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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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Manipur Governor Opens XIIth State Level Manipur Pineapple Festival at Khousabung; Calls on the need for opening of Cold Storage

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Imphal, Aug 23

Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla today opens the XIIth State Level Manipur Pineapple Festival at Khousabung in Churachandpur district.
Speaking on the occasion the governor said that Festivals are organized to serve a definite purpose and the objective of the Manipur Pineapple Festival is to empower the pineapple farmers, bring them to a common platform, search for viable markets, promote agro-tourism and generally foster the spirit of unity and brotherhood.

“In the 11 years since its inception, the festival is slowly but surely moving towards achieving its set objectives. It is common knowledge that pineapple is one of the most important horticulture crops in Manipur and a large number of people in the State are dependent on it for their livelihood. There are different varieties of pineapple like Queen, Kew found in the State and it is a favourite fruit for many because of its flavor and health quotient”, Dr. Heptulla said.
She said there is a large potential for economic activity based on this horticulture crop to increase the income of the farmers. Demand is never an issue and there is a need to produce more, while simultaneously taking up processing so that the fruits remain available throughout the year to enhance its economic viability.  
“It is very encouraging that the cultivators of Khousabung and adjoining villages have been growing pineapple for more than six decades and it has been a major source of their income. I hope this year’s festival will also be as successful as the previous years and wish the organizers all success in their endeavour.  Such festivals with a competitive spirit will enhance the performance of the farmers at different levels. I have also found that the pineapple of Manipur is more palatable and delicious than those I have taken elsewhere. It is also much sought after outside the State. I have been told that there was good export of pineapple from this State to other countries also not long ago. I do not know why it has been discontinued but every effort should be made by all concerned to expand this export avenue and make it a commercially successful venture. This fruit could rank as a good revenue earner for the State”, Heptulla added.
For the pineapple farming community, the festival means a lot as they get an opportunity for wider exposure of their products she said and added that the people living in the interior parts of the State and the hilly areas have to transport their products to the District Headquarters and State capital for sale. She also stressed on the need for Cold storage facility
“ I understand that the State Government is already planning to provide cold storage facility at different places of the State. I am confident that, with the efforts of the Government, the problem faced by the farmers of not only a particular District but also of all other areas, especially those living in the interior parts of the State will be eased to a great extent”, she added.

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To the rescue for the degrading environment ; we can do it

Development is a multi dimensional concept covering political, economic, social, cultural, spatial, scientific, technological, moral, spiritual, ecological and environment development.
Everybody is aware of the ecological deterioration and environment degradation, but none acted to do something to save it. Every pedestrians see plastic bottle, and other waste scattered in our footpath. But, ‘blame’ to those who threw it or perhaps to the government authority is the reaction. He or she will not pick it up to throw it to the right place. There are many who talks saving our environment, rivers and forest. But everyday the thousand people dump their waste at the roadsides, threw garbage at the river smuggled woods using any unfair means. Some waited for camera to take a shot while planting a sapling to show their love for the mother nature but will never look back to see whether the sapling he or she planted is grown.
It is we human being, which is responsible for the crime committee towards the nature. The recent flood across the country including Manipur is fall out of what we human being had committee for hundreds of years. Deterioration of nature is more seen to less develop and developing countries. City based intellectuals who visited only once or twice to complete their thesis keep blaming the ignorance of the common people who have less knowledge of saving the environment as survival is more important for them. Schemes and projects always turn a flop show as they were prepared on table without studying the need of the people residing in interior forest land. And the money which are meant for the environment are gold mine for those working on the table.
The state of Manipur had witness five times devastating flood since N. Biren Singh took charge of Chief Minister. Again the people of the state now witness scanty rainfall, which flooded most part of Imphal city but keep the cultivable field dry. Almost all cultivable land of the state still remains dry. Farmers in the state now fear that they would not be able to start their cultivation work. If the paddy field remains dry the way it is, we don’t need any fortune teller or scientist to predict that Manipur may face famine.  
Discussions over the issues only put the blame  to common people of both Hill and Valley area who never had any knowledge of how much money has been sanctioned for the preservation of the forest land in their respective land.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s new initiative – Green Manipur Mission is perhaps an appreciating initiative. However, it is skeptical to most people as the Mission to make Manipur Green seems rather a publicity matter. A proper planning to make sure that such an initiative continues to make Manipur a real green state.

