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Sunday, 14 October 2018 - Imphal Times

Detained MU teachers brought for medical check up with hand-cuff; MU Community condemn in the strongest term

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Imphal, Oct 14,

The hopes about restoration of normalcy in the Manipur University after the intervention of the Manipur High Court is likely to be sabotage again as the law enforcers seem to have no respect for the law in how to treat Professor when brought for medical check up.

The 6 MU teachers and some students were arrested based on false report by self proclaimed PRO VC Prof. Yugindro on the midnight of September 20. This was stated by the first citizen of the state - Her Excellency the Governor of Manipur. When questions about how could police detained any individual on false report by another individual were asked from various corner, the 6 Prof. and the students were still detained in judicial custody. No action has been so far proceeded against Pro VC for misleading the police force as well as for defaming the professors and the students of the state, yet the police continue to treat them as criminal.

A joint meeting of MUSU, MUTA and MUSA was held today morning to express extreme shock and anguish on the way that the police are treating to the 6 professors while bringing them to the hospital for health check up .

“While the veracity of the grounds of the FIR are under active social criticism in addition to the admission of Prof. Y Yugindro Singh himself of his complaints as false charges, the member expressed criticism of humanity with which the University faculty were being taken to hospital for medical treatment with their hands locked with hand-cuff”, the MU community said in a statement.

The meeting held today meeting condemn in the strongest terms the inhumane and insulting treatment of members of the University Community currently lodged in jail on false charges and even taking them to hospital with their hands cuffed as if they are hard core criminals

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Locals unhappy on government negligence to the Khongjom-Tekcham IVR Road

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As no government authority including those elected by the people thinking that something worthy would be done, have left Khongjom to Tekcham IVR Road unattended for a long time. The condition of the road stretch angered the people as it is now neither motorable nor walkable. Students who ride cycle to attend classes have to return back many times as their cycle slipped to the muddy road spoiling their uniform. Passenger service vehicles like diesel auto and Tata magic often landed in trouble as their vehicle slips on the mud many times. Passengers have to take risk if anything happen while travelling in the vehicle in the bumpy road filled with potholes and mud. If the situation continues, there is likely that the state government face another strong uncontrolled agitation in the area.

The IVR road from Tekcham to Wangjing is located under Wangjing Tentha Assembly Constituency. Complain after complaints have been made through the concern MLAs or district administration but nothing have been done up till now. The IVR road could have been included in the Guiness Book of  record if there is any to compete for having the highest number of potholes. Two days rain, that too a drizzling type has now turned the road like a field and people are facing extreme hardship. The worst is faced by locals of Tekcham.

Taking to our reporter this morning, locals of Tekcham said that the IVR road which the government has left unnoticed for quite long is the only lifeline of the people. It is through this road that the people depend for visiting different villages including Khongjom Bazar, Kakching, Wabagai etc. Villagers of Tekcham also depend on this IVR road while going for work to Kharung and Ekop Lake . As the road condition is in the most dilapidated condition even the fishermen from the village sometime have to face hardship as they cannot even ride cycle on the road.

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At least four killed in Landslides at Bangladesh

