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The 2nd State Conference for electoral Reforms held

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Imphal, Oct 13,

The State Committee of Campaign for Electoral Reforms in India (CERI), Manipur organised the 2nd state conference on Campaign for Electoral Reforms in India for Proportional Representation at the Sangai hall of Hotel Imphal, north AOC, Imphal.
Jyothi Raj, Chief functionary of CERI, Manas Jena,  national Coordinator of CERI, R. V.  Mingthing, former minister,  M Nara Singh, former Minister and Prof (Retd.)L. Sadananda Singh are on the dais as presidium members.
During the conference, the chief functionary of CERI Jyothi Raj while delivering keynote address highlighted about the Proportional Representation.
She maintained that the current democratic system can be described as election based representative democracy, adding that in some countries these systems are complimented by elements of grassroots democracy like petitions and plebiscites. She further elaborated that representative democracy can be divided into two systems, one is Majoritarian Electoral System (MES) which is followed in countries like USA, Britain, India and the other is Proportional Electoral System (PES) followed by in most of the European nations, New Zealand,  South Africa, Nepal etc.
While giving his speech, Dr M Nara Singh expressed that the elections held in India are festival of money distribution, festival of distributing liquor to youth and many more.
Dr Nara maintained that the electoral system India followed does not fit the complexity of the voters which have a variety of caste, creed and religious minorities of the country. And hence the necessity for shift to Proportional Representation, he added.

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Biswajit Inaugurates First TRC Youth Conference

Imphal, October 13
Thongam Biswajit Singh, Hon’ble Minister Works/RD&PR/Com.&Ind./Power/AR&Trg/IPR inaugurated the First Youth Conference of Tingkao Ragwang Chapriak (TRC) today at Ragailong, Imphal.
Speaking as the Chief Guest of the inaugural function, Biswajit said that it is a blessing that he could attend such a function which is being held to follow the footstep of our forefathers. He said that the theme of the conference “Our Roots, Our Strength” is an interesting one.
Elaborating on the pluralistic nature of the Manipuri society, Biswajit said that Manipur is one of the most colourful and significant States among the North Eastern States of the country. He said our State is inhabited by different communities with each having their own sets of culture, tradition, art and crafts form, etc. He continued we must stand to preserve, promote and protect our culture, traditions and identities. The youth conference being held is a significant step to trace our roots, he said adding further that it is the duty of each and everyone of us to preserve our own identity.
Further in his speech, the Minister said only words cannot promote love and trust between different communities of the State, but we have to act also to achieve it. We also need to respect our traditions, the Minister said.
Addressing the youth congregated at the conference, Biswajit also said that the youth need to take a significant role in the society to make Manipur grow in each and every field. The youth should also remember the teachings of the forefathers to develop, he added.
Minister also said that there can be no growth without peace and we must all stand together to bring peace in the State.
The function was attended by Okram Henry, Hon’ble MLA, Wangkhei A/C as the Chief Host. Thangjam Arunkumar, President NEROCA FC & Proprietor, Arun Enterprises, Pou Gonthangmei Kakhangai and Machamei Kamson attended the function as Guests of Honour. The function was presided by Pou Meishonglung Pamei, President, TRCP (AMN).
More than 200 delegates from Assam and Nagaland were also present at the youth conference. Traditional dance troupes from different parts of the State and extraction of sacred fire also marked the inaugural function.
The youth conference organized by The Tingkao Ragwang Chapriak Chabuan Phuam (TRCCP), Manipur will continue till October 14, 2017.

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ULFA I claims responsibility for blast in Guwahati

From a correspondent
Guwahati, Oct, 13,

 The United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) [ULFA-I] on Saturday claimed responsibility for the bomb blast here at around 12 pm on Saturday.
“We the ULFA-I is claiming responsibility for the bomb blast in Guwahati,” said Paresh Baruah, commander-in-chief, ULFA-I, while speaking to a local TV channel.
He also warned the organisations protesting against the updation of the NRC.
He further said that the blast was carried out in order to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and updation exercise of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
It may be mentioned that sound of loud bangs jolted the Pan Bazaar and Fancy Bazaar areas at around 12 pm on Saturday. The explosion occurred near the Sukreswar Ghat near the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH).
Four persons have sustained severe injuries in the explosion. The injured persons have been identified as Kalpa Jyoti Talukdar, Sanku Kumar Das, Taifuddin Ahmed, Binita Das. The four of them have been rushed to the MMCH for treatment.

