Imphal, 14 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Manipuri Hindus are observing Cheiraoba festival today with traditional fervour and gaiety. As part of the New Year’s festival, traditional Manipuri cuisines are prepared in every household and offered to God. The preparation begins early in the morning with both men and women and even the children of the household lending their helping hands. As per tradition, various cuisines are placed at the entrance gate as an offering to the God for a prosperous year ahead. People will also be climbing the nearby hillocks late this afternoon to pray at the sacred shrine located at the hilltops, especially at Chingmeirong, Cheirao Ching and Pishumching at Singjamei in Imphal Town, while late in the evening through the night, traditional Thabal Chongba dance performances will be held at various places. For the people following Hindu religion, the day is very important and significant.
Police disperse agitators over relocation of Imphal East District Hospital at Sagolmang; at least 4 agitators injured
Imphal, 10 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Agitations intensified at Sagolmang against shifting of the site for construction of Imphal East District Hospital. At least four women agitators were injured from tear gas shells and smoke bombs by police when a large number of people especially women folks took out protest rally around 11 this morning in Sagolmang. The protestors burnt up tyres and blocked the roads passing through Sagolmang PHC Gate, Sagolmang Market, Lambui Village and Khewa Market. Top Police Officials of Imphal East District including women personnel tried to contain the situation. They resorted to smoke bombs and tear gas shells for the same as agitations intensified. The injured persons are identified as one Nandeibam Ibeyaima Leima, 51 years, wife of N. Gokunchand from Yumnam Patlou, Loukhram Memithoibi, 51 years, wife of L. Naba from Sagolmang Awang Leikai, Tekcham Sunibala Leima, 33 years, wife of T Safaba @ Bamboy of Khewa Kampany and Yunman Jannaki, 40 years, daughter of Y Ningthemjao from Khewa Kampany. They are under treatment at Sagolmang CHC. Though the situation was brought under control for a while, the agitators regathered and took out yet another protest rally in Khundrakpam constituency around noon from Sagolmang Market to Pangei Market chanting slogans against the shifting of the site for construction of Imphal East District Hospital from Sagolmang in Khundrakpam constituency to Kyamgei in Keirao constituency. It maybe mentioned that the foundation stone for the construction of District Hospital was laid at Sagolmang in 2011 after which the Government relocated the construction site to Kyamgei in Keirao constituency citing land disputes at the former site.
Imphal, 09 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Volunteers of Women wing of All Manipur Students’ Union staged a sit in today against the increasing rate of rape and other crimes against women in the state. The sit in was held at Keishampat Leimajam Leikai and it was participated by more than 200 students displaying placards that read ‘Life Imprison Rapist’, “We Want Anti Rapist Law”, “Down Down Rapist”etc. Later, a large number of girl students rallied toward Governor's Bungalow and CM's Bungalow surpassing Manipur police personnel at Keishampat junction, however, but student protestors were halted by heavy police personnel including women personnel as the protestors reached near Governor's Gate. As the students were waiting to send in their representatives to submit a memorandum to the Governor, another group of students tried to throng the CM's bungalow. Later top officials of Police led few student representatives to submit a memorandum including their demands to the Governor and to the Chief Minister. The students demands included to instated fast track courts in every districts of the state for speedy justice and to combat menace of rape cases in the state and further stated that there are 14 pending rape and sexual assault cases that occurred from January 2 till April 4 of the current year awaiting justice. Member of AMSU women's wing, Daina Yungkham drew the attention of the Government to implement anti rape law or policy.
MPCC equates BJP led Governance with an undeclared emergency; says the BJP Government is discriminatory and undemocratic
Imphal, 09 April 2018 ( Evening News ) :Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee has equated the BJP led Governance in the country with an undeclared emergency allegedly for being discriminatory. Former Deputy CM and MLA Nungba, Gaikhangam blamed the BJP government as undemocratic and termed its rule as unfortunate. Gaikhangam made the statements during a SIT-IN organised by Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) near the gate of Congress Bhavan, BT road as part of the one day hunger strike initiated by Indian National Congress nationwide against the alleged atrocities by the BJP led Centre government against the Dalits. He termed it unfortunate at the dictatorship of the BJP Government which has sidelined the beautiful democratic constitution of the country by preventing any outside opinions on their governance. Former Deputy CM Gaikhangam termed the BJP Government as a dictatorship for taking away the rights for Freedom of Speech and Expression from its citizens.
Taking part in the Sit -In, MPCC President, TN Haokip charged the BJP government as a Government that is unable to put words into actions. He added, people can now see the true colours of the NDA government at the Centre. He said, it is doubtful that the BJP government can make a come back in the upcoming 2019 elections.
