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Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

CRPF conducts fogging

IMPHAL | Sept 7

To protect the residents of specially abled children and senior citizens from mosquito borne diseases, 109 Bn CRPF Mongsangei conducted fogging today in All Manipur Handicapped Peoples Organisation and Old Age Home located in Mongsangei.

A release said, the exercise was carried out under the direction of commandant Vinod Kumar with a view to give protection from vector borne diseases.

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Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

Health Reporting: Is it still news worthy?

By Jimmy Leivon

GANGTOK | Sept 7

“No Health reporting is not news worthy”, said said a leading media personality from Northeast today. Karma Paljor, consulting editor of CNN New 18 was speaking at the media sensitisation workshop organised by Public Health Foundation of India (PFHI) here today at Hotel Heritage.

The workshop titled “Building Effective Communication Pathway for Public Health in the North-East” was held at the backdrop of the 2nd North East Health Care Summit 2017, is being organised by PHFI in partnership with the ministry of (MDoNER), government of Sikkim and the Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial Hospital (STNM) from September 8 and 9.

This also marks the centenary celebrations of the S.T.N.M. hospital.

The Summit aims to bring key stakeholders including media and public health experts, to understand the media reporting challenges in highlighting public health in the Northeast and share key research areas.

In TV it is least debated subject and often stories are sidelined, Paljor said contextualising both the commercial as well as challenges health reportage. Health reporter is relegated especially in electronic media to fixed appointment for the higher up, he said.

TV has killed reporting, he said rueing the deficit of good reporting.

For both print and electronic media, most health issues are neglected unless it is politically sensitive; he noted citing the example of recent Gorakhpur incident. However, he said the problem arises because the media mostly do event report only.

Are we asking the right questions? Paljor said adding that one way to catch the interest is to ask how, when and why, instead of mere event reporting. The media should also have a ‘built-in bullshit meters’ in order to fight the fake news syndrome and other challenges, he said.

This is important in the context of health, as too many news about it are spread in social media, he said.

We have to contest and present more holistic views to readers as the issue will impact each one of us, if not today in the near future, he stressed further citing social-religio factors that do round in the social media.

Paljor however said social media must become a vital part of any media organisations and emphasising on packaging the report to suit diverse audience. 

Don’t get stuck with the data, humanise the story, was the advice of Subhojit Sengupta Associate Editor, Network18. Bring in the human element to connect with the audience, added. 

In the context of health reportage, he said that the reporting must go behind hospital report. For example, reports on Anganwadi works, the last chain in health service delivery in India could offer many perspectives, Sengupta said.

Break down the jargons, he further said to both media personnel and researchers gathered stressing that in the end, any news or report should be disseminated easily to the public.

Member of Parliament, Sikkim, PD Rai further augmented Paljor view and said that even in the parliament, health issue seldom get attention form the legislators, unless it is politically sensitive.

Amit Patro, editor Sikkim Express, exhorted the media person to report beyond hospital and highlight public health issue in a more holistic and sensitive way. Digital presence through various medium is vital for survival as well as wider audiences, especially the print media, all the panellists in the workshop concurred.

The world has moved from print to TV to digital platform, the news media must also grow both vertically and horizontally by integrating all the news, they agreed.

It will not only create awareness but led to further interest in different health issues.

In finding way linkage between information seeker, listener and communicator, the newspapers and media can act as a catalyst, concluded Dr. Bamin Tada, Director Regional Reaoeach Centre MoHFW for Northeast States.

Journalists from almost all the Northeastern States also took part in the workshop.

