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Items filtered by date: Thursday, 22 October 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Indices of life

The world over, with advancements made in various spheres encompassing the whole spectrum of life be it social, technological, economic, political, educational, health and medicine or arts and culture; traditional measures of different aspects of life- both personal and social- have come up short of truly expressing the changes and the factors effecting those changes. In today’s evolved world characterized by heightened awareness of one’s surroundings and social implications, increasing attempts are being made to measure and analyse different aspects of life in order to create as perfect a society as humanly possible. Social thinkers, psychologists and analysts, and even concerned heads of states have come up with different yardsticks to try and uncover the real situation and the reasons behind it. Indices such as The Satisfaction with Life Index, created by Adrian G. White, an analytic social psychologist at the University of Leicester, using data from a metestudy is an attempt to show life satisfaction in different nations by calculating subjective well being which correlates most strongly with health, wealth and access to basic education. Gross National Happiness (GNH) is a phrase coined in 1972 by Bhutan’s fourth Dragon King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. It represents a commitment to building an economy that would serve Bhutan’s culture based on Buddhist spiritual values broadly categorized under four heads: Sustainable development, Preservation and promotion of cultural values, Conservation of the natural environment and Establishment of good governance instead of western material development gauged by gross domestic product (GDP). The GNH concept has inspired a modern political happiness movement. Through the contribution of several scholars from around the globe, economists and politicians, the concept evolved into a socioeconomic development model, and in July 2011, the United Nations passed Resolution 65/309, that was adopted unanimously by the General Assembly in July 2011 placing “happiness” on the global development agenda. Another set of criteria, The Social Progress Index published by the nonprofit Social Progress Imperative measures the extent to which countries provide for the social and environmental needs of their citizens and the well-being of a society by observing social and environmental outcomes directly rather than the economic factors. The social and environmental factors include wellness (including health, shelter and sanitation), equality, inclusion, sustainability and personal freedom and safety.

Our part of the world has evidently not started warming up to these concerns that promulgate the holistic development and progress of life. Right now, we are still struggling to make do each passing day without having to have our vehicles and belongings stolen or snatched, standing in serpentine queues to avail services rendered with grudging incompetence, running after officials to expedite routine work as favours, keeping ourselves and our family safe from the violent whims of the state security, the volatile mob and the swarming vigilantes.
Quantity of like still takes precedence over quality of life. It is high time to burst the bubble of self-accorded greatness as a collective society and embrace the reality. The rest, as is often said, is bound to follow.

Mob vandalise drug peddler’s houses at Sangaiyumpham Mairel Khul

Locals of Sangaiyumpham Mairel Khul area in Thoubal district vandalise houses of six drug peddlers early today morning. A drug peddler who allegedly fired towards the locals was beaten black and blues by the irate mob. The drug peddler has been identified as Aribam Sher Khan (30 years) son of A. Kayamuddin of Sangaiyumpham Mairel Khul. A police team which rushed to the spot rescued the drug peddlers from the clutch of the angry locals. He was immediately evacuated to a hospital in Imphal by the police team.
Report said, two drug users were caught red handed last night while stealing a sum of rupees 25,000/- and rice bags from a shop belonging to one Md. Azuruddin at Sangaiyumpham Keithel. The two thieves have been identified as Aribam Abo (45) and Md. Azad (30) of the same village. On being questioned about the drug peddlers who were supplying drugs to them, the two reportedly name six persons.
Early today morning large number of people from Sangaiyumpham area under the aegis of Anjuman Sangaiyumpham, Meira Paibis and club members today throng to the residence of one Aribam Sherkhan whom the two drug users identified as drug peddler. Before the large number of people called out the person he allegedly fired rounds of gun shots towards the locals. No one was injured. Later, the mob chased him and thrashed him black and blues. A team of police which reached the spot on time rescued the drug peddler from the clutch of the irate mob.

