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Community meet on ADB financed Road project in Tamenglong

The Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur and the Phalong Village Authority organized a community meeting on "ADB Financed Road project m Tamenglong" on 23rd August 2019 at Phalong Village, Tamenglong District, Manipur. The community meeting was organized to assess the implications of ADB financed road projects, especially the Kangchup to Tamenglong road project in Manipur The villagers of Phalong (Bhalok) part I, II and III attended the meeting and deliberated on the social, environment and other implications of the road project in their respective villages.

I lutenkum Panmei of Phalong Village expressed that the villagers are elated and much hopeful with the road project to connect with !what and Tamenglong Town at ease, but he said the project rather destroyed villagers' agriculture land, water stream, forest in massive dumping of the earth, rock and other debris from hill cutting for the road. With this, many villagers can no longer cultivate their agriculture land due to rocks and debris piling up on their fields. Water sources are destroyed by the debris and streams are also deprived of fishes and crabs. Mr. Khiamthiuwang of Bhalok Village said Jhum field areas are destroyed and green landscape are turn into reddish slopes with vulnerabilities for landslides. Villagers offered land for dumping of earth & rock which project authorities ignored and directly dumped in villagers land and water sources.

Mr. Disinglung Panmei, Secretary, Phalong Village Authority expressed concern that the settlement area of Bhalok of more than 40 households of Phalong Part III will be displaced by the road project. Villagers are worried of the non-provision of information by the Government on the rehabilitation and resettlement of villagers to be displaced by the project.

Mr. Keiritong Panmei complaint that the meagre amount sanctioned for some of the affected villagers for loss of their crop is far too minimal and simply disproportionate to the damage inflicted by the company to their agriculture land. Guikindin Parunei, Development Chairman, Part Ill, said that Seventy percent of their land has been damaged in Bhalok village. The development Committee submitted letter to the project manager of the road project and district administration to address villager's grievances, but there have been no positive responses. Villagers are uncertain if the company will ever compensate the villagers for the loss of their land.

Ms Kadidinliu, women representative of Phalong Village shared that the company and the government need to fulfil their promises to stop destroying water sources and to repair the water sources destroyed before the coming winter. The village women folks will be compelled to act against the company, especially in Part ill

Mr. Jiten Yumnam, Secretary, Centre for Research and Advocacy shared that the Government of Manipur and the corporate bodies involved in the ADB financed Kangchup to Tamenglong Road project should minimize all forms of social, environmental and other impacts on communities and emphasized the need for full compliance to the ADI3's Safeguard policies, especially to improve the lives of indigenous communities affected by projects financed by them as outlined in Indigenous Peoples Action Plan, prepared for the project.

The Villagers attending the meeting resolved to apprise the Government of Manipur and the Asian Development Bank to desist from direct disposal of earth, rocks and other debris from road cutting in their agriculture land, forest and water sources and to address their grievances. The villagers also resolved to urge the Government to compensate for the loss of their land and other survival sources before acquiring their land and work commencement & to consult and take consent of villagers in the project implementation and in addressing the impacts and grievances of affected communities.


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Shankar Borua announces new film

12 Apr 2016 - 6:33pm | Prantik Deka

Close on the heels of making ‘Grief on a Sunday Morning’ last year, independent filmmaker Shankar Borua has just announced his new film titled ‘The Curiosity Shop’. To be filmed entirely in Guwahati (Assam) this summer (June-July 2016), it is based on an original story and screenplay by Borua himself.

Talking about his new film, Shankar Borua said: “The Curiosity Shop is an urban tale, both bright and bleak, set in contemporary Guwahati. It is an expansive narrative about the capacities of human beings to be both brutally evil and sublimely kind. In the midst of naiveté and childhood innocence lurks dark deeds of deviousness and unspeakable brutality. A book store called 'The Curiosity Shop', where a lot of the drama unfolds, is the metaphorical theater where these two worlds collide.”

In addition to seasoned theatre actors Anupjyoti Choudhury and Krishna Sharma as well as debutants Samrat Bora, Ribhu Ranjan Baruah and Satya Doley, the film’s cast includes the usual suspects from Grief on a Sunday Morning - Upamanyu Boruwa (who has recently also been cast in Sange Dorjee's new film ‘River Song’), Prasant Saikia, and Lakhinandan Boruah. Adrita Priyam, daughter of well-known actor Bhagawat Pritam, is the child actor in the film.

The crew includes director of photography Prayash Sharma Tamuly, editor and di colorist Ratan Sil Sarma, art director Anup Hazarika, sound designer Debajit Gayan, unit production manager Manoj Mishra, and assistant directors Lakhinandan Boruah and Diganta Konwar.

‘The Curiosity Shop’ is presented by Mimir's Spring in association with The Assam Motion Picture Company.


MBA as a career option

1 Jan 2012 - 11:28pm | Arindam Garg

I decided to pen down an article on MBA as this is a question that I have to address in most of the counseling sessions that I address. I would like to start from the basics and discuss the various aspects of a MBA degree and why is it important. Just like CAT is the mother of all examinations, similarly MBA is the father of all degrees. It is imperative to have a MBA degree to march ahead in life. MBA makes a person a true professional which is so essential to survive in today’s competitive world.

