Rahul Gandhi writes to Kishorechandra

AICC president Rahul Gandhi wrote to Kishorechandra Wangkhem, who has been detained under National Security Act (NSA), and expressed solidarity of Congress party with him and extended support. In the letter dated January 2, Rahul Gandhi strongly condemned his detention under NSA while terming it as another attempt to use state machinery to silence voice of dissent.

Kyamgei fumes over denial of NFSA cards

Reacting against cancellation of ration cards under National Food Security Act (NFSA) for 75 per cent of Muslim families in Keirao assembly constituency by CAF&PD department, Kyamgei Muslim Youth Development Association has demanded explanation from the department at the earliest.

Assembly seeks views on liquor bill

The select committee, which was constituted by Manipur Legislative Assembly to examine the Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018, has solicited views/suggestions from the general public.

ATSUM asks Catholic schools to relocate

Alleging that some groups in the valley including one UG organisation have been harassing Catholic school authorities in the valley districts every year during January,

YAF’s drive against wildlife meat flayed

Few days after Yening Animal Foundation (YAF) seized 42kg seasoned meat of Porcupine, Monkey, Wild boar and Deer and set it on fire, criticism against the drive has come through social media and whatsapp groups.

State achieves target of Saubhagya scheme

The target for electrification of households under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA) in the state has been successfully achieved as per report of REC (Rural Electrification Corporation).

CM reviews activities of textiles, commerce and industries departments

As part of the series of review meetings of different government departments, chief minister N Biren chaired a joint review meeting of the directorate of trade commerce and industries and the directorate of handloom and textiles at the CM’s secretariat on Wednesday.

“Don’t let the dogs out” order peeves animal rights group

Expressing dismay over the order issued by the government of Manipur that asked owners to put collar belt and confine their pet dogs at homes, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisation (FIAPO) has cautioned that it will initiate legal action against the government in case the order is not revoked.

Central projects to be reviewed today

Officials of DoNER ministry and state team lead by chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu would be reviewing NLCPR and NEC projects sanctioned in the state through video conference on Friday. Following a recent review meeting of the projects chaired by Dr Suresh Babu, DoNER ministry’s SE (TW) Gunsagar Jain along with planning department officials made a field visit to the project sites to assess the progress of ongoing and new projects on Thursday.

False implication of men by women increasing: MSCW

Observing that crimes against men by women are increasing in the state, Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) chairperson professor Dr Meinam Binota has urged women of the state not to use the commission as a tool to exploit their male counterparts or submit false complaints to the commission.

Rs 50,000 reward for info on kidnappers

Superintendent of police, Imphal West district has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for providing information about the two accused kidnappers namely Songkhogin Kipgen alias Kenedy (38) s/o Letkholun Kipgen, who is the commander-in-chief of KNF-MC, non-SoO group and its member Ngamkholen alias Lelen (43) s/o Kaikholal.

Army soldier killed, 3 hurt in AP encounter

An Army soldier was killed and three others injured in an encounter with suspected insurgents near Lomsong village in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.

‘Tamenglong’ to reach South Africa before Christmas

The GPS tagged Amur Falcon ‘Tamenglong’, which flew past Somalia on November 24 reached Tanzania on December 6. ‘Tamenglong’ was GPS tagged to trace the routes of the bird species which migrate to Manipur in November every year.

ABC negates findings of wildlife experts

Affairs of Benign Centre (ABC), Naharup Huirem Leikai has negated the findings of the wildlife experts on the ground that they have come to the conclusion too early without any proof that the domestic livestock were killed by dogs.

Kh Joykisan for debate at MLA level only

Reacting against the allegations made by BJP spokesperson Ch Bijoy, who said that Thangmeiband AC MLA Kh Joykisan made many errors while filing election affidavit; L Parjit Singh who is private secretary to the MLA nullified the allegation of Bijoy terming it as false and baseless.

Manipuri nurses to be trained in Japan

Graduate nurses of the state will be selected for training in ‘functional recovery care’, which is a special technique to take care of people suffering from dementia and other bed-ridden patients, at Japan.

Driver killed in accident

Driver of a Tata DI was killed in an accident near Tengnoupal police station on Tuesday 3.50 pm. The deceased driver has been identified as Md Islamuddin, son of Md Tomba Borayangbi Mayai Leikai, Bishnupur district.

Universities told to observe Flag Day

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed varsities across the country to observe December 7 as the Armed Forces Flag Day to commemorate the "supreme sacrifices" made by the country's soldiers during conflicts.

NITI forum for NE to meet on Tuesday

The second meeting of the 'NITI Forum for North East' will be held here on Tuesday and will focus on issues pertaining to five critical sectors.

MPP reiterates stand on fielding candidates

Manipur People’s Party (MPP) president Oinam Jugindro reiterated that the party will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Election by fielding candidates for both inner and outer parliamentary constituencies.

Apex Court dismisses pleas of Army men

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed pleas of over 350 Army men who had challenged the registration of FIRs against members of the armed forces for carrying out operations in Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir where the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) is in force.

Japanese litterateur all-praise for Manipuri hospitality

Conceding that he is immensely pleased with the hospitality and warmth received during their stay in the state, Japanese non-fiction writer Prof Nomura Susumu has said such cordial conduct and attitude of the people makes him fully convinced of revisiting Manipur sooner than later.

DoNER minister not happy with fund use in NE

Taking serious note of the fact that the states in Northeast are not using funds up to the mark DoNER minister Dr Jitendra Singh has asked the chief ministers of NE states to expedite fund utilisation.

Kishorechand sent to jail

Imphal West District Magistrate sent Kishorechand Wangkhemcha to jail on Tuesday under the National Security Act.

Ministry advises to accept documents available at Digilocker, mParivahan

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has advised to accept documents available at Digilocker or mParivahan app of the ministry and treat them at par with the certificate issued by the transport authorities under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 via a letter dated August 8, 2018.

Dr Heptulla bats for empowerment of women

Though women in the north-east are highly regarded for their immense contributions in diverse fields, the same cannot be said of their compatriots in other parts of the world as they subjected to various forms of atrocities, said Governor Dr Najma Heptulla.

Regulate subjects, weight of school bag: MHRD

Ministry of Human Resource Development has instructed all states and union territories to formulate guidelines to regulate the teaching of subjects and weight of school bag in accordance with the government’s instructions. According to MHRD, homework shall not be assigned to the students reading in classes I and II.

Government urged for ‘Lake City’ in Loktak Lake

INTACH Manipur Chapter convener Dr RK Ranjan has appealed to the state government to explore the possibilities of developing a ‘Lake City’ in Loktak in order to alleviate the hardships of fishermen, who were displaced during the burning of floating huts seven years back.

Diploma course on public health nursing supervisor opened

Regional Health & Family Welfare Training Centre has added Diploma in Public Health Nursing Supervisor (DPHNS) course with H&FW director Dr K Rajo inaugurating the course on Thursday.

Sangkungmei village cattle facing tiger threat

Tigers continue to be on the prowl and hunt cattle in Sangkungmei village of Senapati district. Village chairman reported that about 5/6 goats of the village were hunted down by tigers on Tuesday triggering fear among the villagers.

Defence minister Sitharaman declared state guest

The state government has declared union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who will inaugurate the Manipur Sangai Festival, as state guest during her stay here, according to an order issued by GAD.

Three Manipur girls rescued from Shimla spa

Shimla police have busted a sex racket allegedly being operated in the guise of a spa in Shimla and rescued six girls including three from Manipur.

AR accused of framing civilian driver

Refuting report of arresting a KNF cadre by a combined team of 26 Assam Rifles and Thoubal CDO, Immortal Jeep, DI, Diesel Autorickshaw, Tata Magic Cooperative Society Limited contended that the arrested person is a civilian driver who has been framed by 26 AR.

Excess goods banned along Imphal-Moreh road

The directorate of transport has banned all sorts of vehicles carrying goods in excessive weight along the Imphal Moreh highway with immediate effect.

CM reviews security ahead of Sangai Fest

Chief minister N Biren reviewed security scenario in the run up to the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2018 late Thursday evening.

