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Imphal, 18 June 2018 ( Evening News ) : Thousands of people today offered floral tributes to the 18 martyrs who laid down their lives to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur on June 18 in 2001. Since early morning people from different ethnic communities in their traditional attires thronged the Kekrupat memorial to offer their tributes to the martyrs. The day is being observed as the great june uprising and unity day under the initiative of United Committee Manipur (UCM) and All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO) since 2001. The 18 brave hearts who sacrificed their lives were honoured with a general salute. Chairman and Vice Chairman of the observation committee pulled down the traditional flag half way down to express sorrows at the commemoration ceremony. A public meeting and a blood donation camp was also held at the venue. Government Officials cutting across party and members of various civil society organisations of the state also paid floral tributes at the memorial. Taking part in the event, Lok Sabha MP Thangso Baite asserted that the Day is marked forever in the history of Manipur and should not be forgotten. He maintained that the memorial observance shows the unity and the love existing among various community in the state. It may be recalled that people agitated in protest against the 'without territorial limit' clause included in the Bangkok Declaration signed between the Government of India and NSCN (IM). The protestors set on fire the Manipur Legislative Assembly building, offices of political parties and several quarters of Ministers and MLAs. 18 persons died in police firing in the agitation.

Major roads in Imphal City have been blocked in connection with the Great June Uprising observance today. Business establishments in Thangal Bazar, Paona Bazar, Khwairamband Ema Keithel and other places remained closed as requested by the Observation Committee to take part in the floral tribute ceremony. There were traffic congestion in several places as some roads were blocked. Manipur Police Personnel kept a strict vigil to prevent any untoward incident in several areas of Imphal City.

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Imphal, 17 June 2018 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister N. Biren visited Maiba village and Mongjam Village of Imphal East District to take stock of the flood situation today. The Chief Minister also inspected the Flood Relief Camps which are being opened at Maiba Khul Primary School and Mongjam Mamang Leikai. Briefing  media persons, Chief Minister informed that he had a telephonic conversation with Union Home Minister Rajnath and briefed about the current flood situation in the State. He added that he had asked the Home Minister to extend immediate flood assistance for the flood victims of the State. The Chief Minister also intimated that the State government has asked for immediate financial assistance for rebuilding the houses of the flood affected people, repair and reconstruction of roads etc. immediately. He said that the Union Home Minister has already directed the Home Secretary to provide immediate help for the flood affected people of the State. Mentioning that he couldn’t attend the NITI Aayog meeting due to the current flash flood in the State,he added that the flood situation of the State is being discussed in the said meeting. The Chief Minister mentioned that around 22 houses have been inundated and 120 people have been displaced due to the flood in the Maiba Khul and Mongjam Village, Imphal East District and that the District Administration has taken various measures to help the flood victims in the area and medical teams are being sent to the flood affected areas. Biren also asserted Portable toilets would be constructed in Maiba Khul and Mongjam Village. The Chief also expressed his gratitude to Minister Karam Shyam, MLA Susindro, Army personnel, newly recruited police personnel for their relentless effort and dedication in repair works of the breached river banks. He also appealed to the people of the State to take precautionary measures from post flood diseases.

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Imphal, 16 June 2018 ( Evening News ) : The Health Department has launched various measures to prevent water-borne diseases resulting from the flood prevailing in the state. Health Minister, L. Jayentakumar has announced that he will visit and monitor all the flood-affected districts and organise widespread health camps across the state. MLA of Keishamthong Constituency and Health Minister, L.Jayentakumar visited affected areas of Keishamthong Constituency to take stock of the flood situation and provided relief items to the victims. Speaking to media persons, the minister maintained that due to the incessant rain in the past few days, most of the areas in Keishamthong Constituency were flooded.He stated that the level of flood water has receded and that he himself and various civil society organisations are providing assistance to the victims. Jayentakumar said that basic food items such as rice, salt and pulses are being distributed through the DC and will continue to supply other necessities by utilising the local area development fund. He further appealed to stop the rumour that the victims are not provided assistance but jointly help those in need. The Health Minister further stated that the Health department along with its top officials are prepared to provide all possible assistance to the flood-affected victims and to supply free medicines at the health camps to be held across the state.

