Sunday, 13 October 2019 - Imphal Times

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New Delhi, Oct 13

Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen today signed Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh represented by its Secretary, Md. Gyas Uddin Ahmed at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on the Valedictory occasion of India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF), 2019.
The MOI is intended to build mutual business cooperation mainly in cooperative sectors between Manipur and Bangladesh so as to learn, assimilate and develop further on the strengths, experiences and objectives of the respective parties in the interest of trade and business.
Minister Nemcha expressed that the MOI signed will definitely expand and open wide scopes for the Manipur Cooperatives to spread its trade to the other neighbouring countries in future as well. Manipur’s handloom and handicrafts products are widely known in the world for its fine and unique quality, she asserted.
Amongst the North Eastern states of India, Manipur and Mizoram have already signed this MOI.

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Sunday, 13 October 2019 17:21

National indigenous seeds festival underway

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Imphal, Oct 13

The 3-day National indigenous seeds festival 2019 is underway at Central Agricultural University (CAU) campus at Iroishemba in the outskirt of Imphal .
The festival which will continue till Oct 14 was attended by farmers and NGO leaders from 15 states of the country besides many renowned cultivators both from hills and valley.   
Vice Chancellor Dr M Premjit Singh of CAU and RK Nimai, a retired IAS officer besides President Jacob Nellithanam of Bharat Beej Swaraj Manch attended the formal inauguration programme which was attended by many faces who worked directly or indirectly in different agricultural sectors on Saturday.
Addressing the inaugural function held at the auditorium of the CAU, Vice Chancellor Dr Premjit of the agricultural varsity which is the largest Agricultural University in the country having 13 colleges and 6 Krishi Vigyan Kendras across the seven North Eastern states excluding Assam besides having its headquarters in Imphal,expressed the need to have a proper government policy to address the issue of conserving indigenous and traditional seeds for future food and nutritional security.
He said CAU had collected and evaluated 279 traditional rice varieties in Manipur. But it is very difficult to maintain all the traditional rice varieties. So we need to have a proper government policy so that the poor farmers who had been conserving such traditional seed varieties could be incentivized or addressed their grievances, he added.
VC Dr Premjit also informed the gathering that his university would developed twenty model fruit villages in the entire north eastern states to enhance the economy of the under privileged farmers.
Northeast being a biodiversity hotspot, contributes 7000 species out of India’s total flora of 17,000 species besides having more than 9650 rice varieties.
In his speech, Dr RK Nimai urged the common people particularly the farming community particularly in the region to look for sustainable agriculture considering the public demand in this era of climate change, which he termed as a ‘national phenomenon’ and global warming, an anthropogenic pressure.
He also highlighted the challenges faced by farming community in undergoing the organic or natural farming due to sudden pest invasions and expressed the need to have a proper documentation of the agricultural activities.
President Jacob Nellithanam of Bharat Beej Swaraj Manch, a partner organiser of the festival speaking to this reporter oin the sideline of the day’s event also expressed the need to conserve native indigenous seeds of different types of crops which were earlier used before the modernization of agriculture, so that the gene can be used as an instrument to combat or to mitigate the failure of crops by climate change.

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Imphal, Oct 13

MLA P. Sharatchandra appealed to all concerned CSOs and individuals (MAMPIL and KEMKAL) to withdraw the proposed indefinite blockade of Moirang from 14th of October 2019 in larger public interest – the blockade will bring nothing but more miseries to the daily wage earners, farmers, small vendors and business establishments, patients, students and common people at large.
A statement said that the upgradation of Moirang Lamkhai to Moirang Bazar, Moirang Bazar to Sendra, and Sendra road to Keina Bazar Keibul, via Omba road will start soon under NESIDS scheme, funded by NEC. The tender process is on and shall be completed by 16th of October, 2019. Under this scheme Moirang Lamkhai to Moirang Bazar will have a 10 mts (33 ft) wide road, Moirang Bazar will have a 12 mts (36 ft) wide road and Sendra Road will have a 14 mts (42 ft) wide road.  
Given these major developmental works in the pipeline by the end of this year, no major works can be taken up on the same road. However, in larger interest of public convenience and safety, PWD Manipur shall start road repairing works and mending of potholes of Moirang Lamkhai to Sendra road from 16th of this month, if weather condition permits.

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Sunday, 13 October 2019 17:19

Imphal to get four foot overbridges

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Imphal, Oct 13

The Manipur Government has already started construction of four foot overbridges in and around Imphal town for the convenience of pedestrians.
These will be the first foot overbridges in the State.
The footbridges have been constructed in front of the Kangla Fort, on the Bir Tikendrajit Road, and near the Keishampat junction and the Imphal College.
A source said the Government is planning to construct more foot overbridges at other traffic congested area. The construction of the first foot overbridge is nearing completion under the supervision of the State PWD in front of the Kangla Fort here.
The project is funded by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the State PWD is the implementing agency. These foot bridges will ensure safety of pedestrians who will no longer have to cross busy roads by negotiating vehicular traffic.

