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Items filtered by date: Friday, 23 October 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Inactions of the state actors

If one thing can ever be said of the present set of rulers in the state, it must be that the collective leadership has so far been able to keep the boat from being capsized, more as a result of their conformist views and style of governance, rather than out of its expertise in expediting timely solutions. The result- troubles and social disquiet has been kept suppressed and on tenterhooks, thus fomenting unrest rather than taking a proactive stance and meeting the issues head on while they are just starting out. Matters on the development front is not all rosy either. One could be forgiven for taking the assurances and promises of these public leaders as commitments being delivered. Things have come to such a pass that finding the techniques and means to convince and placate the public has evidently been given more effort than the actual implementation of such assurances and promises. As a seemingly progressive government trying to keep pace with the rest of the world, there is an unfailing effort to observe various significant events and days. Impressive organizational skills and enthusiasm is being displayed every time such observation functions are held, with no efforts or expenses spared, be it the world health day, environment or sports, or any other for that matter. But going with the flow has its inherent limitations, and the state government has been caught neck deep in it. As a democratic setup, majority carries the vote, but it does not always mean that the majority is right. Perhaps the peculiar social situations unfolding in the state is, if only in part, a result of the absence of a comprehensive and cohesive development plan or vision. The state government, elected by the public should have the confidence as well as the political will to implement its objectives against all odds. More than a populist gesture, the public demands a government with the conviction to stand by its commitments. Progress and development cannot be made to happen overnight. Shaping the future of the state is and should be an ongoing process. But to achieve the objective, a clear and far-sighted vision is a foremost requirement, with the political acumen and decisiveness to act on it. Laying out plans and communicating its intent to the public is all very well, but the people would rather have a government that acts out its intents, as a practice and not an exception. The public have put up with the slapdash measures of administering for too long, and the murmurings of discontent have begun to rumble across the state. It is about time the state government start selling progressive livelihood and stop peddling in dreams.       

UNC bandh affects traffic along NHs; UCM president surprises over UNC’s justification

The 48 hours general strike called by the United Naga Council (UNC) from Oct 21 midnight, amidst the 10 days economic blockade called by Kuki Peoples’ Liberation Front/Army (KPLF/KPLA) in Hill districts of the state has severely affected normal traffic along both the National Highways connecting Manipur with the rest of the country.
Report reaching here from Jiribam said that around 10 rice bag loaded trucks were stranded at Jiribam area however, shops and other business establishment both private and government were open as usual. The report added that no vehicles were seen coming from Imphal side. Another report added that large numbers of bandh supporters were seen at Nungba and Oinamlong enforcing the 48 hours general strike of the UNC.
Along the National Highway No. 2 (Imphal –Dimapur road) no passenger vehicles or goods ferrying trucks were seen moving on the high ways. Report said that almost all shops and business establishment at Senapati district head quarters were shut down and government offices witness thin attendance. However, schools and colleges were not affected.
The UNC called the 48 hours total bandh in hill districts of Manipur in protest against the passing of the 3 government Bills for implementation of Inner Line Permit System in the state.
Meanwhile, President of the United Committee Manipur (UCM), Elangbam Johnson expressed surprise over the justification made by UNC over its 48 hours bandh against the passing of the 3 Government Bills by the Manipur Legislative Assembly Secretariat.

In post uploaded through social networking site Facebook, Elangbam Johnson said that the 3 Bills passed for implementation of ILP in the state is not anti-tribal. 
“Claiming the recently passed three ILP Bills as anti -tribal is totally baseless”, wrote Johnson Elangbam. He urged the UNC to spell out any provision in the Bills that hurt the sentiments of the public.
Regarding the allegation about tribal leaders being not consulted to the making of the Bills, Elangbam Johnson wrote that the 20 tribal elected representatives of the Manipur Legislative Assembly were very much part in the making of the three Bills which took 3 years. And as for the consultation with the Hill Area Committee, there is a procedure, wrote Johnson.
 “The main function of the HAC is to see that any law made by the government doesn’t contradict or infringed into the tribal customary law and in case if the HAC felt that the Bills violated tribal rights then HAC could have constituted sub-committee to look into the matters”, Johnson wrote.

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Is the ‘peace talk’ a permission to collect illegal taxes to NSCN-IM - Sovakiran

Coming down heavily to the frequent collection of illegal taxes from individuals and looting of vehicles along the National Highways by NSCN-IM cadres, MPP president Sovakiran today said if the peace talk between the outfit and GoI is a kind of permission granted to the outfit.
“Is the Peace talk between NSCN-IM and GOI a permission, provided to NSCN-IM to collect illegal taxes or loot on the National Highways”, Sovakiran asked the Indian Government while talking to media persons at his office room today afternoon.
He said that the NSCN-IM has been openly collecting illegal taxes ranging from Rs. Five hundred to above from every vehicle in between Noney and Khongsang of Tamenglong district. “In a survey conducted by a team of MPP under the supervision of Vice president Manitomba, the NSCN-IM cadres were seen openly collecting the illegal taxes amidst the various Security forces camps located at various locations”, Sovakiran said.
He further added that Manipur state is like a Banana Republic or Banana State where life cannot be survived without other’s help. The nearly 30 lakh population is dependent on the two National Highways which is facing frequent bandh and blockade. He blamed the state government for not doing anything to stop the bandh or blockade called along the National Highways.
While appealing the state government to act, Sovakiran said that SF should not remain as a decoration for the Chief Minister or Deputy Chief Minister.

