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Friday, 15 November 2019 - Imphal Times

Joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day Held ; State government trust the positive response and commitment of centre: CM

Imphal, Nov 15

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the present State Government has full trust in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah that they would keep their positive commitments on the Indo-Naga Peace talks. This was stated by him at the press briefing in connection with Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day held at the Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Speaking to media persons, Chief Minister maintained that they have gathered a rough report collected from various levels consisting of opinions and wishes of people and CSOs of the State. The same has been shared to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah this morning, he added. Chief Minister also stated that the State Government would invite the representatives of Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) and other stakeholders for thorough discussion before consultations with the Centre on the issue.
Regarding the demand for convening a special session of Manipur Legislative Assembly, he said that the State government is not unwilling to convene a special Assembly session. Within the short tenure of the present Government, Assembly resolution on protecting State’s territorial integrity had been taken twice and similar resolutions on the same issue had been taken twelve times by earlier governments, he added. Mentioning that the State government firmly trust the positive response and commitment made by the Central Government on the issue, Chief Minister stated that the government will convene the Assembly session when the situation arises.
Chief Minister urged the people and different civil society organisations of the State to have trust in the present government. He informed that the Union Home Minister also earlier assured them that all stakeholders would be consulted before finalising the peace talks with the Nagas.
Replying to the query about disclosing the contents of the Indo-Naga peace talks, Chief Minister maintained that we had asked about the contents of the peace talks, however the Central leaders reiterated that the Indo-Naga deal wouldn’t affect the Administrative structure of Manipur and won’t led the formation of districts based on ethnic lines etc.
Responding on the recent ban on financial transactions of the State government, Chief Minister said that the ban was just a precautionary measure to overcome the excessive overdraft of the government account so that the Reserve Bank of India would not impose ban on financial transactions of the State. He maintained that the Centre’s share of around Rs. 161 crores was credited to the State government’s account yesterday which was due to be credited on the first week of every month. He assured that the ban would be lifted soon.
The Chief Minister heard around 300 complaints and met around 1000 people from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm. Many differently-abled persons, widows and people belonging to poor families were instantly enrolled under Government’s noble schemes like Chief Minister-gi Hakshel-gi Tengbang (CMHT) and Chief Minister-gi Sotharabashing-gi Tengbang (CMST) etc. Many educated and skilled youths were also identified to provide soft loans from different banks.
 Officials of Health Department and JNIMS were there to attend to the people, who seek medical assistance, reimbursement and health care in Government medical hospitals.  Other Departments including Minority, Other Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes, Social Welfare, Education (S), Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd. and Manipur Police were also present to help resolve people’s grievances.
Around 1500 tree saplings were also distributed by the Forest Department to the people who turned up to highlight their grievances on joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day. The saplings included Champaka (Leihao), Jackfruit (Theibong), Indian Olive (Chorphon), Yellow Myrobalan (Manahi), Arjuna (Mayokpha), Indian Gooseberry (Heikru) and Tree Bean (Yongchak).

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Children’s Day and Foundation Day of NYK Observed at Thoubal

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Thoubal, Nov 15

District Administration, Thoubal in collaboration with DPO, ICDS Cell and NYK, Thoubal organised Children’s Day & Foundation Day of Nehru Yuva Kendra, Sangathan at the Counting Hall of DC Office Complex, Thoubal yesterday.

Thoubal Zilla Parishad Adhyaksha Hasina Begum, Thoubal district Deputy Commissioner Smt. N. Bandana and ADC, Thoubal L. Radhakanta and Addl. SP, Thoubal Deshorjit graced the observance as the Chief Guest, the Functional President and the Guests of Honour respectively.

While addressing the gathering Smt. N. Bandana told that the district administration is trying to submit the data for child sex ratio in Thoubal district to Women and Child Development Ministry quarterly. Under Beta-Beti/Abungo-Abemma Board, with ASHA, Anganwadi workers and others are taking the record of how many boys and girls were delivered in their respective areas in a month and by compiling reports of three-four months, district administration will send it to Secretary Women and Child Development Ministry.  Because, in comparison with 2001 census, the child sex ratio in Thoubal district declined in 2011 census and even in the tentative data of 2011 to 2021 shows declination in the same, informed by the Secretary.  The Ministry’s information is based on institutional delivery. She also appealed to all concerned to work hand in hand and try to show that there’s improved in child sex ratio in the district. 

ADC, Thoubal L.Radhakanta who graced the function as Guest of honour told that he is worried on school children’s busy schedules in management for tuitions and school timing and no time for playing or games and sports. He expressed to encourage students for more co-curricular activities.

Various items presented on the occasion included felicitation of outstanding sportswomen of Thoubal district, distribution of sports items to clubs & schools by NYK, Thoubal, distribution of Abungo/Abemma Board to frontline workers (ASHA/Anganwadi) of the district, Manipuri Zumba dance by Children Home for Girls, Thoubal Wangmataba and Manipuri group song by Open Shelter Home for Girls, Wangbal, Thoubal.

