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Police arrest KCP cadre

IMPHAL | Aug 16

A team of district police commando, Imphal East arrested one active cadre of KCP (MC Progressive) from Takhel Mayai Leikai in front of the gate of Nongpokningthou Panthoibi Laiharaopham, said a release by PRO Police. It said, the arrested cadre was identified as Leikham Bidyasagar Singh (27), son of L. Bijoy Singh of Takhel Mayai Leikai and on his revelation, one 9 mm pistol along with eight rounds of ammunition were recovered from Tharomal Loukol, Takhel. A case has been registered at Lamlai Police Station and investigation is going on.

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KANGPOKPI | Aug 16

Thousands of people across Kangpokpi district pledged for a new India and commemorated the ‘Quit India Movement’ on the celebration of 71st Independence Day of India at Mini Secretariat complex, deputy commissioner office, Kangpokpi.

The Independence Day marked the first ever celebration of the day after attaining district status which will be remembered significantly in the hearts of every people of the district. People from different parts of the district gathered at the Mini Secretariat complex around 7 am with enthusiasm.

The occasion was attended by deputy commissioner T. Ranjit Singh as chief guest and hoisted the tricoloured Indian flag. Assistant commandant of 4th IRB Taphou Kuki, N. Suraj Singh led the march past contingents of personnel of Kangpokpi police, VDF, school students, ASHA Workers and ICDS.

The DC also enlightened the general public on the various challenges faced by the district administration such as terrific earth fissures at Kalikhola and at various other parts of the district, landslides, manmade flash flood, deplorable highway condition and others.

He further highlighted the various issues of the district including the non-allotment of vehicles to newly posted SDOs till date which extremely hampered the official works, non-functional of DRDA Kangpokpi and other related committees, non-posting of adequate staff in the office of DC Kangpokpi as well as in the office of SDOs, BDOs, lack of government quarters and other required infrastructures for accommodation of government officials and non-availability of video conferencing facility at DC office.

He also appealed to the general public of Kangpokpi to extend cooperation for expediting the functioning of all the district level officers.

The DC administered the Sankalp Se Siddhi (New India Movement 2017-2022) where around 3000 people who took part in the auspicious occasion pledged together for a new India by pledging towards a clean India, a poverty free India, a corruption free India, a terrorism free India, a communalism free India and a castiesm free India, and also pledged to strive wholeheartedly to accomplish the pledges.

During the occasion, a souvenir titled ‘Kangpokpi Today’ edited by district information officer of Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), Kangpokpi, Ngamlal Doungel and published by DIPR, Government of Manipur, was also released.

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Quit India Movement as ‘Sankalp Parva’, the district administration as well as the public gathered on the occasion and dedicated the day to all the brave leaders and freedom fighters of India.

SFS Daili Band Party mesmerised the gathering with their innovative band display and talents which was highly appreciated while the dignitaries and the crowd. Distribution of certificates, red blankets and sports materials to various DLOs, employees, police personnel, village chiefs and youth clubs was also carried out, followed by a  cultural display.

The momentous celebration was also attended by chairman of ADC Sadar Hills, Haokholal Hangshing and vice-chairman of ADC Sadar Hills, Thangjakam Misao along with other members, president of Kuki Inpi Sadar Hills, Seikhomang Khongsai, DLOs of Kangpokpi district, CVOs, church leaders, women union, KTC, KWWO, KYU, village chiefs, students and parents.

Meanwhile, banned militant outfit, the Kuki National Front-Nehlun group openly boycotted the celebration by writing in red colour as ‘KNF-N Boycott 15 August’ on the wall of shops, hotels, etc. in the market area of the town, which created apprehension among shopkeepers and shops were closed their respective for the day. Passenger vehicles including buses, taxi, trucks and others were also off the road along the Trans Asian Highway-1 owing to the boycott called by the proscribed outfit.

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TAMENGLONG | Aug 16

Despite heavy rain and unfavourable weather condition the 71st Independence Day was celebrated at the Lower ground, Tamenglong district headquarters today with Armstrong Pame, deputy commissioner, as the chief guest.

