Ukl people welcome transfer of works from PWD to GREF

From John K Kaping UKHRUL, July 2: The people of Ukhrul town showed signs of joy when the road development works of the town were transferred to General Road Engineering… Read more »

From John K Kaping
UKHRUL, July 2: The people of Ukhrul town showed signs of joy when the road development works of the town were transferred to General Road Engineering Force (GREF) from the state public works department.

The PWD has failed to develop the roads of Ukhrul town for quite a long time thereby causing much inconvenience to the people.

After taking over the responsibility of developing the roads of Ukhrul town, the GREF could show good progress in the work.

The present condition of the dilapidated road has caused immense hardship and inconvenience to the people of all walks of life. The remains of the dug-out earth piled up on either side of the made it difficult for people to walk on the road especially during monsoon season.

The vehicles of all types plying on this one-way-traffic road always get jammed because of the slippery mud and narrow passage.

However, the GREF has been working to improve the condition of this deplorable road by using all its manpower and machineries. The people of Ukhrul town are indeed happy with the work progress of the GREF and they hope that their woes for having bad roads will soon be over.

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Women intercepted with heroin

IMPHAL, July 2: Troops of 31 Assam Rifles have reportedly intercepted heroin from a lady yesterday while conducted search operation in the general area of Khudengthabi. A statement of the… Read more »

IMPHAL, July 2: Troops of 31 Assam Rifles have reportedly intercepted heroin from a lady yesterday while conducted search operation in the general area of Khudengthabi.

A statement of the PRO IGAR (S) said that the lady identified as one Nengnedhong Haokip, 37, w/o Ngamu Haokip of Phoilen, PO Moreh was intercepted with 3 packs of (310g) of heroin number 4 by the AR troops along with lady police from a Maruti van regd No AS-01X7627.

It said the apprehended lady along with the recovered items has been handed over to the custom office, Moreh.

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`Wretched Aristotle`: Is Politics All, and Reason Redundant?

By Amar Yumnam During the second and third century of the Christian era, there were religious leaders who professed that revelation was the ultimate and philosophy did not have any… Read more »

By Amar Yumnam
During the second and third century of the Christian era, there were religious leaders who professed that revelation was the ultimate and philosophy did not have any more role to play in human life. They characterised Aristotle as wretched assuming that since the God had spoken directly, the period of philosophising was to be given a burial. They simply ignored the fact that the rationality of the antiquity founded on the rational mind of the Greek philosophers was the strength of the contemporary religion itself; the two were not to be considered as complements at all they felt. The absurdity of this approach is being revealed by contemporary researches in Economics, Sociology, History and philosophy.

Why The Reference: Now I must explain why I have taken this reference to the denial of relevance of antiquity as possessing any explanatory value in understanding a society and the contemporary attempts to restore and re-appreciate the value of antiquity in understanding a contemporary society. The reason is to be found in happenings at home. In recent years, Manipur has been characterised by moves and counter-moves to destroy or rescue the future of the land. While the move to wreck the future of the land as an entity is founded more on not-so old religious-politico arguments, the counter-move for rescue is founded on antiquity.

Politics Without Antiquity: I understand that certain developments in the wake of the beginning of Hinduism in Manipur and post-merger policy failures in the development front have caused ruptures in the original spirits that animated the traditional societal life of the land and people of Manipur. But the question to be answered is: Can we really write off our antiquity and simply start off with a new history? Are there examples of successful civilisations not founded on antiquity, or development experiences sustained only on contemporaneous religio-politico arguments? Can a newly-found rationale serve at all as the soul of a society in place of the antiquity? These are simple as well as serious issues to ponder for while emotions may succeed to create a society temporarily, the long run costs are huge. Here we have many lessons to absorb from the developmental failures and lapses of Indian policy-making in this part of the country.

A land is much more than the geography and form of administrative relations, and it involves people and their history based on the strength of antiquity. Examples are hard to find where mid-course reasons and arrangements evolved out of those have served the cause of a sustainable society. In a world with intensifying interactions and increasingly heterogeneous population groupings, there is little else which can serve as the binding soul of a society than the shared antiquity. This is because it is only antiquity which can serve as the specific foundations of any civilisation and development; newer arrangements can hardly be so in this highly interconnected world. Defending a development and a civilisation based on antiquity is definitely much simpler than sustaining one based on newly articulated rationale. The new articulations naturally are a product of the mind of a few, and it may never attain the status and power of the shared antiquity. We should remember that there are lots to be engaged and miles to go before we can make ourselves fully competitive with the rest of the world.

