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Political Manipur, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Twist to Manipur crisis

to Manipur crisis(NPT_28_1_k8)

Imphal, Jan 27: In a twist to the ongoing dissidence among Congress
legislators in Manipur on the issue of leadership change, the State’s Revenue
Minister, Th. Debendra Singh has staked claim to be the leader of dissident
R-Day boycott call hits Manipur
 IMPHAL, Jan 27 – Normal life in Manipur, particularly in the valley
parts, was immensely affected on Saturday following the Republic Day celebration
boycott call by some militant organizations in the State. As the business
establishments in the State capital Imphal downed their shutters on Saturday,
the markets and streets wore a deserted look.

Surrendered ultras display
 IMPHAL, Jan 20 – Surrendered ultras at the
Manipur Rehabilitation Centre in Imphal have exhibited their hidden talents at
the ongoing two-day Handicraft Exhibition in Imphal on Saturday. The exhibition
of handicrafts by the residents of the Manipur Rehabilitation Centre, which was
inaugurated on Saturday, also featured threadbare discussion on how the
surrendered cadres can improve their life-styles after leaving their erstwhile
underground life. …….more
Ibobi Govt under fire
over bridge collapse
IMPHAL, Jan 20 – Drawing the attention of the
public and authorities concerned over the tragic accident of bridge collapse at
Behiang in Churchandpur district, which claimed atleast 23 lives including women
and children and left 28 others injured, a political party in Manipur and some
other social NGOs have vented their anger at the state government on Saturday.

Manipur Statehood Day
 IMPHAL, Jan 22 – “If all the communities
living in Manipur join hands, the present law and situation of the State would
be normalised”, said Manipur Law Minister Th Devendro said while addressing the
Statehood Day celebration at the 1st Manipur Rifles parade ground here
yesterday. …….more
JAC sets Jan 20 deadline
for clarification (SEX_19_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 18: Along with staging a Wakat
Mee-pham in connection with the killing of Laishram Ibosana Singh (founder of
Diamond Academy English School), Ningthoujam Bijoy Singh (president of Social
Welfare Club), both residents of Kha-Sanjenbam and Na-meirakpam Somorjit Singh
of Heirangoithong Maibam Leikai by unidentified gunmen, a Joint Action Commi-
ttee called JAC Against the Brutal Killing of L Ibosana Singh, N Bijoy and N
Somo-rjit Singh was held during a public meeting held at Kha-Sanjenbam High
School ground with Laishram Soro-jini Devi in the chair today. …….more
Drama fest(SEX_19_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 18: The first Khundongbam
Brojendro Drama Festival has begun under the aegis of Khundo-ngbam Brojendro
Cultural Trust from today at MDU Hall here.
The inaugural function of the festival was attended by Sangeet Natak Akademi
awardee Elangbam Joycha-ndra as chief guest, chair- man of Forum for Labora-tory

Rural Theatre (SEX_19_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 18: The Rural Theatre Festival 2007-2008 being jointly
organised by Theatre Mirror and Cosmo Drama would come to an end tomorrow at
Cosmo Drama auditorium. …..more

IMPHAL, Jan 18: Reacting to the statement
issued by the village authority of Kwarok Maring Khul in connection with the
Catholic-Baptist stand off that led to the act of vandalising five houses
belonging to the Catholics allegedly by the Baptist Christians, Rev Fr KD Joy,
Chancellor, Archbishop’s House, Imphal clarified that the relevant news report
was not a news item reported by the Church Church. …..more

Bodies claimed
IMPHAL, Jan 18 : All the bodies of the three
men shot dead by unidentified men at Wangkhei Angom Leikai last morning have
been claimed by their respective families after post mortem at RIMS morgue
today. The deceased are Nameirakpam Somorjit of Heirangoi-thong Maibam Leikai,
Ningthoujam Bijoy of Kha-Sanjenbam and Laishram …..more

Sub-standard material found in
bridge construction, toll rises to 23(SEX_19_1_k8)
Minister vague on fixing responsibilities(SEX_19_1_k8)

 Lamka, Jan 18: A day after twenty people were
killed in a tragic road mishap over Ngasuan stream near S Sehken village, Works
Minister K Ranjit merely accepted moral responsibility over the incident even
after conducting a first hand inspection of the situation that led to the
tragedy. …..more
CADA drive yields rich

 IMPHAL, Jan 20 : At least 8 persons were rounded during a drive launched
by the CADA unit of Laphupat Tera, Khordak and Nongmaikhong on January 18, said
a statement with liquor as well as ingredients to brew it.

MHJU demands apology

 Lamka, Jan 20: The Manipur Hills Journalist Union today issued a notice
asking a key person of the Medicine Sans Frontier (MSF) to tender unconditional
apology to the union for impeding the media and also for blowing things out by
giving false report to various organizations and even some non-state actors.A
statement of the union issued after an emergency meeting said, the union is
shocked and stunned at the arrogant attitude and uncompromising treatment meted
out to the media thereby objecting them to capture the heartrending moments of
the victims of Sehken mishap on their arrival at the district hospital.

Dr Sidhu greets(SEX_21_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 20:Greeting the people on the occasion of Statehood, which
falls tomorrow, Governor Dr SS Sidhu in a statement today said that since
attaining Statehood on January 21, 1972, Manipur has made progress on various
fronts. However much more needs to be done to take the State into a higher orbit
of development, he noted and added that the continued violence arising out of
insurgency and ethnic strife, …..more

IMPHAL, Jan 20: One of the three persons shot dead by unidentified
persons at Meitram Awang Leikai under Nambol police station in the night of
January 16 has been identified as one Elangbam Romio (18) s/o Kunjo of Chairen.
However, it is reported that post mortem examination of the corpse would be
conducted tomorrow. …..more
Khuga dam scam(SEX_21_1_k8)
Committee takes up case, to meet on Jan 25 (SEX_21_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 20: Following the detection of the fraudulent withdrawal/misutilisation
of a total amount of Rs 51 crores in the IFCD and Power Department, the high
power committee, headed by Chief Secretary Jarnail Singh, which was consituted
to probe the matter, has taken up the case and fixed a meeting on January 25.
While Rs 29 crores was utilised in a work not included under the Khuga
Multipurpose Project, another Rs 22 crores was found withdrawn against a work
not included in the work plan of the Power Department.

Let Pamei stay :

 IMPHAL, Jan 20 : Reacting sharply to the decision of the Government to
transfer the Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong T Pamei, the Liangmai Naga
Council has urged the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary and others to cancel the
transfer of the IAS officer.
T Pamei was recently transferred as the Registrar of Co-operatives.

Remove Shimray :

 IMPHAL, Jan 20 : Without pulling any punches, the Joint Action Co-ordinating
Committee of Bishnupur District Zilla Parishad, Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and Gram
Panchayat has today stated that its demand that the DC of the district Aleng
Shimray should be transferred was raised because the people have been robbed of
their rights.
In a statement, the JAC said that it has come to their notice through a news
item published in the local papers on January 20, that some hired hands have
been at work to lobby for the DC. …..more
State Plan size fixed at Rs
1660 crores(sex_22_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 21 : The Plan size for the fiscal 2008-2009 has been fixed
at Rs 1660 crores, which is a 20 percent hike from the Rs 1374.31 allotted to
the State in the previous fiscal. Speaking to The Sangai Express a State
Government official who is part of the team that is in Delhi to fix the Plan
size said that the decision to peg the Plan size at Rs 1660 crores was taken
during a meeting with the Planning Commission officials led by its Deputy
Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia today at 2.30 pm.

‘Planted bomb’

 IMPHAL, Jan 21: A bomb, probably planted earlier, exploded at the
residential compound of one Hanjabam Sanayaima (62) at Brahmapur Thangapat Mapal
at about 9 am today. The bomb exploded when wastes materials piled in the
garbage pit were put on fire, oblivious that a bomb was there inside the garbage
litter. …..more
Manipur harks back to 1972 on
Statehood day(sex_22_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 21 : Along with reminiscing the struggle of the people before
and after it was brought under the administrative set up of India, the 36th
Statehood Day of Manipur was celebrated by the Government at the parade ground
of Ist Manipur Rifles here today.
The function was attended by Revenue, Forest & Law Minister Th Debendra Singh as
chief guest and Health & Family Welfare Minister Ph Parijat as president.

