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CCPUR | Oct 2
Observation of Gandhi Jayanti and Swachh Bharat Divas was organised at District Training Centre hall, Tuibong, organised by District Water and Sanitation Committee (DWSC), Churachandpur. The programme was attended by chairman of MTDC and MLA of 58 Thanlon assembly constituency, Vungzagin Valte as chief guest, DC of Churchandpur, Shyam Lal Poonia as functional president and SP Rakesh Balwal as special guest.
Vungzagin Valte spoke about solid waste management. He appealed the DC to adopt the policy of generating electric power from the burning of waste in Churachandpur as it is done in RIMS, Imphal. Prize distribution of the district wise and village wise essay competition of schools in respect of cleanliness drive was also conducted.
All government initiatives aimed towards human service: CM Biren
IMPHAL | Oct 2
As in other parts of the country, the State government also observed Gandhi Jayanti- the International Day of Non-Violence and National Cleanliness Day today at the Gandhi Memorial Hall, Imphal.
State function was graced by Hon’ble Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma A. Heptulla along with Chief Minister Shri Nongthombam Biren Singh, other cabinet ministers and Chief Secretary. The event is celebrated in commemoration of the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.
Addressing the function, Dr. Heptulla said that the state of cleanliness which is maintained during the observance of the national cleanliness day should be made a regular feature – a way of life. It should not be just a normal observance but a wake – up call for all to maintain high standards of cleanliness in our homes, workplace, roads, streets and public place.
She further said that Mahatma Gandhi – the great soul has always emphasized on cleanliness for a healthy living. Healthy people make a healthy nation. The Mahatma believed in the spiritual purification of body, mind and soul, she observed.
She elaborated that a clean environment is essential for good health which will beget a pure mind. The “Swachh Bharat” initiative taken up by the Central Government is aimed towards this end of keeping the environment clean. All should endeavour to make it a preserving campaign for a good health and mind, she added.
She pointed out that the Swachhta Hi Seva, ‘Cleanliness is Service’, a campaign which started on 15th September ,2017, concluded today on Gandhi Jayanti. The campaign is an initiative of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi .
In his address, Chief Minister Shri Nongthombam Biren Singh said that people should not only focus on cleaning their surroundings, but also aim to free their minds of negativity, hatred, enmity, communalism and corrupt thoughts.
He urged the people to maintain harmony , solidarity and peaceful co-existence amongst each other. He also said, “Good thoughts will pave the way to a better society and lead to progress and development of the nation.”
The Chief Minister explained that the fortnight long Swachta Hi Seva campaign is a way of realising Gandhiji’s vision for a Clean India.
The Chief Minister also said that the Imphal Evenings which will be launched this evening aims to bring some entertainment avenues for the people. Explaining that the Imphal Evenings is an initiative to provide family- oriented evening life to the public, he sought support and cooperation from the public for the successful implementation of the initiatives and programs of the new government.
On the present United Naga Council issue, the Chief Minister said the government has already held talks with the organisation and further reaffirmed that the government is committed to finding solutions to all issues through talks.
Asserting that several welfare schemes for the people are in the pipeline, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren also said that his government is mulling to introduce an Old-age Pension Scheme through which beneficiaries will be provided Rs 1500/- per month and a Skill Development Training Course for the differently abled.
Chief Minister Biren also asserted that since his government was formed, several potholes had been mended and repaired however, incessant rain over the past few months has resulted in the washing away of the repaired roads.
As part of the function, the Governor led others in offering floral tribute to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Artistes of Shri Shri Bal Mukunda Dev Government Music College also presented an opening song at the start of the function. Other high ranking officials also attended the function.
IMPHAL | Oct 2
Chief minister N. Biren Singh launched ‘Imphal Evenings’, a weekend plaza on Kanglapat road amidst much fanfare and glittering lights tonight.
A brainchild of Biren Singh, the idea behind the plaza is to give recreational space to the people of the state with an aim to improve healthy family life and introduce the culture of night life.
The plaza will be opened on every Saturday and Sunday from 7 pm to 10 pm without any entry fee on the stretch from Khoyathong junction to Raj Bhawan junction (eastern half of NH-2).
