Monday, 04 March 2019 - Imphal Times
Monday, 04 March 2019 16:48

Contract staffs of MSPDCL stage protest

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Imphal  March 4,

As a protest against the government for not regularizing the staffs of MSPDCL, the All Manipur QUESS Staff Union staged sit-in-protest at the gate of Keishampat Power House. The union also begins cease work strike from today onwards.

Speaking to Media persons General Secretary of All Manipur QUESS Staff Union Konthoujam Swadesh Kumar said that they have been working as a staff under MSPDCL since 2014 but they haven’t been regularize till now. Various protests were staged earlier demanding regularization of the staffs. Memorandums were also given to the authorities many a times, he added. He also said that there wasn’t any positive response given to them and added that the government with all its tactics cajole them again and again but neglecting their demands.

During this issue the government has been trying to recruit new staff sidelining the previous staffs in regularizing them, he added.

Swadesh Kumar further said that now the cabinet session is going to end but their demands hasn’t been discussed till now. He questioned the government whether they don’t consider them as citizens of Manipur.

It can be mentioned that memorandums to regularize the staffs were given again on Feb 28 to the speaker as well as Chief Minister to discuss it on the ongoing assembly session.

Unfortunately no positive response from the government has been given till now, Swadesh Kumar added.

He appealed the government to take in the experience staff as a regular one.

As their demands aren’t made till now, Swadesh Kumar declared that the union started cease work strike until positive response from the government has been assured.

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Monday, 04 March 2019 16:48

Price of development

Some of the most beautiful places in Manipur’s Ukhrul district have been submerged under water as an impact of the Maphou Dam constructed in the name of development. Chadong Village under Litan Police Station of Ukhrul district will be now history. The next generation will never know that there was once a peaceful village called Chadong inhabited by some 1000 household in the state of Manipur. After the entire has gone under water, some villagers managed to find alternative villages and started new live from the beginning but some are left with no choice but to fight for their survival along with their little ones who are forced to leave the school (at a time when govt. talk about RTE) as the school they attended no more existed because of the situation created by the Mega Dam. This newspaper reported about some pregnant women being shifted to neighbouring Yangangpokpi area at a time when they are supposed to provide best form of relaxations.
The construction of the Maphou Dam may have been due to the requirement because the process of development cannot remain stagnant. But when the kinds of development are meant to sabotage the lives of common man and extinction of some of the precious place, there is reason to put up this question – Why and for whom the development are meant for?  It is pertinent to note that who is paying the costs and who is receiving the benefits of these sorts of constructions being taken up in the name of development.
The modern definition says that “Development is a process or set of processes characterized by  the consequence of general sustained economic growth, and  sets of natural, human, technological, cultural, financial, and organizational conditions.”
“Development” in a common sense is the systematic use of scientific and technical knowledge to meet specific objectives or requirements. But these are for the benefit of the people. If the so called development works failed to benefit the people then the kind of constructions cannot be counted as developmental works.
Chadong was a small village with a population of not more than 3000 people. It is already known to the planner of this mega Dam that the village will no more exist once the Dam started commissioning. So, why did the government failed to shift this village to some other location where they can make a better living. A mere compensation to please them will not make their live better – this is a common sense. Everyone knows that money is important but it is not everything. When the folks they have been living from a very long time cannot gather to continue the kind of happy life they shared, the so called money provided to them in the name of compensation are valueless.
This senseless government has failed to understand that ‘Development’ is not the construction of costly project but it is to provide better living to the citizens. If the construction is to suffer the people, it is not called developmental project.

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Monday, 04 March 2019 16:47

Speed of Reactions

There are all sorts of reactions in chemistry and the speed of reactions is an important area of research. Many reactions, such as rusting of iron, are slow reactions. Years ago, reactions that took a few seconds were considered as fast reactions! But now reactions taking milliseconds may be called medium fast! The concept of fastness has changed standards! Life is also a field of actions and reactions! Some are slow and some are fast etc! If we touch a flame, the reaction of feeling the pain (of hotness) is immediate while ageing is a slow reaction. We do not touch the flame again but people do not care much about ageing! People learn to adjust fast in the case of fast reactions while the response is slow in the case of slow reactions! Heavy drinkers and those who indulge in excessive sex (with different partners) get fast reactions in terms of short-lived pleasures. One can see such people in millions all over the world with the associated crimes, diseases and deaths! These actions have other slower reactions such as damage of brain, kidneys, liver and venereal diseases. Such slow reactions are ignored by the millions to end up in untold pain, miseries and premature death! The human mind tends to ignore slow reactions and so does not learn! Had the reactions been fast, people would have learnt to make the world a better place to live. Excessive tapping of underground water, polluting the rivers, atmosphere, oceans etc are ignored (being slow reactions) that will certainly entail dangerous consequences for the planet! Who cares about slow reactions that are dangerous! The human mind is getting more polluted by such reactions! The future is indeed frightening!

