IMPHAL | July 6
The body of a man of about 40 years of age was found floating inside the canal of Malom Makha Sorok Maning, 300 meters distance from the western side of Tiddim road.
A release by OC of Nambol police station stated that the man is suspected to be killed by unknown culprits in the night of July 4 or 5. The body which has started decomposing in the mortuary of RIMS is yet to be claimed and is likely to cause health hazard to the staff as well as surrounding people, it added.
The news report of plastic egg has brought to fore the practice of food adulteration once again. Reports about plastic egg and plastic rice have been doing the round in social media. Sceptics have brushed aside the story as fake. Government food safety officials are still maintaining a safe distance from arriving at a conclusion. It is understandable. One cannot jump into conclusion bypassing the laboratory reports of the food samples that have been sent. While we wait for the test results, the report of a Singjamei family finding plastic like egg indicates that some eggs in the food market may not be eggs that comes from, say, hens or ducks, but from some other unthinkable source. Foods such as egg and fish which are mass consumed in the state come from Andhra Pradesh mostly. This is because the consumer demand cannot be met by the producers in the state. Fish from Andhra are assumed to be treated with harmful chemicals to make them look fresh. Also in this regard, food safety officials have collected samples. The results are still awaited though the samples were collected in May. This is despite the rule that test result should be given within 14 days by the laboratory under the Food Safety Act. Not only fish or egg, rather most of the food items that we consume are mostly procured from outside the state. Food items also come from Myanmar and China through the Moreh market. The fake eggs are assumed to be from China.
Food adulteration is not a new practice. It may be recalled that in 2014 a joint team of the Food Safety and Narcotics & Affairs of Borders unearthed adulterated edible mustard oil worth around Rupees 30 lakhs. And recently some vendors in Imphal were also charged of using chemicals to ripen the fruits to be sold. In all probability edible substances other than oil, egg and fish are adulterated and sold in the market. These adulterated products would have reached our kitchens to be consumed by everyone in the family: including our young children. Vegetables that are sold in the market are not safe food either. It is no secret that vegetable growers use chemicals and fertilisers to increase their yield. This unethical practice might not come under the definition of food adulteration. But the practice certainly has damaging effects on our health. The moot point however is to find ways to thwart the multipronged attack on our food.
Given the scenario the state government and its departments concerned must act fast. It is worth mentioning that foodborne diseases have become a global public health challenge according to the World Health Organisation. It also maintains that protecting global health from foodborne hazards is a compelling duty and a primary interest of both States and non-State actors. There are tell-tale signs of our state failing in this front. Already, there are a staggering 79 cases of food testing pending in the state. The authorities need to address the issue of lack of infrastructural requirements without much delay. Food testing laboratory in the state should be equipped with latest technology. Food safety officials must conduct surprise checks at the warehouses where food for mass consumption are stored. Under the initiative of the new government there has been active intervention on the part of the food safety officials. Seizure of tobacco and other harmful product which are harmful to health is being carried out across the state. This kind of intervention needs to be done with consistency. Their inactiveness in the future could give a wrong message to the public that the agencies are working hand in glove with the cartel of adulterators. Needless to say that businessmen operating in such trade are very powerful lobbyist. Besides having shrewd business skills, they are also well versed in influencing the people who are in the corridors of power. Yet this should not dampen the spirit of Food Safety team. Those found involved in food adulteration should be given exemplary punishment by the law.
Leader Writer: Senate Kh.
IMPHAL | July 6
The Phaknung Social Youth’s Club has informed that around 900 hectares of paddy fields at Phaknung are submerged under flood caused by the incessant rain that started from the late evening of June 30.
The surrounding areas are in a state of danger as water is seeping at an alarming rate due to many breaches, said a release. The club has appealed to the authorities concerned to look into the matter urgently.
IMPHAL | July 6
Manipur People’s Party has said that the private property of one khoirakpam Nobin has been turned into a public road, as a section of Korengei-Awang Sekmai road was damaged by the flood that occurred last year.
Khoirakpam Nobin’s father (L) kh. Gorbadhon had given the public, access to his property as a temporary passage, after a length of 400 meters had crumbled into the river last year, said a release.
On July 2, the passage is closed down by the owner Khoirakpam Nobin, causing many difficulties to the surrounding locals, it said adding, the roadway is under the assembly constituency of the present chief minister N. Biren and chairman of Manipur Planning Board, S. Rajen. The party has appealed to the government to repair the roadway urgently, it added.
IMPHAL| July 6
Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently abled citizens has decried the pathetic condition of approach road of the department of Social Welfare, government of Manipur.
In a release the Relief Centre has appealed to the chief minister to look into the matter as the road have dilapidated beyond measures. It went on to alleged that the ministers and officers have failed to make the road of the said department a ‘Barrier Free Access’ one.
The centre has appealed to the authorities concerned to repair the entrance urgently for the sake of differently abled people, it added.
IMPHAL | July 6
A two year, four months old child named N. Dhananjoy, son of Ningthoujam Dhanachandra Singh was saved by another two year old child N. Leisemba Singh, son of Ninghthojam Dhanabir.
The incident happened yesterday at 2 Ppm, said a release by Karam Awang Leikai Youth Club. The child, N. Dhananjoy had fallen into a nearby pond but was rescued by N. Leisemba, it added.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL |July 6
Office of the Business Excellence Group (BEG) was inaugurated today by the Speaker Y. Khemchand at MG Avenue.
Speaking at the function convenor Thokchom Hero said BEG was founded in 2017 by businessmen and entrepreneurs for sharing ideas in order to thrive in business sector. Around 100 members from various business sectors are in the group.
To promote business and to create common platform in order to mitigate the unemployment problem in the state is the main objective of the forum, he added.
Khemchand said BEG is the new concept for the entrepreneurs in the state. It will serve as a gateway for the new thought to promote business in the state.
From Our Correspondent
MOREH | July 6
A combined team of police commando, Moreh post and 12 th Assam Rifles led by SDPO Lawrence K. arrested four active over-ground workers of PLA/RPF along with one Maruti Alto car near Khudengthabi AR check post. They were arrested while they returning from Tamu after meeting their commanders, Nelson and Rishikanta.
The four over-ground workers are identified as L. Jiteshwor Singh (51), son of (Late) Nobin Singh of Irengband Saban Leikai, Asem Brojendro Singh (49), son of (Late) Asem Tomba Singh, Irengband Hawairou, Konthoujam Indramani Singh (47), son of (Late) K. Tomcha Singh, Irengband Laibung Leikai and Mayengbam Gopal Singh (55), son of (Late) M. Chingkhu Singh, Irengband Mairembam Maning Leikai, and they were handed over to Moreh police station.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | July 6
HDFC Manipur Branch today extended help by donating rice, dal and edible oils to the people of Porompat Thawan Thaba Leikai and Porompat Muslim who have been reeling under adversities due to flood for the past five days.
The villagers said that the DC had come to give aid yesterday for the flood victims wherein he supplied rice and dal.
Around 500 houses are being affected in the area due to flood caused by incessant rain in the last few days.
It may also be mentioned here that price of the essential commodities are hiked up due to the situation.
IMPHAL | July 6
The District Committee, Jiribam, All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) expressed strong concern on the deplorable condition of the Jiribam Higher Secondary School.
A release said the school has no authority, teachers or staff to look after and has become a hub for mischievous activities for the students.
Most of the students are used to tobacco and alcohol as the school has totally become non-functional in educational areas, it added.
The committee has appealed the authority concerned to look into the matter at the earliest and solve the serious issue, and further warned the students of schools and colleges of Jiribam to refrain from all kinds of intoxicants.