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The 286th Anniversary of 'Puya Mei Thaba' which is considered as one of the black day in the history of Manipur will be observed widely in Manipur and abroad on January 13th next year. Speaking to media persons at Meelal office today, leaders of ICOP, Meelal, Mikal, Ukal, All Manipur Private Schools Welfare Association, United Manipuri Muslim Women Development Organisation and Manipur State Shumang Leela Council said the main function in Manipur will be observed at Thau Ground while the floral tribute ceremony will be held inside Kangla. Three days ahead of the anniversary, students from various schools will wear black badges to condole the dark day in the history of Manipur. Vice President of Meelal and Convenor of ICOP, Moirangthem Naokhomba said on that day two important awards namely 'Chingmee Tamee Nungshi Lipun' and 'Maichou Singsong Mana' will be distributed. 

Lack of inculcating the habit of reading is responsible for moving our society backward. This was unanimously resolved by those present at the 5th Foundation Day of Kamini Devi Memorial Library and THAU Information Centre today. It was also resolved to extend public support and cooperation for development of library movement in Manipur. From next year onwards, Kamini Memorial Library and Thau Information Centre is planning to organised interaction programs for students with award winning national and international writers to improve library movement. Chief Librarian of Manipur Central Library, Elangbam Latakishwor lamented on lack of reading books in libraries of Manipur. He further maintained that efforts of State Central library without public support will not be able to bring library movement in the state. 

Manipur gets its first Rubber Board Field Station office at Jiribam. The Rubber Board Regional office, Silchar today opened the Rubber Board Field Station in the Jiribam sub-division, Imphal East. The inaugural function was held at Municipal Town Hall, Jiribam. Speaking at the function, PG Salim Kumar, Joint Rubber Production Commissioner said, the newly opened Jiribam office would benefit and help the rubber farmers from the state, where the farmers would not be going to Silchar office for any official work. The function was also attended by many rubber farmers and members of Rubber Producer Societies. 

Ningthoujam Suraj consecutively bagged Mr Moirang Khamba 2014 Title. The 3rd edition of Mister Moirang Khamba was organised by the All Manipur Gymnasium Welfare Association in the GM hall. The categories of the contest include Junior, Senior, Master, Physically Challenged MR Manipur Moirang-Khamba and also the First woman state level body building championship. Altogether 92 body builders participated in the contest. In Junior category, Manipur police sports club RK Manjit Singh was conferred Junior Mister Manipur Moirang-Khamba title. N Jayenta Singh of Kanglei Fitness Centre, Canchipur got the physically challenged Mr Moirang Khamba title. In the woman state-level body building championship, K Rabita of Royal Gym stood the first position while the second slot goes to Th Sarita of Royal Fitness Gym, Thoubal. In the Master category, K Dinesh Singh of YPISM, Uripok won the Master overall title. However the overall title of MR Manipur Moirang-Khamba went to N Suraj Singh of Royal Gym, Ningomthong. 

Manipuri Boxer Sarjubala Devi settled for Silver medal in the AIBA Women World Boxing Championship, Jeju, South Korea. In the final match of the light weight category, Sarjubala was defeated by Kazakhstan boxer Nazym Kyzaibay by 37:39, 37:39, 37:39. Sarjubala,a two time national champion, backed Kyzaibay into the corner and landed with both her left and right as she took the first round 10:9 across the board. The Kazakh boxer worked out the Indian in the second and used her reach well to avoid Sarjubala’s flurries and hit back on the counter. Sarjubala continued to press forward to try to hustle Kyzaibay but the Kazakh kept her cool and waited for the right moment to counter decisively.Kyzaibay stuck to her strategy for the remaining two rounds, boxing on the inside at the time of her choosing and forcing Sarjubala to commit herself fully on the attack. The Indian corner failed to adapt to the Kazakh’s style and ended up conceding the last two rounds and the gold to Kyzaibay on a unanimous decision. It has been a memorable week for the 21-year-old, who was making her debut at the World Championships, and she left her mark on the field with her relentless attacking style that cowered many an opponent into submission. Sarjubala has shown enough promise to build for an assault at the Olympic Flyweight division in 2016 and 2020.

