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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 11 April 2018 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Food safety concerns

With the increasing pace of life and the corresponding increase in social as well as work pressures, food habits of the people around the world have taken a hit for the worse. The most glaring evidence of this unfortunate changing trend is the gradual increase in the number of fast-food joints and ready-to-eat snack bars as well as local kiosks catering to the public with mostly fried stuffs to satiate the hunger instantaneously. Food that can be had on the go is being preferred over those which are healthy and wholesome but takes time to prepare. However, there is also an increasing awareness amongst the conscious and connected public cutting across age groups and professions regarding the need to inculcate a good dietary habit in order to combat the increasing stress and strains of our daily life. The general consensus amongst the conscious eaters is that fruits and vegetables play a vital role in maintaining the health and even reversing the harmful effects of work and environment.
A very disturbing news doing the rounds about some unscrupulous elements using unfair and potentially harmful methods of ripening fruits in the state have however put a question mark on the safety and reliability of the food products being sold in the state. However, the incident should not come as a surprise to many as the practice has been carried on for decades without any significant restrictions or objections from the authorities. The failure of those authorized and entrusted to ensure the safety and usability of foodstuffs for so long have only emboldened these elements who would not think twice about using any and all means at their disposal, fair or foul to speed up their earnings.

The menace of food adulteration and indiscriminate use of chemicals to either speed up the ripening process or to slow down the rate of decomposition is not confined to fruits alone. If anybody would care to recollect, there had been news of farmers using chemicals to increase their products both in size as well as quantity, or even halt the process of decomposition by using formaldehyde as reported in the case of fishes being brought into the state. On the other hand, there is also the disturbing report of plastic rice and even eggs being dumped into the country. While most of the chemicals used for such purposes such as Calcium Carbide have been banned by the government, their use is still rampant. There is still the danger of misusing those chemicals which are still not banned such as Ethylene (if used within certain limits) as there is every chance of the chemical being abused in the mad rush for quicker profit.
Today, the threat of harmful chemicals contaminating our foods on a daily basis is a very real and disconcerting one, and such practice cannot be allowed to propagate and continue any longer. However, the issue is a complex one especially in a state like Manipur where the mechanism to ensure safety of food is almost absent as of now, and any means or effort to check such unfair practices requires the combined involvement of the whole community, government agencies, policymakers, fruit-sellers, farmers, scientists and consumers to find an effective solution to this matter. Meanwhile, the best and most satisfying option is to start our own fruit and vegetable garden.

CM, Ministers continue inspection of dredging works

Imphal, April 11

After the inspection of the dredging work being taken up along the Imphal River from Koirengei to Moirangkhom yesterday, Chief Minister  N. Biren Singh alongwith Water Resources Minister  Letpao Haokip and Revenue Minister  Karam Shyam continued their inspection of the dredging work from Haoreibi Makha Leikai to Kyamgei area today.           

They were accompanied by MLA Yaiskul AC  Thokchom Satyabrata, MLA Keirao AC  L. Rameshwor, DC Imphal West Ningthoujam Geoffrey, Chief Engineer of Water Resources  Ksh. Pritam and other high ranking officials of the State Government.  
Speaking to the media persons, Chief Minister said that 70 percent of the dredging work is completed till now and the remaining work would be completed before the onset of rainy season. He stated that it is indeed happy to see that people are voluntarily dismantling their properties which are being constructed along the river banks. The government acknowledge such co-operation and support of the people to the initiative, he added. Chief Minister appealed the people to extend their love and support to other developmental initiatives of the government being undertaken in the State. He mentioned that dredging work of various rivers such as Kongba, Nambul, Thoubal would be started soon.  
On the occasion, Chief Minister shared his happiness over the news that the acclaimed boxer Mary Kom has entered the final in the ongoing Commonwealth Games being held at Gold Coast, Australia. He stated that it is also indeed happy to learn that the Indian Hockey team has entered final in CWG 2018. On behalf of the people of Manipur, Chief Minister gave his warm wishes and blessings to the team India to achieve more medals and bring laurels to the country.
Speaking to the media persons, Minister for Water Resources Letpao Haokip appealed the people to have some responsibility and civic sense and stop throwing garbage/wastage into the river.

