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IMPHAL | Oct 16

It does not matter whether one win or lose, all that matters is the performance and spirit.  The whole population of Manipur, both hill and valley, felt so proud of the eight players who represented the country in the prestigious global sporting event.

This was stated by chief minister, N. Biren while according rousing reception to eight Manipuri players, who had participated in U-17 FIFA World Cup, at chief minister’s secretariat today.

Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Boris Singh Thangjam, Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Nongdamba Naorem, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Ningthoinganba Meitei and Md. Shah Jahan were specially invited at the CM’s secretariat along with their guardians for the reception.

Biren encouraged the World Cup heroes with warm hugs apart from presenting them bouquets and shawls.

He also handed over cheques of Rs. 5 lakh each to all the players. The cash rewards were earlier announced by the State government in recognition of the hard work, achievement and performance of the players.

The players also reciprocated CM’s warm gesture by touching his feet amid loud applause of officials, media persons, guardians and friends.

Despite some on-field mistakes, the overall performance of the team was satisfactory, the Biren further opined.

Stating that the cash rewards do not imply that the State Government is financially sound, Biren maintained that it was just a token of appreciation and love to the players on behalf of 28 lakhs people of Manipur. 

He also wished all the players for a great career ahead and to perform better in future tournaments. Later, Biren also had a photo session with the players and their guardians at the lawn.

Works minister, Th. Biswajit, parliamentary secretary (Home) L. Susindro, chief secretary, R.R. Rashmi, CM’s media advisor, Irengbam Arun, commissioner (Youth Affairs and Sports) H. Deleep and YAS director N Praveen also joined the chief minister in feting the players.

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IMPHAL | Oct 16

The social welfare department in response to a petition challenging the procedure that appointed the new chairman of the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) has clarified that necessary selection procedure were followed and there was no violation of any Act or rules while appointing the chairman of MCPCR.

The department on October 13 through its counsel submitted a counter affidavit against the petition which is pending with the single bench of acting Chief Justice, N. Kotiswar Singh, High Court (HC) of Manipur.

The counter affidavit was submitted by Sonia Oinam, serving as under secretary of social welfare, on behalf of the respondent No. 1, state government.

Advocate S. Syamacharan Singh, who is also one of the members of the MCPCR on October 3 in his petition challenged that new chairman of MCPCR was appointed violating the rules under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005 and pleaded the HC to passed an interim order to stay the appointment.

In the affidavit the respondent brought to the notice of the HC that the petitioner was one of the two applicants who had submitted their applications for appointment to the post of chairperson of the MCPCR and that he has concealed this fact as such the petition deserve to be dismissed.

It said the other applicant is Sumatibala Ningthoujam, (respondent No.2) was appointed for the post of chairman MCPCR following recommendation made by a three member selection committee formed by the department as per rule.

The department claimed that three member selection committee was constituted (as per government order No.9/25/2005-S(SW)Pt.I dated September 8, 2017) with Nemcha Kipgen minister social welfare as the chairperson and H. Deleep Singh commission (social welfare) and Jacintha Lazarus, director social welfare as members.

The advertisement or wide publicity for selection of chairperson or member of state commission was not mandatory, said the department adding that the interim relief sought for by the petition if granted shall amount to granting final relief.

It is pertinent to note that the petitioner in his petition pointed out that under section 18 of the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005 any vacancy for the post of chairperson or member shall be given wide publicity through open advertisement in at least four national daily newspapers before appointing the chairman.

Subsequently, the appointment should be conducted following the recommendation of the three member selection committee which shall consist of the chairperson of the committee, who is the minister in-charge of the department (social welfare) and two members of the commission. However, the department violated the procedure, it alleged.

After having examined the counter affidavit the HC fixed the next hearing of the petition on November 13 and also issued notice to the respondent No.2, to appear before the court.

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THOUBAL | Oct 16

Eighty percent of the hill ranges of Machi block which comes under the newly created Tengnoupal district have all become barren as there are no more trees growing there. Deforestation has reached an alarming level in this area.  

