Chapter 25

MOS sports Goel says no to Ibobi site

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | November 4

Union of Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel today stopped short of rejecting outright the site proposed by Okram Ibobi Singh government for construction of national Sports University. After inspecting the site at yaithbi Loukon in Ibobi Singh’s district of Thoubal the Union minister told reporters that the site selected by the state government is not suitable for the university. He cited four reasons to disfavor the site.

“The site is located at a low lying area. There are law and order problems there. There are disputes over the land acquisition and the land owners are not paid compensation,” Vijay Goel told reporters at a media briefing at the BJP head office here. He said the state government should provide the required dispute free land and the delay in setting up the National Sports University due to identification of the site will be the sole responsibility of the state government.

Centre plans new terminal at Imphal Airport

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | November 4

Union civil aviation minister Pusapati Ashok Ganapati Raju today announced a proposal for construction of a new terminal at Imphal Airport at an estimated project cost of Rs 450 crores. The minister made the announcement while speaking at a BJP conference in connection to 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly election organised by the BJP Khurai Mandal at Ima Laikhurembi hall, Khurai Sajor Leikai.

He said, the centre has asked the state government to provide roads for starting construction of the new airport infrastructure. Once the road is available construction would be started immediately and within three years Imphal will get a new terminal. As regards to more connectivity the state should explore the possibilities of commercial helicopter services with 7-8 hours utility program, he said.

Paojalet Touthang’s election campaign kicks off

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL |November 4

The election campaign of T Paojalet Touthang, an aspiring BJP candidate for the upcoming 11th Manipur State Legislative Assembly Election in the Saikul assembly constituency was formally launched at a function held at Canan Veng, North AOC, Imphal today. The launch function organised by his election campaign committee was attended among others by chiefs of several villages of Saikul Assembly constituency and members of the church.

In his keynote address, Zimik Akhui of Hongman Tangkhul Village said the candidate is a sincere and faithful person who will work not only for the development of the Saikul assembly constituency but also for the entire state. Touthang has been working to bring a need-based development works for the people and remove the existing economic disparity, he added.

RS (Retd) officer targets SH MLAs

The Sangai Express

Imphal, November 04 2016: Retired officer from the Indian Revenue Service, Tongmang Haokip has issued a statement alleging that the three MLAs of Sadar Hills had appended their signatures on an agreement with the JAC Sadar Hills that they would resign from the Assembly if Sadar Hills district is not inaugurated within october this year.

The retired IRS officer said that the three MLAs appended their signature with the pledge that ‘in the even of failure to inaugurate Sadar Hills within October ‘16, we the elected representatives of Sadar Hills will not contest the Assembly election 2017 and we will unanimously tender our resignation from the legislature and Legislative Assembly fortwith’ .

Shyamkumar links crime with illiteracy

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | November 4

Andro MLA Thounaojam Shyamkumar today elucidated on the importance of education and said a proper education system will help a drop in the crime rate by 90 percent in the state, as we can clearly see that most of the crimes committed are due to illiteracy. The MLA who recently joined the Congress was speaking at the inaugural function of the Laimanai Multipurpose community hall at Yairipok today.

Womenfolk are the first to come up in arms against sale and consumption of local liquor, but unfortunately no woman has come out to protest irregular classes in the educational institutions, the MLA observed. The state is today facing numerous crimes including against women and robberies, he said adding we need to spread awareness on the importance of education to fight the rising crime rate.

Congress protests detention of Rahul Gandhi

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | November 3

MPCC workers staged a sit in protest demonstration at front of Manipur congress Bhawan BT road against the detention of AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi by Delhi police and condemned the Modi government against the action. The protest demonstrated was organized by Manipur Pradesh Mahila Congress committee, Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress Committee and National Students Union of India (NSUI) in which various congress leaders of MPCC were also present.

The sit-in-protest has display placards written “Modi government act is undemocratic act”, “shame Modi Government”, “step down”, “where has good days gone”, “Defense minister should resign on issue of one rank one pension”, “we stand for Rahul Gandhi”, “Narendra Modi Murdabat”, “long live congress”.

