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Items filtered by date: Saturday, 19 December 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

PULF surrenderee decry over not receiving any benefits from the government

Surrendered militants of the People’s United Liberation Front (PULF) today said that none of the cadres has never been facilitated with any benefits from the government till today. Around 40 cadres of the militants group surrendered to the government along with arms and ammunitions along with other militant groups of the region in the presence of the Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and Dy. Chief Minister Gaikhangam on September 26, 2012. A Home Coming ceremony was organized for the occasion at IGAR South Mantripukhri.
Speaking to the media person at Manipur Press Club today, former chairman of the militant group, Md.Kaji Umar said that 40 cadres of his party surrendered along with other arms group to the state government before Chief Minister O.Ibobi and Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam through 17 Assam Riffle on September 26, 2012.

He said they have completed CID Statement and IG scanning but state government has never given any benefit or monthly salary to them as promised during the ceremony .
He warned the state government of serious consequences if the government fails to provide their benefit before January 10 next year.

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5 rocket shells, 1 HE grenade found at Kanglapat

Labourers currently engaging in the renovation work of the Kanglapat today found 5 rocket shells and a High Explosive grenade from the bed of the Kanglapat at the western side of the main entry to the secret Kangla at around 8 am today. The five rocket shells as well as the high explosive grenade were rusted. All the explosives were later safely detonated at Lamphelpat by a team of police bomb squad.  Earlier too before the Sangai festival when the renovation work of the Kanglapat at the southern side was being underway many high explosive hand grenade were recovered from the bed of the Kanglapat. Police suspect the bomb could have been dropped at the Kanglapat when the insurgency movement reached its peak in the state and when the Assam Rifles were active in conducting counter insurgency movement in and around Imphal.

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LPG subsidy fraud in Manipur

Iboyaima Laithangbam The LPG subsidy is meant for the poor sections of the people. In response to the appeal by the Prime Minister thousands of consumers had surrendered involving millions of rupees. In Manipur however this facility seems to be a means for siphoning off the subsidized money to the pockets of the LPG dealers. A consumer of Jemon Gas Agency got a little surprise when on December 14 the cash receipt showed that Rs 309.19 will be transferred to her bank account. Within seconds she learned that she was duped. She had never applied for the subsidy. Jemon Gas does not know her banker and the account number. It is clear that the said amount will be shown to have been deducted and refunded to the consumer while in fact it will be pocketed by some dishonest employees. There is reason to fear that many other consumers had been thus been duped. Will Jemon Gas make a public explanation? More importantly, is there is any authority to check this kind of fraud?

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Yet another allegation for misuse of power claimed

Accused of the robbery case at Wangjing Bazaar of November 4 has alleged foul play by some vested interested persons to put them behind bars.
While narrating the story of the unfortunate incident N Gambir told media persons here at Manipur Press Club that he along with his Son were called by Thoubal Police through telephone on 6 November, after two days they were charged and threatened on robbery charge of huge cash amount by his neighbour Khumanthem Noren (49). On the call they were asked to visit IO of the case at Police Station by 4.30 pm. According to the direction Gambir along with his son reached the PS by 4.15 pm where they waited till 7.30 pm to meet the IO as he was out for some other work, narrated Gambir.
They were directed to empty their hands as signed to be ready to confine under police custody, said the teary Father. He further said, on the other day (7 November), they were produced to CJM Thoubal where the IO stated they were arrested from nearby Police Station before the Judge. He claimed that Noren by misusing the political linkages as being brother-in-law of MLA of Wangjing/Tentha Brojen, put them into jail, however, without a single evidence of the charge against them.
Son-father duo Ngangom James and Ngangom Gambir asked the reason why they were arrested and put to jail,  exploiting James educational carrier who missed his 5th BA Semester exam conducted by Manipur University while he was in jail.

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Greek Defence Minister visits India

PRO (Defence)
Imphal,Dec 19:  Mr. PanosKammenos, the National Defence Minister of Greece who arrived in the country on a three day visit on December 17, had held meetings with Defence Minister ManoharParrikar and MoS (External Affairs) yesterday. Both sides held discussions on various issues in the field of defence and security and agreed to deepen cooperation between defence establishments of both sides including in areas of Naval cooperation, ship visit, training and other professional exchanges. The two sides also agreed to explore cooperation in the area of Defence Technology, Research and Development.  Both sides also shared their perspectives on regional security issues.
The Greek Defence Minister is also accompanied by an industry delegation and also held a join an interactive session with representatives from Greek and Indian industries today before returning to his country.

