Guru Aribam Naocha

Guru Aribam Naocha

Guru Aribam Naocha, a resident of Keishamthong Hodam Leirak has been with Imphal Times since Day 1. Naocha is the father of a son and a daughter. He writes mostly about PR and other notices in Imphal Times. he may be contacted at [email protected].

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IT News
Imphal, May 03:

Eastern Himalayan Women Forum (EHWF), a network of women organization working to the cause of indigenous women and children in Eastern Himalayan Region of North East India expressed deep concerns about the rape and death of the 12 yr old minor girl in Nagaon, Assam.
A statement signed by its Convenor, Maggie L Ralte said that the minor girl was a resident of Kudam Ronghang Arong under Boithalangso police station in West Karbi Anglong district.
It said that the minor girl’s parents dropped her in the residence of Paresh Borthakur in 2018 with a faith that she could be treated as a daughter by Borthakur and provide her education. Paresh Borthakur is a resident of Khaigor village in Nagaon’s Raha area. The ignorant minor tribal girl has been physically, mentally, sexually assaulted several times. 
On April 22, 2021, the tragic incident occurred at the residence of the perpetrator, Prakesh Borthakur and his son Nayanivoti Borthakur. She was set on fire.
Many claimed that the minor girl was pregnant and she was burnt to death to destroy the proof that she had been raped.
“We are extremely concerned about the number of rape cases throughout North Eastern state especially in Nagaon and the widespread pattern of violence against women. The incident has revealed that at least 5,000 children (from a reliable source) from Karbi Anglong are presently living in Nagaon district, in towns like Raha, where they are made to work as household help. The government has failed to carry out Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme. This scheme was unleashed with the aim of generating awareness to encourage girls and inspire to pursue their education. This is indeed very sad to know that this remains in the paper and not executed to save and educate girl child. This child labour practices need to be stopped and the government really need to pay special attention to the children from Karbi Anglong living in Nagaon District,” the statement of the Eastern Himalayan Women Forum said.  
The forum expressed strong condemnation to the heinous crime committed against this 12 year old minor girl who was raped and murdered and call upon the Assam government - both the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and the Governor Jagdish Mukhi to form Special Investigation Team to carry out fair investigation as soon as possible and to book all the culprits under POCSO Act within 6 months so that justice is delivered in the court of law.
The Forum also urged the government of Assam to pay special attention to the children from Karbi Anglong living in Nagaon District and start rescuing the children under child labour and come up with measures and more stringent laws and implement it.

Monday, 26 April 2021 18:14

IBSD celebrates its 20th foundation day

IT News
Imphal, April 25 

Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal, celebrated its 20 years of establishment through a virtual event today. IBSD was established on April 26, 2001 as an autonomous institute under Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India with the mission of “Bioresources development and their sustainable use through biotechnological interventions for the socio-economic growth of the North East region” with the goal of “Scientific management of bioresources in the Indian region falling under Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot.”
The event was organized with the national seminar on “Managing Bioresources of NER for Atmanirbhar Bharat” with the esteemed leadership of Prof. Pulok Kumar Mukherjee, Director IBSD said IBSD, which witnessed a galaxy of speakers throughout the country. The virtual event was attended by Dr. R.K. Ranjan, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), LeishembaSanajaoba, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha). Dr. Manju Sharma, former Secretary of Department of Biotechnology, C.P. Goyal, Joint Secretary, Department of Biotechnology and Dr. Govindarajan Padmanaban, former Director of Indian Institute of Sciences and many others.
While delivering his welcome speech Prof. Pulok Kumar Mukherjee said IBSD started undertaking relevant research and development efforts in the much needed areas categorized in different verticals for research including; Phytopharmaceutical Mission, Ethnobotany, Ethnopharmacology and Drug Discovery, Microbial Resources, Fermented Food and Value Addition, Plant Resources, Animal Resources, Eco-Restoration, and quality management and surveillance of water. Besides IBSD has been undertaking several outreach programs including to battle against COVID-19 pandemic, DBT-IBSD has been interacting and actively supporting several Covid-19 testing facilities of NER and also set up its own COVID-19 testing facility jointly with JNIMS, Imphal.
During his inaugural speech, Dr. R.K. Ranjan who is also member of IBSD Society suggested that IBSD should develop different technologies and transfer to the entrepreneurs to boost the economy of Manipur and the region. He appreciated the work undertaken under phytopharmaceutical mission of the institute under the guidance of Prof. Pulok Kumar Mukherjee. He also narrated how IBSD was conceived and established 20 years ago.   Leishemba Sanajaoba, Hon’ble MP (Rajya Sabha) during his speech suggested that IBSD should develop partnerships with local communities and improves effective collaborative with various institutions nationally and internationally in the areas of sustainable management of bio resources. He appreciated several outreach and research activities of IBSD.
Dr. Manju Sharma, former Secretary, DBT while addressing the event recalled how this institute was born 20 years ago. It may be mentioned that the institute was established during her tenure as Secretary of Department of Technology. She also appreciated the works undertaken by IBSD under the leadership of Prof. Pulok Kumar Mukherjee.
The webinar was attended by many imminent scientists and officials of DBT including Shekhar Dutt, former Secretary, AYUSH, Govt. of India, Dr. Bhusan Patwardhan, National Research Professor, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, Prof. N. Rajmuhon Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Dhanamanjuri University, Imphal, Dr. Ajay Parida, Director, Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Dr. Anamika Gambhir, Scientist-F, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and Dr. Manoj K. Modi, Scientist-E, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India; Dr. Geofry Cordel from Chicago USA, Dr. Dominicod Elfino and Marco Leonti from Italy and many others.
It may be mentioned that IBSD was established on April 26, 2001 as an autonomous national institute under Department of Biotechnology by Govt. of India. This is first time that IBSD observed its foundation day today. Today’s event was also attended by staff and students of IBSD, Imphal and its regional Centre/research nodes located in Sikkim, Aizawl and Shillong.


