Speaker strikes unity chord at cultural festival [The Sangai Express]

Lamka, Sep 27: Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker I Hemochandra called for integration across the state, as he attended the Tribal Research Institute’s cultural festival here today wherein he also advocated dumping of the Imphal-centric mindset.

“We have to come out to the districts, and stretch out so as to ensure that there is complete integration of the entire state”, he said.

Actual integration will come about only when there is cultural integration, as was experienced in today’s event, said the Speaker who also maintained that it is not just the infrastructure that needs to be developed but the mind and thought as well.

In a surprising gesture, that was rare even from the local representatives, the speaker urged the locals particularly from the interiors to step-in at his house whenever they happen to visit Imphal and to feel at home with them.

‘My house will be your home and we will ensure that we help you in whatever little way we can,’ he told the gathering.

Attended as well by Power Minister T Phungzathang, MLA T Manga Vaiphei, officials from TRI MDCs and district officials, today’s festival is one of the most massive cultural events held in recent days.

Cultural performers from all major tribes of the district participated and performed at the event.

Source: The Sangai Express

 

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NEC planning advisor inspects development projects in state [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, Oct 22: Planning advisor of Northeastern Council (NEC), J Lhungdim has arrived at Imphal today to overview various development projects and schemes undertaken by the state government with the funding from NEC.

Soon after his arrival to the state, the planning advisor visited ISBT, Imphal accompanied by chief engineer of PWD and officials of planning department.

Later, the visiting officer convened a review meeting of the ongoing projects for transport and communication with the principal secretary (works) and chief engineer of PWD in the office room of principal secretary (works).

He will also visit Yurembam Power Project at Yurembam on October 25 and will convene a meeting with the principal secretary (power) along with the chief engineer and director of MANIREDA in the office chamber of principal secretary (power).

J Lhungdim will also inspect the construction site of Tribal Hostel at Churachandpur on October 27 and construction site of Churachandpur District Hospital on October 28.

In connection with his official tour to the state, the state planning department has requested the DGP to detail armed security escorts during his visit to various work sites to prevent any untoward incident.

Source: Imphal Free Press

State Level National Children’s Science Congress 2011 [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal, October 21: Science Teachers’ Forum, Manipur would be organizing the state level 19th National Children’s Science Congress-2011 from October 22 to 24 at Lalpuithluaii Foundation School, Bungmual in Churachandpur.
The event would be supported by NCSTC, DST, Government of India, New Delhi and co-sponsored by Department of Science & Technology, Government of Manipur. In all 7 projects would be presented by the Group Leaders coming from all the districts of Manipur in the Science Congress, which would be inaugurated by Director of Science and Technology, Government of Manipur Uttam Chand Laishram as Chief Guest.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

Sanitation campaign – Swatchhta Utsav’ @ Churachandpur [Imphal Free Press]

LAMKA, October 19: In the first of its kind in Churachandpur, the District Level Water & Sanitation Committee, DSWC, organized a total sanitation campaign under the code name Swatchhta Utsav today from about 11 am at Synod Hall during which the importance of maintaining proper sanitation with a clean surrounding was emphatically stressed.

The occasion was participated by CCpur ADC chairman Langkhanpau Guite, DC CCpur Jacintha Lazurus IAS and L Swamikanta Singh director, CCDU, Manipur as chief guest, president and guest of honor, respectively.

Source: Imphal Free Press

5/9 Gorkha Rifles arrests arms dealer [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal, October 15 : Troops of 5/9 Gorkha Rifles under Loktak Brigade of Red Shield Division, in a search operation in Lajanjphai (Tuibong) on October 15 apprehended one arms dealer, along with one 9mm Pistol, one magazine, two live rounds of 9mm, 80 live rounds of 7.62mm, 200gm of gun powder and one weapon welding machine. He was identified as Henkholun Haokip (52) son of Thangjalet Haokip of Lajanjphai (Tuibong), CCpur, according to a press release of PIB (Defence Wing). 

He has admitted that he was involved in manufacturing and trafficking of arms in Churachandpur. He was also in possession of ample raw material and manufacturing parts of weapon mechanism.  He has been handed over to the Imphal West Police Station, it added.

Meanwhile, the 6/8 Gorkha Rifles of Loktak Brigade under the aegis of Red Shield Division treated a snake bite victim at the Unit Medical Inspection Room on October 14. The victim, a lady, was brought to the unit location in a state of shock at around 8 pm.  She was immediately treated by the Army doctor and was later referred to the Civil Hospital stated a press release of the unit.

The same unit today carried out a medical inspection camp and provided material assistance to 12 junior boxers of Ningthoukhong. The young pugilists have been set to take part in a Kick Boxing tournament in Bangalore it added.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

 

Photo exhibition opens at Bunglon

 

Photo exhibition on Development initiativein northeast underway at Bunglon High school CcpurIMPHAL, Oct 11: With the aim of creating awareness among the rural community, a five-day long Photo Exhibition on the theme ‘Development Initiatives in North East’ was opened today at Bunglon High School in Churachandpur District.

The exhibition is being organized by the Directo-rate of Advertising & Visual Publicity (DAVP), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, Imphal in collaboration with Bunglon Village Authority.

