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Items filtered by date: Monday, 07 December 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Smart city dream may be sabotage by fail police system


Smart City is now the talk of the town. The euphoria of Imphal becoming a dream city has hit almost all platforms – either it may be in a formal or informal way. Media advertisement, sensitization programme, calls for feedback and discussion are being taken place under the initiative of MAHUD and IMC in a very speedy way as it is necessary for the Govt. to finalize choosing one priority from the Pan city development and another priority of the area base development in a stipulated time period, probably before Dec 15. This selection of priority area will be done as according to the wish of the people living in Imphal, which is being listed among the 100 chosen cities to be developed into smart city. According to Gitkumar, Director of Manipur Housing and Urban Development department selection of priority area is the need of the hour as that should be forwarded to the Ministry of urban development. Well this is the enthusiastic part of the government Machineries working effortlessly to make the dream come true.
Another area of concerns for citizens is the purpose of smart city. Well according to the guideline provided by the Ministry of Urban development, government of India it is being stated that there is no universally accepted definition of Smart City. It said the conceptualization of Smart city varies from city to city and country to country, depending upon the level of development, willingness to change and reform, resources and aspiration of the city residence.
But one thing that is commonly understood is that a smart city is some innovative government project to improve the standard of life of the people living in the city. For that, people need to be smart in everything by providing the best infrastructures including technology.
Earlier, this editorial column had discussed about the condition of the traffic management and parking system in Imphal area which is included in the section urban mobility. We also drew the attention of those implementing the smart city project to make the government officials, politicians including Ministers and MLA ‘smart’ before imagining a life with all the urban facilities.

When we said ‘smart’ it literally means people with more civic sense, creating sense of patriotism and making them more sincere and dutiful to make a civilize developed city.
Crime free city should also be a priority area of smart city. This is being stated because for a smart city the there should be a smart police. But how smart are our police who are mean to control the smooth flow of our society.
According to Women Action for development, an NGO working in the field of crime against women and children, a total of 279 cases of crime against women and children are reported in 2015 counting from January 1 to December 16. The NGO recorded 29 cases of rape; 7 cases of attempt to rape and murder; 12 cases of attempt to murder; 20 cases of murder; 9 cases of suicide; 2 cases of burnt alive; 16 cases of suspicious dead; 5 cases of delivery dead; 2 case of molest; 85 cases of assault; 63 missing cases; 6 kidnapping; 5 trafficking; 8 cases of cyber crime; 2 cases abuse to girl child and 1 force abortion.
WAD said this are reported case but there are also equal number of cases which are not reported to police. Surprisingly, none of the victims had been delivered justice. In some of the cases police even denied to carry one a free and fair investigation to punish those involved in the gruesome crime. There are reports of high corruption among some of the police officers. 
In a city where the police are not smart enough to deliver justice to the people how could the city which is harnessing with all its energy to make it smart will ever become smart ?

‘Intelligentsia should come out and play their role in forming good governance’

Former Chief Minister of Manipur, Radhabinod Koijam today calls on the intelligentsia of the state to come forward and play their role in the forming of good governance which will bring peace and harmony in the state during the inaugural function of the two day Political dialogue on Present Political Scenario in Manipur organized by National Research centre, Manipur at Kuki Inn Hall Imphal.
Elaborating the present ethno-political turmoil in the state, the former Chief Minister said that every community is right from their own perspectives as the root of all the present crisis sails out from their strong aspiration to get recognition of their respective communities.
“ But each leaders of each community should control their tongue while expressing their point of view as it stands true that there are still differences among the various communities of the state”, Radhabinod said referring to the present crisis in the state in the backdrop of the passing of the three ILPS related Bills.
The three Bills passed from the pressure of the valley based civil society organization is strongly opposed by the almost all tribal civil society organizations of the state particularly those based at Churachandpur and Senapati District.
The former Chief Minister further said that there are still differences among each community where many unsettled problem still remains. He said the Kuki still observed Black days and it is a clear signed of having unresolved problems between communities of the state. The tribal still remembered those days when the majority Meitei reportedly ill-treated them and the Meitei still lives in the past, Radhabinod added.
“If we live in the history we cannot move ahead, what we need today is a good governance robust communal harmony”, the former chief Minister added.
Saying said so the former Chief Minister however said that the people need to know the history and have adequate understanding of today’s affairs and should have a vision for the future.

