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Two medical camps each for flood effected districts

IMPHAL | July 3 (DIPR)

The state has declared the present disaster as ‘state calamity’ following a review meeting chaired by the chief minister today.

The chief minister N. Biren Singh informed that he had requested the Central government to declare the same as a calamity of ‘severe nature’.

 In the meeting thorough reports of the present situation were presented by the officials and the DCs concerned.

Biren also directed the officials concerned to open at least two medical camps in the entire flood affected districts.

Considering the urgency of the affected people, a 24x7 State Disaster Control Room with telephone number 0385-2443441 has been opened with immediate effect to attend to the distress calls from the public and co-ordinate with the DCs and departments concerned.

This is in addition to the existing Flood Control Room of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) having telephone number 0385-2451550.

Moreover, District Disaster Control Rooms, which would function round the clock, have also been opened.

Directorate of Health Services and Directorate of AYUSH have also appointed two Nodal Officers each to attend to calls from flood affected people regarding health/medical related matters.

Directorate of Health Services may be contacted on phone numbers 9862284898 and 9436206298 and Directorate of AYUSH on 9862003144 and 9436894604.

The chief minister asked officials of IFCD to make necessary arrangements to immediately rush flood fighting materials to the affected areas.

He also directed the DCs to provide relief materials to the affected people. On the other hand, the chief minister also instructed the Veterinary department to step up measures to give necessary care to cattle and other domestic animals in the flood affected areas.

Further N. Biren asked PHED officials to distribute drinking water at these areas. As per the report presented by PHED officials, two water tankers each are distributing drinking water in Thoubal and Imphal East districts and one tanker in Imphal West.

The emergency review meeting was attended by IFCD minister Letpao Haokip, Education minister Th. Radheshyam, chief secretary O. Nabakishore, additional chief secretaries, principal secretaries, commissioners, DCs and directors of different departments.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 00:00

Biswajit rubbishes Congress charges

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 3

Works minister Th. Biswajit hit back to the Opposition party to know the facts first before passing comments on the 100 days programme taken up by the new government.

Reacting to the charges by the Opposition Congress yesterday, the minister told reporers that the government is working at its best level to control the floods and has set up many relief centres.

Addressing the media at a relief camp opened for flood affected families at Thongju A/C, Biswajit said with full support and cooperation of the local people and concerned departments, the major breaches of river-bank have been mended.

The minister said that the government is looking forward to help the flood victims even after the flood.

The government’s door is open widely to the public for any complaint and is ready for immediate response, said Biswajit.

The minister said that the statement made by Congress party spokesperson yesterday that “no new programmes had ever been undertaken by the new government and those launched programmes are the unfinished works of the previous government” shows that the party is “immature.”

Biswajit countered that the 100 days programme includes many new projects and has made the public available the projects and benefits which could not be done by the previous government.

The minister added that the previous government inaugurated many hospitals and buildings like ISBT, Ukhrul, Senapati and Jiribam district hospitals, before finishing the construction work and kept it non-functional. But the new government made all those hospitals and buildings functional as a part of the 100 days programme.

He said that the new government is ready to take suggestion from any party regarding welfare and development of the state but the party will not tolerate any childish agenda.

Every house and villages in the state will be electrified by 2018, announced the minister adding that during the 100 days programme the government has electrified 63 villages.

Biswajit said that investigation of the Loktak Lake scam is going on and warned that the government will not spare anyone whoever is involved in the case.

He said, Tamenglong district mini-secretariat and guest house are kept unfinished but the money for these projects had already been sanctioned during the time of the previous government by political influences.

So the contractor who had taken the work contract should finish the construction at the earliest, if they remain quiet the government will take action against those contractor, added the minister.

He claimed that the biggest achievement of the 100 days programme is bringing an end of the indefinite economic blockade called by the UNC and bringing an emotional integrity between the hill and valley.

The party is truly working for the welfare of the people and development of the state and will go hand in hand along with the public, said Biswajit.

He said the effort to mend the breach was fully supported by the concerned department by providing heavy machineries. A relief camp has also been opened at the Bashikhong Panthoibi Youth Club Thongju A/C 5/14 and 5/15.

Biswajit said relief material including rice, oil, drinking water have been provided to the flood affected families. Several families are taking shelter at the relief camp. He said keeping an eye on improving connectivity in the State, road repairing works will be undertaken in full swing as soon as the rainy season ends. River banks will also be strengthened, he added.

