Wednesday, 21 August 2019 - Imphal Times
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:15

CM re-launches Manipur Heli Service

Imphal, Aug 21,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today re-launched the Manipur helicopter service connecting Imphal to Jiribam, Tamenglong and Moreh at Imphal International Airport.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that the present government decided to introduce Manipur Heli Service so as to ease out the hardships faced by the people living in the remote parts of the State. He continued that the Heli service will cater to the critical need of safe, fast and cheap means of transport for the people.
Chief Minister maintained that the government is also planning to introduce Helicopter service for the tourists which would offer sight seeing experience in the State. Under UDAN-2, the Ministry of Home Affairs has agreed to operate Manipur Heli Service connecting Imphal to Parbung and Thanlon soon, he added.
Stating that Imphal-Mandalay flight service would be started soon, Chief Minister said that the Ministry has agreed to hold a meeting with the flight operators to materialise the plans for the International flight service. Chief Minister said that the State government had urged the Centre to increase the number of flights from Imphal to various parts of the country. He maintained that Imphal-Dibrugarh flight service will be introduced soon.
Chief Minister announced that a new runway would be constructed soon in the Imphal International Airport. The tender process of the project amounting to around Rs 600 crores is almost complete, he added.
Highlighting the Manipur Heli Service, Chief Minister continued that the government has appointed M/S Global Vectra Helicorp Limited as service provider for the Manipur Heli Service for the period upto 31st March 2020. He said that BELL 412EP Helicopter with seating capacity of 8-10 passengers will be deployed for the service.
It may be mentioned that Manipur Heli Service under MHA Helicopter Service was earlier operated by service provider Pawan Hans Ltd.
Deputy Chief Minister, Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Commissioner (Transport), Director (Transport), Director (IPR), top civil and police officials attended the function.

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Dhaka, Aug 21

The 15th anniversary of the grenade attack on a rally of Awami League in front of its central office in Dhaka on August 21 in 2004 would be observed toady.
The ruling Awami League, its front and as sociate organisations, its left-leaning allies, and other political parties, social-cultural and professional bodies have chalked out elaborate programmes across the country to mark the day.
Twenty-four people, including late president Zillur Rahman’s wife Ivy Rahman, were killed and over 200 were injured in the grenade attack on the rally of the then main opposition Awami League on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004 during the tenure of Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance government.
Sheikh Hasina, Awami League president & present prime minister of Bangladesh, narrowly escaped the attack but the explosions caused her hearing damage.  
Awami League and its associate bodies would place wreaths at a makeshift altar in front of the party’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue at 9:00am today.
A discussion would be held at Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh at Farmgate at 4:00pm.
Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to chair the discussion.
Two cases, one for murder and another under Explosives Substances Act were filed on August 22, 2004.
The Criminal Investigation Department had arrested 20 people and allegedly forced Muhammad Jamal alias George Miah, Abul Hasem Rana and Shafiqul Islam to confess to the attack in 2005.
On October 10, 2018, the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 sentenced former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar, former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu and 17 others to death and acting BNP chairman Tarique Rahman and 18 others to life term jail and the rest 11 accused to varying jail terms in the grenade attack cases.
On November 27, 2018, the High Court Division received the two references of sentencing 19 persons to death in the cases.
Besides, all the 31 convicts who were detained in jail during the verdict filed appeals challenging the verdict.
Eighteen other convicts, including Tarique Rahman, were still absconding and could not file any appeal challenging the trial court verdict.

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Imphal, Aug. 21

Indian border town Moreh remains paralyze during the 48 hours bandh which begins from 5 am today morning. 

The bandh is called by the Hill Tribal Council (HTC), Kuki Women Union and Human Rights (KWU and HR), Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO), Moreh Youth Club (MYC) and All Moreh Traders Association (AMTA)  in protest against the alleged atrocities and hindrances meted out by 43 Assam Rifles, Moreh along Moreh gate no. 1 stating that this has led to common people leaving themselves out of work.

