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Arrested teachers and students will be released: CM

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Imphal, Oct. 16,

 Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that all the teachers and students arrested in connection with Manipur University issue will be released soon. An understanding had been brought between the Government and the six agitating student organisations in a marathon meeting held last night, he conveyed.                        
The Chief Minister was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of the 6th All Manipur Catholic Schools Biennial Games and Sports Meet, 2018 at Catholic School, Canchipur today.  
Expressing hope that normalcy would return in Manipur University soon, N. Biren Singh informed the gathering that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the State Government and the six agitating student bodies in a meeting that dragged on till 1:30 am of October 16.            
Stating that his Government is a people-oriented Government, the Chief Minister said that doors of the present Government is always kept open for dialogues and talks to resolve any issue.
Lauding the service rendered to the society by Catholic Educational Society, Manipur (CESM), Shri N. Biren Singh said that the CESM follows a distinctive educational philosophy and methodology which employ reason, loving kindness and religion as instruments of teaching. He said that the political community and the Church are autonomous and independent of each other in their own fields. Nevertheless, both are devoted to the personal vocation of man, he added.
There can be no education without dedication, the Chief Minister said while adding that it is this dedication which would bring success and happiness to the student community. It is also this dedication and sacrifice, which would condition the children for imbibing a culture of hard work, honesty and perseverance, he added.           
The Chief Minister said, “Remember, you are no more a missionary unless you bring change.”
The Chief Minister said that the present Government is investing to train the young citizens to become responsible human beings. He also urged CESM to walk extra mile to ensure that every child gets their due attention. He also exhorted the Society to teach children to appreciate the dignity of labour, love of history, culture and traditions, and respect for the elderly.
Maintaining that he believes in the power of the Priests and Nuns as agents of change in Manipur, the Chief Minister said that Priests and Nuns are generous group of people who are willing to work hard and sacrifice for the present and future generations.
Forest and Environment Minister Th. Shyamkumar, Public Health Engineering Minister Losii Dikho and Archbishop of Imphal, Rev. Dominic Lumon also attended the function as dignitaries.
Apart from hoisting the games flag and lighting the games flames, the Chief Minister also declared the sports meet open with the release of colourful balloons. He also received salute from different march past contingents of participating Catholic schools coming from different districts of the State.           
The sports meet is organised by Catholic Educational Society, Manipur, Archdiocese of Imphal, Manipur. 1882 students will compete in different competitions like football, basketball, volleyball, gospel, choreography, cultural dance and march-past in the sports meet that will conclude on October 19.

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