Saturday, 29 February 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Feb 29

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today seems to lose his control on seeing several grown trees planted at road median dried and death and some being uprooted by road construction workers in between Koirengei to Khabam on National Highway 2.

The trees were planted under the supervision of N. Biren Singh some 15 years back as a part of the Green Imphal Campaign when he was the Forest and Environment Minister of the Government of Manipur.

The black topping work in between Chingmeirong to Koirengei is being taken up by M/s Shivalaya Construction Private Ltd. while taking up the black topping work and construction of the Road median the grown up trees were left dried and some even uprooted. Chief Minister noticed the dried and uprooted tree while on his way for some personal purpose. The Chief Minister expressed anger to the over time consumption in the black topping work of the route beside losing control on seeing the grown up trees left dried and dead with some being uprooted .

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Imphal, Feb 29

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland [ NSCN-K] has claimed responsibility of the bomb blast  that took place at JKS Construction Complex at Khasim Village of Kakching Lamkhai on February 27 morning.

A statement by S.Hriipuni Vemai, Finance of NSCN-K  has appealed civil organisations to stay away  from the issue. It said that the action was taken up following failure of the JKS Company  to comply with the directive of their Government. The NSCN-K also warns of severe problems if the JKS Company fail to cooperate by challenging  the Government.

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Saturday, 29 February 2020 17:40

Thoubal Police arrested 1 person with WY

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Thoubal Feb.29

A team of Cdo Thoubal led by Sachidananda Soibam, ASP(Ops) Thoubal and Inspt. N. Sadananda Singh, OC Cdo Thoubal under the supervision of Dr. S. Ibomcha Singh, Superintendent of Police, Thoubal District arrested one youth viz Heigrujam Punshiba Singh (21) s/o (L) H. Shamungou Singh of Khongjom Sangaikhong along with 2 (two) packets containing 4000 numbers of WY tablets and 3 (three) caps i.e. @ 12 grams each all together 36 grams of Heroin No. 4 powder from Wangjing near YK College. The arrested person along with the seized articles are being handed over to Thoubal PS for further necessary legal action.

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Saturday, 29 February 2020 17:39

AMWJU members reach 367 numbers

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Imphal, Feb 29

Members of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) have reached 367 numbers after a special General Body Meeting held today approved 61 new members in addition to the 306 members recommended by AMWJU Membership Screening Committee. Following the recommendation the Special General Body Meeting of the AMWJU Membership Screening Committee have been dissolved today.

Regarding those applicants for membership but rejected by the committee due to lack of proper documents, the special general body meeting constituted a new Tribunal Committee to look into the matter. President of Editors’ Guild Manipur Khogendra Khomdram has been appointed as Chairman of the committee. The committee will submit report within March 1 to March 5.  

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Imphal, Feb 29

A one day awareness programme on Child Protection, Child Marriage and Adoption was held today at Sawombung Community hall today under the initiative of the Social Welfare department. This is the 2nd programme organised by the department and formed a Village Level Child Protection Committee (VLCPC) of Imphal East -1 CD block.

Today’s awareness programme was attended by Chongtham Indrani , District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) P Bimola , Adakshya Imphal East, Khumukcham Renuka, Block Development officer and Ningthoujam Dineshware  as dignitaries on the dais.

More Village Level Child Protection Committee (VLCPC) will be formed by the department.

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Saturday, 29 February 2020 17:37

Outreach programme on Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat

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Imphal Feb.29

A one day special outreach programme on Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat(EBSB) was organised at SK Women’s College, Nambol, Bishnupur District by the Field Outreach Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, Imphal today.
Dr. N. Joykumar Singh, Principal, SK Women’s College, Nambol, Bishnupur District presided over the event. Dr. Robindro, Nodal Officer, Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan and Dr. I Dinamani, Singh NSS Programme Officer of SK Women’s College, Nambol, Bishnupur District were the resource persons.
During the programme, the college authorities informed that the college have conducted video conference with Government Geetanjali Girl’s College, Bhopal and Government Sorojini Naidu Girl’s College, Bhopal for student exchange programmes under EBSB. The broad objectives, key activities between the paired States under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat was thoroughly discussed during the interaction programme with the students. As part of the programme, a quiz contest was also conducted and prizes along with certificates was distributed.

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Saturday, 29 February 2020 17:36

CM pays last respect to former MLA Danny Shaiza

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Imphal, Feb. 29

Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh visited the residence of former MLA of Ukhrul AC Danny Shaiza located at Nagaram, Imphal to pay his last respects to the former public leader, who died after a prolonged illness yesterday. Upon his arrival at the residence of the former leader, the Chief Minister placed a wreath on the departed leader’s body and later consoled the grieving family members.

Speaking to media persons, Chief Minister said that the State has lost a respectable leader who had a remarkable record of public service and good works. His contribution towards bringing unity among the people of the State will always be remembered by the people of the State.