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Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

Blend of Art and Life

Writer Laishram Samarendra, in one of his essays ‘Leelagi Mi’, muses about actors and their act. He observes dichotomy of life they represent on stage and the real life. The writer speaks about having known an actor who worked as a clerk at the AG office. He has seen the actor performing on the stage often. In a play the actor took the role of an abled leader (CM) who skillfully discharges his duty. The spectacle the actor displayed on the stage was unmatched. But the actor in real life as a clerk in an office has typical concerns; his job promotion, the canteen bill he owes, and his fear of his superior, the Section Officer when he is late for the office. The writer is certain that if given a chance; the actor could perhaps serve better than the so called leaders in real life. The writer in his style indicates the nature of a porous boundary of art and life in our society. A woman, who sells clothes at the Khwairamband Keithel, would take a leading role in a Ras Lila performance after her return from the market. She is also an embodiment of so many roles in life. This is true for most of the artist. The unique blend of art and life in Manipur needs no substantiation. Manifested expression of this blend is the myriad forms of performance art that flourishes in the state. Samarendra confesses that he secretly worships many artists who have made a place in his heart. The ease with which they move between art and life makes him claim that it is hard to differentiate between the art that is performed and the role we take in real life. There is just an amorphous line between the two.

Though there is no mention of Shumang Lila in the essay, the art of Shumang Lila often reminds us of this beautiful piece which is one among some of the most outstanding works of the writer. One can easily relate to the permeating nature of this Manipuri art form, without which a community celebration is never complete. The art form took shape at the royal court of the then king Chandrakirti. It is said that the art has its roots in the Lai Haraoba which has performances like the Tankhul Nurabi, a kind of dance drama. Shumang Lila has evolved from its germination, which was confined within the walls of the royal palace to a popular art loved by the masses. No wonder that it has created a niche of its own among other popular medium like the cinema and the theatre. Usually the season of spring is the ripe time to relish a live performance of Shumang Lila. But now it has become a daily dose of entertainment with the coming of the local television network. Shumang Lila is here to stay. Commentators have observed that the reach of this medium has effectively addressed crucial social issues plaguing the state. This could be true to some extent. While trying to highlight issues of importance that are employed as undercurrent theme it often ends up as an exercise in giving sermons. The intention of giving ‘message’ through the medium sometimes overshadows the plot or the narrative. In most cases there are tendencies for excessive stylisation while trying to rope in the loud glamour of popular cinema. This could be perhaps the reason behind theatre legend, Oja Heisnam Kanhailal’s contention that Shumang Lila needs to reinvent itself. The Lila Shanglen at the Palace Compound in Imphal is named after someone who had little to do with the art. A suitable name should be given. The name can be one whose contribution had paved the growth of the art to reach the height of popularity. This could be a beginning towards the reinvention. It would also be a tribute to the blend of art and life in a way.

Leader Writer: Senate Kh.

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Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

AR lecture on environment

IMPHAL | Sept 7

Assam Rifles camp at Moirang Khunao conducted a lecture at St Xavier's High School, Moirang on the harmful impact of use of plastic on environment, said a release by PIB, Defence, Imphal.

It said, the lecture was attended by six teachers and 150 students and the event was appreciated and applauded by teachers and students for creating awareness for pollution free environment. The drive was under taken to generate awareness among the locals, especially youth and children and on importance of environment preservation. A talk was also delivered by post commander to motivate students to join Sainik School.

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Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

Sit-in protest

THOUBAL | Sept 7

A sit-in protest was staged today by the Meira Paibis condemning the incident of death threat to one Asem Chaothoi of Khekman Wangma Makha Leikai by the present pradhan of Khekman Gram Panchayat, Asem Subhon using his license gun yesterday at around 9.45 pm at Khekman, Thoubal.

The protest was held at Khekman Wangma Community hall and placard saying, “Stop crime against innocent”, “Stop gun election campaign”, Stop gathering votes by violence” and “Take action against Asem Subol” were demonstrated during the protest.

After the protest, representatives of Khekman Women Anti-Drug and Alcohol organisation met the deputy commissioner of Thoubal and submitted an application demanding for arrest of the culprits involved and take action against them. 

Meanwhile, the Thoubal police station registered a case in this regard and the license gun of Asem Subol was seized.

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Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

144 CrPC imposed in Thoubal

IMPHAL | Sept 7

District magistrate of Thoubal district, L. Nabakishwar Singh has imposed section 144 of CrPC in the whole of Thoubal district in connection with the upcoming 5th Panchayat election. A release said, the district magistrate has imposed the prohibition under the CrPC to avoid any breach of peace and disturbance of public tranquillity and danger to human lives and properties and to prevent riot and affray in connection with the ensuing panchayat election.

