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IMPHAL | Nov 17

Joint action committee for selected beneficiaries under the prime minister’s employment guarantee programme (PMEGP) for 2016-17 has condemned the order inviting applications for 2017-18 while overlooking the unsolved matter of selected beneficiaries from 2016-17,  said a release.

It said, the order was issued by director of commerce and industries on November 8 and the industrial departments, KVIB, KVIC and DIC have omitted the PMEGP beneficiaries of 2016-17.

The JAC has further warned the director not to allow fresh applications until funds for the 2016-17 beneficiaries are released, failing which it will take legal action against the department, it added.

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IMPHAL | Nov 17

Education Minister  Thokchom Radheshyam Singh stressed that education is a need for every person to grow and develop. For an organisation to grow, the human resource needs to be updated. For this, training of Education Department Personnel, specially the teacher is a must and the most important is to implement the knowledge received by them to improve the quality of education, he added.

Th. Radheshyam made the statement inaugurating 10 Day Training on School Leadership organised by the Directorate of State Council of Educational and Research Training (SCERT) in collaboration with SSA, RMSA, Directorate of Education (S) and National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) at Multipurpose Hall, SCERT, Lamphelpat.

He said whatever is being received in the training programme should be used to transform the existing educational system in a positive direction. To bring such transformation, he appealed the school heads to utilise the best of training for the development and betterment of the education of Manipur instead of keeping it to oneself. He also requested the teachers to love and regard their profession. Calling upon the teachers, he asked them to regard as their own belonging and the students as their own children.

Stressing the importance of training, he said, that the vision of the training is to develop leaders and new generations to enable transform schools so that every child receives a quality education and every school excel in imparting education. He added that the vision is to enhance leadership capability at school level for institutional building to deliver quality education.

Elaborating the essence of leaders and leadership, he said that it differs according to space, time and situation. However the best leaders are those who utilise the best out of what is available on the limited resource, he added. The teachers were also requested by the Minister to set target and identify the students who are bright and weak to make them better and achieve higher goals in their life. He also expressed the need to introduce feedback into the education system. He said that the students’ feedback on teachers can better the teaching – learning process between the student and teacher. He added that the feedback will enable one to identify the weakness and strength, giving a chance to improve and develop.

Director Education – S,  Th. Kirankumar Singh said that the main focus of the Education Department is the students pursuing education and how to improve the education system. He said teachers should have details of their respective schools and regulate the guidelines honestly. The teachers participating in the Training on School Leadership will be made the ambassadors to other schools in expanding the knowledge received in the training, he added.

Asst. Professor, NUEPA, Dr. N. Mythili said six key areas Perspective on School Leadership, Developing Self, Transforming Teaching - Learning Process, Building and Leading Teams, leading innovations and Leading Partnerships will be the main topic for the training session.

Director, SCERT Dr. M. Meenakumari Devi, Additional State Project Director SSA Manipur T. Phullen Meetei, Principals, Heads of schools and teachers attended the function.

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IMPHAL | Nov 17

In an intensified campaign to pressurise the BJP government to disclose the contents of Framework Agreement, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today staged a sit-in-protest for the sixth day at Bishnupur Bazar, Bishnupur district headquarter.

The protest was held under the theme “Disclose the contents of Framework Agreement” and was organised by Bishnupur Block Congress Committee.

Former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh giving his speech during the event said that Congress party had and will never compromise the state’s territorial boundary and integrity and urged the BJP government to also do the same.

He said during his tenure, he met many interlocutors and they said Naga’s demands were too great a risk when they don’t have any marked territorial boundary, flag and other essentials.

He also said that Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur will be affected by the demands of Greater Nagaland but the losses of the other two states are much less as compared to Manipur, which stands to lose about 70-80 per cent of its land area.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the present Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh had promised before the election that there is nothing secretive in the FA and would do all it can to settle and respect the integrity of the state, but after the election, their speeches and colours have changed, he alleged.

NPF is a political wing of NSCN-IM and BJP taking them under their wing is a promise breaker, he said.

Ibobi asked what the stands of the BJP and NPF are on the issue of fighting to safeguard the state’s territorial boundary and integrity.

On recent announcement of special packages to the hill districts, the former Chief Minister also commented that there is a thing called budget and questioned how he could declare such amounts without the consent of the central government and the RBI.

He reiterated that the Look East Policy is now converted to Act East Policy but no actions have been taken by the government so far.

