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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.

BOSEM creates history with cent per cent pass percentage in HSLC examination, 2021

Manipur has created a history with cent per cent pass percentage in the High School Leaving Certificate Examination. Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen today declared the results of Class 10 Examination 2021, conducted by Board of Secondary Education Manipur. The results declaration ceremony was held at BOSEM hall in Imphal's Babupara this afternoon.

Altogether 47 thousand 208 students appeared the exam out of which 23 thousand 252 were girls. 22 thousand 323 students passed in the first division, 21 thousand 79 passed in second division and 3 thousand 806 passed in the third division.

12 thousand 562 students appeared from Government schools, 32 thousand 469 from Private schools and 2 thousand 177 from government aided schools. Imphal West district has the highest number of successful students of 9 thousand 479.

Only 2 thousand 468 students appeared from both Chandel and Tengnoupal Districts, the lowest in all the districts. Results of the students were based on the assessment reports submitted by their respective schools.

Group of Aspirants ready to fight SLP filed at the Supreme Court

Group of Aspirants is all set to fight the Special Leave Petition with regards to Manipur Civil Service Combined Competitive (Mains) Exam, 2016, which is pending at the Supreme Court. It maybe mentioned that the High Court of Manipur quashed the examination on October 19, 2019 after many aspirants approached the court alleging irregularities in the selection process.

Convenor of ‘Group of Aspirants’ Arbind Salam today announced the same in a video release. Speaking to media, Arbin said that those selected candidates who had lost their jobs due to quashing of the exam had filed the Special Leave Petition at the Supreme Court. He termed it unfortunate that fresh conduction of the examination by Manipur Public Service Commission has been hindered owing to the same.

Arbind said, the Group of Aspirants will continue to strive towards rectifying such misconduct of the MPSC and other corrupted government officials. He appealed for public support for the same. Arbind also urged the Government to stop taking transitory actions to appease both parties but to act as per the High Court's judgment.

Covid-19 infection is rising in rural areas of Manipur due to lack of awareness, inadequate infrastructure and failure to follow COVID SOPs: Health Director Dr K. Rajo

Health Services Director Doctor K. Rajo has highlighted the plights facing health and other relevant officials in administering COVID-19 Vaccine to inhabitants residing in far-flung areas of Manipur. Briefing media on the current status of covid-19 pandemic in Manipur at the Medical Directorate in Lamphel, today, Doctor K. Rajo said, Government is leaving no stone unturned in reaching out covid vaccination drive to beneficiaries in every nook and corner of the state, but bad road connectivity, shortage of man power and lack of awareness on the benefits of COVID-19 vaccine are major stumbling blocks. 

Dr. K.,Rajo also informed that efforts are on to increase the number of Community quarantine centres in the State. He said, community halls and schools will be converted into quarantine centres if required. He reminded that as per the Government's order issued on July 26, meals are being provided to inmates of covid care centres in the state. Stating that Government is carrying out mass awareness on covid appropriate behaviours, vaccination drive and mass covid testing on war footing in the State, the health director appealed for public support in fighting covid-19 pandemic. 

Speaking further, the Health Directior highlighted the current status of COVID-19 Situation in Manipur. He said, covid-19 infection is gradually declining in the urban areas of Manipur while it is steadily increasing in the rural areas. Dr K. Rajo cited lack of awareness and failure to maintain COVID-appropriate behaviours as reasons behind the surging COVID-19 infection rate in rural areas. He also informed that in the past 10 days, covid infection is highest in Imphal West District followed by Imphal East, Bishnupur and Thoubal District. While in the Hill districts, Churachandpur has the highest infection rate followed by Chandel, Kangpokpi and Noney District. While, covid fatality rate in the state stands average compared to the last highest number of deaths.

Dr. K Rajo also said that Manipur has so far logged 7 Black Fungus cases out of which two patients have died and 5 are undergoing treatment. The Health Director assured that State Government is making all out efforts to pay extra service pay and other due incentives to health workers including doctors and nurses. He also expressed sadness that two doctors in Manipur have succumbed to COVID-19 and informed that their families have been provided an Ex-Gratia amount of 50 lakh rupees each by the Government. Dr Rajo called for collective efforts of health professionals, government and the public in battling COVID-19 Pandemic.

Anti Smuggling Unit, Customs Division Imphal seizes Brown Sugar worth around Rs. 8 Crores in the International Market

Illegal activities such as drug smuggling continue even during the coronavirus induced lockdown in Manipur.

Anti Smuggling Unit, Customs Division Imphal team has seized a huge consignment of Brown Sugar, worth around 8 Crore Rupees in the International Market. 31-Year-Old Md. Tamijur Rahaman, son of Md Abdul Rahaman was caught ferrying the contraband items in a Tata Truck bearing Nagaland registration number - NL-01-I-89-66 on July 29.

Acting on a tip-off, the team recovered the drugs during a frisking operation in Mantripukhi area last evening. According to Custom officials, the contraband drugs weighing 8kg 800 grams were concealed in 11 different packets.

Custom Division Imphal has registered a case against Md. Tamijur Rahaman under ND & PS  Act, 1985 for necessary actions.

Shocking as it is, curfew violators attacked Police at Khurai Heigrumakhong early this morning. Three police personnel of Imphal East District sustained injuries in the scuffle. One Gypsy vehicle of Imphal East Police Commando was also damaged in the incident. Heingang police has arrested 40 suspects for interrogation. 

