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Few tips for farmers on using pesticides in crop fields

Chemical pesticides are an integral part of modern agriculture. Pesticides are mainly used to control the harmful insect-pests, mites, weeds, rodents and diseases of crops. However, often these are applied in overdose by farmers..

Irang : A bridge not too far

There are few important bridges en-route Imphal-Jiribam on NH 37 (erstwhile NH 53); some are Irang, Makru, Barak and others...

Understanding the works of Independent filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar

You should work with an editor who knows all the process of post-production not just the editing skill. After editing the file has to be send for colour correction, simultaneously the sound work will also have to be initiated and another..

Career option in jewellery designing

There are occasions when we use different charming products. One of the attractive and charming products is different jewellery. It is one such thing that charms all of us. It has been part and partial of our lives since ages...

My memories of Imphal from 1941- Part 7

I have been writing this memoir, partly as a therapeutic tool in my doldrums from this pandemic. I have so far gathered my individual testimony albeit rather inconsistently, from those gleeful days that have worked their way..

Gender sensitization with law may prove to be good for women

Gender inequality is a long term problem in our society even today women are discriminated against in many ways. In India's social context, women are legally entitled to equal rights, but there is a great need to sensitize society..

Apathy makes MPSC immune to accountability

The verdict of the Hon’ble High Court of Manipur dated 18.10.2019 came down heavily on the Manipur Public Service Commission for failing to perform its duty, and instead conducting namesake exams using half baked rules...

Cut off and castigated

Down the decades, people have frequently encountered obstacles for social media access Manipur. Even journalists and media houses have been muzzled. Taking that into account and conducting multiple interviews with a cross-section..

Education and employment

Education is all round development of a person. In India it evolved from the ancient period known as the Gurukula system. In this system, students live with the guru (teacher) in the same house. It was a close association between students and guru..

US elections vs Bihar polls: Are all social media users created equal ?

The 2020 United States elections are now over, as is the 2020 Bihar Legislative Assembly election. To protect the integrity of the US elections, the big platform companies announced a range of initiatives. ..

Assam-Mizoram inter State border dispute : An overview

Much has been said and written on the inter-State border stand-off between Assam and Mizoram arising out of the claims and counter-claims on the boundary between the two States. My attempt here is not to sit on judgment..

Marriage rituals of the Tais of Southeast Asia : A study

The sealing of the marriage traditionally consists of a ceremonial exchange of betel between the two young people, the presentation of the bride price and its acceptance in the presence of the witnesses...

'International support' keeping Rohingya from taking up arms

China had been the biggest foreign investor in Myanmar from 1989 through 2011, according to the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations (MIFER). While Singapore narrowly outperformed China in terms..

Lung Cancer : Most common cancer worldwide

Worldwide Lung Cancer remains the most common cancer diagnosed and the number one killer amongst cancer. Nearly 21 lakh new Lung Cancer were diagnosed in 2018, with nearly 18 lakh deaths, which represents close to 1 to 5 cancer deaths...

The one ticket to possibilities

The clearest and the cleanest glass serves you a hinder-less, boundary-less visionary experience but seeing through ain’t pleasing as getting through. Life makes you see through things but never allows you to get through things..

Marriage rituals of the Tais of Southeast Asia : A study

1. Introduction The turning points in the life cycle of an individual are the critical transitions of birth, marriage and death. These rites of passage, as Van Gennep called them, are practiced universally though their number and stages of life ..

'International support' keeping Rohingya from taking up arms

The religious fault lines between Myanmar's Buddhist majority and Rohingya Muslims will worsen after the country’s federal election on 8 November, say experts, highlighting the anti-Rohingya attitude..

Bond is dead, long live James

I have a bad habit of listening to or watching BBC news in the late evening or midnight when the world starts snoring.A news stunned me when the news reader said, Sir Sean Connery is no more, he passed away..

Morning walk wisdom

“One day, your heart will stop beating and none of your fears will matter. What will matter is how you lived”- Henri Junttila..

Being vegetarian is hope for a brighter future

You can reduce your food-related carbon footprint by up to 50% if you are vegetarian and vegan. Animal farming is destroying our environment. It causes up to 91% of Amazon deforestation. Growing vegetarian food uses 50% less ..

One Rank One Pension (OROP)

The Govt. had taken a historic decision on November 7 2015 to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP) –fulfilling the long standing demand of the Ex-Servicemen – despite the huge financial burden this decision has put on the defence budget...

