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Saturday, 20 October 2018 - Imphal Times

Governor appreciates State government initiative to motivate skill development venture among Manipuri Youths

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Imphal, Oct 20,

  Governor of Manipur Dr. Nazma Heptula has suggested to establish more intense workshop in Manipur to further motivate the educated young men and women of SC & ST in the field of skill development and entrepreneurship. Dr. Heptulla, was speaking at the Manipur State Conclave of National SC-ST Hub today at Raj Bhavan, today.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and other council of Ministers were attended in the conclave.
Manipur State Conclave of National SC & ST Hub is being organised under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India in collaboration with the Forum of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes Legislators & Parliamentarians.  
“I am also indeed impressed to know that the Forum is organizing such Conclave in various States of North Eastern States to promote entrepreneurship for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes communities”, Dr. Hetula said.
She said that the North Eastern States of India have their unique requirements for skill-based training depending on the natural resources, industry and native trades. The region is industrially backward and all the States perhaps with the exception of Assam are topographically disadvantaged to support big industries. The Governments of these States have embarked on skill development missions to meet the aspirations of SC and ST youth through training under Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and enhance employability and employment.  Several training partners, academic institutions and vocational training centers are actively involved in a range of programmes that enable livelihoods, increase productivity and income levels of SC and ST in these States particularly Manipur.
“ Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges our young population is facing, more true in respect of the economically backward SCs & STs”, she said and added that the objective of such skill development should not only be to make the youth eligible for employment but also equip them with the entrepreneurial competence so that they can open new avenues and become job givers instead of being preoccupied as job-seekers.
The Governor also appreciated the  Government of Manipur for creating  various committees and sectors to create a stimulus in enabling the youth belonging to ST and SC to undergo skill education and training.
“Skill Development today is one of the thrust areas of the Government. A major task of the Government and the Forum is to establish a structured mechanism to provide a connect between education, skill development, training institutes and the employment opportunities in potential sectors at both Central and State levels. This is important and we must try to match the supply with demand while continuously creating further demand”, Dr. Heptula said.
The governor also recounted the talents of the Manipuri youths in the field of IT sector.
“Thousands of young persons from the North East are working in these sectors and earning a good name for themselves and their organizations not only in the region but also in other parts of the country. In Manipur, for example, hospitality comes naturally to the younger people and their IT skills are par excellence. In my view, organisations in the country should have special focus on the North East with the aim of training them in these sectors and giving them good employment and entrepreneurship ideas and in the process also help their assimilation in the national mainstream.  In this connection, I am fully confident that the Forum of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes Legislators & Parliamentarians will lend their unstinted support and mentor the SC and ST members of the region particularly Manipur to become successful entrepreneurs.”, she added.

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Forest Minister Shyamkumar reaches out to interior villages in Senapati district

Senapati, Oct 20,

 Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar on Friday visited the Tobumai village under Mao assembly constituency in Senapati district. He was given a rousing welcome by the villagers last night.
It may be mentioned that Forest and Environment Minister along with Shri Losii Dikho, Minister of PHED and Printing & Stationary visited the village after attending the Cabinet meeting and other functions at Kangpokpi district. Dikho is also the local MLA of the area.
Addressing the villagers of Tobumai at St Peter’s Catholic Church , Minister Shyamkumar highlighted the importance of environmental conservation. He called upon the villagers to come forward and contribute in combating global warming by conserving and protecting the environment and wildlife.
He stressed on the importance of environmental protection and stated that the conservation is correlated to human survival. He said if the environment is destroyed in the hills than its adverse effect will be felt not only in the hills but also in the valley.
Speaking on the schemes and projects provided by the State and Central Government, he urged the villagers to come forward and seek the benefits provided by the various departments under him. He handed to the villagers a cheque of Rs 10 lakhs provided by the Environment Directorate for making a water body for water conservation in the area. He also assured that the Forest Department will provide saplings including Yongchak for plantation at the hills. The Minister concluded his speech by stating that public support is needed for success of any project/programme.
Minister Shri Losii Dikho interacted with the villagers in local dialect and address their grievances.
Later on, the villagers arranged reception for the visiting dignitaries.