Love theme dominates Gaan-Ngai

 IMPHAL, Jan 22 : Along with participation by representatives of various
influential student organisations of the State, Gaan-Ngai festival was
celebrated under the theme of ‘Cultural diversity and togetherness’ at
Konthoujam Mamang Kabui Village today.
Organised under the aegis of Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Manipur (Imphal Area),
the event was attended by vice president of Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO)
Joseph Hmar; president of Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF) Ch Rupachandra;
joint …..more

ZMKL meet dwells on

 IMPHAL, Jan 22: The 5th Zingsho Mapithel Katam-nao Long (ZMKL) General
Conference cum Sports Meet 2008 which was held from Jan 17 to 21 under the
theme, “Era of Transformation” had concluded yester- day at Shingta village in
Ukhrul district. …..more
AR extends aid(sex_24_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 23: Along with inaugurating a vocational training centre at
Khewa Company, DIG of 10-Sector Assam Rifles Brig PS Mander handed over one
computer set, one colour TV set, one DTH Tata Sky disk set and a weaving loom
for the welfare of the people of the area. …..more
MEELAL pulls up impostor

 IMPHAL, Jan 23: An impostor who was making monetary demand from a hotel
located near Chamber of Commerce, Imphal in the name of MEELAL was pulled by
volunteers of MEELAL today.  The impostor identified as Iqbal Shah of Lilong
Leihaokhong reportedly told that he was founder finance secretary of the MSF.

RB bares fangs at Cong over

 IMPHAL, Jan 23: Launching a scathing attack on the alleged failure of
the AICC to resolve the almost two months long leadership crisis within the
State Congress Legislature Party, leader of the Opposition group and president
of the State Nationalist Congress Party Radhabinod Koijam has stated that the
crisis has worsened the law and order situation bringing the administration to
the brink of collapse. …..more

bus mishap


Human error,
says Singngat MLA


 Lamka, Jan 23: Even as all indications point towards the sub-standard
material used for the construction of the bridge for the tragic Ngasuanlui
mishap in Singngat, CCpur district, in which 20 people were killed while at
least 37 were injured, Singngat MLA Hangkhanpau on Monday said that it was
‘human error’ that led to the tragedy.
Talking to the media at his residence on Monday morning, the local MLA said L
Canan chief, who was also among the deceased, was never a part in constructing
the bridge, as was published by some section of the media.

Bazar bandh called today, JAC

 IMPHAL, Jan 23 : With the establishment of the identity of the man shot
dead by Imphal West commandos at a spot between Heinoubok and Moirang Hanuba
under Lamphel police station last night as the general secretary of the All
Manipur Shops and Establishments Employees’ Association, a bazar bandh has been
called tomorrow. …..more
Fresh R-Day flavour for CCpur
dist Hqs(sex_24_1_k8)

Lamka, Jan 23 : Chura-chandpur is all set to witness some new features
this Republic Day with at least two special attractions set to mark its debut,
reports our correspondent.
On the day the Nation witnesses a colourful display of State tableaux in New
Delhi and Departmental tableaux in the State capital, a special tableau on NREGS
depicting live shows of various aspects of the scheme with the objective of
creating wider awareness will be displayed.

Bishnupur DC refutes charges as

 IMPHAL, Jan 23: Reacting to the statement issued by the member secretary
of All Bishnupur District Zilla Pa-rishad, Pradhan, Upa-Pra- dhan and Gram
Panchayat Members’ Joint Action Co-ordinating Committee L Ibopishak through the
media on January 17 alleging mismanagement and irregularities of the district
admi- nistration, Deputy Commissioner of Bishnupur District Aleng Shimray has
catego-rically stated that the allega- tions are baseless, unfoun-ded and
concocted. …..more
Kathor Katamnao Long celebrates
silver jubilee(sex_24_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 23: Amidst much fanfare and gaiety, the silver jubilee of
the Kathor Katamnao Long (KKL) is being celebrated at its office premises at
Hundung (Hungpung) since yesterday. The inaugural function of the silver jubilee
celebration was graced by Victor Keishing as chief guest and KKL president
Rinngasung Kasar as functional president. …..more
Employees threaten

IMPHAL, Jan 24: Employees engaged under the Chief Medical Officer,
Thoubal have threatened to launch agitation in case their pending salaries for
15 months are not cleared in the month of February.

Dissidents campaign to oust
Ibobi enters crucial stage, Ibobi proposes EK’s name

for CM, rebel MLAs dispose(sex_25_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 24 : The campaign launched by the dissident Congress MLAs to
remove Chief Minister O Ibobi has entered a crucial phase with the Chief
Minister himself proposing that Yaiskul Assembly Constituency MLA Elangbam
Kunjeshore replace him.
Literally throwing in the towel, Chief Minister O Ibobi reportedly submitted a
proposal to the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithiviraj
Chauhan yesterday to anoint Kunje-shore as his successor and returned to Imphal
today. …..more
Security beefed-up ahead of

 IMPHAL, Jan 24: Stringent security measures have been taken up in the
State to ensure that the celebration of the Nation’s 59th Republic Day passes
off smoothly inspite of the boycott call given by different armed organisations
in the region.
Elaborate pre-emptive security measures have been chalked out by security
agencies in the wake of armed outfits operating in the North Eastern region
threatening to disrupt the country’s most cherished occasion on January 26.

Wangjing erupts in protest,
bazar closed(sex_25_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 24: Wang-jing today erupted in protest against the killing of
Laishram Ibobi claimed to be an innocent person along with staging Wakat Meepham
and holding a public meeting at Wangjing Bazar today even as the representatives
of the JAC form- ed in connection with killing were tear-gassed by security
personnel while procee- ding to submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister at
Lilong bridge. …..more
MLA stresses inter-community

 Imphal, Jan 24: The 20th Sports Meet of the Liangmai Sports Association,
Assam Manipur and Nagaland (LSA-AMN) kicked off on Wednesday at Thonglang Akutpa
village in Senapati district of Manipur amidst fanfare and much sporting
Altogether, 27 football teams (male), 26 volleyball teams (male), 10 female
football teams and 16 female volley ball teams from 31 Liangmei villages in the
three states of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland will compete in the sports meet.

Salary to be released only
through MGEL (sex_28_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 27: The Joint Secretary (Finance) has ordered all the
Treasury and Sub-Treasury Officers of the State Government that the release of
monthly salary of the employees is linked to Manipur Government Employee’s List
(MGEL) of respective departments or offices as required under FR and BM Rules
2005. …..more
JAC condemns(sex_28_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 27: While the wound of JAC against the acquisition of land
for expansion and extension of Imphal airport and the public created by the
statements of Manipur Transport Minister at the Centre had not been healed, it
is regretful to note afresh that the Governor has made several unrelated remarks
in connection with Imphal Airport on his Republic day speech, said the
committee’s release. …..more
Nurse assn threatens

IMPHAL, Jan 27: In pursuit of their demand for pay- ment of allowances on
par with nurses of Central Govt establishments, the Nurses Association of
Manipur has urged the State authorities to do the needful within janu-ary 31
failing which indefi- nite ceasework strike will be launched from February 4.