Rameshwor Singh of Wangjing, (Retd. Head Master and National Teachers Awardee, Govt of India) spoke on NYK Foundation Day and Children’s Day while Elangbam Amuthoi Khanganba, AC to DC delivered the Keynote address.

The observance was attended by a large number of people including children, parents, NYK volunteers etc.

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Awareness Prog. on Gender and Crime Against Women and Children

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Imphal, Nov 15

A one Day Awareness Program on Gender and Crime Against Women and Children in Manipur was held at Moirang Multipurpose Higher Secondary School, Bishnupur District, organised by Women Action for Development.

Altogether 150 participants of class IX and X standard and10 teaching and non teaching staffs attended the said program. The main purpose of the program is to sensitize the students and teachers about the increasing crime against women and children in the state and how to prevent and protect our mothers and future generation with the involvement of teachers and students etc.

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Dr. S. Subbiah reelected as National President and Sushri Nidhi Tripathi elected as National General Secretary of ABVP

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Imphal, Nov 15

Dr. S. Subbiah (Chennai) and Sushri Nidhi Tripathi (Delhi) have been elected unopposed as National President and National General Secretary respectively of nation‘s leading student organization Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad for the year 20l9-20. This announcement was made today from the Central Office of ABVP at Mumbai.

According to the statement issued by the Election Officer Dr D. K. Shah: from the Central Office of ABVP, the tenure of both the posts will be of one year, and both the office bearers will assume their responsibility during the 65"I National Conference of ABVP scheduled to be held in Agra (Braj) from 22nd  to 25th  November 20I9.

Prof. Dr. S. Subbiah hails from the Thoothukudi district in Tamil Nadu. He has been an activist of ABVP since his student days. A reputed cancer specialist in medical field, he has done MBBS. MS and M.Ch. (Surgical Oncology).  At present, he is a Professor and Head of the Department of Surgical Oncology at Chennai’s Kilpauk Medical College. So far, he has performed more than 3000 surgeries, published more than 65 research papers in national and international medical journals and guided more than 50 students for super-specialty in Surgical Oncology. He is an honorary member of various national institutions for cancer studies and research. Right since student days he is inclined to serving Society through medical practice. He takes keen Interest In development of education In Tamil Nadu and Tamil history. Cultural Nationalism is his subject of special interest. Since I986,  he has held various responsibilities in ABVP such as Tamil Nadu State President and National Vice President. He has been reelected as the National President of ABVP for this session (2019-20). He resides in Chennai.

Sushri  Nidhi Tripathi hails from Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh. She has done BA from Allahabad University and MA. MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She continues to pursue PhD from JNU. She has been actively associated with ABVP since 2013. After holding various responsibilities in  JNU unit, she represented ABVP as the Presidential Candidate for JNUSU in the year 20l7. She actively participated in the students’ protest against the anti-national sloganeering that took place in JNU In 20l6, and played an important role in taking the Mission Sahasi campaign undertaken by ABVP on national level. She represented India in India’s youth delegation to Sri Lanka organized by Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. Government of India.  As a researcher In Sanskrit literature she has presented papers in venous national and international conferences. A vociferous spokesperson of nationalism and active on Issues of students‘ interests, she IS presently the National Secretary of ABVP. She has been elected as the National General Secretary of ABVP for this session (20I9-20) she resides In Delhi .

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Smart city or smart earning for those in the power !!!

