IMPHAL, June 18: Dy Chief Minister Gaikhangam today led the state in offering floral tributes to the 18 martyrs who had laid down their lives this day in 2001 during the peoples’ movement on the issue of territorial integrity of the state.
Unlike in the previous years, the 12th anniversary of the day was observed today organized jointly by the United Committee, Manipur and the All Manipur United Clubs’ Organization as the Great June Uprising, Unity Day at the Kekrupat Memorial Complex.
The Dy CM was also joined by other Ministers and MLAs including Industries and Sericulture Minister, Govindas Konthoujam; Social Welfare Minister AK Mirabai; Yaishkul MLA E Chand; Keirao MLA K Thamerjit and Sagolband MLA RK Imo.
Members of the Huyen Lalong Manipur Tang Ta Cultural Association observed the guard of honour during the observation.
Other than the Ministers and the MLAs, family members, supporters and well-wishers cutting across communities paid rich floral tributes at the tombstones of the 18 martyrs erected at the memorial complex.
Meanwhile, speaking to media persons after paying his respect to the Martyrs, the state Dy Chief Minister Gaikhangam said that the 18 had shown extra-ordinary dedication in the fight for the territorial integrity of the state.
He continued, only political dialogues cannot save the integrity of the state, but the people need to come together and unite in order to save it.
KT Rahaman, chairman of the observation committee, said the day has been observed each year commemorating the martyrs who had sacrifice their lives against the proposed extension of ceasefire ‘without territorial limit’ between the NSCN (IM) and the Central government in the year 2001 known as the Bangkok agreement.
Provoked by the phrase “without territorial limit”, thousands of people came out on the streets to revolt against it, he said.
He continued that the UNC called general strike was improper as it had held back several supporters who had wanted to pay tribute to the martyrs.
He continued, the people of the state should join hands together to strengthen
He elaborated that the June 18, 2001 incident is not against any communities but it is against anyone who tries to break the integrity of the state, and as such people from all walks of life should come out and join the observation.
He also said that the UCM and the AMUCO will try to organize the observation jointly in the future also.
Speaking at the function, the former president AMUCO said he salutes the martyrs.
Recounting the 2001 movement, he said angry mobs had destroyed government buildings including the then state Assembly building, several residences of Ministers and MLAs, political offices, which led to the 18 martyrs losing their lives while many others sustained injuries in police action.
People of the state should unitedly face all kinds of disturbances to the integrity of the state, he appealed.
The government is not looking after the families of the 18 killed during the movement, he lamented. Each year, meritorious students are awarded by the Board of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur and other organisations, however none has come forward to help the unfortunate children of the 18, he continued.
Speaking at the occasion Y Nabachandra, UCM, president said the bandh imposed by the UNC is unfortunate and has been imposed every year since the June 18 observation had started during the same time.
Alleging that the central government has always tried to create conflicts between Nagaland and Manipur since a long time back, as such people should understand it and act accordingly, he continued.
He further appealed to all communities of the state to face any challenge to the integrity of the state without creating any fuss over communal lines.
Meanwhile, a press release of the Bangalore Manipuri Students’ Association, Bangalore has said that the day was also observed with a simple function organized by the MMAB and BMSA at No. 924, 6th B Main, 1st Block, Koramangala, Bangalore.
A good numbers of Manipuri families staying in and around Bangalore paid homage to the departed souls of the 18 martyrs, it said.
New Delhi, June 18: The Minister for Information & Broadcasting Manish Tewari and Chinese Minister of State Administration for Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Televison Mr.Cai Fuchao today jointly inaugurated the six day Chinese Film Festival at Sirifort.
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information & Broadcasting, Manish Tewari lighting the lamp at the inaugural ceremony of the Chinese Film Festival 2013
Speaking on this occasion Manish Tewari said, the time seems to be ripe for intensive sharing of films as a potent medium of exchange. “I believe that considering the popularity of Indian films in China, that there would be more exposure for Indian films in China in the future, and vice-versa. I am confident that this interaction with the Chinese counterparts would prove to be fruitful and the two countries look forward to agreement on co production in films, as also cooperation in the fields of radio and television An audio visual agreement would not only promote our shooting locations, but will also boost film related tourism between the two countries and hence pave for a more vibrant people to people contact” he added. Speaking earlier, the Chinese Information Minister said, Chinese movies would offer an opportunity for Indian audiences to be acquainted with Chinese landscape, Arts, Music and culture. He further added that this would also enable citizens of both nations to view Indo-China relationship from a broader perspective.