Naorem decides to boycott N Loken

Imphal Free Press

BISHNUPUR | November 3   

Altogether four clubs and meira paibis of Naorem Village under Nambol Assembly constituency have warned to boycott local MLA N Loken if the road connecting the village to Nambol is not repaired before the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly election. The decision was arrived during a public meeting at the Naorem Makha Leikai community hall and later announced during a press conference.

The press meet was called jointly by Laishram Nilakanta Singh of Panthoibi Youth Club, Naorem Maning Leikai, Khomdram GUnish Singh secretary Naorem Youth Welfare Club Naorem mayai Leikai, Oinam Suresh Singh secretary of Naorem Youth Sports and Cultural Organisation, Irom Yumpham Youth Club Naorem Makha Leikai, meira paibis and other locals.

Meira paibi leader Amakcham Tenden Devi said the road is in such a bad shape that we can rear fish in the potholes. The incumbent local MLA of the Congress party N Loken has represented the constituency for three consecutive terms, however, he has failed to look into the condition of the road till date, she lamented.

Henglep ready for assembly elections

Imphal Free Press

CCPUR | November 3

Henglep SDO Chunglenmang Kipgen today said the sub-division which has 29 polling stations is all set for the 2017 state Assembly election. This IFP correspondent met the SDO at his temporary office located at Hmar Veng of Lamka in Churachandpur town. As election time nears, the state including Churachandpur district has witnessed the campaign for electoral roll revision being accelerated and the district administrations working overtime.

The SDO said till date he is unable to go and visit the interior villages of the sub-division as many are inaccessible by vehicles. He said however, he is planning to visit all 29 polling stations within this month to ascertain the ground reality. He said so far, the district administration has conducted three phases of gram sabha meetings in the sub-division on October 9, October 24-25 and November 2-3.

In the first phase, gram sabha meetings was held in many villages including M Tampak and Tuilaphai villages, in the second phase at Vantungbung and Vungbuk villages on the second day and in the third phase at Thingkeu and Lhangzang villages. The SDO said that during the electoral roll special summary revision, 957 forms were submitted which include 679 people submitting form no. 6, 60 people submitting form no 7, 184 submitting form no 8 and 34 people submitting 8A. The forms, he said, are related to addition, deletion, correction and transposition (shifting of voting booth).

Oinam constituency three aspirant candidate of BJP endorse work together

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | November 3

Three out of four ticket aspirants of BJP in Oinam constituency have decided to work together in the ensuing 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly 2017 election. The three aspirants have signed a memorandum of understanding to endorse and support whoever the parliamentary board decides to give the ticket. The three aspirants are Oinam Bikramjit from Oinam village, Khundrakpam Romeo from Ngaikhong Khullen and Khumukcham Jibon from Irengbam village.

The decision was today announced at a press meet at Oinam today by the three candidates. Khumukcham Jibon said that most of the representatives elected by Oinam constituency in the recent past have been in the opposition bench resulting in benefits of various schemes and development not reaching the constituency. So, the time has come to bring a change.

Union minister graces Liangma Chagaa Festival

Newmai News Network/ Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL|November 2:

Union minister for Tribal Affairs Jual Oram, in response to the memorandum submitted by the
Liangmai Naga Council (LNC), assured to construct a “community complex” for the Liangmai people. The LNC also submitted a separate memorandum “strongly opposing” the creation of Sadar Hills district.

The Union minister was at Tamei, Tamenglong district on October 30 to grace the state level ‘Chagaa Ngee’, the Liangmai traditional ‘blessed festival’.  The festival was celebrated under the theme, “To the Roots”.

Member of Central Board of Film Certification, Linda Newmai, who is also an Advisory member of National Rural Livelihood Mission attended the event as the guest of honour while former MLA and President of Naga People’s Front (NPF), Manipur unit N Awangbou was the function president. Sitting MLA Z Kikhonbou Niumai, who is also the vice chairman of Hill Area Committee (HAC) was the chief host while Rev Z Mairilungbou, Executive Secretary of LNBA was the Singkuh (Chief Priest) of the programme. The Chagaa Queen contest was graced by Namsinrei Panmei, chairman of Autonomous District Council (ADC), Tamenglong.

