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All-season football Astroturf fields in pipeline

IMPHAL | Oct 10

The state government will announce special scheme for the differently-abled persons and widows within this month, informed chief minister, N. Biren during a press briefing after his monthly interaction with hill people held today.

However, the scheme would be implemented with effect from this year’s international day of disabled persons i.e. December 3, he added.

 Around 500 people including civil voluntary organisation leaders, village authority executives and village chiefs of hill areas brought 191 complaints to the notice of chief minister on the 6th hill leaders’ day today.

The chief minister interacted with this huge number of visitors from 9 am to 1 pm.

Biren Singh said apart from several individual matters, problems like absence of government officials and poor infrastructure in hill areas were mainly brought to his notice.

Stating that many people, who came pleaded him to help them in the construction of their houses, N. Biren said that the entitled benefits of different schemes are seemingly not reaching the targeted population.

As such, he had convened a review meeting of PMAY scheme, he informed. N. Biren further said that he had directed the authority concerned to serve explanation call to the officials who do not attend office regularly.

Regarding infrastructure requirements which could not be reflected in the last State budget, he contended that he had instructed the DCs concerned to send a proposal each to the State planning department.

Meanwhile, attending the closing ceremony of Manipur Police Quasquicentennial Football Cup 2017 held at 2nd MR Ground, Imphal today, N. Biren said that the State government would develop 2-3 playgrounds by laying astro turf (artificial turf) in the State soon so that the players could play football all around the year.

The tournament was organised by Manipur police department in connection with the 125th anniversary of Manipur Police.

 Speaking as chief guest of the function, chief minister lamented that if Guwahati can host the World Cup match then why Manipur was not given an opportunity to host even a single match of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017.

Hailing the Indian Football Team for their wonderful performance in the ongoing U-17 World Cup, Shri N. Biren Singh said that apart from some technical know-how on how to play in crucial moments and more maturely, the overall performance of the Team is good. He further stated that tiny State, Manipur, has a lot of potential in terms of promoting football as many players are representing the country at various international tournaments.

Further he continued that unlike the past now people feel the sense of security when they see police in streets and realize that police are the saviour of the people. Stating that Manipur police is performing their duties with discipline, he stressed that various initiatives being taken up by the department are people oriented and certain initiatives like community policing etc. have successfully implemented and maintained a good and cohesive relationship with the people.

Chief Minister urged the different Sports Associations of the State to step forward and co-ordinate with the State Government so that we could mould good and potential players in the State.

 Addressing his presidential speech, minister for youth affairs and sports, Letpao Haokip said that it is very delightful and heartening to see that 8 players from the State are representing the country at the U-17 FIFA World Cup 2017.

Minister further stated that it is the responsibility of the police personnel to make people aware that police are there to protect people from harm and help at bad times.

The final match was played between the Imphal East District Police and Thoubal Kakching District Police team.

 Minister for PHED, Losii Dikho, chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board, L. Radhakishore Singh, parliamentary secretary (Planning) Khasim Vashum, parliamentary secretary (Home) L. Sushindro Meitei, DGP L.M. Khaute and top police officials attended the function.

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Chinese visitors without PAP held, now released

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Oct 10

The Chief Judicial Magistrate first class Imphal West-I who is the in-charge of Chief Judicial Magistrate Imphal West today released two Chinese nationals who have been detained by the police for not possessing Protected Area Permit (PAP) under 14 Foreigners Act.

The two Chinese Nationals were identified as He Xiong (32) son of He Yu Shen of Xinshao County Hunam Province China and Liu Xhixin (37) son of Liu Hui Liang of Shekou Nanshan Areas Shen Guangdong Province China.

They were produced before the Magistrate by the Singjamei police and were released after they were imposed with a fine of Rs. 10,000 each.

The Chinese nationals were detained by a team of CISF from Indigo counter at the Imphal Airport on October 7 afternoon after they were found not possessing the PAP. They were supposed to go to Kolkata by an Indigo flight.

The CISF team later handed over the detained Chinese nationals to Singjamei police station and an FIR was lodged against them under 14 Foreigner Act.

