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Imphal, 24 February 2017 ( Evening News ) : A number of candidates who are contesting the asembly elections today signed the “Pledge to the People of Manipur” initiated by the United Committee Manipur (UCM) and  The Committee of Civil Societies Kangleipak (CCSK) Manipur. The two organisations launched the campaign demanding disclosure of the framework agreement between the govt of India and NSCN-IM ans asked the candidates to give their signature as a pledge to the campaign. The signing on the Pledge to the People of Manipur” was held today at GM Hall. Reports said candidates are still coming at the venue to sign to confirm their commitment to the cause. Candidates who have signed the pledge include Congress party's Dr. Ng. Bijoy, O. Sukhoi, E. Chand. Candidates of BJP and other political parties also signed the pledge. Till the time of this reporting more than 50 candidates have signed the agreement. However NPF candidates were conspicuous by their absence.

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Imphal, 24 February 2017 ( Evening News ) : Political parties have intensified their campaign in different constituencies for the two-phased Assembly elections in the state. Manipur goes to polls on the fourth and eighth of next month. Political heavyweights have been campaigning for their candidates and the state has been witnessing participation of several leaders of the BJP in election rallies in the last few weeks. Senior BJP leaders including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and North-East Democratic Alliance Convenor Hemanta Biswa Sarma, LJP leader Chirag Paswan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is arriving tomorrow at Imphal to address a rally at Langjing Achouba ground. It may be recalled that Narendra Modi addressed his first political rally at the same ground during the parliamentary election in 2014. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is also expected to campaign for the party on the 28th of this month. Meanwhile the Coordinating Committee (CorCom) has imposed total shut down from 6 am on Saturday in connection with the prime minister's visit to Imphal. In a press release yesterday the Corcom asked the people to boycott the visit. The total shut down  will remain untill PM Narendra Modi leaves Imphal after campaigning.

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Imphal, 21 February 2017 ( Evening News ) : In the first attack on a candidate in the 11th assembly elections, Deputy Chief minister Gaikhangam was ambushed by unidentified gunmen in Thingkhongjang Village in Noney district. The ambushed this morning around 8.30 am in Thingkhongjang village, 6 km of Khoupum. The deputy chief minister was on his way to his residence in Gaidimjang in  Khoupum to hoist the party's flag in connection with the 11th assembly elections. However there was no report of casualty from the site of the incident. Gaikhangam was safely escorted till Gaidimjang in a bullet proof vehicle. We just got the report that one IRB rifleman was injured when unidentified gunmen fired at security personnel who were on duty in Nungkaolong in Khoupum part 3. The incident occurred in the afternoon around 12.30 pm. He is identified as Yumnam Jenish from Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai. He was injured in the right thigh.

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Imphal, 21 February 2017 ( Evening News ) : Tension erupted in Langthabal constituency last night after the escorts and workers of BJP candidate Okram Joy allegedly frisked and stopped the supporters of MLA Karam Shyam from going to his house. The incident happened in Chajing Awang Leikai, Yumnam mamang around 9pm. Sources said security personnel of MLA Shyam fired several rounds in the blank to control the situation. Talking to media at his residence at Chajing Mairengkhong Karam Shyam alleged that the situation arose after the security personnel and workers of O. Joy stopped the people who were coming to his place. He said it is unfortunate that O. Joy was trying to coerce the people into voting for him. He alleged that the BJP candidate threatened the workers near his house. Karam Shyam said he has filed a report at Singgjamei Police station and wrote to the Election Commission of India.

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Imphal, 20 February 2017 ( Evening News ) : Scuffle broke out yesterday again between the supporters of Congress  and NPP  in Wangoi AC. The clash occurred as MLA, O. Lukhoi came in person and blank fired at  Yumnam Huidrom Makha leikai just a few days after the scuffle at Paobitek where MLA reportedly petrified the people there. However a team of wangoi police arrived and controlled the situation and prevented any untoward incidents. Speaking to Impact News, a resident of yumnam Huidrom Makha leikai,Yumnam Ongbi Memthoi said two persons quarrelled over the installation of NPP poster yesterday evening and a small fight occurred thereafter. After the incident has been dealt with , MLA Lukhoi with his escort team came and blank fired. She appealed the concerned authority to take actions against such acts.

In reply ...INC Candiadte and MLA Oinam Lukhoi  in Wangoi AC retaliated that the accusations made on him are baseless. Speaking with the media at Official Quarter at Checkon today, he said upon hearing of scuffles between his party worker and another NPP worker, he went to look into the issue. However, upon reaching the spot, stones were pelted on him and even a gunfired towards them. Lukhoi further said in self-defense a blank fire was shot in the sky. He alleged, interested parties fearing the Congress party of winning this election might have tried to defame him in such manner. He also condemned the accusations made on him that he came for campaigning with loaded guns at Paobitek. He urged people to cooperate each other in electing the desired candidate instead of accusing one another.

