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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 - Imphal Times

Fate of Manipur University in dire straits; More irregularities found (Part -1)

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Imphal, Jan 22

Imphal Times special team conducted a thorough investigation on what has been happening in the Manipur University after the suspension of VC AP Pandey. The team found more financial misappropriation and irregularity being underway in the University administrative affairs.

Today, Imphal Times reveals on how the Bullet Proof vehicle of AP Pandey was bought and where is that vehicle at present.

According to a news report appearing in a newspaper, the University authority was quoted as suspended Vice Chancellor Prof AP  Pandey purchased a bullet-proof car at the cost of Rs 59 lakhs. And said that no amount has been sanctioned for the purchase of the bullet proof vehicle. This according to the findings of the Imphal Times is a blatant lie.

According to official documents with the Imphal Times, procured by our special investigation team, the Bullet Proof vehicle was purchased from the money sanctioned by the University Grant Commission under the General Development Assistance Scheme during (GDA) XII plan. The financial assistance was provided for improvement of infrastructures and basic facilities of the University.

As per the scheme guidelines, the financial assistance could only be utilized for improvement of Infrastructures, students’ amenities, health Centre, Central Library, Campus development, Equipment, Innovative Research Activities, non-teaching and teaching staffs and New Extension Activities and Outreach programme.

Imphal Times special team found that the University incurred an expenditure of Rs. 20,86,560/- on payment of 90% of the total bill of Rs. 23,18,400/- for bullet proof armouring of Toyota Fortuner vehicle. The expenditure was met from financial assistance under the General Development Assistance Scheme, which is not admissible.

What is more interesting is that the Bullet proof vehicle is still lying unused at the quarter of Prof. AP Pandey at Officer Colony Sanjenthong in Imphal East.

It is almost one year and 3 months now, that the Manipur University does not have a regular Vice Chancellor after Prof. AP Pandey has been put under suspension for alleged misappropriation of University fund.  Jarnail Singh, IAS , who had year long experience in administration in Manipur , who has been appointed as Administrator of the Manipur University and to deliver his service as in-charge Vice Chancellor continue to hold the office for over 1 year and 3 months. October 11, 2018, Jarnail Singh took charge of the Administrator and render his service as Vice Chancellor of the University as an interim arrangement until the Ministry of Human Resource Department restored Prof. AP Pandey as VC or appoint a new one based on the report of the two member inquiry committee investigating the financial misappropriation alleged by the Manipur University community.

The findings of the two member independent enquiry committee headed by former acting Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, T Nandakumar (Chairman) and MK Choudhary, former vice-chancellor of Tezpur University (member) had already submitted their findings to the MHRD, but for reason best known to the authority the report has not been made public and neither the MHRD acted the needful as per the finding.

After suspension of AP Pandey, Pandey still continues to enjoy the designation of Vice Chancellor Manipur University and as per government rules he is enjoying all benefit including financial benefits till today. Rumours are talking around that AP Pandey is likely to come back as the VC before superannuation in 2021. He will then recover all the due during his suspension period is what has believed by many.

Interpretation of the ruling of the Manipur High Court in appointing Administrator to look and act as Vice Chancellor was appreciated. Saying so, whether an unqualified person for the post of VC , which was arranged on interim can exercise the power of a full-fledged Vice Chancellor is a big question. This is being asked as there has been many post appointed in the Manipur University during his tenure.

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Discrepancies and signs of nepotism in Veterinary Department promotions

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Imphal, Jan 22

Irregularities and discrepancies in promotions have marred the Veterinary Department of Manipur according to a complaint letter submitted to the Chief Minister, Veterinary Minister, Chief Secretary, Commissioner and Secretary of MPSC.

Veterinary Department’s promotion rules were changed in 2012 and were published in gazette notification dated 18/11/2013. However, the change in the rules took place without any notification inviting claims, suggestions or objections from the officers working in the department. Without consulting the officials of the department, government changed the qualification essential for the post of Deputy Director of the department and amended the service rules. In February 2014, a DPC was conducted to fill the vacant grade III post of the department.

