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Assam Rifles Apprehended NSCN (IM) Cadres in Makokchung

Assam Rifles apprehended two active NSCN (IM) cadres from general area New Camp, Mokokchung District, Nagaland on 14 April 2023. Based on confirmed input regarding movement of active cadres of NSCN (IM) astride Mokokchung - Mariani Road, threatening local civilians and carrying out out extortion activities, an operation was launched and Mobile Vehicle Check Post was established to apprehend these cadres. The team intercepted a Maruti Alto Vehicle registration number AS 01 X 6465 and on being challenged the occupants fled towards the ungraveled track and entered into a wooden temporary hut. 

The location was surrounded and on thorough search of the wooden house was done, two cadres of NCSN (IM) namely Self Styled Sergeant Major Imkongtiba and Self Styled Sergeant Major Phamching alongwith two weapons and live ammunition were apprehended. The apprehended NSCN (IM) cadres alongwith recovered war like stores have been handed over to Mokokchung Police Station-I, Mokokchung District for further investigations.

CM talks tough against dumping of waste into rivers

The 173rd Death Anniversary of Narasingh was observed on Tuesday at Kangla wherein floral tributes were paid to the portrait of Late Maharaj Narasingh at his Manglen. The observation was organised by the State Archaeology, Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh led the other dignitaries in paying floral tributes besides offering tarpan at Nungjeng Pukhri, Kangla. The Chief Minister also paid obeisance to the Shree Shree Govinda Jiu Jalakeli Pala led by Maharajkumari Hemamanjuri.

Addressing the gathering during the formal programme, Biren expressed satisfaction that the observation of the Death Anniversary of Maharaj Narasingh has become bigger with much participation of Government officials and the public and organisation of a formal programme.

The Chief Minister underscored the need for the present generation to remember and honour the sacrifices made by our great forefathers for defending the freedom of their motherland. He expressed concern stating that the present generation seems to forget the contribution of our forefathers, instead many youths are getting addicted to drugs and intoxicants in the name of modern Manipur.  

The Chief Minister continued that acknowledging the heroic efforts of Maharaj Narasingh and Herachandra in driving the Burmese away, to end the Seven Years Devastation in 1826, the State Government had installed their statues beside the statue of Maharaj Gambhir Singh at Canchipur. Apart from this, a bigger statue of Maharaj Narasingh had also been installed in front of the Kangla Western Gate. Also, installation of another statue of Maharaj Narasingh at Moreh near the Ningthi River had been completed and would be inaugurated soon, he added.

The Chief Minister stressed on the need to maintain unity among different communities residing across the State, adding that the State Government had set up traditional huts representing different indigenous tribes of Manipur at the Sangai Ethnic Park at Moirang Khunou to showcase and promote our rich indigenous cultures.

He informed that the delegates of G20, who were on their visit to the State earlier this year were surprised to see the beauty and diversity of the State’s culture and tradition.

Biren further maintained that the State is moving ahead towards development with considerable improvement in law and order situation. He added that domestic and foreign tourists do not have any tense feeling in visiting the State.

He said that the State has become an attractive destination because of the support of the public in maintaining peace across the State. As such, many events like G20, Tri-Nation Football Tournament and Grand Finale of Femina Miss India are being held in the State, he added.

Further stating that the habit of cleanliness has been associated with our culture and tradition since time immemorial, he appealed to the public to also take concern in maintaining cleanliness outside their respective residences too, as they do to make their house neat and clean.

He also disclosed that he had instructed the Police Department to catch those people who throw garbage in rivers, which has been a major factor polluting the river. He further informed that bottle banks have also been installed at different places to drop plastic bottles.

Concluding his speech, the Chief Minister reiterated that the people of the State have been able to live as a civilization because of the selfless sacrifices and contribution made by our forefathers. He expressed the need for all communities to live together as one and join hands to take the State to a new height of development.

He also informed that the State Government would start a mass tree plantation drive in the coming rainy season, in various hill and valley areas of the State and in this regard he sought support of the people.

Delivering his Presidential speech, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Yumnam Khemchand Singh stressed on the importance of remembering and honouring our great forefathers for their heroic efforts to drive the Burmese soldiers away during the period of Seven Years Devastation. Maharaj Narsingh was one of the kings of Manipur who had taken a significant role in saving the Manipur civilization from the atrocities of the Burmese soldiers, he added.

