Manipur Government joined the week long observation of Quami Ekta yesterday in connection with the 97th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The observance took off at 1st MR Banquet Hall. People attending the observance led by the chief minister took the national integration pledge to foster and reinforce the strength of public harmony and national integration. Speaking on the occasion, Okram Ibobi urged all to jointly face the elements threatening the unity of India. Commerce and Industries Minister, Govindas Konthoujam maintained that apart from remembering Indira Gandhi for her role in strengthening oneness among the people that speak 66 languages and have 22 religions, it is also the sole responsibility of the people to work together to realise her dream. Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee also observed the birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi at Congress Bhawan. Floral tributes were paid to Indira Gandhi. Ministers, Congress MLAs, Congress workers attended the observance.
Victims of crimes against women including rape, domestic violence, widows and their families have demanded that rapists should be hanged in public places to prevent occurrence of such crimes. Speaking to media persons at the office of Women Action for Development, Palace Compound yesterday, Manbi said they feel sad and get depressed to witness the increase in rape of children, widows and even disabled women. Nurei from Sora village who is yet to get justice for her sister and brother-in-law who were killed by a mob said crimes are perpetrated against the poor and weaker sections of the society. She said rapists and killers get off scot free in our society. P Captain brother of a girl who was found hanging after her lover allegedly called her out to elope in September 2011 said justice is still a far cry till now. He lamented the delay in filing of charge sheets by the police officers concerned even when Commission for Women recommended to do so.
In what could be described as an unexpected turnaround, MLA K Sarat of Konthoujam assembly constituency, who demanded disqualification of MPTC’s President, has joined MLA Th Shyamkumar’s team. Speaking to media persons at MPTC’s head office in Moirangkhom, national spokesperson of AITC, Derek O’Brien said the party has begun the process to revoke K Sarat’s suspension. It may be recalled that Manipur Pradesh Trinamool Congress President MLA Th Shyamkumar suspended K Sarat for filing disqualification against the party member at a time when MPTC was facing internal crisis. MLA K Sarat was also present at the press meet. Mention may be made that MLA K Sarat was told over and again to withdraw the complaint lodged by him to the Speaker. Derek O’Brien further said though the internal crisis went public, Mamata Banerjee has directed to settle the issue. He said the party’s MLAs are now trying hard to work together again. Stating that steps are being taken to raise the issues of Manipur in the Parliament, Derek O’Brien said the party takes a firm stand on issues like AFSPA and ILP. He said leaders and workers of the party will visit the state at least once in a month to get to know the general public’s views directly. Derek O’Brien also said the party is planning to project M Thoiba in Wangoi, MI Khan in Keirao, H Dingo in Sekmai and P Premananda in Kshetrigao as party’s candidate in the Assembly Election in 2017.
Janata Dal United president M Tombi has appealed to the students wing of Joint Committee of Inner Line Permit System to defer its agitation in view of the efforts being made by the political party committee to resolve the issue. Speaking to media persons at the party's office at Babupara, M Tombi, who is a member of the political party committee, said the draft bill prepared by the committee is almost 90% completed. Decision cannot be taken hastily to make the bill a very significant one. However, Tombi was optimistic that the proposed draft bill will be submitted to the government very soon.Expressing his dissatisfaction on the hasty preparation for Manipur Sangai Festival, M Tombi asserted that garbage littered in Nambul River and Imphal City, failure to light up the roads are matter of shame in front of the tourists visiting the state. Tombi also said that neglecting Irom Chanu Sharmila's fast unto death agitation shows that the government is anti-people. Janata Dal will launched a mass agitation with the like minded party if the government do not lift disturb area status from the state in the coming winter assembly session.
Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association, MMTA is introducing ‘human sling shot’ game for the first time in Manipur during the upcoming Sangai Festival. Manipur will be the first Northeastern state to be introduced to the ‘human sling shot’ game. Human Sling shot game is available in 40 places across India. During 10-day Sangai Festival one can enjoy other adventure sports like Spider Net Crossing, boating in artificial pool by real raft, rope bridge, artificial bouldering climbing, repelling, water zorbing, land zorbing and sumo zorbing fight. An MMTA official told Impact News that if the general public like the human sling shot game than they will try to provide the facility even after the festival. MMTA official also added that many adventure sports will be introduced to the people of Manipur during Sangai Festival.