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Workshop on conservation of Sangai

IMPHAL | Aug 19

One-day state level sensitisation cum consultation workshop on conservation of Sangai in Manipur for state legislators, administrators and the media will be organised on August 21 at Classic Grande Hotel, Imphal, said a release.

It further said that the objective of the workshop is to consult the legislators, administrators and media regarding their advice on problems and issues for conservation of Sangai and to identify future strategies and bring synergy in the efforts of various interest groups to facilitate the long term conservation efforts of the Sangai.

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India is at 70. The year also marks the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos

 By Suvendu Chatterjee

Henri Cartier –Bresson’s relationship with India goes back to the early days of the nation. Soon after the founding of Magnum Photos in 1947, Cartier- Bresson, one of the founder members, became its Asia correspondent. He began a journey that lasted for three years throughout the continent and he loved being in India.

He and his Javanese poet-dancer wife, Ratna Mohini, landed in Mumbai just a few months after India’s independence, and made their way to the capital, Delhi.

He visited the country several times and has left a brilliant photography legacy.

This is also a remembrance of Jyotish Chakravarty, who was the only photographer from India was allowed by Bresson to take picture of him. The pictures were taken during Bresson’s last visit in Kolkata.It is perhaps one of the rarely discussed yet magnificent photographs in the history of Indian photography. With very few gates of films at his disposal Jyotish da shot a profile of Bresson with a composition divided into two halves. Bresson’s face is placed against the backdrop of a pillar, which is dark and the rest of the frame lies vacant capturing an open space. The photograph is non intrusive and allows Bresson to retain an intense poise. Bresson’s gesture of allowing Jyotish da to photograph him reminds one of the Biblical statements that a prophet is not accepted in his hometown. Only a foreign prophet of photography could accept the skills of Jyotish da while his hometown never paid due recognition to his talents. Jyotish da had a studio and black and white lab named IMAGE. IMAGE was not only popular for its elegance in Kolkata’s photography world but also popular for evening ‘adda’, where many glitterati’s used to gather including Satyajit Ray, Rwitik Ghatak , the sculptors Sarbari Roy Chowdhury, K S Radhakrishnan.

In fact, I learned photography from Jyotish da, he was my mentor and Henri Cartier- Bresson was introduced to me by Jyotish da as theoretical aspects of photography are concerned. He used to say that if one has to learn photography must read the photographs of Henri Cartier- Bresson. Bresson’s photographs are texts a chronicle of time and space. The following content is the development of the discourse I used to have with Jyotish da.

Women working, a moneychanger on a pavement, Gandhi’s last moments. crowds, workers- all these and more formed the human material in his pictures.

Cartier- Bresson, as ever exemplary even in his sense of timing, was present , photographing Gandhi in his last days.  He ‘unfortunately’ missed the assassination itself, but was present at the funeral. His photo-documentary still stir us those of us really and closely thinks about Indian nationhood. To be an Indian is to be part of a community, which imagines itself into a heterogeneous unity as it views Gandhi’s cremation photograph. The caption speaks of the terrifying uproar from the vast crowds as the flames went up. The camera witnesses the leader’s passage to martyrdom. In the photograph, the natural spotlight is the flame, which burns the centre figure .The photograph undoubtedly mimics an irony of real-life composition, in which a historical illumination that raised Gandhi as a leading figure from the ‘nullity’ of the ground, was ultimately more brilliant that he could sustain alone.

A photograph witnesses…. Roland Barthes argues that the photograph inaugurates a new and unprecedented type of consciousness- an awareness, not of being there, but of the photographic event’s having been there. Looking with Barthes’ perspective, the massive success of Gandhi’s funeral spectacle is proven beyond question by this photograph and its signification- provided we assume that the number of spectators signifies the success of a spectacle.

During the last months of his life Gandhi felt violence drawing nearer to him. Till the end he remained unconcerned about death itself. What troubled him was the prospect of dying a natural death. He viewed partition and the appalling bloodshed on the streets of Delhi and elsewhere as his own failure. On his last birthday he famously replied to a friend. ‘ Send me condolences, not congratulations.’ Gandhi hoped that a final act of sacrifice might deliver India from the hatred and the intolerance he found so unbearable to witness.