Highlighting the development and progress of the State under the leadership of Chief Minister Biren, he maintained that the developmental gap between the hill and valley region had been bridged by taking up various welfare initiatives. He continued that the law and order situation of the State has considerably improved, with prevalence of peace across the State and subsequently many tourists have started visiting the State in the recent years.

Guard of Honour, Gun Salute, and Sounding of Last Post by a contingent of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles were also the highlights of the observance. A two-minute silence was also observed by all as a mark of respect to Late Maharaj Narasingh.

Transport Minister Kashim Vashum, Member of Parliament Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLA of Wangkhei AC Thangjam Arunkumar, MLA of Moirang AC Thongam Shanti, MLA of Wangoi Khuraijam Loken, MLA of Oinam AC Irengbam Nalini Devi, Director General of Police P. Doungel and Senior Government Officials also attended the observance function among others.

Indian Army Apprehended one ULFA (I) Cadre with weapon

Red Shield Division of Indian Army, under the aegis of Spear Corps apprehended one cadre of ULFA (I) outfit along with Lekhapani Police from Bisa Gaon under PS Lekhapani. The operation was launched on a specific input regarding movement of a suspected cadre with weapon in general area Lekhapani.

The apprehended individual has been identified as Subash Chetry, age 30 years. He is a resident of Dibong Bari. One 7.62 mm pistol with four live rounds were recovered from him.

Later, during the joint interrogation the individual confessed that he was having links with ULFA (I) outfit. 

EEVFAM and HRA strongly condemn the denial of prosecution sanction of some police

Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) and Human Rights Alert (HRA) strongly condemn the denial of prosecution sanction of some police personnel while granting prosecution sanction for some other police personnel involved in the same extrajudicial killing. 

On 29.08.1998 Major Shaiza and four others were killed at Kwakeithel Akham Leikai, Imphal West District in broad day light. Following the direction of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India CBI/SIT investigated the case and submitted charge-sheet against accused police personnel. Out of the accused persons four accused namely, Khondongbam Inaobi Singh, Thangkhongam Lungdim, Md. Akhtar Hussain and Thokchom Krishnatombi Singh were already granted prosecution sanction by the state government in the same incident. Subsequently, CBI gave an observation the four accused persons are hiding and created false story to screen their team members from the offence committed by them, which is also an offence  under section  201  IPC. On further investigation CBI filed supplementary chargesheet against four Manipur personnel of the then Rapid Action Police Force / CDO, Imphal West for the offence punishable under section 302, 307, 201 and 34 IPC. They are namely: 

(1)Mr. Nongmaithem Rameshwor Singh (A-6), 

(2)Baremron Khamjai (A-8), 

(3)Khundrakpam Ranjeet Singh (A-9) and 

(4)Leitanthem Sharat Singh (A-10) 

However the Government of Manipur denied prosecution sanction against the four accused vide letter no. 2/8(5)/2018-H(CBI) (EJK) 25 dated 05.12.2022 by Mr. Rehanuddin Choudhury, Joint Secretary (Home) Government of Manipur.

In a democracy where there is rule of law the government is duty bound to ensure that no perpetrators of the crime are left scot-free and they are to be punished as per the law of the land. Such acts of  the Government of Manipur to denied prosecution sanction to a group of perpetrators of crime while giving prosecution sanction to another group involved in the same incident is down right arbitrary and discriminatory. EEVFAM and HRA humbly appeal to the Government that prosecution sanction be granted to all the accused against whom triable evidence have been found by the CBI/SIT so that court can conduct a fair trial to determine if they are acquitted or convicted as per the law.  

Major Bob Khating Football Tournament Concludes at Leimakhong

Major Bob Khathing Memorial Football Tournament concluded on 13 Mar 2023, after 13 days of exhilarating and intense competition between 20 teams from Manipur state. The thrilling final match held at Mission Veng ground, Leimakhong between Football Lovers team from Chinmang Village, Senapati and Brother FC from Sapomeina village, Senapati was witnessed by more than 1200 locals. Football Lovers won by 03 goals and were crowned the Champions. 

Hon’ble Youth Affairs and Sports Minister of Manipur, Shri Govindas Konthoujam was the chief guest on the occasion and felicitated the teams. The Sports Minister commended the efforts of the Red Shield Division in providing such an opportunity to the local youth and helping in overall progress and development of the society.

