Rahul Gandhi writes to Kishorechandra

AICC president Rahul Gandhi wrote to Kishorechandra Wangkhem, who has been detained under National Security Act (NSA), and expressed solidarity of Congress party with him and extended support. In the letter dated January 2, Rahul Gandhi strongly condemned his detention under NSA while terming it as another attempt to use state machinery to silence voice of dissent.

Kyamgei fumes over denial of NFSA cards

Reacting against cancellation of ration cards under National Food Security Act (NFSA) for 75 per cent of Muslim families in Keirao assembly constituency by CAF&PD department, Kyamgei Muslim Youth Development Association has demanded explanation from the department at the earliest.

Assembly seeks views on liquor bill

The select committee, which was constituted by Manipur Legislative Assembly to examine the Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018, has solicited views/suggestions from the general public.

ATSUM asks Catholic schools to relocate

Alleging that some groups in the valley including one UG organisation have been harassing Catholic school authorities in the valley districts every year during January,

YAF’s drive against wildlife meat flayed

Few days after Yening Animal Foundation (YAF) seized 42kg seasoned meat of Porcupine, Monkey, Wild boar and Deer and set it on fire, criticism against the drive has come through social media and whatsapp groups.

State achieves target of Saubhagya scheme

The target for electrification of households under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA) in the state has been successfully achieved as per report of REC (Rural Electrification Corporation).

CM reviews activities of textiles, commerce and industries departments

As part of the series of review meetings of different government departments, chief minister N Biren chaired a joint review meeting of the directorate of trade commerce and industries and the directorate of handloom and textiles at the CM’s secretariat on Wednesday.

“Don’t let the dogs out” order peeves animal rights group

Expressing dismay over the order issued by the government of Manipur that asked owners to put collar belt and confine their pet dogs at homes, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisation (FIAPO) has cautioned that it will initiate legal action against the government in case the order is not revoked.

Central projects to be reviewed today

Officials of DoNER ministry and state team lead by chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu would be reviewing NLCPR and NEC projects sanctioned in the state through video conference on Friday. Following a recent review meeting of the projects chaired by Dr Suresh Babu, DoNER ministry’s SE (TW) Gunsagar Jain along with planning department officials made a field visit to the project sites to assess the progress of ongoing and new projects on Thursday.

False implication of men by women increasing: MSCW

Observing that crimes against men by women are increasing in the state, Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) chairperson professor Dr Meinam Binota has urged women of the state not to use the commission as a tool to exploit their male counterparts or submit false complaints to the commission.

Rs 50,000 reward for info on kidnappers

Superintendent of police, Imphal West district has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for providing information about the two accused kidnappers namely Songkhogin Kipgen alias Kenedy (38) s/o Letkholun Kipgen, who is the commander-in-chief of KNF-MC, non-SoO group and its member Ngamkholen alias Lelen (43) s/o Kaikholal.

Army soldier killed, 3 hurt in AP encounter

An Army soldier was killed and three others injured in an encounter with suspected insurgents near Lomsong village in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.

‘Tamenglong’ to reach South Africa before Christmas

The GPS tagged Amur Falcon ‘Tamenglong’, which flew past Somalia on November 24 reached Tanzania on December 6. ‘Tamenglong’ was GPS tagged to trace the routes of the bird species which migrate to Manipur in November every year.

ABC negates findings of wildlife experts

Affairs of Benign Centre (ABC), Naharup Huirem Leikai has negated the findings of the wildlife experts on the ground that they have come to the conclusion too early without any proof that the domestic livestock were killed by dogs.

Kh Joykisan for debate at MLA level only

Reacting against the allegations made by BJP spokesperson Ch Bijoy, who said that Thangmeiband AC MLA Kh Joykisan made many errors while filing election affidavit; L Parjit Singh who is private secretary to the MLA nullified the allegation of Bijoy terming it as false and baseless.

Manipuri nurses to be trained in Japan

Graduate nurses of the state will be selected for training in ‘functional recovery care’, which is a special technique to take care of people suffering from dementia and other bed-ridden patients, at Japan.

Driver killed in accident

Driver of a Tata DI was killed in an accident near Tengnoupal police station on Tuesday 3.50 pm. The deceased driver has been identified as Md Islamuddin, son of Md Tomba Borayangbi Mayai Leikai, Bishnupur district.

Universities told to observe Flag Day

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed varsities across the country to observe December 7 as the Armed Forces Flag Day to commemorate the "supreme sacrifices" made by the country's soldiers during conflicts.

NITI forum for NE to meet on Tuesday

The second meeting of the 'NITI Forum for North East' will be held here on Tuesday and will focus on issues pertaining to five critical sectors.

MPP reiterates stand on fielding candidates

Manipur People’s Party (MPP) president Oinam Jugindro reiterated that the party will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Election by fielding candidates for both inner and outer parliamentary constituencies.

Apex Court dismisses pleas of Army men

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed pleas of over 350 Army men who had challenged the registration of FIRs against members of the armed forces for carrying out operations in Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir where the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) is in force.

Japanese litterateur all-praise for Manipuri hospitality

Conceding that he is immensely pleased with the hospitality and warmth received during their stay in the state, Japanese non-fiction writer Prof Nomura Susumu has said such cordial conduct and attitude of the people makes him fully convinced of revisiting Manipur sooner than later.

DoNER minister not happy with fund use in NE

Taking serious note of the fact that the states in Northeast are not using funds up to the mark DoNER minister Dr Jitendra Singh has asked the chief ministers of NE states to expedite fund utilisation.

Kishorechand sent to jail

Imphal West District Magistrate sent Kishorechand Wangkhemcha to jail on Tuesday under the National Security Act.

Ministry advises to accept documents available at Digilocker, mParivahan

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has advised to accept documents available at Digilocker or mParivahan app of the ministry and treat them at par with the certificate issued by the transport authorities under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 via a letter dated August 8, 2018.

Dr Heptulla bats for empowerment of women

Though women in the north-east are highly regarded for their immense contributions in diverse fields, the same cannot be said of their compatriots in other parts of the world as they subjected to various forms of atrocities, said Governor Dr Najma Heptulla.

Regulate subjects, weight of school bag: MHRD

Ministry of Human Resource Development has instructed all states and union territories to formulate guidelines to regulate the teaching of subjects and weight of school bag in accordance with the government’s instructions. According to MHRD, homework shall not be assigned to the students reading in classes I and II.

Government urged for ‘Lake City’ in Loktak Lake

INTACH Manipur Chapter convener Dr RK Ranjan has appealed to the state government to explore the possibilities of developing a ‘Lake City’ in Loktak in order to alleviate the hardships of fishermen, who were displaced during the burning of floating huts seven years back.

Diploma course on public health nursing supervisor opened

Regional Health & Family Welfare Training Centre has added Diploma in Public Health Nursing Supervisor (DPHNS) course with H&FW director Dr K Rajo inaugurating the course on Thursday.

Sangkungmei village cattle facing tiger threat

Tigers continue to be on the prowl and hunt cattle in Sangkungmei village of Senapati district. Village chairman reported that about 5/6 goats of the village were hunted down by tigers on Tuesday triggering fear among the villagers.

Defence minister Sitharaman declared state guest

The state government has declared union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who will inaugurate the Manipur Sangai Festival, as state guest during her stay here, according to an order issued by GAD.

Three Manipur girls rescued from Shimla spa

Shimla police have busted a sex racket allegedly being operated in the guise of a spa in Shimla and rescued six girls including three from Manipur.

AR accused of framing civilian driver

Refuting report of arresting a KNF cadre by a combined team of 26 Assam Rifles and Thoubal CDO, Immortal Jeep, DI, Diesel Autorickshaw, Tata Magic Cooperative Society Limited contended that the arrested person is a civilian driver who has been framed by 26 AR.

Excess goods banned along Imphal-Moreh road

The directorate of transport has banned all sorts of vehicles carrying goods in excessive weight along the Imphal Moreh highway with immediate effect.

CM reviews security ahead of Sangai Fest

Chief minister N Biren reviewed security scenario in the run up to the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2018 late Thursday evening.

CM Biren demeans development during Cong regime

Coming down heavily against Congress party’s claim of bringing development during its tenure, chief minister N Biren said that the previous Congress government in the state did nothing for welfare of the people except sharing money released for contact works.

SC dismisses Prof Yugindro’s leave petition

The special leave petition filed by former MU vice-chancellor professor K Yugindro in the Supreme Court of India has been dismissed by the apex court Tuesday. Professor K Yugindro had filed the special leave petition after Manipur High Court gave its judgment on PIL No 49/2018 on October 11 last.

NESF Bank opens branch at RIMS Road

Deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Monday inaugurated the Lamphel branch of North East Small Finance Bank at Nagamapal, RIMS Road.

