Jarnail Singh hails ‘Start-Up’ Manipur scheme

Hailing state government’s ‘Start Up’ programme, Manipur University administrator Jarnail Singh has said the scheme is a good one taken up to increase of number of entrepreneurs.

Centre keen to revive defunct industries: Tombi

Shiv Sena Manipur president M Tombi conveyed that Union Cabinet Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises Anand Ganagaram Geete has given positive response regarding the party's proposal for revival of the spinning mill at Loitang Khunou and Jiri Tea Estate.

Chak-hao seeds under MOMA are pure: Dir

While conceding that yield in the first year of MOMA-initiated aromatic black rice cultivation project was not fully satisfactory on account of farmers’ naivety and communication gap with the officials concerned, agriculture director Ph Rajendra has asserted that there is no valid reason to fear that the black rice project would fail.

TNL lifts boycott of ex-MLAs

A three-year old boycott call against two former Congress MLAs Preshow Shimray and Victor Keishing has been revoked by Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) during a reception programme at its assembly hall here on Saturday. 

MJ Akbar quits over allegations of sexual harassment

The Me Too campaign claimed its first political scalp on Wednesday when MJ Akbar quit as Minister of State for External Affairs ten days after several women came out with allegations of sexual harassment and molestation by him during his days as editor in the media.

Give 10 years, BJP will bring change in Manipur: Biswajit

Pledging sincere efforts in bringing developmental change in the state, works minister Th Biswajit has asked the people of Manipur to give a chance of 10 years to the BJP government in order to take the state to a whole new level of development.

ZCOs lift ban on national project

Zeliangrong Civil Organisations (ZCOs) have suspended ban on construction works of national project in Zeliangrong areas with immediate effect.

EEVFAM complaint to DGP flays police threat to member

Extra Judicial Execution Victims Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) has filed a complaint to Director General of Police (DGP) for taking action against inspector S Ibotombi for threatening its member Yengkhom Ibomcha Singh on the ground that he had posted a court order of Chief Judicial Magistrate (Imphal West) which mentioned inspector Ibotombi as one of the accused in the CBI charge sheet pertaining to EEVFAM vs Union of India case of the Supreme Court of India.

Biren urges Catholic society to be missionary of change

Chief Minister N Biren has called upon Catholic priests and nuns to contribute their might in ushering in a new era of camaraderie, peace and development in the state.

Governor agreeable on judicial probe into MU raid: RK Anand

The Governor is agreeable on the demand of Committee of Political Parties for launching a judicial enquiry into the midnight raid by armed security forces at Manipur University without any authorisation from the varsity, Committee convener RK Anand.

New Datsun Go launched in Imphal

The latest version of the Datsun's hatchback New Datsun Go was launched at Iland Nissan showroom, Canchipur on Tuesday.

Guwahati airport to be directly connected to seven countries

What is expected to provide northeast India a big leap in connectivity, the Union ministry of civil aviation has cleared an international air connectivity scheme, which will connect Guwahati airport with seven countries.

Shop catches fire in Thoubal

A spectacles shop at Thoubal Keithel caught fire on Sunday evening at about 7.45 damaging some properties and documents inside the shop. The shop belongs to one Thounaojam ongbi Manandini, wife of Th Oken of Thoubal Haokha.

Addl director fisheries arrested in graft case

A special team of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption PS led by its deputy SP AK Sadananda has arrested additional director of fisheries department H Biramani on Friday in connection with misappropriation of government fund to the tune of Rs 1.27 crore.

Student seeks FIR against Prof Yugindro

A day after a research scholar sought registration of an FIR against Manipur University vice-chancellor in-charge Prof K Yugindro on the alleged ground of feeding false information with regard to the Manipur University impasse, another university student lodged a complaint to officer in-charge of Singjamei police station against Prof Yugindro.

Possible strike over banker’s murder

Bankers all over the country are likely to launch a nationwide strike demanding arrest of the assailants, who killed service manager of SBI Dadara branch (Assam) Junu Sharma, who was shot dead by two unknown persons coming on a motorcycle on her way home on Tuesday. SBI Officers' Association, NE Circle regional secretary Ch Lilabanta informed this to media persons during a memorial service organised in honour of the slain SBI officer in front of SBI MG Avenue office on Wednesday evening.

