From Our Correspondent
MOREH | Aug 23
A meeting of the Police Community Liaison Group was held at Police Guest House, Moreh today and it was attended by leaders of various communities, MCM, MMC, Gorkha Samaj, HTC, Tamil Sangam and KSO.
In the meeting, many issues were discussed and numerous views were exchanged. The meeting also welcomed and congratulated the newly elected office bearers of HTC. The meeting concluded with the observance of 2 minutes silent condolence, paying homage to former chief minister of Manipur and former Rajya Sabha MP, Rishang Keishing.
After the meeting, all the participants went to Indo-Myanmar Friendship Bridge at Gate No.1 and inspected the regulation of traffic and the garbage piling up on the roadside.
The Manipur government’s recent decision to ban plastic bags is welcome. It will involve a great deal of sacrifice on the part of shoppers and shopkeepers, for indeed, plastic bags which are now dirt cheap, come free from shopkeepers and vendors as bonuses to carry items purchased from them, and are extremely convenient for both parties. But, every good initiative must come with a price, and as they say, nobody can have the cake and eat it too. We for one have no doubt whatsoever that the it is a price well worth paying, for in the long run, this price may be what saves our environment from total degradation, and therefore the consequent degeneration in the quality of life in the state as well. If anybody were to sail to the less known side of the Loktak lake along where the Nambul river enters it at Liklai Karong, the damage disposable plastic bags and plastic water bottles are doing will become evident. These wastes are literally choking and strangulating the lake other than making it look extremely ugly. If their inflow is not halted at the soonest, it is more than likely the lake’s death will be hastened. Plastic bags and other plastic wastes are not just killing this lake but are also choking so many more. As for instance, they are piling up in mounds which numbers and sizes are perennially increasing at several disposal areas in the Imphal municipal area –Lamphel, Porompat, Thangapat, Ngarian hillside etc. They are clogging many, if not most of our rivers too. Thanks to the open media, we also know that even the world’s oceans are now beginning to feel the pressure of plastic waste. The trouble is, unlike traditional wastes, plastic junk will not rot and be absorbed into the soil readily for they are not bio-degradable. According to scientists, it will take at least 400 years before plastic wastes begin showing signs of decay, which also means whatever plastic that has ever been made in this world and thrown away as waste, are still around if they have not been burnt.
The government’s ban order had a clause that only plastic bags of certain thickness will be banned. If we are to interpret this, the order will leave the people with an alternate means to replace the banned items. If cheap disposable plastic bags cannot be used anymore, their replacement with sturdy, durable and well-made reusable plastic bags which come for a monetary price will probably be encouraged. These would also still be plastic, but because they are comparatively expensive and also because they can be reused, they will not be disposed as readily and therefore not pose such a grave danger to the environment. In other words, they would still be bad but not desperately bad. If there were to be a way for complete replacement of plastic, that would have been the best, but this is unlikely to be just as yet. This is because so many of the most vitally important everyday items of modern living are made of plastic. These would include pens, mobile phones, computers and practically every consumer goods, most of which would be impossible to do without, at least until a viable alternative material is found. Another alternate scenario could be the discovery of a use for plastic wastes. News of experiments in the use of plastic in making road building materials in some European countries has been encouraging. If such uses of plastic wastes on a commercial scale do come to be reality, perhaps someday the world can revert back to using plastic bags without fearing it as an environmental contaminant. Until such a time, that is if such a time does come about, we will have to resort to means to curtail the use of plastic bags etc., to the extent possible.
We hope the government succeeds in enforcing the ban. We also hope it does not give up midway, regardless of whatever pressure from interested parties. In the meantime, let the people also remember that for a project such as this to succeed, their cooperation is vital. They must realize the little sacrifices of everyday conveniences they make, is ultimately for their own good. Not just plastic bags and bottles, they should in fact be mindful of any use and dispose plastic products and to the extent possible switched to more environment friendly lifestyles. As for instance, they could begin by not using disposable ball point pens, and instead switch to more durable versions of them, even if it cost a little more. Or else, they could revert back to ink fountain pens. Saving the environment is cause everybody can unite and fight together, leaving aside all their ethnic and geographical differences.
MOREH | Aug 23
A team of SDPO and OC of Moreh along with police commando of Moreh conducted a search operation at the houses of Premnagar, Super Market, Phaicham Veng, Muslim Basti and Chingdong Leikai of Moreh.
The search operation was carried out after receiving information of drug peddling in the areas but nothing was found.
IMPHAL | Aug 23
Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) has strongly condemned the negligence of police department for not taking any action against the police personnel who were alleged of committing third degree torture to the civilians.
A release said, five students including president of DESAM, Moirangthem Angamba Meitei were taken to police custody on October 29, 2016 and they were tortured and beaten. The enquiry report made regarding the matter has been dumped and the memorandum submitted to the home minister of that time has no impact till date.
Moreover, the DGP ordered for enquiry on the case and appointed Lunsieh Kipgen as enquiry officer on November 16, 2016 after a students’ movement erupted against police personnel involved in the third degree torture. However, it has been nine months with no further development about the case, said DESAM in the release.
If the state government continue to stay negligent in taking action against the police personnel till August 31, there will be an intense form of agitation from the next day onwards, it added.
IMPHAL | Aug 23
The month long awareness cum screening camp for Hep-B and Hep-C along with HBV vaccination for the staff of Classic Group of Hotels concluded at Sendra Park and Resort, Sendra today.
A release said, the series of camps was held under the initiative of Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE) in association with Classic Group of Hotels and support from Cipla Ltd since August 5.
