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Government is making all effort to deliver justice to Babysana – CM

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Imphal, August 19,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh finally outburst his emotion over the agitations spearheading by JAC formed against the mysterious death of Babysana. 

“We are doing all we can by fulfilling every demand of the public particularly the JAC spearheading agitation demanding justice for Babysana, we have written to the relevant authorities for handing over the case to CBI twice after incorporating the IPC 302 , we have set up SIT and started investigation, police had now arrested some suspects and are investigating the case; what more does the agitator want after all we need to give some time for the investigation to be completed”,- N. Biren Singh said while delivering speech at the inaugural function of the Augmentation of Water Supply Scheme for Thoubal (Waithoupat), Thoubal district today.

He stated that the police has arrested all the suspected persons, autopsy was done twice with video coverage, and section 302 of IPC was later included in the case. He mentioned that the protestors, JAC, Meira Paibis etc. can access any documents and orders related to the Case from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

The Chief Minister further said that even though he understand the sentiment of the people and reason for organizing rally, it paint a disturbing picture to the state of Manipur to outsiders.

“It is alright to protest if the government remain silent and do nothing, but when the government is doing everything to ensure justice to Babysana, why the people need such hostile protest.”

The Chief Minister said that it is only after the investigation that people will know how Babysana died.

“After investigation we will know whether Babysana was murdered or died due to some other reason and it will be only after that the culprits will be awarded punishment as per the law of the land”, N. Biren Singh said.

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GojiLove listed among top 20 biggest startup of India

IT News
Imphal, August 19,

Starting up is not easy but then coming up with new ideas which are unique and innovative is amazing feat amongst the big companies.
Gojilove ( www.gojilove.com ) co- founded  by two sisters Ramina and Reena Haorokcham, D/O Haorokcham Rajendra Singh and Khoirom Meena Devi, a resident of Keishampat Thokchom Leikai  is listed amongst top 20 most successful startup companies for its unique and innovative category in India by thingsinindia.in ( a website on news, entertainment ,music and fashion)
They are listed among the top 20 biggest startups like Flipkart, Paytm, Oyo rooms etc. making it as the only startup from Manipur and NorthEast India to be in the list and valued as billion dollar startup of the future.
It’s a great change where new generation of Manipur is coming up to the age of Entrepreneurship as first generation entrepreneurs. We love this change and congratulate “Gojilove” and best wishes to make it a big one and great success in coming time from Manipur.
It may be worth mentioning that Ramina, Co Founder of GojiLove India has been listed earlier amongst Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs in #100 women project by BBC Hindi, India 2015. Also she has been the Winner of #sheCEO by Nasscom 10,000 start-ups 2015 and also chosen as future 11th North Eastern for tomorrow by an online portal called “The North-east Voice”, India 2015 and besides that she has been selected for many awards by various institutions.
GojiLove was started as a platform to sell personal and intimate products including sexy luxury lingerie and fashion clothing. In due course of time, they diversify and expand their business with their Indian wear section called “ Rangfirash” by Co Founder Reena which brings everything that is Made in India.
Speaking to Imphal Times over phone, Ramina said “ Gojilove’s plan to diversify and expansion is going on in Northeast region of India. We are tying up with handmade and fashion designers in clothing and accessories section and lifting up many passionate makers and entrepreneurs apart from the personal and intimate wear.”
Gojilove has its flagship store at BT road. GojiLove can be followed on Facebook and Instagram at https://www.facebook.com/gojilove/  and https://www.instagram.com/gojilovedotcom/ respectively.

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High Court bans on taking up new development programme at Loktak Lake

IT News

Imphal, Aug 19,

Division bench of Manipur High Court had passed an order on August 7, 2019, directing state government to stop taking up new project or development program at Loktak Lake without taking leave from the court. 

The direction was given by Division bench which comprised of Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Kh Nobin in connection with a PIL taken up by the High Court on its own for the preservation of Loktak Lake.

Earlier on July 17 the PIL was taken up as Suo Moto case on the basis of the letter send by registry Supreme Court of India on April 7, 2017. On that day HC of Manipur had issued direction to the state and union government in regard for preservation of Loktak Lake and asked the respondent to file affidavit on or before August, 17, 2019 for hearing.

As on August 17, in order to ascertain the progress and preservation of the Loktak lake, the court gave direction that no new project or development programs shall be taken up by the concern authority including the departments of state of Manipur, the Manipur State wetlands authority in the Loktak lake without the leave of the court. 

