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Minister Biswajit Calls For Doing Good Deeds In Lifetime

Imphal,Sept 30,

Information and Public Relation Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh has called for doing good deeds in our lifetime for the sake of our future generation.
Addressing the gathering on the observation of the 122nd Birth Anniversaries of Lamyanba Hijam Irwat and Athouba Ibungohalmani and inauguration of Leishang Hiden Heritage Tourist park at Leishang Hiden Heritage site, Kyamgei Pal –Ahanbi, Minister Biswajit  stated that we are remembering Jana Neta Irawat for all the good deeds he has done for our state.
Recalling Jana Neta Irawat contribution , Minister said that without true Nationlist ,society will never exist. Jana Neta Irawat was a true nationalist,Irawat has work hard for women empowerment and bringing social justice in the society, he added.
Minister asserted that likewise in our lifetime we should dedicate and live for the nation by performing responsible duties for bringing development in our society.
 Minister Biswajit stated that from this year Sangai festival, home stay facility will be introduced to attract tourist in the state .As our state is inhabited by various ethnic tribes having their own art forms and dances etc. Home stay facility will enable the tourists to taste the various cuisine and enjoy our culture.

Our State is abundance in natural resources, but we cannot explore it. Now time has come to explore our tourism sector to boost our economy. He further called for preserving our ecology system as ecological imbalance led to flash flood .
Minister explained that due to the talent and hard work of our sportsperson, the centre has given approval of establishing Sport University is our state. Now the centre has started recognising the talents of our sportsperson. And we can also promote medical tourism in our state as our state is having good number of premier Health Care Institute and Research Centre.
Minister maintained the ‘Start up policy’ was launched for the educated unemployed youths with an aim to provide job employment. As maximum number of entrepreneurs will decrease number of unemployment problem in our state.
He also welcome constructive criticism and called for unity among ourselves   for bringing peace and development in our society.
The newly inaugurated Leishang Hiden Heritage Tourist park is having cafeteria, rest house and boating facility at Leishang Hiden.
As a part of the observation,the minister led the gatherings in offering floral tributes to the portraits of Lamyanba Hijam Irawat and Athouba Angom Ibungohalmani.
The observation was organised by the Leishang Hiden Protection and Development Authority and were attended by Keirao A/C MLA Shri Lourembam Rameshwor Meitei, members of LHPDA, students among others.

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122nd Birth Anniversary of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot observed across the state and outside the state

IT News

Imphal,Sept 30,

Irabot Ningsing Pangba Lup , a committee formed by Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur , (SSUM) Manipur Proletariat Peoples’ Democratic Union and Proletarian Feminist Movement Manipur (POFM) today organised 122nd Birth Anniversary at Thangmeiband THAU Ground here in Imphal.

Speaking on the occasion General Secretary of SSUM in his Key note speech slammed the government of Manipur over the refusal to grant permission for a peace rally as a mark of respect to the pioneer leader. He said , It is an insult to the leader Lamyanba Irabot.

March past, cultural show and paying of floral tribute to the portrait of Hijam Irabot mark the day.

Th. Kiran Kumar IAS, Director Education (S) and Chairman BOSEM, Prof. L. Ranbir Singh. MS JNIMS, A Kenedy Singh principal IPS, Renu Takhellambam , President EEVFAM, S Sumati Devi Secy. All Manipur Guardian Association, Comrade M. Meghachandra Singh President MPPDU, Com. S. Yaima Meitei, President in charge SSUM, Com N Sarjubala Devi President PoFM, Com S. Bijayanty Devi Co- Convenor SWA MAnipur and Com Atif Anik , President revolutionary students’ youth movement Bangladesh attended the function as dignitaries on the dais.

Speakers on the occasion recalled the activities and revolutionary life of Hijam Irabot.

Prof. L. Ranbir while talking on the occasion said that the  quality of a person is known only after his death.

Renu of EEVFAM called on people to fulfill the dream of Hijam Irabot.

