Imphal, April 30, 2017 (DIPR): A cultural programme comprising of a set of varied cultural dance items was showcased by the artistes of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy at Raj Bhavan Darbar Hall today.

    Lai Haraoba,Thougal Jagoi,Kabui Jagoi, Pung Cholom and Basanta Raj were performed excellently in sequence by the young and talented artistes of the Academy in the presence of Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla, her guests and other higher officials.

    In our traditional Lai Haraoba dance, the maibis or the priestesses play the main role by performing the task of main actor to the customer while the Thougal Jagoi is dedicated to gods and goddesses for making prosperity for the community.

    The Kabui Jagoi took the minds of the audience to the exotic surroundings apart from being noted for vigorous footworks, sharp and clean wistful movements of the body.

    A highly refined classical dance, the Pung Cholom that is characterised by the moderation of sound from soft whisper to a thunder climax, enjoys a high privilege amongst the dances of Manipur. There are several kinds of drums, each enchanted for a particular occasion. The pung or Manipuri mridanga is the soul of Manipuri Sankritan and music and classical Manipuri dance.

    Basanta Raj was performed as the final item of the evening. With the advent of Vaishnavism theory in the 18th century, new ways of devotional cult were created in the State.  Basanta Raj depicts the yearning of the gopis for communion with Lord Krishna. The sublime symbolism of Raj Lila is the quintessence of Hindu philosophy, the agonies of the human soul to attain union with the supreme soul. The Basanta Raj of the spring season is played on the full moon night of chaitya in the month of March or April.



    IMPHAL, 30th APRIL, 2017 (DIPR):-Education, Labour and Employment Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said that Games & Sports keeps us healthy and sound mind while attending the 11th Annual Sports meet cum prize distribution function of The New Light English School of Malom Jaliyanbi, Yairipok.

    The Minister said that he will do the needful for the development of the school. In the interest of the student and locality he announced for the construction of a toilet and two classrooms in the school. He assured the local people that a waiting shed will be constructed in the near future. Prizes to the students in the 11th Annual Sports Meet were also distributed by him. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, April 29 (DIPR): IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip along with MLA of Hiyanglam AC Dr. Radheshyam Yumnam today inspected Pumlenpat and Khoidumpat to assess feasibility of constructing water channel there.

              MLA Shri Radheshyam Yumnam said that vast tract of agriculture land and many fishery farms in Pumlenpat/Khoidumpat area remained submerged during rainy seasons due to absence of water channel where the flood water can be released. This has not only caused immense problems to farmers of the area, but also renders the farmers jobless. The area was once known as a potato bowl of the state. But many farmers lost hope as the area remains submerged during rainy season every year.

              After the inspection at Tokpaching Bamon Leikai and Hanuman Chingjin, IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip said the government will take up every possible measure to redress the grievances of the farmers. He added that the department will first study the cost-effect ratio and act accordingly.

              The Minister further assured that retaining wall will be constructed at some selected sites along the bank of Imphal river within the AC soon. The Minister and MLA was accompanied by Chief Engineer of IFCD Ksh Pritam Singh, M. Borchand Singh, EE (IFCD-III) and other engineers.

              Earlier in the day, IFCD and YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip along with department officials inspected the ongoing construction of a playground at Khopijang under Chandel AC. (DIPR)


    IMPHAL, April 29 (DIPR): “Every action of the government is your business and every single penny spent by the government is your money. The government belongs to the people,” IFCD and YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip said while also urging the people not to hesitate to take their grievances to the government.

    The Minister was addressing a gathering of village chiefs and public during the first assembly of  Kuki Chiefs’ Association (KCA), Chandel held today at M. Munpi village in Chandel district.

    Shri Letpao Haokip said that development will not take place unless the people think that the government is theirs and it truly belongs to them. Saying that petty issues like clannish interest or clan-centric issues are responsible for retardation of overall development, the Minister stressed the need to do away with such narrow interests.

    He said that development will automatically happen at a fast pace when people cultivate positive thinking. Shri Letpao Haokip also appealed to all concerned to contribute their might to bring peace, harmony and overall development in 41-Chandel AC and to make the AC an exemplary constituency.

    He further assured that all welfare schemes reach the targeted beneficiaries. Letpao also sought the cooperation of the district administration in streamlining various projects and schemes implemented in the district.

    Various village chiefs’ associations of the area and leaders of Kuki Women Human Rights, Chandel presented the Minister with gifts and memorandum.

              Deputy Commissioner of Chandel district Shri Krishna Kumar and various District Level Officers besides Engineers of PHED and IFCD including Chief Engineer (IFCD) Ksh. Pritam Singh also attended the programme. About 70 village chiefs attended the programme.

              The Minister and his entourage were accorded rousing welcomes at Langching, Sugnu Zou veng, Sugnu Tribal enruote to the meeting venue. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 29, 2017 (DIPR): The 11th Foundation Day of Workers’ Union Manipur (WUM) was observed at JNIMS, Conference Hall, Imphal today.

    Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function, Shri Th. Shyamkumar, Minister of MAHUD, Town Planning, Forest & Environment, Horticulture and Soil Conservation, said that, the observation is held for the workers to be self sufficient and to be able to safeguard the economy of the State. He said most of the local population lack work ethics, discipline and are ashamed to take up physical and menial job. He also said that when he was sitting at the opposition bench, he raised up to the then present government about the usage of the funds from the labour cess which is 1 per cent. The Minister also said any worker holding Labour Department card can directly complain to him in case any worker is denied his/her benefits.

    Minister Shyamkumar further said that, an awareness programme for the citizens is required so that they inculcate the habit of cleanliness. He also said all the citizens must co-operate with the workers who are involved in cleaning the city as well. He appealed to the youths of the state not to be ashamed of physical or menial job.

    The Minister also said that, during his tenure as a Minister he will work sincerely and serve the people. Minister Shyamkumar said that, working hours should be divided shifts for efficient service. The Minister expressed his desire for the meira paibis to be more involved in the welfare of students in government schools. He said that, meira paibis should also lend their voices to get more students enrolled in government schools.

    Floral tributes were paid to the three late members of the WUM and excellence awards were given to two outstanding workers of the union.

    Professor Deben Laishram, Director JNIMS; Keithellakpam London, President Workers’ Union Manipur and Mutum Churamani, President LOUSAL also attended the function.


    Imphal, April 29, 2017 (DIPR): Shri Th. Shyamkumar, Minister MAHUD, Town Planning, Forest & Environment, Horticulture and Soil Conservation today laid the foundation stone for the Khurai Lamlong Keithel (market place) at Lamlong Bazar. Attending the function as the Chief Guest of the function, Th. Shyamkumar said that, numerous discussions were held in the past with senior politicians regarding construction of a modern market place at Lamlong. The Minister gave assurance that the new government under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh is determined to construct a modern market place. He said that, once the construction is completed, the new Lamlong Keithel will be a source of livelihood for people not only in Imphal East but also for those coming from far flung areas including Hilly areas.

    Stating that the Lamlong Keithel is historically famous for being the market place to actively trade in paddy, Minister Shyamkumar assured that a foot bridge will be constructed for easy accessibility. He said that, foot bridges will be also built in other market places as well. He said that, the new government will give modern facilities to the new Khurai Lamlong Keithel and appealed to the public for full cooperation to the government. The Minister said that, the funding will be provided by State and the Centre in the ratio of 10:90.

    Shri L. Sushindro Meitei, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) who is also the MLA of Khurai A/C said that, people should not forget the initiatives undertaken by the new government and appealed for full public cooperation. He also said that, he will appeal to the government to provide space in the new market for the women vendors coming from Hill areas and from other far flung areas. He also appealed to the government to provide alternatives in the new market building so that the market vendors can take shelter during emergencies like bandh and blockade.

    L. Sushindro Meitei appealed to the people to make the new market place a symbol of integrity and brotherhood which will be an example of unity among different communities. Vendors will be given a loan of Rs 20,000 each in collaboration with Bandhan Bank and appealed to the vendors to repay the loan on time, he added.

    Coordinating Body Khurai and Apex Body of local clubs, meira paibis and working class submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minster through the Chief Guest of the function for setting up of smart villages in Ekou, Yengkhuman, Guwaltapi and Itham villages of Imphal East District.

    Lamlong Keithel Phambi Apunba Lup and tribal street vendors presented gifts to the dignitaries attending the function organised by MAHUD, Manipur and Lamlong Keithel Development Committee. The function was attended by PDA Chairman, T. Robindro; N. Indrajit Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, MAHUD, Manipur and people of the constituency. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 29, 2017 (DIPR): As observed in India and around the globe, Manipur also observed `The World Veterinary Day- 2017` on the theme,``Antimicrobial Registance- From Awareness to Action`` at the Auditorium of Lamyanba  Shanglen, Palace Gate, Imphal today. The observation was organised by Manipur State Veterinary Council.

