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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 22
The state transport department will launch inter-district and city bus services from June 25 to revive the Manipur State Transport (MST).
The buses will be flagged off by chief minister N. Biren Singh from the old office complex of Manipur State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), Moirangkhom.
Speaking to media persons, the commissioner transport department L. Lakshmikumar, divulged that the revival of the MST was one of the 100-day programme of the BJP led Manipur Government.
He said the present government considers connectivity as one of its priorities to bring equal development and bridge the gap between hills and valley.
The commissioner announced that passengers will be availed with the service free of cost on the launch day of the buses and that 14 routes have been identified for the buses to start their service.
Lakshmikumar said that the government is planning to press into service altogether 150 buses in three phases and added that initially over 10 bus services will be operational.
While the government will look for partnership to meet its target of 150 buses, the entire operation will be run by the state, he continued.
Although the department is yet to fix the actual rate of bus fare, the commissioner informed that the transportation fare initially will be on the basis of one rupee per one kilometre. However, the bus fare within the city limits will be charge Rs 10.
The transport commissioner, anticipating shortcomings and hindrances during the operation of the bus service, appealed to all the stake holders to extend their co-operation in making the endeavour of the government a successful one.
As per details provided by the department the bus service will start from 9am to 11am with lunch break from 12 noon to 1pm and resume its service from 1 pm till 6pm.
The stoppage time for each bus will be 2 minutes at every pick up and set down points.

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Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

Doctor and nurses robbed at gun point

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PHERAWL | June 22
Doctor and nurses working at the Primary Health Centre, Sivapurikhal under the newly created Pherzawl district were robbed by 10 well-armed unidentified persons that wore camouflage military outfits, on the night June 21 around 12:30 am. An amount of Rs.10,000 and two cell phones were robbed away from the staff of the PHC.
The robbers fired 3 blank shots before the personal properties of the staff were snatched at gun point. The staffs have abandoned the PHC out of fear and presently taking refuge at Borobkera, Jiribam.
The PHC, located at Sevapurikhal, Pherzawl district, an extremely remote area in Manipur, is under the MoU signed between the State Health Centre and New Life Trust with a goal to provide better health facility in the area.
The PHC has one medical officer, and five nurses running it. At the time of the robbery, there were some patients present in the health centre. This has been the first case where cash and cell phones were robbed from a medical staff at gun point.
A meeting has been held by the concerned locals and investigations are on to find out the identity of the robbers. An official lamented that such incident of intimidating medical staff who have been taking care of the villagers, must not be repeated again in the future.
Out of insecurity, the staff had to leave the PHC. Not only that, the medical staff of Patpaimun PHC may also leave their health centre, under the present existing conditions. He appealed to the authorities concerned to look into the matter.

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IMPHAL | June 22
MAHUD minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar today said stern action will be taken up against contractors, sanction authority and engineers involved in the construction of the new building of the Thoubal Municipal Council office.
He made the statement after inspecting the new building located inside the Thoubal Municipal Council office. The minister said the new building has partially caved in, cracks are visible on the walls and the building is currently tilted due to damage on the retaining walls.
The MAHUD minister appealed to the councillors of the Thoubal Municipal Council to be vigilant and strictly follow the system while issuing licence to the vendors to avoid problems of issuing double license.
Stating that the Imphal Municipal Council has already initiated work to keep the marketplaces in Imphal neat and clean, Shyamkumar instructed the Thoubal Municipal Council to begin the process to keep the market areas neat and clean.
After inspecting the building, Minister Th. Shyamkumar, MAHUD director N. Gitkumar along with department officials had a meeting with the Councillors of the Thoubal Municipal Council. Th. Shyamo, Chairman, Thoubal Municipal Council presented an 11 points charter of demands.
MAHUD minister gave assurance to the demand to provide Tata 407 vehicle (3 Numbers) to be utilised for the purpose of the solid waste collection. Regarding the purchase of de-silting machine, Shyamkumar said, the State has only one machine at present. He said, the State Government will try to purchase more such machines so that it can be used in rotation when required.
He also gave assurance to include in the programme, the proposal of bore pile retaining wall in front of Thoubal Municipal Council, Thoubal (150 meters) and Thoubal Bridge to Sekpi Khongnangkhong (270 meters).
Regarding demand for conversion of Manipur Municipal staffs to the Manipur State Service, Shyamkumar said the State government will look into the feasibility of the matter and asked the staffs to take reference from other states.
The minister gave approval to the demand for reservation of the State Land opposite to Thoubal Melaground, Thoubal Achouba (total area of 1.6025 hectares) to Thoubal Municipal Council to solve the overcrowding issue at the Bazar.
Speaking on the proposal for the construction of community toilet (8 Numbers) within Municipal area, Shyamkumar asked the Thoubal Municipal Council to bear 60 percent of the total expenditure cost and assured 40 percent from the MAHUD. Shyamkumar said, he will also see whether more funds can be allotted for the said construction.
Regarding the proposal to repair Thoubal Main Bazar as well as electrification with wall painting (white wash), minister Shyamkumar said he will consult with the concerned officials and asked Thoubal Municipal Council to bear a part of the expenses, assuring that the State government will also give some contributions.
The minister continued that there is a plan to construct night shelters at RIMS, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Andro and Kakching. He gave approval to the proposal for the construction of night shelter in Thoubal.
He asked the Council to send a proposal for construction of night shelter at Thoubal District Hospital stating that, night shelters are important and gave assurance that the State government will support any initiatives which is for the welfare of the people.
The charter of demands also included approval for changing the work site from Sekpi Khongnangkhong to the campus of Municipal Shopping Complex near District Agriculture Office, Thoubal under SUSV of NULM, proposal for sanction for construction of Municipal Office building (4 Rooms) and confirmation for appointment of staffs of Capacity Building at Manipur Municipalities.

