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After AP Pandey’s suspension, M. Shyamkesho appears as another trouble maker in resolving the crisis at MU

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Imphal, Sept. 19,


The suspension order of Manipur University VC Prof. AP Pandey by an order of the MHRD on the approval of the President of India in the capacity of Visitor of Manipur University leaving no option for him to occupy his position using all means has not ended the tendency to deteriorate the normal functioning of the Manipur University, as another associate of AP Pandey , who still claim as in charge VC had issued an order late yesterday evening stating that pro VC  Prof. Yugindro Singh, who was appointed by the VC AP Pandey  shall performed the duties of Vice Chancellor.

The legitimacy to the appointment of Pro Vice Chancellor is still in questioned as VC AP Pandey had been given leave from September 1 by the approval of the Chancellor of Manipur University soon after he announced his joining office on September 1. However, source said that the complicacy can only be sorted out after the court directives as a case regarding the force type leave and the MoA signed between the MHRD, Govt. Manipur and Manipur University community has been challenged by Pandey. The hearing which was supposed to be held yesterday has been differed after a similar SLP has been filed by Prof. AP Pandey at Supreme Court.

However, as per the MoA signed on August 16 and after the MHRD gave approval of every content in the agreement, The two members independent enquiry Committee has been conducting the enquiry in full swing.

The issuance of the order by M Shyamkesho , which stated   that Pro VC  Prof. Yugindro Singh shall performed the duty of the VC has been strongly reacted by the Manipur University Community.

The VC in charge Prof. Vishwanath also wrote a letter to the Secretary MHRD urging for clarification to the legitimacy of the order  by Prof. Shyamkesho at the capacity of the in charge Registrar , when Prof. Dolendro has already been acting as the in-charge Registrar and is presently serving as nodal officer of the enquiry committee.

Source close to Imphal Times said that , VC in Charge Prof. Vishwanath in the letter to the secretary MHRD stated that Shaymkesho had applied for casual leave since he took charge as VC in Charge when the University re-opened on August 23.

To cope up with pending works of the University Prof. Sh. Dorendrojit Singh  has been given in-charge Registrar for a period of 30 days.

The letter also stated that Prof. AP Pandey’s leave was extended from September 9 until the completion of the enquiry with the approval of the Chancellor of the Manipur University.

Activities of AP Pandey during his leave period by issuing orders of many kinds has created confusion to the University community and the MHRD had already acknowledge the act of Pandey as a deteriorating factors in the activities of Manipur University.

The source further added that Prof. W. Vishwanath Singh , in his letter to the Secretary sought clarification regarding his position as well as that of Prof. Dorendrajit’s position . he also sought clarification from the HRD to the status of the so called transit office opened by Prof. AP Pandey at Sanjenthong .


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Absconded kingpin of Rohingya trafficker arrested

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Imphal, Sept 19,

After getting specific information about how the Rohingyas had been trafficked inside the country through Moreh in Indo Myanmar border, police today arrested the kingpin who masterminded the whole criminal act along with his wife from Yairipok area early today morning.

The kingpin Rashid Ali @ Nasir Ali @ Laloo Bhaiya(51 yrs) s/o Md. Jamaruddin originally from Uttar Pradesh and is presently taking shelter at a rented house in Yairipok Ningthounai Sabal Leikai had been absconding after a transporter of 5/6 Rohingyas , caught red handed on May 1this year revealed his name. Takhellambam Gobin Singh had told the police that Rashid Ali had directed him to bring those Rohingya at Imphal.

The kingpin Rashid Ali and his wife  Ms Khulakpam Tahir Begum were arrested by a police team led by  Additional SP, Tengnoupal Kh. Robinsun at around 5 am today. A case has been registered against the two under FIR No. 34(5)2018 MRH/PS U/S 370/465/468/471 IPC and 14 Foreigner’s Act.

Police recovers  two mobile phones, One PAN card in the name of Md. Rashid Ali,  One election ID card in the name of Md. Rashid Ali, One Aadhaar card in the name of Md. Rashid Ali and  One ATM VISA card of Syndicate Bank.

Police are investigating on how the two mange to get huge amount of money for transportation of the Rohingya to the state of Manipur.


