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Saturday, 22 February 2020 - Imphal Times

CM attends around 500 complaints on joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ day

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Imphal, Feb.22

The Chief Minister N. Biren Singh attended the complaints and grievances of the people at the joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Imphal today.

Hundreds of people turned up with their grievances to the Chief Minister on the joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day for the month of February. First preference were given to differently-abled persons, widows, and old-aged people to hear and resolve their grievances and issues. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh personally attended around 500 complaints and met nearly 1500 people from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 Health Department officials had been deputed at CM’s Secretariat for the day to attend to the people, who seek medical assistance, issuing of CHMT Cards, reimbursement and health care in Government medical hospitals. Officials of Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd, Education (S), Minority and Other Backward Classes, Social Welfare, Police Dept, State Bank of India etc. were also deputed at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat to help attend to the grievances of the public.

Huge numbers of people were seen gathered at the gate of CM’s Bungalow since early morning to obtain gate pass. The Chief Minister’s Secretariat made elaborate arrangements for the convenience of the general public. Light refreshments including water, tea and snacks were provided to the visitors. A medical team along with an ambulance and a team of Manipur Fire Service were kept on stand-by at the complex for any emergency.

 

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CPI kicks starts month-long campaign to save Democracy, Secularism and Constitution

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Imphal, Feb 22

Communist Party of India [CPI] Manipur State Council today launched month-long mass campaign to save Democracy, Secularism and Constitution at Irabot Bhawan here in Imphal. The campaign is a part of the resolution adopted during a three day National Council Meeting of Communist Party of India  [CPI]  held at Kolkata in February first week.

Dr Nara National Executive Member of CPI, while speaking on the launching function lambasted that ruling BJP regime for the present chaotic situation across the country.

“Because of the so called hire and fire policy in the country within these 5 years, many private sectors employee’s had been calling  cease work strikes and others form of agitation across the country”, Dr. Nara said.

He further added that that instead of looking for the promotion of  the existing Government Hospitals ,Banks  the present Government has shifted its eyes on the  policy of privatizing of  all the  existing government  hospitals ,banks etc following the innumerable strikes of different sectors across the country. He said  that the Central Government gave much focused on privatization keeping all other areas underneath without much consideration of the poor farmers’ needs ,inconvenience in education sector, poor road condition etc .and diverted its focused on Corporate Houses.

He continued that our Constitution was not drafted easily but with the sacrifices of many people irrespective of the parties made it and now it seemed like that our constitution becoming outdated and obsolete.

He further requested to all to support its political mass campaign by conducting conferences in order to get successful the campaign.

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“Retirement part of our life” Min Biswajit at Tc&I employees farewell ceremony

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Imphal, Feb.22

Retirement is part of our life cycle, said Trade, Commerce and Industries Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh today at the farewell ceremony for Employees retired w.e.f. 01/04/2017 to 31/03/2020. The ceremony was organised by the Directorate of Trade, Commerce & Industries Employees Welfare Association. Speaking as the chief guest of the function, the Minister said that we should co-operate with one another because we cannot work alone. He said that employees of the department are a team and should co-operate with one another to strengthen the department. Further observing that the retired staffs’ experiences are invaluable, he said we can learn much from their experience. The Minister also said that re-engagement of retired employees is carried out under certain conditions and the government doesn’t randomly re-engage retired staffs. Employees are sometimes re-engaged when there is no replacement for the retiring staff and until there is no other suitable employee to fill the post. Biswajit also assured to look into the demands submitted by the association including construction of chowkidar’s quarter among others.

Altogether 139 retired employees w.e.f. 01/04/2017 to 31/03/2020 were feted during the ceremony which was also attended by Trade, Commerce and Industries Director C Arthur Worchuiyo.

Staffs and officials of the department also attended the function.

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40th Archives Week Celebration; Minister unhappy over the present status of state archive

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Imphal, Feb 22

40TH Archives Week Celebration was observed today at G.M. Hall, Imphal. The celebration was organized by the Manipur State Archives, Directorate of Arts and Culture .

L.Jayantakumar  Singh  ,Minister  of Art and  Culture ,Manipur who attended the function as a Chief Guest assured to complete the unfinished work of the Archive infrastructures including the buildings .

The Art and Culture Minister while recalling the importance of Archive expressed dissatisfaction to the non functioning of the department.

“I will complete the work which had been left unfinished due to lack of funds after March” , the Minister said and added that despites the importance of maintaining  Archives it is disheartening to learnt that the department remain non-functional due to lack of fund.

