Monday, 03 June 2019 - Imphal Times

Imphal, June 3,

In an effort to popularise Manipuri martial arts (Hueiyen Lallong and Thang-Ta), Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has announced that the Chief Minister’s Annual Indigenous Martial Arts Meet (Meihourolgi Thang-Ta Amadi Hueiyen Lallong Changdamnaba) will be organised as a calendar event of the State Government from this year onwards. He informed that required fund for the said meet would be earmarked in the State budget.
He made the announcement during a review meeting cum interaction session with Thang-Ta Gurus and representatives of different indigenous martial arts bodies of the State at the Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
During the meeting, N. Biren Singh directed the officials concerned to form a committee with Commissioner (YAS) as the chairperson to identify the requirements of different martial arts institutes/schools of the State. All the active institutes/schools must be registered with the State Government, the Chief Minister said while adding that the committee would also record the number of students and trainers. Representatives from selected Thang-Ta bodies and high ranking officials from the Finance, Art and Culture, Education-S and Planning Departments would be members of the committee.
The Chief Minister further said that the committee would submit its report/findings by June 20, 2019 apart from suggesting a tentative date for this year’s indigenous martial arts meet. During the meeting, Shri N. Biren Singh also shared his thought of building up a healthy society and also to inculcate discipline into the mind of youth and children through Manipuri martial arts, which is undoubtedly identifying the State to the world.
N. Biren Singh also urged different Thang-Ta associations to shun all the differences and come together under a single leadership or an apex body. He also appealed to all concerned to join hand in this concerted effort to promote and preserve Manipuri martial arts.
Manipur Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker K. Robindro, Yaiskul AC MLA Th. Satyabrata, Principal Secretary (Finance) Rakesh Ranjan, Commissioner (YAS) Bobby Waikhom, Commissioner (Planning) Sumant Singh, Director (YAS) Armstrong Pame, Education-S Director Th. Kirankumar and Art and Culture Director A. Shivadas also attended the meeting.

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Imphal, June 3,

Five cadres of three different rebel groups were arrested by Assam Rifles troopers of the Singngat battalion, while trying to enter at Indian side from Myanmar.

A source from the Assam Rifles said that the five rebels were arrested during a 3 day long operation conducted by the Singngat Battalion under the aegis of Churachandpur Sector.

According to the Assam Rifle source the arrested rebels belong to UNLF, PREPAK (RA) and PREPAK. It added that they were run- away rebels from their camps in Myanmar and were illegally crossing the India - Myanmar Border.

Those arrested are between the age group of 19 to 35 years and have had basic training in their camps across the border. Poor living conditions, extremely low salaries and the constant danger looming over their head prompted them to escape from these camps, the source said.

Post questioning and ascertaining their identity the insurgents were handed over to the Police.

The Assam Rifles source added that the arrest of five hardcore insurgents without any collateral damage proves the highest levels of training of Assam Rifles and the security forces and speaks volumes about the bravery of men in uniform. It has not only thwarted the nefarious intentions of these Insurgent groups and proved and re established the writ of the government in the remote parts of the state bordering the Indo Myanmar Border  but  is also a sound indicator of transition  to normalcy and the same will  go a long way in maintaining peace and tranquility in Manipur and North East as a whole , which is the aim of Assam Rifles, the Assam Rifles source said.

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Monday, 03 June 2019 17:37

Training prog. on first aid held

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Kakching, June 3,

A one day training program on “The importance of First Aid” was conducted with the employees of GR Infra Projects Ltd. Khangshim village, Kakching Lamkhai.
Athokpam Rightkumari Devi, Principal, saina Institute of Medical sciences school of Nursing, Chinikon and Khaidem Miranda, Tutor, saina Institute of Medical sciences school of Nursing, chinikon  attended as resources person of the training programmer.
First Aid on snake bite, Heart Attack, Burns, stretcher making and General ldea on First Aid where the key points of the training program.
The training programme  was organized in collaboration with Athokpam Rightkumari Devi, Principal, Saina Institute of Medical sciences school of Nursing, Shiv shen, Manager, Safety Department and Ashish Rabi Das, Manager HR of GR Infra projects. Ltd. under the supervision of Anjani Kumar choubey, project Manager, GR Infra projects. Ltd.

