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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 - Imphal Times

CM Launches ‘Loktak Livelihood Mission’; Around 1000 Hectares Area Identified For Pisciculture: CM


Imphal, October 23, To protect the largest Freshwater Lake of the NorthEast India and to provide employment opportunities to fish farmers and youths of the State, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today launched the Loktak Livelihood Mission. The launching function was held at Ningthoukhong, Bishnupur District today.

Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that our State is spending of about Rs 400 crores annually for the procurement of fish from outside the State, Chief Minister assured that State would have self sufficient fish production by 2020. Farmers would be encouraged to take up pisciculture, he added. Altogether around 1000 hectares of land have been identified in areas like Mayang Imphal, Bishnupur, Wangoi and Thanga for fish farming, he added. With such cage culture farming, fishes would be matured and can be produced in three months, he added.

Chief Minister spoke elaborately on the harmful effects of fertilizers and other chemicals on human health. He mentioned that prolonged usage of such chemicals and fertilizers are the main cause of various deadly diseases among the people of the State. Mentioning the advantages of organic fertilizers and vermicompost during farming, Chief Minister said that it will benefit in two ways i.e. cost effective and healthy living. He said that Self Help groups would be formed in villages to prepare vermicompost and other organic fertilizers.

Chief Minister said that people of the State want a government that is result oriented and the present government is committed to fulfil the aspirations of the people and wouldn’t give any false promises. The government is committed to work at grassroots and uplift the lives of the poor people. The government has introduced various welfare programmes such as CHMT, CMST, and Start-up Policy etc. Encouraging the farmers and unemployed people of the State to apply Manipur Start-up Policy, Chief Minister said that subsidized loans have been given to hundreds of unemployed youths, entrepreneurs recently. He mentioned that he had sacrificed the rest of his life for the welfare of the people of the State.

While delivering his Presidential address, Minister for CAF&PD Shri Karam Shyam said that it is the bounden duty of the people of the State to protect and preserve Loktak Lake. Stressing on the Loktak Livelihood Mission, Minister said that the farmers and unemployed youths should seize the opportunity. Mentioning various initiatives of the government, Minister said that the Cabinet decision to institute Lok Ayukta in the State is a clear stand of the present government to bring transparency in governance and root out corruption.

Minister for Agriculture Shri V. Hangkhanlian, Minister for PHED Shri Losii Dikho, Chairman Manipur Pollution Control Board Shri L. Radhakishore, Chairman PDA Shri T. Robindro, Deputy Speaker Shri K. Robindro, Chip Whip, Government of Manipur Shri P. Sharatchandra, MLA Sekmai AC Shri H. Dingo, MLA Yaiskul AC Shri Th. Satyabrata, Former Union Minister Shri Th. Chaoba, Addl. Chief Secretary Dr. Suhel Akhtar, DC and SP Bishnupur and others attended the function.

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State force exceptional skill foils attempt to flare up communal tension at border town Moreh

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Moreh, Oct 23,

The State police force displayed exceptional skill and tenacity in managing to foil an attempt by persons with vested interest to flare up communal tension among various communities in border town Moreh shared by multi ethnic communities. 

After few hooligans vandalised a garbage tractor truck besides physically roughing up a few local womenfolk, a bomb placed by unidentified persons beneath the same truck by the hooligans sparked communal tension among two major communities of Moreh town yesterday. Tension gripped the border town as few persons with vested interest uploaded videos of some incident that happened in the border town with motives to incite hate feeling among the two communities.

Following the potential threat, Superintendent of police, Tengnoupal district, Dr. S Ibomcha rushed to Moreh town and beefed up security measures to calm the situation. Reckless riders troubling people in the middle of Moreh town were detained and hooligans haunting the town at evening time with narcotic substances were checked and sent back to their home without facing much difficulties.

Report reaching here said that a reckless two wheeler rider hooligan with potential threat to distort the tranquility was detained for hours.

Meanwhile, the Tengnoupal district SP Dr. S. Ibomcha has been stationing at Moreh town and is convening series of meetings with other top police officials of the sub division.

Source said that a suo motto case has been taken up against 2 persons who uploaded video with communal tone. Besides, the police are also in the hunt for the hooligans who vandalised the garbage truck as per complaint by WATAM. On the matter of the placing of the bomb, the Moreh police had taken up a separate case and investigation is underway in right earnest.

Latest report by our correspondent said that the ongoing crisis like situation give no impact to the border trade between India and Myanmar. Even though tension runs high for some time almost all shops and business establishment function as usual. Numbers of visitors at Moreh and Namphalong makes no difference from the earlier days before the incident happened and traders at Namphalong market were not affected.  


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SEACO to observe remembrance of prosecuted ancestors

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Imphal, Oct 23,

South East Asia Cultural Organisation (SEACO) will be organizing the 4th remembrance ceremony of those ancestors who were prosecuted by the kings for spearheading the efforts to revive and spread Sanamahism in the state. The ceremony will be held on 31 October 2018 (Wednesday) at Lamyanba Shanglen from 10.30 am. A press release in connection with the function requests the public to share any available photographs and documents related to the events and also extend invitation to the public to participate in the function to make it a success. Further, donations from the public are also sought for the successful implementation of the function and contacts can be made at 7085345646 and 8131924393 for any related matter.