MUTA resolves to boycott VC i/c, MUSA cease work

In connection with the prevailing issue at Manipur University, Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) convened a general body meeting at its office on Tuesday and adopted six resolutions including launch of non-cooperation movement against Professor K Yugindro.

Centre to set up Rs 22 cr Eri Silk mill in state

Union textiles minister Smriti Irani has announced to set up an Eri Silk spinning mill at the cost of Rs 22 crore in the state.

PREPAK (Pro) celebrates Red Army Raising Day

People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Progressive) celebrated the 42nd raising day of its Red Army on Tuesday. According to a statement of the outfit, the celebrations held at party’s central head quarter (CHQ), general head quarter (GHQ), mobile units, check points and base area were participated by concerned officers and people.

Post NRC exodus worries JCILPS

Under the stated objective of checking unrestrained influx of outsiders, Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has opened a new unit at Torbung under Kumbi assembly constituency in Bishnupur district on Monday.

Ukhrul ADC best performing council: Ex-MLA

Former Ukhrul MLA Samuel Risom has said that Ukhrul Autonomous District Council (UADC) is the 'best performing' council at the present juncture of political scenario in hill districts of the state, acknowledging the 'perseverance' and 'commitment' of the incumbent local self-government of Ukhrul to bring about tangible development in the district.

Lifer for murder convict, told to pay `1.50 lakh fine

Soibam Dhanabir (42) who had been found guilty by the court for murdering his lover, destroying evidence and dumping her body at Poila Loukol, Phuramakhong was given life sentence and imposed a fine of Rs 1.50 lakh by the District and Sessions Judge, Imphal West on Monday.

Students seeking withdrawal of FIR tear-gased,one hurt

A student sustained injuries when police personnel fired tear gas shells towards a large number of students, who had come to the Wangkhei Thangapat Mapal residence of Manipur University VC in-charge Professor K Yugindro on Saturday to request him for withdrawal of the FIR filed against the arrested students and teachers.

DLOs told to maintain proper land records

:Discussing issues related protection of land belonging to various government departments, studying/assessing feasibility of setting up a detention cum rehabilitation centre for drug addicts, action plan to contain outbreak of locust at Lungthul area, Churachandpur Deputy Commissioner Shyam Lal Poonia has instructed DLOs concerned to conduct proper demarcation of the land allotted to their departments and submit copies of their patta to the district administration.

Phoibut VA blames cops for mob violence

Alleging slow response of the police over the mob violence which occurred in the village on October 3, Phoibut (Charoi Chagotlong Part 1) Village Authority election secretary Paul Golmei has said that the unfortunate incident could have been averted if police responded to the report of the village authority in time.

Woman, transgender found dead

In two separate incidents that took place under Imphal Police Station, a woman was found dead hanging in her husband’s home while a transgender got killed in a hit-and-run case.

NIA begins probe into arms seizure case

NIA has taken up investigation of the case into seizure of illegal arms cache at Mantripukhri after registering a case at its Guwahati office on Thursday on the basis of original case of Heingang PS FIR No 80(5)2018 dated 22/05/2018.

Govt plans ‘sex sorted semen’ proj to augment dairy yield

In a bid to increase production capacity of dairy products in the state, the directorate of veterinary and animal husbandry would be taking up a special programme for artificial insemination of ‘sex sorted semen’ in order to produce female calves.

Border passes to be mandatory to enter Namphalong

Troopers of 11 Assam Rifles on Friday imposed restrictions on conduct of business at Namphalong Keithel by blocking Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate no 2.

Many hospitalised after wedding feast

Nearly 120 people including 79 women were rushed to Thoubal district hospital on Friday with complaints of flu like symptoms after consuming pork dish in a marriage feast.

Cabinet approves ordinance to prohibit mob violence

The state cabinet on Thursday approved Manipur Protection for Mob Violence Ordinance 2018. Informing this to media persons after the cabinet meeting, government spokesperson minister Th Biswajit said that Thursday's cabinet discussed 28 agendas and some of them have been deferred for a later date.

Court finds accused M Dhanabir guilty, sentence hearing on Oct 5

Sessions Judge, Imphal West, Maibam Manojkumar on Thursday held accused Soibam Dhanabir (42) guilty in the murder of RK Ratanmala of Khurai Chingabam Leikai under various sections of IPC including section 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender).