Here we mayrecall the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle. He had advised us that a societyand a state has a tendency to persist along with the initial and inherentqualities. A successful republic has necessarily to be founded on the virtuesof the people, and a bad moral state is difficult to modify if once created. Antiquityhas been accepted as the best foundation for the generation of the virtues ofthe people, and not transient arrangements. There are always issues for leadingthe individual as well as the collective mind successfully and unitedly towardsa common goal. And the question remains: Can we at all create a common goalwhich is fully cut-off from the antiquity?

ManipurToday: Manipur today stands at a historical juncture wherewe need to mobilise our individual and collective energies to take on the worldwith confidence by reinvigorating our strengths and ameliorating ourweaknesses. In fact, the land and the people here have no alternative to thisroute. There is neither space nor necessity now for converting thefamiliarities into problematic. The only option now is to evolve a successful arrangementbased on the familiarities. We cannot and should not subject the people anymore to issues of doubts about the outcomes of the proposed alterations torelationships, for the world today is for preparation for competition and notfor articulations along ethnicity, groups or such partisanship.

When theforce of antiquity is destroyed, the time to generate another force as a successfulreplacement would take centuries. No group, ethnic or otherwise, in Manipurtoday can afford to waste time and energy for the generation of this new forcein place of the antiquity. We are already far behind in the global race fordevelopment, and time is not on our side.

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Form submission extended

IMPHAL, July 2: The office of the controller of Technical Education Manipur has informed that the last date of forms submission of forms of admission in one year diploma in… Read more »

IMPHAL, July 2: The office of the controller of Technical Education Manipur has informed that the last date of forms submission of forms of admission in one year diploma in Engineering, Pharmacy and Non-Engineering courses for the session, 2011 has been extended upto July 5.

It said that the selection test examination will be held on July 9, instead of July 3 and informed the candidates to collect their admit cards on July 7 and July 8.

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Manipur for the Tourists

By Chitra Ahanthem “Is Manipur tourist friendly?” happens to be a very popular question doing the rounds in the virtual sphere(read internet, and particularly social networking sites). Those saying “Aye”… Read more »

By Chitra Ahanthem
“Is Manipur tourist friendly?” happens to be a very popular question doing the rounds in the virtual sphere(read internet, and particularly social networking sites). Those saying “Aye” point towards the emergence of a fancy hotel in Imphal that looks like a 3 star hotel and even has a behind the scenes bar with drinks served in open spaces (Manipur being a dry state besides having the moral guardians on prowl means all other hotels also serve guests in their room with inflated bills); the setting up of tourist parks around the state and plans for hotels on the card. Those shouting out “Nay” to the question points out to the lack of footfall of tourists to the state despite the lifting of the PAP for foreigners; that the filth in the city keeps away people and that it is better other people do not see how much of dirt Imphal town is living with anyway; that law and order is a big turn off for people to visit the place.

To begin with: we must first look at what the Tourism department has set its visions on as part of the “Incredible India” brand. On the national domain, the “Incredible India” brand and media campaign is pitched on the unusual sights, sounds and experiences of India: its people, places and culture. The media advertisement campaigns are full of colour and there is a dedicated handbook along with a web site, brand ambassadors, tourism festivals etc. The problem with the Tourism department in Manipur is that it has not broadened its own horizons. Unlike many other states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or even our next-door neighbours like Assam and Meghalaya, there is no separate buzz being created to highlight Manipur. Tourist information on the state is left to a few insipid web sites and annual calendars that decorate Government department offices.

A genuine reason for not pitching the state may well be the fact that infrastructure for tourist footfall is not up to the mark at all. Apart from the one fancy hotel and its bar, the Government related hotel in Imphal is notorious for its total unprofessionalism: room service and the in house restaurant never ever give service within time (some guests that I had recommended the hotel to stay in came back with feedback that a breakfast order would be served at lunch time, lunch at dusk and dinner immediately after dusk!). The guest-houses at certain places that I know of (Sendra for one) are falling apart while the matter of whether civilian guests are allowed to stay there lies unknown. If there are other guest-houses anywhere else, we are none the wiser about them.

The setting up of tourist parks here, there and everywhere is mystifying: at least for me. They have been set up with huge costs but with what purpose? All they seem to attract are Manipuri film crews and youngsters with cameras in tow. Will we wake up one day to see a surge of tourists going to these “eco-parks”? But when people do not come to the state, how can they go to the said parks ever? If they came, what is there in the parks here that they have not seen in parks in their own home state? Are there indigenous crafts stalls around the parks? No. Are there decent food stalls near the parks (apart from the perennial dark roomed “Fast food” places)? No. So? Who goes? Sadly, not even many local people head to the parks (apart from film crews and young people dating).

