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Roshan, Premila bags Manipur Mega Marathon titles

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Imphal, Feb 16

Marathon runner Kh Roshan bagged the winner’s title while S Premila retained her winner’s title of the 13th Mega Marathon Manipur in the men’s and women’s open category today. The annual mega marathon was organized by United People’s Front Manipur under the aegis of Athletic Association of Manipur(AAM).Roshan, a personnel of 3rd Assam Regiment Shillong clocked 1 hr 06 min 32 sec to bag first position in the men’s of the 21.5 kms long half marathon while S Premila of Yairipok Kekru Mayai Leikai also under Thoubal district reach the finishing line in 1 hr 21 min 08 sec to bag the first position in women’s category. Both the athletes also won a cash prize of Rs 40,000 each. Another athlete Y Inao,also from 3rd Assam Regiment  (1hr 06 min 38 sec) and Romajit Kh of Khundrakpam(1 hr 06 min 43 sec) finished the second and third positions of the men’s category.

In the women’s category H Bhumeswaori Devi of Sports authority of India touched the finishing line in 1 hr 22 min 58 sec and bag the second position while Th Babita of Yairipok under Thoubal district reached in 1 hr 26 min 17 sec to bag the third position in the same category of this year’s event. The second position holders of the marathon also got a cash prize of Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively. The other position holder’s runners (4th to 15th rank position holders) of both the men’s and women’s competition which was participated by a good number of athletes, also went home richer with a cash prizes of Rs 3000 each. The prizes were distributed during the closing function of the marathon which was attended by Director Of Social Welfare Ngangom Uttam Singh, President of United People’s Front W Second and President of AAM Leishangthem Ajit besides other prize donors. Youth affairs and sports commissioner Bobby Waikhom and the key functionaries of organizing body and others also present during the day’s marathon flagging off ceremony held at Khuman Lampak sports complex in the morning.

Raja Goukhothang Guite Football Memoriam 2020: United Khawzim Brothers face fellow Manipur State League outfit Sagolband United in a blockbuster final show

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CCpur, Feb 11

After weeks of exciting and dramatic results supplemented with top-class football, the much fan-fare Raja Goukhothang Guite Football Memoriam 2020 will be drawing into conclusion today when district football giants United Khawzim Brothers goes head to head with Manipur State League giants Sagolband United for what is considered to be the greatest final showpiece taking place at the iconic Lamka Public Ground, Churachandpur in the current decade.
Considering the quality of both finalist teams as well as the results they have produced leading to today’s exciting final, no side has emerged clear favourites to grab the Rs. 3 Lakh cash prize on offer as the tie is highly in the balance. Moreover, the grand final fixture become the first ever all-Manipur State League final fixture hosted by Churachandpur district
The Final Match cum Closing Ceremony will be graced by Shri Th. Biswajit Singh, Hon’ble Minister (Power, Works, Industries, DIPR, RD & PR, Govt. of Manipur), Shri Vungzagin Valte, Hon’ble Chairman MTDC & MLA Thanlon and Ms. Amrita Sinha, IPS, SP-Churachandpur as Chief Guest, Functional President and Guest of Honour of the grand programme respectively.
Despite enduring a faltering start to the campaign which seen them collecting just one point in their first two group games, United Khawzim Brothers produced great comeback as they saw a sudden upturn of result which earned them a last-gasp entry into the quarter-finals. In the quarter-finals, they thrashed Zenhang Lamka YC 5-2 courtesy of a hat-trick by Luntinmng Haokip and in the semi-finals, they trounced Bungmual YC 4-1 to enter final. During this process, they recorded a total goal-score of 14 while conceding 7 thus averaging 2.9 goals per match with Luntinmng Haokip accrediting 5 goals falling just one goal short of leading scorer Jerry Pulamte, who has 6 goals while UKB’s Lamthianlal Vaiphei has also scored 4 goals and is still in the race for the top-scorer award._
 Meanwhile, Sagolband United have entered the tournament from the knock-out round for being an outstation Manipur State League team having introduced themselves with a penalty shoot-out victory over SYMROPIA FC after the evenly contested match ended 1-1 and in the quarter-finals, they edged past FC Zotal 2-1 before needing another penalty shoot-out victory over Konsham FC  in the semi-finals after a  disappointing goalless draw to book a place into the final.
Looking at the results of Sagolband United, it is evident that they have been struggling in terms of goal-score as they have an average record of just 1 goal per match. However, despite looking short of goals, they have produced eye-catching performances on their way to the final and earned strong public appeal thanks to their perfect rhythm of slick-passing game
With reputed coach Tongminthang Haokip, who guided FC Zalen into the final of the 10th Manipur State League 2015, United Khawzim Brothers have one of the most coveted coach of Manipur while in W. Khogen, who won the Hero I-League with Minerva Punjab FC, Sagolband United have one of the most successful coaches in the Country.
With United Khawzim Brothers having put their fate in the right path by finally breaking the jinx of their quarter-finals curse and making their first final appearance after 10 years at this iconic venue, many believes UKB are favourites to lift the prestigious trophy but the performance of Sagolband United and dynamism of their eye-catching football brand has earned the trust of many to consider them favorites to win the tournament. So, under such tag, both teams will be playing a historic final that will be remembered for long._
Final match to be kicked off after the closing ceremony which is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am

