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MUTA declines CM’s invitation for talk

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Imphal, Sept 29,

Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) has declined the invitation of Manipur Chief Minister to hold talk over the issues of Manipur University. The invitation was sent to the authority of the MUTA by the Secretary to the Chief Minister of Manipur, N. Geoffrey base on a statement given by President of MUTA I Tomba during a panel discussion at NE Live TV on September 27, 2018.

The MUTA said that talk between them and government may be possible on the ground that if the arrested faculty members and students are released without any condition and also by withdrawing the FIR lodged against the members of the University Community. The MUTA also stated that how could they hold meeting with the government when the faculty members, staffs and the students are being chased.

“Stop the dodging and arrest of the teachers, staffs and students; remove all the security forces from the Manipur University campus, then we may consider talking “, a MUTA representative told Imphal Times.

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Why the MU Community is against Prof. AP Pandey? ‘Of the 482 working days Prof. AP Pandey remain out of station of about 180 days’

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Imphal, Sept 29,

 

With Prof. AP Pandey’s refusal to cooperate the 2 member independent enquiry committee looking to the crisis at Manipur University and after documents which were kept sealed in the VC room at A Block of Manipur University have been taken out, Imphal Times now felt that people across the nation need to know why the Manipur University Community stand firmed with their demand.

One factor which enraged the students of the varsity was his frequent absence and touring outside the state which makes difficult for students in taking approval for their research works whatever so related.

As per documents available with the Imphal Times, Prof. AP Pandey who joined the Manipur University on October 26, 2018 used to be out of station for a period of over 180 days out of the 482 working days. Which means , AP Pandey attended office for 272 days only. The total expenditure for his travel comes around Rs. 8 crores and was bear from the Manipur University Exchequer. Imphal Times had earlier reported that at most of leave return dates were not mentioned.

As per source available with the Imphal Times, AP Pandey made about 32 trips during 180 days which he remain out of station. As per report Prof. Pandey never prepared any official tour dairy in all the 32 trips.

On the other hand since Prof. Ap Pandey joined that VC Office in Manipur University there was never a regular meeting of the statutory bodies of the Manipur University which includes the Court, Executive Council, Academic Council, College Development Council, the board of studies and the finance committee. A source said that failure to hold regular meeting of the statutory bodies is a gross violation of the Manipur University Act, 2005. As per the MU Act it is mandatory to hold meeting of the statutory body for at least three times a year.

Moreover the last convocation held of the Manipur University was on April 29, 2014. Source said that Prof. Pandey refused to entertain the request for conducting of the convocation.

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State observes Surgical Strike Day; CM seeks support to bring a solution to MU row

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Imphal, Sept. 29,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the government seeks the support and co-operation of the people and media to find a solution on the Manipur University issue. This was stated by him at the Surgical Strike Day Observation held at Banquet Hall of 1 M.R. Battalion, Imphal today.
 Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that we all must join our hands together to bring an amicable solution on the issue. He maintained that the government is open to hold meeting with the representatives of MUTA, MUSA and MUSU for a fruitful dialogue to bring solve the MU row. He stated that the government had invited the MU community for talks today but they turned it down for their own reasons. In the meantime, the government will sent another invitation when they are ready for talk so that the 3 months long agitation would be put to an end. He believed that the MUTA, MUSU and MUSA would hear the earnest appeal of the government to restore normalcy in the Manipur University.

Appreciating the people of the State for their positive feedbacks and response during the bandh recently, Chief Minister thanked the people for showing maturity and refraining from any violent acts during the bandh. Since the installation of the present government, Manipur is experiencing positive change. And no unwanted incidents have taken place in the last 18 months, he added. He urged the people to join hands together to build a better Manipur.
Mentioning the contribution of Manipuris in the Nation Building, Chief Minister said that Manipur has produced highest number of Army Officers in per capita by any State in the country. The State has produced two Lieutenant Generals in the Indian Army so far. There are around 300 Army officers serving the Nation, he added. He thanked the Army and Paramilitary officials for extending their valuable help during natural calamities such as flood, landslides which have occurred in the State.  
Chief Minister highlighted that India believes in universal values of humanism and is a peace loving country. The world must member that we are the founder members of Non-Aligned Movement. India also believes in holding political dialogue to bring a solution with any country, he added.
Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh presided the function. Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, top Army Officers, top civil and police officers attended the function.    