    The observation was attended by Minister(MAHUD/Town Planning/Forests & Environment/Horticulture & Soil Conservation) Shri  Th. Shyamkumar, Minister,(Agri/Vety.& A.H)  Shri V.Hangkhanlian, Principal Secy.(Vety & A.H)  Shri  L. Lakher,IAS and Director,(Vety.& A.H) Dr. H. Chaoba Singh, as Chief Guest, President and Guests of Honour respectively.

    Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Minister, Shri Th. Shyamkumar  stressed  the need of proper guidance for those who reared animals and take proper tips and help from veterinary doctors and experts to avoid diseases. To give cooperation to the Veterinary Department for fulfilling of plans and policies and to bring increase of livestock for better economy of the people is highly essential, he added.

    Veterinary & Animal Husbandary Minister, Shri V. Hangkhanlian  said that giving kind and proper treatment to animals who could not speak is a great devotion as service given to human being. Without veterinary doctors and experts prescription and advice, no injection of anti-biotic to be done. He asked the Veterinary Department to prepare developmental plans and policies, forwarded to high level committee for discussion and taking decision. Tame animals, also take care of their health, the minister asserted.

    Additional Director (Public Health) Dr. Kh. Sasheekumar Mangang, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NEH Region, Meghalaya Dr. I. Shakuntala Devi, spoke on the theme as resource persons.

    Besides other dignitaries, around three hundred Veterinary Officers from all the district of Manipur participated in the function. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 29, 2017: Minister of Textiles, Commerce and Industries Thongam Biswajit Singh drew the attention of the Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Kalraj Mishra for taking up more schemes and projects under the Ministry in Manipur so that unemployment problem in the state could be solved. He was speaking at the meeting of Ministers and Principal Secretaries (MSME/Khadi/Coir) of all States and Union Territories under the Chairmanship of Shri Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for MSME, Government of India, held in New Delhi, on Friday.

    Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, Minister of State for MSME, Government of India, and senior officers of the Ministry were also present at the meeting.

    Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands; Rohit Bhai Patel, Minister from Gujarat; Vipul Goyal, Minister from Haryana; Th. Biswajit Singh, Minister from Manipur; H. Rohluna, Minister from Mizoram; Jogendra Behera, Minister from Odisha; Satyadev Pachauri, Minister from Uttar Pradesh and Madan Kaushik, Minister from Uttarakhand participated and presented views of their respective UT/ States in the meeting.

    Th. Biswajit Singh also stressed the importance of Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) which was a credit-linked programme launched by the Ministry of MSME for creation of employment in both rural and urban areas of the country. He urged the Ministry for creation of more employment in Manipur under the scheme.

    Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for MSME Kalraj Mishra said, “The coordination between Centre and State is necessary for overall development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Sector”. He also pointed out that the present Government wanted more people to be self-employed so that the number of job-seekers came down.

    In the meeting, the Union Ministry informed again to all the States to create a separate Department or at least a separate Directorate for the development and growth of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The Ministry also asked every State to come up with MSME Policy in their States so that the MSMEs were encouraged. (DIPR)



    Imphal; April 28, 2017 (DIPR): Noted Manipuri musicologist Laishram Birendrakumar Singh, 97, was recently conferred Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian honour for his contribution to music in the country. Owing to health issues, he could not travel to Delhi to receive the award at an investiture ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, so the prestigious award was presented to him by Manipur Chief Secretary Shri O. Nabakishore Singh at his residence at Kwakeithel Ningthemkol Leikai, today.

    On receiving the Padma Shri, Birendrakumar said, “I feel very happy. I have dedicated myself to the study of scientific approach of Manipuri folk music. I have been honoured with this prestigious award in a show of satisfaction by the Indian government over my work.”

    He said learning folk music promotes communal harmony in the State by bridging the gap between the different communities and enhances the spirit of emotional bonding amongst them.

    Sharing his feelings to media people on receiving the award, he said that he is highly elated that he is acknowledged for his contribution to music at this age.

    He continued that he has a great inclination for folk music since a very early age and that due respect must be given to folk music as a mark of respecting our identity and culture.

    He also spoke of how he used to speak on topics related to folk music and Lai Haraoba at seminars and workshops. He further expressed the need to understand the folk music in order to preserve the indigenous Meitei tradition and identity.

              Laishram Birendrakumar Singh, who is also a Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee, advised the young folks of today that they should respect folk music as it contains ingredients of wisdom.

    Chief Secretary Shri O. Nabakishore lauded Birendrakumar and said he has done the State proud. The Chief Secretary also encouraged him to achieve higher laurels like thePadma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.

    Retired IAS Officer, R.K. Nimai, Director JN Dance Academy L Upendro, retired Vice-Chairman JN Dance Academy Prof. N Tombi and other higher officials attended the presentation ceremony. (DIPR)



    Imphal, 28th April, 2017 (DIPR): Ima Kondong Lairembi and its surrounding area can be turned into a religious tourist spot, expressed Education, Labour & Employment Minister Shri Th Radheshyam after inaugurating the Ima Kondong Lairembi Mithung Shang (Guest House) at the premise of the Ima Kondong Lairembi Khubam Moreh, today.

    Continuing his speech, the Minister said construction of the guest house was made possible with support from the people. He said the place is a very popular place and attracts many visitors from different parts of the state, especially during its annual Lai – Haraoba ceremony.

    He said we still need a lot to do to develop such a spot and create a religious tourists spot. Moreh is a beautiful town and attracts many tourists from both inside and outside the state, he said. The Indo-Myanmar Friendship Bridge connects India and Myanmar, he added.

    He further appealed to the people to help in developing the town and its tourist spots.

    He further assured before the public that he will approach the Chief Minister to do the needful to promote tourism in the area.

                    Today’s function was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary IFCD Shri L. Rameshwar Meetei, Parliamentary Secretary RD & PR Shri H. Dingo Singh; Parliamentary Secretary Education and YAS Shri K. Robindro, members and officials of the Autonomous District Council Moreh and members of the Ima Kondong Lairembi Mithung Shang Construction Committee.

    It may be mentioned that on the way to the border town, the Minister had inspected a DIET Centre which is under construction at Tengnoupal. Later in the afternoon after the inaugural function of the guest house, the Minister also visited the Eastern Shine School and interacted with teachers of the schools. The teachers had submitted a memorandum to the Minister. Other certain organisations also submitted memorandum to the Minister. (DIPR)


    Imphal, April 28, 2017 (DIPR): The Manipur Cabinet today decided to start Manipur State Transport (MST) immediately with the objective of providing an economical, efficient, sustainable, affordable and properly coordinated road transport service.

                Modalities will be worked out to start bus service within next one month. Manipur State Transport will be owned and run by the Transport Department in the initial phase. The arrangement will subsequently involve participation by private operators under the banner of MST.

                At the initial stage, MST will start with 14 routes, connecting Imphal with other Districts namely, Churachandpur, Pherzawl, Bishnupur, Jiribam, Noney, Tamenglong, Kangpokpi, Senapati, Ukhrul, Kamjong, Thoubal, Kakching, Chandel and Tengnoupal.

                Due to heavy increase in numbers of vehicles and pedestrians population with limited narrow roads and parking spaces mainly within valley districts of Manipur leading to daily and yearlong inconveniences of traffic congestion and unwanted frequent accidents, the Cabinet decided to create one post of Superintendent of Police (Traffic) and one post of Additional Superintendent of Police (Traffic) to look after traffic in Imphal area. In addition, Traffic Police will be posted and attached with all other district SPs. 

                Cyber crime complaints have increased in recent times. Such complaints are generally related to social networking sites and SMS through mobile phones. Evidence in such cases is required to be immediately retrieved as it pertains to e-mail, websites, chats database which are to be traced on desktops, laptops as well as mobile phones. It is imperative that the data is retrieved at the earliest and following the prescribed procedure for its admissibility in Courts. In this regard, the Cabinet also decided to create one post of Deputy Superintendent of Police to deal with and investigate cyber crimes.

                The Cabinet also discussed regularisation of payment of enhanced scales of pay to teachers having requisite qualification and decided to withdraw earlier cancellation order dated 6/9/2016 issued by the Education Department (S).

                In view of the importance and relevance of renewable energy sector and solar energy in particular, the Cabinet decided to provide subsidy of Rs 10,000 per KW for installation of grid connected rooftop solar power plants. The amount of state capital subsidy however will be limited to a maximum of two KW or Rs 20,000 per beneficiary.

                The State Cabinet also decided to restructure the Manipur Development Society (MDS) and to hand over the cases relating the irregularities of accounts of Manipur Development Society to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, April 27 (DIPR): A high-power committee will soon be set up to settle the grievances of the Mapithel dam-affected villagers/residents.

                The high-power committee will be headed by Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) Minister Shri Letpao Haokip and consist of PHED, CAF&PD, Works and Agriculture Ministers apart from three representatives each from Mapithel Dam-affected bodies. 