Moreh Police arrests two human traffickers and rescues a girl victim from Myanmar in Moreh yesterday
Imphal, 08 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Moreh Police has arrested two human traffickers and rescued a girl victim around 9.30 last night. Upon getting a tip off regarding presence of illegal human traffickers at Moreh Ward No. 5, a combined team of Commando Moreh and CID(Special Branch) Moreh along with Moreh Police team led by SDPO Moreh, IPS Sandip Gopaldas Mohurle and Assistant Commandant of 8th IR Commando Battalion attached to Commando Moreh, MPS Thomas Thokchom along with Inspector, Imphal West Commando, P.Tarunkumar under the supervision of SP Tengnoupal, Dr S. Ibomcha rushed to the area and conducted almost an hour house to house search operation and arrested two Rohingyas involved in importing a girl from Myanmar by inducement for exploitation. The police team rescued the girl brought from Myanmar identified as Toiba Hatu @ Nargis, 20 years, daughter of Abu Subiyan of Monu Baguna Madila Bhara in Myanmar. The arrested culprits are identified as Saifullah, 34 years, son of Kasim Abdul from Baguna Nullafara Myanmar now staying at Moreh Ward 2, and Md Salam, 25 years, son of Muzafar Ali from Gomtidam Baguna of Myanmar and presently residing at Moreh. The arrested persons did not have any valid documents with them and a mobile phone with Vodafone and coredoo sim cards were seized. The arrested persons and the rescued girl along with the seized items were handed over to Moreh Police station for legal actions.
MPCC alleges the State Government of misappropriating huge amount of public funds sanctioned by the Centre
Imphal, 06 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee has alleged the State Government of misappropriating the public's fund by diverting the huge amount of funds sanctioned by the Centre and failing to provide the government employees’ salaries and pensions. Addressing media persons at MPCC office, on BT Road today, spokesperson of MPCC, Kh Joykishan further alleged that the recent withdrawal of funds by mistake amounting to 3 crore rupees as claimed by the Government as false and maintained that the amount is even more than 30 crores. He also asserted that the clarifications given by Spokesperson of the Government and Works Minister, Th Bishwajit that there is no incident of withdrawal of funds with forged CDA is even more false. Joykishan said it is a cheat to the people by the government to say that non plan funds already transferred to contractors’ account would be reclaimed and added, it must be a shock even for the experts. He said it is shocking to know the withdrawal of non plan funds recently when it was declared on March 28 that there were no more Non-plan funds. He drew the attention of the Chief Minister to set up a committee today itself comprising of representatives from the ruling, opposition and neutral media to discourse on the issue instead of carrying out blame games by the ruling and opposition party on Media. Joykishan further expressed astonishment for the sanction of non plan funds to a black listed contractor, SN Pamei. He accused the government of making one sub contractor Sanjoy as a scapegoat to cover its misdeeds. On the other hand, the Congress spokesperson expressed happiness upon Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Khumukcham Sanjita from Manipur on bagging gold medals in the ongoing 21st edition Common Wealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia and blessed the players for their future endeavours.
Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu of Manipur wins 2nd gold medal for India on day two of the ongoing Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018
Imphal, 06 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : India has won its 2nd Gold medal on Day two in Women's Weightlifting in the ongoing Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, 2018. Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu of Manipur won the Gold in the 53 kg Women category today. She lifted a total of 192 Kgs. While Deepak Lather bagged a bronze - first for India at 2018 commonwealth games - in 69kg weightlifting Men category. He lifted a combined weight of 295kg - 136kg in snatch and 159kg in Clean and Jerk. With this India has won 2 Gold and a silver. India now has four medals and all four have come from weightlifting. It may be mentioned Mirabai Chanu won the first Gold for India yesterday and broke the Commonwealth record in 48 kg category. Mirabai managed to lift 196kg in a remarkable effort. While P Gururaja bagged a silver mebal in Men's weight-lifting.
On the other hand The Indian Olympic Association, IOA, expressed happiness at the strong performance of the country's contingent on the opening day of competitions in the Commonwealth Games. It said the medal count will only go up in the coming days. India, one of the powerhouses of the Commonwealth Games, is being represented by 218 athletes this time. It may be mentioned the country won 64 medals (15 gold, 30 silver, 19 bronze) in the 2014 Glasgow CWG.
Imphal, 05 April 2018 ( Evening News ) : Irate students of DM College of Arts set ablaze desks and benches of the college against the non-fencing of the rear wall of the college and also locked up the gate of A-Block. Speaking to Impact News, General Secretary of DM College of Arts, Students Union, Arambam Vikash stated that they had written to the Education Minister to put up fence in January and also had met the Chief Minister regarding the same. He expressed disappointment that the Government is still indifferent to their request. Vikash maintained that due to the absence of the fence, drug abusers frequent the college and expressed apprehension of becoming an infamous place. He also announced total shut-down of DM College of Arts from today against the indifference of the Government and also maintained that the construction work of PG Academic Block will be suspended with immediate effect.