While the DPC of 41 posts was going on, a promotion order bearing no. 4/4/99- VETY (Pt.1) dated 18/02/2014 was issued for 40 posts. The promotion order was given before the completion of DPC.  Further, there are discrepancies in the order as there is a mismatch between the order and the recommendations made by DPC selection committee. First, DPC selection committee recommended Dr. W Tomba Singh as Specialist Medicine but in the order Dr. Rosoraj was promoted as Specialist Medicine.  Second, Dr. O Debola was promoted under the new service rules of 2012 to Deputy Director Statistics. Third, four officers have been promoted in the order who were not recommended by the DPC selection committee. Given these irregularities, the vigilance department took up a case against the department bearing the case number 5/SP-V/2014.

While the vigilance department was inquiring the promotion, another order dated 28/02/2015 was released by the Veterinary department by conducting the DPC on the same date. The said order promoted Dr. M Dilip Kumar to the post of Deputy Director. However, Dr. M Dilip Kumar retired on the afternoon of the day the DPC of his promotion was conducted. And, his promotion order was released without MPSC’s concurrence letter.

Dr. T Indumati Devi was given promotion in December, 2017 from the post of Assistant Livestock Development Officer (ALDO) of the Veterinary Council to Deputy Director of Veterinary Department. However, Veterinary Department is not under the state government wholly. Veterinary Council comes under both central and state government. Given these discrepancies and irregularities, a caveat petition was filed challenging the promotion. Finally, vigilance department filed a second case, bearing number 4/PE/SP-V&AC/2018.

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Tourism not effected due to CAA or removal of Article 370: -Prahlad Singh Patel

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New Delhi, Jan 22

Union Minister of State for culture & tourism (Independent Charge) Prahlad Singh Patel released the numbers indicating that more foreigners have arrived in India in last two months of 2019 compared to the corresponding period in 2018.

On the increasing tourist inflow, Patel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is our brand ambassador and therefore the numbers of tourist arrivals have been increased. He said that the tourist arrival at Mamallapuram also known as Mahabalipuram, near Chennai in Tamil Nadu, increased 35 per cent after the Prime Minister hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Patel further said that tourist arrivals increased in 2019 despite ruckus over abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, the Supreme Court’s decision on Ram temple and the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). According to the Tourism Ministry data, the sector has seen an upward trend at the time when nine nations have issued travel advisory to their citizens.

As per the numbers shared by the Minister, compared to 10,12,569 in November 2018, 10,91,946 foreign tourists arrived in India in November 2019, a jump of 7.8%. Similarly, compared to 11,91,498 in December 2018, 12,25,672 foreign tourists visited India in December 2019.

The numbers also suggest that the foreign exchange earnings increased in November and December in 2019 compared to the months in 2018. In November 2018, the earnings were Rs 16,584 crores while it was Rs 19,831 crores in 2019. Also, in December 2018, the foreign exchange earnings were Rs 19474 crores which increased to 22,617 crores in December 2019.

According to the tourism ministry data, FTAs grew by 4.3% in September 2019, a month after the abrogation of Article 370, as compared to the same period in 2018. Similarly, Forex grew by 11% during the same period.

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CorCom and ULFA boycotts India’s Republic Day

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Imphal, Jan 22

A joint statement by Co-Ordination Committee (CorCom) Manipur( Kangleipak) and the United Liberation Front Of Assam(ULFA) has called upon the people of the WESTERN SOUTH EAST ASIA (WESEA) Region to  BOYCOTT the India’s Republic Day Celebration on 26 January 2020.

The armed group appealed  people of the (WESEA) to boycott the Indian Republic day 2020 by staying at home supporting a total shut down of activates from midnight (12 am) of January 25 to 6 PM of January 26, 2020. This restriction is not applicable to emergency service and these should by functioning normally during these hours, it added

The statement said that Indian constitution is becoming a tool for deceiving the people of WESEA to sacrifice our future and identities for an artificial nation called India.

It further added that the ongoing movement against CAA (Citizenship  Amendment  Act) should be an eye opener  for the people of WESEA, especially the youths. Many questions crop up at these juncture and we need some serious introspection.

