IMPHAL | Aug 4
The chief librarian, State Central Library, Imphal has notified that all the clubs, voluntary organisation and District library selected under Raja Ram Mohun Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata that free books and furniture for the year 2016-2017 will be distributed from August 7 at State Central Library, Imphal, said a release.
It further said that the selected clubs, voluntary organisation and District library should bring accession register, stock register and visitor register as the time of collection.
From Our Correspondent
KANGPOKPI | Aug 4
As part of the World Breastfeeding Week celebration, newly created Kangpokpi District also observed an awareness program on Breastfeeding colorfully at Multipurpose Hall, office of the Deputy Commissioner, Kangpokpi yesterday.
The celebration was organized Breastfeeding Promotion Alliance Manipur supported by District Administration Kangpokpi District under the theme Sustaining Breastfeeding Together.
Ranjit Singh, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kangpokpi, L. Gojendro Singh, Chief Medical Officer, Kangpokpi, Dr. A. Ibotombi Sharma, Vice-President, Breastfeeding Promotion Alliance Manipur (BPAM) and Dr. Phuthou Henkhoneng Mate, District Malaria Officer, Kangpokpi attended the function as Chief Guest, President and Guests of Honour respectively.
Dr. Kh. Ratankumar, MD, MCCHRC, Mother Care Hospital and Kaigoulal Kipgen, Jr. MCS, SDC(HQ) also attended the function apart from doctors, nurse, nursing students, ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers, representatives of various CSOs leaders and special invitees.
Deputy Commissioner, T. Ranjit Singh, IAS declared open the event in the presence various other dignitaries before Kaigoulal Kipgen and Dr. Shyamkumar Laishram delivered welcome and keynote address respectively.
Speaking at the function, T. Ranjit Singh, IAS, DC Kangpokpi expressed his sincere gratitude to Breastfeeding Promotion Alliance Manipur for conducting such an important celebration at the newly created Kangpokpi and also underlined the importance of collective efforts in promoting Breastfeeding in the district understanding its necessity and importance.
While stressing on the theme, ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding Together’, Dr. Kh. Ratankumar said that Breastfeeding is a means to improve maternal and child survival in a healthy society and this responsibility should not be given to mother alone.
He continued that Breastfeeding responsibility should be collective effort of the society to support, promote and protect Breastfeeding while adding that attention should also be given to the issue Breastfeeding among the vulnerable groups, single mothers, teenage mothers and migrants with no family support.
He also pointed out that it has been scientifically proven that breastfed babies are more healthier, suffer less from diarrhoea and respiratory diseases, less prone to be diabetic and obese and very interestingly 8 times more intelligent than their counterpart while even breastfed mothers has many health benefits as well.
Enlightening the audiences about the Infant Milk Substitute (IMS) Act, Dr. Kh. Ratankumar said that IMS is an Act that will safeguard both the environment and the right to breastfeed while adding that under IMS Act, all items of promotion of foods for babies under 2 years by manufacturers, all advertisement in any media, giving gifts and free samples to mothers & health care providers, donation of educational materials, equipment or baby foods and carrying a picture of a mother or baby on the labels of baby foods are banned.
Dr. Kh. Ratankumar appeal for effective implementation and monitoring of the Infant Milk Substitute Act in all districts of the state.
Dr. L. Gojendro Singh, CMO Kangpokpi District, Dr. A. Ibotombi Sharma, VP, BPAM and Dr. Phuthou Henkhoneng Mate also spoke on the occasion.
A booklet published by Breastfeeding Promotion Alliance Manipur (BPAM) on ‘Breastfeeding and Complimentary feeding guidelines’ which was released on August 1 by MC Mary Kom at RIMS, Imphal was also distributed during the function.
Ningthoujam Prasant & Elangbam Nikita
IMPHAL | Aug 4
A two-day festival of music and art on “environment”— Where have all the flowers gone?— beginning from Saturday (today) is creating excitement and immense interest among music enthusiasts. The fest is organised by Imphal Talkies, an Imphal based folk-rock band that deals with contemporary issues of the state and Folksy Triumph, a non-profit event management organisation based in Imphal.
