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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL| June 17
Chief minister N. Biren Singh today urged government teachers to make serious efforts towards improving the condition of government educational institutes.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the prize distribution function for top rank holders of class X and XII examinations conducted by Board of Secondary Education, Manipur (BOSEM) and Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur (COHSEM) respectively at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound.
Prizes include citation, a cash prize of 3000 for HSLC students, Rs. 10000 for arts and commerce and Rs. 50000 for science stream students and mementos.
The chief minister stated that parents nowadays are spending huge amounts of money in children’s education in the state. It is mainly due to emergence of coaching/tuition culture and degradation of government institutes, he observed.
The chief minister contended that common people’s wish of giving proper education to their children at affordable cost can’t be fulfilled until the condition of government educational institutes are enhanced.
Although, education is one of the thrust areas of the new government apart from health and infrastructure/communication sectors, no improvement in education sector is possible without the sincere and serious effort of teachers, Biren observed.
As one of the initial steps for bringing improvement in the education sector, completion of 50 schools (41 schools under SSA and nine schools under RMSA) had been included in the 100 days programme of the new government.
Stating that the government is planning to introduce vocational training in 40 colleges soon, the chief minister said that deliberations are being made to consider enrolment of even school dropouts in these courses.
He said that there is an alarming rate of dropouts in the state and the impact has been really bad, giving rise to unemployment. It will be even made available to classes 9 and 10 level.
He further said that the government would open a District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) centre for Imphal East district soon.
The government is also planning to bring out a transparent transfer and posting policy for teachers and head of institutions under the directorate of education (S) as soon as possible, he added.
Biren further said that in order to streamline the education system and to have proper control over the mushrooming of private schools and coaching centres, the Manipur Private Schools (Registration) Bill, 2017 and the Manipur Coaching Institute (Control and Regulation) Bill, 2017 would be placed before the state Assembly in the next session.
Education minister Th. Radheshyam said that the new state government led by Biren Singh had decided to give thrust to education and health sectors.
As such, a brainstorming session with ZEOs, headmasters/principals and teachers with the top officials of the State Government would be held after the prize distribution function to find the ways of uplifting education sector, the minister said.
He further said that for the first time, the government also decided to organise joint prize distribution for the rank holders of Class X and XII examinations conducted by BOSEM and COHSEM respectively.
The minister expressed hope that the prize winners would motivate other students to work harder and achieve better milestones in future.
Stating that one should not get discouraged with failures, the minister observed that students should not forget to learn lessons from their mistakes.
During the function, the chief minister also launched a website namely, www.edusuggest.in, which will immediately connect all the stakeholders with the government to foster decision making and public participation in the education sector.
Later, the chief minister distributed commendation prizes to the top 10 position holders of Class X examination conducted by BOSEM and Class XII examination conducted by COHSEM.
He also feted the top 10 students of government schools, who secured highest marks in these two examinations, with prizes at the function.
Principal secretary (Education-S) Vineet Joshi, education (S) director Th. Kirankumar Singh and COHSEM chairman L. Mahendra Singh also attended the function as guests of honour.

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 00:00

I-Day award for state manufacturer

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 17
Chief minister N. Biren Singh said that the sericulture industries of the state can bring a pride of the state as well an economical development.
The chief minister was speaking as a chief guest on the felicitation programme by the state department of sericulture held today at MSPMC multipurpose hall at Sangaipat, Imphal East.
Biren assured to the crowd that budget will be made in priority wise on the basis of the needs of fund and the potential of the work.
“Sericulture has a huge market in the world and the state is among the top in the field of sericulture. So if we put more effort in this field our state can generate by its own fund,” said the chief minister.
Biren said that the new government has bought many positive changes in the state starting from the welfare of the people mostly the poor and development works. Such change is possible all due to the support of the people to the government, he added.   
The government will not tolerate any practice which is against the law and order and will not spare anyone including militant groups if they hurt the innocent public, said Biren.
During the function the chief minister distributed sericulture equipments and machines made in the state to the farmers.
The chief minister was impressed by the charkha reeling machine made in the state, so he announced that he will give an award to the manufacturer of the machine, Wankheimayum Shanta Singh on Independence Day as an appreciation of his hard work.  
Biren continued that in order to bring a positive change and great development in the state he appealed to the people of the state to support them.
The guest of honour, sericulture parliamentary secretary Awangbou Newmai said that the state seems to be fully dependent on other states or country for different products which is very unfortunate.
“We can also at least make other states or country depend on our state in some specific products which our state has a strong potential in the field such as sericulture,” said Newmai.
He assured that the new government under the leadership of chief minister Biren Singh will start looking into such area which has great potential but neglected by the previous government.
The new government has a very big dream about the future of the state and will make the state not less than any develop state in the country, added Newmai.
The felicitation function was attended by sericulture secretary Th. Gopen Meitei as president and finance parliamentary secretary Th. Satyabrata Singh, RD and PR parliamentary secretary, H. Dingo Singh and sericulture director, S. Kunjakishore Singh as guests of honour.

