Thursday, 20 February 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Feb 20

Ongoing Budget Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly today passed demands for grants for 6 more departments amidst policy cut by opposition MLAs.

A sum of Rs. 81,71,91,000 has been passed as the demand for grants for Labour and Employment department.  Oppositions MLAs K.Ranjit Singh, Th. Lokeshwar Singh, Md.Abdul Nasir, Kh. Joykishan Singh and Surajkumar Okram moved Policy Cut motion on the ground of Negligence of Labour rights and failure to provide job to unemployment, Lack of transparency in the distribution of sewing machines in Khundrakpam A\C. ,Irregularities in the functioning of Lilong ITI., Failure of Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board and Failure to generate employment and to introduce state labour policy.

A sum of Rs. 9,11,72,74,000 has been passed for the Department of Tribal Affairs and Hills Development but the opposition MLAs K.Ranjit Singh, Kh. Joykishan Singh, Alfred Kangnam Arthur and Surjakumar Okram disapproved it on the ground of irregularities in delivering government facilities to underprivileged hill people, Failure in making policy to promote Tribal languages, Inability to implement provisions of Rule of Law in the functioning of the Autonomous Districts Councils, negligence and lack of development between hills and valleys and Poor implementation of Tribal Welfare Scheme.

Moving the policy cut motion MLA K Ranjit drilled the TD department on the whereabouts of the sum of Rs. 29 crore 67 lakhs which is missing from the account of the TD. He also questioned on what action has been initiated against the officer involved in the missing of the huge amount of public money.

A sum of Rs. 769,45,04,000 has been passed for Environment and Forest but opposition MLAs K.Ranjit, Ak. Mirabai Devi and Alfred Kanngam Arthur disapproved policy cut on account of inability to check deforestation in the Hills, Negligence in the conservation of forest cover areas and inability to curb the forest offences and  Non –adherence to policies and rules in the implementation of programs and projects.

For power department the demand for grant passed today is  Rs. 3,61,01,38,000 . Opposition MLAs K.Ranjit Singh, K.Meghachandra Singh and Kh.Joykishan Singh moving policy cut motion on account of Failure to disconnect the power supply system and to produce power by the Solid Waste Management Plant, Lamdeng, Failure in construction of powerhouse sub-station of Yairipok and failure in extensions of A-B cables to the left out area of 32- Wangkhem A\C. and Failure in having state’s own Electricity Regulatory Commission and failure to have a clear agreement with Loktak Hydro Electric Project.

As for the Art and Culture department a sum of Rs .3.440,63,000 has been passed. Opposition MLAs K.Meghachandra Singh, Ak.Mirabai Devi, Kh .Joykisan Singh , RK.Imo and Surjakumar Okram moved policy cut on the ground of  Delay in development works of Arts and Culture department, failure to implement Manipur Culture policy and Manipur Film Policy and delay in the opening of office for culture for the hilly area. Failure in honouring and giving incentives to renowned persons in Arts and Culture and Lack of proper plan to save Thong –Nambonbi and Failure to implement cultural policy.

A sum Rs. 12,41,96,000 has also been passed for Information and Technology .

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Imphal, Feb 20

As per record maintained by the Directorate of Employment, Govt. of Manipur, the total number of unemployed youth registered decreased to half in 4 years.

A written statement tabled by Labour and Employment Minister Th. Radheshyam, while replying to a question by MLA Surjakumar Okram during question hour of the ongoing state assembly session today, the number of unemployed youths registered in the Directorate of Employment is 721824 in 2014. The number of unemployed youth registered in 2018 is 346690 in 2018. As per the data, the number of unemployed youth decreases to nearly half the number in 4 years.

2016 recorded the number of unemployed youth registered as 812811 in 2016, which is the highest from 2014 to 2019. In 2017 the number reduced to 364686 and in 2018 the number again decreased to 346690.

Congress MLA Surjakumar was seeking details of the unemployed youth registered in the last five years. Replying to the MLA Radheshyam said that break up data for 2019 could not be produced as compilation is being processed.

In another reply, the Labour and Employment Minister said that the number of vacancies notified through Employment Exchange is 3643. He said in the last 3 year total number of placement made is 980 including 274 females.    

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Imphal, Feb 20

In yet another case of state government machineries dishnouring the Right to Information Act 2005, and disrespect to the directives of the Manipur Information Commission the State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Manipur has taken excuse for not able to abide by the directives of the Manipur Information Commission due to the preparations of the ongoing budget session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly which began from February 14.

