Friday, 16 August 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal Aug16,

Commemorating the courage and sacrifice of Pebam Chittaranjan, the Manipur Students’ Federation (MSF) today paid fitting tribute to Athouba Pebam Chittarajan on his 15th death anniversary held at DM college Science ground.

Athouba Pebam Chittaranjan self immolated on Aug 15, 2004 protesting against the draconian act AFSPA at Bishnupur, when the country was celebrating Indendence Day. He succumbed to injury the following day after 80 percent of his body was burnt.

Speaking at the observance, President of Manipur Students Federation Ngariyanbam Milan questioned how the students can study when their basic human rights which is right to life is   violated.

He said that all black laws should be repealed and added that there should be no oppression of any forms and that the imperialism should be stopped.

Milan stressed that the sacrifice of Pebam Chittaranjan where he self immolated himself for the people of the land carrying the message that it is better to die than to live like a lifeless soul.

He further urged the government to first give the basic human rights which is right to life and can fulfilled the rights to education afterwards.

Addressing on the function Acting Chairperson of Manipur State Human Rights Commission Khaidem Mani stressed that the sacrifice Chittaranjan had made was to excel the right to life and to live with dignity.

Highlighting to use the Human Rights Commission he said that the students should not simply initiate movement regarding their grievances but to make complain to HRC and all due process will be done by them.

Mani further appealed the students to progress on the right side and added that if they can’t know what is right and wrong, they should asked to a more knowledgeable person.

While doing and initiating any movement the students should first clearly know what they should do and what are they fighting for, he added.

Mani also asked the students who are in student organization to be the guide of the common students.

He further said that we should have a clear idea to initiate before any movements.

The public meeting was attended by President of Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba lup Longjam Memchoubi, President of AMUCO Ph. Deban and President of MSF Ng. Milan as the presidium members.

Earlier floral tributes were paid to the statue of Pebam Chittaranjan situated at Athouba Pebam Chittaranjan Mangang Memorial Complex, Bishnupur.

A silent mass rally was also staged starting from Takhellambam Leikai and marching to DM College Science Ground.

Also a free health medical camp and a blood donation camp were also organized by MSF in relation with the 15th Death Anniversary observation of Athouba Pebam Chittaranjan.

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Friday, 16 August 2019 18:15

Tentha Rape case: Rapist sent to jail

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Thoubal, Aug.16,

Large number of irate mob today thronged to the CJM at Thoubal as police produced 60 years old alleged rapist today. The alleged rapist Naorem Bishambor allegedly rapes a 12 years old minor girl at around 5.30 pm on August 1 at a place under Khongjom Police Station. The police control the mob and produced him before the CJM Thoubal. Later, the alleged rapist was sent to Judicial Custody for 15 days. 

Since early morning today large number of people along with members of the JAC formed against the incident, local clubs of  Tentha , Tentha Ningol clubs etc, gathered in front of the CJM Thoubal and shouted slogans demanding justice. Placards with slogans  “ We Want Justice”, “Punish the culprits” etc were displayed by the mob.

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Imphal, Aug 16,

“It is not fair, it seems that they already had selected before doing the interview as they have set the eligibility criteria in such a way that they can pick the one at their will and not at the merit and qualification of the candidates”, an M.Phil student of Clinical Psychology who is teaching at a University outside the state told Imphal Times over phone sending the advertisement notice issued for recruitment of two Assistant Professors at the Clinical Psychology Department, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

As per the notice issued by the Deputy Director RIMS, dated August7, 2019, a walk-in-interview for selection of suitable persons for the post of 2 Assistant Professors (on contract basis) of Clinical Psychology, RIMS will be held on August 23, 2019 at 11 am in the conference Hall of Jubilee Hall RIMS. Eligibility criteria for the post is notified as M. Phil in Clinical Psychology, with 3 years teaching experience in the subject in a recognized Medical College.

