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Voluntary blood donation camp

IMPHAL | Nov 4

A voluntary blood donation camp will be held at 10:45 am on November 7 at the auditorium hall of NIELIT, Akampat, Imphal East.

A release said, the camp will be organised by Life Savers Manipur in collaboration with the NSS unit at NIELIT, the blood bank and transfusion unit of JNIMS and the state blood cell of National Health Mission.

Dr L Tomcha Khuman will be felicitated for his 50th voluntary blood donation at the camp. He will also release a book titled ‘My Journey to 50th Voluntary Blood Donation' on the occasion.

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IMPHAL | Nov 4

 Thousands of people accorded a grand reception to the chief minister, N. Biren Singh during his maiden visit at Chandel district today. Chief minister was warmly received by a large number of people at various places on his way to Chandel district.

Large number of people comprising men, women, children and students gathered on road sides to welcome the chief minister since morning holding placards that read ‘Welcome Hon’ble CM N. Biren Singh’ and ‘Long Live N. Biren’.

Chief minister and his council of ministers were felicitated at different places including Thamlakhuren Village, Damjol Village, Leishokching Village, Liwachangning Village, Purumchumbang Village, Ziontlang Village, Chandonpokpi Village, P.Raalrinekhu Village. Giant gates were erected to greet the chief minister and his council of ministers at various points. These gates are especially arranged for the occasion imprinted with ‘Welcome Shri Biren Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur’. Local leaders and clubs submitted memoranda to the chief minister.

Cabinet ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs, chief secretary, DGP, top civil and police officers of the state government also accompanied chief minister during the visit.

Thousands of people from different parts of the district converged at the Maha Union ground to felicitate the chief minister and his council of ministers and a public meeting was held at the Ground.

Addressing the mammoth gathering at Maha Union Ground, the chief minister assured that the construction of Women Market of the district would be completed by January 1, 2018.

After successfully reviving the public transport under the Manipur State Transport in 100 days programme of the government, the Imphal-Chandel Bus service would be introduced by January 1, 2018 under the MST Inter-District Bus Service.

He promised that the government has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 2 crore for the construction of Town Hall, Panchai and will be completed as soon as possible.

Mentioning that management of rainwater is needed to resolve the problem of water scarcity in the district, chief minister said that the government would take up rain water harvesting schemes in all the hill districts to resolve the water scarcity issues. The government has sanctioned Rs 4 crore for Chandel district for the said project and PHED would be co-ordinating with other departments to execute the work.

Expressing concern over the drinking water supply in the district, N. Biren Singh said that immediate steps would be taken up soon for re-commissioning of the water supply scheme, which is currently non-functional and damaged by flood at Chandel district headquarters. He said that a sum of Rs. 80 lakhs would be sanctioned for the said purpose.

Under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) a total length of 171 km of roads worth Rs 60 crore would be constructed in the district, he added.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), 779 houses would be constructed in the Chandel district, he assured. The chief minister also said that necessary steps would be taken up to develop the sacred site of Ibudhou Wangbren at Anal Khullen.

Highlighting that people would get better healthcare services with the inauguration of the district hospital, chief minister said that an ambulance would be provided to the hospital as a News Year’s gift to the people of the Chandel soon.

The government would construct transit quarters for government employees in all the hill districts including Chandel at the earliest, N. Biren said.

Mentioning about the memoranda which was submitted by various CSOs, clubs and other organisations, chief minister promised that his office would scan through all the points mentioned in the memoranda and the government would take up necessary action.

Speaking on the occasion, deputy chief minister, Y. Joykumar said that the real meaning of the ‘Go to the Hills’ slogan is not to occupy the land of the hill people but to work collectively for the welfare of the people of the hills and to bring emotional integration among the people of both hills and valley of the State. He appealed to the people of the State to share each other feelings and exchange thoughts for bringing development and prosperity in the State.

Minister of PWD, Th. Biswajit said that under the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, each and every household of the country would be electrified by 2019.

However, the new BJP-led state government has decided to achieve this target by December, 2018 in the State, he assured.