“Why do we oppose CAA? Why are we afraid of outsiders (whether foreigners or mainland Indians) overwhelming us, thereby making us minorities in our own land. If we are Indians why are we afraid of becoming pure Indians like Indians? The answer is simple; we still want to preserve our identities and becoming pure Hindustanis results in the annihilation of our existence as distinct peoples”, the statement said.

“Seven decades is a pretty long time for the people of WESEA to figure out what the different Indian governments have been planning all along. We would be fooling only ourselves if we believed that the special status like Scheduled Areas, Scheduled Tribe status, ILP etc. would protect us. Indian constitution can be amended again and again to suit the policies of any future government. India is keeping these special facilities for the time being because we in the WESEA have a large number of insurgents with some heavy firepower to kill the Indian soldiers many times over. What all these crafty Indian leaders have been doing is to minimize  the number of these armed people through  deceptive scrappy solutions and if sometime in the future only a few of these armed insurgents are left all the special facilities would be taken back just like that of Kashmir. Because such special privileges would hamper the people of WESEA to become pure Hindustanis.

India has been using carrot and stick policy to suppress WESEA people’s desire for independence. By using AFSPA Indian security forces are trying to frighten us into submission and a few years down the line if we are not strong enough we would be so afraid to even speak our own languages the statement added.

The statement said that the only was to protect us is by regaining our sovereignty. The constitution of India which is just 70 years old cannot obliterate the history and the political cultures of thousands years old nations of Manipur (Kangleipak) and Assam.

The joint statement said that, WESEA people’s liberation movement will be victorious as our peoples standing behind us. It also added that

The picture of the handful of WESEA MPs whimpering amidst the cacophony of mainland MPs is the allegory of our bleak future in the political system of India.

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UPRFM calls 12 hours total shut down on Jan 26

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Imphal. Jan 22

United People’s Revolutionary Front of Manipur (UPRFM) called 12 hours total shut down in the region on January 26 from 6 am to 6 pm of the day against the celebration of the 71st Republic Day Celebration. Justifying the shut down called the armed rebel group said that Manipur , the erstwhile sovereign nation which has its own constitution was forcibly annexed to the Indian union and has been treating as a colony by the Indian Master. The rebel group appealed the people of the region not to take part the Republic day celebration of India.

The rebel group recounted on how India is treating the people of the region by suppressing the right of the people and committing various form of atrocities to the people.

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Sharatchandra inaugurates Ximi Vogue Outlet in Imphal

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Imphal, Jan 22

MLA Moirang A/C P. Sharatchandra Singh has inaugurated XIMIVOGUE’s first outlet near DM College in Thangmeiband today. The new outlet is comprises of 1000 sq. ft unanimous with company’s other outlets across the country. After a year of operation, the brand is now successfully operating 60 outlets across the country.
With over 1700+ outlets worldwide, XIMI VOGUE is witnessing exponential growth in Indian market. Their outlets offer delightful shopping experience for customers by offering more than 10,000 quality products in categories like Cosmetics, Electronics, Fashion items, Households, Soft toys, Accessories, Undergarments, Footwear, Bags, Gifting, Toiletries and stationaries. Its intelligent product strategy, superior quality products with innovative designs and competitive pricing has contributed significantly towards in making the brand a global success. It’s a one stop shop for all your daily lifestyle needs.
Commenting on the launch, Mr Shiven Anand, Expansion Head, XIMI VOGUE India, says “We are delighted to open our new outlet in Imphal. The entire outlet has been designed with the Korean concept. With its launch, the brand has come closer to its north east customers. The brand is aggressively moving ahead with its target of opening 200 retail outlets by the end of 2020.
Currently, XIMI VOGUE is present in Itanagar & Jorhat and soon will open outlet in Guwahati” he added.
Unlike other retail concepts, this impulse purchase category is among the highest per sq. ft. revenue generator (Rs 3500 - 5000) and enjoys high conversion rate of around 55 percent of walk-ins.  XIMI VOGUE has consistently been honored for its pre-eminence in creative spirit and service capabilities. Recently, the company has bagged ‘DEBUTANT RETAILER OF THE YEAR’ award.

