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MU in funding crisis as leadership is institutionally uncertain

IT News

Imphal, Aug 20,

Manipur University is landing in dire straits once more as the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) still is yet to appoint a regular Vice Chancellor after removal of Prof. AP Pandey.

On the Direction of the Manipur High Court, former Chief Secretary of the state Jarnail Singh had been appointed as Administrator of the University to act in the capacity of Vice Chancellor for time being and has been continuing till today. For reason best known to the authority UGC had stop releasing fund and the University is left with no choice but to take loan from State Bank of India.

As per source, a sum of rupees one crore (Rs. 1 Crore) was borrowed from the State Bank of India and the amount transferred to the University bank account at Bank of Baroda has been sanction for utilization by the Administrator on August 8. The sum of rupees one crore is being borrowed on the ground that the amount will be reimbursed after UGC releases fund for the University.

Source further said that Jarnail Singh, the Administrator acting as VC by the directives of the Manipur High Court has failed as the UGC does not want to invest when the tenure of his stay as VC is already numbered.

On the other hand, the sanction amount for utilization was carried out without getting any approval from any University Authority, the source added saying that University may face another deep financial crisis as the money for development of MU is feared spent during his stay.  

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MHRC recommends authority to provide psycho -Social care initiatives to 36 room inmate of Babysana

IT News

Imphal Aug 20,

Manipur Human Rights Commission has recommended the state government authority to provide psycho-social care initiative to 36 room inmates of Ningthoujam Babysana Chanu who was found dead inside the hostel of the Standard Robarth School on July 18. The Commission also recommended the state government and other concern authority for implementation of the State Child Rights Policy. The recommendation was directed after State Corordinator of the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights file a petition to the commission. As per the complainant the draft State Child Rights Policy was submitted to the Manipur Commission for Protection for Child Rights and later to the Department of Social welfare, Govt. of Manipur in 2017 by MARC and CRY.  

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Relay hunger strike continues;police disperse using smoke bombs

IT News

Imphal Aug 20,

The 2nd day for the relay hunger strike done by the JAC members protesting against the mysterious death of Babysana continues. Another 10 members of the JAC today staged the relay hunger strike at the Waiting shed opposite to Western gate of DM College at Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai. 

Around 1.30 in the afternoon police personnel dispersed the protester using smoke bombs saying that the area is under CrPC 144. 

Speaking to media persons a protestor identified as JAC member named Pishakmacha said that they still protest though they suffer a lot because they wanted to know the truth and to attain justice for Babysana.

She further questioned how 36 students living in the dormitory didn’t know when she died as even a small pinch makes a loud noise. 

Pointing out why people support the protest Pishakmacha said that the people find it very doubtful and mysterious on the way how she died and also they wanted the truth.

“We also wanted to stop the protest but all they (government) need to do is to find out the truth about the death of Babysana”, she added. 

She further urged the Chief Minister to help it out and find the culprit as the people are more like his sons and daughters. 

The employees and students of JCRE Skill Solutions also staged sit-in-protest together with the protestors of relay hunger strike.

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State Observes Sadbhavana Diwas; Thoubal police will be befittingly rewarded: CM

