IMPHAL | Sept 5
A drawing competition was organised by 29 Assam Rifles of 28 Sector Assam Rifles at Henkot village Chandel district on September 2, said a release by IGAR (South).
It said, children were given an opportunity to draw their imagination on paper under the theme ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’ and were provided with crayons, drawing sheets and other necessary stationary items. A total of 31 children from various age groups participated in the competition. The top position holders were felicitated during the prize distribution function.
Teachers’ Day was celebrated nationwide today on the occasion of the birth anniversary of a great scholar and teacher, Dr. S Radhakrishna. It is rather ironic and sad that an influential section of the teachers in the state are also getting restive and planning an agitation at about this time, mostly to address grievances relating to their working conditions and service benefits. To put it more bluntly, to demand matching raises in their salaries with what the 7th Pay Commission has recommended for Central government employees. We are sure the teachers’ grievances are not beyond comprehension. After all there cannot be anybody in any profession who think they should not be getting more, regardless of the quantum or quality of their actual service contributions. But even after presuming every teacher is continuing to give their optimum to their profession, we cannot at all be sure if any grievances can be so grave as to warrant paralyzing their workplaces, given that the worst sufferers would be students. We are of the strong belief that certain things are just sacrosanct and should not come under any form of wagering. No matter what the circumstance, certain institutions and values (private as well as social) should be treated as beyond compromise. At the most basic level, there are certain agendas which must be treated as bonds that define the most fundamental of the social organism, and indeed values associated with the teaching profession were once seen as not very far from such values that define this very core of the society. Hence, there was once such a time when the teacher-student relationship was considered as sacred in most societies, particularly in the East.
In Manipur for instance, the respect that was once associated with the title “Oja” (teacher) is an important indication of this. In fact, once upon a time, it was almost a pattern for primary school teachers to ultimately come to be elevated to the position of political leadership of the people. The onset of civilisation and the importance that the acquisition of knowledge suddenly became have been responsible for this to a great extent. The BBC in a very interesting serial on the notion of human civilisation pointed out a significant etymological understanding while describing the Chinese word for civilisation, arguably the oldest and still unbroken civilisation of the world. According to this serial, the Chinese term for writing is synonymous with the Chinese word for civilisation. The tremendous value attached to knowledge by the civilised world can be gauged from such semantics. This association was also what was once seen in the tone of veneration in the word “Oja” in Manipur. It will be recalled, even nursery rhymes in the local language once sang eulogies to the title. Today all this seems lost in the din created by the assault of modern materialism on our society. Hence, quite tellingly, rather than teachers, the society’s veneration are now for government contractors, bureaucrats and other cronies of the powers that be who have together legitimized the organized loot of the state coffers. A profile of the current generation of political leadership will demonstrate how primary school teachers have virtually disappeared and contractors have taken over on the firmament of state leadership. The fault is however not just with the rise of the contract culture and with it the celebration of unearned money. It has also to do with the new culture of teachers who are least interested in teaching but all the same crave for the perks of the profession. The number of government schools and colleges without students in the state today is the shameful alibi of this phenomenon starkly staring everybody in the face today. The all-important qualities of dedication, sacrifice and competence which were once necessarily associated with the profession, have all frittered away thanks to this new and atrocious lack of work culture.
And so, once unheard of things such as students boycotting classes and worse still teachers boycotting classes, have now become the order of the day and normalized. Students who do not care to attend classes and teachers who have no students to teach, seem to have no remorse about sinking the situation deeper into the abyss. Can there be anything more unkind and uncivil than this? A sacred relationship is indeed being defiled on a daily basis, and this has come to be accepted as legitimate. Nothing can be more tragic for the society as a whole.
CCPUR | Sept 5
Deputy commissioner of Churachandpur district, Shyam Lal Poonia, donated one unit of blood at the district hospital’s blood bank today morning. Earlier, former DC PK. Jha of Churachandpur donated blood in 2015.
