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A Poster that speaks volumes about police failure in the fight against drugs

Imphal, Sept 11: The poster erected by 4 local clubs in Sangaiyumpham area speaks volumes about police failure in their mission to crack down drug peddlers of the area. The past few months saw police in action on drive against sales of illicit liquors, drugs and other intoxicants including tobacco products. Many had been arrested and many drugs had been seized but what is sceptical to the general public is that none of drug owners were heard arrested or punish by the law enforcing agencies. There were no exposures about police investigating to arrest the real owner of the drugs. Interestingly, four organisation in Thoubal district placed a sign board which says that – entry at Sangaiyumpham area in Thoubal district where drugs like No. 4, WY, SP Tablet are being sold has been prohibited. The organisations putting the posters are – Lamding Education Welfare Asociation (LEWA) Lamding Khumanthem Leikai, United Progressive Club, Wangjing Wangkhei, Diamond Youth Welfare Association, Sangaiyumpham, Puleipokpi, Rural Upliftment Association Sangaiyumpham. The posters talks about the presence of drug peddlers at Sangaiyumpham area. Seems like, the place has been let free for selling of intoxicants as no action seems to be taken up from the side of the law enforcing agencies. The picture that the four organisations put speaks volumes about the credibility of the state police.

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Local body election matters

As local body election is knocking on the door, the long run for candidates contending for the coveted seats of power is on the home stretch now. And with it, major political parties are polarizing to winnable contestants to strengthen their respective political party. Even though candidates are not contesting from any political party, there is always affiliation to one party or the other. This is panchayat election and issues at the level of panchayat is different from those in the municipal areas. Development activities like road infrastructures, conditions of villagers are major concern for this election. At some part of the villages, Roads are being laid with stones and soil which presents a frustrating experience for the public with harmful dust posing a threat to health and the rough surface causing accidents. Come rain and the damage is complete. Such incomprehensible efforts to hoodwink the public is nothing new, and is the preferred method to extract the most political mileage by every political party without exception for as long as one would care to remember. The irony though, is the public is not buying any of it, and therefore the whole futile exercise has come to represent the foolhardy misconceptions of those drunk with power and resources but are insulated from the real concerns and problems of the general public. Why is the government and its implementing agencies so consistently stepping on its own toes when it comes to the actual delivery of developmental projects envisaged to benefit the people of the state? Why is it so apparently difficult to draw up plans which would remain functional for at least a decade, if not more? And why is there no visible mechanism in place to effectively monitor the activities and pull up erring parties when it comes to such development activities for betterment of the people? And why are those at the helm of affairs of the state still unable to deliver efficiently and with earnestness any single project without focusing their entire attention to retaining the biggest possible cut for themselves? Development and progress is an ongoing process and the manner of implementing such projects and plans subsequently determine the pace of growth. It would not be too far off the mark to observe that the present turmoil and social unrest is a manifestation of the prolonged and systematic failure and deliberate attempts by those in authority to divert resources to their personal coffers at the risk of jeopardizing the projects. Siphoning of public resources has become so institutionalized that the question has shifted from ‘why?’ to ‘how much?’ It is the accumulation of the little niggling discontents and frustrations being made to endure over the years as those who are put to power indulges in looting the resources of the state, promotes nepotism and practices corruption with blatant disregard for the sentiments of the common people that has snowballed into an issue that has taken on a more sinister hue threatening the very existence of the state as we know today. It is the very system of governance and administration being practiced in the state at present which gives rise to elements feeding and prospering on the uncertainties and insecurities of the people. It is time for those in power to consider the general public as more than mere numbers they need to shore up to achieve the coveted positions. The very people are the ones who made them what they are, and disregarding their own source of power and influence will only spell their doom.

GP Women College students decry over the unavailability of Meitei Mayek text book

Imphal, Sept 11: Students of GP Women College today stage a sit-in-protest demanding the availability of Meitei Mayek text book for B.A First Semester. Speaking to media persons at the protest site, Babyrose Loitongbam, Student of GP Women College said that it is very disappointing for the students that the meitei mayek text book is yet to be available when the semester is near to end. Babyrose also said that despite assurance by the concern department there is no availability of soft copy at the website www.dlpi.manipur.gov.in till date. There is no point of promoting the language when the concern authority cannot work out to make availability if the Meitei mayek text books either in soft or hard copy, she added. Babyrose appeals the concern department to bring out a positive solution to make the meitei mayek text book available at the earliest and they should be aware of the grievances of more than 500 students of different colleges who are studying meitei mayek. The concern authority who cannot fulfil his duty to make the book available must be booked, Babyrose asserts.