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9th State Level Children’s Cultural Meet, Governor presents Child Rights Award to three individuals

Imphal, Sept. 29,

The 9th State Level Children’s Cultural Meet, 2018, under the theme ‘Break the Silence, End Child Sexual Abuse, Let us Make a Child Friendly Manipur’ organized by  Manipur Alliance of Child Rights (MACR) was held at Tribal Research Institute, Chingmeirong, Imphal today.
The Children’s Cultural meet was graced by Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla, Law, Health and Art & Culture minister L. Jayentakumar Singh and Advisor, MACR and also Former Chairperson of MCPCR S. Sarat Kumar Sharma as Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honour respectively.
Speaking at the function, Governor said that she was happy to be amongst all, especially the young talented. It is indeed an opportunity for the young children to show their talents and innate potential in different fields of art and culture, she added.
The Governor stated that the theme of this year’s cultural meet ‘Break the Silence, End Child Sexual Abuse, Let us Make a Child Friendly Manipur’ is relevant in the current social scenario. Congratulating the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights for putting up the important issue into context, the Governor said that the campaign launched by MACR from the month of August this year has covered 32 Educational Institutions and more than ten thousand students have taken the pledge to stop sexual violence against children.
Expressing anguish over reports of child abuse in the country, the Governor stated that sudden escalation in the number of cases of child sexual abuse is most disturbing. In Western countries where family bonds are presumably less tenacious there have been extensive reports of such crimes however, it was assumed to be quite alien to the Indian society and more so to the well knit culturally rich society of Manipur. Unfortunately, such rabid social aberrations have started occurring in Manipur also, which was completely unheard of in the past. It underscores the need of realizing our collective responsibilities of each and every stakeholder, schools, colleges, parents and students to ensure a safe and secured environment, where basic rights of the children are well protected and promoted, she added. The Governor further said that there are other grievous challenges confronting the children which if not engaged appropriately can destroy the whole generation. The menace of drugs and substances among the school going children is on the rise. A comprehensive approach for containing this enemy of the youths is imperative. ‘Digital Addiction’ leading to Cyber Crime is another dimension of the challenges faced by the young generation. She expressed hope that with sincere and focused efforts, Manipur Alliance and Child Rights will be able to contribute substantially in the fight against these evils.
Lauding the Manipur Alliance and Child Rights for submitting a draft ‘State Child Policy’ to the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights, the Governor expressed confidence that the Government will consider implementation of such policy earnestly in the interest of the younger generation.
The Governor also stated that the participation of large number of children from both valley and hills from different districts, different ethnic communities to a single forum will help in achieving communal harmony, emotional integrity amongst the indigenous peoples, tribes of hills and valley of Manipur.
In his presidential speech, Law, Health and Art & Culture Minister Shri L. Jayentakumar Singh stated the need for mass awareness on the various laws related to children which protects the legal rights of the children. He said it is the responsibility of each and every parent/guardian to nurture their children in the right direction. In the nine district of Manipur, there are nine Juvenile Justice court, the Minister added.
As part the cultural meet, the Governor presented Citation and shawl to Child Rights Awardees, Shri Kabib K, IPS, SP, Churachandpur and  Shri  M. Pradip Singh, IPS, SP, Senapati for their outstanding work in the protection of Child Rights and N. Sanajaoba Meitei, Senior Reporter, ISTV for his commendable media report and stories on Child Rights.
Later in the afternoon, Children from different district showcased variety of dances including Folk dance, Body building show, Cultural dance, Thougal Jagoi, Fashion parade, Kabui dance, Mao Jagoi, Thadou Kuki Folk dance, Choreography among others.

