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Main accused of Lungnila Elizabeth murder case Th. Nando escapes from judicial custody; Rs. One Lakh cash reward announced for his arrest

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Imphal, March 26,

Main accused of the Lungnila Elizabeth murder case, who had been lodged in Sajiwa Central Jail here in Imphal for over 16 years as Under Trial Prisoner (UTP) escaped from JNIMS Hospital Ortho ward while in Judicial Custody at wee hour today.

Police announced a cash reward of Rs. One Lakh to any individual who can provide information about the whereabouts of the escaped prisoner.

Thokchom Nando Singh @ Nanao (34 yrs) son of Th. Subol Singh of Khangabok Part –III was first arrested in 2003 and booked under FIR No 272 (10) 2003 IPS u/s 365/34 IPC by Imphal police station and under FIR No 150 (12) 2003 City PS u/s 10/13 UA (P) Act and 25 (1-A) Arms Act by City Police station and remanded to judicial custody on 20 December 2003 in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 8 years old minor girl from her school  gate (Little Flower School) on November 4, 2003.

Tears still wets the eyes of thousands after the dead body (decomposed) of the 8 years old  baby Lungnila Elizabeth, daughter of then Minister Francis Ngajokpa was found in a sack at Tera Sadokpam, Imphal West, on November 12.

Source with the Imphal Times said that Th. Nando had been in the Ortho Ward for treatment of his Spinal cord related illness since November 26, 2018. . On February 8, 2019, he reportedly underwent surgery for the injury. His father Th. Subol Singh was allowed to stay with him for taking care but some few days before Yaoshang festival, 10 number of extortion notes and two mobile phones along with Sim cards were recovered from his possession while he was undergoing treatment inside the ortho ward. The source also added that the extortion notes were recovered after police search his bed after receiving complaint about extortion threat by a businessman from Imphal. Following that Th. Subol too has been arrested as he happened to be the only transporter for his son. Subol is in prison.

Top police brass, including the DGP of Manipur L M Khaute, rushed to the hospital and inspected the ward where Nando was lodged. While the DGP declined to give any comments on the incident, police have registered a case.

Nando’s escaped is a threat to many people who had raised voice against him. He is known as one of the most dangerous gangster as he is reported to have excess for committing anti social crime while staying inside Sajiwa Prison for 16 years. 

In June 2009, while in prison, Nando was arrested by police in connection with the killing of contractor Krishnadas after being abducted for ransom.

In 2010 July also, he was interrogated by police with regard to a string of extortion incidents.

In 2012, blasted a grenade at the residence of AMWJU President A Mobi.

The latest being the extortion threat to a high profile businessman.

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LS Poll : Filing of nominations for second phase of Lok Sabha elections ends today

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(with input from AIR)
Imphal, March 26,

Filing of nominations for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections comes to an end today. 97 constituencies spread over 13 States and Union Territories will go to polls in this phase on the 18th of April. All 39 Parliamentary constituencies of Tamil Nadu will go to polls in this phase. Other States and Union Territories where voting will take place in this phase are Karnataka 14 seats, Maharashtra 10 seats, Uttar Pradesh 8, Assam, Bihar and Odisha 5 seats each, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal  3 each, Jammu and Kashmir 2 , and Manipur, Tripura and Puducherry 1 seat each.
In the state of Manipur, all together 8 candidates are in the fray.  For INC, the candidate is  K. James, for BJP, the candidate H Shokhopao popularly known as Benjamin Mate,  for NPP Thangminlien Kipgen, for NCP Angam Karoung Kom, for NPF Lorho S Pfoze, for NEIDP Ashang Kasar, for JDU HangkhapauTaithul and Leikhan Kaipu as Independent candidates.
In Assam, several senior leaders have filed their nomination papers for this phase. 5 seats -Karimganj, Silchar, Diphu, Mangaldoi and Nagaon will go to the polls. Deputy Speaker of the state assembly Kripanath Malla, sitting MLA Rupak Sarma and youth party Dilip Saikia are in the fray from the BJP. From the Congress, sitting MP Sushmita Dev, senior leader Bhubaneshwar Kalita , Biren Singh Engti and former minister Pradyut Bordoloi are contesting elections. Over 68 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their vote in this phase.
In Tripura, candidates from different political parties have already filed their nominations for the East Tripura constituency, which will go to polls in the second phase. BJP candidate Rebati Kumar Tripura, IPFT candidate Narendra Chandra Debbarma and CPI-M candidate Jitendra Choudhury are in the fray for this seat.
The scrutiny will take place tomorrow, while Friday is the last date for withdrawal of candidature for this phase.

