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Items filtered by date: Thursday, 07 January 2016 - Imphal Times

Ima Keithel can be repaired - Experts

Professors from the IIT Roorkee who were invited by the state government to take stock of the damage caused by the January 4 tremor here in Imphal today said that the damage cause at Khwairamband Ima Keithel can be repaired and rehabilitated.
“The Building has developed serious damage and the situation is dangerous”, said Dr. Yogendra Singh, Prof. of Structural Earthquake, Dept. of Earthquake Engineering IIT Roorkee after investigating the site.
He said that the administration has done right thing by evacuating the building.
He said that there is no need to demolish and reconstruct the existing market building but need extensive analysis on how to repair it.
“The damage portion can be removed and repairing can be done by putting some additional material”, Prof. Yogendra said.

The Prof. however said that if another strong earthquake occurr then the building is not safe.
“Nobody can predict an earthquake, it is not possible to predict on when or where or how strong it will occur at any place”, the professor said. 
As there is possibility of aftershock which may be stronger or less affective, it is not right to take any decision as of the moment. It is suggested to vacate the place for time being.
Dr. Yogendra Singh, Dr. Manish Shrikhande and Dr. BK Maheshwari, all from the IIT Roorkee were invited by the state government to assess the damage that occurred at many building in the state and also to give their views on whether the Ima keithel can be repaired or not.

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Pathankot Air Base operation a tactical success

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Just days after the brazen attack on the Pathankot air force base at Indo-Pak border by terrorists were thwarted, details of how the operation was actually carried out have emerged, and with it the fact that despite several lacunae and controversies in hindsight, the security personnel, including the DSC jawans, NSG Commandos and the Army braved the highly trained suicide squad from across the border. According to a source close to Imphal Times, it is learnt that the operation was executed with extreme efficiency by the security personnel with minimum loss of life as out of the total six security personnel killed, five unarmed DSC jawans died in the initial surprise attack by the terrorists which used the element of surprise to their advantage. Only Lt. Col. Niranjan of NSG died in the actual operation while handling a dead terrorist whose body was booby-trapped with explosives. The operation also saved the valuable national assets at the Air Force Base. The security and intelligence agencies were forewarned of the terrorists having infiltrated the Pathankot area and were on alert even before the actual target can be ascertained. When the attack commenced, the security personnel were able to engage the terrorists and thwart their attempt to destroy valuable assets at the base, while making sure that there is no more loss of life or injury to the security forces which meant that the surviving terrorists were cordoned off successfully for the night and prevented from making further damage to the assets or to civilian lives after which the operation was completed successfully the next day. 

Image source; Morung Express

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Govt. assures alternative place for Ima vendors

Vendor ladies of Khwairambandh Ima Keithel which was damaged during the January 4 tremor today staged protest in front of Luxmi Market demanding alternative arrangement for doing business.
Work minister Ratan and Social welfare minister AK Mirabai came to the site where the protest was staged and consoled the protesting women stating that the government is doing to provide an alternative place for the vendor ladies. Ratan said that the government is looking for an appropriate place to set up a temporary market at the earliest possible time.

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AMWJU celebrates 41st foundation day of Manipur Press Club

41st Foundation day of the Manipur Press Club was held on Wednesday at the Manipur Press Club. The foundation day organised by the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union was attended by Commerce and Industries Minister K Govindas as the Chief Guest, President of AMWJU W. Shamjai as President and  Chief Secretary O Nabakishore as the guest of honour.
As a part of the foundation day celebration AMWJU honoured senior journalists who had retired from the profession. A two minutes silence was also observed as mark of honour to the 8 souls who had died during January 4 tremor and also as a mark of respect to Chief Editor of Paojel Sanajaoba who had left us all for heavenly abode last week. Veteran Journalist K. Madhumangol, while speaking on the occasion recall on how the present building of the Manipur Press Club came into existence. Another veteran Journalist Tombiraj said that journalist of the time had struggled hard to occupied the present premises which is now reserved and stands for the journalists fraternity of the state. 

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Suresh Sharma is the new DGBR

Lieutenant General Suresh Sharma has taken over as the 24th Director General Border Roads (DGBR) on January 6, 2016. Lieutenant General Suresh Sharma was commissioned into Corps of Engineers from Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and has attended all prestigious courses of the Indian Army including Staff Course at Defence Service Staff College, Wellington, Higher Defence Management Course at College of Defence Management, Secunderabad and the National Defence College, New Delhi.

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Pre Poll violence : 1 sustains bullet injury

Certain reports are coming up from different places of Manipur, in connection with upcoming All Manipur Municipal Council and Nagar Panchayat election to be held on 11 January.
A man injured in a gunshot incident at the resident of Mrs Sharila, an INC candidate for councellor ward no. 5 under Lilong Municipal Council at Lilong Haoreibi Lou Makha on the night of January 5. The injured person identified as Akil Ahmed (21) son of late Md Siraj from the same locality while unidentified persons fired a double barrel gun when a group of people were playing carom on that night at the candidate’s house. Later the injured was taken to Lilong Hospital and the person’s health condition was said to be stable after medical treatment.  
He got minor injury at his left hand and right side leg during the fire.

