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By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 6

As a relief measure for the flood hit state, the government today announced that it sanctioned 12 thousand metric tonnes of rice which will be openly available in the market. The chief N. Biren Singh said anyone can buy from the market at Rs. 22.53 per kg.

Biren said the flood affected 40,000 hactres of paddy fields and the government will provide short duration paddy variety called RCM 12 which can be reaped within 3 months. The government is in the process of identifying areas for alternative crops.

The government will give saplings of RCM 12 rice to the farmers very soon and the water will be pumped out of the paddy fields, Biren added.

He also announced that the government is giving aid for the relief camps through DC’s as the immediate measures for the flood victims in the various areas.

Hangkhanlian agriculture minister said 96 pigs, 1894 poultry, 1311 ducks, three cows, 39 goats and three dogs died due to the flood.

He said five Rapid Action Teams are sent out to rescue the animals from further death and also to vaccinate them.

Karam Shyam consumer affairs and public distribution minister said the eight districts viz Churachandpur, Pherzawl, Thoubal, Kakching, Bishnupur, Imphal East, Chandel and Tengnoupal had failed to take out their due share of PDS (Public Distribution System) from the store house for three months i.e. April, May and June.

The minister appealed to the agents and transporters to lift out their due share and co-operate with the government to reach out to the flood victims of the said areas.

According to the report given by the minister, altogether 90,000 quintals of rice are being accumulated in the store house as of now. The total quantity for Churachandpur and Pherzawl is 18144.05 quintals, for Thoubal and Kakching 25075.95 quintals, for Bishnupur 20351.70 quintals, for Imphal East 23672.20 quintals, for Chandel and Tengnoupal 2863.05 quintals and Tamenglong and Noney district 443.14 quintals.

The CM said the flood affected paddy fields are located in Imphal East (14,079 ha), Imphal West (7,700 ha), Thoubal (9,000 ha), Bishnupur (9,201 ha) and Ukhrul (20 ha).

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Friday, 07 July 2017 00:00

RR Rashmi new chief secretary

IMPHAL | July 6

Former chief electoral officer, Manipur, Rajani Ranjan Rashmi aka R.R. Rashmi has been appointed as the new chief secretary of the state.

An order, issued by the department of personnel and administrative reforms, said Rashmi was appointed consequent upon his repatriation as the special secretary in ministry of environment, forest and climate change.

Rashmi replaces O. Nabakishore Singh, who has been transferred as the director general, State Academy of Training.

At the same time, M. H. Khan, IAS principal secretary (AR/relief and disaster management/science and technology/fisheries) and DG/SAT has been relieved with the charge of DG/SAT. 

Rashmi, a senior member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of 1983 batch, has worked for long in the field of environment. As joint secretary in the ministry of environment and forests from 2008 to 2013, he was India’s focal point for multilateral negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In this position, he also played a key role in shaping India’s domestic and international response to climate change.

Rashmi is an experienced trade negotiator. He has served two stints in the ministry of commerce and industry, where he was the first director of Europe Division from 1998 to 2001 and then advisor, Trade in India’s Mission to European Union in Brussels till 2004.

In recognition of his services to the state, he received, in 2008, the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration.

Rashmi is a graduate in Economics from Patna University and holds a degree in MBA from the Free University (Vriet Universitiet) of Brussels.

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By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 6

The chief minister N. Biren Singh today clarified that all the investigations ordered by the government concerning recruitment in departments and contract supply works are in progress and will be completed in 10 days or so.

Talking to reporters at his secretariat today the chief minister said Manipur Development Society scandals regarding various constructions have been handed over to the CBI formally. However, response from the CBI is still awaited, he said.

Regarding the ‘paper’ belts which were supplied to the police department, Biren said that the investigation is headed by an additional chief secretary and will be tabled within 5 days. Regarding the CCTV scam, he said that there are some hiccups in the investigation as certain papers seems to be ‘lost’ in the concerned offices but the investigation is still on.

He further said the five special investigation teams set up for probing recruitments in 15 government departments during 2016-17 are also making progress. Biren Singh assured that all the investigation results will be finalized within 10 days time. 

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Friday, 07 July 2017 00:00

SOS from Lilong flood victims

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 6

The recent torrential rains have left many areas of the state flooded and one of the major areas that are facing extreme difficulties is Lilong area.

Many relief camps have been set up and flood affected victims are taking shelter in these camps.

Classes have been cancelled for Lilong Higher Secondary Madrassa and been converted into a relief camp where 729 individuals are taking shelter including 204 children, 288 women and 209 men.

Convener of the 30 A/C flood victims relief committee, Md Nasir Khan alias Imam said that some flood affected victims have been making temporary homes at the school since the big flood hit on July 2.

Almost 80 per cent of Lilong is already flooded where only four kilometres out of 27 sq kms has not been affected by flood.

“We got some government help but most of our finances are handled by public donations. We urge the government to take us seriously as flood victims and help us in getting our essential needs and also to restore back our original homes at the earliest”, Imam said.

“Fortunately we have no electricity problem, medical teams have also come to this camp but we have water problem, we want potable water and bleaching powder for safe drinking and use”, he continued.

President of All Manipur Muslim Organisations Coordinating Committee (AMMOCOC), S.N. Jalal said that its inspection found that most of the people are now staying on roads besides the relief camps.

AMUCOC president urged the concerned authorities to help the flood affected victims. “There are lots of insecurities faced by children, students for not attending classes, mothers in taking care of their children and fathers have bigger responsibilities and so on and they need help”, added Jalal.

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DIMAPUR | July 6

 The government of India’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks, RN Ravi has begun holding consultative meetings with various Naga civil voluntary organisations since this evening in Kohima.

