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Imphal, Aug. 25, 2017 (DIPR) :The first meeting of the Organising Committee of the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017 was held today in the Cabinet Hall of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat with the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh in the chair.

In the meeting it was decided to hold the inaugural programme of this year’s edition of the Sangai Festival near the KeibulLamjao National Park. HaptaKangjeibung shall continue to be the Main Venue. Opening of Stalls and other activities shall also be taken up at the Trade & Permanent Exhibition Centre at LamboiKhongnangkhong, Imphal West. The venue for Indigeneous Games & Sports was decided to be at the KhumanLampak Sports Complex and the MapalKangjeibung. Unlike the earlier editions the venue for the Adventure & Water Sports conducted under MMTA shall be at the KhumanLampak Sports Complex whereas the Water Sports like Local Boat Race, Water Skiing, Wind Surfing, Motor Boating etc. will take place at the Takmu Water Sports Facility.

The meeting also decided to invite any one either of the Union Minister of External Affairs or Union Minister of Tourism or DoNER Minister for the Opening Ceremony. And to extend invitation for participation in the Festival to the  Embassies/High Commissions and also the Indian Ambassadors/High Commissioners posted in Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka,Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Maldives, Malaysia, Mauritius and Zimbabwe.The Commissioner Tourism informed the meeting that the Embassy of Zimbabwe has confirmed its participation with a cultural troupe. It was also decided to extend invitations to the Chief Ministers of the North East States and CEOs of Corporate bodies. The meeting also resolved to have Japan as the partner Country and Nagaland and Madhya Pradesh as partner State.

It may be mentioned that to organise this year’s Sangai Festival successfully eight sub- committees have also been formed with approval of the Chief  Minister, they are 1) programme sub- committee, 2) Exhibition sub-Committee, 3)Culture Sub-Committee, 4) Publicity Sub- Committee, 5)Transport sub- Committee, 6) Reception Sub-Committee, 7) Hospitality Sub- Committee and 8) Indigenous Games/Adventure sports Sub-Committee. Out of which Hospitality Sub-Committee and Indigenous Games/Adventure Sports Sub- Committee are the two new Sub- Committees set up this time.

The Chief Minister instructed all the concerned Departments who are assigned with their specific duties for the Sangai Festival 2017 to perform their duties at the fullest and not to indulge on contract oriented work. (DIPR)




IMPHAL, AUGUST 25, 2017 (DIPR): Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar, Minister Horticulture & Soil Conservation, Forests & Environment, MAHUD and Town Planning today expressed concern over the rampant use of chemical fertilizers in food crops which is causing many deadly diseases like cancer. He urged the scientists of the state to help the government in preventing the farmers from over using fertilisers.

He was speaking as the Chief Guest of the function at the inauguration of the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hall at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Utlou, Bishnupur district. As part of the programme the attendees also took pledge ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’ to double the income of the farmers by 2022.

Minister Th. Shyamkumar further appealed to the scientists of the State to carry out more field works to teach the farmers about the techniques of farming and usage of chemical fertilisers in appropriate amount according to soil and crop type. He opined that using chemical fertilisers more than the necessary amount is one of the causes for the worsening health conditions of the people in the State.

Shri Th. Chaoba Singh, former Union Minister, former Deputy Chief Minister, Chairman Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Manipur; Dr. Bidyut C. Deka, Director Agriculture Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Umiam, Barapani, Meghalaya; Dr. R. K. Imotomba Singh, Principal Scientist and Head of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bishnupur along with others attended the function. (DIPR)




IMPHAL, 26th August, 2017 (DIPR):-Art & Culture minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh has said that the cultural relationship between Manipur and Tripura especially with those Manipuri in Tripura, should be kept up. Speaking in a Press Conference at the Conference Hall of the Minister at Old Secretariat Imphal today, Shri Jayantakumar Singh said that the cultural affinity and chronological attachment between the Tripura Manipuri and the statecan’t be ignored.

