Wednesday, 15 May 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal May 15,

BJP Manipur Pradesh staged sit-in-protest at BJP office Keishampat against the violence at the election rally of West Bengal.

Speaking to media persons Th. Bishwajit said that they have staged the national wide sit-in-protest to encourage the truth seeking people of Bengal and to uplift the principles of democracy benefiting the rights to every individual. He added that every down trodden and needy people should hold the rights to express and everything under democracy.

He added the violence at the election rally killing and injuring many workers was instigated by Trinamool Congress. He strongly condemned such violation of democracy and added that such violation done by Trinamool Congress and its allied coalition parties must stop immediately.

Bishwajit said that no one should hinder the rights to hold campaign violating the democratic rights of the people.

He finally concluded that the nation is a nation governed by democracy.


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Imphal, May 15,

Kanglei Ima Lup (KIL) today observed its 9th foundation day at Manipur Press Club.

Highlighting various works taken up by the organization, General Secretary of KIL S. Memcha Leima said that the organization will take up all the necessary actions needed for upliftment of the sinking society.

“We will stand for truth, justice, upliftment and empowerment of women”, she said and added that the organization will also fight all forms of oppression and suppression towards any individuals. 

Memcha further said that their organisation has been fighting to remove the draconian law Armed forces special powers act 1958 where extreme powers were given to the armed forces which ultimately oppressed the people of the state murdering thousands. She added that they have also been demanding to implement Inner line permit system to save the indigenous people of the land from population influx by the migrants and immigrants.

She concluded that as their organisation was a women organisation it primarily focus on strengthening and empowering women and fighting for the rights of women. She added that to make the society a better one needs to uplift the women of the society. 

President of KIL RK Sanahanbi said that the government irrespective of the parties which governed never understand the feelings and stand for the people since the last many years. She further demanded to give intense punishment to those criminals who do various crimes against women. She added that KIL will stand and fight in the front for the people of the land. 

Advisor of South East Asian cultural Organisation Akham Langol said that the number of issues and problems flooded the state of Manipur. He added that as the number of issues were huge the civil societies finds it difficult to take up and find the solution of the issues. 

He warned that after 23rd of March the state will face a mammoth issue out of which the civil societies should altogether fight and stand against it.

National and international awardee Ibotombi khuman and Vice President of UCM Ksh Somorendro attended the function as the presidium members.

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Proscribed group Kangleipak Communist Party Military (KCP –MC) has stated that they have received complaint about molestation of 3 girl students by the Father of Catholic School Canchipur, who came from Kerala.

A press statement signed by one Comrade Lanchenba Meitei, Secretary, Information & Publicity of the outfit said that after the outfit received complaint about their wards being molested by the Father, the outfit finally decided to investigate over the matter. It however said that as the issue is sensitive and as the accused being an outsider it is not appropriate to spell out the story of the incident as it might provoke unwanted incident, the outfit said. It further added that they might take advantage of being Christian besides any provocation to the school may cause unnecessary harassment to the students. So the outfit after thorough discussion have decided to investigate about the matter before it is being made public, the statement said.

The outfit also blame Catholic School Canchipur for admitting large number of students in back doors and the matter has been exposed by raising the curtain, it added.

“All back door admission to the school run by the Catholic Educational Society is the handy work of the Father of Catholic School Canchipur”, the statement by Lanchenba said.

In between various misdeeds, there is no reason on why should the party remain silent on the complaint about molestation of girl students by the Father of the school, it added.

The outfit warns serious consequences if Catholic School fails to clarify the matter within two days, then the outfit will consider it as a challenge to the outfit and left with no option but to take its own course. The statement however said that it will try everything to ensure safety of the students in the course of conflict with the school authority.