“It is unfortunate that we could not complete the construction of the Archives building at the Airport Road due to lack of fund.”, The Minister said.

‘’Only when we do things with  sincerity, full dedication and team work ,an Archive can be developed from its doldrum,’’said Jayantakumar while giving his inaugural speech. He also expressed his desire to youths to be  knowledgeable by visiting and researching  information   from the Archives.

The inaugural function was also attended by M.Joy Singh, IAS, Commissioner of Art and Culture and Ng. Uttam Singh ,MCS Director of Art and Culture as President and Guest of Honour of the function.

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Team of CII called On CM

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Imphal, Feb. 22

Officials of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) led by Chairman CII North East Council and Managing Director of Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. S.K. Barua called on Chief Minister N. Biren Singh at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

During the meeting, S.K. Barua briefed the Chief Minister about the skills intervention in the state through its expertise in skill development. After hearing the suggestions and proposals, Chief Minister welcomed the suggestion and asked to submit a proposal in this regard.

Managing Director of Tripura Natural Gas Company Ltd., B. Sinha, Director of CII North East Subhajit Podar, Regional Director CII, Saikat Roy Chowhury, Deputy Director CII Pryankarjit Baruah, Senior Manager of Numaligarh Refinery Ltd.,   Eebon Datta, Chairman cum Managing Director of Shija Hospitals and Research Institute Pvt. Ltd Dr. Palin Khundongbam and Hero Thokchom of Golden Trans Power were present during the meeting.

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One more Indian test positive for Coronavirus on Japan cruise ship

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Mumbai Feb 22

One more Indian aboard a quarantined cruise ship “Diamond Princess” off Japan was tested positive for the novel coronavirus and shifted to hospital, taking the number of Indian nationals infected with the virus on the vessel to eight, the Indian embassy said.
The Diamond Princess cruise ship arrived in Yokohama, near Tokyo, on February 3 with 3,711 passengers and crew on board, 621 people were found to be infected with the deadly coronavirus after it was diagnosed in a man who disembarked last month in Hong Kong.
There are total of 138 Indians on the ship, including 132 crew and 6 passengers. Affected eight Indians have been shifted to hospital and till now 443 passengers have been allowed to go after they tested negative.
The Union External affairs ministry has clarified that there is no blanket ban on the people travelling to China and the Government of India is in close contact with Japanese Government to ensure the release of Indian passengers on board “Diamond Princess”.
In the meanwhile Asian airlines are set to lose an estimated revenue of about Rs two lakh crore due to fall in service nearly by 8 per cent following suspension of flights to China, after the outbreak of coronavirus. This is for the first time the Asian service is witnessing the fall in passenger traffic after 2008, when the services were hit due to fuel crisis and resultant soaring prices.
Asian hub carriers Cathay Pacific Airways and Singapore Airlines have cut capacity across their global networks as they look to manage the crisis. Many airlines including Air India and Indigo have temporarily suspended/curtailed flights to China. Overall the International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific region to fall by 8.2 percent this year. Many other  IATA has based its estimates on a scenario where COVID-19 shows a similar V-shaped effect on demand that happened during SARS, when the industry saw a six-month period with a sharp decline followed by an equally quick recovery. In 2003, SARS resulted in a 5.1 percent fall in the revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) carried by Asia-Pacific airlines.
An assessment by IATA shows the potential for a 13-percent full-year loss of passenger demand for carriers in the Asia-Pacific region. Considering an original growth forecast for the region of 4.8 percent, Asia-Pacific airlines will experience an 8.2 percent full-year contraction compared with 2019 demand levels. The carriers registered in China would bear the bulk of the losses.
Under the same scenario, carriers outside Asia-Pacific would bear a revenue loss of $1.5 billion. That would bring total global lost revenue to $29.3 billion. In December, IATA had forecast global RPK growth of 4.1 percent.
Chinese airlines have cut 80 percent of their planned capacity to, from and within China, as they grapple with a sharp fall in demand due to the virus that has killed more than 2,100 people in China.

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Judicious journalism is a tool for good governance

A journalist must seek the truth from facts, from the facts the truth is revealed. The truth sought would be then spoken to power. The fact now is the government is not allowing any democratic voice against its policies, at the same time claiming that peaceful protest is acceptable. The views from all sides must be heard, the principle of democracy is being violated. The facts are peaceful protesters are stopped from protesting. These facts reveal the truth that there is a severe gag on democratic voices. With a severe gag on democratic utterances from the public, it would be a myth that we are ruled by unbiased people. When it comes to unbiased reporting, it is only possible when the rulers are unbiased, in a world where democracy is. Ours, as of now, is not the case. Many unseen crimes committed by bureaucrats and politicians are open secrete. What matters here for us is the facts and the facts matter because they reveal the truth. The truth is what has been said above.