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Imphal, June 3,

2017 batch research Scholars of the Manipur University today locked the rooms of Dean of Students’ Welfare, Registrar and Deputy Registrar (Academic) in protest against the non disbursal of the non NET Fellowships awards to the scholars at around 2 pm.

The fellowships were instituted to be granted to all the research scholars i.e. those enrolled in M.Phil and Ph.D courses at the Central Universities across the country. But, at Manipur University the scholars are being denied the fellowship, the amount for which has not been released since 2017.

However there was no report of any talk being held between the University authority and the agitating students. Report said that the DEAN, Registrar and Deputy Registrar have approach to the Administrator and was consulting over the matter.

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Imphal June 3,

As a part of awareness campaign against drug abused organised by Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA), a public meeting was organised at Kodompokpi Mamang Leikai, Imphal West at 2 pm on 2/6/2019.
Hijam Priyokumar, President, CADA, Toijam Nupimacha - Member,
Yaipha Ehou Women Association, Kodompokpi Mamang Leikai, Oinam Chaoba
– President, Senior Club, Kodompokpi Mamang Leikai amasung Konthoujam
(o) Radhe – President, CADA Imphal West District presided the meeting. Geetchandra Mangang – Secretary General, CADA attended the program as the resource person. Geetchandra Mangang said that substance abusers, particularly heroin, were earlier mainly those who belong to the rich families. However, we see another trend these days. Use of narcotic has spread in both youths of Imphal mayol and outskirts; both in rich and poor families and drug abuse is constantly increasing in youths who will be the pillars of the society.
Earlier only men used to drink alcohol, these days’ women are also drinking alcohol and lots of unwanted incidents are happening due to these issues, Geetchandra Mangang added. The impact of narcotics is not just limited to people who consume it but also to entire society directly and indirectly. Presidium Member Oinam Chaoba who is also the President, Senior Club, Kodompokpi said the ban of alcohol will be more fruitful if the ban is not limited to those who drink and sell also imposed on those who are manufacturing alcohol. Furthermore, the government should honestly make efforts to curb the menace of drugs and alcohol in this society.  Hijam Priyokumar said that if the government can curb the activities of the insurgents, they can definitely combat this matter. Everyone knows that at some places heroin no. 4 is manufactured but no government agencies has done anything on this matter. Other presidium members added the need to fight the menace of drugs and alcohol for a better society and honest participation of the government in this endeavour. They also sought the participation of people in this campaign done for the society.

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Imphal, June 3,

With a mission to conserve and protect the Heirok and Wangjing Rivers, Ningol Club Heirok of Thoubal district today launched a poster campaign under the theme ‘Protection and conservation of Heirok and Wangjing River.

The launching function of the poster campaign held at Heirok Champra Thong in Thoubal district was attended by Debala Leiphrakpam , Divisional Forest Officer , Khundongbam Sophia, Secretary Ningol Club Heirok, Mayanglangbam Diana, Women Co-ordinator , Human Initiative Manipur , Delhi Unit, Ashakiran International Model, Rabi Takhellambam , President Wild Life & Bio-diversity Conservation Committee (WBCC) and Dipanjit Ningthoujam, Vice President, Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) as dignitaries on the dais.

Applauding the initiative taken up by the one and only women club “Ningol Club Heirok’ to conserve and preserve the sanctity of the Rivers, DFO Thoubal Debala Laiphrakpam said that the kind of initiative by the one and only womens’ club in the district to protect rivers is the first of its kind.

“ Among the most polluted rivers in India 9 rivers are in the state of Manipur and of the nine Heirok and Wangjing River is included as per report of the National Green Tribunal” Debala said adding that the pollution level of the rivers of Manipur are very high that there is a fear of water born epidemic likely to spread.