Addressing the gathering, which included village elders, social workers, teachers and large number of students, Mani Ram Sharma, Assistant Commisioner, Churachandpur noted that Manipur has high potentials for natural and human resources.

Observing the development initiatives undertaken by the Centre Government, Sharma said that ‘North East is the future of India’.

Impressed by the collection of photos from the region, Sharma, who graced the function as chief guest, quoted ‘a picture speaks thousand words’ and remarked ‘This photo exhibition on the theme ‘Development Initiatives in North East’ is really useful and helpful to rural and remote people.

Inspired by the collection of photos, Soizalal Thangjom, retired ZEO maintained that ‘this photo exhibition is really an eye opener to know the development of North East in various fields’.

Field Exhibition Officer, DAVP, Imphal Gin Gangte said ‘The main purpose of organizing photo exhibition in rural areas is to educate the masses and to disseminate information about the various developmental projects undertaken by the Government of India’.

The program was punctuated by presenta-tion of choreographic dances by the lower graders of Bunglon High School, much to the delight of the jampacked audience.

The photo exhibition would continue till October 15, conveyed a press release issued by DAVP,  Imphal

Source: The Imphal Express

Headmaster of Singngat Government High School in soup for Fake claims

 Lamka, Sep 9 : The Headmaster of Singngat Government High School has been summoned by the Deputy Commissioner (Churachandpur) on the charge that he has faked the enrolment of 102 students in the school when there is none in reality and for withdrawing many benefits and grants from the Education Department based on the fictitious claim.

Deputy Commissioner Jacintha Lazarus has also warned that an FIR will be lodged against the Headmaster concerned if he fails to respect the show cause notice and furnish a satisfying explanation for his conduct by October 11.

Albeit an impressive and colourful structure, the government run high school at Singngat fails to have impressed the local parents as they have reportedly opted for the other two aided schools for nurturing their children leaving the former high and dry.

Despite it, the school authority has fictitiously claimed that a total of 102 students have been enrolled with them. And accordingly, they have all through the year allegedly withdrawn books, uniforms and other grants and benefits from the Education department.

The joy ride however ended yesterday as the Deputy Commissioner-led official team visited the school and unearthed that not a single student has been enrolled in the school during the current academic session.

Besides the show cause notice served on him the headmaster has been instructed to return all the materials he has so far collected from the department.

Interestingly, the Headmaster has admitted before the Deputy Commissioner that all the books and uniforms are still kept safely in his office.

The fact that the anomaly was  detected only when the DC has opted to personally visit the school has hinted the likelihood of a bigger nexus existing within the department. It will still be unsurprising, despite the confessed zero enrolment, if Singngat Govt HS will still have candidates of its own in the upcoming HSLC exam.

 

Source: The Sangai Express

Churachandpur DC Jacintha Lazarus and her team inspects Government schools

 Lamka, Oct 8: A swift out-of-the-box visit to a handful of Government schools here has taken-aback Deputy Commissioner Jacintha Lazarus and her team as they repetitively fall upon irregularities one after other besides experiencing Government teachers’ conscious act of insensitivity.

Visiting team’s query on the actual number of students always draws roughly half of the number they have on record.

In some instances, the team was greeted by young, active and talkative teachers but they often turned out to be mere proxies.

Almost anything came to naught at the venue of a three days cluster level training of VEC and SMDC held at Muallum wherein the Deputy Commissioner told the attending teachers, “You are bringing shame to the reputation being a teacher.”

As the teachers failed to give any reasonable responses on the queries concerning SMDC funds, mid-day meal, free book and uniforms, Jacintha Lazarus warned them to withhold their salary if they continue to avoid the schools.

She also threatened to recover the equivalent amount from the Headmaster’s salary or the MGNREGS fund allocation of the village if mid-day meals are found misappropriated in future.

As a good number of teachers confessed of not attending the school or hiring a proxy, department officials too confronted uneasy question on the logic behind imparting training to them.

Cases of an English teacher who does not understand a word and a single classroom accommodating two classes with two separate blackboards also emerged during the course of the visit.

The visiting team included AC to DC CCpur, Maniram Sharma; ED DRDA CCpur Mannuamching, SDO Singngat, Rachel N Guite, Muallum MDC, Grace Zamnu and ZEO CCPur Joseph Lalrothang.

Source: The Sangai Express

Guest house Inaugurated – Lamka

 

Lamka, Oct 8:A guest house meant to accommodate the needy and interior people who seek to visit the district headquarters for want of medical treatment or other facilities but without any proper place to lodge themselves was inaugurated today inside the premises of Vungzagin Valte, an MLA aspirant.

Valte, a former SBI Lead Manager said the lodge which he name after her later mother Niangzen was meant to give solace for the poor and needy people of the interior areas. They can lodge themselves here while receiving treatment or turn it into a temporary house to conduct the last rites of their near and dear ones free of cost and without the need to perform any of the expensive traditional rituals, he said.

With a handsome turnout witness today, Valte who leave his job with the SBI early this year to contest the upcoming poll, is all set to give a tough ride to V Hangkhanlian, the incumbent Thanlon MLA.

Already a known figure in the social circuit Valte had maintained that his decision to contest poll was meant to bolster his pursuit to help out the rural poor.

Source : The Sangai Express

Daily News Digest – Imphal Free Press – 01 October 2011

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