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1st birth anniversary of Heisnam Kanhailal observed

Theatre brings out the traditional richness and beauty of the people in a society: Najma Heptulla

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Imphal, Jan. 17: The first birth anniversary of renowned playwright, director and actor, Padma Bhushan awardee Heisnam Kanhailal was observed today at Maharaj Chandrakirti Auditorium, Palace Compound, Imphal. The observation will be held for three days i.e., from 17th – 19th January, 2018 and is being organised by Kalakshetra Manipur in collaboration with Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, Department of Art & Culture, Government of Manipur and Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy.

Speaking as the Chief Guest at the inaugural function, Governor, Dr. Najma Heptulla said that literature and theatre are truly indicative of the society and their studies provide not only a cultural and traditional glimpse of that society but also reflect its vast multi layered identity. Theatre brings out the traditional richness and beauty of the people in a society through the language of the common and unassuming people. She added that theatre, like other art forms, aims at propagating and reinforcing deep-rooted principles related to the religious and ethical life of the people. And yet the same art forms can serve just as effectively as instruments of change, adjusting messages to suit new sets of realities and changing value systems.

She further said theatre can be thought provoking and a strong catalyst for change as evident in the Kanhailal’s genre. Preservation and sustenance of a Nation’s identity and heritage are the fundamental duty of a citizen. She expressed hope that through the medium of theatre the traditional amity, national unity and harmony will be reinforced apart from providing entertainment to the people. Manipur being a culturally rich state, there are ample scopes for extensive works and research in the field of theatre and Kanhailal occupies the pole position as a torch bearer, she added.  

Lauding the works of Late H. Kanhailal, the founder-director of Kalakshetra Manipur, she said that he dedicated his life doing research on native theatre, responding to the contemporary socio-political turmoil. She also said his invaluable contribution in making Manipuri theatre known to the world with his innovative creation of a new medium in the tradition of psycho-physical acting must be acknowledged by every citizen. He is the lone theatre practitioner in the contemporary Indian theatre who provided theoretical and practical knowledge of his own individualised theatre which caught the attention of theatre practitioners and researchers across the globe. 

She said that the observation will foster the Manipuri theatre in its pristine purity and to further develop and consolidate the composite Manipuri culture by carrying forward the legacy of Heisnam Kanhailal. The celebration which will be marked by memorial lectures, discussions, and three theatre shows of his direction namely, Tamna Lai (1972), Pebet (1975) and Dakhgar (2006), will highlight the historical milestones of Kanhailal’s theatre journey. The memorial lectures scheduled as a part of the celebration will also mark the beginning of a critical engagement for Kanhailal’s works. 

Governor said she is happy to learn that the theatre group has been sharing a substantial role in the growth of his genre of theatre. It is heartening that Kalakshetra Manipur believes in the notion of a workshop that is a laboratory or a research theatre open to critical engagement as well. It is a remarkable journey that the group has produced 20 plays since inception including several outstanding plays directed by Kanhailal, she added.


President of the function Health Minister L. Jayentakumar expressed his happiness over the Governors’ keen interest to promote Nat Sanskirtan in the State. He said that from his association with the Late H. Kanhailal, he learnt how to interact with the people, and increased his inquisitiveness in observing the surroundings. Late H. Kanhailal himself is an institution in the theatrical movement and discussing on his life and concept is not a simple task but needs to be learnt by the aspiring scholars in the field. His life as a whole needs to be discussed to know his place in the theatrical field. He further said that he will try to involve the department in observing the Golden Jubilee of Kalakshetra Manipur next year in a grandeur way.


In his memorial speech Professor N. Tombi Singh recounted the life events of late H. Kanhailal in becoming one of the renowned theatre personality with determination and dedication after facing many challenges.


A souvenir was also released in memory of Heisnam Kanhailal by the Chief Guest and the President of the function. The inaugural function was attended by theatre personalities and many art lovers of the State.

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JFA appreciates Chennai journalists for their show of solidarity

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Guwahati, Jan 17:
Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) appreciates the united strength shown by the Chennai based journalists against a politician’s unprincipled demand and urged the media fraternity of the country to stand behind them. It may be noted that Jignesh Mevani, a newly elected legislator from Gujarat in a press meet on Tuesday in Chennai objected the presence of  Republic Television reporter and then put condition that even if the reporter stay there, he must not ask questions. Angered with the condition, the television journalists decided to  walk out of it as a show of solidarity.
The  young legislator commented that he would not to speak to the Republic, the news channel led by Arnab Goswami as a policy. However, a Times Now reporter Shabbir Ahmed firmly encountered him saying  that the legislator must not demand which channel should be there or which not in a press meet.

“We denounce the mentality of Jignesh Mevani to dictate the media. If he prefers to avoid any media outlet, he can do that, but he must not practice it in a press meet. Moreover, if he feels being abused by the coverage of a particular media outlet, he can go to the court,” said a
statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

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9 Oil Tankers Set Ablaze in Assam, NSCN(K) Suspected for the attack

Guwahati, Jan 17: Ahead of Republic Day, miscreants set ablaze nine oil tankers in Assam’s Tinsukia district at around 4.30 pm on Tuesday. The attack took place near Namphai Reserve Forest along the Assam-Arunachal border. No casualty was reported.
Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay said the attack could have been carried out by NSCN-K militants. Fire tenders from neighbouring areas in Tinsukia were rushed.  Additional DGP RP Meena also moved to the site to review the situation. The Army, assisted by Assam Rifles and Assam Police, has launched area domination operations in and around the border areas. Meanwhile, security forces of Dao Division in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam apprehended one NSCN-(IM) member on Tuesday. Based on specific inputs about the presence of an over ground worker of NSCN-IM at Niausa village, an operation was launched in southern Arunachal’s Longding district. The suspect, identified as Wangnyai Wangsu, reportedly revealed the outfit’s plan to recruit more cadres. Rs 3240 and multiple mobile phones were seized from him.

