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Salam Chingkheinganba

Chingkheinganba has been a journalist for more than 4+ years and is popular among the team for his reporting style. In his spare time, he teaches kids from his locality. He and his parents reside in Singjamei Chingamakha Kshetri Leikai . He holds a Masters Degree in Mass Communication from Manipur University. Chingkheinganba is available via email at [email protected]

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Nagamapal RIMS road a nightmare for patients

Chingkhei Luwang,
Imphal April 20,

A kilometer stretch road from Nagamapal to Regional Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) is more of a hell road especially for the patients visiting the hospital. The main problems of RIMS road are the huge potholes and the disastrous conditions of the road and also double parking of vehicles at various places on the road side added more problems creating traffic jam hindering the people and also the patients rushing to the hospital who are in the condition of life or death.
As the number of vehicles owned by individual increases like flash flood and no proper parking spaces were maintained even though the road has a number of hospitals, clinics and other shops on both side of the road, traffic chaos occurred almost every day, in the already jammed road.
Speaking to media person RIMS ambulance driver Adim said that they have faced a lot of difficulties while travelling the RIMS road because of the poor condition of the road and the traffic jam caused mainly because of the double parking. He added that at times there arises urgency when the patient is very critical and the poor condition of the road as well as the traffic jams which occurred frequently causes a lot of trouble to them as well as to the patients. He finally appealed the authorities to repair the important stretch of road leading to RIMS hospital.
Soibamcha Langol, a local person of the area talking to Imphal Times said that the road has been recently repaired after being dug out for the sewage project but was again return to the similar disastrous condition few months after the repairing. He said that the terrible RIMS road causes a lot of accidents especially at night and during rainy season as many fail to notice the potholes and the disastrous condition. Adding more difficulties there aren’t any street lamps where commuters weren’t able to notice the bad conditioned road.
He stressed that the ministers and MLAs passed the road every now and then but they failed to take up the initiatives to repair the important road where many patients has been passing through it facing life or death situations. He added that the MLA and minister seemed to neglect the road as it lies between the two constituencies of Thangmeiband and Uripok. He said that the locals have appealed to the Deputy Chief Minister who is from Uripok Assembly Constituency and MLA Joykishan of Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency.
Highlighting the problem caused by double parking Langol said that previously traffic police used to control it but unfortunately they were not seen in the area and at times they were seen once in a blue moon. He said that now parking was done on both side of the road which narrowed the space of the road.
He also warned that the road will be blocked in the near future if the government failed to repair the disastrous conditioned road.
It can be mentioned that the road was also previously blocked because of failure to repair it.
Speaking to media person one Surjit who is a driver said that the condition of the road is worsening day by day. He said that during the times of festival traffic jam occurred where it even took more than an hour to pass the short stretch from RIMS to Nagamapal or vice versa.
Various people from all walks of lives, doctors and staffs of hospitals, patients, locals, auto drivers, ambulance faces a lot of problem travelling through RIMS road and they appealed the authorities to look into the matter as soon as possible.

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CPI lodges complaint for re-poll in 30 polling Stations

IT News

Imphal April 19,

CPI candidate in the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency, Dr. M. Nara today lodged compliant to ECI through the Returning Officer for conducting fresh re-poll in around 30 polling stations of the Inner Manipur PC.

The CPI candidate has been alleging booth capturing and malpractices being carried out during voting at various places mainly in the constituencies belonging to the ministers of the present government.

Speaking to media persons at Irawat Bhavan today, Nara said they have found that massive malpractices were done in the four assembly constituencies namely Andro, Heingang, Thongju, Keirao and also added that they have found evidence regarding it.

He said that he had lodged complaint to the Returning Officer to re-poll 13 polling stations of Andro, 7 polling stations at Heingang, 1 polling station at Thongju and 3 polling stations at Keirao.

Nara alleged that at polling station No. 7/39 in Andro assembly constituency, two persons voted for the whole voters, he said that documents regarding it have been submitted to the authority. He added that such practice is a criminal act.

He said that all the reports of malpractices and manipulations were confirmed seeing the details of form 17-A.

He further added that in Heingang assembly constituency, which belongs to the Chief Minister, Voter turnout is recorded 91.3 percent which is unbelievable where voters turnout is quite low for the Lok Sabha election for the whole of India.

