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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 28 October 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

WW1 graves of Manipuris found

87 graves of Manipuris were found in foreign soil this year.
Speaking to the media persons, Yumnam Rajeshwor, Co-Founder WW2 Imphal Campaign Foundation sad that Manipuris who were sent to help the British troops during the world war remain unknown. But in the last 2/3 year he manage to find 2 grave and 87 graves of Manipuris who fought in the IWW were also found in October 2015 while going through the war graves report through online research. These troops were sent during the reign of Churachand Maharaj, 1917, he added.
These graves are in the four foreign soils namely France, Italy, Egypt and Yemen. Graves’s numbers, when these troops died all the data are available to him and he even manage to give out the information to some of the person who have call up providing information of their family member who have fought in the IWW, he added.

Grave pictures of the British troops have been sent to the family members who have been contacting him in the last few months. This time he was able to receive information and pictures of graves of Manipuri’s, which is the first in the history of Manipur, he added.
Yumnam Rajeshwor further said that this is just the beginning of finding the graves and will continue the research to find the rest of graves of the Manipuris. Expecting information from the family members who have serve in the IWW, he added.
Putanleng, one of the troops who serve in the IWW, nephew and family became the first family to get the IWW casualty grave picture and the whereabout of Putanleng. Family member of Putanleng shows regard on receiving the pictures.

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Development for whom ???

The spurt in developmental activities in the state is a positive sign of the Government gearing up to meet the challenges of the increasing needs of the people in all spheres of life. But this quickening pace of development entails an inherent risk of doing more harm than good. Mindless removal and destruction of natural resources and altering the social setup through these activities could create an irreversible and permanent change to the very identity of this land. The results of this haphazard and impulsive rush towards development are beginning to show- roads littered with stones and dust, left untended for months with the resulting protests and roadblocks becoming an everyday affair- something that has entered the realm of a basic procedure. The steps that followed suit – that of laying the long neglected roads are even more frustratingly interesting, sometimes with even carpets of tar that can be rolled up, but more frequently turning out to be works of art- an illusion of a road with the same bumps and rolls that was there before the whole exercise began. The plight of the people residing along these roads while all these are happening, or rather not happening can only be imagined. Another manifestation of development can be better experienced with the nose. Garbage being dumped along roadsides, drainage systems being filled up even before they are completed and the peculiarity of the stench in different parts have actually served as a landmark of sorts. Zero garbage campaign turned out to be utter rubbish. Lack of proper waste management system have turned half of Langol and Lamphel area into a dumping ground that will one day spread out to cover even the Capitol building. With Imphal Municipality office embroiled in agitations and strikes, we all should be prepared for a long smelly haul. Parking, or the lack of it is another outcome of development- construction of malls and multi-storied markets without giving a thought about the facility who comes shopping to park their vehicles. Should we also add the lack of subways and footbridges along busy intersections and junctions, as a result of which everybody is using the landing of the flyover to cross over, playing the dodging game, the prize- one’s limb and life intact. All these can be remedied and reversed, if the Government puts a holistic and sustainable plan of action and acts upon it in earnest. What is of greater concern is the danger of our ecosystem being changed irreversibly case in point- construction of Ithai Barrage. The tag of the largest freshwater lake in northeast India being given to Loktak Lake may soon be history, as is the threat to the last remaining natural habitat of the “Sangai” in the world- Keibul Lamjao being perished gradually. Development does not equate commercialization. We have a greater duty to preserve and build up our ecosystem. Development should complement and evolve around the unique natural identity of a place and not the other way round.

