Khulem Jiten Singh (41), who has been convicted for murdering one of his uncles and causing grievous injuries to another, has been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment for varied period and imposed monetary penalties under different sections of the Indian Penal Code.
While admitting that there was lack of quality control in blacktopping of the road stretch between Tera Loukrakpam Leikai and Lukram Leirak in Imphal West district, works minister Th Biswajit has said that blacktopping of the same road will be laid as per desire of the people.
People’s thinking and attitude have changed a lot in the past one and half years ever since the new government was installed in the state. It is because of the confidence building activities done by the government, observed Governor Dr Najma Heptulla.
After weeks of dithering and mounting pressure from the BJP led state government, the Centre suspended Manipur University vice-chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey, a Modi-government appointee who is facing allegations of maladministration and corruption.
The state cabinet has decided to introduce Manipur Mob Violence Control and Prohibition Bill in the Assembly soon.
Womenfolk of Bhagyabati Leikai Wednesday staged a sit-in protest at the premises of Youth Athletic Star Union, decrying planting of a hand grenade at the residence of Gurumayum Tharaksana, wife of Bidyashwar of Brahmapur Bhagyabati Leikai under the jurisdiction of Porompat police station.
A person was arrested with WY tablets worth Rs 3 crore by Customs Prevention Force, Moreh at 10:30 am Wednesday during checking and frisking operation along Imphal-Moreh Road.
Tengnoupal district police arrested a couple on Wednesday on the charge of trafficking of Rohingya Muslims into the state.
Issuing a clarion call for a committed effort on the part of the government for banning drugs and alcohol effectively in the state, Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) celebrated its 12th foundation day Tuesday.
A massive rally was carried out in Tamenglong district headquarters on Tuesday demanding the settlement of the Indo-Naga political issue at the earliest.
For a trouble-torn state like Manipur, which is situated along the international border of India and Myanmar, away from the national capital, the hope for taking development into a whole new level lies on the Act East Policy.
Eviction of six ADC members from the government quarters means that the state government considered the ADC members as inferior.
MAHUD minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar has stressed the need for proper implementation of building bye-laws for the safety of human lives and proper town planning.
A public rally under the aegis of the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) was held on September 14 in Tuensang town to re-affirm its demand for a separate statehood “Frontier Nagaland.”
Chief Minister N Biren Saturday launched Swachhata Hi Seva fortnight campaign by participating in a cleanliness drive at Khwairamband Keithel here. Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) and BJP Manipur Pradesh jointly organised the drive.
Demanding arrest and appropriate legal actions against the individuals, who assaulted and robbed AMSU general secretary along NH 37 near Nungba Bazar in the name of NSCN-IM, students of CC Higher Secondary School and Johnstone Higher Secondary School staged protests on Friday.
Apart from arresting five persons involved in the September 13 mob lynching incident at Tharoijam, police have identified two vehicle lifters who accompanied the deceased, Md Farooque Ahmed.
With reference to the controversy surrounding the alleged assault and robbing of an AMSU leader along NH 37 at Nungba area on September 3, Zeliangrong Civil Organisations (ZCO) has informed that the crime was committed by NSCN-IM but the outfit is trying to cover it up by detaining two persons, who are not involved in the incident.
ACOAM Lup has demanded the government to ensure registration of the indigenous Chak-hao Poireiton (black rice) under Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999.
The 25th Kuki Black (Sahnit-Ni) Day observance, that had been going on since September 11 under the theme, “Justice to victims of Kuki Genocide” concluded at Kuki Inpi Churachandpur complex, Tuibong on Thursday.
Manipur’s black rice, known for its medicinal properties, will soon be sown in Uttar Pradesh. Anil Singh, a resident of Suriyawan Block, is the first farmer to cultivate it.
First secretary to Indian Embassy of Yangon Shweta Singh has said that process for proper implementation of motor vehicle agreement and visa on arrival between India and Myanmar is in progress in order to bring better ties in trade and tourism between the two countries.
Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has appreciated the inherent culture in Manipuri society but stressed the need for ban on honking by vehicles to decrease noise pollution in the densely populated areas.
Maintaining that Ukhrul district has been plagued with poor infrastructure in different sectors including transport, healthcare services and education, Kajamei Long Ukhrul town has sought attention of the government to address the grievances of the district at the earliest.
Committee on Human Rights (CoHR) Manipur chairman Phulindro Konsam Tuesday said that people of the state will sustain their movement until AFSPA is repealed.
