The Peoples Chronicle

The Peoples Chronicle

Face Them, Don’t Ignore Them

Ningthoukhongjam Sabita

Honestly speaking I do not know how I would sound to the readers as I write about this problem which we can neither avoid nor ignore as we face them almost everyday, everywhere - on the roads, crowded market places, public places, offices, hospitals, temples, schools and colleges. You name any place or location; you will surely encounter this particular problem during any time of the day or night. You must be wondering which problem I am going to write about as we face so many of them every day. You just keep guessing.

I might sound rather impolite or uncivilised to some readers but I am prepared to take the risks as I feel it is time we all considered this problem very seriously as it affects every one of us and made a serious attempt to put an end to it. Because I feel very embarrassed and disturbed every time I face this problem. At times I feel like asking what is wrong with them. I have faced many embarrassing situations in public places where I can neither ignore nor avoid them. It portrays a negative picture of the society we live in. I know one faces this particular situation anywhere in India. And this is one of the ugliest pictures of our society.

How do you react when you see a man or a woman relieving himself or herself in the open, whether it is a market place, a religious place or a busy road, in broad day-light? I am not saying it is okay if it happens in the dark. I am saying it is really bad, very bad. You must have encountered this situation a countless number of times. The situation is more embarrassing if you happen to be familiar with the person. Either you must have tried not to take notice of them or decided not to allow them affect you as you have been witnessing them since your childhood. But that does not solve the problem. We all must confess that we are really sorry about the situation and do something to tackle it and save us from this shameful behaviour. Let us try not to avoid it.

We all need to answer the call of the nature. It is a natural process. We have a few number of public toilets in Khwairamband Keithel area, some religious places and tourist spots. Whether they are properly maintained by the responsible authority or properly used by the public has now become a serious issue. You go to any office or public places like the theatres owned by private individuals or government and see the condition of the toilets there if they happen to have one at all, you will understand what I am trying to say. You will be shocked by their poor maintenance.

It is very easy to point an accusing finger at someone. And I am not going to accuse any particular individual or the government because every one of us is responsible whether we like to admit it or not. The absence of basic amenities in public places is a serious issue. Surprisingly most shops displaying well known branded items in the Capital’s two important bazars, Thangal and Paona are without toilets even though they are air-conditioned. You feel more pathetic and shameful if you are taking your guests from other states of the country in and around the Capital city. Even though most of us do not talk very openly about this problem we need to look at it from different aspects, because it also concerns the health of the people.

Schools and colleges must have neat and well maintained toilets. I know most educational institutes in Manipur do not have them. We know what happens when we have poor sanitation. The state government often talk of development of infrastructure in Manipur but this is one area that needs immediate attention of all concerned. If the people could also develop a sense of responsibilities towards the public properties we could expect some changes in public places. Toilets in government hospital are not at all maintained thanks to the negligence on the part of the responsible authorities and lack of civic sense of the common people.

The problem does not end with the construction of public toilets. The main problem arises when both the authorities and the people fail to properly use them. Let’s us teach our children to respect public properties and develop a sense of responsibilities towards the society. Let’s contribute whatever little we can to make this state a clean place.  

The writer is the Executive Editor, Impact News and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Street Vendors in Urban Development Vs Livelihood Issue

(Who will whip out the tears of the poor vendors even the bill was passed for them)

Dr.Dhanabir Laishram

The familiar nasty scene in Khwairaman Keithen is tussle between street vendors and police, mainly traffic police and BDF. Street vendors have received raw treatment from the state apparatus. They are harassed a lot and are constantly victimized by the officials of the local authorities, the police, etc, who regularly target them for extra income and treat them with extreme contempt. The goods and belongings of the street vendors are thrown to the ground and destroyed at regular intervals if they are not able to meet the demands of the officials. Perhaps these followers in the administration have not understood meaning of the termed used by the lower house. The Lok Sabha recently cleared the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, a piece of legislation with the aim of securing the rights and livelihood of small vendors in the country. With the count of small vendors estimated in tens of millions, the potential significance of such a law is clearly immense from the perspective of the huge, unorganized labour sector. But with the additional layers that it adds to the country’s already overburdened bureaucracy, there is little reason to be optimistic about the impact of the legislation.

