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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

Tobacco items

THOUBAL| June 16
The banned items like tobacco and Moreh food products were seized by Sugnu police led by SDPO Sugnu, today. The seized items were handed over to Food Safety official Thoubal and the same were disposed of at Sugnu public garbage area by the Food Safety official Thoubal in presence of EM Waikhong, councillors of Sugnu MC, local club members and the womenfolk.

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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 16
Chief minister N. Biren Singh said the state government is planning to introduce a health insurance scheme to provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford medical treatment. Air mobile healthcare facilities would be made available soon in Manipur, he added.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the North East Healthcare Conference “Building Ecosystem for Quality Healthcare Delivery”, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry held today at City Convention Centre, Imphal.
The chief minister maintained that the government is committed to providing better healthcare services in the State and almost all the diagnosis would be made free of cost soon.
Biren pointed out such conference would definitely give a boost in improving healthcare infrastructure and open up medical tourism in the region. In this regard the state government has already approached the Union external affairs ministry to introduce visa on arrival facility for foreign nationals, citizens of Myanmar in particular.
Further Biren urged the investors across the country to coordinate and exchange ideas with the local entrepreneurs and doctors to boost not only medical tourism but also other sectors of the State.
Reiterating that India is being transformed under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Biren informed that the central government gave its nod for the establishment of a 100-bedded cancer hospital and 60-bedded mental hospital in the state.
Highlighting some of the recently taken initiatives in healthcare sector, chief minister said that various drugs items are made available at subsidised rates in 26 state-run hospitals and 57 notified medical tests would be done free of cost in RIMS, JNIMS, seven district hospitals, 17 community health centres, 85 primary health centres and nine urban primary health centres.
Health and family eelfare minister L. Jayantakumar Singh said that access to public healthcare sector had significantly changed and its services should be affordable to all. He stressed that there is an urgent need to infuse investment in healthcare sectors including primary health centres to district hospitals.
He further said Manipur has the potential to enhance medical tourism and delivering quality healthcare services to the people. He continued however there is limited private healthcare sector and the shortage of doctors, paramedics and well-trained health workers in the state.
Richa S. Debgupta, vice-president of Fortis Healthcare speaking on the occasion said, “The healthcare indicators in Manipur, is comparatively better than that of average India. There is a huge potential of growth for every year in Asian countries in medical tourism.”
Rupak Barua, co-chairman of CII Healthcare Sub-committee said, “According to the statistics, approximately 700 students are studying in China due to the lack of good medical colleges in Northeast. There is the need for establishment of affordable institutions with good infrastructure.”
Additional chief secretary (Home) J Suresh Babu, commissioner (Health) Sumant Singh, former director, AIIMS, Dr. R.C. Deka, chairman, Eastern Region Healthcare Sub Committee, Sanjay Prasad, co-chairman, managing director, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai, Rupak Barua, medical professionals attended the function.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