Denouncing the assault on All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) general secretary Anil Soibam by self-proclaimed members of NSCN-IM, students of various schools formed human chain on Monday demanding strict punishment of the persons involved in the assault at Nungba bazar on September 3.
Along with asking Prof AP Pandey to hand over custody of all articles of Manipur University as well as services of various staff that he was entitled to the varsity at the earliest possible, existence of transit office outside the MU campus has been declared as null and void with immediate effect.
CoHR calls human rights violators terrorists
ommittee on Human Rights, (CoHR) Manipur chairman Phulindro Konsam has stated that the people who are violating the basic human rights of the people and committing various atrocities under the shadow of AFSPA are terrorists.
Responding to the reactions of civil societies of Nungba area regarding the Nungba incident on September 3, All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) has filed complaints against four civil leaders of Nungba on the charge of spreading false news and instigating communal enmity.
Schedule Tribe Demand Committee (STDC), which is demanding inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in the Scheduled Tribes list, organised a public meet under the theme ‘Schedule Tribe Demandgi Hujik Oiriba Khongchat’ at Sanamahi Yakeibung Shanglen, Ningthoukhong on Monday.
In a major drug haul, Kangpokpi police seized huge quantity of Opium and Heroin powder from a passenger Tata Winger along NH 2 on September 7 at about 8.30 pm.
White flags were hoisted in Naga houses at different parts of the state in response to the Naga Women Union (NWU) campaign for expediting the Indo-Naga peace process.
Chief minister N Biren Singh flagged off the 9-Day External Press Tour to Yangon, Myanmar organised by Department of Information & Public Relations (DIPR) for Manipuri journalists from the office complex of DIPR at Keishampat, here on Sunday.
NSCN-IM's army chief, lieutenant general Anthony Shimray has said on Saturday that the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM is "not an ordinary document but a covenant to settle the political issue of the two entities honourably".
The proscribed Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) and Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) have claimed that two Assam Rifles soldiers were killed in recent attacks carried out by the joint force of the two outfits.
Committee of Political Parties is all set to join the nationwide strike being called by several opposition parties on September 10 against fuel price hike under the NDA government.
Radheshyam mulls survey to ascertain number of illiterate persons
Observing that literacy is the foundation for advancement of a society, education minister Thokchom Radheshyam has stressed the need for an extensive survey to ascertain the number of illiterate persons in the state so that steps could be taken up to make them literate.
A team of Imphal West police commandos arrested two persons for extorting a large sum of money from Thangal Bazar area under City Police station on Wednesday at about 4.30 pm.
SKY Hospital chairman and chief cardiologist Dr L Shyamkishore has announced that all the people regardless of poor or rich can now avail high standard of heart care (both interventional and surgical) service free of charge at SKY Hospital under the Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) and Ayushman Bharat (National Health Protection Mission) schemes and through reimbursement process (for government employees and their family members).
A day-long public discourse on the 213th report of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Home Affairs organised by United Committee Manipur (UCM) Thursday resolved to take out a mega public rally against the report in October this year.
Fresh chaos erupted in Manipur University campus on Thursday when professor K Yugindro and professor M Shyamkesho, who were respectively appointed as pro VC and registrar in-charge of the university by suspended vice-chancellor professor AP Pandey, entered the university campus to take charge of their respective offices.
Governor Dr Najma Heptulla Thursday attended the 240th Shri Shri Bijoy Govindaji Heikru-Hidongba-2018 as chief guest at Bijoy Govinda Thangapat, Sagolband, here.
In connection with the alleged rape and murder of one Ningombam Satyabhama Devi in 2013, the Session Judge, Imphal East has directed prosecution as well as counsels of the accused persons to submit their written arguments within October 9.
Even as the two-member inquiry committee constituted to probe charges levelled against Manipur University vice-chancellor professor AP Pandey has sealed all relevant documents, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) issued a directive to fill the vacant post of VC by pro-VC.
Chief Minister N Biren launched the first helicopter service of the state between Imphal and Jiribam at Harinagar Helipad in Jiribam district on Wednesday.
If one is to compare Loktak Lake with that of Inle Lake in Shan state of Myanmar, then the resemblance is technically limited to only similar landscape surrounding both the freshwater bodies.
Reacting sharply to the statement of Women for Just Peace (WJP) regarding Kuki Black Day observance, Kuki Women Organisation for Human Rights (KWOHR) has said that WJP is a never heard organisation till few days back in the realm of human rights activism.
A section of people from a rally ransacked vehicles and tried to forcefully enter a local jail on Wednesday suspecting that two persons accused of murdering a policeman are lodged there, police said.
