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Curtain Raiser for Chakaan Gaan–Ngai 2019 held at Raj Bhavan; We Must Remember Our Cultural Roots Regardless Of Our Achievements: Governor

Imphal, Jan 16,

Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla today said that we must remember our cultural roots and practice our cultural tradition regardless of the achievements made in our life. The statement was made in the opening ceremony of the Curtain Raiser of the State Level Gaan-Ngai Festival to be held on 19th January, 2019 at Chingmeirong.
This is for the first time in the history that the Curtain Raiser of the Gaan-Ngai festival is celebrated with the Governor at the Raj Bhavan. The event is organised by the State Level Gaan-Ngai Celebration Committee, Manipur in collaboration with the Tingkao Ragwang Chapriak Phuam (TRCP).
Gaan-Ngai is the greatest festival of the Zeliangrong community. It literally means the festival of winter season (Gaan or Ganh means winter or dry season and Ngai means festival). This is a festival heralding the New Year.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Najma Heptulla expressed her happiness that the Gaan-Ngai festival is beginning from the Raj Bhavan and hoped that the celebration will continue every year at the Raj Bhavan. She also wished the people of the State for a good harvest, prosperity and development.
Reiterating the statement of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru made during his visit in Manipur in 1952, she said that there is nothing like the cultural variety and diversity that is found in Manipur. She also reiterated the statement of Pandit Nehru that the cultural variety of Manipur has no match anywhere in the country.
Governor said that the tribes and sub-tribes have their cultural activities, different festivals at different time of the year focussing mainly on the agricultural sowing and harvesting seasons. She urged the people of the various communities to continue their cultural tradition as it makes Manipur a unique State in the country.
Chaoba Kamson, Advisor of State Level Gaan-Ngai Celebration and General Seccretary, TRCP (Assam-Manipur-Nagaland) and members of TRCP Youths took part in the Curtain Raiser ceremony.

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CM inaugurates, market shed, hostel; lays foundation stones for Hostels at Chandel

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Imphal, Jan 16,

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today inaugurated the newly constructed Women Market Shed at Japhou in Chandel district. The Market complex was constructed by the Manipur Police Housing Corporation.

Along with the market shed Chief Minister N. Biren Singh also inaugurated 3 Revival Drinking Water Scheme and also two boys hostels constructed for Maha Union Higher Secondary School and Larong High School. Besides inaugurating the completed structures, the Chief Minister also laid foundation stone for transit accommodation for doctors and teachers from Chakpikarong and Chandel as well as for upgradation of the  Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya

The Chief Minister was accompanied by the Works Minister Th. Biswajit, Revenue Minister Karam Shyam, IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip, Education Minister Th. Radheshyam, MLA Brojen and MLA Samuel Jendai Kamei during the inauguration and foundation stone laying function.

Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that taking up developmental work for people is the greatest challenge of his government.  He said that his government priority is equal development in both and Hill district. He also highlighted the various welfare schemes for the poor including the CMHT programme and organization of various festivals at Hill district.

The Chief Minister also stated that the government will soon take up go to school programme to make sure that condition of the government school improves.

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CAB a policy to put the NE under the authority of the outsiders- KCL

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Imphal, Jan 16,

In a press released President of Kangleipak Chaokhatna Lup (KCL) Loukrakpam Sumanta claims that the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 in the Lok Sabha is just a policy to put the indigenous people of North east under the authority of the outsiders.
He stated that by allowing the immigrants and refugees under the CAB and converted them into a citizen of India is a tool to woo the vote banks in the upcoming MP elections by the BJP party. And if the said bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha also and becomes an act the consequence of it in the North East is well known.
He questions the government if they want to make the faith of the North east like those of Tripura were the indigenous people of Tripura were made a minority in their own homeland. He further said that it is unfortunate to give assurance to the people of Manipur by the government as if the Manipur peoples Bill can protect it. And also condemns the government for being a mute spectator regarding the CAB where many of the fellow leaders of the North East stand firmly against the controversial bill.
Sumanta finally concludes that more intense agitation against the CAB is prepared and assures that their organization will support the movements organize by the people and the organization of the North East against this controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill.