“Why the eligibility criteria should by 3 years teaching experience in a recognized Medical College and why not at any of the University or Colleges”, the student old Imphal Times and added that this a pre plan notification. Some Authority at the RIMS are trying everything to select the candidate of their choice, it added.


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Imphal, Aug 16,

Manipur joined the nation in celebrating the 73rd Independence Day yesterday amidst general strike called by various armed outfit of the region.
The State level celebration was held with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh hoisting the National tricolour amid playing of National Anthem at the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles ground.
The Chief Minister reviewed the guard of honour and later took salute from 57 march-past contingents of BSF, CRPF, Mizoram Police, civil police, India Reserve Battalion, Manipur Fire Service, Home Guards and VDF personnel, NCC and Scouts Cadets, Government Department employees, college and school students etc. Three cultural troupes from Government Dance College, Kabui Naga Dramatic Union and Lamhil Kuki Cultural Research Centre also participated in the celebration. Assistant Director of Manipur Police Training College (MPTC) Sarangthem Asana, MPS, was the parade commander. Nine band platoons of different security forces, Home Guards and Sainik School also took part in the colourful march past.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren Singh expressed serious concern over detection of issuing Aadhar cards to Rohingya intruders. It could have never been possible without the involvement of State natives, the Chief Minister opined. Urging all the indigenous people of the State to live together harmoniously and peacefully, N. Biren Singh appealed to all concerned to shun all forms of bad intention and not to indulge in any activity which may put the future of Manipur at stake. He observed that all the indigenous people of the State should never allow them to guide by short term gains at the cost of future of Manipur.
N. Biren Singh said that that passing of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, popularly known as the Triple Talaq Bill and the recent abrogation of Article 370 and 35A had made this year’s Independence Day celebration more meaningful. Terming Central Government’s move as historic, the Chief Minister opined that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 would empower Muslim women and enable them to enjoy their rights. On the other hand abrogation of Article 370 and 35A would bring Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh to the path of development.
The Chief Minister said that India has gained acceleration in advancement with the effective implementation of different schemes and plans formulated with a far-sighted vision. Swachh Bharat Mission has made the country neat and clean, he said while adding that Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana has been able to help poor and needy in getting quality health care. People from different quarters expressed apprehension about the success of Ayushman Bharat scheme earlier. However, it has now become hugely popular and thriving due to the firm commitment and conviction of the present Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister said. Under PM Kisan scheme, an income support of Rs.6000 per year is being provided to small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding/ownership of up to 2 hectares, the Chief Minister said.  
N. Biren also said that the Government of India had strengthened the armed forces to safeguard the integrity of the country. The world has seen India’s capability in Science and Technology as well with the recent successful launch of Chandrayan-II, he added.
The Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been focussing on development of infrastructure and connectivity.
In Manipur as well, the Chief Minister said, necessary steps to upgrade Imphal-Jiribam and Imphal-Moreh roads to four-lane highways are being taken up. Construction of Makru and Barak bridges are also nearing completion, he added. On the other hand, helicopter services to Moreh, Jiribam and Tamenglong would resume as soon as possible, he said while informing that trial landings at Moreh and Jiribam had already been conducted.
Though Manipur has also achieved many milestones of development being a part of the vast and strong India, the State still needs to work hard to enhance the State’s economy and improve connectivity infrastructures, communication and conditions of children and women etc, the Chief Minister said. He also said that the Government has a firm commitment to bring equal development in all parts of the State to regain emotional integrity between hill and valley.
As suggested by the State Government, Union DoNER Ministry had introduced Hill Area Development Fund for the States having both valley and hill areas, the Chief Minister. As Tamenglong was included among 82 districts of the country selected under the scheme, the district had received Rs. 90 crore additional fund for development, he informed. The Chief Minister said, he had requested the DoNER Secretary to bring all the hill districts of the State under the ambit of HADF. District-wise DPR is being prepared for submission to DoNER Ministry in this regard, the Chief Minister informed. N. Biren Singh also said that banking services and communication facilities like mobile connectivity had been enhanced in hill districts.
