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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 05:30

Landslide hit Ukhrul

UKHRUL | June 13
Several houses along the roadside residential pocket of Khaivarentang, Ukhrul have been rendered inhabitable when massive mudslides washed away huge masses of earth owing to torrential rains on Monday night.
Further, several unoccupied plots of lands are being washed away as heavy mudslides continued till this evening. At the same time, the affected residents have appealed to the government to immediately despatch an inspection team to take stock of the grave situation of the residential area.
Rain water had been seeping into the soft soil making the ground soggy and sudden overflow of drain water due to blockade of drainage of the road has washed away huge portions of homesteads on the slopes of the western and eastern Circular Road on Tuesday night.
With more rains in the offing many areas are likely to face landslide. The village road connecting Ukhrul headquarters was badly damaged by landslide in the past few days. Ukhrul district have witnessed connectivity road of many villages being cut off by landslide due to torrent rain during this rainy season

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IMPHAL | June 14 (DIPR)
In view of the increasing number of crimes against women, the State Cabinet today approved the establishment of one full-time fast track court “Court of Addl. Sessions Judge (FTC) for Crimes against Women, Manipur” for trial of cases connected with crimes against women.
The Cabinet also agreed for the creation of nine regular posts for the said Fast Track Court. The posts include 1 post of Grade-I of MJS, one Addl. Public Prosecuter cum Addl. government advocate (District), one PS/s -III, one UDA/bench, two LDA, one driver and two peons.
Manipur Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister N Biren Singh today approved introduction of the Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme. The objective of the scheme is to provide one-time ex-gratia and relief to journalists and their family members.
The Scheme is framed vis-s-vis the relevant schemes implemented in the neighbouring states of Assam, Mizoram and Nagaland and also in sync with the guidelines issued by the ministry of Information and Broadcasting, government of India.  
Financial assistance under this Scheme will be paid out of the interest accrued from a corpus fund of Rs 5.00 crores. The scheme will be enforced from the date of the publication of the notification in the official gazette.
Under the scheme, Rs. 2.00 lakhs shall be provided to the family on account of death of the journalist and also to the journalist in case of permanent disability rendering the journalist incapable of earning a livelihood.
A sum of Rs 1 lakh shall be provided towards the cost of treatment of major ailments such as cancer, renal failure, heart ailments requiring bypass or open heart surgery, angioplasty, brain haemorrhage and paralytic attack etc. Relief under the provision is available only upto the age of 60 years.
A sum of Rs 50,000 shall be provided in case of accidents causing serious injuries necessitating hospitalisation.
Further the State Cabinet today gave its approval to the payment of compensation for Rs 1, 08, 41,094 for the damages and injuries to the truck drivers and crews on several incidents during the economic blockades on National Highway 37 last year.  
Recognising that the drivers and transporters have been discharging their duties satisfactorily in spite of the hardships faced by them, the State Cabinet has decided to provide financial assistance for the damages and injuries caused during economic blockade.   
It may be mentioned that Biren Singh, during his meetings with All Manipur Petroleum Products Transporters Association and All Manipur Bulk LPG Transporters Association in April this year, had assured that the government would pay due compensation soon to the drivers and transporters who have injured and lost their lives in the line of duty.
Considering the importance of urea fertilizer to boost up the production and productivity of the food grains in the State, the Cabinet also gave its nod for the transportation of 12, 5000 metric tonnes of urea fertilizer from Dimapur to Imphal departmentally by the State Agriculture Department under the Buffer Stocking Programme 2017-18.
The Cabinet also decided to revise the room rents in the Manipur Bhawans located at New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. Acknowledging that large sections of the society are not happy with the existing rates of room rents in the Bhawans, the Cabinet approved the proposal for the revision of room rents.
After the revision, the room rents would be reduced upto 30-70 percent of the existing rates in all the Manipur Bhawans located in the country. The Cabinet also gave its nod for conducting the 5th panchayat elections, 2017 in the six zilla parishads under the Manipur Panchayati Raj Act, 1994.
The Cabinet also approved the proposal for extending the temporary management of Hotel Imphal and tourism infrastructure and facilities at Sendra Hillock by M/S Babina Health Care and Hospitality Industries Private Limited for six months with effect from 01.07.2017 till 31.12.2017 or till the finalization of the tender process for leasing out whichever is earlier.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 05:30

