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Sunday, 13 August 2017 00:00

Search operation

THOUBAL | Aug 12

As part of the security measures for the Independence Day celebration of India, a team of Kakching police conducted search operation at Sugnu parking area in Kakching district today.

The search operation conducted under the supervision of Kakching SP, W Singhajit was led by SDPO Kakching, Th. Dehorjit Singh along with OC of Kakching and Hiyanglam, officers of Thoubal commandos and other officers and personnel including female police.

Around 200 males were verified at the spot and six persons were picked up during cordon and search operations and handed over to Kakching police station for further verifications.  The same police team also conducted search operation at Wabgai Lamkhai areas this morning.

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IMPHAL | Aug 12

Education labour and employment minister Th. Radheshyam presented incentive cash awards to successful students of HSLC, 2016-17 of Keisham Birjit High School(aided) on the occasion of observing the 7th death anniversary of  its founder Keisham Birjit Singh today at Patsoi. Sharing the dais with him were MLA A.K. Mirabai Devi.

The dignitaries along with the school authorities, staff and students paid floral tributes to the photo of Birjit Singh.

In his keynote address, teacher of the school, N. Tuleshwor Singh narrated the journey of the school from 1972  when it started functioning from scratch even without having adequate basic amenities like uniform and textbooks till the present situation when altogether 167 students are enrolled with enough graduate teachers to teach them. The school is right now running  with financial assistance from the government.

After analysing the pros and cons of the school, Radheshyam emphasised that there is a need to see to the loopholes of the school and find ways to solve the problems of inefficiency of the teachers to impart their maximum knowledge to the students with the current 1:13 teacher–student ratio. He also questioned that as per school records , the pass percentage is huge, 87-97 % in 2011-12 and why it has decreased now.

Giving a brief insight on the present education scenario in Manipur, he convinced that he will discuss with the state government and find a way to regularise the aided teachers taking note of the 4000 vacancies of teachers in different parts of Manipur including the rural areas. Keeping into consideration a balanced approach of both the welfare of the teachers as well as the students in perspective, he said that its a crucial matter deciding what will be a priority concern whether to look into the infrastructure first or welfare of the teachers or students adding that one way to regularise the teachers is amalgamation of 3 schools together.

He stated this after seeing the miserable condition of a school at Mao during his recent visit to attend tripartite talk with the UNC and Centre in which there are 28 students with no building and basic school facilities.

Focussing on the main objective of today’s event, he said, “The founder of the school, K. Birjit is a great personality with a big heart who cares for the poor and needy and main task is to identify talented students, groom encourage and inspire these young minds to become  leaders of tomorrow. The strategic location of the school on the outskirts-far away from the noises and hustles and bustles of the city is indeed an advantage for grooming the students in a proper academic environment.”

President of the function, Mirabai, as a first batch student of the school, shared her reminiscence of how there were no proper roads and benches and other infrastructure when she studied in the school in 1972.

She spoke about the role of education in developing human resources adding that students need to work hard to find a place in today’s competitive world of computer age and avoid unnecessary social involvement that could distract them from studies.

Sharing the good news  that Keisham Birjit High School(aided) is currently striving for conversion in spite of the financial constraints and pending Cabinet decision due to the Election Code of Conduct early this year, she appealed the minister to find quick measures to update and regularise the school.

She also initiated of starting a tution centre at the school where students will be taught on 3 subjects from September to December. “I will bear the cost of Rs. 30,000 per month for hiring 3/4 teachers for the purpose,” she said.

Radheshyam and Mirabai donated Rs. 10,000 each today for promoting the developmental activities of the school.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 00:00

Kisan SAMPADA will help farmers: Biswajit

 IMPHAL | Aug 12

Commerce and industries minister Thongam Biswajit Singh, today, said that the Kisan SAMPADA Yojana will encourage the farmers and increase their incomes. He assured mass publicity of the scheme through the department of information and public relation.

Biswajit was attending a road show on World India and seminar on new scheme Kisan SAMPADA yojana at Hotel Classic Grande today.

Addressing the seminar attended by entrepreneurs and officials, the minister said the objective of Kisan SAMPADA is to supplement agriculture, modernise processing and decrease agri-waste. He continued there are seven schemes under the Kisan SAMPADA of which creation of the backward and forward linkages is the most important. 

He said before the implementation of this scheme, the new government had proposed opening of some new Common Facilities Centres.

