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Let’s talk about Dementia

The 21 st of September every year is celebrated to commemorate World Alzheimer’s Day, the disease that impairs one’s ability to remember. Why talk about Dementia? ..

Is it hard to become a celebrity in Manipur?

As I sat down, I was served the maple tea I brought from Canada for Galaxy’s family the other day. The 1980s SONY TV welcomed me and Lenin Pebam with an amazing Manipuri music album. Well! With all due respect ..

COVID-19 symptoms most often start to appear in this order

How do COVID-19 symptoms start to appear? Coronavirus cases are rapidly surging the world over and in countries like ours, it is spreading in an even more alarming way. While vaccines may take a minimum of two-three years to fully work, identifying and preventing ..

Life moves on

Life is like a flower that blooms and dies. Life is like a fog in the morning which can clear any minute. Life is like a colourful rainbow full of experience, and ups and downs. Is life already determined by God even before we exist !!? ..

Evolving digital film culture in Manipur: A misnomer

A group of talented and energetic film makers including R. K. Kripa, Oken Amakcham, L.Surjakanta, Chandam Shyamacharan, Chan Heisnam, Biswamittra, Ksh Kishorekumar, M.K Jeet, Thoungamba Thouyangba..

Master and student

Where have we reached with exquisite advancement of technology? We have reached a place where we have infinite opportunity to learn and make a better version of ourselves sitting on the sofa. ..

Vocal for justice : Pandemic makeway for the observance of Kuki Black Day ‘Sahnit Ni’ 2020

Bangalore Sahnit Ni Adhering to the Social distancing norms laid down by the concerned authorities, the Kuki Students’ Organisation Bangalore observed the 27th Sahnit programme at KWS Bangalore Hall with 100 odd participants. ..

The Modi paradox: At 70, his 7 deadly sins for 'liberals' are why his supporters love him

Part of the phenomenon is that the PM's support base grows and gets more solidly behind him for the exact reasons a section of urban, English-speaking intelligentsia hates him..

Belated Happy Birthday

Whether you are 70 or 80 it doesn't matter as long as you are strong and able to lead the nation and serve the people. In this unprecedented difficult time culminated by an unusual pandemic it is all the more difficult to serve the people...

Agrarian reforms: Will they help farmers farm a fortune or force them to flounder

Is it the 1991 economic liberalisation moment – liberalisation, privatisation, globalisation - for the country’s agriculture sector?..

Calling social entrepreneurs from North East region to apply for UNDP-HSBC India BELM Programme

UNDP with HSBC India is launching the Business Enterprise Leadership and Management Programme (BELMP) under project PROSPER (Producers in Organized Supply Chain Enterprise). PROSPER is designed in partnership ..

The Modi paradox: At 70, his 7 deadly sins for 'liberals' are why his supporters love him

Part of the phenomenon is that the PM's support base grows and gets more solidly behind him for the exact reasons a section of urban, English-speaking intelligentsia hates him..

Evolving digital film culture in Manipur: A misnomer

In the serial number 20 of the 24 recommendations of the Government India, it is clearly stated that, “No existing theatres should be permitted to switch over to video exhibition”. This practice of screening video films in the theatres..

Coronavirus symptoms: One prominent symptom of COVID that differentiates it from flu

How can you differentiate between a flu and COVID-19? Novel coronavirus infection and flu have very similar symptoms and are caused by similar kind of viruses. However, what we now know is that coronavirus is much more dangerous for the human body than the flu probably..

A moment with a song”Thangol adu maya thangu thouna hey lao-uba”

Thangol adu maya thangu thouna hey lao-uba . .(Sharpen the blade of the sickle) was a very popular song known to all the sections of people in Manipur. But, it was less known that the dance composition of the song was ..

Vocal for justice : Pandemic makeway for the observance of Kuki Black Day ‘Sahnit Ni’ 2020

The year 2020 thus far has been a rough year for everyone. While people are busy acclimatizing themselvesto the new normal, somewhere in the nook corner of the country, the villagers of Joupi, Janglenphai, and the surrounding..

Barak: Our economic and ecological security

The Barak is the second largest river in the North East Region after the Brahmaputra. Barak has a length of about 900 kilometres out of which 564 kilometres fall in India and it runs through Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Assam, Meghalaya and Bangladesh...

