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Imphal, 24 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : As part of the “interactive sessions” with renowned persons of the state on inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in the ST List , representatives of Co-ordinating Committee of Schedule Tribe Demand Committee and Schedule Tribe Demand Committee Manipur  met Retd. Vice Chancellor of Manipur University, Prof. H. Tombi on its 13th edition of the Interactive Sessions at his residence, in Tera Yengkhom Leirak today.  Speaking on why Meetei/Meitei should be included in ST List, Prof. Tombi said unchecked influx of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh has endangered our race. He said the migraints will increased with the coming of railway into the state. Tombi maintained that, if Meetei/Meitei comminuty is included in the ST list, the constitution of the country will protect the region. He said, Meetei/Meitei constitutes only 46 percent of the population in the State, and that there is apprehension of Meitei/Meetei becoming minority like Tripuri in Tripura if the population of Meetei/Meitei decreases. Tombi said, Meetei/Meitei qualifies all the criteria of ST as per the constitution of India however the forefathers had mistaken  identity of Meetei/Meitei and acquired general status after following Hinduism. He maintained inclusion of Meitei/Meetei in the ST list will improve relationship between the people of the hills and valley.

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Imphal, 22 February 2018 ( Evening News ) :  The 3rd Annual Convention of North Eastern Region, India, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN FOCUS CLMV Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam on the theme “Tapping Potential of Service Sector Catering to Domestic & International Demands Service Export” commenced today. Inaugurating the two day convention at Hotel Classic Grande, Chief Minister, Nongthombam Biren expressed a desire for the people of the state to create a welcoming atmosphere for outsiders into the state.  Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Biren further maintained that he and his government is waiting for an innovative change in the state. He further disclosed that his government is making efforts to purchase 100 acres of land in Tengnoupal District to build tourist spots and attract more tourists in the state. He called on the need for the State to also start using online platforms for business transactions just like investors in the UP.  The two day Convention is being organised by International Chamber for Service Industry(ICSI) and Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA) under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI), Government of India. Ambassador of Union of Myanmar, Moe Kyaw Aung, top officials of MCI, ICSI, MIDA ,Top Officials of Manipur Government, leaders of tourism & hospitality sector, medical sector in the state and many other people attended the opening day of the Convention today.  Chief Minister, Biren presented mementos to Ambassador of Union of Myanmar, Moe Kyaw Aung and other officials present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of Union of Myanmar, Moe Kyaw Aung expressed that  there is significant change in the relationship between India and Myanmar especially in business, health sector, education and tourism sectors. He said emphasis is now given not only for business transactions but also in the capacity building sector. He asserted that the advent of democracy has brought significant changes in his country. The Ambassador acknowledged that the North Eastern states of India is at the heart of the Act East Policy as they are closer to major cities of the ASEAN countries offering major advantages. He opined that if importance is given not only to land connectivity but also to the airways and waterways, both the countries will witness positive changes. Establishment of Centre of Excellence for Media Entertainment Industry, tourism, education, service and health sectors, provisions for home-stay facilities for tourists, Information Technology etc. will be discoursed on the first day of the convention today.

Imphal, 19 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : State’s Higher Secondary Examination, 2018 conducted by Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur commenced today peacefully with English as the first paper of the examination.  Altogether twenty eight thousand and twenty four students are appearing in the examination including twenty thousand three hundred and twenty-seven students in the science stream, seven thousand one hundred and ninety students in the arts stream and five hundred & seven students in the commerce stream. Examination was held at 91 exam centres across 14 districts of the state except in Kamjong and Pherzawl. Following the declaration made by COHSEM yesterday, Supervising officer opened the the seal of the Question papers in the presence of  OCs and the invigilators 45 minutes before the commencement of examination.  Tight security measures were in place to prevent use of any unfair means by the students and outsiders were not allowed within 500 metres of each examination centre and parents waited for their children 500 metres away from the examination centres. The higher secondary examination 2018 will conclude on March 29.

On the other hand, tensions erupted among the students appearing the Class 12 examination conducted by Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur, COHSEM which began today on the account that the question paper was leaked. An alleged question paper of General English was circulated on a whatsapp group this morning. Upon investigations by the officials of COHSEM and after thorough cross-checking of the paper, it turned out to be a fake question paper. Speaking to media persons, Chairman of COHSEM, L. Mahendra said the Cyber Crime Unit was reported to probe the forged question paper at the earliest and actions will soon be taken against those involved. Mahendra appealed to those concerned not to repeat again such acts which can create confusion among the students.

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Imphal, 18 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren extended his best wishes to the students in class 10 and 12 examinations 2018 conducted by BOSEM , COHSEM and CBSE. In his message, the Chief Minister said the examinations serve as important steps towards shaping students' carreer and achieving their ambition. He urged parents and teachers to guide the students to perfom with ease and confidence. Biren also appealed to the students to study with calm minds and not to stress out.

Education Minister, Thokchom Radheshyam also gave his best wishes to the students appearing in class 10 and 12 examinations 2018 conducted by BOSEM and COHSEM, which is scheduled to commenced on February 19 and 20 respectively during a press meet at his office chamber at New Secretariat, Babupara yesterday. The minister urged the students to work hard to be successful in life and also appealed to the parents to refrain from pressuring their children. The Minister further appealed  to all to help in conducting the examinations in free and fair manner.

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Imphal, 12 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : The 42- hour State wide bandh called by Kangleipak Communists Party (KCP) Military Council affected normal life in Manipur. The proscribed outfit imposed the 42 hours bandh in the state from 6 this morning allegedly against the government’s failure to address the charter of demands submitted by the MoU signatory group in the ongoing assembly session till last Saturday, the stipulated time given by the outfit. Although the bandh does not have much effect in the hill districts, it hits the valley districts. Major markets in the valley districts wear a deserted look with shops, schools and colleges remaining closed.  No passenger service vehicles are seen plying on the major roads of the Imphal City except for some private vehicles. The State government is keeping a strict security vigil to prevent any untoward incident during the bandh as the Assembly Session is also underway.

