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the tripartite talked between representative of union Government(MHA) and the state BJP ruling talked on 10 March at Senapati HQ seems only to pacify the Manipur Nagas with the cost of Louis ancestral land. How long the UNC is going against the upgradation of Kangpokpi ADC into DC? Are not the Manipur Nagas under the aegis of UNC that developmental works for Kangpokpi district had been siphoned off since 1972 when Manipur attained statehood and till date? It will be the most appropriate that the UNC should returned all developmental works fund mean for Kangpokpi(Sadar Hills) District diverted to Senapati from 1972 till date. Was there any historical that the Manipur Nagas had resisted or war/battle with the imperialist The British to fulfill their political or issues? The Kukis by far had fought war with the British for more than three years(Anglo-Kuki war 1917-1919)This history is the political backbone of the  Kukis  who are far scattered and wide in South East Asian countries.So the state  BJP Government and Union Government should take a soft stand regarding the UNC against the upgradation of Kangpokpi (Kanggui) ADC into DC for peaceful co-existence.

Yours Faithfully

L. Nehkholien Haokip via email

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Indian boxers assure five berths in the finals of GeeBee Boxing Tournament

From Correspondent
New Delhi, March 11,

Former Asian Championship gold medallist Shiva Thapa and Mohammed Hussamuddin led the march as six Indian boxers assured berth at the finals of the 38th GeeBee Boxing Tournament in Helsinki, Finland.
The youngest Indian to play in Olympics, Thapa outclassed Russia’s Mikhail Varlamov to notch up a unanimous 5-0 victory. The three-time Asian medallist will next take on local favourite Arslan Khataev in the summit clash. 
Following suit was Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Hussamuddin. In a thrilling contest, the Indian held on to his nerves to get the better of Kazakhstan’s Zhanbolat Kydyrbayev in a narrow 3:2 win. 

It will be an exciting all-Indian final in the 56kg category with Hussamuddin taking on Kavinder Singh Bisht, who got the better of Frenchman Jordan Rodriquez to make the summit showdown. 
Also advancing to the last-two stage were Dinesh Dagar (69kg) and rookie Govind Sahani (49kg).
Dinesh Dagar, who defeated former Olympic bronze medallist Evaldas Petrauskas earlier in the tournament continued his impressive run, producing a gritty 4-1 victory over Sergei Sobylinski of Russia in his semis clash. He will be facing Commonwealth Games gold-medallist England Pat McCormack in the finals, a two-time European silver-medallist.
The final berth was secured by Govind Sahani who produced a flawless performance to outclass Russia’s Artysh Sojan 5-0. He will square off against Thailand’s Thitisan Panmod in quest for the gold.
Finishing off with bronze medals were Sachin Siwach (52), Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Naveen Kumar (+91kg) after their respective semi-final loss. The former world youth champion, Sachin incurred a 1-4 defeat against Kyrgyzstan’s Azat Usenaliev while Sangwan suffered a similar fate after a 0-5 loss to England’s Chevon Clarke. In the Super Heavyweight category, Naveen Kumar lost 1-4 against Australia’s Justis Huni.

Delhi High Court upholds BFI as the only recognized national body in boxing

Our Correspondent
New Delhi, March 7,

The Delhi High Court reiterated that the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is the sole recognized body for boxing in India by restraining the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) from using the words ‘India’ or ‘Indian’ in its name in an interim order passed today. It was in response to a petition that the BFI had filed, seeking a permanent injunction against the IABF representing itself as a National Sports Federation for Boxing or falsely claiming itself to be recognized by the Indian Olympic Association, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and International Boxing Association (AIBA).

BFI opted for the legal course after it came to light that the IABF was in the process of conducting national sub-junior men’s and women’s boxing championships for which entry fees from budding pugilists too had been collected.
Following their plea, the bench of Hon’ble Justice Pratibha Singh not only barred the IABF from using ‘India’ in their name but also directed them to inform all participants that they are not a recognized national sports federation of boxing.
The court order further consolidates BFI’s status after it earned formal recognition from the AIBA, Sports Ministry and IOA in 2017 following its establishment on 25th September 2016. The BFI has worked tirelessly since in a bid to make India a boxing powerhouse.
With Mr Ajay Singh as the President, the BFI has restructured the domestic system, resulting in a steady flow of talent which has led to an increase of medals from elite international competitions in the last couple of years and have brought marquee World Boxing events to India for the first time since 2017.

