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India’s first floating elementary school inaugurated on Manipur’s Loktak Lake

India’s first floating elementary school named Loktak Elementary Floating School was inaugurated at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok floating village on Loktak Lake in Manipur.

The first of its kind school aims to provide education to drop outs students as well as illiterate adults. Currently it will provide education to around 40 children from Class I-III by engaging two local teachers.

It was opened under the initiative undertaken by All Loktak Lake Fisherman’s Union with the support of an NGO People Resources Development Association (PRDA). 

Background

The school was established to arrest the sudden high dropout rate of children living in the Champu Khangpok floating villages who were rendered homeless due to the recent evacuation of phumdis. More than 700 floating huts were removed by Loktak Development Authority as part of clearing encroachment in the lake under the Loktak Lake (Protection) Act 2006. It had resulted in displacement of the fishing community and their children who were forced to discontinue their education.

About Loktak lake

  • Loktak lake is the largest freshwater lake in northeast India. It is referred as the lifeline of Manipur and plays an important role in the economy of Manipur.
  • The ancient lake is famous for the phumdis (also known as “phumshongs”), the heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil and organic matter at various stages of decomposition floating over it.
  • It serves as a source of water for irrigation, drinking water supply and hydropower generation for the local people. It is also a source of livelihood for the rural fisherman.
  • Keibul Lamjao National Park is one of Phumdis in the lake. It is only floating national park in world and is last natural refuge of endangered Sangai deer.
  • It was designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1990. Later it was also listed under the Montreux Record in 1993.
  • It is also an Important Bird Area as it’s a potential breeding site for waterfowl and is a staging site for migratory birds. In recent times human activity has led to severe pressure on the lake ecosystem.

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Noted Manipur based historian Gangmumei Kamei passes away

Noted Manipur-based historian, litterateur and scholar Gangmumei Kamei passed away in Imphal following protracted illness. He was 77.

Kamei was currently a member of the North Eastern Council (NEC). Earlier, he had served as a minister in Manipur on two occasions.

About Gangmumei Kamei

  • Gangmumei Kamei was born on October 21, 1939 in Imphal. He was specialised in the history of the North-eastern region, and more particularly of Manipur.
  • He hailed from the Zeliangrong community which is spread across Manipur, Assam and Nagaland.
  • Academic Life: He had served as a professor of History in Manipur University and also president of Northeast India History Association (NEIHA) in its Kohima session of 1986.
  • He had authored several books and a large number of research papers. Some of his most well-known books are A History of Modern Manipur (1826-2000), On History and Historiography of Manipur, A History of Manipur: Pre-colonial Period, Ethnicity and Social Change, Lectures on History of Manipur and History of Zeliangrong Nagas: From Makhel to Rani Gaidinliu,.
  • He was a historian of national repute and had served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Anthropological Survey of India (1984-87) and also a member of the ICSSR panel on Tribal Studies.
  • Political Life: He was also into active politics and public life. He had founded the Federal Party of Manipur in 1993. He was also elected to the state assembly twice in 1995 and 2001 and also served as a minister twice.
  • In 2013 he had joined the BJP. In July 2015, Union Government had appointed him as a member of the NEC.
  • Awards and Honours: Platinum Jubilee Samman in 2010 by the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad for his contribution to history and tribal culture, National Fellowship by Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla in 2010-2012.

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Election Commission announces dates for assembly elections in five states

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the dates for the assembly elections in five states– Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa.

With the Election Commission announcement the Model code of conduct has come into effect. Counting of votes for all five states will take place on 11 March 2017.

Key facts
  • There will be single phase elections in Uttarakhand, Goa and Punjab.
  • Goa (40 Seats) and Punjab (117 Seats) will go to polls on 4 February 2017 while polling in Uttarakhand for 70 seats will be held on 15 February 2017.
  • Uttar Pradesh: The biggest state in the country will go to polls in seven phases for 403 seats on 11th February, 15th February, 19th February, 23rd February, 27th February, 4th March and on 8th March 2017.
  • Manipur: The northeastern state will go to polls for 60 seats in two phases on 4th and 8th March.
  • Over 16 crore voters are eligible to vote in the five states. The limit for expenses for candidates is Rs 28 lakh for Punjab, Uttarakhand, UP and Rs 20 lakh for Goa and Manipur.
  • ECI will focus on paid news and Press Council of India will help the commission in detection of paid news. It also has launched a large number of IT applications to facilitate voters, candidates, political parties.

 Article 324 of the Constitution: It vests authority of superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of the electoral rolls for and the conduct of elections to Parliament, State Legislature of every state and of elections to the offices of President and Vice President to the Election Commission.

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