Further court also directed that in respect of ongoing programs and projects all the stake holders including Department of Forest and Environment, Department of Water Resource, the Manipur state wetland authority to file affidavit incorporating the present status action taken so far by them.

The Manipur State Wetland Authorities and the Loktak Development authority were asked to file affidavit showing the details as to how the money has been and is being utilised by them and fixed September 18, 2019 as the day for next hearing. 

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Waithoupat Water Supply Scheme inaugurated; We must work with sincerity and dedication for development: CM

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Imphal, August 19,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that when we execute our work with sincerity and dedication, then development would prosper in the State. This was stated by him at the inaugural function of the Augmentation of Water Supply Scheme for Thoubal (Waithoupat), Thoubal district today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minster stated that since its installation, the government is focusing in sectors like education, health and water supply. He mentioned that the inauguration of Waithoupat water supply project is one of the biggest achievements of the government. He appreciated the PHE Minister, Chief Engineer and officials of PHE department for completing the construction work in such a short duration.
Chief Minister announced that under the Jal Jeevan Mission of the Jal Shakti Ministry, the State government had submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) amounting to Rs. 2600 crores. The New Development Bank has approved and sanctioned an amount of around Rs. 2900 crores for executing the said mission. The State government has already taken steps for the conservation and restoration of water bodies and wetlands of the State. A total of around Rs. 22-25 lakhs has been earmarked in the budget for the restoration of some lakes of the State, he added.
He mentioned that Green Manipur Mission was launched to protect and develop forests in the State and also to encourage the citizens to plant more trees. He maintained that water bodies would be dried up if we don’t protect and develop the forests. Around 235 villages have approached the government that they are willing to provide at least five acres of land for development of forest under the mission.
Minister for PHE Shri Losii Dikho said that to provide drinking water to all the people of the State is the priority of the present government. Mentioning that water conservation is a must, Minister appealed that it is the duty and responsibility of all to conserve water. Minster said that it is the long cherished dream of the government that the Waithoupat Water Supply scheme would provide drinking water in the Thoubal area.
The project cost for the construction of Waithoupat Water Supply Scheme is Rs. 44.21 crores with a capacity of 18 MLD. The scheme would provide drinking water to Thoubal and its surrounding areas. It may be mentioned that the implementing agency M/S Keystone Infra Pvt. Ltd. had started the construction work in July, 2016.
Member of Parliament Dr .Lorho S. Pfoze, MLA of Wangkhem AC Shri K. Meghachandra , Commissioner PHE Smt. Nidhi Kesarwani, Secretary to CM Ningthoujam Geoffrey, DC and SP of Thoubal district, Chief Engineer (PHE) H. Sunil Singh, officials of PHE and others attended the function.

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Rally Hunger strike staged despite several disruptions by police 

IT News

Imphal Aug 19,

Protest against the mysterious death of Babysana still continues. Today 10 JAC members staged rally hunger strike at the waiting shed opposite to the western gate of DM College, Thangmeiband.

The protestors were disrupted by the police personnel claiming that the area was under CrPC 144. 

Later, the protestors shifted their place at Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai and continue the protest. 

Speaking to media persons President of Ema Konthounganbi Meira Paibi M. Ibeyaima strongly condemned the police brutalities and also their actions which disrupt the peaceful democratic protest staged against the mysterious death of Babysana. 

She stressed that the public won’t believed that a girl died hanging inside a dormitory living together with 37 students.

All they need to do is to find the culprit, hasten the investigation and clear the doubt the public have, she added.

Ibeyaima further urged the government to prove their works with actions and added that no process of CBI was initiated even after a month.

She concluded that they will continue to protest till dead even though police halted and disrupt their protest.

Meanwhile students of Saviour English Higher Secondary School Sanakeithel also staged sit-in-protest demanding justice to Babysana.

Also students of ATM School Lamding Cherapur Thoubal District marched rally in connection with the mysterious death of Babysana also demanding justice. Later the students staged sit-in-protest at the gate of the school.

Yesterday night Meira Paibis marched Meira rally at various places. Police personnel intervened and halted the rally. At Singjamei a woman protestor was injured by tear gas shell fired by police to dispersed the protestors. The injured woman was identified as L. Sobita from Chingamakha Liwa road.