It may be mentioned that the minister was attending “Tripura Manipuri Cultural Meet-2017” which was held recently at Agartala. Narrating his experience about his first visit to Tripura as Art & Culture minister, Shri Jayantakumar Singh expressed his desire to renovate and upgrade Ibudhou Puthiba Shanglen and Major Chongthamia Ningsing Khubham at Agartala. Rs /-1.5 lakh has also be sanctioned by the Manipur State Government as assistance for Ibudhou Puthiba Haraoba Festival as an initiative to promote Manipuri Art & Culture at Tripura, he added.

He also told that the proposal of the Manipuri at Tripura for the construction of a Guest House at Agartala will be considered after consultation with the Chief Minister. His intentional support to the proposal was also given to the representatives of the place, he added. Minister also appreciated the people of the place for preserving our cultural identities. He also appeals the people of Manipur to know the feelings and intentions of the minority Manipuri in Tripura. (DIPR)



People Must Donate Their Eye As A Gift To The Society - Khemchand

Imphal, August 25, 2017 (DIPR): Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Yumnam Khemchand Singh, MLA Laishram Radhakishore Singh, Chairman, MPCB & KVIB, Government of Manipur; Parliamentary Secretaries Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh and Heikham Dingo Singh donated have decided to donate their eyes for the people who are visually impaired. They made the announcement at the inaugural function of the Eye Donation Campaign Fortnight held today at Iboyaima Sumang Lila Sanglen, Palace Compound, organised by Samdrushti Kshamata Vikash Evam Anusandhan Mandal (SAKSHAM), Manipur Prant.

Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Y. Khemchand Singh, Speaker, said that he could feel the difficulties that the visually impaired persons face after he was made to walk blindfolded for a short duration as a part of the campaign. He added that, just the thought that the visually impaired persons are never going to experience the beautiful colours is heartbreaking and for this reason, he and the other members have volunteered to donate their eyes for a good cause. He also said that each individual, after their death, should donate their eye as a gift to the society to enable the visually impaired persons to see the nature's beauty that God has bestowed us. Eye donation awareness is necessary in various places of Manipur as many people lose their lives in road accidents and other incidents, he added.

Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Sapam Ranjan, speaking as Guest of Honour, said that the exact number of visually impaired person cannot be ascertained as there may be many cases which go unreported especially in the remote areas of the State.  He also said that, since the medical technology has developed, visually impaired persons should not get dishearten as they can easily get eye transplant. A person saves the lives of two people when he donates his eye and that gaining vision by a visually impaired person is a moment to be cherished, he added. He further said people should take pledge to make the campaign a success.

Giving his speech as President of the function, L. Radhakishore Singh, Chairman, MPCB & KVIB, said medical science has developed and problems faced by human beings can be easily solved. Due to advancement in the medical science Polio, which was once a dreaded disease, has been eradicated from this country. Visually impaired person can also gain vision if people can donate their eyes without any fear as it is done after death only, he added. He further said that the government will consult with the doctors, authority concerned and work with sincerity and transparency and so people with various disabilities should not be dishearten merely because of their inability to participate in the society. He appealed to all the students to contribute boldly whatever they can as a citizen of the country.

Jasobanta Sapam, General Secretary, SAKSHAM, in his keynote address said that, visually impaired persons should be empowered to enable them to participate in nation building. Social thinkers bring a big change in the world of the disabilities. They try to make them contribute as much as they can by minimizing the visual disability adopting various assistance devices. It is important to bring the visually impaired persons in the mainstream, to be among the regular people, and participate in every field. He appealed to all the people to help the visually impaired people by just not participating in the campaign but also donate their eyes.

As a part of the inaugural of the Eye Donation Campaign, Chief Guest of the function flagged off a Blindfold Walk joined by the special invitees. Altogether 60 persons volunteered to donate their eyes on the beginning of the Eye Donation Fortnight, as a part of the observance organized across the country. The function was attended by members of SAKSHAM, Manipur Prant, students of Ideal Blind School and Deaf and Mute School. (DIPR)