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Woman commits suicide

Imphal, Sept 2: A woman was found dead by hanging from a tree today morning. The incident occurred at Karang island inside Loktak lake under Keibul Police of Bishnupur District. According to information received from the police, the deceased has been identified as Oinam (o) Tanu Devi, 32 years W/o Oinam Chandrababu Singh. The couple has a ten month old daughter and a police case has been registered after which the husband of the deceased has been taken in for interrogation. The dead body has been moved to RIMS morgue for examination.

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Battling the cancer of corruption


According to the latest result compiled by Forbes, India claimed the dubious distinction of being the ‘Most corrupt country in Asia’. Closer back home, FIR has been registered against a few persons who wielded positions of power and influence including a former chief minister of the state for corruption and alleged involvement in financial irregularities, mismanagement and misappropriations. The two developments cannot have been mere coincidence. Corruption is an all pervading practice which will be neigh impossible to eradicate completely. Yet the fight to contain and reduce its impact on the system should not be allowed to become lax. The public have witnessed and experienced frustrations and untold miseries as a result of the extreme levels of corruption that has been practiced in the state for so long that the practice has become institutionalized- a necessary evil one should indulge in should one wish to get any work done. With the change in government, the state has seen a marginal decrease in the intensity of the practice, and yet it is still very much alive and thriving. Despite the state government putting in efforts to curb the menace by introducing radical steps such as an Anti-Corruption Cell, the response from the public, and more importantly, the action of the Cell on the complaints still leaves a lot to be desired.
There is no dearth of laws and regulations that punishes the corrupt in India. What is sorely missing is the political willpower and earnestness to implement it. And without utilizing these resources and legalities at our disposal, even the most stringent and perfect laws remains a meaningless edict.

The persons against whom FIR has been registered have had their days, and their peculiar mode of functioning while in public office has also been well known. It would not be much of a surprise if every single one of them is found to have indulged in corruption and misappropriations of resources while in office. But the most pertinent question the people of the state has been demanding an answer to is: what happens when and if they are found guilty as charged? While the buck may be passed on to the judiciary to decide the final amount of punishment, yet the government should not wash its hands off the matter. It is high time people who abuse their public positions and power entrusted to them for their personal gain at the expense of the real and rightful beneficiaries be made an example of.
The need of the moment is for the present government is to crack the whip and let everybody know of its intention to weed out corruption which is a very crucial criteria if clean and progressive governance is to replace the system. Mere lip service should give way to pragmatic practices and those found guilty should be given their rightful punishment without any consideration for leniency or affinity. Only a strong, decisive and impartial leader can inspire the same feeling and practice. Time will definitely tell if the present Chief Minister is one such leader or one by circumstances.      

Barak bridge broke down again

Imphal, Sept 2: In yet another setback for the transporters and a cause for concern for the people of the state, the Barak bridge connecting Sibilong and Kambiron along NH-37(Imphal-Jiri Road) broke down again suddenly at around 10 this morning while a fully loaded truck carrying cement was crossing the bridge. However the truck managed to cross the bridge before it broke down. According to the source, one anchor and the supporting iron rod twisted and broke down. Other light vehicles (four wheelers and two wheelers) are using the nearby old bridge to get through with the passengers getting down and passing the same on foot. It will be a couple of days before the bridge is repaired and made pliable again.

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Heikru Hidongba celebrated in the state

