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Assamese scribe extols Singapore’s great leap

From Correspondent
Guwahati, Jan 27

“In a single generation, Singapore became a first world country. It is now one of the wealthiest nations in the world while maintaining social harmony and remaining free of corruption and crime,” so said senior journalist Hiren Phukan, presently retired after a successful career in the island nation. He was speaking to scribes in the city on Friday through video conferencing from Singapore as part of Guwahati Press Club’s ‘Meet the Press’ programme.
Recalling Singapore’s trajectory after independence from Malyasia, Phukan dwelt on the export-led industrialization rather than import substitution that drew multi-national companies to its shores. “The country was made attractive for foreign investment by keeping taxes low. Legitimate business enterprises found it easy to start here. Red-tape is something Singapore abhors,” he
said. The leadership focused on keeping the country corruption-free, crime-free and on imparting technological skills to workers. A nation of 6 million, in size only a little bigger than Guwahati and starting out with a low resource base, has prospered spectacularly because it considers the whole world as its market. “Singapore has just one commercial airport, yet its national carrier is considered among the world’s best, such is the commitment of its staff,” Phukan said.

The public-private synergy in Singapore’s myriad enterprises is at the heart of its success. The strict focus on cleanliness is another notable aspect — litterers are handed stiff fines for the first and second offences, while a third offence invites exemplary punishment.
Public transport is highly developed, private vehicles are highly taxed — which underline the stress given towards clean environment.
A sense of responsibility towards the nation is instilled in every citizen; military training for two years is compulsory to every male, and every male till age forty must devote at least seven days every year to public service.
“As with foreign investment, Singapore has an open attitude to people of all nationalities. While English dailies like The Strait Times are leading, there are also journals in Chinese and Tamil languages that are well patronized,” Phukan informed. In this context, he said that journalists there strive to maintain high professional standards and scrupulously keep away from any hint of partisan politics.
After schooling at St. Edmund’s in Shillong, Phukan graduated from Cotton College and took his MA degree in Economics from Gauhati University. He began his journalistic career in 1964 with The Assam Tribune, before moving onto The Statesman in Kolkata and New Strait Times in Kuala Lumpur, and thereafter to The Strait Times from where he took his retirement.

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Chief Minister Chairs Meeting on CAB

Imphal, Jan 27

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh chaired a meeting of Ministers and MLAs at the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today to discuss the present situation of the State arising out of the passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 by the Lok Sabha recently.

After a threadbare discussion, the meeting resolved to urge the Central Government to include a proviso in the body of the bill or the rules to be framed thereunder to the effect that the consent of the State Government will be required before granting citizenship to any person. It also resolved to urge the Centre for giving Presidential assent to the Manipur People Bill, 2018 at the earliest.
The meeting took note of the fear in the minds of people and with a view to dispel these fears, resolved to urge the Centre for implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Manipur as had been done in Assam.
 Further, the meeting also decided to organise awareness programmes through Government functionaries in order to accurately inform and sensitize the people on the content of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 and its impact on the State of Manipur.
The meeting also appreciated the statement of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for its assurance that without the State Government’s recommendation, no one would be given Indian citizenship.

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National Voter’s Day celebrated

Imphal Jan  27

The 9th National Voter’s Day 2019 celebration was held  at Khuranganayani Hall,Imphal West, DC Office Complex, Lamphel, today with DC/DEO Imphal West.
Speaking on the occasion, DC/DEO Shri Naorem Praveen Singh said  that National Voter’s Day was first celebrated in the year 2011, today we are celebrating the 9th National Voter’s Day,. Being the largest democracy, there is no discrimination based on caste, creed and religion. When all the voters became aware of their voting rights and caste their votes,  the democratic process is fully functional, he added.
DEO appealed all the voters to choose  wisely, and vote for someone who will be working for the welfare and development of the people, don’t vote for someone just because he/she belongs to your caste/communities, instead choose a person who will be doing good for the whole society.
The function was organised by District Election Officer, Imphal West under the aegis of Election Commission of India and Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur with a theme “No Voter to be left Behind”