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4th Shabu Hong Rien 2018 Celebrated

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 The 4th Shabu Hong Rien 2018, a pre-harvest festival of the Chothe tribe was celebrated today at Purum Khullen (Chothe Hupi) Community hall.
The opening event was graced by James Keishing, Managing Director North East Region Fin. Service Ltd. & Finance Officer Directorate UNIV as chief guest, President of Chothe LIM Abom Manipur (CLAM), Mingthing Thao as Functional President and Member of ADC Chandel, Th.Hopeson Chothe as guest of honour.
Purum Khullen village chief Mk.Wangreng Chothe, Assistant chief Th.Ansai Chothe, CNPO General Secretary Th.Malsawn Chothe, Chothe Chiefs Association chairman Rk. Thaningjao Chothe and other Village Chiefs, Pastors also attended the festival.
Organising Committee Member Th.Jackop said Shabu Hong Rien is one of the nine important festivals of the Chothe tribe.
The festival dates back to the time before Chothe tribes embraced Christianity. Hopeson Chothe also spoke on the occasion.

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SEACO warns of serious consequences if Kangla is polluted

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Imphal, Oct 20,

South East Asian Cultural organization (SEACO) while rejection construction of hall to perform Ras leela inside Kangla today warn that any attempt to pollute the culture of the Kangleipak will be strongly resisted.
In a press statement, SEACO stated that the unique culture and religion of the indigenous Meetei nation which has been existed since time immemorial have been confused after the coming of the Hindu religion. It said since 1709, August 23 during the reign of King Pamheiba a severe affect has been given to the traditional indigenous religion. Because of the adoption of the Hindu religion the indigenous religion and culture are in the verse of extinction. Amidst this apprehension any attempt to tarnish the sanctity of Kangla will be strongly rejected, the SEACO statement said.
It further added that no other performance which is not related to the indigenous Meitei religion will be allowed inside the secret Kangla.  

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BSF organises mini marathon

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Imphal, Oct 20,

As a part of paying homage to the martyrs of BSF, 182 Bn BSF Koirengei today organised a mini marathon for BSF personnel including women personnel. The mini marathon was organised under the aegis of SHQ CI(Ops) BSF Manipur.
The marathon was flagged of by Bala Devi , wife of M. Lekhendro Singh , commandant (ADM) Sector headquarter from Khuman lampak stadium today morning.
AH. Hidam Shubol Singh, Commandant (Ops) Offg DIG Sector head Quarter Manipur grace the prize distribution function of the mini marathon as Chief Guest.
Cultural events for martyrs, presentation of gifts mark the occasion.

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Maize based cropping system for improving livelihood

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Imphal, Oct 20,

In a move to make public the potentialities of Rabi maize cropping system in Manipur and awareness of improved technologies for its popularization, a two day training programme on “Maize based cropping system for improving livelihood and nutritional security of small and marginal farmers” comes to an end at Indian council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Monsangpantha, Chandel district headquarters,70 km south of Imphal in Manipur on Friday.
The training programme was organized by ICAR for North Eastern Hill Region, Manipur Centre and KVK, Chandel in collaboration with ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research, Ludhiana.
Experts of the ICAR including its Joint Director Dr I Meghachandra Singh of ICAR Research Complex for NEH region, Scientist Dr MA Ansari of ICAR Manipur Centre and PI of NEH maize programme, Dr Kl Levis Chongloi, Dr N Johnson Singh, Boumit and Ms Prabeena Devi made technical inputs and presentations apart from sharing their findings and observation on maize cultivation package and practices, significance of maize in feed for livestock and poultry, soil management for high production, insect and disease management etc during the technical session of the training sessions.
The critical inputs like maize seed (High Quality Protein Maize or HQPM-1) and biofertilizers were also distributed along with other seeds for intercropping with maize like Garden pea (Arkel), Frenchbean, Rapeseed and mustard (M-27) to all the farmers during the sessions.
Farmers from Lambung, Lamphoupasna, Panchai, Riverline, Chandanpokpi, Ziontlang numbering around 110 participated in the training programme.
It may be recalled that the Deputy Commissioner Krishna Kumar of Chandel district, Joint Director Dr I Meghachandra of ICAR Research Complex for NEH region, Manipur centre, Imphal, Senior Scientist and head, KVK, Chandel Dr Deepak Singh and Scientist Dr MA Ansari inaugurated the training on October 18.
During the occasion, the DC Krishna Kumar led dignitaries stressed upon the need to undertake concerted efforts to increase the cropping intensity in the state by inclusion of suitable varieties under suitable farming systems.
They also highlighted the importance of maize as essential feed ingredient for poultry, piggery and fisheries in addition to the normal human consumption and as a sustainable crop in the upland hills of Manipur. It may be worth mentioning that Manipur imports feed from other states for livestock and fishery.
They have also highlighted the importance of conservation of water resources and tapping the irrigation potential so that cropping system intensify with more than two crops in a year.