Almost all shops and business establishment in Moreh town including government offices were closed during the bandh. Large number of bandh supporters burnt tyres at various places including at the road near AR camp. Women folks confronted Assam Rifles troopers at many places. 

Road from Pallel to Moreh was also blocked by bandh supporters.

Earlier the civil bodies had warned serious disturbing agitation if no concrete solution fails to come up before the expiry of the bandh.

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Imphal Aug 21,

All India Youth Federation (AIYF) is all set to bring up the issue of the mysterious death of Babysana into a national one.

Speaking to media persons in a press meet held today at Irawat Bhawan National Vice President of AIYF Chingakham Sarat said that the issue where the truth about the death of Babysana hasn’t been revealed till now will be bought up into a national issue. 

He further said that he will brought up in the National Council Meeting which will be held on 26 August at Hyderabad to initiate the movement into a national one.

Pointing that the role of the government regarding the case of Babysana as unfortunate Sarat said that till now the government hasn’t delivered the truth about the death of Babysana whether it may be suicide or homicide.

He added that such incidents are not new in Manipur.

Highlighting about the day where media persons were not allowed he said that the masses were suspicious and added that something is fishy about the incident.

Sarat further claimed that all this lies in the hands of the people and added that the people should opt for good governance in times of election. 

The delaying nature of the investigation is very unfortunate, he added.

State Secretary Yengkhom Sexona along with Sarat will go to National Council from the state.

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Imphal Aug 21,

Relay hunger strike in protest against the death of Babysana continues at Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai Naharol Leishemba Club, Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai.

20 volunteers staged the hunger strike protest from 8 in the morning today.

Speaking to media persons Thangjam Aruna said that finding the truth about the death of Babysana will solve all the problems. The people have been suffering a lot for a long period of time, she added. 

She further said that only by delivering justice to Babysana will finish the movement.

Aruna said that even though the government headed by CM Biren assured that the case was handed over to CBI, no such reports was seen by the public.

She also said that finding out the truth regarding such cases of crimes is not a tough job for the investigator and added that all the movements and agitations by the public will be concluded if the truth was delivered to the public.

Meanwhile Students of DM college of Arts also organised poster campaign protesting against the death of Babysana today

Mutum Tennyson who is a student of DM Arts said to media persons that they have started the poster campaign today and will cover the places in and around DM campus. 

Pointing out that justice for Babysana is being denied he considered justice delayed is justice denied and added that even though government claimed to give justice they still didn’t find out the responsible for the death of Babysana till now.

Being a student they come out today demanding justice for Babysana as they could not sit idly as they considered her as fellow students.

He demanded justice for Babysana at the earliest.

Poster with slogan “Justice delayed is justice denied” were posted on the walls.

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Imphal, Aug 21,

Minister, CAF & PD, Revenue, Karam Shyam distributed appointment orders to 26 eligible candidates belonging to various categories of Grade - III and Grade - IV posts of Revenue Department under the die-in-harness scheme at his Old Secretariat office today.
Talking to media persons, Minister K Shyam assured that the present Government led by Chief Minister Shri N Biren takes due concern about the welfare activities and grievances of the public and today’s appointment to the die-in-harness candidates is one such noble step to solve their problem and ensure them of their deserving rights.
As part of the administrative machinery, we deeply acknowledge the pain and struggle of the deserving candidates who have struggled for almost 5-10 years for getting the much awaited appointment, he further noted.
Commissioner Revenue H Gyan Prakash, Joint Secretary Y Rajen, Undersecretary Ph Bhavananda Sharma, Section Officer M Gautam Singh,  CAF & PD  Director Ranjan Yumnam and other concerned officials participated in the press conference.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 17:53

Nature- the answer to global warming.

