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Daily News Digest : The Sangai Express – 16 October 2011

 

Myanmar talks tough against ultras operating from its soil [The Sangai Express]

October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

NEW DELHI Oct 15: In a significant development, Myanmar on Friday took a strong stand against insurgents operating from its soil adjacent to India’s Northeast and committed not to allow its soil to be used by forces inimical to interests of India. This was conveyed by Myanmar’s Minister for Border Affairs and Industrial Development Lt. […]

Sharmila an icon to Bangladesh Manipuri women [The Sangai Express]

October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 15: Dejected on being denied permission to meet anti-AFSPA campaigner Irom Chanu Sharmila, a Manipuri woman activist from Bangladesh, nevertheless said that Sharmila’s grit and relentless endeavour had been an inspiration for many Manipuri women settled in Bangladesh. speaking to The Sangai Express forty-year old Thingujam Ohila, who is secretary of Ramnagar Manipuri […]

Lapses cost Mid-Day Meal dear [The Sangai Express]

October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 15 : Following detection of discrepancies and lapses in implementation of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Manipur, around Rs seven crores are being held back. An official source informed that the amount of Rs seven crores which could not be released due to discrepancies were meant for purchasing curry material, firewood for cooking […]

Ineligible candidates in TET ? [The Sangai Express]

October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 15 : A strong suspicion has been raised whether some candidates who were not eligible for Paper II of the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) conducted recently were allowed to appear in the test. As per the results declared on September 27, 7107 candidates cleared the Paper II test out of 15680 candidates who […]

Jessami Road Report Submitted [The Sangai Express]

October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 15:The Road Verification Committee comprising officials of Indian Oil Corporation, PWD and BRO which conducted field assessment of the condition of Jessami road has submitted its report to the Government. According to the report submitted to the CAF &PD Commissioner by IOC and PWD respectively, there is possibility of using the road twice […]

Strike peaceful, life crippled [ The Sangai Express ]

October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 15 : The day-long general strike called by the Coordination Co-mmittee of KCP, KYKL, PREPAK, PREPAK (Pro), RPF, UNLF and UPPK  has passed off peacefully this evening. Even as the general strike was on, protests were held  by burning copies of the merger agreement while items signifying India were torn and defiled. There […]

Many condemn attack on Medical Officer [ The Sangai Express ]

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Ukhrul Oct 15: Condemnations over the attack on the Medical Officer of Ukhrul on October 1`0 at his quarters by unidentified gunmen continue to pour in with the Directorate of Health Services appealing to all to make hospital a free zone and urged the authority concerned to arrest the culprit at the earliest possible. In […]

Erabot questions Govt’s inaction [ The Sangai Express ]

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IMPHAL, Oct 15 : Stating that some elements have been putting up hurdles when he took up development works within  his Assembly Constituency in his capacity as an MLA, Wangkei AC MLA Yumkham Erabot has questioned why the Government is silent to such disturbances. He asked if there was no rule of law in the […]

Myanmar talks tough against ultras operating from its soil [The Sangai Express]

NEW DELHI Oct 15: In a significant development, Myanmar on Friday took a strong stand against insurgents operating from its soil adjacent to India’s Northeast and committed not to allow its soil to be used by forces inimical to interests of India.

This was conveyed by Myanmar’s Minister for Border Affairs and Industrial Development Lt. Gen Thein Htay during his meeting with Union Minister for DoNER, Paban Singh Ghatowar, here on Friday. The same was reiterated during the bilateral talks Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had with visiting Myanmar President U Thein Sein.

“Both sides have reaffirmed their unequivocal and uncompromising position against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said a joint statement issued after the delegation-level meeting.

The statement further said both sides had agreed on enhancing effective cooperation and coordination between the security forces of the two countries in tackling the menace of insurgency and terrorism. Both sides also underscored the need to strengthen institutional mechanisms for sharing intelligence to combat the menace of insurgency, arms smuggling and drug trafficking.

In this context, both the countries discussed matters relating to further strengthening of border management mechanisms. The two leaders reiterated and resolved not to allow their respective territory to be used for training, sanctuary and other operations by terrorist organisations and their operatives.

Ghatowar informed the Myanmar Minister had readily agreed to an invitation to visit the Northeast. Besides internal security, cooperation in enhancing cross-border connectivity through road, railways and waterways was discussed during the meeting, he said.

The Prime Minister and the President of Myanmar reiterated their shared commitment to strengthening and broadening the multi-faceted relationship.

While acknowledging that both sides have a responsibility to promote peace, security and stability in the region, they emphasized the need to intensify economic, social and developmental engagements in order to bring about all round socio-economic development and inclusive growth.

The two sides reviewed the infrastructure development and cooperation projects that are being undertaken in Myanmar with technical and financial assistance from India, including those related to roads, waterways, power, health, education and industrial training, telecommunications, and others.

Both the countries signed several agreements.

India and Myanmar expressed satisfaction at the pace of implementation of Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project, especially the port development and Inland waterways.

