ISTV Imphal English News – 22 October 2011

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Daily News Digest : The Sangai Express – 22 October 2011


BJP team meets Prime Minister, demands President’s Rule [The Sangai Express]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

New Delhi, Oct 21: A BJP delegation today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convey its concern over the situation in Manipur caused by the nearly three-month economic blockade and demanded imposition of President’s Rule in the state. The BJP delegation, comprising of Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, her Rajya Sabha counterpart […]

Busy Tulihal Airport [The Sangai Express]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 21: Unwilling to take the risk in this land-locked and agitation-prone State coupled with many apparently preferring a comfortable journey the number of passengers opting for the aerial route has reportedly recorded a record high in the last few months. As per estimate of Joint General Manager of Tulihal Airport Ajay Shiva there […]

SSA State Mission offices sealed [The Sangai Express]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 21: Demanding preferential treatment at the time of recruiting Primary teachers, activists of All Manipur Education Volunteers’ Welfare Association locked offices of SSA State Mission Authority and District Project Officers. The Education Volunteers (EVs) were engaged in Education Guarantee Sche-me centres under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan since 2004-2005 by paying certain monthly honorarium. The […]

CBI frames five Manipur University employees [The Sangai Express]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 21: The Cen-tral Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which has been pro-bing into alleged faulty pro- cess of allotting contract works in Manipur Universi-ty has framed chargesheets against five employees of the State. The investigating agen-cy has also chargesheeted three ZRA cadres for their role in drawing money from UBI Churachandpur branch, in another […]

Boy found dead, earrings missing [The Sangai Express]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 21 : A 12 year old boy who went missing since some days back has been found dead inside the campus of CI College, Bish-nupur. The lifeless body of Mutum Jewel alias Manichandra was found inside CI College campus at a bushy spot, not frequented by people at about 11 am today. Jewel […]

Rehab workshop for KCP-MC (Lallumba) cadres held [The Sangai Express]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 21: A one-day workshop for the cadres of KCP-MC (Lallumba) was organised today at 7th MR Bn Hqs to sensitise on the issues pertaining to their rehabilitation as envisaged under the Tripartite Agreement signed with the group in 2010, and renewed in August 2011 for a period of one year. Police officers, Government […]

All India Tribal Students’ Association Manipur Branch (AITSAM) concerned [The Sangai Express]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 21: All India Tribal Students’ Association Manipur Branch (AITSAM) has expressed concern and shock over the way Regional Centre of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University is running in Imphal. AITSAM questioned how roll numbers could be entered wrongly in the marksheets of a University. In a press release, AITSAM further questioned how a […]

Daily News Digest : Hueiyen Lanpao – 22 October 2011

Central BJP leaders call for dismissal of Ibobi government [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, October 21: Taking serious note over the prevailing situation in Manipur, Central BJP leaders have come out strongly against the ruling SPF Government in the state and exerted pressure on the Prime Minister to dismiss it at once and bring the State under President’s Rule. In a representation submitted to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan […]

‘The Bet’ bags best play award [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, October 21: Leimayol Art’s Centre’s ‘The Bet’ has bagged the best play award in the recently held 42nd Short Play Competition for Creative Directors, 2011 organised by the Theatre Centre, Manipur in collaboration with Manipur State Kala Academy, Imphal. The award distribution function of the competition was held today at MDU hall, Yaiskul. The […]

Manipur presently has just 1218 ponies [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, October 21: The game of polo in its birth place Manipur is likely to vanish in the near future unless urgent steps are taken to conserve Manipuri polo ponies, the magnificent breed of horses. According to Manipur veterinary and animal husbandry sources,the population of the Manipur pony breed has declined to 1218(Livestock Census,2007) against […]

Installation of Central Receiving Centre on hold [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, October 21: The Central Receiving Centre (CRC) meant for measuring the magnitude of earthquake, which was all set to be installed in Imphal considering the level of earthquake occurrences in the state is now hold. According to a highly reliable source, it has been revealed that the CRC, which has all the sophisticated equipments […]

Food Processing Institute in the state soon [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

