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Various cultural programmes, theatre, film and Sumang Leela festival enthralls visitors at Sangai festival

Besides the various stalls including those from outside the countries, various programme like the Asian Theatre festival at Chandrakirti Auditarium, Film festival at MFDC and Sumang Leela Festival at Iboyaima Sumang Leela Sanglen enthralls both foreign and domestic tourist in Sangai festival.
Besides, the World War 2 museum where 1st and 2nd World War relics and antiques collected by the 2nd World War Imphal Campaign Foundation are being displayed and the heritage park where traditional houses of all communities of the state are being constructed are the center of attraction for the Sangai festival visitors.
In the Asian Theatre festival being underway at Chandrakirti Auditorium Internationally renowned theatre group like Kalakshetra, Chorus Repertory theatre, NT Theatre and theatre group from Japan and Bangladesh are taking part.

At MFDC various selected film from South East Asian Countries and other states of India are being shown every evening.
On the other hand, the traditional Manipuri Sumang Leela also is also a center for tourist attraction.
On the other hands stalls at the festival venue are also crowded with domestic visitors. Some of the stalls runs by people from Thailand and Myanmar are crowded as usual. But some of the stalls runs by the local people showcasing their unique indigenous product also is appreciated by many visitors.   

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Polo: India won England by 14-3

India won England by 14-3 in today’s first ground match in the 9th Manipur Polo International in connection with the ongoing Sangai Festival.
While delivering his Chief Guest speech during the occasion, O Nabakishore, Chief Secretary, Government of Manipur said the government is very much concern over the decrease in Pony population in the state. He said the decrease in population is due to the loss of grazing fields on time to time.
Nabakishore assured that the Government is ever ready to extend any short of helping hand in improving the present situation.

He further added that this kind of tournament will boost the game of Polo which ultimately will lead to improve the situation of Pony, the very precious horse species available only in Manipur.
P M Goud, Additional DGP, Nidhi Mani Tripathi, Secretary, Tourism, Government of Manipur also witnessed the entire game.

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Poirei warns RIMS Deputy Director Y. Rajendra

Proscribed group KCP Poirei Lup today alleged rampant corruption at Regional Institute of Science (RIMS). In a statement signed by Malemnganba Meitei, the outfit said that Y. Rajendra Deputy Director (Administration) of RIMS who is on deputation from the Ministry of Health and Dr. M. Amuba, the Medical Superintendent of the hospital has been playing the in-charge Director Prof S Rita as a+- commodity to sign on contract paper. The party also alleged that the two has been taking lakhs of rupees for awarding contract work to the contractors. On the other hand the outfit also stated that the deputy director Y Rajendra’s term has been completed and he is bribing the higher authority to extend his term to continue digging gold mine in the institute. The outfit warn the Deputy director to return to where he had come as his term is completed stating . It also alleged that the authority of the RIMS are sending third person to inviting candidates appearing for the post of nurse to offer rupees 15 to 20 lakhs for the post. The KCP Poirei Lup also stated that the RIMS authority should put a halt to the recruitment process of nurse until the Deputy Director (Admin) RIMS left the institute.  

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India, Sri-Lanka Friendship International Award to Veerjeet from Manipur

Social Activist, Laisangbam Veerjeet Singh of Kalinagar-3 Jiribam had bagged the India -Sri Lanka Friendship International Award-2015. The award was handed over to Veerjeet by Mr. Radha Krishnan Hon’ble State Minister of Education Govt of Sri Lanka at Mahaweli Centre Auditorium no.500 T.B Jayah Mawatha Colombo on 17th Nov.2015.
The award has given to show the respect on his work on continuation from his early student life for the welfare of the people. The award carries a Certificate, plaque, shawl and a citation.
Born to Late, L.Irabot Singh and L (o).Indumati Devi of Singjamei Makha Oinam Thingel Leikai, Imphal East district, Veerjeet was the General Secretary, All Manipur Students Union (AMSU-HQ), Founder Member, Committee on Human Rights (COHR),  Founder Member, North east Committee on Human Rights (NECOHR), Advisor, Kalinagar Youth Club (KYC),  General Secretary, All Jiribam United Clubs Association (AJUCA), Chief Editor,Jila Darbar and Founder President, All Jiribam Working Journalist Union (AJWJU) and also he is working continuously as the Advisors of International Organisation Youth School for Social Entrepreneur (YSSE) and event of International Youth Committee,World Youth Summit-2016. The function was attended by Acharya Ratanlal Sonagra, Eminent writer, Pune, Mr.Tissa Samarasingh president Sri Lanka asters Atheletic ,Sri Lanka, Mr. Manoj kr National president of RDSA delhi, Dr.Chandraguptha Thenuwara HOD History of arts theory Sti Lanka and Ven.Dr.K.Anandakuththi Thero sr. Lect. University of kelania sri lanka.
Now,he is working as the Admission officer in Shri Venkatesara College of Engineering and Technology,Chittor,Andhra Pradesh.