She said, It is right time that the Ningols of Heirok comes out and take up the initiative to protect and conserve the river.

The DFO also stressed on the need to spread awareness among the people about the consequences that are likely to be faced by the people of the state particularly those residing in the bank of the river. She said that people of the state should know that the cause for the dying of the river is the mass deforestation that has been taking place in the river encasement areas and the high level pollution in the river is the fall out of the people.

“ Knowingly or unknowingly, people throw plastic waste and garbage in the river and the river get polluted” Debala said,

She appealed to stop deforestation as well as throwing plastic waste and garbage in the River.

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Monday, 03 June 2019 17:32

Concern for a clean environment

Plastic bags are a ubiquitous contamination of our landscape both in urban and rural.
Almost all Rivers in the state have been dried up and polluted by plastic waste.
The campaign launched by locals of Heirok in association with some civil society organizations of the area to save Wangjing River needs supports and appreciations from not only the people of the state but also from the government too.
Much has been promised to take up long term policy for protect the major Rivers in the state. Much have been heard about many scholars activists talking on how to keep the urban area of the state clean and tidy. And we also know that some dedicated government officials in the state are trying all effort to make the environment clean.
As for the Imphal, the major business hub of the state it is great to see the IMC engaging large number of workers to clean the city some a year back. The kind of initiative is also worth appreciation, not because it will keep the city clean but also this initiative provides jobs to many people particularly those people who have been looking for jobs of any kind. But unfortunate part is that the spirit seems to be faded away from the mind of the government machineries this few days.
To be precise when it comes for keeping the environment clean, the need is to ban the use of plastic polythene bag.  It is always the government first that should be in the forefront to materialize the kind of initiative. However, a mere promise or announcement without converting those in action will certainly lead the good works of the students’ body or some sincere employees in the government department into under frustration.
This is being brought up as the people sees no sustainable measures on the side of the government on either for ban of plastic use or for dumping site of the garbage collected from the urban area.
Some years back this newspaper has highlight on how the Lamphelpat, the site where the Chief Minister of Manipur had promise to protect as wet land area to keep the environment clean, has been converted into a dumping site of garbage collected from the Imphal city.
Cores and crores of rupees has been spent at Lamdeng in establishing the solid waste management plant at Landeng and it had also started working for sometime. When the Landeng solid waste management plant is working it is surprising to see why the garbage are being dump at Lamphel area and that too by exposing in open air. The way that the IMC is facing problem in dumping solid waste at Lamdeng shows that something is wrong in the multi crore worth Solid Waste Management plant at Lamdeng in Imphal Wast.
The garbage being dump at Lamphelpat will have serious environmental effect. We all know that Environmental pollutants have various adverse health effects from early life some of the most important harmful effects are perinatal disorders, infant mortality, respiratory disorders, allergy, malignancies, cardiovascular disorders, increase in stress oxidative, endothelial dysfunction, mental disorders, and various other harmful effects.
The government, particularly the MAHUD department should clarify on why the garbage from the Imphal are being dump at Lamphelpat instead of taking it to Lamdeng Solid waste management plant.