Henri Carter- Bresson being a great humanistic photographer felt the agony of Gandhi, which resulted a number of images and the depiction is still relevant in the present political context. 

It is intriguing to see how he jumped right into the heart of Indian politics. Cartier-Bresson went to meet Gandhi in mid January 1948. His photographs captured the Mahatma (Great Soul) taking his first food after a fast in the name of peace, and later controversially visiting a Muslim shrine in Delhi to show sympathy for the Muslim Indians. Then, at 5.17pm on 30 January, just 90 minutes after Cartier-Bresson had last seen Gandhi, the Hindu nationalist Nathuram Godse – who scorned that very sympathy – assassinated him.

The news sent Cartier-Bresson racing back to document the aftermath with his unobtrusive little Leica, which did not require flash. ‘We are bound to arrive as intruders,’ he later wrote. ‘It is essential, therefore, to approach the subject on tiptoe. It is no good jostling and elbowing.’ Later that night, and again without flash, he captured Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru announcing to the world: ‘The great light is extinguished.’ Mandela, King and others would take up Gandhi’s torch around the globe.

Cartier-Bresson also followed the days of mourning, then the funeral we now know so well from Richard Attenborough’s re-staging in his film Gandhi (1982), and the scattering of ashes into the sacred River Ganga at Allahabad. He captured the monumental size of the crowds as successfully as he did the pathos of individual mourners. His images show trees full of people who have clambered up above the crowds for a better view; one documents the almost unbearably intimate moment when Brij Kishen, Gandhi’s secretary, grieves beside the first flames of the pyre.

Some photographs set the Gandhi story within the complex context of the contradictions and turmoil that followed India’s creation as an independent democracy. Images range from the well-known – Jawaharlal Nehru and the Mountbattens standing in front of Government House in Delhi – to quack doctors in back streets. They move from Muslim women praying on a hilltop in war-torn Kashmir to refugees exercising in a camp near Delhi housing 300,000 displaced people. Each remains as fresh today as when it was taken. Many capture society’s extremes with what Cartier-Bresson called the ‘decisive moment’ – a knowing glance between two people, a sari drying in the wind above some cows, a beggar with outstretched hand and pleading eyes, a maharani closing the clasp on her husband’s multi-string pearl necklace. These moments have a timeless and poignant global relevance today.

The technical aspect of photographing India, amidst the acute chaos of those years , with great sensitivity was a challenge for Henri Cartier- Bresson and within that short span of time he became Indophile.

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By: Jajo Themson

Introduction

Almost all the development interventions especially mega projects interweave dimensional devastation of forest and its resources. There is intrinsic relationship between Forest and indigenous people in terms of social & cultural and economic that sustains their survival throughout different stages of their life. Nature produces the grass we use to feed livestock, the food we eat, the water we drink, and also the medicine we need. It inspires our culture, our traditions, our science and almost all walks of life. This is why there has been incessant struggle of indigenous people for conservation of nature, preserving the balance of the ecosystem which has always been the indigenous way of life.

The indigenous tribal peoples living in the Mapithel valley have been surviving in the region through many generations with close affinity with the forest and its resources. Forest is elixir for their life existence in the valley since their forefathers. The inseparable relationship between them and the provision they received from its free gift cannot be compensated with any other means being the forest dependent group.

The construction of Mapithel dam of Thoubal Multipurpose Project inevitably requires portions of land and forest. A total land area of 2,972.28 hectares of different categories covering paddy field, forest, home-stead and grazing grounds which are either completely submerged or adversely affected. Moreover, many forest & land areas which were not identified whether they are under submergence or not, have also been inundated which are not considered as compensatory area. Land & forest at the dam construction site, borrow land area, fruit & non-fruit bearing trees due to left and right flank of road construction as a component of the dam project fall under forest areas being damaged.

