Wednesday, 19 February 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Feb 19

Manipur University is finally going to have a full-time Vice-Chancellor as the Ministry of Human Resource Development had reportedly sought permission for removal of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey over allegations of administrative irregularities, according to government officials familiar with the matter.

The Manipur University has been running by an Administrator since October 11, 2018, by an order of the Manipur High Court after Prof. Pandey was put under suspension during an inquiry conducted against him over prolonged absence and irregularities.

 A report appearing in Hindustan Times written by Amandeep Shukla said that the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has written to President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking his approval for the removal of Manipur University’s Vice-Chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey over allegations of administrative irregularities, according to government officials familiar with the matter.

The ministry’s action comes after a two-member inquiry committee indicated that there was substance in allegations of prolonged absence, and some other charges brought against Pandey, who has been heading the central university since 2016.

“The HRD ministry has written to the President about the issue, as he is the chancellor of all central varsities. The ministry has suggested that the Vice-Chancellor be removed,” said a senior ministry official who asked not to be named. The allegations against Pandey include that he stayed away from the varsity for long periods, and delayed filling up key positions such as Registrar and Controller of examinations.

There have also been protests by teachers and students on the campus during Pandey’s term. In September 2018, the HRD ministry suspended Pandey, citing concerns over the volatile law-and-order situation on the campus. It also handed over the administration of the university to Manipur Chief Secretary Jarnail Singh, who is listed as vice-chancellor on the Imphal-based varsity’s official website.

Pandey said he was not aware that the ministry was seeking his removal. “I am not aware of the development so I would not like to comment,” he said when asked for his version. In the past, Pandey said he was being targeted by a section of teachers and students, who were supported by political parties, especially those belonging to the Left.

The HRD ministry has, in recent years, taken a stern view of allegations against Vice-Chancellors.

In 2016, the Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University, Chandra Krishnamurthy, was removed following allegations of plagiarism. Last month, Allahabad University Vice-Chancellor, RL Hangloo, resigned citing personal reasons after a controversial tenure in which he was accused of administrative and financial irregularities. The ministry accepted his resignation and initiated an inquiry into charges of financial and administrative irregularities.

Recently, a Vice-Chancellor of Tripura University, Vijay Dharurkar, resigned after a video of him allegedly accepting cash emerged during a sting operation. A Vice-Chancellor of Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, JL Kaul, was also removed in 2016 over allegations of irregularities.

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Imphal, Feb. 19

Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) under the aegis of Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department is all geared up to send organic ginger produced by the 1,000 ginger growers of the Pherzawl district to Nature and Cure, a Dubai based company this year.

As part of the mission to benefit the registered organic farmers, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar today flagged off 3.5 MT (metric tonne) organic ginger consignment of the Sinlung Organic Farmers Producers Company (FPC), Pherzawl registered under MOMA which will be supplied to Revanta Foods Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi. It is the first consignment of the Sinlung Organic FPC, Pherzawl.

Addressing the media persons at the Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department office in Sanjenthong, Minister Th. Shyamkumar said that the department with its agency MOMA is working sincerely for the welfare of the organic farmers under the Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North East Region (MOVCDNER), a central scheme of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.

Stating that the department officials have been working tirelessly to market the organic food produces of the State, he said with sheer dedication and sincerity the officials have been successfully marketing organic produces outside the State. He further said continuing the effort, organic ginger produced by the farmers of the Parbung and surrounding areas of Pherzawl district has been marketed to a New Delhi based company.

Lauding the entire officials of the department, he motivated them to continue their work with outmost sincerity and enthusiasm.

Debadutta Sharma, Project Director, MOMA said the department is focusing on producing more organic produces in the State in order to benefit the farmers. He said the department is sincerely working and is motivated after Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh and Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister gave a special focus to the ginger farmers of Pherzawl district. He further said that the certification process for the 1,000 ginger farmers began last year in the Pherzawl district.

He said the department is all set to send organic consignment in large quantity to a Dubai based company and believed that such initiative will surely benefit the large number of certified organic ginger farmers of Pherzawl district. He said last year, MOMA was able to supply 4,000 MT organic ginger outside the State, benefitting the farmers of above Rs 12 crore.

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Imphal, Feb 19

“We will commit suicide either in front of Chief Minister’s Bungalow or in front of his house if the ROP already passed on September 26, 2019, is not put into action on or before February 25 this year”.

This was stated by Thokchom Koireng, spokesperson of the Joint Administration Council (JAC) All Manipur Government Aided School Employees Organisation.

