Film Dialogues

Manipuri film fest concludes

SILCHAR, January 24: The 4–day long Manipuri Film Festival organised by Barak Valley Manipuri Entertainment concluded here recently at Gandhi Bhawan. The film festival was inaugurated on January 19. A good number of Manipuri films were screened in the film festival which earned appreciation from all quarters.
A discussion session was held during the closing ceremony of the film festival. Various eminent personalities were present in the discussion session which included N. S Ngangom, L. Surjakanta Sharma, chairman of the Film Forum Manipur(FFM), Kangabam Tomba, a veteran actor and Oken Amukcham, a film maker.
The film makers and dignitaries shared their experiences and views and underscored the importance of organising such film festival in Barak Valley at a regular interval.
Speaking on the occasion, the general secretary of the Barak Manipuri Entrainment, N. D Hodamba said that the BME will release a total of 10 video albums in the coming occasion of the “Assam Manipuri Mamigi Numit” which is scheduled to be held on April 1. He added that the committee is also planning to make Manipuri short films apart from documentary and feature films in the year 2015.
L. Surjakanta Sharma released a magazine namely “Samjirei”. Kunjalal Yendrenbam is the editor of the magazine who was also present during the launching ceremony of the magazine. The publicity secretary of the BME, F. Loknath Singha urged the youth of the valley to extend their support towards BME. He also requested the film lovers for their cooperation. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Rs 3 crore allotted for anti–erosion

Silchar, January 19: Barak river known for its heaviest sloughing among all the river system has been causing erosions along its banks during high floods, taking in its grip villages after villages, damaging standing crops an properties. The losses during the deluge are enormous. The Lakhipur sub–division of Cachar is hard hit during the floods. Binnakandie Ghat and the cluster of villages of Singerband have been the worst hit in the last floods. Taking into account the erosions and the damages, the Government of Assam has sanctioned Rs.3 crore for taking up anti–erosion measures along Binnakandie Ghat. If not checked, the semi town of Fulertal, its human habitations and most importantly the National Highway 37, earlier 53, would be worst affected. The initiation of the work was inaugurated by Rajdeep Goala, MLA of the area, recently. At a simple function held in this connection on the site, Rajdeep Goala speaking as a chief–guest said in fact the state government had sanctioned Rs.2 crore which was raised to Rs.3 crore at my initiative. The entire amount for the protection of Binnakandie Ghat and the areas around it has been provided from the Chief Minister’s special package on development. The MLA disclosed adequate fund would also be release soon for the protective works along Singerband. He appealed to the people to have closer monitoring of the works on anti–erosion and to ensure that it were done properly, maintaining quality. He would also personally visit the work site and take stock of the progress of work. There should be no compromise with the quality of work. Nabarun Bhattacharjee, SDO (Civil), who presided over the function, also sought the help and cooperation of people for proper implementation of the Rs.3 crore project. (Source: SentinelAssam)

