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Imphal, 02 September 2017 ( Evening News ) : An FIR has been filed against the former chief minister Okram Ibobi and five others at Imphal police station in connection with financial irregularities in Manipur Development Society, MDS. The five other persons are former chief secretaries   DS Punia, PC  Lamkunga and O. Nabakishore who were the former chairman of MDS, former project director Y. Ningthem, and former administrative officer S Ranjit. They are accused of cheating, criminal conspiracy and breach of trust following an investigation conducted by the vigilance department. It was alleged that the MDS officials and staff had not observed prescribed procedures, established norms and extant rules scrupulously and misappropriated more than Rs 185 crore. Officer in charge of Imphal police station has submitted to the SP Imphal west that all the relevant documents which are not available with MDS need to be recovered from Y. Ningthem as he was the project director. The Planning department approached the vigilance dept in November last year after a joint secretary level officer complained against mismanagement, misappropriation and misuse of govt funds in MDS.

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Imphal, 01 September 2017 ( Evening News ) : A month long 121st celebration of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot Memorial observation began today at GM Hall organised by Irabot Celebration Committee. Speaking at the inaugural programme, State Secretary of Communist Party Of India, Manipur State, Moirangthem Nara said Irabot took a great role in establishment of assembly and schools in the state. Irabot’s birth anniversary, death anniversary and ,the time he began his revolutions all fall in the month of September . Nara said the month long memorial celebration is to be held in memory of the contributions of the freedom fighter. He lamented that the society now seems to be opposite of what the leader worked for. He said many changes have come after Manipur joined India. However the changes are also not for the welfare of the society. He alleged that people are still not able to get the PDS items under National Foot Security Act which was taken up for the welfare of the people. He also alleged that ever since Government of India focused on Privatisation of Health and education sector, people cannot bear the expenses of health treatment and many students cannot afford education expenses. He said it is time to adopt the ideology of the leader to face these kind of difficulties.

Lamyanba Hijam Irawat Ningsing Thabum, a month-long Irawat memorial observation began today at Nungsikol Park under Lamlai constituency organised by Patriotic Writers Forum Manipur. As part of the observation, the places where statues of the freedom fighter are installed will be visited, “langban heisoi tamba” will be offered at Barak river and painting competition of Irawat’s portrait will be held.  Executive Editor of Impact News, Raj Nongthombam ,Vice President of Patriotic Writers Forum Manipur Yaiskul Khwairakpam and Secretary of Smart Security Services, Leimajam Pratap were among those present at the inaugural programme of the event. Speaking to media persons, Executive Editor, Impact News, Raj Nongthombam said the month long memorial observation of Lamyanba Hijam Irawat is commendable. It is high time the present generation especially the youth realise the contribution of Irawat for the society. He said Impact News  will also help to make people more aware of the freedom fighter. People offered floral tribute to the statues of Irawat at Imphal city and other places.

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Imphal, 29 August 2017 ( Evening News ) : Haipou Jadonang Statue Park Development Committee (HJSPDC) under the aegis of Zeliangrong Union Assam Manipur Nagaland organised a program to commemorate the 86th death anniversary of freedom fighter, Haipou Jadonang at Haipou Jadonang park in Keishampat, today. Speaking at the event, Nungba MLA  and Advisor of HJSPDC, Gaikhangam said, Haipou Jadonang was one of the great freedom fighters of the state who fought against British to get independence from the  foreign rule. He said, the present generation must not forget that both the hills and valley people should unitedly protect the state as it had been always since time immemorial.  Gaikhangam urged for a joint cooperation for a united motherland. Many people gathered at the event offered floral tributes at the statue of Haipou Jadonang and a 2 min silence was also maintained as a mark of respect to the Freedom Fighter. Gaikhangam further said, since time immemorial inhabitants of both the hills and valley have maintained a cordial relationship which many forces tried to disrupt. He urged the people to stand united like the freedom fighters of the state against all these forces of disintegration. He said it would be right to imbibe the ideals of our great freedom fighters instead of just paying floral tributes to them every year on their anniversaries.  Former Union Home Minister of State,  Meijin-lung Kamsom and Ex MLA of Sagolband Constituency, Kh. Loken were also present at the event.

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Imphal, 27 August 2017 ( Evening News ) : Commemorating the historic agitation launched by students against the artificial food scarcity in the State on this day in 1965,All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) observed the 52nd Hunger Marchers’ Day today. Large number of students today took out a march rally in remembrance of “Chaklam Khongchat”. 4 student martyrs sacrificed their lives on this day in 1965 during the mass uprising against the artificial food scarcity caused by traders from outside the state exporting rice grains from the state. Since then, AMSU has been observing the day as the “Hunger Marchers’ day”. Large number of students gathered at the memorial site of the four student martyrs at Singjamei Chingmacha since early in the morning and began the observance with “Yakairol”. Commemorating the day, leaders of AMSU hoisted the flag of the student's union. Later family members of the students who sacrificed their lives, leaders of AMSU and students paid floral tributes to the portraits of the martyrs Oinam Nabakumar, Laishram Chaobal, Nongmeikapam Pramodini and Waikhom Nilamani. A march rally was then taken out from Moirangkhom road through Keishamthong, chanting various slogans under strict security of the Police personnel and converged on DM College Campus and held a public meeting at Multipurpose Hall of DM college.