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Manipur Maoist coveys the people to remain firm & steadfast against the repressive regime

IT News
Imphal, Sept 29,

Maoist Communist Party Manipur conveys the people of the state to remain firm & steadfast against the repressive regime of Manipur. A statement of the outfit said that on the 122nd birth anniversary of the Late Hijam Irabot, the Maoist Communist Party Manipur, the lone voice of the peasants & the working class of the society, would like to request the public to remain firm against the repressive regime of Manipur and work together to give a befitting reply to the repressive regime.
“It is an everchanging world and MCPM also understands that even the Philosophy of a Revolution should also develop with time”, the statement added.
It further says that the evolving revolutionary theory of Marxism to Marxism-Leninism and presently to Marxism-Leninism-Maoism is laid bare for all to see and witness, as no one can stop the wheels of change, develop even in the ideology of Revolution. Likewise the seed of Revolution, the revolution of equality, sown by the Late Hijam Irabot based on Marxism-Leninism was indeed the right thing for the generation of that time and with the Philosophy of a Revolution evolving with time, the Maoist Communist Party of Manipur was formed based on the ideology of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, with the objective of striding forward the revolutionary steps taken by our predecessors. On the other hand, the ever increasing defiance, arrogancy & the repression of the Manipur Govt should be met head on collectively. A quote by the Late Bhagat Singh, one of freedom fighters of India,  In the grab of a fraud called “rule of law” the oppressing state’s violence is treated as legitimate and the rationale behind the adoption of violent means by the oppressed is not even acknowledged” – needs to be analysed thoroughly using our rational and wisdom by all of us. It is very evident that the present repressive rule in our motherland Manipur is exactly what the his term of “Fraud “ was and it is also crystal clear to all of us that the tyrannical BJP regime is exercising “the rule of law “, a pure eye-wash, to suppress the genuine and the just demand of the people of Manipur. Why would the regime then unduly without any rhyme or reason assault the innocent students of Manipur University and that too in their dorms in the middle of a night? Is this what they call it as the “the rule of law “ and Isn’t this what the Late Bhagat Singh had described as “Fraud of the Rule of Law”? The repressive and the tyrannical act of the BJP Govt has indeed given us and the public a new zeal and a new desire to resist them even if some of us were mere mute silent spectators. The MCPM would also like to quote the great freedom fighter Nelson Mandela who once said “The freedom fighter learn the hard way that it is the oppressor who define the nature of the struggle, and the oppressed is often left no resource but to use method of that mirror those of the oppressor”. From what is happening now and what has happened in the past, we need an all out effort to counter this repressive Anti- People Regime of the BJP or any other repressive regime for that matter, in unison. The present imbroglio of Manipur University and the inability to solve a very simple issue which of course as puppets, they are not allowed nor do they have the gall. Instead they unleash a fury of assault and repressive measures on their own people, a typical cowardly quality of a fascist tyrant and a direct challenge to their own people. This however is indeed a blessing in disguise as we all, including both the young & the old, are morally & emotionally strengthened to resist them even more firmly and ready to take the bull by the horn. It is time for all of us to wake up or else we will never wake up, the statement added.

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He calls the state Government as unrecognized association – and there is no word from the state authority


