Housewife found hanging, succumbs

A young housewife died late Sunday evening after she allegedly hanged herself inside her own room at Keishamthong Maning Leikai in Imphal police station.

FVDC suspends stir

Following assurance given by the district administration of Chandel to release the pending relief funds, Flood Victims Demand Committee Chandel (FVDC) has suspended all forms of agitation.

Drug peddler nabbed with heroin powder

One drug peddler identified as Moirangthem Hemanta Meitei (40) s/o M Tombiyaima Meitei of Heirok Part-II Bujaree Chuthek was arrested on Thursday along with 100 grams of heroin powder which is estimated to be worth about Rs 2,00,000 in local market. The drug was recovered from a Honda Activa (blue) bearing no registration number which was driven by Hemanta. He was arrested from near Sorojini Oil Pump Khangabok Khong, Thoubal by a team of NAB-PS, informed a statement of Manipur Police Department PRO.

CARA officials to promote legal adoption in state

An official team of Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) led by its advisory committee chairman Ramchandra Reddy Manda would be visiting Imphal on December 8 to promote legal adoption in the state under the aegis of union minister of women and child development Maneka Gandhi.

Rs. 35,500 collected as fine from traffic violators

As part of its drive to effectively enforce traffic rules in Imphal East and West districts, officials of transport department led by respective district transport officers under the guidance of transport minister and director collected a total of Rs 35,500 as fine from traffic violators on Tuesday.

State Congress delegate hails Rahul Gandhi

Manipur Congress delegation led by ex-CM Okram Ibobi congratulated Rahul Gandhi on his imminent elevation as president of All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Monday. Prior to Rahul Gandhi filing his nomination papers, the state Congress team, that also proposed his name for the party's top post, met Rahul at AICC office and congratulated him. The state team include ex-CM O Ibobi, ex-Dy CM Gaikhangam, MP Thangso Baite, MLAs Govindas Konthoujam, Ak Mirabai, Th Lokeshwar, K Meghachandra and RK Imo.

Rights of PwDs stressed on their day

Like in other parts of the world, ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ was observed by government and non-governmental institutions across the state on Sunday.

MUA suspends bandh on Imphal-Moreh road

Following assurance given by authority concerned that pending road construction will be completed before December 25, Maring Uparup Assembly (MUA) has called off the bandh imposed along Imphal-Moreh road with immediate effect.

NIA arrests Manipur militant in New Delhi

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a militant of Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) here on charges of raising terror funds, supply of arms, ammunition and explosives for the Manipur-based banned outfit, an official said on Friday.

Burial site of Captain George Gordon lying in ruins

The burial site of Captain George, the first political agent of British government in Manipur, which is located inside the campus of Manipur University at Canchipur is lying in ruins with no one to protect or preserve the site.

Naga organisations, FNR urge Govt of India

Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) and apex Naga organizations, consisting of 24 organizations met at Chumukedima in Dimapur on Sunday, and urged the Government of India to “intently complete the Naga political cause without further delay, before the general election in the State of Nagaland”.

Kangoi village authority tenders apology

Kangoi Khullen Village Authority clarified that villagers killed the Himalayan black bear to save properties and valuable life of Chinglou (terrace farm) farmers.

‘Movies every weekend at MSFDS hall’

The third edition of Sangai International film festival, which is being organised as part of the annual mega Manipur Sangai Festival, commenced from Saturday at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Palace Compound here with art and culture minister L Jayantakumar attending the inauguration function as chief guest.

Vehicle lifter arrested with stolen vehicle

In a swift response to a report filed on stolen vehicle, Imphal West commandos arrested the thief and recovered the stolen vehicle from Kwakeithel Mayaikoibi area just minutes after the theft

Nagaland pol parties to discuss Naga issue

Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang will convene a meeting of ‘all political parties’ on November 23 in Kohima in connection with the ‘issues relating to settlement of Naga political problem’. The meeting will start from 1 pm in the residential office of the Chief Minister, Minister’s Hill, Kohima.

One found shot dead near Catholic School Canchipur

Unidentified armed miscreants shot dead a non-local at about 7pm Monday near Catholic School, Canchipur under Singjamei police station.

‘Monthly stipend of Rs 1500 to PWDs from Dec 3’

To alleviate some of the sufferings of differentially-able persons in the state, the state government has taken up an initiative to provide them a monthly stipend of Rs 1500 from December 3 onwards, Health & Family Welfare Parliamentary Secretary Subashchandra has informed.