The passage of the Bill by the lower House marks the culmination of decades of efforts to legitimize the role of the small-scale vendor in the economy’s supply chain. The formal recognition of the rights of street vendors was long called for, especially since the country’s apex court had, way back in the 1980s, recognized the constitutional validity of the right of citizens to carry out business on street pavements within reasonable restrictions imposed by the government. The current Bill follows the roll-out of the National Policy on Urban Street Vendors in 2004, its subsequent revision in 2009, and its final push into cold storage after several missed deadlines in its implementation.

To get into the actual details of the Bill, there are two important provisions which could have widespread implications on the ground. First, the Bill makes it necessary for all street vendors to register with their respective Town Vending Committees (TVC)—comprising a number of stakeholder groups ranging from municipal authorities to vendor associations—to apply for a vending certificate. It is envisaged that the certification process will legitimize the economic contribution of the small vendor and prevent administrative excess. But with the vending certificate essentially acting as a license to carry out business on the streets, and hefty fines planned for non-certified vendors, it is right to fear that an ordinary street vendor will fall prey to bureaucratic sloth. Ironically, this is no different from the current plight of street vendors who are subject to various acts of harassment and exaction from law enforcers and other public officials.

Second, the Bill envisions the demarcation of exclusive vending zones with varying degrees of restrictions imposed on each. The rationale for such differential restrictions seems to have risen from the recognition that imposing restrictions on traditional markets could purge economic benefits. But the potency of local bureaucracies to determine the exact character of markets, let alone possess enough information to impose an ideal degree of restrictions on trading activity carried out in individual markets still remains a huge question.

Serving the immediate consumption needs of middle and lower income class Indians, street vendors undoubtedly add a tremendous amount of value to the domestic economy. But to complicate matters, the issue of street vending has also brought forth the question of management of public space, with vendors often being perceived by governments as well as the common citizenry as free-riding on cramped public space. Thus, economically speaking, the task in the hands of local authorities is the management of a vital public good by balancing out economic efficiency against other pressing ends of public welfare.

Towards this end, the best idea coming from the minds of the architects of the current Bill is the building of an overarching bureaucratic apparatus. But as with bureaucratic restrictions of many kinds, the perverse incentives driving public authorities is likely to lead them to exploit citizens, poor vendors in this case, by erecting insurmountable rent-seeking barriers. The current legislation, thus, could further undermine the rights of small vendors instead of uplifting their status—which remains the Bill’s stated goal.

Also, the unintended consequences of the current legislation could be substantial as restrictions imposed by vending committees could stall the functioning of vibrant local markets that mainly serve the needs of poor households cut off from more expensive outlets in the supply chain. The way forward is to dedicate efforts towards minimizing the level of bureaucracy strangling activity at the local levels of the economy, while allowing local communities to deal with the constraints of space that accompany commerce by balancing the interests of various stakeholders.

But in Manipur in addition of having no way out of their problems, quarreling in between license holder is going on. So both state Govt. and Municipal Board should take up steps for making town Vending Committee for registration of them and giving license to them. Otherwise such pity scenes of Ima should be in the sight of all and menacing to their livelihood.

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Katju must reveal more to carry conviction

B.R.P. Bhaskar 

Press Council of India chairperson and former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has alleged that one of his brother-judges in the Madras High Court was corrupt and that the patronage of a party belonging to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition and "improper compromises" by three successive chief justices of India helped him to keep the job.

He did not name the judge, the party or the senior Congress minister of the UPA government who is said to have managed that party's threat to bring down the government. But he mentioned enough for inquisitive people to ascertain their identities or at least make informed guesses.

The media revealed that the judge in question was S. Ashok Kumar, who died in 2009. He was appointed additional judge of the high court in April 2003 after he had served as district judge for 15 years. At that time, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was in power in New Delhi and the DMK was a partner in the government. Before joining the state judicial service, Ashok Kumar was active in politics and contested assembly elections twice as a Janata Party candidate.

The DMK's interest in him was attributed to his granting bail to its chief M. Karunanidhi after he was arrested in 2001 in connection with a corruption case. The arrest at an unearthly hour smacked of vindictiveness. "Is your heart made of muscle or mud?" Ashok Kumar asked the police when the former chief minister was produced before him. "What was the pressure on you to arrest a 78-year-old man suffering from various ailments?"

The Hindu reported at that time that Ashok Kumar's sharp question had caught the public imagination as an all-encompassing rebuke to the police who showed scant regard for the law in their everyday functioning and had made him the man of the moment in Tamil Nadu.