IT Correspondent
Geneva/ Guwahati, April 21:

Working journalists across the world are falling preys to Covid-19, where Brazil (177 dead), Peru (139) and Mexico (105) are leading the list of casualties among journalists due to novel corona virus infection aggravated ailments. Among Asian nations, India and Bangladesh are contributing a greater number of scribes to the list of victims of the pandemic.
Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the Switzerland based media rights & safety body founded in 2004 by a group of journalists from several countries, reveals that the global tally of journo-victims due to Covid-19 ailments crosses 1130 in 75 countries since the pandemic broke out in March 2020. The billion plus Indian nation is occupying fourth position in the victim’s list with 71 media casualties till date.
Italy (52 dead), Bangladesh (51), USA (47), Ecuador (46), Colombia (44), United Kingdom (28), Dominican Republic (27), Pakistan (25), Turkey (22), Russia, Iran (21), Argentina (17), Panama, Venezuela (16 each),  Spain (15), Ukraine (14), etc are placed accordingly in the list, prepared  by the team of  PEC (, headquartered in Geneva.
Expressing apprehensions that the situation may deteriorate for the safety of journalists on the ground due to the corona-pandemic, PEC general secretary Blaise Lempen  advocates for adequate compensations to the victim families. The former journalist of a prominent Swiss news agency Lempen also emphasize on early vaccinations to media workers so that they can perform their duties as corona warriors after the doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, etc without endangering their lives.
India, even after the launching of a massive corona-vaccination program covering around 127 million individuals till now in the backdrop of over two million reported infections every day mounting its cumulative Covid-19 cases to 1,53,21,089 (total casualty 1,80,530), witnesses the loss of two media to corona-complications in a single day.
Hyderabad based senior journalist Kosuri Amarnath passed away on  20 April while undergoing corona-treatment in the hospital. Amarnath (69) was one of the leading media personalities who dedicated his life the rights and welfare of working journalists. Starting his journalism career with Telugu daily Andhra Bhoomi, Amarnath also worked for Hans India newspaper. Later he used to edit Scribes News, an Indian Journalists Union (IJU) publication. Survived by his wife and son, Amarnath was also a member of Press Council of India.
Bhopal based hockey journalist and historian Baboolal Goverdhan Joshi (67) also died of Covid-19 complications on Tuesday. Joshi used to maintain all necessary records of the national game of India since the early Seventies and wrote pieces for national newspapers. An engineer turned a genuine fan of hockey, Joshi left behind his wife, two sons along with a host of sports enthusiast and well-wishers.
Earlier on 18 April, Lucknow  based journalist Tavishi Srivastava (73), who worked for The Pioneer, died.  She was admitted in a corona-hospital in the morning hours as she faced breathlessness with high fever. Her condition slowly deteriorated and breathed his last in ICU. On the previous day, another Uttar Pradesh journalist Vinay Srivastava (65) succumbed to Covid-19 aggravated ailments.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh reported its 51st corona-victim among media persons as Cox’s Bazar based journalist Nazrul Islam Bakshi (56) died on 18 April in Vellore (India). Bakshi arrived at CMC hospital for his wife’s treatment and later tested positive for corona infection. Same day, prominent cine-journalist Shafiuzzaman Khan Lodi (65) died while undergoing corona-treatment in Dhaka on 17 April.
“India may increase the number of media corona-victims as various States like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana went on under-reporting about the actual figures because of various reasons,” said PEC’s country representative Nava Thakuria adding that in many cases the media houses did not report about their own positive cases to avoid unwanted interventions from the authority under relevant health protocols.

Minister Satyabrata calls out to the public for promoting young visionary leaders in future
IT News
Kakching April 19:

CAF & PD Minister Th.Satyabrata said that the players in Manipur should be given proper training, diet and grooming so that they are able to perform well at the international level.He also suggested opening an academy in the name of IPU Maichou Taret so that the youths can be trained in different field of sports and represent the country. He was speaking as chief guest in the closing ceremony of the 2nd IPU Maichou Taret Ningshing 7-Men A-Side Knock Out Open Football Tournament 2021 held on Sunday at Wangoo village, Kakching. The final match was played between the 5 Brothers F.C. and Karish F.C. at Wangoo Sabal Playground.
Chairman M.B.O.C.W.W.B MLA H Dingo and Deputy Speaker Manipur Legislative Assembly MLA K Robindro, and social activist Shanjoy Ahanthemalso shared the dais with the Minister at the function as guests of honour and president respectively.
Minister Th.Satyabrata also highlighted that the Government is ready to extend full support if any need and contingency arises in the effective functioning of the academy. “ I will surely convey the memorandum of repairing roads on the way from Moirang to Wangoo via Kumbi to the Chief Minister in the Covid 19 Consultative meeting to be held later in the evening at CM’s office. We will try our best to convert the memorandum into action”, he assured.
The Minister also suggested electing young, dynamic visionary leaders from Kumbi and Moirang constituencies for a better Manipur.
He also donated Rs.50,000 cash to the organisers of the tournament.
Seven colours of Paphal Flag was hoisted followed by a cultural show before commencing the final match.The flag was later lowered when the function came on an end.

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