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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.


Covid norms take backseat at Johnstone Higher Secondary School in Imphal West District as students swarm to get class-12 mark sheets and provisional certificates

COVID-19 SOPs took backseat at Johnstone Higher Secondary School in Imphal West District today. Imphal West District has the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in Manipur. Relevant authorities allegedly failed to make sure compliance of COVID-19 protocols in the school when many students who have recently passed class 12 examinations swarmed to collect their mark sheets and provisional certificates.

Impact news team came across a rush of students in the school almost like that of devotees gathering at Hiyangthang Lairembi temple during normal times. Many students stood in long queue at the school gate without maintaining safe-distance. One of the students told Impact news that they followed COVID-19 related SOPs inside the school campus but as the number of students increased, school authorities drove them outside the campus and as they tried to get ahead of each another, COVID protocols took back seat.

When Impact News started interacting with the students, a team of City police arrived at the scene and ordered everyone present to follow COVID-SOPs. It maybe mentioned that issuance of Mark sheets and provisional Certificates for the recently declared class 12 examination 2021 conducted by Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur, COHSEM began today.

Manipur reported 742 New Confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of 5 Thousand 55 samples tested in the last 24 hours. State added 742 more COVID-19 Cases, 1,047 recoveries and 14 Deaths. Covid Positivity rate on August 6th stands at 14.67 per cent and recovery rate at 90.28 per cent.

Joyous moment for Manipur and especially the residents of Kontha Ahallup Makha Leikai, birthplace of India's Hockey midfielder Shanglakpam Nilakanta upon Hockey India team winning Olympic bronze medal; Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren lovingly calls Sh. Nilakanta, “My Boy” and assures him a reward of Rs. 5 Lakh and a suitable job

Indian Men's Hockey team today defeated Germany 5-4 in the 3rd place match of the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, thus securing a bronze medal. This ended 41 year-long wait for an olympic medal by hockey India. Last time, India bagged a bronze medal was in the Moscow Olympic Games 1980. In the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, India now stands at 62nd place with 5 medals including 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. Midfielder Shanglakpam Nilakanta from Manipur played a big role in India's victory.

Hockey player Shanglakpam Nilakanta comes from a financially constraint family. Speaking to Impact News, his father Shanglakpam Inaocha said that he could not even afford to buy a hockey stick for his son in his early days. He added that Nilakanta, his 2nd child out of three, is a self-made man. Inaocha said, his son started playing Hockey since he was 9. He has great will power, patience and acknowledges their family’s condition right from his childhood days. Nilakanta’s father Inaocha expressed sadness that he could not provide more than two square meals a day to his son nor a balanced diet during his early training days. The Olympic medallist’s father added that he somehow managed to buy a second hand bicycle for his son so that he can ride till Khuman Lampak for his daily Hockey Practice. Later, Nilakanta landed a job in the Railways and started helping his family. The hockey player’s father urged every parents to support and encourage their children in whatever field they have passion.

Nilakanta’s happy and proud mother, Kunjarani told Impact News that she shed tears of joy when the team won the match today. Kunjarani also said, earlier she cried out upon hearing her son’s voice during the semi-final match between India and Belgium, in which India lost. She longs for her son to be back in Manipur and get a job here. Kunjarani called up her son and wished him success before today’s match. She also thanked the people of Manipur for their supports and prayers for Nilakanta and his team’s success.

Hockey India's victory is a proud and joyous moment for the nation including the residents of Kontha Ahallup Makha Leikai of Heingang Assembly Constituency in Imphal East District, the birthplace of Shanglakpam Nilakanta, who is one of the midfielders in the Hockey team. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren who had won the last elections from Heingang A/C expressed happiness and congratulated Hockey Indian team and especially Shanglakpam Nilakanta. Speaking to Nilakanta online, CM N.Biren called Nilakanta, “my boy” and asked him about his desires. Responding to the Chief Minster, Nilakanta, who is currently serving as a Senior Ticket Collector in the Indian Railways expressed wish to work in Sports-related field. CM Biren told Nilakanta that he need not work as a Ticket Collector anymore. He assured him a reward of Rs. 75 lakh and a suitable job.

Congratulatory messages poured from political leaders, sports personalities and others for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team from across the Country. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju and President of Manipur Hockey Basudev Singh congratulated the team. Youth Affairs & Sports Minister, Letpao Haokip and President of Manipur Olympic Association cum Heirok MLA Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam and many others also congratulated the team and Nilakanta.


Meghalaya and Manipur are now connected through the UDAN scheme direct air service. IndiGo has started operating flights on the Imphal-Shillong route cutting travel time significantly. From now onwards, people can easily fly between the two cities by opting for a flight of just 60 mins from Imphal to Shillong and 75 mins from Shillong to Imphal.

The first direct flight operations between the two states flagged off on Tuesday under the Regional Connectivity Scheme -- Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN), Government of India. Ministry of Civil Aviation announced the same on Wednesday. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has also posted about the same on his Facebook page. Shillong is the second city to be connected with Imphal under the UDAN scheme.

Aimed at enhancing regional connectivity through fiscal support and infrastructure development, the maiden flight under UDAN scheme was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Shimla for the national capital on April 27, 2017.

Road mishap claimed one life and injured 4 near Thoubal Wangkhem Bazaar along Yairipok Thoubal road this morning at around 8:50. The deceased is 50 year old Md.Tayeb Ali, son of Late Shaokat Ali of Ngariyan Awang leikai.

According to police reports, the accident occurred when a Tata DI DX bearing registration number MN-05C/1830 coming from Thoubal towards Yairipok collided with a passenger auto rickshaw bearing registration number  MN-01Y-9209 coming from the opposite direction. The deceased and the injured persons are occupants of the Auto-rickshaw.

Injured persons were rushed Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences JNIMS, Imphal and the deceased at JNIMS morgue. Yairipok Police Station has registered a case.

Massive mudslide submerges 30 hectares of land in Kangpokpi District

Heavy mudslide at Twilang area in Kangpokpi district has brought immense plights to the local residents. Tujang Waichong and Selsi village areas in the district have been severely affected.

Approximately 30 hectares of land including paddy fields have been submerged under the mudslide. The devastating mudslide occurred around 3.30 AM yesterday. It streches from Lamlenkon, Tujang Vaichong of Selsi village along the Imphal-Tamenglong road.

Speaking to media today, President of KSO Twilang Block Enock Kipgen appealed to the relevant authorities to start necessary relief measures at the earliest

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