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.
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.
Media fraternity condole, untimely demise of beloved Impact News Video Editor, Kakchingtabam Bipinchandra, who passed away at the age of 38, late last night
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.
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.
Vice Chancellor of Manipur University, Professor AP Pandey nullifies leave extended to him; claims resumption of duty
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.
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
Imphal, 20 July 2018 ( Evening News ) : Special Secretary Home, Kh. Raghumani, in a press release declared that under Rule 2 of Temporary Suspension of telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules 2017, all telecom services except voice calls are temporarily suspended for the next five days to prevent anti national and anti-social messages on social media. Stating that social media has become a handy tool for rumour mongers and is being used to incite general public, Kh. Raghumani said it is deemed necessary to take adequate measures and maintain law and order in public interest by stopping the spread of disinformation and false rumours through various social media platforms such as Whatsapp, Facebook and others. The press release also stated all mobile service providers have been directed to ensure cooperation with the order. However, Broadband Internet service will be back in service shortly as it was not included in the ban. On the other hand, BSNL Manipur stated that BSNL Broadband Internet connection is still operational as broad ban services are not included in the suspension.