Not involved in Rhino poaching: ZRO 

Zomi Re-Unification Organisation (ZRO) has clarified that no member of the organisation were involved in Rhino poaching

CM appeals people to stay healthy

 Chief Minister N Biren Singh has appealed to the people of the state to do some form of physical exercise everyday so as to strengthen their immune system and stay healthy during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

All flights suspended till May 3

As part of the steps being initiated to tackle COVID-19 pandemic, the civil aviation ministry has extended suspension of all domestic and international flights till May 3.

Don’t sell hand sanitizers at higher rate

J&S Venture Private Limited has informed that some selfish people are selling the hand sanitizers produced by them and Th Iboyaima & Sons at much higher rate by pasting new price tag.

No statement sans consent party chief: NPP

The state executive committee of National People's Party (NPP), Manipur in its meeting held at the party’s office here on Saturday has resolved that no members 

CMOs advised to counter prejudice

The Directorate of Health Services, Manipur has issued a memorandum asking all CMOs to get themselves involved 

IPSA for action against Govt doctors practicing in Pvt Hospitals

Demanding stringent action against government doctors who are also employed in private hospitals, 

Govt employees told to surrender NSFA cards

While informing government employees who are in possession of National Food Security Act (NSFA), 2013 cards to surrender the same within seven days,

AAI donates Rs 10 lakh each to all northeastern states

The AirportS Authority of India (AAI) under its CSR scheme has donated Rs 10 lakh each to every state government in the northeast, said Sanjeev Jindal, the regional executive director of northeast region.

CM Biren stresses on social distancing

 Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Monday visited a fuel distribution outlet here to see if "social distancing" norms as emphasised by the government to combat the COVID-19

Govt announces total ‘closure’ for one week

 Keeping in view of the latest development in the situation of COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the state government has ordered total lockdown including closure of markets and all grocery stores,

Fuel to curfew-pass holders only

In a bid to enforce social distancing and lockdown protocols in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic,

MHRC for use of rehab centres as quarantine facility

In view of the current Coronavirus pandemic and following a complaint petition filed by Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE),

16 Covid-19 cases in Assam, NE tally rises to 20

With more positive coronavirus cases getting reported from the region, the total number cases in the northeast went up to 20 on Thursday, including 16 in Assam, officials said.

Schools/colleges to remain close

The state government has extended the duration of closure of educational institution in the state as preventive mea- sure against Covid-19.

Two suspected Covid-19 cases in state, patient stable

No new case of Covid-19 has been found in the state till Tuesday, said a report of the government of Manipur issued by the Medical Directorate.

Helpline numbers issued for stranded Manipuris

In order to help Manipuris stranded outside the state due to the country-wide lockdown being enforced to contain the pandemic Coronavirus, the state government has issued helpline numbers so as to arrange necessary measures.

As per a notification, the government has appointed principal secretary PK Singh, presently the residence commissioner of Manipur Bhavan, New Delhi, as nodal officer. Any Manipuri compelled to stay put or is stranded outside the state may contact the nodal officer through telephone numbers 09899969610 or 09485237311.

KCP-PWG warns against hiking price of essential goods

While charging that some businessmen are hoarding and hiking prices of essential commodities by taking undue advantage of the lockdown situation, Kangleipak Communist Party (People’s War Group) has warned that it will suitable actions against traders found selling essential commodities at exorbitant rates.

In a statement, KCP-PWG has also accused the government of remaining silent regarding the matter and expressed discontentment lack of initiative to translate into action announcement to distribute PDS items for three months in order to mitigate hardships being faced by the citizens on account of the lockdown.

Four persons arrested for violating lockdown, released

At least four persons were arrested and released later on bail for violating prohibitory order imposed under section 144 of CrPC in Kakching district on Saturday.

Police source said that the four individuals namely Letgoulen Lhungdim (19) son of Haothang Lhungdim & Limkhanthang Lhungdim (18) son of Ngamlun Lhungdim both of G Songel village and Seikholun Kipgen (45) son of Otkhokhai Kipgen of Lhangnom village, Churachandpur district were arrested from Sugnu Bazar while Laishram Sanatomba (27) son of L Budhichandra of Sekmaijin Hangoon from Sekmaijin area on Friday afternoon.

They were released on Saturday on PR Bond after producing before SDM/Waikhong and one day police custody under section 107 CrPC by today and released on PR & Bail Bond.

Govt employees urged to donate one day's salary

Chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu has appealed to all the employees under the state government to donate their salary for one day from the month of March to the Chief Minister’s COVID-19

Power consumers in distress

Due to the lockdown and closure of MSPDCL office, Wangjing Sub Division, consumers are facing problems in buying recharge cards.  

Govt urges hawkers to continue service 

Pointing out that Home Department has declared print and electronic media operating in the state as an essential service during the period of lockdown which is effective up to March 31,

 First Covid-19 case of NE detected in state 

 The first ever COVID-19 confirmed case was detected in Manipur on a 23-year old woman from Imphal. 

‘Exams of BSEM, CoHSEM not postponed’

Education (S) commissioner T Ranjit has informed that the theory and practical examinations of Class X, XI and XII conducted by Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BSEM)

CSOs-Govt sign truce, many oppose

 Leaders of several Kuki CSOs including Kuki Inpi Manipur have agreed to replace the word ‘ancestral’ with ‘dignity’

No breakthrough in GoI, NSCN-IM talks

Government of India (GoI) and NSCN (I-M) failed to break the deadlock over the latter’s insistence that solution include a separate Naga national flag and constitution,

DCs, SPs asked to scratch inscription

DCs and SPs of all the districts in the state have been instructed to remove memorial stones with the inscription “In defence of our ancestral land and freedom” being erected in some villages on the eve of the centenary celebration of Anglo-Kuki War.

ECI extends EVP review till November 18

The Photo Electoral Roll and Electors’ Verification Programme (EVP), which is being spearheaded by Election Commission of India (ECI) and scheduled to end on October 14, has now been extended till November 18.

Centre firm on protecting state’s integrity

Chief minister N Biren on Friday said that Centre is firm on its stand to protect the state’s territory and integrity at any cost whatever be the outcome of the final solution to the Indo-Naga peace talks.

Gold worth Rs. 2 crore seized

Troops of 43 Assam Rifles seized 5 kg gold worth around Rs 2 crore in the international market from N Champhai village areas on Wednesday evening around 6.

DA hiked by 5 pc ; to benefit 50 lakh Govt employees

Adding to the festive cheer for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a 5 per cent hike in dearness allowance (DA) raising it to 17 per cent.

Transfer/postings of IAS, MCS officers effected

The Department of Personnel and Administration on Tuesday effected new postings of several IAS and MCS officers with immediate effect.

IM militant nabbed for killing ArP MLA

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a senior militant of National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak-Muivah

Courts dispose 8255 cases in past one year

Altogether 8255 cases were disposed by High Court of Manipur and district courts in the past one year during May 1, 2018 - June 30 of this year.

Hunting Amur Falcon, air guns banned in TML

Taking into consideration of the arrival of Amur Falcon and their roosting season, which usually last from first week of October till the end of November,

Encroachers told to vacate reserved forest

DFO Central Forest Division Imphal has served eviction notice to 29 individuals, who allegedly encroached into Chingkheiching reserved forest land on Friday.

Shah to meet state BJP leaders today

BJP president Amit Shah will hold meetings with CM Biren, works minister Th Biswajit and BJP state president K Bhabananda on Wednesday 4 pm for ending the political stalemate.

Consultative meet on NMPO-Makhan conflict held

In sync with the suggestion of Naga People’s Organisation (NPO), Senapati to Maram Union and Mao Council for intervention in the impasse between NMPO

CM, works minister greet on Irabot Day

Chief minister N Biren and works minister Th Biswajit extended greetings on the occasion of Irabot Day. 

