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William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Police picks up labourers of CAF & PD

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Imphal, July 08:Police picked up 61 labourers of CAF & PD today from the gate of the office where the labourers have been staging sit-in protest as a part of their ongoing cease work strike.Romendrajit Moirangcha, Secretary of CAF & PD Labourer Welfare Association said to the media that there was a proposal made in the last assembly meeting held in Feb, 2014 to increase the wages of the labourers but there is no changes. He added that the labourers of CAF & PD gets minimum wage of Rs. 0.38 for loading a rice bag of 50 kg which is way lesser to those of FCI’ labourers as they get Rs. 3.50 for the same load. The association has been continuing the cease work strike since July 6 demanding the concerned authorities to revise the wages. During their cease work strike the labourers did not allow any transportation of food grains inside the premises of the office. Following the incident Lamphel Police reportedly picked up all the labourers from the site.Director of CAF & PD, Mutum Yaiskul Meitei said to the media that the labourers are not regular employees of the department but hired by a contractor. The department has nothing to do with the ongoing cease work strike because the department cannot fulfil their demands and if required, the department will hire labourers from outside for loading food grains, added Yaiskul.

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IFCD employees begin cease work strike

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Imphal, July 8: Regular employees of IFCD of the government of Manipur today begin their cease work strike and staged a sit-in-protest in front of the Chief Engineer office of the department at Khuyathong. Speaking to media persons Convenor of the Adhoc Committee of Non Gazette Employees (Plan) IFCD, Manipur said that 552 employees working under plan budget has not been receiving their salary since January this year. The matter had been put up to the notice of the Chief Engineer and no action regarding the demand has been seen taken up. He said the committee will continue the strike until they received a written assurance for clearing the salary from the government.

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Lack of manpower in Fire Service hinders fire-fighting works

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Imphal July 8: Lack of manpower in Fire Service Department is one of the most important factors that hamper fire-fighting works in the state.An official source said that the actual strength of Manipur Fire Service as on Feb 14, 2014 is 251 against the sanctioned strength of 281. There is a deficiency of 30 staffs of different ranks in the Department. The sanctioned posts of regular Director, Joint Director and Divisional Officer are remained vacant in the Department. The post of Director is now holding by Kh. Chandramani Singh, IPS Dy. IGP (R-IV)) on in-charge basis vide Government order no 03/1/2002-IPS/DP dated Feb 14, 2014. The post of Divisional Officer is also honging by L Nabachandra Singh, Station Officer on in-charge basis vide Government order no 1/1/(17)/2013-H(FS) dated 25.6.2013.Besides this the department has only one station officer against three posts sanctioned. There is deficient number of staffs in other posts such as sub-officer, leading fireman, driver, fireman, head mechanic, Asst. Head Mechanic, Mechanic and others. This is the most important factor in hampering fire-fighting in the state.The source further said that Manipur Fire Service handled 373 Fire incidents during from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. The incidents involved were of residential buildings, shops, commercial establishment, educational institutions, offices, tea stalls, vehicles, unauthorized oil, LPG stores, forest fire etc.  Out of these 237 were small fire, and 98 were major fire.It may be mentioned here that the state Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister on the day of Major fire at Majorkhul Imphal in June this year said that the Fire Service Department needs improvement in terms of manpower and equipments.

 

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Zo people Kicks unification campaignSiamchinthang Tangpua

LAMKIA, July08:
While recalling the purpose for its formation, the Zo Re-unification Organisation ( ZoRO) today said that the organization is an affiliated to the United Nations People Forum on indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and was form with an aim to re-unify the politically scattered Zo people in the region. In a press conference held at Kuki Students’ Organization information office at Sumkong kaimun Tuibuing, Churachandpur, ZoRO said that Zo Indigenous Nation’s Rights have been deprived by the British colonial rural who ruled the Zo people by applying divide and rule policy.ZoRO  Northern  Speaker Simte said the organization Gen. headquarters will be celebrating World Indigenous Day on August 9,2014 at Lunglei district Aizawl, Mizoram under the aegies of Mizo Zillai Pawl (MZP) Lunglei and ZoRO Southern Zone,  the celebration day will be grace by Romawia Minister Art & Culture, Government of Mizoram as the chief Guest.he said in presence of R. Thangmawia, President ZoRO Gen. headquarters, delegates from ZoRO Zones and division, intellectuals and leaders of Zo Indigenous people across the globe.Cultural troopes from Chittagong Hill Tracts, Saiha and Lawngtlai districts will show-case cultural dances on the occassion, he added.ZoRO said the Zomi have been striving for re-unification, and the people took up arms in 1966 and fight for their cause for a long period of twenty years (1866-1986) during which many people died, tortured, raped, and many houses were burnt down.These suffering could never reach the ears of the world and leaders of ZoRO this horrible incidents to leaders of human rights commission and in turn they requested the organisation to submits such suffering and atrocities to Amnesty International, the ZoRO said.The British understood that  Zo people are one community and intended to put them under one administrative head, on the basis of Chin-Lushai Conference resolution held on January 28,1892, Fort William, Calcutta. When India and Pakistan got independence in 1947 and Burma in 1948, the ZoRO further added that British gover5nment left the Zo Indigenous people without fulfilling their decision and Zo people ling along Indo-Bangladesh- Myanmar frontier region are separated into three sovereign countries.

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