State braves boycott, drizzle
to celebrate R-Day(sex_28_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 27 : Boycott call by insurgent outfits and the chill
generated by the January rain failed to dampen the spirit of the country’s 59th
Republic Day celebration as an impressive crowd thronged Kangla Fort to witness
the riot of colour yesterday. …..more
Republic Day protested all

IMPHAL, Jan 27: Even as the whole country celebrated the 59th Republic
Day including Manipur, many protested the Republic Day celebration in different
parts of the State.
Responding to the call of the Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF) to
boycott the Republic Day and to observe general strike on the day, protest
movements were undertaken in 100 different places in various districts of
Manipur yesterday. …..more
AR officer dies, probe

 IMPHAL, Jan 27 : The Assam Rifles authorities have ordered an inquiry to
ascertain the circumstances leading to the death of an officer of the Rifles
hailing from the State.
Holding the rank of Captain and posted to the 1 Assam Rifles’s Chasad post in
Aishi area of Ukhrul district, 33-year-old Ba-chaspatimayum Lakhikanta Sharma of
Khwai Brah-mapur Nagamapal repor- tedly died after his service weapon (9 mm)
accidentally went off while a team of the para-military force was on patrolling
duty close to the post last night. …..more
R-Day celebrated

IMPHAL, Jan 28:The Republic Day celebration, 2008 was observed peacefully
in a befitting manner at BASU ground, Khangabok, district headquarters, Thoubal
on January 26, according to a statement issued by SP of Thoubal District Th
Radheshyam Singh today. …..more
Oust Ibobi
Rebels serve ultimatum to AICC(SEX_29_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 28 : With their projected leader Th Debendra suddenly
adopting a ‘U turn’, the dissident MLAs who are still camping at New Delhi have
submitted an ultimatum to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and NE in charge Prithiviraj
Chau-han questioning whether they want the rebel MLAs to skip the Budget session
of the State Assembly scheduled to start from February 1.

SP clarifies(SEX_29_1_k8)
Reacting to the newspapers reports in connection with the Republic Day
boycott called by Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF) and the
demonstrations reportedly held by the people of the State at various places in
support of the boycott call, SP of Imphal West District Clay Khongsai has
clarified that no such demonstrations were held either in

CM on
tour, inspects Jiri, Tbl project(SEX_30_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 29: A high level delegation led by Chief Minister O Ibobi
Singh today inspected the develop- mental works being taken up in Jiribam
The Chief Minister also inaugurated the newly constructed main building, library
and auditorium of Jiribam Government Higher Secondary School.

Doubts raised over delimitation

IMPHAL, Jan 29: The decision of the Union Cabinet to defer the
delimitation process in Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam till 2026
was only a sham and a disin-formation campaign intended to mislead the people of
these States, Manipur Watch Initiative (MWI), which was formally known as
Delimitation Watch Manipur has contended. …..more
Oust Ibobi
Gaikhangam speaks out his mind to Chauhan(SEX_30_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 29 : Following the rude jolt dished out to the dissident
Congress MLAs by Th Debendra, MPCC president Gaikhan-gam today met the AICC
general secretary in charge of North East, Prithiviraj Chauhan and made it clear
that if the demand of the rebel MLAs to remove Ibobi as the Chief Minister of
Manipur is not honoured, then the AICC should be ready to face any crisis that
may erupt in the coming days.
Even as Gaikhangam made his stand clear, Chauhan is understood to have asked
Debendra to come to Delhi soon. …..more
Voices raised to remove
Chairperson (SEX_30_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 29: a heated exchange of words ensued this afternoon when
councillors of Imphal Municipal Council belonging to both the ruling and
Opposition front voiced dissatisfaction over the continuation of Chairperson A
Jiwanlata.The situation nearly went out of control as the Councillors locked the
conference hall thereby preven- ting a meeting scheduled today.

Oust Ibobi
Gaikhangam speaks out his mind to Chauhan(SEX_30_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 29 : Following the rude jolt dished out to the dissident
Congress MLAs by Th Debendra, MPCC president Gaikhan-gam today met the AICC
general secretary in charge of North East, Prithiviraj Chauhan and made it clear
that if the demand of the rebel MLAs to remove Ibobi as the Chief Minister of
Manipur is not honoured, then the AICC should be ready to face any crisis that
may erupt in the coming days.
Even as Gaikhangam made his stand clear, Chauhan is understood to have asked
Debendra to come to Delhi soon. …..more
Submission of names for
Ukl NGO demands fair play(SEX_30_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 29: In connection with the proposal of setting up one
10-bedded Community Care Centre in Ukhrul district under Manipur AIDS Control
Society, the Ukhrul District AIDS Committee has allegedly submitted the names of
three NGOs which are not qualified for the purpose.

Manipur body calls protest day
 IMPHAL, Jan 8 – Delimitation Watch Manipur (DWM)- sponsored people’s
convention has decided to observe a protest day on January 10 to send out a
clear message to all authorities, including the Government of India and the
Delimitation Commission of India that the people of Manipur would not accept
delimitation of the existing Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies based on
the ‘fictitious’ 2001 Census report. …..more
122-hr Manipur bandh from Jan
 IMPHAL, Jan 9 – In a show of solidarity to the joint initiative of Kuki
Inpi Manipur and United Naga Council in pursuing authority concerned to expedite
the process of delimitation in Manipur without any further delay, the Kuki
Students’ Organization and the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur have
called a 122-hour bandh on January 11. The bandh begins at 5 am and ends at 5 pm

UBI to
resume services in Manipur today
IMPHAL, Jan 11 – The United Bank of India, which was closed for the
last four days following a strike by the employees protesting the alleged
‘monetary demand’ by a militant outfit, is likely to resume their normal
activities from tomorrow. …..more
MTPRM supports delimitation(AST_12_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 11 – The public meeting of all tribal leaders and
representatives on the issue of delimitation convened yesterday by the Movement
for Tribal Peoples Rights, Manipur has unanimously expressed strong objection to
the representations on delimitation made by the so-called All Political Parties
delegation led by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh.

Advocates’ role to remain
intact even if society changes’
IMPHAL, Jan 13 – “The role of advocates will remain unchanged even if
society changes with times,” said former member of Manipur Human Rights
Commission, Advocate Kh Chonjohn Singh while speaking at the inaugural function
of a one-day state -level seminar on the ‘ Role of Advocates and Protection of
Citizens’. …..more
Manipur sportspersons on the
 IMPHAL, Jan 14 – Manipur’s sportspersons who continuously bring laurels
to the State are angry. The reason: the government’s promises on providing jobs
are never fulfilled.When these sportspersons returned home with medals, the
government welcomed them with a series of promises which included job. But till
date, their promises remain unfulfilled. …..more
Delimitation: More bandhs lined
up in Manipur(SHT, 11th January

A long chain of Manipur
s from organisations of pros and cons with regard to the delimitation
have been lined up in the days ahead even as normal life came to a standstill on
Thursday in several parts of the State as the bandh called by the
Delimitation Watch Committee Manipur against the readjustment of constituencies,
purturbed usual business in the State….more

Manipur Cong blamed for law-and-order problem(SHT_15_1_k8)

The CPI, a constituent of the ruling Congress-led Secular Progressive Front
(SPF) Government in Manipur, on Monday blamed its major coalition partner for
the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. The CPI said the
situation arising out of insurgency related violence was slowly slipping out of

Mountaineers, trekkers ask for army post shift(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Jan. 15:
Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA) has served an ultimatum to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to shift an army post from its mountaineering institute
in Churachandpur district or face an agitation by the sports community in the

Rebels ready to give another push
to regime change demand; Gaikhangam reaches Delhi, more to join camp

IMPHAL, Jan 7: The pressure being exerted by the rebel
MLAs camping in New Delhi in pursuance of their demand for replacement of O
Ibobi Singh as the chief minister of the state is likely to intensify as the
rebels have started gathering at the national capital again.
MPCC chief Gaikhangam reached the national capital yesterday and two ministers,
Y Erabot and DD Thaisii, are likely to join the camp within a few days, a source
from the rebel camp said today. …..more
 Works minister
tours remote Chandel areas (IFP_9_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 7: The state works minister K Ranjit
accompanied by MLA Thangkholun Haokip undertook a tour of the interior areas of
Chandel district on Saturday and Sunday, examining the condition of roads and
bridges infrastructure and listening to the grievances of the local public.

CM lauds role of state media,
promises more welfare measures(IFP_9_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 7: On the 33rd
foundation day of the Manipur Press Club, chief minister, O Ibobi Singh has
assured a medical treatment and rehabilitation scheme for the journalists of the
state, while lauding the role of the media in running a democracy.

Cong has neglected NE: BJP

IMPHAL, Jan 7: The Congress has been neglecting the north
eastern region of the country in its more than 50 years rule stated BJP Youth
Morcha president, Amit Thakkar alleged today. Amit Thakkar who is currently in
the city to attend a two day youth residential political camp at its state unit
office while inaugurating the function expressed confident that BJP will rule
the country once again after the next Parliament election.