Explaining that major portion of products in the state go to waste, he asserted today lemon growers in Kachai have been demoralized due to lack of market for their products and entrepreneurs to help them.

Biswajit also spoke about the decreasing production of various fruits suitable in the state including orange in Tamenglong and passion fruit in Senapati and Churachandpur. So four CFCs were proposed, he added.

Biswajit expressed optimism that implementation of the Kisan SAMPADA will provide many opportunities to the farmers. He continued he has already urged the entrepreneurs to invest more to provide new opportunities to our younger generation.

Stressing on the need to create wide publicity of the new scheme, Biswajit explained that, if the farmers whose products go to waste is link-up with the entrepreneurs through the Kisan SAMPADA schemes, it is possible that not a single product goes to waste.

He observed that if we check products going to waste than the farmers and the entrepreneurs would earn more profits. The scheme aims at ensuring maximum benefits for the farmers, he added.

Manipur has huge potential in both agriculture of horticulture due to the fertile soil, however, we are lagging behind in taking advantages of the resources provided to us by nature, he observed.

Drawing comparison between China and Manipur, he said people of China give preference to their own products whereas we give preference to exported products sidelining our own products and resources. We should not forget that this culture has affected our economy, he said.

He said it is only onto us to create our future. Many experts and people may come to provide advice and suggestions, but if we want a change then we have to act by ourselves. We should work to improve our degrading work culture, he added.

Additional chief secretary (agriculture) Suhel Akhtar said production of paddy in the state is around 6.5 lakh tonnes, and if we include other crops like  potatoes, maize, pulses, whole seeds, etc, the production is doubled, which means that we are self sufficient as far as agricultural products are concerned

This means that the state’s condition is very good, but we have to question whether the condition of the farmer is also good and whether he is happy, and getting sufficient prices for his products, he said.

He said we need processing industry, a place to market, but we cannot market a product if the quality is not good.

Ministry of food processing industries economic adviser Bijay Kumar said the scheme will boost the food processing industry which will eventually help minimize agricultural produce going to waste and help in employment generation as well.

He said the level of food processing is very low and wastage is very high.

He said the scheme is a means to develop the food processing industry but ultimately the objective is to enrich the farmers and increase their income.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 00:00

Bedtime Beauty Hacks to Look Young

By  Shahnaz Husain

Quality sleep  helps revitalize body, mind  and improves our mood .Sleep is key to feeling and looking youthful.Sleep  does wonders to feel refreshed,protecting health, immune system to look    gorgeous and rejuvenated. The wrinkles, dull complexion and fine lines on skin are formed due to  innumerable array of things like  harsh ultraviolet (UV) sunrays, dust, air pollution and  harsh chemicals   which comes in contact with skin during day time .But Sleep is the most powerful rejuvenating treatment  and  you can reverse this by taking  care of skin by good night's sleep .Sleep keeps young, slim and sexy by strengthening mental and physical health of an adult. Beauty sleep is  not  just a myth but helps to stay young by lowering stress level, preventing weight gain and strengthening  immune system .

The skin goes through renewal process at night which helps to remain radiant ,smooth and youthful skin .

While you sleep, the skin repairs itself  but  adopting few simple ayurvedic beauty tips can improve your skin tone,reduce blemishes and give radiant  glow  and you can wake up with soft glowing skin ,bright eyes and shiny hair

A bedtime beauty care routine is of much importance, so that the skin is cleansed of make-up, pollutants, dirt and all the impurities that are deposited on it during the day. Also, all the repair and restoration of the body take place when we sleep. The cell renewal process also carries on at night when the body is at rest. Therefore, we should ensure that the skin is clean and the pores are free, so that the skin’s repair and renewal can be carried out properly. If the skin is normal to dry, it should also be nourished at night, especially during the dry season.

As already mentioned, night time cleansing is of utmost importance. Whatever the type or texture of the skin, it requires thorough cleansing at night. Before it is cleansed, the skin surface is covered with a film of dirt, stale sweat and oil deposits, stale make-up and pollutants. These not only upset the normal balance of the skin, but also hamper its natural functions. Night time pampering of the skin helps us to give special care to particular areas, like the area around the eyes, the neck and hands. These are areas which are the earliest to show signs of age. A nightly routine helps to delay the formation of lines and wrinkles, keeping the skin smooth and youthful. It also keeps the skin and facial muscles toned, strengthening the supportive tissues and preserving the elasticity and resilience of the skin. Proper and regular care, according to its needs, keeps the skin healthy and free from problems.