Govt urged to save historic Heibok hill

Taking serious note over the rampant destruction caused to Heibok hill, which has historical importance apart from being a reserve forest area, NPP state secretary general Khuraijam Loken has drawn attention of the government to look into the matter and put an immediate end to the illegal activities to save the hilllock.

Lanusungkum Jamir to be sworn as HC Judge

In sync with the Ministry of Law and Justice (Department of Justice) appointing Lanusungkum Jamir as the Judge of High Court of Manipur on November 9, the swearing in ceremony of the new judge will be conducted on November 12.

Probe begins in Bank of Baroda fraud case

An intensive investigation is being carried out by the management of Bank of Baroda to trace the person who illegally withdrew an amount of Rs 94.50 lakh from the account of Manipur University for housing loan and Rs 33.30 lakh from the account of one N Tilotama using fake cheques.

Imphal noise level crosses 88 decibel on Diwali night

Noise level in Imphal crossed 88 decibel on November 7 night as people burst firecrackers to celebrate Diwali.

Govt keen to bring scribes under CMHT: CM

Noting that in-spite of serious financial constraints, journalists have been contributing enormously in the promotion of social harmony and making the public aware about various government schemes and programme, chief minister N Biren said that the government of Manipur will come up with a new policy to cover working journalists of the state under the Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) scheme.

CM announces ` 10 lakh award for Mandakini

Chief minister N Biren has announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh for renowned singer Mandakini Takhellambam for her performance in the Zee TV talent show Sa Re Ga Ma.

Chandrakirti Heritage Complex at Behiang

Art & Culture Minister L Jayantakumar Singh has announced that a Chandrakirti Heritage Complex will be developed at Behiang, Churachandpur district.

Ticket booking website of Sangai Fest launched

Chief minister N Biren Saturday launched website www.sangaiticket.in for booking tickets for the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival 2018 at a function held in the cabinet hall of CM’s secretariat.

Hopingson elected as new TNL Prez

Hopingson A Shimray has been elected as the new president of Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) succeeding Weapon Zimik in an uncontested general election held at its assembly hall here on Friday. Along with him, Tuisem Kamkara and Khanngam Muivah were also elected unopposed, as vice president and deputy speaker of the apex customary body respectively.

Landslide in Nagaland cuts off Impl-Dmpur road

A massive landslide occurred near Kukidolong village in Nagaland cut-off Imphal-Dimapur road since the past few days.

NAB nabs drug peddler with 3kg heroin

Acting on a tip-off, a team of Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) nabbed a drug peddler and recovered 3 kg Heroin from his possession.

3 IAS, 2 MCS officers given new postings

Postings of three IAS officers and two MSC officers have been altered with immediate effect and order has been issued by chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu Tuesday.

Nov 15 deadline served to upgrade 4 aided colleges

Maintaining that the four aided colleges namely SK Women College, Bishnupur; Waikhom Mani Girls College, Thoubal; South East Manipur College, Komlathabi and Moreh College, Moreh have no shortcomings in terms of infrastructure and students, the Four Government Aided College Teachers’ Association has served November 15 as deadline for upgrading the four aided colleges into full-fledged government colleges.

Khemchand longs for tribal communities in Lai Haraoba

Taking note of presentation of tribal dances by non-tribals as part of Lai Haraoba events held across the state, Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Yumnam Khemchand has called for actual participation from tribal communities themselves in the largest religious festival of the Meetei community.

Kangla light & sound show on every weekend

After successful trial recently, the light and sound show inside Kangla Fort will be started every Saturday and Sunday with two daily shows from this week onwards.

MPP to field candidates in Lok Sabha polls

Manipur People’s Party (MPP) president Oinam Jugindro has stated that the party would field candidate in the coming Lok Sabha elections in both the Inner and Outer Manipur constituencies.

MOMA organic products in high demand at Delhi fair

The organic products produced by Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) are in high demand at the 3-day long BIOFACH India 2018 exhibition, which is being organised by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Government of India.

KKL demands white paper on Kangla master plan

Expressing concern that the ongoing construction of a Raas Leela Mandop at Kangla may cause a huge controversy, Kangleipak Kangba Lup (KKL) advisor Yambem Laba has demanded the state government to produce a white paper on the master plan that was sketched in presence of Kangla Fort Board, Central government officials and architectural experts in 2004, with regard to all construction works to be taken up at Kangla.

JNIMS teachers flay Oct 23 incident

JNIMS Teachers’ Association has strongly condemned the destruction caused to hospital asset by relatives of a patient who passed away at the Surgical ICU ward of the hospital on October 23 midnight.

CBI Dir divested of charge, opposition smells a rat

In a dramatic midnight development, the government virtually removed CBI Director Alok Verma amid speculation that he was planning to order a probe into the controversial Rafale deal, a charge Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dismissed as "rubbish" saying it was done to ensure fairplay in investigations into bribery allegations levelled in the war between him and the agency's number two Rakesh Asthana.

Shyamkumar calls for saving beauty of Loktak Lake

The 23rd Loktak Day 2018 organised under the theme 'Save Loktak, Our Life' by Loktak Day Celebration Committee, Komlakhong was held at Komlakhong Chingthee, Mayang Imphal in Imphal West district on Wednesday.

Rally taken out to demand safe land of churches

Christians under the aegis of All Manipur Christian Organisation (AMCO) carried out a rally on Wednesday demanding inclusion of churches in the government’s policy for regularisation of land allotment for religious structures and buildings.

Sangai Festival gets first official sponsor

Along with providing a sum of Rs 5 lakh for the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival 2018, Panthoibi Housing Finance Company Limited (PHFCL) has become the first official sponsor of the state’s annual tourism festival. 

Biswajit in Paris to hardsell state's industrial potential

Textiles, commerce & industries minister Thongam Biswajit, accompanied by principal secretary (textiles, commerce & industries) P Vaiphei reached Paris, France on Monday to participate in the SIAL-2018 World Food Exhibition on Monday as part of the Indian delegation led by union minister of state for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur.

Nikki Sumi appointed NSCN (K) commander-in-chief

In what may termed as an interesting turn of events, less than a week after the NIA announced the list of ‘Most Wanted Fugitives’ in India whereby the names of top leaders of the NSCN also featured, reports are in that Nikki Sumi has been appointed as the Commander-in-Chief of NSCN (K) led by Yung Aung, nephew of SS Khaplang.

CCpur police solve extortion case, three arrested

In a swift action, Churachandpur district police nabbed all three youths who extorted money from proprietor of an electronic goods shop on October 20 evening.

Police Commemoration Day observed across state

Senapati district police observed Police Commemoration Day at Police Reserve Line, Senapati on Sunday, during which SP (Senapati) M Pradeep Singh explained reason and significance of the observance.

Unity call echoed at Chingdai Area Chavang Kut

Member of Parliament of Manipur Outer Parliamentary Constituency, Thangso Baite attended one of the grandest Chavang Kut celebrations at Chingdai Khullen in Chingdai Area in Kangpokpi district on October 19 which was organised with a motive to promote unity and cultural integration in the area.

Central team to oversee RERA issues in six NE states

The Centre will send a special team to six northeastern states later this week to resolve issues pertaining to the implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016.

SI faces charge of bashing, looting

For the grave misconduct meted out by sub-inspector (SI) Tikendra Singh of Imphal West, a departmental proceeding is being contemplated against the police officer and he has been placed under suspension with immediate effect.

Jarnail Singh hails ‘Start-Up’ Manipur scheme

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

Centre keen to revive defunct industries: Tombi

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

Chak-hao seeds under MOMA are pure: Dir

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

TNL lifts boycott of ex-MLAs

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

MJ Akbar quits over allegations of sexual harassment

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

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

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

ZCOs lift ban on national project

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

EEVFAM complaint to DGP flays police threat to member

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

Biren urges Catholic society to be missionary of change

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

Governor agreeable on judicial probe into MU raid: RK Anand

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

New Datsun Go launched in Imphal

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

Guwahati airport to be directly connected to seven countries

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

Shop catches fire in Thoubal

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

Addl director fisheries arrested in graft case

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

Student seeks FIR against Prof Yugindro

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

Possible strike over banker’s murder

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

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

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

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

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

PREPAK (Pro) celebrates Red Army Raising Day

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

Post NRC exodus worries JCILPS

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

Ukhrul ADC best performing council: Ex-MLA

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

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

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

Students seeking withdrawal of FIR tear-gased,one hurt

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

DLOs told to maintain proper land records

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

Phoibut VA blames cops for mob violence

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

Woman, transgender found dead

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

NIA begins probe into arms seizure case

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

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

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

Border passes to be mandatory to enter Namphalong

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

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Meet opposes CAB, resolves to intensify stir

A one-day academic discourse on The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 organised by Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) at Manipur Press Club here Friday adopted four resolutions including to oppose the Bill more strongly.