Chandel bodies urge PM for early Naga solution

Chandel Naga People’s Organisation (CNPO), Naga Students’ Union Chandel (NSUC) and Naga Women’s Union Chandel (NWUC)

New traffic rules imposed on National Highway -37

Directorate of Transport has enforced new traffic regulations with immediate effect along Imphal-Jiribam Road for construction and

Rajnath decorates state native coast guard officer

Commandant Ngamlien Touthang, the Commanding Officer of Indian Coast Guard Ship - Rajkiran (ICGS Rajkiran) was conferred with Tatrakshak Medal 

Unknown disease claims lives of four

An unknown disease struck Henchungpunjee village in Pherzawl district claiming lives of four including three children. As per a reliable source,

LPG tankers suspend stir

Following an understanding reached during a joint meet with IOC officials and CAF & PD minister, All Manipur Bulk LPG Transporters Association and All Manipur Road Transport Drivers & Motor Workers Union have withdrawn their agitation of ceasing transportation of LPG from outside.

Makhan Union suspends NH-2 bandh plan

Makhan Union has suspended its proposed indefinite bandh on Imphal-Dimapur road from Monday midnight in protest against the government’s failure to arrest those involved

VDF jawan rescues kid from fatal accident in Kpi

A Village Defence Force (VDF) jawan posted at Kangpokpi police station and attached to SP Kangpokpi as driver saved the life of a minor boy, who met with an accident with his father on Friday evening.

Biren videoconferences with Amit Shah

Chief minister N Biren interacted with Union Home minister Amit Shah, who is also Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president,

German green project activated at Kangpokpi village

The second Water Resources Conservation Group (WRCG), a last mile policy execution group formed by residents of villages under German Development Bank (KfW),

Fund release halted as 38 Depts yet to submit UCs

Taking serious note of holding up of Rs 6,077.96 crore due to non-submission of Utilisation Certificates (UC) by 38 different government departments from 2008-09 to 2018; 

State’s MP quartet appointed members of Parl panels

All the four Member of Parliament (MPs) from Manipur have been appointed as members of different standing committees of the parliament.

Rs 6 crore earmarked for Rabi season: Hangkhanlian

To cope up for imminent Kharif crop deficit owing to drought situation in the state, a total amount of Rs 6 crore has been earmarked for this year’s Rabi season to procure seeds for alternative crops like wheat, mustard, gram, maize, etc. and provide the same to farmers.

Decades old dismal trend still visible at Keirao school

Though the world is advancing towards a new era of science and technology, several schools in the state are still unable to cross the threshold from the practice evident several decades ago in the absence of government attention towards improving school education system.

Statement of Babysana’s family members yet to be taken: JAC

In connection with the suspicious death of the minor student inside the hostel of Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School, the statement of Ningthoujam Babysana’s family members is yet to be taken before the magistrate concerned even though the chief minister had directed the additional DGP and SP Imphal West to do so.

DCs urge enumerators for flawless compilation of data

Kangpokpi district’s Deputy Commissioner Lalithambigai K has urged the village authorities and people to give full cooperation to the officials for the smooth conduct of the 7th Economic Census.

No scathing remarks against lower court judges: SC to HCs

The Supreme Court has said that the High Courts should not pass scathing remarks against the lower courts' orders and over-step their boundaries, only because they do not agree with their point of view.

No scathing remarks against lower court judges: SC to HCs

The Supreme Court has said that the High Courts should not pass scathing remarks against the lower courts' orders and over-step their boundaries, only because they do not agree with their point of view.

Govt to shorten Sangai Fest to 7 days

A meeting of top officials held in the presence of chief minister N Biren has decided to shorten the annually organised International Sangai Festival to seven days from ten days and Shirui Lily Festival to four days from five for this year.

Ex-DC remanded to judicial custody till Aug 8

Former Tengnoupal district deputy commissioner (DC) Abujam Tombikanta IAS (retired), who was formally arrested by a team of Vigilance and Anti-corruption Manipur from Sajiwa jail on July 19 on the charge of misusing Rs 1.55 crore of government funds,

Suggestions on draft NEP needed: Education Minister

Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam has sought suggestions on the Draft National Education Policy (NEP), 2019 to make the education system of Manipur better.

Rs 2.58 crore loan distributed, fish feeds production begins

Chief minister N Biren said that fish feed mill run by the state government has started production and fish farmers can now buy feeds at the rate of Rs 55 per kg instead of Rs 75.

Two years on, relief yet to reach flood victims

Several parts of the state witnessed a devastating flood in 2017 monsoon season leaving many houses and properties including 16 houses in Lilong Haoreibi Awang Leikai area destroyed.

Kakching police nab burglars

Acting on a tip-off, Kakching police arrested the main accused in the burglary at M/S Brainy Digital Mobile Shop, Kakching Manipur Rural Bank on the intervening night of July 14 and 15.

RCWDAM submits charter of demands to MP Ranjan

Representing differently abled persons of the state, a delegation of Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons Manipur headed by its vice-president Lenin Hirom has submitted a 10-point charter of demands to Lok Sabha MP (Inner) Dr RK Ranjan at Lok Sabha Secretariat Western Court Annexe Building, New Delhi on Friday.

Panel formed to regulate land property transfer

The state revenue department has constituted a seven-member screening committee to regulate transfer of land property following the cabinet decision adopted on June 26.

New pay for 25 posts as MSR-2010 revised

The Manipur Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2010 has been amended thereby revising pay band and grade pay of at least 25 different posts.

MU goofs up, 3rd rank holder declared failed

After being declared failed in the 6th semester examination for B Sc Geology honours conducted by Manipur University, Arina Begum of Waikhom Mani Girls’ College, Thoubal turned out to be 3rd position holder of the whole state.

Probe report against AP Pandey submitted to ministry

The enquiry committee constituted to probe charges levelled against former Manipur University vice-chancellor professor Adya Prasad Pandey has submitted its report to the HRD ministry,

Three state natives win Bestiz Awards

Three state natives were among 151 individuals who were honoured with International India Bestiz Award 2019 by NRB Foundation and Bhavya International, Jaipur during the annual awards presentation ceremony held at Suresh Gyan Bihar University, Jaipur on Sunday.

Child friendly PS reunites lost child with family

The child friendly police station recently set up at Thoubal police station reunited a girl child, who had lost her way, with her family on Saturday.

Water level of major rising

Even though seasonal rainfall remains scarce in most parts of the state, water levels of major rivers of the state like Imphal and Nambul River are said to be rising.

HC asks for permit details of sand, stone quarrying

High Court of Manipur has asked the state government to submit details of sand and stone quarrying activities and permission if granted by the government in respect of all rivers in the state.

CM chairs meet on river rejuvenation project

 A team of Tata Consultancy Group held discussion with chief minister N Biren Singh and state government officials on rejuvenating rivers in Manipur.

Transfer/posting of IAS officers effected

The state government has issued an order for the transfer/posting of 9 IAS officers with immediate effect. As per the order issued by chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, Shyamlal Poonia has been posted as joint secretary (DP/AR/Economics& Statistics/ACR) and OSD/LCR;

HRI decries attack on rights activist’s daughter

Human Rights Initiatives (HRI) has strongly condemned the life attempt by shooting at the daughter of Human Rights defender Urikhinbam Nobokishore and Mangastabam Sobita on July 4 at Thongju Boroi Makhong and demanded award of befitting punishment to the perpetrators under the rule of law.

Gov urged to save Manipuri celluloid film negatives

Manipur Film Producers’ Association has urged the government save undeveloped negatives of Manipuri celluloid films which are lying at West Bengal Film Development Corporation.

Two held in organ donation scam

A team of Heingang Police Station arrested two persons namely Shahanawaz Ansari (34) S/o Md Rafiq of Rahiman Colony, Delhi Bypass Road

Security tighthened at Moreh border area

Security measures in the border town of Moreh have been tightened up from early Thursday morning with all border gates except Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate No. 2 closed

MoU signed for Imphal to Mandalay air service

The long awaited Imphal-Mandalay air service is going to become a reality very soon as one of the premier airlines of Myanmar, Air KBZ has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Imphal-based KB Enterprises on Wednesday.

Show card first to get treatment under CMHT, PMJAY: Dr Rajo tells beneficiaries

Every card holder of Chief Minister Gi Hakshelgee Tengbang (CMHT) and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) should understand that treatment under any of the state and central healthcare programmes has to begin after beneficiary show card to competent authority of the empanelled hospital.