Gambhir Singh`s bravery
eulogised on 174th death anniversary; Education to get uplift, says CM

IMPHAL, Jan 8: Manipur today remembered Maharaja Gambhir
Singh on his 174th death anniversary. The king was behind the restoration of
independence of the then princely state of Manipur from the Awa (Burmese). The
state level observation function organized by the archaeology wing of the arts
and culture department was held at Langthabal and was marked by paying of floral
tributes at the samadhi of the king located there.

State spent more than Rs. 9
crores on CPMF and army (IFP_10_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 9: The Manipur government has incurred nearly
Rs. 5 crores in making provisions for Central Paramilitary Military Forces, CPMF
and army deployment, including construction and repairing of accommodation for
the forces and hiring charges of vehicles for their deployment in connection
with VVIP visits to the state during the period October 31, 2006 to March 31,
2007. …..more
Ibobi not to go in haste,
likely to hang on till March; Delaying House Thingbaijam

Dhamen (IFP_12_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 10: Assumptions need not always be true or
real. At least, that is the case with the crisis within the state Congress over
the regime change issue. It has been already two months since the rebel MLAs who
want to oust Okram Ibobi from the chief ministerial post have been pressing the
Congress high command hoping for a mandate of the high command.

Chandramani re-elected as MPP
president for another term (IFP_12_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 11: The MPP has unanimously re-elected Dr L
Chandramani as its president for another term, the returning officer of the MPP
presidential election, L Jatra announced today. In a brief meeting with the
media, Jatra said Dr Chandramani will continue to be its president for the next
three years, till 2010.Today`s election was unanimous and did not have to resort
to the ballots as Dr Chandramani was the only candidate who filed nomination
papers, Jatra told the mediamen present. …..more
Strike partially affects normal
life in state (IFP_12_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 10: With no untoward incidents except burning
of debris in the middle of the roads to block traffic in some places and
suspension of all kinds of passenger services, the 12-hour state-wide general
strike called by Delimitation Watch, Manipur concluded peacefully at 6 pm.

MPP elated with Union canbinet
decision on delimitation (IFP_12_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 10: The decision of the Union cabinet to
defer the operation of delimitation exercise in the north eastern states
including Manipur has been welcomed by the MPP today.Talking to journalists
today, MPP president Dr. L Chandramani said the effort of the all political
parties forum in the state against the delimitation exercise based on the bogus
census 2001, which had been carrying on since 2003 had finally achieved success
with the Union cabinet approving an ordinance to the effect.

MPP demands lecturer`s release

IMPHAL, Jan 10: The Manipur People`s Party today
threatened to launch an agitation if the state authorities did not release its
general secretary who was picked up by the police on the charge of having links
with the Pourabi bomb blast incident. …..more
Stipend doubled, lump sum grant
enhanced to Rs 5 lacs; State govt comes out with more sops for surrenderees

IMPHAL, Jan 14: The monthly stipends paid to surrendered
militants under the state government`s surrender policy is to be doubled from
now on, in addition to which the lump-sum grant also being paid to them is to be
similarly enhanced. A decision in this connection was taken by the state Cabinet
in a meeting held this evening with chief minister O Ibobi Singh in the chair.

Govt sanctions Rs. 45 crores
more for police infrastructure (IFP_15_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 14: Manipur government, as a part of its
ongoing plans for modernization of the police force , has accorded sanction to
funds amounting to Rs. 45 crores for taking up various works related with the
development of accommodations at police stations and other state security
establishment, an official source said Monday.

Rebel MLAs back in

IMPHAL, Jan 12: Congress MLAs camping at New Delhi
demanding replacement of chief minister O Ibobi Singh once again returned from
the national capital without achieving anything even though MPCC chief
Gaikhangam is still there. Chief minister O Ibobi Singh who is also currently in
New Delhi for official business will fly back to Imphal tomorrow morning.

Ruling partner CPI warns govt
to improve law and order; Mass movement against violence called for

IMPHAL, Jan 13: Ruling Secular Progressive Front partner,
the Communist Party of India, CPI, has served stern warning on the state
government to pull up its socks and take decisive action to bring the
deteriorating law and order situation under control. Speaking to mediapersons at
a specially convened press meet at the CPI office at Irabot Bhavan, senior party
representatives made clear the CPI`s complete exasperation with the way the
government has led the law and order situation slip out of control.

Fake `UO notes` from CM
flooding state departments (IFP_15_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 13: Talk about a
flood of "UO Notes" in the hands of many signed by the chief minister appeared
real but proved to be fake. "UO Note" stands for "unofficial note" and is a
virtual certificate that the holder is close to the writer of the note. Certain
people using "UO Notes" with forged signature of the chief minister are seeking
govern works with I-cards issued by state CID on production these notes, an
official source said Sunday. …..more
Marriage bill to be introduced
in coming House session (IFP_16_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 15: The Manipur compulsory Registration of
Marriage Bill, 2008 will be introduced in the third session of the 9th Manipur
Legislative Assembly which will have only three sittings. The session will not
be a full-budget session as considered by the Cabinet in one of its meetings
held recently on January 8. …..more
Rebel MLAs back in

IMPHAL, Jan 12: Congress MLAs camping at New Delhi
demanding replacement of chief minister O Ibobi Singh once again returned from
the national capital without achieving anything even though MPCC chief
Gaikhangam is still there.  Chief minister O Ibobi Singh who is also currently
in New Delhi for official business will fly back to Imphal tomorrow morning.

IRB aspirants` protest march
dispersed (IFP_17_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 16: A group of agitating youths, consisting
of candidates who were wait-listed in the recruitment process for the 5th and
6th IRB units held in November 2006 were forcibly dispersed by the police this
afternoon while marching towards the chief minister`s bungalow. The youths, who
were demanding their absorption in the IRB as per an alleged assurance of the
chief minister were intercepted by police personnel at Sanjenthong while
marching towards the CM`s bungalow, and driven back till the Palace Gate.

Ibobi`s meeting with Sonia
hightens regime change drama; Two rebel ministers join camp in New Delhi

IMPHAL, Jan 19: Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh
today got an audience with Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi even as two ministers
of the rebel group reached the national capital to join the rebel camp as the
crisis within the state Congress over a demand for regime change remained
unceasing.The rebel MLAs who had gathered at New Delhi were expecting a ruling
favouring them within this month, before the February 1 session of the state
Assembly. …..more
MPP chief, MLAs felicitated

IMPHAL, Jan 19: Manipur People`s Party, MPP chief Dr L
Chandramani, who has been re-elected as president of the party for a fresh
three-year term, and MLAs of the party were felicitated by the MPP`s Lilong
kendra committee today.Speaking at the fecilitation function held at the
residence of Md Ayub Khan at Lilong Turel Ahanbi, Dr Chandramani said the MPP
being a a party formed from the soil of the land, the public should support it.

Police stations` phones remain
dead despite CM`s instructions (IFP_20_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 19: Nearly a month has passed since the
Manipur chief minister instructed the state DGP before media persons to take up
immediate action to re-connect the dead telephones of the police stations, but
the instruction is yet to see action and as many as 32 police stations still
have their phones out of service. …..more
NCP wants works minister`s head
over mishap deaths(IFP_20_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 19: The Nationalist Congress Party, NCP,
Manipur on Saturday demanded that state works minister K Ranjit Singh resign as
minister on moral grounds taking responsibility for the tragic truck accident
which claimed the lives of 23 people and wounded around 35 others on last Friday
when a bridge inaugurated in 2007 collapsed in interior Churachandpur district.

Governor, CM extend Gaan-Ngai

19: The Governor of Manipur, Dr SS Sidhu, and chief minister O Ibobi Singh have
extended greetings to the people on the occasion of Gaan-Ngai.
The Governor, in his message, said the festival, beside being an occasion of joy
and merriment, provides an opportunity to come together, cutting across the
barriers of caste creed and religion, and work for the shared goal of ensuring
peace and harmony in the society.

