CET exam for 14 schools rescheduled to May 13

The Common Entrance Test (CET), 2018 for admission to Class XI in 14 selected government schools which was scheduled to be held on April 29 (Sunday) has been rescheduled to May 13 in the interest of the student community.

Fire at VIP dining area creates panic in Ukhrul

On the opening day of Shirui Festival, a fire that broke out suddenly at VIPs’ dining place created panic in Shirui village but not much damage was done.

Gross violation of NFSA guidelines in Naoriya Pakhanglakpa AC: RK Anand

Claiming that gross violation of the guidelines of National Food Security Act (NFSA) has been detected while providing food grains in Naoriya Pakhanglakpa assembly constituency, thereby resulting in non-deserving persons enjoying benefits and deserving beneficiaries being deprived of their benefits, ex-MLA RK Anand has drawn attention of the government into this matter.

‘Local will benefits from mineral exploration’

Textiles, Commerce and Industry Minister Thongam Biswajit chaired a meeting on the ‘2D Seismic Survey in Un–Appraised Sedimentary Basins in Manipur’ held at the Conference Hall of the Minister’s New Secretariat office on Saturday.

Army seizes WY tablet worth Rs 1.22 crore

Noney Battalion of Loktak Brigade apprehended two drug peddlers and recovered huge quantity of WY tablets on Monday from Permanent Vehicle Check Post, Noney district.

Hidden cache of arms recovered

A joint team of 5 JAK Rifles and Bishnupur commandos led by commando officer in-charge inspector Khogen recovered a huge cache of arms from Ishok Mutum Yangbi Shantipur area under Mayang Imphal Police Station on Sunday.

Air Asia's Imphal-Delhi daily flight begins

Air Asia has started direct flight service between Imphal and Delhi from Saturday. It will operate seven days a week and the daily scheduled arrival at Imphal is 12.25 pm and the departure 12.55 pm.

Good Friday declared holiday

Superseding an earlier order issued on March 29, the government of Manipur has declared March 30 (Good Friday) as holiday in consideration of the sentiments of general public.

CBSE to re-conduct Class X maths, XII Eco exams

The CBSE on Wednesday said it will re-conduct examination in the maths and economics papers for Class X and Class XII respectively following the leak of question papers even as a Delhi Police probe is underway.

Jet Airways starts Imp-Delhi direct service

After Air India, private airliner Jet Airways has launched direct flight service between Imphal and New Delhi four days a week. According to director of Imphal International Airport SK Panigrahi, Jet Airways started direct flight between Imphal and New Delhi from Sunday onwards.

Forum petitions CM over ‘modification in FIR’

Accusing Mayang Imphal police of modifying the FIR with regard to Uchiwa gangrape incident, Forum for Protection of Human Rights (FPHR) has submitted a memorandum to chief minister N Biren on Friday appealing for necessary intervention.

Security beefed up for PM Modi's visit today

In view of PM Narendra Modi’s visit, Singjamei Police Station conducted search operations in various areas under its jurisdiction on Thursday.

8 students expelled

Altogether 8 students belonging to different examination centres were expelled from appearing the HSLC examination on Tuesday.

Four voters of Assam found enrolled in Jiribam

Jiribam police has detected four voters of Assam enrolled in the new publication of electoral rolls for 40/26 Mullargaon in Jiribam district.

Resignation of 43 Govt school teachers approved

The directorate of education (S), government of Manipur Tuesday approved resignation applications of 43 teachers working under the directorate.

‘Need to amend AFSPA if it can’t be repealed’

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday said it is time to amend the Armed Forces Special (Powers) Act now in force in Jammu and Kashmir and other places. “There is a need to amend the AFSPA if you cannot repeal it. The law and order should be entrusted to the Jammu and Kashmir police and not on the paramilitary forces,” Chidambaram, former union minister, said at a programme in Kolkata.

Student bodies urge CM to update NRC

Three student organisations Saturday submitted a memorandum to chief minister N Biren urging him to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) of the state considering the threats posed to the survival of indigenous communities of the state due to unchecked influx of illegal migrants.

IGP (Adm) appeals for withdrawing stir

Stating that the total shutdown called in hill districts from Friday midnight by DPC completed police constables’ association is unreasonable, IGP (administration) IK Muivah has appealed to the association to call-off the strike.

Normal trade resumes at Namphalong market

Namphalong market in Myanmar, which was gutted in a major fire incident on February 7 night, resumed normal trade from Thursday morning.

Manipur HC issues notice to Parl secretaries

Acting on a petition filed by Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, the High Court of Manipur on Wednesday served notice to parliamentary secretaries of the Chief Minister N Biren Singh–led coalition government

Proclamation issued against ‘fugitive’

Special Court ND&PS Manipur has issued a proclamation order directing one Md Ahame Duddin (24) son of Md Ramatulla of Lilong Haoreibi Loumanga to appear before the court on March 12.

House passes 5 demands for grants amounting to Rs 2473,53,63,000

On the day seventh day of the 4th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly on Monday, the House unanimously passed five Demands for Grants amounting to Rs 2473,53,63,000. The demands for Grants include Demand No 18 (Animal Husbandry and Veterinary including Dairy Farming) Rs 114,89,42,000; Demand No 20 (Community and Rural Development) Rs. 1787,77,53,000; Demand No 30 (Planning) Rs 442,98,54,000; Demand No 42 (State Academy of Training) Rs 6,83,80,000; and Demand No 47 (Minorities and Other Backward Classes and Scheduled Caste Department) Rs 121,04,34,000.

Modi now a global leader: Manipur Governor

Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has just concluded a day-long visit to Palentine, is now undoubtedly a ‘global leader’.

VK Singh: No Indo-Myanmar boundary dispute

Union minister of external affairs Gen (Dr) VK Singh has categorically stated that there is no boundary dispute between India and Myanmar but boundary demarcation work remains to be completed in some sectors of the international border including in Manipur sector. Responding to a query by MP Dr Th Meinya in the Lok Sabha on February 7, the Union minister maintained that regular dialogue is being held between India and Myanmar on all issues related to boundary demarcation and border management through institutionalised mechanism such as foreign office consultations, National Level Meetings, Joint Boundary Working Group, Sectoral Level Meetings and heads of survey department meetings.

Poppy plantation worth Rs 1.5 crore destroyed

A combined team of Chandel district police, Tengnoupal district police, NAB and 8 MR led by SP (Chandel) Kamei Angam Romanus and SP (Tengnoupal) Dr S Ibomcha destroyed around 25 acres of poppy plantations valued around Rs 1.5 crore in the hill range located between Tarao Lamkhai and Lamkang Khunyai village on Wednesday.

CM sees possibility of political solution to insurgency in state

Maintaining that insurgency is an important factor for the slow progress of peace and development in the state, chief minister N Biren has conveyed his hope of a foreseeable political solution to the armed conflict in the state.

7th CPC infeasible: DyCM

Stating that the 2018-19 budget introduced on the floor of the house on Monday does not include provisions for providing salaries to government employees under 7th Central pay commission, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar, who also holds the portfolio of finance, has said that the implementation of the 7th pay will be possible only after the arrival of the 15th finance commission.

NSCN-IM sticks to its 'solution first' stand

NSCN-IM Sunday said that it will stand by its decision of supporting the 'Naga people for solution' and not for election.

Minor girl raped, accused arrested

An eight years old girl was reportedly raped by a 21-year old man from the girl's own locality. The accused has been remanded to police custody till February 5 after being produced at Special POCSO Court in Thoubal on Friday.

Imphal-Moreh highway bandh called off

The 48-hour Imphal-Moreh highway bandh called by HTC Moreh, KSO Moreh and KWU&HR Moreh against the transfer of SDPO Lawrence has been called off following an understanding.

Transfer and posting effected for four IPS/MPS

The department of personnel & administrative reforms (personnel division), government of Manipur issued an order effecting transfer and posting of four IPS/MPS officers on Thursday.

CCNTHCO to go ahead with state-wide bandh

The Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) has reiterated its dawn to dusk Nagaland bandh on Thursday, stating that the decision was taken on January 29 in the meeting of all apex tribal hohos and mass based organisations.

Transfer & posting effected for 20 IPS/MPS officers

The department of personnel and administrative reforms (personnel division), government of Manipur has issued an order to effect the transfer and posting of 20 IPS/MPS officers with immediate effect.

CTL&LS petitions CM for promotion of tribal languages

For the development of tribal languages in Manipur, Council of Tribal Languages and Literature Societies (CTL&LS), Manipur has petitioned Chief Minister N Biren for allocating fund in the proposed state’s budget for 2018-19 fiscal so as to ensure continuation of tribal languages in the school education as mother tongue subjects and also for promoting those tribal languages which are yet to be approved.

Services of five Parl secretaries discontinued

In exercise of the powers vested in him under section 3 of Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2012, chief minister of Manipur has discontinued appointment of five members of Manipur Legislative Assembly as Parliamentary Secretaries.

Bomb explodes near MLA Dingo's house

A powerful bomb blast occurred near the residence of Sekmai Assembly Constituency MLA Heikham Dingo on Saturday evening. According to police reports, a powerful bomb exploded at around 5.30 pm Saturday near the gate of MLA H Dingo's residence at Khurkhul Lamkhai under Sekami Police station.

CM Biren congratulates Mirabai, Subadani

Chief minister N Biren has congratulated Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Langpoklakpam Subadani Devi on receiving Padmashree Award 2018, which was announced on Thursday.

CM studies progress of Civil Secretariat work

Chief Minister N Biren Singh made a surprise visit to inspect the on-going construction works of the Civil Secretariat complex at Mantripukhri Tuesday.

Six positive Hep C case detected in CCpur

At least six people were found positive of Hepatitis C while one was detected positive of Hepatitis B during a free screening test conducted by My Land Sharma Limited at district hospital, Churachandpur from 10.30 Monday.

NSF criticises Centre over poll schedule announcement

Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has questioned the sincerity of Centre, saying that the latter’s announcement of election schedule for Nagaland against the wish of Naga people is a big disappointment.

Rajnath urged to transfer Pravish case to CBI

Chief minister N Biren and Rajya Sabha MP K Bhabananda met Union home minister Rajnath Singh at New Delhi on Thursday and urged him to direct the UP government to transfer the case of Pravish Chanam to CBI at the earliest.

Two from state conferred Akademi Awards

President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2016 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday.

Driver yet to be traced

A van driver from Lalpani Part 2 who was engaged by unknown persons on the pretext of travelling to Imphal on January 9 still remains untraceable even though the van has been found.

Joint meet held to tackle WY menace in CCpur

A joint meeting of the joint committee on anti-drugs and chairmen/secretaries of 30 youth clubs was organised in Churachandpur to discuss issues related to easy availability of WY tablets in the district of late.

Deploy Highway Protection Force for drivers’ safety: M Tombi

The government must deploy Highway Protection Force along the two National highways of the state which are considered as lifelines of Manipur, thereby ensuring safety of drivers who are braving everything to bring in daily-essential items into the state, Shiv Sena Manipur State Unit president M Tombi has stated.

School panel clarifies on privatisation rumour

Denouncing the reported move to privatise their school, students of Kumbi Awang High School staged a sit-in-protest in front of the school Saturday. Apart from the students, teaching and non-teaching staff and members of School Management Committee also took part in the protest.

Villagers attacked, 2 still missing in TML

Following an order of the High Court of Manipur issued by Acting Chief Justice N Kotiswar Singh, 17 families of Sangrungpang who were displaced since 2015 returned back to resettle in the village Thursday. However, on their way back home at about 10:30 am, some unidentified persons violently attacked the men, women and children.

‘States must use NHM funds for food safety’

In a bid to strengthen food safety systems in each state such as laboratories and enforcement infrastructure, states should use funds from National Health Mission (NHM), said the Union minister of health and family welfare, JP Nadda during a meeting with state health ministers and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

CSIR’s new project converts fuel vehicles into electric vehicles

In a bid to reduce pollution caused by vehicles run on fossil fuels, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun under the aegis of ministry of science and technology has successfully fitted electric vehicle (EV) kits and converting vehicles run on fossil fuel into electric vehicles.

Tremor causes fissures, affects house in Lunghar village

A 5.6 magnitude tremor on Sunday noon has caused giant fissures in the heart of Lunghar village in northern Ukhrul, rendering a house inhabitable.

HSLC-2018 likely from third week of Feb

Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BSEM) would be conducting the High School Leaving Certificate Examination (HSLC) 2018 from the third week of February, secretary of the board Akham Joykumar Singh has informed.

Police constable held with Rs. 20 lakh Brown sugar

A constable of Manipur police department has been nabbed with contraband Brown Sugar worth nearly Rs 20 lakh by a combined team of Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) and Imphal West district police.

ULFA, NSCN(K) planning attacks: Reports

With heightened insurgent activity in the North-east, Indian security forces are gearing for a major attack between the New Year and Republic Day.

State native found shot dead in Tamu

A native of Manipur was found shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Tamu town of Myanmar on Monday afternoon. The deceased has been later identified as Aheibam Bijen (36) son of Birchandra of Bishnupur Ward No 5. After family members identified the body and necessary formalities, Bijen’s corpse has been brought to Imphal.

Dr Meinya demands re-look on Merger Agreement

MP Dr T Meinya has drawn attention of the Parliament (Lok Sabha) for having a structured discussion on Manipur Merger Agreement, 1949 at present in the context of past development.

Two arrested for posing as minister’s PRO, extortion bid

Two men who impersonated PRO of MAHUD minister and attempted to collect money from shop owners in Imphal city have been nabbed by police.

Submit details of assets by January-end, bureaucrats told

The Centre has asked all IAS officers to submit details of their assets by January-end, warning them that following the instruction was a pre-requisite to getting vigilance clearance necessary for their promotions and foreign postings.

Prof Pandey calls for preservation of rich Manipuri culture

Manipur University vice chancellor professor Adya Prasad Pandey has said that India is a multilingual, multicultural and multifaceted country but culturally united.

Unknown assailants hurl Chinese grenade at shops, fail to explode

In a shocking incident, unknown assailants hurled a Chinese made hand grenade at a shopping centre in the heart of Ukhrul town around 5:45 pm on Friday. However, the explosive which landed in front of two stores selling clothes, failed to explode.

All accused in 2G scam case acquitted

A Special CBI court on Thursday acquitted former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and all other accused in the 2G scam case that had rocked the Manmohan Singh-led UPA-II government, holding that the prosecution "miserably failed" to prove any of the corruption and money laundering charges.

Class 10&12 CBSE Board Exam from March 2018

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in its latest notice stated that all schools affiliated under it will have their Class 10 and 12 board exams in March 2018. The CBSE has scheduled the practical exams for All India Secondary School Examination and All India Senior School Certificate Examination in January 2018.

Sticker campaign for ILPS gets underway

The women wing of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) flagged off its sticker campaign on ILPS from Tuesday in front of BJP Manipur Pradesh office here by putting stickers on passenger buses parked there.

KTC opposes survey of Kpi under urban category

Kangpokpi Town Committee Sunday registered its strong objection against the ongoing survey of Kangpokpi Town under urban category by the department of economics and statistics and submitted a petition in this regard to the director of the department concerned.

CS told to examine plea for increasing MP slot

Chief minister N Biren has instructed chief secretary to look into the proposal made by one Naorem Priyokumar during the “Meeyamgi Numit” on Friday in connection with increasing the number of MPs from the state. Naorem Priyokumar from Kakching on Friday urged the chief minister to look into the issue of increasing the number of MPs from Manipur. In this regard, chief minister N Biren reportedly instructed the chief secretary to take up necessary measures.

Union cabinet clears bill criminalising triple talaq

A bill seeking to criminalise instant triple talaq among Muslims and providing for a three-year jail term was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, which the government said was aimed at protecting the dignity and security of women in the community.

MEELAL demands Language Act amendment

Meetei Erol Eyek Loinasillon Apunba Lup (MEELAL) has demanded the government to amend the Manipur Official Language Act to rectify the clause ‘written in Bengali script’ as ‘written in Meetei Mayek script’ and to adopt the same by the state cabinet for passing a relevant legislation during the upcoming winter assembly session.

EC orders FIR against Rahul Gandhi for TV interview

The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered filing of an FIR against Congress president elect Rahul Gandhi for giving an interview to a TV channel in Gujarat in violation of the 48-hour ban on campaigning, as well as against all TV channels that telecast the interview across districts going to the polls on Thursday.

UKL to honour its unsung labour forces of WW-I

For decades, the 'sweat and toil' and 'honour' of 1200 Tangkhul men who served, and many of whom sacrificed their lives, as workforce in France along with 800 others from different parts of Manipur during the outbreak of the first world War back in 1918, continued to be burrowed deep into oblivion.

Housewife found hanging, succumbs

A young housewife died late Sunday evening after she allegedly hanged herself inside her own room at Keishamthong Maning Leikai in Imphal police station.

FVDC suspends stir

Following assurance given by the district administration of Chandel to release the pending relief funds, Flood Victims Demand Committee Chandel (FVDC) has suspended all forms of agitation.

Drug peddler nabbed with heroin powder

One drug peddler identified as Moirangthem Hemanta Meitei (40) s/o M Tombiyaima Meitei of Heirok Part-II Bujaree Chuthek was arrested on Thursday along with 100 grams of heroin powder which is estimated to be worth about Rs 2,00,000 in local market. The drug was recovered from a Honda Activa (blue) bearing no registration number which was driven by Hemanta. He was arrested from near Sorojini Oil Pump Khangabok Khong, Thoubal by a team of NAB-PS, informed a statement of Manipur Police Department PRO.

CARA officials to promote legal adoption in state

An official team of Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) led by its advisory committee chairman Ramchandra Reddy Manda would be visiting Imphal on December 8 to promote legal adoption in the state under the aegis of union minister of women and child development Maneka Gandhi.

Rs. 35,500 collected as fine from traffic violators

As part of its drive to effectively enforce traffic rules in Imphal East and West districts, officials of transport department led by respective district transport officers under the guidance of transport minister and director collected a total of Rs 35,500 as fine from traffic violators on Tuesday.

State Congress delegate hails Rahul Gandhi

Manipur Congress delegation led by ex-CM Okram Ibobi congratulated Rahul Gandhi on his imminent elevation as president of All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Monday. Prior to Rahul Gandhi filing his nomination papers, the state Congress team, that also proposed his name for the party's top post, met Rahul at AICC office and congratulated him. The state team include ex-CM O Ibobi, ex-Dy CM Gaikhangam, MP Thangso Baite, MLAs Govindas Konthoujam, Ak Mirabai, Th Lokeshwar, K Meghachandra and RK Imo.

Rights of PwDs stressed on their day

Like in other parts of the world, ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ was observed by government and non-governmental institutions across the state on Sunday.

MUA suspends bandh on Imphal-Moreh road

Following assurance given by authority concerned that pending road construction will be completed before December 25, Maring Uparup Assembly (MUA) has called off the bandh imposed along Imphal-Moreh road with immediate effect.

NIA arrests Manipur militant in New Delhi

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a militant of Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) here on charges of raising terror funds, supply of arms, ammunition and explosives for the Manipur-based banned outfit, an official said on Friday.

Burial site of Captain George Gordon lying in ruins

The burial site of Captain George, the first political agent of British government in Manipur, which is located inside the campus of Manipur University at Canchipur is lying in ruins with no one to protect or preserve the site.

Naga organisations, FNR urge Govt of India

Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) and apex Naga organizations, consisting of 24 organizations met at Chumukedima in Dimapur on Sunday, and urged the Government of India to “intently complete the Naga political cause without further delay, before the general election in the State of Nagaland”.

Kangoi village authority tenders apology

Kangoi Khullen Village Authority clarified that villagers killed the Himalayan black bear to save properties and valuable life of Chinglou (terrace farm) farmers.

‘Movies every weekend at MSFDS hall’

The third edition of Sangai International film festival, which is being organised as part of the annual mega Manipur Sangai Festival, commenced from Saturday at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Palace Compound here with art and culture minister L Jayantakumar attending the inauguration function as chief guest.

Vehicle lifter arrested with stolen vehicle

In a swift response to a report filed on stolen vehicle, Imphal West commandos arrested the thief and recovered the stolen vehicle from Kwakeithel Mayaikoibi area just minutes after the theft

Nagaland pol parties to discuss Naga issue

Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang will convene a meeting of ‘all political parties’ on November 23 in Kohima in connection with the ‘issues relating to settlement of Naga political problem’. The meeting will start from 1 pm in the residential office of the Chief Minister, Minister’s Hill, Kohima.

One found shot dead near Catholic School Canchipur

Unidentified armed miscreants shot dead a non-local at about 7pm Monday near Catholic School, Canchipur under Singjamei police station.

‘Monthly stipend of Rs 1500 to PWDs from Dec 3’

To alleviate some of the sufferings of differentially-able persons in the state, the state government has taken up an initiative to provide them a monthly stipend of Rs 1500 from December 3 onwards, Health & Family Welfare Parliamentary Secretary Subashchandra has informed.

'NSCN (K) resorting to fear-striking tactics'

The Indian Army on Thursday claimed that the NSCN (K) is losing ground in areas along the Indo-Myanmar border while maintaining that the people are no longer fearful of them.

World Bank CEO all praise for GST

Days after it gave India a 30 place jump in its ease of doing business ranking, the World Bank on Saturday said the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and reforms push by the government will catapult the country to high middle income economy in 30 years.

MCPM imposes general strike on Nov 5

Imposing a general strike on November 5 effective from 5am till 5pm, Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM) has appealed to people of Manipur to support the strike by suspending their normal services on the said day.

CM orders immediate payment to players

Taken aback by reports of non-payment of already assured financial assistance to the eight Manipuri footballers who are in the Indian team for the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup, Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday directed for the immediate payment of Rs 5 lakh each.

Petrol dealers call off nationwide strike

All the three constituents of United Petroleum Front (UPF) have called off the proposed all-India strike planned on October 13 and 27. This decision was reportedly conveyed to the Oil Companies through written statements. UPF, comprising three petroleum dealers’ federations – The Federation of All India Petroleum Traders (FAIPT), The All India Petroleum Dealers Association (AIPDA) and Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD), had earlier given notice for closure of all oil outlets on October 13 and indefinite closure of sales and supplies with effect from October 27.

CS demands list of employees absent on Election Day

All administrative secretaries/HoDs have been advised to compile a list of government employees who failed to attend the office on General Panchayat Election on Saturday without applying for casual leave. 

UNC gets ready for talks with strong team

SENAPATI: United Naga Council (UNC) is all prepared for the tripartite talks on district creation issue on Friday.