Former Deputy Chief Minister, Gaikhangam, in his turn said that the public has the right and power to know the contents of Framework Agreement and have been demanding since two years back, but is not disclosed till date. He said the contents must not be good if it is kept secret even after two years of signing the agreement.

Gaikhangam also asked why actions are not taken when Biren is welcomed in the hill districts with a board saying “Welcome to Nagaland” in the state itself. He asked as to why Biren who has state power in his hands now, is he not using this power while he can.

He also asked the name of the government in the state, “it cannot be called BJP party as it is made up of 3-4 parties, it also cannot be called just coalition party, it does not even have a name”, he said.

The MLA of Sugnu constituency, K. Ranjit said that if only the BJP government consulted Congress government of the state in 2001, the incident of July 18 would have never happened. But sadly that day is remembered as one of the blackest days in the history of Manipur, he said.

He also asked the stand of NPP, LJP and even NPF in dealing with the state at this important juncture. He also said that the government should have a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) being a coalition government, but has none. He asked the government to not only speak, but also to work.  

MPCC president T.N. Haokip, Thangmeiband constituency MLA, Th. Joykishan among others also spoke during the function. The leaders of the party notified that their campaign will continue and cover the remaining 54 constituencies of the state.

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IMPHAL | Nov 17

Thousands of people turned up on the joint Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit to highlight their grievances to the Chief Minister  N. Biren Singh at CM’s Secretariat today.

The Chief Minister attended to as many as 500 complaints and personally met nearly 1500 people from 8:00 am to 3:15 pm.

On the occasion, the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) screened various documentaries highlighting the achievements of the new government and Chief Minister’s visit to various hill districts of the State.

Speaking to the media persons, Chief Minister said that the government is focusing on action oriented policies and programmes for the welfare of the people and State. He affirmed that the new government is right on track towards bringing development in the State. Seeking people’s support and co-operation, Chief Minister said, “I am doing my level best to serve the people of the State.”

Refuting the allegations made by the Opposition parties,he said that people are witnessing the recent progress and development in the State and what the new government is tirelessly working for its people. He stated that the new government didn’t announce any false promises to the people, everything has been put before the public. He said that since its inception, the government is maintaining complete transparency to achieve good governance in the State. He asserted that the new government is trying its best to resolve the misdeeds/issues done by the previous government. As of now, there hasn’t been a single protest/agitation against the present government by the people of the State, he added.

Stating the grievances of differently-abled persons, widows, and old-aged persons, Chief Minister said that the government is conducting assessment camps in various districts for the identification and issue of disability certificate and assessment of nature of disability for providing appropriate aids and appliances for persons with disability living in the State.

Mentioning some of the developmental projects being taken up in the State, he said that the Tamenglong-Haflong road is upgrading to National Highway, construction of Water Supply Scheme estimated cost of Rs 40 crores at Tamenglong etc.

Chief Minister further stated that the health insurance scheme for BPL families which would provide financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh for medical treatment would be launched on 1st January, 2018. He mentioned that to ease the financial burden faced by widows, the application form for the Health Care Insurance Scheme for widows is being issued here today.

Mentioning about hosting the North-East Development Summit during Manipur Sangai Festival 2017, Chief Minister said that preparations are almost complete for the upcoming Sangai festival. Various National and International investors and companies are expected to participate in the North-East Development Summit to be held on 21st-22nd November, 2017, he added. He said that till now, Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have confirmed to attend the Festival. A media team from Myanmar would visit the State and interact with the media persons of the State during the festival. An exhibition football match will be played between Women football team from Mandalay and Manipur Women football team under the theme “Connecting through Sports” in the Sangai Festival, he added.

He said that he will inaugurate the Curtain Raiser of the Manipur Sangai Festival 2017 at Keibul Lamjao on 19 November 2017. And the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind will formally inaugurate the Manipur Sangai Festival 2017 and North-East Development Summit on 21st November, 2017.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

Festivity’s swank

When winter arrives, festivity strikes in this corner of the world called Manipur. Lots of events are coming up this year too. From stunning beauty pageant to music extravaganzas, the state will be sleeping late in these couple of months.

