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Imphal, 21 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Protestors against the arrest of two executive members of Sagolmang Village Development Committee blocked Imphal-Saikul road today. Both Police and people sustained injuries in the scuffles that ensued. On the other hand, women of Khundrakpam Constituency declared various intense agitations including naked protest against the relocation of the proposed Imphal East District Hospital from Sagolmang. People burnt up tyres and blocked the Imphal-Saikul road against the arrest of General Secretary of Sagolmang Village Development Committee, Sorokhaibam Inaobi and committee’s assistant general secretary Laishram Vikram by the police this morning. A police team led by Additional SP of Imphal East rushed at the spot to contain the situation. However, police resorted to tear gas shells and smoke bombs when male protestors pelted stones using catapults at them as they were trying to talk it out with the women protestors. Two police personnel and some protestors sustained injuries in the incident. It maybe mentioned that yesterday afternoon, Sagolmang Village Committee, Women Provision Committee and Progressive Youth Club Sagolmang organised a meeting at Sagolmang Community Hall including the Advisor of PDCC, BC Tekcham and two members of the committee in connection with the construction of the District Hospital at Sagolmang. Sources said, BC Tekcham set aside the interest of the people of Sagolmang regarding the construction of the hospital and gave an indecent respond. Subsequently, the meeting resolved to ex communicate BC Tekcham from any organisations and issues of the locality. Tekcham later filed a police complaint  against the Village Development Committee citing physical harassment by the villagers.The police arrested the two members of the village committee acting on the complaint. Meanwhile agitated people of Sagolmang demanded unconditional release of the two arrested failing which they warned to continue blocking the Imphal Saikul road. They also warned of naked protest similar to the one in front of Kangla Gate a few years ago if the Government does not revoke its decision of shifting the construction site for the District Hospital from Sagolmang.

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Imphal, 20 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Special Judge, POCSO, Imphal West has convicted one Sagolsem Ranbir today under section 6 of Prevention of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act 2012 for raping a minor girl student of class 5. The Convict, Sagolsem Ranbir, 34 years, Son of  Khagemba from Mayang Imphal Maibam Sagolsem Leikai runs a private boarding at Mayang Imphal Konchak Mayai Leikai. In 2015, Ranbir sexually assaulted a minor girl staying in his private boarding. Ranbir was arrested after the mother of the victim filed a report at Mayang Imphal Police Station and the case hearing was in process under the POCSO Act. After the final hearing on February 5, Ranbir was produced before the court today for sentenced hearing where he was pronounced guilty for his crime. According to the report submitted by the Investigation Officer, the girl was three month pregnant after she was raped by Ranbir. To cover up, Ranbir brought the girl to a private clinic with his mother and aborted the child. The victim informed her mother of the incident in July, 2015 following which her mother lodged a complaint at Mayang Imphal Police station. After hearing from both the parties and considering the statements submitted by the Prosecution witnesses, Ranbir's crime was affirmed under section 5, para 1 (m) and (p) of POCSO Act 2012 for aggravated penetrative sexual assault. The Judge declared Ranbir guilty of the crime under section 6 of the POCSO Act, 2012. And as per section 6 of POCSO Act, 2012,for committing “aggravated penetrative sexual assault” Ranbir may get may get imprisonment of 10 years that maybe extended to life imprisonment. The Sentence order will be announced on April 24.  Family members of the victim present at Cheirap court complex tried to manhandle Ranbir as he came out of the court today.

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Imphal, 16 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren has asserted that the centre has ear-marked 1 thousand and 6 hundred crore rupees to upgrade Imphal-Moreh Road into 4 lane road. The Chief Minister was speaking at the flagging off ceremony of “Road To London, 2018”, a car rally across 18 countries from Hotel Classic Grande today. Chief Minister Biren said such road trip will help in promoting North East to the world. He said Imphal-Moreh road is an important gateway to other countries and as such the centre has ear-marked funds to upgrade the road. The Chief Minister encouraged and gave his best wishes to the participants of the road trip. “Road To London, 2018” organised by Adventures Overland which flagged off from Imphal will head towards, Myanmar, Thailand and other Asian countries and finally reach the destination, London on June 2. Twenty Nine participants including 8 women in 15 cars are on the 49 days journey.

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Imphal, 14 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Manipuri Hindus are observing Cheiraoba festival today with traditional fervour and gaiety. As part of the New Year’s festival, traditional Manipuri cuisines are prepared in every household and offered to God. The preparation begins early in the morning with both men and women and even the children of the household lending their helping hands. As per tradition, various cuisines are placed at the entrance gate as an offering to the God for a prosperous year ahead. People will also be climbing the nearby hillocks late this afternoon to pray at the sacred shrine located at the hilltops, especially at Chingmeirong, Cheirao Ching and Pishumching at Singjamei in Imphal Town, while late in the evening through the night, traditional Thabal Chongba dance performances will be held at various places. For the people following Hindu religion, the day is very important and significant.

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Imphal, 10 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Agitations intensified at Sagolmang against shifting of the site for construction of Imphal East District Hospital. At least four women agitators were injured from tear gas shells and smoke bombs by police when a large number of people especially women folks took out protest rally around 11 this morning in Sagolmang. The protestors burnt up tyres and blocked the roads passing through Sagolmang PHC Gate, Sagolmang Market, Lambui Village and Khewa Market. Top Police Officials of Imphal East District including women personnel tried to contain the situation. They resorted to smoke bombs and tear gas shells for the same as agitations intensified. The injured persons are identified as one Nandeibam Ibeyaima Leima, 51 years, wife of N. Gokunchand from Yumnam Patlou, Loukhram Memithoibi, 51 years, wife of L. Naba from Sagolmang Awang Leikai, Tekcham Sunibala Leima, 33 years, wife of T Safaba @ Bamboy of Khewa Kampany and Yunman Jannaki, 40 years, daughter of Y Ningthemjao from Khewa Kampany. They  are under treatment at Sagolmang CHC. Though the situation was brought under control for a while, the agitators regathered and took out yet another protest rally in Khundrakpam constituency around noon from Sagolmang Market to Pangei Market chanting slogans against the shifting of the site for construction of Imphal East District Hospital from Sagolmang in Khundrakpam constituency to Kyamgei in Keirao constituency. It maybe mentioned that the foundation stone for the construction of District Hospital was laid at Sagolmang in 2011 after which the Government relocated the construction site to Kyamgei in Keirao constituency citing land disputes at the former site.

