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Imphal, 31 Aug 2020 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren virtually inaugurated Level-1 Trauma Centre and ICU Twin OT Complex of RIMS from Chief Minister’s Secretariat in Babupara today. RIMS Director Professor A. Santa, MS Ch. Arunkumar and other RIMS staff joined the event from RIMS Lecture Theatre Complex via video link. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister N.Biren said Manipur does not lack in good doctors but still many patients go outside the state for treatment due to lack of good infrastructure and equipments in the state. He expressed pride that with the relentless efforts of the RIMS authority, many modern infrastructure are being installed under various projects at the Hospital to provide better treatment facilities. He asserted that the newly opened Trauma Centre will lessen incidence of deaths from road mishaps. N.Biren said, the Government acknowledges the plights facing medical staff in the state and it is committed to help them, yet it is unable to provide required equipments on time due to financial constraints. He assured of all out efforts to meet their needs. Talking about the current COVID-19 situation in the state, the Chief Minister appealed to abide by guidelines issued by the Government and Health Experts to combat the pandemic.

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Imphal, 25 Aug 2020 ( Evening News ) : Manipuri University Students Union (MUSU) has also extended support to the movement of Manipuri Diasporas in Assam for the enlistment of Manipuri language as an associate official language of the Assam Government.  Speaking to media today, MUSU President M.  Boby reminded that the Assam Government recognised Manipuris settled in Assam as their indigenous inhabitants in 1956 and the Manipuri language is even taught in schools in areas inhabited by Manipuris, but since the language has not been enlisted as an associate official language, Manipuri Diasporas in Assam cannot write various Competitive exams in Manipuri language.  He said MUSU had even started poster campaign supporting the movement few days ago.  Boby appealed to the state government to look into the matter and take necessary steps at the earliest.

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Imphal, 24 Aug 2020 ( Evening News) : Ex Wangkhei MLA Okram Henry has warned to file a Defamation law suit against Additional SP Thounaojam Brinda for posting unethical posts on Facebook. In a video released by the EX MLA today, O. Henry said his drug trafficking case is still ongoing in the court and he has not been proven guilty yet. He asked Th. Brinda if she has any genuine and exact proofs to support her social media post which claims that he is a Drug Kingpin. He lambasted Th. Brinda whether she sees herself as a Spokesperson of the Congress party or as a Government employee. O. Henry condemned her for making defamatory allegations against him and his family on social media.  O. Henry also urged the State Government to take befitted legal actions against Th. Brinda.

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Imphal, 14th May 2020 (Evening News) : Villagers of Yaripok Ningthounai, Yambem and Changamdabi in Andro Constituency have alleged that their peace and tranquility have been affected due to personal altercation between Ex minister Th Shyamkumar and Imphal East District Police. Speaking to media at Yairipok Yambem today, a resident of Yambem Luxmi Bazar, Lourembam Basanta said many unwanted incidents have occurred recently because of the Ex minister and some individuals pursuing personal gains. He alleged that police yesterday fired Mock Bombs and Tear Gas cells in the residential areas on the pretext of carrying out crackdown on lockdown violators. He claimed that Police fired tear gas shells at the Ex Minister's gate as some people gathered there from 7PM till midnight yesterday. Basanta appealed not to let such incident occur again as it causes mental agony to children. Speaking to media, a resident of Changamdabi, Ayub Kori said yesterday’s incident created fear psychosis among the muslims inhabitants who were carrying out their Ramadan rituals at that time.

Andro Constituency residents have urged Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren to take necessary measures to contain the political upheavals in the constituency over the upcoming bi-election. One resident, Sagolshem Chaoren from Andro Makha Leikai today claimed that he and two others were abducted yesterday afternoon at around 2 by some unknown miscreants. The other two people are 34 year old, Ningthoujam Okendro from Andro Awang Leikai and Chingakham Shyamkishore from Andro Sanapat. Chaoren said they were blind folded, assaulted and driven around in a vehicle and they were finally released at one Dhiren @ Bobo's residence. He claimed that Ex Minister Th Shyamkumar's brother Rabi was in the house. Andro Police reportedly rescued them and took them to Yairipok CHC for first aid.

