IMPHAL | July 3
The proscribed People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) has expressed deeply condole on the demise of its cadre corporal Md. Musha Kim alias Kim, (20) of Uyumpok Pangal Tabi due to an illness on July 1.
A press statement issued by publicity officer, department of publicity and propaganda, PREPAK said that he joined the party’s armed wing Red Army in 2011 and was currently posted at the 707 battalion. It further said the outfit shared the grief of the bereaved family and prays for peace at his heavenly abode.
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.
Maybe we are being alarmists when we say taking cognizance of the dangers posed by the shifting pattern of rainfall we are witnessing is a survival question, but then, there is every indication it is now time to be alarmed. It has been a few years in succession now that we are witnessing the kind of unpredictable and unseasonal cloudbursts as the ones causing the floods in the valley area currently. If recent memory is anything to go by, the graph of ferocity of these rain bearing storms has been on an upward swing each year. It is difficult not to believe therefore that this is not a part of the unsettling climatic pattern all over the world in what scientists have said is a fallout of global warming, with the distinct potential of causing a mass extinction of possibly as much as 70 percent of all species. While we have to also keep the global fight in sight and extend our solidarity, the best way to begin the battle is to take care of the problem at the local level first. Indeed the catchy slogan of the international effort to counter climate change is, “think global, act local”.
With this approach in view, consider the grave consequences Manipur is likely to end up with if the place and its people are not prepared to face the problem. Broadly the state has two broad geographical regions, the mountains which form 90 per cent of the land area of the state and a central valley with just 10 per cent of the land area though producing most of the food that feeds the state. Now, the hills are incrementally becoming denuded, therefore the traditional dependence on the rich resources of the forests for sustenance by the people inhabiting them is being put under pressure. In most of the hills, there is virtually no primary forest left because of commercial exploitation and the destructive pyromania so rampant amongst many. Every dry season, forest fires have always been a common sight, and some of them burn for days together, decimating acres after acres of forests each year. The secondary forest is either bamboo as seen along many hill tracts, or else shrubs in others. True there are some ranges still covered by thick primeval forests, but these are increasingly disappearing too, and along with them the rich wildlife that once lived in them. With the green cover gone, soil erosion has ensured the thinning of the top soil, depleting fertility on one hand, but also their water retention capacity, so much so that soon as the monsoons recedes, mountains springs too would trickle dry, causing endemic drought hardships.
In the valley, the problems are related though not identical. That river beds rise because of siltation is a truism. But because of deforestation in the hills, the rate of siltation would have increased manifolds in the present times than say a 100 years ago. This has greatly reduced the holding capacities of the rivers which is why they now tend to overflow even after a day or two or heavy torrential rains. Moreover, the soils in the hills are holding back less moisture during the monsoon seasons than they normally would have, increasing the flood proneness in the valley while the monsoons last. But because they have retained less moisture to discharge in the dry seasons, the valley too is now prone to water shortages once the rains recede. Let there is no doubt that these shifts in climatic conditions we are witnessing, and our unpreparedness to meet them, can become a survival question for both the hills and the valley. Imagine if unseasonal cloudbursts make cultivation impossible in the state for two or three or even more years continuously. The hardship this would bring is predictable. But if the condition becomes permanent, the place would become uninhabitable. Let nobody take this lightly. History of human civilisation is evidence that civilisations and peoples who disappeared were mostly on account of their neglect of environmental changes and their unpreparedness to meet the changes. Let the government then immediately begin the process of charting out the way ahead to fight this battle. Climate change is a reality, and while humanity together fights to try and arrest this catastrophic shift, let Manipur, besides putting in its mite in this fight, also prepare to meet its immediate challenges. First and foremost, devise ways to check deforestation and river siltation. It has whole departments of well-qualified engineers, bureaucrats and other experts to be tasked to rise up to the challenges ahead.
IMPHAL| July 3
Unemployed Youth Learner’s Association has opened a relief camp at Thawanthaba Community hall, Porompat Thawanthaba Leikai, Imphal East from the wee hours of yesterday, for the flood affected homes of the locality, said a release.
The association has sent requests to the DC concerned and the local MLA for help but no assistance or relief materials have been provided so far, it said adding the community of Thawanthaba leikai are facing hardships due to the inundation caused by the overflowing of Kongba River since July 1.
The association is thankful to Khsetrimayum Tama Devi, social worker for giving help to the relief camp, it added.
IMPHAL | July 3
The Maring Uparup Assembly has urged the state government to look into the issue of land dispute between Sandang Shemba village and Andro village, more particularly into the incident of June 29.
A release signed by the president of MUA said the authorities must take the issue seriously so that the two neighbouring village can co-exist peacefully. It also appealed to the locals of both the villages to maintain peace and harmony.
Further MUA condemned the alleged kidnapping of 16 villagers of Sandang Shemba by the Khullakpa and villagers of Andro.
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CHURACHANDPUR | July 3
Continuing the drive against alcohol and drugs, Churachandpur police, under SP Rakesh Balwal disposed of today, the seized IMFL and others local beverage which is said to worth approximately Rs.3 lakhs, by burning them at New Secretariat Complex, Tuibong.