The Chief Minister who was accompanied by Cabinet Ministers, public leaders, top civil and police officials, shared his deepest condolence with the bereaved family.

Mentioned may be made that Danny Shaiza was elected for three consecutive terms to the Manipur Legislative Assembly in 2000, 2002 and 2007 from Ukhrul Assembly Constituency. He is the son of former Chief Minister of Manipur Yangmaso Shaiza.

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Mumbai Feb 29

At least 350 fishermen and contract workers, from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and other states who had gone to Iran in search of employment, have been stranded there for the past few weeks due to the coronavirus scare.
The fishermen are from Valsad, Maroli, Kalgam, Dandi, Nargol and adjoining areas of Gujarat. They had gone to Iran in July-August on fishing contracts, under which they are hired by Iranian contractors to do fishing. They are also given some monetary benefits besides, regular wages.
Every year the Indian fishermen go to Iran and return after the fishing season is over. They are officially given temporary visa for “Bandar-e-Chiru” by Iranian authorities. Some fishermen go to Iran via Dubai. Similarly workers doing skilled as well unskilled jobs visit Iran for temporary duration.
On Thursday, the family members of the hundreds of fishermen complained and reached out to the authorities. Following this, the BJP MLA and Gujarat Minister of State for Forest and Tribal Welfare from Umbergaon (Valsad), Ramanlal Patkar, forwarded a letter to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), asking for help to rescue the stranded fishermen. In the mail sent to the MEA, he has stated that he spoke to the youngsters who are stuck in Iran as well.
In a video that has emerged from Iran, it shows that the fishermen standing in the middle of empty land and stating their grievances as well. They are stating that all of them are from Gujarat and Tamil Nadu and that they can’t get any flights out of the country. Since then, all flights have been cancelled.
In a telephonic conversation with IT, Patkar, said these fishermen are stuck at Bandar-e-Chiru of Hormozgan province in Iran and could not return to India as Iranian authorities have sealed the airports and not allowing people to go out of the country. Many of the stranded fishermen are from Umbargaon and other surrounding villages of Valsad. Umbergaon is located at about 152 kms from Mumbai, on Maharashtra-Gujarat border.
“While most of them are from Gujarat, some of them are also from other states, like Tamil Nadu. After getting a call from a stranded fisherman, I have written to Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar to make necessary arrangements to bring them back, as these fishermen are not allowed to go out of the country and airports are also sealed off,” he added.
In the meanwhile the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has also sought centre’s help to rescue fishermen stranded in Iran.

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Saturday, 29 February 2020 17:30

Sporting spirit and Yaosang Festival

The unmistakable hint of festivity is in the air as the state is gearing up to welcome the Holi or Yaoshang festival in right earnest. As always, the state will indulge in revelries and merry-making, play with colours and witness friendly competitions and contests in the “Yaoshang Sports” being organized in almost every local clubs. This is also the time for the youngsters to explore possibilities of a romantic relationship through the Thabal Chongba dance. The state will be in an induced state of celebration, cutting across religion, ethnicity, caste or community. This is indeed a very welcome change from the everyday tussles and feelings of distrust that has been permeating the society slowly yet surely. The festival of Yaoshang, with the fading custom of collecting any and every edible contributions from every household in the locality to arrange a small feast especially for the young ones on the first day of the festival will surely evoke fond memories of simple pleasures of yesteryears.
The emerging present trend of organizing sports meets across the state by the local clubs during the festival period is an ingenious means of initiating the naturally gifted young individuals to the reality of competitions. It also weans away a lot of the youths from the emerging dangerous trend of speeding and racing along the streets in their ever increasingly sophisticated and faster motorcycles during the festival. From all of these developments, a new possibility emerges- one which can revive the slow degradation and deterioration in the quality and quantity of sporting achievements in the state, and for that to happen, we all need to be prepared for the next big step. It is rightly said that the first step to successful introduction of a young mind to sports is to create an atmosphere of fun and success around it, and what better opportunity is there for us in the State than during the festive occasion of Yaoshang. A state-wide competition amongst the outstanding performers from each of the clubs could very well be the perfect boost to propel the enthusiastic athletes towards serious competition and a future in sports. For this to happen, the proactive involvement of the Government is a must.
Encouraging a sportsperson does not only mean monetary rewards and accolades after they have proved their mettle and excelled in their respective events. Encouragement and support should be from the grassroot level, when the aspiring athletes are struggling to find their feet and are at the most vulnerable stage of their sporting endeavour, both financially and psychologically. It is the crucial stage when a lot of aspiring sportspersons with potential and skill gave up for lack of financial and emotional support. A proper planning and integration of all the social clubs and sports associations can make this a reality. However one wishes to celebrate the festival, it must be borne in mind that our celebration should not interfere or restrict other’s right to enjoy the same festival. Maintaining the spirit of the occasion will ensure a delightful and memorable time. Imphaltimes wishes its readers a very happy, colourful, fun-filled, safe and responsible Yaoshang festival.

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