The villages of Machi block, Tengnoupal district are Thamlai, Heinoikhong, Wabaching, Konaitong, Parington, Thabi keithel, Warongthel, Ringpam, Khoibu, Tonghang, and Meryland etc. Number of households ranging in between 150 to 300, are there in most of the villages.   

Deforestation for the purpose of producing firewood, coal, wood for house construction are carried out and “Uyok Kaiba” wherein trees nurtured for many years, are being cut down and sold for the sake of increasing the income of the village are being practiced.

After years of such deforestation, the hills have become all barren and only the stumps remain.

These villages can be reached through Heirok, Thoubal district and they are located near Ingalok village under Heirok Assembly constituency.

Agriculture has been the main source of income for the villagers. They also rely on the production of seasonal vegetables as another source of livelihood. Terrace farming is still carried out by the villagers.

On the other hand, the natural lake known as Ising Thingbi that lies amongst the rolling hills between Thamlai and Konaiton village under Machi block, has become swamped and blocked due to rapid deforestation. If the present satiation continues to prevail, Ising Thingbi lake will cease to exist and will no longer be visible.                    

There is an urgent need for the authorities concerned to look into the matter without any delay.

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MOREH | Oct 16

As the biggest festival of Manipur, Ningol Chakouba and Kut festival approaches, the international border town Moreh is chocked with traffic caused by early shoppers today. The border town has been teeming with shoppers coming from different parts of the valley in particular. 

Shoppers thronged the town and could be seen scattered everywhere. Having no empty spaces, privately brought vehicles were parked on both sides of the road causing huge traffic jam.

From Moreh Bazar bridge to fire brigade service station which lies ahead of the police station, the highway was lined with parked vehicles. Under the supervision of SDPO, Laurence K. Munlou, Moreh police are putting all their energy, in the heat of the day, to prevent the traffic jam. The efforts to control the jam, has been very trying for the police. 

On the other hand, the lodging hotels opened at the Moreh town bazaar area are all booked, causing difficulties to those looking for rooms. Some are making adjustments by sharing rooms. 

Nanpalong Intenational Market of Myanmar was also heavily crowded by shoppers that came from Manipur.  As usual, the Myanmarese vendors who are aware of all the dates of Manipuri festivals have raised the prices of goods.

However the price rise has not discouraged the shoppers from buying the items they came for looking.

Regarding the matter, Meetei Council Moreh has extended every possible help to the tourists and shoppers coming from the valley by providing shelter and food. A representative of the organisation informed, in order to avoid difficulties in getting places to stay, shoppers may contact the office of MCM for booking hotels and other places, prior to visiting Moreh.

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IMPHAL | Oct 16

Eight state footballers who represented India in the ongoing FIFA World Cup U-17 tournament were felicitated today by the governor of the state Najma Heptulla at Raj Bhavan here today.

Speaking on the occasion Heptulla said that she would try her best to find ways to promote the game commercially like cricket.  She said talks have already begun to promote Polo commercially, which originated from Manipur.

Speaking on the Sports University, the governor said the Prime Minister of India is keen to establish a Sports University and has assured to lay the foundation. She expressed hope that the university will help sportspersons especially those coming from poor economic background.

During her interaction with the players and the parents the governor expressing her happiness stated that she feels proud that U-17 team has the team captain and 7 other players from the State.

It is heartening to see that maximum number of players from a state like Manipur, which is known, as the powerhouse of Sports, she said. Heptulla congratulated the parents for supporting their children to play the game and expressed her desire that all the players continue to play not only for U-17 but also in the senior national team. 

Expressing happiness at the exemplary performance of the team, the governor said every sporting activity is good as it keeps the mind and body healthy and helps in concentration. Stating that she is happy to promote the game in some way, she said the entire State of Manipur is proud of the players.

She also advised them to continue to build up their body to gain more stamina and agility for future tournaments. If all the Manipuri boys playing for other teams and countries come together as one team, then there will be a strong Manipuri team for the nation, she added.

Goalkeeper M. Dheeraj Singh, Th. Boris Singh, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Nongdamba Naorem, Md. Shahjahan, W. Suresh Singh were present at the felicitation. Team Captain Amarjit Singh Kiyam and Th. Jeakson Singh (the first goal scorer for India in FIFA tournament against Columbia) could not attend the felicitation due to prior engagement.