Armstrong Pame, unfurled the tricolour national flag and took the salute.

Addressing the public Armstrong Pame said that people Tamenglong have shown immense love for the government represented by attending the 71st Indian Independence day celebration despite of unfavourable weather condition.

 He said that the district is blessed with many natural resources. But human resource is less than any of other district in the state or in the entire country, he observed. It is high time to find out, think over and reason together and move forward, he added.

 He said he is pained to see students and public walk on muddy soil and waters after a gap of 20 years, as he too walked during his childhood. He promised that the condition of the ground will no longer be the same in the next August 15. The same commitment was also given by local MLA Samuel Jendai.

 He also informed that very soon N. Biren Singh, chief minister of Manipur and his cabinet ministers will come to Tamenglong to lay foundation stone for construction of Apei Rani market at Tamenglong district headquarter and one foundation stone for construction of main water supply project entire district headquarter area.

 He further informed that the district administration together with health department under the leadership of Dr Chambo Gonmei, chief medical officer Tamenglong has left no stone unturned. The 50 bedded hospital Tamenglong at Duigailong will be completed at the earliest possible and start functioning very soon.

Under the leadership of MLA Samuel Jendai of Tamenglong A/C and Awangbou Newmei MLA of Tamei, the people of Tamenglong district will see a change and development in the field of education, power, banking system, roads and transport and health sector within a short period of time the DC added.

 He also mentioned numbers of development project being taken up in the district and pointed out that the district is progressing.

 As many as 24 contingents including Manipur Police, Manipur Rifles, Band Party, ASHAs and students took part in the march past led by parade commander Abdul Kalam, MPS.

The march past first position was bagged by Gadailong Upper Primary School under district council, Model Village High school girl’s contingent and Christian Model English School boy’s contingent bagged second and third respectively.

 The district administration Tamenglong has given credential awards to 14 persons who excelled in their performance.

 As usual the district administration gives away sports materials and red blankets to the deserving persons. The best construction for Independence Day celebration was begged by Forest department, Medical and ADC Tamenglong as first, second and third, respectively.

SENAPATI: The 71st Independence Day was celebrated at the Senapati district mini stadium ground today. The celebration started with the flag hosting ceremony by the deputy commissioner, Athem Muivah.

 All together 38 different contingents of Manipuri Police, NCC, Higher secondary Schools, High schools, Upper primary schools  and a Band party of 34th Assam Rifles, Maram took part in Independence  Day parade yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion Athem Muivah paid due honour and respect to all the freedom fighters of the country, and also says that many precious lives were sacrifice on the altar of freedom, fighting against alien rule since the first war of Indian independence in 1857. He further said that its time to introspect and ask ourselves that besides achieving political freedom are we really free from poverty, ignorance and intolerance

Mentioning some of the initiative taken up by the district administration towards child care and betterment of education he says that the administration with the cooperation of other government departments of the district, have selected some government schools for adoption and also taken up steps for the uplifment of girls child who had dropped out of school due to financial or other reasons.

In today’s function as part of the Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Salutary Quit India Movement of 1942, Athem Muivah  lead all the dignitaries present in taking the New India Pledge of “Sankalp Se Siddhi”  (New India Movement 2017-2022) to build a new India, a Clean India, a Poverty Free India, a Corruption Free India , a Terrorism Free India, a Communalism Free India, a Casteism Free  India.

As part of today’s  celebration two village headmen, one village elder, one village chief and two village chairmen were facilitated with Red shawls as an honour.

Today’s Independence Day parade was divided into two categories, in the NCC category Mount Zion hr. Sec. School (Boys) and Mt. Everest hr. Sec School took the first and the second position respectively. In the School category Mt. Everest hr. Se. School (girls), St. Anthony’s School (girls) and St. Anthony’s school (Boys) stood first, second and third respectively.

Today’s function was also attended by SP Senapati, Addl. SP Senapati, and all the DLOs of the district.