The Forest Conservation Act, 1980 (FCA, 1980), regulates the Diversion of forest for non-forest activities which requires prior clearances from the Ministry of Forest & Environment (MoEF). This was enacted to help in conservation of forest and to regulate de-reservation of forest. The FCA, 1980 & Forest Rights (Recognition of Scheduled Tribe & Other Traditional Forest Dwellers on forest) Act, 2006 (FRA, 2006) operate through corresponding rules and guidelines. Section 2 of the FCA, 1980 provides certain guidelines which state Govt. cannot proceed without approval of the Central Govt. in the following activities, De-reservation of reserved forest land, Use of forest land for non-forestry purpose and Assignment of forest land through lease or otherwise to any private person or any agency/corporation/organization which is not owned/managed/controlled by the state govt. clearing of trees that have grown naturally in a forest land or portion of it, for the purpose of using it for re-forestation.

It is mandatory to raise Compensatory Afforestation as an ameliorative measure double to the areas to be diverted/submerged. Catchment Area Treatment (CAT) plan is yet another aspect of forest which ought to be protected for perennial water sustenance of the dam reservoir. Besides this, maintenance of Green Belt around the dam reservoir is an inevitable part too.

Forest in Mapithel dam

According to figure found, out of 1215 hectares of land area under submergence, 48.97% ie, 595 hectares is forest area. And 70 Sq. km out of around 527 sq kms, are dense forest land. As per point II & III of the conditions stipulated in stage-I, in-principle clearance, Compensatory afforestation shall be done double to 595 ha i,e, 1190 hectares. And Catchment Area Treatment (CAT) plan @ 565 sq km. shall be implemented.

Forest diversion @595 hectares cover the forest areas of 14 villages such as, Maphou/Phayang, Louphong, Nongdam (T & K), Chadong, Lamlai Khunou, Ramrei, Riha, Thoyee, Jalenbung, Thoyee Kuki, Shangkai, Shikiphung and Lamlai Chingphei. Moreover, hundreds of hectares of forest destruction caused at construction site, borrow land at Chadong village, fruit & non-fruit bearing tress and deforestation happened due to Left & Right flank road construction as component of Mapithel dam.

Compensatory Afforestation (CA)

As per the conditions stipulated in the FCA, 1980, Compensatory afforestation ought to be carried out double to 595 ha i,e, 1190ha as mandatory in case of Mapithel dam. Reforestation was primarily targeted to take up at Chadong, Ramrei and Riha villages in 1993 however as per the latest information received as on 8th February 2016, 7 villages of Ukhrul district such as Mongkot Chepu-200ha, 2. Chepu Yaolen-200ha, 3. Somdal-100ha, 4. Ramva-100ha, 5. T.M Kasom-100ha, 6. Talloi-190ha and 7. Tungou-300ha have been selected for raising forest for Mapithel dam (CA).

Catchment Area Treatment (CAT) plan

Before analyzing the subsequent chapters, it will be good to know something about “What is catchment area and how are they treated” Generally, the river tributaries, brooks, streams, springs, forest trees and hills from where water flows in to certain location which sustains through them, is simply known as catchment area. Therefore, the hills, forest and tributaries, big or small, belonging to 43 villages of Ukhrul district in the Mapithel dam project upstream through which water flows into Yangwui kong/Thoubal River are the catchment areas of the project.

CAT plan of Mapithel dam project is categorized into Critical area and not critical. Critical areas constitutes 55 sq km of forest belonging to 10 villages such as, Maphou – Lamlai Monbung @ 18.70, Lamlai Khullen @4.31,  Bungpi-Shangkai @5.03, Litan @3.95, Ringui @3.59, Lamlang Gate @4.31, Pharung-Shimdang @2.88, Ukhrul-Shimtang @ 3.59, Hungdung @6.47 and Teinem-Phadang @2.17 are identified as critical area. Critical area simply meant the portions where priority need to be given as the identified area have lost almost 3/4th of the top soil depth due to severe erosion observed by the expert, otherwise reservation will be the same.

The proposed CAT plan for Mapithel dam @ 565 sq.km covers the forest land areas of 43 villages of Ukhrul district.  The following is the list of 43 villages of Ukhrul district comprising of 7223 households which are identified for CAT plan implementation as per the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environment Management Plan (EMP) prepared by the IFCD, Govt. of Manipur in 2006:- Tallui, Somdal, Phadang, Ngaimu(as written), Tuinem, Ukhrul, Seikhor, Shimtang, Hundung-Upper & lower, Langdang, Choithar, Lamlang, T. Chahong, Tushar, Tungou, Lambui, Shokvao, Yaolen Chepu, Lamlai Chingphei, TM. Kasom, Litan, Mongkot Chepu, Shangkai, Khangkhui khullen, Khangkhui khunou, Nungshong Khullen, Nungshong Khunou, Nungshang Chingthak, Shangching, Nungshang Chingkha, Jalenbung, Lamlai Khullen, Lamlai khunou, Chadong, Shikibung, Thawai Tangkhul, Riha Loutei, Thawai Kuki, Louphong, Lamlai Monbung, Loutei Kuki, Nongdam Tangkhul and Nongdam Kuki.

