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THOUBAL | Aug 9
Apunba Loumi Lup, Thoubal in association with Agriculture department, government of Manipur have distributed fertilisers on subsidized rates to farmers of various areas in Thoubal district.
The fertilisers were provided free of costs for the differently abled people by Apunba Loumi Lup. The organisation expressed that they will share the struggles faced by the farmers and provide help to solve their issues.
Meanwhile, United Progressive Club, Wangjing Wangkhei has also distributed fertilisers for free to the areas covered by the club.
10 Kg fertilisers were provided for each receiver. The club is also taking up initiatives to prevent drug abuse by conducting drives against alcohol and drugs.
Five months have gone by since the new BJP-led coalition government took charge in Manipur. The chief ministerial secretariat at the state’s official seat of power, popularly known amongst locals as Heinoumakhong (literally translated as “foot of the mango tree”, after the lush mango tree that grows in the compound of the chief ministerial office cum residential bungalow) seems to be witnessing some degree of freedom from tension, now that any chances of the ousted Congress seems quite conclusively thrown out of contention for power. Despite the fact that they were the single largest party at the end of the February-March elections, having won 28 seats against the BJP’s 21, thanks to the fickleness of MLA loyalty in the state which tends to gravitate towards whoever is in power. In trickles of one and two at a time in the initial month of the BJP government, altogether eight MLAs elected on Congress tickets have so far declared themselves as having joined the BJP. Although these defectors now are given seats on the Treasury Benches, surprisingly there is no official declaration of their status as members of the House yet, leaving people to conclude the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, popularly known as Anti-Defection Law, first introduced in 1986 and then modified in 2003, is a damp squib, completely powerless to control defection. But leave the manner in which our insecure legislators disgrace politics for the time being, though the matter is extremely important, for there are other pressing issues of public importance to also be addressed. The foremost of these of course is government stability so that the government of the day is able to freely pursue the agenda of good governance.
As die hard optimists, we have reasons to believe the current set of leadership, under chief minister N Biren, hold the good of the state at heart and if given the right condition they would persevere to work for the welfare of the state and its people. What is however doubtful is, ensuring such a condition may become a challenge increasingly as the government age and the Congress anti-incumbency wave they were riding on wears out and is no longer able to shield their own weaknesses from the public. The creation of the seven new districts which worked against the Congress; the hotly contested and stalled three immigration control bills; the contentious but closely guarded contents of the Framework Agreements with the NSCN(IM); the demand for separate administration in the hills; and now even the old issue of official corruption are beginning to resurface. Over and above these, there is also the ruling of the Supreme Court that Parliamentary Secretaries are unconstitutional. As in the case of MLA defection which is now accommodated in the Assembly with seeming impunity, would these Parliamentary Secretaries be also similarly accommodated without attracting contempt of the Supreme Court? All these and more remain as time bombs ticking away in the background, far from being defused. If Murphy’s Law that “if something can go wrong it will go wrong”, is anything to go by, the present government’s cup of woes can only be waiting to fill up again. This is also the reason why, leaving aside all other considerations, including the repulsive lack of moral amongst defecting MLAs, this government deserves stability to prove itself, by resolving the core issues of these time bombs before they accumulate their explosive potentials again. At least for the time being, if and until this government proves itself unworthy, let bygones be bygones and let all, ruling and opposition alike get down to the serious business of governance of this difficult, conflict-riven state.
For obvious reasons, the 2019 Parliamentary elections will be very important for the BJP government in Manipur too. The strength and confidence of the state BJP government will be reassured if the BJP is given the same landslide verdict as in 2014 and the Congress challenge remained dwarfed as it is now, although Gujarat has now proven how the latter can bounce back. Can the Congress revive would now be the worry of the BJP at the Centre. For a different reason, the question would be vital for Manipur too, with MLA fence sitters always ready to switch loyalty to where they think the political grass are greener. The chief minister ought also to be a little more careful about his social media engagements in the name of public outreach. Building a reputation of being seen as the people’s leader is all very fine but let it be heeded that pleasing everyone is an impossible task and attempting to do so can lead to disaster. A filter of truth and sound vision is the only effective moderator in such circumstances and the possession of this quality is what separates exceptional from mediocre leadership. Of this government, we will get to know the answer in the months ahead.
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BISHNUPUR | Aug 9
The launching ceremony of National Deworming Day was organised by District Health Society, Bishnupur today in collaboration with Brighter Academy, Nambol under the theme, Worm Free Children and Healthy Children” at Public Theatre hall, Nambol.
The function was attended by Bishnupur DC, Boby Waikhom, CMO, Bishnupur, Dr. H. Babychand Devi, Bishnupur ZEO, N. Tikendrajit Singh and MO in-charge of Nambol CHC, Merajao Singh as the chief guest, president and guests of honour respectively.
Speaking at the function, Boby Waikhom said that for healthy and disease free society, we have an important role especially parents and also ASHA workers who are working hard to make our society better.
He further said that it is also important that staff provides proper medication to the children.
The function was attended by various students, Angangwadi and ASHA workers.
IMPHAL | Aug 9
The fortnight programme of Swatcchh Pakhwada under Swatcchh Bharat Mission was observed today at St. Sebastians School, Wangkhei under the guidance of District Youth Co-ordinator (DYC), Kh. Ibohanbi and Thanil Singh, NYK Imphal East.
