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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IT News
Imphal, July 14:

Reacting to the press statement issued by Pandit Loishang, dated July 10, which appeared in some newspaper under the heading “Lai Khubamsing Sokpiganu” which literally means not to touch the site located for God and Goddess, the All Manipur Dharma Raksha Samiti claimed the statement as false and propaganda.
A statement by M. Priyananda Sharma, General Secretary of the All Manipur Dharma Raksha Samiti The Dharma Raksha Samiti argued that the ritual site of ., Ebudhou Pakhangba, Lainingthou Nongsaba, Ema Ebemma Yumjao Lairembi as claimed by the Pandit Loishang is false and fabricated. And thus there is no question of demolishing the ritual site while keeping the wheels of the Rath Chariot at the site which has been following for a long time.
The statement said that the three idols of indigenous God and Goddess were not available at this location where Head of the Pandit Loisang claimed in the press release. The said three important idols were kept available at the west side of the Macha Leima School which were earlier the Pakhangba Pukhri. It is also suspicious that some of the individuals play a role of uncertainty and to spread havoc among the community.

IT News
Imphal, July 13:

Minister of WR and YAS Letpao Haokip conducted a two-day tour of the remote areas of Khengjoi sub-division of Chandel district to inspect and supervise the mass vaccination and awareness programs of COVID-19. He opined that village chieftains have a huge role to play in raising awareness to the hilly villagers regarding the vaccination, and also for streamlining the government institutions in remote hill areas.
On Sunday, a mass vaccination cum awareness drive was held at Khangbarol village. DC Chandel M Rajkumar (IAS), SP Chandel Shri L Deben Singh, SDO Khengjoi L Herojit, special guest Dr Jamlal, village chiefs and student and civil bodies representatives also took part in the program.
Giving his speech, Letpao said that getting oneself vaccinated is the most effective way to remain COVID-free as of now. One should not doubt the benefits of this vaccine and should not believe in misinformation and rumours that discouraged vaccination, he added. He further appreciated the full-hearted initiative of the District Administration, Chandel for such a mass drive that targets 100% vaccination of the district. It may be mentioned that the minister is the Chairman of the District Review Committee for fighting COVID pandemic.
The minister also expressed that it is high time that all the government offices and institutions in hill areas be streamlined as irresponsible and unprofessional government employees have been defying their duties and have depended on hired substitutes. This trend had failed to serve the actual purpose of setting up such offices, thereby affecting the efficiency of administration and delivering services.
Letpao also urged the village chieftains of the remote areas of the state not to allow and agree on such ‘mutual arrangement’ of rendering services by ‘substitute’ employees, especially in schools and health centres.
Health and education are the most basic spheres of a society and should not be compromised, he said, and added that schools and PHCs/PHSCs should work with full staff always. The minister also appealed, as always, the hill people not to resort to cultivation of poppy cultivation, and should find a viable alternative livelihood means. Many schemes of different departments, especially the Horticulture and Soil Conservation-related schemes are there, and he assured that he will ensure availing of such benefits to the farmers.
Later on, Letpao Haokip, who is also the local MLA of the area toured, distributed rice bags to all the households of the village. The rice bags are procured by funds from the side of the local MLA combined with the sharing availed under the PMKY scheme.
Chandel DC Rajkumar appealed the villagers to get vaccinated and not to doubt its effectiveness, citing the personal experiences he had in his family regarding the COVID-19 and being vaccinated.
SDO L Herojit showed his gratitude to the minister for taking up all the odds and his genuine interest in fighting the pandemic and for his relentless efforts of convincing the villagers to get vaccinated.
Earlier on Saturday afternoon, Letpao also visited Joldam villages and urged the locals to get vaccinated. SDO Khengjoi and Dr Jamlal responded to queries and cleared the doubts of the villages regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
It may be vaccinated that the mass vaccination drive of the Khengjoi sub-division is being carried out by 4 teams led by the SDO under the leadership of the DC, and will cover all the nook and corner of the sub-division over a span of 8 days.


