'NSCN (K) resorting to fear-striking tactics'

The Indian Army on Thursday claimed that the NSCN (K) is losing ground in areas along the Indo-Myanmar border while maintaining that the people are no longer fearful of them.

World Bank CEO all praise for GST

Days after it gave India a 30 place jump in its ease of doing business ranking, the World Bank on Saturday said the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and reforms push by the government will catapult the country to high middle income economy in 30 years.

MCPM imposes general strike on Nov 5

Imposing a general strike on November 5 effective from 5am till 5pm, Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM) has appealed to people of Manipur to support the strike by suspending their normal services on the said day.

CM orders immediate payment to players

Taken aback by reports of non-payment of already assured financial assistance to the eight Manipuri footballers who are in the Indian team for the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup, Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday directed for the immediate payment of Rs 5 lakh each.

Petrol dealers call off nationwide strike

All the three constituents of United Petroleum Front (UPF) have called off the proposed all-India strike planned on October 13 and 27. This decision was reportedly conveyed to the Oil Companies through written statements. UPF, comprising three petroleum dealers’ federations – The Federation of All India Petroleum Traders (FAIPT), The All India Petroleum Dealers Association (AIPDA) and Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD), had earlier given notice for closure of all oil outlets on October 13 and indefinite closure of sales and supplies with effect from October 27.

CS demands list of employees absent on Election Day

All administrative secretaries/HoDs have been advised to compile a list of government employees who failed to attend the office on General Panchayat Election on Saturday without applying for casual leave. 

UNC gets ready for talks with strong team

SENAPATI: United Naga Council (UNC) is all prepared for the tripartite talks on district creation issue on Friday.

CM launches Sangai Run website ahead of Sangai festival

Chief minister N Biren on Tuesday launched a website www.sangairun.com as part of the Sangai Run Half Marathon which will be held on November 19 prior to the commencement of annual Sangai Festival from November 21, at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. Sangai Run will feature as a curtain raiser to the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017.

Teenage boy drowns in swimming pool

A 17-year old boy drowned in Khuman Lampak Swimming Pool, where he was reportedly learning swimming, on Saturday afternoon. 

Langban Keithel begins at Hapta Kangjeibung

Langban Keithel, a mega exhibition cum sale of different products, which is jointly being organised by All Manipur Rickshaw Drivers and Pullers Welfare Association (AMRDPWA) and DS Enterprises, commenced from Wednesday at Hapta Kangjeibung here.

Biswajit calls for increasing, exporting chilli produces

Commerce and Industry minister Th Biswajit Wednesday called upon chilli farmers of Sirarakhong to adopt new technologies for increasing chilli production and export them to other states. The minister was speaking as chief guest at the inaugural of the three-day long 8th Hathei Phanit (Chilli Festival) organised by Sirarakhong Sanaolong at Sirarakhong village ground.

Traffic drives yield over Rs 1 lakh in two days

Intensifying the drive against violators of traffic rules, different teams of Motor Vehicle unit of the state’s Transport Department have collected monetary penalties of over Rs 1 lakh in just two days of launching the campaign.

Biswajit for efficient implementation of PMAY (G)

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj minister Thongam Biswajit instructed officials and Deputy Commissioners on Tuesday to implement Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) efficiently in the state by re-verifying the list of beneficiaries included in SECC.

Woman escapes rape attempt

A 40-year-old man reportedly attempted to outrage the modesty of a 37-year-old housewife at Mongshangei Awang Leikai under Singjamei Police Station on Saturday. The culprit who also hails from the same locality is identified as Konthoujam Opendro alias Ibomcha alias Kangsoi, son of Ibobi.

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Draft memo on Naga issue complete

Drafting of a memorandum to be submitted to the Government of India with regard to imminent resolution of the ongoing peace talk with NSCN(IM) was completed during the third and last meeting of the Memorandum Drafting Sub Committee of All Political Parties held on Friday at the office of deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar at Manipur Secretariat (North Block) here.

CM urges CorCom to drop President boycott call

Chief Minister N Biren urged the Coordinating Committee (CorCom), a conglomerate of different armed outfits, to withdraw it proposed general strike on November 21, which has been called to boycott the visit of President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

Now, NSA, SAI under High Court scanner

A legal team comprising judges and officials of High Court of Manipur led by Acting Chief Justice N Kotiswar Singh and Justice K Nobin Singh will conduct spot enquiries at National Sports Academy (NSA), Khuman Lampak and Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex, Takyelpat on Saturday to ascertain reports about mismanagement of the said sports institutions.

