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Items filtered by date: Monday, 19 October 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

A wasted matter

 As we gear up to meet the challenges staring everyone in the face with the rapidly increasing pace of development and industrialization, one glaring lapse that hits us in the face- in the nose to be more precise- is the sight, and worse- the smell that assaults one’s senses as we walk through the crowded heart of the city. The plight in the suburbs and the villages aren’t any better. All the upcoming infrastructures and glittering paints cannot stop anyone from cringing their nose at the all permeating stench that assails through the whole of the city. The “Zero Garbage Campaign” which was launched with much fanfare a few years ago had already receded from public memory. What was it all about anyway?- one can’t help but wonder. What is so special about keeping one’s own city clean? Isn’t it a necessity?- a normal thing to be done anyway? Cleanliness is a force of habit and not a one-off act. The sheer inability to communicate between the various Government Departments when it comes to taking up public sanitation works sends one in a tizzy. Foreign funded schemes (read Imphal sewage project) have made our roads a daily nightmare to be negotiated. The Imphal Municipality- entrusted with the job of keeping the city neat and tidy has been rendered obsolete- the staffs employed embroiling themselves in agitations and protests for various issues to the point where their duties are relegated to the least important of priorities. These inefficiencies necessitated and gave rise to various private and non-governmental agencies rushing in to fill the void. Mechanized equipments and tools purchased at huge amounts for use in keeping the city clean- which were paraded in front of the public to show the Government’s serious efforts and resolution on the matter turned out to just what it was- a show. What the public needs, and are waiting for right now, is a total and effective cleansing of the lethargic Government department responsible for the cleanliness of the city and start afresh in a concerted manner. The state of the waste management plant set up almost a decade ago is not known- whether it has started operation or if there is any missing work to be done to make it operational. The sooner things get going, the better off our city will be, else for all the tall claims of achievements, our efforts will go down the drain- amongst the ever increasing pile of waste. For now it is zero for the state in garbage management.

124th Raising Day Parade of Manipur Police held

Imphal, Oct. 19: Recalling the raising of State Military Police on 19th October 1892, the 124th Raising Day Parade of Manipur was held today at 1st Battalion Manipur rifles parade ground.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Deputy Chief Minister and also the Home Minister Gaikhangam lauded the sheet hard work of the Manipur Police Department. He said that Manipur Police has earned a great reputation for itself in dealing with difficult situations not only in containing, insurgency problems where there are more 40 insurgent groups including factions operating in the state and also law & order problems. Though the insurgency problem can be solved through political dialogue, the state police is tasked with the crucial job of making the atmosphere conducive to peace talks and negotiations with the UG groups as well as ensuring the well being of the people apart from its normal duty of prevention and detection of crime and maintenance of law and order.
The personnel are imparted training for safeguarding the human rights of individuals while performing their duties. Wrong doers among them are promptly punished while good work done is encouraged by way or rewards, medals etc. to motivate them, the chief guest added.

While addressing the Director General of Police Shahid Ahmad told that under the command of the then Political Agent Crawford, on this day of 1892 Manipur Police originated with the raising of a small force called the State Military Police. That force had strength of 463 personnel only and in the long run became the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles. It was indeed a humble beginning for the State Police which is now considered one of the best Police forces in the country and has a sanctioned strength of about 33,700.
With the help of Crime and criminal tracking network and system (CCTNS), criminal records of one police station can be accessible to all the police stations in the country. This system was launched under the sponsorship project of MHA in the state last year. The counter insurgency and anti-terrorism (CIAT) school located at Jiribam will soon be made fully functional. Vehicle tracking GPS device will be installed in as many as 150 police vehicles. In order to prevent violent crime in Imphal Municipal area, the department has put in place an elaborate Action plan like manning of 105 duty  points and deployment of 2500 police personnel. In order to give a sense of security to the people, about 100 CCTV cameras are already installed in the bazaar area and tender for more numbers of Singjamei and market areas of Imphal east district is going to be floated shortly was highlighted by the DGP as Manipur Police modernization.
As part of the programme, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam inspected Parade and distributed Commendations and Certificates to 33 police officers including Constables for their outstanding contribution s in different fields. Including the two Bands, 22 contingents participated in the march past. PG Singsit, IPS Commandant 8th India Reserve Battalion was the parade commander.
Cabinet Ministers, MP Rajya Sabha, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, Chief Secretary Manipur and Police officers, other ranks of the force were attended on the occasion hosted by Manipur Police Department.

