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William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.

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Sports material distributed under Samagra Shiksha

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Imphal, July 17,

Under the initiative of Education Minister, Thokchom Radheshyam, sports equipments were handed over to the Zonal and district officials of the Directorate of Education - School, Manipur during the Sports Material Distribution Ceremony organised by State Mission of Samagra Shiksha, Manipur held at Samagra Shiksha, State Implementing Society (SS, SIS) Office Babupara Imphal.

The Minister stated that good health enhances the ability in children in becoming more effective in learning and development process. He added that education imparted to the children need a holistic approach to encourage and make the learning teaching-process more appealing. Recognising the significance, sports and physical education has been made an integral part of the new education policy under the Samagra Shiksha sports.

Sports will help the student learn to work as a team, encouraging their collaboration and communication among themselves. He said that the equipments that are being distributed today are meant for the children. He appealed to the gathering to make maximum utilization of the sports equipments and educational aid. He also suggested that the equipments provided to the schools can be utilized among the local youths so that the item does not remain unused.

Th. Radheshyam highlighted that Samagra Shiksha is an integrated scheme for School Education-bringing under one umbrella the three Centrally Sponsored Schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan(RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE). The scheme will cover from pre-school to senior secondary level and aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels, he added. He also mentioned that the grant for sports equipments is at the rate of Rs. 5,000 for Primary Schools and Rs. 10,000 for upper primary schools.

During the ceremony, science kits, white board and library books approved by the Project Approval Board (PAB), MHRD, New Delhi, were distributed to 18 government secondary schools of the State during today’s Sports Material Distribution Ceremony. It was also announced that 386 schools will be provided with sports kits, 100 schools will have Mathematical kits, 100 schools with science kits, 397 schools with white boards and 393 schools with library books.

The programme was attended by Joint Secretary Education (S) L. Nandakumar Singh; Chairman, COHSEM, Manipur, L. Mahendra Singh, Addl. Director Education (S/H) Shri Lerte Hmangte Kom, Addl. Director Education (S/V) Smt. Ch. Sachi, officials of Directorate of Education - School, ZEOs and teachers.

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Army gear up for worsening floods in Assam

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Ghy, July 17,

In view of the worsening flood situation in the Eastern region, Lieutenant General MM Naravane, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Command, took stock of the situation and was briefed by various Commanders on ground about the preparations underway. The Army Commander stated that the situation is presently under control and assured a quick response by the Army on being requisitioned for deployment on flood relief tasks.

Various resources of the Army in anticipation of flood related calamity are on ‘Stand by’.  Army is closely monitoring the flood situation in close coordination with civil administration along large number of flood prone areas. There are 152 monitoring stations which will ensure timely warning of an impending crisis due to floods.

 Army has alerted the flood relief columns which consist of rescue and relief material, to be prepared for deployment on short notice. Total of 95 flood relief columns along with additional 31 columns as reserve have been kept on ‘Stand by’ for this purpose. As on date five columns have been requisitioned and are helping in the relief operations. Column Commanders are in regular touch with the civil administration to ensure timely response when called upon to assist.

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IGAR (East) Celebrates 7th Raising Day

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Ghy, July 17,

Inspector General of Assam Rifles (East) celebrated its 7th Raising Day at Srikona, Assam yesterday. It was raised on  July 16, 2012 at Shillong and moved to Srikona in Assam.

During special SainikSammelan on July 15, Maj Gen GAV Reddy, SC, VSM Inspector General Assam Rifles (East) applauded the contribution of each soldier towards creating a conducive and secure environment in the area of responsibility. He exhorted ranks to keep up the good work and to continue striving for excellence. He also felicitated the individuals of the Headquarters who had displayed exemplary service during the past year.

The events of 16 July were graced by Lt Gen SatishDua, PVSM, UYSM, SM, VSM (Retd), Lt Gen Rajeev Sirohi, AVSM, VSM, GOC 3 Corps  among others.

In a short span of time since its raising in 2012, IGAR (East) has lived up to the challenge of maintaining peace & tranquillity in its vast area of responsibility. Be it curbing insurgency, border guarding at Indo-Myanmar border in Mizoram, humanitarian aid to civil authority in South Assam & Tripura and also in contributing towards development of remote areas of Mizoram & Tripura, IGAR (East) has donned several roles with utmost dedication. With this raising day celebrations, IGAR (East) adds yet another successful year to the annals of its golden history and looks forward to serve the people of North East with more dedication than ever.

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Education is the backbone of the society: CM

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Imphal, July 16,

Department of Education (Schools) and Board of Secondary Education, Manipur (BOSEM) jointly organised the annual prize distribution ceremony for the years 2018 and 2019 with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh as the chief guest at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound, Imphal East today.
Education Minister Th. Radheshyam, Joint Secretaries (Education-S) Shri L. Nandakumar and Ng. Roben and BOSEM Secretary Smt. Chithung Mary Thomas also attended the function as dignitaries.
In all, 209 awards were distributed today, out of which 125 awards were under BOSEM while another 84 were incentive awards instituted by the Department of Education (S).
Speaking at the occasion, N. Biren Singh observed that education is the backbone of the society and giving good education to children is the only means to hone their talents. He added that there has been huge improvement in school education sector in the past 2 years. The Chief Minister informed that the overall pass percentage for HSLC examination touched an all-time high of 74.69%, which is the highest since establishment of BOSEM in 1972. Credit for this feat goes to hardworking teachers, he added.

N. Biren said that as private school education has become extremely costly nowadays, huge number of parents, who were desirous to send their wards to private schools, came on Meeyamgi Numit to seek financial assistance from him. Stating that about Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 60,000 is spent per student every year in getting education in private schools, the Chief Minister observed that all these put a huge financial burden on poor families.
To provide a solution to this scenario, the State Government launched ‘School Fagathansi’ mission with an objective to give the desired quality education to students, he added. Informing that one school each had been selected in all the 60 Assembly Constituencies of the State to develop them as model schools, Shri N. Biren said that all these schools would have similar facilities like in private schools including smart classes, computer lab, open gym, separate toilets for boys and girls and other modern infrastructure etc. Rs. 24 crore had been earmarked in the State budget while another Rs. 19 crore had been sanctioned by the Central Government for the mission, he added.
Many committed and motivated Government teachers had applied for posting in these schools, he said and added that postings would be announced after the completion of necessary procedures like interview as soon as possible. He also said that all these schools would have classes from Pre-Primary to Class X or XII.
The Chief Minister said that the Government has no intention to undermine the efforts and dedication of private schools or challenge them in their endeavour but simply trying to ensure the desired modern quality education to the students belonging to needy families from the side of Government as well.
In his speech, Education Minister Th. Radheshyam sought co-operation and support from public regarding Government’s recent move of amalgamation of Government schools. He said that there are many Government schools, which have many teachers but very less number of students while some other schools have good number of students but inadequate number of teachers. As such, the Government believes that amalgamation of schools would serve as an effective solution to resolving the problem of lack of infrastructure and manpower disparity among Government schools, he added.
Stating that mushrooming of private schools and unholy competition among them being witnessed in the State is not a good sign, the Minister said that the Manipur Private School (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2017 would be implemented soon to regulate establishment and functioning of private schools. He also sought suggestion and co-operation from public regarding improvement of education sector in the State.
It may be mentioned that under Education Department’s incentive award scheme, the State Government had announced to award Rs. 3 lakh to Government school students, who secure 1st to 3rd position in HSLC examination, Rs. 1 lakh to 4th to 25th position holders. Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 25,000 were also announced for the students, who secure 1st and 2nd positions at district levels respectively.

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