Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - Imphal Times

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Itanagar, May 21,

When the nation celebrates “Anti-Terrorism Day” and takes pledge to oppose with all strength, all forms of terrorism and violence, a sitting MLA of Arunachal Pradesh Tirong Aboh along with 10 other persons were killed in a cowardly attack by heavily armed militants suspected to be cadres of the NSCN-IM which is presently engaged in peace talk with the Govt. of India at Bogapani village of Tirap district under Khonsa Police Station in Arunachal Pradesh this morning.

Tirong Aboh is a sitting MLA belonging to National People’s Party (NPP) who got elected from Khonsa West Assembly constituency. 10 others who were companying him were also reported killed in an attack. 

Aboh was seeking re-election from Khonsa West Assembly seat. The result of Assembly Elections in Arunachal Pradesh will come on May 23.

According to reports, suspected NSCN (National Socialist Council of Nagaland) militants could be behind the attack, which took place at Bogapani village of Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh.

Meghalaya Chief Minister and NPP president Conrad K Sangma has confirmed the attack.

Taking to Twitter, Sangma said the NPP strongly condemned the “brutal attack on Tirong Aboh and his family and his security personnel.”

“The NPP is extremely shocked and saddened by the news of the death of its MLA Shri Tirong Aboh (Arunachal Pradesh) and his family. We condemn the brutal attack and urge @rajnathsingh and @PMOIndia to take action against those responsible for such attack,” Sangma further tweeted.

The attack comes weeks after another NPP worker and Tirong’s supporter was killed by a suspected NSCN(IM) member at a village in Arunachal Pradesh in March. The suspected member of the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) assaulted Jaley Anna and his friend Kham Nai Abhi, both NPP workers, at Kheti village in Tirap district. Anna died on the spot.


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Imphal, May 21,

Manipur today joined the nation in observing anti terrorism day. While the state observance was held at 1st MR Banquette hall, the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee observed it at Congress Bhavan.

Forest minister Th. Shyamkumar and Revenue Minister Karam Shyam attended as dignitaries at the state function. Top government officials also attended the function.

At Congress Bhavan the observance was began with the paying of floral tribute to the portrait of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. CLP leader Okram Ibobi Singh and CWC member Gaikhangam led the paying of floral tribute. 

Speaking on the occasion CLP leader Okram Ibobi said that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a human bomb on May 21 and as a mark of respect the day that is the death anniversary of youngest prime Minister has been observing as  Anti-Terrorism Day.  Rajiv Gandhi became the youngest prime minister of the country when he was sworn in at the age of 40 as the sixth Prime Minister of India after his mother Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984. He served as the prime minister from 1984 to 1989.

He was campaigning for the Congress as the party president for the national elections when he was assassinated in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, in May, 1991. The Anti-Terrorism Day is observed to spread the message of peace and humanity and to promote unity among the people.

The congress workers also took the  Anti-Terrorism Day Pledge.

The day is also observed at all district head quarters of the state.

The District Administration, Thoubal observed Anti-Terrorism Day at the Conference Hall of DC Office, Thoubal today with Deputy Commissioner, Thoubal Haobam Rosita Devi administering the pledge. 

The DLOs and staff  of DC office assembled together and took the Anti-terrorism pledge to oppose all forms of terrorism and violence. They pledged to promote peace, social harmony and understanding among all fellow human beings.

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Silchar,May 21,

The Manipuri Youths Front of Assam (MYFA) submitted their memoranda to the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal through his secretary on Monday here at Guwahati citing various problems facing by the Manipuri community of Assam.

In their memoranda, MYFA demanded the Chief Minister to include Manipuri as optional subject in the upcoming TET examinations as well as in any of the government job interviews .

In their submission, MYFA opined that Manipuri language is a schedule language and also teach in Assam from Primary level to Doctoral level.

“It needs to include Manipuri language in any of the government job interviews as the language is have its own government schools in various parts of Assam particularly in the Barak Valley region, MYFA president Herajit said.

The memoranda also revealed the demands of MYFA to recognize Manipuri as Indigenous community of Assam.

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Imphal, May 21,

National Highway-2 saw tears and frenzy wind blowing at Sekmai area after two persons – a rider and a pillion rider, died on a tragic road mishap at which the two wheeler vehicle they were riding crashed on a head-on collision with a loaded truck coming towards Imphal.