NE Speakers call for AEP ministry

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IMPHAL June 16
The two-day 16 th North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference resolved and urged the government of India to take prompt action in order to accelerate the ‘Act East Policy’ in the right earnest, and in letter in spirit for all round development of the entire North Eastern region.
The resolution also felt the necessity to create a separate ministry, department or forum exclusively for ‘Act East Policy’ for giving importance, focus, direction and implementation.
It said the association deliberated and discussed thoroughly on the Act East Policy and noted that the North Eastern states are frontier guard and treated as the ‘Gateway’ and the “Image of the Country” to South Asian Countries.
The resolution said the conference deliberated on the necessity for all round development of the region with respect to transport, communication and connectivity in terms of road ways, railways, airways and water ways.
The region is facing acute employment problem especially the educated, skilled and semi skilled youths, it said adding that there is huge potential for development in energy, tourism, trade and commerce.
“The region needs immediate expansion and upgradation of telecommunication and high speed band width networks, and the conference felt the need for revival of special category state status, backward region grant fund (BRGF), the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP) etc for all round development and investment in the states,” the resolution said.
The resolution was signed by T.N. Thondok, Speaker Arunachal Pradesh, H.N. Goswami Speaker, Assam,Y. Khemchand Singh, Manipur Speaker, A.T. Mondal, Meghalaya Speaker, Hiphei, Mizoram Speaker, Imtiwapang Aier, Nagaland Speaker, Pabitra Kar, Tripura Deputy Speaker and Bek Bahadur Rai, chairperson, Public Accounts Committee, Sikkim.
The two-day 16th North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference (NERCPAC 2017), which was inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan on 15 June 2017, concluded today.
Addressing the concluding session Manipur governor Najma Heptulla observed that democracy is the only way to solve problems of Northeast.
She urged legislators to be well aware of the ground realities, so that they could voice the concerns of the people in a more effective manner. Heptulla said the presiding officers have an important duty to conduct the affairs of the House in a people-centric manner.
Heptulla observed that North East region, due to certain reasons, has been historically and geographically cut off from the mainland. As such, it is necessary that sincere efforts are made in right earnest to attend to connectivity-related issues.
She emphasised that there should be more direct flights to Northeast region from different cities of the country, which will not only lead to better connectivity but also to better prospects for tourism industry.
She highlighted the need for better roads and rail network as per the special requirements of the region. On health related infrastructure, Heptulla urged the authorities concerned to explore the feasibility of ‘flying doctors’ to attend to emergent situations in the hilly areas.
She also pointed out that the criterion of population for allocating funds by the North Eastern Council needed to be revisited as the interests of smaller States tend to be adversely affected by such an approach.
Today, the conference held deliberations on second agenda item, viz. ‘Special Plan for development of Railways, Airways, Surface Road and Inland Waterways connectivity for speedy economic development of Northeast region’.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

Not PREPAK man

IMPHAL | June 16
One Sagolsem Noyon Singh (52), son of S Kame Singh, of Babol Kampu Makha Leikai, reportedly apprehended by the combined team of Imphal East and West commando, and 6 AR on June 13 during a search operation is not in any way related with PREPAK or its red army, said a release of the banned outfit. It also clarified that Naorem Surajkumar (36), son of N Heramani of Keirak Keisam Leikai, apprehended by Thoubal district police commando on June 15 from Sekmaijin Ningongkhong is also not related with the outfit.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

Agri department appeals

IMPHAL | June 16
The Agriculture department is preparing data for the farmers in co-ordination with all the related departments namely, Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Fishery, Sericulture and Forest, KVKs and ATMA to develop “Strategies for Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2020”, said a release. It further urged the general public, farmers in particular to extend all possible support and co-operation in the interest of the people, farmers in particular.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

Radio transmitter shut down

IMPHAL | June 16
All India Radio, Imphal has informed that the 300 kilowatt medium wave transmitter of Mayang Imphal has been shut down yesterday due to incursion of flood waters in the transmitter hall.
A release said that the operation of the medium wave transmitter will begin as soon as water recedes and appealed to all the listeners to bear the inconveniences till the situation returns to normal.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

New transfer posting

IMPHAL | June 16
The government has ordered the transfer and posting of IPS TK Anal and MPS S Somorjit Singh from SP of Noney to OC of 5th MR and from OC in-charge of 5th MR to SP in-charge of Noney, respectively said a release.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