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Imphal, Oct.. 13
ACOAM-Lup, Kangleipak celebrated the 19th Mera Hou Chongba festival 2019, (Maliyapham Palcha Kuming 3417) at Laishram Khulem Leikai Community Hall, D.C. Road, Imphal West, today on the theme -”Laininglonda Chingmi Tammi Manei Ching-Tam punna chatminaramliba asi Thakta Ipa- Ipu Tinanarambadagini”.
The occasion was attended by President In-Charge, ACOAM-Lup, Sanjit Soraisam, International and National Awardee, H.Ibotombi Khuman, Public Leader Hoomi Tangkhul, Manipur, K.Dharmasing Kashung, Retd.Asst.Registrar, Co-operative, Manipur, Mao Union, Imphal, Manipur, M.Neli, Fomer Secy.,General, ACOAM-Lup, Kangleipak, Tourangbam Indrajit Meitei, President, Aimol Tribe Union, Manipur, RT.Akhel Aimol, Advisor, Kabui Mother Assn., Manipur, Alu Kamei as presidium members. Various women’s organization leaders and Civil Society organizations leaders were also attended the function.
Opening of the occasion a ritual programme was showcast and gift exchanges were also done in the occasion.
Speaking to the media as keynote address by Secy. General, ACOAM-Lup, Kangleipak, L.Telheiba Mangang said that people living in both hill and plain areas of Manipur are blood brothers. He added that no one can separate the love and bond of the two brothers. He further said that Manipur was an independent Kingdom until the Indian Union annexed it in 1949. He added that the organizations celebrated Mera Hou Chongba since 2001 in various area of the State. He further said that the festival is important for both the people of hill and plain to safeguard our integrity.

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Sunday, 13 October 2019 17:17

Crazy for the hole

By- Dr Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

Something’s wrong, Man! You’re shitting mistaken;
You never knew that wasn’t correct, period hell;
Driving your ecstasy hell high, with no road perfect;
Flying your bliss so rapture, with no eyes on it;
You search and you search for; your hands all full;
Losing all your strengths; with your perfection held high;
One and two; Two and three; Ah! I’m feeling so good;
Your eye sees none; your body all numb;
Your hands all shivering engaged –thirsty hell;
Holding your imagination up so high;
Like a diamond shining in your temple;
Man, Oh Man! Your fantasy all invented;
Yeah! You’re feeling so inviting visionary;
You yearn for other; you crazy for hole.

You can’t stand as you’re weak, damn hell;
Your eyes are all blurred; naked you seek all;
You judge none; young and old, minor and major;
Beating and vibrating you held up so high;
Dropping your head; addicting to visionaries;
You clinch to sources; ‘I need a one’ ‘make me one’;
Your spirituality so low; driving your inventiveness;
You search and you search; damn crazy for a hole;
Yeah! You care no witness; blinding to your ghost;
Spiting and engaging; your body all dead hell;
No good man creates ‘you’ a brother;
 No wise woman makes you a ‘son’;
No foolish man calls you a ‘friend’;
And no wealthy woman cares you a ‘damn husband’.

Man! You shitting your own, shitting the shitting;
You no longer a ‘man’ of the man;
No tiger’s so strong; No lion’s so calm;
You burnt a whole and you fear the catch;
Fire, Oh fire! Save me, save my hands;
Something’s crazy; you dash upon the rose;
Your feet so dirty; your hands so bloody;
Ah! You’re imagining too cold a haunting ghost;
 Not ‘hole’ a safer site as you lay eyes upon;
Hen, duck, cat, dog, cow, buffalo, goat;
Girl, boy, young and old, mother, father, son, daughter;
Death or alive; sick or cripple; able or disable;
Damn all the worries; you look upon all equal;
Trying and shitting your damn shits all rotten;
No hanging loop a ‘hole’ ,You’re crazy for hole.

