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IMPHAL: BJP Manipur Pradesh has demanded judicial inquiry into Lilong incident that led to the death of a minor boy. Speaking to media persons at the party’s Head Office in Nityaipat Chuthek, the party's president Th Chaoba said Manipur government has lost its moral right to rule the state.He further said he is disappointed at the state government's silence when bandhs are called and pretension to take action only when the issue gets bigger. Stating that the Lilong issue cannot be taken lightly, he demanded the government to institute a judicial inquiry into the incident to bring justice to the victim. Earlier a team of BJP workers led by Irom Mangiton and Oinam Malesh, President of BJP Yuva Morcha, visited Lilong to take stock of the situation.  The team not only met the injured victims at Public Hospital but also gave financial assistance to them. Later, the team met family members of deceased minor boy, Iliyaz Khan at their house at Lilong Chingkham Maning.  President of BJP Yuva Morcha Oinam Malesh said he will personally report the incident to union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Kiren Rijiju in New Delhi. He assured the family that the truth will be found out and the guilty punished.

IMPHAL: Spokesperson of Pangal (Manipuri Muslim) Political Forum Manipur, MI Khan today condemned the atrocities meted out on the protestors at Lilong yesterday by Manipur Govt. Speaking to media persons at the office of AITC at Yaishul Janmasthan, MI Khan said it is the right of the people to voice their need to the Govt. However, using force against innocent people clearly showed lack of good governance and asked how long one can survive in such a lawlessness state.  Mention may be made that a class 8 student, Imtiaz Khan was killed in police firing yesterday at Lilong during blockade demanding to widen the Lilong Bridge to Waithou stretch of Imphal-Moreh road. 

IMPHAL: Secretary of CPI Manipur State Council, Dr M Nara has accused the Congress led State Govt of being corrupt and insincere. Speaking to media at Irawat Bhavan in connection with the three-Day State Conference of the party being held at Irilbung beginning February 13 to 15, Dr Nara said burning issues of the state will be discussed in the conference and preparations will be made for series of agitations to get the rights of common people. He also alleged that Public Distribution System has failed and corruption is deep-rooted in the state. Lambasting NDA Govt at the centre, Nara asserted that Prime minister Narendra Modi so far has failed to meet the needs of the people and favours capitalists and corporate houses. Pronouncing 2015 will be the year of struggle, Nara also said CPI will never remain as mute spectator in such a situation.  Reacting to the Lilong incident where a minor boy was killed, Nara said CPI Manipur State Council takes it very seriously and condemned in the strongest terms. Claiming the demand of the people as genuine and long pending, Nara rebuked the state govt as insensitive towards minority community of the state. 

89-year old renowned Manipuri ballad singer Nameirakpam Ibemni, a recipient of Padma Shri will perform Khongjom Parva at the 3-day Kathakar-International Storytellers Festival to be held at the Amphitheatre of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Janpath in Delhi. The festival organized by Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts and Nivesh will be held from January 30 to February 1, from 4 pm to 8 pm. Ibemni Devi the first woman to play Khol, Mridanga and Dolak in Manipuri folk theatre, is credited with the composition of over 150 ballads which have been aired by the All India Radio and Doordarshan. Kathakar-International Storytellers Festival aims to generate awareness on the traditional methods of storytelling in different parts of the world. Khongjom Parva, a style of ballad singing from Manipur using Dholak depicts stories of heroic battle fought by Manipuris against the British forces in 1891. Nameirakpam Ibemni Devi was born in July 1926 at Wangkhei Ningthempukhri Mapal to Kshetrimayum ningol Keina Devi and Khumanthem Chaoba Singh, a noted exponent of Khongjom Parba. She started learning traditional Manipuri music at the age of six under the tutelage of Guru Yumnam Natum Singh, a known singer of Nata Sangeet. Besides Nata Sangeet, she also learnt other genres of Manipuri music. She is the founder of Khongjom Parba School (1964), and has also established two choir groups, one in 1964 and the other in 1972.

DIMAPUR: NSCN-IM leader Thuingalen Muivah has reiterated that the Meetei-Naga problem should be solved through mutual understanding not by a third force. Muivah said as their histories are different, their solutions may be different but the two solutions should have a meeting point.The NCSN leader met Chingsubam Wangambi, wife of late Chingsubam Akaba and leader of Meetei National Front and N Tomba, executive editor of Pandam on December 31 at peace camp at Hebron in Dimapur. Muivah said there may be conflict between the Meeteis and Nagas but a time will bring a solution. The meeting was also attended by Mathankhui Zimik, vice chairman of R Suisa Trust and Ngasathing, Deputy Kilonser, NSCN-IM. 

