By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Nov 18
The 10-day nationwide campaign ‘connecting to serve’ on legal awareness concluded today. The campaign was organised by the Manipur state legal services authority (MASLSA) under the aegis of national legal services authority (NALSA).
The main of objective of the campaign was to take up awareness on free and competent legal services to the weaker section of the society and to organise Lok Adalats to secure the operation of the legal system and to promote justice on a basis of equal opportunity.
The closing ceremony of the campaign was held today at the Uripok Cheirap Court.
District and and session judge, Imphal west Maibam Manojkumar Singh while giving his speech at the closing ceremony said that the 10-day long campaign was held with different activities under the theme ‘connecting to serve’. Walklathon, Motor Cycle rally sport, painting competition, Essay writing, drawing competition, house to house legal awareness were some sorts of the activities taken up in the campaign he mentioned.
Chief Judicaial magistrate, Imphal West Lamkhanpau Tonsing further mentioned that during the 10 day campaign 10,000 people were provided with legal aids by the volunteers and free legal aids were provided to the people who are in needs of legal aids assistance.
The closing ceremony of the campaign was attended by District session judge, Imphal west Maibam Manojkumar Singh, additional session judge, fast track court (crime against women) Manipur A. Nautuneshwori Devi Chief Judicaial magistrate, Imphal West Lamkhanpau Tonsing as the presidium members of the function and also the volunteers of district legal clinic.
I am a human being and I am not perfect. So, please kindly read the message and not the messenger
By Sanjoo Thangjam
MAHADUGGATA : At times the Buddha's KARUNA was expressed through very simple acts.
A very poor man named Mahaduggata lived in a city of Benaras. When the citizens had invited the Buddha and his monks to the city they asked all the people to help look after the venerable ones.
Although Mahaduggata and his wife were very poor, they gladly volunteered to looked after one monk, by providing his meal. They both worked very hard to earn the money necessary to buy food and buy a very simple meal.
When the time came to serve the meal ; it was discovered that Mahaduggata and his wife had been overlooked. No monk had been assigned to visit their home for a meal. The poor disappointed man wrung his hands and burst into tears. Someone pointed out to him that nobody had yet entertained the Buddha. Quickly he went to invite the Compassionate one. Outside, princes and nobles had been waiting to conduct the Buddha to their own places, but he followed Mahaduggata to his home.
The Buddha ate the food prepared by Mahaduggata and his wife. Thanked them and returned to the monastery.
Soon after, Mahaduggata's fortunes improved, and in fact he became rich. He became the wealthiest man in the city and the king appointed him as his Treasurer.
While building a new house , Mahaduggata discovered many hidden treasures as workmen dug the foundations. With the money from these discoveries, he offered the Buddha and his sangha for seven days.
THE HUNGRY FARMER : A hungry man is helped through a simple act METTA.
One day the Buddha and his disciples were the guests of a village called Alavi where he was going to discourse. A Brahmin in that village had decided to go to listen to the Buddha. When the day arrived, the farmer discovered one of his oxen was missing.
The Brahmin was torn between his desire to hear the Buddha or to find his oxen. He decided if he set out immediately he could join the meeting afterward. It was after midday before he found the animal. Quickly he returned the oxen to his farm.
The Brahmin was very tired and hungry from his search, but he didn't want to miss the Buddha's talk, so he hurried to the meeting place without stopping to rest or eat. The Buddha and his disciples had finished their meal and the Buddha was about to express his gratitude by giving his sermon.
Just at that moment, the Brahmin farmer arrived. Seeing this man before him looking so tired and weak, the Buddha asked someone to give the man some food and find him a place to sit and eat. The Blessed One told the man to take his time; to rest and eat for he would wait for him to finish before he start his sermon.
When the man had rested and satisfied his hunger, the Buddha began his discourse. Some of the townspeople and even some monks thought that it was not proper that the Buddha should concern himself about food for a person who was only a householder and not even a follower. Hearing these comments, the Blessed One explained, " If I had preached to this man while he was suffering from the pangs of hunger, he would not have been able to follow what I am saying. There is no affliction like the affliction of hunger,"
The writer is a lay Buddhist and a Social Activist for People Who Use Drugs (PUDs). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Col Anil Bhat, VSM (Retd)
(Gorichen to Siachen, Author: Brig D.K. Khanna, VSM; Alpha Editions; Pages: 147 in hardback; Price: Rs. 850/-)
Gorichen, a majestic peak in the Eastern Himalayas at an altitude of 22,500 feet, is the highest in Arunachal Pradesh. Beautiful to look at and providing a fantastic view from the top, it is extremely tough climb for mountaineers.
