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State will witness visible changes in the tourism sector soon

 Let’s Unite to make a bandh free Manipur: Chief Minister

Imphal, Sept. 27,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh appealed the people of the State to join their hands together to make Bandh and blockade free Manipur. This was stated by him at the World Tourism Day held at Marjing Polo Complex, Heingang, Imphal East today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that let’s not forget that the bandhs and blockades severely affect the day to day lives of thousands of families in the State. Asking people to refrain from bandhs and blockades, Chief Minister said that the Government is open to have a dialogue with the students and other stakeholders anytime. 
Chief Minister said that the State government was compelled to take action against those students and teachers who were mentioned in the FIR report. The raid was conducted with proper decency with District Magistrate and SPs including women police to arrest the culprits who were involved in assaulting the Pro VC and Registrar of Manipur University. Due to the responsibility of being a CM and Home Minister, it was mandatory to maintain the law and order situation, he added.
Highlighting that there has been a drastic economic development in the last 18 months, Chief Minister said that according to the report of NABARD, there is economic boom in the State with a steep increase from 8 percent to 200 percent in economic activities in the State, he added. He stated that the present government is committed to improve the lives of the people of the State.
Mentioning that Manipur has lot of potential in tourism sector, Chief Minister reiterated that the world recognises Manipur as the birthplace of Modern Polo. A good hospitality is a must to boost our tourism sector in the State, he added. He stated that our State has a lot of potential to showcase our unique cultural heritage, natural and scenic beauty to the outside world. He stated that we would witness various visible changes in the tourism sector in the State.
Chief Minister said that a statue of a pony would be erected at the top of the Marjing Hill. This statue would be the second tallest statue in the NorthEast India after the statue to Buddha of Sikkim. He mentioned that a sum of Rs 15 crores has already been sanctioned for the construction of ‘Imphal View’ tower at Langol Hills. Ropeway service would be made available from Marjing Hill to Langol Hill to attract more tourists in the region.
Chief Minister announced that the Prince of Thailand would be visiting the State during the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival 2018 which would be held in November this year. He said that a Heritage Park having traditional houses of all the 33 recognised tribes and other communities of the state would be developed at Keibul Lamjao. Manipur Cherry Blossom Festival will be a part of the Manipur Sangai Festival from this season, he added. Light and Sound show at Kangla would be shown to public twice a week soon, he added. Kangkhui Cave of the Ukhrul district would be developed as a major tourist destination at an estimated cost of Rs. 7.5 crore. Similarly, Tharon Cave would also be developed as tourist destination, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar said that Manipur has a distinct environment, unique flora and fauna as compared to other parts of the world. He appealed the people of the State to support and co-operate in making Manipur as a popular tourism destination in the entire world. A peaceful and congenial environment is a must to promote tourism sector in the State, he added.
The programme was organised under the theme “Tourism and Digital Transformation”.  Various cultural programmes, traditional dances were showcase during the function.
Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Adhakshya of various districts, Chief Secretary, officials of various Departments attended the function.

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Imphal witness a totally non-violent bandh supported by almost all people of state amidst govt. attempt to foil

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Imphal, Sept 27,

State police is no letting any stone unturned to foil the 48 hours bandh called by joint students’ body against the September 21 midnight crackdown  by state security force at Manipur University and arrest of 6 faculty members and some students of the varsity. More people, some not related with the students body calling the bandh are on the hunt since yesterday evening and even news anchor of AIR Imphal have been picked up while enjoying evening times with friends from Manipur University at North AOC.

The government had ordered strict action against who failed to attend offices if government employees during bandh, and even issued ordered to cancel license to transporters who do not comes to the road. Loud speakers were used by police appealing the shopkeepers at Market area including Keishampat to open shops and to run their business without fear. Even the transport department has put on service – four of its buses. Some are seen with government employees travelling some buses seen with only the driver and his assistance.

Government supporters keeps uploading photos of shops being opened during the bandh at some of the places but reporters witness almost all shops and major business establishment closed. Petrol Pump at Moirangkhom was opened under tight security arrangement.

The band today shows no rowdies on the road burning tyres or placing electric poles on the road. But the roads in Imphal were more like empty plates with few left over rice finish up by a hungry person.