It was also decided to open an additional Land Customs Station/border trade point on the India-Myanmar border to allow smooth flow of goods generated by Kaladan Project. Both sides reiterated their commitment for an early implementation of the Rhi-Tiddim Road Development Project with grant assistance from India.

Reviewing the progress in establishing trilateral connectivity from Moreh in India to Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar, it was noted that substantial progress had been achieved in preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) for roads and causeways in Myanmar.

The two sides agreed to promote trade, investment and economic cooperation in a sustainable manner. With a view to promoting border trade, two sides agreed that meetings between Indian and Myanmar officials of customs, immigration, border chambers of commerce, officials of bank branches at the border, border trade officials (Tamu and Rhi –OSS Team) and Government officials would take place at Tamu-Moreh and Rhi-Zowkhathar at regular intervals.

It was agreed to consider opening up new border trading points along the border for the economic uplift of the people of the area. It was also agreed to consider better functioning of the existing points and facilitate movement of people and goods between the two countries.

Both the countries underscored the need for energy security and expressed satisfaction at ongoing bilateral cooperation in the area. They agreed to enhance cooperation in the area of oil and natural gas exploration, a facility denied to India earlier at the behest of China.

Both sides agreed to examine commencement of ferry services on Kolkata-Yangon and Chennai-Yangon routes. They also agreed for operating flights between the two countries.

India agreed to the request of the Government of Myanmar to facilitate allocation of land in Bodh Gaya for setting up a Buddhist monastery for use of pilgrims and monks from Myanmar. Ghatowar pointed out that there is cooperation between Myanmar and the N-E region in respect of religious tourism given the presence of a sizeable Buddhist population in the region.

Source: The Sangai Express

 

Sharmila an icon to Bangladesh Manipuri women [The Sangai Express]

Thingujam Ohila and SharmilaIMPHAL, Oct 15: Dejected on being denied permission to meet anti-AFSPA campaigner Irom Chanu Sharmila, a Manipuri woman activist from Bangladesh, nevertheless said that Sharmila’s grit and relentless endeavour had been an inspiration for many Manipuri women settled in Bangladesh.

speaking to The Sangai Express forty-year old Thingujam Ohila, who is secretary of Ramnagar Manipuri Chaokhat Khongthang Nupi Lup in Bangladesh, confided that apart from attending the recently celebrated Mera Houchongba festival, members of the Bangladesh delegation were expecting to meet Irom Chanu Sharmila, currently lodged at the security ward of JN Hospital.

With the aspiration to personally convey morale support to Sharmila’s campaign not materialising the Bangladeshi team will return home heavy-hearted, expressed Ohila adding that for the last few years conversation at most public gathering centres on the democratic movement launched by Sharmila and her determination to ensure right to life of Manipuris.

Asserting that Shar-mila’s effort to scrap the draconian law from all the States where it is enforced is exemplary, she said Sharmi-la is very much revered by Bangladesh Manipuri wo-men who are confident that the democratic movement against AFSPA will certain-ly bear fruit. Hoping that peace and development in Manipur will be a reality, the Lup secretary said it is the wish of every Manipuri women in Bangladesh to join in any important movement launched by women bodies in the State.

Inspite of separation by geographical boundary there is an indelible emotion for the motherland, she affirmed while stating that determination and resilience of the Manipuri womenfolk have gained global recognition. Regarding condition of Manipuri women in Bangladesh, she said there had been some positive changes in outlook and concept in the Islamic country as adult female member of a family could move out of home without the company of a male.

Since establishment of the Ramnagar Manipuri Chaokhat Khongthang Nupi Lup in 1990 efforts are being made to preserve the tradition and culture of Manipur in addition to imparting training on weaving of traditional attires, said Ohila who exulted in informing that there are lady doc- tors and teachers among the Bangladesh Manipuri population. under the aegis of the Lup cultural activities are being promoted in the form of organising classical Manipuri dance form and thang-ta martial art along with programmes on Ras Leela, Maibi Jagoi, etc at different places where there are substantial Manipuri population.

Highlighting that cultural activities of the Manipuris have been able to impress the majority population, Ohila however regretted that there is only limited assistance to the Bangladesh Manipuri population of about 10,000 from the side of the Bangladesh Government contrary to recognition and welfare programmes for the Lemlai group of people who have about 40,000 population.

Such a disparity is being pointed out to the Bangla-desh Govt from time to time, she maintained and mentioned that Manipuri people in Bangladesh are concentrated in different places of Sylhet and Hobiganja.

Source: The Sangai Express

Lapses cost Mid-Day Meal dear [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 15 : Following detection of discrepancies and lapses in implementation of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Manipur, around Rs seven crores are being held back.

An official source informed that the amount of Rs seven crores which could not be released due to discrepancies were meant for purchasing curry material, firewood for cooking food and payment of honorarium to cooks.

As a rule, the Government release funds for buying curry materials, firewood and honorarium amounts to bank accounts of the respective schools.

The Government released funds for buying these materials and honorarium amounts till the month of September last year.