Importance of CAT plan implementation

It is the catchment areas protection that substantiates sustenance of dam water reservoir. It is an undeniable factor that Soil erosion, mud & land sliding leading to regular siltation causing speedy shallow up of the water reservoir within few year’s time and subsequent dysfunction of dams.  As per the EIA report of the IFCD, Manipur, prepared by the Hydro-Bio-Tech Design Engineers in 2006, there has been side by side of forest areas being suffered critical damage due to several reasons where soil erosion has attained serious proportion. 100 years target life span of the Singda dam is now limits to maximum 30-35 years which runs 25 years today. Even in case of Mapithel dam, no action steps have been taken up under CAT plan according to the Forest Department till February 2016.

Negative impacts on tribal land owners

While the project proponent is trying to utilize the forest land on reforestation and catchment area treatment plan as the pivotal roles, implementation of the same will be giving exceptionally severe impacts upon the tribal customary forest land ownership. The rights of affecting land owners will be denied as the re-forested area under Compensatory Afforestation shall be notified as reserved /protected forest by the state Govt. within 6 months according to the official notice of B.K Singh Sr. Assistant General Inspector of Forest to the Principal Secretary (Forest), Forest Department, Govt. of Manipur, dated 11th January 2010. The plan of forest protection under CAT has a big challenge to the existing customary laws of the Tangkhul Naga tribe. They have their own set up laws of traditional land holding which are being infringed due to Mapithel dam construction. Diversions of forest and protections under different rules and regulations for the dam construction shatters the intrinsic relationship between the indigenous tribal communities and the forest which gives direct threats on survival of the people in the region.

Soon as CAT plan is implemented, it will be protected as good as reserved forest. It is compulsory that Rules and relevant forest protection Acts to be imposed in the reserved/protected forest area. Different regulations such as, fire protection measures (Chapter-II of Manipur Forest Rules 1971), restriction of hunting and shooting in the reserved forest(Chapter-III), pasturing of cattle in the reserved forest areas (Chapter-IV), Reserving trees in the protected forest(V), Cutting of trees, cultivation etc. in the protected forest(Chapter-VI), Transit of forest produce (Chapter-VII), Drift and standard timber (Chapter-VIII), Powers and duties of Forest Officers and Revenue Officer (Chapter-IX), Preservation of wild life in reserved forest (Chapter-XI), Eviction (Chapter-XII), Rules for the establishment and control of forest villages (Chapter-XIII) and penalties and rewards (Chapter-XIV) will be automatically imposed. Otherwise, the purpose of the dam may be hopeless. And in return, this literally leads to marginalization to the forest land owners.

Mandatory clearances

As per the conditions contained in Section 2 of the FCA, 1980, obtaining Forest & Environment Clearances from the concerned Ministries are mandatory. As per the set up rules, the User Agency/the project proponent is required to seek permission from the Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) at different levels. If the required forest diversion area is below 40 hectares, the User agency shall take permission from the MoEF, Regional Office, Shillong. And if the proposed forest diversion area exceeds 40 hectares, the necessary Forest & Environment clearances to be taken from the Central MoEF, Delhi. The FCA, 1980 requires certain procedures which are enshrined in the FCA for obtaining approval or clearances for a project needing forest diversion. FCA basically requires seeking approval from the Central Ministry for use of forest for non-forestry purposes which is referred to as Forest Clearance. The Forest & Environment Clearances should be accorded at two stages viz, Stage-I in-principle clearance to the proposed forest diversion subject to fulfillment of certain conditions and the stage-II will be the final which involved compliance of necessary procedures as per the FCA, 1980, FPA, 1989 and FRA, 2006 provide.

