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JIRIBAM | Dec 4
A rubber smoke house at Raniveng, Jiribam under the Municipal area of Babupara Ward No.7, Jiribam caught fire at around 3 pm from its smoking house where rubber sheet were loaded for drying.
The smoke house was owned by Seikholein Khongsai of Raniveng, Jiribam. According to Seikholein’s family, there were four quintals of rubber sheet loaded inside the smoke house for drying but all the sheets turned into ashes. An estimate of about Rs. 50,000 rubber sheet burnt into cinders. Due to timely intervention of fire tender, the fire was extinguished before it turns inferno.
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UKHRUL | Dec 4
Joint electricity regulatory commission (JERC) in association with MSPDCL held a one day workshop on electricity consumers’ awareness at DRDA Hall, Ukhrul.
Chairperson, JERC (Manipur and Mizoram), Ngangom Sarat Singh, in his opening address informed that this workshop is the first of its kind to be conducted at Ukhrul district by JERC.
In the said workshop, assistant secretary, JERC (M and M), Richard Zothankima, in his paper on “Consumers grievances redressal regulation” informed that according to section 42(5) of Electricity Act, 2003, every distribution licensee shall within six months from the selected date or date of grant of licence, whichever is earlier, establish a forum for redressal of grievances of the consumers in accordance with the guidelines as specified by the concerned commission.
That, all complaints must to be registered within 2 hours of receipt of complaints and the concerned official must deal with it promptly, he further mentioned.
Chief engineer, JERC (M and M), Lalchahharliana Pachuau, in his speech on “Supply Code” also elaborated on the mechanisms of power supply, namely voltage load required for specific houses, cost of electricity, the frequency of billing, restrictions on increasing load without permission from DISCOM, etc.
Further, installation of a new connection should be completed within 30 days if it is technically feasible, and that all consumers should be ensured energy metering and also have their bills in hand, at least 10 days before due date, he added.
As a part of the programme, MSPDCL, Benjamin, gave a brief highlight on transmission and distribution losses in Ukhrul. He informed that Ukhrul district currently has 208 distribution transformers, 8250 prepaid meters installation out which 4130 has been activated and the district consumes 2.45MU per month. That, the total revenue to be collected as per the consumption unit per month would be approximately Rs. 1,21,96,474 against the current revenue collection of about Rs. 3-4 lakhs per month.
He also appealed to the public to extend their support for speeding up the process of pre-paid meter installation and also refrain from stealing power, in order to ensure proper implementation of power supply.
On the ongoing proposal and projects on generation and transmission of MSPDCL lines in the district, manager substation, Ukhrul, Themzan Woleng informed that besides the existing 7 sub-station, there are three ongoing projects at Kasom Khullen, Gamnom and Paoyi. He also added that there is a proposal for further projects at Sirarakhong, Hoomi and Chingai.
One of the visiting officials of Manipur renewable energy development agency (MANIREDA), Chitaranjan also stated that so far the department has installed 100 led solar street lights in the district. While, GM SLDC, Shanti Kumar Singh, informed that the Hundung 132/33 substation is waiting for the formal inauguration to begin operation.
In the said workshop, CSO leaders and representatives from various localities of Ukhrul also presented their demand for allotment of all the required pre-paid meter wires and replace the rusted poles in Ukhrul. To which, the concern authorities promised to do the needful.
Lastly, member ADC-Ukhrul, VS. Paothing, lauded the initiative of JERC and MSPDCL for organising such a workshop and he added that such effort can help in addressing the various grievances faced by the consumers and also spread awareness on the judicious use of electricity.