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At least 7 candidates are in the fray for Inner PC

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Imphal, March 26,

On the last day of filing of Nomination for the 2nd Phase LS poll , that is, for the Inner Parliamentary constituency all together 7 candidates had so far filed their nomination. MPP candidate was yet to submit his nomination at the time of filling this story.

The last date for filing nomination for the candidates of Inner parliamentary Constituency is today. And as the last candidate who filed during the filing of the report was Ex MLA RK Anand who today filed his nomination as a candidate for Inner Constituency from his newly joined North East India Development Party (NEIDP).

The other six inner candidates filed their nomination to the Returning Officer of Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency who was the DC of Imphal West Naorem Pravin yesterday. The six candidates are Dr M Nara of CPI who finished second in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Oinam Nabakishore of Indian National Congress Party, popular actor RK Somorendro alias Kaiku who is an Independent, Dr. RK Ranjan of BJP, G Tonsana of Manipur Democratic People’s Front, S Nandeshore of Rashtriya Janhit Sangarsh Party.

Report reaching here said that MPP had earlier nominated its president Jugindro for fighting the election but today on the last day when he was on his way to file the nomination another person claiming to be  MPP candidate do come to file the nomination which instruct the procedure. Till this time none of the two filed nomination.

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Resident Doctors of RIMS ends strike and resume duty

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Imphal March 26,

The resident Post Graduate Doctors who were protesting in front of the emergency ward of the RIMS hospital from the 24th of March decided to end their cease work strike and resume their normal duty from 4 in the evening today.
The resolutions to end the cease work strike was taken by the resident PG doctors during the visit by RIMS Director Prof. A. Santa Singh and Medical Superintendent Prof Ch Arunkumar who came to meet the protesting doctors around 2 in the evening and the authorities assured the demands proposed to them.
Speaking to media person a protestor said that they have withdrawn their cease work strike considering the arrest of the co-accused that physically assaulted the doctors and also the authorities assured the demands as proposed by the resident doctors who were on strike. He added that they also withdraw it as they considered all the inconvenience that has made to the people because of the strike for the past three days.
He also appealed the people of the state not to be violent against the doctors and request the patient parties to go to the court to get justice if they thought that the doctors are negligent in their work.
The doctor finally gives condolence to the family members of the deceased and added that they are not against the family members but only to the violence and the misconducts.
It can be mention that resident doctors started the ceased work strike from Sunday as large number of people, family and relatives of a deceased person, stormed the emergency ward of RIMS hospital at Saturday night and allegedly assaulted three residential doctors on duty including a female doctor which was physically assaulted by the patient parties besides abusing them.

Photo: Shreebas Laipubam

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PREPAK Chairman greets the people on the occasion of 39th Red Army Uprising Day

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Imphal, March 26,

With the arrival of the 39th Red Army Uprising Day, the day on which the Armed Wing of People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), Red Army was established, that falls on March 26, 2019, Chairman of Military Affairs Committee (Red Army) conveyed revolutionary greetings to the people who are bearing the brunt of colonial pains under the colonial rule. In a message the Chairman also conveyed revolutionary greetings to the Army Wings of fellow revolutionary organizations of WeSEA including Kangleipak. In connection with the occasion of this significant day in the history of revolutionary movement of Kangleipak, the following statement is being issued to the people.

