Thursday, 13 February 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Feb 13

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed the Registrar of the Manipur University to take up appropriate action as per rules based on the complaints received by the UGC on alleged irregularities being committed by the Manipur University authority in the recruitment process of 209 posts of various groups.

On May 27, 2019, Deputy Registrar of the Manipur University invited applications through an advertisement for filling of 20 (Twenty) for Group-A post and another 74 for filling of Group B & C posts on the same day.  Applications for filling 25 Professors, 51 Associate Professors and 39 Assistant Professors were also invited through advertisement on the same day by the then Registrar-in-Charge David K. Zote.

As per a complaint letter addressed to the Secretary & CVO of the UGC, which is being taken with extreme seriousness, and filed by an individual identified as Kunal Shandhilya stated that all the three advertisements for recruitment of various posts in the Manipur University, a Central University, deviated the norms and Recruitment Rules of the Central University/UGC regulations.

Except for four posts- Medical Officer, Curator, Public Relations Officer and Hindi Officer upper age limit is not defined in any of the other, including those for teaching posts.

The letter to the UGC Secretary also highlighted how anomalies are salient in the recruitment process of 4 (four) Group A post outside the University jurisdiction.

The written test for the post of Information Scientist was held on January 25, 2020, the written test for Assistant Registrar on January 27, 2020, for Programmer on 29 January 2020 and the Screening Test for Public Relation Officer was held on January 28, 2020. As per the Imphal Times source, the test stated by the complainant was held at Catholic School Canchipur, which is located close to the Manipur University.

The letter to the UGC Secretary also stated that the question-papers for the recruitment test for the said posts (Group A) were set by the Manipur University itself.

“Normally, for recruitment in any Central University through written test, question papers are set by engaging a third party organization which has experience in setting questions for such recruitment, and further the exams/ tests are conducted by third-party organization of repute and having experience in conducting such recruitment test”, the letter said.

It stated that the way the recruitment test was done is a complete violation of the Central University procedures.

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Imphal, Feb 13

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh distributed Rs. 11,18,54,800 to 1300 beneficiaries of Integrated Sericulture Development Project (ISDP) in a function held at Manipur Sericulture Project Management Complex, Sangaipat in Imphal East District today.

The Chief Minister transferred a total amount of Rs. 7,41,12,000 to the bank accounts of 1000 beneficiaries of valley districts through DBT and handed over a cheque of Rs. 3,77,42,800 to the Managing Director of Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd., A. Subhash for further distribution to 300 beneficiaries of hill districts.

The beneficiaries would utilise this amount in the plantation of silkworm food plants and construction of rearing houses. N. Biren Singh also handed over 150 motorised cum pedal operated spinning machines to 60 different Self Help Groups and 30 individual farmers under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) at the function organised by the State Sericulture Department.

Speaking at the occasion, N. Biren Singh said that sericulture is suitable to the soil of Manipur and the State can gain dividends through this sector. Maintaining that activities related to handlooms, handicrafts and weaving had always been parts of Manipuri life, the Chief Minister expressed optimism that Manipur could enhance its economy if people focus on sericulture.

Stating that the plants which are used as feeds for silkworms attain maturity in three years, the Chief Minister said that there is no need for extra care if these plants once attain maturity. Vast tracks of fertile land in hill areas are left in waste while some parts are being planted poppies, the Sericulture Department should impart awareness about the benefits of growing these silkworm-food plants in place of poppy in hill areas. The Chief Minister said that the Government is ready to provide assistance for earning livelihood to villagers for three years i.e. till the attainment of maturity of silkworm-food plants.

The Chief Minister also suggested the Department to have a monitoring system to keep an eye on the works of beneficiaries. Stating that there are many hard working people in the State, the Chief Minister said that State’s economy would flourish only when the rural economy thrives.

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Answer script of top 10 students, subject toppers to be uploaded in website for the first time

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Imphal, Feb 13

Any kind of obstruction like bandh, boycott agitations will make no change to the examination schedule for High School Leaving Certificate Examination (HSLC) prepared by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BOSEM), Director of Education (S) Kirankumar today told media persons today afternoon while saying that to maintain full transparency answer scripts of top 10 position holders and other subject toppers will be uploaded in website.

“The scanned answer script of 10 position holders and highest scorers in every subject of HSLC examination of 2020 which is scheduled to start from Feb. 17 will be uploaded at BOSEM web portal in public interest”, Kirankumar said.

He also added that answer keys would also be uploaded on the website of BOSEM after the exam is over.

‘’The ensuing HSLC examination will be conducted on the scheduled date without fail’’, said Kirankumar.

