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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.

Over 50 Civilians Died as Junta Jet Dropped Bomb at Pazigyi in Sagaing Region

Yet Another Terrifying Crime on Civilians in Myanmar

At least 50 people, probably even much more, were killed in junta air raid on Pazigyi Village in Sagaing Region.

The incident occurred around 7 am (Myanmar local time) of April 11 at Pazigyi village in Kanbalu district in Sagaing region. Junta aircraft dropped two bombs and MI35 helicopters strafed the village. Over 50 civilians died and many more injured in the incident. A source express concern that the death toll may rise.


Some sources said that large number of public from Pazigyi and surrounding villages were gather at Pazigyi to attend the opening ceremony of PakaPha office (/ People's Authority Office) at Pazigyi village.

Another source believed that the civilians were participating a charity event (it is still not quite clear what has been the purpose of gathering). 

"The rescue operation faces challenges in identifying the deceased, who originate from various villages. Due to the possibility of further aerial attacks, rescue work has been temporarily suspended as of 12 pm today," the source added.

Source; Eastern Mirror (CNS)

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.

Taiwan says China’s involvement in Honduras is obvious

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan sees China’s involvement in Honduras’ decision to seek to end relations with the island as very obvious and the situation does not look good with Honduras demanding a “high price,” the island’s foreign minister said on Thursday, March 23.

Honduras denied on Wednesday, March 22, it had demanded $2.5 billion in aid from Taiwan before its announcement to seek to open relations with China, instead saying the country had repeatedly requested Taiwan to buy Honduran public debt.

Speaking to reporters at parliament, Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said the situation with Honduras was “not very good.”

“The other side demanded a high price,” he added, when asked about the $2.5 billion demand, though he did not directly confirm it saying only that “the facts will out.”

China, which views Taiwan as its own territory with no right to state-to-state ties, has involved itself in the issue, Wu said, without giving details.

“The marks of Chinese involvement are very obvious,” he said.

But Taiwan will not engage in dollar diplomacy with China, Wu added.

“We’ve entered a very difficult phase,” he said. “But we’ll work hard until the last minute.”

China’s foreign ministry has not responded to a request for comment about Taiwan’s accusations on its involvement, which was reported late Wednesday by Taiwan’s official Central News Agency.

The Honduras crisis is happening ahead of a visit starting next week by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to Guatemala and Belize, which remain allies.

Tsai is stopping in New York on the way there and Los Angeles on the way back, where she is expected to meet US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Wu, asked to confirm that meeting, said it was still in the process of being arranged.

Honduras Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina said last week Honduras’ decision was partly because the Central American country was “up to its neck” in financial challenges and debt – including $600 million it owes Taiwan.

He said on Wednesday his country had repeatedly requested Taiwan buy Honduran public debt and that the $2.5 billion figure was “not a donation,” but rather “a negotiated refinancing mechanism.”

Wu, answering a lawmaker question, said Honduras did not just owe Taiwan money.

“We have said to them previously the debt they owe us can be readjusted.”

Honduras has yet to formally end ties with Taiwan, but diplomatic sources in Taipei say they expect this is only a matter of time.

That would leave Taiwan with diplomatic relations with only 13 countries. –


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.

NRC Biometrics concerns Gorkhas : Parisangh demands release of locked biometrics data

Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP), Assam State 2023-2026 Silver Jubilee Committee sworn at Moni Kumar Subba Bhawan, Guwahati. Amar Adhikari from Guwahati and Nanda Kirati Dewan from Golaghat sworn in as President and Secretary General with 51 office bearers and executive members.

The Silver Jubilee Committee elected for the session of 2023-2026 of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, Assam State was sworn on Sunday at the Moni Kumar Subba Bhawan in Guwahati. 51 member committee lead by President Amar Adhikari from Guwahati, Working President Mohan Lal Sharma from Tinsukia and Secretary General Nanda Kirati Dewan from Golaghat  were administered oath of office and secrecy by National Working President BGP Nityananda Upadhyay in gracious presence of following observers National Vice President BGP and Incharge of South India Yam Prasad Ghimire, President of NE Zone BGP Dr. Dilip Chetri and Ramesh Bastola, National General Secretary of the youth wing of BGP.

In his congratulatory speech Prem Tamang, chairman of Gorkha Development Council (GDC), Government of Assam appreciated the works of the Parisangh nationally and activities of Assam state. ' It is our collective responsibility to extend all possible support to the Parisangh in Assam since the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) is the only national social organisation of the Gorkhas in India', Prem Tamang said addressing the audience present and wished the newly elected committee a successful silver jubilee in 2026. Arjun Chetri and Numal Chetri respectively President and General Secretary of All Assam Gorkha Students' Union (AAGSU), Harka Bahadur Chetri, Chairman, Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC), Dr. Indu Prabha Devi, Vice President of Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha (ANSS), Ganesh Sharma, Treasurer, Assam Gorkha Sammelan (AGS), Dilu Sharma, President BTR Region AGS, Bhaskar Dahal, former President AAGSU, Puspadhar Sarma, founder and former president NE Zone Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh attended & addressed the sweaing in ceremony, extended best wishes to newly formed Assam State Committee of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh.