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A package of six contemporary award winning feature films from Tunisia will be screened at MSDFS Auditorium, Imphal on May 25 and 26, 2019 in order to promote good film movement in Manipur.
The 2-day Tunisian Film Festival is jointly organized by the Federation of Film Societies of India, Film Society of Manipur with the support of Tunisian Embassy in New Delhi and the Manipur State Film Development Society.
The films to be screened on the first day are  1. Porto Farina/2019/ 88M/ Dir: Ibrahim Letaief. The film was premiered on Friday, January 18, 2019 and tells the story of a man, Aly in need of a child, refractory to adoption, back in his native country to marry his first cousin. 2. Mostafa Z/ 2017/ 81M/ Dir: Nidhal Chatta- The film traces 24 hours of the life of an ordinary Tunisian, Mustafa, caught up with the absurdity of the system. Mustapha has a tumultuous relationship with his teenage son and his wife who blame him for his lack of ambition and his effaced nature.   3. Shattered Waves/2017/90M/ Dir: HabibNestiri. Hassouna, an officer in the French army in spite of himself, is faithful to the cause of the independence of his country. Disregarding the risks, he transmits information to the network of separatist activists.
Films to be screened on the last day are- 4. Whispering Sands/2018/95M/ Dir: Nacer Khmir. An encounter in the desert between a lady brought by the tragic past of her family and a guide who discovers, at the end, the dark future of his family. 5. Visit (El Ziara)/2014/106M/ Dir: Nawfel Saheb Ettabaa.  A dreamlike journey of Youssef, 30 years old sick with the amnesia. A girl leads him in front of the “House of the light”, that recalls something in him. He researches the missing piece of memory.6. Sweet Smell of Spring/2016/103M/ Dir: Ferid Boughedir
Aziz, nicknamed Zizou, young unemployed graduate, leaves his village on the border of Sahara for Tunis, the capital in quest of a job. He becomes installer of satellite dishes on house roofs. One day, while working on the terraces of the beautiful village of Sidi Bou Saïd, he falls madly in love with a girl, who looks locked up by a mafia group close to the regime.
All the films are subtitled in English. There will be interaction session on the films after screening Entry passes are available at the MSFDS Complex from May 16 onwards. Film society members and film lovers are requested to submit two stamped size photographs and collect the passes instantly in advance to avoid the rush.
The Federation of Film societies of India is organizing the Tunisian Film festival at different cities  of the country like Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Imphal, Guwahati, Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pondicherry, Madurai, Thiruvanathapuram, Kochi, Thrissur and some other places to propagate the film culture of Tunisia country.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 17:23

The politics of rumours

Rumours about reshuffle of the N. Biren Singh led coalition government is going around in the state. Some says it may happen after the declaration of the 17th Lok Sabha Election result. Some says there are differences among the high profile BJP leaders of the state who are holding Ministerial post. Some are of the opinion that there may emerge a dissident from a group of BJP MLAs as ministerial berth are being enjoyed by the non BJP coalition partners. One very disturbing rumour is about an unseen race by two top profile BJP leaders for the post of Chief Minister. Well everything is possible in politics. But kitchen talk should not be considered serious. Saying so, reshuffle of Minister happened in the running of government and there is nothing to worry about it. However, if the small talk about the race for Chief Minister appeared true than the state will definitely be in crisis and for that reason the talk about the attempt by some top profile BJP leaders lobbying to topple the present Chief Minister is not supported by any logic.
A news report about some BJP Ministers and MLA camping at Kolkata drew the attention of many people. But the fact is that the visit to Kolkata by some BJP MLAs and Minister has nothing to do with the plan to make a major reshuffle in the government.
However, it is logical that due to pressure of the BJP MLAs, the Chief Minister in consultation with the BJP leadership may drop some of the Minister belonging to other coalition partners.
What worries the people is on assuming the state of the government if the non BJP Ministers are removed to provide the post to other BJP MLAs. There is likely that the coalition political party may withdraw their support to the government. If so will there be any impact to the government.
If one takes a breath and thinks about such thing – there is absolutely nothing to worry. The BJP led government will continue as long as it holds power at the center.
If one recalled on how the BJP formed the government in the state with even less number of MLAs then the Congress party, then why should the government worry if some ministers of the partner political parties are dropped.
However, saying so, there may be changed of guard if the BJP led NDA suffer a major setback in the 17th Lok Sabha.
As of now Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is doing well in strengthening the bondage of relationship between the BJP Ministers, MLAs and his party leaders. The rumours spreading around will remain as it is and will never happen. It is better that we stopped daydreaming and focus more in becoming a watchdog to the activities of the government. And any citizen can be a watchdog as there are various tools to check things that are doing by the government. Finally the government should also stopped intimidation to the watchdogs as they are only hoping for a welfare state.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 17:22

Plastic Pollution & its effect

By: Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh
Faculty Mathematics, NIELIT Imphal, Akampat.

