IMPHAL | June 6
Forests and Environment minister, Th Shyamkumar said people of Thanga Assembly Constituency have a major role in helping the government to protect the brow-antlered deer or the dancing deer – Sangai, which is only found in Manipur.
He expressed optimism that the target can be achieved when there is a joint effort between the government and the local residents.
He was speaking as the chief guest at a tree plantation cum awareness programme on Conserve Environment and Save Sangai – “The Pride of Manipur” organised by the Forest Department in connection with the World Environment Day observed yesterday. The function was held at Phouoibee Lairembi Community Hall, ICCL Ground, Keibul Lamjao, Bishnupur district.
Shyamkumar further said the BJP-led Government in the State has already started discussion on the welfare programmes for the people of the Thanga A/C. He assured that he will report to the Chief Minister, N Biren Singh over the issues faced by the people, including immediate remedy to solve the issue of drinking water shortage and steps to increase population of Sangai.
Calling upon the citizens to plant more trees, he appealed for more collective effort to save the environment for the future generation. He further said monetary help will be given for the maintenance of the trees as an initiative to conserve the environment.
T Robindro Singh, Planning and Development Authority (PDA) chairman and Thanga A/C MLA spoke on length on importance of maintaining ecology. Expressing concern over the rapid rise in the temperature across the globe, he narrated his personnel experience, stating the temperature has shot up in New Delhi since 1981, when he was studying in the capital city of India.
He further said that, if we do not maintain the ecology than there is serious threat of possible human extinction.
M. Asnikumar, vice-chairman, Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA), said it is unfortunate that the Ethai barrage of the Loktak Hydro Project has a negative impact on the eco-system of the Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is the natural habitat of the brow-antlered deer or the dancing deer - Sangai.
He further said that, the socio-economy of the people living near the Keibul Lamjao National Park has been adversely affected due to the prohibitory measures. He expressed hope that younger generation will take initiative along with the State government to safe the Sangai deer.
As part of the function, Keibul Lamjao National Park view point building was inaugurated by Th Shyamkumar. Ahead of the function, dignitaries also planted saplings. The function was attended by principal chief conservator of Forests & HoFF, K Angami, forest department officials among others.
JIRIBAM | June 6
A team of Jiribam district police while conducting search operations in hotels under jiribam district seized contraband Ganja in 8 different polythene bags with total weight 23.4kg.
The ganja were seized from a room occupied by Laishram (O) Shanti Devi, 38 wife of L.Nanda, Laishram Nanda @ Shanta Singh, 49, son of L. Samu Singh and Yumnam Geeta Devi, 31 wife of Y Dolendro of Tanjeng Turel Wangma, Kumbi. All of them were staying at Hotel Malem.
All the three persons have been arrested and the contraband Ganja seized after necessary formalities. The arrested persons have been handed to Jiribam police station and a case with has been registered.
The recently declared results of the High School Leaving Certificate, HSLC, examinations conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur, BOSEM, was again a disappointment for government schools. Apart from the usual poor showing by government schools, there were other encouraging signs. Among these was the entry of many private schools in the contention for the top spots. Once upon a time there were only a few private schools which were holding virtual monopoly of the top positions, but it seems that era is coming to an end. There were so many previously unheard of private schools announcing their presence almost in a blitzkrieg, and we say this is good for the phenomenon indicates a greater spread and reach of quality education to a bigger section of the state’s population. This is unlikely to be so much a case of traditional good schools slipping in quality, but one determined by the coming of age of the expanding field of private entrepreneurship in school education. This nonetheless should serve as a wakeup call for those can we can refer to as Manipur’s own ivy league schools, at the apex of which once was Little Flower School. The last named school in particular has not been able to live up to its awesome reputation this year. Perhaps, as we have said, there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the institution, but all the same, its management must not rest content on their past laurels and legacies of having produced some of the foremost leaders in every walk of life in the state and beyond. Indeed, in terms of legacy, it would be miles ahead of the rest in the field still. It can also be proud that in all likelihood, many if not most of the successful private schools today would turn out to be brainchildren of its past students.
The fierce competition for educational excellence amongst private schools is encouraging, and we hope this new spirit manages to raise the bars of educational excellence to ever greater heights in the coming years. But while private schools with their limited means can be trusted to give their best for their survival depends on their ability to do so consistently, it is the continued bad performance by government schools which should worry everyone. This is so because a good section of the state’s population is income poor, though they may not be so nutritionally. We make this distinction because a great many rural families may not have a steady income source, but they are cultivators producing their nutritional needs. But in today’s monetized economy, this status is not enough to ensure future security. They only way they can overcome this condition is through the quality of education they can afford their children. The means available for this to most of them are government schools, for survival needs would compel private schools to fix competitive prices on the services they offer, and these often are prohibitive for the class with meager incomes named above. It is important to clarify a point here. Government schools education is cheaper not because these schools don’t need money, but because they are subsidized by tax money. In other words, parents pay directly to private schools for education, but every tax payer is also paying to have government school running, therefore it is not coming for free. Those in government schools must therefore be made accountable to the public for non-performance. If students shun these schools, its staff and management must be made to face penalties, as obviously would happen in the case of private schools. A few weeks ago, there was a bright plan announced by the government that it would be now mandatory for government employees to send their children to government schools. If the promise is kept, this would indeed mean a sustained dose of adrenaline, commitment and accountability for these government establishments.