It may be mention that for the first time in the history of Manipur , A village called Ringui in Ukhrul district donated around 600 ares of land to an NGO to make the area green. Though the village is far from Imphal with limited access of Education, they have showed their enthusiasm in protecting the environment and rebuilding a forest. Forest and Environment Minister, Th Shyamkumar had assured to make the piece of land as a forest zone but the promised he made is still yet to see into action. The good service of the villagers of Ringui will not only make their village famous but will help in reducing the global warming, even though it might effect only .00001%.
If more villages in the state of Manipur started donating land for plantation of trees than Manipur will set another example in the protection of the environment in the whole country. What remains skeptical is the sincerity of the forest department authority.
Well the challenges before the country particularly in the state of Manipur is to preserve and protect the natural environment or revive it where it has been degraded. It must be remembered that the problem of environmental degradation is social problem which has to be solved by the people themselves with some sort of policy and programme from the government
A short term course in Ecology and Environment al Awareness should be arranged for the benefit of the elected representatives starting from PRI, Municipalities, corporation, MLAs, MPs, Development planners  and administrators which would give them a proper understanding of nature, the important of flora and fauna and other natural resources especially forest wealth and their management.
The recent series of activities taken up by the state government however showed some enthusiasm to save the environment. At the same time making people aware about the issue is also important to protect the environment.

12 injured in rally demanding justice for Reamei Chungamlu; JAC calls indefinite blockade at NHs and shuts all project in Zeliangrong area

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Imphal, Aug 22,

At least 12 people including 4 police personnel and a journalist were injured during a protest rally organised by the JAC demanding justice for Reamei Chungamlu who was found dead in a mysterious condition. The incident happened as the police tried to stop the rally at Thangmeiband area today afternoon.

Following today’s police action, Joint action committee formed against the mysterious death of Reamei Chungamlu had announced indefinite blockade along the National Highways and total shuts down on all the state and national projects being taken up in Zeliangrong inhabited area.

The protest rally started from Tarung Community Hall and marched towards Thangmeiband. Police halted the rally at Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai near Savio School.  To disperse the protestor police used smoke bombs, mock bombs and tear gas shells.

General Secretary of Rongmei Naga Students organization Zenthui Pamei strongly condemned the police brutality and added that those who are there to protect the people attacked the people.

He added that they staged a peaceful rally demanding punishment of the culprit at the earliest.

He also strongly condemned the Chief Minister for not allowing to the JAC to submit memorandum.

Reamei Chungamlu was found dead under mysterious circumstances on August 17 at Moirang Pangsang Leikai.

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By : Sanjoo Thangjam

Catholic priests take up to three vows, depending upon their affiliations.
Since various religious institutes exist within the Catholic Church, the vows priests must take vary depending upon their affiliations. Not all priests must take the same vows. Most institutes require that priests take vows of CHASTITY and OBEDIENCE to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. However, some institutes exist, such as the Eastern Rite Catholics, that do not require priests to remain celibate.
The strictest Catholic institutes require priests to take a vow of poverty. Other priests do not take this vow at all and can engage in the world’s economy and can even hold side jobs. Whether or not priests have taken poverty vows, all clergy are admonished to live modest and simple lives by abstaining from unnecessary extravagances. Those who do take vows of poverty generally receive a meager living stipend for basic personal needs. Any goods they use, such as housing, vehicles and clothing, do not belong to the priests themselves, but to the institution.

The Western Catholic division of the Catholic Church selects priests who have taken vows of celibacy. However, this is not universal for all practitioners of the faith; priests in the Eastern Rite typically are married. The tradition of celibacy vows dates back to medieval times. The Catholic Church argues that it does not mandate any Catholic to abstain from marriage. By default, it does not mandate abstinence as sex is only permitted in a heterosexual marriage. EVEN SO, MOST DIVISIONS CHOOSE PRIESTS AMONG CANDIDATES WHO HAVE TAKEN THE VOW OF CELIBACY.
Most Catholic priests take a vow of obedience, an attempt to put the good of the Church before their own personal good. They work for what they consider to be the betterment of the community and not their own personal benefit, and by doing so, they are dedicating themselves to the service of the church. They see the commitment as a means of obtaining ultimate freedom. The vow also mandates that priests follow the order of the Catholic Church hierarchy, with the pope at the top, followed by the bishops. Priests may still appeal to higher authorities within the hierarchy if they disagree with a decision.
Other Responsibilities of Priests
Priests are responsible for the spiritual guidance of their practitioners, as well as for participating in community projects. Some priests live in communes, where they focus on meditation, prayer and study. Others work in the community, spending time visiting the sick, running community programs, conducting counseling services and holding mass and prayers. Some members of the clergy work in education as teachers for Catholic schools and universities in addition to their responsibilities in leading church services.
The writer is a lay Buddhist and Human Rights’ Activist for People Who Use Drugs (PUDs)