                This was decided today after a meeting between IFC officials and a large delegation of Mapithel Dam affected villagers chaired by IFC Minister Shri Letpao Haokip in the Conference Hall of Manipur Secretariat in the presence of Parliamentary Secretary (PHED) and MLA of Phungyar AC, Shri Leishiyo Keishing.

                After a patient hearing to the grievances put forth by the affected village chiefs/headmen, Minister Shri Letpao Haokip during the meeting with the dam-affected villagers assured to bring the matter to the higher authority for prompt redressal of their grievances. Asserting that the State government would spare no efforts in redressing the genuine grievances of the dam-affected villagers, the Minister sought the cooperation of the affected villagers so that the Government solve the matter once and for all.

                Chiefs/Headmen of about 17 villages affected by the upstream and downstream of Mapithel Dam were led in today’s meeting by Shri M. Ngaranmi, Co-Chairman, Mapithel Dam Affected Coordination Committee (MDACC).

                Secretary (IFCD) Shri Gopen Meitei, Chief Engineer (IFCD) Shri Ksh. Pritam Singh and other officials of IFC Department were also present in the meeting. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 26, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today announced an economic package of Rs 185 crore for development of Kangpokpi District. This was stated by him at the Felicitation cum Blessing ceremony organised by Kuki Inpi and CSOs of Kangpokpi District held at Brig. M. Thomas Ground, Kangpokpi.

    Addressing at the august gathering, Shri N. Biren Singh said that the new government opens its door 24X7 to the people so that the grievances and issues can be discussed with the government or the concerned ministers on time.  The new government is committed to upholding a transparent and accountable government so as to make a corruption free state, he added.

    Shri N. Biren Singh further said, “What we need in the state is to change our mindset and outlook so that no ethnic difference should be there among the various communities living in the state”.

    He also urged the people to unite against any vested interest based on religion or ethnic lines. He stressed that the new government adopts a humanity approach and is prioritising in health, education and infrastructural sectors so as to have an inclusive development in both hills and valley of the state.

    To monitor the various developmental works in each district, Chief Minister said that the government would assign Principal Secretaries to supervise the District Commissioners to have better governance in hill districts of the state.

    Announcing an economic package of Rs 185 crores for the district, Shri N. Biren Singh stated that the package includes construction of a women’s market at estimated cost of Rs 10 crores, setting up of ITI (Rs. 9.5 crores), construction of Sadbhavna Mandop (Rs. 2.5 crores), opening of Tribal Girls’ Hostel (Rs. 2.25 crores) and construction of a Guest House (Rs. 2 crores) to name a few.

    Speaking at the function, Minister for IPR, PWD, RD&PR Shri Th. Biswajit Singh said that the inauguration of District Information Office, Kangpokpi is the need of the hour so that the government policies and developmental programmes would be disseminated through this office. The main objective is to bridge the gap between the government and its people. He further said that various policies regarding the working journalist would be revised such as pension schemes, ex-gratia etc.

    Under the Prathan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin “Housing for All” schemes, the Minister said, the Central government has already sanctioned 51 crores to build thousands of pucca houses in the state. He assured that the un-electrified villages of the state would be electrified by 2019 and MANIREDA units would be installed in off-power areas. He further stressed that every district would have a district Handloom and Handicraft Centre which would be providing training, skill development and employment opportunities to the people.

    IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip, PHED Minister Shri L. Dikho, Social Welfare Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen, Forest and Environment Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar, Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam, Tribal and Hill Areas Development Minister Shri N. Kayasii, Hill Area Committee Chairman Shri TT Haokip, Manipur Pollution Control Board Chairman Shri L. Radhakishore, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Shri L. Sushindro, Parliamentary Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Shri S. Subhaschandra, Parliamentary Secretary (MAHUD) Shri N. Indrajit, Parliamentary Secretary (Education) Shri K. Robindro, Parliamentary Secretary (RD& PR) Shri H. Dingo, Parliamentary Secretary (PHED) Shri K. Leishiyo, Parliamentary Secretary (IT) Dr. Sapam Ranjan and Parliamentary Secretary (IFCD) Shri L. Rameshwor Meetei were also present at the occasion.

    During the function, traditional Gong, shawls and bouquets were gifted to the Chief Minister. As a part of the programme, various cultural programmes were also showcased by different communities. (DIPR)



    Imphal, 26th April, 2017 (DIPR): Emphasizing to bring out the fullest of the students by utilizing the best of the available resources, Education, Labour & Employment Minister Th. Radheshyam said children must be brought up with positive thoughts and ideas as they are like mud/blank papers that could be mould/drew in whatever/whichever way one wants. Thus, to imbibe with positive thoughts it is a must to make them an optimist so that they can be encouraged going after their goals in their life without any reluctance. He was speaking as a Chief Guest on the 6th Foundation Day of the Smart Universal Academy, Sekmaijin Khunou, Kakching.

    When the school can make the weak students better and not discard them because of their weakness, then only the schools are considered to be a good school, the Minister added. Thus, stressing on the need to understand the students by both the parents and teacher, the Minister said there could be good relation only through interaction.

    He further said education, is not just to get a job, but a means to make them capable of facing any challenges in their life successfully. Poverty or being rich he added should not be an excuse for any failure or success because what is important for success is the determination. To nourish the children for better future and the present, the Minister said parents should not be very demanding but caring with love, affection and support to lead them towards the right path.  

    In the celebration Dr. Yumnam Radheshyam Singh, MLA Hiyanglam A/C & also Chairman, (MANIDCO & MANITRON), Sapam Kunjakishwor (Keba) vice-president NEIDP and retired officers of education were also present. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 26, 2017 (DIPR): ChiefMinister Shri N. Biren Singh today inaugurated District Information Office and District Social Welfare Office at Kangpokpi during his visit to the newly created district.

    Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, ADC Chairman, ADC Members, top bureaucrats and police officers were present at the inauguration ceremonies.

    Kangpokpi is the first district among the newly created districts having a District Information Office under Directorate of Information and Public Relations. Now, the general public of the district will get all kinds of Government-related information from this office.

    The DIO’s office will also publicize all kinds of Government-related information of the district through the mass media.

    In order to facilitate smooth running of the newly opened office, one District Information Officer, an Information Assistant, an Office Assistant and a Grade-IV staff had been deputed at DIO Kangpokpi.

    DIPR now has District Information Offices in Kangpokpi, Senapati, Ukhrul, Chandel, Churachandpur, Tamenglong, Thoubal and Bishnupur districts and a Manipur Information Centre at New Delhi. The State Government is yet to open District Information Offices at Jiribam, Kakching, Tengnoupal, Kamjong, Pherzawl and Noney districts.

    The new coalition Government led by BJP was installed in Manipur on March 15, 2017. The prime task of the new Government is to bring transparency, good governance and corruption-free environment in the State with overall development in both hills and plains. All these commitments would not be fulfilled unless the full support of the public has been extended to the Government.

    With the creation of seven new districts namely Jiribam, Kangpokpi, Kakching, Tengnoupal, Kamjong, Pherzawl and Noney there is a need to open District Information Offices in all these newly created districts as well in order to function the district administration more effectively with the full support of the general masses in the district.

    On the other hand, Kangpokpi district now has a district ICDS Cell as well along with District Social Welfare Office under the State Social Welfare Department.

    Social Welfare Officer, Saitu Gamphazol has been deputed as DSWO, Kangpokpi by merging Social Welfare Office, Saitu Gamphazol with DSWO, Kangpokpi. On the other hand, CDPO, Kangpokpi has given additional charge of District Programme Officer, Kangpokpi. There are three ICDS projects in Kangpokpi district and 656 Anganwadi centres and 65 Mini-Anganwadi centres are being run under these projects.  3538 old-aged persons are being benefitted under Manipur Old Age Pension Scheme and 4011 persons under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme in the district.

    Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme have 206 and 59 beneficiaries respectively.

    After the inauguration of District Information Office and District Social Welfare Office at DC Office complex, Kangpokpi, a 24-minute documentary film entitled, ‘Go to the Hills’ produced by DIPR Manipur was also released by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren, Works and IPR Minister Shri Th. Biswajit, IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip, Social Welfare Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen and Parliamentary Secretaries Shri K. Robindro and Dr Sapam Ranjan. (DIPR)




    Imphal, April 26, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh was warmly received by a large number of people at Gangiphai and Kalapahar on his way to Kangpokpi district headquarters today.

    He was heading to the newly created district to attend a felicitation cum blessing function organised in his honour by the people of Kangpokpi.

    Despite incessant rain, large number of people comprising men, women, children and students gathered on road sides to welcome the Chief Minister since morning holding placards that read ‘Welcome Hon’ble CM N. Biren Singh’ and ‘Long Live N. Biren’.