The ceremony was anchored by outgoing Secretary General Bimal Pradhan who has been appointed National General Secretary (Organisation) and presided by outgoing President Prakash Dahal till the charges were handed over. The first Extended Executive Meeting held under the presidentship of Amar Adhikari unanimously extended vote of thanks and gratitude to the outgoing team and recommended to induct Prakash Dahal as Joint Secretary General in the national committee at the forthcoming National Executive Meet (NEM) and 23rd Foundation Day to be held at Siliguri, North Bengal on 5th and 6th April 2023 to be hosted by Siliguri Divisional Committee BGP. 

Briefing correspondents in Guwahati Nanda Kirati Dewan, Secretary General, Assam State Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh said, ' The first Extended Executive Meeting resolved to take up issue of NRC blocked biometrics. Due to biometrics held by the NRC authorities common people have been deprived of basic fundamentals rights. Families below proverty line have been stripped of essentials from the Public Distribution Schemes (PDS), Fair Price Shops (FPS). Rural Final Inclusion initiative and Direct Benefits Transfer (DBF) schemes of Government of India have been worsely affected causing serous banking KYC and other documentation concerns.', Dewan lamented.

Dewan further stressed that Government of Assam and NRC Authority should file interlucatory application (IA) before the Supreme Court of India with respect to the biometrics issues of almost 28 lakhs  people including nearly 1 Lakh Gorkhas.

'This issue needs immediate attention humanitarian approach with Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) from the Government of Assam and the Ministry of Home Affairs, Goverment of India. If the Governments remains reluctant, Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh will explore legal options before Supreme Court for ensuring basic fundamental rights on constitutional grounds.', Nanda Kirati Dewan said appealing government to adopt immediate measures at the earliest possible.

The executive also resolved to work on the ' Teok Ouguri Declaration' adopted at the 6th Trinnenial State Conference of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh held on 4th and 5th February 2023 at Anusuchitjati Nepali Janjati Uccha Madhyamik Bidhyalay at Ouguri near Teok in Jorhat where the new committee was elected. 

Mrs. Laxmi Subedi and Mrs. Troun Devi were sworn in as Senior Vice President and Secretary ( Woman Affairs and Finance) from the Bharatiya Gorkha Mahila Parisangh the women wing of BGP, Dr. Sukmaya Lama and Dr. Raju Subba were sworn in as Vice President ( Youth Affairs & Higher Education) and Joint General Secretary (General Administration) from the Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh the youth wing BGP along with Roshan Gurung, Secretary Education and Madhav Prasad Upadhyay, Secretary Legal Affairs.

District Observers and responsibilities of the office bearers too were assigned. The Assam State Committee BGP will celebrate its 23rd Foundation Day in Guwahati on 6th April 2023 with a day-long programme.

Cabinet decided to withdraw from tripartee Soo with KNA AND ZRA

Cabinet reviewed the law and order situation in various districts in view of the rallies held today at Churachandpur, Kangpokpi and Tengnoupal districts. Cabinet noted that the rallies were organized for a cause which is unconstitutional and the rallies therefore were illegal. After detail deliberation, Cabinet decided to withdraw the State Government from tripartite talks / SOO agreements with 2 hill-based insurgent groups, namely the Kuki National Army (KNA) and the Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA) whose leaders hail from outside the State. 

Cabinet further reaffirmed that the State Government will not compromise on steps taken to protect the State’s forest resources and for eradicating poppy cultivation. Show cause notices have been issued to DC and SPs of Churachandpur and Tengnoupal for allowing the rally in violation of prohibitory orders under CrPC 144. Strong action will be taken on officers responsible for lapses in security.

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:

Women on the frontline in Russia – Ukraine war

Elle – the global women’s lifestyle magazine – has featured Ukrainian women who are on the frontline fighting against the Russian invading forces since Russia started full-fledge invasion against Ukraine on 24 February 2022.

Among 42,000 women serving in the Ukrainian army, many famous models, actresses, and public figures joined forces in the army and are protecting their country from the Russian forces.  

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.

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.

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.

Minister Nemcha Kipgen makes a clarion call for development through Co operatives.

Minister for Cooperation, Nemcha Kipgen while highlighting that Manipur has over 12,000 Cooperative Societies, makes a clarion call for development in the state by strengthening the cooperative sector.