Priyanshu Rajawat The Best Performer As Indian Campaign Comes To An End At Yonex Dutch Junior International

Our Correspondent
New Delhi, March 4,

Madhya Pradesh boy Priyanshu Rajawat was the only Indian to reach the quarter-finals as the country’s campaign came to an end at the prestigious Yonex Dutch Junior International 2019 at Haarlem, the Netherlands on Saturday.
The 17-year-old, hailing from Dhar, put up a gutsy performance in the fourth round to stun the fifth seed Christo Popov 22-20, 15-21, 21-15 in a marathon encounter lasting 1 hour 12 minutes. The youngster, however, failed to replicate that show against the fourth seed Brian Yang in the quarter-finals, going down 13-21, 20-22 to the Canadian.

While Rajawat showed a lot of promise, the rest of the Indian contingent could not cross the pre-quarter-final hurdle. Maisnam Meiraba Luwang, the wonderkid from Manipur, went down 18-21, 10-21 to the third seed Christian Adinata of Indonesia. Andhra Pradesh boy Sai Charan Koya, who had upset the top seed a day earlier, was beaten 15-21, 16-21 by China’s Li Yunze.
In girls’ singles, Gayatri Gopichand had her brilliant run cut short 15-21, 13-21 by the eighth seeded Benyapa Aimsaard of Thailand.
In boys’ doubles, the Telengana pair of Navaneeth Bokka and Vishnu Vardhan Goud Panjala squandered a one-game lead to go down 21-17, 19-21, 10-21 to Indonesians M. Lucky Andres Apriyanda and Yoggi Pamungkas.
The Indian team will now focus on putting up an improved show at the Yonex German Junior 2019 to be held in Berlin from March 7.

Ajgar & Musthafa Score A Hat-trick In JK Tyre Himalayan Drive

IT News
Siliguri, March 3,

 After four days of cross-country rallying, the formidable team of Ajgar Ali and Mohammed Musthafa successfully defended their JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 7 crown.
Hailing from the small port town of Haldia in West Bengal, Ajgar Ali, along with Erode’s Mohammed Musthafa, achieved the rare feat of winning their third successive title in the country’s only international TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) rally.
In the national category, Ajgar Ali and Mohammed Musthafa ended with a final tally of 1110 penalty points to emerge victorious. Securing the second position were the team of Gagan Sethi and Rajkumar Mundra with 1847 penalty points while Jogendra Jaiswal and Nagarajan Thangaraj ended their campaign in third position with 2035 penalty points.
In the open category, the team of Govind Dalmia and Anand Agarwal edged past category leader Rohit Agarwal and Kunal Joshi to finish with 9149 penalty points. The Agarwal-Joshi team scored 9691 penalty points. Finishing third in this category were the team of Suyash Raj and Mohammad Sharif with 10796 penalty points.

This year’s title battle saw a nail-biting finish. The team of Jogendra Jaiswal and Nagarajan Thangaraj who started the final day (Day 4, Saturday) as championship leaders lost their bid to the crown in the very final moments by missing the penultimate time control and suffering a 900-penalty points blow.
“We made a big mistake (by missing the second-last time control) and we handed the championship title to them (Ajgar and Musthafa). It is a disappointment for us, but the winners deserve the title,” Nagarajan Thangaraj said.
“We are very happy to score this hattrick. It was a very exciting rally and I can say that the seventh edition of JK Tyre Himalayan Drive is the best TSD rally in the country till date. The competitive sections were superb and posed a tough challenge to drivers, navigators and our cars,” said Ajgar Ali.
He was also all praise for Just Sportz, the rally organisers. “This rally is always well-organised and everything is transparent. The hospitality of the organisers is unparalleled,” Ali added.
This year’s victory takes the total winning tally of Ajgar Ali and Mohammed Musthafa to four titles (2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019) since the Himalayan Drive was first held in 2013. The team of Sudip Ghosh and navigator Arindam Ghosh were the only other team to have won more than one championship title at this event (2014 and 2016). Anubhav De and co-driver Chandan Sen won the title in 2015.
The last leg of the rally was flagged off from the Kalimpong stadium and started with a steep climb on the road from Mungpoo to Jorebungalow that was lined with verdant forests and offered majestic views of snow-capped peaks of the eastern Himalayas for a few kilometres. This was followed by another competitive section downhill through winding mountain roads of Rohini. The third and last competitive section was a tough drive stretching over nearly 23 kilometers through the bed of the Mechi river that forms the border between India and Nepal.