He also said that all the newly inaugurated women markets in hill districts except Chandel had started functioning as problems besieging vendor allocation had been sorted out. Now, the State Government is focusing on rain water harvesting considering the woes faced by people due to acute water scarcity during dry season, the Chief Minister said. In this regard, he added, rain water harvesting projects had been taken up at seven different places.
Stating that being a democratic country, the Government needs to attend to people’s complaints and grievances, the Chief Minister said that the State Government introduced ‘Go to Hill’ and ‘Go to Village’ missions to understand people’s sufferings. With the inputs and suggestions received from the public, the State Government had formulated another noble mission known as ‘School Fagathansi’ with an aim to improve the condition of Government schools. He said that foundation stones for development of additional infrastructure in selected 60 schools under the mission would be laid simultaneously on August 17. The Chief Minister also mentioned about the urgent need for shifting of Government schools located at the congested areas of Imphal to other suitable areas.
The Chief Minister also handed over medals, commendation certificates and trophies to different armed personnel, Government employees and civilians at the occasion. Thaimei Gaipuiril Kabui (retired MPS and former CO of 8th IR (CDO) Bn.) was decorated with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service. Police Medal for Meritorious Service was handed over to 6th IRB Assistant Commandant Loitongbam Ranjit Singh, Havildar Narengbam Kumar Singh of 7th MR and Havildar Longjam Deben Singh of 1st MR. Winners of Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Police Training were Dy. SP Manipur Police Training College (MPTC), Songlianthang Vaiphei, MPS and Havildar Yumnam Manglemjao of MPTC.
Assistant Jailor of Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa K. Abung R/Naga, Female Head Warder of Manipur Central Jail, Imphal, Kh. Mema Devi, Warder of Manipur Central Jail, Imphal, Th. Nabakumar Meitei, and Warder of Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa S. Unnikrishnan were decorated with President’s Correctional Service Medals for Meritorious Service of Jail Personnel.
Winners of Chief Minister’s Trophy for Community Service were Kakching SP Smt. Victoria Yengkhom, Inspector Ng. Anthony Suresh of Churachandpur Police Station and Constable T.M. Simala Begum. Chief Minister’s Trophy for Anti-Drug campaign were awarded to Narcotics and Affairs of Border S.P. Shri W. Basu, Sub-Inspector N. Minakumari Devi of 9th IR (Mahila) Battalion (attached to NAB) and Head Constable R. Salouni Reubin.
Four villagers of Ramrei village in Kamjong district, who displayed heroic act and extraordinary courage in saving lives and retrieving bodies in Mapithel Dam tragedy which occurred on April 28, 2019 were also rewarded with Chief Minister’s Medal for Bravery (Civil) at the occasion. The medal recipients were L.M. Raingam, Jims Jajo, M.K. Joshua and Vr. Abel, all hailing from to Ramrei village (Kamjong District).
Prizes for Swachh Survekshan, 2019 were also distributed by the Chief Minister. Thoubal Municipal Council won the cleanest town prize in the North East Zone in the category of towns having less than one lakh population. Wangjing Lamding Municipal Council and Kakching Municipal Council received second and third prizes in the same category respectively.
Mayang Imphal Municipal Council received the cleanest town prize in the North East Zone in the category of towns having less than 25 thousand population. Lamlai Municipal Council was adjudged the best city in citizen feedback in North East Zone for towns having less than 25 thousand population while Ningthoukhong Municipal Council received the best city in innovation and best practices in North East Zone prize in less than 25 thousand population category.
Prizes for the 3rd State Level Swachhata Award, 2019 were also handed out. Ukhrul, Tamenglong and Churachandpur received first, second and third prizes for hill districts respectively.  Kakching, Jiribam and Thoubal were adjudged cleanest district headquarters of valley district respectively.
Manipur State Co-operative Bank (MSCB) Managing Director A. Subhash was awarded with Certification of Appreciation in recognition of his outstanding contribution in restructuring MSCB and extending loans to needy eligible persons/entrepreneurs.
It was also announced at the occasion that Inspector General of Police (IGP) Elangbam Priyokumar Singh and 6th IRB Subedar Moirangthem Ibobi Singh have been named for this year’s President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service. 4th IRB Subedar M Dimartan Singh, CID (SB) SI Tuanjahau Simte, 6th IRB Havildar Rongshong Leiyah, MPTC Havildar Lukram Lenin Meetei, MPTC Havildar AS Mayungkhul Zimik, 1st Bn. MR Havildar Sanabam Bishorjit Singh and 1st IRB Rifleman Md Shahid Ahamed have been named for this year’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service. Ministers, MLAs, top civil, police and military officers, Government employees and general public also took part in the celebration.

