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For better tomorrows


The essence of patriotism that runs through our veins seems to be getting away with the invasion of the dirty mind call ‘jealousy’. Thirst for money and power has made people in our state live like a mere pawn. There seems to be no fair games in the making of peace either as love and humanity have been shattered in the ‘peace-making game’.
Well this is Manipur – an Asiatic Kingdom, now a state of the Union of India and a home of over 32 different ethnic communities. Myth and legends talk about the blood relationships among these different communities. History says forefather lived, worked and fought together to protect the kingdom. However, reality today is different as the power hungry people play games of revenge to the history, without knowing that somebody superior to them are using them as pawn. The sacrificed of our ancestors for what we are now is being made a mockery by us. We now create situation that our next generation may curse us for what we have done for them.

It’s wrong to redraw history, we can’t change history but we can learn from history for a better tomorrow. It’s not fair to paint pink on the seven colours, for the beauty of rainbow will no longer be seen. Yes, all the 32 and more communities who had been living together from time immemorial have every rights to live as themselves by flourishing their culture, tradition, religion and identity. Its easy learning the minds of the jealous people playing with fire using all weapons to discard the history of this small erstwhile kingdom, but its hard taking up against such, as the virtue of patriotism that runs to the veins has been slowly poisoned. Without knowing our mistakes we keep on following the wrong path.
For nearly two decades, it is going on without any solution. The collective leadership should understand now that the game being played to them has been ruining the bright side of their brothers at home. When you keep talking for peace, when you are busy fitting bombs to show your existence, when you are busy creating your own history, you are wiping out the generation that will remember you. It’s again history on how the power hunters are playing by inciting jealousy to the virtue of your patriotism. Let us be sincere to our next generation. Let us sacrifice for our better tomorrows.

Civil Societies observe 70th Independence Day of Manipur

Imphal, Aug 14: Civil societies organisations of the state observed the 70th Independence Day of Manipur in commemoration to the day when Manipur got freedom from British rule on this Day in 1947. Manipur, the then Kingdom become an Indian state after it merged to the Indian Union in October 15, 1949. British left India on October 15, 1947 a day after it left Manipur. Even as the Independence Day of the erstwhile kingdom is not remembered by the government, civil society organisations has been observing it since the last many years. The day is also celebrated at other places of the state.

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PPCM organises march past at Palace Compound

Imphal, Aug 14: Protection and Preservation Committee Manipur (PPCM) today observed the 70th Independence Day of Manipur at Palace Compound. A March Past was organised in connection with the observance and Titular King of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba recieved the march past salute. Several leaders of the civil society organisation also attended the Independence day observation. Speakers on the occasion highlighted on the importance of observing the day stating that the Manipuris need to show the world that we were once an independent kingdom of the South East Asia. The objective of organising the day is also to recall that Manipur was an Independent Kingdom and it become a part of India after its merger to the Indian Union in October 15, 1949.

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CIRCA hoisted Natl. Flag at Sana Konung

Imphal, August 14: 71st Manipur Independence Day from British Colonisation observed today at Sana Konung at Palace Compound, Imphal.
The observance was organised by The Coalition of Indigenes’ Rights Campaign (CIRCA) Manipur to mark the event of the Independence Day which was attended by various civil organisations and student unions’.
On the observance of the Manipur Independence day, CIRCA announce its intention to start a campaign named as “Yakei Khongjang” to led Manipur restates its pre-merger political status.
Titular king Leishemba Sanajaoba who graced the observance as functional President formally opened the function with the hoisting of a red flag decorated with the image of Pakhangba (Meitei deity) in gold at the centre in the Sana Konung which was also hosted in the history by the Late King of Manipur Meidingu Bodhchandra Singh in August 14, 1947.
Speaking to the media persons, Ningthouja Lancha, Spokespersons of CIRCA said that a campaign against the present suppression of Manipur Culture under the influence of foreign culture, cultural decolonisation and spiritual etc will be initiated. Ningthouja Lancha also said that to restate the pre-merger political status, a village to village campaign “Yakei Khongjang” will also be held, recalling the event of September 21 the merger agreement day, national repentance day, October 15 the black day merger agreement and October 18, the day when Manipur Legislative Assembly was formed.
Ningthouja Lancha further said that the main objective of today’s observance is that the state government must declare August 14 as Manipur Independence Day and to observe it every year.
CIRCA has initiated the observance of Manipur Independence Day for the namesake at Sana Konung since 2016, strongly believing in making the people aware of the history of Manipur associated with the event of August 14, 1947 to be the only means of ending any issues in the state.
Mention may be that, CIRCA has been conducting various discussion programs since 2015 on issues related with the incidence occurred in Manipur’s history between the years 1947 to 1949 during the British Colonisation in Manipur.