Radhabinod Koijam also reminded the people of the state particularly those in the Hills about the needs for a stringent land law for the Hills areas. He however said that the kind of land law he referred to is not about implementation of the existing MLR& LR act but about the formation of another suitable law.
“Non existence of any requisite land laws in Hill areas has hampered the development of the tribal people as individuals in the Hills cannot owned a land in their own name”, Radhabinod reminded highlighting example of how people in the Hills are often deprived of their rights of taking loans and other beneficiary as they cannot provide a legitimate documents to show that the land they are staying are their properties.
Radhabinod also indirectly appealed the government about the need for organizing exclusive meet with all the chieftains and civil society leaders of tribal people of the state.
“When I was the chief Minister I convened meeting with the leaders of the tribal communities and other civil society leaders under the initiative of the tribal welfare Minister. This Helps a lot”, Radhabinod said.
The Inaugural session of the two day public dialogue was also attended by Prof. Y Mohendro, Prof. L Sadananda and Haobam Sanajaoba as dignitaries on the dais.
In the afternoon session, resource persons from various fields brain storms on the present political scenario of the state. Prof. Sadananda moderated the session. The public dialogue will continue tomorrow too.

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Ex-Minister M.Ibotombi remembered on his 21st Death Anniversary

The 21st Death Anniversary of ex-Minister Moirangthem Ibotombi father of Education Minister, M Okendro was held under the aegis of Moirangthem Ibotombi Memorial Trust at the Moirangthem Ibotombi Memorial Complex, Heirok in Thoubal District today.
The anniversary was observed under the theme: “Kanglup Amasung Jatigee Khetnaba Leitaba Leingak Shanti Purakpa” which literally means bringing a harmonious governance with equal treatment to all communities.
The observance function started with thousands of people and dignitaries including Chief Minister O.Ibobi, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam; Parliamentary Secretaries; Ministers, MLAs and top officials of the Manipur Police departments offering floral tributes to the memorial complex of M Ibotombi and other religious rituals for the departed soul, A contingent of 13 Troop Heirok Hr.Sec. School NCC (Army Wing) under 14 Manipur Bn. NCC Imphal offered guard of honour to the memorable monument of former minister of Manipur M.Ibotombi besides observing a two minutes silence. Speaking on key note address, Rameshwor, Secretary Ibotombi memorial trust said that the people of Manipur are fed up with the incidents of crimes occurring in the state where a number of innocent people are being killed and murdered with no fault of theirs.
In fact, the people are longing for a developed society free from all such crimes. Recalling the incident in which ex-Minister M Ibotombi was killed by unknown armed miscreants 20 years back, “we have been remaining helpless over the incident for the last many years and have been just
paying floral tributes and praying for his soul to rest in peace. We are also yet to keep the promise of following his footsteps and completing the task left behind for the welfare of the people” Speaking on the occasion Dy.CM Gaikhangam said that as long as there are internal clashes among the different communities settling in the State, no solution of any kind can be brought about. While asking UG groups and different ethnic groups whether killing one another would bring any solution, Dy. Chief Minister Gaikhangam said that State Government is against killing of people whether it is among the UG groups or between different communities settling in the State.
However, if the UG cadres start firing at the security forces, the security personnel have no other option but to fire back to save themselves as well as the lives of other innocent people.
Gaikhangam also appealed to all the concerned to stop killing one another and live happily and peacefully.
Minister Okendro, who is also the son of late Moirangthem Ibotombi, while speaking explained that the aim of the Moirangthem Ibotombi Memorial Trust is to spread the idea of love and oneness not just in Heirok but throughout the State and free the State from senseless killings.