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Imphal, 25 August 2017 ( Evening News ) : Speaker Yumnam Khemchand and 3 MLAs today pledged to donate their eyes on the first day of the Eye Donation Campaign Fortnight. The campaign which is being held across the country from August 25 to 8 was inaugurated today at Iboyaima Sumang Leela Shanglen. The event was organised by Samdrushti Kshmata Vikash Evam Anusandhan Mandal under the sponsorship of  Cornea Andhatv Mukta Bharat Abhiyan (CAMBA). Speaker Y. Khemchand, Oinam MLA L. Radhakishore, Konthoujam MLA Sapam Ranjan and Sekmai MLA H. Dingo took the pledge to donate their eyes. and signed the forms at the launch of the campaign. The campaign is being held to rise awareness among the people to help change someone's life by pledging one's eyes for donation and educate the people about preventing blindness in the country. Speaking at the campaign the speaker stressed that people need to pledge their eyes for donation after death to gift sight to the people who are unable to see.

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Imphal, 24 August 2017 ( Evening News ) : Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, MPCC held a condolence service for the former chief minister Rishang Keishing today at Congress Bhavan, BT road. Leaders and workers of the Congress party paid their last respect to the mortal remains of former chief minister. Former Chief Minister, Okram Ibobi, former deputy chief minister, Gaikhangam, Congress MLAs and several workers of the party offered floral tribute to the departed leader. The coffin of the late congress leader who was the member of the 1st Lok Sabha from 1952 to 1957 was draped in tricolour. The body was later taken to MBC Church, Chingmeirong where the Memorial Service Ceremony was conducted. Former Parliamentary Secretary and the youngest son of Rishang Keishing, Victor Keishing delivered a moving eulogy at the funeral. Several Congress leaders, Works Minister, Thongam Bishwajit, MLAs cutting across party lines, and many people took part in the ceremony. The body will be taken to his home in Mantripukhri for the final rites.

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Imphal, 22 August 2017 ( Evening News ) : Services at public sector banks are hit as  employee unions are on a nationwide strike. Banks in Manipur today ceased work in support of strike against the proposed consolidation of public sector banks, inadequate capital support for banks and loan defaults by large borrowers. The strike has been called by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella body of nine unions including the All Indian Bank Officers Confederation and All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA). Unions are demanding that banks should not write off non-performing assets (NPAs) and that wilful default be declared a criminal offence. In Imphal the strike was launched by the United Forum of Bank Union, Manipur State Committee in front of State Bank of India, SBI, MG Avenue. The protestors alos chanted slogans. Co-Convenor of Committee, Soibam Indrakumar said Bank is an institute that protects the property of the people. He said the savings of the people strengthen the banks and the banks in turn make the country stronger. He said India was not affected by the financial crisis in 2008 because India had Nationalised Sector Banking Industry. The Employees  condemned the steps of the government and asserted that people’s money should be utilised for people’s welfare.

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Imphal, 20 August 2017 ( Evening News ) : Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today celebrated the 73rd Birth Anniversary of former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi at Congress Bhawan. Speaking on the occasion, Opposition leader and former chief minister, Okram Ibobi asserted that the congress party can never be wiped out from the country. He compared the congress party to an ocean. Congress leaders and workers offered floral tributes at the portrait of Rajiv Gandhi. MPCC President, TN Haokip administered the “Sadbhavana Pledge” to the gathering. Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the event, Okram Ibobi said people must not forget the contribution of Rajiv Gandhi towards the nation's development. The former chief minister said under his leadership India made achievements in the field of Science & modern Technology. Iboibi recalled that Rajiv Gandhi also passed the anti defection law to protect the largest democracy in the world. He asserted that congress party workers will work to realise the dreams of the late prime minister whether  the party is in power or not in the state. Congress MLAs, office bearers of MPCC, councillors and party workers attended the observance.

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Imphal, 19 August 2017 ( Evening News ) : Chief minister Nongthombam Biren today  reiterated the need for people's support to make the govt strong and vowed not to betray their trust. The Chief minister was speaking at ‘Sadbhavana Diwas’ commemorating the 73rd birth anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at the Banquet Hall of the 1st Manipur Rifles. He said the observance aims at strengthening national integrity, patriotism and communal harmony among the people and remembering the late prime minister’s efforts to eliminate terrorism from the people. Biren said it is high time the people of Manipur learned to forget the differences and live in peace and harmony. The Chief minister reiterated that when people start thinking for the welfare of all rather than being self-centred, the state will achieve progress. He also emphasised the need to promote the minority groups so that there will be equal development of all the communities in the state. The Chief Minister said he has requested his Cabinet Ministers not to bring up any community-based or region-centric matters to the Cabinet meeting. He asserted that the govt does not belong to any community or region, and it will work for uniform development in the State. Biren administered Sadbhavana pledge to the gathering. Ministers, MLAs, top civil and police officials attended the event.

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Imphal, 17 August 2017 ( Evening News ) : The High Court of Manipur yesterday directed the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation, NHIDCL to submit to the court the documents showing the estimated cost for the National Highway 37, Imphal-Jiribam road project which they have submitted to the centre, as soon as possible. A bench of the high court consisting of Acting Chief Justice N. Kotishwar and Justice Kh. Nobin issued the order yesterday during the hearing of a PIL filed in connection with the National Highway 37, Imphal-Jiribam and National Highway 2, Imphal-Dimapur road project. The bench also directed the corporation to produce the contract agreement entered between the NHIDCL and the three contractors for execution of the work. The Court agreed to give some time to file the documents after the counsel for the respondents requested for two weeks time. It may be recalled that the judges constituting the bench along with a team of Advocate general, senior advocates and advocates of the court inspected the condition of Imphal Jiribam road on the 12th of this month.

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