The tragic accident happened at Koujengleima area of Sekmai on Imphal Dimapur road at around 10 am today.

The rider Angom Sandeep, who is around 32 years old, a resident of Awang Sekmai Makha Leikai reportedly died on the spot, while the pillion rider Marakpam Lakhichand, aged about 29 years old, who hailed from Sekmai Keithel, just few meters away from the accident site succumbed to his injury at RIMS hospital. The driver of the loaded truck has been arrested by Sekmai police.

The two wheeler vehicle – Dio, that the two ill fated persons were riding bear registration number MN-01-U1622 and is red coloured. Witness said that the vehicle was crushed by the front wheel of the loaded truck bearing registration number AS-01-G 2135.

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Silchar,May 21,

The Assam Indigenous Peoples’ Protection Committee (AIPPC) submitted its memoranda to NRC chief Prateek Hajela on Monday mentioning various demands.

Their memoranda sought the NRC coordinator to include all the names of Indigenous Peoples’ of Barak Valley in the final draft list which will be published on July, 2019.

AIPPC also mentioned in their submission that Indigenous communities of Barak Valley region of Assam have facing a lot of problems regarding ongoing NRC hearing process.

The Indigenous forum also claimed that there have been inclusion of many illegal immigrants in the final draft list of NRC and so the committee demanded to reverify the same on the basis of their Application Registration number(ARN).

AIPPC also demanded to recognize the Indigenous communities of Barak region as Original inhabitants and to exclude the illegal immigrants.

The submission of memoranda was attended by many functionaries of AIPPC including Seram Herajit, Tomij Uddin, Shahdev Rajbangshi and Jasim Uddin amomgst other.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 17:18

DMC students warn to boycott exam

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Imphal May 21,

Students of DM College of Arts has warned to boycott the exam by not appearing the 2nd Semester exam if the authorities fails to declare their previous 1st semester exam. The students also demanded a gap of at least 7 days before the commencement of the exam after declaration of the result.

Speaking to media persons Tennyson, a student of 2nd semester DM college of Arts said that many verbal and written assurance were given by controller of examination to the students for declaration of the exam result. He said that they have been compromising on various instances as their university was a germinating one where exam schedule was given prior to declaration of result. 

Tennyson further said that the authorities have assured on several occasions which fail multiple times and finally on 18th of March where the controller assured to take all responsibilities if they fail to declare on March 20.

Highlighting their grievances Tennyson said that they can’t appear if their result wasn’t declared and could not know the pattern. He added that several students also change their stream to arts. 

He added that a new exam schedule should be made having at least 7days after the declaration of result.

Clarifying the situation Controller of DM university Ashem Nabachandra assured that the results will declared today. He added that the lack of manpower was the main reason behind the non declaration of exams result. 

Nabachandra appealed the students to not initiate agitation regarding the postponement of exam. He added that the students will face inconvenience if their university doesn’t go parallel with Manipur University. 

The said 2nd semester examination will commence from 23rd March.

It can be mention that 5 colleges namely DM college of Arts, Science, Commerce, GP women college and Law were affiliated under DM university studying around 3500 students. And the results of Commerce and Law were already declared.


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Imphal, May 21,

Armed rebel group KCP –MC has given ultimatum to two persons whom they claimed to be a shield of the Director RIMS to clarify their misdeed  within two days and also put ban to the engineering cell. The outfit however said that there will be no disturbance on the treatment of patients in the hospital.

The statement said that contract works pertaining for procuring supplies and materials pertaining to the treatment of patients and function of the hospital are also not banned. Furthermore, the outfit also warned RIMS doctors who have taken non practicing allowance to refrain from doing private practice. The outfit said that if the surrounding hospitals become a battlefield, the Director is squarely responsible for it.

It also claimed that the party had found more evidences of corruption in RIMS.  In order to extend the term for holding the post of Director of RIMS and to seek favour of Governor on this matter, a person related to Governor was given a contract for construction of roads for Type 2, 3 and 4 quarters, it added.

It said RIMS Director has swindled one Crore rupees on the contract for the construction of external boundary fencing from BSNL office up to SIB gate. The contract was taken up by the Director bypassing all other projects.