The Tournament was a resounding success, bringing together football enthusiasts from across the region. It has not only provided a platform for the young players to showcase their skills but also helped the communities to come together and celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship.

Gauhati High Court fines Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) for questioning citizen of a Gorkha Defence veteran.

85 years old Jagat Bahadur Chetri a Gorkha defence veteran was declared bonafide Indian citizen by the Gauhati High Court, who was marked 'D meaning Doubtful Voter' in Electoral Roll since 1997.

'Being tried at Foreigners Tribunal (FT) meant insult on my Gorkha ethnicity. I was born as an Indian and glad that will die as an Indian. - Chetri said 

~Nanda K Dewan
The Honorable Gauhati High Court 20th Feb 2023 Monday imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000/- on Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) of 52 Dibrugarh Legislative Assembly constituency, for referring to Foreigners Tribunal, a retired defence personnel Jagat Bahadur Chetri 85 who served at the 14 FAD ( Field Ammunition Depot) of the Indian Army at Satgaon near Amsing Jorabat under Narengi Army Cantonment. Chetri retired in 2005 after 38 years of service who joined Indian Army in 1963. The ERO had referred him to the  Foreigners Tribunal (FT) for trial as to whether he is a citizen of India.

The court observed that the order of reference itself provides that the ERO had got the matter verified by on the spot local verification on the question and it was found that the date of birth of Jagat Bahadur Chetri is 1937 and the place of birth is Dibrugarh. 

Setting aside the order of reference, the division bench of Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Barua and Justice Robin Phukan held, "If Jagat Bahadur Chetri was born in the year 1937 and his place of birth is Dibrugarh and there is no material that subsequent to his birth, he migrated to the specified territory ( Bangladesh as defined in the Assam Accord 1985) and thereafter re-entered the state of Assam subsequent to 25th March 1971, we are of the view that it was an absolute non-application of mind on the part of the ERO of 52 Dispur Legislative Assembly Constituency to have referred the petitioner to the Foreigners Tribunal for an opinion.”

The court further highlighted that the petitioner was serving in the Indian Army since 1963 and retired in 2005 and the enquiring officer had not done its duty in the proper earnest. 

The court held that the reference order is not maintainable and declared that the petitioner shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges as a citizen of India as may be admissible under the law. 

For causing inconvenience to the petitioner, the court also imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000/- on the ERO.

Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) the national social organisation of the Gorkhas in India that was spearheading NRC case of the Gorkhas in the Supreme Court and D Voters case with the Election Commission of India welcomed the judgement and upheld the verdict. BGP is of the opinion that the courts ruling to cost fine of Rs  10,000/- for causing harm to the bonafide citizen should not only act as deterrent for all officers of Election Commission of India in Gorkhas case but also educate police officers of Border branch not be casual in questioning citizenship of a Gorkha.
When contacted for reaction Prakash Dahal, President of BGP Assam State unit said, 'Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh is very much agitated towards the process of serving notices to the Gorkhas bonafide citizen of India as foreigners with an opinion that the 'son of the soil' entered Assam from a specified territory after 24th March 1971 midnight. Time and again we brought this matter to the authorities concerned but there was no heed. 

Our decent to the said matter is now clearly proved in the court of law as to how the patriotic Gorkha citizens are simply harassed by the concerned Election Officers who was so reluctant to verify the facts and callously charged a baseless and false allegation on a law abiding ex-serviceman Gorkha who had sacrificed his life in service of the nation.'

'Being tried at Foreigners Tribunal (FT) meant insult on my Gorkha ethnicity. I was born as an Indian and glad that will die as an Indian.' said an ailing Chetri while taking to this correspondent over phone. He feels relieved and free from a heavy weight of insult on his forehead for being tried as a doubtful voter. He felt that the  court must have fined the ERO for dereliction in duty and causing harm to his self respect and questioning his citizenship.

'Jagat Bahadur Chetri case is not a single example but many such cases against genuine Indian Gorkhas in the civil society are also still pending.  Therefore,  we urge upon the Election Commission of India to drop all D Voters arbitrarily marked since 1997 and also those who haven't been tried at the Foreigners Tribunal and delete the D mark from the Electoral Roll against the names of Gorkha voters. It will not only provide relief to the Indian Gorkhas but also install self esteem of the 'sons of the soil'., stressed Dahal.

