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Saturday, 09 September 2017 00:00

Application invited for cultural prog

IMPHAL | Sept 8

Directorate of Art and Culture invited applications with new creative/innovative dance or musical composition prepared out of traditional/classical/folk/tribal performing arts of Manipur from the registered cultural institutions/organisations that are working seriously in preserving and promoting Manipuri culture, said a release.

It said that documents in soft as well as hard copy of the detailed profile and postal address of the institution / organisation with contact number of the president/secretary, synopsis/concept note of the proposed item, high quality performance CD/DVD of the proposed item and performance should be of 10-12 minutes duration.

Application should be addressed to the Director of Art and Culture, Palace Compound, Imphal to reach on or before 4 pm of September 20, it said adding that a committee will shortlist the performance through CD and the selected cultural institution/ organisation will be invited for the performance in the cultural show of the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017.

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Saturday, 09 September 2017 00:00

Macbeth in Manipur

Some time back, it was unthinkable that circumstances would so lead to such an extent that the former chief minister of 15 years and other top executives would be questioned for graft. For the last decade and a half, Manipur witnessed the reign of the congress government with Okram Ibobi at the helm of affairs, the cabinet ministry must have enjoyed along with the other executives in tow. The police too had their fair share of prominence and let words not be minced, they all must have made a lot of money from various quarters.

There was talk on every street corner and hotel that corruption is rampant and some of us have accepted it as a way of life and the line between justice and wrong was getting thinner. We had become accustomed to being zombic and bore injustice with silence. Some broke the silence, the civil organizations and meira paibis sought justice from the higher judiciary and it is testament that the case filed by EEVFAM has borne fruit after a long time.

The case of fake encounters is now taken up by the Supreme Court and investigation is on by the CBI. The finding has to be submitted by December 31, 2017. Lets say, on the night of the ‘bye-bye’ as we are used to terming the year end. But, it remains to be seen how fate and later the judiciary will deal with some who will be charge-sheeted with all possibility. Perhaps, it may be a very troublesome bye-bye for those who perpetrated crimes against civilians as the ghosts of those who have been slain come haunting back shouting for justice. Some may have to say bye-bye in a different tune.

One cannot help but recount a scene from Shakespere’s Macbeth , when he was overcome by guilt and tries to wash the imaginary blood from his hands,

“Where is that knocking coming from? What’s happening to me, that I’m frightened of every noise? Whose hands are these? They’re plucking out my eyes. Will all the water in the ocean wash this blood from my hands?” Well, the play must have a message that injustice cannot go unpunished and the time comes for every man however powerful he is. Of recent, a report of misappropriation has been lodged against Okram Ibobi connecting him with the Rs 187 crore scam of Manipur Development Society along with other bigwigs like DS Poonia, O Nabakishore and MDS chief Yambem Ningthem. It was always talked about the lifestyles of these people who once enjoyed tremendous political and administrative power and some continue to be in power nevertheless subdued to a certain extent.

It appears that things have taken an U turn in the way politics and so called democracy used to be in the State and the state of affairs have changed. The saffron brigade rode into town and in its wake taken up some cases which if spoken a year back would be akin to fiction. Now, it remains to be seen how things will turn out and its hard to believe that the former CM has even taken anticipatory bail.

It is for the media to have the hubris to call a spade a spade and indeed the BJP government led by N Biren seems to be ‘axing’ certain matters with a strong political will. One would like to believe that there is always the light at the end of the tunnel and some have struggled and survived the atrocities with tears and clenched teeth of previous injustice meted out to the innocent plebeians. Now, the light seems to be emerging for the righteous and for those who have done injustice, only darkness and confusion would appear in the horizon. Perhaps, the Macbeths of Manipur might be washing their hands presently.

Leader Writer: Paojel Chaoba

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Saturday, 09 September 2017 00:00

Free books distribution for IT students

IMPHAL | Sept 8

National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Imphal organised a free book distribution function for IT O-Level software and hardware student at the institute today, in collaboration with National Career Service (NCS) Centre for SC/ST, Imphal, Directorate General of Employment, Government of India.

A release said, the function was attended by executive director of NIELIT, Th. Prameshwor Singh as president, sub-regional employment officer, NCS Centre, Imphal, Ranjit Kumar Mandal as chief guest and joint director (Academics), NIELIT, A. Buboo Singh as guest of honour.

During the function, Th. Prameshwor Singh mentioned about the benefits of the course and its employability. While Ranjit Kumar Mandal highlighted about the sponsored IT course on O-Level software and hardware for SC/ST job seekers. Altogether, a set of four books were distributed to 62 IT students.