CM Biren demeans development during Cong regime

Coming down heavily against Congress party’s claim of bringing development during its tenure, chief minister N Biren said that the previous Congress government in the state did nothing for welfare of the people except sharing money released for contact works.

SC dismisses Prof Yugindro’s leave petition

The special leave petition filed by former MU vice-chancellor professor K Yugindro in the Supreme Court of India has been dismissed by the apex court Tuesday. Professor K Yugindro had filed the special leave petition after Manipur High Court gave its judgment on PIL No 49/2018 on October 11 last.

NESF Bank opens branch at RIMS Road

Deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Monday inaugurated the Lamphel branch of North East Small Finance Bank at Nagamapal, RIMS Road.

Govt urged to save historic Heibok hill

Taking serious note over the rampant destruction caused to Heibok hill, which has historical importance apart from being a reserve forest area, NPP state secretary general Khuraijam Loken has drawn attention of the government to look into the matter and put an immediate end to the illegal activities to save the hilllock.

Lanusungkum Jamir to be sworn as HC Judge

In sync with the Ministry of Law and Justice (Department of Justice) appointing Lanusungkum Jamir as the Judge of High Court of Manipur on November 9, the swearing in ceremony of the new judge will be conducted on November 12.

Probe begins in Bank of Baroda fraud case

An intensive investigation is being carried out by the management of Bank of Baroda to trace the person who illegally withdrew an amount of Rs 94.50 lakh from the account of Manipur University for housing loan and Rs 33.30 lakh from the account of one N Tilotama using fake cheques.

Imphal noise level crosses 88 decibel on Diwali night

Noise level in Imphal crossed 88 decibel on November 7 night as people burst firecrackers to celebrate Diwali.

Govt keen to bring scribes under CMHT: CM

Noting that in-spite of serious financial constraints, journalists have been contributing enormously in the promotion of social harmony and making the public aware about various government schemes and programme, chief minister N Biren said that the government of Manipur will come up with a new policy to cover working journalists of the state under the Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) scheme.

CM announces ` 10 lakh award for Mandakini

Chief minister N Biren has announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh for renowned singer Mandakini Takhellambam for her performance in the Zee TV talent show Sa Re Ga Ma.

Chandrakirti Heritage Complex at Behiang

Art & Culture Minister L Jayantakumar Singh has announced that a Chandrakirti Heritage Complex will be developed at Behiang, Churachandpur district.

Ticket booking website of Sangai Fest launched

Chief minister N Biren Saturday launched website www.sangaiticket.in for booking tickets for the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival 2018 at a function held in the cabinet hall of CM’s secretariat.

Hopingson elected as new TNL Prez

Hopingson A Shimray has been elected as the new president of Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) succeeding Weapon Zimik in an uncontested general election held at its assembly hall here on Friday. Along with him, Tuisem Kamkara and Khanngam Muivah were also elected unopposed, as vice president and deputy speaker of the apex customary body respectively.

Landslide in Nagaland cuts off Impl-Dmpur road

A massive landslide occurred near Kukidolong village in Nagaland cut-off Imphal-Dimapur road since the past few days.

NAB nabs drug peddler with 3kg heroin

Acting on a tip-off, a team of Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) nabbed a drug peddler and recovered 3 kg Heroin from his possession.

3 IAS, 2 MCS officers given new postings

Postings of three IAS officers and two MSC officers have been altered with immediate effect and order has been issued by chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu Tuesday.

Nov 15 deadline served to upgrade 4 aided colleges

Maintaining that the four aided colleges namely SK Women College, Bishnupur; Waikhom Mani Girls College, Thoubal; South East Manipur College, Komlathabi and Moreh College, Moreh have no shortcomings in terms of infrastructure and students, the Four Government Aided College Teachers’ Association has served November 15 as deadline for upgrading the four aided colleges into full-fledged government colleges.

Khemchand longs for tribal communities in Lai Haraoba

Taking note of presentation of tribal dances by non-tribals as part of Lai Haraoba events held across the state, Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Yumnam Khemchand has called for actual participation from tribal communities themselves in the largest religious festival of the Meetei community.

Kangla light & sound show on every weekend

After successful trial recently, the light and sound show inside Kangla Fort will be started every Saturday and Sunday with two daily shows from this week onwards.

MPP to field candidates in Lok Sabha polls

Manipur People’s Party (MPP) president Oinam Jugindro has stated that the party would field candidate in the coming Lok Sabha elections in both the Inner and Outer Manipur constituencies.

MOMA organic products in high demand at Delhi fair

The organic products produced by Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) are in high demand at the 3-day long BIOFACH India 2018 exhibition, which is being organised by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Government of India.

KKL demands white paper on Kangla master plan

Expressing concern that the ongoing construction of a Raas Leela Mandop at Kangla may cause a huge controversy, Kangleipak Kangba Lup (KKL) advisor Yambem Laba has demanded the state government to produce a white paper on the master plan that was sketched in presence of Kangla Fort Board, Central government officials and architectural experts in 2004, with regard to all construction works to be taken up at Kangla.

JNIMS teachers flay Oct 23 incident

JNIMS Teachers’ Association has strongly condemned the destruction caused to hospital asset by relatives of a patient who passed away at the Surgical ICU ward of the hospital on October 23 midnight.

CBI Dir divested of charge, opposition smells a rat

In a dramatic midnight development, the government virtually removed CBI Director Alok Verma amid speculation that he was planning to order a probe into the controversial Rafale deal, a charge Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dismissed as "rubbish" saying it was done to ensure fairplay in investigations into bribery allegations levelled in the war between him and the agency's number two Rakesh Asthana.

Shyamkumar calls for saving beauty of Loktak Lake

The 23rd Loktak Day 2018 organised under the theme 'Save Loktak, Our Life' by Loktak Day Celebration Committee, Komlakhong was held at Komlakhong Chingthee, Mayang Imphal in Imphal West district on Wednesday.

Rally taken out to demand safe land of churches

Christians under the aegis of All Manipur Christian Organisation (AMCO) carried out a rally on Wednesday demanding inclusion of churches in the government’s policy for regularisation of land allotment for religious structures and buildings.

Sangai Festival gets first official sponsor

Along with providing a sum of Rs 5 lakh for the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival 2018, Panthoibi Housing Finance Company Limited (PHFCL) has become the first official sponsor of the state’s annual tourism festival. 

Biswajit in Paris to hardsell state's industrial potential

Textiles, commerce & industries minister Thongam Biswajit, accompanied by principal secretary (textiles, commerce & industries) P Vaiphei reached Paris, France on Monday to participate in the SIAL-2018 World Food Exhibition on Monday as part of the Indian delegation led by union minister of state for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur.

Nikki Sumi appointed NSCN (K) commander-in-chief

In what may termed as an interesting turn of events, less than a week after the NIA announced the list of ‘Most Wanted Fugitives’ in India whereby the names of top leaders of the NSCN also featured, reports are in that Nikki Sumi has been appointed as the Commander-in-Chief of NSCN (K) led by Yung Aung, nephew of SS Khaplang.

CCpur police solve extortion case, three arrested

In a swift action, Churachandpur district police nabbed all three youths who extorted money from proprietor of an electronic goods shop on October 20 evening.

Police Commemoration Day observed across state

Senapati district police observed Police Commemoration Day at Police Reserve Line, Senapati on Sunday, during which SP (Senapati) M Pradeep Singh explained reason and significance of the observance.

Unity call echoed at Chingdai Area Chavang Kut

Member of Parliament of Manipur Outer Parliamentary Constituency, Thangso Baite attended one of the grandest Chavang Kut celebrations at Chingdai Khullen in Chingdai Area in Kangpokpi district on October 19 which was organised with a motive to promote unity and cultural integration in the area.

Central team to oversee RERA issues in six NE states

The Centre will send a special team to six northeastern states later this week to resolve issues pertaining to the implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016.

SI faces charge of bashing, looting

For the grave misconduct meted out by sub-inspector (SI) Tikendra Singh of Imphal West, a departmental proceeding is being contemplated against the police officer and he has been placed under suspension with immediate effect.