3 more Indian boxers reaches the semi-finals of Makran Cup in Iran

From Correspondent
New Delhi, Feb 26,

Commonwealth Silver medalist, Manish Kaushik alongside two other pugilists progressed to the semi-finals and in the process assured medals for India at the ongoing Makran Cup boxing tournament in Chabahar, Iran on Sunday.
The reigning national champion put up a dominant display to secure a place in the semis after outclassing Moumivand Salar in a unanimous 5:0 victory in the 60kg quarter-final clash.

Following suit was Rohit Tokas who came under the limelight with his promising performances in World Series Boxing, early last year. Tokas is known for his attacking style of boxing, did not give his opponent Tugrulbeg Pazzyyev any chance to settle down, he was declared a 5-0 unanimous winner by the judges t the end of three rounds.
Army man, Duryodhan Singh Negi also guaranteed himself a semi-finals berth in the 69 kg category  after his match against Kamyab Moradi was abandoned in R2 in favour of the Indian. 
It was, however, end of the road for boxers Manish Panwar and Madan Lal. Chemistry Cup Gold medalist, Madan Lal, is also the reigning national champion; put up his trademark aggressive display but suffered an unfortunate result losing out narrowly 2:3 against Mohammad Kaspour in his 56kg semi-final bout. 
Young pugilist Manish Panwar too suffered a similar fate after being stunned to a 0:5 loss against Safari Keivan (81kg).
India pugilists have assured a total of 8 medals in the ongoing tournament. Earlier, five other Indians- Deepak (49kg), Lalit Prasad (52kg), Manjeet Singh Panghal (75kg), Sanjeet (91kg) & Satish Kumar (+91kg) assured medals after winning their respective quarters bouts to progress to the semi-finals of the event. The semi-final matches will be played later on Monday night.

A R Maj Bob Khathing Tournament 2019 Culminates

IT News

Imphal Feb 24,

8th edition of the Assam Rifles Maj Bob Khathing Tournament culminated on 23rd February at the TNL ground, Ukhrul with the final of Men’s Football. The final match was played between Ukhrul United Football Club (UUFC) and Ukhrul Football Club (UFC) and was won by Ukhrul United football club (UUFC).

Earlier on 21st February, the Choir competition saw Phungyo Baptist Church emerge as winners. Women Volleyball Trophy was lifted by Chameleon which defeated Evergreen in the final match played on 22nd February.

Apart from team prizes that were presented during the closing ceremony, individual prizes were given to Miss Rinreichon Shangh as best spiker in Volleyball, best player Miss Thangmeiwon Lashing (Volleyball), best scorer in football Mr Khanngam Horam (UUFC), best goal keeper Mr Ngaranngan (UUFC).The awards were presented by Brig Mohit Seth, DIG 10 Sector Assam Rifles.  Assam Rifles extended its thanks and appreciation to the TNL, TSL TKS, TNWL TNML, Ukhrul media, Ukhrul Referee Association, Tangkhul Gospel Music Forum, Hao Services and the people of Ukhrul who were a constant support in ensuring success of the tournament. The six day mega event has become a huge symbol of togetherness and collective pride for the Tangkhul legend that is Maj Bob Khathing Ralengnao.   


Manipur enters Qtr Final in National Junior Boys Handball Championship

IMPHAL, Feb 23-Host Manipur enters the quarter finals of the 41st National Junior Boys Handball Championship which is underway at the Indoor Stadium of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Imphal.

In their pre quarter finals match played today, Manipur beat Jammu and Kashmir 23-22.Interestingly most of the first seven players of Manipur team was represented by players from other states.

