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Death trolls

By-:  Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

How fearful when I hear Death?
‘Death’, a drama; one fearful sequence!
My heart beats faster, faster as it could;
My pulses pumps higher, higher as it could be;
Trembling deep inside, inside my veins running through;
How pathetic I feel such fearing impulses?
‘Death’ a monster; ‘death’ so horrifying scare!
Feeling too uneasy within me, panicking worried;
When it happens; It’s just turns a huge gruesome;
‘leikai mi leitre’ ‘leikai mi leitre’ ‘leikai mi leitre’
Waves; waves after waves, spread across the lounge;
‘Voice’ so heavy, darkening each other’s spirit;
Trembling and scattering; favoring no brighter sequence;
Shadowing illness and darkening every soul alive trolling.

Can’t it be contented, Sound and freshly?
Quizzing thousands motives, I freeze to null;
Crying and shouting, sobbing and weeping;
Kicking and pulling, thrashing and beating;
Craving and carpeting, cutting and hammering;
Sickening through nerves, how painful the scenic troll is?
Losing all my egos, I shattered plain dull and dismay;
‘White’ as I see; ‘white’ as it goes flapping lively;
Smoking waves across lamenting higher,

Potting garnishing and waging spirit;
Oh! How crucial the trolling life and death?
Wailing and groaning rhythmically gesture after gesture;
Echoing far through the meadows, blow after blow,
Carrying me away striking far into the never, never land.

‘Tung-tung-tung’, ‘gwai-gwai-gwai’,
‘Tung-tung-tung’, ‘gwai-gwai-gwai’,
I fear the most, worst and terrible sounding;
Can’t it be simple, flowery and freshly?
I Wonder, ‘living’ so simple hardworking and ripening,
But ‘Death’ ‘it’s a fearing ‘troll’, a naked truth fearing;
That broom, that whisking ‘yangkok’, that clothe;
Those drum, that instrument, that noise;
Ah! Worst ever part, can’t be partition delight;
That sadistic and murmuring soul’s journey,
Something changes, hovering over dark clouds within;
Whispering and spelling fright, swallowing monster,
One after another, it’s a miracle happening;
Gathering and rumoring, strengthening and judging,
All but a life after ‘death’ it’s a living fashion;
I fear, fear those intuitions premonitory,
Capturing within my veins, flowing lively still,
Lingering those trolling, just a mare.

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CM honours players’ contribution to the society on SHANNAROISHINGEE NUMIT

Imphal, Feb 25: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has assured to increase the annual budget of Youth Affairs and Sports (YAS) to Rs 100 crore in the 2019-20 fiscal for further development of sports in the State.
He was speaking as the Chief Guest at Shannaroishinggi Numit organised by Department of Youth Affairs and Sports at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium today.
N. Biren said that a sizeable hike in the budget estimate would enable development of sports infrastructure and hiring of competent coaches from other States and countries.
Stating that he is suspicious of past misutilisation of Rs 100 crore sanctioned under 13th Finance Commission for the development of Khuman Lampak Main Stadium and Khuman Lampak Hockey Stadium, the Chief Minister said that an independent body would be entrusted to probe the matter soon.
Urging the associations of different sports disciplines to communicate with the Government before taking the players to other States for participation in different championships and tournaments, the Chief Minister said that the Government would try to clear at least half of the entitled financial assistance in advance for the convenience of players and associations.
The Chief Minister said that he is concerned about the inconvenience faced by players while travelling in trains, he asked the associations to properly plan for travelling, fooding and lodging in advance.
Encouraging the players to put in more effort to bring laurels for the State and the country, the Chief Minister also announced to hike the cash incentives for the National level competitions from Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 6 lakh. He further said that daily allowance of the players who take part in the National level competitions would be increased from Rs. 200 to Rs. 500. The State Cabinet would take a decision in this regard at the earliest, he added.
Stating that the Government is ready to provide jobs to all the State players who are currently playing/working outside the State, the Chief Minister urged them to return to the State.
He said that the Government is currently awarding Rs 1 crore to Olympic gold medallists, Rs. 75 lakh to silver medallists, Rs. 50 lakh to broze medallist and Rs. 25 lakh to Olympic participants.  
Informing that the Government has also begun awarding a cash prize of Rs. 20 lakh to Gold medal winners at International tournaments, the Chief Minister said that Mirabai Chanu had been recently awarded the said amount recently.
N. Biren said that flood lighting facility would soon be installed at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium and astro-turf would be laid at four football grounds of the State soon.