    On his arrival at Gangiphai village located on NH-2 (Imphal-Dimapur road), representatives of Sadar Hills Chiefs’ Association presented a traditional shawl to the Chief Minister on behalf of the villagers.

    Later, they also submitted a memorandum highlighting their grievances to Shri N. Biren.

    The Chief Minister was accorded warm welcome at Kalapahar as well. He was received by a large number of people at the village mostly inhabited by Gorkha people where a brief reception was organised by Sadar Hills Gorkha Union.

    Union leaders presented Gorkha traditional Khukri, Topi and shawl to the Chief Minister before he left the village for Kangpokpi.

    Giant gates embossed as ‘Welcome Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh’ were erected to greet the Chief Minister at both the villages.

    Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, top bureaucrats and police officers accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit. (DIPR)






    IMPHAL, 25th APRIL, 2017 (DIPR):- As a part of Digital India Mission, the Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma A Heptulla initiated the ‘ASHA E-CONNECT’, a Tele Medical Service Scheme today at Raj Bhavan, Imphal.

    On the occasion, State Health Minister Shri L. Jayentakumar Singh and Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh were also attended.

    Participating the function, Medical Expert of the mission Padma Shree Dr. Ashok Gupta explained about the benefits of the scheme. He said the new scheme will provide health care facilities especially to the rural people who are at the outreach without medical facilities. ASHA volunteers will be trained to take care of outreached people with the help of mobile phone which will enable doctors to check the status of patients particularly through mobile gadgets, he added.

                State Family Welfare Services Director Dr. K. Rajo Singh gave a power-point presentation on ‘Flying Doctors in Manipur’. He also mentioned about the need of Mobile Helicopter service in the state.

    A booklet and a CD Cassette containing the details of the scheme was also released at the function.

                Officials from Health and Family Welfare Department and Medical experts were among the participants of the programme.



    Imphal, April 25, 2017 (DIPR): Efforts are on to complete the ongoing restoration work of Imphal-Jiribam Highway at the earliest, said State Public Works Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh, today, during an inspection visit along National Highway 37. Restoration work of the highway is taken up by the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).

    While inspecting the Makru Bridge site this morning, the Minister said there is apprehension that there may be some delay in completion of the road restoration work considering the present weather condition. Elaborating further, he said the present government had assured to the public that restoration work of the Imphal-Jiribam highway will be completed by April-end. However, he said, all efforts will be put in to complete the work by the stipulated deadline of April-end. Due to heavy rainfall witnessed in recent time, work has not been progressive, but if the weather allows proper work by May, it will be completed at the earliest.

    The Minister continued that the span of the Barak Bridge which will be constructed along the highway will be 154 meters, while that of Makru Bridge will be 122 meters. On the stipulated deadline for competition of the two bridges, Minister Biswajit said although the time for completion of the bridges was three years, the Union Minister of State Road transport had, during a visit, informed that three years is a long time and that construction should be completed within one and a half year.

    The Minister further observed that there are also plans to create road diversion at the construction sites so that there is not much disturbances on traffic movement during construction of the bridges.

                He said after completion of the restoration work, there is another project for pavement of the two-lanes. There are also plans to take up four laning of the important roadways in the State including the Imphal-Jiribam, Imphal-Mao-Maram and Imphal-Moreh highways, he said.

    Minister Biswajit also said that Central leaders have shown much interest in the developmental works in the State.

    The Minister, accompanied by the concerned engineers of the State Works department including the Chief Engineer, had left for Jiribam yesterday afternoon along the highway and after a night’s stay at Jiribam, returned to Imphal this afternoon.

    It may be mentioned that work on the dilapidated portions of the highway, considered the second lifeline of the State, has been put on a war footing, ever since the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited took over the restoration work of the highway from the Border Road Organisation. Restoration work on the 223 km long Imphal-Jiribam highway began on March 27. (DIPR) 




    IMPHAL, 25th APRIL, 2017 (DIPR): A 2-day Orientation Programme on Self Help Group Formation and Linkages with Banks began today at Lamshang Community Hall, Lamshang.  The Orientation programme is being organised by the KVK Imphal West, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Lamphelpat, Imphal, in association with NABARD, Manipur Region, National Co-operative Union of India (Women Wing), Manipur State Co-operative Bank Limited, Imphal. Altogether 40 Self Help Groups (SHGs) formed under Taothong Multipurpose Development Farmers’ club are taking part in the programme.

    Speaking at the inaugural function as Chief Guest, Shri S. Rajen Singh, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Manipur, said that those who know how to go along with the Banks will only prosper in the long run. Bank will come to ones’ doorstep when one follows the rules and regulations of the Bank properly. Organising such training programme will be of great help to the women of the different SHGs in managing and maintaining their economic activities. Womenfolk in their leisure time can work to earn income through formation of SHGs and help the family as a family can only be self sustained and live peacefully when both men and women worked together, he added. He also appealed to all the participants to form SHGs to generate income for overall development and not just for namesake. SHGs should take opportunity to get the benefits given by the Banks.

    Further, he suggested organising a 45-day training programme on handloom and handicraft for SHGs to improve their skills in producing handloom and handicraft items in the State. There will be no problem for marketing as the Government Handloom and Handicrafts Department will procure the products. During the training session stipend will be given to all the trainees. SHGs will be form after completion of the training with a small loan with low interest. Expressing his gratitude to the Organisers he asked the resource persons to enlighten all the participants about the formation and functioning of a SHG and the benefits that they can get from Banks and Micro-financing agencies. 

    Smt. N. Ranjana Devi, Director, Institute of Cooperative Management, Smt N. Guite, Deputy General Manager, NABARD Manipur Region, Shri Angoutombi Singh, Deputy General Manager, Manipur State Cooperative Bank and Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, attended the inaugural function as Guests of Honour and President respectively. Speakers of the function stressed on the need to work in group to manage their source of income in an easier and profitable manner. They also put forth on the benefits given by banks in earning a livelihood and in empowering women through income generation.   

    In the technical session, resource persons talked on SHG-Bank Linkages, Empowerment of Women through SHGs, Records and Book Keeping and Importance of Leadership and Cooperation in SHGs. Registers to maintain account record of the SHGs were also distributed to all the participants as part of the programme. (DIPR)



    Imphal, 24th April, 2017(DIPR): A 5-Day Awareness Workshop on E-Waste Management was inaugurated today by Shri Athem Muivah, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Senapati, at National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Senapati Extension Centre.

    The Workshop/Training is organised by NIELIT Senapati Scientist Office and mainly for the Government Employees of Senapati District. Altogether 60 employees are taking part in the workshop.

                Speaking at the inaugural function as Chief Guest, Shri Athem Muivah, IAS, said that e-waste is a new term for many and with the advancement of new technology many new electronic goods are also available in the market. Now it is revealed that mismanagement and improper disposal of different electronic items and gadgets has been causing lots of harm to human life and toxicity in water and food has increased to a great extent for failing to proper disposal of electronic items.

                The Chief Guest appealed to the participants to gather good knowledge and then disseminate the same to all friends/neighbours and whomever they come into contact, the importance of e-waste management.

                Shri Th. Prameshwor Singh, Executive Director, NEILIT, Imphal, in his Presidential address also spoke on management of e-waste life cycle. Appliances like mobile, radio, electric switch, kitchen gadgets etc., if not properly disposed can be hazardous to health. Dustbin in Green, Yellow and Red can be used for disposing different gadgets for e-waste management, he added. Further, he also said that 95% of e-waste can be reused by putting them into different stages of recycling process.

                During the Awareness Training of e-waste Management, the participants will be taught on different topics like e-waste and its composition, hazardous substances of e-waste, environmental and health hazards of e-waste and many more. As part of the programme, interactive session will also be held on daily basis to get feedback from the participants. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, April 24: Minister of Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) Shri Letpao Haokip along with MLA of Singjamei AC and Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Shri Y. Khemchand inspected Imphal river bank at Singjamei Oinam Thingel Waikhom Leikai today evening.

             The team inspected vulnerable portions of the river bank. Minister Shri Letpao Haokip, during the inspection, assured to take up protection work like construction of wooden piling at three vulnerable points as short term measure.

             The Minister further assured to take up long term measure for construction of pucca retaining wall by including the work in the budget. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 24, 2017 (DIPR):Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh said efforts are on to complete the under-construction Zilla Parishad offices at Porompat within 65 days from today. The Minister was addressing the National Panchayat Day observation at Panchayat Bhawan, Porompat this morning.

    The Minister also expressed the need to upgrade the Rural Development & Panchayati Raj department to a major department.

    He further stated that issuance of birth certificates will soon be made possible through electronic modes. He also said that the government is targeting construction of 10,000 houses under the Housing for All Scheme, which will be launched soon.

    The Minister also delved on the need to remove poverty from the land. He said we can bring development only if we work together. If an elected representative acts against the public, it will only lead to the public losing trust on politicians, he continued.

