Imphal, 12 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : The 78th Nupi Lal Memorial Day was also observed at Ima Keithel in Khwairamband Bazar. Speaking on the occasion MAHUD Minister Thounaojam Shyam Kumar lauded the contribution of the Manipuri women towards the development of the state. Shyamkumar however expressed grave concern at the consumption of tobacco products by the Manipuri women and made an appeal to them to give up the habit of eating Zarda Paan. The Minister also offered floral tributes to those brave women who fought against the mighty British in 1939. Cultural Activist Ningthoucha Lancha stated that women must be included in decision making process and women must be given equal respect and equal regard. He also appealed to men not to delegate household chores to women alone but do them together. Prizes were also distributed to the winners of the race conducted as part of the event. The race began from the Kangla and ended at Ima Keithel 1. Lamabam Ibemcha from Loitam Khunou bagged the first position, Phuritsabam Sanamacha from Senjam Chirang second and Pheiroijam Heiton from Kyamgei bagged the third place.
Imphal, 12 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : Manipur today paid rich tributes to those brave Manipuri women who opposed the indiscriminate export of rice from Manipur by businessman with the support of the British govt. The State function was held at Nupee Lal memorial complex, today. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren and Agriculturem inister V. Hangkhanlian led the people in offering tributes to those brave women who fought gallantly against the monopolistic policies of the colonial rule in 1904 and 1939. Speaking at the observance Chief Minister Biren appealed to the women of the state to join the efforts of the govt to bring peace and harmony in the state. He asserted that people should remember those courageous women who marked their significance in the history of Manipur on the occasion of Nupi Lal Day. He expressed the hope that women of Manipur will continue to take active roles and responsibilities as in the past. The chief minister also mentioned that the entire north eastern region is in turmoil at present due to the self centric and communal ideologies of some sections of the society. He appealed to the women to stand united and strive for integrity and harmony between the people of the hills and valley and bring peace in the state.
Nongthongbam Biren also asserted that the present situation does not call for blame game to gain political mileage. He called for unity among the people and declared that his government is always in the forefront to work for the interests of the people. Ministers, MLAs, top civil and police officials, and several distinguished persons were present at the observance. Artists of Nupee Lal Memorial Association and Nupee lal and Khongjom War memorial society performed a play on Nupi Lal on the occasion.