'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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Forget and forgive past mistakes: CM Biren

Calling for a united Manipur and India, chief minister N Biren has urged the people of the state belonging to different communities to forget and forgive the past mistakes and put in collective effort towards upholding the integrity and unity of the nation and the state.

‘Unlike BJP, Congress never kept accords in secret’

Asserting that Congress was never secretive on details of any accords or agreements signed during its rule in the Centre, former chief minister Okram Ibobi demanded the Narendra Modi government to disclose contents of the Framework Agreement his (Modi) government signed with NSCN-IM to the public.

Protest held against stoppage of Hill House Tax

A peaceful sit-in-protest was staged Monday at Jakuradhor by various civil society organisations in protest against stoppage of payment of Hill House Tax and issuance of an order for revenue survey in Jiribam district.

Cong stages protest amid obstruction, threat

Manipur Pradesh Congress Party was forced to shift the venue of its protest meet in pursuance of the demand for disclosure of contents of the Framework Agreement from Laipham Khunou Soibam ground in Heingang assembly constituency to the residence of MPCC member P Saratchandra at Heingang Mayai Leikai after a group of people reportedly restricted the party from organising the protest meet there.

Committees to be constituted to address ILPS issue: CM

Chief minister N Biren Sunday informed that a consultative committee comprising representatives of all communities of the state and a drafting committee would be constituted soon to address the ILPS issue.

Lup reminds BJP on poll promise, dares CM to lift AFSPA

Recalling that BJP had promised to repeal Armed Forces Special Powers’ Act (AFSPA) from Manipur if it comes to power in its manifesto of the last state assembly elections, Working Committee of the Apunba Lup has urged the saffron party to keep its promise.

FVDC suspends stir

Following assurance given by the district administration of Chandel to release the pending relief funds, Flood Victims Demand Committee Chandel (FVDC) has suspended all forms of agitation.

Financial empowerment to ADCs on the card

While reiterating the government’s commitment for uniform development in the state, chief minister N Biren has said that Rs 164 crore would be distributed equally to the six autonomous district councils (ADCs) for implementing development works in the hills.

CM commits to developing playgrounds in every village

Chief Minister N Biren assured to construct a sports complex for Zeliangrong community and develop THAU ground with better infrastructure.

Problems, prospects of Tamenglong analysed

As a part of the 14th State Level Orange Festival-2017 which is being held at Lower Ground of Tamenglong district headquarters, a seminar on the topic ‘Developmental Projects and Inputs in Tamenglong District: Problems, Prospect & Potential and its Impact’, was held on Saturday at the Indoor Stadium.

Territorial integrity of NE states won’t be hit by Naga pact: Rajnath

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the territorial integrity of the north-eastern states will not be compromised while concluding the final agreement on Naga insurgency issue.

Serve CMST beneficiaries or face action: CM

Expressing his disappointment over news of mistreatment of selected beneficiaries of 'Chief Ministergi Shotharabasingi Tengbang’(CMST) by some officials, chief minister N Biren Singh has announced that the state government will initiate legal action against any official who delays more than 24 hours in delivering the monetary aid to the beneficiaries of the scheme.

Complaints galore as KPI, JBM celebrate districthood

The first joint anniversary celebration of the declaration of Kangpokpi and Jiribam as full-fledged districts was held Friday at Manipur Press Club here.

Governor tells NITians: Set goal to succeed in life

Stressing the need for setting specific goal in life and to vigorously pursue the same, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has exhorted the students to strive for excelling in academics as well as contribute towards the nation building process.

Focus on NE as India, Japan ink Act East Forum

In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting.

Minister Nemcha gives wake up call to SW officials

Social welfare and cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen Wednesday paid a surprise visit at the head office of directorate of social welfare.

Gaidon vows to uphold Nagas’ aspiration

While asserting that there is no question of retreating from the struggle for upholding rights of the Naga people, United Naga Council (UNC) president Gaidon Kamei has sought continuous cooperation and support of the Naga organisations and public towards bringing a logical conclusion to the campaign.

Minister exhorts youth to promote integrity

Youth affairs and sports minister Letpao Haokip has called upon the youth to promote integrity of the state and the nation as they are going to become guardians of the future society.

