Saturday, 17 August 2019 - Imphal Times


Imphal, Aug 17,

In what could be called as a historic move of the State Government, foundation stones for improvement of 60 Government schools under ‘School Fagathansi’ mission were laid at different places of the State today.  

The main function was held at the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat, where Chief Minister N. Biren Singh interacted with the dignitaries and officials present at seven different schools through video conferencing. During the interaction, he directed the School Fagathansi Mission Management Committees to work sincerely and ensure completion of improvement works within three months. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the State Government is giving serious thrust to improvement of education system of the State. He appealed to all the Government teachers to work with dedication, while stating that he has received information, though not confirmed, regarding sending substitutes by some teachers. He asked such teachers to immediately stop such malpractices if they are really indulging in it. Like in Manipur Police Department, he said, the State Government is in active consideration to install biometrics attendance machines in Government schools to ensure presence of teachers at their posting places. 

Biren Singh said that the State Government had taken up the initiative of ‘School Fagathansi’ mission to give a renewed thrust towards overall improvement of Government schools in terms of physical and manpower infrastructural gaps and also to increase in enrollment in the Government schools. 

He stressed that feedbacks gathered through his Government’s ‘Go to Village’ and ‘Go to Hills’ missions had been an important input for the Government to mend certain gaps and factors hindering development in the State. Economic condition of common people has not improved despite Government’s effort as they generally spend huge amount of money in their children’s education. As such, the Government decided to enhance the condition of Government schools by initiating the mission, he added.  

In his speech, N. Biren Singh also appreciated the Education Minister, Education (S) Department, teachers and general public for their efforts and cooperation in making the initiation a success. He also said that around 2200 teachers/Lecturers had applied for posting in the model schools selected each in all the 60 Assembly constituencies under the mission. 

He informed that adequate number of motivated and committed Lecturers/teachers would be posted in these model schools. Once a teacher is posted in these schools, he or she would stay there for at least 3 years, he said. Additional infrastructures like classrooms, decent school campus, sufficient school furniture, outdoor gymnasium, separate toilets for boys and girls, drinking water facilities among other basic standards as per the Right to Education norms will be provided at the schools, he added. 

He also expressed glad that most of the MLAs had shown willingness to contribute some portion of their Local Area Development Funds towards improvement of these schools. Meanwhile, a proposal for financial assistance had been submitted to the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) for infrastructure improvement of remaining around 2000 Government schools of the State as well, he added. 

It may be mentioned that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched the ‘School Fagathansi’ mission at a function held at Yumnam Huidrom Government High School, Wangoi in Imphal West District on January 18 this year. Under the mission one High or Higher Secondary School in each Assembly Constituency was selected in the first phase. The schools shall have classes from Pre-Primary to Class X or Class XII, except in nine schools. Enrollment in Government schools is targeted to increase from 26,000 at present to around 44,000 in the next academic session.

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 18:22

Boy injured in collapse of school

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Imphal, Aug 17,

While the government of Manipur is on a mission to improve 60 government schools in the state, a boy was badly injured when a school construction site collapsed yesterday evening at Laphupat Tera Mayai Leikai.

The State government today laid foundation for improvement of the 60 government schools under its School Fagathansi Mission. The school was constructed with SAA funds recently. The local people at Laphupat Tera Mayai Leikai had already cautioned that the school was constructed without maintaining any proper quality and had stopped the construction of the school.

The walls collapsed when a boy was playing at the premises of the construction site of the school. The boy was immediately taken to RIMS Hospital and was furthered referred to JNIMS Hospital.

Students’ Union of Kangleipak (SUK) urged that the construction of the school should be stopped immediately. It should be found out who is responsible for the construction and how it was constructed without maintaining any quality. President SUK said that the boy who is now injured, due to the negligence of those who are responsible for the construction of the school, should be given compensation for the treatment he is undergoing now.