Disaster risk reduction as career

We are aware of disasters which may be natural or even by human beings. Disaster is a serious disruption occurring over a short or long period of time that causes widespread human, material, economic or environmental loss..

Biden marching with purposeful strides, knocking at the White House doors

Four days and counting – in one the world’s largest democracies, the United States– it is a fascinating race for Presidency that seems more likely to have a winner soon. ..

Being vegetarian is hope for a brighter future

The COVID-2019, the dreaded global pandemic is confirmed to have originated in a market in Wuhan, China that sold live and dead wild animals which people ate for food, improved health and vitality. Now, the virus is claimed to ..

Fix it or be as it is

How do you feel when the weather is nice and clear ? I’m sure you feel happy and refreshed like all do. When I was around 8 years old, I really loved to watch snow filled landscapes over the TV, no doubt - I still do. ..

Inclusivity of Meitei society and arrival of Thadou Kukis-Part 1

The Sootie Kookies again committed a number of atrocities on the frontier, but it was observed that a considerable number of them came to Manipur and took up cultivation there (Mackenzie, p206). However, the raid by Soktes..

Can E-government curb corruption?

We live in a world where almost everything is literally within the palm of our hands. Digital advancement has reached its peak during the 21st century. Technology and Artificial Intelligence are already a part of our everyday ..

Beauty tips for the perfect Diwali look

Diwali is just around the corner ! What better time than now to make sure you shine your brightest. The run-up to Diwali is just a few days away and our preparations in terms of gifts, diyas and sweets are already rolling...

Inclusivity of Meitei society and arrival of Thadou Kukis-Part 1

After the death of Garibaniwaza and consequent quarrels among his successors, Manipur ceased to be a strong power and the centre of political gravity in the region (Gangmumei, p312)...

Conflict situation and hostile investment atmosphere : A challenge of Manipur

We live to-day for to-morrow with yesterday’s ideas which may prove irrelevant to the fast changing socio-economic conditions. People particularly political pandits, make different interpretations of the historical ..

Inclusivity of Meitei society and arrival of Thadou Kukis-Part 1

The Meiteis believed in their proverb “Puminaba yangbani and chaminaba haobani” meaning “We share the load, it becomes lighter and we share the food, it makes it testier” and welcomed many immigrants in the erstwhile ..

Devil inside my head

At times, the student used to get stuck with some word which are violent like death, rape, brutal etc. and she has to either cut those word repeatedly and replace it by a softer synonym or completely escape it even though, the answer..

My memories of Imphal from 1941-Part 6

Manipur remained wedged between India and Burma, tightly cloistered like a convent by nine majestic tree lined mountain ranges with their peaks dipping in the white cloud. It was under British suzerainty only for 56 years..

Devil inside my head

Most often, when people think of obsessive compulsive behaviour, they primarily imagine the most widely known and common form of OCD which is usually characterized by visible form of compulsive rituals which includes ..

Dresses and ornaments of the natives of NE India : The TRC people

To avoid such awakened scene as loosening or falling of loin cloth, Pheisoi, the TRC woman put on a belt around the waist...

Dresses and ornaments of the natives of NE India : The TRC people

Dr Budha KameiThe Tingkao Ragwang Chapriak people are one of the natives of North East India. Like other natives of North East India, the TRC people also knew the art weaving since early times. A reference is made to the myth that in their pre-historic mi..

US 2020 election: Democrats vs Republicans- who is a better fit for India ?

Grace Ching TouthangContd from previous issueIt has to be noted that at different periods of history, both Democrat and Republican leaders have experienced problems and difficulties in dealing with India, but past reports show that the Republican administ..

Can indigenous people of Manipur co-exist ?

Fr Paul Lelen HaokipContd from previous issueAt the same time, indigenous trait like coexistence is taking political landscape and highly influenced by economic dividends. This value-erosion is a challenge to indigenous culture.Religion as a Mask“Lo..

Champu-Khangpok : Womenfolk pledge to protect Loktak’s ecology

Folklores and legend narrate stories about how the Meitei evolutionary myth is laden with values of wetlands and water bodies. Stories signifying fishing as a life routine depicts how a self-sustained economy was supported..

Choices : Within or without ?

If life was a game of choices then it would have been much easier, for all you need to be is being wise to choose wisely. But what about those times when life gives you no choices, just a blank space ? ..

US 2020 election: Democrats vs Republicans- who is a better fit for India ?

Historically speaking, Indo-US relations had somewhat a rough start and the present friendly relations was not without some hiccups here and there along the way. ..