CM Biren plays Act East Policy card in Nagaland

Along with creating a history of sort by becoming the first chief minister of Manipur to attend the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, chief minister N Biren has stressed the need for joint endeavour between the two neighbouring states to reap the fruit of Act East Policy.

Scribes protest threat, petition Governor

Denouncing high-handedness and alleged threat to union president by some leaders of BJP Manipur Pradesh, members of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) staged sit-in-protest Tuesday in front of Keishampat electricity office.

Bandhs, blockades delaying development, claims Biswajit

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (RD&PR) Minister Thongam Biwsajit on Tueaday has called upon the people to give up the habit of imposing bandhs and blockades as such activities cause more hardships to the people especially the poor and daily wage earners.

World Soil Day: Farmers urged to increase productivity

As observed around the globe, World Soil Day was observed in the state at different venues on Tuesday by different institutions.

Govt assures decision on ILPS bill by Dec 8: JCILPS

Subsequent to the submission of a memorandum to the government by JCILPS demanding a bill to protect the indigenous people of Manipur, chief minister N Biren has given his assurance to the JCILPS for declaring the decision of the government on the issue by December 8.

Delhi delay on UNESCO tag to Sankirtana peeves Guv

Voicing resentment over the inordinate delay in giving official recognition to Manipuri Sankirtana, years after it has been included in the Representative List of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has pledged to pursue the matter with the authorities concerned.

Scribes to counter BJP threat with sit-in protest today

Reacting against the ‘life threatening’ statement made by BJP Manipur Pradesh spokesperson RK Shivachandra to All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) president Wangkhemcha Shamjai, the union has decided to stage a sit-in-protest at Keishampat junction on Tuesday.

Nemcha condemns acid attack, pledges to punish attacker

Social welfare and cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen condemned the recent acid attack in the strongest term and assured that the culprit will be given befitting punishment.

Insane comments enough to break up Manipur: CM

Apparently reacting to disparaging comments of the Congress leaders against the BJP-led governments in the state and at the Centre over non-disclosure of the framework agreement signed with the NSCN-IM and its potential threat posed to the territorial integrity of Manipur, chief minister N Biren remarked that it is very easy to break the state into pieces with few words or agitation but more difficult to integrate and unite the people.

IPR minister tutors media on fair reporting

Information and public relations (IPR) minister Thongam Biswajit Singh has exclaimed that the credibility of a media house lies in the accuracy and balance of its reports. A media house losses its credibility if its reports are imbalanced and inaccurate.

Ex-gratia given to families of landslide victims

Tribal affairs and hill minister N Kayisii and DC (Senapati) Athem Muivah along with officials and public leaders visited Tamphung village in Senapati district and distributed ex-gratia and monetary assistance to families of landslide victims on Saturday.

‘Government determined to strengthen PRI in state’

The annual Panchayat Summit for the year 2017 was held under the aegis of Manipur State Panchayat Parishad (MSPP) at Porompat Panchayat Bhawan on Sunday with RD&PR minister Thongam Biswajit as chief guest.

Meet vows unity to safeguard state's territory

Exerting pressure upon the Central government leaders for maintaining status quo of the state’s territorial boundary and collectively carry out extensive campaigns to oppose all moves by the Centre to redraw the map of Manipur were among the resolutions adopted at a discussion session attended by leaders of civil society organisations and political organisations.

Gaikhangam likens CM rhetoric to IM agenda

Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam Saturday slammed chief minister Biren, alleging that latter has been replicating the propaganda of NSCN-IM by claiming attention deficit towards hills by the previous Congress government.

Cong demands clarification over NPF leader’s statement

Referring to statement by a leader of Naga People’s Front (NPF), who equated the party’s four MLAs to four wheels of a vehicle in the BJP government, Congress party has demanded that other allies of the BJP-led government clarify their stand over the matter.

Sky conducts first double renal angioplasty

For the first time in Manipur, double renal angioplasty case was successfully conducted at SKY Hospital & Research Centre on November 14, 2017.

Gaikhangam unfazed by boycott call of UNC

Recalling the assurance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ‘dramatic’ lifting of UNC’s economic blockade after the BJP came into power in the state, former chief minister Okram Ibobi has accused BJP of using UNC.

CM Biren elated as HIV/AIDS infection rate in state dips

Expressing satisfaction on collective efforts of the government, NGOs, doctors and public fructifying in checking further spread of HIV/AIDS in the state, chief minister N Biren called upon all sections of the society to continue working for achieving the goal of complete eradication of the pandemic disease.