Siam Sarower Jamil,
IT Correspondent
Dhaka, Oct 14 ,

At least four people were killed in two separate of landslides in Chittagong city of Bangladesh triggered by heavy rain influenced by cyclone Titli.
Chittagong Fire Service and Civil Defence deputy assistant director Jashim Uddin told Imphal Times three members of a family died after a landslide in the Akbar Shah area near Foy’s Lake. Two makeshift houses at Akbar Shah area’s Firoz Shah Colony were buried after rain loosened the soil and resulted in a landslide around 2:00am on Saturday.
The victims were identified as Nurjahan, 45, her daughter Fazrunessa, 2, and mother Bibi Zohra, 65.
After the incident fire service began rescue operation with the help of locals. On Sunday morning they recovered three dead bodies.
Nurjahan’s husband, Noor Mohammad said that they had felt the danger from the heavy rain and was in the process of moving their belongings from the home.
He said that her mother mother-in-law Bibi Zohra came to Chittagong from her home in Lakshmipur to visit her daughter.
Earlier, around 1:00am, another person was killed in a landslide in Panchlaish’s Rahman Nagar area.
The deceased was Nurunnabi Nantu, 45, of Gaibandha. He lived at the Hill View residential area of Rahman Nagar, at a rented house.A landslide uprooted a nearby tree, which fell atop the border wall of Nantu’s home and caused it to collapse.
Soon after the incident locals rescued Nantu and sent him to Chittagong Medical College Hospital in critical condition.
CMCH outpost assistant inspector Shilabrata Barua said that later, duty doctor declared him dead.
Chittagong has been experience heavy rainfall under the influence of cyclone Titli from October 10. Fearing landslide following the daylong rainfall caused by cyclone Titli, Chittagong district administration had asked families living at foot of the hills risking their lives to relocate.
Bangladesh meteorological department on Saturday also forecasted that heavy rainfall might trigger landslides in Chittagong division.

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Economic loss &Disasters: International day for Disaster reduction