ID/Epic card, P-Cap and Theme T-Shirt was distributed to 35 newly enrolled voters of Imphal West.
The function was attended by ADM/ERO’s, Election Officer of Imphal West and Nodal Officer SVEEP among others.
The 9th National Voters’ Day 2019 was  also celebrated across the district under the auspices of District Election Officer, Churachandpur. The celebration was held at all the Sub-Divisional Headquarters while the District Level celebration was held at District Training Center, Tuibong.
During the celebration programme, newly enrolled voters were felicitated with presentation of their Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), National Voters’ Day T-Shirt and caps. District Level Quiz Competition was also organized wherein students from several schools of the district took part. A painting competition was also organized in connection with the programme.
The National Voters’ Day pledge was also administered by the Chief Guest Krishna Kumar, IAS, Assistant Commissioner. In his speech, the Chief Guest stressed on the importance of exercising franchise and the right to vote. He also encouraged the newly eligible voters to participate in the electoral process with enthusiasm.
Niangngaihlian and Khailalmuan of Don Bosco School, won the first prize of the District Level Quiz Competition while Alex Pausuanmung and Ginpiaklian of Rayburn College were adjudged the 2nd position winners. T. Robert Suankhanthang and Ruth Nunnem won the 3rd position.
The painting competition was participated by everyone present in the programme and Jinita Hamam of JNV secured the 1st position while Miss Ruth Nunnem of Don Bosco and Mr. Seiminthang of Tuibuong Govt. H/S were adjudged the 2nd and 3rd prize winners respectively.

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State Bagged Best Performing Award for E- Procurement in North East

Imphal, Jan 27,

Second National Workshop on Central Public Procurement Portal was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 21st January 2019. The workshop was jointly organised by Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and National Informatics Centre,Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India. During the workshop, awards were presented to the Best Performing States on electronic procurement. CPP portal  was on  implemented 2010 using GePNIC software of NIC.
Manipur was awarded as Best Performing State in North East India in eProcurement for the financial year 2017-2018. Miss Anna Arambam, Joint Secretary(Finance), Government of Manipur, Shri K Gopalkrishna Sharma, SSA, NIC and Shri L Sharat Singh, SA, NIC jointly received the award for Manipur from Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY, Dr. Neeta Verma, DDG NIC and OSD Expenditure cum Secretary Designate, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India.

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Bombayla Devi & Tripura’s Thanga Darlong conferred Padma Shri award

Imphal Jan 26,

Manipur’s very own Laishram Bombayla Devi has been awarded the Padma Shri for distinguished service in Sports (Archery).

Congratulating her, Chief Minister, N Biren Singh wished her all the best for

her future endeavour.

 Devi is amongst the nine leading sportspersons from nine disciplines including Prashanti Singh (basketball), Harika Dronavalli (chess), Gautam Gambhir (cricket), Sunil Chhetri (football), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Bachendri Pal (mountaineering), Sharath Kamal (table tennis) and Bajrang Punia (wrestling) who have been awarded one of the highest civilian award in the country.

From Tripura, famous art-music-flute (rosem) artist, Thanga Darlong (96) has been nominated for the Padma Shri Award.

Thanga Dharlong, who hails from Kailashahar, was acknowledged with National Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 2014, followed by Academic Fellowship Award in 2015 and the state level Vayoshresta Samman in 2016. He was also honored with the Centenarian award.

The Padma Shri awards are announced every year on the occasion of Republic Day.

This year, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind, has approved conferment of 112 Padma. The list comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shri Awards. Out of these 21 awardees are women, 11 person from the Foreigners /NRI/PIO/OCI category, 3 Posthumous awardees ans 1 transgender awardee.

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb congratulated Darlong on his achievements on twitter. Also wrote that Thanga Darlong is an exceptional musical genius from Tripura.

Heartiest greetings to Thanga Darlong ji on being conferred the Padma Shri Award.

An exceptional musical genius from Tripura, Shri Darlong has made exemplary efforts for nurturing the indigenous culture of NorthEast especially the art of playing Rosem musical instrument.