Just when the state is all set to propel itself into one of the most well-governed in the country as was unfailingly promised at every election campaigns, the lust for power and pelf played spoilsport, yet again. The dreams of a smart city peddled by the powerful few who decides the destiny of this insignificant state from the cocooned comfort at the country’s capital has been keeping the people of Manipur on a dream and a prayer for so long. Hopefully, things are starting to move in the right direction once again, notwithstanding the fact that the pace of progress is anything but inspiring to put it mildly. And amidst the glimmer of hope, the ever present strife and tussle for power within the ruling party is posing a serious threat to the nascent dream of the collective public and the real masters have to step in once again to bring some semblance of normalcy in the ranks of the elected representatives of the state. no one is certain which way the wind will blow but the need to put an end to such self-degrading attitudes and irresponsible conduct has been felt by one and all for a while now. and the sooner the better else every little progress we have witnessed will literally go down the drain.
Promises and assurances are no substitutes for concrete results which is what the impatient public has been longing for. We have seen promising starts and convincing displays of intent but the follow through and the political integrity to deliver as promised has been largely dismal. For a party which sparked the spirit of change in the public, the feeling of needing that wee bit more push and alacrity to the activities has been present, and the present volatile political situation is not helping matters none.
The concept of a smart city is a fantastic one whose time has come, and there is no denying the fact that integration and synchronization of activities and information is the only way in which the government can effectively take the state forward. Yet previous attempts at modernization (read installation of CCTVs ) turned out to be a farce designed to profit a few at the expense of the taxpayers. No one has ever been held responsible for the deception. Automated traffic signals at majority of the junctions barring those at the heart of the city remain ineffective and unmanned. Waste disposal remains a smelly issue in more ways than one, and the concept of segregation of waste which is the basic step towards proper disposal of waste is still unknown to most public, and nor has there been any perceivable effort on the part of the government to educate and inform the general public regarding the same. Secure parking facilities around the city for cycles, as well as dedicated and safe cycle tracks which would encourage a lot of the public to turn to cycling as an alternative, healthy and cost-effective means of transport needs to be developed at the earliest to reduce pollution and congestion which is becoming a big issue right now. Motorcades for VIPs and VVIPs should be trimmed down to the bare minimal for obvious reasons, and stricter scrutiny and inspection of workings of every government departments should be undertaken to reduce corruption and increase productivity. Regular and timely updates of information in the respective websites of the various departments will go a long way in achieving this objective.
Smart does not necessarily equate to having quick witted intelligence and advanced political manoeuvres. A diligent and sincere approach towards the task at hand, a systematic and honest appraisal of activities and prioritizing responsibilities over privileges will set things for the right course. Perhaps a tall order for the present crop of confused, conceited and conniving souls with the penchant for begging the public once in a while for the chance to ‘serve’ them but ends up getting served instead.

Manju Diler visits Ccpur, takes stock of manual Labourers’ Plight


CCPUR, Nov.14

Taking cognizance of the plights of Safai Karamcharis of Churachandpur, Manju Diler, Member, National Commission for Safai Karamcharis today directed DLOs concerned to extend benefits to manual labourers/sanitary workers/sweepers.

Addressing a press meet after a meeting with DLOs at the Conference Hall of DC’s Office here, Manju Diler said she directed the DLOs to ensure that the workers get proper uniform/gum boots etc and ensure the workers to have working hours as per guidelines and norms.

She also urged the DLOs concerned to extend benefits such as provident fund, health care facilities and get connected the workers with various Govt welfare schemes such as Ayushman Bharat and Chief Minister Hakselgi Tengbang. Besides, the Hon’ble Minister also urged the DLOs concerned to organise health camp for the workers at least twice a year and other awareness camps for their welfare.

Prior to her meeting with the DLOs and the press, Manju Diler met the sanitary workers of the district at the Town Office of ADC Churachandpur office.

It may be mentioned that there are about 31 Safai Karamcharis in Churachandpur district out of which just one is a regular employee while the others are contractual employees.

The  Member also planted trees to commemorate her visit to the district at DTC premises, Tuibong.

DC Churachandpur Pawan Yadav, Additional DC Thangboi Gangte, CEO of ADC Churachandpur TK Simte and other DLOs accompanied the  Member in the tree plantation programme.

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ONE India award to Choden Lepcha

By Raju Vernekar
Mumbai, Nov 15

“ Our North East (O.N.E.) India award for 2019 was presented by Maharashtra Governor Bhagar Singh Koshyari to social activist and novelist from Sikkim Choden Lepcha at a glittering function held at Veer Savarkar National Memorial at Shivaji Park, Dadar West, in Mumbai on Wednesday.
The O.N.E. India award instituted by “My Home India” was presented in recognition of Choden Lepcha’s work in the field of culture, education and welfare of the Lepcha community. Soden Lepcha has been engaged in alcohol and drug de-addiction work and has been fighting for the welfare of the Lepcha community since long. The award comprised Rs one lakh, a memento and a scroll of honour.
On the occasion the Governor complimented ‘My Home India’ for its efforts in bringing about emotional integration of the people of North East with the rest of the country. He applauded Choden Lepcha for matching her novel writings with noble social work.
Former Governor of Tripura and Bihar Dr D Y Patil, founder of ‘My Home India’ Sunil Deodhar, Chairman of Saraswat Bank Gautam Thakur and Vice-Chancellor of Central University Bilaspur Dr Anjila Gupta, Shravan Jha, CEO, My Home India were prominent among those present.
While replying to the felicitation Choden Lepcha dedicated the award to the Lepcha community. “ I came from a small village of Sikkim to Mumbai by an aeroplane for the first time. I saw a bungalow of mega star Amitabh  Bachchan. I felt like I was in a dream land. This award has increased my responsibility. I promise to do more work when I return to Sikkim. I could not take higher education, but I am happy that the organisation like “My Home India” has been extending helping hand”  she said.
ONE India award is presented every year to an outstanding achiever who has worked for North eastern states and to further bolster nationalistic feeling all across North eastern states.

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