Litigations

The project proponent, IFCD Govt. of Manipur has been constructing the Mapithel dam project over 3 decades without obtaining Forest and Environment Clearances. Violations of Forest acts and Environmental laws were confirmed only when the affected villagers filed a case before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Principal Bench, Delhi in August 2013.

Construction of the project was halted by the NGT court in its Order dated 12th November 2013 &20th of November 2013 for violation of Forest & Environment acts, stating that, the project be maintained its Status Quo till 23rd January 2014 for necessary compliance of rules as per the acts. The said court issued the Interim orders based on the recommendations of the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), a nodal Ministry regarding R&R and other related matters in November 2013. However, the 33 years old issue of mandatory clearances was resolved with a stroke of pen as the Union MoEF granted the Stage-II final Forest & Environment Clearances on 31st December 2013 and subsequent Clearance order of the NGT on 15:01:2014.

This is an undeniable fact to confirm that the Mapithel dam of Thoubal Multipurpose project involves flagrant violations on the aspect of forest diversion, land acquisition for protection of Catchment Area Treatment (CAT). There has been no knowledge and approval of the Hill Areas Committee (HAC) which violates the Article 371-C of the Indian Constitution. Necessary process of taking proper FPIC of the affected forest land owners shall not be undermined.

Lastly, it is a compelling circumstance that the concerned project Authority takes up rectification measures and resolves the protracted imbroglio in Mapithel forest perspective in the line of legal framework before commissioning the project. Absence of this will give drastic impacts upon the affected tribal forest land owners of Mapithel dam in particular and tribal communities in general. Moreover, the same can be construed as snatching away the customary rights by force which will be a serious violation of forest and environmental laws. Moreover, it defeats the letter and spirit of FCA, 1980 and FRA, 2006 and will repeat the historic injustice done to the forest dwellers in India.

(The writer is a social activist. He may be contacted at thmsontezonge@gmail.com )

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By Garga Chatterjee

The Bihar state of the Indian Union has just witnessed the most serious post-election reversal of its people’s electoral will. In it’s last assembly elections, the citizens of Bihar had delivered a direct reversal of the electoral mandate of Lok Sabha 2014 that had enabled the BJP to do a near sweep of Bihar’s Lok Sabha seats. It is quite likely that this was no reversal at all. It was the 2014 Lok Sabha results that were a fluke of sorts, the results of a forward caste centric formation winning when the backward groups are divided. In fact, in 2014, the RJD and JD(U) fighting separately, won many more votes than the BJP even at the height of the “Modi wave” if the RJD and JD(U) votes were tallied together.

This assembly was elected through a direct fight between the lower caste centric anti-communal forces of the RJD-JD(U) led combine versus the upper caste centric communal forces led by the BJP.  The shameful somersault by Nitish Kumar of JD(U) and the speed with which BJP extended support to Nitish Kumar after his resignation drama shows how well planned this charade was. That this is some kind of posturing against “corruption” is laughable. Most ministers of the JD(U)-BJP government that Nitish Kumar has been able to cobble together have pending cases against them. There will be no “inner voice” now. That the BJP engineered a reversal of such a massive mandate against them should send alarm bells throughout the system and to other nations who might have harbour certain convenient illusions of democracy in the Indian Union under the BJP.

During the assembly election campaign in Bihar, Union Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised a huge “Bihar package”. One would assume that this is some sort of a real decision and not some blackmail on the citizens of Bihar through which votes are sought after in lieu of “Central” cash. And when people didn’t vote the way BJP wanted, this “Central” cash vanished.  Not a single upper caste Hindi speaking BJP loud mouth ever talked about those thousands of crores any more.  And even such pronouncements of money for Hindi states are a shame. Whose money is this? It is the money collected from non-Hindi states as revenue. Most of it.  And why must such packages happen? Is the role of the Union government to make non Hindi states pay money for the privilege of being part of the Union. And what privilege? To subsidize other people when people of your own state are still poor and your language and identity is being daily marginalized by Delhi forces that are directly paid for by you!  The carrot like dangling of Bihar special package was obscene. I am glad that Narendra Modi didn’t keep his promise, for that is mostly money Bihar never produced.  Such “special packages” are infrequent things. The transfer of  money,  assets, resources, and jobs from non-Hindi states to Hindi states and the enpeopling of non-Hindi states by Hindi people from Hindi states – this is a daily crime that does not cease. But we were talking about Bihar.