Witingthuiliu Abonmai, Makhan (BA), was crowned as Chagaa Queen. Gloria Daimai (MA) of Tamenglong is the First Runners Up while Matungliu of Makhan is the Second Runners Up. Various Liangmai artistes enthralled the gathering with their items. The host villages are Tamei Namraining, Chiang and Piulekluang.

Cong Councillors face heat over Sadar Hills issue

The Sangai Express

Sadar Hills, November 02 2016: Intense pressure has been mounted on the twenty Congress Councillors of ADC Sadar Hills as the people have started venting their anger over the failure of the Congress Government to declare Sadar Hills as a full fledged district.

With the people targeting them there is a big possibility of the Congress Councillors leaving the primary membership of the party if the Manipur Congress Government fails to declare Sadar Hills as a full-fledged district at the earliest.

The people of Sadar Hills and various civil society organizations held a joint meeting at the District Council Hall today to discuss the issue.

Mizoram CM seeks political brownie points, talks of ‘efforts’ against three bills

Imphal Free Press


Mizoram Chief Minister Lalthanhawla made his standpoint clear on the three controversial bills passed by Manipur assembly last year.

He said “When I went to Delhi, I had asked the centre to reject the three bills at which many of my party (Congress I) leaders, asked me why as a Congress Chief Minister I was complaining against my party’s government in other states at which I answered blood is thicker than water.”

He made this statement as a chief guest at the Chavang Kut festival at Churachandpur today.

The much anticipated Chavang Kut 2016 was celebrated with much fanfare in Churachandpur on November 1, with the Mizoram Chief Minister attending as the chief guest of the celebration at Peace ground, Tuibong in Churachandpur district Manipur.

Addressing the celebration Thanhawla said he doesn’t consider himself as a guest of the function, but rather as the host of the function, because he was of the same descent as the people in Churachandpur.

He also ask the people to feel the same way when they come to Mizoram, saying “Irrespective of how it is worth the Zo-suan / Zo-Nahthlak (Zo descendent) has a Jerusalem in the form of Mizoram and please feel at home whenever you happen to come to Mizoram which is the only  government the Zo-Suan can claim as theirs.”

He continued he was happy that the organisers of the festival have given him and everyone the chance to meet their brethrens.

“It is not only in Myanmar, India and Bangladesh that the Zo descendents are scattered but within India too. We are scattered in the states of Mizoram, Manipur, Assam and Tripura and I urge all to be a factor that stabilised the government wherever we are with a sense of belongingness implanted in us but not at the cost of our right and liberty,” he said and added that there is no reason why God will not unite us and give us freedom as shown by the love and unity we show which is on the rise.

“We are not certain who, whether the hill or valley people, settled first in the present Manipur, but an action to hurt the minority and their right is unacceptable,” the chief guest said referring to the thee bills passed last year by the state Assembly.
 “Many a time I am asked the population of Mizoram which is around 10 lakhs,” he said adding people are unimpressed by the small population, which is because they are unaware of “our brethen in Burma and Bangladesh.”

“I have longed for the Zo descendents to unite, expand their relationship with the fear of God so that they will create a platform for spreading the words of God who can grant our wish and it is more important to note that we must try to be self reliant and students should learn to support themselves.”

The Congress Councillors met under Thangjakam Misao, vice-chairman, ADC Sadar Hills, who is also the president of Sadar Hills District Congress Committee (SHDCC) and was attended by all the Congress Councillors including Haokholal Hangshing, chairman ADC Sadar Hills.

Ibobi seeks time for Jiribam district
District Demand Committee responds with total bandh

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | October 31

Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh today sought more time for upgrading Jiribam sub-division to a full-fledged revenue district. “Jiribam has all the required infrastructure of a revenue district. Therefore, it can be upgraded to a district. The demand for creation of Jiribam district is justified. However, we need more time for making it a district. Let us wait for some more time,” Ibobi Singh appealed to people in the sub-division during a tour of Jiribam today.