Noting that ‘resuming of duties’ by vice-chancellor Prof Adya Prasad Pandey has led to further deterioration of atmosphere in Manipur University after the varsity recently returned to normalcy, Department of Higher Education of Ministry of Human Resource Development has placed Prof Pandey under suspension with immediate effect.
Lauding both state and Central governments for suspending vice-chancellor professor AP Pandey, Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) has said that MU community comprising MUTA, MUSA and MUSU is pleased over the action initiated against the professor of late.
Condemning the recent mob lynching incident at Tharoijam and calling for an end to such incidents in state, volunteers of Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress Committee (MPYC) and Manipur Pradesh Mahila Congress jointly staged a protest in front of Congress Bhawan, here Wednesday.
Under the DBT Star College Scheme and DDU Centre for KAUSHAL, Dhanamanjuri Community College launched ‘Yongchak Cans’ under the brand name ‘Mathel’ during a function at the college premises here on Tuesday.
Noting with regret comparative decline in the performance at the international level of competitions, chief minister N Biren declared that the state government will increase the cash awards to sportspersons who bring laurels to the state.
Deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Saturday said that a single agency cannot be blamed for failure in justice delivery system since shared responsibilities and concerted efforts among the agencies are must to ensure speedy justice to the public.
With no prima facie evidence found against four out of the six persons arrested on the charge of peddling psychotropic drugs, Special Judge ND&PS, Manipur in-charge on Saturday released the quartet on bail.
Reacting to accusations hurled at it during Kuki Black Day observance on Thursday, NSCN-IM has said that the Kuki-Naga conflict of 1990s was started by Kukis and observing the Black Day will never bring forth any generous and harmonious coexistence but will only increase the animosity between Nagas and Kukis.
BJP Manipur Pradesh held its executive meeting to review the strategy for wresting both the Lok Sabha seats of the state on Friday.
During observance of Sahnit Ni (Kuki Black Day) on Thursday, people of Joupi and Gelnal with survivors of the alleged coordinated attack by NSCN-IM that led to Kuki genocide bemoaned the death of all their kinsmen, women and children.
Manipur Architect Forum general secretary Yurembam Rojen has stated that with progress in society, architects have come to play a huge role in various development projects and thus, people need to be thoroughly aware about the occupations and realise that the profession is not necessarily limited to building houses alone.
Anti-Vehicle Theft Team (AVTT) of state police has arrested kingpin of a vehicle lifter gang from Thoubal Keithel on Friday afternoon.
A one-day session of Ukhrul Autonomous District Council (UADC) House was unanimously adjourned sine die as a mark of protest against what it termed as 'forcible eviction' of elected ADC members and 'continued ill- treatment' of the district councils by the state government, on Thursday.
Reiterating its demand for flushing out NSCN-IM from the state, All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) has declared to intensify its stir in both in the hills and the valley against illegal activities of NSCN-IM from Friday onwards.
Myanmar Press Council (MPC) vice-chairman Dr Myo Thant Tin has stressed the importance of cooperation between journalists of India and Myanmar in order to bring development and better ties between the two neighbouring countries.
Normal functioning of government offices was affected on Wednesday with employees of 90 out of 105 government departments ceasing work and staging sit-in protest demanding expeditious implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission.
With increasing amount of pollutants emitted into the air due to increasing number of vehicles and other factors, the air quality in Keishampat area has become a matter of concern with the possibilities of causing respiratory problems.
Photo exhibition, presentation of chronological events and harrowing tales of survivors marked the second day of Kuki Black Day locally known as Sahnit-Ni observance at Kuki Inpi Churachandpur office premises on Wednesday.
Kukis decry justice undone at tribute ceremony
Day one of the three-day long 25th Sahnit-Ni (Black Day) observance which got underway on Tuesday at Tuiboung Kuki Inpi, Churachandpur was marked by organising committee chairman Letzamang Haokip lashing out at both the state and central governments for denying justice to 1157 Kuki people slain during the Kuki-Naga clash in 1990s.
In good news for thousands of Asha and Anganwadi workers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday announced a hike in their monthly honorarium from October. In addition, all accredited social health activists (Asha) will be brought under the coverage of various social security schemes and provided free insurance cover under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Prime Minister Suraksha Bima Yojana.
Slamming the Congress party for calling the nationwide bandh on Monday, BJP Manipur Pradesh criticised the Congress party for forgetting the acute scarcity of fuel faced in the state due to highway blockade during its rule.
In an unprecedented turn of event, members and workers of BJP Mandal Thangmeiband were left without much choice but to stay out of a GTV camp when local MLA Khumukcham Joykisan came and took charge of the camp while stating that GTV camp is a government mission and not of BJP.