BJP showed in Bihar and then in Gujarat and then in Karnataka, how they plan to abuse the powers of the governor and that of central police/military/investigation/intelligence agencies to directly destroy politics in opposition parties and even in opposition ruled states. That is an emergency situation and the world must take notice because we are talking about a Union government that has centralized so much power that structurally, this sort of criminal goondaism underwritten by ideologies of hate and loot, needs to be taken notice of by humanity because this organism rules over nearly a sixth of humanity. It is everybody’s problem. If White people’s micro problems deserve “global” attention, this one does too. Nitish Kumar resigned from the Chief Minister’s post. What should the governor have done? Called the largest party. That is RJD. Or call the largest pre poll opposition, which was RJD-JD(U)-Congress, which does still exist as RJD-Congress.  The governor used his discretion to carry out BJP’s masterplan. Nitish Kumar was called again. This time with BJP support. This well orchestrated drama was a shame and the Governor of Bihar is a party to it. This is a very dangerous moment. Post 1977, after the rise of State based pro-federalism forces, in non-AFSPA states of the Indian Union, the fully dictatorial discretionary powers of an unelected Delhi agent like the Governor had reduced. Now that discretionary powers beast is on a rebound mode. BJP is reconquering territory that Congress had lost for Delhi – its dictatorial powers over the actual representatives of any State.

In Gujarat, BJP has been trying to simply eat up the elected opposition legislators to the Gujarat state assembly by various threats and enticements, commonly both. The Congress needed to physically fly them out and that shows the nature of democratic political space that exists in Gujarat.  Clearly, the nature is quite horrendous. And it’s a gang from here that at present rules over the rest via their capture of the Union government’s key posts. The Congress kept the Gujarat Congress MLAs in Karnataka at the resort of a Karnataka Congress leader. And now Union government has launched financial crime related investigations on the Karnataka Congress leader’s businesses and property. Whether he is Mr.Clean or not is immaterial. One has to see how agencies are being used to destroy opposition. This is the Indian state coming into it’s real own with a Hindi-Hindu core. They know they have ascended the throne and the system allows them to rule indefinitely even as they progressively tighten the grip on all hues of opposition, especially the non-Hindi and the non-Hindu. But there are differences. In Tamil Nadu or West Bengal, BJP couldn’t have done what they did in Bihar or Karnataka. People would take to the streets against this usurper controlled from outside. Its not as if BJP doesn’t try – they have the present ruling party AIADMK on its knees and eating from its hand in Tamil Nadu.  In West Bengal, it has unleashed all the powers that Delhi could manage to destroy the society of West Bengal and its political representation.  They have failed. CBI or Enforcement Directorate couldn’t deliver. West Bengal is not a walk over. It shall flight.

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Film Forum supports

IMPHAL | Aug 19

Film Forum Manipur will support the protest campaign to safeguard the identity of indigenous people. A release said the Film Forum Manipur will take part in the agitation carried out by the people as it is our duty to safeguard indigenous people.

It further said that suggestions given by the people for the development of films are welcomed.

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Ima Chenghi foundation day

IMPHAL | Aug 19

M/s Holistic Enterprise, Sangaiprou observed the 2nd Foundation Day of the Ima Chenghi today at Sangaiprou Mamang Community Hall. The observation was attended by MLA, Ak. Mirabai as chief guest, CSIR, principal scientist, Huidrom Birkumar Singh as president and film actor, L. Tonthoi Devi as guest of honour.

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Rising Star Award 2017

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UKHRUL | Aug 19

Ukhrul District Passenger Service Association (UDPSA) felicitated four students with ‘Rising Star Award 2017’ at the community cafe, Viewland, Ukhrul.

UDPSA in a simple function presented the four students with a citation and a free taxi card, valid for three years within Ukhrul town. The four students were chosen for their excellence performance in the recent examination conducted by BOSEM.

President of UDPSA Khayui Raleng informed that the holders or award nominees of the taxi card are free to travel in more than 500 taxis registered under the association, plying in Ukhrul town. He also added that the project will be a yearly event to encourage the students in their studies.

