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CM Commissions Watermaster Classic III

IMPHAL, Apr 19: An ultra modern multipurpose machinery which can be operated both on land and water was formally commissioned today at Takmu by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi. The machinery known as Watermaster Classic III was purchased from Finland based company Aquamec Limited at the cost of Rs 3.5 crores... 

State Finally Wakes Up To Climate Change, On Paper! Action Plan On Climate Change Drafted

IMPHAL, Apr 13: Along with drafting of an Action Plan on Climate Change, the State Government has geared up to combat the challenges posed by climate change in Manipur through eight missions. On the other hand, predicting acute shortage of water in Manipur as an impact of climate change in the years,... 

CM Drags PM To Phumdi

Recently the Chief Minister of Manipur had expressed his desire to dissolve the 9th Manipur Assembly prematurely to pave way for the next general elections ahead of its normal schedule, in the best interest of the students. What is encouraging is the understanding and the good sense the Chief Minister... 

Amend Loktak Act: BJP

IMPHAL, Mar 13: BJP vice-president and ex-MLA Salam Ibohal has demanded that the Loktak Lake Protection Act 2006 should be amended within the ongoing Assembly session. Speaking to media persons at BJP office today, Salam Ibohal who is also the spokesperson of BJP State unit said that eviction of phumdi... 

Thanga Locals Raise Voice Against Loktak Act

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Raising strong voice against the Manipur Loktak Lake (Protection) Act, 2006, locals of Thanga Khunjao today set aflame of copies of the Act apart from taking out a protest rally. It may be mentioned that the State Government has taken up various measures, including displacement and rehabilitation... 

Decaying Vegetable Matter Threatens Manipur`s Loktak Lake

Phumdi barrier at Loktak Lake. Image Credit: indiawaterportal.org IMPHAL, Feb 18: Known as the only floating lake in the world, Manipur`s Loktak lake is facing a threat due to the huge decaying vegetable matter floating on the water. The unique fresh water lake faced a threat to its existence due to... 

Expert Rings Phumdi Alarm For Loktak

The proliferation of phumdis have led to reduced water holding capacity, deterioration of water quality, interference in navigation, declined power generation capacity and fallen overall aesthetic value of the lake. SHILLONG, Feb. 2: The world’s only floating sanctuary on the Loktak Lake in Manipur... 

Migratory Birds On The Wane

A member of the survey team (inset) tries to capture images of migratory birds. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, Feb 2: There has been a significant decline in the number of migratory birds coming to Loktak Lake this year. The exact rate of decline, however, may be known in the next couple of days. Under... 

BJP Team Claims Flaw In Loktak Clean-Up Project

IMPHAL, Jan 28: Maintaining that the progress of Phumdi clearance from Loktak Lake is not in commensurate with the amount of Rs 224 crores that the Union Planning Commission had earmarked for the purpose in 2009, the visiting BJP National leaders have demanded a CBI inquiry into possible financial mismanagement. A... 

BJP Team To Probe Graft Charges, Scams

IMPHAL, Jan 24: A three member team of BJP National leaders will be arriving here on January 28 on a two day visit to the State to probe the graft charges and other scandals involving Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and his Council of Ministers. The BJP team would be led by the National vice-president and... 

Northern Kangla Moat Lies In Wilderness

IMPHAL, Jan 15: Notwithstanding the efforts being made to develop Kangla and beautify it along with plantation of various decorative plants and flowers, the attention of Kangla Fort Board seems to have missed the pitiable condition of Kangla moat on the northern side. The moat extending from in front... 

Keibul Lamjao Tops UNESCO Priorities

The Sangai... Image Credit: Ryan Somma via Wikipedia. IMPHAL, Jan 11: Keibul Lamjao National Park, the only natural habitat for the world famous brow antlered deer called Sangai is at the top of the proposed list of UNESCO for declaration as natural heritage site of the world, Principal Chief Conservator... 

From Owners To ‘Occupiers’

Generations of families have lived and fished on the floating islands of vegetation on Loktak Lake called phumdis. Now, claiming that the 10,000 phumdi dwellers are polluting the lake, the Manipur government is evicting them. Where will they go? They know no other way of life Read | Part 1 | Part 2 |...