Tuesday, 25 February 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Feb 25

On the eight day of the ongoing tenth session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, Education Minister Th Radheshyam said that his department is amalgamating government schools from time to time for bringing efficiency in teacher-student ratio to increase the enrolment of students in government schools.

While replying to a question raised by Opposition MLA K Meghachandra Singh, he further stated that there is no violation to the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009 in amalgamating schools as the sole purpose is to bring good and quality education scenario in the state.

Responding to another question raised by MLAs Alfred Kangam Arthur and Shri O Surjakumar, Radheshyam also said that all the teacher recruitment processes in the state is being done in accordance with the guidelines of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). The department has initiated drafting of a new education policy in the state, and a consultative meeting was held on 19th July last year at the City Convention Centre with all the stakeholders.

On the other hand, YAS Minister Letpao Haokip said that his department has taken up 11 numbers of works, of which five works were taken up in 2017 and another six in the year 2018. He added that under the Khelo India Scheme, a total of 32 sports developmental projects have been proposed for approval to the Centre. This distribution was done one the pattern of every two projects for each district of Manipur.

The Sports Minister further stated criteria for taking up projects differs from hill to valley areas. However, it is the nature of work and the availability of funds that ensures the green signal for a project.

Meanwhile, MLA K Meghachandra Singh drew the attention of all the House members on the ongoing anti-CAA protests in New Delhi where he stressed on the urgent need to provide safety to the students, especially from NE region.

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Imphal, Feb 25

The Department of Youth Affairs and Sports today observed the Shannaroishingee Numit -2020 (Players’ Day) at the Khuman Lampak Main Stadium. On the occasion, YAS Minister Letpao Haokip stated that upcoming players of the state need to keep up with the glorious legacy of sporting excellence initiated by the senior players of the past and present.
While the minister was the chief guest of the function,  Bobby Waikhom (IAS), Commissioner of YAS was the functional president while the guests of honour were Dr K Shyamsunder Singh (IAS), Director of YAS and  Sunil Elangbam, Secretary of the Manipur Olympic Association.
It may be worth mentioning that the observance of the Shannaroishingee Numit was first held in the year 1999 to mark the historic win of Manipur in the 5th National Games that was held that year from February 14-25. Manipur emerged team champion by bagging the coveted Raja Bhalendra Singh Trophy.
Giving his chief guest speech,  Letpao said that the players of the state has been doing well in their performances so far, and the several medals, awards and laurels that they brought to Manipur was a testimony for this claim. Ratio-wise,  the state of Manipur still remains a forerunner in producing world-class players as we produced many excellent players in spite of having a small population, in comparison to the those largely-populated mainland Indian states.
However, he cautioned the upcoming generation of players not to be half-hearted in their efforts, and to double up their struggles and hardwork as many leading senior Manipuri players have created a strong legacy for them to follow.
Another major highlight of today’s observance was the flagging off of the Players’ Day Run by the YAS Minister. Hundreds of players of the state took part in this run.
Also, the chief guest led the gathering in the pledging of the Preamble of the Indian Constitution.
Noted bow-maker from Manipur, B Chaoba Sharma was also honoured by Minister  Letpao Haokip acknowledging his contribution to the making of Archery Indian Round Bows as a part of the observation of the Players’ Day.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020 18:00

7th pay approved for RIMS pensioner

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Imphal, Feb.25

RIMS  has   implemented the 7th pay commission for pensioners of RIMS who have been working for more than 35 years  as per approved  by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare on February 24  late evening. This was announced by the Director of RIMS L. Santa while speaking to media persons today morning. The approval was given after over 2 years of  their persuasion to the Ministry.

 ‘’It is indeed a good news for around 890  pensioners including Professor ,Grade four and their families  of RIMS who have been serving for more than 35 years while others got already 7th pay commission before 3 years ago , ‘’ The director of RIMS L. Santa said while announcing the good news at a press meet  at Jubilee Hall .

 Stressing on the process of releasing pensions, Professor Ch. Arunkumar Singh appealed to all pensioners   that the authority might be taking  around 20 days  in releasing pensions due to lack of manpower and a thorough calculations was needed and he further assured  that  the fund would surely be releasing soon as much as possible.

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Imphal, Feb 25

The Election Commission today announced that biennial elections of 55 members of Rajya Sabha from 17 states including the lone seat of Manipur, retiring in April 2020, will be held on March 26. The counting of votes will also take place the same day.

