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Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - Imphal Times

Manipur CSOs leaders meet Delhi Chief Minister; Apprise him of the present apprehension on the Framework Agreement

Imphal, Dec. 19: Leaders of the Civil Society organization presently camping at New Delhi today met the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal and apprised him about the apprehension of the people of the state which might fall out from the Framework Agreement which was signed between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM.
The team which comprise of Elangbam Johnson, President, United Committee Manipur (UCM), Ph. Deven, President, All Manipur United Club Organisation (AMUCO), Jeetendra Ningomba of the CCSK, Dhiren and Sunil had earlier met the AICC President Rahul Gandhi and the Lok Jana Sakti Chief Ram Villas Paswan yesterday.
Report reaching here said that during the meeting with the Aam Adami Party (AAP) leader also Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, the CSO leaders brief him about the present situation arises out of the peace talk being underway between the government of India and the NSCN-IM and ultimately the unrest to the people of the state as the central government authority has not spelled out anything that is contain in the Framework agreement which was signed between the two entity. A memorandum was also submitted to the Delhi Chief Minister by the CSO team.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal assured all possible support to the people of Manipur, said Ph Deven, President of AMUCO while talking to Imphal Times.
Devan said that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal considered the problem as a national issue and he had assured to take up the issue with the government. He however said that he will look into the memorandum and will do whatever he and his party could do after analyzing the memorandum, Devan added.

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Checking corruption: a flop show in Manipur

Rumours are spreading around about fillers of those in power at the state government searching for candidates who are on strike demanding declaration of the result of the re-recruitment test for Manipur Police Constable (Male) – 2013 batch assuring them selection on payment of Rs. 8 to 10 lakhs for the post of Police Constable and Rs. 4 to 5 lakhs for the post of followers. Many candidates had come across those filler coming directly to them and some already started paying the demanded money. The unfortunate part is that those fillers never mention on whom to pay the amount collected. Those who are not ready to pay the demanded money narrated the way these fillers came to them. When asked to file compliant against the practice, it finds hard for them to show direct evidences nor they could file complaints against the authority as these people coming to them did not disclosed the identity of the authority concern asking for the amount.
An enquiry committee constituted by an order of the Manipur High Court has been investigating over the matter and government is helpless to declare or intervene in the matter until the court gives directives after the submission of the inquiry conducting.  It is likely that the committee of enquiry will submit the findings of what went wrong in the selection process by January next year. And one can expect the declaration of the result after this as the Manipur High Court will surely give a verdict regarding this.
Some of the candidates of this batch, who does not want to disclose their identity, had already stated that they had already paid some huge amount of money to the concern authority to make sure their selection. Some had openly stated that they are facing tough time as they can’t afford the interest as they borrowed or mortgage their properties for the purpose. This was also stated by former Retired SP of Nagaland Police P. Sonamani during a discussion hour at a local TV channel.
When the present government under the leadership of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh came to power, people expected some hopes as he himself had shown immense intention to the problem of corruption.

On March 24, 2017, When the Chief Minister open Anti Corruption cell, there were some hopes thinking that corruption will be somehow checked. The first 2/3 months sees hopes but after 8 months one wander the purpose of setting up this cell to check corruption.
The media in Manipur having faith in the new government under the leadership of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had pointed several mistakes and massive corruption being underway with hopes that the government will act and punish those responsible for the misappropriation of public money.
Under the heading “Irregularities in transmission of raw water from Maphou Dam to Chingkheiching likely to cause artificial flood and disaster at many villages” this newspaper had published on how the authority implementing the project had misappropriated the public money (as anything is taken up with the taxes collected from the public). So far no action has been initiated to any of the individuals involved.
The government had also instituted to investigate on why the electronic traffic signal and the CCTV camera installed at various places of Imphal have failed. Mr. Chief Minister had stated that he had received the all the report. But one wanders why he is not initiating any action against those involved in the misappropriation of fund.
With the way things are going on it seems like the menace of corruption will continue to hunt the people of the state. 

Lamphelpat to be converted water body; fate of pony grazing field, and other government infrastructures uncertain

Imphal, Dec 19: Amidst hectic effort to fill the wetland portion of Lamphelpat by the authority of the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association after a site at Lamphelpat has been granted for grazing of the Pony, state cabinet yesterday approved to convert 442.24 acres of land at Lamphelpat to convert it into water body. A state cabinet meeting held yesterday has approved to begin the work within one week.
The cabinet decision to convert the Lamphelpat area is an appreciative steps, but one wander why the site has been used as dumping site for quite a long time beside allotting various other portion for construction of government infrastructures including the NIT.
Most of the land occupied and around Lamphelpat were government land but now when one checked with the settlement authority almost all occupants now have patta of their land.
The cabinet decision taken yesterday discussed on the allotment of land for development of the water body at Lamphelpat for conservation of water to prevent recurrence of frequent flood in and around Lamphel areas. A government source said that the state cabinet decided to complete the process of land allotment of the 244.24 acres of land which is currently available for the development of the water body within one week.
Mentioned may be made that of the total area, a portion of land measuring an area of  91.24 acres of Land has been already to Water Resources Department for the purpose and 351 acres of land presently occupied by three Government Departments would be transferred to the Water Resources Department. “Now the problem of the people of the area due to the dumping of garbage in the area will be somehow stopped with the state cabinet decision, and that is what we have been demanding”, Robindro a local of the area said. However, he expressed apprehension about government intention to the acquiring of land.
On the other hand the State Cabinet also approved the payment of Rs. 32,42,300 as compensation to 10 victims for properties damaged during the violent incidents at Nungei area which occurred on 11th April, 2016.
The Cabinet also agreed for the creation of two temporary supernumerary post of OSD (Forest and Environment), Government of Manipur at PCCF (Apex) Scale and one post of OSD (GAD) at APCCF Scale as Ex-Cadre post for Indian Forest Service (IFS) under the Indian Forest Service (Cadre) Regulations, 1966. The Cabinet also gave approval for the creation of four temporary posts of Additional Director General of Police in the Manipur Police Department in the IPS Above Super Time Scale of HAG plus in level of the Pay Matrix for giving promotion of 1986 and 1987 batch of IPS Officers.
The Cabinet meeting gave its nod to complete the DPC proceedings for Direct Recruitment of 20 vacant posts of Primary Teachers in respect of Meritorious Sportspersons under Department of Education (Schools), Government of Manipur. The Cabinet also agreed the proposal for modification/change of the present Warrant of Precedence in the State of Manipur.

