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Imphal, 08 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren reassured that the framework agreement between Government of Manipur and NSCN (IM) will not affect the territorial integrity of Manipur. On the other hand, Biren disclosed that he assured Union Home Minister of possible help as a neighbouring state in resolving the Naga issue, however urged the Home Minister that the territorial integrity and unity of Manipur can not be compromised in an attempt to reach a conclusion to the issue. Speaking to media persons at the sidelines of the issuance of Cheque under Manipur State illness Assistance Fund at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Babupara, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren said Union Home Minister Rajnath asked Chief Minister of Assam, Arunachal including him of the condition and concern of the people of the states because of the framework agreement during a meeting with the Union Minister on framework agreement in Kolkatta. Chief Minister of Assam and Arunachal also maintained that they cannot agree to compromising the territorial integrity of the neighbouring states because of the framework agreement , however assured to provide help to bring about a conclusion. Biren further related that he maintained that the Manipur Government will not work against the interest of the people of the state. On the other hand, Responding to media query on the demand of the Congress Party to disclose the details of the framework agreement, Biren stated that they are just carrying out their duty as an opposition party.

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Imphal, 07 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : CAF & PD Minister Karam Shyam has left Imphal for Guwahati, today to attend the meeting called in connection with the proposed fossil fuels extraction from the Northeastern States by 2030. Concerned Ministers of all the north eastern states of India will take part in the meeting which will be led by Union Minister Petroleum & natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan. Keeping up with the call made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cycle every Thursday, Minister Karam Shyam Cycled all his way from his official residence at Sanjenthong to the airport, today. Addressing media persons at the airport, Karam Shyam promised not to betray his people’s trust and said he would always be in the forefront to support any  developmental activities for the society. He said, the meeting which is scheduled to be held tomorrow will focus on extraction of fossil fuels which are still untouched in the North eastern states and discuss ways to enhance the economy of these states. He asserted that there would be no harm in extracting appropriate amount of fossil fuels. He asserted that it would give employment opportunities for the people. He opined that even if we don’t extract the fuel at the core of the earth, it will eventually be drained away when other states extract it.

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Imphal, 02 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : The Congress has asked the United Naga Council, UNC to declare its stand on the Framework Agreement. Speaking to media persons at Congress Bhawan, today,  Spokesperson of MPCC spokesperson and Thangmeiband MLA Khumukcham Joykishan said the Congress party wants to know how the UNC will react when the UNC, NSCN-IM and BJP are described as the three sides of a triangle. Joykishan termed the boycott of the former Deputy Chief Minister, Gaikhangam in Naga inhabited areas for espousing peaceful co-existence between the people of the Hills and Valley and integrity of Manipur as civil uncultured. He demanded the UNC to make its stand on the issue of territorial Integrity of Manipur clear.

Joykishan also questioned the statement made by a spokesperson of the organisation at the recently held NPF meeting that the 4 NPF MLAs are the four wheels of the govt. He wanted to know if the NPF is guiding the direction of the state government. Joykisan said all the parties in the BJP led government need to consider the NPF’s claim that the party's demands and desires are already incorporated in its Election Manifesto since the main theme of NPF’s Election Manifesto is integration of Naga inhabited areas. He called for cooperation from all political and non political parties of the state to protect its territorial integrity keeping in mind that even the President of India has assured the people of solution to the ongoing peace talks.

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Imphal, 30 November 2017 ( Evening News ) : A powerful Improvised Explosive Device, IED was discovered early this morning at Khoyathong in Imphal west. Locals found the IED in front of a shop around 6.30 am. A team of Imphal West police along with the Bomb Disposal Squad rushed at the spot. The Bomb Disposal squad tried to defuse the bomb but could not as the nature of the IED was little different from the ones they have defused or exploded earlier. Police halted the movement of traffic on the road while the IED was detonated to prevent damages. No underground outfit has claimed responsible for the plantation of the IED. Imphal West Police has filed an FIR and are investigating into the incident. However police did not rule out the possibility of monetary demand on the owner of the shop.

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Imphal, 28 November 2017 ( Evening News ) : The police department has declared the rape accused Kh. Kashin @Ashin @ Kasinba 50 years son of late  Mangainanba wanted. He was accused of raping a 14 year old girl from Viewland colony in Senapati District on August 1 this year and he has been absconding.  A cash reward of Rs one lakh has also announced for information leading to his arrest. Kh. Kashin @Ashin @ Kasinba is a resident of Nungtek, Karvangmuang village part 2, under Noney police station. Meanwhile various organisations including Liangmai Pui Naga Ruangdi, Liangmai Naga Katimai Ruangdi and Namdilong Development Society met the DGP and urged him to nab the accused within one month. The organisations threatened to block the national highway if the accused is not arrested within one month. It may be mentioned that people had blocked the national highway 2 demanding arrest of the rapist and there had been confrontation between the protestors and the police.

