Imphal, 30 March 2017 ( Evening News ) : Two minor sisters were killed in an unfortunate road accident in Oinam bazar this morning. Both of them were hit by a bus. The two sisters who were class 2 students were returning home from school when the bus hit them near the Irengbam crossing in Oinam bazar in Bishnupur district around 11.30am. They died on the spot. The bus was coming from Imphal. The deceased girls are identified as Mutum Mani and Mutum Chitharembi daughters of Mutum Sanou Singh. They were students of Public School in Oinam.
Imphal, 30 March 2017 ( Evening News ) : Several areas in Imphal today experienced the first flood of the year after a heavy shower. A number of localities in Imphal city have been inundated by rain water causing serious inconveniences to the people. Many areas in the state experienced incessant rain last night. The movement of the people, especially the students who are appearing in the board and council examinations has been badly hit by the flash flood. A number of localities in Imphal including Uripok, Singjamei, Keishamthong, Sagolband and Lamphel were flooded by the rain water. Affected people allege that the flash floods were caused by lack of of proper drainage system in the area. A team of Impact news which covered the flood in different areas saw piles of solid wastes blocking the drains and poor quality of drains and retaining walls. About 100 metre stretch of National highway from Kakwa Asem Leikei to Waikhom Leikai in Langthabal Constituency remained under flood water causing serious inconveniences to the public.
Several areas along the Tiddim road also experienced flash floods. Many by-lanes in Sagolband and Keishamthong constituencies were inundated by rain water. The level of the Waishel Maril has become shallow due to dumping of solid wastes by the people and the authorities failure to clear the water body on time. Locals said they experience flood soon after a heavy shower as Waishel Maril has become vert shallow over the years. They also expressed the hope that the BJP government will take measures to solve the problem facing them.
Imphal, 28 March 2017 ( Evening News ) : People are making preparations for the celebration of the Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba. The Meitei community celebrate new year on Sajibu Nongma Panba with religious and traditional fervour and enthusiasm. Like in the previous years Cheiraoba shoppers thronged the Khwairamband bazaar since early morning to purchase seasonal fruits, vegetables, seasonal flowers and other items required for the celebration. Sources said the prices of all the items went up but the shoppers willingly paid for them without bargaining with the women vendors. Shoppers expressed their happiness and welcomed the new year. Meanwhile some vendors complained that the sale this year was not good.
Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has greeted the people of Manipur on the eve of the auspicious occasion of Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba. In her message the governor said new year is an occasion to rejoice and make new resolutions. She said " Let us strive together for a better Manipur setting apart our differences and working for a common goal."
Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren also greeted the people on the occasuion of Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba. In his message the chief minister hoped that the festival will bring joy, prosperity and peaceful coexistence among the people of Manipur.
Imphal, 28 March 2017 ( Evening News ) : For the first time after becoming the chief minister of Manipur, Nongthombam Biren yesterday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. He was accompanied by Works Minister Thongam Biswajit. N. Biren apprised the Prime Minister of various development projects in Manipur. During the meeting, the Centre agreed to grant Manipur Rs 140-150 crore very shortly for various development works. An additional amount of Rs 82 crore was given to Manipur for the current year. The Centre also agreed to continue the sharing pattern of 90:10 for Central Sponsored Schemes in Manipur. Construction of 4-lane NH 2 will start soon. A press release issued by directorate of information and public relations said mini secretariat proposal will be sent to Ministry of DoNER for their consideration. It also said construction of women’s market in all districts will be considered for NLCPR funding from Ministry of DoNER. The construction of 60 bedded Mental hospital will be approved by the Ministry of Health after appropriate proposal is sent. The Ministry of sports and ministry of power will also consider flood lighting of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex. Construction of Flyovers will be considered under the Smart City Project.
Atleast 10 killed in a Tourist Passenger bus accident at Maram; another accident claims 7 lives at Khongsang.
Imphal, 27 March 2017 ( Evening News ) : A Tourist Passenger bus coming from Dimapur to Imphal had an ill fated accident between Maram and Makhan, under Senapati District near a bridge around 4 AM this morning at least 10 persons. 12 amongst the injured are being treated at RIMS Hospital while 5 are being treated at JNIMS. 2 persons amongst the 12 in RIMS are still unconscious till the time of filing this report. One person amongst the death succumbed to injuries at Shija Hospital. The other dead bodies haven’t reached Imphal yet. The death toll is likely to rise as many of the injured are in serious condition. The ill-fated bus bearing registration number MNO1- 4A 9503, carrying around 40 passengers left Dimapur for Imphal around 9 pm last night. Deputy Chief Minister, Yumnam Joykumar and Health Minister, Langpolakpam Jayentakumar are monitoring the case and 4000 rupees each for treatment has been provided as a first step. Deputy Chief Minister, said the cause of the the accident is still unknown. He said necessary investigations will be carried out and that a cabinet discussions will be held soon to provide Compensation to the victims.