As per submission, a total of 38664 students will be appearing in the HSLC examination at 140 centers this year. Out of the total students, 19040 are male and 19624 are female. Only 1 disabled candidate is appearing the board examination this time, the Director of Education (S) said while briefing the media at BOSEM office. 

He further said that there would be some changes in the evaluation as well as the format of the scripts from the previous examination. This time answer scripts are changed from landscape to portrait format and margins are drawn. Watermarks of respective subjects are embossed on science and social science answer scripts, he added.

The Director also appealed to students, teachers, and parents not to indulge in unfair means during the exam. He further appealed to all organizations not to call any bandh, blockade, etc. during the examination.

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Imphal, Feb 13,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that the State Government had submitted a Rs. 260-crore proposal to the Centre for the construction of ground water pumping sites for irrigation purposes at different parts of the State. He was speaking at the Anganphou Hunba (Sowing of First Crop Paddy) programme organised by Arapti Urup Farmers’ Association under the supervision of Keirao AC MLA  L. Rameshwor at Arapti Mayai Leikai Tanakha Pat in Imphal East District today.

Spreading the idea of making Manipur a self-reliant State in food grains production, the Chief Minister along with MLAs L. Rameshwor and Md. Abdul Nasir sowed the first handful of paddy seeds to mark the beginning of farming first crop paddy for this year. Farming of RCM-12 rice variety would be done in around 20 hectares of Urup and Arapti while wheat would be grown in around 10 hectares.

Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the State can save a huge amount of money giving a boost to the economy if Manipur can reduce import of food grains and other essential items from other States. N. Biren Singh also mentioned that there is need to encourage using of items produced in the State so that money is not drained out.

Stating that proper irrigation is necessary to enhance agriculture and horticulture produces, the Chief Minister said that a Rs. 260-crore proposal had been submitted to the Centre for construction of ground water pumping sites. He also said that around new 250 check dams would be constructed and RLI schemes located at different parts of the State would be made fully functional.

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Jiribam, Feb. 13

A major fire broke out at Bhutangkhal bazaar which lies at Jiri- Tipaimukh (JT) road around 20 kms towards the southern side of Jiribam District headquarter.
The fire burnt down thirteen shops and belongings at bazaar.
As per locals report, the incident occurred at around 5 AM of today morning. The cause of fire is still uncertain.
Local people tried to douse the fire but it was vain, as fire engulfed thirteen shops.
The fire tender from Jiribam Fire Station reached at the spot but due to worse condition of JT road, it couldn’t reached the place in time, prior to reach the fire tender the shops burnt into ashes.
The burnt shops are- Grocery shops, tea stall, pan shops, cloth store, cycle work shop, pharmacy, mobile repairing shop and other accessories shop were included in it.
One cruiser vehicle and auto rickshaw which were parked nearby the shops were also burnt down. Around 15- 20 lakhs worth of properties damaged in the fire.

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Thursday, 13 February 2020 17:34

MNS’s new flag runs into rough weather

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Mumbai, Feb. 13

The Maharashtra state election commission (SEC) has sought clarification from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) about the use of the seal (Rajmudra) of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on its new flag.
The notice has been issued by SEC Secretary Kiran Kurundkar on 5 February, 2020 seeking clarification from MNS about its new flag. MNS’s  new saffron-coloured flag bearing the octagonal ‘Rajmudra’ (royal seal) of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at its centre, was unveiled by MNS chief Raj Thackeray at recent party convention in Mumbai. Whereas the party’s earlier flag had stripes of saffron, blue and green colour.
The state election commission has sent the notice to MNS, in response to a complaints made by the “Sambhaji  Brigade”, “Jai Ho Foundation”, “Akhil Bharatiya Maratha Mahasangh”, R. R. Patil Foundation and other  organisations.
Reacting to the charge, MNS leader Shirish Sawant claimed that the party is yet to receive any notice from the state election commission. Besides, the topic of party flag does not fall in the jurisdiction of the election commission.
Vinod Patil, President of R R Patil Foundation, said that he was pained to see the use of Rajmudra in the MNS flag and sought the state government’s action against the party. We have already written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackreay about this. There is a three-party government in the state. They should take action against the MNS. .We never thought that the royal seal of Shivaji Maharaj will be the part of MNS flag”.
Rajmudra is the Royal seal of Shivaji, the first Chhatrapati of the Maratha Empire. The script is Devanagari and language Sanskrit. It is usually stamped on the head of the letter, and in some cases, back. Loosely translated, it reads, “Ever growing in splendour like the moon on the first day of the bright half of the month, and adored by the world, this seal of Shivaji, the son of Shahaji, shines for the benediction of all”.
It is believed that, Rajmudra was given to Shivaji Maharaj by his father Shahajiraje Bhosale when he (Shahajiraje) sent Jijabai (Shivaji’s mother) and young Shivaji to handle “Pune Jagir” (estate). The earliest letter found containing this ‘authenticity stamp’ is from the year 1639.
The rules related to the use of national emblem in school textbooks, books on history, art or culture or in any other form have been stipulated in the Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act  2005.
As per the Indian Copyright Act 1957, anonymous works, photographs, cinematographic works, sound recordings, government works, and works of corporate authorship or of international organizations enter the public domain 60 years after the date on which they were first published, counted from the beginning of the following calendar year (ie. as of 2020, works published prior to 1 January 1960 are considered public domain). Posthumous works (other than those above) enter the public domain after 60 years from publication date. Any other kind of work enters the public domain 60 years after the author’s death. Text of laws, judicial opinions, and other government reports are free from copyright. Photographs created before 1960 are in the public domain 50 years after creation, as per the Copyright Act 1911. It is to be seen whether MNS’s new flag violates existing rules.
MNS was founded in 2006 after Raj Thackeray split from Shiv Sena. Lately, the party was not performing well enough in elections. Now, with Shiv Sena holding the secular flag, MNS has switched on to Hindutva. Last Sunday it had also organised a mammoth pro-CAA/NRC/NPR rally in Mumbai.

