) is all set to take up the big challenge of planting more than 50,000 saplings, and monitoring for the survival and growth of these trees.
Th. Radheshyam explained that every sapling being planted today has a name tag of the student, teacher and staff which indicates that these individuals are in charge of the trees planted. The teachers and students are the owners of the tree saplings and it is their responsibility to nurture the plants to make it survive and grow until it attains its maturity. He highlighted that the target to plant more than 50,000 saplings was carried out in and around the educational institutions throughout the State.
With the students as the taskforce to care for the saplings planted, Th. Radheshyam said that it is the need of hour that the students become a part of the positive change that is needed for the environment. He said that afforestation and preservation of the forest are two important things to be followed in order to safeguard the environment and planting more trees is the best way to be followed. He also expressed his delight for the guardians and elders of the students also took part in the campaign. He opined that involvement of people from all walks of life is a must for the society to advance.
He said that the Manipuri since time immemorial has been celebrating the festival of Laiharaoba to please the Gods and Goddesses of Umang Lai. He explained that the name Umang Lai in itself defines the importance of the forest in the culture and tradition of Manipur. However, it is very unfortunate to witness that many forest of the Umang Lai has been diminished and vanished with time. He urged the concern authority to reinstate the forest of Umang Lai which is a significant symbol for the deity we believe.
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Shri Anurag Bajpai said that it is for the first time that such initiative to plant more than 50,000 trees with the students, teachers and officials of all the educational institution of the state is being taken up making the students to directly involve with the campaign of mass tree plantations. He said such action of involving huge number of people will also help in creating massive awareness about the importance of environment and the need to safeguard the nature.
 He said that the planting of more trees and covering the land with green plant is the most effective way to fight ‘Air Pollution’ because barren land produce huge amount of carbon dioxide. In order to safeguard the environment and make the earth a better place for all the species, he said that the most important and easiest way but at the same time the hardest part is to plant trees. He also added that most of the saplings being planted today were mostly of local varieties which are favorable to be grown in the state.
MLA Konthoujam, Sapam Ranjan Singh, Director Education Department, Shir Thokchom Kirankumar Singh, officials of the Education Department, Principal, teachers, students and the guardians attended the celebration of World Environment Day, 2019 which is also being celebrated throughout the world under the theme ‘Air Pollution’. As a follow up programme a survey for the saplings planted today will be carried out during the festival of Van Mahotsav in July and in November to verify the number of surviving saplings.

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Environment Day and Manipur

The world over, “World Environment Day” is being observed yesterday. And while the event is also being organized by various social organizations and Government departments in the state, a cold hard look at the turn of events over the years indicates more of lip service rather than effective implementation of suggestions and plans when it comes to taking up concrete and sustainable steps to reverse the ill effects arising out of damaging our natural environment.

Saying so, the State Education Minister, Th. Radheshyam initiative to make record in the history of Manipur by Planting over 50000 plants in around 1000 schools and colleges is a worth appreciating. The initiative may be considered a decision of a wise man as everyone knows that caring is more important than just planting. An as the venue chose or selected by the Education Minister is School and college campus, a simple logic suggest that a little initiative by the head of the schools is what is needed to make the 5000 plus sapling grows.

Well and good, this time the concern for the environment is growing among the people of the state. The pollution at major Rivers and the initiative by local clubs and organization to preserve and protect the River, beside grooming of culture among the youths for planting of trees is a better signed for the future of the state.

The theme adopted for this year- ‘‘Beat Air Pollution’ perhaps encapsulates the growing concern being increasingly felt by one and all.

Over the past few years, “Sustainable Development” has emerged as the latest development catchphrase. A wide range of non-governmental as well as governmental organizations have embraced it as the new paradigm of development.

An in-depth analysis of the literatures and deliberations on the concept indicates, however, a lack of consistency in its interpretation or implementation. More important, while the inclusive nature of the concept gives it political strength, its current formulation by the mainstream of sustainable development thinking contains significant weaknesses. An inconsequent insight or awareness of the problems of poverty and environmental degradation, and confusion about the role of economic growth and about the concepts of sustainability and participation and the inherent relationship between these factors are some of the key issues which still needed to be addressed if any significant positive outcome is to be expected. The inefficiencies, inadequacies and contradictions in policy making demonstrated in the context of trade, agriculture, and forestry bears testimony to the fact that a more cohesive and sustained effort needs to be taken up. It is further suggested that if the concept of sustainable development is to have any significant impact, politically expedient indecisiveness will have to make way for clarity of purpose and vitality in implementation.

But it is easier said than done. The existing political and social condition in the state calls for more pressing attention such as the improvement of law & order, improvement of economic conditions, not to mention the perennial struggle of sustaining self and family. While these pressing concerns may appear disconnected with the increasing negative impact being demonstrated more clearly with each passing day on the gradually degrading natural environment, the inherent relation between the environment and the social condition cannot be ignored. The interdependence of the two factors, as well as the importance of maintaining a proper balance between progress and environment should be highlighted. Progress at the cost of the environment will still drag us back to the stone age. No amount of man-made structures or infrastructures can replicate the unappreciated benefits provided by the natural environment.