“I am Gorilla I am flowers, animals, I am nature. Man koko love. Earth koko love. But man stupid. Koko sorry … koko cry. Time hurry.. fix earth. Help earth.. hurry… protect earth..nature see you… thank you.”- a compelling videotaped message left by Koko, a captive and trained Gorilla who died last year at the age of forty seven with a communicative skill of more than two thousand spoken words in English and over a thousand signs.
Today, we no longer need an expert to explain the effects of climate change and the resulting global warming. Climate Change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly.
Described as the most important report ever published in the 30-year history of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and an “ear-splitting wake-up call to the world”, the new report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C made headline news around the world with its stark message that limiting warming to 1.5 °C would require unprecedented transitions in all aspects of society. The report stresses the huge benefits to human welfare, ecosystems and sustainable economic development in keeping warming to 1.5 °C compared to 2 °C, or higher. While previous estimates focused on estimating the damage if average temperatures were to rise by 2°C, this report shows that many of the adverse impacts of climate change will come at the 1.5°C mark.
The report also highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC, or more. For instance, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared with 2°C. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5°C, compared with at least once per decade with 2°C. Coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 1.5°C, whereas virtually all (> 99 percent) would be lost with 2ºC. The report underlines that we are already seeing the consequences of 1 °C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes.
Despite the overwhelming evidences and negative experiences of the consistently rising temperature, we have yet to see a sustainable, committed and concerted effort on the part of the government both at the national and state level to implement policies to counter the situation affecting the world without exception. While the problem is a global in nature, the solution should start at the grass root level, literally and figuratively. And the solution should start with finding the root cause of the problem, which differs with different region and way of life. It is therefore imperative that a thorough study is carried out to understand the ways in which the people in the state is damaging the environment and contributing to global warming and draw up policies and programs with its effective implementation to curb and hopefully reverse the situation.
One of the best ways to ensure effective implementation of the policies is to mobilize the public into contributing towards understanding and preserving nature and the environment, and a few passionate groups of people are making efforts to spread awareness of the importance of preserving the environment and appreciating the beauty of nature like Green Manipur and Lamkoi, to name just a few. It is only when one develops a connection with the natural environment and begin appreciating the beauty nature has to offer that the urge to protect and preserve it will automatically emerge. And there is no dearth of natural beauty in our state. We only need to create better infrastructure and improve facilities for exploring and utilizing these gifts of nature without damaging or altering the surroundings. The most prominent example of such a gift of nature is the Langol hill range which is being visited by numerous nature and fitness lovers daily as it is perfectly situated with the potential to be converted into a natural short hiking trail for the people of the state and even visitors looking for a short hike without going out to the far hills. There are also numerous places which can rival the most famous natural tourist destinations and hiking trails of the world. We only need to feel the connection with nature to start appreciating and think up ways to preserve it. the state government need to take these passionate nature enthusiasts into confidence and work with them at the grass root level to initiate positive change. It would be unacceptable and perhaps too late if we wait for another Koko to tell us that we have failed and destroyed mother nature. We have to tune in and sync up with nature and not the other way around to ensure our continued survival.

