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Gate constructed under MPLADS of the then MP Dr. T. Meinya still not completed; Works implemented under the scheme include construction of Matai Garden Gate

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Imphal, Sept 7

After Imphal Times exposed how the MPLADS of the Rajya Sabha MP K. Bhavananda have been misappropriated, a team of this newspaper investigated on how the former MP of Lok Sabha Dr. Meinya had utilized his MPLADS found that, the then Lok Sabha MP too have misappropriated public money by either mis-utilizing or misappropriating it.

The document with the Imphal Times procured through RTI revealed that a gate for Matai Garden at Luwangsangbam was also constructed under the MPLADS of the then MP Dr. Meinya and interestingly, Matai Garden happens to be a private land owned by one Khoirom Mohendra of Matai Mayai Leikai in Imphal West district.

There are certain guidelines for utilization of MP Local Area Development Fund and generally all guidelines says that the fund should be utilized for public welfare programme and that it cannot be utilized for one individual for his work.

Now that Dr. Meinya did not contest in the 17th Lok Sabha Election and Dr. RK Ranjan has replaced him in the Lok Sabha.

But then, construction works taken up under his local area development fund which was reported completed in the year 2016-17 still is under construction. Yes, it is about Bijoygovinda Leirak Gate at Sagolband Assembly constituency in Imphal West. The cost for construction of the gate as revealed by document is Rs. 10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakhs) and the amount was sanctioned on April 4, 2017. The official document stated that the construction has been completed.

When team Imphal Times visited the site where the gate at the cost of Rs. 10 lakhs is stated to have been completed at Bijoygovinda, it was unfortunate to notice an incomplete gate being constructed at Bijoygovinda Leirak near Thangapat Mapal. If that was not the one that that was stated in the document than there was no gate constructed at the cost of Rs. 10 lakhs at Bijoygovinda.

During Dr. Meinya’s tenure as MP from 2014 to 2019 as many as 268 various works were reported complete.

In 2018-2019 a community center at Khumbong Awang Mamang was recommended for construction under the MPLADS at the cost of Rs. 44,00,000/- (44 Lakhs). The amount for the construction was released on September 9, 2018. As per the document the construction work is stated complete.

In the same year the MP sanctioned an amount of Rs. 3,00,000/- (3 lakhs) to a civil group for plantation of flower and the amount was released on the same day. When Imphal Times contacted the said Civil body it has been confirmed that the then MP Dr. Meinya donated a sum of Rs. 1,50,000/- (1 lakh 50 fifty thousand) for construction wooden box for flower plantation and not Rs. 3 lakh.

Well, Dr. Meinya is no more the MP but somewhere he had misutilised or misappropriated a lot of public money at his own capacity.  

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Unusual gathering of non Manipuri speaking people seen at Mantripukhri site; Perhaps impact of NRC in Assam

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Imphal, Sept 7

In the aftermath of the announcement of NRC in Assam where over 19 lakhs people have been excluded from the list, an unusual rise of non Manipuri speaking people were reported from Mantripukhri area in Imphal West area.

Talking over phone a resident from Mantripukhri area said that in the last few days they saw many non Manipuri speaking people in between Masjid located opposite to the newly constructed Secretariat building till Mantripukhri Keithel area. He said that the said stretch was mostly cultivable land some years back but now many houses were seen constructed. He however did not said that those new construction are illegal as he have to verify it.

Another person who contacted to Imphal Times, but refuse to reveal his identity said that many big contractors have now stopped worrying about cheap labourers. A person of the area residing near the Masjid controlled all the labourers and any number when asked to him were available any time. But the labourers do not talk Meiteilon and they look like Bengali.

The recent rise of population seems to be impact of the declaration of the NRC in Assam, he said and added that government should immediately check these suspicious person who are seen recently.

“There are even shops in the area where the shop runners don’t speak Meiteilon”, the person who called to Imphal Times said expressing suspicion that even they may have been intruded due to fear of NRC where their names are not included.

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CM Biren does not have a political will - STDCM

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Imphal, Sept 7

Schedule Tribe Demand Committee Manipur (STDCM) today slammed Chief Minister N. Biren as a Chief Minister without political will.