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FVC Chandel threatens indefinite agitation if fails to clear compensation

IT News
Imphal, August 19,

Flood Victims Demand Committee, Chandel, has threatened to launch indefinite agitations between Imphal-Moreh-Chandel-Pallel if the government fails to take up immediate action for release of compensation for 1225 flood victims from various block of Chandel district within two weeks.
“If failed to receive a positive response from the ruling Government of Manipur, agitation will begin again from 1st week of September, 2019, at Chandel Pallel Road, Imphal-Moreh Road, NH-102”, Bd. Betha, Convenor, Flood Victims Demand Committee Chandel announced in a press conference held today at Novokom Community Hall, Chakpikarong Block, Chandel district today.
Bd. Betha  further said that the Committee had called for 48 hours bandh on October 16 midnight, 2018. However, the bandh has been called off after representative of FVDC and Minister, Th. Biswajit, held meeting along with Addl. Chief Secretary PR & RD, Joint Secretary PR & RD and DC Chandel, SP Chandel, SP Tengnoupal at his bungalow in Babupara, Imphal.
In the meeting, the minister assured the flood victims that he will personally meet the concerned Union Minister and Secretary on  October 29 and pursue the matter and the due amount will be arranged to be released before the coming Christmas.
He said that Addl. Chief Secretary PR & RD, Govt. of Manipur, personally had gone to New Delhi to approach/seek final payment of 2015 IAY Landslide/ Floods, regarding Special Package IAY sanctioned by the centre to the Govt. Of Manipur for the Chandel district on 12th February, 2019. Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi, Government of India, Ministry of Rural Development (Rural Housing Section) had also directed to convey the sanction of the President of India to the payment of grant-in-aid amounting to Rs. 4,29,97,500 (Rupees Four crore twenty nine lakh ninety seven thousand five hundred) only to the State Government of Manipur as 2nd installment under 5% Special Project (Flood & Landslide) (including administrative cost of Rs. 16,537 lakhs) of Central Assistance for the year 2015-16 during current FY 2018-19 for the implementation of the Special Project IAY sanctioned in the year 2015-16 in Chandel district, Manipur by SS. Modi, deputy Secretary (RH), Ministry of Rural Development Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi. Tel. No. - 011-23097048
However, the file is still pending in Manipur Secretariat for 7 months from the date of issuing by the New Delhi on 12th February, 2019, without releasing it to the beneficiary victims of Chandel district, namely, Chandel Block, Khengjoy Block, Chakpikarong Block, Machi Block, Tengnoupal Block, Khangbrol Block, the convenor of the Flood Victim Demand Committee said.

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Lapses of duty and knowledge- a recurring roadblock to effective administration.

The law is important because it acts as a guideline as to what is accepted in society. Without it there would be conflicts between social groups and communities. The law allows for easy adoption to changes that occur in the society. It also remains the most important tool for dispensing justice and compensate for injustices. But the most overlooked aspect of it is that it has not been utilized to its potential to deter and punish social disruptors and defaulters of socially accepted ethics and behavior who are in conflict with the law and are often termed criminals. And so it is expected and assumed that those working in the social sphere or are entrusted with responsibilities by the government - at least in their areas of duty or specialization- to have ample knowledge of the law and are well versed with its relevant applications.
Recent developments regarding the number of human traffickers being arrested from different areas of the state and their subsequent handling by the authorities, however, throws up a number of questions which would surely make a lot of individuals wriggle in their official seats with uneasiness. The most pertinent issue being that one out of the eight alleged human traffickers caught by the state security was released on bail due to the failure of the state machinery- read the police- to file a chargesheet even after 180 days of making the arrest/s as stipulated by law. It is also a matter of fact that the rescued individuals hailing from Nepal numbering 179 including 147 females and 32 males were handed over by the Chief Minister of Manipur to a delegation of Nepal embassy led by Counsellor Prakash Adhikari in an official event held at the indoor stadium, Khuman Lampak Imphal on Sunday the 17th February of the current year.
In these turn of events, a very vital procedure to initiate and complete the prosecution of the alleged traffickers was overlooked or neglected- that of recording the statements of the rescued victims before sending them away to their homeland. Section 164 in The Code Of Criminal Procedure, 1973 dealing with Recording of confessions and statements states: Any Metropolitan Magistrate or Judicial Magistrate may, whether or not he has jurisdiction in the case, record any confession or statement made to him in the course of an investigation under this Chapter or under any other law for the time being in force, or at any time afterwards before the commencement of the inquiry or trial: Provided that no confession shall be recorded by a police officer on whom any power of a Magistrate has been conferred under any law for the time being in force. And in the absence of a recorded statement any attempt to bring the traffickers to book have fallen flat- a significant triumph for the traffickers and a smack in the ear for the authorities who are responsible for the blunder.
Evidently, somewhere along the long line of formalities and procedures, a huge lapse of knowledge or duty has occurred. Interestingly, there was ample time to remedy the shortcomings if the concern authorities have put their heart and mind to it but obviously chose not to. A blunder of this magnitude and significance cannot be passed off as an oversight or ignorance.
Was it that the urge to publicize and politicize the issue proved greater than the need to practice discretion and follow procedures to investigate into the matter? Was it pure and utter incompetency and collective ignorance of the state machinery to have led to the present situation? Was it the spineless individuals in authority who lacked the will and the gut to stand up to pressure which resulted in the failure to take up proper procedures into the investigation? Questions that need definitive answers if such lapses of knowledge or duty is to be prevented in the future. The most important concern is preventing hapless individuals from being exploited and proper focus should be made to generate awareness of the menace of human trafficking and the ground reality at present. Only a dedicated and appropriate effort can garner support and cooperation from every quarter which is vital in making any undertaking- whether legal or otherwise to reach its logical conclusion.

