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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 - Imphal Times

Skill training programme on “Fish Rearing and Management” concludes

IT News
CCpur, March 26,

The 6 (six) days non-residential Skill Training of Rural Youth (STRY) on the topic “Fish Rearing and Management” was successfully completed on 21st Match 2019 with a valedictory function graced Dr. Narendra Prakash, Director, ICAR-RC for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya as Chief Guest, Dr. Niranjan Lal, Senior Scientist & Head KVK Churachandpur as President and Dr. P.K. Saraswat, Senior Scientist as Guest of Honour. Dr. N. Soranganba, ACTO (Fishery) and Training Co-ordinator of the training programme along with all the subject experts and staff of the KVK were instrumental in making the programme a grand success. Certificates were distributed during the valedictory function. The training was organised at the office of the KVK Churachandpur in association with State Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute (SAMETI), Manipur and National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE). A total of 28 trainees including 9 female and 19 male from 13 villages participated the training programme. Dr. Narendra Prakash stresses on the importance of diversified farming practices and the role of fisheries in socio-economic upliftment of the farmers. Dr. Niranjan Lal highlighted the importance of scientific approach toward profitable fish farming and encourages the participants in taking up fishery as a profession. He welcomes the trainees to come forward and be associated with the KVK for any technical knowhow. During interaction with the trainees, few voluntarily express their views and thanks for knowledge and technical knowhow gathered during the training programme. Mr. Xavier Nengkhamlian from Thingkhangphai village who initially had the problem of slow fish growth at his fish pond was resolved and understood from the training programme. Another farmer named Mr. T. Chinkhanthang from Bungmual village expressed happiness after learning the specific stocking ratio, rate of fingerlings and their feeding management. Most of the training sessions were design for open discussion and interaction.

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Three-day Festival of Films from Contemporary Northeast India inaugurated at RGU campus Itanagar

From a Correspondent
Guwahati, March 26:

Borderland Narratives, the three-day Festival of Films from Contemporary Northeast India was inaugurated here today at the RGU campus by lamas of the ThuntanGatsellingGonpa, Itanagar who performed invocation chants as a way of blessing. 19 filmmakers representing the 8 States in the region have arrived at the festival to share their films and to have extended interactions with the audience.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Patron of the Festival and RGU Vice-Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha while expressing happiness to be a part of the programme, commended the partnering organizations for the initiative. Elaborating on the role that cinema has on society, he said that films have the real potential for bringing out the ‘post-truth’. “On the one hand, they bring out the practices and the truth from the past and from the existing cultures, and on the other, they also bring out trends to the people and we learn a lot from that”, Prof. Kushwaha said. Citing the example of the cartoon character ‘Popeye the Sailor’, he narrated how a film can be convincing just like the cartoon convinced and encouraged children to eat spinach instead of fast food.
Sometimes, when we compare the impact that filmmakers have on audiences, we realize that films reach out as a very powerful medium. So we really need to salute the work that filmmakers do in the pursuit of their art, the VC said, adding that the University to the fullest would support this initiative of the film festival.
Richa Negi, Regional Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, NERC, Guwahati expressed pleasure and gratitude to be a part of the important event, saying “it is a landmark in itself”. INGCA has established several regional centres all over the country like the one in Guwahati, she said, adding that it concentrates on the tradition and cultural practices in the regionby which the centre can conduct research, surveys and publications of films and also documentation. “At the moment IGNCA is in the process of signing MoUs with various Universities all over the country to conduct study in areas of mutual interest”, she said adding that the IGNCA was looking forward for a long term collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University.
Prof Simon John, Director AITS and Festival Director, while welcoming the filmmakers and other dignitaries said the aim of this festival is to bring the filmmakers from the region together on one platform. ‘We are currently focusing on the film makers and directors of North-East India who are making films of different communities and in engaging new ways.” Prof. Simon added that while “scholars are not filmmakers but we are very interested in audio-visual documentation because we need audio visual document as a supplement for our research.”
Introducing Borderland Narratives 2019, Festival Director Moji Riba saluted the filmmakers who are attending the festival and said that art has a responsibility to shape the way society evolves. He elaborated that the main idea of having the festival has to see how stories of our cultural heritage and of our lives in the present are narrated in new forms and innovative idioms.
Prof. Jumyir Basar of the AITS in her closing notes said that the Institute, which was set up by Prof. Mibang with a clear vision for engaging in research and outreach amongst the communities in the State, is constantly exploring new and inter-disciplinary ways of how this can be achieved.
As part of the programme, Vice-Chancellor Kushwaha and founding Director of the AITS Prof. Tamo Mibang released the newsletter of the Centre For Endangered Languages as well as the Festival Booklet.
On the opening day, films that were screened included Those Songs and Lullabies I Used To Sing by Kombong Darang (CFEL, RGU), Loktak Lairembee by Haobam Paban Kumar (Manipur), Nana by TiemsumukAier (Nagaland), Songs of the Blue Hills by Utpal Borpujari (Assam) and Ralang Road by Karma Takapa (Sikkim).
The festival is organized by the Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies (AITS) RGU in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, NERC, Guwahati with CCRD, Mishmi Takin, Centre for Endangered Languages and the Department of Mass Communication RGU are festival partners.

