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Items filtered by date: Friday, 06 April 2018 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Congress strike back: says ‘constitute a committee which consist of media persons to probe the issue’

IT News
Imphal, April 6,

Works Minister Bishwajit’s clarification over the issue of financial irregularities fails to convince the opposition congress leaders, saying that the ruling party BJP is trying to mislead the people by cheap propaganda.
 “If they felt that there is nothing wrong to the issue brought up by the Congress party over the misappropriation of public money then constitute a committee which comprises of  embers from opposition political party, ruling and also at least two from among the journalist fraternity”, Joykishan said talking to reporters at Congress Bhavan today morning.
Senior member of the MPCC K Govindas, , Kh Loken, Th Lokeshware, Fajur Rahman and Okram Henry were also present during the press meet held today.
Joykishan further said that the spokesperson of the BJP led government is trying to mislead the people saying the amount withdrawn is only 3 crore rupess when the actual amount is over Rs. 30 crore.
“This is a big scam of financial irregularities and the ruling government should produiced a white paper on how fraud check have been used for withdrawal of government money”, he said.

Joykishan further added that exchequer of the state government was lapsed on March 28 but there are reports of withdrawing money from it by diverting funds from other source.
“ What the Works Minister Th. Bishwajit had stated is 100% wrong”, Jokishan said .
He further added that Minister Bishwajit is trying to fool the people   by saying that amount which had been sanctioned are being withhold for recovery.
“How can a check that has been be issued from the state exchequer be recover without executive power”, the Congress spokesperson said.
On the other hand MLA Joykishan said that after the lapsed of state exchequer  the state government has failed to pay the salary and pension of the government employees. He however said that pension for employees of Imphal East have been cleared but the remaining employees of other employees in Manipur are yet to receive their salary or pension.
“What is more surprising is that the state government had issued cheque to a black listed contractor” Joykishan said.
He further said that the state exchequer has been lapsed on March 28 , and they issued cheque from the state exchequer after March 28 by diverting fund from other welfare project.

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State govt announces Rs. 15 lakhs each for Mirabai and Sanjita

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Imphal, April 6

The State Government has announced a cash reward of Rs. 15 lakhs each for Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu who have brought laurels to the Nation and the State by winning Gold Medals in Weightlifting event at the 21st Commonwealth Games currently underway at Gold Coast in Australia.
Sanjita Chanu won second Gold Medal for India in the 53 kg category of women’s weightlifting event today.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh congratulated the weightlifter on winning the second Gold medal for the country.
Sanjita clinched Gold Medal in the 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow as well. Born on January 2, 1994, the 24-year-old weightlifter has been playing the sport of weightlifting since 2006.

She won Gold Medal at the Senior National Championship in 2009 before grabbing a Bronze Medal at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in 2011.
In 2012, she again won Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.
 It may be mentioned that Mirabai Chanu won the first Gold Medal for India in the 48 kg category of women’s weightlifting event at 21st Commonwealth Games, 2018 breaking her own and Games records yesterday.
Mirabai Chanu has been representing India in different international events since 2014 in the 48 kg category. She has won the World Championships title and multiple medals at the Commonwealth Games.
Mirabai won Silver Medal in the women’s 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow. Her biggest achievement came in 2017, when she won the Gold Medal at World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, United States.
In recognition of this feat, she was feted by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh by presenting her with a cash prize of Rs. 20 lakhs. Mirabai was awarded the Padmashri by the Government of India for her contributions to the sport in 2018.
As per the Government rule, cash prizes of Rs. 15, Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 8 lakh would be awarded to all the players of the State who win Gold, Silver and Bronze medals respectively in the ongoing Commonwealth Games.

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Everyone should preserve and protect their identity

Imphal, April 6: Art & Culture Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh said it is everyone’s duty to preserve and protect their identity. Minister was speaking as the Chief Guest at the Anniversary of King Kangba at Kangmong at Imphal West under Konthoujam A/C today organized by King Kangba Khubam Sinlup, Kangmong.
He stated that preserving and protecting our own identity is a march ahead. It is our pride that we are still following the age-old tradition and philosophy. He further stated that inspite of being a small state, we should be proud of our rich heritage. Our culture and sports is defining the status of our State.