Karmayogi Mission for reforms in civil services

“Building capacity dissolves differences. It irons out inequalities.”- APJ Abdul Kalam The above line was said by former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam during the releasing function of his book..

World Ozone Day: Let us protect ozone for sustainability

World Ozone Day: Let us protect ozone for sustainability..

Happy Engineers’ Day Engineers for a self reliant India

Er N Shyamsundar Singh, FIEAlthough it is a hard earned honour, the political independence alone cannot fetch the real charm and taste of total independence. Technically, political independence of any country is a pre-requisite foundation on which it can ..

Low ease of doing business in Manipur Need for better institutional parenting for 272 Start-ups

Mohendro NandeibamManipur finds itself in the 31st position out of 36 states and union territories in the national ranking of Ease-of-Doing Business announced by Smt. Nirmala Sitaraman, Honourable Finance Minister of India on the last 5th of September.&nb..

In a little while from now, COVID will kill not just with sickness. There is another risk

Peter S Goodman, Abdi Latif Dahir and Karan Deep SinghContd from prev issueAn outbreak of pandemic-related nationalism — with countries blaming one another for the spread of the disease — has produced an escalating wave of trade barriers that ..

In a little while from now, COVID will kill not just with sickness. There is another risk

Long before the pandemic swept into her village in the rugged southeast of Afghanistan, Halima Bibi knew the gnawing fear of hunger. It was an omnipresent force, an unrelenting source of anxiety as she struggled to nourish her four children. ..

Career option in Ethical Hacking

The recent pandemic has taught us many things. we have learned many new things from real life experiences which were not available on books as the crisis did not happened in near past . Schools are yet to be open though there..

Just another crazy word from my old pages

What cost you to give up your comfort is what you need to love till the end, what humbles you with happiness when garlanded is what you need to cherish till your evening, what breaks the cloudy dawn for you will be the hunger ..

Modi Govt could look beyond NSCN (IM) for peace in Nagaland as new players emerge

The much-awaited peace accord between the Modi Government and various Naga groups is undergoing a churn of its own, with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) being increasingly marginalised and other Naga groups taking centrestage...

Fingering of Ladakh

Normally we have five fingers - thumb, index, middle, ring and pinkie or little.But only recently we have learnt that Ladakh has got eight fingers ; again we are not aware of the names of these fingers , perhaps they are known by their numbers ..

The cry for Justice! Kuki Black Day –as a challenge to Justice and Humanity

If ‘Justice delayed is Justice denied’, then the Kukis have been denied Justice –their rights to live with dignity and integrity. In fact, for almost three decades now the Kukis have been demanding Justice for the victims of the ‘Ethnic Cleansing’..

Morals vs Dollars- Let love be the guiding light!

I will start this article by sharing with you a beautiful story which I heard from Dr. Wayne Dyer. There was a Zen master somewhere in China who was all knowing of the wonders of meditation. ..

Covid-19 pandemic accentuates the job crisis as Indian economy begins to reopen We are facing a severe crisis of jobs.

But before I get into the issue of job losses in India, pre and post Covid scenario, it must be mentioned that India has been witnessing jobless growth (or less jobs even when economy is growing) for the past many years. And India has been unable to generate jobs at a pace that India needed to absorb the youth entering the workforce...

Naga peace accord and the Kukis: A holistic solution is the only way forward

The Naga peace talks, after going past the October 31, 2019 deadline set by the Government, has recently witnessed renewed efforts to clinch the final deal on the accord signed between the Naga rebels and GOI on 3rd August 2018...

Discovery of a novel biopolymer for targeting of cisplatin-resistant melanoma

Dr Vijaya Sarangthem and her collaborator at Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea,discovered an Elastin Like Polypeptides (ELP) based biopolymer that can serve as an excellent carrier of anti-cancer drugs..

Manipur’s delimitation puzzle requires the widest possible consultation

Concerns about the usage of estimated population and what that will mean for the distribution of seats cannot be addressed during a pandemic...

Ice cubes for beauty

Ice is a term which you’ll get to hear quite often. Ice finds its way to almost everything in our daily schedule from stimulating blood circulation to reducing oiliness, soothing sunburns and laying a refreshing ground-work..