DIPR
Imphal, August 20,

As in other parts of the country, the State today observed Sadbhavana Diwas, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The State level function was held at 1st MR Banquet Hall with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh as the chief guest and functional president respectively.
Speaking at the occasion, N. Biren Singh expressed his Government’s strong commitment to carry on their campaign against drugs. Observing that drugs and heroin have the potential of destroying the whole generation, the Chief Minister maintained that there is need for putting in concerted efforts to root out drug menace for the future of the State.
N. Biren Singh also announced that the police team of Thoubal District, led by its SP Dr. S. Ibomcha, who recently busted a drug factory at Lilong and seized around 185 kg of heroin worth around Rs. 166 crore in the international market, would be rewarded befittingly as done in earlier cases. Stating that Imphal-Moreh highway is known to be a major route for drug trafficking, the Chief Minister also instructed DGP L.M. Khaute, who was present at the function, to lay an intelligence network in and around Moreh under a committed officer so that drug peddling from the border town to other parts of the State is prevented effectively.
During his speech, the Chief Minister also expressed serious concern over increasing rate of casualty in road accidents. In this regard, he directed the officials concerned to issue an order making helmets mandatory for two-wheeler drivers at the earliest. On the other hand, he also asked the police to launch a drive to remove ‘tints’ from the window glasses of four-wheelers. He said that criminals can elude from police eyes if they travel in the vehicles having tinted glasses.
The Chief Minister also instructed the officials concerned to speed up developmental works and implementation of welfare schemes. Informing that there are around pending 20,000 applications for old-aged pension scheme, the Chief Minister said that Rs. 5 crore had been earmarked in the budget for them. He instructed the officials of Social Welfare Department to enlist these applicants in the beneficiary list.
Regarding ‘School Fagathansi’ mission, the Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to complete necessary works like construction of required infrastructure, supply of furniture and equipment and posting of teachers within 45 days at least in some selected schools.
During his speech, the Chief Minister remembered late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s works towards bringing emotional oneness and harmony of all the people of India regardless of caste, region, religion or language.
Speaking at the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar said that Rajiv Gandhi had a firm belief that the country could not progress without harmony among people of different communities and religion. He always kept on bringing unity in diversity, the Deputy Chief Minister said.
Later, the Chief Minister administered Sadbhavana pledge to the gathering. Ministers, MLAs, top civil and police officers and Government employees also attended the function.

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CM distributes prizes for photo competition

DIPR
Imphal, August 20,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched his personal website, www.nbirensingh.com at a solemn function held at the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
The website contains Chief Minister’s profile, latest information, achievements, works, photo gallery and video gallery etc. The website also has a contact page wherein people may post their complaints and grievances to the Grievance Cell of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
Prizes for the Sangai Photo Festival Competition, 2018 held as part of the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2018 was also distributed by the Chief Minister at the function. Ksh. Devkumar, Okendro Sanasam and Soibam Pritam Singh won first, second and third prizes respectively while Rajkumar Nepolean got Special Mention prize. The Chief Minister handed over a commendation certificate each and Rs. 50,000, Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 20,000 to first, second and third prize winners respectively.
It may also be mentioned that Rs. 1 lakh had already been awarded earlier to Seyeicavi Suohu, Master-Class Grant winner of the competition.

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KSA storms at COHSEM 

IT News

Imphal Aug 20,

Volunteers of Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) today stormed the office of Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM) to derecognized Chingtam Foundation for Innovative Education for using fake patta.

Speaking to media persons Vice President of KSA Sukham Bidyananda said that the authority of Chingtam Foundation for Innovative Education, Yairipok uses fake documents of patta for the recognition of the school.

He added that several memorandum were also given to CM and Education Minister but were neglected by the authorities. 

Bidyananda also said that Chairman of the Council should resign from its post because of the irregularities and added that the Education Minister should also morally resign from his post also. 

He urged the government to give befitting punishment to those involved not to repeat such in the future.

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Meeteis in Tripura longing to learn making of traditional attires

IT News

Imphal Aug 19,

The Meeteis in Tripura has been following and conserving the cultures of the Meeteis despite living in another state by wearing the traditional attire during rituals and festivals. 

Most womenfolk wore Rani Phi, Wangkhei Phi, Moirang Phi and other traditional attires on auspicious occasions bought at high cost from the Nepalis.

“The economy of the Meeteis living in Tripura can be strengthened if expert weavers from Manipur teach the Meeteis of Tripura or if the Manipur Government initiate a free training program at Manipur or Tripura for making such dresses” suggested Nongthombam Kusum Singha who is the General Secretary of Chhechhuria Federation, Chhechhuria weaving training Centre Agartala while speaking to Imphal Times. 

Highlighting the centre, she stressed that the centre was funded by the World Bank under the Ministry of DoNER and NERLP and added that it was established in the year 2014 by the Meeteis and the Bengalis residing there. Speaking to Imphal Times she further said that poor people of the area especially the women were made self-employed through livestock farming and giving training on weaving thus generating their own economy. 

Two Weaving experts from Assam came and taught the women at the centre in weaving various types of clothes with patterns and designs in it, she added. 

