ISTV Imphal English News – 28 October 2011


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Governor, CM greet people on Ningol Chakkouba [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 27: The Governor of Manipur, Gurbachan Jagat has greeted the people of Manipur on the auspicious occasion of Ningol Chakkouba.

In his message, the Governor stated that Ningol Chakkouba is a unique social festival of the Meiteis and it is observed on the second day of the new moon of the Manipuri month of “Hiyangei”. It rejuvenates family ties and strengthens the bond of love and affection mainly between married women and brothers, which ultimately helps in preserving and promoting unity and integrity in the society.

Ningol Chakkouba is a very happy and significant occasion on which the married women come to their parental houses along with their children and enjoy sumptuous feasts and receive “Dhakshina” after the feast as a token of love and affection. The festival will be celebrated in its true spirit with the involvement of different communities in Manipur, he added.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has also greeted the people of the state on the occasion of Ningol Chakkouba.

In his message, the Chief Minister stated that the festival of Ningol Chakkouba reinforces the fraternal and protective bond that exists between brothers and sisters and parents and daughters since time immemorial. Though the festival is originally observed by the Meitei community, the celebration now extends to other communities and tribes in Manipur thereby promoting unity and emotional integration in the state, he added.

Source: Imphal Free Press

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MU security guard physically abuses girl student [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 27: Students of Manipur University once again faced harassment from ill-mannered security personnel right inside the university campus.

A drunken security guard of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) posted at the Main Gate of Manipur University today physically abused a student girl of third semester of mass communication department.

According to the victim, the incident happened at around 1 pm when she along with one of her friend came out of their classroom to receive her cousin brothers who came to the university for submitting the application form of National Eligibility Test (NET). However, the security personnel at the main gate prevented her brothers from entering the campus even after showing them necessary documents.

She argued with the security guards as to why her brothers were prevented from entering the campus when others are allowed to enter the campus by depositing their identity cards with the security guards at the main gate.

Her friend also joined in the argument. The security personnel later allowed her brothers to enter the campus, but the guard began to taunt her asking unrelated questions about her brothers while they were signing in the entry book.

She scolded the guard for asking nonsense questions to her. The security guard then pushed her on her chest and tried to hit her. In feat of anger and humility, the victim also tried to slap the ill-mannered guard.

On hearing the news of physical abuse to a girl student, the students of Manipur University gathered at the mass communication department and strongly protested against the conduct of ill-mannered security guards.

The vice-chancellor of the university, Prof HNK Sarma, registrar N Lokendra and dean of School of Social Sciences, Prof Amar Yumnam came to pacify the irate students.

The university officials also took the statement of both the victim and the accused security guard. The vice-chancellor further assured to the students of taking up necessary action against the erring security guard.

The victim student was also examined by a medical team of the university after she became emotionally disturbed in the aftermath of the incident.

One student of mass communication department told IFP stated that such incidents had happened many times in the past. The security personnel have been giving torments to the students rather than ensuring a peaceful academic environment at Manipur University.

The university authorities should take the matter of abusing girl student seriously and report the mater to the highest authority, he enjoined.

Source: Imphal Free Press

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Indigenous fishes in short supply at the State Fish fair [Hueiyen Lanpao]


Fishes on display in one of the stall at Hapta kangjeibung Fish exibition

Imphal, October 27: The State Fish fair organized by the Fishery Department on the eve of Ningol Chakkouba, at Hatta Kangjeibung, Palace Compound, today witnessed a scarce supply of Ngaton and Prawn, and many people went away disappointed at not being able to get a taste of these rare indigenous fishes.

After the inauguration of the Fish fair, most of the people who came to the fair thronged the stalls where Pengba and Ngaton were sold. As the saying goes “Early bird catches the worm”, those few buyers who came in early were able to buy Pengba and Ngaton, while many others who came a bit later went back disappointed. Some of the Pengbas were sold alive in a polythene bag of water, which were on average of smaller sizes.

The inaugural function of the Fish Fair was graced by Md Allaudin Khan, Minister, Fisheries and RK Sukumar, Secretary, Fisheries as the Chief Guest and President respectively. K Sarat kumar, Director, Fisheries and Devendra, retired Director, Fisheries, GoM were the Guests of Honour.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Md Allaudin said that with the increase in population the production of local fish needs to be increased.  Since the production of fish in the state is far behind the demand of the state, a large quantity of fish is being imported from other states.

With the advancement in science and technology, scientific methods are also being used in the state by fish farmers. And gradually the production rate is also increasing. In the next few years the fish production in the state will hopefully be able to meet all the demands of the state, he said.

He further went on to say that the quantity of fish which is brought in to the state has been reduced to a considerable level due to the ongoing economic blockade on all NHs of the state. But still, the demand is being met by the local production. This shows that the production of fish in the state is increasing.