At the school level, private schools have through the years handled a great responsibility, and their good work have meant parents do not any longer have to send away their children to other states for good education. This however is still not true in the case of college education. It is not a coincidence too that this abysmally performing sector is a government exclusive enterprise, with the exception of the Don Bosco College Maram which is already showing immense promise. Unlike in the school sector, where parents no longer have to worry about sending away their children to other states, except in the science streams, parents have little other choice than to pull in whatever resources in their command to send their children away for college education. Since these are government colleges, the government must think of extending the principles of the revolution it plans for its schools to its colleges as well. It must begin rewarding performance and penalizing lack of it here too.
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CHURACHANDPUR | June 6
Around 2.30 p.m. today as team led by the Churachandpur district police seized Baba zarda, Balmaki Safara, Saajan, Baba 160, Talab, Baba 120 etc. altogether amounting to about Rs. 60,000 led by M Kumarjit Singh, Add SP (Ops), under the supervision of SP Rakesh Balwal.
The seizure was made from 3 non-local businessmen namely, Anand Gupta, Sarojkumar and Rajbansha who have shops at New Bazar's Singhat Bus parking area. The seized items were handed over to the designated officer, Food Safety Churachandpur.
The designated officer of food safety K Sunita Devi, who was present at the district police station, where the seized items are displayed to the media, said that the items will cost approximately Rs 60 thousand.
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CHURACHANDPUR | June 6
A high level team from North Eastern Council (NEC) lead by its financial adviser today inspected the council funded project at two places in Churachandpur district.
The inspection was one at Zoumunnuam village where a massive retaining wall under anti erosion Scheme was constructed at the cost of Rs 7.3 crore with the work being 90 percent completed which lies at Sialmat Stream Chengkon river and Khuga river.
Earlier the crossing these particular areas which is about 1200 meter long was prone to flood and others calamities. The work of VIP gallery taken up at Hiangtam Lamka public ground, which was donated by the village founder (L) Phungkhothang Guite has been lauded by the inspection team.
It may be mentioned that the work started last year with allotment of Rs 6.4 crore.
IMPHAL |June 6
Two militants belonging to different underground organisations have been arrested on June 5 by police of Imphal East and Imphal West district.
An over ground worker of PLA, identified as Toijam Sheetan Meitei alias Gane son of T Punshi Meitei of Kiyamgie Maning Leikai was arrested after a combined team of district police commando, Imphal East and 6th Assam Rifles conducted a cordon and search operation at Kiyamgei Area, a release said.
Another militant, an active cadre of UNLF organisation, identified as Private Warepam Milan Singh alias Tayai, 30, son of W Rajendro Singh of Hoabam Marak Ngangom Leikai was arrested after a team of district police commando Imphal West conducted frisking and checking at Pishumthong Bridge, the release added.
IMPHAL | June 6
Student’ Union of Kangleipak (SUK) has questioned a list of schools that followed the eligibility criteria of their own choices for allowing entrance to the students who have passed the recent matriculation exams.
A release said these schools have ignored SUK’s previous requests, made through the media, to allow all students who have cleared Class 10 to sit on the entrance examination, and select the students for admission on basis of their marks secured on the entrance test.
SUK has also demanded an immediate change for the eligibility criteria affecting from tomorrow, to allow entrance for all students, including those whose marks are in the middle and lower, and a 10 percent reservation for those who have passed in compartmental exams.
IMPHAL| June 6
The village chief of Chakanlong, Tamenglong district has requested the government and authorities concerned to look into the tragedy faced by the villagers after the thunder storm that passed the village on May 30 and 31 caused destruction.
Necessary relief and rehabilitation have been requested, as the thunderstorm destroyed properties worth lakhs of rupees and many crops, trees and plants have been damaged, said a release.
IMPHAL| June 6
Condemning the planting and explosion of a landmine by unknown militants on June 2, the H Monjang Village authority has held a meeting on June 3 and appealed to militants not to repeat such acts in the future.
A release said it may be mentioned that around 3 jawans of the 11 Assam Rifles were injured in the attack around the Mongjang Village area, along the National Highway. THMVA expressed that it was unfortunate that miscreants have instilled fear upon the villagers while targeting security forces and cannot settle peacefully when such incidents occur, it said.
IMPHAL | June 6
United People’s Front (UPF) has informed that the organisation, in association with Artiste Training Education Research Centre (ATREC), is going to observe the 17th Arambam Somorendra memorial ceremony at GM hall, Imphal for two days i.e on June 9 and 10.
As a part of the observation, UPF is organising a patriotic song competition, said a release. The programme will start at 9 A.M and participants are requested to come with their admit cards, it added.