OUR DESTINY LIES ONLY IN OUR UNITY

As the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) is gearing up to observe the 54th Anniversary of the Hunger Marchers’ Day, on August 27, 2019, Imphal Times produce this article as a mark of tribute to the martyred of this soil. This write up is prepared by the AMSU and Imphal Times extend our gratitude to the AMSU for giving us permission of publishing it.

Every community, every nation in this world aspires to live free. Free from the fear of subjugation, free from economic dependence on others, free from the shackles of oppression.  For that, they have to face a number of challenges. If they are unable to face these challenges due to lack of courage and lack of determination, they would slowly but surely be wiped off from the face of the earth.
Today, we the people of our motherland Manipur are also faced with a number of challenges. The Government of India continues with its sinister ploy to destroy the sense of unity among the people of Manipur and to change our borders forcibly. Our own leaders and officials, in a bid to please their masters in the Indian Government have turned a blind eye to the needs and the rights of the people. The Indian Government has been for a long time tinkering with the idea of dividing the administration of Manipur based on ethnic lines, and in the name of subjugating terror groups and other ‘anti-national’ elements, they have imposed a number of draconian laws and acts which have resulted in the deaths and disappearances of so many of our people.
Also, our local economy, our food supplies are now virtually under the complete control of outsiders from the states of mainland India, and because of this the mindset of our people cannot progress beyond the thoughts of what to eat today and tomorrow. It is only natural, and it is the right of any nation to rise and revolt against those who have taken over their resources. The events of 1939 and 1965 bear testimony to this. We all know that Manipur’s economy is largely based on agriculture. We feed ourselves with our own produce and sell the surplus to earn a living. We thus have a stable economy, and this knowledge of the diversity and productivity of our agricultural activities is taught to the students and younger generations as well. However, our land has been subjected to artificial rice/paddy scarcity twice in our history, in 1939 and in 1965. In both cases, the ploy was identical. Rich traders from mainland India colluded with the then authorities to send a huge majority of our paddy products to other areas of the country with an aim to earn maximum profit, oblivious of the needs of the local people and this led to scarcity of rice, the staple food of the people of Manipur. This in turn made the people to revolt against such unscrupulous activities. Even today, we are facing a situation of scarcity where the price of local rice has reached Rs 50 per kg in the market, and this has created a grave situation for many lower and middle income families. The National Food Security Act (NFSA) has not at all been implemented properly in the state, and there are numerous reports of beneficiaries not getting their required quotas of rice and other essential food items. Instead of solving these issues, there is a perennial blame game between the authorities, NFSA agents and traders regarding who is at fault. It may be remembered that in the protests of 1965 against the artificial rice scarcity, 4 innocent people including 3 students were martyred in police firing.
There are many questions we have to ask ourselves. How have we become so dependent on food imports in just over half a century? Where have our once surplus lush green fields and farms gone? Ever since we became a part of the Republic of India in 1949, the population of our state has increased three times faster than the normal rate. This in turn led to more mouths to be fed, and what we produced on our own could no longer meet the demand. The main reason for this unwanted boom in our population may be the removal of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system which once required outsiders to possess a permit before coming to Manipur. The permit system was removed in 1950 by the then Chief Commissioner of Manipur, Himmat Singh (undoubtedly, a colonial agent employed by India). After that, swarms of migrants from all parts of India and even neighbouring countries like Bangladesh came to Manipur like an army of locusts. They have settled in all corners of the state, and there have been many cases of them standing as candidates for elections to local bodies across the state and many of them have even been elected.
