By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | NOV 10
The Maharaja Bodhchandra College released its annual magazine 2016-17 today in the presence of the college vice principle the teaching staffs along with the editor, Associate Professor of English department, K. Manoranjan Singh and Magazine secretary, K.S. Wungramshem at the office chamber of the principle of the college.
Th. Manihar Singh, principle M.B. College said that the magazine is the medium where the students can express their hidden literary talents. The magazine is the image of the college and it holds a special place where one can recollect the memoirs of the students’ lives and the faculties he said.
Honing writing skill right from a very young age gives an opportunity to become established authors in the future, he added.
He further encouraged the magazine team to publish more interesting literary works in the coming years also.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL| Nov 10
“Human right violation starts from home, therefore we should reform ourselves first in bringing up the children by not violating their rights by giving them proper health care, education etc”, said Darmar Murugesan, member National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
The NHRC member was speaking during the inaugural function of two day North Easter Regional conference on Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and POCSO Act, 2012 was held today at Sangai Hall, hotel Imphal.
The conference was organised by the NHRC in association with department of social welfare, government of Manipur.
Speaking on the objective of the conference, Damar Murugesan said that there is no dearth of enactment of laws and welfare schemes for children in India but the problems lies in implementation.
Against the backdrop, he said the degree of Human rights violation is expanding day by day, even in domestic area before stressing on the need to ponder on the matter by all the stakeholders.
The enactments of child policies or rights can only be fulfilled through collective effort from all the stakeholders like the NGOs, civil societies, government officials and parents, it asserted.
He further stated that juvenile justice deals with two aspects the first aspect of which deals with identification of crime, rescue and release and the second part is about the protection of children.
Maintaining that only the acts and laws cannot be the sole player of protecting the children’s rights, he said parents also must play a vital role.
Showing gratitude to government of Manipur, Dr. Ranjit Singh Joint Secretary (P&A), NHRC acknowledged the environment of Manipur as, “safest and secure place especially for children and women.”
Human rights are the aspiration of common man and several laws were enacted in the interest of the people but unfortunately endless report of human right violation continues to emerge, he added.
According to Pramod Asthana, IPS ADGP Manipur, since India has a fare share of child’s population, organising such conference and in-depth discussion on the vulnerable lot is of utmost need.
Even as people accused Manipur police of violation of human rights in state the crime rate in Manipur is comparatively lower as compared to other states in India. This signifies that the police personnel are working very successfully under these laws, he added.
Despite the fact that POCSO act was implemented 2015 most of the cases have been finalized and offender convicted, he said adding that of the total 314 cases 133 cases have been charge-sheeted.
Chief secretary of Manipur, Ranjani Ranjan Rashmi, said that the Manipur government is doing a fair job in protecting the rights and giving care to vulnerable lots particularly women and children.
He informed the gathering of the initiative of state government to come out with a child policy in addition to existing acts.
Rashmi claimed that the chief minister is also deeply conscious of the fact that he had announced a welfare schemes separately for children with disability.
The programme was inaugurated by lamp lighting ceremony. Most the dignitaries shared their knowledge on present status of children in India and corrective measures in upliftment of child related issues.
Jyoti Kalra, member NHRC, representatives from seven states of Northeast also attended the conference.
The representatives from others state also gave their presentation on implementation of juvenile justice (care and protection of children) Act, 2015.
Pradip Kumar Keisam, member Manipur state commission for protection of child rights and Annie Mangsatabam, chief functionary, integrated women and children development centre gave their power point presentation on Implementation of POCSO Act, 2012 and various aspects of Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Children under JJ Act, 2015 respectively.
IMPHAL | Nov 10
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate the 8th Manipur Sangai Festival 2017. Addressing media persons at the Conference Hall of Old Secretariat, MLA Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Chairman, Tourism Corporation Manipur Limited said that the people of Manipur will witness a grand festival in the 8th edition of Manipur Sangai Festival to be held from November 21 to 30.
He said that the goal of the festival is to double the number of attendees compared to previous festivals held since inception.
This year the festival will be held at different venues with main venues at Hatta Kangjeibung, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Imphal East District and Lamboi Khongnangkhong in Imphal West District and at Sendra, Takmu water Sports Complex and Keibul in Bishnupur District.
The festival expects to welcome 50,000 attendees this year including national leaders, policy makers, industry experts, business delegates and exhibitors from over 20 countries.
To make the festival a success and to promote Manipur tourism, marketing and publicity campaign for the festival have been expanded in different cities all over India through multiple platforms which include print and digital, social media, radio, television, billboards and other on-site publicity activities engaging airports and metro trains etc. he added.