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By - Raju Vernekar

As we celebrate 73 rd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had highlighted the achievements of NDA government and announced new measures of development, from the ramparts of Red Fort, New Delhi, after paying tribute to the freedom fighters and leaders of the Indian independence movement.
A grand march past by the Indian armed forces and paramilitary forces was organised. The  independence day celebration takes place in different states of diverse cultural traditions where Chief Ministers of that state hoist followed by cultural activities.
With scrapping of article 370 according status of union territories to J&K and Ladakh, for the first time in history, J& K hoisted tricolour (without separate flag of Kashmir), with national anthem. This time the tricolour fly high with the slogan of ”One nation, One Constitution” from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Assam to Gujarat celebrating the largest democracy.
All schools under North Delhi Municipal Corporation displayed photos of the  President Ramnath Kovind and the Prime Minister.  North Delhi Municipal Corporation is taking such a step in schools. Besides 300 meters of the pedestrian-friendly walkway was opened for shoppers in Chandni Chowk area of New Delhi. Also Banaras Hindu University in Uttar Pradesh had pledge to go completely paperless from the Independence Day.
New York’s India Day parade will be organized based on the theme “Support our Troops, Salute our Troops”, on 18th/ August, by Federation of Indian Association (FIA), in which the American-Indian community will commemorate the sacrifice and valour of Indian soldiers.
On this occasion, it is equally important to take stock of different aspects of economy and social conditions prevailing in the country.
Slow down view of the reverse economic slowdown, the central Government is working on measures including tax cuts and sops for specific sectors. The idea is to roll out a host of countercyclical measures, including sectoral incentives and confidence-building steps for the private sector, to stimulate the economy that is grinding through losses, layoffs and an investment freeze.
GDP - The country’s goal to become a USD 5 trillion economy in the next few years from USD 2.7 trillion is “achievable” and its GDP requires to grow at 7-8 per cent per annum to meet the target. However recently tabled national annual budget, projects a nominal GDP growth of 12% for financial year 2020, at Rs.211 lakh crore. Whereas the “medium term fiscal policy strategy statement”, also presented with the budget, pegs the nominal GDP growth at 11 per cent.
Inflation- The retail inflation, calculated on the basis of Consumer Price Index (CPI), continues to go up and it reached an eight-month high of 3.18 per cent in June 2019. The CPI data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that the food inflation was 2.17 per cent in June 2019, up from 1.83 per cent in the preceding month.
FDI -Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech claimed that despite global headwinds, India’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows rose by 6% ($64.37 billion) in 2018-19. As per Census and Economic Information Centre (CEIC) data, India’s FDO increased by 9.8 USD bn in Mar 2019 and India’s direct investment abroad expanded by 3.4 USD bn in Mar 2019.
Indian Rupee Indian rupee which is in the region of Rs 70 is expected to slide down further in view of the heavy expenditure incurred for 2019 general elections. The fall in Indian currency can be attributed to global and domestic cues. When the external value of the domestic currency depreciates and the internal value remains the same, such situation is known as the devaluation of the domestic currency. The basic difference between the devaluation and depreciation is that, the devaluation is done by the government of the country deliberately, while the depreciation take place because of market forces i.e. demand and supply.