On the first day today, a huge crowd turned up at the plaza and all the stalls had brisk business.
Biren and MAHUD minister Th. Shyamkumar graced the launching function as chief guest and president respectively.
Deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar, PHE minister L. Dikho, and Rajya Sabha MP Ksh. Bhabananda also attended the function as guests of honour.
Biren Singh said the new initiative had been introduced to present an opportunity to the people to spend quality time with their families and friends together.
Manipur is being portrayed as a trouble-torn state and most of the people of other states and countries generally have a wrong notion about Manipur that nobody ventures outside after dark in the state, he added.
As such, the new government tried to show to the world that Manipur is no more a trouble-torn place and it can also have a night life, Biren said.
He also expressed hope that the plaza would be able to give self employment to many unemployed youths.
Seeking suggestions from the public, the chief minister said that the government would put in effort to make the plaza better and more beautiful.
The chief minister added that every type of intoxicant is strictly banned at the plaza.
In his presidential speech Shyamkumar said that the brain behind the plaza is the chief minister.
He sought suggestions from the public to make the plaza better and successful.
The government has earmarked space for 102 stalls at the plaza. However, the government received only 92 applications so far.
On the launching day today, only 56 parties turned up to open stalls.
40 stalls have been reserved for indigenous food items, 25 for fast food items, 15 branded restaurants and 30 for general stalls.
One police booth each at Khoyathong and Raj Bhavan junctions and two booths at Kangla western gate were opened to monitor security and guide the visitors.
For safety measures, there were booths for medical and Manipur fire service personnel. Apart from this, every stall has been instructed to mandatorily keep a fire extinguisher each.
Imphal Municipal Corporation also deputed 30 volunteers at the plaza to assist the visitors, stall owners and police.
Manipur police department deputed 30 plains cloth personnel to assist the crowd and ensure security.
Four points have been reserved for the talented persons who wish to present/showcase their skills at the plaza free of cost.
Mobile toilets are kept at two places for the convenience of the public. On the other hand, 10 bio-toilets have been procured for the plaza.
The food stalls were instructed to sell only fresh and healthy items approved by Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) and State Food Safety Authority.
State food safety personnel will regularly monitor the quality of the food items sold at the plaza.
In addition to stalls, boating facility was provided at Kangla moat.
Amidst the celebration of the inclusion of eight players from Manipur in the Indian squad of 21 for the upcoming Under-17 World Cup Football, something else very distressing and sad has come into public view. If the achievements of the boys have inspired awe and admiration, the revelation that all except two of them belong to families steeped in grinding poverty, barely enough to keep their family hearths burning, could not but have shocked everyone. No doubt about it that this is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg we are witnessing. Thanks to these talented stars in the making, it is now stark that the extent of poverty in the state, including in the capital Imphal, is nothing to trifle. There is nothing new about poverty, but what is revealed now would not have been so jarring had this been an average condition of the people by and large, for then the reasons would have been attributed to a general failure of the economy. This however is far from the truth. As in any place scourged by institutional corruption, in Manipur’s expanding ghettos, abject poverty literally rubs shoulders with vulgar opulence of a coterie close to the power that be, who make money not out of enterprise but through institutionalised, collaborative pillage of public coffers. We have all heard or read of many similar stories before from other places destroyed by corruption in Asia and Africa destroyed by corruption. This is not a story about a hard-working people, collectively fighting a common predicament of poverty and rising together as in places like Vietnam. And rise indeed this war ravaged land has in the last few decades. This is more of a story of huge and ever expanding seas of slums dotted by the jarring sights of marble palaces rising amidst them, as in Vietnam’s neighbour Cambodia. Despite all the donors’ funds pouring into this country, many are still worried that the its economy may collapse. As in Manipur, these unearned funds have only succeeded in lining the pockets of the coterie, and so while there are more super expensive cars on the roads, the number of those trapped in absolute poverty has not decreased. Yes, this is a land where desperately poor people trying to make a living out of vending liquor are harangued as criminals, but corrupt government officials and contractors loaded with unaccounted for money are revered and even eventually are elected as leaders. Something is terribly rotten in the state of Manipur.
