Chapter 7

State to miss national newspapers, magazines
Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, June 26 (Agencies): Manipur will go without national and regional newspapers and news magazines for one month beginning from Sunday as the sole agent in the state was forced to shut shop by the Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA). The agent, M/S P.C. Jain and Co., was found stocking, displaying and selling copies of the Manipur General Knowlege written by R. Gupta and published by Ramesh Publishing House, New Delhi, which was banned by the KSA activists. As a “form of punishment”, the KSA said it asked the agent’s shop to be shut down for one month.

CPI hopeful of a winning formula
The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 26 2016: Certainly there must be a formulae where there is accord between hill people and plain people regarding the popular demand for enactment of Constitutional safeguard for protection of all indigenous people of the land, asserted CPI Manipur State Council Secretary Dr M Nara. Speaking to media persons at Irabot Bhavan here today, Dr Nara lamented that Manipur, at present, is drifting like a rudderless ship. Although it was said that the Protection of Manipur People Bill 2015 was sent to the President of India, it was the Ministry of Home Affairs which dealt with the Bill, Dr Nara said. He said that as he must attend CPI's National executive meeting, he went to Delhi in advance ahead of the all party delegation which had a meeting with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh recently regarding the three Bills.

Workers leave Congress
The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 26 2016: Seventeen Congress workers and former PDS agents of Patsoi AC have left Congress decrying favouritism allegedly shown by Patsoi Block Congress Committee (PBCC) and Social Welfare Minister and local MLA AK Mirabai in the selection of Fare Price Shop agents of National Food Security Act (NFSA).

Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club, JAC Against Newly Selected Fair Price Shop of Patsoi AC co-convenor Thongam Arun alleged that AK Mirabai and PBCC did not select Fare Price Shop agents in a fair manner. As the Minister and PBCC executives indulged in favouritism, 17 former PDS agents, who were also the active Congress workers, unanimously decided to tender resignation and leave the party, Arun said.

NPF concerned
The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 27 2016: The Naga People's Front (NPF), Nungba AC unit has expressed serious concern over the alleged absence of the BDO, Khoupum and staff members of the office at this time of the year when students need various documents for their further studies. In a statement, the NPF, Nungba AC said that people under Khoupum block are blind about the location of SDO/BDO Khoupum as the BDO and his staff do not attend office resulting in the closure of the office. Many students missed admission at various institutions due to the non-attendance of office by the SDO/BDO and staff of the office at this time of the year when students need various documents from the office for their further studies, it said.

Cong spokesperson N Biren comes down hard on Ibobi govt
Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, June 28: MPCC spokesperson and Heingang MLA Nongthombam Biren has today lambasted the Okram Ibobi led Congress government for shying away from seeking sustainable solutions.

He said, until the government does away with its present practice of making stopgap arrangement for all contentious issues, unresolved issues will forever continue to haunt the state. Biren, a minister is the previous SPF government said, these inactions are due to lack of knowledge among the leaders and their inability to handle crisis situations.

NSCN (IM) chairman Isak Chishi Swu dead
The Sangai Express / PTI

New Delhi, June 28 2016: Naga militant leader Isak Chishi Swu, who led a bloody insurgency in the North East for over three decades, died on Tuesday following multi-organ failure. The 87-year-old chairman of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) was undergoing treatment for almost a year at a private hospital in South Delhi where he breathed his last around noon, Nagaland Government spokesperson Kuolie Mere said.

Swu, who belonged to the Sumi tribe, hailed from the Zunheboto district of Nagaland and his body will be taken to his native place tomorrow for last rites.

Hemanta lashes out at Chief Minister
The Sangai Express

Thoubal, June 28 2016: Former Minister and BJP spokesperson M Hemanta today lashed out at Chief Minister Okram Ibobi for the latter's remark on the sinking of the newly inaugurated multi storeyed shopping complex at Thoubal Wangmataba on Sunday.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi, during his inspection of the damaged structure on Sunday, said there are no technical defects in the construction of the building and that the contractor and engineers should not be blamed for the damages. BJP spokesperson M Hemanta, in a statement questioned who is to blame for the damages if it was neither the engineer's or the contractor's fault.

24x7 power for all by 2019: CM
Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, June 29: Manipur has prepared a vision document for providing 24x7 power for all by 2019 with the creation of additional transmission infrastructure, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said at the conference on electricity and related issues today.

The conference held at the Hotel Classic Grande was jointly organised by Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for Manipur & Mizoram, Manipur State Power Distribution Company Ltd and Manipur State Power Company Ltd.

BJP demands white paper on Tongjei Maril Road
Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, June 29: Keystone Infra Pvt Ltd has today clarified that the portion of hill slope cutting completed along Tongjei Maril Road is 62 kilometre while black topping work has been completed for a stretch of only one kilometre.

The clarification came in the wake of an on-the-spot investigation by a team of people of Nungba Assembly constituency led by executive member of BJP state unit, Adim Pamei, yesterday following the circulation of reports supposedly originating from officials of the construction company that 90 percent of the work had been completed.

CLP discusses NFSA problems
Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, June 29: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh today chaired a Congress Legislative Party meeting and discussed the various issues raised by several sections regarding implementation of the National Food Security Act. The meeting which commenced at 4pm inside the CM’s office lasted till late night, according to reliable sources.

The meeting, informed the sources, discussed the issues ranging from the allegations regarding the authorities failure to properly distribute beneficiary cards, failure to distribute proper quantity of rice under the scheme and issues surrounding selection of fair price shop agents.

NPF harps 'Naga integration'
The Sangai Express

Senapati, June 29 2016: A one day political conference cum interface of the Naga People's Front (NPF) Manipur State Union (MSU) was held today at Indoor Stadium, Senapati. Participated by over 200 NPF workers and supporters, the conference also observed one minute silence to mourn the demise of NSCN-IM chairman Isak Chisi Swu at New Delhi after prolonged illness. An interface session chaired by Worthing Horam, president, Youth Wing, NPF, Manipur was also held after the formal programme with the NPF central leaders and ADC Members, MLAs and State executive members. The functions of the party and its principles were deliberated keeping in focus the coming 2017 Manipur Assembly elections. The conference was chaired by Veino Solomon, working president NPF-Manipur.

BJP Manipur likely announce office bearers
Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, June 30: BJP Manipur president K Bhabananda is likely to announce the new office bearers of the party for the term of 2016-18 tomorrow, informed a reliable source. According to the source, Bhabananda during his recent Delhi visit had discussed the issues surrounding the appointment of office bearers of the state unit and the list of state executive members of the party. It is believed that first list of office bearers is likely to be announced tomorrow.

CM assures journalists welfare programmes
The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 30 2016: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has assured to take up different measures for the welfare of journalist fraternity of the State. The assurance was given during a meeting with representatives of the All Manipur Working Journalists' Union (AMWJU) today. Speaking to reporters at Manipur Press Club after the meeting, AMWJU president Wangkhemcha Shamjai said that the AMWJU team submitted a charter of demands comprising ten points to the Chief Minister during the meeting.

Minister inspects
The Sangai Express / DIPR

Imphal, June 30 2016: Commerce and Industries Minister Govindas Konthoujam today inspected the progress of Industrial Estate construction at Tera Urak (Tengkhal Khunou) in Bishnupur district. The Minister strictly instructed the concerned work agency/contractors to give due emphasis to the qualitative aspect of the construction work. Govindas said that the Govt is planning to inaugurate the Industrial Estate in Bishnupur and Thoubal by next month. Construction of 12 blocks of the Estate has been completed while the administrative block construction is almost completed.

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