He further said that before the inauguration of the festival, a half marathon and other races will be conducted in the morning followed by a Curtain Raiser at Keibul Lamjao by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh in the afternoon on November 19.
The inaugural function will take place at Hatta Kangjeibung on November 21, 2017, where cultural activities of the different communities of the State and other States of India as well as International artists and cultural troupe will take place throughout the festival at the Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT). Besides photography exhibition, MTF World War II exhibition, flower show, theme parks, food stall and other entertainment programmes will also be a part of the showcase at the main venue.
Indigenous sports and fun activities for children will be conducted at the Khuman Lampak sports complex. The venue at Lamboi Khongnangkhong will host biggest number of commercial stalls from Manipur, different states of the country and abroad in addition to tethered Hot Air Balloons which will be the main attraction. Mapal Kangjeibung will host exciting polo matches between teams from Manipur representing India and other countries.
On November 26, a boat race (Hiyang Tannaba) will be held at the South-Western part of the Kangla Moat where boat racers dressed in indigenous attires will compete at the race, the Chairman added. To showcase the immense tourism potential of Loktak Lake and its adjoining areas, cultural event with a theme centred on the culture of Loktak Lake, modern polo and the endangered brow-antlered deer (Sangai) will be held on the evening of 22nd and 23rd November at Takmu Water Sports Complex at Loktak Lake along with several water activities in Bishnupur District.
He also said that for the first time, the state is going to host the North East Development Summit during the Manipur Sangai Festival to develop the North East Region with special focus on Manipur by inviting investors and other stakeholders from across India and other countries to explore business opportunities in Manipur. The summit will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind on 21st November, 2017.
Keeping in view of the large traffic volume expected during the festival, the State Police Department has charted out routes to ease the traffic movement. To ensure safety, visitors can access the 24x7 helpline numbers (SP, Imphal East – 9436033471; SSP, Imphal West – 9436279997; SP Bishnupur – 9862067893; Lamboikhongnangkhong; Khuman Lampak, Control Room– 0385-2450214; Hatta Kangjeibung, Control Room – 0385-2452669 and Bishnupur Control Room – 03879-222339). CCTV cameras will be installed at all the main venues. In view of the multiple venues at this edition of the festival, the Tourism Department has organised a free shuttle service, comprising 40 Tata Wingers fitted with GPS devices to shuttle between the four main venues – Hatta Kangjeibung, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Imphal East district and Mapal Kangjeibung, Lamboi Khongnangkhong in Imphal West District. The Tourism Department will also be offering Free Wi-Fi services in and around the main venue at Hatta Kangjeibung through Reliance Jio to cater the needs of the participants.
The Tourism Department will issue identity cards for those media persons without DIPR identity card. However, media persons having DIPR Identity cards will be given free entry to the venues this year as a step towards giving increases media coverage to the festivals, he added.
Entry tickets for Hatta Kangjeibung will be priced at Rs. 30/- (Adult) and Rs. 20/- (Uniformed Students) and for Khuman Lampak and Lamboi Khongnangkhong at Rs. 20/-(Adult) and Rs. 10/- (Uniformed Students). Tickets will be available at all venues of the event and at various counters at Kongba, Singjamei, Lilong, Kwakeithel, Keishampat, Uripok, Lalambung, Khuyathong and Lamlong. Online tickets will also be available at www.sangaiticket.com.
- Sudhan, IAS, Director (Tourism), Government of Manipur, Clay Khongsai, IGP (Zone -1) and officials of Tourism Department and Police Department also attended the press briefing.
From Our Correspondent
THOUBAL | Nov 10
The burning away of crop residue like rice straws and hay which can serve many useful purpose, is like throwing away gems into a river, said subject matter specialist, KVK Thoubal, Dr. M Thoithoi.
When asked about the practice of burning crop residue immediately after harvesting season by farmers, Dr. Thoithoi expressed his views in a special meeting.
He further expressed that crop residue if used properly, can turn into a profiting business and help develop the economy of the state in a big way.
North East India is known for being a hot spot for organic farming. However, in Manipur, people seem to think that the meaning of agriculture is only harvesting of rice paddy, farming of vegetable and fruits.
Farming of seasonal vegetables during winter after the harvesting of crops is a very profitable. Keeping the crop residue scattered at the paddy fields is very useful.
Modern day farming which relies on chemicals not only is a costly business but can cause in the birth of many diseases. A resourceful alternative is to keep the organic crop residue scattered on the paddy fields and make them decompose naturally.