CM launches Sangai Run website ahead of Sangai festival

Chief minister N Biren on Tuesday launched a website www.sangairun.com as part of the Sangai Run Half Marathon which will be held on November 19 prior to the commencement of annual Sangai Festival from November 21, at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. Sangai Run will feature as a curtain raiser to the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017.

Teenage boy drowns in swimming pool

A 17-year old boy drowned in Khuman Lampak Swimming Pool, where he was reportedly learning swimming, on Saturday afternoon. 

Langban Keithel begins at Hapta Kangjeibung

Langban Keithel, a mega exhibition cum sale of different products, which is jointly being organised by All Manipur Rickshaw Drivers and Pullers Welfare Association (AMRDPWA) and DS Enterprises, commenced from Wednesday at Hapta Kangjeibung here.

Biswajit calls for increasing, exporting chilli produces

Commerce and Industry minister Th Biswajit Wednesday called upon chilli farmers of Sirarakhong to adopt new technologies for increasing chilli production and export them to other states. The minister was speaking as chief guest at the inaugural of the three-day long 8th Hathei Phanit (Chilli Festival) organised by Sirarakhong Sanaolong at Sirarakhong village ground.

Traffic drives yield over Rs 1 lakh in two days

Intensifying the drive against violators of traffic rules, different teams of Motor Vehicle unit of the state’s Transport Department have collected monetary penalties of over Rs 1 lakh in just two days of launching the campaign.

Biswajit for efficient implementation of PMAY (G)

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj minister Thongam Biswajit instructed officials and Deputy Commissioners on Tuesday to implement Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) efficiently in the state by re-verifying the list of beneficiaries included in SECC.

Woman escapes rape attempt

A 40-year-old man reportedly attempted to outrage the modesty of a 37-year-old housewife at Mongshangei Awang Leikai under Singjamei Police Station on Saturday. The culprit who also hails from the same locality is identified as Konthoujam Opendro alias Ibomcha alias Kangsoi, son of Ibobi.

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Lifer for 'Godman' Asaram in minor rape case

A Special Court in Jodhpur on Wednesday convicted self-styled godman Asaram for raping a minor girl at his ashram in Rajasthan in 2013 and sentenced him to a prison term for life till his natural death.

Vigilance investigates Ima Keithel roof cave-in

Hardly three months after inauguration of the renovated Ima Keithel Number 3 (Phouoibi Ima Keithel) a portion of the ceiling structure fell apart on Tuesday afternoon.

Sagolmang best site for hospital: Dr Bijoy

Pointing out that government hospitals are set up for providing healthcare services to the unreached areas, former RIMS director and ex-MLA of Khurai AC Dr Ng Bijoy Wednesday said that Sagolmang is the most suitable place in the entire Imphal East district for setting up the district hospital considering lack of healthcare facilities in the surrounding areas.

Mosiac of entertainment items delight Shirui Fest crowd

Despite drawing crowd a little lesser than in inaugural edition of the state level Shirui Lily Festival on account of some suspected reasons, the second edition of this year's festive extravaganza managed to keep the festival goers occupied and beguiled with a mosiac of indigenous games, cultural shows, trekking, camping, SHIROCK concerts and other entertainment items on the second day Wednesday.

Government’s duty is to deliver what is due to people: CM

The 2nd edition of the State Level Shirui Lily Festival kicked off to a grand opening along with traditional festive fervour on Tuesday at Shirui Village Public Ground and TNL Ground Ukhrul venues.

Cong lobs another multi-crore graft slur at Govt

Once again, Congress party has brought up another alleged scam in the BJP-led coalition government in the state and this time the financial involvement is Rs 3 crore for a work executed under Manipur Development Society (MDS).

Man held with gold worth Rs 1.5 cr

The Anti-Smuggling Unit of Customs Division, Imphal arrested a man along with gold biscuits worth around Rs 1.5 crore from Khurai Lamlong Keithel area on Tuesday morning at about 9.

Governor calls for eradication of social evils

Paying rich tributes to Manipuri heroes who valiantly fought against the mighty British empire in the Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has called upon the people to co-operate with the government in eradicating social evils.

AMUCO urges Govt to assist children in distress

Voicing dismay over lack of initiative by the government to help two destitute children of Sekmai Panao, whose parents along a male sibling passed on the same day recently, All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO) has suggested that the department concerned should take up immediate steps for ensuring wellbeing of the minor children.

Steps taken to punish cyber crime offenders, says CM

The State government has taken up steps to initiate legal action against cyber-crime offenders particularly those who circulate communally charged contents on social networking sites using fake accounts to create enmity and tension among different communities.

7th CPC after examination by expert panel: CM

While conceding that the government had already agreed in-principle to implement recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), chief minister N Biren has declared that the issue will be finalised after a committee of experts on finances carries out minute examination of varied aspects on increasing salaries of state government employees at par with their Central government colleagues.

JCILPS flays Govt for continuous influx of outsiders

While calling upon the public to maintain constant vigil for checking unauthorised entry of outsiders into the state, Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) – Students’ Wing has held successive governments of Manipur accountable for the burgeoning population of non-Manipuris.

Changing focus towards education good sign for state: Radheshyam

Amid the initiatives of the government in different sectors, changing focus towards education is a good sign of the developing education scenario in the state, said education minister Th Radheshyam, Sunday.

Eco-conscious activities to add zing to Shirui Festival

Giving Tree, Imphal and Hill Wild, Ukhrul are all set to add a meaningful taste to the ensuing Shirui Lily Festival with hosting of eco-conscious drives and activities throughout the festival period from April 24 to 28.

Cabinet approves death penalty to child rapists

The Union Cabinet on Saturday approved an ordinance that provides for death penalty to those convicted of raping a child below the age of 12 and life term for raping a girl below age of 16.

CM urges bureaucrats to work with sincerity, dedication

Chief minister N Biren called upon civil servants of the state to rededicate and recommit themselves to the cause of the people of Manipur.

Dist hospital issue escalates, many hurt, 7 held

As protests against shifting of Imphal East district hospital from Sagolmang Khewa to Kyamgei escalate, several people were injured when police resorted to firing tear gas shells to disperse protesters on Saturday. Police also arrested seven protesters.

Fund cessation derails market shed works

Construction of the women’s market complex at the erstwhile campus of Tombisana High School has been put on hold for more than two years now as the Centre has stopped releasing funds.

Helicopter service in state from May 15: CM

During his maiden visit to the newly created Pherzawl district, Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday formally commissioned the 132/33 KV power sub-stations of Thanlon and Tipaimukh in a function held at Thanlon.

TN Haokip asks CM, MP to stick to state affairs

Lashing out at chief minister N Biren and Rajya Sabha MP K Bhabananda for their reaction against AICC president Rahul Gandhi over the case of Justice BH Loya’s death, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president TN Haokip asked Biren and Bhabananda to stick to state affairs only.

Benefits of geotextiles in road constructions discussed

A workshop on using geo-synthetic textiles in road constructions in the state was held in the conference hall of state PWD office at Khoyathong on Friday. State PWD and Ahmedabad Textiles Industry Research Association jointly organised the workshop under the aegis of ministry of textiles.

‘Women equally responsible for crimes against women’

A state level consultation on "Crime against women and role of women in law enforcement" was organised by Women in Governance (WING) Manipur at the banquet hall of Classic Hotel, North AOC here on Friday.

PWD mulls master plan to check city deluge

To solve the problem of inundation of roads after even a brief spell of shower, a master plan for proper maintenance of drainage system needs to be formulated soon.

150 Shirui Lily Fest homestay facility already booked

Out of 1100 home-stay facilities being arranged by the state Tourism Department for visitors of the upcoming Shirui Lily festival in Ukhrul district, 150 of them have been reportedly booked till Thursday.

Biren demands apology from Rahul Gandhi

Asserting that Thursday’s judgment of the Supreme Court in connection with the death of CBI judge BH Loya has made clearer Congress party’s attempt to impeach BJP president Amit Shah, chief minister N Biren has demanded public apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Kayisii seeks more power to ADCs

Tribal Affairs & Hill Areas Development minister N Kayisii has stated that the executive power exercised by the present Autonomous District Councils in the hill districts of the state is not by any means commensurate with the so-called high status accorded to them as local governance bodies, thus, accentuating the need for restructuring to grant real autonomy to these local (district) councils.

VP Naidu for increasing indigenous food crops

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that agriculture should be made a fully viable occupation in all parts of India to boost country’s economy.

Ukl ADC asserts custody of women's market

Autonomous District Council (ADC), Ukhrul on Wednesday categorically asserted that it has the constitutional sanction to take care of the new women's market facility which is coming up at Phungreitang in the district headquarters.

Traffic regulations put in place for Shirui Fest

In view of the upcoming Shirui Lily Festival to be celebrated in the district headquarters, the district police stepped up traffic regulations in and around the town areas, including festival venues in the downtown and Shirui village.

PHED sets Dec target to complete sewer project-1

The construction works of Imphal Sewerage Zone-1 project covering densely populated areas of Imphal Municipality would be completed by December this year.

First floating Homestay inaugurated at Loktak Lake

With the objective of bringing about a huge change in Manipur through eco-tourism, Loktak Eco-tourism Development Organisation (LEDO) launched the first Floating Homestay at Loktak Lake on Wednesday.

First floating Homestay inaugurated at Loktak Lake

With the objective of bringing about a huge change in Manipur through eco-tourism, Loktak Eco-tourism Development Organisation (LEDO) launched the first Floating Homestay at Loktak Lake on Wednesday.

Many hurt in police crackdown on protesters

Scores of people suffered injuries and have been admitted to JNIMS hospital, Porompat after alleged crackdown by the police against protesters who were staging torch rally at different parts of Khundrakpam assembly constituency, Imphal East district on Monday night.

Gaikhangam reaches out to kids in distress

Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam and former KVIB vice chairman S Achouba extended monetary assistance to a family who recently lost three members due to illness and accident.

Students rally for appointment of native chief secretary

Demanding appointment of an indigenous IAS officer as chief secretary of the state, a mammoth rally was organised Tuesday in Imphal by three leading student organisations.

Save indigenes calls mark AMSU tribute event

In remembrance of the martyrdom of two students namely Potsangbam Lukhoi (Premanda) and Huidrom Loken, who were gun-downed while participating in the movement for segregating the outsiders, All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) observed the 38th Realisation Day (Meekap Thokpa Numit) at the multipurpose hall of Manipur College here on Tuesday.

Grand traditional venue planned for SHIROCK event

With just one week on the dot to go for the upcoming Shirui Lily Festival, preparations for SHIROCK musical venue at Bakshi Ground, Dungrei Junction are going on in full swing since the last few weeks.

Apex court wants accused officers named in FIR

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the CBI's SIT to file a supplementary FIR naming the officers involved in the alleged extra-judicial killings and staged gunfights by the Army, Assam Rifles and Police in Manipur.

Cabinet okays sops for meritorious students, units to tackle gender crimes

In line with the state government’s ‘Go to Hills’ mission, the state cabinet meeting was held at Senapati district headquarters with chief minister N Biren Singh in the chair on Monday.

Rally demands Anti Rape Law; CM, DGP urged to ‘act’

Victim's Communities of Sexual Assault, JAC of Sexual Assault and Youth Forum for the Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) jointly staged a sit-in-protest at Pishumthong Ningom Leirak community hall on Monday demanding speedy investigation and trial in cases of crimes against women and children and for immediate enactment of anti-rape law.

Illegal occupants evicted as drive begins in Ccpur

Members of 17 households who illegally occupied buildings constructed at the premises of Peace Ground Sports Stadium have been driven out on Monday by an eviction team led by SDO Tuibuong (Churachandpur district), James Doujapau.

‘Development inevitable as peace returns’

While expressing satisfaction that the government’s efforts to bridge the earlier trust deficit is gradually bearing fruit, works minister Thongam Biswajit has said that return of peace and social harmony is testimony about the state poised to join the race towards development.

Niti Aayog recommends fixed term for LS, state assemblies

The Niti Aayog has advocated “fixed tenures” for the Lok Sabha and state assemblies to “sustain the electoral cycle” if simultaneous elections have to be held across the country.

After 40 yrs, man found as beggar in Mumbai

In what could be a mixture of disbelief and delight for a poor family, a man who went missing around 40 years ago has been found as beggar.

CPI, CSOs flay shifting of IE district hospital

Even an different civil society organisations raised objection against the government decision to relocate construction of the Imphal East district hospital, CPI Manipur state council secretary Laishram Sotinkumar declared that the party would be launch agitations with the people of Sagolmang until the proposed district hospital is shifted back to its previous site at Sagolmang.

Death of minor patient at UDH: family claims body

Family and relatives of K Chingyaphy, a patient who died during treatment on Saturday, took back her body around midnight of the same day following an amicable settlement reached between the patient’s party and the Ukhrul District Hospital through intervention by Ukhrul ADC, district administration, district police and civil society organisations of the district.

Mary bags elusive CWG gold, carries Indian tri-colour

MC Mary Kom added yet another chapter to her storied career by winning gold in women's 45-48 kg category at the Commonwealth Games, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.

Police ineptness over Rohingya issue peeves CM

While disclosing that a police team was found to have admitted some Rohingya people to a hospital with their religion entered as Hindu in the OPD record sheet, chief minister N Biren Singh called upon the police officers and their subordinates to keep the interest of Manipur and its people above all considerations.

Cong sows seeds of communal enmity: MP

As winning elections by all means had been the hallmark of the Congress party, its leaders resort to dividing the voters on communal lines unmindful of the fact that such politics will have adverse impact in India which is home to people of different communities and faiths, alleged BJP Manipur Pradesh president and Rajya Sabha MP K Bhabananda.

UBI brings respite from cash shortage woes

Inconveniences being faced by the people due to acute shortage of cash in most bank branches in Imphal and greater Imphal areas is likely to be eased to some degree as cash amounting to Rs 80 crore has been brought to SBI main office here from Moreh branch of United Bank of India (UBI) on Friday.

Ima Keithel made off-limit for male vendors

A day after the women’s wing of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) imposed prohibition on non-local street vendors from selling their wares in Khwairamband Keithel (market) area, MAHUD minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar has announced complete ban on male vendors in and around Ima Keithel.

Many turn up for tribute event

In commemoration of the nine PLA cadres who laid down their lives while fighting against Indian army at Kodompokpi on April 13, 1982, thousands of people paid floral tribute at the Cheiraoching memorial site of the ‘martyred’ cadres on Friday.

Markets abuzz with people ahead of Cheiraoba Fest

Ahead of Cheiraoba festival on Saturday, markets in and around Imphal City including BT road were jam-packed on Friday with people shopping for vegetables and other items related to celebration of the festival.

Cong brings up another fund misuse scam

Even as the scam of forged CDA is still a burning topic, Congress party has brought up another multi-crore scam and this time, the financial involvement is more than Rs 57 crore meant for construction and renovations of block offices and other infrastructure of the newly created districts.

Cong-led Parl ruckus stalled NSU Bill: MP Bhabananda

Rajya Sabha MP K Bhabananda has said that National Sports University Bill could not be passed by the Lok Sabha due to continued disruption of the Parliament proceeding by opposition members led by Congress.

JAC spurns meeting missive, cites arrest bid

Citing non-revocation of the warrant of arrest issued against leaders spearheading the on-going cease-work of employees under the government of Manipur as one of the reasons, JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO has declined formal invitation to hold talks with chief secretary Dr Suresh J Babu on the current issue.

Makar poster campaign begins, award mooted for creator

‘Makargi Poster Campaign’, a satirical poster campaign of Poknapham daily’s popular comic strip ‘Makar’ created by G Akshyakumar Sharma was launched and dedicated to late Hanjabam Shyamo Sharma in a function held at Aryan Theatre hall, Wahengbam Leikai Jiri Parking on Thursday.

SBI alerts Govt as cash shortage hits banks

State Bank of India (SBI) has sent a missive to the Chief Secretary of Manipur to prevail upon top management of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for sending substantial Cash Remittance to Imphal in a day or two as all banks in the state, with the exception of Ukhrul and Moreh branches, have been facing acute shortage of cash for the past one week.

‘Govt will identify, preserve historical sites, monuments’

Emphasising the importance of historical figures, sites and monuments in defining the culture, tradition and civilisation of a society, art and culture commissioner M Lakshmikumar has assured that the department will identify and preserve sites and monuments which are of historical importance.

PDCC serves deadline to bring back hospital to Sagolmang

Condemning relocation of Imphal East district hospital from Sagolmang to Kyamgei, Peace and Development Coordinating Committee (PDCC) has demanded the government to bring back the district hospital to Sagolmang within seven days.

Shirui Lily brings Grammy-nominated Queensryche to state

Three-time Grammy nominated American metal band, Queensrÿche, will be performing in India for the first time at the ShiRock Festival in Ukhrul district of Manipur.

CM to AMMOCOC: Don't play communal politics

Chief Minister N Biren urged All Manipur Muslim Organisations Coordinating Committee (AMMOCOC) to refrain from playing communal politics over the eviction of houses constructed illegally in various areas of the state. "Everybody should abide by the Rule of Law and no one including the government is above it," the CM said.

Encroachers told to vacate or face the consequences

While expressing dismay over misinterpretation of the government’s eviction drive as targeting of a particular community, revenue minister K Shyam affirmed that there is no question of relenting from the campaign to remove all unauthorised structures and settlements from reserved forest areas and agricultural fields.

'MadeInUkhrul 2018' concludes taking the vision forward

The first edition of MadeInUkhrul 2018 Entrepreneurship Conclave Cum Trade Fair organised by Hill Wild Pvt Ltd concluded at Indoor Stadium, Bakshi Ground, Hungpung at Ukhrul district headquarters here on April 6.

School dropout-drug abuse link worries CM

Maintaining that school dropout is one of the major reasons for high prevalence of drug and substance abuse, chief minister N Biren has assured that the government will re-admit school dropouts under its scheme to address such issues.

MLA, PDCC spar over shifting of district hospital

Raising strong objection to relocation of Imphal East district hospital and subsequent allegation of not appending in the memorandum of agreement as made by health minister L Jayantakumar, Khundrakpam MLA and former Speaker of state assembly Th Lokeshwar demanded the health minister to proof authenticity of the documents he produced during a press conference held on Sunday.

Congress leaders fast for communal harmony

Like in various other states, Congress legislators, party leaders and workers in Manipur staged a day-long fasting cum sit-in-demonstration to extend solidarity to All India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi, who launched fasting stir on Monday.

Govt must respect Naga sentiment: Gaidon

United Naga Council (UNC) is waiting for the final stand of the state government over the district creation issue and Naga people will respond accordingly if the government disrespects the sentiment and aspiration of Naga people.

Doctors, patients in peril as UDH deprived of water facility

Considering the prolonged hardships being faced by doctors, staff and patients alike due to non-provision of water facility at Ukhrul District Hospital, District Legal Services Authority, Ukhrul has in a missive urged the Health & Family Welfare Minister for immediate intervention in the matter.

CM exhorts officers to be architect of development

Chief Minister NBiren Singh has urged all officers to work together in order to put in best ideas and suggestions, plan for execution and ensure availability of the benefit to the common people.

3 Rohingyas including trafficked woman held

In the continuing drive against drugs and illegal immigrants, Tengnoupal district police arrested three Rohingyas including a woman from Moreh on Saturday.

ALLAFUM plans major protest in Imphal over Loktak scam

Under the aegis of All Loktak Lake Areas Fishermen’s Union Manipur (ALLAFUM), fishermen took out a boat rally at Yangoi Maril (tributary) of the lake on Sunday demanding justice with regard to the infamous Loktak scam. They later held a meeting near Liklai Karong.

Blockade-free Manipur saved over Rs 2000 cr: Serto

With the exception of 23 working days lost due to imposition of bandhs and general strikes for varied reasons, financial year 2017-18 will go down in the history of Manipur as one of the most productive years on account of the state remaining free from highway blockades, opined Serto Tondana Kom.

Rijiju rules out integration of Naga pockets

Union minister of state for home, Kiren Rijiju said that the territorial integrity of the north-eastern states would not be compromised and the contentious demand of the NSCN (IM) for unification of all the Naga-inhabited areas would not be included in the final Naga Framework Agreement.

Biren seeks Conrad aid to Shillong Manipuris

Chief minister N Biren Singh has urged Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad K Sangma to look into the plight of Manipuris residing in Meghalaya and also sought co-operation in the development of Manipur Bhawan at Redlands, Laitumkhra, Shillong.

Sit-in staged to demand native chief secretary

Under the joint initiative of All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM); Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) and Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS), a sit-in-protest was staged near the gate of MBC, Chingmeirong on Saturday in pursuance of the demand for appointment of a native senior-most IAS officer as the chief secretary of Manipur.

NPP will unite NE, fight challenges: Conrad

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma Saturday said that National People’s Party (NPP) will unite the north eastern states and fight together the challenges faced by its people for a better future of the region.

Tengnoupal district tops in MR vaccination campaign

Tengnoupal district has achieved 70 per cent of the target set for measles and rubella (MR) vaccination campaign which was launched on March 26 in the state to eliminate Measles and control Congenital Rubella Syndrome by the year 2020.

Kh Sanjita joins Mirabai in gold hunt at CWG

Govt announces Rs 15 lakh reward each for Mirabai, Sanjita

Indian weightlifter Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham won gold in the women's 53 kilogram category at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Friday.

CM links 2nd MR missing arms case to assembly election

Chief minister N Biren has stated that the government has received some records with regard to the missing arms case and the incident was found linked with the last state assembly election. He also said that the matter will be investigated thoroughly and all those involved in the case will be dealt with as per law of the land.

IE district hospital shifted to Kyamgei, foundation laid

More than seven years after the then chief minister O Ibobi laid the foundation stone for construction of Imphal East District Hospital at Sagolmang in Khundrakpam AC on December 16, 2011, the present government has relocated the site of the hospital at Kyamgei under Keirao AC on Friday.

Mirabai strikes first gold for India

India’s star weightlifter Mirabai Chanu proved to be a class apart from the rest of the field in the women’s 48 kilogram category at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Thursday.

Collapsed bridge on NH-37 worries transporters

Though vehicular movement continues along the Imphal-Jiribam section of National Highway-37 subsequent to a highway development agency constructing a diversionary route and laying ring culverts at the bed of a stream, transport operators have pointed out that such temporary arrangements will be of no use during the rainy season.

Cong, BJP spar over forged CDA issue

Contending that the case of forged Cheque Drawal Authority (CDA) case has brought to the fore lack of coordination between the finance and works departments, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has accused the BJP government of hiding facts of the case and demanded a whitepaper in this regard at the earliest.

Let’s make Manipur a ‘model’ state: CM

“Let us make Manipur a model state of development in the country”, Chief Minister N Biren exhorted, while appealing to all to work together for maintaining transparency, help poor and needy people and bring positive change in the state.