Litterers cautioned as smart city project gets fund boost

Along with announcing that the Central government has released an amount of Rs 106 for the Smart City Mission, Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) and Town Planning minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar has sought the cooperation of all sections of the society in promoting cleanliness of the state capital and other towns.

Govt packages dubbed misleading, unrealistic

Former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Thursday accused the BJP-led coalition government in the state of misleading the people with its unrealistic packages and showing works executed by Congress as its achievement.

Biswajit hard sells state at NE business summit

Attending the 12th North East Business Summit held on the theme “Transforming North East: The Engine for India’s Growth” at The Lalit, New Delhi on Thursday, Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh has invited investors from across the country to visit and invest in Manipur.

CM takes stock of Sangai Fest preparation

Preparations are in full swing for the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival 2017 which will be held at different venues including Hapta Kangjeibung, Lamboi Khongnangkhong, Keibul Lamjao, etc.

Guv moots compulsory NCC training in schools

Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla distributed certificates of honour to 17 Manipur State Bharat Scouts & Guides cadets belonging to different districts including Tamenglong, Ukhrul, Senapati and Imphal West on the occasion of 9th Governor Rally Rajya Puraskar Distribution Ceremony held at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan here Thursday.

Freedom of media must for development: Shyam

Eight journalists in different categories were presented Manipur State Journalist Award-2017 on the occasion of National Press Day at the Banquet Hall of 1st Manipur Rifles here Thursday.

AR jawan, UG killed in Cdl gun-fight

Two days after the fatal bomb attack near Chandel district headquarters in which two AR soldiers were killed and six others injured, a fierce encounter reportedly took place between troops of 4 Assam Regiment and underground cadres in Sajik Tampak area of Chandel district on Wednesday.

Tamenglong gets Rs 325 cr package

Promising to take up various schemes in Tamenglong district during this fiscal year, chief minister N Biren announced a development package worth Rs 325 crore for the district on Wednesday.

Act East Policy will leverage Manipur’s development: Dr Heptulla

Youth of Manipur need to be fully prepared to reap the benefits of Act East Policy, which the Central and the state governments have been vigorously pursuing to realise the goal for bringing development in the north-east region, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has stated.

BJP Govt forcibly formed to implement GoI-IM deal: Gaikhangam

Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam has contended that the BJP-led coalition government was intentionally and forcibly installed in the state with the motive to prevent any obstacles on the path to implement the framework agreement signed between NSCN-IM and government of India.

‘Chicken cutting clip’ of girl goes viral with over 2 lakh views

Holding a knife in her hands, she chops chicken into pieces and sells them to the customers who are lining up in front of her meat shop since early morning. Yes, she sells meat for a living at the tender age of 22.

Cong gave reason for Naga integration: Biren

Dubbing the campaign of Congress over the Framework Agreement as a political ploy and calling upon the rival political party to stop such politics, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Tuesday claimed that Congress party gave hope to Naga integration by signing an agreement with United Naga Integration Council (UNIC).

CM leads in bidding adieu to martyred AR jawans

The state paid its last respect to the two Assam Rifles jawans who were killed in the bomb blast at Chandel district headquarters on Monday.

Calls for proper guidance, care mark Children’s Day

Assurances for government initiative to ensure wellbeing of the children, strong objections against involving students in non-academic issues and presentation of gifts marked the celebration of Children’s Day at different places on Tuesday.

Poknapham duo listed for state journalist award

Along with presenting Manipur State Journalists’ Award, 2017 to eight selected journalists of the state in different categories and organising a workshop, Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), would be observing National Press Day 2017 on November 16 at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Banquet Hall here.

Ayush hospital coming up at Moulvaiphei

Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar Singh laid the foundation stone for the construction of a 50-bedded Integrated AYUSH Hospital at Moulvaiphei in Churachandpur district on Tuesday morning.

2 AR men killed, 6 hurt in Chandel IED blast

At least two riflemen of 18 Assam Rifles were killed and six others injured when an IED exploded Monday at Mahamani village under Chandel police station in Chandel district.

ITI students rally, demand competent principal

Exerting pressure on the government for appointing a more competent principal and redressing the various shortcomings in Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Takyel, students of the institute took out a rally till the Education Minister's bungalow on Monday.

