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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:00

Flood shuts JNIMS routine operations

By A Staff Reporter


Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) has announced it will suspend all kinds of routine operations indefinitely from tomorrow as the hospital complex has come to be flooded.

A notification issued by the medical superintendent, L. Ranbir Singh today said “Due to flooding of the JNIMS laundry area, the department of laundry will not be able to supply sterilised operation theatre linens for some days. Therefore, all kinds of routine operations will remain closed till further notice.”

Hospital sources said though the routine operations are shut emergency operations will continue. The sources also said the power supply to the operation theatres has also been affected by the flood water as the transformer is now under water.

The road leading to the hospital entrance has been under water. Similarly several places in the hospital complex are inundated. The entrance to office of the medical superintendent was under knee deep water this afternoon.

The authorities of the JNIMS suspended all classes today and tomorrow as flood water entered the class rooms.

Sources informed that as the mortuary of the JNIMS has also been flooded post mortem service has also been suspended. Dead bodies lying at the mortuary have been transferred to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences.

An official of the institute said the accident and trauma centre and CT scan service were closed for two days due to the flood. However, the services were restored today, the official said.

When this reporter visited the institute this afternoon the hospital, which is normally teeming with visitors and patient relatives, wore a deserted look. Only a few people were seen coming in and going out of the hospital.

Despite the flood in the hospital complex and in several other parts of the valley districts the attendance at the institute is described as normal. “We are managing the normal health care service,” the official said.

An informed source said that hospital will soon face scarcity of water as water tankers are unwilling to bring in the normal supply in view of the floods in many parts of the Imphal East district. “Only some tankers came and we are managing with it,” the source said.

Officials of the institute and relatives of patients appealed to the government to intervene and do something to allow the institute turn normally.

Several other government offices in the district have also been affected by the flood.

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Assembly budget session to begin July 20 

IMPHAL | July 4

The state Cabinet has decided to engage a consultant to prepare a detailed project in order to rejuvenate Imphal, Nambul and Kongba rivers to mitigate flash floods.

The meeting also has scheduled next session (Budget) of the legislative Assembly on July 20. 

Chief minister N. Biren Singh chaired the meeting, which was held at the Cabinet hall of the CM’s secretariat.

The Cabinet observed that due to massive deforestation in the catchment areas and large scale burning of the forest areas in the hill districts for shifting cultivation, flash floods occur frequently.

On account of deforestation in the catchment areas, the levels of riverbeds have also risen considerably due to siltation, the meeting noted.

 As such, there is an urgent need to rejuvenate these rivers by taking up re-sectioning and dredging works. It is also essential to strengthen the vulnerable and weak spots by constructing retaining walls, it observed.

 The Cabinet also gave its nod to creation of an office of superintending engineering (Rural Circle No. III) in PHED to supervise the works of the newly set-up five divisions after the creation of new districts.

 Creation of the post of a joint director of state ICDS mission under state social welfare department was also approved.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to amendment of Section 8 Clause of the Manipur Fiscal, Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2005 to provide the statutory flexible limits on fiscal deficit.

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By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 4

The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) spokesperson, Kh. Joykishan today accused the BJP of surrendering the Inner Line Permit (ILP) issue as an appeasement policy and to take credit for its (BJP) 100 days programme.

Addressing media persons at a press conference at the Congress Bhavan Imphal Joyishan slammed the claims on BJP led government’s 100 days programme.

He alleged that the BJP has committed a huge blunder against the people by disregarding the sentiment of the people.

The three people’s bills were passed by the Congress government in the Assembly following tremendous pressure mounted by the people in the wake of the threat to indigenous population due to migrant influx, he said.

Joykishan further held that history will stand testimony to the blunder committed by the BJP.

He maintained that the Congress government will not remain silent spectator and press the issue in the upcoming session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly.

He further contended that almost all the projects and schemes included in the 100 days programme of BJP led government were works taken up by the Congress, which were awaiting inauguration.

The MPCC spokesperson demanded clarification from the chief minister on the sources of funds for the crores of packages announced in hills districts.

He questioned where have all the Union ministers of the BJP gone when the state is reeling under hard times due to natural calamities.

Wangkhem MLA, K. Meghachandra said the Congress party is not against initiatives taken by the BJP led government. The Congress appreciates all the positive things done by the present government, he added voicing strong opposition for the “border crossed” by the BJP.

He opined that the anti-corruption cell set up by the BJP led government is nothing but a contradiction to the existing vigilance department.

Meghachandra contended that the establishment of anti-corruption was unnecessary waste of exchequer’s money when there is vigilance department.

Khangabok MLA, Surjamukar Okram, who also attended the conference appealed to the government to expedite the formation of highway protection force citing the constant attacks on convoys of trucks on the National Highways.

