Monday, 30 September 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Sept 30

People from all wakes of life today paid tribute to lamyanba Hijam Irabot on his 123rd Birth Anniversary. State government function to mark the day was held at Irawat Square, Lilashing Khongnangkhong , Thangmeiband, with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh as the Chief Guest. The state function of the 123rd Birth Anniversary of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot  was presided by Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh.
PHED Minister Dekho also attended the function as Guest of honour.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Minister said while celebrating  Irabot day, we should remember his dedication and efforts toward maintaining oneness and emotional integrity among people of different communities. He urged all to follow the ideals of the great leader, who envisioned a united Manipur.
N. Biren Singh said that Irabot stood for the unity and love between hill people and valley people and recalled that the inseparable hill-valley unity was his vision for a prosperous Manipur. He said that Irabot’s statue is being faced towards Manipur Legislative Assembly Secretariat, to reminds the legislators of his ideology.
He further said that the current Government does not believe in rhetorical speeches but in visible actions, the Chief Minister said that since the agricultural land is very limited, the govt. has taken up certain measures and in order to preserve the agriculture land, the government has amended a building by-laws by giving approval of construction of building with G+7 which was earlier G+3. To enable double cropping, thrust was given to irrigation. A project proposal of minor irrigation and rain harvesting scheme has been sent to the concerned ministry, he added.
The 123rd Birth Anniversary of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot was also observed at Irabot Park, Kakching Keithel in Kakching district. The function was organised by Janna Neta Hijam Irabot Ningsing Lup Kakching . On the occasion Mission Clean, Greenn and Healthy Kakching was launched to keep Kakching as the cleanl and health. Volunteers of the mission took pledge to keep clean, green and healthy Kakching.
Earlier, floral tribute was paid to the statue of Hijam Irabot and departed leaders of Kakching.
Director of Education (S) Th. Kirankumar, Deputy Director of Environment and Climate Change Dr. T. Brajakumar, Editor of Imphal Times Rinku Khumukcham , Founder members of Blooming Manipur Elangbam Tomba  among others attended as special invitees . The function was graced by N. Sanjitkumar, Chairperson , KMC, Prof. N. Rajmuhon Singh , President ADAM Kakching, P. Sampha , President , Library and Information Centre Kakching , Uttamkumar Naorem, President Lions Club of Kakching , Ksh Surjit President JNINL etc. as presidium members.
The Janna Neta Hijam Irabot Ningsing Lup Kakching also presented monetary awards to two cleanest locality of kakching. The awards and citation were handed over to the representatives of the two locals by Education (S) Director Kirankumar , dy. Director of Environment Dr. T Brajakumar and Prof. Rajmuhon.
Director of education (S) Th. Kirankumar while speaking on the occasion appealed the gathering to follow the path of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot and serve the nation by way of dedicating on service for the welfare of the society.
Kirankumar further said that students should make good use of the ‘No School Bag day’ introduce by the State education department. He said that students need to learn the surroundings by way of exploring and government aims that the ‘no school bag day’ will be utilized by each and every students.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times revisited the life of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot from the perspectives of a journalist. He said that the Manipuri society is yet to find more about the life of Hijam Irabot.

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Imphal, Sept 30

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and some other leaders of the state BJP including Rajya Sabha MP K. Bhabananda and Works Minister Th. Bishwajit met top profile Central BJP leaders at the Head Office of BJP at New Delhi yesterday. Delhi based journalist who waited to meet Chief Minister at Manipur Bhavan, SP Marg, said that the meeting lasted till midnight yesterday and Chief Minister N. Biren Singh returned at around 1 am in the morning.

Details of the meeting could not be known as the Chief Minister refused interview with the journalist. However, source from the CMO Manipur said that the Chief Minister didn’t give the interview as it was late and as he has to return back to Imphal for attending the 123rd Birth Anniversary of Hijam Irabot.

Regarding the rumours about the meeting which some newspaper claimed it as meeting due to pressure from the dissident BJP MLAs camping at New Delhi for change of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, the source from the CMO said that the meeting was to discuss about important issues and not about the cause of the dissidents. The source however, decline to spell out the so call important issues.

