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Common people who depend on taxi service experience nightmare in daytime as Diesel auto ceased work and protest

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Imphal, May 7,

Commuters mostly common people along the MI Road also called Mayai Lambi – the road stretch between Mayang Imphal to Wahengbam Leikai experienced nightmare in broad day light as the only means for their transportation ‘passenger service diesel auto’ ceased work and protest against the government announcement for ban of diesel and Tata magic passenger vehicles from entering the Imphal city.
Since 8 am today morning passenger diesel auto service along MI road halt and staged protest at Wahengbam leikai parking area.  Some of the drivers who violated the protest were halt at midway and force to join the protest by letting the passenger proceed by themselves. At Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai large number of diesel auto drivers halted passenger auto carrying passenger and forced them to stage protest at the site. One Auto service that was carrying patients was however allowed to drop to the destiny.
Some passengers who had come all the way from Yumnam Huidrom or Samurou were however left to proceed on their own at Keishamthong Elangbam leikai. Mostly women and children they were left in stun as there is no other passenger service vehicle plying on the road. The City bus service which was re-introduced by the Chief Minister of Manipur too has stopped functioning.
“We were not told that there will be strike, or else we would not have come. Now how do I go back with my two little boy”, a middle aged mother who came on an auto but was force to get down at Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai said.

An aged person who came from Langthabal to drop meal for his son who is undergoing treatment at RIMS also have to work all the way from Elangbam leikai to Wahengbam leikai as there are no other means of transport.
Since Diesel Auto Service become popular, even the engineless Rickshaws have stopped service long time back. Some who have vehicles called their near and dear one to pick them up but others were left on their own.
Since media reported about Chief Minister N. Biren’s announcement to ban entry of diesel auto and Tata Magic vehicles at Imphal city on April 25, the service providers have been staging protest on phase wise manner.
It may be mentioned that, in a meeting of the Traffic Regulation and Parking Committee (TRPC) held for the first time after the N. Biren Singh government came to power, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh along with other authority of the government department had minutely discussed about the problems of traffic congestion.
Matters relating to noise pollution were also discussed. The meeting had also resolved to conduct survey for finding solution for traffic congestion by hiring expert. The government is expecting to complete the survey within two months.
As per official source at present there are 18,000 plus diesel auto registered with the State Transport department. Out of this around 14,000 are in Imphal West and Imphal East district. Almost all these auto enter Imphal Khwairamband Keithel. And the transport becomes one of the most popular among the common people. But the congestion these diesel autos made has been criticised by almost everyone.  

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DESAM volunteers Storm at Education (S) office; Demands Resignation of Education Minister

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Imphal, May 7,

Volunteers of the Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) today stormed to the Directorate of Education (S) office building demanding resignation of the Director of Education (S) over failure to perform his own duty as the Director.
Confrontation between the police personnel, who had already arrived at the Directorate of Education (S) office complex, and the members of DESAM took place while the student body tried to lock down the office gate and tried to knock down some of the doors inside the office complex those were lock from inside.
Later, few representatives of DESAM tried to meet the Director but he was not available at the office itself which turn out to be shocking for the student body.
Speaking to media persons, Secretary General DESAM, Sheetal Oinam said that it is very unfortunate to say that whenever an order to utilize teachers at various districts of Manipur is issue, DO letters from the concern MLA and Minister pile up at the desk of the Director of Education (S) which compel him to defy his own duty as the Director.

Since the Director is unable to comply with his duty it is useless to keep the Directorate of Education (S) offices functioning, he added.
Sheetal also said that though the BJP led Government has been shouting their good deeds through press, print and electronic media, no positive steps or solution to ease the proper available of teachers in all the districts and the order for the utilization of the teachers has been kept aside.
On what ground quality education can be brought up when the government fails to fulfill their own duty for future generation, he added.
Sheetal further said that there are memorandums submitted to Education Minister and Director of Education (S) to initiate befitting action against teachers who are reluctant to discharge duties at their place of posting but instead of taking proper actions that are disobeying the government order, the Director is only complying to the DO letters which shows that he is not qualify to be the Director of the Directorate of Education (S) department and he should resign immediately.
As well as the Education Minister who only show off his work through press, print and electronic media instead of borrowing down to his department of those teachers weather they are doing their duty or following the government order is very unfortunate. He should be ashamed of being the Education Minister that cannot fulfill his duty for better education system in the state, he added.
MLAs and Ministers interfering in the transfer and posting of teachers by Education Department is very unfortunate.
DESAM also demanded resignation of Education Minister.