But there is hope yet. The eight boys who made it to the Indian football team for the Under-17 world cup has demonstrated before the world that Manipur, despite the abuses by its leaders, is still fired by a remarkable passion for life. Despite the abysmal lack of institutional support, it has still managed to produce some of the best sportspersons, performing artists, theatre personalities, and many top professionals in different streams. For some reason however, the state has in these modern times been subject to a paucity of inspirational political leaders. We do hope we will see some soon before the place sinks into the gutter beyond easy redemption, and phenomena like these eight boys become virtually impossible. Nothing is so simple, but we can suggest two ways to begin the salvage process. One of course is to ensure official corruption is put to a conclusive end. This can best start by making all income and wealth accountable, therefore scrutinised. Income tax returns must explain every piece of property and expenditure of one and all. Since development funds are the source of almost all the money in circulation in a place with virtually no industries, close vigil must be kept on their disbursement. This can quite easily be done by making these government contract works transparent. As for instance, at every contract job sites, names of ministers, engineers and contractors awarded the jobs could be published along with the specifications as well as funds allotted for the project. If for instance a strip of bitumen road is to be laid eight inches thick, let the public of the place also know this is so while the job is in progress.
The second and equally important measure is to resurrect government schools and colleges. In the school sector, committed and professional private interventions have today come to save the situation. This has hardly been the case with government colleges. Most are in moribund conditions with only ghost students who exist on paper but never seen in classes, although all the colleges have armies of well-paid teaching and non-teaching staffs. Not a surprise then that parents who can afford the cost do not hesitate to send their wards off to other states for higher education. Concerned authorities must do something to end this frightening state of ennui so that thousands more of the kind of talents the eight boys have proven to be, can blossom each year.
IMPHAL | Oct 2
Troops of 143 Battalion, CRPF, Lamphelpat rendered social service under “Swachhata Hi Sewa” on the occasion of “Gandhi Jayanthi” in the area of Lamphel Yaiphai Leikai near Election Office at Lamphelpat, Imphal West. During this mission troops along with personnel of these localities cleaned the area, removed garbage and sprayed pesticide to make the environment clean and healthy to prevent potent diseases and also utilized of fogging machine to sprayed for Malaria precaution.
During this service, Commandant Lal Chand Yadav, Awadhesh Kumar, 2-I/C(Ops), M. Hazra, D. Comdt and SM Vidhya Pradeep of 143 Bn, CRPF were actively involved during the cleanliness activities.
Meanwhile the troops of ‘D’ Coy 143 Battalion, CRPF, Khonsang are also conducted ‘Swachhata Hi Sewa’ on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi in the area of Khongsang Bazar along with personnel of these localities for cleanness drive.
JIRIBAM| Oct 2
Gandhi Jayanti was observed at Jiribam at various offices, CSOs and organisations as a part of the country-wide observation for the birth of Mahatma Gandhi who had been named the Father of the Nation.
Yoga centres of Jiribam, PWD office, treasury office, schools and Tipaimuk Tribal Economic and Environment Society (Titpseeds) observed the day by conducting cleanliness drives.
Yoga practitioners of several yoga centres of Jiribam district under Mahila Patanjali Yoga Samiti, Manipur observed the day at different places by conducting cleanliness drives.
Prabhari Cum Instructor, Soram Reena Devi said she herself being the prabhari instructor of Imphal west, attended the cleanliness drive to make the observations, which is being held at various places, successful. We all should make efforts to become healthy by keeping hygiene and keeping our surrounding areas clean to bring a healthy and cleaned society, she added.
IMPHAL | Oct 2
Governor of Manipur, Najma A. Heptulla, forest and environment minister, Thounaojam Shyamkumar along with the faculties and students of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Manipur today planted saplings inside the campus of Raj Bhavan today on the occasion of celebrating the National Cleanliness Day.
TAMENGLONG | Oct 2
As part of Ganhi Jayanti and Swachhta Hi Seva, a massive cleanliness campaign drive was held in various places at Tamenglong district at early in the morning today. Deputy commissioner of Tamenglong, Arsmtrong Pame led the mass cleanliness drive at DC office complex, Tamenglong and cleaned up whole bazaar areas.