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Rally held on ‘World Migratory Bird Day – 2018’

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Imphal Oct 3,

A Mass Rally was flagged off by Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) Th Mohendra Pratap today from Mayang Imphal to Charoibung as part of the observation of ‘World Migratory Bird Day – 2018’under the theme ‘Unifying Our Voices for Bird Conservation’. The Rally was taken out to spread the message for protecting the different migratory birds from different parts of the world and was organized by Central Forest Division, Thoubal Forest Division along with Unique Wildlife Protection Committee (UWPC). After traversing different places, the Rally converged at Puja Mandop of Mayang Imphal Bazar where a WhatsApp Video was released.

Speaking on the occasion, CCF Mohendra Prarap states that the World Migratory Day is observed worldwide on the 2nd Saturdays of May and October every year and made a public request to refrain from harming the birds coming from different and far off places by using nets, snares, shooting or any form of hunting while canvassing support from the public in protecting the migratory birds. He also stressed on the role and importance of these migrating birds in preserving our ecology, terming them as vital agents of our ecosystems.

RK Amarjit- DFO Central Forest, Joykumar- Conservator Central Forest, L Debala- DFO Thoubal, N Munal- Range Officer Kakching along with students from various schools and members of local clubs took part in the rally.


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Mr. Harshit Dhingaun , DFC Receives an award As ”Best Youngest Fashion Director”  from IOD 

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Delhi, Oct, 13,


Fashion is becoming an important element for development and self- employment for youth , Keeping these values alive and promoting the cause of fashion for development and also for Connecting youth together to collaborate & grow, Mr. Harshit Dhingaun ,Chairman , Delhi Fashion Club have been recently awarded as ”Best Youngest Fashion Director”  For his remarkable efforts in field of fashion industry nationally & internationally to connect youth & create a fashion network for collaborations. For promotion of Textile , Talented Professionals  & North east Culture and handlooms through events, guidance and Fashion consultancy.

Delhi Fashion Club , Which is an organisation and network community of designers , make up artists , brands & models for Fashion & brand promotion agency with a motto “ Connecting Youth , Building Brands” have been trying to promote designers , Brands , Models and giving advisory & consultancy services to many events organisations nationally and internationally.

In Past, Delhi Fashion Club have been recognized and appreciated by Government of India also for efforts to promote North East Designers in Mainland independently, There are several members of DFC from North East, few of good names are Thanrei Raising from Manipur , Advisor Daniel syeim , International Designer from shillong , Ms. Tokila Sinruwng,  Advisor Josh , International Make up expert & teacher at Pearl Academy, Delhi  & Many.

 DFC have also started grooming & Promoting models from north east in Delhi , some of the models who have worked with DFC are Ms. Wijaidin pamai  from Nagaland and selina chan from Manipur. DFC have been consultant for many fashion weeks like India fashion week , London , Dubai and also Europe. 

DFC Network is spread across India , Europe ,sri lanka , Bangladesh ,UK, Dubai , China and Russia.

Previously they have worked with Delhi Eastern Nagaland student union , Anal Student union and other associations for north east Promotion.

With this announcement of award by Institute of Design , which is based in Chennai , Serving the fashion world from 25 years , which only one of its unique kind of institute in India with International Tie ups world wide. IOD also announce its association and support for all upcoming Workshops for Modeling , Fashion styling , North East promotion and skill development or education.

This collaboration will surely help both the mainland as well as north east youth living in Delhi to get basic idea about the industry and brush up their skills. 

DFC is about to start Fashion meets, Model grooming workshops and bi annually Fashion event giving opportunities and create a platform for collaboration for both mainland and North East youth together on single platform. we all must appreciate the efforts by Delhi Fashion club.


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Challenges to the digital dreams