In the whole duration of the camp, total of 466 staff of Classic Group of Hotels had undergone screening of Hep-B and Hep-C while a total of 407 staff were vaccinated of Hep-B. On the final day, a total of 33 staff of Sendra Park and Resort had undergone screening and vaccinated 32 staff.
The same kind of screening for Classic Hotel staff was also held on August 5 and 6, Classic Grande staff on August 7 and 8 and for the staff of Hotel Imphal by The Classic on August 10 and 11.
Speaking as resource person on the last day, CoNE president, RK Nalinikanta informed that Hep-C has now become the most life threatening disease in the world with many people across the globe dying of the dreaded disease on a daily basis. However, the level of awareness among the people about Hep-C is very low.
He also said that altogether 40 countries across the globe have national plan to control the disease but there is no national plan for India as of now despite the fact that India ranks third among the worst Hep-C hit countries of the world next to Pakistan and China.
While highlighting the global scenario of the disease, RK Nalinikana also informed that 257 million people worldwide has been affected by Hep-C, 2.7 million people are co-infected with Hep-B and HIV, 71 million people with chronic Hep-C and 2.3 million people co-infected with HIV and Hep-C. He also pointed out that Hep-C has also reached the general population in Manipur with around 4% of the general population affected by Hep-C.
IMPHAL | Aug 23
A one day Free Dental and Orthopaedics Consultation Camp for staff members of Central Agricultural University (CAU), Lamphelpat and for residents around its campus was organised today by the university. Altogether, around 120 people have undergone check-ups.
A release said, the camp was organised in coordination with medical officer of the College of Agriculture, Dr. Ranjita, Shija Hospitals and Research Institute Pvt Ltd Langol and 32 All Smiles Dental Clinic, Nagamapal Phouheisangbam Leikai.
Members of the team representing the hospitals and dental clinics included consultant, Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon, Dr. Iboyaima Singh from Shija Hospitals and Research Institute Pvt Ltd, MDS, Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry from 32 All Smiles Dental Clinic, Dr. Elizabeth Moirangthem,. Dr. MDS, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Dr. Gopilal Angom and Dr. Surbala Thiyam, BDS and Dr. Elizabeth Huidrorn, BDS.
Free medical examination and dental check-ups were carried out by the team members, followed by offering free OPD consultation and X-Ray service. 32 All Smiles Dental Clinic offered an overall treatment discount of 10 percent on future visits, while Shija Hospitals offered for free OPD consultation and 15 percent discount on overall investigation on future visits.
IMPHAL | Aug 23
The Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) has expressed its deep sorrow on untimely departure of its member Phenry Alfred Riamei on August 20.
A release said, the 56 years old core member of ZUF was holding a key post of the organisation as a secretary of External Affairs and worked sincerely for the Zeliangrong community. The instrumental contributions of Alfred Riamei will always be remembered in the history Zeliangrong.
Alfred Riamei was the son of (Late) Nganthuanang Riamei and hailed from Nungnang/Lungraeng village under Nungba sub-division of Tamenglong district, Manipur now under Longmai/Noney district. He had a short illness of heart and breathed his last breath after a few days.
The ZUF has deeply mourned for the sudden death of Alfred Riamei and also joined the condolences of the bereaved family with pain, grief and sorrows.
IMPHAL | Aug 23
The cultural troupe of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA), Imphal has performed and will be performing in a series of cultural events in the month of August, organised by Sangeet Natak Akademi North East Centre.
A release by director of JNMDA has said that a cultural troupe of five members of the academy have participated in the Nritya Pratibha Festival held from August 18 – August 20 at Udaipur, Tripura. Another troupe of 22 members participated in the festival of Rang Swadheenta, celebration of India’s independence held from August 20 – August 23 at Meghdoot Theatre, Sangeet Natak Akademi (NEC), New Delhi.
Moreover, a troupe of nine members shall leave Imphal on August 24 to participate in the festival of Sangeet Pratibha, which was commenced on August 23 till August 25 at Shillong. Lastly, a troupe of 20 members shall leave Imphal on August 25 to participate in the Sahitya Akademi’s Translation Prize Presentation Ceremony to be held in Chandigarh. The troupe shall present Lai-Haraoba, Kabui Jagoi and Mao Jagoi on August 26 at Randhawa Auditorium, Punjab Art Council, Chandigarh.
IMPHAL | Aug 23
Teachers, students, research scholars and non-teaching staff members of Manipur University paid last tribute to the former chief minister of Manipur, Rishang Keishing, who passed away on August 22.
A release said, a condolence meeting was organised today in the committee room of the Vice-Chancellor Secretariat and the present members paid last tribute by observing two minutes silent for the departed soul.
It further said that Shyam Kishore Singh read the condolence message by stating that the state lost an eminent personality, freedom fighter, veteran politician and a great leader in presence of vice-chancellor, Adya Prasad Pandey.
Rishang Keishing was closely associated with Manipur University, he was a member of 2nd Court of Manipur University from 2009 -2012 and a member of 3rd Court from the year 2013 till his term of a member of Rajya Sabha, said the release.
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CHURACHANDPUR | Aug 23
Lalpuithluaii Foundation School, located at Bungmual, Churachandpur observed its annual programme ‘L’Amour in August’ today.
The function was attended as chief guest by Atul Bagai, who is now an official of UNEP at Bangkok, along with his wife and (Retd) General Ashok.
During the function, students of the school performed different genres of songs, for which the chief guest applauded the spirit of the children in the school and said that the programme was exceptional.
The headmaster of the school, Vunga said that he is deeply indebted to his friend Atul Bagai who was posted as SDO of Churachandpur and helped him in setting up of one of the oldest schools of the district that has produced many bright students.