Rajya Sabha MP of Manipur Kshetrimayum Bhabananda Singh along with three RS MP of Rajasthan , 3 from Madhya Pradesh, 2 from Jharkhand, 1 from Himachal Pradesh, 2 from Haryana, 4 from Gujarat, 2 from Chhattisgarh , 5 from Bihar, 3 from Assam , 2 from Telangana and 4 from Andhra Pradesh will retire from the RS MP on April 9, 2020.

While notification for the biennial elections will be issue on March 6, March 13 is the last date of filing nominations.

Prominent among those retiring are NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale (RPI-Athawale), Congress veteran Motilal Vora and former Union Minister Vijay Goel (BJP).

In Gujarat, the terms of the four seats expire on April 9. While the ruling BJP currently holds three of the four seats, one of them is held by Congress. The three BJP MPs whose term will end include Chunibhai Gohel from Junagadh, Shambhuprasad Tundiya from Ahmedabad and Lalsinh Vadodia from Anand. Madhusudan Mistry is the Congress MP who will retire on April 9.

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Imphal, Feb 25

Family members and locals of Ayekpam Chinglensana, the accused who was arrested in connection with the murder of his wife, slammed the mob who came in support of the deceased and threw slippers to him while producing before the CJM Imphal West.

The deceased Merina was found hung to death in a suspicious manner inside the room of her husband located at Takyel Khongban Maning Leikai, Imphal on early morning of February 13. Maternal side of Merina complains foul play to the death, accusing her husband behind her death.

Police arrested Merina’s husband Ayekpam Chinglensana and his brother Ayekpam Chingthangkhomba for investigation in connection with the death on February 17.

Sister of Chinglensana’s father A.Chitra said that she found a suicide note above a diary on the day of Merina ‘s death  when she was taken to hospital and  she also found that Merina had cried that evening after her brother came and scolded for something which Chitra did not know, the exact conversation between Merina and her brother and Merina also informed her husband about  bad feeling on  that day.

Chitra further said that the mobile phone which had been used by Merina  before her death was still at her maternal home which was taken on the day of her death at hospital  and she continued that  some sorts of clue should had  been traced from the mobile .And  there were a case 5 years ago  of missing of Merina  for 3 days but the family of Merina brought her and hand over to Chinglensana on the 3rd day.

‘’If my nephew Chinglensana were the real murderer of his wife Merina then the authority can give due punishment according to his deed’’ said Chitra while during a press conference at Manipur press club today.

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Bishnupur, Feb. 25

With an aim to provide job placement to unemployed youths of Bishnupur district, Humanism Foundation in association with Loktak Brigade has organized a counselling session yesterday at Loktak Skill Development Center, co-existed with Loktak Brigade at Bishnupur district headquarter.
The session was specially organized for unemployed youths and trainees, who are undergoing free training on computer (FTCP) and Retail Sales Associate at the skill development center run by Humanism Foundation.
During the session, two entrepreneurs namely Sapam Itombi, Proprietor of SJ Plastics and S Okendro Sharma, Proprietor of Okendro Catering Services attended as resource person and motivated the trainees to become an entrepreneur.

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Imphal, Feb 25

The State Institute of Journalism, DIPR, Manipur inaugurated a two weeks short term course on ‘Impact of Social Media’ at Jadonang Memorial College, Longmai, Noney on Monday.  Hungyo Worshang, IAS DC, Noney District was the chief guest of the inaugural function.  
H. Balkrisna Singh, Director, DIPR, Manipur was the President of the function. Shri Ramkung Pamei, President, Manipur Hills Journalists’ Union and  Khuigai Kahmei, Principal, Jadonang Memorial College were the Guests of Honour.
Hungyo Worshang said the subject matter of the course conducted by DIPR is very relevant in today’s world as misuse of Social Media can cause unrest in the society. “As human beings, we have the tendency to believe bad things”, he said.
H. Balkrisna Singh, said that he had certain inhibitions when planning to conduct such a course in a new district. However, he said he was happy to see a large number of youths who have applied for the two weeks course.
W. Phajatombi Devi, Joint Director (IPR), Seema Sanjenbam, Course Co-Ordinator, SIJ, Sagolsem Snehprabha, Manager of Publication and other staff of DIPR also attended the function.