Per capita income - The country’s per-capita income rose by 10% to Rs. 10,534 a month during the financial year ended March 2019, as per government data on national income. If India grows at 12 per cent nominal growth (that is 8 per cent real gross domestic product (GDP) growth and 4 per cent inflation), the country could reach the 5.33 trillion mark. The per-capita income is a crude indicator of the prosperity of a country. India’s GDP slowed to a five-year low of 5.8 per cent in the last quarter of fiscal ended March 2018-19, mainly due to poor show in the farm and manufacturing sectors.
Jan Dhan - Five years after its launch, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) scheme has stated to have achieved a balance of Rs. 1-lakh crore and the total balance in basic bank accounts stand at Rs.99,752 crore with 35.50 crore beneficiaries. Public sector banks have the lion’s share with balance at Rs.79,177 crore, followed by regional rural and private sector banks maintaining Rs.17,648 crore and Rs.2,926 crore, respectively. The scheme focuses on rural areas with primacy given to women. Of the 35.50-crore account holders, 21 crore are from rural and semi-urban regions and 18.88 crore women beneficiaries.
Petro-l The petrol prices continue to variate. The excise duty and road and infrastructure cess on the auto fuels has already been raised by Rs 2 per litre, and customs duty per Re 1 per tonne is being levied on crude oil. Oil refinery companies in India face problem to meet the demands of the market due to the high cost of input price of crude oil thus resulting in less supply and more demand for petrol in the country. The petrol prices have been shot up by Rs 2.5/litre and diesel prices by Rs 2.30/litre. These fluctuating fuel prices are having cascading effect on prices of essential commodities. Oil refining and marketing companies maintain crude oil inventory up to six weeks, which also influences the price of the petrol and petroleum products. On an average the petrol is priced at Rs 77.65 per litre in Mumbai and Rs 71.99 per litre in Delhi.
Population - The population of India is estimated at 1,368,938,792 which is equivalent to 17.74 per cent of the total world population and India ranks second in the list of countries by population. 33.6 per cent population is urban (460,249,853) and remaining population is settled in rural areas. The population comprises 70,71,26,717 (51.6 per cent) male and 66,24,07,581 (48.4 per cent) women population.
Health - Despite various public health schemes, health care sector has been ailing. Every year, around 60 million people become impoverished by paying health-care bills. Worse, more than a fifth of people do not seek health care, despite being unwell, because of their inability to pay for it. Sixty per cent of primary health centres (PHC) in India have only one doctor, while five per centres PHCs have none. Only 20 per cent of the PHCs fulfil Indian public health standard norms.
The country faces shortage of doctors and one allopathic government doctor attends to a population of 11082, which is 10 times more than the WHO recommended a doctor-population ratio of 1:1000. The situation is worst in Bihar where one doctor serves a population of 28391 people. Uttar Pradesh is ranked second with 19962 patients per day, followed by Jharkhand (18518), Madhya Pradesh (16996), Chhatisgarh (15916) and Karnataka (13556). Delhi is better in terms of doctor-population ratio amongst other states, where the ratio stands at 1:2203 which is still twice the recommended ratio by WHO.
Food grains-.The government has set an ambitious food grains target of 291.1 million tonnes (MT) for 2019-20, nearly 2.6 per cent more than the previous year’s 283.7 MT. The rice output is projected to be 115.6 MT, while that of wheat is 99.12 MT. Besides, the government, is hoping to have a 10 per cent increase in pulses production at 26.3 MT, as against the target of 24 MT in the previous year. The target set for coarse cereals is 48.3 MT as against 46.7 MT last year.Literacy Country’s literacy rate has grown to 74 percent, from 12 per cent at the end of British rule in 1947. The male literacy rate is 81.3 per cent, while the female literacy rate is at 60.6 per cent. But this level is below the world average literacy rate of 84 per cent. Kerala with 93.91 per cent literacy rate is at the top, Lakshadweep and Mizoram are at second and third position with 92.28 per cent and 91.58 per cent literacy rate respectively. Bihar with 63.08 per cent literacy rate is the last. Rajasthan has the lowest female literacy rate.