Jarnail Singh hails ‘Start-Up’ Manipur scheme

Hailing state government’s ‘Start Up’ programme, Manipur University administrator Jarnail Singh has said the scheme is a good one taken up to increase of number of entrepreneurs.

Centre keen to revive defunct industries: Tombi

Shiv Sena Manipur president M Tombi conveyed that Union Cabinet Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises Anand Ganagaram Geete has given positive response regarding the party's proposal for revival of the spinning mill at Loitang Khunou and Jiri Tea Estate.

Chak-hao seeds under MOMA are pure: Dir

While conceding that yield in the first year of MOMA-initiated aromatic black rice cultivation project was not fully satisfactory on account of farmers’ naivety and communication gap with the officials concerned, agriculture director Ph Rajendra has asserted that there is no valid reason to fear that the black rice project would fail.

TNL lifts boycott of ex-MLAs

A three-year old boycott call against two former Congress MLAs Preshow Shimray and Victor Keishing has been revoked by Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) during a reception programme at its assembly hall here on Saturday. 

MJ Akbar quits over allegations of sexual harassment

The Me Too campaign claimed its first political scalp on Wednesday when MJ Akbar quit as Minister of State for External Affairs ten days after several women came out with allegations of sexual harassment and molestation by him during his days as editor in the media.

Give 10 years, BJP will bring change in Manipur: Biswajit

Pledging sincere efforts in bringing developmental change in the state, works minister Th Biswajit has asked the people of Manipur to give a chance of 10 years to the BJP government in order to take the state to a whole new level of development.

ZCOs lift ban on national project

Zeliangrong Civil Organisations (ZCOs) have suspended ban on construction works of national project in Zeliangrong areas with immediate effect.

EEVFAM complaint to DGP flays police threat to member

Extra Judicial Execution Victims Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) has filed a complaint to Director General of Police (DGP) for taking action against inspector S Ibotombi for threatening its member Yengkhom Ibomcha Singh on the ground that he had posted a court order of Chief Judicial Magistrate (Imphal West) which mentioned inspector Ibotombi as one of the accused in the CBI charge sheet pertaining to EEVFAM vs Union of India case of the Supreme Court of India.

Biren urges Catholic society to be missionary of change

Chief Minister N Biren has called upon Catholic priests and nuns to contribute their might in ushering in a new era of camaraderie, peace and development in the state.

Governor agreeable on judicial probe into MU raid: RK Anand

The Governor is agreeable on the demand of Committee of Political Parties for launching a judicial enquiry into the midnight raid by armed security forces at Manipur University without any authorisation from the varsity, Committee convener RK Anand.

New Datsun Go launched in Imphal

The latest version of the Datsun's hatchback New Datsun Go was launched at Iland Nissan showroom, Canchipur on Tuesday.

Guwahati airport to be directly connected to seven countries

What is expected to provide northeast India a big leap in connectivity, the Union ministry of civil aviation has cleared an international air connectivity scheme, which will connect Guwahati airport with seven countries.

Shop catches fire in Thoubal

A spectacles shop at Thoubal Keithel caught fire on Sunday evening at about 7.45 damaging some properties and documents inside the shop. The shop belongs to one Thounaojam ongbi Manandini, wife of Th Oken of Thoubal Haokha.

Addl director fisheries arrested in graft case

A special team of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption PS led by its deputy SP AK Sadananda has arrested additional director of fisheries department H Biramani on Friday in connection with misappropriation of government fund to the tune of Rs 1.27 crore.

Student seeks FIR against Prof Yugindro

A day after a research scholar sought registration of an FIR against Manipur University vice-chancellor in-charge Prof K Yugindro on the alleged ground of feeding false information with regard to the Manipur University impasse, another university student lodged a complaint to officer in-charge of Singjamei police station against Prof Yugindro.

Possible strike over banker’s murder

Bankers all over the country are likely to launch a nationwide strike demanding arrest of the assailants, who killed service manager of SBI Dadara branch (Assam) Junu Sharma, who was shot dead by two unknown persons coming on a motorcycle on her way home on Tuesday. SBI Officers' Association, NE Circle regional secretary Ch Lilabanta informed this to media persons during a memorial service organised in honour of the slain SBI officer in front of SBI MG Avenue office on Wednesday evening.

MUTA resolves to boycott VC i/c, MUSA cease work

In connection with the prevailing issue at Manipur University, Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) convened a general body meeting at its office on Tuesday and adopted six resolutions including launch of non-cooperation movement against Professor K Yugindro.

Centre to set up Rs 22 cr Eri Silk mill in state

Union textiles minister Smriti Irani has announced to set up an Eri Silk spinning mill at the cost of Rs 22 crore in the state.

PREPAK (Pro) celebrates Red Army Raising Day

People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Progressive) celebrated the 42nd raising day of its Red Army on Tuesday. According to a statement of the outfit, the celebrations held at party’s central head quarter (CHQ), general head quarter (GHQ), mobile units, check points and base area were participated by concerned officers and people.

Post NRC exodus worries JCILPS

Under the stated objective of checking unrestrained influx of outsiders, Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has opened a new unit at Torbung under Kumbi assembly constituency in Bishnupur district on Monday.

Ukhrul ADC best performing council: Ex-MLA

Former Ukhrul MLA Samuel Risom has said that Ukhrul Autonomous District Council (UADC) is the 'best performing' council at the present juncture of political scenario in hill districts of the state, acknowledging the 'perseverance' and 'commitment' of the incumbent local self-government of Ukhrul to bring about tangible development in the district.

Lifer for murder convict, told to pay `1.50 lakh fine

Soibam Dhanabir (42) who had been found guilty by the court for murdering his lover, destroying evidence and dumping her body at Poila Loukol, Phuramakhong was given life sentence and imposed a fine of Rs 1.50 lakh by the District and Sessions Judge, Imphal West on Monday.

Students seeking withdrawal of FIR tear-gased,one hurt

A student sustained injuries when police personnel fired tear gas shells towards a large number of students, who had come to the Wangkhei Thangapat Mapal residence of Manipur University VC in-charge Professor K Yugindro on Saturday to request him for withdrawal of the FIR filed against the arrested students and teachers.

DLOs told to maintain proper land records

:Discussing issues related protection of land belonging to various government departments, studying/assessing feasibility of setting up a detention cum rehabilitation centre for drug addicts, action plan to contain outbreak of locust at Lungthul area, Churachandpur Deputy Commissioner Shyam Lal Poonia has instructed DLOs concerned to conduct proper demarcation of the land allotted to their departments and submit copies of their patta to the district administration.

Phoibut VA blames cops for mob violence

Alleging slow response of the police over the mob violence which occurred in the village on October 3, Phoibut (Charoi Chagotlong Part 1) Village Authority election secretary Paul Golmei has said that the unfortunate incident could have been averted if police responded to the report of the village authority in time.

Woman, transgender found dead

In two separate incidents that took place under Imphal Police Station, a woman was found dead hanging in her husband’s home while a transgender got killed in a hit-and-run case.

NIA begins probe into arms seizure case

NIA has taken up investigation of the case into seizure of illegal arms cache at Mantripukhri after registering a case at its Guwahati office on Thursday on the basis of original case of Heingang PS FIR No 80(5)2018 dated 22/05/2018.

Govt plans ‘sex sorted semen’ proj to augment dairy yield

In a bid to increase production capacity of dairy products in the state, the directorate of veterinary and animal husbandry would be taking up a special programme for artificial insemination of ‘sex sorted semen’ in order to produce female calves.

Border passes to be mandatory to enter Namphalong

Troopers of 11 Assam Rifles on Friday imposed restrictions on conduct of business at Namphalong Keithel by blocking Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate no 2.

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SC boost to ban bandh

WITH the Supreme Court, yet again, heavily censuring all agitations that cause disruptions to normal chores and public life along with issuing strong instruction to the government to imprison and extract monetary penalties from bandh/strike sponsors, it could be safely concluded that Manipur police will be facing more torrid times in case the apex court decree is to be executed in spirit and letter.

