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Items filtered by date: Saturday, 21 April 2018 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Songs of the dark days

Times are a changing- but the sort of changes happening in our state is nothing to write home about- or rather everything that should be made public.

It has become a breeding ground for unscrupulous elements where the name of the game is “instant wealth”. Gone are the days when enterprising people, by dint of their sheer tenacity and unwavering pursuit made fame and fortune.

The “get rich quick” mantra being increasingly subscribed to by the younger generation has begun to bear fruit- rapes, murders, extortions, thieves and burglary, drug trafficking and corruption- the list growing longer by thee day. The race to amass wealth- even at the cost of giving up one’s peace of mind and the hearth and home have taken precedence over the concept of a peaceful and fruitful easy life. Conscience and morality have been shoved off to the furthest corner of one’s mind- shedding the last remnants of humility to enter the temple of mammon. The result is a society where might is right and truth is relative. Honesty and sincerity is at a premium and the ideology of high thinking – simple living having been replaced by the reckless aim to attain power and influence. Humility and respectfulness has begun to be looked down upon and is being equated with weakness- a trait to be avoided. Truths are being sold and brought at a price and the collective mentality has started to revert back to the Stone Age where survival of the fittest holds true. Making things worst are the growing number of indolent youths accustomed to luxury and exhibitionism influenced in no small measure by the western cultures but failing to capture the essence of the dignity of work and the regard for fellow humans that underlines the basic principles of these western societies.

Abusing the powers entrusted to them and turning their official domain into their personal fiefdom is the order of the day for bureaucrats and politicians while the common people are left in the lurch with a feeling of betrayal and alienation in their minds. This has created a chasm that is growing wider with each passing day leading to a feeling of suspicion and getting cynical of the steps the Government is taking up for the professed good of the public. This social turmoil paves the way for a breed of human parasites living off the sweat of another’s labour- intimidation and fear being their weapon of choice and not thinking twice about taking lives if their whims are not catered to. Shouts of negligence and deprivation trying to drown out the screams of the unfortunate public destined to lead a life of uncertainty and fear.

Tolerance is no longer a virtue and wealth is the benchmark of a person’s worth- never mind the means one used to acquire it. Public memory has inexplicably shrunk to let matters pass- if only to wash their hands off the trouble of facing the bitter reality or to rectify it. Rationality has succumbed to power and ethics is an alien notion. A bleak future is in the offing- it is for us to stand up and stand fast- for the life we lead the way we want to. It is in us to walk with our heads held high and taste the sweat and the fruit of our own labour.

At the end of the day what really matters is an unburdened mind and a good sound sleep.



World Earth Day 2018

By- N. Munal Meitei

Manipur, literally meaning “a jeweled land”, is a state nestled deep within a lush green corner of Eastern India. In avery short but about sixty years back, when our populations were small, we had the most beautiful scenic and our elders felt our state to bea heaven. And thus, the Japanese army, Mrs. St. Clair Grimwood, Lord Arwin etc. slipped off their all-out praise to our state. But due to indiscriminate felling of trees coupled with many other ecological challenges, now we start to face the environmental crises.Therefore it will be meaningful for us to celebrate the Earth Day today.
World Mother Earth Day is celebrated on 22nd April every year since 1970 to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.Our Earth is the only planet in the universe where life is possible. It is very necessary to maintain the natural assets of the earth in order to continue the life on it. In the rush of the crowd, the most intelligent creature of the God,so called the human is slowly losing its humanity and forgot to take care of the planet and started using its resources very ruthlessly. If we go on continue with our present habits thenmankind will require two planets by 2030.
The founder Gaylord Nelson was felt with tragedy of the massive oil spill in the Santa Barbara, California in 1969 which led him to focus on the public consciousness of the air, water and soil pollution as well as implementing the environmental protection measures. He also selected on this day and season keeping in mind that there would be less disturbances of the exams for the students or common public, to give more attention on celebration of Earth day. Today,earth day is one of the most important global eventsbecause all the environmental and ecological challenges happen on earth and therefore it is the largest civic-action day to remind for the safety of the planet.
Earth Day is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, and clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, connect this day with protecting the humans, biodiversity and the planet where we all live in.
With this day,we used to provide the people to share with every knowledge to develop and make the environment safe for all living beings.It is quite better to know the possible ideas and plans to cultivate a better environment for the welfare of the people. So people should use limited resources as per their needs to make the resources available for the future.
It also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations. The theme for Earth Day 2018 is ”End Plastic Pollution.”