He said that other teachers of primary school had got already ROP and more than that they demanded the 7th pay commission but for the Aided teachers they were still at 5th pay commission. However, the money that they got was unmanageable for the present trend in their family.

He further said that the JAC members were with hope when the CM passed the bill but as of now after meeting the CM on 15th January and meeting of the Educational Minister on February 4,  2020, no further initiative was seen so far.

He stated that there were 584 added schools and 1699 teachers together at village and hill but since October 2019 they did not get pay till now and he continued that an added teacher got Rs. 9,945 per month irregularly. 

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Thoubal, Feb.19

A surprise drive against illegal trapping of migratory birds in Pumlen pat and Khoidum pat were conducted today. N. Munal Meitei, Range Forest Officer, N. Brojen Singh, Forest Beat Officer, Waikhong and his staffs and M. Open Singh, Honorary Wildlife Warden, Thoubal were also in the drive.

In today’s drive, 5 (five) number of 300 feet long bird traps were recovered and removed. Luckily, no bird was found in the traps. The trap offenders escaped taking the advantages of the thick morning fog.

With the occasion, N. Munal Meitei, Range Forest Officer told that last year after a frequent drive, bird trapping were much reduced in these wetlands but unluckily today we come to know that frequent visit to these wetland areas and conducting the awareness program with the villagers in and around these wetlands may be required. His told that their such drive in all wetlands his Range will continue from tomorrow.

Munal mentioned that one of the fish farmer namely O. Ingobi Singh did a tremendous job for protecting and guarding about 30-40 shurit birds in his fish farm. It was really a wonderful work for saving the migratory birds in his own field. Therefore N. Munal Meitei appeal to all other fish farmers to love and care for the migratory birds  just like Ibocha in their fish farms also. The migratory birds have best senses and they want to live at the places where they are loved and cared.

Munal Meitei told that migratory birds are precious gift of God to us and we should not kill them. The present day dreaded coronavirus in China is also claim to be related with the killing and eating of the wild birds and animals. Therefore he appealed to everyone not to kill wildlife and birds for the sake of future generation and a beautiful Manipur.

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Imphal Feb 19

Former skipper of Indian women’s hockey team and Arjuna awardee Surjalata Devi has filed a complaint against her husband for alleged domestic violence during her visit to the town in November. Investigation is on following a complaint filed by her at Heingang Police station Surjalata said while talking to media persons at Manipur Press Club today.

She said she had filed the complaint at Heingang PS  in January. The case was transferred to Sultanpur Lodhi as the incident had reportedly occurred there during their stay for a tournament at the Rail Coach Factory.

Surjalata Devi reportedly married with Ksh Shantakumar of Singjamei Kshetri Leikai on November 4 , 2004 and have two sons. The hockey player, on whom the Bollywood film ‘Chak De India’ was based, has got her husband booked under Sections 325, 343, 354 and 498A of the IPC.

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Imphal, Feb 19,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh visited All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) President Bijoy Kakchingtabam, who is being treated for an illness at RIMS Hospital today.

Yesterday evening IPR Minister Th. Bishwajit also visited Bijoy Kakchingtabam  at RIMS and wished him speedy recovery.

Biren Singh enquired about the scribe’s condition to the attending doctors, RIMS Director Prof. A. Santa and Medical Superintendent Prof. Ch. Arunkumar. The Chief Minister wished Bijoy a speedy recovery and a healthy life.

Later, speaking to media persons, the Chief Minister said that as per the attending doctors, Bijoy’s condition is stable now and recovering fast. He then expressed hope that the senior journalist would fully recover very soon.

Media Advisor to CM Irengbam Arun also accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit.

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Imphal, Feb 19

Imphal based folk rock band Imphal Talkies enthralled audiences in Bangladesh with their aesthetic performance during their tour. The band toured Bangladesh and played three shows for the Manipuris in Bangladesh as a follow up of “Re-imagining Manipur” tour which started in June 2019 in Assam.  The band performed three consecutive shows from February 13 to 15, in Lamabazar (Sylhet), Bishgaon (Habiganj) and Bhnaugach (Moulvibazar). The band played the new album “Ema gi Wari”, a concept album which tells the stories of Manipuris in Assam and Bangladesh.

Imphal Talkies’ frontman Akhu travelled across Assam and Bangladesh in 2018 and met many poets, writers, activists, etc. The many conversations that he had with them and their stories have culminated in this album “Ema gi Wari”. The songs were written and composed partly during his travel. The album looks at Manipur beyond the geographical boundaries.

The tour and the shows were organised to create a dialogue between the band and the audience to share stories of past and struggles within the community.  The band believes it is just a beginning of a lifelong sharing of stories and finding roots.