HC committee begins probe into RIMS graft slur

The three-member committee constituted by the High Court of Manipur has launched an investigation to establish veracity on the allegations levelled by a post-graduate medical student that RIMS administrators are corrupted and that the hospital has failed to live up to the public’s expectation.

Will worship BJP if it protects Manipur: Ibobi

Expressing his happiness on seeing the new BJP government enjoying love and popularity in the hill districts; former chief minister and MLA (Thoubal) Okram Ibobi said that if detractors of Congress party believe that territorial integrity of the state can be protected by working together with BJP, he is ready to worship and wash their feet daily with warm water.

Guv welcomes AR tri-nation expedition team

Governor Dr Najma Heptulla accorded warm welcome to members of the Assam Rifles tri-nation motorcycle expedition team at Raj Bhavan on Sunday.

Municipality status for Lilong, Andro assured

MAHUD minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar on Sunday assured that Lilong Nagar Panchayat, Imphal West and Andro Nagar Panchayat, Imphal East will soon be upgraded to the status of municipality.

Mosaic of flowers, music mark first flower festival

Amidst a kaleidoscopic display of myriad flowers, music and distribution of prizes to winners, the first ever Flower Festival on Sunday drew to a colorful close at Thahao Ground, Assam Rifles Town Post here in Ukhrul district headquarters.

Centre will regret if Manipur balkanised: CSOs

Along with convening a public meeting on November 18 to deliberate on the evolving situation subsequent to signing of the framework agreement between the Central government and the NSCN-IM, civil society organisations such as UCM, AMUCO and CSSK have asserted that the Centre will certainly regret in case the Naga peace process leads to distortion of Manipur’s history.

IMI team reaches border villages via Myanmar

With no option left to enter several border villages in Tengnoupal district, a medical team of Moreh PHC had to sneak through the villages of Myanmar to carry out vaccination campaign under the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI).

Plastic drive yields banned tobacco items

Banned tobacco products such as Zarda and Khaini estimated to worth lakhs of rupees were seized from a warehouse in MG Avenue area on the second day of the joint drive conducted by volunteers of Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) and officials of Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to check use of sub-standard polythene carry bags.

Edu min inspects Senapati school

Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam Singh on Saturday inspected Senapati Aided Junior High School located at Tusii Nganii Khumai Senapati Village (TNK Senapati village).

CM bats for cementing Manipur-Myanmar relations

Chief Minister N Biren Singh has announced that Government of Manipur is planning to construct guest houses for Buddhist pilgrims from Myanmar as well as tourists and patients coming to the state.

Govt targets more audiences; free shuttle, WiFi on menu

As hectic preparations are underway for the upcoming annual Manipur Sangai Festival, the state government is targeting to attract twice the number of visitors this year as compared to last year’s edition. Moreover, free shuttle service fitted with GPS trackers to and fro from the four main venues and free WiFi service in the main venue would be provided.

Minister Letpao calls for promoting organic farming

Highlighting that continuous consumption of food crops grown with application of chemical fertilizers is creating serious health issues, water resource development (WRD) minister Letpao Haokip has called upon the state farmers to adopt organic farming.

Ukhrul cabbies remind CM on promise unkept

Finally, rains are gone and dry days are back here. But, the plights of hapless residents of the whole Ukhrul township are here to stay as far as the deplorable state of the road is concerned. On the contrary, it is 'old worries out and new ones in' for them.

Regional conference on JJ Act, POCSO Act underway

A two-day regional conference on Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has begun from Friday at Hotel Imphal’s Sangai hall here. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and state social welfare department are jointly organising the conference.

CSOs call NH shutdown over 'powerless' DC, SP

Subsequent to the deadline served to the state government for empowerment of Kangpokpi district’s deputy commissioner (DC) and superintendent of police (SP) lapsing on Wednesday without any positive response, Kuki Inpi, Kangpokpi and civil society organisations have decided to go ahead with the 36 hours total shutdown of both the National Highways in Manipur sector from 6 am of November 15.

ITI students go on rampage, torch cars, furniture

Irate students of Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Takyel damaged properties of the institute and set ablaze some furniture and two old cars kept for practical class of Motor Mechanic course.