Siachen, which in the Balti language (of Baltistan) means a land with an abundance of roses, is the name of one of the five largest glaciers in the East Karakoram Range of the Northern Himalayas, at an average altitude of 5,400 meters (17,700 feet) above sea level, is considered as the highest and coldest in the world. The name itself is most ironic as not a blade of grass grows in that entire area.
Gorichen to Siachen is an account of how19th Battalion of the Kumaon Regiment, popularly known as the ‘Unnis’ and ‘Mountain Marauders’, was pitched into very challenging actions in peacetime and how it succeeded as the pioneers in establishing control of the Saltoro range to defend the Siachen Glacier. With the coldest of temperatures- around minus 40 degrees- and with the highest of features at over 20,000 feet of altitude, Siachen is the most exacting of active battlefields in the world. The author considers it an honour to have led the first battalion ever to be deployed there. The story culminates in the Battalion accomplishing its task in the capture and occupation of the Saltoro Ridge line on the Siachen Glacier in 1984.
Raised in 1979, 19 Kumaon, in the short span of barely five years till its occupation of the formidable Saltoro Ridge, had been preparing and training itself for any eventuality. While doing so, volunteering for an expedition to scale Mount Gorichen, in 1982 even though with limited resources and inadequate expertise, proved to be a good precursor to its deployment in Siachen. The other task was aid to civil authorities in Assam in 1983, when the Battalion was spread over a distance of 400 kms, too wide a stretch for a single battalion.
The rigorous training schedule undertaken to prepare the battalion for the Siachen Glacier proved the saying, “The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war”. For Unnis, the move to Siachen Glacier meant traversing 630 Kms, including crossing Zoji La (La means a mountain pass), which was covered with about 40 feet of snow and Khardungla, which, during winters, is considered impassable on foot with full battle loads. The Battalion was fortunate to achieve this stupendous task without suffering any serious casualty.
All these actions and more while on the glacier have been lucidly described by the author in the book, which also happens to be the first ever to be written about military operations at a battalion and lower levels. Every chapter elaborates on tasks accomplished by forming plans after carefully examining the options available. Various situations described in the book can be a matter of debate as to whether any other courses of action were available with the inputs at hand from the field. The chapters on Operation Meghdoot, fought for the first time in world military history at unprecedented altitudes and extreme cold conditions, are rare revelations.
The book is all the more valuable not only for armed forces, but even civilian leaders as it highlights bravery, determination endurance and other attributes of good soldiers on the one hand and on the other, the unfortunate aspects of poor planning, haphazardness and some negative traits of senior commanders, fortunately, only a few.
While the bureaucracy can be blamed for depriving the army of some crucial requirements, senior military leadership too has to share the blame. An awful example: After almost two months of use, the clothing worn by soldiers deteriorated considerably and had to be kept together with needle and thread by the soldiers themselves-from a small hold-all pouch, ironically officially named ‘housewife’. Owing to extensive walking on rough terrain, the single pair of snow boots per soldier started getting holes in the soles. Wet feet can lead to frostbite and worse, gangrene. The men were using ingenuous methods of blocking the holes in their boots. Even after two months there was no special extreme cold weather clothing even for those doing night sentry duties. There was no highly required mountaineering equipment issued like climbing boots, crampons, ice axes and good quality sleeping bags. Operations at extreme high altitude were conducted with the same clothing authorized for up to 9000 feet. Hats off to the indefatigable soldiers of Unnis, who, like their comrades in the Indian Army are known for, bore all these shortcomings, maintained their morale and remained ready to take on any task.
There are also situations when a military commander’s mindlessness, to put it mildly, which also sometimes infects his close staff officers, causes avoidable problems. An example: After the arduous 630 kms move of the Battalion, the first order issue to it by the sector headquarters in its operational setting was providing troops for ‘administrative duties’ involving two non-commissioned officers (NCOs), six soldiers, a clerk, a mess waiter and even a bugler, as well as separately, a working party of one NCO and nineteen soldiers.