UKHRUL: Ukhrul district along with the rest of India celebrated 71st Independence Day at Bakshi ground, Dungrei Hungpung. The deputy commissioner of Ukhrul Harmit Singh Pahuja hoisted the national flag. He took salute of 61 march-past contingents as part of the celebration.

The congregation took the "New India Pledge" a pledge for building New India by 2022. Harmit Singh appealed to the people to strive in spirit to accomplish the pledge for building a new India.

 In his address, the DC highlighted that the ‘Vision Document’ for every district for 5 years will be submitted to the authority concerned. He emphasised that connectivity of broad band to each and every village will be implemented soon and special focus will be given to sanitation, cleanliness and environment related issues.

All these vision can be accomplished only through the active participation by the community, he added.

Samir Ahmad SDPO Chingai was the parade commander of the 61 strong contingents.

The celebration was attended by Yaronsho Ngalung, chairman ADC-Ukhrul along with his council of ADC members. The function was also attended by leaders of Tangkhul Naga Long, Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long, Tangkhul Shanao Long and other Tangkhul frontal organisations along with DLOs of Ukhrul.

Meanwhile, the 27 Assam Rifles under the command of Col. Rajesh Dogra, CO Somsai, 27 AR celebrated 71st Independence Day along with the students and staffs of Holy Spirit School, Nungbi at the 27 AR Post situated at Awangkasom.

A luncheon program was organised to the visiting school students and staffs by 27 AR and an interaction session between the students and AR Officers was held. The school children took pride in participating in the program, a special demonstration and exhibition was also organised for the visiting school students.

MOREH: The Independence Day of India was celebrated for the first time in Tengnoupal district at the ground of Tengnoupal Government High School on August 15.

During the occasion, the deputy commissioner of Tengnoupal, Kh. Raghumani hoisted the tri-coloured Indian flag in presence of Tengnoupal SP, S. Ibomcha Singh, commandant of 12 Assam Rifles, Nector Sanjenbam, SDPO of Moreh, Lawrence K Monlou and officers of different departments of state government.

The march past was led by the SDPO and it was participated by Tengnoupal police, VDF, band of 12 Assam Rifles, ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers and students of the government high school.

The 71st Independence Day was also celebrated at the border town of Moreh, where ADC of Moreh, N. Gojendro Singh attended as the chief guest and hoisted the Indian flag in presence of OC of Moreh Police Station, H. Chaoba and AC of 7 MR, Md. Faruk.

The ADC distributed blankets to the village chiefs and the civil voluntary organisations, media persons, officials of Manipur Police and Manipur Rifles were felicitated with certificates, followed by prize distribution to the students for participating in the march past.

CHURACHANDPUR: The 71st Indian Independence Day celebration was held at Peace Ground, Tuibong for the second time and the programme was attended by the chairman and EMs of ADCC apart from the DC and SP of Churachandpur, officials from BSF, IRB, DLOs of the district and village chiefs.

About 60 parade contingents participated the programme where the DC Shyam Lal Poonia attended as chief guest and unfurled the tri-coloured Indian flag and took salute of the participating contingent. The programme was followed by performance of various traditional dances from different community and choreography by school students. The celebration was also attended by parade contingent from ASHA workers, ICDS and ADC's sanitary team.

Speaking on the occasion the DC said that it was the sacrifice of the past leaders who gave their lives and blood for the cause of Indian independence. He also thanked various organisation leaders of the district for backing up the activities of district administration.

In a special recognition award that was handed out today, 25 persons from different departments were awarded with DC’s award, in which the award of best DLO was given to H. Doungel, district youth coordinator, NYK Churachandpur and the best bank branch award was given to SBI  Churachandpur branch. Later, a football  match  between  DC  eleven and  SP  eleven  was also held where the SP  eleven team won by scoring of 3-2.

Meanwhile, Independence Day was also celebrated at Henglep sub-division yesterday, led by its SDO Chunglienmang Kipgen. The rare celebration in the sub-division was done in the village ground and it was attended by more than 300 people including chiefs of the areas, village authorities, staff of the SDO, 25 Assam Rifles based in Henglep, school students, villagers and all other department heads and staff.