Ibobi’s replacement not likely soon

Replacement of Manipur chief minister O Ibobi, which some state Congress MLAs
had been demanding, would not be possible till the end of the current financial
year 2007-08, political analysts revealed.
Political analysts in the state Friday observed that considering the official
programme ahead of the chief minister in the next two months, the Congress high
command would not take any decision as of now.

Bandh affects life in
IMPHAL, Jan 10: Life was
affected in Manipur today following a 12-hour bandh in protest against the
proposed delimitation exercise in the State. All inter-state bus services
remained cancelled and the streets wore a deserted look as the Manipur
Delimitation Watch-sponsored bandh registered total response.All educational and
financial institutions and business establishments also remained closed.


12-hour-bandh stalls life
in Manipur
IMPHAL, Jan 11: Life was affected in
Manipur today due to a 12-hour-bandh jointly called by the Kuki Students
Organization (KSO-Ghq) and All Naga Students Association, Manipur (ANSAM) in
support of the delimitation in Manipur.


Congress dissidents expecting Ibobi’s ouster soon
IMPHAL, Jan 13:
The Manipur Congress rebels, camping in New Delhi, since last two months
demanding ouster of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, returned here expecting
the Congress high command to take a decision in their favour soon.


Governor, CM send New
Year’s greetings
IMPHAL, Jan 1: The Governor of Manipur, Dr SS Sidhu, Chief Minister O
Ibobi Singh, and others have extended their best wishes to the people of Manipur
on the advent of a new year. The Governor, in his message, wished the people of
Manipur peace, happiness, contentment, progress and prosperity in the New Year,

First Manipur film festival begins
IMPHAL, Jan 7: The Film Forum of Manipur organized its first ever
film festival, which began yesterday, with hundreds of people thronging the
venue to see their favorite stars.
According to the organizers, a 19-member jury has been selected to choose the
winners in various categories. …..more

IMPHAL, Jan 2: At the
end of the time for filing nomination papers for the candi- dature of the
Manipur People’s Party (MPP) president at 3 pm today, only Dr L Chandramani has
filed no-mination papers, informed MPP State Retur- ning Officer Laishram Jatra
in a press release.
Stir suspended
IMPHAL, Jan 2: The proposed stir
against the Government order to station security personnel in Malom Megha High
School campus has been suspended following revocation of the order.


MPP demands
leader’s release (TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan. 10:
The Manipur
People’s Party (MPP), the Opposition party in the state, today threatened to
take to the streets if its general secretary Abujamcha Sidam, who was arrested
on Monday in connection with a blast in Imphal East last month, was not
released. The president of the party, L. Chandramani Singh, today said Imphal
East police had arrested Sidam in connection with the explosion at Pourabi in
Imphal East district.

hails exemption from delimitation(TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan. 10:
Political parties
in Manipur have welcomed Delhi’s decision to exempt five states, including
Manipur, Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, from the delimitation process.


Hills cry
foul over halt to delimitation (TEL, 12-1-k8)

Jan. 11:
The Union
cabinet’s decision to exempt Manipur from the delimitation process may have
pleased the valley, but voices of discontent are already echoing in the hills.
Tribal organisations began gearing up for a campaign in favour of delimitation
less than 24 hours after Delhi buckled under pressure from the state governments
and decided to maintain status quo on Assembly and parliamentary constituencies
in Manipur, Assam, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Jharkhand till 2026.


MPP to
prod Delhi for talks(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Jan. 11
: Terming Manipur’s
merger with the Indian Union as “forcible annexation”, leaders of the Manipur
People’s Party (MPP), the Opposition party in the state, today said it would put
pressure on the Centre to hold unconditional talks with militant outfits.


UBI moves
Ibobi govt(TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan. 10:
Officials of the
United Bank of India today sought the intervention of the Ibobi Singh government
to break the deadlock over the closure of the bank’s branches in Manipur after
militants demanded Rs 10 lakh from the bank.


UBI branches open(TEL,13-1-k8)

Jan. 12:
All 15 branches
and two link offices of the United Bank of India in Manipur reopened today after
the militant outfit which had served an extortion note of Rs 10 lakh and
threatened the employees, withdrew its demand.


over delimitation(TEL_15-1-k8)

Jan. 14:
An apex
organisation of tribal students in Manipur today said the state’s exemption from
delimitation was “wrong”.The All Tribal Students Union, Manipur, hinted that it
would launch an agitation if the process of redrawing the boundaries of Assembly
and parliamentary constituencies was not carried out in the state with the rest
of the country.

Grenades found
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 2: Police bomb experts retrieved a hand-grenade ‘gifted’ to Patsoi
AC MLA Sapam Keba by unidentified persons on the intervening night of December
31, 2007 and January 1, 2008 and exploded the same at a safe location.


Scribes protest
IMPHAL, Jan 2: In
protest against the physical assault on president of the All Jiribam Working
Journalists’ Union N Priyobarta by one M Dilip and his associates, journalists
in the sub-division has launched pen-down strike from today.


Abducted man released
IMPHAL, Jan 2 : Salam
Indrajit, Section Officer in the Engineering Cell of State’s Education
Department, whose whereabouts remained unknown after he was reportedly abducted
by some unidentified persons on December 15 last, has returned home safe and
sound yesterday. According to information received by the press, Indrajit was
set free at Singjamei Parking at around 8 pm on New Year’s day.


Shots fired, protest raised
IMPHAL, Jan 2 : A few rounds of shots
were fired at the residence of one Takhellambam Guneshwar alias Inao (39) of
Ching-meirong Maning Leikai at about 9.20 last night.
Some unidentified persons fired two rounds at the residence of Inao when he and
his family members were warming themselves in the verandah of their house around
a charcoal grate.
A public meeting held at Sugnu Ima Keithel yesterday under the aegis
of the JAC Against the Brutal Killing of Hemkhogin Haokip by Unknown Miscreants
has strongly condemned the killing of the H Gamnom village chief. The public
meeting attended by people of different ethnic groups also asked the
individuals/group(s) concerned involved in the killing for an explicit
explanation for their act. …..more

calls for action(SEX_4_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 3: The JAC for Chinga Mathak-Yaiskul Area Development
Committee has drawn the attention of departments concerned for expeditious
completion of the road widening programme, sewerage project,
installation/repairing of power transformers and laying of telephone cables in
areas covered by the JAC. …..more
Erabot cracks whip against
alleged cheats
BPL rice seized from Pvt godown(SEX_4_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 3 : Cracking the whip against fraudulent suppliers of the
FCS Department, FCS Minister Y Erabot accompanied by officials of the Department
today raided a private godown where 2120 quintal of BPL and AAY rice were found
stashed away.
The total quantity of rice was found packed in 4240 bags each weighing 50 Kgs
The godown belongs to one Manglem and is located at Mantripukhri near the NRL
oil pump, while the rice was lifted from the FCS godown by one Kewal Agarwal
alias Bipin Traders. …..more

MPP election

4: As per the election schedule of the part president of MPP vide election
notiication issued on December 24, 2007, scrutity of the three nomination papers
submitted by Dr L Chandramani Singh for the candidature of the party president
for the

JAC demands

4: Setting January 6 as the deadline, the Joint Action Committee Against the
Brutal Killing of Md Fakharuddin and Causing Injuries to his son Md Maniruddn of
Sekmaijin Khunou Konuma by Unidentified Gunmen has demanded to know an

Bharat Nirman
campaign (SEX_6_1_k8)
Lamka, Jan 5: The Press Information Bureau is all set to host a three
day awareness campaign on the flagship programmes of the centre government at
Synod Hall here from 8th January. …..more
BJP camp(SEX_6_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 5: BJP Yuva Morcha, Manipur State Unit would be
organising a two-day residential training camp starting from January 7 at the
party office at Nityapat Chuthek here. …..more
Golden jubilee(SEX_6_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 5: The Kuki Baptist Convention (KBC) would be celebrating
its golden jubilee at Sapermei-na, Sadar Hills from January 17 to 21. In this
regard, general secretary of KBC Rev Y Haokip has appealed to all concerned to
refrain from calling any bandh, blockade or general strike during the period
from January 17 to 21 to ensure the success of the celebration.
Vigilance probe(SEX_6_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 5: Following the recent decision of the State Cabinet to
evoke pro-visions of the Manipur Pu- blic Servant Personnel Lia-bilities Act and
fix respon- sibility in connection with awarding contract works worth Rs 29
crores out of the purview of the Khuga Multipurpose Project, Vigilance has
conducted an inquiry and narrowed down on EE in-charge of the project as the
main culprit. …..more
Political parties discuss
delimitation intricacies(SEX_6_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 5: The Union Cabinet is informed to have recommended to
the Delimitation Commission to put on hold the ongoing assembly constituency
realign- ment with regard to four north Eastern States including Manipur.