CM says role of citizens crucial in saving state

Chief minister N Biren has appealed to people to discard the mindset of selling precious ancestral lands to get simple government service or monetary delight maintaining that such illogical mindset would not help in saving the state.

NEDA urges Rajnath to shelve CAB plan

Amid ongoing protests across the north-eastern region, several constituent parties of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the umbrella organisation of regional parties of the northeast floated by BJP in 2016, on Friday asked home minister Rajnath Singh not to go ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

CAB will uproot NE indigenes: Meinya

Lok Sabha MP Dr T Meinya expressed deep concern that the entire indigenous people inhabiting in the North East region including Manipur will be uprooted if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (CAB) is forcibly enacted.

CAB protests on, students boycott R-Day

Protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 by different organisations continued Thursday at different places of the state.

Some concerns over Bill genuine: Ram Madhav

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Thursday said some concerns over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 are genuine, and that he will meet dissenting MLAs and other party leaders to convince them about the government’s intentions.

Nupi Samaj demands junking of liquor legalisation Bill

All Manipur Women Social Reformation & Development Samaj better known as Nupi Samaj has demanded withdrawal of Manipur Liquor Prohibition (2nd Amendment) Bill.

State gears up for LS poll, VVPAT to be used

Voters across the state would be exercising their franchise at 2,861 polling stations including 603 in urban areas in the upcoming 17th Lok Sabha Election 2019.

Police use smoke bombs to foil CAB protest

Members of Manipur Muslim Welfare Organisation (MMWO) organised a protest against passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (CAB) in front of their office at Hatta here and tried to burn an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

CM states stand on CAB

Chief minister N Biren has declared that the government of Manipur will oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (CAB), which was passed in the Lok Sabha recently, unless a clause to protect the indigenous people and exempt the state from purview of the Bill is not incorporated.

‘Go to School’ to begin this month: CM

Chief minister N Biren on Wednesday inaugurated four projects undertaken in Chandel district including the newly constructed women’s market at Japhou Bazar in Chandel district headquarters.

Congress, KIM condemn CAB

Congress party in its PCC meeting held on Wednesday at Congress Bhawan here strongly condemned the NDA government for passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Lok Sabha.

CAB rage continues, intensify stir call given

A brief clash between police and student protester erupted here on Tuesday as students of different schools in Imphal city area along with women vendors of Khwairamband Keithel and two Muslim organisations carried out protest rallies against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

CM allays fear over CAB as BJP vows to address public concerns

Chief minister N Biren met leaders of civil society organisations (CSO) of the state late Monday evening and briefed them (CSO leaders) about his meeting with Union Home Minister on the issue surrounding Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

9 political parties unite against CAB

Denouncing Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2016, nine political parties organised a people’s convention and later took out a protest march against the bill here Tuesday.

Understand public sentiment: CSOs on CAB

Manipur Peace & Integrity (MAPI) Council has urged the elected representatives of the state particularly those who are in the government to work in the interest of the people by understanding their sentiment and desire.

Sit-ins denounce CAB, mass protest on Jan 20

Demanding withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2016 which was recently passed in the Lok Sabha and President’s assent to the Manipur People's Bill, 2018 passed by Manipur legislative assembly, sit in protests were organised under the aegis of JCILPS at different places on Monday.

EEVFAM calls for suspension of CBI framed cops

Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) has demanded suspension of police personnel/officer indicted in the charge sheets of extra judicial execution presented by CBI during the pendency of trial so that the witnesses can freely cooperate with the prosecution and the ongoing trial can proceed in a free and fair manner and justice duly delivered.

Min assures free medical benefits to drivers

Health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar has stated that steps will be taken up to ensure that professional drivers of the state get free health/medical benefits from the government.

Fund hold-up by state stalls ADB aided road works

On account of the government of Manipur not releasing fund for undertaking road development projects, Asian Development Bank (ADB) is learnt to have categorically told the state authorities that it would cease funding for other proposed projects in case utilisation of the previously allocated funds could not be authenticated.

TC gears up to contest both seats, slams Central, state BJP Govt

Trinamool Congress, Manipur state has declared that the party will field candidates in both Inner and Outer Manipur parliamentary constituencies for the Lok Sabha election scheduled in early 2019.

State achieves target of Saubhagya scheme

The target for electrification of households under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA) in the state has been successfully achieved as per report of REC (Rural Electrification Corporation).

Screening of five NCDs at all district H&WCs

Further expanding the target population for screening of five types of non-communicable diseases (NCD) which is currently in operation in four districts of the state, the government would be opening Health & Wellness Centres (H&WCs) in all districts by March next year and conduct the screening by covering all individuals under 30 years of age.

PWD plans foot bridges, traffic rotary-free intersection

As a remedy to increasing volume of vehicular traffic and consequent congestion, Public Works Department (PWD) is planning to do away with rotaries at traffic junctions and construct foot over bridges at three different sites on trial basis for the conveniences of pedestrians.

NESO protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at Delhi

North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), an umbrella body for indigenous student organisations of the North Eastern region, staged a protest demonstration against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

Debt-ridden state likely to face overdraft soon

While the coalition government led by BJP is trying to fulfill the promises made during the election time, the state is likely to face financial crisis as its loan debts is on the rise.

Salai seals deal for poultry, beer projects

Giving an impetus to wards make-over in the industrial sector in the state, Salai Holdings Pvt Ltd has signed agreements with two key Czech Republic companies to set up a beer brewing
project in neighbouring Assam and a jumbo ‘organic’ poultry project in Manipur.

Market complex worth Rs 4.30 crore to be set up at Lilong

Chief Minister N Biren Singh has announced that the state government has constituted a state level committee comprising members cutting across party lines to identify developmental needs at areas having substantial population of minority communities and as the first initiative a market shed worth Rs 4.30 crore will be set up at Lilong area, one of the densely populated minority areas.

PM Modi to lay foundation for flood lighting system

In a significant initiative to develop football at the grassroots level in Manipur, the state government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Microfinance and Livelihood (CML), an associate organisation of Tata Trusts on Monday.

CM warns striking doctors, vows SECC remedy

Chief minister N Biren has said that the State Government has requested the Centre to allow fresh enrolment of genuine families in the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) database and discard all the wrongful entries/beneficiaries.

RAP blocking foreign investment in state

Considering the business need of the state and its entrepreneurs, president of All Manipur Entrepreneurs’ Association (AMEA) Sougaijam Rishikumar has drawn the attention of the government to remove ‘restricted area permit’ (RAP) system saying it deters foreigner investors to fund or set up industries in the state.

Biswajit dubs Dr Meinya ‘dishonest’, seeks fund use details

Pointing out that Lok Sabha MP Dr T Meinya is getting Rs 5 crore every year as local area development fund, works minister Th Biswajit has demanded to know the whereabouts of the Congress MP’s LAD fund of Rs 25 crore for the past five years.

SC junks petitions seeking Rafale deal probe

In a huge relief to the government, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed four petitions seeking court-monitored probe into the purchase of 36 Rafale jet fighters in ready-to-fly condition, holding that the decision-making process is not in doubt and that it cannot go into the question of pricing and choice of Indian offset partner by the French manufacturer Dassault.

ZUF activist held with huge cache of ammos

A combined team of Imphal West district police commandos and Assam Rifles apprehended a woman sympathiser of the banned Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) and recovered huge quantities of explosives and live ammunition on Friday.

National seminar on local self-govt begins

A two-day national seminar on ‘Issues and challenges of local self-government in Manipur’ which is being organised by Centre for Manipur Studies of Manipur University commenced from Friday at the Court Hall of the university.

Kangpokpi DC impresses minister Nemcha

Social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen has Lauded the initiative of Kangpokpi district administration under the leadership deputy commissioner Dr Rangitabali Waikhom.

Cong rejoices over BJP’s loss in Hindi heartland states

Congress leaders of the state celebrated party's victory in three out of the five states where assembly elections were conducted recently as well as rejoiced defeat of the BJP in all the five states.

Efforts on to solve Dzuko Valley dispute: CM

Chief minister N Biren Singh has stated that efforts are underway to end the border dispute at Dzuko Valley that is located between Manipur and Nagaland.

Poppy plants worth ` 6 cr destroyed at Machi

Tengnoupal police and officials of district administration on Thursday destroyed poppy plants worth around Rs 6 crore which were found grown in Machi hill range in Tengnoupal district.

Road to be dedicated in honour of women martrys

In memory and respect of the brave Imas (mothers) of Manipur who fought against the hegemony of mighty British imperialist, the State-level ‘Nupee Lal Day, 2018’ was observed by the state government at Nupee Lal Memorial Complex, Imphal on Wednesday.

Democracy will return to India in 2019: MLA

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government which has been undermining democracy and gagging the public and media by enforcing unannounced emergency will not be there in 2019, and democracy will return to India, predicted Thangmeiband MLA Khumukcham Joykisan.