The fourth edition of the festival will be held at Khurkhul(Makha Leikai Maning Sabal Lampak) from tomorrow. Its previous editions took place in Chingnungkhok, Andro and Phayeng.
“Where Have All the Flowers Gone is not just a festival to celebrate the work of American folk singer late Pete Seeger but also to bring awareness of the environment to the people. The festival focuses on bridging the gap between rural and urban life, community involvement, providing platforms to youth, supporting indigenous culture and tradition, bringing together various communities under one platform, exploring unexplored rural areas,” said Akhu Chingangbam, vocalist of Imphal Talkies who breathes music, politics, and physics.
Every year the festival takes place in a chosen rural area of the state and the venue is changed every year, he said.
“Even the state tourism department and other event management teams have started doing events in Andro after Where Have All The Flowers Gone took place at Andro in 2015.” claimed Akhu.
He said the festival tries to provide a platform for the local people to get exposed to various forms of art and ideas during the festival and in the process, they can think of generating new ideas on how to promote their own arts, tradition and culture to the outside world.
The festival incorporates a various array of how it will flow keeping in its centre reason—awareness about the importance of the environment. The celebration which additionally gives a chance to explore the life of different indigenous individuals of the state and features their specialities and artworks including different sorts of activities running from tree plantation, photo exhibition, painting competition to music concert to film screening.
The festival will kick off with a cycle rally from Palace compound to Khurkhul on its first day. The celebration will likewise integrate programmes such as children’s painting competition, art/photography exhibition, an introduction to Khurkhul by Khulakpa Phuritsabam Somorjit and an account of Khurkhul: its tradition and culture by Dr Shantani Louriyam.
The day will end with music concert which will be performed by Uday Benegal (Indus Creed), Nassif Ahmed, Guru Rewben, Mangka, Sh@ne and Anungla. The womenfolk of Khurkhul will also perform Khunung Eshei.
The second day (Sunday) will follow with tree plantation, film screening and music concert featured by Tapta including Pebet, Eyoom and Cajon Diaries.
One artist among the performing bands said that such festival of art and music is a good platform to showcase the talents of artists and will integrate the people from different communities through music.
Around 25 food stalls selling indigenous food particularly of Khurkhul will be opened. “It’s a treat for me. Music plus indigenous foods is a great combination,” said one music enthusiast looking forward to the festival.
IMPHAL | Aug 4
A man was found dead in the universal toilet complex at Jirbam district today evening. Police recovered an identity card of one 7th IRB personnel, Usham Basanta Singh of Keirak Wabagai, Kakching district from the body.
The dead body has been taken to the nearest morgue and a case has been registered at Jiribam police station. Police are investigating the case.
IMPHAL | Aug 4
World Vision India today distributed flood relief materials to the families of Takyel Khongbal Khumanthem Leikai Sagolband cluster who are affected by the recent subsided flood.
The relief items are rice, dal and cooking oil. Each beneficiary received 10 kg of rice, two kg dal and one cooking oil.
The materials were distributed by K. Somolata pradhan, Sanalita Rao programme manager Imphal West and Ayekpam Dijen president Takyel Khongban Welfare Committee Association.
THOUBAL| Aug 4
A group of people led by the former MLA of Hiyanglam Assembly constituency, Elangbam Dwijamani pulled down the sign board of Wabagai Lamkhai Bazar board on July 27 evening.
A public meeting was held yesterday by Wabagai Lamkhai Bazaar Board at Lamkhai bazaar in protest against the act of Dwijmani. The meeting demanded that stringent actions should be taken against Dwijamani for his act of damaging office property. It was also demanded that the former MLA must urgently clarify the reason and intention behind his act of destroying the office sign board.
The public meeting was attended by many women vendors of the market. The market was kept shut down during the public meeting.
JIRIBAM | Aug 4
The tribal community of Jiribam of 18 Hillghat Zilla Parishad formed a committee named as Tribal Committee of 18 Hilghat Zilla Parishad (Z.P), Jiribam on August 2.