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Preeti Nath InspectS Swachhta Pakhwada activities in RIMS

Imphal, April 11,

Ms Preeti Nath, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India inspected the fortnight observance of Swachhta Pakhwada in RIMS & Hospital, Imphal on 11th & 12th April, 2018. During the inspection, Ms. Preeti Nath along with Director Prof. A. Santa Singh, Medical Superintendent Prof. Ch. Arunkumar Singh, officials and staff inspected hospital wards, departments, Dental and College of Nursing etc. Ms. Preeti Nath also open a one day seminar on the theme “Health & Sanitation” as part of the Swachhta Pakhwada in the presence of the Director, Medical Superintendent and Nursing Superintendent Ms. Lata Devi.
She was very happy to see the activities done in the institute in connection with the Swachhta Pakhwada and also encourage continuing the same spirit in the months to come to make the Swachh Bharat Mission successful.

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Ex-militant charged of rape and molestation of 40 yrs old widow

Imphal, April 11:

In yet another shocking crime against women, a surrendered militant molested a 40 years old widow and tried to rape her.
Lamsang Bazar Thong Maning Meira Paibi demands harsh punishment for the molester and rapist.
Speaking to media persons, the victim Philem Thaba, wife of Late Philem Sarat of Lamsang Bazar Thong Maning Leikai said that the incident took place on March 17, 2018 when she went to deliver some household items at the resident of the culprit Sorokhaibam Inaoton (30 yrs), son of Late Sorokhaibam Rajen of the same area.
Thaba called for the family members of Inaoton but found out that no one was at home except Inaoton, who responded her called from inside the house, she added.
“Inaoton was watching a movie and offered her to join him but the movie which he was watching was and adult movie and as she tried to leave the room Inaoton started touching her body and force her on his bed”, said Thaba. Thaba also said that she resisted when Inaoton starts to molest and tried to rape her after forcing her in his bed, she even bagged him to let her go.
Seeing no means to escape, she began to shout for help, at that moment Inaoton let her go with a thread not to tell anyone about the incident or she and her family will face various life threats consciences, she added.
“I have remain silent for such a long time thinking about my children’s since the incident as I was scared what will Inaoton come up to my children’s if I bring out the incident to the public of what he have done to her. I should have bring up the incident at that moment itself so that justice could have serve at the earliest”, said Thaba.
Thaba further said that a complaint was file to the Lamsang Police Station on April 9, 2018 after informing to the local meira paibi as she could not wait for the apology from the culprits though the whole story of the incident have been told to the culprits family, even his family began to neglect her and of the incident which is very unfortunate, she added.
Sairem Modubala, President of Lamsang Bazar Thong Maning Meira Paibi (LBTMMP) said that Inaoton has been captured on April 10 after the filing the complaint and now in police custody.
Inaoton who is a surrendered ex-militant, now resided at home is scared by the people of the area as he was once of the notorious persons.
Since he has been captured for the charge of molestation and trying to rape his widow 40 years old neighbor Thaba, LBTMMP and the locals of the Lamsang Bazar Thong Maning Leikai appeals and demands the concern authority to take legal actions and harsh punishment as per the law of the land so that no one can think of doing such evil things in the future, Sairem Modubala added.

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Height of insanity: Man arrested for allegedly raping grand daughter

Imphal, April 11,

A 53 years old person was arrested by police in a village at Thoubal district after he allegedly raped his own 6 years old granddaughter.
The matter was came to light after members of the Child Welfare committee came for enquiry on getting complaints from probably his daughter-in-law. As per report the incident happened on April 3 at around 10 am.
Medical examination of the rape victim has been conducted yesterday and police have detained the grandfather.
(Details of the name of the rapist and the village is being withheld as identity of the minor girl would be indirectly revealed.)

