Troubled waters: Why Manipur is fast losing its indigenous fish species

The construction of the Ithai barrage, pollution and overexploitation are mainly to blame.

Hailing from a fishing village in Manipur’s Loktak Lake, which has seen indigenous fish varieties flounder in recent decades, Tongbram Amarjit Singh’s dream project since his school days was to document and showcase the slowly fading traditional fishing practices of his community.

Mapping the decline in indigenous fish species, fish catch and the concurrent waning of traditional techniques of fishing through his grandparents’ and parents’ experiences, Singh was stirred to act to preserve and conserve a culture integral to the identity of his community.

Now Singh, 35, an English translator at the state Assembly, has given shape to his dreams, with the help of his family and community, in the form of the Loktak Folklore Museum, at the island village of Thanga in Loktak Lake.

Presenting an array of fishing gear – basketry items, traps, impalers, hooks, fishing rods, cotton and fabric twine and more, this private collection is dedicated exclusively to Loktak and its environment, said Singh, who belongs to the Thanga Tongbram Leikai locality….

Gouden Spreekbuis award for mortgage lenders goes to ABN AMRO

The Gouden Spreekbuis (‘golden megaphone’) is an award granted to mortgage lenders in recognition of improved communication, image and service. ABN AMRO has shown the greatest degree of improvement over the past year, and visibly does its best to help consumers.

The Gouden Spreekbuis (‘golden megaphone’) is an award granted to mortgage lenders in recognition of improved communication, image and service. ABN AMRO has shown the greatest degree of improvement over the past year, and visibly does its best to help consumers. ABN AMRO’s strong position derives mostly from the bank’s improved image and the progress that it has made in the standard of its service. The judges were impressed. “ABN AMRO realise that homes are an ideal vehicle for introducing sustainability into financial services. The bank is also ambitious: eventually, it wants all of its homes to have energy label A. ABN AMRO has investigated what factors prevent clients from taking steps toward sustainability. Not only does ABN AMRO finance the investment, it also makes the process as easy as possible by facilitating for parties that realise sustainability. What makes ABN AMRO’s sustainability efforts extraordinary is that the bank is not keeping this initiative to itself, but is making it available to the market as a whole. That is a sign of leadership.”

Director of Intermediary Sales of ABN AMRO, Ilse Veldman comments, “Having ended as runners-up three times, we’re proud to be taking home the Gouden Spreekbuis this time. ABN AMRO is grateful for the appreciation and trust that it evidences. The judges explicitly referred to our efforts to make it easier for both clients and advisors to improve the sustainability of their homes. That’s something that we’re working on all the time, and we’re incredibly proud what we’re doing. We look forward to further improving our services with and for the independent advisors that we work with.”

Gouden Spreekbuis

The Gouden Spreekbuis award is an initiative of market research firm Blauw Research. The Gouden Spreekbuis Lenders 2018 award ceremony took place at Mortgage Tech event held at the Wicked Grounds in Amsterdam. Guests included directors, marketeers and product and communication managers from the largest mortgage lending organisations and the broker channel in the Netherlands.

The nominations were decided based on the findings in the Imago Blauwdruk Hypotheekverstrekkers 2018 report on the mortgage sector. The winner was then selected by a panel of professionals made up of Dorine van Basten (national mortgage grader Nationaal Hypotheek Label), Nico Stolwijk (Dutch Homeowners Association Vereniging Eigen Huis), Michel Meijer (consultancy firm Van Bruggen Adviesgroep) and Ed Peelen (University of Amsterdam). Image is determined by the views of advisors that do not have any business relationship with the mortgage lender concerned, and the standard of service by the opinions of advisors that work with the mortgage lender. Other factors include the extent to which lenders actively help brokers to find solutions for clients and actually prioritise consumer interests. The other nominees for the Gouden Spreekbuis were BLG Wonen and ING. Further details about the nominees and the winner are available in the judges’ report.