On the other hand, the Health Minister has affirmed that a cabinet decision to construct 2 District Hospitals at Sagolmang and Kyamgei has been taken according to the wishes of the people. However, he clarified that there is no plan to start the construction works of the hospitals any soon as the Government has financial constraints. The minister nevertheless, assured that the Government will put all-out efforts to start the construction without further delay.

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Imphal, 06 June 2018 ( Evening News ) : Convenor of Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance, PRJA, Erendro Leichombam, who was arrested for commenting on a threat video made by some non-locals uploaded on Facebook, was released from judicial custody after he accepted the bail grant yesterday. Speaking to media persons at PRAJA Office in Thangmeiband today, Erendro asserted that he will continue to fight unceasingly to prove his innocence in a peaceful and democratic manner. He termed it unfortunate that despite the Government’s assurance to apprehend those involved in the hate video, nothing has been found out even  15 days after the assurance and that voices of the people remain unheard. He affirmed to prove himself innocent without any lawyer.

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Imphal, 04 June 2018 ( Evening News ) : Students of Tamphasana Girls Higher Secondary School staged a sit-in in front of the school gate against the transfer order of Principal of the School, Laishram Biren today. The Students demanded to let the soon to be retired Principal remain in the School until the end of his tenure. Speaking to media persons, Secretary of Girls Common Room, Leishangthem Molina stated that the students cannot accept the Government order to transfer the Principal from the School and demanded to revoke its order immediately. Various slogans were shouted at the sit-in.

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Imphal, 29 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : Sanamahi Cheng Hongba ritual was performed at Haying Khongbal Uphong Yumpham, Sanamahi Temple Complex in the 1st Manipur Rifles today. Since early this morning many Sana-Mahi devotees including children and elderly persons offered fruits, flowers and rice grainsat the shrine of Lainingthou Sanamahi and prayed for peace, prosperity and fertility. Sanamahi Laining Puya, a religious manuscript by Sanamahi Temple Board was also released on the occasion.Taking part in the religious event, Art and culture minister, L. Jayantakumar who is also the president of Lainingthiou Sanamahi Temple Board stated that efforts are on to enlist “Lai Haraoba festival in the Intangible Heritage list of UNESCO. He also said, a committee was established to discuss on the promotion of the festival. Jayantakumar also stated that with the release of the Puya, the meitei community now has a religious book and people can delve deeper into the origin of the religion. Members of the temple board, mai-ba, mai-bi and many people of the state took part in the ceremony.

Kangla Religious Committee Kangla Fort Board also performed the religious ritual ceremony, Sanamahi Cheng Hongba at Kangla today. Followers of Sana-Mahi offered rice-grains, fruits, vegetables and flowers at the shrine of Lainingthou Sanamahi and prayed for peace and prosperity. The ceremony was commenced with Pena Yeikarol, and Wari-Liba or narration of the story of Lainingthou Sanamahi and songs praising the Ibudhou etc. were the highlights of the occasion. Speaking to media persons, member of Kangla Religious Committee Kangla Fort Board, Professor Sairen Nilbir said the ritual has been performed for years since time immemorial. He appealed to all to keep their differences aside and pray to Ibudhou Sanamahi for the well being of the Society.

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Imphal, 21 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : Women Vendors of Khawairamband Ima Market along with members of several Civil Society Organisations staged a sit-in and held a Public Meeting against the Statement made by Interlocutor RN Ravi regarding the Framework Agreement between NSCN(IM) and Government of India that appeared on National Media. The organisations maintained that they cannot accept the formation of Autonomous Naga Territorial Council and Common Naga Cultural Body in Manipur which the Interlocutor stated on National Dailies, The Indian Express on April 26 with regard to the final stage of the Framework Agreement. The Protestors maintained that it will affect the Unity and Integrity of the State to a great extent.  Khwairamband Apunba Ima keithal, All Manipur United Club’s Organsation, AMUCO, United Committee Manipur, UCM and CCSK jointly organised the Protest Cum Public Meeting. Speaking to media persons, President of AMUCO, Ph. Deban said the Government of India has been applying the Divide & Rule Policy ever since Manipur became part of the Indian Union to bring disunity and animosity among the Communities of the State. He asserted that it is high time people of the all the Communities co-existing in the State since time immemorial to jointly face anything that challenges the integrity of the State. Deben maintained that the Naga accord should not bring any changes in Manipur but the conclusion to the Naga Accord should be brought in Nagaland alone. He reiterated that Territorial, Historical and Political Status of Manipur will not be compromised at any cost. Several placards were displayed at the sit-in.