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By Rakesh and Thomas
IMPHAL | June 22
A godown which practices oil adulteration by turning petrol into diesel was seized today evening by a team of Imphal East police team lead by Imphal East, additional SP (L&O), Kasar Wupam, under the supervision of Imphal East SP, Kabib. K.
The godown which is located at Luwangsangbam  Maning Leikai is owned by one N. Ranbir (47) son of N. Pakchao of Luwangsangbam Mamang Leikai in partnership with O. Tomba Singh (54) son of O. Jugindro Singh of Langjing Achouba Maning Leikai.
The raid was conducted following a reliable information received by the Imphal East police, that an oil adulteration process was conducted in a godown located at Luwangsangbam  Maning Leikai area.
During the raid the police team were able to seize one oil tanker bearing registration number MN01-8147 owned by one Anuradha Upadaya of Sangakpham along with the driver of the tanker, identified as Bhawani Prasad Subedi of Kangpokpi district.
The police team were also able to seize 20 thousands kiloliters of adulterated diesel kept in different containers, chemical agents which was used for adulterating the diesel to convert into petrol and motor pumps for transferring the adulterated oil into the tanker from the container and vice-versa.
During police investigation it was learned that the adulterated oil were deposited in the IOC oil depot from where the oils are to be allocated to different petrol pumps across the state.
A case has been registered at Heingang police station and the three individuals including the owner, business partner and the driver of the tanker were arrested by the police team for further investigation.

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Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

Woman shop owner missing

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 22
Khundrakpam Ningol Bimola, a resident of Litan Sareikhong village in Ukhrul district was found missing from his shop and her shop was found ransacked in a suspicious and unusual manner, said the convener of the JAC against the missing of Khundrakpam Ningol Bimola, Kh Sanayaima.
Addressing media persons at Manipur Press Club, Sanayaima said that Bimola is a divorcee of 54 years originally from Itam Nungoi Maning Leikai and now resides in Litan Sareikhong village in Ukhrul district for the past seven years.
She was a commoner who runs a grocery shop for her livelihood. Her missing yesterday left the family and relatives worried, said the convener.
‘On hearing that she has been missing since 7:30 am, we came to check her shop and found that even the door was not locked properly and even commodities were found misplaced and not in a proper manner. It seems that she has been attacked and kidnapped,” he continued.
First Information Report was lodged in both Litan and Lamlai police station. He also urged the police department and authorities to find her whereabouts and the miscreants who might have abducted her.
“We will take up different forms of democratic agitation if the case is not taken seriously by the concerned authorities within three days. We will even impose bandh on Lamlai Ukhrul road,” the JAC threatened.

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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 22
Two Manipuri writers have been selected to be conferred with the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award, 2017.
The executive boards of the Sahitya Akademi which met today at Guwahati under the chairmanship of its president Prof. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari approved the selection of 24 writers Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2017 of which Warrepam Jugindra Singh was also selected for the bal Sahitya Puraskar Award for his book titled “Angangi Wari Macha Niphu” a short stories collection in Manipuri language.
Similarly, Kh. Krishnamohan Singha, another Manipuri writer from Silchar was also one of the writers selected for the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar Award, 2017 for his poetry “Kellaba Unagi Ishei”.
The books were selected on the basis of recommendations made by the jury comprising of three members each in the concerned language in accordance with the rules and procedure laid down for the purpose.
The awards consist of a plague and a cheque of Rs 50,000 each.
The Akademi will present the awards for the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2017 at a special function due to be held on November 2017 while the date of the Yuva Puraskar award is yet to be fixed.
“I am very happy. I could not express how I feel when I learn that I have been selected for the award. I did not expect that I will get the award as my books were rejected in the past,” Jugindra said.
Wareppa authored eight books and another is in prirnt. After retiring from Modern College as selection grade teacher he is now teaching in Imphal’s teacher training college. He secured four master’s degrees in political science, Hindi, education and Manipuri.
His books include translation works and story books for children.