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It’s just a day left now. The whole world will know whom the people of India want to hand over the fate of the country. Across the country all preparation has been completed for the counting of the vote under strict surveillance of the Election Commission of India. District administration had already imposed prohibition order under section 2 of the 144 CrPC in all districts where counting will take place.
For the 543 Lok Sabha seats 8,049 candidates are contesting. Interestingly, out of the nearly 900 voters from across the country women’s turn out rate was reportedly high. However, number of women candidate still remain below mark even though bill for introduction of 33% reservation seat still is pending. There are 716 women candidates contesting this election which saw only a marginal rise to 9 per cent from 8 per cent in 2014.
The election  was held in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The counting of votes will be conducted on 23 May, and on the same day the results will be declared. About 900 million Indian citizens are eligible to vote in one of the seven phases depending on the region. The 2019 elections attracted a turnout of over 67% – the highest ever in the history of Indian general elections, as well the highest recorded participation in Indian elections by women.
As soon as the last phase election concluded on May 19, almost all mainstream media run by multinational company in the country waited no time to complete the voting at some of the state and released the exit poll.
The result of the exit poll broadcasted in almost all media housed predicted return of Narendra Damodar Modi as the Prime Minister again. The lowest figure that the BJP under the leadership of Narendra Modi is speculated to cross 272 numbers, which is indeed a magic number to get invitation to form the government.  Other report suggested more numbers which indicate that Narendra Modi is sure to return as the Prime Minister for the second consecutive term.
The poll prediction of the national news TV Channels creates a sense of joy to the Modi supporters but upset to many who are against the party. Its natural that a political worker get upset when they falls and have reason to be happy and in celebration mood if the party is reported rise.
But two days – it’s just two days left. Peoples’ Mandate on who will be handed over the responsibility to shape the fate of the country will be known soon.
The poll prediction by the TV channel has been criticized by many none-NDA leaders. Sashi Tharoor of Congress, Mamta Benrjee of TMC etc. are among the many who criticize the poll result prediction.
Some who talk nothing about the result of the exit poll also seems to have no care for the result as some of them have started looking for alliance to form an alternative government. The gesture of Chandra Babu Naidu who had been trying to bridge with leaders of Non BJP political party is a clear indication that he didn’t believe in the poll result prediction.
To be not, or to be – a phrase from the Shakespearean play Hamlet need to be reminded here. It’s not Hamlet’s tragedy, but a tragedy of the common people who consider TV news as their part of life. If the prediction goes right people will keep continue to have trust in media and if it turn out to be a motivational attempt to increase the TRP rating or to get more advertisement revenue, then the forth pillar is in the verge of crumbling.  

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 17:12

International Day of Biodiversity 2019

By - N. Munal Meitei

In the recent past, it is reported that our state is facing the challenges from invasion by army worm in some of our important crops. Such challenges to our live and property are also a part of biodiversity degradation. Many more such issues will be coming up if we continue to ignore and forget to conserve our environment. Everything comes from biodiversity-from the food we eat to the air we breathe. But issues arise threatening this vital part of nature. Threats on endangered species, deforested catchments, depleted watersheds, denuded forests, receding wetlands and other harmful effects of human activities are just some of these many issues. To keep these risks away, we are celebrating International Day of Biodiversity on the 22nd May every year.

Biodiversity refers to the variety and variability of life on Earth. Biodiversity is typically a measure for health of ecosystem of a particular area. It also measures the variation at genetic, species, and ecosystem level. Biodiversity is again the “totality of genes, species and ecosystems of a region”. Terrestrial biodiversity is usually greater near the equator, which is the result of the warm climate and high primary productivity. These tropical forest ecosystems cover less than 10 percent of earth’s surface but it support more than 90 percent of the world’s species. Terrestrial biodiversity is again thought to be up to 25 times greater than ocean biodiversity.

Theme for International Day for Biodiversity 2019 is “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health.” Whether you are in New York or Delhi or Imphal, you have more chances to access to a greater variety of food than our parents or our grandparents once did. But even as the offerings become more diverse, the global diet as a whole- what people actually eat- is becoming more homogenized, and this is more dangerous. This year’s celebrations focus on biodiversity as the foundation for our food and health and a key catalyst to transform the food systems and improving human health. The theme aims to leverage knowledge and spread awareness of the dependency of our food systems, nutrition, and health on biodiversity and ecosystems. The theme also celebrates the diversity provided by our natural systems for human existence and well-being on Earth, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem restoration, cleaner water and zero hunger, among others.