Kusum further said that around 9 Meetei women were there at the centre learning weaving on the 9 looms. 

The Meeteis in Tripura have known how to weave simple clothes of the Meetei like Khudei and Phaneks and such clothes were also widely used by the Meeteis residing in Tripura, Kusum stressed. She continued that costlier and intricately designed clothes worn by the Meeteis like Wangkhei Phi, Rani Phi, Phige, Moirang Phi were beyond the skill of the weavers there and added that the Meeteis there longed to learn making such clothes.

She added that the Meetei women living in Tripura generate their income mainly from weaving and agricultural activities. 

Considering the plight of the Meeteis living in Tripura Kusum urged the government and all the Civil Society Organisations and also Organisations like SALAI and individuals who love the Meeteis to help in giving training to the Meetei women in weaving and preserving traditional dresses and costumes like Wangkhei Phi, Rani Phi, Phige, Moirang Phi and help in strengthening their economy.

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Doctors: soft scapegoats of a faulty health system?

A protest staged jointly by doctors and students of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) inside the campus against the summary suspension of a senior resident doctor once again brings to the fore the deplorable and much contradicted public health care system in the state. While it is still too early and beyond the scope of this paper to delve into the legal aspects of the unfortunate incident, it would not be out of place to state that doctors has been the target of revenge and rebuttal for as long as one would care to recollect. And while a loss of life is always an unfortunate and saddening experience, it would be wrong to put the blame squarely on the doctor or doctors attending to the patients without proper enquiry and investigation even if any foul play or accusations of negligence comes up.
Consider the statistics- according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report of 2017, in India, there is one government allopathic doctor for every 10,189 people, one government hospital bed for every 2,046 people and one state-run hospital for every 90,343 people. You don’t need an epidemic, however predictable, for the public health system to collapse. It is a matter of routine that patients share beds and doctors are overworked. India has a little over one million modern medicine (allopathy) doctors to treat its population of 1.3 billion people. Of these, only around 10% work in the public health sector, shows data from the National Health Profile 2017. Simply put, India doesn’t have enough hospitals, doctors, nurses and health workers, and since health is a state subject, disparities and inequities in the quality of care and access to health varies widely not just between states but also between urban and rural areas. Under the circumstances, it is not only understandable but also expected that the overworked and overstressed doctors and other hospital staffs working with inadequate infrastructure and facilities simply cannot cater to the needs and satisfaction of each and every sick and infirm.
Another social aspect of growing concern is the mob culture that has increasingly played havoc to the functioning of law and order in the state. Incidentally, Manipur has become the first state to take a serious step against increasing incidents of mob violence. Manipur Assembly passed ‘The Manipur Protection from Mob Violence Bill, 2018’ on December 21, The bill moved by Chief Minister N Biren Singh recommends rigorous life imprisonment for those involved in mob violence if it results in the death of a victim. And in addition to life imprisonment, the law also recommends a fine of Rs 5 lakh for those involved in mob lynching. Perpetrators may also face public humiliation through exclusion from public services and might be forced to leave his/her home without consent. The bill was introduced in the Assembly to curb increasing incidents of mob violence in the state. The Supreme Court has also condemned incidents of mob violence and lynching across the country and urged parliament to enact a law to deal with such incidents which threaten rule of law and the country’s social fabric. The court also issued a slew of directions to state governments, including preventive, remedial and punitive steps to deal with the crime. One can only hope that with stringent and timely implementation of such preventive laws and regulations much of the wanton destructions and social disturbances will be curbed.
Doctors, being humans will make mistakes and there is no denying the simple fact, more so given the stress and constant duress faced in their line of duty. There are procedures to be followed to determine the allegations and investigations to be carried out to establish facts. A summary suspension without presenting the opportunity to explain the situation and ground reality from their perspectives reduces the morality and self respect of the doctors and projects them in a light of doubtful professional efficiency and integrity. A more comprehensive investigation into the working conditions, restraints and constraints under which the doctors and other health workers in the state are performing their duties will shed more light into the overall condition of healthcare in the state and will hopefully shed light into ways to draw up a comprehensive and systematic policies to prevent any unfortunate and unwanted incidents in the future and stop presenting doctors as scapegoat for any and every unfortunate incidents, whether alleged or real. Death is inevitable and doctors should not be held accountable for every death, however unfortunate it always is.
Another area that needs immediate focus to alleviate health care system in the state is the improvement in quality of services in sub-centers (SCs), primary health center (PHCs) and Community Health Centers CHCs) with assignment of more fully operational first referral units (FRUs) of existing facilities (district hospitals, sub-divisional hospitals, CHCs) etc. National rural health mission, if efficiently implemented, can significantly improve and make positive changes in the overall health care system of the country and the state.

