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Thokchom Lokeshwar Singh, Assembly Speaker
Thokchom Lokeshwar Singh, Assembly Speaker

 

Imphal: A class XI student was killed and several others were injured in Manipur on Wednesday in violent clashes that erupted after police opened fire at protestors demanding a stringent law to check the influx of immigrants.

The state government imposed indefinite curfew in Imphal East and West.

Sapam Robinhood, a student from Ananda Singh Academy Higher Secondary School, was hit by teargas shells. He was rushed to Raj Medicity hospital in a critical condition but he succumbed to his injuries.

The protestors, including women and students wings of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS), had launched a stir to boycott the assembly after the government failed to pass a stringent law to check immigrants.

The protestors were marching towards the assembly to meet Speaker Th. Lokeshwar Singh to demand stoppage of the ongoing assembly session. They accused the ruling Congress of failing to introduce a stringent law to check the illegal influx.

The women protestors also stormed the residence of Lokeshwar Singh at Keishampat forcing authorities to deploy more security forces to guard the speaker’s residence to avert any untoward incident.

The clashes began after police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protestors. Following the death of Robinhood, students took to the streets to protest against the police action.

Early this year, Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh introduced the ‘Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenants and Migrant Workers’ Bill 2015 in the assembly to safeguard the interests of the indigenous people of the state.

However, JCILPS said the bill was protecting the interests of immigrants rather than the indigenous people of Manipur.

“We are not at all happy with the ‘Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenants and Migrant Workers’ Bill 2015. The people of Manipur were expecting a stringent law besides preventing migrants from land ownership right,” JCILPS convenor Khomdram Ratan said.

Ratan said the JCILPS would intensify its agitation till the state government implement a stringent law.

 

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Loktak Lake: World’s Only Floating National Park

Loktak Lake is a beautiful stretch of water that resembles a miniature inland sea

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Currently, Loktak faces problems due to the construction of a barrage at the only outlet of the lake. Wikimedia Commons
Currently, Loktak faces problems due to the construction of a barrage at the only outlet of the lake. Wikimedia Commons
  • Loktak Lake is famous for the Phumdis floating over it
  • These Phumdis are inhibited by around 4000 people
  • Loktak faces problems due to loss of vegetation cover

Located near Moirang in Manipur, Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the Northeastern pars of India. The lake is famous for it’s ‘Phumdis’; located on the largest Phundi, the Keibul Lamjao National Park, is the last refuse of Sangai (an endangered animal, also the state animal of Manipur). Currently, Loktak faces problems due to the construction of a barrage at the only outlet of the lake.

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Loktak Lake Phumdis

loktak lake phumdis, Local people construct their huts on Phumdis for fishing and other livelihood uses. Wikimedia Commons
Local people construct their huts on Phumdis for fishing and other livelihood uses. Wikimedia Commons

Phumdis are a series of floating islands that cover a substantial part of Loktak lake area. They are heterogeneous masses of vegetation, soil and organic matter, in different stages of decay. The largest single-mass Phumdi covers an area of 40 km2. Local people construct their huts on Phumdis for fishing and other livelihood uses. Loktak Lake Phumdis are inhabited by about 4000 people.

Loktak Lake Tourism And Conservation

The Loktak Lake is designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention on March 23, 1990. It was also listed under the Montreux Record on June 16, 1993, “a record of Ramsar sites where changes in ecological character have occurred, are occurring or are likely to occur”.

loktak lake tourism, 55 rural and urban hamlets that surround the lake have a population of 100,000 people. Wikimedia Commons
55 rural and urban hamlets that surround the lake have a population of 100,000 people. Wikimedia Commons

Loktak Lake is a beautiful stretch of water that resembles a miniature inland sea. You can catch an aerial-type view of the lake from Sendra. The Sendra Tourist Home with an attached Cafeteria is a sought after tourist spot. Boating and other water sports are organized here at Takmu Water Sports Complex.

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Loktak Lake Map

Loktak Lake map, Loktak Lake and location of a multi-purpose Hydropower Project. Wikimedia Commons
Loktak Lake and location of a multi-purpose Hydropower Project. Wikimedia Commons

Loktak gains its waters from Manipur river and several other tributaries. It’s the only outlet is ‘Ungamel Channel’. The five major rivers with an indirect catchment area of 7,157 km2 (2,763 sq mi) are the Imphal (also called the Manipur River), the Iril, the Thoubal, the Sekmai and the Khuga.

Though hydrological data on river basin has not been adequately monitored, the Department of Earth Science, Manipur University has in its report of 1996 assessed the average runoff of Manipur River as 519,200 ha·m (4,209,000 acre·ft; 5.192 km3) from a total catchment area of 697 km2 (269 sq mi) at the Ithai barrage. The groundwater potential has been assessed estimated at 44 hm3 (36,000 acre⋅ft) per annum.