Imphal, 29 March 2018 ( Evening News ) : The 6th edition of Ougri Fest 2018 kicks off at National Institute of Technology (NIT) Campus, Langol today. Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar inaugurated the 4 day eventful festival organised by NIT. Addressing the gathering, Joykumar said pure science subjects such as physics, chemistry and biology should not be neglected and students should give equal emphasis on such subjects. He said, it should be in parallel with the technical studies. He said, humans need mental satisfaction more than material satisfaction and maintained that the event would be able to give such mental satisfaction. He lamented that students these days are behind in research and encouraged them to take research works. He asserted that country's prosperity depends on the advancement in research works. It maybe mentioned that the first edition of Ougri fest was held in 2013. The fest caters exclusively various cultural events and extra-curricular activities. This year, solo singing competition will add to the range of events. It may be recalled that social service and blood donation camp were held on March 23 and 27 respectively ahead of the fest.
Imphal, 29 March 2018 ( Evening News ) : Football fans of the State stormed the office of All Manipur Football Association (AMFA) in demand to resolve the issue of withholding the Oldest Football tournament of the North East, CC Meet and Manipur State League today. Members of Football Lovers Manipur stormed the office, however, the office was closed as there were no officials of AMFA in the office at the time. The protestors chanted slogans demanding the officials of AMFA to resign and not to play petty politics in sports. Meanwhile a team of Police personnel rushed to the spot and stopped the protest. Speaking to media persons, Co-Convenor of Football Lovers Manipur, Suresh Sougaijam stated that the fate of Football in the State which is considered as the Power House of Sports is indeterminate and condemned the silence of AMFA on the matter. Suresh maintained that the issue is the root cause of the failure of Manipur in Santosh Trophy and other National Level Football Tournaments. He expressed suspicion that AMFA is playing politics and questioned how the players were selected to represent Manipur and demanded AMFA to resolve the issue at the earliest. He warned of resorting to various forms of agitation. It may be mentioned that the State league was put on halt since November last year on account of a controversy and the CC Meet of the current year has not been commenced yet. A case is underway regarding the matter in the High Court of Manipur.