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Imphal, 07 Oct 2019 ( Evening News) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren has assured to urge Union Home Minister Amit Shah to add a special protective clause for Manipur while implementing Citizenship Amendment Bill when the Union Minister visits the state to grace the upcoming Sangai Festival 2019 as the Chief Guest. He stated the same to media in an exclusive press meet held at Chief Minister's Secretariat today. Responding to Impact News Query about the recent declaration of granting a special provision for the states of Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh in relation to CAB, Chief Minister Biren expressed firm belief that the special provision will be granted not only for the three States but for all the North East States. While, responding to Impact News Query on the plights facing MSPDCL due to non-payment of electricity bills by various Government Departments, Chief Minister N. Biren asserted that the issue will be tabled in the Cabinet to ensure that the pending electricity bills are paid at least in instalments at the earliest.

Speaking to media, Chief Minister Biren asserted that the Government has taken steps to make Shirui and Sangai Festivals plastic free. He stated that Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel will inaugurate the Shirui Festival on October 16 and added that an American rock band will perform during the festival. Biren assured that outsiders attending the Shirui Lily festival will be provided bus service from Imphal International Airport till Ukhrul. Chief Minister Biren also disclosed like last year's Japanese Sumo wrestling demonstration, Thailand’s Muai Thai will be demonstrated in the upcoming Sangai festival.  He appealed to organisations of the state not to impose any bandhs or blockades during the festival which aims to promote State tourism to boost income.  The Chief Minister said, every issues can be resolved amicably through dialogues.

Financial assistance continues to pour in for the upcoming Sangai and Shirui festivals.  Public Health Engineering Department Contractors Association has presented 1 lakh rupees financial assistance to the Tourism Department. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren received the amount for the department today. Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Biren appreciated Public Health Engineering Department Contractors Association for its continual support for various events in the state. He hoped that others will offer assistance too.

 

 

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Imphal, 25 May 2019 ( Evening News ) : A student of Bachelor of Vocational Course (B.VoC) was found hanging at Room No. 26 of Koubru Boys Hostel No. 2 of Manipur University in Canchipur, Imphal West today. The deceased is identified as 22 year old, K. Lunminlal Kipgen, son of Paokhongmang Kipgen from L.Songphel Village under Kangpokpi District Saikul Sub Division. It may be mentioned that Imphal Police admitted Kipgen to Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, RIMS after he was found unconscious at Samu Makhong in the wee hours of May 23. Singjamei Police has initiated a probe into the incident and the body has been taken to RIMS Morgue for investigation.

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Imphal, 11 Nov 2018 ( Evening News) : Impact News Video Journalist cum Video Editor, Kakchingtabam Bipinchandra Sharma passed away at 38 yesterday. Bipinchandra fondly called by his beloved friends from media as Oja Kamei passed away late last night due to an illness at his residence in Guru Aribam leikai, Bhramapur Harikhangok Makhong. Late Bipinchandra was under treatment for his illness since August this year. Bipinchandra started his career in 2004 as a Cameraman cum Video Editor at North East Live. He also worked for Imphal Free Press and Eastern Projection during his lifetime. He is survived by his wife and two minor daughters. Impact TV Chairman, Dr. Th. Dhabali, MD Dr. Kh. Palin, Board of Directors, Shareholders and staffs expressed deep sorrow upon his untimely demise. His sudden death has left an irreplaceable void in Impact TV. Everyone at Impact TV paid a two minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul and prayed for his soul to rest in peace. Impact TV shares the grieve of the bereaved family. Impact News Impact Global, 2 PM English and Manipuri Bulletins were not telecast in view of the unfortunate incident. Members of All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) held a condolence meeting for late Bipinchandra at Manipur Press Club this morning. Floral tributes were paid at his portrait and a two minute silence was observed in homage to the departed soul. Editors Guild Manipur also expressed deep sorrow upon his untimely demise and shared the grieve of his bereaved family and Impact TV.

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Imphal, 29 Oct 2018 ( Evening News ) : Imphal West Police has arrested 6 individuals including the President of National Identity Protection Committee (NIPCO) along with arms in connection with Nagamapal Bomb Blast of October 20 which killed a CRPF Jawan and injured another. Arrested individuals included UNLF Cadre- Milan and alleged former PLA Cadre-Khaidem Sana, 42 years, son of Kh Babu from Nongren Maning Leikai, presently residing at Nagamapal Lamabam Leikai. As per police reports, Khaidem Sana and Milan came riding a two wheeler and Milan threw the bomb on CRPF Truck causing the Nagamapal bomb blast of October 20 around 6 PM. Acting on a tip off, a team of Commando Imphal West raided National Identity Protection Committee (NIPCO) Office near Keishampat Yumjao Lairembi Community hall in connection with the bomb explosion at around 10.30 this morning. During the raid, the team led by Additional SP (Operations) Imphal West, Krishnatombi and SDPO Joyraj including Officer In-Charge of City Police and Imphal West Police Station seized many incriminating items including computer hard disc of the office. NIPCO President Oinam Premjit, 42 years, son of late Oinam Ibomcha and his wife Oinam ongbi Pinky were arrested from their resident at Yumnam Leikai in Bishnupur District last night. Three 9 mm pistols and many live rounds buried in a pit were recovered from them. Imphal West Police has also arrested Publicity Secretary of NIPCO-Shah-uddin Cheshaba, UNLF Cadre Laishram Rakesh alias Thoungamba alias Angangcha alias Bishwanath Khuman alias London Meitei, 34 years, son of L. Ibopishak from Ngaikhong Maning Leikai.

