Many parts in Imphal knee-deep in flood waters
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | July 1
Flash floods hit the state for the third time and many rivers have touched danger levels but there is a woeful shortage of flood fighting materials.
According to irrigation and flood control department, water level of many major rivers of the state have crossed flood level. The water levels of Imphal river, Thoubal river, Iril river, Nambul river etc have crossed flood level mark.
The floods have been accentuated by improper drainage system and converting the river banks into kitchen gardens.
Relief camps have been opened at Tolhal junior high school, Seijang and 87 families are taking shelter at the camp.
Speaking to media, L. Kulachandra, president of Seijang Progressive Youth Club said with heavy rainfall for the last two days almost all the area has gone underwater. Many fish farms and paddy fields have been flooded.
The state might face famine due to frequent floods in the state, he added.
Lungoila Thangal, SDC Imphal East further said relief materials have distributed to the people and district administrators have prepared to take necessary action.
Also the rains affect many government offices including chief minister’s secretariat campus.
Konghom areas in Kpi hit hard:
Our Kangpokpi correspondent added torrential downpour since yesterday hit hard on Konghom areas in Saikul sub-division of Kangpokpi district among many other parts of the district and caused numerous landslides along the NH 2 this morning.
Konghom area located in between Sapormeina and Saikul remained the worst affected in every downpour this year.
Earlier, when Cyclone Mora swept the district in the formed of heavy rainfall, many paddy fields has been inundated in the area while the only connecting bridge Sapormeina-Saikul bridge was also damaged.
The area was again flooded after the devastated Cyclone Mora and inundated once again most of the paddy fields and also caused completed damaged to the already torn out Bailey bridge over Gundung River.
It was flooded for the third time owing to the torrential downpour yesterday night and this morning and distraughtly flooded many paddy fields and also caused severe destruction at S. Mongbung village IVR and Saikul-Sapormeina road.
Farmers in the areas have been reeling under harsh condition when paddy cultivation is in its peak while the paddy cultivation is the main source of livelihood of the general populace of Konghom areas.
Meanwhile, the heavy downpour also caused numerous landslides along Imphal-Dimapur road this morning which stranded all types of vehicles along the road for several hours before the debris was cleared.
Landslide occurred at two different places with a distance of around 50/60 meters along the NH-2 in between Mongpijang village and N.Songlung village which completely blocked the highway with huge stone and debris.
Similar landslide also occurred near Bimparao along the National Highway which caused tremendous hardships to the commuters and passage for vehicles along Imphal-Dimapur road.
The quick response of district administration and concerned department with the assistance of security personnel and locals helped the stranded passengers and vehicles while swiftly clearing the highway for smooth passage of vehicles.
Minor landslides have also been reported along the road in various locations between Motbung and Kangpokpi though it did not create havoc to the commuters. However, if not attended on time, it could have possible caused major landslide.
Concrete retaining wall is considered necessary to be constructed in various vulnerable locations so as to avoid such landslide along the highway which will also sustain the life span of the highway.
IMPHAL | July 1
Chief minister N. Biren said that chartered accountants not only monitor wrongdoings in financial matters but also help maintain financial discipline of the government and people.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the 68th Chartered Accountants’ Day celebration organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Manipur at Hotel Classic Grande, Chingmeirong today.
Biren also urged the chartered accountants of the state to help educate the masses on the Goods and Services Tax, which has been rolled out from last midnight all over the country.
He said, “I believe that ICAI will continue to play an effective as well as constructive role in creating awareness about the benefits that GST will have in terms of fiscal discipline.”
He urged the CAs to organise workshops and seminars to sensitize the common people on the regulations and compliance requirements of the new tax regime.
“There are many who are not aware or confused about the implications of GST. CAs’ guidance on the matter is the need of the hour”, he observed.
Biren stated that despite small in number, CAs in Manipur have been providing yeoman service to the people of the state in the fields of audit, taxation, finance and consultancy.
Assuring that the government would always welcome the suggestions and recommendations from the CA fraternity on business and financial matters, he observed that it is the duty and obligation of the CAs to help the government and people in delivering inclusive economic growth.
The chief minister said that ICAI was established with the objective of regulating accountancy profession in India and it is the second largest professional accounting body in the world in terms of membership with over 2,65,000 members as on date.
Apart from its regulatory role, which includes prescribing standard auditing procedures, laying down ethical standards, monitoring quality, ensuring standards of performance of members and exercising disciplinary jurisdiction, the other primary function of the institute is to administer the education and examination of CA course.