‘Govt trying to develop healthcare tourism’

The state government is planning to open up frontiers in healthcare sector to attract people from beyond the borders, Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh has said.

Disturbed Area status extended for one year

6Cabinet approves transfer & posting policy; winter session from Dec 20

Along with approving a new Transfer and Posting Policy for government servants, the state cabinet has decided to recommend to the Governor of Manipur for summoning the third session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly as the winter session from December 20, 2017. The cabinet also approved extension of Disturbed Area status in Manipur excluding Imphal municipal area for a period of one year with effect from December 1, 2017.

UNC bars Gaikhangam in Naga areas

United Naga Council (UNC) on Thursday announced to boycott Congress party leader Gaikhangam who is also former deputy chief minister in “Naga areas” with immediate effect.

Cultural extravaganza marks Sangai Festival closing event

The Manipur Sangai Festival 2017 came to an end on Thursday with the closing ceremony held at Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT) with Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla and chief minister N Biren as chief guest and president respectively.

Prez, PM lead in hailing weightlifter Mirabai Chanu

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, chief Minister N Biren, YAS minister Letpao Haokip and IPR minister Thongam Biswajit, among others, have congratulated Saikhom Mirabai Chanu on winning gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, United States.

Leadership summit begins

The first ever Tangkhul Leadership Summit opened on Thursday with active participation of leaders from across the social spectrum of the district at Town Hall, Ukhrul district headquarters here.

CM: Onus on Meeteis to bridge trust deficit

Giving a clarion call to all sections of the society to uphold the universally accepted way of settling any dispute on the negotiating table, chief minister N Biren has unequivocally stated that the majority Meetei people should take the main role in strengthening the age-old fraternal bond.

RD & PR office stormed to demand offer forms

Demanding immediate issuance of offer forms, members of All Manipur VLW/LDC Selected Candidates 2016 (RD and PR) stormed the office of Directorate of Rural Department and Panchayati Raj (RD&PR) which is located within the complex of Imphal East DC at Porompat on Wednesday.

High Court bans quarry works along NHs

A Division Bench of High Court of Manipur comprising Acting Chief Justice N Kotiswar Singh and Justice Kh Nobin Singh on Wednesday decreed for immediate stoppage of all quarrying activities at the foothills and along the flanks of national highways in Manipur sector.

Cong rejected many provisions of Naga talks: Ibobi

Reiterating the party’s stand on the integrity of Manipur, former chief minister and leader of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Okram Ibobi said that his government rejected several provisions of the Indo-Naga peace agreement, which might affect the interest and integrity of the state.

India-Myanmar scribes vow to aid Act East Policy

Among a slew of recommendations adopted at the end of the two-day Inter Regional Media Interaction Programme between Myanmar and India, delegates present agreed to work for the materialisation of India’s Act East Policy.

Union minister pats state for exemplary power reforms

Even as Union Minister of state for Power and New & Renewable Energy RK Singh applauded concerted efforts of the Government of Manipur towards realising the goal of ‘power to all’, chief minister N Biren has pledged to galvanise all available resource to ensure every household in the state receives uninterrupted electricity supply.

WY tablets worth Rs15 lakh seized

During frisking and checking conducted to prevent untoward incidents during the ongoing Sangai Festival, a team of Imphal East district police arrested a man with WY tablets worth nearly Rs 15 lakh on Monday.

CM commits to Imphal-Mandalay bus service

In what could be described as a fresh impetus towards improving bilateral relationships between Manipur and Myanmar, the Union government has reportedly enquired about preparedness of the Government of Manipur with regard to operationalizing regional passenger bus service between Imphal and Mandalay in Myanmar.

‘Transparency hallmark of accords Cong signed’

During its rule, Congress party always maintained utmost transparency while signing any accords including Mizoram, Punjab and Assam accords but the present BJP government led by Narendra Modi continues to conceal details of the Framework Agreement signed with NSCN (IM) more than two years back.

NH-2 blocked over ‘traceless’ rape accused

National Highway-2, also known as Imphal-Dimapur Road, was blocked for several hours on Monday near Kanglatongbi area, as protesters demanded immediate arrest of one Kh Kashinba, who has gone into hiding after allegedly raping and attempt to murder a school girl.