“The people of this region must not take lightly the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 which would lapse on June 3 this year after it had been passed by the Lower House despite united voice of protest and introduced in the Upper House that had been adjourned sine die without passing it. The main objective of the bid to enact this Bill in this region is that since Kangleipak was forcibly annexed by India in 1949 in total contravention of all international norms, its military power has failed to suppress the Kanglei people. This is a secret agenda to totally wipe out the entire Mongoloid communities by granting citizenship to the non-Muslim Hindu immigrants who entered the North Eastern region illegally from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, particularly from Bangladesh so that the region could be turned into an Aryan Hindu land. In brief, the Bill is a population or genocide bomb to create a Hindu nation by destroying the traditions, culture and language of the Mongoloid people of the North East.

   After forcibly annexing Kangleipak in violation of the provisions laid down in the IndianbIndependence Act, 1947 (ii a), United Nations Charter, 1945 and international customary laws, India has tried repeatedly to ensure that Kangleipak won’t be able to rise again as a distinct nation.  Ever since the then Chief Commissioner, Himmat Singh had removed the permit system that prevented outsiders from entering Kangleipak in November of 1950, there has been endless influx of migrants into Kangleipak thereby causing today’s big issue of immigrants. AFSPA was enforced in some areas of the hills in 1958 and this Military Act was imposed throughout Kangleipak in 1980.

Before the British occupied Kangleipak in 1891, the then Calcutta High Court in its ruling declared Kangleipak as one of the independent countries in Asia. After the British occupied Kangleipak, as per Section 7(1) (b) of the Indian Independence Act passed by the British Parliament in 1947, independence of all Princely States under the British including Kangleipak was recognized. According to the Act, the independence of the Princely States was strengthened by several judgments passed by the apex court of Indian Judiciary, Supreme Court

 

 According to Section 7(1) (b) of Indian Independence Act, 1947 and Article 2(1) of the United Nations Charter, Kangleipak and India are placed at the same political level. Thus

the treaty signed at Shillong on 21 September, 1949 without consent of the people has no validity in the eyes of international laws. This was first objected to by the Manipur Legislative

Assembly in its fourth sitting of the third session held on 28 September, 1949, second, the Manipur People’s National Convention held on 28-29 October, 1993 and third, National seminar on Human Rights held on 8-9 December, 1994. Copies of the resolutions were sent

to the Government of India. Under these circumstances, the present generations have started asking whether Kangleipak would bear the responsibility for the issue of illegal immigrants caused by the division of India and Pakistan in 1947 or not.

“ In the case of Sarbanand Sonowal versus Union of India in 2005, Supreme Court of India had observed that the problem faced by Assam was the influx of illegal immigrants, so the illegal immigrants should be   detected and deported to their country. It is clear that this directive of the Supreme Court has been attacked by the Bill.  The manner in which India tried to push through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill—2016 is a big mockery to the so called Federal character of Indian polity. It is a question that arises automatically whether

India knows this but pretending that it doesn’t know or acting ignorantly and why all the states of India are silent over this. The Uti Possidetis Juris presently followed in the world provides that no provision of Indian Constitution can disturb the territorial, social, cultural and linguistic integrity of Kangleipak. Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter also mentions similar guarantee. When it is said that territorial integrity of Kangleipak cannot be disturbed, it also means that the indigenous people of this state, their language, culture

and tradition cannot be destroyed. India ought to know this. As there is conflict between the Armed Forces of India and the armed revolutionary movement in Kangleipak, International Humanitarian Law should be ratified in this region too.

“ The 4th Geneva Convention held on 12 August, 1949, Article 3 of the United Nations Draft Declaration on Population Transfer and Implementation of Settlers and International Criminal Court of Rome Statute do not permit  the attempts of India, which is the occupying, 

administering and high contracting State to grant citizenship to a large number of immigrants from Bangladesh by passing the religion based Bill, to enable them, whose looks, colour and language are quite different from the indigenous people, to settle in the North east including Kangleipak. Moreover, Article 25 (1) & (2) of the Statute points out such act as war crime and that everyone involved in such act  should be liable for individual criminal responsibility.