Rs. 59 hike

New Delhi, September 30: Petrol price hike has been hiked by the recent rise in prices of fresh cooking gas. Rs 2.89 per subsidized cylinder and Rs 59 per capita on non-subsidized cylinder. IOC has raised prices at international prices.

Greencard Shortcut


Washington, Sept. 30: The Trump surge has extended the deadline for EB5 visa applications for a green card to allow permanent residence in the US. The deadline for the 2018 financial year ended on Sunday and extended to December 7. EB5 visa holders have a conditional green card in just two years. For the next two years, it can be applied to lift those terms. The United States gives 10 thousand EB-5 visas every year. Each country has a quota of 700. The United States Internal Security Department (DHS) has revealed that 307 applications have been received from India and 393 are currently available. Those who apply for this visa will have to pay Rs. 7.2 crores to invest. At least 10 American Americans are eligible to apply for a green card application including their family members.

Motorcycle companies in India’s ‘Detroit’ hit by strike over wages

Hundreds of workers at motorbike companies including Yamaha Corp and Eicher Motors are on strike in Chennai, demanding better wages and a right to form unions to defend their interests.

Employees said the companies had employed a large number of contract workers to get around rigid Indian labour laws that make it difficult to hire and fire full-time staff and have refused to bring them on company payrolls even after years of contract work.

The unrest is the latest to hit the state of Tamil Nadu, dubbed the Detroit of South Asia because big automakers such as BMW, Daimler, Hyundai, Ford, Nissan and Renault have factories in the state.

Saamy Square scores second best opening for Vikram; Imaikkaa Nodigal crosses Rs 30 cr in Tamil Nadu

Chiyaan Vikram’s Saamy Square was the only big South release for the weekend ending 23 September. Director Dharanidharan’s suspense thriller Raja Ranguski opened to good reviews, but it was not enough to pull the audiences to theaters. Saamy Square, directed by Hari, topped the box office in both Tamil Nadu and the Telugu states and Sudheer Babu-starrer Nannu Dochukunduvate earned the second spot at the Tollywood box office.

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Saamy Square registered an opening day gross of Rs 6 crore in Tamil Nadu, making it Chiyaan Vikram’s second-best debut after Shankar’s I. The opening weekend numbers of the film are pegged at Rs 17 crore in Tamil Nadu. In Chennai, Saamy Square raked in Rs 1.94 crore (64+62+68) in three days, which is an excellent opening for a rural actioner. The TN rights for the film are valued at around Rs 25 crore, and the movie needs to earn more than Rs 44 crore in the state to be a profitable venture for all the stakeholders involved.

Since Saamy Square is bankrolled by popular distributor-producer Shibu Thameens, who is long-known for presenting a major number of Vijay films in Kerala, it had a solid opening in the state with the day one gross of Rs 96 lakh. The Telugu rights for the film are estimated to be Rs 8 crore, and the movie has collected a dismal share of Rs 2 crore in the opening weekend.

After scoring good opening weekend numbers, Ganesh Chaturthi releases such as Seema Raja, Shailaja Reddy Alludu, and U-Turn faced a significant decline at the ticket window in the second week. At the end of the second weekend, Seema Raja earned a total of Rs 3.01 crore in the UAE-GCC territory and $81,959 in the US. The film pulled in Rs 1.08 crore from reported screens in Malaysia, one of Sivakarthikeyan’s strong overseas regions. The Ponram-directed movie also earned decent numbers in the UK and Australia with Rs 53.5 lakh and Rs 35.71 lakh respectively.

In Tamil Nadu, Seema Raja continued to run in nearly 380 screens in its second week. It’s a great feat for a film, which didn’t open to unanimously positive reviews from critics. The 11-day Chennai city gross of the film currently stands at Rs 4.43 crore, and it is going to be a challenging task to cross the Rs 5 crore mark in the area with a bevy of new releases planned in the next few weeks leading to the Ayudha Pooja festival. The eight-day Tamil Nadu gross of Seema Raja is estimated to be Rs 35 crore.

