Imphal, 22 June 2017 ( Evening News ) : Meirapaibi members of Brahmapur Thanga Mapal Lakpam Leirak staged a sit-in at Brahmapur Hariga-khong against the arrest of Aribam Rikesh (24) by a team of Imphal West Commando and demanded his release without any condition. A team of Imphal West Commando picked up Rikesh during the mid night of June 20. Wife of Rikesh, Aribam ongbi Sanaleima said Thoi Luwang (25) who is a relative from Hiyanglam Tera Pishak is a member of an underground outfit. She said Thoi has been living at their house after both his parents passed away. She alleged that police aressted Rikesh who is innocent after they could not find Thoi. She appealed for his immediate release.
Congress Spokesperson Khumukcham Joykisan demands the state Govt to clarify if the ceasefire between NSCN-IM and Indian Govt includes Manipur
Imphal, 19 June 2017 ( Evening News ) : Congress Spokesperson and Thangmeiband MLA, Khumukcham Joykisan has demanded the state Govt to clarify if the ceasefire between NSCN-IM and Indian Govt includes Manipur. He was speaking on the occasion of foundation laying ceremony of Naharol Leishemba Club at Thangmeibang Sinam Leikai. Speaking further, he said NSCN-IM cadres had recently killed two civilians at Ukhrul. The Govt needs to clarify why there are designated camps of the NSCN-IM when ceasefire does not extend to Manipur. Questioning the Govt as to why the monsoon session of Manipur Legislative Assembly has not been called yet, Joykisan demanded the Govt to call the session at the earliest and present the budget for a debate. The foundation laying ceremony was also attended by many people from the locality.
Chief Minister, Nongthombam Biren launches pradhan mantri dialysis programme; patients to receive free dialysis under the programme
Imphal, 19 June 2017 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren launched the Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme at the auditorium of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences-JNIMS today. Patients will be provided free dialysis under this programme. Directorate of Health Services, Manipur and National Health Mission, Manipur jointly organised the event. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Biren said this is part of the 100 day programme of the new BJP led Govt. He appealed the Doctors, Nurses and Hospital staff to maintain a cordial relationship with patients. The chief minister questioned the abilities of RIMS and JNIMS. As Govt hospitals they are not able to treat patients like the private hospitals do. There is lack of hard work and dedication by the Govt doctors. He promised to make updated equipments available at the hospitals. Modern Technology is being used to treat Neuro and Liver related diseases. Equipments have also started arriving. It is a big step of the Govt to make the dialysis that are expensive at private hospitals, available at affordable prices at RIMS and JNIMS. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren expressed happiness that this programme under Prime Minister Narendra Modi which will ease the pain of the downtrodden. Health and Family Welfare Minister, L Jayentakumar, Parliamentary Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, S. Subhaschandra, RIMS Director, R.K Dinesh, Senior Doctors and staff of JNIMS were among those present on the occasion
Imphal, 17 June 2017 ( Evening News ) : Khundrakpam MLA, Thokchom Lokeshwar today inspected the flood affected areas in his constituency. Yumnam Khunou, Chingkhu, Sambrei, Haraorok and Khundrakpam are the flood hit areas. Overflowing of the Kongba River in Haraorok has inundated these areas. The MLA assured the flood victims of all possible assistance from his side as well as the department concerned. At least 2000 houses and paddy fields have been submerged under flood waters causing grievous inconveniences to the people. Imphal-Pangei road has also been submerged under water in many places affecting people's movement.