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Indian Gynaecologist dies due to geyser gas poisoning in Afghanistan

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Mumbai, Jan. 22

Leading Indian Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr G K Tripathi (47) died due to geyser gas poisoning in a bathroom in Kandahar in Afghanistan on Monday. He is survived by wife Dr Vibha and two children.
Dr G.K. Tripathi, had gone to Kandahar, with his fellow doctors, for a workshop which was to be held between 21 January and 24 January, 2020. However all of a sudden this tragedy struck sending shock waves in India and abroad. His mortal remains are expected to arrive in India within a day or two after formalities including autopsy, are carried out by the Afghanistan authorities.
In Afghanistan, the gas based geysers are being used in most of the households and hotels. Due to which leakage of carbon monoxide is not uncommon. At present Afghanistan faces (-) 0 degree temperature due to which people find it very difficult to handle their daily chores.
Gas geysers consume oxygen to generate heat for warming water. In an ill-ventilated bathroom, they can consume the entire oxygen forcing a person to breathe in carbon monoxide — a known cause of epileptic seizures and brain damage.
Dr. Tripathi, based in Uttar Pradesh, was running a hospital at Azamgarh and was attached to the Rajeev Gandhi Memorial Hospital and Research Centre at Heerapatiil, Azamgarh. He was also the Secretary of the Azamgarh Obstetric and Gynaecological Society of India and a member of the Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI).
He used to organise conferences, CME’s, IUI, IVF workshops all over India and abroad. He had started many IVF clinics and consultations in New Delhi, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Azamgarh(Uttar Pradesh). He was very successful Obstetrics and Gynaecology consultant.
Dr Tripathi, who had done his post graduation from Wadia Hospital and KEM Hospital in  Mumbai in 1990s, had later shifted to UP and had set up his own hospital, along with his wife Dr Vibha Tripathi. He was a member of Mumbai Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society. Besides he was the founder Hon President of the  Delhi State Chapter of Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction (ISAR),  Delhi State Chapter of Indian Society For Prenatal Diagnosis And Therapy (ISPAT).  He was a pioneer to start “Hands on Training Module for “  Ovum pick up & Embryo Transfer Simulator, USG Phantom,  Hysteroscopy Simulator/Phantom and PESA/MESA/TESA Hands on Goat Testis”.
His close colleague, Dr. Niranjan Chavan, a Mumbai based Gynaecologist, running “Chavan Maternity Home” said that “ Dr.Tripathi was talented and versatile Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. He used to always like, comment and compliment other Obstetrics and Gynaecology members on whatsapp and Facebook in seconds with a positive outlook and a graceful smile. He was pioneer to start Facebook groups in India and had added thousands of gynaecologists in his more then 20 groups namely IVF, Infertility, oncology, Post Graduate
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists groups etc. One of the group was Gynaecologic Oncology Group of India (GOGI) where I am the admin. GOGI has more then 6000 members from all over the world. Dr Tripathi had strong determination to become the Vice- President of FOGSI. But had lost twice in the election although he was very popular amongst the gynaecologists”.
In the meanwhile the people in Mumbai have become wary of the gas based geysers following the recent death of a 15 year old girl Dhruvi Gohil in Borivali in North Mumbai. Dhruvi who suffered, from hypoxia from carbon monoxide poisoning, caused due to emissions from a bathroom-fitted gas geyser, on 5 January, succumbed at Mangal Murti hospital at Gorai in Borivali, where she was undergoing treatment, on 10 January, 2020.