The Chief Minister also mentioned about the importance of discipline and extra efforts in the players’ quest for achieving success in games and sports.
On the other hand, expressing concern over drug menace currently witnessed in the State, the Chief Minister asked the players and youths to extend support to the Government’s ‘War on Drugs’ campaign.
He said that the ongoing campaign is being carried out under the supervision of a senior police officer who is at the level of an IGP. The Chief Minister also urged the public to celebrate festivals like Yaoshang in a way to avoid disturbance to others and by preserving the traditional and cultural values.
Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Letpao Haokip and YAS Secretary Shri Bobby Waikhom also attended the function as president and guest of honour respectively.
In his speech, Letpao Haokip said that February 25 is organised as Shannaroishinggi Numit every year in commemoration of the precious day on which Manipur was declared the winner of the prestigious Raja Bhalendra Singh Overall Team Championship Trophy in the 5th National Games held in Manipur in 1999.
It is a matter of pride that the State occupies an important place in the field of games and sports in the country, he said while adding that it is because of the hard work and strong determination of the players.
Stating that lack of infrastructure and other problems had never dampened the spirit of the sportspersons of the State, the Minister said that the present Government under the abled leadership of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is committed to enhance the sports infrastructure.
New infrastructures would be developed not only in the State capital but also in all the districts with the funds from NLCPR, NEC, State Budget and Khelo India programme, he added.
Government officials, members and executives of different sports associations and players also attended the function.
Later, the Chief Minister also flagged off a run organised as part of the celebration.

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Draft Manipur State Plan of Action for Preventing and Combating Child Trafficking presented

Imphal,  Feb 25:After submitting a  draft Manipur State Child Rights Policy, to the Department of Social Welfare Government of Manipur, the CHILD RIGHTS and YOU (CRY) Kolkata and Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) have taken up another paramount step by presenting a “Draft Manipur State Plan of Action for Preventing and Combating Child Trafficking”. The draft Action Plan was presented formally for first round of discussion by Mr. Ashim kumar Ghosh the Associate General Manager, CRY, Kolkata in an interaction session held yesterday at Imphal Hotel, by Classic, Imphal
“The draft Plan of Action came out considering the grim situation of the state, in which child trafficking continues as a serious organized heinous crime against the vulnerable section of the society in Manipur state. Children should be never equated asproperty, commodity or voiceless soldiers. They are human beings having inherent human Rights” said Mr. Ashim kumar Ghosh introducing the draft Action plan, which will be first of its kind in the whole north eastern states of India.  
The Action plan proposed a detailed structural and operational guidelines for effective prevention, combating of child trafficking and rehabilitation of trafficked survivors through synergizing different linked departments, stake holders and right bodies such as police, education, labour, medical, child rights commission, DCPUs, MSLSA, NGOs, CWCs, JJBs etc. apart from Social Welfare Department, which will take implementing role as a nodal department.
 It called for mandatory registration and monitoring of job placement agencies and safe migration arrangement  of children and young peoples  of the state seeking jobs,  restricting media from publishing advertisements of unregistered firms calling young candidates for jobs outside Manipur. The Action plan also signaled the emerging needs for enacting   a comprehensive Standard Operating Procedure(SOP)and Anti Human Trafficking Protocols for combating intra- states and intra-country child and human trafficking in the region, as Manipur being a gateway to South East Asian countries. Speaking during the discussion session, Mr.  Montu Ahanthem Convener, MACR said that, “The Draft Action Plan will be submitted formally to the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur for due rectification and notifying it as an official State Action Plan soon”.  The West Bengal State has already notified its State Action Plan for Prevention and Combating Child Trafficking in recent time.   Mrs. Rakshanda Associate General Manager of CRY Mumbai, KeisamPradipkumar Member, Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR), former Director Social Welfare Department and Former Chairperson MCPCR Mr. Sh. Sharatkumar Sharma were also present in the interaction session.