Changing dynamics of bandhs in Manipur

IT seems that the present regime is trying to drive home the message that those who do not fall in line with its scheme of things will be dealt with without any impunity under laws of the land.

Mob violence

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.

KNO threat to abrogate peace

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.

Disgruntled foot soldiers

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.

Hapless bureaucrats

SOME top officials doubting judicious implementation of the BJP government’s transfer and posting policy was on expected lines if one takes into account of the frequent issuance of orders for shifting assignments and job stations of MCS and IAS officers.

Framing ‘fearless’ commandos

REGARDLESS of the slight delay in complying with the Supreme Court order for investigation and registration of FIRs into allegations of fake encounter killings that took place in the state in the initial stage, the CBI submitting a series of reports and accusing security forces of questionable conduct suggests that the probe process is gathering pace.

Artificial shortage of fertilisers?

IMPROMPTU agitation by farmers against government’s failure to ensure them adequate supply of fertilisers sums up plight and pathetic condition of the food producers.

Essence of celebrating Manipuri Language Day

THOUGH its lyricism and precision might not yet have contributed anything substantial to the worlds of philosophy, science and arts in-spite of having an enviable history, it’s a matter of great pride that Manipuri is among the few Indian languages to be included in the 8th Schedule.

Endless challenges for Government

ENDING the record-breaking economic blockade in 2016-17 along the two lifelines of Manipur; enforced to denounce the previous government’s creation of seven new districts and which the blockade enforcers took as counteraction to the aspiration for integration of Naga-inhabited areas, was one of the success stories that marked the advent of the BJP-led coalition government in the state.

Bid to dilute ancestors’ patriotic zeal

THOUGH interpretations vary and its exposition inexplicable, freedom; be it of nations or individuals, is an unrivalled blessing and this intrinsic value had been the driving force for the antiquely armed Manipuri forefathers to dare to challenge the might of the globe-trotting British soldiers in the epochal Khongjom War of 1891.

Relevance of NRC in NE states

THOUGH controversy continues, albeit created by increasingly shrinking number of opposition leaders, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) published some days back in Assam has started to make those who matters most in other north-eastern states to stand up, feel the experience and mull over that this exercise might be the most effective mechanism to safeguard the native people from the impact of growing infiltration of both migrant workers and illegal immigrants.

Tightening noose around CBI’s neck

THOUGH the Supreme Court had on Friday directed the CBI director to appear before it and explain reason for the slow pace of investigation into the alleged extra-judicial killings in the state the probe agency is unlikely to come up with any firm commitment or dramatic revelations other than seek more time to carry on the investigation.

Tougher challenges ahead

CONTRARY to widespread speculation that the just concluded monsoon session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly might be a stormy one – both inside and outside the dome, in view of the various sensitive and contentious issues besieging the state, the two sittings passed off by and large in a cordial manner in comparison with the past sessions.

The greatest show on earth

IT’S no secret that Manipur have some of the most passionate football fans in the world. Though football and Manipur have been somewhat synonymous for the past many years, the craze for the beautiful game gets feverish pitch after every four years due to the Fifa World Cups.

We badly need open spaces

I often hear many people talk about the need to develop local parks in the valley instead of constructing unplanned community halls.

Thorny issues at the Government’s doorstep

Putting continuous efforts to remove the emotional and developmental gaps amongst various communities of the state, focusing on inclusive and harmonious development and implementing citizen-centric and corruption-free policies, to name a few, have been the hall-mark of the BJP-led government in Manipur.

SC keen to take final call on fake encounters

THE Supreme Court directing the CBI on Thursday to file final reports in four cases of alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in Manipur drives home the message that the three-judge bench is keen to take a final call on the matter at the soonest possible even if the investigation into many other similar allegations drags on. That the apex court had also emphasised on active involvement of the National

Is protest against eviction drive justifiable?

SHUTDOWN enforced in Muslim populated areas on Tuesday in denunciation of the eviction drive carried out at Awaching area in Imphal East is the second such protests experienced this year against the government decision to either sanitise reserved forest areas or cleanse the river banks of unauthorised structures.

Toothless rights commission

THE Supreme Court of India directing greater involvement of the National Human Rights Commission in the on-going investigation into cases of alleged fake encounter killings in Manipur leaves no doubt that the apex court is determined to deliver justice to those who have been exterminated or are nursing physical and mental suffering due to excesses committed by security forces.

Ill-equipped to tackle fishy traders ?

IT’S a pity that in-spite of past incidences of food safety unit officials as well as NGO volunteers detecting, seizing and sealing food outlets for not complying with standard regulations, the government of Manipur is still depending on confirmation of result of fish samples collected for testing subsequent to detection of suspected formalin traces in imported fish.

Reaching out to CSOs over ILP stalemate

YET another assembly session is round the corner and this time too it is unlikely to be any different from the past sessions, at-least on the streets of the capital city and around fortress-like assembly complex as there are more than a handful of pending issues before the government.

Congress leaders’ take on GTV

CONGRESS leaders equating the ‘Go to Village’ (GTV) mission to an attempt by the BJP-led government to involve party loyalists, who suffered defeat in the assembly elections, in the governance is unlikely to impress those rural folks who are finally getting an inkling of what transparent governance is all about.

Firm resolve to tackle plastic menace inevitable

THE mounting garbage crisis in Imphal testifies that the government is literally moving the waste matter from point A to point B and wishing the problem will simply go away.

Yoga Day: Outlandish interpretation

IT is a matter of great pride for India that International Yoga Day is being adopted across the globe as one milestone marker of wellness. The celebration is an endorsement of yoga's universal acceptance and appeal.

Narco-politics soiling democratic ethos

THE spurt in drug smuggling, frequent recovery of huge quantities of narcotic drugs and arrest of peddlers in the state all sum up seriousness of the drug menace to the society.

Students bearing brunt of agitations

IT is disheartening to learn that the on-going agitation in Manipur University and the cease work strike of government employees is threatening to ruin the precious career of thousands of students of Manipur.

Unity wall blocking Naga unification process

THE NSCN-K’s ambush on 6 Dogra Regiment in Chandel district in 2015 and the latest incident of attacking a patrol party of the Assam Rifles in Mon district of Nagaland are not expected to pose any hurdle to the Naga peace talks, but the demands of the NSCN-IM for integration of all contagious Naga areas, remain tricky as ever.

Post-flood situation: Testing time for Govt

EXCESSIVE rainfall and flooding normally associated with the monsoons compared with acute scarcity of potable water during the short dry spells have been two starkly contrasting characteristics of Manipur for the past many years.

Happy ending to hospital bickering

THE hue and cry raised by people of Khundrakpam assembly constituency and adjoining areas against the plan to relocate the site of the proposed Imphal east district hospital from Sagolmang Khewa to Kyamgei

Secularism under threat!

THOUGH the opposition parties, the Congress in particular, have been treading cautiously not to upset the guardians of law, it is gradually getting crystal clear that the deaths of eleven protesters during the recent violent agitation by Dalits against dilution of constitutional provisions for their safeguard has provided the firepower to non-BJP political organisations; excluding the NDA allies, to project the BJP-headed Union government as anti-thesis to the secular ethos of India.

Rage over shifting of district hospital

REGARDLESS of the clarification issued by the health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar that shifting of construction site of the Imphal East district hospital from Sagolmang to Kyamgei is due to lack of consensus over land acquisition, people of Khundrakpam assembly constituency under which Sagolmang falls, have every reason to suspect that change of site is a political plot.

Finally, focus on plight of rural poor

THE government of Manipur’s plan for reaching out to the rural folks in the valley districts under the catchy ‘Go to the Village’ slogan, which is set for kick-off from the first week of May, is yet another testimony about the government’s efforts towards bringing uniform development in the state.

Political ruckus amid uncertain future

LIKE everywhere else, people of Manipur too yearn for peace, prosperity, justice, welfare, liberty, safety, etc. etc., though various issues gripping the state at the juncture and radical differences amongst the ethnic groups towards how those goals can best be achieved clearly indicate that most of these desires will remain elusive.

