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Police booth set on fire at Japhou Bazaar, Chandel for taking down Naga flags

Celebrations of Naga Independence day from the British tuned ugly in Chandel District, Manipur today.

Intense scuffle erupted between police and local Nagas at Japhou Bazaar in Chandel District when the locals celebrated Naga's Independence Day from the British by hoisting NSCN-IM Flag at various places.

Scuffle reportedly occurred when police took down the Naga flags citing that Indo-Naga Ceasefire is not extended to Manipur. Irate locals vandalised one police booth and set it on fire, while police resorted to tear gas shelling to contain the situation.

A video is also circulating where in the locals say that they will boycott India's 75th Independence Day celebrations tomorrow.

Imphal East Police Narcotic Cell nabs man with Heroin Powder worth over RS.32 Lakh in international market from Kyamgei Idgah Salam Manung Area

A team of Imphal East Police Narcotic Cell has arrested a man along with 156 grams of Heroin Powder worth around 32 lakh and 20 thousand rupees in the international market. According to police, the arrested man is 32-year-old, Md. Gayazuddin, Son of Md. Maheruddin from Kiyamgei Awang Leikai.

Narcotic Cell Imphal East OC, Inspector, Kh. Devkumar along with Narcotic Cell ASI Md. Tamijur Rahman led the team under the supervision of Imphal East SP, Additional SP (Law and Order) and SDPO Porompat. They along with volunteers of Youth Athletic Development Association, YADA Kshetrigao arrested the miscreant.

Police produced arrested Md. Gayazuddin before media persons at Porompat Police Station today. Speaking to media, Imphal East Additional SP (Law and Order) M. Bishworjit said, the team arrested him from Kyamgei Idgah Salam Manung Area during a frisking operation at around 8:30 PM yesterday.

The arrested man along with the seized contraband drug has been handed over to Irilbung Police Station OC for necessary actions.

CAF & PD Department misappropriated rice meant for NFSA beneficiaries for July, alleges Congress MLA K. Ranjit

Sugnu Congress MLA Kangujam Ranjit has accused the CAF & PD Department of misappropriating rice provided under National Food Security Act, NFSA, for the month of July amid the tough times of COVID-19 pandemic.

The MLA made the allegations today while speaking to media at Chingtam Community Hall in Sugnu, where he was making arrangements for distribution of rice under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, PMGKAY. He emphatically said, "people are suffering for the past 3 months owing to Corona Curfew". The local MLA claimed that the department has failed to give any befitted response when asked about the lost rice quota.

Congress MLA K. Ranjit demanded the BJP led State Government to take actions against the culprits involved in the misappropriation and to give back the allocated rice to the beneficiaries. He also announced that people of the constituency will get rice under PMGKAY stored at Chingtam Community hall, Sugnu along with rice under NFSA for the month of August within couple of days.

The local MLA informed that he has already deposited the required amount of money to the Department for procuring the rice quota meant for NFSA beneficiaries in his constituency for the month of August.

MP Leishemba Sanajaoba moves Upper House to convert the Manipur University of Culture into a Central University

Rajya Sabha MP and Titular King of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba has moved the parliament house to convert the Manipur University of Culture into a Central University. He brought up the matter as a special mention in the Upper House of the ongoing monsoon session of the Parliament today.

MP Leishemba Sanajaoba mentioned that even students from Bangladesh, Myanmar and other foreign countries come to learn Nat Sangkritan, recognised by UNESCO, Thang-ta, Rasa Das and other indegenious art forms of Maniour at the University. He urged the Upper house to convert the University into a central university and equip it with necessary infrastructure.

It maybe mentioned that the Manipur University of Culture was established in 2015 with an aim to promote and conserve the cultural heritage of Manipur.

Manipur Cabinet decides to construct Manipur Olympian Park and create 18 posts in Sports Department

Manipur is coming up with "Manipur Olympian Park" to encourage sports persons of the state. The move comes in the wake of two Olympians from Manipur bagging a silver and a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 which concluded today. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu bagged a silver medal in the weighting event and midfielder of Indian men's Hockey team Shanglakpam Nilakanta won a bronze medal.

Speaking to Impact News this afternoon, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren further disclosed that the State cabinet has also decided to create 18 posts in the sports department consisting of 3 post of Joint Director, 5 Assistant Director and 10 Deputy Director posts. He recalled that the President of India has called Manipur the powerhouse of sports considering the laurels brought for the nation by the state's players.

N.Biren said that the Government will construct the park at a proper place, sized around 10 hectares, where in a museum will display full wax statues of Olympic medalists and busts of all the Olympians from Manipur. With great excitement, the Chief Minister who himself has great passion for sports and was a footballer said that the park will have a huge Olympic rings which will be seen from an airplane. He expressed firm belief that the new decisions and other upcoming sports policies will further boost sports sector in the state.