Today there are millions of people who are degrading the environment and making it polluted from years to years by which the environment is getting damaged day by day. This degradation of the environment can cause lots of problems to our many types of limited resources. This can directly or indirectly affect the daily life of the people in a negative way.
Withcoming of Earth Day we need to know that every people should act to protect the people to save their environment. An environment safety is very important for every people to save lots of resources as well as makesbetter surroundings for the better growth of the resources.Our environment is necessary to maintain the natural resources available on the Earth to continue the life on the earth. It is necessary for the people to remain active and positive to maintain and grow the resources to such an extent so that they can fulfill the needs of much of the people on the earth.
People should decrease the use of the plastic bags to decrease the water as well as soil pollutionfrom poisoning and injuring marine life to the ubiquitous presence of plastics in our food to disrupting human hormones and causing major life-threatening diseases and early puberty.The exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival. Our goals should include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning plastics.
To end plastic pollution campaign, we may educate people statewide to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics, andpromoting local government regulatory and other efforts to tackle plastic pollution. And also empower journalists across the state to report on the problem and its emerging solutions.
Now a day, everything is being packed in the plastic bags or given in it by the shopkeepers. In sum, we may use the power of Earth Day to elevate the issue of plastic pollution in the state and inspire and demand effective action to reduce and control it.Presently, 300 million tons of fossil fuel based plastics are sold each year worldwide and 90% of that is thrown away, destroying our food, our water and our health. Each segment of society bears the responsibility for this. This is a serious matter that our governments are unable or unwilling to take the health risks of plastic and are not moving to ban single use plastics and non-recyclable products. And we are also at fault because we haven’t made the break from single use plastics even though alternatives are now on the markets.
Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of plastic pollution and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defuse of plastic pollution. In Manipur, though there is ban on use of some plastic grades, peoples are using with many harmful plasticsgrades without any restriction. So everywhere we find plastic and plastics. The streams and nalas following in our locality are blogged and landfilled with plastics. Due to large scale plastic use in Imphal and its surrounding, the Nambul river which drains into Loktaklake, the biggest fresh water lake in the Eastern India is over threatened with plastic physically and biologically.
Now, the time has come to tell our leaders that the stateshould not take more plastic randomly as of today. It is a very serious challenge. If enough of us get behind for a total ban on single use plastics and use only the biodegradable grades, and then we can begin to heal our land, lakes, soil, our wildlife, and our future and the children. Therefore to take part on the worldwide celebration of Earth day today, let’s think twice before doing anything that will harm our mother Earth.

