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Voice of proletarians fill the air as 100s join May Day march in Tiddim road Imphal

IT News
Imphal, May 2
Three leftist organizations – Manipur Proletariat Peoples Democratic Union (MPPDU), Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM) and Proletarian Feminist Movement , Manipur (PoFMM)  organized May Day March as a part of the May Day observance here in Imphal.
Hundreds of students, meira paibis and peoples from various sections of the society joined the May Day March which begins from Tiddim Ground and ended at Keishampat Lairembi Community Hall yesterday. Anti- fascist slogans and cried for equality and respect for the proletarians fill the air of Imphal Tiddim road as the participants scouted slogans. Later,a    public meeting was also held at the community Hall.
Left wing students representatives from Kolkatta and Nepal were also attended the May Day observance at Keishampat leimajam Leikai.
President of the MPPDU Nameirakpam Meghachandra, while delivering speech recalled the origin of observing May Day. He said it was against the exploitation of the labour community by capitalist regime that prompted the uprising of the labour community in Western countries in 1886. He further added that the demand for limited working hours were the demand. But as time changes the kind of exploitations faced by the labourers are different. May Day is the day that the problem being faced by the labourer is being discussed and highlighted.
Chairpersons of the Manipur Buildings and other Constructions Workers’ Welfare Board , Preshojit, who also attended as presidium members of the May Day observance organized by the three left wing organization said that the government of India has been taking up various welfare programme for the people of the country. In Manipur too the Labour department of the state government has been taking up various welfare programme for the labourers in the state.

Representatives of the United Students’ Democratic Front (USDF) Devopriya Shome, while speaking on the occasion highlighted the issues of the working class people across the country due to aggression by the fascist regime.
Another representatives of the students’ group Nabottamapal highlighted on how the people have been suppress by capitalist class from time to time through various draconian laws. She said that in case of Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir it is the Armed Forces Special Powers Act  (AFSPA) that have been suppressing the people of the state, while in case of the states like West Bengal, Chhatisgarh, Talengana and other parts of India the technic of suppressing the lower class people is different. People are rape , killed and torture for the cause of muti national company owners and such event are concealed by the state authority using every means.
“The uprising of the Manipuri mothers in the backdrop of the rape and murder of Thangjam Monorama gives every down trodden community across the globe an inspiration and we too will follow what the mothers of Manipur had done against the colonial security force of the country run by the fascist regime”, she said.
Ram Nepali, General Secretary of the All Nepal National Independent Students Union (Revolution) , who also attended as presidium members while talking on the occasion highlighted the scenario of Nepal .
“ The kind of exploitation to lower class by capitalist group is same in all the country across the globe. Its time that all the proletariats unites and struggle together so that all people live with dignity and repect”, the student leader from Nepal added.  
Imphal Times editor Rinku Khumukcham, who also spoke on the occasion appealed the people on how the new capitalist groups in the state have been using the lower class people.
“First they looted what you deserve, then they make you hungry and later they feed you so that you become their slaves. The truth is that they are making you slave with things of yours”, he said.
He also questioned on why the government is only interested in constructing big dams and wanted to explore natural gas when they themselves have every knowledge of the deadly consequences.

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Launching of go to village mission on international labours’ day a privilege: Th. Radheshyam

IT News
Imphal, May 2,

Education, Labour & Employment Minister Thokchom Radheshyam said that he is privileged to launch the “Khungang Chatse: Go to Village” Mission on the occasion of International Labours’ Day. The 1st of May known as the May Day, he said, is observed to commemorate the contributions of the working force (labourer) of the land whose highest population resides in the villages.
The Minister was speaking as Chief Guest at the launching programme of the Khungang Chatse: Go to Village held at Phangjakhong Thumkhong Lairembi Community Hall Leirongthel Ningel Gram Panchayat of 33-Heirok AC, Thoubal District, organised by the District Administration, Thoubal. He said the mission is aimed to spread in every nook and corner of the state.