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Our Correspondent
Siliguri, March 4,
 The JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 7, India’s only international TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) rally, ended on an intense, patriotic note late on Saturday, with the participants paying homage to the martyrs of the Pulwama terror strike and the winners dedicating their victories to the country’s armed forces.
The three-time champions, Ajgar Ali and Mohammed Musthafa, made it even more memorable by their touching gesture of donating their entire prize money of Rupees one lakh to a fund that will help the families of the fallen CRPF soldiers. 
The rally’s prize distribution ceremony at Club Montana Vista in Siliguri on Saturday evening commenced with the national anthem, followed by a two-minute silence in memory of the victims of the perfidy at Pulwama.
Among the dignitaries present were the Deputy Inspector General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Amit Kumar, Air Commodore (retired) S.K.Agarwal, Siliguri Range Deputy Inspector General of CRPF Sunil Kumar Sabita, Colonel Jagdeep Singh and Income Tax Commissioner Pankaj Kumar. 
The dignitaries, including representatives of the sponsors, the competitors and the organisers, lit candles in front of a collage of portraits of the Pulwama martyrs. Air Commodore (retired) Agarwal, speaking on behalf of India’s armed forces, recalled his training as a fighter pilot and the commitment of soldiers to sacrifice their lives for the country.
He also recalled interacting with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who was a high school student when Agarwal was posted at an IAF base along with Abhinandan’s father Air Marshal (retired) S Varthaman. 
At the prize distribution ceremony that followed, most of the winners in the various categories dedicated their successes to the country’s armed forces. Rally champion Ajgar Ali from the port town of Haldia in West Bengal announced, to thunderous applause, that he would donate his prize money of One Lakh Rupees to the CRPF welfare fund for martyrs’ families. 
The gesture was widely appreciated. Ajgar’s younger brother Shaikh Ibrahim, who came fourth in the open category, also dedicated his victory to India’s armed forces and thanked the country’s soldiers for guarding the country in the face of extreme adversities. The winners in the other categories also paid homage to the armed forces and to fallen soldiers.

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Our Correspondent
New Delhi, March 4,

Madhya Pradesh boy Priyanshu Rajawat was the only Indian to reach the quarter-finals as the country’s campaign came to an end at the prestigious Yonex Dutch Junior International 2019 at Haarlem, the Netherlands on Saturday.
The 17-year-old, hailing from Dhar, put up a gutsy performance in the fourth round to stun the fifth seed Christo Popov 22-20, 15-21, 21-15 in a marathon encounter lasting 1 hour 12 minutes. The youngster, however, failed to replicate that show against the fourth seed Brian Yang in the quarter-finals, going down 13-21, 20-22 to the Canadian.
While Rajawat showed a lot of promise, the rest of the Indian contingent could not cross the pre-quarter-final hurdle. Maisnam Meiraba Luwang, the wonderkid from Manipur, went down 18-21, 10-21 to the third seed Christian Adinata of Indonesia. Andhra Pradesh boy Sai Charan Koya, who had upset the top seed a day earlier, was beaten 15-21, 16-21 by China’s Li Yunze.
In girls’ singles, Gayatri Gopichand had her brilliant run cut short 15-21, 13-21 by the eighth seeded Benyapa Aimsaard of Thailand.
In boys’ doubles, the Telengana pair of Navaneeth Bokka and Vishnu Vardhan Goud Panjala squandered a one-game lead to go down 21-17, 19-21, 10-21 to Indonesians M. Lucky Andres Apriyanda and Yoggi Pamungkas.
The Indian team will now focus on putting up an improved show at the Yonex German Junior 2019 to be held in Berlin from March 7.

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