CM censures community-based politics

Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that politics should never be based on community or religion, but only on the basis of human service and humanity.

Festival gives befitting tribute to Barak river sources

Located at the foothills of Heudu hill in Senapati district, Liyai village has been giving life to Barak River, one of the most important rivers of the state, as its source of origin.

Cong scoops two, TRS bags Telangana, MNF Mizoram

In a severe jolt to the BJP in the Hindi heartland in the “semi-finals” ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress on Tuesday knocked the saffron party out of power in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and was slightly ahead in Madhya Pradesh where the two parties were engaged in a see-saw battle throughout the day.

Mary honoured with ‘Meethoi Leima’ title

The government of Manipur honoured six times world champion pugilist MC Mary Kom, who recently added her seventh medal at the AIBA World Women Boxing Championship, 2018 held in New Delhi, with the title “Meethoi Leima” in a felicitation function held at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex here on Tuesday.

Honda Company’s ‘All new CR-V’ launched

President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee TN Haokip on Tuesday launched Honda Company’s ‘All new CR-V’ at Sangai Honda Showroom, Ghari here.

‘Forcible’ Hornbill Fest upsets Tungjoy villagers

Villagers of Tungjoy in Senapati district have alleged forcible conduct of some events of the just concluded Hornbill Festival of Nagaland in Tungjoy area.

CM moots law to silence social media rants, rein in ‘heroes’

Like in different parts of the world, Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) in collaboration with United NGOs Mission, Manipur; Human Rights Alert; Human Rights Law Network and United Voluntary Youth Council observed International Human Rights Day at the Banquet Hall of 1st Manipur Rifles here Monday.

Nupi Lan observance at national level from next year: NFIW

National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) general secretary Annie Raja has declared that the federation would start observing Nupi Lan at the national level from next year onwards.

Narendra Modi Govt is second East India Company: O Joy

As a strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha election which is likely to be held early next year, a grand reception function of political leaders who joined the Indian National Congress recently was held Monday at Congress Bhawan, BT Road here.

IOC eases norms for ST/SC to own fuel outlets

In a landmark move to meet the growing demands of transport fuel, the country's largest fuel retailer, Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has invited bids from local entrepreneurs for setting-up 84 new petrol pumps across the state.

Health minister pitches for Loktak floating dispensary

 Under Health Department’s mission to improve the health of the state’s citizens, a floating dispensary constructed on a big boat equipped with AYUSH doctors, nurses and medicine will soon be opened to take care of health issues of fishermen at Loktak Lake without posing any hazard to the ecology of the lake, announced health & family welfare, AYUSH minister L Jayantakumar.

After low paddy crop yield, state to seek help from centre

While expressing apprehension that there might shortage of rice owing to poor harvest this year, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution minister Karam Shyam said he would approach the central government for providing additional rice with Minimum Support Price (MSP).

Poor financial condition forcing many children into child labour

Even though engaging children under 14 years of age is illegal under Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986, this practice is still an ugly truth in Imphal area in the face of abject poverty among several families.

CM tells achievement tales at Orange Fest kick-off

“What we promised we delivered; be it development of roads, dedication of women’s market to the public, launch of helicopter service, resumption of MST bus services, construction of doctor’s transit house, Tamenglong water supply scheme, FCI warehouse, SBI Tamei Branch,” exclaimed chief minister N Biren.

MMTA nullifies Dzuko valley ‘pact’, urges Govt to develop site

Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA) has nullified the agreement on Dzuko Valley signed in Nagaland on November 30 following the arrest of some trekkers.

Govt to assist poppy farmers with medicinal, aromatic plants

In a step to rehabilitate the farmers in the hills, whose poppy and cannabis plants were destroyed for violating law, the state government would be assisting them in taking up medicinal and aromatic plants farming, said health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar.

Police aspirants call 48-hr total shutdown

Irked by delay in declaration of the police constable (male) recruitment (2013) results, All Manipur DPC Completed Candidate of Police Constable, Male, 2013 has called a 48-hour total shutdown from December 9 (Sunday) midnight.

CM-chaired meeting stresses on flood prevention

As part of the series of review meetings planned for all government departments, Chief Minister N Biren Singh chaired a joint review meeting for Water Resources and Minor Irrigation departments at the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat Friday.

Two labourers abducted, police launch rescue Ops

Unknown armed persons abducted two labourers, who were engaged for a road construction work at Chinikon Parengbi Khuman under Bishnupur police station.

Govt cheating job-card holders: Dr Meinya

Lok Sabha MP Dr Meinya has stated that although job cardholders are to be provided work for 100 days and entitled wage of Rs 209 per day under the National Employment Guarantee Act, 2005, the BJP government in the state is not able to provide work for even 10 days.

‘Dogs responsible for livestock killing’

Wildlife Institute of India (WII) scientist Dr Gopi said that all the incidents of livestock killings in the state were carried out by domestic/stray dogs except for two cases in Bishnupur and Bashikhong (Imphal East), which were carried out by Chinese Ferret Badger and Leopard Cat or Feral Cats respectively.

Centre to tap medicinal plant resources

Chief Minister N Biren Singh inaugurated Arogya Fair, 2018 in the presence of Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Yesso Naik at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound here Thursday.

Orange, pride of Manipur’s Tamenglong faces multiple threats

Tamenglong is not only the largest producer of oranges in Manipur, contributing over 50 per cent of the state’s annual production of nearly 10,000 to 11,000 metric tonnes, but is also believed that oranges found in Tamenglong are one of the best qualities in the world.

8 MLAs face criminal cases

Eight sitting MLAs of Manipur are among 4122 legislators against whom criminal cases are pending. The list of tainted former and current lawmakers was prepared as per the high court data compiled by amicus curiae Vijay Hansaria.

Clarity on animal attack mystery today: CCF

The mystery over attacks and mutilation of poultry birds and other domestic animal reported from different parts of the state will be cleared by Thursday, asserted chief conservator of forests (CCF/Wildlife) Anurag Bajpai.

UTLA cadre hurt in encounter, three arrested

One cadre of United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA) has been injured and others arrested with two weapons after a gunfight with police commandos at Sekmai Nongthonband under Sekmai police station in Imphal West district at about 4.30pm Wednesday.

Guv launches Digital Literacy and Online Safety prog

Women of North East, particularly of Manipur are highly talented and they deserve to be sufficiently empowered with the digital technology for a space in this highly competitive world,” said Governor Dr Najma Heptulla at the launch of Digital Literacy and Online Safety Programme at Imphal Hotel here Wednesday.

Centre to provide 100 pc funding for NE projects

The Union government has decided to make 100 per cent funding for central projects in Northeast India, a step aimed at addressing the financing concerns of projects in the region.

Police probing human activities, ‘clean-cuts’ confuse experts

Though footages from CCTV cameras installed at specific locations, samples of slaughtered poultry birds and small animals and footprints of the suspected cattle attackers indicate possible involvement of large pet dogs and carnivorous animal like wild dogs, Wildlife Institute of India (WWI), Dehradun experts are in a state of confusion over actual cause of death of cattle reported in Churachandpur district.

Orange Fest: Perfect show of government, people camaraderie

Perched at an altitude of 3780 feet above sea level amidst lush green tropical forests and bamboo groves lies Tamenglong, the beautiful home of Rongmei, Zemei, Liangmei, Inpui Naga and Kuki tribes of Manipur.

‘Difficult to uphold victims’ rights with AFSPA in force’

Renewing calls for scrapping the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that gives immunity to the military from prosecution for actions in disturbed areas, human rights activists have said that upholding the rights and interests of victims is difficult in places where such “archaic” laws are in force.

Nemcha vows help to PwDs, tells officials to expedite process

The State Level observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), 2018 was organised by Department of Social Welfare under the theme “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” at Kangsang, Khuman Lampak on Monday.

Clubs, churches urged to join fight against TB

Chief Minister N Biren on Monday inaugurated State TB Hospital constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 8.74 crore by Manipur Police Housing Corporation (MPHC) at Keirao Wangkhem in Imphal East district.

Tourism means preservation of nature, says Shyamkumar

"Tourism means preservation of nature and it will fulfil its meaning only when natural resources are preserved," said forest & environment minister Th Shyamkumar while speaking as chief guest at the inaugural function of the second edition of Kamjong Festival 2018 held under the theme "Promoting Tourism".

Manipur, Odisha attacks similar: WWI expert

An expert team of Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun led by its two senior scientists arrived here on Sunday to investigate the mysterious animal attacks on livestock in the state.

CM advises officials to promote double cropping

Chief minister N Biren has instructed officials of departments concerned to introduce and promote double cropping in unutilised paddy fields at areas covered by Loktak Lift Irrigation Project, Dolaithabi Barrage and Thoubal Multipurpose project.