Plastic pollution is the accumulation of plastic objects like plastic bottles and much more in the Earth’s Environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat and humans. Plastics that acts as a pollutants are categorized into micro, meso or macro debris based on size. Plastics are inexpensive and durable and as a result levels of plastic production by humans are high. However the chemical structure of most plastics renders them resistant to many natural process of degradation and as a result they are slow to degrade. Together these two factors have led to a high prominence of plastic pollution in the Environment. Plastic pollution can affect land, waterways and Ocean. It is estimated that 1.1 to 8.8 million metric tons (MT) of plastic waste enters the Ocean from coastal communities each year. Living organisms, particularly marine animals can be harmed either by mechanical effects, such as entanglement in plastic objects or problems related to ingestion of plastic waste or through exposure to chemicals within plastics that interfere with their physiology. Humane are also affected by plastic pollution such as through disruption of various harmful mechanisms.
As of 2018, about 380 million tons of plastic is produced worldwide each year. From the 1950s up to 2018, an estimated 6.3 billion tons of plastic has been produced worldwide, of which an estimated 9% has been recycled and another 12% has been incinerated. In the UK alone, more than 5 million tons of plastics are consumed each year of which only an estimated one quarter is recycled, with the remainder going to landfills. This large amount of plastic waste inevitably enters the environment with studies suggesting that the bodies of 90% of seabirds contains plastic debris. In some areas there have been significant efforts to reduce the prominence of plastic pollution through reducing plastic consumption and promoting plastic recycling. Some researchers suggest that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the Ocean by weight. Chlorinated plastic can release harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil, which can then seep into groundwater or other surrounding water source and also the ecosystem of the World. This can cause serious harm to species that drink the water. Landfills areas contain many different types of plastics. In these landfills there are many microorganisms which speed up the degradation of plastics. The microorganisms include bacteria such as pseudomonas, nylon eating bacteria and Flavobacteria. These bacteria break down nylon through the activity of the nylonase enzymes. Breakdown of biodegradable plastics release methane, a gas very powerful greenhouse gas that contribute significantly the global warming.
In 2012, it was estimated that, there was approximately 165 million tons of plastics pollution in the world’s Ocean. One type of plastic that is of concern in terms of Ocean plastic pollution is nurdles. Nurdles are manufactured plastic pellets used in the creation of plastic products and are often shipped via cargo ship. Many billions of nurdles are spilled into Ocean each year and it has been estimated that globally around 10% of beach litter consist of nurdles. Plastics in Ocean typically degrade within a year but not entirely. In the process, toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A and polystyrene can leach into waters from plastic pollution in Ocean and combined with plastic bags and food containers make up the majority of Ocean debris. One study estimated that there are more than 5 trillion plastic pieces (defined into the four classes of small micro plastics, large micro plastics, mesoand macro plastics) afloat at sea. The litter that is being delivered into the Oceans is toxic to marine fish and humans. The toxins that are components of plastics include diethylhexyl phthalate, which is a toxic carcinogen as well as lead, cadmium and mercury. Plankton fish and ultimately the human race through the food chain, ingest these highly toxic carcinogens and chemical. Consuming the fish that contain these toxins can cause an increase in cancer, immune disorder and birth defects. This was the first study to focus on global drinking water pollution with plastic and showed that with a contamination rate of 94% tap water in United States was the most polluted followed by Lebanon and India. European countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany and France had the lowest contamination rate though still as high as 72%. This means that people may be ingesting between 3,000 to 4,000micro particles of plastics from tap water per year. This analysis found particles of more than 2.5 micron size, which is 2,500 times bigger than a nanometer. It is currently unclear, if this contamination is affecting human health but if the water is also found to contain nano-particles pollutants, there could be adverse impacts on human well-being, according to Scientist associated with the study.
Due to the use of chemical additives during plastic production, plastics have potentially harmful effects that could prove to be carcinogenic or promote endocrine disruption. Some of the additives are used as phthalate plasticizers and brominated flame retardants. Through biomonitoring, chemicals in plastics such as BPA and phthalates, have been identified in the human population. Humans can be exposed to these chemicals through the nose, mouth or skin. Some of the chemicals used in plastic production can cause dermatitis upon contact with our skin. Plastic pollution has the potential to poison animals which can then adversely affect human food supplies. Some marine species such as sea turtles have been found to contain large proportion of plastics in their stomach. When this occurs, the animals typically starves because the plastic block the animals’ digestive tract. Sometimes marine mammals are entangled in plastic products such as nets which can harm or kill them.
This is the global scenario in a wider spectrum. Coming down to our tiny state Manipur, which was once a green state, will it be exorbitant to say that Manipur is free from this problem? Everybody will say, no. We all have seen plastic bottles, plastic bags or any other form of plastic everywhere in our state. Plastics in the rivers, on the roadsides, at the playground, in the field, in the lakes and so on. Again, it is reported that 5% of the total solid waste generated in Imphal per day is plastic. If it is so the adverse effect of plastic pollution mentioned above will not leave Manipur aside rather we will have more serious effect. In few days back we all have experienced the problems of solid waste, plastic waste in Imphal Municipality area due to the prevention of dumping these waste at LamdengKhunou by the local people. The inconvenience caused by these waste have been experienced by each one of us. This is just the beginning. Then what shall we do now?  It is we, general public to prevent and protect our environment from such serious issue. Simply, waiting action from our leaders who always provide lip service will not solve the problem timely rather we all will go to the hell. So let us reduce the usage of plastic and plastic products for a better and healthy Manipur.
(This writer can be reached to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or WhatsApp’s No: 9612891339.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 17:21