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Mumbai/Delhi, Feb 25

For the first time after agitations began across the country, against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a 20 kms long morcha (padyatra) was organised in Buldhana district of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, on Monday afternoon.
The morcha which began from Motala, wound its way through Waghjal, Rajur Ghat and culminated into a huge rally at “Shahinbaug” of Buldhana. The leaders from different parties addressed the meeting and demanded that the CAA be abrogated. Later they submitted a memorandum to the District Collector Suman Chandra.
The morcha almost looked like a long walkthon with hundreds of people, including women with babes in arms, joining the morcha, in a scorching hit. In view of the long march, several organisations and local people had made arrangement of water for the participants.
In another development, Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi from Mumbai, on Monday said that, instead of expressing contradictory opinions, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray should declare that the Maharashtra will not only implement the CAA. Thackeray during his recent visit to Delhi, in a media interaction, had said that no one need to fear about the CAA since it does not ask any citizen to leave the country. The act stipulates granting of citizenship to certain minorities facing persecution, outside India. In response, Congress leader Manish Tiwari had said that one need explain provisions of CAA to Thackeray.
In the meanwhile the situation in Gokulpuri, Jaffrabad areas in Delhi where three persons, including Head Constable Ratan Lal and agitators Furkan and Shahin died and 37 others, including DCP Amit Sharma, were injured, during anti-CAA agitation, continued to remain volatile.
Even as stone pelting and firing by some of the agitators continued, two metro stations- Maujpur, and Babarpur in East Delhi were closed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Similarly the entry and exist from Jaffrabad was closed by the police. The paramilitary forces were deployed with local police to quell the mob. On Sunday, the agitators also torched two houses in Maujpur area.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal urged the Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi Lt Governor to ensure peace. In a tweet he said “  Very distressing news regarding disturbance of peace and harmony in parts of Delhi..I sincerely urge Hon’ble LG and Hon’ble Union Home Minister to restore law and order & ensure that peace and harmony is maintained. Nobody should be allowed to orchestrate flagrations.
On Monday Shah held a special meeting with top officials of Delhi police and directed them to bring the situation under control. Most of the school and colleges remain closed and some of the exams were cancelled in view of the disturbances.
Tension prevailed at Jaffrabad in northeast Delhi after clashes broke out between two groups during a protest against the CAA on Sunday afternoon. The protesters for and against the CAA, pelted stones at each other, prompting police to fire tear gas shells.
Jaffrabad has been witnessing protests since Saturday evening when a group of women began a sit-in near the metro station. On Sunday, more than 500 protesters, mainly women, blocked a major road in the area, forcing the authorities to close the metro station. The protesters vowed not to end the agitation till the Centre revokes the contentious legislation.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020 17:50

Restructuring the Attitude

Times are a changing- but the sort of changes happening in our state is nothing to write home about- or rather everything that should be made public. It has become a breeding ground for unscrupulous elements where the name of the game is “instant wealth”.
Gone are the days when enterprising people, by dint of their sheer tenacity and unwavering pursuit made fame and fortune. The “get rich quick” mantra being increasingly subscribed to by the younger generation has begun to bear fruit- rapes, murders, extortions, thieves and burglary, drug trafficking and corruption- the list growing longer by thee day. The race to amass wealth- even at the cost of giving up one’s peace of mind and the hearth and home have taken precedence over the concept of a peaceful and fruitful easy life.
Conscience and morality have been shoved off to the furthest corner of one’s mind- shedding the last remnants of humility to enter the temple of mammon. The result is a society where might is right and truth is relative. Honesty and sincerity is at a premium and the ideology of high thinking – simple living having been replaced by the reckless aim to attain power and influence.
Humility and respectfulness has begun to be looked down upon and is being equated with weakness- a trait to be avoided. Truths are being sold and brought at a price and the collective mentality have started to revert back to the stone age where survival of the fittest holds true. Making things worst are the growing number of indolent youths accustomed to luxury and exhibitionism influenced in no small measure by the western cultures but failing to capture the essence of the dignity of work and the regard for fellow humans that underlines the basic principles of these western societies.
Abusing the powers entrusted to them and turning their official domain into their personal fiefdom is the order of the day for bureaucrats and politicians while the common people are left in the lurch with a feeling of betrayal and alienation in their minds. This has created a chasm that is growing wider with each passing day leading to a feeling of suspicion and getting cynical of the steps the Government is taking up for the professed good of the public. This social turmoil paves the way for a breed of human parasites living off the sweat of another’s labour- intimidation and fear being their weapon of choice and not thinking twice about taking lives if their whims are not catered to. Shouts of negligence and deprivation trying to drown out the screams of the unfortunate public destined to lead a life of uncertainty and fear. Tolerance is no longer a virtue and wealth is the benchmark of a person’s worth- never mind the means one used to acquire it.
 Public memory has inexplicably shrunk to let matters pass- if only to wash their hands off the trouble of facing the bitter reality or to rectify it. Rationality has succumbed to power and ethics is an alien notion. A bleak future is in the offing- it is for us to stand up and stand fast- for the life we lead the way we want to. It is in us to walk with our heads held high and taste the sweat and the fruit of our own labour. At the end of the day what really matters is an unburdened mind and a good sound sleep.