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Imphal, 09 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Volunteers of Women wing of All Manipur Students’ Union staged a sit in today against the increasing rate of rape and other crimes against women in the state. The sit in was held at Keishampat Leimajam Leikai and it was participated by more than 200 students displaying placards that read ‘Life Imprison Rapist’, “We Want Anti Rapist Law”, “Down Down Rapist”etc. Later, a large number of girl students rallied toward Governor's Bungalow and CM's Bungalow surpassing Manipur police personnel at Keishampat junction, however,  but student protestors were halted by heavy police personnel including women personnel as the protestors reached near Governor's Gate. As the students were waiting to send in their representatives to submit a memorandum to the Governor, another group of students tried to throng the CM's bungalow. Later top officials of Police led few student representatives to submit a memorandum including their demands to the Governor and to the Chief Minister. The students demands included to instated fast track courts in every districts of the state for speedy justice and to combat menace of rape cases in the state and further stated that there are 14 pending rape and sexual assault cases that occurred from January 2 till April 4 of the current year awaiting justice. Member of AMSU women's wing, Daina Yungkham drew the attention of the Government to implement anti rape law or policy.

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Imphal, 08 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Moreh Police has arrested two human traffickers and rescued a girl victim around 9.30 last night. Upon getting a tip off regarding presence of illegal human traffickers at Moreh Ward No. 5, a combined team of Commando Moreh and CID(Special Branch) Moreh along with Moreh Police team led by SDPO Moreh, IPS Sandip Gopaldas Mohurle and Assistant Commandant of 8th IR Commando Battalion attached to Commando Moreh, MPS Thomas Thokchom along with Inspector, Imphal West Commando, P.Tarunkumar under the supervision of SP Tengnoupal, Dr S. Ibomcha rushed to the area and conducted almost an hour house to house search operation and arrested two Rohingyas involved in importing a girl from Myanmar by inducement for exploitation. The police team rescued the girl brought from Myanmar identified as Toiba Hatu @ Nargis, 20 years, daughter of Abu Subiyan of Monu Baguna Madila Bhara in Myanmar. The arrested culprits are identified as Saifullah, 34 years, son of Kasim Abdul from Baguna Nullafara Myanmar now staying at Moreh Ward 2, and Md Salam, 25 years, son of  Muzafar Ali from Gomtidam Baguna of Myanmar and presently residing at Moreh. The arrested persons did not have any valid documents with them and a mobile phone with Vodafone and coredoo sim cards were seized. The arrested persons and the rescued girl along with the seized items were handed over to Moreh Police station for legal actions.

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Imphal, 06 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : India has won its 2nd Gold medal on Day two in Women's Weightlifting in the ongoing Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, 2018. Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu of Manipur won the Gold in the 53 kg Women category today. She lifted a total of 192 Kgs. While Deepak Lather bagged a bronze - first for India at 2018 commonwealth games - in 69kg weightlifting Men category.  He lifted a combined weight of 295kg - 136kg in snatch and 159kg in Clean and Jerk. With this India has won 2 Gold and a silver. India now has four medals and all four have come from weightlifting. It may be mentioned Mirabai Chanu won the first Gold for India yesterday and broke the Commonwealth record in 48 kg category. Mirabai managed to lift 196kg in a remarkable effort. While P Gururaja bagged a silver mebal in Men's weight-lifting.

On the other hand The Indian Olympic Association, IOA, expressed happiness at the strong performance of the country's contingent on the opening day of competitions in the Commonwealth Games. It said the medal count will only go up in the coming days. India, one of the powerhouses of the Commonwealth Games, is being represented by 218 athletes this time. It may be mentioned the country won 64 medals (15 gold, 30 silver, 19 bronze) in the 2014 Glasgow CWG.

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Imphal, 05 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Irate students of DM College of Arts set ablaze desks and benches of the college against the non-fencing of the rear wall of the college and also locked up the gate of A-Block. Speaking to Impact News, General Secretary of DM College of Arts, Students Union,  Arambam Vikash stated that they had written to the Education Minister to put up fence in January and also had met the Chief Minister regarding the same. He expressed disappointment that the Government is still indifferent to their request. Vikash maintained that due to the absence of the fence, drug abusers frequent the college and expressed apprehension of becoming an infamous place. He also announced total shut-down of DM College of Arts from today against the indifference of the Government and also maintained that the construction work of PG Academic Block will be suspended with immediate effect.

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Imphal, 05 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Cleaning of Thongangbi canal in Langdum began today after a gap of 24 years. Addressing media persons, MLA Keirao Constituency, Lourembam Rameshwor asserted that cleaning up the bed of the canal will facilitate around 31 acres of paddy fields.  Rameshwor maintained that the unattended condition of the canal stretching about 7 KM from Langdum to Chanam Sandrok in Keirao Constituency has been causing inundation of the surrounding agricultural farms and houses during monsoons. Flood waters from the paddy fields in Thongangbi can now be easily drained in the canal with the cleaning of its bed. He also assured that the mini Tronglaobi barrage connecting Thongangbi canal and Iril river will be repaired by next year.

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