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IMPHAL | Oct 16

The six-week entrepreneurship skill development programme on photography studio and Photoshop organised by Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute, government of India, ministry of MSME concluded here today.

The skill development programme which began on August 31 ended today with a valedictory held at the MSME-DI, Imphal office at Takyelpat Industrial Estate, Imphal.

Speaking on the occasion, Pradip Phanjoubam, editor of the Imphal Free Press maintained that such a training programme on photography studio is very meaningful in the current situation of digital technological advancement in photographic equipment, which may completely change the future of conventional photography. 

Therefore, those practicing photography as a profession should prepare, if necessary, to evolve with the changing times, he said. Pradip further suggested the trainees to develop the unique photographic eye in addition to the photographic knowledge and skill obtained from the training programme.

Mitra, deputy director (in-charge) of the institute speaking as the president of the function said the current programme is a sort of experiment and he is more than satisfied on seeing the high quality photographs taken by the trainees during the training which were on display.

He further informed all the participants that another training programme on digital photography & videography is in the pipeline for next year’s training calendar.

Sanajaoba, general secretary of All Manipur Food Processors Association who also spoke on the occasion said amongst the many ESDP & EDP programmes conducted so far in the state of Manipur, the ESDP on Photography is the first of its kind in the State and he is grateful that such an innovative initiative is taken up by MSME-DI, Imphal and Manipur Amateur Photo Club for the building up of entrepreneurship amongst the young photographers who may one day provide employment to themselves and also to others.

Certificates were distributed to 25 trainees who have successfully completed the training programme. Photographs taken by the trainees during the training programme were also displayed in a mini-exhibition during the function.

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Court halts child marriage in Thoubal

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IMPHAL | Oct 16

The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Thoubal, A. Shanta Devi, today issued order restraining proposed child marriage of two minors in Thoubal district.

The CJM Thoubal issued the order in response to a petition filed by the father of the 12 year old bride to be to grant injunction order against the accused No. 1 (the father of the 16 year old groom) under section 13 of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006.

The petitioner pleaded the court to prohibit the accused No. 1 solemnisation of marriage of the accused No.2 (groom to be) with the petitioner’s daughter which is due to be held on October 17 at 3pm.

The court is of the opinion that there is urgency and if notice is issued to the accused at this stage, the whole purpose of this will be infructuous.

Subsequently, the CJM issued order restraining the accused from solemnising the proposed wedding ceremony between the two minors until further order.

The order notice was also issued to the accused which is returnable on or before November 6.

With no material on record to support the age of the accused No. 2 (groom) who is alleged to be a minor of 16 years, the court also directed the district child protection officer, Thoubal for information and necessary action.

It is learnt that the two minors reportedly first eloped on September 9 last however they were separated by both the parents under a mutual understanding.

On their second elopement on October 13 last, the parents of the girl waited for the other party to inform about the same on the next day, on October 14, which the accused party allegedly failed.

Moreover, it has been alleged that the marriage ceremony was fixed on October 17 without the presence of the girl’s family.

In the meantime, the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) also reportedly issued directive to the Child Marriage Prohibition Officer cum Legal-cum-Prohibition Officer (DCPU), Thoubal to take urgent action to prevent the planed child marriage following receipt of a same complaint from Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights, Palace Compound the same day.

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KANGPOKPI |Oct 16

With an aim to promote national integration through culture and tradition and to encourage close relationship among different communities with moral and physical integration, a tribal folk festival cum seminar was successfully kicked off today at Tumuyon Khullen in Kangpokpi district.

Sponsored by ministry of culture, government of India, the three-day festival cum seminar organised by the Maram Art & Literature Association (MALA) under the theme, “Tribal Folk Festival for National Integration” was inaugurated by Th. Sanglou, superintendent of taxes, government of Manipur.

Sanglou attended the occasion as chief guest while T. Abraham, general secretary, Maram Union and Sushila Devi, director, Art & Culture, government of Manipur attended as president and guest of honour, respectively.

