Imphal, April 30, 2017 (DIPR): A cultural programme comprising of a set of varied cultural dance items was showcased by the artistes of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy at Raj Bhavan Darbar Hall today.

    Lai Haraoba,Thougal Jagoi,Kabui Jagoi, Pung Cholom and Basanta Raj were performed excellently in sequence by the young and talented artistes of the Academy in the presence of Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla, her guests and other higher officials.

    In our traditional Lai Haraoba dance, the maibis or the priestesses play the main role by performing the task of main actor to the customer while the Thougal Jagoi is dedicated to gods and goddesses for making prosperity for the community.

    The Kabui Jagoi took the minds of the audience to the exotic surroundings apart from being noted for vigorous footworks, sharp and clean wistful movements of the body.

    A highly refined classical dance, the Pung Cholom that is characterised by the moderation of sound from soft whisper to a thunder climax, enjoys a high privilege amongst the dances of Manipur. There are several kinds of drums, each enchanted for a particular occasion. The pung or Manipuri mridanga is the soul of Manipuri Sankritan and music and classical Manipuri dance.

    Basanta Raj was performed as the final item of the evening. With the advent of Vaishnavism theory in the 18th century, new ways of devotional cult were created in the State.  Basanta Raj depicts the yearning of the gopis for communion with Lord Krishna. The sublime symbolism of Raj Lila is the quintessence of Hindu philosophy, the agonies of the human soul to attain union with the supreme soul. The Basanta Raj of the spring season is played on the full moon night of chaitya in the month of March or April.



    IMPHAL, 30th APRIL, 2017 (DIPR):-Education, Labour and Employment Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said that Games & Sports keeps us healthy and sound mind while attending the 11th Annual Sports meet cum prize distribution function of The New Light English School of Malom Jaliyanbi, Yairipok.

    The Minister said that he will do the needful for the development of the school. In the interest of the student and locality he announced for the construction of a toilet and two classrooms in the school. He assured the local people that a waiting shed will be constructed in the near future. Prizes to the students in the 11th Annual Sports Meet were also distributed by him. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, April 29 (DIPR): IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip along with MLA of Hiyanglam AC Dr. Radheshyam Yumnam today inspected Pumlenpat and Khoidumpat to assess feasibility of constructing water channel there.

              MLA Shri Radheshyam Yumnam said that vast tract of agriculture land and many fishery farms in Pumlenpat/Khoidumpat area remained submerged during rainy seasons due to absence of water channel where the flood water can be released. This has not only caused immense problems to farmers of the area, but also renders the farmers jobless. The area was once known as a potato bowl of the state. But many farmers lost hope as the area remains submerged during rainy season every year.

              After the inspection at Tokpaching Bamon Leikai and Hanuman Chingjin, IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip said the government will take up every possible measure to redress the grievances of the farmers. He added that the department will first study the cost-effect ratio and act accordingly.

              The Minister further assured that retaining wall will be constructed at some selected sites along the bank of Imphal river within the AC soon. The Minister and MLA was accompanied by Chief Engineer of IFCD Ksh Pritam Singh, M. Borchand Singh, EE (IFCD-III) and other engineers.

              Earlier in the day, IFCD and YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip along with department officials inspected the ongoing construction of a playground at Khopijang under Chandel AC. (DIPR)


    IMPHAL, April 29 (DIPR): “Every action of the government is your business and every single penny spent by the government is your money. The government belongs to the people,” IFCD and YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip said while also urging the people not to hesitate to take their grievances to the government.

    The Minister was addressing a gathering of village chiefs and public during the first assembly of  Kuki Chiefs’ Association (KCA), Chandel held today at M. Munpi village in Chandel district.

    Shri Letpao Haokip said that development will not take place unless the people think that the government is theirs and it truly belongs to them. Saying that petty issues like clannish interest or clan-centric issues are responsible for retardation of overall development, the Minister stressed the need to do away with such narrow interests.

    He said that development will automatically happen at a fast pace when people cultivate positive thinking. Shri Letpao Haokip also appealed to all concerned to contribute their might to bring peace, harmony and overall development in 41-Chandel AC and to make the AC an exemplary constituency.

    He further assured that all welfare schemes reach the targeted beneficiaries. Letpao also sought the cooperation of the district administration in streamlining various projects and schemes implemented in the district.

    Various village chiefs’ associations of the area and leaders of Kuki Women Human Rights, Chandel presented the Minister with gifts and memorandum.

              Deputy Commissioner of Chandel district Shri Krishna Kumar and various District Level Officers besides Engineers of PHED and IFCD including Chief Engineer (IFCD) Ksh. Pritam Singh also attended the programme. About 70 village chiefs attended the programme.

              The Minister and his entourage were accorded rousing welcomes at Langching, Sugnu Zou veng, Sugnu Tribal enruote to the meeting venue. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 29, 2017 (DIPR): The 11th Foundation Day of Workers’ Union Manipur (WUM) was observed at JNIMS, Conference Hall, Imphal today.

    Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function, Shri Th. Shyamkumar, Minister of MAHUD, Town Planning, Forest & Environment, Horticulture and Soil Conservation, said that, the observation is held for the workers to be self sufficient and to be able to safeguard the economy of the State. He said most of the local population lack work ethics, discipline and are ashamed to take up physical and menial job. He also said that when he was sitting at the opposition bench, he raised up to the then present government about the usage of the funds from the labour cess which is 1 per cent. The Minister also said any worker holding Labour Department card can directly complain to him in case any worker is denied his/her benefits.

    Minister Shyamkumar further said that, an awareness programme for the citizens is required so that they inculcate the habit of cleanliness. He also said all the citizens must co-operate with the workers who are involved in cleaning the city as well. He appealed to the youths of the state not to be ashamed of physical or menial job.

    The Minister also said that, during his tenure as a Minister he will work sincerely and serve the people. Minister Shyamkumar said that, working hours should be divided shifts for efficient service. The Minister expressed his desire for the meira paibis to be more involved in the welfare of students in government schools. He said that, meira paibis should also lend their voices to get more students enrolled in government schools.

    Floral tributes were paid to the three late members of the WUM and excellence awards were given to two outstanding workers of the union.

    Professor Deben Laishram, Director JNIMS; Keithellakpam London, President Workers’ Union Manipur and Mutum Churamani, President LOUSAL also attended the function.


    Imphal, April 29, 2017 (DIPR): Shri Th. Shyamkumar, Minister MAHUD, Town Planning, Forest & Environment, Horticulture and Soil Conservation today laid the foundation stone for the Khurai Lamlong Keithel (market place) at Lamlong Bazar. Attending the function as the Chief Guest of the function, Th. Shyamkumar said that, numerous discussions were held in the past with senior politicians regarding construction of a modern market place at Lamlong. The Minister gave assurance that the new government under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh is determined to construct a modern market place. He said that, once the construction is completed, the new Lamlong Keithel will be a source of livelihood for people not only in Imphal East but also for those coming from far flung areas including Hilly areas.

    Stating that the Lamlong Keithel is historically famous for being the market place to actively trade in paddy, Minister Shyamkumar assured that a foot bridge will be constructed for easy accessibility. He said that, foot bridges will be also built in other market places as well. He said that, the new government will give modern facilities to the new Khurai Lamlong Keithel and appealed to the public for full cooperation to the government. The Minister said that, the funding will be provided by State and the Centre in the ratio of 10:90.

    Shri L. Sushindro Meitei, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) who is also the MLA of Khurai A/C said that, people should not forget the initiatives undertaken by the new government and appealed for full public cooperation. He also said that, he will appeal to the government to provide space in the new market for the women vendors coming from Hill areas and from other far flung areas. He also appealed to the government to provide alternatives in the new market building so that the market vendors can take shelter during emergencies like bandh and blockade.

    L. Sushindro Meitei appealed to the people to make the new market place a symbol of integrity and brotherhood which will be an example of unity among different communities. Vendors will be given a loan of Rs 20,000 each in collaboration with Bandhan Bank and appealed to the vendors to repay the loan on time, he added.

    Coordinating Body Khurai and Apex Body of local clubs, meira paibis and working class submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minster through the Chief Guest of the function for setting up of smart villages in Ekou, Yengkhuman, Guwaltapi and Itham villages of Imphal East District.

    Lamlong Keithel Phambi Apunba Lup and tribal street vendors presented gifts to the dignitaries attending the function organised by MAHUD, Manipur and Lamlong Keithel Development Committee. The function was attended by PDA Chairman, T. Robindro; N. Indrajit Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, MAHUD, Manipur and people of the constituency. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 29, 2017 (DIPR): As observed in India and around the globe, Manipur also observed `The World Veterinary Day- 2017` on the theme,``Antimicrobial Registance- From Awareness to Action`` at the Auditorium of Lamyanba  Shanglen, Palace Gate, Imphal today. The observation was organised by Manipur State Veterinary Council.

    The observation was attended by Minister(MAHUD/Town Planning/Forests & Environment/Horticulture & Soil Conservation) Shri  Th. Shyamkumar, Minister,(Agri/Vety.& A.H)  Shri V.Hangkhanlian, Principal Secy.(Vety & A.H)  Shri  L. Lakher,IAS and Director,(Vety.& A.H) Dr. H. Chaoba Singh, as Chief Guest, President and Guests of Honour respectively.

    Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Minister, Shri Th. Shyamkumar  stressed  the need of proper guidance for those who reared animals and take proper tips and help from veterinary doctors and experts to avoid diseases. To give cooperation to the Veterinary Department for fulfilling of plans and policies and to bring increase of livestock for better economy of the people is highly essential, he added.

    Veterinary & Animal Husbandary Minister, Shri V. Hangkhanlian  said that giving kind and proper treatment to animals who could not speak is a great devotion as service given to human being. Without veterinary doctors and experts prescription and advice, no injection of anti-biotic to be done. He asked the Veterinary Department to prepare developmental plans and policies, forwarded to high level committee for discussion and taking decision. Tame animals, also take care of their health, the minister asserted.

    Additional Director (Public Health) Dr. Kh. Sasheekumar Mangang, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NEH Region, Meghalaya Dr. I. Shakuntala Devi, spoke on the theme as resource persons.