By : Samananda Keisham

Disaster management is the systematic observation and analysis of disaster to improve measures related to prevention, mitigation, preparedness, emergency response and recovery. It comprises of technical, administrative, financial, social and legal options related to various disasters.It is necessary because disaster is a serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society. They involve widespread human, material, economic or environmental impacts, which exceed the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources.
The objective of disaster management plan is to strengthen the capacity of agencies involved in warning and alarm, rescue and evacuation operation, transport and communication, resettlement and provisions for medical aids. Medium and long-term interventions should be based on the 5R strategy of Rescue, Relief, Restoration, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction. The four objectives of National Disaster Management are as follows-
1) Reduce and avoid physical and economic loss.
2) Reduce personal sufferings by removing the affected persons to a safer place and provide them with relief materials such as food, shelter, medicines etc.
3) Quicken the recovery process.
4) Provide emergency support.
The four elements of disaster management which can be implemented at community, regional, state and national level are:
1) Mitigation
2) Preparedness
3) Response and
4) Recovery
Mitigation involves reducing or eliminating the likelihood or consequences of a hazard or both. Mitigation seeks to treat the hazard such that it impacts the society to a lesser degree. It is not possible to avoid the hazards of a natural disaster altogether, but by adopting a mitigation plan, the effect can be reduced. For example, using vulnerability atlas for the planning of appropriate disaster reduction measures by mapping disaster prone area, implementing strategies for creating awareness, education and training at various level and implementing various codes for earthquake, cyclone and flood resistant buildings and infrastructures.
Preparedness involves equipping the people who may be impacted by a disaster or who is able to help those impacted with the tools to increase their chance of survival and to minimize their financial and other losses. The objective of preparedness is to prepare a contingency plan including institutional arrangement, rescue and relief operation and an action program. Some key aspects of preparation include selection of risk prone area, entry into prone area, mobilizing volunteers for assessment and preparation of team work, disseminating warning, stocking of essential commodities, medicines, drinking water and shelters.
Response involves taking actions to reduce or eliminate the impact of disasters that have occurred or are currently occurring in order to prevent further suffering, financial loss or a combination of both. Emergency response aimed at saving human lives by providing relief.
Recovery involves returning victims live back to a normal state following the impact of disaster consequences. The recovery phase generally begins after the immediate response has ended and can go on for a month, years after the disaster. The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction defines recovery as the “decisions and action taken after disaster with a view to restore or improve the pre-disaster living conditions of the stricken community, while encouraging and facilitating necessary adjustments to reduce disaster risk.The recovery phase of disaster can be broken into two periods; short-term phase typically lasts from six months to at least one year and involves delivering immediate services to businesses and the long-term phaseranges up to decades which requires thoughtful strategic planning and action to address more serious or permanent impacts of a disaster. Investment in economic development capacity building becomes essential to implement effective recovery strategies. Communities must access and deploy a range of public and private resources to enable long-term economic recovery.
The theme of the International Day for Disaster Reduction in 2018 is Reducing the Economic Loss of Disasters which is Target (C) of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.The Venue is at United Nations University, Rose Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
This is the third year of the Sendai Seven Campaign, which uses International Day for Disaster Reduction to draw attention to the seven targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which was adopted as a global plan to reduce disaster losses by UN Member States. The overall theme of the International Day for Disaster Reduction in 2018 is reducing the economic loss of disasters which is Target (3) of the Sendai Framework which also will discuss the Sustainable Development Goals. Economic losses from disasters are a serious brake on sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty.It also conveys the message that disasters have a human cost and reducing economic losses from disasters can transform lives.
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda, with seven targets and four priorities for action. It was endorsed by the UN General Assemblyfollowing the 2015 Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The Sendai Framework is a 15-year, voluntary, non-binding agreement which recognizes that the State has the primary role to reduce disaster risk but that responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders including local government, the private sector and other stakeholders. It aims atthe substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries.
There are many countries which are struggling to cope with recurring losses, particularly those who are bearing the brunt of climate change and experiencing extreme weather events which destroy critical infrastructure, disrupt agriculture and lead to displacement and migration, and loss of livelihoods. This is a critical issue when enormous sums are expected to flow into urban development in the coming decades. Some 60% of the area expected to be urbanized by 2030 remains to be built.
It is crucial to ensure risk-sensitive development and reduce economic losses from disasters. For brainstorming these critical subjects, the symposium will have two key note presentations and three short presentations which are followed by the panel discussion composed of the multi-stakeholders, including local government, civil society, private sector etc.The soaring rise in the economic losses from extreme weather events are fueled by climate change. Economic losses from disasters in low and middle-income countries are undermining efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and deprive governments of funds to spend on health, education, social protection and other important public needs. Every year disasters cost the global economy an estimated US$520 billion, displacing millions of people and pushing many of them into poverty. Reducing economic losses from disasters has the power to transform lives and this will be the focus of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction focusing on the economic losses resulting from extreme weather events and other hazards, will help to bring home to policymakers and those in charge of major investments in critical infrastructure, the importance of ensuring that those investment decisions are risk-informed. If it’s not informed, it’s not sustainable. And if it’s not sustainable then it has a human cost. Those costs are evident in the chronic level of disaster displacement around the world. Last year an estimated 18 million people were displaced by extreme weather events.
The Seven Global Targets
2016 – Target (a): Substantially reduce global disaster mortality by 2030, aiming to lower the average per 100,000 global mortality rates in the decade 2020- 2030 compared to the period 2005-2015;
2017 – Target (b): Substantially reduce the number of people affected globally by 2030, aiming to lower the average global figure per 100,000 in the decade 2020- 2030 compared to the period 2005-2015;
2018 – Target (c): Reduce direct disaster economic loss in relation to global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030;
2019 – Target (d): Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and educational facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030;
2020 – Target (e): Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020;
2021 – Target (f): Substantially enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support to complement their national actions for implementation of the present Framework by 2030;
2022 – Target (g): Substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to people by 2030.
The Four Priorities for Action
Priority 1. Understanding disaster risk: Disaster risk management should be based on an understanding of disaster risk in all its dimensions of vulnerability, capacity, exposure of persons and assets, hazard characteristics and the environment. Such knowledge can be used for risk assessment, prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response.
Priority 2. Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk: Disaster risk governance at the national, regional and global levels is very important for prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and rehabilitation. It fosters collaboration and partnership.
Priority 3. Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience: Public and private investment in disaster risk prevention and reduction through structural and non-structural measures are essential to enhance the economic, social, health and cultural resilience of persons, communities, countries and their assets, as well as the environment.
Priority 4. Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction: The growth of disaster risk means there is a need to strengthen disaster preparedness for response, take actions in anticipation of events, and ensure capacities are in place for effective response and recovery at all levels. The recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction phase which is a critical opportunity to build back better, including through integrating disaster risk reduction into development measures.

