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Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and  a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]

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Drought and the drainage issues

It was hardly a month ago that Manipur was declared a drought-hit state when the heavens opened up in fits and starts. While farmers heaved a sigh of relief for what it is all worth, the roads and lanes across the valley welled up with the briefest of spell with some stretches of roads going under knee-deep water. Clearly, the inability of so called town planners and ‘certified’ authorities to learn and adapt from the system of ‘khongbal/n’ or traditional drainage system which has served the valley for so long and with clinical efficiency perfected over the years has been laid bare, yet once again. Perhaps the lure of personal benefits in the process of doling out contracts has blinded these authorities to the importance and necessity of maintaining a systematic and effective drainage system. But no one can escape the consequences of such oversight, especially with a few minutes of rain bringing out the murky wastewater into the roads and breaking up the roads in the aftermath, not to mention the dangers of breeding mosquitoes and other water-borne diseases which pose a threat to everybody.
While the present government might, in all fairness and possibility, put the blame on the inefficiency of the previous party in power, the focus now should be on rectifying such mistakes or blunders and not indulge in blame-games any longer. Another trait that the present government can do without is the constant comparisons being made to highlight its ‘achievements’ vis-a-vis the previous government. The public need not be reminded repeatedly as to why the previous party in power was almost voted out - almost- because despite losing the scramble for power, it still remains the party with a majority win and the present government should do well to remind itself of this uncomfortable fact. And while the issue of drainage or rather the lack of one in the valley might be labeled a non-issue considering the myriad other problems and challenges staring the present government in the face despite its labored attempt to present otherwise, the dream of a smart city cannot be fulfilled without a proper and well-planned drainage system supported by a systematic and efficient waste disposal mechanism which is sorely absent at present.
An effective means towards achieving a well-planned drainage or sewage system could be to evaluate and carry out a comprehensive survey to understand and form a base for drawing up a sustainable plan of action taking into account the topography of the land. The present way of constructing drainage without following the natural contour or slopes should be stopped immediately and concern authorities should ensure proper guidelines and norms are followed by the contractors and workers while taking up such works. While it must be said that the present government is actively carrying out development activities and trying to improve the public infrastructure, there is still a few areas of concern especially with regards to the method of implementation, and if a stricter means of control can be placed in this regard then the positive outcome will definitely be visibly different.
Everything new should not be considered good or better, and tradition should be respected especially with regards to social mores and conventions, as adapting to these age old customs can solve a lot many modern day challenges. It is these small details that will ultimately determine the success or otherwise of grand dreams. A smart city inundated with dank and stinky sewage isn’t a pleasant prospect after all.

RIMS X-Ray equipment sealed; 10 others warned

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Imphal, Sept 25

In an embarrassment to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), one Medical Diagnostic X-Ray equipment of the Institution has been sealed by a team of Atomic Energy Regularity Board (AERB) after inspection today. 10 other  Medical Diagnostic X-Ray equipments have been warned to seal if the RIMS authority failed to procure license for operation within 30 days from today.

The AERB team yesterday paid a surprise visit to 3 private run hospitals which have the Medical Diagnostic X-Ray. Of the three only one run by the Babina Clinic was found following regulations, but two others including the one at Langol View Clinic were warned to seal if they fail to procure license.

“For violation of Rule 3 of the Atomic Energy (Radiation Protection) Rules, 2004 under Section 16 & 17 of the Atomic Energy Act, 1962, This Medical Diagnostic X-Ray facility is sealed till further order”, this was paste at one of the ray room at RIMS which was sealed by the team.

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GSDP doubled under the present regime: CM

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Imphal, Sept 21

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the growth rate of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) has increased doubled from 4 percent in 2016-17 to 8 percent in 2018-19. This was stated by him during the press conference held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Briefing the media persons, Chief Minister stated that the State owned Tax revenue has steeply increased from 587 crores in 2016-17 to above 1000 crores in 2018-19. Such result shows that with the advent of the present government there is economic growth in the State, he added. Such pace of development and growth would transform Manipur into an advanced state in near future. He opined that the government could achieve such result with the love, support and co-operation of the people of the State. Once a bandh, blockade stricken region has been completely transformed to a region of economic growth, he added.
Chief Minister maintained that the influx of foreign tourists has been drastically increased from 500-600 tourists per year in 2015-16 to above 1000 tourists per month these days.
During the press conference, Chief Minister said that the government is planning to legalise Cannabis solely for the medicinal and industrial purposes. The State Cabinet would discuss the matter in the next Cabinet meeting. He also mentioned that other states like Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have already legalised Cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Chief Minister announced that under the ‘Start-up Manipur’ scheme, a new program called ‘Stand-up Manipur’ would be introduced to provide soft loans to SC, ST, OBC, Minority entrepreneurs of the State. A Facilitation Cell for enabling SC/ST/OBC/Minority entrepreneurs to provide information and assist the entrepreneurs belonging to weaker sections for availing the projects under various schemes of Government of India, he added.
Expressing the historic step taken by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on corporation tax rate cuts, Chief Minister said that all domestic companies would be allowed to pay corporation tax at the rate of 22 percent which was earlier 30 percent. Any new domestic manufacturing company, incorporated on or after October 1, 2019, will be allowed to pay corporation tax at the rate of 15 percent, he added. He maintained that no tax on buyback of shares in case of listed companies which have already made a public announcement of buyback before 5th July 2019.  
Chief Minister also mentioned that there would be an expansion in the scope of CSR activities. The companies can now spend 2 percent of the money on State or Union government incubators, PSUs, state universities, IITs, public-funded entities, he added.
The press conference was attended by Principal Secretary (Finance) Rakesh Ranjan who is also Principal Secretary to CM, OSD to CM Sumant Singh and other officials.

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Keithel vendors of Jiribam protest over extortion by militants at Noney

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Imphal, Sept 20

Vendor ladies of Jiribam market today staged protest at the market shed protesting extortion of money from the woman traders by militants at Noney area.
The protestors said that some militants extort a sum of Rs. 500 from every woman traders selling vegetable at Jiribam area at Noney Bazar since the last week. The woman said that those going towards Tamenglong were spared but the militant forcibly extort the money from all the traders who were going towards Jiribam after collecting vegetable from Imphal.
Demanding arrest and punishment of the militants, the vendor ladies of Jiribam threaten intensified agitation if the authority fails to take up immediate action against those militants.  
During the protest all shops and business establishment at Jiri keithel area remain shuts.

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