BJP officially announces Kh Joykishan & Th. Bishwajit as their candidates for Thongju & Thangmeiband AC by-election

BJP today officially announced its candidate for the upcoming bye-election in Thongju Assembly Constituency and Thangmeiband Assembly constituency. BJP Central Election Committee Secretary, Jagat Prakash Nadda in an official release name Khumukcham Joykishan as the party’s candidate for Thanhmeiband Assembly Constituency and Thongam Bishwajit as the party candidate in Thongju Assembly constituency. Two candidates applied for BJP ticket in Thongju Assembly constituency whereas only one applied for the Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency.
In a press meet held today at BJP Manipur Pradesh Office at Nityapat Chuthek, President, BJP Manipur Pradesh Th. Chaoba said that election campaign for both the candidate will be intensified to make sure that both the BJP candidates win in both the seats. He said there is no misunderstanding between the BJP workers while allotting ticket to the two candidates. He said all the BJP workers will work together in this by-election.
As for the Manipur State Congress Committee, Jotin Waikhom was declared as its candidate for the Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency while former Minister Bijoy Koijam will contest at Thongju Assembly as MPCC (Congress –I) candidate. With the finalization of announcing the party candidate it is now sure that the by-election in both the Assembly constituencies is going to be a straight fight between the Congress party and BJP. What is more interesting is that Congress rules in Manipur while BJP is leading the government at the Center.
Election Commission of India has announced the date of polling for this by-election on November 21, 2015. The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Manipur has issued election Notification today. Last date for filing nomination is November 4 and the scrutiny of the nomination will be held on November 5. Last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 7.
Counting of vote will hold on November 24. By-election will also be held at Jharkhand (72-Lohardaga ST), Madhya Pradesh (171- Devas), Mizoram (12 – Aizawl North – III (ST)) and Meghalaya (32- Nongstoin ST) on the same date.
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in the upcoming by-election for all the state.
According to the Chief Election Office, the total number of voters in Thangmeiband Assembly Constiuency is 25,114 including 13,687 female voters while the number of male voters is 12,570.
In Thongju Assembly constituency, the total number of voters is 28,214 including 14,564 female voters and 13,650 male voters.
By election in the two Assembly Constituencies of Thangmeiband and Thongju was necessitated after the Speaker’s Tribunal disqualified the then two sitting MLAs of Thangmeiband and Thongju under the anti-defection law on May 28 this year.

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Dy. CM highlighted the roles of Photojournalists in delivering justice to the people

Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam today highlighted the roles of photojournalists in modern day’s society. Speaking in the inaugural function of the Photo Contest cum Exhibition & 3 Day Photography workshop today at the premises of Directorate of Information and Public Relation, Govt. of Manipur at MSRTC Complex, Moirangkhom, here in Imphal said that photo capture through lens of photographer speaks thousands words.
“Sometimes a photo speaks when there is hardly any words to define what is actually happen”, Gaikhangam said.
The Photo contest cum exhibition & the 3-Day Photography Workshop will continue till Oct 30 of this year.  The competition cum exhibition being organized by the DIPR receives over 700 photo entries from various professional and amateur photographer but thorough screening one 600 photo finds its way for the competition. Some of the Professional Photographers of the state also showcase their photos in the exhibition section. 
Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam further said that photography now has become part of running a smooth government and delivering justice to the people of the state. He said photos captured are now serving as court evidences. Even for documentation purposes Photo record has become mandatory, Gaikhangam added. Lauding the effort of the DIPR for organizing such a competition, Gaikhangam said that such competition will encourage the young photographers in taking up photography as their profession.
It is with the help of these photographers that the natural beauty of this region can be highlighted to people of the world and simultaneously such exposure will promote tourism in the state. 
The inaugural function was also attended by renowned filmmaker Josy Joshep, Parliamentary Secy. IPR & MI K. Meghachandra, Principal Secretary (IPR), Govt. of Manipur, Letkhogin Haokip, President of the Nagaland Congress Committee, K. Therie and Director of IPR, Govt. of Maipur Salam Somorjit.