A release said that all the students and school authorities participated in taking Swatcchh Pledge with a firm belief to keep clean each and every corners of the school, its surrounding and not only that also to take part in motivating others to undertake cleanliness drives towards a Clean India which is always a dream of Mahatma Gandhi.
As a part of Swatcchh Pakhwada, DYCs gave awareness message regarding cleanliness, sanitation and hygiene, active support and guidance for effective implementation of Swatcchh Bharat Mission, it added.
IMPHAL | Aug 9
A team of Bishnupur district police commandos have arrested an alleged cadre of Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) organisation during frisking and checking at Bishnupur Chiningkon near Iron bridge yesterday at around 9 am, said a release signed by PRO, police department, Manipur.
It further said that the individual has been identified as William Kamei (20) son of K. Guida of Noney Khumji Part-I and added that incriminating articles were seized from his possession.
Investigation revealed that he was involved in serving demand notes and extortion of huge amount of money from the officials of National Project at Noney area as their party fund, it added.
IMPHAL | Aug 9
The Manipur Committee for Parliament has appealed the department of Fisheries, government of Manipur to look into the grievances of Hill district fish farmers of Paddy cum Pisciculture (NEC) 2013-14 which has been demanding for release of final payment.
A release signed by vice-president of the committee, S. Ningshen said that the committee also condemned the action of the department of Fisheries, government of Manipur for carrying out inspection on implementation of Paddy cum Pisciculture in the month of July-August, 2017 which should have been conducted in 2013-14.
The Manipur Committee for Parliament appealed to all the fish farmers and the government for earliest solution, it added.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Aug 9
The president of All Manipur Muslim Development Committee headquarter today alleged that four individuals had beaten him in the evening of August 6 while he was at a hotel near Turel Ahanbi Mayai Primary Madrassa, Lilong.
Md. Syed Ahmed Sheikh, the president told reporters at Manipur Press Club that the incident took place when he was on his way to meet the committee’s advisors. He was surrounded by around 20 people and four known individuals had beaten him black and blue and left him unconscious.
His family and relatives took him to Noor Hospital and he was later referred to RIMS. He is still on medication and has not been discharged yet from the hospital during the time of press briefing.
Sheikh demanded that the four individuals be arrested and punished according to the law. He named Md. Nasir Khan alias Manao, a home guard personnel and Md. Imran Khan, both sons of Md. Alauddin Khan from Lilong Turel Ahanbi Kalei Khong Mathak Leikai and Md. Arif Khan and his mother Waheeda of Lilong Turel Ahanbi Kalei Khong Makha Leikai.
He reiterated that if they are not arrested within 48 hours, he along with like-minded organisations will take necessary actions so that the alleged defaulters will be punished.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Aug 9
The Imphal East police today arrested one drug peddler at around 1.25 pm and seized 20,890 spasmo proxivon (SP) capsule worth around Rs. 5,22,000 from his residence.
The arrested drug peddler is identified as Sangomshungbam Mujibur Rahaman alias Ango (27) son of S. Amu Shah of Khurai Khumidok Kongba Turel Mapan.
Police said that the team lead by Imphal East commando officer in charge, L. Vaiphei were able to arrest the drug peddler after the Imphal East police got a specific information about the presence of drug smuggler at Khurai Khumidok Kongba Turel Mapan area.
Earlier the team arrested two drug peddlers from Bishnupur district by giving prior information to the Bishnupur police control room.
Police said that they arrested Talkhellambam Shashikanta Singh alias Sashi alias Atomba (36) son of T. Thambalngou from Nambol Kabowakching at around 11.35 am and seized one mobile phone from his residence.
Following his disclosure the team arrested Ningthoujam Angangtomba Singh alias Tomba (52) son of late N. Nilachandra Singh from Leimaram Waroiching at around 12.20 pm and seized 25 grams of heroine (no. 4) powder and one mobile phone.
Police said that they were able to make the arrest after getting a reliable information of presence of drug peddler at Nambol Kabowakching area and the two arrested peddlers are partners in their peddling business.
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CHURACHANDPUR | Aug 9
The National Deworming Day was inaugurated at Vimala Raina High School Churachandpur today. The programme was launched by DC of Churachandpur, Shyam Lal Poonia and it was attended by more than 700 students apart from health officials, parents and teachers.
DPM, NHM demonstrated hand washing techniques to the students and requested them to be aware of healthy habits. Knowledge of treatment by Albendazole tablet was given during the programme.
The DC stressed on the importance of deworming towards achieving internal hygiene among children. He also appealed everyone to ensure hygienic environment for the students and to maintain a Swachh Bharat. The CEO of ADC, Churachandpur, Kamuanlal Simte also appealed to the gathering to work towards cleaning the locality and town for healthy living.
The National Deworming campaign will be undertaken in all the schools and Aanganwadi centres across the district on August 10.
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TAMENGLONG | Aug 9
Online applications for army recruitment rally in Leimakhong scheduled from October 3 to October 8 for recruitment of other ranks (OR) will open from August 3 until September 18.
A statement issued by an adjutant of 23 Assam Rifles at Tamenglong has informed that only online registered candidates will be allowed to attend the recruitment rally. Interested candidates may approach the online registration centre opened by 23 Assam Rifles of Senapati Brigade under Red Shield Division at Tamenglong, he added.
He further informed that the battalion is going to give pre-training for all enrolled candidates from August 21 to September 23.