Unity is what he dream said Renu.

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Why MU Community is against AP Pandey? (Part 2)

 ‘AP Pandey donates Rs. 2 lakhs to ABVP for publication of souvenir’

IT Desk
Imphal, Sept 30,

It was not the frequent leave that provokes anger to the Manipur University Community against AP Pandey but also misuse of Manipur University fund by violating the rules and regulations of the University and also disparities towards students groups.

As per source, Prof. AP Pandey donated a sum of Rs. 2,00,000/- to a politically motivated students’ organization called Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) Manipur Unit in February , 2018 in connection with the publication of a souvenir . Donation from the University exchequer to a specific student body by AP Pandey is perhaps the first time happened in Manipur University. As per record no student’s bodies other than the Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) had ever been provided financial assistance for publication of souvenir.    
Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad is a students’ wing of the BJP. The MU community term the donation from the Manipur University Fund  as “Arbitrary and illegal”. Source said that the statement submitted to the 2 member enquiry committee stated that if the payment of donation is in connection with the publication of souvenir, the payment should be made after a copy of the souvenir is submitted. However,  in the case at hand , no copy of the souvenir is available in the record.
There are over 15 major students groups operating in the state including ANSAM, ATUM, KSO, AMSU, MSF , KSA , SUK, AIIMS , SSUM etc. Each student body use to publish annual report of souvenir. If ABVP can get a donation of Rs. 2 Lakh from the Manipur University exchequer why not the other student body get the same privileged, a student leader of the MUSU said while talking to this reporter.
If it is the case Manipur University have to spent nearly Rs. 20 Lakh for providing financial assistance to students’ body every year. 

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Fitting tribute paid to Lamyanba at Jiri and Silchar and Hojai of Assam

IT News


Sept. 30,


People in Jiribam today recalled the life and contributions of Jana Neta Hijam Irabot on his 122nd birth anniversary. Apart of the celebration people in Jiribam paid their tributes to the leader who strived for a better social change in Manipur. 

In connection with the birth anniversary of Hijam Irabot, students contingent of various schools of Jiribam march parade and paid salute at the statues. Altogether 24 students contingent of boys and girls took part in the parade as well as cultural troops of Inungnganbi Manipuri Dance Academy displayed their cultural dance. 

Thereafter, a commemoration Programme was held at Jiribam Higher Secondary School Auditorium. 

The programme was graced by Th.Shyam Kumar Singh, Honble Minister MAHUD /Forest, Government of Manipur as a Chief Guest while Dr. Chandam Kamal Singh, Life Time President, JIMET, Jiribam as a functional president; K.Saratkumar Singh, General Secretary (Adm.)

BJP Manipur Pradesh; Kh. Janaki Devi, Adhayaksha, Zilla Parishad, Jiribam District; T. Bimol Chand, AC to DC, Jiribam District; S. Shanti Devi, Chairperson Jiribam Municipal Council, Jiribam; H. Basulal Singh, Addl. Superintendent of Police, Jiribam District and K. Jadumani Singh, Social Worker shared the dais as guests of honour. 

At the onset of the programme, Th. Shyam Kumar lighted the candle. Followed by welcome address delivered by Th. Somorendro Singh, Advisor, JIMET. 

Dr. S. ArunKumar Singh, Asst. Professor Jiribam College; S. Komlakanta Singh, Social Worker, Cachar, Assam  briefly talked about the life of Irabot and his contributions for better social change in Manipur. 

  1. Sarat Kumar, General Secretary (Adm.), BJP Manipur Pradesh said Hijam Irabot was  a versatile leader of all sections of people,  we should imitate his quality.  He added, Irabot was also a leader who makes effort for the development of community.  For his noble initiatives today we recalled him on his 122nd Birth Anniversary. Sarat also requested to all, if we want to achieve success in any regard, then we need to take the decision unitedly. “We have to discuss every matter minutely and it is the responsibility of everyone of us”, He added. 

