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Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 01 August 2017 - Imphal Times

PM Modi holds review meeting in Guwahati on flood situation in North Eastern states

Imphal, Aug 1: Prime Minister’s meeting with North East states for reviewing the flood situation and relief measures has completed.
Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit, DoNER minister Jitendra Singh and Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain along with others attended the meeting.
Several Chief Ministers including Sarbanand Sonowal from Assam and senior officials from respective states also attended the high level review meeting.

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who also attended the review meeting discussed about  the floods situations in Manipur today at Guwahati. Details about the disaster cause by the recent flood prepared by the Manipur government was presented during the meeting. At least 19 people were killed and as many as 20,000 houses were inundated in the recent flood. Aftermath of the flood is also a serious concern as people are still left homeless and there are possibilities of spreading water borne diseases.
Official sources said that the Assam government has made a presentation on flood damages in the state. Earlier, Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal welcomed Prime Minister at the airport.

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Potential of our state

The Strife torn State of Manipur, inspite of the unenviable tag of a disturbed area, has much more potential and unexplored potential than that of being one with the most prolific and industrious system for churning out militant groups, thought the tag is unlikely to come off anytime soon in the foreseeable future.
On a brighter note, we have some of the most diverse and varied vegetables, fruits, pulses, cereals and grains. Condiments that has not yet been regular ingredients in Mainland India has been in use in the North East for centuries. The introduction of various South East Asian TV Channels like Arirang, KBC etc revealed an astonishing similarity, both in the ingredients as well as in the methods of preparations, in the diets of the two regions. Our elders, much to our chagrin and resentment, used to refer to the imported hybrid vegetables and fruits as those from the “Block”, and preferred the local varieties of everything.
That preference has now started to make sense, more than ever, with the perceptible difference in the aroma and taste between the imported hybrids and the local varieties. Anyone who had a friend or near one from outside as a guest in Manipur will surely have received compliments on the distinct aroma and taste of the dishes of the state.

All these has been a clear indication of the unique qualities of the plants and vegetables grown on the soil of the State whose more than 70% of it’s population is still engaged in agriculture and other allied activities. So what does all these discussions point to? And how do we utilize these to the fullest? There is no doubt that the distinct aroma, varieties and extent of availability of these plants, herbs and vegetables has been confined to the local market. While the reasons are many and varied, yet it is pretty clear that there is an apparent lack of enthusiasm and earnestness on the part of the Government to explore and exploit markets outside the State and beyond.
The latest confirmation of the interest shown by people outside the State for products grown in the State is the report about a certain person from the United States inquiring about the possibility of exporting the black rice (Chak Hao) through a processing factory in India, and this is just one instance. This positive development should be an eye opener of the potential the State holds for earning through exporting of it’s varied and unique agricultural products after due finishing processes. It would be a blunder and a shame for everyone if the State is reduced to a supplier of raw products only.
The need of the hour is for developing a tertiary sector that provides value addition to the products and thus provides double benefit to those involved. The products are there. The steps to mass produce them, to process them and to market them needs a systematic approach that coordinates and complements each of the components in the chain of process. It is time to make a radical change in the approach towards agriculture from that of a subsistence one to that of a highly rewarding, financially lucrative and emotionally fulfilling occupation. That change needs to be initiated by those who are assigned just to do that, else our people will just be the farmers who produce the things others outside the State will buy who will then convert these raw materials into finished products who will then sell it to the State at an exorbitant price.
Heard the story before? Got the drift?

Woman found hang-to-death in police custody

Imphal, Aug 1: Tension prevailed in Imphal East’s Andro following a woman was mysteriously found dead inside a toilet of Andro Police Station on today morning.
Andro residents questioned the mysterious death of the 38-year-old woman identified as Mutum Ongbi Indira Devi, wife of M Ibohanbi Singh in the police custody.    
Enraged over the death, a large number of people led by meira paibis (village guarding women) stormed the police station demanding answers in Indira’s death. A report said police picked up Indira from her Andro Khuman residence on Monday around 7 am for questioning over the missing of a woman from the same village.
Sources informed that one Sarungbam Ongbi Sunibala Devi, 28, has gone missing since she went out with Indira on July 25 last.

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Manipur Administrative Reforms  Bureaucracy is the brain of governance - Minister Biswajit

Imphal, Aug. 1: Manipur Administrative Reforms and Training Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh has said today that bureaucracy is the brain of governance and it can contribute a lot in bringing about good governance.
Speaking at an inaugural function of the foundation training course for the newly recruited Manipur Civil Service(MCS), Manipur Police Service(MPS), Manipur Secretariat Service(MSS), Sub-Deputy Collector(SDC) and Election Officers(EOs) at the State Academy of Training at Takyelpat in Imphal this morning, he said, the executive is going to deliver the services, execute the policies and schemes in a proper framework to better serve the people and hence the role of the officials in civil, police, revenue and other services is pivotal in bringing about good governance.
The Minister also appealed the newly recruited officers to be ready to serve in any part of the State with full dedication and with a sense of nationalism. He further told the officers to serve the people at their assigned postings, take care of their welfare and to be a dynamic contributor of good governance. Addressing the inaugural function, Director General of the State Academy of Training Oinam Nabakishore Singh said, the foundation course has been designed to better deal with the changing trend of public administration. He said, many experienced and learned resource persons have been engaging to train the newly recruited officers. He further said that the selection of a good number of lady officers this time will lead to a new paradigm of better administration with equal contribution from both male and female public servants.
Altogether 14 MCS, 16 MPS, four MSS, 49 SDC and one E0 are being trained in the foundation course.