Online poll moots alcohol legalisation in Ukhrul

Regardless of the continued prohibition on consumption and sale of alcohol, black marketing of local made liquor 'Khor' is continuing unabated in the district.

Drug traffickers from state held in Nagaland

Two Manipuri drug traffickers have been arrested along with 900 grams of brown sugar and four live rounds of ammunition in Khuzuma in Nagaland,

NE meet takes anti-CAB resolutions

Several civil society organisations of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura have joined hands together in organising The North East People’s Conference 2019 at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound here on Tuesday.

PM to campaign in state on Apr 7, Amit Apr 5

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to visit the state on April 7 to begin the campaign of BJP in the state for election to the Outer and Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituencies scheduled to be held on April 11 and 18 respectively.

Outsourcing contract employees directive of Ministry: RIMS

 Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal has clarified that the outsourcing of 404 contract employees through Government e-Marketplace (GeM)

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Why not quarantine all native returnees?

REGARDLESS of resentment in few quarters that the initiative to bring back stranded natives to their home state smacks of holistic approach,


Shielding rural folks from middlemen

SIMILAR to India winning praises from the WHO, world leaders and international institutions for its tough and timely efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus,


Internally perilous, externally menacing

ALL religions have voluminous chapters preaching about addressing concerns of the most vulnerable with Mahatma Gandhi’s quote “Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man you have seen,


Reprieve for stranded North East people

EVER since the nation went into lockdown from March 25 due to Covid-19, stranded migrant workers from various states, 


Virus bonding ethnic communities

THE extent of success in containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in India will depend not only on initiation of aggressive


Onus on public for returning to normalcy

THAT the global health crisis arising out of the coronavirus pandemic merits extreme continuous precaution could be gauged from the state cabinet deciding to continue with the lockdown


No room for laxity

The public must be heaving a huge sigh of relief that the second Covid-19 patient in the state too has tested negative on Saturday.


Tension over tribute event

LACK of harmony amongst the various communities settling in the state; in-spite of constant efforts by both the government


Mob violence here to stay ?

THE unsavoury incident of Upokpi Khunou village in Bishnupur district on October 6 wherein a man and woman were abused,


CAB relief for ‘protected’North East states

SIMILAR to the BJP national leaders, home minister Amit Shah in particular,


Coalition of unreliable colleagues

IT’S pretty obvious that chief minister Biren would be feeling emancipated after the BJP central leaders,


NE indigenes’ clear-cut stand against CAB

PROTEST demonstrations and rallies held across the northeast region on Thursday against the Union government’s fresh bid to enact the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 are yet another reminder that the region’s indigenous communities


Will justice be delivered to Pravish Chanam?

REGARDLESS of the inordinate delay in formally registering an FIR nearly 22 months after the controversial death of Pravish Chanam in Uttar Pradesh,


Congress’ dynastic politics at stake

IF at all exit poll projections of the BJP-led alliance returning to power in the 17th Lok Sabha turns out to be true when the election results are announced,


Pitiable condition of government schools

IT’S not the first time that the pathetic conditions of government schools have been laid bare by students or civil society organisations and is unlikely to be last in case some prompt and serious efforts are not made to address the issues.


Tense moment for opposition parties

OF all the national and regional political organisations that campaigned vigorously for the 17th Lok Sabha elections with the sole objective to unseat the Narendra Modi government,


Not so friendly contest

THOUGH expression of low opinion against the rival candidates had been the common narratives in electoral politics, National People’s Party (NPP) legislator and deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar alleging that candidates fielded by BJP and NPF for the Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency have the backing of armed outfits is a serious charge.


NEDA revival and BJP’s Congress-mukt agenda

THOUGH BJP managed to resurrect the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) and lend substance to its formation by bringing on board the alliance partners,


Modi factor to decide BJP’s fate

IT’S an established fact that electoral outcomes have been notoriously difficult to predict on account of vastly incongruent socio-political aspirations and differences in religious belief among the Indian voters.


2022 water vision at Centre’s mercy

HAVING endured shortage of potable water supply for the past many decades, citizens residing in Imphal are unlikely to feel or vocally express remorse that they would have to wait till year 2022 for the situation to improve.


Back to square one?

PROMINENT Naga civil societies deciding to forego the much anticipated consultative meeting with Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi will not only pose a serious hurdle to efforts for ironing out all differences before sealing the final deal on the Naga political issue but also manifests that the Naga public are utterly disappointed over continuation of the dialogue process for a protracted period with no sign of any tangible solution in sight.


Toothless district councils!

CHAIRMEN of six Autonomous District Councils threatening to drag the government of Manipur to the court over alleged inaction to devolve power to the councils sums up the utter frustration of the grassroots level elected people’s representatives.


Will the exams be a smooth affair?

WITH cessation of the anti-CAB agitations, parents and students felt emancipated that conduct of the class X, XI and XII examinations will face no disruption.


Bill apprehension validated

BHARATIYA Janata Party chief Amit Shah’s assertion on Sunday that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be one of its manifestoes for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections has validated that expression of strong suspicion by civil societies


Silencing the critics

Amid outcries against jailing of journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem under the National Security Act and attempts to drive home the message that critics speak as and when some policy matters are not to the satisfaction of the public,


Time to talk sensibly, act swiftly

It’s hard to digest that chief minister N Biren continues to brand the mass protest against the Centre’s bid to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the parliament as a movement instigated by rival political parties.


NE relieved as Parliament ends in chaos

THOUGH disruption caused to normal chores tantamount to trampling the fundamental rights of the citizens, bandhs or strikes remain the only potent weapon for the dissented public to air grievances whenever the establishment deviates from expected line.


Lessons learnt from CAB

WITH the Rajya Sabha’s last session ending without passing the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the northeast people could finally breathe with some relief. 


Undesired confusion over CAB movement

CIRCULATION of false rumour would be the last thing people of Manipur would expect at such a critical juncture when the state remains in the grip of high tension ever since the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha.


SC boost to ban bandh

WITH the Supreme Court, yet again, heavily censuring all agitations that cause disruptions to normal chores and public life along with issuing strong instruction to the government to imprison and extract monetary penalties from bandh/strike sponsors, it could be safely concluded that Manipur police will be facing more torrid times in case the apex court decree is to be executed in spirit and letter.


Changing dynamics of bandhs in Manipur

IT seems that the present regime is trying to drive home the message that those who do not fall in line with its scheme of things will be dealt with without any impunity under laws of the land.


Mob violence

AUDACITY of those who uploaded video clippings of the Tharoijam incident; and probably were part of the thrashing, implies that the mob was neither impressed with the law enforcement agencies nor undeterred by the fact that law of land will eventually catch up with them.


KNO threat to abrogate peace

WITH uncountable number of Kuki families yet to recover or are simply unwilling to forget the shocking experience of seeing their near and dear ones shot and bludgeoned mercilessly to death for no fault of theirs during the tumultuous Naga-Kuki clash in the 1990s, the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) president PS Haokip threatening to take up arms again during the Kuki Black Day observance speech at Churachandpur town was on expected lines.


Disgruntled foot soldiers

WHILE it would be outright presumptuous to foretell fresh strategies which the military action schemers of the Indian army might be adopting to sustain the counter-insurgency operation in the North East, it would not be totally out of context to speculate that the new tactics will be a blend of crackdowns marked by military precision and taking extreme precautions to avoid causing harm to civilians or immobilised members of outlawed armed organisations.


Hapless bureaucrats

SOME top officials doubting judicious implementation of the BJP government’s transfer and posting policy was on expected lines if one takes into account of the frequent issuance of orders for shifting assignments and job stations of MCS and IAS officers.


Framing ‘fearless’ commandos

REGARDLESS of the slight delay in complying with the Supreme Court order for investigation and registration of FIRs into allegations of fake encounter killings that took place in the state in the initial stage, the CBI submitting a series of reports and accusing security forces of questionable conduct suggests that the probe process is gathering pace.


Artificial shortage of fertilisers?

IMPROMPTU agitation by farmers against government’s failure to ensure them adequate supply of fertilisers sums up plight and pathetic condition of the food producers.


