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IMPHAL, 26thMay, 2018(DIPR): 24th State Level Khurpui – Lam Festival was held today at Maharaja Chandrakirti Auditorium at Hafta Kangjeibung in Imphal. The festival signifies the historical belief of Kom tribe. Cultural troupes from different Kom villages across the state participated in the festival. Cultural dances, songs and other performances were shown in the festival.

Deputy Chief Minister while gracing the second session of the festival as the Chief Guest said, although, we have different religious background, there have been commonness in cultures. He said, a lot of similarities have been seen in many of the cultural performances among different people with different background in the state. If commonness among cultures can be observed, there can be a cultural integration which is the binding force to bring unity and peaceful co-existence among us. Maintaining that various tribes and sub-tribes in North East have some common issues and grievances, Deputy Chief Minister said, habit of looking the differences among us should be avoided for marching ahead to bring unity and development in the region. He said, if so, people from other parts of the country and world will respect us, he added.

Works Minister Shri Th. Biswajit Singh said, we may be different in religion, customs, culture & traditions, but we all belong to human community. He said, we have a lot of resemblances in cuisines, dances and songs, etc. It shows that we the people in the state have some common interest and belief. It will help in promoting mutual understanding and unity in diversity among us. Shri Biswajit Singh further said, Khurpui – Lam is a platform through which rich cultural ingredients of Kom community can be shown. It will also help to maintain the uniqueness of Kom Community as well. He also exuded confidence that the State Government will try to support and recognized the festival in the state level.

Water Resources Minister Shri Letpao Haokip also spoke on the occasion. He said, the festival signifies the historical background of Kom tribe. It is a meaningful festival through which other communities can understand the background and cultural ethos of Kom tribe. Shri Letpao Haokip expressed confidence that the festival will definitely help to nourish the cultural fabric and also to bring unity and peace in the state. Shri Ginsuanhau Zou, MLA also spoke on the occasion.(DIPR)




IMPHAL, 05 AUGUST 2017 (DIPR): Shri Thounaoujam Shyamkumar, Minister Forests and Environment, MAHUD, Town Planning and Horticulture and Soil Conservation, today raise concern over the rising crime against women in the State, especially on the social media.

He was speaking as the Chief Guest of the function at the Annual Fresher's Meet (2017-2018) of GP Women's College Hostel at the DM College campus, Thangmeiband, Imphal West. Encouraging the young girls to concentrate on studies for a brighter future, Th. Shyamkumar spoke on virtues of inculcating a good moral character.

Minister Shyamkumar advised the girl students to study hard and maintain conducive atmosphere so that they can add value to their college. He also asked them to plant flowers and fruit bearing trees around the hostel campus.

As promised during his speech, Minister Th. Shyamkumar kept his word by sending around 70 saplings of orange and lemon from the Horticulture Department for the hostel students which was appreciated by the teachers and students.

Addressing the gathering as the President, Shri Ksh. Rajeshwar Singh, Superintendent, GP Women's College Hostel, said we have to maintain discipline in every sphere of our life to become a successful person. He also drew the attention of the Minister over the bad drainage system surrounding the hostel, established in 1965.

Dr. B. Lalhari Sharma, Principal, GP Women's College, teaching and non-teaching staffs, students attended the function. Cultural programmes were also showcased during the function.  (DIPR)





IMPHAL, 5th SEPTEMBER, 2017(DIPR):            Manipur celebrated Teacher’s Day today as a mark of honourtoDr.SarvapaliRadhakrishnan ,second President of India. State level celebration was held at the Auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) at KonungMamang in Imphal. Deputy Chief Minister Shri YumnamJoykumar Singh along with Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh led the people to pay floral tribute to the portrait of departed educationist and Bharat RatnaDr. S. Radhakrishnan.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister said, there is the need to introspect teaching system in the State. He said, lot of changes have been witnessed over a period of decades. In olden days, relationship between teachers and students were good enough to infuse knowledge. Competitive examinations were held regularly so that competitions among students increased a lotbut in these days, it has been witnessing a change.Hesaid, good relationship between teachers and students are the key for an effective teaching and learning system.