As the rice straws and hay decomposes, they make the soil rich and highly fertile. Not only this, the excrement left by the animals coming to graze on the crop residue makes the soil even more fertile. The crop residue also makes the ground soft, thus making farmer easier to work. The dried and hard ground is blamed for discouraging the people to work on it.
Dr. Thoithoi said the belief that burning of crop residue prevents the infestation of “wahik” in the next harvest is entirely false. There is no any relation between burning of crops and the infestation of “wahik.” Some insects that might be present during the burning may be killed, however.
Science has proven that fire can burn only where oxygen is found and the heat affects only the surface area. If the fire is very strong, it will be able to kill some insects hiding below the surface of the ground. However, it can also destroy the richness of the soil and its fertility. The appearance of “wahik” is due to its migrating from other places afterwards or due to the usage of wrong insecticides.
The wrong use of insecticides like Synthetic Pyrethroid (cypermethril, alphamethril, deltamethril etc.) is to be blamed.
Some of the insects, who had managed to survive after continuous exposure to these insecticides, have the potential the reproduces themselves rapidly. This is the main reason behind the infestation of “wahik” and the cause behind all the problems associated with it. Therefore, the crop residue must never be burned down and make it go to waste.
Mentioning the benefits or rice straws and hay, he explained that during the farming of seasonal vegetables during winter (onions and others), if the rice straw is cut in the length of two inches and thrown above the saplings during their budding state, there will be no need water the saplings every day. Daily watering can also affect the saplings in a negative way.
The belief that cattle do not like to eat rice straws after being processed by machines is also false. Cattle actually love to eat them. The rice straws which are not processed by machines takes time to decompose and cannot be used immediately for mushroom farming.
Mushroom farming is huge business which is very profitable. Not only it is profitable, Mushroom is a very healthy food. One of the favourite mustard oil consumed in the state, Tagore Oil is produced in Rajasthan, a place where most it its land consists of desert areas.
On the other hand, Manipur state being properly irrigated and having plenty of water resources, is not able to produce mustard oil. The reason behind this is that the people do not have proper knowledge of agriculture.
He further said that those who are willing to acquire information in the field of agriculture can take consultations from KVK Thoubal at Khangabok.
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SENAPATI | Nov 10
In today’s round of tripartite talks, the UNC has urged the state government to come with a “concrete proposal” on the district creation issue by the next round of talks which has been scheduled for February 23, 2018.
Another notable development in today’s talks on the district creation issue is that the state government “will issue advisory to concerned authorities to ease out problems faced by the general public subsequent” after the new districts were created. However, the parties involved in the talks did not divulge the precise point of the latter line.
Sources said that today’s tripartite talks were marred by charges from the UNC leaders on the state government representatives as the Naga leaders even threatened to quit the talks altogether. The UNC leaders demanded from the State government to roll back the new districts before December 8, 2017.
It may be recalled that then Ibobi Singh government declared the creation of seven new districts on December 8, 2016.
The Sources continued that today’s talks which began at 12:30 pm at DRDA conference hall, Senapati headquarters. During the talk the UNC representatives questioned as to why the state government took too long to roll back the new district created a year ago.
The UNC team was determined that the state government must rolls back the new districts by December 8, 2017. Following this fiery attacks from the Naga leaders, the State government representatives requested the former to give them some time so that they could prepare a “concrete proposal” after holding consultation with stakeholders.
Hangkhanlian, minister, agriculture, veterinary and animal husbandry, government of Manipur, N. Kayisii, minister, tribal and hill areas development and fisheries, Manipur and Thokchom Radheshyam Singh, minister, education and labour and employment, Manipur, J Suresh Babu, additional chief secretary, government of Manipur, K. Radhakumar Singh, Commissioner (Works) government of Manipur represented the State government.
The sources also said that the UNC leaders asked the state government representatives whether they have mistaken the talks for a ‘departmental meeting’. “We told the state government representatives to understand that this is a political talk”, said the UNC leaders. The UNC leaders also told the state government representatives not to come to tell their difficulties in the tripartite talks. “We told them that we are not here to listen to their difficulties. If they have no political will then there is no point continuing the talks,” added the UNC leader.