Later, the locals went to the residence of the five other drug peddlers and vandalise their houses. The five drug peddlers have been identified as Miss Binatoon, wife of (l) Nazir Ahmad, Miss Noorjan (28 years) wife of Sabir Khan, Miss Nooda (28years) wife of Maffizuddin, Md. Meino (45 years), son of  (late) Mani and Md. Ibocha, son of (late) Raffi of the same locality.
Later in the afternoon, a public meeting held at Sangaiyumpham Mairel Khul resolved to drive out the six drug peddlers from the locality. The meeting also resolved to do the same with anybody of the area found providing them shelter.

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Indefinite bandh crippled normalcy at Wangoo area

The indefinite bandh called by the JAC jointly formed by the Moirang, Wangoo, Kumbi, Keibul,Sandhong, Napat Diesel Auto and Magic Welfare Association against the deplorable road condition of Wangoo to Moirang enters 2nd day today. Normal life continues to be crippled today freezing all commercial and business sectors of the area in Bishenpur district. People came out in large number in support of the bandh called demanding immediate repairing of the road stretch.

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Bamboo conference highlights the significance of Bamboo in Manipuri life

The First International Bamboo Conference cum Workshop (IBCCW-2015) jointly organized by Oriental College (Autonomous), Salai Holding Pvt. Ltd and Bamboo Forum of India Dev Bamboo Industry & CREDO, Manipur has been inaugurated at the auditorium of Oriental College (Autonomous), Takyel, Imphal today.
Govindas Konthoujam, Minister, Commerce and Industries, A.K Mirabai Devi, Minister, Social Welfare and Cooperation and Prof. H Tombi Singh, Chairman, Governing Body (Oriental College) also Former Vice-Chancellor of MU attended as dignitaries in the inaugural function.
Speaking in the function, A.K Mirabai Devi, Minister, Social Welfare and Cooperation said that bamboo is associated with the people of Manipur from birth to death as bamboo is easily available to us.
Bamboo has many roles and from the opinion of experts, the dangers posed by climate change can be controlled by a global propagation of bamboo, she added.
Manipur is globally known for its field of games and sports activities as well as handloom and handicraft which have their origin out of a skilful use of bamboo.
Some decades back most of the items of daily use on the state were made out of bamboo. Looking through this matter, a close revival of these items is needed and through mass production, these items made from bamboo can be made available cheaply.
Bamboo plays an important role in providing lots of food items mainly Soibum or fermented bamboo shoot which is the local delicacy and if efforts are channeled into it, it can be a base for industry in the state, she added. Unemployed youths of Manipur can employ themselves profitably if they are able to exploit the latent potentialities of bamboo.
The responsibility of turning Manipur into a bamboo manufacturing hub lies with the people of our state and the State Government has the potential of creating Bamboo tourism, she added.
Govindas Konthoujam, Minister, Commerce and Industries said that the state Government are looking forward to produce the product of bamboo and made available in the most possible way.
67% of bamboo grows in the North-East states of India. Most of the bamboo of North East grows in the jungle. 1/3 land of Manipur are covered by bamboo, he added.
He further said that economic growth of the state can be increased if the product of bamboo can be supplied globally.
Countries like China and Japan has already shown interest in the product of Bamboo and has a high demand of Soibum or fermented bamboo shoot, he added.
Foreign delegates were also present at today’s’ function. Some of the foreign delegates took part at the workshop. Around 60 stalls of different varieties of bamboos, product of bamboos, handloom and handicraft, etc are taking part at the workshop.

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National Sanitation Campaign at Chandel

Letmang Haokip
Chandel, Oct. 22: As a part of National Sanitation campaign 2015, District Water & Sanitation Committee (DSWC)/Public Health & Engineering (PHE), Chandel Division in associated with Chandel District Private Schools Association organized an Essay Writing and Painting Competition at Koinonia Training School, Hnahringkhu Village today.
Altogether 150 school students from different schools located in the District Headquarters took part in the Essay writing and painting competition conducted under the theme “Promoting the use of safe water and improved sanitation in schools”.
Later on, demonstration of the methods for proper Hand washing  was also held in which Ts. Kanlun Anal, Member 13-Vomku District Council Constituency handed over hand washing materials to the participating schools. Briefing the media persons, Jameson Bungdon, District Co-ordinator of DWSC told that the competition was held as a part of observing the National Sanitation Campaign 2015 under the theme “Promoting the use of safe water and improved Sanitation in Schools”.
And it was organized in schools to promote the value of sanitation among the young students, he added.
He also maintained that it is important to provide awareness to the student on personal hygiene so that they can maintain personal hygiene.