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Manipur tourism holds seminar on Homestay and sustainable tourism

Imphal, Sept. 19,

A seminar on Home Stays & Sustainable Tourism was held today at Sangai Hall, Hotel Imphal. The seminar was organized by Manipur Tourism as a part of ‘Paryatan Parv 2018’ celebration.
In his welcome address, Director, Manipur Tourism, W. Ibohal Singh said that the Department was in the process of preparing guidelines of home stay for the state in line with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Tourism. The Department was also planning to provide training to the registered home stay owners and District wise awareness regarding importance of Home stay development to the public, he further added.
The Director also expressed that knowing the purpose of the visit of a tourist was very important for the growth of tourism sector and Home stays would take a major role in promoting Manipur Tourism by creating an emotional attachment between the tourist and home owners. He further said that development of Rural Tourism should be the first priority for a developing state like Manipur, where there is slow advancement of technology.
Assistant Professor,(CESD), Manipur University, Dr. Irengbam Rubita, who is one of the speakers in the seminar, said that sharing of authentic experiences and cultural exchanges between the guest and the owner, was a distinctive feature of a home stay, which made it different from a hotel. She also shared knowledge about the necessities of a home stay like rural settings, various activities to be done by home stay owners, principles to be used in developing home stay, product line of home stay, Status of Manipur accommodation sector.,etc.
Owner (Maipakchao Family Home stay), Shri Maipakchao Oinam and Founder (WAHPS), Shri M. Krishnakanta also shared their experiences regarding Home stay and sustainable tourism. Among the others who attended the seminar were Deputy Director, Tourism, Shri M. Kapajit Singh, officials of Tourism Department and students of Manipur University and JCRE.
It may be mentioned that Paryatan Parv is being observed across the country from the 16th to 27th September, 2018 under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and in collaboration with other Central Ministries, State Governments. The celebration is aimed at drawing focus in the benefits of tourism while showcasing the cultural diversity of the country and reinforcing the principle of “Tourism for All”.a

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Students formed human chain and protest against assault of AMSU leaders

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Imphal, Sept 19,


Demanding punishment of those responsible for the assault of AMSU volunteers including its general secretary Anil Soibam on Sept.13 evening at Nungba, students of Advance Intermediate College Moirang today formed human chain blocking road . Slogans denouncing government inaction to drive out the NSCN-IM from the soil of the state were shouted during the protest.


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Gold, mobile phone thief caught, Keirao Bitra locals bans entry of outsiders after 10 pm

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Imphal, Sep 19:

Irilbung Police had arrested a person who allegedly stole four mobile phones (MI 4A, Samsung Duos, MI Redmi, OPPO A83) worth Rs. 43,000/- and three gold rings worth Rs 25,000.
Source said that the mobile phones and gold rings were stolen from the house of Mutum Amuba Singh S/o Late Mutum Ibohal of Keirao bitra Mayai Leikai on the intervening night of September 4 and 5.
Following the incident, Amuba lodged a written complaint with the Irilbung police station. Police started investigating into the matter under FIR No. 46(09) 2018 and could detect the whereabouts of the thief after tracking the mobile phone he had stolen.
The arrested thief has been identified as Md.Sabir khan @Sanathoi(20)yrs S/O(L) Faya Khan of keirao Makting Makha Leikai, added the source.
Meanwhile, the Nongpok Ningthou Panthoibi Development Committee, an apex body of Keirao Bitra lauded Kiran Singh , who is the Officer in charge of Irilbung police station for tactfully arresting the culprit on time.
A release signed by T Joy Meetei, president Nongpok Ningthou Panthoibi Development Committee demanded fitting punishment to the accused thief as per law of the land.
Citing that incidents of robbery, which is on the rise in recent days at Keirao village, the apex body imposed ban on entry of outsiders into the village after 10 pm.

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Spirit of Hijam Irabot still runs in Manipur Journalists Media will resume to play its part

