Imphal, Aug 1,
Normalcy in the state was severely affected due to 14 hours bandh called by All Manipur Excavator, Local Truck, Tipper Owners and Workers Association (AMELTTOWA) from 4 am today. Exam scheduled for various schools have been postponed as schools and colleges remain closed due to the bandh.
During the bandh almost all shops and business establishment remain closed, bank transaction was stopped and government offices witness less attendance. The bandh even though seems not to affect in greater Imphal area however, as supporters came out in the streets at Thoubal, Bishupur, Sekmai and Yairipok witness almost bore a deserted look.
Badh supporters burn tyres at Yairipok area and other places.
The 14 hours bandh is called against High Court of Manipur order to ban sand mining, quarrying in all rivers and transportation of sand and stones without licences.
Meanwhile, the Department of Textiles, Commerce & Industries, Gov. of Manipur in association with the Department of Forest & Environment and Water Resources is organizing an Awareness Programme on mining with particular reference to quarrying of minor minerals, their process and procedure involved in obtaining quarrying licenses, etc. The Awareness programme will be held at the Food Processing Training Centre Porompat (DIC, Imphal East Complex) on August 8 at 1.30 pm.
The department invites individuals, associations and societies associated or interested in mining or quarrying of minor minerals like stone crushers to attend the prog.
Rabi Takhellambam, a resident of Kairembikhok Mayai Leikai, ThoubaI District has been in the field of Journalism for more than 10 years. Rabi, is well known for his reporting from Thoubal side and Indo-Myanmar border. Rabi is also a member of All Manipur Working Journalist Union, the parent body of Journalist Union in Manipur. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]