AMUCO presses alarm bell on GoI-IM threat to territory

Expressing apprehension that resolution to the peace-talk between NSCN (IM) and Government of India, which is said to be entering its final phase, is very much likely to pose threat to the territorial integrity of Manipur, All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO) president Ph Deban has appealed to the people, clubs, Meira Paibi, intellectuals and political parties to be vigilant for saving Manipur.

Robot maker Cl XI student rewarded

Thiyam Nandalal, a class XI student of Johnstone Higher Secondary School, got commendation and cash assistance of Rs 10,000 from education (S) director Th Kirankumar for making a robot.

IBSD signs historic VITO deal

A historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed Thursday between the Manipur-based Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) which is under Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India and the Belgium-based Vision on Technology (Vito) for collaboration in the field of climate change, environment, water management, biotechnology, bamboo refinery, bioresources management etc.

Govt, opposition spar over demonetisation policy, GST

Demonetisation, GST benefited the country: Biren

Chief Minister N Biren Singh has maintained that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bold step of invalidating circulation of high denomination notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 was welcomed by the people of the country though it affected a lot to wealthy people who don’t pay taxes. Moreover, demonetisation and implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) benefited various sectors of the country.

CM regrets reclusive attitude of NIT authorities, assures help

Maintaining that the sense of insecurity gripping non-local students of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Lamphelpat could have been lessened to some extent had the NIT authorities conveyed any shortcomings to the state government, chief minister N Biren Singh has assured the NIT students to extend all possible assistance in addressing their grievances.

IED found planted, hoax bomb triggers panic

An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found planted at Nagaram in Imphal East while a hoax bomb triggered panic at Moirangkhom in Imphal West district Wednesday.

Minister cautions rogue teachers, exhorts students

Asking teachers to uphold sanctity of their noble profession and dispense their duty diligently, education minister Thokchom Radheshyam Singh said that it would be wishful thinking to live under the impression that the new government will be lenient towards recalcitrant teachers.

MLAs tasked to oversee Sangai festival prep

Charging the Narendra Modi led NDA government at the centre with not only creating problems to the people of the country but also taking the lives of many by announcing demonetisation policy which literally destroys the economy of the country, opposition parties of the state have cleared the decks for observing Black Day by organising a mass rally through Imphal areas on November 8.

CM vows to protect rare Manipuri pony

Reaffirming state government’s determination and efforts to preserve and protect the endangered ‘Manipuri Pony’ breed, chief minister N Biren chaired the first meeting of Manipuri Pony Development Board held at the CM's secretariat on Tuesday.

MLAs tasked to oversee Sangai festival prep

Preparations for smooth conduct of this year’s Manipur Sangai Festival have started to gather pace with six MLAs entrusted to oversee construction of temporary stalls and installation of requisite infrastructure at Hapta Kangjeibung in Palace Compound.

CM rues criticism of hill-valley unity vision

Chief Minister N Biren said on Monday that trusting one another, showing appreciation and respect to others are the means to bring unity and everlasting bond in the state, which is home to different communities.

Rally denounces NHPC apathy, demands Ithai shutdown

Decrying alleged failure of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited(NHPC) to provide benefits and opportunities assured to the local residents, Ithai Barrage Bazar Development cum Cooperative Society organised a sit-in at Ithai Community hall and later took out a mass rally on Monday.

Bad road sparks brief Imphal-Ukhrul blockade

Angered by alleged inaction of the authority concerned despite worsening condition of the road, locals blocked Imphal-Ukhrul road between Khurai Chaithabi Leirak and Chairenthong stretch briefly on Monday morning. Residents of both sides of the road stretch blocked the road from 8am thereby affecting flow of traffic.

Need to treat Amur Falcons as guests: CCF

While appreciating the initiatives taken up by Phalong villagers for the protection of rare wildlife species, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) Territorial -II S Dhananjoy Singh has observed that Amur Falcons should be treated as guests who come to eat away harmful insects, termites which destroyed Rabi Crops.

Will respect sentiment of all communities: CM

Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren said that the new government’s vision and sole objective is to bring positive changes and development in the state.

Smooth ride 'vow' along NH 150 still a far cry

Though the state would be organising its biggest tourism event Manipur Sangai Festival along with a NE development summit and other attractive events, the condition of NH 150 (Tiddim road), which connects Imphal city with Imphal airport and Loktak Lake, is still full of pot holes making a smooth ride along the road still a far cry.

