Friday, 02 February 2018 - Imphal Times

Imphal, Feb 2: Nagaland State BJP Unit has finally taken the decision to contest the upcoming assembly poll even though it had earlier decided to stay off the election following unanimous decision of 12 political parties not to go for poll.
NSCN-IM and other civil society organisation supporting the settlement of the Indo-Naga Crisis had boycotted the Nagaland Election demanding solution to the Indo-Naga issue before the election. Some civil bodies had even called total shut down in the state yesterday however, was partially succeeded as many are against such boycott called.  The BJP had suspended two of its member for aligning the resolution for differing of the state Assembly election.  
In a major significant development a delegation of  Bharatiya Janata Party Nagaland  State Unite led  by State President Visasolie Lhonugu,  accompanied by former State President Dr M.Chuba Ao and former Home Minister Y.Patton  met the National BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav,  in -charge for North East Political BJP election affairs at New Delhi today.
Source from the BJP said that The General Secretary is authorised by the BJP high command to discuss and sort the matters pertaining to the Nagaland State BJP Election affairs. During the meeting the State team apprised the Central leaders about the present political situations in the State of Nagaland.
 After a thorough deliberation, it was agreed upon that BJP would contest the Election for the cause of Solution in the State as per scheduled.  
Mention may be made that Ram Madhav had earlier said that the upcoming election is for the solution to the Naga problem. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who is the election in-charge of BJP in Nagaland, has also stated that “Elections are a constitutional process and the central government is bound by the Constitution”. The series of development taking place in the political theatre of Nagaland is a clear indication which showed that the BJP is taking part in the upcoming election.
Mention may be made that in 1998, all parties except Congress had boycotted the elections following a called by the Naga Hoho and the NSCN-IM. Congress had swept the elections winning in 53 seats and while independents bagged seven. In Manipur too the NSCN-IM and its frontal bodies boycotted the 7th Manipur Assembly Election in 2000 and the 13th Lok Sabha Election in 2002 , however, the election was held under tight security arrangement giving a blow to the outfit as some candidate from each constituency had filed nominations. It was after these experiences that the NSCN-IM had projected the NPF as they felt that restraining from election did nothing good to the aspiration of the NSCN-IM.
This time the NSCN-IM leadership had openly declared to restrain candidates or political parties to stay away from the election. But one thing that was witness yesterday was that the total  shut down called in favour of the Naga solution before the election had affected only in 5 districts. Civil bosies from the remaining 6 districts supported holding of the election.

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Imphal, Feb 2: Rebel group Revolutionary Peoples’ Front (RPF), which have its origin here in the state of Manipur is spreading its network in the entire North Eastern states of India by building up good relationship with other rebel bodies operating at various part of the region. A highly placed source told Imphal Times that the army wing of the RPF called People’s Liberation Army (PLA) strike an ambushed to a convoy of 13 Assam Rifles in Tinsukia district of Assam. The source added that cadres of the United Liberation front of Asom (ULFA) a major rebel group operating in Assam waging war against the government of India to liberate Assam from India also assisted the PLA cadres in the attacked to the Assam Rifles trooper.
Report said that the encounter between the 13 AR troopers and the combined team of the PLA and ULFA took place at Kanubari Village of Tinsukia district of Assam on February 1. At the moment casualty on the part of the AR troopers could not be known but two rebel cadres were killed during the encounter. The two deceased has been identified as Meitham Khamba of Jiribam Ningthem Khumou Maning Leikai of Manipur, a lance corporal of PLA  and  Manab Deori @Maniram, a Private of the ULFA.
On the other hand report from the Security force said that troops of 13 AR conducted search operation at A Shankopani village in Tinsukia located in between Kharsang and Namphai 1 after getting specific information about the presence of 3 cadres of CorCOM at around 7 am today . The security force report said that as the AR troopers approached to the area the rebel group fired upon them. On retaliation 2 of the rebel were killed on the spot, another managed to escape, it added.
.Based on specific input provided regarding presence of 3 CorCom cadres in gen A Shankopani vill The AR troopers claimed to have recover 1 pistol Beretta, 1 pistol Block with magazines and  a bag containing Grenades. More troopers reinforced and conducted search operation till late evening today.

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Friday, 02 February 2018 16:48

Govt. disqualifies TMC Chairperson

Imphal, Feb 2: Perhaps for the first time in the history of the Municipal Council in Manipur, Councillor of Thoubal Municipal Council (TMC) Th. Shyamo has been disqualified by the state government in the name of the Governor under the power conferred under Section 58 and 59 of the Manipur Municipalities Act 1994, for negligence to the collection of Municipality’s fund as well as irregularities to the awarding toll tax collector to a contractor.
As per source available with the Imphal Times, 8 councillor of the TMC submitted proposals to the Executive Officer Thoubal district for disqualification of the Chairman Th. Shyamo and the same was submitted after thorough enquiry by the executive officer to the government with supporting documents about eh negligence and irregularities of the Chairperson. Another 9 Councillor of the TMC also submitted reports about the irregularities of the Chairperson to the government demanding disqualification.
The source said that, the government after due consideration and examination of the reports along with the supporting documents furnished by the Executive Officer, TMC and 9 Councillors rules lapses/ negligence in the functioning of Th. Shyamo Singh , Chairperson TMC.
Shyamo was charged for non collection of outstanding amount of Rs. 29,85,400/- of Entry Toll Tax from Leimapokpam Sushilkumar Singh, Contractor for Entry Toll Tax at Thoubal Okram and Thoubal Awang leikai, near power house.
The source also added that Shyamo also awarded work for Entry Toll Tax at Athokpam Sorok Patchao, near Agri Shopping Complex on June 9, 2017 to the defaulter Leimapokpam Sushilkumar without following due bidding norms, which indicated direct or indirect involvement and vested interest in the award of work to the concern bidder.
An order for the disqualification of the Chairperson Shyamo was issued by Bobby Waikhom, Secretary MAHUD.

