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Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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12 more non-locals rounded up

Locals of Luwangshangbam area rounded up 12 more non-locals while they were travelling in a winger vehicle bearing registration number MN-07 B 0334 at the area. The driver of the vehicle has been identified as MD Ajit. On being interrogation, the all the non locals were turn out to be tiles workers engage for a construction firm near 2nd Bn Manipur Rifle compound. Among them 5 are from Bihar and 7 are from West Bengal. The non-locals were later handed over to the members of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System Manipur. Locals of Luwangsangbam area while speaking to media persons expressed their desires to send back the non locals to Dimapur where they had been transported from.

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Uniforms distributed under SSA scheme

Uniforms were distributed to the students of Ukhongshang Upper Primary School under the aegis of SSA Thoubal.Takcham Bikomdas Meitei, Deputy Inspector of School Zone-III Thoubal, H. Romesh Singh, Headmaster of Ukhongshang Upper Primary and Th. Shyamjai Singh, Councilor of Ward No. 7, Shikhong Sekmai Municipal Council attended the function as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.Speaking during the occasion DI of schools said that it needs joint effort of the students, parents and teachers to uplift a school.

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Recipe for mayhem

Though the state of Manipur is small in terms of its geographical boundary, it is by no means small when it comes to the amount of scandals, crimes and social unrest is concerned. As always, the state is presently gearing up for more agitations, demonstrations and protests with different groups in the society starting their varied demands. Amongst the issues likely to disrupt the already fragile social set up is the political storm that is brewing in the form of the likely disqualification of a number of MLAs from different parties on allegations of dissent. The fallout of such a move will undoubtedly adversely affect the political stability and further hinder the workings of the state government, if nothing else. Another burning issue waiting to spill over into a major crisis that will definitely arrest development and cripple the state government is the one concerning the demand for the implementation of Inner Line Permit system in the state. Apparently, almost every social organizations, groups of individuals, student bodies etc. have been drawn into the simmering cauldron of long repressed emotions, and as if on cue, crimes committed by non locals in the state have reportedly increased manifold in recent times, adding greater legitimacy to the ongoing agitations. Whether these reportedly increasing crimes by the non locals are a result of greater vigil and alertness by the media and the society, or that of the failure of those responsible for maintaining and enforcing law and order in the state, thus emboldening and encouraging these migrants is a matter that needs to be looked into more thoroughly. Yet another protracted and rather sensitive issue threatening to disrupt the social order yet once again is the demand for repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act. (AFSA)1958. The state has seen unprecedented upheaval and unrest in spurts and is still poised for another episode, with the dropping of the suicide charges on Irom Chanu Sharmila who has been crusading against the imposition of AFSPA and has been demanding complete removal of the act by fasting for almost fourteen years, and the subsequent re-arrest by the police just two days afterwards. While the state government, on their part, are maintaining that they are doing everything in their power to address these issues, yet the fact remains that the public cannot feel the vibe of those in power rising up to the challenges that is threatening to rupture the fragile cover of peace and normalcy. And amidst all these emerging chaos and confusion, progress and development have taken a backseat. It will not be long before we all start feeling the heat at the realization of being left out of the race for development. It is time we overcome every obstacle with joined hands to find the road to progress instead of remaining on different sides of the fence and hurling accusations and allegations. The loss would be for everyone in the society, no matter how high and mighty or influential one might happen to be.

Hearing for TC MLAs postponed on Sept. 17

Assembly to take up cases for MSCP MLAs
Hearing for disqualification case of the Trinamool Congress MLAs has been postponed on September 17 after the respondent MLAs had pleaded for more times to the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly. As according to the complaint lodge by MLA Th. Shyamkumar, Kim Gangte and two other office bearers of the All India Trinamool Congress Party for disqualification of MLA Joykishan, MLA, K Sharat, MLA O Lukhoi, MLA Th. Bishojit and MLA I. Ibohalbi, tribunal of the state legislative Assembly had summoned the MLAs today at 10.30 am to give their statement. According to a source from the state legislative Assembly, MLA Joykishan, MLA, K Sharat, MLA O Lukhoi and MLA Th. Bishojit appeared before the tribunal and pleaded to give a month time however speaker of the Legislative Assembly had accepted only 3 weeks time and the next hearing has been postponed on September 17. Complainant MLA Shyamkumar did not show up but sent his lawyer S. Gunabanta Meitei. As for MLA I Ibohalbi he had already anticipated the Assembly Secretariat about his inability to present in the tribunal as he is presently staying abroad.While the four MLAs – Kh. Joykishan, K Sharat, O Lukhoi and Th. Bishojit were pleaded for disqualification by MLA Shyamkumar, Oinam Kabi Singh and Waikhom Ngalentomba Meitei, MLA Dr. I Ibohalbi has been pleaded by former president of AITC, Manipur State Unit, Kim Gangte for disqualification under the Anti Defection Law.Meanwhile, hearing for disqualification case of MSCP MLAs which had merged with the Congress Party is scheduled on September 2 . President of the MSCP, Adim Panmei had lodge complaint pleading to disqualify the MSCP MLAs which had merged to the Congress Party under the Anti-defection Law.

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