Imphal Talkies is very grateful to Lamabazar Naharol Lup, Bishgaon Manipuri Club and Bhanugach Meetei Naharol Lup for making this tour possible. The band also thanks India Foundation for the Arts for supporting this tour and the album “Ema gi Wari”

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 17:43

9th Kanglei Mega Sports Festivals 2020

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Imphal, Feb 19

“The 9th Kanglei Mega Sports Festivals 2020” will commence from March 8 and concludes on March 13. This Mega Sports Festivals had been conducting since 2012 by Kangleipak Student’s Association  with an aim not to indulge in activities like using colours, waters and donation of money during Yaoshang’’, said Sanjoy Khullakpam, Secretary of Youth Affairs  and Sports while speaking to media persons  at KSA office today evening.

He  said that the Sports Festivals would be held at different parts of Manipur and he further requested all Kangleicha to co-operate, support and help in all  Sports events and other activities.

As a  part of this Sports festivals the 9th Kangleipak Football Trophy would be held at Mapal Kangjeibung in association with All Manipur Football Association with an award of Rs.35,000 and Rs.25,000 with trophy for winner and runner respectively. And the 9th Kangleipak Kang Trophy would be held at Gopaldeva Kangshang,Yaiskul and Singjamei Kangshang and a Marathon Race would be at Imphal Ring Round.

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Chief Minister N. Biren Singh nodes to convert all noisy diesel auto into the electrified engine during his speech in the ongoing State Assembly budget session is an indication of his enthusiasm to make Imphal city a noise-free city. Diesel Auto which is the most convenient public transport in Imphal city is also a vehicle that irritated almost all common people not because of its unbearable engine noise but also because of the way that rode and parked in an unorganized manner. Saying so the traffic regulations say nothing about how diesel auto or any other vehicle should be on the road except mentioning some allotted parking area. It is no violation of traffic regulation if a vehicle takes up another riding ahead but a parallel ride disturbing the smooth flow of traffic is common in the street of Imphal. Moreover, the concern government department had made no separate lane for heavy or medium vehicle and neither there is no commercial lane allotted for a small-medium passenger vehicle. Cycle lovers which are good for health and serve the environment, as well as road traffic, were discouraged in Imphal city as the risk for hitting by costly and luxurious vehicles leaving aside the passenger vehicles where the number is unbearable by the present streets in Imphal.
Overbridge has been constructed in the middle of Imphal city to reduced the traffic volume, recently four-foot bridges had been constructed for conveniences of the predestined, but still, the traffic in Imphal is not improving.
Should we blame the traffic police or should it be the regulations that are responsible for the traffic chaos in Imphal city? Without taking in-depth to the regulations or to the functioning of the traffic police common men observe something seriously wrong with the people riding vehicles in the street of Imphal. The traffic problem is being left only with those in the traffic police and no law enforcers of either the state government or the center had ever extended assistant to the traffic police. Many a time policemen on duty simply stood and watch the traffic police running here and there to make the road clear. These traffic police sometimes face humiliation if the traffic violators happened to be some people holding superior posts or sons or daughters or say relatives of persons holding high profile government jobs.
The Chief Minister, who is also in charge of the Home department, should definitely prepare a mechanism to make sure that control for traffic flow should also be supported by every law enforcers by assisting the traffic police anywhere and at any place. Let the traffic police who is controlling the movement of the vehicle be a constable at rank, the Assistant Sub Inspector or sub –Inspector provide all possible help taking his command when on duty. For example, the parking lot at Wahengbam Leikai area in Imphal is always seen controlled by one or two traffic police when civil police were also seen on duty near the site. If the civil police in consultation with the traffic police on duty, the congestion could have been reduced.
Violation of traffic violations is also a crime and every police personnel should co-ordinate control such violation by empowering the traffic police.
Saying so the conversion of diesel auto with the electrified engine is indeed a good idea, however, it should not hurt the sentiment of those living on Diesel Auto by putting them financial burdens.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 17:41