Unlike bandh called during yesteryears, which were fed up by its frequencies, today’s bandh is being supported by many intellectuals yet they criticizes any violence to enforce the bandh. As of now except for a group of women activist protesting the arrest of Phanjoubam Sakhi Devi at Khwairamband Keithel, no untoward incidents have been reported.

Report added that residence of PRJA Convener Erendro Leichombam was raided by the police at 5AM this morning without a search warrant. The team led by Imphal West SP reportedly came in police vehicle teams fully armed and loaded.

 The team however could not found him as he was not at his house. Report added that the police is determined to detain him under “preventative detention” to foil “Yeroom-Laan” or “Egg Protest” against the turmoil in Manipur today brought on by BJP led Govt.

Leichombam in a Facebook post had invited people to stage Egg war in front of PRJA office against the arrest of University faculties and students.

Meanwhile, Prof Oinam Jiten, of Manipur University , Sapam Dilip (New Anchor of AIR ), Prof. Ibohal (MIMS, Manipur University), Prof Romesh of Manipur University were arrested yesterday around 11 pm by a team of police while they were having evening times at North AOC.

On the other hand, the BJP office at Nityapat Chuthek was found close today when our reporter went to check. Some members of BJP told the reporter that the office has been temporarily shifted as it was under construction. Banks, entertainment houses, schools colleges were shut during the bandh despite government measures to foil it.

Meanwhile, state police forced shopkeepers at Thangal bazar to open their shops. 

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MACR nominates 3 persons for Child Rights Awards

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Imphal, Sept 27,

Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) has nominated Ningthoukhongjam Sanajaoba Meetei, Reporter I.S.TV. News, Kabib.K  (IPS) ,  Sr. SP. Churachandpur  and M. Pradip Singh  (IPS),  S.P. Senapati for the MACR’s  Child  rights Award .
A statement by Montu Ahanthem , Convenor MACR said that the award will be presented by the Governor of Manipur in the 9th Children Cultural Meet 2018, a  mega    cultural function    being   Organised  by Manipur  Alliance  for  Child  Rights  scheduled on September 29, 2018 at Tribal research Institute, Chingmeirong, Imphal.
Manipur Alliance for child Rights (MACR) which  has been working in the field of child rights for  the  last  15  years  in  the  state  of  Manipur.
The award is for honouring the  relentless  and  dynamic  engagement  towards  containing  and  giving  justice  to  the  murder and Child Sexual Assault cases, Child Trafficking menace particularly in hill areas and highlighting the inaccessible untold stories of children depriving  their fundamental Rights to Education and Well being particularly in rural Manipur.

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Protest staged against planting of Bomb at Moreh

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Moreh Sept. 27,

Indo-Myanmar Labour Union under Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh strongly condemned the planting of IED bomb near their Office on early morning of 25th of this month.
A Rally was staged by members of Indo-Myanmar Labour Union under Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh on the streets of Moreh Town at Indo-Myanmar Border protesting the Planting of IED near their Office.
During the Rally the members of Indo-Myanmar Labour Union placards with slogans – “We are not terrorist”,  “Bomb and War have no room in us” , “We want security and tension Free and also Find and Book the Culprit . During the Rally lots of members said slogans as We want Peace”, “do not Kill labourers” ,etc.
 The  General Secretary of Indo-Myanmar Labour Union Chiranjeevi Rao said that the Office of Indo-Myanmar Labour Union is much near to Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate No. 1 where 11 Assam Rifle are guarding the border.
The Labourers of the Union have no proper income , they got their daily breads from their daily wages. It was very much unfortunate and uncalled-for in which an IED was planted near their Office at Gamnom Veng Moreh.
The planting the bomb creates fear psychosis amongst the labourers and the Union.  He also said that the Office of Indo-Myanmar Labour Union is surrounded by Two Camp of 11 Assam Rifle which is approximately 200 -300 metre range area of the Office.

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Home dept. clarifies

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Imphal, Sept 27,

State government Home department has clarified that there was no question of broadband internet service ban in the state. In a press statement the state Home dept. authority said that the order dated 21-09-2018 issued by the state home department was to the extent of restricting the mobile /data service only , and was done for the purpose of maintaining the prevailing law and order situation of the State in the public interest.