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Discussion on conflict survivors held

A one day alliance building program for the survivor of conflict, drugs HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, sexual assaults and street vendor held today at Lamyanba Sanglen, Palace Compound.
The program was to build up a common platform to facilitate and to share the problems being face by conflict widows, survivors, victims of drug user, HIVS/AIDS, domestic violence, sexual assaults and discriminated street vendor women.
While addressing her keynote Sobita Mangsatabam, Secretary, Women Action for Development and organizer of the alliance building program said instead of facing problems individually or by a NGO alone, there is need for collectively and capacitate struggle for justice.
Altogether around 200 survivors including maximum of widow of conflict, and families of sexual assault, drug victims and streets vendors were participated in the program. Among the participants, a widow of counterinsurgency victim and a mother of mentally challenged minor rape victim presented their testimony.
While resource persons from various fields spoke on different topics.
Speaking on the topic “Access of Justice and its Implication”, Ng.Tejkumar, Director, Prosecution, Government of Manipur stressed high need of 3rd Women War in Manipur to uproot intoxicant drugs from the state. He encourage the victim of said crimes to come out and take the legal aid facilities from the clinics which been open in all the districts.
Wangkhemcha Syamjai, President, All Manipur Working Journalist Union elaborated the role of Media in the Present Context. While, U.Jenison, Centre for Social Development talk on “Peace building in the context of Manipur”

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Patient party vandalise hospital properties after a lady died in delivery

Relatives and family members of a lady patient, who died at Shija Hospital and Research Center, after delivering a baby boy today vandalise the property of the hospital alleging the cause of the dead as negligence by hospital authority.
The lady Salam Ongbi Meenashwori Devi (30), wife of Salam Sanjoy, of Moirang Lamkhai reportedly died at the hospital early today morning after giving birth to a baby boy. Mother-in-law of the deceased lady Salam Ongbi Bino Devi alleged that her daughter –in-law died due to negligence of the nurses and hospital authority and the information about the dead has not been yet known to them until today morning.
She also said that the consultant doctor came only at midnight yesterday even though they had complained the nurse about stomach pain at around 9.30 pm yesterday evening.
“When I complaint them (nurses on duty) about her stomach pain, they said it was normal and no attention was given to her”, Bina Devi said. The deceased lady was admitted to the hospital on Oct. 17 and the consultant doctor expected delivery on Oct 21.
“At around 11 pm yesterday she was taken to the labour room and then again without informing anything to the family members she was shifted to ICU at around 12 midnight”, the mother-in-law added.
A person identified to be the uncle of the deceased lady said that he had been informed about the dead of  Salam Ongbi Meenashwori Devi at around 1 am today morning by a doctor through cell phone. However, the matter was not told to her husband who has been waiting outside the hospital till today morning.
Soon after the news about the dead of the lady has been informed at around 7.30 am today morning the relatives and the family members of the lady turn hostile and started vandalizing the OPD counter, flowers pot and others. A team of police who came on the spot controlled the situation from getting uglier.

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RPF denies hand in looting of a jewelry house

Proscribed group RPF today denied any hands to the looting of gold (14 Tula) and Rs. 4.5 lakhs from a jewelry house called “Opendro Jewelry Works” at RIMS road owned by one Khumanthem Opendro (37), son of Kh. Modhu of Naoremthong Khumanthem Leikai on October 18. In a press statement issued by Bangkim, Chief Department of Publicity, RPF, the outfit said that it had never looted any properties from the people since it existed. The statement also said that there is no member called [email protected] in the RPF and no work of the party has been allotted to the said person. While terming that act as an attempt to malign the image of the party, the RPF statement said that the party will investigate the matter and will find out the truth. It also blamed the colonial force for the kind of crime committed towards civilians.