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Blast kills CRPF man as Kangpokpi protests explosion

Even as protest demonstration and rally were staged/taken out at Kangpokpi to denounce explosion triggered on Friday, a CRPF jawan got killed and another wounded when unknown person(s) hurled a hand grenade on a CRPF vehicle near Nagamapal Phougeisangbam Leikai under City Police Station at around 6.20 pm Saturday.

BEG, Myanmar group ink deal on socio-economic development

Myanmar’s Sagaing-based Chindwin Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) and India’s Manipur-based Business Excellence Group (BEG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for taking up several social and economic development projects.

State poised to have own SoP for HCV screening, diagnosis

With the draft Standard of Procedure (SoP) for HCV screening, diagnosis and treatment initiated by Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE) with technical inputs from physicians, gastroenterologists of the state and experts from the state health department nearing its final stage, Manipur is likely to become the first in the country to have its own state specific SoP very soon.

Talks to form Kuki territorial council begins: Khaling

United Minority Liberation Army (UMLA) commander-in-chief K Khaling has disclosed that dialogue with government for formation of a territorial council for the Kukis in Manipur had begun.

Minister announces coronary unit in Ccpur at War tribute event

Kuki freedom fighters, who stood valiantly against the British Empire, were remembered as the community observed the centenary commemoration of the historic Anglo-Kuki War 1917-1919 at Tuibong ground in Churachandpur district HQ on Wednesday.

This year, Sangai Festival to have book donation centre

Unlike the past editions, Manipur Sangai Festival this year will have a new addition in the form of a special stall or centre, where visitors can donate their unused books towards developing a major library and help poor students with donated textbooks.

UCM invites political parties to join mass rally

In order to make the proposed October 31 mass rally for protection of territorial integrity of Manipur more inclusive and successful, United Committee Manipur (UCM) has resolved to allow participation of various political parties in the state and invited them to a meeting to be held on October 18 at Manipur Press Club.

MU professors, students released; HC extends term of probe panel

Subsequent to submission of final report (FR) by the investigation officer of police in connection with the FIR filed over the Manipur University (MU) issue, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West, Lamkhanpau Tonsing on Tuesday ordered release of all the arrested professors and students without any condition.

Fake farmers denting food crop productivity: Dir

Admitting that fake farmers are getting benefits meant for farmers, agriculture director Ph Rajendro Tuesday said that registration of fake farmers for agricultural schemes has become a hurdle in augmenting food crop productivity of the state.

Changing course of Jiri River threatens state’s boundary

Enriched with natural resources on both flanks, Jiri River in Jiribam district, which also serves as the inter-state boundary between Manipur and Assam, provides livelihood to thousands of residents of the district.

Amid outcries, CM assures action on hand-cuff row

Even as human rights and teachers’ organisations censured police authorities over hand-cuffing of an arrested teacher of Manipur University when brought for medical examination, chief minister N Biren assured that suitable action would be initiated against those police officers and personnel for their outrageous conduct.

Prof Yugindro sets rider to scrap FIR

In the efforts to bring normalcy in Manipur University and to release all the arrested students and teachers, the Manipur University community held talk with professor Yugindro on Monday but the latter assured to withdraw FIR on certain conditions.

‘MIMER will transform NE healthcare sector’

Mizoram Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER) director Professor L Fimate has stated that the newly inaugurated MIMER would not only emerge as the most renowned but also the top healthcare institute out of all hospitals or institutions in the north-eastern region.

Black Day shutdown affects normal life in state

The total shutdown/general strike called as part of Black Day observance by different underground groups to denounce Manipur’s merger to India on this day in 1949 paralysed normal life in the state Monday.

Jarnail assures to release arrested persons

The newly appointed Administrator of Manipur University, ex-chief secretary Jarnail Singh has given assurances that efforts are underway to ensure unconditional release of the arrested students and teachers of the university by Monday.

Jiri police recover drugs from truck, driver held

A team of Jiribam district police recovered contraband drugs from a truck Saturday at about 12.30 pm. Driver of the truck has been arrested and identified as Md Sahiruddin alias Boiboi (20) son of Bojao of Mairen Khul, Thoubal.