Earlier during the day the two Ministers had delegation level talks covering a wide range of subjects in the Information and Broadcasting sector. During the discussions, it was proposed to accord the status of Principle Guest Country to China during IFFI 2014. The decision was taken in view of the Year 2014 being observed as the ‘Year of Exchanges’ between India and China. This is being observed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the enunciation of Panchsheel or the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.
During the discussions, it was also agreed that China could consider sending classical films for IFFI 2013 and at the same time explore the possibility of sending a Chinese delegation to this year’s festival. During the meeting between the two Ministers, it was also agreed to outline a roadmap to enhance bilateral cooperation in critical sectors of the Films and Broadcasting. It was reiterated that such a roadmap would enable enhancing people to people contact between the two countries.
During the discussions Tewari and Mr. Cai Fuchao were assisted by senior officials belonging to the Information & Broadcasting and SAPPRFT from the Chinese side. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation and capacity building between personnel of the pu
blic broadcasters in both countries, strengthen cultural exchange programmes related to convening of Film Festivals and enhance exchange between the private film industries of both countries. One of the key highlights of the discussion was the decision to enhance student exchange programme between Film Institutes of India and the Beijing Films School. Both sides agreed that the hosting of the Chinese Film Festival in Delhi from today was an important step to enhance the role and relevance of films between the people of both countries. Both sides also agreed to work out the modalities for strengthening capacity building of technical personnel of Broadcasting Sector. Another critical area of discussion pertained to exploring the possibility of Co-production agreements between India and China in the audio visual sector.
The International Film Festival of India is scheduled to be held from 20th to 30th November, 2013. The Chinese side may consider facilitating participation of prominent Chinese films with film personalities in the ‘Competition’ and “Cinemas of the World” sections of the festival. Both sides could consider cooperation between Film & Television Institutes of the two countries through exchange programmes of students and faculty”. He added.
New Delhi, June: Girija Vyas, took over as the new Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (M/oHUPA), here today. She was welcomed by the senior officers of the Ministry.
While briefing the media, after assumption of office, Girija Vyas said “social service is always her priority area and will utilize each minute available for alleviation of urban poverty by working together with all my officers in this Ministry”. On being asked about her priority areas, she said that Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, Rajiv Awas Yojuna (RAY) and National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) will be accorded top priority .
Born on 8 July 1946, Ms. Girija Vyas is Member of Parliament from Chhittorgarh, Rajasthan. She was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1991 and became the Union Deputy Minister for Information and Broadcasting. This is her fourth term in the Lower House. She served as president All India Mahila Congress and chairperson of National Women’s Commission. Ms Vyas was also Congress state president from 2000 to 2004.
New Delhi, June 18: The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, spoke to the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand earlier this evening and inquired about the flood situation in the state. The Prime Minister assured the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand of all assistance in rescue and relief operations in the flood hit state.
The Prime Minister shared the anguish and distress of the affected people of Uttarakhand who see their homes facing the ravages of floods. He said that assistance was already being provided by the Army and Air Force to rescue stranded people and to provide relief. The Prime Minister has also directed all agencies of the Union Government to assist in rescue and relief operations in the flood affected areas of the State.
By Oken Jeet Sandham
KOHIMA, Jun 16 (NEPS): Home Minister G Kaito Aye, while describing the issues of Assam and Nagaland border as chronic, stressed the importance of having broad-based approach to it for finding an amicable solution. He further disclosed that he had already informed the Central leaders of the utmost urgency to bring immediate normalcy in the Assam-Nagaland border areas.
Talking to NEPS here Sunday, the Home Minister who recently led a Ministerial team and had a closed door meeting with the representatives of the Ao Senden at Mokokchung, informed that there would be a Chief Ministerial level meeting of both Assam and Nagaland on June 21. “I hope some positive steps will emerge at this meeting to bring immediate normalcy at the border areas between the two states,” he said.
In order to bring solution to the longstanding border raw this Assam, both states need to have a broad-based consensus and adopt a “give-and-take policy.” Civil societies of both states have important roles to play to materialize this, he pointed out.
Asked why the Nagaland Government did not want to settle the border raw with Assam through Supreme Court (SC), Kaito said they never stated that they did not like settlement of the border raw through SC. “We only expressed our opinions that we preferred to out-of-the-court settlement,” he said. “This is brotherly and neighborly gestures to resolve our border problem with our neighbor.”
Regrettably, the Assam Government went ahead with the SC to settle the border raw with Nagaland, the Home Minister said. “Yet, our Chief Secretary and Commissioner used to appear in SC as and when they summoned us,” he said.