The legitimacy of appointing Prof. Yugindro as Pro-VC by VC Professor AP Pandey on September 20, when the 2 members inquiry committee is in full swing and when the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the MHRD representative, Manipur Government representative and Manipur University community on August 16 is being complied is not the reason for intensification of the ongoing agitation at Manipur University. 
There seems to be some hidden agenda, as the move to hand over the charge of the VC by the newly appointed VC is proceeded in a hasty move. The way that the so called Pro VC entered the Manipur University Complex with former in- Charge Registrar along with a huge number of security force on the afternoon of September 20, talks volumes about some hidden agenda. 
The conspiracy behind the game being played is slowly unfolding as the version of alleged Pro-VC Yugindro differs from the clarification made by the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh in the wake of the 48 hours bandh called by 6 different student’s organizations of the state. Moreover, students and teachers gathered on the day protesting the taking charge of the in-charge VC by Yugindro don’t seems like to be criminals as none of them were notice holding deadly weapons and as per photo available with many the Pro-VC was seen serving tea by the students inside the room. 
The version of Prof. Yugindro who allegedly filed compliant to the Police and that of the Chief Minister does not match at all. That is why desperateness of the Chief Minister to take some action was notice and the midnight crack down inside the Manipur University Campus of Sept 20 seem to be something which he felt the only way to defend his position from the central leadership. This is notice from the statement forecasted by the Chief Minister using all means of media at the aftermath of the bandh called. 
Each and everybody including those who are favouring the VC AP Pandey knew that the Memorandum of Agreement signed on August 16 after three days of hectic discussion in the presence of Chief Minister and his colleagues knew that the VC AP Pandey have no respect for it and have been challenge to the court of law. At one of his submission to the Enquiry Committee dated September 9, 2018, AP Pandey term Manipur government as unrecognized association and the MU community as illegal. 
It is his right to challenge anything which he felt that he has been framed in violation of the rule of law to the law court and he had done that. Pandey had already filed a writ petition  to the Manipur High Court challenging the MoA and also the enquiry committee.   As of now the case is pending in the law court and no verdict regarding the MoA is being announced. Untill Court says anything there is no such provision that Mr. AP Pandey can simply denied co-operation to the enquiry committee and also his terming the government of Manipur as unrecognized association need to be seriously handled. 
And another thing that need to be pondered is that why the MHRD had accepted the Pro VC appointed by Prof. AP Pandey at the capacity of when the MHRD had agreed that during the period of inquiry and until follow up action taken on the inquiry report by the competent authority, preferably within a period of 15 days, Prof. AP Pandey will be on leave, how could they recognized the Pro VC appointed by him on Sept 10 this year.
And more over the University Act 2005 regarding the appointment of Pro VC has not been followed .
As per the statute of the Manipur University – pro Vice Chancellor shall be appointed by the Executive Council on the recommendation of the VC. Prof. Pandey who joined the Manipur University on October 26, 2010 neither issued any order about the abolition of the Court, the Executive Council , the Accademic Council, the College Development Council etc. nor had been issued order for replacement of the member. What he did was that he never called sitting of any of the statutory bodies which is mandatory in any university. This means the Executive Council does exist and the name of Prof. Yugindro was not placed in the executive council for appointment of Pro VC . The first line of the order for appointment of Pro VC reads – “In the anticipation of approval o the executive Council …………….” Which executive council was Prof. AP Pandey referring too. 
Prof. AP Pandey’s blatant  lei about not receiving any summoned from the Enquiry Committee and terming the government of Manipur as unrecognized association need to be deal with extreme seriousness or else people will start asking – if AP Pandey is above the government of Manipur? 
Playing blame game to save one person is not the people expects from those in the government. 
Now, Imphal Times felt that, people who read our newspaper have the right to know why MU community wanted action against AP Pandey. And this news paper will start publishing the irregularities committed by him one after another as peoples’ judgment seems to be need of the hour.

 