Labourers freed, women among 6 captors held

In a massive pre-dawn operation Wednesday, Manipur police and police commandos rescued two labourers from Churachandpur who were kidnapped by some armed persons and arrested six kidnappers including two women.

FIR already filed, man arrested in forged CDA case: Biswajit

Informing that an FIR had already been filed regarding the forged Cheque Drawal Authority (CDA) case and a contractor has been arrested as suspect, works minister Th Biswajit has asserted that instead of demanding resignation, one should laud the government for its swift action.

Bodies demand probe into missing arms-fake encounters link

Extra-Judicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) and Human Rights Alert (HRA) have expressed strong suspicion that the missing cache of arms from the armoury of Manipur Rifles may have been used in the many extra judicial killings that took place in the state.

BJP abetting open corruption in state: MPCC

Taking serious note of the police complaint lodged by under secretary (finance) to Imphal police station over detection of forged Check Drawal Authority (CDA) in works department, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has demanded CM Biren to resign on moral ground.

Pravish case already handed to CBI: CM Biren

Even as People’s Action Committee (PAC) Against the Brutal Killing of Pravish Chanam informed that chief minister N Biren has assured to do the needful for handing over the Pravish Chanam case to the CBI, a DIPR report confided about the UP chief minister's conveyance that the probe agency has already taken over the case. A DIPR statement issued after the PAC members called on the CM, said that CM Biren had a telephonic conversation with his UP counterpart in the evening (Tuesday) as requested by the PAC members.

Minister likens children to solution providers

Stressing the need to encourage children to dream and translate their ideas into action, education minister Th Radheshyam has stated that with proper guidance children of today could be transformed into providers of solution to various problems in the future.

State Bird Nongin's first breeding centre to come up at Shirui

Towards the goal of setting up a Conservation Breeding Centre for the state bird Nongin (Mrs Hume's Pheasant), Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Manipur) Kereilhouvi Angami on Tuesday officially laid the foundation stone for the facility in the presence of chief conservators of Forest - Soreiphy Vashum, Anurag Bajpai, Brajamani Sharma, Ukhrul DFO Shanngam Shaliwo, RFO Kamjong SW Suisa and local headmen at Shirui village in Ukhrul district.

Cong hits back at BJP over missing arm barbs

Calling the act of BJP blaming Congress for the ‘missing arms’ as a serious attempt to tarnish the image of Congress party, former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam has categorically stated that playing such blame game will not bring any good to the BJP government.

AR nabs drug peddler, seizes 38 kg WY tablets

In one of the largest recoveries of contraband items in recent times, troops of 12 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector AR on Monday apprehended a drug peddler along with WY tablets weighing 38.520 kgs (approximate quantity of 3,20,000 numbers, total-1600 packets) at PVCP, Khudengthabi.

Six dead in Dalit protests against SC order

Six persons were killed and dozens injured as Dalit protests during a day-long nation-wide shutdown on Monday turned violent in India amid anger against a Supreme Court order that dilutes a law aimed at preventing atrocities against Dalits and Tribes.

Govt apathy flayed, Union mulls agitation

Students of DM College of Arts staged sit-in protest on Monday against the alleged failure of the government to construct fencing wall of the college playground despite assurance given by the CM.

Man held with gold concealed inside buttons

In a first of its kind, a man who tried to smuggle gold concealing the precious metal inside buttons of shirts and trousers has been apprehended by personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) stationed at Imphal international airport on Sunday.

Longpi black pottery gains global prominence

The Manipur-based indigenous Longpi Hampai pottery has started gaining prominence in the international markets owing to its intricate designs and technology used to produce them.

Sr journalist Khelen Thokchom no more, many condole

The media fraternity were left in shock and disbelief by the sudden demise of senior journalist and Special Correspondent of The Telegraph, Khelen Thokchom, who passed away due to cardiac arrest at RIMS hospital in the wee hours Sunday.

Governor treasures JNMDA’s role

JN Manipur Dance Academy celebrated its 64th foundation day in the open air theatre of the academy on Saturday.

NFSA beneficiaries bear brunt of poor FCI stock at Ukhrul facility

Even as FCI, Zonal Office Guwahati has instructed its Regional Office, Imphal to stock adequate food grains at Food Storage Depot, Ukhrul at the earliest for public distribution following the recent intervention by Phungyar MLA Leishiyo Keishing, beneficiaries under National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 continue to be deprived of their entitled food grains for the third month across the district.

Worried CM seeks NIA probe; five arrested

Maintaining that the 56 auto 9 mm 1A pistols and 58 magazines, which went missing from the arm kote (DGP pool) of 2nd battalion Manipur Rifles is a serious threat to the security of the state as well as the nation, chief minister N Biren Saturday said that the government has written to National Investigation Agency (NIA) for probe into the matter.

Dr J Suresh Babu to hold charge of chief secretary

As chief secretary RR Rashmi will retire from his service on Saturday, additional chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu will hold the charge of chief secretary from April 1 until further order.

State bids adieu to former CM RK Dorendra

Chief Minister N Biren Singh led the people of Manipur in paying their tributes to former Chief Minister RK Dorendra, whose mortal remains was laid to rest with full state honour on Saturday.

Bandh partially disrupts normal life; cops-protesters clash

The 36-hour total shutdown called by Manipur Muslim Welfare Organisation (MMWO) from Friday mid-night in pursuance of the demand for bringing out a white paper on the schemes taken up by MOBC Department from 2010-2017 for the welfare of minorities and execution of the cabinet decision for setting up a separate directorate for minorities, disrupted normal life in some areas of the state.

Pistols, magazines of 2nd MR missing

At least 56 pistols and 58 magazines issued to personnel of 2nd Manipur Rifles under state Home department are missing.

Cong, CSOs demand CM Biren to apologise for Gujarat speech

Among others, the Congress party, Manipur Students' Association Delhi (MSAD), ISSA and Hericoun voiced strong condemnation over the CM's comments during the Madhavpur Fair at Gujarat and demanded an unconditional apology for distorting history of Manipur.

Ex-CM RK Dorendra passes away at 83

Former chief minister of Manipur RK Dorendra passed away at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), here Friday. He was 83 and is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.

Religious fervour marks Good Friday across hill districts

Like all Christian people around the globe, Good Friday was observed in different churches across the Christian-dominated districts such as Kangpokpi, Senapati, Tamenglong, Noney and Ukhrul with prayer services, singing mourning hymns and fasting on Friday.

Krishna comment draws flak, road blocked

Demanding chief minister N Biren to apologise to the public for his false remark during Madhavpur Fair in Gujarat or resign from his post, activists of Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF) blocked the eastern side of Tiddim Road (NH 150) on Thursday afternoon even as the CM's comment drew flak from Manipur People's Party and SEACO.

JCILPS activists pull up non-local traders

As part of its drive to identity non-locals in the state, Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has rounded up five non-local vendors, who were found carrying out trading activities in Imphal among the women vendors and handed them over to police.

7th CPC pledge in Mizoram evokes mixed response in state

Even as employees of the state government have been carrying out cease work strike to press the demand for implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission in Manipur under the aegis of JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO, their reactions over the announcement made by Mizoram government to implement the pay commission recommended scale to its employees were marked by mixture of anxiety and hope.

Centre to fully fund projects in north-eastern states

To give a boost to the development in the northeast, the government on Wednesday approved projects, including continuation of several existing schemes, up to March 2020.

Madhavpur fair – A political propaganda for NE India?

The Madhavpur fair in Gujarat- “an event of cultural and national unity and one which underlines unity in diversity”, as said by the Governor of Gujarat Om Prakash Kohli, has been organised since the past several decades. But this time, the fair has garnered some amount of attention from the Northeast Indian states, especially Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh to be precise.

NE has been part of India since Krishna era: NE CMs

Claiming that Lord Krishna’s marriage with princess Rukmini underlined the fact that Arunachal Pradesh has been part of India for the “last 5000 years”, chief ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Gujarat on Tuesday asserted that China cannot have any claim over the state’s territory. Governors of Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat also echoed the same views.

Political push vital for inclusion in ST list: Nara

Along with a united movement of the masses, politicians need to play a major role in the effort for inclusion of Meeteis/Meiteis in the Schedule Tribe (ST) list of the Indian Constitution, said former minister Dr M Nara.

CM's Krishna tale infuriates MSF, AMMUCOC

Terming the remarks made by chief minister N Biren regarding the history of Manipur at Madhavpur Fair as a cheap act of politicking, Manipuri Students' Federation (MSF) has demanded the CM to resign from his post and clarify publicly.

MACS introduces multi-month dispensation of ART drugs

As a pilot project to facilitate easy and convenient access to Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART) drugs by PLHIVs, Manipur State AIDS Control Society (MACS) has introduced multi-month dispensation of ART drugs to stable clients at JNIMS ART Centre, Imphal.

Minister mulls action against lax officials

Forest and environment minister Thounoujam Shyamkumar seized nine trucks at Sekmai area on Tuesday for transporting sand from Dimapur into the state without the requisite transit pass (TP) from the state forest department.

CPI leader Atul writes epitaph of Modi Govt

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the centre can now start count down of its days as the present scenario is not about what a Prime Minister would be doing for the people but what has the government done for the people so far, Communist Party of India (CPI) national secretary Atul Kumar Anjam has stated.

Shabby PHC, bank buildings dilute ‘progressive’ Henglep

Though educational institutions in different parts of Henglep sub-division in Churachandpur district were found to be functioning satisfactorily, an inspection team led by deputy commissioner (Ccpur) Shyam Lal Poonia was saddened on seeing poor condition of buildings of the lone primary health centre (PHC) and the only bank at the sub-divisional headquarters.

Hailstones lash Senapati hamlets, damage standing crops

Extensive damages were caused to potato and cabbage plantation farms in two agricultural villages of Senapati district after a hailstorm lashed the said villages on Tuesday.

JAC partially resiles as Govt invokes Dies Non

‘Go to Village’ campaign from May: CM N Biren

Swinging into action against the cease work strike by employees under the banned of JAC of AMTUC & AMGEO in pursuance of the demand for implementing recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission, the state government has instructed heads of departments to impose ‘Dies Non’ against agitating employees with immediate effect.

JCILPS questions essence of Meeyamgi Numit

The non-Manipuris who are engaged in various manual works in the state are found to be involved in bringing in more illegal migrants into the state, informed JCILPS Students' Wing convener Manjit Sarangthem.

Govt launches mass MR vaccination campaign

The Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign, to be carried out across the state for a whole month during which children in the age group of 9 months to 15 years will be vaccinated against Measles and Rubella, was kick-started by health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar at Ibotonsana Higher Secondary School, Uripok here on Sunday.

City dwellers feel the heat as taps run dry

Within weeks of the launch of three water supply schemes at Khuman Lampak, Kangla (North AOC) and Chinga with the aim of ensuring sufficient provision of potable water in Imphal area, taps in various residential pockets in the twin capital districts, including the commercial hub of Thangal and Paona keithel (bazar), are literally running dry.

Congress rant over Parl secretaries ridiculous, says CM

Ridiculing the hue and cry being raised by the opposition Congress party over appointment of parliamentary secretaries in the new BJP-led government in the state, chief minister N Biren Singh has opined that such an issue would not exist had the then Congress government abolished the system.

JCILPS summons rent owner in assault case

JCILPS Women Wing convener Samjetsabam Memcha has questioned the silence of the government over the assault of a woman vendor by a non-Manipuri family, amidst the anxious wait for a unified bill for protection of the rights of the indigenous people.

‘Pride is reason for non-inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in ST list’

While affirming that Meetei/Meitei community fulfils all criteria for inclusion in the Scheduled Tribe list, former minister Nimaichand Luwang has expressed that pride is the main reason behind the non-inclusion of the community in the scheduled tribe list.

292.87 kg narcotic items seized in Manipur in 2017: Report

Seizure of narcotic drugs like opium, heroin and cannabis in the country has increased by more than 300 per cent in the last five years with 2017 witnessing an all-time high recovery of over 3.6 lakh kgs of narcotics and 297.87 kgs alone from Manipur, according to the latest NCB report.

JCILPS re-launches campaign to check influx

Close of the heels of the Manipuri Students' Federation (MSF) accusing an officer and a staff of the DC, Imphal West issuing residential certificate to a non-Manipur as well as state police forces arresting three Royingya youth at Moreh town, the JCILPS has renewed its campaign to check the entry of non-locals and eject those have been residing in the state under the pretext of being engaged in developmental projects.

Minister seeks Centre’s help to check timber smuggling

Subsequent to seizing large number of illegally cut/transported logs at a Kamjong district area, forest and environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar said that he will appeal to the Prime Minister and the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to intervene and stop the incessant felling of trees and timber smuggling activities along the Indo-Myanmar border.

Khemchand assures to improve Kamjong roads

For the first time, Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Y Khemchand visited Kamjong district and enquired to people of the newly created district about their needs.

Jayantakumar announces new schemes on World TB Day

Health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar Singh has announced five welfare schemes for TB patients in the state.

Return to work or face consequences: CM

Chief Minister N Biren said that the government wants to implement the 7th Central Pay Commission but is forced to hold back due to fund constraints.

Congress leaders demand axing of 12 MLAs

Even as they exclaimed of ‘respecting’ the judgment of Delhi High Court which on Friday restored the membership of 20 AAP MLAs who were qualified for holding office of profit, central and state Congress leaders observed the AAP case cannot be equated with that of the political situation in Manipur arising out of appointment of 12 parliamentary secretaries by the BJP-led coalition government.

Doctor allays apprehension over spread of measles

Lamenting over loss of lives in interior areas of Tamenglong and Noney districts due to suspected case of measles, state nodal officer (immunisation) Dr Th Nandakishwor has expressed confidence that safety of all children could be guaranteed with the launch of mass measles and rubella vaccination campaign starting from March 26.

Offices paralysed as employees launch strike

Demanding implementation of 7th Central pay commission in the state, the Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of AMTUC and AMGEO has launched cease-work strike from Thursday onwards.

Rahul vows action on Parliamentary Secy issue

Congress MLAs of Manipur met AICC president Rahul Gandhi and discussed the political situation of the state including disqualification of parliamentary secretaries of the BJP-led government. During the meeting, Rahul Gandhi also instructed senior leaders of the party to contribute their best in bringing back a Congress government in the state.

AR seizes WY tablets worth Rs 7.84 cr, two held

Troops of 12 Assam Rifles recovered 'world is yours' (WY) tablets worth about Rs 7.24 crore from the possession of a drug dealer while launching ambush party in Khudengthabi jungle area on Thursday at about 4 pm.

Scheme anomalies galore, CCpur DC upset

For the second successive day, district level officials led by deputy commissioner Shyam Lal Poonia carried out spot inspection of developmental works being implemented in Churachandpur district under MGNREGS, PMAY-G and functioning of anganwadi centres.

Japan willing to fund state’s development

Chief minister N Biren met Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu at the Japanese embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday and discussed matters related to economic advancement and various other developmental projects in the state.

Sloppy project works upset Ccpur DRDA team

A team comprising technical officials of DRDA, representatives of social welfare department and CMO Churachandpur inspected various works which are being implemented under MGNREGS and PMAY-G and the functioning of Anganwadi centres and PHSCs in Lamka TD block on Wednesday.

Sloppy project works upset Ccpur DRDA team

Sahitya Thoupang Lup (Sathoulup) observed World Poetry Day at Priyogopalsana auditorium of JN Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal on Wednesday.

Employees' JAC to cease work from today over 7th CPC

Accusing the government of deviating from its assurance on implementing 7th Central Pay Commission for its employees, Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of All Manipur Trade Union Congress (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees Organisation (AMGEO) has announced that it would resume cease work strike from Thursday onwards.

MHA to give more teeth to local police in NE

With BJP's "unstoppable surge" in the North-eastern (NE) states and development becoming the core agenda in the region, top government sources said the ministry of home affairs is up with a plan stressing on "local policing as road to development in these states".

Governor hopes ISC unlocks state’s riches

The 105th Indian Science Congress concluded on Tuesday with the valedictory function held at Manipur University campus here.

Speaker stresses on ensuring rights of differently-abled

Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Y Khemchand Tuesday distributed Teaching Learning Materials (TLM) Kits to persons with intellectual disabilities in a function held at GM Hall, here.

State aims to give MR vaccine to 8.5 lakh kids

With the objective of completely eradicating measles and control rubella/congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) in the country by 2020, target has been set to vaccinate 8.5 lakh children (9 months to 15 years old) of the state during the Measles-Rubella (MR) campaign which is set to begin from March 26, Health Director Dr K Rajo has informed.

Govt scanning site for Netherlands-aided new hospital

Health minister L Jayantakumar has started distribution of wheel chairs, which were found in the store of the health department, to needy persons starting from March 18.

7th Women’s Science Congress inaugurated

As part of the ongoing 105th Indian Science Congress, the 7th Women Science Congress under the theme "Reaching the Unreached Through Science and Technology” was inaugurated by Governor of West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripath at the centenary hall of Manipur University (MU) on Sunday.

Commitment, sacrifice recipe of success: CM

Expressing satisfaction that the government could complete and launch public utility projects within short notice, chief minister N Biren has said that successful execution of developmental works underscores commitment and focus of the BJP-led coalition government in the state.

Give more autonomy to NE people: Tharoor

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has called for giving more autonomy to the north-eastern people and not adopting a one-size-fits-all approach as different areas of the region have different problems.

 Another grenade attack at Ukhrul shop, VIPN claims

In yet another bomb scare in Ukhrul town, unidentified miscreants hurled a grenade at a grocery store at Phungreitang bazaar on Friday evening, triggering panic among the people of the area. However, the explosive device failed to go off.

CE blames quarrying for failed MI projects

Constant quarrying of stone and sand from streams and rivers is leading to decrease of waterbed level and this is one among many reasons for failure of schemes taken up by minor irrigation department.

Manipur pavilion at organic farming fair impresses PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that North-East is being developed as the hub of organic farming, as part of the government's mission to promote organic farming in the country.

PM vows Rs 30K cr fund, pats N Biren Govt

Along with inaugurating four projects including 1000 Anganwadi centres, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for seven projects during a function at Luwangpokpa Multi-Sports Complex, Luwangshangbam on Friday.

105th ISC signifies resurgent north east : Modi

Expressing elation to be a part of the 105th Indian Science Congress (ISC) and among the scientists, whom he hailed for working to pave the way for a better tomorrow, Narendra Modi also noted that Manipur University is emerging as an important centre of higher education in the North-East.

JSCC alleges racial discrimination of state students at Gujarat varsity

Expressing grave concern over students of Manipur feeling highly insecure at Maharaja Sayajirao (MS) University, Vadodara due to alleged harassment by the university authorities, Joint Students’ Coordinating Committee (JSCC) convener Ngariyanbam Milan has appealed to the state government to initiate all possible measures to ensure safety of the Manipuri students.

CM launches new education, job schemes

Citing a report of the survey conducted by officials of the education department recently, chief minister N Biren said Manipur has around 40,000 drop-out students.

Ministers, MLAs advised to intensify work at Anniv function

The first anniversary of the BJP-led coalition government in the state was celebrated at the Nityaipat Chuthek office of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Manipur Pradesh here on Thursday with chief minister N Biren as chief guest.

HQ IGAR (South) celebrates 15th raising day

HQ IGAR (South) added yet another milestone to its glorious and splendid history as it celebrated its 15th Raising Day on Thursday.

Conserving Nambul, Naga rivers essential to save Loktak

The government of Manipur needs to come up with a systematic and long term plan for the conservation of Nambul and Naga Rivers in order to ensure safe and secure ecosystem of the freshwater Loktak Lake which is the lifeline of Manipur, retired professor of Manipur University Prof N Joykumar said.

CM shares success stories, assures progressive state

The BJP-led coalition government in the state will be celebrating its first anniversary by visiting homes and presenting gifts to elder and destitute persons on Thursday.

KCP cadres behind Catholic school ban held

Two cadres of the armed Kangleipak Communist Party (Peoples War Group) which imposed ban on Catholic schools have been arrested on Tuesday evening by a team of Imphal East district police.

Ministers on inauguration spree as Govt completes one year

In sync with the announcement that various projects would be dedicated to the people as part of the first anniversary celebration of the BJP led government in the state, ministers holding different portfolios had a busy schedule on Wednesday in inaugurating water supply, healthcare and sports development schemes.

CM oversees preparations for PM’s visit

Ahead of the planned visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the state for inauguration of the Indian Science Congress and launch of various developmental projects on March 16, chief minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday assessed preparations being made at Luwangshangbam in Imphal East district where the Prime Minister is scheduled to address the public.

CorCom boycotts PM Modi's visit, calls 17-hour total shutdown

Boycotting the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Manipur, the proscribed Coordination Committee (CorCom) has imposed a 17-hour total shutdown effective from 1 am of March 16.

Fake encounter: Witnesses urged to depose without fear

Expressing confidence that the Supreme Court will definitely deliver justice to those who lost their lives at the hands of trigger-happy security personnel, Human Rights Alert (HRA) executive director Babloo Loitongbam and Extra-judicial Execution Victim Families’ Association Manipur (Eevfam) secretary Edina Yaikhom have jointly appealed to all the witnesses of fake-encounter incidents to come forward boldly, speak out the truth and give their statement to the investigating agencies.

Manipur encounter killings: SC asks SIT to expedite probe

The Supreme Court on Monday provided a four-point blueprint to the CBI's SIT and directed it to expedite the probe into alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in Manipur which had come under the scanner of the NHRC, Gauhati High Court and some commissions of inquiry.

PM Modi will never inaugurate incomplete projects: CM

Maintaining that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not like any of the previous Prime Ministers who did everything told to do, Chief Minister N Biren has assured that PM Modi will not inaugurate uncompleted projects for the sake of publicity.

Unity must for survival of indigenes: Sunil Karam

The introduction of Act East Policy has led to unregulated influx of outsiders in the state. If all the indigenous communities of Manipur do not unite to protect themselves from this influx, then all of us would no longer exist, UCM vice president Sunil Karam has cautioned.

Digitisation of service books will benefit employees: Minister

Education minister Thokchom Radheshyam on Monday said digitisation of service books for employees is a must for ensuring smooth functioning of the government departments and timely facilitation of benefits as well as to carry out and fulfill promotional necessities, as service books are the footprint of the employees.

BJP-instigated agitations delayed projects: Cong

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has questioned BJP government why it is planning to hastily inaugurate incomplete projects which were taken up during the previous Congress government by Prime Minister Narendar Modi, when in reality BJP had conspired with certain agencies to impose bandhs and blockades thereby, delaying construction materials and workforce for the said projects during the previous government's reign.