Yet, not everything is lost for the state has great potential that needs to be strategically thought of and implemented. The 9 districts of the state have their own unique locations and the gifts of nature: greenery, hills, meadows, small lakes and water falls, peaks and places for sighting birds. Every community in Manipur has their own colourful festivals and dances which can be pitched for tourist tours (think the boat race in Kerala or the Rathyatra festival in Puri, Orissa that brings in thousands of tourists). More pressingly, there has to be support systems in place for receiving tourists and ensuring that they have experineces that they will recommend to other people. Yes, hotels and transport facilities in the state are practically non-existent at present. It would be mistaken to be content with good places to stay in Imphal only: every district should have facilities for private stays in hotels. Or there should be well oiled (read, run efficiently) Government tourist lodges in the districts. There needs to be conversant tourist guides (does the Kangla Fort even have a guided tour for tourists who are interested?) as also setting up Government approved vehicle rates. This is mainly because most out of Imphal travel is taken either by the NGO community or media people who come in from outside the state who hire privately managed vehicles. End result? Inflated travel costs for the common folks!

End-point:
Tourism in the state is in its infancy given the lack of support systems. But all it needs is for out of the box options and rising up to the challenge. The Tourism department needs to also think of bringing in other people and agencies (the Churches can be brought in as an integral partner in the districts as providers for home stays for a fee given the lack of accommodation facilities). They would do well to also study neighbouring Nagaland and its famed Hornbill festival to begin with: how it is pitched and what it comprises of; how the state works with different stakeholders (bloggers, travel writers, photographers) to ensure maximum visibility. The world of possibilities are endless given the range of places, festivals, food and culture that exist in the state and all that is needed would be concerted efforts for the Tourism Department to think a bit unconventionally.

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AMTU condemns manhandling report

IMPHAL, July 2(Newmai News Network): The All Manipur Tribal Union (AMTU) has strongly condemned reported manhandled a man mistaking him to be the general secretary of its organization (COPTAM) who… Read more »

IMPHAL, July 2(Newmai News Network): The All Manipur Tribal Union (AMTU) has strongly condemned reported manhandled a man mistaking him to be the general secretary of its organization (COPTAM) who identified themselves as members of a particular social organisation at North AOC in Imphal on June 28.

AMTU demanded from the state government to look into the matter urgently and book the culprits. It also appealed all the concerned authorities and civil society organisations not to engage in notorious activities that may disrupt the peaceful atmosphere of the state.

AMTU then expressed resentment over an incident where a traffic police personnel directed abusive langauge aganst its president D.P Panmei who is also a former minister. The incident occurred at M.G Avenue on Saturday, according to AMTU.

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AMTU condemns manhandling report

IMPHAL, July 2(Newmai News Network): The All Manipur Tribal Union (AMTU) has strongly condemned reported manhandled a man mistaking him to be the general secretary of its organization (COPTAM) who… Read more »

IMPHAL, July 2(Newmai News Network): The All Manipur Tribal Union (AMTU) has strongly condemned reported manhandled a man mistaking him to be the general secretary of its organization (COPTAM) who identified themselves as members of a particular social organisation at North AOC in Imphal on June 28.

AMTU demanded from the state government to look into the matter urgently and book the culprits. It also appealed all the concerned authorities and civil society organisations not to engage in notorious activities that may disrupt the peaceful atmosphere of the state.

AMTU then expressed resentment over an incident where a traffic police personnel directed abusive langauge aganst its president D.P Panmei who is also a former minister. The incident occurred at M.G Avenue on Saturday, according to AMTU.

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AMTU condemns manhandling report

IMPHAL, July 2(Newmai News Network): The All Manipur Tribal Union (AMTU) has strongly condemned reported manhandled a man mistaking him to be the general secretary of its organization (COPTAM) who… Read more »

IMPHAL, July 2(Newmai News Network): The All Manipur Tribal Union (AMTU) has strongly condemned reported manhandled a man mistaking him to be the general secretary of its organization (COPTAM) who identified themselves as members of a particular social organisation at North AOC in Imphal on June 28.

AMTU demanded from the state government to look into the matter urgently and book the culprits. It also appealed all the concerned authorities and civil society organisations not to engage in notorious activities that may disrupt the peaceful atmosphere of the state.

AMTU then expressed resentment over an incident where a traffic police personnel directed abusive langauge aganst its president D.P Panmei who is also a former minister. The incident occurred at M.G Avenue on Saturday, according to AMTU.

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Stone chip and sand donated

IMPHAL July 2: To relieve from mud and water filled lanes marred by potholes on the Sagolband Salam Leikai and Wahengbam Leikai under Sagolband A/C stretch along the Imphal-Jiri highway… Read more »

IMPHAL July 2: To relieve from mud and water filled lanes marred by potholes on the Sagolband Salam Leikai and Wahengbam Leikai under Sagolband A/C stretch along the Imphal-Jiri highway resulted from the on going construction works conducted by the government under various developmental projects, several truck loads of stone chip and sand were donated today to the Sagolband joint development committee by Rajkumar Imo Singh, an active member of Congress I as a part of a temporary arrangement initiated for the aggrieved local populace of Sagolband A/C.

