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Rabi Takhellambam

Rabi Takhellambam

Rabi Takhellambam, a resident of Kairembikhok Mayai Leikai, ThoubaI District has been in the field of Journalism for more than 10 years. Rabi, is well known for his reporting from Thoubal side and Indo-Myanmar border. Rabi is also a member of All Manipur Working Journalist Union, the parent body of Journalist Union in Manipur. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]

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Moreh town paralyses during 48 hours bandh called by CSOs

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Imphal, Aug. 21

Indian border town Moreh remains paralyze during the 48 hours bandh which begins from 5 am today morning. 

The bandh is called by the Hill Tribal Council (HTC), Kuki Women Union and Human Rights (KWU and HR), Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO), Moreh Youth Club (MYC) and All Moreh Traders Association (AMTA)  in protest against the alleged atrocities and hindrances meted out by 43 Assam Rifles, Moreh along Moreh gate no. 1 stating that this has led to common people leaving themselves out of work.

Almost all shops and business establishment in Moreh town including government offices were closed during the bandh. Large number of bandh supporters burnt tyres at various places including at the road near AR camp. Women folks confronted Assam Rifles troopers at many places. 

Road from Pallel to Moreh was also blocked by bandh supporters.

Earlier the civil bodies had warned serious disturbing agitation if no concrete solution fails to come up before the expiry of the bandh.

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Meeteis in Tripura longing to learn making of traditional attires

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Imphal Aug 19,

The Meeteis in Tripura has been following and conserving the cultures of the Meeteis despite living in another state by wearing the traditional attire during rituals and festivals. 

Most womenfolk wore Rani Phi, Wangkhei Phi, Moirang Phi and other traditional attires on auspicious occasions bought at high cost from the Nepalis.

“The economy of the Meeteis living in Tripura can be strengthened if expert weavers from Manipur teach the Meeteis of Tripura or if the Manipur Government initiate a free training program at Manipur or Tripura for making such dresses” suggested Nongthombam Kusum Singha who is the General Secretary of Chhechhuria Federation, Chhechhuria weaving training Centre Agartala while speaking to Imphal Times. 

Highlighting the centre, she stressed that the centre was funded by the World Bank under the Ministry of DoNER and NERLP and added that it was established in the year 2014 by the Meeteis and the Bengalis residing there. Speaking to Imphal Times she further said that poor people of the area especially the women were made self-employed through livestock farming and giving training on weaving thus generating their own economy. 

Two Weaving experts from Assam came and taught the women at the centre in weaving various types of clothes with patterns and designs in it, she added. 

Kusum further said that around 9 Meetei women were there at the centre learning weaving on the 9 looms. 

The Meeteis in Tripura have known how to weave simple clothes of the Meetei like Khudei and Phaneks and such clothes were also widely used by the Meeteis residing in Tripura, Kusum stressed. She continued that costlier and intricately designed clothes worn by the Meeteis like Wangkhei Phi, Rani Phi, Phige, Moirang Phi were beyond the skill of the weavers there and added that the Meeteis there longed to learn making such clothes.

She added that the Meetei women living in Tripura generate their income mainly from weaving and agricultural activities. 

Considering the plight of the Meeteis living in Tripura Kusum urged the government and all the Civil Society Organisations and also Organisations like SALAI and individuals who love the Meeteis to help in giving training to the Meetei women in weaving and preserving traditional dresses and costumes like Wangkhei Phi, Rani Phi, Phige, Moirang Phi and help in strengthening their economy.

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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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FVC Chandel threatens indefinite agitation if fails to clear compensation

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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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