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Health Minister laid foundation stone for district hospital, imphal east

IT News
Imphal, April 6

 Health & Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar Singh today laid the foundation stone for construction of District Hospital Imphal East at Kyamgei Mayai Leikai under Keirao Assembly Constituency.
Speaking at the function as the Chief Guest Minister Jayantakumar expressed that the people might not believe that a District Hospital would come up in the district but laying of foundation stone today has marked the surety of construction of the District Hospital in Imphal East which is first of its kind to be built in the district. He further stated that everyone wish for a longer life. To fulfill the desire to live long one needs to be health conscious and as such April 7 is celebrated every year as World Health Day. Minister further informed that the present government has been taking up steps to uplift the health standard of the people from time to time. Above the State Plans to provide better healthcare to the people of Manipur foreign nations has also been approached for construction of Multi-facility hospital, relating to which a foreign nation has approached the State Government to provide Rs. 400 crores.
Giving the presidential speech, L. Rameshwor Meetei, MLA Keirao A/C said that Keirao A/C is still lacking behind in every field comparing with other A/Cs. It will be privilege for the people especially in the Keirao A/C when the District Hospital starts to function. He also appealed the public to cooperate with the Government initiatives which are being launched for the welfare of the people.
The Foundation Laying function was graced by MLA Kshetrigao A/C, Shri N. Indrajit Singh, DC Imphal East, Smt. Th. Chitra Devi and Director Health Services Manipur, Dr. K. Rajo Singh as Guests of Honour.
Today’s function was also attended by Officials and staff of health department, representatives from club/organizations and local leaders

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The making of sports powerhouse

Once more a Meitei Chanu has proved that – in the field of sports Manipur always is in the top.
Mirabai Chanu yesterday clinched Gold in the Common Wealth Game being underway at Gold Coast, Australia.
Although it is still too early to hazard a remark, the state Government is making perceptible efforts towards development. The positive change, although subtle, cannot be mistaken. Reduced load shedding hours, increased frequency of water supply, decrease in violence and casualties relating to insurgency. The public even witnessed a small miracle when a bridge completed construction three months ahead of the stipulated time.
But what is of greater joy for the people of the state is the laying of foundation stone for National Sports University by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit here in the state. The credit however goes to the talented sportsperson of the state who had time and again prove the world that, in the Indian Suncontinent Manipur still is in the top when it comes about sports.   The very fact that the NDA Government did not even falter to consider other alternatives as to the state where the University is to be established is a testimony to the goodwill and respect the athletes and sportspersons of the state have managed to garner for Manipur. And now, finally, the long cherished dream for every person in the state and the rest of the country looks to be fulfilled sooner rather than later.
 While all these developments are positive and should be something the public can draw inspiration from, yet there still remains a lingering shadow of doubt as to whether the state Government and other authorities which have anything to do with the construction of the University will have the integrity and tenacity to recognize and upheld the sentiment of the sportspersons and the sports loving citizens to bring the venture to its fruitful conclusion. But if the past is any indication, there still lies the very real and likely possibility of the authorities turning this rare chance of improving not only the sportspersons but also the collective fortune of the people of the state for the better, into nothing more than another opportunity to indulge in reckless plunder and misappropriation of the resources meant for the good of the land.
A very prominent example, but not the only one, which still remains like a bad dream in the consciousness of the public was the collapse of the Gallery of the main stadium of the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex even before the stadium was completed, and the subsequent killing of the contractor alleged to be responsible for the mishap.
There had been many more such incidences than the public care to remember. Everyone who have anything to do with the proposed Sports University should draw from past experiences, both good and bad, to make it the best and most up-to-date facility so that every aspiring sportsperson in the state as well as the country can benefit from it and achieve greater glory for themselves and the country. We also owe it to ourselves to extend our cooperation and support to make it a reality and usher in an era of sporting development and positive change in the state. 

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