Documentation of medicinal plants begins

A six day training cum documentation programme for establishment of rural Industries on Medicinal and aromatic plant begins today at the office complex of State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Porompat. The training cum documentation programme is being organized by National Institute of Rural development, (NIRD), ME Regional Centre, Guwahati. Representatives from the NIRD, Mridusmita […]

Discussion on aromatic and medicinal plant held at Porompat

Discussion on aromatic and medicinal plant held at Porompat

A six day training cum documentation programme for establishment of rural Industries on Medicinal and aromatic plant begins today at the office complex of State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Porompat. The training cum documentation programme is being organized by National Institute of Rural development, (NIRD), ME Regional Centre, Guwahati. Representatives from the NIRD, Mridusmita Devi and Rashmi Hazarika are attending the programme while Dr. A. Somarendro and Dr. L Promila Devi attended as the resource persons at today’s inaugural function.

KIM clarifies

Imphal Sept 24: UNA The Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) said so far no UGs group has threatened by any UGs group to the Kuki apex body KIM. A press release signed by its general secretary, Khaimang Chongloi stated that the press statement of UKLF on 23 September 2013 and KNLF on 24 September 2013 under […]

Imphal Sept 24: UNA The Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) said so far no UGs group has threatened by any UGs group to the Kuki apex body KIM.
A press release signed by its general secretary, Khaimang Chongloi stated that the press statement of UKLF on 23 September 2013 and KNLF on 24 September 2013 under the caption “KNLF threaten Kuki Civil
Societies (KIM, KCA, KWU, KSO etc)” and counter statement of the other group, on this regard KIM clarified that non of any Kuki UGs group had so far threaten nor made any intimation to KIM.
The KIM has nothing to do with such press statement of the UGs it rather unfortunate for the societies of Kuki. The KIM however, appeal both the organizations to resolve their internal problems rather than involving civil societies in the matter and maintain peace at the maximum level so as to let peace reign in the region added the press release.

Play “Santoolan Doot” which focused on Irom Sharmila played on Friday at Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha.

Play “Santoolan Doot” which focused on Irom Sharmila played on Friday at Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha.

Play “Santoolan Doot” which focused on Irom Sharmila played on Friday at  Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha. Play “Santoolan Doot” which focused on Irom Sharmila played on Friday at Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha.

Motivation for Liangmai youths

IMPHAL, August 31 NNN : Liangmai youths today have their hey-day with youth motivators from various fields pounded their lectures at Liangmai Baptist Church (LBC), Deulahlane in Imphal. Organised by the ‘youth department’ of the LBC the youth motivation programme was attended by over 300 youths. James Doupao Haokip (Manipur Secretariat Service), Rev Boipu Serto […]

Motivation for Liangmai youths

Motivation for Liangmai youths

IMPHAL, August 31 NNN : Liangmai youths today have their hey-day with youth motivators from various fields pounded their lectures at Liangmai Baptist Church (LBC), Deulahlane in Imphal.
Organised by the ‘youth department’ of the LBC the youth motivation programme was attended by over 300 youths.
James Doupao Haokip (Manipur Secretariat Service), Rev Boipu Serto (Youth Director of Manipur Baptist Convention, MBC), Minmin Kipgen (a bank officer-UBI) were the resource persons on the occasion.
James Doupao Haokip said today’s youths have been swept away by modern electronic gadgets and that their future is at stake. He advised the Liangmai youths not to succumb to the temptations by the present fashion and trend but to focus on their career and future.
“Do not sell your future for this enjoyment,” asserted James Kipgen. The bureaucrat also said that lack of self confidence is one great enemy to build a bright career. According to him, God fearing and hard work will no go in vain.
Rev Boipu Serto harped on the moral aspect of the youths and said indulging in immoral activities hampers ones future. “Students staying far away from their villages and parents live a free-bird style not realising that very soon he will pay for it,” stated Rev Serto. The MBC Youth Director then stressed the need to trust God and said, “when you fear God you will not be able to do what God dislikes.”
Minmin Kipgen dwelt on the topics like banking, engineering, agriculture and computer technology.
He presented in detail on the job opportunity in these fields.

