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MAHUD Minister Shyamkumar strongly condemns twin blasts; More CCTV cameras to be installed in City within January

MAHUD Dept to bear medical expenses of injured IMC sweeper

Imphal, Jan. 16: Thounaojam Shyamkumar, Minister of Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) and Town Planning today strongly condemned the twin blasts that rocked the Imphal city yesterday evening. A woman sweeper of the Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) was injured in the blast.
Yenshembam Sobita Devi, 50 years, wife of Y. Ingo from Langthabal Mantrikhong Awang Lekai suffered minor injury and was admitted at the Raj Medicity. On Monday, the first blast took place inside M Sector Defence PRO Office complex adjacent to the southern side of the Johnstone Higher Secondary School while the second blast took place along the roadside of the school.
Speaking to the media persons at his residential quarter at Kangla Park, Minister Th. Shyamkumar said planting and exploding the bomb at a public place is a cowardly act. Urging those responsible to come forward for clarification, the Minister made an appeal not to repeat such act in the future which is detrimental to the development of the State.

To ensure the safety of the public, he said additional CCTV cameras working 24X7 will be installed in the Imphal city by the MAHUD department in consultation with the Chief Minister. He ensured that the cameras will be installed within this month. Stating that the department under him will work in collaboration with the State Police, he appealed for cooperation from the general public.  
He said it is unfortunate that the blasts took place at the time when the MAHUD department and IMC are wholeheartedly working to make the city clean. Minister Shyamkumar also said that the MAHUD Department will bear all the medical expenses of the IMC sweeper who was injured in the blast while doing her duty along the Kangla road.
Later, MAHUD Minister met the injured IMC sweeper, Yenshembam Sobita Devi, at the Raj Medicity, North AOC, Imphal. Giving monetary aid to the injured woman, Th. Shyamkumar once again reiterated and assured that all the medical expenses incurred during the treatment of Y. Sobita Devi will be bored by the MAHUD department.

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Fight against corruption; we still need Lokayukta

Ombudsman, an institution started in Sweden in 1809, is a public officer whose function is to investigate the grievances, raised by citizens regarding maladministration of the authority. Through this institution the citizens have power to lodge complaint against the concerned authority if there are gross lapses in the functioning of the public administration. An Ombudsman can be empowered to investigate the cases of corruption (in any form) not only against the government officers but also against the judges of the highest court and Ministers.
There is an inseparable relation between democracy and ombudsman. Usually, ordinary people are the victim of the negligence of public administration or wrong policy of the government or corruption of the government officials and Ministers. So, there shall be an institution in any democracy whose chief function shall be to oversee whether proper policies are adopted and more important, whether the adopted policy is executed properly. The institution of Ombudsman protects individuals from the injustice done to them by any of the three main organs of the government.  It is independent of the three organs of state as neither of the organs of government has any control over it. Every man has free access to it.
The Lokayukta (meaning “appointed by the people”), constituted under The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, is an anti-corruption ombudsman to enquire into allegations of corruption against public functionaries in the Indian states. Once appointed, Lokayukta cannot be dismissed nor transferred by the government.  He can be removed only by passing impeachment motion by the state assembly. Lokayukta investigates cases of corruption, where substantiated, recommend action. The institution is a great check on corruption, brings about transparency in the system, and makes administrative machinery citizen friendly.
Corruption is internationally recognized a major problem, capable of endangering stability and security of society, threatening social, economic and political development and undermining the values of democracy and morality. It has assumed alarming proportions resultantly public funds going into private hands leading to enrichment of a few. Corruption causes inefficiency, delays and insensitivity to people’s grievances. As a result, citizens bitterly feel the distance that separates them from the decision makers. This distance, makes them feel abandoned or even rejected and they eventually lose interest in public matters and become marginalized. In states like Manipur this is one of the main causes of rampant extremism that is plaguing the society. Corruption does not mean only taking bribe but mal-administration. The short experience of Anti-corruption cell of Manipur government shows that people’s grievances are many and the cell is unable to perform the assigned duty due to its limitations in authority being an organ of the executive machinery of the state.

So there is an urgent need of constituting Lokayukta under The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 in the state of Manipur with the following functions:-
1) Investigation into citizen grievances of injustice and hardship caused by maladministration, and
2) Inquiry into allegation of abuse of office, corruption or lack of integrity against public servant.    

Loktak Waterbird census- 2018 and Motivation Camp commenced

Imphal, Jan. 16: The two-day Programme is being organised by Wildlife wing- Department of Forest Govt. Of Manipur in association with India Bird Conservation Network (IBCN) Manipur with the support of Social Reformation and Sangai Protection Forum (SRSPF), Pole Star Guardian Association, Toubul Youth Development Association, Unique Wildlife Protection Committee, Global Science Club, Kumam Youth Club and Gandhi Memorial Club. K. Jugeshwor Singh- Principal of Kumbi College and Honorary Wildlife warden Bishunpur, Chief Conservator of Forest IFS Wildlife Anurag Bajpai and in-charge Deputy Chief Conservator of Forest park and sanctuary E. Nirmala were present as presidium members at the opening function today. More than 100 people from different parts of the periphery of Loktak are participating in the two-day Motivation Camp being held at keibul lamjao National Park 2nd IB hall from today.

