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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.

Around 3 Thousand population of Kadi part 1 to 5 in Tamenglong District are facing hardships due to lack of Health Care Facility, dysfunctional lone Primary School and bad road connectivity

Around 3 thousand villagers of Kadi part 1 to 5 under Tamei Sub-Division in Tamenglong District, which is 116 kilometres away from the Imphal City are deprived of access to health facility. Many lives have lost due to lack of medical facility in the area. There are around 18 villages from Kadi part 1 to 5. Villagers have appealed to State Government to construct a Primary Health Centre in the area without further delay.

Lack of proper infrastructure and adequate teachers in the lone Primary School in the area has compelled villagers to send their children to far off places for schooling with much hardships. The lone Primary school in the area remains a namesake school without any teacher nor staff. Above all, the school lacks sanitation facility and staff quarter.

Road connectivity from Kadi part 1 to part 4 is also in a deplorable condition. One cannot even set foot on the road leading to District Headquarter after a slight rainfall bringing much plights to the villagers especially in times of medical emergencies. Construction of the road under PMGSY started sometime back but it remains incomplete. Grasses have even started sprouting on some portion of the blacktopped road.

It is high time, Government's 'Go To Hills' and 'Go To Village' missions reach to Kadi Villagers.

Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi refutes allegations against Manipur Government of black marketing urea as baseless;  Tangkhul Naga Long refutes former union minister Jairam Ramesh’s statement on urea being diverted to hill areas in Manipur for poppy cultivation

Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi has refuted all allegations charged against Manipur Government of black marketing urea as baseless. Speaking to media at his secretariat office in Imphal today, Minister O. Lukhoi termed it unfortunate that some people are blaming the state government without proper knowledge. He said, Sugnu MLA K. Ranjit’s recent remarks about improper distribution of urea came out of sheer lack of knowledge on the matter.

The minister said, MLA K. Ranjit has stated that 8 Thousand 832 urea bags are required for Sugnu Assembly Constituency but as per a survey, the constituency requires more than 9 thousand bags. He said that the Department has already allocated 10 thousand 505 urea bags for Sugnu Constituency through the local MLA, CSO and District Agriculture Officer. He added that the department is carrying out mobile distribution of 300 bags of urea under the supervision of District Agriculture Officer for Sugnu Constituency tomorrow. Hence, a total of 10 thousand 805 bags have been allocated for Sugnu, which is 2 thousand bags of urea more than required.

Minister Oinam Lukhoi maintained that the agriculture department has already provided 65 thousand 100 bags of urea for Thoubal and Kakching Districts out of the required 64 thousand 500. Taking part in the press meet, Agriculture Director Kh. Lalmani said that Manipur has received the same quota of urea as in the previous years. He said, Centre has provided urea for both hills and valley farmers, adding that 26 thousand 100 bags of urea have been already provided for farmers in the hills. The Director also clarified that there is no misuse of urea for poppy cultivation. 

Meanwhile, Tangkhul Naga Long, TNL refuted former union minister, Jairam Ramesh’s statement on urea being diverted to hill areas in Manipur for poppy cultivation. The hill based civil body issued a press release today criticising Jairam’s remark as very misleading and far from truth. TNL refuted his assertions stating 'hill people of Ukhrul and Kamjong districts and its areas are not 'lawless people', and such uninvited derogatory remarks may not be passed on us for political mileage and to tarnish the image of the hill people.' It maybe mentioned that the senior INC leader on his twitter post on August 31 accused the BJP-led government in Manipur of diverting urea supply meant for farmers to opium fields, thereby boosting the poppy cultivation.

CPI Manipur stands for free & fair election and against party hopping, says L. Sotinkumar

The 73rd Foundation Day of Communist Party of India (CPI), Manipur State Council was celebrated at Irawat Bhawan, BT Road in Imphal today. Party leaders, members, workers and supporters attended the event held by adhering to COVID-19 SOPs in a subdued manner. Attendees paid floral tributes to the bust of Lamyanba Hijam Irawat to mark the day.