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By- N.Munal Meitei

I think the environment should be put now in the category of national security. To defend our natural resources is equally important as to defence from neighbours. Protecting the planet is everyone’s responsibility. The United Nations therefore observed 5 June as the World Environment Day to tackle the environmental challenges that include climate change, global warming, biodiversity lost, new dreaded diseases, disasters and conflicts, harmful substances, environmental governance, ecosystem management and resource efficiency etc. Our blue planet is the only place in the universe for the living beings. Yet, our so called home, the earth is visibly losing its vitality and pristineness due to the reckless policies and ruinous acts of the human beings. Its resources are being exhausted and the safe livelihood of mankind is gravely endangered. Alarming environmental changes and disasters, unprecedented and unheard of before, occur at a greater rate. Climate change with ensuing water shortage, desertification, soil and vegetation degradation lead not only to depletion of natural resources, but also threaten the social and economic development of the entire world.
The theme for World Environment Day 2018, hosted by India, was “Beat Plastic Pollution”, which was a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time, the plastic pollution that makes a heavy burden on our natural places, wildlife – and our own health.
This year, World Environment Day is hosted by China, with the theme of “Air Pollution”. China with its growing green energy sector owning half the world’s electric vehicles and 99% of the world’s electric buses has shown to do something for the global environment.
We can’t stop breathing, but we can do something about the quality of air that we breathe. But the air quality depends on the lifestyle choices we make every day. It is a fact that nine out of ten people worldwide are exposed to levels of air pollutants that exceed safe levels set by the World Health Organization. Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution and that’s 14 peoples dying for every minute. WED 2019 will urge governments, industrialist, communities, and individuals to join hand to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve the air quality in cities and regions across the world.
Air pollution is a global emergency affecting everyone. When pollution level increases, it enhances the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts, floods and tropical cyclones, aggravating water management problems, reducing agricultural production and food security, increasing health risks, damaging critical infrastructure and interrupting the provision of basic services such water and sanitation, education, energy and transport.
Pollutants are usually released into the environment through cycles that flow between air, land and water, until they are buried in lakes or deep ocean sediments. However, wildfires, floods volcanic eruptions, tsunamis or earthquakes can release these elements suddenly back in large quantities.
The household is also an important source of air pollution as cooking is done every day and indoor burning of fossil fuels, wood and other biomass-based fuels has again worsen the situation. Coal-burning power plants are a major contributor, while diesel generators are a growing concern in off-grid areas.
Transport activity is increasing around the world as economies grow. Around 95% of the world’s transport energy still comes from fossil fuels. Reducing vehicle emissions is an important intervention to improve air quality, especially in urban areas.
Agriculture, forestry and other land-use sector contribute 24 percent of all greenhouse gases emitted worldwide through livestock, which produces methane and ammonia, and the burning of agricultural waste. When 1 ton stubble/hay straw is burnt, it not only increases air pollution but 6-7 kg Nitrogen, 1- 1.7 kg Phosphorus, 14- 25 kg Potassium and 1.2 – 1.5 kg Sulphur are lost. In total, the loss of nutrients per annum in the country may be imagined. Methane increases ground-level ozone, which may reduce staple crop yields by 26%.  Separating organic waste and turning it into compost or bioenergy will improve soil fertility and provides an alternative energy source. Reducing the estimated one-third of all food that is lost or wasted can also improve air quality.
The oceans absorb almost 25% of all human carbon dioxide emissions. The gas then combines with other elements to form carbolic acid. Over the last 250 years, surface acidity of the ocean has increased by 30%. The acidity is expected to increase by 150% in 2100. With such over acidification, all the sea creatures such as shellfish and plankton which are beneficial to living beings for the production of oxygen are in the brink of extinction.
Since 1990 half of the world’s rain forests have been destroyed. The clearing of forests continue at an alarming rate of one football ground per minute. Trees are now cut around 4-7 billion globally per year but annual afforestation together with natural germination amounts 1% only. A tree can store 1 ton CO2 in its life. Hence while counting the lost, cutting of trees are really miserable.
It is difficult to prioritize the top most environmental issue facing our planet today. But it is sure that over population is at the root of all of the issues. In spite of celebrating World Population day on 7th July, if we do not act now, then we will almost certainly face an environmental meltdown soon.
In India, last week, in Churu, Rajasthan, the temperature shoots up to 50.8°C. It is really a horrible temperature to live in particularly for the infants and elderly peoples. Indian MeT Department, warned for further increases of this temperature in the coming few days. On the other hand, due to lack of North-eastern monsoon and usual annual rainfall, the south Indian states are facing from acute water crisis. Bangalore and Chennai are among the worst affected. The whole country mainly the surrounding states of the Bay of Bengal are ever facing from frequent storms and devastating cyclones like Helen, Phalin, Hudhud and Fani in the past few years.
India will be the most populous country by 2030 surpassing China with population hovering around 1.51 billion. To have the sufficient food, water and livelihood for these increased populations, the country’s daily requirement will be almost double at that time. Unluckily, annual precipitations are likely to reduce tremendously thereby decreasing the food production giving a huge gap between the demand and supply. The rainfall type on those days will be very haphazardus with dry places may get more rainfall but the rest of other places will suffer with almost nil to negligible rainfall thereby leading to a severe famine to all over the country. The unconditional but torrential rainfalls will be for a shorter period accompanied by cloudburst and downpour thereby making floods, landslides everywhere leading to huge loss of lives and properties.
At that time 80% of the Himalayan glaciers might be melting away which may result abrupt changes in the climatic condition of the sub-continent and also submerging many coastal low laying areas of the country. At that time, most of our snow fed rivers like Ganges, Sutlej and Brahmaputra etc. may be dried up due to lack of ice in the catchments.
Our rich and beautiful wildlife in the 110 national parks, 514 sanctuaries and 50 tiger reserves and 30 elephant reserves will be in the brink of extinction at that time. India’s pride of harbouring 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 will be almost diminished. Only dreaded insects, worms and unwanted alien species will be increasing tremendously challenging to both our live and crops.
There will be huge problems for illegal immigrants all over the country. The pollution level both in air, water and soil may shoot up to three times of the present condition. At that time, automatically temperature will rise around 55°C in almost all the parts of the country. Hence people will force to concentrate their settlement in the cold regions and that will be a huge political problem. Heat waves mixed with drought conditions can trigger intense wildfires that cause high levels of air pollution accompanied by heavy cyclones and storms. Due to these multifarious issues and problems, the country will be in turmoil both in politics, Law & Order and governance.
Therefore with the celebration of World Environment Day, 2019, we urge every individuals to come forward and act together to explore the ways and means for a green and beautiful planet right from now. Planting trees in all available barrens will the best option and thus let us “Think, Act, Save and Reduce our Air Pollution,” for the sack of the mother earth and our future generation.