    Besides other dignitaries, around three hundred Veterinary Officers from all the district of Manipur participated in the function. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 29, 2017: Minister of Textiles, Commerce and Industries Thongam Biswajit Singh drew the attention of the Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Kalraj Mishra for taking up more schemes and projects under the Ministry in Manipur so that unemployment problem in the state could be solved. He was speaking at the meeting of Ministers and Principal Secretaries (MSME/Khadi/Coir) of all States and Union Territories under the Chairmanship of Shri Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for MSME, Government of India, held in New Delhi, on Friday.

    Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, Minister of State for MSME, Government of India, and senior officers of the Ministry were also present at the meeting.

    Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands; Rohit Bhai Patel, Minister from Gujarat; Vipul Goyal, Minister from Haryana; Th. Biswajit Singh, Minister from Manipur; H. Rohluna, Minister from Mizoram; Jogendra Behera, Minister from Odisha; Satyadev Pachauri, Minister from Uttar Pradesh and Madan Kaushik, Minister from Uttarakhand participated and presented views of their respective UT/ States in the meeting.

    Th. Biswajit Singh also stressed the importance of Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) which was a credit-linked programme launched by the Ministry of MSME for creation of employment in both rural and urban areas of the country. He urged the Ministry for creation of more employment in Manipur under the scheme.

    Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for MSME Kalraj Mishra said, “The coordination between Centre and State is necessary for overall development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Sector”. He also pointed out that the present Government wanted more people to be self-employed so that the number of job-seekers came down.

    In the meeting, the Union Ministry informed again to all the States to create a separate Department or at least a separate Directorate for the development and growth of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The Ministry also asked every State to come up with MSME Policy in their States so that the MSMEs were encouraged. (DIPR)



    Imphal; April 28, 2017 (DIPR): Noted Manipuri musicologist Laishram Birendrakumar Singh, 97, was recently conferred Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian honour for his contribution to music in the country. Owing to health issues, he could not travel to Delhi to receive the award at an investiture ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, so the prestigious award was presented to him by Manipur Chief Secretary Shri O. Nabakishore Singh at his residence at Kwakeithel Ningthemkol Leikai, today.

    On receiving the Padma Shri, Birendrakumar said, “I feel very happy. I have dedicated myself to the study of scientific approach of Manipuri folk music. I have been honoured with this prestigious award in a show of satisfaction by the Indian government over my work.”

    He said learning folk music promotes communal harmony in the State by bridging the gap between the different communities and enhances the spirit of emotional bonding amongst them.

    Sharing his feelings to media people on receiving the award, he said that he is highly elated that he is acknowledged for his contribution to music at this age.

    He continued that he has a great inclination for folk music since a very early age and that due respect must be given to folk music as a mark of respecting our identity and culture.

    He also spoke of how he used to speak on topics related to folk music and Lai Haraoba at seminars and workshops. He further expressed the need to understand the folk music in order to preserve the indigenous Meitei tradition and identity.

              Laishram Birendrakumar Singh, who is also a Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee, advised the young folks of today that they should respect folk music as it contains ingredients of wisdom.

    Chief Secretary Shri O. Nabakishore lauded Birendrakumar and said he has done the State proud. The Chief Secretary also encouraged him to achieve higher laurels like thePadma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.

    Retired IAS Officer, R.K. Nimai, Director JN Dance Academy L Upendro, retired Vice-Chairman JN Dance Academy Prof. N Tombi and other higher officials attended the presentation ceremony. (DIPR)



    Imphal, 28th April, 2017 (DIPR): Ima Kondong Lairembi and its surrounding area can be turned into a religious tourist spot, expressed Education, Labour & Employment Minister Shri Th Radheshyam after inaugurating the Ima Kondong Lairembi Mithung Shang (Guest House) at the premise of the Ima Kondong Lairembi Khubam Moreh, today.

    Continuing his speech, the Minister said construction of the guest house was made possible with support from the people. He said the place is a very popular place and attracts many visitors from different parts of the state, especially during its annual Lai – Haraoba ceremony.

    He said we still need a lot to do to develop such a spot and create a religious tourists spot. Moreh is a beautiful town and attracts many tourists from both inside and outside the state, he said. The Indo-Myanmar Friendship Bridge connects India and Myanmar, he added.

    He further appealed to the people to help in developing the town and its tourist spots.

    He further assured before the public that he will approach the Chief Minister to do the needful to promote tourism in the area.

                    Today’s function was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary IFCD Shri L. Rameshwar Meetei, Parliamentary Secretary RD & PR Shri H. Dingo Singh; Parliamentary Secretary Education and YAS Shri K. Robindro, members and officials of the Autonomous District Council Moreh and members of the Ima Kondong Lairembi Mithung Shang Construction Committee.

    It may be mentioned that on the way to the border town, the Minister had inspected a DIET Centre which is under construction at Tengnoupal. Later in the afternoon after the inaugural function of the guest house, the Minister also visited the Eastern Shine School and interacted with teachers of the schools. The teachers had submitted a memorandum to the Minister. Other certain organisations also submitted memorandum to the Minister. (DIPR)