Speaking at the event, Secretary of Communist Party of India, Manipur Laishram Sotinkumar said, Communist Party, a party based on Marxism and Leninism has been striving for the welfare of the public. He said that the party stands for a better state and for the rights of farmers following the footsteps of Lamyanba Hijam Irawat. Praising the late leader for his immense contribution in emancipating the state from feudalism of the colonial era, Laishram Sotinkumar said, 'Words will not be enough to describe Hijam Irawat's role in making Manipur an autonomous state".

Regarding the upcoming 2022 State Assembly Election, the CPI Manipur Secretary said that the party stands for free and fair election and against party hopping. He said the party will definitely field candidates to contest in the election.

Manipur Education Minister hopeful that merging of NEP-2020 & School Phagathansi Mission will boost education sector

Merging of 'National Education Policy 2020' with 'School Phagat-hanshi Mission' will bring a huge impact in the Education Sector of Manipur, said State Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen with high hopes. He was speaking to Impact News today on the sidelines of distributing CGI roofing Sheets to 36 poor families of Lamshang Assembly Constituency at his Salam residence.

Education Minister S. Rajen asserted that the Indian Government intends to start implementing National Education Policy 2020 in the country by 2025 and to meet full implementation of the educational policy latest by 2030. He maintained that Manipur Education Department is making necessary arrangements for the same.

S. Rajen also confirmed that as per the NEP 2020, Physical Education is a compulsory Subject starting class 6 onwards. Hence, more Physical Education Teachers will be required. The minister disclosed that recruitment of necessary PETs will be discussed in the upcoming State Cabinet.

Late Manipur CM Rishang Keishing fondly remembered on his 4th Death Anniversary; MPCC paid rich tributes to the late eminent Congress leader

 

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) members and people fondly remembered four-time former Chief Minister of Manipur and former Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MP  Rishang Keishing on his 4th death anniversary today. Late Rishang Keishing, a Tangkhul Naga, served as the Chief Minister of Manipur from 1980 to 1988 and from 1994 to 1997. He passed away on August 22, 2017 at the age of 96 due to multiple organ failures.

 

MPCC Interim President N. Lokendra, Congress Legislature Party, CLP Leader cum Former Chief Minister - Okram Ibobi and All India Congress Committee (AICC) CWC Member Gaikhangam led people in paying floral tributes to the late leader's grave at Mantripukhri this morning. Later, Congress MLAs and Party members held the 4th Memorial Lectures in memory of the late leader at the Congress Bhawan in Imphal. Speaking at the event,  Ex-Chief Minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi recalled that Rishang Keishing was elected to the Lok Sabha in the first Parliamentary elections held in 1952 after India's Independence. He eulogized the late Chief Minister for his contributions in developing the State and the country.

 

Remembering the eminent congress leader from Bungpa Village in Ukhrul District, Okram Ibobi called upon people of the state to follow the ideologies of late Rishang Keishing for sustaining the unity and integrity of Manipur. It maybe mentioned that the NSCN-IM reportedly denied the late Chief Minister's burial in his native village. The leader’s last rites were performed in Imphal on August 24, 2017.

La Ganesan appointed as Manipur Governor after Ex-Governor Dr Najma Heptulla's retirement from the post

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday appointed BJP leader La Ganesan as the Governor of Manipur with effect from the day he assumes charge of the office. He will be the 17th Governor of Manipur.

La Ganesan has served as Rajya Sabha member and BJP in several capacities. He has served as General Secretary of Tamil Nadu BJP unit and prior to that he was Pracharak in RSS. Ganesan had also replaced Dr. Najma Heptulla as Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh.

Dr Najma A Heptulla was sworn in as the governor of Manipur in August, 2016 and retired on August 20, 2021. It maybe mentioned that Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad Chaurasia took additional charge as Governor of Manipur during Heptulla's absence.

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