Amid sanity calls, sale of torchlight, swords spike

Even as animal rights groups, youth organisations and social activists appealed for exercising maximum restraint, reports of unknown species attacking poultry birds and small animals have triggered panic buying of sharp weapons for defence and torchlight.

Radheshyam hardsells state tourism in Italy


Education minister Thokchom Radheshyam attended the 11th International Tourism Conference on ‘Innovations & Opportunities in Global Tourism’ held at Palermo, (Sicily), Italy as a special guest.

Dolaithabi Barrage Project becomes a threat to Saikul denizens

The Rs 508.48 crore Dolaithabi Barrage Project at Dolaithabi village over Iril river, also called Zildung, in the adjoining area of Kangpokpi and Imphal East districts, is gradually turning out as a threat to thousands of innocent residents of Saikul area.

Who is killing livestock in Manipur? A month on, panic spreads

In Manipur, livestock are under attack – and no one quite knows why or from whom.
For the past month, scores of fowl, pigs and cattle have been injured or killed in nocturnal attacks across the state, befuddling the authorities and animal rights activists.

State proposes 7th CPC, 25 projects to 15th FC

Manipur government submitted a memorandum enumerating proposals for extension of 7th central pay commission provisions to its employees as well as taking up 25 other developmental projects to the 15th Finance Commission.

No end to predator menace as minister pleas for calm

Even as forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar conveyed that a team of wildlife forensic experts from Wildlife Institute of India would be arriving here on Saturday to study the series of mass scale killing of domestic livestock in different parts of the state, veterinary and animal husbandry director Dr H Chaoba opined that the predator could be animal with sharp, long teeth.

Dikho intervenes, Dzuko trekkers freed on bail

Contrary to assurance given by government of Manipur for unconditional release of eight trekkers of Manipur arrested in Nagaland, their release materialised only after signing an agreement with Angami civil societies and payment of ‘slashed’ monetary fine.

CM mulls date rejig to avert clash with school exams

The 10-day Manipur Sangai Festival, 2018 organised to promote tourism in the state came to an end with a glittering function at Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT) on Friday.

Demand for 7th CPC, SPA, SCA aired to FC team

A 10-member team of 15th Finance Commission led by its chairman NK Singh arrived here on Thursday and met representatives of different political parties, urban & rural local bodies and others.

Experts from Dehradun to study predator menace

Forest and Environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar Thursday appealed to the public to refrain from killing wildlife animals in the aftermath of the mysterious killings of domestic livestock.

Film policy awaiting cabinet nod: Jayantakr

Winners of different categories of the 11th Manipur State Film Awards 2018 hosted by Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) have been declared on Thursday.

Foreign tourists appalled by poor road condition in state

There has been an increase in the number of foreign tourists landing here to join Manipur Sangai Festival which commenced from November 21. However, the foreign tourists have expressed that even though Manipur is a scenic and exotic place, the condition of the roads leading to the state is appalling.

Ratan Thiyam yearns for enriching literature

A three-day Imphal Literature Festival whose main activities are poetry readings, recitation, interaction and symposium began Wednesday at Chorus Repertory Theatre Complex, Uripok Kangchup Road.

Dzuko trekkers remanded in police custody, fire contained

The eight trekkers of Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA), who were arrested by Nagaland police during a trekking tour organised by MMTA in connection with Manipur Sangai festival 2018, have been remanded in police custody for two days.

Minister allays fear, predator mystery deepens

Forest minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar has appealed to the people of the state not to panic over the mysterious killings of livestock by unknown predators even as veterinary and animal husbandry services director Dr H Chaoba assured assistance to farmers, whose livestock have fallen prey to the predators.

Thailand Princess visits Kangla, meets titular king of Manipur

Thailand Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who is on a maiden visit to the state in connection with Manipur Sangai Festival 2018, visited the historic Kangla fort here on Wednesday.

Nagaland police arrest 8 trekkers on Dzuko trip


Nagaland Police have arrested eight trekkers (six men and two women) of Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA), who were part of a expedition team to Dzuko Valley, that was organised by MMTA in connection with Manipur Sangai festival 2018.

Presence of nocturnal predators felt across state

The presence of some nocturnal predators, which started from some villages in Churachandpur district, are being felt across the state with similar occurrences reported in Imphal West, Imphal East and Kakching districts in the past two days.

Manipur Sangai Festival-2018: Art and culture take a back seat

Now known as Manipur Sangai Festival, the celebration of the annual event started in 2010 with an aim to tap the tourism potentials of the state.

CM unhappy over AEP gateway facilities in Guwahati

Chief Minister N Biren Monday expressed discontentment over the development of facilities for gateway under Act East Policy (AEP) in Guwahati while stating that developing facilities somewhere while Manipur is the actual gateway is not acceptable.

Separate budget allotted for Start-Ups: Karam Shyam

To encourage entrepreneurship in the state, the state government has started allotting a separate budget for Start-Ups from last year, said CAF&PD and Revenue minister Karam Shyam.

Tap tourism potential, make Manipur more visible: Shin

“Manipur is rich in tourism resources. It has historical sites and beautiful natural wonders. If it is properly developed as tourist destination, the state, which has remained unknown in tourism circuit even though it is only two and half hour flight away from New Delhi, will become more visible,” opined Republic of Korea Ambassador to India, Bong-Kil Shin.

Minister junks weaving shed, floating dispensary plan

Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar has cautioned government departments and private individuals from taking up any construction work in and around Loktak Lake, the largest fresh water lake in the entire North East region, while urging all concerned to dismantle the already existing/completed structures.

Cabinet to soon decide suitable honour for Mary Kom

Chief minister N Biren Singh has said that the State Government will honour MC Mary Kom by conferring an appropriate title on her in recognition of her unprecedented feat of winning six gold medals in the world boxing championship and her illustrious career in the field. The title would be announced in a grand reception ceremony to be organised soon after her arrival to the State, he added.

ACOAM-Lup urges Govt to resolve border row

Expressing serious concern over the dispute at Haolenphai village, All Club Organisation Association & Meira Paibi Lup (ACOAM-Lup) has extended support to Haolenphai villagers while urging the Central and state governments to resolve all the border disputes permanently.

Forest & Envi Dept cheers as Tamenglong reaches Somalia

The Forest and Environment Department has a reason to cheer as ‘Tamenglong’, the radio satellite tagged female Amur Falcon successfully reached Somalia, the easternmost country in Africa which lies along the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

Mary Kom wins record sixth gold

Indian boxer MC Mary Kom created history by clinching an unprecedented sixth gold medal at the Women’s World boxing Championship on Saturday in New Delhi.

Dzuko valley replica mesmerises visitors at Sangai Festival

The replica of Dzuko Valley at the main venue of Sangai Festival-2018 at Hapta Kangjeibung attracts more visitors than other stalls.

Bereft of festive mood, native stall operators fear loss

Despite being one of the main venues of Sangai Festival which will continue till November 30, Lamboi Khongnangkhong witnessed no improvements compared to previous editions of the festival with many stalls still lying vacant.

Dimly lit Khuman Lampak casts shadow on Sangai Fest

Although the state government invests crore of rupees every year in organising the Manipur Sangai Festival so as to bring global recognition to the one and only Sangai Deer, apart from promoting the rich cultural heritage and tourism industry of Manipur, it seems this year’s edition of the Festival will not be up to the expected level.

UNLF cherishes steely resolve of masses to defy supressive rule

On the eve of its 54th anniversary which falls on November 24, the proscribed United National Liberation Front (UNLF) has extended revolutionary greetings to all the fraternal revolutionary groups of Manipur as well as of WESEA region.

NE has moved beyond guns, shutdowns, blockades: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Congress of ignoring development in Mizoram and said that the northeast has moved beyond shutdowns, guns and blockades.

CM hopes Sumo cements Manipur-Japan tie

Chief Minister N Biren said that the present government is trying to rebuild the strong relationship between Japan and Manipur.

Mary storms into final of boxing worlds

Five-time world champion MC Mary Kom stormed into the final of the 48 kilogram light flyweight category after thrashing North Korean Kim Hyang Mi 5:0 by unanimous verdict in the AIBA Women's World Championships at the packed KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.

Green world, aid to poor drive E-Maheikhol

Contributing at least to some extent in the global efforts of protecting environment and providing assistance to poor students at the same time are the ideas that fuel the new venture of E-Maheikhol in the state.

Manipur a gem among states: Nirmala

Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman opened this year’s edition of Manipur Sangai Festival at Hapta Kangjeibung, Wednesday in the presence of Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, chief minister N Biren Singh and other dignitaries.

Thangal traders vexed with new traffic rules

Shops and other commercial establishments in Thangal Keithel (Bazar) have expressed their discontentment over the state government’s beautification plan for the area, while stating that sales have dropped drastically since the ban on entry of vehicles was enforced.