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MI man held for extortion calls

A person working with the Military Intelligence of the Indian army was allegedly held by a team of Manipur Police while coming to collect ransom from a person at BT road Imphal. Source with the Imphal Times said that the person arrested by the police has been identified as one Joychandra , a Naik Subedar working with the Military Intelligence posted at M Sector. The man has been handed over to City police station and investigation is being carried out against him. Reported added that the person posed himself as a underground outfit and served extortion calls to individuals. 

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Crime against women drastically rises during 2011 to 2015

The number of crime against women has drastically risen from 165 to 316 during 2011 and 2014. As per record from Local Newspapers, the number has slightly decreased in 2015 with 207 cases of crime against women, perhaps the year is yet to end. As per the report, missing women was the highest reported case (284) in the last five years followed by cases of physical assault or causing injury, (194) and then followed by rape case numbering 165 during the period.
Dr.AK Jhalajit (IPS) SP, Imphal West highlighted the importance to discuss the matter analytically. Participating on the One Day Consultation Workshop on Gender, Human Rights and Violence Against Women held today at Classic Hotel, Jhalajit said, whether the rate has been risen as per rise with population or it has rise vertically is to be discussed. He said that the number has risen as more cases has forwarded to report with the rise of legal awareness level among common men.
During the discussion, the SP stressed that empowering women and weaker sections is closely related to social structure of a society. He said, mostly women after marriages up to 7/10 years are highly prone to domestic violence. There is need to empower or enact certain laws to safeguard women during the phase.  While, U.Nobokishore, Secy.United NGOs Mission Manipur (UNM-M) stressed the need to reform the Criminal Justice System and Corruption in reforming Manipur towards a better society. The present Manipur Government is not convinced to reform the current Criminal Justice System. The Govt. is afraid of consequences while reforming the changes. But he said UNM-M will approach to CM and will move at National and International level.
He appealed general people not to believe falsely that the system is impossible to change, he encouraged that there will be mechanism to change the present unwanted system with public movement.
Prof.N Pramodini, Department of Linguistics and also Director, Women Study Centre, Manipur University, Khunmanlambam Binoy, senior Advocate, President, High Court Bar Association Manipur, Dr Sadhana, Epidermatologist, State TB Hospital and Wangkhemcha Shyamjai, President all Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) also took part in the consultation workshop which was jointly organized by United NGOs Mission Manipur (UNMM) and Women action for Development.

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Wild life week observed

The 60th wildlife Week Celebration 2015 was observed today at Lamyanba Sanglen of Palace Compound.
Deputy speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, MK. Preshow Shimray attended the function as Chief Guest. In his speech the deputy speaker highlighted the importance for perseverance of wild wife.
He said that since time immemorial there had been a tradition of fishing, hunting and cutting of trees but they are guarded by rules and regulation with respect to the natural resource. But now in modern generation anyone can cut any tree or kill animal anytime.  This not only endangered the animals or the trees but also to human being due to degradation of environment. He further appealed the masses to protect forest and wild life for the betterment of human being. As a part of the function a book called “Mahousagi  Maithong” was also released and distributed prize of painting competition, essay competition and photo competition.
Chief Secretary O.Nabakishore Singh and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Bala Prasad were also attended the function as President and Guest of Honour respectively.

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KCP Poirei warns Tourism department on Sangai Festival

Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) Poirei Meitei Lup has asked the officials of the Tourism department to publicly announce the details of the tender conducted in connection with the upcoming Sangai Festival scheduled to be held from November 21-30.
In a release, the banned armed outfit said the team Operation Mangal of the outfit has information regarding the involvement of corrupt practices while issuing tenders and work to companies. It also alleged the Department of Tourism of collecting ten percent from contractors and private firms.
KCP also warned the Tourism Department and other Departments to post the details of tenders for the festival at their respective notice boards within five days from October 23.

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IMEU urges IMC Chairperson

Imphal Municipal Employees Union (IMEU) has warned to launched various forms of protest demonstration if the Chairperson failed to prevent the state government from taking over land belonging to Imphal Municipal Corporation.
During a press meet held today at Manipur Press Club, Ph Chaoba, Advisor of IMEU said that the government is planning to encroach some land of IMC for the construction of Tombisana Market. The union and its members are against the construction of building for the upcoming market.

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