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Conflict Resolution is The Shared Responsibility of the District Administration, Says Ccpur Dc Sl Poonia

CCPUR, Jan 26

The 70thRepublic Day was celebrated in all its solemnity and grandeur at Public Ground, Hiangtam Lamka, Churachandpur today with Deputy Commissioner of Churachandpur Shri Shyam Lal Poonia hoisting the National Tri-Colour and taking salute of the marching contingents comprising of BSF, Ex-Servicemen, Civil Police, VDF, IRB Band Party, Cadets of different NCC units and School children.
Presentation of colourful cultural items by different troupes, soulful rendering of ‘Vande Mataram’ by artistes, presentation of Special Recognition Awards to outstanding social workers, Govt. employees, Red Blankets to Village Chiefs, March Past Contingents and a Friendly Football match between DC XI Team and SP XI Team marked the occasion.
Addressing the gatherings, DC/Churachandpur Shri Shyam Lal Poonia said that the District Administration is trying its best to deliver good governance, which is transparent and accountable to the public of the district.  
In line with this, the DC said that conflict resolution is the shared responsibility of the District Administration and it is committed to sort out issues, smaller or bigger through dialogue and within the purview of the Indian Constitution.
Highlighting the achievements of the district during the last one year,Poonia said Churachandpur has been selected for implementation of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Abhiyan, which is Save the Girl Child and educate the girl child.  Towards this end, various initiative has been successful taken and FOOTGAL 2018 was one such event which created mass awareness about the cause of Girl Child and at the same time, provided much needed platform to young girls coming from different backgrounds, asserted the Deputy Commissioner.  

He remarked, to get real time first-hand information on gender wise child birth, Guddi -Gudda (Girl & Boy) Boards are being set up at all Anganwadi Centres of the district under seven ICDS Projects. The DC said, a beautiful BBBP anthem has been developed with inspiring video and the same was released on National Girl Child Day 2019. Around 70 mothers who have completed 100 percent immunization for the girl child were felicitated and also 50 mothers who have given birth to girl child through institutional delivery were also honoured. He added, under people initiative for girl’s education, Churachandpur scholarships worth Rs. 2.5 Lakh were distributed to 23 girls belonging to economically poor section. The Deputy Commissioner appealed to all to contribute towards this noble cause so that education of the needy girls can be supported.
Under Seekho Aur Kamao initiative of Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India around 120 girls and boys of the district are undergoing one year training course in aviation and hospitality in Guwahati, said the DC.  The District Administration has plans for setting up a youth Centre dedicated to girl child right next to Lamka Public Ground wherein a first football arena in the district will be ready in next few months which the Deputy Commissioner is confident that the initiative will help in supporting the cause of girl child. He appealed to all to unite in the BBBP mission which gives equal rights and opportunities to girl child for an inclusive Churachandpur, which is full of potential and free from any discrimination.
All the 603 villages of the district have been covered under “GTV or Go to Village Mission” with doorstep delivery of various services, said the DC while also lauding the District Health officials and to the entire team of the district hospital for bagging the prestigious Kayakalp Award.
He further said, as this is the Election year, the State and District Election machineries are all geared up and ever committed to ensure Free and Fair Election with No Voter to be left behind. The Deputy Commissioner congratulated the District Election team who devoted timelessly to purify Electoral Rolls and it was a result of the hard work of District Election Team that the Best District Election Officer Award has been received on the occasion of National Voters Day. He appealed to all the voters of the district to cast their valuable votes in ethical manner to strengthen the democracy.
Poonia also called upon the people of the district to reiterate their solemn pledge to work with dedication untiringly, with harmony and coordination, for making the district a better place to live in.
Amongst other dignitaries attending the event included Chairman of ADC, Churachandpur Shri T Paukhanlian; Vice-Chairman of ADC, Shri Paolal Haokip; other Members of ADC; Sr. SP (Churachandpur) Shri Kabib K; DLOs, Army Officials, BSF Officials, Chiefs and Social Activists.
Special issue of ‘Churachandpur Reporter’ published by the District Information Office was released to commemorate the occasion.

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