Friday, 21 February 2020 - Imphal Times

The President of India , On consideration of facts and material available on record and reply submitted by Prof AP Pandey, VC Manipur University, in his capacity as the Visitor of Manipur University, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him in terms of Section 13 of Manipur University Act 2005, read with Statute 2 thereof and Section 16 of General Claused Act, 1987, has been pleased to dismiss Prof AP Pandey from the post of Vice Chancellor, Manipur University with immediate effect, said an order released by Surat Singh, Deputy Secretary to the Government of India.

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Imphal, Feb 21

Manipur Alliance for Child Rights earnestly appreciates the recent decision of the state government for setting up of two Fast Tract Courts for trial of  POCSO Cases. However, the State is yet to approve a very  crucial Policy document, i.e. the    Draft State Child Policy, 2017  for dealing all the child rights issue in a holistic manner,  which  remains stuck for the last three years.

The draft policy was submitted to State Government. by the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) in the year 2017  after a rigorous rectification process, involving key  line departments, academicians, media, intellectuals, judiciaries and inputs from NCPCR. The Policy mandated to embark upon for synergizing all line departments , conversance of various child related   programmes and schemes,  to ensure an enabling child friendly  environment to  promote and protect child rights effectively  in  Manipur.

The  Chief Minister N. Biren Singh , gave his assurance to adopt the  state child policy soon in the state on the 29th September 2017, in a similar hint.  Honorable Governor Najma Heptula also expressed her confidence that the state government would earnestly consider implementation of the Policy, on the 30th September, 2018. 

In connection with the requirement for a  State Child Policy, a statement by MARC said that Since  the state is highly inflicted with constant civil unrest situation, bandh and blockades, general strikes, agitations, apart from a perennial armed conflict situation,  affecting right to education and right to life of children at the most,  MACR  strongly felt that a conflict sensitive and  Comprehensive  State Child Policy could be the  best  solution to resolve the existing  gaps and challenges and  address the child rights issues significantly. 

Population of Children of Manipur comprises a 38 percent of the total population of the State, our children are is still facing  crucial issues, to mention a few;  uncontrollable  child trafficking, escalating child sexual assault cases, deteriorating child substance abuse phenomenon,  issues of lack of rehabilitation, shortcomings on care and treatment of children living with  HIV/AIDS , issues of school drop outs, mismatch in the enrolment ratio of students ( almost 70% in private schools and 30% in Govt. schools),  unseen  child labors population,  unreported incidents  of child marriages cases  etc..

Although the State is implementing bundles of Child welfare Schemes, major challenges  faced in the field,   are the immense incompatibility  of  National Flagship Schemes and programmes which lacks conflict sensibility,  adaptability in socio-cultural, administrative setups specially in tribal areas across different geographical terrains. Our child rights issues are caused by and manifested with specific local issues having distinct   geo-specific  characters and unique  political environment. 

For example the National ICPS guidelines for setting up of VLCPCs is based on Panchayat raj system of India, and it  does not explicitly mention about  the role and responsibilities of  Village Authority and the Autonomous District Councils  ( local authorities) operational  in the hill areas of Manipur. Similar problem  is happened in the case of formation of School Management Committee (SMC)  setup under Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.

Therefore, MACR draws the immediate attention of the State Government and all the Hon’ble legislators of Manipur Legislative Assembly, to debate and discuss on the issue of State Child Policy to make it approve at the earliest. 

Lack of a Manipur oriented State Plan of Action for prevention, rescue, rehabilitation of Child trafficking remains as a big intervention gap in combating the serious menace. 

Further, Anganwadi Centres under ICDS do not supply  locally suitable nutritional foods  to the Children, as a result children of the state specially in hills, by and large unwilling to take the supplied ready to east food at Anganwadi centres. These foods should be    suitable with local or tribal’s’ food habit and culture.

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Friday, 21 February 2020 17:37

International Mother Language Day organised

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Imphal Feb 21,

International Mother Language Day jointly organised by Research Forum (REFORM) and District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Keikol was held today at DIET, Keikol.

Lecturer of GP Women College Dr. Waikhom Romesh in his keynote address highlighted the importance and the needs to preserve the Mother language.