The two Chinese nationals were produced before the duty Magistrate Imphal West on October 8 and remanded both to police custody for a period of three days.

As per investigation they revealed that they were travellers and working in Chinese company located in China and came to Manipur on October 3 and stayed at Hotel Classic till October 7 without any valid PAP but possessed valid passports and visa.

They reportedly disclosed that they were not aware about the PAP issued by the ministry of home affairs, foreigners division. It may be mentioned that it is mandatory for those foreign nationals/citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan to get permit under PAP before visiting to the states of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland.

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IMPHAL | Oct 10

A two-day symposium on “Emerging and Re-emerging plant diseases in North East India: Challenges and Strategies” of Indian Phytopathological Society (NEZ) was held today at ICAR, NER, Lamphelpat.

Organised by India Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) North Eastern Region, scientists, researchers, farmers and students even from outside NE Region from over the state took part in the seminar.

Deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar Singh, attended the function as chief guest. Addressing the gathering he said that plants are also prone to diseases like any human beings but best agricultural technique is to use organic method. He said use of chemically treated means to enhance agricultural products is not healthy and create lots of health hazards.

He said scientists and farmers need to come together and search for a long term solution to control pests and other plant diseases hampering the productivity in NER. “As most of the NE states are still dependant in agricultural and allied activities, such issue should be addressed properly”, he added.

He pointed out that many farmers of the state are looking for high yielding variety (HYV) crops ignoring the indigenous varieties of plants. The deputy CM urged that experts should try to produce more hybrids of indigenous kind that have high yielding properties and also considering health hazards.

Vice chancellor of Central Agricultural University (CAU), M. Premjit Singh who presided over the function said that climate change affects plants of North eastern region in many ways. So he suggested that crop rotation in large scale should be introduced to control pests and other plant diseases.

During the function, deputy chief minister distributed certificates to the trainees who have successfully concluded one month training on Gardeners Training Programme conducted at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Churachandpur from 11th September -10th October this year. Agricultural inputs were also distributed in the inaugural session.

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IMPHAL | Oct 10

Development commissioner (Handicraft), Manipur Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation limited in association with Council of Handicraft Development Associations (COHANDS) organised an awareness programme today at the auditorium of Manipur Film Development Society.

The awareness programme was held under the theme “Calling weavers and Artisans” as a part of the Hastkala Sahyog Shivir camp to provide information about the several beneficial schemes introduced by the government for the handloom artisans and weavers.

On the occasion, Lok Sabha MP, Meinya said the programme was organised as a part of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s initiative to provide benefits to handloom artisans and weavers of the country in regards to the 100th birth anniversary of pundit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.

The prime ministers have introduced Mudra Loans for the benefits of artisans as well as provided new equipment to weavers to increase the products. Yarn pass books have been provided to female weavers, allowing them to purchase yarn and threads at 10 percent discount.

He further said the awareness programme was also held today at other places like Imphal east, Keirao Bitra, Haorang Sabal and Machi, Chandel. Besides the mentioned areas, the programme will be held at Imphal West, Bishnupur, Chandel, Senapati, Tamenglong and Thoubal, he added.

Sanjeevkumar expressed the awareness programme held today is an important event organised with the participation of artisans and weavers hailing from several assembly constituencies under Imphal east. He said the benefits of Mudra Loan will be informed in the programme. If benefits provided by the loan can be utilised, then it will bring progress in the field of handloom and handicrafts, he added.

An MoU will be signed between the office of DDC handicraft and Life Insurance Corporation of India for the benefits of female handloom weavers. Insurance benefits have been already provided to the families of female weavers who had passed away and during unfortunate events, he added.

The forms for national awards are now made available for female weavers and artisans. Handloom weavers and artisans must try to get these awards, he said.

The programme was also attended by bank officials, LIC officials, and members of GST Seva Kendra. Pehcan card issued by the ministry was handed out to weavers.

