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Proposal for Smart City- letter from Thailand

We would like to include the following points for a modern city or so called Smart City.
1.Location: First of all, we would like to propose a new location for new smart city because Imphal is already congested, unplanned, lacks land for construction and expansion of city, and to have characteristics of smart city, there will be more demolition work rather than construction in this old city. We need to choose a location that could be in an adjoining area of different districts. That will be easier to access from most districts.
2.Road & Transportation: Well-planned architectural structure of roads and transportation are necessary. Design the roads that could be expanded easily over the next coming decades with long term city plan. Design MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system for underground and sky train system as long term solution that can be implemented in the future. For now, design two types of highways, 1. Normal highway, 2. Elevated motor highway. Normal highway will serve as normal road while the elevated motor highway will be constructed as long over-bridge style for faster driving that authority should collect toll way tax at entry points or exit points. This will reduce traffic jam and generate income for government as well. Elevated motor highway will be completely under control of government authority, and this system will be out of danger from bandhs, economic blockades and general strikes that hamper the normal life of people.
3.Parking area: Implement compulsory rule that businesses, offices, and any private or public buildings should have parking area for their own as well as visiting clients. No parking area, no vehicle license.
4.Power supply: Make sure there is uninterrupted 24/7 power supply.
5.Water Supply: Provide clean and hygienic water supply for 24/7.
6.Green city: Grow trees and flowers in road dividers, on the roadsides, as well as surrounding buildings where possible areas are available and manage it carefully on a daily basis.
7.Garbage Management: Arrange dust bins/ trash bins everywhere. Make it compulsory for every government or private office or business to arrange their own or public trash bins. Manage proper drainage system as well with proper management. Implement heavy fine for littering on the streets and as well as spitting (kwah).
8.Public Park or Recreational Area: There should be clean and pollution free public park area for relaxing as well as exercising.
9.Bus waiting shed & mobile charge outlet: Install proper bus waiting shed and install electric socket for mobile phone charging, probably USB outlets (not for wall plugs). Mobile phone is now everyone’s necessary item.
10.Foot-bridge crossings: Install footbridges for people to cross the road. This will avoid criss-cross street crossing as if there is no traffic rules.
11.Toilet: Public toilet should be installed everywhere. This is very basic need at crowded area.
12.Communication: Implement computerized system, internet and intranet service for any public service office to save time and manage the city more efficiently.

13.Security: Install CCTV in every corner of the city, and make it compulsory for public and private buildings to have this facility as well.
14.Employment Avenues: Job is very important part for income generation. Surrounded by poor and hunger cannot lead to smart city. Arrange employment avenues where all the information regarding hiring and employment should be available at that place. Focus on private sector / self-employment job information because government sector job is too limited and people cannot depend on only government jobs.
15.Industrial Park: Include industrial park at the edge of the city where industrial products are easily accessible to the city for commercial purposes.
16.Guest House: Arrange guest houses for those who come from outside or far villages who cannot return to their remote area, and also who got stuck during unpredictable times such as bandhs and strikes. Don’t focus only guests for government officials but people too.
17.Awareness: We need to include city civic sense lesson in school subject as compulsory topic. We need to properly train our officers and workers in our municipal authority as well as the city police and traffic police. No blow-horn rule for vehicle except in some emergency situations. This will be one of the characteristics of an ideal city.
18.Make it smart: If we don’t implement the rules properly, there will be no proper meaning of smart city. Law is law, rule is rule. Let the law breakers pay heavy price for their wrong deeds. People need to learn their lesson. Don’t let anybody cross the line of acceptable rules and make it meaningful for everyone without any preference or discrimination-whether MLA, minister, Law makers’ kins or any citizen whoever.