N. Kuleshwor, secretary, SJDC, while meeting media persons said that various inconveniences are faced by commuters especially in this area due to the construction works. Heavy down pour since the past few days has added another difficulty for the commuters, he added.

Condemning the local MLA Sagolband A/C for being silent on their repeated pleas for a viable solution from such inconveniences, the secretary lamented that it as very unfortunate.

However, on the other hand, the committee expressed contentment on various projects carried out by the government for the development of Imphal. The Sagolband joint development committee was formed after thorough consultation with local responsible residents for efficient development in Sagolband A/C, he added.

Rk. Imo said that the construction works of various developmental projects has adversely affected the commuters for the time being. He added that the temporary arrangement was instituted keeping in view of such condition and ease atleast some of the difficulties faced by the commuters till the constructions of the projects are completed.

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Stone chip and sand donated

IMPHAL July 2: To relieve from mud and water filled lanes marred by potholes on the Sagolband Salam Leikai and Wahengbam Leikai under Sagolband A/C stretch along the Imphal-Jiri highway… Read more »

IMPHAL July 2: To relieve from mud and water filled lanes marred by potholes on the Sagolband Salam Leikai and Wahengbam Leikai under Sagolband A/C stretch along the Imphal-Jiri highway resulted from the on going construction works conducted by the government under various developmental projects, several truck loads of stone chip and sand were donated today to the Sagolband joint development committee by Rajkumar Imo Singh, an active member of Congress I as a part of a temporary arrangement initiated for the aggrieved local populace of Sagolband A/C.

N. Kuleshwor, secretary, SJDC, while meeting media persons said that various inconveniences are faced by commuters especially in this area due to the construction works. Heavy down pour since the past few days has added another difficulty for the commuters, he added.

Condemning the local MLA Sagolband A/C for being silent on their repeated pleas for a viable solution from such inconveniences, the secretary lamented that it as very unfortunate.

However, on the other hand, the committee expressed contentment on various projects carried out by the government for the development of Imphal. The Sagolband joint development committee was formed after thorough consultation with local responsible residents for efficient development in Sagolband A/C, he added.

Rk. Imo said that the construction works of various developmental projects has adversely affected the commuters for the time being. He added that the temporary arrangement was instituted keeping in view of such condition and ease atleast some of the difficulties faced by the commuters till the constructions of the projects are completed.

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Stone chip and sand donated

IMPHAL July 2: To relieve from mud and water filled lanes marred by potholes on the Sagolband Salam Leikai and Wahengbam Leikai under Sagolband A/C stretch along the Imphal-Jiri highway… Read more »

IMPHAL July 2: To relieve from mud and water filled lanes marred by potholes on the Sagolband Salam Leikai and Wahengbam Leikai under Sagolband A/C stretch along the Imphal-Jiri highway resulted from the on going construction works conducted by the government under various developmental projects, several truck loads of stone chip and sand were donated today to the Sagolband joint development committee by Rajkumar Imo Singh, an active member of Congress I as a part of a temporary arrangement initiated for the aggrieved local populace of Sagolband A/C.

N. Kuleshwor, secretary, SJDC, while meeting media persons said that various inconveniences are faced by commuters especially in this area due to the construction works. Heavy down pour since the past few days has added another difficulty for the commuters, he added.

Condemning the local MLA Sagolband A/C for being silent on their repeated pleas for a viable solution from such inconveniences, the secretary lamented that it as very unfortunate.

However, on the other hand, the committee expressed contentment on various projects carried out by the government for the development of Imphal. The Sagolband joint development committee was formed after thorough consultation with local responsible residents for efficient development in Sagolband A/C, he added.

Rk. Imo said that the construction works of various developmental projects has adversely affected the commuters for the time being. He added that the temporary arrangement was instituted keeping in view of such condition and ease atleast some of the difficulties faced by the commuters till the constructions of the projects are completed.

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NCP secretary appointed

IMPHAL, July 2: Sagolsem Anikumar Singh s/o S. Indrakumar of Thangmeiband Khuyathong Polem Leikai has been appointed as the secretary of the National Congress Party, Manipur state with immediate effect,… Read more »

IMPHAL, July 2: Sagolsem Anikumar Singh s/o S. Indrakumar of Thangmeiband Khuyathong Polem Leikai has been appointed as the secretary of the National Congress Party, Manipur state with immediate effect, informed a statement of the National Congress Party Manipur Pradesh.