Narendra Modi’s VIP to EPI slogan changes into VVIP in state

Even though Prime Minister Narendra Modi has literally abolished the VIP culture in the country with his ‘Every Person is Important’ (EPI) slogan, the initiative has brought about an opposite impact in the state with every possible vehicle of different shapes and sizes with VIP and VVIP stickers seen driving around in Imphal city lately.

Naga solution gun misfires again, CM ‘misquoted’

Solution to the Naga political issue as a gift for the Nagas first found voice in December 2009 when the then Home Minister of Nagaland, Imkong L Imchen, aired optimism that the “Naga Political issue should also come to a logical conclusion as a New Year gift to the Naga people”. The gift basket was though empty in Year 2010.

Cong sustains campaign on state's territorial integrity

Even though the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) has no immediate threat to the territorial integrity of Manipur as of now, the agreement should never be endorsed if it contains any clause that is detrimental to interest of Manipur, said former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh.

Don't play politics at the cost of human lives: CM Biren

Politicians should refrain from playing politics at the cost of human lives because human life is precious, chief minister N Biren Singh said.

Minister leads campaign to conserve fuel

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Karam Shyam announced that he will ride bicycle from his official residence to his Old Secretariat office for work every Thursday.

Will newly-laid town road be Christmas gift for Ukhrulites?

Will a newly-laid road in Ukhrul town that everyone is anticipating right now, be a Christmas gift for Ukhrulites or will the joy associated with it, be only short-lived? Either will definitely happen, of course.

CM, DyCM bat for stronger ties with SEA nations

Chief minister N Biren and deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar stressed the need for cementing relationships between Manipur and south-east countries like Myanmar and Thailand to realise the comnon goal of economic prosperity.

Groom among 7 killed in accidents at Thoubal, Tamenglong

A groom returning from ‘Mangani Chakkouba’ was among seven people killed in two separate road mishaps occurred Saturday at different places of the state.

BJP Govt is torturing its citizens: Gautam Das

The 18th Manipur State conference of CPI (M) Manipur State Committee, which will go on for two days, was kicked off by Central Committee Member of CPI(M) Gautam Das at community multipurpose hall, Kakhulong here by hoisting the party flag on Saturday.

Centre to speed up highway projects in NE

Continuing its initiative of reducing projects with the overburdened Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and the resultant delays and cost over-runs, the government is transferring over 2,000 km of upcoming highway projects to the fledgling, state-owned National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL), according to informed sources.

Himalayan Black Bear killed in Machi block

Even though the government has enacted various legislations to safeguard wildlife, yet poaching or killing of various wild animals and birds by the people due to lack of knowledge or compassion is happening frequently in the state with the latest incident being the killing of a Himalayan Black Bear at Kangoi Khullen in Machi block under Tengnoupal district on Friday.

Littering of market place infuriates MAHUD minister

To ascertain whether the shopkeepers have heeded to the state government's appeal for keeping Imphal City neat and clean, Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) and Town Planning Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar conducted a surprise inspection at various market areas of the city on Friday.

NERCORMP UKL-II ends with message of hope for farmers

"Don't lose hope; stay focused on your efforts for better opportunities." This was the message that NERCORMP Ukhrul managed to ring out loud for the district's growing farming populace as it bade farewell to the 11th NERCORMP exhibition cum sales which ended with a total turnover of Rs 28 lakh marking the successful culmination of the second phase of its project in the district.

MP dubs Cong campaign drama to create panic

Despite the repeated assurances to uphold the interest and integrity of Manipur by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several central leaders, Congress party is creating panic among the people of the state by organising a series of conference on the Framework Agreement signed between Government of India and NSCN-IM, said Rajya Sabha MP and BJP Manipur Pradesh president Ksh Bhabananda.

Myanmar official hails Act East Policy

With the women football team from Myanmar reaching the state by road on Thursday for an exhibition football match to be played with Manipur women team, Myanmar’s ministry of health and sports principle director Yu Myo Myint Aung has expressed hope that the long search for friendly ties between Myanmar and Manipur will soon become a reality.

Minister warns of punitive action as oil tankers cease service

Terming the cease work strike of All Manipur Petroleum Products Transporters’ Association as unreasonable, CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam on Thursday asked the agitating transporters to withdraw their stir or else face legal actions.

NEDS gets 'harbinger of good times' tag, 39 MoUs signed

As many as 39 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed between the government of Manipur and different firms/investors on healthcare, infrastructure, skill development and agricultural areas during the second and last day of the first North East Development Summit (NEDS) which concluded Wednesday at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound here on a positive note.