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Protest against CAB continues

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Imphal, Jan 16,

The passing of the controversial CAB in Lok Sabha has become a mess in the North East region. Series of agitations and movements still continues everyday against the bill.

Today also women vendors of Lamlong Keithel Nupi Lup shut down their market and staged sit-in-protest at Lamlong Keithel demanding for the withdrawal of Citizenship amendment Bill 2016. Slogans like “Withdraw CAB immediately” and “CAB can’t pass in Rajya Sabha” outcries in the air.

Yesterday too protest staged in the heart of Imphal town had paralyzed Khwairamband Keithel. The protest was spearheaded by students.

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Tamenglong ADC By-election ended smoothly

Tamenglong, Jan 16,

By election of ADC Tamenglong ended peacefully with 71percent voters cast their votes for the by election of 2- Chaton District Council Constituency under Autonomus District Council of Tamenlong.
46 percent turn out at 2/1 Chaton-1 polling station, 58 percent at 2/2 Chaton- 2 polling station, 87 percent at 2/3 Makuilongdi polling station, 94 percent at 2/4 Dunong polling station, 60 percent at 2/5 Illeng polling station turn out to cast the vote.
Polling was conducted on 14th January from 7 am to 3 pm and as per the information from the district administration the polling ended smoothly. Counting of votes will be conducted on 21st January at DC Complex of Tamenlong headquarter.
NPF candidate CPL Guangta and BJP candidate Kadijanbou contested for the by election of 2- Chaton District Council.It may be mentioned that by election was conducted because NPF elected member Late Tutanbou expired on 8th April 2018.
Altogether 40 polling officials staff were present for the smooth functioning of the ADC By-election.

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Ban Liquors seized and destroyed

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Moreh, Jan 17

Combined team of 43 Assam Rifles and Moreh police conducted random raids at various shops at various part of border town Moreh and seized huge quantity of illegal beer can, bottle and liquors.

The seized intoxicants were reportedly smuggled from Myanmar and the cost is estimated at around Rs. 93,000/-. 

The raid is being conducted as series of clashes and road rage due to consumption of liquor were witnessed in the past. To check this a  Joint foot patrolling was initiated, aggressive domination of the Moreh town ensued by Moreh police and 43 ASSAM RIFLES, team of police was led by  Addl SP Kh. Robinsun(MPS), SDPO Sandip Gopal Das(IPS), DSP CDO Thomas(MPS) Maj Ankit led the 43 AR patrol party with 10 other ranking Officers.

The route was Police station, Hanuman Mandir, Forest Gate, Chikim Veng, Ward 8, Dalpati ground, ward 1, ward 2, and ward 5.

Random raids were carried out across  various shops resulting in seizure of huge quantity of cheap liquor  (cost approx  Rs 93,000/-) which was imported from neighbouring country Myanmar and handed over to excise department subsequently and crushed under a JCB late night yesterday.

Since yesterday itself Moreh Police had totally banned the liquor inside and near the town, on the other hand  43 Assam Rifle at Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate No. 1 & 2 had banned the Import of Alcohols under the command of Col. Sumit Sood and Town Commander Major RK. Sharma led by Major Ankit as to keep Moreh town peace and free from liquor, to stop frequently occurring clashes as well as to stop road rage due to consumption of Liquor in the town.

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Edible items, blankets distributed to deprived family

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Kwakta,  Jan 16

Former candidate of Moirang Constituency Thongam Shanti along with Moirang Kendra Progressive Front (MKPF) handed over edible items and blankets to a family of two members - an old lady Ramatoon Bibi (60 years) and her disabled son who is deaf, dumb and blind Khullakpam Ibochou (30 years) from Umbu Leikai under Kwakta Gram Panchayat Ward No 9, Moirang.

 The family conditions has aggravated since the sole bread earner of the family Ramatoon Bibi has also been unwell and bedridden since long time back. Earlier also Shanti and the volunteers of MKPF arranged a doctor to treat them.