Advocate of the Gauhati High Court and National Working President of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) Nityananda Upadhyay told this this correspondent that the honourable court must have referred previous judgements where high court overturned verdicts by the Foreigners Tribunal (FT) declaring genuine Indian Gorkhas as Foreigners having migrated from the specified territory'. This is not an isolated case, the court previously have heard Gorkhas matter on this subject and passed legal and logical judgement restoring community's faith on judiciary and democracy.

Bomb planted at Khongjom defused safely

THOUBAL: A team of KJM-PS along with BDDS difused the bomb safely at around 11:30 today. The bomb was planted at Khongjom loukol near Eastern side of the YMC brick field  Khongjom Langathel lamgam Ching- The team rushed and cordoned off the area and later a Bomb detection and disposal squad of KJM-PS along with BDDS successfully managed to defuse the bomb safely:

Manipur Kabui Union representatives submitted memorandum to MPCC President K. Meghachandra.

Manipur Kabui Union, an indigenous tribe of Manipur submitted a joint memorandum under the leadership of Dr. K. Heera Kabui to K.Meghachandra, Hon'ble President, MPCC to raise their voice in the next Legislative Assembly of Manipur to protect and save Kabui cultures, customs, language, religion under the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People in the Article 11 which states the dignity and diversity of cultures, traditions, histories and aspirations

One Day National Dialogue on Tribal Heroes in India’s Freedom Struggle’ at the Centenary Hall of Manipur University, Canchipur.

Chief Minister N Biren attended the ‘One Day National Dialogue on Tribal Heroes in India’s Freedom Struggle’ at the Centenary Hall of Manipur University, Canchipur.  

The programme was held to honor the roles of unsung tribal heroes during India’s struggle for Independence. PM, Narendra Modi has taken up various initiatives, most prominent being the observation of Janjatiya Gaurav Divas on November 15.

Following PM’s announcement to set up tribal freedom fighters’ museums across the country, the construction of the Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum in the state is also underway.

Vice-Chancellor, Manipur University Prof. N. Lokendra Singh, Joint Secretary (NCST) Konthang Touthang, Professor, Department of History, Tripura University Prof. Sukhendu Debbarma, Vaibhav Surange of Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, faculties and students of Manipur University also attended the programme among others.

River Cleaning campaign begins in Kangpokpi.

Following the successful cleaning and rejuvenation campaign of Nambul River, Directorate of Environment & Climate Change and Water Resources Department today launched a month-long ‘Cleaning of Imphal River Campaign under the River Rejuvenation Programme’ in Kangpokpi district. 

The programme is undertaken in collaboration with the District Administration Kangpokpi, Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council (SH-ADC), Kangpokpi Town Committee (KTC), Kangpokpi Women’s Welfare Organisation (KWWO), Kangpokpi Youth Union (KYU) among others.

Speaking to District Information Officer, Kangpokpi, Deputy Director Dr. T. Brajakumar Singh, Directorate of Environment and Climate Change said the target is to fully clean the Imphal River which is under the initiative of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and guidance of Water Resources Minister Awangbow Newmai.  Informing that the Imphal River cleaning drive is along the stretch from Kangpokpi to Sekmai for phase-I, he said the cleaning process has started from today in Kangpokpi district. He also said, simultaneously a month-long awareness campaign will begin from coming Tuesday (4th October, 2022) at each and every wards of the district consisting of around 50 households. 

He said the target is to collect domestic waste at each household and to impose door to door waste collection at various establishments which will be done by the KTC under the overall supervision of the SH-ADC. He informed that actions have been taken up as per the District Environment Plan. 

Stating that the target is to change people’s habit and to privatise the door to door collection for self sustenance for the maintenance of the operation, he informed that the aim is to stop domestic waste/solid waste from polluting the Imphal River. 

He said establishment areas like markets, hospitals, offices, shops among others will have to mandatory pay fees for the collection of solid waste, which will be done on daily basis. He informed that in case the campaign is successful than it will be continued for few months. 

On the other hand, KTC Chairman Angam Leivon welcomed the move of the government and expressed his happiness over the cleaning of the river, plan for awareness campaign and collection of solid waste. Stating that the plan will surely help the people of the district to live in clean environment, he said the action plan is the need of the hour as it is important to save the rivers and other water bodies in the State.  

It may be noted that on 19th of this month, Water Resources Minister Awangbow Newmai along with  Kengoo Zuringla, IAS, Deputy Commissioner Kangpokpi and officials of Water Resources Department and Directorate of Environment & Climate Change had inspected the Imphal River, Makhan River and Sekmai River banks.

