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Imphal, 26 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : The family of late MCS officer Rachel Ngailunwai Guite has appealed to the Government to look into her death stating that it could have been prevented. Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club, the elder sister of  Rachel’s husband, Florence N. Lowe made a fervent appeal to private hospitals to focus on saving the lives of patients rather than commercialising the hospitals. She asserted that the hospital management, doctors and nurses should be held responsible for her death. She also appealed for improvement in the quality of medical care in the State to save the lives of people. Florence also urged the health and family welfare minister to convene an emergency session of the assembly to pass a bill to reform the health and medical facilities. She appealed to the Chief Minister to provide support to the children and family of Rachel. Florence also urged authorities of Suba Hospital and Raj Medicity to understand the expectations of the paients and improve their emergency facilities. It may be mentioned MCS officer Rachel Ngailunwai Guite died in the ICU  of Raj Medicity on the 17th of this month after she was shifted from Suba Hospital at Lamphel unconscious after having delivered a twin. MLA Vungzagin Valte also urged the Chief Minister to provide the salary and allowances till the end of her tenure to her children and family.

 

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Imphal, 24 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, chief minister Nongthombam Biren, deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar and several ministers have greeted the people of Manipur on the eve of Christmas. In her message the governor said Lord Jesus was a true messenager of the almighty sent with the objective to bring a new world based on truth, humility, sacrifice, eqaulity, compassion and peace. She said she joins the celebration and wishes the people a very merry christmas.

Chief minister Nongthombam Biren in his message said christmas is celebrated with gaiety and fervour to mark the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. He wished that the festival brings peace, harmony and prosperity in the state.

Deputy chief minister Yumanm Joykumar also greeted the people on the occasion of christmas. In his message
Joykumar said Lord Jesus spread the message of peace, love and harmony to mankind and he sacrificed his life for the cause of mankind. He wished that the festival brings peace, harmony and harmony to the people of Manipur.

Works minister Thongam Biswajit in his christmas message said Christmas is celebrated cutting across religion, caste and creed and is a unifying agent. He hoped that the festival brings trust among communities living in the state.

MAHUT Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar also greeted the people especially the Christians on the eve of the festival.In his Christmas greeting, consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister Karam Shyam said as the world lights candles for Christmas this year, may the light of love, kindness and compassion glos in every heart and may peace and goodwill prevail in the midst of people.

Christmas carols were sung at the Raj Bhavan yesterday. Members of City Church, ECA, New Lambulane Imphal and children sang carols at Raj Bhavan.

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Imphal, 23 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : Congress MLA Khumukcham Joykisan today lauded the role of media persons in the society. He said it will not be an exaggeration to say that journalists are the ones who work the most for the welfare of the people. The MLA was speaking at the death anniversary observance of Thangjam Dwijamani @ Nanao, a video journalist who was shot dead by Manipur Police while covering a violent incident in 2012. He said interference in the professional duties of journalists and burning of newspapers have portrayed Manipur like a undemocratic state. Joykisan lauded media persons for disseminating news on development and various issues in the state. Family members of Dwijamani, AMWJU members, journalists from different print and electronic media offered floral tribute to the late journalist at his memorial at Thangemiband Cheirao Ching since early morning.

Later Joykisan visited Ch. Netraj, a journalist of Ichel Express who is now undergoing treatment at Shija Hospital and extended financial help to him. Joykisan said he was extending help to Netraj as a mark of respect to journalists.  He told media persons that the decision to submit the resolution of the assembly to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protect the integrity of the state is not enough. Joykishan maintained MLAs led by the Chief Minister must meet the Prime Minister at the centre to get assurance that integrity of the state will be protected. He termed it unfortunate that no ruling MLAs raised the issue of protection of indigenous people in the Assembly. He said people might have suspended their agaitation for the IPL bill as they have now realised that the state govt will not pass the bill. Joykishan once reiterated the stand of the Congress Party to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur.

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Imphal, 19 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : The State Cabinet yesterday approved 32 lakh 42 thousand and 300 Rupees compensation for 10 victims of violent incidents in Nungei area on April 11 last year. The Cabinet also discussed the allotment of land for development of Water Body at Lamphelpat for conservation of water to prevent frequent floods in and around Lamphel areas. The State Cabinet decided to complete the process of land allotment of 442.24 acres of land which is currently available for the development of Water Body within a week. It also agreed on creation of two temporary supernumerary post of OSD (Forest and Environment) and four temporary posts of Additional Director General of Police. It also approved completion of the DPC proceedings for Direct Recruitment of 20 vacant posts of Primary Teachers in respect of Meritorious Sportspersons under Department of Education (Schools). The meeting gave consent to the proposal for modification of the present Warrant of Precedence in Manipur.

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Imphal, 18 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : Youth Affairs & sports Minister, Letpao Haokip has assured to increase sports budget to avail better incentives to sports persons of the state from next budget session. The Minister made the statement at equipment distribution event to football clubs organised by  Four Corners Unite, Mumbai and Eastern Sporting Union at Eastern Sporting Youth Complex, Palace Compound today. Football training kits and equipments were distributed to 40 football Clubs including clubs from hill districts at the event.The minister expressed that though Manipur is a small state, her contribution in the field of sports to the country is significant . Players from the state have brought various laurels even at the International arena representing India. He also complimented sportspersons of the state for thier immense skills and their quick learning ability.

