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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Our Correspondent
KANGPOKPI |June 14
Out of three water bodies formed by Kalikhola fissures in the district, two had burst yesterday following the torrential rainfall, carrying down enormous amount of soil in the areas, running into J Songtun river which ultimately caused flood like situation at Kalapahar.
It swept down vast areas of the river bank in Makuli village side which is expected to slide down further while making the J. Songtun River deeper than before and damaging large areas of land and paddy fields.
The flood like situation also forced residents of 11 houses at Kalapahar to abandon their residential areas. They are now temporarily sheltered at Kalapahar government high school makeshift relief camp.
However, the situation of the flood like situation seems to be getting a sign of relief as the current and volume of the muddy water from the burst water bodies has been slowing down at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, a team of experts from National Disaster Mmanangement Authtority, GSI, CRRI, CWC, BRO and IMD today visited Kalikhola and Makuli village and conducted preliminary assessment at earth fissure site.
The team comprised of Vivek Tripathi, director, CMDD (ERNE), CWC, Delhi, Dr Pankaj Gupta, principal scientist, CRRI, Delhi, Dr Ravindra Singh, consultant (Landslide & Avalanche), NDMA, Dr K Jayabalan, deputy director general, Mission-IVA, CHQ and Sh Niroj K Sarkar, director (Monitoring V), PSS division, CHQ was led by Dr CD Singh, superintending geologist, GSI, NER.
The team assessed the site of the fissure at Kalikhola and Makuli areas almost the whole day.
Speaking to the media, the team leaders, Dr CD Singh, superintending geologist, GSI, NER said that the main contributing factors for the earth fissure according to the preliminary studies is blocking of the existing river course and other human activities such as terrace cultivation, and making temporary pond in the higher reaches that list to the oversaturation of the soil.
He added that water stagnation should not be allowed and it must be immediately channelized.
Sh. Niroj K Sarkar, director (Monitoring V), PSS Division, CHQ said that the after preliminary assessment we will discuss and submit the appropriate report to the state authority and the authority will act accordingly while conveying his anticipation that a specific solution could be ascertained from the assessment.
However, he also said that the preliminary assessment may recommend further studies which could possibly be taken by various agencies including geological Survey of India.
The expert’s team also said that the earth fissure is beyond their expectation.
The team will further assess J. Songtun areas tomorrow till noon and conduct conference at the district administration office at Kangpokpi headquarters.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 14
A Manipuri scientist, who has excelled in the field of astronomy by achieving to name an asteroid in his name, was felicitated today by Moral Education Centre at its Iroishemba complex.
Guneshwar Thangjam has managed to name an asteroid (minor planets orbiting the sun) in his own name as ‘Thangjam Asteroid’ on April 26. The said asteroid was earlier known as ‘1981 E F14’.
The prestigious name
was conferred by International Astronomical Union (IAU) as a sign of respect for his
During the felicitation programme, S Prahalad, ex-councillor of Imphal Municipal Council attended the function as chief guest. Principal of Paree Imom Sindam Sang Lamgjing, Memcha Sanjenbam and Secretary of Moral Education Centre L Brahjabidhu attended the function as guest of honour and president respectively.
L Brahjabidhu, secretary of MEC and organiser of the programme said that Thangjam was also a part of MEC during the 8th State Level Math, Science and Social Science Competition organised by MEC and has won in the 7th position.
Guneshwar is currently pursuing post-doctoral studies (Ph.D) in astronomy at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany on Vesta’s compositional heterogeneity using Spacecraft data.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 14
Health and family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar has called for more mass awareness campaign on voluntary blood donation concept in the state.
Attaining World Blood Donation Day observance at Manipur Film development Society Hall today the Minister encouraged people to donate blood.
“Donation of blood inculcates the sense of emotional attachment, love and belongingness among human beings,” Jayantakumar pointed out.
The state level observance was jointly organised by National Health Mission, Manipur and State Health Department.
Thirteen milestone donors who had crossed 30 times donation and eight blood donor organisations who have organised at least three camps or have collected 100 units of blood were felicitated as part of the observance function.
Leishangthem Mangi, a visually impaired voluntary donor at RIMS blood bank told Imphal Free Press that he feels a sense of contentment.
“I have donated 62 times, four times in a year and I feel healthier and livelier as I have inner feeling of happiness,” said Mangi, a resident of Haobam Marak, Lourenbam Leikai.
Mangi started donating blood from December 1999 when he was 35 years old.
Prizes for the state level painting competition held on June 10 in connection with the observance was also distributed.
Health Director, Dr K Lokendro said state could collect only 4,000 to 5,000 blood units per annum against 28,000 blood unit need per year in the state.
Manipur is at the least among other Indian states in voluntary blood donation list, he said.
RIMS blood donors community observed World Blood Donor Day under the theme “What can you do? Give blood, give now, give often,” today at RIMS OPD complex.
The function was attended by professor Ch Arunkumar Singh, medical superintendent, RIMS hospital as chief guest and professor A Barindra Sharma, head of the Immunohaetology and blood transfusion (IHBT), RIMS, Imphal as president of the function.
Speaking to the media, Barindra said donation of blood does not affect health, instead it makes healthy by regenerating blood cells in the body. People need more awareness programmes on blood donation as the state is lacking in blood especially rare groups.
RIMS blood bank has adequate quantity of blood for the time of emergency, but there is shortage of rare blood groups.
Barindra said a normal human being can donate 188 times of his blood from the age of 18 to 65 years. 155 individuals donated blood at RIMS blood bank from 9 am to 3 pm.
Shija Blood Bank and Transfusion Services organized a voluntary blood doonation camp at its blood bank. Various volunteers including students of Shija Academy of Nursing, staff of Shija Hospitals and from outside donated 31 units of blood.
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.
IMPHAL | June 14 (DIPR)
Education Minister Th. Radheshyam said an educational policy to regulate private schools is underway. The minister appreciated the contributions of the private schools in imparting education in the state. However, he pointed out that for better functioning of every educational institution in Manipur, there is need for having a private schools’ policy.
The Education Minister was speaking as chief guest at the K.M. Blooming Higher Secondary School annual toppers’ felicitation function of High School Leaving Certificate Examination & Higher Secondary Examination – 2017, Khangabok.
Certain norms have been layed down by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur under the Recognition Rules - Condition for Recognition of High School.
Running a school in a very limited small space, packing all the students in one small courtyard or in a very congested room is unacceptable. Thus, an educational policy is being drafted to curve such ugly features that sometimes threaten the real essence of education and its institution be brought to an end, he added.
The minister also assured that the policy will be a friendly one to the private schools and it will help the schools more in grooming students and educational facilities of an institution.
Congratulating the position holders of the schools and felicitating them he said no matter where the students is they should always respect and regard their teachers because without them whatever they are achieving today wouldn’t have been possible. Every successful candidates of today, he said, should imbibe themselves with sense of responsibility, to serve and sacrifice for the welfare of humanity. Because, he said, without these qualities, their education becomes meaningless. The real fruit of education can only be achieved when they start contributing towards the society after they achieved their goals and aims of their life he added.
In the function MLA Khnagbok AC Okram Surajkumar, Adhyaksah Thoubal Zila Parishad Kh. Surnalata Devi, Deputy Commissioner, L. Nabakishwar Singh, Secretary Council M. Bidyasagar, Secretary BoSEM Ch. Sarat Singh, Audio Visual Officer SCERT Birendra Salam, Chairman of the school, teachers, faculties and students of the school were present.