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Saturday, 08 July 2017 00:00

Insurgents nabbed

IMPHAL | July 7

Security forces have arrested an alleged self-styled sergeant of United National Liberation Front (UNLF) and an alleged active member of KCP (Noyon Group) during different counter insurgency operation conducted on July 5, said a statement issued by PRO, Manipur.

On July 5, a combined team of Thoubal district police commandos and 2nd Assam Rifles conducted frisking and checking at Thoubal Wangmataba area and nabbed an alleged self-styled sergeant of UNLF identified as Konthoujam Romesh Meitei alias Thoi alias Kumbaba (31) son of K. Krishnamani Meitei of Lamboi Khongnangkhong Mitra Samaj Leirak, it said.

On the same day, a team of Imphal West district police commandos arrested an active member of KCP (Noyon Group), who was a 15 year old minor of Lamlai Mayai Leikai, it added.

It further said he disclosed that he had collected an amount of Rs. 18000 in the month of May 2017 and delivered to his commander Aheiba through transport vehicle between Imphal to Moreh as a party fund.

On June 22, he went to Moreh and delivered an amount of Rs. 47,00 to the same commander, it said and added that he revealed that he visited Recent Higher Secondary School for extorting money for their party fund.

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 00:00

Conceived implies to C-section

Likewise, everything in this world has its own start and end, human beings do have a start from the womb to end at the grave. It is like a journey from inside to outside and then to the unknown level. Sometimes, the whole process of coming to being of human from a single sperm is like a biggest wonder in this whole universe. Life in any form is in fact, one of the biggest miracles of nature.

Childbirth is truly a complicated process with lots of risk and pain to be taken by women. But this is the way of the nature and this is life. It may or may not be good enough to talk about but the emergence of science has changed the whole scenario of childbirth. Though, medical science has minimised the high risk of mortality during child birth, it has also created an unwillingness to face the truth. It is however a shortcut where one floats on comfort. The practice is called ‘Caesarean Section or C-section’.

Many great persons were born by C-section in the history and name itself is credited as being named after Julius Caesar, while the exact timeline is debatable. Historians believe that the C-section was used before the time of Julius Caesar. C-section was initiated to help birth of babies whose mothers were dying or died from birth. As the reason may be, there had been no narratives existed from mothers who had C-sections before the 1500s.

The practice is of course for the safety of pregnant mothers but nowadays doctors opts only for this either due to health complications or just because it is the way they function in the time of childbirth. As a result, natural childbirth seems to be out of practice. This is not only the wish of mothers to choose C-section while giving birth of their babies but doctors do motivate them for it. In some cases, private hospitals put the situation to opt for C-sections just to earn extra money in the name of operation charges. The whole world is flip-sided from the nature’s own gift of childbirth.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the ideal rate of C-sections for a nation is between 10 to 15 percent of deliveries and only 14 countries fall within this range. 54 percent have lower than ideal rates, and 69 percent have C-section rates of above 15 percent. WHO stated that the excess of C-section in some countries may serve as a barrier to universal health service coverage for other nations. Some countries have passed laws to reduce the high C-section rate. Turkey passed a 2012 law limiting C-sections and similar laws have been put in Brazil, where the rates of C-sections are as high as 99 percent for some hospitals.

The practice is equally popular in Manipur. It is extremely rare that a woman has her childbirth normally and naturally. It could be said that out of 10 babies, 8 babies are born by C-section. Some doctors even said that going under the knife is not at all a good option and it should be the last resort. However, the trend of Caesarean Section seems to be only way for childbirth in Manipur, especially in private hospitals. If a woman strongly refuses to go for natural birth, she will be kept for labour pain for 24 hours and later she will be advised to go under the knife due to health complication, which is very common. On the contrary, it is heard that a woman is kept for labour pain for one week in United States.

In some way, C-section is not at all the safest way of childbirth. It puts the mothers at risk for infections. These can occur inside the uterus, and may go undetected at first. The thing is, doing C-section is not the issue but every women going for this option is the point to talk about. If Caesarean Section is for the pregnant mothers who have health complications, do all the women in Manipur have health issues?

Leader Writer:  Khogen Khoibam

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Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong Armstrong Pame today gave opportunities to students to put their various problems to various interviewers.