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One KCP(N) cadre held

Troops of Jwalamukhi Battalion of Senapati Brigade under Red Shield Division apprehended an active cadre of KCP(Noyan) from Mayang Langjing village of Imphal West district in an operation carried out on October 20. The individual was identified as Inao alias Jiten, age 46 years, s/o Lal Mani, resident of village Khagempali Hudrom Leikai, Imphal West (Manipur). He was apprehended alongwith a demand letter of KCP, one Mobile and two SIM cards. He has been reportedly involved in extorting money and nefarious activities. The cadre was handed over to Police for further investigations.

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Consultative meet on climate change and indigenous peoples’ rights held

Centre for Research and Advocacy-Manipur, Mapithel Dam Affected Villagers Organization and North East Dialogue Forum jointly organized a one day consultation program on Climate change and Indigenous people’s rights in Manipur” at Manipur press club today.
Environment activist, Jiten Yumnam in his key note speech expressed concern over the aggressive pursuance of unsustainable development processes, mega dam, other extractive industries, large scale projects in Manipur, which led to destruction of forest, agriculture land, while deepening climate crisis and impacts on indigenous peoples’ rights. He expressed concern with the false climate change solutions pursued in Manipur. 
He further added that the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation is striving to seek carbon credits and profits from its controversial 105 MW Loktak Hydroelectric Project in Manipur from the CDM mechanism of UNFCC, despite the lack of accountability and destroying of more than 80,000 acres of agricultural land.  Chairman of Mapithel Dam Affected Villager’s Organization, Dominic Kashung, secretary of All Loktak Lake Areas Fisherman union Oinam Rajen, President of Centre for Organization Research and Education, Dr.Debabrata Roy Laifungbam, chairman of Committee on Human Rights, Phulindro Konsam attended the consultative meet as resource persons.
A documentary film on Mapithel Dam called “Wall of Injustice” was also screen as a part of the consultative meet.

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AR Organises Health Camp

12 BIHAR of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organised a nutrition and health camp for young boxers and athletes of Nambol Area yesterday. The one day camp took place at Nambol in Bishnupur district. The camp started early morning of 21 Oct 2015 with power fitness capsule. Then, after a break, a lecture was held for the athletes on importance of nutrition and diet planning. The young athletes were motivated by the stories of their very own state legends like Olympian Mary Kom and Sarita Devi. During the break all athletes were served with highly nutritious refreshment.  The officer clarified the doubts and questions of athletes over Nutrition and Sports Injuries. Later basic physical fitness of athletes was checked followed by an informal discussion and a group photograph. The effort of Army to promote fitness healthy living in the Youth was widely appreciated by the local populace of the region.                 

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Ex-servicemen meet held

An interaction was held with veterans of Army and Assam Rifles at Patsoi village by officers and troops of 12th Battalion the Bihar Regt of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) on 21 Oct 2015. The meeting was chaired by an officer of Patsoi army camp and was attended by 10 veterans and their families from the nearby villages. The interaction started with a small speech honouring the Ex-Servicemen for their contribution to the forces. They were subsequently informed about various facilities available to them and mechanisms to resolve their issues. The importance of getting themselves registered in National Population Register, making Aadhar card and Suvigya software for veterans were employed.  The Officer from Patsoi Army Camp told the veterans that they are free to approach army camp regarding any problem faced by them and all possible assistance will be provided to them. The troops later compiled a list of facilities available to the Ex-Servicemen and handed it over to them for ready reference making it a fruitful interaction for the veterans. This interaction has created a combined list of veterans in the area which will lead to institutionalized method of support for the veterans. Assam Rifles continues to strive to the people of Manipur in every manner and be a true supporter of the population.

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