Conceiving the Concept of Street Park at Khwairamband Keithel

Come November and we have the biggest tourism extravaganza – the Sangai Manipur Tourism Festival 2017 – happening in our midst, with or without the desired charm and flavour.

Will air ambulance service ever take off?

THOUGH it is heartening to hear chief minister N Biren Singh announcing to launch special social security scheme for widows and differently-abled persons this month and formally implement the same by December 3, the air ambulance initiative of the government appears to be making not much progress if health minister L Jayantakumar’s remarks on Tuesday is any indication.

Lethargic approach to tourist circuit projects

NON-completion of the land acquisition formalities related to tourist circuit projects at Ningthoukhong, Phubala and Moreh areas is without any doubt anti-thesis to claims that the state government is seriously focused to tap the vast potential in the tourism sector.

Mega dams’ impact on native people

Among others, undermining the need to consult the local populace prior to undertaking major construction projects could be the genesis for objections raised against mega dams in the north eastern states at the eastern Himalayan people’s convention, which was organised on Wednesday, as economically underdeveloped communities in the region are of the belief that such massive structures demonstrate both brilliance and arrogance of human ingenuity.

Adding fuel to fire

THE Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) alleging excesses by the state police, in the latter’s pursuit to hunt down members of the students’ organisation for orchestrating the on-going movement to demand reservation of eight assembly constituencies for indigenous people, has the potential to snowball into a major issue in case the state authorities do not exercise restraint or convince the agitation spearhead to come to the negotiating table.

Job promise in scarce Manipur

It is over three months since formation of the BJP-led coalition government but minister Thongam Biswajit still harping on the party’s pre-poll promises to revive sick industrial units, develop industrial infrastructure and give emphasis on skill development to generate sufficient employment opportunity to the youth of Manipur does not justify the mandate or expectation of the people that change of government will usher in an era of over-all progress.

Perforated roads and smart city bid

REGARDLESS of the appreciable thrust being given to improve condition of the national highways and proper maintenance of inter-district routes, state authorities remaining seemingly unmindful of the importance for repairing the pothole dotted roads in and around Imphal is akin to projecting the capital city in poor light and technically surrendering from the race to secure a berth for Imphal among the state capitals for the remaining few slots of the centrally-funded smart city project.

Supreme judgment

FOR those hundreds of families, who have lost their near and dear ones at the hands of both central and state forces or have been involuntarily disappeared, the landmark decision by the Supreme Court on Friday to order investigation into 95 cases of alleged fake encounter killings in Manipur will be nothing less than virtually dismantling the AFSPA immunity shield of the military personnel.

Cleansing Nambul river to preserve state’s history

On account of the latest campaign to save the Loktak Lake from human ignorance giving emphasis on collecting waste materials from the confluence of the Nambul river, before the polluting substances reach the water body, the initiative appears to be realistic.

Unnatural growth in population

LEAVING aside the normally congested market places, casual glances around residential pockets of the twin capital districts will give a clear picture about rapid change in the demography.

Ringui boost to afforestation objectives

TO be honest, decision taken by the villagers of Ringui in Ukhrul district to designate specific forest areas as conservation sites as well as to ban use of toxic chemicals for agricultural purpose would be more effective in maintaining ecological balance than the declaration by forests and environment minister Th Shyamkumar that the forest department will focus on successful growth of the tree saplings planted on the occasion of ‘Van Mahotsav’ on July 7.

Will GST face lift Manipur?

FOLLOWING up on its promise to transform Manipur into a thriving, developed state, the BJP-led coalition government has introduced hordes of schemes in its first 100 days in office in addition to keeping firm focus on providing efficient and transparent administration at all levels and as such there is no reason for chief minister N Biren to whine over the state’s poor financial position for streamlining the revenue collection mechanism is bound to have healthy impact to the local economy.

Lessons from monsoon havoc

TORRENTIAL rainfall for few hours leading to sudden rise in the level of water of major rivers flowing through the two capital districts and embankments of almost all rivers getting breached at different points are clear indications about serious ecological imbalance in the state.

Political rhetoric and 100-day programme

GOING by the spree of launching projects and announcing welfare schemes under its 100 days programme coupled with the Union government assuring that fund shortage will not be an issue, Manipur is destined to witness positive changes in the coming years in case those responsible for overseeing implementation of the developmental projects could maintain transparency and work judiciously.

NH-37 back in the limelight

WITH oil tanker drivers deciding to ply on the Imphal-Jiribam section of National Highway-37, the highway stretch is set to hit the news headlines more frequently from now on, in case authorities concerned could not ensure proper maintenance of the route.

Miscreants on the prowl

REGARDLESS of the government giving assurances to transport operators for making the national highways safe the latest incident of unknown gunmen attacking an oil tanker in a Kangpokpi district area suggests that miscreants continue to prowl the lifeline and could launch attack anytime, anywhere.

One step forward, two steps back?

CHIEF minister N Biren’s assurance to the delegation of Mao-based civil societies and students’ organisations for bringing an early settlement to the latest incident of Angami people from neighbouring Nagaland disturbing movement of vehicles and transportation of goods along the Imphal-Dimapur section of the national highway as well as alleged encroachment on the land of the Mao people, is unlikely to fructify through the conventional method of negotiation or exerting pressure upon the governments of India and Nagaland.

Homely homes for older people

Owing to rapid advancement in medical science,the most significant demographic trend has been the marked increase in human lifespans and the citizens enjoying longer spells of good health though for some longevity in the lifespan also means having to survive with longer spells in poor health.

Still ‘Looking East’?

WITH the exception of political personalities continuing to play the Act East Policy cards whenever they come for official visits to the north-eastern states, Manipur in particular, there seems to be hardly any signs of the ambitious plan materialising any sooner on account of absence of even basic infrastructure for transportation of goods, not to speak of managing increased volume of transaction.

Irreparably damaged?

ALONG with continuous report about landslides, earth cracks and flash floods making life miserable for many in both the hill and valley areas of Manipur, the degree of destruction and threat posed to human due by natural calamities leaves no doubt that irreparable damage has been caused to the environment.

Cash windfall for rote learning?

COMPARED to none from the many government schools being able to produce even a single student among the top-25 rank holders in the recently declared result of the HSLC 2017 examination, private educational institutions not only hogging the limelight for the past many years but also handing out eye-boggling cash incentives and floating attractive schemes to lure meritorious students speak volume about the intensity of competition amongst the latter schools.

Boosting sportspersons’ morale

YOUTH Affairs and Sports Minister Letpao Haokip announcing that the daily allowances given to sportspersons of all disciplines, who represent the state at national level competitions, will be increased to Rs 1000 from the existing Rs 200, is undoubtedly one of the most significant and commendable decisions ever taken by any government.

Manipur’s pride

All four top-three position holders of the HSLC 2017 examination setting different professional targets but the same quartet having unequivocally firm resolutions to contribute their mite in the state’s overall development and betterment of the citizens is something to cheer about.

Tobacco threat to society

RAIDS being conducted to enforce the ban on consumption and sale of tobacco products coupled with continuous seizure of large quantities of the health hazardous items suggest that there has been no decline in the number of users of tobacco items in Manipur.

Success with a message

THERE might be many others whose tales of experiencing extreme hardships in preparing for the higher secondary examination have gone untold unlike that of commerce stream fourth position holder Thounaojam Loyangamba and Chinglemba Chingtham, who secured the 11th position in science stream.

Campaign to protect rogue riders

‘NO helmet, no petrol’ campaign being undertaken by the police department, with the traffic control police spearheading the drive, reflects not only apparent lack of awareness among the state masses about road safety and traffic regulations but defiance of the safety norms wilfully, particularly by the youngsters who are seen zipping across the streets on their two-wheelers.

Justice and the juvenile

Consent of the Juvenile Justice Board on Wednesday for conducting ossification test on one accused in the infamous Phaknung gang-rape case while holding his five other ‘partners in crime’ as juvenile might not go down well with various civil society organisations which have been demanding that age of all those involved in the beastly act should be determined through the standard existing procedures.