The Khungang Chatse: Go to Village mission, he said, is to take the welfare aid under the flagship programme and State’s scheme of the Government at the doorstep of the beneficiaries which were confined to the four walls of the offices. The mission initiated by the present Government of the State aims to bring an inclusive growth in the state by helping and uplifting the needy and poor people.  
Highlighting the benefits, one can get from the schemes being handed to the beneficiaries, he said–”Saubhagya” and Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is to provide free electric and LPG connection to the beneficiaries belonging to the BPL family. Sensitising the people on the scheme, he said, the beneficiaries need not pay anything as it has been provided by the government at free of cost.
Th. Radheshyam stressed that the officials, when approached by the villagers, should welcome them properly and guide them. He further urged the concern officials and implementing agencies to enquire the whereabouts of the schemes after it has been provided to the beneficiaries to make the schemes more fruitful. He said the motto Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas is a commitment to the people to bring an overall development for all sections of the society.
As part of the ‘Go to Village’ mission, PMAY certificate for housing, old age pension (Social Welfare Department), ration cards under NFSA (CAF & PD), Smart cards for Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (CAF & PD ), UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) Scheme etc. were distributed to the beneficiaries today. Stalls of different departments were set up. A health camp was also organised.
The programme was attended by Principal Secretary Textiles, Commerce & industries & IPR Paulunthang Vaiphei, Deputy Commissioner, Thoubal,  Haobam Rosita, concern officials and dignitaries.

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Fruit shops attached to the walls of Bhairodan School vandalised

IT News
Imphal, May 2,
Persons suspected to be volunteers of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) today vandalised fruit shops attached to the wall of Bhairodan High School in the busy streets of Thangal Keithel.
A total of 25 fruit vendors have been given permit for selling at the busy place on the footpath. The JCILPS women’s wing and the students’ wing have warned the government to take the fruit vendors from the site as it is a footpath.
On the other hand the school authority of the Bhaironda High School and students had also staged a sit in protest demanding eviction of the fruit vendors.

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YFPHR urges govt. to stop oil exploration in Manipur; submits memorandum to Com. & Industries Minister

IT News
Imphal, May 2,

Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) has urged the government of Manipur to stop the oil exploration work in Manipur in the best interest of the public. The forum also urged not to continue in the best interest of the profit making Companies.
A memorandum was submitted to the Commerce and Industries Minister, Govt. of Manipur elaborating on the disastrous impact which might falls out as consequences of the iol exploration presently undergoing at some parts of the state.
The memorandum stated that since the Asian Oilfield Service Ltd (AOSL) started its survey in Khaidem Loukol in May 2017, various civil societies we have been requesting the government to stop all form of oil exploration work in Manipur. Instead of listening to the plea of the CSOs exploration work has been started in Uchathol, Jiribam.
 The memorandum further stated that the company carrying out the 2D seismic survey and had failed to seek a mandatory Free Prior and Informed Consent of the people inhabited in and around the area like how it had happened in Khaidem Loukol. No Social Impact Assessment, Human Rights Impact Assessment, Environment Impact Assessment, Cumulative Impact Assessment had also been conducted as per Guidelines of Asian Development Bank and Guidelines of World Bank which is mandatory for all the Government including Government of Manipur and India before the survey license was provided to any oil companies or other companies implementing any developmental projects.
“Failure in complying with the Global standard of procedures, the Mandate of United Nations Working Groups on Business and Human Rights, mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Rights of the Indigenous People and UN Declaration on Rights of the Indigenous People may lead to violation of International obligations and the liability will fall upon the government of Manipur and India for the violation of the same”, the memorandum stated.
It also mention about the false promises made to provide employment in the early 80’s since the developmental projects like Loktak Hydro Power Project, Mapithel Dam, Khuga Dam, Railway Line etc .
“Till date not a single youth of the state of that time and effected people of the area are provided a single job, instead the people are displaced and are involved in many anti social activities which the government cannot control”, it added.
On the promises to provide jobs to unemployed youth of the state, the YFPHR  asked - what kind of job? How many oil experts have been produced from Manipur? Has the government trained the youths of the state in the field of Oil Exploration 15 years earlier before the oil extraction or exploration started? Why not the oil engineers from our state? What had happened to the promises made to the youth of Khuga Dam, Mapithel Dam, Loktak Project, Railway Line, etc? Why again without the long term plan? Why militarization? Why without the people consent?
The memorandum also stated that the Government of Manipur is satisfied with the 10% royalty from the oil exploration or extraction of crude oil by perceiving that it will improve the economy of the state, by receiving Rs. 100/- per 1000 Kg and Rs. 1000/- per 1,00,000 kg as prescribed under the THE OILFIELDS (REGULATION AND DEVELOPMENT) ACT, 1948 which is equal to Rs 0.1/- per 1 KG. It said if it is the ccase then why not preserve the agricultural land and produce huge amount of Rice which cost Rs. 35/- per 1 Kg which is costlier than the crude oil which the state of Manipur is encouraging to extract in the name of better economy of the state.
It also reminded about the existing negative impact of extraction of crude oil in Madhab, West Tripura  and Garbhadhi, Shipaijalla, Tripura  which resulted in polluting the Gomati River due to oil spill from the oil pipe line and the impact of gas flaring and extraction of natural gas which resulted in Lung Cancer and other respiratory diseases, also in Wakha District Nagaland polluting the water body and the land which resulted in skin infection and other health issues, also the pollution of Lukha River and respiratory diseases due to illegal and legal coal mining and limestone mining in Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya  and also the negative impact on the agricultural land, crops and other flora and fauna in the Upper Assam due to extraction of crude oil. We believe that your good office will definitely keep in mind of the unwanted outcome learning from the neighboring states which will definitely arise in Manipur if the extraction of crude oil takes place. 