Thereafter, he said not to spread any news and views in social media personally before it’s authenticity. He requested if any wishes and desire  have, then convey the matter to the government. The present BJP led government of Manipur always ready to serve the people at level best. 

On the speech of Chief Guest, Th. Saratkumar Singh, Minister of MAHUD/Forest, Government of Manipur said Hijam Irabot was such personality who also shown the nation the identity of Manipuri Community.” Today the Government of Manipur observed the day showing tribute to the life time achievement of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot “, He added. 

He also appealed to all to remember such great soul forever.

The 122nd Birth Anniversary of Hijam Irabot was also observed at Shilchar , Hojai and Tripura .

The observance held at Silchar, Retd. Prof. Okram Churamani, Soyam Lokendrajit Singh Retd Prof MU and Former MLA  of Assam Dipok Bhattacharjee attended as  dignitaries.

 The Hijam Irabot Smriti Raksha Committee,Silchar observed the 122nd Birth Anniversary of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot Singh at Gandhi Bhavan in Silchar,Cachar.

In a morning session of the day long event , many intellectual brigades, CSO leaders, women organisations leaders and students organisation leaders paid floral tributes to the statue of Hijam Irabot laying in Irabot Sarani Silchar near Itkhola.

In a open session of the event, Irabot Smriti Raksha President Prof.Okram Churamani chaired the function as functional President while Prof. Soyam Lokendrajit , formerly Dean of the School of Humanities,Manipur University, Canchipur and Comrade Dipak Bhattacharya ,former CPI MLA were also graced as special talker and guest respectively.

While speaking on the occassion, Advocate Dulal Mitra, who is also a secretary of the Irabot Smriti Raksha Committee Silchar opined that Hijam Irabot is not only the leader of Manipuri but he is also a versatile social reformist.

He also claimed Hijam Irabot was a favourite leader amongst the   non Manipuri communities of Barak Valley.

“Irabot contributed a lot for the deprived sections of the society while he was in Silchar “ Dulal further added.

It can also be noted that Good known Comrade and a former president of Irabot Smriti Raksha Committee, Silchar Dipak Bhattacharya was also conferred with Hijam Irabot Memorial Award by the said Committee in a event.

The event was consisted of mass rally, cultural extravaganza and discussion on Hijam Irabot.

At Hojai in Assam, Manipuri Kala Krishti Kendra, Papal Pukhri (Lanka) Hojai organised the day.

Manipur’s  Minister Karam Shyam, MLA Th. Satyabrata, MLA H.Dingo, Co Convenor of JCILPS Yk.Dhiren and Secretary General of  UPF  Niranjan Usham attended as dignitaries.

Protection and Preservation Committee Manipur in collaboration Manipuri Council Tripura also observed the day at Dhaleswar and Lansing Mora of Tripura and Lansing Mora.

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Construction of Ghats ensure sustainable tourism along Ganga River

Babie Shirin
Lucknow ,Sept. 30,

 River cruises, floating hotels, moving sounds and light show and even app to provide information on religious ceremonies are all part of tourism ministry’s proposal to rejuvenate the Ganga river. The action plan that merge old traditional with new technologies construction of Ghats ensure sustainable tourism along Ganga River.
One of the highlight, being the national river the union government has also taken up initiative to protect it with great sincerity as it serves a great purpose to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for daily needs. To protect the 2525 km long river the union government has an ambitious project called Namami Ganga Programme. It is an approved flagship programme of june 2014 with a budget outlay of Rs 20000 crore to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation.