Training on Entrepreneurship & Skill Development Programme underway

DIPR
Imphal, August 20,

Training Programme on Entrepreneurship & Skill Development Programme on Essential Oils, Perfumery & Aromatherapy is being underway at MSME Technology Centre Imphal, Food Park, Nilakuthi, Imphal East, Manipur. The training programme was inaugurated yesterday and is sponsored by National SC/ST Hub, Ministry of MSME, Government of India under the aegis of Fragrance & Flavour Development Centre (FFDC), Kannauj and MSME Technology Centre Imphal, Ministry of MSME, Government of India. The training will be concluded on August 24.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the inaugural function, Th. Surendranath, Director, Manipur Science & Technology Council, said that to be a successful entrepreneur one has to have a creative and innovative mind. Productions of items by such entrepreneurs need to retain identity of their product through registration of the product. He further added that registration gives recognition of ownership of the product. Trademark, Patent, Copyright etc. are necessary to protect the rights of the owner, he added.
Dr. S. Yoirentomba Meetei, Project Co-ordinator, MSME Technology Centre Imphal, said that the training programme is to provide skill training to the entrepreneurs, belonging to SC/ST category having potential, to uplift their economic condition. The successful entrepreneurs in turn can provide employment to the unemployed youths, he added. The vision of MSME Technology Centre Imphal is to provide meaningful and purposeful training programme for the entire North-East, he further added.
The training conducted for the 2nd time for the SC/ST category has altogether 30 trainees. The training programme is organized mainly to enhance the technical skills of the youths who have the potential for running small scale industries. The training will focus on cultivation, processing, quality assurance and marketing of Medicinal & Aromatic plants and essential oils. It will also provide guidance to the trainees on availing financial assistance from the partner MSME financial Institutes after starting their business and the mode of earning income through their production.
M.S. Khaidem, Project Co-ordinator, Manipur Small Farmers’ Agri Businesss Consortium, Smt. Salle Ashuii Pao, Deputy Director, Khadi & Village Industries Commission, Imphal, Smt. L. Ibetombi Devi, Manager, National Small Industries Corporation Limited, Imphal and Shri T.N. Singh, Asstt. Director (Stats.), MSME DI, Imphal were present as presidium members of the inaugural function. The function was attended by the staffs of MSME Technology Centre and the trainees.

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Assam Rifles organises Photography workshop for school children

IGAR (South)
Imphal Aug 20,

Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organised a photography workshop for the students of Pole Star School, Patsoi, Imphal West District on yesterday.   
The workshop was aimed to provide a platform to children, to have an insight into basics of photography and interact directly with renowned professionals in the photography field.  
The Battalion organized the photography workshop by getting a renowned professional photographer namely, Mr. Rajesh. The photographer not only explained and taught the basic nuances of photography, but also shared his own real life experiences while learning photography.  
The photographer covered introduction to photography, its application, basics of camera operations, basic composition, rules including framing and camera angles. Mr Rajesh shared his insights on choosing a camera, lighting aspects, controlling shutter speed and exposure and various photographic functions. Though cautious about handling the cameras, the students had a good time experimenting and then posing with the various cameras.
Learning photography is a never ending process. From acquiring a new camera and going out for a shoot for the first time, the experience, and the photographs ensure that this is a hobby that gets really addictive. More than 120 students who underwent the photography workshop were delighted with the whole experience which made them more confident, inspired and motivated. They expressed their gratitude to the unit for organising the workshop at their school. This initiative of Assam Rifles not only encouraged students to take it up photography as a hobby but also motivated them to take it up as a profession.

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