(All of these proposers are working as teachers at Thai government school.
1. Chingakham Dina            email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
2. Arambam Karamjit         email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3. Khwairakpam Sunita       email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Tightening the legal noose

The political scenario in the country is abuzz with news and views on the impending appearance of two of the most prominent political figures and arguably the first family of Indian politics- Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in the trial court in the capital in connection with the National Herald Case where the mother-son duo, along with five others were accused for allegedly cheating and misappropriation of funds in taking control of the now-defunct paper. Regardless of the outcome of the case, which, if one is to draw references from the past, is poised for a long drawn affair, what has piqued the interest of the nation is the exceptional ferocity with which the congress is trying to prevent its president and vice president from personally appearing in the court. The congress president has publicly reasserted her relationship with Indira Gandhi as well as her denial to be intimidated. Yet, in what can only be described as a stark contrast to her declaration, the reluctance to cooperate in the case and unwillingness to stand up and clear their names before the law of the land clearly indicates that the allegations just might have some substance to it. More importantly, despite the congress projecting the issue as a conspiracy theory and a political vendetta to malign the image of the party, nothing could have salvaged the prestige and image more than the courage of its leaders in offering themselves for scrutiny by the law.

Undoubtedly, the tremor of the political shakedown must have been felt by the rest of the country. Incidentally, in a state where the law of the land has been twisted and gagged for long such as ours, the development at the centre should be viewed with restrained positivity, especially in view of the increasingly frequent reports of misappropriations, favoritism and nepotism as well as corruption in every sphere of public domain in Manipur. The law and its arms, unfortunately, are evidently being twisted, or more frighteningly are hand in glove, and as a result, the public has been robbed and burgled in broad daylight with neither the means nor the support to have their grievances resolved. The unfolding drama holds out a beacon of hope for the countless people who have, against their better judgment, been forced to accept the system distorted by those in power and position to advance their narrow personal ends at the expense of the majority.
There is an emergent need for the upholders of law to assert their place in the system, and to expedite its functioning so that everyone whether it be the king, the common man, the pauper or the prince are met out the same treatment. Most important of all, the delicate parity between the judiciary and the executive must be maintained if the trust and support of the public is to be restored. The law needs to be blind to the position and power of its citizens but must keep its eyes wide open for any challenges or disturbances to the system. It is high time the law exercise its powers to tighten the noose around those who are threatening to usurp the system.

Recognized Manipur’s distinctive history and political status – Public dialogue

The Two-Day Public Dialogue on Present Political Scenario in Manipur which concludes today Kuki Inn, Imphal has adopted 5 resolutions including demand for recognition of Manipur’s distinctive history and political status. The dialogue session which was organized by National Research Centre (NRC), was attended by various intellectuals, politicians and civil rights activists from the different communities of the state. The public dialogue also seriously discussed on the issues arises out of the framework agreement between the government of India and NSCN-IM and the ongoing peace talk with various armed groups of the state. Resolution adopted in the two-day public dialogue is produced here :-Resolutions – “1) Considering the sovereign existence of Manipur as an Asiatic sovereign power for a long historical period of time, having established its kingdom with a two thousand year recorded history and the political status enjoyed by her at different historical epochs, Indian Constitution should give a constitutional recognition to her distinctive history and distinctive political status, and also should maintain a status quo of the existing territorial boundary of Manipur so that the peace and security of India and Manipur in particular is not jeopardized; 2) The present engagement with the Government, either at the state level or GoI, and the armed insurgent outfits in the peace process, and the resolutions thereof should not be based on ethnic lines; 3) The aspirations of the hill people cannot be realized without the consensus approval and consent of the valley people. Likewise, the aspirations of the valley people cannot be realized without the consensus approval and consent of the hill people. The GoI should realize this, and accordingly take the initiative to provide avenue for inter-community dialogue if the GoI really looks forward a genuine and enduring solution which will not be at the cost of each other; 4) Any development intervention should not be based on ethnic lines and reckless exploitation of natural resources in the name of development should be effectively checked. Sustainable utilization of resources needs be ensured so that the need of the future generation is not jeopardized and  5)There is no future without endeavouring together, collectively facing the onslaughts of the various invading forces in all forms which threaten the collective existence and interest of all the co-existing brethren native communities in the state.  The challenges that lie before us and the impending threats in any eventuality thereof should be overcome through united collective struggle and collective resistance of all the co-existing native ethnic brethren of the state of Manipur”.

