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MERA HOUCHONGBA celebrated in a grand way; CM underlines hill-valley unity

Imphal, Oct. 5: Showcasing oneness and brotherhood among the people of different ethnic communities, Mera Houchongba was celebrated with pomp and gaiety at Kangla Uttra today.

This year’s unique feature of the festival was organising the celebration at State level in a grand way by a joint committee known as the State Level Mera Houchongba Committee formed under the supervision of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh.

The committee comprised representatives from Kangla Fort Board, Sana Konung (Royal Palace), Sanamahi Temple Board and State Government.

Performing age-old rituals, exchange of gifts and presentation of colourful cultural items of different communities were the main highlights of the celebration.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Art and Culture Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh and titular king of Manipur Meidingu Leishemba Sanajaoba graced the joyous occasion as the chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.

Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, top civil and police officers, village chiefs and large number of people from both hill and valley were also present at the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said, “We need to forgive and forget the past mistakes sincerely to retain the strong fraternal bond between hill and valley people.”

Stating that there were misunderstandings in the past, Shri N. Biren said that people need to sideline all these differences and march forward to achieve progress.

Mentioning the importance of Mera Houchongba festival towards strengthening hill-valley unity, the Chief Minister hailed titular king Meidingu Leishemba Sanajaoba for his efforts of keeping up the tradition of celebrating the festival every year.

Acknowledging the significance of Mera Houchongba, the new Government had decided to celebrate the festival in a grand way under its aegis from this year, he added.

Stating that there has been considerable improvement in hill-valley ties ever since the new Government was formed in the State, the Chief Minister said that he was moved by the kind gesture and fine hospitality shown to him and his Minister during reception ceremonies held at Ukhrul, Kangpokpi, Senapati and Churachandpur.

Maintaining that no development is meaningful if the needy people of hill and interior areas are uplifted and empowered, N. Biren Singh said that he is planning to visit Tamenglong district by road soon to look into the inadequacies of the district and review various development works.

 He assured that people would witness considerable developmental changes both in hill and valley districts within 2 or 3 years. N. Biren said that his Government had decided to revamp all the major roads across the State on mission mode soon after rainy season.

The Chief Minister further said that a WhatsApp Group comprising PWD engineers, SOs, contractors and himself as its members had been formed to expedite developmental works.

In order to complete the projects within stipulated time, he had even instructed the Works Minister to increase the working hour of officials from 8 hours to 14 hours with overtime allowance if necessary, the Chief Minister informed.

Regarding Imphal Evenings, the Chief Minister clarified that the Government is simply trying to provide recreational space to the public as the people of other States think that there is no life in Manipur after nightfall.

Admitting that there were some traffic congestion problems on the first day, the Chief Minister assured that proper planning has been made to avoid such inconvenience in future.

Speaking at the occasion, L. Jayantakumar said that the State level Mera Houchongba celebration had been incepted from this year under the supervision of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh.

He said that the idea behind organising the festival in such a grand way is putting effort to mark the beginning of an event which would be remembered forever by the future generation from this year’s Mera Houchongba celebration.

Earlier in the morning, a large number of people from different hill and valley districts gathered at the Royal Palace and took out a colourful procession up to Kangla as part of the celebration.

Later, the age old rituals like Mera Men Tongba and Yenkhong Tamba were performed there to strengthen the fraternal bond among people of different ethnic communities.

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Minister Biswajits calls efficient implementation of RTI will curtail corruption

Imphal,Oct. 5: Information and Public Relations Minister Shri Th Biswajit has called that efficient implementation of the Right to Information Act will curtail corruption in the state . Speaking on the inaugural session of the Right To Information week Celebration which begins from today at Manipur Press Club, Minister said that every citizen has the right to know information regarding various development programmes and policies of each and every government departments.
Vague Information led to conflict among the public and information officer. He encourage information  officer to provide right information to the masses. Minister observed that efficient implementation of the RTI Act is the need of the hour .As RTI is very much important for maintaining transparency and accountability for Good Governance. Lack of awareness regarding various schemes delayed  in bringing development in the state. Sensitization is very much needed for bringing development,he added.
 He also ensured to strengthen Manipur Information Commission by providing more manpower and appeals not to misuse RTI.

