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Manipur: Government declares state drought-hit.The Agriculture Department
IFP Bureau | First Published: September 16, 2019 15:04:57 pm
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Manipur: Government declares state drought-hit
The Agriculture Department estimated that as of July 2019, nearly 99,153 hectares of paddy fields have been affected by the scarcity of rainfall this monsoon.

Following an approval by the state cabinet, the Manipur Government on Saturday declared drought in as many as 70 blocks across the state.
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The last time Manipur was declared as affected by drought was in 2009, wherein the Centre declared a drought in the state.

An official statement estimated that the significant deficit in rainfall has adversely affected crops across 70 blocks. As per initial estimates, villagers of these blocks have reported crop failure ranging from 33 per cent to more than 50 per cent, based on which they would be categorized as moderately and severely affected by drought.

It is further reported that biggest impact of the drought has been in the valley districts, although several hill blocks have also been affected in varying degrees.

The Agriculture Department estimated that as of July 2019, nearly 99,153 hectares of paddy fields have been affected by the scarcity of rainfall this monsoon.

The declaration of a drought, the statement said, would enable the state government to seek relief from the Government of India. After the declaration, the Department of Relief and Disaster Management is supposed to submit a memorandum for relief to the Government of India within a week’s time. The government would then depute an inter-ministerial team to the state for verification.

Prior to the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister N Biren Singh chaired a high-level meeting, which was attended by cabinet ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, vice-chancellor of Central Agricultural University, agriculture departments, deputy commissioners, representatives from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) among others.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister reviewed the rainfall situation, crop conditions and the status of water reservoirs. The state suffers from a rain deficit of over 50 per cent and the water deficiency level of the reservoirs is over 60 per cent.

Manipur State Remote Sensing Centre (MARSAC) is assessing vegetation cover stationed based on satellite data. Moreover, Deputy Commissioners are making ground verifications through revenue and agriculture department staff.

As per the government’s Manual for Drought Management, at least 10 per cent villagers of the affected blocks are to be surveyed through physical inspection for ground-truthing.

The Agriculture Department was also directed to issue the drought notification immediately after which the Department of Relief and Disaster Management would prepare a memorandum for relief and submit the same to the government.

Manipur: Court convicts two men for attempting to sell heroin at school
The Narcotic police recovered two packets containing 200gms and a 100gms of heroin powder. One of the two individuals is a non-teaching staff of the school.

A special judge of ND&PS (Fast Track Court) convicted two accused of selling drugs at a school campus in Imphal. The accused were arrested by a team of Narcotic and Affairs of Border (NAB) police on September 8, 2001 for reportedly trying to sell heroin powder inside the campus of St. Peter School, Thangmeiband Sanakeithel.
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The Narcotic police recovered two packets containing 200gms and a 100gms of heroin powder. One of the two individuals is a non-teaching staff of the school.

The convicts have been identified as 35-year-old- Lianpu Simte, of Tengnuam village, Churachandpur district, and Biaklian Paite, 27, of Bungmual village, Churachandpur district.

Police said, Paite had brought the heroin and kept the same in the custody of Lianpu Simte, who in return, demanded assurance of Rs 10,000 from Paite as commission after the sale of the drug.

Police submitted a chargesheet on December 15, 2003 and subsequently, charges were framed against the duo on November 28, 2018. The court has fixed September 5 for the sentencing hearing.

Manipur passes resolution to rename Imphal Airport in honour of Bir Tikendrajit
Bir Tikendrajit was a Manipuri prince who was hanged publicly along with General Thangal on August 13, 1891 for waging war against the then British Raj. Manipur observes August 13 as a ‘Patriot Day’.

The Manipur Legislative today unanimously passed a resolution to rename Tulihal International Airport as ‘Bir Tikendrajit International Airport’. The motion was moved by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, who is also the leader of the house.
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Opposition leader and former Chief Minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh while supporting the motion, suggested that the resolution adopted by the House be sent to the concerned authority at the earliest. Okram Ibobi Singh also drew the attention of the House to speed up the ongoing process of airport expansion for the benefit of the state.

An MLA from the treasury bench Subaschandra objected the move to rename the airport citing that the name ‘Tulihal’ is associated with three important deities. However, the resolution was unanimously passed by the House.

In 2016, a cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Okram Ibobi Singh had also adopted a resolution to rename the airport to ‘Bir Tikendrajit International Airport’.

Bir Tikendrajit was a Manipuri prince who was hanged publicly along with General Thangal on August 13, 1891 for waging war against the then British Raj. Manipur observes August 13 as a Patriot’ Day.

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