Robert Naorem draws huge applauses at Australia event

Eco Friendly Week Australia Runaway Night Day 4 was held on the theme ‘The EFWA UpCycling Challenge by Robert Naorem’ on November 19.

Sangai Fest begins today, state eyes ` 80 lakh revenue

Stage is set for the 10-day Manipur Sangai Festival, which defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman will inaugurated on Wednesday. The tourism department eyes to collect Rs 80 lakh revenue from the calendar event.

Man behind Bank of Baroda fraud case in police net

Police arrested one person involved in Bank of Baroda fraud case. The arrested person has been identified as Sandeep Patel (23) s/o Lalbrat Patel of Chanditara in Maharashtra but currently staying at Navjot Mahila Society, Baramati, Maharashtra.

Only Cong translates assurances into action: Mukul

Though all political parties publish their respective manifestoes and give various assurances to the public before any election, Congress is the only party that translate its assurances into action, claimed Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Mukul Sangma on Tuesday.

Centre clears ` 2600 crore water supply project: CM

Chief minister N Biren said that the Centre has given clearance to a Rs 2600 crore project for providing drinking water to every household of the state by 2022.

Mukul Sangma vows to aid border trade, solve issues

Former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma visited Moreh town to inspect the Integrated Check Post as part of the party’s initiative towards federalism, regionalism, migration and border state, and also interacted with people of the border town on Monday.

IGAR (S) hosts Chakkouba feast, hails Manipuri women

Keeping with the Manipuri traditions and true to its credo of “Friends of Manipur”, IGAR (South) celebrated its annual 9th Ningol Chakkouba festival, wherein more than 270 women folk from various walks of life and communities of the state were invited on Monday.

Security officer arrested, BSF beefs up security

Imphal West district police have arrested an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of the Assembly security services in connection with the grenade attack at the Manipur Legislative Assembly complex on November 16 evening.

ATSUM reminds Government on its charter of demands

All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) expressed discontentment over improper provision of reservation to tribal for various posts and declared that the notice for employment to vacant posts of JNIMS will not be acceptable.

CM advised to use festival platform to spur livelihood activities

Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday held a meeting with Governor Dr Najma Heptulla to brief the latter on the on-going preparation for the Sangai festival and other issues.

YPA holds protest rally against ZRO president

Young Paite Association (YPA) Saturday organised a protest rally in Churachandpur district against Zomi Re-unification Organisation (ZRO) president Thanglianpau, who, according to YPA, instigated one Romeo to kill YPA GHQ secretary Lianmuanthang on September 22.

Security beefed-up ahead of Sangai Festival, 44 detained

Manipur police conducted cordon and search operations in different parts of the state on Saturday as part of the security measures for the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival.

Sit-in decries Assembly attack; Speaker questions logic

Employees under the aegis of Manipur Legislative Assembly Employees’ Welfare Association staged sit-in protest at the assembly gate in denunciation of Friday’s grenade attack inside the premises.

Fund crunch writ large as Sangai Festival prep gathers pace

As the state is gearing up for the Manipur Sangai Festival, which will be held from November 21 to 30, hasty preparations coupled with constructed budget is likely to play the spoilsport and consequently lessen festive mood of visitors this year.

CM Biren pledges CMHT benefit to media persons

The State Journalist Award 2018 in the category for Best Editor on “National Integration & Communal Harmony” was given to Poknapham editor Aribam Robindro Sharma while Sagolsem Bigyan, staff reporter of its sister publication The People’s Chronicle was awarded in the category of Rural Reporting on the occasion of National Press Day 2018 celebration at 1st Bn Manipur Rifles Banquet Hall here on Friday.

Gaikhangam fears dilution of culture, language under BJP

All Congress Working Committee (CWC) member and former deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam has stated that it is okay for the government to promote Indianisation in all its initiatives. However, it would be wrong to disrespect and forget one’s roots, language and culture in its greed to hold on to power and remain in the good books of the Central leaders.

1st NE Tourism Festival draws sparse visitors at Huishu riverside

Contrary to initial buzz and expectations, the first North East Tourism Festival kicked off with sparse visitors and participants here on November 15 evening at Huishu river bank located about 55 km north of Ukhrul town.

Centre accepts NSCN-K proposal to hold talks

Government of India (GoI) has accepted the proposal of NSCN-K led by Khango for peace process. This information was shared by Nagaland Gaon Bura Federation (NGBF) through a press release.

CM to public: Show good hospitality, high respect to guests

While disclosing that the Princess of Thailand and the US Ambassador to India have confirmed their participation in this year’s Sangai Festival, chief minister N Biren has urged the people of the state to uphold Manipuri tradition of showing good hospitality and high respect to guests and receive all the visitors with utmost decency.

Hilli Valli in Mumbai brings new hope for state artisans

Weavers and artisans of the state now have a platform to promote and sell their products to customers from across the country as well as foreign countries in the form of Hilli Valli boutique in Mumbai’s posh Bandra.

Haolenphai tense as Myanmar opposes construction

Fresh dispute has erupted at Haolenphai village in Tengnoupal district as Myanmar officials on Wednesday protested against construction of houses and other structures in the village while claiming that some parts of the village area not officially demarcated.

CM announces mega children’s park plan

Chief Minister N Biren said that a mega park especially for children would be developed in the state soon and  or this the government has been scouting for a suitable site.

Sangai Festival continues to get more sponsors

The ensuing Manipur Sangai Festival continues to get more sponsors as three different organisations on Wednesday handed over a total amount of Rs 7.5 lakh for organising the festival, which will begin from November 21.

NSCN-K led by Khango not averse to hold talks

NSCN-K led by Khango Konyak has expressed its willingness to resume ceasefire with the government of India.

Traffic signal lights functional after seven years in Imphal

After a hiatus of seven years, traffic signal light system in Imphal city has started functioning from Tuesday. The Congress government sanctioned Rs 1,93,75,000 in 2005 for the traffic light system and installation was completed in 2011.

Poknapham editor, TPC reporter bag state journalist awards

Poknapham editor Aribam Robindro Sharma and The People’s Chronicle’s staff reporter Sagolsem Bigyan have been selected for state journalist awards along with six other journalists as the directorate of information and public relations announced the award winners on Tuesday.

SC dismisses police plea on judges’ recusal

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea by several Manipur Police personnel seeking recusal of judges of a bench hearing extra-judicial killings in the state.

CM seeks central fund for women’s markets

Chief Minister N Biren met the Union Finance Minister and other senior ministry officials on Monday and discussed various issues concerning the state's finances.

Imp-Ukl road blocked over medical negligence

Decrying the death of Yaikhom Gobin (29), son of Ingocha of Sekta Mayai Leikai who passed away at the medicine ward of JNIMS on Sunday due to alleged negligence of the doctors, locals of Sekta Mayai Leikai briefly closed down Imphal-Ukhrul road on Monday.

1st NE Tourism Festival set to explore beauty of Huishu region

Nestled away in the wilderness of Northern Ukhrul's Chingai sub-division, the scenic natural beauty of Huishu region has largely remained unexplored till date.

Manipur poised to become tourist hub: CM

Manipur is trying to firmly position itself on the tourism map of the country, riding on the picturesque beauty of its lush green valleys and forested hills, along with the annual Sangai Festival which showcases the state's rich tradition and culture to the world.

Protest mars recruitment exam, History test date refixed

The written exam for recruitment of contract lecturers in government higher secondary schools conducted by Directorate of Education (S) on Sunday was marred by protests of Thang-ta activists who demanded recruitment of contract lecturers for Thang-ta subject as well.

Loktak Lake gets floating weaving huts

SThe written exam for recruitment of contract lecturers in government higher secondary schools conducted by Directorate of Education (S) on Sunday was marred by protests of Thang-ta activists who demanded recruitment of contract lecturers for Thang-ta subject as well.

Public mindset need to change first: SP Imphal East

People of Manipur often accuse police of being corrupt and allege indulgence in illegal activities but the mindset of the people and parents of youth need to be changed first before bringing an end to the popular call for reforming the state police force.

GPS tagged Amur Falcon ‘Manipur’ hunted in TML

In a rather emotional development post GPS tagging of two Amur Falcon birds by the state forest department, the male partner of a couple Amur Falcon birds, which migrated from Mongolia after flying more than 20,000 km of distance, has been found killed at Kebuching village of Tamenglong district leaving the female partner alone.

Education must to bring changes: Ram Muivah

North Eastern Council (NEC) Shillong secretary Ram Muivah has stated that education is the only means of ending the poverty and inequality in the state brought on by years of insurgent activities and further help in bringing positive changes to the society as a whole.

Gaikhangam calls BJP anti-poor, anti-minorities party

Regardless of the tall promises being given to the masses under its catchy slogans, BJP is a political organisation that has no sympathy for the underprivileged sections of the society as it views the poor people as unproductive, alleged Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Gaikhangam.