These migrants have taken over our economy, they have changed the face of our society (for worse), and they’ve even started interfering in our administration, with many of our own leaders reluctant to work against their interests. Demographical data from the 2011 census tells us that almost one-third of the population of Manipur are outsiders/non-indigenous people.
The Loktak Hydro-electric project that was constructed to supply electricity to our people has turned out to be a bane rather than a boon. The Ithai Barrage that was made as a part of the project has led to artificial flooding of more than 25000 paris of arable land, and this has been a major contributor to the food scarcity. Also because of the barrage, many species of fish that used to come into the Loktak Lake from the Manipur River have vanished completely and only a few remain. We have to ask ourselves, isn’t it time to decommission this project which is doing more harm than good?
There have been repeated attempts by the authorities to sow the seeds of mistrust among the different communities living in Manipur by following policies of partial administration, deliberate neglect of genuine issues faced by a section of people. The Indian government seems to be waiting for an opportunity to divide the state on communal lines taking advantage of some obscure issues created by them to mislead the people and to foster disunity.    For instance the Indian Government has repeatedly flirted with the idea of providing a ‘separate administration’ for the Naga people in Manipur as a part of their peace talks with the NSCN-IM. It all began with the ceasefire signed in 1997 “without any territorial limits”, then proceeding to the idea of a “territorial council” and a “Supra-state body”. There have also been rumours about extending the 6th Schedule and Article 371(a) of the constitution to the Naga areas of Manipur. It all culminated in the signing of the Framework Agreement between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM in August 2015, the details of which have not been made public till date even after 4 years. The Indian Government has repeatedly assured that the administrative, economic, territorial and social integrity of the stakeholder states would not be harmed by the peace accord in any way. But considering the innumerable u-turns that have happened throughout history, it is only natural that the people of Manipur would be suspicious about the government’s motives and would be prepared to rise against any challenge thrown in the way.
Above all this, there are the heinous cases of human rights violations by personnel of the Indian Army and state police forces. Many innocent people have been picked up, tortured and even killed in the name of AFSPA. There have been hundreds of cases of fake encounters, unexplained disappearances, and sexual abuse of women orchestrated by the security forces in the name of tackling insurgency in Manipur. Recently, the Supreme Court of India has acknowledged almost 1500 such cases of human rights violations in Manipur and many Army and state police personnel have been booked for the same. Reports are frequently seen in newspapers and news websites about the same. The extremely unfortunate part is that there may be hundreds of similar cases which have not reached the doors of the Supreme Court due to various inhibitions on the part of the victims and their families.
Under the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government at the Centre, the already fragile federal structure of the Indian Union seems to be diminishing day by day. It is well known that many small independent states were merged into the Indian Union by force during the tumultuous post-1947 years, and a fragile peace prevailed in many of these areas despite of repeated conflicts because of the loosely federal nature of the Union. However the present government at the Centre seems hell bent on ‘unifying’ the whole length and breadth of the country by any means possible. A recent example is the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35(a) of the Constitution of India, constitutional provisions that gave a special status to the people of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The state was also bifurcated into two union territories. All this