On the issue of Nupi Manbi Community

Dear Imphal Times,

I am glad to have people like you who are sensible towards gender and sexual minorities’ rights. We have been receiving support from Imphal Times continuously and help in scaling up awareness to the people about the reality faced by Nupi Maanbi Community.
Today I have read an article from your end and it has reflected  certain corcerned of the community that has been neglected by the state inspite of the legal developments that comes out in the recent years.
However in the article there are few areas where I found confusion and conflated.
* The transgender rights bills comes out later 2014 and it is extremely regressive and harming the community. And the introduction of the article seems the bills is in favour of the community and because of the non implementation community have not been getting benefit out of it. Which I think it falsely address the bill
* The bill recognised only transgender/third gender but not as either male or female which has totally against the rights to self determination, body autonomy and gender non binary and this is contrary to the Supreme Court NALSA judgement. And the article convey the supportive message the recognition of third gender and failed to reflect the direction of SC NALSA judgement on freedom of self identification
* Manipur has transgender welfare board and it was formed in 2017 and chaired by the minister of social welfare but is not functioning. The article didn’t mention this fact
I would be happy to share information in the near future, if any of the journalist wish to write article about the community of the state.

Warm Regards,
Santa Khurai

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Chief Minister is requested to reintroduce Imphal-Silchar Flight Service at the Earliest

Imphal-Silchar air service should be relaunched again to cater to the acute transport needs of the people of Manipur and Assam particularly of the Barak Valley and adjoining areas in the way Imphal-Dimapur flight service was launched to serve the people of Manipur and Nagaland in particular by the Hon’ble Chief Minister on last 7th December, 2019 at Tikendrajit International Airport. The launching of RCS-Udan (Regional Connectivity Scheme) to be operated by Alliance Air is welcomed by all, particularly by the people of the two states as it was suspended  for a long  (about 5-6 years ago ) and aims in achieving the objective of “letting the common People/citizen of the country fly” at affordable fare in this region of N.E.

Reintroduction of Imphal-Silchar air service is highly needed considering the large number people, including  students, go for studies in silchar, Bangladesh, Shillong, Tripura, Guwahati and other places, and the poor road conditions of Imphal-Jiribam/Silchar since a long time, among others. Once the flight service is reintroduced the people to people contact between Assam and Manipur, more particularly of the people in Barak Valley, Jiribam and Agartala will be increased inpersonal communication and relations among the people of this region.

In the light of the above circumstances, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur Shri N. Biren  is requested to arrange for relaunching of the air service between Imphal-Silchar at an early date.



Dr. Thangjam Ranjit

Sinam Leikai, Thangmeiband

Contact No. 8787692023/9612160990

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An open letter to the people

An open letter to the people
Khrotsolo Rhakho
BA 2nd Sem (General)
Unity College, Dimapur Nagaland.

