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Katju calls for boycott of Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh

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Delhi, Feb 2

Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has asked the public to boycott Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh until journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem, who is in jail for uncomplimentary remarks about Biren Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is released.

Wangkhem, who is the news editor of a private channel, was initially arrested for defamation in November and was given bail. He was later re-arrested and sent to detention for a year under the National Security Act.

Wangkhem’s wife Ranjita Elangbam’s plea challenging the Governor’s order is to be heard in Manipur High Court on Friday.

“The people of Manipur should lead India. Your Chief Minister Biren Singh has lost his mind and is drunk on power. Find ways to punish him. First, socially boycott him. Do not go to his social functions and those who do should also be boycotted. Don’t invite him to any function. Treat him like a pariah,” Katju said.

Elangbam, who also spoke at several public meetings here, highlighted the constant harassment of her family, including their two young daughters.

“The community started looking at us as criminals. People stopped talking to us out of fear that they would be arrested too. He (Wangkhem) is now tagged as a habitual offender and false rumours of him being an abusive alcoholic and a womaniser are spreading. Propaganda can’t cover up the truth. As a mother with two small daughters, I don’t know whether there is democracy or human rights?”

Elangbam and her lawyer Shreeji Bhavsar said they were initially not allowed to meet Wangkhem before filing a habeas corpus writ in the high court.

Elangbam credited the Manipur Students’ Association Delhi (MSAD) for their support to get Wangkhem released and for holding several protests here and contacting lawyers.

MSAD president Thokchom Veewom attributed the lack of public outrage to the fatigue of severe state action. “To them (Manipur residents) the National Security Act doesn’t matter as they are conditioned to live in a terrible world. Manipuri society continues to live in a fear. Their conscience is beaten and battered every time they resist.”

Indian Journalists Union Secretary General Sabina Inderjit called this, “the worst case of a government trying to suppress its people from speaking” and called for scribes to throng the courthouse on Friday.

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eShala Digital Education launched

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Thoubal, Feb. 3

Under the initiative of Centre For Microfin And Livelihood, CML, TATA Trusts and SELCO Foundation Bangalore SNL Energy Solutions, Manipur in hands with Kids’ Mold School in Yairipok Bamol Leikai conducted a one day training programme on Solar energy.

The programme was attended by Samuel Meitei, founder Administrator of Kids’ Mold School, Principal of the school O. Nabachandra Singh and  Vice-Principal Administration K. Abhiram along with Vice-Principal Academic, K. Nilakanta Singh as dignitaries.

Programme Manager of SELCO Foundation Bangalore , Prashanta Sharma and proprietor of SNL Energy Solution Manipur Moirangthem Seth, Operation head Bimal Moirangthem gave lecture on  Digital Education.

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World Wetlands Day observed at Sendra

