Friday, 01 March 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal March 1,

Schedule Tribe Demand Committee warned that the political parties who doesn’t consider their demand for the inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in the ST list seriously and who are against it may even be boycott.
Speaking to media persons at the office of STDC situated at Thangmeiband Khunthokhanbi Sanglen, Laishram Romesh, Convenor of Coordinating Body Schedule Tribe Demand Committee said that STDC along with the people will even campaign to not vote against such parties who are opposing and doesn’t heed to their demand.
He further said that the protest for the inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in the ST list has been going on since 2012 completing 6 years, but unfortunately the previous Congress led government as well as the present BJP led government doesn’t even send a recommendation to the central government though both the governments agreed that their demand was an appropriate one as they were told during various meetings.
Failing to send a recommendation to the central government for inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in the ST list by the state government, he added that the STDC will organise a mass rally on the 3rd of March starting from Thangmeiband Thau Ground around 10 am and finish the rally at Hapta Kangjeibung.
He further warned that various intensive agitations and protest will be done if the government fails to send recommendation before the Code of Conduct for the upcoming Lok Sabha Election.
Romesh also said that the inclusion of the Meetei in ST is the basic right for the Meetei and to save both the land and the people constitutional safeguard is the need of the hour. He also added that Meetei is the only indigenous community who isn’t on the category of ST list in the entire North East. He recalled that 6 communities of Assam who were previously OBC were recommended to change into ST during the Lok Sabha session. Neglecting the serious issue by the state government to include in the ST list is violating the basic rights of the Meeteis, he added.
Romesh finally appealed to all the people to participate in the rally and to save the land as the only way to save the Meetei is through the inclusion in the ST list which will eventually get a constitutional safeguard against various forces. He also appealed to cease work during the rally hours and participate in the rally making it a successful one.
Earlier today a bike rally of about 40 bikers was also organised starting from Thangmeiband and covering both Imphal East and Imphal West to give awareness about the demand for the inclusion of Meetei/ Meitei in the ST list and also about the rally to be organised on the 3rd of March.

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Friday, 01 March 2019 17:05

CT Diagnostic machine at Tipaimukh road

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CCpur, March 1,

The Premier CT Diagnostic machine installed under the Premier CT Diagnostic Centre Management at Chiengkonpang, Tipaimukh Road was inaugurated today at 2: 00 pm by one Rev  Ginmalsawm Director Social Development, EBC. He also conducted a blessing prayer.
During the inauguration program Dr Jilasana Sharma gave an opening remarks and a vote of thanks was given by Dr T Marina SMO District Hospital
The diagnostic centre was installed by a collaboration of Dr Merina Vungbiakching, Jay Dev Sharma and other
Patients conducting CT Scan  shall be charged at  Imphal rate now the machine shall be made functional  shortly.
The machine is bought from Kolkata and is made by the Siemen Company

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Imphal, March.1,

A one day special outreach programme on PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana, PM Kisan Card and PM Fasal Bima Yojana was organised at Keinou, Bishnupur District by Field Outreach Bureau, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, Imphal today.
Nongmaithem Ibohal, Extension Officer (Agriculture) Nambol and Shri Ningthoujam Kumar Singh Extension Officer (Agriculture), Bishnupur (South) of District Agriculture Office, Bishnupur.
During the interaction and communication programme, Farmer’s Club, Keinou expressed concern that even though there is Loktak Lake, many canals and many streams flowing from the hills in the district of Bishnupur, the government has not provided proper irrigation facilities under PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana to enable the farmers to cultivate rabi crops in Keinou area. An on the spot quiz on the theme was also held and prizes was distributed.

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Friday, 01 March 2019 17:02

Man injured in gun shot at RIMS

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Imphal, March 1,

Hectic argument between the security of RIMS and a patient party which carried a license gun over entering the ward (Gynae) at RIMS turn out disastrous after the patient party fire his license gun towards the security personnel of RIMS. Fortunately the bullet didn’t hit the Security but hit another patient party standing at the waiting room.

The incident happened at around 9.30 yesterday evening. Report said that Thokchom Romesh (43 yrs), son of Th. Khomei of Khurai Soibam Leikai have a heated argument with security of RIMS guarding the entrance of Gynae ward RIMS saying that time for meeting the patient was over. Romesh however entered taking help of an attendance as per report from the RIMS authority. However as he come out again the security said that he cannot open the gate provoking Romesh to take out his license gun and fire it. The bullet didn’t hit the security but it hit to another patient party probably waiting at the waiting shed attached to the Gynae ward, identified Thoudam Chinglemba (28), son of Th. Ingochoubi of  Heibongpokpi Mayai Leikai Lamsang. The bullet hit at his left wrist. He is undergoing treatment at RIMS.