Imphal Times speculated the meeting to have been about the passing of the contentious CAB and the issue of the final solution of the NSCN-IM. This is being said as per source from BJP Delhi Office.

Among the central leaders whom the Chief Minister met were Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National General Secretary Bupendra Yadav, Newly appointed General Secretary B.L. Santosh and BJP National President Amit Shah. Manipur BJP President K. Bhavananda and PWD Minister Th. Bishwajit also joined the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh while meeting the BJP Central leaders.

As per an official who accompanied the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, the central BJP leaders had fixed another meeting on October 2, as no decision could be taken yesterday.

The source further added that the central BJP leadership is preparing to meet out any eventuality that might come out in the state of Manipur in the aftermath of the passing of the CAB Bill and as no concrete decision could be taken another meeting has been fixed on October 2.

Meanwhile, dissident MLAs who have been campaigning at New Delhi urging the central BJP leadership for change of Chief Minister are living on prayer waiting for a final decision of the Central BJP leaders.

It may be mentioned that Works Minister Th. Bishwajit did not stay at Manipur Bhavan. Some other MLAs and Ministers who are in Delhi have also not registered at any of the Manipur House. However, Education Minister Radeshyam, MLA Lukhoi, MLA Robindro, MLA Sushindro and MLA Surchandra stayed at the same Manipur Bhavan that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh stayed.

On the other hand BJP senior member Th. Chaoba and H. Borababu stayed at Tikendrajit Bhawan.

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Monday, 30 September 2019 17:38

Irabot Day held at THAU ground

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Imphal, Sept 30

Socialist Students Union of Manipur (SSUM), Proletarian Feminist Movement Manipur (PoFM), Socialist Women's Association (SWA) and Youth Communist League (YCL) organised Irabot Day at THAU ground today, Thangmeiband to remember the glorious revolutionary comrade Irabot.

Khaidem Mani, Manipur Human Rights Commision grace the occasion as chief guest while S. Yaima Meitei, President, SSUM Manipur presided the function. Lamabam Mahendra, COSHEM Chairman, Dr. Sanatomba Singh, Associate Professor, Manipur College, Ashem Kennedy Singh, Founder Principal IPS Canchipur attended as guests of honour.

March past contingents from NCC, different schools and meira paibi associations took part in the program. Singer Dinamani Mangang graced the event with songs of Lamyanba Irabot. The guests at the event expressed the desire of unity among the people of Manipur and talked about the contribution of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot in building this society. They talked about his dream of Mannaba Khunnai and the sacrifice he made while working towards his goal.

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Imphal, Sept. 30

Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen flagged off State Level Poshan Maah cycle rally held today at Directorate head quarter, Social Welfare, Imphal. It marks the closing of the Rashtriya Poshan Maah.
Taking forward the message of Poshan Abhiyaan, the rally started from the office campus of Directorate of Social Welfare and covers the following places namely Khongnang Ani Karak, Lamlong Bazar, JNIMS Hospital, Ananda Singh Higher Secondary Academy, Nongmeibung, Sanjenthong, Keishampat, Wahengbam Leikai, Nagamapal, Ima Keithel, Kangla Gate and it finally ends at the starting point.
Addressing the gatherings, Minister Nemcha Kipgen expressed that this cycle rally will definitely spread the message of Poshan Abhiyaan to all the people of the state. She asserted that joint sensitization programmes has been held in all the Districts and also in block level during the Rashtriya Poshan Maah month.
Nemcha Kipgen also lauded all the officers and officials of Social Welfare Department, Anganwadi workers, helpers and all stakeholders for their selfless contribution in the successful implementation of Poshan Maah in Manipur.
The cycle rally flagged off function was also graced by Principal Secretary, Social Welfare, Government of Manipur, Vumlunmang Vualnam and Director, Social Welfare, Ngangom Uttam Singh as Guest of Honour and President respectively.

