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Items filtered by date: Saturday, 05 December 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

The neglected voice of reason


“Listen to your elder’s advice, not because they are always right but because they have more experiences of being wrong”- Anonymous.

In this era of media overkill, one aspect that still remains acutely under-represented is the increasing shift in the role being played by the senior citizens of the state in matters pertaining to the society. However, in a slow yet steady positive turnaround, the state has been experiencing a perceptible change in the manner in which the senior citizens of the state, sidelined and neglected for long, have started to actively participate and deliberate on the myriad issues- almost every single one of them being undesirable and posing as stumbling blocks to the progress and development of the society. These senior citizens, with their vast experiences and insight, have started to assert their rightful place in the society. It would only be to our own disadvantage and loss if the society, especially the government fails to tap the vast and invaluable experiences, insights and opinions that could surely steer the state away from the path to deterioration and an almost certain fractious future, given the way issues, whether it be social, ethnic, political or financial, are playing out. One could certainly gauge the depth of decadence and depravation by the chilling report of cannibalism by a few of those who were supposed to have dedicated their lives for the cause of the people. Perhaps the connection or relevance might seem a little far-fetched. But the reality is, when we, as a society of bloodhounds and opportunists, started straying from the thin line of civility and rationality which is increasingly viewed as undesirable constraints to the rapidly intensifying race for fame, favors and fanciful life; the views, opinions and suggestions of the experienced and empathic minds acts as the voice of reason which hold us back and prevent us from being carried away by new-fangled ideas which, if not restrained, could prove to be the downfall of the society. The people of the state has for long been bearing the brunt of the blunders of an impulsive government given to the whims and fancies of a powerful few who continues to hold sway over the entire state. The people have also been witnessing the indulgent nature of the leaders who would not hesitate to turn a deaf ear or look the other way to various atrocities being carried out blatantly if any confrontation or uncomfortable situation can be averted. The result, as everybody has been experiencing, is a society increasingly lacking in civility and compassion where might is the new right and the ends justifying the means.
If the aspirations of the public for a normal, progressive and harmonious society is to have any chance or opportunity for development, the senior citizens needs to be handed the reign as their ideas and insights as well as the ways to fulfill the aspirations should be taken into account and given due consideration as wisdom and hindsight are the two most valuable legacy we should cherish and improve on.     

In 16 days, state govt. pays Rs. 1,06,81,723/- for deploying 1 Coy of CAPF

Believe it or not, our state government pays a sum of rupees 1,06,81,723/- for deployment of one company of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) besides bearing the cost of transportation charges of the company. A document available with Imphal Times reveals that deployment charge for one company of CAPF per day is rupees 17714.3/- per day and amount should be deposited to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India in advance. Until December 1, this year the state government has been deploying the four companies CAPF in the state in the backdrop of the ILPS protest at valley area and Anti ILPS protest at Churachandpur area since August this year. Official source said that 2 companies of Central reserved Police Force (CRPF) and 2 Companies of Border Security Forces (BSF) was deployed at the cost of rupees 70,857.2 /- per day. But as the situation seems to be improved a bit with report of various state intelligence wing, the state government had discontinued deployment of 3 companies of CAPF (2 Coy of CRPF and 1 Coy of BSF) since December 1. But in view of the simmering tension 1 Coy of BSF has been extended for another 16 days starting from December 16. If the state government felt it necessary to then the same amount stated above ( 17714.3/- per day)  should be deposited in advance to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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Protest against 3 ILPS Bills gets attentions of BJP and Congress Rajya Sabha MPs

The coffin protest being underway since November 4, at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi against the passing of the three ILPS related Bills by Manipur Legislative Assembly on August 30 this year and the simultaneous protest at Churachandpur which led the death of 9 protestors is finally getting support from some members of the parliaments at Rajya Sabha.
Romeo Hmar, convenor of the Manipur tribal Forum, Delhi, speaking to reporters said that BJP MP, Tarun Vijay had raised the sentiments of Manipur’s tribal people during zero hour in Rajya Sabaha on Thursday. He said Congress MP from Mizoram  Ronald Sapa Tlau had also submitted written questions to the Rajya sabha seeking written answer from the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding the problems being faced by the tribal people of Manipur since the passing of the 3 ILPS related Bills.
As according to Romeo Hmar, BJP MP, Tarun Vijay during the zero hour at Rajya Sabha on Thursday had stated that the Manipur police used tear gas and if necessary rubber bullets for valley protestors but used live bullets for tribal protestors without warning. The BJP MP also reportedly drew the attention of house urging the central government to look into the three ILPS related Bills passed by the Manipur legislative Assembly stating that children of Mother India are protesting to get the attention of the Central government to the issue of the tribal people.
Romeo Hmar said that that BJP MP Tarun Vijay was supported by MPs like Jaya Bachchan (UP), Avinash Rai Khanna (Punjab), Majeed Memon (Maharashtra), D Raja (Tamil Nadu), P L Punia (UP), MD Nadimul Haque (West Bengal), Styanaryan Jatiya (Maharashtra) and Tapan Kumar Sen (West Bengal). On the other hand Congress MP from Mizoram Ronald Sapa Tlau has submitted written questions to the Rajys Sabha seeking answer from The Ministry of Home Affairs regarding their issues which is to be answered on December 9, this year.
Produced here is the questions submitted by the Congress MP from Mizoram to the Rajya Sabha seeking answer from the Ministry of Home Affairs-
“Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state: (a) whether nine innocent tribals were killed due to police firing on protestors against the passage of three controversial anti-tribal bills by the Manipur Legislative Assembly on 31st August, 2015; (b) if so, the details thereof;  (c) whether president of India has given his assent to the three bills; and (d) the steps taken by Government to resolve the issue and the steps taken to protect the rights, especially land rights of the tribals of Manipur?”
The Congress MP from Mizoram also raised the queries as follows: (a) whether Government is aware of the controversy surrounding the three Bills passed by the Manipur Assembly on the 31st August, 2015 and the resultant agitation by the tribal people against these Bills and the long felt demand of the hill tribal for separate political administration from the valley people; (b) what action Government has taken to expedite the tripartite talks involving the Zomi, Kuki and Hmar armed groups of United People Front (UPF) and Kuki National Organisation (KNO) with the Central and State Governments for permanent political solution in Manipur; (c) whether interlocutor for the tripartite talks has been appointed and if so, the details thereof and by when the talks would be started?