The state is 9 metric tones short of the daily requirements of fish. To make up the shortage, fish farmers of the state need to use advance technology. The state, on its part, will also try its level best to solve the problem. To encourage the fish farmers of the state, the price for this year Fish Crop Competition has been increased, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, K Sarat Kumar, Director Fisheries, said that the Fish Fair has been organized on the eve of Ningol Chakkouba since 1976 to make available fish to the general public at reasonable rates. There are 65 stalls participating in today’s fair.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao


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Sadar Hills blockade supporters ‘detain’ Ranjit and team for hours at Kangpokpi SHDDC redefines ‘intensifying agitation’ [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27 : Works Minister K Ranjit who went to inspect the Senapati mini-Secretariat was stopped from returning to Imphal by women activists of  SHDDC and kept under virtual siege along with his team at Kangpokpi today.

The Works Minister and his team were however ‘rescued’ by a huge team of Imphal West police commandos later in the evening at about 8.

A strong posse  of police commandos, made up of 35 teams comprising six cops in each team and led by the SSP of Imphal West police rushed to Kangpokpi and managed to clear the way for the Minister and his men. The police team had to fire tear gas shells to disperse the womenfolk and open fire in the air while escorting Ranjit out of Kangpokpi.

A woman received a bullet injury on her right thigh.

Following the intense stand off at Kangpokpi a Mini-truck belonging to the BRTF was set on fire at Sa-permeina at about 8.15 pm.

The bullet proof vehicle win which Ranjit was travelling was also hit by a bullet. This was confirmed by police while inspecting the damages on the glass of the vehicle at Imphal. The Minister said that this was an attempt on his life and the shot was fired deliberately.

Chairperson of Sadar Hills Women Union, Ngan-boi Momin said that the Minister refused to entertain their plea to have a brief talk and instead asked a senior officer of the district administration to talk with the womenfolk.

The request to talk was conveyed when the team arrived at Kangpokpi after the inspection at Senapati.

The conduct of the Minister was strongly decried by the womenfolk, said Momin.

Our reporter who went to cover the Minister’s inspection tour informed that the Minister and his team were returning from Sena-pati when they were blocked by a large number of women at Kangpokpi Bazar at about 3 pm. The women piled up boulders and stood in rows on the highway holding festoons.

In addition to his security escorts, Ranjit’s team was also accompanied by the Senapati SP and SDPO.

The team halted about 100 metres away from the spot where the highway was being blockaded.

Then the SP and the SDPO went ahead to talk with the blockaders but the latter insisted that they would talk with the Minister himself. At this, the SP asked the protesters to select two or three leaders to talk with the Minister.

Subsequently, K Ranjit talked with three women activists. They demanded that Sadar Hills district should be officially declared before the election.

The Minister responded by saying that the Government has genuine intention to declare Sadar Hills as a full fledged district  but it cannot be done in haste.

The women urged Ranjit to give a written assurance that Sadar Hills district would be created but he declined . As the negotiation was on, women blockaders who   were not present at the negotiation started shouting the slogan “We want Sadar Hills district”.

As the Minister’s team retracted beyond Kang-pokpi bridge, the women blockaders opened the highway and let other vehicles move. Nevertheless, they checked all the vehicles.

In the meantime, another  group of women blockaded the highway on Taphou Kuki side.

At about 6 pm, four women came from Taphou Kuki side and asked the Works Minister to declare Sadar Hills as a full fledged district by November 10.

They also asked why Kangpokpi ADC building has not been inaugurated yet though the construction work has been completed whereas the Government is planning to inaugurate Senapati mini-Secretariat on November 2.

To this, Ranjit explained that the Government was planning to inaugurate the Kangpokpi ADC building first but it could not materialise because of bandhs and blockades.

The ADC office can be inaugurated before the mini Secretariat if the people wish so, Ranjit said.

Again, when Ranjit said ‘ADC office building, Kangpokpi’, the women activists insisted that it should be spelt as ‘Sadar Hills DC office building’.

To the repeated insistence of the women activists to give a written assurance for declaring Sadar Hills as a full fledged district by November 10, Ranjit explained that his assurance would serve no purpose as Cabinet decision is mandatory for creation of a district.

The Minister and his team are currently stranded on the highway under a situation of virtual siege.

Earlier, after observing the little progress made in the portion of the Senapati mini Secretariat which would be occupied by district level officers, the Works Minister stated that due procedures would be initiated to blacklist the concerned contractor.

Yet, Ranjit maintained that all efforts would be put in to  ensure that everything is ready before November 2 when Union Home Minister P Chidambaram would inaugurate the building.

Saying that the mini-secretariat  is a property of Senapati public, he invited all and one to the inaugural function.

