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Joyous moment for Manipur and especially the residents of Kontha Ahallup Makha Leikai, birthplace of India's Hockey midfielder Shanglakpam Nilakanta upon Hockey India team winning Olympic bronze medal; Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren lovingly calls Sh. Nilakanta, “My Boy” and assures him a reward of Rs. 5 Lakh and a suitable job

Indian Men's Hockey team today defeated Germany 5-4 in the 3rd place match of the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, thus securing a bronze medal. This ended 41 year-long wait for an olympic medal by hockey India. Last time, India bagged a bronze medal was in the Moscow Olympic Games 1980. In the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, India now stands at 62nd place with 5 medals including 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. Midfielder Shanglakpam Nilakanta from Manipur played a big role in India's victory.

Hockey player Shanglakpam Nilakanta comes from a financially constraint family. Speaking to Impact News, his father Shanglakpam Inaocha said that he could not even afford to buy a hockey stick for his son in his early days. He added that Nilakanta, his 2nd child out of three, is a self-made man. Inaocha said, his son started playing Hockey since he was 9. He has great will power, patience and acknowledges their family’s condition right from his childhood days. Nilakanta’s father Inaocha expressed sadness that he could not provide more than two square meals a day to his son nor a balanced diet during his early training days. The Olympic medallist’s father added that he somehow managed to buy a second hand bicycle for his son so that he can ride till Khuman Lampak for his daily Hockey Practice. Later, Nilakanta landed a job in the Railways and started helping his family. The hockey player’s father urged every parents to support and encourage their children in whatever field they have passion.

Nilakanta’s happy and proud mother, Kunjarani told Impact News that she shed tears of joy when the team won the match today. Kunjarani also said, earlier she cried out upon hearing her son’s voice during the semi-final match between India and Belgium, in which India lost. She longs for her son to be back in Manipur and get a job here. Kunjarani called up her son and wished him success before today’s match. She also thanked the people of Manipur for their supports and prayers for Nilakanta and his team’s success.

Hockey India's victory is a proud and joyous moment for the nation including the residents of Kontha Ahallup Makha Leikai of Heingang Assembly Constituency in Imphal East District, the birthplace of Shanglakpam Nilakanta, who is one of the midfielders in the Hockey team. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren who had won the last elections from Heingang A/C expressed happiness and congratulated Hockey Indian team and especially Shanglakpam Nilakanta. Speaking to Nilakanta online, CM N.Biren called Nilakanta, “my boy” and asked him about his desires. Responding to the Chief Minster, Nilakanta, who is currently serving as a Senior Ticket Collector in the Indian Railways expressed wish to work in Sports-related field. CM Biren told Nilakanta that he need not work as a Ticket Collector anymore. He assured him a reward of Rs. 75 lakh and a suitable job.

Congratulatory messages poured from political leaders, sports personalities and others for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team from across the Country. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju and President of Manipur Hockey Basudev Singh congratulated the team. Youth Affairs & Sports Minister, Letpao Haokip and President of Manipur Olympic Association cum Heirok MLA Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam and many others also congratulated the team and Nilakanta.

 

Meghalaya and Manipur are now connected through the UDAN scheme direct air service. IndiGo has started operating flights on the Imphal-Shillong route cutting travel time significantly. From now onwards, people can easily fly between the two cities by opting for a flight of just 60 mins from Imphal to Shillong and 75 mins from Shillong to Imphal.

The first direct flight operations between the two states flagged off on Tuesday under the Regional Connectivity Scheme -- Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN), Government of India. Ministry of Civil Aviation announced the same on Wednesday. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has also posted about the same on his Facebook page. Shillong is the second city to be connected with Imphal under the UDAN scheme.

Aimed at enhancing regional connectivity through fiscal support and infrastructure development, the maiden flight under UDAN scheme was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Shimla for the national capital on April 27, 2017.

Road mishap claimed one life and injured 4 near Thoubal Wangkhem Bazaar along Yairipok Thoubal road this morning at around 8:50. The deceased is 50 year old Md.Tayeb Ali, son of Late Shaokat Ali of Ngariyan Awang leikai.

According to police reports, the accident occurred when a Tata DI DX bearing registration number MN-05C/1830 coming from Thoubal towards Yairipok collided with a passenger auto rickshaw bearing registration number  MN-01Y-9209 coming from the opposite direction. The deceased and the injured persons are occupants of the Auto-rickshaw.

Injured persons were rushed Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences JNIMS, Imphal and the deceased at JNIMS morgue. Yairipok Police Station has registered a case.

Massive mudslide submerges 30 hectares of land in Kangpokpi District

Heavy mudslide at Twilang area in Kangpokpi district has brought immense plights to the local residents. Tujang Waichong and Selsi village areas in the district have been severely affected.

Approximately 30 hectares of land including paddy fields have been submerged under the mudslide. The devastating mudslide occurred around 3.30 AM yesterday. It streches from Lamlenkon, Tujang Vaichong of Selsi village along the Imphal-Tamenglong road.

Speaking to media today, President of KSO Twilang Block Enock Kipgen appealed to the relevant authorities to start necessary relief measures at the earliest

Bihar man arrested with 441 vials of possibly fake Remdesivir in Imphal

Imphal East District Police has arrested a man hailing from Bihar along with 441 bottles of Remdesivir, a medicine used for COVID-19 treatment. It maybe mentioned that the Centre has already put a ban on export of the medicine without necessary approval from the relevant authority.

Speaking to media at Imphal East SP Conference Hall today, Imphal East District SP N. Herojit said that a team led by Porompat Police Station ASI Md. Akhtar Hussain seized the medcines while detaining curfew violators at New Checkon area yesterday.The arrested man is 55-year-old, Lalu Shah from Sasam village in Samastipur District of Bihar. SP N. Herojit said that the police team then informed State Drug Controller of Directorate of Health Services when the arrested man was unable to produce any prescriptions or documents related to purchase of the drugs. Health Directorate officials have said that the seized Remdesivir bottles might be possibly fake.

SP N. Herojit said that the arrested man is now in the custody of Porompat Police Station for further actions. During the preliminary interrogation, Lalu disclosed the name of another person from Guwahati suspected to be behind fake drugs business. The SP added that State Police Department is putting all out efforts to nab other miscreants involved transporting the medicine from Guwahati to Imphal. He also appealed to the public to aware of such racket.

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