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NCP secretary appointed

IMPHAL, July 2: Sagolsem Anikumar Singh s/o S. Indrakumar of Thangmeiband Khuyathong Polem Leikai has been appointed as the secretary of the National Congress Party, Manipur state with immediate effect,… Read more »

IMPHAL, July 2: Sagolsem Anikumar Singh s/o S. Indrakumar of Thangmeiband Khuyathong Polem Leikai has been appointed as the secretary of the National Congress Party, Manipur state with immediate effect, informed a statement of the National Congress Party Manipur Pradesh.

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KCP cadre arrested

IMPHAL, July 2: Troops of 23 Assam Rifles has claimed to have arrested a cadre of the proscribed KCP (MC) Lamyanba Khuman cadre while conducting a search operation in the… Read more »

IMPHAL, July 2: Troops of 23 Assam Rifles has claimed to have arrested a cadre of the proscribed KCP (MC) Lamyanba Khuman cadre while conducting a search operation in the general area of Leitanpokpi at around 10:30 pm yesterday.

According to a pro statement the arrested cadre is identified as one s/s sgt. Salam Ibohal alias Rochy alias Lion Sing, 42, s/o (L) Manglenjao of Leitanpokpi Mayai Leikai.

He has been handed over to the Lamlao police station, said a statement of the PRO IGAR (S).

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KCP cadre arrested

IMPHAL, July 2: Troops of 23 Assam Rifles has claimed to have arrested a cadre of the proscribed KCP (MC) Lamyanba Khuman cadre while conducting a search operation in the… Read more »

IMPHAL, July 2: Troops of 23 Assam Rifles has claimed to have arrested a cadre of the proscribed KCP (MC) Lamyanba Khuman cadre while conducting a search operation in the general area of Leitanpokpi at around 10:30 pm yesterday.

According to a pro statement the arrested cadre is identified as one s/s sgt. Salam Ibohal alias Rochy alias Lion Sing, 42, s/o (L) Manglenjao of Leitanpokpi Mayai Leikai.

He has been handed over to the Lamlao police station, said a statement of the PRO IGAR (S).

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Give and Take

By Bobo Khuraijam Two fortnights of displacement from the keyboard and monitor earns up excuse easy enough to convince the editor. That Leipung had to take leave for two fortnights…. Read more »

By Bobo Khuraijam
Two fortnights of displacement from the keyboard and monitor earns up excuse easy enough to convince the editor. That Leipung had to take leave for two fortnights. The leave was applied via the mobile cellular service. Without any hitch the leave was granted. The call cost one rupee and twenty paisa of Indian currency. People close to him would know. Our editor does not speak much. Keeps always to the point, has a good bass vocal but seldom heard him sing. May be he had tried in his school days. Experience must have taught him not to sing in the public. Some says his speech is not as good as his writing. You don’t find him commenting on the headlines in the morning taret makhai pao. In the evening when he is immersed in work, almost buried among the keypads of his laptop mono syllables like ‘o’, ‘um’ would be his words. He would beam a smile when you crack a silly joke. We hope he would spare Leipung for digging up on his quirks. As dubious as we may sound we had to take leave anyway. We are not as fortunate as the government employees. Like those who are posted in the hills. They can swap with a dummy. The largest democracy in the world can have proxy voters. But we reaffirm ourselves that there cannot be proxy Leipung – as simple as that.

COUNT YOUR BLOOD: Have not we mentioned? The leave we asked our editor cost one rupee and twenty paisa. Here are some more price tags for a few things. A unit of blood cost rupees two thousand and three hundred only on Indian currency. An income tax statement for not being a tax payer cost rupees one thousand and five hundred only on Indian currency. Allow us to elaborate. Someone not from the leikai, not from the valley; a wife of a husband from a hill district had to be admitted to the hospital following her complains of extreme fatigue for quite some days. They have modest income but no sangga-pangga in the valley. The couple headed straight to a private hospital as they could not muster up enough patience to wait for a decent bed in the government hospital. They were told that she was suffering from anemia. She needed rest and two to three unit of blood without delay. Her hemoglobin count was below the normal. The blood bank in the private hospital could give them only one unit. As per the rule they have to replace it back by a donor. The husband volunteered to be the replacement donor. He had to arrange the remaining from some other blood bank. The husband went to the blood bank of a well known government hospital. He was told to buy a ticket from the emergency counter. It was the mandatory charge for cross matching the blood sample: Rupees eight hundred. The husband had a sign of relief when he was told that blood is available in the bank. He was told to wait for sometime. After a while he was gently told that he have to pay rupees one thousand and seven hundred only. Not at the counter but at a room near the blood bank. The husband thought for a few seconds. He decided not to argue. Instead he requested the man with the thick register to reduce the money. They settled with rupees one thousand and five hundred only on Indian currency note. So, dear all, who donates blood regularly. Please keep up your priceless humanitarian act of donating blood regularly. We have faith in each of the individuals who donates blood. From civil voluntary organization to defense personals, from patriots who donate blood on the eighteenth of June to officers of lions and tigers club; every single drop of your blood is going to save someone’s life; more than that every single drop of your blood is going to make someone’s purse swell. Keep donating and keep saving life. As for the leipung members, we are going to demand our share of money from the man with the register every time we donate blood.