In a separate operation in Tinsukia, a self-styled sergeant major of NSCN-K was apprehended at Ledo along the Assam-Arunachal border. The arrested cadre admitted to being part of the Himalayan group of the banned outfit, and had undergone weapons training in Myanmar. His wife is also believed to be an active member of the outfit.
“In view of the upcoming Republic Day celebrations, Pangsau winter festival and panchayat elections in Arunachal, constant vigil is being maintained. All the units are on alert,” said Defence PRO, Col Chiranjeet Konwer.

In January last year, two jawans were martyred when militants attacked an Assam Rifles foot patrol escorting tourists to the annual winter festival at Pangsau along Indo-Myanmar border.

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Auction Notice

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Imphal, Jan 17: 1634 numbers of standing trees of different species and sizes growing within the right of way from Km. 451.00 (Utlou) to Km. 412.00 (Torbung) of NH 150 will be auctioned on 24th January, 2018 at 11.30 am in the office of the Division Forest Officer, Bishnupur.

The auctioned is due to the proposed widening of road  by PWD, Manipur. Details including the terms and condition of the auction sale may be obtained from the office of the Divisional Forest Officer, Bishnupur Forest Division during office hour on any working days, informed by a notice issued by Member Secretary, Auction Sale Committee, Divisional Forest Officer, Bishnupur Forest Division.

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Consolidating the sporting heritage

The small state of Manipur though plagued with social problems and communal complicacies have been acknowledged as the sporting powerhouse of the country. Sports in Manipur is not only a form of physical activity or a form of recreation but has been regarded as an integral part of our culture since time immemorial. Stories about Mukna Kangjei (an indigenous sport where hockey is combined with wrestling) matches being played between humans and the divinities have been found in the ancient manuscripts bearing testimony to the importance of sports and the role it plays in the culture and tradition of the indigenous people in the state.

The sporting scenario of the state at present, while still vibrant and engaging, have felt the need for an overhaul, not only in the way they are practiced and administered but also in the way the sportspersons and athletes approach their chosen events. The sheer number of children and youth practicing any form of games and sports in the state at a competitive level will still overwhelm and outnumber any other state as percentage of the population, and yet the decline in quality and expertise of the athletes on an average has been increasingly felt.

The initiative of the central government to establish a National Sports University in the state should be regarded as an acknowledgement of the sporting achievements by the people of the state and the potential it holds for producing more outstanding athletes which can bring laurels for the nation. With proper guidance, timely support and technical inputs, there is every possibility of talented and dedicated athletes from the state and the country making it to the top in various events.

The catch however is the ground reality that is threatening the realization of this initiative. The inability to appreciate and support such an important and necessary move has proved to be a huge dampener. Narrow considerations for personal gains, unethical dealings by public officials and suspicions of tweaking the system for less honourable intentions by some from within the highest echelon of power have all but brought the efforts to a grinding halt. The languorous efforts and divided opinions regarding the project do not bode well for anything relating to the proposed initiative.

For the people of the state who have prided themselves in the sporting achievements of their brethrens, it is time to shed the petty differences and insignificant objections and take the initiative to settle issues relating to the setting up of the Sports University in view of the enormity of importance and significance such an institute will represent for the state.

For the state government and its machineries involved in the whole exercise, the collective sporting dream of the state and the nation rests in complying and ensuring that each one plays its part to the fullest and with earnestness, as everyone in a team ought to do without the slightest hesitation or doubt, so that the ultimate result will be the success for the team. Of course, discipline, dedication and diligence need to be observed. But that goes without saying for a sportsperson.


Last rite of Jetlee to be performed today

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Imphal, Jan 17: Family members today collected the mortal remains of Jetlee Khumukcham s/o Kh Mangi of Kakching Khullel Moirangthem Leikai to perform his last rites from RIMS today. It may be mentioned that Jetlee was hit by a speeding Maruti Swift Car coming from Imphal toward Chandel at Heikakpokpi Power Station along National Highway 102 (Imphal-Moreh road), Kakching district. Situation was tense after the incident and there have been report of angry protestor blocking Highway and storming Kakching Police Station.

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I-League: Neroca FC Blank Indian Arrows 2-0, Aizawl Hold East Bengal

IT News Imphal, Jan 17: Neroca FC scored a goal in each half to beat Indian Arrows 2-0 in an entertaining match of the I- League at Tilak Stadium in Vasco on Tuesday.

Both the teams played an attacking game but it was Neroca who had more of the ball possession and scoring chances especially in the first half. The Manipur side took the lead through an own goal by Arrows defender Anwar Ali in the 18th minute before Odil Felix Chidi (90+3) found the net in the stoppage time.

The win took Neroca’s tally to 18 points from nine matches, one point less than East Bengal who are second but have played one more game. Indian Arrows remained on 10 points from 11 matches to be at seventh position.

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Security tightened after Bomb blast

IT News Imphal, Jan 17: Manipur Police beefed up security in vulnerable pockets of the city following the blasts which led to injury of an IMC worker. Police personnel were seen posted at strategic locations near Kangla, Raj Bhavan and other locations in and around Imphal.

A woman sweeper of the Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) was injured in the blast, Yenshembam Sobita Devi (50) suffered minor injury and was admitted at the Raj Medicity.

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Manipur Paddler won Gold

IT News Imphal, Jan 17: India's international paddler Oinam Jamesboy won gold medal in 28th National Canoe Sprint Championship 2018 in the event of men's canoe single 200mtr. The paddler represented Services team. He was a member of the Indian team which won bronze medal in 17th Asian Canoe Sprint Championships 2017, China.

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