Manipur bagged 21 medals in the 11th Masters National Aquatics Championship held from November 21st to 23rd. The Championship was organised by Karnataka Swimming Association under Swimming Federation of India at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Aquatic Complex- Gulbarga, North Karnataka. In the Championship, Manipur won 8 gold medals, 7 silver medals and 6 bronze medals. In the 4x400 meter free style relay, S Mohendro, Th Arunkumar, N Narjit and N Ibomcha won gold medals. Master women swimmers Kh Sandhyarani, Y Surjamukhi, A Manbi, L Nilapadma and Master men’s swimmers P Premananda, L Gojen, Y Herachandra, N Khomdon, H Gojen, L Rojit and Ksh Mangi also bagged medals in the tournament. L Boicha Meitei lead the Manipur team as team manager as well as Coach in the tournament. 

Meiraba Luwang of Manipur settled for silver in the OUE Singapore Youth Badminton International 2014 which was held from 17th to 23rd November. Meiraba lost to Akber M from Indonesia by 18-21, 19-21 in the final. The International Tournament was organized by Singapore Badminton Association under Asia Badminton Confederation (ABC) & International Badminton Federation (IBF). Earlier in the tournament, Meiraba defeated Yong Bing Yan of Malaysia by 21-11, 21-4 in first round. In the 2nd round, he beat Muhmam Muflif of Indonesia by 21-8, 21-5. In pre-quarters, he defeated Ko Shing Hei of Hong Kong by 21-13, 9-21, 21-13 and in quarter final, he edged out Yap Zfe Ming Nigel of Singapore by 21-18, 21-8. In the semi-finals, Meiraba defeated Yap Shai Kuan of Malaysia by 21-19, 21-8 points to enter the finals. Meiraba was the only Indian player to enter the finals of the tournament. 

The Manipur Students Federation asked the government to amend the Arms Act under the Indian Constitution to provide arms to the people of the north east region for self defence. Speaking to media persons at MSF office, advisor of Manipuri Students Federation, Th Udoy Luwang condemned the recent attacks on students from North east in various parts of the country. He also urged the government to take action to prevent such attacks and discrimination of students of the region in the future. MSF President Kh Sirajuddin said the recent attacks on the people from the Northeast implies that mainland Indians do not seem to accept Northeast as a part of the country. 

State-level North East Sports Competition 2014 under Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan Scheme concluded yesterday at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex. The competition was held in athletics, archery, badminton, boxing, judo, taekwondo, weightlifting, karate and wushu. Athletes from all districts of Manipur competed in the competition. Imphal East emerged team champion while Imphal West and Thoubal district bagged the 1st and 2nd runners up. Selected athletes from this competition will represent Manipur in the National North East Sports Competition 2014 to be held at Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh from December 10 to 13.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh has hinted that there will be no relaxation in the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. The minister's statement comes a day after vice-president Hamid Ansari nudged the government on the alleged “misuse” of the act. Rajnath Singh said although there was a perceptible change in the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the government would wait before considering any relaxation in AFSPA. Singh’s answer is an iteration of Narendra Modi government’s hardline stand on AFSPA. Since the Modi government took over in May this year, hopes for AFSPA to be abrogated or even relaxed have been dashed. Manipur has been demanding repeal of the act that gives the army sweeping powers even to kill on suspicion. Manipur’s rights crusader Irom Sharmila has been on a hunger strike since November 2000, seeking repeal of the act. Former home minister P Chidambaram had openly endorsed reworking the act, but the defence ministry during the UPA administration had toed the army line. While the NDA government appears to have a consensus on not tinkering with the act, a nudge came from Ansari yesterday. A Supreme Court-appointed commission, headed by Justice Santosh Hegde, had last year noted after investigating six cases of AFSPA misuse in Manipur that the continuous use of the act evidently had little or no effect in Manipur. Singh’s statement in context with the AFSPA, however, did not include any concerns on alleged human rights violations either in Jammu and Kashmir or in the Northeast. In the backlash and opposition that followed, the government had to constitute the Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee to look into the continuation of AFSPA. The Hegde Commission agreed with the Reddy committee’s report, which said that AFSPA had become a symbol of oppression, an object of hate and an instrument of discrimination and high-handedness. 

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