UCM campaign(SEX_6_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 5: In association with various organisation and Meira
Paibi groups, the UCM has launched its Punna Hingminnaba, Punna Chaokhatminnaba
(co-existence, equitable development) Campaign at Chanung in Imphal East
district today. Speaking at the inaugural function of the campaign at Chanung
Nongpok Ningthou ground, UCM president K Langamba noted that adoption of
different religions in the later stages of the history of Manipur seemed to have
created division among the ethnic group of the State which have been living
together in harmony since two millennia. …..more
NREGS launched in Ukhrul

 Ukhrul, Jan 5: In a significant development, the largest Centrally
aided sch-eme, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) has been
launch-ed finally today along with an orientation training programme at Ukhrul
Town Hall here.
The hundred days job guaranteed scheme for the unskilled labour under the NREGS
Act which was laun-ched by the Government of India in September 2005 happens to
be the biggest ever scheme for the rural areas of the country wherein every
household will have the privilege of earning a 100 days wages in a year.

Financial aids to Mr

 IMPHAL, Jan 5: In a gesture to boost the sporting endeavour of Kh
Pradip-kumar, who won the Mister Manipur title in the 60 kg weight category of
the competition held recently, the staff of Social Awareness Service
Organisation (SA-SO), Manipur Network of Positive People (MNP+) and regional co-ordinator
of Asian-Pacific Network of Positive People Ph Siba-nanda Sharma have contri-
buted and donated a sum of Rs 18 lakhs to him today.

MPP election (SEX_14_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 13: The organisational election of MPP to
elect five vice presidents, 11 members of Working Committee, nine members of
Election Committee and five members of Disciplinary Committee would be held on
January 31 from 10 am to 3 pm.
The last date of submission of nomination papers for the election is 3 pm of
January 24 and the screening would be held on January 27 at 11 am.

Govt unveils year’s ambition

IMPHAL, Jan 13: Along with ensuring job to one lakh
population, the State Government is keeping the target of reducing the number of
school drop-outs from 1,11,000 to 50,000 during the financial year 2008-09.These
points would be highlighted at the time of finalising the State plan size for
2008-09 during the meeting scheduled to be held between Chief Minister O Ibobi
Singh and Deputy Chairman of Union Planning Commission Dr Montek Singh
Alluhwalia on January 21. …..more
Free for all: AMWJU
By Our
Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 13: The issue pertaining to frequent instances of dictating
newspapers by armed or unarmed organisations claiming to be working for the
welfare of the State to publish or not to publish certain news items, thereby
infringing on the freedom of press in Manipur was deliberated at a joint meeting
of the Standing Committee of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) and
Editors today and among other decisions, the emergency session decided to
entertain comments/statements of all concerned subject to discretion of Editors
of respective newspapers. …..more

of Manipuri cinema ends (SEX_14_1_k8)
Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 13: The Festival of Manipuri Cinema being organised by Film
Forum Manipur at Shankar Talkies, Lamphel conclu-ded today along with an-
nouncing the nominees of 27 different awards of the festival.

MMTA sets Feb 1 deadline for
stir (SEX_15_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 14: Setting February 1 as the deadline for
removal of army from the complex of Manipur Mountaineering Institute (MMI) set
up at Lamdan in Chura-chandpur district, Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking
Association (MMTA) has served an ultimatum to the Prime Minister Dr Man-mohan
Singh warning of taking resource to various democratic form of agita-tions in
case the demand is not met. …..more
IUCB Board chairman sets record

IMPHAL, Jan 14: The same association remained a mute
spectator when Lukhoi was promoted to the post of General Manager by violating
the established promotion rule after Court had rejected similar plea for
promotion. The association broke its silence only when it comes to affairs of
the Board. Such attitude of the association representatives only shows that they
have been working in their own interests. …..more
Officers shuffled(SEX_16_1_k8)

15: Reallocation of work/transfer and posting of some of the IAS/MSC officers
have been effected with immediate effect following an order issued by the
Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms today. Accordingly,

Physically challenged body urges(SEX_16_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 15: All Tribal Physically Handicapped Association has
expressed strong resentment over the State Government’s lackadaisical attitude
to proposal of the association for monthly incentives to the physically
challenged persons of the State.
Seriously noting lack of initiative from the State Government’s side to the
Association’s proposal as was mentioned in the October 29, 2007 representation
placed before the …..more
IUCB debate : GM Lukhoi gives
his side of the story(SEX_16_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 15 : Adding another chapter to the debate
within the Imphal Urban Co-operative Bank, the General Manager of the bank, K
Lukhoi has given his side of the story in reply to the versions issued in
connection with his date of birth. …..more
AR aid to IED

IMPHAL, Jan 15:Troops of 26 Sector Assam Rifles extended
all possible help to an IED blast victim of S Bungjoi village on January 14. The
victim identified as Manglun Haokip of (50) S Bungjoi village, a hamlet lying
between Old Samtal and New Samtal, was injured in the IED blast when he had gone
to tend to his field on the said day. …..more

JAC sets
Jan 20 deadline for clarification (SEX_19_1_k8)

18: Along with staging a Wakat Mee-pham in connection with the killing of
Laishram Ibosana Singh (founder of Diamond Academy English School), Ningthoujam
Bijoy Singh (president of Social Welfare Club), both residents of Kha-Sanjenbam
and Na-meirakpam Somorjit Singh of Heirangoithong Maibam Leikai by


Sub-standard material found in bridge construction, toll rises to
Minister vague on fixing responsibilities

Sinlianmang Guite (SEX_19_1_k8)

Lamka, Jan 18: A day after twenty people were killed in a
tragic road mishap over Ngasuan stream near S Sehken village, Works Minister K
Ranjit merely accepted moral responsibility over the incident even after
conducting a first hand inspection of the situation that led to the tragedy.
On the other hand the death toll in the tragic road accident has risen to 23
with three more succumbing to their injuries today.

Recruitment rally

19: An Assam Rifles recruitment rally for all districts of Manipur will be held
at Keithelmanbi from February 18 to 23 for enrolment of male candidates between
the age of 18 to 23 years (relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST and 3 years for OBC)
and ex-servicemen, informed an AR PRO release.


The posts opened for the recruitment rally include Rifleman (general duty),
driver, clerk, plumber, electrician, lineman field, electrical fitter signal,
radio mechanic, pharmacist, PA, Operation Room Assistant, barber, carpenter,
equipment and boot repairer and washer man. For detail information, candidates
may refer to Staff Officer 2 (A), Hqs 9 Sector AR, Keithelmanbi, added the

size meet
 IMPHAL, Jan 19: Ahead of
his scheduled meeting with Deputy Chairman of Union Planning Commission Montek
Singh Alluwalia on January 21 to finalise the size of the State Plan for the
fiscal period 2008-09, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh would be holding a
discussion on the matter with other State officials here tomorrow. According to
an official source, after a joint meeting of the State officials to be led by
the Chief Secretary and the Secretary of the Union Planning Secretary at noon of
January 21,

debate continues, EA gen secy clarifies-III
IMPHAL, Jan 19: Terming the
question of I Chandrasekhar whether the EA can file case against the bank’s
management as irrational, Tikensana quoted the EA’s bye-laws, “to further the
cause of its members in a dispute or disputes between them and their employer
and to seek redress of their grievances by all peaceful, demo- cratic and lawful
means” and also, “to endeavour for improvement in the functioning and growth of
the bank”.
Doctor duo
convicted after 26 years(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Jan. 2:
Two senior
government doctors have been convicted of swindling nearly Rs 2 lakh meant for
medical equipment, 26 years after they committed the crime. Gurumayum Mani
Sharma, the medical superintendent of the government T.B. Hospital in Imphal
West and Ayekpam Gojendro Meitei, the chief medical officer in-charge of both
Imphal West and Imphal East, were tried by a special court in Imphal.