Th. Biswajit said that despite financial constraints, the government is trying to make up people’s needs one by one. A bridge would be constructed over Chakpi River to connect United College, Lambung and ADC Office Complex, Monsang Pantha as per wish of the Chandel public, he assured.

Regarding connectivity, Th. Biswajit said that people would get to see tangible changes in terms of road connectivity in the State by February/March, 2018.

Mentioning that Chandel district is one of the most backward districts in terms of development, Minister for YAS and Water Resource, Letpao Haokip urged the chief minister and other ministers to give priority to bring progress and development of the Chandel district.

Earlier, the chief minister inaugurated Liwachangning Girls’ Hostel at Komlathabi, 50 bedded District Hospital at Chandel Christian, ADC Office Complex at Monsang Pantha, Science Laboratory at United College, Lambung and Maha Union Girls’ Hostel. The chief minister also laid the foundation stones for Women Market near SDO office and Town Hall, Panchai.

Booklets on ‘Chief Ministergi Shotharabasingi Tengbang (CMST)’, ‘Hakshelgi Tengbang’ (Manipur Health Protection Scheme) and Highlights of Achievements during 100 Days and Projects and Activities for Completion in 2017-18 were released at the occasion.

Mention may be made that the 50-bedded District Hospital, Chandel was constructed by PDA under NLCPR. The Town Hall, Panchai would be constructed under planning department. The Science Laboratory at United College was constructed under NEC. And Women’s market of the district would be constructed by Manipur Police Housing Corporation.

Colourful cultural programmes were also presented at the reception function.

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By Huidrom Boicha

This is my response to the recent slandering and moral gate keeping of women and the transgender community by the Civil Society Organizations, non-state actors and internet troll. 

The Socio-political movements are able to bring about great impact and changes in society more than just policy and legislation. In Manipur, they have tried to incorporate the diversity of social groups, economic disparity and political rights. Women and members of the transgender community have also been active supporters and participants of these movements; nevertheless, they have been subjugated to worsening socio-economic status, violence and crimes. They are today forgotten in the discourse of these movements. The recent incidents like banning of Nupi Maanbi (Transwomen) by the armed group and shaming women on social-media for what they wear at the event of Thabal-chongba in Delhi is not a new phenomenon, nobody need reminding that the problem has existed for a long time. The systematic practices, institutional ideas, norms of patriarchy, family and heteronormative society have oppressed them since time immemorial.     

Transgender community members are excluded from society, economic activities and have been a victim of discriminations, atrocities, extreme harassment and ostracisation. They are denied access to physical spaces like toilets and public places. The community members are portrayed negatively in many visual and arts platforms as being ill mannered and are subject to mockery. The contributions that the community members made in arts and cultural activities like Shumang Leela, Manipuri Films, Nupa Amaibi as in Lai Haraoba is not acknowledged by the society. The difficulties and barriers that the community members have to overcome and participate in these activities is an arduous one. The moment they get off from the stages, they become the subjects of mockery and are ridicule by society.

What is the problem in wearing “phanek” or women’s clothes by a transwomen? It is a part of their identity. Gender identities can express through many mediums. Gender identity and human sexuality is the most important composition of a person’s identity. As a heterosexual society, gender roles are assigned according to the biological sex. Apart from the biological function (Procreation), gender role has nothing to do with the biological sex. Every individual perform different gender roles in the society. So, who has the moral authority over one’s gender role in the society? Nobody! It is one’s personal decision and nobody has the authority to interfere, not even the parent.

What is the rationale behind the ban of transwomen wearing women clothes in public places and relaxation of their participation in arts-and cultural activities? Gender Identity is not a commodity that you can keep at one place or detach from it according to somebody’s will. Their importance is recognized only at the time Shumang Leela or cultural activities that showcase our proud culture and heritage. As a result, we are evaluating others identity from our own position. Many women were of the opinion that the transgender community brought disgrace upon women for wearing women’s clothes. If this is an issue, did they think that question wearing “trousers” brought disgrace upon men? Such narrow minded do not belong to this century.