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Saturday, 09 September 2017 00:00

Handlooms directorate informs

IMPHAL | Sept 8

Directorate of Handlooms and Textiles, Manipur has informed all the Yarn passbook holders of Manipur that a joint team of the National Handloom Development Corporation Limited (NHDC) and the directorate of Handlooms and Textiles, Manipur will conduct verification of physical delivery of the yarn supplies under 10 percent Hank yarn price subsidy scheme and 100 percent passbook validation under 10 percent price subsidy scheme.

A release said that all the yarn passbook holders are informed to re-validate their passbook and fresh application can be submitted for loss of passbook and new enrolment. Yarn Passbook is required for enrolment under Handloom Delivery Scheme also, it added.

It further said that all the handloom weavers should contact the NHDC, Imphal and District Handlooms and Textiles Offices concerned immediately.

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Private school teachers prepared for training

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Sept 8

To address the problems faced by teachers of recognised private schools of the state in enrolling for diploma in elementary education (D.El.Ed) before the last date, Coordinating Committee of Recognised Private Schools has been formed.

Joy, convener of the committee said that the central government has imposed a compulsory minimum teacher qualification of at least 18 months experienced D.El.Ed. in accordance with the RTE amendment bill 2017.

The organisation urged all the teachers of private schools to enrol themselves before the last date September 15, failing which their teaching qualification will be null. The convener added that there is no possibility of extending the last date.

He said that its office is opened at Keishampat, Sega Road, opposite Hotel Excellency to assist the teachers in enrolment and also facilitation centres will be opened soon. There are around 20,000 private school teachers of the state and only 6000 teachers have enrolled so far, he said.

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Saturday, 09 September 2017 00:00

Certificates distributed to PMKVY trainees

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Sept 8

The successful trainees of the skill development PMKVY scheme of 2016-2017 were today awarded with certificates and placement by Human Skill Empowerment Centre (HSEC) at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul.

Wahengbam Rorrkychand Singh, head of the centre, said in the keynote address that the fruit of HSEC which started its journey last year is finally borne. HSEC handled both Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikash Yojana (PMKVY) and Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) with 450 trainees to give digital literacy in Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishnupur, he added.

Under National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM), 1500 individuals were trained, Rorrkychand said.

Fifteen individuals who excelled in the training period were facilitated during the programme and given placement at various prominent corporate offices outside the state.

HSEC is a registered NGO under ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises and also an accredited skill development centre under PMKVY imparting free computer based skills (field technician: computing and peripherals course) a 3-months course to the youths.

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IMPHAL | Sept 8

Security forces arrested two alleged active members of KCP (MJC) and KCP each along with a woman drug peddler and a cyber-criminal during separate counter insurgency operation conducted on September 6 and 7 and August 28, said a statement issued by PRO, Manipur police department.

According to statement, on September 7, a team of Thoubal district police commandos arrested the alleged active member of KCP, identified as Laishram Oken Singh (46) son of L. Angou Singh of Sekmaijin Bazar.

On the same day, a team of NAB PS including women police arrested one drug seller, identified as Henei alias Helam (40) wife of Helun Singson of Saikul Luhongten under Saikul police station of Kangpokpi from her rental house located at Khabam Lamkhai, Imphal East.

The team seized eight grams of Heroin powder which worth Rs. 25,000 in local market along with other incriminating articles from her possession, it added.

On September 6, a combined team of Bishnupur district police commandos and 5/11 GR conducted search operation at Ningthoukhong area and arrested an alleged active cadre of KCP (MJC) namely, Pukhrambam Amutombi Singh (53) son of (L) P. Thaba Singh of Bishnupur Ward number 1 from Ningthoukhong Project Gate along with 12 demand letters or KCP (MJC) organisation and other incriminating articles from his possession, it said,

In another incident, on August 23, following a complaint report filed regarding sending of nude photos and pornographic videos along with lewd comments by an unknown person with Facebook profile name "Poireiton Moirangcha", the Officer-in-Charge, Cyber Crime Police Station (CCPS), Manipur registered a case and investigated into it, it continued.

It further said that during investigation, the particulars of the alleged accused person were established as Asem Sethi alias Sadananda Meitei (24) son of A. Shamo Singh of Haotal Thangjam khunou under Heingang police station.

Subsequently, he was arrested on September 6 from his residence by a team or CCPS while initial investigation revealed that the accused person is in the habit of chatting with different girls through his fake Facebook account, it added.