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CM inspects Tbl. Mega Power Project

Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi inspected the ongoing construction site of the Manipur’s first Mega Power Project of 300-400 MKW Power Sub-Station at Thoubal Khunou near Thoubal College today.
The CM inspected the ongoing Earth work, retaining wall works and installation of Piles at the site. The CM along with Electricity Department officials had verified the place for the installation of the power sub-station on May 2014. However CM today refused to say the expected time of completion of the ongoing project.It may be mentioned that there will not be shortage of power in Manipur at least for the next 30 years once the power project is successfully completed and commissioned which has 315 Mega Watt capacity storage.
Official staffs from Manipur State Power Corporation Limited, Deputy commissioner Of Thoubal, T.Ranjit and Chairperson and Councillors of Thoubal Municipal Council accompanied the CM in the visit.

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Corruption at Central Agricultural University (CAU) : Maoist

Undeniable evidences has been observed at the recent examination conducted by Central Agricultural University (CAU) which was held on November 29, 2015 for the long awaited applicants to fill the vacant posts of the University, which was supposed to be held in 2011.
In a press note released by Nonglen Meitei, Secretary Publicity and Propaganda of the proscribed Maoist Communist Party, it was mentioned that the examination called by Central Agricultural University on November 29, the question paper for Medical Attendance was leaked and despite knowing it the university authorities did not take up any measure to reschedule the exam. Looking for their own benefit, some teachers are taking advantage of some students in the name of giving them the job at the University itself. The release further states that the concern authority and the related teachers of the University should immediately stop such act of taking bribe from the students failing which the University authority should hold themselves responsible if any unwanted incident happens in the future.

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Missing Manipur youth found hanging in Odisha

Missing Manipuri,  youth L. Poumai was found hanging from a tree of a senior Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) officer’s quarters near the Raj Bhavan in Bhubaneswar, .
L. Poumai from Khabung Karong in Senapati District of Manipur went missing while travelling from Dimapur to * Bangalore,  by train.
Poumai’s elder brother informed that his brother had last contacted him over phone from the running train at about 4.55 pm on November 29 and had informed that around five persons were threatening him. The train reached Bangalore on 30 November but he was found missing.
On December 2, a local woman revealed that on the intervening night they had heard yelling and wailing of a youth and hurling of abuses by a gang of ruffians and a Scorpio car was found parked there. According to eyewitnesses, the youth was hanging from a guava tree in the backyard of an OAS officer Arunanchal Dash’s quarter No GR 63.
Some local boys while playing cricket in the nearby playground had first discovered the body. They soon informed the police.
Capital Police Station IIC had reached the spot and recovered the body. The body was sent to the Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar for post-mortem.

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SEACO appeals for a genuine Cultural University

The initiative being taken up by the government to establish a Cultural University in the state is commendable. This was expressed in a press release signed by Laishram Kennedy Khuman, Secretary General of South East Asia Cultural Organisation (SEACO) today. It also expressed hope that the authority and other officials entrusted with the job will perform according to the expectations of the people while putting in a few words of caution which effectively states that the organisation will be keeping a keen watch on the developments regarding the employment of staffs, setting up of syllabus as well as functioning and management of the University. The release further points out the necessity for drawing up a comprehensive Indigenous Cultural Policy encompassing various aspects such as traditional games and sports, music and dance and indigenous customs and traditions etc.

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NH Blockade underway

The indefinite economic blockade called by the Jiribam District Demand Committee along the National Highway No. 37 in Jiribam Sub-Division is underway.
Over 38 loaded Trucks are stranded at Leingangpokpi, under Jiribam Police station, due to the blockade. On the other hand, around 140 loaded trucks are stranded near the Taxation office, Henbung under Senapati Police Station along the NH -2, due to the ongoing indefinite economic blockade called by the Civil Society Organization of Sadar Hills along the Trans Asian Highway-1 since the midnight of December 2.

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IED found

A bomb suspected to be a remote controlled IED weighing about 5 kg was found at Irol Yotpi Pukhao Laipham, under Sagolmang PS, Imphal East on December 4 at around 3 pm.
According to a source, the 5 kg weighing IED contains 2 kg of RDX, 3 kg of nail and iron ball bearing. The said IED was found by a Police team of Sagolmang Police Station.
Later the remote controlled IED was safely disposed by a team of Bomb Disposal Squad at the nearby foot hill at round 7.15 pm.

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