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Reckless tourists are throwing garbage at the picturesque Khoupum Waterfall at Khoupum Valley in Noney District, located around 90 kilometre from the Imphal city.

Plastics and other wastes are piling at the famous picnic spot. According to Impact news sources, picnickers are recklessly dumping plastic wastes, water bottles, beer cans etc. in and around the waterfall.  Both the relevant department and village authorities have failed to keep dustbins in the area. 

Timely intervention should be taken to keep the beauty of the Khoupum waterfall intact.

Around 3 Thousand population of Kadi part 1 to 5 in Tamenglong District are facing hardships due to lack of Health Care Facility, dysfunctional lone Primary School and bad road connectivity

Around 3 thousand villagers of Kadi part 1 to 5 under Tamei Sub-Division in Tamenglong District, which is 116 kilometres away from the Imphal City are deprived of access to health facility. Many lives have lost due to lack of medical facility in the area. There are around 18 villages from Kadi part 1 to 5. Villagers have appealed to State Government to construct a Primary Health Centre in the area without further delay.

Lack of proper infrastructure and adequate teachers in the lone Primary School in the area has compelled villagers to send their children to far off places for schooling with much hardships. The lone Primary school in the area remains a namesake school without any teacher nor staff. Above all, the school lacks sanitation facility and staff quarter.

Road connectivity from Kadi part 1 to part 4 is also in a deplorable condition. One cannot even set foot on the road leading to District Headquarter after a slight rainfall bringing much plights to the villagers especially in times of medical emergencies. Construction of the road under PMGSY started sometime back but it remains incomplete. Grasses have even started sprouting on some portion of the blacktopped road.

It is high time, Government's 'Go To Hills' and 'Go To Village' missions reach to Kadi Villagers.

Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi refutes allegations against Manipur Government of black marketing urea as baseless;  Tangkhul Naga Long refutes former union minister Jairam Ramesh’s statement on urea being diverted to hill areas in Manipur for poppy cultivation

Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi has refuted all allegations charged against Manipur Government of black marketing urea as baseless. Speaking to media at his secretariat office in Imphal today, Minister O. Lukhoi termed it unfortunate that some people are blaming the state government without proper knowledge. He said, Sugnu MLA K. Ranjit’s recent remarks about improper distribution of urea came out of sheer lack of knowledge on the matter.

The minister said, MLA K. Ranjit has stated that 8 Thousand 832 urea bags are required for Sugnu Assembly Constituency but as per a survey, the constituency requires more than 9 thousand bags. He said that the Department has already allocated 10 thousand 505 urea bags for Sugnu Constituency through the local MLA, CSO and District Agriculture Officer. He added that the department is carrying out mobile distribution of 300 bags of urea under the supervision of District Agriculture Officer for Sugnu Constituency tomorrow. Hence, a total of 10 thousand 805 bags have been allocated for Sugnu, which is 2 thousand bags of urea more than required.

Minister Oinam Lukhoi maintained that the agriculture department has already provided 65 thousand 100 bags of urea for Thoubal and Kakching Districts out of the required 64 thousand 500. Taking part in the press meet, Agriculture Director Kh. Lalmani said that Manipur has received the same quota of urea as in the previous years. He said, Centre has provided urea for both hills and valley farmers, adding that 26 thousand 100 bags of urea have been already provided for farmers in the hills. The Director also clarified that there is no misuse of urea for poppy cultivation. 

Meanwhile, Tangkhul Naga Long, TNL refuted former union minister, Jairam Ramesh’s statement on urea being diverted to hill areas in Manipur for poppy cultivation. The hill based civil body issued a press release today criticising Jairam’s remark as very misleading and far from truth. TNL refuted his assertions stating 'hill people of Ukhrul and Kamjong districts and its areas are not 'lawless people', and such uninvited derogatory remarks may not be passed on us for political mileage and to tarnish the image of the hill people.' It maybe mentioned that the senior INC leader on his twitter post on August 31 accused the BJP-led government in Manipur of diverting urea supply meant for farmers to opium fields, thereby boosting the poppy cultivation.

CPI Manipur stands for free & fair election and against party hopping, says L. Sotinkumar

The 73rd Foundation Day of Communist Party of India (CPI), Manipur State Council was celebrated at Irawat Bhawan, BT Road in Imphal today. Party leaders, members, workers and supporters attended the event held by adhering to COVID-19 SOPs in a subdued manner. Attendees paid floral tributes to the bust of Lamyanba Hijam Irawat to mark the day.