A  Road Trip to Myanmar – the Land of Golden Pagodas-1 By- Maheshwar Gurumayum

As with every new journey, the trip to Myanmar was preceded by the excited preparations and anticipations of new discoveries of places, people and the opportunity to experience a glimpse of the life of a different culture, customs and region- a different country in this case. Often called the Land of Golden Pagodas or The Golden Land, this part of South East Asia has been a reclusive state for almost half a century ruled by Military Junta. After its transition to Democracy, there has been an increase in footfall of tourists many are willing to visit and explore this once reclusive state. Myanmar is much more than a neighbour country and has been an integral part of our history since time immemorial. Stories of numerous wars between the Avas (Awas) and Manipur before the British era still lingers on in our minds.
Predictably, i did not hesitate even for a moment when a golden chance came up for me along with few other fellow journalists to visit this Golden Land by road organized by Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur.
The first-hand experience of trans-border formalities at the Integrated Check Post located at the Indian side of the border at Moreh leaves a lot to be desired and is evidently at a very nascent stage at least in terms of efficiency. The paperwork, immigration process and the whole lot was a mess and could have been managed in a more systematic manner. We were directed to run all over the place for getting our paperwork done. After stamping on our Passport, we crossed to border on Myanmar side and were made to enter our details at the Immigration office. As compared to our side’s handling of Visas and all, I found theirs to be a lot more systematic and efficient. After finishing with our paperwork, we got the green signal to move ahead. We were equally excited to travel through the roads leading from Tamu towards Kalemyo which is about 133 Kms from Tamu. This stretch of Tamu-Kalemyo-Kalewa section is a part of the Trilateral Highway (India-Myanmar-Thailand) built by Border Roads Organisation. The road was noticeably smoother than the Imphal –Moreh stretch. The thought that if India can do so much for its neighbouring counterpart, why can’t it do the same for our two National Highways which are the lifelines of our landlocked state.
Many of the lifestyles and the landscapes as well are quite similar to ours. Although the Landscapes were beautiful, they were nothing new to me, for one raised in Manipur get to see such beautiful landscapes, if one wander away a little away from Imphal. So, no excitement till this point for me. One cannot forget the number of small bridges, that too one- way and I was told we will encounter a total of 52 bridges on this road stretch. We stopped at some local eateries on our way and were greeted with “mingalaraba” with a friendly smile. We had a hard time trying to communicate and had to talk in sign language with the people out there as they had little or no knowledge of English. The menu was all written in Burmese and one cannot figure out what to order. All we had to do was talk in sign language or point to the items laid on other people’s table. I noticed that most of the food items are similar to ours although the cooking style is different.
After dinner, we resumed our journey towards Mandalay along the same Tamu-Kalemyo-Kalewa road. All night we were on the vehicle, could not sleep a wink.
After a hectic ride for almost 14hrs we finally reached Mandalay the next morning. The landscape has changed to a completely new one and the weather was comparably hot and humid. After driving a couple of hours we came upon the mighty Irrawaddy River. This river which flows from North to South through Myanmar is the country’s largest river and one of the most important Commercial waterways. One can witness the various cargo ships, ferries and other small ships right from the road.  Also, in the west bank backdrop one can view the various Pagodas of Mingun.
Mingun is a town in Sagaing Township of Sagaing Region, north-west Myanmar with the ruins of the incomplete  Mingun Pahtodawgyi  which was started by King Bodawpaya in 1790. Legend claims that the temple was not completed as an astrologer claim that the King would die once the construction of the temple is complete. If completed, it would have been the largest in the world at 150 meters. Now many cracks are visible on the structure from the earthquake of 23rd March 1839. A couple of steps from the unfinished stupa, one can view the beautiful white Myatheindan Pagoda with a unique style said to be modeled after the mythical Mount Meru. The story behind this White Pagoda is reminiscent of the Taj Mahal of India. Built in 1816 by Bodawpaya’s grandson and successor Bagyidaw dedicating it in fond memory of his first spouse Princess Hsinbyume or Lady of the White Elephant who died during childbirth in 1812, the White Pagoda is also called as Hsinbyume Pagoda.
While in Mingun, one cannot miss the World’s second Largest Bell, put up by King Bodawpaya also known as the Mingun Bell, weighing a total of 90 tons.