PAY YOUR TAX: “I am a tax paying citizen and I know my rights as a citizen of a democratic country”, this is a statement oftentimes used by educated citizens whenever they mean to assert their rights. The government spent huge sum of Indian currency to persuade citizens to pay their tax well in time. They even honour celebrities who pay tax regularly. It is obligatory for everyone to pay tax. People who earn in enormous amount like industrialist and celebs of the tinsel town have to pay more tax for they earn more. What about those who do not earn or earn a little? Well, they do not need to pay income tax. At the most they have to pay electricity and water bill. Sometime back some one from the Leikai who runs an embroidery centre, with a little amount of saving decided to launch a NGO. We have no idea at whose advice she was doing that. We know that she is active in leikai meira paibi besides her embroidery centre. Not too old to get married. We heard she is standing in the next Panchayat election. Someone must have told her that an NGO would be a good option to give opportunities to people. And she can earn well if she has heijara singjaragadi quality. She opened a bank account and got a PAN card in her name. All that while, she had little idea when her PAN card would come to a use. It anyway looks beautiful with her photo and signature on it. Much better than the electoral ID card. She was advised to get her organisation registered. After that she can run for government funding. One fine day news came in that her project report got approved from the authority. She has to sign an agreement with the authorities. Along with the signed agreement she has to furnish income tax assessment order for a financial year. She got baffled. How on earth? She has never paid any kind of income tax. At last some one prepared her income tax statement after spending rupees one thousand and five hundred only on Indian currency. She tried to argue that nobody had asked her to pay income tax so far. And on the contrary how can she be asked to furnish a statement like that. Someone convinced her that once anyone got a PAN card in their name, he or she would be considered a tax payer. She was happy. All these while, sitting on the Leipung we got message after message in the mobile phone. That a ‘gyanpack’ worth subscribing is in the offer; rupees Seven only on Indian currency, we hardly press any of the keys on the phone; then we got a congratulatory message that we have just subscribe the ‘gyanpack’. Rupees seven gone without touching keys: miraculous, is not it? It reminds us of a graffiti written on the wall of a public toilet – save the earth, die now. So be it, Bharati Airtel!

FOOTNOTE: Not again, our political fat cats are up to building a five star hotel in the heart of the town. That too at the cost of causing displacement to many families, Leipung Ningthou calls it, “thi chaamba heitringaida tie punnaba hotnaba”.

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Give and Take

By Bobo Khuraijam Two fortnights of displacement from the keyboard and monitor earns up excuse easy enough to convince the editor. That Leipung had to take leave for two fortnights…. Read more »

By Bobo Khuraijam
Two fortnights of displacement from the keyboard and monitor earns up excuse easy enough to convince the editor. That Leipung had to take leave for two fortnights. The leave was applied via the mobile cellular service. Without any hitch the leave was granted. The call cost one rupee and twenty paisa of Indian currency. People close to him would know. Our editor does not speak much. Keeps always to the point, has a good bass vocal but seldom heard him sing. May be he had tried in his school days. Experience must have taught him not to sing in the public. Some says his speech is not as good as his writing. You don’t find him commenting on the headlines in the morning taret makhai pao. In the evening when he is immersed in work, almost buried among the keypads of his laptop mono syllables like ‘o’, ‘um’ would be his words. He would beam a smile when you crack a silly joke. We hope he would spare Leipung for digging up on his quirks. As dubious as we may sound we had to take leave anyway. We are not as fortunate as the government employees. Like those who are posted in the hills. They can swap with a dummy. The largest democracy in the world can have proxy voters. But we reaffirm ourselves that there cannot be proxy Leipung – as simple as that.