“Therefore the question that ‘why does Nagaland not want to resolve the border raw with Assam through SC---does not arise at all,” he said. “We only ventilate our ideas and opinions that we preferred to out-of-the-court settlement as we are neighbors and we will remain as neighbors.” The SC directive was also to settle it through the mediator and their suggestion was also in that line only, he added.
Kaito also partly blamed the Government of India for not properly carrying out boundary demarcation when the Nagaland state was carved out.
New Delhi, June 15: The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that we have every reason to be proud of the strength and diversity of Indian media. However, and from time to time, there have been media-related developments that are disconcerting. They raise questions about the media’s objectivity and credibility.
Delivering inaugural address at the “Biennial Session of National Union of Journalists (NUJ)” at Hathras in Uttar Pradesh today, he said that these relate to cross-media ownership, the phenomenon of ‘paid news’, media ethics and the need for effective and viable self-regulatory mechanisms, the declining role of editors and their editorial freedom, the need to improve working conditions of media personnel, their safety and security.
Ansari said that in considering these questions, we now have the benefit of three weighty and relevant documents. The first is a 2009 report by the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) at the instance of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on ‘Cross Media Ownership in India’. The second is a February 2013 Consultation Paper by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on media ownership question. The third is a report on ‘Paid News’ made on May 6, 2013 by the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Information Technology.
He expressed his concern that together, their findings present a disturbing picture.
The Vice President opined that it is thus evident that a detailed analysis of the nature of the problem, and its dimensions, is in the public domain and specifically with the government and parliament. The need for comprehensive corrective action is imperative and must be undertaken without delay. A failure to do so would lend credence to widely expressed apprehension about “special interests.”
New Delhi, Jun 15: Dr V M Katoch, Secretary, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India signed an MOU with Sir Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive of the National Institute for Health and Care excellence, UK (NICE) in London yesterday to provide the framework for strategic and technical cooperation between the two countries, on evidence informed healthcare policy and practice.
The MOU followed the signature of an overarching health MoU between UK and India at the World Health Assembly, Geneva, last month by Health Ministers of India and UK. Yesterday’s agreement between DHR and NICE aims to (1) bring modern health technology to people by encouraging innovations related to diagnostics, treatment methods and prevention; (2) translate the innovations into products/ processes by facilitating evaluation in synergy with other departments of MoHFW as well as other science departments and, 3) introduce these innovations into public health service through health systems research.
The UK partner, NICE, was set up to reduce variation in the availability and quality of the UK’s National Health Service’s treatments and care, to generate evidence-based guidance and help resolve uncertainty about which medicines, treatments, procedures and devices represent the best quality care. Its International division, NICE International provides technical support to countries around the world to help them strengthen their capacity and decisions in these areas.
The MoU creates provisions for exchange of institutional expertise and experience concerning, clinical practice guidelines pathways and quality standards, application of health technology assessment, and implementation of the decisions of the assessment into clinical policy and practise.
To fulfil its objectives and its mandate, it delineates activities such as collaborative projects between UK and Indian scientists, strengthening of existing institutions responsible for turning evidence to policy, setting-up of technical pilots to develop technical and institutional capacities, engagement with the health service providers as a key stakeholder, and joint awareness raising and policy advocacy through global donors.
The next step would be the setting-up of a Joint Steering Committee in order to translate the commitments of the MoU to a real, mutually-beneficial partnership, and to steer the expertise and enthusiasm of the two countries to create better quality healthcare for their billions of people.
Sir Andrew Dillon: “we are delighted to sign this important MoU with the Department of Health Research, Government of India. It builds on our existing activities in the country and demonstrates our commitment to work together in areas relating to medical and health technology assessment. We look forward to strengthening this engagement further through a fruitful partnership and mutual learning“.
Dr Katoch: “India is in the process of developing Health Technology Assessment Board and this MoU between NICE and DHR would strengthen our efforts in this direction.
The two sides would explore the opportunities for collaborative research projects between India and UK scientists interested in mechanism of HTA based decisions for clinical policy and practice”.
Imphal, June 15: A mega blood donation camp was held today at the Blood Bank of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal. This was formally inaugurated by Prof S. Sekharjit, Director.
In his brief speech he said that it was heartening that there is awareness among the people on the need to make voluntary blood donations. The good response from people of all walks of life is encouraging. Personnel of 69 Bn Central Reserve Police Force also donated blood during the camp.
