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Friday, 23 August 2019 - Imphal Times

Manipur Governor Opens XIIth State Level Manipur Pineapple Festival at Khousabung; Calls on the need for opening of Cold Storage

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Imphal, Aug 23

Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla today opens the XIIth State Level Manipur Pineapple Festival at Khousabung in Churachandpur district.
Speaking on the occasion the governor said that Festivals are organized to serve a definite purpose and the objective of the Manipur Pineapple Festival is to empower the pineapple farmers, bring them to a common platform, search for viable markets, promote agro-tourism and generally foster the spirit of unity and brotherhood.
“In the 11 years since its inception, the festival is slowly but surely moving towards achieving its set objectives. It is common knowledge that pineapple is one of the most important horticulture crops in Manipur and a large number of people in the State are dependent on it for their livelihood. There are different varieties of pineapple like Queen, Kew found in the State and it is a favourite fruit for many because of its flavor and health quotient”, Dr. Heptulla said.
She said there is a large potential for economic activity based on this horticulture crop to increase the income of the farmers. Demand is never an issue and there is a need to produce more, while simultaneously taking up processing so that the fruits remain available throughout the year to enhance its economic viability.  
“It is very encouraging that the cultivators of Khousabung and adjoining villages have been growing pineapple for more than six decades and it has been a major source of their income. I hope this year’s festival will also be as successful as the previous years and wish the organizers all success in their endeavour.  Such festivals with a competitive spirit will enhance the performance of the farmers at different levels. I have also found that the pineapple of Manipur is more palatable and delicious than those I have taken elsewhere. It is also much sought after outside the State. I have been told that there was good export of pineapple from this State to other countries also not long ago. I do not know why it has been discontinued but every effort should be made by all concerned to expand this export avenue and make it a commercially successful venture. This fruit could rank as a good revenue earner for the State”, Heptulla added.
For the pineapple farming community, the festival means a lot as they get an opportunity for wider exposure of their products she said and added that the people living in the interior parts of the State and the hilly areas have to transport their products to the District Headquarters and State capital for sale. She also stressed on the need for Cold storage facility
“ I understand that the State Government is already planning to provide cold storage facility at different places of the State. I am confident that, with the efforts of the Government, the problem faced by the farmers of not only a particular District but also of all other areas, especially those living in the interior parts of the State will be eased to a great extent”, she added.

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Relay hunger strike, torch rally continue demanding justice for Babysana

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Imphal, Aug 23

With the passing of time, the momentum of protest demanding justice for Babysana, who was found dead in a mysterious condition at her hostel room at Standard Robarth School on the adjoining night of July 17 and 18, has slowed down, relay hunger strike and torch rally still continues at different part of the state.

Locals of Thangmeiband area continue to stage relay hunger strike today at Thangmeiband Lourembam Leikai. The relay hunger strike was attended by around 100 womenfolk of Hijam Dewan Leikai, Khomdram Selungba Leikai and Lourembam Purel leikai. The relay hunger strike began since Monday this week.

Yesterday the relay hunger strike was foiled by Police team, the irate locals and womenfolk of Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai burned the effigies of Standard Robarth Hr Secondary School Principal Pheiroijam Landhoni and her daughter, Ph Romita (who is the coordinator of the school) at evening.

On the other hand, Joint Committee On People’s Welfare Yairipok, an apex body of 9 clubs from Yairipok area also staged a torch rally at Yairipok in Thoubal district yesterday evening.

Members of Yaipha Lamjing Meira Club Malom , Eastern Youth Union Club Kakmayai , Ningel Youth Club , Chandrakhong Social Welfare Club and Horton Meira Paibi attended the torch rally. Slogans demanding justice for Babysana were shouted during the torch rally.