Addressing the gathering ,Agriculture Minister Shri V.Hangkhalian said that citizens and journalists has to play an important role  for effective implementation of the RTI . He also said that there is a need for spreading awareness regarding RTI Act to the masses.
 In connection with the celebration, State chief Information Commissioner, Shri Th Ibobi highlighted  important aspect of Right To Information Act.  And a book titled ‘A compendium of Important Decisions of Manipur Information Commission on Right To Information’ was also released.
As a part of the week long celebration,a state level workshop was also held and various  resource person presented papers on the inaugural session .
The celebration is being organised by Manipur Information Commission under the sponsorship of Department of Personnel & Training ,Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Government of India.

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A matter of concern for the future

Tragic is not the word to describe the present state of affairs of our state, even though the feeling in the hearts of the general public cannot be far from it. The Government has shown, in fits and spurts, that things can and does happen if the rulers so put their hearts to any task, which begs the very relevant and necessary question: is the Government deliberately keeping the state on tenterhooks with engineered chaos and calculated mayhem? Nothing that has been done for the development of the State so far looks and feels systematic or sustainable- from the various infrastructures being constructed with shoddy workmanship and dubious results, to the haphazard and stop-gap measures in terms of the essential services being provided, mostly on paper to dispense off with the official requirements without ever taking the trouble or the initiative to check on the efficacies of such schemes and welfare measures. The reality we are undergoing today is a far cry from the trumped up reports and statistics that make up the records meant for display at the centre, the most obvious result being the promotion of Manipur from the least developed state category to the less developed one without having nothing to show for it. Yet the Government, in it’s quest to prolong the reign, have failed to address the situation with pragmatic solutions and progressive steps that would steer the state in the right direction of inclusive growth- the most prominent shortcoming being the failure to harness the potential of the youths- the future of the state. According to house listing and housing census data 2011, the number of youths between ages 18-22 in the country is 149.36 million. That’s about one-fifth of the total electorate of 725 million estimated by the Election Commission. Stating that almost, if not all, the problems ailing the present society can be remedied by molding the youths of today to bring about the still elusive change and progress would not be an exaggeration. No amount of resources or materials can effect change or usher in progress unless those who are to direct and utilize these resources be prepared and groomed to take on the responsibilities and challenges with confidence and determination. A radical mental revolution based on progressive thinking and broadened outlook beyond self preservation and personal enrichment, tempered with the spirit of equality and infused with the dignity of labour is the panacea for our society long festered with enmity, greed, doubts and subdued mindset. The Government should make the most and invest in the one true asset it ever has- the teeming youths.

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup

The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be the 17th FIFA U-17 World Cup, a biennial international football tournament contested by men’s under-17 national teams. Organized by FIFA, the tournament will take place in India between 6 October and 28 October 2017, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 5 December 2013. The tournament will mark the first time India have hosted a FIFA tournament and the first Asian hosted U-17 World Cup since 2013.
The matches will be played in 6 stadiums in six host cities around the country, with the final taking place at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, West Bengal. Twenty-three teams, besides the host India, managed to qualify for the tournament via participating in their various continental under-17 tournaments. In the first round of the tournament finals, the teams will compete in round-robin groups of four teams for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding while the top four third placed teams will also advance. These 16 teams will advance to the knockout stage, where three rounds of play will decide which teams would participate in the final. The reigning FIFA U-17 World Cup champions, Nigeria, will not have the opportunity to defend their title after failing to qualify for this edition. In failing to qualify, Nigeria became the first incumbent title holder since Switzerland in 2009 to fail to qualify for the subsequent edition. Host nation India will be participating in their first World Cup ever in any age group.

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Cabinet approves mission for traditional artisans