One Thingujam Sanjit Singh sought information through the SPIO of the Directorate of SCERT on July 9 , 2019, to provide information of the name and number of DIET Centers including the year of establishment of each Centers in the state of Manipur . The information sought through the SPIO under the RTI Act also included to provide information about the sanctioned amount for each center and also about the number of students enrolled in each center along with the utilization certificates for each center since the establishment of each DIET center

As the SCERT authority didn’t provide the information which should be made available to the person under the RTI Act 2005, the matter was taken to the Manipur Information Commission and as per the directives of the Manipur Information Commission, the SCERT authority was supposed to inspect the Centers on 5-2-2020. In today’s hearing representatives of the SCERT in his submission in favour of the SPIO SCERT submitted that the inspection could not be done on 5-2-2020 as the SPIO was engaged in the works for the preparation for the ongoing Assembly Sessions and Financial year.

The appellant in his submission had submitted that the SPIO SCERT had failed to allow inspection of record repeatedly and the inspection that was fixed on 5-2-2020 at 2pm was also failed as the SPIO absent without giving any reason. 

The Commission later fixed 11 am of February 29 as the next hearing.   

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Thursday, 20 February 2020 18:09

Schools at interior district neglected - AMSU

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Imphal, Feb 20

As  a part of’’ Campaign for Total Education’’ promoted by All Manipur Students’ Union , a team led by HRD Secretary Prikeshwor Moirangthem  of AMSU Bishnupur District Committee today conducted a survey at  Sadar Patel High School ,Ningthoukhong .
According to a press statement of the student body, the schools located at interior place of Manipur  have been left out without proper management by the Government .The Patel school has been facing problems of teachers as the school needed 26 teachers but they had only 7 for135 students from class 1 to 10 of 2020-21 session and the classrooms did not have proper desk and benches but only 40 were there. The AMSU further said that the Government had been launching lots of Schemes for the betterment of schools but it seemed like the benefits of the schemes has not seen much.
Giving the entire conditions of the schools ,he further said that even the rice for mid –day meal for last year  have arrived only this year and due to the lack of maintenance of the school’s kitchen the teachers had been contributing to manage the kitchen. And there were no  filters in the school for the students to provide hygienic drinking water .

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Thursday, 20 February 2020 18:06

18th Raising Day of UFO East Manipur

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Thoubal, Feb 20:

The 18th Raising Day of Universal Friendship Organisation(UFO) East Manipur Bn. H/Q No. IV Thoubal Kshetrileikai was celebrated today at Kshetri Leikai, Thoubal district.

The celebration, which was held on the theme “Universal Love and Peace” began with the hoisting of UFO flag at the premises of UFO Thoubal Kshetri Leikai by the Chief Guest followed by paying of floral tributes and respect to the late members of UFO. Scores of UFO members from different parts of Manipur attended the celebration.

Shedding light on the underlying theme of holding the function, Commander Naokhomba shared that altogether 227 Satjal Academy had been opened and raised 38 Battalion so far in Kangleipak adding that Satjal Academy believes in peaceful co-existence and respect other culture and religion.

He further said that Kangleipak used to be an independent nation having her own scripts, religion, culture, rule of law, and self-sufficient kingdom for a long period of time and added that the episode of Puya Meithaba some 200 years back was the most unfortunate incident happened in the history of Kangleipak.

The function was also attended by Social Worker Leitanthem Basanta, All Manipur Nupi Samaj Imphal President Thokchom Ramani Leima, Social Worker Laishram Domen and Register Officer of Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board I. Subhashchandra as Presidium Members.