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 18:19

Imphal saw mass sit-in-protest for Babysana

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Imphal Aug 17,

Imphal valley areas witnessed mass sit-in-protest demanding justice for Babysana today.

As almost all the Meira Paibis of every locality (Leikai)  staged sit-in demonstration; every community hall in and around the Imphal valley was filled with women in white clothes staging sit-in-protest to hasten the investigation and to deliver justice to Babysana who died in her boarding dormitory in a mysterious circumstances and also to release the arrested JAC members.

Khwairamband market, Paona market, Thangal market were all shut down for the day and the women vendors of Ema keithel staged sit-in-protest for Babysana. The protest at Khwairamband market was jointly organised by Khwairamband Keithel Nupi Semgat Sagat Lup and Khwairamband Keithel Nupi Sinfam Amadi Saktam Kanba Lup.

General Secretary of Khwairamband Keithel Nupi Semgat Sagat Lup Thingujam Ongbi Rani condemned the government for not finding the truth about the death of Babysana till now as a month has passed since her death. She said that the people don’t believe the claims from the investigators where Babysana died due to suicide.

How such a minor girl have the intention of suicide, Rani added. She further urged the government to hasten the investigation and let the people know the truth about the death of Babysana and added to give befitting punishment to the person responsible for the death of Babysana.

Rani also said that the mothers of the three Ema keithel will support all the steps taken up by the JAC for delivering justice to Babysana.

Meanwhile, a minor confrontation occurred between students of Imphal College as they tried to stage a rally in connection with the protest for justice for Babysana. Police fired Tear gas to disperse the students.

The irate students retaliated by pelting stones towards the police. A journalist was injured after he was hit by a stones.

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Imphal, Aug 17,

Thoubal district police team along with the assistance of ANJUMAN volunteers today busted a brown Sugar Factory run at the residence of Moijingmayum Md. Muhammed at Moijing Awang Leikai near Community Hall.

The police team of Thoubal district seized around 184.644 kgs of suspected Heroine brown Sugar. Various items used in the manufacturing of heroin brown sugar including suspected Ammonium Chloride, lime equipments and tools were recovered from the factory. 

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Imphal, Aug 17,

Jawaharlal Institute of Medical Sciences-Teacher Association (JNIMS-TA) has condemned the suspension of Dr. T Nimmi calling it “arbitrary and unjust” and demanded the revocation of the suspension order, in a special emergency general body meeting of the teacher’s association on August 16. The TA demanded the inquiry which started on August 14 on the matter must be completed within ten days and revoke the suspension order. The TA threatens to intensify the agitation after August 24 if the suspension order of  Dr.Nimmi has not been revoked.
The association begin their protest wearing black badges today. It has decided to take mass casual leave on August 19 in solidarity with Dr. Nimmi, except those who in emergency, ICU, ICCU, SICU, NICU and Ward Patients service. The teacher’s body has stated that “members of TA, JNIMS feels insecure working in such an unfavorable environment and not ready to sacrifice a doctor every time a patient dies in the institution.”
TA Vice President, Dr. Th. Opendro said that the hasty suspension order was given under the “influence of a section of people with vested interest without any enquiry.”  The association also accepted the resignation of its president in the special meeting of the teachers.