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In response to CM’s appeal

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh defensive statement against the uproar of major civil society bodies and students’ communities particularly those at the Manipur University shows sign of extreme desperateness.
Instead of looking into the root of how and what makes the ongoing impasse going out of hand with people from across the state supporting the cause , the statement of the CM seems rather a threat intimidation to those raising voice for justice. Earlier attempt to blame the agitation against AP Pandey as racial factor has been proof wrong as the agitation still continue when a native (Prof. Yugindro) was sent to take charge as VC in the absence of a regular VC. This is an agitation against injustice. Saying so Imphal Times stands against violation of rights by either those supporting the bandh or by those standing against the bandh.
In his facebook post Prof. Bimol Akoijam categorically stated that the statement of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is not without element of truth or facts of the issues which have been troubling the state for 5 months now.
In his emotional speech, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh stated that if the people of the state see the letter written to him from the MHRD in the aftermath of August 7 incident at which a quarter was set ablaze inside the Manipur University campus, then the people will know how tolerate is the government of Manipur. He also stated how the Central Government had given pressure to his government to act by even saying that if your government could not do anything they might send central force inside the campus. This statement is rather a threat intimidation to the people which lacks diplomatic sense of how peoples’ issues should be handled.  
Regarding the CM’s justification on Sept 20 midnight crackdown at Manipur University Prof. Akoijam wrote, “it must be noted that these issues cannot be ground to justify the unfortunate and unacceptable armed police raid at MU, and the undesirable and avoidable violence perpetrated on students at night, that too, at a time when they are going through examinations.
The Chief Minister’s statement which is being forecasted at different channels of electronic media fails to address any amicable solution to the problem. The speech, he made in media shows the delinquency of the government machineries as he keeps justifying that the Sept. 21 crackdown at MU campus is a right move. To be frank all those arrested faculties members are not criminal they are available anytime and were serving as professors in the University.
“Even if Government was to assume that there are “terrorists” inside the campus (going by the convenient insinuation of MU as a “den of insurgents” by the discredited/incumbent VC), the govt must show the sensibility which were reflected at the time of “Operation Blue Star”... Quite obviously, situation at MU as a “temple of learning” is not the same as the 1984 situation of Golden Temple to justify such assault on the sanctity of MU as an institution of higher learning”, Prof. Bimol stated in his facebook post.
In fact, the action taken by the GoM showed two distinct symptoms of the pathology that the khunai suffers fromthe flexing of state armed power is premised on the same culture which is implicated in the alleged criminal intimidation perpetrated on “Pro-VC” (and accentuated by decades old sense of impunity associated with the abuse power of the state, of its armed forces) and the propensity to placate the paramount power that New Delhi exercise on Imphal (as per CM’s repeated reference to what Centre/MHRD says on taking action at the University)
Imphal Times stands with the scholars which said that MHRD is responsible for the whole fiasco. Its contempt for the people and their political leadership of the state in this whole fiasco must be put upfront rather than indulging in despicable show of squabbling amongst the “minais” as a spectacle.
While reaching out to the people particularly to the MU community the Chief Minister should admit the mistake and expressed regret for the September 21 midnight raid by armed Police inside the MU complex instead of trying to justify it.
Imphal times agreed with Prof. Akoijam Bimol when he wrote that, “It should also immediately take up concrete steps to release the students and teachers who are being detained’ but this paper assumed prof. Akoijam being misleaded when he wrote about a public apology by members of MU regarding the alleged criminal intimidation perpetrated on the “Pro-VC”. The video showed angry students and teachers with no deadly weapons as alleged.
Remember voice of ‘dissents’ – a must for success of democracy. Imphal Times didn’t say this, but it was the Supreme Court that says. The language used on the day when alleged Pro_VC entered the MU campus was nothing but the anger of the community. There was no report of any violence except throwing of an egg.   Regarding the appointment of the PRO VC , it is the state government that should go the court as it sparks protest disturbing the state’s law and order situation and not the MU community.  

