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Start Up Conclave: Manipur gifted with natural beauty and people with talents- CM

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Imphal, Sept. 20

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that Manipur is gifted with rich natural wealth and beauty and people of the State has enormous talents. This was stated by him at the “Manipur Start Up Conclave, 2019” and launching of MyGov Manipur at City Convention Centre, Imphal today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that he is delighted to see the youths coming out with ideas, initiatives and innovations that would bring change in our society. He mentioned that for decades, due to insurgency, Manipur has gone through a difficult period when our imagination and innovative ideas were curtailed. However after the present government comes to power, there is peace and a new chapter has been started in the State, he added.
Chief Minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, ‘Startup India’ was taken up with the objective to build a strong start-up eco-system for nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. Similarly in Manipur, “Manipur Start-Up” was initiated to provide the enabling eco-system to support and nurture startups in the region.   
Expressing happiness over the potential of the youth for their talent, ideas and innovations, Chief Minister assured that the government would increase the budget for the ‘Manipur Start-up Scheme’. He mentioned that this year, we received a total of 3966 applicants out of which 798 were shortlisted. 98 startups under Revenue stage, 579 startups under Idea stage and 177 under Entrepreneurs Support Scheme (ESS) were selected to provide loans under the scheme. He thanked the banks including SBI, Bank of Baroda, UBI, MSCB etc for supporting and encouraging the entrepreneurs of the State.
Stating that the state has lot to offer in terms of tourism, Chief Minister said that the future of Manipur lies in the tourism sector. He maintained that government is planning to take up a tourism project where an MLA would develop a tourist spot at their constituency to attract tourists. In the last two and half years, the influx of foreign tourist is increasing drastically from 500-600 per year during 2014-15, 2015-16 to above 10,000 tourists every month since 2017 onwards, he added.
Expressing concern over the steep rise in the price of local produced rice in the State, he said that the government is enforcing the Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act to save our paddy fields. There is a need for vertical expansion rather than horizontal expansion for construction purposes in the State, he added.
He stated that the government is planning to replace the diesel auto-rickshaws to e-rickshaws to minimise air and noise pollution in the Imphal city area. He urged the banks provide loans to those auto drivers who want to procure e-rickshaws to replace their diesel-autos.
During the programme, brief presentations of six selected successful Start-ups were showcased. The Chief Minister and other dignitaries distributed the grants and sanction letter to be borne by the State Government to the selected Start-Ups and Entrepreneur under the scheme.
Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, HODs of various departments, officials of different departments and others attended the function.

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MU raid’s Memorial stone demolished by authorities

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Imphal, Sept. 20

The memorial stone installed in front of the MUTA office, Manipur University remembering the 20th September 2018 raid on MU by Security forces was demolished yesterday night by the authorities.

The memorial stone is yet to be unveiled.

Talking to reporters Registrar in charge W. Chandbabu while not mentioning who demolished the memorial stone said that earlier he was instructed to remove the memorial stone by the administrator Jarnail Singh, before he was out of station.

The MUSU, MUTA and MUSA had intimidated the Administrator for installation of the memorial stone on September 4. But the proposal was rejected by the Administrator, he said.

The Manipur University Students Union (MUSU), Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) and Manipur University Staffs’ Association (MUSA) today jointly organised an observation of the Manipur University Black Day in memory of September 20 midnight raid of the MU by the security forces.

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Woman died in road accident

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Imphal, Sept 20

A woman died today morning at Keishampat Leimajam Leikai in Imphal West district after she was hit by a four wheeler vehicle (Eco-Van) bearing registration No, MN-06 LA 9421.

The deceased has been identified as Kh Memcha Devi (42) , wife of Kh. Premananda of Langthabal Khunja Awang Leikai, Imphal West. She is a worker of the Seven Sister Security Service.

As per report the driver of the vehicle , Lairenjam Gitaranjan, son of L. Jiban of Kumbi surrendered to the police after evacuating the injured lady at RIMS.

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Police foils public meeting convened by Babysana’s JAC

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Imphal, Sept 20

Police today foiled the public meeting convened by the JAC Against the Murder of Ningthoujam Babysana at THAU Ground, Thangmeiband. The meeting was announced by the JAC through a press statement yesterday. The police foiled the meeting as the JAC could not get permission from the District Magistrate, as the area has been under CrPC 144.

