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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Manipur had been a Union Territory from 1956 and a full-fledged state from 1972. Manipuri was recognized as a national language in 1992. The State is bounded by Nagaland in the north, Mizoram in the south, Upper Myanmar in the east and Cachar district of Assam in the west.


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Called a ‘Jewel of India’ by Jawaharlal Nehru, Manipur lies in the shadows of hills. The picturesque Manipur valley dotted with gleaming lakes is famous for a variety or orchids. Manipuri dance is world famous. So also her exquisite handicrafts.

Handloom is the biggest industry. There are 300 thousand spindles and an equal number of persons employed in the industry. Manipur is the first state to introduce Oak Tasar Industry. In the hill area there are 75 Tasar Farms. Mulberry rearing in traditional ways is another activity.

The important tourist centers in the state are Imphal, the capital and center of all cultural and commercial activities adorned with two War Cemeteries maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Govindajee Temple, Women bazaar, etc. Besides, the Bishnu temple at Bishnupur built in 1467 A.D., the Loktak lake, the biggest fresh water lake in eastern India, Keibul Lamjao, the floating national park in the world, the Orchid Yard at Khongampat, etc. are also quite attractive.


Media organisations in Manipur face frequent interference from insurgent groups but they do not compromise on ethics. (Press Under Pressure, Frontline, Iboyaima Laithangbam, Nov 07, 2007)

The report of the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), released in the second week of October, has immense significance for policymakers in health, nutrition, education and gender issues. (Plight Of Women And Children, Frontline, T.K. RAJALAKSHMI, Nov 07, 2007)

The Rs 727-crore Jiribam-Toupul Railway Project — Manipur’s first rail link with the rest of the country — has come under the shadow of an NSCN (I-M) diktat that orders all work be ceased on the project. (Nscn (I-M) Diktat Bans Manipur’S First Rail Link Project, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

Militants freed three engineers of the Manipur public health engineering department unharmed shortly after midnight last night with both sides claiming that no money had changed hands. (Manipur Militants Free Engineers , Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 31, 2007)

October 26 marks the first anniversary of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. The law was conceived as a civil law as distinct from the existing criminal law: Section 498A IPC. It was often said that criminal law had no space for . . . . (Family Against Woman, Indian Express, Indira Jaising, Oct 26, 2007)

The women's market in Manipur shows that the need and search for livelihood is not only for the income. (A Feminist Mart- Women's Empowerment , Hindu, Devaki Jain , Oct 26, 2007)

A month after South Bengal virtually revolted against the engineered shortage of supplies in rationing outlets, the Politburo's statement is a masterpiece of obfuscation. In trying to come to the aid of a beleaguered government . . . . . (Semantic Quibbling , Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 25, 2007)

A month after South Bengal virtually revolted against the engineered shortage of supplies in rationing outlets, the Politburo's statement is a masterpiece of obfuscation. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Oct 25, 2007)

NFHS has put the prevalence rate in Tamil Nadu at 0.375 per cent Number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births has dropped from 68 during the first NFHS to 31 90 per cent of all deliveries in the State are conducted in institutions (Tamil Nadu Removed From List Of Hiv High Prevalence States , Hindu, Ramya Kannan , Oct 25, 2007)

THE number of infants who die before they complete one year in Punjab is disturbingly high at 44 per 1,000 births. (Murder Of Infants, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Oct 25, 2007)

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University on Tuesday signed an agreement with global seed major Monsanto for developing a GM papaya seed, resistant to Ring Spot Virus (RSV). (Tamil Nadu, Monsanto Ink Deal To Develop Gm Papaya Seed, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 24, 2007)

Yet another monsoon is over and, with that, yet another test for the prediction skill of the statistical long-range forecast (LRF) model of the India Meteorological Department (IMD); this time it was a new model with a new methodology (Frontline, June 1). (Cloud Of Mystery, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Oct 24, 2007)

Annoyed with Bangladesh’s failure to take action against terror groups acting out of its soil, the Government is seriously considering the use of trade-related measures to extract some deliverables from the current regime in Dhaka. (India May Use Trade To Make Bangla Act On Terror, Indian Express, VIKAS DHOOT, Oct 17, 2007)

India needs to overtly engage the junta and cultivate contact with pro-democracy forces. (Dealing With The Yangon Junta , Deccan Herald, Bidanda M Chengappa, Oct 16, 2007)

After hectic advocacy by Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Burma Campaign, UK, British MPs John Bercow and Baroness Caroline Cox met a Chin group on the India-Myanmar border last month, while Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged an emergenc. . . (Upa Shrewd On Suu Kyi, Pioneer, Sandhya Jain, Oct 16, 2007)

Six persons, including a woman, were seriously injured in a bomb blast at Gandacherra town in Dhalai district of Tripura on Sunday. (Six Injured In Tripura Blast, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 15, 2007)

For India, Myanmar represents an inconvenient truth. India is today grappling with the contradictions of an ‘internal matter’ having obvious ripple effects for the region. (In Myanmar, Missing The Big Picture, Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Oct 15, 2007)

The Gauhati High Court has ordered the paramilitary Assam Rifles (AR) to immediately release Ali, who has been in detention under the Army Act since January 16 last. (Hc Orders Release Of 'Mutinous' Soldier , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 15, 2007)

There is little doubt that Burma is a failed state with whom the Indian policy of engagement has reached a dead end. Yet, India has an underbelly too -- its troubled North-East and energy scarcity (India Has Compulsions Galore, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Oct 13, 2007)

When starting a car, the driver never has a view of what lies just an inch ahead of the front wheel. India's 'Look East' policy is something like that -- we don't have a clear policy on Burma, but we have plans all the way up to glitzy Singapore. (Burma Quagmire , Pioneer, Bibhu Prasad Routray, Oct 13, 2007)


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