N Sanajaoba Meetei Imphal, October 21: The Department of Commerce and Industry is all set to establish a Food Processing Institute at Porompat, Imphal East, the first of its kind in the state. Sources from the Department of Commerce and Industry said that the institute will be located at the District Industries Centre, Porampat. Although […]

Irom Sharmila Solidarity rally winds its way to Kanpur [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, October 21: The Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign Rally from Kashmir to Imphal, which was flagged off from Hajratbal, Srinagar on October 16, reached Kanpur last night. Providing an update on the campaign rally from Kanpur, Irom Singjajit, brother of Sharmila informed that on arrival at Kanpur at around 8.40 pm yesterday, members of Servant […]

Seminar held @ Maharaja Bodhachandra College [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, October 21: The Department of Political Science and History, Maharaja Bodhachandra College, Imphal conducted its first monthly seminar series on the theme of ‘Intellectual history of contemporary times: Ideas & Practices’ at the college premise today. In the seminar, two resource persons namely Dr Homen Thangjam, Assistant Professor in Department of Police Science of […]

ZSU bans Manipuri songs in Tamenglong [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, Oct 21: The ZSU lending full support to the 72 hours bandh called by the All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM) in all the Naga inhabited areas of Manipur, has started pulling down banners and signboards in Tamenglong where the word Manipur is written. Apart from this, all Manipuri songs have been banned in […]

5 Days – Winter Mela kicks off at Kakching Bazar [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Kakching, October 21: A five-day long Ningtham Mela, 2011, which would go on for five days, has been inaugurated from today at the Composite Hall of Kakching Bazar in Thoubal district. The Mela is being organized by Southern Handloom Weavers Development Federation (Kakching Handloom Cluster) under the joint sponsorship of Ministry of Textiles, Government of […]

State Level National Children’s Science Congress 2011 [Hueiyen Lanpao]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imphal, October 21: Science Teachers’ Forum, Manipur would be organizing the state level 19th National Children’s Science Congress-2011 from October 22 to 24 at Lalpuithluaii Foundation School, Bungmual in Churachandpur. The event would be supported by NCSTC, DST, Government of India, New Delhi and co-sponsored by Department of Science & Technology, Government of Manipur. In […]

Daily News Digest : Imphal Free Press – 22 October 2011

CM in national capital to attend NDC meet [Imphal Free Press]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 21: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has left Imphal for the national capital this morning to attend a meeting of the National Development Council organized by the Planning Commission of India scheduled for tomorrow at Bigyan Bhavan New Delhi. According to an official source, Chief Minister who will be assisted by the state […]

State CPI holds rally in protest against price hike [Imphal Free Press]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, October 21: As part of the nation wide protest against price rise and pressure to pass stronger version of the Lok Pal Bill, the Communist Party of India, Manipur also organized a similar protest rally in Imphal east and Imphal west. Over hundreds of CPI members took part in the rally that started from […]

Governor sceptical on NH 53 work: ICHAM [Imphal Free Press]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL October 21: “Governor Gurbachan Jagat has expressed doubt that the construction of the NH 53 will be completed within the timeframe of December 2013 set by the BRO. The Governor has also given assurance that the matter will be taken up with the officials of the home and defence ministry at the Governors’ Meet […]

Youth handed over to police for allegedly threatening RTI activists [Imphal Free Press]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, October 21: General public of Khergao area apprehended a youth and handed him over to the police for allegedly threatening RTI activists last night at Khergao Awang Leikai. Briefing media persons Md. Ibungo a local club member, revealed that the incident occurred around 8 pm when MA Rahman, an RTI activist was threaten with […]

12 year old found dead after missing for two days [Imphal Free Press]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, October 21: A 12 year old student of Bishnupur Public School, who had failed to return home after leaving for his school on the morning of October 19 was found dead inside the CI College, Bishnupur district late this morning at around 11 am. According to a family source, the boy identified as Mutum […]