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By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 4

DESAM has busted five schools allegedly involved in examination racket. The modus operandi of the racket is carried out under the Urdu Education Board.

DESAM volunteers found the following schools namely Achan Kiddies Unique school of Phungreitang, Ukhrul, PLC high school of Mayaikeithel, Thoubal, S.A. educational institute of Irong Chesaba, Mayang Imphal, T.L. Shalom academy of Motbung, The New Light Public school, Canchipur near Manipur University involved in the said racket.

Speaking to the media, Nameirakpam Edison Meitei, secretary general of DESAM said on June 29 the student body was able to found out the connection of Urdu Education Board in the racket.

Theory examination for the board starts today and a bunch of blank certificate duly signed by principal of PLC high school including reading certificate, character certificate, provisional certificate, marksheets were recovered from Grace hostel located at Kwakeithel near Tiddim ground, Edison pointed out.

He further said 11 person were able to be identified in the racket namely M.A. Hasim from Yairipok Mayai leikai presently staying at Sangakpham, Hakim from Kongba Sabal leikai, Soheb from Porompat Thawanthaba leikai, Ksh. Suraj from Kongpal Sabal leikai, Guna from Wangkhei, Nanao and Boynao from Kongba, Brojendro from Kwakeithel Thokchom Leikai, A. Ranjit Singh from Hiyangthang, Kh. Shanti from Lairenjam and Palei from Uripok.

It may be mentioned that Urdu Education Board is an autonomous body which is established for development of education under the guidelines of National Education Policy 1986, and Programme of Action 1992, government of India, for promoting Urdu education across the country.

He further said DESAM could not find PLC high school when the volunteers searched for the school. During an inspection at The New Light Public school of Canchipur, most of the photographs on admit card of candidates who came for examination were found missing. This kind of unfair means has never happened in examination history, he added.

Under Urdu Education Board 7000 students have been registered. DESAM appealed to the state government to investigate into the matter. The matter should not be taken lightly by the authority concerned, he added.  

Edison also informed that the said Urdu Education Board has been banned in the state until it is thoroughly verified by the state government.

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IMPHAL | July 4

The Manipur People’s Party has decried the mistreatment and abuse of street vendors by driving them away in the name of preventing traffic jams and overcrowding.

The party alleged that the overcrowding of people in the Imphal area is caused by implementing wrong policies and lack of master plan by the government and Municipal Corporation, a release said.

The party has questioned why only one floor of the Ima Market is allowed to be used for vendors when there are three storeys. “Why can’t the ground floors be made to be uses as parking area”, it asked.

 The move made by Imphal Municipality Corporation to allow parking at the busy streets in order to collect money by giving tender permit is unacceptable, it further said.

The party has alleged that the overcrowding at the bazaar areas are not the fault of poor vendors but by the parking of vehicles at the wrong places and requested the authorities concerned to find a solution to alleviate the plight  of poor street vendors.

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:00

MU students lock-up administrative block

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 4

The administrative (A) block of the Manipur University were totally shutdown by the Manipur University Students Union (MUSU) as the vice-chancellor has not taken to fulfil its demands.

Earlier on June 27 MUSU shut down the vice-chancellor’s office as he failed to fulfil their demands. 

Speaking to media persons MUSU, social and culture secretary N. Naresh said that the students have been demanding appointment of a regular register, examination controller and librarian.

Regular officials are required for overall improvement of the university, he added.

The secretary charged that the vice-chancellor never came to office before 12 noon and ahead of it he is out station four or five times in a month.

A memorandum has been given regarding the matter on July 13, but still the vice-chancellor has not given any positive response, said Naresh.

MUSU also demands to remove the Assam Rifle camps from the MU campus as it causes a lot of disturbances in the university atmosphere, but the vice-chancellor is indifferent, he added.

The secretary said that A block will remain shut down until their demands are fulfilled.

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:00

Vocational courses under RUSA launched

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 4

Vocational courses as add on skills for graduating students of 40 colleges of the state were launched under  Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme  today.

Among them was that of a one year diploma course on media and journalism to be undertaken by two colleges,  at N.G. College, Uripok, and G.P. women’s College, Checkon.

Both of these colleges will be undertaking their projects in partnership with the Free Press School of Journalism.

At N.G. College, delivering the chief guest speech, DIPR, director, Meghachandra Kongbam said that journalism is an art of communication which plays an important roll in the society.

Mass communication is a way to make the public aware the facts of what is happening in the society, to educate and entertain, he added.

Mass medium is way of communication which can reach every place through medium like newspaper, radio or television, said the director.

Meghachandra said media takes an important role in building healthy and progressive society, it is an reflection of the society.

Traditional events like Lai Haraoba, Khongjom Prava are the medium of mass communication in the past and later came journalism, he added.