On the other hand, another Tata Winger carrying passengers from Jiribam to Imphal had an accident between Khongsang and Irang killing 7 people. The accident took place about 20 minutes past noon today. Also in another incident at Lairou village under Senapati Police Station, a good truck driver was killed when the truck had an accident at 9:30 this morning.
CAF & PD, Minister Karam Shyam denies reports of abducting BJP Councillor; appeals to not portray false image of him to the public
Imphal, 26 March 2017 ( Evening News ) : Langthabal MLA and CAF & PD, Minister Karam Shyam has termed the news carried out in today's papers that his workers have apprehended a BJP councillor of Lilong Nagar Panchayat as baseless. BJP councillor, Thounaojam Anil himself has clarified on the matter stating that there is no such case and that he willingly got along with the LJP councillors to form a new Lilong Nagar Panchayat council in order to avoid the financial issues that currently exist amongst the councillors. Speaking on the sidelines of cleaning of Lilong Chajing Eco Park and having discussions on making it a tourism spot, Minister Karam Shyam said, tensions prevailed yesterday at Changagei after workers of ex MLA, O Joy received information about councillor Anil going alongside LJP and began for searching for Anil at a house. Karam Shyam further said as an MLA of Langthabal he went to investigate the matter and that the SDPO of Mayang Imphal was also present at the spot. The SDPO is a proof to whether or not a Gun was displayed by the minister. Karam Shyam stated that it is unfortunate for someone who tried to win elections by spreading false propaganda and failed is now trying to portray a false image of the minister to the public.
Imphal, 25 March 2017 ( Evening News ) : Volunteers of Imphal Moreh tata D-i (207) Owners and Drivers Welfare Association have started filling up the pot holes on National highway 102, Indo-Myanmar road. This road is going to be in deplorable condition if not repaired before the arrival of the monsoon. The state Govt had blacktopped the 109-kilometre road in 2012 and had never repaired it. Apart from various pot holes in between Tengnoupal and Khudengthabi, land slides in various parts caused grievous inconveniences to the vehicles passing the road. Accidents occur frequently on this road, the latest being on the 20th of this month at Tengnoupal Machin manao ching involving 2 Tata DIs. Looking at the situation, members of Tata D-I Association contributed money and repaired the pot holes using Tata tipper and excavator since yesterday. Chief advisor of the Association, Ahanthem Dhakeshwor said they had been pressurising the previous congress Govt for the last 3 to 4 years to repair this road. A JAC was even formed by drivers of vehicles plying on this road, however the Govt has not taken up any steps till date. He mentioned that the new chief minister N. Biren had assured the people of repairing the road in the near future. While appreciating the chief minister's assurance, he appealed to the Govt to repair the road before monsoon.
Imphal, 24 march 2017 ( Evening News ) : Drivers of private passenger vehicles ceased work in protest against the parking ban at Keishampat by the authority concerned. Transport department has asked them not to park their vehicles at Indo-Burma Sugnu Road bus parking, popularly known as Keishampat-Thoubal parking. The drivers said some staff of the Transport department came this morning at the parking in front of the BJP office and asked the drivers to not park their vehicles there. The drivers who were upset by the sudden order left the area leaving behind their vehicles in protest. They said they were not given prior information and no alternative arrangements were made. It may be mentioned that the then BJP Manipur Pradesh president had in 2015 asked the Indo-Burma Sugnu Road Bus owners welfare union to shift the parking location, however the association refused to do so. Secretary of the union has threatened to suspend all passenger bus services in Manipur if the matter is not solved at the earliest.
United bus owners Welfare Association has also expressed dissatisfaction at the order of the department. The association said, until a transport policy is framed, the area will be used as parking and drivers will continue park the passenger vehicles. General secretary of the Association, B. Dhanabir Sharma said they will support the protest by the Indo-Burma Sugnu Road Bus owners welfare union and also threatened to suspend all passenger bus services in Manipur.