He stressed that if their mother language get extinct than it will lead to the extinction of the identities of their respective communities. 

Saddened by the lack of institution to learn the Mother language of Meetei in the state, he said that anyone can learn different languages like Korean, Japanese, Myanmar at Manipur University but not our mother language.

Contradicting that Manipuri Department is not a place to study Manipuri language it is just an institution to study the literature of Manipuri.

Romesh further said that both the students as well as the parents are not aware that students can appear their exam in their mother language upto ten standard on all the subjects except English. 

 “People still lack the knowledge to understand that teaching and writing in their own mother language has more privilege to understand it”, he added.

Director of Mutua Museum, Mutua Bahadur stressed that people need not fear if they don’t know English. All we have to do is to focus on our goals instead as there is a space for translation, he continued. 

He also added that our mind cannot think in languages other than the mother language. 

Bahadur continued that there is a need to make the medium of instruction to be in their own mother language as it will help in the understanding easily.

“People should not felt ashamed of speaking their mother language instead they should feel pride in using it”, Bahadur maintained.

The observation was attended by General Secretary of REFORM advocate Sukham Premjit and Director of DIET, Keikol Aheibam Romel as the presidium members.

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The Nazamia Education Group will be conducting a scholarship test for the north east students excluding students of  Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh on 19th April of this year for those students who wants for graduate and post-graduate in the College and Universities of India.

Speaking about the process of the scholarship , the CEO of Nazamia Education Group Diana Kongkham said that those top 500 selected students in the scholarship would be getting opportunity to get admission for free in the Universities under this Education Group across India. And the scholarship test would be conducted twice according to the choices of streams of students..

She further said that the Nazamia Group would provide fees and hostel fees in the form of scholarship for those 500 selected students in getting admission. 

She continued that next 1500  and 3000 selected students in the scholarship  would be given laptops and capitals and its  branch office  for Manipur is at Singjamei Chingamakha Meisnam Leikaiand she added that a student is being charged Rs.500 for the registration as well as form price .

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Due to slump in stocks, following stoppage of shipments from China, because of the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the prices of  fancy electric lights have shot up to five per cent and if the situation continues, the hike of 15 to 20 per cent in Chinese goods  is expected shortly.
Fast-moving Chinese products like mobile covers, accessories, phones, electronic items, clothes, etc have already seen a price hike of almost 10 to 15 per cent in the last couple of weeks. The hike of 5 to 7 per cent in multi media items and toys and a steep hike in electronic goods is also anticipated. India receives 3% of the total exports by Chinese companies. Apart from spare parts of electric items, China supplies over 90 per cent of decorative light strings, lamps, and other such electric items and since the production has stopped, the hoarding of such products is on the rise.
The Bhagirath Palace Electronics Market, located at Chandni Chowk in New Delhi, considered as Asia’s largest electric goods wholesale market, is largely dependent on China for the supply of spare parts. All fancy electric lights are mostly manufactured in China and the prices of such items have shot up to five per cent in the last three months.
The prices of TV, washing machines and AC are also likely to be shot up due to probable shortage of spares. “There has been an acute shortage of spare parts for many electric equipment as China has shut down factories and other units in more than a 1,000 km radius of Wuhan province. This has led to a blockade of import of such goods,” Bhagirath Palace Electric Market Association President said Bharat Ahuja said.
Sameer Lalani, of Mira Road, near Mumbai, engaged in a wholesale business of Chinese plastic and home utility products said that “last stock I received was in the second week of January. I had placed the order in “Yiuw” personally in September last year. It usually takes 20 to 25 days for the shipment to arrive at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) after being loaded on a ship in China. The stock I have will last for a few more weeks,” His work involves visiting China’s Yiuw market, known as the world’s largest small commodity wholesale market, every three months. He sells his wares on the website
The arrival of seven ships from China between February and March at JNPT (Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Navi Mumbai) has been cancelled. “We have been following the directions of the Ministry of Shipping. International crew members on-board cargo ships entering JNPT are being screened by the port health officer (PHO). A thermal scanner has been installed and screening reports are being sent to the union government. Some cargo vessels, especially containers, originating from China and crossing Malaysia, Singapore and Colombo have rescheduled their calls to JNPT,” a JNPT spokesperson said.
An expert working for a shipping company, said that measures are being taken on cargo ships going to Chinese ports with the crew not allowed to venture out. “We too have a ship going to China, but our crew has to follow a strict protocol. The epidemic has also impacted revenue earning for most freight and cargo carriers”.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has not yet found any case of the disease being communicated through a non-living object such as containers or electric or other items that are being imported from the neighbouring country. Even doctors here too have expressed similar opinion. But the trade between India and China remains shut.
As the industry is expecting the epidemic to be resolved by March end, it is expected trade will resume by April. However there may be a huge inflow of goods from Chinese industries when the market reopens, which may cause a temporary increase in freight rates.

