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Imphal, 25 January 2018 ( Evening News ) : As observed across the country, National Voters Day was observed in Manipur for enhanced participation of citizens especially the youth in the electoral process, today.  Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur organised the observance at GM Hall, today. Speaking at the event, Chief Secretary, Rajani Ranjan Rashmi asserted that the election commission is older than our constitution. RR Rashmi stated that election is a process where every voter counts and called on the young voters to take pride and have a sense of importance in the electoral process. The Chief Secretary led the youth at the event in taking National Voters Day's pledge. An Electoral Literary Club was also launched as part of the observance. EPIC Cards were distributed to the young voters at the event.  Winners of State Level National Election Quiz, Essay, Painting competition were also felicitated at the event.

The National Voters Day was also observed by State Election Department at Kuranga-yani Hall in Imphal West DC Complex, today. DC Imphal West, N. Geoffery and many young voters of Imphal West took part at the event. EPIC voter cards were distributed to the young voters at the observance held on the theme 'Accessible Election'. Winners of quiz, essay and painting competition held in connection with elections few years ago were also felicitated at the event. The young voters were also administered national voters day pledge by the Deputy Commissioner at the event.

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Imphal, 23 January 2018 ( Evening News ) : Full dress rehearsal of the 68th Republic Day parade was held in the State Capital today. The rehearsal parade that started from 1st Manipur Battallion ground around 8 in the morning marched through Kangla and ended at 1st Manipur Battalion ground, the starting point. The Parade Commander of the Full rehearsal is Commandant of the 7th Manipur Riffles Battalion IPS Achin Haokip while Reserve Parade Commander is the Assistant Director of MPTC, IPS PG Singh. DGP L.M Khaute gave the security review. More than 50 contingents of Para Military, Manipur Police, Fire Service, Government Department, School students and cultural troupes were seen marching in the ceremonial parade. Police personnel maintained a strict security vigil during the full parade rehearsal to avoid any untoward incident.

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Imphal, 22 January 2018 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren asserted that his Government had requested the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister to remove the army camp at Koirengei Air Field. The Chief Minister was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of a new building of Manipur Public School at Koirengei today. Chief Minister Biren who is also the Chairman of Manipur Public School along with Vice chairman of the school, Education Minister, Thokchom Radheshyam, Secretary of Manipur Public School and Principal Secretary Education (S),Vineet Joshi laid the foundation stone. Biren mainatined that Manipur Public School was once one of the most sought-after schools in the State however thought the school is still good it is not able to maintain its earlier reputtation. He appealed to make the School one of the best schools in India by sorting out any differences of views and ideas. The Chief Minister indirectly blamed and said that negligence on the part of the former chairman of the school, Okram Ibobi is visible in the school. He said that the Government understands the inconveniences facing the people because of the Army Camp at Korengei Air Field and assured that it will be removed by consulting the authorities concerned at the earliest.

On the Other hand, Chief Minister N. Biren alleged that the commotion created by ASHA Workers yesterday is suspected to be instigated by some individuals to gain political mileage. The Chief Minister maintained that yesterday’s incident was a means to malign the image of the Government which has been working for the welfare of the society and that he has directed the authority concerned to file FIR and take actions against those involved. Biren asserted that yesterday’s programme was not related to ASHA works and that they are not Government employees. He maintained that the Government will never accept those who took law into their own hands just because they were not mentioned at the event. Biren stated that the Government strongly condemns the incident that occured at the launching of a welfare scheme for the poor which was a very important and sentimental event and maintained that those involved in the incident will not be spared.

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Imphal, 20 January 2018 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister, N. Biren has finally landed in Imphal safely this morning at 11. The Air India flight on which Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren was on board was disrupted after birds struck the aeroplane, yesterday. Chief Minister Biren was on his return flight from Delhi to Imphal after meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National President of BJP, Amit Shah when the Air India flight no AI-889 was struck by birds as it was landing at Guwahati Airport. Since the flight could not be resumed, Chief Minister Biren boarded Indigo flight from Guwahati to Imphal this morning.

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Imphal, 19 January 2017 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister N. Biren and Rajya Sabha MP and BJP Manipur Pradesh President K. Bhabananda met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at New Delhi yesterday. Biren and Bhabananda categorically asked the Union Minister not to overstep the State Government while reaching a conclusion to the framework agreement between the Centre and NSCN-IM. The duo also requested the Union Minister to direct the UP Government to handover the case of Pravish Chanam's death to CBI at the earliest during the meeting. They discussed about sanctioning of additional IRB Battalions for Manipur, helicopter scheme, vacating Old Koirengei Airfield currently occupied by Territorial Army and introduction of a new Surrenderees' Rehabilitation Policy. The Chief Minister also separately met BJP National President  Amit Shah and discussed about the various ongoing developmental projects in the State. He also met the BJP National Secretary and North East in-charge Ram Madhav and discussed about various issues and developmental works being taken up in Manipur. Chief Minister requested the three leaders to visit the State for the 1st Anniversary celebration of BJP-led State Government on March 15, 2018.