World Organization Against Torture statement on extrajudicial killing case in Manipur

 ‘Historic Supreme Court Case on Extrajudicial Killings in Manipur Must be Complied with and Implemented’

The World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), the principal global coalition against torture, expressed serious concerned about attempts to delay, frustrate and dilute one of the most significant rule of law judgements rendered in Asia over the past years. The decision must be implemented, victims, witnesses and human rights defenders protected, and attempts for a de facto class impunity for law enforcement and the army firmly rejected.
The Supreme Court of India examined the case of 1,528 alleged extrajudicial killings carried out by the police and security forces in Manipur in two landmark judgements in 2016 and 2017. It was a historic step towards addressing grave human rights violations and a key turning point to come to terms with past impunity. The cases were brought to the Supreme Court in 2012 by victims, their families and nongovernmental groups in Manipur. Some of the cases date back to 1979 and the most recent ones are from 2012. The victims’ families and human rights organizations around the world have applauded the historic judgments, some of which have been waiting for their right to truth, justice and redress for almost 40 years.
The long-awaited Supreme Court judgement of 2016 established that any allegations on the use of excessive or retaliatory force by uniformed personnel resulting in death required a thorough inquiry into the incident and that use of such force was never permissible, including in operations led against suspected insurgents and terrorists. Further, the Court stressed the importance of investigations and that legal judgements for a much broader truth-seeking approach is required, taking into account the magnitude of the extrajudicial executions. Following this worldwide acclaimed judgement, in July 2017 the Supreme Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to examine 98 killings by police, army, and paramilitary forces in Manipur. Despite some initial delays, the CBI investigation has moved forward, raising the hopes of the victims’ families to at last obtain justice and redress.
 Yet more than a year after the 2017 judgement, there are serious concerns about attempts to defeat the very meaning of the landmark ruling.
 The CBI investigation that has been slow and burdensome has yet again been delayed by a petition presented by the Army challenging the investigations into the Manipur cases
The petition was filed by 356 soldiers and officers of the Indian Army in August 2018 and it would, if entertained by the court, in fact result in a class impunity action for military personnel implicated in crimes under international law. It is particularly frightening to read the reasoning behind the Army’s petition that investigations and responsibility for crimes under Indian and international law should disturb the moral of the troops. The OMCT firmly believes that abiding by the law, acting in a disciplined fashion, and serving the country and its people is what should fuel the morale of the troops, not the blanket immunity from prosecution to those who breach the law.
International law leaves no space for such an exclusion of law enforcement and the Army and its reasoning is deeply flawed and incompatible with the core notion of the rule of law.
The OMCT also recalls that such an interpretation would be in clear violation of basic principles of the rule of law in a democratic society, and contrary to international legal obligations binding on India. International treaty law, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) ratified by India in 1979, provide an unequivocal obligation to bring those responsible to justice, along the chain of command, and to provide reparation to the victims and their families. The protection of the rights to remedy and reparation has been further elaborated in consistent universal jurisprudence. What is more, there is not only an obligation to investigate when presented with allegations of extrajudicial killings, the state has a positive obligation to investigate grave human rights violations irrespective of whether or not a formal complaint has been lodged. Lastly, as repeatedly pointed out by the Indian Supreme Court, the victims right to know the truth has gained increasing protection in international law as captured in the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Study on the right to the truth.
 No justice obtained without the protection of victims, their families, witnesses, human rights defenders and lawyers working on the case
 Further, OMCT is recalling the importance to ensure that victims and their families, activists, lawyers and human rights defenders working on this case are protected from any reprisals and is seriously concerned about reports it has received about threats and harassments.
It recalls the obligation not only to refrain from such acts but the positive obligation of the state to protect victims, witnesses and human rights defenders, especially pertinent in sensitive cases such as this one.
 Need to review the role of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and to overcome de facto immunity and impunity regimes
The OMCT recognizes the specific context of Manipur, with the presence of armed groups with claims to the right for self-determination. The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in force in Manipur and Jammu/Kashmir, is regulating the use of force by the armed forces in these so-called “disturbed areas”. AFSPA was adopted in 1958 and has long been an anomaly in the Indian legislation. The Act and its application have long been a major impediment to human rights compliance and carries a legacy of impunity contrary to international human rights and humanitarian law standards. Members of the armed forces are also protected from prosecution under the AFSPA. The Act has for decades created a legislative loophole for impunity for the law enforcement, creating confusion and discrepancies on the rule of law in India. The AFSPA has also consequently been criticized by the UN Special Rapporteur on extra judiciary, summary and arbitrary executions following the mandate holder’s visit to India in 2012.
The OMCT recognizes that the government of India recently announced its intention to amend the AFSPA, removing references to the use of lethal force to maintain public order. This advancement would be a welcomed first step to reduce some of the shortfalls and discrepancies contrary to international human rights and humanitarian law standards.
Finally, the Supreme Court rulings from 2016 and 2017 were steadfast in their human rights’ compliant interpretations and findings. They have been acclaimed across the region and have given hope to victims and new faith in the fundamentals of the rule of law as a rule of rights.
The two landmark judgements should not be questioned. Instead they should be implemented, upheld and treasured as one of the biggest legal milestones of India and beyond.

