From Our Correspondent
MOREH | Nov 1
A cleanliness drive was conducted yesterday near Indo Myanmar Friendship Bridge Moreh gate number 1 by ADC Moreh, N. Gojendro Singh and SDPO, Moreh police, Lawrence K Munluo by using a JCB vehicle.
The garbage removed from the mentioned area was later disposed of at a suitable spot at Haolenphai village. The drive was conducted as a part of the chairman, Manipur pollution control board, MLA, L. Radhakishore’s goal to keep Moreh town clean and tidy. The public has expressed happiness and satisfaction at the cleanliness drive.
An order prohibiting the throwing and dumping of garbage near Indo Myanmar Friendship Bridge was released by ADC Moreh.
There is plenty to be desired about how the traffic is managed in Imphal city in terms of traffic congestion, paucity of parking space, inadequately enforced traffic rules and above all the general indiscipline of vehicle users. This even as the number of vehicle users in the city continues to grow, thanks to the advancement in banking and credit facilities. This number is predicted to take another quantum leap soon now that the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations for Central government employees have been implemented, and the likelihood that a reciprocal salary hike for state government employees following soon. Sadly though, the widths of roads are unlikely to grow in the same proportion, if at all. Sadly again no attempt is visible on the part of the authorities to address the problem or to anticipate the new challenges ahead. That Manipur and its capital Imphal will not be the only place in India facing this problem is hardly any consolation. What then are the measures the government can take? As in any given situation, there will be the long term goals alongside the more immediate ones. Let city planners think and come up with the long term plans, but our request is for them to think seriously of fashioning our roads and traffic norms to encourage the use of bicycle to the extent possible again. Imphal distances can still be managed on a bicycle, and this mode of travel will be eco-friendly besides ensuring physical exercise for all on a routine basis. If Imphal roads do come to be dominated by cycles again or if exclusive cycle lanes are strictly maintained, fatal road accidents will also decrease. Today, Imphal has more or less given up not only the habit of cycling but also walking. Hence, parents of school children want their children to be picked up from their courtyards and avoid the trouble of walking their children to common pickup points on the main roads; shoppers want to park their cars right in front of the shops they are making the purchases; people no longer want to do even short errands on foot and instead want to bring out their vehicles for everything. This trend must be sought to be reversed not just through appeals to the better senses of the public but also by law and city planning.
Possible short term measures are plenty. For a start, the government could begin resorting to what many other cities, including neighbouring Aizawl, has done by introducing the odd-even number system, by which on alternate days, only cars with registration numbers ending either with odd or even numbers are allowed on the road. Two, disallow or else limit the number of vehicles in Meitei wedding processions to the bare ceremonial necessity. This is especially important because the wedding season is approaching. The feudal days when the sizes of these processions were the marker of power, influence and reach of the clans is now long left behind. Let wedding guests as well as band parties drive straight to the brides’ and bridegrooms’ residences at normal traffic speed, so they do not cause traffic bottlenecks. Three, prohibit commercial vehicles, in particular freight vehicles, to enter the core of Imphal during daylight hours. Four, introduce designated stops for commercial passenger vehicles along all the roads. Once done, prohibit these vehicles from stopping anywhere else to pick up passengers or drop them. This also means passengers must also be made to take the trouble of walking to the nearest stop, and not wave vehicles to stop wherever they are. As of today, these vehicles, in particular share-auto-rickshaws stop wherever they want without even the trouble of signalling, causing immense trouble and even putting other vehicles at risk of accidents. In the competition for passengers, they also are in the habit of driving with an eye to the pavements in the hope of catching an extra passenger, much to the pique of other vehicles on the roads. There is no doubt the auto-rickshaws are doing a yeoman service to city public transportation, but their service would be even more appreciated if they were to be a little more disciplined, and this last responsibility must rest with the traffic authorities. Five, enforce traffic norms strictly and impose penalties on those who break it. This will of course have to start with the authorities responsible for awarding driving licenses. This office, as recent newspaper reports indicated, has become a den of corruption and driving licenses continue to be sold for a price and not awarded to those who have mastered driving and more importantly, internalised traffic norms. The list can be much longer, but these are some of the points where the government can make a start.
THOUBAL | Nov 1
Manipur Muslim Mirror (MMM) promoted the need of education to the children of Lilong Haoreibi Chandakhong, Lilong Haoreibi Makha Leikai and Lilong Haoreibi Mayai Leikai by organising a drawing competition today.
The initiative was taken up under the nationwide campaign of Delhi based NGO, Starland Foundation under the theme ‘Shades, Colours of Humanity’. The drawing competition was participated by around 100 children, out of which three were given prizes and certificates for their performances.
IMPHAL | Nov 1
Tousem Area Students’ Organisation (TASO) notified that the organisation is set to have its first public consultative meeting on November 8 at Tousem United Baptist Church (TUBC), Tamenglong to discuss concerning issues of the area.