The book, with many photographs gives the reader, particularly the uninitiated, an idea of the kind of challenges of terrain and weather conditions and unfavourable situations Indian Army troops function in.
There are dilemmas of command which a commander often faces during operations. When viewed in retrospect, it is very difficult to imagine and appreciate the operational environment which existed at the time of the decision. For example in Chapter 12, “The Longest Day”, should a young officer like Second Lieutenant Poondir have volunteered for a suicidal mission? More so, should the Commanding Officer have permitted such a mission knowing fully well that it may not succeed, or did he have any other option?
The book offers today’s leaders an opportunity to judge the actions taken more than 30 years ago with the advantage of the knowledge of the course history has taken and to discuss if it could be any different or any better. This book is most recommended not only for all young military officers and junior leaders in all walks of life, but also for senior military commanders, particularly as it mentions some avoidable blunders and glitches.
It can also be enjoyed by students, scholars, adventure lovers and avid readers, because many of the daunting feats related in it make it an adventure- thriller.
By Dr. C. Joshua Thomas
I feel greatly honoured to have this privilege of delivering the keynote address at this very important 7th international conference on Great Power’s Strategy and its Regional Role in the Indian Ocean: From the Perspective of Security and Economy. I begin by warmly thanking the organisers and the host institution more particularly Professor Wang Rong & Professor Zhu Cuiping and the colleagues at the RIIO for the commendable initiative to organize this very important conference.
This conference comes at an appropriate moment in the development of Indian Ocean region and more particularly with India, China; South and Southeast and East Asia when rapid changes are occurring in the region with the participation of multiple actors. The subject is significant; the venue – Kunming – the eternal spring city - is an apt choice and the timing is perfect. I sincerely hope that the participants gathered here, representing different countries, nationalities and institutions, will certainly make an optimal use of this opportunity; they will not only exchange views but also strive to develop a consensus view on new opportunities, new ideas and new measures to deepen their cooperation with China, South and Southeast Asia.
In this address I would like to speak on “Oceans as Global Commons: Indian Ocean and Asian Prosperity.”
Oceans as Global Commons: Indian Ocean & Asian Prosperity
The American strategic thinker S. Ashley J Tellis (2012) observes that the US considers Indian Ocean as a “Global Common” as Alfred Mahan, another great American Strategic thinker terms as “great highway” – a wide common. In this presentation I have used the term Oceans as Global Commons, signifying that the Ocean, particularly referring to the Indian Ocean as a distinct cultural and historical link with commonness among the littoral state. This address would like to dwell on the importance of Indian Ocean economically and strategically, and how India’s geographical destiny has placed the Country right in the middle of it. It would stress that the IO can be transformed as the Ocean of Peace and economic growth.
Once again, I would like to quote from Alfred Mahan, the great American Strategist who wrote more than a hundred years ago that, “Whoever controls the Indian Ocean dominates Asia. The Ocean is the key to the seven seas. In the twenty first century the destiny of the world will be decided on its waters.”
The deeply perceptive and almost prophetic vision of Alfred Mahan, signifies the importance of the IOR. The statement when made was perhaps related to the control of the seas at its surface. However, technological advances force us to see the thought is a multidimensional context which extends to the depth of the Ocean as well as to the space above it. In the horizontal dimension the littoral states of the region become key actors, hence the relevance of the region as opposed to the ocean by itself. Today, in the 21st century, the IOR emerges as one of the most significant regions in the world due to its geological, political, economic and strategic characteristics.
It was Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India who once said that India is curiously situated from geographical view as well as many other points of view. He further said, India belongs to Southeast Asia, it belongs to South Asia and it belongs to East Asia. Thus, India’s geographical destiny has placed the country right in the middle of it. K.M. Panikkar, the amateur historian, administrator, and diplomat, who in his book on “India and the Indian Ocean: An Essay on the influence of sea power on Indian History” published in 1945 highlighted the importance of Indian Ocean. Kishore Mahbubani, the famous diplomat of Singapore in one of his recent works, “ASEAN Miracle” has given extensive references to Indian Ocean trade in the colonial times to the present era. It should be mentioned on the contribution of C. Raja Mohan, “Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific.” where in, he articulated why IO has attracted so much attention.