Meeting to discuss position of Kuki

IMPHAL, Aug 26 NNN : As part of its strategy to further the ongoing Kuki statehood demand movement in Manipur, series of consultative meetings on the theme, “The Current Political Scenario of the Kukis in Manipur” have been organised in Guwahati, Churachandpur and Shillong. The Shillong programme was underway this evening during the time of […]

IMPHAL, Aug 26 NNN : As part of its strategy to further the ongoing Kuki statehood demand movement in Manipur, series of consultative meetings on the theme, “The Current Political Scenario of the Kukis in Manipur” have been organised in Guwahati, Churachandpur and Shillong. The Shillong programme was underway this evening during the time of the filing of this story.
Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC) leaders after having had conducted a powerful consultative meeting in the south district of Manipur (Churachandpur) on last Saturday, had organised similar programme in Guwahati on Sunday.
In Guwahati, the event was held at Kuki Worship Service Organisation (KWSO) Hall which was hosted by KWSO and participated by Guwahati based Kuki Students Organisation (KSO), Kuki Inpi, Guwahati, Kuki Welfare Association, intellectuals, scholars and student leaders based in Guwahati. KSDC chairman Hejang Haokip and its secretary K.Gangte were the resource persons.
During the programme, the participants expressed their opinions on the Kuki statehood demand in Manipur and exhorted for the concerted effort to fructify the aspiration of the Kuki people.
In Shillong, the programme on the same theme, “The Current Political Scenario of the Kukis in Manipur” started this evening at around 6 pm attended by KSO-Shillong, Kuki Inpi-Meghalaya, Kuki Welfare Association-Meghalaya and well wishers. The KSDC chairman and the KSDC secretary were the resource persons again in the Shillong event.
“Our chairman and our secretary (KSDC) will return to Imphal on August 30 and thereafter, we will convene a meeting to chalk out the next course of action,” said KSDC leader George Guite.

 

Book on terrorist

MNS: A book entitled who is a terrorist written by Prof. Soyam Lokendrajit head of department philosophy Manipur University was released today at JN Manipur dance academy. RK Manisana , C. Upendra graced the occasion as chief guest and president. Prof …

MNS: A book entitled who is a terrorist written by Prof. Soyam Lokendrajit head of department philosophy Manipur University was released today at JN Manipur dance academy. RK Manisana , C. Upendra graced the occasion as chief guest and president. Prof M.C Arun. Babloo, Ningthouja and Shreema spoke about the book

Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh, GOC Eastern Command, Lt. Gen.SL. arasimhan, GOC 3 Corp and Maj Gen. Rajiv Chopra. IG AR (south)calling on Chief Minister, Manipur on Thursday

Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh, GOC Eastern Command, Lt. Gen.SL. arasimhan, GOC 3 Corp and  Maj Gen. Rajiv Chopra. IG AR (south)calling on  Chief Minister, Manipur  on Thursday

Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh, GOC Eastern Command, Lt. Gen.SL. arasimhan, GOC 3 Corp and  Maj Gen. Rajiv Chopra. IG AR (south)calling on  Chief Minister, Manipur  on Thursday4a

KSDC 48 hour general strike concludes

Imphal Aug 16 UNA : The Kuki State Demands Committee (KSDC) will watch and wait for the response and steps taken by the Government and further appropriate course of action will be taken in consultation with all stake-holders of Kuki state at the earliest said KSDC on Friday. The Second day of the 48 hours […]

Imphal Aug 16 UNA : The Kuki State Demands Committee (KSDC) will watch and wait for the response and steps taken by the Government and further appropriate course of action will be taken in consultation with all stake-holders of Kuki state at the earliest said KSDC on Friday.
The Second day of the 48 hours General Strike called by KSDC for Kuki State, paralyzed all activities in Kuki dominated areas of Manipur yesterday

Manipur facing artificial petroleum scarcity : TDC

Imphal Jul 31 UNA : While almost all the oil pumps remained closed saying stock nil, petrol and diesel were still available in plenty in the grey markets at a price double the actual rate. Since the massive landslide along the Imphal-Dimapur section of national highway in Nagaland on the night of July 12 and […]

Imphal Jul 31 UNA : While almost all the oil pumps remained closed saying stock nil, petrol and diesel were still available in plenty in the grey markets at a price double the actual rate.
Since the massive landslide along the Imphal-Dimapur section of national highway in Nagaland on the night of July 12 and 13, Manipur has been facing petroleum products scarcity.
Oil pumps were remaining close in most of the time citing “stock nil.”
But vehicle fuels (petrol and diesel) were still available in the grey market which was openly appeared near the oil pumps.
Even though the actual rate of petrol per litre was a little more than Rs 69 in Imphal, the same is currently selling above Rs 120 in the grey market. Similarly, diesel is also available at double the actual price.
No action was seen taken up against the grey marketers by the police even though they openly sold on the road sides, particularly near the oil pumps.
Asserting that the petroleum products scarcity being faced by the people of the state was an artificial one, the Transporters and Drivers Council today alleged that Manipur government lacked taking initiative to coup with the woes facing by the people.
TDC president, Ranjit said that artificial scarcity of petroleum products is witnessed in Manipur was due to the lack of sending more oil tankers by IOC in Manipur.
He said that IOC, Imphal branch has over 500 oil tankers to procure petroleum products. Security escort given to oil tankers for once only in a month was responsible for scarcity and could not lift in large numbers.
He further said that due to the land slide at Phesema in Nagaland stranded oil tankers at Khatkati were brought till Jiribam and could reached at Imphal on July 23 last. Those trucks included petrol and LPG which are 103 in number. Only about one hundred oil tankers are used for transporting once in a month and were responsible for scarcity by the general public.
He asked where the remaining tankers had gone