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The statehood Day

We are told that a wise man prophesized that the meek shall inherit the earth. By the turn of events for as long as one cares to remember, one will be tempted to think that the wise man has perhaps slipped up on his predictions.
Amidst the hue and cry of desperations and unfulfilled promises, those who are at the helm of affairs of the state continues to wax eloquent on the trumped up achievements which are unfortunate far and few between. It would perhaps sound pessimistic for a lot of people as the media turns up page after another on the sordid state of affairs day in and day out, but the fact of the matter is that despite the small positives happening in between, they get crowded out by the sheer number and magnitude of the social maladies, caused either out of ignorance or as an effective distraction for other bigger deliberate blunders.
The state today is on the verge of yet another social turmoil, with various armed groups openly coming out in support of their communities and chasing out the rightful owners from their homes, just because the think-tank at the service of the state government either failed to counsel with the subject experts and knowledgeable historians or, more likely, ignored the suggestions and inputs of those in the know. The result, as we have witnessed, is an unnecessary and undesirable tension between communities that have been coexisting since time immemorial, giving rise to feelings of suspicion and ill-will. The present situation also presents an existing opportunity for certain individuals with vested interests to sip a wedge of hatred between the various communities. What is making the situation worse is not the admission of the blunder by the state government, but is rather the dithering and unnecessary delays in rectifying it. The festering tension, if allowed to continue unchecked will most likely turn violent and unstoppable with armed groups joining the fray.
The state government has so far handled communal issues with velvet gloves, and more often than not has acceded to unacceptable demands and conditions just to keep peace. The practice, on the face of it might seem judicious and acceptable, but it also breeds resentment and bad blood amongst the remaining groups. To be fair, it is an extremely sensitive exercise for the state government to address communal differences, and is often fraught with possibilities of the solution snowballing into another. But that cannot be an excuse for the lack of effort and enthusiasm, nor is the repeatedly backfired procedure of taking hasty and often uninformed decisions in an ill-adviced attempt to rush up such affairs.
At the end of the day, the best decision will be one where the history, customs, laws and regulations have been consulted, referred and incorporated. The state government should then be strong enough to enforce and stand by its decision rather than to give in to the arm twisting communal hooligans and opportunists.

