Floral tribute, blood donation mark Khongjom Day

IMPHAL, 23rd Apr: Remembering all those who fought valiantly and sacrificed their lives during the Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891, the 129th Khongjom Day was commemorated amidst the lockdown with minimum presence of people at Khongjom War Memorial Complex, Khebaching on Thursday.
Chief minister N Biren Singh led a small group of people in laying floral wreaths first at Khongjom War Memorial located atop Khebaching and at later at the statue of Paona Brajabashi located at the foothill. The dignitaries also offered Tarpan (floral tributes) at Khongjom River as has been the tradition in the past many tribute events.
Unlike the previous years, the Thoubal district administration made sure that social distancing was maintained and it was devoid of large public gathering in view of the prevailing lockdown due to Covid-19 epidemic.
The observance was attended by TA&H minister N Kayisii, CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam, health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar, education minister Dr Th Radheshyam, MLA P Brojen, MLA Y Surchandra, ex-MLA M Hemanta, chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, DGP L M Khaute, descendants of Paona Brajabashi, civil and police officials among others.
In a change from the past, chief minister N Biren did not delivered any speech on the occasion due to prevailing lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19.
In Thoubal district, Association of Voluntary Blood Donor Manipur carried out blood donation camp at District Hospital Thoubal in connection with observance of Khongjom day on Thursday.
The blood donation camp was jointly organised by Blood Transfusion Unit and Blood Banks of RIMS and JNIMS. A total of 39 donors including 3 female donated their blood during the camp.
Apunba Manipur Kanba Ima Lup (AMKIL) offered floral tributes to the martyrs of Anglo-Manipuri War-1891 on the occasion of Khongjom day observance.
In a release, the organisation remembered the sacrifices made by the Manipuri brave-hearts and further prayed for the present generations to carry on the will and determination of the martyrs.
BJP Manipur Pradesh led by its state president K Bhabananda also observed Khongjom Day at the party’s head office at Nityaipat Chuthek.
In a release, vice president M Asnikumar urged the people to stand united and help protect the integrity of the state.
Khongjom Day was also observed in different parts of Tripura by offering floral tributes to Paona Brajabasi and other Manipuri brave-hearts who laid down their lives while fighting the British colonialists for protecting the independence of Manipur.
By maintaining social distancing norms, Puthiba Welfare & Cultural Society in association with Paona Brajabasi Foundation, Tripura observed the day at Abhoynagar where the members present offered floral tribute to the statue of Paona Brajabasi.
Among others, Puthiba Welfare & Cultural Society secretary Sinam Deepak and weekly journal published in the state in Manipuri language MARUP joint editor RK Tarunjit were present as presidium members. The observance was also organised at Gouranagar, Khowai district by Manipur Literary & Cultural Forum.
Manipuri Youth Front Assam (MYFA), Nongin Assam and Meira Paibis too observed 129th Khongjom Day by paying floral tributes to the statue of Major Paona Brajabasi at Udharbond Pangram, Cachar.
Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) observed Khongjom Day at Congress Bhawan, BT Road.
As part of the observance, MPCC president Moirangthem Okendro, ex-deputy CM Gaikhangam and former MLAs along with members and workers of the party offered floral tributes to the portrait of Paona Brajabasi, while maintaining social distancing.
Speaking on the occasion, Okendro stressed that the present generation should remember and instil themselves with the same love and devotion, which the brave hearts held for Manipur, while taking the responsibility in protecting the integrity of the state.
He then urged all concerned to work together in the battle against COVID-19, while expressing disappointment that the government did not relaxed the lockdown on such an important day when it readily relaxed the same in connection with Cheiraoba and Easter holidays.
Huyen Lallong Manipur Thang-Ta Cultural Association, Irilbung observed Khongjom Day at its auditorium in adherence to the guidelines regarding Covid-19 pandemic on Thursday.
According to a release by the Association, the tribute event was attended by few select members of the Association and was marked by offering of floral tributes to the martyrs and observance of 2-minute silence in their honour.
All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) also commemorated the 129th Khongjom Day at its head office located inside DM University Campus by on Thursday.
In a release, AMSU informed that the event was marked by offering of floral tributes to the photos of the martyrs and was attended by its advisors, HQ executives, SVC members and members of the district committees.
All Kakching Khunou Meira Paibi Welfare Association also observed Khongjom Day at Kakching Khunou. The participants strictly maintained social distancing norms while offering floral tributes to the martyrs.

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