Another pertaining issue faced by the Transgender community is labeling them with derogatory terms like “Homo”, “Thekoi Nakoi”, and so on. Here, I just want to ask one question. Why are you getting offended when somebody call you “Chinki”, “Chinese” or “Momos”? Just think about the answer. You are evaluating only from your own position of vulnerability, and feel threatened by imposition of majoritarian cultures or identities - To protect what is important to you, should you turn the tables on minority within the community? This is the case with the tribal people of Manipur. Therefore, Socio-political movements need to be diverse and inclusive to carry people of all colors and shades along with them.           

These Socio-political movements fuel the rise of religious fundamentalism, moral policing and xenophobic nationalism. The real victims in this process are women and sexual minorities. As a consequence, a perceived masculinity is imposed on the transgender community. Women’s identity is also constructed in this process. The Civil society organizations, student’s organizations and non-state actors are endorsing this structural hegemony. Women are only seen to be keepers of the community honour and culture. Their agency and behavior is controlled by society and institutional norms.   

  Why was there an outrage and protest against when the Indian Army raped Thangjam Manorama? But, there is no such outrage or protest in many rapes that have taken place. Is it because it is inflicted by the men from our own community? In the case of Thangjam Manorama, the perpetrator is the outsider and they are imposing a sense of moral victory, domination and subjugation to the community. Every society, women are treated as property. So, the domination and violence of women is internalized in our society and it becomes our culture. The men will only react when their property is destroyed or their morality and self-esteemed is affected. Whenever there is a conflict of two entities in the society, the women become the victims.              

Talking about the event of Thabal Chongba in Delhi, Why are we sexualizing women’s clothes? Why are we ranting out on the social media? How is our culture threatened by somebody’s clothes? Why are we imposing a certain dress code on somebody? When a woman has a man friends from the other states, why are you questioning and slut-shamming them? Nobody questions when a man has man/woman friend from the other states.

First of all, nobody knows whether it is an edited photo or not. Women’s bodies and clothes are sexualized, objectified and viewed only for male pleasure. These kinds of issues become the part of our usual social behaviors, which is common and justified in countless ways. As a culture, we are silencing their voice, suppressing their right, autonomy and agency. What people think of women is they should be obedient, modest, loyal, submissive and they should be engaged in domesticity and none other else. They should accept that they are inferior to men: sexually, culturally and socially. 

Here one may argue that if you bring fundamental rights for everyone in the family, the family will break down. Yes, because it is based on the unequal power relationship where men share most of the power and decision making in the family. The child has to carry father’s name and married woman has to take the name of their husband in this institution. The phrase “Yumnak Shagei Onkhrabi” needs to evaluate or destroys. It is again reinforced by the sexual division of labor. Women are primarily responsible for household activities, responsible for the care of children, husband’s parents and other whole range of domestic works. The irony is that the women who conform this system are regarded as “Yumge Ashengba Mou” by the society. Why these things are work consider as women’s work? The free labor that the women do is not counted.

In the name of protecting identity, culture and political right, we are suppressing the voice and agency of them. We are taking away their right and putting into a vulnerable position. I am not over thinking here. We only realize when it happens to your own mother and sister. It is already happening, we just don’t realize it. All of us are living in the oblivion and ignorance has overpowered us. Until and unless, somebody is pointing out what is happening in the institution of patriarchy, we are not conscious about it. One of my Professors told me, Indian men imagined consent. Before we share, edit the pictures; shamming women for their clothes on social media, assuming that there is consent because it is on the social media, stop imagining consent.  

(Author is a graduate student, School of Public Policy and Governance Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad)

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 00:00

Winter Fruits for glowing skin

By Shahnaz Husain

With the  temperature dipping across the country , The women struggle  to  look for array of lotion which could face the onslaught of the winds,cold temperature ,harsh sun rays to help revive and rejuvenate tired,dull,dark and  lacklustre skin.

But before you rush the market to buy costly beauty products to look smart  take a flashback and check your daily diet. Remember  the famous quote, “You are what you eat”? Whoever said that wasn’t kidding.