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Successful teachers are those that have the ability to maximize the learning potential of all students in their class. Developing positive relationship between a teacher and students is a fundamental aspect of quality teaching and student learning. Positive teacher-student relationship promote a sense of school belonging and encourage students to participate cooperatively. Students develop confidence to experiment and succeed in an environment where they are not restricted by the fear of failure. Teachers are able to assist students with motivation and goal setting, and students can turn to them for advice and guidance. As a parent, it’s important to understand how to develop positive teacher-student relationship, to know what to look for at his/her child’sschool. One of the significant aspect of teaching is establishing a strong relationship between teacher and students. The honest and good relationship is very important for child future success. If a teacher want to maintain the good relationship with his/her students, he/she needs to follow some educational tactics that contribute to establishing the relationship between teacher and students. Also it’s necessary to keep in mind that not every strategy will suitable for every students but there is a need to maintain strong bonding between students through giving the feeling of love, sincere atmosphere. According to SIMON, there is a responsibility of a teacher to effectively collaborate with the students and provide the better learning experience for them. It is included in the responsibility of the teacher to try to find different ways through which a teacher can actively engage with them as well as try to learn their behavior, what they like, in which activity they enjoy most and so on. According to VALENZUELA, teacher should create a sincerity and take interest in all students. If teacher adopt the advice of VALENZUELA then it means they need to learn more about students rather than teaching books.  The teaching method can also need to modify and design as per students need and its interest. Also while creating a curriculum, it should be kept in mind that what students like and what they want to learn more. If teachers don’t find out, they lose interest and teachers do not successfully engage students during lectures. It is required to adopt different teaching technique to provide unique learning experiences. According to NODDINGs, if curriculum and lectures are the mixtures of emotional intelligence and socially engaging activities then a strong relationship between teachers-students can be easily established. To develop a successful relationship between students-teachers, we should design such strategy through which all students engage and take part in classroom activities and learning. Also giving more importance to such students who are shy and quite are also played a vital role to establish a good relationship. Teacher should motivate such students in the class and take their feedback so that they feel important person in the class. Knowing all the students of a class by name (this can be possible by taking attendance, calling their names for few days)also help  to establish a good relation as students are happy because he/she thinks that he/she  is known by the teacher very well. This way teacher can make a successful relationship with the students.
     It is also required to remember that, teachers should not adopt abuse language in the classroom, this will ruin the good relationship between teachers and students. The key element for the successful relation, there is an element of respect between teacher and students. There is a difference between students respect a teacher with the bottom of heart and just respecting a teacher because a teacher is authorized at the higher level. Generous and humble behavior towards students from the teachers is also a key to establish a successful relationship with the students. It is also said that it is important to understand that students should treat teachers as a person with whom he/she can talk and share his/her feelings. According to NODDINGs, creating a proper relationship between teacher and students is highly possible by caring the students. Both teachers and students should have a shared responsibility, interest and sincerity. Teachers have different perceptions regarding kind of relationship with different students. Hence, those teachers perception regarding students is very significant for assessing student’s connection with their teachers. There are various benefits of executing a successful relationship between teacher and students as it can lead students to get success academically. With the positive attitude, a teacher can change the attitude towards willingness of doing different classroom task. Most importantly when the successful relationship between teacher and students establishedthen to grow academically, physically, spiritually and emotionally is sure to develop.
    Teachers play an important role in the trajectory of students throughout the formal schooling experiences. Although most research regarding teacher-students relationship investigate the elementary years of schooling, teachers have unique opportunity to support students’ academic and social development at all levels of schooling when teachers form positive bond with students, classrooms become supportive spaces in which students can engage in academically and socially productive ways. Positive teachers-students relationship are classified as having the presence of closeness, warmth and positivity. Students who have positive relationship with their teachers use them as a secure base from which they can explore the classroom and school setting both academically and socially, to take on academic challenges and work on social-emotional development. This includes, relationship with peers and developing self-esteem and self-concept. Through this secure relationship, students learnt about socially appropriate behaviors as well as academic expectations and how to achieve these expectations. Students in low-income schools can especially benefit from positive relationship with teachers. Students in higher poverty urban schools may benefit from positive teacher-students relationship even more than students in high –income schools, because of the risks associated with poverty. Risk outcomes associated with poverty include high rates of school dropout, lower rates of college applications, low self-efficacy and low self-confidence. However, question from many is that whether all these important aspects of positive teacher-students relationship exist in schools & colleges of Manipur or not? I think,not!!