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Chandel Feb. 13

As a part of the agitation being underway by the Council of Teachers’ Association (COTA), Chandel District Teachers Association staged a sit in protest at Maha Union Govt Higher Secondary school. The COTA has been demanding rectification of the Manipur Services Revised Pay Rules-2019 (7th Pay)

The protest was joined by Higher secondary Lecturers, Graduate teachers, Primary teachers, RMSA and SSA teachers from Chandel and Tengnoupal district.

Placards with slogans “Rectify ROP-2019 to stop agitation’, ‘Abolish AGP Adopt GP system’, ‘Teachers mould Future Generation Don’t Discriminate Teachers Through ROP-2019 etc. were displayed during the protest.

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Thursday, 13 February 2020 17:31

Re-thinking of the serious wrong

In the aftermath of the infamous July 23, 2009 incident at which a pregnant lady identified as Thokchom Rabina and another person Chungkham Sanjit was allegedly killed in encountered by Manipur state police personnel in broad daylight at crowded Khwairamband Keithel her in Imphal, the matter was handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) following public uproar. Even as the court is yet to deliver its verdict regarding the matter almost every person not only in from the state of Manipur but from across the nation knows stories about the killing. This write up is not about the case or any such encountered killing related incident but a question asked by a lady IPS officer that I was a journalist still confuse to find the why.
It was a casual conversation after I gave a statement in favour of one of my staff as a procedural measure for their investigation.
Being an IPS officer, holding a responsible post, the lady knows something of everything about the Manipuri society even though she came to the state as a part of the CBI team to investigate the July 23, 2009 encounter incident.
“Personnel of the civil police is all human who simply picks the job out of passion if an action of a police personnel is felt injustice, why all the police force should support that very police personnel”, this was the question she asked me and I failed to give a reasonable reply, even though there were many answer base on certain theories.
Recently, an Assam Rifles personnel was caught red-handed along with with the huge quantity of contraband WY tablets in a costly car. He is right at the moment under the custody of Manipur Police. When asked regarding this matter to the PRO Assam Rifles the answer was that he will let know the media on what action will be taken up against him.
Some days back, a lady IPS officer reported about harassment and humiliation by Assam Rifles personnel at Khudengthabi Post while returning from Moreh. Assam Rifles’ authority instead of investigating the matter and award punishment for disrespecting the lady officer released a statement that supports the action of the AR personnel whom the lady IPS officer alleged to have harassed her and her team. Later the IPS association stands by the side and the matter even though is not coming out at the public domain, the matter seems floating still.
Now the same question comes to my mind. Why government employee/s, no matter they are in the security or civil service, stand by the side of the employee/s if work in the same department.
Recently, Family Court had banned a marriage ceremony of an MPS officer after a woman who eloped and was reportedly set an arrangement for marriage filed a petition. The court banned the marriage and, logically, the person (MPS) officer is guilty and perhaps under section 494 and 495 of the Indian Penal Code, he is liable a serious penalty, yet no report of any action being taken up against him by the government has been heard.
Something seems to be seriously wrong with the system running the country.