During the day, the skin basically needs protection from UV rays of the sun and air pollutants that cause damage to the skin and also deplete moisture. Day time care also involves cleansing and toning, but protection is the main aspect. Night time care basically involves restoration and maintenance of the skin, as well as preparing it for the night. It involves thorough cleansing, including the removal of make-up, care of the area around eyes, nourishing and massage of the skin. If the skin is oily, or if there is acne, night care may also involve the application of products to control the condition.

Here are some do’s and don’ts of night care:

Do’s

Products for cleansing should be selected according to skin type and individual needs. For example, if the skin is dry, a rehydrant cleansing gel should be used. For oily and combination skin, a cleansing lotion or light cleansing milk may be used. For acne, pimples or rashy skin, it is better to use a medicated cleanser. After cleansing, the skin should be wiped with a rose based skin tonic, using cotton wool.

If the skin is dry, nourish and massage it with a nourishing cream. Apply it on the face and massage it with outward and slightly upward movements. Wipe off excess cream with moist cotton wool before bedtime. Apply the cream on the neck too and massage it with both hands, starting from the chin and going downwards. The pressure should not be applied when bringing the hands back to the chin, but only as you massage downwards. This helps to delay formation of lines on the neck and also reduces double chins.

For all skin types, an under-eye cream should be applied around the eyes and wiped off with moist cotton wool after 15 minutes.

The hands may be massaged with a hand cream, especially around the nails, so that the cuticle remains soft.

If there is acne / pimples, apply medicated lotion on the eruptions and leave on overnight. If there are pimple marks, apply an anti-blemish cream only on the marks and leave on overnight.

Don’ts

Don’t use oily cleansers and nourishing / night creams if the skin is oily.

Don’t leave cream on around eyes at night, while you sleep. It can lead to puffiness around eyes.

(Shahnaz Husain is international fame beauty expert and is popularly called Herbal Queen of India)

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By Harish Khare

Seventy years ago, two nations were created in the Indian sub-continent. A new nation, Pakistan, was carved out; this ‘moth-eaten’ new nation was to be home to the Muslims of the British India. A truncated India became the successor state to the British imperial order, its pretensions, its institutions, its boundaries and its flawed control model. The grand hope was that after these cartographic rearrangements in the East and the West, the two new states and their newly endowed citizens would rediscover the joys of civilisational co-existence. That hope got definitely belied by all the bloodshed, dislocation, riots, violence, massacres that attended the Partition.

Seventy years later, the two nations are yet to find a modus vivendi to live in benign comfort with each other. In 1971, India helped Pakistan’s eastern wing discover its separate national identity; consequently, Pakistan became a much more compact nation. It is much more a natural state today than it was before 1971. And, it now has a huge historic grievance against India to sustain its national narrative; it continues to define itself as a nation – internally and externally – in hostile terms towards India.

For 70 years, we in India had permitted ourselves a glorious air of grand superiority over Pakistan. As long as Jawaharlal Nehru lived, his aura, political legitimacy, global stature, mass popularity and dedicated leadership gave us in India a new sense of collective equanimity. We were imaginatively engaged in creating a new India, building its new “temples” and inculcating a scientific temper in this ancient land of medieval superstition and ignorance.

For 70 years, or most part of it, we could legitimately assure ourselves that we were better than Pakistan. We have had a constitution and its elaborate arrangements; we were a democracy and held free and fair elections to choose our rulers; we had devised a dignified political culture of peaceful transfer of power among winners and losers after each election at the Centre and in the states; we had committed ourselves to egalitarian social objectives; we were determined not to be a theocratic state; we were proudly secular and we put in place procedures and laws to treat our religious and linguistic minorities respectfully; we had leaders who drew their legitimacy and authority from popular mandates; our armed forces stayed in the barracks; we had a free and robust judiciary; a mere high court judge in Allahabad could unseat a powerful prime minister. And, when a regime tried to usurp the democratic arrangement, the citizens threw the offending rulers out at the first opportunity.

