UCM warns of launching ‘extreme’ protest

United Committee Manipur (UCM) has warned of taking recourse to extreme form of protest if the Framework Agreement signed between Centre and NSCN-IM affects the integrity of the state in any way.

State sports policy needs amendment, says Speaker

Asserting that the existing sports policy is not in commensurate with the time and number of excellent players that the state produced at the national and international level, Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Yumnam Khemchand has drawn attention of the government towards the urgency for amending the policy to cater to needs of outstanding sportspersons.

JNIMS non-teaching staff to launch stir from Aug 21

While supporting the senior residents of JNIMS and expressing concern over the ambiguity in service rules for non-teaching staff and also non-implementation of service rules, Association for All Non-teaching Staff (AANTS), JNIMS will be launching agitation from August 21.

KYKL observes its 25th Martyrs’ Day

The proscribed Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) observed its 25th Martyrs’ Day on Saturday.

AR recovers drugs worth Rs 12.24 cr, weapons

In one of the biggest drug seizures in recent time, Assam Rifles has recovered 1.3 Kg (approx) Brown Sugar and 1,30,000 numbers of WY tablets worth about Rs 12 crore from L Youjang village, Moreh on August 16.

Punya Hyundai launches ‘Door Step Service’

With an aim to facilitate the customers, Punya Hyundai, the leading car dealer and largest seller in the state, launched ‘Door Step Service’ on Friday.

Coup in NSCN(K): Indian-origin chief ousted

The Myanmar-based NSCN (K) on Friday impeached its chairman Khango Konyak, an Indian-origin Naga, and elected the outfit’s founding chairman, late Shangwang Shangyung Khaplang’s nephew, Yung Aung as the new ‘acting chairman’ of the organisation.

Cancellation of session a stain in history of Manipur Assembly: Joy

Senior politician Okram Joy has stated that cancellation of the special session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly called on August 16 to adopt a resolution with regard to the Framework Agreement (FA) signed between NSCN-IM and Government of India will forever remain a dark stain in the history of Manipur Legislative Assembly.

Vajpayee, the moderate face of BJP, no more

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the moderate face of the BJP who attracted allies and formed the first saffron government at the Centre in the 1990s, died here after a long illness.

Ibobi slams Govt for shelving assembly session

Slaming the state cabinet’s decision on deferment of special session of Manipur Legislative Assembly repeatedly, former chief minister and Opposition leader O Ibobi Singh has demanded reasons behind deferment of special session which was scheduled twice earlier.

Coast guard officer from state conferred two Bravery awards

As a part of the 72nd Independence Day, a brave son of the state, Ngamlien Touthang, who is the commanding officer of Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajkiran based at Haldia, was conferred with two highly coveted national level awards.

Three vehicles torched as bandh hits NH-37

Three vehicles, including a passenger carrier, were torched by suspected supporters of the 24-hour bandh being enforced by Zeliangrong organisations since Wednesday midnight.

Cabinet shelves special assembly session

The state cabinet has cancelled the special state assembly session, which was scheduled for August 16, stating that there is ‘no immediate threat to the state by the Framework Agreement’.

TKSU intensifies stir against CCpur DC; LUCF ridicules

Thadou Kuki Students’ Union (TKSU), as part of its declaration to boycott the incumbent Churachandpur DC Shyamlal Poonia for his alleged unresponsiveness to problems of the public and other unbecoming behaviour of being the DC of Manipur’s second largest district, i.e. Churachandpur, organised protests at Churachandpur Town on Tuesday.

Congress slams Govt, asks public to take stand

Congress Party on Tuesday slammed the BJP government for its failure to issue notice for the special assembly session to be held on August 16 and asked the people of the state to take their stand if the government fail to take a firm stand in the assembly on protecting the integrity of Manipur.

Pre-merger status demanded

Coalition for Indigenes' Rights Campaign, Manipur (CIRCA) on Tuesday celebrated the 71st Independence Day of Manipur at Sana Konung (Royal Palace) here with titular king Sanajaoba Leishemba unfurling the seven-colour Manipur flag.

38 detained, security meet conducted

As part of the security measures being taken up by Manipur Police Department ahead of Independence Day celebration, cordon and search/verification operations were carried out at several places of the state on Saturday. 

Govt keen to supplant poppy, cannabis with Agar

Forest & Environment and Horticulture & Soil Conservation minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar has informed that the state government has taken up steps to initiate mass plantation of Agar trees with specific focus to areas where poppy and cannabis used to be grown.