Edible items like rice pulse and oils and blankets were given as a donation to the family.

MKPF under the supervision of Social worker Th. Shanti assures that they will help the needy families residing in their constitution.

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Social Service Day and Free Eye Screening held at Heirok

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Imphal, Jan 16,

As part of the National Youth Week Programme, The Nehru Yuva Kendra Thoubal and Social Cultural Educational and Sport Development Organisation, Heirok organised Social Service and Cleanliness Drive at Heirok Bazaar on the 15th January 2019. The Programme was conducted to celebrate National Youth Day and Youth Week in Thoubal District.
Heirok Nagar Panchayat Councillor Shri N. Dilip Singh inaugurated the Cleanliness Drive in a function held at the Heirok Nagar Panchayat Hall. The District Youth Coordinator pointed out the Brith Day of Swami Vivekananda is being celebrated as National Youth Day on the 12th January every year. The National Youth Day is for owed by National Youth Week from 12-19th January 2019. The Philosophy, teachings, message of Swami Vivekananda was discussed at length among the participating Youths.
The Cleaning work was also conducted by Heirok Nagar Panchayat at ward no.3 under the leadership of Shri N Dilip Singh Councillor at Heirok Ward No.3. Further, woman member so Heirok cleaned up the road in ward No.4 area under the supervision of Heirok Nagar Panchayat Councillor (Ward No.4) Shri. Khundongbam Noyon Singh. Shri Noyon also invited application forms for construction and repairing low cost sanitary latrine in Heirok Nagar Panchayat.
Further the Social Action Development Organisation (SADO) Heirok with Support from the Shija Eye Care Foundation, NPCB (NHM) and Handicapped Development Foundation organised Free Eye Screening & Cataract Surgery Camp at Heirok Part II Maning Leikai Community Hall on the Same Day. The effort made by SADO for the benefit of the people in Heirok area is being encouraged by Nehru Yuva Kendra Thoubal.

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The Bill that haunt the government

If suppose, Mr. N. Biren sit in the opposition bench, Will he support the Citizen Amendment Bill? This is what people from every nook and corner of the state have been asking. Late 90s when Manipur’s Territorial integrity was under threat due to the peace talk between a rebel group NSCN-I and the central government, the present Chief Minister of Manipur Mr. N.Biren Singh, then was the Editor of Imphal based newspaper Naharogi Thoudang , which have the motto “For the cause of Human Rights”, strongly advocated that no part of the Manipur’s boundary should be distorted to bring solution for a particular armed rebel group. Before he joined politics to contest the election in early 2000, Mr. Biren was the champion in addressing for the safety of the Manipur’s unity. He had many times put up issues about the illegal influx of migrants in the state and had always urged the then government for framing of a legislation to protect the indigenous people of the state. He was hard many times about the intrusion of the Manipur’s territories by the Myanmars’ authority and had always urged the government for a better connectivity.
Well these are history, the day he joint politics to contest election, everything see to be change. Mr. Biren along with R. T. Meinya were elected as a representatives of DRPP, a regional party formed after promising by holding axe at Bir Tikendrait park, from Heingang and Konthoujam Assembly constituency.
How Mr. N. Biren make adjustment with the Indian political system , and how he change form party to party to hold Ministerial portfolio, and how he left the Congress party he had taken major role to become the Chief Minister id another story. As the one time Chief Minister of Manipur Radhabinod Koijam had stated “Everything is possible in politics” this writing is not about criticizing about his frequent change of political party. This newspaper felt that changing strategy by changing party to serve the erstwhile kingdom is what a political party is supposed to do.
In March , 2016, When Mr. N. Biren Singh came to power, there was a jubilant cry among the right thinking people of the state. It was because people expect that the one time activist, journalist will certainly do something for the welfare of the erstwhile kingdom which was merged in the the Indian Union in a controversial way. Well and good, Manipur became a part of Indian Union. But the way Manipur become a part of the Indian Union seem not benefitted at all.
During the previous government led by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh various issues plague the state. Students were not allowed to attend schools for many days due to band and blockade, the story of fake encounter killing still hunt, intrusion by Myanmar army in Manipur’s territory of India was the talk of the town. There were protest and bandh for most of the time, particularly during the moth of June July and August. Having said so, the character of the erstwhile kingdom was never compromise during those days.
Now When N. Biren Singh was elected and become the chief Minister accidentally, what has been expected have not been converted into action. Border issue is still not settled and instead the government is sided with the Central agency by using all means to make the wrong – Right instead of correcting. The pride of the erstwhile kingdom has been ruined telling the Indian people that Manipur was a part of the Hindustan during dwarka era.
Everybody knows that illegal influx of migrants has been a serious problem since the many decades. All Manipur Students Union had upraised regarding the matter and few years back people’s uprising force the state assembly to pass three Inner Line per related Bill, which flare up Churachandpur town. Now againt a Bill for protection of the Manipur Peoples’ (Protection ) Bill was passed by the state assembly but is still yet to get assent from the president. It was at this juncture that the Lok Sabha passed the Citizen Amendment Bill , 2016 on Jan 8.
The Bill not only disregards the secular character of the Constitution of India but is surly going to make Manipur a dumping ground for illegal migrants.
As of now Manipur is in no way protected by any legislation and anytime there are possibility that the Manipuri become minority in the near future.
Last word: We know the chief Minister is serious on this issue but is helpless as his opposition to the Bill would mean removing him from the chair of the top most. May be this might be the region that he tried every means to convince the people that the Bill will not come into force in the state of Manipur, which is in no way possible. It is the people that you are being elected make your stand firm understanding the sentiment of the people. Only then there will be no one who can throw you from your sit.