This was stated by the Minister while attending the inaugural function of Bharathimanass Agriculture Co-operative Ltd. & Bharathimanass Labour and Construction Co-operative Ltd., (MSCS, Govt of India) held today at Imphal Peace Museum, Maibam Lotpa Ching.

Minister Nemcha informed the gatherings that the State Government continues to strive for the improvement of the Cooperative scenario of the State.  Proposals have already been submitted for the Scheme of Integrated Cooperative Development Project (I.C.D.P.) to the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC). The I.C.D.P. scheme was introduced for development of the district through Cooperative efforts in the area of agriculture and allied sectors like Fishery, Poultry, Handloom, Rural Industries, Livestock, Consumers etc. She urged all the cooperative societies in the state to work with sheer dedication and sincerity for successful implementation of the schemes.

Nemcha further appealed all to join hands to make Manipur, a model Cooperative State with an objective to improve the economy of the State through cooperative sectors. Registrar of Cooperative, A. Valentina and concerned officials also attended the function.

CM N. Biren Singh made a clarion call for all communities for peaceful co-existence, cooperation and unity in the state.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh made a clarion call for all communities for peaceful co-existence, cooperation and unity and said Manipur’s beauty is in our diversity. The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering at the observance of 1st Death Anniversary of (L) Athuan Abonmai at Tarung Village, Langol, today.  N. Biren Singh expressed his firm belief and further assured that justice will be delivered in Abonmai’s case and added that the case is under investigation by the National Investigation Agency and much detail cannot be divulged at the moment.

The Chief Minister also said that he strongly condemned the incident and that he will not tolerate violence. Regarding construction of a memorial park in Abonmai’s name,  N. Biren Singh said the government will do the needful though it might take some time. Identifying the late Abonmai to be a vocal leader who believes in the unity of Manipur and welfare of the Zeliangrong people, the Chief Minister said Abonmai was like family to him.

N. Biren Singh said he shares the grief and sorrow of the family, the people and also expressed gratitude to the JAC for looking after and supporting the bereaved family during their time of sorrow. Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister said “This is not the time for war,” and further called on everyone to shun violence. Violence and infightings amongst us have never brought development in our society, the Chief said, reminding the people of past infightings among different communities. He said let us respect each other and co-exist as one.

Hill Areas Committee Chairman Dinganglung Gangmei said taking the path of violence and hate because of differences in views or opinions will not bring progress to our society and nation. In a matured democracy like India, where the concept of unity in diversity exists, there is no place for politics of hate and violence, he said.  He further sought cooperation and support of the people to the State in honour of Late Athuan Abonmai. Let us co-exist with communal harmony without disturbing the identity of other communities, he said. The HAC chairman condemned every form of violence and added that no one has the right to take the law into their own hands.

The observance was attended by Minister  L. Susindro Meitei, leaders of various civil society organizations, among others. As part of the observation, the Chief Minister also led the others in offering floral tribute to (L) Athuan Abonmai. Family members also made small speeches of gratitude and performed a special song.

World bamboo day celebrated in Imphal

Bamboo Development and Promotion Organization (BADPO) along with  Bamboo Forum of India (BFI) celebrated World Bamboo Day  today at GM hall, Imphal. Minister Y Khemchand attended the event as the chief guest along with various officials. In the function the minister said that if bamboo's potential is properly realised and utilized in the right and proper ways, it can open new employment opportunities for the unemployed youths in the state. Furthermore, he mentioned that bamboo plants can play a vital role in keeping our surrounding environment safe and secure and urged to protect and to plant more of this grass species.

Meiraba lifts BWF India Maharashtra International Challenge trophy

Manipur's Maisnam Meiraba Luwang, 19,  wins the Senior men's single trophy at BWF badminton India Maharashtra International Challenge-2022, held at Nagpur from 13 September till 18 .

Meiraba defeated Minthun Manjunath in the finals by 21-14, 21-16 to bag the title.

Governor La Ganeshan distributed Rk. Sanatombi and Governor awards.

Governor of Manipur & West Bengal  La. Ganesan graced as Chief Guest at the  Governor's Award & R.K. Sanatombi Devi Award distribution ceremony held today at Asha Jina Complex at North AOC in Imphal today. In the ceremony the governor stated that in order to truly bring overall development in the nation there is a need  in the current education system to include and impart the cultural and traditional practices to the students. Education minister Th. Basantakumar presided as the president along with RK Nimai as presiding guests with numerous teachers and students of the institution attended the ceremony too. The education minister also emphasized the importance of discipline and focus for proper development of the state’s students. In today's function, Governor awards were distributed to well performed employees and Rk Sanatombi awards were also distributed to meritorious students.