Delimitation protest in Manipur

Bishnupur residents’ forum to send delegates to Delhi on Monday

(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Jan. 3:
Trouble is brewing
in Manipur’s Bishnupur district over delimitation of constituencies.Local
organisations today formed the Bishnupur District Delimitation Objection
Committee at a public meeting held at Bishnupur bazaar to oppose any move to
change the district’s Assembly constituencies. They came together to chalk out a
strategy for agitation following reports that the state government had proposed
to the Delimitation Commission to include the six Assembly constituencies of the
district in the Outer Manipur parliamentary constituency, which is reserved for
Schedule Tribes.

Cop found
IMPHAL, Jan 7: A police
constable attached to the CID (Despatch Section) was found dead in a drain at
Keishampat Leimajam Leikai under Imphal police station last morning.


Bharat Nirman Campaign in CCpur
 Lamka, Jan 7: The Press
Information Bureau is all set to host a three day awareness campaign on the
flagship programmes of the Union Government at Synod Hall here from tomorrow.
The campaign, with an objective of giving awareness among the public on the
flagship programmes of the Government will also highlight the success stories of
Congress led UPA Government.


BJP political training camp

7: A two-day residential political training camp being organised by Bharatiya
Janata Yuva Morcha, Manipur State unit has begun from today at the Nityaipat
Chuthek party office here.
The training camp was inaugurated by National president of BJP Yuva Morcha Amit
Thakar as chief guest; BJP Yuva Morcha, Manipur State unit Chourjit as
functional president and BJP Manipur Pradesh Dr H Borababu Singh as guest of
honour. Speaking at the occasion Amit Thakar expressed confidence that BJP would
soon come to power in Manipur just like in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.


Employees decry demand
IMPHAL, Jan 7: Disclosing that
some organisations have been demanding huge amounts of money from different
branch offices of the United Bank of India, the United Forum of Bank Unions in
United Bank of India has decried the unaffordable demand.


Protest against Delimitation lined up

7: A people’s convention held here yesterday under the aegis of Delimitation
Watch Manipur decided to observe a day of protest on January 10 to send out a
loud and clear message to all authorities including the Government of India and
the Delimitation Commission of India that the people of Manipur would not accept
delimitation of the existing Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies based on
the ‘fictitious’ census report of 2001.


State film fest opens with aplomb

7: The first ever Festival of Manipuri Cinema 2007 was opened yesterday at
Shankar Talkies at Lamphelpat with IFCD Minister N Biren as chief guest.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Biren assured that necessary steps will be
taken up to earmark certain amount of money in the State budget from next year
for development of Mani-puri digital film.


MTPRM to voice stand

Imphal, Jan
7: Amidst hectic activities initiated by the political parties in Manipur
terming the 2001 Census as ‘bogus’ while pressing the Central Government not to
effect the ongoing delimitation process in Manipur, the Movement for Tribal
People’s Rights Manipur (MTPRM) has decided to convene an emergency public
meeting in this connection at District Council House, Ching-meirong, Imphal, on
January 10 at 11 am to minutely discuss the matter, reports NNN.

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 8: Ahead of the general strike called on January 10 to oppose
re-alignment of existing As- sembly and Parliamentary Constituencies in the
State on the basis of the controversial census report of 2001, slogan shouting
agi-tation against the move has begun in Bishnupur district today…..more.
Aid distributed(SEX_9_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 8: Yaiskul AC MLA and Deputy Chairman of the State Planning
Board Elangbam Kunjeswar Singh distributed cash amount of Rs 10,000 each to 23
widows of the assembly constituency under the Family benefit Scheme of State’s
Social Welfare department on january 6, informed Yaiskul Block Congress
Committee (I). The monetary assistance distribution programme held at the MLA’s
Wangkhei Yonglan Leirak residence was also graced by the AC’s Congress party
functionaries W Ibotombi, Kh Shyamkishore and H Prithichand

BJYM meet(SEX_8_1_k8)
The ‘two day residential political training camp’ of Bharatiya Yuva
Morcha manipur Pradesh which was participated by 76 non-residential and 32
residential delegates, and 24 females concluded today. apart from party leaders
elucidating on the ‘five commitment’ of the BJP a session on problem of HIV/AIDS
in Manipur was also organised with Medical Officer (ART Unit), JN Hospital Dr H
Diamond Sharma as the resource person. More-over, the raging contro-versies over
umpires’ …..more


A meeting of the State Cabinet has today reco-mmended for convening the
full budget session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly from February 20 to
March 16.Accor- ding to a reliable source, the Cabinet meeting presided over by
CM also approved extension of service tenure of 457 part time lecturers working
in Govt colleges till June 30 this year and payment of Rs 8000 as their basic
monthly pay in accor-dance to UGC norms. …..more

IMPHAL, Jan 8: The Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Imphal Zone will select
two male and same number of females for participation in the Indo-China Youth
Excha-nge to be held in September/October, 2008.The four selectees from the
State will be among 100 youths of the country nominated by the NYKS, Minis- try
of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, said a release.

Army rally dates(SEX_8_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 8:Medical examination of the remaining candidates selected in
the Army Recruitment Rally held at pangei from December 11 to 17, 2007 will be
conducted at the Army Camp, Leimakhong from january 21 till 23, informed a PIB (DW)
release. Medical test of candidates bearing chest Nos 332 to 1023 will be
conducted on January 21, …..more

IMPHAL, Jan 8: Decrying imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland,
president of Naga National Party (NNP) Ng Hungyo has termed it as
unfortunate.Imposition of Central Rule in Nagaland hurriedly inspite of the
approaching State Assembly election is without any respect and consideration of
the sentiments of the people of the State is unfortunate and ill-timed, NNP
president Ng Hungyo said in a statement. …..more
Sportspersons threaten
 IMPHAL, Jan 8: Setting Fe-bruary 28 as deadline to the State
Government for making its stand clear on pro- mises for providing jobs to gold
medal winners in the National Games, the aggrieved sportspersons have announced
their decision of boycotting the Khuman Lampak Sports complex from the next day
in case the Government fails to translate its assurance into action.

JD(U)’s maiden meet in region
to focus on NE(SEX_8_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 08: In view of its first ever North East Conference to
be held on the January 12 at Town Hall, Dimapur (Nagaland), the Janata Dal
(United) Mani-pur State Unit highlighted itineraries of the event that would be
graced by the Par-ty President, Sharad Yadav as the chief guest. Addressing
mediaper-sons at Bheigo Hotel here this evening, National Ge-neral Secretary JD
(U), Arun Kumar Srivastava said, the Party would discuss pro-blems of the North
East in detail and assess various ways to solve them and added that troupes from
each state of the region would perform cultural items. Besides, Srivastava
stated that issue of insur-gency in the region would be deliberated minutely in
the conference and posed if the present Government of India had done anything
precious to solving such issue all this five years.

NCP asks Congress to resolve
‘internal’ row(SEX_8_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 8: Even if the Congress party claims it as an internal
family matter, NCP would not remain silent if the issue of leadership crisis in
Congress is going to desta-bilise the State, NCP Manipur State unit president
Ra- dhabinod Koijam has categorically stated.He was speaking during a function
held in connection with a luncheon hosted in connection with celebration of New
Year by MLA of Saikul A/C Doukhomang who was elected on NCP ticket at his
official residence here today. …..more
State bandh against proposed
delimitation comes into force(SEX_10_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 9: Even as a State-wide general strike has been called
tomorrow in protest against any move to effect delimitation of the existing
Assembly and Parliamentary Constituencies in Manipur on the basis of the
controversial Census report of 2001, street corner meetings and slogan shouting
campaigns were held in different parts of Bishnupur district today to oppose
inclusion of Bish-nupur district in the Outer Manipur Parliamentary
Constituency. …..more
Pro-delimitation bodies call
another bandh(SEX_10_1_k8)
Imphal, Jan 9 : In a show of solidarity to the joint initiative of
two tribal apex bodies – Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) and United Naga Council (UNC) –
in urging the authority concerned to expedite the process of delimitation in
Manipur without any further delay, the Kuki Students’ Organization General
headquarters (KSO-GHQ) and the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM)
have called a 12 -hour Manipur bandh on January 11.