Around 20 students of Tamenglong Higher Secondary School came to DC Office and sought help through various interviewers. After the interviewers were gone out of the office chamber, Armstrong Pame interacted with the students and asked various questions. In the end of the day, the DC invited all the students to dine together with him and gave solar lamps to five students who had been studying with kerosene lamps.

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 00:00

RMSA teachers lift agitation

IMPHAL | July 7

The cease work strike staged by RMSA graduate teachers from yesterday for not distributing their salary for 7/8 months has lifted for some time as the Education minister has assured to release their pending salaries within this month of July, said a release issued by publicity secretary of RMSA Graduate Teachers’ Association, Manipur, Pamei Zion.

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AMGACTA donates to CM relief fund

IMPHAL | July 7

In view of the woes being faced by the affected people due to the recent spates of flash flood, several organisations have been donating funds to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

A release said that All Manipur Government Aided College Teachers’ Association (AMGACTA) has donated Rs. 1, 00,000 to the relief fund.

Members of the Association led by their secretary Kh. Inaobi handed over the donation to chief minister, N. Biren Singh in a simple ceremony held at chief minister’s Secretariat.

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68th Vanamahotsava observed in Manipur

IMPHAL | July 7

Manipur today observed the 68th 'Vanamahotsava' at various locations in all the districts organised by the Forest department and in connection to this occasion around 1.3 lakh tree saplings were planted at 10 districts crossing the set target of 1 lakh tree saplings across the state. It has a target to plant around 10 lakh tree saplings in the month of July.

During the first week of every July, 'Vanamahotsava' – the festival of forests is observed across the country. Since the initiation of the festival in 1950, by the then Union minister for Food and Agriculture, (L) Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi, the festival has been celebrated every year throughout India.

The Forest department organised 'Vanamahotsava' observation at Yairipok Top Chingtha under Andro constituency.

Speaking to media persons, Forests and Environment minister, Thounaojam Shyamkumar said that the Forest department alone cannot save the environment and needs the wholehearted public support.

Expressing concern over the change in temperature and unnatural calamities across the globe, he said that, 'Vanamahotsava' conveys the message that there is a need to plant more trees to support the eco-system.

He further said that the state faces flood like situation at the slightest rainfall due to silting of river beds caused due to various reasons including deforestation. He said the state government plans to dredge the riverbeds in valley area to solve the problem. He also showed concern over the rampant use of chemical fertilisers in the state.

Planting tree saplings alone is not enough, as we need to protect the trees/plants for the future generations, he said.

Urging the people to plant more trees to save the planet earth, he said that protecting the trees/plants lies in the hands of each citizen and added that to make the initiative successful, public support is a necessity.

Minister Th. Shyamkumar along with other officials and volunteers planted varieties of tree saplings of as a part of the observance. Around 7,300 saplings were planted at the Top Chingtha.

Principal chief conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force (PCCF and HoFF), K. Angami; IGF, Project Elephant, government of India, RK Srivastava, , additional PCCF L. Baite, officials of Forest department, locals of Yairipok Top Chingtha and volunteers attended the observance.

Minister Shyamkumar along with the Forest department officials also planted saplings at the Kheba Ching, at Khongjom, Thoubal district. The Forest department planted around 1,000 saplings at the Kheba Ching. Different varieties of tree saplings were planted at six locations in Thoubal district today.

The Forest department also organised 'Vanamahotsava' at Tekcham, Kakching district under the theme "One Lakh Tree Plantation Programme". As part of the observance, minister Shyamkumar planted saplings and inaugurated office of the Ningshing Lup Tekcham cum reading room. The observance was also widely held at the surroundings of Nongmaijing Ching Reserve Forest area at Mahadev Ching and Khalong. Around 3,600 tree saplings were planted at the two locations.

It was also held at Khalong, Baruni Hill, Imphal East and other districts. Later, Minister Shyamkumar distributed free saplings to the women vendors at Samumakhong, Khwairamband Keithel.

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Minakumari conferred Nilamani award

IMPHAL | July 7

The 11th Nilamani memorial award cum 70th anniversary of Rupmahal Theatre building was held today at Rupmahal Theatre, BT Road. It was organised by Rupmahal Theatre.

Nilamani memorial award is given since 2007 on every July 7 in remembrance of the work contributed by Nilamani in the initial stage of construction of Rupmahal building.