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Policy to Alleviate Water Problems in Manipur By Chingakham Dina; Arambam Karamjit

Country    Annual rainfall    Per capita water usage
India    1,083 mm    135 litres per person per day (on planning paper)
Thailand    1,622 mm     219.5 litres per person per day
Singapore    2,497 mm    150 litres per person per day
UAE     78 mm    500 litres per person per day
USA     715 mm     1514 litres per person per day
Manipur    1,467.5 mm    Data not available         
Fig: Annual average rainfall and water consumption per person per day

We look into water resource and compare their management between Manipur and other countries. It is imminent that water problem strikes almost every year- flood or drought. It is recurring year by year. But nobody cares much about this very important unavoidable resource. We need it every single day for whole life for everyone. We raise the voice only when the time comes and strikes hard, otherwise we do not learn anything from the past. We have water shortage or flood problem because we don’t have proper water management.
Annual rainfall. According to World Bank, India’s annual average rainfall was 1,083 mm in 2014. Manipur receives annual rainfall of 1,467.5 millimetres (57.78 in). Delhi’s annual average  rainfall is 617 mm. Let us see the rainfall of some of the countries in the world and how they manage water resource. Thailand’s annual average rainfall is 1622 mm. Singapore has high annual average rainfall at 2,497 as the country is located at equator. UAE had annual average rainfall at 78 mm in 2011 according to the World Bank, which shows that this is semi-desert like condition. USA has annual average rainfall 715 mm which is about half the rainfall of Manipur. In spite of receiving annual rainfall of 1,467.5 mm in Manipur, we have water scarcity problem almost every year. In the following table, it is showing annual average rainfall and water usage per head per day.
Water management in different countries. Water scarcity is happening in many countries without proper water management. In Thailand, the government builds dams to manage water. Sometimes, they use artificial rainfall when there is insufficient natural rainfall for agricultural usage. Singapore  is located at equatorial region receiving annual heavy rainfall. It has potential water scarcity problems due to little rain catchment area because of extensive city construction, but Singapore solves the issue by importing water from Malaysia and it implements very high quality water recycle that includes sewage water.
About 30% of water in Singapore comes from recycle plants. Water in Singapore’s public toilet is high quality and, even better than the quality of water used by the elite class people of Manipur. UAE solves the water problem by getting about 72% required water from underground. USA has annual average rainfall of 715 mm which is about half the rainfall of Manipur. But their prosperity and high technology and investment make them one of the richest water resource available for usage in the world.
Manipur’s rainfall is higher than that of India’s average rainfall. Even though we have higher rainfall in Manipur we still suffer water scarcity due to improper water management. Water is drained and disappeared just after rainfall as there is no rain water harvesting facilities. As the rain catchment areas are destroyed, water is drained quickly after rainfall. This year, we are suffering from flood again.
Daily water consumption per head. On planning paper, India expects everyone could get minimum water at 135 litres per person per day (source: The Hindu, February 15, 2013), but it cannot achieve its goal. Thailand’s water usage is 219.5 litres per person per day at present decreasing from 223.5 litres. Sometimes there is water scarcity for rice field in Thailand but there is no question of shortage of running water for home usage. It is the government’s responsibility to supply enough water for everyone and everywhere in Thailand. Their government is doing their job and they really mean what they are supposed to do.
United Arab Emirates is one of the least annual rainfall. This is near desert like country. But UAE is one of the highest average water consumption of 500 litres per head per day. It is possible because of proper water management. Annual average rainfall in the USA is 715 mm and it’s consumption is 1514 litres per person per day. This huge water usage per head is possible because of her strong and effective policy and management. Rain harvest is commonly done everywhere to manage proper water supply. This is the area we are lacking and our government should use money in projects for such unavoidable necessary resource.
Human as causes of water scarcity in Manipur. There are many rivers, wetland, lowland and suitable places for construction of dams and reservoirs in Manipur. People of Manipur have very low civics sense compared with other nationalities. We have bad culture of water usage. We take a bath in the pond, and the same water is used for drinking and kitchen purposes. Our already insufficient resource is spoiled by dumping garbage in the river. Nambul river and Imphal river are examples of too much pollution with garbage. Planners and authorities are not taking up any stringent action to clean up these rivers. You will never see any dirty and garbage in Chao Phra Ya river which is running right in the middle of 15 million (day time population; actual dwellers is about 8.28 million) population city of Bangkok. You are not allowed to dump dirty things and garbage. But in Manipur, there is no proper rules and guideline to stop pollution in rivers. An “Exclusive Video - Loktak: A Fresh Water Lake or a Dump?” by Kanglaonline published on 13th March 2016, shows the real picture of people’s culture destroying the ecosystem of Loktak lake by dumping garbage, plastic bags, plastic bottles upstream and destroys the nature of downstream and habitats.