Can indigenous people of Manipur co-exist ?

Introduction The broad classification of people into the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) and General Category community are measures of the Government of India. ..

Behind China’s threat to support insurgency in India Beijing's suggestion it may support ‘secessionist’ forces in India would mean revitalizing historic links with Naga rebels

Behind China’s threat to support insurgency in India Beijing's suggestion it may support ‘secessionist’ forces in India would mean revitalizing historic links with Naga rebels..

Manipur comes first any day

One NGO headed by Shri K Kasturiranjan, former ISRO Chairman has published its annual report highlighting the performances of the States and UTs based on an overall index in terms of sustainable development...

Law of duality

All phenomenon in nature follow the law of duality. The law of duality means that two exact opposite results derive out of a same thing. The nature teaches us that following each sunrise is a sunset. After each day there is a night..

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

Meet people outside. Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor ones, particularly if indoor spaces are small and without outdoor air coming in...

Can India achieve a $ 5 trillion economy by 2024 ? Prime Minister Modi believes India can

Positive motivational speakers have always held that thinking big always has its advantages. So, if one aimed for the moon, as an American businessman and an advocate of positive mental attitude, William Clement Stone stated, one may miss the target, but one may hit a star...

Importance of early detection and treatment in breast cancer

Breast cancer has emerged as the most common type of cancer in women worldwide as well as in our country. Breast cancer accounts for 14% of all cancers in Indian women. In major cities, 25 to 32% of all female cancers..

Radio Play : Popular entertainment and social awareness media

To commemorate the Centenary Celebration of the Manipur’s last war of independence, Imphal station broadcast eight plays in 1991 beginning from January and ending on 13th August under the caption Manipurgi Aroiba ..

Economic backwardness of the hills of Manipur : Revenue sharing

Introduction The State of Manipur occupies a total area of 22,327 square kilometers (sq. kms.). Geographically speaking, Manipur is divided into two contrasting landscapes - the fertile Imphal valley area at the centre constituting..

Beauty tips and make-up for Karwa Chauth

With Karwa Chauth right around the corner, it’s time for you to look your best for this special occasion. Karwa Chauth is one of those festivals that is both selfless by nature as well as a great joy to celebrate...

Radio Play : Popular entertainment and social awareness media

Among them Imphal may be producing highest number of plays. Due to the installation of digital recording systems in the studios, recording and editing becomes much more easier now. Quality also is much better. According to 2011 ..

Radio Play : Popular entertainment and social awareness media

Introduction : With the establishment of radio stations in Europe and America, radio plays began to entertain the listening public. Australia and India also followed soon. It is inexpensive in production but it gives the similar..

What I saw from my window ?

We know that we are living a blessed life now after so much of the hard work and struggle for developing our societies and necessities. Just to embark the life we are living today, we have done things with inclusion of inventing..

Nagas and India will remain two separate entities : Thuingaleng Muivah-IX

The readers must have read the news of this interview on October 17 and many would have seen the interview (recorded or live on October 16) of the interview. Nevertheless the full transcript of the interview which is long..

It’s time Muivah and NSCN (I-M) realise that demand for sovereign Nagaland won’t work

The intellectual class loves to listen to the seemingly taciturn, and intrinsically recalcitrant Thuingaleng Muivah, now in his eighties but pugnacious as ever, except that he has nothing new in his repertoire of dialectics..

Ek Bharat Sreshtha Bharat–Taking the legacy of Sardar Patel forward

Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Programme was launched on 31st October on the occasion of 140th birth day anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in 2015. It aims to enhance interaction & promote..

BJP Government : Boon or bane for Ukhrul?

As darkness precedes the dawn of day, sowing before reaping, people of Ukhrul had always anticipated and steadfastly hoped for the last 40 years or so that one day or the other day BJP Government would come to power in the State of Manipur. ..

Nagas and India will remain two separate entities : Thuingaleng Muivah-VIII

The readers must have read the news of this interview on October 17 and many would have seen the interview (recorded or live on October 16) of the interview. Nevertheless the full transcript of the interview which is long..

My memories of Imphal from 1941- Part 5

Dr Mohendra IrengbamIn these wintry days of my life, the fragrant memories of my early life, including those in the college,are utterly beguiling. But I find it really important for us to have testaments to our pristine Sanaleibak and our belonging in it...