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Chief Minister mulls over corruption free elections

Imphal, Aug 14: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh urged the general public to elect the right leaders without taking money in elections.
He was speaking as Chief Guest at the inauguration ceremony of a community hall at Luwangshangbam Maning Leikai in Imphal East District today.
Reiterating that the present Government has a firm commitment to root out corruption, he opined that cleansing of the society should begin from elections.
People should put in effort to settle for consensus candidates instead of encouraging the idea of having multiple numbers of candidates, the Chief Minister observed that extending collective support to the consensus candidate is the only means to cut down election expenditures.
Observing that electing the right candidate without taking money would be a huge positive change, he urged the gathering to begin this reformation from Heingang and set itself as an example for a corruption-free Constituency.  Expressing serious concern over involvement of two policemen in a recent bomb blast, the Chief Minister observed that there is an urgent need for rectification of recruitment process of Manipur Police Department.
He further said that the Special Investigation Teams (SITs) constituted to probe the mass recruitment of employees by the previous Government were successful to gather some interesting points.
He added that 30 candidates were found interviewed in 30 minutes by a DPC Board of a Department.
Speaking on bringing egalitarian development in the State, the Chief Minister said that construction of important roads and highways would commence soon after the rainy season.
MLAs Y. Surchandra and  L. Rameshwor, Imphal West Adhakshya   Y. Dasumati, Laipham Khunou Zilla Parishad Member  P. Sundar and BJP Heingang Mandal president  Kh. Jila also attended the function which was presided by Kontha Khabam Zilla Parishad Member Smt. P. Bimola.

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Flood kills at least 20 in Northern Bangladesh

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Dhaka, Aug 14: 20 people were killed by floodwaters in the northern districts of Bangladesh in the last two days. Disaster management and relief minister of Bangladesh, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya confirmed this information on Monday.
‘A total of 5.86 lakh people of the 20 districts have become flood victims,’ said Maya on overall flood situation at Disaster Management and Relief Bhaban at Mohakhali in Dhaka.
He said that the flood-hit districts are — Sylhet, Sunamganj, Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Dinajpur, Bogra, Sirajganj, Netrakona, Khagrachari, Rangamati, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and three others.
The minister said that a total of 358 unions in 368 upazilas have been affected by floods. Already, 973 shelter centres have been opened where 3,68,586 flood victims took shelter.
‘Besides, the ministry cancelled all holidays of its officials and staff to tackle floods,’ he said.
Maya said that the government allotted 13.630 lakh metric tonnes of rice and Tk 3.10 crore for the flood victims in 33 districts till August 14.
Nine more districts might be flooded in the days ahead and the low-lying areas surrounding Dhaka might also go under water, he warned. ‘The government has also allotted 1,200 metric tonnes of rice, Tk 60 lakh and 15,000 packets of dry foods for the flood-hit people,’ said the minister.
He said that 200 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 5 lakh have been distributed as common allotment for every district.
Besides, medical teams formed for every flood-hit district, have been urged to visit shelter centres and provide services to the sufferers.
Maya also called upon the health department to provide water purifying tablets and ensure safe water in the flood-hit areas.
He also ordered to rebuild the flood embankments collapsed by floodwaters.
‘Following the order of prime minister, the overall flood situation is under surveillance by the ministry. Besides, the prime minister is also taking regular updates of flood situation,’ said Maya.
‘We have stocked adequate food, relief items for the flood victims,’ the minister continued.
He also said that the government has already taken adequate measures considering the recent floods in the neighbouring countries - Nepal, Bhutan and India.