Basically the school education system in India is facing a shortage of trained teachers and a lack of proper infrastructure. 92,275 government schools at both elementary and secondary level have only one teacher to teach all the subjects. One in every 4 schools in rural India, does not have an electricity connection, as per Annual Status of Educational Report (ASER) and almost the same number of schools lack a library.
Housing The Government has proposed tax incentives to achieve the ‘Housing for All’ target by 2022 and is expected to introduce a new model tenancy law to boost the fragmented rental housing market. Country’s rental market is estimated to be around $20 billion. While urban areas account $13.5 billion, around $0.8 billion comes from rural areas.
However even after 4 years after its launch, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U), just 20 per cent houses have been completed, while another 52 per cent are grounded for construction. Out of Rs.1 lakh crore Central assistance sanctioned for the scheme, the government has released just Rs.34,000 crore. PMAY-U is being implemented by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs since June 2015 to provide houses to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), Lower Income Group (LIG) and Middle Income Group (MIG) category people.
Electrification Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 29, 2018, had declared that 6 lakh villages were electrified by 100 percent. However official data, reveals that only 7.3 % of the total Indian villages, are having 100% household connectivity, and about 31 million homes are still in the dark. The government deems a village “electrified” if power cables from the grid reach a transformer in each village and to 10% of its households.
However homes without electricity are spread across Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, with each having nearly 6 million unconnected households. Uttar Pradesh, the giant north Indian state, accounts for 14.6 million households without electricity access, followed by Odisha and Bihar. By and large the is required to electrify about 5 million households every month—about four times the current rate of 1.3 million households to meet its target.
Space Technology
The successful launch of “Chandrayaan-2” is another shot in arm. It is the nation’s first lunar landing mission. The payloads aboard Chandrayaan-2 will help in understanding the origin of moon and how it is related to the earth. It consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover together referred to as “composite body”. It will be injected into an Earth parking orbit.
Besides the Government has put its best foot forward with the launch of New Space India Limited (NSIL), to look after launch vehicles, to focus on transfer of technology (TOT) and to help the Indian space agency- Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), to commercialise its launch vehicle and other state of the art technologies in the global space market. NSIL will act in coordination with ANTRIX, ISRO’s another commercial arm.
ISRO is also planning to put up its very own 30 ton space station in the orbit by the end of 2030. “Ganganyaan”, is ISRO’s another ambitious indigenous human spaceflight programme, to send astronauts to space is already underway. It envisages two unmanned and one manned flight, with three member crew space craft.  Three Indian astronauts will be sent to space for up to seven days by 2022.
India is expected to become one of the most powerful countries in the time to come. Let us hope that we become super power by 2030.

