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Lamphelpat once more turn as dumping site

Imphal, Nov 9: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s promises to safegaurd the Lamphelpat by converting it into wetland, turn out to a bunch of joke to the people of the state as the site is now used as a dumping site by the Imphal Municipal Corporation.
This is the second time that the site has been used as dumping site by the IMC. Earlier too the site has been used as dumping site by the IMC. As the garbage pile up has become hazardous for the people living at the area, locals complaints about the matter but was not listened by the IMC authority.

On May 5 this year, locals of the area complaint the matter to the Chief Minister following which dumping of garbage at the site has been stopped. But recently the IMC started dumping the garbage at the site. The site is close to the IYUSH hospital. Talking to Imphal Times, a local said that garbage has been spoiling the Lamphel pat.
Reason for dumping of the garbage at the site while having solid waste management plant at Lamdeng could not be known. But source said that the solid waste management plant at Lamdeng in Imphal West is not functioning at the moment.

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Expected changes, do we see ?

Desperate times calls for desperate measures. It would only be fooling ourselves to think otherwise. Despite the rosy pictures and the recent indication of the Government finally waking up to the realities ,we still have a long way to trudge along and uncountable promises to be kept before we can truly call ours a stable and well-governed society- a common knowledge yet to be acknowledged by those who matters. What is still beyond comprehension and logical reasoning are some of the most baffling questions on the minds of all the thinking public- baffling as to why the problems- if one could ever term them as such- are allowed to exist in the first place. Instances likeIncreasing transparency in governance: the bitter truth can be sampled if one has the patience of a saint- to try and access information of various departments through the numerous obsolete official websites launched with much fanfare and reams being written about, updated every decade with unerring accuracy.
MGEL (Manipur Government Employee’s List): is it still valid? What is the current position of the project?  Teachers not in the list still get their pay. Relevance of such protracted exercise? If authentication and verification of employees of the Government is the target, why couldn’t it constitute a separate and dedicated body to do the work? Has the department heads and employees been apprised of the procedures and workings of PIS and EIN? Is the NIC handling the technical support as efficiently and regularly as they should?
Drugs: why haven’t any breakthrough been achieved till date regarding the source, the supply route and the people behind such mammoth hauls- a cartel that obviously enjoys the support and collusion of those in the highest echelon of power and influence? Pulling up and shoving a few pawns up our faces to earn few brownie points does not impress anyone. Everybody knows of the existence of a virus that is spreading  the vicious disease- apparently behind a wall of immunity and protection.

Sewage project: what exactly was the purpose of the whole project? When is the completion period, after factoring in the delays in funding and others? Who will be the beneficiaries? How are the sewage from private residences be connected to the main pipe- is there any provision for it at all? How about the drainage system along the roadsides that sits way above the roads seeping water down in the middle of the road and flooding stretches of otherwise perfectly good roads?
PDS (Public Distribution System) Translation- a system conjured up to efficiently distribute Government largesse and benefits amongst the people elected by the public.
Just a few of the realities facing the society today. Bottomline- it’s high time to take the velvet gloves off and deal with the issues as they should be. Things can change, and for that to happen, people entrusted with making the changes must start acting their part without further delay- or else they need to be changed.

GDS begins fast protest

Imphal, Nov 9 : Employees of All India Grameen Dak Sevak, Manipur Division has began 2 day fast in protest demanding implementation of seventh pay commission in front of the Imphal Head Post Office.  The GDS Committee was formed in connection with the service condition of the 2 lakh and 63 thousand GDS employees in India. Secretary of All India Grameen Dak Sevak, Manipur Division, Sanasam Yaima said, the GDS employees are all set to intensify its agitation against the indifferent attitude of the Government of India towards them. He reiterated the demands of the GDS employees that have remained unaddressed for a long time.

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Search operation

Imphal, Nov 9: To assure full proof security in the upcoming Manipur Sangai  Tourism festival at which the President of India is inaugurating, state police has been gearing up its drive against the anti social element at Imphal East and Imphal West area. Today too a team of Imphal West police conducted search operation at Uripok Bachaspati Leikai under Lamphel Police station. The police team pick up 4 person who failed to produced valid documents of their identity.

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NPF congratulates Mary Kom

Imphal, Nov 9: Naga People’s Front (NPF), Manipur State Unit congratulated world renowned pugilist and MP, Rajya Sabha MC. Mary Kom on winning the gold medal in the Asian Boxing Championship 2017 held In Vietnam.
“This victory has once again brought laurel to Manipur and India. Her great performance in the international level has made our women proud in front of all the world communities”, a statement by Awangbow Newmai , President NPF Manipur State Union said. The Naga People’s Front, Manipur State Unit  also wishes M. C. Mary Kom success in her future careers as a sports person and as a social leader.

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Flight Lieutenant RK Herojit wins bronze in Para Swimming

Pune, Nov 9: Flight Lieutenant RK Herojit, who sustained a spinal cord injury during parachute landing from a Kiran trainer jet in Secunderabad on August 22, 2011,won the bronze medal at the 17th National Para Swimming Championship on Tuesday at Udaipur. Herojit is currently posted at the Air Force Station, Pune, on ground duty and had been practicing swimming at the Bombay Engineering Group and Centre for the last six months. He is the youngest son of RK Muktasana and RK Ibetombi Devi of Singjamei Mathak Chongtham Leikai. An alumnus of the National Defence  Academy(NDA), Herojit was awarded the academy blazer for swimming, sports insignia for excellence in sports and won the silver medal for the best cadet in physical training (119 course).Sources in BEG claimed that the officer is quite particular about his practice session. “Since the officer is wheelchair-bound, the centre has appointed two personnel to assist him during his training session. After completing his duty at the Air Force Station, the officer comes to practise at BEG in the evening. It shows his tenacity and sincerity,” a BEG officer told TOI. The centre has established a dedicated facility for swimmers to practice. They have also appointed qualified coaches to train young recruits of the army. The championship was held in Udaipur by the Para Swimming Association, under the aegis of the Paralympic Committee of India from Nov 4 to Nov 8.