While dealing with the case against Karunanidhi, he reportedly received threatening calls and his car was hit by a van belonging to the Jaya TV channel. NDA Convener George Fernandes appealed to the authorities to provide him adequate security.

While practising as a lawyer, Ashok Kumar had successfully campaigned for the setting up of a commission of inquiry into the rape of 17 Dalit women in a village in his native district Thirunelveli. Yahoo! listed him among Dalits and Adivasis who had risen to high positions.

From these facts it emerges that Ashok Kumar belonged to the non-Dravidian political stream and had raised the hackles of casteist elements before his appointment as district judge but was drawn into the feud between the Dravidian parties after he granted bail to Karunanidhi, whom Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's police was perceived to have arrested in a high-handed manner.

This background is missing from the accounts of Katju, who is economical with facts and repeatedly refers to Ashok Kumar, with uncharacteristic judicial impropriety, as a "corrupt judge".

Katju's account of the Ashok Kumar affair appeared under the heading 'How a corrupt judge continued in the Madras High Court' in his blog, which is grandiloquently titled "Satyam Bruat". It appeared simultaneously in The Times of India. The newspaper used it not as an article but as a news story, which was presumably a privilege extended to Katju by virtue of his status as Press Council chief.

It was the second piece on his experiences as chief justice of the Madras High Court during 2004-05. In the first one he had revealed that when he assumed office he took an oath to himself that he would do his duty to the Madras High Court even if it meant losing the opportunity to become a Supreme Court judge.

According to Katju, there were several allegations of corruption against Ashok Kumar. When he was district judge, high court judges had recorded eight adverse entries against him but an acting chief justice, by a single stroke of the pen, deleted all of them. Since he was getting many reports against Ashok Kumar's corruption, he requested Chief Justice R.C. Lahoti to ask the Intelligence Bureau to make a secret inquiry. Lahoti told him later the complaint had been found to be true. He, therefore, assumed that Ashok Kumar's services would be discontinued on the expiry of his two-year term but he got a year's extension.

The rest of the Katju narrative is hearsay. He learnt that the Supreme Court collegium had recommended that Ashok Kumar's services be discontinued but DMK MPs met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the airport before he left for the UN General Assembly session and threatened to withdraw support to the UPA government if his services were not continued. Manmohan Singh panicked but a senior Congress minister offered to sort things out. After this minister met Lahoti, he wrote to the government to give Ashok Kumar an extension.

Still later Chief Justice Y.K. Sabharwal gave Ashok Kumar a further extension and Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan confirmed him as a permanent judge and simultaneously transferred him to another high court.

Katju said in conclusion: "I have related all this to show how the system actually works, whatever it is in theory."

The day after the post appeared, Katju placed himself at the disposal of the channels to answer questions. But when a NDTV anchor asked why he had chosen to make the revelation a decade after he left the high court, he walked out of the studio. However, he explained in his blog that he remembered the Ashok Kumar affair when he started writing about his Chennai days at the request of some Tamils on Facebook.

Following up on the Katju story, The Times of India published a facsimile of the letter Lahoti had written to the government agreeing to extend Ashok Kumar's services as additional judge "in view of the sensitivity in the perception of the government". It is dated July 18, 2005. Manmohan Singh left for the UN session only in the second week of September. The airport drama in Katju's account must therefore be a figment of someone's imagination.

Since the major dramatis personae have confirmed that there were differences between the judiciary and the executive on Ashok Kumar's appointment, there is no need to quibble over minor departures from the facts. Such differences are a necessary part of the consultation process. The pressure the DMK exerted to get a favourable decision is not something unusual or unheard of in the working of coalitions.

Katju cannot be faulted for being highly critical of the DMK. In the very first piece on his Chennai experiences he has mentioned that the state's AIADMK chief minister never interfered in the judicial process or pressured him to recommend any name for judgeship but the DMK, which was part of the coalition ruling India, had put tremendous pressure on him to recommend the names of some whom he found to be totally undeserving.

After the Katju bombshell and the discussion that followed, the question whether Ashok Kumar was a corrupt judge, as he has alleged, still begs for an answer. That the DMK, which had batted for some undeserving candidates for judgeship, favoured his appointment as permanent judge is not sufficient ground to conclude that he was corrupt. Katju has not provided any information on Ashok Kumar's alleged deeds of corruption or the nature of the adverse entries against him. He must be aware of the adverse entries which his predecessor deleted since they are on files to which he had access. Since he has provided no specifics, the public has before it no material on the basis of which it can decide whether Lahoti and his two successors made "improper compromises", as he has alleged.