Almost every section of the Manipuri society including the Government today started recognizing  Lamyanba Hijam Irabot as the leader of the state. Every Manipuri today realize that Hijam irabot is a multifaceted leader of the erstwhile reason who had sacrificed his entire life for the future of this erstwhile nation. He was communist and have always stand for the poor and deprived section of the society.
September is a significant month, as everything happened was in this month. He was born on September 30 of 1896 and left for heavenly abode on September 26. He went underground on September 21 of 1948, he was declared terrorist as he was considered a threat to the ruling capitalist class.
Well apart from other activities,  Irabot’s contribution to this erstwhile nation is the introduction of journalism for the first time. He was the first to edit and publish a newspaper in the soil of this region. It was during Manipur’s pre-independence and post independence that the legend had light up the foundation of journalism.
The journey of Manipur press began and from cyclostyle to letter press then offset machine and now there are 12 to 16 page full colour newspaper published every day. Besides, addition of Cable news and now with the beginning of a new era the print and electronic mass media have reached beyond expectation. The importance of the media being understand by the people across the country and globe considered “Media today is the fourth estate of democracy”.
Now, the question that we are putting up is “ Is media still a fourth estate in today’s democratic Inida”
The dream that the new information age would be one of greater enlightenment, of a rational discourse and greater participation has not come true.
Understanding the power if media, every ruling government in today’s India are trying every means to put media under their control using every means is not directly.
The fourth estate, however, is more powerful than ever. It is shaped by two dominating principles - sensationalism and simplification, which the American sociologist Robert McChesney, in his book Rich Media, Poor Democracy, defines as the consequence of “hyper commercialisation”. It has led to ever fiercer ratings and circulation wars, which inevitably leads to what is called “dumping down”. To succeed, the media industry tries to appeal to the lower instincts of people.
Analyst today said that the 2014 Indian election which give rise to the popularity of Narendra Modi and made a swiping win in the election is because of the tactful utilization of all form of media including the social media.
After coming to power, the government didn’t let go the media while strict surveillances are also conducted to the social media.
Veteran politician , Yaswant Sinha, in an interview with a web site channel had stated that the Narendia Modi government is doing marvelous in utilization of media. The one time BJP leader speaks volumes when he said so. But what is more interesting is how the Modi government took interest in media.
As per his assessment , in four years the narendra Modi Government spend over 4000 crores of rupess on personalize publicity.  
Modi leadership knows the power of media and is using it with a purpose.
And it is sure that in 2019 parliamentary election, media will be a battle ground. The one which have no respect for media will be defeated.
Now, when it comes to the state of Manipur, N. Biren Singh understood well on how to handle media will do all the needful. One thing his government failed to understand is the importance of small media which will also certainly play its part.
In the age of internet, what the Chief minister of Manipur and his colleague should understand is that there will be no such thing as big media or small media as the tools invented by Mark Zukerburg  and other software expert has enable to reach out what has been published to as a many people across the globe and the state even more than those of so called big media whom they gave more priority.
September is the month of the father of Manipuri Journalism Hijam Irabot , and every September each of us will remember the spirit of the “Father of Manipuri Journalism”, media will play its role to remain as the fourth estate to make the democracy a successful , as the spirit of Hijam Irabot still runs in our blood.  


By - Amung Hungyo
(A Naga Public)