President Kovind offers tribute to INA martyrs

“I offer my humble tribute to the brave soldiers of the Indian National Army who made the supreme sacrifices to liberate Mother India under exemplary leadership of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. This monument reminds us of the valour of the INA and makes us commit ourselves to the service of the Nation.”

MPCC submits memo to President on Framework Agreement

Taking advantage of President Ram Natha Kovind’s visit to the state, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) submitted a memorandum to the President urging him to disclose contents of the Framework Agreement signed between NSCN (IM) and Government of India to the people of Manipur.

Woman vents angst over flight delay at Imphal airport

Hours after a video emerged, showing a woman arguing with Union minister KJ Alphons after her flight was delayed, the minister on Wednesday clarified that he was not responsible for the delay.

Prosperity is natural destiny of northeast: President

Acknowledging the need for collective and overall development of the north-eastern states to realise its full developmental potential, President of India Ram Nath Kovind has assured concerted initiatives by the Union government to accelerate the region’s progress.

Construction of Ukhrul women's market in full swing

The 26-hr Manipur generl strike called by Coordination Committee, a conglomerate of seven proscribed armed groups, in connection with the visit of India’s President Ram Nath Kovind in Manipur, affected and crippled normal life in the state to a large extent.

Cultural razzmatazz marks 10-day Manipur Sangai Festival kick-off

President of India Ram Nath Kovind Tuesday inaugurated Manipur Sangai Festival-2017 amid a variety of cultural performances at Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT) here.

Construction of Ukhrul women's market in full swing

Despite much dubiety, construction work of the new women's market complex at Ukhrul district headquarters is going on in a full-fledged manner to meet the December deadline.

‘Efforts to bridge trust deficit reaping fruit’

CM inaugurates museum, rolls out eco-friendly vehicles

Stating that there is no point in continuing to react to every criticism of those plotting to derail the objective of transparent and good governance, chief minister N Biren has claimed that the new government has been successful in its endeavour to bridge the trust deficit, which existed in the past.

Chaos at CM's gate as AMSU protest TRI job denial

A large number of students and AMSU volunteers led by its president Manjit Sarangthem and vice president Laishram Peter stormed the Chief Minister’s Bungalow demanding appointment order of Ngasepam Pikeshwor Singh, who has been recruited by MPSC as deputy director of Tribal Research Institute (TRI) on Monday.

Inmates seek job-oriented training

A team of journalists took first-hand account of conditions of inmates at Sajiwa jail and Manipur Central jail apart from assessing present conditions of both the jails on Monday.

Peace pre-requisite to attract tourists: CM

People would face no difficulty in earning their livelihood if tourism flourishes in Manipur and hence the state needs to project itself to the world as a peaceful place in order to attract large number of domestic and foreign tourists.

First NEDS begins today

With the state government all set to host the first ever North East Development Summit (NEDS) 2017 at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound here on November 21 and 22, chief minister N Biren has informed that around 20 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) will be signed between the state government and national and international companies/investors in the areas of constructions and other skill development works.

Ex-CM exhorts Cong workers to promote unity

Reflecting on the resolute stand and ultimate sacrifice made by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to uphold national integrity, former chief minister O Ibobi has called upon Congress workers to strive for defeating all forces inimical to the society.

Meet seeks constitution rejig to protect state

Among a slew of resolutions adopted in a public meet convened on Saturday at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound in the aftermath of threat posed to the territorial integrity of Manipur vis-à-vis Naga peace talks, it has been unanimously decided to propose for mandatory inclusion of a clause on ‘state ratification’ in case the Parliament intends to invoke Article 3 in Manipur.

Cong told to act sanely, back good governance

Reiterating that the BJP led government in the state is committed to safeguard the territorial integrity of Manipur, MAHUD minister Th Shyamkumar Saturday cautioned Congress party against counteracting every policy and programme of the government without having a second thought.

'Campaign for indigenes' affects normal life

Normal life in the state was paralysed during the dawn to dusk ‘suspension of services’ campaign launched by Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM) on Saturday.

Chandel rallies against bomb blast, submits memo to PM

Chandel based Anal civil society organisations on Saturday took out a protest rally against the act of exploding bomb at Mahamani village near Chandel district headquarters on November 13 in which two Assam Rifles soldiers were killed and six others injured.

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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