Education volunteers agitates against recruitment of primary teachers [Imphal Free Press]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL October 21: Decrying the notification of the principal secretary education (s) regarding recruitment of primary teachers made yesterday, the All Manipur Education Volunteers Welfare Association has locked up the offices of the SSA of all districts from today onwards. Briefing media persons in the regard at Manipur Press Club, president of the association, Oinam […]

Manipur Theatre day observed [Imphal Free Press]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, October 21: The Theatre Centre Manipur today observed the Manipur Theatre Day at the Manipur Dramatic Union. The function was attended by health minister L Jayantakumar, director Kalakshetra Manipur and secretary, Manipur State Kala Akademi S Vedeshwar Sharma as the chief guest, president and guest of honour. Speaking at the observation, minister Jayentakumar stated […]

Three militant cadres arrested : PRO IGAR (S) [Imphal Free Press]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 21: Troops under the IGAR (S) arrested at least three militant cadres in separate counter insurgency operation since yesterday, informed a statement issued by the PRO IGAR (S). In the first incident, troops of 27 AR discovering the movement of UG cadres in general area Maringbal  of Thoubal district, launched a search operation […]

Combined forces arrested one KCP MC cadre [Imphal Free Press]

October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 21: A combined team of Imphal East district police commandos and 28 AR reportedly arrested a cadre of the proscribed KCP MC militant on October 18 near NRL oil pump, Khurai Thangjam Leikai along with weapons. A statement issued by the office of the Imphal East district police, the combined team arrested the […]

BJP team meets Prime Minister, demands President’s Rule [The Sangai Express]

New Delhi, Oct 21: A BJP delegation today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convey its concern over the situation in Manipur caused by the nearly three-month economic blockade and demanded imposition of President’s Rule in the state.

The BJP delegation, comprising of Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley and party president Nitin Gadkari, met Singh along with some party leaders from Manipur. They infor-med him that the situation in the state was grave.

“While apprising the Prime Minister about the si-tuation in Manipur, which is not only sensitive but also dangerous, we made some demands. Prices of essential commodities have sky-rocketed, petrol and diesel being sold at arbitrary prices, potatoes and vegetable prices are so high that even the rich cannot afford them,” Swaraj told reporters after the meeting.

She maintained that it is beyond comprehension how the government in Manipur has stayed a mute spectator while the situation has continued to deteriorate for such a long time.

“So we have demanded that first of all, dismiss the government there and impose President’s Rule in the state,” Swaraj said.

Manipur, where elections are due in a few months, has been facing an economic blockade due to protests. As a result, essential commodities are not rea- ching the people.

“Secondly, we suggested that under your leader- ship you should take an all-party delegation to Manipur and sit and talk to the people there. They need a human touch,” she said.

BJP also demanded that Rs 3 lakh compensation be given to each family and sending of essential supplies to the state through an “alternate route”. It said black marketing should be checked and strict action taken against those indulging in it.

“The Prime Minister said he is aware of the situation and will think about sending an all-party delegation. He will talk to the Home Mi-nistry and then inform us. He liked our suggestion. He also said he is in constant touch with Manipur but no solution is in sight at the moment. He was receptive to our suggestions and the talks were cordial,” Swaraj said.

NNN adds: In the meeting, Sushma Swaraj urged the Prime Minister to convey the demand to leaders of all political parties to visit Manipur to take stock of the situation in the state, said Manipur Pradesh BJP Media Co-ordinator, L Basanta Sharma.

Notably, Manipur BJP unit president Sh Shantikumar Sharma, vice president, Prof S Tiken and State secretary Janglet Haokip left Imphal for New Delhi to meet Prime Minister yesterday.

In a memorandum submitted to Dr Manmohan Singh on Friday, BJP Manipur Pradesh stated that the people of Manipur are in a deep crisis.

The state Government has miserably failed in tackling this grave situation. The Government of the day is practically absent. The state legislature seems to have become completely dysfunctional, the State BJP representation alleged.

Corruption has become rampant and people cannot have any of their problems solved without paying a bribe. Recently, by creating a false picture about normalcy in the state, Chief Minister O Ibobi has added insult to the injury, it said.

