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40 projects amounting Rs. 256.62 crore completed under NLCPR in Manipur - Jitendra

Imphal, Aug 3: DoNER Minister Dr. Jitendra today said that 40 projects have been completed under the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of resources (NLCPR) in the state of Manipur during the last three year.
The was replied in Rajya Shabha today to a question asked by Manipur RS MP K. Bhabananda Singh. Dr. Jitendra further said that total expenditure incurred on the schemes is Rs. 256.62 crore.
He said in 2014-15 3 project have been completed with an estimated cost of Rs. 1568.61 lakh. The project includes Installation of 2x5 MVA 33 KV Sub Station along with the associated 33 KV line & related works at Sekmaijin.

29 projects with an estimates cost of Rs. 20730.59 lakhs were completed in the years 2015-16. Much of the projects are construction of augmented water supply schemes at various districts including Senapati, Churachandpur, Chandel and Imphal West. Among other project completed are construction and equipping of 50 bedded hospital at Senapati, Ukhrul, Tamenlong and jiribam districts, Model residential School (Class VI- XII at Jiribam) and also installation of of 2x5 MVA 33 KV Sub Station along with the associated 33 KV line & related works at Ukhrul and Candel etc.
Dr. Jitendra further said that under NLCPR another 48 projects are being taken up in the state . He further added that total entitlement of three times Normative Allocation for the state of Manipur in the Financial year 2016-17 is Rs. 208.08 crore and the State has submitted 19 project proposals costing 293.11 crore, out of which, 4 project costing 27.9 crore have been sanctioned. In addition, a total of 11 projects costing Rs. 155.25 crore pertaining to Financial year 2016-17 have also been retain , the Doner Minister added as reply to Manipur RS MP K Bhabananda.

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VIP Culture Out, VVVIP Culture In

By: Yaruihor Hungyo, A Citizen

I set off to work with my scooter Jupiter, in the morning around 10:30, from Khuman Lampak. When I reached the Khongnang Ani Karak junction, as usual, the barricade was in place to stop vehicles from making a right round turn thereby preventing anyone from entering the Assembly Road (and the Mantripukhri Highway). I see that every day since the first day of Assembly Session. So normally, vehicles go a few distances down south and make a U-Turn between the MBC and TBCI Church where the road median barrier had an opening.
But today, there were police and traffic personnel preventing even the two wheelers from making a U-turn at that usual spot. So, cars and other vehicle further went south where there is another opening, opposite to the 2nd MR Gate. But again, there were traffic personnel shunting any crossover. All the motors that have been trying to make a U-Turn must have breathed a sigh of relief when there finally appears a free U-Turn opening opposite the Hotel Imphal Gate.
I always wonder why people had to travel a further 1 KM down South and come back thereby unnecessarily travelling 2 KM and wasting precious 10 – 15 minutes, considering the traffic congestion caused by the situation. Since my job is often time-critical, I know those few minutes could be really precious for some people. And all the while, the opposite lane - from the North AOC to the Khongnang Ani Karak, was virtually empty.
I was happy for those drivers who finally escaped from the snail paced journey down South towards North AOC. I was on a scooter, so I sneaked in between gaps and manage to reach North AOC Junction where I ran into a massive traffic jam. I waited patiently as I am already accustomed to such scene especially during the morning office-going hour.
But to my surprise, I realized, traffic from all directions have been brought to an abrupt halt. The police and the traffic personnel must have received a radio call that a VIP is en route for the Assembly Session and that the traffic be cleared so he/ she is not late for the Assembly.
I took a role of a responsible citizen and understood, the House is almost in session, they shouldn’t be late. I was really ‘cool’ patient. But, 4 – 5 minutes in, everything is still stand still, except for few vehicles trying to niche around the traffic rules and go to the front of the jam. I turned off my engine, and took out my mobile phone. I read my unread messages, and social media notifications. Still, everything still stands still.
I opened my CoC (game) and I was actually hoping the so-called VIP take some extra time to arrive so I can launch one war attack. I successfully scored 2 stars (only CoC gamers can understand this). But still there was no sign of any VIP passing by. I did my second war attack, and in the meanwhile, the VIP convoys started coming one after another. The traffic is already dead-jam-packed - till the 2nd MR Gate on the north, Minuthong on the east and PCTC oil pump in the west. I had enough time to even reply to one of my emails. After prolonged wait, the traffic finally started moving for fresh air.
The Prime Minister of India banned Red Beacon on the 1st of May 2017, with the aim of ending VIP culture. But with a ban on Red Beacon, the reality of ending VIP culture seems to have gone the other way around. Back in the days when the Red Beacon was still in place, the traffic is adjusted as and when we hear the Red Beacon siren coming. But now, they communicate in radio and hold up the whole traffic when they’re en route.
Today, I thought the VIP probably was zipping his pants and tying his shoe lace or combing his hairs in the comfort of his/ her bungalow while the traffic was already brought to stand still anticipating their arrival.