Essence of celebrating Manipuri Language Day

THOUGH its lyricism and precision might not yet have contributed anything substantial to the worlds of philosophy, science and arts in-spite of having an enviable history, it’s a matter of great pride that Manipuri is among the few Indian languages to be included in the 8th Schedule.


Endless challenges for Government

ENDING the record-breaking economic blockade in 2016-17 along the two lifelines of Manipur; enforced to denounce the previous government’s creation of seven new districts and which the blockade enforcers took as counteraction to the aspiration for integration of Naga-inhabited areas, was one of the success stories that marked the advent of the BJP-led coalition government in the state.


Bid to dilute ancestors’ patriotic zeal

THOUGH interpretations vary and its exposition inexplicable, freedom; be it of nations or individuals, is an unrivalled blessing and this intrinsic value had been the driving force for the antiquely armed Manipuri forefathers to dare to challenge the might of the globe-trotting British soldiers in the epochal Khongjom War of 1891.


Relevance of NRC in NE states

THOUGH controversy continues, albeit created by increasingly shrinking number of opposition leaders, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) published some days back in Assam has started to make those who matters most in other north-eastern states to stand up, feel the experience and mull over that this exercise might be the most effective mechanism to safeguard the native people from the impact of growing infiltration of both migrant workers and illegal immigrants.


Tightening noose around CBI’s neck

THOUGH the Supreme Court had on Friday directed the CBI director to appear before it and explain reason for the slow pace of investigation into the alleged extra-judicial killings in the state the probe agency is unlikely to come up with any firm commitment or dramatic revelations other than seek more time to carry on the investigation.


Tougher challenges ahead

CONTRARY to widespread speculation that the just concluded monsoon session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly might be a stormy one – both inside and outside the dome, in view of the various sensitive and contentious issues besieging the state, the two sittings passed off by and large in a cordial manner in comparison with the past sessions.


The greatest show on earth

IT’S no secret that Manipur have some of the most passionate football fans in the world. Though football and Manipur have been somewhat synonymous for the past many years, the craze for the beautiful game gets feverish pitch after every four years due to the Fifa World Cups.


We badly need open spaces

I often hear many people talk about the need to develop local parks in the valley instead of constructing unplanned community halls.


Thorny issues at the Government’s doorstep

Putting continuous efforts to remove the emotional and developmental gaps amongst various communities of the state, focusing on inclusive and harmonious development and implementing citizen-centric and corruption-free policies, to name a few, have been the hall-mark of the BJP-led government in Manipur.


SC keen to take final call on fake encounters

THE Supreme Court directing the CBI on Thursday to file final reports in four cases of alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in Manipur drives home the message that the three-judge bench is keen to take a final call on the matter at the soonest possible even if the investigation into many other similar allegations drags on. That the apex court had also emphasised on active involvement of the National


Is protest against eviction drive justifiable?

SHUTDOWN enforced in Muslim populated areas on Tuesday in denunciation of the eviction drive carried out at Awaching area in Imphal East is the second such protests experienced this year against the government decision to either sanitise reserved forest areas or cleanse the river banks of unauthorised structures.


Toothless rights commission

THE Supreme Court of India directing greater involvement of the National Human Rights Commission in the on-going investigation into cases of alleged fake encounter killings in Manipur leaves no doubt that the apex court is determined to deliver justice to those who have been exterminated or are nursing physical and mental suffering due to excesses committed by security forces.


Ill-equipped to tackle fishy traders ?

IT’S a pity that in-spite of past incidences of food safety unit officials as well as NGO volunteers detecting, seizing and sealing food outlets for not complying with standard regulations, the government of Manipur is still depending on confirmation of result of fish samples collected for testing subsequent to detection of suspected formalin traces in imported fish.


Reaching out to CSOs over ILP stalemate

YET another assembly session is round the corner and this time too it is unlikely to be any different from the past sessions, at-least on the streets of the capital city and around fortress-like assembly complex as there are more than a handful of pending issues before the government.


Congress leaders’ take on GTV

CONGRESS leaders equating the ‘Go to Village’ (GTV) mission to an attempt by the BJP-led government to involve party loyalists, who suffered defeat in the assembly elections, in the governance is unlikely to impress those rural folks who are finally getting an inkling of what transparent governance is all about.


Firm resolve to tackle plastic menace inevitable

THE mounting garbage crisis in Imphal testifies that the government is literally moving the waste matter from point A to point B and wishing the problem will simply go away.


Yoga Day: Outlandish interpretation

IT is a matter of great pride for India that International Yoga Day is being adopted across the globe as one milestone marker of wellness. The celebration is an endorsement of yoga's universal acceptance and appeal.


Narco-politics soiling democratic ethos

THE spurt in drug smuggling, frequent recovery of huge quantities of narcotic drugs and arrest of peddlers in the state all sum up seriousness of the drug menace to the society.


Students bearing brunt of agitations

IT is disheartening to learn that the on-going agitation in Manipur University and the cease work strike of government employees is threatening to ruin the precious career of thousands of students of Manipur.


Unity wall blocking Naga unification process

THE NSCN-K’s ambush on 6 Dogra Regiment in Chandel district in 2015 and the latest incident of attacking a patrol party of the Assam Rifles in Mon district of Nagaland are not expected to pose any hurdle to the Naga peace talks, but the demands of the NSCN-IM for integration of all contagious Naga areas, remain tricky as ever.


Post-flood situation: Testing time for Govt

EXCESSIVE rainfall and flooding normally associated with the monsoons compared with acute scarcity of potable water during the short dry spells have been two starkly contrasting characteristics of Manipur for the past many years.


Happy ending to hospital bickering

THE hue and cry raised by people of Khundrakpam assembly constituency and adjoining areas against the plan to relocate the site of the proposed Imphal east district hospital from Sagolmang Khewa to Kyamgei


Secularism under threat!

THOUGH the opposition parties, the Congress in particular, have been treading cautiously not to upset the guardians of law, it is gradually getting crystal clear that the deaths of eleven protesters during the recent violent agitation by Dalits against dilution of constitutional provisions for their safeguard has provided the firepower to non-BJP political organisations; excluding the NDA allies, to project the BJP-headed Union government as anti-thesis to the secular ethos of India.


Rage over shifting of district hospital

REGARDLESS of the clarification issued by the health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar that shifting of construction site of the Imphal East district hospital from Sagolmang to Kyamgei is due to lack of consensus over land acquisition, people of Khundrakpam assembly constituency under which Sagolmang falls, have every reason to suspect that change of site is a political plot.


Finally, focus on plight of rural poor

THE government of Manipur’s plan for reaching out to the rural folks in the valley districts under the catchy ‘Go to the Village’ slogan, which is set for kick-off from the first week of May, is yet another testimony about the government’s efforts towards bringing uniform development in the state.


Political ruckus amid uncertain future

LIKE everywhere else, people of Manipur too yearn for peace, prosperity, justice, welfare, liberty, safety, etc. etc., though various issues gripping the state at the juncture and radical differences amongst the ethnic groups towards how those goals can best be achieved clearly indicate that most of these desires will remain elusive.


Conceiving the Concept of Street Park at Khwairamband Keithel

Come November and we have the biggest tourism extravaganza – the Sangai Manipur Tourism Festival 2017 – happening in our midst, with or without the desired charm and flavour.


Will air ambulance service ever take off?

THOUGH it is heartening to hear chief minister N Biren Singh announcing to launch special social security scheme for widows and differently-abled persons this month and formally implement the same by December 3, the air ambulance initiative of the government appears to be making not much progress if health minister L Jayantakumar’s remarks on Tuesday is any indication.


Lethargic approach to tourist circuit projects

NON-completion of the land acquisition formalities related to tourist circuit projects at Ningthoukhong, Phubala and Moreh areas is without any doubt anti-thesis to claims that the state government is seriously focused to tap the vast potential in the tourism sector.


Mega dams’ impact on native people

Among others, undermining the need to consult the local populace prior to undertaking major construction projects could be the genesis for objections raised against mega dams in the north eastern states at the eastern Himalayan people’s convention, which was organised on Wednesday, as economically underdeveloped communities in the region are of the belief that such massive structures demonstrate both brilliance and arrogance of human ingenuity.