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Imphal, 19 February 2017 ( Evening News ) : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday donated Rs 50,000 to Irom Sharmila's party Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRAJA) and also urged the people to donate generously and support her.

"Please donate generously to Irom Sharmila," Kejriwal tweeted.

"I am donating Rs 50,000 as my small contribution to her (Irom Sharmila) and appeal to everyone to support her," he said in another tweet.
Following his footsteps, AAP Punjab MP Bhagwant Mann also announced he would be donating money to Irom Sharmila’s cause. The comedian-turned-politician on Sunday posted on Twitter that he will be donating a month’s salary to the activist. Mann also said that Sharmila
is fighting against injustice in Manipur. “As a member of parliament I am donating my one month salary to Irom Sharmila who is fighting against corrupt system and injustice in Manipur,” he wrote on Twitter.
Sharmila will be fighting against Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh of Congress for the Thoubal Assembly seat. She recently accused the BJP of offering her crores of rupees to contest on a party ticket.

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Imphal, 18 February 2017 ( Evening News ) : Editors Guild Manipur today hosted one day  seminar on Earthquake Resistant Building In Manipur at Classic Regency Hall. Speaking at the seminar Works Commissioner, K. Radhakumar stressed the need to make a survey of the multi storyed buildings constructed in the city under the By-Law of Imphal Municipal Corporation to ensure safety during earthquakes. He said as a tradition in Manipur, most people do not consult Architects and Engineers while constructing their houses but consult the chief mason. Radhakumar also said even though the Architects are consulted there is big gap between the masons and architects. He insisted that the training program provided by the Public Works Department to the masons need to be done in a larger scale. The works commissioner also said the dept can issue certificates to trained masons so that people can consult them during construction. Professor Suresh of MIT, Professor Arunkumar of Earth Science Department, Manipur University and PWD Additional Chief Engineer Kh. Tenba were the Resource Persons at the seminar.

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Imphal, 18 February 2017 ( Evening News ) : Students today took out a cycle rally to create awareness about Clean and Healthy environment in Manipur. The 2nd cycle rally is organised by Personality Development Club (PDC) of DM College of Arts on the theme Reduce, re-use and Recycle for a green future. The rally was flagged off from the college this morning at 7.30. About 30 rallyists took part in the rally which proceeded towards Thanga Salam. General Secretary of Teachers Forum of the college Dr. Keithellakpam Indramani flagged off the rally. The cyclists displayed placards that read - our future is to give plastic another life, lets reduce plastic bags as much as we can, save the environment and you will save the life & future and Plastic pollute & paper don't. A teacher of the college, Ch. Bhaigyachandra who took part in the cycle rally said the rally spreads the message about the harmful effect of plastic and other products on environment and the people. He also said young people should involve themselves in efforts to protect the environment.

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Imphal, 17 February 2017 ( Evening News ) : Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar reiterated BJP will win more than 40 seats in the assembly in the upcoming assembly election and  the party will form a sole government which will bring change and development in Manipur. Speaking to media persons, at the press meet at the party's office at Nityaipat Chuthek,he said the supporters of the party are increasing with the end of nomination for the upcoming general election .He further said that people have expressed their dissatisfaction for Congress Government by resigning the congress party.Prakash Javadekar further alleged Congress party as corruption in disguise.He said the congress government instead of providing employment to the educated youths, are robbing from the people of Manipur ,taking money during recruitments.He said The government can't provide drinking water to even the people in the heart of the town. He continued even after the centre sent paramilitary forces, the government is unable to resolve the economic blockade.  He said the various fake encounter cases and drug seizure cases are re-surfacing now and that it is known to everyone with whose consent , those cases took place and the convicted police personnels are trying to get out on bail.

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Imphal, 16 February 2017 ( Evening News ) : Scrutiny of the nominations for the first phase of the 11th Manipur Legislative assembly elections is going on in various districts. Candidates were seen coming to the offices of the returning officers with their supporters. In Imphal east scrutiny began at 10am and candidates of 22 constituencies were present during the scrutiny. Several roads in the district witnessed traffic jam as candidates of different political parties and their supporters came to the office of the DC Imphal east at Porompat. Traffic movement was restricted for the public at Porompat traffic island. Officials and media persons only were allowed to go the road leading to the DC office. The scrutiny will go till 4pm.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi, the congress candidate in Thoubal today filed his nomination papers.

Today is the last day for filing of nominations for the second and final phase of Manipur assembly elections. Twenty two of the 60 constituencies in the state will go to polls in the second phase on March 8. Scrutiny will take place tomorrow, while the withdrawal of candidature can be done till Monday.  38 Assembly segments will go to polls in the first phase on the 4th of next month. A total of 215 candidates had filed their nominations till Tuesday. Candidates can withdraw their nominations till Saturday.

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