BJP eulogises CM’s leadership, commitment

BJP Manipur Pradesh office bearers said that the achievement of chief minister N Biren, who was voted 3rd most popular CM of the country and top among the BJP ruled states in the India Today Political Stock Exchange poll, is the fruit of his good leadership skills and commitment in serving the people.

Th Radheshyam mulls uniform for teachers

Education minister Thokchom Radheshyam said that the government is planning to enforce compulsory uniform for teachers of government schools like those in some private schools in the state.

Indo-Myanmar border harmony impresses US officials

Unlike international borders in other parts of the world, which are characterised by huge gates and heavy military presence, the border towns of India and Myanmar give a unique feel to visitors, who often see the border as a town of a single country, said US Embassy in India’s minister counsellor Robert Garverick.

MU community warmly welcomes Jarnail Singh

After being appointed as Manipur University’s administrator by High Court of Manipur, retired IAS Jarnail Singh took charge of the office and held a meeting with MU community to discuss the situation prevailing in the varsity on Friday.

Joy hails HC decree, likens MU raid to Myanmar 8888

While hailing the judgment of High Court of Manipur over the protracted Manipur University row, veteran politician Okram Joy has slammed the government for its failure to address the issue as well as failure on the administrative front.

Cong rides HC decree to slam Govt, demands unconditional release

While hailing the intervention of High Court of Manipur in the Manipur University row, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee has demanded the government to release all those arrested students and teachers without any condition to resolve the crisis fully.

Give candidacy rights to valley voters: Adim

Manipur State Disaster Management Authority vice-chairman Adim Pamei has stated that eligible voters residing in the valley area but falling under Outer Manipur parliamentary constituency should be given the right to contest the election as candidates.

HC ropes in Jarnail Singh to bring normalcy in MU

Finally, the High Court of Manipur has intervened to bring normalcy in Manipur University and appointed the former chief secretary of Manipur, Jarnail Singh, as an administrator to discharge the function of the vice-chancellor of the varsity with immediate effect.

MUSU sticks to demand for unconditional release of all

Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) president Mayanglambam Dayaman has reiterated the demands for immediate release of the arrested students and teachers without any condition, withdrawal of FIR and security forces from the campus so as to restore normalcy in the varsity.

Minister Letpao appeals sports bodies to unite

Condemning divisive politics played by sports bodies in the state, YAS minister Letpao Haokip has appealed to all sports association to work collectively for the promotion of talents of the state’s sportspersons.

NESO delegation airs state, NE issues to Rajnath

Among other major issues afflicting the region, a delegation of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO)has raised current issues of border dispute at Manipur, Manipur University, NRC, AFSPA and others during a meeting with Union Home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday.

Police foil rally at MU, tear-gas, arrest students

Many students of Manipur University took out a rally inside the university campus on Wednesday noon demanding immediate release of arrested teachers, students and others unconditionally; withdrawal of security forces from the campus and revocation of suspension orders of employees.

Posers raised over Prof Yugindro’s mental status

It is really shameful that Manipur University vice-chancellor in- charge Prof K Yugindro has expressed low opinion about Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla and even dared to feed her false information with regard to the Manipur University issue, expressed award winning film maker and senior citizen Aribam Syam Sharma.

Multi-crore schemes unlikely to save state from crop failure

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) under the theme ‘irrigation to all fields’ in 2015, the state received substantial amount of fund for launch of effective irrigation projects and ensure the fields get irrigated. However, a rainfall deficit of some 30 per cent has brought the state to the inevitable condition of crop failure.

Improving mental health will help bring development: Minister

Health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar has stressed the need for improving mental health among the people of the state in order to bring development in the society.

Tribal bodies seek President’s intervention

Various apex organisations from the hills have urged President of India Ram Nath Kovind to “immediately intervene” in the ongoing Manipur University impasse.

‘Mentally stressed’ Prof Yugindro apologises to Guv

Days after Governor Dr Najma Heptulla reprimanded him for questioning her action, Manipur University vice-chancellor in-charge professor K Yugindro has tendered a formal apology to the Governor for his statement.

CM cherishes role of Territorial Army as public-SF interface

Noting that Territorial Army (TA) has been taking the role of interface between the public and security forces, chief minister N Biren Singh has expressed confidence that continuous deployment of TA units will help maintain peace and bring development across the state.