Social harmony inevitable for tourism development

POOR infrastructure for industrial development in Manipur has virtually left tourism among the few viable options to generate invaluable income and improve the state’s economy.

Sops to counter insurgency in Manipur

BY all aspects, approval given by the state cabinet on Sunday to the revised surrender policy and increasing the monthly stipend of surrendered militants from Rs 4000 to Rs 8000 is intended to solve the protracted problem of insurgency in Manipur for ushering in peace in the state. 

Thriving timber smuggling

AMID commonly accepted view that over the last several years, timber smuggling in large volumes from the interior areas of Manipur has been consequently causing serious economic losses and extensive environmental damage, forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar carrying out vigorous drives to curb unauthorised transportation of forest produce deserves appreciation and support by every stakeholder.

Crackdown on corrupt elements

RIDING on the wave of popularity of the demonetisation drive, that is believed to have paid electoral dividends in four out of five states which went to the polls in February-March this year, the Narendra Modi government has been focusing to end the corruption culture as is evident from anti-graft agencies coming down hard on corrupt elements through nationwide crackdown.

Festival of hope

AFTER years of distrust and strong undercurrent of ill-will against one another, the annual Shirui Lily festival in Ukhrul district, which has been raised to a state level extravaganza of cultural activities and tourism promotional event, is expected to be the much-needed platform for not only restoring the age-old relationships amongst the indigenous communities of Manipur but also building friendships with Nagaland.

Thriving oil syndicate

THE raid conducted at the storehouse of a brick field on Thursday resulting in the seizure of large potable containers and chemicals used as colouring agents could just be the proverbial tip of the iceberg about existence of a flourishing 'oil syndicate' in the state.

Ccpur MoU no solution to ILP issue?

 BY signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the JAC-AATB, Churachandpur on Wednesday, the BJP-led coalition government could claim the pact as yet another positive development towards bridging the palpable trust deficit between the hill and valley people.

Nagaland CM’s friendly gesture

REGARDLESS of mixed reactions generation from different quarters, Nagaland chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu’s first visit to Imphal on Tuesday gives a hint that change in government or more particularly rule by like-minded political parties could pave the way for improving inter-state relations.

Perils of Act East Policy to Manipur

THERE may be many native entrepreneurs, who are eager to explore the opportunities of striking trade relationships with their counterparts in south-east Asian countries under India’s Act East Policy.

Forest banditry in Jiribam

APART from the illegal but thriving trade on forest products, the on-going visit by the forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar in Jiribam district is likely to unearth various administrative anomalies and serve as an opportunity to understanding the plight of citizens in the border district.

Erasing memories of the dark-age

Regardless of sporadic complaints about erratic power supply, mainly due to technical factors such as outage and replacement of transformers and power line stringing works, the overall power supply situation in Manipur has improved appreciably ever since the pre-paid billing system was introduced in the last term of 15 years’ tenure of the then Congress government.

Modi factor in state’s prosperity

Though there is no official announcement yet on common minimum programme, which has been the hallmark for any coalition government formed so far, at the national or state level, the new administration headed by chief minister Nongthombam Biren seems to be wasting no time in acting on the promises made in the run-up to the state assembly elections.

Mapithel dam tangle

For the last many years rehabilitation and resettlement of families affected or displaced by the construction of Thoubal multi-purpose project remain the most vital and sensitive issue.

Attacking Manipur’s lifelines

THE second attack by gunmen on convoys of petroleum product carriers in less than a fortnight along the National Highway-2, once again brings to the fore that the transport workers not only have to navigate through the potholes-riddled stretches of the so-called national highways but also that these lifelines have literally been graveyards for the driver and their assistants.

Quest to cheer up mood of hill people

AFTER his epochal visit to Ukhrul district on April 11, during which Rs 201-crore development package was announced, chief minister Nongthombam Biren seems to be striking the right chord in winning the hearts of the hill people and regaining their trust upon the new government, if one takes into account of the overwhelming response generated from the people of Kangpokpi district on Wednesday.

Political vendetta for public welfare

TO the political detractors, the Ministry of tribal affairs’ move for instituting investigations to establish whether or not funds allocated for various welfare projects of the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes communities were judiciously utilised, could ostensibly be not only to uncover subversive activities, if any, but also to actually harass and undermine those with differing views.

Aayog vision and challenges for Manipur

THOUGH the government think tank NITI Aayog’s vision for convenient subsistence to all the citizens by ensuring them houses with proper toilets, vehicles, regular power supply and even the luxury of living in air conditioned homes with digital connectivity in 15 years is worth appreciating, such a long term vision would be akin to mocking those who are currently enduring a wretched lifestyle.

Benefits of Centre-state harmony

TAKING into account of the sops being doled out by the Union government to Manipur regularly after the BJP formed a coalition government, it could be safely concluded that the Centre-state relations improve significantly when the same political party holds the rein of power.

AFSPA cruelties under scanner

THE on-going hearing in the Supreme Court over alleged extra-judicial executions in Manipur, involving both Central and state security personnel, seems to be heading towards a face-off and blame-game between the army authorities and the state government if the army’s contention, that the judicial probes conducted into rape and murder charges against its personnel in Manipur were biased and slanted against them due to local factors, could be corroborated.

Doomsday for trigger happy men in uniform!

THE directive issued by the Supreme Court for investigation into three cases of rape and murder in 2003 in Manipur, out of 1528 complaints the court has received in connection with excesses allegedly committed by the security forces operating in the state, will definitely compel the personnel of armed forces to think twice before they pull the trigger next time.

Rumblings within coalition partners

WITH the exception of BJP comfortably winning the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, as well as the Congress regaining power in Punjab, the hung mandates in Goa and Manipur had offset some intense post-poll politicking. Though the Goa political cauldron appears to have cooled down with BJP eventually managing to cobble up a majority, formation of the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur is apparently far from achieving the goal of political stability if the resignation letter tendered by health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar is of any indication.

Tough days ahead for Biren government

NO doubt, chief minister N Biren and his ministerial colleagues were accorded hearty welcome throughout their journey, starting from the fringe villages till the Ukhrul district headquarters on Tuesday.

Test on sincerity of enforcing agents

THE Supreme Court ordering closure of liquor shops along national and state highways followed by the Lok Sabha passing the draft legislation to amend the Motor Vehicles Act merit appreciation by all selfless and right thinking citizens as both are aimed at checking loss of precious lives.

Bogus assurances on ambiguous agreement?

NON-disclosure of contents of the framework agreement, which the Union government signed with the NSCN-IM in August 2015, remains a headache for the Central leaders on account of posers being raised from various quarters on the rationale for keeping the details under wrap while in Manipur obscurity of the pact continues to create ripples.

Question leak and quality education

IF at all education minister Th Radheshyam’s suspicion about involvement of ‘inside hands’ in the leakage of physics paper question of the on-going higher secondary examination turns out to be true, then the evolving situation could anti-thesis to concerted efforts by civil societies and students’ organisations to promote quality education in Manipur.

NGOs under ministry scanner

NOTWITHSTANDING the official record of 828 NGOs operating in Manipur, out of the country’s total of 60,000, the tiny state lagging behind in varied aspects suggests that many of them have not been dispensing their responsibilities in the right earnest.

Suspicion root cause of Keithel chaos!

THE current bickering between licence holders and women street vendors over vending space in Khwairamband Keithel betrays uniqueness of the market place as the epicentre of many epochal events that consequently attributed to shaping the history of Manipur.

Controversies over using EVMs

IN the aftermath of the BJP sweeping to power in the recent Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, political organisations, particularly those that bit the dust in the polls, have been raising posers over reliability of the electronic voting machine (EVM) used while at the same time suggesting that the Election Commission of India should revert to the traditional system of using ballot papers.

Digital mode of payment and Manipur

THOUGH use of cash or currency is still the easiest and most-practiced form of transactions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be determined to transform the mode of payment through the digital system in his endeavour to put an effective curb on corruption.