BIHSNUPUR: Independence Day was organised yesterday by district administration Bishnupur at old mini secretariat complex.

Deputy commissioner Bobby Waikhom attended the occasion as the chief guest. SP, H. Jogeshchandra, adhakshya, Ithoubi Devi along with other high ranking officials also attended the function.

Students of JNV Bishnupur sung the national anthem while Bobby Waikhom hoisted the national flag. He said that India started initiating work for the development of the nation after achieving independence from the British.  

THOUBAL: District administration, Thoubal have also organised Independence Day at Thoubal district mini secretariat complex where the national flag was hosted by deputy commissioner, L. Nabakishore.

Various parades were conducted by DSP (Ops) A.k. Sadananda where the DC received the salutes. Nabakishore spoke about the various developments made in Thoubal district.

Red Shield Division: Units of Red Shield Division celebrated 71st Independence Day with enthusiasm and spirit along with locals.  Khuga Battalion celebrated in border village of Hiangtam Khunou, wherein other villagers from neighbouring border also congregated to take part in the celebration.

A release said, the national flag was unfurled by village chief of Hiangtam Khunou, Kiminthang and national anthem was sung by the soldiers and villagers.  A weapon display and medical health camp was also organised as part of the occasion, followed by an informative lecture on Aadhar Card, PAN Card, and various government schemes.

Meanwhile, Noney Battalion celebrated Indian Independence Day at its headquarters wherein the commandant conveyed his greetings to all ranks and their families and civil populace.

Alongside, Sainik School Imphal celebrated Independence Day in the school campus, where the school principal, captain (IN) Vinay Tiwari unfurled the tri-coloured Indian flag and addressed the cadets. He reminded the cadets about the sacrifices of the freedom fighters and urged the gathering to be resolute and render unconditional service to the nation, it said.

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State observes 71st I-Day admits boycott 

IMPHAL | Aug 16

As in other parts of the country, the 71st Independence Day was celebrated in the State as well. The State level celebration was held at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles ground with chief minister N. Biren Singh as the chief guest.

The observation was held under tight security as different underground outfits have boycotted the Independence Day. Educational institutes, government offices and commercial places wore a deserted look while a few commuters were seen on the road.

Meantime the chief minister hoisted the national tricolour amid playing of national anthem by various band contingents.

Speaking at the occasion, N. Biren observed that people need to march forward together with an objective to achieve progress and development of the State by forgetting all the differences and past mistakes.

He urged all concerned to resolve the issues through talks if they have any dissatisfaction with the initiatives being taken up by the present government.

Celebration of the country’s Independence Day and paying homage to the martyrs and freedom fighters, who gifted freedom to the current generation, would be meaningful and bear fruit only when people concentrate on accomplishing their tasks and objectives with a strong sense of patriotism by forgetting all the differences.

He also appealed to the public to put in collective effort to make Manipur a peaceful and strong State having egalitarian development.

Though Manipur had also achieved many milestones of development being a part of the vast and strong India in the past 70 years, the State still needs to work hard to enhance the State’s economy and improve connectivity infrastructures, communication and conditions of children and women etc., he said.

Mentioning the achievements of the newly formed BJP-led coalition government, the chief minister said that the government had successfully resolved UNC’s economic blockade and the stir of JAC Against Anti-Tribal Bills within a short period of time.

He also said the government has a firm commitment to bring equal development in all parts of the State to regain emotional integrity between hill and valley.

Admitting that the current financial health of the State is not that good, the chief minister informed the gathering that the State government had started taking up necessary measures to maintain financial prudence and improve resource mobilisation.

Effective implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an important step towards this end, he added.

Earlier, he took salute from 43 march-past contingents of BSF, CRPF, Assam Police, civil police, India Reserve Battalion, Manipur Fire Service, Home Guards and VDF personnel, NCC Cadets, Government Department employees and college and school students.

Commandant of 3rd IRB, Thokchom Vikramjit Singh, was the parade commander.

Eleven band platoons of different security forces, Home Guards and Sainik School also took part in the march past.