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6 non locals entering the state without proper valid document rounded up by volunteers of JCILPS

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Imphal, May 7,

Volunteers of JCILPS today rounded up 6 non-locals who entered the state without any valid documents. The non-locals also enter the state using two mode transport. A winger vehicle brought them till Sekmai and later they proceed in a inter district bus to Imphal. On suspicious to their movement the volunteers of the JCILPS while checking them found they the six of them did not possess any identity proof documents. The Winger Passenger vehicle which brought them till Sekmai bears registration No. MN-05 C-4397.
Talking to media persons at the office of the JCILPS office at Sega Road. Manjit Sarengthem, Convenor of the JCILPS Students’ Wing said that there has been already warning to the passenger service vehicles regarding the transportation of non-locals in the state. He said that the owner of the Winger Vehicle should come to the office of the JCIPLS to talk regarding the matter and announced ban for one month service.
Manjit further said that a joint meeting to sorted out the modalities of how the non-locals can be given rooms will be held with the house owner renting rooms to non-locals. He also appealed house owner not to rent rooms to non-locals which do not possess proper valid documents.

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Students formed human chain demanding conversion of 4 aided college to government colleges

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Thoubal, May.7:

Students of Waikhom Mani Girls’ College Thoubal today stage protest by forming human chain in front of the college along NH 2 against the government inaction to recognise their college and 3 other colleges after giving them assurance. On March 28, a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister N. Biren converted 6 aided colleges as Government College.
Student Union of the College and the DESAM unit of the college organised the human chain protest. Placards with slogans demanding conversion of the college as government college, make meaning the government mission - Betti Bachao Betti Padao were used during the protest.
Debate and extension secretary of the college L. Tembi Devi while talking to reporters said that Waikhom Mani Girls’ College , which is run for girls only is around 38/39 years old. It has Arts and Science stream. The College is recognised as B- grade on NAAC assessment by the UGC. Following the recognition various vocational courses for the girls have been open and have proper infrastructures. She said the students’ body strongly condemn the non-conversion of the girls’ college as government colleges.
The students demanded immediate conversion of the 4 Colleges  Waikhom Mani Girls’ College, Moreh college, SK Women college & South east Manipuri college at the earliest possible time.

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Truck falls in River as Bailey Bridge collapsed

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Kakching May 07

A loaded truck submerged in Manipur River after the Bailey Bridge constructed across Manipur River at Wangoo Village crumbled while crossing it last evening at around 10 pm. The bridge connect not only Sugnu Assembly Constituency and Kumbi Assembly Constituency but also connected between Kakching district and Bishnupur district. Local MLA K. Ranjit and Engineers of the concern department inspected the condition of the Bridge today morning.
The ill fated Tata Truck that falls in the river bears  Registration no.MN 01-8853. The driver of the truck has been identified as Chongtham Shyamsundar @Mumu (26) , son of Ch Mobi of Kairembikhok Awang Leikai in Thoubal district. He survived miraculously.
As per his statement he was carrying sand from Moreh to unload it at Moirang when the accident happened.

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Government Employees continued to stage sit-in-protest demanding 7th Pay Commission

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Imphal, May 7,

Demanding the implementation of the 7th pay commission in the state, employees of Directorate of Information and Public Relation (DIPR) today staged a sit-in protest today in front of their office building at MSRTC Complex, Moirangkhom.
Speaking to media persons, an employee of DIPR said that the demand for the implementation of 7th Pay Commission in the state has been going on since the previous Congress government, whereas, the newly form BJP led Government is no different despite numbers of general council meeting with the JAC and the government and assuring more than four times that the commission will be implemented, till date no positive effect. The employee also said that as the government fails to implement the commission, JAC began cease work strike since March 2018 and from April 6, 2018, employees of 105 government department has staged sit-in-protest so far and today is the 47th days to stage the protest demanding the implementation of the commission.
Even the neighbouring states of Manipur has already implemented the 7th pay commission whereas Manipur is the only remaining states in the North East region that the commission is not yet implemented, the employee added.
Appealing the state government to implement the state government employees’ rights, 7th pay commission in the state, the employee further said that the employees fully support the agitation taken up by the JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO and will continue the protest until their demands to implement the 7th pay commission is accomplish.
The protestors held up various placards including “Implement 7th Pay Commission, Don’t play delaying tactics to employees, etc.”

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Beware, there are legal provisions for misusing Social Media