adding that if 250-300
oil tankers were used for transporting there would be no question of scarcity of petroleum products in the state.
He alleged that IOC was trying to save around Rs 3000-4000 per turn.
Transporters for NH-37 should be appointed by calling tender from transporters. IOC was simply misguiding the state government and TDC could never accept it at any cost, he added.
NNN adds leaders of Manipur unit of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today met IOC Depot Manager,
Imphal and discussed the current problem of shortage of fuel in the state.
Briefing the media at the state BJP office after the meeting with the IOC Manager SI Singh, Northeast in-charge of BJYM P Somorjit informed that nine days of petrol and diesel stock was left with the IOC as of Wednesday.
He said as of Wednesday, 628 kl of petrol and 2578 kl of diesel were in stocked at the IOC Depot, Chingmeirong.
H Bijen, general secretary, BJYM, Manipur, L Basanta, media in-charge, Manipur unit of BJP and several volunteers of BJYM were among the team which met the IOC Manager.
Somorjit called the current shortage of fuel in the state as ‘artificial fuel scarcity.’
He said that factors like owning of 30 percent of the oil pumps by private companies such as NRL, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd and Tssar in the state are mainly responsible for unchecked fuel black market in the state.
The state BJYM leader also expressed his suggestion that the state Government should work out a plan for construction of oil pipelines from Assam to Manipur for easy shipping of oil into the state.
He also urged the Government for early completion of the oil depot now under construction at Malom here that has the capacity to stock up to 5, 5, 500 kl of oil.

Sharmila donates books to State Central Library

IMPHAL, July 12 MNS/NNN : Irom Sharmila who has been on fast unto death since Nov 2000 demanding repeal of AFSPA today donated 80 books to the Manipur State Central Library. Irom has expressed unhappiness over the reported efforts by some social organizations to nominate her for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. Reacting to this, […]

IMPHAL, July 12 MNS/NNN : Irom Sharmila who has been on fast unto death since Nov 2000 demanding repeal of AFSPA today donated 80 books to the Manipur State Central Library. Irom has expressed unhappiness over the reported efforts by some social organizations to nominate her for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.
Reacting to this, Irom Sharmila has urged those organizations to join the anti-AFSPA campaign by dropping the idea or plan for helping her to get the prize.
She said, “The only aim of my struggle is to revoke AFSPA and I am just not interested in the Nobel idea.”
41 years old Irom Chanu Sharmila was talking to journalists inside her ward
while donating as many as 80 different books to Manipur State Central Library on Friday.
With this, Sharmila, also called the ‘Iron Lady’ has so far donated about 400 books authored by different personalities from different parts of the world to the Central Library. Friday’s generous contribution by Sharmila to the library was the fifth occasion.
“Dead Souls” by Marc Chagall and “Winning War on War” by Joshua Goldstein were among the books. She handed the books over to officials of the Central Library in the ward at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) where she has been lodging with the support of nose-feeding.
Sharmila said she hopes these books will help book lovers to a certain degree.
The hunger striker is now on fast for more than 12 years on the demand for repeal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA).

Hideout busted

Troop of Red Shield Division busted a temporary hideout being used by militants near Moirang Khunao working on input and intercepts for over two months about targeting Security Forces by troops by militants in areas of Kumbi, Moirang, Sugnu and Dampi. Red Shield Division launched an operation in a Pat area adjacent to Moirang Khunao […]

Arms and ammunitions recovered from Moirangkhunou

Arms and ammunitions recovered from Moirangkhunou

Troop of Red Shield Division busted a temporary hideout being used by militants near Moirang Khunao working on input and intercepts for over
two months about targeting Security Forces by troops by militants in areas of Kumbi, Moirang, Sugnu and Dampi. Red Shield Division launched an operation in a Pat area adjacent to Moirang Khunao which led to recovery of four AK 47 rifles, sixteen magazines, 575 rounds of AK 47, five radio sets, large quantity of explosives including grenades, assorted ammunition of other weapons and w