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WY tablet seized

Imphal, Dec 19: Troops of 12 Assam Rifles who were on routine duty at Khudengthabi seized WY tablet worth around Rs 23,45/- lacs while checking a vehicle. A per statement from the IGAR(South) the AR team recovered 4690 number of WY Tablets hidden inside the rear bumper of the vehicle. WY tablet commonly known as “the World is Yours” a narcotic substance is widely used among the youths of the state.
The AR statement said that on getting specific information the AR personnel on duty check a Maruti Eeco Van, which was travelling from Moreh towards Imphal on a suspicious way on December 17 at Khudenthabi. While checking the vehicle, the large number of WY tablets was found hidden inside the rear bumper of the vehicle. Recovered items along with apprehendee were handed over to Moreh Police Station the statement added.

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3 hours Black out in Bir Tikendrajit Bhavan New Delhi angers occupants

Imphal, Dec 19: Bir Tikendrajit Bhavan of New Delhi located at Chanyakyapuri is also an image of the state of Manipur as it is one of the two state government house located amidst other states government run house.   3 hours black out in the house when the other state houses in the surrounding light up the electric using generator showed that Manipur’s administration is not so good as compare with other state. Above this, many taking a few day shelter in the house were infuriated if such black out occurred when were they having dinner. This kind of situation happens many times but citizens of the state dare not speak about it due to fear of unwanted consequences.
This time, when a group of Civil Society leaders from the state are staying at the Manipur Bhavan (Bir Tikendrajit Bhavan) light went off for around 3 hours . As the light went off when they were having dinner they had light using their mobile phone as the Bhavan’s authority failed to provide them candle in time. When enquired on why there is no back up , it is learnt that someone responsible for the installation of the high power generator for power back up in Bir Tikendrajit House had misappropriated the sanction fund.
On the other hand the parking space allotted at ground floor is of no use as the contractor who constructed failed to provide proper passage for vehicles to the parking. Whether it was the fault of the Architect who failed or the contractor is still a mystery.

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Annual Science & Arts Exhibition of Sainik School Imphal

PIB (DW) Imphal, Dec 19:The Annual Science & Arts Exhibition 2017-18 in respect of Sainik School Imphal (SSI) was inaugurated by Shri Kabib K, IPS, Superintendent of Police, Imphal East on December 17, at the Academic Block of the school. The Exhibition drew cynosure of the visitors with various immaculate models on science and arts prepared by the school cadets. On arrival, the school Principal, Capt (IN) Vinay Tiwari, First Lady of the school, Retd Cdr (IN) Monika Pande along with Academic members welcomed the Chief Guest who was accompanied by Shri M Bishworjit, MPS, SDPO, Lamlai Police Station, Imphal East. The Chief Guest interacted with the cadets and appreciated them for their enthusiasm and skills in exploring their knowledge base in Science and Arts through their models. The exhibition was organised as part of the 45th Annual Day Celebrations of  the school which begins today.

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AR interacts villagers

Imphal, Dec 19: 11 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector Assam Rifles organised an interaction with village elders at border village of Chongjang . A total of 30 villagers participated including 07 males, 08 ladies and 15 children. The team of 11 Assam Rifles discussed future development projects for the village including necessary repair works of water supply line and construction/repair of other necessary infrastructure with the villagers and also imparted awareness about the various schemes run by government for their welfare.

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UNLF warns those responsible of burning stacks of paddy pile up for harvest

Imphal, Dec 19: Showing serious concern to the burning of stacks of paddy piled up for harvest at various places of the state, proscribed group UNLF has warn strong action against those responsible to the burning of the paddy stock.
In a statement, the rebel group said that on November 17, stacks of paddy pile up for harvest at Keinou Thongkha in Bishnupur district belonging to Laishram Samananda and Takhellambam Athouba was set on fire, On November 23, stacks of paddy for around 1 pari of field belonging to Jacob Hmangte of Saikul Hill Town Field in Senapati district was burnt, on November 24, paddy stacks piled up at Loktak Project Shantipur Loukol belonging to Pukhrambam Khomei and Micheal Kamei were burnt, on November 29 paddy stacks pile up at Bashikhong Kaijipat belonging to Sapam Jitendra of Okram Chuthek was burnt, on December 17, paddy stacks piled up from 3 sangam of paddy field at Khumbong Maning leikai belonging to Sinam Bijoy were burnt. The UNLF in a statement while deliberating on the time consumption  for harvesting of the crops by farmer said that such act is a heinous crime and the UNLF will not spare those responsible in the burning of the paddy stacks.

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