World Wetlands Day 2020 & Wetlands in Manipur

World Wetland Day is organized every year on 2nd February to mark the day that small group of Environmentalists signed an International Agreement on this day at RAMSAR Convention in Iran on the shore of Caspian Sea in 1971. Established to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet,WWD was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and has grown since then. Each year government agencies and non-government organizations and group of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of the wetland values and benefits such as and benefits conservation. Some of these benefits includes biologically diverse ecosystem that provide habitat for many species serve as buffer on the coast against storms and flooding and naturally filter water by breaking down on transforming harmful pollutants. The theme of this year World wetland Day is “WETLAND and BIODIVERSITY”.
      The 2020 theme for World wetland Day is an opportunity, its status, why it matters and promote actions to reverse its loss. According to “The Ramsar Convention” wetlands are areas of marsh, fen, peat land or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary with water that is static or flowing, fresh brackish or salt, including areas of marine water, the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six meters . Fish ponds, rice paddies, and depollution’s and stabilization ponds and salt ponds are human- made wetlands are vital for human for other ecosystem and for our climate providing essential ecosystem services such as water regulation, including flood control and water purification. Wetland- Biodiversity matters for our health, our food supply, for tourism and jobs. Wetlands also absorb carbon dioxide, so help slow global heating and reduce pollution, hence have often been referred to as the “KIDNEYS OF THE EARTH”. Though, wetland covers only around 6% of the earth’s land surface, 40% of all plants and animals species live or breed in wetlands. The worrying thing is that they are disappearing three times faster than forests, due to human activities and global heating.
   Wetlands are fantastically valuable multifunctional habits- they nurture a great diversity of life, provide water and other resources, protect us from flooding and act as great filters easing pollution. The loss of wetlands due to development pressure has been enormous but these ecosystem can be restored to generate benefits for people and natural- wetland form an important part of nature. But, nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history—and the rate of species extinction is accelerating with grave impacts on people around the world now, likely according to a landmark report by “Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform “on Biodiversity and Ecosystem services.
     The Manipur valley is located as an in tramontane basin filled with alluvium of fluvial – lacustrine origin of Quaternary age in the Indo- Myanmar range of North-east India. The valley is confined between 24 degree 16 minutes and 25 degree 2 minutes North latitudes and 93 degree 41 minutes and 94 degree 9 minute East longitudes ,covering  an area of approximately 1920 with a population of more than 2 million people. This valley is mainly occupied by wetlands like ponds, swamps, pale channels, lake, agricultural fields and flood plains. Historically these wetlands have been emotionally relating to cultural and ritual activities, fortification and recreational activities since the beginning of the Manipuri culture. Presently the wetlands are used for water supplies for domestic consumption, irrigation, industrial purposes and fish production. The rapid urbanization, massive increase in population, local climate change cause significant diminishing and shrinkage of these wetlands and thus creating a cultural gap as the ritual activities around these surface water bodies are no more practiced. Further mismanagement and negligence on the treatment of domestic solid waste deteriorates the quality of our water bodies. Artificial eutrophication coupled with climate changes, it reduces oxygen level and increases acidic level in the wetlands waters further worsen the quality leading to the extinction of some fish species from these waters. Therefore, it is high time to avoid demolishing these wetlands and rejuvenate them to maintain the age old socio- cultural relationship it bears.
      According to the recent survey conducted by the Remote Sensing Application Centers Government of Manipur, there are 17 lakes and 2-ox-bow lakes in the state of Manipur. Largest number of lakes are in Imphal and Thoubal Districts. However there are also a number of smaller lakes which are termed as Kom(pits). About 134 water logged marshy and swampy wetlands are in different districts. These areas are low lying situated either in the peripheral area or vicinity of the lakes. Highest number of water logged areas are recorded in Imphal valley (69), followed by Thoubal (40) and Bishnupur districts (21). There are 2 man-made reservoirs, one each in Senapati and Tamenglong districts. The lakes in the state are comparatively old with their own distinct characteristic life-span, topographical, physiological as well as hydrologic features. These features have been closely related to the evolving geo-physical features of the state. In the state, there were about 500 lakes in the valley in the beginning of 20th Century. They have been reduced fast in the past few years and as a result hardly 55 lakes were found existing in the state by 1950s. Loktak Lake is the most important fresh water lake not only in the state but also in the entire North-East India. But its fate is uncertain now as it is the apple of thesaurus for political leaders and for those who are pretend to save it. Other important existing lakes which are in the state of extreme danger are IKOP,WAITHOU,NGAKRAPAT and LOUSHIPAT. These lakes remain threatened due to artificial eutrophication and encroachment for cultivation and fish farming. Highly degraded lakers in the state are Kharungpat,Khoidumpat,Pumlen pat, Sanapat, Yaralpat and poiroupat forgetting about Lamphelpat,Porompat and Akampat which are no more a lake but still Skelton of being one time a lake is seen. So simply shouting at the public platform on this day with print and electronic media coverage will not do anything to save from this fiasco until those who shouts are sincere and honest enough else your shouting may not rule out the outbreak of another epidemic like CORONA Virus in this little Paradise.

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