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Sunday, 23 February 2020 - Imphal Times

India’s tallest railway pier bridge comes up in Manipur

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Imphal Feb. 23

The construction of India’s tallest railway pier bridge in Manipur as part of 111 km Jiribam-Imphal railway project will be completed ahead of its scheduled target of March 2022, Chairman Railway Board VK Yadav said Saturday.
The 555-metre long bridge is one of the 148 bridges along the route which also has 47 tunnels through steep hills to connect the capital of Manipur with the broad gauge network of the country.
“We would like to complete the tallest bridge before the tunnels,” Chairman Railway Board VK Yadav told reporters at Marangching area under Noney district in Manipur. “We would like to complete (it) before March 2022 which is the outer limit.”
Yadav accompanied by General Manager Sanjive Roy of Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR)     and other senior officials of the Railways and construction companies, was in Manipur on Saturday to inaugurate 2.265-km long tunnel on the Jiribam-Imphal line at the hilly terrain of Marangching village in Noney district, about 65 km west of Imphal.
The pier railway bridge near the Noney district headquarters is also one of the world’s the tallest railway bridges with a height of 141 metres. The total estimated cost of the railway bridge is Rs 280 crores.
The Railway Board Chairman said most of the tunnels in the project have been completed except the longest one. The Tupul-Imphal railway tunnel on the Jiribam-Imphal line which was taken up as national project since 2008, is one of India’s longest rail tunnels at 10.28 km.
“The tunnel is the most critical. It is going to take time because it is long tunnel. But we’re making our effort to complete the entire railway project in Manipur before December 2021,”he promised.

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Seized timber and Betel nuts worth about Rs. 5 crore missing

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Imphal Feb.23

Five times Imphal Times tried to contact the PRO Assam Rifles, he didn’t pick the call. May be he knows that Imphal Times want a clarification. Where are the Timber and Betel nuts which cost around Rd. 5 crores that they reported seized by troops of Assam Rifles from Sangshak area? Have the person in charge of the Assam Rifles at (24) have concealed the reality or had the AR PRO have no capability of answering such question raised by Imphal Times.

Superintendent of Custom says those seized items were and are never handed over to them. Commissioner of Forest has no idea of whether it has been handed over or not. PRO Assam Rifles fails to give any explanation.

Who are the corrupted in Manipur? Taking 100 rupees by a peon at his capacity or those in power and might playing in terms of crores?

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MSAD annual magazine ‘MAHEIROI’ formally released for Manipur

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Imphal Feb. 23

The annual magazine of Manipur Students’ Association Delhi (MSAD) ’MAHEIROI’ was released yesterday at the Readers Book Store, Manipur University.
It was first released in Delhi on Feb 16 and was again formally released for Manipur yesterday.
Guest faculties of Political Science Department, Manipur University G. Rakesh Sharma, K. Shakila Devi, Sh. Babeena Chanu and former advisor of MSAD Muhammad Ali released the annual magazine.
The releasing function was attended by the students of Manipur University, Dhanamanjuri College and well wishers.
Participants also discuss several topics particularly on gender issues  prevailing in the State.
The copies of the annual magazine of MSAD ‘MAHEIROI’ are being made available at The Readers Book Store, MU.

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THE SUNSHINE

By ;  JANE SERAM
Wangkhei koijam leikai, Imphal East

You’re the verse
That cherishes on my lips only
You’re the mesmerizing fantasy
That visits few and far, and flourishes .

A fantasy from which
I’d never like to come out.
You’re the pleasantest fragrance
That scatters in every Breath of mine ;
The scent that makes me  tuned and adored.

You’re the priceless memory,
That lives only with my soul
The precious memory that
My heart urges for the most,
That brings  me smiles in my solitude.

You’re the unearthly rose
That blooms only
In the sands of my heart
A desert rose;
That makes me admire endlessly.

You’re the Sunshine,
That showers light of hope,
The strength, laughter and care,
A light that makes me feel ;
The thrill  of nature and love.

You’re the Sunshine ,
The ray of hope, priceless and precious both
Which lingers only in my heart,
Far away from this rapacious world,
That teaches me the joy of living.