The Indian Ocean (IO) has played a significant role in influencing socio-economic and political developments of the littoral countries as well as in the strategies of leading powers since ancient times. The IOR offers important minerals and raw materials. The single most important item which the region provides is petroleum. The economic development and industrial progress of the developed and non-oil producing developing countries are crucially dependent upon the oil supply from the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula. Apart from oil, the region abounds in 20 out of the 40 raw materials of strategic importance imported by the West. These include uranium, thorium, beryllium, coal, iron, copper, manganese, tin, mica, bauxite, chromites, nickel, cobalt, antimony, etc. The latest discovery of rich mineral nodules from the IO sea beds has further increased the importance of the Ocean area. Moreover, one-fifth of the world’s arable land lies in this region while the Ocean offers a variety of rich marine resources. The vast by untapped mineral resources and raw materials offers an allurement to the developed nations located outside the region. The desire to exploit these resources not only creates rivalry among the big powers but also provokes regional and intra-regional conflicts. Thus, the IO has emerged as one of the world’s busiest and most critical trade corridors, rapidly surpassing the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Covering a vast global expanse, extending to East Africa in the West, Australia in the East, South Africa in the South, the Indian Ocean is well poised to regain its influence to regain its influence in world politics and the global economy.
In the IO, three continents become absorbed in broad marine systems along with islands such as Sri Lanka and Madagascar and archipelagos such as Indonesia. Asia, Africa and Australia come into a common focus in this area, bringing African, Arab, Asian and European peoples together in a common destiny. This is also an area with a common colonial past. Geographically, the IO is not only a vital link in the sea communications between East and West. It is also bordered by states rich in natural resources. The IO and its littoral constitute a beachhead to the main land masses of Africa and Asia, and eastward access to the Pacific. These geographical characteristics led to the shared historical experience of the states of the region, of decades and in some cases, centuries of subjugating either as a colonies or dependent territories, within a context of power rivalry. The major players in the Indian Ocean in the 21st Century includes: the US, China, India, Japan and Australia.
In a nutshell we can say that the East Asian, South & South East Asian economics and prosperity are dependent on the Indian Ocean as the lifeline. In the case of India, maritime trade contributed to 41% of India’s GDP; 90% of India’s trade in Volumes and 77% Trade Value is maritime in nature. Overall international trade accounted for more than 16% of India’s GDP.
Likewise, Indian Ocean plays a vital role in China’s maritime trade with the rest of the world. What is more important is that the IO Route is the key to China’s global import from Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern coasts of North and South America. Oil constitutes about 10% of the total import of China and, in 2014, much of which originated in the Middle Eastern and African countries of Saudi Arabia (16%), Angola (13%), Oman (10%), Iraq (9%), Iran (9%), UAE (4%) and Congo (2%) and shipped through the IO Route that passes through the strategic choke point of Malacca Strait. In fact, about 85% of China’s imports and between 70-85% of her energy supplies passes through this route. Although Chinese shipping companies and port operators have already emerged as the global leaders, the strategic vulnerability of this route where choke points are being controlled by USA and where India wields a significant power has long been a geostrategic concern for China. But the point which I would like to make here is that chocking sea lanes of communication will not help anyone especially in India’s and China’s case.
Moreover, IO is closely linked with South China Sea – which is why close regional understanding, cooperation and coordination between India, China and ASEAN is very much required.
Although China and India increasingly vie for strategic advantage in the IOR, while also cooperating on some transnational security issues such as, anti-piracy, disaster relief, drug smuggling, search and rescue, ete. China and India have expressed eagerness to assume greater responsibility in policing maritime commons and to be recognized as major powers. China’s activities are likely to expand in conjunction with its OBOR initiative, but this does not have to come at India’s expense. Broader initiatives like the BRICS Development Bank and the AIIB are also pulling India into a larger leadership role alongside China
The biggest challenge to creating coordinated effective action across the IO is the lack of institutions of governance that cover the whole space. It may sound mundane, but institutionalized organizations with a regular diplomatic calendar and senior officials meeting to work on an agenda drive processes of consultation and action.