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Assam Rifles conducts security meet

Imphal, Jan. 16: 6 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) conducted a security meet at Canchipur Company Operating Base, Imphal West District on 15 Jan 2018. The forum was attended by 22 representatives including Pradhans, Meira Paibis, Ward members and members from various youth clubs of the area. The aim of the meet was to discuss on issues of safety & security in the area especially with respect to the upcoming Republic Day. The Company Commander also briefed regarding the IED threats and maintenance of peace and harmony. The response of the Pradhans, Meira Paibis, Ward members and members of the youth clubs was positive and forthcoming and has assured to extend their support for the purpose stated a press release signed by the PRO, HQ IGAR (South)

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ABVP to organize 3rd State Conference

Imphal, Jan 16: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) (All Indian Student Council) will be organizing its 3rd State Conference from 2-4 February 2018 at the Indoor Stadium Bal Bhavan, Khuman Lampak Imphal. Altogether around 500 student leaders from various nook and corner of Manipur are expected to participate in the said 3 days residential program. According to a press release signed by Narendra Sapam, Secretary ABVP Manipur, arrangements for fooding and lodging are to be made at the venue itself. The release further said that N Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur, Prof Joykumar Laishram (President ABVP Manipur, KN Raghunanda (National Joint Org Secy ABVP), Shri Narendra Sapam (National Secy ABVP) will grace the inaugural function as Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honour respectively. There will be discussion on various topics including Science, and technology, youth employment, sports, education, skill development, arts and culture etcetera besides special talks on present scenario of Manipur, India in 21st century and ABVP vision, mission, action.

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No harm to Manipur by Framework Agreement: Kiren Rijiju

Imphal, Jan 16: Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, on the sideline of a special event organised by the Indian High Commission in London where he addressed members of the diaspora from the UK on the 13th of this month, assured the Manipuri Diaspora of UK that the much discussed and speculated Framework Agreement will not harm the interest of Manipur in any manner. The Minister of State for Home, without going into details of the most secretive arrangement being drawn up between the Government of India and the NSCM (IM), presented an air of relaxed confidence while interacting with the members. Answering to further queries by Thoiba and friends, the Minister of State for Home also disclosed that the relaxation made on ‘Protected Area Regime’ (PAP) under Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958 for the states of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland with effect from December 13, 2017 till December 31, 2022 will be maintained. Addressing concerns raised about the widening gap between development in Manipur and the rest of India, he spoke about many reasons to be optimistic for our future. Rijiju also informed the gathering that the Moreh route would be open at the earliest after certain necessary formalities are completed to ensure greater connectivity and open up more opportunity for the country and especially for the people of the state. He also told crowd that he was surprised that not many has heard about Manipur, a place that is so rich and culturally advanced where it is also the powerhouse of sports, citing the example that 60% of the Indian football team are from Manipur. Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu and Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju have been on a UK visit to hold bilateral dialogues with their counterparts.

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Journalists feted for sporting achievements.

Imphal, Jan 16: All Bishnupur Dist. Working Journalist Union (ABDWJU) organized a felicitation function of Dr. Huidrom Romen, V/P of ABDWJU and Dist. Correspondent of Imphal Free Press along with H. Romibala Chanu Publicity Secy. ABDWJU and Dist. Correspondent of Thoudang at Nachou yesterday for the various sporting achievements including gold medals at the national level.  
Yumnam Samananda Meitei, President ABDWJU, A. Kishankumar Gen. Secy. ABDWJU and other office bearers of the union were present at the function. H. Ronibala Chanu clinched the gold medal in Kick Boxing Senior Women’s 50 Kg Category at the 2nd Annual national Martial Arts Games & Festival held from 27 to 29 December 2017 at Bhogeshwori Phukanani Indoor Stadium Dispur, Guwahati jointly organized by Chinese Kung Fu Federation of India and Bishn Martial Arts Academy under the supervision of Global International Martial Arts Federation. Dr. H. Romen Singh was honoured with the India Gandhi national Excellent Award 2017 in the field of Youth Development on the Death Anniversary of Indira Gandhi on October 29, 2017 at a function organized by National Combat Games Council and Martial Arts Association India under the aegis of Martial Arts Association Asia. Dr. H. Romen Singh was also awarded Best Publicity Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 for his efforts to promote and popularize the sport of Kung Fu at a function organized by the All India Kung Fu Federation (AIKF) on December 30, 2017 at Dimapur Nagaland. The two outstanding sportspersons were presented with a stole and cash incentives of ‘ 5000 each.  Lauding the efforts of the two journalists, Union President Yumnam Samananda praised the dedication the two have shown in pursuing their passion while dealing with the hectic schedule of a journalist and wished them more laurels and greater achievements in the future.

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