Imphal, Oct. 5: The State Cabinet has decided to launch a sub-mission under the name and style of Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans/Craftsmen (MEETAC) to support traditional artisans/craftsmen of the State.
The decision was taken in the State Cabinet meeting held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh in the chair yesterday evening.
The proposed sub-mission will aim at developing the traditional crafts/arts sector of Manipur as per global standards to make it an important spoke in the wheel of economic activities.
It will be implemented under the State Mission on Employment, Housing and Drinking Water for Each Household by 2022 constituted by a Cabinet decision on May 3, 2017.
Textiles (handicrafts/handlooms), pottery, cane and bamboo crafts, jewellery (gold and non-gold), reed craft, stone carving, wood carving, dolls and toys, block printing, terracotta, hand embroidery (Zari etc) and tribal arts/crafts etc. are the some of the listed items which are to be covered under the sub-mission.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to the proposal for identification of 393.64 acres of land in revenue village 91-A Lamphelpat for development of water body by the Department of Water Resources, Manipur.
The Cabinet also approved payment of compensation to 409 victims whose properties were damaged in a mob violence which occurred at Khurai Heikru Makhong in Imphal East District on December 18, 2016.        
The Cabinet also gave its nod to direct purchase of land for establishment of a police station at Behiang. It also approved acquisition of land for the construction of a new State Guest House and residential complex of Ministers and officials at Mantripukhri in Imphal East District.
The Cabinet also decided to adopt a general guideline for direct purchase of land through Direct Purchase Committee.
The guideline has been framed to do away with unreasonable variation and abnormally high cost in the rate of land for acquisition/purchase in different districts.
The Cabinet also approved 24 days as General Holidays and 17 days as Public Holidays for the year 2018.        It also endorsed framing of Manipur Waqf Regulation, 2017.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to the re-designation of some posts of MHS Grade-II (Allopathy) as MHS Grade-II (AYUSH).
It also approved renaming of the post of Additional Public Prosecutor-cum-Additional Government Advocate (High Court), Manipur as Additional Government Advocate (High Court), Manipur with restrospective effect from 25-10-2016.
The Cabinet also decided to appoint necessary staff for proper implementation of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) in the State.

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Manipuri designer Robert Naorem enthrals Bhutanese fashion enthusiast with Meitei Mayek script ENAPHEE

Imphal, Oct 5: Fashion designers of the state call Manipur are different from others. Besides being christen with the changing world, their virtue of patriotism and love for their tradition and culture are always highlighted whenever they got the opportunity.
Well this is about the renown fashion designer of the state Robert Naorem. His innovative skills had promoted indigenous Meitei Mayek during a global fashion show held at Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan on October 2.
The event held at Taj Hotel, Thimpu was witnessed by of elite crowds and handloom lovers and fashion aspirants of the country. The event “Project Bhutan”, Season 6 Global Edition brought 6 designs from different countries. Being Robert Naorem, renowned established designer, represented the country India with his collection design with purpose of highlighting the new design “Meitei Mayek”, original script of Manipur, was seen on the enaphee worn by the top models of different countries. The credit of the designs by Robert Naorem was given to his weavers. There was a huge attention by the national media at Bhutan being a unique form of design and theme. Robert showcased various Meitei Mayek designed, enaphee and western gown made out of Wankhei cotton phee and also tribal fabrics incorporated on western designs. The event was organised by Paljor Gayback, directed by renowned fashion choreographer of India (Mumbai) Achla Sachdev. Robert’s collection brings more limelight to the crowd with the showstopper,National Award winner and renowned top actress of Bhutan, Tandin Bidha, displaying Meitei Meiyekenaphee by Robert Naorem
“With the influx of western and outside fabrics in Manipur, the status of handloom &textiles of the state has been going down and is losing its market value. Youth plays a very important role in our society with regards to the clothing market. With lots of Korean movies and western trends dominating the mind of youths of our society. Making a handloom textiles of the state and  show casing it into the fashion runway takes the attention of youth diverting their mind and making it as a fashion trends was the vision of the showcasing the design in Bhutan”, Naorem wrote in a press statement sent to Imphal Times.

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Reacting to Maoist statement UNMM says members had not been contacted