Hemoglobin screening camp at Press Club

NJ Thakuria
Guwahati May 15,
City based Down Town Hospital is conducting the next media OPD clinic at Guwahati Press Club on Saturday (18 May 2019), where the participants will get the opportunity to screen their hemoglobin & sugar (random) level and also grouping of their blood.
Member-journalists of the press club will also get free consultations from an experienced doctor in the camp between 3.30 and 5.30 pm.
Interested scribes, precisely the lady journalists and spouses of other members, are requested to take the advantage of the media clinic at press club premises.
‘The Birds’ for GPC screening  Guwahati: ‘The Birds’, an all time great horror-thriller film directed
by Alfred Hitchcock, will be screened at Guwahati Press Club (GPC) on Thursday (16 May, 3.30 pm). The 1963 American movie focuses on a series of sudden, unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California over the course of a few days. The movie has cinematography by Robert Burks and its casts include  Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Veronica Cartwright etc.

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Guwahati May 15,

Senior journalist and researcher  on environment and development issues, Keya Acharya will interact with city scribes on Friday (17 May 2019).  Presently functioning as the President of Forum of Environmental Journalists in India (FEJI), Ms Acharya will be available at 3.30 pm for member-journalists of Guwahati Press Club through video conference from Bangalore.
Travelled extensively to countries in South America, South and Southeast Asia, South & East Africa and Europe on various assignments ranging from forestry to renewable energy to solid waste management to rural development etc, Ms Acharya is expected to share some of her  ideas about the present status of investigative and serious journalism in the country.

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Imphal May 15,

In its continued efforts on seizures and apprehensions, Tengnoupal Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (S), apprehended a drug smuggler carrying Brown Sugar worth Rs 1.16 Cr at Permanent Vehicle Check Post (PVCP), Khudengthabi.

Yesterday based on specific input from a reliable source, a team from Khudengthabi post stopped a Black colour Auto Rickshaw, without registration number which was moving from Moreh to Khudengthabi. On carrying out a thorough check of the vehicle, 42 packets of orange coloured powder suspected to be Brown Sugar and weighing approximately 582 gms (including packing material) was found hidden inside the body of the Auto Rickshaw. The contraband was being transported by a person named Mr Jampao Khungsai, age 40 years, S/O Late Gaukhojan Khongsai, R/O Khudengthabi village, PO - Moreh, PS - Moreh, Dist - Tengnoupal, Manipur. There were no other passengers in the Auto Rickshaw. The approximate cost of Brown Sugar is Rs 1.16 Crores.        

Assam Rifles is determined to prevent smuggling of narcotics and contraband items through the area of responsibility there by protecting the youth of our country from drug abuse.

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Imphal May 15,

Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” at Girls High School, Oinam on 14 May.  
With an aim to sensitise the local populace about the importance of clean and healthy environment Nambol Company Operating Base (COB) organised an awareness campaign on “Swachh Bharat Mission” which witnessed an attendance of over 150 students and locals.
As a part of the campaign, an interactive lecture on “Swachh Bharat Mission” was conducted by the COB followed by a cleanliness drive by the students in the area of Oinam village. In addition, an awareness rally was also organised by the students urging the locals to maintain clean and green environment. During the event students were also enlightened on the importance of health in modern lifestyle era alongwith discussion on obesity, diabetes and various heart related diseases including their related preventive measures. The event concluded with tea and refreshment for all the attendees.   
The school staff, students and locals expressed profound gratitude to Assam Rifles for sustained efforts to sensitise the masses on such an important issue of healthy and clean environment. They further requested to organise such events in future as well for the benefit of students and the society.

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