The Rising Star recipients were Shaingamla Wungkhai, Rinsemla Luiyainao Shimray, Lema Kashung and Sochui Angkang Shimray. Former presidents of the association, Ashok Mung, Asui Kharing and Phungton Shaiza gave away the citation and taxi free card to the recipients.

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Workshop on Ccpur Vision 2022 held

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CHURACHANDPUR | Aug 19

A one day consultative workshop for shareholders on Churachandpur Vision 2022 and Manipur Vision 2032 was held today at DTC hall, near DC office, Churachandpur district, along with discussions on work plan to improve and sustain general hygiene and cleanliness in the district.

The programme was attended by minister of Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, V. Hangkhanlian as chief guest along with deputy commissioner Shyam Lal Poonia, ADCCs with its chairman Khaipao Haokip, various village authorities, Police department led by the SP Rakesh Balwal IPS and Forest department led by its DFO.

During the programme, all the speakers emphasised on the aspects of importance of forest and the dos and don'ts for its conservation.

Hangkhanlian said that the vision of the district included medical college and a Manipur University's campus in Churachandpur, apart from the facilities of pure drinking water and proper means of communications. The minister also lauded the district administration for the state’s Swatch Bharat Awards which the district of Churachandpur got after securing first among all the districts of Manipur.

Former chairman of ADCC, Langkhanpau  Guite  said that slow in the progress of cleanliness is due to lack of civic sense, which is much needed to be sensitised.

Apart from improvement in general hygiene and cleanliness, the workshop also focussed on education and crimes in the district.

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Consultative seminar on gender equality

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KANGPOKPI | Aug 19

A one-day consultative seminar was organised under the aegis of Women Affairs, Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) on the theme ‘Is there Gender Equality in our Society?’

The seminar was inaugurated by S. Prim Vaiphei and moderated by chairperson of the women affairs, Tara Manchin Hangzo.

The participants took part actively in the four-hour long deliberation which begin at 11 am, and culminated at 3 pm in the afternoon.

Vijaylakshmi Brar presented a paper on ‘Domestic violence prevalent in our Society - Are we doing something about it?’ while Nandini Thokchom led the discussion on the topic ‘Decision Making Process and Mechanism in Society’.

Immanuel Z. Varte spoke on ‘Tribal Customary Laws - Is it favourable to women?’ while Benjamin Shakum presented a paper on ‘Church Domain - Role of men and women in the Church’.

Furthermore, speeches on gender equality and suggestions were delivered by Sitara Begum, All Manipur Muslim Women, Rose Mangshi, KWU, Ngaineikim, KWHR and JL. Sawmi, HWA.

The resource persons and experts also enlightened the participants on the issue of gender awareness and sensitisation. They also emphasised on the issue of gender bias which starts from home and educational institutions.

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World Honey Bee day observed at Ukhrul

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UKHRUL | Aug 19

As observed in the rest of the world, Ukhrul observed “World Honey Bee Day" at Oasis Hotel, Ukhrul. The program was organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Ukhrul and deputy commissioner of Ukhrul Harmit Singh Pahuja attended the occasion as the chief guest.

Addressing the gathering Harmit Singh stressed the importance of promoting honey bee rearing among the farmers of Ukhrul district. He also stressed the need to formulate a policy to provide a scheme for the bee rearing community.

Harmit Singh added that honey bee rearing is a sustainable income generating mode for the farmers of the district which may improve socio economic development for the farmers of the district.

Solei Luiram while welcoming the congregation emphasise on the subject matter and briefed the importance of honey bee rearing to improve good yielding thereby generating more income to the farmers.

Y Ramakrishna, seniorscientist and Head of KVK Ukhrul stated that the bee rearing is less laborious job where from one bee hive box one can harvest about 6-10 kg of honey. He further stated that a honey processing unit has been established by ICAR , Manipur Centre for the farmers of Ukhrul at a premium price.

Furthermore DDM from NABARD Premjoy mentioned about the role of NABARD towards the establishment of platform for linkage between farmers and banks. Ngaranpam, district horticulture development officer, Ukhrul also shared their experience in regards to the bee rearing.

The awareness program was attended by hundred farmers from different villages beside official from agriculture department and IFAD.

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