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Imphal, 26 November 2017 ( Evening News ) : The three day old cease work strike by All Manipur Petroleum Products and Transporters Association and All Manipur Petroleum Products Drivers Association has been called off. The decision to suspend the cease work was taken after the govt and IOC told the representatives of the two associations that their demands will be discussed. Talking to media persons near Sangakpham IOC oil depot secretary of  All Manipur Petroleum Products and Transporters Association Ahongsangbam Tamphayai said the cease work was called to protest against the IOC tender which affects the interests of the two associations. He said they decided to call of the strike after the IOC and govt assured them that it will look into the matter.

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Imphal, 25 November 2017 ( Evening News ) : Tobacco use has increased in Manipur, Assam and Tripura against an overall decline in the country between 2009-2017. According to the regional report of the second round of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2016-17 of North Eastern states, all the states have shown a significant decline to second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure at workplace while it has increased in Assam by 3 per cent. The report highlights that the overall tobacco use prevalence in India has declined from 34.6 per cent to 28.6 per cent between 2009-10 and 2016-17 except for Assam and Tripura where it increased considerably and marginally in Manipur. In Manipur, tobacco use increased from 54.1 to 55.1 per cent when all other states have shown a decline with Sikkim registering a remarkable fall from 41.6 to 17.9 per cent. Exposure to SHS at public places has improved across the region with a sharp decline in Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland though slightly above the national average. The initiation age has declined, which means more people began using tobacco at an earlier age in three states — Arunachal, Nagaland and Sikkim — from 17.5 in 2009-2010 to 15.9 in 2016-17. The initiation age has increased in the other five NE states with the most significant being Manipur from 19.1 years to 20.8 years.

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Imphal, 24 November 2017 ( Evening News ) : Volunteers of Rising Knowledge Club, Khuyathong Polem leikai caught a person who created fake accounts of girls on Facebook and Whatsapp. Speaking to media persons at the club, Vice President of the Club, Ng. Ghanashyam said the culprit is a 17 year old boy and he created fake accounts of girls on the social media sites and sent obscene pictures from the accounts. Ghanashyam said the boy also clarified on local dailies not to indulge in such activities after he was nabbed by locals on September 29. He said once again it was discovered that the boy has been simultaneously using 5 fake accounts of girls and indulging in unwanted activities. Ghanashyam said he will be handed over to his family members. He appealed to the parents to be cautious while buying expensive mobile phones for their children.

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Imphal, 23 November 2017 ( Evening News ) : Laser show and boat torch rally highlighting the life of fishing community of the Loktak lake enthraled the visitors on the second day of the Sangai festival in Moirang yesterday. The  torch rally on boats was held at Takmu in Loktak. Speaking at the Lakeview Cultural show, Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution Minister Karam Shyam asserted that the State has witnessed visible improvement in law and order situation and development in basic infrastructure accelerating growth in Tourism sector. Minister Shyam also stated that Manipur Sangai Festival offers a glimpse into the rich cultures and traditions of Manipur. He stated that the cultural diversity, history of age old civilization, beautiful historical places, heritage sites and beautiful landscapes makes the State a unique natural tourist destination. The minister mentioned that a huge investment is needed to tap the potentials. He appealed to large business houses particularly from outside the State to invest and take advantage of the huge potential in tourism, real estate and hospitality sectors. Karam Shyam also disclosed that the Government is working on a large number of tourism projects with financial assistance from the Centre. Song and dance performances including performance by popular Manipuri folk singer Mangka Mayanglambam mesmerised the audience.

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Imphal, 21 November 2017 ( Evening News ) : India’s President Ram Nath Kovind has arrived Imphal to inaugurate the North East Development Submit and Manipur Sangai Festival 2017, today. President Kovind launched the two days North East Development Submit at City Convention centre, Palace Gate, today. He will also later kick off the 10 days Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017 organised by Manipur Tourism Department. It maybe mentioned that Corcom, an apex body of some proscribed outfits against the president’s visit has called for 26 hours general strike from 6 this morning to 8 tomorrow morning. A massive number of  police personnel are keeping a strict vigil and security measures have been beefed up in and around Imphal City especially on Tiddim road where the president is expected to be travelling. President Kovind is accompanied by Assam’s CM Sarbananda Sonowal in a special Indian Air force plane which arrived Imphal Tulihal Airport at 11.30 this morning. Upon his arrival,  Governor Nazama Heptulla, Chief Minister N. Biren, Cabinet Ministers and top police and civil officials gave a warm reception to President Kovind and paid him guard of honour as a mark of respect.

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