Gaidon Kamei, President, United Naga Council (UNC), S. Milan, general secretary, UNC, James Inka, general secretary, All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM), Asha Wungnam, president, Naga Women’s Union, L Adani, advisor, UNC, KS Paul Leo, former president of UNC, Samson Remei, former president, UNC, Weapon Zimik, president, Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL), Poupoklung Kamei, president, Zeliangrong Badi (M), Robert Lamkang, president, Chandel Naga Peoples Organisation (CNPO), Rockson Shimray (UNC), AC Thotso (ANSAM), SK Stephen (UNC), Gabriel Chinir (UNC), T Moses Kamba, president, Naga Peoples’ Organisation (NPO) represented the UNC team.
As usual, today’s event was chaired by Satyendra Garg, joint secretary, ministry of home affairs, government of India.
It is worth mentioning here that today’s event was the fifth one. The first one was held on March 19, and the second one on May 19, the third talks on August 11 and the fourth one on October 6.
IMPHAL | Nov 10
Chief minister N. Biren Singh said that Government of Manipur is planning to construct guest houses for Buddhist pilgrims from Myanmar as well as tourists and patients in the State.
He was speaking at the inaugural session of International Conference ‘Looking Forward: India Myanmar Relations’ held at Yangon during his four-day visit to Myanmar today.
The conference was jointly organised by Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, India (ISCS) and Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (MISIS) with supports from Embassy of India, Yangon, RIS, India, MIBC and Mizzima Media Group.
Speaking as the chief guest, Chief minister said that a regional language study centre would be set up in Manipur for developing foreign languages, especially Myanmar and Thai languages. The Manipur Government would set up Buddhist religious teaching institution(s) in alliance with Nalanda University through the Ministry of Culture, Government of India in Manipur.
Mentioning the glorious past of Indo-Myanmar relations, Chief minister said that India and Myanmar are not simply good neighbours but inseparable nations that have together stood the test of time for centuries now.
Highlighting the border area development plan for Moreh and surrounding areas, Chief minister said that the Government is planning to develop a new cosmopolitan township with all the requisite facilities for international trade to be established near the border.
Stating the importance of Act East Policy in the region, Chief minister stated that Manipur Government has constituted a State Level Committee to aid and advice in effective operationalisation of Act East Policy in the State. With an aim to promote and implement the Act East Policy of the Government of India effectively, he said, the Committee shall advise and guide the departments and agencies of the Government in carrying out various activities in Manipur and the neighbouring region. He further mentioned the vast potential resources in terms of natural resources of the North East India. The region has the highest hydro power potential producing roughly above 40 thousand Mega Watts.
Chief minister stated that the State Government has identified several potential projects for investment under the sectors of Power, Tourism, Horticulture, Agro based industries, Food Processing, Handloom and Handicrafts etc. and Manipur is ready to provide incentives to potential investors who are willing to invest in the State. He said that marketing infrastructure need to be developed in terms of storage and processing facilities, adequate marketing system, road infrastructure and market centres in the region.
On the occasion, Chief minister invited the media fraternity from Myanmar to be the guests in Manipur during the ‘Manipur Sangai Festival 2017’. He said that there will be a media interaction where one can share the views and ideas on Act East Policy, to deepen the relationships between both the countries and above all the growth of economies. He further mentioned that there will be an exhibition football match between the Myanmar Women Football Team and Manipur Women Football Team in the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival under the theme “Connecting through Sports”.
Among others, Retired Ambassador and MISIS Chairman Shri U Nyunt Maung Shein, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Shri U Kyaw Zeya, Ambassador of India to Myanmar Shri Vikram Misri and Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, India (ISCS), Secretary Shri Arindam Mukherjee also attended the conference.
Principal Secretary to Chief minister Shri Vineet Joshi, State Level Committee for Operationalisation of Act East Policy Convenor Shri RK Shivachandra and Personal Secretary to Chief minister Shri Salam Rajen are accompanying the Chief minister.
Who profits from bad roads? One answer aside from the motor repair workshops would be obviously the contractors! The mechanics would be obviously happy as they would have ample business from the broken down vehicles, the contractors would earn an annual amount from blacktopping a particular stretch. So, when the rains wash away the tar and stones and potholes emerge, there is always someone profiting from that. Hence, the loss of the public is always someone’s gain.
With an arrested development of the state, would certain individuals in power profit from that is a very practical question. As power has shifted from the Congress and the BJP coalition government is set to change the developmental landscape, we have the first north east business summit in this month. Top companies which are household names are most possibly flying down in their private jets to attend the summit. The state government has made elaborate arrangements for the summit and plan to lure in investors. The chief minister also seems to be making a foray in this regard at Myanmar during the South East Asia business summit. Well! development is always positive and the youths of the state which are about 8 lacs in the unemployed list would get myriad opportunities to get a job in the private sector.