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Pacific Golden Achiever Award-2019 to Dr Ak. Priyokumar

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In recognition to his extra ordinary contribution to the field of research , the Economic Growth Society of India and International Business Council New Delhi Dr. Akojam Priyokumar, who is an associate member of Indian Solidarity Council New Delhi was conferred the Asia Pacific Golden Achiever Award, 2019.
The award was conferred in an International seminar held at Hotel Taj Vivanta at Panaji , Goa under the theme “Individual Achievement for Economic & Social Development”  on August 21 jointly organised by Global Business Council and Economic Growth Society of India.
Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly Anand V. Shet, Former Director CBI Sh. V. N. Sheghal, President of World Environment Management Service Gary De La Pomlai attended as dignitaries.

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TTBR condemns misquoting Moyon tribe as ‘Kuki’

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Imphal, Aug 23,

The Moyon Naga Student’s Union (TTBR), Manipur expressed strong condemnation to the alleged use/display of Moyon Traditional shawl during the Freshers Orientation programme organised by Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO), Delhi at SSS-I Auditorium, JNU, New Delhi on August 17, 2019.
A statement issued by TTBR stated that the motive behind using/display of another tribe traditional shawl without obtaining formal permission is doubtful and dreadful. Moreover, it will render different message and confusion to the people and the nation in near future. The fact that the KSO friends trying to distort the uniqueness and distinctive history by misquoting Moyon tribe as old Kuki is very unfortunate and uncalled for, a statement added.
It added that, Moyon tribe existed in Manipur since 1st century A.D. as per the Moyon oral traction archaic text Poreiton Khunthokpa (Migration of Poreiton) ,  Hareshwar Goshwami (History of the people of Manipur), is one of the Scheduled tribes of Manipur and oldest Indian tribe recognised by the Indian Constitution under the Kinsmen of Naga brethrens, whereas, Kuki appear for the 1st time in Rowlin’s article title “On the manner, religion and laws of Cucis or Mountaineers of Tipra”, published in Asiatic Researcher, volume 2, 1792.
The statement further said that the Moyon tribe is one of the oldest tribe with not a sizeable population who have settled mostly both in India and Myanmar since time immemorial. So, it is unfortunate that the KSO friends are trying to distort crystal clear history of Moyon Naga tribe. Therefore, the Moyon Naga Students’ Union (TTBR) appealed not to commit such unethical things in the near future instead.

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SHEIPAL observes 13th Foundation Day

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Imphal, Aug. 23

‘Sheihek Sheireng Sheipal Shemgat Lup’ (SHEIPAL), a body of lyricists and poets , observed its 13th Foundation Day at Lamyanba Shanlen, Palace Compound yesterday.
Yumnam Ongbi Joybala, Social Worker, Ngangbam Ongbi Bimolata, Proprietor Ningthibi Collection and Ranjit Singh Irungba, President SHEIPAL , attended as dignitaries.
A book edited by KC Gita called ‘PUKNINGI SEIROL’ was released on the occasion and a collection of audio CD – by Okendro Khundongbam called Yeningthagi Ayukshida was also released.
The organization conferred life time achievement to lyricist Jodha C Sanasam.  And Dr. Kamala Serol Mana 2019 was conferred to Haoba Yaima.  

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Popular Front chairman objects RSS plan to open discussion on reservation

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Imphal, Aug 23,

Popular Front of India Chairman E Abubacker has questioned the call made by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for a ‘harmonious discussion’ among communities on the issue of reservation.  Chairman stated that it is not community quota reservation available to Dalits and OBCs, but the constitutional requirement of adequate representation that is to be open for discussion.
A statement said that there is nothing new about the demand now made by RSS chief for so called conversation over the issue of reservation. It is just part of the upper caste anti-reservation conspiracy that RSS and BJP have been towing since the very beginning. It should be seen in the light of the earlier anti-reservation utterances made by Bhagwat and RSS. It was only a few months back that BJP government undermined the very rationale of reservation by allowing 10% quota on economic grounds.   Sangh Parivar idea of India is to reinforce the social and political structure based on caste system in which leadership is dominated by Brahmins at the cost of empowerment of untouchable and backward sections .
It further added that the Constitution unequivocally states that the objective of the reservation is adequate representation of the socially and educationally backward sections in government services and education sector. Studies and after studies have shown that the SC-ST, OBC and religious minorities like Muslims remain massively under-represented than their population share in the country not only in government jobs and educational institutions but in every sphere of power. He reminded that the above marginalised sections are not in need of quota reservation as a favour, if they are given representation proportionate to their population share. He has advised Mohan Bhagwat to start this process of re-allocation in the decision making upper bodies of RSS, BJP and Modi.02 cabinet.
E Abubacker called upon the Dalit and backward community groups, parties and their leaders in the country to make it clear that there shall be no debate on the issue of reservation until the constitutional objective of adequate representation is achieved.

