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Imphal, 03 July 2018 ( Evening News ) : The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee delegates today met with the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind and submitted a memorandum on the prevailing issues of Manipur. Treasurer of MPCC and MLA Sugnu, K. Ranjit intimated Impact news over a telephonic conversation that the 13 member Congress delegates including MP Dr T Meina, MP Thangso Baitey and former Deputy Chief minister Gaikhangam met with the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan around 11 this morning. The Congress delegates submitted a memorandum on various issues of the state including Border Pillar issue, Indo-Naga framework agreement, Citizenship Amendment Bill-2016, and prevailing crises in Manipur university to the President of the Country. The Congress team intimated the President in-depth on the prevailing upheavals at Manipur University where normal academic atmosphere has been badly affected, deans and Head of Departments have resigned, classes are on halt etc. President after listening attentively to their grievances responded that career lives of the students should not be affected and assured of efforts to resolve the University impasse at the earliest.
Imphal, 01 July 2018 ( Evening News ) : MPCC has alleged that the Statement of Union Home Minister of State, Kiran Rijiju implied that the Central Government has given its consent on giving some land of Manipur to Myanmar. Spokesperson of MPCC, Kh. Joykishan maintained that even though the BJP led Government compromises the land to please Myanmar, the Congress party will not remain a mute spectator but will launch protest along with the people of the state. Speaking to media persons at Congress Bhavan today, Joykishan stated that the statement of the Union Minister that there is no land controversy between India and Myanmar implies that the Government has given its consent on the installation of the border pillar crossing the boundary of Manipur. He termed it unfortunate that despite complaints made by CSOs, Political Parties and People regarding the encroachment of land at Kwatha Khunou by Myanmar, both the Central and the State Government remain indifferent. Joykishan demanded the State Govt to clarify on the matter at the earliest.
On the other hand, Joykishan alleged that the National President of BJP visited Manipur not in the interest of the state or the people but merely to seek economic opportunities and campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He lamented that the National President of BJP failed to give any suggestions or solutions regarding various issues prevalent in the state including Manipur University crisis and Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Imphal, 25 June 2018 ( Evening News ) : MPCC delegates led by Former Chief Minister, Okram Ibobi left Imphal this morning to meet Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and other relevant authorities at the Centre to address the grievances of the people of Manipur on various issues especially the Indo-Naga Framework Agreement, crises at Manipur University and the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016. Addressing media persons before their departure at Imphal International Airport, CLP Leader, Okram Ibobi stated that the delegates will meet Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and intimate on various sensitive Issues and especially to question the Prime Minister on the statement in connection with Framework Agreement made by Interlocutor, R.N Ravi with regards to formation of Autonomous Territorial Council on a National Daily, Indian Express. He also said, the Chairman of Joint Parliamentary Committee will be urged not to pass the Citizen Amendment Bill 2016 which is likely to be submitted by the end of this month, if it is going to harm the state. Regarding the Manipur University impasse, Ibobi mentioned that a report was earlier submitted by the Party's High Level Committee to the relevant authority at the Centre. He said, the MPCC Delegates will meet with the Union Human Resource Minister and urge to probe the prevailing issue in the University and try to resolve it as soon as possible to bring normalcy in the Academic Atmosphere. Okram Ibobi further mentioned that if there is no option left to resolve the issues, the MPCC Delegates will urge for appointment of a new Vice- Chancellor in Manipur University.
Imphal, 18 June 2018 ( Evening News ) : Thousands of people today offered floral tributes to the 18 martyrs who laid down their lives to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur on June 18 in 2001. Since early morning people from different ethnic communities in their traditional attires thronged the Kekrupat memorial to offer their tributes to the martyrs. The day is being observed as the great june uprising and unity day under the initiative of United Committee Manipur (UCM) and All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO) since 2001. The 18 brave hearts who sacrificed their lives were honoured with a general salute. Chairman and Vice Chairman of the observation committee pulled down the traditional flag half way down to express sorrows at the commemoration ceremony. A public meeting and a blood donation camp was also held at the venue. Government Officials cutting across party and members of various civil society organisations of the state also paid floral tributes at the memorial. Taking part in the event, Lok Sabha MP Thangso Baite asserted that the Day is marked forever in the history of Manipur and should not be forgotten. He maintained that the memorial observance shows the unity and the love existing among various community in the state. It may be recalled that people agitated in protest against the 'without territorial limit' clause included in the Bangkok Declaration signed between the Government of India and NSCN (IM). The protestors set on fire the Manipur Legislative Assembly building, offices of political parties and several quarters of Ministers and MLAs. 18 persons died in police firing in the agitation.
Major roads in Imphal City have been blocked in connection with the Great June Uprising observance today. Business establishments in Thangal Bazar, Paona Bazar, Khwairamband Ema Keithel and other places remained closed as requested by the Observation Committee to take part in the floral tribute ceremony. There were traffic congestion in several places as some roads were blocked. Manipur Police Personnel kept a strict vigil to prevent any untoward incident in several areas of Imphal City.
Imphal, 17 June 2018 ( evening News ) : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, schemes like Mudra Yojana, Jan Dhan Yojana and Stand Up India are helping in greater financial inclusion. In his opening remarks at fourth meeting of Governing Council of NITI Aayog at Rashtrapati Bhawan today, Modi emphasised on the need of tackling economic imbalances on priority basis. He said, 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres are being constructed under Ayushman Bharat and about 10 crore families will be provided health insurance worth 5 lakh rupees every year. The Prime Minister said, Indian Economy has grown at a healthy rate of 7.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017- 18. He said, the challenge now is to take this growth rate to double digits for which many more important steps have to be taken. Modi said, vision of a New India by 2022, is now a resolve of the people of the country. He said, the agenda of the meeting include doubling of farmers income, development of aspirational districts, Ayushman Bharat, Mission Indradhanush, Nutrition Mission and celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The Prime Minister assured the Chief Ministers from flood-affected States that the Union Government would provide all assistance to them.