In 2008, there was what seemed like a revolutionary step taken by the Manipur Legislative Assembly to launch a “Legislators’ Forum on AIDS” following the visit of a team of the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, to the state. Although we do not remember the forum being formally dissolved, today nobody ever hears of the forum or any action it has ever taken. We bring this topic up in the wake of the recently observed World AIDS Day, in which so many in position of power paid lip services that their hearts were with those unfortunate to become victims of the disease. Knowing the commitment of politics and politicians in the state, it is a foregone conclusion that nobody who made these tall promises will ever lift a finger to do anything on the matter. If we remember correctly, the idea was not just about lending moral support (or lip service as this is more often the case), but also of contributing substantially to the fund to fight the pandemic locally in the state. This fund was to have come as a fixed percentage from the local area development fund available with each MLA and MP. However, as far as we remember, no MLA or MP has so far announced a contribution. This is sad. While we are nobody to advise our legislators on how they should spend their public funds, we have every right to remind them of the solemn monitory pledge they made towards this social cause of utmost relevance to our society, and in many ways to the world community as such at this juncture. Remember, even the money of an American businessman, Bill Gates, is reaching Manipur toward fighting this social scourge, and there can be no reason why our own leaders should hesitate to make their own contributions from their public kitty. We would have even loved it if there were to be even a separate head in our state budget for tackling the problem. Unfortunately it seems, this is too high an expectation and seemingly our government heads do not agree with the idea at all for the state budgets ever since did not even make even a passing mention of the issue.
Without being too cynical about the whole affair, let us still presume that the Legislators’ Forum on AIDS, would get past platitudes and sermons, down to concrete action plans. The first and foremost of such a plan would be to establish a fund with their contributions, perhaps as a joint kitty, for otherwise, considering the magnitude of the problem at hand, the resources generated could end up spread out too thin. Even as a joint kitty, it may still be far from being awesome, again especially when pitted against the intimidating nature of the problem. But even if it is not awesome, it would definitely be a substantial contribution to the local campaign. Perhaps the campaign could decide to focus on certain specific areas of the problem each year. For instance, it could sink most of the money in training AIDS workers one year, through workshops, lectures etc. In another year it could also think of training the media in AIDS related issues so that the reports they write will be much more well-informed. After all, this is not general reporting which anybody with a little bit of aptitude and nose for news can do, but rather a specialised field. As for instance, a reporter who does not know what ART is all about, is unlikely to be able to report well on AIDS. Not only should such training be about upgrading the reporter’s knowledge of the virus and the disease it causes, or for that matter the treatments available etc, but it must equally be about sensitizing him or her to the human and social aspects of the disease.
As for instance, as of today, reporters, as also a larger section of the society still see issues of prostitution, homosexuality, drugs etc, as merely law and order problems. They may or may not be all these, but when somebody looks at these as social scourges that has a profound relevance to the AIDS question, perspectives would shift significantly, if not totally. Just as all of these problems are multi-faceted, having as they do economic, social, cultural angles contributing to them, so too in the case of AIDS. The Legislators’ fund for AIDS campaign, if it were to materialise, cannot possibly be big enough to be invested profitably in fundamental researches into the virus and the hunt for a vaccine etc. But it would definitely be a boon if it was to be invested in educating AIDS workers, and other force multipliers of the campaign, as these sections of the battlefront are often referred to. Amongst these force multipliers, one of the most prominent foot soldiers would be the reporters on the field, belonging to the many print and electronic media organisations in the state.
IMPHAL | Dec 4
Landowners from various villages formed NH-37 affected landowners committee in a meeting at Longmai Bazar board office on November 29.
The committee has been formed to speak for the cause of victimised landowners and families affected by the widening of NH-37 or the Imphal-Jiribam road, said a release.
Chamrei Kamei of Longmai is the chairman of the group and Pousing Kamei of Siguilong is vice-chairman, it said. Namjaigai Dominic of Luangchum is the secretary, it added.
IMPHAL | Dec 4
A three day workshop on the relation of dance with yoga will be conducted by Kathak dancers Kamalini Asthana and Nalini Asthana from December 5 to December 7 at Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur dance academy.
The workshop will be held from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, said a release.
A 17-member team from Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, is meanwhile undergoing a training programme at JNMDA, it said.
The Kathak dancers will study the different elements of Manipuri dance and music and the Manipuri students will learn the elements of Kathak, it added.
IMPHAL | Dec 4
All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) and Green Foundation will jointly be organising a one-day media interaction programme on the topic ‘World Soil Day’, on December 5 at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul.