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Wangjing Club lauds MLA Surjakumar

Imphal, April 11,
Social Welfare Club, Cherapur expressed gratitude to MLA O. Surjakumar for his support to the people of Lamding Cherapur, Cherapur Awang, Maning, Mamang Leikai Lamding Khumanthem Maning, Mamang Leikai and Lamding Elangbam Leikai Maning in solving water crisis by blocking the Wangjing river. People of the villages have been facing scarcity of water since the last couple of days and following the blocking of the river by constructing earthen block with the support of MLA Surjakumar people are somehow relieve now, a statement of the Social Welfare Club Cherapur said.

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Deputy Chief Minister inaugurates Bharat-Myanmar Seema Chintan Baithak

Imphal, April 11,

Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh today inaugurated two days “Bharat – Myanmar Seema Chintan Baithak” at the Conference Hall of Department of Art & Culture at Palace Compound in Imphal. The conference which is being organised by Seemantha Chetana Mancha, Purvottar will look into issues and challenges being faced by India in maintaining a cordial relationship with Myanmar in coming days. Speaking at the conference, Deputy Chief Minister said, Manipur shares a long porous border with Myanmar and there have been many contentious and wide ranging issues between the two neighbours. He said, there has been a paradigm shift in controlling the border areas in both sides for the last many years. Although, many issues like drug trafficking, militancy and infiltration etc. are yet to be discussed and addressed. Shri Joykumar Singh said, lot of differences in terms of border management are being seen in different border areas of the country. As the state shares a difficult terrain with Myanmar, it may not be possible to fence all across the border.If we can maintain a cordial relationship with Myanmar, most of the issues can be solved, he added.
Deputy Chief Minister further said, border roads and better connectivity between villages in the border areas and also infrastructures like schools and hospitals should be provided. He said,besides this, border guarding to check infiltration and other illegal activities should be hand over to a dedicated border force like BSF so that a tight vigil across the border can be made. He urged the people mostly in the border areas of the state to inculcate the sense of nationalism so that a true feeling of patriotism can be developed for a strong and united India.
Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu said, there has been no tangible effect of Border Areas Development Programme (BADP) in the North East. He said, Union Government is committed to solve issues like border fencing, boundary demarcation and dispute over shifting of border pillars at the earliest. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is in constant touch with Myanmar and it will be sorted out soon. He said, Moreh town has to be developed and connectivity in the border areas has also to be developed.
All India Convenor of Seemanta Chetana Mancha Shri Gopala Krishnan also spoke on the importance of maintaining a cordial relationship with Myanmar. Delegates from Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and border districts of Manipur participated in the conference.

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MCPSC take suo motto case

Imphal, April 11,
Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) has taken up a suo motto case regarding the suspicious death of a minor boy called Thoungamba Huininggsungbam (12 years at one private run hostel call L.J. Educare, Singjamei. The incident happened on April 1 this year. The district SP has been asked to furnish all related documents with the case within 7 days to the Commission.

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Dead Body Found

Imphal, April 11,

A male dead body suspected to have died from drug overdose was fond today around 6 of the morning at Koirengei ground near Manipur Public School, Koirengei.
The deceased have been identified as one Chanamthabam Naoba (32 yrs), son of Late Chanamthabam Indrajit of Koirengei Bazar, Imphal East District. Chanamthabam Naoba was found to be a drug abuser.
Later, family members have claimed the deceased body for last rites.
As the family member accepted the body and made no compliant no case has been registered.

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Cotton seeds distributed

Imphal, April 11,
District Handloom and Textile Office Tamenglong today distributed cotton seeds to the farmers for the plantation of cotton at Barak valley and Vangai range, Tamenglong District on today.
A newly repaired office of District handloom and textiles office, Tamenglong was inaugurated.

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