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Imphal, Aug 17,

Works Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh also laid the foundation stone for school improvement of the Eastern Ideal High School, Akampat under the School Fagathansi Mission which is being launched i n all the 60 Assembly Constituencies simultaneously.  
Addressing the gathering, Bishwajit stressed on the role of teachers in moulding the students. He said teachers need to work harder to provide their students a better future and consider them as their own children. Teachers are immortal in the sense that they will be remembered by their students long after they are gone, and as such they should also act responsibly, he added.
Both the guardians and the teachers have important roles in bringing up a child, he said adding that children are the pillars of our society. Biswajit also said that today we can get proper and quality education in the government schools. Children can get free education including uniforms, textbooks, etc. from the government schools, he added.
He added that books and syllabus are not different for the government and private schools; however, the only difference is in how the teachers associate with their students and how much hard working the students are.
Education, he said, is the only way to fight poverty. Our society will be resourceful if we can improve our human resource, he said, adding that a resourceful society will be a developed society. Education alone can also bring an end to the problem of unemployment and bring development, he added.
Speaking to the students present, the Minister encouraged them to work harder and become successful in their lives.
Biswajit also urged the teachers to take out a short pant of time from their regular classes to narrate stories of great personalities to their students to inspire them.
He lauded the initiative of the staff and teachers of the school to conserve rain water in the school campus.
Speaking on the occasion, AI of Schools ZEO, Zone II Shri L.Shyamchand Singh sought cooperation from the locals in improving the condition of the school. He also encouraged the teachers to work harder and consider students as their own child.
Head Mistress, Easter Ideal High School, W.Jyotsana expressed the grievances faced in their effort to improve the condition of the school. She said that the school has faced damages during the 2017 cyclone.
Expressing hope that the school will improve manifold under the mission, she showed gratitude to the government for selecting their school for the mission.
It may be mention that the Mission is being launched with the aim to improve government schools both in physical and manpower infrastructure and develop the selected schools (one each from the 60 assembly constituencies) into Model Schools.

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Jiribam, Aug 17,

Labourers of FCI, FSD Jiribam has begun cease work strike by staging sit-in-protest at Jiribam Rail Head since yesterday morning.

The labourers are demanding increase of charges for unloading and loading of rice bags and began their agitation since August 13. Earlier the labourers had staged a rally.

At present the wage for loading and unloading of 50kg rice bags at FCI Jiribam is Rs 2, which they feel is antiquated.

They have been demanding to increase their wage to Rs 6 for loading and unloading per 50kg rice bags. The labourers also denied to accept July 2019 wage.

“Due to no positive response from the handling contractor M/S Mathai Enterprises, we will continue our agitation with a sit-in-protest and cease work which will be followed by vigorous agitations from various other FCI depots of Manipur”, a representative of the CAF&PD Labourers’ Welfare Association, which is spearheading the agitation said.  

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The greatest tragedy of our society, as it turned out, is the inconceivable reluctance to embrace change and accept the realities of life. What made it worse is the fact that there is an ever-present expectant air of anarchistic freedom. Perhaps, the public have got so attuned to the protracted disturbances and social unrest at a subconscious level that we have now come to accept these frequent social unrest and flare-ups as a way of life. There is no other plausible explanation for the innumerable acts of wanton violence and irrational destruction which apparently provides sadistic pleasures to the rapidly growing rank of perpetrators. The underlying current of uncertainty and uneasiness that has pervaded our society, even at the best of times, speaks more for the situation we all have come to experience and abhor, but have been forced to endure. One of the most affected section of the society during the present social flare-up, or any social unrest for that matter, has been the student community. One would be hard pressed to come up with a single year without the disturbances and interruptions in their academic activities. With such protracted disruptions year after year, do we now have the right to expect the students to perform to their optimum and to compete with students from the rest of the country and come up trumps? Don’t we at least owe them the responsibility to shield and protect them from influences and disruptions which take them away from their main priorities- to acquire and assimilate knowledge which will help them achieve their dreams and help in changing the society for the better?
The social tension erupted in the aftermath of the death of a 14 years old girl in a suspicious way inside her hostel room at Standard Robarth School, even though sounds for justice of a students, now I becoming a threat to thousands of students. The trust deficit towards the law enforcing agency of the state is one reason for the current fiasco. If the present regime fails to believe that ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ than the condition of our future is at stake.
We need to provide the future of the state, an atmosphere free of apprehensions and tensions- an ambience conducive to development of knowledge and progressive thinking.
Students, especially those who are below 10 standard should not be made to indulge in agitations and protests, except under extreme circumstances when absolutely required. We have been increasingly witnessing the participation of very young students, some as young as primary level, either voluntarily or through coercion, in various demonstrations, protests and agitations. They need to be made to understand their priorities and be provided with enough space and support to realize their full potential. And contrary to popular argument, home schooling in the state is a concept whose time is yet to come. For now, schools remain the only practical option for imparting knowledge and teaching social interaction skills to the impressionable young minds.
While it was announced that there is no objection or opposition to reopening of schools by any group, organizations or students’ bodies, yet the school authorities are wary of resuming classes, lest some self-proclaimed crusaders of the people comes along and mete out instant justice which would invariably involve vandalizing and destroying the school properties.
Meanwhile, the students of Standard Robarth Hr. Secondary School are losing out on valuable time and opportunities. It has however opened yesterday but it would be the most prudent move for us all if we can ensure a disturbance-free atmosphere for the students in the state.
We owe at least that much to ourselves and to the future of the state.