Budding Malwares in Manipur University

By – Sh. Ajit

Manipur University, one of the eminent places for higher education, is really in a volatile condition. Multiple issues are on picture now. Just after the expression of discontents by some research scholars, by locking office-rooms of relevant authorities, for their almost two year long pending university fellowship, university contractual staffs also held sit-in-protest demanding to give them priority in the present regular recruitments. It may be reminded that delay in disbursing the scholarship for research scholar is not a new one but it has becomes a periodic problem in this university.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the high level committee of the university was held day before yesterday to discuss on different agendas and issues including new academic calendar, new recruitments and admission, new UGC guidelines for central universities.
After the MU authority was compelled to cancel recruitment advertisement for many times, the new advertisement just published a couple of days before is also in unhealthy position. It is also likely to be cancelled again in view of the UGC Guidelines of Faculty Recruitment, 2018. This may hamper the heart of many aspirants. Stabilizing normalcy in Manipur University is becoming a hundred million dollar question.
On the other side, the university is facing a huge problem financially in settling accounts in connection with Indian Science Congress, over-expenditureQ in travels of the former VC, fund deficit regarding some UGC-JRF scholars whose tenure is on the luminal phase when funding system was converted to DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer). When DBT was effected, university undermines the UGC instruction and goes on its traditional mode of disbursing fellowship that created denial and unacceptable to UGC. Within this few months or a year, university had recruited several contractual positions, opened new departments, increases student intake without sanctioning the minimum post and infrastructure, on which denial of UGC is very much expected.
At present, UGC is not ready to   recognize those guest faculties as bonafide one whose recruitment was not done by following UGC criteria, like proper advertisement in media, UGC-NET qualifying, presence of VC nominees in selection process. This is a big question and a big issue to those who were selected in response to the departmental requirements without fulfilling these criteria. Therefore, those who were selected in compliance with UGC norms and those who were not will give another assignment to authorities. These are really multiple small but issues which need to work out at the earliest. Otherwise, it may kick off the second episode of crisis in Manipur University.

Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) provides platform to Manipur Company to export Manipur textiles and handicrafts

By a Correspondent
Imphal, June 6,

A textile and handicraft company launched by a woman from Manipur has successfully started spreading eco friendly textile products of Manipur to the entire country and abroad. A company, Natural Textile Collections (NTC)  founded in 2004 by Ms.Keisham Babita Devi primarily concentrating on handicraft made of ‘Kauna’ and other natural fiber based products produces  bags, baskets and other household products. Currently, the company has expanded to handloom products like garments and home furnishings, containers and laundry basket of many shapes and sizes. The company focuses primarily on eco-friendly products.   The USP of the NTC Company is of mixing the traditional material ‘Kauna’ with the current modern designs making it fashionable to everyone.
Today NTC’s business is increasing day by day and looking for in house design production to create own brand label.
NTC is a success story in promoting Manipur handicraft and handloom products to the world and generating income to the state.
  In the beginning, the company started from a humble background and focused mainly on the retail of the products. However, the company has currently expanded from only retail to wholesale and export.
The founder, Ms.Keisham Babita Devi  born in a family with a strong tie to the Manipur handloom and handicraft industry was supported by her parents  Keisham Manaobi Singh and  Haobam Ranibala Devi  of Khwai Nagamapal Paonam Leikai, Imphal West Manipur.
It was an inherited family trade and love as Babita’s grandfather, late Keisham Tombi Singh is considered as the pioneer of Manipur Handloom and Handicraft. He founded the Pineapple fiber in the early 1960s which is also one of the main resources of the industry. He also introduced “Lashing Phee” (a type of blanket with cotton) in the late 1930s which became one of the popular types of household product in the state.
Ms. Babita’s parent worked in the Manipur Handloom & Handicraft industry and contributed immensely to the promotion of the industry and the products. Keisham Manaobi, father of Ms. Babita, introduced ‘Kauna’ to the European market in the late 1980s. Because of the exposure to the industry from an early age, Ms Babita has been inspired to work in this sector. The inspiration behind the formation of NTC was from the   time where she used to work in various export house where people from all over the world could find the handicraft and handloom products from various states of India. Even though the Manipuri handloom and handicraft products are unique in the world, it was not getting the exposure it needed and people were not aware of the products. This gave her the idea and interest to promote the Manipur handloom and handicrafts to the world. The seed to start the company started getting shape.
  Keisham Babita a  recipient of Vasundhara NE Woman Entrepreneur award 2014 – 15   started joining exhibitions and fairs with her family to test out the retail market for Manipur Handloom and Handicraft Products. Later on, she branched out her own company to venture as an independent woman entrepreneur.
By attending various exhibitions and fairs she got the opportunity to expand her market. Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) provided one such platform. The EPCH organised Indian handicraft and Gift Fair (IHGF) twice a year and on both occasions the NTC was given the opportunity to particate and display her products.
Since the early humble but steady start, the company has grown stronger and achieved
substantial milestones on the way. Some of the noteworthy milestones are,
·    First Manipur handicraft (made of ‘Kauna’) export assignment to Jamaica.
·    First invitation to attend international exhibition for Handloom and Handicraft representing Manipur.
·    Showroom opened in Delhi and other branches.
·    Regular export consignment to France, Italy, Germany, United State of America, Japan and Malaysia.
NTC plays a key role in the promotion of handicraft products especially ‘Kauna’ craft in the
national and the international market. NTC has earned recognition amongst the overseas
NTC has appreciated  EPCH  for providing the buyers and seller platform and giving it the much needed boost to reach out to the whole world. The platform generated a high level of awareness to overseas buyers and resulted in high demands of handicraft products from our state. These activities have enhanced our state economies, which also help in creating employment, especially to the women.
 NTC also helps in creating new product lines by introducing innovative designs and producing  quality products to meet the international market standard.
Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) was established under Companies Act in the year 1986-87 and is a non-profit organisation, with an object to promote, support, protect, maintain and increase the export of handicrafts. It is an apex body of handicrafts exporters for promotion of exports of Handicrafts from country and projecting India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality of handicrafts goods & services and ensured various measures keeping in view of of observance of international standards and specification. The Council has created necessary infrastructure as well as marketing and information facilities, which are availed both by the members, exporters and importers.

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