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Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 06 October 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Indefinite road blockade on Thagapat road begins

Locals of Thumbuthong and Thangapat area in Imphal East today begin indefinite road blockade at Thumbuthong area demanding immediate repairing of the road stretch between Thumbuthong and Palace Compound as well as road stretch between Thumbuthong and Wangkhei leading through Thangapat. A committee called Thangapat Lambi demand committee (TLDC) has been formed and volunteers of the committee today staged a sit-in-protest in the middle of the road preventing all sorts of vehicular movement along the route.
Local MLA E Chand visited the protest site and appealed them to withdraw the agitation as the government is in no position to repair the said portion of work due to financial constrain. The MLA however asserted to fill the potholes, which was flatly denied by the local agitators.

Speaking to media persons a member of the Thangapat lambi demand committee, said that after the government failure to complete the Sanjenthong Bridge on time, the road stretch has been serving as the only route to connect the Imphal East and Imphal West other than Minuthong. The volume of traffic was very high and the need to keep the road motorable is the need of the hour as the road may be crowded once more with the coming of the Sangai Festival once again. He further added that the volume of traffic along the route may be triple if the Sanjenthong failed to complete before the Sangai Festival. He warns the government of more intensified agitation if the government failed to repair the road at the earliest possible time.

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AMCTA submits memorandum to governor, warns stir

 All Manipur College Teachers’ Association (AMCTA) has submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Manipur.
While urging the Government of Manipur to translate the commitment made into action, the memorandum demanded to constitute UGC VII Pay Review Committee and Grant MHHRD approval of the UGC decisions on the 3rd Amendment of the UGC Regulation- 2010 and Amendment to PhD Regulation- 2009.
It also demanded to withdraw CBCS (Credit Base Choice System) and Central University Bill- 2013 and expedite promotions and filling of vacant posts are per government of India reservation.
 AMCTA demanded to resolve anomalies of VI Pay Commission and stop commercialization of higher education.

In a separate release, the Association also recalled that the Government of Manipur during a meeting between AMCTA and Chief Minister, Okram Ibobi in the presence of Education Minister, Moirangthem Okendro Singh assured to release fresh notification considering local conditions in respect of recruitments, CAS and other service matters.
The state government has also assured to release pending allowances entitled to college teachers and equivalent cadres by making correction of the ROP orders and cancellation of appointment of regular Principals to all the government colleges, said AMCTA.
It also condemned the inactive attitude of the Manipur Government neglecting the issues relating to the college teachers as well as the human resource development of the state.
The Association also warned the state government to act positively to avoid any undesirable movement from the college students.

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Government allots Super Market as temporary place for Mao traders

The state government has arranged temporary market shed for Mao vegetable vendor people at Lamphel Supermarket.
It has been resolved to make the arrangement in order to facilitate business of Mao traders during a meeting of various civil society organizations like IPSA, LFWP, ACOAM LUP, Pandam, IPAK, Kangla Mei, KIL, KSA, meira paibi lups and clubs of the surrounding area.
The vegetable vendors have been selling their produces at different parts of the state capital after they have been prevented selling of their goods at Mao area allegedly by Southern Angami People’s Organisation following the Dzuko conflict for the last two months.
Speaking to media persons, Chairman of PDA, T Mangibabu said that the government has decided to make this temporary arrangement till the completion of their permanent market sheds at Chingmeirong. The government is earnestly making all possible effort to complete their market sheds as soon as possible, said the PDA Chairman and MLA of Thanga Assembly Constituency, while stating that having a market shed for vegetable sellers of Mao people would boost the brotherhood relationship between the hill and valley people.
While reiterating the shifting of market is temporary, Mangibabu also appealed all the civil society organizations and others not to make issue out of this arrangement.
The Chairman also thanked the civil society organizations for their effort to allocate a market shed for the Mao traders.

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NSCN (K) awards capital punishment to 2 ‘Indian agents’

The People’s Army of Nagaland (Naga Army) NSCN/GPRN awarded capital punishment to “two active Indian undercover agents” at Zunheboto on Monday, according to media reports.
Citing a statement issued by the MIP NSCN/GPRN, it said that following the arrest of one suspected agent on October 4, thorough investigation was conducted and it led to exposure of another agent working in tandem. The spies were covertly working as coolie and responsible for the arrest of scores of NSCN workers by Indian Army in and around Zunheboto in recent times, it said.
The NSCN (K) cautioned that it would not tolerate or spare any espionage activities against the Naga struggle and the same yardstick shall be applied to all irrespective of ones citizenship - local Naga or Indian.

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Ex MLA Joykishan extended monetary help to injured Journalist

Ex- MLA of Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency, Kh Joykishan today visited the injured Journalist of Naharolgi Thoudang Press at RIMS casualty.
The injured journalist has been identified as Mangsatabam Premananda aged 26 of Luwangsabam Mamang Leikai. The incident happens last night around 11:30 pm while he was on his way back home near the turning point of Kangla western gate. He was admitted at RIMS casualty ward by some city police personal who were present at the surrounding doing night duty.
MLA of Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency, Kh Joykishan visited RIMS casualty at round 11 am today to meet Premananda. Later Joykishan extended some financial assistance to his family.

