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KANGPOKPI | Oct 4
The new office bearers of Kuki Women Union (KWU), Sadar Hills have been elected for term 2017-2020, during its Annual Assembly cum General Election held at Kangpokpi district.
The elected office bearers of KWU, Sadar Hills are Hatneng as president, Hahat Touthang as secretary general, Moinu, Hekim Hangshing, Ngahboi Chongloi, Ngaithem Chongloi, Lhingcha Vaiphei and Kimneilam Khongsai as vice-presidents, Lamboi, Titing, Lhingkeng as information and publicity secretaries, Phalneo as joint secretary, Hechong as financial secretary, Hoinu Misao as spokesperson and Hevah Kipgen as legal advisor.
The elected new office bearers were dedicated by chairman, Kangpokpi Town Churches fellowship, Pastor J. Lunkim.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Oct 4
The state Cabinet today resolved to create a land bank of the state by acquiring huge track of land over 1000 acres to be used for any future projects. Chief minister chaired the meeting at his secretariat.
Briefing media persons at his official quarter at Sanjenthong late in the evening, works minister Th. Bishwajit Singh, said the objective of creating a land bank is to avoid usual difficulties encountered by the state to acquire land any ambitious project in the state.
The Cabinet resolved to acquire a total of 1048 acre at N. Khallong village under Imphal East district and 530 acres at Phungrei village under Saikul sub-division, he informed.
The meeting also approved acquisition of land for the construction of a new State Guest House and residential complex of ministers and officials at Chingmeirong east and 10-Meitei Keirang in Imphal East district.
The minister further revealed that the Cabinet also approved payment of compensation to 409 victims whose properties were damaged in a mob violence which occurred at Khurai Heikru Makhong in Imphal East district on December 18, 2016.
It has been informed that a committee comprising of Imphal East DC, SP, director fire service and executive engineer of PWD would be constituted to conduct enquiry into the incident.
As per the recommendation of the committee the compensation will be paid and the Cabinet meeting agreed to earmark a total of Rs. 1,98,27,246 for the same.
The Cabinet also decided to launch a sub-mission under the name and style of mission for economic empowerment of traditional artisans/craftsmen (MEETAC) to support traditional artisans/craftsmen of the state.
The proposed sub-mission will aim at developing the traditional crafts/arts sector of Manipur as per global standards to make it an important spoke in the wheel of economic activities.
It will be implemented under the state mission on employment, housing and drinking water for households by 2022 constituted by a Cabinet decision on May 3, 2017.
Textiles (handicrafts/handlooms), pottery, cane and bamboo crafts, jewellery (gold and non-gold), reed craft, stone carving, wood carving, dolls and toys, block printing, terracotta, hand embroidery (Zari etc) and tribal arts/crafts etc. are the some of the listed items which are to be covered under the sub-mission.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to the proposal for identification of 393.64 acres of land in revenue village 91-A Lamphelpat for development of water body by the department of water resources, Manipur.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to direct purchase of 5 acres of land for establishment of a police station at Behiang.
The Cabinet decided to adopt a general guideline for direct purchase of land through Direct Purchase Committee.
The guideline has been framed to do away with unreasonable variation and abnormally high cost in the rate of land for acquisition/purchase in different districts.
The Cabinet approved 24 days as General Holidays and 17 days as Public Holidays for the year 2018. It also endorsed framing of Manipur Waqf Regulation, 2017.
The Cabinet gave its nod to the re-designation of some posts of MHS Grade-II (Allopathy) as MHS Grade-II (AYUSH).
It also approved renaming of the post of Additional Public Prosecutor-cum-Additional Government Advocate (High Court), Manipur as Additional Government Advocate (High Court), Manipur with restrospective effect from 25-10-2016.
The Cabinet decided to appoint necessary staff for proper implementation of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) in the state.
It is surprising that India should figure as the third most danger country in the world for journalists. But as per the data on intolerance of press freedom complied by Reporters Sans Frontier, RSF, this is true. There are many sets of data used to arrive at this conclusion, but the number of journalists killed on duty during any particular year is also one such. The only other two countries ahead of India on this intolerance index are Iraq and Syria, two countries steeped in war and civil turmoil following the forcible regime changes America and its Western allies brought them. It also comes as a surprise that even in the Asian region India is ahead of Afghanistan and Pakistan, two countries with a reputation for violence and religious intolerance. The question which follows should disturb all: Is India’s democracy transforming into something else? Is it remaining democratic in structure only but not in spirit? Liberal democracy is often described as rule by debate, but this definition is today being robbed of its essence. In a sustained, calculated and undoubtedly brilliant manoeuvre, slowly but surely an unholy equation is being normalised between the nation, the government and the ruling party. The result is the very definitions of nationalism, therefore also anti-nationalism, are now beginning to be radically different than they were before. Because the ruling party is now portrayed as synonymous with the government as well as the nation, any voice of dissent against the government or the ruling party is now sought to be made equivalent to being anti-national. Nothing can be more false. This is also extremely dangerous for India’s democracy.
