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Imphal, 16 July 2017 ( Evening News ) : The govt has been urged to frame a policy soon to protect and preserve the endangered Manipuri Pony. Co-ordinating Committee of Polo Clubs of Manipur has called for people's active cooperation to save the Manipuri pony. Addressing the journalists at  Manipur Press Club today, Chairman of the Co-ordinating Committee, Ningthoukhongjam Bedajit urged the govt to reserve grazing fields and habitat for the endangered animal. He cautioned that the Manipuri pony despite its significance in Manipur's civilisation is on the verge of extinction and might disappear sooner or later if serious measures are not taken to protect the animal.

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Imphal, 16 July 2017 ( Evening News ) : Congress MLAs Kshetrimayum Biren and Paonam Brojen yesterday joined the BJP. Kshetrimayum Biren was the works minister in the previous Congress Government led by Okram Ibobi. The BJP Manipur Pradesh held a reception for the two Congress MLAs at its office at Nityaipat Chuthek late last night. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren welcomed them to the party. Several Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and MLAs were present at the event. Four Councillors of Lilong Municipal Council and two office bearers of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, MPCC also joined the BJP. They are MPCC media cell chairman L. Memo and secretary P. Sashikanta. So far, eight Congress MLAs have joined the BJP.

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Imphal, 15 July 2017 ( Evening News ) : A case of  H1N1 virus has been detected in Manipur. Confirming the detection of swine flu virus in the state Health Minister, L. Jayentakumar today told the media at  his office chamber at Old Secretariat, that the infected person, who is about 45 years old was admitted at Shija Hospitals and Research institute on 4th of this month. He said as he requires special treatment, he is admitted at the ICU. The minister said Pandemic Influenza was confirmed yesterday after his blood sample was sent to SRL Limited, Mumbai. The minister said there is enough medicine to treat the infection. Jayentakumar also stated that there is an Isolated Ward at RIMS and JNIMS for the treatment of the disease and the State Health Service is prepared to fight the disease.

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Imphal, 14 July 2017 ( Evening News ) : A team of Moreh Police seized illicit liquor including local liquor and beer bottles from Moreh market during a drive. The team led by SDPO, Sh. Lawrence and OC, H. Chaoba under the supervision of SP, Tengnoupal Dr. S. Ibomcha conducted the drive at shops and hotels at Moreh market. 9 Rum Bottles,12 half Whisky bottles, 35 litres of country liquor and 56 beer bottles were seized. The seized liquor was later destroyed. Residents of Moreh appreciated the drive which began 10 days ago and hoped that in a few days Moreh will soon be free from drugs and alcohol.

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Imphal, 13 July 2017 ( Evening News) : Chief Minister, Nongthombam Biren launched a free Computer Training Programme at Liberal College, Luwangsangbam today. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister asserted that a team from the centre will arrive in Imphal to inspect flood affected areas. He also assured of providing remuneration per the current standards to the aided college teachers. The Computer Training programme organised by Information & Cultural Society Manipur, ICSM will provide free computer training to people in Heingang Assembly Constituency for the first time. Chief Minister further said such “Digital literacy programmes” should be extended to other areas including the Hill districts of the State. He asserted that the new Government is working in a fast pace for the welfare of the people and appealed Government officials to work actively. The chief minister warned of change in positions if the officials do not perform their duties as per expectations. Chief Minister said the new government was formed with certain missions to bring inclusive development and is committed to do something good in bringing positive changes in the State. The chief minister also appealed to the people to take benefits of Beneficiary Schemes.

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Imphal, 09 July 2017 ( Evening News ) : Former chief secretary Oinam Nabakishor has denied corruption allegation against him that he was involved in the Manipur development society, MDS scam. Refuting the allegation made by a local TV channel, the former chief secretary today told the media that his transfer was not in any way related to the handing over of the MDS case to the CBI by the state Govt as claimed by the local TV channel. Nabakishore said the Chief Secretary is an Ex-Officio Chairman of MDS and that the role of the Chief Secretary is to chair the of meetings of the MDS. He claimed that the accounts of MDS were not operated by the Chief Secretary during his time and that it was operated by Project Director / Administrative Officer.  He maintained that as a chief secretary he committed no errors. Nabakishore said there were loopholes in MDS before he took over. He added that the vigilance department was requested to look into the matter. After the new Govt took over, the CBI was asked to take over the case from the Vigilance dept in May this year. Nabakishor said the details will be revealed after the CBI enquiry. He said the news would have been complete had the local TV Channel revealed the source of the information. Meanwhile, the Govt has accepted his Voluntary Retirement.