Minister Biswajit discusses trade prospects between Manipur and Baoshan in agriculture, hand-loom and handicrafts products
Imphal, 16 June 2017 ( Evening News ) : Industry minister Th. Biswajit had discussed trade prospects between Manipur and Baoshan in agriculture, minerals, processed food, hand-loom and handicrafts products agriculture, hand-loom and handicrafts products with Mayor of Baoshan Municipal Authority, Yunan Province, China, Yang Jun. Manipur team led by the minister discussed several issues including upgradation of the economic cooperation especially in the fields of the industry, agriculture and tourism sectors with the mayor. Minister Biswajit is attending the South & South East Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair, 2017 at Dianchi International Convention and International Sistership pavilion at Kunming, Yunan Province. This fair provides a new platform of pragmatic exchanges and cooperation for establishing friendly relations between India and China. Biswajit also highlighted the prospect of popularising king chilly (U-morok) in Baoshan and export of cotton from India via Manipur to China. He also expressed the need to promote cultural exchanges and tourism sector between the two countries. Biswajit invited Mayor of Baoshan and his team to Sangai Festival, 2017. The team include MLA Dr. S. Ranjan who is also Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and officials of Commerce and Industries.
Imphal, 13 June 2017 ( Evening News ) : Convenor of BJP Manipur Pradesh Election Management Committee,Thounaojam Chaoba has alleged over Rs 300 crore NFSA scam in the state. Chaoba said there is a scam involving 134 crore and 55 lakh rupees in black marketing of PDS items of NFSA from November 2016 to March 2017. Addressing media persons at the BJP office at Nityaipat Chuthek, he said the amount involved will be nearly 300 crore rupees, if the PDS items for hill areas are also included. He cited Nambol Constituency as an example and said the monthly rice quota for the constituency is one lakh 79 thousand and 400 kg. Chaoba alleged that the 24 Fair Price Shop Agents in the constituency acquired the entire quota of rice for 5 months at the rate of 3 rupees per kg without people’s knowledge and sold the rice in black market at 25 to 30 rupees per kilogram and made a profit of around 2 crore 24 lakh and 25 thousand. Chaoba maintained that such malpractices were prevalent during the previous Congress government. He appealed to the BJP led Government to inquire into the NFSA scam.
Governor Dr Najma Heptulla visits women's markets in Imphal for the first time and listens to grievances of women vendors
Imphal, 13 June 2017 ( Evening News ) : Governor Dr Najma Heptulla today visited the women's markets in Imphal for the first time after she became the governor of Manipur and listened to grievances of women vendors. She assured them of notifying the state and central Governments of the inconveniences faced by women vendors. Two of the three women markets in Khwairamband bazaar which were damaged in last year's earth quake are still under repair. The Governor met the women vendors who are facing inconveniences due to non-availability of vending spaces due to the repair work. She made her first stop at the temporary market behind Johnstone Higher Secondary School and interacted with the vendors. She listened to women vendors as they shared their grievances with her. She later visited Ima Market and spent time with the women vendors of the market. The governor also offered flowers to Keithel Lairembi and Ima Leimaren Sidabi located in the market. The vendors presented clothes, necklace and other items to her. Speaking to media persons during the visit Dr Najma Heptulla expressed her happiness over meeting with the women vendors of Ima market, the only women's market in the world. She also assured them of developing the markets.
Imphal, 11 June 2017 ( Evening News ) : The Arambam Somorendro Trust organised a one day symposium on "Conversations on Contemporary Issues: Changing Discourse on Human Rights in Manipur and The Government of India-NSCN(IM) Political Dialogue and Implications for the Future Of Manipur" at Lamyanba Shanglen today. The symposium was organised as part of 17th Arambam Somorendra Martyrdom Anniversary. Speaking on “Human Rights in Manipur”, Director of Human Rights Alert, Babloo Loitongbam pointed out that the rights of the people of Manipur to speak or assemble during a crisis has been lost in the 1990's. People have been revolting against AFSPA for a long time and that the security forces have been involved in many extra judicial killings. Out of the 1528 cases of extra judicial killings, the supreme court will take up 700 cases. He said there is fear of a few cases being eradicated and that it is time we discussed about further steps. Chairperson of Arambam Somorendro Trust, Dr. Lokendra Arambam spoke on "The Government of India-NSCN(IM) Political Dialogue and Implications for the Future Of Manipur". It was moderated by Chairperson of North East Co-ordination Committee on Human Rights, Advocate Chongthamcha Surjit. Members of various civil society organisations and many intellectuals were present on the occasion.