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Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Thokchom Satyabrata and Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo jointly launched an Aadhaar enrolment drive for children between 6 months to age 5 under the aegis of the Social Welfare Department today.

Speaking at the event held at Wangkhei Durga Puja Lampak Community Hall, Speaker Thokchom Satyabrata appealed to all citizens to get themselves enrolled for Aadhar cards to facilitate them in getting various State and Central welfare schemes.  He added that the Social Welfare Department has been ensuring welfare schemes for beneficiaries in the state. He reminded that many beneficiaries are unable to get these benefits due to lack of the unique ID proof. The Speaker expressed that Manipur Social Welfare Department will be raised to the next level under Chief Minister N. Biren led two-term BJP government, dynamic Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo and Social Welfare Director Ngangom Dingo.

Speaking on the occasion, Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo said that it was a big achievement for Manipur Government and Social Welfare Department to launch the Aadhaar enrolment drive for children in collaboration with grassroots level workers like the Asha, Anganwadi Workers and Helpers. He appealed for their continued support in ensuring welfare benefits for all beneficiaries in the state.

Stating that the drive would be carried out across the state, the Minister sought public support to make it a success. Social Welfare Director Ngangom Uttam and top officers of the department attended the launching event.

Manipur Cabinet approved the Manipur Plastic Policy 2022 in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s objective to phase out single use plastic by 2022. The policy seeks to tackle the multi-faceted plastic pollution by regulating use of plastics. Under the policy any person found dealing in or using plastic items in contravention of the direction stipulated in the policy will face imprisonment upto five years term, with a fine extendable upto One lakh Rupees. 

The Cabinet further approved the Manipur Tourism Policy 2022 considering the changing scenario of tourism industry in the world. The policy seeks to harness the tourism potential of the State and to create employment and livelihood opportunities, to encourage investment and increase revenue generation.

The decision was taken during the State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister N. Biren with all the 11 Ministers last evening.

First case of COVID-19 variant "Omicron" in the North East detected in a Tanzania Returnee from Imphal West District in Manipur; patient being treated at JNIMS Covid Ward; condition stable

Manipur reported the first case of COVID-19 variant Omicron today. This is the first positive case of Omicron in the entire North East. 
The 48 year old infected man is reportedly asymptomatic and in a stable condition. He is being treated at JNIMS Hospital Covid Isolation Ward. The patient is from Imphal West District. He returned from Tanzania on December 11 with a negative test report for Covid-19. He landed at the Imphal International Airport on board Indigo Flight No. 6E-6014 on December 13. He has been under surveillance by a medical team since then.
The patient's sample was collected by a medical team of Imphal West District on December 20 from his residence and was found to be positive for COVID-19 the next day. Subsequently, his sample was sent for whole genome sequencing at INSACOG Genome sequencing facility opened at IBSD Takyelpat in Imphal and his residential area was immediately declared as containment zone. 
RTPCR test has been conducted upon 16 people who were in close contact with him out of which 3 have been detected positive for COVID-19. They are being treated at RD Wing Isolation centre in Imphal. Their samples have been sent for whole genome sequencing to detect for Omicron Variant.
Speaking to media today, Manipur Health Director Dr. K. Rajo said state health department has taken strict measures at Mao, Jiribam, Moreh entry-exit points and at the Imphal International Airport along with other necessary measures like manpower and medical equipments. He appealed to the public to abide by COVID SOPs as the new variant is highly transmissible.
JNIMS Hospital Director Dr. L. Deben told Impact News that the patient infected with Covid-19 Omicron Variant is healthy and asymptomatic. He appealed to the public not to panic but to take necessary precautions.