Discourse on Instrument of Accession conducted

All Manipur Youth Protection Committee (AMYPCO) organised a debate on the topic, ‘Instrument of Accession’ at Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak here Saturday.

JCILPS demands formation of state population commission

Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has demanded the state government to form Manipur State Population Commission immediately to check and filter illegal migrants coming into the state.

CorCom, ULFA (I) impose total shutdown on Aug 15

As usual, the proscribed Coordination Committee (CorCom) and United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) (ULFA-I) have called upon the people of WESEA region to boycott India’s Independence Day celebration in the region on August 15 and also imposed total shutdown in the entire region from 1 am to 6.30 pm.

MU row: CM assures high power probe committee

Chief minister N Biren has reportedly assured a delegation of MU community Friday that he would mount pressure on Central government to constitute a high power independent committee to probe allegations levelled against Manipur University vice chancellor professor AP Pandey.

Police restrict Congress leaders from offering tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

A rally organised by Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) to offer floral tribute to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at MG Avenue on the occasion of 76th anniversary of Quit India Movement was stopped by police restricting the Congress leaders, members, workers and volunteers from paying tributes to the Father of Nation on Thursday.

CM assures end to MU crisis

Assuring that Manipur University crisis will be resolved soon, Chief Minister N Biren Thursday revealed that he has met Governor Dr Najma Heptulla and will be discussing the issue with MUSU for bringing a solution.

KIM shutdown call affects normal life; Ccpur DC censured

Normal life in parts of Churachandpur district and Kuki dominated areas in Sadar Hills, Kangpokpi district and Moreh under Tengnoupal district was affected on Wednesday due to the shutdown imposed by Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM).

Gaikhangam raises posers on FA-spurred special session

After rejecting the request to extend the last state assembly session, convening a special session to discuss Framework Agreement is highly apprehensive, said AICC’s CWC member and former Dy CM Gaikhangam.

Poster campaign of CIRCA held

Ahead of the observance of Manipur Independence Day on August 14, the women wing and youth wing of Coalition for Indigenes Rights Campaign (CIRCA) conducted a poster campaign at Khwairamband market here Wednesday.

Women storm ministers’ houses over FA issue

Demanding disclosure of contents of the Framework Agreement signed between NSCN-IM and Government of India and protection of Manipur’s territorial integrity, a large number of women stormed residences of three ministers including deputy chief minister Y Joykumar on Tuesday.

UNC stands firm on Naga issue

United Naga Council (UNC) has strongly asserted that it will confront any endeavour in any form which is working to derail the finalisation of Indo-Naga Framework Agreement. 

‘Nagas not part of Manipuri history’

Terming the bid to draw parallel between ‘Manipuri’ history to that the Nagas and tribal people of Manipur state as unwarranted, All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) has called upon the Union government not to be swayed by false rhetoric but rather accelerate the process for an amicable solution to the Naga issue.

Be serious on NRC: Hericoun to Govt

Maintaining that negligence on the part of the government and generosity of the native people have led to the rise in influx of migrants in the state, Ethno Heritage Council (HERICOUN) has urged the government to be serious on National Register of Citizens and update the list as done by Assam.

KIM calls shutdown on Aug 8 over FA

Denouncing the attempt of the Government of India to finalise the Indo-Naga Framework Agreement before delivering justice with regard to the mass genocide of Kuki civilians committed by NSCN-IM in 1992, Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) has called a 24-hour statewide shutdown from 6 am of August 8.

Ukhrul villages cut off after heavy landslides

Inhabitants of Lamlang Gate and its neighbouring villages are currently having a harrowing time as the area has been rendered isolated following massive landslides at various points due to heavy downpour since Saturday night.

Govt earns Rs 4k only from investment of ` 176.32 cr

The state government has been able to earn only Rs 4000 against annual investment of Rs 160.29 crore to Rs 176.32 cr in companies, corporations and co-operative societies during 2012 to 2017.

Special visa counter in state: Shivachandra

The need to go to Kolkata for applying Visa will be over shortly as Special Visa Arrangement counter through Act East Policy Committee Manipur will be opened soon in the state, informed Committee convener RK Shivachandra.

Gaikhangam raises issues gripping state at CWC meet

Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam raised present issues confronting the state during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting chaired by AICC president Rahul Gandhi at the national capital on Saturday.

Appointment of VC in-charge not acceptable: MUTA

Rejecting the appointment of VC in-charge, Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) has demanded that no such appointments should be made until vice chancellor professor AP Pandey is removed from his post.