Sumitra to open NE parliament meet

IMPHAL | June 14 (DIPR)
The 16th North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference is being held in Imphal, Manipur from today till June 18 on the theme “North East and Look East Policy”.
The conference will be inaugurated by the Speaker, Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan on June 15 in the Manipur Legislative Assembly premises, Imphal.  On the occasion, the welcome address will be delivered by Speaker, Manipur legislative assembly, Yumnam Khemchand Singh and the keynote address will be delivered by Speaker, Meghalaya legislative assembly & Chairman, NERCPA, Abu Taher  Mondal.  Deputy Chief Minister, Manipur, Y. Joykumar Singh will also address the inaugural session.
On the second day of the conference, the governor of Manipur, Najma Heptulla will address the delegates. The presiding officers and members of the legislatures of Northeast States will be participating in this special conference which will deliberate on three significant themes.
 The themes are North East and Look East Policy, special plan for development of railways, airways, surface road and inland waterways connectivity for speedy economic development of Northeast region and discussion on the setting up of a chapter of Speaker’s Research Initiative (SRI) in the region for capacity building of the legislators of the region and generating research for the legislatures.
The North Eastern Region because of its typical geographic location, lack of connectivity and several other such constraints has for several decades lagged behind in various developmental activities.
Because of these impediments, the NE States follow a typical region specific governance and development model.  As the development delivery system is fraught with several problems and difficulties, the legislators of the region States face the daunting task of complying with their oversight law making and financial control responsibility.  
 The members of these legislatures require a very high level of skills to understand the specialised requirements of their respective States and people while discharging their duties. The Northeastern States’ legislatures have thus, for a very long time, felt the need of having a credible mechanism for providing authentic and analytical information for the effective functioning of the Legislators.
The SRI was institutionalised on July 23, 2015 with the objective to generate high quality research inputs on strategic and topical issues, and to device appropriate mechanism for interaction with members of both the houses of parliament for the purpose of information dissemination and capacity building.
To achieve this objective, SRI envisioned evolving participative modules for faster and effective information dissemination amongst the members.
SRI, during its short existence, has worked proactively for achieving its noble objectives under the dynamic leadership and guidance of Speaker, Lok Sabha, Sumitra Mahajan.  Several meetings and workshops with various stakeholders of democracy and eminent experts have been conducted for the members of parliament during Sessions.
Recognising the importance of Northeast region in the holistic development of the country and at the request of the Speakers of State legislative assemblies of the Northeastern legislative assemblies, the Speaker, Lok Sabha has agreed to set up a chapter of SRI in the region.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 05:30

Daily nightmare

Imphal city commuters’ woes are only getting worse because of the daily traffic chaos. It is not so much about the traffic volume becoming unmanageable, but of an almost universal road indiscipline of vehicle owners. Of the classes of vehicles, it must be said, auto-rickshaws must rank as the worse contributing to this chaos. There can be no doubt they are contributing a much needed service of providing cheap and efficient public transport to non-vehicle owners, but all the same, they must also be made to follow road rules and etiquettes. As of now, they stop wherever they want to, including at busy road junctions and bridges if they spot a passenger, causing immense inconveniences to other vehicle users; they race to be ahead of each other as the lead vehicles have more chances of picking up more passengers; they give little care about leaving the left lanes free for those who want to turn left while waiting at traffic junctions, and the list can go on. As a start, the traffic authorities could enforce halting norms. No public transport vehicles must be allowed to halt or pick up passengers except at designated stops. For this purpose, the authorities must mark out these designated stops and construct sheds. Passengers must be made to wait for these vehicles only at these stops too. Vehicles which make unauthorized halts or passengers who alight away from the stops must be made to face penalties too. These are some easily implementable measures to make the city’s roads much less stressful.

Of course auto-rickshaws are not the only ones bring chaos to the city’s roads. Most vehicles users probably have to plead guilty for building up this aggregate of indiscipline which has made our roads unruly and unsafe. Blocking left side lane at road junctions for vehicles intending to turn left is something not just auto-rickshaws but many others habitually do as if there was nothing wrong with it. They should know this is not just about showing courtesy to those intending to turn left, but of adding to the congestion by not allowing vehicles which did not have to halt to halt by their unthinking and selfish attitudes in their rush to be ahead of those in the queue. Again, these are problems that would not be difficult to tackle. It would need just a little effort from the traffic authorities to get things back on track. For a start, at traffic junctions, vehicles which take the left lane without intending to turn left must be forced to turn left and prevented from taking a left side detour to go straight or turn right ahead of the queue. There must also be a way to mark each traffic violations on driving licenses, and if a vehicle user is found to be a habitual offender, his driving license must be cancelled. Now that acquisition of driving license has become must more stringent, this should be a deterrent against traffic indiscipline. There is another deterrent which must be introduced. Drivers in advanced Western countries are in dread of traffic tickets because this can lead to their forfeiting their vehicle insurances. This could be introduced here too.