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JCB and Dipper driver caught while excavating forest protected area

Two JCB and three Dipper were caught today by Thoubal Haokha Forest Range patrol team while excavating the hill range of Waithou and Thoubal Khunou Protected Area.
Thingbaijam Lokendro, Forest Range Officer, Thoubal Haokha, Thoubal said that one JCB and one dipper were caught along with 2 drivers while inspecting the Waithou protected area (Usoipokpi) at around 12 pm and one JCB and two dipper were also caught along with 1 driver from Thoubal Khunou protected area at around 9:30 am today.
The caught drivers of the JCB and dipper were handed over to Lilong Police and Thoubal Police, he added. Thingbaijam Lokendro further said that Thoubal Haokha Forest Range has already warned to those who are excavating the hills at the Waithou and Thoubal Khunou protected area not to excavate. Despite their warning excavating has been continuing. On noticing this, forest range petrol teams were deployed to inspect the protected area and today they were able to nab the JCBs and dippers and the drivers, he added.
Registration number and the names of the caught vehicles and the drivers are not yet known while some drivers manage to escape.

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Campaign rally on “Swachh Bharat” “Sunder Bharat” held

A campaign rally on the theme “Swachh Bharat” “Sunder Bharat”, organised by the Manipur State Bharat Scouts and Guides took off today morning.
The rally flagged off by Chairman A Nimai Sharma of IMC begins from IMC office gate and snakes through the street of Khwairamband Market streets.
The campaign rally on cleanliness was organized as part of the ongoing 5 day Regional Level Peer Educators cum Campaigners Workshop on “Swachh Bharat” “Sunder Bharat”, N.E Region started from 26 October and will continue till 30 October at State Training Centre, Langol. Around 120 scouts and guides from different states of North East region are taking part in the program.
The program aims to achieve the goal of “SWACHH BHARAT” (Clean India) by 2nd October, 2019 in commemoration with the 150th Birth Anniversary of Father of Nation Mahatama Gandhi.
After successful participation in the workshop, each participant is expected to be the key person to implement this program in their area till October 2019 with the help of their District and State Continuously to create awareness at all level.

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Miscreants hijack two wheeler motor bike from Kakwa area

Unknown miscreants hijacked a two wheeler motor bike (R-15) from Kakwa Khongnang pheidekpi area under Singjamei police station at gun point early today morning. According to report, the motor bike belongs to one Yumnam Gyanendro (Babu Singh, son of Jatishwor of Khongnang Pheidekpi area. It said some miscreant on other white colour R-15 motor bike came following him while he was returning home at around 3 am today morning after dropping a friend. The miscreants allegedly pull out a gun and force him to get down of the vehicle. The miscreant also tried to tie him but he reportedly escaped. Later, the miscreants took the vehicle along with them and flee the area.

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Assam Rifles Organises Medical Camp

16 Assam Rifles of 10 Sector AR under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organised a Medical Camp at New Canaan village on 24 Oct 2015. A total of 120 patients including 60 females, 40 males and 20 children were treated during the medical camp. An interactive session was also organised with the masses, where people were educated about HIV / AIDS, Hepatitis, Malaria, Water-Borne diseases and Hygiene and Sanitation. The camp was conducted in this village of Yanganpokpi area so as to cater to patients from far flung areas also as it is a mid axis point connecting various villages. The people of New Canaan Village expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the 16 Assam Rifles for this humanitarian act as befitting to their motto of being “Friends of the Hill People”.   In another endeavour, 41 Assam Rifles of 10 Sector AR under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South), Somsai in collaboration with Ukhrul District Health Mission Society, Leishiphung Christian Hospital (LCH) and Mobile Dental team of 13 DUAR organised a medical  camp at Peh village in Ukhrul District on 24 Oct 2015. Medical team of 41 Assam Rifles, Mobile Dental unit of 13 DUAR, Dr Yaomila, Gynaecologist from LCH and outreach team of District Health Mission society under Mr Apam, NRHM Ukhrul, two Medical Officers of Tolloi PHC, sonologist, ophthalmic assistant and nursing staff provided free consultation and medicines to 560 people who attended the Medical camp.      The medical camp received tremendous response from Peh village and neighboring Paorei village. Dr Yaomila Khayi delivered a talk on “Living a Healthy Life” and encourages the villagers to adopt healthy practices in their lives. Peh village council and Youth organisation expressed their gratitude to the 41 Assam Rifles for the humanitarian gesture in organising the first ever medical camp in the history of Peh village.

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