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Mumbai, Feb 13

Kaamya Karthikeyan, a class VII student of Navy Children School (NCS) located at Colaba in South Mumbai, became the youngest girl in the world to summit Mt. Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America and outside of Asia.
The 12 year old Kaamya, daughter of Naval officer Cdr S. Karthikeyan, summitted the 6,962-metre (20841 feet) tall Argentinian mountain peak on first February (04.00 hrs), unfurling the Indian tricolour. Her expedition “Sahas” was flagged off by Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command in Mumbai in December 2019.
Mount Aconcagua, Spanish Cerro Aconcagus, mountain in western Mendoza province, west-central Argentina, , on the Chilean border. It is the highest point in the Western Hemisphere.
Aconcagua lies in the Southern Andes Mountains,although its peak is in Argentina, its western flanks build up from the coastal lowlands of Chile, just north of Santiago. Its name  originated from the Quechua Ackon Cahuak (“Sentinel of Stone”). Aconcagua is of volcanic origin, but it is not itself an active volcano. It has two summits—north and south—connected by a ridge (Cresta del Guanaco) that is about 0.6 mile (1 km) long. The first attempted ascent, made in 1883, failed; the highest (north) summit was first reached in 1897 by Swiss climber Matthias Zurbriggen.
The young mountaineering prodigy bags a long list of summits to her credit and swears by her running and cycling workouts to be the wind behind her wings. As a child, Kaamya had developed a deep passion for mountaineering as she listened to her father’s stories of Himalayan-scaling expeditions. Initially, she started with basic treks in Lonavala, (Pune, Maharashtra) at the age of three, and by nine, she had completed several high-altitude Himalayan treks with her parents including (Roopkund (5020 metres) in Uttarakhand.
She began exploring the Himalayas and trekked to many beautiful locations like the Chandrashila Peak, Har-ki Dun, Kedarkantha Peak, Roopkund Lake, Brighu Lake and Sar pass. Her most notable trekking accomplishment came in May 2017, when she trekked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal at 17600 ft to become the Second youngest girl in the world to accomplish the feat.
In August 2017, Kaamya climbed Mt. Stok Kangri at 20187 Ft to become the youngest climber in the world to climb a peak above 20000 Ft or 6000 Meters. Last year (24 August 2019) she  summitted Mt Mentok Kangri II (6262 m) (20,544 feet) peak that overlooks the Tso Moriri lake in Ladakh. Her mission is to conquer the highest peaks in every continent and ski to both the Poles. She has already bested the highest peaks in Africa, Europe and Australia.
During her earlier stay in Vizag, Kaamya had participated in three editions of Vizag Navy Marathon, twice in the Hyderabad Triathlon, Pinkathon and Vizag Bay Marathon. But after moving to Mumbai six months ago, she has found a new found love in running, thanks to the running culture in the city. She is now not only a regular participant in the 10K category of the city’s runs, but has been finishing on the podium in events like Matheran Endurathon and Lonavala Varsha Marathon.
By next year (2021), she aims to complete the exclusive ‘Explorers Grand Slam’ - which involves the competitors to climb the tallest mountains in all continents besides skiing on the North Pole and South Pole - that has been achieved by just a handful of dare-devil adventurers on Earth.
 Her parents however say that the determination and focus that running imparts plays a huge role while negotiating those seemingly impossible climbs. They also note that her hard work in the outdoors has manifested into attitudinal enhancement, resulting in her drive to perform well in all spheres of life like academics and fine arts. Kaamya hopes to inspire a multitude of children to pursue their dreams and the general populace to take up an outdoor way of healthy life.

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Imphal, Feb 3

Krishi Vigyan Kendra Churachandpur has successfully launched the Fishery Skill Development (SKD) Training Programme sponsored by National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad which comprises of series of training modules from 12th to 29th February 2020 at the training hall of the office.
The programme was inaugurated by Shri Khaikhopau Ngaihte, AC-DC Churachandpur as Chief Guest, Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR-RC for NEH Region, Manipur Centre as President, Dr. S. Roma Devi, Head in-charge KVK Churachandpur and Dr. N. Soranganba, SMS (Fishery) & Course Director of the SKD programme
Dr. N. Prakash in his presidential speech highlighted the importance of fisheries in the state and the need to cope up with the demand and supply deficient. He mentioned that the state has about one lakh hectare water bodies and produced about 32,000 MT of fish, out of the total requirement of 52,000 MT of fish. This gap could be filling up by increasing the local production and productivity. There is need for new scientific technology and intervention by the fishery experts/specialist and work more towards feed management, stocking management and latest technology in fishery to increase production and become self-sufficient.
The chief Guest of today’s function Mr. Khaikhopau Ngaihte, AC-DC, Churachandpur in his speech congratulates and warmly greets the trainees for their huge response and participation. He also cite that the local fish produce is not sufficient and there is more need for scientific method of aquaculture practice to garner more production and increase the productivity thus increasing production.

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