Having observed all the hues and cries in both the print and electronic media about the slogans of bandhs, strikes, dharnas and blockades, I find that “the Meitei community is really very proud to say that they have 2000 years of history.” I appreciate their love for their land and history. I have no objection to the Meitei’s having 2000 years or 7000 years history. What I wonder most is their objection to other people having that long, say longer or shorter period of history. Sometimes, their claims sound childish- seeing everything so fine on their side and ugly on the other’s side. Anything which a Meitei does is beautiful, laudable and admirable and whatever a person from another community does is intolerable to them. For example, the Meiteis struggled and got Meitei/Manipuri language or Meitei’s mother tongue admitted as one of the Major Indian Languages. None of the Meiteis objected to that on the ground that it is sectarian or ethnic line/based privilege.
Secondly, sometimes it is quite confusing to guess why the Meiteis are objecting to the Nagas’ claims to their legitimate rights. They keep the 6th Schedule and Article 371 C of India’s constitution for the minorities/hill areas defeated. They are now objecting extension of the Article 371 A which is being in vogue with the counterparts of the Nagas in the present states of Nagaland. The government of India knows these parts of the Supreme Law of the land being defeated by the Meitei-dominated state of Manipur. The so called “People of Manipur” without the hill people is trying to defeat the Article 3 of the constitution or to rewrite the said article with words/phrases they want. Is the government of India not convinced of the Meitei Society’s desire to overlord the Nagas forever?
So much so, the narrow plains comprising 20% of the geographical area have 40 MLAs while the rest 80% of the total land area is given just 20 MLAs. Only in this state, mob is the ruler and authority in any matter. One cannot easily forget the incident like the one which happened in December, 2012 popularly known as Momoko Incident of Chandel which shook the entire state and rocked the State Assembly affecting the hill people, mainly the Nagas who had gone to Imphal for purchase of things for Christmas and New Year festival. Another mob rule was witness in December, 2016 when the Meitei public declared a counter-blockade at Imphal against the UNC’s economic blockade. The Nagas were mainly targeted. Many vehicles and properties belonging to the Nagas were set on fire while the Meitei-dominated Manipur government remained a mute spectator who only intervened after so much damage was already done by the unruly Meitei mob. The Congress government led by Mr. O. Ibobi Singh had to obey the mob. Mob rule still continues in the state. The recent problem at the Manipur University is a sufficient proof. Here too, the Congress led by Mr. Ibobi and Mr. Gaikhangam have hurled the blame on Delhi (see The Sangai Express, 4th September, 2018).
Again, the Meiteis, as they prefer, the Manipuris, seem so fond of advocating their pre-merger status by referring to their long years of history which show at the end the exact size of their territory (in the Merger Agreement) as 700 Sq. miles or 26,500 paris clearly excluding the hills from the Sanaleibak or Kangleipak. To which, the government of recently independent India arbitrarily severed Naga’s land to make the present state of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Keep in mind, the compact and contiguous Naga country was never allotted by the Government of India nor was loaned by any Manipur Rajas. So, India cannot manipulate the Nagas’ fate like this. Among many others, we are narrating just a few common domineering and chauvinistic mentality of the Meitei society leaders. They hold in high esteem of their feudal kings, their history and their domain, but feign ignorance about the Nagas whose history could have been even longer, further back, like that of the Aborigines of North America. They feign ignorance about Nagas political struggle for the last 60-70 years; they feign ignorance about why the infamous Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1951 was enacted by the first Parliament of India. The Nagas have unwritten history. They lived in isolation and in primitive village state for too long, even longer than the so-claimed history of Manipur.
It is sheer nonsense on the part of the Government of India to believe the Nagas respecting its (India’s) Constitution being trampled by the Manipuris. The Nagas too are humans and have sentiments. The Government of India shall one day pay for what it has done to the Nagas, that is, for keeping Nagas in the hands of the Manipuris for so long. If the Government of India cannot do justice, admit now. The Nagas need not talk with it. The Nagas have every right to go to the world communities for finding justice right now. We have trusted the wrong entity for twenty long years.
Will Naga Political Solution negatively impact Sanaleibak?
The Meitei’s Manipur or Kangleipak or Sanaleibak will lose nothing by removing Naga territory from the present Map of Manipur. It can be still larger than Goa. There are independent countries in the world whose geographical areas are smaller than Imphal Valley, but are super rich countries. I am sure Imphal will remain an important principality not only for India but also for the continent of the entire Asia. Sanaleibak is indeed a beautiful place with salubrious climate and panoramic landscapes and fresh water lakes. Their valley is fertile and it will continue to produce surplus food grains.
The Meiteis are hard working. In medicine and health, the Meiteis outshine the rest of India. In motor and electrical engineering, the Meiteis shall continue to provide workmanship to all its neighbouring communities. Thus, the Meiteis will lose nothing in doing justice to the Nagas which is long overdue.
The Nagas on the other hand shall continue to struggle even harder than before to make both ends meet. They will continue to require the Meiteis to teach Maths and Science in the hills, to run electricity and to keep their vehicles running. The Nagas, though somehow emancipated with political autonomy, their inhospitable terrains will not change and shall continue to depend on the Meiteis and the valley to meet their food grain requirements, medical and health services and what not.
 (The writer can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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If Buddhism Is Not A Religion Or Philosophy Then What Is It Way Of Life

