Saturday, 22 June 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, 22 June,


The Imphal Peace Museum was inaugurated today at Maibam Lokpa Ching aka Red Hill at Nambol.

Dignitaries present on the opening ceremony were Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman The Nippon Foundation, H.E. Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India, H.E. Kenji Hiramatsu Ambassador of Japan to India and Nidhi Kesarwani, IAS, Commissioner Tourism.

Floral tributes were paid by the dignitaries at the India Peace Memorial and followed by opening of the Imphal Peace Museum to the public.
As a part of the program, Cherry Blossom or Sakura(in Japanese) plants were planted at the spot by the dignitaries. Calligraphic Peace Message of Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan was also unveiled in today’s function.

The foreign dignitaries also paid floral tribute at Imphal War Cemetery, Dewlahland.

Speaking in a press interaction chairman of Nippon Foundation Yohei Sasakawa said that the commemoration of 75 years of the 2nd World War, the inauguration of the Peace Museum will deepens the healthy relationship between the two nations as well as with Manipur. He further added that it will push the relationship to a more healthy state. Yohei Sasakawa said that the Japanese people also still need to learn a lot what has happen in Manipur and added that it will give immense information regarding the tragic incidents that took place in Manipur. He also said that he acknowledged the tragic past of Manipur that happens because of the war and added that they will look forward into more futuristic approach.“In a big picture India and Japan have never been such a healthy relationship with each other”, Sasakwa said.  He also highlighted the certificate course of Japanese language that have been started in Manipur University and assured to send teachers to MU. He appealed to give any materials related with the war to be put in the museum.

British High Commissioners to India H.E Sir Dominic Asquith said that they have learnt from the past and learning from the past was an important thing to do. The remembrance will be a force to do good. He added that the museum symbolise the reconciliation between Japan, United Kingdom and India. He expressed to have such good friendship in years to come. Dominic further stated that reconciliation is always a good sign and added that the remembrance give justice to the martyrs life who have fought with tremendous courage.
It can be mention that around 80 Japanese came to Manipur to participate the said event.

Later in the afternoon, a program was held at MSFDS Palace Compound commemorating the Platinum Jubilee of Battle of Imphal.  A presentation on Imphal Peace Museum and 75th Anniversary of Battle of Imphal were presented by Haobam Joyremba, Secretary Manipur Tourism Forum and Arambam Angamba Vice President of 2nd World War Imphal Campaign Foundation respectively. A souvenir was also released by the visiting dignitaries. 

It may be mentioned that The Battle of Imphal took place around the Imphal city, from March until July 1944. Japanese armies attempt to invade India were driven back into Burma with heavy losses by the Allied forces. Together with the Battle of Kohima, the twin battle was the turning point of the Burma Campaign, part of the South-East Asian Theatre of the Second World War. The Japanese defeat at Kohima and Imphal was the largest up until that time, with many of the Japanese deaths resulting from starvation, disease and exhaustion suffered during their retreat.

In a contest organised by the National Army Museum in England, The battles of Imphal and Kohima have been voted the greatest battles fought in the history of the British Army.

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Imphal, June 22,

The 65th foundation day celebration of Paradise Club, Wangkhei, Imphal East was observed yesterday attended by Yaiskul MLA Thokchom Satyabarta Singh as the Chief Guest of the function. Speaking during the function he spoke on the importance of youth in developing a society. He also highlighted the important role played by local clubs in nurturing the youths for a better future of our society.

Guest of Honour of the function IMC Councillor Ward No. 20 L Tombi Devi said MLA, Corporators, Clubs and IMC should tie up together so that the benefits given by the government through various schemes reaches the targeted beneficiaries.  

President of Paradise Club who was also the President of the function Lt Col (Retd) Dr. Tenshubam Hemo Singh stressed on the importance of women empowerment in developing a society. He said for our society to progress in the right direction, the youths must follow the advice and guidance imparted by the wise elders. There must be a sense of brotherhood and helping nature among the members of the society for development while maintaining peaceful coexistence, he added.