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Making Indian democracy greatest

By Our Correspondent
Guwahati, May 2,

 It was a normal celebration of National PR Day in a city hotel, but the deliberation and discussion turned too intense for the audience. Organized by the Public Relations Society of India’s Guwahati chapter on 28 April 2018, the meeting was graced by city police commissioner  Hiren Chandra Nath, journalist Nava Thakuria and State electoral officer BD Sharma with many important personalities.
Addressing the gathering as the chief guest, Nath pointed out that democracy is not only a form of government but a way of life in India.
Delivering his points over the theme titled Indian Democracy: Mantra for Effective Elections, Nath also asserted that the Indian form of democracy is the best in the world.
“The most auspicious duty of a citizen in a democracy is to exercise his/her franchise. At the same time, urban apathy towards the democratic process is significantly noticeable, despite the educated and enlightened being a greater part of the populace,” observed Nath.
He also answered few queries from the audience comprising of PRSI members, PR & corporate communication professionals and practitioners along with few students, where the IPS officer with over two decades of rich experience in policing held the audience spellbound with diverse perspectives and interesting anecdotes related to the theme.
Journalist Thakuria, while addressing the audience commented that as India is a participatory democracy, every citizen must join in the electoral processes with utmost sincerity. Expressing annoyance  over the electoral expenditure for the poll candidates, he insisted on holding public debates by the various  political party nominees so that the electorate can judge their potential representatives.
Emphasizing on making India as the greatest democracy, rather than being the largest, Thakuria also preferred a debate over nominating the second positioned candidate with sizable electoral supports in the poll outcome as a representative, with, of course, lesser power.
Electoral officer  Sharma in his address spoke on new systems and procedures which have changed the face of Indian elections. He claimed that 82 per cent voting in the last State assembly elections was a manifestation of enhanced participation by the electorate.
Earlier PRSI Guwahati chapter’s chairperson Madhuchanda Adhikari welcomed the distinguished guests and presented an outline of PRSI, established in 1958, as the apex body of PR professionals in the country. A journal titled Seven Sisters was also released on the occasion in presence of PRSI office bearers Anu Majumder & Sita Barua and eminent Assamese poet Sananta Tanti with others.

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Victor Thoudam’s ‘Black And White’ performed

Imphal, May 2,
‘Black and White’, a play directed by Victor Thoudam was performed for the first time in public at Hongnemshang (NT Theatre’s Playhouse), Changangei, Imphal today.  The play was presented by AKHOKA under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Victor Thoudam, an alumnus of NSD and London International School of Performing Arts (LIPSA) said that ‘Black and White’ was developed through a process of collaboration and devising among the actors. The play tries to understand certain dynamics of tension that exist in Manipur, among the people categorized on various lines, he added.
Eminent theatre personalities and critics such as Sabitri Heisnam, Toijam Shila Devi and others witnessed the play.