Our next stop is the Kaunghmudaw Pagoda which was modeled after Ruwanwelisaya pagoda of Sri Lanka. It is an important pilgrimage and tourist hotspot in the region. Construction started during the reign of King Thalun on 25 April 1636 and was completed 12 years later. One cannot forget the story of Maharaj Garibniwaz aka Pamheiba entering the Pagoda and marking the eastern door with his sword as a mark of victory. The door is nowhere to be seen now and it is said to be kept away in some storeroom away from Public view. It would have been great if we were able to witness the door and the sword mark, maybe the Burmese Government didn’t want the world to witness it for reasons known best to them.
The Pagoda is different from other traditional Burmese style. Some local lore has it that the relic chamber of the pagoda contains the lower left tooth relic of the Lord Buddha, 11 hair relics, an alms bowl, statues, pagodas and other relics. After strolling through the various shop stalls selling worship materials like incense sticks, sandalwood, flowers and numerous photo sessions, we bid adieu to Kaunghmudaw Pagoda.
While sitting on the bus during our journey, I saw something on the road which captured my attention. A vivid picture of our Traffic system flashed into my mind when I saw the way Traffic rules are being followed out there. In my entire journey, I did not see a single commuter breaking Traffic rules. We Manipuris have a long way to go and can learn a lot from the Burmese at least when it comes to matters of civic sense. They don’t have any road dividers/medians but they never cross other lanes or overtake like we do out here.  Also, roads are narrow or not so big as compared to ours. Our Government expanding roads in the name of Traffic management seems like a big joke to me after seeing all these. What we need is Proper Traffic management and proper awareness of traffic rules among Commuters.
Now it is time for us to start our journey to Yangon, which is an overnight drive from Mandalay via Yangon-Mandalay Expressway. After seeing the Bus we are going to travel, a faint hope came into mind- a hope that I will be able to sleep, as the Bus is quite spacious and comfortable as compared to the one we travelled in from Tamu to Mandalay.
After an overnight drive, we finally reached Yangon Bus Terminus early in the morning. After checking in at Hotel 63 and having brief rest (for me it was 2 hrs sleep), we started out for National Races Village which is located near Thanlyin Bridge, Thaketa Township. In National Races Village, one can have a sneak peek of the lifestyle of the various races of Myanmar namely Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Rakhine, Shan and Bamar. Oh yes, another thought came into my mind and this time it is about our Heritage Park at Hatta Kangjeibung. Ours is in a very pitiful condition and I would say the structures at Hatta are just for namesake after seeing the National Races Village.
1. Kachin: Traditional house of Kachin nationals are mostly made of Bamboo, thatch and wood. At the rear of the house, mortar, pestle and firewood are kept. One can see many paintings and pictures depicting Traditional utensils on the wall. Also Horn of Mython, Ceremonial Spear, Guar’s Horn, Quiver, Tumee Guns and Deer’s Horn are displayed on the wall. Very similar to a traditional Meitei house.
2. Kayah: A traditional house of Kaya Nationals does not have any windows and roofing goes past the floor and almost touches the ground. Processing of Cotton textile materials are shown step by step.  One cannot miss the Bamboo mugs for serving brew.
3. Kayin: The first thing to be noticed about a Kayin traditional house is the Bronze  Frog drum and Buffalo horn, the former is said to be a symbol of Kayin National races. A total of four rooms comprise a traditional Kayin house.
4. Chin:
The most significant symbol of a Chin house is the Hornbill. Hornbill Bird, Bear Skull, Barking Dear Skull, Guar Skull, Mythun Skull are put up above the main door. The Blacksmith’s workplace is one of the attractive aspects of a traditional Chin house.
5. Mon:
In the Mon traditional house, one can witness the Mon traditional Crocodile Musical Instrument, Mon Crescent Moon-Shaped Gong and Mon traditional utensils. Also, a traditional Mon Cart and Mon Boat are placed on the yard.
6. Shan
Two ladders are kept at a Shan traditional, one is said to be for use by Guest and the other for the owner/family members of the house. Fishing equipments, traditional musical instruments are displayed. There is also a replica of Inle Lake outside the house.
7. Rakhine
One can observe the customs and the way the houses are built in accordance with the tradition of Rakhine. A Weaving model and a traditional boat are displayed on the ground of the house and on the house yards respectively.  The traditional longyi worn by many is said to be woven by the Rakhine women using the Rakhine Weaving Model.
8. Bamar
The traditional house of Bamar nationals are said to be designed from an ancient form of a rich man’s house from Shwe Bo City. Also traditional musical instruments are displayed on a Bamar national house. One can observe the customary ways of living, handicrafts and style of dress.
I definitely recommend visiting this place, if you want to learn more about the lifestyles and custom of the various races of Burma from this National Races village.
(More writing coming up)