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NSCN-IM condoles

Imphal, Nov 9: NSCN-IM today condole the sudden demise of its cadre L. Lokho Potsomai. A statement of the MIP said that the cadre died at Lakhamei Village (Shepoumaramth Region) on November 8 after a prolong illness. The NSCN-IM also mourns the untimely demise of its Major Shammah Raman of Phalee village (Wung Tangkhul Region. The statement said that cadre died after a brief illness while on duty on November 8. 

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AR Motor cycle expedition reaches Moreh

Imphal, Nov 9: Motor Cycle expedition to strengthen better ties between Myanmar, India and Bangladesh organised by 46 Assam Rifle based at Mizoram had reached Moreh today. The motor cycle rally kicks start from Shillong on October 20 .  The team all the way from Shillong towards Silchar Aizwal and  then reached at Moreh today.

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Cherry Blossom festival

Shillong, Nov 9: The 2nd edition of India International Cherry Blossom festival which is the world’s only autumn Cherry Blossom festival began in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong yesterday.
Inaugurating the four day festival which attracted tourists from different parts of the country and abroad, Meghalaya Minister for Forests and Environment, Clement Marak said that the State Government is focusing on promoting tourism potential of the State by organizing such festival which will also help in protecting forest and wildlife biodiversity. Stating that Cherry Blossom festivals celebrated in countries like Japan, USA, Switzerland, and Korea have established an intercontinental friendship, the Minister hoped that in the coming years, Meghalaya would also get international recognition. Meanwhile the four-day 100 Drums Wangala festival of the Garo tribe in Meghalaya has begun in Garo Hills yesterday.

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PREPAK to honour martyred revolutionaries on Nov. 12

Imphal, Nov 9: Proscribed group People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) is observing “Athoubasinggee Ningshing Numit” to honour the martyred revolutionaries who had sacrificed their lives in the struggle for restoring of our lost Independence and Egalitarian Society over the years on November 12, 2017. The outfit has been observing the day every year since November 12, 1979.
A press statement issued by LeibaakNgakpa Luwang, Secretary-in-Charge, Publicity and Propaganda (PREPAK) while appealing the people of both hills and valley to take part in the observance by lighting lamps at night at the memorial sites of the martyrs  also appeals to the people not to organize any kind of entertainment on the day.
The day is being observed in commemoration to the martyred revolutionary who gave their live for the cause of the revolutionary struggle at different incident.  
The statement said that a team of CRPF and Manipur Police launched attacked to a group of revolutionaries belonging to Red army of PREPAK and PLA when they were engaged in cultivation work at Leimarok of Kameng on November 12 of 1978.
In the attacked Dhiren and Kabikanta of PREPAK and Gambhir of PLA were killed. “The incident had lit the lamp of inspiration in the minds of our new generations to sacrifice for the liberation of our motherland”, the statement said.
The statement added that on November 12 of 1985, leader of the Party, RK Tulachandra laid down his life in the hands of Security Force at the complex of Sugar Mill at Kabo Wakching. Considering the two incidents and other incidents in which many brave revolutionaries had laid down their lives for the sake of Arms Revolutionary movement, PREPAK and its army—Red Army have been observing November 12 of every year as the “Athoubasinggee Ningshing Numit” till today, the statement added.
The statement further added that the territorial boundaries and destiny of all independent nations in the world are the price of sacrifice made by those who laid down their lives for the sake of their motherland. There has never been any independent Nation State in the world without the history of sacrifice.
The statement also said, “After annexing Kangleipak to the dominion of India, the people have been deprived of all basic human rights, economic rights, civil rights, right to self determination, etc. Though the Constitution of India claims to provide its citizens rights, in practice, fundamental rights such as right to education, right to life and all basic rights that a human being ought to be able to exercise are all deprived. In WESEA region, the Indian administration gives its security forces “License to kill” and allows them to commit genocide. AFSPA 1958 is enforced as the Indian Army wishes to suppress and oppress the Mongoloid races in contravention of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966.
  “Even though the Constitution of India pledges to grant economic and social rights, in Kangleipak these rights have not even been conceived. The manner in which people have been deprived of these rights   till today proves that the same rights will not be granted in future too. It is not a complaint against not granting the economic and social rights but only to indicate the nature of the Colonial rule. A nouveau riche class among the Kanglei people has been created by the rulers and they are being used as tool under the garb of Metropolitan power against the masses. This has built a big wall between the people of hills and valley threatening to snap the age-old bond of brotherhood and love that cannot be broken by any force or influence. Not only this, conflicts are being caused among the hills brethren too.
“On the other hand, even though the declaration of UN General Assembly and the international laws support the right to self determination of a people who have history of independence and sovereignty, after living a life of dependency under the colonial rule, the right to self determination has been made to look like something impossible and impracticable. Even after India has ratified 25 Covenants, the right to Self Determination of people that is assured of under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and International Covenant on Civil Rights, the same has been pushed   aside by India. When that right is not given by those who ought to give it, it is only natural to grab and pull it so that it can be taken.  This is a universally accepted move and endorsed by the UN. When a united struggle of people based on the right track of history advances towards the goal, that struggle can never be defeated”, the statement added.

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