Councillor Ward No 19 Y Lukammani Devi and Chungkham Biren Singh, IAS (retd) were also the guest of honour of the function.

As part of the function former members of the Club were felicitated by the Chief Guest.

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Sickle-Cell Anemia (SCA) is a global health chronic disorder with India estimated to have the second highest burden of the disease by 2025. Many research has shown that the prevalence of SCA comprises of most socioeconomically weak communities where there is lack of basic necessities.

 “The awareness of “Sickle Cell Anemia” in India is less. There hasn’t been much written or spoken about the disease. In India every year 9000-11000 children are born with sickle cell and some die within 1st year because of unawareness. Sickle cell anemia affects Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand & Chattisgarh, however there is not much facilities or awareness available to treat the disease. Due to lack of awareness and diagnosis we are losing precious lives. Unfortunately people are not aware of the disease so how can they be benefitted. Through this we would like to educate people about the disease and request them not to delay the treatment.” Said Dr. Vikas Dua, Head and Additional Director, Department of Pediatric Haematology Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram

Sickle cell anemia is an inherited form of anemia — a condition in which there aren't enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout your body. Normally, your red blood cells are flexible and round, moving easily through your blood vessels. In sickle cell anemia, the red blood cells become rigid and sticky and are shaped like sickles or crescent moons. These irregularly shaped cells can get stuck in small blood vessels, which can slow or block blood flow and oxygen to parts of the body.


As the research advances in the field of sickle cell disease, a new range of treatments and medicines are being introduced. In the past, Sickle Cell Disease was not curable and it cost millions of lives worldwide. But, today science has advanced a lot, and so has treatment for Sickle Cell Disease. Bone Marrow Transplant is the only curative treatment available till date for this disorder where you preferably need a full match donor. If you don’t have full match donor available in the family, other options are matched unrelated donor for which there are various national and international registries worldwide and half match transplant in which mother or father can be taken up as donor, he added.


“We are trying to reach every possible SCA patient via media so that right information and education reach to patients and their families. Unawareness has taken a toll on many SCA patient and we are here to be with you during the fight with this life threatening disease. We have treated successfully many cases of sickle cell anemia at our hospital under the guidance of Dr. Rahul Bhargava and Dr. Vikas Dua.” Said Dr. Ritu Garg, Zonal Director at Fortis Memorial Research Institute


SCA is fully curable. Don’t let your child suffer just because you don’t know and understand the disease. Reach to the right pediatric hematologist in case your child shows symptoms of fatigue, anemia, regular bacterial infections, bony pains, history of SCA in family, liver congestion or any other unexplained behavior which you are not able to understand.

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Imphal, June 22,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh officially launched the Chief Minister's Green Manipur Mission by planting a tree sapling at the complex of Socio Economic and Environment Development Society (SEEDS) located near Saheibung village in Kangpokpi District today.

A brainchild of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, the mission has been introduced to develop and protect forests in each and every village of the State. An open gym each worth Rs. 5 to 6 lakhs will be installed as incentive at all the villages, which are willing to set aside at least 5 acres of land for development of forest.
Speaking at the launching function organised at the complex, the Chief Minister said that Manipur once known for its salubrious climate has also started facing the impact of environmental degradation. As such, it is high time to protect and develop forests in each and every locality for a sustainable living, he observed. Stating that our forefathers used to have a farsighted scientific tradition of conserving forests at Umang Lai (Sylvan Deity) complexes in every locality of Manipur, the Chief Minister said that all these wooded areas had now been destroyed by the current generation in the name of development. He said that the State Government is even ready to issue Patta in the name of the village concerned if the land where forest would be developed is a wasteland.


Rampant felling of trees in the hills of Manipur has created soil erosion leading to siltation of rivers and lakes, the Chief Minister said. He further said that accumulation of top soil can be seen instead of pebbles in the catchment areas of different rivers these days. Shri N. Biren further opined that in many hill areas, the soil has become too soft and weak due to excessive use of chemical fertilizers in poppy plantation. The Chief Minister also urged the Departments concerned and public to plant maximum number of saplings during this monsoon season.


