IMPHAL | May 12
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and HOFF, government of Manipur has notified that the written examination for ‘Direct Recruitment to the posts of Range Forest Officer’ in Forest department, Manipur will be conducted on June 4.
IMPHAL | May 12
A one-day workshop on Mission Water Conservation-Natural Resource Management under MGNREGS within the overall framework of PMKSY was held at Classic Hotel today. The workshop was organised by Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department, Government of Manipur with the main aim of facilitating interdepartmental convergences centre around MGNREGS.
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KANGPOKPI | May 11
KNO/KRA strongly rebuffed the clarification made by the alleged KNF (P) over Boljang killing on May 5 in New Keithelmanbi area under Saitu constituency in Kangpokpi district.
Reiterates joint statement of NSCN (IM) leaders
(Newmai News Network)
DIMAPUR |May 12
In an attempt to clear the air of confusion on the ‘Framework Agreement’ signed between the NSCN (IM) and the government of India on August 3, 2015, top NSCN (IM) leaders from the State of Nagaland stated that the agreement which “embraces all Nagas and their territories is based on the uniqueness of Naga history”.
THOUBAL | May 12
One-day blood donation camp was organised by Royal Fitness Academy Gym (RFA) in association with Blood Bank Transfusion Unit, District Hospital Thoubal at Thoubal Wangamataba Sorok Makha Community Hall, Thoubal district today.
The state Transport department’s notification of ‘No horn zone’ has simply turned out to be ‘Please horn zone’. In an exclusive report carried by the Imphal Free Press, the notification issued by the said department on April 27 has been reduced to a farce. Evidently both the lay public as well as the law enforcing agencies collectively break the law. None follow the no-horn rule. Security escort vehicles accompanying MLAs or ministers top the list of honking in their attempt to overtake whosoever on their way. Military and paramilitary vehicles are also among the top honkers. This wanton display of might on the road by security forces’ vehicles unfortunately to the people whom they promise to protect is a symptom of a serious attitudinal ailment within the establishment. The misuse of powers on the road by security forces needs to be contained. Next in the honker list is the diesel auto rickshaw, followed by school buses and heavy trucks and other private vehicles. Despite the notification no offenders have been booked till date. At the same time the Transport department is apparently finding hard to find ways to enforce the order first, leave aside imposition of penalty to the offenders. It may be noted that no-horn rule according to the notification applies to sensitive areas within the Imphal Municipality. Some of the prioritised areas are the road stretches along the governor and the chief minister bungalows, and also near the hospitals and educational institutions. Staff shortage is one reason cited by the Transport department in its failure in executing the order. May be it could be one valid reasons among many. Alongside filling up the required staff of the department, let it take some more time to come out with practical solutions to control the noise level.
The move of the department, however, is laudable, which could be a baby step towards controlling noise pollution in the town. As far as noise is concerned, there are many other noises other than just the vehicular horns which disturb the town’s environment. Out of those many, the Transport department must seriously think of phasing out the diesel auto rickshaw and replace it with e-rickshaw. Some Indian cities have already introduced it to control both noise and air pollutions. It seems no other cities in India have the kind of diesel auto as Imphal does. In terms of its sheer quantity and the amount of noise it creates it is just intolerable. Clearly the department has not cared to check the engine specifications and its noise level before issuing mass permits. Next are the loud trucks and buses, which also emit lethal doses of exhaust fumes, and which actual validity have long expired to ply on roads. These kinds of vehicles are plenty running with permits issued by the department. They also need to be phased out soon so as to curb noise pollution. In addition one of the latest noise pollutants is the motorcycles with extremely loud exhaust pipes, which is a flashy trend among youngsters these days. The authority concerned needs to act on this nuisance without much delay. It is worth mentioning that the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 takes into account the ambient noise levels in public places from various sources, inter-alia industrial activity, construction activity, vehicular horns and other mechanical devices that harmfully effects human health and the psychological well-being; it is considered necessary to regulate and control noise generating from these sources. Public addressing system and loud speakers are also included among the sources of noise pollution. When all is said and done, public adherence to rules and regulations for a common good is something which is very much missing in the state. As such no stone should be left unturned in creating awareness among the public by the authorities. And also inculcate a sense of good citizenship leading by examples.
Leader Writer: Senate Kh.
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TAMENGLONG | May 12
Samuel Pamei, secretary Namkaolong (Keikao) Village Authority raised its voice today against bifurcation of Namkaolong village from Tamenglong district to newly created Noney district during congress government regime.