The breach of Kongba River at Kongba Irong since the early morning of July 1 has affected more than 200 families. Houses and paddy fields at Kajipat, Loumanbi Loukon and Kitnapannung areas have remained inundated due to the recent riverbank breach.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 00:00

UCM against Balikanisation of state

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 3

United Committee Manipur (UCM) president Johnson Elangbam today reiterated that an agreement between the Centre and the NSCN (IM) should not affect the interest of Manipur in any way.

“We want a solid statement from state government that the agreement (between the Centre and NSCN(IM) doesn’t affect the territorial integrity of Manipur. The agreement should be solely for Nagaland,” Johnson demanded addressing the foundation of the committee today.

The UCM observed its 17 th foundation day of UCM at its office at Lamphel, Imphal West.

“According to a reliable source, the Naga NGOs and interlocutor R. N. Ravi are expected to hold talks on July 6 in Nagaland. This step needs to be analysed seriously,” Elangbam suggested.

He said till now the government has failed to produce a white paper of the Framework Agreement signed between New Delhi and NSCN (IM). However, the Centre initiated for a round of talk again without fulfilling the demand of the people. This step needs to be considered and analysed seriously by the state government.

“We submitted a six-point memorandum. And we will abide by those points and will not tolerate or compromise those points under any condition. We still stand firmly for the unity of the state and will not trade even an inch of land with anyone,” Johnson said.

The committee was formed on July 3, 2001 against extension of NSCN (IM) ceasefire without any territorial limit.

The programme was attended by Kh. Chingkhei president, International Peace and Social Advancement, S. Ratankumar, president, United People’s Front, O. Premjit president National Identity Protection Committee, Ph. Shakhi Leima president Apunba Manipur Kanba Ima Lup, Yumnamcha Dilipkumar, president, People’s Action for National Democratic Movement, Ksh. Somorendro president All Clubs’ Organisation and Meira PaibiLup, Y. Leirikleima president Kanglamei as presidium members of the function.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 00:00

KSO drops general strike plan

Suspect in Haokip student leader killing held

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 3

With the arrest of the prime accused in the killing of Letkholal Haokip alias Palal, president of Haokip Students Organisation (HSO) the Kuki Student’s Organisation (KSO) general headquarters has called off its proposed state-wide general strike proposed to be enforced from tomorrow midnight.

Police said the prime accused is identified as Solomon Baite (38) son of late Thangjangul Baite of Moreh Ward No. 1, Tengnoupal district afternoon.

In a statement the KSO president Paotinthang Lupheng said the general strike was called off owing to the arrest of the prime suspect.

The HSO president was shot dead on June 24 near his residence at National Games Village by armed assailant. Demanding the immediate arrest of the culprit involved in the killing the KSO announced to impose the strike.

It clarified that the general strike was not indefinite as reported earlier, but a ‘sustained general strike’ which was to be continued till the killers are arrested and brought to justice.

Lauding the Imphal West police force for arresting the accused the KSO hoped that with the arrest of the accused the authority will certainly arrest others involved and unearth the conspiracy behind it to the satisfaction of the family, the CSOs and the public alike.

It is unfortunate that the society is being forced to live with the evil of gun culture. It can be seen that wanton killings have become more and more frequent in the land, it rued.

The KSO expressed its desire that the government take drastic measures to stop to the prevailing gun culture.

“It should arrest the killers and bring them to justice. This step may restore people’s faith and confidence on the government and the rule of law. The arrest of the killers will set a good precedence that no one is above the law,” it observed.

It contended that the government’s failure to solve many killings in the past has only encouraged gun culture and more wanton killings in the society. 

It claimed that people have become totally fed up with wanton killings and gun culture. The KSO’s decision to drop the strike is to bring peace and security in the society, it explained.

It urged the government to utilize every resource at its disposal to arrest all the killers and the masterminds behind the killing to make.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 00:00

Laingmai leaders resign from ZU

Newmai News Network

IMPHAL |July 3

Responding to the standing decision of the Liangmai Naga Council, Manipur (LNC-M), three Liangmai leaders serving in Zeliangrong Union (ZU) have resigned from their respective posts today.