Free Medical Camp at Chamu Village in connection with Seva Pahwada.

As a part of the SevaPakhwada celebration,  a free medical camp was organised today at Chamu Village. Thew free medical camp was graces by MAHUD Minister Y. Khemchand and around 578 patients of the village were medically examined and also free medicines were given to them. Lastly, Minister also thanked the villagers of Chamu village for the warm welcome given by them.

DC Thoubal inaugurates PHC at Leishangthem

Deputy Commissioner Thoubal, A.Subhash Singh,IAS today inaugurated a Primary Health Center at Leisangthem Thoudam in the presence of Md Abdul Latif, Zilla  Parishad member Leisangthem and CMO Thoubal Dr.Y.Nokul Singh. 

Speaking at the inauguration function,Deputy Commissioner said the Primary Health Center will benefit the people of Leisangthem and its adjoining areas. Earlier, during the need for an emergency medical assistance people residing in the locality had to travel to District Hospital or other centers for medical assistance. He said the newly inaugurated health center will also be specially helpful for older persons as they can now avail regular health check up. Deputy Commissioner also appealed to the doctor and staffs render their duties with sincerity and provide all the benefits of having the PHC to the people of the locality.

CMO and ZP member also spoke to the gatherings and urged them to take full advantage and benefit of the PHC. Meanwhile various cleanliness drive is being organised in different parts of the District as part of Swacchata hi Seva 2022. Social Service was held today at Lamding Higher Secondary school ground. School students and youth of Lamding and Sangaiyumpham Part-II took part in the cleanliness drive. Social service was conducted under the aegis of PHE Thoubal Division.

CM visits Henglep, Inaugurates Transit quarter and Henglep High School.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today visited S. Kholian (Thingkeu Village), Henglep Sub-division of Churachandpur District and laid foundation stones for Amusement Cum Children Park to be constructed at Songpi Village with an estimated cost of Rs. 4.8 crore and Improvement/Upgradation of Henglep Thingkeu Tipaimukh Road (31.782 Km) with an work order amount of Rs. 75.94 crore.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated the construction of Henglep High School (6 Classrooms) at Henglep with a project cost of Rs. 57.28 lakh and construction of Transit Quarter (for Medical and Education Staff) with a project cost of Rs. 73.67 lakh both under Backward Block Development Fund, North Eastern Council.

Addressing the gathering, N. Biren Singh stated that the Go to Hills mission was launched to bridge the developmental gaps between hill and valley regions after he became Chief Minister in the year 2017. Since then, the Go to Hills programme and even Cabinet meetings had been held at different district headquarters to review the progress of developmental works taken up in the areas.

Expressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s way of governance based on humanity and to work for the welfare of people, the Chief Minister stressed the need to keep aside all the differences and enmity and work together for the inclusive development. He further called Churachandpur as the luckiest district as a medical college with 100 seats of MBBS had been established, recognizing the potential of the people of the district. As such, he appealed to the public to refrain from bandh and strike to express their grievance and rather come up for talks to solve the issue. He further appealed to render support in Government’s initiatives to take up different projects for the development of the district.

Regarding the road development work at Tipaimukh Road (NH-150), Shri N. Biren requested the NHIDCL Officials to make a proposal for widening the road into double land as the locals had agreed not to take land compensation. He also informed that an Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) would be constructed at the Henglep Headquarter citing its backwardness. Regarding upgradation of the health centre and construction of a community hall at P. Sejol village, he said that he would look into the matter.

Informing that Churachandpur District is also included among the seven districts where the Government is constructing amusement parks, he asked the people of the district to plan well and keep some lands reserved for taking up development works. He further appealed to the public not to carry out deforestation for poppy plantations. As it not only affects the environment but makes youths addicted to drugs. He instructed the Superintendent of Police to take up immediate actions against those carrying out poppy plantations in the district.

Works Minister Govindas Konthoujam, Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister Letpao Haokip, Chairman, Hill Areas Committee Dinganglung Gangmei and MLA of Henglep AC Letzamang Haokip accompanied the Chief Minister during his visit. Administrative Secretaries, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, Churachandpur, Government Officials and village authorities also attended the programme among others.

MAHUD Minister Y. Khemchand launched App Based Public Bicycle Sharing System.