For the weekend (21 to 23 September), Saamy Square topped the Chennai city box office followed by Seema Raja and U-Turn at the second and third spot. While U-Turn has earned Rs 1.27 crore in 11 days, holdover hit Imaikkaa Nodigal has taken home earnings of Rs 5.43 crore in 25 days and occupied the fourth spot in the box-office. New release Raja Ranguski, with an opening weekend gross of Rs 13 lakh, was placed at the fifth position in the city box-office chart.

In Tamil Nadu, Kadaikutty Singam has touched the extremely rare 75-day mark in a few C center screens with a cumulative gross of Rs 55 crore. Nayanthara’s Imaikkaa Nodigal has grossed nearly Rs 30 crore in 25 days in TN and is still running in a handful of screens. The film marks her second consecutive Rs 30 crore grosser after Kolamaavu Kokila which released two weeks before Imaikkaa Nodigal. Now, the Ajay Gnanamuthu-directed film, which marked the on-screen debut of Anurag Kashyap in K-town, has become the ninth film to touch the Rs 5 crore mark in Chennai city this year after Thaanaa Serndha Koottam, Padmaavat, Avengers Infinity War, Irumbu Thirai, Kaala, Tik Tik Tik, Kadaikutty Singam and Kolamaavu Kokila.

Naga Chaitanya’s Shailaja Reddy Alludu crashed at the Tollywood box office after registering record opening weekend numbers for the actor. The film’s worldwide share for 11 days stands at Rs 18 crore, with the recovery point inching towards the 75% mark.

Iced Coffee Recipes You Can Make From Home

A lot of people avoid making their own coffee because they don’t think they can make it as tasty as the baristas at Starbucks…or The Coffee Bean…or any other coffee shop for that matter. Well, those people are wrong. Making coffee at home isn’t hard; especially iced coffee. All you need is a simple coffee machine and a few choice ingredients.

One of the best things about waking up in the morning is enjoying an iced coffee. And thanks to these recipes you can do just that (without having to spend close to $7 a day).

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This dairy-free iced coffee recipe has one thing not a ton of iced coffee’s have – lavender. You might be a little hesitant about the idea, but lavender can make a huge impact on your morning. Thanks to the calming benefits found in this herb, you’ll start your day feeling relaxed and stress-free. Plus, the ingredients in this recipe dilute the lavender a little so the taste won’t be too overwhelming.

Here’s the recipe:


  • 6 sprigs of fresh lavender (or substitute with 1 tbsp dried culinary lavender)

  • 1 can of coconut milk

  • chilled coffee

  • sweetener of choice (I used coconut sugar – about 1 tbsp per 8 oz coffee, but honey or maple syrup would also be good refined sugar-free options)


  1. Brew coffee in whatever method desired. While coffee is still warm, you can stir in a bit of your sweetener of choice if desired. I used about 1 tbsp coconut sugar per 8 oz of coffee. Move to the refrigerator to chill.

  2. Bring one can of coconut milk to a simmer, press heads of lavender with the side of a knife to release their aromatic oils and add to coconut milk. Cover pan, and remove coconut milk from heat. let sit for 10-15 minutes

  3. Strain out lavender flowers from coconut milk, pressing to release all of their flavors. Store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.

  4. Fill a cup about 2/3 of the way with coffee + ice, and top with lavender coconut creamer, and a sprig of lavender if you’re feeling f-a-n-c-y and ENJOY!

AIIMS foundation day celebrations: India, US tie up to take on the incurable multiple myeloma

india-us-flag1A group of physicians from India and US have joined hands to undertake research and clinical trials on multiple myeloma, a type of incurable blood cancer.

Dr Shaji K Kumar, a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA, said the forum will try and find out the prevalence of the little-known type of cancer. He said that research on the disease has made rapid strides in terms of preventing its progression through newer forms of drugs and therapy in the recent past.