The last point which I would like to put across is: the current GDP of the United States is under $17 trillion, China – below $7 trn, and India below $2 trn. A Goldman Sachs estimate projects that by 20130, the line-up would be as follows: the line-up would be as follows: China – $ 25.6 trn; USA – $ 22.8 trn; and India – $ 6.68 trn. In comparison, the GDPs of the other major global economies in 2030 are estimated to be as follows (all US $ trillion): Japan - 5.88; Germany – 3.76; UK – 3.59; France – 3.3; and Italy 2.39. This would mean that the three future major powers is Asia – China, India & Japan. It is said that Asia is poised to be the centre of world trade and politics, so much so that 21st Century is called the “Asian Century”.
Thus, the lifeline of this growth is the Indian Ocean and therefore, IO needs to be an ocean of Peace & tranquillity and an Ocean of growth & prosperity!
How to make peace in the IOR, we may think of ways and means to address to each ones concern such as:
- security concern
- economic interests
- settle border dispute
- show friendship
- encourage mutual cooperation building mechanism6
- all international waterways should be treated as global commons.
In summation: I fondly recall what Mr. Rani Wickremesinghe, Hon’ble Prime Minister of Sri Lanka said at the Indian Ocean Conference held at Singapore on 1st September 2016: “There is a need to have the Indian Ocean Order and this Order needs to be build on a consensual agreement and no singular State should dominate the system. The IOO would have the primary responsibility of upholding the freedom of navigation in the IO, ensuring that shipping and air routes to East Asia and beyond are kept open building closer economic cooperation amongst countries in the region, incorporating an Indian Ocean Development Fund for development of the region, and in particular, establishing a strong Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management mechanism to deal with natural and manmade disaster.”
As America is struggling and in a retreat for a prospective offshore balancing; Europe is failing and faltering; India and China is emerging and raising, it is time that both India and China to stands up and strives for peace & prosperity and growth & stability in the Indian Ocean Region and also in South, Southeast Asia and East Asia and make 21st Century as the Asian Century!
(Dr. C. Joshua Thomas, is the Deputy Director, ICSSR North Eastern Regional Centre & Coordinator, ASEAN Studies Centre, Shillong, India. This is the keynote address he delivered at the 7th international conference on held on November 9-10, 2017 at the Research Institute for Indian Ocean Economics, Yunnan University of Finance & Economics, Kunming, Yunnan Province, P.R. China.)
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MOREH | Nov 18
Manipur Network of Positive People (MNP+) in collaboration with DPU, NG, OSD, OSOM, MSF, CSD and Smart Society have organised today a workshop titled ‘One day workshop on enhancing partnerships between Law Enforcement agencies and civil society organization in the context of drug use and HIV/AIDS’ at the conference hall of Moreh Trade Centre.
The workshop was attended by SDPO Moreh police, Lawrence, O.C. H.Chaoba singh , 11 Assam rifles Moreh, Avinash, officers of Moreh police and district AIDS Control officer Chandel, Dr. Kesho Singh Moirangthem.
The staffs of I.C.T.C. Moreh Hospital, Dedicated people union (DPU), New Generation (NG), Organization for social Development (OSD), Organisation for salvation of man (OSOM), Medicine sane frontier (MSF) Center for social Development (CSD) and Smart Society also attended the workshop.
At the workshop, the speakers discussed about how to bring together the IDUs (injecting Drug User) FSWs (Female sex worker) MWs (Migrant worker) and how to control them at the border town of Moreh with the help of police and securities.
Measures to prevent the arrival of female sex workers from the Myanmar border were discussed by clearing the up the misunderstandings between NGOs that work along with the police. An open discussion was also held as a part of the workshop.
By Garga Chatterjee
The Union government Prime Minister Narendra Modi had exhorted hundreds of millions of citizens of the Indian Union to open bank accounts. This was after his pre-poll promise of putting 15 lakh Rupees in every citizen’s account by his capturing of black money. Many small deposit accounts were thus opened with bank officials, especially government bank officials being continuously pressured to boost the outputs of what was essentially a political gimmick couched in language of economic empowerment. Nowadays you can buy peddlers of such lingo on streets of Delhi where their supply is especially high. Not one of those small deposit accounts from millions of people grew to have a balance of 15 lakhs. Because such exponential and sudden growth in account balance can only be promised by a demagogue and can only happen in the bank account of a crook.