“Above all these, what all our people should discuss with alertness is the never ending peace talk of one rebel group which had been trapped in the dragnet of deception laid by India, and which turned out to be the biggest hurdle in the united liberation movement of Kangleipak and the North East region. The demands they are making in the name of Peace Talk are not only creating problems to the integrity of Kangleipak but also hinders the united struggle for liberation to move forward faster. If India had made it known in advance that their demands cannot be granted, they should have given up their demands or withdrawn from the Peace Talk and joined the struggle for liberation of a united Kangleipak thereby building a more intensified liberation movement. However it was made to appear that the demands would be granted and their dream would come true. Thus they had been set against the fraternal revolutionary organizations of the North East. In their dream of building a big nation, bad feelings had been given birth to among the communities that led to the death of many people including women and children. Many villages had been uprooted. Even now they are blaming each other causing a tense situation. Not only these two communities, but also other communities living together are facing pains of such conflict.

“ Soon after this, the colonial master, India had sided with a particular community thus causing communal tension again. All our fellow countrymen’s strength, stamina, courage and resources that should be used in the struggle for liberation of our land are being used and wasted in this mutual conflict. As a result lasting animosity has been created among us.

“Presently India is preparing to set up a regiment exclusively of this community to be used against the liberation movement of the North East consequently resulting in an internecine war. We need to understand this clearly and prepare to face it. Right now, we are all travelling in a sinking ship that is perforated here and there but none of us seem to notice that we are waiting for the ship to be sunk.  Instead of abandoning this broken ship

and boarding a new ship, everyone is trying to plug the leaks in their own areas which would be impossible. Instead of continuing to board this broken and sinking ship called India which has so many leaks everywhere, we all had better abandoned this ship and prepare to board a new ship at one time together to reach the destination. This will be the desire of our people who have lost freedom and are living under the colonial rule.

“ Colonial master India has been applying all sorts of covert and open tactics at its best level to suppress and destroy all traces of the struggle for liberation that has been waged since about 70 years back. So in keeping with the changing scenario in the world, the Red Army men need to reaffirm their commitment and determination to sacrifice for the struggle for freedom courageously.

“On the other hand, it is not an easy task to regain the lost freedom of an occupied and colonized state by getting out of the colonial noose. It takes long time and needs to build a united struggle of the people for freedom. Only then it will become possible.”, the statement added.

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Briefing on Poll Day arrangement completed

DIPR
Bishnupur, March 26,

 The Assistant Returning Officers (ARO) under the supervision of the DEO, Bishnupur, have successfully conducted a meeting with all the Booth Level Officers (BLOs) and BLO Supervisors of the 6 Assembly Constituencies yesterday.
The said meeting for 27- Moirang and 29-Kumbi ACs were held at Multipurpose Hall, Mini-Secretariat campus whereas that of 26-Bishnupur AC, 24-Nambol AC, 25-Oinam AC and 28-Thanga AC were held at the office of their respective AROs.
On the occasion, the BLOs and BLO Supervisors were briefed in detail of their roles and responsibilities and the tasks to be conducted by them on the poll day.
The district also successfully conducted Supplementary Randomization of EVM and VVPAT which will be used in the coming Lok Sabha Election in the Video Conference Hall of NIC of the District Election Officer, Bishnupur today. Representatives of all political parties functioning in the district attended the event.

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Issues not at all matter in LS poll for Manipur