Construction of ghat a surface or plight of steps which connects the river and the visitors is one of the components of the project.
Eight representative of state media from Manipur witnessed the Sarsaiya Ghat in Kanpur is one of the largest Ghat in Kanpur. Under Namami Ganga Programme, 24 ghats have been constructed in Kanpur said senior manager of engineers india limited, executing agency of the project, Tanvir Jaheer to state media. He said these ghats serves a great purpose to visistors as this connects people and river, in religious purposes and in promoting tourism.
He stated that the ghat was built with a total cost of Rs 2.34 crore. 29 more project ghats will be buit in Kanpur under this project. Handrails, paintings, changing rooms, gender wise toilets, flood lights are among the important components while construction of ghats.
Tanvir also mentioned that under this project Kanpur union Bithoor and Farrukkhabad are constructed under Rs. 47 crore. After construction of ghat at Sarsaiya visitor visit at ghat get more comfortable to do religious practice. Tourist gets advantage for proper toilet, washroom and changing room. At night time visitor can walk freely in lamp light.

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Good initiative; but Irabot may still shed tears in heaven

The announcement to observe the Birth Anniversary of Hijam Irabot as state function by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh from today is a sign of good gesture which proves that Lamyanba Hijam Irabot is still an indomitable leader of the state. Notwithstanding with the fact that Hijam Irabot is a leftist ideologue leader who had sacrificed his life for the cause of the deprived section of the people of the state, N. Biren Singh government’s recognition to the leader despite that BJP is a Right wing political force, perhaps showed that – Right or left , no matter all respect the sincerity, sacrifices and essence pf patriotism of Hijam Irabot. His government’s promises to erect a statue of the leader at Irabot Square near the state Assembly is worth appreciating. Today, would have been the happiest moment of the people if only the present government acts by thinking like Hijam Irabot.
Well a classless society with the proletariat on the forefront was the dreamt of our great Leader Hijam Irabot. For the cause the leader had waged a political war against the British colonial rule and then later against feudalistic nature of the Majarajah and the ruling capitalist class of Manipur. What makes different from this pioneer leader and the so call leaders of our days is that he was not lured by the prospect of the royal prerogatives and official facilities including the prestigious post of membership to the Sardar Panchayat Court that was being offered to him for having married princess Khomdonsana.
To Hijam Irabot, the war was not only against the external force which had colonized the nation state but it was rather against all forms of oppression and suppression committed under the feudalistic character of the system. He dreamt of a nation where every citizen has the right to live with dignity. His work for promotion of the culture, sports, literature and journalism is a reflection of his love towards this erstwhile nation state.
All his life the great leader had work for the cause of the people sacrificing every comfort of live. To convert his dreamt into reality he spearheaded various political movement starting from the grass hood level. He was the man behind the formation of students’ federation, peasant union, women’s organization and progressive party.

For his active role to bring about a reformed state, he was sent to prison many a times during the British colonial era. Later after the British left the nation state, Hijam Irabot was once again declared as a terrorist as his activities continued to be a threat to the Maharajah himself as well as the ruling capitalist.
In recognition to the activities of this all time leader, the state is celebrating his Birth Anniversary across the state. Earlier it was the Communist Party of India (CPI) which took main initiative in organizing the day to commemorate the leader’s birthday but today its glad that the state government is observing as a state function.
But one think we in the Imphal Times would like to remind is that, would the person who had sacrifices every comfort of life would be happy to see us celebrating the day without fulfilling any of his dream. Will our leader be happy if he sees the conditions of the peasant community or the working class people of this state? Children of the peasants and middle class family who could not afford to send their children outside the state for higher studies are on agitation. Armed police are turning the Highest temple of learning – the Manipur University as War field.
This is the state of our state. There is no doubt that our great leader Hijam Irabot would certainly shed tears in heaven seeing the reality.

A  Road Trip to Myanmar – the Land of Golden Pagodas-2

A visit to the Manipuris settling at Yangon was an emotional one. Many of the Meiteis settled there have now problem in speaking Manipuri and also they were unable to recall their family surname. When asked if they want to visit Manipur, they express their willingness to visit Manipur some day and visit Govindajee Temple, Loktak etc to name a few. Indeed it was quite emotional to witness how they were still maintaining our tradition, although they were far away from Manipur.
Yangon has the highest number of colonial era buildings of all South East Asia. B