Speaking to media persons in a press meet held today at the office of STDC, Thangmeiband Convenor of Coordinating Body of STDC L. Romesh said that the failure to send recommendation to include Meetei/Meitei in the ST list is because of the lack of political will. 

He further said that it was unfortunate not to send recommendations to the Central government even though the Chief Minister considered that the inclusion of Meetei/ Meitei is vital. 

Reminding yesterday’s incident where members of STDC were detained by police for closing the railway construction office at Moirangkhom, Romesh said that they were later called to talk with the Chief Minister. 

“CM told that some Meetei urge the government not to send recommendation to include in the ST List and this hinder him”, said Romesh highlighting the hindrance for inclusion.

He further said that if the CM loves his land he should put forward the sentiments of the people instead of holding his chair. 

Those members of the STDCM who were picked up by police for locking of the railway office at Moirangkhom were however released today 

Decrying the brutality and disrespect to the elders by OC of Imphal West Ingocha, Romesh strongly condemned such act towards the democratic and non violent agitation done towards the elders who are even in its 80s. 

He added to stop killing their own community for the sake of medals.

Romesh further urged the authorities to look into the matter.  

As they didn’t find any fruitful solution during the talks with the CM, he said that the movement and agitation will be continued and the construction of the railway will be banned. 

Romesh further said that they will intensify the agitation and will organise various sit in protest, Meira rally, public meeting and street corner meeting.

He appealed the people of the land to help in the movement for the future of Meetei and added that the government should send the recommendation at the earliest considering the sentiments of the people.

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2 Manipuris to participate in global peace march to Geneva

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Imphal, Sept 7

Haobijam Surjit and Karam Tania from Manipur will be participating in a one year global peace march starting from New Delhi to Geneva.

With the objective to campaign for peace and justice the Global March called Jai Jagat 2020 covering a distance of 14,000 km will begin from October 2, 2019.

Speaking to media persons in a press meet held at Manipur Press Club Jai Jagat 2020 Coordination Committee Convener Rishikanta Aribam stressed that around 50 people from India will be participating the global March out of which the two Manipuri was selected from the North East.

The marchers from around the world will meet at Geneva on September 26, 2020 and a weeklong convention will be done till October 2, 2020, he added

Pointing out the main objective of the campaign he stressed that Jai Jagat 2020 will focus on the advocacy of four pillars related to the Sustainable Development Goals which are eradication of poverty, social inclusion, climate justice and the non violent resolutions of conflicts.

He also said that 10 more participants from Manipur will be joining the weeklong convention.

As a solidarity to the said campaign advocacy meeting, training and tree plantation programs will also be done in the state, Rishikanta added.

Highlighting the schedule of the March participants of Jai Jagat 2020, Haobijam Surjit said that they will start the campaign from New Delhi on Oct 2, 2019 campaigning in India for 121 days. Then they will march passing through Iran, Armenia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy and finally Switzerland advocating for peace and justice campaign, he added.

Surjit also said that they will be traveling the places by means of foot and bus.

He said that he will address the conflict issue of the state more importantly in the convention.

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Dr. A. Santa attended Vice-Chancellor meet

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Imphal Sept. 7

Dr. A. Santa Singh, Director of Regional Institute Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal attended Vice Chancellor meeting called by Board of Governor of Medical Council of India for implementation of new curriculum of MBBS: “Competency Based Undergraduate Curriculum for the Indian Medical Graduate” This new curriculum was officially rolled out yesterday.

The Director of RIMS also met Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India and invited to visit RIMS.

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Sensitisation Workshop cum Meeting on Priority Sector Schemes held

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Thoubal Sept. 7

A sensitization workshop program on various schemes of the government organised by District Administration, Thoubal was held today at the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner, Thoubal.

Deputy Commissioner, Thoubal N.Bandana Devi advised the BDOs, Zilla Parishad members, Councillors, elected members and officers to implement the various programs and schemes set up by the government. She asked the elected members and Pradhans and all concerned to give awareness to the public about the said schemes and programs.