The problem is also about advanced technologies and products of these technologies becoming available even in remote places, thanks to globalization of market and capital, but often without the opportunity to imbibe the cultures, painfully built over long decades, that moderate their uses. Frantz Fanon foresaw this in “The Wretched of the Earth” when he said images of affluent societies flooding into developing societies is much more dangerous that the same images flooding into affluent homes in the West. Youth in the West are acclimatized to these images and they are able to put them in perspective, unlike youth in Third World, who are prone to take these images literally. As for instance, youth in Manipur who watch car and motorcycle races in Hollywood movies, are prone to think such behaviours are the norm, and like try to emulate them. For these youth, overtaking whichever way they want, putting themselves and others at risk in the process, is a demonstration of their driving skills, and therefore each overtake is a daring triumph.  What they unfortunately do not get to know is, their counterparts in the countries these movies depict know these stunts are not normal and if they were to try it, they would be risking stern punishments. This becomes especially pronounced on account of Manipur’s new culture of contractor-bureaucrat-minister nexus which has thrown up a nouveau-riche class who shamelessly flaunt unaccounted wealth beyond their legitimate means of earning. The fast and expensive cars are here, but not the civilizational road cultures and etiquettes of the places these cars are made. So it should not come as to see the loathsome sight of the door of an expensive SUV opening slightly at a traffic queue so that the driver can stick his head out and empty right onto the road, the filthy red spittle welling up inside his paan chewing mouth.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 05:30

All set for Meeyamgi Numit

IMPHAL | June 14
All necessary arrangements have been made to hold the 2nd Meeyamgi Numit at the CM secretariat tomorrow. Chief Minister N Biren Singh will meet the general public to attend to their grievances from 8 am to 2 pm.
A release said, however, registration for issuing entry tokens will be closed at 12 noon. All the ministers, administrative secretaries, DCs, SDOs and HoDs will also meet the public in their respective offices on the day.
The step has been initiated to make elected leaders, top bureaucrats and officials of the State government easily accessible to the general public.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 05:30

Two bridges damaged in Kpi

IMPHAL | June 14
Chalkot bridge, which connects Saparmeina with Saikul has been damaged very badly by the strong current of the stream and the bridge has been closed to traffic to avoid any unwanted incidents. One suspension bridge located at Saparmeina, which connects with Mongbung village and some other villages of Saikul Sub-Division has also been washed away completely. The water level of the streams rose due to heavy rains.
One villager identified as Paominlal Sitlhou (32 yrs) s/o Lunsat Sitlhou of Khaochangbung village of Saikul Sub-Division, falling under Kangpokpi P.S. was swept away by the heavy current of Imphal River near Keithelmanbi village yesterday and his body cannot be traced.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 05:30

Many places flooded in Thoubal

THOUBAL | June 14
Due to the heavy downpour in last few days, the water level of Thoubal River, one of the rivers running through the valley, has risen at alarming level.  It has overflowed at some areas affecting many crops and vegetables which are now, under water.
At Phouden Keiranbi area, the river has flooded many lanes and courtyards of the locality. 100 acers of crops are now under water. It has also overflowed at Thoubal Haokha sorarel area and the water is running on the national highway. Around 800 houses were flooded at Thangjam Lane, Thoubal Kiyam Sifai, Laisagol Leikai area and damaged many property. The animals no longer have their sheds.
At the backside of Babu keithel, Kiyam sifai thoubal, the locals have made a barrage to stop the overflowing area but the condition remains alarming. Areas at Sabaltongba, awang leikai and mayai leikai, the river overflowed and houses, property and crops were flooded.
The river overflowed at other areas like Thoubal moijing, leisangthem, Thoudam and Irong Mayang Imphal etc. At moijing Khangabok area the river, at a length of 800 feet overflowed, but no reliefs have been provided so far.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 05:30

AR internal probe

IMPHAL | June 14
Taking cognizance of reports appearing in certain sections of the media, proactive steps have been taken by the army authorities and internal investigations have been ordered into the incident of alleged mishandling and torture of SS Sergeant Major W Basanta Singh, PREPAK (Pro) Cadre, by 34 AR while in
custody after his apprehension.
A release said the local army authorities have assured that the internal investigation will be carried out promptly and strict disciplinary
actions initiated against any individuals, if found guilty.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 05:30