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Imphal,August, 16,

Art & Culture Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh today handed over Cheques Amounting Rs. 57,50000 (fifty seven lakhs and fifty thousand)  to five ADCs of the state. The autonomous district councils includeChandel, Churachandpur, Ukhrul, Tamenglong and Senapati. The cheques were distributed under the Art & Culture Department, Government of Manipur in the presence of the media persons at the conference hall of the minister at old Secretariat Complex.
Speaking at the occasion Minister Jayantakumar said that the government is committed to develop and promote art & cultural activities of the state which is indigenous in nature. He said that despite financial constraints of the state the art and culture department is initiating all possible measures to boost the rich art and culture of the state. Each autonomous districts received two different chequesbearing a value of Rs.7,00,000/- (Seven lakh) and Rs. 4,50000 (four lakh fifty thousand) respectively. Rs. 7,00,000/- (Seven lakh) is meant for development of District Library and Rs. 4,50000 (four lakh fifty thousand) is meant for development of indigenous form of art and culture, minister added. The amount is released for the year 20018-19.Minister also assured to increase the amount in the coming years.
Director Art & Culture, A. Shivdas Sharma, Joint Director, ShriKesorjit Singh, representatives and officials from ADCs were also present at the occasion.

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Imphal Aug 17,

Assam Rifles to commemorate the 73rd Independence Day celebrations, witnessed a range of activities at various locations in Manipur under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) on 15th August 2019.             
The 73rd Independence Day was celebrated by the units of 9 Sector Assam Rifles at the Sector Headquarters, all Battalion Headquarters and Company Operating Bases with the locals and the school children. The celebrations included hoisting of the National Flag, playing of the National Anthem, conduct of cultural programmes, games and competitions.  The 73rd Independence Day was also celebrated with much fanfare in Ukhrul where a total of 44 contingents including Army Veterans, Police, Manipur Rifles, NCC and School students marched on the tune of Somsai Battalion Assam Rifles band. The participation and enthusiasm shown while hoisting the national flag setup a patriotic backdrop to the Independence Day parade. Inspite of the rain and cloudy weather thousands of locals came to witness the parade. Nothing could deter the spirits of both the participants and the spectators. Kendriya Vidyalaya Ukhrul secured the first position and was adjudged the best marching contingent.  
Somsai Battalion of 10 Sector Assam Riflfes organised various functions for the youth at Poi, a remote village near Indo-Myanmar border to include painting competition and sports events. The celebrations began with the flag hoisting and singing of National Anthem. The painting competition was organised on the theme of ‘Independent India’. The young children participated with full zeal and enthusiasm. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by the young talent. It was followed by prize distribution and culminated with refreshments for the students. In addition, a volleyball match was played between the local youth club and Assam Rifles soldiers of Poi post. The villagers expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the genuine efforts of Assam Rifles in reinforcing the spirit of national integration.              
Moltuk Battalion celebrated 73rd Independence Day at their Battalion headquarters and at all Company Operating Bases in remembrance of the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters, in which the locals and school children participated with lots of enthusiasm and zeal. Games and competitions to include drawing and painting competition were also organised for the school children and youth who had attended the function. The day also saw enthusiastic participation from everyone and provided an opportunity to interact with the locals, spread awareness about security forces and generated a sense of patriotism amongst all attendees. The endeavour of Moltuk Battalion in promoting peace and harmony in the region was appreciated by all.  