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Chain of check dams on tributaries of Gomti river help restoration and provides irrigation in UP

By-Babie Shirin
Lucknow, Sept. 29,

 Releasing water into Gomti is a must to rejuvenate the drying river, which is also threatened by pollution from industries and domestic waste. The high power committee set up by union ministry of water resource is deliberating on releasing excess water from Ghaghra into Gomti through pipeline. The two rivers might be linked at Ramnagar, Barabanki because the distance between the two rivers is shortest there about 50 to 60 kms. To conserve the water and to redirect it into Gomti in the lean season, there is a need to construct reservoir, dams and revive old tributaries i this view, Behta check dam has built on Gomti river tributaries which is located at Nale, Lucknow district. This dam helps restoration and provides irrigation in larger circulation in Uttar Pradesh.
While, UP is one of the largest exporter of agriculture products in India, central government has also invested much in the state. Check dam are important component of agriculture in UP providing irrigation facilities and raising ground water level is necessary. Built Behta check dam in 2015-16 and finished construction in 2016 march has benefitted 100 cultivators around Budhariya Gram Panchayat of Maliyabad, Lucknow district. The check dam measures 20 metres wide and has height of 2metres and covers 77 hectares of agriculture land. This dam has increase around 3metres groundwater level and gives many other benefits to surrounding villages besides farmer.
About this dam minor irrigation department assistant engineer, Umesh Singh told to state media persons that the dam was constructed under district plan and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) convergence with total cost of Rs 45,21 lakh.
One of beneficiaries, Nabi Ahmed said that the dam has been benefitted his agricultural land since its construction. He cultivates wheat, fruits and vegetables such as brinjal and potato. He said his income has doubled and even tripled with proper irrigation channel from this check dam.
Besides according to Uttar Pradesh pollution control board flow of Gomti has reduced by 35 to 40% over the years. Against this, biotic pressure on the river has increased. Number of people living along its banks and extraction of water from the river is more. Conservationist suggests releasing water from Sharda to Gomti to maintain minimum flow. Desilting the river to increase its depth is an urgent requirement because with slight increase in rainfall in rainy season, Gomti gets flooded. To conserve the water and to redirect it into Gomti River the check dam has built at Behta River, one of the tributaries of Gomti River.
If the river gets ample water, pollutions will not ne threat for the river so there is need to restore Gomti’s tributaries. More numbers of check dam has plan to build up at Gomti’s tributaries.

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Naga Chiefs questions the reason behind the functioning of ADC office from Imphal

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Imphal, Sept. 29,

The Naga chiefs Association Chandel has expressed strong resentment against elected ADC member, Chandel functioning its office at Imphal.

“It is against the wishes and interest of the pubic of Chandel for the elected ADC members functioning from Imphal. It would be in the highest Interest of the people of Chandel for the elected ADC member to function at the district headquarters. After a long gap of years the ADC election has been held and now the elected ADC members are functioning its office at Imphal for the past 8 (eight) years. It is only two years remaining for the tenure of present elected ADC members to complete, the Naga chiefs Association therefore earnestly request the elected ADC members of Chandel to function at the district headquarter for the remaining years. The Naga chiefs Association Chandel had submitted memorandum to the concern authority regarding functioning of ADC members at the district headquarters. The Naga chiefs Association Chandel appeal through this press to co operate with our endurance to function ADC members at the district headquarter at the earliest time possible. Elected ADC’s members are representing the mandate of Chandel district and it is in the Interest and welfare of the district for the elected ADC members to function at the district headquarters. The Naga chiefs Association Chandel falls to see any developmental works taken by the elected ADC members of Chandel. There are not developmental works taken by elected ADC members of Chandel. It is surprise to find zero development by elected ADC members. A huge sum of money Implemented for different developmental works through elected ADC has not reached the public”, a statement said.

The Naga chiefs Association Chandel asked the government of Manipur the kinds of projects/schemes/ works  being implemented through elected ADC members.

It also asked to clarify the works implemented by elected ADC members?

Asking reason for the interest of the ADC members to function from Imphal the Naga Chief Association said that Elected ADC members are mandate of the people of Chandel and people grievance should be addressed by them.