3rd Poshan Maah: An all-out drive against malnutrition

The 3rd Rashtriya Poshan Maah (3rd National Nutrition Month) is being celebrated this month across the country in the backdrop of the raging Covid19 pandemic and economic downturn. In the grim scenario..

The search for an end to the complex Naga conflict The Centre must note that most armed insurgencies find resolution in a grey zone called ‘compromise’

Despite having huge strategic significance, India’s northeastern frontier has largely remained marginal in the country’s popular imagination as well as mainstream politics. The region has witnessed multiple crises including bloody insurgencies..

Gandhi, self-help, khadi and Atmanirbhar Bharat

Not so long ago we were talking about global warming and climate change as one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century and ways and means to control it to save the world before it is too late.But the Covid-19 pandemic has ..

Suicide: Chasing death

Suicide, the act of intentionally taking one’s own life, literally means to “kill oneself”. There is a quote which is often attributed to Mark Twain, “Everybody talks about the weather but nobody ever does anything about it”...

Ensuring women have a rights-based access to emergency contraceptives is vital

Ensuring women have a rights-based access to emergency contraceptives is vital..

The National Education Policy 2020- An overview-IV

4) Technology Use and Integration * An autonomous body, the National Educational Technology Forum (NETF) will be created to provide a platform for the free exchange of ideas on the use of technology to enhance learning, assessment, planning, administration..

India 2nd worst-hit by COVID; Air pollution could be double whammy

The number of cases in India has rapidly overtaken Brazil. The weekly average today is tens of thousands of cases more than it was on the first of August. Some expect it to cross 6 million cases by the end of this month. ..

The National Education Policy 2020- An overview-IV

Dr N Ranjana DeviOther Key Areas of FocusProfessional education is considered as an integral part of the overall higher education system. It involves critical and interdisciplinary thinking discussion, debate, research and innovation. The NEP 2020 emphasi..

Hope : The reason we keep living!

Thangminlun HaokipEverything that is done in this world is done by 'HOPE'. Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Hope is "a feeling of expectation and desire for something to come". When we are hopeful, we are optimist..

International Literacy Day : Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

Ranjan K Baruah We have made progress in recent years when it comes to literacy. Now more and more people are literate. There may not be formal education everywhere but people can read and write basic things except few instances where literacy is too low...

Book review Unforgettable decade: A review of Vale of Tears: Untold stories of violence in Manipur

Book review Unforgettable decade: A review of Vale of Tears: Untold stories of violence in Manipur..

Yet another bomb from my two brothers

As we journeyed down - Lenin Pebam broke the silence of the three packed Alto LXI - Galaxy at the back seat and I as the second driver. Never had such a juicy conversation in a moving car. “What’s your ego?” ..

Monkey justice

Have you ever come across two men at each other’s throat vying for the same girl who flirted with both. If not, hear me out. ..

What are the implications of the National Education Policy 2020 to higher education in India?

In an ever-evolving and ever-expanding field of education, it is mind-boggling that there hasn’t been even a single major reform in the Indian education system in the last 34 years. The new National Education Policy (NEP)..

Memory of Pranab Babu

Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee passed away on 31 August ,2020 at the age of 84. He was a great Indian politician who served the Nation for about 50 years. He joined politics in 1969 and very soon he became a Member of the Upper House of Indian Parliament...

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader!

To set the tone, let me describe that I am writing this article from a beautiful hotel room somewhere in Imphal with a lush green view from my glass window, with rejuvenating face mask on, some jasmine green tea, hint of my new Beyonce musk..

Alternatives to online teaching in times of COVID-19

The current pandemic has forced schools and universities all over the world to switch to remote teaching. While online platforms such as Zoom and Skype have emerged as the main alternatives to classroom teaching..

RSETIs creating bankable borrowers out of rural unemployed youth – Finds study

Many of the trainees formed groups and successes fully executed large Govt. orders serving the general public. Over 12,000 trainees got settled in this period commencing their own entrepreneurial journey. ..

It is time Government raised spending to spur all engines of economic growth

The sharp fall of 23.9 percent in GDP for the first three months of the current financial year ending March 2021, is worse than expected. But it was on the lines that many were expecting since for more than two months..

Manipur women weave success in the pandemic warp

At her modest home in Thangmeiband in the Imphal West district, a sling handbag hanging on her shoulder74-year-old Ima Radhesana anxiously moves about in her courtyard and answering distress calls...

Keeping an eye on “Eye health” amidst the pandemic

The year 2020 has been a year of unprecedented happenings. From an assassination that shook the Middle East heralding the New Year, to plane crashes, to wildfires, to devastating floods, to locusts swarms, to mortifying bomb..

RSETIs creating bankable borrowers out of rural unemployed youth – Finds study

In our endeavour to promote sustainable livelihood opportunities in rural areas Ministry of Rural Development, is promoting Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETIs) in association with the Banks...

From Raisina Hills to Canchi Leikol My homage to Pranab Mukherjee

Thirty first August Twenty Twenty will always remain a sad day in/for the Country. Last Monday, the Thirteenth President of the Republic of India (2012-2017) Shri Pranab Mukherjee Passed away at the ripe age of eighty four ..

Ponzi scheme on the prowl again!

Ponzi scheme is a form of fraud which believes the success of a non-existent enterprise and fostered by the payment of quick returns to the first investors from money invested by later investors. The basis of such scheme is treachery and lies...

Fruit face packs

Tired of trying market-based synthetic face packs that promise you glowing, smooth and radiant skin? . Many of us feel cheated by using artificial products that show no result. Most of these skin creams, lotions, gels etc are loaded with chemicals which can harm our skin in the long run ...

Tracing how humans and algae (Kung in Manipuri ) see light and colour

‘National characters’ are certain habits and behaviours that are prototypes among the majority adult population of a nation-state. In post modern Manipur, many Meitei enthusiasts would know one of the great Meitei National Characters..

Highway projects in Manipur and stabilising role of agriculture; not as backbencher

Physical infrastructures said to be the foundation of sustainable development, have captured the critical attention of all countries in the world. The whole world has witnessed some kind of revolution of connectivity breaking ..

Nongin,the State bird of Manipur

Nongin (Syrmaticus humiae), a magnificent bird was declared as State Bird of Manipur in 1989. The bird is also named as Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant in honour of Mrs A.O. Hume,the wife of Mr. Allan Octavian Hume...

The Naga peace process is lost between integration and unification

On August 3, 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted thrice within two hours. At 6:15 PM, he informed the nation that “we would be witness to an important & landmark event”. A few minutes later, he added that he ..

Exit of a colossus

The person who used to preside over Union Cabinet meetings in absence of Prime minister Indira Gandhi was unceremoniously shown the door promptly after her demise instead of elevating him to the Prime ministerial chair!..

The National Education Policy 2020- An overview-III

10 Catalysing Quality Academic Research in All Fields through a new National Research Foundation -This policy envisions the establishment of a National Research Foundation (NRF). ..

Behavioural interventions for an Atma-Nirbhar toy industry

Sanjana Kadyan &Tulsipriya RajkumariIndian toy industry growth has been jeopardized for more than a decade by a deluge of Chinese imports. Recently, government increased import duty on toys by 200 per cent and made toy quality certification mandatory ..

Menstruation needs to be discussed openly instead of closed doors

Dr Satywan SaurabhIndian food distribution giant Zomato has recently announced a new period leave 'policy on August 8, with a view to removing the false and unbridled stigma and shame of menstruation, thereby accelerating the discourse of this dirty think..

The National Education Policy 2020- An overview-III

Dr N Ranjana DeviContd from prev issue5.    Student Activity and Participation- Students will be given plenty of opportunities for participation in sports, culture/arts clubs, eco-clubs, activity clubs, community service projects, etc. All ..

The National Education Policy 2020- An overview-III

Higher Education significantly contributes towards sustainable livelihoods and economic development. As India moves towards becoming a global knowlegde superpower, more young Indians will be attracted to aspire for higher education...

Sleep, consciousness and human behaviour

We commonly associate reality with consciousness. This is our psychological condition when we are awake. It is the state of awareness created by the input of information from our eyes, ears and other senses into the brain’s cerebral cortex...