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NCC girls expedition to Mt. Trishul flagged–in

PRO Defence
Imphal, Oct 6: Lt Gen AChakravarty Director General National Cadet Corps (DGNCC) flagged-in the NCC Girls Expedition to Mt Trishul at a function in New Delhi, on Monday. He congratulated the girl cadets and the support staff for their splendid effort and demonstration of girl power and courage to overcome the challenges of rugged terrain and hostile conditions in their bid to summit the peak. Earlier the Expedition Leader Col G Karki shared his experience and the challenges faced by the expedition during their difficult attempt. This Expedition which was above 7000M gave the NCC cadets a very good exposure to high altitude and extreme weather conditions that will assist them for Mt Everest Expedition in May 2016.

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1st Thoudam Shamu Mangang Memorial Award presentation ceremony held

Students who had passed Meetei Mayek subject in HSLC exam 2015 were honored in 1st Thoudam Shamu Mangang Memorial Award presentation ceremony.
The award presentation ceremony was held at Leishangthem Ima Lairembi Shanglen at Leishangthem Bazzar.  81 students of Leishangthem Gram Panchayat area have been presented awards of case, citation along with simple gifts. Moirangthem Angamba Meetei, President DESAM, Sanasam Subhaschandra, President AMSU,Dr. Dhanabir Laishram, Social Scientist, Sandokpam Tomba Mangang, President Meelal, Thoudam Biren, Principal, Oriental College, Mayengbam Manilal, ZEO, Thoubal Zone-III, Irom Bijoy, secretary, and Heigrujam Ibopishak, Treasurer of  senior citizen’s Forum Leishangthem-Thoudam, and President of the Mangang Memorial Trust, Thokchom Raghumani presided in the ceremony.

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Manipur to host Intl bamboo conference

With delegates from around 10 countries, Manipur is set to host a 5-day-long 1st International Bamboo Conference cum Workshop (IBCCW) at Oriental College, Takyel from 22-26 October.
Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Ministry of Textiles (India) and also minister of state for Parliamentary affairs would inaugurate the conference cum workshop. Around 500 delegates and 20 experts from different parts of the globe are expecting to attend, said Th Brojendro, Convenor of IBCCW. In a joint effort Salai Holding private Limited; Bamboo Forum of India; Creato and Deva Bamboo Industry Manipur has been organizing the event in order spread awareness about the useful and economic aspects of bamboo products among students and artisans.
Artisans from different states would showcase their products during the international workshop.

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Consumer Education Workshop held as a part of BSNL week celebration

As a part of the seven-day BSNL Week celebrations, started on October 1, a Consumer Education Workshop cum Press Conference was organized today on the 6th day, at the conference hall of Telephone Bhavan, Imphal today.
Speaking during the function, J Lunkim, GMTD BSNL, Imphal said that the service provided by BSNL has been improved when compare to the past.
“However we still face lots of problem since they are unable to communicate with the public fully”, Lunkim said.
And added that being a Government body, BSNL sometimes cannot provide services like those of the private sector. It is because of the lack of publicity and fewer budgets from the Government side which hinder their work progress, Lunkim said.
“The BSNL is planning to set up some more tower at less populated areas. In order to take up this project, we need the support from the public”, Lunkim asserted. He further said that so far there is a little improvement in the TMS as they have receive 4TMS as compare to the 1TMS which they get till the April of 2014.
Churachandpur and Tamenglong is the most affected district in providing the network properly.
The BSNL now has 18,000 (approx) landline and broadband consumers and 2.5 lakhs (appx.) consumers for both postpaid and prepaid.
BSNL have launched a free calling facility for their consumers from 9 pm to 7 am. This facility is also available for the CDMA connection users he added.

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Bridge of woe

In the state of Manipur where anything but the mundane happens, nothing holds the collective attention and concern of the public for so long and so hard as the progress- or otherwise- of the much discussed and criticized construction and progress of the state-of-the-art Sanjenthong Bridge. With the construction process beginning on April 30, 2014, the original proposed span of 61metres long and of 15 metres wide project with a cost of Rs 26,84,28,000  was later revised to a span of 55.8 meters in length and 22.7 meters in breadth with a new revised cost of Rs 32 crores. The project was scheduled to complete before the Sangai Festival which is being held in the month of November (21-30) every year. In fact, the need to replace the old bridge was felt more prominently after the chocking traffic became a permanent feature during the festival days. Now that two editions of the festivals have flown past in quick succession even before any semblance of the new bridge can be ascertained, the pertinent question everyone is asking, with just about a month to go before another edition of the festival rolls in is: will this year’s festival prove to be another disappointment for the vast public who have had to take long detours and suffer endless traffic jams in order to take part in the festivities?    To take things into perspective, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link – variously described as one of the most challenging infrastructure projects undertaken in recent times in India is  a cable-stayed 5.6 km bridge over the Mahim Bay that links Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai which was completed in 10 years with almost half the period delayed by Public Interest Litigations. Compare the scenario with what is being turning out to be in Manipur. It might be argued that the transportation of ‘Hangars” from foreign countries took time and all that usual crap, but the fact is, those who envisaged such a project should have thought of the inevitable hurdles during the initial
period. The evident failure on this front proved either that the planning and concept was flawed, or that there has been a colossal deficiency in execution and management. Was there no easier method of construction that could have ensured speedy completion? Or, what could be the significant advantage of the Hangars and other “foreign made” contraptions over more conventional methods? If 56 metres of space
cannot be connected in over one and half years right in the middle of the state capital, what can the public expect from the present government regarding the construction and repairing of hundreds of kilometers of roads which runs through some very rough terrain? The only one thing we can be certain of is the renewed assurance and public display of intent from the leaders. Again.

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