The chief minister later decorated two police officers with President’s Police Medal for distinguished service and presented Police Medal for meritorious service to 20 personnel.

Recipients of the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service were: A Ghanashyam Sharma, (Dy. SP of Imphal West) and jemadar Bisham Dev Thakur of MPTC, Pangei while the recipients of Police Medal for Meritorious Service were H. Gyaneshwar, (Dy. CO of 7th MR), inspector T Sanatomba Singh (CID SB), inspector Kh. Shashi Kumar Singh (CID SB), inspector O. Jibonchandra Singh (CID Security), inspector Palmei Shantikumar Kabui (CID Security), inspector A.S Masongam Shimray (Senapti), subedar T.S Chamna Anal (8th Bn. Manipur Rifles), inspector Th. Nilamani Singh (Noney district), sub-inspector S. Guni Singh (CID SB), sub-inspector Kh. Debananda (CID SB), jemadar Th. Bharatchandra Singh (1st IRB), assistant sub-inspector N. Dilip Singh (CID SB), assistant sub-inspector O. Achoubi Devi (CID SB), Havildar Y. Manglemjao Singh (MPTC), Havildar Lunkhosei Haokip (2nd MR), Havildar R.K Sarat (2nd MR), Havildar Md. Rahimuddin (2nd MR), head constable L. Khamba Singh (Imphal West), rifleman Mangjathang Haokip (MPTC) and rifleman Kh. Babudhon (MPTC).

The chief minister also presented Police Trophy for community service and Police Trophy for anti-drug campaign for the first time from this year at the function.

The award included a trophy, a cash reward of Rs. 20,000 and a chief minister’s commendation certificate.

Ministers, MLAs, top civil, police and military officers, government employees and general public also took part in the celebration.

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By Sanjoo Thangjam

One day, a Brahman happened to meet the Buddha and he could not believe that the Buddha was a human being. He asked, “Are you a God?

The Buddha said, “NO”

He then asked, “Are you a supernatural being”

The Buddha said, “I AM VERY NATURAL!”

In the end he asked, “Are you an ordinary human being?”

The Buddha said, “NO.”

The confused Brahmin asked, “Then who are you?”

The Buddha answered, “I am the Buddha” (The Awakened one).”

Thought- Systems advanced by religion and by philosophy are not cognizant of the truth

Religious traditions based on faith in an omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent hold that the universe was created by God. Since his mental capacities far exceed those of human beings, the greater part his creation is incomprehensible to them and must be accepted on faith alone, or , in other words, accepted through explanation based on dogmatic teachings.

In India, the Hindu sacred Sankhya philosophy holds that the conscious principle (spirit) and matter (original substance) are two; jointly they partake in the creation of all beings and of the universe and furthermore, give rise to the egos of the great diversity of individuals. Prosperity is a manifestation of matter in evolution, while matter returning to its own beginning is referred to it as involution. In what follows, I wish to briefly discuss the aforementioned two doctrines.

The dogma of one Supreme Being as the source or the creator of the universe defies logic since it does not explain who created the creator. Their argument, when constructed in the manner of a syllogism, reads as follows:

  1. Whoever produces creations is, in turn, a creation produced by another (major premise);
  2. God produces creations ( minor premise);
  3. Therefore, god is a creation produced by another (conclusion).

If the above argument is granted as true or valid, then God can no longer be considered omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. Conversely, when God is posited as not created by another, then the claim that God has created other existents must also be refuted. The Hetuvidya Sastra formulates the argument as follows:

  1. God cannot create that which exists (aim);
  2. Nor can be created by it ( cause);
  3. No aspect of existence can be created by another aspect of existence, and no existing thing can create another (example of sameness).
  4. Space neither creates nor is created by the existent it contains (example of differetiation).

A peach, an existent which has the potential to produce other existents must, itself have been the product of other existents. In light of the above evidence, then, the existence of an omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent God is ruled out both in theory and in reality.

One important school of Indian philosophy explains the world to be the result, or creation, of the Self (Conscious Principle). 

