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Imphal, 18 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren extended his best wishes to the students in class 10 and 12 examinations 2018 conducted by BOSEM , COHSEM and CBSE. In his message, the Chief Minister said the examinations serve as important steps towards shaping students' carreer and achieving their ambition. He urged parents and teachers to guide the students to perfom with ease and confidence. Biren also appealed to the students to study with calm minds and not to stress out.

Education Minister, Thokchom Radheshyam also gave his best wishes to the students appearing in class 10 and 12 examinations 2018 conducted by BOSEM and COHSEM, which is scheduled to commenced on February 19 and 20 respectively during a press meet at his office chamber at New Secretariat, Babupara yesterday. The minister urged the students to work hard to be successful in life and also appealed to the parents to refrain from pressuring their children. The Minister further appealed  to all to help in conducting the examinations in free and fair manner.

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Imphal, 12 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : The 42- hour State wide bandh called by Kangleipak Communists Party (KCP) Military Council affected normal life in Manipur. The proscribed outfit imposed the 42 hours bandh in the state from 6 this morning allegedly against the government’s failure to address the charter of demands submitted by the MoU signatory group in the ongoing assembly session till last Saturday, the stipulated time given by the outfit. Although the bandh does not have much effect in the hill districts, it hits the valley districts. Major markets in the valley districts wear a deserted look with shops, schools and colleges remaining closed.  No passenger service vehicles are seen plying on the major roads of the Imphal City except for some private vehicles. The State government is keeping a strict security vigil to prevent any untoward incident during the bandh as the Assembly Session is also underway.

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Imphal, 10 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : After shops and warehouses were gutted down by the massive fire at the Namphalong Market in Myanmar which is an Indo Myanmar international Business hub at the border town of Moreh, business transactions resumed at the Indo-Myanmar No Men’s Land. Daily wage earning market Vendors from Myanmar brought their commodities for sales at the temporary market set up on the small ground near the No Men’s Land this morning. As Namphalong Market will be reconstructed, for the time being business operators are earning their livelihoods selling various essential commodities including food items at the small temporary market set up in the ground. However, all commodities are not yet available in the temporary market.

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Imphal, 05 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : Irate Members of Newly Appointed Employee Association PWD tried to storm the Assembly demanding the BJP led Government to remove Keep in Abeyance of the PWD employees who were appointed in 2016 today. The employees headed towards Assembly from Thangmeiband Muji Khun raising slogans for the same. However, security personnels stationed at the Assembly tried to stop the protestors as the Assembly session was underway at the moment. Later a team of Imphal West Police led by SP, Themthing Ngashangva and Additional SP (Law& Order), Priyadarshani controlled the situation. The protestors fled as the team rushed at the spot. However some of the employees were arrested under the order of SP, Themthing Ngashangva. Speaking to media persons, Spokesperson of Newly Appointed Employee Association PWD, Athuipou Thaimei said the former Government gave appointment order to them in 2016. He said the new BJP-led Government verified the employees again in April 2017 and issued new appointment order on April 19 and gave postings the next day on April 20. Athuipou Thaimei said the BJP-led Government , all of the sudden kept the employees in abeyance after they started attending office on April 29. He said that the association has time and again raised the issue to the Chief Minister and the concerned Minister ,however , they have not received any response from the Government even after one year.

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Imphal, 05 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : The BJP led State Government's total estimated budget of 13 thousand,7 hundred 33 point 62 crore rupees for the year 2018-2019  was tabled before the house in the Assembly, today. Some Opposition members left the house without attending the presentation of the budget estimate citing discontentment that their point of order was not put up appropriately by the speaker in the house. Finance Minister, Yumnam Joykumar tabled in the house revenue reciepts at 12 thousand 648 point 94 Crore rupees, and capital reciepts at 1 thousand 84 point 68 Crore rupees. Finance Minister, Y. Joykumar stated that the total estimates of State’s own tax and non tax reciepts assumed in the Budget Estimates are 1 thousand 47 point 58 crore and 248 point 53 crore respectively. Joykumar said that the state's share in Central taxes and Duties is expected to increase by 15 per cent over 2017-18 (RE) and have been estimated at 4 thousand 908 point 76 crore rupees in the budget estimates. The Finance Minister further stated that the total expenditure estimates for 2018-19  is estimated to be 13 thousand 731 point 04 crore rupees out of the Consolidated Fund of the State, an increase of 3.68 per cent over 2017-18 revised estimates of 13 thousand 243 point 67 crores. He said the revenue account is estimated to be in surplus. The fiscal deficit for the year is estimated to be (- minus) 612 point 41 Crore rupees. In the revised estimated revenue of 2018-19,  out of 38 point 25 percent, GSDP will be 37. 34 per cent. On the second day of the 4th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, today, Finance Minister, Y. Joykumar presented Demands for Supplementary Grants at 1 lakh 31 thousand 884 point 33 as Grants for Supplementary Demands for the year 2017-18. Chief MInister, Nongthombam Biren tabled the 5th Business Advisory Committee, 2018 in the house, today. One minute silence was maintained and obituary reference given to the late member of the house, Holkholet Khongsai from Saikul Constituency. After the Budget Estimate was tabled in the house, with no other further agenda was there to discuss, speaker of the house adjourned the assembly session for the day.