Poukenpon Newmai, vice president of ZU (Manipur), Ch Champonbou, chairman of ZU (Tamei Zone) and Changchapbou Newmai, secretary of ZU (Tamei Zone) have resigned from their posts saying that their move was “in compliance” with the standing decision of the Liangmai People’s Convention held on October 9, 2015 at Konsaram village and the consequent standing decision of the Liangmai Naga Council (LNC) on the issue.

Few days ago, the Liangmai Naga Council had “requested” any Liangmai individual associated with any Zeliangrong organisation to withdraw his or her position from the latter organisation immediately.

The Liangmai Naga Council, Manipur (LNC-M) had also written to the Zeliangrong Baudi (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland) and Zeliangrong Union (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland) ‘requesting’ the two bodies to strike out “liang” from the nomenclature Zeliangrong.

The LNC (M) also had said that “we have no other option but to disassociate ourselves from every social organisation of the erstwhile Zeliangrong bodies”. The Liangmai apex body also had explained the reasons for its move in its letters to the Zeliangrong Baudi and Zeliangrong Union.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 00:00

Imphal city floods in 20 minutes

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 3

As the rains continue to fall ceaselessly, drainage systems in the city, most of which are clogged, were unable to drain the water thereby inundating several low lying areas. The main administrative area of New Secretariat, Old secretariat, Imphal Police station is flooded by the slightest rain. Paona and Thangal bazaar also gets flooded easily.

Today, at around 7 pm, the Imphal police station was clear of water. But, within the next 20 minutes, the police station was again knee-deep in water. The same happened for the New Secretariat area and officials have under the circumstance to wade through the flood waters.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 00:00

Flood victims slam local MLA

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 3

Porompat Thawan Thaba Leikai and Porompat Muslim Leikai, an area where two main ethnic groups Meitei and Muslim reside has been affected by the flash flood for the fourth time this year.

Around 300 houses have been affected by the flood. Temporary relief camps have been opened at Porompat Community hall and Porompat Ema Keithel.

The locals of the affected area complained that even though the area is less than 1 km radius of DC, the commissioner had not turned up to extend help to the affected people till now. The area has been under flood for the past three days.

The people further briefed the media persons that their local MLA had not turned up till now even if the area is flooded for the fourth time for this year.

The people face scarcity of drinking water and the prices of the essential commodities have risen up due to the flood.

The clubs of the area namely Stars Sporting Club and Unemployed Youth Learner Association expressed anger over the negligence of the local MLA.

Enraged by the situation the people sent back workers of the MLA who had come to ask about the flood stating it’s not the time to ask but to extend direct help to the affected people.

The daily life of the people are greatly affected as the houses have been flooded.

One of the locals pointed out that the main reason for the flood is that the Porompat area is low lying area comparing to neighboring places and the area accumulates all the water flown out of other areas like Hatta and Khurai.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 00:00

Henry begins drainage work at Checkon

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 3

MLA Okram Henry has taken serious note of the flood at New Checkon area and taken up measures to unclog the drainage. The commercial area which houses many shops, hotels, press, workshops etc is under constant flood as it is a low lying area.

Business establishments have suffered along with residents, commuting along the Checkon road from Palace Compound has become a major problem as the water inundates the area and does not seep away fast.

Henry along with other councillors have taken stock of the situation and started work by pressing earthmovers and trucks to dredge the drains and by removing the pavements built along the drain system.

He personally oversaw the work and requested house owners and establishments not to encroach on the roadside drainage as it prevents free flow of water.

The work will continue till the sludge is removed from the drains and illegal encroachments are removed. Henry urged all residents to co-operate with the work in the larger interest of the public.

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IMPHAL | July 3

A public meeting on oil exploration in Manipur held in Sagang under Churachandpur district has resolved not to cooperate with the oil companies by not providing NOC and to stand against any further exploration in Sagang and the state. 

Speaking in the meeting Pu Pongthang expressed his concern on the dependency on the agricultural land by a farmer. “If the agricultural lands are taken away by the multinational oil companies then there is no alternative livelihood. People will be compelled to migrate from their native lands”, he said.

He further continued, “It is very unfortunate to hear the Asian Oilfield Service Ltd approaching the villager and the land owner to obtain N.O.C for the said oil exploration and also the action of highhandedness by the oil company entering into the agricultural land of Khaidem Village without not being informed to the owner of the land.”