However, it must be taken into consideration that if if the giant corporate houses do decide to make a venture here, the least amount of investment would be in the tune of 500 crores.
If the companies see the potential and set up business, it may be safe to assume that it would spell the end for many local entrepreneurs.
For instance, we can take the hospitality sector which local hoteliers are cashing on. The Classic group of hotels have 3 main buildings in Imphal area and are considered rated three stars. However, if chains like the Taj, Oberoi, Leela decides to open up chains here. One need not spell out what would be in store for local businessmen. This is just an example in a particular area, imagine the other sectors which can be invested on by the MNCs.
In business or politics, it is always the survival of the fittest but state can adopt certain policies which can give the local entrepreneurs a fighting chance. And for that the experts are there.
Further, the state government should also consider any investment proposals which may affect the communities and may be objected at simple plunder of the resources. The former Congress government had given the green signal to Jubiliant company for oil exploration and many wells are being set up within the state. If the crude oil be drained by a government or private company, what do the public get. It may be mentioned here that the National Hydro Power Corporation built the Ithai Dam and submerged thousands of arable land in the name of development. Now, the state government is at the mercy of NHPC as the floodgates of the dam cannot be opened at the directive of the state government but from the corporation’s top brass. Moreover, the agreement signed between NHPC and Manipur government then has gone missing. It’s quite amusing at this point that the NHPC do not have an agreement paper in their hands yet ruin the state’s ecological balance. Another question is how much is the NHPC contributing in power to the state and how much electricity is produced by the project. Now, the state is taking power from the national grid and its high time that a statistical data be framed on how much the Ithai barrage is worth in generating electricity and at the same time how much the LDA is spending on trying to save the Loktak lake. How much land can be reclaimed for agricultural purposes if the dam is decommissioned.
The point here is that development is welcome but not at a cost which we will regret in future.
Leader Writer: Paojel Chaoba
IMPHAL | Nov 10
Story teller, Sagolsem Johnson Singh has been selected to receive the Manipur State Kala Academy’s Scholarship Award (2017 – 2019) in the field of storytelling.
A release said Johnson is an active member of All Manipur Waree Leeba Association and Research Centre, Khurai Soibam Leikai and also a senior approved artist of AIR Imphal. He will be receiving the scholarship for two years, it said. Johnson is the youngest son of Sagolsem Paka Singh and Sagolsem Ongbi Loitang Devi from Khewa Company Sagolmang, it further said. He is currently taking classes from the well known story tellers, Okram Baruni and Chabungbam Kondum Singh, it continued. All Manipur Waree Leeba Association and Research Centre lauds Manipur State Kala Academy for conferring the award to Johnson, it added.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Nov 10
The 3-day leadership development programme for chairmen and directors of Primary Agriculture Cooperative Society held at Institute of Cooperative Management (ICM), Imphal under the sponsorship of NCIU, New Delhi concluded today.
Delivering the presidential speech of the valedictory function, ICM director, N. Ranjana said that farmers need to apply the modern methods of farming in order to increase production and income.
She said that the three-day developmental programme will give a lot of innovative ideas to the participants as it is not only a theoretical programme but it also included visiting farms and observing the agricultural practices in the field.
The director asked the participants to share their experience and knowledge acquired from the programme with maximum numbers of farmers.
Ranjana suggested that appointing young individuals as board members of PACS will also help in bringing more development in the farms as they are energetic.
The chief guest of the function Cooperative Societies registrar, H. Rupachandra Singh stated that cooperative societies play a big role in bringing economic development. He appealed to the participants to contribute towards the improvement of cooperative movement.
He expressed hope that the training will be effective in bringing more agricultural development in their respective farms.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Nov 10
A-one day awareness on Mulberry Sericulture and Soil Health Card Distribution was held today at Regional Tasar Research Station (RTRS), Imphal under the Central Silk Board, government of India.
Soil Health Cards were distributed to 50 farmers from Imphal West.
Delivering the chief guest speech of the function Sericulture director, S. Kunjakishore Singh said though the government has launched many programmes and beneficiary schemes the benefits are taken only by a few people due to lack of awareness.
He asked the participants to take opportunities of such awareness programme to become a well benefited farmer.
The director assured that the government will give full cooperation to the famers in taking up developmental projects and works for their farms.
The function was attended by RTRS scientist-D, L. Bidyapati Devi as president, Sericulture deputy director, Ch. Harendra Kumar Singh and Imphal West district sericulture officer, S. Birendra as guests of honour.