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State department snubs IIT-Delhi offer for solutions to restoration of Ima Keithel

IT Exclusive Thousands of women vendors of the two Ima Keithels are still struggling to be provided with proper places for marketing their wares after the 6.8 Richter scale earthquake on January 4 this year damaged the two structures making it necessary for the vendors to vacate their stalls. Meanwhile, after an expert team from IIT Roorkee led by Prof Dr Yogendra inspected the damaged Ima Keithel building on January 8, it has come to light that an expression of interest for providing technical input in rehabilitation of Ima Keithel from Dr. Dipti Ranjan Sahoo, Assistant Professor- Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi to the Chief Engineer (Building) of the PWD made on January 11 has so far failed to elicit any reply. It is evident that the state government is more concerned with providing makeshift and temporary marketing sheds for the displaced vendors than pressing for the completion of retrofitting of the damaged structures to end the woes of the women vendors permanently. What also remains a mystery is the reluctance of the state to respond to an offer from another prestigious institute to study the deficiencies in the structures, explore various strengthening strategies that will make the structures reusable and seismically-resistant and propose simple yet cost-effective rehabilitation technique without altering the aesthetics and architectural importance. If nothing, such a study will provide an alternative and will definitely broaden the knowledge of the concern at the state level and will prove a huge fillip in future eventualities. The baffling silence from the state authority on the issue needs to be made understood to the public, especially the much harassed and displaced women vendors as the matter is one of livelihood of thousands of people from the state.

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MSF warns SSA authority, contractors to come forward

Newly constructed school building under SSA Bishnupur district, which was upgraded from EGS, were found leakages and constructed not maintaining minimum standard of building quality.
None maintenance of quality control new schools building was found by Organisation Secretary of MSF headquarter during their Academic Campaign of “Eikhoi Lairik Ningthina Tamshi”.
Organisation Secretary of MSF headquarter has expressed his displeasure over the current condition of the schools and wondered how the students can earn knowledge while seating under the roof of such buildings that does not maintain the minimum standard of building quality.
Torbung Bangla Primary School, Wangu Napaching Primary School, Wathalambi Santipur Primary School, Chairol Ahallup Primary School and Noudakhong Khongnangkhong Primary School are the schools which have failed to maintain minimum quality control while constructing the buildings.

MSF leader has also appealed Manipur government, Education Minister and  ZEO of Zone IV to look into the conditions of the school buildings and newly construct the buildings at the earliest.
While stating that Manipur government and its concern ZEOs must take responsibility for any eventualities, he warned the responsible contractors to come forward within two days.
Meanwhile, teachers and students of Saiton Government School and Kumbi School has informed MSF about lack of teachers and non supply of school uniforms, text books to the students under SSA by the concern authority.

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MSF warns assailants to surrender

Manipuri Students Federation (MSF) has condemned the attack of a student by a group of miscreants on Wednesday morning.
Speaking to media persons, Vice-President of MSF, Muktangamba Mangang informed that a class X student of Little Master English School, Shamurou namely H James, s/o Nipamacha of Shamurou Makha Leikai was allegedly abducted from the school gate, beaten black and blue, and left at Shamurou Kangjeibung Lampak.
He also said that the student was reportedly kidnapped by a team of 4-5 people led by Soibam Amuchou alias Abungchou, s/o Biren and one Kaku. It is also reported that the school authority refuses to accept complaint made by from parent of the student stating that the incident was occurred outside the school premises.
Meanwhile, the assaulted student has been admitted at Raj Medicity Hospital, North AOC for treatment.
The MSF Vice-President also warned the assailants to surrender before the school authority or at Keishampat office of the student body till Friday evening or else to face the consequences.

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IPAK to launch “Save Paddy Land” campaign from tomorrow

The ever dwindling availability of agricultural land in Manipur valley is a rising cause for alarm to food security in the State. Selling of arable land to outside people and construction of buildings and houses in the areas being major causes of the problem, the Indigenous People’s Association of Kangleipak (IPAK) is set to hold 4 days Residential Camp cum Awareness program under the theme “Save Paddy Land” at four valley districts of Manipur viz Imphal East & West, Bishnupur and Thoubal in an effort to address the issue.
Sapamcha Jadumani, Chairman IPAK told media persons at a press conference at its office that out of total area of 22,327 SqKm, only 10% comprises of valley area with a little portion of its 3% being arable land. But due to continuous conversion of the arable land into establishment of business set up, construction of buildings and houses on one hand while selling out of such lands to non indigenous and outsiders being another major threat. At this hour, he said people of our state need to understand the ground situation, in connection with that Street Plays, group discussions and other awareness activities will be held at all Municipality and Nagar Panchayat areas in the four districts during the four days.
He further appealed the people of Manipur to come out and co-ordinate the program to make it a success.

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