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Bye-election verdict and its significance

Whether it may be the ‘Modi wave’ or the personalities of the candidates, the BJP this time have two MLAs in the 60 member Manipur Legislative Assembly. After landslide victory in the last parliamentary election, the party had suffered major setback in Delhi and later at Bihar and even at Mizoram along with some other states. After in power at the center for nearly 2 years the much talk Modi wave had failed in these states. For a state like Manipur, whose budget is solely depended to central government, it is not surprising that the party reached its hand in the state of Manipur. Everybody knows that Khumukcham Joykishan and Thongam Bishwajit were disqualified as TMC candidates and instead of going to court, both leaves the party and join the BJP and challenged the verdict of the speaker by contesting in the bye-election. This act of the two MLAs proved their confidence and both prove that they are peoples’ choice irrespective of what political party to go with. The nation known that the present political theatre is the fight between the BJP and the congress. If one has to become a successful politician then the choice should be either the BJP or the Congress. So, Mr. Joykishan and Mr. Bishwajit, who were disqualified by the Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, have rightly chosen the political part  Indeed a new chapter has been open for both the candidates in their long political career. On the other hand, with many heavy weigh politicians already in the party, both the MLA will surely play effective role of opposition in the house. On the other hand the victory of both the BJP in candidates is a moral boost for the party. Hope now float to oust the congress government in the upcoming state assembly election scheduled on 2017. The victory of BJP in Thangmeiband and Thongju Bye-Election is also in one may a blessing for the people of the state. This newspaper in its earlier editorial had opined about the possible outcomes of Frame-work agreement signed between the NSCN-IM if the BJP defeats this time. Now the BJP can float in the political theatre of Manipur and there is no reason to believe that if the sensitive issue of the NSCN-IM is not handling with care the party which have the potential of coming power in the next election may be uprooted from the soil of the stat.  People now expect the two MLA to play crucial role not only in the state but also in the central politics.

CM visits Information Technology Park

Hon’ble Chief Minister, Okram Obobi visited the Information Technology Park at Mantripukhri on Tuesday and inspected the facilities of the Park. Hon’ble Chief Minister was delighted to see the Park operational with 130 IT professional working around the clock.
The Park with 20,000 square feet, was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister himself, on 4th July 2015 and the Park has commenced it’s operation since than with (4) Four IT Vendors with approximately 130 IT professionals. More  IT vendors are likely to start their operation from the Park which will bring up the total strength of IT Professional to around 300-350  by March, 2016. Further, Hon’ble Chief Minister directed to utilize the old MSTC shed, in and around IT Park, for setting up a Hardware manufacturing and assembling units, importing components from neighbouring Asian Country like Taiwan, China etc. It is also worth mentioning here that, once the Trilateral agreement between India, China and Thailand is signed, transportation of the raw material and hardware components from China to Imphal by land route will hardly take 15- 20 days which on the other hand takes 40- 45 days through Kolkata by sea route.
Hon’ble Chief Minister concluded the inspection by encouraging the IT Entrepreneurs to create more job opportunities for the youth in the society and transforming Manipur into an IT Hub in the North East India. He also added that the Government of Manipur will render all possible support to any IT initiatives in the State.

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Seminar on political movement in NE