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Imphal, Feb 2: Finally the hue and cry of the people of the state to deliver justice over the suspicious death of Pravish Chanam at Noida in UP has been hard. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Aditya Yogi Nath today sent a letter to the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh assuring handing over of the case over the suspicious death of Pravish Chanam to Central Bureau of Investigation.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had urged the UP government to take the matter seriously and to investigate over the death in the earliest possible time by meeting the UP Chief Minister twice.
Meanwhile, civil society body and students’ bodies of the state had began statewide campaign demanding handing over of the case to the CBI.
Committee formed against the death of Pravish Chanam has been suspecting murder by some organised  criminal as the was the death body was cremated when family members were searching by complaining to Noida police.

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Friday, 02 February 2018 16:47

MSPDCL strike suspended

Imphal, Feb 2: The ongoing cease work strike by Managers, Deputy Managers and Assistant Managers of MSPDCL which began from January 30 has been called off in view of the ongoing Budget-Assembly Session and the inconveniences caused to the general public. The strike will remain suspended until further order, a statement by Managers, Deputy Managers & Assistant Managers, MSPDCL said.

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Friday, 02 February 2018 16:46

World Wet Land Day observed

Imphal, Feb 2: Editors’ Guild Manipur and Department of Environment Govt. of Manipur today jointly observed the World Wetland day at Manipur Information Center Palace Compound  under the Theme Wetland for a sustainable Urban Future.
Professor Bishwanath of Manipur University attended the occasion as resource person, while A Mobi President EGM moderated the session.

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Friday, 02 February 2018 16:46

Imphal Moreh Bandh call off

Imphal, Feb 2: The 48 hours  bandh on Imphal Moreh road called by Moreh based CSOs including HTC Moreh , KSO Moreh , KWU&HR, Moreh  from yesterday’s midnight has been called off immediately .

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Friday, 02 February 2018 16:45

Pollution pangs

No one could have put it more succinctly when the Chief Minister asserted that the most important factor for the worsening state of pollution in Manipur is the lack of civic sense among the public- an admission of a problem bound to get out of hand in the very near future. While the statement of the CM blaming the lack of strategic planning and long term vision of the previous government may be construed as a political jive, it also shows the intent of the present government to turn things around.
Things however are easier said than done, and going by the present standard of living and general awareness of the public, it will need much more than a great plan or vision to get things going. Recognizing and admitting the existence of a problem is however a positive step towards efforts to finding a solution. The next logical step therefore is the drawing up of a pragmatic waste management action plan taking into considerations the socio-economic conditions of the people in the state, followed with a concerted and sustained awareness drive utilizing various forms of media.
Waste management rules in India are based on the principles of “sustainable development”, “precaution” and “polluter pays”. These principles mandate municipalities and commercial establishments to act in an environmentally accountable and responsible manner—restoring balance, if their actions disrupt it. The increase in waste generation as a by-product of economic development has led to various subordinate legislations for regulating the manner of disposal and dealing with generated waste are made under the umbrella law of Environment Protection Act, 1986 (EPA). Specific forms of waste are the subject matter of separate rules and require separate compliances, mostly in the nature of authorisations, maintenance of records and adequate disposal mechanisms.
Although the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, and Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016, encourage a decentralised approach to managing waste, it has really been implemented in few cities, and has yet to take shape in our state. The state authorities alone cannot be left to deal with the humongous task of managing waste and pollution. Therefore, the state government should look into ways to initiate, encourage and support private entrepreneurs and organizations to set up units that directly or indirectly deals with waste management and pollution. Brainstorming and deliberating about reviving the night plaza is all well and good, however making efforts to reduce pollution and waste disposal should be given priority. Setting up of proper garbage collection sites with provisions for segregation of waste at source which is the most important and starting point of ensuring a proper waste management system should be made available to the public.
With an estimated 120 tonnes of waste being generated within Imphal city on a daily basis, the solid waste treatment plant at Lamdeng is ill-equipped to effectively process the waste. It is the duty of every household to curb wastage, reduce pollution and take up steps to reuse and recycle.
A strict implementation of the rules and imposition of stiff penalties to the defaulters will definitely go a long way in enforcing the laws. But for it to happen, necessary facilities and provisions should first be made available to the public.

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Imphal, Feb 2: Maoist Communist Party Manipur today lauded the effort of the state government in its commitment to establish a first track Court to deal with drug smuggling related case in the state.
In a statement the outfit said that an organisation called MAFYF had long time back struggled hard to fight the menace of drug and had received many support from all sections of the people.
“We appreciate every good work and we will support to any works meant for the people” the statement of Maoist said. On the other hand the outfit appealed to correct the wrong to the distribution of PDS items.
The outfit also appreciated the UNLF on its stand against rapist. The Maoist said that it will support the UNLF move to award capital punishment to rapist.

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