Night life in Manipur has already been awakened since more than a decade ago, as most of the Pan Shops are jam-packed till 2 am, where youngsters chat out their stoned minds. However, the recent initiative by the state government is also highly appreciable. People are now living few moments of their weekends at night in a space called ‘Imphal Evening’. In a way, Manipur is evolving. In the nature of changing Manipur, this year’s ‘Sangai Festival’ will have many new features and for the first time in its history, the festival will be inaugurated by President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. Unlike previous years, the festival will be celebrated three days longer, from November 19 to November 30, and organised at different locations, Keibul Lamjao, Takmupat, Hubitek Loktak Pat, BOAT, Hapta Kangjeibung, Pologround, Lamboikhongnangkhong, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Kangla Ford, Sirui hill of Ukhrul, Lamdan, Churachandpur and Zeilad Lake of Tamenglong. As a result, this year’s Sangai Festival will probably be more substantial.

In the meantime, Imphal is mending up every day just to get ready for Sangai Festival. Works are going on all days and nights since last few weeks. Roads are repaired and walls are painted, but how long are these going to withstand. It is hard to explain whether the roads will be as good as it is now till next year’s Sangai Festival. Beautification is of course needed for a big show. The question is maintaining a clean city needed just for sake of series of events and then back to same old dust and muds in the following months? To be precise, the repaired roads are almost like painted bitumen on the rocks, which will be definitely collapsed by the coming of next monsoon. In the end, all the repairing does not make any sense. Development does not mean celebration, it rather implies to quality of life in a continuous process. It’s how the people are dealing with their lives from dusk till dawn every day, though celebrations are just the occasional flavours. An example would be, a cultured person maintains good clothes just like his or hers daily meal, which also depicts the quality of life in the modern world. If the government is committed enough to develop the governance, everything needs to be taken care methodically but not purposely for the sake of official events.

It’s hard to explain on the nature of government in the state, while public are floating on small time happiness. The public only complains and tend to destruct when they experience anything that disturbs their convenience.

The state government is meticulously taking care of the state’s capital just to impress the visitors to witness the grand Sangai Festival. In fact, this is the need of the hour but there had been many bad impressions when foreign visitors experience the condition of Manipur. Needless to say that they have always fallen in love with the natural beauty, however they have also felt the lack of proper governance after experiencing the dusty environment and uncomfortable roads filled with potholes.

The northeast states of India have been giving a great hospitality to a large number of visitors from many places of the world through festivals. To name some, there are Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, Ziro Festival of Music in Arunachal Pradesh, Bihu Festival in Assam, Wangala Festival in Meghalaya, Chapchar Kut in Mizoram and Sangai Festival in Manipur. The appreciations had been pretty high from most of the visitors as they were attending festivals. But what if they visit when there are no festivities. The true colours of a nation or a place emerge when the environment dominates but not the people or government officials who dominate the environment. Comparison would be extremely high, but if someone visits London or Milan or Paris, quality of the cities remains the same in a span many years and they are beautiful enough that beautification is out of the scene. In fact, the real beauty is when someone visits a place, which is clean enough to breadth in and silent enough to capture the vision in the mind. If Manipur wants to boost up its tourism, the state needs to be highly toned in every aspect and not reconstruct the place repeatedly for the sake of festivity.

Leader Writer:  Khogen Khoibam

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

State government to organise MUDRA loan mela

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IMPHAL | Nov 17

Deputy Chief Minister, Y. Joykumar said that the government will organise Micro Unit Development and Refinancing Agency (MUDRA) loan mela very shortly in the state to impart its benefits to the public.

He was delivering the chief guests speech during the inauguration of 21st Manipur Rural Bank branch today at Naoremthong, Imphal.

Joykumar who is also the finance minister said that MUDRA loan will be very helpful to the people who want to start profitable small scale industries like poultry, handloom and others.

Stating that it will be very wrong to considered bank loans as grants the Deputy Chief Minister asked the people to repay loans in time so that both the public and banks get benefited.

Mentioning that “Japanese quail” egg is much in demand and it takes less time, effort and space to rear such breed of birds so he suggested farmers to start such business by taking the MUDRA loans as a first and easy step in opening a small scale industry.

Claiming that Manipur Rural Bank in the second rank just after SBI in giving the most number of MUDRA loan Joykumar asked the public to support such banks which truly work for the welfare of the common people.

The president of the function Manipur Rural Bank chairman, Prasanna Kumar Bal appealed to the government to consider the bank as the bank of the state and the state government and further appealed to give full support and cooperation in serving the common people of the state.

The function was attended by Reserved Bank of India general manager, P.S. Khual as guest of honour.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

CHILDLINE se Dosti campaign launched at Thoubal

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THOUBAL | Nov 17

Childline sub centre Thoubal has launched a two - day CHILDLINE se Dosti campaign at Thoubal today.