According to a newspaper, the adverse references in the IB report "apparently dealt with 2002 and 2003 when Kumar was a district judge in Krishnagiri, in Tamil Nadu, but not very far from Karnataka, and he used to spend weekends in Bangalore". The IB's dubious role in cases like the ISRO spy case of Kerala, which the Supreme Court found to be baseless, and the Gujarat fake encounter cases, which are still under judicial scrutiny, raises the question how much reliance can be placed on its report relating to a person who has displeased men in uniform. Assuming that its report was unbiased, we still have to ask ourselves if spending weekends in Bangalore is sufficient ground to dub a judge corrupt.

As the BJP and the AIADMK on the one side the Congress and the DMK on the other vied with each other to exploit Katju's revelations politically, eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani observed that he should have spoken at the right time. Some said he should have shown the courage to resign on this issue.

What would have happened if Katju had resigned on this issue? In all probability, the politicians would still have persisted with partisan battles and the CJIs would still have made improper compromises and he would have missed his promotion to the Supreme Court.

Katju must come up with more facts to carry conviction. If he doesn't, one will be constrained to conclude that he unwittingly became involved in the Dravidian parties' feud in which Ashok Kumar had got caught and that he too was willing to make an improper compromise.

(B.R.P. Bhaskar is a veteran journalist and commentator. The views expressed are personal. He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Instilling a sense of duty

While growing up all of us have had some grudge or the other against our parents, we always felt they did not understand us or worse did not try hard enough to find what are our needs, desires, likes and dislikes. It is only now when we have become parents ourselves that we realize how hard this business of parenting is. There is just no way you can win, either you are too soft on your children, in the process spoiling them or you are too strict on them, stifling their freedom and creativity. What adds to the problem of parenting these days is the overload of advises and theories on parenting. This wealth of information on parenting instead of making the task of raising children easierhas made it all the more confusing and leaves you absolutely disoriented. In the olden days they said, “Spare the rod and spoil the brat”. There are different interpretation of the adage, some take it literally to mean using the rod, giving physical punishment when a child misbehaves or does something wrong while the more politically correct interpretations says, it means correcting the child’s behaviour, showing him the correct way by sitting together, spending time with him and explaining where he went wrong . When we were growing up, it was not uncommon for the fathers, especially, to give a sound thrashing to their child in case of gross misbehaviour or having found him doing or saying something which is contrary to socially accepted norms. It was not just the parents but almost everyone in the family who is elder to you join in to make of you a perfect, well-behaved person by liberally applying the ‘rod’,  sometimes neighbourhood Khuras also join in for good measure. If we go by the recent theories in parenting and child psychology all this should have done irreparable damage to our psyche and many of us should have been carrying a psychological scar with quite a few among us becoming fit candidate for mental asylum but fortunately for us nothing of the sort happened. Though there is every possibility, many of would have turn out much smarter, intelligent and enterprising if we were brought up differently, but you never know, for things have a habit of not turning out as planned. Though, this possibility, it seems, had much attraction for the generation of young parents belonging to the burgeoning middle class in their 30s and 40s that they dispensed of the ‘rod’ altogether and went the other extreme. They started spoiling their children silly, buying them snags, chocolates, ice creams, cold drinks, toys, designers’ cloths, you name it. All these attempts at pleasing their kids is adding up and our society, it would appear, has started reaping the harvest.  With the result that today we find scores of youngsters, especially from the economically privileged class who think nothing of hurting someone, breaking or bypassing the law in getting their way. The growing numbers of these extremely self-centred and pompous individuals does not bode well for the future of our society. It is time we pause and think a little about this problem. The corrective of course should start from our homes, the way we bring up our child. There is need toinstil in the growing child a sense of discipline, of respect to others and love and care for their fellow beings, especially those less fortunate.

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Govt serious on ILPS implementation: CM

Extends invitation to Joint Committee on ILPS to join delegation to Delhi

Categorically stating that the Government of Manipur is serious about implementing Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) in the state, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh suggested an all political party delegation to the national capital after the Parliament session to mount pressure upon the Central government on the issue.

Addressing members of the House on the last day of the Manipur Legislative Assembly’s budget session Monday, the CM expressed that the ILPS issue merits contribution from every section of the society to make the demand more effective.