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KANGPOKPI | June 17
Hundreds of womenfolk from various communities of Kangpokpi under the aegis of Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organization today held ‘Toumun Kiphin’ (sit-in-protest) at the heart of the district in protest against alleged demands and extortion in the town.
Womenfolks congregated at Brig. Thomas ground, at around 11 am in the morning and deliberated on the monetary demands to government officials, departments including individuals, shop vendors and highway maintaining agencies.
Later, the womenfolk proceeded towards Kangpokpi main market and staged sit-in to show their discontentment and unacceptable anti-social activities on the part of various militants outfit in the district.
The market wore a deserted look during the protest.
Shops, business centres and others including hotels in the market area remained closed for the day. Protesting womenfolk were seen holding placards which read ‘Stop Extortion’, ‘Live and Let Live’, etc during their protest.
Sources close to the protesting womenfolk disclosed that a banned outfit has imposed monetary demands to forest and power departments including few individuals and highway maintenance agencies, while shop vendors have always remained a soft target of extortion, it added.
Further it said militant outfits are making a huge monetary demand of Rs 20 lakhs each to the forest and power department while the continual demand upon shop vendors ranges from Rs. 1500 to 4000.
“Militants are threatening us all the time. We can’t live in peace. We are hiding most of the time. We are suffering immensely at their hands. Living a normal life is difficult for us,” said a businessman.
Meanwhile, Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organization asked the militant outfits operating in the areas to stop such monetary demands and extortions and warned to face the wrath of the women bodies if they fail to cooperate.
The women body also urges the department officials, shop vendors or any individual who meet such monetary demands or extortions from any militant outfits in Kangpokpi to instantly contact KWWO.
The organisation also warned those youngsters loitering late at night without any reason only to create troubles in the town to abstain from their ill behaviours or face the music.

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IMPHAL | June 17
The outlawed Manipur Naga People’s Front has condemned the unwanted incident that occurred on June 15 at Ukhrul wherein one Ramyo Shally (28) was beaten to death and Chingripam Lungleng (25) of Khamasom village allegedly succumbed to bullet injuries and many more people were tortured.
A release said the act was allegedly carried out by the cadres of NSCN (IM). It went on to claim that many people have lost their lives since the signing of ceasefire agreement between the government of India and the NSCN (IM).
The release mentioned names of 25 individuals who were allegedly killed by the NSCN (IM) mostly residents of Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong and Senapati districts. Those allegedly killed included former MLA, Wungnaishang Keishing, former ADV vice chairman, Mc Ngalangzar, former TKS president and village secretary among others.
Not only this but still many names of deceased persons from various district/nooks and corners are yet to be furnished, it added.
Thousands of innocent people, who were tortured or beaten black and blue, are facing traumas in their lives, it said, adding many ordinary innocent men and women have become victims of threat, fear and rape.
Further it said before the ceasefire agreement was signed between the NSCN (IM) and the GOI, the Naga communities were living in peace and harmony, and any problem or matters of case were settled amicably in the concerned tribe customary court.
But, taking the advantage of the ceasefire agreement they exercise power independently and everything turned against the interest of the Naga communities, it said.  
The release continued organisation like the UNC has been supporting them in committing crimes. Naga peoples are clear that UNC and NSCN (IM) are two faces of the same coin as UNC remained silent at the critical situation that occurred in the heart Ukhrul town, it alleged.
The so called Naga Hoho, NPMHR, Naga Tribe Hohos and Naga CSOs etc, have no room in bringing justice because they feared the threats and also the unwanted consequences that would come up upon them from the tyrant dictatorship of the UNC and NSCN (IM) maintained the release.
It is also very sad to learn that the imbroglio which has lasted for more than few decades has not been condemned so far by any Naga social organisation, the release continued, adding it is right time for all the organisations concerned to step forward for reformation and integrity.
 It would not be appropriate and wise for a genuine Naga community to remain silent at this critical juncture, it added.

