Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh, a resident of Keishamthong Elangbam has been with Imphal Times since its start, 2013. He handles mostly Press release and announcement related news. Naresh is also a social worker. He can be emailed at [email protected]

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Imphal, Oct 14:

Manipur Commission for Protection Of Child Right Chairperson Manibabu Phurailatpam in a press release stated that the children have unique vulnerabilities owing to specific needs and demands at different stages of growth till the time they reach adulthood.
“COVID-19 pandemic has affected children in a variety of ways. Some children might not be very concerned, whereas others develop unpleasant feelings and behavior. Children may experience a range of psychological Issues such as anxiety, fear, worry, depression, difficulty sleeping and loss of appetite. Children with physical and mental disabilities are more vulnerable during this trying time it added”, the newly elected chairperson of the MCPCR said.
He further stated that the national Commission for Protection of Child Rights with India Co-Win Action Network (I-CAN) has created a network of qualified and trained Counsellor/Psychologists/Experts for providing psychological first-aid and emotional support through its toll free tele-counselling (1800-121-2830)(from Monday to Saturday 10:00 am -1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm) to children who are affected during COVID-19 pandemic it added the statement.

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Imphal, Oct 13:

Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Manipur University, Canchipur on Monday for different collaborative activities. The memorandum of understanding was signed between Prof. Pulok Kumar Mukherjee, Director of IBSD and Prof. W. Chandbabu Singh, Registrar, Manipur University in presence of Jarnail Singh, Vice Chancellor/Administrator of Manipur University it added.
Dr H Nanaocha Sharma further stated that the purpose of the signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) is for creation of a framework for collaboration between the two institutions. The objective of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) is to establish a mutual relationship based on scientific collaboration programmes as well as academic exchanges. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) joint collaborative research works between faculty, students and staff of the two institutions will be facilitated. Registration of research scholars of IBSD in MU will also be taken up. Apart from utilization of sophisticated facilities in both the institutions, experience and expertise concerning administration and management of both institutions will also be shared under the agreement it said the press released.

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Imphal, Oct. 8:

Awangpat Loukol, the only farmland used by the residents of Keirao Makting have been encroached upon by some persons causing the area used for farming by the community to diminish.
In order to maintain the exact area as before the encroachment began, a survey along with officials from the Revenue Department will be conducted to demarcate and preserve the area, stated MI Khan, Chief Advisor, Awangpat Loukol Farmers Development Club (ALFDC), Keirao Makting. Speaking at a press conference at Keirao Makting yesterday, MI Khan also stated that even though village elders have been working for the last twenty years to develop the farmland, some persons have started encroaching upon the particular farmland without proper registration claiming that their forefathers have been looking after the patches they are claiming as theirs.
He further added that the farmers club has been registered with the cooperative department which would enable taking up various development measures from time to time, while announcing the decision that any activity within the farmland area should be taken up only with prior permission of the club. He also invites anyone desirous of becoming a member of the club to do so at the earliest.

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Imphal, October 7:
North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) strongly criticizes Manipur government’s recent directive to levy fee from the students studying in state government run schools. The Department of Education (Schools) in an order dated 5th October, 2020 has directed that all the private and aided schools in the state would levy 30% of monthly payable fees from the parents of the students enrolled. Moreover, it also directs that only 50% of the salary would be paid to the teachers employed in these schools.

"The order is completely apathetic to the dire situation in which the mass of students and their families have been thrown during the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. The loss of jobs has led to untold suffering of families in the state. Such an order only serves to accentuate the suffering of the students and their families who are already hard-pressed enough. Moreover, the private schools in the state operate on a huge corpus of funds accumulated over the years. In the extraordinary situation of the pandemic, it is imperative that fees should not be levied especially when parents are already hard-pressed ", said a press release by NEFIS.

The statment release by the body further said "the order also openly grants license to the private schools to exploit the teachers employed there. It should be noted that teachers in private schools are often over-exploited and made to teach at a pittance. The order would enable the private schools to further exploit the teachers by paying them half the amount of their salaries, while they continue to sit on a huge corpus of funds generated over the years."

The issue of fees in private colleges across the state is also worrying as these colleges had collected huge amounts as fees for the last academic year before the lockdown. Subsequent to the lockdown, studies have been disrupted leading to almost nil academic activity, while the fees of the academic session had already been paid. In such a situation, the fees of the students for the current academic year should be adjusted from the amount already paid for the last academic year.

Regarding the grave issues mentioned above, NEFIS demands that the order of the Department of Education (Schools) should be immediately withdrawn, and no fees should be collected from the students. Moreover, the teachers employed in private schools should be paid full salaries. NEFIS would be organizing students and parents in the coming days, and would intensify its movement for accessible, equal and quality education for all.

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