Nemcha cherishes pivotal role of women

Women play a pivotal role in all spheres of life, be it at home, participation at religious activities or in professional life, said social welfare and cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen while addressing the gathering as chief guest of the evening session of the 6th North East India Choral Competition held at Thyagaraj Stadium, INA Colony, New Delhi on Sunday.

More adventure, water sports added to Sangai festival menu

Khuman Lampak Sports Complex will be the main venue for numerous adventure and water sports which would be organised as part of the annual Manipur Sangai Festival-2017 commencing from November 21.

New facilities, sops galore as CM Biren visits Chandel

In his first ever visit to Chandel district as the chief minister of Manipur on Saturday, Nongthombam Biren went on an inauguration spree at the district headquarters along with assuring more developmental schemes.

CSOs to track UBI assurance of flawless service

Although the state authority of United Bank of India (UBI) assured public of uninterrupted service of its Ukhrul branch office effectively from Tuesday, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) of the district said that they are determined to track the course of action taken up by the bank authority to see if the assurance is fulfilled by the stipulated date.

Unity call echoes at Lungnila tribute event

The 14th death anniversary of Lungnila Elizabeth, who was found brutally murdered after being abducted for ransom on this day in 2003, was observed at 'Vishal Mega Mart With Devala Shopping' complex, Hiyangthang Konjil.

MP briefed on shortcomings of lone tribal university

Indira Gandhi National Tribal University-Regional Campus Manipur Students’ Union (IGNTU-RCM SU) has apprised Member of Parliament Thangso Baite, who attended the annual Freshers' Meet of the tribal university, of various challenges being faced by the varsity since its inception in 2009.

SC refuses interim stay on linking Aadhaar

Mobile firms, banks told to mention last date for Aadhaar linkage

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday refused to pass an interim order staying the linking of Aadhaar with mobile numbers and bank accounts, saying that it is leaving the issue to be decided on by a Constitution bench in the last week of November.

Biswajit exhorts youths to bridge trust deficit

Stressing the need for utilising any event initiated by students’ organisations as common platform for deliberations on social or educational issues, information and public relations minister Th Biswajit has said that youths of Manipur have to take active role in bridging trust deficits amongst the indigenous communities.

Bomb scare briefly leads to highway closure

Security personnel initiated a temporary shutdown of Imphal-Moreh highway on Friday morning at about 5 following a bomb scare near Lilong Bridge under Lilong police station.

Preserve forest area to save Amur Falcon: MLA Jendai

Highlighting the importance of Amur Falcon and the benefits that the migratory birds provide to the people of Tamenglong, local MLA Samuel Jendai has called upon the Forest department to not only save Amur Falcon but to preserve the forest which is the habitat of the migratory bird.

Manipur tops in women’s economy, 5th in GVI

Goa ranked top with Manipur in the fifth place and Bihar lowest in Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI) released by Child development NGO Plan India. In terms of economy for women, Manipur tops the list followed by Mizoram and Tamil Nadu.

Research on topics relevant to society: Minister

Stating that young minds need to be ignited and linked with research and study for relevance of future as well as to enable them to work for the betterment of the society, Education Minister Th Radheshyam has stressed the need for researchers to do take up topics that are relevant and important to the society as researching just for the sake of getting a degree is not enough.

Churachandpur lass bags Miss Kut crown

Esther Nengpilhing Haokip of M Songgel, Churachandpur has been adjudged winner of the Miss Kut 2017 beauty pageant held during celebration Kut festival of the Kuki-Chin-Mizo group on Wednesday.

RIMS most corrupt hospital: Student petitioner to PM

In sharp contrast to the of-repeated assurances by successive top officials of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for development of the public healthcare centre to the level of AIIMS, Delhi, a complaint letter addressed to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has exposed various shortcomings in the hospital.

Governor gives unity call as state celebrates Kut festival

While congratulating the people of the state for maintaining unity amongst themselves despite the diversity, Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla on Wednesday called upon the people of Manipur to stay united and strive for the betterment of the society.

Bogus company dupes job seekers, banned

Human Rights Defender Manipur (HRDM) has banned Information Technology and Broadcasting Service (ITBS) Limited after the company was found collecting huge amount of money from different people with promise of lucrative jobs since 2010.