Zomi Students' Federation (ZSF), General Headquarters, Thadou Students' Association, TSA Tengnoupal branch and The Joint Tribe Students' Association (JSTA) resolve not to endorse 24 Hr bandh called by All Tribal Students' Union (ATSUM) from November 20 in connection with The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Councils Bill, 2021 though they support the bill

Zomi Students' Federation (ZSF), General Headquarters resolved not to endorse and support the proposed 24 hours total shut down called by All Tribal Students' Union (ATSUM) from November 20, 2021. ZSF says it would like to make it clear that The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Councils Bill, 2021 requires more consultations and eliciting of opinions and comments from legal and constitutional experts before it is tabled at the House. Press release from ZSF says, No doubt, the bill aims at the equitable and just development of the people of Manipur irrespective of valley and hills. However, resorting to shut down and economic blockade to achieve our demands where democratic means are yet to be exhausted may turn counter-productive. It may also be mentioned that calling of bandhs and total shutdown at this juncture is wrong-timed, ill-conceived and uncalled for as festive season is approaching which will only bring hardships to the poor and daily wage labourers. It may also be noted that ZSF is neither consulted nor taken into confidence to call the shutdown. Therefore, ZSF will not support the total shut down called by ATSUM and will remain ineffective within the jurisdiction of ZSF. All offices and shops shall remain open as usual, the press release added.

Thadou Students' Association, TSA Tengnoupal branch has also unanimously resolved not to endorse ATSUM shutdown in all the Thadou inhabitant areas of Tengnoupal District. Press release from the student body stated that, when livelihood is approaching normal from being lock down due to COVID-19 and people are striving hard to earn more for Christmas celebration such type of Shutdown, Economic Blockade at this time is not acceptable. The students body appeals to leaders of ATSUM to re-consider their propose Shutdown and Economic Blockades in the interest of the people particularly of Hills. It also says, though we understand and support the motive of the Bill we are totally against the proposed Shutdown and Economic Blockades at this juncture. Therefore, the proposed Shutdown and Economic Blockades call by ATSUM will not be effective in all Thadou areas of Tengnoupal District. 

After a prolong discussion on the 24 hours total shut down called by ATSUM in connection to HAC ADC Bill 2021, The Joint Tribe Students' Association (JSTA), a conglomerate of students' bodies consisting of All Inpui Students Union (AISU), Liangmai Naga Katimai Ruangdi (LNKR), Rongmei Naga Students Organization Manipur (RNSOM) and Zeme Students Organizations Manipur (ZSOM) along with advisors also resolved not to endorse the 24 hours Total Shut Down called by ATSUM. Press release from the body says, it supports the endeavours of the bill and appeal the Government also to take necessary best action at the interest of the Tribal at the right time. While Festive season is approaching, every walks of life earning for their daily bread, and educational institutions beginning to open after a prolonged lockdown, ATSUM's total shutdown and economic blockade are deemed unsuitable, untimely and uncalled for. Therefore, the ATSUM's 24 hours declared bandh will remain ineffective along the full stretch of NH-37. Also all National Projects under JTSA jurisdiction shall remain working in full swing. All shops and offices shall remain open to public, added the press release.

On the other hand, Kuki Students' Organisation, Tengnoupal District, Kuki Students' Organisation, Jiribam and Tamenglong District, Kuki Students' Organisation, Ukhrul District,  Joint Student Bodies Churachandpur and Kuki Students' Organisation Sadar Hills have supported the bandh called by ATSUM.


Chief Minister N. Biren graces joint Passing Out parade; CM reminds core duty of Police is to ensure public safety by preventing all forms violations of law

Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren has emphasised that the core duty of Police is to ensure public safety by preventing all forms of violations of law. He was speaking at the joint Passing Out parade of the 48th Batch of Civil Police Constables (Male/Civil) and 55th Batch of Riflemen (MR/IRB) at Manipur Police Training College, Pangei in Imphal East District today. 2,722 newly recruited personnel passed out from the College.

MPTC Director Smt. R.K. Tutusana administered oaths to the newly recruited Constables and Riflemen and presented reports of the two training batches. Speaking at the event, Chief Minister N. Biren said that police should be always vigilant to prevent all sorts of unwanted incidents. He added that there is no point in wearing a police uniform if they do not protect people or stand as a silent spectator when any scuffle happens or any suspicious crowding comes into sight. He also said that the State has been able to concentrate on development works since the past four and half years due to restoration of peace, and Manipur police has played a great role in making it possible in the last 4 years. N. Biren said State police has effectively fought against drug menace, felicitated in bridging the gap between hills and Valley people and leading the State in the path of progress. He encouraged police personnel to continue their service in safeguarding the people and their properties.