Imphal, Oct 5: Reacting to the warning by an armed rebel group, Maoist Communist Party, Manipur alleging negligence to the movement for protection of the indigenous people of the state, member bodies of the United NGO Mission Manipur (UNM-M) today said that none of the member of the outfit had officially or unofficially contacted to any chair holders of the organization.
A statement of the organization signed by 12 convenors of the organization said that the same is with the Women Action for development (WAD).   
The statement said that the accusation and allegation by the rebel group is seriously considered and  UNMM had convened a special meeting on 4th October and 5th October 2017 and verified that no one from Maoist had approached or contacted UNMM neither any of the chair holders of the organization by the Maoist on the topic of Yelhoumei and the case is pure allegation. It is same with WAD. It is to state there has been no official/formal and non-formal approach to UNMM for the discussion. UNMM would like to inform that the organization has been working for the protection of Human Rights of the Indigenous People in Manipur and other states in the North Eastern region since 1995.
It said UNMM work to protect the land, water, natural resources, environment of the indigenous people under the framework of the UN declaration on rights of the indigenous people and mandate of Special Rapporteur on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights of the Indigenous People.
The body is strategically working to build the relationship and peace among the various ethnic communities inhabited in Manipur and in the region since its inception to avoid Killing each other and finds the solution across the table through dialogue.This organization also creating awareness among the various ethnic Indigenous Population in the State on the issue of rights and protection of Indigenous People in all the districts in Manipur. It further said that the UNMM is actively engaged to stop the killing of indigenous people under the environment of AFSPA, 1958 and had organized series of protest campaign to repeal the AFSPA and punish the perpetrators. For the repealing of AFSPA, UNMM along with many CSOs, apex bodies of various ethnic communities have engaged with Government of Manipur to repeal AFSPA adding that the organisation also work to control the threat of internal and external migration of population which is the deep fear in the heart      and  mind  of  the  people              in    Manipur.                                                          

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Viral video uploaded in social media infuriated CM

Imphal, Oct. 5: A video clip that went viral on social media Face Book had infuriated Manipur Chief Minister N, Biren Singh prompting him to swing into action. The video clip showed a man and woman insulted, humiliated and forcibly tonsured by a group of people for allegedly indulging illicit affairs. The incident reportedly happened at Sugunu area in Kakching district.
In his comment on social networking site Facebook Chief Minister N. Biren said that all those involved in the mob act will not be spared and will be punished as according to the law of the land.
The Chief Minister however, appealed the up-loader of the video to restrain from using slang. Manipurtalk, a platform in Facebook tender apology in seeing the the Chief Minister’s prompt action. As per report, after a police team arrested some of those involved in the violent activities, tension griped Sugunu town yesterday evening with many people thronging to the police station. The police however put the situation under control. Those arrested will be produced today at CJM Thoubal, police source added.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had always stated that mob culture will never be tolerated and those indulged in such violence will face the music.

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Over Rs. 1 lakh worth seized liquor burnt

Imphal, Oct 5: Over Rs. 1.09 lakh worth liquors seized from various part of Thoubal district were destroyed and burnt today at Thoubal DC Complex.According to Raghu Leishangthem, DSP of Excise department Thoubal district, the liquors (both IMFL & Local brew) destroyed and burnt today were seized by Thoubal Police and Excise department staffs from various part of the district during its drive conducted ahead of the Panchayat election scheduled on October 7.

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Bangladesh signs $4.5bn 3rd LOC deal with India

Siam Sarower Jamil,

IT Correspondent,

DHAKA, Oct 5: Bangladesh today signed $4.5 billion third Line of Credit (LoC) agreement with India as both sides pledged to bolster the economic ties between the two close neighbours.

Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and Managing Director of Indian EXIM Bank David Rasquinha signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides at the Finance Ministry in presence of Bangladeshi Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Indian Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley. 

The funds will be used for 17 priority infrastructure projects, which include health, education, electricity, railroads, roads, shipping and ports. 

"The money will be spent in projects of infrastructure, health and education. I am hopeful of implementing the projects within the stipulated time," Muhith told reporters. 

"The two countries have excellent relations at the moment," he said. 

Arun Jaitely said Bangladesh has developed significantly on the socioeconomic front over the past seven years and India has stood by Bangladesh's attempts to develop. 

"We will do so in the future. This significant agreement is a continuation of that effort," said the Indian finance and corporate minister. 

"India continues to attach the highest importance to its relations with Bangladesh . . . a strong, stable and prosperous Bangladesh is in India's interest and we are committed to working with Bangladesh to deepen our mutual engagement," Jaitley added.

The Indian Line of Credit of $ 4.5 billion was announced for Bangladesh during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India in April 2017.

This will bring the total quantum of credit lines extended by India to Bangladesh over the last six years to $8.0 billion. 

The Joint Interpretive Notes on the agreement between the two countries was also signed at the ministry to promote and protect of investments.

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