From trivia to disasters, information reaches people as it happens and is keeping them engaged like never before. But how they express or react thereafter, makes social media a double-edged sword.
Some few days back, an eight years old young girl find hopes after her story went viral on social networking site facebook. For reason best known to the almighty, both her kidney reportedly failed and her parents had end up every penny left with them even by selling their land. Her mother wanted to give live to her daughter but was helpless as they have no money for the transplant. The story was reported in a local cable TV and then later it was uploaded at Facebook. It took only some few hours to receive hundreds of response from the people. Many donated whatever amount they have and finally Rotary club too extended all support for her kidney transplant. Such was a wonderful contribution by social networking sites.
Just a day back, a person uploaded a video with hate speech trying to spread create tension among various communities in the state. It was regarding the vandalism by volunteers of an organization to illegal vendors which refused to shift from the site. It takes less then 24 hour to arrest him by  Cyber Crime unit of the state police.
Another person was also reported to be arrested by police team for abusing and threatening to kill the son of the Chief Minister of Manipur.
In 2012, one of the early cases of misuse of social media came to the government’s attention, when morphed pictures and videos of earthquake victims began to go viral on social media. Miscreants were morphing these images to show that these were Muslim victims of civil riots in Assam and Burma. This was done to provoke further riots by vested interests and it did bring a reaction.
The social media space was soon full of hate and revenge messages against Hindu migrants living in South India, which spread panic and soon there was mass exodus of people from the North East, who were forced to return back to Assam and other Northeastern states. This was a clear example of the negative side of social media which helped in stoking mass hysteria in a very short time. At the individual level, social media is full of examples where a relationship gone sour results in one of the partners uploading intimate pictures, videos or information, in revenge against their former partners. Whatever the subsequent legal consequences, the damage to the victim’s reputation is instant and in some cases, results in fatal consequences.
 Another fallout of social media is the evolution of all types and genres of porn and its easy access by minors, which is resulting in rapidly changing social behaviour and redefining morality, especially amongst the younger generation. With more people participating in porn and even greater numbers accessing it, the opportunity to make easy money is unfortunately helping the industry grow rapidly, on the back of social media. The society can neither do away with it nor ignore it.
Now what people using social networking site should understand is that there are certain act who misuse the platform with criminal intention.
As per the Section 66 A of the IT Act  -
“Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device (a) any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or (b) any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred or ill will, persistently by making use of such computer resource or a communication device, (c) any electronic mail or electronic mail message for the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience or to deceive or to mislead the addressee or recipient about the origin of such messages, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine.”

Manipur Observes 226th Birth Anniversary of Maharaja Narasingh

Imphal, May 7

226th Birth Anniversary of Maharaja Narasingh was  observed at the birthplace of the departed Maharaja at Sagolband Mabudhou Mantri Leikai in Imphal on Sunday. Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh led the people to pay floral tribute to the portrait of the departed Maharaja. Jalakeli was also sung in honour of the late Maharaja in the observation. The observation was organised by Maharaja Narasingh Memorial Committee, Imphal in association with Shri Shri Gopinath Temple Board, Purana Rajbari, Imphal. Speaking at the function, Deputy Chief Minister said, Maharaja Narasingh was one of the most distinguish leaders in the history of Manipur. He said, Maharaja, not only tried to reconcile the people dispersed due to Seven Years Devastation (Chahi Taret Khuntakpa), but also tried to bring unity by bridging the gap between hill and valley at that time. Joykumar Singh further said that there had been a lot of differences among the Princess and it was the main reason to face external aggression at that time. Recalling that Seven Years Devastation was the darkest days in the history of Manipur, Deputy Chief Minister said Maharaja Narasingh took significant roles in wiping out Awa from the soil of Manipur. During the tenure of Maharaja Narasingh (1844-1850), lot of changes were seen. Maharaja worked for the welfare of people by maintaining unity in diversity. It is believed that Mera Hou Chongba was first initiated by the Maharaja during his tenure to bring unity among people in hill and valley.
Urging people to look into the history for not only to glorify it, Deputy Chief Minister said, we should also look into the administration, philosophy, culture and tradition of that time. We should learn the ideals of peaceful co-existence among different communities at that time which is much more relevant in these days.
Joykumar Singh also distributed Maharaja Narasingh Birth Anniversary Celebration Awards to distinguished personalities in various fields including culture, sports and public service.
 Sahitya Academy Awardee and President of maharaja Narasingh Memorial Committe E. Sonamani Singh said lot of research has to be done to know the life and work of the late Maharaja. His ideals have to be imbibed and propagated so that younger generations can understand the late Maharaja and also unity in diversity can be maintained in the state.  

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Go to village mission in Bishnupur

Bishnupur, May 7

The District Administration of Bishnupur will open ‘Khungang Chatse-Go to Village’ Mission Camp in three villages – Ithing, Naranseina and Kakyai on the 8th of this month. The Deputy Commissioner Pawan Yadav stated in a notification issued regarding the mission that the SDO/ Moirang, SDO/ Bishnupur and SDO/ Nambol will provide services in the camps. It also informed the line department officers to set up public grievances redressal cells for the public to address their problems and queries in a citizen-friendly manner.
It may be recalled that the district had conducted the same mission in 6 villages under 6 constituencies on the 1st May with enormous public participation and support.

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Man drown in Arong River

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Imphal, May 7,
A person identified as Ashem Thoiba Singh (aged about 32 years), son of A. Khomei of Athokpam Makha Leikai has been swept away the heavy flow of Arong River in Thoubal district at around. Large number people search the portion where he got drown but could not found till the filling of this story.
Meanwhile , the water level of Nambul recedes today afternoon, however rain water continue to logged at many places due to failure of drainage system in Imphal city.

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