The main problems of water shortage are directly or indirectly related to:

1. No proper water management
2. Deforestation- destroying trees and forest. Depleting rain catchment areas which leads unable to hold rain water longer in the soil.
2. Pollution- dumping garbage in the rivers and canals.
3.Chemical pollution- contamination of overground and underground water by pesticide, insecticide etc.
4. Bad culture and bad habit of water usage. People wash and take a shower inside the source of water. The same water is used for drinking and cooking, mainly in valley areas.
5. Corruption among planners and contractors that didn’t use project money fully on construction work.
6. Destroying natural pond, lake, stagnant water area for construction and residential area.

There are some water supply plants such as at Koirengkei, Porompat, Eroisemba, Canchipur, Singda dam etc. These cover only some small areas of Manipur and most of the villages of Manipur don’t access to running-pipe water. Water is so much important than some other resources and one cannot live without water and this basic need is important for everyone till the end of our lives. However, this resource is being neglected by everyone from government authorities to common people.
The quality of water supplied in pipe could not be high enough to drink in Manipur comparing with other countries. In Singapore, their government uses high technology water treatment plant. The quality of water is amazingly high but her citizens do not drink it directly from pipe water as people are very aware of health. In the same way, in Thailand people don’t use running pipe water for drinking even though the water is very high quality. People drink bottled water. We don’t have modern water treatment plants in Manipur. The quality of pipe used is not as high standard as of Thailand or Singapore. Rusting in pipe, leakage on supplying pipeline and contamination with disease causing germs and bacteria, poor quality of water treatment are fearsome to consume but this is what people drink and consume directly.
Health, hygiene and people’s appearance are very much directly related to water quality. The smoothness of our skin, the quality of our hair is very much understandable by using strong saline water, high iron content water, and muddy water without any further investigation.
To solve the issue of water scarcity, we need water revolution involving local people and government together. People don’t mind drinking water from canal and muddy water from roadside ponds.  Affordable people are proud of parking private water-tank vehicle in front of neighbours to show that they can buy supplied water. This is kind of symbol of social status and sign of richness in Manipur. But this is not long lasting solution. We need good plan for water management to have this basic need, accessible to every citizen-rich or poor.
There should not be water scarcity in a place like Manipur with proper annual rainfall if we take up proper plans. Only the possible reason is lack of management and mismanagement. The following points will solve the problems of water shortage in Manipur.

1. Cleaning rivers and canals: We need projects to clean up the heavily polluted rivers such as Nambul river, and Imphal river. Use these rivers for water harvesting project. People’s involvement and awareness are very much needed. Set a proper rule so that nobody is allowed to throw garbage into the rivers. Impose heavy penalty to those who dump garbage. We need this strong rules like in other countries such as Thailand and Singapore.