Adding fuel to fire

THE Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) alleging excesses by the state police, in the latter’s pursuit to hunt down members of the students’ organisation for orchestrating the on-going movement to demand reservation of eight assembly constituencies for indigenous people, has the potential to snowball into a major issue in case the state authorities do not exercise restraint or convince the agitation spearhead to come to the negotiating table.


Job promise in scarce Manipur

It is over three months since formation of the BJP-led coalition government but minister Thongam Biswajit still harping on the party’s pre-poll promises to revive sick industrial units, develop industrial infrastructure and give emphasis on skill development to generate sufficient employment opportunity to the youth of Manipur does not justify the mandate or expectation of the people that change of government will usher in an era of over-all progress.


Perforated roads and smart city bid

REGARDLESS of the appreciable thrust being given to improve condition of the national highways and proper maintenance of inter-district routes, state authorities remaining seemingly unmindful of the importance for repairing the pothole dotted roads in and around Imphal is akin to projecting the capital city in poor light and technically surrendering from the race to secure a berth for Imphal among the state capitals for the remaining few slots of the centrally-funded smart city project.


Supreme judgment

FOR those hundreds of families, who have lost their near and dear ones at the hands of both central and state forces or have been involuntarily disappeared, the landmark decision by the Supreme Court on Friday to order investigation into 95 cases of alleged fake encounter killings in Manipur will be nothing less than virtually dismantling the AFSPA immunity shield of the military personnel.


Cleansing Nambul river to preserve state’s history

On account of the latest campaign to save the Loktak Lake from human ignorance giving emphasis on collecting waste materials from the confluence of the Nambul river, before the polluting substances reach the water body, the initiative appears to be realistic.


Unnatural growth in population

LEAVING aside the normally congested market places, casual glances around residential pockets of the twin capital districts will give a clear picture about rapid change in the demography.


Ringui boost to afforestation objectives

TO be honest, decision taken by the villagers of Ringui in Ukhrul district to designate specific forest areas as conservation sites as well as to ban use of toxic chemicals for agricultural purpose would be more effective in maintaining ecological balance than the declaration by forests and environment minister Th Shyamkumar that the forest department will focus on successful growth of the tree saplings planted on the occasion of ‘Van Mahotsav’ on July 7.


Will GST face lift Manipur?

FOLLOWING up on its promise to transform Manipur into a thriving, developed state, the BJP-led coalition government has introduced hordes of schemes in its first 100 days in office in addition to keeping firm focus on providing efficient and transparent administration at all levels and as such there is no reason for chief minister N Biren to whine over the state’s poor financial position for streamlining the revenue collection mechanism is bound to have healthy impact to the local economy.


Lessons from monsoon havoc

TORRENTIAL rainfall for few hours leading to sudden rise in the level of water of major rivers flowing through the two capital districts and embankments of almost all rivers getting breached at different points are clear indications about serious ecological imbalance in the state.


Political rhetoric and 100-day programme

GOING by the spree of launching projects and announcing welfare schemes under its 100 days programme coupled with the Union government assuring that fund shortage will not be an issue, Manipur is destined to witness positive changes in the coming years in case those responsible for overseeing implementation of the developmental projects could maintain transparency and work judiciously.


NH-37 back in the limelight

WITH oil tanker drivers deciding to ply on the Imphal-Jiribam section of National Highway-37, the highway stretch is set to hit the news headlines more frequently from now on, in case authorities concerned could not ensure proper maintenance of the route.


Miscreants on the prowl

REGARDLESS of the government giving assurances to transport operators for making the national highways safe the latest incident of unknown gunmen attacking an oil tanker in a Kangpokpi district area suggests that miscreants continue to prowl the lifeline and could launch attack anytime, anywhere.


One step forward, two steps back?

CHIEF minister N Biren’s assurance to the delegation of Mao-based civil societies and students’ organisations for bringing an early settlement to the latest incident of Angami people from neighbouring Nagaland disturbing movement of vehicles and transportation of goods along the Imphal-Dimapur section of the national highway as well as alleged encroachment on the land of the Mao people, is unlikely to fructify through the conventional method of negotiation or exerting pressure upon the governments of India and Nagaland.


Homely homes for older people

Owing to rapid advancement in medical science,the most significant demographic trend has been the marked increase in human lifespans and the citizens enjoying longer spells of good health though for some longevity in the lifespan also means having to survive with longer spells in poor health.


Still ‘Looking East’?

WITH the exception of political personalities continuing to play the Act East Policy cards whenever they come for official visits to the north-eastern states, Manipur in particular, there seems to be hardly any signs of the ambitious plan materialising any sooner on account of absence of even basic infrastructure for transportation of goods, not to speak of managing increased volume of transaction.


Irreparably damaged?

ALONG with continuous report about landslides, earth cracks and flash floods making life miserable for many in both the hill and valley areas of Manipur, the degree of destruction and threat posed to human due by natural calamities leaves no doubt that irreparable damage has been caused to the environment.


Cash windfall for rote learning?

COMPARED to none from the many government schools being able to produce even a single student among the top-25 rank holders in the recently declared result of the HSLC 2017 examination, private educational institutions not only hogging the limelight for the past many years but also handing out eye-boggling cash incentives and floating attractive schemes to lure meritorious students speak volume about the intensity of competition amongst the latter schools.


Boosting sportspersons’ morale

YOUTH Affairs and Sports Minister Letpao Haokip announcing that the daily allowances given to sportspersons of all disciplines, who represent the state at national level competitions, will be increased to Rs 1000 from the existing Rs 200, is undoubtedly one of the most significant and commendable decisions ever taken by any government.


Manipur’s pride

All four top-three position holders of the HSLC 2017 examination setting different professional targets but the same quartet having unequivocally firm resolutions to contribute their mite in the state’s overall development and betterment of the citizens is something to cheer about.


Tobacco threat to society

RAIDS being conducted to enforce the ban on consumption and sale of tobacco products coupled with continuous seizure of large quantities of the health hazardous items suggest that there has been no decline in the number of users of tobacco items in Manipur.


Success with a message

THERE might be many others whose tales of experiencing extreme hardships in preparing for the higher secondary examination have gone untold unlike that of commerce stream fourth position holder Thounaojam Loyangamba and Chinglemba Chingtham, who secured the 11th position in science stream.


Campaign to protect rogue riders

‘NO helmet, no petrol’ campaign being undertaken by the police department, with the traffic control police spearheading the drive, reflects not only apparent lack of awareness among the state masses about road safety and traffic regulations but defiance of the safety norms wilfully, particularly by the youngsters who are seen zipping across the streets on their two-wheelers.


Justice and the juvenile

Consent of the Juvenile Justice Board on Wednesday for conducting ossification test on one accused in the infamous Phaknung gang-rape case while holding his five other ‘partners in crime’ as juvenile might not go down well with various civil society organisations which have been demanding that age of all those involved in the beastly act should be determined through the standard existing procedures.


Social harmony inevitable for tourism development

POOR infrastructure for industrial development in Manipur has virtually left tourism among the few viable options to generate invaluable income and improve the state’s economy.


Sops to counter insurgency in Manipur

BY all aspects, approval given by the state cabinet on Sunday to the revised surrender policy and increasing the monthly stipend of surrendered militants from Rs 4000 to Rs 8000 is intended to solve the protracted problem of insurgency in Manipur for ushering in peace in the state. 


Thriving timber smuggling

AMID commonly accepted view that over the last several years, timber smuggling in large volumes from the interior areas of Manipur has been consequently causing serious economic losses and extensive environmental damage, forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar carrying out vigorous drives to curb unauthorised transportation of forest produce deserves appreciation and support by every stakeholder.


Crackdown on corrupt elements

RIDING on the wave of popularity of the demonetisation drive, that is believed to have paid electoral dividends in four out of five states which went to the polls in February-March this year, the Narendra Modi government has been focusing to end the corruption culture as is evident from anti-graft agencies coming down hard on corrupt elements through nationwide crackdown.


