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Burial site of British Soldier killed in World War -II excavated by Imphal Campaign Foundation WW-II

Team of 11 persons lead by Rajeshwor Yumnam, Co-Founder of Imphal Campaign Foundation WW-II explored and excavated a war site (hill range) in the eastern side of Kanglatongbi which was once a battle field during the WW2.
Since the end of Battle of Imphal, 1944, one of most fierce battle in the history of WW2 where many Japanese soldiers and British soldiers lost their lives, many foreign delegates from different country are visiting the State every year, in search of their relatives, family members who have fought and lost their lives in the battle during the WW2. Many had been found and many still remain in mystery.
Rajeshwor Yumnam, Co-Founder of Imphal Campaign Foundation, WW2 said in an exclusive interview with our staff reporter that during his research for the Battle of Imphal, one British person identifying himself as Philips Holmes contacted and detail Rajeshwor that he is the son of one the British soldier called Mr Holmes who died on May 16, 1944 during a battle with Japanese soldiers in the hill range known as Piquet hill or Point 3813 (according to British War Record), eastern side of Kanglatongbi. Philips Holmes wants the remains of his father, buried at the vary hill range so that rituals could be performed to allow the unrest soul rest in peace in his homeland, Rajeshwor asserted.
Rajeshwor explained that late Mr Holmes was a soldier in the Kings Own Scottish Border, KOSB regiment. A heavy battle occurred between Japanese troops and allied forces on May 16 till 20 of 1944 in the vary hill range. The allied troops who fought against the Japanese soldiers was a combined troops of 2nd Battalion of KOSB, 1/11 Sikh Regiment and 4th Battalion of 8th Gurkha Rifles. Around 100 soldiers from both Japanese and British might lost their lives during the battle at the vary hill, as per war record. The vary battle fought at the hill range on May 16 to 20 was with the Japanese soldiers who have withdrawn from their post after the battle of Kanglatongbi that fought between British troops, He added.

Rajeshwor further explain that according to War Record, around 50 dead body of Japanese soldiers were buried by the British Soldiers at the vary hill range after the war was over. While searching for the burial place of Mr Holmes, information for the burial site of Japanese soldiers was also found through a war dairy from one of British soldier who fought at the vary battle. Japanese Embassy has mail a confirmation to send a study team from Tokyo on April, 2016, as the information has been passed to the Japanese Government.
During the exploration the burial place of the war soldiers of Japanese and the burial place of Mr Holmes couldn’t be found as the area was very vast and the equipment was insufficient though the team somehow manages to excavate some arms and war weapons, bullets. A belt buckles and a glass items were also found which is believed to be of Japanese Soldiers.
The exploring area is being tribe by three villages namely Luwangsangon, Ikban, and Chalbung.
The team met with the village Head after returning from the exploring site where they got the permit to continue the research freely till the remains could be found.

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Suvojit Bagchi to talk on Maoist movement in Chattisgarh

Centre for Manipur Studies, Manipur University and Columnist Forum, Manipur along with Media Partner, Imphal Times is organising a one day interactive Discourse on Maoist movement and the role of the state with special reference to Chattisgarh at Manipur Press Club, on January 2, 2016 from 12.30 pm onwards. Key speaker on the topic is Suvojit Bagchi, Bureau Chief, The Hindu, Kolkatta.

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Manipur youth conferred National Youth Award 2015

A young and dynamic youth Thokchom Jibon Singh aged 21, a founder member of Club25 International Manipur, son of Thokchom Madhu Singh of Khangabok Makha Leikai part III has been awarded the prestigious “National Youth Award 2015” by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India for his contribution towards community and humanitarian services. The award consist of a cash of Rs 40,000 with a medal, a shawl and a citation  will be presented to him during the “National Youth Festival” from 12 January to 16 January,2016 held at  Raipur,Chattisgarh. Apart from his humanitarian services, he is also honoured for his participation in the two biggest world youth events “The Global Youth Meets 2014 and “The World Youth Summit 2015”has made a big platform for his career of youth empowerment under the guidance of Kanarjit Kangujam,a well known social activist from Manipur. Not being a member of the rescue and relief team during the Nepal Massive Earthquake, he also received several other awards like “International Humanitarian Award 2015”,”Best volunteer Award 2014 of Club25".