IMPHAL: Manipur Pradesh Trinamool Congress President MLA Thounaojam Shyamkumar shocked the political circuit by threatening to step down by April 1. Andro constituency MLA Thounaojam Shyamkumar made the statement at a press meet held at MLA Quarter at Kanglapat. Thounaojam Shyamkumar said he cannot trust the present political system in India. He accused the ruling government at the Centre and state for failing to curb corruption and bring good governance. He accused the Okram Ibobi led Congress government for failing to bring law and order in Manipur. He also accused the state government officials for indulging in corrupt practices. Regarding these issues, Thounaojam Shyamkumar said he is going to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central leaders. He said if the central leaders fail to give him assurance then he will resign from his post on 1st April.MLA Thounaojam Shyamkumar said he is disheartened after Mamata Banerje led All India Trinamool Congress Committee government at West Bengal is accused in Sharada Scam.  Regarding the Sharadha Scam, Thounaojam Shyamkumar informed the media persons that he wrote to Mamata Banerjee to clear the party’s stand in the scam. He said he will resign from AITCC if the party is guilty in the scam. He said he will also resign from the post of MLA as he is unhappy with bad governance in the state. 

IMPHAL: As Modi wave has heightened BJP’s movement in Manipur, the chase for leadership emerges within the party. BJP State unit has appealed all members of the party who aspires to contest in 2017 State Election not to play preferential politics and weakens the party’s position. In a meeting with media persons today at the Head Office of BJP Manipur Pradesh at Nityaipat Chuthek, President in-charge Irom Mangiton said it’s great to see number of people joining BJP and coming forward to work for the party. He, however, denounced conducting of meetings and enrollment drives without seeking permission from BJP State unit. Suspecting of conducting enrolment drives under Mission 2015 by some party workers, Irom Mangiton appeals the Mandals to refrain from doing so in their own interest.Speaking to media persons, General Secretary of BJP State Unit L Basanta Sharma express shock and disbelief in finding non-party workers carrying out personal works in the name of BJP. He said one should enrol first as party worker to work for the party.  Member of the Core Committee, which is a decision-making body of BJP State Unit, Professor Saikhom Tiken said there is no doubt the party has strengthen its position, but if anyone is found carrying out personal works in the name of the party, Disciplinary Committee will take up strict actions.

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the BJP led central govt will focus on North East region for development giving top priority towards Manipur. Rajnath Singh said this today in a meeting with the leaders of BJP Manipur Pradesh at his official Bungalow in 38 Ashoka Road in New Delhi. President of BJP Manipur Pradesh Thounaojam Chaoba, State General Secretary M Ashnikumar and BJP National Councillor Yanglet Haokip attended the meeting that lasted about 30 minutes. Leaders of BJP Manipur Pradesh highlighted many important state issues in the meeting that began at 11:15 in the morning. The Union Home Minister seriously listened to the points highlighted by State delegates and assured that he will look into the matter and will expedite on priority in the interest of the State.  He assured the State delegates that his ministry will extend all possible assistance for Manipur. Rajnath Singh also said he will visit Manipur once the Assembly election for New Delhi gets over.  

IMPHAL: Congress MLA Yungkham Irabot today stressed that the state govt should implement the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014 in Manipur to protect the rights of street vendors. He said despite the directives of the Supreme Court and High Court of Manipur, to implement the Act, the state govt has so far ignored the act. Speaking at the 16th foundation day of the Roadside Vendors Welfare Association Manipur at GM Hall today assured the vendors of all possible assistance in their fight for their rights. General Secretary of National Hawkers Federation, Saktiman Ghosh, said the street vendors are being targeted everywhere. He said even though the Centre has assured the people of Achhe Din, the poor will see only worse days. He accused the govt of ignoring the rights of the street vendors.  President of Road Side Vendors Welfare Association Manipur Ksh. Tama demanded implementation of the Act in Manipur, setting up of town vending committee and urged the govt to provide the benefits of National Urban Renewable Mission to all the vendors.

IMPHAL: Reacting to the discovery of human skeletal remains in now defunct Tombisana High School complex, veteran politician Okram Joy has demanded probe by a high level independent body instead of the CBI. Speaking to media persons at his house in Kakwa, O Joy said the recovery of skeletal remains from a place security forces once occupied should not be taken lightly. He also stressed the need for Union and State government to investigate the matter seriously. Expressing disbelief at state government handing over the case to CBI, O Joy demanded probe by a high level independent body. O Joy said number of missing persons has increased dramatically since the imposition of AFSPA in 1980 in the state. He also stated that missing complaints were mostly filed after security forces made the arrest and there are also number of unreported missing cases.  O Joy said considering all these, the recovery of human skeletal at the heart of Imphal city where security forces were stationed is a serious issue. He also said he understands the feeling of the people who suspected the security forces. 

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