Civil Service Day: CM urges bureaucrats to rededicate to their duties

Imphal, April 21,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has urged Civil Servants of the State to rededicate and recommit themselves for the cause of the people.
He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the 12th Civil Service Day held at the Conference Hall of Secretariat South Block today.
Stating that former Deputy Prime Minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel famously described Civil Servants as the Steel Frame of India, the Chief Minister observed that the present day bureaucrats need to introspect themselves whether they are still the ‘steel frame’, which the Iron Man of India used to refer to them.
The Chief Minister said that he has personally seen how far a dishonest public servant can ruin the State administration. N. Biren also urged the bureaucrats of the State not to unnecessarily delay or remain indecisive for long on the matters permitted by the rule. N. Biren Singh contended that the present Government is looking for upright officers, who have a firm determination to perform or achieve something before they retire from the service.
The State would be able to see lots of changes within 10 years if all the bureaucrats work with this resolve, N. Biren opined.
He said that the Government would become efficient and people would be able to get their entitled benefits only when all the branches of the Government work together in better co-ordination by extending co-operation among them.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu said that the delivery of the Government depends on how much Civil Servants are committed to the service of the people.
Stating that the Chief Minister has been constantly instructing the bureaucrats of different levels to identify the problems/grievances of the people by personally interacting with them, Dr. Suresh Babu confided that Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit were introduced to serve this purpose, and ‘Go to Village’ mission would be the ultimate means to resolve almost all the grievances of the people.
Earlier at the function, the Chief Minister presented the Excellence in Public Administration Award to Churachandpur DC Shri Shyamlal Poonia.
He also feted Executive Engineer of Manipur Police Housing Corporation Ningombam Romedy Singh and Special Class Contractor of Manipur Police Housing Corporation, H. Muan for completing construction of Nute Bazaar (Women’s Market) of Churachandpur district within four months.

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DFO Thoubal intervene large-scale earth excavation, deforestation at Kairembikhok area

Imphal, April 21

District Forest Officer (DFO) Thoubal, RK Amarjit today intervene large scale earth excavation by cutting trees at Seram Hills in Kairembikhok area of Thoubal district. A case has also been registered against the illegal excavation of forest land by the DFO.
Talking to media persons, Amarjit said that the area where illegal earth excavation are taking place for soil collection by cutting the large number of trees is under the jurisdiction of the Gwarok Reserved Forest. He said the trees that have been cut down illegally have been counted and will be collected at the earliest possible time.
He also added that the department have been planning for planting of saplings at the area where the excavation is being taken place.   According to the Indian forest Act 1927 and Forest Conservation Act 1980 those responsible in excavation and collection of soil by cutting trees are punishable.
DFO, RK.Amarjit further added that elected persons of Wangjing Tentha Assembly constituency came to his office for seeking permission of constructing a road at foothills where the large scale excavation is being taken place. They also mentioned that concerned Minister had already granted permission.   
As per ruling of the Manipur High court, collection of soil, carrying out excavation by cutting trees at reserved forest areas – either it may be private or government properties, is totally banned . The DFO appealed the people to co-operate with the Forest department in conservation of the forest properties as it directly affects the climate change.
It may be mentioned that MLA Paonam Brojen had visited the place and inspected for taking up some construction works some days back. Co-incidentally the excavation of the forest land and the cutting of the trees started since Thursday last after his visit.

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Cease fire between GoI and 2 factions of NSCN and extended for one year

Imphal, April 21,

The ceasefire agreement is between the central government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Reformation) and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland(Neopao Konyak/Kitovi) has been extended for one more year with effect from April 28.
Reports reaching here said that the agreement was signed on Thursday by Joint Secretary Satyendra Garg on behalf of Home Ministry, Jack Jimomi, supervisor GPRN/NSCN) and Viniho Kiho Swu, co-supervisor) on behalf of NSCN/NK, and Toshi Longkumer on behalf of NSCN/R. The two armed rebel groups, which operate in Nagaland, are among several other armed groups of the state such as NSCN (Isak-Muivah) and NSCN (Khaplang).
While the NSCN(I-M) has entered into a ceasefire agreement in 1997 and has been maintaining it since then, the NSCN(K) had abrogated the peace talk in March 2015.
After abrogating the ceasefire, Khaplang’s rebels went on a killing spree, attacking Indian soldiers in Nagaland and Manipur. The outfit mounted a deadly ambush on an army convoy in Manipur’s Chandel district on June 4, 2015, killing 18 soldiers.

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Protest staged against assault of Auto driver

Thoubal, April 21,

All Andro Kendra Driver Welfare Association (AAKDWA) today staged a sit in protest at Yairipok Keithel against the assault of an Auto driver . On 15 of this month, passenger auto driver Md Najimuddin was assaulted by unknown persons at Yairipok Top Chingtha. He is undergoing treatment at Public hospital. The Driver’s union demanded immediate punishment of those involved in the assault of the driver.
AAKDWA appealed people to to repeat such act in future as the river have been serving he people while earning their livelihood.