The (CAB) that have been passed is not a matter that should be taken lightly it is a very serious issue that will clearly destroy us in the days to come. Citizenship Amendment Bill which is now an Act will reshape the whole of India but not in a good way. This Act is not only a direct threat to the fabric of Secularism but also the rights of indigenous people. No promise, No assurance and No legal/administrative measures from government can save us from the “irreversible change” that this unconstitutional, scary, communal Act will bring. This Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 is going to create following troubles:
1. It will grant citizenship to already existing Illegal Bangladeshi Hindu Immigrants who are millions in number. Every Naga knows this fact. When I wake up and go to College I witness this reality.
2. It will gradually create irreparable, irreversible damage to the demography of a region.  
3. Inner Line Permit System, 6th Schedule, Autonomous District Councils and special provisions like Art. 371 (A) will be useless, helpless, meaningless to tackle the menace that would soon be created by Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.
4. As it is by bringing ILP in entire tribal region of the northeast this cunning Act created new class of people which is against the spirit of the Constitution. This is a clear cut attempt of ‘APARTHEID’.
5. Finally, this Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 is highly discriminatory. This ‘specific’, ‘hidden’ feature of Act becomes visible when its provisions are read with the provisions/rules of N.R.C.  The Illegal Immigrants (numbered 19,06,657 according to ‘The Hindu’ newspaper) could not make it to NRC/ excluded from N.R.C. now  will be ‘legalized’ and ‘naturalized’ through Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. Moreover it is learned that maximum illegal immigrants who are out of NRC are Hindus (Reference: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/nrc-final-list-bjp-worried-over-exclusion-of-hindus-inclusion-of-illegal-bangladeshi-muslims-1593966-2019-08-31). 19 Lakh is not a small a number. In Nagaland we have millions of Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants, other states in the northeast too face more or less similar situation. Total number of Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants will be much more than what we can ever imagine. Therefore, this matter of CAA is not that simple to understand.
As we all know that India is known for its diverse culture but this ‘Citizenship Amendment Act’, 2019 will clearly destroy the diversity of India. We all should know the critical condition that we are in right now and should take a stand if not now; then the Citizenship Amendment Act will become the root of all the problems that we will face in the later days to come. If we do not wake up and stand against and oppose it strongly in Constitutional way, then later it will become a Cancer and bring darker days not only to our generation but for our future generations also.
Remember; peace and justice cannot be achieved just by sitting at our home and asking for it but instead it is fought. We the people (in general) have the bad habit of waiting for others to take a stand first then we fallow. Why? (“The question remain”).This monstrous piece of legislation called as Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 might not show its symptoms right now in Nagaland but mark my words, and I am bringing my words on record; that later it will surely do and when that does we will stand to lose our right to complain because it was us who did not take a stand at the first place. When entire India was exercising its constitutional right to protest we were waiting in line to stock up petrol. Why? Have WE forgotten our fighting spirit due to easy prosperity, money and little power? Where are our Civil Society Groups, Where are our Students organizations?
With UNITY our ancestors fought good battles in the past. We were undefeated. Our forefathers fought against every injustice with bravery. Now, the battlefields have been shifted, “Thoughts and Pen” has taken place of “Dao and Spear” and the “Constitution of India” has become our shield. If we are to keep quite now and see others suffering then later the problems will face toward us and when that happen imagine suffering without any comfort from other (it will be hell).If there is any hope for those who are suffering then be that hope be that ray of light in the life of those who are suffering and are already in the darkness. I beseech all of you to kindly exercise your Constitutional Rights under Article. 19, Article. 21, Article. 32, Article. 226/27  of the Constitution of India and save  Nagaland from the upcoming dark shadow of Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.
We now know very well that every protected area including ours and all those areas under their own special constitutional provisions as well as 6th Schedule, and Autonomous Districts are going to take the first blow of the Act. How are we going to protect ourselves? Politically speaking, it is a fact that, the state Government is not in a position at all to oppose the Law, or take position against it. Inner Line Permit is an Illusion. Assurance from Central Government is not going to work.  Therefore, the time has come that every citizen of Nagaland must invoke his Fundamental Rights under Constitution of India. Article 19 of the Constitution gives us right to dissent and protest in peaceful manner. When are we going to use this right? Art. 32 which in itself is a Fundamental Right give us a right to approach to Supreme Court to challenge violation of our Fundamental Rights. Introduction of Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 is direct, total, absolute, complete, systematic violation of our Fundamental Rights as individual, as well as people. We cannot afford to be selfish and be happy in our own world. I am a college going student, but I want to tell my people to educate themselves about the evils of Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. We must oppose it not just because it is unconstitutional, but because it is like a chronic incurable disease that once caught is bound to deliver ‘patient’ in the arms of death.
Entire northeast including Nagaland is infested with Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants. This is not a question of just a survival of the Secular spirit of India, but also a social, cultural, political and economic survival of you and me-us as people!