Play the Pena ! Mangka Mayanglambam (Artiste of Laihui Ensemble)

“Touheide” we grew up listening to our elders saying it. But have we ever asked why ? For all these long decades, we keep on believing,and somehow it became a sacred word and we keep on following it and at some point, it is scary too. When an ..

Nagas and India will remain two separate entities : Thuingaleng Muivah-VII

The readers must have read the news of this interview on October 17 and many would have seen the interview (recorded or live on October 16) of the interview. Nevertheless the full transcript of the interview which is  long, very long, is being reprod..

Cervical cancer-Role of Human Papilloma virus and screening

Worldwide, Cancer of the Cervix is the 4 th most common cancer and commonest gynaecological cancer in women. It constitutes about 6.6% of all cancers diagnosed in female in 2018, that is about 5.7 lakh and constitutes 7.5%..

Forms of greed

Lately, I have been learning more to respond than to just react. I have always been afraid to tell people how I feel because it will destroy them – really tried hard to bury it deep inside myself where it started destroying me...

Nagas and India will remain two separate entities : Thuingaleng Muivah-VI

The readers must have read the news of this interview on October 17 and many would have seen the interview (recorded or live on October 16) of the interview. Nevertheless the full transcript of the interview which is long,..

Surviving COVID-19 onslaught : My experience

It was in the second week of August 2020 that I first pressed the panic button on Covid-19. Several men in uniform had gotten infected with the coronavirus in my office vicinity, and out of apprehension, I got myself tested...

Alibaba and 35 patriots

When the word 'Alibaba' is uttered , it will trigger two responses ; the present generation will say ,yes we know this MNC led by Jack Ma (now retired ); earlier generation may say, yes we have heard/seen "Alibaba & 40 Thieves"..

Nagas and India will remain two separate entities : Thuingaleng Muivah-V

This chapter will be of immense interest to the people of Manipur as Muivah here talks about the demand for a Nagalim which according to him is the final goal...

Mind, Body, Soul-Let there be imbalance !

It has been raining incessantly for over three days in Imphal now, the weather is beautiful, winter is approaching, the entire scenery seems to exude love and appears romantic. However, no matter how perfect the natural environment ..

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

Are looking after an ill family member. For health workers, medical masks are essential personal protective equipment when engaging with patients with ..

Polls in two important States : A late surge of challenger makes battle for Bihar interesting BJP sitting pretty in Madhya Pradesh

Lakshmana Venkat KuchiTwo important States are having elections – Bihar is electing new Assembly and Madhya Pradesh is undergoing a bunch of by elections to fill vacancies created by the resignation of Congress MLAs that brought the downfall of the ..

Private schools yesterday and today : Contribution of private schools

Fr Hans Igness SDB (Don Bosco Imphal)It is a fact today that the private institutions for the past few decades have taken the educational system to a higher level, adopting technology to the benefit of the students. Needless to say, look at the list of pa..

Nagas and India will remain two separate entities : Thuingaleng Muivah-IV

The readers must have read the news of this interview on October 17 and many would have seen the interview (recorded or live on October 16) of the interview. Nevertheless the full transcript of the interview which is  long, very long, is being reprod..

Give tryst a chance Shrinking biodiversity and environmental degradation

After a long sabbatical of three months, coming back with a vast and complex subject of vanishing florae and faunae. Manipur has been endowed richly by mother nature. Variety of species, rare and common alike, were found ..

Beauty benefits of amla

Ayurvedic gem Amla considered as "Divine Fruit'' in Hindu philosophy is one of the most ancient fruits. The desi superfood rich in vitamin C has been used to provide effective treatment to various diseases like cough, ulcers..

Nagas and India will remain two separate entities : Thuingaleng Muivah-III

The readers must have read the news of this interview on October 17 and many would have seen the interview (recorded or live on October 16) of the interview. Nevertheless the full transcript of the interview which is long..

My memories of Imphal from 1941-Part 4

Manipur may not be the most poetic land in the world. It may not be as captivating as the three snow-capped peaks of Kanchenjunga that turn orange in the glow of the rising sun on most clear mornings. But writing about Manipur’s..

Nagas and India will remain two separate entities : Thuingaleng Muivah-II

The readers must have read the news of this interview on October 17 and many would have seen the interview (recorded or live on October 16) of the interview. Nevertheless the full transcript of the interview which is long..

Solar power plants using the rivers in Manipur

When the sunlight hits the semiconductor surface, an electron springs up and is attracted towards the N-type semiconductor materials. These will create more negatives in the N-type and more positives in the P-type..