was done by brute force without taking any prior consent of the people of J&K. To prevent any uprising by the people, the whole region was completely shut down with curfews imposed and communication lines blacked out. A heavy military presence was also maintained. For the largest ‘democracy’ in the world to act in such a manner, it is extremely shameful. For years, people in Kashmir and many parts of the North-East region have had their basic human rights violated and denied by the Indian government. In light of the situation in Kashmir, it is only natural for the people of Manipur to grow apprehensive day by day especially with the murky political atmosphere surrounding the ‘imminent’ signing of the Indo-Naga Peace Accord. Past experiences regarding such issues have never ended well, and this gives more reasons to the Manipuri people to be cautious and wary. On the other hand, with the recent amendment to the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Indian Government has given itself the power to declare anyone as a terrorist, a threat to the country from their own perspective. Now the question arises, who is a terrorist? In no way can the perspective of the Indian Government and the perspective of the Manipuri people be similar! There is a sea of difference between the two perspectives.  Having been an independent nation, the people of Manipur have their own unique history, unique identity and aspirations for the future. There have been various attempts to link up the history of Manipur with that of India, a clear sign of the Indian state trying to erase the unique history of the Manipuris and to mislead the masses. A glaring example of this was an event organised recently by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Imphal on the eve of Patriots’ Day where a portrait of ‘Bharat Mata’ was kept in between the portraits of Bir Tikendrajit and General Thangal. In reality the Anglo-Manipur War had nothing to do with the so called Indian struggle for freedom. It is extremely unfortunate and heartbreaking to see so many Manipuris falling for the false narrative. It is even more heartbreaking when we realise that many are following this false narrative even when they themselves know about its absurdity.
In light of all this, it is important for us to remember the uprising on Friday, the 27th of August, 1965 by the common people and the students against the blood sucking rich traders and the authorities who colluded for personal profits and caused an artificial paddy/rice scarcity that year due to excess export of paddy to other states.  It was not just an uprising against the rice scarcity; it was an uprising against the authoritarian regime for denial of basic human rights to the common people. The uprising also showed that we Manipuris were against dependency on other people for our survival. It also showed that we were always in support of standing on our own feet as a dignified, independent and free people like other nations of the world. Keeping the never say die attitude, the brave ideals of our dear brothers and sisters of those days in front of us and by following the path they laid out for us, the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) has been observing August 27th of every year as ‘Hunger Marchers’ Day’.
For this year (2019) as well, AMSU will be observing the 27th of August, (Tuesday) as the “54th Hunger Marchers’ Day” along with the student community and the people of Manipur. On this solemn occasion, we will be paying homage to our dear departed comrades (L) Oinam Nabakumar, (L) Nongmeikapam Pramodini, (L) Laishram Chaobahal and driver of AIR Imphal (L) Waikhom Nilamani. Firstly, there will be a ceremony for floral tributes to the departed souls at the Students’ Memorial at Pishum Chingamakha followed by a mass rally. Further, there will be public meetings at the ground of DM College of Arts, Imphal and at Jiribam Higher Secondary School, Jiribam. All clubs and organizations, civil society groups, students and youths, elders, Meira-Paibis and all the people of Manipur are cordially invited to take part in this observation.
In view of all the grave challenges faced by our modern day Manipuri society, AMSU feels that it is high time we all rise to face the challenges confronting us. We should honour the duty that we, as sons of the soil, have towards our motherland. AMSU firmly believes that our destiny lies only in our unity.
“AMSU IS FOR THE PEOPLE
AMSU STANDS FOR THE PEOPLE”