Drug issue can be reduced only if all cooperate: SP Meghachandra

"We all need to come together if we want to put an end to the issue of drug menace or reduce the impact of drugs in the state once and for all," stated Imphal East SP K Meghachandra.

Minister Biswajit inaugurates two RCC bridges, one 33/11kv substation in UKL

Works Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh inaugurated the newly constructed Challou River Bridge, Layii Bridge and a 33/11 KV power sub-station at Nungbi Khullen in the presence of Chingai MLA Khashim Vashum in Ukhrul district on Sunday.

Tribal students lock down ZEOs in hill areas

As announced earlier, volunteers of All Tribal Students' Union, Manipur (ATSUM) and other tribal student bodies sealed/locked down all offices of the Zonal Education Officer (ZEO) in hill districts of the state on Saturday.

Security beefed up in state ahead of Prime Minister's visit

Security has been beefed up in the state, Imphal city in particular, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on March 16 to inaugurate the 105th Indian Science Congress (ISC) at Manipur University.

Illegal settlements along Imphal river demolished

As part of efforts being made by the state government to prevent floods under the Manipur Flood Plain Zoning Act, authorities have started demolishing illegal settlements and structures constructed along the banks of Imphal river in Imphal East district from Saturday.

Drugs worth Rs 25 lakh seized, poppy plants destroyed

A team of Tengnoupal district police led by Moreh commando unit DSP Thomas Thokchom and Cdo Moreh in-charge inspector P Tarunkumar, assisted by a combined team of NAB and personnel from other security units arrested one Myanmarese national from Moreh Ward No 2 area on Friday evening and recovered huge quantity of heroin powder and WY tablets from his possession.

VK Dewangan among 29 appointed as joint secretary

VK Dewangan, who is presently holding the post of principal secretary (finance), is among the list of 29 IAS/IPS officers appointed as joint secretaries or equivalent posts by the department of personnel and training (DOPT), government of India on March 7.

Growth, unity in northeast highest priority: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his government had accorded the highest priority to the unity and development of India's north-eastern region.

Development of state will be tough job: Biswajit

Assuring electrification in every nook and corner of the state by December this year, power minister Thongam Biswajit reiterated that the government is taking up several initiatives to bring development in the state. However, it would be tough to bring all round development in just five years, the minister conceded contrary to BJP leaders' claim to bring development within short notice of forming the government.

State farmers can increase income fourfold by 2022: CAU VC

For the farmers of Manipur, their income can be increased four-fold by 2022 which is much higher than the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of doubling their income, stated Central Agricultural University (CAU) vice chancellor (VC) Prof M Premjit.

Toni killing case: 4 including KCP cadre held

Four people including one cadre of the MoU signed underground group have been arrested by Imphal West district police in connection with killing of Thokchom Toni alias Jagat.

PDA will redraw Nagaland's all-inclusive roadmap for Devt: Rio

Newly sworn-in Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday said the People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) coalition government will redraw a new roadmap of progressive development in Nagaland.

Dr Heptulla praises gutsy Manipuri women

Hailing Manipuri women for their achievements in diverse fields and constantly showcasing their capabilities at different levels, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has said that the success of Manipuri women is testimony about the respect accorded to them by the society.

‘New scheme for poor students by March 15’

Chief Minister N Biren Wednesday announced that an education scheme for the children of financially weak families of the state will be launched by March 15. Under the new scheme, the government will bear all the expenses on books, admission fees and uniform for poor students reading in Class IX and X.

Dr Heptulla gives sanity call at tribute event

While leading the people in paying tributes to the mortal remains of Naik Amar Sher Singh of 13 Sikh Light Infantry at Tulihal airport on Wednesday, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla appealed all concerned to shun the path of violence.

Sale of unhygienic meats continues unchecked in Ukhrul

Majority of people in Ukhrul town consume different meats at least in terms of thousands of kilograms if not in tens of thousands every single day ---making meat the favourite menu in every household's kitchen. But, how many of the consumers are actually bothered about the quality of the meats they buy and consume, have remained a matter of conjecture, especially in the face of the butchers continuing to freely sell meats under unhygienic conditions in different parts of the town.

Yaoshang celebrated, three killed in shooting/mishaps

The valley areas of the state celebrated Yaoshang festival with tradition fervour and sports activities for five days. Amid the festivities, at least three persons were killed in different incidents. Clubs in every locality organised sports events for the whole five days bringing together the young and old to take part in various events. Apart from sports events, people were seen enjoying festivities related with Yaoshang festival including Thabal Chongba. The first and second day of the festival witnessed people from different localities coming to get the sacred fire from Kangla to mark inauguration of sports meets.

CM commits to completing infrastructure projects

Formally kicking off the ‘inauguration fortnight’ on Thursday in connection with the celebration of the first anniversary of the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur, chief minister N Biren Singh has reiterated that top priority will be accorded towards ensuring that all citizens have access to basic needs.

ATSUM urges Guv to block MAPLM (P&F) Bill, 2018

All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) Thursday submitted a memorandum to Governor Dr Najma Heptullah urging her not to give assent to the Manipur Agricultural Produce and Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2018, which it termed as controversial.

TSA Sadar Hills sets Mar 11 deadline to repair NH-2

Highlighting the problems being faced by the public in general and students in particular due to dilapidated condition of the NH-2 which is covered with dust, Thadou Students’ Association (TSA) Sadar Hills Thursday served an ultimatum to the state government for repairing the Koubru Laikha to Kanglatongbi stretch of National Highway 2 by March 11.

Minister vows more teeth to paddy land Act

District level agriculture officers have reportedly been instructed to conduct surveys and submit detailed reports on whether or not existing paddy field in valley areas of the state are being utilised for non-agricultural purposes.

Regressive society imminent sans ST shield, cautions RK Nimai

Meetei/Meitei must be included in scheduled tribes list so to prevent the state from being overrun by outsiders and illegal migrants, as such a scenario would lower patriotism amongst the people and lead to disintegration of the society, retired IAS RK Nimai has stated.

Defaulters swell Taxation chest by Rs 550 cr

The Department of Taxes, Government of Manipur has been able to collect around Rs 550 crore as fine from shop keepers and business establishments who have not filed their income tax return and evaded GST, informed tax commissioner Rishikesh Modak.

Eight persons hurt, six vehicles damaged in TML road mishap

As many as eight persons including women were critically injured and six vehicles damaged when a Cruiser passenger carrier (AS11CC 1391) hit several vehicles in Tamenglong town Wednesday afternoon.

State farmers exhorted to increase maize yield

Expressing surprise over Manipur lagging behind in maize production in-spite of the state having suitable soil and climatic condition for the cultivation of the food crop, ICAR NEH (Umiam) director Dr N Prakash has said that the state’s economy could improve a lot in case the farmers could be convinced to take maize cultivation seriously.

Nagaland polls record 75 pc turnout, one dead

Over 75 per cent voting was recorded on Tuesday in Assembly elections in Nagaland and 67 per cent in Meghalaya, with the percentage expected to go up in both the northeastern states, Election Commission officials said.

 Water conservation using geo-textile materials soon: CADA

In order to solve the problem of water scarcity usually faced by farmers after the end of rainy season, Command Area Development Authority (CADA), Manipur has taken up steps to conserve water using geo-textile materials.

Northeast India strengthens ties with Myanmar

The Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI) and businesses from northeast India met to discuss trade between the two regions on February 24. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between companies in Mandalay and northeastern India was also signed.

Ukhrul cops, public step up traffic regulation

In a significant move aimed at streamlining traffic regulations, a combined team of Ukhrul district police and public volunteers has begun an intensive traffic awareness drive at different road stretches of the town on Tuesday.

New MOs willing to work in remote areas: CM

Hundreds of people turned up at the joint Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit to air their grievances to Chief Minister N Biren at CM’s Secretariat on Monday.

Coal to replace fire-woods in brickfields, industrial unit

Out of the total estimated requirement of 4200 metric tonne of coal every year for the smooth operation of brickfields and other industrial units in Manipur, the first few consignments have already been deposited at the Waiton complex of Eastern Construction Pvt Ltd., said consumer affairs, food and public distribution (CAF & PD) minister Karam Shyam.

AR recovers gold worth Rs 69 lakh

Troops 12 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector AR apprehended two persons who were carrying 14 gold biscuits (2.324 kg) at Khudengthabi on Monday.

Govt defying NGT directive on Mapithel Dam: MDAVO

Mapithel Dam Affected Villages Organisation (MDAVO) has expressed serious concern over the alleged deliberate non-compliance of the order of the Eastern Zone Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT), Kolkata by the Water Resource Department, Manipur concerning violation of Forest Rights by Mapithel dam of Thoubal Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project.

Kakching DHQ issue takes ugly turn, 22 hurt

As two separate bodies continue to mount pressure over the demand for setting up Kakching district headquarters, things turned ugly on Sunday when locals of Waikhong-Thongjao resorted to blocking road, thus resulting in police crackdown that left at least 22 locals injured.

Letpao assures repair of breached river banks

The existing condition of bank of Nambul River which is often breached during rainy seasons and creates havoc among the people, was inspected by water resource minister Letpao Haokip along with MLA Ak Mirabai on Sunday.

Govt assures to increase sports budget to ` 100 crore

Chief minister N Biren has assured to increase the annual budget of Youth Affairs and Sports (YAS) to Rs 100 crore in the 2019-20 fiscal for further development and promotion of sports in the state.

‘One Nation-One Election’ on BJP menu: CM

In addition to updating progress of developmental projects and deliberations on organisational matters, top brass of the BJP, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold discussions with chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of BJP-ruled states over feasibility of simultaneous conduct of elections to all state assemblies, said chief minister N Biren Singh.

Change must first begin within ourselves: CM

Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that to bring about a positive change in the society, 'we must learn to involve ourselves in making the change instead of solely relying on the government'. The change must first begin within ourselves, he added.

Director seeks public cooperation to develop Govt schools

Equal responsibility on the part of teachers, students, parents and government is required if at all a government school is to be developed, education (S) director Thokchom Kirankumar noted on Saturday.

AR seizes WY tablets worth Rs 92 lakh

Troops of 12 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector AR recovered 18400 pieces of WY tablets worth around Rs 92 lakh during checking of a Maruti van at Khudengthabi check post on February 23.

Apprehension over ST demand unfounded, says STDCM

The demand for inclusion of Meetei/Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) list of the Constitution of India is not intended to diminish the constitutional rights of any other communities, clarified ST Demand Committee Manipur (STDCM) joint general secretary K Bhogendrajit.

Centre approves setting up two IRB battalions: CM Biren

On the last day of the session on Friday, Manipur Legislative Assembly unanimously passed the Manipur Appropriation (No 2) Bill, 2018 amounting to Rs 127,28,21,64,000 while Chief Minister N Biren informed that the Centre has approved setting up two battalions of IRB in the state.

‘Proposal in place for a Cancer Hospital in state’

Health Minister L Jayantakumar said there is a proposal for establishing a Cancer Hospital in the state with funding from DoNER ministry.

Illegal migration has created a sense of insecurity: Guv

Observing that illegal migration has become a serious concern in the NE states, Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla has stated that illegal migration from across the borders has led to a feeling of insecurity among the local populace in the region.

Modi vows development, Naga issue solution

Assuring that the Centre is working towards finding an honourable settlement to the vexed Naga issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appealed to the state electorate to vote the BJP and ally NDPP to power for political stability in the hill state and its development.

Anti-drug student volunteers hurt in accident

Nearly 20 student volunteers of Don Bosco College, Maram suffered injuries of varying degrees when the vehicle they were travelling in to destroy poppy plantations at Khongnem village under Senapati district met an accident on Thursday morning.

CM allays fear on Ithai Barrage monsoon menace

Chief Minister N Biren Thursday said that there would be no more issues regarding opening of sluice gates of Ithai Barrage during rainy season since the gates would be managed by a joint committee of the state government and NHPC.

Kotiswar appointed as Chief Justice

Consequent to retirement of Chief Justice of Manipur High Court Abhilasha Kumari, the Ministry of Law and Justice on February 21 issued notification for appointment of Justice Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh, the senior-most judge of High Court of Manipur 'to perform the duties of the Chief Justice of the High Court with effect from February 23, 2018'.

Foundation laid for Manipur Judicial Academy

Chief Minister N Biren Singh and High Court of Manipur Chief Justice, Justice Abhilasha Kumari jointly laid the foundation stone for Manipur Judicial Academy at Pangei in Imphal East district on Wednesday.

Cell formed to verify 20,000 Manipuris settling in Assam

The government of Assam has sent documents related to 20,000 Manipuris settling in Assam to the Manipur government for verification process for inclusion in the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

CM Biren rejects separate state demand by SoO groups

Chief Minister N Biren Wednesday made it clear that the government will not entertain demands for separate state by any UG groups which are signatories of SoO agreement. He said that all the UG groups signed the agreement after conceding that they would not raise any demand for a separate state.

Dr Bilashini validates ST demand campaign

Former director (family welfare) and consultant (Gynae) of City Hospital Dr Tayenjam Bilashini has stated that no one should object to inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in the ST list of the Indian Constitution.

Candidate found using mobile phone; 4 expelled

Indigenous Students’ Coordinating Committee (ISCC) claimed to have pulled up a candidate of the ongoing HSLC examination-2018 being conducted by BSEM, who was found resorting to unfair means by using a mobile phone.

CM mulls Bill to check noise pollution

Expressing concern over the issue of unchecked noise pollution in the state, chief minister N Biren Tuesday said that his government is considering to prepare a Bill to reduce noise pollutions. The CM also said that he has sought public comments for shortening the duration of Yaoshang festival and received positive responses from maximum number of public.

Truck torched, Noney women foil bid to arrest village chief

In-spite of police resorting to tear gas shelling and firing in the air, large number of women overpowered state security forces and managed to prevent the cops from arresting chief of Marangching village on Tuesday.

Police transfer policy from April 1: CM Biren

Chief Minister N Biren has informed the state assembly that transfer policy for Manipur Police will be implemented from April 1, 2018. The same policy will cover women police personnel as well, he added.

NCP candidate among four killed in poll-bound Meghalaya

Four people, including Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Jonathone Nengminza Sangma, were killed while three others injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in poll-bound Meghalaya's East Garo Hills district on Sunday, an official said.

Ramrei meet mulls stir against Mapithel Dam launch plan

A consultative meeting against the plan of the government to 'forcibly inaugurate" the Mapithel Dam/Thoubal Multipurpose Project was organised at Ramrei village of Ukhrul district on Monday.

Villagers’ agitation derailing rail project works

Notwithstanding the deployment of additional security personnel to protect company officials and workers engaged for the Jiribam-Tupul rail-line project, work agencies are apprehensive of continuing construction activities in the aftermath of Marangching villagers imposing ban on all project works.

Duty of every citizen to give due respect to women: Governor

Contrary to other parts of the country, women in Manipur get their space and respect, which is good and needs to be shown to the world. It is the duty of every citizen to keep high morale standard of the state by respecting women and need to condemn whenever there is news for atrocities, molestation and rape against women, Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla has stated.

‘Inclusion of Meeteis/Meiteis is their rights’

While extending support to the demand for inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) list of the Indian Constitution, former tribal affairs minister RV Mingthing has categorically stated that the demand is the right of the community and no other community should react or obstruct it.

Union Govt to fully fund NE projects

The Narendra Modi government has decided to fully fund various central projects being implemented in the Northeast, instead of the existing practice of sharing 90 per cent of the cost, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said Saturday.

Festivals bring people closer: Shyamkumar

Forest and environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar said that festivals strengthen the bond among people through participation in various events like traditional games, folk dance and songs.

Chief Justice favours out of court case settlement

With the objective of providing free legal services to the public and students, chief justice of the High Court of Manipur Abhilasha Kumari on Saturday inaugurated three Legal Aid Clinics and three Legal Literacy Clubs at Ukhrul district headquarters.

JNIMS cancer unit plan gets Centre's approval

A full-fledged cancer unit would be established at JNIMS, Porompat and the ministry has given green signal to the proposal. A Detailed Project Report (DPR) has been prepared for this and would be submitted to the Centre soon.

Thanga, WAD flay kidnap/rape of minor girl

Students and Meira Paibi of Thanga staged a sit-in-protest Friday at Thanga High School ground against kidnapping and abandoning of a minor girl by a teenage boy on February 13 evening.

Ephedrine worth more than Rs 6 crore seized

A combined security team seized 63 kilogram of banned ephedrine valued at Rs 6.3 crore from Lilong area on Friday at about 1pm but no one related with the drug was arrested.

‘Politicians need to play their role on ST demand’

Politicians have immense role to play if at all the issue of inclusion of Meeteis/Meiteis in the ST list of the Indian Constitution is to be made a reality, former chief minister Radhabinod Koijam said.

Framework agreement shrouded in mystery: WC

Working Committee (WC) of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) Wednesday termed as “unwise” the purported linking of NNPGs’ November 17, 2017 agreement with Government of India and August 3, 2015 Framework Agreement.

Neurosurgery performed in JNIMS after 10 years

After a gap of around ten years, the state run Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) performed first neurosurgery Thursday.

Minister Letpao briefs Centre on status of mega projects

Water Resources Development (WRD) minister Letpao Haokip attended a meeting of WRD ministers of seven states with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday at Transport Bhawan, New Delhi.

MLA Samuel Jendai exhorts Nagas to promote communal harmony

Lighting of sacred fire, blowing of trumpets, blessing and distribution of seeds to the Naga tribes marked the first day of Lui-Ngai-Ni (Naga seed sowing festival) celebration at Longmai Common Ground, Noney on Thursday.

SKY performs Balloon Pulmonary Valvotomy

SKY Hospital has performed Manipur’s first Balloon Dilatation of Pulmonary Valve Stenosis (PS) on February 9, 2018 on a 5 years and 6 months old boy.

Chopper service in state gets Centre’s nod

Chief Minister N Biren Wednesday said that helicopter service connecting Imphal with interior parts of the state would be introduced soon. He also said that Centre has given its nod to introduction of the service at 75:25 Centre state fund sharing pattern.

‘ST status to Meitei/Meetei will bridge trust deficit’

All existing differences and misunderstandings among the people of the hills and the valley will gradually disappear with the inclusion of Meeteis/Meiteis in the ST list of the Indian constitution, maintained former dean of Central Agriculture University (CAU) N Iboton.

Traditional gaiety marks Lui-Ngai-Ni opener

Under the theme ‘One Culture One Goal’, the celebration of Lui-Ngai-Ni, the seed sowing festival of Naga community, kicked off Wednesday evening at Longmai Common Ground here by hoisting the festival flag by UNC president Gaidon Kamei.

Interlocutor’s letter ended Nagaland poll impasse

A letter written by the Centre’s interlocutor RN Ravi to the Naga groups, including the NSCN (Isak-Muivah), on February 3 helped to end the impasse over the Nagaland Assembly elections. Civil society groups and the NSCN (I-M) had called a boycott of the elections till a political solution was reached.

Tripura families found settling in IE village, police detain 21

Imphal East district police found three families, who shifted from Tripura, settling at Awaching village also known as Kshetri Bengoon Mamang Ching Khunnou and detained 21 persons including 11 women, who could not furnish identification documents, during a search operation on Tuesday. Nine vehicles and three guns were also seized by police for further verification during the operation.

Social discord worrisome: Ratan Thiyam

Though one can witness various statements in media made by different communities settling in the state about the love for their motherland, yet we are unable to see the love of their motherland through their actions, exclaimed renowned theatre director and recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi award Ratan Thiyam.

Something 'terribly wrong' with SIT probe in Manipur: SC

The Supreme Court on Monday expressed its displeasure over the progress of CBI's SIT in probing alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in Manipur and said something was "terribly wrong".

Govt monitoring all project works, says CM

Assuring that no misuse of funds without proper execution of work by contractors as seen in the past will be entertained under the BJP led coalition government, chief minister N Biren has said that all schemes and projects implemented by the government would be monitored through satellite mapping and GPS and the progress of the work would be uploaded on the website.

Unity call echoes at AMUCO jubilee event

Even as works minister Th Biswajit called upon the civil society organisations to continue working for bridging the trust deficit amongst the ethnic communities settling in Manipur, All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO) president Ph Deban Sharma observed that amending the existing policy of separate zones for settlement on the basis of tribe-community denomination would help promote harmonious co-existence.

Minister vows to set up PHC in Chandel village

Health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar Sunday assured setting up a Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Khudei Khunou (Khotle Yulran) village in Chandel district. The minister gave the assurance while attending the foundation day cum platinum jubilee celebration of the village.

‘ST demand issue merits political discussion’

The issue over the demand for inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in the ST list needs to be discussed politically rather than discoursing on it from an academic point of view, former Dean of School of Social Sciences, Manipur University W Nabakumar has observed.

EC seeks SC help to bar ‘criminal’ politicians

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has told the Supreme Court that it has proposed to the Centre to amend the law and bar people, accused of an offence punishable with at least five years, from contesting elections after charges were framed against them by a court.

CPM reminds PM over 7th CPC promise in Manipur

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the people of Tripura that the BJP government was committed to implementing seventh pay commission scales if the party comes to power in the north eastern state, the Left Front hit back saying the BJP made a similar promise in Manipur before polls, but did not, subsequently, deliver on it.

CM keen to have Modi tag on mega projects

Even though there is no confirmation as yet on whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be present or not during the celebration of first anniversary of the BJP-led coalition government, the state government is keen to invite the Prime Minister for the celebration as well as inaugurate major projects during his visit.

Political turncoats under Supreme Court scanner

The Supreme Court will examine whether elected lawmakers can defy the party whip, abstain from voting, resign and join a rival political platform without breaching provisions of stringent anti-defection laws.

Sparks fly as CADA volunteers launch drive at drinking joints

A huge quantity of Indian made foreign liquors, local brew and beers was seized during a drive at hotels located along the western side of Kangjeibung (Pologroud) by volunteers of Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) on Saturday.

Business activities resume at No Man’s Land

After shops and warehouses were gutted by a massive fire at Namphalong market in Myanmar territory on February 7 at about 8.50 pm, the business transaction resumed at the Indo-Myanmar No Man’s Land zone from Saturday morning.

Manipur HC gets first woman CJ

Judge of High Court of Gujarat Abhilasha Kumari was sworn in as the Chief Justice of High Court of Manipur on Friday. Governor Dr Najma Heptulla administered the oath of office and secrecy to Abhilasha Kumari during a ceremony held at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, here.

UNLF celebrates 31st Raising Day of MPA

The proscribed United National Liberation Front (UNLF) reportedly celebrated the 31st Raising Day of its armed wing - Manipur People’s Army (MPA) on Friday successfully at all its different units and battalions in Manipur and outside.