With the world converging into an online platform for almost every conceivable task, it is becoming increasingly impossible to stay off the grid for even a single day. Digital network has invaded the personal space to such an extent that almost every aspect of our social life- be it relating to work, commerce, education, leisure or health have increasingly been depending on it, the most significant feature of the digital revolution being the convenience and transparency it afforded. The government of India, as a significant part of its plan to revolutionise and revamp the country and make it a truly digital nation by offering a plethora of e-governance services across sectors using mobility, cloud, analytics etc have envisaged a mission which, if implemented systematically and efficiently, will pave the way for an improved and efficient administration and transparent governance.
But there still is many a slip between the cup and the lip, and the most glaring example would be a quick search for any updated and relevant government related information in the state. While the vision which will propel our country into its next phase of growth can be applauded and appreciated, it is imperative that various concerns of which there are quite a few are addressed and analysed to make the mission attain its objective. The Digital India programme with the expenditure doubled to rupees 3,073 crore for the next fiscal year against rupees 1,425.63 crore in 2017-18 has been welcomed by the industry and is expected to make significant changes for the better. The operating model and management on the supply side of the proposed transformation requires thoughtful and meticulous planning and phased implementation with continuous feedback to ensure that the impact is as radical and far reaching as envisaged. For that to happen, the digital infrastructure is required to be put in place, of which the telecom infrastructure will form the base on top of which software, apps etc of IT infrastructure is required. More importantly, the contents of these websites, apps, softwares etc needs to be relevant to the needs and requirements of the citizens and address their real time requirements- an issue that is proving to be the biggest hurdle that the government and its resources have yet to effectively tackle, and also the capacity of the infrastructure to cater to the digital demand of the citizens of the country.
The biggest challenge to the whole mission still remains that of the change management as the government as an established system of administration has been working in its own particular and well-oiled manner with its in-built sub-systems of considerations, unofficial deals and other forms of inducements to work the chain. The mentality and outlook of these employees and other human resources needs to be changed to be able to attune to the changing work environment and the challenges it brings. The removal of avenues for unofficial personal gains might deter a number of these employees to embrace the change or adapt themselves to the new work culture.
Every departmental heads must be handed the onus of inducing a sense of excitement and positive challenge to the changes that must be made for the grand mission to succeed. Reorientation workshops, seminars and departmental debates with experienced resource persons can motivate the human workforce in no small measure. At the end of the day, it is the human factor that will determine whether the digital dream will be realized or otherwise. Machines and gadgets are as effective and efficient as the persons operating them. Human effort, or the lack of it will be the ultimate decider on the grand dream the country is still dreaming.

Lakshya Sen wins silver at Youth Olympics Emulates Pronnoy as India adds a badminton medal after 8 years

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New Delhi, Oct. 13,

India’s Lakshya Sen settled for the silver medal after he went down to China’s Li Shifeng 15-21, 19-21 in the men’s singles badminton final at Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires late last night. The final lasted for 42 minutes.
Thus, the rising badminton star and World Junior No 3, Sen became the second Indian only after H.S. Prannoy who achieved the honour eight years ago in Singapore.
The former junior World No. 1 Sen, who won a dramatic semifinal against Japanese Kodai Naraoka the previous evening, could not repeat his performance against the Chinese who maintained a good lead from the beginning to wrap up the first game in mere 17 minutes.  
The Indian found it difficult to cope with the pace of the Chinese who not only sent down withering smashes but also the clever use of drop shots to keep Sen engaged. Li, who hit a nice tempo in the opening act, marked by pinpoint clears to the deep with constricting net game brooked little challenge from Sen.
However, the fourth seeded Indian, playing a better game, matched his rival’s stroke for stroke and kept within reach just after the midway of the second game, only to lose steam despite holding four match points. The Chinese, handling the crunch situation pushed for the win without dropping a game.
Sen admitting to his early mistakes gave full credit to his Chinese rival. “He was very good and won the crucial points. I couldn’t push myself tough I managed to prolong the inevitable,” said Sen after his final. “But I am happy to be the second Indian to bring back a medal in badminton from such an elite championship,” he added.  
It was a sort of a revenge for the Chinese whom the Indian had beaten in the quarterfinals of the Asian Championships earlier this year.   
Congratulating on his silver-medal performance, BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Lakshya (Sen) is a world class prospect and I would like to congratulate him on his medal winning performance at the Youth Olympics. I was particularly happy with the way he fought his way back in the semifinals and can certainly say that World Badminton has a new rising star in him”, said the BAI Chief. He showed tremendous character and fighting spirit and this surely is not the end of it,” he further added.  
Ajay K Singhana, Secretary General of BAI, too complimented the reigning Asian Junior Champion. “You did us all proud. On behalf of the entire BAI I congratulate you on your medal win as you add the seventh medal to the list of wins at the 2018 Youth Olympics,” he said, in his congratulatory message to Lakshya.
Lakshya, next plays the Word Juniors in Markham (Canada) from November 5 to 18 and is a part of the 24-member Indian squad.

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BSF conducts free medical camp

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Imphal, Oct 13,

54 Battalion under the aegis of Sector Head quarter, Border Security Force, Koirengei conducted free medical camp and distributed sports items at SMI Orphanage Home, Churachandpur.
During the Camp Medical Officer and supporting staff of 54 Bn BSF provided consultation and free medicines to the inmates of the orphanage.  Later, Sh MKT Simte, 2 i/c of 54 Bn BSF distributed various sports items to the SMI Orphanage. Speaking on the sidelines, he highlighted the various initiatives of Battalion through its Civic Action Programs for making cordial relation with the civil populace of the area.