Director of JNMDA, L. Upendra Sharma and chairman of Rupmahal Theatre, Keisham Heromani Singh attended the function as chief guest and president respectively.

The award was conferred to Laimayum Minakumari Devi for her significant contribution in art and culture and especially for Rupmahal Theatre.

Minakumari expressed her gratitude to the theatre for conferring her the “prestigious” award.

Upendra Singh, the chief guest of the function, while addressing the gathering said that Minakumari is well deserved to receive this award and he hoped that this is just not the end for her.

A Leela (play) called Ephut was performed by the artists of the Rupmahal Theatre as a part of the programme.

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 00:00

Tamenglong observes Vanamahotsvana

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The festival of Vanamahotsvana was observed at Tamenglong by planting trees saplings at different places while forest department of Tamenglong planted more than 100 tree saplings today morning.

Together with 5th Manipur Rifles, forest department Tamenglong division planted trees in and around 5th Manipur Rifles.

Morteover, Western Forest Division, Tamenglong in association with Longmai Village Authority organised 68th Vanamahatsava today at Longmai Part -1.

The programme was attended by Anurag Bajpai, chief conservator of Forests, Wildlife and Biodiversity, Government of Manipur as chief guest in presence of Huri Golmei, forest officer of Tamenglong. More than 300 persons including students, village authority leaders, churches Leaders, Noney police, 8th Assam Rifles took part in the trees plantation.

Altogether 10,000 sapplings of different varieties were planted today at Tamenglong and Noney districts in different locations by joining hands with several CSOs, village authorities and forest department officials.

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Divisional Forest Officer, Northern Forest Division, Kangpokpi organised a massive seedlings plantation at various places in Kangpokpi district today.

The plantation was carried out as part of the Vanamahotsava and around 10,000 seedlings of different species were planted at various places in the district including the vicinity of DC office complex.

The programme at DC office complex was attended by DC of Kangpokpi T Ranjit Singh, additional DC Heisnam Balkrisna, SDC Kaigoulal Kipgen, DLOs, Kangpokpi police, 38 Assam Rifles and officials and staffs of DFO Kangpokpi.

T Ranjit Singh expressed his pleasure and enthusiasm for being a part of the celebration with a worthy motive to save the mother earth and encouraged the people of Kangpokpi district to promote and widen the celebration.

Heisnam Balkrisna asserted that seedlings plantation is important but nurturing and conserving the planted seedlings is much more important and it is not only the duty of the concerned department to look after the planted seedlings but the people’s responsibility as a whole.

Seedlings plantation was also carried out massively at various locations in other villages and areas while Saitu area, Sapormeina area and Champhai sub-division also planted the seedlings provided by the DFO Kangpokpi.

Moreover, students and teachers of Ngaimel School celebrated Vanamahotsava by planting seedlings provided by the department within its school vicinity and along the national highway.

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The sub divisional officer (SDO) of Henglep sub-division, Chunglenmang today called a formal meeting of area chiefs after having knowledge that many pensions and other scheme do not cover the eligible beneficiaries due to the remoteness of the sub-division, lack of or incomplete document and lack of information.

The meeting was attended by deputy commissioner Shyam Lal Poonia as chief guest, along with SDO of Kangvai sub-division Joel Haokip, district social welfare officer (DSWO) Umarani and more than 30 chiefs.

The meeting was conducted to highlight and bring about awareness to the chiefs on schemes like Indira Gandhi Old Age Pension Scheme (IGOAPS), Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension scheme (IGNWPS), Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS), National Family Benifit Scheme (NFBS) and Anapurna Scheme.

The secretary of the sub-division's Chief Association of Henglep, Hauneilal Vaiphei said that they feel fortunate to have the DC and their young and energetic SDO and further said to extend full co-operation to them.

As per the source available from the SDO and DSWO, there are 617 beneficiaries of the age group of 60 to 79 years under IGNOAPS, 556 beneficiaries for ages above 40 years under IGNWPS and under IGNDPS age above 18 years can apply with 80 percent disability level which now has 4 beneficiaries. NFBS has 10 beneficiaries however Annapurna Scheme was stopped since 2012.

The DSWO instructed the chiefs that a Disability Certificate from the CMO office will be needed for disabled beneficiaries in applying pension scheme. He further said that all beneficiaries of any scheme need to have a bank account that must be in sync with their AADHAAR card details.

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