President of the students’ body, Nehemiah Daime told IFP that the meeting will discuss and sort out solutions for the non-functioning of government offices, roads and communication of the Tousem subdivision area among others.
He urged all the village chairmen, leaders, intellectuals and denizens of the area to come and participate in the said public meeting.
TASO is a body of students and youths formed on June 29 of this year to look into the present status of the area. It is a platform to discuss and work for developmental issues and other issues concerning the remotest part of the state. It is an alternative platform besides other civil voluntary organisations for mainly students and youths to take part in decision making of the area.
IMPHAL | Nov 1
Battalions of 9, 10 and 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) headquarters celebrated national unity day on the occasion of 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31.
5 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and 6, 26 and 45 Battalions of 9 Sector Assam Rifles celebrated Rashtriya Ekta Diwas at company operating bases and Battalion headquarters.
The “run for unity” was organised at all unit locations, along with flag hoisting ceremonies and drawing competitions for school students in Thoubal, Yaripok, Chandrakhong, Upper Khoripok, Andro, Lilong, Canchipur, Singjamei and Keithelmanbi.
A lecture on Sardar Patel’s contribution to the country was also held at 45 battalion headquarters.
5 JAKRIF organised a unity march and a football match at Khuman School in Mayang Imphal. Students of Azad English School, Maitram and Pole Star Public School, Patsoi-III also gave a cultural performance. Former servicemen in Patsoi and Mayang Imphal were invited to be a part of the event.
In the unity run organised by 27 Battalion of 10 Sector Assam Rifles, 138 students of four Ukhrul schools participated along with the troops.
The company operating base commander at Ukhrul gave a speech about Sardar Patel.
26 Sector Assam Rifles celebrated the day across various locations like Pallel, Chandel, Tengnoupal, Moreh and Moltuk.
Apart from the unity run and lectures on Sardar Patel, a drawing and painting competition was held at Assam Rifles Public School Pallel.
Assam Rifles camps at Lamdangmei, Kangchup, Kotlein, Tupul and Noney also celebrated the day under supervision of the post commanders.
IMPHAL | Nov 1
Manipur State Pensioners’ Union (MSPU) has urged the state government for immediate revocation of the suspension order of five state government employees so as to forestall any possible agitations from various sections of the society and organisations of the state.
A release said, an emergency meeting of the executive committee of MSPU was held on October 29, in which the members expressed their serious concern in the suspension of five state government employees for taking part in the mass casual leave on October 25. The agitation was organised by Manipur Government Services Federation demanding immediate implementation of 7th pay commission for the state government employees.
The executive members of the apex body of over 45000 pensioners have stated that the five employees have been victimised for participating in democratic agitation in the interest of over 85000 employees.
IMPHAL | Nov 1
A team of district police commando, Imphal West, 45 AR and 5 J and K arrested one person on October 31, for extortion of money from the general public of Ngairangbam and Haorang area by using the name of UNLF, said a release by PRO Police.
It said, the arrested person was identified as Sanjembam Herojit Singh alias Espi alias Rocky (31), son of (Late) Sanjembam Babuchou Singh of Haorang Khunou. He further admitted to have threatened a family to withdraw the charges of a rape case on him. A case has been registered at Patsoi police station and investigation is going on.
On the same day, a team of district police commando, Bishnupur arrested one drug peddler during frisking and checking at Ningthoukhong near Haokeithel bazzar.
The drug peddler was identified as Najir Ahamad (30), son of Abdul Gani of Lilong Haoreibi Makha Leikai. He was arrested with 200 numbers of WY tablets and 10 strips of Nitrosun-10 tablets. A case has been registered at Bishnupur police station.
IMPHAL | Nov 1
The proscribed umbrella organisation CORCOM said the president of RPF, I Chaoren has been appointed as the new convenor for the fourth term of CORCOM.
A release signed by publicity committee, CORCOM said I Chaoren was unanimously selected as the convenor in the 18th meeting of the organisation that was held from October 25 to 30. The leader will hold the appointed post of convenor for two years, starting from November 2, it said.
IMPHAL | Nov 1
The All Kangliepak Students Union (ASKU) said Y.K. College, Wangjing which is a government college under Thoubal district, is on the verge of becoming defunct as there are no teachers left in the college.
AKSU, in a release alleged that the government has dissolved the college by not providing any replacements for the teachers who had retired. The organisation has appealed the authorities concerned to save the college by urgently providing the required teachers, it said. Though the routine for exams have been declared, there is no teacher for Manipuri subject in the college for a year, it added.
IMPHAL | Nov 1
The proscribed Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) has clarified that Moirangthem Rajkumar, (47) son of (L) M. Manggijao from Kakching Wairi Sabal Leikai Leisangthem Pareng, who was arrested by a combined team of Thoubal district police commando and Kakching police on October 28 at the bus parking of Kakching Chummang Leikai, is not related to RPF and its military wing PLA, in any manner or form, said a release signed by assistant secretary, publicity, Bangkim.