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‘North East Calling’ festival concludes

Imphal Sept. 11: The two-day ‘North East Calling’ festival concluded at the India Gate Lawns in New Delhi, last evening. The purpose of the event was to promote the art, culture, heritage, cuisine, handicrafts, business and tourism of North East India. The event was organised by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region under its ‘Destination North East’ series of this year. Besides, other shows, stalls of various Union Ministries were erected to showcase the undertaken by them in the region. Stalls of the State Governments offering opportunities in their states were also exhibited

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Dhaka tells foreign diplomats 3000 Rohingyas killed in Rakhine; Bangladesh allots 2,000 acre land for Rohingyas

By: Siam Sarower Jamil Dhaka, Sept. 10: Bangladesh government will rehabilitate Rohingyas over a 2,000 acre land in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhia upazila, Asaduzzaman Khan, Home minister of Bangladesh said Sunday. The current piece of land is in Kutupalang area of Ukhia, the area of Cox’s Bazar district bordering Myanmar. He assured of allotting more land if necessary. “We will allocate more land in the area if necessary,” Minister Asaduzzaman said while talking to reporters at his secretariat office in Dhaka in the afternoon. The exodus of Rohingyas is nearing 300,000 according to estimates of the United Nations. The UN has already appealed for USD 77 million emergency funds for Rohingya support. Worldwide, rights groups are pushing Myanmar to cease violence in the Rakhine state. Bangladesh has repeatedly urged the Myanmar government to take back the Rohingyas. Apart from providing shelter and support, Bangladesh is also taking precautionary security measures to prevent refugee crimes including biometric registration. Biometrically unregistered Rohingyas will not be allowed any support or board any transport within Bangladesh’s territory, Minister Asaduzzaman said in the issue of registration. Meanwhile, Bangladesh foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Sunday evening informed foreign diplomats that about 3,000 people have been killed so far in the latest spell of violence against Rohingyas in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. Vatican ambassador to Bangladesh, Archbishop George Kocherry, told journalists that the foreign minister gave this information in the afternoon. The minister briefed the foreign diplomats at Padma state guest house about the latest condition of the Rohingyas who entered Bangladesh from the violencetorn region of Myanmar. He briefed diplomats of Western and Muslim countries separately. US, Australian and Norwegian diplomats told that several countries praised Bangladesh for providing shelter to a huge number of Rohingya people. The participants at the briefing also discussed ways to help Bangladesh face the Rohingya crisis, the diplomats said. The international community has pledged to stand beside Bangladesh to fight the crisis, they added. According to the United Nations, close to 300,000 Rohingyas have crossed into Bangladesh in the last two weeks. The refugee camps, erected for the Rohingyas, are bursting at the seams.

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321 Adult Education Centres Implement In Four Districts


Imphal, the Sept 11:: Under the Saakshar Bharat (Literate India ) Programme, 321 Adult Education Centres (AECs) are implemented in four districts of the State. The districts are Chandel, Senapati, Tamenglong and Thoubal since January 2010. Out of 321 AECs, 20 AECs have been upgraded to the level of MODEL AECs with the financial assistance from CONCOR ( Container Corporation of India Limited). The programme is implemented through Adult Education Centres (AECs) which is set up in every Gram Panchayat level. An Adult Education Centre acts as a Centre for imparting basic literacy to illiterate adults and Basic Education to enable them to continue their learning beyond Basic Literacy ; Centre for thematic courses on behalf of other department such as Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Health, Education, Rural Developmentt, Women & Child Development, SCs, STs, OBC welfare, Panchayati Raj, Science & Technology etc. based on local demand; Library & reading room; Venue for group discussion; Vocational & Skill development and extension facility for other departments; Centre for promoting sports, recreational & cultural activities and composite information windows for the programmes taken by other departments from time to time. The district wise breakup of the Model and Sanctioned AECs are Thoubal 5 & 64, Chandel 5 &59, Senapati 5 &142 and Tamenglong 5 & 56 respectively. The Saakshar Bhart is a centrally Sponsored Scheme Of Department of School Education and Literacy (DSEL), Ministry of Human Resource Development Government of India launched by the Prime Minister of India on 8th September, 2009.

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SARGAM celebrates Silver Jubilee

Imphal, Sept 11: Music band SARGAM today celebrated Silver Jubilee at the Community Hall of Keishamthong Elangbam leikai Imphal. Local Club YPAC of the local showed support to the organising of the Silver Jubilee celebration. Education Minister Radheshyam, Health Minister Jyentakumar attended the inaugural function of the Silver Jubilee celebration. SARGAM is a musical bandh established by talented youths of the state having expertise in various field of music. A musical concert was also held in the evening.

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KDHQDC demanded Waikhong Thongjao to be district headquarter

Imphal, Sept 11: Kakching District Headquarter Demand Committee (KDHQDC) for Waikhong Thongjao after joining hands with KDHQDC of Wabagai has demanded that Waikhong Thongjao should be selected as the District Headquarter for the newly created Kakching district. Speaking to the media persons at the Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, M Lalit, President of KDHQDC, Wabagi said that Wabagai, Sugnu and Hiyanglam Constituencies are under develop and these need to be fully develop. The same mistake committed while assigning Thoubal District Headquarter should not be repeated, he demamded. Lalit also said that the selection of the district headquarter should be done after taking into consideration of the administrative conveniences and other required essentials. Taking all these consideration both the committee suggested that Waikhong Thongjao is the perfect place to be the district headquarter as the area is neither a agricultural land nor for the public but a reserve forest area, he added. Lalit further said that there is no use of urbanising the already urbanised areas.

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