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Senapati, Aug 16,

Yesterday. N. Kayisii, Minister Tribals & Hill Areas Development and Fisheries, unfurled the National flag on the 73rd Independence Day Celebration at Mini Stadium ground, Senapati.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest stated that the 15th August is great significance day for the people of India because on this day of 1947, India gets freedom from British rule. He also stated that it is the day celebrating victory of the people, by the people and for the people. He said that the determination of freedom fighters, political leaders and people have achieved to be a free people through the sacrifices of true spirit and courage. On this occasion, he paid tribute and salute to the freedom fighters for their role in getting Independence of India. Some of the freedom fighters, he mentioned like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Lala Lajpat Rai, Rani Lashmibhai, Chandrashekhar Azad, Mangal Pandey, Bhagat Singh, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Subhas Chandra Bose, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi had immensely contributed for the cause of the country and in the history of India.

With the celebration of 73rd I- Day, he appeal to pay homage to the motherland for the blessing, renew the commitment of the country to respect, to love and care with the highest honour. He also appeal to the people of Senapati, to wake up and march forward to build the district a better place to live in where God is found, a place where everyone is respected with dignity, a place where nature and environment is well balanced and take care of public properties as their own.

Lakshay Sharma, IPS was the parade commander of 34 contingents consisting of students and security personnel’s who participated in the March pass. As part of the program, cultural dances and songs were also performed. Red blankets were also distributed to the village chiefs and authorities. Commendation certificates were also handed to the outstanding employees.

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Friday, 16 August 2019 18:07

Independence Day Celebrated At Bishnupur

Bishnupur, August 16,
The District Administration of Bishnupur celebrated the 73rd Independence Day of India at Old Mini-Secretariat ground today.
L. Jayantakumar Singh, Hon’ble Minister, Manipur Health and Family Welfare hoisted the national flag and received salutes given by 18 parade contingents.
Speaking on the occasion, L. Jayantakumar stated the need for proper utilization of available human resources for development. Informing the crowd that 6 of the 30 targetted schools in the ‘School Phagathansi’ mission lies within the district and proper care should be given to the free and compulsory education for development. He urged the people to restart a new lives without caste or religious based hatred, but live together as peace-loving human beings.
During the function, different troupes displayed their performances and 44 people were awarded certificate of commendation for their outstanding service and performance.
Elected members of Zilla Parisad and Gram Panchayats, Neeta Arambam, DC, Bishnupur, high ranking civil and police officers of the district, School children and public participated in the celebration.

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Churachandpur, August 16,

Churachandpur district joined the rest of the country in celebrating the momentous 73rd Independence Day with great pomp and ceremonial splendor here at Lamka Public Ground, Churachandpur today. HangkhanlianValte, Hon’ble Minister (Agri, Vety & AH) hoisted the National Tri-colour and took salute of the marching contingents from 67 Parade Contingents led by Shivanand Surve, IPS, SDPO/Churachandpur comprising of Civil Police, BSF, Ex-Servicemen, VDF, cadets of different NCC units and school children at Lamka Public Ground, Churachandpur.

Presentation of colourful cultural items by different troupes; presentation of awards to outstanding social workers, Govt employees and march past contingents marked the occasion.

Addressing the gatherings, Hangkhanlian Valte, Hon’ble Minister (Agri, Vety& AH) said “During these 72 years of India Independence there are many changes, India had been under the subjugation of the British for more than 200 years. We remember today Mahatma Gandhi-the father of the nation, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Valabhai Patel to mention a few who are instrumental in India Independence, after a unique freedom struggle which gave the world the philosophy of non-violence. India today is one of the most powerful countries in the world. Our leaders have been working hard to push the nation forward, now we can upkeep the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India.

Highlighting the scheme taken up during the last one year, Hangkhanlian pointed out that under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, at present 61,948 farmers has been registered under this scheme and about 36,363 small & marginal farmers had been benefitted under the scheme. The Minister stress that in Manipur, there are two such land holding system in the state namely revenue land and unsurvey hill land and that for identification of the unsurvey hill land, he requested the Govt. of India to accept the certification made by the village chief, the SDO concerned and the DC of the District for successful implementation of the scheme. He assures that under the crop insurance scheme 2019-20, 2144 numbers of farmers has been registered and for transforming jhum cultivation in the hill areas of Manipur, a project proposal had been submitted to the Govt. of India at a cost of Rs. 515 crores for cultivation of maize and soyabeans. 

In the Health Sector, the first pulmonary care facility unit has been set up in the district hospital of Churachandpur and Health & Wellness Center were made functional for the hilly and rural areas of Manipur, stated the Minister. The Minister lauded the Churachandpur District Hospital for bagging the Prestigious Health Kayakalp Awardand also the District Administration in planning to organize the only Women Badminton Tournament under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP).