Asserting that the state government is committed to ensure that people’s aspiration for implementation of ILPS materialises, he proposed that representatives of all the political parties as well as Joint Committee on ILPS and other civil society groups deliberate on the issue to jointly chalk out effective measures thereby impressing upon the central government in approving the demand.

Elaborating further, Ibobi said, in view of the current Parliament session concluding on August 14 and Independence Day celebration falling the next day, the state government will fix a date to convene an all political party meeting in a day or two wherein representatives of political parties and members of Joint Committee on ILPS may put up concrete suggestions to make the movement more effective.

While noting sentiment of the general populace and conveying deepest regrets over injuries caused to students and women protestors during police crackdown in the course of the ILP campaign, he clarified that use of police force to maintain law and order do not mean that the state government is against implementation of ILPS.

Reiterating his suggestion that a joint delegation would be meeting central authorities to highlight plight of the people of Manipur, Ibobi opined that Manipur and Tripura’s brief existence as princely states post Indian independence and even after separate states were carved out in the North East region from Assam, is one of the factors for Manipur’s exclusion from the ambit of ILPS.

Substantiating his observation, he said that from the erstwhile existence under the collective administration of Assam, Nagaland was transformed to a full-fledged state from Naga Hills with similar procedural changes leading to the formation of Mizoram from Lushai Hills, Arunachal Pradesh from NEFA and Meghalaya from Jaintia and Khasi Hills.

Even though the then British rulers enforced Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation 1873 in some of these newly created states with the objective to safeguard identity and culture of the indigenous communities, belated merger of Manipur and Tripura to the Indian Union resulted in procedure delay to permanently enforce similar legislation in Manipur and Tripura, said the CM.

Recounting that entry of foreigners into Manipur was actually restricted before merger of Manipur, Ibobi stated the same prohibition was gradually phased out after official merger of Manipur to the Indian union in 1949.

Maintaining that the Government of Manipur will take all possible measures for implementation of ILPS in the state as per the wish of the people for regulating entry of outsiders and protect the indigenous people, he also pointed out that the issue had already been figured in the state assembly when former MLA O Joy Singh raised a private member resolution in 2011.

In view of a petition filed before the court of law, the said issue was not discussed in subsequent assembly sessions on account of the matter being sub-judice subject, said the CM while highlighting that the State Cabinet taking a decision on ILPS in July 2012 testify that the Government of Manipur has been seriously pursuing the matter.

The same issue was discussed during the June 2013 assembly session consequently leading to the House adopting a resolution for implementing ILPS but no further procedural measures could be initiated on account of scheduling of Parliamentary elections.

However, as the parliament election is over and a new government formed at the centre the proposed all political party may sort out procedural lapses, if any, so that the central government could be convinced on the need to implement ILPS in Manipur, he said.

Affirming that the government will mount pressure upon the central government to implement ILPS, the Chief Minister also urged every section of the society to exercise maximum restraint and to exempt educational institutions from the purview of the ILPS movement.

He, nevertheless, conceded that revoking or introducing Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation 1873 is beyond the ambit of the State Government.

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No let up in campaign for ILP System in state

Rallies, roadblocks and sit-in protests were staged in different parts of the State as the movement for implementation of Inner Line Permit System was intensified Monday amid Govt’s pre-emptive measures.

Pro-ILP activists turned out in large number to enforce roadblock at Yumnam Huidrom Thongkhong Lakhsmi Bazar in Imphal West district. Movement of all sorts was blocked in the area as the activists resorted to burning tyres and stacking branches of trees on the road.

Thongkhong Lakhsmi  Bazar Nupi Marup, Top  Siphai, United Youth Club Yumnam Huidrom, Thiyam Leishangthem, Nungthel Leima Meira Paibi Lup, Top Siphai, Chaokhat Thourang Nupi Lup Yumnam Huidrom and Youth Unity Development Organisation Yumnam Huidrom also staged sit-in protests demanding implementation of ILP system in the State.

Similar sit-in was staged at HaobamMarak Social Union Club premises by meira paibi members of Haobam Marak and adjoining areas.

Residents of Keishamthong Huidrom Leikai, Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai and Keishamthong have staged a sit-in demanding implementation of ILP in the State.

In Imphal East district, a sit-in was staged at Lamlai Bazar by womenfolk of Nongada, Lamlai, Chalou, Napet and Tellou. The demonstrators’ attempt to take out a rally till the State Assembly was however foiled by the police and the protestors retreated.

