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Friday, 28 December 2018 - Imphal Times

Present BJP led government treats Opposition members as enemies – Lokeshwar

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Imphal, Dec 28,

Congress MLA Th. Lokeshwar, who is also the former speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly today gave a slashing criticism to the N. Biren Singh led government saying that the present government is extremely bias in nature that even the opposition MLAs are treated as enemies.

“Opposition MLAs particularly those from the Congress are treated as enemy and none of the opposition MLAs are invited to the so call ‘Go to Village’ programme”, MLA Lokeshwar told newspersons at the sideline of the inauguration ceremony of the Sinam Multipurpose Community Hall and the Sinam Youth Development Club in Khundrakpam Assembly constituency.

The one time speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Th. Lokeshwar further said that whatever the opposition put up for the welfare of the public has been considered as words from an enemy. He added that even calls for filling up of vacant post of teachers by opposition MLAs are not listened and there has been many obstacles in taking up developmental works in the assembly constituency of Congress MLAs.

“There is no room for criticism to this government”, said Lokeshwar citing example on how a journalist has been detain under National Security Act .

This government led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh seems to prepare for action to anyone who speaks against them, Lokeshwar added.

The inaugural ceremony of the Sinam Multipurpose Community Hall and the Sinam Youth Development Club in Sinam Village in Khundrakpam Assembly constituency was also attended by Ex – MLA Okram Joy Singh, Ex MLA Ng. Bijoy Singh and Ward member of Sinam Village H. Subadani Devi.

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Police fails to arrest accused person for raping 13 years old minor girl – YFPHR

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Imphal, Dec 28,

Youth Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) expressed strong condemnation to the alleged negligence of the Imphal East Women Police for not arresting a single person involved in raping a 13 years old minor girl on the 15thof August, 2018.
“We received an information from the family members that a minor girl was kidnapped by the accused person (Md. Hassan) in the midnight of 15/08/18 along with the another person and sexually assaulted her twice on 16/08/18 at the house of Md. Abdul Warish, Pradhan of Thoubal Moijing Awang Leikai. After the incidence came to light the victim’s father reported the case on 17/08/18 at WPS I/E and filed a FIR under section 4 POCSO ACT’12 accordingly the 164 Cr.P.C statement of the victim’s also recorded” a statement by the YFPHR said.
The statement of the YFPHR said that the I.O. of the case failed to arrest the accused person till date since months has already been passed and also failed to provide the medical examination report to the victim’s parents as per the order of the High court of Manipur passed on 24/03/2017 in PIL no.17 of 2016.
The Forum suspects that the I.O of the case and the OC in charge has some common understanding with the accused persons.
“It could be noted that the IO of this case was involved in charging money in one of the rape case which took place at Nungoi some months back”, the statement added.
The most unfortunate part of this case is that,  not a single child institution like Child Welfare Committee and District Child Protection Unit, Imphal East have taken any responsibility for the wellbeing of the child in terms of mental and physical health neither Interim compensation was not released at the time of need, YFPHR said.
As per report with the YFPHR the minor victim repeatedly felt unconsciousness at the school & home after the incidence occur.
YFPHR had requested the DGP to make an urgent intervention to arrest the culprit as per the rule of law and in the best interest of the victim minor girl at the earliest and an departmental inquiry be initiated against the I.O and the OC WPS I/E for their negligence in a case of POCSO and the reason behind the failure to arrest the accused persons.

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Magisterial Enquiry of custodial death initiated

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Imphal Dec, 28,
Magisterial Enquiry for the custodial death of Md. Abdul Gaffar @ Sayeed (40 years) son of Lilong Tamyai, Thoubal District has been initiated.
The enquiry will ascertain the facts and circumstances leading to an alleged custodial death in the hands of combined 26th Assam Rifles and CDO, Thoubal.

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Nature camp held at Keibul Lamjao National Park

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Imphal, Dec 28,

The Keibul Lamjao National Park, under the sponsorship of the Nature Learning Centre, Forest Department, Manipur and in partnership with the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and Zonal Education Office, Wangoi, Government of Manipur organised a 2-day 1-night Nature Camp in and around Keibul Lamjao National Park from 27th to 28th December, 2018.
The residential Camp showed a successful participation of more than 62 students along with their teachers from 6 different Government schools, ranging from VI to X classes, both male and female, covered by the Zonal Education Office, Wangoi. Activities in the Nature Camp included Jungle Trail, Bird Watching, Nature Quiz, Talent Show, Screening of Nature Movies, cleanliness drive and Nature sensitisation talks with various experts and Forests staffs.
Overnight stay and Camping was done at Sekmaijin High school with enthusiastic participation from both students and teachers alike.

