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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.

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Imphal, 17 June 2018 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister N. Biren visited Maiba village and Mongjam Village of Imphal East District to take stock of the flood situation today. The Chief Minister also inspected the Flood Relief Camps which are being opened at Maiba Khul Primary School and Mongjam Mamang Leikai. Briefing  media persons, Chief Minister informed that he had a telephonic conversation with Union Home Minister Rajnath and briefed about the current flood situation in the State. He added that he had asked the Home Minister to extend immediate flood assistance for the flood victims of the State. The Chief Minister also intimated that the State government has asked for immediate financial assistance for rebuilding the houses of the flood affected people, repair and reconstruction of roads etc. immediately. He said that the Union Home Minister has already directed the Home Secretary to provide immediate help for the flood affected people of the State. Mentioning that he couldn’t attend the NITI Aayog meeting due to the current flash flood in the State,he added that the flood situation of the State is being discussed in the said meeting. The Chief Minister mentioned that around 22 houses have been inundated and 120 people have been displaced due to the flood in the Maiba Khul and Mongjam Village, Imphal East District and that the District Administration has taken various measures to help the flood victims in the area and medical teams are being sent to the flood affected areas. Biren also asserted Portable toilets would be constructed in Maiba Khul and Mongjam Village. The Chief also expressed his gratitude to Minister Karam Shyam, MLA Susindro, Army personnel, newly recruited police personnel for their relentless effort and dedication in repair works of the breached river banks. He also appealed to the people of the State to take precautionary measures from post flood diseases.

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Imphal, 16 June 2018 ( Evening News ) : The Health Department has launched various measures to prevent water-borne diseases resulting from the flood prevailing in the state. Health Minister, L. Jayentakumar has announced that he will visit and monitor all the flood-affected districts and organise widespread health camps across the state. MLA of Keishamthong Constituency and Health Minister, L.Jayentakumar visited affected areas of Keishamthong Constituency to take stock of the flood situation and provided relief items to the victims. Speaking to media persons, the minister maintained that due to the incessant rain in the past few days, most of the areas in Keishamthong Constituency were flooded.He stated that the level of flood water has receded and that he himself and various civil society organisations are providing assistance to the victims. Jayentakumar said that basic food items such as rice, salt and pulses are being distributed through the DC and will continue to supply other necessities by utilising the local area development fund. He further appealed to stop the rumour that the victims are not provided assistance but jointly help those in need. The Health Minister further stated that the Health department along with its top officials are prepared to provide all possible assistance to the flood-affected victims and to supply free medicines at the health camps to be held across the state.

On the other hand, the Health Minister has affirmed that a cabinet decision to construct 2 District Hospitals at Sagolmang and Kyamgei has been taken according to the wishes of the people. However, he clarified that there is no plan to start the construction works of the hospitals any soon as the Government has financial constraints. The minister nevertheless, assured that the Government will put all-out efforts to start the construction without further delay.

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Imphal, 08 June 2018 ( Evening News ) : National General Secretary of BJP, Arun Singh has claimed that BJP will win both seats of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019 in Manipur. Speaking to media persons at BJP office in Nitaipat chuthek, Arun Singh stated that people in the state and the country wish for Narendra Modi to retain his Prime-Ministership based on the immense contribution and change brought about by the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government in the past 4 years. He intimated that leaders of BJP met Padmashree  Y. Gambhini as part of the meeting with eminent personalities to seek their advice and blessing in celebration of the completion of 4 years of BJP-Government at the Centre and one year in the state. Arun Singh said Gambhini lauded the works of the BJP Government and maintained that it is the desire of the people to make BJP retains its rule in the Country. Criticising the Congress party, he mocked that Rahul Gandhi is not a threat to BJP.

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Imphal, 06 June 2018 ( Evening News ) : Convenor of Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance, PRJA, Erendro Leichombam, who was arrested for commenting on a threat video made by some non-locals uploaded on Facebook, was released from judicial custody after he accepted the bail grant yesterday. Speaking to media persons at PRAJA Office in Thangmeiband today, Erendro asserted that he will continue to fight unceasingly to prove his innocence in a peaceful and democratic manner. He termed it unfortunate that despite the Government’s assurance to apprehend those involved in the hate video, nothing has been found out even  15 days after the assurance and that voices of the people remain unheard. He affirmed to prove himself innocent without any lawyer.

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Imphal, 04 June 2018 ( Evening News ) : Students of Tamphasana Girls Higher Secondary School staged a sit-in in front of the school gate against the transfer order of Principal of the School, Laishram Biren today. The Students demanded to let the soon to be retired Principal remain in the School until the end of his tenure. Speaking to media persons, Secretary of Girls Common Room, Leishangthem Molina stated that the students cannot accept the Government order to transfer the Principal from the School and demanded to revoke its order immediately. Various slogans were shouted at the sit-in.