Lukanand Kshetrimayum and Langpoklakpam Melody bring laurels to Manipur with momentous victories

IT News
Imphal, Aug 19,

Mega Entertainment, north east’s largest fashion and pageant event organizer, conducted a press conference in Imphal with an aim to introduce Lukanand Kshetrimayum and Langpoklakpam Melody, two children of Manipur who recently made waves across the northeast by winning the titles of Garnier Men Mega Mister North East and Sunsilk Mega Miss North East respectively. Lukanand also won the national title of Mister International India 2019, thus qualifying to solely represent India in the Mister International pageant.
The press conference was addressed by Abhijit Singha, Founder of Mega Entertainment, who said, ”Mega Entertainment is the producer of two of the biggest regional beauty and fashion events in north east India - Mega Mister North East since 2009, and Mega Miss North East, since 2003. The two pageants have now grown in stature and repute with every passing year, and are now being labelled as the most coveted and the sought-after pageants in the whole region, showcasing the best of young talents.”
“The quality and awareness of the contestants have been constantly developing over the years, and it is truly encouraging to see them preparing for these pageants, months in advance. I am so glad to see the emergence of strong winners like Lukanand and Melody, who need just the basic amount of training, and are absolutely ready to become a part of the professional modelling industry”, added Singha. The other winners of Garnier Men Mega Mister North East are Jonathan Thangeo from Mizoram, who is the first youth from his state to win any pan-northeast pageant, and Sonam Paul Tenzing Bhutia from Sikkim. The other two winners of Sunsilk Mega Miss North East are Tanvi Raksam Marak from Meghalaya and Rajeswari Chakraborty from Sikkim.
Speaking to the media on the occasion, Lukanand and Melody shared their experiences from the pageant with the media and thanked the people of Manipur for giving them so much love and support.
Langpoklakpam Melody, who is pursuing bachelor’s degree in education, said, ”This is so heart-warming, I am truly overwhelmed! The people of Manipur have welcomed me with open arms and open hearts. I never experience such love and affection before. Most importantly, the spark of pride that I see in my parents’ eyes gives me the strength to work even harder. I strongly believe that destiny has something planned for everyone and winning this pageant has opened a beautiful chapter in my life.”
Speaking about her victory in Sunsilk Mega Miss North East, Melody said, ”Participating in Sunsilk Mega Miss North East and winning the pageant crown means a lot to me. I believe the pageant girl is all about honour - the honour of representing my community, my state, the honour of living every little girl’s dream, the honour to inspire many girls out there, of being a role model for the younger generation. I want to be a positive influence on everyone I cross paths with, and I strongly believe that Sunsilk Mega Miss North East will help me fulfil what I am passionate about.”
The 10th edition of Garnier Men Mega Mister North East, where Lukanand also won the title of Mister International India 2019, was supported by Title Sponsor Garnier Men- India’s no. 1 men’s face wash brand, Hospitality Partner Radisson Blu, Telecom Partner Vodafone SuperNet 4G, Photo Partner Sony Alpha andStyling Partner Sin Denim.
“I will treasure this moment in my heart forever. I feel proud of myself that I would win so many hearts and emerge as a winner. Thanks to Mega Entertainment team for adding me to their family and warm regards to Abhijit Singha, Kavita Keisham and the respected Jury members for offering me this stupendous opportunity. I thank God for giving me what I deserved,” said Lukanand who is currently a Class-XII student in Maria Montessori Senior Secondary School.
Speaking about the responsibility he holds towards his community as a youth icon, Lukanand Kshetrimayum said, ”I hope our victory will motivate my peers from Manipur to believe that if we can make it big in the world of fashion, even they can. I will be more than happy to guide them to go forward in the same journey that I went. There is a lot of potential among the youth here, and pageants like these will help them get the stage that they deserve. I want to see the youngsters of Manipur achieving everything they deserve, not just in the regional platform, but nationally and internationally as well.”
Abhijit Singha established Mega Entertainment when he was just a teenager, and he defied all odds to single-handedly shape it as northeast’s most celebrated fashion and pageant company. In 2003, the company gave the northeastern region one of its first beauty pageants Mega Miss North East which proudly stands at 17 years today as the leading pageant here. Soon after, Abhijit conceptualized northeast’s first ever man-hunt Mega Mister North East which officially took off in 2009 and there has been no looking back ever since.
Mega Entertainment has been providing a national platform to the young talents of the region, even providing the winners a direct entry into illustrious fashion events like Mister International India. The main aim of organizing the Mega Miss & Mister North East pageants is to prove that young talents in the north-east are no less competent than their counterparts rising from the top metros of the country, and also to exhibit that the north-east can also match the classic appeal of the top pageants of the country.Besides the pageants, Mega Entertainment has also delivered some radical fashion events in the region involving the crème-de-la-crème of the society.

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Assam Rifles Apprehends ZUF Cadre From Cachar District

IT News
Imphal Aug 19,

Based on a specific information, troops from Assam Rifles launched  a search operation  on 17 Aug 2019 in the area of Namdailong in Cachar District of South Assam. During the operation one ZUF cadre was apprehended and a pistol  with ammunition were recovered from  the insurgent. The apprehended ZUF cadre has been identified as GangdunRongmei @ Adun, age 36 years and is known to be involved in numerous illegal activities in Jiribam and Cachar. The apprehended cadre along with the recovered weapon has been handed over to police for further investigation.
The Assam Rifles Battalion with its  renewed focus on insurgent groups indulging in extortion and kidnapping activities along economically important areas along Jiri River, had apprehended four ZUF cadres along with large cache of ammunition in May 2019. This successful operation by the security forces has dealt a huge blow to the nefarious designs of the insurgents in the region.

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