Various cultural troupe including MALA senior cultural troupe and T. Khullen Baptist Church Women Society presented various cultural dance and choreography during the opening ceremony while various prominent artiste also presented different folk songs.

 “If Art is to be preserved it should be learned, practiced and promoted only then art and its forms will find space in literature”, asserted Th. Shanglou Maram while addressing the occasion. The past practices are valuable but as the traditional practices has some conflict with the doctrines of Christianity it might be hard to retain them in latter and spirit but partial omission and commission might be the justified way, he said.

Further he said said art and culture should not be politicised or become a point of division but it should serve as a bonding element in the society while celebrating the diversity of culture among the tribal.

He was also of the view that adaptation and modification of art and culture is a must for tribal with modern touch while shifting the mind-set from conventional approach.

Abraham stated that much of the dialects of the tribal especially the Marams have lost its originality as a result of synthesis with other languages where Manipuri and English words have unknowingly crept into the dialect which can no longer be removed.

He also said that the preservation and promotion of culture and tradition has to start without any delay else the future generation will lose its identity.

He further emphasised that there is a need to augment the knowledge of ritual and traditional practices which have been carried on from one generation to another.

Speaking to media persons, Th. Thumbu Maram, Chairman MALA said that our beautiful culture, tradition and identity are diminishing by the wave of mix culture since we are unable to explore our identity properly.

He continued that the most valued songs are forgotten, tales are missing and even languages are mixing together which need serious attention.

A social and cultural activist, Th. Thumbu Maram, who is also a recipient of various State award further said that culture is an industry as all types of crafts such as head gears, cultural attires, cane and bamboo products, spears like war instruments, necklace are all cultural base products which need to be protected and preserved.

He appealed everyone to promote their own culture and tradition while promoting peace and integration among all communities in every village so that national integration could be achieved.

Altogether, 16 dance team, six singing team and seven prayer team including one instrumentalist from different villages across Kangpokpi and Senapati districts will participate in the three-day long festival while tribal culture and its importance on various field will be emphasised during the event by various resource persons including Meithuanlungbou Gonmei, acting principal, Mt. Everest College, Benita, curator, State Museum, Manipur and L. Pungding, Asst. Professor, MU.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

Need to save agri land stressed

IMPHAL | Oct 16

Additional chief secretary of agriculture, Suhel Akhtar said the department needs to calculate input and output production to get more production in agriculture during World Food Day, 2017 held today at training hall, directorate of agriculture.

Speaking on the occasion, Akhtar as chief guest said till now the concerned department has not surveyed the production of agricultural products. It is necessary to do a survey for each district on crops production, he added.

Akhtar said for promoting agricultural products, the Central government has implemented many schemes but due to lack of awareness many farmers, they remain unable to take advantage of these schemes.

Director of agriculture, Ph. Rajendro Singh as president said with the continued conversion of agricultural land to real estate, agricultural land in the state is shrinking at an alarming rate. Most of the agricultural land have been occupied in the name of development and reclaimed for construction of infrastructures.

He said to make the agriculture more effective, proper administration is needed and the department also needs to function cautiously and should take a special interest in formulating ways to preserve agricultural land and products.

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IMPHAL | Oct 16

A new high powered performance tipper truck has come to town at MGT Motors Showroom, opposite Iskon Temple, airport road and was launched by works minister, Thongam Biswajit Singh today at its showroom.

Speaking at the occasion, Biswajit said that TATA is always a reliable company and had been a part and parcel of the state. It gives employment, good service to contractors and workers and Tata’s vehicles, mostly heavy vehicles are highly compatible with the roads of the state, he pointed out.

He appreciated the efforts of the MGT motors for bringing such a good service for the state. He hoped that the new heavy vehicle will do so much good in the service of the state.

The new tipper price starts from Rs. 14.54 lakhs and some of its attractive features includes fuel tank capacity of 120 litres, with maximum speed at 60kms per hour, is powered by a battery of 12 V.100 Ah, and its dimension is 6.5 M3/230 cubic feet etc.

Regional sales head, Suchindra Mandal and state product manager, Balasubramani attended the function as presidium members.

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