Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 25+ 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 plans to become ‘Har Ghar Jal’ State by September, 2022
IT News
Imphal/New Delhi, Dec 8:

Union Government led by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is according top priority to make provision of tap water connection in every rural household across the country, for which since August, 2019, Jal Jeevan Mission is under implementation in partnership with States. With undivided focus to expedite the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in the State of Manipur, the Government of India released Rs. 120 Crore of Central grant to the State. Central fund of Rs. 481 Crore has been allocated to the State for 2021-22 for the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission, which is nearly four times the fund allocation made during 2020-21.
Manipur plans to make provision of tap water supply to every rural household of the State by September, 2022. As on date, out of 4.51 lakh rural households in the State, 2.67 lakh (59.2%) households have tap water connections. Since the announcement of Jal Jeevan Mission in 2019, about 2.41 lakh households have been provided with tap water supply. In 2021-22, the State plans to provide tap water connections to 2.26 lakh rural households.
Further in 2021-22, Rs. 78 Crore is allocated to Manipur as 15th Finance Commission grant for water & sanitation to Rural Local Bodies/ PRIs and there is an assured funding of Rs. 414 Crore for the next five years i.e. up to 2025-26 to the rural local bodies. Union Government is ensuring that there is no paucity of funds for provision of water supply to rural homes. This huge investment in rural areas of Manipur will accelerate economic activities and boost the rural economy. It will create income generation opportunities in villages.
Jal Jeevan Mission is implemented in a decentralized manner following the ‘bottom-up’ approach, wherein the local village community plays a key role starting from planning, implementation to operation & maintenance. For this, the State undertakes activities like strengthening the Village Water & Sanitation Committee (VWSC)/ Pani Samiti and developing 5-years Village Action Plan as well as approving the same in the Gram Sabha, wherein the community deliberates on water supply schemes to be implemented for them. The programme encourages participation by women as they are primarily responsible for fetching water in any household. Voluntary organisations, Self Help Groups, local NGOs, etc. are engaged as implementation support agencies (ISAs) by the State to create awareness in public about the mission, sensitize them about importance of safe water, engage with the community and extend support to the VWSCs or Pani Samitis for implementation of the programme. 
With focus on public health, more than 2,000 water quality testing laboratories in the country have been opened to general public so that they can get their water samples tested whenever they so desire at a nominal cost. Manipur has 13 water testing laboratories.
Efforts are made to ensure tap water availability for drinking, cooking mid-day meal, washing hands and usage in toilets in all schools and anganwadi centres. As on date 3,265 schools (94.5%) and 7,591 (95.2%) AWCs in Manipur have been provided with tap water supply. The State to make provision of piped water supply in these institutions at the earliest.
At the start of the mission in August, 2019, out of total of 18.93 Crore rural households in the country, only 3.23 Crore (17%) households had tap water supply. Despite challenges faced due to CoVid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, over 5.39 Crore (28%) households have been provided with tap water supply since the launch of the mission. Presently, 8.63 Crore (45%) rural households receive potable water through household taps. Every rural household is getting tap water supply in their homes in Goa, Telangana, Haryana, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Puducherry.
Following the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’, the motto of the mission is that ‘no one is left out’ and every rural household is provided with tap water connection. At present, every household in 83 Districts and more than 1.27 lakh villages in the country are receiving tap water supply.

IT News
Imphal, Dec 8:

As part of the year-long Golden Jubilee celebration of Manipuri cinema, the Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) is presenting a five-day ‘Indian Panorama Film Festival Manipur’ from December 11 to 15, 2021, at the Palace Auditorium, MSFDS, Palace Gate, Imphal.
The festival is being organized in collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festival, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
A special feature of the festival includes a rare retrospective of Aribam Syam Sharma, the master filmmaker of Manipur. Some of his masterpieces such as Imagee Ningthem (1981), Olangthagee Wangmadasu (1979), Sanabi (1995) and Ishanou (1990) will be screened in celluloid version, along with his critically acclaimed documentaries and short films.
Besides, the film festival will also showcase some of the finest films of Indian cinema, especially curated from the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), for the year 2020 and 2021. Each year, the Directorate of Film Festival receives hundreds of entries but only a few films get selected in the Indian Panorama section.
This five-day film festival will be a rare opportunity for film lovers to witness some of the finest pick of Indian cinema as well as attend two (2) master classes of on screenplay and film direction, by two prominent Indian filmmakers, C. Umamaheswara Rao and PriyaKrishnaswamy respectively,
Entry is free for all and film screening begins daily at 9:00 am till 9:30 pm.