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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 17
The Election Commission of India will be launching a special drive to enrol left out electors giving focus on first time electors in the age group of 18-19 from July 1 to July 31 for maximisation of registration of eligible electors and removing the impurities in the rolls.
The qualifying date is January 1, 2017.
Addressing a press meet at Old Secretariat conference hall, chief electoral officer Vivek Kumar Dewangan said “the special drive is in tune with the theme of ‘No voters to be left behind’ that the ECI has decided to utilise the period of continuous updation for maximisation of enrolment of young electors particularly 18-19 age group (extendable to 21 years) by launching a special drive in all states.”
Special campaigns will be organised on July 8 and 22 where booth level officers will sit with adequate number of Form 6 and receive forms from the applicants. On the day of the camp, entire final electoral roll of 2017 will be displayed on the wall of the polling stations and left out eligible citizens will fill Form 6 and submit to the polling station itself or through any other available means, added Dewangan.
Door to door visit by BLOs, removal of names of dead electors are other activities to be carried out during the campaign.
Representatives of various political parties in the state also took part in the briefing including Indian National Congress, Trinamool Congress, Naga People’s Front and National People’s Party, among others.
They were sensitised about the special drive and have been asked to appoint booth level agents to oversee and also to assist the BLOs in performing of their duties during the special drive.

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IMPHAL| June 17
Regional director, North East, Central Pollution Control Board has found bio-medical waste (BMW) management treatment at RIMS hospital not well managed.
“Incinerated ashes at the treatment plant site at RIMS were scattered here and there and no proper management is done,” pointed out Dr. Z. Changsan, the regional director.
Dr. Changsan was speaking at a sensitisation training programme for authorities dealing with BMW management in healthcare units on the management of ‘bio-medical waste management and implementation of BMW rule 2016’ at the auditorium of Shija Hospital Langol today.
The programme was jointly organised by CPCB, regional directorate, Shillong and Shija Hospitals and Research Institute, Imphal.
Out of more than 700 healthcare units including both private and government sectors in the state only 49 units enlisted for BMW treatment under the common BMW treatment facilities at Shija hospital.
Among more than 500 government run healthcare units, Bishnupur district hospital and Churachandpur district hospital have registered while JNIMS and RIMS have their own incinerator treatment plant.
In response to a query from Imphal Free Press on BMW at those 650 health units which have not enrolled in the common BMW treatment facility, the regional director has instructed the BMW in-charge, Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB) for immediate action or else he will write to the concerned ministries.
He further informed that as per BMW Rules 2016 there can be only one common bio-medical waste treatment facility (CBMWTF) in the radius of 150 kms and no incinerator can be installed within 75 kms of the CBMWTF.
MLA, L. Radhakeshore Singh, chairman, MPCB and Khadi & Village Industries Board (KVIB) emphasized that all the healthcare facilities should strictly follow the guidelines of Bio-medical Waste Management Rules 2016.
Later, speaking to media persons, Radhakeshore said all forms of pollution in the state has become alarming and will be dangerous if corrective interventions have not been taken on time.
He called for people’s participation in maintaining environment free of pollution.
Referring to hazardous of plastic, he said plastic bags of below 50 micron (thin plastic carry bags) are more dangerous, assuring that MPCB will soon monitor to ban from the market.
Coloured plastics have more hazardous properties while black coloured should be used only for disposing waste materials, he cautioned and appealed to tea stalls, shops not to wrap edibles with newspapers as the print contains are hazardous elements like lead and carbon elements.
Dr. Kh. Palin, chairman-cum-managing director, Shija Hospitals highlighted the environment and health hazards caused by improper management of bio-medical waste. Environmental hazards resulting from polluted air cause cancer, birth defects, hearing defects and behavioural alternations in infants. Water pollution leads diarrhoea, dysentery, typhoid, hepatitis, cholera, he said.
None-management of BMW leads to the cause of  nosocomial infections (hospital acquired infection) in patients, risks of infections outside hospitals (visitors) and zoonoses (diseases passed to humans through insects, birds, rats and other animals), he cautioned.