It maybe mentioned that 5 sports persons from Manipur took part in the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. They are debutant Shanglakpam Nilakanta in hockey, Sushila Pukhrambam in women's hockey for the 2nd time, debutant Sushila Likmabam in Judo, Saikhom Mirabai for the 2nd time in Weightlifting and Boxer MC.Mary Kom for the 2nd time.

 

Thangmeiband MLA Khumucham Joykisan warns defamation suit against Senior Journalist Yambem Laba; MLA says no one bribed or forced him to join the Congress party

 

Thangmeiband MLA Khumucham Joykisan has categorically stated that he had joined the Congress party on his own will and that no one had either coerced or bribed him, adding that his residential house was never ever on mortgage.In a video release today, MLA Khumukcham Joykisan challenged that if anyone can prove him wrong than he will not only resign from his MLA post but retire from politics altogether. He appealed to those concerned not to spread false news tarnishing the image of those politicians who are sincerely serving the public. 

 

Lauding the media persons of the state for their unwavering contributions in reaching out news and events to the public, the MLA also expressed disappointment over some misleading media persons who are working just for their personal benefits. He urged the media houses of Manipur and AMWJU to take actions against those journalists who are misleading the public. MLA Joykisan alleged that senior journalist Yambem Laba has published some baseless news quoting him and CLP Leader Okram Ibobi on Kolkata based national daily ‘The Statesman’. He said that the CLP leader had advised him not to come down to his level, hence stayed quiet at that time. The Congress MLA said that his clarification on the matter was necessitated to stop misleading the public in the wake of yesterday's Manung Hutna discussion programme of Impact News where the same matter was brought up.

 

MLA Joykisan termed Yambem Laba's allegations against him as false and asserted that he will fail to give any proof if demanded. The Thangmeiband MLA also said that Yambem Laba will have nowhere to hide if he filed a defamation law suit against him. He reminded that Yambem Laba had earlier  faced defamation suit for publishing false news about State Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and eminent state politician Th.Chaoba. The MLA declared that he is ready to take necessary legal actions against the senior journalist.

 

Speaking further, MLA Joykisan also alleged that one Meghachandra has misled the public regarding distribution of PDS items under NFSA to the beneficiaries of Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency. Terming the same as unfortunate, he added that it was kind of funny to see his pretentious care for the people.

 

Manipur Cabinet decides to end total lockdown for fifteen days in the state with few restrictions; micro containment zone approach to be adopted to curb COVID-19 infection 

In a big relief to people of Manipur, especially daily wagers, the State Cabinet today decided to end Coronavirus induced total lockdown imposed for the past 21 days during the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic. The decision came in the wake of recent arrival of Centre's Multidisciplinary Expert Team to check COVID-19 situation in the state.

The State cabinet reportedly took the decision to balance with livelihood and economic activities. As to curb the pandemic, it has decided to adopt micro-containment zone approach in line with the Central Government advisories. Government has instructed Deputy Commissioners to fully involve all the Gram Panchayats, Village Authorities and local clubs, etc in ensuring micro containment zones and isolation of new Covid-19 cases. Media Coordinator to Chief Minister confirmed the same to Impact News this evening.
 
As per the latest updates, Manipur Chief Secretary who is also the chairman of State Executive Committee, Dr Rajesh Kumar, in exercise of powers conferred under Section 20(2)(a) of the Disaster Management, 2005 on Saturday issued an order lifting total lockdown with some restrictions for the entire State to be in force for fifteen days w.e.f from August 8 till August 22. During these 15 days, there will be Night curfew from 6 P.M. to 5 A.M. Unavoidable customary and religious rituals can be performed in open sheds by restricting the number of invitees to twenty only.
 
Police and Health Department will strictly monitor containment zones. Fresh cases of Covid-19 infections shall be isolated as soon as possible. Health Department shall arrange mobile medical team for regular health checks and scale up vacination, contact tracing and testing. Secretariat and Directorate offices will function with e-service and 33 per cent staff. Fire Service, PHED, CAF&PD, Home, Health, Relief & DM, Forest, Environment & Climate Change, Finance and Treasuries and Police departments and District Administration will function normally. Imphal airport shall remain open and movement of staff and passengers are allowed.
 