Govt bans fresh recruitment, curbs grant in-aid

In order to check expenditure from the government coffer, the state finance department has put up a ban on direct, part time, contract, ad-hoc and casual recruitment, grant in-aid and procuring furniture & luxury items with immediate effect.

New road, rail links to make Manipur gateway to SE Asia: CM Biren

Manipur is hoping to benefit from the upcoming Asian Highway and rail connectivity to become an investment destination in the northeast, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said.

Fish fair falls short of target, minister vows sufficient yield

The state level fish fair cum fish crop competition organised in connection with Ningol Chakkouba by directorate of fisheries succeeded in attracting huge crowd of buyers.

JCILPS demands Govt to enact ordinance

Expressing discontentment over the alleged failure by authorities concerned to protect the indigenous communities of Manipur, Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has demanded the state government government to enact an ordinance at the earliest.

WWl event ends amid flurry of homages, cultural extravaganza

A flurry of solemn homages to the 1200 Tangkhul Labour Corps, aptly interspersed with myriad cultural songs and dance performances, brought the curtains down on the twoday Centenary celebration of the World War l Tangkhul Naga Labour Corps (1917-18) & Other Labour Corps of the Manipur Labour Corps Company at TNL ground in the district headquarters town on Wednesday.

Entrepreneur siblings set sight on crochet-doll business

Despite having successful careers as nurses in a private hospital based outside the state, two siblings have set their minds on becoming successful entrepreneurs as crochet doll makers through their brand “Handmade Cottage”.

Fitting tributes paid to Labour Corps martyrs

A two-day long Centenary celebration of the World War-I Tangkhul Naga Labour Corps (1917-18) & Other Labour Corps of the Manipur Labour Corps Company got off to a colourful start Tuesday at TNL Ground here with a delegation of French Embassy, British Embassy and British Army officers joining the state government and the denizens of the district in honouring and remembering the 1200 Tangkhul men who took part as Labour Corps in WW-I, one hundred years ago.

Govt signs MoU with IL&FS for Rs 1523 cr Smart City Project

The state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IL&FS Township and Urban Assets Limited and Pricewaterhouse Coopers Pvt Ltd as a project management consultant for implementation of Smart City Project in Imphal on Tuesday.

Army helping children to usher in waves of change in state

Langpoklakpam Pushparani Devi wants to be an actor, quite like her neighbour Ranjita, who aspires to be a singer, but the two teenaged girls harbour a fear that they might be pushed into the vortex of Manipur's armed conflicts.

CM reveals LPG surplus plan, assures handloom workers

Chief Minister N Biren opened the 1st Manipur International Textile Expo (MANITEX) - 2018 at Manipur Trade and Expo Centre, Lamboi Khongnangkhong in Imphal West district on Monday.

Final MU probe report likely this month

The independent enquiry committee constituted to probe allegations levelled against MU VC professor AP Pandey conducted public hearing and recorded statement of Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA) president S Jibankumar at Classic Hotel, here on Monday.

Sportstars promote Sangai Festival at Delhi curtain raiser

Manipur Tourism organised the curtain-raiser event of the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival at Select City Walk Mall, Saket, New Delhi on Monday.

Fear grips CCpur as ‘predators’ stalk livestock, pets

In a series of incidents, which occurred mostly at dusk since October 27, unknown predators have been haunting the residents of Churachandpur district with their livestock attacked in gruesome manner.

Early solution to insurgency problem difficult: Army

An early solution to the insurgency problem in Manipur is difficult given its complexity due to multiplicity of militant groups and their different sets of demands, a senior Army officer has said.

On CM’s advice, Dam JAC shelves bandh plan, next meeting on Nov 14

The 48-hour bandh that JAC against the Forced Construction of Mapithel Dam and MDAVHCEO planned to enforce along the Imphal-Ukhrul road and approach road to Mapithel dam has been called off after a meeting with chief minister N Biren on Saturday.

Govt keen to restore Lamphelpat

While calling upon all sections of the society to strive for promoting social harmony and contribute their mite in the government’s initiative to accelerate development in the state, chief minister N Biren confided that a detailed project report for regeneration of Lamphelpat as a natural water body would be submitted to the Union government soon.

MPCB mulls action against JNIMS

Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB) would be serving a show cause notice to JNIMS director for improper disposal of wastes in the state-run medical institute.

Blasts shatter morning calm, Kangpokpi protests

Unknown persons triggered two explosions at Imphal and Kangpokpi district in a span of less than an hour on Saturday with the Kangpokpi blast sparking public outrage.

CM hails role of Army, AR in war against drugs

Manipur government has declared a war on drugs affecting a significant number of people in the state, chief minister N Biren Singh has said.

BJP advises Congress to stop daydreaming

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Manipur Pradesh spokesperson Ch Bijoy has advised the Congress party to stop daydreaming about toppling the present government and instead focus on how to save itself, saying the BJP government will continue to last for a long time.

IEDs pose greatest threat to Army operating in Manipur

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are emerging as a major threat to security forces, which are also faced with daunting challenges in operations and fears of possible misuse of the Free Movement Regime with Myanmar while containing the insurgency in the most violent state in the North East, Manipur.

No state officials as MEA-led team surveys border

India and Myanmar conducted a joint survey of the border in Tengnoupal district’s Moreh area without any representative of the state government on Friday.

Biren only CM to speak of hill-valley enmity: MLA Lokeshwar

Unlike all the past chief ministers of the state, BJP CM N Biren is the only head of the state government, who speaks of hill-valley enmity, said Khundrakpam MLA Th Lokeshwar.

Bid to deconstruct history of Manipur worries CM

Asserting that history can never be distorted and manipulated, chief minister N Biren has expressed belief that the aged-old hill-valley unity could be revived through proper understanding of the identity of the united Manipur.

JCILPS demands ordinance pending Prez’s consent

Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has demanded the state government to start implementation of Manipur People’s Protection Bill 2018 as ordinance while waiting for the President’s approval.

“Time to abandon hatred, reconsolidation must”

Stating that celebration of the state level Kut Festival-2018 for the first time outside Imphal is a sign of gradual improvement in the overall law and order situation in the state, chief minister N Biren has stressed that time has come for all the ethnic communities to discard inimical disposition.

13th Indo-Myanmar RBC meet underway

The 13th Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee Meet is being held at Mantripukhri Garrison, Imphal under the aegis of Spear Corps of Indian Army from October 31.

1 out of 3 forged MU cheques meant for issuing housing loan

Out of the three forged cheques detected at Manipur University, one cheque leave was found to be those used exclusively for releasing housing loan amount to employees of the varsity.

DIPR improves, process on to fill up staff shortage: Biswajit

IPR minister Thongam Biswajit has observed that the department of information and public relations (DIPR) has improved a lot in the past few years and in order to bring further improvement, the government is in the process of addressing shortage of staff.

UCM holds unity rally; UNC shutdown seeks solution to Naga issue

Ranging from young students to senior citizens, tens of thousands of people from different communities and different walks of life responded to the call of United Committee Manipur (UCM) and participated in the October Mass Rally, which was organised under the theme Peace, Unity and Integrity on Wednesday.

State CSOs likely to come under NIA scanner, says CM Biren

While hinting that the case relating to arrest of five NIPCO members including president Oinam Premjit in connection with Nagamapal bomb blast would be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), chief minister N Biren has said that the central agency might screen civil society organisations (CSOs) of the state.

Nemcha kick starts Kut Festival at Kangpokpi

Raising the curtain of the State Level Kut Festival, 2018, which is to be celebrated in Kangpokpi district for the first time after it attained districthood, social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen has called upon the youth to contribute their mite in bringing development in the new district.

Unity call, pledge, rally mark Sardar Patel tribute events

Honouring the priceless contribution of Sardar Vallabhai Patel towards unifying the country, the state observed Rashtriya Ekta Diwas at the parade ground of 1st Manipur Rifles Battalion here and in various parts of the state.

On inauguration spree, CM Biren pledges uniform development

Chief Minister N Biren Singh inaugurated women’s markets at Senapati and Tamenglong district headquarters and laid the foundation stones for different projects Tuesday.

UNLF involved in Nagamapal attack: Police

The grenade attack on CRPF on October 20 night at Nagamapal road was carried out by cadres of the banned outfit United National Liberation Front (UNLF).

Naga scholars dissect ‘Conflicts in Manipur’

A panel discussion on ‘Ethnic Conflicts in Manipur: Issues and Challenges’ organised by Naga Scholars’ Association (NSA)was held on October 26 at School of International Studies (SIS), JNU, New Delhi.

Ex-MLA cautions against special status to single community

Former MLA of Keishamthong assembly constituency Laishom Ibomcha cautioned that any policy to provide special status to a single community will spark a major unrest in the state. Ibomcha also declared that he will participate in the unity rally to be organised by UCM on Wednesday.