For 70 years, we had every reason to believe that we were superior to Pakistan. Above all, we were not Pakistan. In recent decades, we became even more smug about our superiority as we have unthinkingly bought into the Western narrative that Pakistan was a “failing state” or a “failed state” – that too with nuclear weapons. What we have failed to appreciate is that Pakistani elites, too, have devised a working political culture best suited to its genius. Pakistani elites are not untroubled by inequities and inequalities in the land. We may bemoan that the army has emerged as the senior partner in the Islamabad-Rawalpindi axis; nonetheless, it is a state that remains unwavered in its animosity towards us but still runs a coherent foreign policy and maintains internal order. Its elites have perfected the art of taking the Western leaders for a ride and have seen off superpowers’ intervention in neighbouring Afghanistan. There is a certain kind of stability in Pakistan’s perennial instability.

Seventy years later we in India find ourselves itching to move towards a Pakistani model, notwithstanding our extensive paraphernalia of so many constitutional institutions of accountability. In recent years, we no longer wish to define ourselves as a secular nation; our dominant political establishment is exhorting us to shed our ‘secular’ diffidence and to begin taking pride in us being a Hindu rashtra. Just as in Pakistan, the dominant religion has come to intrude and influence the working of most of our institutions.

For 70 years our political class looked down upon Pakistan for its inability to keep its generals in their place. Seventy years on, we are ready to ape those despised “Pakis”. Our army was never so visible or as voluble as it is now; our armed forces are no longer just the authorised guardians of our national integrity, they are also being designated as the last bulwark of nationalism. Consequently, as in Pakistan, we no longer allow any critical evaluation of anything associated with the armed forces. Those who do not agree with the armed forces’ performance or profile stand automatically denounced as ‘anti-national’. What is more, we are thoughtlessly injecting violence and its authorised wielders as instruments of a promised renaissance.

Seventy years later, we are cheerfully debunking all those great patriots and towering leaders who once mesmerised the world in the 20th century, who were a source of our national pride and who had forged an inclusive political community across the land by instilling in us virtues of civic togetherness. As Pakistan has done, we too now seek national glory and garv from re-writing our history books to cater to our religious prejudices. Just as Pakistan has institutionalised discrimination, we too are manufacturing a ‘new normal’ in which it is deemed normal and natural to show the minorities their place at the back of the room.

Seventy years later, the most complex legacy of the Partition – Kashmir – remains unresolved. It continues to bleed both Pakistan and India, financially, politically and spiritually. All these years we had allowed ourselves to believe that for Pakistani elites the Kashmir dispute provides a dubious platform of a meretricious coherence; not to be left behind, we in India are increasingly content to use the Kashmir problem to help us redefine the content and contours of our edgy and brittle nationalism. Worse, Kashmir continues to take a toll on our collective sensitivities. As a nation, we are getting comfortable in the use of violence and coercion to resolve differences at home and abroad.

Seventy years ago we were determined to be different from Pakistan; 70 years later we are unwittingly beginning to look like Pakistan. Mohammed Ali Jinnah must be permitting himself a crack of a smile at our unseemly hurry to move away from Jawaharlal Nehru and his founding legacy.

(Harish Khare is Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune)

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 00:00

IGAR (S) greets on Patriots Day

IMPHAL | Aug 12

Major General, Virendra Singh of IGAR (South) and all ranks of Assam Rifles extended their greetings to the people of Manipur on the occasion of Patriots Day, 2017.

A release said that observed to mark the supreme sacrifice made by Bir Tikendrajit and Thangal General on August 13, 1891, it reminds us of the soaring sense of patriotism of the brave sons of Manipur.

IGAR (South) urged the people of Manipur to come together bearing the same indomitable and unconquerable spirit and stand united to fight against the social evils and insurgency to bring about peace, prosperity and tranquillity in the days to come, it added.

All ranks of IGAR (South) also wished that the people of Manipur live in harmony and joined hands together to ensure peace and bring prosperity to the state, it said.

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Landslide destroys houses

TAMENGLONG | Aug 12

With consistent down pours of rain, a massive landslide occurred at Khoupilong Tamenglong ward No. 5 today morning. However there was no human casualty in the incident. One under construction building including safety tank of toilet was swiped away by landslide and destroyed another house. The incident occurred around 7 am when one under construction building fell on another house. The house owners called upon the authority concerned to extend necessary help.

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Khuga Bn helps ex-servicemen

From Our Correspondent

CCPUR | Aug 12

The Khuga Battalion conducted an interaction session today at 27 sectors headquarter at Tuibong as part of the Ex-Servicemen Grievances Cell or Suvigya Cell.