I reached my workplace 15 or so minutes late and when asked upon by my boss, I told him I had to wait for our Honourable People’s Representative to pass through before I could cross some traffic junctions. He node his head in understanding - he probably must have been through similar experience.
Today was just another story. There was another time when the traffic was dead-jammed from the Eastern Kangla Gate to the Babupara Junction to the Keishampat Junction waiting for the Governor to come out of her bungalow and go to wherever she was suppose to go. The traffic brought to absolute halt for more than 10-15 minutes while the governor is probably sipping the bottom half of her cup.
While waiting, one person on another Activa nearby joked – “if only the internet service in Manipur is good enough, the Governor could just sit in the comfort of Raj Bhavan and do video conference instead of coming out and harassing us like this.”
I don’t think this could have happened if red beacon system still was in place. True, Red Beacons disturb the normal flow of the traffic, but without the Red Beacon, THE WHOLE TRAFFIC ON THE ROUTE FOR THE VIP IS BROUGHT TO ABRUPT HALT.
So I have come to a point, either, PM Modi’s initiative is an epic deception, or the supposedly enforcers of PM’s vision lack the slightest of understanding of what our honourable Prime Minister have put forth on the table.
But for now, it is safe to say, gone are the days of Red Beacons and VIP Culture, it is time to embrace the VVVIP Culture.

(The writer can be contacted through email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Confession


For years, I have been utilising all my wisdom for empowerment of women; to fight crime against women and children and also to bridge the gap of misunderstanding between various communities of our society so that we prosper live in harmony.
I also understand that, law does not empower us anything except writing on the issues and utilise our wisdom to motivate other - on how everything could have been okay if we live together without any misunderstanding.
The smallest unit of a society is family, as per my perception, a group of family than make a locality and many such localities under same roof form a society. This is being brought up as it is important to remind everyone that a peaceful society should have its root from a family. Chaos out of misunderstanding among the members; jealousy for on seeing what one among the family felt is the root of conflict in the family.
If such a misunderstanding takes place in a family of a person who had always been working for the society, then I felt myself better surrender to what I had tried for the society as I am in not the position to even control and create a harmonious atmosphere in my family.
Yes, family is where we were being motivated to do what or what not to do. My ancestors right from my father were all discipline and were excellent in keeping the family under their control. Discipline was what seems to be taught to them and they did what they were supposed to do.
My generation appeared as an insult to my ancestor. I am now left helpless to control my wife. I was never successful in keeping my family peaceful, And most frustrated part is that among the two sisters whom I was left as the only person to look after them , I can’t make her stay at the house that our father had built for us. This is an editorial column of our newspaper and I took permission to write my side of the story as I felt every wives, sisters, husband or their in laws needs to understand.
I confess because my main motto to serve the people by writing stories on how to bridge the communication gap appear as just another mockery as I cannot even control my family.
To me, there is nothing wrong in blaming me. But I would certainly blamed the state Education department which had almost put Moral Science as a negligible subject.
Yesterday, I was thinking of suggesting the Chief Minister to deal two important issue -ILP and ST demand for meitei / meetei as giving priority to any of the two issues or even taking both as one have the potential of sparking another mass protest. We have seen it and if this issues are not tackle with extreme care  Manipur might be in flame again.
But, as my family in flame now, I think better I skip suggesting such a big issue. Someone, particularly the Chief Minister knows much better then an editor of a small newspaper like me as Mr. CM is surrounded with well train salaried people.
I now give up writing for the society but will keep writing about my family and other family alike with due permission from my team.
Because, I sometime feel as editorial we certainly do find way to motivate family to live peacefully, so that their father, mother, grandmother live a happy life before departing for heavenly abode.

KSA continues protest

Thoubal, Aug 3: Large number of students of KM Blooming School of Khangabok in Thoubal district today form human chain in front of their school and demanded introduction of legislation for reservation of seats at 8 assembly seats for indigenous people in the state. The students carry various placards and banners demanding reservation of seat for indigenous people.

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3 police personnel suspended

Imphal, Aug 3: So far 3 police personnel of Andro Police Station have been suspended over the death of a woman inside a toilet room of Andro Police Station. The deceased Mutum Ongbi Indira Devi (38 yrs), wife of M Ibohanbi Singh was found hung to dead inside the toilet room of the Andro Police station in a mysterious way on August 1 morning.
According to family source the decease woman went missing since July 25. On the day, the dead body was found, Imphal East Police SP Kabib suspended 3 police personnel for misconduct and dereliction of duty. Those three police officer put under suspension are Sub Inspector L. Heramani, Asistant Sub Inspector H. Prakash Singh and lady police Soniya Devi.
Police are investigating over the cause of the death of the women.

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KSO condemns assault on driver

CCpur, Aug 2:  The Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO), Sangaikot Block has condemned the July 31 night incident wherein a truck driver was assaulted and injured on Churachandpur-Sugnu road.  
KSO Sangaikot Block general secretary John Mangcha said that on the night of July 31 around 8:00 pm a truck driver identified as Kapthang was harassed and physically assaulted by the unknown miscreants. The attack injured his head and knee and he received first aid from the 27 Assam Rifles, Sangaikot post. KSO said the driver was attacked by the unidentified persons without any provocation.
Condemning the incident, the organisation urged everyone not to repeat such incidents in future

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Opium worth Rs 6 lakh seized

Imphal, Aug 3: Police commandos including personnel from Women Police Station seized 4.93 kg of opium worth Rs 6 lakh and arrested a woman drug peddler.  
Lhingkhotinthem Baite @ Thethem, 55, wife of  Thongkholun Baite of Moljol, Churachandpur district, was arrested from Wabgai Lamkhai along with the contraband item, police said. They said one mobile handset, a SIM card and a Rs 100 note were also seized from her possession.
The arrested person along with the seized articles has been handed over to Kakching Police Station for further necessary action.

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