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Shila no longer live at Thangmeiband - Locals

One of the two married women who were involved in yesterday’s Manipuri girl rape case at Delhi had no relation with her home address and husband any more.
Linthoingambi Meira Paibi of Thangmeiband Hijam Dewan Leikai and Ex-mother-in-law of Sorokhaibam Ongbi Shila clarified during a press meet that Shila was ostracised from the locality and family long time back. Konsham Goma, a member of the Meira Paibi lup informed media persons that Shila was ostracised from the locality four years back because of her intolerable immoral activities while her husband was away from home. No locality member has any kind of relation with the women to identify herself to be member of the area, she further clarified.
While, Sorokhaibam Kaboklei, Ex-mother-in-law of the women clarified that her son, S Shantikumar (Ex-husband of Shila) and any of her family member including her grandchildren has no any kind of relation anymore since then.  

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India Sports Sangh organized farewell prog. of 2015

Naoriya Pakhanglakpa Kendra Development Committee and India Sports Sangh, Manipur Pradesh, frontal of the BJP today organized farewell programme of 2015 and welcoming of the year 2016 was held at Mekola Bazar ground today.
National secretary of India Sport Sangh Rakesh Prajapati also attended the farewell programme. Speaking on the occasion Rakesh Prajapati said that brothers of the country are always there to extend help to the seven sister states. He further said that employment to youths is the only solution to bring peace in North East India.
Various senior leaders of BJP and India Sports Sangh also attended the programme as dignitaries.

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Month long Nupi Lal celebration concludes

Closing function of the month long Nupee- Lal celebration was held at Nupee- Lal memorieal complex today. The function was organized by Nupee-Lal Memorial Association. The celebration began from December 1. During the function senior advocate Khaidem Mani Singh, vice president NLMAM Th.Ibemhal Devi, president of Mahilla MPCC L. Tilotamaya, Secretary Organisation of NLMAM Samurailatpam Sheitya bhama among others graced the function as Chief Guest, President, and Special Guest of Honour.Speakers on the occasion stressed on the significance of celebrating Nupi Lal in the present day context where crime against women and children are on the rise.

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GOC, IGAR(S) Greets On New Year

Maj Gen PN Rao, Sena Medal, General Officer Commanding Red Shield Division extends his heartiest greetings and best wishes to the people of Manipur on the occasion of the upcoming New Year. Wishing every citizen a very prosperous & happy 2016.He urged the people to recall the teachings of compassion, love and kindness of the Lord on this auspicious occasion and live in harmony to ensure collective progress of the State. Major General VS Sreenivas, VSM**, IG AR (South) and all Ranks of Assam Rifles extend warm greetings and sincere goodwill to the people of Manipur and wish everyone a very Happy New Year. IG AR (South) also conveys his earnest message of peace, harmony, unity and understanding on this joyous occasion. He earnestly wishes that all the goodwill should bring us together, irrespective of caste, creed and faith. To commemorate the New Year we all must take a resolve to weed out the inimical elements of the society and forge towards the path of unity, peace and prosperity. May the lord almighty bless us all with joy and happiness and guide us in our endeavors towards building a strong and prosperous nation.

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Union cabinet approves Rs.5000 crore for promotion of Solar Rooftops in the country 

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the scaling up of budget from Rs, 600 crore to Rs. 5,000 crore for implementation of Grid Connected Rooftops systems over a period of five years upto 2019-20 under National Solar Mission (NSM). This will support Installation of 4200 MW Solar Rooftop systems in the country in next five years.
The capital subsidy of 30% will be provided for general category States/UTs and 70% for special category States i.e., North-Eastern States including Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, There will be no subsidy for commercial and industrial establishments In the private sector since they are eligible for other benefits such as accelerated depreciation, custom duty concessions, excise duty exemptions and tax holiday etc, This capacity of 4200 MWp will come up through the residential, Government, Social and institutional sector (hospitals, educational institutions etc.). Industrial & commercial sector will be encouraged for installations without subsidy. This will create the market, build the confidence of the consumers and will enable the balance capacity through market mode to achieve the target of 40,000 MWp by 2022.
The Government has revised the target of National Solar Mission (NSM) from 20,000 MWp to 1,00,000 MWp by 2022. Out of the 40,000 MWp is to come through grid connected solar rooftop systems. This approval will boost the installations in a big way and will act as a catalyst to achieve the goal of 40,000 MWp.

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