Biodiversity is like a large tank, from which humans can draw food, water, clothes and even our housing. These are just some examples of the ecosystem functions that we can get for free from our natural environment. If we want to preserve these free services, we must protect our biodiversity; we have still got left, foster it and give it the space it needs to endure climate change and related environmental threats. It is an “insurance” for life on this Planet, and therefore must be protected at all costs, because it is a universal heritage that can offer immediate advantages to human beings. Biodiversity is as if the natural world is an enormous bank account of capital assets capable of paying life sustaining dividends indefinitely, but only if the capital is maintained.

Biodiversity not only supplies us in all basic needs, but also helps us, in dealing with our organic waste. It is proposed that species themselves are the architects of biodiversity, by proportionally increasing the number of potentially available niches in a given ecosystem. The natural species, or biota, are the caretakers of all ecosystems. It may be mentioned that biodiversity has intrinsic aesthetic and spiritual value to mankind in and of itself.

At least 40 per cent of the world’s economy and 80 per cent of the needs of the poor are derived from biological resources. In addition, richer the diversity, the greater is the opportunity for economic development, medical discoveries and adaptive responses to fight such new challenges. Biodiversity’s relevance to human health is now an international political issue. Biodiversity is the living fabric of our planet. It underpins human wellbeing in the present and future, and its rapid decline threatens nature and people alike.

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The Earth’s biological resources are vital to humanity’s social development. Almost all cultures have their roots in our biological diversity in some way or form. Declining biodiversity is therefore a concern for many reasons. At the same time, the threat to species and ecosystem has never been as great as it is today. From the perspective of biodiversity this means, species are being lost almost not on a daily basis but on seconds, at the rate of one species per 20 minutes. Acknowledgement of these problems, however, means that we can find solutions for them, although most solutions require enormous economic aids and political will which may anchor these coherent problems.

The natural wealth of the Indian subcontinent has remained unique, mysterious and fascinating for nature lovers for ages. In Indian philosophy, life in any form is deemed sacred and it is advocated that compassion for all living creatures is essential. The worship of nature in all its different forms is an essential part of our cultural legacy.

India owns 7.8% of the recorded species of biodiversity reserved in the planet, though we share only 1.8% of the world’s geographical area; over and above harboring 20.6% of world population and 18% of world cattle population. The country is in the 5 hot spots of the world. The rich and fascinating variety of India’s biodiversity populates more than 500 species of mammals, 1,220 species of birds, 1,600 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 57,000 species of insects. India harbours 60% of the world’s wild tiger population, 50% of Asian elephants, 80% of the one-horned rhinoceros and the entire remaining population of the Asiatic lion.

Yet the biodiversity found within our country is in jeopardy. From pollution to poaching, invasive species to habitat loss and fragmentation, these life forms that we call our biodiversity are not enough to ensure for the future survival.

The challenges of our Keibul Lamjao National Park, the only floating N.P. in the world, the home of our lovely Sangai is also in agony. In the past few weeks, with the dead of many domestic animals in the surrounding villages of the National Park has threatened our Sangai. If the disease continues to spread, there is high possibility of communicating the diseases to Sangai. For domestic animals, treatment may not be a problem but Sangai once infected, it will be a huge problem to protect them and this may lead to wipe out of our state animal for forever. Currently Sangai population is in vulnerable since it is much below the tipping point. The health and survival of our state flower, Siroy lily is also almost same.

In the last 100 years, more than 90 percent of crop varieties have disappeared in this country from the farmers’ fields. In our state, many important verities of rice such as Changlei, Phourel, Kakching phou, Moirangphou etc. are becoming extinct. Many of the important indigenous trees of the state are also found to extinct. In the morning we do not hear the awakening songs of the crows. Half of the breeds of domestic animals have also gone. Meitei hui breed may be sited as an example. Manipur has lostalmost18 important species of fishes from its wetlands. As commented earlier, Ithai barrage is now to focus for revival of our aqua-biodiversity in the state. Locally-varied indigenous and traditional food production methods are now under threat. Plastics in all forms- packaging in religious celebrations, serving of hot tea and subji in hotels and using of non-graded plastic in day today life is really a challenging health hazard in Manipur. Wrapping edibles with newspaper is also equally dangerous.

