"I have no other means to earn income except for selling my handcrafted Kouna (wild water reed) mats. I have made 6 mats so far but haven’t sold a single one. I’ve been told that government is setting up a stall soon. I am waiting for that to sell my mats so that I can earn some money for my family. I have invested whatever money I’d received as help from generous people to buy raw materials for making these mats", said Koijam Babisana, a displaced victim of Manipur violence.
A young married woman, Koijam Babisana, is one of the many internally displaced people owing to Manipur violence which erupted on May 3. Her house in Ikou was burnt down at the peak of the violence. Along with her family, Babisana is currently taking refuge at the Sajiwa Temporary Shelter home in Imphal East District, set up by Manipur government.
When asked if she could teach others, if government organised training programs for making Kouna mats at relief camps, Babisana replied, yes, I can but I’m not an expert in making other Kouna items like bags as there are many designs. Even I want to learn making other products and designs. It is good to learn new things and enhance one’s skills, she added.
Like Babisana, there are many other talented artisans and craftspersons who are currently taking shelter at relief camps across the state. Government should explore these hidden talents, make sure that their talents don’t go wasted and also take measures to further enhance their skills.
Two suspected Kuki militants, who were reportedly coming from Moreh side, were shot and killed by Myanmar Army at Namphalong area of Myanmar on Friday morning around 9. Additionally, Myanmar Army arrested two more individuals suspected to be Kuki militants in the same area, said a reliable source of Impact News.
This incident comes amid curfew and intense search operations by combined security forces at the Indo-Myanmar border town of Moreh, following the killing of Moreh SDPO Ch. Anandakumar, MPS on October 31. Personnel from Assam Rifles and BSF are maintaining strict security measures in Moreh to prevent any further untoward incidents.
Meanwhile, around 150 women and children from the Kuki-Zo community have sought refuge at the Key Location Point Camp of the 5 Assam Rifles since the previous evening.
CBI ARRESTS ONE MORE IN TWO-STUDENTS MURDER CASE; SECURITY PERSONNEL WHO HINDERED PRESS FREEDOM WILL BE REPRIMANDED: KULDIEP SINGH
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a person named Paolunmang in connection with the killing of two students who had gone missing on July 6. According to officials, a special investigation team of the CBI arrested the 22-year-old suspect, Paolunmang, in Pune on Wednesday and then took him to Guwahati to be produced before a court. He is believed to be the mastermind behind the abduction and killing of the two students. Manipur Security Advisor Kuldiep Singh confirmed the same during a media briefing held at the Chief Minister's Durbar Hall on Friday evening.
Chairman of Unified Command Kuldiep Singh also mentioned that combing operations are ongoing in both the hills and valleys of Manipur. During these operations, a significant amount of weaponry and items were recovered, including 27 arms, 306 rounds of ammunition, 11 explosives, 85 warlike items, as well as one Maruti Gypsy and a Baleno car were recovered today. In addition, Kuldiep Singh stated that 370 trucks loaded with essential items on National Highway 37 and 250 more on National Highway 2 were ensured safe passage with security. Several vehicles, arms, and ammunition were also seized in search operations conducted on October 10, 11, and 12. He urged the public not to believe in rumors and to surrender any looted weapons at the nearest police station.
Regarding yesterday's incident where security personnel allegedly manhandled media persons who were reporting the firing incident at Sabungkhok Khunou, Kuldiep Singh assured that actions will be taken against those security personnel who prevented media persons from performing their duties.
Education (S) Director, L. Nandakumar has called for a balanced approach to education, where students not only strive for academic success but also actively contribute to the betterment of society. Students should work for the welfare of people and at the same time focus on their career goals, he said.
The Education (S) Director was speaking at the Silver Jubillee Celebration of the Manipur Students' Federation (MSF) at MSF Office premises in Kwakeithel Thounaojam Leikai, Imphal, on Friday. MSF, a student body which came into existence on 13th October, 1998, evisions an equitable educational set up in and around the state of Manipur. It’s motto is Learn, Excel, and Transmit. Since its inception, MSF has been involved in various social issues ranging from drug-related, human rights and environmental-related issues and for bringing quality education in Manipur.
L. Nandakumar encouraged students to recognize the value of their education in shaping them into better and capable individuals for the future. He said, while every student aspires to excel academically, they can only achieve that goal by avoiding time wastage and dedicating themselves to their studies. The Education (S) Director also highlighted the negative impact of addiction to social media on students' academic and personal development. Student volunteers donated blood to mark the occasion.