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 00:00

Road mishap kills state player

IMPHAL | June 17
In an unfortunate road mishap, a wushu national player, who had represented the state in many competitions, has been reportedly killed. He is identified as Shijagurumayum Rishikanta Sharma (17), son of Sh Nilamani of Khurai Thangjam Leikai Imphal East.
A source said the incident took place at around 11:40 am at the North AOC area, near Kekrupat wherein, Rishikanta riding a bicycle was hit by a Sajiwa Jail prisoner carrying van. He died on the spot, it said.

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IMPHAL | June 17
The state has taken a firm stance against organisations which are imposing bandhs and blockades. The Home department has taken up all measures to apprehend the culprits responsible for calling the bandhs.
The director general of police, LM Khaute has stated that such matters which cause public inconvenience will be dealt with a firm hand. The police department has made elaborate measures for maintaining law and order. This stance came as a response regarding the economic blockade imposed by the All Manipur Viva Voce Completed Candidates of Police Constables which is slated to begin from June 18 midnight.
Further , security arrangements have been made to maintain normalcy during the proposed United Naga Council total shutdown on June 18. The DGP informed that economic blockades and bandhs have been declared illegal by the Supreme Court of India.

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 00:00

MJHU condoles

IMPHAL | June 17
The Manipur Hill Journalists Union (MJHU) has condoled the untimely demise of its member Ginmuanthang Guite, 41, son of late Thongkhasong Guite of Mission Veng, Hiangtam Lamka, Churachandpur. He is one of the most senior reporters of Churachandpur and was the correspondent of IS TV. He is survived by his wife , three sons and a daughter. MJHU shared the grief and pain of the bereaved family members.

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 00:00

Biswajit and team attends 2017 ssaceif

IMPHAL|June 17
The Indian team led by Th. Biswajit Singh, commerce and industry minister attended the 2017 South and Southeast Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair (2017 SSACEIF) at Kunming Dianchi International Convention and Exhibition Centre today, a release signed by L. Bashanta Sharma, coordinator to chief minister, said.
The minister was accompanied by Dr. Ranjan Singh, parliamentary secretary for tourism, L. Lakher, principal secretary commerce and industry, M. Luikham, director commerce and industry, L. Inunganbi Devi, councillor Imphal Municipal Corporation Ward no 18, L. Bashanta Sharma, coordinator to chief minister, Chandrakishore Singh, Rajen, R K. Sherjit Singh from North East Federation on International Trade Development, Manipur chapter.
The release said the 2017 SSACEIF is organised under the theme "Creating new opportunities for new development." The 2017 SSACEIF aims at showcasing commodities from South and Southeast Asia countries, promoting cooperation between China and these countries.
It said the event is committed to enhance shared vision and development of countries and regions engaged in the belt and road initiative through facilitating policy communications, infrastructure connectivity, trade flows, capital circulation and people to people exchanges.
The 2017 SSACEIF is co-sponsored by China Chamber of International Commerce, South Asian Association Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ASEAN-China-South Asia Expo and Kunming Import and Export Fair Secretariat.
It said the event is co-hosted by Yunan International Expositions Bureau, Yunan Provincial Department of Commerce, Yunan Provincial Bureau of China promotion of investment & cooperation, Yunan Chapter of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and Yunan People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
With an exhibition area of about 170,000 sq m, the 2017 SSACEIF has 8000 standard exhibition booths in 17 pavilions including ceremonial and cultural events and countries of honour and guest of honour pavilions, South Asia pavilions, two ASEAN pavilions, international production capacity cooperation pavilion, manufacturing industry pavilion, health and marine biopharmaceutical pavilion, tourism pavilion, South Asia & international sister cities pavilion, China Taiwan pavilion, China pavilion, highland agriculture pavilion, electromechanical equipment pavilion and stone crafting pavilion.
In the meantime, two pavilions are used for 2017 Kunming -South Asia International wood culture expo, the release said.
Thematic pavilions account for 50 percent among all the pavilions. These pavilions attracted advanced enterprises with high standard, distinctive feature and good quality from China and abroad according to their own characteristics.
Fifty-one countries are participating in the 2017 SSACEIF. Over 4000 enterprises open booths with 41.2 percent of them being from abroad. Moreover, "Rotating chair country" and "Country of honour" systems are adopted in the China - South Asia Business Forum.
The Indian team today participated in an international organisations' meet invited by one of the co-host CCPIT, Yunnan branch and joined a discussion on suggestions for investment for the growth of trade and commerce not only between China and the South East Asian countries but also with other countries of the world.

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