District and session judge Thoubal, Salam Imocha flagged off the campaign from Thoubal District Court complex, Khangabok. SP Thoubal, K. Meghachandra also attended the flagging off function for the campaign which will last till tomorrow.

 Salam Imocha said we should act with full enthusiasm and take responsibilities for the far and maximum reach of this campaign as a responsible citizen of this nation. He requested to remember and call at 1098 whenever a child is found under an unwanted situation.

  Director of childline sub center, Kh. Tompok said such a campaign will disseminate the information and platform that we have today and provide support to all children who really needed it. Every child has someone like us who can help and stand by him or her in an emergency and can rehabilitate with a proper care and facilities and fully provide the rights which a child should have, he added.

   He further said that a child is the most vulnerable section of our society who constantly faces negligence and violence in one way or another within home or outside of it. Sometimes there is none to help and give them support. Many a times they are constantly abused and suppressed, their voice remain unheard. “So, please share, express and be a part of this campaign because while doing this we are giving live and memory to someone which is his or her right. We should promote and protect them. Let them live and enjoy their childhood with lots of fun and playfulness which they would cherish throughout their lifetime” he added.

  It may be mentioned that members of Childline Thoubal took part at the campaign. Addressing the masses about the rights of children at the selected places using loud speaker and pasting of wall poster are the main part of the campaign.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

Drug peddler arrested

IMPHAL | Nov 17

In a search operation conducted at Singa village by a combined team of district police Thoubal of Yairipok PS, Nongpok Sekmai PS and Heirok PS, one drug peddler, namely Md. Daulat Khan alias Dewan (31), son of late Md.Latif of Yairipok Singa Mayai Leikai, was arrested from his residence, a release said.

1989 numbers of Spasmo Proxyvon (SP) capsules and 86 numbers of Nitrosun-10 (N-10) tablets which are banned under ND&PS Act were seized from possession of the arrestee, the release added.

Further, a case has been registered at Yairipok police station, said the release.

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IMPHAL | Nov 17

With regard to the demand for implementation of the 7th central pay recommendation in Manipur, a delegation of Manipur Government Services’ Federation (MGSF) today met the special secretary (Finance), under secretary (PIC) and other officials to ascertain the progress of Fitment Committee’s working.

The said delegation was led by president MGSF, M.Rajendra Singh, general secretary MGSF, Purujit Lairikyengbam, secretary publicity MGSF, M. Iboyaima, said a release.

Further, all the defaulter departments are requested to furnish their employees’ or posts details by November 18,  as notified by the finance department, in order to enable the Fitment Committee in finalising its status report and getting the Cabinet’s approval, the release continued.

Moreover, a meeting shall be held with the state’s chief minister before issuing a formal government order on the implementation of the 7th central pay recommendation in Manipur, the release added.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

Pangki land dispute settled: ZBTZCC

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 Secretary of Zeliangrong Baudi Tamenglong Zone Customary Court (ZBTZCC), Disuang Pamei, in a press statement declared that the Pangki land dispute has been settled.

 According to secretary ZBTZCC, Disuang Pamei,  Meithuanlung Gangmei, son of late Mathiukung Makhuam village had sued a case in the customary court of Zeliangrong Baudi Tamenglong zone, against Majoreng Khumba, son of late Saton, Pungmon/ Chingchen village regarding a disputed land, namely Pangki hill. The case was accepted and registered in the said court as case no. 1/1/2005, he added.

  In view of the case, ZBTZCC had summoned both parties for several hearings. Further, with the consent of both the parties on March 11, 2016 and July 26, 2017 , a ‘water diving ordeal’ was agreed upon to determine the rightful owner of the Pangki land.

 In his words, “as per their agreement, the court had taken the signature of both the contending individual, along with their witnesses. Then the court had ordered both the parties for the ‘water diving ordeal’ to be held on November 15, 2017, at Tamenglong headquarter.”

 But on the decreed day, the defendant, Majoreng Khumba, refused the water diving ordeal and left the court with his parties. While Meithuanlung Gangmei stood firm for the ‘water diving ordeal’.

In light of the situation, as per Zeliangrong customary rules, on November 15, ZBTZCC openly declared the petitioner Meithuanlung Gangmei, as the rightful owner of the disputed land, namely Pangki hill.

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