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Tension erupts in Khundrakpam Assembly Constituency, Police fired tear gas shells

Imphal, April 21:

Tensions runs high among the people of Khundrakpam Assembly Constituency after police team arrested secretary and assistant secretary of Sagolmang Village Development Committee (SVDC) at around 2 am today.
The arrested persons have been identified as Sorokhaibam Inaobi (45 yrs), son of Late S. Tompishak and Laishram Bikramjit (36 yrs), son of L Kulla both from Sagolmang Bazar.
Agitators came out on streets blocking the Imphal - Saikul road, protesting against the arrest of the two of the SVDC.
Confrontation between Police personnel and the agitators took place where tear gas shells and mock bomb were use to resort and bring the situation under control.
One of the agitators told media persons that arrest of the two SVDC by the police personnel without any proper explanation is unacceptable, they should be release immediately without any conditions.
 Until and unless the arrested two persons are not release, the agitators will intensify their protest, the agitator asserts.  At least two police personnel were injured during the confrontation and four agitators were pull up for pelting stones and sling to the police personnel.
Report receive from the agitation area, yesterday a public meeting for Sagolmang village was held from 1 pm to 4 pm where a resolution was passed to boycott Tekcham Surchandra (56 yrs) and Tekcham Bobochoubi (50 yrs) of Sagolmang Bazar, members of Peace and Development Committee (PDC), with the villagers of Sagolmang.
It also reported that there was a conflict between the Villagers of Sagolmang and the two boycotted PDC members regarding the construction of Imphal East District Hospital in Sagolmang.
The conflict might be the reason behind the arrest of the secretary and assistant secretary of Sagolmang Village Development Committee (SVDC) while they were resting at their residences, the report says.
Though the police have taken control of the situation, there are agitators still protesting and blocking the roads from vehicle movement till the filing of this report.
Mention may be made that JAC formed against the shifting of District Hospital from Sagolmang area has been spearheading an intensified agitation. The two member are also leader of the JAC leaders.
People of the area have been imposing total shut down in the assembly constituency against the shifting of the hospital. The 2 might have been arrested in connection with the agitation.

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Meeting on 2d seismic survey in un-appraised sedimentary basins held

Imphal, April 21,

Textiles, Commerce and Industry Minister Thongam Biswajit chaired a meeting on the 2D Seismic Survey in Un –appraised Sedimentary Basins in Manipur. The meeting was held at the Conference Hall of the Minister’s New Secretariat office. Officials of the Oil India Ltd. highlighted their plans, programmes and the problems they faced while conducting the seismic survey at various locations of the state. At the same time they also highlighted the benefits they are going to provide to the locals after exploration of minerals from the area.
The meeting further discussed the requirement for proper and factual awareness of the local population to minimise their apprehensions, as well as for facilitating the necessary arrangements required to conduct the same including provision of security coverage, support from the District Administration, etc.
The meeting was also attended by concerned officials of district administrations, police officials, industry department officials and others.

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PPFA calls for genuine space to citizenship debates

By Our Correspondent
Guwahati, April 21,

Expressing concern over creating sentiments with unhealthy debates and aggressive attacks over the organizations, which reportedly supported the Centre’s initiative to amend the citizenship laws at the Joint Parliamentary Committee hearing in New Delhi recently, the Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) insists on rational debates over the pertinent issue. The forum, in a statement issued to the media, claims that a section of Assamese intellectuals and civil society groups have tried their best to project the citizenship amendment bill 2016 in a bias
perception as if the whole initiative is Assam centric.
“Those biased individuals have made the hue and cry that once it turns into a law, millions of Bengali Hindu people from Bangladesh would be dumped into Assam and the practice will continue for decades. So whoever supports the initiative (s)he should be termed as Jatidrohi (read anti Assamese),” said the PPFA statement.

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