Opening of Rice mills and Bakeries, Petrol pumps and LPG outlets Spare parts shops one each out of three spare parts shops, three tyre shops and three battery shops of heavy vehicles in Thangal Bazaar are allowed to open from 10 AM to 2 PM on all days except Sunday. Authorized dealers of spare parts, tyre and batteries of heavy vehicles located outside Thangal Bazaar will open from 10 AM to 2PM. Vehicle workshops may open from 9AM till 3PM on all days. Stationery shops and authorized service centres of mobiles and personal computers will open from 10 AM to 2 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
 
Local vegetable vendors from 7AM to 10AM on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. One out of three grocery shops of the total shops/vendors in one location can open on rotational basis from 7AM to 10AM. Shops selling fish, poultry and poultry products will open from 8 AM to 11 AM on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and shops selling millk and fresh milk products will open every day from 6 AM to 9 AM. Whole sale shops of grocery and food essentials located in Thangal Bazaar and  Masjid Road will open from 7AM to 1200 noon following a schedule. Hotels for lodging can open with minimum staff but restaurants will remain closed. Home delivery of various goods and services (food items, vegetables, groceries, medicines, etc) including e-commerce platforms are allowed.
 
Manipur logged 699 new Covid-19 cases, 908 recoveries and 12 deaths in the past 24 hours. So far, the virus has infected a total of one lakh, 3,588 people out of which 93,802 people have recovered. Covid related death toll has reached 1,640 and there are 8,146 active cases as on August 7. State's recovery rate stands at 90.55%.
 
 

LTT Cadres shot dead by unidentified persons in Kangpokpi District

Unknown miscreants have killed three suspected members of Proscribed Kuki outfit, Liberation of Tribal Tigers (LTT) including the outfit's Commander-in-Chief Khaikhohao alias Haopu Khongsai.

Their bodies were found at a paddy field near Moujang Village and Tingpibung Village under Saikul Police Station in Kangpokpi District, Manipur at around 9AM yesterday.

Reportedly, one of the deceased is Khaikhohao’s son and the other one, his bodyguard. Reasons behind their killings are still unknown. Saikul Police has registered a case and investigations are underway.

Imphal West Narcotics Cell nabs three including a woman with more than 25 kgs of opium near Imphal International Airport

Imphal West Narcotics Cell under the overall supervision of Imphal West SP Dr. S Ibomcha has arrested three miscreants with 26 plastic packets opium weighing more than 25 kilograms.

The Police team led by Narcotics Sub Inspector - M. Sunzu under the command of Officer in Charge Narcotics Cell Imphal West L. Bikramjit arrested them during a frisking operation along Tiddim Road near Imphal International Airport around 3 AM today. The trio came riding a Duster SUV bearing registration number MN02G-1282.

According to police report, arrested persons are 35-year-old Jangminlen Vaiphei, son of Late Thangtilal Vaiphei, 49-year-old Mangsat Haokip, son of Late Thanglet Haokip, both from Motbung in Kangpokpi District. The third miscreant is 32-year-old Nemneilhing Touthang, wife of Jangthang Touthang from KS Lhangnom Village in Kangpokpi District. Lamphel Police Station has registered a case against them.

Education Minister S.Rajen says, rationalisation of school and college teaching staff will be held ahead of new academic session; State government helpless about JNV entrance test

Manipur Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen today announced that rationalisation of teaching staff of High Schools, Higher Secondary schools and Colleges in Manipur will be carried out ahead of the new academic session 2021-22. Speaking exclusively to Impact news at the Minster’s office in Old Secretariat, S. Rajen also said that the state government has nearly completed monitoring on the number of seats in Higher Secondary Schools and Colleges across the state so that every students promoted in the recently declared class-10 examination conducted by BOSEM and Class-12 examination conducted by COHSEM will get admission to these educational institutions.

He further informed that there are 57 Government run Higher Secondary Schools and 139 Private Higher secondary schools in Manipur. He maintained that 7 more government schools will be upgraded to Higher Secondary level to accommodate around 54 thousand students. Minister S. Rajen also said that the government is planning to upgrade more schools to Higher Secondary if need arises. He added, there are 45 government and government aided colleges at present, and the process of converting 7 private colleges to aided colleges is over.

Regarding demand for cancellation of the entrance test scheduled on August 11 for admission to class 6 in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, JNV across Manipur, Minister S. Rajen said,  the State government is helpless on the issue since the entrance exam will be held nation-wide.  He said that the state government had earlier requested the centre to postpone the entrance test in Manipur in view of the pandemic but the centre has not responded till date.

Corona induced lockdown for over a year in a bid to control the spread of Covid-19 pandemic outbreak has forced to shut commercial establishments including book stores in Manipur. Closure of Book stores is an immense plights for students. Some of the students and parents told Impact News they are finding it hard to find textbooks and the same is hindering their education. They have appealed to the government to re-open book stores across the State.

 

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