Where do journalism end and activism begins? This question does not have a clear answer. The divide does not have a clear line. Many debates have happened amongst those who study journalism, as a profession. When we see objectively in the world of journalism, we find that it is also a world of political beings. We need to understand this crisscrossing of journalism and activism. We must remember the great political and social movements and the journalists who were involved in it. How can we forget the young Marx who was a journalist? We should remember John Reed, the American journalist whose body is now buried in Kremlin as a respect to his service in the great Russian revolution. On the one hand, we have a journalist who laid the foundation of the American invasion of Iraq by reporting wrongly that there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. On the other hand, we have journalists with strong political views against exploitation and oppression such as Amy Goodman persecuted by the American government. When we look into India’s fight against British Colonialism, we see Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Bal Gangadhar Tilak becoming journalists. We should also remember our puwari.

Lamyanba Irabot is the father of journalism in Manipur. These instances make us think about the crisscrossing that journalism and activism have and the blurring of boundaries between the two. Lamyanba Irabot was a journalist because Manipur at that time needed journalism and he saw it. Followed to Lamyanba Irabot was NK Sanajaoba who began writings the wrong through investigative journalism.

Journalism today is a tool of the people to seek the truth from the things that they see happening. Further, the profession though is the most important it should not take away our humanity.

Maharashtra CM calls on PM, indirectly supports CAA

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and after the meeting said that the Prime Minister has promised to extend every co-operation to the Maharashtra Government.
This was Uddhav Thackeray’s second meeting with PM Modi after assuming charge as chief minister, their first in a formal setting. The Shiv Sena led government is set to complete three months soon.
Thackeray, discussed the issues including financial assistance, farmers’ distress, industries and refinery projects, crop insurance to farmers, delay in GST refund and other issues with the Prime Minister. The chief minister’s son Aditya Thackeray, who is a minister in his cabinet, also accompanied him.
In a tweet shortly after their meeting, PM Modi’s office and Uddhav Thackeray tweeted photographs. “CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray had a courtesy meeting with the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri @narendramodi ji in Delhi today,” the chief minister’s official handle tweeted.
Later at a press briefing,  Thackeray who was joined by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and son Aditya briefed the media and spoke about the range of discussions he had with the prime minister.”We discussed on Citizenship Amendment Act, National Register of Citizens and National Population Register. I have already cleared my stance on these issues. No one should be scared of CAA, he said.
Defending Centre’s decision to implement the Amended Citizenship Act, Thackeray said, “ This law (CAA) is not to take away citizenship from anyone. However, this law is about giving citizenship to the minorities of the neighbouring countries. Besides NRC is only for Assam”.
Thackeray has already announced that his government will begin implementing NPR from first May this year, since NPR is nothing but a census, which in any case slated to be held in the state within next few months.
In two other separate tweets, Thackeray’s office stated : “ The NPR is proposed along with the census. It happened in 2010 too. Census happens every 10 years in our country. If there are new columns proposed in the NPR, they will be scrutinised by our government & if it seems problematic we won’t take it ahead. (3/4)”. “NRC is problematic to every citizen, irrespective of caste, creed, religion any which way, and won’t let it come to Maharashtra. (4/4)”.
Thackeray is also to call on Congress president Sonia Gandhi, veteran BJP leader L K Advani and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, during his visit to the national capital.
The Shiv Sena and PM Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party had been allies for decades but split up after last year’s Maharashtra assembly elections, over the chief minister’’s post. The Shiv Sena later aligned with arch-rivals Congress and the NCP to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. Thackeray had taken offence to the BJP leadership’s assertion that the two allies never agreed to sharing the chief minister’s chair, a denial that Thackeray said, implied that he was lying.