In the fields, all our local vegetable products have been sprayed with various insecticides, pesticides and weedicides. Among them, many are already banned on all over the world but are freely using in our state without a restriction. With these injections, our agro-biodiversity is declining day by day. The loss of diverse diets and consumption of hormones and chemicals rich vegetables is directly linked to diseases and health risk, such as blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and malnutrition, and many other dreaded diseases. While medical sciences improved, people started to ignore the traditional practices which may lead to the extinct of our invaluable indigenous knowledge of Maiba and Maibi.

Preserving biodiversity and human development must go hand-in-hand. Once there was only a choice between development and conservation. But now we realize that we cannot separate these two words any longer. To halt the biodiversity loss the best option being by understanding, appreciating, safeguarding and using biodiversity sustainably.

Future of our valued biodiversity depends on the action and values of people. Local authorities and governments are in the best position to reach out to citizens and involve, enable and inspire local stakeholders. Cultural diversity and biodiversity exist hand in hand. By facilitating a deeper relationship with the environment and the mankind, the world’s biodiversity can be conserved for the future generation. Therefore with the coming of the International Day of Biodiversity 2019, let us plant trees and let us not harm to our biodiversity and environment and only then we can make a green, bright and beautiful biodiversity in future.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 17:11

AMBA Organised Buddha Purnima

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Imphal May 21,

All Manipur Buddhist Association (AMBA) celebrated the Buddha Purnima-2019 today at the Ningomthong Community Hall, Sairom Leirak, Imphal East. Starting from 6am ceremonial programmes such as Hirikonba(meditation),Irat-Thaouni (ritual prayers), Sila Laoba (Panchshil recitation),Lai Katpa( Offering to Buddha), Dharmapada Paba (Reciting verses of Dharmapada), Dharmagi Warol Piba (Lecture on Dharma) and Lamboiba Ikaikhumnaba(Honour to Monk) etc had been performed that ended at 11pm with jointly enjoying the day’s offering eatables.
Giving lecture on the meaning of Dharma Ven. Panthaopa Prof. M.S. Ningomba, the Monk and leader of AMBA briefly stated the underlying truth in the meaning of Dharma (religion). Dharma is not a theoretical perception or beautiful words and phrases  reciting often at times of prayers or lecture but it is purely practical approaches to be performed in accordance with mind associated in one’s body for the revelation of self and other living being, he said. Different names are given to Dharma and the God but dharma can never be only for a particular community things may not be taken as happenings at so named god’s will. Mind that is unfailingly associating with everyone’s body is streamlined with series is good teachings whose only possession in mind cannot be termed as following dharma which is purely manifested when the possessions in the mind habitually turns into actions only. Buddhism respects all other dharma but when only it is shown off with practical principles preaching as lifelong process, Panthoupa added.
Simply the phrase ‘Cause and Effect’ may define Buddhism signifying the fact that there in nothing in this Universe without a cause and likewise there is effect for every cause. Life is in the same platitude and so one’s life is not god’s verdict but the effect of a cause he or she is making knowingly or unknowingly. Knowing the cause for making his/her life is important because his/her dharma is to be defined by the practices of body and mind he/she indulges into. The world is in unrest when dharma is politicized and brought into sectarianism.  Life becomes full of pains and sorrows when a life effects pains to another life and its chain reactions leads the society into chaotic situation. Dharma is the only way to solution. Dharma is an eternal truth that frees man and living beings from all pains and sorrows and so no particular religion can be its sole ownership. Beautiful words, phrases and lectures cannot represent mastership of dharma , it is purely practical activities showing outward beauties as manifestation of possessing inward peaceful mind. Mind is the fastest of all things but the fastest things are always prone to accidents and so mind is to be controlled that can be possible through Hirikonba( Meditation) which the Buddhists learn to be in possession with. Let dharma flourish in the way how Buddha the enlightened led and enlightenment be with all living beings to sustain ever peace and tranquility, Panthoupa M.S. Ningomba said.

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