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Mumbai Feb 20

Even as 621 out of the 3,711 people on board luxury cruise liner “Diamond Princess” have tested positive, one more Indian aboard a quarantined cruise ship off Japan’s coast was found to be infected by the new strain of coronavirus, taking the total number of affected Indians on the ship to seven, said the Indian Embassy.
There are total of 138 Indians on the ship, including 132 crew and 6 passengers. One Indian crew who tested positive for COVID19 among 88 new cases on Diamond Princess shifted to hospital for treatment,” said a tweet by the Indian embassy on Wednesday..The tweet read as “Indian crew who tested positive for #COVID19 among 88 new cases yesterday on #DiamondPrincess taken to hospital for treatment. Indians receiving treatment responding well. From today, disembarkation of passengers only started, likely to continue till 21 Feb. @MEAIndia”.
The Indian Embassy said that it was in discussions with the Japanese government and the ship management company to affect de-boarding of all the Indians after the end of the quarantine period.
Passengers on the ship begun to leave with the first bath of 500  de-embarked on Wednesday  after a two-week quarantine period failed to stop the spread of the virus. The cruise ship arrived at the Japanese coast earlier this month and was quarantined after it was found that a passenger who had got off the ship in Hong Kong in January was infected with the deadly virus that has led to an international alarm and over 2000 deaths in China alone.
In another development 645 passengers who were kept at Indo Tibetan Border Police ( ITBP)’s facility at Manesar (Haryana) after their return from Wuhan province, by Air India’s 747 Boeing aircraft on February 1 and 2 in two 747 Boeing Air India aircraft,  were allowed to go home on Wednesday, after all of them tested negative. They included 36 passengers from Maharashtra.
In Maharashtra, 69 passengers out of 71 passengers admitted to different hospitals have been discharged and only two passengers remain under observation at Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai.
In  all 41,208 passengers were subjected to thermal scanning at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport till Wednesday. Major airlines have suspended flights to China and banned arrivals from the country in the effort to contain the spread.
In the meanwhile the Union Health Ministry has denied that a person named Sakthikumar (42) from Kothaimangalam Village in Tamil Nadu died of COVID-19 disease on Saturday. The ministry released a statement in which it clarified that the death occurred due to End Stage Liver Disease and not due to COVID-19.
According to the statement,the deceased was known case of chronic liver disease with jaundice manifestation due to alcoholism and was under treatment for the past three years. Also he was admitted and treated for his ailment during August 2019 at a private hospital at Tanjore.
Sakthikumar, who ran a small restaurant in China, had gone back to China, due to manpower shortage to run his eatery there despite his illness. However he returned to India on 4 February, due to jaundice and underwent treatment initially in his village and then in a private hospital at Madurai.

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Unofficial but convincing write-ups regarding the birth of novel coronavirus, which is killing thousands of people across the globe with the maximum casualty in China is noticed floated at many web portals. 

As reported in the South China Morning Post, cases detected with coronavirus infection in 30 countries across the world are 75,725. The death toll reaches 2,126 among which the number is 2,118 in Mainland China. 3 cases have been detected in India and most country affected by the virus in South East Asia. 

The most human disaster of this kind is the product of human error, but at a time when the world particularly, when the most powerful Asiatic country is facing its worst time, joining hands to find a way out for fighting the killer virus is the need of the hour. Criticism and blaming China for one reason or another is not timely and meaningful. What we the people across the globe should know is that of the total 75,725 cases 16,233 infected people have been recovered. This is an indication of the possibility of finding a cure that is affected by the dreaded virus.

What is worrisome for India is that among the 30 countries affected by the novel coronavirus Myanmar is not on the list. Myanmar shares 1,624-kilometre of a porous border. The country is a friendly neighbor of India with a trade agreement signed and still going on. Entry from Myanmar to India through Moreh town and up to 16 Kilometer inside Indian territory without a passport is permitted by the Indian authority.

The country Myanmar is also a friendly neighbor of China sharing as 2,129 kilometers borderline. Restriction of border trade is reportedly nil as Chinese dominates the market.

One may wonder why no affected person is reported from Myanmar which is an immediate neighbor. May be poor status od medical science in the country may have failed to recognize people affected by the virus.

Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram government should take up immediate effective measures to put restrictions on cross border trade or entry until a solution to the virus is found. Having said so, Manipur being facilitated with high-class medics should conduct camp inside Myanmar to find if the virus had reached the country or not on humanitarian ground.  

An online portal www.gnews.org reports that the real source of the coronavirus is from “a lab in Wuhan” linked to its covert biological weapon programs. Some world-class media reported about Chinese government policy towards media saying that a disclosure at the time of the outbreak of the virus through media could have to save a thousand lives.