Churachandpur Sector Assam Rifles commemorated the 73rd Independence Day with great zeal and enthusiasm across all headquarters and operating bases in the districts of Churachandpur and Pherzwal. The celebrations involved wide range of activities to include flag hoisting, wreath laying, motivational lectures in schools, interaction with ex servicemen and the families of martyrs etc. The main ceremony was organised at Churachandpur Sector Assam Rifles wherein the Sector Commander paid homage to the martyrs and their sacrifices in the form of a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial. Later, the Commander also interacted with over 50 Ex-serviceman and their families to understand their concerns while assuring all necessary measures to ameliorate the same.         
On the occasion of Independence Day, Deputy Commissioner, Pherzawl hoisted the flag in District Level Independence Day 2019 celebrations in which Aina Battalion provided significant support. March past by the school students on the tune of Assam Rifles anthem and National Anthem played by Assam Rifles band was able to instill the feeling of patriotism among the civil dignitaries as well as the youth and school students. In the end Deputy Commissioner culminated the event giving vote of thanks to Assam Rifles for their unflinching support to local people of the area. This collaborated effort of civil dignitaries and Assam Rifles on Independence Day Celebrations again proved Assam Rifles to be the True Friends of North East.
Sajik Battalion organised a series of events to commemorate 73rd Independence Day. Flag hosting and distribution of sweets was conducted at all Company Operating Bases of the Unit, which was attended by large number of locals with lots of enthusiasm and zeal. The celebrations began by hoisting the National Flag followed by the release of a video showcasing the unflinching nationalism of people of Sajik Valley in synchronizing with the spirit of one nation. Subsequently, inauguration of Ex-Servicemen Facilitation Centre was done to provide single window assistance to all Ex-Servicemen of the area. The program concluded with jointly planting the saplings, emphasising the bonhomie between Assam Rifles and local population and their united effort for conserving the environment. In order to promote healthy motherhood, the Unit Hospital conducted the Antenatal Camp in coordination with civil PHC staff. This included medical examination and interactive sessions to educate young mothers. The positivity and nationalism created by the event will certainly usher the area towards peace and has forged irreversible bonds between the locals and the Assam Rifles.  
The 73rd Independence Day was also celebrated at Sehlon Battalion headquarters as well as in all their company operating bases. It was celebrated by all ranks of this unit with great zeal and enthusiasm with villagers of the remote Samtal Salient. The celebration started with hoisting of national flag and singing of national anthem with full enthusiasm and a message of bon-homie, freedom and friendship was shared under the national flag which further cemented the bond between the villagers and troops. A total of 150 villagers of the region participated in this auspicious occasion. The aspirations of the locals are being fulfilled by the Samaritan deeds of Sehlon Battalion where the entire population of the Samtal Salient is part of nation’s inclusive growth. The celebrations culminated with traditional lunch organised by Sehlon battalion for the entire attendees. To celebrate 73rd Independence Day and amalgamate the local population in the celebration, Joupi Battalion also organized a two-day Volleyball competition with effect from 14 to 15 August 2019. A total of 10 boy’s team including team of Joupi Battalion Assam Rifles and 06 girl’s team from as many nearby villages participated in the tournament with an exemplary zeal and fervour. The competition culminated with the team of Joupi Battalion and Hollengjang village declared winner and runner up respectively in the boy’s category. In girl’s category, the team of village Saibol Joupi and village Joupi were declared winner and runner up respectively. The prize distribution ceremony was carried out to felicitate all the participating teams. A total of 100 boys and 60 girls participated in the competition while hundreds of local people witnessed the competition over a period of two days. The competition was well received by the local population wherein all the village Chiefs and population expressed their gratitude.    

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