Except in the case of 2004 election in the aftermath of the Mass June Uprising in 2001, it is unlikely that the Lok Sabha Election scheduled to hold in two phase here in the state of Manipur will have any impact with some of the important issues that had rock the entire North Eastern State. If one recalled almost all civil bodies in the state had called total shut down, staged violent protest and hold series of discussion criticizing the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) which the BJP led NDA government was trying to pass in the Rajya Sabha after clearing it at Lok Sabha. Before the CAB issue came it was the issue of detention of TV Journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhemcha under NSA after the Court released him. The issue that put halt the academic atmosphere in the state for almost three months due to agitation against Government backed Vice Chancellor AP Pandey by the Manipur University community seems to have been sideline with electioneering process rise.
If one looks back to the history of every election in the state Lok Sabha Election is a completely different phenomenon. Candidates sent up by the ruling party always won. And when it comes to the State Assembly Election it was always the political party that halts power in the Center. The lowest level election – that is for the local body election like the panchayat or Zilla Parishad is also a completely different picture.
Moreover, people of the state don’t take that seriously on the Lok Sabha Election. So, it was the MLAs and other elected members that took the Lok Sabha Election very importantly. The number of voters they can contribute is an X-factor to go ahead in their political career.
It almost all voters of the state are sensible enough to the kind of issues that may decide the fate of the state than there is no way that BJP candidates get elected as the National President of the BJP Mr. Amit Shah himself had stated that CAB will be passed if the BJP comes to power.
What is surprising the political culture of politician that has been witness by the people? AGP re alliance with the BJP, NPP joining hands with the BJP in fighting the lok Sabha Election and some workers and followers of the BJP here in the state talking openly about their support to the CAB showed that this election is not going to be on issue base.
As happen earlier, the one who have more MLAs, power (govt.) and other was likely to be the winner in both the inner and outer lok Sabha Election. The same thing was happened during Congress ruled too. Amidst the many issues about fake encounter, development and corruption issues the one nominated by the government always won.
Now it is confirmed that altogether 8 candidates are in the fray for contesting the Lok Sabha Poll. None of the political parties, which talk so much about, empowering of women, had not nominated any lady candidate, which showed that this is going to be election which will be fight with only money and power.
So, discussing the Lok Sabha election on issue base will be useless. An analysis base on how much money and power does the candidate have will be the right subject to discuss. Hope this regalia changes and this writing prove wrongs.

“Social Media”- a boon or a curse?

