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VC’s unequivocal manners and unwillingness to listen suggestions from MUTA likely to add fuel in the burning fire

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Imphal, June 13,

The 12 days old impasse at Manipur University is climbing towards catastrophe with teachers’ community re-affirming their stand of June 4 general body meeting after the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adiya Prasad Pandey expressed his unwillingness to listen to the suggestion provided by the Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA).

An emergency general body meeting of the MUTA held today while re affirming the June 4 General Body meeting had resolved to demand an independent Enquiry Committee to look into the charges on administration and financial irregularities among others levelled against the Vice Chancellor Prof. Pandey.

Today’s meeting chaired by the Vice President of MUTA, Prof. RK Ganbhir Singh also resolved to form an action committee and to co-opt some members of MUTA as Member of Action Committee in addition to the Executive members, which means that the MUTA is all set to join the agitation being underway by the MUSU in their own way.

On June 4 general body meeting, the MUTA has resolved to urge the Vice Chancellor to clarify  in public the allegations levelled against him, besides requesting him to bring an amicable solution to the present crisis in Manipur University at the earliest. After VC failed to response to the resolution adopted by the MUTA another emergency meeting convened on June 9, denounced the VC for giving no respect to the teachers’ body. A resolution was resolved to stage protest and subsequently MUTA staged a sit-in-protest on June 11.

Other resolution adopted in today’s emergency general body meeting included appraising of the current development in the University to the Visitor, Chancellor, Chief Rector and the Ministry of Human resource. The meeting however expressed appreciation to the Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla, Who is also the Chief Rector of the University in her initiative to bringing an amicable solution to the present impasse.

With the students’ body MUSU not accepting a U-turn to their demand for removal of the Vice Chancellor Prof. A.P. Pandey and the resolution adopted today by the Manipur University Teachers’ Association, it is likely that the Manipur University complex be converted into a field depicted in the Cartoon attached along with this news report.

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2 BSF personnel killed; another 3 civilians injured in IED blast at Koirengei

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Imphal, May 9,

Barely 20 hours after twin blasts  at IGAR (South) PRO office (Sanjeevani) gate, near Hotel Imphal in North AOC which injured an Assam Rifles Jawan, another IED explosion at the gate of BSF camp at Koirengei kills two BSF personnel today afternoon.  Three  civilians  including  2 women also sustain serious injury.
Report reaching here said that the IED blasts occurred at around 1.30 pm today afternoon inside a variety store owned by one Ichan Meitei. The variety store is located on the roadside of Imphal Dimapur road, at Koirengei at the south eastern corner of the BSF SHQ campus.

Beside, destroying the variety store 4 persons including a woman and 2 BSF constables who were on RP duty sustain serious injury. One of the BSF personnel was severely hit by the splinter of the blast below his knees that it almost amputated on the spot. They were immediately rushed to RIMS Hospital but succumbed   to injury.  The deceased BSF personnel have been identified as NN Meetei constable No. 10633129 and constable No 120905384 Sanjay Tirkey.
The 3 injured have been identified as  Mangshatabam Premlata Devi 40 years, D/O M Ningthemjao of Luwangsangbam Makha Lekai;  Heishnam Mubi, Heishnam Manglem of Maiba Khul,  Van driver of Public School and Bindya Thakuri 19 years, D/O Tilak Bahadur of Koirengei BSF Gate. Bindya sustain minor injury however the other two are undergoing treatment at Raj Medicity . Condition of the lady is stated to be critical.
Mention may be made that 2 simultaneous blasts occured at the IGAR (South) PRO office (Sanjeevani) gate, near Hotel Imphal, North AOC injured one Assam Rifles Jawan yesterday evening at around 6.30 pm.  
The first bomb blast occurred at the front of the PRO office gate, while the other at the northern side of the gate near the wall.  
The injured Jawan was identified as N. Prem Singh of 22 AR, Tamenglong, presently attached with IGAR (S) liaison cell PRO. He is a resident of Kakching.

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Still no solution: Are we going to face the anger of Mother Nature was again?

