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 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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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.

DESAM levels graft charges against IBSD director

Days after the Manipur University impasse settled down facilitating normal academic atmosphere in the university, director of Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) professor Dinabandhu Sahoo has been accused of being corrupt and executing his will in the institute.

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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