NE states to get Gas Grid connection

A top Oil India Limited (OIL) official on Saturday said Guwahati and other state capitals of north-eastern states are likely to be connected to the National Gas Grid within next three years.

Reopen MU by Aug 6, demands ATSUM

All Tribal Students' Union Manipur (ATSUM) general secretary Seiboi Haokip has cautioned that the tribal students will launch intense agitation, if Manipur University is not reopened by August 6.

Northeast states fear NRC spill-over, on high alert

Even before the NRC draft list was made public on July 30 in Assam, the security was beefed up and neighbouring states like Nagaland, Meghalaya among other Northeast Indian states set up check posts along borders to prevent influx of illegal immigrants from Assam.

 

MLA Yamthong flies to Delhi for treatment, driver detained

Saikul MLA Yamthong Haokip, whose residence at Mantripukhri was raided by a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) on July 30 in connection with the 2nd Manipur Rifles (MR) arms missing case, was flown to Delhi on Wednesday after his health condition reportedly deteriorated.

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MHRD issues fresh order, agitators allege flaws

Regardless of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) reconstituting the fact-finding committee (FFC) for the third time for finding solution to the Manipur University (MU) imbroglio, MU community comprising teachers, students and staff members have expressed dissatisfaction over the new order issued by the ministry on August 17.


ADCs reiterate demands for implementation of MHAADC Act

Six Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) of the state have reiterated their demand for implementation of the Manipur Hill Areas Autonomous District Councils Act, 1971.

Govt adds 29 new blocks, fund transfer from Sept 1

The government has increased the number of blocks under rural development and panchayati raj department from 41 to 70 by adding 29 new blocks. 

UDACR demands befitting action against rapist

Strongly condemning the recent sexual abuse of two minor girls by a 61-year old man at Langli village in Ukhrul district, Alliance for Child Rights (UDACR) has urged authorities concerned to award befitting punishment to the culprit.


More intense agitation if MHRD backtracks: MUTA

Manipur University community has cautioned that they would launch more intense agitation in case the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) fails to fully implement all points of agreement reached and signed on Thursday.

Many condole demise of ex-PM Vajpayee

Ministers and political leaders conveyed deep condolence over the untimely demise of former Prime Minister Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday after prolonged illness.


Sit-ins protest custodial killings; cops decry murderer tag

As part of the protest being launched by the JAC against the Custodial Killing of G Jiteshore, Th Satish, Th Prem, RK Ranel and Ph Naobi, sit-in protests were staged at various places on Friday.


Myanmar delegation to arrive to discuss trade, relations

Days after official opening of land route between India and Myanmar, a delegation of entrepreneurs and officials from Myanmar’s Sagaing region would be arriving here on Saturday to discuss improvement of trade and public relationship.


‘Mutual understanding’ reached to end MU row

An agreement has been signed between the government and the Manipur University community following a series of talks held with regard to the protest for removal of MU VC Professor AP Pandey.


Govt, public united in protecting Manipur’s integrity: CM

Like in other parts of the country, the government of Manipur celebrated the 72nd Independence Day at the parade ground of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles here with Chief Minister N Biren Singh as chief guest on August 15.


14th death anniversary of Pebam Chittaranjan observed

The 14th death anniversary of Pebam Chittaranjan Mangang, who immolated himself to demand repeal of AFSPA 1958 from Manipur, was observed on Thursday.

KSA mulls general strike on Aug 26

Irked by the failure on the part of the government to translate the agreement signed on August 25, 2017 into action till date, Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) has threatened to call general strike on August 26 if the government fails to fulfil its five-point demands.

300 soldiers move SC to seek AFSPA immunity

In an unprecedented move, at least 300 armed forces personnel have approached the Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging the FIRs registered against them in connection with military operations in the areas where the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is in force.

PM urged to develop Imphal as iconic city: Dr Najma Heptulla

Governor Dr Najma Heptulla inaugurated the first project under Government of India’s Swadesh Darshan Scheme, ‘Development of North East Circuit: Imphal and Khongjom’ and dedicated it to the public in the presence of chief minister N Biren and union minister of state for tourism (IC) KJ Alphons at the historic Kangla here Tuesday.


Stage set for tribute to anti-AFSPA crusader

Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF) president Ngariyanbam Milan has informed that the 14th Death Anniversary of Pebam Chittaranjan Mangang, who immolated himself in pursuance of the public demand for repealing of draconian law and ensuring right to life, would be observed on August 16 under the theme of “Excel Right to Life”.