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A Letter to B.R. Ambedkar

By -Inamul Haq

Jai Bhim!

I do not know how to start this letter. As the father of Indian Constitution, I have so many questions regarding my basic rights that are not being fulfilled. Baba Sahab, you took lot of difficulties in framing the constitution, borrowing fundamental rights and duties from other constitutions of the world. While framing it, the constitution became the book of every individual irrespective of religion, caste, colour and creed. Baba Sahab, today, I am going to question you about the caste, class, religion, because these things will remain dominant in our society. you know well the case of Rohit Vemula, a PhD candidate from Hyderabad Central University, who wrote his last words that when equality is denied, everything is denied, and my birth is fatal incident. This is not one case in this country, where students are being forced to do suicide on the name of caste and religion. The crime of Rohit Vemula was that he belongs to lower caste. Recently, a bright student of IIT Madras Fathima lathief was also forced to give her life and in her phone note, it was found that she was being harassed on the name of religion. Her last words were my name itself is a problem. Baba sahab, you have worked too much, but I think, you must have rise again and fight for this opium that divides us on name, identity, region and soon. Baba Sahab, who created this caste and if he created what kind of similarities and difference he found in upper and lower caste.
Baba Sahab, the constitution that you provided to this country have been buried slowly and slowly by the fascist government. They murdered the real meaning of democracy and democracy remains only headline. The power hunger reached too much extend that with tax money, political parties are doing horse trading in order to form government. With tax money, the Prime minister is visiting foreign countries, enjoying Mushroom dish and Aam ka ras. However, when the students protests against the fees hike, they are being charges with sedition and well wishers of politicians are calling such institutions as anti-national, sex racket, and urban naxalite hub. Why there is no space for dissent.
Baba Sahab, in this country why a Kashmiri is treated as second class citizen, why we people are caged. Where are our rights that you granted like liberty, right to life and right to law?Why we are being pushed into state of exception and state of liminality. The state of Kashmir that was connected with India through article 370. Instead of consulting the representatives of Kashmiri people. The present government created such panic in the valley, which had terrified everyone. On 5th August 2019, the Article 370 was abrogated unconstitutionally. Besides that, on the same day till yet, seven million Kashmiri’s have been caged.  Baba Sahab, what is their crime, being Muslimsor something else. The communication and internet remained suspended. Schools and other institutions were closed. Baba Sahab, definitely, you had to wake up again in this country. Otherwise, we will be more colonized.

Note:  The letter has been written in a competition organised by department of social science, Central university of Gujarat on constitution Day held on 26/11/2019. The letter was awarded the first prize.
The writer Inamul Haq is a Research Candidate, Central University of Gujarat.

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Meiraba Luwang clinches Korea Junior Open title

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New Delhi, Nov. 3

Maisnam Meiraba Luwang lived up to his top billing as he clinched the boys’ singles U-19 title at the Woncheon Yonex Korea Junior Open International Challenge 2019 in Miryang, Korea on Saturday. The top seed from Manipur needed just 36 minutes to brush aside the challenge of 15th seed Lee Hak Joo of Korea in a 21-10, 21-13 win.
Also claiming the bronze in the same category at this Junior International Challenge tournament was eighth seed Sathish Kumar Karunakaran, who had bowed out to Luwang 16-21, 22-24 in a gritty semi-final contest on Friday.
Luwang, who currently holds the No. 9 spot in the World Junior Rankings, was impressive throughout the week and dropped just one game in six matches. This is the 16-year-old rising star’s third international title this year following his triumphs at the Russian Junior White Nights 2019 and India Junior International 2019.
Luwang would especially be pleased with the way he rebounded after a disappointing exit from the World Junior Championships last month, where he crashed out in the Round of 64.