Police team which was informed by the security immediately arrived and arrested Thokchom Romesh. His license gun has been seized and a case has been registered against him by the Lamphel Police.

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Imphal, March.1,

The United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF) has clarified the charges leveled against the Organisation and accusing one Mr. Khupmang Haokip, Sugnu Town Commander of providing logistic support to KNF (N) is totally baseless and unfounded.
In a press statement, UKLF stated that since the signing of Suspension of Operation (SoO) with the Centre and State government, it had never indulged in any activities that violates SoO ground rules.
Clarifying the allegations, UKLF maintained that there is no town commander named Mr. Khupmang Haokip within the organization. And the outfit had no connection with KNF (N) whatsoever and did not provide any Logistic support to its cadres anywhere. 
Such act of leveling fabricated and baseless charges to malign the image of organisation is strongly condemned, added the UKLF.
It further stated that KNF (N) is a factional non-SoO group formed after splitting from KNF/UPF. As such, there is no logic to extend support to the cadres of KNF (N) as both UKLF and KNF were the constituent members of UPF- conglomerate SoO group.
While appealing the concern authority and general public not to be misled by such fabricated and baseless allegations, the UKLF also urged the authority concern to withdraw such unfounded charges against the organisation.

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Friday, 01 March 2019 16:59

The haunt continues

The murky scene in Imphal city is failed traffic management. The standard of Imphal which is preparing to host hundreds of foreign tourist if not Thousands will be shown by the way that traffic movement is being managed in a systematic ways.  
Each time when the issue about traffic regulation came in the limelight, some traffic police will be seen on roadside of crowded Imphal city stopping vehicles to check their documents, license etc. But the fact is that while doing so public face more inconveniences with the road more crowded.
Everybody knows it is illegal to drive vehicle without license or proper registration certificate of the vehicle. But sometimes people use to forget things that were supposed to be with them. But it is not necessary that all the vehicle driver were halted and checked as long as they follows the traffic rules. Saying so checking can be done at somewhere where people will not be disturbed and not at the middle of the city like the one seen near GM Hall. Traffic police should be more focus on smooth flow of vehicles and should find who do not understand the meaning of stoppage line drawn a feet away from the zebra crossing. Thanks to the government, Imphal today sees electronic traffic signal at the traffic island at the western gate of Historic Kangla ford. Some of the difficulties faced by traffic policemen were somehow relieve. But are the people following the electronic traffic signal? Had the traffic police on duty fined any violators at that point?
The fact remains that the concerned authorities have failed or perhaps lacks proper understanding on how to manage the traffic regulations.
 The short term policies and systems being implemented from time to time in an attempt to ease the congestions and traffic jams have not been able to alleviate the problem in any way, on the contrary these ad-hoc measures have managed to confuse the public and compound the problem the authorities have been trying to solve.
 The meeting of the Traffic regulation and parking committee convened by Chief Minister is not of much help, and one can only wonder if words of the Chief Minister are being converted into realities by the authority of the concern department.
 Queries put up to the concerned departments have only resulted in more bewildering responses- a classic example of the effectiveness of passing the buck around that has been at work in all government set ups.
While formulation of policies and systems to control and regulate traffic may be a beginning in the right direction, the fact remains that the increasing number of vehicles need additional space to accommodate them and juggling acts of the traffic system by the experts, however efficient and experienced they may be, will not bear fruit. Construction of additional parking spaces at strategic locations, bypasses and flyovers, and most importantly providing subways at important and crowded junctions will go a long way in reducing these problems. Construction of public utilities does not automatically guarantee improvement- their proper usage is as important- an obvious example being the use of footpaths by the vendors and shopkeepers to stock and ply their goods forcing the pedestrians to walk on the road. The need to streamline and re-orient the traffic police personnels is also being felt by the public. Turning a blind eye to the irregularities being committed by the drivers of various public and commercial transport vehicles in consideration for a “quick handshake” has been well documented- despite the dangers and inconveniences such greedy acts causes. The present government ministers and high ranking officials may not be feeling the burden such traffic jams causes as they seem to have a prerogative of the right of use of the road over the common public but unless some concrete steps are taken up very soon, the only option that would be available to them would be to use their feet with their retinue of escorts and assistants wading through the impossible traffic- surely a distracting relief for the stranded common public on the road.

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