Assam Rifles Celebrates Army Day

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Imphal, Jan. 16

Units of IGAR (South) celebrated 71st Army Day on 15 January.    
Tulihal Battalion organised a Medical Camp at Patsoi village and conducted a motivational lecture cum presentation on avenues to join the Indian Army at Sarita Devi Boxing Academy Mayang Imphal.
As part of the Medical Camp organised by Patsoi Company Operating Base (COB), the Regimental Medical Officer along with with the medical team attended to over 300 patients including children, ladies and elderly people and distributed free medicines to all. Mayang Imphal COB on the other hand organised a motivational lecture cum presentation on various avenues to join the Indian Army followed by weapon display at Sarita Devi Boxing Academy which was attended by over 250 students from Khuman High School Khuman Maheikol, St Stephen High School, Sur - Rashi School and Nilamani High School, Mayang Imphal. Olympian Boxer Ms Laishram Sarita Devi also graced the occasion as the chief guest and delivered a motivational speech to the students. The students were inspired to join the Indian Army and were equally excited seeing the weapon display and motivated to become the future ‘warriors’. The young minds showed tremendous inquisitiveness regarding the arsenal of the Army.
Koirengei COB of Mantripukhari Battalion organised a lecture cum interaction with students of Manipur Public School, Koirengei. The students were shown a motivational video of the Indian Army and were informed about various entry schemes for joining the Indian Army and Assam Rifles.
Thoubal COB of Thoubal Battalion also conducted a motivational lecture and screened a motivational movie for the youth of Thoubal area.  
Keithelmanbi Battalion conducted a career counseling lecture for the students of Assam Rifles Public School, Keithelmanbi on joining the Indian Armed Forces. A poster and slogan making competition was also conducted for the students. Over 300 students participated in the events.
Shangshak Battalion celebrated army day with locals in his area of responsibility in which Sagolmang COB and Litan COB of Shangshak Battalion invited locals including young children from over 20 village. A Lecture was conducted to motivate them to choose Army/Assam Rifles as career option. The event was attended by over 100 students. The Recruitment procedure, qualifying criteria for entry into various trades, minimum physical standards required, written exam syllabus and reference material, pay and allowances, quality of life in Armed Forces were covered in the lecture. Students felt satisfied and looked motivated to become part of the organisation.  
All the events conducted by the units were a grand success. Locals and the students conveyed their heartfelt gratitude to the Assam Rifles for extending these services and requested to continue organising such events and medical camp in future as well.

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