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Bandh called

Imphal, August 1: Locals of Malom Awang Leikai has called 12 hours general strike on Imphal-Tiddim road demanding to provide proper crematorium place for the locals.
Speaking to the media persons, one of the locals said that it’s been more than 50 years since the Malom Awang Leikai Crematorium was constructed but with the Tiddim Road expansion project the crematorium is about o be destroyed. During the congress ruling government, the locals have submitted a memorandum on October 3, 2014 and again in the newly led BJP government on June 14, 2017 but till date no positive response from the concern.
The locals demands the concern to provide a proper crematorium place on or before August 3, 2017. If their demands are not met, 12 hours total shut down of Tiddim road will be impose from August 3 6am to 6pm.

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14 years old drown to death

Imphal, August 1: A 14 year old student of Sainik School was found drown in the school campus pond yesterday afternoon.
The deceased has been identified as Wangkhem Imocha Meitei, son of Wangkhem Khogen Meitei of Nongren Awang Leikai.
Report received says that Imocha went to take bath in the school campus pond after playing football match as everyday routine at Pukhao Khabam ground but later Imocha was found dead drowning at the school campus pond. His dead body was taken at JNIMS morgue for postmortem but it was put on hold as the family members of the victim family condemn the death as suspicious.
Later after an understanding, the dead body of Imocha was taken after conducting post mortem.

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First Imphal Trade Show Kicked Off

Imphal, Aug. 1: First Imphal Trade Show organized by the Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM) was inaugurated at Palace Compound, Imphal today at 3 in the afternoon.
The trade show will be held for 14 days from 1st August to 14th August at the Palace compound. The inaugural function was attended by L. Lokeshwor Singh, Mayor, Imphal Municipal Corporation, Naorem Tanoranjan, Information and publicity secretary, SSUM, Rinku Khumukcham, Editor, Imphal Times, Dr. Chingangbam Sarat, Secretary, Board of Secondary Education Manipur and L. Dwijamani Singh, General Manager, DIC, Imphal West as dignitaries. SSUM spokesperson, Tanoaranjan said that the Trade Show is being organised to promote the indigenous products of the states as well as those of the neighbouring states.

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ZOLENGTHE extends a helping hand

CCpur, Aug. 1: ‘ZOLENGTHE’ a social media platform for Zo Community has extended monetary help to the victims of the outbreak of infectious disease in Churachandpur district.
According to a release,  members of Zolengthe donated a sum of Rs. 4000 towards KKL Contingency fund for accommodating hundreds of patients who are camping at KKL Complex at Chiengkonpang, Lamka. Zolengthe admins also pay a sum of Rs. 1000 to Simte Youth Orgn Ghq as a condolence to late Thangkhanlun Simte who was allegedly murdered by some known persons while interrogating on account of the accusation that he had stolen a huge amount of money from his employer.
Mention may be made that, more than a hundred people from Henglep sub-division had been camping at KKL Complex in CCpur due to the outbreak of mosquito borne diseases in their area. KKL is presently accommodating them by providing shelter, food and other necessary needs. ZOlengthe means a humming bird in the woods which have group on Facebook and WhatsApp. It has more than 40,000 members in its facebook group and 5000 plus in its WhatsApp groups.

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Police nabs KCP (N) cadre

Imphal, Aug 1: Thoubal police commandos arrested a KCP (Noyon) group activist identified as Thingbaijam Jotin Singh hailing from Salungpham Mayai Leikai, police said on Tuesday.
He was apprehended yesterday from his houses around 9:50 pm by a team of Thoubal police commandos.
Police said 22-year-old Thingbaijam Jotin Singh @ Thoungamba @ Moramba, son of Th Ningthempishak of Salungpham Mayai Leikai, is an active member of Noyon group of Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP).   Jotin joined the outfit in September 2016 through one Lemba Moirangcha and thereafter he got a 45-day basic military training at Angor Ching in neighbouring Myanmar.  
His army No is 517 of 23rd batch of KCP (Noyon). Now he is working under the command of Kabolakpa @ Maipu, a self-styled sergeant and commanding officer of 141 Battalion of KCP (Noyon).
The arrested has been handed over to Heirok Police Station for further necessary action.

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Tbl District BJP Meeting

Imphal, Aug 1: Thoubal,Aug.1: Bharatiya Janata Party, Thoubal District held its District executive meeting at BJP District office Thoubal today.
Santikumar Sharma, Former President and enrollment in charge Thoubal, L.Tejkumar,State Secretary Thoubal District incharge and L.Deven, President BJP Thoubal District were present at the Meeting. The party is observing 100th birth anniversary of Pundit Deendayal all thorough the year, the awareness about his life and works are given to each polling booths.
They resolved that BJP Thoubal District Seeking approval for extension of healthy co-operations to the development works to be carried out in the years to come by the Executive Members.

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