Slogans like “Implement ILP,” “Permit to outsiders should be made mandatory,” “No allotment of land to outsiders,” “Protect indigenous people,” were raised by the demonstrators during the rally.

Police foiled the rally at PungdongbamLamkhai.

The Wangkhei Angom Leikai Women Social Welfare Association has also staged a sit-in at WUC campus demanding the implementation of ILP in the State.

Meanwhile, Yengkhom Leirak Development Club, Monday, organised a public meeting in demand of implementation of ILP System in the state and taking up appropriate action against police personnel who assaulted innocent students mercilessly.

Meira Paibi members of Thingbaijam Leirak, LoukhamLeirak, Yengkhom Leirak and Ramji village attended the public meeting. Participants expressed their opinions and desires of implementing Inner Line Permit System in the state in order to safeguard the indigenous people of Manipur.

Patsoi ZP member Th Sumanta said that the demand of implementing ILP System in the state should not be taken as unconstitutional. It is an approved system by the Constitution of India. Though the State Legislative Assembly took a private member resolution to press Centre to implement ILP System in the state, remaining silent over the matter would not bring any good. As such, there is constant need for the MLAs to take resolute stand over the matter.

Expressing concern over the increasing influx of illegal migrants and the danger pose by it to the sustainability of the indigenous people once the Railway project is completed, Sumanta stressed the immediate need of implementing the system in the state. Besides, there is also high rate of immigrants getting into the state from neighbouring countries as it lies in the international border. As such, it is important to implement the system for the future of Manipur, he added.

Lamjaotongba GP Pradhan RK Gunisana also supported the demand of JCILPS and people of the state and expressed his desire to implement the system in the state to safeguard the indigenous people of Manipur.

Meanwhile, MeiraPaibiorganisations of SagolbandTongbramLeikai and LoukhamLeikai staged sit in protest at their respective localities

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Guv, CM, Speaker extend Eid-ul-Fitr greetings

Manipur Governor VK Duggal has conveyed his heartiest greetings to the people of Manipur, especially the Muslim community, on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. In a press release, the Governor remarked the holy festival spreads message of peace, brotherhood and universal love, which is much relevant to the present tumultuous world.

CM O Ibobi too extended his wishes to the people of the state on the occasion, and hoped the festival would strengthen the faith in oneness, compassion and tolerance among all communities.

Eid-ul-Fitr marks the culmination of Ramzan, the holy month of fasting for the Islamic community.

Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Th Lokeshwar Singh also extended Eid greetings to the people of Manipur particularly those following Islam religion. In his message, Lokeshwar expressed hope that peace, tranquillity and harmony among different communities residing in the State would prevail with Eid celebration

Meanwhile, President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, and Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam also extended his warm wishes on Eid-ul-Fitr

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Md Abdul Nasir has extended his best wishes to the people of the state on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr which falls on July 29.

In his message, the Minister wished that the occasion brings love and brotherhood among the various communities settling in the state along with making the state a developed one.

MLA Md Amin Shah, who is the parliamentary Secretary in-charge of MOBC & SC, Science and Technology in his greeting on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, wished the people of the state to be engulfed with love and peace and bring about mutual understanding among all.

AAP, Manipur; UCM and All India Imams Council have also extended Eid-ul-Fitr best wishes to the people of the state in general and the Muslim community in particular.

On the other hand, Major General Rajeev Chopra, IG AR (S) and all ranks of Assam Rifles extended its warm greetings and sincere goodwill to the people of Manipur on the auspicious occasion of IDU’L FITR.  IG AR (S) also conveyed its earnest message of peace, harmony and unity on this joyous occasion.

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JCILPS rejects CM’s proposal

Flatly rejecting the proposal of the Chief Minister who suggested that a delegation of all political parties go to Delhi to press the Central Government for ILPS implementation in the State, the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has affirmed to carry on the agitation.

Addressing a press meet at Moirangkhom, Monday, Ibotombi Khuman, convenor of JCILPS pointed out that the CM, in his speech in the Assembly, never reflected the points of demand in the memorandum submitted to all legislators of the State prior to the Assembly session.

Constituting a committee to mount pressure on the Central Govt for ILP  implementation as suggested by the CM on the floor of the House was never incorporated in the JCILP representation submitted to each legislator prior to the Assembly session, IbotombiKhuman maintained while terming the suggestion of the CM as ‘childish’ and totally against the wish of the public. Asserting that the wish and aspiration of the people is implementation of the ILP, Ibotombi said it is the responsibility of all the legislators including the CM to go to Delhi and mount pressure on the Govt for immediate implementation of ILP.