Scuffles occured between police and curfew violators at Khurai Heigrumakhong around 6AM today. Conflicts reportedly occurred in connection with the July 20 incident when a police team led by Imphal East SP N. Herojit drove back curfew violators to their respective homes using loudspeakers at Khurai Heigrumakhong. It maybe mentioned that one police personnel sustained injuries in the incident. Police today rushed at the venue to arrest a miscreant allegedly involved in the July 20 incident.

Additional SP Imphal East Moirangmayum Bishworjit told Impact News that when the police team approached, they came across curfew violators at Khomidok market and when the police got tough on them, the violators started pelting stones towards them. Police resorted to tear gas shelling and smoke bombing to contain the situation. Heingang Police Station OC, Imphal East Commando OC and driver of the damaged police Gypsy sustained injuries in the scuffle.

A team including District Magistrate and SP Imphal East N. Herojit has rushed to the site and took stock of the situation. Police has arrested 40 people for interrogation in connection with today’s incident. They are under the custody of Heingang Police Station as of filing this report. Police has condemned such unruly behaviour and appealed to the public to abide by the coronavirus induced lockdown to curb further spread of covid-19 infection in the state.


Govt assures adequate fertilisers but farmers get none

Farmers in Manipur continue to face unavailability of fertilisers despite assurances and tall claims about availability of adequate fertilisers in the state by Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren, Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi and other relevant leaders.

State Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi and Agriculture Director have reportedly assured of providing fertilisers to farmers of Kumbi Setupur in Bishnupur District but they are yet to get the same till date. Farmers are getting worried as the paddy plantation season is right about now.

Speaking on behalf of the distraught farmers today, Executive Member of Gram Sabha Committee, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh Manipur Prant, Bishnupur District cum National Awardee Kh. Samusaba Meitei expressed worry that many farmers are yet to start paddy plantation due to late onset of monsoon this year. He said, some farmers with much difficulty started paddy transplantation in some fields but the lack of fertilisers is a worrying issue at the moment.

Kh. Samusaba Meitei appealed to the Government, the Agriculture Department and other authorities concerned to take stock of the situation and ease paddy cultivation to avoid scarcity of rice in the future. He warned of intense agitations if their demand is not met.

No death among those infected with coronavirus after full vaccination: JNIMS

Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences JNIMS - Professor Dr. Laishram Deben has informed that as per a study carried out by JNIMS, there is no report of death among those infected with coronavirus after getting both doses of covid-19 vaccine till date. He has called for timely testing and vaccination to ward off the disease. Dr. L Deben also stressed on the need for collective efforts by Health Professionals, Government and the public in controlling further spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the State. He urged everyone to follow COVID appropriate behaviours to combat coronavirus which is airborne.

Speaking to media at JNIMS Hospital in Porompat today, Dr L. Deben said that the state Government has clamped statewide total curfew to break the chain of Covid-19 infection. He went on to say that, doctors and nurses are tirelessly giving treatment to covid patients admitted at the general ward, ICU and post covid wards of the hospital. He also asserted that around 240 covid patients are being treated at the 190 bedded General ward of JNIMS.

Dr L. Deben informed that anyone can get free Covid-19 test at JNIMS Hospital on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with prior registration while, casualty ward patients can get covid-19 test in the hospital 24 hours a day. He also urged people to get proper treatment at Government run Covid care centres, if they don't have proper home isolation facilities.

The Supreme Court postpones hearing on Disqualification case of 12 BJP MLAs on account of holding ‘Office of profit’ for one week; EC's opinion on the case reportedly apprised to Governor's Secretary on January 14, 2021

Congress MLA DD Thaisii on Monday urged before the Supreme Court his plea for the fast decision by the Governor as to the disqualification of 12 BJP Members of Manipur Legislative Assembly under Article 192 for holding Offices of Profit on their appointment as Parliamentary Secretaries. He sought a direction to the Election Commission of India, ECI to perform its Constitutional obligation under Article 192 and give its opinion on the disqualification case to Manipur Governor. The Supreme Court bench  postponed hearing on the case for a week.

In today's hearing, respondents stated that the Election Commission of India, ECI has already given its opinion on the Disqualification Case to Manipur Governor's Secretary on January 14 this year. However, the petitioner's counsel claimed that the Governor has still not decided and that there is no point in going back to the Governor to decide if they have not decided in six months. According to the petitioner, the Election Commission has a constitutional duty to give it's opinion to the Governor of Manipur and failure to discharge the constitutional duty by a constitutional authority cannot be sustained. The Court ordered to set a deadline for the Governor's Secretary to inform the Governor about the EC's opinion.

It maybe mentioned that the Government of Manipur had enacted the Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2012, enabling the Chief Minister to appoint Members of Manipur Legislative Assembly as Parliamentary Secretary with the status and rank of a Minister of a State. In 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that the scheme of Article 194 does not expressly authorize the State legislature to create an office such as that of the Parliamentary Secretary. Subsequently, Manipur Government passed the Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary And Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Repealing Act, 2018. The Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2012, and the Manipur Parliamentary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Repealing Act, 2018 ceased to exist after the Manipur High Court pronounced them invalid and unconstitutional in a judgment on September 17, 2020.

After the High Court declared these Acts void ab initio, Congress MLAs of Manipur had approached Governor Dr Najma Heptulla seeking disqualification of the 12 BJP MLAs on account of holding the position of parliamentary secretaries, which qualified as 'office of profit'. The Governor then forwarded necessary documents and sought the EC's opinion on the matter in October last year. After much waiting, Congress MLA DD Thaisii had filed a writ petition to the Supreme court seeking the EC's opinion on the case.

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