Imphal, Sept 2: “Heikru Hidongba” is a socio-religious ceremony performed every year at the moat of Sagolband Bijoy Govinda Leikai, Imphal on the 11th day of the Manipuri Calendar month Langban (coinciding with September) with elements of religious, custom and other traditional belief of creation. “Heikru Hidongba” is one of the several socio-religious ceremonies performed to bring peace and prosperity to the community which was started during the reign of Maharaja Irengba in 984 A.D. With the passage of time and through the reign of several kings, many changes took place in the religious life of the Meiteis. The culmination was attained during the time of Maharaja Bhagychandra. During this time Meidingu Nongpok Leirikhomba (Anantashai) uncle to King Bhagychandra tried hard to preserve the tradition and to effect an adjustment between the old and the new. In 1779, Heikru Hidongba was performed at the moat of Bijoy Govindaji with Shri Shri Bijoy Govindaji from the royal palace coming with customary rites and rituals after the completion of which it was installed in the new temple dedicated by Nongpok Leirikhomba at Sagolband Bijoy Govinda Leikai. In the next year it was decided subsequently to have the Heikru Hidongba festival every year on the 11th day of the month of Langban in Manipuri Calendar. There is a historical background to the moat. It was once known as “Tubi Irel”. Once Meidingu Nongpok Leirikhomba was in jail of the King of Moirang in fetters from where he was freed by the plans of the daughter of Khelei Nungnang Telheiba. Too happy at that, the moat was named Moirang Leima Thangapat, the moat of the Moirang Leima by which name it was also known.
Proceedings of the Heikru Hidongba:
In a twin boat sanctified by the presence of the deity amidst chanting of Sankirtana and music, Arti is offered. Tengmaileppa (who takes care of the boat), Hinao Shaba (who steers the boat), Chang Shaba (who look after the Tengmaileppa), Nourungba (who takes care of leakage of water inside the boat, etc.) and Naomang Shaba (who helps the one who steers the boat) are the main participants of the race who will put on Ningkham and Shamjim, traditional components of the formal dress of such festivities. Some more ornaments are also used. Along with this the King will be present along with the Vishnu. If the King could not be present, in that case Vishnu will occupy the seat where the traditional royal seat is laid out. In keeping with customary traditional, one day before the festival of Heikru Hidongba the King and Vishnu are offered ritual invitation. In the evening boat race practice is carried out. The leaders of the race boat (Tengmaileppa), in the early morning of the Heikru Hidongba festival (early morning between 10th and 11thof Langban Month in Manipuri Calendar) flakes of silver and gold put in anganthak tengnou shaba (well shaped earthen receptacle to put traditional smoke flakes) will be offered to Bijoy Govinda. A garland of 108 heikru (Amla) interspersed with the stem of Hup (a wild grass) and another garland of 108 rice which the peeling is done by hand will be first offered to Bijoy Govinda and afterwards placed at the hull of the boat. Before the boat race starts Bijoy Govinda will have a pleasure of the panoramic scene. The two leaders of the boat (Tengmaileppa) after due offerings to God will start the race. Heikru Hidongba and Hiyang Tannaba
Even though the two appear to be festivity of similar nature, there are lots of differences between the two. As Heikru Hidongba is performed with necessary rituals on the appointed day enjoined by the religious and customary sanctions it necessarily point to the difference between the two. Heikru Hidongba is combination of the three words, namely Heirku+ Hi+Tongba to complete the word Heikru Hidongba. And it is not performed at any other place than at the moat of Bijoy Govinda.

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Human traffickers arrested, girls rescued at CCpur

Imphal, Sept 2: Today morning at about 2:30 am Anti Human trafficking Unit Churachandpur along with a team of women police Churachandpur rescued three girls including one minor who were being trafficked to South East Asia along Moreh-Rangoon route. They were being transported on an Eeco Van which is also seized. Three traffickers including Main agent Ms. Esther Lalpianmawii of Thingkanphai, Churachandpur were arrested as well. She admitted to having done this in the past as well. A case has been registered at the Women Police Station Churachandpur with SDPO Churachandpur as investigating officer. CWC Churachandpur has been roped in for technical support in investigating the case as well.

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Skill Upgradation Programme inaugurated

Imphal, Sept 2: Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons, Manipur Bishnupur Unit in association with Nehru Yuva Kendra  (NYK) Bishnupur District  inaugurated a 3 months Skill Upgradation Programme on Soap & Detergent. Hairiba houdokpagi thouram aduda Nehru Yuva Kendra  (NYK) District Coordinator Lisham Marjit Singh, Social Worker Mv. Jakir and Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons, Manipur Bishnupur Unit Secretary N. Lakhikanta were present as dignitaries at the inaugural ceremony. 25 trainees are participating in the Training programme.

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Skill Upgradation Programme inaugurated

Imphal, Sept 2: Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons, Manipur Bishnupur Unit in association with Nehru Yuva Kendra  (NYK) Bishnupur District  inaugurated a 3 months Skill Upgradation Programme on Soap & Detergent. Hairiba houdokpagi thouram aduda Nehru Yuva Kendra  (NYK) District Coordinator Lisham Marjit Singh, Social Worker Mv. Jakir and Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons, Manipur Bishnupur Unit Secretary N. Lakhikanta were present as dignitaries at the inaugural ceremony. 25 trainees are participating in the Training programme.

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70 years of India’s Independence celebration inaugurated

Imphal, Sept 2 : ‘Yeh India Ka Time Hai’- Celebration of 70 years of Independence and 75th Year of Quit India Movement was inaugurated today at Centenary Hall, Manipur University. The inaugural function was jointly organized by the Manipur University and Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey- VC, Manipur University, Prof. N Lokendra Singh- Dean, School of Social Sciences, Manipur University, Prof. Kh Tomba- Dean, Student’s Welfare, Manipur University and Prof. L Kunjeshwori Devi- Head, Department of History, Manipur University graced the function as Chief Guest, Guests of Honour and President respectively.

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