Therefore, self-becoming or self-manifestation is a process producing both the cause and the effect. However, the Self, unlike the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God cannot exist independently of other existents.

Every existent is, in some way, predetermined; and therefore the cycle of birth-and-death cannot be ignored or forgotten or avoided.

Philosophy and metaphysical as practised in the western hemisphere have developed numerous systems aimed at answering fundamental questions about human existence. Western schools of thought can be divided into three main groups, according to the way each of them formulates the problem – namely, Idealism, Materialism, and Dualism.

There is an ongoing scholarly debate among these groups conducted by experts in the field, but population at large appears to reap only meagre benefit from such argument and discussion in terms of getting answers about or help with the problems of existence.

  1. My voice is not a voice of the God

The Buddha belongs to the history of the world’s thought, to the general inheritance of all cultivate men; for, judged by the intellectual integrity, moral earnestness, and spiritual insight, he is undoubtedly the greatest human being but not god who ever lived.

This was not the heavenly voice of a divine power, but a very human voice, which called on men to seek final emancipation through mental purification and enlightenment. Even today, this voice echoes in our ears and reminds us that we can understand the truth revealed by him, if only we exercise our will and our concentration.

The voice of the Buddha is a message of hope, confidence and courage. It tells us that hatred never ceases through hatred but only by loving-kindness. This vibrant voice emanated from a great person, who was once a warrior, a yogi, a mendicant and finally a Buddha

 Prof Max Muller

  1. Why the Buddha kept silence

When metaphysical questions were asked, he often did not reply, not because the Buddha had nothing to say but because he had far too much to say, which would only confuse the questioner.

The riddle-mongers of his day posed questions which were both too narrow and too shallow to answer for gaining wisdom or spiritual development.

3.The Buddha is for everybody

To great philosophers and unbiased thinkers, he is a teacher who understood wordly conditions in their proper perspective.

To moralists, he has the highest code of discipline and he symbolises perfection.

To rationalists, he is the most liberal minded religious teacher who understood vexing human problems.

To free thinkers, he is religious teacher who encouraged people to think freely without depending on religious dogmas.

To agnostics, he is a very intelligent, kind understanding and peace-loving man.– To Hindus, he is an incarnation of their god.

To socialists, he is a social reformer.

To religious devotees, he is a holy man.

  1. The Buddha is not a God

The Buddha had a natural birth: he lived in a normal way. But he was an extraordinary man as far as his enlightenment was concerned.

The Buddha’s supreme enlightenment is more than enough for us to understand his greatness.

There is no need to show his greatness by introducing any miraculous power. Every supernatural power becomes natural when people come to know how it takes.

So, logically concluded there is no God at all.

The writer is a lay Buddhist & a Human Rights Activist for People Who Use Drugs(PUDs)

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00

Salvage college education

The recent controversies over the effort by concern authorities to over admit students in the state’s premier colleges, D.M. College and G.P. College in particular, were unfortunate but all the same they point to a serious malady in college education administration in the state. It may be recalled at D.M. College students opposed a move to admit more students beyond the college’s intake capacity, after the entire admission process was over. At G.P. College, a candidate came with a demi official letter from a legislator requesting the principal for special consideration for the bearer of the letter. These are not surprising given the fact that most other government colleges in the state are languishing if they have not already slipped into a comma, with practically no students to teach. In most of these colleges, on register there are students admitted, but their classrooms remain empty most of the time throughout the year. One of the reasons is, these colleges have ceased to be considered as teaching colleges by students, but as convenient alibis for those among them enrolled in coaching institutes for entrance to professional courses, so that if they do not succeed in their pursuits, they can come back to claim they have not wasted any year, and by hook or crook still manage a B.A. degree at the end of the third year of their leaving school. Exposed in the process is also the fact of how easy it has become to earn a bachelor degree from these colleges.