    Stressing that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has already launched more than 126 schemes for the welfare of the people, the Minister asked the steps undertaken by the pradhans and zila parishads to reach out these welfare schemes to the people.

    The observation was also attended by RD & PR Parliamentary Secretary Shri Heikham Dingo Singh, Health & Family Welfare Parliamentary Secretary Shri Soibam Subhaschandra Singh, MAHUD Parliamentary Secretary Shri N Indrajit Singh, RD & PR Secretary Shri Sumant Singh among others.

    Meanwhile, as part of the function, the three Gram Panchayats of Keirao, Kyamgei and Kanglatombi were awarded under the Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 23, 2017 (DIPR): Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla and Chief Minister Shri N. Biren led the people of the State in paying homage to the martyrs, who laid down their lives in the Battle of Khongjom (1891) on Khongjom Day today.

    The Government of Manipur organised the State-level function at Khongjom War Memorial Complex, Khebaching in Thoubal district.

                Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren, Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker Shri Y Khemchand, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar, Ministers, legislators, bureaucrats, civil and police officials and large number of people offered floral tributes at the Khongjom War Memorial atop Khebaching.

    They also paid floral tributes to the statue of Paona Brajabashi, located at the foothill of Khebaching before they offered Tarpan at Khongjom river.

    A contingent of Manipur Rifles gave guard of honour, general salute, reverse arms, sounding of last post, two minutes' silence, slope arms and order arms in honour of the martyrs.

    Since Chief Minister Shri N. Biren left the memorial complex after paying homage at Khongjom War Memorial, Paona Brajabashi’s memorial and Khongjom river as he had to catch the flight to Delhi to attend an urgent meeting, Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla and Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar graced the main function held at the memorial complex as chief guest and president respectively.

    Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Najma Heptulla urged the people of Manipur to build memorials for the martyrs and freedom fighters in their hearts apart from paying homage to the existing memorials.

    She said that paying homage to the war heroes would be meaningful only when people of the current generation collectively take a pledge to fight against poverty, deprivation, illiteracy, underdevelopment, discrimination and other social evils.

    Dr Heptulla recalled that brave Manipuri soldiers valiantly faced the mighty colonial British forces although they knew that they would be defeated.

    She said that Khongjom war heroes knew that British troops were far better in weaponry and larger in numbers, but they did have the will and desire to protect their motherland.

    “While paying homage at the Khongjom War Memorial, we can imagine how the Manipuri war heroes fought the British forces with swords and little shields”, she added.

    The Governor said, “We are living in a free country today because of the supreme sacrifices made by these martyrs and freedom fighters.”

    Dr. Heptulla also urged the people of the current generation to ask themselves everyday whether they had contributed their bit in nation building and bringing development.

    In his speech, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar reminded the gathering that Manipuris had to fight Khongjom War with British forces due to disunity among princes.

    He said, “Even today, we will get to see many discords and unwanted happenings if we are divided.”

    The Deputy Chief Minister further said that while observing Khongjom Day, people need to remember and pay homage to all those unknown soldiers as well.

    Apart from Khongjom Parva performance, a play based on the battle of Khongjom was also staged on the occasion. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 22, 2017, DIPR: Information & Public Relations minister Shri Thongom Biswajit has stated that without unity we will not  be able to bring development in the state. He further stated that development lapse in the hills led to conflicts in the state. He said the present government is a firm government which was formed with like minded people with same motto and stressed that the need of the hour is to form unity among us. He was speaking on the occasion of meritorious award distribution cum prize distribution of 31ST annual Yaoshang Sports Meet 2017 of Thongju Chingonglei Makhong Development Club (TCMDC) which was held at Thongju Chingonglei Makhong Development Club (TCMDC),Thongju Part 2,Pechu Lampark. 

    Shri Thongom Biswajit also that there are various central schemes which people are not aware of it . And club should play a big role in giving awareness about certain schemes to the masses .He also stated that he will start repairing roads in Thongju Assembly constituency very soon and also appeal to the members of the Thongju Chingonglei Makhong Development Club(TCMDC) to work in synchronize  in order to  bring more development in the society.

    12 students who scored above 70 % in class X and XII Examination were also feted with citation and gifts in the ceremony. Best mother of the year 2017 was also awarded to Smt Phamdom Sundari devi of Thongju Part 2 for continuous effort in upbringing   and nurturing of her three children despite of being a widow. At the function, winners different events of the 31st Annual Yaoshang Sports Meet were also feted.

    Minister Karam Shyam , who was also present in the function stated that leader without sacrificing spirit will not bring development in the state, since the role of the Club is very important in society ,they should work with sincererity and sacrificing spirit.

    Shri Sanasam Rajen Singh, University Engineer, MU, Shri M.Rajen Singh, Founder of Temple of Learning, Smt. Ph.Landhoni , Principal, Standard Robarth Hr. SEC. School, Canchipur and President of the Cluc, Shri. S.Gopal Singh attended the function as Guests of Honour and President respectively, apart the members of the locality and invited guests.



    Imphal, April 22, 2017 (DIPR): The State-level ‘World Earth Day’ observance was held today at Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) in Palace Compound, Imphal. The function was held under the theme “Environmental and Climate Literacy” organised by the Directorate of Environment.

    Speaking as the chief guest of the function, Minister of Forests and Environment, Horticulture & Soil Conservation, MAHUD and Town Planning, Shri Th. Shyamkumar said that, there is a collective need to think globally and act locally to protect our environment. Shri Shyamkumar added that, there is a need for a joint effort to protect the environment around us which can start from the school level.

    Minister Shyamkumar also said that, students can plant saplings at their respective schools, residences and in their local areas along with their elders. He said in the government schools of Andro Assembly Constituency environmental protection is taken up from early stage. Shri Shyamkumar was hopeful that if, environmental protection is started from the school level then the initiative can be taken up simultaneously at regional, national and global level. Minister Shyamkumar said that, our forefathers have been protecting the planet and now time has come for us to protect it for the future generations.

    Minister Shyamkumar further said that, modernisation has an adverse impact on the environment. He said diminishing green covers in the hills, disappearance of lakes and birds are signs of environmental degradation. Our State is abundant with natural resources but human greed has caused ecological imbalance resulting in natural calamities and global warming, he added. Minister Shyamkumar informed the gathering that, concerned departments are discussing water conservation and environmental protection at various locations in the State, including Tamenglong, Ukhrul, Kangpokpi, Senapati, Dzukou Valley, Kwatha Village and Moreh. The Minister assured that appropriate action will be taken up in the coming months.

    In his presidential speech, Shri L. Sushindro, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) said that, our forefathers have been worshipping nature from time immemorial. He said our forefathers knew the importance of protecting the environment and living harmoniously with the nature. He said that, vanishing wetlands have resulted in the climate change in Manipur and expressed hope that, the government will bring a policy to conserve the wetlands.

    Guest of Honour of the function, T. Robindro Singh, Chairman, Planning and Development Authority (PDA), spoke on the ozone layer depletion and its negative impact on humans and the environment. Speaking on the importance of planting trees across the globe, Robindro said that, if we cut one tree then we should plant 10 saplings.

    Shri G. Tomba Sharma, Retd. Principal, DM College of Science, speaking as the resource person of the function said that, Earth Day aims to encourage people across the world to be more environment-friendly. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 in America, founded by former US Senator Gaylord Nelson. The event began to be observed globally from 1990 onwards, he added.

    The Directorate of Environment distributed free indigenous plant saplings at the function. Around 500 (five hundred) students and teachers of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya – Andro, Wangkhei Model School, Mega Manipur School - Yaralpat and Environmental Science Department, DM College of Science took part in the observance along with the officials of Directorate of Environment, including Director, Dr. M. Homeshwor Singh.



    IMPHAL, April 22 (DIPR): Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Shri Letpao Haokip today inspected the progress of various works taken up for upgradation of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex.

                The Minister – accompanied by Commissioner (YAS) Shri H. Deleep Singh, Project Director of Manipur Development Society (MDS) Shri Y. Ningthem, other officials of YAS and engineers of MDS – inspected the ongoing constructions of gallery at Artificial Turf, Auditorium, National Sports Academy, Aquatic  Complex, Hockey Stadium, new Sports Hostel, Weightlifting hall and Indoor Stadium at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex.

                Expressing dissatisfaction over the slow pace of the work execution, YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip issued strict instructions to the officials concerned to speed up the works and ensure their completion at an earliest date.  

                During the inspection, it was brought to the knowledge of the Minister that the filtration plant at the Aquatic complex was not in working condition. The Minister instructed the concerned officials to immediately make the filtration plant functional.

                The Minister was also optimistic that many more world-class sports persons can be produced from the State if necessary amount of attention is paid on sports infrastructure development.