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Imphal, 04 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : Former Superintendent of Manipur State Archaeology Department, Sapam Bheigya asserted that the movement for  inclusion of Meitei/Meetei in the schedule tribe list is legitimate. He was addressing a meeting with the representatives of Schedule Tribe Demand Committee at his residence in Tera Sayang Pukhri Mapal today. Bheigya maintained that the territorial integrity and losing identity of the community can be safeguarded if the Meitei/Meetei are enlisted in the schedule tribe list. He said that people of Meitei/Meetei community of the state must support the movement initiated by the Schedule Tribe Demand Committee. He further maintained that the people the hills and valley who co-existed in the state since time immemorial have been wrongly propagated that Arjun of the epic Mahabharata is the ancestor of the Meitei/Meetei. He said for more proactive movement of Schedule Tribe Demand Committee, civil society organisations of both the hills and the valley must join hands and come to an understanding with the 60 MLAs to solve the issue. Joint Secretary of the Commitee K.Bhogendrajit, Publicity Secretary Th.Gopinath, Convenor of Co-ordinating Committee Schedule Tribe Demand Committee ,Mutum Churamani attended the meeting.

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Imphal, 030 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : Employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Manipur Division staged a Sit-in for their various demands, today. The Sit -In was organised by All Union and Association BSNL Manipur Division. Taking part in the Sit-In, an employee of BSNL, H. Khogen stated that BSNL employees have been demanding implementation of the Seven Pay commission for a long time and their demand is still being ignored by the State Government. He further alleged the Centre Government of setting up Subsidiary Tower companies which might bring the BSNL to an end. Khogen maintained that such acts of the Government have brought immense grievances to the employees and urged to withdraw them at the earliest. He also urged the Government to fulfil their demands as soon as possible.

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Imphal, 01 February 2018 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister, Nongthombam Biren innaugrated the new building of Manipur Pollution Control Board at Imphal West DC Complex, Lamphelpat today.  Speaking at the inaugural, Chief Minister, Biren stated that it will be decided whether the board can be upgraded to the level of a directorate. He inaugrated the Administrative and Laboratory section at the new building of Manipur Pollution Control Board, today. He maintained that people of the state will be acquainted with common sense and civic sense regarding pollutions. Biren said efforts are on to curb throwing of wastes and garbages in Nambul River running through Khwairamband market. He said order has been already issued and police personnel deployed to catch people throwing garbages at Nambul river. While speaking in connection with traffic rules violators in the state, the Chief Minister said he was shocked to see a viral video of a cat waiting for green signal at a zebra crossing in Japan. Forest and Environment Minister, TH. Shyamkumar, Chairman of MPCB, L. Radhakishore, MLAs, Top Officials of various departments and many people attended the innaugural event. Taking part at the event, Forest and Environment  Minister, TH. Shyamkumar asserted that pollution is on the rise in Manipur. He condemned those who have not availed themselves door to door garbage collection facility till date. Shyamkumar drew the attention of the Chief Minister and suggested not to allow inidividuals without proper garage to buy vehicles.

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Imphal, 30 January 2018 ( Evening News ) : The nation is paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 70th death anniversary today. He was assassinated on this day in 1948. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to the Father of the Nation at Rajghat in New Delhi this morning. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chief Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and leaders from different political parties also paid tributes. An inter-religious prayer was organised on the occasion. Mr Modi and Mr Naidu will attend the inter-faith prayer meet in the evening at Gandhi Smriti, Tees January Marg.The nation also observed a two-minute silence at 11 AM on Martyrs’ Day. Earlier in a tweet, President Kovind said, the nation gratefully remembers Mahatma Gandhi and the countless freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for Independence.

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Imphal, 29 January 2018 ( Evening News ) : CAF & PD Minister Karam Shyam stated that cheques have been handed over to District Supply Offices of Imphal West, Thoubal and Kangpokpi districts to give out marginal money to agents of fair price shops opened under NFSA in the districts. The minister stated that marginal money for agents in other districts will also be given out as soon as the paper works are over. Speaking to media persons at his office at Old Secretariat, Karam Shyam alleged that the former State Government did not give out any of the bills for transporters and fair Price shop agents under the NFSA  Act. He maintained that even though the former Government did not receive any share from the centre, the new BJP-led Government is able to obtain total funds of 25 crore and 43 thousand Rupees from the Centre. The minister stated that the funds will be able to do away with the plights of the agents. Checques for a total amount of 4 crore 84 lakh 43 thousand 7 hundred and 78 Rupees including 2 crore 37 lakh 89 thousand and 20 rupees for 18 months for Imphal West district, 2 crore 21 lakh 82 thousand 2 hundred and 64 Rupees for 18 months for Thoubal district, while 24 lakh 72 thousand 5 hundred and 12 Rupees for 14 months for Kangpokpi district have been given out to the DSOs concerened. Karam Shyam appealed to District Supply Office (DSO) to maintain transparency in distributing the bill to the agents and transporters of fair price shops opened under NFSA .

On the other hand, CAF& PD Minister Karam Shyam maintained that the final result of the report that Speaker Khemchand's car broke down after filling fuel at PCTC Oil pump on January 23 will be known tomorrow. He said the oil pump was closed down by the IOC under the instruction of the Government since the complaint report was raised. He said findings of the oil sample from Tinsukia Terminal, Malom Depot and PCTC oil pump have not arrived yet. Karam Shyam said the fuel samples have been sent to Digboi Refinery Lab and the result will be out in the open soon. The minister maintained that befitting action will be taken against PCTC Oil pump if its oil sample is found to be adulterated. It may be mentioned that when the officials of IOC went to inspect the oil pump following the report, they found fuel being transferred from a nozzle of PTCP Oil pump into an oil tanker which violates the Marketing Discipline Guidelines of IOC. The IOC, Imphal Division Office issued a 7 days show cause notice to clarify the conduct of PCTC Oil Pump for violating the guidelines.

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