Under the supervision of additional SP Satrajit , officer in charge of Churchandpur police station, inspectors AK Singh, Johny Sharma SDPO and police personnel disposed of 600 litres of DIC Liquor, 280 bottles of IMFL, 773 bottle of beer and grape wine which comes approximately about Rs.3,05,850 in the market rate.
After the disposal was completed, additional SP, Churachandpur, SDPO and women police team raided different places in the town particularly at Zenhang Bazar/old Bazar and New bazar area.
They were able to seize huge quantity of smokeless tobacco products, 23 bottles of beer, whiskey and Rum apart from 8 litre of local alcohol beverage estimated to cost Rs. 10000 approximately in the market.
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JIRIBAM | July 3
Due to strong windstorm and lighting in the past few days in Jiribam district has destroyed seven transformers of feeder number 3 (Tapaimukh feeder) of MSPDCL, Jiribam.
The seven transformers caught on fire due to lighting injuring one person, namely Salam Uddin (20) son of Abdun Ajit of Jarolpokpi village. He was taken to Jiribam hospital to treat his burns.
The transformers are Jarolpokpi village (11KV/440, 63 KVA DTR), Jarolpokpi ATC/ITC Mobile Tower, Jiribam (11KV/440, 25 KVA DTR), Nunkhal village (11KV/440, 16 KVA DTR), Leishabithol village (11KV/440, 25 KVA DTR), Chhotobekra village (11KV/440, 63 KVA DTR), Modhurpur village (11KV/440, 25 KVA DTR) and Binselu village (11KV/440, 16 KVA DTR).
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IMPHAL | July 3
One day legal awareness cum meritorious students’ award presentation (for CAF and PD worker’s children) was held today at Labour rest house, CAF and PD campus, Sangaiprou.
The programme was organised by CAF and PD Labourers’ Welfare Association and Voice of Indigenous People, Manipur (Kangleipak) and is sponsored by Manipur State Legal Service Authority and District Legal Service Authority, Imphal West.
Delivering the chief guest speech CAF and PD minister, Karam Shyam said that the labourers play an important role in the society, without them many works will not be possible so they should be proud of their profession.
He asked the labourers to be ideal and should encourage their children to give more efforts in their education which is a must for ensuring success.
The minister said that “positive effort brings positive result” and asked the students to never lose their hope and effort in studies in order to become a successful person in the future.
Shyam continued the government is taking every possible measures to uplift and help the poor and needy.
Moreover, the government is planning to organise a meeting very shortly with the representative of the CAF and PD labours’ association to discuss about their developmental works, he added.
The minister further asked the labourers who used intoxicants to stop using such intoxicants and asked to buy stationery items for their children with that money.
He announced a reward of Rs. 5,000 each to the nine meritorious students by tomorrow.
The function was attended by CAF and PD Labourers’ Welfare Association, president Surchandra Sanjenbam as president and Helping Hands for People, president, Premjit Moirangthem as guest of honour.
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TAMENGLONG |July 3
Dr Chambo Gonmei, chief medical officer Tamenglong has revealed that in the last few years, there is no report of dead cause by malaria in the district. Many people died in the district due to malaria but now the dead rate has been tremendously reduced to zero.
Dr Chambo Gonmei was speaking as chief guest during the inauguration of Anti- Malaria month and launching of Malaria Elimination campaign at Indoor Stadium Tamenglong. The malaria elimination campaign was organised by National Vector Born Disease Control Programme under Rural Health Mission Tamenglong.
Maj G Kamei (Retd), principal United Buildder School Tamenglong and Dr Z Kamei, district Malaria officer, Noney and Tamenglong attended the function was guest of honour and president of the function, respectively.
The CMO Tamenglong said that due to the topography in the hills district like Tamenglong, malaria disease is not possible to eradicate totally in the district. Health department together with health workers and people support have to continue to fight against malaria, Chambo added.
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KANGPOKPI | July 3
Expressing deep concerne over the dilapidated condition of the National Highway 2 especially within Kangpokpi district, United Welfare Committee (UWC), Kangpokpi drew the attention of the government today.
The committee in a press communiqué signed by its president Nehthang Kipgen and general secretary, Tonglen Khongsai said that Kangpokpi is a newly created district and the people comprising of Kukis, Nepalese and Nagas apart from other communities have great expectation from Chief Minister N. Biren Singh led BJP government of due importance to be at par with the rest of the districts in Manipur.
It said that the National Highway 2 which passes through the district is an important lifeline for the people of Manipur and over 2000 trucks ferrying day-to-day needs of the people of Manipur are plying on the highway every day.
However, the highway have been kept neglected, unrepaired and unattended for the last two years due to which there have been fatal accidents and deaths, it said and added that despite the new government sanctioning for maintenance of the highway under its 100 days program, the condition of the road remain the same and we are tremendously unhappy with the quality of the work.
It also questioned under whose supervision the work has been carried out stating that even before the completion of the work, the condition of the road is back to the time before it was repaired while adding that a truck carrying mud and three to four labourers are engaged to repair the potholes and the muds get carried away by rain within 3/4 days.
It further said that the committee will be a watch dog for all the developmental works within Kangpokpi district and will not remain a silent spectator if welfare schemes for the people of the district are not carried out as sanctioned by the government in time.