However, on account of the failure of schools to submit APRs to the Government for the money they received, Mid-Day Meal funds for the period October 2010 to October 2011 have not been released yet.

The Finance Department has already issued strong instructions not to release further funds until APRs for the money received earlier are submitted.

Generally, funds are released after approval by Finance Department through Treasury Mode System to banks directly in the form of e-transfer. The banks would then deposit the amounts in the respective accounts of the schools.

Through this system, the funds can reach the school accounts directly.

But when it comes to collection of APRs, there are certain ambiguities and it is not clearly defined whether collection of APRs should be done by banks or Government officials like AIs or DIs.

It is said that AIs and DIs who are directly handling Mid-Day Meal Scheme are instructed to collect APRs.

However, as the funds were directly deposited in their respective accounts by banks, school authorities were not serious when AIs/DIs went to collect APRs.

Again, for schools located far away from district headquarters, their authorities have no intention to come all the way to district quarters to submit APRs.

But Mid-Day Meal scheme has no provision to give allowances to AIs and DIs for collecting APRs from remote and far off schools.

As for rice given under the scheme, there is no problem as AIs and DIs collect signatures of Headmasters/Headmistresses before given them rice.

Though no funds have been released since October last year, Headmasters/Headmistresses submit files of giving meals to students by buying the food materials and firewood on credit.

As such, the amount of Rs seven crores currently held back may go in reimbursing the amounts reportedly spent by Headmasters/Headmistresses in buying the food materials on credit as and when the amount is released.

Even as the APRs could not be collected in time, the State Government has been submitting utilisation certificates in time for the funds released by the Centre for Mid-Day Meal Scheme.

Source: The Sangai Express

Ineligible candidates in TET ? [The Sangai Express]

Candidates appearing for the TET on September 16, 2011IMPHAL, Oct 15 : A strong suspicion has been raised whether some candidates who were not eligible for Paper II of the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) conducted recently were allowed to appear in the test.

As per the results declared on September 27, 7107 candidates cleared the Paper II test out of 15680 candidates who appeared for the same paper.

The eligibility criteria for the Paper II test was 50 per cent marks in Graduation for general candidates and 45 per cent marks in Graduates belonging to OBC, ST and SC categories.

Now the Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BSEM) which conducted the test is preparing to give certificates to the successful candidate at Raja Dumbra High School.

BSEM has asked the candidates to produce their original (Graduate) certificates and BSEM officials have kept apart all suspicious or inauthentic certificates.

A top-ranking official of BSEM said that there was no mistake on the part of the Board. Nevertheless, the Board has been closely examining all the documents submitted by the candidates to check if there are any inauthentic or forged documents, said the official.

Source: The Sangai Express

Jessami Road Report Submitted [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 15:The Road Verification Committee comprising officials of Indian Oil Corporation, PWD and BRO which conducted field assessment of the condition of Jessami road has submitted its report to the Government.

According to the report submitted to the CAF &PD Commissioner by IOC and PWD respectively, there is possibility of using the road twice a week, conveyed a reliable source.

In the course of the field survey, the BRO officials observed that it would be difficult even for vehicles weighing only nine tonnes to take the road because of the narrow turnings and weak culverts and this was mentioned in the report.

The report also mentioned the BRO’s intention to repair the road first in view of its narrowness and unevenness of the road surface. In case, the road should be taken due to sheer necessity, there is need to monitor vehicles coming from Ukhrul side, once vehicles start moving on the road from Jessami side, said the report.

Source: The Sangai Express

 

Strike peaceful, life crippled [ The Sangai Express ]

Shops under lock during the general strikeIMPHAL, Oct 15 : The day-long general strike called by the Coordination Co-mmittee of KCP, KYKL, PREPAK, PREPAK (Pro), RPF, UNLF and UPPK  has passed off peacefully this evening.

Even as the general strike was on, protests were held  by burning copies of the merger agreement while items signifying India were torn and defiled.

There is no report of any untoward incident during the 17 hours long general strike. In spite of the stringent security measures taken up by the Government to thwart any subversive activity, there was little vehicular movement on all major roads and streets of Imphal. All commercial centres and markets wore deserted looks.

All passenger carriers and private vehicles stayed off the roads, except for a few vehicles carrying sick people or out on religious or emergency purposes.

All schools and colleges remained shut. Attendance in Government offices was also negligible.

Like in Khwairamband Keithel, all important market centres of Imphal East, Thoubal and Bishnupur were closed. The impact of the general strike was also reflected in Churachandpur district. Presence of people in important markets of Churachandpur district headquarters was greatly reduced. But the general strike had little effect on Ukhrul, Senapati, Tamenglong and Chandel districts.

Nevertheless, people felt some difficulties as all inter-district passenger carriers stayed off the roads.

The general strike called on ‘National Black Day’ (October 15) did not cause any disturbance to air service.

However, Jiribam sub-division was severely affected by the general strike. In Jiribam too, vehicles stayed off the roads excepting those of security personnel.

Government offices and educational institutions remained shut, reports our correspondent.

Source: The Sangai Express