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Imphal, 09 July 2017 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister, Nongthombam Biren once again reiterated that the govt will build houses for flood victims affected by the present flood in the state. The chief minister this morning visited the flood hit areas in Khurai in Khurai Constituency. He was accompanied by Khurai MLA, L. Sushildro and IFCD officials. The chief minister provided financial assistance to flood victims who are taking shelter at relief camps. Talking to media persons during the visit, Biren assured that houses will be constructed for the flood affected families. He said dredging of rivers across the state will be carried out to prevent flash floods in  future. Biren also said measures will be taken to clean the drainages. He appealed to the people to help maintain the drainages as well as govt alone cannot be responsible for developmental works. Biren said the state Govt has urged the centre to provide 12 thousand metric tonne of rice to help the flood victims. Replying to an Impact News query on Tripartite talks, the chief minister said talks will be held soon and that the talks will be a Political Dialogue. He maintained that they will not necessarily focus on agreement or disagreement on a demand.

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Imphal, 04 July 2017 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren announced that the Government will take steps to bring the drug addicts in the state back to normalcy. Chief Minister, Biren handed over 47 Drug addicts to different rehabilitation centres under the aegis of Social welfare department and also appointed IG (Administration) Dr S Ibomcha as the Nodal Officer as part of the Government’s initiative to bring the addicts to a right path.On the occasion, Biren also gave instruction to Social Welfare Department to work together with the Police Department. Chief Minister today interacted with the drug addicts and parents at an event held at  Banquet Hall of 1st Manipur Rifles and listened to their opinions and issues. Speaking to media persons, Chief Minister said the number of drug abusers are increasing in the state and it is very unfortunate that many youths are fallen into the temptation of drugs. He said the Government aims to band all intoxicating substances and drugs in the state and to bring the drug abusers back to normal life. He further said Police Department along with the Social welfare department is now required to arrest the addicts and rehabilitate them. He appealed to the people, NGOs under social department to support the Government’s initiative to wipe out drug and its abuse completely from the state. DGP of Manipur Police, Principal Secretary of Social Welfare Department, Director of Social Welfare Department and top officials were present at the event.

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Imphal, 03 July 2017 ( Evening News ) : About 200 trucks have been stranded outside FCI Godown at Sangaiprou. These trucks, carrying rice to be stocked at the FCI Godown have been stranded due to the space constraints at the godown to unload the rice. There are trucks that have been stranded for 20 to 25 days and there are others who have been stranded for over a month on the almost one kilometre long road. Drivers and helpers of these trucks are facing grievous inconveniences in fooding and other daily activities. The rice have not been unloaded since the state Govt has not withdrawn the old stock from godown. The unloading issue occurs on a regular basis. When the drivers approached the officials, they were informed that there are no spaces available due to old stock. Driver, Alimuddin was informed by the officials that the rice bags can be unloaded in the lines of the existing stack. He further said due to the trucks being stranded for a long time, not only do they face issues with fooding, but also have lost almost 50 percent of profits they would earn if they were driving. He appealed the Govt through Impact News to look into the matter at the earliest.

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Imphal, 02 July 2017 ( Evening News ) :With most of the rivers flowing above danger level following the incessant rains in the last couple of days, the bank of the Kongba river breached at two different places flooding several houses in the area. The bank breached at Kongba Erong and Ucheckon Lai Moriba last mid night around 1 AM. Locals along with PWD Minister Thongam Biswajit who is also the local MLA tried to block the over flowing since last night. The river breached its bank at Kongba Erong while the people were trying to block the overflowing water. Bashikhong and other areas of Thongju constituency have been inundated by river water. Minister Biswajit along with the personnel of Singjamei Police, Porompat Police and Erilbung Police attempted to block the water. No officials of the IFCD have arrived at the site till the time of this reporting. Meanwhile, relief camps have been set up in Thongju constituency under the supervision of Minister Biswajit.

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