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Imphal, Aug 21,

 Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly Khemchand Singh presented the Manipur State Award for Literature 2018-19 to the renowned author Rajkumar Bhubonsana. The prestigious Award was presented during an observation ceremony of Manipuri Language Day organised by Directorate of Language Planning & Implementation, Government of Manipur held yesterday at Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal.
Manipuri Language along with Konkani and Nepali were included in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution with the Constitution (Seventy-first Amendment) Act, 1992.
Delivering his speech as Chief Guest, Y. Khemchand recalled the contributions and work of early litterateurs of Manipuri Literature to the inclusion Manipur Language in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution on 20th August, 1992. Presentation of such Award in recognition of writer’s contribution to Manipuri Literature is important to preserve and promote the age-old literary work of the state, he added.
It may be mentioned that the Manipuri State Award for Literature was instituted by the Government of Manipur in 2008 to honour Manipuri writers and recognise their contributions to Manipuri Literature. The Award is given every year to the author of the most outstanding book, first published during the last five years. The Award includes a plaque, a citation, cash component of Rs. 3 lakh and a shawl. Rajkumar Bhubonsana has been chosen for the Award  in recognition for his poetry compendium titled “Kellaba Unasing” (Fallen Leaves) published on 2014.
During the function,  Y. Khemchand also launched some online books including Manipuri Version of important National Schemes, All Meetei Mayek Textbooks & Reference Books for BA Students (Semester I- IV) under MU and DMU and Online Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of Manipuri English.
Commissioner, Education(S), Government of Manipur T. Ranjit Singh attended the function as Guest of Honour. Many renowned writers and authors of Manipuri Literature were also seen at the function.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 17:48

Cervical Spine

By - Dr. Amitabh Gupta , HOD Neurosurgery , Batra Hospital, New Delhi

The cervical spine (neck region) consists of seven bones (C1-C7 vertebrae), which are separated from one another by intervertebral discs. These discs allow the spine to move freely and act as shock absorbers during activity.
Attached to the back of each vertebral body is an arch of bone that forms a continuous hollow longitudinal space, which runs the whole length of your back. This space, called the spinal canal, is the area through which the spinal cord and nerve bundles pass.
At each vertebral level, a pair of spinal nerves exit through small openings called foramina (one to the left and one to the right). These nerves serve the muscles, skin and tissues of the body and thus provide sensation and movement to all parts of the body. The delicate spinal cord and nerves are further supported by strong muscles and ligaments that are attached to the vertebrae.
Cervical disc disease
Neck pain may be caused by disc degeneration, narrowing of the spinal canal, arthritis, and, in rare cases, cancer or meningitis. For serious neck problems, a primary care physician and often a specialist, such as a neurosurgeon, should be consulted to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe treatment.
You should consult a neurosurgeon for neck pain if:
·    It occurs after an injury or blow to the head
·    Fever or headache accompanies the neck pain
·    Stiff neck prevents you from touching your chin to your chest
·    Pain shoots down one arm
Cervical stenosis
Cervical stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and is most frequently caused by aging. The discs in the spine that separate and cushion vertebrae may dry out. As a result, the space between the vertebrae shrinks, and the discs lose their ability to act as shock absorbers. At the same time, the bones and ligaments that make up the spine become less pliable and thicken. These changes result in a narrowing of the spinal canal. In addition, the degenerative changes associated with cervical stenosis can affect the vertebrae by contributing to the growth of bone spurs that compress the nerve roots. Mild stenosis can be treated conservatively for extended periods of time as long as the symptoms are restricted to neck pain. Severe stenosis requires referral to a neurosurgeon.
·    Neck or arm pain
·    Numbness and weakness in both hands
·    Unsteady gait when walking
·    Muscle spasms in the legs
·    Loss of coordination
Nonsurgical treatment is the first approach in patients with common neck pain not involving trauma. For example, many patients with cervical disc herniation improve with conservative treatment and time and do not require surgery. Conservative treatment includes pain medication, bed rest, reduction of physical activity, and physical therapy. Your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the pain or inflammation and muscle relaxants to allow time for healing to occur. An injection of corticosteroids may be used to temporarily relieve pain.

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