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Nemcha Kipgen graced the 8th International Women’s Conference (IWC) 2018

‘Manipuri women played exemplary roles in society’

Bengaluru, Feb 25: Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen strongly affirms that Manipuri women since time immemorial have played exemplary roles in the socio-economic and cultural life of Manipur. This was expressed by the Minister at the 8th International Women’s Conference (IWC) 2018 titled – ‘Life: A Mystical Journey’ held at at Vishalakshi Mantap at The Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru held from February 23 to 25, 2018.
Addressing the media during the conference, Minister Nemcha highlighted that Manipur has witnessed the successful responsibility of collective women’s power in the past and also till the present day. She also stated how women strongly contributed in the economy of the state by citing the example of Khwairamband Bazar also known as Ima Market (Mother’s Market), the world’s only market place run by the women. Women dominate the markets in the rural and urban areas of the state, she added.
She also noted that Manipuri women’s dominance in the field of sports not only in the national level but also in the international level is highly remarkable. Gracing the occasion as Guest of Honours amidst many accomplished women - achievers, artists, sportswomen, policymakers from 60 countries including 250 delegates, 75 speakers, 100 from rural areas, 60 from over 30 colleges, Social Welfare Minister felt overwhelmed and expressed that the conference gave platforms for women from all walks of life to explore ways to intensify the message of peace and empowerment equipped with spiritual tools, to engage in meaningful dialogue, learn from each other’s inspirational life stories, service to society and highlight the many ways in which women contribute to the country and the world as a whole.
She further stated that IWC 2018 offers a great insight into how women can contribute to the betterment of the society while simultaneously discovering the power of inner strength through spirituality.
The conference witnessed addresses from dignitaries including D. Roopa, IGP, Karnataka; Former Chairman, SBI, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Actor, Rani Mukherji, actor, Dr Jiko Haveni, first female speaker in the Fijian Parliament. As part of the conference, women achievers from diverse fields were awarded with the Vishalakshi Award for their impactful contribution for making a difference in their professional spheres. The role of men in empowering women was also recognised by felicitating them through the Acharya Ratnanand Awards.

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MIDH picks Pineapple as value chain development corps

Imphal, Feb 24: Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) of the state Horticulture and Soil Conservation has picked Pine Apple as horticulture corps for value chain development.
Talking on the 2nd day of the seminar on Promotion of Organic Product and Value Chain Marketing organised by the Editors’ Guild Manipur and sponsored by the Dept. of Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Govt. of Manipur at Hotel Classic here in Imphal, Officer in Charge of MIDH K. Jogeshchandra Sharma said that more horticulture corps like Kachai Lemon and Tamenglong Orange will also be selected for value chain development in the coming years.
Value chain development is a sequence of steps taken up for supports of the corps and farmers from the time of plantation till it reached to the market. Under the scheme pine apple farmers in the state will be provided all supports by the MIHD as the Union govt. has already approved Rs. 1.75 crore. He said that 4 primary processing centres for the Pine Apple at appropriate places will be established soon and there will be no worry for surplus production of pine apple by the farmers.
Agriculture Officer N. Ningthemjao Singh while talking on the occasion said that under the scheme production of horticulture  crops will also done under value base system like controlling of fertilizers etc. 

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Non Manipuri CSOs resolve to protect Manipuri Tea stall

Silchar, Feb.25: The Non Manipuri leading Civil Society Organisations of Barak Valley resolved to work together for the protection of the Manipuri Tea Stall in Silchar.