The winter seasonal fruits  not only give you the right nutrition but can also do wonders for your skin.

Vegetable  markets now  a days  are flooded with a variety of seasonal fruits and these tasty delights are brimming with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which   keep your body and skin well hydrated.

 Regular intake of seasonal  raw fruits and  fruit juices boost water content in the body which  keeps the body and skin well hydrated even during the winter  season

Nature is the best physician, giving us fruits that are needed by the body for different seasons. In winter, we get those fruits and vegetables that are beneficial to the body in cold weather. For instance, Vitamin C helps to strengthen our immune system and protects the body from colds and coughs. In winter, we get plenty of oranges and “mousambi” (sweet lime). Here are some beauty tips with winter fruits:

Apples

Apples have so many health benefits that it is said, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It contains a wealth of nutrients, like Vitamins C, B6, riboflavin, potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium. It is also packed with phytonutrients and flavonoids. Apples contain pectin, which is said to have a soothing effect on dry, sensitive skin. Apples are wonderful skin toners, helping to tighten the skin and stimulate blood circulation to the skin surface. They also have anti-oxidant properties, helping to prevent oxidation damage and thus delaying visible ageing signs on the skin. Apples also contain fruit acids, which have a powerful cleansing effect on the skin, removing dead skin cells. This helps to brighten the skin and gradually clear away blemishes, like dark spots. Raw apple pulp or apple juice can be applied on the skin daily and then washed off with plain water after 20 minutes. Grated apple can be added to face masks. Mix oats with curd, honey and apple pulp or grated apple into a paste. Apply on the face and wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes. Apple cider vinegar, which is obtained from apples, is an ideal treatment for dandruff and also adds shine to the hair. After shampoo, add two tablespoons apple cider vinegar to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. Yes……an apple a day also keeps beauty problems at bay!

Lemon

We all know that lemon is a rich source of Vitamin C, which is needed in winter.  As a cosmetic ingredient, lemon can be used in various ways, but avoid using it undiluted, as it can be harsh on the skin. However, on areas where the skin is thicker, like elbows and knees, rub lemon halves and wash off with water. Over a period of time, it cleanses and lightens skin colour. Lemon can also be used as a hand lotion. Mix it with rose water and rub it into the skin of the hands.  For rough hands, rub granulated sugar and the juice of a lemon together on the hands, till the sugar dissolves. Then rinse off with water. Done regularly, it will help to improve the skin texture. Add lemon juice to “tea water” for a hair rinse, to make the hair silky and shiny.  Boil used tea leaves in enough water and cool the liquid. Add the juice of one lemon and use it as a last rinse. Lemon peels can be dried and powdered and used in face packs and scrubs.

Oranges

Oranges may be used in hair packs. The rind of oranges are said to contribute to hair luster and nourishes the hair. It also reduces oiliness. Keep orange peels and simmer them in water over a low fire. Cool and strain. Use the water to mix hair packs. For example, a protein pack may be made using lentils and egg white. The lentils should be soaked in water overnight. Next morning, grind the lentils, add egg and the orange-peel water, to mix into a pack for the hair. It cleanses, reduces oiliness and adds body and shine. Orange juice can be used to rinse the hair after shampoo. It helps to restore the normal acid-alkaline balance and reduces oiliness. It is also rich in Vitamin C. Makes the hair shiny and silky. After your shampoo, add the juice of 2 oranges to half a mug of water and use as a last rinse. Leave on for 2 minutes and then rinse with plain water.

Neroli, which is orange flower oil, has been used in both skin and hair care. Neroli oil is used in aromatherapy due to its calming and anti-stress benefits. It can be added to carrier oils (i.e. pressed oils like olive oil, almond oil, sesame seed oil etc) to make hair oils. It has to be diluted and added in the correct proportion to the carrier oil. It is said to calm the mind and is useful in stress related hair problems, like hair loss.