Myanmar plans 2-storey Namphalong market

Chief minister of Sagaing Region, Myanmar Dr Myint Nai inspected the inferno devastated condition of Namphalong market on the Indo-Myanmar border and interacted with those people affected by the devastation, on Friday.

Four demands passed, Oppn MLAs walk out

Even as opposition MLAs walked out of the assembly for the third consecutive day, the House passed demands for grants of four different departments amounting to Rs 1,419,52,83,000 on Thursday.

Testing of food adulteration using mobile lab vehicle begins

Food testing drive with use of mobile laboratory vehicle for the first time in the state, which was inaugurated by chief minister N Biren in December 2017, commenced Thursday at Imphal market wherein various edible items sold in Khwairamband Keithel were checked for adulteration.

Namphalong inferno loss put at Rs 40 crore

Hours after a devastating fire at Namphalong market, on the Myanmar territory, destroyed goods and household properties estimated to worth about Rs 40 crore, chief minister of Myanmar’s Sagaing Region, Dr Myint Nai and RK Shivachandra, who is convener of Operationalization of Act East Policy, Government of Manipur, jointly assessed damages caused to shops, warehouses and private houses on Thursday.

Nagaland ‘reservation’ for women: A measly 1.97 per cent

Nagaland’s uneasiness with women in the political arena is garishly reflected in the final list of nominations to the ensuing State Legislative Assembly.

Imphal-Silchar flight service to resume soon, says CM Biren

The state government has initiated process for resumption of flight services between Silchar and Imphal, CM N Biren informed the state assembly.

Vulnerability of personal data for Aadhaar violation of rights, SC told

The Supreme Court on Wednesday was told that vulnerability of citizens' demographic and biometric data collected under Aadhaar to leaks is itself the violation of their right to privacy.

'Citizens of Nepal in Manipur electoral rolls'

MLA Meghachandra has informed the house that there are names of some Nepali people from Nepal having their names in the electoral rolls of some of the Nepali inhibited areas in Manipur.

Surrenderee scheme for NE revised: Rijiju

Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju Wednesday said that the Scheme for Surrender cum Rehabilitation of Militants in the North East has been revised with enhanced financial assistance to bring the UG cadres into the mainstream.

 9 AR men hurt in another twin explosions

Barely 24 hours after the twin blasts at the historic Imphal pologround that left two jawans injured, at least nine Assam Rifles personnel were wounded in another double explosions Tuesday, this time at Assam Rifles transit camp located near commando complex, here.

CM belittles walk out by opposition

With opposition MLAs walking out of the House during the 4th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly’s for the second consecutive day, chief minister N Biren, who is also the leader of the House, has stated the opposition MLAs are free to walk out of the house on their own will since it is a democratic state and that there is no issue at all.

‘PWD giving work order to contractors blacklisted by NHIDCL’

Opposition MLA Kh Joykisan informed the House that the Public Work Department (PWD) has been giving work orders for projects funded by Ministry of Road Transport and Highway to contractors who have been blacklisted by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL). NHIDCL is a company functioning under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

History is history, it cannot be destroyed: Prof Adya Prasad

‘Collection of data is not history, history is human science’, Dr Balmukund Pandey has stated, adding that history had not given any place for great kings of 'our' country like Prithviraj Chauhan and Maharana Pratap Singh, and the same is the case of Maharaja Rajarshi Bhagyachandra of Manipur.

Govt presents Rs 13,733.62 cr Budget Estimates

On the second day of the 4th session of 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, deputy chief minister and finance minister Y Joykumar presented the Budget Estimates, 2018-19 of Rs 13,733.62 crore on Monday.

30 held as cops foil bid to storm Assembly

Police resorted to mild baton charge to disperse newly recruited employees of Public Works Department (PWD) who tried to storm the assembly complex on Monday.

HSLC 2018: Student activists to accompany flying squads

A total of 37,167 students are set to appear in the class X examination to be conducted by Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BSEM) while 28,020 students have been registered to sit for the class XII examination under the Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (CoHSEM) this year.

Two AR men hurt in twin blasts at capital city

Two Assam Rifles soldiers suffered splinter injuries when two grenades hurled by unidentified persons exploded almost simultaneously at the historic Imphal pologround, locally known as Mapal Kangjeibung Monday evening.

Where's the Naga accord, Rahul asks Modi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that the PM's words ring hollow as the Nagaland peace accord, which was signed by PM Modi in 2015 amid great fanfare and promise, is yet to see the light of the day.

Protest continues over Pravish's death

Demanding justice to Pravish Chanam, a sit-in-protest was staged Sunday at Keishampat Lairembi community hall here.

People starting to trust government schools : Radheshyam

Education minister Thokchom Radheshyam has stated that gradual increase in enrolment of students in government schools along with marked improvement in teachers’ attendance is a positive sign that government schools are improving and regaining people’s trust.

BJP dumps NPF, inks seat-sharing deal with NDPP

Union Minister of State for Home and senior BJP leader Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said the BJP has entered into a seat-sharing agreement with the newly-floated National Democratic People’s Party (NDPP) ahead of the February 27 Nagaland Assembly polls.

Minister Nemcha launches DBT for 'life givers' in Manipur

Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen launched the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), a maternity benefits scheme for all pregnant women and lactating mothers (PW&LM), through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) at her office chamber in New Secretariat, Babupara here Saturday.

11 vehicles recovered during anti-drug drive, no arrest

A combined team of Thoubal police, Narcotics & Affairs of Border (NAB) and Kakching police conducted a massive anti-drug drive in Lilong area Saturday as part of chief minister N Biren’s resolve to bring a drug-free society.

Govt committed to curb influx of illegal migrants: Guv

Along with highlighting the achievements and issues of the state administration, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, while addressing the 4th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly which began Friday, said that the priority of the government is to prevent illegal migrants and cross border movements of insurgent groups.

‘No fix timeline for Jiribam-Imphal railways completion’

Union minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain has said that the ministry has not been able to fix a timeline for completion of Jiribam-Imphal railway project due to frequent disturbances caused by bad law & order situation as well as security related issues.

Nagaland shutdown evokes mixed response

The statewide dawn-to-dusk shutdown called on Thursday by Naga tribal bodies and civil organisations in protest against an official notification for the February 27 assembly elections evoked mixed response in the state.

Prof Mohendro gives unity call to ethnic groups

Noted economist professor N Mohendro has observed that all ethnic groups of Manipur need to be at the same platform so that the global change could be countered effectively.

CMO, police-citizen portals launched for clean governance

With the objective to enhance transparency and efficiency of the government, chief minister N Biren launched the official websites of Chief Minister’s Office and Manipur Police Citizen Portal. The launch function of the two websites www.cmmanipur.gov.in and www.mnpcitizenportal.gov.in was held at the CM’s office on Thursday.

BJP to contest Nagaland polls; ECI issues notice

A day after a BJP representative signed the joint declaration assuring that the party will not give tickets or file nomination for the coming assembly polls before a solution to the vexed peace process is found, the state BJP decided that it would contest the polls. The party suspended Kheto Sema, the leader who had signed the joint declaration along with all other political parties of the state.

CBI registers 30 more FIRs in fake encounter case

A Special Investigation Team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), probing the alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters in Manipur, has taken over probe in 30 pending cases in adherence to the Supreme Court of India's January 31 deadline.

CM Biren seeks support of judiciary to nail drug dealers

Observing that tackling the menace of drug smuggling merits synergy amongst the legislature, judiciary and executive, chief minister N Biren Singh has announced that a Fast Track Court (FTC) to deal specifically with drug related cases will be set up in the state within March this year.

Education must create job opportunities: Th Radheshyam

Education Minister Th Radheshaym opined that the objective of education is not just to increase literacy rate in the state but to also create job opportunities. One must pursue education not just to get government jobs but to create jobs and opportunities for others as well.

Sagaing CM moots MoU to seal land route deal

Along with inviting chief minister N Biren to Myanmar personally over the phone, chief minister of Myanmar's Sagaing region, Dr Myint Naing has informed that he would talk with CM Biren and see that the cross border land route permit between India and Myanmar could be implemented through signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Manipur and Sagaing region.

Election boycott no solution to Naga issue: Kiren Rijiju

The Centre said on Tuesday that a boycott of the February 27 Assembly polls in Nagaland was not a solution to the insurgency issue in the state and asserted that the government was bound by the Constitutional process of holding elections.

No work, No pay: Nemcha cautions SW employees

Social welfare and cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen gave a strong message to the employees of her department to work effectively and sincerely while stating that the policy of 'no work, no pay' will soon be effective for them.

NAB man, ASI face drug dealing charges

Along with informing about arrest of a woman drug dealer, NAB superintendent of police (SP) W Basu revealed that legal processes are being initiated against a NAB member and an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police in connection with hoarding and unauthorised possession of brown sugar.

Mandalay meet bats for bettering trade, health sectors

Delegates from Manipur (India), Sagaing Region, Mandalay Region, India-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and the Sagaing Promoters Group met in Mandalay on Monday (Jan 29) to discuss cross-border and regional cooperation.

Jiribam MLA negates interference charges

Jiribam MLA Md Ashab Uddin has clarified that he had never intervened in the ongoing mass verification of illegal migrants being conducted by the district police.

‘Time has not come for any rethink on AFSPA’

Time has not come for any rethink on AFSPA or making some of its provisions milder, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat has said, asserting that the Army has been taking adequate precautions in protecting human rights while operating in disturbed areas like Jammu and Kashmir.

Biren moots formation of SSC for G-III/IV job recruitment

Asserting that the present government has taken up certain steps to curb corruption in recruitment of government jobs, chief minister N Biren has announced that Staff Selection Committee/Commission would be formed for recruitment of grade III and IV posts.

IPPI launched, aims to cover 2.5 lakh children

Health minister L Jayantakumar Sunday launched the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme targeted at covering more than 2.5 lakh children under the age of five years. The formal launch programme was held at the family welfare office, here Sunday morning.

CM Biren vows to nail drug peddlers, kingpins

Expressing concern that concerted efforts to check smuggling and abuse of psychotropic substances are yet to yield the desired result, chief minister N Biren Singh has said that a Fast Track Court (FTC) would be established soon to tackle the drug menace and punish the drug smugglers and those who are associated with such illegal trade in the state.

Peace call marks 69th R-Day celebration

Chief minister N Biren’s pledge to bring uniform development, appeal to all armed outfits to shun the path of violence and march past parade by military and civil contingents marked the main function of the 69th Republic Day celebration held here on Friday.

Stage set for 69th Republic Day celebration

Amid tight security measures in view of various insurgent groups declaring boycott and imposing general strike, the government of Manipur is all set to celebrate the 69th Republic Day, 2018 on Friday. Governor Dr Najma Heptulla will take the salute as the chief guest at Kangla fort at 8 am.

Hoax bomb creates panic, SFs continue search Ops

Amidst the stringent security measures being taken up for Republic Day celebration, a hoax bomb created panic and briefly affected normal traffic along Imphal-Dimapur road on Thursday.

Union minister assures development of cooperative sector

Maintaining that cooperative sector plays an important role in the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a New India, Union minister of state for agriculture & farmers welfare and panchayati raj Parshottam Rupala has assured of all possible help in developing cooperative sector in the state.

Shrinking forest cover worries minister

Expressing grave concern over continuous degeneration of the environment due to massive deforestation in different parts of the state, forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar has cautioned that mankind will pay a heavy price in case the destructive habit is not given up immediately.

Cabinet okays Guv’s draft address, hikes HG pay

A state cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister N Biren Wednesday approved the draft Governor’s address to be delivered on the first day of the coming budget session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, which will commence from February 2, 2018.

Jayantakumar regrets revolt, ASHAs freed

Health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar Wednesday said that differences and issues should be resolved through dialogue and discussion instead of resorting to violent means.

Success of Act East Policy depends on our hospitality: CM Biren

Asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has transformed the Look East Policy into Act East Policy with the vision to maintain strong cohesive relationship with the South East Asian countries, chief minister N Biren Wednesday said that success of the policy depends on the hospitality of the people of Manipur to the visitors.

‘Imposition’ of polls not acceptable: NSCN-IM

Even as the Election Commission has set the ball rolling for holding assembly election in Nagaland, the NSCN (IM) on Tuesday described it as a ‘serious obstacle’ towards finding an early political solution, and declared ‘imposition’ of the election as ‘not acceptable’ to it.

MLA to Raphei students: Take charge of development

Chingai MLA Khashim Vashum on Tuesday called on Raphei student community to take responsibility for strengthening the stride for the common goal of development through education and sports in the Northern Ukhrul region.

ASHA workers threaten to skip immunisation programme

Demanding unconditional release of the nine ASHA workers who were arrested on Monday on the charge of creating ruckus during the launch of healthcare scheme christened Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) have threatened to refrain from joining the pulse polio immunisation programme on January 28 in case the government ignores their demand.

 Governor pats CRPF endeavours, advocates hygienic lifestyle

Noting that CRPF units stationed in different parts of the state have been rendering commendable public service under the civic action programmes in addition to their active involvement in safeguarding vital institutions and national highways, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla assured to advice the state government for assisting the central forces in undertaking development works.

CM pitches for shifting TA unit from Old Airfield

Chief minister N Biren Singh has reiterated that the Old Airfield at Koirengei should not be occupied by military personnel as the said site is associated with the history of Manipur.

EEVFAM, HRI urge witnesses to testify before CBI

Extra Judicial Execution Victim Families Association (EEVFAM) and Human Rights Alert (HRI) have jointly appealed to witnesses of fake-encounter killings in Manipur to testify freely before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which has been investigating 11 fake encounter cases.

Secuity beefed up ahead of R-Day, six detained

Six persons have been rounded up for verification as Manipur police continue to conduct search operations in different parts of the state on Monday as pre-emptive measures for the upcoming Republic Day celebration.

Ima Keithel re-opened, basement parking mooted

MAHUD minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar Monday reopened the newly renovated buildings of Ima Keithel and handed them over to the women vendors of Khwairamband Keithel in a function organised by Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC).

Must free Manipur from nepotism, corruption: CM

Manipur celebrated its 47th Statehood Day with participation of 59 march-past contingents at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles ground here, Sunday.

Healthcare scheme launched

Chief minister N Biren launched Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) along with 10 advanced life support ambulances as a gift of Statehood Day to the people of Manipur during a grand function organised by Directorate of Health Services at Khuman Lampak Indoor Stadium here on Sunday.

Two kids die, three others hurt in bomb explosion

In an unfortunate incident, two minor boys were killed while three others suffered injuries in a bomb explosion that took place at Subunglong (Leishok) village under Khoupum police station of Noney district on Sunday morning.

Revealed: RSS Draft Plan for Nagaland Accord

Nearly two and a half years have passed since Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise announcement on social media that his government had cut a peace deal with the armed group Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah). Modi categorically stated that it marked “not merely the end of a problem but the beginning of a new future”.

CBI’s forensic experts scan fake encounter sites

In continuation of the investigation into alleged fake encounter cases involving Central and state forces, a seven-member team of the New Delhi-based Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) led by SP (CBI) Padmakumar of the recently constituted Special Investigation Team (SIT) carried out spot inspections at different locations where stage-managed encounters reportedly took place.

Security beefed up, search ops intensified

As part of the security measures for the upcoming Republic Day celebration and to ensure smooth and peaceful conduction of the event, Manipur police conducted search operations in different places and detained 15 persons for verification/interrogation on Friday.

Assembly polls in three NE states on Feb 18, 27

Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland will go to polls in February to elect new assemblies, the Election Commission announced on Thursday, setting the stage for the first round of elections in 2018 ahead of the battle in Karnataka and later in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

Minister vows help as poor yield blights Kachai lemon Fest

In what could be a severe blow to the famous Kachai lemon and its farmers as well as lovers of the unique citric fruit from across the state, an outbreak of an unknown disease of the crop has swept across Kachai village, resulting in a sharp decline in the production of the fruit in the last few years.

Govt drivers rally for better service condition

Members of All Manipur Government Drivers and Technicians' Association staged a rally on Thursday seeking government attention towards ensuring the rights of drivers employed under various departments.

Naga Hoho in Delhi to demand poll deferment

A team of Naga Hoho has left Dimapur for New Delhi on Wednesday to apprise the Government of India for the postponement of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly election, 2018.

Myanmar officials discuss Manipur delegates’ visit

Ahead of visit of the Manipur delegation, a meeting of the coordination committee comprising officials of Myanmar convened on Wednesday held extensive discussions on the ensuing tour.

State scheme workers join nationwide stir

As part of the nationwide strike of scheme workers, the Coordinating Body of Trade Unions in Manipur organised a day-long scheme workers’ strike at GM Hall here on Wednesday.

SC sets CBI Jan 31 deadline to register FIRs

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the CBI to register FIRs in all 30 cases of alleged fake shootouts by the security forces in Manipur.

Parliament committee assures RIMS spruce-up

BJP Lok Sabha MP Dr Manoj Rajoria, who is also convenor of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare, while stressing the need for RIMS authorities to put the house in order, said that the committee will make the best effort to prevail upon the Union government for funding further development of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

Shyamkumar flays twin blasts; moots more CCTV cams

MAHUD minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar has strongly condemned the twin blasts near M-Sector on Monday evening that left a woman sweeper of Imphal Municipal Corporation injured and provided Rs 50,000 cash assistance to the victim.

Centre seeks input on liberal border trade

The country’s top security officials have sought a feedback from the north-eastern states and other stakeholders on safety implications of the land border crossing agreement with Myanmar, given the fear Rohingya refugees may take advantage to cross over this side of 1600 km-long fence.

Twin blasts rock city, woman sweeper hurt

A woman sustained splinter injuries as two bombs exploded in the heart of Imphal city Monday evening.

CM vows benefit to deserving persons

Chief minister N Biren Monday stated that the government will not solely rely on BPL and AAY cards in the selection of beneficiaries for the newly launched social security schemes but separate camps will be conducted at different locations across the state to identify deserving poor and underprivileged people.

CM Biren downplays anti-incumbency factor in Govt

Claiming that the recent Gujarat assembly election has shown that anti-incumbency is a word for slothful people, chief minister Nongthombam Biren Sunday said that there is no place for anti-incumbency in a government, which goes hand in hand with its people.

Driver unions must merge for resolving problems: Shyam

All the drivers and transport unions of the state must merge together to solve the hardships being faced by drivers while performing their duty, CAF & PD, Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation minister Karam Shyam has stated.

Preserving forest: A lesson to learn from Phayeng people

At a time when the environment is being harmed continuously by people for their own benefits thereby making the surrounding unfit for human settlement, people of Phayeng have been showing great effort to maintain ecological balance by protecting and preserving the Phayeng forest from degradation for the last 50 years.

Rio meets Rajnath; NSF calls ‘solution first’ rally

Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio along with former Nagaland unit BJP president Dr Chuba Ao met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav on Friday evening in New Delhi to impress upon them the desire of the Naga people for solution before the upcoming elections.

Minister vows quality healthcare services in hills

Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar Singh inaugurated Bendramai (Yangkhulen) Primary Health Centre on Friday.

CJI faces revolt from four senior SC judges

Divisions in the Supreme Court burst out in the open on Friday when four senior most judges took an unprecedented step of addressing the media to accuse Chief Justice Dipak Misra of breaching rules in assigning cases to appropriate benches, with one of them pointing to the plea regarding the mysterious death of Special CBI judge BH Loya.

Court convicts three in 1989 murder case

The recently established Fast Track Court (FTC) literally lived up to its reputation of accelerating delivery of justice when Additional Sessions Judge (FTC), Manipur East W Tonen Meitei on Friday convicted three persons in connection with a murder case which took place back way in 1989.

CM bats for forest conservation, assures Tamei facelift

Cautioning that mankind will pay dearly in case further destruction is caused to the natural environment, chief minister N Biren exhorted the people of Manipur, particularly those settling in the hill areas, to protect forest.

Centre mulling over milder AFSPA in J&K, NE

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The government is now re-examining the long-pending demand to make the iron-fisted Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives military personnel special rights and immunity in "disturbed areas" like Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast, "more humane" and less open to misuse.

Centre mulling over milder AFSPA in J&K, NE

The government is now re-examining the long-pending demand to make the iron-fisted Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives military personnel special rights and immunity in "disturbed areas" like Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast, "more humane" and less open to misuse.

MST buses to have seats reserved for women

In a move aimed at ensuring safety of women while commuting in public transport facilities in the state, chief minister N Biren has announced that all buses of Manipur State Transport (MST) and those private buses registered under MST will have seats reserved for women passengers very soon.

Giving top priority to job creation: CM

Along with informing that the state government is focusing on eight different sectors including skill development of youths considering the unemployment problems in Manipur, chief minister N Biren has said that he has been able to identify the actual grievances of the masses and understand their wishes through his constant interactions with different sections of the public on Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit.

Fully functional MPCB by March, curb on diesel auto soon

All necessary infrastructure and equipment at Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB), which has been set up to check and control contamination of air and water, noise pollution and other forms of pollutions in the state, would be made available and made functional by March, MPCB chairman MLA L Radhakishore has assured.

UPF-KNO delegates raise territorial council demand

The newly appointed interlocutor for political dialogue involving the Government of India, Government of Manipur and UPF and KNO chaired the 6th round of political talks Wednesday in New Delhi, where demand for territorial council was tabled by UPF and KNO delegates.

Sacrifice, commitment must for politicians: CM

Along with announcing that the memorial complex of Maharaja Gambhir Singh located at Langthabal would be developed as a site of historical importance, chief minister N Biren asserted that among others, sacrificial spirit and commitment are essential qualities for all politicians.

Governor urges PM Modi to spur state's development

Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla said that she had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for launching different projects apart from laying foundation stone for the National Sports University during his visit in Imphal for inaugurating the Indian Science Congress in March.

3 nabbed during drug bust in Churachandpur

Three persons were arrested in a drug bust at Old Bazar area of Churachandpur district by the district police on January 5.

SC nails CBI, SIT on Manipur fake encounter

The Supreme Court on Monday said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Special Investigative Team (SIT) did not peruse Manipur fake encounters case seriously.

TPC campaigns to expose traffic rules violation

With driving around Imphal city becoming a nightmarish experience owing to traffic congestion on a daily basis, The People’s Chronicle is stating a campaign, with photographic evidence, to expose violation of traffic rules by motorists.

Talks over NSU positive, KSO Sadar Hills calls off shutdown

Talks over National Sports University issue between the state government and KSO Sadar Hills on Monday ended on a positive note, prompting the students' body to call off its 36-hour total shutdown in the larger interest of resolving the controversial issue harmoniously.