The members of the committee were Jangsat Haokip as chairman, G. Daniel as secretary, Mordecai Kamei as assistant secretary and others. The newly formed committee has appealed the authority concerned that general woman reservation at 18 Hilghat Zilla Parishad is not according to the norm as it was formerly declared as S.T. reserved as per the rotational norm.
The committee will go the legal court if the reservation norm is not satisfied and will also organised village level meeting any time if the state government does not take the needful of tribal people of 18 Hilghat Zilla Parishad, Jiribam.
IMPHAL | Aug 4
The proscribed People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangliepak (PREPAK) has said that it would not be possible to abolish the crimes committed against women in the state, as long as the state is living under the colonial rule of India.
A release signed by LeibakNgaakpa Luwang, secretary in-charge, publicity and propaganda, PREPAK has expressed strong concern over the various crimes committed against women. The party has mentioned about that the recent rape and murder attempt case of a 14 year old student studying in class IX that occurred on Aug 1, near a stream near Viewland Colony under Senapati district. The similar crimes have also occurred elsewhere in the world, where American soldier Private Jesse Spielman raped a 14 year old in Iraq and killed her along with her family members. However, the International Criminal Court (ICC) intervened and sentenced Spielman to 110 years in prison, it added. Moreover, another person named Paul Cortez was also sentenced for 90 years in prison by ICC.
The crimes of aggression, genocide, war crime and crime against humanity are carried out by the Indian government. High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN once envisioned that the people who have committed such act of crimes will be uncovered form their mask of impunity and will be sentenced for their crimes, said the release.
No cases had happened in other states of India like it had been in Manipur in the last decade of colonised rule under India where 8,999 of killings were registered in the state. The unfortunate events had been a part of the secret agenda carried out under the colonial government of India.
The state must improve its own economy and earn for its own independent social administration, by ushering back the sense of belongingness and break down the colonised existence, it added.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Aug 4
Manipur Apex Handloom and Handicrafts Artisan Co-operative Society (AWAS) today held a one-day discussion on general election and bye-laws of Manipur at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul. S. Chaotombi Devi, vice-president of Manipur State Co-operative society and N. Bimola Devi, president of Naorem Mayai Leikai Women Co-operative Society attended the function as presidium members.
The discussion programme outlined the complications faced by the organisation and artisans as a whole in the state.
At the end of the programme, the organisation decided to form an elected board after consulting the concerned authorities in the government to look after the organisation as the former nominated board lies defunct presently. The formation of the elected board should be formed in a period of two months, they resolved.
The artisans also resolute to amend a new by-law for the Apex Handloom and Handicrafts Artisan Co-operative Society Limited located at Paona Bazar.
The apex had resolved to approach the concerned authorities to amend a bye-law for the apex so that the five years term for the executives be implemented.
And finally the apex decided that apex bodies be formed for the seven newly created districts of the state after consultation with the government’s concerned department.
From A Correspondent
THOUBAL| Aug 4
The farmers in Thoubal areas resumed their cultivation after many were affected by the recent flood which affected many crops and paddies.
Since many of the paddy fields required fertilisers and the farmers were at loss as the required fertilisers were not provided by the government.
The government failed in its promise that there will be no shortage of fertilisers. Urea bags that were earlier sold at the markets above Rs. 305 are no longer available for purchasing. However, the fertilisers are currently sold at few markets on the black market price of Rs. 25 per kg. DAP fertilizer can be purchased on Rs. 40 or 50 per kg, Potash is sold for Rs. 30 per kg and super phosphate is available for Rs. 25 per kg.
The black market dealers are making more profits by selling the fertilisers in partial quantity, the customers are purchasing them in whole bags. In some assembly constituencies under Thoubal district, fertilisers are being distributed by the government through local MLAs but only few are able to receive them.
Farmers have expressed that the government is ignoring the issues faced by the farmers and the act if being a silent witness by the government will invite agitations by the farmers.