Banana

Banana, one of the most popular fruits, packs quite a punch in terms of nutrition and health benefits. It is one of the richest sources of potassium and also contains Vitamin C and B6. Bananas are beneficial for both skin and hair treatments. Its potassium content helps to soften both dry hair and dry skin. Bananas can be made into a pulp and added to both face and hair packs. Bananas help hair that has been damaged by repeated colouring and other chemical treatments.  Bananas can be made into a pulp and applied on the hair like a pack. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash it off. Egg yolk or curd may be added to mashed bananas and applied as a hair pack. If the hair is very dry, add one teaspoon pure glycerin or honey to the banana pack. Almond oil may also be added to the banana hair pack.

Avocado

Avocados are excellent for skin care, as they boost cell renewal. It contains Vitamin B and C, which help to build new cells and strengthen the immune system. It also has Vitamin A and E, which keep the skin soft and smooth.  In fact, Avocado juice or oil can be very nourishing for the skin and hair. The protein and oil contents of avocado strengthen and nourish the hair. For home hair care, mash the avocado, add honey and a little lemon juice. This can be applied on the hair as a pack. In fact, it can also be applied on the face. Wash it off after half an hour.

Pomegranate (Anaar)

It has excellent benefits for skin care, as it helps to moisturise the skin and is a powerful antioxidant. It helps to improve the skins moisture retention ability too. It is said to boost the process of cell renewal and thus helps to delay the formation of ageing signs on the skin. Used regularly on the face, it can remove tan, lighten skin colour and also brighten the skin. 

The author is international fame beauty expert and is called herbal queen of India

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 00:00

Trans Asian Railway and Concerns in Manipur

By Jiten Yumnam

The pursuance of India’s Look East and Act East Policy is associated with pursuance of multiple infrastructure projects. The Railway works and the Asian Development financed road projects and other extractive industries like Oil exploration processes are some of the major infrastructure projects pursued in Manipur. The Trans Asian Railway is a controversial but much overlooked project for its multifaceted social and environment impacts and unaccountability of corporate bodies involved in the project. 

The construction of railway works commenced even before taking the consent of communities and even receiving the Forest Clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India.  The advent of North Eastern Frontier Railway began to make its presence felt in the village of Oinamlong in 2009 A.D. with the arrival of Coastal Company. Now other companies have arrived in the village for various types of works related to railway line construction. They are Simplex Co., Bhartiya Co., Triveni, Reddy Co., and L&T. As per the testimony of the villagers, the first scene of Railway Company came in the guise of ‘Survey’ of the land. The Northern Frontier Railway of the Government of India commenced railway work in Tamenglong district, Manipur in clear violation of the right to free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples of Tamenglong and Senapati Districts. The Railway Authorities inform villagers, without providing detailed information that railway works will be ‘development’ in their village, which was initially considered ‘good’ by the ordinary citizens.  The Village Authorities also failed to visualize the large scale impacts by the constructions processes in the village. For instance, in Oinamlong Village, due to the ongoing construction of Trans-Asian-Railway Line, there were sharp divisions and conflicts within communities among themselves due to the arbitrary, incomplete and divisive rehabilitation and resettlement processes. A detailed impact assessment of the multiple railway works, due to tunnel creation, approach roads, railway lines is clearly lacking and hence causing many inconveniences to the villagers.

The Ministry of Railways, Government of India has failed to conduct detailed environment impact assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA). The diversion of 1,005.055 hectares (ha) of forest land for construction of 111 km long Jiribam-Tupul-Impal railway line in Manipur has been recommended by FAC despite the clear violation of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980 by the Railway authorities and the Government of Manipur. The diversion of forest was carried out in an exclusive process and has affected the water source of many of the villagers. There was a marked reduction in the flow of water streams that emerged from forest land protected by villagers due to destruction of forest.