Pherzawl gets first People’s Day

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | JUNE 16
The people of newly created Pherzawl district got their first opportunity to raise their grievances before deputy commissioner (DC) and additional deputy commissioner (ADC) and their subordinating staffs on “The People’s Day” held on Thursday.
Village authorities, village chiefs and people from far flung area like Parbung, Thanlon, sub-divisions of district and nearby villagers gathered at the DC complex to air their grievances.
The district administration reportedly received over 45 complaints like lack of police personnel, doctors, teachers in schools etc during the day which started at 8 am and concluded at 2 pm.
SDOs from different parts of the administrative block including Thanlon, Vangai range and Parbung along with district level officers DMO, ZEO, PHED and Army personnel were present during the “The People’s Day” from.
After having noted various complaints of people the DC and ADC discussed the issues with district level officers and subordinate staffs to do whatever they can with limited manpower at their disposal.
Among others issues demands like installation of bank, electrification of village, proper road communication and telecommunication and none-availability of rice under National Food Security rice etc. was also put forward to the district administration.
Against the backdrop, one of the villagers also drew the attention of the authority to conduct Aadhar card registration for children under UIAI (Unique Identity of India) and NPR (National population Registration).
Eventually during the People’s Day the subordination staff and district level officers also raised their grievances like not to bifurcate DRDA funds and failure to released transfer employee from Churachandpur district.
A. Tombikanta, DC Pherzawl told the media that most of the complaints received were very common issues. Nevertheless, without the help of the chief minister the problem cannot be solved by the DC of this district alone, he added.
Darthangsai, a leader of Pherzwal Hmar Students Association thanked chief minister N Biren Singh for creating a platform for the people to air their grievances monthly.
The student leader further expressed his desire that the chief minister honours the district by paying a visit as soon as possible.

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THOUBAL| June 16
The ongoing selection of teachers conducted by SSA, Thoubal block for Kahturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, sikhong, Sekmai is marred by irregularities as it has come to light, after investigation that a candidate that had been falsely rejected for not furnishing the required TET certificate.
To fill some empty seats under contract basis, the selection was held by inviting qualified candidates from the district. The candidate who had been rejected is one Shamurailatpam Premananda from Yairipok bamol Leikai. He had applied for the post of the part time teacher of physical and health education.
Elaborating on the matter, Premananda speaking to newspersons said on May 25, ZEO Thoubal office had released a notice about the vacant seats for the post of teacher and other staff for KGVB Shikhiong Sekmai.
As per the notice, he had applied for the post of Part time teacher, physical and health education by submitting the application form along with all the required documents. Unfortunately, he was rejected on the grounds that he had not included his certificate for clearing the TET exam.
Not only that, his name was included with a mistake in the notification of the rejected list released on June 14 by the ZEO/DPO SSA Thoubal at their website Thoubal.nic.in, he added.
He said, when he came to the office of ZEO Thoual to inquire on the issue, he found that his TET II certificate was not missing at all.
He continued further that it is highly suspected that there could have been malpractices during the time of screening process, since only 5 candidates have applied for the post of Physical and health education.
“I feel I have been intentionally rejected”, he said.
Premananda also informed that he came to know that the ZEO/DPO SSA Thoubal S. mangi had little knowledge about the TET exam while searching for his already submitted certificate copies.
He said that, he is surprised about being rejected for TET certificate as the eligibility for the post he had applied is 10 plus 2. The vacancy notice did not specifically mention the requirement for TET II which is an exam that requires the candidate to be a graduate as well as B.Ed, he added.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

DRDA to take over hospital work

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TAMENGLONG | June 16
With an aim to complete and start functioning of the prolong construction of 50 bedded hospital of Tamenglong, the deputy commissioner of Tamenglong, Armstrong Pame has cancelled all work orders.
The multiple crores project was executed by the special contractor, Keibamdi Panmei.
Revealing this, Armstrong Pame said that the construction of 50-bedded hospital has been delayed over and over again beyond the deadline set forth for its completion.
Despite of serving show-cause notice for its completion deadline was not met within October 21, 2016, he said adding that the reasons furnished for non-completion was found to be non-satisfactory and no work has started till date.
As per the work execution, the government has no longer ability to pay to the contractor, he said and hence continuation of the work by the same contractor is likely to prolong the work and completion is unlikely, thus depriving the public of proving quality Health service, Pame said.
Now the construction works will be continued by DRDA, Tamenglong in public interest to complete the construction at the earliest and start functioning, he added.
The construction includes construction of 50 bedded district hospital building, land development and mortuary and Autopsy, IEI of main building, construction of service block, construction of six numbers of type- II units, construction of six numbers of type- IV units, IEI of type- III quarters, three numbers of type- IV and one type- V including IEI of type- V quarters, retaining walls and construction of approach road and parking.
He also informed the contractor concerned to remove properties, machineries, and other utilized from the 50 bedded hospital complex within 24 hours from June 15.

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