Unattended for years, Jiribam hoping for revival of tea estate

After years of successful operation, the tea estate at Jiribam has been lying unattended for even longer period. However, the district is still hoping for reviving the estate in order to bring economic development of the state and its people

Governor, CM upset over Prof Yugindro’s letter to MHRD

A recent letter sent by Manipur University (MU) vice-chancellor in-charge professor K Yugindro to the HRD ministry has evoked ‘unhappy’ reaction from Governor Dr Najma Heptulla and chief minister N Biren, both denouncing the VC in-charge for feeding misleading information to the MHRD as well as comparing the students with terrorists.

Govt plans to fight drought like situation with scheme fund

Around 45,601 'Paris' of paddy fields in four valley districts of the state are facing drought like situation and farmers fear of losing this year’s yield. To deal with the situation, chief minister N Biren convened a lengthy discussion with top officials of all the line departments at his secretariat office Monday morning.

Tribal students drop stir threat after Govt plea, assurance

ATSUM general secretary Seiboi Haokip has informed that the three tribal student bodies, namely, ATSUM, ANSAM and KSO have withdrawn the call for imposition of a five-day long economic blockade along the national highways demanding resolution of MU issue, after an agreement was reached during the talks with the state government.

Meet resolves to support mass rally

A discussion cum meet on Framework Agreement held on Sunday at community hall, Konjeng Leikai has resolved to extend support to the mass rally to be organised by the United Committee Manipur (UCM) on October 31 and to join the movement initiated by NIMPAL in any state issues.

Repealing AFSPA from state will take time: CM

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Saturday said the Manipur People Protection Bill, 2018 will not stop anyone from settling down in the state, and it is not similar to the National Register of Citizens (NRC). He also said that the situation of Manipur is not that of Kashmir.

Dissent in police Dept over Good Service Mark

Discontentment among police personnel are brewing up in the state police department over awarding of Good Service (GS) Mark, which is awarded to personnel for their exemplary services in duty.

Dr A Santa appointed regular RIMS director

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued an order appointing Dr A Santa as the regular director of Regional Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), Imphal. Dr Santa was appointed to the post by appointment committee of the cabinet of the Ministry’s NE section on September 5 and the appointment order was issued by under secretary DD Maheshwari. Dr Santa had earlier served at North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (NEIGRIMS), Shillong.

Creation of new districts in valley being discussed: K Shyam

For administrative convenience, creation of new districts in the valley region is being discussed, revealed CAF&PD and revenue minister Karam Shyam. He was speaking during the inauguration of SDO Nambol Office, Oinam Government Girls’ High School and a water supply project at Bishnupur district on Friday.

UN lambasts India over deportation of Rohingya to Myanmar

The United Nations (UN) on Friday slammed India’s deportation of seven Rohingya men to Myanmar despite warnings they could face persecution in a country where the military is accused of genocide against the Muslim minority.

MUSU, Joy lash out at Prof Yugindro; MU row worries HC

Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) and veteran politician Okram Joy Singh vehemently condemned vice-chancellor in-charge Prof K Yugindro over the latter's disparaging statements against Governor Dr Najma Heptulla and chief minister N Biren even as the High Court of Manipur announced that it would take over administration of the varsity in case the stalemate continues.

SC boost to police plan for deporting Rohingyas

Ruling by the Supreme Court that it would not intervene in the deportation of Rohingya refugees who enter the country illegally coupled with the Assam government successfully despatching the first batch of Rohingyas refugees to Myanmar, both on Thursday, is likely to aid in expediting the process for vacating Sajiwa Central Jail of Rohingyas.

Sit-ins, human chains decry MU raid, arrests

Demanding immediate release of the arrested students and teachers along with withdrawal of the FIR filed against them as well as removal of security forces from Manipur University and expediting the enquiry against vice-chancellor Prof AP Pandey; students of various departments of the University staged sit-in protests in front of their respective departments on Thursday.

PHSC ‘invisible’ as officials conduct inspection

Even though an amount of Rs 24.63 lakh was released for its construction some years back, the Primary Health Sub Centre (PSHC) at Taosang in Noney district was nowhere to be found when officials concerned visited to inspect the health centre. According to a reliable source, PHSC Taosang was approved under National Rural Health Mission in 2013-14 and Rs 24.63 lakh sanctioned for construction of building and other requisite infrastructure.

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