DPO, Thoubal T. Anita, Ch.Basanta DPM,  E. Amuthoi A.C to DC, Ng. Binita SDO, Thoubal; K.Anita DCPO, Thoubal; Reena Chanu Moirangthem, CMPO, Thoubal and Birendra Singh District Co- coordinator, PMJAY also spoke as resource persons on various topics like BBBP, Poshan Maah, 7th Economic census, EVP, Women & child related issues, CMHT/PMJAY etc.

The program was also attended by Thoubal Zilla Parishad Adhyaksha Hasina Begum, Th Shyamo, Chairperson TMC, Pradhans, elected members, SDO Thoubal & Lilong and DLOs.

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RS MP Bhabananda was right; it was not only him who misused MPLAD

When Imphal Times report about the misappropriation of MP Local Area Development Fund of the Rajya Sabha MP K Bhabananda, some people who have soft corner for the MP criticize this newspaper questioning on why only “K Bhabananda”. Not only the people who support him, but also the RS MP himself while addressing to a large gathering of BJP workers had asked, “Why only me?”.

Since the re-launching of this newspaper on January 3, 2013, Imphal Times have highlighted several issues of misuse of people’s money. If one scroll on the series of news report, people will find it. However, we as a journalist can report about the things that are going wrong as we are not the authority to punish anybody. It is the government authorities that are supposed to verify what we have been reporting and act according to it. Finally, it is the law court that will award punishment to whoever found guilty of misusing the public money.

Well, this newspaper report about the misappropriation of Public money that is the MPLADF of RS MP K. Bhabananda. Two questions often asked by our readers are – why Imphal Times had stopped reporting about the misuse of MPLAD by RS MP K. Bhabananda? Another questioned which we in the Imphal Times think logical is – why only RS MP, why not other MPs or MLAs? Well as of now MP Dr. Ranjan and MP Lorho S Pfoze is yet to start utilizing of the MPLAD. And this newspaper is not remaining silent to any issues if the public money are being misappropriated. Imphal Times have been trying to procure all documents on how the MPLADF have been utilized by the former MP Dr. Meinya and present RS MP Mary Kom.

Well, Mr. K Bhabananda and associates as well as his supporters, what we in the Imphal Times had highlighted on how the public money (MPLADF) was misappropriated were never personal. On the question why only K. Bhabananda- it revealed the frustration, and see some desperate attempt to politicize the report.

To clear the pessimistic view, we would like the RS MP Bhabananda and team that our first picked happened to be you as it was random. We at Imphal Times are not going to let any stone unturned in exposing how our representatives are misappropriating public money in the name of implementing developmental works.

To our next random pick- we happen to procure all documents of how former MP Dr. Meinya had utilized his MPLADF during his tenure. And we are going to highlight all the works that has been taken up by him and also the total money that had been sanctioned by him.

In our today’s edition we only let the people know about the number of works taken up and reported complete for the year 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.

So far we have found no difference between K. Bhabananda and Dr. Meinya when it comes to the misappropriation of public money as we have found out some amount for some works misappropriated or utilized to some private body. It is upto the public to decide.  And don’t worry we in the Imphal Times have also procured documents of how the local area development fund of RS MP Mary Kom are being utilized.

Google Earth- a user friendly device for practical ground and aerial survey of the Earth