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Flight at the land of clouds

By : Parthajit Borah

I was flying high in the sky like a bird
Pouring all the whitish cloud in the mind.
Two wings of mine sail like the seagull
whispering of clouds buffered my zeal.
Rainbow and its fresh shine coloured
my soul whilst I marked in the boundless horizon in search of engraving love.
I wish I stood near the heaven
Busy for the arrangement of my funeral.
I smelt my bodily odor confirmed
my existence but l lost my human sense.
I was melting in the nowhere
losing my dreams and deeds.
Now I am the kinsman of clouds
whom I surrendered all.

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By : Akashdeep Kalita

A Time will come
When I will be in bed
Resting in the Arms
Of pleasant Death.
Yes, that’s true.
One day I will die.
Will there be someone?
Beneath me, To cry.
No, I will not!
Think about death. (Till I die)
I will enjoy my life. (Life is too short)
And that’s my Faith

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By : Akashdeep Kalita

O’ Girl, You were mine.
You know!
When it was our time.
Every second,
I did think of you.
You were the shine,
In my life full of dew.
With each passing moment,
You went far.
Now I am sitting,
Alone in a bar.
Thinking of going
Back in time.
You know why?
Just to make you mine

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Life did put me into darkness

By : Akashdeep Kalita
Life did put me into darkness
Then I saw light.
And it was You.
But you faded!
And I am still
Still looking forth you.

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Various rebel groups including ASUK call total shut down tomorrow in protest against the merger of Manipur to Indian Union

IT News
Imphal, Oct 14,

Various rebel group operating in the region including the Alliance for Socialist Unity Kangleipak (ASUK), CorCom, KCP war group among others has called a total shut down all over Manipur from 6 am to 6 pm of October 15 in protest against the merger of Manipur to the Indian Union.
 Alliance for Socialist Unity Kangleipak (ASUK ), a conglomerate of proscribed group KYKL and KCP observed the day as ‘National black day’.
In a stated, ASUK said that October 15, 1949 was the day Kangleipak lost its independence.
“It was on this day that the newly formed country called India allegedly annexed Manipur in the name of a merger agreement”,  said a press release issued by ASUK publicity committee convenor S Mangal.
The statement further added that the Government of India does not want the people of Manipur to know that Manipur was forcibly merged into the Indian Union.
That is why, the landmark event of October 15, 1949 is not included in any history text books taught to students.
On the contrary, they have been claiming that India is a very ancient country and Manipur has been a part of India since early ages, ASUK said and remarked that this is a case of abusing history.
The history of India has been beguiling the people of Manipur with an ulterior motive to suppress Manipur for good, it alleged.
Overlooking or forgetting the event of October 15, 1949 will erase the fact that Manipur was merged into the Indian through deceitful and coercive means from the collective memory.
This will ultimately render the people of Manipur as a group of people who do not have a proper identity or a country of their own, ASUK continued.
ASUK alleged that this is deliberately orchestrated to subdue the collective spirit of Manipuri people.
“The right politics at the moment is paving a collective future for all of us and there is an intrinsic relationship between our past and our present.
Again the present should lay the foundation for the future”, it asserted.
The facts stand that Manipur existed as an independent country for thousands of years, it had its own civilization and it was forcibly merged into the Indian Union constitute the past of Manipur, alleged the outfit further.
“If we don’t remember that Manipur was an independent country before 1949, then it is just like we were never a free people”, it said.
To pave the way to a glorious future, the people of Manipur must remember the glorious past as well as the event of October 15, 1949, it asserted.
Emergency services will be exempted from the purview of the total shut down, it added.

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Governor inaugurates seminar on ‘skilling the youth in the wake of India’s act east policy – from NE Perspective’