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Imphal, 20 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : Clashes broke out between protestors and Police personnel in several places on the second and last day of the 36 hour State-wide General Strike called by JAC Against Unnatural Shifting of District Hospital, Imphal East Sagolmang today. A person was injured as Police fired tear gas shell to disperse the protestors and two women protestors have been picked up the Police. The injured person is identified as Moirangthem Naothi, 35 years from Keibi Yaibilen. Naothi sustained injury on his thigh as the police fired tear gas shell. The identity of the 2 women protestors has not yet been ascertained. Large number of people blocked roads in several places by taking out wood locks and burning tyres. The 2- day General Strike affected normal life in several parts of Khundrakpam and Khurai Constituency. Supporters of the General Strike blocked roads at, Sagolmang Bazaar, Keibi Taret Village, Heikakmapan , Imphal-Saikul road and Imphal-Ukhrul Road. Lamlong Bazaar wore a deserted look and all the business establishments remained closed. On the other hand, Speaking to media persons, Convenor of the JAC, Loushigan Thoiba said the Government remains indifferent to their demand , however it tries to resolve the issues raised by other organisations. He also appealed to the people of Khurai and Saikul Constituency to jointly fight until their demand is met. Thoiba also demanded to release the 2 women protestors from Khurai Constituency without any condition. The General Strike will end at 5 this evening.

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Imphal, 19 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : The 36-hour General Strike called on by the JAC Against Unnatural Shifting of District Hospital, Imphal East Sagolmang has affected normal lives in the state. As part of the strike, Khurai and Khundrakpam Constituencies wore a deserted look. Supporters of the bandh took to the streets and blocked the roads with piled-up logs and burned tyres. Business halted at Lamlong Bazaar and Khurai. Bandh-supporters also blocked the connecting road between Imphal and Ukhrul at Lamlong Bazar. Protestors also blocked roads in different areas of Khundrakpam constituency particularly, Purabi, Keibi Heikak Makhong, Taret Khun, Sagolmang Bazar, Yumnam Khunou, Sambei and Khundrakpam Mayai Leikai. Vigilant security personnel including Riot Control Vehicles are posted in Khundrakpam constituency to monitor any untoward incident resulting from the strike. The General Strike however failed to affect Imphal City, especially Khwairamband market where normal business transactions are being carried out as usual. It may be mentioned that the 36-hour Strike was called by the JAC in retaliation against the Government's decision to shift the construction site of Imphal East District Hospital from Sagolmang to Kyamgei. Kuki Inpi Sagolmang has also declared to support the JAC in this regard. The General Strike will continue till 5PM of May 20.

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Imphal, 17 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : Socialist Students union of Manipur and Proletarian Feminist movement Manipur demanded BJP Manipur Pradesh to oust the party's Vice President, M. Ashinikumar from the Party alleging that he is protecting one of the accused involved in Thanga Gang Rape case. The Organisations also demanded to expel an alleged rapist, BJP MLA Sekmai, Heikham Dingo from the party. Speaking to media persons at a press meet with the representatives of SSUM and POFM, at SSUM’s office in Keishampat, Convenor of SSUM, Norem Tanoranjan intimated that the organisations visited the Victim’s residence to investigate on Thanga Rape case. He said investigation on the absconding accused out of the 5 rape accused, it was found that the absconding accused is a relative of Vice President, BJP Manipur Pradesh, M. Ashinikumar. Tanoranjan disclosed that Ashinikumar threatened the Police not to arrest the absconding accused. He said the absconding accused is Heisnam Abungo, 26 years, from Thanga Salam Leikai. It may be mentioned that Abungo along with 4 others abducted a minor girl reading in class 9 on Feb 13 on a van and sexually assaulted her. Representatives of SSUM and POFM also stated that unknown individuals threatened the victim’s family on April 25. They also intimated that the girl along with her family members were threatened by showing a gun not to divulge the truth while they were at the Court for the case hearing on April 26. On the other hand, Tanoranjan stated that SSUM will convene an All Political Party on May 20 to discuss on crime against women. He warned of intense agitation if the Government does not produce the absconding culprit by May 20.

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