Rivers overflow, many areas flooded

By A Staff Reporter

MPHAL | Jun 13
Nambul river breached its banks and overflowed near Sagolband Moirang Leirak due to incessant rains in the past few days, flooding houses located nearby. Some parts of Uripok have also become submerged.
Many areas in the vicinity of Uripok and Sagolband are also innundated by overflowing water from Nambul as also many parts of the city, official sources said.
In a late night development, Imphal river breached its banks at the Minuthong area and the North AOC area has also become innundated.
Official sources added rainfall at Kangpokpi was 35 mm and by evening Imphal recorded 22 mm.
Md Liaquat Ali, superintending engineer, flood management circle told Imphal Free Press that the water levels of Imphal river and Namubul river have crossed their flashpoints due to the rains.
He said the Ithai Barrage floodgate number 5 has been opened but as yet gate numbers 2 and 3 are only partially opened. Even with this measure, water level is sill getting higher every moment, Liaquat added.
The official blamed “non-functioning” of LDA for the flooding in the urban areas, saying that waste materials stuck at different points of the rivers, especially Nambul river, smooth draining of river waters into Loktak is no longer possible.
Government should announce flood awareness as the state is flood prone. Water level of most rivers have touched danger levels, and yet the Ithai barrage gates are still not fully opened, he said.
Liaquat said in the last few years floods have become frequent as flow of rivers have become disrupted because of the non-functioning of LDA. The result is that waste products like plastic are cogulating the rivers. This blockage deflects the water back upstream makign the state extremely flood prone.
He further mentioned that, the plastic waste at the mouth of the rivers has piled like a hillock and still the authority concerned is turnign a blind eye to the problem, he added. The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation, also sees only their benefit with the least concern for the problems of flood in the state.
Liaquat said this is a ‘flash flood’ caused by irregularities in the rate of water flow due to mass deforestations in the hill areas and improper garbage management in the valley.
He said farming too close to the rivers by people living near the rivers have also loosen the soil causing soil erosion. The authority concerned should consider these issues to avoid possibilities of mass destruction by flooding, Liaquat appealed.
Liaquat said in case of urban area, people should take initiatives and be aware of the harms of dumping garbage into the rivers and not at proper officially designated trash collection sites. In order to avoid urban floods people should organise cleanliness drives in the river vicinities in the dry seasons.Flood Control Department has limited supply of materials, which are going to be used during this flood situation.

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Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister and Local MLA, Nemcha Kipgen today visited the earth cracks and flood affected areas in Kangpokpi District.
Nemcha rushed to the flood affected Kalapahar areas and visited the relief camp that was set up today morning at Kalapahar Government High School. She distributed various relief materials like rice, dal, pulses and financial assistance of Rs 30,000 was handed over to the chairman of the relief camp.
An emergency medical camp was also set up at the venue. IFC Minister Letpao Haokip, Parliamentary Secretary H. Dingo Singh and his team too joined the visits to Kalapahar area.
Nemcha Kipgen also visited Kalikhola relief camp at Goma Devi Government High School where around 4-5 families were presently staying. She distributed various relief items and essential commodities like rice, pulses, dal, to name some.
Addressing the people in the relief camps, the Minister assured all possible help for the affected people from the government side and urged them not to panic at the present prevailing situation. An old lady at the relief camp expressed gratitude towards the noble act of the Minister in personally visiting the location and extending help.
On the way back, the Minister visited Liyaikongpao and make sure that the situation is under control.
The Ministerial team includes Principal Secretary (Cooperation) and Kangpokpi District In-charge, P. Vaiphei, IAS, DC, Kangpokpi Ranjit Singh and ADC members.
Official sources said a villager was swept away by the swelling water of Imphal river at Keithelmanbi in Kangpokpi district today. He was carried away by the strong current when he tried to cross the river.
Our Kangpokpi Conrresondent adds :
The tropical cyclone Mora that hit Kangpokpi district during last week with torrential rainfall caused terrible havoc in the district, the latest havoc being a flood like situation this early morning at Kalapahar located 5 Km. way from Kangpokpi DHQs.
The cyclone Mora caused a massive earth fissures at Kalikhola areas under Kangpokpi Sub Division in Kangpokpi District since June 4 which gradually widen every passing day, sinking the entire land of Kalikhola village situated around 3 km from Kangpokpi District HQs. It expanded towards Makuli village located opposite to Kalikhola village. The earth fissures resulted in developing dangerous water bodies at three different locations at the earth crack sites.


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