The inaugural of the Three-Day Indian Council of Social Science Research, N. Delhi International Seminar on Movements in recent past and present Northeast India with special reference to Manipur (27-29 November 2015) orgd. by Centre for Manipur  Studies,  Manipur  University  will be held at the venue of Conference Hall, Anthropology Dept., Manipur  University on 27 November   2015 from  10.30 am onwards. The Chief Guest and the President is respectively Dr. RK Nimai, Consultant to Government of India and also the member of Executive Council of Manipur University and the Prof. Elangbam Bijoykumar, Dean of School of Social Sciences, Manipur University. A book titled, “Claims and Refutations: A Compilation on Naga Political Movement” compiled and co-edited by Aheibam Koireng, Dr. H. Shukhdeba and Dr. Home Thangjam will also be released.
Concept of the seminar: The region of Northeast India (NEI) is characterized by a pronounced ethnic, cultural, religious, and linguistic diversity. Movements witnessed in its recent past as well as in contemporary times could be categorized as reformist, reactionary, radical and revolutionary. Movement basing on primordial mobilization and ethnic nationalism had resulted to the dismemberment of Assam. Manipur came under British colonialism in 1891. Onwards from the First Women’s War of 1904, Manipur witnessed movement in some form or the other every decade. Subsequent to leaving of the Indian subcontinent by the British in 1947, Manipur had a short spell of democratic government which the Government of India had abruptly sabotaged, after becoming a part of India on 15 October 1949 consequent upon signing the Merger Agreement, and its political status downgraded to a ‘Part C State in India’. Since then, Manipur have experienced sustained democratic and peaceful movement for restoration of full-fledged assembly and fully responsible government. In the late sixties of the twentieth century, Manipur had witnessed the sprouting of armed self determination movements. Manipur, then, was granted statehood on 21 January 1972, just a short spell after statehood, insurgency movement started gaining ground and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) came into force in the whole of Manipur. The cycle of violence that followed led to the rampant human rights violation and abuses thereby engendering civil rights movement in the state. In the fag end of the 1970s, the swarming in of illegal immigrants had casted a demographic slur in the entire region of NEI that the natives in the region would soon be marginalized. At such milieu, Anti Foreign National Movement started off from Assam in 1979 was also replicated in Manipur. Manipur, in its soil, in the last decade of the passing twentieth century witnessed violent ethnic clashes. At such anxious times, the movement launched by a coalition of civil society organizations for the holistic improvement of inter-community relationships promises some hope. In the interim, ethnic ideology movements which could potentially create division and mistrust in multi-ethnic situation have also found its protagonists among some sections in every community. Against the backdrop of a perceptive threat to the territorial integrity of Manipur on account of the Govt. of India entering into a ceasefire agreement with a faction of the Naga rebel group in 1997, the state had witnessed a mass movement for protecting her territorial integrity which later grew in scale and intensity as having no parallels in its history. Alongside, there was also an over ground movement guided by the agenda of expansionist and exclusivist ethnic homeland politics and vice versa. The Meetei religious revivalist movement started from across the border in 1930 too found its ready enthusiasts in Manipur and its legacy still enduringly continues till this day. Against such backdrop, the proposed Three-Day Seminar intends to address the following themes: Anti Colonial Movement; Socio-Religious Reform Movement; Diaspora Movement; Statehood Movement; Anti-Foreign National Movement; Human Rights Movement; Movement for Territorial Integrity; Movement against alcoholism and substance abuse; Movement based on Identity, Language, Region and Cultural Renaissance; Insurgency Movements for secession/autonomy/ethnic homeland;  Civil Society Movements for Conflict Resolution/ Peaceful Co-existence and harmony
The Resource persons include eminent personalities from various walks of life ranging from academia, activism, journalism and those in responsible government positions. More than 50 papers will be discussed and deliberated and the proceedings will be published as books by a reputed internationally accredited publisher

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CoPoTR demand action against CEO of Chandel ADC and other irregular staff

To ensure regular attendance of office staff in the District Headquarters, the committee on Protection of Tribals Rights (CoPoTR), Chandel District made a surprise visit to the government’s offices in the District Headquarters for the fourth times on Tuesday.
The committee’s members accompanied by its President Kohring Victor and Advisor Ts. Beton Anal inspected the office and newly constructed quarters of the Autonomous District Council (ADC) at Monsang Pantha.
During the visit, the committee members came across several ministerial staff of the Council attended the office except the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). And the Committee members also inspected the newly constructed building of Council’s Hall and the Quarters of elected ADC members.
Later on, the committee members went to Mini Secretariat complex and inspected the offices located within the mini Secretariat. Speaking at the sideline, Kohring Victor, President CoPoTR said that most of the Departmental Heads and staff were found attended their respective office during the visit as compared to the earlier inspection. However, it is unfortunate that some offices including Statistics, IFCD, Minor Irrigation, PWD, Horticulture and Adult Education department were found locked during the visit, he added.
He further maintained that the inspection was conducted not against any individuals but only to ensure regular attendance of office staff for the welfare of the people. As such,  all the employees and general public should co-operate the committee and should not think it other wise, said the President. Kohring Victor also appealed the concern authority to inaugurate the newly constructed building of Council Hall and Quarters of ADC members at the earliest for smooth functioning of the District Council.
CoPoTR’s Secretary Ng. Joychandra also told that the Chief Executive Officer ( CEO ) of Chandel ADC was not attending the office at Monsang Pantha since 2013 till date and he was found absent whenever the committee members visited his office As such,  the committee appealed the State Government to take action against the CEO and immediately transfer him from the District, added the Secretary.
While appealing all the head of department including those who were found absent today to attend the office regularly,  the committee’s secretary warned that the committee will be compel to launch an intense form of agitations including bandh, mass protest and even severing the District from the State if no action against the CEO and other irregular Head of Department.

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