Rains trample hope for bumper rice harvest

Due to incessant rainfall for the last two consecutive days, harvested crops, especially rice plants have been ruined leaving the farmers of Noney district in a dilemma while in the valley districts continuous drizzling has battered standing crops and inundated vast tract of plantation sites.

Life’s lessons are also part of education: Dr Heptulla

Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (CoHSEM) celebrated its silver jubilee at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) here with Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla as chief guest on Monday.

Border villagers demand proper boundary demarcation

Lack of consensus over land demarcation at Govajang and Haolenphai villages under Moreh sub-division of the newly Tengnoupal district remains one of the stumbling blocks to the border fencing project being taken up to check cross border smuggling and filter entry of disruptive elements into the state.

We expect an early solution to Naga issue: TR Zeliang

Early this week RN Ravi, the Centre’s interlocutor for the Naga peace talks, expressed urgency to six political groups to find an early solution to the longstanding issue of Naga identity. Days before that, Prerna Katiyar had caught up with Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang, leader of the Naga People’s Front, who spoke on the crucial Naga peace accord, and Article 371A that makes special provisions for Nagaland, among other issues.

Cong raps Govt over NPF no-show, seeks special session

Hitting out against the BJP led government, former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has demanded BJP to clarify on the statement of Naga People’s Front (NPF) refusing to participate in the all-political party meeting convened by Chief Minister N Biren and reiterating the stand of integrating all contiguous Naga inhabited areas under one administrative roof.

Keibul Lamjao integral part of Sangai Fest: Biswajit

While inspecting road conditions in Thanga and Moirang areas ahead of Manipur Sangai Festival, state government spokesperson minister Thongam Biswajit Singh Sunday informed that there has been no change in the decision to have Keibul Lamjao as one of festival venues.

‘Will not accept any provision affecting Manipur’s territory’

While welcoming any effort to bring a solution to the Naga political issue, United Committee Manipur (UCM) secretary YK Dhiren Sunday said that people of Manipur will never accept any provision in the agreement made between Government of India and NSCN-IM that will affect the territorial integrity of Manipur.

PWD launches highway sanitisation drive

With the dual objectives to check the trend of private parties from misusing public properties and remove all obstacles from important routes, including state and national highways, the public works department (PWD) has launched a special drive to keep the roads spotless from Sunday.

State to petition Centre for boundary safeguard

Along with agreeing to submit a memorandum to the Union government, an all-political party meeting held on Saturday, in the backdrop of possible finalisation of the vexed Naga political issue, has resolved to apprise central leaders of the respective political organisations and seek their support to preserve and protect the territorial and emotional integrity of Manipur.

23 Manipur, Nagaland youth reach Japan

Following the discussion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on September 14 in India, an Indian team from Manipur and Nagaland comprising 23 members Saturday landed in Tokyo at the invitation of Japanese government under the ‘IRIS program’. The team is led by Haobam Joyremba from Manipur.

No demarcation of Manipur on ethnic line: AMUCO president

No council or administrative body which would demarcate indigenous communities of Manipur on ethnic line should be formed when the peace talk between NSCN (IM) and Government of India reach its logical conclusion.

No official report of cross border influx: SP

Tengnoupal district police deployed in Moreh sub-division have been maintaining top vigil and carrying out intense checking to prevent unauthorised entry from neighbouring Myanmar, said district’s superintendent of police (SP) Dr S Ibomcha Singh.

Govt reviews preparations for Sangai festival

Chief Minister N Biren Friday reviewed the preparations being taken up by different government departments and agencies for the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival, which will begin from November 21.

Teachers fear possible closure of culture varsity

Fearing that newly established Manipur University of Culture might be closed down prematurely due to lack of proper fund management, among other issues, Manipur University of Culture Teachers’ Association (MUCTA) staged a sit-in-protest demonstration in front of the gate of the university at Palace Compound here on Friday.

DC vows to accelerate development in Tengnoupal dist

Regardless of admitting that the state government has not been able to give necessary thrust to infrastructure development and ensure adequate manpower even after 10 months of upgrading Tengnoupal into a full-fledged district, deputy commissioner Raghumani Singh has pledged to contribute his mite towards accelerating development of the new district.

Centre asks states not to deny PDS food to poor

The Centre has instructed states not to deny PDS benefits to any beneficiary who does not have Aadhaar or has not linked ration card to the 12-digit biometric identifier and warned of strict action on violation.