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To the rescue for the degrading environment ; we can do it

Development is a multi dimensional concept covering political, economic, social, cultural, spatial, scientific, technological, moral, spiritual, ecological and environment development.
Everybody is aware of the ecological deterioration and environment degradation, but none acted to do something to save it. Every pedestrians see plastic bottle, and other waste scattered in our footpath. But, ‘blame’ to those who threw it or perhaps to the government authority is the reaction. He or she will not pick it up to throw it to the right place. There are many who talks saving our environment, rivers and forest. But everyday the thousand people dump their waste at the roadsides, threw garbage at the river smuggled woods using any unfair means. Some waited for camera to take a shot while planting a sapling to show their love for the mother nature but will never look back to see whether the sapling he or she planted is grown.
It is we human being, which is responsible for the crime committee towards the nature. The recent flood across the country including Manipur is fall out of what we human being had committee for hundreds of years. Deterioration of nature is more seen to less develop and developing countries. City based intellectuals who visited only once or twice to complete their thesis keep blaming the ignorance of the common people who have less knowledge of saving the environment as survival is more important for them. Schemes and projects always turn a flop show as they were prepared on table without studying the need of the people residing in interior forest land. And the money which are meant for the environment are gold mine for those working on the table.
The state of Manipur had witness five times devastating flood since N. Biren Singh took charge of Chief Minister. Again the people of the state now witness scanty rainfall, which flooded most part of Imphal city but keep the cultivable field dry. Almost all cultivable land of the state still remains dry. Farmers in the state now fear that they would not be able to start their cultivation work. If the paddy field remains dry the way it is, we don’t need any fortune teller or scientist to predict that Manipur may face famine.  
Discussions over the issues only put the blame  to common people of both Hill and Valley area who never had any knowledge of how much money has been sanctioned for the preservation of the forest land in their respective land.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s new initiative – Green Manipur Mission is perhaps an appreciating initiative. However, it is skeptical to most people as the Mission to make Manipur Green seems rather a publicity matter. A proper planning to make sure that such an initiative continues to make Manipur a real green state.
It may be mention that for the first time in the history of Manipur , A village called Ringui in Ukhrul district donated around 600 ares of land to an NGO to make the area green. Though the village is far from Imphal with limited access of Education, they have showed their enthusiasm in protecting the environment and rebuilding a forest. Forest and Environment Minister, Th Shyamkumar had assured to make the piece of land as a forest zone but the promised he made is still yet to see into action. The good service of the villagers of Ringui will not only make their village famous but will help in reducing the global warming, even though it might effect only .00001%.
If more villages in the state of Manipur started donating land for plantation of trees than Manipur will set another example in the protection of the environment in the whole country. What remains skeptical is the sincerity of the forest department authority.
Well the challenges before the country particularly in the state of Manipur is to preserve and protect the natural environment or revive it where it has been degraded. It must be remembered that the problem of environmental degradation is social problem which has to be solved by the people themselves with some sort of policy and programme from the government
A short term course in Ecology and Environment al Awareness should be arranged for the benefit of the elected representatives starting from PRI, Municipalities, corporation, MLAs, MPs, Development planners  and administrators which would give them a proper understanding of nature, the important of flora and fauna and other natural resources especially forest wealth and their management.
The recent series of activities taken up by the state government however showed some enthusiasm to save the environment. At the same time making people aware about the issue is also important to protect the environment.