In our daily life mostly our mom ‘manages’ the entire household affairs (clothes, food etc.), our dad ‘manages’ the financial aspect of our upbringing and we, students ‘manage’ our schedules between study, work & fun. Yet the way of management in the corporate world is different. A MBA degree helps to understand Corporate Management better and the entire approach is that there is a scientific treatment of the “Subject of Management” in this course. A MBA degree helps a person to use his/her knowledge better and also in utilizing the resources more effectively to achieve organizational goals. Besides that, it helps a person to understand consumer needs and in conceptualizing products. It trains a person to understand how to manufacture at the lowest cost and helps the person to develop better skills in communicating product features and benefits. So in a way it helps to acquire a better understanding of overall business.

Now having discussed the importance of MBA let me try to give you an idea on the different aspects of a MBA degree in India. There are currently around 1000 recognised institutes, 5 major entrance examinations and a few more autonomous exams. Out of these for the premier examination, CAT, around 200000 students generally appear every year for CAT and only 7000 are called for GDs and PI’s and finally only 1500 get selected. A MBA degree offers specializations on subjects like Finance, HR, Marketing, Operations, Systems etc and hence helps individuals make careers in which they want to specialize and are interested in. It is generally seen that Engineers and Science Graduates specialize in Software, Telecommunications and Production. Commerce Graduates specialize in Finance, HR and Marketing and for Arts Graduate it is Marketing and HR.

Any MBA entrance examination consists of two stages. The first stage is a Written Test and the Second Stage comprises of Group Discussions and Personal Interview.

The Written Examination has the following sections,

u Reasoning Ability comprising of Logical Reasoning Mathematical Reasoning Analytical Reasoning

u Verbal Ability which comprises of Vocabulary, Language skills, Usage of Grammar, Reading Comprehension

u Quantitative Ability which comprises of Arithmetic Algebra Geometry

u Data Interpretation viz. Graphs Charts Tables

u General Knowledge

There are certain traits that are required for clearing a written test. It is important to be clear on concepts. Equally important is to know speed techniques for solving the problems as time is limited. MBA entrance examinations are not easy to clear so it may be prudent to take classes from reputed institutes to clear these examinations.

After clearing the written test, it is time for the Group Discussions and the Interview which is the tougher part to clear. Once you reach this stage everyone seems busy biting off fingernails in apprehension and in figuring out appropriate answers to the numerous questions in forms. We need to keep in mind that how these questions are tackled becomes extremely critical as they may come up at the interview stage and require deft handling

There are certain traits that are required to clear a Group Discussion. The primary trait is good communication skills. Besides this you need to be good in expressing yourself, have logical thinking, know your goals, be able to withstand pressure and have clear focus. To clear a Group Discussion, it is important that you do some mock sessions with qualified trainers.

Then comes the interview stage. I would like to highlight the approach to a few questions that you should follow to frame your ideas in a faultless fashion.

An expected question in any form or interview is ‘Why do you want to pursue a management course?’ This question is aimed at knowing how focused you are in terms of your professional and personal goals in life. An appropriate answer should mention your inherent qualities and focus on traits that you would like to acquire during your course at the B-school. It should highlight how an MBA would help you hone your managerial skills and train you to exercise the same in an organizational environment. It is advisable to mention your intended specialisation and how it would help you to realize your dream goals.

Typical self-awareness questions asking you to discuss your strengths and weaknesses are posed to gauge how well you know yourself. An awareness of your own strengths is essential to set your goals, and with your goals set, it becomes all the more essential to know your positive traits to work towards the accomplishment of the same. Knowing your weaknesses will depict that you are well aware of your shortcomings and are open to the concept of self-improvement.

Questions focusing on your performance at the professional front try to extract your ability to relate theory to practice. The key factors to be considered while answering such questions are your job responsibilities and the technical knowledge as well as non-technical soft skills that you have acquired while working. Such characteristics would be greatly strengthened by mentioning a few successful target completions and achievements related to the professional sphere. The answer to a question on ‘your most significant achievement’ should (obviously) focus on the achievement that you would personally rate as ‘the most significant’, and your reasons for doing so. An appropriate achievement from the professional, academic, extra curricular or even a personal sphere may be highlighted, keeping in mind your assets, situation handling skills, dedication and confidence that helped you set and achieve a goal.

Apart from the professional front, you might be asked to answer a number of personal questions as well. A question on your value system aims at knowing the ideals that you abide with and how your family and upbringing have shaped your persona till now. Your value system should strike a perfect mean between paragons and practicality exercised while implementing the same.

The educational, professional as well as personal questions posed are directed towards a display of qualities that present you as an optimistic and practical young executive, well equipped with leadership qualities for an organisational environment.

Please feel free to contact me for any thoughts or clarifications.

Arindam Garg, email:

Opp slam govt onrural electrification

22 Dec 2011 - 4:38pm | editor

The ruralelectrification scheme has been failing to percolate benefit for the poorpeople living in Assam. This was what came tolight when power minister Pradyut Bordoloi has to faced barrage of criticismand questions on the fourth day of the Assam Assembly’s winter session onThursday.

As soon as the question hour began at nine in the morning, several members on thefloor raised questions on the benefit of the rural electrification schemes forthe BPL families. They said the scheme has yet to cover thousands of remote villages which have not been able to see the light of success in thescheme.

In his reply power minister Pradyut Bordoloi assured said that the government would take steps to uplift these areas with the help of rural electrification.