“Villagers are being misinformed by assuring job. The villagers should not get carried away by the sweet poisonous word of the oil companies who came here to suck the wealth of the people and the state and will not allow and co-operate the oil companies to continue their survey in Manipur”, Pongthang asserted.

D.K Livon spoke on the need to protect the agricultural land from getting destructed by the oil exploration in Manipur. He highlighted that the people should not forget that why the two women War broke out in Manipur.

One War was fighting against the British to stop exporting of rice from Manipur. Likewise the oil companies coming in Manipur is not the sign of development but trying to make the people displaced and migrate to other places which will lead to loss of identity and culture, he maintained.

 If the agricultural land where the villagers are dependent on is once taken away then it will never come back instead the place will be left only with ashes. Many unknown diseases will hit the population like the people of Bangladesh is now facing due to the mining of natural resources like coal, limestone and uranium in Meghalaya, he added.

Livon also pointed out that the negative impact from the oil exploration will destroy the nature and the forest, water and the agricultural land in which the indigenous people are dependent.

He appealed to the people to give support to work collectively by not issuing N.O.C to the oil companies.  

Md Boinao, member of YFPHR was also present in the public meeting as a resource person and shared his views.

The meeting was chaired by Pu Pongthang (Church Elder), Pu. Akhup (Village Elder) and. Achung Kom (Sagang Sangsherphai), which was participated by villagers of Sagang Khunou village, Sagang village, Lengseitampak village, Nungthangtampak village, Theikakbi village, Lalumbung village, Lukhumbi village and Women Helping hand Group, Sagang at Sagang Youth Club Hall.

 The meeting was also participated by women group, youths, Meira paibi, church elders and other activist of the area.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 00:00

Taxi bodies’ row ails passengers

From Our Correspondent

KANGPOKPI | July 3

It will be exactly two months by July 8 that taxi passengers along Imphal-Dimapur road bearing the wrath of two unbendable taxi association and the untamed monsoon which coupled their grievances.

Taxi plying from Manipur has been reportedly restricted by the Southern Angami Tata Sumo Union (SATSU) since May 8 after it alleged taxi bodies of Mao and Senapati failing to respond to an agreement while Mao Tata Sumo Welfare Union (MTSWU) and Senapati District Taxi Welfare Union (SDTWU) alleged the former of not willing to solve the issue amicably.

Helpless innocent taxi passengers having no option but to walk around 3 km. stretch with their luggage alongside the slippery muddy road under the summer sun and unpleasant monsoon to reach their respective destination.

Highlighting her grievances, a passenger from Manipur, Kaini Mary said that it is so frustrating owing to the two stubborn taxi unions fighting for their respective rights seem to have turned totally deaf to the repeated request of the travel fatigue passengers and their woeful plights.

“Imagine the plights of a lone woman passenger like me carrying more than one heavy baggage or a helpless woman carrying her child with baggage walking alongside the slippery road of nearly 3 km. long”, Kaini Mary said while drawing the attention of well-meaning individuals, CVOs and the government as well.

According to Mao Tata Sumo Welfare Union (MTSWU) affiliated to SDTWU, the impasse occurred when SATSU restricted movement of Manipur taxi within their jurisdiction despite of the Manipur taxi having a national permit while SATSU reportedly claiming that the issue has a long complicated history dating back to 2010 when a Southern Angami driver was allegedly harassed in Senapati.

Mentioned may be made that, nearly 70 taxis registered under Mao Tata Sumo Welfare Union and Senapati District Taxi Welfare Union has been providing  Senapati – Dimapur (Direct) service and Senapati – Mao Gate, Mao gate – Kohima and Mao – Dimapur service daily where around 600/700 passengers availed the services on daily basis.

These services have been disrupted for almost two months since May 8 when the Southern Angami Tata Sumo Union (SATSU) put a restriction on Manipur taxis plying between Kohima – Mao.

It may be also recalled that the chief minister’s office of Nagaland intervened after two weeks of the impasse by asserting that the NPF led DAN government will not let the issue of restriction on taxis from Mao by SATSU sour relations between the two traditional neighbours (Nagaland and Manipur), especially after friendly/alliance governments in the two states.

However, the impasse turned bitter upon the innocent passengers, as the government of Nagaland and Manipur remained unattended to the issue for almost two months.

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