This equation also puts journalists in a precarious position. Since the mandate of the profession is to “speak truth to power” or to question power, whoever wields it, in the belief that unchecked power corrupts, the question arises, how should this be done under the changed circumstance without earning the slur of being anti-national. It is in this oppressive political climate that in the past few months alone, three journalists lost their lives in India, but of them the most sinister was the murder of Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore. The firebrand editor of the vernacular Lankesh Patrika, which runs on circulation revenue only and does not accept advertisements, has always been an outspoken critic of the ruling dispensation and a patron of the downtrodden. Her murder was the most foul because it was premeditated, and judging by the circumstances, as retaliation to her writings. Of the other two, one was killed together with her mother in a burglary case in an Uttar Pradesh township, and the other by a mob during a riotous rally demanding a separate tribal state carved out of Tripura. The latter two therefore were more of law and order issues. Nonetheless, all of them were condemnable, but unlike Gauri’s murder which seems definitely politically motivated, the latter do not defy and challenge spirit of democracy as such.
Perhaps because of all these, there are many signs today that the media has become plaint and subservient to power. One of the thumb rules of gauging this are the headlines in newspapers and television channels. If days after days all of them begin to look very much the same, and reproduce very much the same thing those in power say or want written, there obviously has to be something seriously wrong. Journalism then would be reduced to just another form of glorified stenography, and the signs are, this is happening everywhere, Manipur included. But it must be remembered, threat of physical harm is not the only way the media is intimidated and made pliant. The competition for patronage of those in power is also a factor, but even this is not all. In recent times, the notion of Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, SLAPP, has become vogue, especially after the reputed scholarly journal, Economic and Political Weekly, Mymbai, bowed to SLAPP pressures from a powerful business magnate close to the ruling dispensation, and removed an article from its website which tarnished the image of the businessman. Many other similarly cases of webcast articles being removed followed ever since, involving top newspapers of the country, including the Hindustan Times and The Times of India. Something sinister seems to be overtaking the country indeed. SLAPP involves people in power and with unlimited resources, using their clouts to get expensive lawsuits against their opponents admitted in courts and bleeding the latter till they surrender even before the cases conclude. In SLAPP, the plaintiffs often know their cases are flimsy and they cannot win, but their point is to harass and force their less resourceful opponents to surrender. It is also meant to intimidate their opponents against publishing similar articles in future. The IFP and three other local dailies from Imphal have also had to face SLAPP and we know how it works. For doing nothing more than reproducing, with proper attributions, reports published by other national newspapers on the famous Supreme Court case on the 1528 fake encounter killing, the Attorney General of India dragged us into a Supreme Court lawsuit, compelling us to shuttle between Imphal and New Delhi for all of two months. On the advice of our jointly hired lawyer, the case concluded with an apology and an undertaking that we will not do it again. However, till this day, we remain bewildered as to what wrong we ever did.
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KANGPOKPI | Oct 4
Social Welfare and Cooperation minister, Nemcha Kipgen has been lauded by the Gorkha community of Kangpokpi district, for her generosity and judicious leadership among the people.
Member ADC Sadar Hills, Milan Pradhan said that the minister distributed sugar to all Mandirs of Gorkha community in Kangpokpi assembly constituency so as to connect with the people and considering the significance of Dussehra festival.
The minister has connected with the people irrespective of caste, creed and religion on every community occasion or festival which is highly appreciated by all and more particularly by the Gorkha community, he added.
He further said that Nemcha Kipgen had distributed sugar on Dussehra festival in Parsian area, Paspati area, Kalapahar area, Kangpokpi area and Irang Part-I & II area.
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MOREH | Oct 4
People for Animals (PFA), Manipur and SP of Tengnoupal, S. Ibomcha released various rescued wildlife animals today for relocation to their own habitats.
The chief conservator of Forests/Wildlife, Imphal had also sent a letter to the managing trustee of PFA, Manipur earlier regarding the relocation of the wildlife animals within two days, October 4 and October 5.
According to the letter, the animals which are to be relocated to Yangoupokpi Lokchao Wild life Sanctuary are, one Leopard Cat, one Bengal Slow Loris, one Bengal Monitor Lizard, four Asian Leaf Turtles, one Rhesus Macaque and one Serpent Eagle, followed by seven Malayan Box Turtles to water bodies of Keibul Lamjao National Park and one Monocled Cobra to any suitable site.
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UKHRUL | Oct 4
District Health Society, Ukhrul organised a rally cum launching programme of the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) at Ukhrul district today.