Shri Joykumar Singh further said, teachers should pay utmost care and love to the students as their children and students should also respect teachers as their parents so that a pleasant environment can be created for learning. Teachers should not engage themselves only on formal teaching but to teach informal education like discipline and cleanliness to students. He appreciated the Green School Campaign undertaken by the Education Department in the State and appealed to take pledge by the teachers and students to teach and learn for a meaningful future.

Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh while speaking at the function said, teachers are the main contributing force that human resource development can be made possible in society. He said, what we are today is their contributions and we should respect them at our best. Keeping in view of the role played by the teachers, Government is fully committed for their welfare. Their problems including transfer & posting, quarters in remote schools, service extension to the National and State Awardees will soon be sorted out.

On teaching and learning system in Government Schools, Shri RadheshyamSingh  said, there has been lack of extracurricular and co-curricular activities in schools which the Government has taken care of and will try to revamp it soon. Dhanamanjuri University Bill and other two bills regarding regulation, control and checking of private schools and private coaching/tuition centres will soon be implemented. Lauding the contributions made by private schools in education sector in the State, Shri Radheshyam Singh appealed to all the stakeholders to co-operate with the Government in bringing a major change in the sector in days to come.

Shri YumnamRadheshyam , Chairman(MANIDCO & MANITRON) and Shri T.T. Haokip, Chairman, Hill Areas Committee of Manipur Legislative Assembly also spoke on the occasion.

Altogether, 10 teachers were awarded with State Teachers Award and teachers selected for their contributions in Green School Campaign were also felicitated in the function. A book named “Education in Manipur” written by Dr. S. Jamini Devi was also released in the function. Principal Secretary Education(S) Vineet Joshi, Commissioner (Higher & Technical Education) H. Deleep Singh, teachers and students participated in the function.(DIPR)





Imphal, September 4, 2017 (DIPR):  Hon'ble Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla said that women should fight for their rights and get justice for their courage. She said this after watching the 35mm celluloid Manipuri film 'Nangna Kappa Pakchadey – Tears of a Woman', screened today at the Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Imphal. The film is the 5th production of PK films directed by Dr. Makhonmani Mongsaba, produced by Thouyangba and Thoungamba and story by Late Maharaj Kumari Binodini Devi. The film, produced in the year 2013, has been screened in many International Film festivals and has recently received the Special Judge Award with the title Epic Mirror of the Century from Kinshasa International Film Festival (KIFF). The movie focused on women empowerment giving a true hope for a new muscular feminism.

The Governor said that when a man and woman produce a child, it is their responsibility to take care of the child and not leave them unfortunately. It is the nature. If the woman and the man do not take the responsibility, the guardians would not know what to do and how to fight it out. Greed makes a person the way he behaves, she further added. The movie that focused on the sufferings of a young village woman and her child left by her husband and denied of her rights. Inspite of her young age she took the challenge to take the responsibility of the child and lives for the child. This kind of life, seen in all parts of the country, is the problem of the society. This is the story of Manipur. The film was so beautifully produced and so simple. There is no melodrama but a true story, she added. She further said that the movie gave a message that women should be independent and not beg for something.

She also said that she had been working, nationally and internationally, for the empowerment of the women and had come across the same condition in other parts of the world. Remembering a discussion with an African woman, she said that the woman collects firewood, cooks food, feed the children and husband go into the forest for a long walk and do not work. It is the woman who works. The story was the same everywhere. However, today the things are changing and that is the message of the film.

She also expressed her desire to dub the film into Hindi or other languages instead of English as people in other country will have problem with the language and people will see more. Appreciating the works of the producers and the actors, she said that she would try to make some shows outside Manipur.  

Tonthoi, Denny, Leibakshemba were the lead actors with Sorojini, and Pishak supporting the movie. Many well-known women working for women empowerment and other art lovers attended the screening of the film. (DIPR)