Chief Minister N Biren handed over the trophy and certificate of Best in Physical Training to Shri Yanglem Bishorjit of Toubul Mamang Leikai (Bishnupur District), Best in Musketry to Shri Azhoni Pfozhe of Pungdong Village (Senapati District), Best in Law to Shri R. Tharmi of Chingjaroi Khullen (Ukhrul District), Best in Allied Subjects to Shri Akoijam Banky Singh of Mongshangei Mayai Leikai (Imphal West), Best in Drill to Takhellambam Sushil Singh of Keinou Thongkha Mamang Leikai (Bishnupur District) and Best in Overall to Shri SN Darung Lamkang of Charang Ching Khunou (Chandel District)

Deputy Speaker K.Robindro, Education Minister  S.Rajen, Consumer Affairs Minister Thokchom Satyabrata, Tribal Affairs & Hills Minister Vungzajin Valte, Chief Secretary Rajesh Kumar, DGP LM Khaute, top officials of Police Department, high ranking civil officers and a huge number of parents, guardians, family members and friends of passing out personnel were present on the occasion. 


MLA K Ranjit urges Chief Minister to take action against Chief Engineer of Minor Irrigation for asking 10 percent for releasing work order of 3 projects in Sugnu A/C

Sugnu MLA K. Ranjit has demanded Chief Minister Nognthombam Biren to immediately release work order for the remaining 3 out of 5 projects for Sugnu Constituency. Speaking at the One Day Political Conference held at Kakching Khunou Thongam Leikai today, organised by Congress Election Campaign Committee Kakching Khunou and Kakching Khunou Development Committee, Congress MLA K. Ranjit alleged that the Chief Minister has instructed Chief Engineer of Minor Irrigation Department not to release work order for the 3 projects unless 10 percent commission is given first.

The Congress MLA said that he tried his best and completed tender process for the three projects worth around 3 Crore rupees to facilitate agricultural activities at Kakching Khunou, Umathel and Umathel Heipi Ching foothill, unfortunately, Chief Engineer of Minor Irrigation Department was allegedly instructed by the Chief Minister who is also in-charge of the Minor Department, not to release any work order unless 10 per cent commission is given first.

MLA K Ranjit said that he had personally called up the Chief minister to clarify the matter upon which he was told that no such instruction was ever given. He raised question as to why then no action has been taken against the Chief Engineer for abusing the chief minister's name and why the work order has not been released till date.

Congress party accorded a warm reception to around 200 new party entrants on the occasion.

Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren today threw a Ningol Chaouba luncheon for women of 32 communities of Manipur at CM Bungalow in Imphal. He presented Ningol Chakouba gifts to them and sought their blessings on the joyous occasion. Speaking at the event, the chief minister expressed that his dream of celebrating Ningol Chakkouba Festival with womenfolk of different communities was realised.

Chief Minister N. Biren also today virtually inaugurated 29 Tribal museums constructed at 10 different districts of Manipur at a solemn function held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat. 31 tribal museums were constructed at the cost of Rs. 5 Crore, 60 Lakh under the aegis of Manipur State Archaeology, Department of Art & Culture with a vision to preserve and showcase the rich culture, tradition, art and crafts of various tribes of Manipur, Biren said on the occasion. Out of these, 6 museums were constructed at Chandel, 3 museums at Tengnoupal, 5 museums at Kangpokpi, 6 museums at Churachandpur, 4 museums at Senapati, 3 museums at Tamenglong, 1 museum each at Pherzawl, Ukhrul, Noney and Imphal East. The remaining 2 museums will be completed at the earliest, he added.

The museums which were inaugurated today are museums for Anal, Chothe, Lamkang, Monsang, Moyon, Tarao, Aimol, Maring, Mate, Chiru, Kharam,Koireng, Thadou, Purum, Gangte, Paite, Zou, Kom, Simte, Vaiphei, Thangal, Mao, Maram, Inpui, Zeme, Hmar, Tangkhul, Rongmei and Kabui tribes.