During the drive, the District Administration team led by Armstrong Pame, along with AE of PHED, Gaijinlung, additional SP, Josiah Pamei, SDPO Tamenglong and volunteers removed all waste, grasses, chicken coops, tea stalls and others which are constructed over the bazaar drainages and culvert.
Speaking to the media, Armstrong Pame said that people should not wait for the government to give instruction from the government and should keep the campus clean. He also appealed everyone of Tamenglong to keep up the habit of cleanliness and keep every environment clean.
Chief medical officer of Tamenglong, Dr. Chambo Gonmei led doctors, nurses and staffs to clean district hospital Tamenglong and office complex. He said that cleanliness drive is going on in the hospital areas as part of Swachhta Hi seva and Gandhi jayanti.
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THOUBAL | Oct 2
The campaign started by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on September 15 “Cleanliness is service” (Swachhta hi Sewa) has concluded today.
The campaign to make a clean India as a part of Gandhi Jayenti day, the birth day of father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi was concluded today by observing National cleanliness day today at Thoubal district headquarters by the district administration. Cleanliness drive was conducted by Thoubal district police, Kakching district police, Tengnoupal district police and Chandel district police at their respective police stations.
At Thoubal district, the day was observed by several departments, schools and colleges by conducting a massive cleanliness drive. Swachhta hi sewa was organised by the district IFCD, the office of horticulture, soil conservation, district research office, district minor irrigation department etc.
Thoubal College, Waikhom Mani Girls College, Thoubal Wangmataba Upper Primary School also took part in the campaign. The teachers and the students conducted cleanliness drive at their respective institutions.
Kakching district police under the supervision of SP, W. Singhajeet (MPS) observed the national cleanliness day as the concluding programme of the three day’s cleanliness drive that began on September 30.
Cleanliness drive was held at the police stations and outposts of the district, at the surrounding areas of Kakching Indoor stadium. District police kakching, municipal council and the public conducted a cleanliness drive at kakching bazaar. Similar drive was conducted at Hiyanglam PHC, Sugnu Bazaar, Pallel bazaar and the parking areas.
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TAMENGLONG | Oct 2
Haitung Goodwill Foundation in collaboration with ALS IAS Coaching Institute Delhi organised 2nd State Level Haitung Memorial Quiz competition at Indoor Stadium, Tamenglong..
The programme was held under the theme, ‘A moment of trust to take one step toward a journey of Thousands miles’.
GST Commissioner of Manipur, Government of India, Gaigonglung Panmei attended the programme as chief guest, while executive members of ADC Tamenglong, Pouhotlung Panmei, Poukinlung and Ramning Pame, AC of 5th MR, Namsadai Pamei, SDPO of Tamenglong, Josiah Pamei and many others were the special guests..
Apart from have quiz competition, the participants were given opportunities to listen from IAS topper Tina Dabi, IAS All India Rank-1 (2015), who spoke through video clip on the topic ‘How I topped IAS exam’, followed by deputy commissioner of Tamenglong, Armstrong Pame, who spoke on the topic ‘The untold story behind the glamour of success’.
The first price of the quiz competition was fixed for Rs. 50,000, second with Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 10,000 for third, along with consolation prizes for seven finalists with Rs. 2000 each.
As many as 32 groups from different school across the state were qualified for taking part in the competition and school bags was given to the participants by the organising committee before the quiz was commenced.
Lecturer of Delhi University, Jeremiah Pame, said in his keynote address that Haiting Goodwill Foundation was founded in the memory of of his father (Late) Haitung Pame, who was a primary teacher and a carpenter and dreamed of his son to become an IAS officer.
Haitung Pame felt sick and expired on October 2, 2009 when his younger son, Armstrong Pame became IAS officer.
‘Work hard and achieve great things in life’ was the simple philosophy of Haitung Pame. It is his endeavour to reach out to the underprivileged children and bring changes by uplifting them through Haitung Goodwill Foundation, he added.
The foundation has now 55 students and one hostel for the underprivileged children.