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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

Bihar man arrested with 441 vials of possibly fake Remdesivir in Imphal

Imphal East District Police has arrested a man hailing from Bihar along with 441 bottles of Remdesivir, a medicine used for COVID-19 treatment. It maybe mentioned that the Centre has already put a ban on export of the medicine without necessary approval from the relevant authority.

Speaking to media at Imphal East SP Conference Hall today, Imphal East District SP N. Herojit said that a team led by Porompat Police Station ASI Md. Akhtar Hussain seized the medcines while detaining curfew violators at New Checkon area yesterday.The arrested man is 55-year-old, Lalu Shah from Sasam village in Samastipur District of Bihar. SP N. Herojit said that the police team then informed State Drug Controller of Directorate of Health Services when the arrested man was unable to produce any prescriptions or documents related to purchase of the drugs. Health Directorate officials have said that the seized Remdesivir bottles might be possibly fake.

SP N. Herojit said that the arrested man is now in the custody of Porompat Police Station for further actions. During the preliminary interrogation, Lalu disclosed the name of another person from Guwahati suspected to be behind fake drugs business. The SP added that State Police Department is putting all out efforts to nab other miscreants involved transporting the medicine from Guwahati to Imphal. He also appealed to the public to aware of such racket.

Imphal West Police arrests 3 men with betel leaves worth around 5 lakh 40 thousand Rupees during frisking at Kanglatombi

Police seized 18 baskets of betel leaves worth around 5 lakh 40 thousand Rupees in the wee hours of August 2.  Acting on a tip off, a team of Imphal West Police under the overall supervision of Imphal West SP Dr. S. Ibomcha arrested three miscreants along with the illegal consignment. 

The police team led by Jamandar of Commando Unit SR Shimmy intercepted two Maruti vans bearing registration numbers MN-01W-9120 and MN-01W-8725 and a Maruti Wagon-R bearing Registration number MN-03 A-2837 at Kanglatombi and recovered the items upon checking the vehicles. As per police report, the drivers are 24-Year-Old Chingakham Surchandra, son of Ch. Ningthoujao from Tairenpokpi Awang leikai, 27-Year-Old Wangkhem Sanjit, son of  W. Sanaton from Changangei Awang leikai and 34-Year-Old Khwairakpam Manglem, son of Kh. Ponam from Kangpokpi Bazaar.

Police investigation further revealed that the consignment was lifted from a godown in Keithelmanbi, Kangpokpi District and it belongs to RS Transport. Arrested persons, the seized betel leaves and the vehicles have been handed over to Sekmai Police Station for further legal actions.

Locals blame Imphal East Commando for Md Farish's drowning; Manipur Muslim Council demands government to pay compensation to bereaved family

Residents of Hatta Golapati today erupted into agitation in connection with Md. Farish Khan's drowning in the Imphal River. Protestors said, Imphal East Commando should be held responsible for the missing youth. They said that if the Commando team had to inform them about the incident on time, Farish could have been saved. Protestors alleged that the Police team frightened him leading to the unfortunate incident. Speaking to Impact News today, President of Manipur Muslim Council Haji Arafat expressed sadness over the incident.  He appealed to the police to stop creating fear psychosis in the name of curfew. Haji Arafat also urged the Government to provide necessary aid to the bereaved family.

The drowned youth is 26-Year-Old Md. Farish Khan, son of late lslau Wangmayum of Sangaiyumfam, Mairen village. Reportedly, he was staying at his sister Romina's place at  Golapati Maning Leikai. Impact News sources said that at the time of the incident, Farish was playing football with his friends near KR lane, Golapati GESCDO ground. When he saw a team of lmphal East Commando tightening COVID curfew in the area around 5PM yesterday, he ran away from the police and jumped in the Imphal river. Locals then approached Imphal East DC office, upon which Additional Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East District, Shamim Ahmad Shah requested to the Director of Relief and Disaster Management, Manipur to send NDRF and SDRF search and rescue teams. Combined team of NDRF and SDRF frantically searched for the body till late last night but couldn’t find his body. The team continued search operation using two boats since 7 this morning but couldn't find his body till the time of filing this report.

National Disaster Response Force Team Commander H. Thang Joshep told Impact News that water level has risen owing to rain and his body might have been swept away. He said, they will try their best to find his body though it might take couple of days.

Man running out of fright upon seeing police clamping corona curfew falls in the Imphal River near KR lane, Golapati GESCDO ground, Imphal East District; Search by SDRF team remains fruitless till the time of filing this report

COVID-19 infection and deaths are not receding in Manipur with 832 new cases, 10 deaths and 957 recoveries in the past 24 hours. Death toll reached 1,566 and active cases are 10,405. Meanwhile, unwanted incidents related to the Coronavirus induced curfew are on the rise. After the intense scuffles of July 30 between curfew violators and police, yet another unwanted curfew related incident occurred in Imphal East District this evening. A man fell in the Imphal river as he was reportedly running away from the police who were tightening Coronavirus induced curfew in the area around 5PM today.

The drowned man is 26-Year-Old Md. Farish Khan, son of late lslau Wangmayum of Sangaiyumfam, Mairen village. He was reportedly visiting his sister Romina who resides at Golapati Maning Leikai. Impact News sources said, Farish got frightened when a team of lmphal East Commando carried out intense drive against violators of curfew and COVID-19 protocols in the area. Unfortunately, while running away from the police, he fell in the Imphal river near KR lane, Golapati GESCDO ground. Locals then approached Imphal East DC office, upon which Additional Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East District, Shamim Ahmad Shah requested to the Director of Relief and Disaster Management, Manipur to send NDRF/SDRF search and rescue teams. Till the time of filing this report, Farish remains untraceable. With sporadic rain throughout the day today, people are suspecting that his body might have been swept away to a further distance by the rising water current.
 