Speaking at the event, Secretary of Communist Party of India, Manipur Laishram Sotinkumar said, Communist Party, a party based on Marxism and Leninism has been striving for the welfare of the public. He said that the party stands for a better state and for the rights of farmers following the footsteps of Lamyanba Hijam Irawat. Praising the late leader for his immense contribution in emancipating the state from feudalism of the colonial era, Laishram Sotinkumar said, 'Words will not be enough to describe Hijam Irawat's role in making Manipur an autonomous state".

Regarding the upcoming 2022 State Assembly Election, the CPI Manipur Secretary said that the party stands for free and fair election and against party hopping. He said the party will definitely field candidates to contest in the election.

Manipur Education Minister hopeful that merging of NEP-2020 & School Phagathansi Mission will boost education sector

Merging of 'National Education Policy 2020' with 'School Phagat-hanshi Mission' will bring a huge impact in the Education Sector of Manipur, said State Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen with high hopes. He was speaking to Impact News today on the sidelines of distributing CGI roofing Sheets to 36 poor families of Lamshang Assembly Constituency at his Salam residence.

Education Minister S. Rajen asserted that the Indian Government intends to start implementing National Education Policy 2020 in the country by 2025 and to meet full implementation of the educational policy latest by 2030. He maintained that Manipur Education Department is making necessary arrangements for the same.

S. Rajen also confirmed that as per the NEP 2020, Physical Education is a compulsory Subject starting class 6 onwards. Hence, more Physical Education Teachers will be required. The minister disclosed that recruitment of necessary PETs will be discussed in the upcoming State Cabinet.

Late Manipur CM Rishang Keishing fondly remembered on his 4th Death Anniversary; MPCC paid rich tributes to the late eminent Congress leader

 

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) members and people fondly remembered four-time former Chief Minister of Manipur and former Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MP  Rishang Keishing on his 4th death anniversary today. Late Rishang Keishing, a Tangkhul Naga, served as the Chief Minister of Manipur from 1980 to 1988 and from 1994 to 1997. He passed away on August 22, 2017 at the age of 96 due to multiple organ failures.

 

MPCC Interim President N. Lokendra, Congress Legislature Party, CLP Leader cum Former Chief Minister - Okram Ibobi and All India Congress Committee (AICC) CWC Member Gaikhangam led people in paying floral tributes to the late leader's grave at Mantripukhri this morning. Later, Congress MLAs and Party members held the 4th Memorial Lectures in memory of the late leader at the Congress Bhawan in Imphal. Speaking at the event,  Ex-Chief Minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi recalled that Rishang Keishing was elected to the Lok Sabha in the first Parliamentary elections held in 1952 after India's Independence. He eulogized the late Chief Minister for his contributions in developing the State and the country.

 

Remembering the eminent congress leader from Bungpa Village in Ukhrul District, Okram Ibobi called upon people of the state to follow the ideologies of late Rishang Keishing for sustaining the unity and integrity of Manipur. It maybe mentioned that the NSCN-IM reportedly denied the late Chief Minister's burial in his native village. The leader’s last rites were performed in Imphal on August 24, 2017.

La Ganesan appointed as Manipur Governor after Ex-Governor Dr Najma Heptulla's retirement from the post

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday appointed BJP leader La Ganesan as the Governor of Manipur with effect from the day he assumes charge of the office. He will be the 17th Governor of Manipur.

La Ganesan has served as Rajya Sabha member and BJP in several capacities. He has served as General Secretary of Tamil Nadu BJP unit and prior to that he was Pracharak in RSS. Ganesan had also replaced Dr. Najma Heptulla as Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh.

Dr Najma A Heptulla was sworn in as the governor of Manipur in August, 2016 and retired on August 20, 2021. It maybe mentioned that Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad Chaurasia took additional charge as Governor of Manipur during Heptulla's absence.

Un-vaccinated officials' salary will not be processed, says Bishnupur DC

Salary of those Government employees in Bishnupur District who have not received COVID-19 vaccine will be not be processed. Bishnupur Deputy Commissioner, Krishna Kumar issued an order to this effect today.

As per the order, it is mandatory for all government employees including head of office except some exceptional cases including co-morbid patients to receive covid vaccination latest by August 31st, 2021. In case of non-compliance of the order, salary of all un-vaccinated employees will be put on halt from September till the time they get vaccinated. The notice comes in the wake of Coronavirus Pandemic and upcoming State General Elections, 2022. The Office of Deputy Commissioner, Bishnupur, Government of Manipur asked all the relevant employees to send compliance report of vaccination if they want their salary to be processed.

Meanwhile, 488 people in Bishnupur District received covid vaccination today of which 421 recieved the second dose. So far, 1,47,027 people in the district have recieved the jab of which 23,786 people are fully vaccinated.