The programme was attended by member of the Lok Sabha, Dr. Th. Meinya as chief guest, deputy chairman, Manipur Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited and Manipur state planning board, S. Rajen as president, MLA, Keirao assembly constituency, L. Rameshwor, MLA, Yaiskul assembly constituency, Th. Satyabrata and assistant director (MSEC), M. Sanjeevkumar as guests of honour.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

Tml reels under total blackout

From Our Correspondent 

TAMENGLONG | Oct 10

Total blackout in Tamenglong has severely affected the normal life of the people of Tamenglong for the last one week.

Lacks of power supply and fuel for generator have stopped the works of all the local dailies in Tamenglong today. Moreover, the telecommunication service providers could not function properly, particularly BSNL broadband service, which is almost defunct now. Consequently, all official works have been halted and the academic routine of students has been disturbed.

Meanwhile, the Zeliangrong Baudi, Tamenglong zone in a press statement strongly denounced the negligence of electricity department of Tamenglong.

The statement issued by the chairman of Zeliangrong Baudi, Tamenglong zone has appealed the department concerned for immediate supply power and stated that further delay compel to call a strike.

District Concerned Development Association (DCDA), Tamenglong also urged the authority concerned to make 132/33 KV Jiri to Rengpang functional at the earliest.

The deputy commissioner of Tamenglong, Armstrong Pame lamented about the current unfortunate situation occurred despite of the department efforts. He said that until and unless power substation is installed at district headquarters, the issue of electricity will be continued. He further urged the people to bear the inconveniences.

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IMPHAL | Oct 10

Our future will be doomed without the welfare of our children because they are the happiness and strength of the society and of home, as well as of the future of the country, said Nemcha Kipgen.

The social welfare minister was speaking at the one-day regional consultation on ‘Child Rights – Gaps & Challenges in North Eastern States’ held today at Classic Grande with focus on Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 and The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 2016.

Delegates from the eight states of Northeast India, participants from various departments of Manipur government, Civil bodies, NGOs were also part of this consultation.

 “Child Rights – Gaps and Challenges in North Eastern States of India’ is indeed a very relevant topic at present” continued Nemcha Kipgen while delivering her presidential speech. 

She drew the attention of the gatherings to pledge for the protection of our children today as without the welfare of the children, there will be no future for the society at large.

Further she opined that every child has the right to information, the right to express his or her views and has the right to be involved in decision making affecting him or her. She urged all the parents and concerned people that children have the right to participate in the family, in schools, at child welfare institutions, orphanages, in the community and at national and international levels, as their active participation in the society has a profound impact on all.

Addressing the gatherings, acting Chief Justice N. Kotiswar said that the law relating to children are evolving slowly and gradually and is taking shape in which various organisations and stakeholder are involved. Various areas and development are taking place related to this. Quoting the poem – ‘On the Seashore’ by the great poet Rabindranath Tagore, he drew the attention of all present to preserve the innocence of the children at all cost. It is the sole purpose of all the stakeholders to retain their innocence, he added.

“Members of the Juvenile Justice Board (JJBs) and CWCs need to acquaint themselves with the evolving and developing role relating to child and should developed child friendly nature to work for the welfare of them,” he asserted. He also appealed for co-concerted efforts to various institutions working for the welfare of the children as far as it is related with the issues of the children.

Chairperson, NCPCR, Stuti Kacker lauded Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh for his distinctive knowledge of the problem where children are targeted and expressed that children of Manipur are in safe hands under the dynamic leader like him.

The consultation program which was organised by Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights and sponsored by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights with technical support from Social Welfare Department, Government of Manipur will be followed by a technical session.

The inaugural session of the consultation was attended by acting chief justice of Manipur High Court, N. Kotiswar Singh, social welfare and co-operation minister, Nemcha Kipgen, chairperson, national commission for protection of child rights (NCPCR), Stuti Kacker, Member, NSPCR, Yashwant Jain, chairperson, (MCPCR), Sumatibala Ningthoujam, commissioner of social welfare, government of Manipur, H. Deleep Singh, as chief guest, president and guests of honour, respectively.