2. Rain water harvest: We need to construct dams and reservoirs for rain water harvesting for home use and agricultural purposes. No single country will have enough water without constructing dam and reservoirs. It is not exception for Manipur. We need enough numbers of dams and reservoirs not only for city dwellers but also for village people.

3. Modern water treatment plant: Keeping public health as priority, planners and authorities in concerned department should take up cost effective modern water treatment and purification plants for home usage. Compared with Singapore, we are still lucky enough with large land and forest coverage that we shouldn’t have any problem if we manage well without going extremity to recycle the sewage water like Singapore. Lately, there was in the news that hospital sectors in Manipur earn large income, which is a direct reflection of people’s poor health, and spent more money to hospital. This is not good sign for public health.

3. Use project money efficiently: Development of a country depends much on the sincerity of the people. It is open secret in Manipur that project money hardly reaches the target areas fairly which shows by the results of construction, such as breaking of Sekmai dam one year ago. If we use every single rupee sanctioned for the project, we are going to be nearly developed like as Singapore and Thailand.

4. People’s involvement: We need more people’s involvement in construction and water management projects such as construction reservoirs, not only waiting for government money. People are not willing to spend money for water and people still prefer to spend money on non productive activities. Local people should come out to monitor the quality of water reservoir construction so that the public property will last many years to come.

5. Pay water bill on time: Water scarcity is both responsible by government and people. People should clear water bill on time. The money comes from this bill will help to run government’s expenditure. When people don’t take responsibility of paying their bills, government can’t run smoothly. People are less aware this issue in our society. However, we should not point finger to people only for this issue. There is great responsibility for government to supply water regularly, maintaining broken pipeline without delay to make people also satisfy with the service,
as well as install prepaid water system like prepaid electricity to make people use water more carefully.

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Minister Nemcha Kipgen Instructs MSCW To Expedite Decade Old Murder Case

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Imphal, Sept. 27,

Social Welfare Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen reiterating the stand of the government against all forms of crime against any person including women and children today instructed and supervised Manipur State Women Commission (MSCW) to expedite the decade old murder case of Smt. Anarkali @ Kimboi, who was allegedly killed by her husband in the year 2005.
 Minister Nemcha stated that law will definitely takes its own course of time and justice will be delivered to the victims and all the guilty person/persons will be punished according to the law.
As per the report of the MSCW, the case which was pending since 2005 is now under active investigation with joint efforts of the commission and Manipur Police Department under the guidance of Social Welfare Minister.
A team of Manipur State Women Commission led by the Chairperson, Dr. K. Sobita Devi along with its Members – Dr. Farida Shah and Smt Ranjita Golmei met the Director General of Police, Manipur, Shri L.M. Khaute and submitted a letter to make an enquiry into the complaint made by the mother of the deceased.
The team convened an emergency meeting at the office of the Social Welfare Minister earlier this week to discuss the core issues faced or meted out to the women and their remedies.
Chairperson, Dr. K. Sobita Devi stated that the commission takes each case seriously and efforts are made to deliver justice without much delay. She further informed that, with the intervention of the Minister, State DGP handed the case over to one senior IGP and the IGP is monitoring the case minutely and will soon hand over the report on or before the stipulated time.
It may be mentioned that out of the 198 cases with the commission, 146 cases has been solved since 2016

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Protest staged at DU against brutal crackdown at Manipur University

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New Delhi, Sept 17,

A Protest March was held yesterday at Delhi University against brutal police crackdown on teachers and students in Manipur University. Teachers, students’ organizations and common students participated in the march.

Rajeeb Ray, President of Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) and Federation of Central University Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA), Nandita Narain, former President DUTA and FEDCUTA addressed the gathering. The organizations present in the protest march included KYS, AISA, BAPSA, NESF-JNU, SFI, MSAD, NESS-DU, UNIKAS, BASO, JNUSU, DSU and NSUI-NE Wing.

The gatherers took out a march around North Campus, Delhi University, before culminating it at Vivekananda Statue with a Candle Light Vigil. The gathering condemned the situation of a ‘war zone’ created by the administration of Manipur University and demanded immediate and unconditional release of arrested students and teachers. It also condemn banning of internet services in Manipur by the state BJP government. The gatherers also appealed to the concerned authorities to intervene immediately to bring normalcy to Manipur University.

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