Bold moves to check corruption

AMONG other recent developments, chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh allowing visitors to carry mobile phones inside government offices in order to empower the public to use them as a tool for recording any corrupt practices as well as consumer affairs, food and public distribution (CAF & PD) minister Karam Shyam declaring that the public distribution system will be streamlined are certain to draw the attention of the state’s masses, who for long have been longing for a system through which qualified and deserving persons are not deprived of their rights.

Bold moves to settle niggling issues

AFTER the success in convincing the United Naga Council to lift the protracted economic blockade imposed along the two national highways in Manipur sector, the BJP led coalition government seems equally determined to bring an amicable end to the impasse over the passing of three bills, which the previous Congress regime initiated to uphold interest of the indigenous communities settling in the state.

Scourge of unfair means in exams

AMID campaigns by many students’ organisations to streamline the education system and bring an end to the culture of using unfair means during examinations conducted by state or central boards/councils, reports published in most of the state dailies about an invigilator assisting students appearing in the on-going HSLC examination at a private centre in Wangoi to take recourse to unfair means tantamount to undermining the collective efforts for eradicating the malaise of mass copying.

District cauldron

WITH the March 19 tripartite talk in Senapati district headquarters resulting in the Government of Manipur’s representatives agreeing to consult all stakeholders as part of the fresh process to redress grievances of the United Naga Council (UNC) in the aftermath of the previous Congress regime creating seven new districts, it would be premature to construe at this juncture that the record-breaking economic blockade has ended for good.

Translating assurances into action

THE new BJP-headed coalition government has on Sunday finally managed to end the record-breaking economic blockade, which the United Naga Council (UNC) had imposed since November 1, 2016 to protest decision of the then Congress government to create seven new districts.

Sleeping with the Enemy!

REGARDLESS of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders announcing during their campaigning for the just concluded Manipur Legislative Assembly elections that the saffron party will not have pre-alliance with the Naga People’s Front (NPF), in addition to stammering when posers were raised on whether it would strike post-poll understanding with the Nagaland-headquartered political organisation, the four NPF MLAs have eventually turned out to be important players in the formation of the new BJP government in Manipur.

Finer points missed by campaign leaders

OF the many issues raked up by political parties during the exhaustive campaigning for the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly elections, the framework agreement signed in August 2015 between the Centre and the NSCN-IM, apprehension over the territorial integrity of Manipur in the aftermath of the Indo-Naga peace parleys, the recording-breaking economic blockade along the two national highways in Manipur and creation of seven new districts were the dominant ones.

Anxious wait for poll verdict

MANIPUR could be on the verge of turning over a new leaf in its political history on Saturday when counting of votes cast in the two phases of assembly elections on March 4 and 8 for the 60 assembly seats takes place.

International women’s day

THE phrase, ‘The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation’, aptly defines importance of the mother, their roles and influence upon the children, who are the future pillars of the nation.

Ultimate test for CEO

THOUGH the public address system fell silent and the dust from the over two month-long electioneering settled as parties wrapped up their campaign for the second and final phase of assembly polls in Manipur on Monday, the March 8 voting will be the ultimate test for the chief electoral officer and his poll-management teams as most of the polling stations in the second phase of the crucial adult franchise are located in the interior pockets of hill districts.

Dissecting healthy turn out of voters

THOUGH the run-up to the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly elections was marred by stray incidents of clashes amongst supporters of rival candidates and opening fire at houses and political camps set up at the locality level, especially in assembly constituencies located in the rural areas, the first phase polling ended on Saturday without any major election-related incidents with a healthy turn-out of 84 per cent of the voters exercising their franchise.

Election of the rich and powerful

MANIPUR goes to the polls for the eleventh time to elect a new ‘house of the people’ in two phases on March 4 and 8. Though the past three assembly elections had relatively been an easy outing for the Indian National Congress, this time around the outcome is likely to be different owing to sharp polarisation of the voters in the hills and valley assembly constituencies as the democratic duel is being fought on various sensitive issues.

Rumbling overframework agreement

THOUGH the contents of the framework agreement have not yet been put in the public domain, which is eventually leading to differing perceptions amongst the various stakeholders, the pact between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM signed on August 3, 2015 had brought glimmers of hope amongst the Naga populace.

Acrimonious battle for power

WITH campaigning by different political parties getting intensified and the blame-game involving prominent figures, in the run-up to the March 4 and 8 assembly polls, nearing its crescendo there is little to doubt that the race for the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly will be one of the most bitterly contested battles ever witnessed in the state.

Testing time for Ibobi & Co

One development which even the politically naïve person could have noticed in the ceaseless blame-game between leaders of the Congress party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in the run-up to the state assembly elections, is the growing discord between the Central and the state governments.

Burglarising education

AMID campaigns to make the education sector ‘disturbance-free zone’, reports of private educational institutions in Kangpokpi district deciding to remain shut for an undisclosed period over monetary demand served by armed organisations is nothing less than an anti-thesis to the efforts for ensuring that the future pillars of the society are not deprived of their fundamental rights.

Ambushing democracy

TWO state security force personnel sustaining injuries when unknown militants ambushed the security convoy of deputy chief minister Gaikhangam on Wednesday, when the latter was en-route to his native village in Tamenglong district, suggests that the Manipur assembly elections will be far from being a peaceful, not to speak of being a free and fair democratic exercise as envisioned the Election Commission of India.

Stage set for decisive polls

WITH the last date for withdrawal of candidature ending on Monday and 200 candidates remaining in the fray for the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly elections, the stage is finally set for the crucial polls, which many consider will see a bitter contest amongst established political parties as well as newly floated entities.

Fractious agreement!

UNION home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday declaring that the framework agreement, signed in August 2015 between the Centre and the NSCN-IM, will not affect the territorial integrity of Manipur might have allayed apprehension of certain section of the society but his flat rejection that contents of the pact have nothing to do with redrawing the map of Manipur or other north eastern states, is likely to stir the proverbial hornet’s nest as the same agreement is being heralded as a path-breaking truce towards solving the vexed Naga political issue.

Will the Modi factor work in Manipur?

MANY central leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party rushing in to Manipur to join the election campaign for party candidates clearly testifies that the political party, which is holding the reins of power at the centre, is determined to end the three-term rule of the Congress government and launch its innings in the eastern most state of the country.

Zeliang sacrificed for Naga machismo?

NAGALAND chief minister TR Zeliang dashing to New Delhi to appraise the Central government leaders on the fast changing socio-political scenario in the hilly state, which has been on the boil in the wake of massive protests against reservation for women in local body elections, seems to be aimed at driving home the message to all, including his colleagues in the Naga People’s Party (NPF), that he will not give up the coveted post without a fight, if at all it necessitates the involvement/intervention by the Centre.

Why no braying for NH-37 spruce-up?

FOR the past few days disparaging comments by political leaders against their opponents have been occupying maximum space of state dailies in the run-up to the two-phase 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly elections, for which votes would be cast on March 4 and 8.

Reopening Pandora’s Box?

WITH the District & Sessions Judge, Imphal West allowing a plea by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Imphal branch to launch fresh probe into the killing of Chungkham Sanjit Singh of Khurai Sajor Leikai, a surrendered member of an insurgent group, in firing by police commandos on July 23, 2009, it must have given a great sense of relief to mother of the slain youth.

Lesson from down south

EVEN as political parties, which are eyeing to form the next government in Manipur, continue to spar against each other over multiple issues afflicting the scenically blessed but politically nondescript state, from national perspective, down south in Tamil Nadu the ruling AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala’s aspiration to become the chief minister has been abruptly ended after the Supreme Court on Tuesday restored her conviction in a disproportionate assets case.

State polls and move to ban UNC

With the Central government not confident that current economic blockade by United Naga Council will allow peaceful elections in Manipur and the state government apparently peeved by the dogged resistance of the agitating council to lift the siege on the national highways, the latter’s decision to process for declaring UNC as an unlawful organisation was on expected line.

Women reservation cauldron in Nagaland

SIMILAR to the role being played by the womenfolk of Manipur, women’s organisations in Nagaland spearheaded by the influential Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) have been fighting social evils and serving as agents of peace for years.