Total shutdown imminent if talks fail today: KSO

Though the proposed 36 hours total shutdown on National Highway-2 has been put on hold subsequent to the government’s invitation for talks scheduled on Monday, Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) Sadar Hills announced that it will go ahead with the siege of the highway in case no substantial breakthrough is achieved during the parleys.

Foundation laid for two Hr secondary schools

Education minister Thokchom Radheshyam laid the foundation stones for construction of the main building of two higher secondary schools, namely Kakching Higher Secondary School, Kakching and Heirok Higher Secondary School, Heirok on Sunday.

Media should be platform of truth: Speaker Khemchand

While pledging that the government will take all possible measures to ensure welfare of the journalists of Manipur, Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Yumnam Khemchand called upon that media houses to filter news items that are detrimental to harmonious co-existence or impede development of Manipur.

CM vows Poumai heritage complex, ambulances with modern kits in hills

Chief Minister N Biren Singh has assured that a heritage complex of Poumai community would be developed by the state government at Saranamei village, the oldest Poumai village, to preserve and protect the historical elements and antique items associated with the community.

Cong MLA takes a jibe on BJP-NSCN (IM) cordiality

One thing that Congress could not do but BJP can is to develop good ties with NSCN-IM, said MPCC spokesperson and MLA Kh Joykisan.

DCs asked to sanitise Imphal River banks: Letpao

In a move to address the problem of frequent flooding in the state, the government has instructed DCs of Imphal West and Imphal East district to serve notice to owners of structures constructed along the banks of Imphal River for removal.

Imp-Delhi direct flight begins, daily from April

Chief Minister N Biren Thursday said that Imphal-Delhi direct flight service has begun from January 2 this year as assured by union minister of civil aviation Jayanta Sinha during the inaugural function of the North East Development Summit in Novembe, 2017.

Man accused of raping housewife in 2015 found shot dead

Amidst reports of accused rapists being shot dead or attempt being made to eliminate them by unknown armed assailants, a 33-year old man, who was allegedly involved in raping a 27-year old woman way back in 2015, was found shot dead at Lamdeng Khunou under Lamsang Police on Thursday.

Colourful festivities bring the curtain down on PBC events

It was a colourful fusion of worship, music, fashion and sports with various competitive events that added to the festive zeal and spirit of Christmas and New Year celebrations at Phungyo Baptist Church (PBC) Ukhrul, the oldest Church of Manipur, which celebrated the festivals from December 24, 2017 to January 3, 2018.

Lamdeng solid waste plant to produce fuel oil

The used vehicle tyres and plastics which are deposited as waste materials from Imphal city at the Lamdeng solid waste management plant will be made into pyrolysis oil or fuel oil which is equivalent to diesel oil, very soon.

Cold storage buildings in all districts soon

The state government is planning to set up cold storage buildings in every district very soon for storing the various agriculture and horticulture products produced in the state for which the requisite DPR will be submitted to the central government.

Earthquake-hit keithel sheds ready for reopening

Women vendors are soon likely to resume their trade activities inside the two sheds of Khwairamband Ima Keithel, which were damaged by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Manipur on January 4, 2016.

3 women among 22 netted in anti-drug drive

Amidst the gaiety and revelry for the new year, police apprehended 22 people, including three women in separate drug busts.

Govt rolls out Imphal-Chandel public transport service

In sync with the announcement by chief minister N Biren during his last visit to Chandel district for starting public transport system, chief secretary RR Rashmi on Monday formally launched the Imphal-Chandel passenger bus service under the Manipur State Transport (MST).

CM launches official website of 105th ISC

Chief Minister N Biren Tuesday launched the official website of the 105th Indian Science Congress, 2018 to be hosted by Manipur University under the theme ‘Reaching the Unreached’ from March 16 to 20, 2018.

RIMS spruce up plan gets ministry fund boost

Along with declaring that all the laboratory tests for in-patients at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) will be provided free of cost, RIMS director Prof A Shanta has informed that the union ministry of health and family welfare has given its approval for acquiring medical equipment worth over Rs 1 crore for the premier medical institute.

Woman among three arrested for drug trade

Continuing anti-drug drive, a team of narcotics cell of Imphal East district police nabbed a woman drug dealer along with contraband drugs worth around Rs 1.89 lakh Saturday.

NSCN-K holds rare meeting with Myanmar Govt

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) held a rare meeting with the government’s Peace Commission in Yangon on Thursday in a bid to improve relations on the road to an eventual peace deal.

Centre approves Rs 4,066 crore for internet in all panchayats

The government has approved Rs 4,066 crore for providing internet connectivity to people in all gram panchayats (GPs) under BharatNet project, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha informed Parliament on Friday.

Do not to believe in tendentious rumours: PM tells NE people

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that people of the northeastern states should not believe in "tendentious rumours" but depend on the government statement and assured that "no one-sided decision" would be taken on the Naga issue.

4 corrupt officials suspended; another awarded

Tightening its grip against corruption, the state government has suspended four of its officials for irregularities in utilisation of land resources, records and public assets on Thursday.

‘Onus on elected leaders to bring development’

Though work culture and social stability are essential conditions for bringing development in Manipur, it is the sincerity and commitment of the elected representatives that will make a difference towards transforming the state to a progressive society, said revenue minister Karam Shyam.

Radheshyam assures upgrade of Kanglatongbi school

Considering the proposals made by the local MLA and the Gorkha Students’ Union, as well as taking into account the present need, Kanglatongbi Hindi High School will be upgraded into a higher secondary school at the earliest, education minister Th Radheshyam has assured.

Cash sops announced to spur cleanliness

Expressing optimism about Manipur emerging as top state in sanitation, MAHUD minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar Wednesday announced that his department will give an assistance of Rs 1 lakh each to all the towns under municipal councils and Nagar Panchayats to help in keeping their respective towns clean for the upcoming competition/survey. He also announced Rs 1.5 lakh to those towns that are able to get ‘open defecation free’ status.

‘BJP not afraid to fight for integrity of Manipur’

Chief minister N Biren has categorically stated that BJP is not afraid of fighting for the integrity of Manipur and party members are always ready to sacrifice their lives if it is needed for the sake of protecting the territorial integrity of Manipur.

MPP questions sincerity of Centre on Naga integration issue

The starting from former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao's Congress-led government up to the current PM Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, the claim of conscientious support by the successive governments towards Naga Integration movement is highly suspicious, Manipur People's Party (MPP) president O Jugindro has stated.

Fire destroys house on Christmas eve

The festive spirit was completely shattered when a house was completely gutted by fire on Christmas eve at Chandel Christian village in Chandel district.

Will resign if Centre disregards Manipur: CM

Making his stand clear on the issue of safeguarding the territorial integrity of Manipur, Chief minister N Biren has declared that he would step down from the post of chief ministership if the Centre tries to bring about a solution to the Indo-Naga peace talk by undermining the interest of Manipur without consulting its people and the government.

Bamboo bridges found rebuilt, dismantled again

Police have yet again dismantled makeshift bamboo bridges which were found reconstructed over Barak River.

Rail project vehicles torched at shutdown zone

In the past 48 hours, unknown persons have reportedly torched and caused damage to two vehicles, which were utilised by construction agencies engaged in the Jiri-Tupul railway project, near Kharam village in Noney district.

Laishram Shilla crowned Meetei Chanu-2017

Laishram Shilla Chanu has been crowned Meetei Chanu – 2017 during the contest which was held under the aegis of Lainingthou Sanamahi Sana Pung at Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT), Palace Compound on Saturday.

No agreement sans consent of Manipur: Rajnath

Union Home Minister Rajnath Saturday assured that there will not be a final agreement on the Naga problem without the consent of Manipur and its people.

Lalu Prasad convicted in fodder scam case

A special CBI court on Saturday convicted RJD chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a case relating to the multi-million rupee fodder scam.

Tangkhul youngsters reminded about forefathers’ valour

Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) vice president V Peimi released the official calendar of the World War II Tangkhul Naga Labour Corps Association (WW-I TNLCA) in connection with its upcoming centennial celebration of the Labour Corps to be held on April 18-19 in 2018, during a function held at its Viewland office on Saturday.

CM bats for tribal leaders in ILP bill committee

The government will try to introduce a Bill specifically for the protection of indigenous people of the state as soon as possible, Chief Minister N Biren Singh has assured.

Ravi allays apprehension over GoI-IM deal

Leaders of various civil society organisations of the state met Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi and discussed the issue of framework agreement which was signed between NSCN-IM and Government of India at Delhi on Friday.

MU students protest 'callousness' of dean

Students of Manipur University (MU) Friday staged protest against Dean of the university and locked down his office alleging the Dean of ignoring their plights. However, the students withdrew their stir after intervention by vice-chancellor professor Adya Prasad Pandey.

Free car care clinic begins at Punya Hyundai

In sync with the ‘free car care clinic’ being organised by Hyundai Motor India Ltd across the north-eastern states, a similar camp is being conducted at Punya Hyundai since December 19.

Committee formed to adopt resolution on FA

The state assembly Thursday formed a four-member committee to adopt a resolution by the House in pursuance of the demand for disclosure of the contents of Framework Agreement (FA) signed between government of India and NSCN-IM.

‘PWD officer still making decisions despite no service extension’

Although the service extension of Deputy Secretary (Works) has been cancelled, his signature is still being used in signing Government orders, which implies that the PWD department has no regard for government orders, opposition MLA Kh Joykisan has contended.

TMNL burns seized expired goods worth over Rs 38,000

Continuing its drive against selling of expired goods, Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long (TMNL - Tangkhul Youth Council) on Thursday consigned to flame a large quantity of expired commodities worth around Rs 38,120 which were seized during a surprise check carried out in the main market areas of the town.

House pays tributes to departed members

The third session of 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly began on Wednesday with members present giving obituary references in connection with the demise of four veteran politicians and members of the House, namely, Rishang Keishing, Khundongbam Jugeshwor Singh, Salam Damudor Singh and Th Krishna Singh, followed by a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Passenger bus service along NH 37 resumes after 11 years

After a long hiatus of 11 years, passenger bus service along the Imphal-Jiri road (NH 37) resumed from Wednesday with improvement in the condition of the highway lately.

Bomb attack at postal assistant’s house decried

People of Keikhu Muslim Makha Leikai on Wednesday protested the act of exploding a bomb at the house of postal assistant Md Abdul Qudus (41), son of late Samsuruddin. The bomb attack on Tuesday afternoon was carried out in the form of planting the explosive device inside cement bags and delivering the same through a labourer.

Lifer, RI for three rape convicts

Additional Sessions Judge of Fast Track Court (FTC), Crime Against Women, A Noutuneshwari Devi on Wednesday sentenced the prime accused in the January 22, 2014 Leihaopokpi hillock gang rape case to life imprisonment and two other co-accused to 20 years rigorous imprisonment with fines.

Revised DIH scheme snubs suicide, alcoholic

The state government has revised the die-in-harness (DIH) scheme recently and the same would not be covering death caused by suicide or excessive drinking or natural death.

CM vows development of border areas at Behiang

Vowing to accord top priority for infrastructure development in all parts of the state with special emphasis to border pockets in the hill districts, chief minister N Biren announced that the Churachandpur-Behiang road via Singhat will be developed as the second corridor of Manipur to south-east Asian countries vis-à-vis implementation of the Act East Policy.

CSO delegates meet Arvind Kejriwal

The joint team of Manipuri CSOs led by AMUCO president Ph Deban, UCM president Elangbam Johnson and CCSK vice-president Jeetendra Ningomba Tuesday met Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal over the Framework Agreement signed between Centre and NSCN-IM.

Regular traffic jam giving TCP tough time

With more than 3 lakh vehicles registered till March this year in the state, traffic control police (TCP) are having a tough time in trying to manage the ever increasing volume of traffic in Manipur even as traffic jams are becoming daily scene, with exception to Sundays and holidays, on major roads and junctions of the state, especially in Imphal area.

BJP retains Gujarat, topples Congress in HP

The BJP on Monday just managed to hold on to power in Gujarat, edging past the half-way mark to clinch a sixth term in government, but wrested Himachal Pradesh from Congress with a comfortable majority.

Police recover guns from Haraothel village

A day after the violent clash between villagers of Senjam Chirang and Senjam Khunou and Haraothel, that left at least seven villagers injured on either side including one hit by bullet, police carried out search operation on Sunday.

NDA Govt synonymous with unrest: Gaikhangam

Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam Sunday said that NDA government has become synonymous with social unrest in Manipur with its anti-people policies when it comes to Naga peace talks.

WAD hands Best Reporter award to TPC’s Bigyan

Women’s Action for Development (WAD) presented its award for ‘Best reporting on crime against women from gender perspective’ to The People’s Chronicle’s staff reporter Sagolsem Bigyan on Sunday.

CM blames past regimes for social discord

Holding the last government accountable for various issues besieging the people of Manipur at present, including administrative deficiency in some parts of the state, chief minister N Biren Saturday called upon all concerned to exercise restraint for bringing peace and development.

Seven hurt in clash over piggery unit at Haraothel

At least seven people were injured when villagers of Senjam Chirang, Senjam Khunou and Haraothel lying in the intersection of Imphal West and Kangpokpi districts clashed over land dispute.

9th & 10th Manipur Film Awards presented

The 9th and 10th Manipur State Film Awards (MFSA) distribution ceremony organised by Manipur State Film Development Society was held at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society on Saturday with chief minister N Biren as the chief guest.

PM Modi announces Rs 90K cr for NE road, rail projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday committed an investment of Rs 90,000 crore in the next two to three years to build a network of highways and roads in the north-eastern region.

Fresh survey soon to identify genuine BPL: CM

Informing that the government is planning to introduce a new healthcare scheme ‘Hakshelgi Tengbang’ (Manipur Health Protection Scheme) on January 1, 2018, chief minister N Biren has conveyed that a fresh ground survey would be conducted soon to identify genuine BPL families for the scheme.

AMSU threatens to intensify agitation over TRI dispute

Police arrested 17 student protesters including the president of All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) after large number of students under the aegis of AMSU tried to storm the chief minister’s bungalow on Friday afternoon demanding appointment order for the MPSC selected deputy director of Tribal Research Institute (TRI).

TPC's Bigyan wins WAD award

Women Action for Development (WAD) has selected staff reporter of The People’s Chronicle Sagolsem Bigyan for its Best Reporter Award 2017 news related with ‘Crime Against Women from gender perspective’.

Minister calls for sincere execution of welfare schemes

Noting that effective publicity of government schemes and allied programmes is needed in the development and progress of the state, Health Minister L Jayantakumar has stated that media plays a big role in educating the people about the flagship programmes and schemes of the government, thus ensuring their successful implementation.

CNPO decries Cdo deployment, calls bandh

Chandel Naga People's Organisation (CNPO) has announced that it will impose a ‘total bandh’ along Pallel-Chandel and Pallel-Moreh roads from December 15 midnight to protest failure of the government of Manipur to pull out police commandos from Chandel district.

CM Biren's effigy torched over TRI tangle

Decrying alleged inability of the BJP-led coalition government to do the right thing with regard to appointment of deputy director of Tribal Research Institute, volunteers of All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) Thursday burnt effigy of chief minister N Biren.

Congress never remained silent, says Ibobi

Reacting to chief minister N Biren’s remark over the alleged silence of the previous government on Framework Agreement, former chief minister O Ibobi Singh claimed that the Congress party never remained silent but demanded details of the agreement ever since it was signed.

BDS internees protest stipend deduction

The Second batch BDS internees of RIMS Dental College staged sit-in protest in front of the college gate here on Thursday to demand payment of commensurate monthly stipend.

Ukhrul rallies for early solution to Naga issue

More than 1000 residents of Ukhrul township on Wednesday staged a human chain rally on the main thoroughfare to urge the Central government for early settlement of the vexed Indo-Naga political issue, while simultaneously registering their support for the Framework Agreement signed between NSCN (IM) and Government of India in August, 2015 to pave way for settlement of the issue.

Shyamkumar vows legal action if graft allegations proven

Expressing concern over the report of government officials taking bribe from the beneficiaries of Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), horticulture and soil conservation minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar has assured that stern legal actions would be initiated against the officials if the allegation is proven or else the complainants would be charged.

Heroin worth Rs 3.5 lakh recovered, one held

A team of Imphal East district police recovered Rs 3.5 lakh worth of heroin powder from near Tribal Market at New Checkon and arrested a drug peddler on Wednesday.

CM seeks public support for new Manipur

Chief minister N Biren has stated that no power or force in the world can disintegrate Manipur if the people stand united with one voice.

Gold biscuits worth Rs 1.72 cr seized, two held

A team of Tengnoupal district police led by its SP Dr S Ibomcha has been able to recover around Rs 1.74 crore worth gold biscuits which were found hidden in a passenger van coming from Moreh towards Imphal along Imphal-Moreh road on Monday.

Forget and forgive past mistakes: CM Biren

Calling for a united Manipur and India, chief minister N Biren has urged the people of the state belonging to different communities to forget and forgive the past mistakes and put in collective effort towards upholding the integrity and unity of the nation and the state.

‘Unlike BJP, Congress never kept accords in secret’

Asserting that Congress was never secretive on details of any accords or agreements signed during its rule in the Centre, former chief minister Okram Ibobi demanded the Narendra Modi government to disclose contents of the Framework Agreement his (Modi) government signed with NSCN-IM to the public.

Protest held against stoppage of Hill House Tax

A peaceful sit-in-protest was staged Monday at Jakuradhor by various civil society organisations in protest against stoppage of payment of Hill House Tax and issuance of an order for revenue survey in Jiribam district.

Cong stages protest amid obstruction, threat

Manipur Pradesh Congress Party was forced to shift the venue of its protest meet in pursuance of the demand for disclosure of contents of the Framework Agreement from Laipham Khunou Soibam ground in Heingang assembly constituency to the residence of MPCC member P Saratchandra at Heingang Mayai Leikai after a group of people reportedly restricted the party from organising the protest meet there.

Committees to be constituted to address ILPS issue: CM

Chief minister N Biren Sunday informed that a consultative committee comprising representatives of all communities of the state and a drafting committee would be constituted soon to address the ILPS issue.

Lup reminds BJP on poll promise, dares CM to lift AFSPA

Recalling that BJP had promised to repeal Armed Forces Special Powers’ Act (AFSPA) from Manipur if it comes to power in its manifesto of the last state assembly elections, Working Committee of the Apunba Lup has urged the saffron party to keep its promise.

FVDC suspends stir

Following assurance given by the district administration of Chandel to release the pending relief funds, Flood Victims Demand Committee Chandel (FVDC) has suspended all forms of agitation.

Financial empowerment to ADCs on the card

While reiterating the government’s commitment for uniform development in the state, chief minister N Biren has said that Rs 164 crore would be distributed equally to the six autonomous district councils (ADCs) for implementing development works in the hills.

CM commits to developing playgrounds in every village

Chief Minister N Biren assured to construct a sports complex for Zeliangrong community and develop THAU ground with better infrastructure.

Problems, prospects of Tamenglong analysed

As a part of the 14th State Level Orange Festival-2017 which is being held at Lower Ground of Tamenglong district headquarters, a seminar on the topic ‘Developmental Projects and Inputs in Tamenglong District: Problems, Prospect & Potential and its Impact’, was held on Saturday at the Indoor Stadium.

Territorial integrity of NE states won’t be hit by Naga pact: Rajnath

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the territorial integrity of the north-eastern states will not be compromised while concluding the final agreement on Naga insurgency issue.

Serve CMST beneficiaries or face action: CM

Expressing his disappointment over news of mistreatment of selected beneficiaries of 'Chief Ministergi Shotharabasingi Tengbang’(CMST) by some officials, chief minister N Biren Singh has announced that the state government will initiate legal action against any official who delays more than 24 hours in delivering the monetary aid to the beneficiaries of the scheme.

Complaints galore as KPI, JBM celebrate districthood

The first joint anniversary celebration of the declaration of Kangpokpi and Jiribam as full-fledged districts was held Friday at Manipur Press Club here.

Governor tells NITians: Set goal to succeed in life

Stressing the need for setting specific goal in life and to vigorously pursue the same, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has exhorted the students to strive for excelling in academics as well as contribute towards the nation building process.

Focus on NE as India, Japan ink Act East Forum

In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting.

Minister Nemcha gives wake up call to SW officials

Social welfare and cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen Wednesday paid a surprise visit at the head office of directorate of social welfare.

Gaidon vows to uphold Nagas’ aspiration

While asserting that there is no question of retreating from the struggle for upholding rights of the Naga people, United Naga Council (UNC) president Gaidon Kamei has sought continuous cooperation and support of the Naga organisations and public towards bringing a logical conclusion to the campaign.

Minister exhorts youth to promote integrity

Youth affairs and sports minister Letpao Haokip has called upon the youth to promote integrity of the state and the nation as they are going to become guardians of the future society.

CM Biren plays Act East Policy card in Nagaland

Along with creating a history of sort by becoming the first chief minister of Manipur to attend the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, chief minister N Biren has stressed the need for joint endeavour between the two neighbouring states to reap the fruit of Act East Policy.

Scribes protest threat, petition Governor

Denouncing high-handedness and alleged threat to union president by some leaders of BJP Manipur Pradesh, members of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) staged sit-in-protest Tuesday in front of Keishampat electricity office.

Bandhs, blockades delaying development, claims Biswajit

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (RD&PR) Minister Thongam Biwsajit on Tueaday has called upon the people to give up the habit of imposing bandhs and blockades as such activities cause more hardships to the people especially the poor and daily wage earners.

World Soil Day: Farmers urged to increase productivity

As observed around the globe, World Soil Day was observed in the state at different venues on Tuesday by different institutions.

Govt assures decision on ILPS bill by Dec 8: JCILPS

Subsequent to the submission of a memorandum to the government by JCILPS demanding a bill to protect the indigenous people of Manipur, chief minister N Biren has given his assurance to the JCILPS for declaring the decision of the government on the issue by December 8.

Delhi delay on UNESCO tag to Sankirtana peeves Guv

Voicing resentment over the inordinate delay in giving official recognition to Manipuri Sankirtana, years after it has been included in the Representative List of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has pledged to pursue the matter with the authorities concerned.

Scribes to counter BJP threat with sit-in protest today

Reacting against the ‘life threatening’ statement made by BJP Manipur Pradesh spokesperson RK Shivachandra to All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) president Wangkhemcha Shamjai, the union has decided to stage a sit-in-protest at Keishampat junction on Tuesday.

Nemcha condemns acid attack, pledges to punish attacker

Social welfare and cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen condemned the recent acid attack in the strongest term and assured that the culprit will be given befitting punishment.