The Director said that the personnel may also need blood they have donated during emergencies and illness. The system is that a patient gets blood from the blood bank through replacements only. However he announced that in case of the CRPF personnel he will see to it that they get the emergency blood requirements without replacements.
Later he visited some of the donors who were donating blood inside the blood bank and personally thanked them.
New Delhi, June 13: Three persons were killed (two passengers and one RPSF constable) in an ambush when Dhanbad Intercity Express Train No.13331 was stopped by a group of suspected Maoists at around 1.20 PM near Jamui Railway station in Bihar today.
Stating that the incident was very extremely unfortunate and a matter of profound grief, the Minister of Railways Dr. C. P. Joshi announced an enhanced ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh to the next kin of each of those who were killed in this incident, Rs. one lakh to one passenger who was grievously injured and Rs. 25,000/- to each of four persons (three passengers and train Guard) who received simple injuries. The Minister also apprised the media that all possible help including medicinal facilities were immediately made available to the passengers including the injured persons. The affected train resumed its operation at 3.30 p.m. and all trains are running normally on this route.
Director General, Railway Protection Force (RPF) has rushed to the incident spot. The Ministry of Railways is in constant touch with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the State Government of Bihar to ensure safe and normal train operations in the area.
New Delhi, June 13: A meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, earlier this month, to discuss an institutional mechanism to track stalled investment projects, both in the public and private sectors and to remove the implementation bottlenecks in these projects on a fast-track basis.
The Prime Minister directed that a special cell be created immediately in the Cabinet Secretariat. This Cell would be in the nature of a Project Monitoring Group for all large projects, both public and private and would pro-actively pursue them so that these investment projects are commissioned on time. Suitable officers may be identified at the earliest and priority projects may be quickly identified to be taken for tracking. The Administrative Ministries, in consultation with the Finance Ministry, and the Finance Ministry on its own also were tasked with the identification of such priority projects. The Cabinet Secretariat was directed to hold a meeting with Chief Secretaries of States to have State Governments on board with this new mechanism.
Initiating the discussion, P.Chidambaram, Finance Minister, stated that his Ministry has compiled a list of about 215 such projects, where the banks have already funded more than Rs. 7 lakh crore. The time and cost overruns being faced by these projects has also been documented, as well as the action required to remove the implementation bottlenecks. While some of bottlenecks being faced are in the domain of regulatory authorities at the Central level, a large number of impediments are those that lie in the domain of State Governments, and local bodies. He therefore flagged the need for having an institutional mechanism which has sufficient authority, to coordinate with the concerned authorities and get these projects moving on the ground.
Anand Sharma, Commerce Minister, stated that his Ministry has done a compilation of projects in the manufacturing sector, which are stalled due to various inter-agency bottlenecks. He also emphasized the need to sensitize the State Governments in order to elicit their cooperation.
Sriprakash Jaiswal, Minister for Coal, and C.P Joshi, Minister of Road Transport and Highways welcomed the proposal to have such a coordination mechanism for investment projects.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of Power agreed with the need to have a project management group at the apex level which would champion investment projects, both in the public and private sectors.
Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment & Forests, stated that her Ministry has an on-line portal where the status of all projects which have been submitted for clearances with the Ministry, could be tracked. She further stated that pendency of projects for various Environment and Forest clearances has now been significantly reduced, and the process to accord such clearances has been further streamlined.
Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, was of the opinion that this proposed institutional mechanism should be put in place at the earliest, and 20 -30 major projects chosen across the sectors on priority, for speedy resolution. This will work as a confidence booster to investment sentiment and signal the government`s seriousness on the issue, he said.
Principal Secretary to Prime Minister apprised that a list of projects of the public sector from various Ministries such as Coal, Power, and Shipping has already been compiled. FICCI has also submitted a list of 52 projects in the private sector, with an investment greater than Rs.1000 crore, which are delayed due to various bottlenecks. He was of the opinion that the monitoring mechanism may be anchored in the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure, with a supportive cell, suitably empowered, which brings these projects to the CCI, and also follow up on the decisions of the CCI.
The Cabinet Secretary stated that the Ministries dealing with such stalled projects will need to monitor the projects closely and instructions have already been issued in this regard on 16.1.2013. He apprised that the Cabinet Secretariat has prepared an `Online CCI Projects Tracking System` portal for tracking projects of over Rs.1000 crore. The Cabinet Secretary presented snap shots of the tracking system available on the Cabinet Secretariat Website. Secretary, DEA invited attention to the fact that very often, stalled projects are in the private sector or in sectors not in the infrastructure domain, e.g., in the cement industry.