The director continued as there are a few vocational courses opened in the state, the students can take the opportunity of this vocational course which will be helpful in making their career. He hoped that the vocational course will be successful with the contribution of the teachers.

The inaugural function at GP Women’s was graced by Irengbam Arun, the media advisor to the chief minister.

Arun lauded the new initiative emphasised the need to equip the new generation of students with formal trainings in the different professions.

He recounted his own experience in the profession of journalism and the limitations his generations faced because of the lack of such training facilities in the state. “We had to enter the profession as raw graduates with no prior training in the profession,” he said, adding this new scheme will benefit the new generation of students tremendously and also help improve the standard of journalism in the state.

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:00

Ukhrul weaver preserves culture and earns

By Jeijei Newme

IMPHAL | July 4

Hand weaving industry has been part of Ukhrul’s socio-cultural tradition since ages and it is still practiced today with much demand and appreciation in Tangkhul society. And for the weavers it is a good alternative way to earn their livelihood.

The beauty of Tangkhul’s handloom is unparalleled with others for its colourful textures and intricate designs which compliment their rich culture and tradition.

One of the main suppliers of tribal handmade garments is located in Ukhrul district headquarter in Kamphason Leikai, called Y. R. Chon Handloom Weaving cum Handicraft Centre. It is run by Julie Horam and her husband since March 2004 promoting and carrying forward the rich legacy of Tangkhul culture.

Currently under her guidance, there are 10 workers in the centre from the local area and two of them from Meitei community weaving different types of garments.

In a tell all to Imphal Free Press, Horam said, “we weave many kinds of phaneks, traditional shawls, and waistcoats for men, purse and bags and even cushion covers in conventional weaving technique. I can say that demands are greater than supplies in my industry right now. We are not able to supply to all demands made by our customers,” she continued.

Horam’s handloom centre uses a new modern weaving technique and machine called ‘throw shuttle handloom’ which is much bigger than traditional weaving technique.

Under her guidance many have been trained to weave in this conventional hand-made weaving.

One of the workers in the handloom centre, Ramhaula said that this is better than the traditional weaving as it saves time and is easier if skilled and can earn more than the traditional one. The workers prefer this new technique and are more comfortable with this than the traditional one.

Ramhaula added that she used to earn around Rs. 20 to 30 thousands per month using this new technique.

Horam had participated in many fairs and exhibitions including Sangai festival in Imphal, festivals in Nagaland, Shillong and even in Delhi.

The owner wants to make her weaving centre bigger and buy more machines but space constraint is the main hurdle. So far she has not received any governmental help though she applied in the past, she opened up with IFP.

There are lots of girls who want to join and learn this weaving technique but there is no space and facility here that she could provide. So she has to adjust only with these machines.

The Tangkhul weaver had received three awards and recognitions from the state government including a gold medal.

Another weaver named Mashun Humao said that “this job has made me realised that I have a rich culture and I am proud that I know how to uphold it besides making a livelihood from this.”

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IMPHAL | July 4

Commerce and industry minister Thongam Biswajit Singh today chaired a meeting with officials of the department at his New Secretariat conference hall.

During the meeting, officials concerned of commerce and industries, MANIREDA, handloom and handicraft discussed certain issues including revival of the spinning mill, mining prospects in the state, setting up of 100 MW solar power plant, setting up of cement plants and to initiate rubber plantation in the state.

Further along with the development of a 100 MW solar power plant, they also discussed the feasibility of combining wind and solar energies for the power plant.

Minister Biswajit observed that reviving of the pinning mill will be able to generate employment for the youth of the state, and at the same time the yarn produced from the mill will be provided at cheaper rate to the weavers. 

Speaking to the officials of the Kotak Resources, director handloom and handicraft Lamlee Kamei said earlier the spinning mill was producing only cotton, but the government is planning to produce both cotton and synthetic yarn once the mill is revived.

He continued since the mill has been closed down for quite a long time, all the machines have become scrap now.

At the end of the meeting, it was resolved that officials of the Kotak Resources will meet the state officials and discuss the finer details of all the issues discussed today.

The meeting was attended by principal secretary (textile, commerce and industry) L. Lakher and director commerce and industry M. Luikham among others. The meeting was also attended by officials of the Kotak Resources led by the vice-president Deepak Borkar.

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:00

Landslide at Mao gate

IMPHAL | July 4

Movements of heavy vehicles plying along the National Highway 2 along Imphal-Dimapur have been restricted with immediate effect from evening today following landslide at Mao gate.

An order was issued by the District Transport Officer (DTO) Senapati, L Ibopishak Singh, banning movements of vehicles under section 115 of M.V Acts 1988 and that the ban will last till 2pm of July 5.

It is learn that a landslide has occurred along the NH 2 which is about half km from Mao gate towards Imphal damaging section of the road.

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