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AMNEMEA’s office bearers elected

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Imphal, Dec 28,

All Manipur Newspaper and Electronics Media Employees Association (AMNEMEA) an organization for Non Journalists working in the media houses which was formed on the 20th May 2018 organized its first annual general body meeting on December 25 at Lamdan (MMTA), Churachandpur District. The meeting was presided over by Th. Ngouthoi of Imphal Free Press.
The press released states that the meeting appointed Th. Ngouthoi of Imphal Free Press as the President and A. Praphullo Singh of Ichel Express as Secretary General of the Association for coming year 2019.
Among the seven Executive members M. Ashinikumar of the Imphal Times has been included.   

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Meira Paibi nabs drug user; handed over to Police

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Thoubal, Dec 28,

 As a part of the movement against illicit drugs and trafficking, volunteers of Thoubal Awang Leikai Meira Paibi Lup, nabbed a drug user yesterday at around 9 pm. The person was caught red handed while he was fixing the drug by the meira paibis. When searched the residence of the drug user, the Meira Paibi  recovered Heroin No.4 and a syringe from his possession. The drug user along with the recovered drugs and syringe were handed over to Thoubal Police Station.

According to the President of Awang Leikai Meira Paibi Lup, Ak. Sundari, the drug user has been identified as Kongbrailakpam Pratin (22 yrs) son of Krishnamohon from the same area.


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Meeting held in connection with the death of pregnant woman

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Thoubal, Dec.28,

Women folk of Thoubal Haokha Mamang and Maning Leikai today convened a meeting in connection with the dead of pregnant woman Joypremi @ naocha (25), who was found, hung to death on Tuesday. A condolence meeting was also held during the protest demonstration.
A woman leader while speaking to media persons said that as far as the locals knew, the ill-fated lady was known for her good relations with her in-laws, but however, what led her to under went such extreme circumstance remain mystery to everyone.
Police team is investigating in connection to the death. And any decision before the truth is known will be immature and as for the locals if the her in-laws are found involved in the death of the lady the family will be ostracized from the locality, a local leader said.
Meira Paibi of the locality will always stand for the truth and as she is survived by her husband and children the Local Meira paibi opined that her dead body be cremated at her husband locality.

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Orientation Workshop on Implementation of District Mental Health Programme held

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Imphal, Dec.28,

A One Day Orientation Workshop on Implementation of District Mental Health Programme in Manipur was held today at Classic Hotel, North AOC Imphal.

Dr.S.Manikanta Singh State Mission Director NHM Govt. of Manipur, Dr. Rk. Lenin Head of Department Psychiatry RIMS Imphal and Dr. Rajani  Parthasarathy Deputy Director (Metal Health) Govt. of Karnataka was the Presidium Members of the Inaugural function.

The Workshop was organised by the National Mental Health Programme, National Health Mission, Department of Health Service Manipur.

Dr.Rajani Parthasarathy Conducted the Sessions what is Programme Implementation Plan (PIP), Record of Proceedings (ROP), Karnataka Model of DMHP Implementation ect.

Dr.A.Ranita Devi State Nodal Officer NMHP gave welcome and keynote address. 

Dr.Lenin expressed his happiness of organising such workshop and says that this program will definitely help in improving the implementation of District Mental Health Programme (DMHP) in the State.

Dr.S.Manikanta Singh State Mission Director NHM shared his experience first member Secretary of Manipur State Mental Health Authority and Starting of District Mental Health Programme in 2000 under his leadership.

The Workshop is participated by Chief Medical Officers, Psychiatrists, District Nodal Officers of Imphal West/East, Thoubal, Chandel, Bishnupur and Churachandpur Districts, Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatric, Social Workers, Psychiatric Nurses and District Programme Managers of NHM.

Dr.Kh.Robindro Singh Distrcit Nodal Officer DMHP, Chandel gave vote of thanks.