Nara said that the complaint he lodged is not about for getting the lost vote but also to draw the attention of the ECI on how the beauty of democracy is being maligned. He further said that the government who rule doesn’t practiced democracy and demanded justice for protection of the sanctity of democracy.

He asked, “What harm is for the ruling party if voting was done democratically voting their own choices”.

He said that the attitude of doing wrong things by the people who claim to do welfare for the public should be stopped.

He finally urged for re-poll in the said polling stations.

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No question of CM jumping queue while casting vote – PS to CM clarifies

IT News
Imphal, April 19,

PS to the Chief Minister of Manipur Salam Ranjan Singh today clarified that the news item carried as various news channels  including a local daily newspaper under the heading “Manipur Governor Najima Heptulla and Chief Minister N.Biren Singh jumped the queue to vote in the election to the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha seat” as baseless stating that the news item is bereft of truth and is made with malafide intentions. It has been made to damage the image and reputation of Chief Minister, by a journalist without himself being present on site to cover the event being reported.
The Item was webcasted on 18.04.2019 on the websites of News 18  (www.news 18.com), Business standard (www.business-standard.com) , NDTV (www.ndtv.com) , Business Television India (www.btvi.in), India Today (www.indiatoday.in), and The Quint (www.thequint.com), and also at People’s Chronicle, a local daily newspaper of Manipur, in its publication on 19.04.2019, a clarification note by PS to the CM S. Ranjan said.
The statement further said that the news item was circulated by IANS.
“On preliminary enquiry, it has been confirmed that the report was prepared by a journalist, Iboyaima Laithangbam . The said journalist was not physically present by himself at the polling station concerned at the time of casting of vote by Chief Minister”, S. Ranjan stated.
The extract of the news item is as follows:
“Manipur Governor Najima Heptulla and Chief Minister N.Biren Singh jumped the queue to vote in the election to the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha seat on Thursday .
Voters, some of who had lined up even before the polling stations opened at 7 am, were not amused.
Some pointed out that many other politicians had stood patient in queues along with the general people.”
The statement by PS to CM said that N.Biren reached the polling station no.2/16- Srivan High School located at Luwangsangbam Mamang Leikai at around 9:am. The said polling station is also notified as a model polling station. At the said instant, there was a small crowd consisting of media persons, security personnel and five women relatives of Chief Minister, at the entrance of the polling station . There was no queue visible at the entrance. There was no jumping of queue as alleged by the journalist therefore. Chief Minister respects all electors of the state and respects equality of all voters, the statement added.

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2 polling official injured; EVM, VVPAT destroyed in an IE polling station

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Imphal, April 18,

Voting in the 6/10 – Kiyamgei High Madrasa polling station located at Kiyamgei Muslim Makha Leikai, in Imphal east district of Manipur has been sabotaged after voters turn violent over alleged misconduct of the Presiding officer of the polling station. Large number of voters ransacked the polling booth alleging foul play by the presiding officers. EVM, VVPAT and the CCTV camera installed in the polling station were destroyed.

In the uproar Presiding Officer L. Lovely Singh and Micro Observer P. Gunachandra sustained injury after they were assaulted and hit by stones pelted by the protestors.

Security personnel deployed in the polling station fire several round of gunshot and resorted lathi charge to put the situation under control. The incident happened at around 11 30 am. Tear gas were also fired to disperse the crowd. At least four civilians were reported injured in the police action.

According to report, the crisis erupted after some of the political workers started rigging the booth by allowing proxy voters. However, the Polling official said that the incident happened after they tried to stop proxy voters.

Workers of a political party also reportedly mishandled reporters who were covering the events.

Returning officer of Imphal East district rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation. Later the RO signaled re-poll on the said polling station.

At polling station 6/6 - Kiyamgei Mamang Leikai there were report of some incidents. One agent of the BJP while talking to media persons said that tension erupted among the voters after the Congress Candidate of the Inner Manipur O. Nabakishore stayed at the polling station for over 15 minutes. The Agent alleged that Nabakishore presence had disturbed the free and fair polling at the station. Another source said that the BJP workers had forced the local journalist from covering the events.

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