The chief medical officer of the district, Kim Simte and staff of National Rural Health Mission (NRHE) and other officials of blood bank were present during the blood donation programme today. The in-charge Blood Bank, Dr. Paumunthang Vaiphei told the DC that last month, the blood bank had given out blood without replacement concerning the scenario of the blood bank in the district.
Earlier, most of the blood donations had been from NCC cadres, army officials and Assam Riffles stationed at Khuga Dam and Headquarter Veng apart from occasional contributions from some philanthropic organisations.
IMPHAL | Sept 5
Department of Anthropology, Manipur University and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Sangrahalaya, Bhopal will be organising a national seminar on September 7 and 8.
A release said, the inaugural function of the seminar will be held on September 7 at 11 am and will be attended by Education minister, Th. Radheshyam Singh as chief guest and vice-chancellor of MU, Adya Prasad Pandey as president.
IMPHAL | Sept 5
Indigenous People’s Association of Kangleipak (IPAK) will be observing the 3rd Foundation Day on September 7 at around 11.30 am at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound, Imphal.
A release said, women with highest number children will be felicitated with simple gifts as part of the foundation day observance function and urged all the women who have submitted their forms to attend the function.
It further appealed to all the CVOs, Ema Lup, students union and various clubs, Meira Paibis not to call bandh, blockade and general strike on the said day.
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KANGPOKPI | Sept 5
HM Higher Secondary School, Keithelmanbi celebrated Teachers' Day and Freshers' Meet today at Janglallen Hall inside the school campus.
During the celebration, principal of the school, Letsei Lhouvum was the chief guest while the two vice-principals of the school, Lenpu Khongsai and Saurav were president and guest of honour, respectively.
The School founder, S. Singsit presented a pocket size Bible with pen to the freshers during the event while dance, traditional show, solo, acrobatic show and presentations marked the occasion.
Teacher Award, which was instituted in the year 1990 by the school founder and his wife in memory of their father (Late) Helthang Singsit and their mother (Late) Hatjakim Singsit was awarded to MIL (Th-Kuki) teacher, Kaiginlal Singsit.
Tonglen Singson Award in Chemistry, instituted in 2002 by former Chemistry teacher of the school, and deputy commandant in ITBP, Ginthenlam Singson, in memory of his father (Late) Tonglen Singson was awarded to Tika Gurung of Class XII who secured highest mark in the subject in HSE, 2017.
HM (KJ) Award instituted by the school founder and his wife, in memory of their children (Late) Kimneng Singsit and (Late) Janglallen Singsit was awarded to Kimngaiching Kipgen for securing letter mark in Thadou-Kuki in HSLC Examination, 2017 and Mongngaiching Singsit, Nengneirose Chongloi and Tingneineng Khongsai in the same subject in HSE, 2017.
H.M. Scholarship Award with free admission were given to four students, Forfaited, Class-KG in Nursery-KG category, Cindy, Class-I in Class I to IV category, Seigoulal, Class-V in Class V to VIII category and Tika Gurung, Class-XII in Class IX to XII category for securing overall topper in the school promotion examination.
Apart from these awards, Haogunsang Hangshing, Class-XII was acknowledged and presented with a gift for being the student studying in the school for the longest period of 14 years while all the teaching faculty members were awarded with a presentation as marked of the event.
Naga cultural dance from Naga students of the school, Nepali cultural dance from Nepali students, Thadou cultural dance from Thadou students and songs from lower classes of the school marked the occasion.
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UKHRUL | Sept 5
Halang Baptist Church celebrated gospel centenary with the theme ‘Celebrating Christ, From Darkness To Light’.
The three day long Gospel Centenary, from September 4 to September 6, is being celebrated in grand manner with delegates from neighboring village churches. Ngahor Huileng, the grandson of first convert Thimakan Huileng unfurled the centenary flag. Local pastor, K. Vareiyo, unveiled the centenary monolith in place of former chief minister of Manipur and parliamentarian, Rishang Keishing. Parliamentary secretary of Transport and Planning, government of Manipur, Khashim Vashum released the centenary history and joint secretary of MOBC, Ningam Chamroy released the centenary souvenir.