In his speech, Union minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain termed rolling out of GST as a path breaking moment for the entire country. He observed that the new tax regime would not only improve the rate of tax collection but also reduce prices of most of the commodities and services.
Stating that prices of almost all the goods and services would be equal across the country under GST, the minister contended the ultimate beneficiaries of the new tax regime would be the common people.
Chief secretary O. Nabakishore, Manipur Chamber of Commerce vice-president Basudeva and chartered accountants K. N. Agarwal and Ksh Kunjabi also attended the celebration as presidium members.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | July 1
Debit cards which do not have a golden colour chip in the left side are not secured, said Intelligent Quotient Security System, CEO, Harold D’Costa.
He was speaking as a resource person on the topic “Cyber crime investigation and online banking frauds and detection” at a one day orientation programme on cyber forensic, cyber crime and electronic evidence” today at the auditorium of High Court of Manipur.
The one day orientation programme was jointly organised by Manipur Judicial Academy and Manipur State Legal Service Authority.
Harold said that between July, 2016 and September, 2016 more than 32 lakh debit cards without chip were compromised in the country and still 70 percent of the debit cards in the country do not have chip in the card.
So it will be best if people change their debit card without chip to debit card with chip, he added.
Unable to protect data of the customer, improper security and negligence security system by bank is a serious offence, said the CEO.
Harold said that on the other hand the rate of cyber crime in the country had increased to 19 times starting from the year 2005 till 2015 and the state has six cyber crime cases till 2015, where the state UP recorded the highest number of cyber crime.
And there is a big chance that India may have the largest number of victims of cyber crime in the world by 2019, he added.
All the e-mail sites are owned by foreign countries except for “rediff,” so it is difficult for the investigating team of the country to investigate on cyber crime related with e-mail sites owned by other country, said Harold.
He continued that, “there is also a chance that your mobile number is used by unknown people to open a Whatsapp account so we should avoid sending important documents through such social media.”
The main motive of cyber crime in the country are for financial gain, insult to modesty of women, fraud call, and personal revenge, said the CEO.
Supreme Court advocate on record, Neeraj Aarora also spoke on the topic “Emerging challenges of cyber law and IT Act and appreciation of electronic evidence” as a resource person.
The orientation programme was attended by police officers, lawyers, judges and law students.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | July 1
“There is no increase in the taxation with the coming of GST, rather it puts simply all taxes that has been charges separately in previous taxation system,” said Nameirakpam Dennis superintendent of taxes on the launching of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The programme was held at the Common Hall of the department of taxes, North A.O.C.
Further Dennis said in the previous taxation system even if the tax charge is small, there are charges for Central Sale Tax and Central Excise Tax. These extra charges will be cut off in GST. And according to the GST, the businessmen whose yearly turnover is less than 10 lakhs do not need to register for the states of N.E.
The programme was attended by O. Nabakishore Singh chief secretary, Gaigongdin Panmei GST commissioner Manipur and R.K. Khurkishore Singh asst. commissioner of Taxes attended the function as chief guest, guest of honour and president respectively.
In a related development the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha Manipur state celebrated launch of GST is was done in other parts of the nation at the party’s office at Nityai Pat Chuthek last midnight.
In a press release, A. Nongpoknganba general secretary said GST is the single biggest tax reform in the independent India which will bring about a uniform tax regime and be benefitted all the tax payers and common masses.
Further he said GST will bring about a change in the country by lowering taxes on items such as cement, iron etc which will help the country grow and by charging higher taxes on items like cigarettes, plastics etc.
The Yuva Morcha also acknowledged Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effort in creating a milestone in the history of India.
IMPHAL | July 1
Out of the 29 divisions in the works department, only 18 were able to submit their progress report for the review meeting convened today. Expressing dismay, works minister Th. Biswajit instructed the officials to submit their progress report before the next monthly review meeting.
Biswajit was speaking at the second monthly review meeting of the department held today at his New Secretariat conference hall. During the first monthly review meeting held in June, it was decided to identify all heavy machineries of the department which are lying unattended at work sites.
On the issue of frequent water logging in certain areas of Imphal including Raj Bhawan, existing Secretariat area, Sanjenthong Officers’ Colony, Babupara and Singjamei Waikhom Leikai and Mayeng Leikai areas, Biswajit instructed the officials concerned to act instantly to clear the water logging.
He instructed the engineers concerned to initiate temporary measures including pumping of flood water from the areas immediately and to set up pumping stations at three locations viz. Waikhom Leikai area, Babupara area and Sanjenthong area.
In the meeting the minister warned all concerned to return the heavy machineries and equipment which were acquired from the works department for utilisation at work sites but yet to be returned even after completion of the work for a long period.