The affected villagers of Marangjing, Lukhambi, Awangkhul, Khongsang, Nungtek, Kambiron etc were compelled to give up portion of their land without clear rehabilitation and resettlement plans. Villagers had a hard time to seek for rehabilitation of their land lost. There is a direct discharge of earthworks, mud and rocks from tunnels and hill cutting for Railway works in Barak River and its tributaries in all portion of Tamenglong District. The villagers are not informed of the exact land areas to be affected by the Railway projects. The Railway authorities have unleashed massive destruction of land other than the purposes stated for land acquisition. For instance, the creation of multiple approach roads to reach tunnels, had led to further land acquisition without taking the consent of communities, leading to further destruction of cultivable land and forest and thus impacting communities livelihood sources. 

Kambiron Villagers shared that the Railway companies in their surveys for land affected tried to undermine the full-fledged impacts of railway works and thus tried to avoid paying compensation and rehabilitation to affected villagers. Often villagers are deceived as the railway officials are the ones conducting the surveys and there is very little room for villagers to address their concerns. Further, compensation even provided are too minimal, which is far disproportionate to the land and livelihood loss for the villagers. The construction of approach roads for railway tunnels caused maximum damage to land and forest. Railway works led to direct dumping of earth, mud and other chemicals to the Barak River, affecting peoples’ livelihood and survival. 

Major rivers in the Tamenglong district like Barak, Irang, Ijei, Irang and Makru river etc has seen direct discharge and dumping of mud, earth, boulder and untreated chemicals laden mud from the tunneling works by the NF Railway construction works. The chemical contained mud dumping directly in the rivers resulting in sporadic outbreak of  many scabies decease infecting both men and animals along with some aqua animals like crab, fish, snail were also died may be reason by chemical contain mud and debris direct dispose in the water. Water borne diseases and skin diseases and rashes are common.  Cement discharge from railway tunnel has affected agriculture. Villagers in Marangjing Village complained of crop loss and reduced agriculture yield due to the deposition of cement and chemical laden water discharge in their agriculture land thus impacting their food production and underming the food sovereignty of indigenous peoples.   

Water sources of the village have been affected as the approach roads and tunnel works directly blocked and diverted the water sources. Furthermore, chemical and cement discharge from the tunnel in upper portion of the village entered the Ajei River killing fishes.  The multiple blasting in the boring of tunnels in the hills has led to development of cracks in the hills in Tamenglong, thus affecting the water source and availability. Several water streams seeps in the cracks developed due to blasting, thus depriving the villagers of much needed water for drinking and irrigation purposes. The paddy field along the River of Barak and Ijei River in the villagers of Noney, Tupul, Sibilong, and Marangjing Etc are affected due to the direct dumping of earth and rocks and the discharge of chemicals from tunnel works in the River.

The N F Railway India and Govt. of Manipur did not provided prior to the affected people about the Detail project Report (DPR), Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), Social Impact Assessment (SIA) of the concrete rehabilitation and resettlement were also not provided for the Railway works. 

The special provision for the tribal people in Manipur, India under the Indian constitution Article No. 371, Clause (C), Manipur District Council Act, 1971 to protect the rights of the tribal for hills district is also undermined by the railway works.  Other mega development projects like the Kangchup to Tamenglong Road will also have significant impact on the water sources as the earth excavated involved in the hill side road cutting will be directly deposited in the paddy field and in the River, thus affecting the livelihood and water source of the Villagers. The legitimate and rightful demands of affected villagers of Marangjing Village, Lukhambi, Sibilong etc for rehabilitation of land and forest destroyed by Railway works remains unheeded.

Corporate unaccountability is a serious issue with Railway works in Tamenglong. It seems the Companies are completely set loose to destroy peoples land and livelihood with minimal regard for community rights and environment and with absence of any regulatory mechanism.

The Indian Railway has clearly failed to respect indigenous peoples’ right over their land and their right to free, prior and informed consent in the pursuance of railway works. Further, the corporate bodies involved in the railway works are involved in unleashing violations of indigenous peoples and destruction of their land, forest and water without any accountability. There are also worries and concerns that the Trans Asian Railway works will facilitate the expropriation and plunder of land and natural resources of Manipur, such as oil exploration and other mega dam building all over the Rivers of Manipur. The demographic impact is another major concern once the railway works is operationalized.