Source: The Sangai Express


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NEC official picks holes with devt works in State Tardy pace of work likely to put off NEC [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27: Planning Advisor of the North Eastern Council (NEC) J Lhungdim has catego-rically stated that pace of development projects undertaken in the state is not satisfactory.

Interacting with The Sangai Express on October 25 evening, Lhungdim, who is Indian Defence Accounts Service officer, cautioned that slackness in the implementation of development projects might lead to the NEC losing interest in funding projects in Manipur.

He regretted that inspite of regular inspections by NEC officials and to some extent even warning the state Government to accelerate implementation of development schemes, work progress of various projects is not upto the mark.

Citing an example, Lhungdim said despite plan of the state Government to invite Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to inaugurate various projects including the Inter State Bus Terminus only frontal portion of the Terminus was found to have been completed when inspected.

The NEC Planning Advisor, who arrived for assessing status of various projects which the Prime Minister is slated to inaugurate on November 15, revealed that final phase allocation of Rs 5.5 crores for the Bus Terminus has already been released to the Government of Manipur.

Informing that a meeting  with the Principal Secretary (works) Ramnganing Muivah and PWD Chief Engineer Lokendra was held on Ocotber 24 to review progress of various road development works under NEC funding, Lhungdim maintained that development of Tamei-Kangpokpi and Bishnupur-Nungba roads figured prominently at the review meeting.

Conveying that he held discussion with the Principal Secretary (Power) LP Gomei after inspecting the Yurembam Power Sub station, the NEC official disclosed that out of four power projects submitted by the State’s Power Department to the Council for fund allocation, sanction for two projects is likely to be approved in the current financial year.

Lhungdim further opined that NEC sanction for the Yurembam Power Sub Station might be stalled unless the Kongba power station work is completed within the December deadline.

With regard to the Yurembam power project he said three separate units of 30 megawatt each will be initiated.

Acknowledging woeful situation of power supply in the State, he suggested stringing of 400 KV power line from Jiribam upto Imphal and acquisition of power from the Paltana power project in Tripura and Assam’s Bongaigaon power project to address the problem.

Stating that Manipur faces 70 percent loss of power in transition, the NEC Advisor expressed confidence of preventing the loss to a great extent in case 20,000 pre-paid meter system acquired by the State’s Power Department is installed in the greater Imphal areas.

The State Government is also planning to instal the pre-paid meter system in other parts of the State, he added. Inspection of the Tribal Hospital at Rengkai in churachandpur district is also in the itinerary of the NEC official.

Source: The Sangai Express


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Lamlai fish fair makes a statement with reasonable rate [The Sangai Express]

Fish put on sale at Lamlai during the fairIMPHAL, Oct 27: Under the joint initiative of All Manipur Nupi marup Lamlai Area Committee and All India Youth Federation Lamlai Local Council, a Ningol Chakkouba Fish Mela has been organised for the very first time in Lamlai area at Irawat Park, Chalou Lamlai today.

Inaugurating the first fish fair as the chief guest, Agriculture Minister Ph Parijat said the fair has been organised under the objective of promoting fish farming in Imphal East district.

Stating that various fish varieties would be made available to the public at Rs 25 less than the rate fixed by the Government, the Minister informed that a common fish rearing pond of four paris in size would be developed at  Leimakhong near Lamlai. Noting that there is shortage of fish production in  Imphal East district areas, he expressed confidence that on completion the Leimakhong pond would be able to contribute to fish  production.

Imphal East district Fishery Officer Y Ibobi Singh recounting that the Fishery Department had been organising fish fairs every year since 1976 in connection with the Ningol Chakkouba festival, asserted that efforts would be made to organise fish fairs in Imphal East district.

In all fishes were sold at five stalls while chicken were put on sale in six stalls  at the fair. The rate of fish sold at the fair was fixed at Rs 125 per kilogram for Rohu (Rou) variety, Rs 115 for Grass Carp and Rs 75 for Silver Carp, while chicken was available at Rs 110 per kg.

It is informed that the total quantity of fish at the fair is 3400 kgs and 1000 kg chicken.

The fair inauguration programme was also attended by AMNM LAC president O Lembi Leima, Lamlai Nagar Panchayat Chairperson Ng Robin Singh and CPI Lamlai Local Council secretary Y Megha Singh.

Source: The Sangai Express


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Ningol Chakkouba greetings [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27: Governor Gurbachan Jagat and Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh led others in extending warm greetings to the people of the State on the joyous occassion of Ningol Chakkouba.

In his message, Gurbachan Jagat said that the festival rejuvenates family ties and strengthens the bond of love and affection, mainly between married women and their brothers which ultimately help in preserving and promoting unity and integrity in the society.

The Governor also expressed hope that the festival would be celebrated in true spirit with the involvement of people from different communities.