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Northeast India Music Conference at Guwahati to witness participation of top stakeholders of music industry

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Guwahati, Feb. 22

Eastern Beats Music Society, a prominent socio-cultural organization working for promotion of Northeast culture and establishment of new vistas with other countries – especially Asia, is organizing a first-of-its kind “Northeast India Music Conference” on February 28-29 as part of the 4th Guwahati International Music Festival.
The Northeast India Music Conference will witness participation of some of the biggest stakeholders of the global music industry who will provide mentorship to the musicians from the region who were selected through auditions at Dimapur, Shillong, Ukhrul and Aizawl in the last two months. State-level music auditions were held across the Northeast in a unique Pan-Asia music project, Rhythms and Aromas of Northeast India, which was held in collaboration with North Eastern Council, Government of India.
The Northeast India Music Conference, which is open for all musicians and those interested in underst anding the music business, is expected to be a catalyst in developing the music ecosystem of the region. It is also expected to help musicians of the region understand the business part of music and the latest developments in the fields associated with the same.  
Boasting of an impressive line-up, the speakers for the music conference include Tarsamme Mittal  (Artist & talent management expert), Akshay Kapoor and Aditya Ghosh from Indian Music Diaries (digital music promotion channels), Anurag Tagat from RollingStone India (Music journalist), Roy Dipankar (Music Programmer and Filmmaker), Ritnika Nayan  from CD Baby (Music Aggregator), Padmanabhan NS (Head of Artist and Label Marketing at Spotify), Vijay Basrur (Founder of OK Listen), Shrinkhla Sahai (Music Journalist), Theja Meru (Adviser, Task Force for Music and Arts, Government of Nagaland), Koushik Datta (Musician and music promoter at Muzikconnect Asia), etc.
Eastern Beats Music Society will also be signing a few agreements with the participating organizations for speedy development of the region’s music industry. “We will be signing more than 6 MoUs with global giants of the music industry, like RollingStone India, Spotify, CD Baby, Indian Music Diaries, etc, which will greatly benefits the musicians and stakeholders of the music industry of Assam and Northeast India,” said Eastern Beats Music Society Founder Secretary Aiyushman Dutta.
The unique music conference will be a prelude to the 4th Guwahati International Music Festival which will be held at Silpgram in Guwahati on February 29 and March 1.
The musicians taking part in the music conference were selected through auditions held across the 8 northeast states. Bands from Nagaland and Assam took part at the auditions in Dimapur in the end of December, 2019 as part of the Pan-Asian music project ‘Rhythms and Aromas of Northeast India’, which was supported by the North Eastern Council, Shillong. Likewise, the bands from Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura took part in the Shillong auditions. Later, auditions were also held at Ukhrul – for Manipur and Sikkim and at Aizawl for Mizoram.  
ABOUT EASTERN BEATS MUSIC SOCIETY:
Eastern Beats Music Society is a non-profit organized formed in 2009 to harness the healing power of music, sports and the arts. The Society is registered with Registrar of Societies, Assam and NitiAyog, Planning Commission, Government of India. Over the past decade, it has partnered with numerous agencies of the Government of India – NEZCC (Ministry of Culture), ICCR (Ministry of External Affairs); Government of Assam, Government of Goa, PSU’s like NTPC, NHPC, NEEPCO, NRL and musical giants like Musicians Institute (USA), Suzuki Music International (Japan), Thompson Music (USA), besides others.

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AR disposes off two World War - II Bombs

IGAR (South)

Imphal Feb 22

Tengnoupal Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) disposes off two World War - II bombs through demolition on yesterday.

Unexploded Artillery shell and Mortar bomb of World War – II origin were recovered during excavation work undertaken for expansion of National Highway - 102 in Tengnoupal Police Station premises on 15th February 2019 and Loisi village on 18th March 2019 respectively. Pursuantly, the police authorities of Tengnoupal Police Station approached Tengnoupal battalion on 17th February 2020 to dispose off the recovered bombs as they were facing difficulties for doing same. As an aid to Civil Administration, Tengnoupal battalion accepted the request and initiated preparation for disposal of bombs. The preparations for demolition of bombs keeping safety of civilian populace of Tengnoupal and livestock alike as centre of gravity were completed on 20th February 2020. The administrative authorities of Tengnoupal district were apprised of the impending demolition to warn civilians to prevent any untoward incident as a safety measure. Requisite medical cover was also provided at the demolition site by Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Tengnoupal battalion. The demolition was conducted on 21st February 2020 using explosives maintaining safe distance from the habitat. The demolition was undertaken by Bomb Disposal Squad under the supervision Tengnoupal battalion in the presence of police representatives. Post demolition assessment confirmed that the bombs were completely destroyed without causing any damage to property, livestock or any civilians.

The police authorities of Tengnoupal expressed gratitude to Assam Rifles for promptly disposing off bombs as an humanitarian aid and thus rendering significant assistance to Police Authorities. Tengnoupal battalion is resolute to provide assistance to administrative authorities in future also.

 

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