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Imphal, Feb 3,
 
The World Wetlands Day 2019 was observed yesterday at the state-level on the theme ‘Wetlands and Climate Change’ at Sendra, Bishnupur district jointly organised by the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) and Loktak Lake Tourism Development Co-operative Society Limited.
World Wetlands Day is observed on 2nd February of each year to mark the date of adoption of Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971. The Convention is the only multilateral environmental agreement to date for conservation and wise usage of wetlands. The World Wetland Day is being organized to raise awareness on the values wetlands have for nature and society. Each year, the World Wetlands Day is attached to a specific theme.
Addressing the gathering as the chief guest of the state-level function, Forest and Environment Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar said that the conservation of environment is vital for the survival of the human beings. Adding that water is necessary for sustaining life and wetlands are the life support systems that ensure functioning of water cycle, he said the wetlands have special attributes as cultural heritage of humanity and have deep connections with our beliefs and practices. They are indeed an important part of our natural wealth and assets, he added.
Taking example of the environmental degradation, he said the pollution of the Loktak Lake, known as the mirror of the Manipur, is not a sign of development. Speaking on the importance of the Loktak Lake which is the largest fresh water lake in the North East India, he said the lake including other wetlands moderate the climate of the State. He said that active public participation is necessary to save the Loktak Lake.
Speaking on the decrease in the production/cultivation of the yongchak (parkia speciosa) in the State, he opined that the decreasing number of population of the bats could be a reason behind the less production of the popular yongchak. He said the rampant hunting of birds in the State has direct impact in the environment. Opining that we should plant trees for every occasion for the improvement of the environment, he said that the existence of wildlife is also equally important that is why hunting of animals and birds should be stopped. He said in the present world, a nation is known as a developed one if it conserves and protects the environment and the wildlife.
Shri K. Jugeshwor Singh, Principal, Kumbi College and Dr S. Shyamjai Singh, Scientific Officer, LDA spoke in length about the observation of the day, importance of the wetlands, scope of wetlands tourism and link between the wetlands and the environment.
Stating that the forest is the lungs of the earth and the wetlands are the kidneys, Dr Shyamjai said that wetlands occupy 6 percent of the total earth’s land surface and 12 percent of it acts as a carbon sink.  He said that wetlands are vital for our water and food security and it help stabilize water supplies, cleanse polluted waters, protect shorelines and recharge groundwater aquifers.
He said that wetlands play an important role in reducing the impact of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and cyclones and it act as a natural sponge, absorbing and storing excess rainfall and reducing flooding. During the dry season, they release the water stored, delaying the onset of droughts and reducing water shortages, he added.
As part of the function a spot painting competition was held among 109 students of various schools at the Loktak Inland Transport complex. The winners were given certificates along with cash reward of Rs 3,000, Rs 2,000, Rs 1,000 as first, second and third prize respectively.  Two students received Rs 500 each as a consolation prize and certificates.
Shri K. Robindro Singh, Deputy Speaker, Dr Radheshyam Yumnam, Chairman MANITON/MANIDCO , Shri Suhel Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary (Forest and Enviornment), Shri L. Bhagaton Singh, Project Director, LDA, students and teachers of various schools of the area, among others attended the function

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Veteran filmmaker Aribam Syam returns Padma Shri to protest CAB

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Imphal, Feb 3,

Veteran film maker and Padma Shri awardee Aribam Syam Sharma on today announced that he was returning back the Padma Shri award conferred to him in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016.

Speaking to media person at his Thangmeiband residence this afternoon, Syam Sharma said Manipur should be respected as a state regardless of its size and should not be counted on the basis of populations and the people of Manipur needs protection. Further Syam said Manipur has only two MPs in the Parliament and questioned how these two MPs can raise their voice in the Parliament.

“I decided to return the award, as a protest against the Bill”, says the eminent filmmaker and composer. Syam was conferred Padma Shri in 2006 for his contribution to Cinema by the then late President APJ Abdul Kalam.

 

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A girl with a Bicycle

Dr Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

She walks along holding her bicycle’s handle frame;
She walks and she talks along, as she walks down the street;
She walks and walks along, as she converse to her friend;
She smiles and she laughs deeply; she cares and she looks out;
She loves air and she likes being with ‘Her’; as she walks
She walks and she walks down, not knowing she’ll miss;
She talks and she smiles with the breeze, fluttering around;
She holds and she holds tight; the bicycle in between them;
She walks clumsily as she talks; her eyes upon friend;
Down the street, down the narrow lane giggling;
She tweets and she adjust, as she walks down the street.

She loves being frame, with her parted pair plaits;
She loves adoring ribbon, red, green and white;
Her skirt too material; hard and bound and round shape;
She dislikes not wearing; she wish for a better material;
She adjusts and she adjusts; holding bubbles, hollow indeed;
Her hands so engaging, one on the bicycle handle caressing;
Her right one with guarding those fluttering skirt;
Here goes up and down, front and back;
Ripping apart within those wind’s glide;
Swiping up and down; one and two, she laughs harder;
As she walks down the narrow lane to the school;
She walks and she talks girly; adjusting her floating hair;
Down the lane and up the mould; pushing her bicycle far beyond.

She tangle and she miss; she never realized;
She hops and she falls repeatedly; she’s being missing;
Her friend stays home; she bade a good bye, ‘see you’;
She feels and she’s all alone; as she drop ‘her’ home walking;
Down far the narrow lane; on her way to home from school;
She pulls and pull up, her bicycle on the mould top;
She hops lazily; she ride and she sails again as she paddle;
Down the mould her bicycle runs speedily;
Down it goes and goes; no paddling and no paddling;
Down far riding swift smoothly, sitting on her saddle;
She holds tight as she ride, not even a wind can’t stop;
She knew it easily, she reach home flying directing;
Isn’t that worth walking; A girl with a bicycle.

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