Other teams which entered the quarter finals of the biggest ever national championship are National Handball Academy(NHA), Delhi,Chandigarh,Madhya Pradesh(MP),Haryana, Sports Authority of India and Uttar Pradesh(UP).In their pre-quarter finals,NHA beat Telangana(26-18),Delhi beat Odisha(23-13),Chandigarh beat Maharashtra(23-21),Madhya Pradesh beat Chhatisgarh (27-26),Haryana beat Punjab(29-24),SAI beat Maharashtra(26-19) and UP beat Rajasthan(24-19).

However none of the three north east states namely Assam, Nagaland and Tripura could not enter the quarter finals of the championship which was started from Feb. 20.

It may be mentioned that around 500 boys from 28 states and 2 Sports Academy is participating in the six-day long championship organised by the Manipur Handball Association under the aegis of the Handball Federation of India.

Nikhat Zareen, Meena Kumari win gold as Indian women boxers clinch 6 medals at 70th Strandja Memorial Boxing

Our Correspondent

New Delhi, Feb 19,

Indian women boxers collected a rich haul of 6 medals, including two gold, one Silver and three bronze medals to finish their campaign on a high at the 70th StrandjaMemorial Boxing tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria on Tuesday. 

Former world junior champion Nikhat Zareen(51kg) and Maisnam Meena Kumari Devi (54kg) grabbed the gold medals  while debutante Manju Rani (48kg) had to settle for silver. 

The 22-year-old Zareen was absolutely ruthless in her bout against Magno Irish of the Philippines. With a flurry of punches, the two-time national champion never allowed her opponent to settle into the match and was declared a unanimous 5-0 winner. Nagaland’s  Maisnam Meena Kumari collected the second gold medal of the day although the former Asian Championships bronze medallist was made to work hard for it. Aira Villegas of Philippines fought tooth and nail with the Indian in the 54kg final but Meena Kumari’s speed, alertness and resolve helped her pull through 3-2 in the tightly-contested match. 

India, however, met with disappointment in the 48kg category where Manju Rani went down 0-4 to former world champion Josie Gabuco of the Philippines. The latter’s experience proved too much for the young Manju to handle, who was making her debut on foreign soil. 

The 48kg Indian national champion initially lost 1-4 but a point was docked after she received a warning for accidentally punching the opponent even after the referee pronounced the end of the bout. 

This is a creditable show put up by Indian women pugilists in the first tournament of the European boxing calendar. Earlier, Indian women had delivered three bronze medals following the semi-final losses suffered by Neeraj  (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Pwilao Basumatary (64kg).

With this, they emulated the performance by the Indian women’s team from last year when they finished with six medals as well.

India could add yet another gold through the only Indian remaining in the men’s draw, Amit Panghal. The Asian Games gold medallist has his 49kg final bout scheduled later in the day.

A R Maj Bob Khathing Tournament 2019

IT News
Imphal Feb 19,

The 8th edition of Assam Rifles Major Bob Khathing Tournament commenced with a glittering opening ceremony at TNL Ground, Ukhrul on 18th February 2019. The event comprising of Men Football, Women Volleyball, Baby League Football and Church Choir competition will be held till 23 Feb 2019. Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held on 28th February 2019 at the Mantripukhri residence of the Tangkhul Legend.

 The grand event is being organised by Somsai Battalion of 10 Sect Assam Rifles under aegis of IGAR (South). The Opening ceremony comprised of a multicultural extravaganza showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Manipur especially the Tangkhul Naga tribe. Miss Bala Devi, Indian Woman Footballer, was the torch bearer and the event was graced by eminent dignitaries to include Col Paramjit Singh, officiating Commander 10 Sector Assam Rifles, Mr Hopingson Shimray, TNL President, Mrs Grace Shatshang, TSL President and Mr and Mrs John Khathing, son and daughter in law of the legend. Speaking on the occasion, the TNL President paid his respects to Maj Bob Khathing and appreciated the efforts of the Assam Rifles in keeping alive the memory of the great Tangkhul personality.  
 The first football match of the tournament was played between Ukhrul FC and Kachai FC. Women Volleyball match was played between Ever Green club and Ukhrul police volleyball club. A total of 22 matches will be played in football and 9 matches in volleyball competitions. Choir competition will take place on 21 February 2019.  
The Bob Kathing Baby league football championship to encourage the future stars was held on 14th and 15th February at Ukhrul. The event was won by Ukhrul Football Club.

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