CM launches TML, Moreh chopper service

After the recent launch of Imphal-Jiribam helicopter service, chief minister N Biren inaugurated Imphal-Tamenglong and Imphal-Moreh helicopter services at Imphal International Airport on Monday.

CSO leader, wife among 5 held in CRPF attack case

Apart from arresting five people including National Identity Protection Committee (NIPCO) president Oinam Premjit and his wife - Pinki, police raided the office of the civil society organisation in connection with the recent grenade attack on a CRPF team.

Cong has highest number of graft cases: BJP

BJP Manipur Pradesh spokesperson Ch Bijoy has contended that Congress party has the highest number of corruption cases under investigated by CBI in the context of Manipur.

October rally not against any community, says UCM

United Committee Manipur (UCM) president Karam Sunil has clarified that the October 31 rally is not against any community but for ushering in peace, unity and integrity of the state.

Jiri-Imphal rail proj struggles to meet deadline

On account of frequent disruptions caused to work agencies of the Imphal-Jiribam rail-line project, the tentative deadline of year 2020 set for completion of the project is unlikely to be realistic.

Meet seeks end to politicising public issues, grievances

A one-day discussion held on the theme of ‘Integrity of Manipur’ at Tribal Research Institute (TRI) Imphal has urged all to stop playing politics over sensitive issues or with grievances and hardships of the people, who live in remote areas of the hill districts.

Amid spurt in number of flights airport tarmac peels off

Though the number of daily flights to and from Imphal International Airport has increased in recent times the facility continues to face several shortcomings with the latest incident of portions of the tarmac falling apart adding to dilemma of the airport authority.

MSCB becomes 2nd diamond sponsor of Sangai fest

Manipur State Cooperative Bank Limited (MSCB) has donated a sum of Rs 5 lakh for the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival 2018.

CM announces sports medicine Dept at RIMS

The government of India has approved the proposals for setting up sports medicine department at RIMS and construction of a guesthouse for tribal village chiefs within the premises of Royal Palace

State’s organic products run out on last day

Stocks of organic products of the state ran dry on the last day of BIOFACH 2018 as several export companies flocked to Manipur stalls at the exhibition cum sale, which concluded at New Delhi's Pragati Maidan on Saturday.

Khamasom villagers rewarded for safeguarding virgin forest

Forest and environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar rewarded the villagers of Khamasom village, in Ukhrul district for protecting the only virgin forest in the state situated along the Indo-Myanmar international border.

Muslim CSOs censure Oct 31 strike call by UNC

Reacting against the proposed general strike of UNC on October 31, which coincides with UCM’s mass rally for unity, Manipur Muslim Welfare Organisation (MMWO), All Manipur Pangal Farmers’ Development Organisation and Muslim Council Manipur have categorically stated that the general strike will not bring any positive result in the society.

BJP demands Congress apology over Guv rant

BJP Manipur Pradesh has demanded the Congress party to tender public apology for demeaning the office of the Governor.

CBI chief removed for defying BJP diktat: Ibobi

As part of the nationwide protest of AICC, Congress MLAs and MPCC members staged a sit-in protest in front of CBI office Imphal on Friday against the removal of CBI director Alok Verma.

Singhajit bags Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for 2014

A doyen of Manipuri dance Rajkumar Singhajit Singh has been selected for the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the year 2014.

Gaikhangam ridicules BJP over India Today poll

Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam has said that the state government has become a laughing stock after its celebration of chief minister N Biren on being voted as the 3rd best performing CM of the country before the poll conducted by India Today concluded.

Many air grievances to CM

Hundreds of people turned up to highlight their grievances to Chief Minister N Biren Singh during the combined Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day held at the Durbar Hall of CM Secretariat on Thursday.

Charge hearing of cops accused in fake encounter case begins

Charge hearing of four Manipur police personnel, who are accused of involvement in an alleged fake encounter that occurred on December 20, 2011 at Naran Konjin Pukhri Achouba area, commenced Thursday in the court of Special Judge, CBI, Imphal West. On Wednesday, the court took cognizance of the case and registered the same for session trial.

CS-led panel to peruse graft cases on Oct 30

Top officials are likely to face punitive action as the high-powered committee formed by the state government will be examining corruption charges levelled against various departments on October 30.

Chopper service for Tamenglong, Moreh from Oct 29

Chief minister N Biren has stated that after successful launch of Imphal-Jiribam Helicopter Service, efforts are underway to introduce helicopter services for Tamenglong and Moreh from October 29 onwards, after conduct of trials on October 25.

CM preaches peace, unity at Mera Houchongba Fest

Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that the present government is trying its level best to bring peaceful co-existence and harmony among the communities of the state.

Mapithel JAC calls 48-hr bandh over Government apathy

The JAC Against the Forced Construction of Mapithel Dam (AFCMD) and Mapithel Dam Affected Headmen Chief Elders Organisation (MDAHCEO) has declared imposition of 48 hours bandh along Imphal-Ukhrul road and approach road of Mapithel Dam from November 4 midnight to protest alleged government apathy to their demands.

Will not blame others for own mistakes: CM

Making it clear that the present government does not believe in blaming others for its mistakes/wrongdoings, Chief Minister N Biren informed that the state cabinet has given its assent on formulation of Lok Ayukta rules to look into any allegations of corruption against Ministers/MLAs including the CM himself, so as to bring transparency in governance.

After flood-drought woes, state farmers face insect invasion threat

Though the state farmers are still struggling to recover from the wrath of destructive flooding and drought-like situation, they are in for more trouble as it is officially confirmed that the food producers, paddy cultivators in particular, in some parts of the state, are facing pest invasion.

Securing high marks won’t bring quality education: Minister

Education minister Th Radheshyam has stated that competition among schools to produce maximum students with high marks would not bring quality education in the state.

Ranjit tongue lashes CM over Rishang rant

Strongly disapproving chief minister N Biren’s statement that 15-year Congress rule prior to the present BJP led government brought no development except devising a policy to create enmity among the people of hills and valley, Sugnu MLA and MPCC spokesperson K Ranjit said that N Biren’s failure to remember works he did during the Congress rule was very unfortunate.

8923 killed, 20 ‘disappeared’ under AFSPA, recounts AMUCO VP

Demanding institution of an independent body to investigate into custodial killings, the JAC against the custodial killing of G Jiteswar Sharma alias Gypsy, Th Satish, Th Prem, RK Ranel and Ph Naobi organised a sit-in protest along with locals at P Khonomphai village, Kangpokpi district, Sunday.

Myanmar plans satellite township near Moreh

In a bid to boost border trade with Manipur, Myanmar government has finalised plans to develop a satellite township at its border town Tamu. 

Blast kills CRPF man as Kangpokpi protests explosion

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

BEG, Myanmar group ink deal on socio-economic development

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

State poised to have own SoP for HCV screening, diagnosis

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

Talks to form Kuki territorial council begins: Khaling

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

Minister announces coronary unit in Ccpur at War tribute event

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

This year, Sangai Festival to have book donation centre

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

UCM invites political parties to join mass rally

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

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

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

Fake farmers denting food crop productivity: Dir

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

Changing course of Jiri River threatens state’s boundary

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

Amid outcries, CM assures action on hand-cuff row

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

Prof Yugindro sets rider to scrap FIR

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

‘MIMER will transform NE healthcare sector’

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

Black Day shutdown affects normal life in state

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

Jarnail assures to release arrested persons

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

Jiri police recover drugs from truck, driver held

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

BJP eulogises CM’s leadership, commitment

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

Th Radheshyam mulls uniform for teachers

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

Indo-Myanmar border harmony impresses US officials

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

MU community warmly welcomes Jarnail Singh

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

Joy hails HC decree, likens MU raid to Myanmar 8888

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

Cong rides HC decree to slam Govt, demands unconditional release

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

Give candidacy rights to valley voters: Adim

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

HC ropes in Jarnail Singh to bring normalcy in MU

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

MUSU sticks to demand for unconditional release of all

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

Minister Letpao appeals sports bodies to unite

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

NESO delegation airs state, NE issues to Rajnath

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

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

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

Posers raised over Prof Yugindro’s mental status

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

Multi-crore schemes unlikely to save state from crop failure

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

Improving mental health will help bring development: Minister

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

Tribal bodies seek President’s intervention

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

‘Mentally stressed’ Prof Yugindro apologises to Guv

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

CM cherishes role of Territorial Army as public-SF interface

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

Unattended for years, Jiribam hoping for revival of tea estate

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

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

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

Govt plans to fight drought like situation with scheme fund

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

Tribal students drop stir threat after Govt plea, assurance

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

Meet resolves to support mass rally

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

Repealing AFSPA from state will take time: CM

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

Dissent in police Dept over Good Service Mark

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

Dr A Santa appointed regular RIMS director

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

Creation of new districts in valley being discussed: K Shyam

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

UN lambasts India over deportation of Rohingya to Myanmar

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

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