Elected ADC members should not ignore the wishes of the public of chandel. The Naga chiefs Association of Chandel is shock to hear that some of the vested elected ADC members had alleged “threat on their lives” by some of the insurgent group because of that they could not attend office at the district headquarter. The allegation of some of the elected ADC members is baseless and mala fide. There is crystal clear that there is no threat on any of the elected ADC members of Chandel. The “self made” threat perception by some of the elected ADC members is totally wrong and unfounded. All the elected ADC members should come and station at the district headquarter and addressed the public grievances and usher developmental works of the district. 

The Naga chiefs Association Chandel also expressed unhappiness on immediate transfer of MISS Daryal Julie Anal, MCS & C.E.O ADC Chandel who was posted for a short period of three months.

“She is a dynamic officer with commitment and dedication to her duty”, the statement said and added that the Naga chiefs Association, Chandel said asking the reason for her transfer.

On what Immediate Govt policy requirement she has been transfer? Can the govt of Manipur cite the reasons behind why she has been transfer? If the present Govt. really wants development for the district any officers posted at the district should stay for a maximum period of three years. There are department like P.W.D. TD. & P.H.E.D etc. functioning at lmphal. There are offices and quarters for these departments existing in Chandel. Offices and quarters are existing only In name and there is no report of staffs attending the offices. D.T.O and FCS godown are the immediate requirement of the district now and why the Govt. of Manipur ignoring all these requirements of the districts and interested only In transferring an officers at the districts level?

The Naga chiefs Association Chandel appeal to the Govt of Manipur to kindly allow functioning of elected ADC at the district headquarters and functioning of all other departments at the district headquarter in the interest and welfare of the public of Chandel.

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PoK editor insists on greater exchanges

By Our Correspondent
Guwahati, Sept 29,

 Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) based journalist editor Haris Qadeer on Friday favoured more people-to-people contact and exchange of ideas between all parts of Kashmir for greater regional understanding and meeting of minds. He also spoke about the challenges facing journalists in conflict zones, calling upon aspiring scribes to cultivate proper commitment and passion for the medium if they are to survive in the profession.
The young editor, while interacting with Guwahati based newsmen during the ‘Meet the Press’ programme organized by Guwahati Press Club through online interaction from Muzaffarabad, emphasized on frequent contact and movement of journalists to give a correct picture from various conflict zones.
Qadeer, who used to edit Urdu newspaper *Daily Mujadala*, once the largest circulated daily in PoK, expressed concern over the restricted media freedom in the area and said that people-to-people contact and exchange of ideas between different stake-holders could bring about peaceful resolution
in Kashmir.
He said that most of the issues concerning the common people in PoK are not highlighted in media as the vernacular media is not very strong and majority of newspapers that are circulated in PoK are Kashmir editions of Pakistan based newspapers. As for TV channels, these are cable operated and not DTH, which explains the nearly zero visibility of Indian channels in that area.
Qadeer further said that the mainstream media in Pakistan are reluctant to highlight the issues in PoK as the region is geographically isolated and suffers from overall lack of development. In particular, road
infrastructure is in rudimentary condition, there is no train connectivity whatsoever, and no operational airport. “So the people here have to first move to Lahore or Islamabad by road before they can proceed to other places, mainly for health related issues,” he said.
Admitting the presence of Islamist fundamentalist elements in PoK, he said that the growth of radical elements and terrorism have affected local aspirations for a greater Kashmir, which would also incorporate PoK, Baltistan-Gilgit and Aksai Chin.
 “In contrast to commonly-held belief in India, the people of PoK are neither in support of Islamabad nor in support of New Delhi but prefer to identify themselves as Kashmiri first,” he said.
Speaking about the crisis facing journalists in conflict zones like PoK, Qadeer revealed that his newspaper had conducted a survey last year asking people of PoK about the future of Kashmir. However, when 73% respondents favoured freedom from Pakistani occupation and establishment of an
independent State of Kashmir, the authority in Islamabad closed down his publication. It remains closed till date.

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