Nagaland unrest and Manipur polls

IN view of the United Naga Council fiercely opposing granting of district status to Kuki dominated Kangpokpi and the agitating council having cordial relationship with the Naga People’s Front (NPF); the Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi District’s decision of imposing restrictions on political activities of the NPF, in endorsement and support of the boycott call given by the JAC Sadar Hills, is on expected line for the Kuki community must be deeply hurt by UNC’s vociferous protest and protracted economic blockade over the issue of creating seven new districts.

BLOCKADE: Ripe menu for poll campaign

 THE emergency meeting of Presidential Council of the United Naga Council (UNC) convened Tuesday deciding to persevere with the on-going indefinite economic blockade, ban on national projects and picketing of government offices in Naga inhabited areas followed by the state’s home department coming up with a clarification that the UNC’s stand to sustain the agitation is against the spirit of an agreement reached in the February 3 meeting in New Delhi are cause for concern and great confusion to the public.

New blockade record in sight

With the agitating United Naga Council’s presidential council meeting held on Tuesday in Senapati district headquarters deciding to continue with the on-going economic blockade along the two national highways that connect Manipur with other parts of the country, the common people in this land-locked state are likely to witness creation of yet another unwanted record in the form of the current highway siege surpassing the 120 days of throttling supplies of essential goods into the state in year 2011.

Festival of political stunt artistes

IN the context of established politicians as well as political greenhorns venting angst against their parent organisations for various reasons, particularly on being denied the chance to contest the forthcoming assembly polls under a particular party, but not hesitating to join other political set-up in the pursuit to explore their political future, the run up to one of the most crucial elections in Manipur is gradually transforming into a festival of stunt artistes.

Indian elections and money power

WITH the Congress party too announcing its candidates for the forthcoming Manipur Legislative Assembly election and the BJP, which is emerging as the ruling party’s main rival, likely to soon come out with its full list; campaigning for the election ‘festival’ is all set to reach a feverish pitch after a brief lull in the last few days owing to indecision on the part of the party leaders to finalise their respective nominees.

The Manipur triangle

MANY would be hoping that the February 3 tripartite talks in New Delhi will bring an end to the protracted economic blockade as the siege on the two lifelines of Manipur has not only been causing immense hardships to the common people but also has the potential to heighten communal tension in the multi-ethic society.

Central sops and restive NE

WITH the exception of Assam, where the impact of secessionist movement seems to be negligible, thereby facilitating the largest state in the north east to make steady progress in terms of economic development, most of the other states in the region either continue to be plagued by insurgency or are struggling to get back on the track after years of unrest.

Plentiful petrol inblack market

APART from the common people forced to stand in serpentine queues in front of fuel outlets to get a few litres of petrol, there have been reports about steps taken by both the government and the Indian Oil Corporation to maintain supplies of petroleum products to economic blockade-hit Manipur resulting in shortage of petrol, diesel and cooking gas in two particular states - Tripura and Mizoram.

No takers for Mahatma, many for ‘Gandhi’

LIKE in the past many decades, functions are being held across the nation to remember Mahatma Gandhi, the globally acclaimed icon of peace and religious tolerance, on his death anniversary, even though incidents cropping up every now and then, and issues afflicting the Manipur society at the juncture seem to have betrayed the principles, which the ‘apostle of peace’ and ‘harbinger of equality’ had propagated.

Licence to act responsibly

WITH thousands of youth attaining the age to cast their votes in the ensuing state assembly election there is bound to be subsequent increase in the number of people seeking to possess driving licence.

Challenges for election authority

DIFFERENT events being organised by the office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), under the guidance of the Election Commission of India, to make the people aware of the sanctity of democratic institutions and principles could be construed as determination of the authorities overseeing conduct of Indian elections to cleanse the system of electoral politics.

Drivers exposed to risk

THOUGH the economic blockade being imposed on the two lifelines is hurtling towards the three-month mark, there is hardly any change in the storyline as leaders of the Central and the state governments continue to spar over who should be held responsible for the hardships caused to the public and transport operators remain soft targets for invisible elements, who are hell-bent on creating animosity amongst the indigenous communities .

Everything is fair in politics!

TAKING into account of senior politicians like Y Erabot and N Biren, to relatively newcomers in the political scenario such as Kh Joykisan, Nemcha Kipgen and Vungzagin Valte shifting loyalties from their parent parties for one reason or another, politicians seem to be trying to drive home the point as well as justify that there is no reason to feel embarrassed for abandoning the organisation, which he/she had been projecting as the best, if change in tactics would be beneficial, personally or to people of the constituencies that they represent.


Magicians at their best

THE protracted economic blockade being imposed on the two lifelines of Manipur and the ensuing Manipur Legislative Assembly election seem to be the right concoction for astute individuals with political ambition as well as established politicians to pull out their best tricks, just to keep the state masses spellbound.

Sour in centre-state relations?

IT would not be wrong to assume that the continuous sparring between leaders of the Congress government in Manipur and the Union government headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the protracted imposition of economic blockade has exposed souring relations between the Centre and the state.

Ill-treatment of sportspersons

FOR long sportspersons have been the saving grace for a restive state like Manipur and as such they deserve to get proper attention of the government in ensuring that the athletes get the best facility to hone their skills as well as accommodation and food supplements.

Tough talks, insipid measures

Amid the tempestuous mud-slinging involving Congress and BJP leaders, over who actually should make the first move for lifting the on-going economic blockade being enforced on the two lifelines of Manipur, reports about Union home minister Rajnath Singh meeting chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh at the national capital as well as advising Ibobi’s Nagaland counterpart TR Zeliang could be viewed as the Union government eventually acknowledging that Nagaland too could play a pivotal role in restoring normal transportation of essential goods to neighbouring Manipur.

Restive Manipur

Unlike those residing in Manipur, who have for long been longing to experience the true joy of living with calm, peace and tranquillity, people settled in disturbance-free states and cities have all the opportunities to compete with their global counter-parts in diverse fields as is evident from youths of Manipur leaving the strife-torn state in pursuit of higher education.

Significance of observing fuel conservation month

WITH limited sources of natural energy it will be wishful thinking that people of Manipur will not be affected by the global trend of rapid exhaustion of stock of conventional energy reserves.

Back to square one

RATHER than shouldering the responsibility and put in collective efforts to end the protracted economic blockade so that inconveniences being endured by the people of Manipur are eased, the siege laid on the two lifelines of Manipur seem to be the right ingredient for leaders of rival political organisations, particularly the ruling Congress and the BJP, to outdo each other in trading charges in the run up to the ensuing state assembly election.

Plight of Nagaland women

TAKING into account events unfolding in neighbouring Nagaland since announcement to conduct election to the urban local bodies, it needs no reminding that the objections raised against reservation of seats for women has brought direct confrontation between male-centric civil societies and tribe organisations with the state government in addition to ignoring plight of the women.

Omnipotent force enforcing blockade ?

IF the attack on the convoy of goods laden vehicles at Khumji village near Noney town had anything to do with the on-going economic blockade along the two national highways in Manipur sector, then the current stir is likely to create an undesired record of being the longest siege laid on the lifelines.

Manipur’s pride,neighbour’s envy

 National Youth Day, celebrated every year on January 12, and National Sports Day held on August 29 are two events which emphasise that youths are the most important asset of the country and that the nation’s future lies in their hands and activities.

Niggling issues devaluing human resource

 LANDLOCKED Manipur might be the only state where unwanted issues and incidents persist throughout the year.

Unreliable transporters

EVEN as reports have been published that one of the factors for the shortage of petroleum products in economic blockade-hit Manipur is due to the Indian Oil Corporation authority’s inability to utilise the service of maximum number of oil tankers ..............

Effective monitoring inevitable for a purposeful election

Notwithstanding varied dos and don’ts notified for the political organisations and their agents by the Election Commission of India in connection with the ensuing assembly polls, 

Time to trash tough postures

BY dismissing the United Naga Council’s denial that there is no nexus between the civil society organisation and the armed NSCN-IM, deputy chief minister and home in-charge Gaikhangam has yet again affirmed the stand of the Government of Manipur 

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