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ABVP organizes 1st state level conference

1st state conference of Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) Manipur unit was held at Lamyanba Sanglen, Palace Compound today.
Director of Centre of Entrepreneurship and skill Development, Manipur University Prof.Ch. Ibohal Singh, who graced the occasion as Chief Guest stressed on the role of students in building a developed country.
“Youth of today should take their responsibility in building a developed nation”, Ibohal said. He further appealed the students to take their responsibility in making the country a super-power.
Prof. JM Laishram, Dean of student welfare, CAU, Sapam Narendra Singh state joint secretary of ABVP and Raghumandan joint organizing secretary of ABVP also attended the function as president and guests of honour respectively.

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Seeds of positive change

“We want the world to act with urgency. We want a comprehensive, equitable and durable agreement in Paris, which must lead us to restore the balance between humanity and nature and between what we have inherited and what we will leave behind” – urged Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India to the leaders of more than 190 countries- the largest gathering of world leaders- in his address during the World Climate Change Conference 2015. The summit, popularly known as the COP (Conference of the Parties) 21Climate Change Summit in Paris is the result of the realization that climate change is a very real and serious threat to the very existence of the world, and leaders of the world must come together and share responsibility in a united effort to reverse the impending catastrophe. The problems of environmental degradation have been on the rise, and the increasing threat to the very survival and continuity of the world has been staring us in the face for long. The manifestations can no longer be ignored- upto 17 degrees rise in temperatures in frozen Antarctica, floods in the arid Atacama desert of Chile, four concurrent cyclones in the eastern hemisphere, and closer home, the worst flood in more than a century in Chennai. The year 2015 saw the hottest year in the history of the planet, but will almost certainly be beaten by 2016. There had been reports of experts predicting droughts in the North-Eastern region of the country in the year 2016, and further deterioration in the amount of rainfall and availability of water with a concurrent rise in temperature. The warnings are dire and consequences unthinkable.
According to experts, a 2-degree Celsius increase in global temperature from the current level will be catastrophic, but at the current rate of emission, the world will be warmer by 3.6 degree Celsius by the middle of the century thereby making Global warming irreversible. The vital question that begs an answer, then, is: what-if there ever is one- can we, as individuals do to mitigate and reverse climate change? The answer, unfortunately, is not so simple or straightforward. More importantly, we need to delve deep into the details and understand the genesis, the present scenario and the consequences of the rapidly changing climate and the increasing imbalance of nature and ecology. However, simple everyday acts do go a long way in reducing emissions which are the biggest cause of climate change and Global Warming. Some of them are: switching off unnecessary electrical and electronic appliances, reducing use of cooking gas, coal, fossil fuels etc, switching to LED bulbs, adopting solar energy harnessing equipments, planting trees and greeneries, reducing trash, using hybrid vehicles if affordable, buying energy-efficient gadgets and appliances, using public transport or bicycles whenever possible etc. We can sow the seeds of positive change if we consciously make small yet consistent efforts on our parts without waiting for the government or the authorities to act. In closing, the following line might just spur us to sit up and start acting today: “We don’t have a Plan B to save the earth”- Prince Charles.

