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Policy reforms for sustainable agriculture in post COVID era

The ongoing health crisis around COVID19 has affected all walks of life. Protecting lives of people suffering from the disease as well as frontline health responders have been the priority of nations...

Hope, humanity and leadership: A story

Today my heart is pleased and joyful undeterred by the woes of Covid-19 crisis, and hectic relief work I engaged in. The story I witnessed today was heartwarming and enlightening...

The open love letter

Love is a ‘will’ not a ‘consequence.’ Love is respect, love is loving the way you love the person. Someone once told me, ‘love yourself for that’s very important.’ It’s not as easy as it sounds but not as weak as it seems...

Social media and COVID-19 in Manipur

The role of media during disaster or pandemic is to educate the people, transmit information about the affected areas and to facilitate discussions about the preparedness of the disaster. Considering the present scenario,nationwide ..

Quarantine centre competition

Manipur is making history again by running a tacit "Competition for the best Quarantine centre ". An undisclosed competition is going on among the leaders vis-a -vis their quarantine centres...

Entrepreneurial life: Succeed or succumb

With hope but anxiety and courage but lots of self-doubt, few people take a leap of faith to start their own business. These could be for-profit companies, private limited firms or not for profits, social enterprises as they are fashionably..

No, China will not conquer the world

Indians readily associate the term 'military offensive' with China. Think of the border war of 1962, or, as we speak, of the Galwan Valley incursion in Ladakh. On the other hand, we do not associate the term 'charm offensive'..

Career in Agriculture

The recent lock down has proved that we can live without luxury items or goods but we cannot live without basic needs which include food items. When lock down started there was much question related to food supply ..

Year of courage and compassion:First anniversary of Modi 2.0

30th May, 2020 marks the completion of one year of Narendra Modi Govt. 2.0 which took office on 30th May, 2019. The emergence of Narendra Modi as a popular leader of global stature marks an extraordinary milestone..

Blue paradox

The Blue Paradox is not like philosophical paradoxes that we come across in life like paradox of choices, happiness paradox and others but more in line with my article in TSE seven years back titled the Conservation Paradox ..

Horn on the wall

The tribals of the North-Eastern Indians were natural hunters. Though some tribes were known to hunt heads, some tribes restricted their hunt to animals. The pride of a tribal man who has hunted a lion, tiger, or Mithun..

COVID-19 – Learning to live with it!

Covid-19, I humbly bow before Thee! My Lord, you are the Almighty! You are omnipotent and omnipresent! Yes, you are invisible to our mortal eyes but yet so mighty; and you are also present everywhere – in dust and in pillar ..

Thoughts random: In times of coronavirus-V

Good Morning Manipur, Here's this quote dedicating to all the stake holders in the global fight against Covid-19: "Thousands upon thousands of people have studied disease. Almost no one has studied health " --Adelle Davis..

Childline Thoubal, frontlines during COVID 19 lockdown

The global pandemic of COVID 19 is a testing time for the child activist who are working in the CHILDLINE. Lockdown are the days where everyone is obliged to stay back home for safety to fight against the disease...

How to prevent summer breakouts

Wondering why your skin is breaking out in Summers? If you struggle with acne, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, it is the most common skin problem in India. ..

Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan & economic assistance package to kickstart the economy

Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, addressed the nation at 8.00 PM of the 12th May, 2020 to announce a much-anticipated economic package to ignite the economy, which went into a slumber since the 25th March, 2020..

Ideal Democracies

Jacinda Ardern. New Zealand Prime minister. Just like an "ordinary" citizen("VIP" is a dirty word in ideal democracies; "VIP" culture thrives only in class-based feudal societies)..

Traditional ecological knowledge in Meitei community: Myth and relevance

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”..

COVID-19 pandemic: A new way to look at our education

v) Covid-19 pandemic has also taught us that everyone must cooperate in order to overcome the heinous disease itself. So, our education needs to stress on cooperative learning. Learning is all about sharing...

Proposed tourist park in Chivu (Behiang) needs a rethink

In recent years Chivu - a lake in Tonjang village, in south - Manipur is in news and discussion amongst the population inhabiting the area. Not for it being an important place in the pre-independence era, but this time for other reasons. ..

Continuing woes of people in the Green Zone of Manipur

The lockdown has been eased across the country. The districts have been categorized in red, orange and green zones. Though there has been easing of restrictions in the so-called orange and green zones, these relaxations are ..

Viral shedding - Corona virus

We all join our hands for a common cause, a fight between man and microorganisms. I chose this topic because natural history of an organism would give us the origin and epidemiology of the disease, not forgetting the acute management...

COVID-19 pandemic: A new way to look at our education

Introduction: Coronavirus disease also known as Covid-19 virus is one of the deadliest diseases of the century. It has taken the world by surprise and even the first world countries with all their preparedness found themselves ..

Imphal City converted into containment zone (Total Curfew)

The ensuing "lockdown" has been extended in the State of Manipur up to 31/05/2020 as per the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India order no 40-3/2020 DM-1 (A) dated 17/05/2020 and Home Department Government ..