Wednesday, 08 December 2021 16:55

Glossary of Indian Music (Part – 17)

By: Gurumayum Shivachandra Sharma
Cultural Activist
1. Raag Bheiravi: In North Indian Classical Music, the Raag Bheiravi is the ancient most sensitive, beautiful and melodious Ashraya Raag which belongs to the Bheiravi Thaath. It is also a Sampurna-Sampurna Jati Raag having re, ga, dha and ni (Resharva, Gandhar, Dheiwata and Nishad Komol). The Vadi Swara of this Raag is Ma, Samvadi Swara is Sa, Anuvadi Swaras are re, ga, Pa, dha & ni, and Vivadi Swaras are Re, Ga, ma’, Dha & Ni respectively. It is an Uttaranga Prabesh Raag and the singing time of this Raag is the morning and Samprakirtik Raag are Raag Bilashkhani Todi, Raag Bageshri, Raag Sindhura, etc,.
2. Raag Bilashkhani Todi: In North Indian Classical Music, the Raag Bilashkhani Todi is a melodious and beautiful classical Raag which belongs to the Bheiravi Thaath. It is a Sadava-Sampurna Jati Raag having re, ga, dha and ni (Resharva, Gandhar, Dheiwata and Nishad Komol). The Vadi Swara of this Raag is Dha, Samvadi Swara is Ga, Anuvadi Swaras are Sa, re, Ga, Ma, Pa & ni, and Vivadi Swaras are Re, Ga, ma’, Dha & Ni respectively. It is a Poorvanga Prabesh Raag and the singing time of this Raag is the second segment of the morning and Samprakirtik Raag of this Raag are Raag Bheiravi, Raag Malhar, Raag Bahar, etc,.
3. Raag Bhupal Todi: In North Indian Classical Music, the Raag Bilashkhani Todi is a melodious and beautiful classical Raag that belongs to the Bheiravi Thaath. It is an Audava-Audava Jati Raag having re, ga and dha (Resharva, Gandhar & Dheiwata Komol). The Vadi Swara of this Raag is Dha, Samvadi Swara is Ga, Anuvadi Swaras are Sa, re & Ga, and Vivadi Swaras are Re, Ga, ma’, Ma, Dha, ni & Ni respectively. It is an Uttaranga Prabesh Raag and the singing time of this Raag is the second segment of the morning and Samprakirtik Raag of this Raag are Raag Bheiravi, Raag Bilashkhani Todi, etc,.
4. Raag Malkauns: In North Indian Classical Music, the Raag Malkauns is the most popularly known melodious and beautiful ancient classical bravery mood Raag belongs to the Bheiravi Thaath. It is also an Audava-Audava Jati Raag having both having Ma and ga, dha and ni (Gandhar, Dheiwata and Nishad Komol). The Vadi Swara of this Raag is Ma, Samvadi Swara is Sa, Anuvadi Swaras are ga, dha & ni, and Vivadi Swaras are Re, Ga, ma’, Dha & Ni respectively. It is also an Uttaranga Prabesh Raag and the singing time of this Raag is the mid night and Samprakirtik Raag of this Raag are Raag Chandrakauns, etc,.
5. Raag Chandrakauns: In North Indian Classical Music, the Raag Chandrakauns is also one of the most melodious and beautiful ancient classical Raag belongs to the Bheiravi Thaath. It is also an Audava-Audava Jati Raag having both having Ma, Ni (Noshad Sudha) and ga &,/ dha (Gandhar, Dheiwata and Nishad Komol). The Vadi Swara of this Raag is Ma, Samvadi Swara is Sa, Anuvadi Swaras are ga, dha & Ni, and Vivadi Swaras are Re, Ga, ma’, Pa, Dha & ni respectively. It is also an Uttaranga Prabesh Raag and the singing time of this Raag is the mid night and Samprakirtik Raag of this Raag are Raag Malkauns, etc,.
6. Raag Komol Resharva Asawari: In North Indian Classical Music, the Raag Komol Resharva Asawari is one of the most beautiful and melodious Mishra Raag belongs to the Bheiravi Thaath. It is also a Sampurna-Sampurna Jati Raag having re, ga, dha and ni (Resharva, Gandhar, Dheiwata and Nishad Komol). The Vadi Swara of this Raag is Dha, Samvadi Swara is Ga, Anuvadi Swaras are Sa, re, Ma, Pa & ni, and Vivadi Swaras are Re, Ga, ma’, Dha & Ni respectively. It is an Uttaranga Prabesh Raag and the singing time of this Raag is the late morning and the Samprakirtik Raag are Raag Bilashkhani Todi, Raag Bheiravi, etc,.
7. Raag Todi: In North Indian Classical Music, the Raag Bheiravi is also one of the most beautiful and melodious Ashraya Raag which belongs to the Todi Thaath. This Raag is generally also known as the Miyah Ki Todi or Darwari Todi. It is also a SampurnaSampurna Jati Raag having re, ga & dha (Resharva, Gandhar and Dheiwata Komol), ma’ (Teevra Madhyam) and Ni (Sudha Nishad). The Vadi Swara of this Raag is Dha, Samvadi Swara is Ga, Anuvadi Swaras are Sa, re, ma’, Pa & Ni, and Vivadi Swaras are Re, Ga, Ma, Dha & ni respectively. It is an Uttaranga Prabesh Raag and the singing time of this Raag is the second segment of the morning and Samprakirtik Raag are Raag Gurjari Todi, Raag Multani, etc,.
8. Raag Multani: In North Indian Classical Music, the Raag Multani is also a melodious and beautiful classical Raag belongs to the Todi Thaath. It is also an Audava-Sampurna Jati Raag having re, ga & dha (Resharva, Gandhar and Dheiwata Komol), ma’ (Teevra Madhyam) and Ni (Sudha Nishad). The Vadi Swara of this Raag is Pa, Samvadi Swara is Sa, Anuvadi Swaras are re, ga, ma’, dha & Ni, and Vivadi Swaras are Re, Ga, Ma, Dha & ni respectively. It is also an Uttaranga Prabesh Raag and the singing time of this Raag is the fourth segment of a day and the Samprakirtik Raag of this Raag are Raag Todi, Raag Gurjari Todi, Raag Madhubanti, etc,.
9. Raag Gurjari Todi: In North Indian Classical Music, the Raag Gurjari Todi is also a melodious and beautiful classical Raag that belongs to the Todi Thaath. It is an a SadavaSadava Jati Raag having re, ga & dha (Resharva, Gandhar and Dheiwata Komol), ma’ (Teevra Madhyam) and Ni (Sudha Nishad). The Vadi Swara of this Raag is Dha, Samvadi Swara is Re, Anuvadi Swaras are Sa, re, ma’ & Ni, and Vivadi Swaras are Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha & ni respectively. It is also an Uttaranga Prabesh Raag and the singing time of this Raag is the late morning and the Samprakirtik Raag of this Raag are Raag Todi, Raag Multani, Raag Madhuvanti, etc,.
10.Raag Madhuvanti: In North Indian Classical Music, the Raag Madhuvanti is also one of the most beautiful and melodious Raag which belongs to the Todi Thaath. It is an Audava-Sampurna Jati Raag having Re, Dha & Ni (Resharva Dheiwata and Nishad Sudha), Ma (Madhyam) and ga (Gandhar Komol). The Vadi Swara of this Raag is Pa, Samvadi Swara is Sa, Anuvadi Swaras are Re, ga, Ma, Dha & Ni, and Vivadi Swaras are re, Ga, ma’, dha & ni respectively. It is also an Uttaranga Prabesh Raag and the singing time of this Raag is the late evening and the Samprakirtik Raag are Raag Todi, Raag Multani, Raag Gujari Todi, etc,.