Ukhrul rallies, call for FA compliance mark Naga I-Day

Commemorating the 72nd Naga Independence Day, Naga Youth Locomotion For Peace (NYLFP) organised a mass walkathon and motor rallies with a confluence gathering at Somdal village demanding expedition of the ongoing Indo-Naga Peace process in line with the historic Framework Agreement on Tuesday.


Oust Pandey stir on, MU closure peeves ANSAM

Questioning if protecting Manipur University vice-chancellor Prof AP Pandey is more important than the career of thousands of students of the state, students of Oriental College staged a sit-in protest in front of their college gate here on Saturday.


Karam Shyam apprises PM Modi on state issues

As he could not get an appointment to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during, CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam has submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister through LJP national president Ram Vilas Paswan apprising Modi on the prevailing issues of the state.


Sovereignty of Nagas has never been compromised: Raising

Rh Raising, convener of the Steering Committee, the highest decision making body of NSCN-IM, has said that sovereignty of the Nagas has never been compromised, "and will never betray the people’s trust and aspiration".


Peeved with MU row, tribal students mull separate varsity

Expressing grave concern over complete cessation of academic and administrative activities in Manipur University for over two months, ANSAM general secretary AC Thotso observed that time has come for the tribal student organisations to join hands and demand for a separate university of the tribal students.

MPCC proposes joint protest of 60 MLAs over FA at Delhi

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has proposed to the government for holding a joint protest of all the 60 MLAs of the state at the national capital if the government has doubt or apprehension on the issue of territorial integrity of Manipur from the provisions of Framework Agreement.


FA anxiety aired to Cong, stir affects traders

UCM and women CSO leaders submitted a memorandum to Congress party urging for bringing up the issue of Framework Agreement during the ensuing special session of state assembly for a thorough discussion to find out the exact status of the agreement even as trade activities came to a standstill for few hours due to market shutdown call on Friday.

Zeliangrong areas off-limit for NSCN-IM , says ZUF

While refuting the charges levelled against it by NSCN-IM, Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) has informed that it has taken a firm decision to flush out NSCN-IM from Zeliangrong areas so as to keep the Zeliangrong people free from the bondage of NSCN-IM since the people could no more tolerate the lies and deceiving them by NSCN-IM.


CBI charge-sheets seven police Cdos in 2012 case

The Special Investigation Team of CBI on Wednesday submitted charge-sheet against seven Imphal West district police commandos including two then sub-inspectors in connection with an alleged fake encounter case that took place in 2012.

National Sports University Bill gets Parliament nod

The National Sports University Bill, 2018, was on Thursday passed by Parliament, after a nod from the Rajya Sabha. The Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha last week, seeks to establish a National Sports University in Manipur to promote education in sports sciences, technology, management, and coaching.


Protests galore as organisations state stand on MU issue

Demanding removal of Manipur University vice chancellor AP Pandey and restoration of normal academic atmosphere in the varsity, protest demonstrations were staged in different parts of the state as well as in Chandigarh. Students of LMS Law College, Imphal staged sit-in-protest in front of the college premises on Thursday in solidarity with MU community.

JNIMS doctors to continue stir, demand postponement of DPC

In continuation of the protests in denunciation of excluding serving senior residents in the recruitment of Assistant professors for JNIMS Dental College on August 6, the senior doctors have demanded creation of posts and resolving matters related to pension schemes.


CM vows for a prosperous state, warns striker enforcers

While declaring that the present government will lead Manipur to a new era of development, chief minister N Biren cautioned that the government will take stringent actions against those organisations and individuals which/who pose hindrances to the state’s progress.

Award for Manipur Tourism

Adding another feather to its cap, Manipur Tourism has won the Today's Traveller Award 2018 for Best State for Promotion of Festivals & Fairs under the domestic tourism category for the first time.

VC i/c writes to HRD; many flay police brutality

Conveying that he is unable to perform his duties fully because of the prevailing condition in Manipur University, Vice Chancellor in-charge Prof W Vishwanath Singh has written to MHRD secretary R Subrahmanyam urging him to take up necessary action for resolving the present crisis in the varsity in the interest of all concerned.


Indo-Myanmar land route opened, set to boost trade

Indian and Myanmarese officials formally opened the Indo-Myanamr land route in a historic ceremony held Wednesday at the bridge over Manel river which seperates the two countries near Moreh town.