The All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) and Editors’ Guild Manipur (EGM) strongly condemned the manner in which combined troops of the 20 Jat Regiment and 5/4 GR prevented media persons from doing their duties on 12/10/23 at the Sabungkhok Khunou area, where the media persons had gone to cover an incident of attack on Sabungkhok Khunou village.
In the incident, troops of the Jat Regiment not only prevented a media team consisting of reporters from ISTV, Impact TV, Tom TV, and ISCom from covering the incident but forced them to delete whatever footage was there on their mobiles. Another team of media consisting of Tom TV and Impact TV on the other side of the area was also initially prevented from taking any footage of the incident, says a joint press release from AMWJU and EGM on Thursday evening.
The AMWJU and EGM consider this a direct attack on freedom of speech. It is an effort to muzzle the press, and AMWJU and EGM demand accountability. Further, AMWJU and EGM will submit a memorandum each to the Chairman, Unified Command, Mr. Kuldiep Singh (Security Advisor of the CM), and Hon’ble Governor Manipur Anusuiya Uikey to kindly look into the series of attacks on media since May 3, 2023, and take appropriate action.
The media in Manipur has been working in an extremely difficult situation since the present crisis broke out. We once again appeal to all security forces operating in the state not to target or prevent media personnel from performing their legitimate duties.
Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital in Porompat has achieved a significant milestone by successfully conducting two kidney transplantations using kidneys donated by deceased persons. The kidney transplants from living donors have reached 28 in total. Late K. Rubenkumar, aged 31 from Kongpal Kshetri Leikai had donated his kidney. Prior to him, late Sarungbam Kenedy, aged 42 from Singjamei Chingamathak had donated his kidneys. Their kidneys have been successfully transplanted to patients at JNIMS and Shija Hospital, saving four lives. Speaking to media, JNIMS Director, Professor L. Deben shared that six more individuals, including four from Langol Old Age Home and one each from Bishnupur and Thoubal, have pledged to donate their organs after their demise to JNIMS hospital. He made a heartfelt appeal to the people of the state to consider pledging their organs for donation after their demise instead of allowing their precious organs to go to waste through cremation or burial.
While, Dr. Kh. Lokeshore, the Medical Superintendent of JNIMS, urged the public to exercise caution and adopt preventive measures as the state grapples with an increasing number of reported dengue cases. He noted that JNIMS hospital has already treated 167 dengue cases, which include 10 infants and a pregnant woman. Additionally, the hospital has admitted 11 new cases. On a positive note, Dr. Kh. Lokeshore mentioned that JNIMS has not reported any fatalities related to dengue this year.
In fresh violence, armed miscreants launched an attack on Sabungkhok Khunou in Imphal East District today. The attack involved bombs and gunfire. In response, state forces and village volunteers engaged in crossfire with the attackers. As per the latest updates, 3 village volunteers were injured.
According to information gathered by Impact News reporter, armed miscreants positioned on a hilltop in the area reportedly opened fire towards Sabungkhok Khunou from 3AM. The situation escalated with the use of bombs during the attacks. An additional police team, led by Imphal East Additional SP Herojit has reached the site to assess the situation.
Meira Paibi women in the village alleged that security forces didn't prevent armed miscreants from attacking their village frequently, despite giving them assurances to take control of the situation.
Reinforcements have been dispatched to Sabungkhok Khunou in the wake of threats of further attacks.
Manipur State Eye Bank would commence operations at the end of October. Health Minister Dr. Sapam Ranjan disclosed the same while addressing the gathering at the 24th World Sight Day 2023 observance on the theme "Love Your Eyes At Work," today. National Programme for Control of Blindness and Visual Impairment, State Health Society, National Health Mission Manipur organised the event at Classic Grande in Chingmeirong, Imphal.
Dr. Ranjan expressed concern about the habit of people in the state buying glasses from roadside vendors without a doctor's prescription as it could bring potential harm to eyes. He stressed the need for the government to regulate such practice closely. The Health Minister also encouraged people to pledge to donate their eyes and called for collective efforts to understand and raise awareness about glaucoma, an eye condition that can lead to blindness if not detected in time.
During the event, relevant officials from the Health Department distributed spectacles to elderly individuals, and appreciation certificates were presented to eye-related NGOs.