The state of Manipur is facing a peculiar situation due to the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee’s (SHDDC) agitation by way of blockade of national highways 39 and 37 since August 1. Human rights of the citizens are being violated practically every day. The supply of essential commodities, petroleum products and life-saving drugs is severely affected and black marketers are having a field day.

Approximately, after 20 days of total bandh called by SHDDC, the United Naga council (UNC) started counter blockade in protest against the demand for creation of Sadar Hills district.

As a consequence, the people of Manipur, both in the hills as well as in the valleys are caught in the crossfire and are suffering severely.

Given the ground realities, prices of essential commodities and petroleum products and kerosene oil before and after the blockade— prices of LPG has gone up to Rs 1800-2000 per cylinder and for petrol upto Rs 120 per litre.

The central Government seems to have taken a spectator’s role and no efforts seem to be underway for bringing normalcy in the state. “We wonder what exactly the government is waiting for.”

In view of this situation, the Bharatiya Janata Party, Manipur had submitted a memorandum with about 20,000 signatures from different parts of the state to the President of India through governor of Manipur demanding immediate intervention in the state.

The demands mentioned in the memorandum submitted to Manmohan Singh stated that the Manipur Government should be dismissed forthwith and the state be brought under President’s Rule till such time as fresh elections are conducted.

The BJP memorandum also said the Union Government should make every attempt to bring amicable solution regarding Sadar Hills issue at the earliest. Effective steps should be taken urgently to put a full stop on rampant black marketing, it added.

The memo further said availability of essential commodities as well as petroleum products in sufficient quantity should be ensured all over the state.

The BJP  memorandum then demanded that special subsidy/suffering subsidy of Rs 30,000 per month should be given to each family in Manipur to compensate the losses during the economic blockade so far.

A long-term comprehensive policy for ending insurgency in this state should be framed forthwith while taking all the political parties and the people at large in confidence, it concluded.

Source: The Sangai Express

Busy Tulihal Airport [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 21: Unwilling to take the risk in this land-locked and agitation-prone State coupled with many apparently preferring a comfortable journey the number of passengers opting for the aerial route has reportedly recorded a record high in the last few months.

As per estimate of Joint General Manager of Tulihal Airport Ajay Shiva there is an average of over 1000 passengers flying in and out of the state on a daily basis.

Noting that agitation of various modes and forms have been plaguing Manipur for the last many years and pointing to the ongoing economic blockade as a factor, the Assistant General Manager speaking to The Sangai Express confided that flight service operators are constrained to increase number of flights to cope with the growing number of passengers.

Compared to about 25,400 passengers arriving to Manipur in a month during normal times the number  rises to over 31,000 whenever there is bandh or blockade in the State, said Ajay adding that passenger figure taking the flight out of manipur in a month under similar circumstances hovers around the 35,500 mark.

Informing that Manipur is aerially connected with other parts of the country through 24 flight operations a day, he listed services by Air India, Kingfisher, Indigo, Jetlite, NE Shuttle and airforce planes as the service providers catering to the growing number of passengers both to and from Manipur.

Disclosing that a new terminal of international standard would be added to the Tulihal Airport having aero-bridge facility, the Airport official said the new terminal will provide separate space for cargo planes.

The AGM further infor-med that for convenience of the air passengers Tulihal Airport at present have various facilities such as rooms for child care, baby feeding rooms in addition to rest room, wheeler and toilet facilities for physically challenged persons.

Along with ambulance facility a medical inspection room has been opened at the airport for medical attention of passengers, he added.

Source: The Sangai Express

 

SSA State Mission offices sealed [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 21: Demanding preferential treatment at the time of recruiting Primary teachers, activists of All Manipur Education Volunteers’ Welfare Association locked offices of SSA State Mission Authority and District Project Officers.

The Education Volunteers (EVs) were engaged in Education Guarantee Sche-me centres under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan since 2004-2005 by paying certain monthly honorarium.

The EVs are now demanding that they should be given certain advantage at the time of recruiting Primary teachers.

Notably, there are 717 Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) Centres in Mani- pur under SSA. Out of these, the State Government took a decision on September 13 this year to upgrade 380 centres to the level of Primary schools.