IT News
Imphal, July 10:

FEGOCTA, the apex body of the Government College teachers in Manipur, congratulates the MP, Dr Rajkumar Ranjan on his appointment as the Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Education and External Affairs, Government of India.
It is a matter of pride for the people of Manipur and North East India that Dr Ranjan has been given important responsibilities in the field of education and foreign policy. FEGOCTA as an academic and intellectual group would provide inputs in the making and implementation of national higher education policies. FEGOCTA sincerely hopes that there will be a positive transformation in the education sector particularly in North East India and Manipur. Dr Ranjan’s long career and experiences in the field of higher education will be a great help in his new responsibility and future endeavours. Education and foreign policy are the critical areas in the globalised era for North East India which is facing challenges in the education sector and foreign relations. The region is almost surrounded by the five neighbouring countries of Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Bhutan and Nepal. There should be serious efforts to resolve old issues and improve relations with the neighbouring countries as well as ASEAN countries.
FEGOCTA also congratulates Sarbananda Sonowal and Kiren Rijiju on their appointments as the Union Cabinet Ministers. It is expected that inputs and suggestions from the governments and people of North-East India will be taken more seriously. It is hoped that some qualitative changes will take place in the life of the people, politics and governance in the region.

IT Correspondent
Guwahati, July 9: 

For more than a year now India remains concerned about China’s aggressive behaviours on the international border localities.
After the Galwan conflict, the Union government in New Delhi has to be more cautious against the Beijing administration. New Delhi preferred to be reluctant to greet the ruling Communist Party of China over its centenary celebrations on 1 July.
As one year passes away after the Galwan river valley standoff in Ladakh (on 15 June 2020), the Indian Army paid homage to the supreme sacrifices of its personnel laying a wreath at Leh war memorial. It proudly mentioned about the bravery of 20 soldiers, who laid down their lives  without a single shot being fired to defend the great nation on the 3,440 km line of actual control causing heavy casualties to the opponents.
The Communist government initially did not acknowledge about any casualty to People’s Liberation Army members  in the high altitude (over 17,850 feet) clash. New Delhi had however declared about the casualties of soldiers who sacrificed their lives to prevent the Chinese misadventure. All the martyred Indian soldiers were sent to their respective homes for cremation with full national honours.
Tight-lipped Beijing admitted only in February this year that five military officers and soldiers were killed in the Galwan faceoff. Indian sources claimed that at least 45 PLA members were neutralized in the conflict and they all were buried at a nearby locality. All the Chinese media outlets, which function under strict controls of Beijing, remained silent over the matter. Lately the Global Times reported about an event where the citizens paid tributes to their soldiers on Galwan episode.
Months back, exile Tibetan leader Dr Lobsang Sangay  termed the term ‘Indo-China border conflict’ as a misnomer. Speaking to a group of journalists in Guwahati, the former head of Dharamshala  based Central Tibetan Administration, argued that  many Indians believe that Tibet is a part of China and they prefer to use the  term, but in reality China was never a neighbour to India.
“When Tibet was an independent country, only 75 Indian soldiers guarded the entire border (around 3,488 km) as more troops were not needed,” commented the Harvard educated politician adding that the same border presently needs to guarded by a hundred thousand soldiers.
It has now turned into Indo-China border and compelled New Delhi to enhance the budgetary allocations to  safeguard its northern Himalayan border, stated Dr Sangay.
Speaking to this correspondent, Soumyadeep Datta, a vivid supporter of Free Tibet movement, claimed that China has been targeting India in three ways. First, their soldiers continued regrouping on the border localities and secondly Beijing is playing a psychological war against
the people of India with their trusted individuals, organisations and media outlets. Thirdly, China has taken up an ecological war against India.
After occupying Tibet, which is recognized as an environment sensitive land, the Chinese start exploiting its natural resources. Moreover, Beijing has constructed many hydro-dams over the rivers those originate in the Tibetan glaciers  and flow down to India and other south and south-east Asian countries. Thus, Datta asserted, the regime poses a threat to Indians as well as many lower riparian nations in ecological aspect too.

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