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JAC formed against ILPS Bills to organise mass prayers on Dec 9; complets 100 days of protest

Siamchinthang Tangpua
Churachandpur, Dec 8: The ongoing agitation against the 3 ILPS related Bills in the Manipur Legislative Assembly by a committee called the Joint Action Committer Against Anti-Tribal Bills is completing 100 days on December 9. On the occasion the committee appealed the tribal people of the state to organise mass prayers at their respective areas.
A statement said that the committee will organise a mass prayers at Lamka Public Ground, Hiangtam Lamka, Churachandpur from 12 noon onwards on the December 9.  The decision to organise the mass prayer was resolved in a consultative meeting of the JAC.
“To mark the 100th days of our protest against the injustice meted out to the tribal people and the persistent prejudice and indifference of Manipur government towards their plight, we urge the tribal brethrens across the tribal territories of Manipur to organise a similar mass prayers in their respective districts”, said a statement of the JAC. In an appeal, the JAC said that “this will be a time to pay homage to our nine tribal martyrs, a time to introspect and thank the Almighty for having led us thus far and also a time to humble ourselves while
seeking the Lord’s forgiveness for any misdeeds and cry out for His help to heal our land”.
Further, the JAC appeals to all tribal to light candles outside their respective homes between 6:00pm to 7:00pm on the night of December 9, as a mark of honour to the supreme sacrifices made by nine tribal martyrs.

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Details of framework agreement are being negotiated – RN Ravi

Indian Interlocutor RN Ravi had stated that the ‘Framework Agreement’ signed on August 03, 2015 is a fundamental principles that constitute the bedrock of relationship between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM. Speaking to Nagaland Post, a newspaper based at Nagaland, Ravi further stated that the framework agreement is part of the comprehensive agreement details of which are being negotiated.
“The essence of the Framework Agreement is public. It will be made public along with the Comprehensive agreement”, Ravi said.
On being question about the sovereignty as demanded by the NSCN IM the Indian Interlocutor said that both sides have acknowledged the universal principle that in a democracy, sovereignty lies with the people. “Government of India has acknowledged the uniqueness of Nagas. This uniqueness will be reflected in sharing of the power”.
He also assured that the solution that the government of India is working to sort out  is for all Nagas and not for a particular group. He said he has been discussing the issue with the Naga Civil societies.

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Consultation meet on ECCD held

With the aim to strengthen the quality services and understanding the new legislation on ECCD, a “ One day State Level Consultation meet on Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD)” was held today. The consultation meet was jointly organized by Mobile Creches, Delhi and New Life Foundation, Manipur
“The main objectives of the meet were to strengthen the quality services of ICDS & understanding the new legislation & ECCD policy of young child under 6 years of age as well as to understand the state context in term of services, policies and programs & gaps and challenges”, said L Pishak Singh Secretary, New Life Foundation. Montu Ahanthem, Convenor, MACR, Sh. Saratkumar, Chairperson, MSCPCR, Prof S Jibankumar, HOD, Department of Anthropology, MU & Director, Nodal Org. Child line Imphal along with various other representatives of different organizations took part in the consultation.
Presentations from Mobile crèches, Delhi on Quality Services on the topic ECD/ICDS and New Legislation on ECD were dissected and discussed during the meet. While K Pradipkumar, CRY Fellow, Manipur spoke on the topic “The status of ICDS implementation & its gaps and challenges in the context of Manipur.

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Orange Festival begins

Orange festival - one of the  largest festival of the state being organised to promote the orange farmers of Tamenglong District begins today at Tamenglong District head quarter. The festival will continue till tomorrow. Orange farmers of the district will showcase their product during the festival. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi SIngh and Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam attended the inaugural function of the festival as Chief Guest and President respectively.

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Non-Manipuri found dead

A non-Manipuri man was found dead today morning at around 7 am at Kali Bari Thangal Bazar, under Imphal city police station. The identity of the non-Manipuri could not be known at the moment. Police suspected the cause of death due to cold Latter, at around 9:30 am, a team of city police picked up the dead body and deposited at Rims morgue for identification.

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