Manipur CM N. Biren flags off a team of NIT Manipur to Madhya Pradesh as a part of Yuva Sangam under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat
Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren flagged off a team from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Manipur visiting Madhya Pradesh as a part of Yuva Sangam under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, from the Western Gate of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. The team comprises 30 students, including 12 girls and 5 officials of NIT. They will visit tourist places of Madhya Pradesh, acquire knowledge of the development and technological advancement of the state. The visit from March 20 to 26 is expected to facilitate cultural exchange among the youths of Manipur and Madhya Pradesh.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren said Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated "Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat" to connect youths across the country and make them closer to one another under the "One India" mission. He encouraged the team to convey a positive message about Manipur to the people of Madhya Pradesh they interact with. N. Biren also advised the team to be well disciplined during their visit so as to create a good image, adding that each small thing is important in life. Maintaining that the state had gone through developmental changes in various fields, the Chief Minister expressed confidence that the NIT team would have many things to talk about the state.
Taking part in the event, Education Minister Th. Basantakumar advised the team to give a positive presentation on the developments achieved in the state. He reminded them that they are not only representing the NIT, but also Manipur and other North East states. He urged the team to motivate the people of Madhya Pradesh to visit Manipur, by highlighting various tourist spots developed in the state. Director of NIT Manipur Professor Gautam Sutradhar, Registrar Professor Khumukcham Tomba and other officials of NIT attended the flag off programme.
Sugnu MLA K. Ranjit inspected the construction of various water supply schemes under the Jal Jeevan Mission in Sugnu Assembly Constituency today in the wake of acute water scarcity facing the state.
The local MLA took stock of the ongoing construction of water supply schemes at Kakching Khunou, Wangoo, Chairel, Pangaltabi, Tangjeng, Korshantabi, Sugnu and Serou. He also checked the condition of water pipelines in these schemes. He was accompanied by the Executive Engineer of Public Health Engineering Department, Suren, and officials of the company assigned for construction of these water supply schemes.
MLA K. Ranjit pointed out that the Wangoo Tampha Lairembi Water Supply Scheme constructed under the Jal Jivan Mission is unable to supply water to the people of Sandangkhong, Kashartabi and Pungjaomakhong. He instructed the PHED Executive Engineer to complete fixing water pipelines at Pungjaomakhong and also to check the pipelines laid at Sandangkhong and Kashartabi. The EE assured that he would do the needful.
MLA Ranjit also assured the locals that repair of the 18 kilometre stretch of the road connecting Ithai with Sugnu Thongkhong will be completed soon and that a community hall will be constructed at Sandangkhong utilizing the MLA local area Development Fund for the financial year 2023-24.
Manipuri Designer Robert Naorem to represent India at 3rd International Thai Silk Fashion Week 2022
Renowned Manipuri fashion designer Robert Naorem has been selected to represent India at the 3rd International Thai Silk Fashion Week 2022. The Association of Thai Silk & Culture Promotions, Bangkok will organise the event in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand from December 1 to 5.
Robert Naorem has received an invitation from the Indian Embassy in Thailand for the Fashion Week to be participated by as many as 48 countries. He will be designing attires made out of Indian Silk Fabric and Thai Silk Fabric to be sent by the Thailand Government for the event. The designs will then be exhibited in a museum.
Robert Naorem is pleased to represent Manipur and the country at the international event. He called upon fellow designers from Manipur to strive ahead to represent the state in the global platform.
Combined team seizes brown sugar worth around 4 Crore 68 Lakh Rupees on international market near Indo-Myanmar Friendship Iron Bridge
A combined team of Moreh Commando Unit and 5th Assam Riffles seized brown sugar worth around 4 Crore 68 Lakh Rupees on an international market near the Indo-Myanmar Friendship Iron Bridge today in the wee hours.