COUNT YOUR BLOOD: Have not we mentioned? The leave we asked our editor cost one rupee and twenty paisa. Here are some more price tags for a few things. A unit of blood cost rupees two thousand and three hundred only on Indian currency. An income tax statement for not being a tax payer cost rupees one thousand and five hundred only on Indian currency. Allow us to elaborate. Someone not from the leikai, not from the valley; a wife of a husband from a hill district had to be admitted to the hospital following her complains of extreme fatigue for quite some days. They have modest income but no sangga-pangga in the valley. The couple headed straight to a private hospital as they could not muster up enough patience to wait for a decent bed in the government hospital. They were told that she was suffering from anemia. She needed rest and two to three unit of blood without delay. Her hemoglobin count was below the normal. The blood bank in the private hospital could give them only one unit. As per the rule they have to replace it back by a donor. The husband volunteered to be the replacement donor. He had to arrange the remaining from some other blood bank. The husband went to the blood bank of a well known government hospital. He was told to buy a ticket from the emergency counter. It was the mandatory charge for cross matching the blood sample: Rupees eight hundred. The husband had a sign of relief when he was told that blood is available in the bank. He was told to wait for sometime. After a while he was gently told that he have to pay rupees one thousand and seven hundred only. Not at the counter but at a room near the blood bank. The husband thought for a few seconds. He decided not to argue. Instead he requested the man with the thick register to reduce the money. They settled with rupees one thousand and five hundred only on Indian currency note. So, dear all, who donates blood regularly. Please keep up your priceless humanitarian act of donating blood regularly. We have faith in each of the individuals who donates blood. From civil voluntary organization to defense personals, from patriots who donate blood on the eighteenth of June to officers of lions and tigers club; every single drop of your blood is going to save someone’s life; more than that every single drop of your blood is going to make someone’s purse swell. Keep donating and keep saving life. As for the leipung members, we are going to demand our share of money from the man with the register every time we donate blood.

PAY YOUR TAX: “I am a tax paying citizen and I know my rights as a citizen of a democratic country”, this is a statement oftentimes used by educated citizens whenever they mean to assert their rights. The government spent huge sum of Indian currency to persuade citizens to pay their tax well in time. They even honour celebrities who pay tax regularly. It is obligatory for everyone to pay tax. People who earn in enormous amount like industrialist and celebs of the tinsel town have to pay more tax for they earn more. What about those who do not earn or earn a little? Well, they do not need to pay income tax. At the most they have to pay electricity and water bill. Sometime back some one from the Leikai who runs an embroidery centre, with a little amount of saving decided to launch a NGO. We have no idea at whose advice she was doing that. We know that she is active in leikai meira paibi besides her embroidery centre. Not too old to get married. We heard she is standing in the next Panchayat election. Someone must have told her that an NGO would be a good option to give opportunities to people. And she can earn well if she has heijara singjaragadi quality. She opened a bank account and got a PAN card in her name. All that while, she had little idea when her PAN card would come to a use. It anyway looks beautiful with her photo and signature on it. Much better than the electoral ID card. She was advised to get her organisation registered. After that she can run for government funding. One fine day news came in that her project report got approved from the authority. She has to sign an agreement with the authorities. Along with the signed agreement she has to furnish income tax assessment order for a financial year. She got baffled. How on earth? She has never paid any kind of income tax. At last some one prepared her income tax statement after spending rupees one thousand and five hundred only on Indian currency. She tried to argue that nobody had asked her to pay income tax so far. And on the contrary how can she be asked to furnish a statement like that. Someone convinced her that once anyone got a PAN card in their name, he or she would be considered a tax payer. She was happy. All these while, sitting on the Leipung we got message after message in the mobile phone. That a ‘gyanpack’ worth subscribing is in the offer; rupees Seven only on Indian currency, we hardly press any of the keys on the phone; then we got a congratulatory message that we have just subscribe the ‘gyanpack’. Rupees seven gone without touching keys: miraculous, is not it? It reminds us of a graffiti written on the wall of a public toilet – save the earth, die now. So be it, Bharati Airtel!

FOOTNOTE: Not again, our political fat cats are up to building a five star hotel in the heart of the town. That too at the cost of causing displacement to many families, Leipung Ningthou calls it, “thi chaamba heitringaida tie punnaba hotnaba”.

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`Copies of DPR on Loktak project not available with electricity department`

IMPHAL, July 1: In what could be termed as an odd discovery, not a single copy of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Loktak Hydro Electric Project’s was available… Read more »

IMPHAL, July 1: In what could be termed as an odd discovery, not a single copy of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Loktak Hydro Electric Project’s was available with the Electricity department of Manipur.

The discovery was made by an RTI appellant, one Kambam Seityajit, 36, s/o Kambam Ibohal Singh of Khurai Chingangbam Leikai, while seeking information under the Right to Information (RTI), Act, 2005 on Loktak Project.

In the extract copy of the response made available to the media, the appellant had sought information if any agreement existed between the electricity department and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited (NHPC) while the Loktak project was transferred to the NHPC limited.

In response to the question the chief engineer, (power) electricity department stated that no official records are available in this office about the transfer of the project to NHPC and any agreement thereof. He further speculated that all formalities could have been done before the establishment of the electricity department, in the year 1971.