The JAC has been demanding the Government to hand over the investigation over the death of 14 years old Ningthoujam Babysana , who was found hanged to death at her hostel room of Standard Robarth Canchipur on July 18. The State Government even though had written to the CBI for taking up the case, CBI is yet to announce the handling of the case officially. Earlier, this newspaper had reported that the CBI had agreed in principal to take the case as the matter is of public interest. However, the CBI is yet to announce it official statement regarding the case. The JAC member while talking over phone to this newspaper said that the CBI is delaying in taking the case as the state government is not giving any pressure to the central authority. It also alleged intentional delay from the side of the state government as it does not want to hand over the case to the CBI.

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4 nominated for MACR Child Rights Award

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Imphal, Sept 20

Editor of Imphal Times Rinku Khumukcham, Chairperson of Child Welfare Committee Imphal West, Thiyam Rajkishore , Addl. Superintendent of Police NAB, Thounaojam Brinda, Manipur and ZEO Zone III Thoubal MES, Arambam Anilkumar have been nominated as the winners of the prestigious ‘MACR Child Rights Award 2019’ by the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights Award.
The four persons were nominated for the prestigious award in recognition to their extra ordinary efforts and commitments while working in the field of Juvenile Justice, journalism, education, combating drugs and alcoholism, a statement of the MARC said.
The Awards will be presented to the nominated individuals in the 10th Children Cultural Meet, 2019 to be held on September 28, at 9 am at the Auditorium Hall of Tribal Research Institute (TRI) Chingmeirong, Imphal West.

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Keithel vendors of Jiribam protest over extortion by militants at Noney

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Imphal, Sept 20

Vendor ladies of Jiribam market today staged protest at the market shed protesting extortion of money from the woman traders by militants at Noney area.
The protestors said that some militants extort a sum of Rs. 500 from every woman traders selling vegetable at Jiribam area at Noney Bazar since the last week. The woman said that those going towards Tamenglong were spared but the militant forcibly extort the money from all the traders who were going towards Jiribam after collecting vegetable from Imphal.
Demanding arrest and punishment of the militants, the vendor ladies of Jiribam threaten intensified agitation if the authority fails to take up immediate action against those militants.  
During the protest all shops and business establishment at Jiri keithel area remain shuts.

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Floral tribute paid to victims of Crime against Women

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Imphal, Sep 20

Women Against Crime, Canchipur, today paid floral tribute (Langban Thana Lakpada) to the Women victims who were brutally murdered from the year 2009 to 2019 while celebrating 10th Years of service of the organisation at G.M. hall, Imphal.
The programme was attended by Thongam Biswajit Singh, Minister, Works, Power, RD&PR, Com.& Ind. IPR, Ngangom Tejkumar, Former Director Prosecution and Chief Advisor of the Women Against Crime, Sumatibala Ningthoujam, Chairperson Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights, , P.Deban Sharma, President AMUCO, and Sunil Karam, President, UCM among others.
Minister, Thongam Bishwajit while talking on the occasion said that he will give all support to the organisations while taking up welfare programme for the victim women.

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NFAI appeals to share film negatives for preservation; FSM appeals to save Manipuri Films

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Imphal, Sept 19

As the films being  part of India’s cultural heritage, the National Film Archives of India has appealed to the public to come together to save the films and submit negatives of  feature and short films for preservation at the National Film Archives of India, Pune.

The National Film Archives of India has drawn the attention of the interested Producers or Production houses or Directors etc. who wish to deposit the original or dupe negative, to provide their details by scanning the QR code available at the official website: nfai.gov.in so as to reach at the Director, National Film Archive of India, Law College Road, Pune – 411004. The National Film Archives of India may be contacted through Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Telephone: (020)25659516 Facebook:@nfaiofficial, Twitter: nfaiofficial, and Instagram: nfaiofficial for details.

National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has also invited to the public to share any rare film and non-film material for preservation under National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM). The mission aims at Preservation, Conservation, Digitization and Restoration of the rich film content in country.

It also appeals  to come forward and submit any rare, archival material in any format: celluloid films(8mm/16mm/35mm/70mm), still photographs, moving images, VHS tapes, U-matic tapes, short film, documentaries, wall posters, book posters, song booklets, lobby cards etc. of Indian films in any language. Anybody can contact to the Director, NFAI at [email protected] nfaipune.gov.in.

