Imphal, 24 November 2017 ( Evening News ) : Volunteers of Rising Knowledge Club, Khuyathong Polem leikai caught a person who created fake accounts of girls on Facebook and Whatsapp. Speaking to media persons at the club, Vice President of the Club, Ng. Ghanashyam said the culprit is a 17 year old boy and he created fake accounts of girls on the social media sites and sent obscene pictures from the accounts. Ghanashyam said the boy also clarified on local dailies not to indulge in such activities after he was nabbed by locals on September 29. He said once again it was discovered that the boy has been simultaneously using 5 fake accounts of girls and indulging in unwanted activities. Ghanashyam said he will be handed over to his family members. He appealed to the parents to be cautious while buying expensive mobile phones for their children.
Imphal, 23 November 2017 ( Evening News ) : Laser show and boat torch rally highlighting the life of fishing community of the Loktak lake enthraled the visitors on the second day of the Sangai festival in Moirang yesterday. The torch rally on boats was held at Takmu in Loktak. Speaking at the Lakeview Cultural show, Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution Minister Karam Shyam asserted that the State has witnessed visible improvement in law and order situation and development in basic infrastructure accelerating growth in Tourism sector. Minister Shyam also stated that Manipur Sangai Festival offers a glimpse into the rich cultures and traditions of Manipur. He stated that the cultural diversity, history of age old civilization, beautiful historical places, heritage sites and beautiful landscapes makes the State a unique natural tourist destination. The minister mentioned that a huge investment is needed to tap the potentials. He appealed to large business houses particularly from outside the State to invest and take advantage of the huge potential in tourism, real estate and hospitality sectors. Karam Shyam also disclosed that the Government is working on a large number of tourism projects with financial assistance from the Centre. Song and dance performances including performance by popular Manipuri folk singer Mangka Mayanglambam mesmerised the audience.
President Ram Nath Kovind arrives in Imphal to inaugurate North East Development Summit and Sangai Festival 2017
Imphal, 21 November 2017 ( Evening News ) : India’s President Ram Nath Kovind has arrived Imphal to inaugurate the North East Development Submit and Manipur Sangai Festival 2017, today. President Kovind launched the two days North East Development Submit at City Convention centre, Palace Gate, today. He will also later kick off the 10 days Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017 organised by Manipur Tourism Department. It maybe mentioned that Corcom, an apex body of some proscribed outfits against the president’s visit has called for 26 hours general strike from 6 this morning to 8 tomorrow morning. A massive number of police personnel are keeping a strict vigil and security measures have been beefed up in and around Imphal City especially on Tiddim road where the president is expected to be travelling. President Kovind is accompanied by Assam’s CM Sarbananda Sonowal in a special Indian Air force plane which arrived Imphal Tulihal Airport at 11.30 this morning. Upon his arrival, Governor Nazama Heptulla, Chief Minister N. Biren, Cabinet Ministers and top police and civil officials gave a warm reception to President Kovind and paid him guard of honour as a mark of respect.
Open dialogue on framework agreement espouses the concept of protecting Manipur’s exclusiveness, polity and flexibility
Imphal, 18 November 2017 ( Evening News ) : The one day open dialogue on framework agreement between the govt of India and NSCN-IM espoused the concept of protecting Manipur’s exclusiveness, polity and flexibility. All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO), United Committee Manipur (UCM) and Committee of Civil Societies, Kangleipak (CCSK) jointly organised the open discussion on “Possible Outcomes of the Framework Agreement in the context of Manipur” at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound, today. The discussion maintained that the framework agreement must not interfere with Manipur’s exclusiveness, polity and flexibility. Speakers at the discussion voiced their concern over the prevailing apprehension among the people of the state due to non revelation of contents of the framework agreement signed between the Centre and NSCN-IM. They also highlighted the vulnerability of Manipur amongst the north eastern states of the country in such a situation. They further stated that if the rumoured Pan Naga Government for Naga inhabited areas is true, this could pose a grave danger and it becomes inevitable to initiate a political movement against it. Resource persons at the open dialogue also accused the govt of India of conspiring division amongst different communities. They urged the state government and political parties to put pressure on the Centre to make amendment in the Constitution regarding the issue. Representatives of various Civil Society Organisations and people participated in the discussion. Resolutions will be taken after the discussion.
