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State disaster response ability still lacking resource and manpower: official

Imphal, July 28: State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has only 37 personnel acting as a specialist response force at times of disaster said official of the Relief and Disaster Management Department replying to media queries during today’s press conference of department heads organized by the DIPR.
The official further said that India has 10 battalions of NDRF personnel, Each NDRF Bn. consists of 1149 personnel. Manipur should have 1 battalion of SDRF according to the disaster management act 2005. The shortage of personal is due law and order situation and shortage of financial condition of the state as the state home department is not ready to provide more personnel to the department. He further added that if the law and order is improved than the number of personal will be increased and recruitment of 6 experts in disaster management as consultants is in progress.
He further added that state government has submitted an estimate of Rs 2097.30 crores to the centre government as estimate of damage in the 4 January earthquake of magnitude 6.8 in Richter scale which claimed the lives of 10 persons and injured 120 persons and caused extensive damage to 3218 buildings consisting of both government and private buildings. He further stated that a team of central government visited last May to inspect and the state government is waiting for the result.

He further added that for urgent requirements the state government has sanctioned Rs 14.41 crore and Prime Minister of India has also released a sum of Rs. 30.50 lakh as ex-gratia payment to the families of the deceased and seriously injured persons and reconstruction of the fully and partially damage private houses.
He further added that the department has taken up various activities including training and capacity building programmes on school safety and preparation of school disaster management plans, building codes and designs and basic disaster management concepts to various stakeholders and community volunteers and elected members of the local bodies.

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NEFIS calls on to unleash mass movement for repeal of AFSPA

Imphal, July 28: North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) wishes its best to Irom Sharmila, who has decided to put an end to her epic fast. It should be known that Irom Sharmila has decided to break her 16-year fast against the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers (AFSPA) Act, which has failed to yield any gains or have any effect on the Central Government. Nevertheless, it can be said with certainty that Irom Sharmila has done her bit to address the issue and her sacrifice will always be remembered. But now, the time has arrived to unleash a mass movement for removal of AFSPA.
Irom Sharmila began her fast as a mark of protest against AFSPA, the provisions of which have been used by the Indian Army to use draconian measures including killings and encounters, against Indian people. The act gives soldiers sweeping powers to arrest or interrogate people in “disturbed areas” or states dealing with separatists or insurgents. Despite the fact that Irom Sharmila’s fast was one of the most peaceful modes of resistance; the Indian Government has remained apathetic towards the plight of its own people and continues to perpetrate brutalities upon them.

There is, however, a misgiving arising among people that Irom Sharmila’s decision to withdraw her fast and enter electoral politics, will jeopardize the movement against AFSPA. NEFIS believes that everyone is free to chalk out one’s strategy and wishes her the best. But we also believe that the electoral politics will not yield any gains for the movement. The struggle should be taken ahead by the masses. Therefore, the need of the hour is to unleash a massive people’s movement against AFSPA.
The interim observation of Supreme Court condemning the large scale killings in Manipur in the guise of self defence while dealing with insurgency or militants as unacceptable, has already given a moral vindication to the people’s struggle against AFSPA. The scrapping of this draconian AFSPA act, as the final aim of our struggle will remain and Supreme Court’s observation will act as a moral font for the mass movement in the coming future.

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Maoist welcomes TAMOA decisions

Imphal, July 28: Rebel group Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM) welcomed the decision of the Teachers and Medical Officers Association (TAMOA) to suspend their stir of closing RIMS OPD against the suspension of a fellow gynaecologist after a woman died at the hospital while delivering a baby. The statement also lauded the respect shown to the party by resigning from their post.
MCPM statement showed serious concern to the new development at which anybody, organisations or any people do things at their own whims without caring the interest of the common people.
 “Closure of the RIMS-OPD, a means of public health care particularly for the poor for three days is a brutal crime against humanity”, the statement added and said that the party is always against such cruel crime against humanity. The rebel group also appealed to stop any sort of intervention and disturbance to the activities and services of public health care department like hospitals.
It further states that  the recent movement regarding the RIMS-OPD was a big mistake in every step, and it is essential to monitor to try find out the truth or the wrong of the cause or the root of the dispute or the conflict between the two contradictory parties, adding that positive changes are expected from the premier medical institution in the near future.

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Taekwondo medalists felicitated

Imphal, July 28:  2 state Taekwondo players of the state - Thokchom Rakesh and Khundrakpam Sanathoi, who begged Gold and Silver medal respectively in the recently held “1st Kalimpong Open Taekwondo Championship” at Kalimpong in Darjeeling from July 22 to July 24 were today felicitated by Trio Development Club Khangabok at Lai Lam Thokpham Community Hall. Thokchom Rakesh, S/O Joykumar is a resident of  Khangabok Part 2 Mayai leikai. He won a Gold medal in 53 kg category. Khundrakpam Sanathoina, S/o Sunilkumar of Khangabok part 1 Sorok Wangma won Silver medal in 44 Kg category. Both are students of New Public Higher Secondary School, Khangabok.

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