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The new world today is facing serious threat as the essence of patriotism and theory of Nationalism now has been a tool , which is considered the only way to show one’s community existence and also to showcase their pride. Most country now face problem of separatist movement and recently , Hong Kong witness a rise for their freedom from the hand of Chinese supremacy. India witness a crisis in Jammu and Kasmir in its effort of makes the country a one nation. There are also any countries who are working whole heartedly to strengthening their so call nation using all means. The International body – United Nation now seems to be a name shake organization which cannot intervene to any of the anti humanitarian crime committed by any country for their own benefit. When all seems right from each country perspective, an issue which might put the entire human race into deep trouble seem to be forgotten to discuss. It is about the burning of Amazon Forest in Brazil. The American President seem to back the Brazil president in the regard. For sure if the Amazon Forest is rooted from the globe, the entire planet is going face problem of non availability of Oxygen which is needed by every living being in the planet.  
Well Every year, a certain day is dedicated and observed as “World Environment Day” throughout the world. The irony, however is that it would not be far from the truth to say that everybody is feeling the consequences of the damages man has inflicted on the environment right this very minute. But the uncomfortable truth is that unless we start doing something concrete to reverse- if possible, or contain the damage, the rise in temperature and the consequent disruptions in the natural climatic cycle will continue at an increased rate. That is not a very rosy picture, and yet precious little has been done on the ground to slow the ravages of man on our ecosystem. There is bound to be a conflict of interest between conservation of environment and development as has been witnessed countless times before, an inevitable crossing of paths arising out of necessity. But such conflicts need not result in disaster or damages though that has been the case so far. All it needs is proper understanding and earnest effort to bring about a cohesive system where nature and environment can be integrated into the developing world. It has now become a chick or “the in thing” to flaunt one’s eco-friendly lifestyles. This says a lot for the changing mindset towards our environments- a welcome change for sure, compared to the wanton destruction of forests and natural greeneries a few years earlier to make way for concrete structures and artificial jungles of concrete and glass.
But the most emergent question everybody needs to be asking at the moment is: is dedicating a single day of the year to reaffirm our commitment and responsibilities towards our environment enough to make the necessary and desired changes? The answer couldn’t be any clearer. This year, we have witnessed and experienced one of the worst floods in recent years, and the more relevant point that needs to be looked into is the frequency of the disaster. As of today, we have experienced flood situations at least four times in the state, the most recent one wreaking havoc at Senapati District, destroying, among others, an orphanage and leaving the kids with just the clothes on their backs.
The effects of the wrath of nature cannot be stressed enough. While it would not be possible or practical to expect the government to set things right and make plans to ensure that such calamities does not occur, there are areas where the government, both at the central and the state level, can look into and take up concrete steps to minimize the effects and contain the damage. Yet whatever has been done so far by way of any and every efforts towards addressing the issues, almost all of them turned out to be just another excuse by the contractors, engineers and others involved in the process to serve their own self-interests. The need of the hour, on the other hand, should be to implement a consistent plan to help nature and our environment to heal. This will undoubtedly prove easier said than done, but greater challenges have been successfully met and overcame with cooperation, dedication, a sense of purpose and resilience.
Meanwhile, making informed judgment by everyone of us, in the way we choose eco-friendly products and organic foods that does not contaminate the soil and water, to that of choosing things which are made locally instead of the ones that has been flown halfway around the world, as also inculcating a more evolved civic sense could make a much bigger and significant difference than we think possible.