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Monday, 30 September 2019 17:35

Manipuri players clinch 11 medals in MMA

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Imphal, Sept.30

Manipur Mixed Martial Arts Association (MMMAA) team which represented India clinched 7 Gold & 4 Silvers in the International Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Championship which was held at Greater Noida, G.B. Nagar ( Delhi NCR) on  September 28 and 29, 2019.
The mixed martial arts players who got medals are -  1) Sagolshem Roshibina Devi - Under 35 kg - Sub -Junior Girls - Gold. 2) Konthoujam Nancy Devi - under 50 kg - Sub - Junior Girls - Gold. 3) MD. Sayed Ashif - Under 45 Kg - Sub - Junior Boys -  Silver. 4) MD. Rustaque Ahamed  - Under 50 kg - Sub - Junior - Gold . 5) Chingakham Rajesh Singh - Under 55 kg - Sub Junior Boys - Gold. 6) Hijam Mocha Singh - Under 60 kg - Sub - Junior - Silver. 7) Konthoujam Bikash Singh - Under 70 kg - Sub - Junior  Boys - Gold  8) Chingakham Budhachandra Singh - Under 55kg - Junior Boys - Silver 9) Shagolshem Rameshwor Singh -  Under 60 kg - Junior Boys - Gold 10) Sinam Romio Singh - Senior Men’s - Under 55 kg - Gold 11) Konthoujam Birohini Devi - Senior Women’s - Under 50 Kg - Silver 12).
Master Ch. Premchandra Singh of Manipur Mixed Martial Arts Association (MMMAA)is the Team Coach cum Manager.

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Monday, 30 September 2019 17:34

Remembering Lamyanba Irabot and his politics

Lamyanba Irabot is one of first torch bearers of modern progressive politics in Manipur.  Not only his political positions at every political movement in the first half of the twentieth century Manipur were commendable, he is also a master of political strategy and tactics. His political carrier did not start with a radical position; rather his politics became more and more radical at every movement. He began with a linguistic movement for the inclusion of Meiteilon in the education system of his time and worked tirelessly for developing Meiteilon.  
His contribution in linguistic movement gave him an important place in the political scene of Manipur in the first half of the twentieth century. He was made a member of the Sadar Panchayat and received favors from the royal family. However, he left all these privileges after he joined the movement against amang-aseng which later culminated into the movement of responsible government. His rift with the ruling class of Manipur further aggravated when he openly supported Nupi Lan against the colonial designs under which the Marwari businessmen are exporting rice from Manipur creating a steep rise in rice prices in Manipur at that time.
Once a glorified member of the state administration, he was jailed for supporting the cause of the people of Manipur. He politics further expanded in scope when he met communists in Syhlet. He became a communist and when he came back after six years of imprisonment and exile to Manipur, he started working for a structural change of the society he found himself in. When the responsible government finally came to fruit in the form of constitution, he said that it is one of the most important chapter in the history of Manipur. But it does not mean that he was in agreement of the 1948 constitution of Manipur in its entirety.
He went underground when the protesters at Pungdongbam resisting the formation of Purvanchal Pradesh clashed with police. This event shaped the politics of Manipur for the future generation to come. After he went underground, he started waging an armed struggle against the state for socialist country. Many scholars, citing this phase of Irabot’s political life, have argued that he is the father of insurgency movement in Manipur. Nevertheless, both state and civil society organizations are now celebrating his struggle against oppression and exploitation every year on September 30.  

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By - Monika Ingudam Devi
 ActionAid Association