Upon the demand of Saheibung villagers, the Chief Minister assured to consider opening of a Primary Health Sub-Centre (PHSC) in the village after discussing the matter in the State Cabinet. He also said that the Government is also ready to construct a market shed at Chiru Lamkhai near Sangaithel Park if necessary land/space is provided by the villagers.    


State Planning Board Deputy Chairman S. Rajen Singh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) K. Angami, All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) President Bijoy Kakchingtabam, SEEDS president A. Mobi and Saheibung village chief Athang also attended the function as dignitaries.


The function was organised by Department of Forest with supports from Directorate of Environment and Socio Economic and Environment Development Society (SEEDS).

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Saturday, 22 June 2019 18:10

Bishnupur Takes Steps To Conserve Water


Bishnupur, June 22,

In tandem with the Prime Minister’s letter to Pradhans, Bishnupur District conducted different activities and public meetings within the district to conserve water. The letters, signed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have been hand- delivered to the Pradhans through the SDO/BDO of each block and the same has been read out to the public in the presence of the officials from district administration.

Awareness campaigns around water conservation through painting competitions, tree plantation drives, cleaning of community ponds and speeches on the importance of installing water storage tanks at the community or individual household level for rain water and proper management of water were undertaken at the grassroot level through Pradhans and Ward members in the district.

Pawan Yadav, the Deputy Commissioner urged the people to nurture the planted saplings to maturity. “Planting of trees in itself is of no use if we do not take care of it and let it grow” he stated.

In the letter, the PM urged the pradhans to undertake every possible effort to save water by making trenches around the fields, build check dams and dikes, take up cleaning and rejuvenation of ponds, construct underground water storage tanks and ensure zero wastage of rain water.

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Imphal, June 22,

A one day media sensitization program was held on the theme- Sustainable Fuel: Challenges & Solutions in Manipur by Synergy Engineering and Environmental Solution at its Kuraopokpi plant at Kakching.

More than 30 lakhs worth firewood is consumed in Manipur alone on a daily basis. All the bricks manufacturing unit (Bricks Fields), Hostels, Hotels and maximum numbers of the households especially from the rural area solely rely on firewood as the primary fuel for domestic as well as professional purposes. More dependence on firewood means more dependence on the forests for firewood and charcoal which eventually result to large scale deforestation. In the last few years, we have started bearing the brunt of deforestation in the form of repeated flash flood and recent soar in temperature. 

Despite the wake up calls from various environmental experts, activists and NGOs, resolving deforestation or finding a sustainable fuel solution in Manipur is still a far cry. Besides the environmental brunt, it’s also been noted that Indoor Air Pollution i.e. emission of smoke from firewood or charcoal due to bad combustion provides a severe brunt especially on the health of women and children. 

Synergy Engineering & Environmental Solutions, as a social enterprise for profit, ventures on providing sustainable fuel solutions to the masses from rural as well as urban area. At present, Synergy has its briquette manufacturing plant located at Kuraopokpi Industrial Area, Kakching. These briquettes are made from agriculture waste, wood waste and forest wastes etc… and provide dual benefits i.e. transform waste to wealth and provide a better and sustainable option (as fuel) for domestic as well as professional purposes. 

Our project is supported by Government of Manipur through its Start Up Scheme, funded by bank of Baroda. Synergy currently generates direct and indirect employment for more than 40 employees at its plant and it targets to generate 400 more employment in the near future. Synergy’s venture is still at its baby stage. 

“With proper support from the Government and various stakeholders, we can collectively address the issue of deforestation and eventually provide a super quality and sustainable fuel solution to the masses in the form of briquettes or pellets which are manufacture out of agriculture waste, wood waste and forest wastes etc…”, adds Bidhan Chandra Loitongbam, Managing Director Synergy Engineering & Environmental Solutions.

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