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AMWJU Annual Sports Meet conludes

IT News
Imphal, March 26,

The 9th Annual Sports Meet of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union Concluded yesterday at Khuman lampak. The sports meet was attended by almost all working and non working journalist from the state of Manipur. It kicks start on March 20 , the day when Yaosang began. All events, including athletics, Cricket, Football, badminton, Table Tennis, Volleyball were included in the sports festival of the journalist fraternity.
Interestingly evening daily team won the football match and some of the athletes also got medal in the game.
Prize distribution programme on the foundation day of the All Manipur Working Journalist Union.

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Srikanth, Sindhu aiming for second Yonex-Sunrise India Open title

By a correspondent  
New Delhi, March 26,

Raring to go after a couple of weeks of intense training, 2017 champion PV Sindhu is eager to lay her hands on the trophy again as the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2019 gets underway, here today. 
The World No. 6 reached the final of India’s premier badminton tournament for the last two years. Losing a nail-biter has undoubtedly made her more determined this time.
“I had a few weeks to train and am all set for the tournament. I hope I do my best. I was the 2017 winner and last year I was the runner-up. But I hope this time I get the title,” said Sindhu on the eve of the tournament.
The withdrawal of World No. 2 Chen Yufei has made the Indian shuttle queen as the top billing of this World Tour Super 500 tournament. However, that hasn’t put any extra pressure on the shoulders of the Rio Olympics silver medallist. Sindhu, in fact, is hoping to ride high on the crowd support at the Indira Gandhi Stadium.
In the absence of Shi Yuqi due to injury, 2017 winner Viktor Axelsen has got the highest seeding and the Dane will be aiming to win his second crown. This also opens up the competition.
“It is always really competitive, and the Indians are always dangerous to face at home. But I am not focussing on it and am looking forward to my first round match,” said the Rio Olympic bronze medallist on the quality of competition he will face at the tournament.
2015 men’s singles winner Kidambi Srikanth was also upbeat about his chances at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2019. 
“I always play to win; it’s a good draw and I feel it will be a great competition with so many quality international stars coming in for the tournament.”
Srikanth, who is now ranked No. 7 in the world, also made it clear that his goal is to climb back into the top 3. Injuries had robbed him of consistency since his phenomenal season in 2017 but with an improved fitness, Srikanth is looking forward to creating fireworks again.
2012 Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui was also present at the pre-tournament press conference and she hopes to use this tournament to continue her comeback to the highest echelons of the sport.
The ninth edition of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open- part of HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 will witness participation of 292 shuttlers from 13 counties across five categories at the Indira Gandhi Stadium till March 31.

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