Festival of hope

AFTER years of distrust and strong undercurrent of ill-will against one another, the annual Shirui Lily festival in Ukhrul district, which has been raised to a state level extravaganza of cultural activities and tourism promotional event, is expected to be the much-needed platform for not only restoring the age-old relationships amongst the indigenous communities of Manipur but also building friendships with Nagaland.


Thriving oil syndicate

THE raid conducted at the storehouse of a brick field on Thursday resulting in the seizure of large potable containers and chemicals used as colouring agents could just be the proverbial tip of the iceberg about existence of a flourishing 'oil syndicate' in the state.


Ccpur MoU no solution to ILP issue?

 BY signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the JAC-AATB, Churachandpur on Wednesday, the BJP-led coalition government could claim the pact as yet another positive development towards bridging the palpable trust deficit between the hill and valley people.


Nagaland CM’s friendly gesture

REGARDLESS of mixed reactions generation from different quarters, Nagaland chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu’s first visit to Imphal on Tuesday gives a hint that change in government or more particularly rule by like-minded political parties could pave the way for improving inter-state relations.


Perils of Act East Policy to Manipur

THERE may be many native entrepreneurs, who are eager to explore the opportunities of striking trade relationships with their counterparts in south-east Asian countries under India’s Act East Policy.


Forest banditry in Jiribam

APART from the illegal but thriving trade on forest products, the on-going visit by the forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar in Jiribam district is likely to unearth various administrative anomalies and serve as an opportunity to understanding the plight of citizens in the border district.


Erasing memories of the dark-age

Regardless of sporadic complaints about erratic power supply, mainly due to technical factors such as outage and replacement of transformers and power line stringing works, the overall power supply situation in Manipur has improved appreciably ever since the pre-paid billing system was introduced in the last term of 15 years’ tenure of the then Congress government.


Modi factor in state’s prosperity

Though there is no official announcement yet on common minimum programme, which has been the hallmark for any coalition government formed so far, at the national or state level, the new administration headed by chief minister Nongthombam Biren seems to be wasting no time in acting on the promises made in the run-up to the state assembly elections.


Mapithel dam tangle

For the last many years rehabilitation and resettlement of families affected or displaced by the construction of Thoubal multi-purpose project remain the most vital and sensitive issue.


Attacking Manipur’s lifelines

THE second attack by gunmen on convoys of petroleum product carriers in less than a fortnight along the National Highway-2, once again brings to the fore that the transport workers not only have to navigate through the potholes-riddled stretches of the so-called national highways but also that these lifelines have literally been graveyards for the driver and their assistants.


Quest to cheer up mood of hill people

AFTER his epochal visit to Ukhrul district on April 11, during which Rs 201-crore development package was announced, chief minister Nongthombam Biren seems to be striking the right chord in winning the hearts of the hill people and regaining their trust upon the new government, if one takes into account of the overwhelming response generated from the people of Kangpokpi district on Wednesday.


Political vendetta for public welfare

TO the political detractors, the Ministry of tribal affairs’ move for instituting investigations to establish whether or not funds allocated for various welfare projects of the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes communities were judiciously utilised, could ostensibly be not only to uncover subversive activities, if any, but also to actually harass and undermine those with differing views.


Aayog vision and challenges for Manipur

THOUGH the government think tank NITI Aayog’s vision for convenient subsistence to all the citizens by ensuring them houses with proper toilets, vehicles, regular power supply and even the luxury of living in air conditioned homes with digital connectivity in 15 years is worth appreciating, such a long term vision would be akin to mocking those who are currently enduring a wretched lifestyle.


Benefits of Centre-state harmony

TAKING into account of the sops being doled out by the Union government to Manipur regularly after the BJP formed a coalition government, it could be safely concluded that the Centre-state relations improve significantly when the same political party holds the rein of power.


AFSPA cruelties under scanner

THE on-going hearing in the Supreme Court over alleged extra-judicial executions in Manipur, involving both Central and state security personnel, seems to be heading towards a face-off and blame-game between the army authorities and the state government if the army’s contention, that the judicial probes conducted into rape and murder charges against its personnel in Manipur were biased and slanted against them due to local factors, could be corroborated.


Doomsday for trigger happy men in uniform!

THE directive issued by the Supreme Court for investigation into three cases of rape and murder in 2003 in Manipur, out of 1528 complaints the court has received in connection with excesses allegedly committed by the security forces operating in the state, will definitely compel the personnel of armed forces to think twice before they pull the trigger next time.


Rumblings within coalition partners

WITH the exception of BJP comfortably winning the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, as well as the Congress regaining power in Punjab, the hung mandates in Goa and Manipur had offset some intense post-poll politicking. Though the Goa political cauldron appears to have cooled down with BJP eventually managing to cobble up a majority, formation of the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur is apparently far from achieving the goal of political stability if the resignation letter tendered by health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar is of any indication.


Tough days ahead for Biren government

NO doubt, chief minister N Biren and his ministerial colleagues were accorded hearty welcome throughout their journey, starting from the fringe villages till the Ukhrul district headquarters on Tuesday.


Test on sincerity of enforcing agents

THE Supreme Court ordering closure of liquor shops along national and state highways followed by the Lok Sabha passing the draft legislation to amend the Motor Vehicles Act merit appreciation by all selfless and right thinking citizens as both are aimed at checking loss of precious lives.


Bogus assurances on ambiguous agreement?

NON-disclosure of contents of the framework agreement, which the Union government signed with the NSCN-IM in August 2015, remains a headache for the Central leaders on account of posers being raised from various quarters on the rationale for keeping the details under wrap while in Manipur obscurity of the pact continues to create ripples.


Question leak and quality education

IF at all education minister Th Radheshyam’s suspicion about involvement of ‘inside hands’ in the leakage of physics paper question of the on-going higher secondary examination turns out to be true, then the evolving situation could anti-thesis to concerted efforts by civil societies and students’ organisations to promote quality education in Manipur.


NGOs under ministry scanner

NOTWITHSTANDING the official record of 828 NGOs operating in Manipur, out of the country’s total of 60,000, the tiny state lagging behind in varied aspects suggests that many of them have not been dispensing their responsibilities in the right earnest.


Suspicion root cause of Keithel chaos!

THE current bickering between licence holders and women street vendors over vending space in Khwairamband Keithel betrays uniqueness of the market place as the epicentre of many epochal events that consequently attributed to shaping the history of Manipur.


Controversies over using EVMs

IN the aftermath of the BJP sweeping to power in the recent Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, political organisations, particularly those that bit the dust in the polls, have been raising posers over reliability of the electronic voting machine (EVM) used while at the same time suggesting that the Election Commission of India should revert to the traditional system of using ballot papers.


Digital mode of payment and Manipur

THOUGH use of cash or currency is still the easiest and most-practiced form of transactions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be determined to transform the mode of payment through the digital system in his endeavour to put an effective curb on corruption.


Bold moves to check corruption

AMONG other recent developments, chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh allowing visitors to carry mobile phones inside government offices in order to empower the public to use them as a tool for recording any corrupt practices as well as consumer affairs, food and public distribution (CAF & PD) minister Karam Shyam declaring that the public distribution system will be streamlined are certain to draw the attention of the state’s masses, who for long have been longing for a system through which qualified and deserving persons are not deprived of their rights.


Bold moves to settle niggling issues

AFTER the success in convincing the United Naga Council to lift the protracted economic blockade imposed along the two national highways in Manipur sector, the BJP led coalition government seems equally determined to bring an amicable end to the impasse over the passing of three bills, which the previous Congress regime initiated to uphold interest of the indigenous communities settling in the state.


Scourge of unfair means in exams

AMID campaigns by many students’ organisations to streamline the education system and bring an end to the culture of using unfair means during examinations conducted by state or central boards/councils, reports published in most of the state dailies about an invigilator assisting students appearing in the on-going HSLC examination at a private centre in Wangoi to take recourse to unfair means tantamount to undermining the collective efforts for eradicating the malaise of mass copying.