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IMPHAL | Oct 10

Revenue and CAF&PD minister, Karam Shyam Singh today said that there will be no development and accountability if there is no transparency in a state or society. He was making this statement at the closing function of Right to Information (RTI) week celebration at Lamyanba Shanglen, Kunung Lampak.

Shyam said that RTI is playing a big role in democratic India and appreciated RTI activists for their efforts to bring transparency and accountability in the governance in the state. He also said that there will be no need of RTI if there is good governance and transparency between the government and the governed.

He advised the activists and people to use the Act sensibly as there have been many cases in the past of misusing this particular Act.

RTI Act got enforced in the country in 2005 and in the state the Act was enforced on September 12, 2006. The Act is “to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens and replaces the erstwhile Freedom of information Act, 2002.”

The week-long celebration started from October 5, inaugurated by minister, Thongam Biswajit Singh at Manipur Press Club. During this week, awareness was given on how the Act is useful and how to use it in a correct way and so on. 

In connection to the observance of this week, a quiz competition was held at LMS Law College on October 8 and was participated by students and RTI activists. The winners were awarded today at the closing function by the dignitaries.

The function was also attended by chairman of Manipur Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. and Manipur Electronics Development Corporation Ltd., Radheshyam Yumnam as guest of honour and state chief commissioner, Th. Ibobi Singh presided over the function.

The event was organised by Manipur Information Commission and sponsored by department of personnel and training, ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions.

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IMPHAL | Oct 10

In order to ensure smooth counting of votes of the 5th General Panchayat Election, in respect of Imphal East district, which is scheduled tomorrow at the counting halls of Imphal West DC complex at Lamphelpat, various security arrangements has been implemented in and around the office complex with effect from 2 pm of today.

As per order of Imphal West DEO, only the southern gate (main gate) of the office will be used for entry and exit of the selected categories of officers/officials/candidates, their election agents and counting agents while all the other gated will be closed.

It said that the entry of the counting agents will be regulated as to ensure that there will be only one counting agent per counting table of the concerned counting hall with one more agent for RO table to attend the counting of Postal ballot paper for each contesting candidate inside the office complex at any point of time.

All the vehicles belonging to the contesting candidates and their election agents can park their vehicles inside the office complex of the Excise department, Manipur at Lamphelpat, it added.

Further it said that all the on-going vehicles from the parking areas can move out only through the RIMS Ring road either toward RIMS and then take Uripok Road Khumanthem Leikai Leirak to reach Uripok Road or N.G. College by-lane.

All the counting agents of each of the contesting candidates will be made to wait at the Laishram Khullen Leikai community hall until they are called for by the SDO/RO concerned, it added.                 

Meanwhile office of the Returning officer/SDO, Porompat, Imphal East has notified to all candidates/election agents of all candidates for the members, Pradhans and Zilla Parishads under seven Zilla Parishad constituencies of Imphal East that the counting of the polled votes in connection with 5 General Panchayat Election, 2017 has been fixed tomorrow at counting hall-1, Gymnasium hall of Porompat DC complex, Imphal East from 8 am onwards.

A release said that the seven Zilla Parishad constituencies are Kotha Khabam, Laipham Khunou, Kairang Khomidok, Top Naoria, Kshetrigao, Bashikhong and Uchekon Nongchup.

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By Amar Yumnam

IMPHAL | Oct 10

Richard Thaler has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics. Before we come to his main ideas, let us note a few things about him as a person: He was born in New Jersey in 1945; he is strongly influenced by Daniel Kahneman, Herbert Simon and Robert Lucas Jr – all Nobel Prize Winners in Economics; he works at the University of Chicago.

Economists in Chicago University and the Nobel Prize in the subject are almost like synonymous. In fact, we have lost count of the Nobel Prize winning Economists at the University of Chicago; he is at the same school where our own Raghuram Rajan also works; unlike in India, schools are also used to mean Departments or groups of Departments in colleges and Universities in the Unites States of America; and his most read works are Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (co-authored with Cass Sunstein.in 2008, and (ii) Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics (2015).