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Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

PFA rescues barking deer, Tokay gecko

IMPHAL | June 22
One displaced Barking deer was rescued from Mongjam Maning Leikai, Heingang Imphal East by the volunteers of the People for Animal, Manipur. The deer entered a house and again ran away only to fall into a pond.
A release said one Ningthoujam Roshan of the same village rescued the deer from the water and reported to PFA Manipur. PFA team quickly went to the spot and provided first aid to the animal, it said.
After a brief discussion with Central Division DFO Joykumar Longjam, the deer was relocated at a suitable site along with deputy ranger, Thangjam Kiran of the division.
Meantime a young Tokay Gecko was rescued from Thoubal Awang leikai ground. One D.S. Enterprises of Keisamthong was setting up a fair at the ground, it said, adding the gecko was found among the materials.
The gecko, which is now at the animal shelter of PFA Manipur, would be relocated soon with the permission of wildlife department, it added.
One Night Jar (tinkhak chabi) was handed over to PFA Manipur by one Sagolsem German of Soibam Leikai. The bird was relocated on the same day, it said.
Further it said one Bengal Slow Loris was handed over to PFA by ASI Longjam Angomcha and his team of Komla Ching VDF out post. They found the displaced animal at the gate of their post at around 7 pm, which would be relocated soon after recovery of minor injuries on the limbs, added the release.

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Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

Trans-men to Society: Understand us

By Thomas Ngangom
IMPHAL | June 22
Locally referred to as Nupa Saabi, Trans-men are a hidden population in Manipur. The state has shown a high level of acceptance to the trans-women community but there is a very low visibility of trans-men. It does not mean they do not exist but they are not visible to the society or the society is not ready to celebrate their existence.
Speaking to IFP, Warepam Tilotama (50) also known as Eton who was born at Awang Khunou Mayai leikai, Imphal West district, daughter of late W. Natek Singh and W. Ongbi Ibecha said in olden days society did not accept for being a different gender. Though their physical appearance was same with female but mentally they cannot accept as female.
She also said during her adolescent period she faced problems for being a trans-man. As family members of a trans-man feel ashamed to bring them out in the society, many had committed suicide as they were not able to bear the situation, Eton added.
“The society should keep in the mind that trans-men are also human being like others, then why the society cannot accept equally?” she asked.
Laitonjam Tombi (trans-man) said being a trans-man is not a sin but it is due to imbalance of human hormone. “Trans-men also have their daily routine like the other genders have, then why they are being treated differently,” she lamented.
She said due lack of knowledge on the third gender by the society, many had committed suicide and some of them get mental problems. Society should understand that third gender have been given voting rights by the Supreme Court and they should be treated same as others, she added.  
The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community is legally granted voting rights as a third sex in 1994. Due to alleged legal ambiguity of the procedure, Indian transgender individuals do not have access to safe medical facilities for Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS).
On April 15, 2014, Supreme Court of India declared transgender people as a socially and economically backward class entitled to reservations in education and job, and also directed union and state governments to frame welfare schemes for them.
Because of lack of education and support from the family and the society most of trans-men are hidden in their so cocoon, they said.
These trans-men face many problems like family pressure, societal pressure, and most of them committed suicide due to family pressure and partner’s misunderstanding as some of them are not ready to expose in the society, they said adding they get addicted to drugs and alcohols.

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Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

Homeguards march for hike in allowance

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 22
Homeguards staged sit-in protest today at Keishampat lairembi community demanding in increase in duty allowance as per the directives given by the Supreme Court.
Speaking to the media, Kh. Inaobi Devi, secretary of Manipur Home Guards Employees Welfare Association, said the Supreme Court had given an order on March 11, 2015 to increase the duty allowance of home guard personnel. Though the association has been demanding for this for long the state government has not implemented the order yet.
She also said home guard personnel are performing their duties not less than that of other police personnel in MLA’s office, government offices and many others.
“But with a monthly salary of Rs. 5000 how can we run a family,” she asked. Due to this reason home guard personnel are facing many problems, she added.
She also mentioned that for the reimbursement of duty allowance 90 percent should be brought by central government and remaining 10 percent by state government. But for northeast 100 percent reimbursement should be made by central government.
Regarding the issue the association submitted a memorandum to chief minister N. Biren on June 17 of this month but no action has taken yet, Inaobi claimed.
She appealed the authority concerned to reimburse the duty allowance at the earliest.
After sit-in protest the personnel took out a rally passing through Wahengbam leikai, Uripok road and ended at home guard complex located at Lamphel, Imphal.

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IMPHAL| June 22
Sections of the teaching community of the Manipur University were “shocked” by “some errors” in a notification issued by the deputy registrar/Aca of the university concerning re-registration of scholars.
A notification signed by Dr. R. K. Joteen Singh, deputy registrar/Aca said “In anticipation of the approval of the Board of Studies, School of Social Sciences, the Vice-Chancellor has been allowed for Ph D re-registration of the following Research Scholars.”
The subsequent sentence reads, “They may be submitted their thesis within 2 (two) years w.e.f. the dates indicated against their names.”
Expressing anguish at the “mistakes” some teachers of the university alleged that there were such mistakes in some notifications of the university in the past. “This is an insult to our society,” one of the teachers said, urging authorities to be careful in future.

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