Professors of Eastern Theological College (ETC), Yangkahao Vashum, Jorhat and Shimreingam Shimray and executive secretary of STNBA, Daniel Kashung were the speakers in the programme.
It may be mentioned that the gospel of Christianity first came to Halang village on January 6, 1913 through the American Baptist missionary, William Pettigrew,evangelists R. Honlei, Mangaleng Sareo and S. Ramkaiphang. HL. Thimakan was the first person to convert from Halang village on September 5, 1917 and he was baptised by William Pettigrew. The Gospel Centenary is being celebrated in commemoration of the day. In spite of the persecution and prohibition order from converting into Christianity by the village authority, the gospel of Christ took a major turn when 41 of the villagers converted into Christianity. This marked the beginning of fellowship and the 41 persons were baptised by MK. Misha, pastor of Phungyo Baptist Church on July 11, 1920. From 1917 till present, the Church has 1109 active members and 515 associate members. The village with 366 household and a population of 1624 is one of the most progressive villages among the Tangkhul tribe.
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IMPHAL | Sept 5
Manipur Students Federation (MSF) and Pangal Students Organisation (PSO) came down heavily against five schools of the state for conducting classes on Id-Ul-Azha which is declared as a national holiday.
Addressing a press meet today at MSF head office at Keishampat, Imphal, PSO president, Md. Ajiju Rahman claimed that conducting of classes on Id-Ul-Azha by Heritage Convent School, K.M. Blooming Higher Secondary School, Khangabok, Herbart School, S.I. Academy and Khongjom Standard English School is very unfortunate.
The act of these five schools shows that they do not care about the people who are following Islamic religion and want to undermine the minority people of the state, he added.
MSF, Imphal West president, Taorem Marjing Khuman supplemented that such action shows disrespect to a particular religion.
He asked the principal and authorities of the five schools to give the reason for conducting classes on that day within Friday and notified that they should be responsible for any action taken up by MSF and PSO if they failed to do so.
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IMPHAL | Sept 5
The Dog and Dog Handler Refresher Course (1st batch) of battalions under CRPF, operation control Manipur and Nagaland sector which started from August 7 last at 143 battalion HQ, CRPF, Lamphelpat, concluded today.
The course was conducted under the direction of CRPF, Manipur and Nagaland sector, IGP, Vikram Sahgal and under the supervision of 143 battalion CRPF commander, Lal Chand Yadav.
During the closing function the trained dogs handlers of 69, 86, 87, 109 and 143 battalion CRPF displayed various activities being performed by them during their duties in the forms of demos like obedience drill, IED ground and human body search, scent discrimination, guarding of post and stores, agility and fire jump. Certificates were distributed to all the participants of the course.
The function was attended by CRPF Manipur and Nagaland sector DIG (administration) Mohinder Kumar as chief guest, retired YSM, DIGP, Range, Imphal, S.K. Sharma as guest of honour along with commandants of operation unit under CRPF, Manipur and Nagaland sector.
IMPHAL | Sept 5
Department of General and Laparoscopic Surgery, Shija Hospitals and Research Institute have removed Pancreatic Tumour laparoscopically, through key-hole surgery, for the first time in Manipur.
A release said, the patient was diagnosed with malignant pancreatic tumour in a CT scan done at Guwahati. Later, the patient had undergone Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) FNAC at Shija Hospitals and proved otherwise.
A laparoscopic surgery team led by Dr. Jugindra Sorokhaibam, consultant general and Laparoscopic surgeon, Shija hospitals and national secretary, AMASI successfully removed the tumour and she was discharged after recovery.
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a minimally invasive procedure to assess digestive (gastrointestinal) and lung diseases. A special endoscope uses high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the lining and walls of your digestive tract and chest, nearby organs such as the pancreas and liver and lymph nodes, said the release.
When combined with a procedure called fine-needle aspiration, EUS allows doctor to sample (biopsy) fluid and tissue from your abdomen or chest for analysis. EUS with fine-needle aspiration can be a minimally invasive alternative to exploratory surgery, it added.