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The barricade cordoning CMO

On July 7, 2018, large number of college students thronged to the Chief Minister Office demanding immediate intervention to the 39 days old impasse at Manipur University. The students turned up as the strike at Manipur University has severely affected the academic activities of the colleges affiliated to the Manipur University. When those students were prevented from meeting the chief Minister some among them went hostile and even pushed the gate of the Chief Minister’s office.
The following day the Chief Minister office was cordoned with barricade from the northern end till the Police head quarter. It was the duty of the law enforcers to cordon the Chief Minister’s Office at that time as the momentum of the agitation was on the rise. The matter has been somehow settled with the intervention of the Manipur High Court by appointing an administrator on interim basis. The issues of the Manipur University is yet to be completed but academic activism has been restored as the Manipur University community who have been on strike for over 135 days welcome the court decision.
Potential threat of thronging to the Chief Minister Bungalow by student is almost clear now and after all students of the state may be hostile while demanding justice, but they are not some kind of terrorists or criminal. The student agitators might push the gate on July 7, 2018, but one thing that is needed to understand is that those students were only demanding to have an appointment with the Chief Minister on that day. But it was the police action which turned the students wild. On the other hand the students came only with books and pen and photo evidence showed that no students carry any sort of deadly weapons.
The incident was the first of its kind that people of the state started understanding that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh was not at all a peoples’ Chief Minister. Before the incident, people have heard his promise to meet any person in needs and called on people to come to his office anytime.
Now the announcement he made in many public platform after becoming chief minister turn out to be a mere lip service to fool the people. The peoples’ meet and Hill leaders’ meet that he organised every month is more like a show to prove his friendly attitude when in reality his bungalow is now cordoned with barricades troubling people who had to pass the road.
At time of agitation, may be the police need to cordon with barricades, but when everything is normal now what is the purpose of cordoning the barricade in front of the Bungalow. After all police team are present in front of the office 24x7 every day.
The way the office is being cordoned not only created inconveniences to the pedestrians but also showed that the Chief Minister now have apprehension and have lost trust to his people. The way things goes now had surprised on why the Chief Minister who refuse to deliver public speech in bullet proof glass podium at Ukhrul is so much afraid of strikers.
It is time that the police in front the office should be trained well and that the barricade be removed to once more prove that N. Biren Singh is the peoples’ Chief Minister.
Justification for cordoning the area can be done but public will not accept.

CM Inaugurates Canchi Leihao Galvanized Products  

Imphal, Oct. 20:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated Canchi Leihao Galvanised Products at Langthabal Phumlou Loukon in Imphal West District yesterday.
Health Minister L. Jayantakumar, CAF and PD Minister Karam Shyam and former Chief Minister Radhabinod Koijam also attended the function among others.
Speaking to reporters, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the new Government is committed to extend help and support to entrepreneurs.

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FOOTGAL 2018 ends in a vibrant note

Churachandpur, Oct. 20:


FOOTGAL 2018, the sole initiative of the Churachandpur District Administration with a focus on awareness and advocacy campaign for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) and changing the mindsets of the Electors for inclusive elections with the theme “No Voters Left Behind” which is being played from October 8 ends tonight in a vibrant note.

HangkhanlianValte, Minister (Vety & AH, Agriculture) said, It is the first time that I have this opportunity to witnessed FOOTGAL FOOTGAL being played under the auspices of the District Administration to empower the womenfolk and as such, even women have a very important role in Games & Sports. It is a training field to reap good team spirits, strategy, discipline, talents and vision, maintained the Minister. The Minister then congratulated and encourages the participating teams for development and harmony of the community as a whole and visual development of the District in particular.

The programme was attended by Shyam Lal Poonia, IAS, DC Churachandpur, PawanYadav, IAS, DC Bishnupur, Lunkhomang Khongsai, MPS, i/c SP Churachandpur and other DLOs. 

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