Manipur lifts some more covid lockdown restrictions for 15 days from August 23

Manipur Government has issued a notice lifting some more covid lockdown restrictions in the wake of declining number of Covid-19 positive cases detected per day. Chairperson of State Executive Committee of the State Disaster Authority cum State Chief Secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, IAS under Section Act, 2005 the 20(2)(a) of the Disaster Management issued a notice today lifting some restrictions for 15 days from August 23 till September 6, 2021 in the entire state. However, Night curfew will remain enforced strictly from 6 P.M. to 5 A.M and no social gatherings, feasts are permitted.

Unavoidable customary and religious rituals can be performed in open sheds by restricting the number of invitees to twenty only. Micro containment zones shall be strictly monitored by dedicated Police Department and Health Department teams. All standalone shops like shops selling construction material, hardware, electrical items, cement, stationery etc. located outside Paona Bazaar and Thangal Bazaar are now allowed to open from 7 AM to 2 PM. Shops may open on roster basis from 8 AM to 2 PM in Thangal and Paona Bazar except shops in Gullies / by-lanes between buildings. Shopping malls shall remain closed. All vehicle workshops may open from 9 AM to 3 PMon all days. Local vegetable vendors can open from 7 AM to 2 PM  on all days provided that vegetable vendors are seated at least 6 feet away from one another on spaces marked by District Administration and should wear mask all the time.  

Local grocery shops may open from 7 AM to 2 PM and shops selling fish, poultry and poultry products from 8 AM to 2 PM. Shops selling milk and fresh milk products are allowed to open every day from 6 AM to 9 AM. Private Security Services, Food Processing Units including manufacturing units in Industrial Estates. Mineral water manufacturing and distribution are allowed to operate. Vehicles showrooms and servicing centres of vehicles can open from 8 AM to 2 PM. Hotel lodgings may open as before but not restaurants. 

IPSA objects introduction of Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill 2021 in Assembly Session while ATSUM seeks passing of the bill; ATSUM calls 24 hours shutdown against possibility that the bill may not be tabledn

International Peace and Social Advancement, IPSA and All Tribal Students' Union, ATSUM are head on against each other over the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill 2021, a bill which seeks more autonomy to Hill Areas Committee, HAC and Autonomous District Councils, ADCs. IPSA is objecting the bill citing that it imposes a threat to communal co-existence and territorial integrity of Manipur. While, All Tribal Students Union Manipur, ATSUM said that the bill once turned into an Act will facilitate equal development of hills and Valley regions of Manipur. It maybe mentioned that HAC has already recommended passing of the bill in the ongoing Assembly Session. The bill, if passed and turned into an Act will give self-governance to special areas of the Hills Areas recognized under the provisions of the Constitution of India.

Speaking to media at IPSA Office in Keishampat today,  IPSA President Tourangbam Birjit said, 'forget about passing the bill, it cannot be even tabled in the house'. He claimed that the bill was pre-planned by Hill Areas Committee and it has the potential of bringing unrest in the state. Taking part in the press meet IPSA Vice President Khuraijam Athouba said, neither  IPSA nor the valley people of Manipur are against any civilians of the hill areas but the hill leaders are misleading them. He pointed out that the bill includes provisions under the 6th Schedule of the Indian Constitution, which the people of Manipur have been objecting for quite sometime. Athouba said that the bill seeks to create Naga Autonomous Council and Kuki Greater Autonomy and it will bring disharmony among various ethnic groups who have lived together in Manipur for over 2000 years as well as threaten the State's territorial integrity. He urged the state leaders to consider the disastrous impact once the bill becomes an Act. He also informed that IPSA will hold a public discourse on the bill to raise awareness on its demerits.

On the other hand, All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) has espoused Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill 2021. Speaking to media at ATSUM office in Adimjati Complex, Chingmeirong today, ATSUM General Secretary S.R Andria claimed that the bill will help in bringing equal progress in both hills and valley regions of Manipur. He urged all stakeholders concerned to introduce and discuss the bill in the house of the ongoing Monsoon session. Andria added that Hills Autonomous Council holds responsibility of empowering ADCs. ATSUM also called total shutdown in hill areas of Manipur starting from the midnight of August 22 till the midnight of August 23 in support of the bill and against the possibility that state leaders may fail to introduce the bill in the ongoing monsoon session of Manipur Legislative Assembly. 

Shouldn't fighting the dreaded Coronavirus Pandemic be the priority when the state is still grappling with daily Covid-19 postive cases as high as 442 and 8 deaths reported in last 24 hours?

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