Wednesday, 08 December 2021 16:55

Charging stations to spark the craze for eCars

The future belongs to electric vehicles. However, currently they are not as popular as petrol or diesel vehicles. There are two major constraints in this slow acceptance. On one hand, electric vehicles cost more than petrol or diesel vehicles, second, there are no charging stations in the city and on highways. The question is where to charge the vehicle if the battery goes down on the way? Until the charging points are fully functional everywhere, the sales and popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) will remain stagnant. By the way, electric vehicles are very useful from the environmental point of view. They emit neither smoke nor toxic gases. These include both two wheelers and four wheelers.
Meanwhile, good news is coming from Haryana regarding setting up charging stations in the province. The state government has decided to set up e-charging stations for electric vehicles inside the already functional 580 power stations on state highways and national highways. For this, some land is to be given on rent to the charging company in the power stations itself in 2022. There will also be tea, coffee and snacks facilities at the charging stations, so that the drivers can sit there and wait peacefully during the charging of their vehicles. At the most, 18 charging stations are to be set up between Delhi and Ambala.
The country’s big car companies are also getting active in the case of electric vehicles. Maruti Suzuki India Limited says that at present the demand for electric vehicles in the country is very less. It will take time for people to move from petrol vehicles to electric vehicles. When the cost of both types of vehicles become equal, then people will move towards electric vehicles. Maruti Suzuki has started thinking in this direction and its first electric car may come in the market in the next three-four years.
Tata Motors is at the forefront of electric cars in India. The company plans to introduce about 10 new electric vehicles in the next five years to maintain this position. That is, on an average, one or two new models will keep coming in the market every year. For this, the company has received investment of one billion dollars from TPG and ADQ. Tata Motors is confident that the more new models arrive in the market, the more the demand for electric vehicles will come. Such vehicles will play an important role in making the cities pollution free. 40 electric buses are already plying in Chandigarh.
On the other hand, Foxconn, which makes the iPhone for Apple, will now also get into manufacturing electric cars. It is likely to start production of electric cars in India, Europe and Latin America. Foxconn is a Taiwanese company. Electric cars will be produced first at an European factory. After this such cars will be made in India. The company has already produced three models of electric cars. On the other hand, the Haryana government has announced a special discount to the state government employees on purchase of the first e-vehicle. A Haryana-based finance company has launched a digital loan platform for buying e-vehicles, so that people can buy electric two-wheelers.

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