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Imphal, 29 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : Sanamahi Cheng Hongba ritual was performed at Haying Khongbal Uphong Yumpham, Sanamahi Temple Complex in the 1st Manipur Rifles today. Since early this morning many Sana-Mahi devotees including children and elderly persons offered fruits, flowers and rice grainsat the shrine of Lainingthou Sanamahi and prayed for peace, prosperity and fertility. Sanamahi Laining Puya, a religious manuscript by Sanamahi Temple Board was also released on the occasion.Taking part in the religious event, Art and culture minister, L. Jayantakumar who is also the president of Lainingthiou Sanamahi Temple Board stated that efforts are on to enlist “Lai Haraoba festival in the Intangible Heritage list of UNESCO. He also said, a committee was established to discuss on the promotion of the festival. Jayantakumar also stated that with the release of the Puya, the meitei community now has a religious book and people can delve deeper into the origin of the religion. Members of the temple board, mai-ba, mai-bi and many people of the state took part in the ceremony.

Kangla Religious Committee Kangla Fort Board also performed the religious ritual ceremony, Sanamahi Cheng Hongba at Kangla today. Followers of Sana-Mahi offered rice-grains, fruits, vegetables and flowers at the shrine of Lainingthou Sanamahi and prayed for peace and prosperity. The ceremony was commenced with Pena Yeikarol, and Wari-Liba or narration of the story of Lainingthou Sanamahi and songs praising the Ibudhou etc. were the highlights of the occasion. Speaking to media persons, member of Kangla Religious Committee Kangla Fort Board, Professor Sairen Nilbir said the ritual has been performed for years since time immemorial. He appealed to all to keep their differences aside and pray to Ibudhou Sanamahi for the well being of the Society.

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Imphal, 21 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : Women Vendors of Khawairamband Ima Market along with members of several Civil Society Organisations staged a sit-in and held a Public Meeting against the Statement made by Interlocutor RN Ravi regarding the Framework Agreement between NSCN(IM) and Government of India that appeared on National Media. The organisations maintained that they cannot accept the formation of Autonomous Naga Territorial Council and Common Naga Cultural Body in Manipur which the Interlocutor stated on National Dailies, The Indian Express on April 26 with regard to the final stage of the Framework Agreement. The Protestors maintained that it will affect the Unity and Integrity of the State to a great extent.  Khwairamband Apunba Ima keithal, All Manipur United Club’s Organsation, AMUCO, United Committee Manipur, UCM and CCSK jointly organised the Protest Cum Public Meeting. Speaking to media persons, President of AMUCO, Ph. Deban said the Government of India has been applying the Divide & Rule Policy ever since Manipur became part of the Indian Union to bring disunity and animosity among the Communities of the State. He asserted that it is high time people of the all the Communities co-existing in the State since time immemorial to jointly face anything that challenges the integrity of the State. Deben maintained that the Naga accord should not bring any changes in Manipur but the conclusion to the Naga Accord should be brought in Nagaland alone. He reiterated that Territorial, Historical and Political Status of Manipur will not be compromised at any cost. Several placards were displayed at the sit-in.

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Imphal, 21 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : Former Chief Minister and Opposition leader, Okram Ibobi has asserted that the day,  the Congress and JDS alliance was invited to form Karnataka Government instead of the BJP was the day, the Country's democracy was rescued. Ibobi was speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the 27th death anniversary of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi which is observed across the country as Anti Terrorism Day today. Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee organised the Memorial observance at Congress Bhawan, BT Road. Speaking further, Okram Ibobi termed the incidents subsequent to Karnataka election as very unfortunate for the country. He maintained that terrorism is against society and it has no positive impact in any area. He called on everyone to co-operated in eliminating Terrorism and fulfil the vision of the late Prime Minister and Congress leader of India. The Opposition leader asserted that Congress party believes in peace and harmony. He said that any differences can be resolved through dialogues. Floral tributes were paid at the portrait of late Rajiv Gandhi on the occasion. President of MPCC, TN. Haokip, former deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, Lok Sabha MP, A.Thokchom Meinya, Congress MLAs and party leaders took part in the memorial observance.

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Imphal, 20 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : Clashes broke out between protestors and Police personnel in several places on the second and last day of the 36 hour State-wide General Strike called by JAC Against Unnatural Shifting of District Hospital, Imphal East Sagolmang today. A person was injured as Police fired tear gas shell to disperse the protestors and two women protestors have been picked up the Police. The injured person is identified as Moirangthem Naothi, 35 years from Keibi Yaibilen. Naothi sustained injury on his thigh as the police fired tear gas shell. The identity of the 2 women protestors has not yet been ascertained. Large number of people blocked roads in several places by taking out wood locks and burning tyres. The 2- day General Strike affected normal life in several parts of Khundrakpam and Khurai Constituency. Supporters of the General Strike blocked roads at, Sagolmang Bazaar, Keibi Taret Village, Heikakmapan , Imphal-Saikul road and Imphal-Ukhrul Road. Lamlong Bazaar wore a deserted look and all the business establishments remained closed. On the other hand, Speaking to media persons, Convenor of the JAC, Loushigan Thoiba said the Government remains indifferent to their demand , however it tries to resolve the issues raised by other organisations. He also appealed to the people of Khurai and Saikul Constituency to jointly fight until their demand is met. Thoiba also demanded to release the 2 women protestors from Khurai Constituency without any condition. The General Strike will end at 5 this evening.

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