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220th Death Anniversary of Rajarshi Bhagyachndra observed


Imphal, Oct. 13

Hon’ble Minister, CAF & PD, Revenue, PDS, Manipur  Karam Shyam expressed that the Revenue Secretary of Manipur will meet the Revenue Secretary of Uttar Pradesh for a bilateral dialogue between the two states in connection with the restoration of the Bari Kunja Mandir at Radha Kund as a place of  worship for the Manipuris as a follow-up action, just right after talks and mutual agreement between the Chief Ministers of both the states regarding the matter were completed. The State Government will further take up necessary steps for the said task, he assured.

Bari Kunja Mandir at Radha Kund, Uttar Pradesh is a historic place for the Manipuris who used to carry out sacred rituals and religious practices in the early 1830s during the reign of Maharaj Gambhir Singh, he stated.

He said this while gracing the closing ceremony of the 220th Death Anniversary of Rajarshi Bhagyachandra as Chief Guest at Meera Monoranjan Dharamshala Hall at Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh yesterday.

Hon’ble MLA Kshetrigao AC, Shri Nahakpam Indrajit Singh and titular king Leishemba Sanajaoba also attended the function as the Guest of Honour and President respectively.

The event was that organised by Rajarshi Bhagyachandra Cultural Foundation, Manipur started on the 9th of this month.

It is quite justified to say that Manipur owes most of its cultural development and growth to Maharaj Bhagyachandra, Minister K Shyam stated.

Rajarshi Bhagyachandra was one of the most versatile rulers amongst the kings of Manipur in terms of the outstanding contribution he gave for promoting the art and culture of the State and in serving the society and ideal thoughts he had for the welfare of the future generations, he lauded.

Appreciating that it is the culture he had started that put Manipur on the global map, Minister Shyam said that God exists in abodes where the human beings believe and have faith in themselves. “If we have faith in God, we will be able to make sacrifices. Human beings are the most valuable gifts of God”, he also said.

When death is close to us, we seek the His blessings, he also expressed.

Leaving his throne and sacrificing everything, Rajarshi Bhagyachandra died at Mrshidabad, Uttar Pradesh, Minister Shyam also recalled.

Speaking at the occasion, MLA N Indrajit Singh appealed the gathering that we should try and work together to revive our culture and promote it so that it occupies a distinct identity in the entire globe.

Keeping a strong faith in God and loving one another can help bring peace in our State, he added.

Shri B.Amusana Sharma,Chief Advisor, RBCFM gave the welcome note while Meidingu Leishemba Sanajaoba closed the function with the vote of thanks.

A symposium was also held on Rajarshi Bhagyachandra and Manipuri Culture during the function.

There was also Sankirtan  by Rasheshwori Pala at Madan Mohon Temple as part of the function.

Ras Leela, Bhagawad Parikrama,Kunj Aarti and Maha Prasadam were the other main attractions of the auspicious ceremony.

Invitee, A.Syam.Sarma, members of Rasheshwori Pala and other religious devotees from Manipur took part in the function.



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Youth the driving force of India: Th. Radheshyam

Imphal, October 13

Education, Labour & Employment Minister  Thokchom Radheshyam stated that the driving force for India’s attainment to superpower is the youth of the nation. He said that the most important resource in the world is the human resource and for India 35% of the population are the youths.
The Minister was speaking at the inauguration function of the 3-day ‘National Seminar cum Training workshop “Youth & Agenda 2030” at the City Convention, Imphal, organised by the People’s UNESCO Club of Manipur in collaboration with the Confederation of UNESCO Club & Association of India (CUCAI) and Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy, Manipur University.
Th. Radheshyam said that yesterday with the advancement of modern telecommunication system the world is now a global village. He emphasised that every nation has its own strength and weaknesses and the youth of every nation should be groomed as the world’s future strength. The United Nations, Agenda 2030 has 17 goals to be achieved, and it is important that the methods and means be planned by sharing the knowledge and experiences prioritising the problems and issues by identifying the resources, he added.
Youth is a universal wealth, education and understanding of culture, he said, is therefore important to make the young minds realised the importance of independence and make them aware about the interdependence also. Education’s, he stressed, end product should not be to get a job but is to enable to solve the issues and problem that may rise in future. He said that the youths should be made to involve more in decision making nurturing them to have beautiful minds enriched with creativity learning to become more rational.
The function was attended by the members of CUCAI, dignitaries, delegates from different parts of the country and students.

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