O Ibobi Singh in his message said, Ningol Chakkouba reinforces the fraternal and protective bond exists between brothers and sisters and parents and daughters since time immemorial.

Though the festival is originally observed by the Meitei community, the celebration has now extended to other communities of the State thereby promoting unity and emotional integration in the State, the Chief Minister added.

O Ibobi said, “Let us imbibe the ideals associated with the festival to foster the spirit of amity, harmony and goodwill in our lives.”

Greeting the people of the State, MPCC President Gaikhangam said, the festival brings communal harmony in the State as it is now celebrated by hill and valley people together. He also wished the festival brings peace, development, communal harmony and prosperity in the State.

Manipur State Janata Party and All Manipur Rickshaw Drivers’ and Pullers’ Welfare Association have also greeted the people of the State on the occasion of Ningol Chakkouba.

Source: The Sangai Express


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Moreh to petition CM [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 27 : Obser-ving that Moreh hospital is unable to function like a hospital while construction work at Moreh Gate No 2 is not satisfactory at all, community leaders of Moreh have decided to lodge complaints with the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary.

Though a number of equipment and machines have been installed in Moreh hospital since October 27, the hospital has been unable to function properly.

This matter and other issues were deliberated at length during a meeting of community leaders of Moreh at the office of Hill Tribal Council this morning.

The meeting decided to appeal to the Chief Minister to make Moreh hospital worthy of being a hospital.

Though ultrasound machine was installed in the hospital recently in addition to X-Ray machine and operation theatre already installed there, none of these machines have been ever put to use.

The meeting discussed the inconveniences faced by denizens of Moreh when nurses and Grade IV employees posted in Moreh Hospital left their stations.

It agreed on urging the Government to recruit locals as Nurses and Grade    IV employees for the hospital.

The meeting also hailed the initiatives taken up by the Government to ensure free  movement of transporters along Imphal-Moreh highway in the backdrop of the ongoing blockade and counter-blockade.

Deliberating on the need to enhance trade volume between Imphal and Moreh in view of the protracted blockades on highways connecting Manipur with other States, the community leaders decided to urge the Government to make necessary arrangements so that vehicles can leave Imphal for Imphal and vice-versa between  7 am and 12 noon everyday in place of the existing one-way system.

Another resolution of the meeting was increasing the number of security personnel detailed for ROP duty on Imphal-Moreh highway.

Regarding the construction work of Moreh Gate No 2 which would be an important gateway to Myanmar and beyond, the meeting decided to submit a memorandum to the Chief Secretary so that the gate is constructed strictly according to guidelines without any compromise on its qualitative aspect.

The meeting was attended by Hill Tribal Council president Jamang Haokip, Meetei Council Moreh president N Pulindro, Manipur Muslim Council  Moreh president Md Hussain, Tamil Sangam general secretary Ravichandran and leaders of Bihari and Gorkha community leaders.

Source: The Sangai Express


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Govt slams Sharmila door on rallyists [The Sangai Express]

Members of the Jan Karvan on arriving at Imphal being receivedIMPHAL, Oct 27: The 4,500 km long Srinagar to Imphal Jan Karvan march, which was flagged off on October 16 by social activist Medha Patkar in Srinagar reached here today.

The march was taken part by a team of Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign comprising of 25 activists including eight women from 12 States.

The intention of the rallyists to meet Sharmila tomorrow has however been nipped at the bud with the Government refusing to give the permission to meet the hunger striker.

To lodge their protest against the decision of the Government, a one-day hunger strike will be staged in honour of Sharmila tomorrow.

A large number of people, including represen- tatives from different social organisations, welcomed the team on their arrival at North AOC this morning.

Later, a peace rally was taken out from North AOC to Kongpal, birth place of Irom Sharmila.

Shouting save Sharmila and anti-AFSPA slogans, the rally passed through Minuthong, Hatta Golapti, New Checkon crossing and reached Porompat to move towards JNIMS, where Sharmila is lodged under custody.

However, a team of Imphal East district police blocked the rallyists at Porompat crossing and diverted them to DC Office complex to reach Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) complex and a public meeting was organised there.  Imphal East district police made adequate security arrangements through- out the rally and at AAA complex. The rallyists shouted slogans like, ‘Save Sharmila’, ‘We do not want bullets’, ‘We are one’, ‘Repeal AFSPA’, ‘We support Sharmila’.

On the sidelines of the meeting,  Faisal Khan a rallyist from Kashmir, said that attack on Save Sharmila campaigners in Delhi happened due to misunderstanding.

However, the matter was resolved after a thorough deliberation, he added.

Expressing optimism on Sharmila’s movement, Faisal Khan said that her campaign would succeed.

He added that anti-AFSPA movement would be successful if the people of the whole country campaign against the draconian Act.

Source: The Sangai Express


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