‘Fir Muskurayega India’ - India will smile again

We all watch the news and see the dark side of Covid -19, which includes devastating numbers of positive cases and deaths, financial struggles, disturbing scenes of migrants and more. This is a strange and even scary time that we ..

Another craziness from my pen

Expectation drives you high but reality never fails to hit you back hard, curiosity makes you try but it makes you get tired fast too. I know, “Honesty is the best policy,” also don’t forget that, “Honesty is the worst privacy.”..

Keep returnees in quarantine centres for 14 days, test twice

Heaven will not fall upon Manipur with 23 active Nobel Corona, important is to keep returnees in quarantine centres for 14 days and test twice as per ICMR guidelines...

COVID Saab & Brain Gain

Reverse brain drain is a kind of brain drain where human capital moves in reverse direction that is from more developed regions to less developed areas. In pandemic paradigm reverse brain drain is happening almost ..

Recalling minds during pandemic

The tiny virus, called Corona has become so powerful that it has caused COVID-19, pandemic. The word “pandemic” comes from the Greek word “pandemos,” which means everybody. “Pan” meaning everyone, “demos,” which means population. ..

Share market as career options

COVID 19 pandemic has directly impacted our education and also jobs. At present academic institutions are closes and people are returning from outside to their own states. Many young people from different states of North East..

Uncertainty of return of migrant workers in COVID-19 pandemic

ILO (2020) has said that the novel Covid-19 pandemic has increasingly resulted to job losses that risk losing livelihoods. The World Bank (2020) has added that the economic uncertainty induced by the pandemic is massive..

African Swine Fever

African swine fever (ASF) is a highly infectious deadly disease of pigs-domestic and wild alike, affecting all ages. Just by the name the disease can be confused with the Classical Swine fever prevalent in the region from before..

Fancy water-travel on Chandra-Nadi inside Manipur University: Potentials and scope

(iv) More attraction can be provided if the University develops a decorated park and a children park with modern amenities near the Centenary Hall...

For the love of ultra running

60 kms Trail Ultra Marathon Race in Progress at a Hill Station.... 32-33 kms completed... a.k.a ‘Hit the Wall’ Mark..

Summer fruits for a glowing skin

Has your skin lost its sheen? Rather than lathering too many creams and cosmetics on it, all you have to do is head to your closest fruit mart. Eat local, in-season fruits. Their nutrients are at their peak in the summer. ..

Soil conservation and soil degradation

Conservation measures and technology: Measures of soil management designed to reduce the effects of accelerated erosion have been known in both the Western world and in the Far East since long before the beginning of the ..

Fancy water-travel on Chandra-Nadi inside Manipur University: Potentials and scope

Chandra-Nadi is the name of the channel, constructed, developed during the reign of Rajashri Bhagyachandra during 1780-1798 AD at Langthabal (Canchipur) by joining the Leishang-Hiden with Mera-khong and Lilha-khong ..

Issues related to Manipuri nurses in Kolkata

1. At Kolkata, there are approximately 1200 nurses working in different hospitals and health service providers. They are part of the total approximately 3500 Manipuri people at Kolkata...

Slim’s cottage

All of us have heard of battle of Trafalgar and Trafalgar square has been constructed in memory of that that is the centrum of the central London, a very popular place just in front of Buckingham Palace premises...

Soil conservation and soil degradation

The practice of arresting or minimizing artificially accelerating soil deterioration is called soil conservation. Its importance has grown because cultivation of soils for agricultural production, deforestation and forest cutting, ..

COVID-19 emergency response – some observations

Even as the state had experienced crisis and emergencies, man-made or natural calamity, the current COVID-19 emergency is the first of its kind the state is encountering in terms of its form, scale or magnitude...

India and China top hot spots of antimicrobial resistance in animals

Asian giants China and India must take immediate steps to preserve antibiotics essential for human medicine by restricting their use in the livestock industry, recommends an author of a new study on antimicrobial resistance (AMR)...

COVID-19 : Stronger universal public health services, not privatization, will deliver #HealthForAll

When the world has come to a grinding halt due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and it is majorly the public health services that are on the frontline of the efforts to contain it (with most of the private health industry..

Investing in your body during this lockdown?

When I came home in late February, everything was normal. People were going to work as usual, kids were staying at home. Because of school holidays and not because of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Gandhi's talisman is best guiding light to reform public health

Dr Sandeep Pandey, Shobha Shukla, Bobby RamakantMahatma Gandhi's talisman is perhaps the best guiding light to reform the public health system in the wake of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic: "I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, ..

Comprehensive economic package: A transformational moment

Abhishek DayalWe have witnessed for the last few days the presentation of a comprehensive economic reforms - five days of briefing by the Finance Minister that covered in great detail an economic package covering almost all aspects of national economic li..

Sustainable development after COVID–19 crisis: An urgent call for the youth of India

 Sweta William ParmarSustainability, especially in the context of India, needs more attention especially after COVID-19. As the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) has shaken up the whole world through its widespread; the youth have stepped forward show-ca..

Leadership is about tackling adversity and also looking beyond it

A crisis tests the top leadership of a country in more ways than one. First, when a crisis arrives, immediate response is crucial. The early detection of the COVID-19 threat as well as an alert, decisive response to it by Prime Minister..

COVID-19 knocks our education system

The course of learning and the way curriculums taught may change. Learning in schools will have a new purpose, and it will be a major deviation from the information-focused education of today. Learning is the acquisition of knowledge..

You only fear what’s possible

If you prepare yourself to meet your fear then you will overcome it, but if you walk unprepared then it will traumatize you for the rest of your life. Little did I know about this until the moment I pen this down for how important ..

COVID-19 should not be a reason to hate our loved ones

Discriminated, scared, jobless, lock-downed, masked, broke, depressed, homesick, and missing their loved ones they board the trains onward their homes; a place they left not by choice but by circumstances- to earn and support ..

Home sweet home vis-à-vis the lockdown exodus

The global infamous COVID-19 has gripped humanity with two extraordinary sufferings: while some people suffer from the ordeals of the pandemic, others the orders of the lockdowns. ..

Make in Manipur, try yu

The world is increasingly circumscribed. Due to Corona pandemic international trade is doomed. Global business has failed miserably.Import - export has gone down the drains.That is the reason why our leaders have started talking about self reliance and self sufficiency etc...

Social advocacy as career choice

Lock down and corona are buzzing words since last two months. It is bringing more questions than answers in front of us. People are confused and not sure what will happen. In this context none of us can easily think of new jobs or employment..

COVID-19 knocks our education system

People around the world develop a different opinion of the COVID-19 pandemic, which means they face varying challenges, from overwhelmed health care systems to growing economic despair. ..

Ugly side of lockdown during COVID-19 pandemic

“Globally, 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence by any perpetrator in their lifetime. Most of this is intimate partner violence… ..

Looking after the vulnerable: Key to preventing spread of COVID-19

Several beneficiaries are recounting their experience of how the PMGKY has become their lifeline. W. Nikita of Khongnang Makhong, Imphal East District received 5kgs of rice each for her 6 members of family totalling to 30 kgs..

COVID-19 and ecology, environment & sustainable development in Manipur

COVID 19, SARS, Swine Flu etc. has thrown challenges to the present development models where (1) strategy is not effecting sufficiently towards the protection of environment to maintain sustainable development which leads..

Thoughts random: In times of coronavirus - IV

Good Morning Manipur, "Coronavirus 'may never go away ', could become an endemic ", says WHO. From Pandemic to Endemic!!..

Flowers that symbolize beauty

Flowers are best known for their spellbinding aroma, color, beauty, or fragrance. In many cultures across the world, flowers are considered the best natural ingredients to experience soft, smooth, and fair skin due to their potent healing properties...

Looking after the vulnerable: Key to preventing spread of COVID-19

It is now more than one and half months after strategic lockdown was announced to contain the spread of highly contagious Covid19 virus. It can be said with some confidence that Manipur has been successful in preventing..

Unattended struggle of Phige Weavers during COVID -19 lockdown

The traditional wrap-around (phanek) of a Meitei lady are multiple in types. Depending upon the materialsbeing used, patterns and embroidery, it is classified into varieties. ..

Foreign Nationals stranded in the Northeast of India

The Government of India has facilitated the return of Indian citizens stranded in other countries by sending repatriation flights abroad. Foreign nationals, NRIs and visa holders stranded in India have been able to book tickets..

DBT and free foodgrain - ensuring economic security of the poor

To ensure availability of foodgrain, specially rice, across the States, PDS rice under National Food Security Act (NFSA), Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) and Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS)..

Is global warming natural or man made ?

Global Warming is a topic of debate among the scientific community worldwide since long time. It is perhaps the most talked about topic of this century until COVID-19 emerged recently. ..

Emotional reverberations during COVID-19 trying times in Manipur

WHO Chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced saying that the world must be prepared for Pandemic on 25th of February 2020. COVID-19 soon spread far and wide and developed countries started facing heavy death ..

A view of the Thames

(Thames has become a very special river for me now, it will have a special place in my heart, for the hours and hours I spent in the parks on its banks during long days of lockdown, not a few but for many days I spent here, ..

DBT and free foodgrain - ensuring economic security of the poor

When the strategic Nationwide lockdown was announced to combat the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, PMGKY (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana), a weapon in the form of a relief package was also announced almost ..

Some ideas to improve the economy of Manipur

Oinam Nabakishore Singh, IAS (retd)One of the key indicators to measure the economic well-being of a state is its net state domestic product (state gross domestic product minus depreciation on capital goods of the state) per capita, which will be written ..

International Nurses Day

Th Nandarani DeviHistory: The Nurses day was first proposed and proclaimed by Dorothy Sutherland, an official in the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, in the year 1953. It was only since 1965 the International Council of Nurses (ICN) commemo..