The interaction session was session conducted by Brig. Ajay Kumar and CO Col. Mukesh Sharma and around 30 pensioners and widows attended the interaction. The main objective of the interaction programme was to address any other grievances and to spread awareness among ESM to come forward to Suvigya Cell. During interaction, the ESM were given awareness on various government schemes and forthcoming army recruitment rally in October. The Mobile Interactive Terminal for Rural Areas (MITRA) was also showcased during the interaction.

Under Suvigya Cell various teams were sent to villages for providing wide publicity about the initiative to reach out to the ex-servicemen (ESM) and Veer Naris of Churachandpur district and resolve their grievances and issues.

So far, Khuga Battalion has taken up 313 cases of pension anomalies of ESM and Veer Naris with government treasury and concerned banks to rectify the discrepancy and release the amount as per entitlement. The overall reimbursement due for ESM and Veer Naris amounted to Rs 2,63,88,457. Out of which Rs 1,17,82,406 has already been credited to 157 ESM and an amount of more than one lakh to 28 ESM in their respective bank accounts.

Health campaign

As part of Healthy Manipur Campaign, a Healthy Manipur Day was organised by Churachandpur Assam Rifles at various places of the district from August 7 and concluded yesterday.

The programme organised with an aim to enhance awareness among the people regarding importance of health and encourage them towards good health, fitness and natural healing.

The event was attended by members of civil voluntary organisations, school children and locals. During the programme, special emphasis was given on yoga exercises. The campaign had reached out remote areas of  Sanaikot, P Sajol, Hengkot and Henglep.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 00:00

Mimin Kipgen undergoes surgery

From Our Correspondent

KANGPOKPI | Aug 12

Seiminsang alias Mimin Kipgen who is suffering from Hydrocephalus has finally reached Imphal on August 7 with a hope for a cure.

The child is from the border village of India and Myanmar, Govajang and travelled almost 113 Km. looking for an effective treatment of his head which has swollen upto a circumference of 70 centimetres. Son of a daily wage earner, Mimin’s rare condition made headlines on August 5 in the state and drawn wide attention globally. Earlier, a similar condition was found with the Tripura born Roona Begum and had undergone the first surgery on August 8 at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) at Imphal.

With the financial help of Rs 20,000 from Genhison WhatsApp group, the poor family decided to bring the boy at the state capital. Staffs of Moreh primary health centre went to the village to bring the boy to Imphal as directed by the higher authority. The health department officials also assisted the boy and his parents on the way to reach Imphal.

The mother of the boy, Nengneithem Kipgen declined the approach the state health department saying that her hopes were shattered when she first approached Moreh primary health centre. The Moreh PHC staffs took us by all means as directed by the higher authority bringing a new hope for the child, said Nengneithem.

She further said that Mimin was then admitted at JNIMS where investigation and various test were conducted the same afternoon they reached and by late evening doctors informed about surgery to be done the next morning on August 8 at RIMS. Mimin was operated on the left side of his head and his abdomen on the right side.

Meanwhile, Kuki Students' Organisation (KSO) expressed its dissatisfaction over the poor medical services rendered to the boy who is shifted to the Post Operation Ward and staying with around 10 other post-surgery patients with such a complicated case. KSO also conveyed its disappointment to the state media stating that no news or story of the boy was seen carried in the local newspapers or electronic media till today even nearly a week after he was brought to the state capital.

While the world is paying attention to Mimin, the state health minister is yet to visit the boy at the hospital. Moreover, the state government could have approached the Fortis Foundation for treatment of the poor boy free of cost, added KSO.

It may be mentioned that donations poured in from various NGOs and WhatsApp groups when the news of the poor boy hit headlines on August 5 morning, followed by a donation drive at Kuki Inn by KSO, Imphal Branch.

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First Manipur Youth Convention

IMPHAL | Aug 12

The Manipur Youth Forum today organised the 1st Manipur Youth Convention as a part of observing the International Youth Day on the theme “Role of youth in present political scenario of Manipur, youth building peace and social responsibility” at Manipur Press Club, Imphal.

Speaking on the function the forum’s convenor, Khundrakpham Max urged the youths of the state to take part in politics as a responsible citizen in order to bring a positive changes in politics.

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