On the Education Sector, under the initiative of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Biren Singh ‘School FagatHansi’, all the government schools in 60 ACs of the state will be developed as model schools and interestingly, Churachandpur Govt. College will be commencing B.Ed classes from next session, conveys the Minister. At present, for improvement of drinking water for Churachandpur town from Khuga dam a sum of Rs. 22 Crores is being earmarked which will hopefully cover80 percent, asserted the Minister. Emphasizing on road connectivity, the Minister ensures that 70 percent black-topping of Churachandpur town-roads and culvert will be completed within this current year and reconstruction of Tipaimukh road from Police Station to telsing bazar will be taken up shortly by the concerned agencies.

The Minister on the auspicious occasion of Independence Day appeals to the authorities, MTDC and the agencies concerned to complete the improvement of Lamka Public Ground which is being finance by NEC, Shillong in public Interest.

The Minister requested the public to extend full co-operation, unite and work sincerely towards the common goal of growth and prosperity.

Stalls were also opened by different departments.

Dignitaries attending the event included Chairman of ADC, Churachandpur T Paukhanlian; Members from ADC; SP (Churachandpur) Amrita Sinha; DLOs, Army Officials, BSF Officials, Chiefs and Social Activists attended the grand Independence Day Celebration yesterday.

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Tengnoupal, August 16,

Hundreds of people today gathered to celebrate India’s 73rd Independence Day with outmost joy and fervour at the Tengnoupal Government High School Ground, Tengnoupal district.

Thounaojam Shyamkumar, Minister of Forest & Environment, Horticulture & Soil Conservation, MAHUD and Town Planning today unfurled the tricolour at the official function organised by the District Administration, Tengnoupal. He took salute from the marching contingents of different schools, Manipur Police, Manipur Rifles and 12 Assam Rifles.

Speaking at the function, Minister Shyamkumar said that we should be proud of our country as it is home to different communities and tribes following different religion. We are living in a secular and democratic country, he added.

Stating that the sacrifices made by our countrymen for India’s independence cannot be forgotten, he said we should always remember the sacrifices of the freedom fighters and we should be proud of the historic struggle of India’s independence. Truth and ahimsa (non-violence) practiced by the freedom fighters cannot be forgotten in the years to come.

Stating that all the people of the country must remain united so that no outside force can harm us, he said we should work for the development of the State and nation without any discrimination of caste, creed or culture in any part of the nation.

Urging the officials of the newly created district Tengnoupal to report regarding various problems and shortage of infrastructure to the State Government, he said the State Government is committed for overall development of the State.

He further said that all the people residing in the district are the sons and daughters of same mother. He concluded his speech by appealing to all the people to join hands so that peace, progress and overall development can be brought in the district without any division of caste, creed or culture.

At the function, the Minister also awarded officers from different departments for their commendable service. Saplings were presented to the dignitaries at the function provided by the Forest Department as part of the environment conservation effort.

The function was also attended by H. Rupachandra Singh, DC Tengnoupal, Th. Bikramjit Singh, SP Tengnoupal, officials from the different State departments and personnel of 12 Assam Rifles.


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Imphal, Aug16,

The District Administration of Thoubal celebrated the 73rd Independence Day of India at Mini-Secretariat Complex, Thoubal yesterday.
Education, Labour & Employment Minister Th. Radheshyam Singh, unfurled the national flag and received salutes given by 21 parade contingents.
Speaking on the occasion, Th. Radheshyam Singh stated that although we got independence physically for 72 years from British, we are facing problems for heath, for water, for our childrens’ education and many more sectors. In other words, we are not attained full independence in its real sense. The present Government is leaving no stone unturned for a   healthy society by taking up various schemes and programmes like CMHT, Go to village etc. Under CMHT, one can avail the benefit upto rupees two lakhs. The present government’s objective is to go with people hand in hand and bring development for all.
Every month, people can meet with the Chief Minister and share their sorrows on Meeyamgi numit. The Minister appealed for keeping trust to the government and its schemes and policies.   

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