Riverine Ecosystem of the Chakpi River: Its Past, Present & the way ahead

The Chakpi River originated from the western flank slope at a height of 1755 Metres above Mean Sea Level having the Laimaton Cliff of TengnoupalKhunau and Shenam hills. It is a obsequent tributary to the Manipur River. It has total catchment area of about 660 sq. km. During the topographical mapping, in the year 1935 American Army recorded only 12 villages settlement in the basin of the Chakpi River. They are Shenam, TengnoupalKhunou, Kongbei, Tarao, KeplaiChing, Mittong, MittongKhunou, LambungMonsang, Chandel, Modi, NamphouPhasha and Chakpikarong. Today the Chakpi accommodated five villages in the upstream watershed area namely Kongpe, LeishingKhul,Tarao, Thangkin and Larfu. However 19 villages are situated in the right bank of the downstream Chakpi and 12 villages in the left banks. Right bank villages are Monsang Pantha, Japhou, Riverlane, Hnahringkhu, Hnatham, ChandelChristanVillage,Modi, Bolindam, Angthi, YangkhulChingKhunthak, Anal Khunau, Chakpikarong, Tampi, Haringphe, Dangkhu, Nungpan, Sange,  Warkhuhrin, Taupokpi and Chingtam. Lambung, Mantripantha, LamphouCharu, Anal Khullen, Suthum, ChakpikarongKhupi, Peace Island, Agaphe, Novokom, Salluk, Y. Thingkhangphai and Serou are the left bank villages.
Chakpi bestowed upon its basin one of the most fertile agricultural tracts of the Chandel district. These tracts form a corridor between the valley settlement and the highlanders with a strong tie of emotional integration between the Tarao and Anal tribes with the Meiteis of the Manipur Valley. The flow of the Chakpi River flows down with many legendary tells. One of the stories tells us that the Sanggu Leima the Goddess of Tarao tribe tried to chase by the Kondong God from Burma. He rushed towards Sanggu Leima in the form of wild fire. Then the Wangpuren (Wangbren) the Khana  Chaoba (the protector god of southern frontier of the Meitei) rushed up to the Tengnoupal Laimaton cliff in the form of huge water and suppress the wildfire of Kondong and thus rescue the SangguLeima. After that WangbrenKhanaChaoba eloped with the SangguLeima Goddess of Tarao. Another tale of Anal Tribe says that the Chakpi River and its catchment area fall under the legendary travel route of the Meitei Deity Wangbren. The Deity Wangbren travelled from Sugnu (a small township where the shrine of the Wangbren Shrine is located) to Anal Khullen (Chakpi LhuThu) and Anal Khullen then proceeded to Sugnu (Duyang Ru Duchii Thu). On his return journey he eloped with Anal damsel Shangnu. However legendaries of both Tarao and Anal ended with submerged of Sanggu and Shangnu into the water of the Chakpi River and lost forever. There are many immortal memories mingling with the wisdoms of the communities settle in the vicinity of the Chakpi Basin. Monoliths of the Anal Khullen are the living museum, which dignifies the identities with pride of their communities. The Chakpi River influences the evolution of endemic cultural civilization among the different communities along the Basin. The construction of a new house and ceremony of house warming in Tarao communities is an identical one, which can be cited as an example. The role of the Chakpi River in the geomorphic formation of the Manipur Valley is scientifically a significant one. The course of the Manipur River near Sugnu Nungthong is tectonically uplifted and known as Sugnu Hump the River act as antecedent flow has been created.  Simultaneously the Chakpi River as an obsequent tributary join the Manipur River and as a result the Manipur River water had continuously been impounded to form a vast sheet of water, before the present Manipur valley landscape has been transformed. Therefore, some of the renowned geomorphologies, clamed, the Valley of Manipur are fluvial lacustrine origin. This kind of scientific finding of the Chakpi River and formation of Manipur Valley and the legendary wisdom of the Wangbren’s touring route both in the Chakpi and in the upward flow of the Manipur River is a unique trend of the creation of Manipur Valley and its evolution of the human settlement in the vicinity of these riverine eco-system. Knowing and fully realizing the significance of the Sugnu Hump, the then Kingdom of Manipur worshiped the Hump as Sugnu Nungthong, locking it with iron log and key annually by Royal Court ‘Maiba’ (Priest) and ‘Maibi’ (Prtiestess). Similarly Valley dwellers of Manipur believed that the upward impounding of Manipur River flow from Sugnu taken symbolically as the visit of Sugnu Hanjaba (Prophet of Wangbren Shrine) to Capital Kangla signifies the Wangbren visit to Kangla the then capital of Manipur. During the period of Sugnu Hanjaba’s visit towards Imphal people were forbidden from accessing water bodies and Rivers as it signifies the visit of the Wangbren God. However, after the commission of Ethai Barrage intervention to this genetical functioning of its hydrological regime has been deformed irreparably. Now we are encountering with adverse consequences caused by the fatal alteration of the drainage systems of the Manipur Valley. Micro-eco-system of Loktak, Pumlen Ecope, Kharungpat etc has been seriously degraded. As a result many of the native flora and fauna are now in the impending danger of becoming extinct and some have already become extinct from the territorial space of the state permanently.  Currently the Government of Manipur is attempting the ancestral holy river Chakpi with the so called developmental intervention like Chakpi Dam project. The process of construction of Chakpi Hydel Electric Project which started and ensued without the prior informed consent of the communities of the Chakpi Basin has all the potential to become disastrously suicidal. This project will affect 65 villages and more than 600 sq.km of land in the catchment area will permanently submerged under water of the proposed dam. It will not only completely wipe out their livelihood, but also their traditional, Natural and Cultural Heritages will be lost permanently and gone forever.  Today, we are observing India Rivers Day with the conviction of preserving our natural resources and cultural heritage to sustain the riverine eco-system of the Chakpi River. Let the Chakpi River flow freely nurturing and nourishing the growth of biodiversity in the basin.

Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh
Convener INTACH, Manipur Chapter.

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