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Imphal, 10 December 2020 ( Evening News ) : Manipur joined the world-wide observation of International Human Rights Day today. Human Rights Defender Manipur observed International Human Rights Day on this year's theme “Recover Better Stand up for Human Rights” at New Chekon. Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of Human Rights Defender Manipur- Joy Chingkham stressed on the need to spread awareness on Human Rights to build a peaceful society. He added that it is high time to include ‘Human Rights’ in School syllabus. Leaders of various CSOs attended the event.

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Imphal, 06 December 2020 ( Evening News ) : MLA Karam Shyam stressed on the need to encourage youths in their initiatives towards good cause He lamented that failure to follow disciplines has led to increase in unwanted incidents. He was speaking at the inauguration of shrine of Lainingthou Puthiba at Mairenkhong today. It may be mentioned that the construction of the shrine was funded by son of MLA Karam Shyam- Karam Gulmeet. Speaking at the event, MLA Karam Shyam said sacrifice, kindness and gratitude are some of the characters one should follow for an equal society. He assured possible support for any youths who takes up good initiatives. He also announced that a shrine of Ibudhou Pureiromba will be constructed at Karam without further delay.

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Imphal, 01 December 2020 ( Evening News ) : Nagaland governor RN Ravi on Monday said the Government of India is absolutely clear that there is and there shall be only one national flag and Constitution in India. He said that anyone talking anything contrary is peddling preposterous lies and are trying to confuse and mislead the people. Greeting the people of the State on the 58th Statehood Day of Nagaland, RN Ravi said, Quote UnQuote-“We stand at the crossroads of history. The right decision taken today will determine our future and the destiny of our coming generations.” He added that the Government of India has never ever talked, much less negotiated with anyone on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country and misadventure to disintegrate the nation shall not be tolerated. The NSCN (I-M) which is holding talks with the Centre for the last 23 years is insisting on separate Naga flag and constitution to arrive at a final solution to the Indo-Naga issue. Ravi, however, noted that there are some people who are standing as a roadblock to the aspirations of the people of Nagaland. President, Vice President and Prime Minister have greeted people of Nagaland on their Statehood Day. Nagaland became the 16th State of the Union of India on 1st December 1963.

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Imphal, 28 November 2020 ( Evening News ) : Manipur University of Culture Students Union has demanded authorities concerned to abide by UGC rules and regulations for admission process in the University. Union members carried out a protest demonstration in front of  Directorate of Art and Culture in Palace Compound today. They have also warned to surrender their bachelor’s degree certificates if diploma certificate holders not recognised by the UGC are allowed admission in the University. Taking part in the protest, Union General Secretary Y. Bhumeshwar urged authorities concerned to take necessary measures to ensure welfare of students without resorting to emotional blackmailing.

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Imphal, 22 November 2020 ( Evening News ) : 3.5 Collective strongly condemned the incident, which went viral in social media, where a COVID-19 positive drug user who fled from RIMS Covid Care Centre was physically assaulted by RIMS Staffs while restraining him. Speaking to media at Human Rights Alert office in Kwakeithel Thiyam Leikai today, Organisation Convenor- Babloo Loitongbam said those organisations working in field of Drug abuse prevention have been demanding Government to chalk out separate plans for Drug users since the beginning of the pandemic as drug users are most likely to be affected if ever tested COVID-19 positive. He lamented that failure of authorities concerned to take timely actions has led to increase in such unwanted incidents. He demanded the Government to include a special strategy for Drug users in COVID 19 policy.

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Imphal, 12 November 2020 ( Evening News ) : Repair of the Irang bridge along National Highway 37, Imphal-Jiribam road is underway after its second collapse yesterday. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren hopes that the bridge will be ready in one week. Speaking to Impact News during the media briefing at Chief Minister's Secretariat today, the Chief Minister assured that once the route is restored, foundation stone will be laid to convert the Bailey bridge into an RCC Bridge. N.Biren appealed to stop making fun of the army personnel who are putting their best efforts to repair the bridge which re-collapsed yesterday. Acknowledging that the old Cachar road needs to be repaired, N. Biren said those protesting about the bad condition of the road have been called for holding a peaceful dialogue with the Government.