Economics as a subject today is endeavouring hard to reconstruct herself to be more alive to the contextual realities of the society. In this effort, learning and incorporating from other subjects to understand more about people and society is a robust endeavour. 

In this Economics is regaining its earlier strong relationship with Psychology. Richard Thaler is a researcher in this area and is considered to be the founder of Behavioural Economics. Economics has been under the spell of Rationality Assumption (Utility Maximisation) under which we assume that everybody works to enhance his own benefits under all circumstances, and without absorbing any lessons from the experiences and any impact from the surrounding milieu.

This Thaler says is wrong. In his 2016 Presidential Address to the American Economic Association on Behavioural Economics: Past, Present and Future, he writes: “..the methodology of Behavioural economics returns economic thinking to the way it began, with Adam Smith, and continued through the time of Irving Fisher and John Maynard Keynes in the 1930s.

In spite of this early tradition within the field, the behavioural approach to economics met with considerable resistance within the profession until relatively recently. ….. [T]he idealized model of Homo economicus even in the face of apparently contradictory evidence.

I argue that such arguments have been refuted, both theoretically and empirically, including in the realm where we might expect rationality to abound: the financial markets. As such, it is time to move on to a more constructive approach. On the theory side, the basic problem is that we are relying on one theory to accomplish two rather different goals, namely to characterize optimal behaviour and to predict actual behaviour.

We should not abandon the first type of theories as they are essential building blocks for any kind of economic analysis, but we must augment them with additional descriptive theories that are derived from data rather than axioms….As for empirical work, the behavioural approach offers the opportunity to develop better models of economic behaviour by incorporating insights from other social science disciplines.

 To illustrate this more constructive approach, I focus on one strong prediction made by the traditional model, namely that there is a set of factors that will have no effect on economic behaviour. I refer to these as supposedly irrelevant factors or SIFs. Contrary to the predictions of traditional theory, SIFs matter; in fact, in some situations the single most important determinant of behaviour is a SIF.”

Thaler has had a strong influence in policy making and formation of laws. The most impactful work is his theory of the Nudge. He asks: “How can we be so ingenious at some tasks and so clueless at others? Beethoven wrote his incredible ninth symphony while he was deaf, but we would not be at all surprised if we learned that he often misplaced his house keys. How can people be simultaneously so smart and so dumb?”

Thaler and his co-workers in the Behavioural Economics feel that both public and private institutions can positively impact on individual choices through nudging. They say there is a third way, Libertarian Paternalism, of influencing the Choice Architecture of individuals through nudging. In this the liberty of the individual is protected while at the same time working for enhancing the welfare milieu of the society. The orientation of public policy should be to address the cognitive biases of individuals.

Well, the approach has the capability of protecting the democratic values in a society. But, as Milton Friedman and the Austrian School of Thought, we cannot always be sure of the neutrality of government and thus public policy. One criticism of the theory is that “nudging works by manipulating citizens’ choices”.  Further, “is itself just a sexy ad campaign designed to nudge gullible readers into thinking that there is no conflict between libertarianism and welfare utilitarianism. But no one should lose sight of the fact that welfare utilitarianism just is welfare utilitarianism only if it sacrifices individual liberty whenever it is at odds with maximizing societal welfare.

And thus no one who believes that people have rights to craft their own lives through the exercise of their own choices ought to be duped into thinking that just because paternalistic nudges are cleverly manipulative and often invisible, rather than overtly coercive, standard welfare utilitarianism can lay claim to being libertarian.”

In fine, incorporating psychology in policy formulation in a way appreciating the context and cultural values of that context is paramount. This appreciation is the logic behind the award of the Nobel Prize in Economics to Thaler.

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AMWJU condemns manhandling of journalists

IMPHAL | Oct 10

All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union has expressed strong condemnations against the act of mistreating journalists who went to take coverage for 5th General Panchayat elections.

A release said the manhandling of journalists who went to take coverage for Manipur Sate League match played between Neroca FC and Sagolband United today is strongly condemned as well by the union.

 The reporters were not only mistreated but attempts were made to snatch their cameras, it said. The union appeals no to repeat such acts in the future, it added. 

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