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By - N. Munal Meitei
“We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness,” once said by Petra Nemcova. The International day for Disaster Risk Reduction is celebrated on the 13th October every year. This day aims to promote a global culture of disaster reduction such as awareness, education, prediction and warning system including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness to reduce the destructive impact on the communities as the natural disasters are becoming a very frequent issue.
Disasters have created enormous challenges for vulnerable population such as differently abled persons who are at the highest risk as there is a barrier that confront them during disaster situations. It should be our topmost commitment to strengthen the institutions, structures and systems to provide the differently abled persons with an effective participation and their priorities during and after disasters and emergencies.
India is exposed to multiple disasters which jeopardise the quality of life of the people. About 58.6% of the Indian landmass is prone to earthquakes from moderate to very high intensity; over 40 million hectares i.e. 12 % of land is prone to floods and river erosion; of the 7,516 km long coastline, close to 5,700 km is prone to cyclones and tsunamis; 68% of the cultivable area is vulnerable to drought and maximum of the hilly areas are again at risk from landslides.
National Disaster Management plan gives the impetus to build a safe and disaster resilient India by developing a holistic, proactive, multi-disaster oriented approach for the different group of peoples like children and young people, women and girls, differently abled persons, the ageing populations etc. to defend them from the disasters risks. 
A disaster refers to a catastrophe that may be with natural or artificial causes. The unpredictable sudden occurrence of earthquake, volcano, tsunami, cyclone, flood and famine may be termed as the natural disaster. The artificial or man-made disasters may include war, terrorism, band & blockade, bomb blast, mob violence, deforestation, pollution, air or train accidents, fire and other damages caused by the human’s negligence and acts. In Manipur, frequent band & blockades, and provoke mob violence are also social disasters which we should oath not to repeat anymore in future.
The North-east including Manipur is located in earthquake Zone V- “very severe intensity zone.” The region has experienced at least 18 severe earthquakes measuring up to 7 on Richter scale in the last 100 years. Manipur was struck with an earthquake of 6.7 on the 4th January 2016 which being one of the most damaging earthquakes since 1880 and 1939. At least 11 people were killed and around 200 others were injured and numerous structures were also damaged.
We are happy to learn that the Govt. recently promulgated some guidelines and Rules for construction of houses and buildings including the school buildings in the state. Such guidelines and Rules should be formulated in segregation for all forms of disasters separately and it should be abundantly available in all the print and electronic media including the, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter etc. for mass knowledge. Our school curriculums also should be compulsorily included with disaster management lessons. If such guidelines are strictly followed by every one of us then many important lives could be saved.
Manipur is a landlocked state and therefore is not affected directly by tropical cyclones arising in Bay of Bengal. However it is vulnerable to associated hazards of cyclonic winds and heavy rains thereby causing frequent flash flood accompanied by blowing away of the houses, trees and electric posts etc.
In Manipur, the cyclone Mora during the last week of May 2017 caused floods across many parts of the state. It may be reminded that the tragic incident of Ramrei tourist site or Chadong lake which occurred around 5pm on 28 April 2019 when the two boats occupied by many picnickers turned turtle by the cyclone gale in the middle of the lake. Around 100 rescuers from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Fire Department and team from MU Earth Sciences Department were in the search operation for the 3 missing persons but all the victims were fished out death.
Altogether 9 people were killed in the landslide triggered by incessant rainfall in Tamenglong district on 11th July 2018 and all of bodies retrieved from inside the mud and debris. Many more sporadic disaster related incidents with casualties are reported in Manipur for every now and then. Last year there was flash flood in almost all districts of Manipur and this year again we are facing the intensive agricultural drought threatening for a famine in the next year. The situation as of now is not favourable as the soil moisture and rainfall are inadequate to support for a healthy crop.
Landslides triggered by cloud burst have become a regular feature in most of the hill districts of Manipur mainly along the National Highways. Now the question is how much we are prepared and safe from these disasters that may happened anytime and anywhere in Manipur? The answer is no, and to save ourselves, we still are yet to be always in preparedness with equipped knowledge from time to time.
Normally when there is a depression over the Bay of Bengal as per the past records it takes about 48 to 72 hours for the aftereffect to reach our state. Thus accordingly, to make alert forecasting is generally the responsibility of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) to the state and the Relief Commissioner is again responsible for disseminating the warnings to the public and the line departments in advance as per the gravity of adverseness of weather.
Floods are among the most common and destructive natural hazards causing extensive damage to infrastructure, public and private services, environment and economy in the state. Recurring flood losses handicap the economic development of the state. The frequency and intensity of floods has grown in the state over the years primarily because of the unplanned development and increased encroachment of flood plains. This demands better flood preparedness to make sure that appropriate and effective response measures are taken during flood emergency.
Immediate relief is to be provided to all the affected population including search, rescue and medical assistance and quick transport of the casualties to the nearest hospitals. Traffic Management with check-posts from thieves, establishment of temporary shelters for evacuees and ensuring provision of essential services such as medicines, food, clothing, drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, lighting arrangements etc. should be made available. All the Govt. departments also should be always ready for the enforcement.
Water supply is invariably affected in natural disasters. Availability of safe drinking water is a challenging particularly during the floods. During post disaster phase many factors increase the risk of diseases and epidemics because of overcrowding, inadequate quantity and quality of water, poor environmental and sanitary conditions, decaying biological matter, water stagnation, inadequate shelter and food supplies. There should be adequate supply of medicines, disinfectants, fumigants etc. to check outbreak of epidemics.
The people affected by the disaster shall be provided with sufficient clothing, blankets and utensils etc. to ensure their safety and well-being. In case of flood, a large number of people are rendered homeless. In such situations shelter becomes a critical factor for survival and safety. The affected households should be provided with necessary tools, equipment and materials for repair, reconstruction and maintenance of their shelter. The relief camps should have adequate provision of all essential health-care facilities. Health and hygiene services are crucial to prevent an outbreak of epidemics in post disaster phase.
Disasters disrupt progress and destroy the hard-earned fruits, often pushing the development of the nation in back for several decades. Therefore to fight back the disasters which are unpredictable and beyond our power, we all citizens must be always in preparedness and equipped with befitting knowledge to minimize the loss in life and property and to safeguard our long gained national developments.

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