The pattern of pursuance of railway works in Manipur represents a clear symbol of development injustice given the multifaceted impacts and unaccountability of corporate bodies and the State. Railway authorities and the Government failed to recognize community rights and traditional management practices over their land and forest. The Government of Manipur and the Government of India should stop all forms of violation of indigenous peoples Rights in Tamenglong due to Railway works. The companies should stop the direct discharge and dumping of md and rocks in Barak River and streams in Tamenglong District and should rehabilitate the loss of their land and survival sources damaged by the NF Railway work in Tamenglong areas in Manipur. It is high time to stop corporate unaccountability in Manipur. The rights and interest of affected Indigenous people should be safeguarded. Indigenous communities of Chandel and Tengnoupal should be cautious about the multifaceted impacts of railway works and the arbitration and unaccountability of corporate bodies, to prevent the repeal of what’s happening in Tamenglong. Communities in Manipur need to carefully assess the larger implications of railway works and other large scale infrastructure projects, such as ADB financed road projects, such as their role and facilitation of land and resource expropriation and the demographic impacts in Manipur.

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 00:00

Reception function to be held

 IMPHAL | Nov 4

 The Vovinam Association of Manipur will be holding a reception function of its players who had participated in the 5th World Vovinam Championship 2017. The reception will begin at 8.30am and the venue will be MOA Conference Hall.

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Health and hygiene talk held at Moreh

IMPHAL | Nov 4

11 Assam rifles of 26 Sector Assam rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) conducted an awareness talk on ‘Health and Hygiene’ at Chavangphai village, Tengnoupal district on November 3.

Medical officer of  11 Assam Rifle sensitised the  villagers on the importance of personal hygiene, sanitation and the causes of different lifestyle diseases , as well as  the remedial measures to be adopted in order to maintain good health, said a release. This initiative of the unit was much appreciated by the attending villagers, it added.

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CRPF organises essay competitions

IMPHAL | Nov 4

69 Battalion CRPF under the aegis of IGP CRPF M&N sector organised essay competitions in Imphal Valley School, Imphal and Axiom English School, Mantripukhri on November 3 and November 4 respectively. The competitions were held in observance of the vigilance awareness week, which ended today.

Around 50 students participated in the competition in each school. Imphal Valley School Principal Lisa Devi and Axiom English School Chairman N Ningshem were present at the occasion. 69 Battalion AC YD Singh also delivered a lecture on how to stop corruption in India.

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ALLAFUM to organise mass procession

IMPHAL | Nov 4

All Loktak Lake Areas Fishermen’s Union Manipur (ALLAFUM) will organise a mass peaceful procession and public meeting on November 15 with the theme ‘remembering the Manipur Loktak arson: November 15 to November 23, 2011’, said a release.

The procession will be carried out in remembrance of the infamous arson by the Loktak Development Authority at Thanga and to prevent any such untoward incident in the future, it added.

The Manipur Loktak (Protection) Act 2006 and Manipur Loktak (Protection) Rules 2008 have no provisions to protect the Sangai, Loktak fishermen and wetlands dependents and the Act is like a second Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958, said ALLAFUM in the release.

ALLAFUM further appealed everyone to join the procession and public meeting on the particular day.

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 00:00

TKLI general conference concluded

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 4

The 24th General Conference cum cultural meet organised by the TangkhulKatamnao Long (TKLI) ended with a valedictory programme held at the Tribal Research Institute (TRI), ChingmeirongImphal.

Parliamentary Secretary SushindroYaima, DIG CRPF Manipur and Nagaland Ramyophang Duidang, managing director HVS Construction Pvt. Ltd. Vikramjit Huidrom Singh, Proprietor Arun Enterprises Arun Thangjam, graced the conference as the chief guest and the guests of honour respectively. The two day event featured folk competition, quiz competition debate choreography and on the special theme, yesterday today tomorrow fashion parade was done. The programme saw special appearance by the Beat Jagger Crew and songs from Ramung Shinglai, contemporary artist was among the others.

Prizes were distributed by the dignitaries to the winners of the particular competition.

The programme ended with a prayer from Pastor, Langthungching.

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