By - Thangjam Sanjoo Singh

Though we called the teaching of the Buddha ‘Buddhism’, thus including it among the ‘isms’ and ‘ology’s’, it does not really matter what we label it. Call it religion, philosophy, Buddhism or any other name you like. These labels are of little significance to one who go in search of truth and deliverance.
Some prefers to call the teachings of the Buddha a religion, others call it a philosophy, still others think of it as both religion and philosophy. It may, however be correct to call it a ‘Way of Life’. But that does not mean that that Buddhism is nothing more than ethical code. Far from it, it is a way of moral, spiritual and intellectual training leading to complete freedom of mind.The Buddha himself called his teaching ‘Dhamma-vinaya’, the Doctrine and the discipline.
But Buddhism in the strictest sense of the word cannot be called a religion, for if by religion is meant ‘action or conduct indicating belief in reverence for and desire to please, a divine ruling power; the exercise or practice of rites or observance implying this…; recognition on the part of man of some higher unseen power as having control of his destiny and as being entitled to obedience, reverence and worship. Buddhism certainly is not such a religion.
In Buddhist thought, there is no awareness or conviction of the existence of a Creator or God of any form who rewards and punishes the good and ill deeds of the creatures of his creation. A Buddhist takes refuge in the Buddha but not in the hope that he will be saved by the Master. There is no such guarantee. The Buddha is only a teacher who points out the way and guides the followers to their individual deliverance.
A sign-board at the parting of the road, for instance, indicates directions and it is left to wayfarer to tread along the way watching his steps. The board certainly will not take him to his desired destination.
A doctor diagnoses the ailment and prescribes; it is left to the patient to test the prescription. The attitude of the Buddha towards his followers is like that of an understanding and compassionate teacher or a physician.
The highest worship is that paid to the best of men, those great and daring spirits who have with their wide and penetrating grasp of reality, wiped out ignorance and rooted out defilements. The men who saw Truth are true helpers, but Buddhist do not pray to them. They only reverence the revealers of Truth for having pointed out the path to true happiness and deliverance. Happiness is what one must achieve for oneself; nobody else can make one better or worse. ‘Purity and impurity depend on oneself. One can neither purify nor defile another.’
While lying on his death-bed between the two Sala trees at Kusinara the 80 year old Buddha seeing the flowers offered to him, addressed the Venerable Ananda thus : ‘ They who, Ananda, are correct in life, living according to the Dhamma - it is they who rightlyhonor , reverence and venerate the Tathagata (the Perfect One) with the worthiest homage. Therefore, Ananda, be ye correct in life, living according to the Dhamma.Thus, should you trained yourselves? This encouragement of the Buddha on living according to the Dhamma shows clearly that what is of highest importance is training in mental, verbal and bodily conduct, and not the mere offering of flowers to the Enlightened Ones. The emphasis is on living the right life.
Now, when a Buddhist offers flowers or lights a lamp before the image of the Buddha or some sacred object and ponders over the supreme qualities of the Buddha, he is not praying to anyone; these are not rites, rituals or acts of worship. The flowers that soon fade and the flames that die down speak to him and tell him of the impermanency of all conditioned things. The image serves as an object for concentration, for meditation, to gain inspiration and to endeavors to emulate the qualities of the Master. Those who do not understand the significance of the simple offering, hastily conclude: ‘This is idol worship.’ Nothing could be more untrue.
As to where Buddhism is a philosophy that depends upon the definition of the word; and whether it is possible to give a definition that will cover all existing systems of philosophical thought is doubtful. Etymologically philosophy means to love wisdom. ‘Philosophy has been both the seeking of wisdom and the wisdom sought.’ In Indian thought philosophy is termed darsana, vision of truth. In brief, the aim of philosophy should be to find out the ultimate truth.
Buddhism also advocates the search for truth. But it is no mere speculative reasoning, a theoretical structure, a mere acquiring and storing of knowledge. The Buddha emphasizes the practical aspect of his teaching, the application of knowledge of life – looking into life and not merely at it.
For the Buddha, the entire teaching is just the understanding of the unsatisfactory nature of all phenomenal existence and the cultivation of the path leading away from his unsatisfactoriness. This is his ‘philosophy’.
There are many instances where people gained enlightenment and release from taints by merely watching a leaf fall, the fall of water, a forest fire, the blowing out of a lamp. This struck a chord in them and realizing the impermanent nature of things, they gained deliverance. Yes, the lotus awaits the sunlight and no sooner does the sun shine than the lotus opens and brings delight to all.
Here in this teaching no attempt is made to probe into the ultimate origin of man and things – to inquire into the question:  ‘Is the universe eternal or not? Is it finite or infinite?’
The Buddha was not concerned with such metaphysical problems which only confuse man and upset his mental equilibrium. Their solution slowly will not free mankind from misery and ill. That was why the Buddha hesitated to answer such questions, and at times refrained from explaining those which were often wrongly formulated. The Buddha was practical teacher. His sole aim was to explain in all its detail the problem of dukka, suffering the universal fact of life, to make people feel its full force and to convince them of it. He has definitely told us what he explains and what he does not explain.
Some scholars, however, do not appreciate this attitude of the Master, they even doubt his enlightenment and label him as agnostic. Scholars will ever argue and speculate. These are not questions of today or yesterday, they were raised in the time of the Buddha. Even Sakuludayi the Wanderer, for instance, asked about the past and the future and the Buddha’s reply was categorical:
‘Let be the past, let be the future, I will teach you the Dhamma.
“When this is, that comes to be,
With the arising of this, that arises,
When this is not, that does not come to be,
With the cessation of this, that ceases.”