If someone’s account balance increases by a factor of 16000 ever since Narendra Modi came to power, there is reason for hope. Let’s say that person put in 100 Rupees. A 16000 fold increase means that 100 Rupees would become 16 lakhs. That would be then a case where Narendra Modi’s promise would have come somewhat true. In a comic way, the alleged case involving Jay Shah, son on BJP President Amit Shah, seems to be the most prominent person in the alleged 16000 fold account value increase club. Narendra Modi’s Hindi slogan of “Aacche Deen” or “Good days” seems to have worked at least in the case of Jay Shah.
This is a story whose original reporting is now banned by a court case launched by the powers that be against the press. However, much of the English language press (with very few notable exceptions) and the major Hindi language press almost across the board has completely avoided much mention of this crucial case of alleged corruption and nepotism. This is due to the fact that the ruling BJP is primarily based out of Hindi states and Delhi and hence it wields greatest powers of threat and coercion as well as exacting servility from English and Hindi media. However, the power of the BJP drastically wanes when one ventures into a majority media space in the Indian Union that is controlled by non-Hindi, non-English media. Thus, if one looks at the Bangla media space or the Tamil media space or the Kannada media space, a very different reality emerges. Thus, the vibrancy of the media space and freedom of expression hugely varies across the political landscape of the Indian Union. This means that the Indian Union does not have a uniform media terrain. Various non-Hindi linguistic nationalities of the Indian Union dominate their own national homeland areas (Bengalis in West Bengal, Tamils in Tamil Nadu, Malayalis in Kerala, Punjabis in Punjab, Marathis in Maharashtra and so on) and hence their domestic media culture varies greatly from the media space of the Hindi linguistic-national homeland, often called the cow-belt. What are the implications of this heterogeneity?
If in a polity where Hindi states disproportionately dominate in shaping policies of the present BJP led Union government, the reality of the realm ruled from Delhi is refracted various in various languages, reflecting their own standards of journalism and more important, the extent of reach of BJP aligned big money. So when Hindi media doesn’t report on the Jay Shah case but others so as all should, one ends up with a scenario where Hindi states and non-Hindi states are waking up everyday and going through 24 x 7 media world with very different versions of reality. If that reality was one that was due to the very different realities of Hindi states and non-Hindi states, that would have made sense. But it is dangerous when that difference simply reflects the primary political base of Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan forces and the relative weakness of these forces in most non-Hindi states. This would not have mattered if the State governments were mostly in charge of affairs of the State. But in the super-centralized framework of the Indian Union, the Union government has captured almost all important powers. Thus, a skewed version of reality and sometimes even an alter-reality is being created by Hindi media space that principally serves BJP’s interests. That does ensure that party of Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan ideology dominates the Hindi states. But when that enables the BJP to capture power the Union government, it ceases to be a matter of Hindi states alone. Buoyed by Hindi state media propaganda, the public opinion of non Hindi states in rendered irrelevant and thus a government that draws its support from this sort of propaganda ends up affecting the daily lives of the citizens of non-Hindi states. In so far as non-Hindi states are affected by how Hindi states vote, this is a problem that the non-Hindi states cannot solve, no matter how robust and free their own media are. The only solution to such a state of affair is decentralization, such that most of the Union and Concurrent list subjects are moved to the State list. That way, the Hindi media that is adept at stoking communal passions, has spiced up anti-Pakistan (more so) or anti-Bangladesh (less so) content as its daily staple and simply blanks out critique of the Gujarat group that enjoys power in New Delhi, can create mischief and obfuscation within the Hindi national space but that toxin ends up being meaningless due to empowered States because State governments of non-Hindi states are not elected based on Hindi and English media narratives. The corporate-political nexus is a truth for all media industries but the depth of that nexus matters. The Hindi and English media is doing a disservice to its audience by doing what it is not supposed to do and not doing what it is supposed to do. The non-Hindi media audience and citizens are the collateral damage in spite of having a higher and better informed level of public discourse.
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MOREH | Nov 18
A free health camp was organised today at M. Chanou Village, Moreh led by DSP, CDO Moreh, Th. Krishnatombi and assisted by representatives of forest department, Moreh.