Another reason is that many students in the reserved categories simply enroll themselves in these colleges not for any interest in studies or attending classes, but to avail of the scholarships the state entitles them. These colleges have little other option than to admit all these categories of “ghost students” as without them they would literally become colleges without students. It is imaginable how frustrating this would be for teachers committed to the profession and a life in academics. It must however be added that there would also be teachers who are happy with their handsome pays packages for no work at all, and the number of this category seems not negligible at all. What is alarming is, things seem to be spiraling downwards with every passing year, and the fates of government colleges, with the exception of the few that can be called the state’s own “Ivy League” institutions, are getting condemned to a moribund and redundant future. The scenario is very much the same as in government schools, but unlike in the latter, here there have been no intervention by private players, in particular Catholic mission educationists of the likes of Little Flower School, to rescue the situation from complete failure by igniting an independent flame of private entrepreneurship in the field.

The fault lies at very many levels, but the corrective measure must first and foremost come from the government. Besides the old and familiar suggestions of tightening its grip on the administration of this sector, though with utmost care not to compromise on the academic autonomy of these institutions, there is another way that government can infuse some life back into the colleges which have fallen into such disrepute so that they are not shun altogether by students with any interest in the pursuit of knowledge in the different fields of studies and the careers these would open up for them. The government could for instance take the cue from the now standardized National Entrance and Eligibility Test, NEET, that the Central government has now resorted to in the highly competitive nationwide selection process for professional courses such as medical studies. The state could also have a common and standardized entrance examination for all students seeking college admission in the state. The best performing students can then be given the first choice to admission in the colleges they desire. The rest can then be spread out to the other colleges, with the better performing ones given the priority in choosing the college they want next. The intake in the “Ivy League” colleges must also be strictly as per prescribed capacity so that their own students do not suffer, but also so that the other colleges too get some quality students. Once this is done, the government must begin strictly monitoring the performances of the colleges, and take remedial measures wherever and whenever any of them are not living up to the responsibility handed to them. This is important, for the fate of the genuine students who are diverted to them must not in the end be made the losers. Hopefully, such a measure, and more such out-of-the-box solutions, will be able to instill life back into the state’s non-performing colleges. And yes, we would also like to remind the government on its pledge to have government employees, including staffs of these institutions, have their children study in government colleges and schools. This would ensure those given the important responsibility of education, have a personal stake in ensuring good performance by these institutions.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00

SANPO appeals

IMPHAL | Aug 16

Saikul Area Naga People’s Organisation (SANPO) has appealed the authority concerned to cancel the tribal electorates from the electoral of Panchayati Raj election.

A release said, some tribal villages which were under the jurisdiction of Autonomous District Council (ADC) have been forcefully included in the forthcoming Panchayati Raj election without their consent. Instead of prohibiting the double electoral entitlement both under ADC and Panchayati Raj, the government has been encouraging the malpractices, it added.

In case of failure to cancel the electorates, SANPO will take up its own course of action in public interest, said the release.

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CNC prayer

TAMENGLONG | Aug 16

Council of Nagalim Churches (CNC) has informed to all the national workers of NSCN to attend one hour prayer from, 11 am August 18 at CHQ Church, under the theme ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit’.  A statement issued by Rev. Seksim Kasar, general secretary (CNC) said that it is by the will of the holy spirit and as desired by the collective leadership, the council of Nagalim churches has declared one hour chain of prayer.

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University of Culture results

IMPHAL | Aug 16

Manipur University of Culture, Palace Compound Imphal have declared the results of B.A 1st semester examinations for Umang Lai-Haraoba, Theatre, Tribal Studies, Thang- Ta, Dance, Sankirtana, Music and Visual Arts. A total of 107 candidates appeared in the 1st semester examinations in which 55 were male and 52, female, said a release signed by H. Rajamani Singh, controller of examinations. 62 candidates passed in the examination making the pass percentage as 57.94 percent, it added. 

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26th Manipuri language day

IMPHAL | Aug 16

26th Manipuri Language Day State Level Celebration Committee has informed that the organisation will celebrate the 26th Manipuri Language day on August 20. The celebration will be held at Iboyaima shumang leela Sanglen, Palace Compound, starting 2 pm on the mentioned date, said a release. All sections of the public are invited to join the celebration, it added.

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