The last few years, People of the state are experiencing the furry of flood every year. Breached of River embankment, submerging of residential areas living thousands homeless, landslide due to incessant rains are phenomenon which is in the news of today’s generation every year.
Many lives have been lost due to the flash flood, many have been killed due to landslides in the state’s Chandel district last year, Highways have been blocked every now and then due to landslide, yet the government still fails to take long term measures to fight the problem of flood.  
Well, when men starts disregarding the subtle balance of nature or neglect its inherent importance to the very existence of other life forms, she sometimes showed her wrath to make the humans refresh their fickle memories and reemphasise her importance.
For decades the people of the region have totally forgotten that it is Mother Nature that has been making the lives of every living creature enjoy the temperate and lush green atmosphere.
In a world where technology had reached its height, where leaders of the western nations talk about building modern cities under the sea or somewhere in the sky, we in this portion of the earth do not know how to make good use of what Mother Nature has so generously gifted us. It is a known fact that during dry season people of this region faced acute shortage of water and during rainy season the place is usually flooded.
 This phenomenon has been experiencing by the people for the past few decades. No people of this generation have ever heard our great great grandfathers facing such a disastrous phenomenon. This clearly shows that the present vicious circle of floods and droughts is the creation of this generation. One cannot simply blame on the mass deforestation as a result of the drastic situation being faced by the people. Politicians and those who are running the government cannot make their way out of this by blaming the citizens for not following the orders of the government. Draughts and floods which were once only learnt through geography books and newspapers have now become routine event of this little state since the last two three decades.
As for the Imphalites from a small child who can read and write to those who hold top post in the government departments or those doing doctoral degree in any discipline, everyone knows that the kind of flood or draught that we the people of Manipur are facing every year is a man made one created by lack of proper planning and/or implementations on water management. Every time when the people faced such a situation there will be much hue and cry from the side of the general public demanding the government for a proper water policy for the state. Even at the state assembly, some of the MLAs had brought up the issue and drew the attention of the government for proper management of water by framing a water policy. Concerned Ministers in the government assured to look into the matter without fail but no visible action has been seen taken up. This is perhaps because those in power and are responsible for looking after this section of department – say , for example the Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) which has been now converted as Water Resources Department and Public Health Engineering Department  (PHED) seems to be deliberately waiting for occurrence of flood or draught.
Everyone knows that when there is flood the Ministers or the authority of the government department looking after it are entitle to spend huge amount of money in the name of taking up relief measures. This fund so reportedly utilized, only benefitted those who are actually assigned to utilize it.
So, if there is no draught or flood then there are no special packages or huge relief funds to be utilized or rather managed to arrange in predetermined shares amongst themselves. Which means that those in the government never wanted a pragmatic solution to the floods or draughts in this state which have adequate amount of rainfall every year.
Hopefully, the new government, continuing with its no-nonsense approach towards accelerating the pace of progress in the state brings about that much required change for the better. However, even though intension seems to be clear – lacked of proper study for a long term plan failed the government again making a mockery of the people of the state.
We do understand criticizing the government for the flood that people of the state faced in just one or two days would be wrong as it will take time in taking up the programme that they are taking up for managing flood. However, it is not late for the government to present a long term planning to manage and control flood. May be it will take some 5 to 10 years but until and unless a master plan has been formulated , the future generation will blame today’s so called leaders or those who are running the government.  

Thank you Mangaal Rural - as long as entrepreneur like you exist, Manipur still have hopes

From the desk of the Editor

It’s not because, your team honoured me for bringing up issues of public importance or neither for the costly gift your team presented me as a token of encouragement to our profession, but it is because of the Samaritan service that you have been rendering for the welfare of the state without any financial assistant from any government or non-government organisation.
For five years we have been running the newspaper, since then we had brought up many issues of corruptions and major government departments to the notice of the concern authority. We had published news report on how people of Imphal East may face artificial flood but due to mere negligence in the pipeline being constructed from Mapithel Dam to Chingkheiching. We had many times reported how public money sanctioned for the welfare if the proletariats are being sucked out by those higher ups authority in the state Horticulture department. Recently team Imphal Times carried a news report which highlighted the moral of a lady police. It is not that we in the Imphal Times wanted to receive appreciation for the work we have been doing for the welfare of the public. But when some organisation, or businessman personally came and presented a gift to honour us – than we have no words – which we think could thank him.
On Monday evening, a young friend called me up saying that an entrepreneur called “Mangaal Rural wanted to honour me with some gifts for a news we reported in our May 4 edition. I said okay, and I invited some of friends in media circle to join me as my office does not have many staffs. Next morning when the Founder of the Mangaal Rural – Ningthoujam Surjit came along with his team, I was surprised to see that the gift was a costly LED Television, which I had never dream of having one. A few minutes talk with the Founder of the Social entrepreneur group Ningthoujam Surjit said that his team has been honouring me for the risky news report which went viral on social networking site. Well, on further conversation, in front of my media colleague, I came to find out that – the Mangaal Rural had already done many appreciating job for the people of the state without any financial support from any government or non-government agency but from the little income he earned from his business.
A year after its establishment, the Mangaal Rural team began social service from 2011. The first mission they launched was to select one village each year and converted it into model village with the resource they get from their business.
Atom Khuman Village in Imphal West district of Sekmai Assembly constituency was converted into Solar Power Village by the Mangaal team under the leadership of Ningthoujam Surjit. With the success the team having more confident in taking up more work for the people. The team then move to far flung village in the interior district of Churachandpur and then make a village called Nungthang Tampak – a 100% computer literate village. Incidentally the village turn out to the first village in the entire North East state and second in India.
Following year, that is in the beginning of 2017 the Mangaal team then went to Kak Mayai Village in Heirok Assembly constituency of Thoubal district. 450 LED bulbs were installed, besides conventional bulb used in the villagers have also been replaced without taking any charges. The village is the only village which use LED bulb (power consumption is less compare to conventional bulb) in Thoubal district or perhaps in the entire state of Manipur.
Imphal Times had never expected that Manipur would have high thinking business personality until we come across Ningthoujam Surjit, the founder of Mangaal Rural.