On September 21, 1948, a public meeting was called by a member of the Manipur Assembly to protest the proposed formation of Purbachal Pradesh. This was to be composed of Manipur, Tripura, Cachar and the Lushai Hills, with its capital in Silchar town. People coming to the meeting were being stopped, and at Pungdongbam village In Imphal East district, a scuffle broke out in which, tragically a police officer lost his life. As a result of the police action the meeting was not held, a warrant was issued against the leader, who evaded arrest. This communist leader died a few years later in the jungle, a fugitive of the law.
This is known as the Pungdongbam Incident, and is seen as a watershed in the history of Manipur, and is seen as the day which saved Manipur. In 1976, the birthday of the 52-year old communist who called for the protest, was declared a state holiday and in 2018, the Government of Manipur gave the observation of the Jana NetaIrawat Day, the status of a State Function.
HijamIrawat Singh, was an incredible person. He was an anti-colonial fighter, noted for his involvement in the second Nupi Lan (women’s war) in 1939 which saw women protest the famine-like situation caused by the export of rice by the British. He was a communist political activist, and worked with peasants and tea garden workers. He was a poet, a playwright, an author and an editor – with many published and un-published works. He was a keen actor and participated in many theatre performances.  He was active as a sportsperson playing a number of sports and was also interested in and encouraged the spread of satjal – the Manipuri style of martial arts.
JananetaIrawat’s multi-faceted personality was not just limited to his individual interest and pursuits, he emphasized on the need to spread sports and cultural activities in the. He initiated the organization of various sports tournaments infootball, hockey and cricket, many of which were the first of its kinds in Manipur. He also promoted the idea of celebrating  Holi (Yaoshang) through local youth clubs by organising sports and cultural meets within the community for children, youth and senior citizens. The activities are organised in the community ground of each village.
It is natural that his popularity as a leader beloved by the people of Manipur grew even after his death. His vision for an egalitarian and independent society in Manipur, continues to capture the imagination of all people of Manipur.
Many are of the opinion that merely meeting once a year to talk about him is not enough. The need of the hour is to think and act with the same zeal today and deal with the problems that the present society is facing.
It is no surprise then that on JananetaIrawat Day all across the state of Manipur the youth of the state come forward to do social service works for the community. It has become customary to for young people to organise programmes to clean up the common areas and set up paper lanterns to be lit later in the evening.
This is the day that across villages the community comes together to clean up the public ponds that are used by everybody throughout the year.
Volunteerism through these social service campaigns means much more than the mere act ofcleaning up a common area or a public pond, it brings together all people to work together for a common cause, promoting an environment of amicable conversation and healthy.
For all societies seeking to improve the feeling of togetherness and oneness such occasions of community activity and an informal public interaction is the best starting point to build inclusive and harmonious living. This practice of promoting public associations and healthy exchange should be encouraged for the welfare and prosperity of the state of Manipur and the whole country.
Photo Caption: A bust of JananetaIrawat on the main highway in Bishnupur district, Manipur. Photo Credit: Joseph Mathai/ActionAid

[Monika Ingudam Devi is a development professional working with ActionAid Association. She was recently awarded the National Youth Icon Award 2019, by the International Youth Committee. she can be reached at : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

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Monday, 30 September 2019 17:32