A medical and health camp with a difference

Silchar, January 7: It was a medical and health camp with a difference organised jointly by Albert Einstein Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Imphal, and South Barak Rural Development Agency. Eminent doctors from Delhi and Manipur capital who included Dr W Motilal MCH, neurosurgeon, Dr Lonsingam Ibobi. M.S. Orthopaedics, Dr Gunabanta, trained neuro–surgery , Dr A K Khanba , chief specialist, Dr Rajeswar Sarma, opthamology, Dr N Rameshore Singha, general medicine and paediatric, and Dr Ningonbam Homendra, gynaecologist examined the patients of their respective areas of ailments and accordingly gave them medicines and necessary medical advice.
The day long health camp held at Binnakandie Part II area of Lakhipur sub division last Monday saw turn out of round 550 patients. The doctors, admitted the patients, gave due attention to their health problems and were richly benefited not only with diagnosis but also costly medicines as needed by each of them. Quite significantly, the presence of a neurosurgeon was perhaps the first of its kind in this remote area of Cachar district that too in a free camp. Women folk could get their individual problem related before the gyaenocologist.
The camp was inaugurated at a simple function presided over by Y Nadiachand and the W Sharat Singha graced the occasion as chief guest. TH Biswanath, president of South Barak Rural Development Agency, in his welcome address expressed his satisfaction at the impressive turn out of patients and the presence of expert doctors of distinctions. Dr W Motilal explained the objective of the camp and hoped it would be of benefit those who had come for examination and advice.
Dr W Motilal appreciated the initiative and sincere efforts of South Barak Rural Development Agency in organizing such free medical and heath camp for the poor and needy who would otherwise be left unexamined. It was also praiseworthy that the camp was held in an economically backward area. He assured of more such camps in future in different parts of the sub division.
He advised the Agency to think of holding camps and the doctors would only be happy to serve the neglected and deprived people. He at the same time thanked the local populace for extending all sorts of help and cooperation in making the camp a success. M Brajeshwar Singha, general secretary of South Barak Development Agency also extended his appreciation to all for their best of cooperation.  (Source:SentinelAssam)

Mid–day meal workers oppose handing over of scheme to agency

SILCHAR, January 3: Mid–day meal workers engaged as cooks and helpers in different schools in the district of Cachar staged protest demonstration here today in support of their six point charters of demands which includes the demand to stop suspending mid day meal workers on account of false accusation besides opposition to the proposal of handing over the responsibility of the Mid Day meal system to any non–governmental organisations. In unison, they raised their voices against continuing injustice and discrimination towards them despite all their sincerity and seriousness in performing their duties in order to keep running the nutritious mission of the government.
The members of the union took out a rally from Narsingtola, Silchar at around 11 am. They submited a memorandum addressed to the District Inspector of Schools (primary education).
The Union has expressed its resentment at the reported decision of the government to discontinue the services of mid day meal workers and to entrust its supply and distribution to NGOs and clubs of the areas. The Union besides opposing such a move has condemned it and said if the government takes a negative stand, it will have no option but to seek the help of all other organizations for launching statewide agitation. This will not only paralyse the programme of the State but also affect the children of the schools, physically and mentally. Sadou Asom Mid–Day Meal Workers’ Union, affiliated to CITU and based at Cachar, has said if the condition of the poor workers is not sympathetically looked into, they along with their families will be subjected to untold miseries.
Aporajita Chakraborty, secretary, Saduo Asom Madhyanna Bhojan Karmachari Union (CITU), Cachar and Hailakandi units, referring to the States of Karnataka, Haryana, Tripura, Bihar, Kerala among others pointed out that the governments concerned have been providing incentive allowances to the mid–day employees in addition to the Centre’s contribution. The Anganwadi workers and their assistants receive such incentive allowances in Assam. They have demanded payment of such incentive allowances for the mid–day workers as well by the Assam government. But, there has been no positive response or action, they regretted. They demanded provision of social security with pension, medical allowance as well as insurance to the employees and exemplary punishment to those involved in corruption in the execution of the scheme and elimination of corrupt practices. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Khwairakpa Erel Umanglai Khuvam (Narandor)

photo: LongjamDorendra
The Annual Festival of Khwairakpa Erel Umanglai Khuvam (shrine) is being held every year in 2nd Sunday of the month of Wakching (January 4, 2015) (Wakching gee anisuba nongmaijing) by the Manipuris from the time immemorial at which thousands of devotees from within and outside Assam come and worship.
It is known as Narayandar 0r, Nararandar to the non manipuries.
The unique and interesting feature of the festival is that the devotees, in thousands reached the shrine at the River Island situated in between Jirimukh and Fulertal (Cachar) Ferryghat of the Barak River by water-ways in boat and the speedboat.
The country boat journey takes a minimum of three hours time to reach the shrine while in the speed boat it takes a minimum of one hour from the Fulertal Ferry ghat. (Lakhipuronline)