Construing that the statement of the CM reflects his lack of awareness on the sentiments of the public, Ibotombi said it is very unfortunate that a people’s representative could not feel the sentiments of the people.

Strongly asserting that the movement could not be suppressed by arresting the activists and sending them in jail, Ibotombi urged all concerned not to harbour the notion that the movement would end once the activists are arrested.  He further said that it is also not trustworthy that representatives of all political parties would go to Delhi to press the Govt on the matter as there is no incident of the all political party delegates pressing the Centre.

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Construction of world’s tallest rail-bridge begins in Manipur

The NF Railway Construction Organisation has started construction of the tallest bridge in the world at Noney under Tamenglong District in Manipur, at a pillar height of upto 141 metres.

This bridge is slated to become the tallest in the world from the point of view of pillar height surpassing the existing tallest structure of Mala-Rijeka Bridge on Belgrade-Bar railway line in Europe where the height of the pillars are 139m.  The construction of the bridge is targeted to be completed by March 2016.

According to a statement released by Sr PRO/Con, NF Railway, Maligaon, Guwahati-11, the railway bridge under construction on river Chenab in Jammu-Kashmir line is of arch type which is bridging a gorge of about 360m deep from bed of river to the rail level and is being considered as the highest railway bridge in the World.

The proposed bridge in Manipur is part of the 111 Km long Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway line to connect the capital of Manipur with the Broad Gauge network of the country. The alignment of the railway line passes through steep rolling hills of Patkai region, eastern trail of the Himalayas. While Jiribam, a small town of Manipur near Assam –Manipur border, is situated at 37m above mean sea level, the capital city Imphal is situated at 780m above MSL. The alignment has to traverse through not only a number of deep gorges but over several rivers flowing at low  ground levels. As a result it has necessitated constructing 46 nos. of tunnels measuring a total of 54.5 Km in length and tall bridges. The longest tunnel will be 4.9 Km long between Jiribam-Tupul and 10.75 Km between Tupul-Imphal sections.

While the high mountains have been penetrated by constructing tunnels, the deep river gorges between the mountain ridges are connected by tall bridges. The tallest of such bridges, near Noney, spans over a gorge with an overall length of about 700m, the release said while adding that an expert group has been constituted byNF Railwayto study the possible alternative span arrangements of such tall bridges. Based on the recommendations of the expert group, it has been decided that main superstructures will be steel open web through type girders of 103.5m span. The pillars are of reinforced cement concrete hollow type with the tallest pillar being 141m high. The heights of other piers of this bridge vary from 50m to 90m.The first phase of the project from Jiribam to Tupul (84 Kms), which include this bridge, is slated for completion by March 2016.

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Seven Govt doctors pulled up for private practice, one suspended: Minister

In all, seven government doctors who were involved in private practices have been pulled up. Among them, one has been placed under suspension while five of them are in the process.

This was stated by Health and Family Welfare Minister Phungzathang Tonsing while replying to a calling attention motion moved by MLA L Ibomcha on frequent altercations between public health care providers and patient parties during the last sitting of the budget session of the Assembly Monday.

Phungzathang Tonsing further said that the Department concerned has been closely monitoring the status of private hospitals. Matters relating to frequent referring of patients from government hospitals to private hospitals are also under close scrutiny.

He informed the House that seven government doctors found involved in private practice have been pulled up. While one of them has been suspended, five are in the process of suspension.

The Minister also said that license of three pharmacies in Churachandpur have been cancelled after the owner was found furnishing false testimonies while applying for the license. The Department is also keeping strict vigil to detect such licensees.

Moving the motion, MLA L Ibomcha said that the public have begun to lose faith in the public health care system owing to shady dealings of the medical practitioners. There are several instances where the lives of many mothers are lost after delivery at private hospitals.

The public have also faced many inconveniences while undergoing treatment and test at government hospitals. Several government doctors are found practising in private hospitals. As such, many patients are being referred to private hospitals, he said.

L Ibomcha also suggested the appointment of Welfare Officers at government hospitals to address the grievances of patient parties.

The MLA also pointed out that the Manipur Medical Council Act has not been implemented in letter and spirit although the Act was passed in 2009, while stressing the need to observe the functioning of private hospitals and examine the pre-existing specifications of private firms before issuing license.

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