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Monday, 03 June 2019 17:30

Assam Rifles Conducts Security Meets

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Imphal, June 3,

Tulihal and Thoubal Battalions of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) conducted security meets at Yairipok and Patsoi Company Operating Bases (COBs). The security forums were attended by village Pradhans, ward members, councilors, members of village youth club, and locals of the respective areas.
During the meets the locals were sensitised and updated on the current situation existing in the area of responsibility. An interaction was carried out on necessary measures to be undertaken for maintaining a strict vigil against illicit activities in the area, future action plan in respect of civic action projects like medical camps, recruitment in the Assam Rifles and the Indian Army as well as career counseling for youth.
The locals expressed their gratitude and appreciated the efforts of Assam Rifles for conduct of such security meetings and ensuring peace in the area and assured their commitment and assistance in maintaining the same. The security meets concluded with tea and refreshments for all the attendees.

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Health awareness campaign

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Imphal, June 3,

Mantripukhri Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised a health awareness drive cum medical camp at Senakom village, Imphal East District on .  
The Health Awareness Drive cum Medical Camp was organised by Sawombung Company Operating Base (COB) with an aim to spread awareness on maintaining good health and to reach out to the needy and socially deprived section of the society. The event commenced with an informative lecture on health and hygiene to enlighten the villagers about importance of hygiene and sanitation for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and basic healthcare including various common ailments. The lecture was followed by an interactive session in which various queries raised by the attendees were clarified.
As part of the drive, a medical camp for the locals was organised in which a dedicated medical team under the Unit Medical Officer provided medical assistance to the locals of the area. In addition to the medical checkup, consultation on various diseases and health related issues as well as free medicines were distributed to the needy patients. The camp witnessed attendance of over 230 locals including women, children and elders.
The initiative of Assam Rifles was appreciated by the local populace who conveyed their heartfelt gratitude to the Assam Rifles for conducting the awareness drive and providing much needed medical assistance to the people. They also requested for more such camps in the near future for the benefit of the entire community.

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