Nagas and India will remain two separate entities : Thuingaleng Muivah-I

The readers must have read the news of this interview on October 17 and many would have seen the interview (recorded or live on October 16) of the interview. Nevertheless the full transcript of the interview which is long..

Re-imaging agriculture through the lens of food processing industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the criticality of food security and food surplus management in the current policy space. To this end, policy steps in the agriculture sector in recent years have shifted their orientation..

Building resilience is critical to minimise impact of humanitarian crises

Recovery will require application of a comprehensive approach across the triple nexus through a resilience lens. There are already reports of increase in maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, increase in unmet need for family..

Solar power plants using the rivers in Manipur

With the rapid depletion of fossil fuel reserves, it is feared that the world will soon run out of its energy resources. Energy has an established positive correlation with human population and economic growth. Primary energy ..

On the brink of irrelevance ?

Ninglun HanghalThe neglect of the tribal hill districts in Manipur is obvious. The local self-governance which is purportedly hyped as the base and soul of democracy remains merely on paper. The rural hinterlands and grassroot democracy continues to be ov..

Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Dr Meesha HaorongbamSome of us have had friends who were often disruptive and fidgety in classrooms; the ones who often got in trouble with teachers for their constant interruptions and for failing to do their class assignments in time. They’d talk ..

Building resilience is critical to minimise the impact of humanitarian crises

Shobha Shukla – CNSThe number of people affected and displaced by conflicts and natural disasters has almost doubled over the past decade and continues to rise. Climate crisis is a major driver and amplifier of disaster risks and losses, even as arm..

Let’s talk about career

Career is an individual journey launched through learning, work and other aspects of life. It is used as an occupation or job, trade or profession of a person to earn a living. It can be one job or many jobs. In order to earn one’s living..

Acceptance is happiness

It’s not about bedecking it with flowery words to make it sound eventful but yes falling in love is as confusing as rocket science. Never was I so sure of what goes within and without falling for XYZ. Well ! Don’t get me wrong..

Muhammad Abdur Rahman: His life and works

followed by the entry of the one thousand Muslims from Taraf, in Sylhet in 1606 AD during the reign of Meidingu Khagemba (1597-1652 AD). He also contributed a long and informative chapter on the history and culture of the..

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into..

Change and continuity

When we were children we heard of Naga peace talks and today we are still hearing of Naga peace talks. This is continuity. Earlier we heard of Mr Phizo these days we hear about Mr Muivah. This is the change. ..

When to visit a doctor in stroke

The world is crippled by COVID-19, the whole world is reeling under its impact. Many are avoiding hospital visits due to fear of COVID-19 and rightly so. Some of the mild, common diseases..

Pledging to build an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ amidst COVID-19 pandemic

At a time when the whole world is battling the deadly coronavirus pandemic, India seems determined to head towards a self-sufficient and self-reliant economy with new goals and missions with a vision that is taking shape..

Theory of exclusion in decision making

When in life, solutions don’t seem obvious and there is a dichotomy in mind as to what to choose and decide, a prudent way of solving problems is to try the principle of exclusion. ..

All eyes on Covid-19 vaccine to rev up pandemic-hit economy

Now it is official – our economy is performing worse than anticipated earlier, going by the negative growth forecast, a decline of GDP by close to 10 per cent for the current financial year. While a few international bodies have forecast a longer time for the country to revive..

Muhammad Abdur Rahman: His life and works

Muhammad Abdur Rahman Khutheibam, one of the most prolific and respected Manipuri Muslim literary figures in Manipur, passed away on September 11, 2020 at the age of 85...

My Covid story : We were positive and we didn’t know from where

Hence, I asked my sister who lives in Australia to check with her country’s coronavirus helpline. And as I had suspected, we were to isolate ourselves from each other as well, simply because we could be at different levels ..

Shyam, Your Life, Is Sundarful

I won’t say the mundane words in your demise. That we love you; that we miss you; that we cry when you are gone; that we feel a loss – these are words reserved for ordinary mortals, not meant for you. These are words supposed to ..

Food for beauty

“Do I look my age?” Most of us want to prevent ageing, reverse ageing, or just age gracefully. All of us want beautiful, glowing, radiant and shining skin, hair. We spend literally thousands of our hard-earned money on skin..

My Covid story : We were positive and we didn’t know from where

The situation around us is quite funny. Most of us have started behaving as if the new normal is nothing but the normal that we have always known. More and more people have started going out and many are unapologetic about not ..