William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum

Maheshwar 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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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.



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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Imphal June 26: In what could be termed as one of the biggest ever cheats to the people of the state, sub standard conductors are found used in the up-gradation work of 33 KV Transmission Line between 33/11 KV Sub-Station, Nilkuthi and 33/11 KV Sub-Station, Leimakhong. Sources said that the up-gradation work of 33 KV Transmission Line between 33/11 KV Sub-Station, Nilakuthi and 33/11 Sub-Station,

Leimakhong had been taken up by a firm called Indo Power Company Ltd based in Kolkata under the supervision of the office of the Executive Engineer, Transmission Construction Division No. II, Electricity Department, Govt. of Manipur during the year 2010-2-11.  The source also said that the Commissioner (power) has the knowledge of using of ACSR (Weasel) conductors which is meant for the 11 KV transmission line instead of ACSR (Raccoon) which is recommended in the work order. ACRS (Raccoon) conductor is specified conductor for 33 KV lines. The source further said that out of the total circuit length of 15 km between Nilakuthi and Leimakhong, an approximate circuit length of 5 km has been found using ACSR (Rabbit) which is also meant for 11 KV transmission line.  The source also hinted that there may be possibility of swindling a huge amount of money as the rate of ACSR (Raccoon) is double the rate of the sub standard conductors. Approximate cost of one km of ACSR (Raccoon) is estimated to be Rs.1,03,000 whereas the cost of one km of ACSR (Rabbit) is 51,000.

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Imphal, July 05:

Democratic Students of Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) today organised a one day academic discussion on disturbance free educational zone at the conference hall of DM college of Science, Imphal.
Professor, N. Joykumar Singh, Department of History, Director Centre of Manipur Studies, MU was the moderator of the function.
P. Premchandra, General Secretary of DESAM said in his key note address that in a financially deprived state like Manipur there is a need of building knowledge capital and improvising knowledge industries. The reason for the prevailing unwanted situation of the state is due to lack of proper education. He also laments against monetary demands by various organisations from educational institutes in the state as it hampers educational atmosphere of those institutes. He also urges to restructure and re design the curriculum of school, colleges and universities, to stop corruption and politics free in the education sector.
Giving solidarity to the demands of DESAM for a disturbance free educational zone, students of many educational institutes of the state staged sit-in-protest in their respective campuses. Students of Manipur University also staged a sit-in-protest in front of the Main Gate of the University. Mayanglambam Shaolin who took part in the sit-in-protest said that the students of Manipur University support the demands of DESAM. He said that there are many disturbances inside the campus of the University such as frequent frisking by security while entering the gate of the University, opening up of paramilitary forces’ camp inside the campus etc.

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