The minister said officials and engineers of the public works department who signed the indents for issue of heavy/light machineries and the contractors concerned should be responsible for the machineries.
The issue needs to be discussed with all seriousness, Biswajit said, adding if engineers, including retired officials, are found at fault, Personal Liability Acts will be filed against them to exact the amount for the machinery and legal actions will also be taken up against the contractors, if necessary.
He further asserted that indent of machineries and equipment should be issued only on advance payment as well as security deposit against the machineries to be issued from today onwards.
The works minister also highlighted the need to refurbish the entire PWD complex and maintain cleanliness and hygiene in the complex.
He further asked for a detailed report for construction of common roads 12-feet wide from the foothills to the tops of both the Baruni and Koubru Hills and beautification of the natural pond atop Koubru Hills.
He also asked officials concerned to submit the utilisation details of work-charge, muster roll and casual staffs of the department.
Minister Biswajit also discussed the issue of frequent landslides along the national highways and asked the engineers concerned to act swiftly and clear all debris at the earliest so that the highways do not remain blocked for long.
He further asked the department officials to initiate steps to register the land ownerships of all offices of the PWD including the Inspection Bungalows in the name of the department at the earliest.
Today’s meeting also discussed the action taken on resolutions taken during the last review meeting.
Other issues discussed included proposal for reconstruction of old and weak bridges, preparations of estimates for maintenance of mini secretariat buildings at district headquarters, reconstruction of old and weak bridges, stores division of the department to be revamped and identification of a location for the division and installation of a Hot Mix Plant within the range of 15-20 km from Imphal.
The minister sought cooperation of all officials and engineers and said everyone should work efficiently with dedication.
Regarding the need for verification of a huge liability amounting to Rs 447.03 crore under various head of accounts, works commissioner K. Radhakumar expressed the need for a division wise discussion on the issue.
Highlighting the achievements of the department during the 100-days programme, officials of the department said development of the tourist resort at Sendra Hillock, water sports complex at Takmu and other tourism facilities in adjoining areas, Bishnupur district and mending of potholes in all districts head-quarters and roads within are complete.
The officials said that 80 per cent of the works for improvement and upgradation works of NESRIP projects including Tupul to Bishnupur and Thoubal to Kasom Khullen (ADB funded) is complete. Restoration of damaged stretches of Mao-Imphal Highway from Senapati to Imphal and Mao to Senapati is improving.
Today’s meeting was also attended by parliamentary secretary works Awangbou Newmai and other engineers of the department.
IMPHAL | July 1
‘Bharathi Ganga’ a new dance drama based on Mahakavi Vyas’s 81st Adhyay - Banprava of Mahabharata was presented yesterday by Lianda Folk and Classical Dance Academy, Imphal at the auditorium of Progressive Artiste Laboratory (PAL), located at Lamboi khongnangkhong, Imphal.
The new production dance drama is choreographed by A. Raseswori Devi, founder of the Lianda Folk and Classical Academy and directed by L. Shanti Meitei, a senior artiste and teacher of the academy.
The dance drama is based on the story of king Sagar of Eskshaku dynasty, who felt so proud for excellent reward and return of the Ashmeda Yagya performed by him where a yagya horse was sent to many countries guarded by his strong 6000 sons that had conquered many countries.
The dance drama penned by T. Dijamani Sharma and music composed by N. Tiken Singh highlights that to perform a good service, sincerity and honesty are needed. The dance drama performed by 11 main and 9 chorus artistes.
Lianda’s new production “Bhagirathi Ganaga” is being produced with the financial assistance of ministry of culture. The academy has presented several forms of Manipuri classical and folk dances at many national and international stages like Khajuraho festival, Lok Tarang festival, Octave festival, International Cultural Mart, Indian Cultural Evening at Mandalay, Surin International festival of Folklore, Congo folk festival, etc.
The release function was attended by guru S Thanil Singh and NEZCC member N. Tiken Singh as chief guest and president, respectively. The performance was witnessed by gurus, artistes, students of several cultural institutions and art lovers of the state.
IMPHAL | July 1
Education minister, Th. Radheshyam Singh convened a special meeting at the SSA hall at Babupara with the chairmen and members of the District Board of Education (DBE) to discuss issues related to Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV).
The minister said the meeting is called to rectify the defects in the implementation of the projects approved by the Proposal Approval Board in the past. This is the first programme being taken up just after the completion of the first 100-day of the new government, the minister added.
Radheshyam proposed at the meeting that the district level officers from each and every department of the districts to adopt one or two schools and motivate the students by visiting their adopted schools at least once or twice a month.