Google- a word so common to all initially came up in 1998 as a private company and Larry Page & Sergey Brin were the founders even when they were Ph. D. scholars of Standford University, California. Today it has been rated as one of the biggest multinational technology company amongst the big four-Amazon, Apple & Facebook. It grew enormously and came up with a chain of products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond Google’s core search engine (Google Search). Services designed for work and productivity (Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides), email (Gmail/Inbox), scheduling and time management (Google Calendar), cloud storage (Google Drive), instant messaging and video chat (Google Allo, Duo, Hangouts), language translation (Google Translate), mapping and navigation (Google Maps, Waze, Google Earth, Street View), video sharing (YouTube), note-taking (Google Keep), and photo organizing and editing (Google Photos) are some of them. The company leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, the Google Chrome web browser, and Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system based on the Chrome browser. The Google.com is the most visited website in the world.
Amongst the company’s endless products, the most commonly used by the scientific community for having the first hand information of any location is the Google Earth. Such initial information and results for any part of the earth can be easily interfaced to most of the geographic information system (GIS) softwares which ultimately can be linked to many prioritised scientific researches. To define it, Google Earth is a system based program that renders 3D representation of Earth based primarily on satellite imagery.
The program maps the Earth by superimposing satellite images, aerial photography, and GIS data onto a 3D globe, allowing users to see every location and landscapes from various angles. Users can explore the globe by entering addresses, name of any location and geographic coordinates, or by using any input keys once it’s operational in the desktop versions. The app is also available for the smart phones as well and specially meant for navigation purposes. Imagery resolution used in Google Earth ranges from 15 metres of resolution to 15 centimetres. For much of the Earth, Google Earth uses digital elevation model data collected by NASA’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. This creates the impression of three-dimensional terrain, even where the imagery is only two-dimensional.
Special features of Google Earth provide a series of other tools through the desktop application. This utility helps one to analyses the terrain condition, morphological and physiographical set up, features  of regional scale; streams, river systems, mountains, deltas, plains, plateaus, etc. The time lapsed images of a same area further provide the opportunity to assess the temporal change whether it be the forest, roads, landslides and even the cloud coverage. Additional globes for the Moon and Mars are available, as well as a tool for viewing the night sky. A flight simulator game is also included.
Other features allow users to view photos from various places uploaded to Panoramio, information provided by Wikipedia on some locations, and Street View imagery. The web-based version of Google Earth also includes Voyager, a feature that periodically adds in-program tours, often presented by scientists and documentarians.
Google Earth shows 3D building models in some cities, including photorealistic 3D imagery. The first 3D buildings in Google Earth were created using 3D modeling applications such as SketchUp and, beginning in 2009, Building Maker, and were uploaded to Google Earth via the 3D Warehouse. Till February, 2019 entire North America, Japan, Australian New Zealand, parts of South America, Europe, South Africa, Egypt, islands along the East Pacific ocean have 3D coverage Antartica being the only left out continent.  
Since 2009, the Google Ocean feature allows users to zoom below the surface of the ocean and view the 3D bathymetry. Supporting over 20 content layers, it contains information from leading scientists and oceanographers.  In June 2011, Google increased the resolution of some deep ocean floor areas from 1-kilometre grids to 100 metres. The sharper focus is available for about 5 percent of the oceans like in the Hudson off New York City, the Wini Seamount near Hawaii, and the Mendocino Ridge off the U.S Pacific coast.
Discussing a practical use of Google Earth is that one can easily visualize the scenic beauty and adventurous route, the steep gradients of Shirui Peak, aerial view of Loktak Lake within few minutes. One can even map the boundary of each constituency, municipal corporation -zila parisad jurisdictions. Planning and execution of any developmental programme can be easily geo tagged and verified using it. Because of its portability (mobile//tablet/laptop) and user friendly nature even a commoner can do many findings that are immensely helpful for local administrations, environmentally based NGO’s, teachers and students for study projects. A vivid example of the time lapsed images (2009-19) of the Langol reserve forest and surrounding area clearly showed the emergence of new NIT complex during the last decade.
Despite its manifold utilities, it has been viewed by some as a threat to privacy and national security, leading to the program being banned in many countries. Some countries have requested that certain areas be obscured in Google’s satellite images, usually areas containing military facilities. Many a times, the NASA’s satellite even forgoes the international and national boundaries of the Indian Government which can be misleading to the common masses. When zoomed in much detail, the satellite images and aerial photos have mismatched boundaries due to differences in the date of the images. Names of many places are in American language hence drastically different with the local ones. 3D viewing and terrain analyses also require some training otherwise the first time users can develop pseudo visuals. Considering the pros and cons, Google Earth is every geoscientist’s first choice of foundational research of any part of the earth. The best part is that the programme is freeware and anyone can access it with the internet connectivity.

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