Ccpur school headmaster accused of instigating stir

Pamjal JBS headmaster namely Vanlalzawma Khiangte has been served show-cause notice to explain his position on the charge of abetting public unrest in Churachandpur town.

CM briefs Governor on NE summit, President’s visit

Chief Minister N Biren Thursday called on Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla to discuss issues related to ensuring successful conduct of forthcoming Northeast Development Summit, which would be jointly organised by Manipur Infrastructure Development Authority (MIDA) and BJP’s think tank India Foundation on November 21 and 22 at Imphal and the visit of President Ram Nath Kovind.

MPCC urges Governor to disqualify 12 MLAs

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president TN Haokip on Wednesday petitioned the Governor of Manipur to disqualify 12 MLAs of BJP, who are holding the posts of Parliamentary secretaries in the BJP led government in the state.

Employees skip work to demand pay hike

The state secretariat office here wore a deserted look on Wednesday as government employees carried out a mass casual leave stir under the aegis of Manipur Government Services Federation (MGSF) in pursuance of their demand for implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission.

Fresh fears in NE over territory getting ceded to Greater Nagalim

There are fresh fears in a few northeast states that Naga-inhabited areas in their territory could be ceded to Greater Nagalim as peace talks have picked up pace and speculations about a final solution to the six-decade-old issue have been swirling.

Govt-formed panel member clueless on role in Naga talks

Though the state government appointed former Chief Minister of Manipur Radhabinod Koijam and retired lieutenant general Konsam Himalay as members of the consultative committee of Manipur over the ongoing peace talks between Centre and NSCN-IM, the committee has sought details from Chief Minister N Biren over their exact role and responsibilities.

Common demands must to safeguard indigenes: Lancha

Expressing serious concern over the emerging situation and impending fate of the state, cultural activist Ningthouja Lancha Tuesday called upon different organisations and people to unite and define a common set of demands and common course of action in order to safeguard the indigenous people of Manipur.

Overnight rainfall leaves many longing for Govt aid

The overnight torrential rainfall that lashed the state on the day of Ningol Chakkouba on October 21 left several places and ready-to-harvest paddy crops either inundated or damaged while many affected people have called for assistance from the government.

Ravi commits to settling Naga political issue

The second round of ‘political negotiation’ between the Working Committee of 6 Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and New Delhi’s Interlocutor for Naga peace talks, RN Ravi was held Monday in Dimapur, which is being held for the first time in the state.

UCM seeks Govt clarity on state's integrity

With safeguard of territorial boundaries of states neighbouring Nagaland becoming a hot topic of discussion in the light of imminent settlement of the Naga issue, United Committee Manipur (UCM) has demanded that political parties in the state make their stand clear on the matter and pressure the Centre for safeguarding the Manipur's integrity.

Labour row sparks Imp-Moreh transport stir

Denouncing the stricture imposed by Indo Myanmar Labour Union on loading and unloading of goods on vehicles at Moreh town, drivers of vehicles plying along Imphal-Moreh route have stopped their services from Monday.

Govt urged to earmark fund for promotion of tribal languages

Ukhrul MLA K Leishiyo Monday called for development of tribal language while stressing the need for preserving languages of smaller communities.

Police unable to perform without public support: SP Kabib

Without the support and cooperation of the people, police would be unable to maintain law & order or book criminals, stated SP (Imphal East) Kabib K during a Ningol Chakkouba event organised by the district police Monday.

Meeting Dalai Lama a major offence: China

State Governor, Chief Minister Possibly Restricted By Centre From Attending Peace Conference

Days after spiritual leader the Dalai Lama came to Imphal, China on Saturday warned the world leaders and politicians against meeting exiled figured, saying it would be perceived as a “major offence” as the spiritual leader is a “separatist” trying to carve out an independent Tibet.

State's major rivers in spate, Imphal river bank sinks

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 22nd Oct: With incessant rainfall lashing the state since Saturday, major rivers coursing through Imphal have started flowing at highest level thereby causing fear among the people of the state of facing yet another flood. Sinking of Imphal River banks at three different places has also been reported.

CM assures to increase main stadium capacity

Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that his government is committed to increase the number of spectators at the main stadium of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex from the present in-take capacity of 25,000.

Minister bemoans mad race for Ningol Chakkouba gift

Ningol Chakouba, a festival celebrating the beautiful bond between brothers and sisters, was widely celebrated in the state on Saturday.