He added that in order to compete with the private schools, a residential school needs to be established in every district as model school within the state.
Infrastructural requirements related to education of the newly created districts were also discussed in the meeting. The initiative is to be taken up by the DCs concerned. The minister said the very concern of the teachers – salary, transfer and posting will be sorted out sooner so that they could dedicate their whole time in teaching rather than engaging in unassigned works.
He expressed his concern about the anomaly of the number of students on paper and the exact numbers in the government schools. He added the government encourages the private schools to function provided that the teachers are well qualified, class rooms are adequate and it is not situated in crowded place.
A bill will be drafted for supervising the private schools. Another bill will also be drafted to monitor the teachers of the government schools attending private tuition classes. He also appealed to all the IAS, IPS and MCS officers not to take private competitive exam classes.
The minister said the principals or ZEOs should look into the matter where government school properties including class rooms that are being occupied by the private organisations for conducting different classes.
Principal secretary education Vineet Joshi, summarising the discussions held during the meeting, said, a mechanism would be sorted out on how to adopt the school so that the financial flow reaches the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya on regular basis. The cost variation between the valleys and the hills has also been noted for which the Centre will be approached, he added.
Taking into account of the positive factors in the KGBVs of Andro and Bishnupur, he added that, these factors will be taken into consideration to improve the KGBVs of other districts. The demand for the KGBVs in the new district should be on needs, not on push of the contractors, he affirmed.
Regarding the terms of incentives to skill girl students Joshi said, possible help will be provided from SSA or RMSA and if not from Labour Department or any other departments to implement it.
It may be mentioned that the DBE comprises of deputy commissioners of each district as the chairman with the SPs, ADCs, SDOs, SDCs, DPMs and ZEOs, of the districts as the members.
Role of the DBEs is to monitor the Central sponsored schemes’ implementation related to the developmental works of the school. Their decision is a deciding factor in upgrading a school in order to make a flow in the education enlightenment of the students. Their reports are mandatory to be produced before the Proposal Approval Board (PAB) which is a joint meeting of all the states.
IMPHAL | July 1
Oil tankers, which have not been bringing in supply from Assam since June 26, are expected to resume service from Monday. The transporters suspended of lifting supply after an oil tanker was fired upon by unidentified gunmen in Kangpokpi district on June 25. The tankers, however, will take Imphal-Silchar highway to load petroleum products from Guwahati.
IMPHAL | July 1
Rifleman Biju Sorupuwar of Lathow village North Lakhimpur, Assam who was killed yesterday in a bomb blast at Ramva check post of 27 Assam Rifles under Sangshak police station in Ukhrul district was given honoured at Imphal airport today.
The martyr was honoured with floral tribute by 5 JAK Rifles, 27 Assam Rifles, 57 Mountain Division, 9 Sector Assam Rifles including ADGP Manipur police.
Speaking on the ceremony, Suresh Babu Jangala, additional chief secretary, home and education said yesterday’s incident was unfortunate as the state is trying to restore peace and harmony between the army and public.
Police are not required on streets where peace is already there. In order to bring peace all have to work together and due to lack of information such incident happened, he added.
Brigadier R. K. Singh, deputy IGAR said in order to bring peace and prosperity in the society soldiers have prepared to face the challenges.
The body was taken to his birth place after the ceremony in a cargo flight.
IMPHAL | July 1
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) deployed at Tulihal airport Imphal yesterday arrested a man for attempting to travel to Delhi with a fake e-ticket.
The arrested man has been identified as one MM. Jalaluddin (25) son of Md. Zamaluddin of Lilong Chaobok.
He was produced before the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Imphal West-I, Alek Muivah wherein the judge remanded him to police custody for five days time for further.
Jalaluddin was detained by the CISF around 3.35 pm on charge of attempting to travel to New Delhi on an Air India flight by using air ticket in the name of one Tanveer Ahmed.
It is learnt that during further investigation he confessed that the ticket was booked in the name of Tanveer but before arriving the airport he took out the boarding pass.
To enter the terminal building he reportedly fabricated the e-ticket and instead put his name to gain access by showing his ID cards.
The accused further reportedly revealed that the PNR number of the fake e-ticket was given to him through his mobile by one Md. Rajauddin alias Boy from Lilong Awang Leikai now residing at New Delhi.
After receiving the number he downloaded the e-ticket from a shop located at Yairipok and manipulated the name.
The accused further disclosed that the e-ticket and web check-in boarding pass were made at M/S Job Centre at Yairipok bazaar.