District cauldron

WITH the March 19 tripartite talk in Senapati district headquarters resulting in the Government of Manipur’s representatives agreeing to consult all stakeholders as part of the fresh process to redress grievances of the United Naga Council (UNC) in the aftermath of the previous Congress regime creating seven new districts, it would be premature to construe at this juncture that the record-breaking economic blockade has ended for good.


Translating assurances into action

THE new BJP-headed coalition government has on Sunday finally managed to end the record-breaking economic blockade, which the United Naga Council (UNC) had imposed since November 1, 2016 to protest decision of the then Congress government to create seven new districts.


Sleeping with the Enemy!

REGARDLESS of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders announcing during their campaigning for the just concluded Manipur Legislative Assembly elections that the saffron party will not have pre-alliance with the Naga People’s Front (NPF), in addition to stammering when posers were raised on whether it would strike post-poll understanding with the Nagaland-headquartered political organisation, the four NPF MLAs have eventually turned out to be important players in the formation of the new BJP government in Manipur.


Finer points missed by campaign leaders

OF the many issues raked up by political parties during the exhaustive campaigning for the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly elections, the framework agreement signed in August 2015 between the Centre and the NSCN-IM, apprehension over the territorial integrity of Manipur in the aftermath of the Indo-Naga peace parleys, the recording-breaking economic blockade along the two national highways in Manipur and creation of seven new districts were the dominant ones.


Anxious wait for poll verdict

MANIPUR could be on the verge of turning over a new leaf in its political history on Saturday when counting of votes cast in the two phases of assembly elections on March 4 and 8 for the 60 assembly seats takes place.


International women’s day

THE phrase, ‘The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation’, aptly defines importance of the mother, their roles and influence upon the children, who are the future pillars of the nation.


Ultimate test for CEO

THOUGH the public address system fell silent and the dust from the over two month-long electioneering settled as parties wrapped up their campaign for the second and final phase of assembly polls in Manipur on Monday, the March 8 voting will be the ultimate test for the chief electoral officer and his poll-management teams as most of the polling stations in the second phase of the crucial adult franchise are located in the interior pockets of hill districts.


Dissecting healthy turn out of voters

THOUGH the run-up to the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly elections was marred by stray incidents of clashes amongst supporters of rival candidates and opening fire at houses and political camps set up at the locality level, especially in assembly constituencies located in the rural areas, the first phase polling ended on Saturday without any major election-related incidents with a healthy turn-out of 84 per cent of the voters exercising their franchise.


Election of the rich and powerful

MANIPUR goes to the polls for the eleventh time to elect a new ‘house of the people’ in two phases on March 4 and 8. Though the past three assembly elections had relatively been an easy outing for the Indian National Congress, this time around the outcome is likely to be different owing to sharp polarisation of the voters in the hills and valley assembly constituencies as the democratic duel is being fought on various sensitive issues.


Rumbling overframework agreement

THOUGH the contents of the framework agreement have not yet been put in the public domain, which is eventually leading to differing perceptions amongst the various stakeholders, the pact between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM signed on August 3, 2015 had brought glimmers of hope amongst the Naga populace.


Acrimonious battle for power

WITH campaigning by different political parties getting intensified and the blame-game involving prominent figures, in the run-up to the March 4 and 8 assembly polls, nearing its crescendo there is little to doubt that the race for the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly will be one of the most bitterly contested battles ever witnessed in the state.


Testing time for Ibobi & Co

One development which even the politically naïve person could have noticed in the ceaseless blame-game between leaders of the Congress party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in the run-up to the state assembly elections, is the growing discord between the Central and the state governments.


Burglarising education

AMID campaigns to make the education sector ‘disturbance-free zone’, reports of private educational institutions in Kangpokpi district deciding to remain shut for an undisclosed period over monetary demand served by armed organisations is nothing less than an anti-thesis to the efforts for ensuring that the future pillars of the society are not deprived of their fundamental rights.


Ambushing democracy

TWO state security force personnel sustaining injuries when unknown militants ambushed the security convoy of deputy chief minister Gaikhangam on Wednesday, when the latter was en-route to his native village in Tamenglong district, suggests that the Manipur assembly elections will be far from being a peaceful, not to speak of being a free and fair democratic exercise as envisioned the Election Commission of India.


Stage set for decisive polls

WITH the last date for withdrawal of candidature ending on Monday and 200 candidates remaining in the fray for the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly elections, the stage is finally set for the crucial polls, which many consider will see a bitter contest amongst established political parties as well as newly floated entities.


Fractious agreement!

UNION home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday declaring that the framework agreement, signed in August 2015 between the Centre and the NSCN-IM, will not affect the territorial integrity of Manipur might have allayed apprehension of certain section of the society but his flat rejection that contents of the pact have nothing to do with redrawing the map of Manipur or other north eastern states, is likely to stir the proverbial hornet’s nest as the same agreement is being heralded as a path-breaking truce towards solving the vexed Naga political issue.


Will the Modi factor work in Manipur?

MANY central leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party rushing in to Manipur to join the election campaign for party candidates clearly testifies that the political party, which is holding the reins of power at the centre, is determined to end the three-term rule of the Congress government and launch its innings in the eastern most state of the country.


Zeliang sacrificed for Naga machismo?

NAGALAND chief minister TR Zeliang dashing to New Delhi to appraise the Central government leaders on the fast changing socio-political scenario in the hilly state, which has been on the boil in the wake of massive protests against reservation for women in local body elections, seems to be aimed at driving home the message to all, including his colleagues in the Naga People’s Party (NPF), that he will not give up the coveted post without a fight, if at all it necessitates the involvement/intervention by the Centre.


Why no braying for NH-37 spruce-up?

FOR the past few days disparaging comments by political leaders against their opponents have been occupying maximum space of state dailies in the run-up to the two-phase 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly elections, for which votes would be cast on March 4 and 8.


Reopening Pandora’s Box?

WITH the District & Sessions Judge, Imphal West allowing a plea by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Imphal branch to launch fresh probe into the killing of Chungkham Sanjit Singh of Khurai Sajor Leikai, a surrendered member of an insurgent group, in firing by police commandos on July 23, 2009, it must have given a great sense of relief to mother of the slain youth.


Lesson from down south

EVEN as political parties, which are eyeing to form the next government in Manipur, continue to spar against each other over multiple issues afflicting the scenically blessed but politically nondescript state, from national perspective, down south in Tamil Nadu the ruling AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala’s aspiration to become the chief minister has been abruptly ended after the Supreme Court on Tuesday restored her conviction in a disproportionate assets case.


State polls and move to ban UNC

With the Central government not confident that current economic blockade by United Naga Council will allow peaceful elections in Manipur and the state government apparently peeved by the dogged resistance of the agitating council to lift the siege on the national highways, the latter’s decision to process for declaring UNC as an unlawful organisation was on expected line.


Women reservation cauldron in Nagaland

SIMILAR to the role being played by the womenfolk of Manipur, women’s organisations in Nagaland spearheaded by the influential Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) have been fighting social evils and serving as agents of peace for years.


Nagaland unrest and Manipur polls

IN view of the United Naga Council fiercely opposing granting of district status to Kuki dominated Kangpokpi and the agitating council having cordial relationship with the Naga People’s Front (NPF); the Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi District’s decision of imposing restrictions on political activities of the NPF, in endorsement and support of the boycott call given by the JAC Sadar Hills, is on expected line for the Kuki community must be deeply hurt by UNC’s vociferous protest and protracted economic blockade over the issue of creating seven new districts.


BLOCKADE: Ripe menu for poll campaign

 THE emergency meeting of Presidential Council of the United Naga Council (UNC) convened Tuesday deciding to persevere with the on-going indefinite economic blockade, ban on national projects and picketing of government offices in Naga inhabited areas followed by the state’s home department coming up with a clarification that the UNC’s stand to sustain the agitation is against the spirit of an agreement reached in the February 3 meeting in New Delhi are cause for concern and great confusion to the public.


New blockade record in sight

With the agitating United Naga Council’s presidential council meeting held on Tuesday in Senapati district headquarters deciding to continue with the on-going economic blockade along the two national highways that connect Manipur with other parts of the country, the common people in this land-locked state are likely to witness creation of yet another unwanted record in the form of the current highway siege surpassing the 120 days of throttling supplies of essential goods into the state in year 2011.