Insane comments enough to break up Manipur: CM

Apparently reacting to disparaging comments of the Congress leaders against the BJP-led governments in the state and at the Centre over non-disclosure of the framework agreement signed with the NSCN-IM and its potential threat posed to the territorial integrity of Manipur, chief minister N Biren remarked that it is very easy to break the state into pieces with few words or agitation but more difficult to integrate and unite the people.

IPR minister tutors media on fair reporting

Information and public relations (IPR) minister Thongam Biswajit Singh has exclaimed that the credibility of a media house lies in the accuracy and balance of its reports. A media house losses its credibility if its reports are imbalanced and inaccurate.

Ex-gratia given to families of landslide victims

Tribal affairs and hill minister N Kayisii and DC (Senapati) Athem Muivah along with officials and public leaders visited Tamphung village in Senapati district and distributed ex-gratia and monetary assistance to families of landslide victims on Saturday.

‘Government determined to strengthen PRI in state’

The annual Panchayat Summit for the year 2017 was held under the aegis of Manipur State Panchayat Parishad (MSPP) at Porompat Panchayat Bhawan on Sunday with RD&PR minister Thongam Biswajit as chief guest.

Meet vows unity to safeguard state's territory

Exerting pressure upon the Central government leaders for maintaining status quo of the state’s territorial boundary and collectively carry out extensive campaigns to oppose all moves by the Centre to redraw the map of Manipur were among the resolutions adopted at a discussion session attended by leaders of civil society organisations and political organisations.

Gaikhangam likens CM rhetoric to IM agenda

Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam Saturday slammed chief minister Biren, alleging that latter has been replicating the propaganda of NSCN-IM by claiming attention deficit towards hills by the previous Congress government.

Cong demands clarification over NPF leader’s statement

Referring to statement by a leader of Naga People’s Front (NPF), who equated the party’s four MLAs to four wheels of a vehicle in the BJP government, Congress party has demanded that other allies of the BJP-led government clarify their stand over the matter.

Sky conducts first double renal angioplasty

For the first time in Manipur, double renal angioplasty case was successfully conducted at SKY Hospital & Research Centre on November 14, 2017.

Gaikhangam unfazed by boycott call of UNC

Recalling the assurance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ‘dramatic’ lifting of UNC’s economic blockade after the BJP came into power in the state, former chief minister Okram Ibobi has accused BJP of using UNC.

CM Biren elated as HIV/AIDS infection rate in state dips

Expressing satisfaction on collective efforts of the government, NGOs, doctors and public fructifying in checking further spread of HIV/AIDS in the state, chief minister N Biren called upon all sections of the society to continue working for achieving the goal of complete eradication of the pandemic disease.

‘Govt trying to develop healthcare tourism’

The state government is planning to open up frontiers in healthcare sector to attract people from beyond the borders, Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh has said.

Disturbed Area status extended for one year

6Cabinet approves transfer & posting policy; winter session from Dec 20

Along with approving a new Transfer and Posting Policy for government servants, the state cabinet has decided to recommend to the Governor of Manipur for summoning the third session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly as the winter session from December 20, 2017. The cabinet also approved extension of Disturbed Area status in Manipur excluding Imphal municipal area for a period of one year with effect from December 1, 2017.

UNC bars Gaikhangam in Naga areas

United Naga Council (UNC) on Thursday announced to boycott Congress party leader Gaikhangam who is also former deputy chief minister in “Naga areas” with immediate effect.

Cultural extravaganza marks Sangai Festival closing event

The Manipur Sangai Festival 2017 came to an end on Thursday with the closing ceremony held at Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT) with Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla and chief minister N Biren as chief guest and president respectively.

Prez, PM lead in hailing weightlifter Mirabai Chanu

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, chief Minister N Biren, YAS minister Letpao Haokip and IPR minister Thongam Biswajit, among others, have congratulated Saikhom Mirabai Chanu on winning gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, United States.

Leadership summit begins

The first ever Tangkhul Leadership Summit opened on Thursday with active participation of leaders from across the social spectrum of the district at Town Hall, Ukhrul district headquarters here.

CM: Onus on Meeteis to bridge trust deficit

Giving a clarion call to all sections of the society to uphold the universally accepted way of settling any dispute on the negotiating table, chief minister N Biren has unequivocally stated that the majority Meetei people should take the main role in strengthening the age-old fraternal bond.

RD & PR office stormed to demand offer forms

Demanding immediate issuance of offer forms, members of All Manipur VLW/LDC Selected Candidates 2016 (RD and PR) stormed the office of Directorate of Rural Department and Panchayati Raj (RD&PR) which is located within the complex of Imphal East DC at Porompat on Wednesday.

High Court bans quarry works along NHs

A Division Bench of High Court of Manipur comprising Acting Chief Justice N Kotiswar Singh and Justice Kh Nobin Singh on Wednesday decreed for immediate stoppage of all quarrying activities at the foothills and along the flanks of national highways in Manipur sector.

Cong rejected many provisions of Naga talks: Ibobi

Reiterating the party’s stand on the integrity of Manipur, former chief minister and leader of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Okram Ibobi said that his government rejected several provisions of the Indo-Naga peace agreement, which might affect the interest and integrity of the state.

India-Myanmar scribes vow to aid Act East Policy

Among a slew of recommendations adopted at the end of the two-day Inter Regional Media Interaction Programme between Myanmar and India, delegates present agreed to work for the materialisation of India’s Act East Policy.

Union minister pats state for exemplary power reforms

Even as Union Minister of state for Power and New & Renewable Energy RK Singh applauded concerted efforts of the Government of Manipur towards realising the goal of ‘power to all’, chief minister N Biren has pledged to galvanise all available resource to ensure every household in the state receives uninterrupted electricity supply.

WY tablets worth Rs15 lakh seized

During frisking and checking conducted to prevent untoward incidents during the ongoing Sangai Festival, a team of Imphal East district police arrested a man with WY tablets worth nearly Rs 15 lakh on Monday.

CM commits to Imphal-Mandalay bus service

In what could be described as a fresh impetus towards improving bilateral relationships between Manipur and Myanmar, the Union government has reportedly enquired about preparedness of the Government of Manipur with regard to operationalizing regional passenger bus service between Imphal and Mandalay in Myanmar.

‘Transparency hallmark of accords Cong signed’

During its rule, Congress party always maintained utmost transparency while signing any accords including Mizoram, Punjab and Assam accords but the present BJP government led by Narendra Modi continues to conceal details of the Framework Agreement signed with NSCN (IM) more than two years back.

NH-2 blocked over ‘traceless’ rape accused

National Highway-2, also known as Imphal-Dimapur Road, was blocked for several hours on Monday near Kanglatongbi area, as protesters demanded immediate arrest of one Kh Kashinba, who has gone into hiding after allegedly raping and attempt to murder a school girl.

Narendra Modi’s VIP to EPI slogan changes into VVIP in state

Even though Prime Minister Narendra Modi has literally abolished the VIP culture in the country with his ‘Every Person is Important’ (EPI) slogan, the initiative has brought about an opposite impact in the state with every possible vehicle of different shapes and sizes with VIP and VVIP stickers seen driving around in Imphal city lately.

Naga solution gun misfires again, CM ‘misquoted’

Solution to the Naga political issue as a gift for the Nagas first found voice in December 2009 when the then Home Minister of Nagaland, Imkong L Imchen, aired optimism that the “Naga Political issue should also come to a logical conclusion as a New Year gift to the Naga people”. The gift basket was though empty in Year 2010.

Cong sustains campaign on state's territorial integrity

Even though the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) has no immediate threat to the territorial integrity of Manipur as of now, the agreement should never be endorsed if it contains any clause that is detrimental to interest of Manipur, said former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh.

Don't play politics at the cost of human lives: CM Biren

Politicians should refrain from playing politics at the cost of human lives because human life is precious, chief minister N Biren Singh said.

Minister leads campaign to conserve fuel

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Karam Shyam announced that he will ride bicycle from his official residence to his Old Secretariat office for work every Thursday.

Will newly-laid town road be Christmas gift for Ukhrulites?

Will a newly-laid road in Ukhrul town that everyone is anticipating right now, be a Christmas gift for Ukhrulites or will the joy associated with it, be only short-lived? Either will definitely happen, of course.

CM, DyCM bat for stronger ties with SEA nations

Chief minister N Biren and deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar stressed the need for cementing relationships between Manipur and south-east countries like Myanmar and Thailand to realise the comnon goal of economic prosperity.

Groom among 7 killed in accidents at Thoubal, Tamenglong

A groom returning from ‘Mangani Chakkouba’ was among seven people killed in two separate road mishaps occurred Saturday at different places of the state.

BJP Govt is torturing its citizens: Gautam Das

The 18th Manipur State conference of CPI (M) Manipur State Committee, which will go on for two days, was kicked off by Central Committee Member of CPI(M) Gautam Das at community multipurpose hall, Kakhulong here by hoisting the party flag on Saturday.

Centre to speed up highway projects in NE

Continuing its initiative of reducing projects with the overburdened Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and the resultant delays and cost over-runs, the government is transferring over 2,000 km of upcoming highway projects to the fledgling, state-owned National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL), according to informed sources.

Himalayan Black Bear killed in Machi block

Even though the government has enacted various legislations to safeguard wildlife, yet poaching or killing of various wild animals and birds by the people due to lack of knowledge or compassion is happening frequently in the state with the latest incident being the killing of a Himalayan Black Bear at Kangoi Khullen in Machi block under Tengnoupal district on Friday.

Littering of market place infuriates MAHUD minister

To ascertain whether the shopkeepers have heeded to the state government's appeal for keeping Imphal City neat and clean, Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) and Town Planning Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar conducted a surprise inspection at various market areas of the city on Friday.

NERCORMP UKL-II ends with message of hope for farmers

"Don't lose hope; stay focused on your efforts for better opportunities." This was the message that NERCORMP Ukhrul managed to ring out loud for the district's growing farming populace as it bade farewell to the 11th NERCORMP exhibition cum sales which ended with a total turnover of Rs 28 lakh marking the successful culmination of the second phase of its project in the district.

MP dubs Cong campaign drama to create panic

Despite the repeated assurances to uphold the interest and integrity of Manipur by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several central leaders, Congress party is creating panic among the people of the state by organising a series of conference on the Framework Agreement signed between Government of India and NSCN-IM, said Rajya Sabha MP and BJP Manipur Pradesh president Ksh Bhabananda.

Myanmar official hails Act East Policy

With the women football team from Myanmar reaching the state by road on Thursday for an exhibition football match to be played with Manipur women team, Myanmar’s ministry of health and sports principle director Yu Myo Myint Aung has expressed hope that the long search for friendly ties between Myanmar and Manipur will soon become a reality.

Minister warns of punitive action as oil tankers cease service

Terming the cease work strike of All Manipur Petroleum Products Transporters’ Association as unreasonable, CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam on Thursday asked the agitating transporters to withdraw their stir or else face legal actions.

NEDS gets 'harbinger of good times' tag, 39 MoUs signed

As many as 39 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed between the government of Manipur and different firms/investors on healthcare, infrastructure, skill development and agricultural areas during the second and last day of the first North East Development Summit (NEDS) which concluded Wednesday at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound here on a positive note.

President Kovind offers tribute to INA martyrs

“I offer my humble tribute to the brave soldiers of the Indian National Army who made the supreme sacrifices to liberate Mother India under exemplary leadership of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. This monument reminds us of the valour of the INA and makes us commit ourselves to the service of the Nation.”

MPCC submits memo to President on Framework Agreement

Taking advantage of President Ram Natha Kovind’s visit to the state, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) submitted a memorandum to the President urging him to disclose contents of the Framework Agreement signed between NSCN (IM) and Government of India to the people of Manipur.

Woman vents angst over flight delay at Imphal airport

Hours after a video emerged, showing a woman arguing with Union minister KJ Alphons after her flight was delayed, the minister on Wednesday clarified that he was not responsible for the delay.

Prosperity is natural destiny of northeast: President

Acknowledging the need for collective and overall development of the north-eastern states to realise its full developmental potential, President of India Ram Nath Kovind has assured concerted initiatives by the Union government to accelerate the region’s progress.

Construction of Ukhrul women's market in full swing

The 26-hr Manipur generl strike called by Coordination Committee, a conglomerate of seven proscribed armed groups, in connection with the visit of India’s President Ram Nath Kovind in Manipur, affected and crippled normal life in the state to a large extent.

Cultural razzmatazz marks 10-day Manipur Sangai Festival kick-off

President of India Ram Nath Kovind Tuesday inaugurated Manipur Sangai Festival-2017 amid a variety of cultural performances at Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT) here.

Construction of Ukhrul women's market in full swing

Despite much dubiety, construction work of the new women's market complex at Ukhrul district headquarters is going on in a full-fledged manner to meet the December deadline.

‘Efforts to bridge trust deficit reaping fruit’

CM inaugurates museum, rolls out eco-friendly vehicles

Stating that there is no point in continuing to react to every criticism of those plotting to derail the objective of transparent and good governance, chief minister N Biren has claimed that the new government has been successful in its endeavour to bridge the trust deficit, which existed in the past.

Chaos at CM's gate as AMSU protest TRI job denial

A large number of students and AMSU volunteers led by its president Manjit Sarangthem and vice president Laishram Peter stormed the Chief Minister’s Bungalow demanding appointment order of Ngasepam Pikeshwor Singh, who has been recruited by MPSC as deputy director of Tribal Research Institute (TRI) on Monday.

Inmates seek job-oriented training

A team of journalists took first-hand account of conditions of inmates at Sajiwa jail and Manipur Central jail apart from assessing present conditions of both the jails on Monday.

Peace pre-requisite to attract tourists: CM

People would face no difficulty in earning their livelihood if tourism flourishes in Manipur and hence the state needs to project itself to the world as a peaceful place in order to attract large number of domestic and foreign tourists.

First NEDS begins today

With the state government all set to host the first ever North East Development Summit (NEDS) 2017 at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound here on November 21 and 22, chief minister N Biren has informed that around 20 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) will be signed between the state government and national and international companies/investors in the areas of constructions and other skill development works.

Ex-CM exhorts Cong workers to promote unity

Reflecting on the resolute stand and ultimate sacrifice made by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to uphold national integrity, former chief minister O Ibobi has called upon Congress workers to strive for defeating all forces inimical to the society.

Meet seeks constitution rejig to protect state

Among a slew of resolutions adopted in a public meet convened on Saturday at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound in the aftermath of threat posed to the territorial integrity of Manipur vis-à-vis Naga peace talks, it has been unanimously decided to propose for mandatory inclusion of a clause on ‘state ratification’ in case the Parliament intends to invoke Article 3 in Manipur.

Cong told to act sanely, back good governance

Reiterating that the BJP led government in the state is committed to safeguard the territorial integrity of Manipur, MAHUD minister Th Shyamkumar Saturday cautioned Congress party against counteracting every policy and programme of the government without having a second thought.

'Campaign for indigenes' affects normal life

Normal life in the state was paralysed during the dawn to dusk ‘suspension of services’ campaign launched by Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM) on Saturday.

Chandel rallies against bomb blast, submits memo to PM

Chandel based Anal civil society organisations on Saturday took out a protest rally against the act of exploding bomb at Mahamani village near Chandel district headquarters on November 13 in which two Assam Rifles soldiers were killed and six others injured.

Draft memo on Naga issue complete

Drafting of a memorandum to be submitted to the Government of India with regard to imminent resolution of the ongoing peace talk with NSCN(IM) was completed during the third and last meeting of the Memorandum Drafting Sub Committee of All Political Parties held on Friday at the office of deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar at Manipur Secretariat (North Block) here.

CM urges CorCom to drop President boycott call

Chief Minister N Biren urged the Coordinating Committee (CorCom), a conglomerate of different armed outfits, to withdraw it proposed general strike on November 21, which has been called to boycott the visit of President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

Now, NSA, SAI under High Court scanner

A legal team comprising judges and officials of High Court of Manipur led by Acting Chief Justice N Kotiswar Singh and Justice K Nobin Singh will conduct spot enquiries at National Sports Academy (NSA), Khuman Lampak and Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex, Takyelpat on Saturday to ascertain reports about mismanagement of the said sports institutions.

Litterers cautioned as smart city project gets fund boost

Along with announcing that the Central government has released an amount of Rs 106 for the Smart City Mission, Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) and Town Planning minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar has sought the cooperation of all sections of the society in promoting cleanliness of the state capital and other towns.

Govt packages dubbed misleading, unrealistic

Former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Thursday accused the BJP-led coalition government in the state of misleading the people with its unrealistic packages and showing works executed by Congress as its achievement.

Biswajit hard sells state at NE business summit

Attending the 12th North East Business Summit held on the theme “Transforming North East: The Engine for India’s Growth” at The Lalit, New Delhi on Thursday, Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh has invited investors from across the country to visit and invest in Manipur.

CM takes stock of Sangai Fest preparation

Preparations are in full swing for the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival 2017 which will be held at different venues including Hapta Kangjeibung, Lamboi Khongnangkhong, Keibul Lamjao, etc.

Guv moots compulsory NCC training in schools

Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla distributed certificates of honour to 17 Manipur State Bharat Scouts & Guides cadets belonging to different districts including Tamenglong, Ukhrul, Senapati and Imphal West on the occasion of 9th Governor Rally Rajya Puraskar Distribution Ceremony held at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan here Thursday.

Freedom of media must for development: Shyam

Eight journalists in different categories were presented Manipur State Journalist Award-2017 on the occasion of National Press Day at the Banquet Hall of 1st Manipur Rifles here Thursday.

AR jawan, UG killed in Cdl gun-fight

Two days after the fatal bomb attack near Chandel district headquarters in which two AR soldiers were killed and six others injured, a fierce encounter reportedly took place between troops of 4 Assam Regiment and underground cadres in Sajik Tampak area of Chandel district on Wednesday.

Tamenglong gets Rs 325 cr package

Promising to take up various schemes in Tamenglong district during this fiscal year, chief minister N Biren announced a development package worth Rs 325 crore for the district on Wednesday.

Act East Policy will leverage Manipur’s development: Dr Heptulla

Youth of Manipur need to be fully prepared to reap the benefits of Act East Policy, which the Central and the state governments have been vigorously pursuing to realise the goal for bringing development in the north-east region, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has stated.

BJP Govt forcibly formed to implement GoI-IM deal: Gaikhangam

Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam has contended that the BJP-led coalition government was intentionally and forcibly installed in the state with the motive to prevent any obstacles on the path to implement the framework agreement signed between NSCN-IM and government of India.

‘Chicken cutting clip’ of girl goes viral with over 2 lakh views

Holding a knife in her hands, she chops chicken into pieces and sells them to the customers who are lining up in front of her meat shop since early morning. Yes, she sells meat for a living at the tender age of 22.

Cong gave reason for Naga integration: Biren

Dubbing the campaign of Congress over the Framework Agreement as a political ploy and calling upon the rival political party to stop such politics, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Tuesday claimed that Congress party gave hope to Naga integration by signing an agreement with United Naga Integration Council (UNIC).

CM leads in bidding adieu to martyred AR jawans

The state paid its last respect to the two Assam Rifles jawans who were killed in the bomb blast at Chandel district headquarters on Monday.

Calls for proper guidance, care mark Children’s Day

Assurances for government initiative to ensure wellbeing of the children, strong objections against involving students in non-academic issues and presentation of gifts marked the celebration of Children’s Day at different places on Tuesday.

Poknapham duo listed for state journalist award

Along with presenting Manipur State Journalists’ Award, 2017 to eight selected journalists of the state in different categories and organising a workshop, Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), would be observing National Press Day 2017 on November 16 at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Banquet Hall here.

Ayush hospital coming up at Moulvaiphei

Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar Singh laid the foundation stone for the construction of a 50-bedded Integrated AYUSH Hospital at Moulvaiphei in Churachandpur district on Tuesday morning.

2 AR men killed, 6 hurt in Chandel IED blast

At least two riflemen of 18 Assam Rifles were killed and six others injured when an IED exploded Monday at Mahamani village under Chandel police station in Chandel district.

ITI students rally, demand competent principal

Exerting pressure on the government for appointing a more competent principal and redressing the various shortcomings in Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Takyel, students of the institute took out a rally till the Education Minister's bungalow on Monday.

HC committee begins probe into RIMS graft slur

The three-member committee constituted by the High Court of Manipur has launched an investigation to establish veracity on the allegations levelled by a post-graduate medical student that RIMS administrators are corrupted and that the hospital has failed to live up to the public’s expectation.

Will worship BJP if it protects Manipur: Ibobi

Expressing his happiness on seeing the new BJP government enjoying love and popularity in the hill districts; former chief minister and MLA (Thoubal) Okram Ibobi said that if detractors of Congress party believe that territorial integrity of the state can be protected by working together with BJP, he is ready to worship and wash their feet daily with warm water.

Guv welcomes AR tri-nation expedition team

Governor Dr Najma Heptulla accorded warm welcome to members of the Assam Rifles tri-nation motorcycle expedition team at Raj Bhavan on Sunday.

Municipality status for Lilong, Andro assured

MAHUD minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar on Sunday assured that Lilong Nagar Panchayat, Imphal West and Andro Nagar Panchayat, Imphal East will soon be upgraded to the status of municipality.

Mosaic of flowers, music mark first flower festival

Amidst a kaleidoscopic display of myriad flowers, music and distribution of prizes to winners, the first ever Flower Festival on Sunday drew to a colorful close at Thahao Ground, Assam Rifles Town Post here in Ukhrul district headquarters.

Centre will regret if Manipur balkanised: CSOs

Along with convening a public meeting on November 18 to deliberate on the evolving situation subsequent to signing of the framework agreement between the Central government and the NSCN-IM, civil society organisations such as UCM, AMUCO and CSSK have asserted that the Centre will certainly regret in case the Naga peace process leads to distortion of Manipur’s history.

IMI team reaches border villages via Myanmar

With no option left to enter several border villages in Tengnoupal district, a medical team of Moreh PHC had to sneak through the villages of Myanmar to carry out vaccination campaign under the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI).

Plastic drive yields banned tobacco items

Banned tobacco products such as Zarda and Khaini estimated to worth lakhs of rupees were seized from a warehouse in MG Avenue area on the second day of the joint drive conducted by volunteers of Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) and officials of Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to check use of sub-standard polythene carry bags.

Edu min inspects Senapati school

Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam Singh on Saturday inspected Senapati Aided Junior High School located at Tusii Nganii Khumai Senapati Village (TNK Senapati village).

CM bats for cementing Manipur-Myanmar relations

Chief Minister N Biren Singh has announced that Government of Manipur is planning to construct guest houses for Buddhist pilgrims from Myanmar as well as tourists and patients coming to the state.