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Andro villagers oppose encroachers to disputed land

Villagers of Andro today said that they will not allow any encroachers to the disputed land Chaphu-Uppi area until a solution is meted out between Sandangsenba Maring Village and Andro. In a press meet held today at Manipur Press Club, here in Imphal, Village Chief of Andro Ch. Gandhar said that the area is reserved for festival of ‘Umang Lai’, an indigenous deity, and no cultivation should take place at the said area. 
Chappu-Uppi area has been declared disputed area after conflict arises between Andro Villagers and Sandangsenba Maring Villagers over its village boundary. The area has been clamped under CrPC 144 since 2014 by Imphal East district administration and till now it has not been lifted, Gandhar said.
He further added that some Villagers of Sandangsenba Maring Village had started encroaching the land and began Jhum cultivation this year. “In June this year we had lodged a complaint to the Andro Police station to prevent the encroachers at the area and had also appealed the Sandangsenba Village authority to stop the Jhum cultivation”, Gandhar added.
He further added that a large number of people from Andro Village yesterday destroyed the cultivation as neither the police had taken up any action against the encroachers nor the Sandangsenba villagers had stopped cultivation at the area.  

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IPAK urges to take action against official who had included non-indigenous people in ST/SC list

Indigenous People Association of Kangleipak demands to remove the non indigenous people which had included in the lists of scheduled tribes and scheduled caste in the state.
Speaking to the media persons the president of IPAK Sapamcha Jadumani said how could the two major communities of Nagaland Angami and Sema be included in the scheduled tribes list of Manipur. He further added that the concern authority should clarify where they located and from which year they had lived in Manipur and how the authority could include the Ralte and Suhte in the list of schedule caste.  
He further asked the government to define the term  “any Kuki tribe” mention in the list.  “Does that means that any Kuki tribe which habitat in the world can be included in the list?”, Jadumani asked He further said that the state government should take legal action against those officer who are involved in providing the non indigenous people in the scheduled tribes and scheduled caste list of the state.
He futher added that IPAK will soon file a PIL to Guwahati high court.

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Another endangered Pony species found dead due to negligence

Ranbir Mangang
A Manipuri Pony was found dead and dumped on the side of a road near Imphal College, Tiddim Road.
The Pony was spotted by morning walkers while going for their everyday morning walk at Tiddim road.
While interviewing a morning walker by our staff reporter, said the pony have been lying dead since yesterday, October 18, 2015.
The Pony might be hit by a vehicle during night time. So far no government authority has come to collect the animal which has been lying dead since yesterday.
Not a single member of People for Animals, one of the well known animal welfare organization of Manipur didn’t even turn up.
By passers are facing problems while passing through the dead Pony as foul smell has already spread at the area, the walker added.
Concerning the negligence and treatments of this rare species, if the Government of Manipur didn’t initiate  an emergency pony protection and preservation programme then the whole pony population is in stark danger of being entirely wiped out within the next two three years.
It is an undeniable fact that indigenous Manipuri pony, though, small in size had gifted the game of polo to the world, the indigenous ponies to which Polo owes its origin since time immemorial and got the name for its swiftness, sturdiness and tolerance in the game of Polo.

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Jwalamukhi battalion organises ‘ know your army drive’

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Imphal, Oct. 19: Jwalamukhi Battalion of Senapati Brigade under the aegis of Ref Shield Division organised a weapon and equipment display at Thongtong Higher Secondary School of village Thangkanphai on 17 Oct 2015. The drive was not only an insight into armed forces but also a spring of information for the young children on career avenues in armed forces. The drive was attended by 109 students including 65 boys and 44 girls of Thongtong Higher Secondary School of village Thangkanphai, district Senapati.      Assorted weapons and equipment were put on display and info was provided on various ways to joining Armed Forces. The drill display by trained canines was a visual treat for the locals and was witnessed with enthusiasm by both young and old.

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