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 In my childhood days, during the “LAI HARAOBA” festival of my village albeit I didn’t know the real significance & much about  Lai haraoba &  Maibi jagoi( Dance) etc ,I enjoyed it but the event I  most eagerly waiting was the Mukna –Lamjel ,that use to hold one day after the last day of Lai haraoba(Lairoi).According to the tradition of my village, the players who are to take part in mukna(Traditional wrestling) are put into two teams, which leaders and elders of the village named as Laroi panna and singloi panna or Lairembi panna and Lairemba panna. Each team is led by one of the best player whom we call him Mukna Jatra. Both the teams will arrive at the Laibung after traditional rituals at the residence of the Jatras. After the mukna team arrived, the athletes who are to take part in marathon race (Lamjel) in the same team as mukna arrived. In case of marathon race, the team leader is generally the one who got first, second or third place in previous year. The judge (we call him, lamtharoi) is the one who got hat trick in this marathon in other days. The encouragement given to those athletes by our people during their run by shouting: CHENKHATLU-CHENKHATLU” still fresh in my mind. The prizes given to those winners are very simple, very lovely but I envied at it. The prizes were those cloth of our deities which are conferred by Laipanaba. After that, the winners will go around the laibung where our elders (Famnaiba) also encouraged them by giving whatever they have, may be cash or kind or flowers etc.  I liked and envied at it even though I could not take part.Whatever the case, it may be, I thought, games and sports in every part of Manipur might have been originated from Lai-haraoba. In addition to this, the Art & Culture of Manipur has also been associating with our Lai-Haraoba,I supposed myself. It could be the driving force which makes Manipur famous in Games & Sports as well as in Art & Culture, all over the World. It’s not wrong to say that in Manipur the spirit of Art & Culture as well as Sports started from every families, right from childhood days by every one of us. It’s a well-known fact that every elder of all our family started teaching dance to all our minors by saying “TADING –TADING “.
   Who are those players who bring laurels for our motherland Manipur from National and International arenas? And where are they from? Are they the children of those rich, powerful big shots? Or are they the children of those who are taking utmost care for the career of their children by dragging out from sleep in early hour of a day for tuition by paying advance payment for tuition who are studying in premier private schools where there is no playground at all? As of now, it’s not so. Most of the players who brings laurels and gives the name of the Manipur in the world are those who are deprived of proper education, basic amenities of contemporary world and children of those parents who can’t look after their children just for hand to mouth way of survival. They simply come to nearby playground, watch playing then induced the feeling of playing without any sports suits. At this point of time, I recall one Manipuri Film “NOBAB” which portrayed how our sports stars groomed.
    It is encouraging to celebrate Sports person’s Day(Sannaroisingee Numit) every year on 25th February in commemoration of awarding Manipur “The Raja Bhalindra “ trophy for overall team champion in 5th ( Latter on 30th ) National Games in 1999 at Imphal. On the sideline of this celebration, when we look into the condition of our players, play grounds, sports infrastructures vis-à-vis the welfare scheme taken up for the players ,it is in a  highly deplorable  state and hope for our players is greatly miserable. In the remote areas, away from greater Imphal, though there are few play grounds, there is no sign of development and improvement. In the greater Imphal areas, play grounds are replaced by Community halls where certain indoor games can be played but not possible for any outdoor games. In the grass-root levels at villages and in the hill area there is no sign of translating anything into action which are inevitably to do for the development of Sports. NATIONAL SPORTS UNIVERSITY, the foundation stone for which was laid by Prime Minister is still in its infant state. The budget allocation for Sports & Culture instead of escalation seems to be cutting down. Because of this a great apprehension among the people develop whether our sports & culture will be outshine like yester-years. Felicitating eminent sports persons on this day by giving incentives or awards is a good step. However simply honoring those on this day will improve the condition of our sports is the question that many asked. Will it be worth to identify those local clubs and persons who are dedicated for the development of sports in our state and confer or honor them? This act will help to re- orient our sports activities in progressive direction. On the other hands, most of our schools do not have sports grounds which is one of the most important criteria to be fulfilled while recognition is given by the Board/Govt. Due to lack of this important infrastructures, people started posting voices that most of our schools are something like a private tuition or coaching centers which in turn snatch away the intrinsic  properties or qualities of our children who are our future pillars and have been converted into a spoiled bread. Simply shouting and honoring few eminent sports persons by the Government on this 25th day of February every year will not help to translate our dream of Manipur to be the power house of sports into reality.

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