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AAMSU functionaries released unconditionally

The three functionaries of All Assam Manipuri Students Union (AAMSU) who were arrested by Lakhipur Police for allegedly disrupting job recruitment exam have been released on Wednesday unconditionally.
AAMSU launched an intense agitation in Assam, particularly in Cachar district demanding inclusion of “Meiteilol” as Manipuri Regional Language in the job recruitment of Lower Division Clerk (LDC) posts. Enraged by the government inaction, AAMSU activists were compelled to launch intense agitation including disruption of job recruitment exam conducted at various schools in Cachar on Tuesday. Three functionaries of AAMSU including its central office president Seram Herajit Singh, Vice-President Phanjoubam Lokenath and  Lakhipur district  secretary Yumkhaibam Pari Nganba Mangangcha were arrested by Cachar police on Tuesday while the student activists were allegedly disrupting the job recruitment exam being conducted at Earl High school Lakhipur.

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2 rebels killed in encounter

Two rebels were reported killed in an encounter that took place at Indo-Myanmar Border in Ukhrul district on January 5. A statement of the PIB defence said that the encounter occurred after three suspected rebels fired upon a troop of 44 AR when they were told to halt at Grihang and Kamjong Area in Ukhrul district. The AR troopers were conducting search operation at the area on that time. The statement said another suspected rebels managed to escape from the site. One AK-56 Rifle alongwith magazine, twelve live rounds of 7.62mm and five fired cases of 7.62mm have been recovered from the spot. The dead bodies of the two UGs have been brought at RIMS morgue today morning. One among the dead has been identified as Sinam Aboynao (16 years) son of S. Romesh of Thangmeiband Polem Leikai. The other is yet to be identified.

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Taming the traffic

One of the most prominent albeit inconvenient indications of development and economic progress in the state would have to be the increasing congestions on the streets. And now, things have come to such a state that it has become impossible for the public to find proper parking space anywhere in the city. The problem has been felt for quite some time now, and the irresponsible nature of parking by many of the vehicle owners and drivers have added to the woes. On the other hand, we have yet to see any positive changes by way of development of dedicated parking spaces in strategic points in the city, as every and all measures to regulate traffic and parking has been evidently temporary in nature. The recent measures taken up by the state traffic police have yet again evoked mixed response from the public.
Setting aside the perceived inconveniences and drawbacks, the traffic control authority must have to be applauded for its efforts to streamline and ease the increasing problem. It is true that a lot needs to be done and adjustments made to make the system as perfect as humanly possible, given the not so insignificant limitations in terms of space and resources being faced by the department, but the enthusiasm and professionalism with which the personnel are going about their duties cannot be mistaken. But streamlining and regulating the flow of traffic and parking norms is just a part of the larger problem plaguing the state. With the manifold increase in vehicular traffic, accidents and injuries due to distractions resulting from use of mobile phones while driving is another concern that needs to be addressed at the earliest. Using hands free accessories or pulling up by the side to attend to important calls, while enforcing strict observation of the law against using phones while driving with fines and other applicable penalties could reduce the danger significantly. Another aspect that could improve the scenario is the strict regulation and enforcement of emission rules. The state Pollution Control Board at present exists only on paper as emission checks have all but become redundant. It would be an understatement to say that the small capital has already began to be chocked by the grime and toxic fumes from the vehicles, some of which have posed serious pollution problems while nothing has been done so far in this regard. Reintroducing the use of signal lights instead of deploying traffic personnel amongst the speeding traffic could definitely help in improving the regulation of traffic and would go a long way in educating and familiarizing the hereto ignorant public to the universally accepted traffic norms and rules.
The problem of traffic congestion and pressure on parking spaces is bound to increase with time. The state government should waste no time to set up dedicated parking spaces and make provisions to provide an enduring solution to the problem. For now, the most positive outcome is perhaps the unexpected opportunity for the public to take that much needed walk.

AR relief work for earthquake victims

In the wake of the disaster that struck the state of Manipur in the wee hours of 04 January, 2016, units of HQ IGAR (South) carried out rescue and relief operations for earthquake victims on 04 January 2016. A massive earthquake with magnitude 6.7 hit the region at around 04:35 am on 04 January 2016. Rescue teams of the unit immediately rushed in to assist the locals at locations of massive damage like Deuhlaland, Minuthong, Ema market, Babupara in Imphal West District of Manipur state. A total of nearly 40 people were assisted in escaping from the debris and their precious lives were saved. Troops of the unit, while helping in rescuing injured people, administering first aid and clearing the debris, also helped in instilling the feeling of safety and assurance to them. The local populace was extremely thankful and expressed their sincere gratitude for the assistance provided by Assam Rifles for working towards their rescue and relief.

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