The release mentioned that project officer, MOMA, K. Devdutta Sharma, scientists regional centre of organic farming, Imphal, V. Pandey, international agricultural consultant, Hitoshi Yokota, former director, MACS, Dr. Pramodkumar, assistant professor, Ideal Girls College, Imphal, Ksh. Bimolata, editor, Hueyen Lanpao, Hemanta will be the resource persons of the said meet.
The said programme will begin at 10am, and lunch will be served for the occasion, the release added.
IMPHAL | Dec 4
All Manipur Riflemen written test completed candidate joint action committee has written to the chief minister asking for result declaration of the written test for 441 posts of riflemen in Manipur Rifle’s battalion.
The test was advertised in May 2016 and conducted in August 2016, said a release from the JAC.
The results for police constable (male/female) recruitment were recently declared but those of the MR test have not been declared even though both the written tests were held at the same time, it said.
The JAC had submitted a memorandum on November 20 and is now seeking the chief minister’s intervention, the release added.
IMPHAL | Dec 4
The All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) expressed its concern over the increasing board examination fee of class X and class XII which is annually conducted by Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BOSEM) and Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM).
Besides the various welfare schemes for students hailing from minority and other backward communities, the government of India had passed Right to Education Act (RTE) on August 4, 2009, to ensure free and compulsory education for children from 6 to 14 years, said a release.
However, in Manipur board, examination fees have been annually increasing and some private schools are even charging exorbitant fees. This has put a considerable burden on many economically backward families, the release maintained.
AMSU urges the concerned minister and education department to address the stated issue in the interest of the students and families who live hand to mouth, the release added.
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KANGPOKPI | Dec 3
The Kuki football academy foundation stone was laid this afternoon at D. Phaihel village in Kangpokpi by DGP of Manipur in presence of other IPS officers, Kuki civil society leaders, church leaders, KFA officials and area leaders.
The first football academy among the Kukis in Manipur, KFA is also the organizer of the first night tourney in the hill districts.
Manipur DGP, LM. Khaute attended the unveiling ceremony as chief guest. ADGP (HG) Christopher Doungel and IGP Zone-I Clay Khongsai were functional president and guest of honour respectively. DIG Range-IV E. Priyo Kumar and AP-II Lunsieh Kipgen attended as special guests.
Doungel hoisted the KFA flag before the Khaute released KFA lottery and unveiled the foundation stone, dedicated by Paongam Chongloi.
Khaute said that the initiative of setting up KFA is excellent and will certainly inspire youth of the locality, of Kangpokpi district and of Manipur as a whole, while promoting a healthy culture of games and sports.
He said that the academy will also give youths of Manipur a healthy game spirit, fitness and good attitude which will in turn promote a good culture of competition not only in the realm of sports but also in the field of studies or academic pursuits.
“I also hope that Kuki football academy will contribute a lot in Manipur football in future and become a backbone of football association or governing body AMFA,” the DGP said.
The DGP continued that KFA will promote and bring amiable and peaceful environment by involving the youth in sporting activities, particularly football, and detaching them from cultivating undesirable activities in the society.
KFA president Thangminlen Kipgen in his keynote address stressed the need for collective involvement in nurturing the football academy until it could stand by its own leg in the larger interest of young footballers to avail the best in term of facilities, infrastructure and grassroots level development in football.
An exhibition match between Manipur film stars and KFA marked the unveiling of the foundation.
Fans of the stars crowded the playground to watch the match, which KFA won 4-3.
IMPHAL | Dec 4
Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur dance academy is organising a two day Kathak Utsav from December 5 at Manipur film development society, Imphal.
A release said the kathak Ustsav will be held in collaboration with Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, the festival shall begin at 4:30 pm.
Governor and JNMDA chairman Najma Heptulla will be the chief guest at the event, which will also be attended by Kathak Kendra AC chairperson Kamalini Asthana, JNMDA AC vice-chairman H. Tombi Singh and directors of b oth institutes on December 5, it said.
The programme on both days will feature Kathak performances by students and solo recitals by the dance gurus, it added.