By:-Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh

It took 38 years or so for Radio to reach 50 million people, 13 years or so for television to reach the same number however it took just 4 years for Internet to do so. In just one recent year, the  Popular Social Media site  Facebook signed over 200 million users. What makes Social Media so
Appealing? What is a Social Media or networking site? The answer is: it is a website that allows those  who have  an  account to  communicate with  a  selected  group of friends  or  people. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and 2Go are just some of these Social Media sites.
In recent times, we have experienced an overwhelming upsurge in the number of new users, especially youths. This in turn has been a force for good. It has improved relationship, improved learning, created awareness, improve crime detection, helped students make good grades, created  thousands  of  jobs,  connected  friends  and  family  and  improved  to  spread  useful information and much more. However it has done the opposite as well. How so? When properly used, Social Media has been a powerful tool in connecting with loved ones and interacting with friends. In fact, humans are hardwired to interact with humans and that’s why Social Media is so appealing, because it does just that. Also many youths have friends and family members living far away. In the past, it took weeks or even months for letters or telegrams to get to their destinations. Sometimes they never get there. With the advent of mobile phones, it became easy to keep in touch with loved ones. But sometimes, we cannot call these ones because we don’t have airtime. It might be difficult to communicate with friends and family living abroad because of the exorbitant airtime needed. Worse yet, it consumes time especially since you have to call one person at a time and some may not be at home or available to talk when you are.
However, the Social media has made things even easier. With as low as 10 Megabyte of data, one can connect with friends and family members anywhere in the World and for a longer period of time. In fact, some network service providers have made social media free of charge! This has made communication easier. What’s more, the Social media has been very useful when disaster strikes-such as the earthquake, Tsunami that caused untold disaster in parts of Japan on 11th March 2012.During and after such a disaster, phone lines are usually down and no one cares to check emails. So it becomes impossible to communicate with our loved one and inquire about their safety. But with Social media, one can just pick up his cell phone, access the internet and go the page of his or her loved one and read the information posted or even chat briefly. It’s that easy.
But Social media has a demerit in this aspect. In the bid to connect with people many youths have added friend requests from people they know absolutely nothing about. Some of these friends might be criminals, fraudsters, bullies. Sexually immoral people and bad friends. These wrong types of friends can prove to be bad influence .We have many stories of youths who were defrauded ,raped, bullied and even murdered by their social media friends. Others learn bad things from these so call friends and end up engaging in crime. More alarming also is the amount
 of time that is spent by teenagers “connecting with friends and families. Many teenagers have become addicted to the point that the social media has taken over their lives. They are so deeply engrossed that they get cut off from the society and hibernate into the world of social media. These youths are constantly thinking about being online. Even when online, they keep thinking about to update their status and post new pictures when they come to the online next. They read comments here, post videos there, reply to comments the other side and before you know it, hours will fly by. This in turn will have negative consequences. These youths end up losing the real friends they have to friends they have not met before. They get robbed of sleep, isolate themselves from family and friends and become lost in the imaginary world of Social media. Some  end up getting killed in road crashes while chatting on Social media sites. How tragic is this!
Social media has helped in crime detection, Security agencies have access to people’s personal accounts. This can help in cracking down on criminals and fraudsters. However it has also increased crime. How so? Most teenagers think that their privacy is secured while on Social media. Hence they post their pictures of where they are or disclose information that are supposed to be kept to them such as their home address ,email address, where they attend the school, the name of their pet, the times when they are at home and when no one is and other sensitive information. These information are enough to tell criminals or stalkers when to strike. It can also be used for identity thefts, hackers, phishing, scams and virus sending. The Social media has also made it possible for pupils and students to make good grades at school. Assignments can now be posted online by teachers and students can have access to them. They can also collaborate with few fellow students on assignments. Students can also have easy and free access to resources to help them learn. This in turn boosts learning and grades at school. However Social media is also responsible for mass failure of pupils and students at the schools. It has been found that while grades of students who used Social media slightly improved the  Grades of the students who are addicted to it declined greatly. One study says that  students’  Users have an average GPA of 3.06 while non-users have an average GPA of 3.82.     This is one of  the worst real problem & painful situation that our parents are facing at the moment    .  Social Media has created thousands of jobs for people, at the same times it has led to loss of jobs and unemployment. Social media is a very cheap weapons to ruin one’s reputation with just one thoughtless picture or post. Another notable advantage of Social media is that it has facilitated the spread of useful information. Today, useful and even lifesaving information floods the Social media platforms thereby, creating awareness and as we know, information is power.  
Social media can do well, it can also do badly. The bottom line is just moderation. Youths should learn to use the social media with moderation .This will help to make the world of social media a  great place.
So let’s use Social media usefully.

World Water Day 2019

By- N. Munal Meitei

Today, I was shocked to read a Newspaper clip where it is reported that in Bengaluru if the present water crisis persist, then peoples have to evacuate within a decade. Now water is the most difficult problem in almost all states in the country. In Manipur also, due to the low water level of the Imphal River, the valley is facing the water crisis. In many parts of the town, water supply has been stopped. It’s not just for Imphal and Bengaluru, water is now an acute crisis all over the country. India will have a water deficit of 50% by 2030 as per an estimate made by the Asian Development Bank. Increasing in population and reducing in rainfall and other water resources are the main cause for the global water crisis.

World Water Day is celebrated on the 22nd March every year since 1993. The theme for 2019 is “Leaving no one behind”. It is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind. Today, there are million people living without safe water at their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.

In Manipur, during our childhood, lands were abundant and each of the homesteads had a pond. We could get all our water requirements from these ponds. But now due to increase in population and also the land value, we hardly see such ponds in our locality. Therefore, we are compelled to know the importance of water.

Water is life, sanitation and hygiene are dignity. All organisms contain water and depend for survival. Water is one of nature’s most important gifts to mankind. Water is at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between the society and the environment. Water is crucial for all biodiversity including mankind. In a wide range of ecosystems, water is a dominant component. Water bodies or wetlands are among the world’s most productive environments. They are cradles of biological diversity, providing the primary productivity for countless species of plants and animals. In our state to save from an acute water crisis, we need to save and conserve our remaining wetlands. Water is also an important storehouse of plant genetic materials. In short, water keeps our planet alive and well. Water helps the body metabolize stored fat; it may possibly be one of the most significant factors in losing weight.