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Imphal-Moreh road freezes during 48 hours bandh

Vehicular movement along the Imphal - Moreh Section of National Highway 102 came to grinding halt today due to the 48hrs Hill Districts bandh called by the Kuki Students ’ Organisation ( KSO ) General Headquarters in protest against brutally assaulting KSO Chandel’s President and two village chiefs by the personnel of 24 AR Khudegnthabi Check post.
Large number of Bandh supporters blocked the highway by burning of tyres and piling of tree branches, boulders as well as electric poles at several places along the road stretch.
At H. Kotlenphai near Pallel, Volunteers of the students ‘ body who enforced the bandh prohibited the Commanding Officer of 24 Assam Rifles and his escort team to proceed further by pelting stones towards them and forced them to return back from the spot. The Bandh supporters including large number of women folks also enforced the bandh at Tengnoupal, Khudengthabi and Moreh too in Chandel District since early this morning.
Speaking to the media persons, ML Haokip, Spokesperson of KSO Chandel told that the 48hrs bandh was imposed in protest against brutally assualting our President and two Village Chiefs by the personnel of 24 Assam Rifles posted at Khudengthabi led by one Major Manish Sharma and a JCO on November 5.
He also warned that the student body will intensify our agitations if the concern authority did not take up appropriate actions against the erring personnel of the Assam Rifles and book them for their crime.

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School Administrative block reduced to cinder in short circuit accident at Khangabok

The Administrative Block of New Public Higher Secondary School Khangabok has been cinders due to fire broke out from short circuit at around 4.30 am today morning. The fire continue to burn the school for around 2 hours. Thoubal Fire Service which rushed the spot extinguished the fire before it causes more damage. Important school documents cash for school fund, registration fees are all burnt. No casualties besides some wounds of school students while controlling the fire. 3 School computer sets, 2 laptop, CCTV camera, Television, school uniforms, library books, fans and furniture are all burnt. The total lost in the fire could not known at the moment.

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MMWO observes 5th Foundation Day

Manipur Muslim Welfare Organization (MMWO) observed its 5th Foundation Day today.
Prof Nejamuddin, CEO, WAQF Board, Manipur, Fundreimayum Abdullah Pathan, President Manipur Muslim Welfare Organization (MMWO), Md Rabi Khan, Advocate, Manipur High Court, Anwari Nurjahan, President, United Manipur Muslim Women’s Development Organization, Md Farid Khan, President, All Manipur Muslim Student’s Organization among others attended the ocassion as dignitaries. While speaking during the occasion, speakers like Anwari Nurjahan, Md Rabi Khan and others highlighted the reason of the sprouting of Civil Society Organizations in the state. He further highlighted the importance of discussing on why the civil society organisation is necessary for any kinds of demands for the welfare of the people of the state.
Md Rabi opined that if the 60 MLAs collectively work sincerely for the people of their respective constituencies, then there would not need of CSOs and there would not be insurgency problem in the state.

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Road Accident: One dead, vehicle vandalized

In a tragic accident, an elder man lost his life today morning at around 8:30 am at Tera Khuraijam area.
The deceased person has been identified as Khundrakpam Samungao aged 68 of Tera Maibi Leirak, Imphal-West.
Locals said, Khundrakpam Samungao was travelling in a bicycle which collided with a Tata Deeper bearing registration number MN05C-0914, which was on the way to Imphal.
Angry mob vandalized the vehicle which took the life of Khundrakpam Samungao. A team of Imphal Police rush at the spot and were able to control the mob.
The dead body of Khundrakpam Samungao has been taken at Shija Hospital morgue for Post Mortem.
The driver of the Tata deeper has surrendered at the Imphal Police station where a case been registered. Khundrakpam Samungao was retd. Lecturer of DM college.

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