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Security measures strengthen ahead of Independence Day

Imphal, August 14: With the security measures strengthened across the state ahead of the 70th Independence Day Celebration,police department  continues conducting of cordon and search operations at various parts of the state since the beginning of August.
Today, Police team of Thoubal District conducted cordon and search operation at Athokpam Awang Leikai from 4:15 am to 5:30 am.
The police teams included SDPO Thoubal Shankar Deba, DySP OPs Sachidananda Soibam, Deputy SP CDO Yumnam Premjit, OC Thoubal, OC CDO , 5 CDI teams and Women Police.
At least 63 males and 67 Females were verified where 1 person has been picked up for further verification at Thoubal Police Station.
A police teams led by SDPO Sugnu, OC WKG and standby team and a team of CDO TBL conducted a surprise cordon and search operation at Kakching Khunou bazar from 8:30 am to 9:30 am, by. 48 persons were verified and no persons were detained for verification.
Cordon and search operation was also conducted at Khumujamba Leikei in Churachandpur District this morning from 4:30 am to 6:40 am.
The operation was jointly conducted by a police team which included Additional SP,  SDPO TLN,  OC CCPurPS,  NDO of WPS,  NDO of CCPurPS, QRT,  and 24 personnel from RL.
Altogether 314 men verified and 4 persons were picked up for further verification at CCPur Police Station.
Mention may be that the state level 70th Independence Day Celebration will be held at 1st MR ground in Imphal on August 15, 2017, tomorrow.

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68 rebels lay down arms and surrendered to CM

Imphal, Aug 14: On the eve of India’s 70th Independence Day celebration a total of 68 armed rebel cadres belonging to various groups today lay down arms and surrendered to the  Chief Minister today. Among those surrendered cadres 17 are from UNLF, 7 from PLA, 10 from PREPAK, 7 from PREPAK (PRO), 4 fron KYKL, 10 from KCP (N), 1 from KCP (W), 1 from KCP (MJC) , 5 from KCP (KM), 5 from KCP (MC) and 1 from KCP (KK Mangang groups). A home coming ceremony was held in connection with the surrendered of the cadres. Chief Minister welcomes the cadres and appreciates them for coming to the mainstream.

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Flood kills at least 20 in Northern Bangladesh

Imphal, Aug 14: Imphal-West Police team has arrested three suspects of the Kakwa Naorem Leikai bomb blast which occurred yesterday at about 9:40 am.
The arrested suspects have been identified as Sapam Nanda @ Makar (50 yrs), son of S Sanatomba of Bashikhong Torban,  Piba Yaima MAring (29 yrs), son of B Angphun of Kangkoi Khullen and Thingbaijam Sanjoy (35 yrs), son of Th Dronjit of Kakwa Naorem Leikai.
Bomb making materials like, 81 gelatin sticks (power gel), 2 TNT case weighing 500 grams each, 6 circuits, 1 remote control device, 3 mobile phones and 5 sim cards which were used in making the bombs was recovered from the three suspects.
Speaking to the media persons at the conference hall of Imphal West SP, SP Themtheng Ngashangwa said that upon receiving the news about the yesterday blast, a team of Imphal-West Police led by DSP Amit and OC Achouba under the supervision of Imphal-West SP conducted search and raids operation at various places to nab the culprits. Sapam Nanda, a PREPAK cadre was arrested during the search and raids operations.
Upon interrogations, Sapam Nanda reveals that the names of the other involved two persons in carrying out the blast.
Nanda confessed that they have assembled the IED in the morning of August 13 and planted it around 7 am of the day itself.
Mention may be that amidst tight security, an IED was exploded yesterday around 9:40 am at Kakwa Naorem Leikai near Lairembi gate in between a waiting shed and electric transformer but luckily no person were injured.

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