Bharat bandh brings normal life to grinding halt in state
The countrywide Bharat Bandh called by opposition political organisations, including the Congress and Left parties against the surging prices of petroleum products in the country severely affected normal life in the state too.
Expressing concern over younger generation getting infatuated with western culture and lifestyles, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla stressed the importance of blending modern day education system with preservation of traditional culture and values.
Preparation for observance of Sahnit-Ni (Kuki Black Day) from September 11 has been made in Churachandpur district.
“Culture, tradition and costume play important roles in defining a society or community and those who could uphold such traditions could be regarded as a good son of the community.”
The Army is looking at recalibrating its counter-insurgency strategy in the militancy-hit North East in the wake of an “over cautious” approach being adopted by its field units following the Supreme Court’s strict orders to the CBI probing a number of cases of alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur, military sources said.
The mortal remains of rifleman Champeshwar Mahakhud of 29 AR, who lost his life during a gunfight with militants at Zoupi area of Chandel on September 7, were sent on his final journey with full state honour on Sunday.
Governor Dr Najma Heptulla hailed the sacrifices of soldiers of Indian National Army, Imperial Japanese Army and Allied Force who laid down their lives in Manipur during the second world war.
September 8 was the grim anniversary of the imposition of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, (AFSPA) in Manipur in 1980.
Strongly condemning the September 3 incident at Nungba bazar wherein an AMSU functionary was assaulted and artistes travelling in a passenger carrier were harassed by some people who identified themselves as cadres of NSCN (IM), chief minister N Biren has affirmed that all those involved in the incident will definitely be arrested and punished as per law of the land.
Strongly condemning and opposing the 100-hr blockade announced by All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Nungba Youth Organisation (NYO), Nungba Sub-Division Joint Action Committee (NAJAC), Rongmei Naga Council Manipur-Luangba Luangrian (RNCM), Nungba Areas Women Society (NAWS) have demanded apology from AMSU for defaming Nungba people and resignation of AMSU secretary general S Anil within one week.
Decrying the assault on All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) general secretary Soibam Anil by four self-proclaimed members of NSCN-IM as direct affront to entire student community, students of various schools staged protests on Saturday.
Angou, the juice seller: A desperate boy with a tragic history
There are individuals in the society who could be seen working hard braving all odds, desperate to earn some daily income to support his/her family at a tender age with nobody left in the family to care for self or siblings.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu's names have been jointly recommended for this year's prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
MC Mary Kom on Thursday advanced to the finals, while L Sarita Devi made the semi-finals as Indian boxers assured themselves of seven medals in the 13th International Silesian Championship for women in Gliwice, Poland.
Asian Games gold-medallist Swapna Barman will have customised shoes for her 12-toed feet soon as the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has tied up with footwear company Adidas to ensure specially-designed gear for the heptathlete.
There is nothing new or strange about parents hiring private tutors to help their children with their studies as they reach secondary or senior secondary level which parents consider a critical stage in their children’s career.
People who do not get enrolled in the National Register for Citizens (NRC) in Assam for lack of proof should not be detained in camps like those deemed foreigners by the state’s Foreigners Tribunals -- but they should have truncated rights: Former Assam’s Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi did not state this expressly, but as much could be inferred from his suggestions at an interaction with the media at the national capital earlier in the week.
Indo-Myanmar relations are turning to a new dimension to strengthen exponentially, based on the spurt in bilateral discussion and agreement in the recent past. Increasing connectivity, trade and infrastructure investment and greater security, co-operation with South – East Asia are core aims of India’s Act East Policy.
AUDACITY of those who uploaded video clippings of the Tharoijam incident; and probably were part of the thrashing, implies that the mob was neither impressed with the law enforcement agencies nor undeterred by the fact that law of land will eventually catch up with them.
WITH uncountable number of Kuki families yet to recover or are simply unwilling to forget the shocking experience of seeing their near and dear ones shot and bludgeoned mercilessly to death for no fault of theirs during the tumultuous Naga-Kuki clash in the 1990s, the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) president PS Haokip threatening to take up arms again during the Kuki Black Day observance speech at Churachandpur town was on expected lines.
WHILE it would be outright presumptuous to foretell fresh strategies which the military action schemers of the Indian army might be adopting to sustain the counter-insurgency operation in the North East, it would not be totally out of context to speculate that the new tactics will be a blend of crackdowns marked by military precision and taking extreme precautions to avoid causing harm to civilians or immobilised members of outlawed armed organisations.