In an special meeting organised by Manipuri Tea Stall Suraksha Samiti, Silchar on Saturday here at Assam Manipuri Sahitya Parishad Bhavan in Silchar, the non Manipuri CSOs leaders expressed their dissatisfaction over the step taken by Cachar district administration to remove the present Manipuri Tea Stall located in Sadarghat area of Silchar town.

In an meeting which was presided by L.Manglemba Singh, the working president of Manipuri Tea Stall Suraksha Samiti was also attended by Former MLA Dipak Bhattacharya, Dr.Sourindra Kumar Bhattacharya, president of Barak Upaotyaka Banga Sahitya and Sanskriti Sammelan, Biplab Goswami,President, Grahak Suraksha Committee,Sanat Kairi, Citizens Rights Protection Committee and Nirmal Dey.

Amongst other, Sanjib Singh, Hindibashi Parishad, Prodip Dey ,Social Worker, Dr.Rajib Kar were also shared their views on the meeting.

While giving his introductory speech, convenor of the Tea Stall Suraksha committee Dr.Maimom Santi Kumar opined that the Manipuri tea stall in Silchar is not a simpler stall but it is closely related with a sentiments, culture and tradition of the Manipuri community residing in Barak Valley.

It may also be noted that the meeting also resolved to submit a joint memorandum demanding the protection of Manipuri Tea stall in Silchar to Cachar Deputy Commissioner.

Amongst other, Dr.KN Chand,L.Tejamani Singh, IS Thingom and Seram Herajit Singh were also attended the event.

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Environment Minister Shyamkumar launches campaign against pollution

Imphal, Feb. 25: Forest and Environment Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar today launched a campaign against pollution under the theme “save the future, pollution is controllable” at Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB) office, Imphal West DC Office Complex, Lamphelpat. MPCB is organising the campaign in association with the upcoming Tanglei Festival to be held from 2nd-5th March, 2018 at Tangleibung Ground, Oinam.
Speaking as the chief guest of the inaugural function, Minister Th. Shyamkumar hoped that the campaign will be able to create mass awareness regarding ways and means to control the deteriorating natural environment of the State. He said the campaign is organised with an aim for developing all round capabilities for a clean pollution free environment.
He said MPCB is working with an objective to control pollution and the protection of the environmental quality with sustainable development. He wished the MPCB success in its endeavour and sought public support.
Shri L. Radhakishore Singh, Chairman, MPCB said the board in an inquiry report found that pollution is caused mainly by the solid waste along with the smoke and noise from the over polluted vehicles plying in Imphal areas, mainly diesel autos in Khwairamband Keithel. Stating that around 2,000 autos are plying everyday in Imphal city, he said the State Government has stopped issuing permit till 31st March, 2018 as a part to solve the issue apart from continuous consultation with the experts. In the next stage, MPCB will take up necessary steps to solve the pollution of Nambul River and Loktak Lake, he added.
As part of the function, Minister Th. Shyamkumar flagged off two rallies from the MPCB office today. A campaign rally comprising four cyclists will tour Imphal, Jiribam and Hailakandi (Assam) and return back on same route on 1st March. The second rally comprising bikers and cyclists will cover the routes - Lamphelpat, Moirang, Kakching, Thoubal and Oinam, carrying posters with different slogans.
Oinam Sports Association is organising Tanglei Festival (2nd-5th March) in collaboration with MPCB at Tangleibung Ground, Oinam. National and international experts will attend various programmes focusing on Education, Sports, Culture and Entrepreneurship. Some of the highlights of the events include quiz competition, debate, painting, open debate, rock concert - a band from Bangkok, Thailand will give performance, overboard competition (skateboarding) – which will be the first ever longboarding competition in India and Mountain Biking (cycling) among others.
Shri S. Bira Singh, MLA Kumbi A/C, Dr. Mohammad Maniruddin Shaikh, former minister and Speaker, Shri T. Mangi Singh and Member Secretary, MPCB attended the function as guests of honour along with staffs of MPCB.

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