On the other hand, National Identity Protection Council, NIPCO, in a press release, clarified that arrest of NIPCO President O. Premjit and Secretary Shah-uddin Cheshaba by police for their alleged involvement in the Nagamapal Bomb blast has no relation whatsoever with any undertakings of NIPCO. It informed that NIPCO convened an emergency Executive Council meeting today and appointed NIPCO Vice-President-Th Manihar as the Acting President and the Secretary General as the Secretary.

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Imphal, 04 Sep 2018 (Evening News ): Vice Chancellor of Manipur University, Professor AP Pandey has rejected leave given to him. The VC, for the first time declared in front of media persons that his one-month forced leave has completed and that he has resumed charge as the VC with effect from September 1. Speaking to media persons at his Quarter in Sanjenthong today, VC Pandey asserted that leave granted to him by the Registrar-in-charge of Manipur University, Professor Sh Dorendrajit yesterday was illegal and unjustified. Professor Pandey said that he has not received any official intimation regarding the leave from the Ministry concerned. He maintained that an official subordinate to him does not have the right to grant him a leave. He also disclosed that no official notifications were issued to him regarding formation of a 2-member enquiry committee as per the agreement signed between the Manipur University Community, MHRD and the State government. Professor Pandey said, he came to know about the enquiry committee on social media and further alleged that the enquiry committee is not an independent body and termed all it's resolution as partial and biased. VC AP Pandey intimated that one of the members of the committee has family ties with a member of  MUTA. The Vice Chancellor professed his earnest desires to resolve the University impasse and bring normalcy in the academic atmosphere to save the career life of students. He alleged that some senior professors of the University have been misleading the students. He offered his utmost assistance if a High Level Enquiry Committee or an Independent body like CBI are to investigate the workings of the University since 2005. Professor Pandey assured that his doors are wide open to address any grievances facing the students. The Vice Chancellor further intimated that although he inspects the University Campus he is unable to resume work as his office has been locked up by some agitators. He also said, a written letter was submitted to the Ministry of HRD to aware the departments regarding his resumption as the VC of Manipur University.

Speaking in connection with ban imposed on Varsity employee bodies namely MUTA and MUSA, Professor AP Pandey opined that the roles of teachers are to educate and guide their students along better path and to promote good academic atmosphere. He lamented that teachers of Manipur University are misleading the students and have defiled the sanctity of educational institutes. He accused them of instigating the students to resort to various forms of agitations. He questioned the motive of locking up examination rooms as locking his office is understandable. Professor Pandey also alleged that teachers of the Varsity threatened principals and teachers of colleges for checking answer scripts. He also accused MUTA and MUSA for terrorising the University. VC Pandey also stated that he has not received any complaint from the university student and asserted that all the chaos in the University Campus were instigated by the senior professors.

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Imphal, 20 Aug 2018 ( Evening News ) : In a horrifying incident, plastic-like material was found in eggs yesterday. The incident was reported to Impact News by Ningombam Milan, an eatery owner at Morang Leirak Jiri Parking. Milan stated that the incident came to light when customers raised the issue after consuming fried boiled eggs from his eatery at around 9.30 last night. The eggs were bought from an egg shop located near Kasturi bridge in Thangal Bazaar. Suspected plastic like thin substance covered the outer edge of the egg. The suspected substance did not tear when tried with a spoon. However, all the eggs on the tray did not possess similar texture or features raising suspicions as to whether the substance actually plastic or not. The eatery owner also maintained that such incident has never occured in the past. He further appealed to the Food Safety Department and relevant Government authorities to look into the matter and identify whether the plastic-look-alike substance is harzardous for health upon consumption or not

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