Foundation Course of the newly admitted MBBS students

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Imphal Aug 23,

As a part of the Foundation Course of the newly admitted MBBS students, under the Disability Competence, a session titled “Disability Competence: Meet the People” was held at Mini-Auditorium, RIMS on Thursday. The purpose of the session was to make the students understand the perspective, problems of disabled persons and inculcate an idea of inclusivity. L. Sashirani ( Hearing Impairment) of Wangkhei, Ch Lokeshori Devi (Locomotor Disability) of Singjamei, S. Birla Devi (Locomotor Disability) of Laipham Khunou, A. Surjit Singh (Visually Impairment) of Luker Maning leikai and Y. Ashalata Devi ( Interpreter/Sign language  (Hearing Impairment) participated in the session, which was moderated by Brogen Singh Akoijam, DEAN(Acad), RIMS, Imphal.

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DC Imphal East Reviews Preparedness Ahead of 7th Economic Census

Imphal,Aug 23,
The 1st meeting of the District Level Coordination Committee (DLCC), Imphal East to review the preparedness of the 7th Economic Census was held today. Dr. Rangitabali Waikhom, Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East chaired the meeting held at her Office Chamber at Porompat.
To get a complete count of all economic units in Imphal East, the District Administration will formally launch the 7th Economic Census from a Common Service Centre (CSC) unit at Ayangpalli Road, Khongnang Makhong, Imphal East tomorrow informed Dr. Rangitabali.
Dr. Rangitabali, who is the Charge Officer of the District, verified the ward-wise and village-wise lists prepared for the 7th Economic Census for the District.
The census conducted by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Government of India will be conducted after a gap of five years. The Ministry has selected Common Service Centre (CSC) e-Governance Services India Ltd., a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India as the implementation agency for conducting the fieldwork for the 7th Economic Census.
The 247 enumerators engaged by the CSC will visit door-to-door and collect information from all establishments in Imphal East district. The timeline for the fieldwork is three months.
 For the first time, the Economic Census will be paperless. The enumerators engaged by the CSC will do the enumeration of the establishments by using Mobile App and all the establishments will be geo-tagged informed the DC.
The DC who also highlighted the need to sensitize the people about the importance of the Economic Census.
Dr. Rangitabali also appealed to the people and Industry Associations of her District to extend their full co-operation to the enumerators by providing correct information and to participate in the development planning of the State.
The 7th Economic will be conducted in two phases in Manipur. The first phase will be launched tomorrow in six valley districts. The second phase will be launched on 9th September in 10 hill districts.

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Law Gives Justice To The People: Minister Jayantakumar

Imphal,Aug 23,

Law and Lagislative Affairs Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh said that it is through law that people get justice.
Minister Jayantakumar was speaking as Chief Guest on the occasion of the Release of “IEC materials on 8 (eight) Legislations”, held at Kuki Inn, Imphal, today. He said that it is the responsibility of the government to impart legal knowledge to the people. Public maintain peace and harmony in the society just because there is law which regulates Dos and Don’ts. Breaching law is also liable to be punished, he added.
Minister Jayantakumar also maintained that citizens of this country also ought to know law. There is no excuse for violation of law. Perplexity arises when somebody, who are not aware of the land’s law, commit crime. To overcome such mystifications every citizen of this country should be taught and let understood about the law of the land, he added.
He said that translation of different Sections and Clauses of our Law Book to regional languages is as important as giving law lessons to our citizens in easiest means. Directive Principals of State Policy has not inclusively been a direction to the states but it has now become a law. Right to free and compulsory Education for the children up to the age of 14 has become an Act. Constitution has also been amended several times according to the changing of the society, minister added.
Speaking as Guest of Honour, Advocate General, Manipur N. Kumarjit Singh said that understanding law is necessary for developing a nation. He also appealed to the people to abide by the law of the land.
A booklet containing the translated version of eight legislations was also released by the Chief Guest at the function. The occasion was organized by Law & Legislative Affairs Department, Government of Manipur.

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