    Imphal, the April 22nd, 2017 (DIPR): Khongjom Day will be observed on April 23, 2017 at Khebaching (Khongjom) in Thoubal District to pay tribute to the brave sons of Manipur who made supreme sacrifices for the cause of their motherland in the Anglo-Manipur War, 1891.

    On the occasion, hon’ble Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma A. Heptulla and the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh will grace the function as the Chief Guest and the President respectively. They will lead the public in laying of flower wreaths at Khongjom War Memorial. This will be followed by a guard of honour, general salute, reverse arms, sounding of last post, 2 minutes silence, slope arms and order arms by a contingent of Manipur Rifles. There will also be laying of flower wreaths at the statue of Paona Brajabashi and a gun salute at the Statue. This will be followed by offering of Tarpon at Khongjom River and paying of homage to the Sankirtan by the VVIPs. Apart from staging Drama ‘Khongjom Lal’ (Khongjom War) by Art & Culture Deptt., Khongjom Parva recital will also be performed.

    The observance will last the whole day and the function will be attended by Ministers, MLAs, top ranking civil and police officials and a large number of people from different parts of the State.

    Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh will give the welcome address while Shri Shyam Lal Poonia, DC, Thoubal will propose the vote of thanks in the function.

    Five  (plus) SLF Buses/ Ordinary Buses shall be lined up at 6.30 am on 23/04/2017 along NH-39 near the eastern side of 1st  Bn. M. R parade Ground and in front of  MSRTC Complex, Moirangkhom for transportation of general public / devotees upto Kheba Ching and back after the celebration of Khongjom Day 2017 is over.

    Further, two numbers of SLF Buses shall also be deployed for picking up devotees/ general public from Koirengei, Chingmeirong, Porompat and Naoremthong junctions from 6.30 am onwards and shall proceed upto Kheba Ching by 7.30 am from Imphal.

    All are earnestly appealed to avail the free transportation facility duly arranged by the Government from 6.30 am to 8.30 am from Imphal to Kheba Ching and back.



    Imphal, April 21, 2017 (DIPR): A nine-member team of All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) today called on Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at his office chamber.

    The ATSUM members led by its president John R Hmar presented a Hmar traditional shawl to the Chief Minister during the meeting which was also attended by Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister Shri V. Hangkhanlian, Tribal and Hill Areas Development and Fisheries Minister Shri N. Kayisii and Thanlon AC MLA Shri Vungzagin Valte.

    During the meeting, Shri N. Biren reiterated his commitment of bringing development in the hill areas of the State.

    He urged the members of the students’ body to bury all the differences and concentrate on bringing development.

    Stating that construction of women’s markets in hill district headquarters would commence soon, the Chief Minister said that the State Government is also planning to take up an ambitious project of rainwater harvesting in the hill districts.

    He also urged the ATSUM members to join hand with the State Government in approaching the Centre towards transforming Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus, Makhan as an institution of excellence in education and research. 

    The Chief Minister also assured to include some of the developmental projects mentioned by ATSUM in the 20-points priority list to be forwarded to NEC. (DIPR)



    Imphal, 21st April, 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh said Education Department has numerous problems but addressing the most urgent issue specially the inadequacy/insufficiency of teachers not meeting the standard Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) in government schools is the first and foremost task to be solved. He was speaking to the media persons while going for a surprise inspection in the government schools located in and around Imphal city. The official examination of the schools was carried out in six schools - The Yurembam Govt. High School, Kwakeithel Girl’s High School, Gulap Higher Secondary School, Mekola, Kumari High School, Hiyangthang, Heirangoi Girl’s High School, and The Irilbung High School.

    In the visit, to schools the Minister said that the number of teachers in most of the schools of Imphal area has outnumbered the students and vice versa compared to the schools of the far flung places of the state. Elaborating on the frequent inspections being carried out recently, the Minister said there are certain steps being examined to rationalise the teachers so as to bring/maintain Pupil Teacher Ratio in the government schools of the state.  Calling upon the teachers to think for the welfare of the students the Minister requested the teachers to render cooperation and serve their duty whenever and wherever posted in the state.

    The Minister emphasising on the need to utilise the available resources in the best way he said certain workshops and brainstorming has been organised to motivate the teachers to improve the education system in a positive way. He further said everything in the government school has been provided on free of cost but still there is a need to improve and look into the prevailing condition of the education system to amend for better future of the students and schools. 

    In today’s visit the inspection team enquired about the regularities and punctuality of teachers in the schools, the unavailability of teaching aids, less numbers of students attending the school, their subjects, the mid day meals and daily necessary required study materials of the students. The minister was not satisfied with the prevailing conditions of the school. 

    In the school review Samuel Jendai, MLA Tamenglong A/C,; K. Robindro Singh, Parliamentary Secretary Education, YAS,; H. Dingo Singh Parliamentary Secretary, RD & PR,; L. Rameshwor Meitei, Parliamentary Secretary, IFCD,; Th. Satyabrata Singh, Parliamentary Secretary Finance, Sc & Tech, and the senior officers and official of Education Department accompanied the Education Minister. 

    Later, the team headed for Kiyamgei Ideal High School, a government aided school, for the opening ceremony of 36th Annual Inter House Sports Meet, 2017, where they were joined by S. Subhaschandra Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, Finance, Health and Family Welfare; L. Sushindro Singh Parliamentary Secretary, Home,; Dr. M Dominic Kansouwa, Chairman Finance Committee Sadar Hills - A.D.C Kangpokpi and other officials of the school and the local bodies. 

    In the sports meet the Education Minister said games and sports is a must for healthy development of body and mind. He further said for a better future of the students, guidance from parents, teachers and society is essential and that the teachers should regard their students as their own children and to make sacrifices from their end. (DIPR) 



    Imphal, 21st April, 2017(DIPR): Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh appealed the filmmakers in the State to reflect Socio-Economic and other impressive issues in Manipuri Cinema.

     Speaking at the ‘CATA CINE AWARDS 2017 & FELICITATION’ function held at the Auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society at Konung Mamang in Imphal today, Deputy Chief Minister said, issues relating to socio-economic problems in the state should be reflected in Manipuri Cinema so that all stakeholders will know it and ways to address the problems can be made. He said, besides making entertainment films based on commercial end, impressive films that can influence people can also be produced. It will give a strong message to our society.

    Describing the role of films in bringing a change and influence to society, Deputy Chief Minister said, films based on present day scenario will let the people know what exactly is happening in the society. It will help us to think again and the means to solve the problems can be sorted out.

    He announced to institute an award named ‘ Karam Manmohan Singh Memorial Life-time Achievement Award in Maniupuri Cinema’ from this year in the name of his father-in-law.

    Deputy Chief Minister handed over S.N Chand Lifetime Achievement Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Manipuri Cinema to Producer/Director Shri Thoudam Dorendro, Basantakumar Wangkhem Lifetime Achievement Award for Artistic Excellence to Smt. Chongtham Kamala Devi and L. Daojee Sharma Lifetime Achievement Award for Technical Excellence to Shri Laimayum Surjakanta Sharma. Renowed film makers and personalities including  Haobam Paban, O. Doren, Dr. Meena Longjam, Bobo Khuraijam, Renuka Soraisam and Wanglen Khundongbam were also felicitated at the award distribution function.

    Imminent film personality Shri Aribam Shyam Sharma also spoke on the occasion. He expressed confidence that Manipuri Cinema will flourish in the years to come.

    Commissioner, Art & Culture, H. Deleep Singh, Secretary, Manipur State Film Development Society Dr. R.K. Sushila and President, Cine Artistes & Technicians’ Association L. Banka Sharma were also present at the function. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 21, 2017: A 15 member delegation comprising of Core Committee and Executive Committee members of Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of All Manipur Trade Unions’ Council (AMTUC) and All Manipur Govt. Employees’ Organisation (AMGEO) led by its President Khaidem Mani and Secretary General L. Biken Singh called on Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at his office chamber today.

                In the courtesy call on his becoming the Chief Minister of Manipur, the members of the JAC also discussed their pending demands including implementation of 7th Central Pay with the Chief Minister. Giving a positive nod to the demands of the Apex organisation of the state government employees, Chief Minister said that the adoption of 7th Central Pay in the State would be considered   after the Fitment Committee headed by the Chief Secretary, which was constituted to look into the matter of adoption of 7th central pay in the state of Manipur, submits its report to the government. The JAC also expressed their happiness and gratefulness to the Chief Minister on the fulfilment of one of their demands i.e. to discontinue the re-engagement of employees after retirement on superannuation which is in the list of their 22 point charter of demands already submitted to the previous government. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 21, 2017 (DIPR): “Periodic dialogue and interaction between the Legislators and Civil servants is a necessity for good governance in the state”, said Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh. This was stated by him at the 12thCivil Service Day function organised by Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Government of Manipur at Manipur Secretariat Conference Hall today.