Festival of political stunt artistes

IN the context of established politicians as well as political greenhorns venting angst against their parent organisations for various reasons, particularly on being denied the chance to contest the forthcoming assembly polls under a particular party, but not hesitating to join other political set-up in the pursuit to explore their political future, the run up to one of the most crucial elections in Manipur is gradually transforming into a festival of stunt artistes.


Indian elections and money power

WITH the Congress party too announcing its candidates for the forthcoming Manipur Legislative Assembly election and the BJP, which is emerging as the ruling party’s main rival, likely to soon come out with its full list; campaigning for the election ‘festival’ is all set to reach a feverish pitch after a brief lull in the last few days owing to indecision on the part of the party leaders to finalise their respective nominees.


The Manipur triangle

MANY would be hoping that the February 3 tripartite talks in New Delhi will bring an end to the protracted economic blockade as the siege on the two lifelines of Manipur has not only been causing immense hardships to the common people but also has the potential to heighten communal tension in the multi-ethic society.


Central sops and restive NE

WITH the exception of Assam, where the impact of secessionist movement seems to be negligible, thereby facilitating the largest state in the north east to make steady progress in terms of economic development, most of the other states in the region either continue to be plagued by insurgency or are struggling to get back on the track after years of unrest.


Plentiful petrol inblack market

APART from the common people forced to stand in serpentine queues in front of fuel outlets to get a few litres of petrol, there have been reports about steps taken by both the government and the Indian Oil Corporation to maintain supplies of petroleum products to economic blockade-hit Manipur resulting in shortage of petrol, diesel and cooking gas in two particular states - Tripura and Mizoram.


No takers for Mahatma, many for ‘Gandhi’

LIKE in the past many decades, functions are being held across the nation to remember Mahatma Gandhi, the globally acclaimed icon of peace and religious tolerance, on his death anniversary, even though incidents cropping up every now and then, and issues afflicting the Manipur society at the juncture seem to have betrayed the principles, which the ‘apostle of peace’ and ‘harbinger of equality’ had propagated.


Licence to act responsibly

WITH thousands of youth attaining the age to cast their votes in the ensuing state assembly election there is bound to be subsequent increase in the number of people seeking to possess driving licence.


Challenges for election authority

DIFFERENT events being organised by the office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), under the guidance of the Election Commission of India, to make the people aware of the sanctity of democratic institutions and principles could be construed as determination of the authorities overseeing conduct of Indian elections to cleanse the system of electoral politics.


Drivers exposed to risk

THOUGH the economic blockade being imposed on the two lifelines is hurtling towards the three-month mark, there is hardly any change in the storyline as leaders of the Central and the state governments continue to spar over who should be held responsible for the hardships caused to the public and transport operators remain soft targets for invisible elements, who are hell-bent on creating animosity amongst the indigenous communities .


Everything is fair in politics!

TAKING into account of senior politicians like Y Erabot and N Biren, to relatively newcomers in the political scenario such as Kh Joykisan, Nemcha Kipgen and Vungzagin Valte shifting loyalties from their parent parties for one reason or another, politicians seem to be trying to drive home the point as well as justify that there is no reason to feel embarrassed for abandoning the organisation, which he/she had been projecting as the best, if change in tactics would be beneficial, personally or to people of the constituencies that they represent.

 


Magicians at their best

THE protracted economic blockade being imposed on the two lifelines of Manipur and the ensuing Manipur Legislative Assembly election seem to be the right concoction for astute individuals with political ambition as well as established politicians to pull out their best tricks, just to keep the state masses spellbound.


Sour in centre-state relations?

IT would not be wrong to assume that the continuous sparring between leaders of the Congress government in Manipur and the Union government headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the protracted imposition of economic blockade has exposed souring relations between the Centre and the state.


Ill-treatment of sportspersons

FOR long sportspersons have been the saving grace for a restive state like Manipur and as such they deserve to get proper attention of the government in ensuring that the athletes get the best facility to hone their skills as well as accommodation and food supplements.


Tough talks, insipid measures

Amid the tempestuous mud-slinging involving Congress and BJP leaders, over who actually should make the first move for lifting the on-going economic blockade being enforced on the two lifelines of Manipur, reports about Union home minister Rajnath Singh meeting chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh at the national capital as well as advising Ibobi’s Nagaland counterpart TR Zeliang could be viewed as the Union government eventually acknowledging that Nagaland too could play a pivotal role in restoring normal transportation of essential goods to neighbouring Manipur.


Restive Manipur

Unlike those residing in Manipur, who have for long been longing to experience the true joy of living with calm, peace and tranquillity, people settled in disturbance-free states and cities have all the opportunities to compete with their global counter-parts in diverse fields as is evident from youths of Manipur leaving the strife-torn state in pursuit of higher education.


Significance of observing fuel conservation month

WITH limited sources of natural energy it will be wishful thinking that people of Manipur will not be affected by the global trend of rapid exhaustion of stock of conventional energy reserves.


Back to square one

RATHER than shouldering the responsibility and put in collective efforts to end the protracted economic blockade so that inconveniences being endured by the people of Manipur are eased, the siege laid on the two lifelines of Manipur seem to be the right ingredient for leaders of rival political organisations, particularly the ruling Congress and the BJP, to outdo each other in trading charges in the run up to the ensuing state assembly election.


Plight of Nagaland women

TAKING into account events unfolding in neighbouring Nagaland since announcement to conduct election to the urban local bodies, it needs no reminding that the objections raised against reservation of seats for women has brought direct confrontation between male-centric civil societies and tribe organisations with the state government in addition to ignoring plight of the women.


Omnipotent force enforcing blockade ?

IF the attack on the convoy of goods laden vehicles at Khumji village near Noney town had anything to do with the on-going economic blockade along the two national highways in Manipur sector, then the current stir is likely to create an undesired record of being the longest siege laid on the lifelines.


Manipur’s pride,neighbour’s envy

 National Youth Day, celebrated every year on January 12, and National Sports Day held on August 29 are two events which emphasise that youths are the most important asset of the country and that the nation’s future lies in their hands and activities.


Niggling issues devaluing human resource

 LANDLOCKED Manipur might be the only state where unwanted issues and incidents persist throughout the year.


College teachers to donate day’s salary to CM Relief Fund

College teachers serving under the state government and are members of Federation of Government College Teachers’ Association (FEGOCTA) have decided to donate their one day’s salary to the Chief Minister Relief Fund to fight Coronavirus. 

Newspaper distributors urged to resume service

Expressing strong condemnation against alleged harassment and discrimination of newspaper distributors by certain section of the society, Manipur Peace and Integrity (MAPI) Council has urged all concerned to refrain from such outrageous conduct and appealed to the newspaper distributors to resume their service.

Preventive measures taken up at Lilong

In order to check spread and outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Lilong Municipal Council along with assistance from the Fire Service and Lilong Police personnel sprayed bleaching powders and phenyl at public places located under the jurisdiction of the council.

Youth’s Forum submits memorandum to CM

Highlighting the inconveniences being faced by people of the state amid the lockdown, Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister for arranging essential commodities for public conveniences.

AMCTA hails chief secretary’s appeal

Hailing Manipur Chief Secretary’s appeal for donating one day’s salary to the Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Relief Fund by state employees, All Manipur College Teachers’ Association (AMCTA) decided to contribute to the fund.

Edibles distributed to poor and disabled persons

Former vice president of BJP Manipur Pradesh Thokchom Jadumani distributed food items to poor and disabled persons of Khangabok AC and carried out survey as an initiative to provide relief items to those who are facing hardships due to the current lockdown effective across the country to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

MPCC chief asks Cong workers to help public

In order extend help in the fight against the pandemic Coronavirus, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president has advised all workers and members of units and frontal organisations to reach to the people in distress.

Pharmacy provides aid to Khongjom Police; fogging carried out in public places

A Pharmacy located at Khongjom Keithel provided healthcare and safety equipment including hand sanitisers, masks and hand gloves to personnel of Khongjom police.


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