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Imphal, 14 January 2018 ( Evening News ) : The 29th Driver’s day was observed by paying tribute to the deceased drivers of the land at ISBT, Khuman Lampak today. Addressing the observance organised by All Manipur Road Transport Drivers and Motor Works Union, CAF & PD  Minister, Karam Shyam appealed to the driver union not to seize work abruptly whenever an issue occurs. Responding to a request made by the members of the Union, the Minister assured that the Government will provide a location to set up an office of the Union. Karam Shyam also advised the drivers to work sincerely and not to look down on themselves. He expressed dissatisfaction to witness that few number of drivers showed up at the observance of the drivers’ day. Speakers at the event opined that a society cannot be complete without the service of the drivers. They also urged the Government to repair Jiri Lambi, Lamdhang and Haflong road before it is too late. The Minister, family members of the deceased drivers and those present at the event offered floral tribute to the portraits of the late drivers. Karam Shyam presented the best driver award which carries 25 thousand cash prize sponsored by Proprietor of Heirangoithong Service Station, Muhindro to Salam Romen on the occasion.

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Imphal, 12 January 2018 ( Evening News ) : Power and Works Minister Thongam Biswajit assured people of Ngaimu Village in Ukhrul district that a 100 KV transformer will be installed at the village within a short notice. He said that even though the Central government is targeting to provide electricity to all homes by March 2019; the State Government targets to achieve the feat by December 2018. The Minister was speaking at the inaugural function of the 8th Tangkhul Naga Zingtun Longphang Sports cum Cultural Festival at the village yesterday. Biswajit said 33/11 KV sub-stations will also be set up at Somdal and Kachai and personally check if AB cables are installed in Ngaimu to improve power supply quality. He spoke of the benefits of green energy or solar energy and said installation of solar roof top power plants will help in solving the shortage of electricity. Biswajit also explained several schemes launched by the government for the benefit of the people including PMAY, UJALA, UJWALA, SAUBHAGYA, NRLM. He asserted that the DCs should erect hoardings to educate the public of the several schemes launched by the government. On the other hand Biswajit also announced that road repairing works undergoing in Ukhrul Town will be completed by February this year while inspecting road repairing works in Ukhrul Town yesterday. Biswajit said that the state Government is fully committed to maintaining quality control in the road repair process which is being taken up under the National Highway Infrastructure Development Limited (NHIDCL).  The Minister maintained that repairing works in the State are being undertaken by BRO and NHIDCL and it has been found out that some portion of works undertaken by BRO did not maintain quality and the work progress is very slow. He further stated that he will convene a meeting with BRO officials and instruct them to complete repairing works at the earliest without compromising the quality within two days.

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Imphal, 09 January 2018 ( Evening News ) : State observed the 184th death anniversary of Maharaja Ghambir Singh at his memorial site at Langthabal, Canchipur, today. The memorial ceremony was organised by State Archaeology Dept of Art & Culture. Speaking at the observance, Chief minister Nongthongbam Biren asserted that one should think of one's motherland as one venture into politics. He opined that a person who has no love for his motherland and his countrymen will never take any developmental works. He urged not to enter politics if one has no love for one's motherland. Biren disclosed that Maharaja Ghambir Singh's memorial site will be developed in consultation with an International level consultant at the earliest. Minister of Art & Culture, Langolakpam JayentaKumar, Minister of CAF & PD, Karam Shyam , many Ministers and MLAs were among those present at the event.

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Imphal, 07 January  2018 ( Evening News ) : In commemoration of the 289th year of Puya Meithaba (burning of scared manuscript), the 40th three-day Black Day observance organised by International Observation Committee on Puya Meithaba (ICOP) commenced today on Regular School campus, Nambol in Bishnupur District. Giving the Keynote address at the observance, Convenor of ICOP, Moirangthem Naokhomba Meitei maintained development is hindered in Manipur as the sacred Manuscript of the State was destroyed by the outsiders. He said no one will restore and protect the sacred Manuscript unless people of the hills and the valley join hands. Naokhomba said the observance will also be held in other parts of Manipur. Councillor of COSHEM, Ph.Mantri, Councillor, of Nambol Municipal Council, Heisnam Somendro and Principal of Special Regular English School, Maisnam Kenedy were among those present at the observance.

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Imphal, 05 January 2018 ( Evening News ) : The annual account statement of Government of Manipur 2016-17 was released, today. The annual accounts consist of Finance accounts and Appropriation Accounts. The statement showed that allotted funds for the demands passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly were not fully utilised. As per the reports released by the Accountant General for the period of 2016-17, out of the total allocated funds, 26.66 per cent in the Public Works Department, 18 per cent in the Education department, 49.0 per cent in the Agriculture department, 30.05 per cent in the Community and Rural Development, 85.55 in the General Economic and Planning , 47.41 per cent in the Minor Irrigation department, 24.75 per cent in the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, 35.34 per cent in the Social Welfare Department were left to be utilised due to inadequate budgeting or lack of monitoring of fund by the Government Departments. Addressing media persons at Accountant General (Accounts and Entittlement) office in Babupara, Accountant General of Manipur, D. Jaisankar asserted that financial discipline is required to improve the economy of state. He opined that stringent discussions on the surplus supplementary grants by the Finance department and the Government of Manipur would be the next right move.

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