Playing criticism in China over the coronavirus is not the right time. But joining hands to find a way is the need of the hour

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Mumbai, Feb.20

Four high-end hotels in Mumbai on Wednesday received threat e-mail, demanding Rs 7 crore within 24 hours, or else the hotels will be blown off with bomb, with its sender claiming to be a member of the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Hotel Leela (Andheri), Hotel Princess, Hotel Park and Hotel Ramada Inn(all the three located at Juhu, Vile Parle West) in North West Mumbai and Seven Eleven Club ( Mira Road), near Mumbai, received the threat mails, following which they were thoroughly checked. However, nothing suspicious was found during the check.
“After the police were told about the threat mails, security was beefed up at these hotels. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) checked the hotels, but nothing suspicious was found in them,” the official said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operation) Pranay Ashok said, “The anti-sabotage check of these hotels was conducted in the presence of the local police. But nothing suspicious was found there. The sender of e mail is being traced, he added.
Former BJP MLA who owns the Seven Eleven Club, said that he received the threat on hotel’s e mail. The e mail stated that “we were prepared to become martyrs. But if innocent people die, you will be responsible Deputy superintendent of police, Mira Road, Shantaram Walvi, said a former MLA and his hotel in the area also received the emails. The subject of the emails read: “Lashkar-e-Taiba wants management of your hotel”. The police said the sender demanded bitcoins as ransom. “We rushed a team of ATS and BDDS to the hotel and intensified security arrangement there,” Walvi said.
The anti-terrorism squad (ATS) and crime branch officials are conducting parallel inquiries. However, a crime branch official said the email appears to be a hoax. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) has been deployed in the premises of the hotels.
The emails that most of the Mumbai hotels received were generated by their websites after the sender wrote the threat messages in the comments section. Joint commissioner of police, Santosh Rastogi, said, “Four five-star hotels in the western suburbs have received threat emails and we are looking into it.” A senior ATS officer said they are trying to trace the sender.
In the meanwhile the Mumbai Police have beefed up security in five-star hotels located near the international airport and in Andheri, Juhu, Santacruz and Mira Road after a few of them received emails from an unknown sender threatening a bomb blast by Lashkar-e-Taiba.

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Thoubal, Feb.20

Eastern Suzuki has today launched a new Authorised Sub-Dealership of Suzuki two wheelers for the people of Thoubal. The sub dealer named as “Kamini Suzuki” is an authorised sub dealer in sales, service and spares and located at Thoubal Bazar Opp. SBI ATM.

The launch was attended by HDFC Thoubal Branch Manager Okram Arun Singh, Managing Director of Eastern Suzuki Hairidas Sinam and Laxmikanta Singh, Proprietor of Kamini Suzuki. 

Speaking on the Occasion Haridas singh has said that the opening of the Authorised Sub dealership will be a great help for the people of Thoubal as well as near it, people can now avail vehicles at dealer rates and will get Five (5) years engine warranty as well as free servicing. The sub dealer will also provide servicing to the old existing Suzuki customers of Access and Swish through Suzuki trained mechanics. 

The main purpose of the opening of this sub dealer is for the comfort of the people so that there is no need to travel all the way to Imphal to buy a vehicle and customers can just browse through the variety of scooters and take a pick. The models available are All New Access (BS-VI), Burgman S-VI), Gixxer(BS-VI) and Intruder(BS-V 1).

Also there is offer of Free Family Vacation stay from our side on purchase of Suzuki scooters for which destination include Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and many more including 26 Indian holiday destination.

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Thursday, 20 February 2020 17:59

Assam Rifles conducts anti drug awareness drive

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Imphal Feb 20

Mantripukhri Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) conducted an Anti Drug awareness drive for Drug Free Manipur at Awang Leikinthabi village on yesterday.
The awareness drive under the theme “United we stand to fight against drugs for a drug free Manipur” was organised by Koirengei Company Operating Base (COB). The drive was planned in response to the concerns of Villagers, Parents and Meira Paibis respect to the youth of the area under danger of falling prey to the drug menace.
As part of the drive, an interactive lecture on harmful effect of drugs was conducted to generate awareness about the ill effects of drugs and to guide everyone to lead a healthy life. In addition, an interactive session was also organised in which various queries of the attendees were answered followed by an awareness rally. The event gave an insight to the locals about harmful effects of drugs on the human body. The drive was a success in educating the locals and youth on this sensitive issue and various measures to counter the drug menace. A total of 80 villagers participated in event.
The locals expressed profound gratitude to the Assam Rifles for organising such educational drive and appreciated the efforts and commitment of Assam Rifles to the cause of making Manipur a drug free state.

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