Unhappy with the chief minister’s “failure” to live up to the expectations the JDDC imposed a “total bandh” in Jiribam from 7 pm of November 2 till 6 am of November 4. Creation of Jiribam district has been a long standing demand. Spearheaded by Jiribam District Demand Committee (JDDC), people of the district had launched agitations in the past. Accompanied by a host of ministers Ibobi Singh today launched five development projects in Jiribam. Deputy chief minister Gaikhangam in-charge of home, health minister D K Korungthang, education minister Kh Ratankumar Singh, Hill Areas Committee chairman (Dr Chaltonlien Amo, PDA chairman T Mangibabu and local MLA Th Devendra Singh accompanied the chief minister.

The chief minister inaugurated newly constructed 50 bedded hospital at Ningshingkhun, subsidiary police training centre at Jalorpokpi, multi-purpose sports complex at Bidyanagar, multi-utility market complex at Babupara and and Jakuradhor police station at Borobekra.

148 join NSCN from factions

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | October 31

Altogether 148 members from different Naga Political organization who stayed astray have now decided to join The NSCN/GPRN, said a statement issued by the MIP of the outfit. The statement said the joint council of NSCN/GPRN consisting of steering executives, cabinet kilonsers, deputy kilonsers and heads of department while welcoming them appreciated the bold decision they have taken keeping in mind the aspirations of the Nagas.

It said speaking on behalf of the GDRN/NNC (non-accordist), ato kilonser Hangping Zeliang said that “It’s the people need of demand for oneness which can only bring meaningful solution. Nagas have had enough through division and the only key to achieve our aim is through Unity as such we have taken the step to merge with NSCN (IM). It’s an honour to be a part of it and we are proud to be under this banner. I on behalf of GDRN/NNC assure you that we shall no longer affiliate  ourselves with other organization other than NSCN(IM) hence we declare our allegiance and that the GDRN/NNC (Non-Accordist) shall no longer exist”.

S Achouba distributes gifts

The Sangai Express

Imphal, October 31 2016: Ningol Chakkouba gifts were distributed during a function organised by Keisamthong Yaipha Thoudang Nupi Lup at Yumnam Huidrom Mayai Leikai Huidrom Lampak community hall today. Speaking at the programme, S Achouba Singh said that apart from wishing the people on the occasion of Ningol Chakkouba, it is important to observe the day meaningfully.

“Ningol Chakkouba is being celebrated since ages. In today’s world, it has become more important to uphold the age-old celebration,” he added.

Ch Iboyaima, doner member of Mayai Lambi College who also attended the programme lauded S Achouba for his noble service and extending assistance to women on the occasion of Ningol Chakkouba.

BJP lashes out at Congress

The Sangai Express

Jiribam (Imp East), October 31 2016: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Jiribam Mandal Committee, has charged the Okram Ibobi led Congress Government of duping the people of Jiribam. BJP Jiribam Mandal Committee general secretary M Harikumar in a statement said the people of Jiribam did not come to see Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and MLA Debendro inaugurating the 50 bedded Hospital.

The people came with an expectation that by the end of the Chief Minister’s speech at the inaugural function, Jiribam will be declared a revenue district. Contrary to the expectations of all the people present, the Chief Minister concluded his speech with an appeal to the people to vote for MLA Th Debendro in the upcoming election, it said while condemning the attitude of the ruling Government.

BJP aspirant candidates distributes gifts

IMPHAL | October 31

BJP Manipur Pradesh aspirant candidates Lilong and Keirao constituencies has extended gift for Ningol Chakkouba festival to the ‘ningols’ in different places today ahead of the biggest festival of state. Y Antas Khan vice - president of BJYM has extended gift to Meitei community of Lilong constituency. He visited Oinam Sawombung Awang leikai Ibudhou Ngangou Lakpa community hall to meet with the villagers.

Antas said to public that in the last five years, sitting MLA of Lilong has neglected development of infrastructure in the area. The road connectivity and various facilities are in a very bad condition. If BJP government comes in state he assured that a new change will come in Lilong constituency for equal development.