Govt targets more audiences; free shuttle, WiFi on menu

As hectic preparations are underway for the upcoming annual Manipur Sangai Festival, the state government is targeting to attract twice the number of visitors this year as compared to last year’s edition. Moreover, free shuttle service fitted with GPS trackers to and fro from the four main venues and free WiFi service in the main venue would be provided.

Minister Letpao calls for promoting organic farming

Highlighting that continuous consumption of food crops grown with application of chemical fertilizers is creating serious health issues, water resource development (WRD) minister Letpao Haokip has called upon the state farmers to adopt organic farming.

Ukhrul cabbies remind CM on promise unkept

Finally, rains are gone and dry days are back here. But, the plights of hapless residents of the whole Ukhrul township are here to stay as far as the deplorable state of the road is concerned. On the contrary, it is 'old worries out and new ones in' for them.

Regional conference on JJ Act, POCSO Act underway

A two-day regional conference on Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has begun from Friday at Hotel Imphal’s Sangai hall here. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and state social welfare department are jointly organising the conference.

CSOs call NH shutdown over 'powerless' DC, SP

Subsequent to the deadline served to the state government for empowerment of Kangpokpi district’s deputy commissioner (DC) and superintendent of police (SP) lapsing on Wednesday without any positive response, Kuki Inpi, Kangpokpi and civil society organisations have decided to go ahead with the 36 hours total shutdown of both the National Highways in Manipur sector from 6 am of November 15.

ITI students go on rampage, torch cars, furniture

Irate students of Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Takyel damaged properties of the institute and set ablaze some furniture and two old cars kept for practical class of Motor Mechanic course.

AMUCO presses alarm bell on GoI-IM threat to territory

Expressing apprehension that resolution to the peace-talk between NSCN (IM) and Government of India, which is said to be entering its final phase, is very much likely to pose threat to the territorial integrity of Manipur, All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO) president Ph Deban has appealed to the people, clubs, Meira Paibi, intellectuals and political parties to be vigilant for saving Manipur.

Robot maker Cl XI student rewarded

Thiyam Nandalal, a class XI student of Johnstone Higher Secondary School, got commendation and cash assistance of Rs 10,000 from education (S) director Th Kirankumar for making a robot.

IBSD signs historic VITO deal

A historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed Thursday between the Manipur-based Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) which is under Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India and the Belgium-based Vision on Technology (Vito) for collaboration in the field of climate change, environment, water management, biotechnology, bamboo refinery, bioresources management etc.

Govt, opposition spar over demonetisation policy, GST

Demonetisation, GST benefited the country: Biren

Chief Minister N Biren Singh has maintained that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bold step of invalidating circulation of high denomination notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 was welcomed by the people of the country though it affected a lot to wealthy people who don’t pay taxes. Moreover, demonetisation and implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) benefited various sectors of the country.

CM regrets reclusive attitude of NIT authorities, assures help

Maintaining that the sense of insecurity gripping non-local students of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Lamphelpat could have been lessened to some extent had the NIT authorities conveyed any shortcomings to the state government, chief minister N Biren Singh has assured the NIT students to extend all possible assistance in addressing their grievances.

IED found planted, hoax bomb triggers panic

An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found planted at Nagaram in Imphal East while a hoax bomb triggered panic at Moirangkhom in Imphal West district Wednesday.

Minister cautions rogue teachers, exhorts students

Asking teachers to uphold sanctity of their noble profession and dispense their duty diligently, education minister Thokchom Radheshyam Singh said that it would be wishful thinking to live under the impression that the new government will be lenient towards recalcitrant teachers.

MLAs tasked to oversee Sangai festival prep

Charging the Narendra Modi led NDA government at the centre with not only creating problems to the people of the country but also taking the lives of many by announcing demonetisation policy which literally destroys the economy of the country, opposition parties of the state have cleared the decks for observing Black Day by organising a mass rally through Imphal areas on November 8.

CM vows to protect rare Manipuri pony

Reaffirming state government’s determination and efforts to preserve and protect the endangered ‘Manipuri Pony’ breed, chief minister N Biren chaired the first meeting of Manipuri Pony Development Board held at the CM's secretariat on Tuesday.

MLAs tasked to oversee Sangai festival prep

Preparations for smooth conduct of this year’s Manipur Sangai Festival have started to gather pace with six MLAs entrusted to oversee construction of temporary stalls and installation of requisite infrastructure at Hapta Kangjeibung in Palace Compound.

CM rues criticism of hill-valley unity vision

Chief Minister N Biren said on Monday that trusting one another, showing appreciation and respect to others are the means to bring unity and everlasting bond in the state, which is home to different communities.

Rally denounces NHPC apathy, demands Ithai shutdown

Decrying alleged failure of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited(NHPC) to provide benefits and opportunities assured to the local residents, Ithai Barrage Bazar Development cum Cooperative Society organised a sit-in at Ithai Community hall and later took out a mass rally on Monday.

Bad road sparks brief Imphal-Ukhrul blockade

Angered by alleged inaction of the authority concerned despite worsening condition of the road, locals blocked Imphal-Ukhrul road between Khurai Chaithabi Leirak and Chairenthong stretch briefly on Monday morning. Residents of both sides of the road stretch blocked the road from 8am thereby affecting flow of traffic.

Need to treat Amur Falcons as guests: CCF

While appreciating the initiatives taken up by Phalong villagers for the protection of rare wildlife species, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) Territorial -II S Dhananjoy Singh has observed that Amur Falcons should be treated as guests who come to eat away harmful insects, termites which destroyed Rabi Crops.

Will respect sentiment of all communities: CM

Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren said that the new government’s vision and sole objective is to bring positive changes and development in the state.

Smooth ride 'vow' along NH 150 still a far cry

Though the state would be organising its biggest tourism event Manipur Sangai Festival along with a NE development summit and other attractive events, the condition of NH 150 (Tiddim road), which connects Imphal city with Imphal airport and Loktak Lake, is still full of pot holes making a smooth ride along the road still a far cry.

Nemcha cherishes pivotal role of women

Women play a pivotal role in all spheres of life, be it at home, participation at religious activities or in professional life, said social welfare and cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen while addressing the gathering as chief guest of the evening session of the 6th North East India Choral Competition held at Thyagaraj Stadium, INA Colony, New Delhi on Sunday.

More adventure, water sports added to Sangai festival menu

Khuman Lampak Sports Complex will be the main venue for numerous adventure and water sports which would be organised as part of the annual Manipur Sangai Festival-2017 commencing from November 21.

New facilities, sops galore as CM Biren visits Chandel

In his first ever visit to Chandel district as the chief minister of Manipur on Saturday, Nongthombam Biren went on an inauguration spree at the district headquarters along with assuring more developmental schemes.

CSOs to track UBI assurance of flawless service

Although the state authority of United Bank of India (UBI) assured public of uninterrupted service of its Ukhrul branch office effectively from Tuesday, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) of the district said that they are determined to track the course of action taken up by the bank authority to see if the assurance is fulfilled by the stipulated date.

Unity call echoes at Lungnila tribute event

The 14th death anniversary of Lungnila Elizabeth, who was found brutally murdered after being abducted for ransom on this day in 2003, was observed at 'Vishal Mega Mart With Devala Shopping' complex, Hiyangthang Konjil.

MP briefed on shortcomings of lone tribal university

Indira Gandhi National Tribal University-Regional Campus Manipur Students’ Union (IGNTU-RCM SU) has apprised Member of Parliament Thangso Baite, who attended the annual Freshers' Meet of the tribal university, of various challenges being faced by the varsity since its inception in 2009.

SC refuses interim stay on linking Aadhaar

Mobile firms, banks told to mention last date for Aadhaar linkage

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday refused to pass an interim order staying the linking of Aadhaar with mobile numbers and bank accounts, saying that it is leaving the issue to be decided on by a Constitution bench in the last week of November.

Biswajit exhorts youths to bridge trust deficit

Stressing the need for utilising any event initiated by students’ organisations as common platform for deliberations on social or educational issues, information and public relations minister Th Biswajit has said that youths of Manipur have to take active role in bridging trust deficits amongst the indigenous communities.

Bomb scare briefly leads to highway closure

Security personnel initiated a temporary shutdown of Imphal-Moreh highway on Friday morning at about 5 following a bomb scare near Lilong Bridge under Lilong police station.

Preserve forest area to save Amur Falcon: MLA Jendai

Highlighting the importance of Amur Falcon and the benefits that the migratory birds provide to the people of Tamenglong, local MLA Samuel Jendai has called upon the Forest department to not only save Amur Falcon but to preserve the forest which is the habitat of the migratory bird.

Manipur tops in women’s economy, 5th in GVI

Goa ranked top with Manipur in the fifth place and Bihar lowest in Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI) released by Child development NGO Plan India. In terms of economy for women, Manipur tops the list followed by Mizoram and Tamil Nadu.

Research on topics relevant to society: Minister

Stating that young minds need to be ignited and linked with research and study for relevance of future as well as to enable them to work for the betterment of the society, Education Minister Th Radheshyam has stressed the need for researchers to do take up topics that are relevant and important to the society as researching just for the sake of getting a degree is not enough.

Churachandpur lass bags Miss Kut crown

Esther Nengpilhing Haokip of M Songgel, Churachandpur has been adjudged winner of the Miss Kut 2017 beauty pageant held during celebration Kut festival of the Kuki-Chin-Mizo group on Wednesday.

RIMS most corrupt hospital: Student petitioner to PM

In sharp contrast to the of-repeated assurances by successive top officials of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for development of the public healthcare centre to the level of AIIMS, Delhi, a complaint letter addressed to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has exposed various shortcomings in the hospital.

Governor gives unity call as state celebrates Kut festival

While congratulating the people of the state for maintaining unity amongst themselves despite the diversity, Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla on Wednesday called upon the people of Manipur to stay united and strive for the betterment of the society.

Bogus company dupes job seekers, banned

Human Rights Defender Manipur (HRDM) has banned Information Technology and Broadcasting Service (ITBS) Limited after the company was found collecting huge amount of money from different people with promise of lucrative jobs since 2010.

Rains trample hope for bumper rice harvest

Due to incessant rainfall for the last two consecutive days, harvested crops, especially rice plants have been ruined leaving the farmers of Noney district in a dilemma while in the valley districts continuous drizzling has battered standing crops and inundated vast tract of plantation sites.

Life’s lessons are also part of education: Dr Heptulla

Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (CoHSEM) celebrated its silver jubilee at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) here with Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla as chief guest on Monday.

Border villagers demand proper boundary demarcation

Lack of consensus over land demarcation at Govajang and Haolenphai villages under Moreh sub-division of the newly Tengnoupal district remains one of the stumbling blocks to the border fencing project being taken up to check cross border smuggling and filter entry of disruptive elements into the state.

We expect an early solution to Naga issue: TR Zeliang

Early this week RN Ravi, the Centre’s interlocutor for the Naga peace talks, expressed urgency to six political groups to find an early solution to the longstanding issue of Naga identity. Days before that, Prerna Katiyar had caught up with Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang, leader of the Naga People’s Front, who spoke on the crucial Naga peace accord, and Article 371A that makes special provisions for Nagaland, among other issues.

Cong raps Govt over NPF no-show, seeks special session

Hitting out against the BJP led government, former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has demanded BJP to clarify on the statement of Naga People’s Front (NPF) refusing to participate in the all-political party meeting convened by Chief Minister N Biren and reiterating the stand of integrating all contiguous Naga inhabited areas under one administrative roof.

Keibul Lamjao integral part of Sangai Fest: Biswajit

While inspecting road conditions in Thanga and Moirang areas ahead of Manipur Sangai Festival, state government spokesperson minister Thongam Biswajit Singh Sunday informed that there has been no change in the decision to have Keibul Lamjao as one of festival venues.

‘Will not accept any provision affecting Manipur’s territory’

While welcoming any effort to bring a solution to the Naga political issue, United Committee Manipur (UCM) secretary YK Dhiren Sunday said that people of Manipur will never accept any provision in the agreement made between Government of India and NSCN-IM that will affect the territorial integrity of Manipur.

PWD launches highway sanitisation drive

With the dual objectives to check the trend of private parties from misusing public properties and remove all obstacles from important routes, including state and national highways, the public works department (PWD) has launched a special drive to keep the roads spotless from Sunday.

State to petition Centre for boundary safeguard

Along with agreeing to submit a memorandum to the Union government, an all-political party meeting held on Saturday, in the backdrop of possible finalisation of the vexed Naga political issue, has resolved to apprise central leaders of the respective political organisations and seek their support to preserve and protect the territorial and emotional integrity of Manipur.

23 Manipur, Nagaland youth reach Japan

Following the discussion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on September 14 in India, an Indian team from Manipur and Nagaland comprising 23 members Saturday landed in Tokyo at the invitation of Japanese government under the ‘IRIS program’. The team is led by Haobam Joyremba from Manipur.

No demarcation of Manipur on ethnic line: AMUCO president

No council or administrative body which would demarcate indigenous communities of Manipur on ethnic line should be formed when the peace talk between NSCN (IM) and Government of India reach its logical conclusion.

No official report of cross border influx: SP

Tengnoupal district police deployed in Moreh sub-division have been maintaining top vigil and carrying out intense checking to prevent unauthorised entry from neighbouring Myanmar, said district’s superintendent of police (SP) Dr S Ibomcha Singh.

Govt reviews preparations for Sangai festival

Chief Minister N Biren Friday reviewed the preparations being taken up by different government departments and agencies for the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival, which will begin from November 21.

Teachers fear possible closure of culture varsity

Fearing that newly established Manipur University of Culture might be closed down prematurely due to lack of proper fund management, among other issues, Manipur University of Culture Teachers’ Association (MUCTA) staged a sit-in-protest demonstration in front of the gate of the university at Palace Compound here on Friday.

DC vows to accelerate development in Tengnoupal dist

Regardless of admitting that the state government has not been able to give necessary thrust to infrastructure development and ensure adequate manpower even after 10 months of upgrading Tengnoupal into a full-fledged district, deputy commissioner Raghumani Singh has pledged to contribute his mite towards accelerating development of the new district.

Centre asks states not to deny PDS food to poor

The Centre has instructed states not to deny PDS benefits to any beneficiary who does not have Aadhaar or has not linked ration card to the 12-digit biometric identifier and warned of strict action on violation.

Ccpur school headmaster accused of instigating stir

Pamjal JBS headmaster namely Vanlalzawma Khiangte has been served show-cause notice to explain his position on the charge of abetting public unrest in Churachandpur town.

CM briefs Governor on NE summit, President’s visit

Chief Minister N Biren Thursday called on Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla to discuss issues related to ensuring successful conduct of forthcoming Northeast Development Summit, which would be jointly organised by Manipur Infrastructure Development Authority (MIDA) and BJP’s think tank India Foundation on November 21 and 22 at Imphal and the visit of President Ram Nath Kovind.

MPCC urges Governor to disqualify 12 MLAs

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president TN Haokip on Wednesday petitioned the Governor of Manipur to disqualify 12 MLAs of BJP, who are holding the posts of Parliamentary secretaries in the BJP led government in the state.

Employees skip work to demand pay hike

The state secretariat office here wore a deserted look on Wednesday as government employees carried out a mass casual leave stir under the aegis of Manipur Government Services Federation (MGSF) in pursuance of their demand for implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission.

Fresh fears in NE over territory getting ceded to Greater Nagalim

There are fresh fears in a few northeast states that Naga-inhabited areas in their territory could be ceded to Greater Nagalim as peace talks have picked up pace and speculations about a final solution to the six-decade-old issue have been swirling.

Govt-formed panel member clueless on role in Naga talks

Though the state government appointed former Chief Minister of Manipur Radhabinod Koijam and retired lieutenant general Konsam Himalay as members of the consultative committee of Manipur over the ongoing peace talks between Centre and NSCN-IM, the committee has sought details from Chief Minister N Biren over their exact role and responsibilities.

Common demands must to safeguard indigenes: Lancha

Expressing serious concern over the emerging situation and impending fate of the state, cultural activist Ningthouja Lancha Tuesday called upon different organisations and people to unite and define a common set of demands and common course of action in order to safeguard the indigenous people of Manipur.

Overnight rainfall leaves many longing for Govt aid

The overnight torrential rainfall that lashed the state on the day of Ningol Chakkouba on October 21 left several places and ready-to-harvest paddy crops either inundated or damaged while many affected people have called for assistance from the government.

Ravi commits to settling Naga political issue

The second round of ‘political negotiation’ between the Working Committee of 6 Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and New Delhi’s Interlocutor for Naga peace talks, RN Ravi was held Monday in Dimapur, which is being held for the first time in the state.

UCM seeks Govt clarity on state's integrity

With safeguard of territorial boundaries of states neighbouring Nagaland becoming a hot topic of discussion in the light of imminent settlement of the Naga issue, United Committee Manipur (UCM) has demanded that political parties in the state make their stand clear on the matter and pressure the Centre for safeguarding the Manipur's integrity.

Labour row sparks Imp-Moreh transport stir

Denouncing the stricture imposed by Indo Myanmar Labour Union on loading and unloading of goods on vehicles at Moreh town, drivers of vehicles plying along Imphal-Moreh route have stopped their services from Monday.

Govt urged to earmark fund for promotion of tribal languages

Ukhrul MLA K Leishiyo Monday called for development of tribal language while stressing the need for preserving languages of smaller communities.

Police unable to perform without public support: SP Kabib

Without the support and cooperation of the people, police would be unable to maintain law & order or book criminals, stated SP (Imphal East) Kabib K during a Ningol Chakkouba event organised by the district police Monday.

Meeting Dalai Lama a major offence: China

State Governor, Chief Minister Possibly Restricted By Centre From Attending Peace Conference

Days after spiritual leader the Dalai Lama came to Imphal, China on Saturday warned the world leaders and politicians against meeting exiled figured, saying it would be perceived as a “major offence” as the spiritual leader is a “separatist” trying to carve out an independent Tibet.

State's major rivers in spate, Imphal river bank sinks

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 22nd Oct: With incessant rainfall lashing the state since Saturday, major rivers coursing through Imphal have started flowing at highest level thereby causing fear among the people of the state of facing yet another flood. Sinking of Imphal River banks at three different places has also been reported.

CM assures to increase main stadium capacity

Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that his government is committed to increase the number of spectators at the main stadium of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex from the present in-take capacity of 25,000.

Minister bemoans mad race for Ningol Chakkouba gift

Ningol Chakouba, a festival celebrating the beautiful bond between brothers and sisters, was widely celebrated in the state on Saturday.

‘Development infeasible sans power to ADCs’

Regardless of the commendable initiatives taken up by the new government, including the ‘Go to Hills’ slogan, for bringing uniform development in the state, such objective will never yield the desired result in case Autonomous District Councils (ADC) continue to be bereft of any executive power, ADC Sadar Hills executive member Lunthang Haokip has stated.

CM bats for self-employment, distributes loans

Chief Minister N Biren Singh handed over loans worth Rs 46,50,000 to nine skilled self-employed persons of different districts at Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Friday.

Dy CM mulls NEC aid to augment fish yield

Expressing confidence that the government’s initiative for fresh development and rejuvenation of existing water bodies will help increase the fish yield, deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh has stressed the need for approaching the ministry concerned or funding agencies to expand fish farms in the state.

Govt axes 18 graduate teachers, 11 told to refund salaries

The government of Manipur has cancelled the appointment of 18 graduate teachers who were appointed under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) by education (Schools) department and 11 teachers amongst them have been told to refund the salaries they received during their period of service.

Don’t interfere in transfer/posting policy: CM Biren

Noting that ineffectiveness of transfer and posting policy is mainly due to interference by elected people's representatives, chief minister N Biren has announced that the new government will be implementing transfer/posting on rotational basis with effect from January 1, 2018.

Naga victims of ethnic clash remembered

Zeliangrong Youth Front (ZYF) observed ‘Requital Day’ at Noney Bazar on Thursday.

‘Compassion ultimate source to inner peace’

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has stated that compassion is the ultimate source to bring inner peace and happiness among humans and there is no way money and muscle power could bring happiness to one’s life.

Officials told to promptly address public issues

Achieving the cherished goal for Manipur’s overall development will materialise only when the state is free from ethnicity-centric concept and pursuit, said Rural Development and Panchayati Raj minister Thongam Biswajit Singh.

Dy CM, Edu minister differ on helping poor

Difference of opinion between deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh and education, labour and employment minister Thokchom Radheshyam Singh on the issue of assistance to economically underprivileged section of the society came to the fore during the launch of Uripok Green City, an initiative undertaken by Panthoibi Housing Finance Company Limited.

Shyam assures assistance to Hojai Manipuris


Manipuris settled in different parts of the country, including those settled in Hojai district of Assam are continuing with their efforts of keeping the rich cultural heritage of Manipur alive.

Benefits of medicinal plants stressed at Ayush Day

Noting that Manipur is abundantly blessed with a plethora of medicinal plants, health minister L Jayantakumar has pointed out the need to plant these type of plants on a large scale and produce medicines as done by forefathers in earlier days.

Minister mulls lesson on Kuki war tales

Saluting the sacrifices made by brave forefathers for defending the land and calling upon the people to continue waging collective war against poverty, illiteracy and underdevelopment in order to make the commemoration a meaningful one, Education, Labour and Employment Minister Th Radheshyam has observed that all the people should promote love and peaceful coexistence by emulating the patriotic spirit of the forefathers since hatred can be conquered only by love.

Central plan to WiFi all GPs faces roadblock in state

Even though the Centre is giving shape to an ambitious Rs 3,700-crore project in an attempt to cover nearly 5.5 lakh villages in all Gram Panchayats of the country with Wi-Fi facility by March 2019, sluggish progress in laying Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) is likely to make the target futile in the state.

CM told to ensure safe edibles; hotel banned

Union minister for CAF&PD Ram Vilas Paswan has reportedly asked Chief Minister N Biren to check food adulteration and fake ornaments ahead of the Diwali festival. The Union minister sent a communique to the CM in this regard on October 4.

U-17 WC heroes get assured bounty

Chief Minister N Biren Singh handed over cheques of Rs 5 lakh each to all state players, who participated in U-17 FIFA World Cup, during a reception function hosted at Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Monday.

Imphal, Moreh choc-a-bloc as festival shopping gains momentum

As Ningol Chakkouba, the biggest festival of Manipur that exemplifies eternal bond between brothers and sisters, is just round the corner, shopping activities in the main markets of the state have increased manifold resulting in traffic jam in capital city Imphal and Indo-Myanmar boder town Moreh.

KCP, KYKL, NLTF impose shutdown on Oct 15

Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) of Manipur along with National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have jointly imposed total shutdown in Manipur and Tripura on October 15.

MoUs signed for chromite search: Biswajit

The state government has signed MoUs with seven private companies on November 22 last year for exploration and mining of Chromite in Manipur.

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