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Friday, 21 February 2020 17:33

Cardinal Gracias is back as CBCI President

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Mumbai, Feb 21

Mumbai: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) has re-elected Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Mumbai, as president of the CBCI for a second term in an election held on February 17. Archbishop Felix Machado, the Bishop of Vasai (near Mumbai) was elected as the CBCI Secretary-General.
Gracias was elected on February17, which was the fifth day of the CBCI’s 34th plenary assembly, concluded at St John’s Medical College in Bengaluru in Karnatak. Cardinal Gracias will now lead the Indian Catholic Church for the next two years. On the same day that Gracias was re-elected by the Indian bishops, the Council of Cardinal Advisers (C6) held its first meeting with a three-day session in Rome from Feb. 17-19.
Gracias turned 75 in December. In accord with canon law, he has already submitted his resignation to the Pope, but is expected to continue as Archbishop of Mumbai for the foreseeable future.
The cardinal is also one of the members of the C-6, -a group of six cardinals who advise Pope Francis on the governance of the universal Church and on the preparation of a new governing constitution for the Roman Curia. 
Gracias’ re-election as head of the bishops’ conference, despite his being past the normal retirement age for a bishop, comes just weeks after the announcement by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, another member of the C-6, that he will step down as head of his own bishops’ conference, in part because of his age. 
On Feb. 11, Cardinal Marx said he would not seek re- election as head of the German bishops’ conference. He said he wants to spend more time in his Archdiocese of Münich-Freising and to allow “a younger generation” to lead the Church in Germany. Marx is 66 years old.
Speaking to IT, Fr. Nigel Barrett, spokesperson for Cardinal Gracias, said that the decision to re-elect Cardinal Gracias was taken at the Bangalore plenary, which is ‘like a general body meeting of all the bishops. Normally, someone is not elected as the CBCI president for more than two terms. The duties of the President include coordinating with all the bishops of India.  
Gracias was born in Mumbai on 24 December 1944, to Jervis and Aduzinda Gracias (a native of Orlim, Goa). He recognises himself as a Goan Catholic. He completed his school studies at St. Michael’s School in Mahim in Central Mumbai and joined college at the Jesuit St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. After a year, he entered the Seminary St. Pius X in Mumbai,  where he studied philosophy and theology. He was ordained to the priesthood by Valerian Gracius (no relation) on 20 December 1970. From 1971 to 1976, he served ad Chancellor and secretary to Bishop Joseph Rodericks, of Jamshedpur )Jharkhand)..
Gracias (born 24 December 1944) is an Indian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.. He was appointed Latin rite Archbishop of Mumbai, by Pope Benedict XVI on 14 October 2006 and was raised to the cardinalate in 2007. In 2008, he became Vice-President of the CCBI and in 2010, he was elected its President. He is also the President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. On 13 April 2013, he was appointed to the  Council of Cardinals, informally C-6, set up by Pope Francis to help with governing the Catholic Church and reforming its central administration.

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A One day Workshop for Civil Societies on ”Role of NGOs/Civil Societies in Nature Conservation” Organised by Nature Learning Centre, Forest Department Manipur under the aegis of National Mission on Himalayan Students (NMHS), Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change Govt of India was held today at Hotel Imphal Classic, North AOC.
The inaugural function was attended by Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Kereilhouvi Angami IFS as Chief Guest, Addl. PCCF & Project Investigator NLC Manipur Anurag Bajpai IFS as President, Member Secretary of Manipur Biodiversity Board (MBB) D.J.N. Anand IFS, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Dr.Lokho Puni IFS and Director of Manipur Zoological Garden Gaithaolu Thaimei IFS as Guest of Honours.
Speaking at the event, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Kereilhouvi Angami said that it is the duty of the people to protect and conserve nature and wildlife. It is high time to conserve the resources which are provided by nature instead of recklessly laying waste to everything, he added.
In the Technical Session, The Resource Persons of this workshop spoke on the topics “Significant of Good Forest Cover in Preserving Water Resources, Conserving Wildlife and Ensuring Food Security” and “Role of NGOs/Civil Societies in Preventing Use of Plastics and Prevention of environmental degradation” as the resource persons.
As part of the workshop, NGOs/ Civil Societies Visited to Nature Learning Center, Mantripukhri. Officials of the Forest Department & Nature Learning Center also attended the programme.

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