Imphal, Oct,  14

Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla yesterday stated that Manipur and the region are poised on the threshold of an exciting phase of economic activities under the Act East Policy of the Central Government. She was speaking as the Chief Guest at the inaugural function of the 1-day Seminar on ‘Skilling the Youth in The Wake of India’s Act East Policy – From North-East Perspective’. The seminar was held at the Manipur State Assembly Auditorium organized by Integrated Talent Development Mission ‘Blooming North-East’ with an objective to identify the potential and develop the skill of the youths of the State.
Addressing the gathering Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla stated that India is heading towards becoming the World’s fastest growing economy and is expected to become the youngest country by 2020 with 64% of its population in the working age group. The Government of India has ambitious plans to transform India into a competitive, high-growth, high productivity middle-income country by using this young workforce which accounts to only 2.3 per cent receiving some formal skill training at present. To address the issue and bridge the gap, skill development has emerged as a priority sector, she added.
The Governor further said that North-East region has the prospects to grow into India’s economic power-house considering its lively source of energy, oil, natural gas, coal and limestone, apart from being gifted with its prime perennial water system of rivers and their tributaries. The region’s boundless tourism prospects, unique performing arts and varied cuisine and handicrafts gives it the perfect position for its development as a centre for dealing in trade and commerce with India’s eastern neighbours while augmenting scope of entrepreneurship, she added.
Asserting that growth of the North-East region will not only enhance the Indian economy but will also cultivate two-sided assimilation amongst the East and South East Asian neighbours, the North-East region expects a massive boost in trade and commerce under the Policy, she added. In the light of this development, North-East States need to develop an ambitious yet meaningful Skill Development and employment plan for its youth, she further added.
The Governor said that North-East region urgently needs to take up initiatives for skill training in the fields of Railways, Highways, Logistics and Warehousing, Cold Storage, renewable energy sector, Business Management and Banking & Finance, with quality training of international standards, state-of-the-art infrastructure in the form of ‘Multi-Skill Training’. Skill development especially in service industries like Tourism & Hospitality, Retail and IT & IT-enabled services can be the thrust areas.
Further she added that nature has gifted rich flora and fauna to the North-East region and the region could become a hub for developing agriculture, horticulture, floriculture and food processing and there is a huge potential to create local enterprises and local employment around these sectors. As the trade and commerce is booming in the region due to connectivity with ASEAN and China, youth of the region need to get skill development training in relevant trades to support the cross-border trade and business. The Multi-Skill Training centres need to have ‘Language Labs’ to deliver training on Burmese, Mandarin and other oriental languages which will be of immense help in penetrating business and maintaining diplomatic relations with Myanmar and China, she said.
 During the function the Governor also highlighted various schemes taken up by the Government of India for the benefit of the youths of the country such as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Skill India which is to train over 40 crore people in India in different skills by 2022 and Standup India which is a scheme to support entrepreneurship among women and people who belong to scheduled tribe and caste. She urged the people to make effective use of the Government schemes for the benefit of the youths of this State and region. She added that she had initiated the Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans and Craftsmen (MEETAC) for promotion of the traditional art and crafts of Manipur as well as economic upliftment of our traditional artisans and craftsmen.
Expressing her belief that all the academics, researchers, practitioners, scholars and industry experts participating in the seminar will have ample opportunity to exchange and share their views for skill development of the youths in the wake of India’s Act East Policy, the Governor said that the recommendations will be coming forth for a way forward for skilling the youths of the region appropriately.
Dr. Swaran Anil, Patron, ITDM, Guest of Honour of the function said, the Mission is involved with the youths and to enhance their skills with the coming of the Act East Policy. She said with skill development, traditional culture should also be taken into account as the culture of the State is quite rich.
Kongkham Robindro Singh, Deputy Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly, President of the inaugural function, said that the youths should take the opportunity of the seminar and try to help in the development of the region. North East region is the gateway of trade and commerce with the neighbouring countries which requires skilled workforce. Even though we have many manpower there is lack of skills amongst the youths, he added.
In the technical session moderated by Professor Ch. Priyoranjan Singh, Department of Economics, Manipur University, Professor Ch. Ibohal Meitei, Director, Manipur Institute of Management Studies, Dr. N. Ranjana Devi, Director, Institute of Co-operative Management, Manipur and L. Niranjan Singh, MD & CEO, JCRE Skill Solutions, Imphal deliberated their lectures focusing on the importance of Skill Development in Northeast States for a successful Act East Policy of India.
Scholars, Researchers, Students of Manipur University and representatives of Integrated Talent Development Mission ‘Blooming North-East’ took part in the seminar.

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