MAHUD Minister Y. Khemchand launched an App based Public bicycle Sharing System today in the presence of august officials,which is a step of the Imphal Smart City LTD.

Attending the programme, Minister said that, the public bicycle sharing system will have a positive impact on the environment,and inner city travel can be facilitated and hoped that it would soon gain popularity in our city,and enhance the preservation of the environment. In launching the App based Public Bicycle Sharing System today, it has been joyful that inner city travel will be facilitated by the use of these bi-cycles. It was an Environment friendly step of the Imphal Smart City Ltd. ,reducing the emission of smoke, and preventing air pollution.


Public Rally at Tamenglong against the outrageous plot of planting Terror Bomb to kill Naga people

A Public Rally against the outrageous plot of planting Terror Bomb to kill Naga people by CRPF in connivance with Assam Riffle on 24th September 2022 at at Puiluan (kambiron) village, Tamenglong District is being organized by RNSOM, RNCM, RNLPM, NAVAA & NAJAC under the aegis of UNC, NWU & ANSAM on 27th September 2022 at Puiluan Village.  In solidarity to the aforementioned public rally, all the constituent Units and Subordinate Bodies of the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur are requested to strictly enforce the 1 hour Total Shutdown on 27th September 2022 from 11.00 am. to 12.00 noon in its respective jurisdiction in order to registered our strong resentment and condemnation against the heinous Terror activities upon the Naga people by CRPF and Assam Riffle.  We also humbly solicit the support and cooperation of the general public. Your utmost solidarity and compliance will be highly appreciated. The rally was organised by RNSOM, RNCM, RNLPM, NAVAA & NAJAC

2nd round of National Deworming Programme launched in Thoubal by DC

2nd round of National Deworming day, 2022 was formally launched today in Thoubal District also by the Deputy Commissioner Thoubal A.Subhash Singh, IAS. 

Speaking at the launching program held  at the Conference of DHS, CMO Complex Thoubal,Deputy Commissioner said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India launched the campaign of National Deworming in February 2015. He said such campaign will prevent the children from the various health problems cause due to the presence of worms.

CMO Thoubal Dr.Y.Nokul Singh spoke in length about the Deworming campaign. He said National Deworming Day is observed to create awarness about the importance of deworming, particularly  for  the children from the age group of 1 to 19 years who are the most vulnerable, to raise awareness on intestinal worms and attain complete eradication of soil transmitted Helminths in children. He said as per the direction from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in order to protect from the worm Albendazole tablets is administered twice a year. 

Dr.Ch.Memcha Medical Superintendent, District Hospital,Thoubal also attended the programme. She also spoke about the importance of Deworming campaign. Albendazole tablets were distributed to the schools through ZEO Thoubal. For children who are not attending the school, Anganwadi workers and ASHA facilitators will administered the tablets. 

Textiles, Commerce & Industry Minister Nemcha Kipgen Inaugurates CHCs.

Textiles, Commerce & Industry Minister, Nemcha Kipgen today inaugurated Common Facility Centre of Haorang Sabal Block Level Cluster and IDPH Projects of Imphal West at Salam Village. The newly inaugurated CFC is funded by the Development Commissioner for Handloom & Handicrafts and the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

During the inaugural function, Minister for Textiles, Nemcha announced the “Preparatory Support Scheme” which will be available in this newly inaugurated CFC at Salam Village from 2nd October, 2022 onwards with an objective to support the handloom weavers. She further informed a component of new programme to provide the following benefit to handloom weavers exclusively at CFC namely warped beam at 50 percent on the cost yarn, pirn with weft yarn at 50 percent on the cost yarn and Bobbins with warp yarn at 50 percent on the cost yarn.

Minister Nemcha mentioned the skillfulness of Manipur’s weavers and artisans and their contribution in the economy of the State. She asserted that the State Government under the leadership of CM N. Biren Singh is giving all efforts to further develop the handloom and handicrafts sectors in Manipur.

Minister also stated that the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India approved and sanctioned for construction of l0 Common Facility Centres (CFC) under the National Handloom Development Programme and were constructed in l0 Block Level Cluster (BLC). Out of the 10 CFCs, 5 CFCs are under the Manipur Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd. and the remaining 5 CFCs are under the Manipur Apex HL Weavers and HC artisans CS Ltd, she added. She continued the main objective for setting up of such CFCs at 10 Blocks is to carry out common activities of handloom, weaving and dyeing. The Ministry of Textiles with their office in Manipur has been closely monitoring the progress of construction of the CFCs.   The Common Facility Centre (CFC) is a centre where common activities of weavers of the surrounding area like winding, sizing, drying, warping, new design, development, etc. have to be performed.