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The unmistakable reflections

The face is said to be the index of the mind since it evidently reflects the inner feelings of an individual. The physical body is regarded as the outward embodiment of the mind and any activity that happens in the mind is therefore manifested through the physical body. It can very well apply to a society as the working of a government is manifested in the appearance of the very state or society as the case may be. The ironclad and unusually heavily barricaded official quarter of the Chief Minister, the frustratingly chaotic traffic, the unsightly litter and untended garbage at various public places tells an unmistakable story of a state that has failed to take up the most basic steps to present any semblance of orderliness or control over the thoughts and actions of its authorities entrusted with power and privileges to dispense their duties. No wonder the state of Manipur has often been described as a functional anarchy where the ground reality is often kept away from the public domain while those at the helm of affairs of the state often presents a tweaked image for the public. To an outsider visiting the place, these unflattering sights and inconvenient experiences would definitely stay with them. Does the Biren-led government really believe that the impressions of the state on these tourists and visitors will be a pleasant and favorable one? Heads of states, state guests and dignitaries on official visits might go back with a good impression, pampered and fawned upon as they are wont to, but for a normal tourist or visitor to the state- one should not get their expectations of impressing them too high.
 The third best Chief Minister of the country (as reportedly declared through an India Today Axis My India poll) has repeatedly announced that the law and order situation in the state have improved considerably with facts and figures to back up the claim. Comparisons with the previous government are increasingly being drawn to strike the point home, and while these claims cannot be brushed aside summarily, they are actually not the reality on the ground. For how many of the general public had really managed to shed their inhibitions and hesitations in interacting with the security personnel in uniform- whether of the state or the centre? How many of the common public has managed to access the ministers and elected representatives of the people barring the fixed days allocated by the CM for allowing the public to place their grievances personally, to have their grievances heard and responded upon? Is the iron barricade in front of the official residence of the Chief Minister a sign of welcome for a public in need of an audience? The Chief Minister is concerned with people kicking at the gate of his official residence- a disrespectful gesture according to him. Yet why is he still not able to digest the fact that nobody will simply go and kick the gate without any pressing or serious enough reason because it is public knowledge that the uniformed security personnel manning the have the authority, competency and backing to retaliate with more than necessary force. Simple common sense dictates that it would augur well for the barricades which have come to represent an unapproachable and authoritarian office to be done with and instead convince of the intentions and the limitations of the government as only a true leader would. 

Manipuri Actor Narmada conferred on with National Konkan Madhuri Award 2018

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Imphal, Oct 23,

Manipuri actor Narmada Sougaijam, was conferred on with the prestigious National Konkan Madhuri Award 2018 at the All India Multilingual Play, Dance & Music Festival 2018 held recently at Mohan’s Carnival MADGAON, Goa. The festival was organised by Mohan’s Abhinaya Sanskratik Sansthan.
Narmada Sougaijam was attending as an artist of the Southern Manipur Art & Culture Promotion Centre, Kakching . Narmada’s authentic performances in Classical Open Dance, Solo Folk Dance and Thang Leiteng had mesmerized the audience prompting the jury member to decide her as winner in all performance.
Narmada was born of on February 1998 as daughter of Sougaijam Joyraj and Sougaijam (O) Tombisana.
She had acted on various Music Video Album and Manipuri video film.
Narmada is looking forward to continue opting acting a dancing as her career in the coming future.

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National Integration tour flagged in

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Imphal, Oct. 23


A 15 days long National Integration Tour (NIT) organised by Thoubal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) under “OP SADBHAVANA” was flagged in by Major General KP Singh, YSM, Inspector General Assam Rifles (South) and Mr Paonem Brojen Singh, MLA Wangjing Tentha at Thoubal on Monday. The tour which comprised of 24 school students from various schools of Thoubal, one teacher and administrative team of Thoubal Battalion, was flagged off from Thoubal on 01st October 2018.  

During the course of 15 days, the NIT team visited various places of national, historical and tourist attractions at New Delhi and Pune. The significant highlight of the tour at New Delhi was the children’s interaction with the Honourable President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 5th October 2018. The team later visited the Mughal Gardens, Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum, India Gate, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Akshardham and Lotus temples in Delhi in addition to various shopping malls.

During the second leg of the visit to Pune, the children got a first hand chance of visiting the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakvasala wherein they were exposed to the various tri-service training facilities to include the Air Force training team, Equitation training team, Indian Naval Ship Ronnie, Weapon Technology Block, Sudan Block and Peacock Bay. The children also interacted with Rear Admiral SK Grewal, VSM, Deputy Commandant of the NDA as well as NDA cadets hailing from Sainik School Imphal.  Apart from the NDA, the children also visited the College of Military Engineering and Headquarters Southern Command, Agha Khan Palace, Amanora Mall and E Square mall in Pune. One of the most enjoyable parts of the tour was the journey by the Indian Railways, which was undertaken by the students for the first time.                The children were visibly excited and happy to have been part of the tour. The same was conveyed by Master Bibek Singh of KM Blooming High School during the presentation made by him at the Flagging in ceremony. Over 300 people including students from eight schools of Thoubal and their parents were present during the event. Mr Paonem Brojen Singh, MLA Wangjing Tentha, exhorted the children to learn from their experiences, as such experiences help in shaping up personalities. Major General KP Singh, YSM, IGAR (South) congratulated the students on the successful completion of the tour and guided the students to apply the knowledge and experience gained, in positively contributing to the society and the nation at large.   

Souvenirs were presented to all students of the NIT team by Mrs Rachana Singh and framed photos of the visit were presented to Principals of all the schools whose children were part of the tour. The students and parents expressed gratitude to the Assam Rifles for having provided them the opportunity of touring the country thereby creating memories of a lifetime.



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