On the other hand, Kishan Morcha vice president Ningthoujam Itomba Meetei on Monday extended gifts to the widows of Keirao wangkhem under Keirao Assembly constituency in connection with the Ningol Chakouba festival. Itomba presented woolen attires (Innaphee) to around 100 widows in a simple function held at Wangkhem this morning.

NPF demands Honpam’s release

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | October 31

Naga Peoples Front (NPF) has demanded release of Honpam Jajo from Ukhrul, who was arrested by the police in connection with the firing incident in Ukhrul on October 24 during a visit by chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and a host of ministers. In a memorandum submitted to the chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh today Honreikhui Kashung, NPF Manipur unit general secretary (administration) claimed that Honpam is secretary of NPF’s Phungyar Assembly constituency unit and is innocent.

Firing from unknown directions immediately after the helicopter carrying Ibobi Singh took off at Pakshi ground of Ukhrul injured a Manipur Rifles jawan. Accompanied by deputy chief minister Gaikhangam, health minister D K Korungthang, forest minister I Hemochandra, commerce minister K Govindas, Deputy Speaker Preshow Shimray and parliamentary secretary Victor Keishing, Ibobi Singh went to Ukhrul to launch a series of development projects.

BJP Chingai Mandal holds political awareness camp

The Sangai Express

Ukhrul, October 30 2016: 45-Chingai BJP Mandal has organised a one-day political awareness camp at Sirarakhong village. The camp was attended by BJP State Unit leaders including Vision Document convenor Dr RK Ranjan, senior party member N Ibohal, BJP Mahila Morcha executive member Bobby Laishram, IT convenor S Tombi and former Minister Dr Khashim Ruivah.

Intending BJP candidate Dr Khashim Ruivah also addressed the public wherein people friendly policies and programmes under the party both at Central and State level were highlighted. Interaction session between BJP State Unit leaders and villagers was also held. More than 150 villagers of Sirarakhong village who took part in the programme assured to support Dr Khashim Ruivah in the upcoming election.

Anti-Congress meet held

The Sangai Express

Imphal, October 30 2016: Former CPI and Trinamool Congress candidates and workers today organised an ‘Anti Congress workers’ meet at Malom Keithel community hall. The public meeting that was attended by about 1600 people resolved to field a strong BJP candidate that can bring down the Congress in Naoriya Pakhanglakpa AC. The public meeting resolved to support Soibam Subhaschandra as BJP candidate for the AC in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

During the meeting, a group christened Anti-Congress Forum was formed to ensure that Soibam Subhaschandra gets the BJP ticket for the upcoming election. The forum will approach BJP State and National leaders for the purpose.

Rijiju seeks Ibobi’s help to check IM activities
Centre yet to receive official report on Ukhrul attack on CM’s entourage

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | October 29

Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju today said that there is the need for checking illegal activities of NSCN-IM by the state government and the centre together. He said this on the sideline of a public meeting of a BJP at Kalapahar, Kangpokpi, Senapati district today. He said that he will not pass any comment on the firing incident during chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and some minister’s visit to Ukhrul recently unless official report is available because it is a sensitive matter and he should not comment on it for the time being.

There is good cooperation presently between the government of Myanmar and government of India. Before also we had good relations. Now it is improving further, he said. Details cannot be laid out but we have good understanding. In future too, any anti-India activity will not be promoted in Myanmar territory and leaders of the two countries are meeting regularly. “Aung San Suu Kyi came, president also came. There is good bilateral relation with our Prime minister and other official here. So presently, we have good working relationship with Myanmar,” he said.

Further he said that Central government and state government should come together to ensure that illegal activities does not take places in Manipur. Central government is sincere on their part and cooperation should also come from the other side, said Kiren.

Ibobi promises public library in each district

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | October 30

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh today inaugurated a new building of Imphal Public Library at Uripok Sorbon Thingel Leikai, Imphal. The function was organised by executive committee, Imphal Public Library and Community Development Society, Uripok Sorbon Thingel. Speaking as chief guest, Okram Ibobi Singh said that the government is planning to establish one public library each in all districts of the state. “Library is a treasure and temple of knowledge and a boon to people. It is the place where knowledge is preserved. A good library would be very useful for the future younger generation,” the Chief Minister said.

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