    Addressing the function as Chief Guest, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the politicians come from social grassroots and know the sentiments of the people, on the other hand the civil servants know how to execute the Government policies. So co-operation between the two is very much needed to bring good governance in the State, he added.

    Shri N. Biren Singh further said that an interaction programme between the Ministers and Civil Servants would be held every month so as to have greater transparency and for smooth functioning of the Government. The Government would have zero tolerance on any act, which is beyond the framework of the Indian Constitution, he added. He also appealed that the expectations of the people from the new Government should never let down.

    In his presidential speech, Minister for PWD, Administrative Reforms and Training and IPR Shri Th. Biswajit Singh said that the system of check and balance should prevail in a democratic form of Government so that the Government could execute an inclusive policy for the welfare of the society and have a corruption-free State.

    Parliamentary Secretary (Transport and Planning) Shri Khasim Vashum, DGP Shri L.M. Khaute, Addl. Chief Secretary (Administrative Reforms) Shri Shambhu Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Labour and Employment) Dr Suhel Akhtar, Addl. Chief Secretary (Home) Dr. J Suresh Babu, Principal Secretary (Finance and Planning) Shri Vineet Joshi, Commissioners, Secretaries and other top civil and police officials attended the function. (DIPR)


    Imphal, 21st April, 2017(DIPR): Minister for Social Welfare and Cooperation Smt. Nemcha Kipgen strongly condemned the recent gang rape of two teenage girls on Cheiraoba evening. “Those culprits involve in such grievous and inhuman act should be taken stringent action so as to avoid incident like this in the coming future,” said the Minister. The Minister had also given assurance for extending maximum assistance in getting justice for the girls.

                On the advice of the SW & Coop Minister, a team of Manipur State Commission for Women led by its Chairperson Dr. K. Sobita Devi and members along with Chairperson, Manipur State Social Welfare Board have jointly inspected the case and have also counsel and gave moral support to the victims and the family. Necessary medical examination of the victims had undergone and after the consent of the victims, both the raped victims are handed over to their respective parents.

    It can also be noted that after the incident, Chairperson Child Welfare Committee, Imphal East District, Child Protection Officer and Women Police Station, Imphal East have jointly worked out to find the whereabouts of the culprits. As per the report by the team, the culprits are now under the Porompat police custody against the FIR No. 15(4)2017WPS-IE u/s 376D/120-B/363/34IPC and 6 POCSO Act 2012 and interrogation is under process.

    Minister Nemcha Kipgen lauded the timely and efficient work carried out by the Manipur police. She also raised concern and appealled to all the young ladies to be on alert whenever they are likely to face such mishap. (DIPR)


    Imphal, April 20, 2017 (DIPR): To monitor various developmental projects of different government departments, a review meeting of all the Administrative Secretaries was today held at CM office chamber. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh.

    Addl. Chief Secretary Shri Shambhu Singh, Addl. Chief Secretary (Home) Shri Suresh Babu, Principal Secretary (Finance) Shri Vineet Joshi, Secretaries, Commissioners and Directors of various departments attended the review meeting.

    The review meeting discussed the various developmental projects being executed by different departments in the first 100 days of the new government. The Chief Minister said that such kind of review meeting would be held every month. (DIPR)



    Imphal, 20thApril, 2017(DIPR): Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj,  Public Works, Information and Public Relations, Administrative Reforms, Power, Commerce & Industries Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh inaugurated the 30th Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong General Conference cum Sports Meet at the AS Khathing Memorial Ground, Tashar Village in Ukhrul district today.

                Addressing the gathering at the inaugural function, the Minister encouraged unity among the people and said to bring a developed and peaceful society we need unity of the people. Saying that the hills and the valley together form Manipur, he called upon the people to unite and bring development in the State.

                He said the effort of the TKS in organising such event which encourages understanding and unity among the people is laudable.

                Minister Biswajit observed that the only difference among the people is created in our minds. Elaborating further that everyone is the same and are all human beings, he urged the people to build on the trust among one another. He continued if we yearn to bring love among ourselves we have to be united and build on the trust and understanding.

    The Minister further stressed on the need to overcome the trust deficit and misunderstandings among the people.

    He further encouraged the youth attending the function and participating in the sports meet, and said their strength will come with determination and a strong will. He also asked the youth to work with a strong determination to become good citizens.

    He said the youth is the future of the society, and continued that for a better tomorrow we need a strong youth brigade.

    Minister Biswajit further observed that the present State government was formed by the mandate of the public and that it will neither neglect nor ignore the wishes of the people. The government is worried by the lack of development in the state today, he said, and added the government will work to bring development in the state according to the development trends witnessed across the developed world.

    Further observing that everyone has been assigned a task to bring positive changes in the society, he said people should not forget their own responsibilities towards this end.

    The Minister also said he has received memorandums on different demands and that he will act on the demands according to the portfolios assigned to him. He said he will not assure any particular project, but he will only hand over the project after it is completed.

    Minister Biswajit further gave assurances to look into electrification of all villages and construction of houses for the homeless. He urged concerned village authorities to send proposals for the construction of houses for the intended beneficiaries under the Housing for All scheme. He also said that it is the government’s objective to deliver the basic necessities of the people.

                Minister Biswajit and Parliamentary Secretary PHED and Printing & Stationary ER Leishiyo Keishing, who also attended the function handed Rs One Lakh to TKS and Rs 50,000 to Tashar Katamnao Long.

                The Minister also unveiled a monolith of the meet.

                The sports meet, organised by the Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong and hosted by the Tashar Katamnao Long, is participated by 10 units of the TKS. (DIPR)





    IMPHAL, April 20 (DIPR): IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip has said that stern action would be taken against encroachers along the bank of Imphal River.

                Inspecting the bank of Imphal river at Hatta Golapati and Sanjenthong area today evening, Minister Letpao Haokip said illegal structures being put up at the river bank would be dismantled in consultation with the Revenue Department.

                Interestingly, a building was found constructed on the road at Hatta Golapati while an ‘unauthorised private occupation’ of the walkway was found along the bank near Sanjenthong.

    Besides, the Minister expressed strong disapproval over the setting up of a ‘permanent’ police picket at the eastern end of Sanjenthong. He said that police pickets are normally ‘mobile/movable,’ but the picket at Sanjenthong has been constructed in a permanent manner.

    The  Minister said, “This is deplorable,” while adding that it is against public interest.

    The Minister immediately sought status report of the land being ‘encroached’ from the Deputy Commissioner of Imphal East. “Necessary action would be initiated after the report is received from the DC,” Letpao Haokip said. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, April 20 (DIPR): IFCD & YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip today inspected various ongoing projects in the State.

                The Minister, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary (IFCD) Shri Rameshwor Meetei, Parliamentary Secretary (YAS &Edn) Shri K. Robindro, Parliamentary Secretary (RD&PR) and MLA of Sekmai AC Shri Heikham Dingo Singh, inspected Singda Dam, site for National Sports University at Koutruk and Dolaithabi Barrage Project.

                Expressing displeasure over the poor maintenance of Singda Dam, Minister Letpao Haokip instructed officials of IFCD to take up beautification works at Singda Dam like putting up of a monogram, repairing of railings and fixing of chequered tiles on the footpath.

                Inspecting the site for the National Sports University at Koutruk, Shri Letpao Haokip said that land measuring an area of 400 acres has been available for the sports university against the required land area of 325.90 acres.  He said that Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will lay the foundation of the sports university any time soon from now.

                The Minister and his entourage also inspected the approach road of the university site from Koutruk to Pheidinga via Loitang Khullen.

                While inspecting the construction of Dolaithabi Barrage Project, Minister Letpao Haokip said that about 96 percent of the construction works has been completed. The construction could not progress as per plan due to bandh/blockade. He said that it would take about two and a half months to complete the tunnel of the project.

                He also urged the contractors concerned to work sincerely and ensure timely completion of their respective works by giving prior importance to public interest.

                Shri H. Deleep Singh, Commissioner (YAS); Shri Ksh. Pritam Singh, Chief Engineer, IFCD; Shri K Kirti, SE, Thoubal Circle-II and Songput W. Albert, SE, Irrigation Circle-II and other officials of IFCD and YAS also accompanied the Minister.



    Imphal, the 20th April 2017, (DIPR): Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar has said that it is time to restore the earlier teaching system in government schools in the State.

                After laying the foundation stone for the construction of Wangdei Primary School at Langol in Imphal West today, Deputy Chief Minister said, teaching method in Government Schools in the past was very effective as homework, class work and weekly examinations were conducted regularly. But in modern days, it has been diminished due to many reasons. He said, teacher-pupil ratio in most of the government schools are also need to be checked as teachers outnumbered against the students in some schools. School Management & Development Committee should also play a pivotal role to check the system at all.

    Recalling his early days while he was in Government school, Shri Y. Joykumar Singh said, in those days students from government schools stood premier positions in most of the competitive examinations because the teaching system in those days was very effective. Therefore, that all stakeholders should co-operate to ensure a good system in the days to come, he added.