This in a nutshell is the Buddhist doctrine of conditionality or Dependent Arising. And this forms the foundation of the Four Noble Truths, the central conception of Buddhism.

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Global campaign on  Biodiversity for Everyone’s Life launched from North East India

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Imphal, Sept 19,

A global campaign on ‘Biodiversity for Everyone’s Life’ was launched from Imphal, Manipur in the presence of a large number of policymakers, civil society, scientists and students .
The campaign which was released in the form of a 60 seconds documentary featuring Olympian and Five times world boxing champion Mary Kom, Governor of Manipur, Dr Najma Heptulla and environmentalist, Dr Dinabandhu Sahoo.
The main aim of this programme was to create awareness and sensitise the masses about the biodiversity and its benefits to the common people.
The Manipur Governor, Dr Najma Heptulla and Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly , Y. Khemchand Singh, launched the campaign on ‘Biodiversity for Everyone’s Life’, an initiative of Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), a National Institute of Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India, at Imphal on Tuesday.
In his welcome address, Prof Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director IBSD, remarked how the biodiversity of the region was declining at an alarming rate and how due to climate change and over exploitation, the lives and livelihoods of the people of this region were in danger. Due to rapid industrialization, unplanned urbanization and increase in human activities, average global temperature has increased by 0.740 C during the last 100 years. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the temperature could rise by 1-6-4.30C by 2100.
At the same time, global mean sea level rose between 12-27 cms during the last century. These changes have caused huge loss in biodiversity, affecting the entire world, from low lying areas to the vast polar regions.
At least 40% of the world economy and 80% of the needs of the people are derived from biological resources. More than 700 species that are facing extinction are being hit hard by climate change. Therefore, there is an urgent need to join hands to make combined efforts to save our biodiversity.  Biodiversity positively impacts human health in a number of ways, with the bioeconomy expected to contribute to 2.7 % of global GDP by 2030. There are 34 global biodiversity hotspots in the world, out of which Four are in India namely; (1) the Western Ghats, (2) the Eastern Himalayas, (3) Indo-Burma and (4) Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said Sahoo.
The Speaker while addressing the gathering lauded this initiative and promised to sensitive the policymakers about the importance of biodiversity and promised all help at his level. In her address, Dr Najma Heptulla,  Governor of Manipur, expressed the timeliness of this campaign and also gave practicable advice on the importance of planting of native tree species for increasing the biodiversity of plants and animals.
 During the inaugural function, IBSD also felicitated the Governor who was recently conferred the outstanding Parliamentarian Award. The Speaker was also felicitated for his outstanding contribution to public service.
 Sahoo also urged everyone to spread the campaign through the YouTube video that is entitled ‘Biodiversity for Everyone’s Life’.

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Assam Rifles organises Mega Pension Adalat

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Imphal, Sept 19,


Assam Rifles Ex-servicemen Mega Pension Adalat for the Ex-servicemen of Manipur was conducted under the aegis of IGAR (South) at Haflong Hall, Mantripukhri, Imphal, yesterday. The event elicited participation from more than 500 Assam Rifles Ex-servicemen including World War II veterans, widows and their dependants from all the districts of the State. The aim of the pension adalat was to address the pension related grievances and also strengthen bonds and acknowledge the contribution of veterans made for the country during the prime of their lives.

The occasion was graced by Brig Amit Kabthiyal, SM, Commander, 9 Sector Assam Rifles as the Chief Guest along with other Assam Rifles officials. Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest exhorted the State Government Departments, Banks and other civil agencies to render maximum support to the veterans who had dedicated their lives to protect the nation.

                A team of officials from HQ DG Assam Rifles, Shillong resolved more than 350 grievances during the pension adalat and Pension Revision Orders to the effect were distributed. In addition a number of stalls were also setup to provide various facilities including CSD, medical assistance, banking, Aadhaar and PAN Card Registration etc. The event was followed by lunch for all participants. The band of Assam Rifles which was in attendance certainly brought back the memories of old times. The Ex-servicemen, widow and their dependants thanked HQ IGAR (South) for organising the event.

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