RN Ravi arrived in the Nagaland capital today. Soon after reaching Kohima, he called on chief minister, Shurhozelie Liezietsu and held a meeting this afternoon. What transpired between the two leaders was not known.

After meeting with the chief minister of Nagaland, Ravi started holding consultative meetings with Naga civil voluntary organisations at de Oriental Hotel, Kohima from 4 pm today. The consultative meetings will be extended till July 7 in Dimapur. It is said that the main theme of the consultative meeting is on Naga political issue. About 20 Naga civil voluntary organisations from Nagaland State, Manipur and elsewhere are engaging in the consultative meetings.

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IMPHAL | July 6

The Imphal Urban Cooperative Bank Ltd. Share-Holders Welfare and Development Association asked the government not to allow the representative of the then Board of Directors (BODs) of the Urban Bank to be the candidates for the election of BODs, 2017.

Addressing a press meet today at Manipur Press Club, Imphal, the association’s secretary, Th. Bimol said that the BODs formed by nine representatives was shutdown on March 20, 2015 as they failed to follow the directives of the RBI and their actions made the bank collapsed.

As a board is needed for the administration of the bank, an election is to be held and the process of election has already been started from April 19 and is to be completed on September 30, he added.

The secretary claimed that three former representatives of the then board will be candidates in the BODs election, which is against the rules and regulations given by the RBI.   

The government and the authority concerned should look into this matter for the welfare of the bank and the officials, added Bimol.

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Friday, 07 July 2017 00:00

RMSA teachers lock education office

IMPHAL | July 6

Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyhan (RMSA) Graduate Teachers Association locked the main gate and office gate of directorate of education (s), Lamphel for some hours at around 1 pm today.

Speaking to the media, N. Prakash said, with the first day of pen down strike the teachers staged sit-in protest at community hall of Thangmeiband Athletics Union ground, Thangmeiband in the morning. The teachers later stormed the directorate of education (s).

At first security personnel at the office gate blocked the agitators but after sometime some representatives were allowed to meet the director, Th. Kirankumar.

During the talk no one was allowed to enter or go outside from the office as well as from the campus. Employees including visitors were trapped inside the office for hours.

Prakash further said as the education minister is not in the state the director could not give any commitment. The agitation will continue until the issue is solved, he said.

Inside the campus the agitators came with placards written “no pay no work”, “we are not machine”, “please don’t torture us”, “teachers secured quality assured” including banners written “cease-work strike due to non-payment of salary”.

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Friday, 07 July 2017 00:00

“One nation one tax one market”

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 6

State department of finance and commercial taxes organised an outreach programme under the theme “One nation one tax one market” today at Hotel Classic, North AOC.

The programme was organised under the initiative of ministry of finance and ministry of petroleum and natural gas to give more knowledge about GST to oil industry stake holders.

Commissioner on central excise and service tax, Gaigongdin Panmei, who was the chief guest at the function, said petroleum sector is the driver of the country’s economy and 90 per cent of tax collection comes from petroleum industry alone. So the oil industry stakeholders have a big role to play to make the new tax regime called GST a success, he noted.

The commissioner said GST will benefit both customers and stakeholders of oil industry as it will control inflation. Before GST tax reform, there used to be approximately 57 per cent tax levied on oil industry. But after GST there will be maximum of only 28 per cent which is actually a reduction of tax by half. Not only that, transportation will also be cheaper, he added.

Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) are not exempted in GST regime and it will have adverse repercussions on oil production, Panmei continued.

State level co-ordinator of Oil Industry Manipur, S.I Singh said that the LPG price is the same as before the implementation of GST. There is no difference between June price and July price of LPG cylinders and in fact there is a decrease of Rs.32 in taxation, he added. There is nothing to be panicked that there is an increase in the price of LPG cylinders.

He further said till now petrol, diesel, crude oil, natural gas and aviation fuel are exempted from GST regime. Oil industry stakeholders like Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) took part in the outreach programme.

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Friday, 07 July 2017 00:00

Stop oil survey call renewed

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 6

A one day public consultation on “Climate change and oil exploration in Manipur” was organised today at Manipur Press Club, Imphal by Council for Anti-Poverty Action and Rural Volunteers.

Speaking as presidium member, human rights activist, Korouhanba Luwang said that environment is degrading as a result of irresponsible human action.

He stated that earlier more than 70 percent of the rainwater was suck by the roots of plants and tress but due to deforestation, now-a-days around 80 percent of the rain water directly flows into the river.

So it is one of the main causes of flood which frequently took place in the state, added Korouhanba.

He continued that likewise the root of the tree is also holding the soil of the hills, but due to the deforestation landslide also frequently took place the state.

Korouhanba asked the people to start planting trees as it is one of the measures of saving the environment.

The consultation later resolved to urge the authority concerned to implement the climate change policy and its action plan on climate change without delay in the state.

They have also decided to urge the Asian Oil Field and Oil India Limited to immediately stop all surveys related to oil exploration in the state.

Moreover, they will urge the government to ensure all its law and policies, specially its laws on oil exploration.

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Friday, 07 July 2017 00:00

Compensation as per court verdict

IMPHAL | July 6

Office of the deputy commissioner, Tamenglong district has informed that a meeting was held with the Makhuam Village authority members and land owners of Makhuam (Marangjing) village in regards to land acquisition for railway construction.

In the meeting, the issues relating to payment of compensation in connection with acquisition of land for construction of railway line was addressed and resolutions were taken, said a release signed by Armstrong Pame, district collector (LA), Tamenglong.

Regarding the matter as to who has the prerogative of receiving the compensation, it has been decided that compensation will be paid as per the verdict of the court or any other competent court, it said adding, no individuals/villagers shall resort to stopping of railway construction work until the final verdict is passed.

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