State Government had extended curfew till August 3 in a bid to curb further spread of COVID-19 infection in the state. With the recent Centre's high level review meeting on COVID-19  situation of 10 States including Manipur reporting high infection rate, it is likely that curfew will continue in Manipur. Underlining several strategies for COVID-19 control and management,  Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan who chaired the meeting on Saturday, said that all districts reporting positivity rate over 10% in the last few weeks need to consider strict restrictions to prevent movement of people, formation of crowds and intermingling of people to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

 

MPCC Ex-President Govindas Konthoujam joins BJP; CM N. Biren calls Govindas his long lost friend; Biren calls Congress, a bus with sleeping driver 

Ending days of speculation, Ex-President of Manipur Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, MPCC Govindas Konthoujam officially joined the Bharatiya Janata Party  today. The Ex-Bishnupur MLA who had recently resigned from Manipur Legislative Assembly and from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress days after resigning from the MPCC President post was formally inducted into the BJP at the Party National headquarters in New Delhi this afternoon. Chief Minister Biren presented a welcome party stole, a bouquet and the official joining letter to Govindas in the presence of Union Minister of State RK. Ranjan, Rajya  Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba,  President of BJP Manipur Adhikarimayum Sharda, BJP Manipur In-charge Sambit Patra and other party leaders at the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister N. Biren claimed that other state MLAs are also joining the party very soon. He called Govindas his longtime friend since their membership together in the congress party before joining the BJP. On a sarcastic note, the chief Minister asked, if the driver is asleep, how will the bus move? Biren said that they had worked together in the past and will work together again to strengthen the party's foothold in Manipur to bring political reformation for the welfare of its citizens. Biren mentioned that Govindas was  to join the BJP earlier but couldn't owing to some inconveniences.

Chief Minister N. Biren lauded the BJP led Central Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving due emphasis on the North East region of the Country. He said that the BJP led Central government created history by recently appointing 5 political leaders from the North East states as Union Ministers. Biren also claimed that the BJP led State Government under the guidance and support from Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally restored peace in the state which was earlier plagued with violent incidents, fake encounters, General Strike, Blockade and unrest during the regime of the previous Congress government. He mentioned that it was the Prime Minister Modi led government that extended Inner Line Permit System in Manipur, for which people of the state will extend their gratitude to the centre by voting for BJP candidates in the upcoming general elections.

Welcoming Govindas Konthoujam to the party, BJP Manipur In-charge Sambit Patra said, Govindas is a well-known political figure in the region and his entry in the BJP is a boon to the party. He expressed happiness that a capable politician has joined the party. Speaking at the event, President of BJP Manipur Pradesh A. Sharda reiterated that people's faith in the BJP goverment is growing everyday owing to various welfare flagship programs that it has launched since it came to power. She heartily welcomed Govindas to the party and said that together, they will strive to ensure BJP's victory in the upcoming elections. After the reception program, Govindas Konthoujam along with N. Biren called on BJP National President JP Nadda.

It is worth mentioning that Govindas Konthoujam had won elections on Congress Ticket for 5 terms and he had cited personal reasons for leaving the party. Interim President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, MPCC N. Loken had stated that there is no way that the Congress Party will lose its strength because of losing Govindas and had claimed that the BJP led State Government might face turmoil in August. He had also refuted rumours on social media that around 8 Congress MLAs might leave the Party as baseless.

Meanwhile, there is heavy trolling on social media about N. Biren calling Govindas his friend on Friendship Day today. Netizens are also commenting about the fate of Intending Congress Candidate of Bishnupur A/C Oinam Nabakishore's political career upon Govindas' entry in the BJP. Some have even termed it as the murder of Nabakishore's political career.

 

 

 

Paddy fields hit by delayed monsoon are not under the Minor Irrigation Departmen; these areas are under the Water Resources Department, says Irrigation Dept Chief Engineer H. Brajendra

Paddy fields hit by delayed monsoon are not under the jurisdiction of Minor Irrigation Department but under the Water Resources Department. Chief Engineer of Minor Irrigation Department H. Brajendra stated the same to Impact News in an exclusive interview today. He clarified that the Minor Irrigation Department is not the lone Department responsible for providing irrigation to agricultural lands. He said that the Minor Irrigation Department is in charge of some specific areas near the riverbanks.

The Chief Engineer also said that the Minor Irrigation Department is providing water to 25 acres of paddy fields across the state with 204 RLI Schemes. He maintained that the Department has even distributed 50 Electric Water Pump sets to give irrigation in areas under its coverage. H. Brajendra said those paddy fields facing irrigation issues fall under the Water Resource Department, where big Dams constructed by the Department are unable to supply water at present. While, the remaining paddy fields depend on the annual rainfall.

Upon being asked about any upcoming initiatives of the Minor Irrigation Department to facilitate irrigation to take away the plights facing farmers in the state, Chief Engineer H. Brajendra said that digging for underground water at 550 different sites in the state is almost completed. He added that construction of mini dams under NABARD, NEC and NESIDS as well as repair of existing dams are underway. H. Brajendra also said that the department is identifying areas where RLI schemes can be set up under its new projects.

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