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Indian Army ‘Manipur Super 30’ 16 out of 18 students clears IIT/JEE Mains

PRO Defence
Imphal, May 2,
 Indian Army has always been the torch bearers towards the nation building and in the finest of its traditions, a maiden project “Manipur Super 30” was taken up by Senapati Brigade in Manipur.  The project was first of its kind in the North East  and was a joint venture of Red Shield Division and Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL) to provide quality coaching and guidance to meritorious and deserving students of Manipur for IIT/JEE with an aim to give an opportunity and an apt platform to the economically deprived in the society.
The pioneer batch of 18 selected students was flagged off to Guwahati in mid-August 2017 after a detailed selection process comprising of a competitive written test followed by personal interview by the CSRL faculty at Leimakhong.  The students were provided with exclusive coaching for IIT/JEE along with free boarding and lodging facility at Guwahati.  The guidance by the CSRL faculty, hard work and dedication of the students has been duly reflected in the IIT/JEE mains result declared on 30th April 2018, wherein a total of 16 students have passed the same. The selected students will further be adequately coached and guided by the faculty of CSRL for IIT/JEE Advance Exams to be held on 20th May 2018. The project has contributed immensely in moulding the youth of Manipur manifolds towards a better and bright future and furtherance to a well settled life.

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DC Chandel Flag off NERCORMP Chandel Exposure tour to Horticulture Department, Govt. of Mizoram 


NERCORMP Chandel exposure tour to Horticulture department, Govt. of Mizoram was flagged off by Shri. Krishna Kumar, IAS, Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman of NERCORMP Chandel in the presence of District Project Director, Smt. Lily Rose Jajo and NERCORMP staff along with staff of partner NGOs on 1st May 2018 at Deputy Commissioner’s Bungalow at 6:00 am. The objective of the tour was to learn various inputs and technical aspects of Dragon Fruit Plantation as  the Govt. of Mizoram has successfully taken up the plantation of Dragon Fruit in large scale and NERCORMP Chandel seeks to learn and replicate the technology in the project.
Shri. Krishna Kumar wished the exposure team to learn the best practices of the farmers from Mizoram and transfer the learnings in the district. Smt. Lily Rose Jajo, the District Project Director thanked the Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman of NERCORMP Chandel for his constant support and guidance for successfully implementing the project in the district.
The participants of the tour comprises of three NERCORMP DST staff and representatives from each Partner NGOs.

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CM launches ‘Go To Village’ mission;  Human oriented politics is the principle of the government: N. Biren

