Manipur Current Affairs

Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad takes charge of Chief Justice of Manipur HC

The senior-most Judge of the Manipur High Court Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad has assumed charge of the Chief Justice of the High Court.

He succeeded Justice Laxmi Kanta Mohapatra who has relinquished the charge of office.

Earlier in February 2016, President Pranab Mukherjee had transferred Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad from Jharkhand High Court to Manipur High Court in exercise of his powers conferred to him by Article 222 of the Constitution of India.

About Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad

  • Born on 1 July, 1955. He had completed his schooling and graduation from Bihar. He had obtained his LL.B. Degree from Patna Law College, Patna.
  • He had enrolled as an Advocate in Bihar State Bar Council, Patna in 1980 and practiced in the area of Criminal, Civil and Writ matter at Patna High Court, Patna.
  • He joined as Additional District Judge into Superior Judicial Service in 1991 and was promoted to the post of District Judge in 2001.
  • He had joined as Registrar General, High Court of Jharkhand, Ranchi in June, 2001 and later was elevated to the post of High Court Judge in February, 2006.

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Sajibu Cheiraoba festival celebrated in Manipur with religious fervor

The traditional festival of Sajibu Cheiraoba was celebrated in Manipur to mark the beginning of a new year with cultural gusto and religious fervor.

The festival is mainly observed on the first lunar day of the lunar month Sajibu (March/April) by the Meiteis community, a majority ethnic group of Manipur.

Celebrations

On the occasion of Sajibu Cheiraoba, People clean and decorate their houses and arrange joint family feast. Traditional cuisines are offered to local deities at the entrance gates of the houses.

After meals, people start climbing nearby hills in the afternoon to offer prayers. Thabal Chongba, a local folk dance is also being organized at different locations of Manipur valley.

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Green Indian Mission plans approved for 4 states

Union Environment Ministry has approved annual plans of National Mission for Green India (GIM) of four states viz. Kerala, Mizoram, Manipur and Jharkhand.

In this regard, National Executive Council (NEC) has approved the Perspective Plans (PP) and Annual Plan of Operations (APOs) of GIM submitted by 4 states.

Key facts

  • The approval has been granted for alternative energy devices such as biogas, LPG, solar devices, biomass-based systems and improved stoves.
  • These devices in turn will help to reduce pressure on forests and provide carbon emission benefits, along with health and other associated benefits.
  • It will cover around 27,032 households from these 4 states for financial year 2015-16.
  • Financial support: PP of all four states has total financial outlay of 90,202.68 lakh rupees for a plan period of five to ten years. While, APOs of 11,195.32 lakh rupees for same period.
  • Forest and non-forest area: It will be taken up in the 4 states under GIM during the total plan period will be 1, 08,335 hectares. Out of it, 81,939 hectares will help in improving the density of existing forests and 16, 396 hectares in new areas.

About National Mission for Green India (GIM)

  • GIM is one of the 8key Missions outlined under National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).
  • It aims at protecting, enhancing and restoring India’s decreasing forest cover and responding to climate change by a combination of mitigation and adaptation measures.
  • The mission acknowledges the influence forests on environmental amelioration through climate change mitigation, water security, food security, biodiversity conservation and livelihood security of forest-dependent communities.
  • It hinges on decentralized participatory approach by involving grass root level communities and organizations in decision making, planning, implementation and monitoring.

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