PHE Minister Losii Dikho, Education Minister S. Rajen, Deputy Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly K. Robindro, Chairman of Manipur Building and Others Construction Worker’s Board H. Dingo and others were present during the function.


Candidates who had applied for various posts of Manipur State Power Development Corporation Limited, MSPDCL and Manipur State Power Company Limited, MSPCL in 2019 are demanding their recruitment results.

Pressing their demands, the irate candidates tried to storm the Chief Minister's Bungalow today, but Security Personnel managed to disperse them from the Nupilal Complex. Protestors then headed for Manipur Press Club, where a protestor, Julia Loitongbam told media that examinations were held for  recuitment of over one thousand posts of Group C and D but their results are yet to be declared despite State Government's assurance to declare the same at the earliest.

She recalled that they had even submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister N. Biren but he has not responded yet, while Power Minister Th. Biswajit has given a vague assurance to look into the matter. Candidates even warned of not taking part in the upcoming 2022 State General Election if their recruitment results were not declared before the election.

Manipur's Rajbari in Shillong’s Redlands needs renovation; SMSU urges relevant authorities to preserve the historical site

Once Majestic “Shillong Rajbari”, built during 1942-43 by the Last King of Independent Kingdom of Manipur- Maharaj Bodhachandra lays in a deplorable condition. The historic “Rajbari”, located at Shillong’s Redlands in Laitumkhrah stands on an area measuring 1.93 acres. The Rajbari holds a significant place in the history of Manipur, as it was here that the Independent Kingdom of Manipur merged with the Indian Dominion. On September 16, 1949, Maharaj Bodhachandra left Manipur for Shillong to hold dialogues on the Indian Constitution with the Union of India. However, upon his arrival at the Rajbari, Indian Union security forces took the Maharaj under house arrest and allegedly forced him to sign the Manipur-India merger agreement on September 21, 1949. 

After the death of Maharaj Bodhachandra who reigned from 1941 to 1955, Parihanba Okendro reigned as the titular king of Manipur from 1955 to 1976 under the Indian Union. It is said that Parihanba sold the site where the Rajbari stands to one wealthy Assamese businessman in 1980 which led to the formation of Shillong Manipuri Students Union (SMSU) in a bid to save the land. In 1988, the then Manipur Chief Minister RK Jaichandra tried to reclaim the historical land but it was in vain after the State Congress government disintegrated. Though efforts were made to renovate the historical site under the funding of North East Council worth 13 crore rupees, the project retracted due to failure to produce relevant land documents.

It was only during the tenure of Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren who after a series of negotiation with the Meghalaya Government finally reclaimed the land after paying necessary land revenue. The Chief Minister in August this year reclaimed the land by paying a land revenue of 91 lakh 4 Thousand 784 rupees to the Meghalaya Government. He then announced that the Rajbari will be revamped and renamed as the ‘Manipur Bhawan’. Former Vice President of Shillong Manipuri Students Union Wangjam Sanatomba claims that Maharaj Bodhachandra’s wife - Ishori Devi’s land located adjacent to the Rajbari has also been encroached by nearby residents due to the lack of a caretaker. He said, SMSU has been taking major roles to conserve the Royal estate to its former Glory for future generations. 

Structure of the Rajbari still remains intact, but it may get ruined anytime in the near future, as no renovation has been done so far. Appreciating the state Government, W.Sanatomba appealed to declare the site as a Royal Heritage of Manipur and start the construction of the proposed Manipur Bhawan in the site by keeping the Rajbhari buidling intact, to accommodate youths from Manipur studying in Shillong and other visitors.

Reckless tourists are throwing garbage at the picturesque Khoupum Waterfall at Khoupum Valley in Noney District, located around 90 kilometre from the Imphal city.

Plastics and other wastes are piling at the famous picnic spot. According to Impact news sources, picnickers are recklessly dumping plastic wastes, water bottles, beer cans etc. in and around the waterfall.  Both the relevant department and village authorities have failed to keep dustbins in the area. 

Timely intervention should be taken to keep the beauty of the Khoupum waterfall intact.

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