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Imphal, 06 November 2020 ( Evening News ) : The Supreme Court has issued an order regarding delimitation in Manipur based on 2001 census. Manipur Democratic Alliance, MDA has demanded an urgent All Political Party meeting to discuss on the apex court's order. Speaking to media at MDA Office in Babupara today, MDA Convenor M. Tombi said the apex court has issued an order on November 2 instructing the state Government to respond within 14 days regrading Delimitation in Manipur based on 2001 census. Stating that there are many errors in the 2001 census, M Tombi urged the Government to convene an all political party meeting at the earliest to take decision against the same and to urge the Supreme Court to extend delimitation in Manipur until 2026. He also demanded to bring both hills and valley regions under the same law instead of the existing Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms Act, 1960 which extends to the whole of the State of Manipur except the hill areas. The MDA Convenor said finalisation of Naga Peace talks is welcomed, however, it should not affect Manipur's territorial integrity. He further espoused granting of Scheduled Tribe Status to Meitei or Meetei community to bring equality among communities in the state. He said they will submit a memorandum including all these demands to the Prime Minister and Home Minister of India through the Governor of Manipur.

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Imphal, 02 November 2020 ( Evening News ) : Puya Meithakhibagi Apunba Ningsing Lup observed the 288th Puya Mei Thaba Ningsing Numit at Kangla Uttra Shanglen today.  Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chairman of Puya Meithakhibagi Apunba Ningsing Lup S. Sanjit narrated how the sacred manuscript of the Meitei Community was set ablaze in front of the Kangla Uttra during the reign of King Pamheiba in the heat of the fanatic wave of Hinduism introduced by Shantidas Gosai. He said various organisations came together as Apunba Ningsing Lup this year to observe the dark day in the history of Manipur held every year on the 17th day of Mera in Manipuri Lunar Calendar. He opined that Manipuri civilisation could have been far advanced if the sacred scriptures were not destroyed.

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Imphal, 01 November 2020 (Evening News ) :  An important iron Bailey bridge along National Highway-37 (Imphal-Jiribam Road) over the Irang river at Taubam village in Noney District collapsed this morning. Impact News source said the Irang Bridge collapsed when a 10 Tyre Tipper Truck loaded with sand crossed the weak bridge at around 7:25 AM. The bridge caved in right in the middle taking along with it the truck and its occupants, a driver and a handyman. People of nearby Taubam village and CRPF personnel rushed to the spot and rescued the handyman however the driver died in the incident. According to Impact News source, the truck bearing registration number NL-07A-89-37 belongs to a private company which deals in Railways construction works and was carrying sand from Dimapur and was on its way to Jiri side. Many loaded trucks coming from Jiri stranded near Taubam, Khongshang and in other places along the Highway, empty trucks and passengers vehicles coming from Imphal have returned back for alternate routes. According to DC Armstrong Pame, an amount of 32 crore rupees has been sanctioned by the relevant Ministry to repair the bridge under NHIDCL but no contractors are ready to take the contract at the rate though tender has been floated around three times already. He also mentioned that due to the long issue over land acquisition in the area, a permanent bridge could not be constructed till date. He assured that the relevant authorities will take a decision on the matter at the earliest.

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Imphal, 30 October 2020 (Evening News ) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren today announced the drafting of a new COVID-19 related SOP  to combat coronavirus pandemic in Manipur. He further claimed that following the new SOP for 14 to 20 days will eliminate coronavirus pandemic from the state. The Chief Minister also declared one year life insurance for Covid-19 frontline warriors till 2021. N Biren was speaking today at the distribution of COVID-19 awareness banners and leaflets to State Health Department, a nodal department under the Jan Andolan Campaign at CM secretariat. The Banners and leaflets will be pasted on every vehicle plying on the streets and the same have been given to the Agriculture department, ASHA and Anganwadi workers. Chief Minister N Biren also said that State level Coordinating committee has been formed comprising of representatives of CSOs, Student Bodies, Health Department, Police and others working at the local level. The committee office will be opened for 24 hours with a toll free helpline number. He added that so far 62 Crore rupees have been utilised from CM Relief fund to combat the pandemic.

Responding to Impact News Query about setting up a dedicated Infectious Disease Hospital in Manipur, Chief Minister N. Biren said, setting up of a 100 Bedded infectious disease ward at JNIMS has already begun some months ago. He disclosed that a proposal has also been submitted to the Centre for establishing a dedicated Infectious Disease Hospital and discussions are underway to select an appropriate site in Imphal West District. Regarding re-imposition of complete lockdown in Manipur, Chief Minister N. Biren said, the central team is taking stock of the current situation in Manipur and as per their report it will be decided later whether to re-impose total lockdown or not. He assured that Government is increasing the number of patient beds at RIMS & JNIMS as well as increasing Ventilators, PPEs and other necessary equipments at Districts level in the wake of surging number Covid-19 confirmed cases. Biren said there are altogether 2 Thousand 247 beds for COVID-19 patients and more beds will be added at Shija hospital and RAJ Medicity. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren also announced that COVID-19 treatment will be covered under CMHT and Ayushman Bharat Health schemes.

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