Imphal, 13 November 2017 ( Evening News ) : Dismayed Parent of President of Manipur Forward Youth Front, MAFYF, Sapamcha Kangleipal and people of his locality requested him to withdraw his stand to sacrifice his life as a move to repeal Arm Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA. Speaking to media person at Kangleipal’s residence at Nongada under Lamlai Police Station, Father of Kangleipal, Sapam Shyamsunder stated Kangleipal was arrested on a false charge in 2008 by the then Government using its power. Even though the court gave its verdict that he was innocent and ordered to release him, the Government again imprisoned him. After being in prison for 8 months, Kangleipal escaped by breaking down the wall by the end of December 2008. However, it was said that Kangleipal will lead people’s movement demanding the inner line permit system to protect the indigenous people of the state from November 18 and set himself ablaze in front of Kangla gate on November 25. Father of the fighter expressed deep concern and appealed to withdraw the decision. Mother of Kangleipal Sapam Ibemcha appealed to the State Government to help Kangleipal withdraw from the extreme stand if the Government stands for truth and lead him to a right path.
On the other hand, Members of Nongada Awang Leikai Meira Paibi also staged a sit in demanding withdrawal from the extreme step at Nongada Market. Speaking to media persons, Secretary of the Meira Paibi lup, Khundombi said even though the court gave its verdict that Kangleipal was innocent, the Government rearrested him. She expressed hope that the BJP led Government will find out the truth behind the false allegation on Kangleipal.
Imphal, 12 November 2017 ( Evening News) : Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam appealed to parents and teachers not to put a lot of pressure on students. The minister yesterday visited Senapati Aided Junior High School in Tusii Nganii Khumai Senapati Village. He interacted with the students at the school and inspected the school. Radheshyam assured the students of toilet facility at the co-ed school. The minister attended the 17th Foundation Cum Parent’s Day Celebration of Brook Dale Higher Secondary School, Senapati. Speaking at the celebration Radheshyam said education provides the students the skill, knowledge and better understanding of the issues facing the society. He said teachers and parants should understand the expectations and needs of the students. He appealed to parents and teachers to help them grow and become innovative and creative. Radheshyam also advised the students to respect and obey the elders.
CM Biren stresses need to strengthen India Myanmar relationship in view of Act East Policy at International conference in Yangon
Imphal, 10 November 2017 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren today stressed the need to strengthen India Myanmar relationship in view of the Act East Policy to bring the entire region on the path of progress and prosperity. He was addressing the International conference on - Looking Forward: India Myanmar Relations in Yangon. The chief minister said India Myanmar relations can be traced back as early as Emperor Asoka’s time and greatest bond that binds the two great nations is Buddhism. He said Manipur is truly the gateway of India for South-East Asia. Biren maintained that the North-Eastern Region is rich in natural resources and these resources need to be suitably harnessed to raise the living standards and the quality of life of the people. The chief minister said the Government of India has taken many initiatives to strengthen relations between India and South East Asia under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Modi has given a new thrust to these initiatives with his Act East Policy. He mentioned that Manipur Govt has constituted a state level committee to aid and advise in effective operationalisation of Act East Policy in Manipur. Biren said Manipur govt has identified several potential projects for investment under Power, Tourism, Horticulture; Agro based industries, Food Processing, Handloom and Handicraft sectors.
He also said school curriculum should introduce awareness about ASEAN at appropriate levels and every school and college may be encouraged to have an ASEAN society. The Government of Manipur proposes to construct guest houses for Buddhist pilgrims from Myanmar as well as tourists and patients. Biren said the govt plans to set up a regional language study centre in Manipur for developing foreign languages, especially Myanmar and Thai languages and also for setting up Buddhist religious teaching institution(s) in Manipur in alliance with Nalanda University through the Ministry of Culture. He said the Prime Minister of India has mooted the idea of having Inter Regional Media Interaction between Myanmar and India so as to share common issues. Biren invited the Myanmar media fraternity to Manipur during the Sangai Festival 2017. He also expressed the hope that the two day International Conference on Looking Forward: India-Myanmar Relations will certainly pave the way in further strengthening the relations between the countries.