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Imphal, 10 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : After shops and warehouses were gutted down by the massive fire at the Namphalong Market in Myanmar which is an Indo Myanmar international Business hub at the border town of Moreh, business transactions resumed at the Indo-Myanmar No Men’s Land. Daily wage earning market Vendors from Myanmar brought their commodities for sales at the temporary market set up on the small ground near the No Men’s Land this morning. As Namphalong Market will be reconstructed, for the time being business operators are earning their livelihoods selling various essential commodities including food items at the small temporary market set up in the ground. However, all commodities are not yet available in the temporary market.

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Imphal, 05 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : Irate Members of Newly Appointed Employee Association PWD tried to storm the Assembly demanding the BJP led Government to remove Keep in Abeyance of the PWD employees who were appointed in 2016 today. The employees headed towards Assembly from Thangmeiband Muji Khun raising slogans for the same. However, security personnels stationed at the Assembly tried to stop the protestors as the Assembly session was underway at the moment. Later a team of Imphal West Police led by SP, Themthing Ngashangva and Additional SP (Law& Order), Priyadarshani controlled the situation. The protestors fled as the team rushed at the spot. However some of the employees were arrested under the order of SP, Themthing Ngashangva. Speaking to media persons, Spokesperson of Newly Appointed Employee Association PWD, Athuipou Thaimei said the former Government gave appointment order to them in 2016. He said the new BJP-led Government verified the employees again in April 2017 and issued new appointment order on April 19 and gave postings the next day on April 20. Athuipou Thaimei said the BJP-led Government , all of the sudden kept the employees in abeyance after they started attending office on April 29. He said that the association has time and again raised the issue to the Chief Minister and the concerned Minister ,however , they have not received any response from the Government even after one year.

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Imphal, 05 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : The BJP led State Government's total estimated budget of 13 thousand,7 hundred 33 point 62 crore rupees for the year 2018-2019  was tabled before the house in the Assembly, today. Some Opposition members left the house without attending the presentation of the budget estimate citing discontentment that their point of order was not put up appropriately by the speaker in the house. Finance Minister, Yumnam Joykumar tabled in the house revenue reciepts at 12 thousand 648 point 94 Crore rupees, and capital reciepts at 1 thousand 84 point 68 Crore rupees. Finance Minister, Y. Joykumar stated that the total estimates of State’s own tax and non tax reciepts assumed in the Budget Estimates are 1 thousand 47 point 58 crore and 248 point 53 crore respectively. Joykumar said that the state's share in Central taxes and Duties is expected to increase by 15 per cent over 2017-18 (RE) and have been estimated at 4 thousand 908 point 76 crore rupees in the budget estimates. The Finance Minister further stated that the total expenditure estimates for 2018-19  is estimated to be 13 thousand 731 point 04 crore rupees out of the Consolidated Fund of the State, an increase of 3.68 per cent over 2017-18 revised estimates of 13 thousand 243 point 67 crores. He said the revenue account is estimated to be in surplus. The fiscal deficit for the year is estimated to be (- minus) 612 point 41 Crore rupees. In the revised estimated revenue of 2018-19,  out of 38 point 25 percent, GSDP will be 37. 34 per cent. On the second day of the 4th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, today, Finance Minister, Y. Joykumar presented Demands for Supplementary Grants at 1 lakh 31 thousand 884 point 33 as Grants for Supplementary Demands for the year 2017-18. Chief MInister, Nongthombam Biren tabled the 5th Business Advisory Committee, 2018 in the house, today. One minute silence was maintained and obituary reference given to the late member of the house, Holkholet Khongsai from Saikul Constituency. After the Budget Estimate was tabled in the house, with no other further agenda was there to discuss, speaker of the house adjourned the assembly session for the day.

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Imphal, 04 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : Former Superintendent of Manipur State Archaeology Department, Sapam Bheigya asserted that the movement for  inclusion of Meitei/Meetei in the schedule tribe list is legitimate. He was addressing a meeting with the representatives of Schedule Tribe Demand Committee at his residence in Tera Sayang Pukhri Mapal today. Bheigya maintained that the territorial integrity and losing identity of the community can be safeguarded if the Meitei/Meetei are enlisted in the schedule tribe list. He said that people of Meitei/Meetei community of the state must support the movement initiated by the Schedule Tribe Demand Committee. He further maintained that the people the hills and valley who co-existed in the state since time immemorial have been wrongly propagated that Arjun of the epic Mahabharata is the ancestor of the Meitei/Meetei. He said for more proactive movement of Schedule Tribe Demand Committee, civil society organisations of both the hills and the valley must join hands and come to an understanding with the 60 MLAs to solve the issue. Joint Secretary of the Commitee K.Bhogendrajit, Publicity Secretary Th.Gopinath, Convenor of Co-ordinating Committee Schedule Tribe Demand Committee ,Mutum Churamani attended the meeting.

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Imphal, 030 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : Employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Manipur Division staged a Sit-in for their various demands, today. The Sit -In was organised by All Union and Association BSNL Manipur Division. Taking part in the Sit-In, an employee of BSNL, H. Khogen stated that BSNL employees have been demanding implementation of the Seven Pay commission for a long time and their demand is still being ignored by the State Government. He further alleged the Centre Government of setting up Subsidiary Tower companies which might bring the BSNL to an end. Khogen maintained that such acts of the Government have brought immense grievances to the employees and urged to withdraw them at the earliest. He also urged the Government to fulfil their demands as soon as possible.

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