‘Development infeasible sans power to ADCs’

Regardless of the commendable initiatives taken up by the new government, including the ‘Go to Hills’ slogan, for bringing uniform development in the state, such objective will never yield the desired result in case Autonomous District Councils (ADC) continue to be bereft of any executive power, ADC Sadar Hills executive member Lunthang Haokip has stated.

CM bats for self-employment, distributes loans

Chief Minister N Biren Singh handed over loans worth Rs 46,50,000 to nine skilled self-employed persons of different districts at Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Friday.

Dy CM mulls NEC aid to augment fish yield

Expressing confidence that the government’s initiative for fresh development and rejuvenation of existing water bodies will help increase the fish yield, deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh has stressed the need for approaching the ministry concerned or funding agencies to expand fish farms in the state.

Govt axes 18 graduate teachers, 11 told to refund salaries

The government of Manipur has cancelled the appointment of 18 graduate teachers who were appointed under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) by education (Schools) department and 11 teachers amongst them have been told to refund the salaries they received during their period of service.

Don’t interfere in transfer/posting policy: CM Biren

Noting that ineffectiveness of transfer and posting policy is mainly due to interference by elected people's representatives, chief minister N Biren has announced that the new government will be implementing transfer/posting on rotational basis with effect from January 1, 2018.

Naga victims of ethnic clash remembered

Zeliangrong Youth Front (ZYF) observed ‘Requital Day’ at Noney Bazar on Thursday.

‘Compassion ultimate source to inner peace’

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has stated that compassion is the ultimate source to bring inner peace and happiness among humans and there is no way money and muscle power could bring happiness to one’s life.

Officials told to promptly address public issues

Achieving the cherished goal for Manipur’s overall development will materialise only when the state is free from ethnicity-centric concept and pursuit, said Rural Development and Panchayati Raj minister Thongam Biswajit Singh.

Dy CM, Edu minister differ on helping poor

Difference of opinion between deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh and education, labour and employment minister Thokchom Radheshyam Singh on the issue of assistance to economically underprivileged section of the society came to the fore during the launch of Uripok Green City, an initiative undertaken by Panthoibi Housing Finance Company Limited.

Shyam assures assistance to Hojai Manipuris


Manipuris settled in different parts of the country, including those settled in Hojai district of Assam are continuing with their efforts of keeping the rich cultural heritage of Manipur alive.

Benefits of medicinal plants stressed at Ayush Day

Noting that Manipur is abundantly blessed with a plethora of medicinal plants, health minister L Jayantakumar has pointed out the need to plant these type of plants on a large scale and produce medicines as done by forefathers in earlier days.

Minister mulls lesson on Kuki war tales

Saluting the sacrifices made by brave forefathers for defending the land and calling upon the people to continue waging collective war against poverty, illiteracy and underdevelopment in order to make the commemoration a meaningful one, Education, Labour and Employment Minister Th Radheshyam has observed that all the people should promote love and peaceful coexistence by emulating the patriotic spirit of the forefathers since hatred can be conquered only by love.

Central plan to WiFi all GPs faces roadblock in state

Even though the Centre is giving shape to an ambitious Rs 3,700-crore project in an attempt to cover nearly 5.5 lakh villages in all Gram Panchayats of the country with Wi-Fi facility by March 2019, sluggish progress in laying Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) is likely to make the target futile in the state.

CM told to ensure safe edibles; hotel banned

Union minister for CAF&PD Ram Vilas Paswan has reportedly asked Chief Minister N Biren to check food adulteration and fake ornaments ahead of the Diwali festival. The Union minister sent a communique to the CM in this regard on October 4.

U-17 WC heroes get assured bounty

Chief Minister N Biren Singh handed over cheques of Rs 5 lakh each to all state players, who participated in U-17 FIFA World Cup, during a reception function hosted at Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Monday.

Imphal, Moreh choc-a-bloc as festival shopping gains momentum

As Ningol Chakkouba, the biggest festival of Manipur that exemplifies eternal bond between brothers and sisters, is just round the corner, shopping activities in the main markets of the state have increased manifold resulting in traffic jam in capital city Imphal and Indo-Myanmar boder town Moreh.

KCP, KYKL, NLTF impose shutdown on Oct 15

Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) of Manipur along with National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have jointly imposed total shutdown in Manipur and Tripura on October 15.

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