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Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren today threw a Ningol Chaouba luncheon for women of 32 communities of Manipur at CM Bungalow in Imphal. He presented Ningol Chakouba gifts to them and sought their blessings on the joyous occasion. Speaking at the event, the chief minister expressed that his dream of celebrating Ningol Chakkouba Festival with womenfolk of different communities was realised.

Chief Minister N. Biren also today virtually inaugurated 29 Tribal museums constructed at 10 different districts of Manipur at a solemn function held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat. 31 tribal museums were constructed at the cost of Rs. 5 Crore, 60 Lakh under the aegis of Manipur State Archaeology, Department of Art & Culture with a vision to preserve and showcase the rich culture, tradition, art and crafts of various tribes of Manipur, Biren said on the occasion. Out of these, 6 museums were constructed at Chandel, 3 museums at Tengnoupal, 5 museums at Kangpokpi, 6 museums at Churachandpur, 4 museums at Senapati, 3 museums at Tamenglong, 1 museum each at Pherzawl, Ukhrul, Noney and Imphal East. The remaining 2 museums will be completed at the earliest, he added.

The museums which were inaugurated today are museums for Anal, Chothe, Lamkang, Monsang, Moyon, Tarao, Aimol, Maring, Mate, Chiru, Kharam,Koireng, Thadou, Purum, Gangte, Paite, Zou, Kom, Simte, Vaiphei, Thangal, Mao, Maram, Inpui, Zeme, Hmar, Tangkhul, Rongmei and Kabui tribes.

PHE Minister Losii Dikho, Education Minister S. Rajen, Deputy Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly K. Robindro, Chairman of Manipur Building and Others Construction Worker’s Board H. Dingo and others were present during the function.


Candidates who had applied for various posts of Manipur State Power Development Corporation Limited, MSPDCL and Manipur State Power Company Limited, MSPCL in 2019 are demanding their recruitment results.

Pressing their demands, the irate candidates tried to storm the Chief Minister's Bungalow today, but Security Personnel managed to disperse them from the Nupilal Complex. Protestors then headed for Manipur Press Club, where a protestor, Julia Loitongbam told media that examinations were held for  recuitment of over one thousand posts of Group C and D but their results are yet to be declared despite State Government's assurance to declare the same at the earliest.

She recalled that they had even submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister N. Biren but he has not responded yet, while Power Minister Th. Biswajit has given a vague assurance to look into the matter. Candidates even warned of not taking part in the upcoming 2022 State General Election if their recruitment results were not declared before the election.

Thursday, 23 September 2021 19:48


Manipur's Rajbari in Shillong’s Redlands needs renovation; SMSU urges relevant authorities to preserve the historical site

Once Majestic “Shillong Rajbari”, built during 1942-43 by the Last King of Independent Kingdom of Manipur- Maharaj Bodhachandra lays in a deplorable condition. The historic “Rajbari”, located at Shillong’s Redlands in Laitumkhrah stands on an area measuring 1.93 acres. The Rajbari holds a significant place in the history of Manipur, as it was here that the Independent Kingdom of Manipur merged with the Indian Dominion. On September 16, 1949, Maharaj Bodhachandra left Manipur for Shillong to hold dialogues on the Indian Constitution with the Union of India. However, upon his arrival at the Rajbari, Indian Union security forces took the Maharaj under house arrest and allegedly forced him to sign the Manipur-India merger agreement on September 21, 1949. 

After the death of Maharaj Bodhachandra who reigned from 1941 to 1955, Parihanba Okendro reigned as the titular king of Manipur from 1955 to 1976 under the Indian Union. It is said that Parihanba sold the site where the Rajbari stands to one wealthy Assamese businessman in 1980 which led to the formation of Shillong Manipuri Students Union (SMSU) in a bid to save the land. In 1988, the then Manipur Chief Minister RK Jaichandra tried to reclaim the historical land but it was in vain after the State Congress government disintegrated. Though efforts were made to renovate the historical site under the funding of North East Council worth 13 crore rupees, the project retracted due to failure to produce relevant land documents.

It was only during the tenure of Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren who after a series of negotiation with the Meghalaya Government finally reclaimed the land after paying necessary land revenue. The Chief Minister in August this year reclaimed the land by paying a land revenue of 91 lakh 4 Thousand 784 rupees to the Meghalaya Government. He then announced that the Rajbari will be revamped and renamed as the ‘Manipur Bhawan’. Former Vice President of Shillong Manipuri Students Union Wangjam Sanatomba claims that Maharaj Bodhachandra’s wife - Ishori Devi’s land located adjacent to the Rajbari has also been encroached by nearby residents due to the lack of a caretaker. He said, SMSU has been taking major roles to conserve the Royal estate to its former Glory for future generations. 

Structure of the Rajbari still remains intact, but it may get ruined anytime in the near future, as no renovation has been done so far. Appreciating the state Government, W.Sanatomba appealed to declare the site as a Royal Heritage of Manipur and start the construction of the proposed Manipur Bhawan in the site by keeping the Rajbhari buidling intact, to accommodate youths from Manipur studying in Shillong and other visitors.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 18:44


Reckless tourists are throwing garbage at the picturesque Khoupum Waterfall at Khoupum Valley in Noney District, located around 90 kilometre from the Imphal city.

Plastics and other wastes are piling at the famous picnic spot. According to Impact news sources, picnickers are recklessly dumping plastic wastes, water bottles, beer cans etc. in and around the waterfall.  Both the relevant department and village authorities have failed to keep dustbins in the area. 

Timely intervention should be taken to keep the beauty of the Khoupum waterfall intact.

Bangladesh will be hosting the 6th Edition of Asian Men's Hockey Championship at Dhaka’s Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium this December.

Arrangements are underway for the championship to be held under aegis of Asian Hockey Federation.The decision was taken during a meeting of Executive Councils of Asian Hockey Federation after the Tournament has been halted three times since last November due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Six Teams comprising of host Bangladesh, India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea are competing in the championship.  It may be mentioned that India and Pakistan had each bagged Three Times Championship title of the Asian Men's Hockey Championship.

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