“Maibam Nabakishore”: A renowned play-wright & short- story writer

   “A ball point pen of Rs5/-only can write many pages of paper”. So writing is a profession or hobby without much investment. If Luck favors at the most once “Gamblers” purchase at least a small fish for the family and family together enjoy it. But for writers except bringing a book presented by someone nothing will bring to the family to make them happy. So family members don’t want and happy, a person to be a writer (poet/author). These are the sentences that “Shri Maibam Nabakishore “often said to most of the young writers in many Functions. This living legend of about 81 years old was born at Hiyanglam Village in Kakching District (formerly in Thoubal District) on Thursday the 26th January 1938. He is the youngest of six sibling of his parents Shri Maibam Amu Singh and Maibam(O) Wahengbam ningol Thanin Devi. His elder brother Shri Maibam Nabakumar was the first M.A B.Ed of Southern Manipur and he retired as Principal of Wabagai Higher Secondary School. Shri Nabakishore married with Ningthoujam Mema Devi of Hiyanglam Mayai Leikai and father of three daughters (Premila, [email protected] Chaoba and Gandhini) and only son Priyobarta who has been snatched away from their arms untimely by the Almighty.                                                                                                                                                                        
   Shri Nabakishore is BA,B.Ed by qualification and had been in teaching profession for about 35/36 years from 1964 and retired as Head Master from Wabagai Higher Secondary School in 1998 at the age of 58.He is a man of all ages and gender, this is a unique personality of this unique human being. Whenever anybody come across with him, he always make them laugh by telling a suitable factual comic story related with real life of those he met. He was successful as a teacher in his professional career. He is a humorous story teller and none of his students forget him the way he taught the lessons in the class rooms and more importantly the stories he told  bridged many life to become a good human being. He is very careful of the words he speaks and unhappy whenever anybody used any vulgar words. He always stick to the principle that it’s better to die than to live as an effete human. He never indulged in any impropriety to anybody during his long 81 years of life and never use any kind of intoxicants in his life so far. His habit of getting up early and long morning walk may be the reason why he is still in good health with pristine mind and source of unending literary discourses. In fact he is very ideal teacher and a rare human being of all time. He is very fond of gardening, he enjoys after seeing the plants grown in full bloom and vegetables fruits like Khondrum,Mairen,Daskush etc hanging everywhere in his garden. He never failed to attend the social occasions of his locality but in spite of his heavy age he never sits in front seat of the Sankritan, this I suppose he would like to show that he is still juvenile to write something new and something good for our people. He enjoys meeting people of different age group and different background and sharing his and their thoughts freely.
    Among many to build up the rich literary thesaurus of Manipur Shri Nabakishore affectionately called Oja Nabakishore by many is not the least to mention. His first short story was “Loumeegi Kangkra”which was published in SEIDAM (Annual Magazine) of Wabagai Higher Secondary School when he was in class VI/VII. His contribution in Manipuri literature, mainly in short stories is commendable. So far Oja Nabakishore has contributed ten valuable books in different domain of Manipuri’s literature. His books (Collection of short stories)) are Ayuki singarei(1979); Mantrigi Nupi Sanajaobi(1982); Thong Lonkharaba Pan Dukan (1995); Pangal Sonbi Eise Adomgini(2001); Malemnganbigi Mamom(2006); Thamoigi Mari(2017) and Sheirol Seitha Seireng (2015) is the sole poetry discourse. His critical essay:Angahal gi saktam ahum-Zahera- Konu and Indu(2019) in Manipuri and Angahal’s Triple Persona(2019)in English. His plays which have been broadcasted/played as Radio plays of AIR Imphal are Ningamhoudraba; Keithel Hongba; Chaothoikhoigi Ahal; Nungshi Yumbal; Para Ama Tambire. Few of his writings are also set to come out in the silver screen shortly which will put another feather on his cap and contribution to Manipuri Cinema too. Oja Nabakishore not only reads his own short stories in All India Radio Imphal sometimes but also a regular contributor of short stories in most of the leading Manipuri vernacular local newspapers in literature columns. The saying “ there is always a woman behind every successful person” is found true in the life of Oja Nabakishore ,as the cooperation and contribution of his life partner Mema Devi is incredible in his literary discourse,though sometimes there may be odds and even in life.He is (i) Life Member of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad Imphal (ii) Executive member,Sahitya Seva Samiti Kakching,once Editor of Chumthang;annual publication of the Samiti upto 2018 (iii)President,Eramdam Khorjei Apunba Lup(EKHAL),Hiyanglam Wabagai (iv)Member,Writers Association ,Kakching (v)Life Member,Manipur Sahitya Samiti Thoubal (vi)Life Member, Writers Forum Imphal,Manipur (vii) Life member,Manipur Short Story Society. Oja Nabakishore has been conferred the following awards so far: (i) Manipur State Kala Academi Award(Literature).2003 (ii) Yambem Mani Sahitya Award.2005 (iii) Sahitya Academi Award,New Delhi( for his book Pangal Sonbi Eise Adomgini,collection of short stories), 2005 (iv)Chandrasakhi Laishram,Chumthang Award( Short Story) ,2008 (v) Sahitya Bhushan of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad,2009 (vi)Samanda Memorial Award ,2010 (vii) Shri Nongthombam Kunjamohan Literary award.2019.
     A State Level Seminar on “Maibam Nabakishore-A Brighter Star of Manipuri Short Story “was held on Thursday the 12th December 2019 on the very auspicious day of Nupilan  at his own residence at Hiyanglam organized by “Eramdam  Khorjei Apunba Lup(EKHAL). This is the 6th Seminar on living Legendries in Manipur. The other five are (i) Life of G.C Tongbra and his literature-1995 (ii) Musical Journey of Fusion Singer Tapta –Jayenta-2008 (iii) Dr Jodhachandra Sanasam and his literature-2018 (iv) Elangbam Dinamani gi Sahitya; mamal Leppa-2018 (v) Tapta and social relevance of his lyrics-2019. Oja Nabakishore said; I never thought that I am 81 years old now and my main crux is to get the “Theme” of the story, once I get the theme, then the story writing is over.  By age he is old but he is still young in writing. He said, I will continue writing as long as I can hold a pen in my hand. What a wonderful thought and idea of a rare son of the soil? Let this Jewel and living legend be live long in good health to pour out many more short stories of   social relevance to guide our society in the right orientation. Let God bless our beloved Oja to be in good (physical and mental) health longer.
 

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