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Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association, MMTA is introducing ‘human sling shot’ game for the first time in Manipur during the upcoming Sangai Festival. Manipur will be the first Northeastern state to be introduced to the ‘human sling shot’ game. Human Sling shot game is available in 40 places across India. During 10-day Sangai Festival one can enjoy other adventure sports like Spider Net Crossing, boating in artificial pool by real raft, rope bridge, artificial bouldering climbing, repelling, water zorbing, land zorbing and sumo zorbing fight. An MMTA official told Impact News that if the general public like the human sling shot game than they will try to provide the facility even after the festival. MMTA official also added that many adventure sports will be introduced to the people of Manipur during Sangai Festival.

National Executive Committee, NEC of Indian Journalists Union, IJU meet will begin in Imphal from 22nd to 25th of this month. Addressing the media persons at Manipur Press Club, AMWJU President Wangkhemcha Shamjai said AMWJU will host Indian Journalists Union meet. Journalists from 26 states will be participating in the meet. He said 200 journalists are likely to attend the meet out of which 160 journalists have confirmed their participation. Journalists from Bangladesh and Bhutan are also going to participate in the meet. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi  will inaugurate the meet at 1st Manipur Rifles banquet hall at 9 in the morning. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijuju is likely to attend the inaugural function.

Human Rights Initiative Executive Director Wahengbam Joykumar said Meira Paibis of Manipur can’t act as a protector of rule of law. Joykumar was speaking at the seminar, ‘Manipur da Meira Paibee gi Ehou’ held at Rupmahal Theatre. Praising the Meira Paibis, he said under the veil of AFSPA 1958 many innocent people would have been killed if Meira Paibi movement did not exist in Manipur. The people of the state is lucky to have Meira Paibis whose involvement in certain issues is incredible. Joykumar, however appealed the meira paibis not to indulged in criminal cases which comes under the jurisdiction of police. The seminar was organised by All Manipur Women’s Social Reformation and Development Samaj (Nupi Samaj). Many intellectuals, academicians and experts participated in the seminar.

Commerce and Industries Minister Konthoujam Govindas appealed to the well to do section of the society to lend their hands in government sponsored construction of Special Economic Zone and Food Park rather accumulating wealth at their homes. The minister made the statement at the inauguration of Shree Balaji Flour Mill. The mill was inaugurated by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi at Nilakuthi Food Park on 17th of this month. The mill will produce products like Atta and Moida. On the occasion Minister Govindas Konthoujam said, the Special economic zones have been implemented in many states, however it has not been successful in Manipur. Konthoujam Govindas added that Rs 10 crore budget of Food Park could not be constructed due to the financial constraints of the government. He also urged for the investors to help in boosting the economic activity for the development of economy. Talking specifically about the State’s inclusion in the country’s Industrial map, he said, the state government would help entrepreneurs and investors.Shree Balaji Flour Mill would produce 100 tons of flour products per day. Managing Director, Y Devendro said, around 70 people are already given employment by the mill. He further said, even if the raw materials are imported from outside the state, the production of the flour products would help in developing the State’s economy.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi today categorically maintained that completion of Sanjenthong Bridge and Imphal Airport Road cannot be completed before Sangai Festival. Speaking exclusively to Impact News, Ibobi said it will be completed after the festival.CM Ibobi along with concerned officials inspected the condition of Tiddim Road today. He asked the concerned officials to take lessons from states like Assam and Bihar and apply the technique in the state for speedy completion of road. He also visited clogged drainage system at Paona Bazar where the machine is not working to flush out dirty materials inside the drain. 

Relics of Second World War were discovered when a JCB excavated earth from Heingang Hill. Mentioned may be made that Head Quarters of 4 Corp commanded by Feield Marshall Slim was stationed at Heingang Hill during the Second World War. The place from where the relics were found was once used as firing range. Owner of the JCB, K Nilachandra handed over the relics to the representatives of the Imphal War Museum.

Indian Olympic Association and Sports Ministry have threatened International Amateur Boxing Association, AIBA to take legal action if AIBA gives severe punishment to the Manipuri Boxer Laishram Sarita Devi.Earlier this week, AIBA chief Ching-Kou Wu had said Laishram Sarita Devi would face heavy punishment for her action at the medal ceremony at the recently held Incheon Asian Games. Sarita Devi not only refused to accept bronze medal at the podium but also handed the medal to South Korean boxer Park Jina.  The Indian Sports officials informed that they are ready with legal procedures. On the hand, Boxing India said they are trying their level best to make Sarita participate in the Rio Olympics. 

All Manipur Film Maker and Producers Association, (AMFMPA) team and High Court Bar Association Manipur played a friendly football match yesterday at Khuman Lampak Artificial Turf Ground as part of the 25th foundation day of the High Court Bar Association Manipur. Renowned film personalities and lawyers of the state took part in the match. In the match High Court Bar Association Manipur team beat All Manipur Film Maker and Producers Association by 4-2.

Lack of fund has hampered the construction and restoration of roads and bridges in the State. Speaking to media persons at his office at Old Secretariat, Babupara, Works Minister Dr Kh Ratankumar said construction and restoration of roads and bridges are taken up under a very limited resource and tight budget. Allotted amount of Special Plan Assistant fund has also lessen compared to last financial year. However, Imphal Ring Road and Imphal-Kangchup-Tamenglong Road will be taken up with the first External Added Funding.In the press meet attended by officials of PWD, Transport Department and Asian Development Bank, Dr Kh Ratankumar further maintained that effort are on to bring a consensus with the villagers on land compensation regarding the Tupul road. Nungba road is under construction. Works of Pallel-Chandel road and Tamenglong road are handle by BRO, but State government has talked to the Centre and the BRO official to complete them as soon as possible. Department concerned is trying hard to rectify the recent defect found out in black topping of Thumbuthong and Mongkhang road. Stern action will soon be taken against the contractor and officials involved in compromising the quality. 

Manipur Police is on its toe ahead of the State’s biggest festival ‘Sangai Festival’. To avoid untoward incidents and as part of daily routine Imphal West Police Commandos conducted combing operations from Lalambung Pukhri Achouba Mamang to Soram Leirak. The combing operation was led by Additional SP K. Meghachnadra, Imphal West Commando OC P Sanjoy, Imphal Police Station personnel, Lamphel Police Station personnel. 11 persons without valid identification documents were taken to Lamphel Police Station for further verification and later released.

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