Under the theme ‘Give your child a disease free future’, rally started from Model High School and converged at the Mini Secretariat Complex, Ukhrul. It was participated by school children, elders and officers of District Health Office. A street play was also performed by school students at three different intersections, TNL Ground, Town Hall and Mini Secretariat Complex.
The mission is to provide immunisation to 0 to 2 years babies and pregnant women and it will commence from October 7 to October 14. While the second round will commence from November 7 to November 14, third round from December 7 to December 14 and fourth round from January 7 to January 14.
Deputy commissioner of Ukhrul, Harmit Singh Pahuja officially launched IMI at Mini Secretariat Complex by administering drops to the small children. Children and pregnant women were also advised to get the immunisation done without fail for a disease free society in the future.
District immunisation officer, Dr. Kapangring Shimray stated that the District Health Society, Immunisation Cell, Ukhrul has targeted to immunise 90 percent and beyond by December 2018.
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JIRIBAM | Oct 4
A poster campaign was launched today with an aim to promote the eight young footballers of Manipur who were selected for Under 17, FIFA World Cup. The poster campaign will be carried out along Babupara, Dibong, Lamkhai of Jiribam district and Silchar.
The campaign has been jointly organised by All Jiribam Working Journalists’ Union (AJWJU), Jiri News Network (JNN) and local English daily ‘Manipur Chronicle’. The launching ceremony was attended by local MLA of Jiribam district, Md. Ashab Uddin.
Md. Ashab Uddin expressed his contentment for the eight footballers who have made to the team India of U-17 FIFA, out of the whole 125 crore population of India. He continued that the selected young footballers are the real pride of Manipur. Further, the local MLA appreciated the initiative of poster campaign by the journalists of Jiribam.
President of AJWJU, Ng. Biswajit Singh and editor of JNN, Romeo Moirangthem extended their encouragement to the eight players and wished to bring victory for the nation.
IMPHAL | Oct 4
A health camp was organised today at Takyel Khongbal Junior Govt. High School, Imphal. The camp was organised by Lions Club of Imphal Greater in collaboration with Mother’s Child Care and Research Centre, Imphal and Shija Hospitals and Research Institute, Imphal in connection with Lions World Sight Day.
During the camp, eye check-up and cataract detection camp, paediatric health vamp cum paediatric cancer awareness programme and ‘Relieving the Hunger’ were conducted. Altogether 242 persons were given eye check-up and cataract detection facilities led by Dr. K. Romen of Shija Hospitals and Research Institute, Imphal. 20 Cataract cases and 2 PTY were identified and 31 persons were provided spectacles.
A team of prominent doctors from Mother’s Child Care and Research Centre led by Dr. Kh. Ratan including super specialists in the field of paediatric cardiology, paediatric oncology and paediatric hepatology, Dr. Toijam Soni Lungdoh, Dr. Ng Sonamani, Dr. Arambam Athouba and Dr. Meenakshi examined 320 children.
A free hearing aid was also provided to a 71 year old person, namely, Kh. Madhumangol of Sabungkhok Awang Leikai, Imphal East. 140 Children were provided meal as part of camp pertaining to the theme “Relieving the Hunger”.
President of Lions Club of Imphal Greater M. Shyambabu expressed gratitude to all for their support in making the humanitarian work successful. Manager Publication, DIPR and PRO of Lions Club of Imphal Greater, L. Ashok Kumar was also present in today’s health camp.
IMPHAL | Oct 4
The president of Manipur Heart Foundation, (MHF) Dr. L. Shyamkishore donated a sum of Rs. 30000 to P. Bidyarani Devi of Thoubal Athokpam, Thoubal district on September 27 for the treatment expense of her five year old son, Tuleshor.
A release said that Bidyarani expressed her happiness and gratitude to the foundation for the financial help. Dr. Shyamkishore asserted that the foundation would continue to provide financial assistance to the people of Manipur belonging to BPL family and economically weaker section who has been admitted in government or government recognised private hospitals for medical, devices of operative treatment of various heart diseases, it said. Donations from philanthropist and wealthy citizens to the foundation to help the heart patients who are in need of financial assistance are welcomed, it continued.
For receiving such assistance, heart patients or parents may apply with relevant medical documents to the office of the president, MHF near Sky Hospital, Imphal west, it added.
IMPHAL | Oct 4
A biannually published Manipuri literary journal, ‘Mapao’ will be observing the ‘Manipur Seirenggi Numit’ at Dave Literature Center, DM College campus tomorrow at 3 pm.
A release said the main highlights of the programme are recitation of poems of various veteran writers of Manipuri language and distribution of “Mahakabi Anganghal Seireng Mana, 2017.”
It further said that Thongjam Ibopishak will be felicitated with the said award for his poetry book published in 2016 entitled, “Lamjen”.