The appellant claimed the response as misleading and false. On contrary to the response of the chief engineer, he stated that the NHPC was formed in the year 1975 much later than the electricity department, Government of Manipur which was seperated from the Public Work Department, Government in the year 1971 and held that it will not be possible for the NHPC to execute Loktak Hydro Electric Project without any agreement with the state.

Besides that the appellant further claimed that as per his findings the Loktak Hdyro Electric Project’s DPR was prepared in the year 1965 when the Electricity department was associated with the PWD and many copies of such DPR are available in different courts for adjudication of various disputes in the state of Manipur.

On the pretext of the non availability of the DPR the chief engineer further mentioned that it could not provide information for rehabilitation of individuals who had been affected by the said project.

The appellant further stated that the official data available on June 19, 2011 shows that the demand met for power in the state was 58 MW at 0800 hours and the total requirement was shown to be as 65 MW as requested by the electricity department to the Power System Operation Corporation Limited, Shillong. And power supply position at 2000 hours demand met is shown as 49 MW against 90 MW, which is quite contradictory as that of the respondent’s figure of 110 MW at peak hours during summer, according to the extract copy of the response made available to the media.

In terms of state wise power supply position in Million Unit (MU) the requirement of Manipur is shown to be 1.330 MU against the consumption of 1.096 MU which is quite low as compared to that of Meghalaya state consumption of 4.153, MU against their requirement of 5.626 MU which is about the same size and population as Manipur, the appellant further mentioned.

While noting the chief engineer’s response that there is no provision of uninterrupted power supply or VIP line in existing system the appellant further contradicted the claimed stating that uninterrupted power supply are being supplied to certain brick fields in the valley areas as well as certain top contractors, sub-contractors, highly influential individuals, bureaucrats etc and opined that he could furnish sufficient evidence to prove his assertion at any point of time.

The extract copy further showed that the electricity department was found to be having no technical audits and no branch office of the joint electricity regulatory commission for Manipur and Mizoram at Imphal.

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Moreh custom office attacked

IMPHAL, July 1: Armed miscreants attack the custom office of Moreh, by firing several rounds in the evening yesterday. According to reports from the concerned office, the incident occurred around… Read more »

IMPHAL, July 1: Armed miscreants attack the custom office of Moreh, by firing several rounds in the evening yesterday.

According to reports from the concerned office, the incident occurred around 7:30 pm when two armed miscreants suspected to be Kuki militants entered the office searching for the Superintendent of the custom Moreh, RK. Ranendrajit.

On being informed that the SP was not in the office the miscreants took out small arms and started firing several rounds aiming at the office properties before leaving.

There was no information of any human casualties due to the attack.

The exact motive behind the attack could not be ascertained however sources inside the custom office revealed that a newly formed militant group had imposed monetary demands at the custom office few months back.

A case has been registered at the Moreh police station in connection with the firing incident.

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Ekou womenfolk decries monetary demands

IMPHAL July 1: Women society of Ekou bazaar under Khundrakpam A/C, Imphal east consisting of various communities today protested against the imposition of heavy monetary demands and threats met out… Read more »

IMPHAL July 1: Women society of Ekou bazaar under Khundrakpam A/C, Imphal east consisting of various communities today protested against the imposition of heavy monetary demands and threats met out to them by an alleged hill based proscribed outfit.

A sit in protest was held in this connection at the Ekou bazaar from 9 am to 4 pm today, demanding the alleged proscribed outfit to rethink and revoke their demands and refrain from any activities that may compromise the peaceful co-existence of different communities in Ekou area.

Agitated at the heavy monetary demands and the accompanying threats, one of the villagers, L. Leibakleima, ex-secretary, Meira Paibi Lup (women society) Ekou bazaar lamented that the demand is unreasonable and is beyond their meager source of income, who survive predominantly from petty agricultural activities.

It may be mentioned that a heavy monetary demand of Rs 2 lakhs was imposed on one S. Ibochouba with dire consequences if he failed to meet within July 3.

Initially, it was said that the demand was for 1 lakh. However it was increased with another one lakh as a consequence of one of the alleged outfit’s associate being apprehended by a commando team during frisking on his way to a place at Sapermeina.

The arrested individual was accompanying S. Ibochouba and a relative for a meeting called by the alleged outfit.

S. Angoubi devi, secretary, Meira Paibi Lup Ekou bazaar said that the 1-2 lakhs demand is impossible for them to manage. She added that they condemned imposition of the monetary demands and other threats that may endanger the very foundation of communal harmony in the area.

The women society further lamented that the said outfit is also imposing illegal tax from shops and other small commercial establishment in Ekou bazaar.

Further, they alleged that previously on many occasion, the said outfit was involved in many unlawful activities that created apprehension and concern to different communities living in Ekou.

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