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Ex AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan comes under fire, multiple cases filed for hate speech

Waris Pathan, an Ex MLA of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM ) from Byculla in South Mumbai, has come under fire for his provocative speech in a recent anti-CAA public meeting held in Kalaburagi in Karnataka, with police registering an offence against him.
Based on a police complaint filed by a lawyer, Kalaburagi Rural police have booked Pathan under Section 117 (Abetting commission of offence by the public or by more than ten persons), Section 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot), and Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups) of the Indian Penal Code.
Similar case has been filed against him at Andheri Police station in Mumbai by Prithviraj Mhaske, Convenor of “Sangharsh” a social outfit.
Also a criminal complaint has been filed in a Bihar court against AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and Pathan over the latter’s controversial remark that ’15 crore Muslims can be heavy on 100 crore’ (implying Muslims can easily take on majority Hindus). The complaint has been lodged by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha in the court of Muzaffarpur Chief Judicial Magistrate Mukesh Kumar, who has posted the matter for hearing on 4 th March.
Morchas were organised in different parts of Maharashtra by BJP and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and other parties condemning the speech. In Aurangabad, the morchas were organised by BJP and MNS and an effigy of Pathan was burnt. While BJP MLA Atul Save led the BJP’s morcha, former MLA MNS Harshwardhan Jadhav led the morcha organised by the MNS.
When asked by media on Saturday, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh asserted that an action will certainly be taken against Pathan for his controversial speech.
Pathan, while addressing the meeting in Kalburgi organised as a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), had stated that “We are just 15 crore, but we can be heavy on the 100 crore,” referring to the Muslim and Hindu population in the country, respectively.
 “We have to go out and seek freedom together. We are those who are asking for freedom. If we don’t get it, we will snatch it! The time has come. They are saying, we are sending our sisters out, we are sending the women. “Arre bhai, only the lionesses have come out, and your people are sweating. Imagine if we came out together,” Pathan said apparently referring to anti-CAA agitations spearheaded by women at Shaheen Baug (Delhi) and Mumbai Baug (Nagpada,South Mumbai).
Maharashtra Opposition leader and former CM Devendra Fadnavis demanded strict action against Pathan and asked would such hate speech be tolerated even an Islamic country. ? However Maharashtra minorities commission chairman and NCP leader Naseem Siddiqui, while condemning the incident, said that AIMIM was moving on the same lines of dividing the country like BJP. In fact AIMIM is a B team of BJP he claimed.
AIMIM’s Maharashtra unit chief and Aurangabad MP Imtiyaz Jaleel said that the party do not support the remarks by Pathan. The party will seek explanation from Pathan and may issue dos and don’ts that have to be followed by party leaders while delivering speeches.
After his speech sparked a row, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi  sought an explanation from Pathan and reported that the party is considering issuing an advisory about what party members can say in their speeches. Besides Pathan was barred from speaking to media. The case against Pathan comes two days after a 20-year-old student in Bengaluru was arrested for saying “Pakistan Zindabad” at an anti-CAA held in Bengaluru where Asaduddin Owaisi was also present. The student, Amulya Leona, has been booked for sedition and is currently in judicial custody.

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Road compensation final meeting

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Tamenglong, Feb.23

Final meeting in regards to road compensation of NH-37 widening of Imphal-Jiribam particularly within the jurisdiction of Tamenglong and Noney district from (Phaitol village of Tamenglong district to Tupul village of Noney district) that a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong will be held on 24th February, 2020, 2.00 pm at the conference hall office of the Deputy Commissioner, Tamenglong district.

As per the notice from the deputy commissioner of Tamenglong all the affected village chairman, secretary and land owners representatives are requested to attend the meeting for a smooth and fruitful discourse of the compensation issues.

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Uddhav to visit Ram Janmbhoomi in Ayodhya

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will visit Ram Temple in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, on March 7, to seek blessings of Lord Ram, to mark 100 days in power in the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition Government.
Thackeray has also invited everyone to be a part of this historic journey, which will include senior Shiv Sena ministers, the Thackeray family and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. Thackeray has also invited the NCP and Congress leaders to join him and offer prayers on Sarayu riverbanks.
This will be Thackeray’s first visit to Ayodhya, after his party severed ties with the BJP and the NDA over sharing of power after the results of the Maharashtra elections were declared in October last year. The Sena subsequently joined hands with the NCP and Congress to form a coalition government.
He was sworn in as the chief minister of the Maha Vikas Aghadi on November 28, 2019. He had last visited Ayodhya in June 2019 and offered prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple along with 18 newly-elected MPs of his party.
Shiv Sena, a former ally of Bharatiya Janata Party, is a strong supporter of the construction of a Ram Temple at the Ramjanmabhoomi site in Ayodhya. It has been more than three months since the Shiv Sena took a turn for the secular, but the party has not forgotten its roots.
Raut said, “Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray will visit Ayodhya on the completion of 100 days in power to seek the blessings of Lord Ram. We want that our alliance leaders should also come along. Rahul Gandhi also visits several temples.”
In the meanwhile the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already announced formation of the 10-member body, which comprises seven members, three trustees and five nominated members. The lawyer who represented the Hindu parties during the Ayodhya title dispute case, religious leaders from across the country, a Nirmohi Akhada member, Ayodhya locals and a representative from the Dalit community are among the 10 members of the “Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra trust”. The Union Government has also decided to transfer 67.703-acre land to the trust, which will have its registered office in Delhi.

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