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IMPHAL | Sept 8

Department of information technology, overnment of Manipur in coordination with National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC), government of India conducted a one-day workshop on Critical information infrastructure protection on today at the Hotel Classic, Imphal.

The workshop was inaugurated by M.H. Khan, IAS, principal secretary (AR/Relief & Disaster Management/science & technology/fisheries/linked secretary IT Dept.) as chief guest, Kh. Rajen, SIO Manipur state unit as guest of honour, Lokesh Garg, director, NCIIPC as guest of honour and Subhasis Chatterjee, head SeMT, Manipur as president.

Officials from home, finance, transport, power, PWD, health, education, RD&PR, social welfare, election departments etc had participated in the workshop.

As per IT Act 2000, Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) has been defined as: “Critical Information Infrastructure means the computer resource, the incapacitation or destruction of which, shall have debilitating impact on national security, economy, public health or safety.”

The main objective of the workshop was to improve the understanding and preparedness of the State of Manipur in identification, prevention and generating response and resolution of cyber security threats to Critical Information Infrastructure.

Resource persons from NCIIPC including Director, NCIIPC attended the workshop and shared their knowledge/experience on NCIIPC – Its functions and duties, basics of cyber hygiene, mapping of attack vectors to NCIIPC control guidelines, framework for evaluation of cyber security on CII and identification and notification of CIIs.

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Newmai News Network

IMPHAL | Sept 8

Zeliangrong Baudi, Manipur (ZB-M) has alleged that the state government is trying to extract minerals from ‘Zeliangrong areas’, adding that any attempt to do so will be thwarted with an all-out effort.

On the reported decision of the State government to extract minerals/oil from the districts of Tamenglong and Noney the Zeliangrong Baudi, Manipr (ZB-M) said it is very much concerned on the development. It asserted that the Zeliangrong people will “oppose tooth and nail” to the attempts by the government to extract minerals/oil from ‘Zeliangrong areas’.

“Beneath or above no one will be allowed to extract minerals from Zeliangrong areas,” said ZB-M. It added “If the State government goes ahead with its decision then we will spare nothing while opposing the move.”

It may be recalled that in the month of May this year two community consultations on “Protection of Land, Forest and Rivers” were held at Sibilong village and Phaitol villages (Tamenglong district), which were jointly organised by the Zeliangrong Students Union, Manipur, Sibilong village authority, Phaitol village authority, committee on the protection of natural resources in Manipur and peace core team, Manipur.

The community consultations were organised to promote communities rights and defence of their land, forest and rivers amidst aggressive push for extractive industries and large infrastructure projects in Tamenglong district and other parts of the state.

According to the organisers of the consultations, the participants of the programmes "resolved to defend their land and resources from any exploitation and plunder by oil companies such as the Asian Oilfield, Oil India Limited, Jubilant Energy, Alphageo etc". The participants also "resolved to endorse the positions of previous public consultations on oil exploration to reject any form of surveys and direct oil exploration and drilling from Manipur by the oil companies", according to the organisers.

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5-days workshop kicks off

IMPHAL | Sept 8

Manipur Assembly Speaker, Y. Khemchand today alleged that there are misappropriation of funds meant for development of handloom and handicrafts industry.

Opening a five-day workshop cum exhibition of pottery crafts of Manipur organised by Manipur Handlooms and Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited at today at Nupilal Complex, Imphal the Speaker said an inquiry will be ordered into the alleged misappropriation of fund.

“Around 200 crores had been sanctioned for the development handicrafts and handlooms industry. But there is misappropriation of funds and the workers are not getting the benefits. Therefore, an investigation will be started from September 14,” Khelchand announced.

Director of ministry of textiles, Sohan Kumar Jha and director of handlooms and textiles, K. Lamlee Kamei attended the function as guests of honour while chairman of MHHDC S. Rajen Singh was the functional president.

Rajen Singh said that the government, after consulting with other officials, will make export facility to other states of these handicrafts advertised in this exhibition. This will generate income for the economy and create a bigger market and boost the skills and creativity of the potters, he said.

The workshop will be held till September 12 and there will also be experts coming from the other states to be part of the workshop. This programme is like an exposure programme to the makers and entrepreneurs or opening a better and bigger market for the workers of handicrafts especially. 

In the first day and the inaugural function of the workshop, 16 groups of pottery makers from over the state came and participated in it. They include Longpi pottery, Andro pottery and Thongjao pottery subdivided as Shajetshabam Rushibala Devi, Kamala Devi, Kalpana Devi among others.

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