Kumar, who delivered a lecture during the 63rd Foundation Day celebrations of AIIMS Tuesday, said research in multiple myeloma in India was still limited due to lack of clinical trials. There was also no concrete data on the prevalence of the disease in the country, he added.

“So, a bunch of us in the United States and India have formed a group called ‘Image’, which has been focusing on research and clinical trials on myeloma. We believe the group will play a key role in terms of getting more people trained, making scholarships available,” Kumar told The Indian Express.

Dr Lalit Kumar, professor and head of the Department of Medical Oncology at AIIMS, and Dr Pankaj Malhotra of PGIMER, Chandigarh, are also part of the group, he said.

Kumar delivered his lecture on the topic “Multiple Myeloma: A journey from obscurity to the frontlines of war on cancer”. Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria, former Dean (Academic) AIIMS J S Guleria were among those present on the occasion.

He explained that the treatment of myeloma has progressed to an extent where the median survival has gone up from two to about 10 years.

Supreme Court ruling on lawyer-politicos: These professionals have enjoyed double employment since first Indian govt

The Constituent Assembly of India that framed the country’s Constitution significantly comprised politicians who were also qualified lawyers. Its leading figures, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and Dr BR Ambedkar, who became India’s first president, prime minister, home minister and law minister, respectively, were all lawyers. They framed the Constitution in the company of other legal stalwarts, such as KM Munshi and Alladi Krishnaswamy Iyer.

So dominant was the presence of lawyers in the Constituent Assembly that British advocate and academic Sir Ivor Jennings dubbed the group a “lawyers’ paradise”.

From the first government formed in India with Nehru as its prime minister till the current one, the Union legislature and Cabinet always had a notable presence of lawyer-politicians. A number of members of the current Cabinet, including the ministers of finance, law and justice and external affairs — to name a few — are prominent lawyers.

According to PRS Legislative Research, in the very first Lok Sabha formed in 1952, lawyers made up most of the members at 36 percent, followed by agriculture workers at 22 percent and businessmen at 12 percent. In the 16th Lok Sabha, the current one, 7 percent of the MPs had declared law as their profession.


A research paper available on the Rajya Sabha website says that lawyers constituted the largest group of members in the initial years of the Upper House from 1952 to 1958. They had 24.41 percent representation in 1952, which rose to their highest representation — 30.10 percent — in 1956. Their number dwindled to 23.04 percent in 1960, when they occupied the second position. Two years later, they regained their dominant position and continued to hold it till 1998, excluding only 1982 when they were in the second spot.

However, in all these years, the number of lawyer-politicians in the Rajya Sabha wavered. For example: They made up 27.06 percent of the House in 1962, which dropped to 21.86 percent in 1964; in 1968, it was 24.28 percent, and in 1970, it decreased to 23.55 percent; in 1972, the tally of lawyers further diminished to 21.73 percent. While their representation rose to 24.33 percent in 1974, 25.99 percent in 1976 and further to 27.54 percent in 1978, it dropped to 21.88 percent in 1980. Their numbers fluctuated between 21 percent and 25 percent from 1980 to 1994, except in 1992 when it rose to 25.87 percent.

From 1996, a diminishing trend was noticed in their percentage — 20.17 percent in 1996 and 19.50 percent in 1998. Although lawyers constituted the second-largest group in the Rajya Sabha in 2000, their percentage continued to decline and was just 16.52 percent in 2002.

During the tenure of the United Progressive Alliance government from 2004 to 2014, the many prominent faces in its Cabinet — P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari and Abhishek Manu Singhvi — were all lawyers by profession, with most of them resuming their practice after 2014.

Apart from these examples, a great number of lawyers are members of state legislatures, as well.

Challenging this dual role played by lawyer-politicians, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, seeking a declaration that a person cannot be allowed to perform the dual role of a lawyer and legislator. However, a three-judge bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud

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