Impact News sources said the combined team was on a regular patrol near the Indo-Myanmar Friendship Iron Bridge of Indo-Myanmar Border Pillar No. 77 at around 2.15 AM today. The team came across two men coming in a suspicious manner with two big sacks from the Myanmar side. Upon being asked to stop for checking, the duo fled from the scene, leaving behind the sacks.
The combined force found 195 soap cases containing suspicious brown sugar, altogether weighing 8 Kg and 300 grams inside the two sacks. Seized drugs have been handed over to Moreh Police Station for necessary action.
Mass awareness rally by Social Welfare Department calls for safe childhood
Children of Manipur demand a safe childhood. The Social Welfare Department, Government of Manipur organised a mass awareness rally against sexual violence of children today. Students of various schools, inmates of Child Care Institutions under the Department, members and volunteers of Associations and NGOs working for the welfare of children took part in the rally holding various placards, some of which read "Stop Child Abuse", "Let the Child be Safe, Free and Alive", "Save Soul Save Child", "Children Aren’t Toys" etc.
Flagging off the rally held on "Save The Children: Save The Children" theme from the Western Gate of DM College, Additional Chief Secretary of Social Welfare Department P.Vaiphei expressed apprehension over the rising cases of violence against women and children in recent years in spite of the existing stringent laws against perpetrators. He said that abuse of internet and mobile phones is one of the reasons for the rise in such crimes. He added that child sexual abusers are mostly found to be acquaintances rather than complete strangers. Asserting that abused children suffer from deep mental agony, P. Vaiphei appealed for concerted efforts to stop the barbaric acts of abusing children. He urged the public to let children experience a happy and fulfilling childhood and not traumas.
Social Welfare Department Director Ng. Uttam and Department officials took part in the rally which passed through Imphal City, calling to protect children. It may be mentioned that there are over 150 cases related to the POCSO Act in Manipur since last year till date.
Over 200 acres of paddy fields develop cracks as drought hits Loitang Chaprou and Ngakra paddy fields in Sekmai Constituency
Farmers of Loitang Chaprou and Ngakra paddy fields in Sekmai constituency are wary over the prevailing dry condition of paddy fields, as cracks are visible in over 200 acres of paddyland. Drawing the attention of relevant departments for help, farmers expressed worry over a possible low yield of rice grains this year.
Speaking to journalists today, Secretary of Lourok Committee Loitang Khunou Kharibam Ingoba said most of the farmers do not own paddyland, hence they cultivate for paddy land owners. He said farmers are also facing the added pressure of giving back the agreed share of rice grains to the land owners. He said the relevant departments could have built an irrigation dam at Sahi Lok, located behind Chirang village, as this could facilitate irrigation of paddy fields at Senjam Chirang, Phumlou, Khurkhul, Koutruk, Loitang, Leikingthabi, Loitang Khunou and Loitang Khullen. Ingoba also said that the relevant departments’ efforts to pump water have failed in the area as the pumps had been stationed at inappropriate spots.
Highlighting the plights facing the farmers who have thrown their hands in the air over the situation, he appealed to the government and the relevant departments to inspect the situation and take necessary measures to help the distressed farmers.
MEELAL opposes renaming of "Meetei Mayek" to "Manipuri Mayek" as proposed by Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren during 31st Manipur Language Day observance
Meetei Erol Eyek Loinasillol Apunba Lup (MEELAL) opposes the renaming of "Meetei Mayek" as "Manipuri Mayek" as proposed by Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren during Manipur Language Day observance on August 20.
Speaking to media at MEELAL office today, MEELAL Secretary General (Incharge) Naorem Nongmailembi Leima said, English, which is an international language, is written in the Roman script and no one has tried to rename it to the "International Script". She maintained that even the Hindi language is written in the "Devnagri script'. Likewise, the ancient and indigenous "Meetei Mayek" should not be renamed.
Nongmailembi added that the state name of Manipur itself is not an authentic language and there are demands from different sections to change the state's name. She appealed to stop any efforts to rename "Meetei Mayek" to "Manipuri Mayek" or any other names.
