City Clean-Up Drive Under Scanner

IMPHAL, May 19: Even though parking of motor vehicles at various streets of the capital city has been prohibited occupation of these empty spaces by mobile popcorn and ice cream traders/sellers is clearly evident. During a random survey of commercial areas in the capital city today it came to light that spaces previously occupied by women street vendors or utilized as parking lots have become the domain...

Street Vendors Refuse To Give In, Storm Fruit Sellers’ Stalls

Evicted street vendors announcing pack up time. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, May 18: Refusing to give up without a fight, street vendors during a meeting held today have decided to pressurize the Government to allot seats to them at the top floors of the three newly constructed buildings of Khwairamband Bazar which are still lying vacant. The joint meeting held at the community hall of Majorkhul...

Tale Of Struggle: Eviction Adds To Woes Of Existence

IMPHAL, May 16: ‘‘First my husband was shot dead and now I have no place to sell my goods at Khwairamband Bazar. I don’t know how I will feed my children’’, 30-year old Thoibi, a woman vendor said. For the last 7 years, Thoibi has been selling vegetables and other items along the roadside of Khwairamband Bazar braving the hot sun of the summer and the cold wind of the winter. With the meager...

Solitary Cop Accused Of Tax Collection Drive

In this photo provided by some shopkeepers, the accused cop scanning Khwairamband Keithel to collect money from traders. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, May 15: Even though concerted effort of the Government has resulted in shifting of street vendors to Lamphel Super Market complex, presence of some women vendors who are hideously selling goods at various nook and corner of Khwairamband Keithel...

Street Vendors’ Plight Concerns MU

MU students noting down grievances of women vendors at the new Lamphel market complex. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, May 14:  In the light of alleged difficulties thrust upon the street vendors on account of develop- mental activities taken up by the State Government at public places including Imphal city, steps have been taken up from today for con-ducting a detailed study on possible violation...

BRIEF NEWS: May 15, 2011

Locals banish incestuous couple IMPHAL, May 14: A case of incestuous relation, 53- year old man, who is related as a grandfather, has reportedly gone hiding along with a 33-year maiden. Denouncing such relationship, which is considered to be against social mores, the local residents have decided to banish the couple from the locality. According to information received by the press, 53-year old Oinam...

Street Vendors’ Strike Call Evokes Tepid Response

Agitating women vendors stopping an autho-rickshaw and vegetables scattered by the protestors. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, May 7: The 48-hour general strike called by women street vendors evoked mixed response on the first day today as strike sup-porters managed to disrupt vehicular movement while many shops in the main commercial area carried out business as usual even though the trading volume...

No License; Free For All: CM

IMPHAL, May 7: Appealing to street vendors to call off the general strike, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has categorically stated that street vendors may occupy the vacant ground in front of Shankar Talkies, Lamphel on first come, first serve basis but no license would be issued as it is open to all. It would not be acceptable to the Government if all the street vendors coming from different parts of...

Women Street Vendors Sent To Jail

Women street vendors being driven away from Court premise. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, May 5: Twenty-five arrested women street vendors, who were among others trying to storm the gate of Raj Bhavan yester-day to exert pressure on the Governor for withdrawing the State Cabinet decision of shifting the street vendors from Khwairamband Bazar, have been remanded to judicial custody for 15 days by...

Police Foil Street Vendors’ Demonstration

Protesting women street vendors and police personnel wrestle. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, May 4: Police dispersed a large number of women street vendors who came to submit memorandum to Governor Gurbachan Jagat demanding vendor space at Khwairamband market. Holding placards inscribed ‘don’t violate Right to Life for street vendors’, ‘we don’t want vendor space at Lamphel’, ‘don’t...

EDITORIAL: Street Vendors And Congested Roads

The dichotomy between street vendors and congested roads within Imphal city is not a new thing. The latest issue originated from allotment of vendor seats to some street vendors together with licensed vendors in the temporary market sheds.  The poignant point is, there have been many instances where ‘law enforcing authorities’ scattered goods of street vendors on which their livelihood depend...

Police Thwart Street Vendors’ Rally

IMPHAL, Apr 29: A protest rally taken out by street vendors demanding their seats inside Khwairamband Keithel was thwarted by police using mock bombs. Nevertheless, the street vendors staged a sit-in-protest till 3 pm today at the temporary market sheds. As a large number of street vendors began their protest rally from the western side of Polo Ground, police fired mock bombs and dispersed the protesters. The...

Government In A Bind Over Keithel Seat Allocation

IMPHAL, Nov 23: Even though it has been almost 20 days since the newly constructed Ima markets of Khwairamband Keithel were inaugurated by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, women vendors are unable to take their seats in the new market complexes due to the State Government’s failure to settle the vexed issue of vendor seat allocation. An official source in Imphal Municipal Council said that women...