Deputy Chairman, State Planning Authority, S. Rajen Singh, Chairman, Manipur Handloom And Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, Kh. Ibomcha, N. Promo Devi, Zilla Parishad Member, Awang Khunou Zilla Parishad,Th. Dwijamani Singh, Pradhan, Awang Khunou Gram Panchayat,Y. Muhindro Singh, Pradhan, Khonghampat Gram Panchayat and officers and officials of the department also graced the occasion

World Tourism Day Observed in Manipur.

CM N Biren Singh said that the State’s future lies in the tourism sector and so the State Government has been putting in every effort to bring positive change in the State. 

This was stated by him at the celebration of World Tourism Day held at Maibam Lotpa Ching, Nambol Bishnupur district today. The celebration was organized by Department of Tourism, Government of Manipur under the theme “Rethinking Tourism”. 

Addressing the gathering, CM said that the government is developing more tourist circuits across the State so as to attract tourists. Mentioning that the State’s uniqueness in terms of scenic beauty, climatic conditions, culture, tradition etc., he added that the State Government has started developing many tourist spots including Sangai Ethnic Park at Moirang Khunou, the 120 feet tall Sagol Kangjei statue at Marjing, Heritage site at Makhel, Rani Gaidinliu Museum, Cultural Centre at Behiang, Amusement parks at various places etc. Kangkhui cave and Tharon cave will be opened for tourists soon. The government is constructing a 5-star hotel at the Old High Court Complex in partnership with Tata group, he added. 

CM highlighted that with an aim to promote the traditional ‘Sagol Kangjei’ and encourage Sagol Kangjei players and pony breeders, the government will organise Chief Minister's Sagol Kangjei Tournament in the upcoming Sangai Festival 2022. 

Stating that it is the responsibility of the government to work for the welfare and well-being of the people, CM said that the government has taken up various initiatives such as improving air and surface connectivity in the last 5 years to boost the tourism sector. Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, NorthEast India has been transformed and has become India’s growth engine. The Central government has withdrawn the special allowances to All India Services officers working in Northeastern region recently. Such step shows that the law and order situation has been improved and peace has been restored in the region, he added.

CM further said that the government has tied up with Samsung Company for establishing a world class training facility for sportpersons. Under the initiative, a virtual training zone will be developed for disciplines like football, boxing, judo, badminton, hockey and archery in the first phase, he added. He hoped that such initiative will help further towards producing many world class athletes. 

Minister for Education Th. Basanta Kumar Singh, Chairman, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Limited Karam Shyam, MLAs Y. Radheshyam, Sapam Kunjakeswor, Chairman LDA M. Asnikumar, Administrative Secretaries and officials of Tourism Department attended the function.

30th Foundation Day of the Poirei Eethiba Lup

Minister Y. Khemchand attended as Chief Guest of the 30th Foundation Day of the Poirei Eethiba Lup and Blood & Eye Donation camp today. As a part of the function, Minister had planted indigenous plants in and around Kongba Maru,a sacred site of the Meitei faith and he also expressed his deep happiness.

The blood and eye donation was indeed humanitarian and I hope that PEEL will continuously work for humanitarian services. For the last thirty years, PEEL has been doing a very good work and I wish to express my appreciation for it.

CM N. Biren inaugurates FlyBig Flight from Imphal to Tezu, Arunachal Pradesh.

CM N Biren Singh inaugurated the Flybig Flight from Imphal to Tezu at the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport today.

Speaking on the occasion, CM maintained that under UDAN Scheme which is an initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s, the State will be connected to Arunachal Pradesh by the Flybig flight. The flight will directly fly to Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh and then to Guwahati. With such an initiative, connections among peoples of different North East States will become closer, he added. He continued that this would not only increase people to people connections but also bring growth in businesses and in the tourism sector.

Regarding the Imphal to Bangkok Flight service, CM informed that Imphal to Bangkok via Guwahati will start its operation soon. However, the direct flight from Imphal to Bangkok is still under consideration, calculating the volume of passengers from the State, he said assuring that the same will also be started.

The inaugural programme was also attended by Works Minister Shri Govindas Konthoujam and Transport Minister Shri Khashim Vashum.