BJP gives sanity call, Joykisan questions Govt commitment

Expressing surprise over the official tour of the on-leave Manipur University vice-chancellor professor AP Pandey as chairperson of a UGC-appointed team for inspection to St Joseph’s College at Jakhama, Nagaland, MPCC vice-president and Thangmeiband MLA Kh Joykisan has questioned the commitment of the government towards resolving the MU issue, even as BJP Manipur Pradesh urged all concerned to contribute their mite in restoring normalcy in the university.

Central leaders invisible as issues plague state: CPI

Communist Party of India (CPI) state secretary Laishram Sotinkumar has stated that CPI Manipur State Council would be taking up stringent steps to resolve the issues currently plaguing the state.

CIRCA to hold Manipur I-Day event on Aug 14

As usual, Coalition for Indigenes Rights Campaign (CIRCA) would be commemorating the day Manipur got its independence from British rule as Manipur Independence Day on August 14 by hoisting the 'Pakhangba' flag at the royal palace.


Rally taken out, eight injured, Govt accused of paying protesters

Rallies were taken out and sit-ins staged in various parts of the state demanding immediate reopening of Manipur University, saving the future of students and restoration of academic atmosphere in the varsity.

Gaikhangam calls CM ‘living Santidas Gosai’

Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam, who was recently appointed as a member of AICC’s CWC, said that chief minister Biren is now popularly known as ‘living Santidas Gosai’ though he used to be known as the ‘living Bir Tikendrajit’ during his stint in Congress.

Peeved JNIMS senior residents take mass casual leave

While demanding the JNIMS authority to give preference to regular senior residents in the recruitment of assistant professors of the medical institute, senior resident doctors of JNIMS hospital took mass casual leave on Monday.


New JCILPS convener for NRC update in state

Stressing on the possibility of several illegal immigrants presently living in the state, Yumnamcha Dilipkumar, who took charge as convener of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) on Sunday, demanded the state government to take up immediate initiatives to update National Register of Citizens (NRC) of the state.


Govt urges MU community to allow FFC team conduct probe

A High-Power Ministerial team led by Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh appealed to the teaching, non-teaching and student fraternity to reinstate normalcy in Manipur University.

Zeliangrong bodies demand action against NSCN-IM

Alleging arbitrary detention and harassment of youth and student leaders by NSCN/GPRN, Zeliangrong civil organisations have petitioned the Central and state governments to take up immediate suitable actions against the perpetrators failing which it threatened to launch intense agitations.

RPF reminds people of AFSPA scars, notes SC’s role

The proscribed Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) has said that Indian army had mercilessly killed at least 8983 people and another 1528 people in fake encounter or extra judicial killings ever since the imposition of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA) in Manipur.


Committee for NRC update in state, Lup seeks Govt clarity on CAB

Expressing concern over sustainability of the indigenous people of Manipur, the Working Committee on Update of NRC in Manipur has demanded the state government to update and publish National Register of Citizens (NRC) of the state.


KSO, Jiribam CSOs take up cudgel to check NRC impact

In view of the possibility of influx of illegal immigrants from among the over 40 lakh people, who could not find a berth in the recently published final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the neighbouring state of Assam, civil society organisations of Manipur, including activists of Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO), Jiribam-Tamenglong Zone have taken up the cudgel to verify identification documents of people who enter Manipur from Assam side.

Pawan Hans set to begin chopper service by Dec 2

The state government has set the target of December 2 to start helicopter service to improve connectivity with hill districts as part of regional connectivity scheme of the ministry of civil aviation under UDAN-2.

‘Centre must save Manipur to protect Indian sovereignty’

Commemorating the public rally and the mass protest undertaken by the people on August 4, 1997 against the attempt to compromise the territorial integrity of Manipur, All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO) observed the 21st Integrity Day on Saturday.

Manipur among top defaulters in NRC verification

Manipur is among top defaulters in the verification process pertaining to people who belong to a different state but reside in Assam because of job or marriage.

No dispute with Myanmar, demarcation of 9 BPs underway: Govt

The government on Wednesday said there was no border dispute between India and Myanmar and the demarcation of nine pillars was being worked out in a complete understanding with the neighbouring country.


Strike against Art 371A extension hits normal life

The 24-hour general strike called by the Joint Committee of AMUCO, CCSK and UCM against the move of the Government of India to extend Article 371A of the Indian Constitution in Manipur ended peacefully with huge support from different sections of the society.

MU issue not an isolated one: JNUTA

Teachers’ associations of Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University have extended support to the ongoing agitation being launched by teachers, students and staff of Manipur University in pursuance of demand for removal of vice-chancellor professor AP Pandey.


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