Bangladeshi Cricket Players end strike as BCB accepts demands

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Dhaka, Oct 24

The striking Bangladesh players ended their boycott and decided to return to the field next week after holding talks with the Bangladesh Cricket Board officials at Mirpur late night on Wednesday.
‘The talk was successful, the BCB president and directors who were here they heard our demands and they assured us they will fulfill them at the quickest possible time,’ said national Test and Twenty20 captain Sakib al Hasan.
‘Based on that assurance our first-class players will start playing from Saturday and our national team players will start camp (for India tour) from Saturday,’ Sakib said.
Sakib said that the officials of the Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh also agreed to organize an election at the earliest possible time to accommodate the representative of current players.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan said they agreed to fulfill at least nine demands of the players.
‘Among the 11 demands they made, the first demand is not in our hand [CWAB] and we told them that we will decide about the last demand [participation in more than two franchise leagues]. Apart from these two demands, we have agreed on all their nine demands,’ said Nazmul.
‘We wanted to cancel the third round of NCL. But the players said that they wanted to play and they wanted to reschedule the third round of play. So we have decided to start the third round from Saturday,’ he said.
Nazmul said they sent the two new demands of the players to the Board’s legal department.
‘We haven’t made any decision about the last two demands. When we saw that a legal advisor is involved in the case, we referred the matter to our legal advisor,’ he said.
Supreme Court lawyer Mustafizur Rahman Khan earlier in the evening read out a list of 13 demands on behalf of the players at a news conference, which included two fresh demands – a share of BCB revenue and better wages for women players.

An open letter to the authority of BSNL


I, on behalf of IWSC, Khumbong would like to draw your kind attention and necessary favourable action.

That, the mobile and broadband internet service provided by Khumbong telephone exchange is very irregular and disappointing. It is learnt that the exchange is now entirely depend on the electric power provided by MSPDCL. The DG set installed inside the exchange is not operational due to the stoppage of fuel supply. Moreover, the battery/power backup used in the exchange is now no more reliable as all the batteries are obsolete and they are in the condition of disposal. As such, the mobile and broadband internet services stopped with the outage of power supplied by MSPDCL leaving many customers disappointed.

You may aware that there are many BSNL customers (who trusted the services of BSNL) under the coverage of this telephone exchange. Further, there are different Government offices, school, bank and other business establishments in Khumbong and its neighboring villages who entirely depend on services of BSNL for their different routine activities.

I, therefore, request your good self to kindly look into the matter seriously and take appropriate actions to improve the services provided by Khumbong telephone exchange in the interest of customers who trusted BSNL. We are looking forward a prompt and positive action in this regard. Thanking you.


With sincere regards,

Atom Samarendra Singh

Secretary, IWSC, Khumbong

Cell no. 9436287906

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Meiraba Luwang, Tasnim Mir takes India to its 3rd consecutive win at BWF World Junior Mixed Team Championships

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New Delhi, Oct. 2

Meiraba Luwang and Tasnim Mir led India to an impressive 4-1 victory over Australia in their Group E clash as the contingent continue their winning run on Day 2 of the BWF World Junior Mixed Team Championships 2019 in Kazan, Russia on Tuesday.
In the opening match, Goa’s Tanisha Crasto and Chattisgarh’s Ishaan Bhatnagar continued their striking form by securing a win in 21-17, 20-22, 21-11 over Jack Yu and Kaitlyn Ea of Australia. The 43-minute match provided India its first point of the day.
Junior World No. 10 Maisnam Meiraba Luwang then crushed Australia’s Rio Agustino 21-17, 21-11 in 29 minutes to secure India’s second point for the day. The Manipur youngster carried his rich vein of form from his Russian Junior White Nights 2019 title win and his runner-up finish at the India Junior International earlier in the year.
India’s third point came in the girls’ singles category as Gujarat’s Tasnim Mir clinched an easy 21-11, 21-15 victory over Angela Yu in just 22 minutes. The rising shuttler has been roaring after grabbing two golds at the Dubai Junior International Series earlier this month.
Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam gave India their fourth point of the day. The Manipur duo made a comeback in the second game to choke Ricky Tang and Otto Xing De Zhao 17-21, 21-8. 21-14 in 35 minutes.
The sole setback for India came in the last match of the day where India’s pair of Aditi Bhatt and Tanisha Crasto lost to Victoria He and Angela Yu in a 17-21, 21-18, 15-21 scoreline.
Earlier yesterday India whitewashed Armenia with a 5-0 win after starting their campaign with a strong 4-1 triumph over USA. With another 4-1 win today, India continued their winning streak in Group E on Day 2.
Action in the group stages will continue till October 2 following which the knockout rounds will begin.
In their final group assignment on Wednesday, India will next face the mighty Japanese, who haven’t dropped a single point in two matches so far.

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