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Imphal, 17 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : The International Fortnight Day Observation for elimination of Crime against women that kicked off on November 25th concluded today at Hotel Classic Grande, Chingmeirong. The observance was jointly organised by Women Action For Development, Centre Of Social Development, United Ngos Mission Manipur, New Life Foundation and Youths’ Forum For Protection Of Human Rights. Two Reporters on Crime and Violence against women were also honoured with the Best Reporter Award at the closing event . Art & Culture Minister, L. Jayentakumar presented the award to Reporter of Poknapham daily, Bigyan Sagolsem and Senior Reporter of Huiyen Lanpao, Bijoy Laishram. The award carries a Cash award of 30 thousand and 20 thousand Rupees respectively and a citation each. Speaking on the occasion, Minister, Jayentakumar said discussions and measures to be taken to stop crime against women and children will be unending . However it is required to bring about a solution. He said that there is a big change between the present Manipur and Manipur 20-30 years ago. Treatment meted out to women in present day is petrifying. He said that there is lack of respect and discipline among the youth of the state today. The wayward attitude of the youth have led to various issues in the state. Jayentakumar said we need to collectively fight against crime against women that the State Government is also working the best it can. Minister, L. Jayentakumar also released a book ,“Tales Of Tribulation” on the occasion.

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Imphal, 16 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : Vijay Diwas is celebrated all across India to commemorate the military victory of India over Pakistan, liberating Bangladesh in the Indo-Pak War on December 16 , 1971. Government of Manipur also commemorated the day, today. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren, Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar, Council of Ministers, Chief Secretary, DGP, Advocate General and many top Government officials attended the celebration held at the Banquet Hall of the1st Manipur Rifles Battalion. Addressing the event, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren appealed to stand united when any issue of the state or the country arises. On the other hand, Biren stated that insincerity in the administration of the Government in the State for a long time is the root cause of all the problems in the State. He maintained that there is not a single district in the state where people get full democratic right. Biren stated that the negligence, time-pass temperament of the Government officials,  lack of love for the motherland caused the demographic imbalance, influx of the foreigner and resulting Inner Line Permit issues. Speaking on the issue of the ongoing students’ issue, Biren said Students in the State have less amount of time for studies and as such advised the students to give importance and concentrate on their studies. He also appealed to the parents to look after their children and refrain them from agitating blindly. Biren asserted that the present BJP led Government is working with commitment towards bringing a visible change in Manipur. He also said that the Government is working to fulfil the desires of the people without delaying.

Taking part at the event, Deputy Chief Minister, Yumnam Joykumar said the Indo-Pak War of 1971 has a historical significance in Indian Republic. India liberated Bangladesh in the Indo-Pak War of 1971. He said there is still threat of War in various states of India including Manipur incited by external forces. Joykumar said it is inevitable to face such issues unitedly.

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Imphal, 15 December 2017 (Evening News ) : “Phu Houba” Audition was held today as part of the 2nd Meetei Chanu Contest at Ibudhou Chingngu Marjing Mandap, Heinang. The 2nd beauty contest of the Meitei Community, “Meetei Chanu Contest” will be held on 23rd of this month at Bheigyachandra Open Air Theatre organised by Lainingthou Sanamahi Sana Pung (LSSP). The participants contested in the traditional norm of Cooking culinary delights of Manipur, sieving of rice grains etc during the “Phu houba” Audition, the 4th round of the contest today. Mopping of the Courtyard contest as the 5th round of the Contest will be held tomorrow at the Courtyard of the shrine of Ibudhou sanamahi Kollu thugaipham, Wangoi. Speaking at the sidelines of the audition, General Secretary of LSSP, Lonja Alepa said the contest is organised to protect and let the youth know about the culture and tradition of the Meetei which is gradually becoming extinct. 35 contestants are taking part in the contest.

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Imphal, 15 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : A new scheme offering medical assistance of unto 2 lakh rupees for BPL families will be introduced on January, 1, next year. The scheme is exclusively meant for the poorest of the poor in the society. Chief Minister Nongthonbam Biren disclosed the same during the monthly ‘Meeyam Gee Numit’ held on the 15th of every month at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, today. He further disclosed that a company has been selected to survey regarding the scheme. The company in its survey will identify the poorest of poor families to avoid giving the AAY and BPL cards to well to do families. The said survey will be conducted along with panchayats and local clubs. Chief Minister N. Biren expressed faith that the scheme will genuinely benefit the poorest of poor. On the other hand, Biren also said, 6 nurses will be given exclusive trainings for Neuro surgery as facility for Neuro Surgery with latest equipments is now available at JNIMS. Chief Minister Biren also expressed deep sorrow at the recent acid attack incident. He declared that free treatment for the victim  and assistance to the family members will be provided by the State Government. He reminded that a Fast Track Court has been set up in the state to prevent crimes against women and reaffirmed that this would enable in taking up immediate actions towards crimes against women.

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