There are around 66 Manipuri feature films and a few short films produced so far in celluloid format. The negatives of these films are lying at the film processing labs at Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. Film Society of Manipur has also appealed to the public as well as the Government of Manipur to come together to save all these Manipuri films by extending helps towards the Manipuri film producers. Manipuri films are also a great treasure for the generations to come.

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Time to find way for immediate solution to the climate crisis

The world today blames the greed of the human kinds for the cause of the present global crisis due to environment degradation and Manipur too joined in criticizing the human greed for the present crisis.
Human error has always been the cause of crisis of any kind. And from time to time, these human has been fighting hard to correct the error so that we could live a live with dignity, peacefully and prosperously.
It is right that we the human beings have committed so many crimes against the Mother Nature. We have tonsure almost all forest of the planet and as a result flash flood, draught, extreme rise in mercury etc are becoming yearly phenomenon in across the planet. Manipur too have been witnessing the horror of nature’s wrath in the recent year. For some civilize society, they have been finding alternative ways to live with the changes and by trying to restore the Mother Nature to its original position. For Country like Thailand or Japan in the South East Asia or the Israel in the Middle East or the US in the west, they have been finding ways to adapt with the changing environment making their  land human friendly. For example, way back in early 2000s, Thailand had started construction Check Dam in Chekmai area to control the water at catchment area. The construction of the Check Dam had not only control flash flood but also succeeded in supplying water for irrigation. Israel, once a barren land is now an advance country which produces agricultural products the years round. This was possible due to the hard work of the people of the country. Similar kind of initiative to fight the changing climatic condition of the world is being seen taken up at many states of India too. Government of Many state particularly Rajsthan, Punjab, Maharastra etc. have been putting all their energy to promote agricultural products. When agri products are high the state automatically becomes free from natural disaster.
Well as for the state of Manipur the people now that the deforestation that has been taking place for the last many decades is the cause of the present environmental crisis. We have heard the head of the state talking about the deforestation at River Catchment area as the cause of the flash flood and the present day draught like situation. The government authority always talk as if the people of this land are left with no means as it is the nature that has been creating the situation. Desperate move like mass tree plantation are being taken up and huge amount of money have been spent for the plantation of sapling. The initiative for the plantation of sapling is a good initiative. However on second thought it is pertinent for one all to think about the people of present day Manipur. The plantation of trees is a long term measures and it will take some 2 decades to see all trees grow well. But why the state is not considering of taking up some short term measures for survival of the present day generation.
When Thailand or Israel could find scientific measures to fight the changing climate change, why not in the state of Manipur?
As everyone knows that it was the deforestation at river catchment area that caused frequent flash flood and drought, why the government is not constructing Check Dams at River catchment area?  While waiting for the newly planted sapling to grow the Check Dam is now left as the only means for control of rain water at River Catchment area. The idea is being suggested as it had been taken up at other places. However, there may be other scientific way to solve the present crisis. But for that the state need to invest money to the scientists of the state and encourage them to research in the field.
Let us think of some immediate measures so that the present generation can adapt with the changing climate of the world. After all we can’t let ourselves died in hunger.

‘Negative Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Communities’

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Imphal, Sept. 20

As an initiative to create awareness about the negative impact of climate change on indigenous people, the North East Dialogue Forum is organizing   an event at Khasi National Durbar Hall, Mawkhar at Meghalaya on Thursday, September 26, in connection with the fourth death Anniversary of late Bah Hopingstone Lyngdoh.
A statement of the NE Dialogue Forum said that Global Climate Strike begin from today and will continue till September 27, while some will go on till September 28 and 29.
The statement said that Human induced climate change has become a climate crisis requiring climate action on an emergency footing otherwise imminent  catastrophe consequences  is knocking at the door and actually has started gate-crashing almost everywhere.
“No-one can claim exception from contributing towards accelerated climate change and its negative and devastating impact. Greta Thunberg a 16 year old teenager from Sweden started her protest and strike more than a year back. Valentina Elangbam, a nine year old from Kakching District, Manipur has become the Green Ambassador of her State as she had cried inconsolable when on returning from school one afternoon, she found that four of the trees she had planted four years earlier and nursed like her own brothers, have been cut down.
“In our own measure, beginning from our own backyard, we have to be engaged conscientiously in mitigating climate change” the  NE Dialogue Forum statement said.

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