Imphal, May 2,

Chief Minister
N. Biren Singh said that ‘human oriented politics’ is the foremost principle of the present government and the government is committed to deliver good governance and to bring inclusive development in the State. This was stated by him at the launching of ‘Khungang Chatse Mission’ held at Konuma Ground, Laphupat Tera Komlakhong GP, Mayang Imphal A/C, Imphal West yesterday.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that politicians should refrain from doing politics that affects the lives of the people. We shouldn’t give sufferings and pains to the people of the State, he added. The government doesn’t belong to any political party, it belongs to the people and is for the people. Stressing that the government endorses the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ collective effort towards inclusive growth, Chief Minister said that the government believes in treating everyone fairly and equally to bring inclusive development in the State.
Chief Minister said that the mission “Go to Village” was evolved through a series of discussions and meetings with bureaucrats and HODs of various Departments. Stating that the present government would work for the welfare of the people, Chief Minister mentioned that the government would extend every possible help to uplift the lives of the people. He said that such mission would create an opportunity to build a bright future of the people of the State. Since 1972, there has been democratic elected government, however there has been a minimal positive change in the State, he added. Welfare schemes and benefits meant for the poor and needy people weren’t given systematically for the last many years, he added. Stating that “Go to Village” mission is being launched simultaneously in 60 villages in all 60 constituencies across the State today, Chief Minister said that under the new mission, the government would identify the eligible and deserving beneficiaries and would deliver government services at their doorstep. He mentioned that a review meeting would be held next week with all the officials to assess the requirements and data collected from the camps. He mentioned that there are 2515 census villages in the State and the data collection of the requirements of such village would be completed in 11 months. He appealed the people of the State to come forward and gain the benefits being provided under the mission. Secretaries, Commissioners, Principal Secretaries and Additional Chief Secretaries have been relieved from normal file works and are entrusted to concentrate mainly to policy formulation and execution of such kind of initiatives.
While mentioning about the alarming rise of stone cases and Cancer among the people of the State, Chief Minister announced that the government would set up a dedicated Cancer hospital and a General Hospital to cope such health problems soon. A high end laboratory would be established to examine the causes of such health problems, he added.
Chief Minister mentioned that the present government has introduced many welfare schemes such as CMHT to provide affordable healthcare, CMST for providing financial assistance to Old aged and differently-able persons, ‘Lairik tamhanlasi’ scheme to provide school uniforms, textbooks etc for school dropout students, Ujwala scheme to provide free LPG connection to women etc.
Speaking on the occasion, Member of Parliament Shri Ksh. Bhabananda said that though village is the backbone of the State, it has been neglected so far by the previous governments. He stated that Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh’s initiative ‘Go to the Hills’ rooted out the mistrust and misunderstanding among various communities of the State. Mentioning that Chief Minister Biren Singh as dynamic leader, he said that ‘Go to Village’ is an innovative idea to deliver government services at people’s doorstep.
On the occasion, Chief Minister distributed welfare assistance to beneficiaries under various Departments such as construction of individual household latrines, soil health cards, paddy seeds, weaver cards, sewing machines, CMST cheques, ULBs for implementation of PMAY(Urban) etc. Chief Minister also inspected various stalls and counters of various Departments and Banks. He alongwith other dignitaries took part in the tree plantation around the Konuma Ground.
Deputy Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Shri K. Robindro Singh, Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Adhyaksha of Imphal West Smt. RK Taruni, DC Imphal West Ningthoujam Geoffrey, HODs of various Departments, Officials of various Banks and ZP members attended the function.

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Go To Village Mission : Minister Biswajit urges to enroll for aadhaar to get benefits of all schemes

IT News
Imphal, May 2,

 Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh launched ‘Khungang Chatse - Go to Village’ mission at Eleven Star Sporting Ground, Akampat ,Torban Kshetri Leikei village, Torban Kshetri Leikai GP OF 5-Thongju AC in Imphal East with a tree plantation programme on May 1.   The sole objective of the mission is to help and uplift the needy and poor people and to bring some positive changes in the State.
Addressing the gathering Minister Biswajit stated that the mission is being launched to improve the livelihood of the villagers and at the same time to provide all the benefits of flagship programme and state’s scheme at the doorstep of the villagers.
Stating that Aadhaar is an important document and it is needed for registration in every schemes, he urged all to get enroll for Aadhaar to get benefits of all schemes. Minister also announced to arrange Aadhaar seeding at free of cost for those left out in Thongju A/C.
He elaborately explained regarding the flagship programme of the Central Government namely Ujala, Ujwalla, Beti Padao Beti Bajao, PMAY (G), Saubhagya Scheme, Pradhan Mandtri Jan Dhan Joyana, Mission Indradhanus, etc. He further explained about the state schemes CMST, CMHT, etc. and advised the people to take benefits from the stall of various departments and to know the welfare schemes that are being taken up by the Government.
He also appealed the people to cooperate with the zilla parishad pradhans and members in implementing the mission a success.
Deputy Commissioner Imphal East Smt. Th Chitra Devi, IAS said that the mission to check whether the right beneficiaries are getting the benefits of the various welfare schemes and programmes implemented by the State and the Central Government.
MH Khan, IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary (Works/RD&PR) said that the mission is a very important one to bring development in the rural areas.
Various departments including RD&PR, Social Welfare, Health Directorate provided on the spot solutions to the queries of the people. MSPDCL also provided LeD bulbs and Tubelights at subsidised rates.
The launching programme was attended by members, Pradhan , Zila Parishad and locals  of Torban Kshetri Leikai GP.

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