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Controlling the school transporters : is the authority serious

The school children are somehow relief as winter vacation is underway. The children are relived not only from their hard days of school homework but of course – a real relief from  the jam pack school van.
Some few years back at an almost an catastrophic incident where 15 children were on the verge of being suffocated to death inside the van that was taking them to school should be an eye-opener for the multitude of van services transporting students for almost all the schools in the state, the unfortunate part is that people of the state as well as those in the government have almost forgotten.
Everybody knows that the school transporter render is immense, and for most parents, a vital one considering the limited transport facilitiesbeing provided for the public, which invariably leads to the only other alternative of undertaking the job of taking the kids to school and back home upon themselves, putting a huge strain on their time and efforts. Add to it the cold winter months and the long rainy days, not to mention the scorching summer, and the task becomes daunting for those of us who cannot afford a four wheeler, or to take out or synchronise  the time to their schedule.
But in as much as these van services are becoming an indispensable part of the support system, unwanted and unwarranted incidents that poses danger to the safety of the children have been on the rise. The Union/Association overseeing the regulations and rules of these service vans are apparently more interested in safeguarding their own interest and profitability to the point of neglecting the basic safety norms and regulations to be observed-if they everhad one to start with. Treating the young children with more sensitivity and care and not as mere commodities of their trade could go a long way in preventing such mishaps in the future. The urge to pack in more children in the van which translates to more income for the drivers should be curbed.
A proper framework and guidelines should be drawn up in consultation with various authorities to make these kind of mistakes and oversights a thing of the past. The association/ Union of these van services should take the responsibility to see that these steps are taken up at the earliest. No one can afford to expose the unsuspecting and vulnerable children to such unneccesary risks ever again. The drivers should be sensitized on the issue so that they can understand and appreciate their role in the scheme of things. Regular monitoring by the school authorities as well as the Union or Association with feedbacks from the students availing the services of these vans could keep the drivers on the alert and be a reassuring measure for the parents and guardians as well. Our children are our treasure, precious and versatile. It is for us to see that they are provided with the safest and best atmosphere we possibly can mange to, for learning and growing up to be responsible and successful citizens who will make our society a little more better.
They  are the future, to be nourished and protected. Everybody has a stake in their safety. Every single one of us.

Chief Minister reviews activities of Forest & Environment and Labour & Employment Departments

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Imphal, Dec 28,

The Chief Minister has instructed the authority concerned to constitute a committee to develop an effective strategy to check rampant expansion of human habitation and encroachment on reserved forest areas in Langol hill range.
He was speaking at a review meeting of Forest and Environment Department, Loktak Development Authority (LDA) and Labour and Employment Department held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. Stating that human habitation is about to reach the top of Langol hill range, N. Biren Singh asked the officials to find out an effective mechanism to check illegal encroachments on reserved forest areas.
On the other hand, the Chief Minister expressed happiness that awareness among people of hill districts about environment protection and ecological balance has increased in the past few years. He said that call for the protection of Amur Falcon migratory birds in Tamenglong District was well responded by the local people, and it was a good sign.
The Chief Minister also instructed the officials concerned to speed up works regarding expansion of Manipur Zoological Garden. As Zoos play important part in attraction of tourists and visitors to the State, the present complex of the Manipur Zoological Garden should be upgraded expanded with the acquisition of the required land, he added.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) K. Angami and Directorate of Environment Director Dr. Y. Nabachandra presented a detailed account of the activities of the Department of Forest and Environment through Powerpoint Presentations at the meeting.
Forest Department collected Rs. 984.668 lakh as revenue from April to October this year. As per the Forests Report - 2017 of the country, the total forest area of Manipur is 17418 sq. km. It means that 78.01% of the total geographical area of the State is covered with forests. The total Reserved Forest area of the State is 1467 sq. km. while protected forests area is 4171 sq. km. and Unclassed Forests area is 11780 sq. km.
Ecological parks are being constructed at different parts of the State under the aegis of the Directorate of Environment, Government of Manipur. The Directorate has submitted a Rs. 100 crore DPR for rejuvenation of Nambul River to the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The Directorate had also surveyed the present status of complexes of all the Umang Lais (Selvon Deities) of the State.
Loktak Development Authority (LDA) Project Director Shri L. Bhagaton in his presentation said that works being taken up by LDA under State Plan of 2017-18 fiscal year include Phumdi removal, improvement of Yangoi river and improvement of drainage system in the eastern side of the lake etc. LDA is also extending support to the Bishnupur District Administration in the implementation of Loktak Livelihood Mission, a brainchild of Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh.
Deputy Labour Commissioner K. Bono presented Powerpoint Presentation about the activities of the Labour Department. He said that the main function of the Department is to provide care, protection, welfare, social security of the working population in the State by enforcing 25 different Labour Laws and various labour welfare schemes.
The Chief Minister directed the officials concerned of the Labour and Employment Department to prepare a comprehensive report of requirement of manpower and equipment of all the ITIs of the State for seeking support from the Centre.
Chief Secretary Dr. Suresh Babu, Additional Chief Secretary (Forest & Environment/Labour & Employment) Dr. Suhel Akhtar, Principal Secretary (Finance) Rakesh Ranjan and other high ranking officials were also present at the meeting.

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