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Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

Mobile task unit of fire service

IMPHAL | Sept 7

The Fire Service department has introduced a mobile task unit which will be stationed at different places of importance like Khwairamband Bazar, Singjamei Bazar and other places. A release by director of Manipur Fire Service, Imphal said that the mobile task unit will be on rotational basis to combat any fire emergency and also to create awareness regarding fire safety measures.

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IMPHAL | Sept 7

The deplorable condition of three government schools peeved the education minister who was on a surprise visit. Minister Th. Radheshyam following the visit convened an emergency meeting with the department officials and instructed them take up necessary action with immediate effect.

The minister made a visit at Haoreibi Makha Leikai L. P. Madrasa.  He was informed by the locals that the school has not been functioning for the past five years with five teachers being posted at the school including the headmaster. He was furious to find the schools in a dilapidated state. The school has at least four rooms with none of them being usable. 

The walls and windows were all broken with the room being totally damaged. The locals however said that if the school starts functioning properly students from nearby villages will come to study.

Later, the minister also went to Haoreibi Makha Leikai Lairakhong L. P. (M) which was locked from outside and was found occupied by geese at the corridors of the school. The school though established in 1960, which is under Lilong Assembly constituency, has only two rooms. 

Later in the evening the minister called the director of education (S) Th. Kirankumar along with other officials, zonal education officer, Thoubal and headmaster of the said schools in the meeting.

Th. Radheshyam directed the director to visit the school personally. He gave strict instruction to take explanation call and take stern action against the heads of the institutions.

Earlier the minister also visited Canchi High School, Canchipur, and met the teacher and students. At the school the minister enquired about the attendance of teachers and student, and midday meal records. 

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 IMPHAL | Sept 7

The ministry of food processing industries, government of India is inviting proposals under Scheme for Creation/ Expansionof Food Processing/ Preservation Capacities (CEFPPC) Of Kisan Sampada Yojana for setting up 250 units for creation of processing and preservation and modernization/expansion of existing food processing units which will help in increasing the level of processing, value addition and there by lead to reduction of agri wastage.

Proposals may be submitted online at http://sampada- by the potential investors/promoters willing to set up food processing industry. Preference will be given to units in Mega Food Parks  sanctioned by the MoFPI. The project proposal should be submitted as per guidelines of the scheme for CEFPPC available on latest by 15.09.2017 upto 18:00 hrs.

Interested investors/promoters can contact Joint Director/ Officer on Duty ( Food Processing Industries) . Contact no. 9436025478.

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Awareness programme on banana fibre

From Our Correspondent


One-day training cum awareness programme for promotion of banana fibre was held at Kangpokpi district today.

The programme was attended as chief guest by spokesperson of BJP Manipur Pradesh and overall in-charge of Hill District, BJP Manipur unit, Kim Gangte. She said that Manipur as a whole could witness overall development when the people of hill districts collectively put efforts for the welfare of the state.

‘The new BJP government in the state has pulled up new things, new ideas, new initiative and new efforts which had never happen before for caused of the people’, said Kim Gangte.

While lauding the Handloom and Textiles Department, government of Manipur for introducing the benefit of banana fibre to the people during the training cum awareness for promotion of banana fibre, Kim Gangte said that young learners or students have important roles to play in promoting the new initiative.

She continued that student community needs to come up with new thoughts, better ideas and striking efforts with the introduction of the various benefits of banana fibre to achieve its meaningful purpose.

The training cum awareness programme was organised by District Handlooms and Textiles Office, Imphal West district in association with Weaver Cell BJP Manipur, and it was sponsored by Directorate of Handlooms and Textiles, Department of Textiles, Commerce and Industries, government of Manipur.

The programme was also attended by project manager of District Handloom and Textiles office, Senapati district, N. Nilabantajit Singh as president, while the guests of honour were convenor of Weaver Cell BJP Manipur, Th. Sunila Devi and project manager of District Handloom and Textiles, Imphal West district, L. Sorojini Devi.

Hundreds of locals including students of JNV Kangpokpi took part in the training cum awareness programme where the usefulness and benefits of banana fibre was demonstrated to the students and other participants by the experts.

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