Centre exempts Manipur, 3 NE
States, Jharkhand from Delimitation


IMPHAL, Jan 10 : The Union Cabinet has today decided to exempt Manipur,
Assam, Nagaland, Aruna-chal Pradesh and Jharkhand from the proposed Delimitation
exercise and to maintain the status quo of the Assembly Constituencies as well
as the Parliamentary Constituencies till 2026. The Union Cabinet has also
approved an Ordinance to this effect and the same would be forwarded to
President Pratibha Patil for her approval. …..more
Imphal, Jan 10 : The public meeting of “all tribal leaders and
representatives” on the issue of Delimitation convened today by the Movement for
Tribal Peoples Rights, Manipur (MTPRM) has taken five resolutions at District
Council, Guest House, Chingmeirong in Imphal, according to the MTPRM.

DWM states in stand on ‘blunder
census’ protest (SEX_11_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 10: Explaining its stand on calling a day of protest
today, Delimitation Watch Manipur (DWM) has categori- cally stated that it is to
send out a clear and emphatic message to the Government of India to rectify the
‘census blunder’ which is the case of the present issue.

Addl CE shifted(SEX_12_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 11 : Additional Chief Engineer (Power) and in-charge of
Chief Engineer (Power) M Sanaton Singh has been deputed as officer on special
duty (Power) in the Manipur Secretariat in his grade pay with immediate effect
and until further orders.
According to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Administrative
Reforms on January 8, the service of Sanaton shall be utilised to assist the
Principal Secretary (Power), Government of Manipur in technical matters.

DYCC demands bill release
S Singlianmang Guite(SEX_12_1_k8)
Lamka, Jan 11: The District Youth Congress Committee, Churachandpur went
assertive on their demand for immediate clearance of all outstanding contract
bills of the IFCD as it petitioned the Minister of State in the PMO of their
cause on Sunday last.
P Tongthang, the DYCC president has submitted a representation to Prithiviraj
Chauhan, also the AICC incharge of Manipur, of their plight and called for his
intervention in settling their long standing predicament.

Bandh called off(SEX_12_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 11: The Objection Committee Against the Delimitation,
Bishnupur district has decided to call off the general strike with immediate
effect. The Committee had previously ann- ounced imposition of 48 hours general
strike but decided to withdraw the agita- tion programme after the Union Cabinet
yesterday decided against the delimitation exercise in Manipur and five other

Chandramani is MPP chief, again(SEX_12_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 11: Along with re-electing Dr L Chandramani as the
president of Manipur People’s Party (MPP), the annual session of the party
conference held here today has adopted various resolutions including exerting
pressure on the Government of India to conduct re-census of Manipur.

AR men feted at investiture

IMPHAL, Jan 11 : An investiture ceremony of AR personnel who were
awarded the Director General Assam Rifles Commen- dation cards was held at
headquarters 9 Sector AR at Keithelmanbi today. During the ceremony presided by
IG AR (South) Maj Gen BK Chengapa, 37 AR personnel including officers were
conferred discs/medals and commendation cards.

Delimitation imbroglio(SEX,
Bandh effective in hill districts

Imphal, Jan 11: The 12-hour Manipur bandh affected normal life in the
hill districts of the State to a great extent today although it had little
impact in the valley.
However, there was not a single stray incident of violence from any of the five
hill districts. The Kuki Students’ Organisation-General Headquarters (KSO-Ghq)
and All Naga Students Association, Manipur (ANSAM) jointly called the 12-hour
Manipur bandh which began at 5 am today demanding that the Delimitation process
should be implemented in the State as soon as possible based on the 2001 Census.

Shidam freed on bail, MPP

 IMPHAL, Jan 11: General secretary of MPP Abujam-cha Shidam who was
arrested by the police on January 6 on alleged charge of being involved in the
Pourabi bomb blast and further remanded to police custody for five days was
granted bail by the Court on medical ground today.

Lokeshwar hailed(SEX_26_1__k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 25: Expressing its gratitude to MLA Khundrakpam, TH
Loke-shwar for his concern towards the welfare of people, Kuki Students’ Organi-
sation Saikul block in a release said, various develop- mental works have been
initiated by him. …..more
AR solace(SEX_26_1__k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 25: Commander of headquarters 26 Sector Assam Rifles has
provided a Godrej typewriter machine to smoothen functioning of the
ex-servicemen office at Chandel which was established in July 2007.

State youths shine

IMPHAL, Jan 25: With their outstanding and captivating performances,
the State team comprising of 62 members have bagged a number of top prizes in
the 13th National Youth Festival held at Chennai, Tamil Nadu from January 12 to
16. …..more

status demand for Sadar Hills(SEX_26_1__k8)

24 hours bandh called from Jan 31
 IMPHAL, Jan 25: Renewing the long standing demand for conversion of
Sadar Hills to a full-fledged revenue district and installing separate offices
for DC and SP, a 24-hour total bandh has been called in Sadar Hills area with
effect from midnight of January 31 to midnight of February 1.Announcing this
during a press conference here today, general secretary of Sadar Hills District
Demand Committee Thangkham Misao said the total bandh has been compelled yet
again as the State Government has not been considering the genuine demand to
convert Sadar Hills to a full-fledged revenue district which is being raised
since 1972. …..more
Litmus test for Debendra ?

 IMPHAL, Jan 25: Senior Congressman Thoudam Debendra, who is also the
law and Legislative Affairs Minister of the SPF Government is likely to face a
stern test of his loyalty to both the ruling coalition and dissident group of
Congress Legislators.
According to press sources close to the dissident group, the Chief Minister O
Ibobi Singh is scheduled to attend a Government function at Jiribam sub-division
on January 29 which also include Th Debendra in the said itinerary.

21 cops selected for Police

IMPHAL, Jan 25: Altogether 21 personnel of the Manipur Police will be
awarded Police Medal for Gallantry on the occasion of the Republic Day tomorrow,
informed a press release issued by Director General of Police Y Joykumar Singh.

State Govt bans import of
poultry birds(SEX_26_1__k8)

 Imphal, Jan 25: In a pre-emptive measure to check the spread of
avian influenza in the state following the wild spread of the disease in West
Bengal, the government of Manipur has banned the import of chicks, ducklings,
eggs, and live birds etc from other states to Manipur.“In order to contemplate
sufficient measures in addition to the intensive post operative surveillance
plan being taken up by the Veterinary and Animal Hus- bandry (VAH) department
for prevention of recurrence of Avian Influenza in Manipur, testing of poultry
feed samples for any possible contamination with avian influenza virus is felt
necessary“, said an order issued by the state VAH director, Th. Dorendra Singh
today to this effect. …..more
Banks closed down in
IMPHAL,Jan 25: All the major banks in Manipur were closed today
following All-India Token Bank strike. The state committee United Forum of Bank
Unions said the one-day strike was called in the charter of employees’ demand to
stop merger of public sector banks, extension of option to join pension scheme,
restoration of compassionate appointments and filling up of the vacancies.

Congress expects change in
leadership before Budget session
IMPHAL, Jan 25: The Congress dissidents of Manipur unit, who have
been camping in New Delhi since last two to three months, are expecting party
chairperson Sonia Gandhi to change O Ibobi Singh as the Chief Minister. The
budget session is scheduled to begin on February one next and the dissidents
expect the change within this month.
The dissidents claim that out of 31 Congress MLAs in the 60-member House about
19 MLAs were supporting them. …..more
Tight security for
Republic Day celebrations in Manipur
IMPHAL, Jan 25: Elaborate security measures have been put in place
and police have intensified counter-insurgency operations to thwart any attempt
to disrupt tomorrow’s Republic Day celebrations in the State. The move came in
view of over two dozen militant groups – operating in the State – who called for
boycott of the celebrations. …..more

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