The camp, which was held at the residence of the village chief of M. Chanou Village, was inaugurated by lighting up torches. Torches were lit up by Krishnatombi, in-charge of forest department etc.
ORS were handed out to the children of the village and elders were provided with vitamins by the doctors and afterwards, the medical consultations and treatments started.
People from the neighbouring villages also came to receive treatments at the camp. Medicines were provided free of costs. Krishnatombi expressed that the free medical camp was organised to provide medical assistance to the villagers as diseases are prone to rise during the time of seasonal change.
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THOUBAL | Nov 18
In protest against the recent bomb blast at Mahamani Village, the people of Chandel district took out a mass protest rally at Chandel District Head Quarters today.
Jointly organised by Anal tribe's CSOs, large number of villagers, students, church and CSO leaders gathered at Mini Indoor Stadium and proceeded toward the office of deputy commissioner, Chandel via Japhou Bazar.
During the mass rally, the protestors displayed several placards denouncing the recent bomb blast and slogans like "We condemn bomb blast" "We want Peace" etc. were raised.
A copy of memorandum addressed to Prime Minister of India, signed by the president of Anal Naga Tangpi (ANTA), Anal Students' Union, Anal Women Union, Anal Lon Chiefs' Association and Anal Christian Forum was handed over through the deputy commissioner, Chandel.
It may be mentioned that on November 13, suspected militant triggered an IED at Mahamani Village in Chandel District Head Quarters and claimed the lives of two Assam rifles personnel.
IMPHAL | Nov 18
Speaking as chief guest at the inaugural function of the XXXI Manipur University Inter College Youth Festival, minister art and culture, L. Jayantakumar Singh said being prudent is a positive quality and advised the students to maintain discipline so as to be successful in life.
Expressing his happiness at the massive participation of students in the festival from different districts, he said that it will be one of the collective experiences of the students in their life.
He emphasised that one should be logical and ambitious in life. To be able to keep up one’s pride, is the prestige of a person and competition itself begins from the behaviour of a person, he added.
Jayantakumar said there is no bigger sin than losing self-confidence. He also released a souvenir in connection with the mega function.
Giving the presidential speech at the inaugural function, vice chancellor of Manipur University, professor, Adya Prasad Pandey, asserted that the state’s potential in many fields especially in the field of art and culture, and sports remains unchallenged.
He praised the students from different colleges for their participation in the event. Attending the function as guest of honour, MLA, Dr. Radheshyam Yumnam said that mutual communication and understanding among the people will lead towards a peaceful society. He appealed the gathering, specially the students, to cultivate the feeling of oneness.
Dean, Students’ Welfare, Manipur University professor. Kh Tomba Singh also attended the function as guest of honour. March past and cultural contingents representing different colleges of the state honoured the chief guest and other dignitaries as a part of the event.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Nov 18
An official team of the High Court of Manipur today conducted spot enquiry at the National Sports Academy, Khuman Lampak and SAI Sports Complex, Takyelpat here today.
The division bench of the High Court comprising of acting chief justice, N. Kotiswar and justice, K. Nobin passed the spot enquiry order yesterday during the hearing of a suo motu PIL in connection with alleged mismanagement and irregularities in administration of National Sports Academy and SAI Sports Complex.
The official enquiry team was led by acting chief justice, N. Kotiswar Singh and Justice, K. Nobin Singh and was accompanied by registrar general, A. Guneshwar Sharma, MASLSA members secretary, R.K. Memcha Devi and other officials and senior counsels of the High Court.
During the spot enquiry the team inspected administrative block of NSA and class rooms in which the team found un-proportionate manpower and infrastructures. Later the team also inspected hostels for both girls and boys and their dining hall and kitchen.
Following the completion of spot enquiry visit at NSA premises, the team visited SAI Sports complex and inspected the multipurpose indoor stadium, hostels, kitchen, dining hall and gym at the said complex. The team found no complaints such as lack of manpower and infrastructures.
Mentioned may be made that the division bench during the hearing of the said PIL yesterday observed that sports is the pride of Manipur. Sports bring not only laurels for the state but they also contribute immensely to the well-being of the society as well, the bench observed.
The court also observed that everybody in the state is concerned about the welfare of the sports in the state and desire that the sports academies should function properly to produce the best of the sportspersons.