Manipur observes 31st Manipuri Language Day; Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren thanks and praises all those involved in the movement for inclusion of Manipuri Language in the 8th Schedule of India
Manipur observed the 31st Manipuri Language Day today. Various assoications observed the day commemorating this day in history when the "Meiteilon", officially known as Manipuri Language was included in the 8th Schedule of India. Manipur Language Day State Level Celebration Committee in collaboration with the Department of Art & Culture, Government of Manipur and Directorate of Language Planning and Implementation, Manipur organised the state level observance at Chandrakirti Auditorium in Palace Compound, Imphal.
Addressing the State Level observance, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren praised and thanked all those who were involved in the movement for inclusion of the Manipuri Language in the 8th Schedule of India. He stressed on the need to educate the younger and future generations of Manipur's history, nationalism, nation-building concept, the obstacles faced by the forefathers, etc. He appealed to all intellectuals, scholars and historians of the State to do the needed research and to publish their work based on truth and facts to safeguard, protect the indigenous land, identity and language. The Chief Minister also proposed a three-month course sponsored by the Planning Department for those willing to study the dialects and languages of the different communities of the State like Manipuri, Tangkhul, Khongsai, Thadou etc. Assuring that State Government will provide stipends to those who are willing to take the course, N. Biren added that Education Minister Thounaojam Basantakumar and Language Director have been instructed to do the needful. The chief Minster handed over Certificates of Appreciation to representatives of 17 different organisations who were part of the Celebration Committee on the occasion.
Wakhal Manaba Apunba, WAMA Kangleipak also observed the 31st Manipuri Language Day at Manipur Press Club. Speaking at the event, Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba said he has already submitted a written request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include "Meitei Mayek" in recruitment examinations conducted by Union Public Service Commission, UPSC and other civil services recruitment examinations, as well as to open a Centre in Imphal for the conduction of UPSC Mains Examination. Titular King Leishemba Sanajaoba said he could not raise the matter in the recent Parliament Session as the Session ended abruptly due to uproars by the Opposition. He stressed the need to open a Language Ministry in the state to preserve and promote Manipuri Language. Leishemba Sanajaoba also said he will urge the government to provide scholarship to students learning Manipuri language whose mother tongues are not Manipuri. The Rajya Sabha MP even expressed his desire to urge the Union Aviation Minister to train flight attendants flying on Imphal Route to speak in Manipuri language apart from English and Hindi.
Meetei Eyek Erol Loinasillon Apunba Lup, MEELAL in association with Democratic Student Alliance of Manipur, DESAM observed the ‘Manipuri Language Day’ at a humble function held in front of the Kanglapat. Speaking at the event, DESAM President, Leishangthem Lamyanba Meetei espressed worry that inclusion of Manipuri Language in the 8th Schedule will remain useless without a Manipuri Language Policy. He said, DESAM and MEELAL have decided to submit another memorandum to the Government to establish Government run Manipuri Medium Elementary Schools, Higher Secondary Schools, District Institutes of Education and Colleges. While, Y.K.College Wangjing observed the day by holding a day-long National Seminar on "New Approaches to Manipuri Language, Literature, Folklore And Culture". Professors and research scholars of Assam, Manipur University and various colleges of Manipur presented papers on Manipuri language, literature, folklore and culture during the seminar. Patriotic Writers' Forum Manipur also observed Manipuri Language Day at Manipur Press Club and Manipuri Sahitya Parishad Jiribam observed the Day at Jiri Ima Meira Paibi Apunba Lup (JIMPAL) office in Jiibam's Babupara with the participation of eminent personalities.
Manipur has been observing language day for more than 30 years now. Many assurances have been made and measures have been discussed to preserve and promote the language. However, it is saddening that even after 30 years, there is neither a separate Language Ministry nor a Language Policy and the State Language Planning and Implementation Board is dying a natural death due to lack of dedicated and adequate staff, funds and infrastructure. Over and above, preserving the language should be everyone's responsibility.