Water has the power to unlock education, create economic potential, and improve health. Access to water and sanitation is a precondition to life and a declared human right. Over the coming years, our water-related challenges will become more urgent. The increasing demands of a growing population and rapidly developing global economy, combined with the effects of climate change, will exacerbate lack of access to water and sanitation. In fact, the unpredictable supply of water could constrain socio-economic progress in the future.

Celebration of World Water day also highlight the impacts of growing forests, creating rivers and fields rich with soil and restoring other natural elements of environments that are damaged, can assist in purifying water. Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption.

Water on Earth is constant. No water is added or taken out from the Earth. But the problem faced by the earth is its scarcity. Due to injudicious use of water, human is facing insufficient water. Our so called civilized society continues to contaminate this precious resource.

Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, and is vital for all known forms of life. 96.5% of the planet’s water is found in oceans, 1.7% in groundwater, 1.7% in glaciers and ice caps. Only 2.5% of the Earth’s water is freshwater and 98.8% of that available freshwater is in the form of glaciers, ice and groundwater and only about 1% are available with us. Out of this palatable water, the maximum are again in the lakes and rivers. Hence only a little fraction of water is available for our use. Approximately 70% of the fresh water goes to agriculture.

The human body contains about 70% water. To keep us healthy, the body requires about 3% of our body weight which is about 3 liters of water daily. Water is necessary for the digestion and absorption of food; helps maintain proper muscle tone; supplies oxygen and nutrients to the cells; rids the body of wastes; and serves as a natural air conditioning system.

A significant amount of disease could be prevented through access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and better hygiene practices. Diarrhoeal disease alone amounts to an estimated 1.5 million people deaths every year (WHO 2012). It is estimated that 8,42,000 deaths per year, is attributable to unsafe water supplythat includes 361 000 deaths of children under age five, mostly in low-income countries (WHO 2014).

World Water Day called on each one of us to maintain and improve the quality and quantity of fresh water available to future generations. Water has the power to change lives. The power that turn dreams into realities and poverty into possibility.

In Manipur, now we are facing water scarcity problem. The roots of our current water crisis go back a long way. Our state does not have a long term water plans like dams and other water storage facilities for any eventualities. Unluckily, all of our rivers are rain fed, there is no snow fed river in our state and hence when there is scanty rainfall, then we face the drought.

Most of our water sources have been dried up during the lean season and incapable of supplying the water requirements due to lack of vegetation in the upper reaches. Therefore, felling of trees at river catchments should immediately be stopped. As an impact of climate change, the state is facing the scanty in rainfall. Now we need to spread awareness program about the water conservation. Every new house construction should compulsorily have the facility for rain water harvesting. The authority should install for more water treatment facilities in all localities from all resources. Promoting ideas for making the best use of existing water supplies should also be a core initiative. The state needs have a sewage water treatment plant which can save a huge amount of about 200 million litres water annually from unnecessary waste.

Therefore, with the coming of World Water Day, 2019,we need to take care of our water today, and otherwise tomorrow may be too late for us from facing a dreaded water crisis in the state that cannot be solved forever.

Physiotherapy camp concluded at press club

From a Correspondent
Guwahati, March 26:

 College of Physiotherapy and Medical Sciences, a unit of PEWS, today organised a brief physiotherapy  camp at Guwahati Press Club, where Dr Chatrajit Das (PT) and Dr Jahnu Buragohain (PT) were available  for free consultations and preliminary treatments  of upper back, neck and shoulder  pains to the participants.
Earlier Nemcare Hospital on Sunday (24 March) conducted a media OPD clinic at the hospital premises where participants got the opportunity to check their blood sugar and pressure (also ultrasound) along with free consultations from the doctors.

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