However, the EVs who have been running these centres from the very beginning have been ignored by the Government, lamented the association.

Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club here today, Association president Oinam Nobin  claimed that the State Government decided to upgrade 380 EGS Centres to the level of Primary Schools after a great struggle by the EVs for four/five years.

Nobin further claimed that they were selected as qualified teachers by village education committees even before the Right to Education Act came into force.

But without giving little thought to all the struggles made by EVs, the State Government issued a notification on October 20 for recruitment of fresh Primary teachers under SSA, he said.

This step of the State Government has belied all the hopes and expectations of the EVs who were hoping that they would get regular employment as and when the EGS Centres are upgraded to the level of Primary schools.

It was with this hope, the EVs volunteered to lease out 90 per cent of the premises where the new Primary schools would be built.

The association demanded that the Government should review its decision of completely sidelining the EVs immediately.

Even if the Right to Education Act prohibits recruitment of untrained teachers, the EVs were recruited before the Right to Education Act came into force in Manipur, Nobin contended.

He further questioned the State Government’s decision of making the TET passed candidates eligible for Primary teachers even when they have not been trained.

Accusing the SSA State Mission Authority of keeping the EVs suppressed since the very beginning, Nobin said that the authority has not yet published multi text books nor released necessary funds in time.

Honorariums due to EVs have not been paid for 10 months in all the districts.

Source: The Sangai Express

 

Central BJP leaders call for dismissal of Ibobi government [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal, October 21: Taking serious note over the prevailing situation in Manipur, Central BJP leaders have come out strongly against the ruling SPF Government in the state and exerted pressure on the Prime Minister to dismiss it at once and bring the State under President’s Rule.
In a representation submitted to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today, President of BJP Nitin Gadkari, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley pointed out that people of Manipur are in a deep crisis today and the state Government has miserably failed in tackling the situation.

The Central BJP leaders demanded that the ruling SPF government should be dismissed forthwith and the state be brought under President’s rule (PR) until such time as fresh elections are conducted.

“The government of the day is practically absent. The state legislature seems to have become completely dis-functional. Corruption has become rampant and people cannot have any of their problems solved without paying bribe. Recently, by creating a false picture about normalcy in the State, the Chief Minister has added insult to the injury”, the BJP leaders alleged in their representation.

On the hardships being faced by the people, the representation noted that Manipur has been facing a peculiar situation due to the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee’s (SHDDC) agitation by way of economic blockade on National Highways 39 and 53 since August 1 last. After 20 days of economic blockade called by SHDDC, United Naga Council (UNC) started counter blockade in protest against the demand for creation of Sadar Hills District. As a consequence, people of Manipur, both in the hills and the valley, are caught in the crossfire and are suffering in multiple ways.

“Never in the past, people belonging to any state in India, had undergone this kind of aggravation and hardships for no faulty of theirs”, the representation observed, and pointed out that prices of essential commodities and petroleum products in Manipur has sky-rocketed beyond the reach of common people. One LPG cylinder (domestic cooking gas) which used to cost Rs 415 before the blockade has reached Rs 1800-2000 after the blockade and one litre of petrol which cost Rs 65 before the blockade now cost Rs 120. Moreover, Onion, which used to cost Rs 20 per kg before the blockade is now being sold at Rs 60-80 per kg and Potato at Rs 40 per kg although its price was just Rs 12 per kg, the representation pointed out.

Urging the Prime Minister to lead an all-party delegation to Manipur and provide the people of the State a much-needed healing touch, the BJP leaders demanded the Union Government to make every possible attempt to bring an amicable solution to the issue of Sadar hills at the earliest.
They also demanded that effective steps should be taken urgently to put a stop to rampant black marketing and ensure availability of essential commodities as well as petroleum products in sufficient quantity all over the state.

Furthermore, the Central BJP leaders proposed that special subsidy/suffering subsidy of Rs 30,000 per month be given to each family of the State to compensate the losses during the ongoing economic blockade so far and a long-term comprehensive policy for ending insurgency in the State be framed forthwith while taking all the political and the people at large in confidence.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao