Proxy teachers

Mungchan Zimik
Ukhrul, May 23 : Govt run schools Mapum High School, Zingsui Jr High School and Chammu Govt High School under Sahamphung SDC block, Ukhrul were found in pitiful state and left to their own fate with no one taking charge.
Not just the regular teacvhing but even the heads of all these institutions were found staying away for their place of posting without attending to their work during the current academic session.
Many of the teachers have resorted to appointing proxy teachers to stand in for them by paying some percentage of their salaries.
During an interaction, some of the proxy teachers said that they have been entrusted with the task of running the schools from the heads concerned of the schools on ‘look after’ basis.
Some of the teachers were also engaged by the local village authority for the time being to ensure functioning of the schools. The proxy teachers added that some of the institutional heads concerned saty at the district headquarters on the ground that they have some more ‘important work’ there. The heads visit only when their presence is mandatory.
This matter came to light during a surprise visit conducted by Yangmi Shimray Councillor of 17 Chatric DCC, Ukhrul along with a team of Ukhrul journalists.
No headmasters or teaching staff were found at the schools during the time of inspection. The engaged substitute teachers revealed that their monthly cut range from (Rs 4000 to Rs 6000) according to their qualification.
Takling strong exception to the matter, the Councillor made it clear that the teachers would not be let off lightly and assured that fitting action will be taken up against them.
Th Councillor also noted all the verbal complaints and cases of the villagers and assured that a fitting report will be submitted to the Education Department.
At Mapum High School only 5 teachers out of the 17 posted there were found present. A similar scene was also also seen aty Zingsui Jr. High School and Chammu Govt School.
None of the teachers appointed from RMSA and SSA were found stationed at the villages. Many young boys and girls have shifted to other places in search of better education.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh had earlier announced that Government employees must stationed in their respective place of posting during his maiden visit at Ukhrul on April 11.

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Shirui Lily Festival Ukl continues to rock to SHIROCK

Mungchan Zimik
UKHRUL, May 18 : The six-day SHIROCK musical night held as part of the ongoing Shirui Lily Festival started with a bang when the Ambassador of SHIROCK 2017 Guru Rewben Mashangva opened the musical night with one of his hit songs on May 16.
Local MLA Alfred Kanngan Arthur received a standing ovation when he sang a number from Bon Jovi ‘In this arm’.
Various artists including Tetseo Sisters, PHYNX performed on the opening day.
On the second day, ‘Girish and The Chronicles’ rocked the audience despite the incessant rain and slushy mud.
Tribal Euphony, Fiona Pachuau, Chaoba Khudei & The Rock Band’ and ‘Ruth’ presented their best to the music lovers. Altogether 11 rock bands including non-local bands have registered for the SHIROCK contest. Artists and bands including Underdog, Purple Math, Innocent Eyes, Friday, The Wishes, Brainstorm, Khu-dombi, Extremist, Virgo Diamond, Matam and Retrosonic will perform in the next two days while a performance by Soulmate will close the last day of the musical night. The last night will conclude with a musical mega event and a fashion show by Asa Kazingmei, reports our correspondent.

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Non-stop drizzle ‘flood’ celebration venues

Mungchan Zimik
Ukhrul, May 17 : Thanks to the non-stop drizzle in the past few days, all the three celebration venues (Shirui Vangayan, Bakshi ground, TNL ground) of the Shirui Lily Festival, Ukhrul have been completely filled with slushy mud.
Though this has not obviously dampened the spirit of the visitors who continue to arrive by busloads and other light vehicles, it has severely inconvenienced the movement of the people in the town and at Shirui village and beyond towards Phangrei.
The dilapidated road conditions have only made things worse and this has not missed the eyes and observations of the visitors. Adding to the inconvenience of the people, particularly the visitors, are the numerous taxi drivers and drivers of other vehicles, who do not seem to give a thought to the plight of the pedestrians, splashing them with the muddy water whenever they pass them.
Speaking to this correspondent, a driver said that Ukhrul does not have any traffic regulation system, leading to road jams and severely inconveniencing the public. Moreover the local drivers do not seem to have any traffic sense, he said. Traffic jam has become the order of the day leaving many commuters in the lurch. Adding to the mud, slush and rain is the way in which vehicles are haphazardly parked on the road sides, leading to more traffic congestion. According to a report from Shirui village, a university student who went out for trekking to Shirui Kashong yesterday fell sick, but the villagers could not transport her immediately to the hospital as there was no mobile ambulance available at that time.

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Stage set for Shirui Festival

Mungchan Zimik

UKHRUL, May 15: The much awaited Shirui Festival— named after the State Flower of Manipur, is all set for a colourful start from tomorrow with all fervour even as some visitors have already arrived here for the gala event.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh, along with his Council of Ministers, will inau- gurate the festival at Vang-ayan Shirui ground at 11 am.
The five-day extravaganza will be held at three different venues—Shirui village; TNL ground, Wino Bazar, Ukhrul; and Bakshi ground, Hunpung. All the three venues have been embellished with traditional sculptures.
After inaugurating the festival at Vangayan Shirui ground tomorrow, the Chief Minister will inaugurate exhibition and flower show at TNL ground at 2 pm the same day.
The festival will witness a blend of traditional items and adventurous shows apart from other entertainment items.
Display of colourful cultural items, presentation of song ‘Hingminnasi Eikhoi,’ and classical music, etc will be the main attractions of the inaugural session.
Local Churches have extended cooperation and support to the organisers and provided local guides and volunteers to make visitors and revellers feel at home.
Sufficient security measures have also been reportedly put in place. Security personnel are detailed at all the three venues.
Samir, SDPO of Ukhrul said that police have also arranged parking lots to avoid congestion during the festival. Besides, police will also strictly monitor movement of vehicles during the five-day gala event. Ironically, promotional activities like putting up of billboards or festoon could hardly be seen in Ukhrul town despite hectic preparations for the festival.
Meanwhile, Ukhrul denizens have cautioned visitors and revellers of the festival to wear boots, instead of light footwear or shoes during the festival.
Since earth filling is underway on the main road at Ukhrul, visitors may get prepared for a walk or stroll in slushy mud.

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Faulty PMGSY road alignment peeves Ukl border villages

Mungchan Zimik

UKHRUL, May 14 : Eight villages lying on the border in Ukhrul district have come together and formed a Joint Action Committee to take a firm stand against what they have termed as the slip shodded manner in which the road construction work under the PMGSY has been taken up.
The eight villages are Sahamphung, Roni, Ronsak, Matiyang, Chammu, Khayang, Phungtha and Kachouphung.
The hope of the villagers has been belied by the indifferent attitude of the contractors and the department concerned, said the headman of Khayang village while interacting with the media.
The repeated appeals for realignment of the road connecting Sahamphung and Kachouphung, which passes through a steep gradient have fallen on deaf ears, he lamented.
To take a first hand account of the road construction work, DCC Councillor of Chatric village, Yangmi conducted a joint inspection of the PMGSY road from Shirui village to Kachouphung village, covering a distance of more than 100 kilometres along with a team of the media from Ukhrul and village leaders yesterday.
The deviation of the road alignment was done without consulting the villages concerned, he said and added that the specifications and guidelines laid down for road construction under PMGSY have not been followed.
Moreover the road construction work is poor. Moreover the PMGSY road constructed from Sahamphung to Chammu village is in a deplorable condition, he added.
Taking cognizance of the many shortcomings in the road construction work, Yangmi asked the workers to immediately suspend the ongoing work from Chammu to Kachouphung and the suspension will remain in force till a clear understanding is reached with the work agency for new road realignment.
Yangmi further observed that the PMGSY road from Mapu to Chammu needs to be widened and drainage need to be constructed. He also pointed out the need to construct more culverts along the said route.
The mudslide deposited along Shirui-Mapum road need to be cleared too before the onset of Monsoon.
Member of the State Quality Monitoring cell, A Brajamani who also visited the villages and inspected the road agreed that the work quality between Chammu and Kachouphung is not satisfactory.
Seeing the high slope gradient, he said that the work needs to be rectified and realigned to make the road more motorable.
He added that a detailed report will be submitted to the Chief Engineer for necessary action and rectification.

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MLA Alfred assesses SHIFEST progress

Mungchan Zimik
Ukhrul, May 11 : Ukhrul AC MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur today visited the district headquarters to take a first hand report of the ground work preparation and its progress for the Shirui Lily festival to be held from May 16 to 20.
The MLA first went to the ongoing campsite tent construction at Phangrei and at Shirui mountain peak. He also inspected the stalls and the main stage construction at TNL ground.
The MLA further personally made a ground survey on the venue of SHIROCK contest to be held at Bakshi ground and instructed them to make an appropriate stage, so that the visiting artistes, musicians, models etc can perform well and no complaints will come later.. He also instructed that sufficient lights be installed to illuminate the whole ground.
He further expressed contentment over the support extended by the public to make Shirui Lily festival a grand success. Shirui Lily festival will be a remarkable extravaganza where many indigenous games will be showcased and visitors can enjoy the beauty of the hill and the pleasant breeze of Ukhrul apart from the traditional cuisine and hospitality of the Tangkhul community.

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Windstorm leaves a trail of destruction at Ukl village

Mungchan Zimik
Ukhrul, May 8 : At least 13 houses have been substantially damaged following a heavy windstorm at New Kharasom village under Jessami sub-division of Ukhrul district.
The windstorm blew away the roof, snapped electric wires, blew apart the structure of some houses, partially damaged the village Church and the newly constructed village stage while completely destroying the residential house of the Church Pastor.
Following the reports of the disaster, ADC Member from Jessami DCC Wezope A’ Lohe visited New Kharasom village today.
Interacting with the villagers, the DCC Member assured to extend all possible assistance to the villagers and provide relief materials.
As preliminary assistance, the DCC Member handed some cash and rice to the members of the village authority for disbursal to the villagers.
According to the villagers, the windstorm struck the village at about 4.30 pm last Friday and though the gale lasted for only about 15 minutes it wreaked substantial damage. If the windstorm had lasted longer, the damage would have increased manifold even to the extent of uprooting the entire village, they opined.
Meanwhile, Jessami SDO Ngaitei visited the village to get detailed information about the loss and damages of the affected families. New Kharasom village is located at the extreme northern border area of Ukhrul and has of 30 households. It is located about 90 kilometres away from district headquarters.

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IED found planted on Ukl-Imp road

Ukhrul, Mar 27 : An IED was found planted on the Ukhrul-Imphal road near the abandoned cement factory at Hundung, Ukhrul.
According to the police, the IED was detected by AR sniffer dogs while the troops were on ROP duty at the highway around 8 am today.
On immediate receipt of the report Ukhrul police team led by SI W Marjang rushed to the site.
The police and AR personnel first secured site with sand bags until a bomb squad team from Imphal arrived at the spot. Vehicular movement was stopped for a few hours on the Ukhrul- Imphal highway.
Free movement of vehicles was allowed only after the security personnel secured the site.
Later, at around 5 pm, the police bomb squad & AR bomb experts detonated the IED weighing about 1 kg kept in a steel container.

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TFO warns NPF MLAs

Mungchan Zimik
Ukhrul, Mar  18 : Tangkhul Frontal Organization (TFO), a constitution of all Tangkhul civil society organizations including Tangkhul Headmen’s Association, Youth Council, Women League and four zonals associations of Tangkhul today warned the elected NPF MLAs to take up all possible steps and revoke the creation of 7 new districts.
In a joint co-ordination meeting of TFO at TNL office, the members discussed the Naga issues and unanimously resolved to reiterate its demand to revoke the creation of new districts.
The meeting said that the new coalition Government should roll back the decision of creation of  7 new districts it has violated article 371 (C) and superseded the signed MoUs.
In case the new State Government fails to address the tribals’ issue on time, TFO would  intensify economic blockade and may also resort all types of agitation.
The meeting also demanded the unconditional release of UNC leaders president Gaidon Kamei and SK Stephen.
NPF MLAs should only support the Government that will back the signed framework agreement between the Government of India and NSCN IM, TFO said.

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