Man killed, bandh called

Some unknown persons killed an auto driver near Telephone exchange office Khuman Lampak this morning around 10 a.m. The deceased was identified as Leishangthem Deben (46) Lamlongei Mantripukhri. He received injuries in the head and other parts of the body. He was beaten to death by some persons. The motive behind the killing is yet […]

Some unknown persons killed an auto driver near Telephone exchange office Khuman Lampak this morning around 10 a.m.
The deceased was identified as Leishangthem Deben (46) Lamlongei Mantripukhri.
He received injuries in the head and other parts of the body.
He was beaten to death by some persons. The motive behind the killing is yet to be ascertained.
A 24 hour bandh has been called from July 1 midnight.

Regulator for the Housing Sector

Ashok Handoo The Cabinet recently approved the real estate regulation and development bill which provides for putting in place a regulator for the housing sector in the country with a view to bringing transparency to the sector. The regulator will oversee the functioning of the sector which unfortunately has been most opaque in its dealings. […]

Ashok Handoo
The Cabinet recently approved the real estate regulation and development bill which provides for putting in place a regulator for the housing sector in the country with a view to bringing transparency to the sector. The regulator will oversee the functioning of the sector which unfortunately has been most opaque in its dealings. The bill, aimed at regulating the sector which is beset with multiple problems, is therefore a welcome step which has been long overdue.
The bill provides that the builder whose project is coming up on an area of 1000 Sq. metres or more will have to register with the regulator. The Agents, commonly known as property dealers, too will have to register themselves with the regulator and make public all the relevant information.
The prospective house owners in the country have been facing lots of problems in the process of acquiring a dwelling unit. They are never told the status of the project advertised with regard to the mandatory clearances from different agencies. Projects are launched without obtaining such clearances leading to litigations and harassment for the consumer. There are also cost overruns and often inordinate delays in handing over the dwelling units to the consumers. Besides, there are hidden costs which the consumer comes to know only at the time of taking over the possession. Not the least important is the confusion sought to be created by the builders with regard to the unit area. Instead of mentioning the carpet area–the actual area of a dwelling unit which one uses– the builders sell the vague super area which includes all the common areas.
To deal with such problems the bill provides for a number of measures. For instance no project can be launched, in fact even publicized, before all the necessary clearances for the project are obtained. Any violation of this provision through a misleading advertisement will lead to imposition of a penalty on the builder and if the offence is repeated for the second time, a jail term up to 3 years. The builder will have to put on his website all the relevant details about this. Similarly, in case of inordinate delay in handing over the possession as per the agreement, the builder will have to make full refund of the money to the consumer along with interest. The bill makes it mandatory for the builder to sell the unit according to the carpet area and not the super area as is being done now.
To prevent builders from diverting funds collected for one project to other projects the bill provides that 70 percent of the funds raised for a particular project have to be put in a different account and used for the construction of that project only. All this, indeed is going to bring transparency, accountability and professionalism to the sector which will enhance its credibility and bring some relief to the house buyers. But the question is whether this will be enough to deal with the massive housing problem the country is facing?
Two things need to be given immediate attention if the bill has to serve the desired purpose. First, since the clearances have to be given by various government agencies, it is important that they too are brought under its purview. Second, the regulator is proposed to be only for the housing sector. The commercial sector has been left out for the time being. One hopes that this sector too will be brought under the purview of the bill sooner than later.
Alongside, steps need to be taken to reform the sector to meet the massive housing demand in the county. The land use provisions and Floor Space Index (FSI), need to be given a fresh look. Better land use is the need of the hour in view of the huge shortfall in the housing field. Single window system needs to be given a push to avoid delays.
Growing urbanization, a growing middle class and migratory population is putting additional burden on the demand for housing in the country. It is therefore imperative that in addition to regulating the sector the supply side is also strengthened. Housing is one sector which gives a push to many other sectors like steel and iron, cement etc. It also generates employment at various levels. It thus plays a major role in the economic development, particularly at a time when the economy is facing a slowdown.
The bill envisages a well structured grievance disposal system. There will be an Appellate Tribunal to adjudicate disputes which will be headed by a sitting or a retired judge. There will also be a National Advisory Council headed by the Housing minister to advise the regulator on crucial matters. That should take care of adopting a fair approach with regard to all stakeholders involved in the sector.
Since land and property is a state subject, cooperation from the state governments is of utmost importance to make the bill a success. One hopes this cooperation will be forthcoming in the desired measure, as it is as much in the interests of the states to regulate the housing sector as it is for the Central government. PIB FEatures