World River Day, 2019

By - N. Munal Meitei

“Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.” this is the word by the founder of world river day, Mark Angelo.
Every river is unique in terms of its flow patterns, the landscapes, the species it supports and on its associated ecosystems. Rivers have no political boundaries; they treat different nations with various people having different language, culture and religions as loving mother along its entire course. Rivers are the most beautiful objects seen from the outer space.
In 2005, the United Nations launched the “Water for life decade” to create a greater awareness and care for our water resources. With this, the World Rivers Day was started in a proposal initiated by internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo, a Canadian conservationist.
World river day is celebrated 4th Sunday of September and in India we are celebrating on last Sunday, the 29th September, 2019. Now everyone should join hand to strengthen the movement for rivers and water. Together, we have to raise our voices to bring the attention to the urgent needs and threats facing with our rivers, and stood for hope and solidarity as we are to find the solutions to protect our rivers.
Rivers are a part of our communities. We cannot impact our local river systems without ultimately impacting our own health and well-being. These issues are not solely river issues; they are issues for human communities and for the future generations.
World Rivers Day highlights many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and hopefully encourage the improved stewardship of rivers around the world. Rivers in every country face an array of threats, and only our active involvement will ensure their health in the years ahead. Most of the rivers in Indian cities have changed their dresses with plastics.  With celebration of World Rivers Day, it encourage us to come out and participate to make the rivers as the world’s most pristine, scenic, and free-flowing streams.
Many of the world’s rivers are endangered. Pollution, deforestation in catchments, water extraction, drought, dams and invasive aquatic species threaten the health and future of our rivers.
In Manipur basin, Imphal river valley occupies 28.4%, Barak valley 40.5% and Eastern catchment drain to Chindwin 31.1% with many river systems and their tributaries. The scintillating rivers of Manipur make an important part of our topography. We may call Manipur a land of many rivers, and the beauties of these streams adorn the state even more. Some of the rivers in Manipur also form the natural boundaries both domestic and international for the state. Rivers in Manipur are also an important source of food, irrigation and electricity along with a hub of adventure sports like whitewater river rafting.
Rivers have served as socio-economic-political lifeline of Manipur and Rivers were used strategically as the boundaries by the then kings of Manipur. Rivers are considered sacred by the people of Manipur. Hence if we have any pride of being a Manipuri, then we should not throw any wastes, dirt’s and especially plastics into our rivers and otherwise our river will be choked and may become to death.
Amongst the rivers in Manipur, the Barak River and Manipur River are most popular. Manipur River has many major rivers with its tributaries like Imphal River, Iril River, Thoubal River, Sengmai River and Kuga River etc. The Ithai barrage is really a very important point of talk for bring a big change in all our aquatic Biodiversity. Almost all the fishes which are saline water life cycle have been extinct from our soil due to the dam. When a river has been dammed, one of the most obvious changes is the disruption to the amount and timing of its flow. “Environmental flows” is a system for managing the quantity, timing, and quality of water flows below a dam, with the goal of sustaining freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the human livelihoods that depend on them. Environmental flows can restore to improve water quality, sediment deposition, addressing the life-cycle needed of fish and wildlife, and restoring the livelihoods of river-based communities.
In a candid concession, besides heavy rain and discharge, the urban and rural encroachments in the river basin – including infrastructure such as buildings, roads, expressways and other business facilities, played a negative role in creating bottlenecks, which exacerbated the floods to the tune of 15 to 20%. Nambul and many other rivers in our state are also facing the same acute problems. It is therefore emphasizes the need for better infrastructural planning in the floodplain instead of encroaching and building on the river banks which are natural sponge for floodwaters.
A river’s flow is its heartbeat. Freshwater plants and animals have evolved with, and intimately depend upon, natural patterns of hydrological variability. Naturally high and low water levels create habitat conditions essential to reproduction and growth, and drive ecological processes required for ecosystem health. Flood pulses move sediment that maintains the form and function of rivers. Seasonal inundation of floodplains and wetlands supports groundwater recharge. And the flow of freshwater to estuaries prevents saline intrusion into coastal aquifers. Hence it all depends on healthy river flows.
Healthy rivers are the lifelines of our planet. Rivers and their watersheds – and the rich variety of life they sustain – provide people with water, food, medicines, building materials, land-replenishing silts, and more. They mitigate floods and droughts, support forests, recharge groundwater supplies, sustain fisheries, and provide byways for travel. We cannot do without the goods and services that aquatic ecosystems provide, and we cannot replicate them. Protecting our rivers is therefore the health insurance policy for all of us.
A river is much more than the flowing water. Its ever-shifting bed and banks, the groundwater below, its surrounding forests, marshes and floodplain are all parts of river life. A river carries not just water, but more importantly nutrient-rich sediments and dissolved minerals that replenish the land. The river’s estuary, where fresh water mixes with the ocean’s salt, is one of the most biologically productive parts of the river – and of the planet.
Although the planet’s rivers are in crisis, overtime, we can take comfort that rivers have a natural ability to self-heal.  As Richard Bangs, wrote in his book River Gods,  “Wild rivers are earth’s renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning.” We all win when rivers are allowed to flow freely.
Now, almost all the Rivers of the world are under threat and thus celebration of World Rivers Day has the immense meanings. Our development is moving fast, the population is exploding, pollutions are maximizing, climate change is erupting, global warming intensified, scanty rainfalls frequently repeated, melting of glaciers accelerated, extraction of construction materials from riverbeds overloaded, mushrooming the number of dams for irrigation and hydro-electricity on every lengths and draining of a huge quantity of harmful industrial waste in the Rivers have made our all Rivers on earth to death. But it seems, we are always forgetting that the Rivers are also the living entities and they support our entire environment and ecosystems. Therefore, with the objectives of World Rivers Day, celebration, “Join in and celebrate a river near you,” let’s ensure that everyone is aware of the importance of river stewardship and let’s promise not to do any harm, threat and endanger to our Rivers from today onwards for the sack of future generations.

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