    Expressing concern over the tuition culture and mushrooming of private schools nowdays, he said, it cannot make the students self-reliant in problem solving and other learning methods. He exuded confidence that the primary school which is to be constructed under Sarva Siksha abhiyan (SSA) will cater the need of students in Langol Area.

    President of  Wangdei Meitei Leikai Union Chingangbam Shamungou also spoke on the occasion. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 19, 2017 (DIPR):Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has sought people’s support in rooting out corruption from the State. He was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of ‘Yenningthagee Eshei’ (Spring Music Concert), organised by All India Radio, Imphal at Maharaj Chandrakirti Auditorium, Palace Compound, Imphal today.

    The Chief Minister said that Manipur has no dearth of talents but the State is plagued with corruption. As such, people should take a proactive role in ending all forms of corruption, he observed. Stating that the present State Government understands the mental dilemma endured by the parents and candidates who had appeared in the police recruitment conducted by the previous Government, Shri N. Biren said that the present coalition Government would declare the results of the said examination soon after reviewing the recruitment process.

    Observing that corruption starts from the people, the Chief Minister made his earnest appeal to the people of Manipur not to encourage any form of corrupt activities/practices in the coming days. Announcing that his Government would also recruit many State security personnel soon, Shri N. Biren urged the public to stay away from corrupt practices in the said recruitment.

    The Chief Minister also said that no money/fund for any developmental project would be released if photos of work progress are not uploaded regularly on the Government website. Opining that change should always start with self, Shri N. Biren reiterated that the State Government is fully committed to giving a transparent and clean administration to the people.

    Shri N. Biren also said that he would apprise Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu about various inadequacies of All India Radio, Imphal and grievances and inconveniences being faced by the staff of the radio station at the earliest.

    The Chief Minister also informed the gathering that the State Government is planning to construct a guesthouse/bhavan in Mumbai, stating that land had already been acquired by the previous Government. During his speech, the Chief Minister also accepted AIR Imphal’s offer of earmarking a 15-minute slot every month to broadcast his speech on the lines of Prime Minister’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme.

    Works, IPR, Power, RD&PR and Commerce and Industry Minister Shri Th. Biswajit and National School of Drama, New Delhi Chairman Shri Ratan Thiyam also attended the function as guest of honour and president respectively. Speaking at the occasion, Shri Th. Biswajit said that radio is the best medium where the Government can promote its works/activities and welfare schemes.

    He said that majority of the people are still listening radio although IT and social media had made remarkable progress in the past few years. In his speech, Shri Ratan Thiyam urged the new Government to put in effort to popularise art and culture of the State by synergising it with tourism. The acclaimed theatre personality expressed hope that a new vista of development can be opened for the State if tourism connects with art and culture. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, APRIL 19, 2017(DIPR):  The four-day long 5th All Manipur Folk Drama Festival-2017 that commenced on the 16 of this month concluded today with an overwhelming support from folk-art loving masses. Based on the theme: Theatre for peaceful co-existence, the festival was organised by Manipur Dramatic Union, Yaiskul Police Lane, Imphal under the financial assistance of Ministry of culture, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

    Director IPR and a Swarna Kamal Awardee himself (in the field of film criticism) Shri Meghachandra Kongbam, Vice-President, Manipur Dramatic Union, Shri R.K.Sanajaoba Singh and renowned  playwright, director Shri Yumnam  Rajendra occupied the dais as Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honour respectively. 

    Chief Guest of the function Shri Meghachandra Kongbam stated that folk theatre has a big role to play in building a modern civilized society by disseminating messages of ethical values to the public  through its various components-music, dance, dialogue, costume etc. Citing examples of   Lai Haraoba , Moiranga Parba &  Goura-Lila Sanjenba , he expressed strong opinion that the State should try to revive the old traditions of Manipuri Folklore  and take initiative to develop folk theatre as an art form in a similar fashion the Chinese people promote their own operas.

    Drawing serious concern that folk theatre now is in a grief state in our State,   Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee Shri Yumnam  Rajendra said that we should try our best to organise seminars, workshops and conduct research in the area of folk drama keeping the taste of the audience on a broad perspective & take steps to nurture it  irrespective of all the obstacles regarding shortage of funds & other related problems.

    On a closing note, Shri R.K.Sanajaoba Singh summarised that the main objective behind organizing Folk Drama Festival is to provide opportunity to everyone to save the dying folk dramas and to spread awareness about the rich legacy of folklore and folk drama.

    Haonu Keisitombi by Dr.Lamabam Gojendra was played on the inaugural day of the festival while Saramchat by L.Randhoni Devi & Kaoruraba Nungshi Khudol(Changkhonleima) by O. Sharmila Chanu were showed at MDU on the following two days . Post show talk session was held daily after each play. Khamba Thoibi written  by Ningthoujam Tombi and directed by Ningthouja Deepak  was played today on the closing ceremony of the festival. (DIPR)


    Imphal, the 19th April 2017 (DIPR): One day Awareness Programme on Free Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeries will be held on 20th April, 2017 at 1pm at the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner, Kangpokpi District. The programme is organised by Smile Train Shija Cleft Project in consultation with the District Administration, Kangpokpi.

                DC, Kangpokpi District, Shri T. Ranjit appealed to all the ASHA Workers, Anganwadi workers of the Kangpokpi District to participate at the awareness programme and interact with the expert team of Smile Train Shija Cleft Project headed by Dr. Kh. Palin, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Shija Hospital. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, APRIL 19, 2017(DIPR): Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh has said that conventional methods of agricultural farming should be replaced by new farming techniques to enhance productivity and agricultural growth.

    Speaking at the Agricultural Inputs Distribution Function held at College of Agriculture, Central Agricultural University(CAU) at Iroisemba in Imphal today, Deputy Chief Minster said, there has been widespread Jhuming and Terrace Cultivation in most of the hill areas of Manipur for the last so many years. He said, it has been a big challenge to environment and causing health hazard to human beings. Therefore, it is time to replace such conventional methods of farming by new methods.

    Shri Y. Joykumar Singh said, approach and efforts should also be changed in the state especially in the hilly areas to introduce alternative farming methods so that productivity can be increased and environment can also be conserved as well.

    Lauding the Central Agricultural University’s effort to introduce alternative farming under Tribal Sub Plan-Project to five States of North East, Deputy Chief Minister appealed the University Authority to cover larger areas, both in hill and valley and to increase coverage of  Double Cropping and Cash Crop Cultivation. He further said, CAU can play a big role in the area and concerned departments will also follow the steps.

    Highlighting the University’s initiative to introduce alternative farming in the North East, Vice Chancellor, and Dr.M.Premjit Singh said, the Project has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Agriculture on an experimental basis. He said, it covers 15 CD Blocks in five North Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland. Among the blocks, six blocks of Manipur - Churachandpur, Chandel , Machi, Phungyar, Saikul and Kangpokpi in four districts have been covered. If the people co-operate with the initiative, the project can be sustained for long, thereby enhancing productivity and means of livelihood, he added.

    Later, Deputy Chief Minister distributed saplings of various fruits including lemon, orange and grapes to the beneficiaries of hill districts. The project entitled “Enhancing Socio-Economic Status and Livelihood Security of Tribal Farmers of NEH States through Agricultural Interventions’’ has also a component of animal husbandry.

    Director of Research, CAU, Imphal Dr.C. A. Srinivasamurthy and Dr. J.M. Laishram, Dean, College of Agriculture, CAU were also present at the function. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, APRIL 18 2017(DIPR): The Rhythms of Manipur, Imphal that has reached its 31st year of existence, premiered its folk play “Henjunaha” today at Manipur Jagoi Marup Golden Jubilee Stage, Lamboikhongnangkhong. The play was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India under Cultural Productions and Production Grant Scheme.

               Director Information and Public Relations Shri Meghachandra Kongbam, Director Progressive Artiste Laboratory & State Member NEZCC, Dimapur Shri Nameirakpam Tiken Singh and President, Rhythms of Manipur & PEX of DDK, Imphal Shri Manibabu Likmabam sat on the dais as Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and President respectively.

                The folk play Henjunaha by Goshe Meitei revolves around the love between Henjunaha and Lairourembi, a legend from Moirang Kangleirol. The story is about the strong bond of love that existedbetween Henjunaha and Lairourembi, created by none other than the Supreme God Moirang Thangjing and Goddess Koireleima. Henjunaha, an  orphan fall in love with Lairourembi , the only daughter of nobleman Laijinglakpa.

                According to the director Goshe Meitei, who is also an approved artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan, the story of Henjunaha and Lairourembi is one of the greatest love stories of India that leaves an unforgettable legend of love in the coming generations.

                The lead cast of the play are Wahengbam Romen and Saikhom Pinky in the roles of Henjunaha and  Lairourembi while A Mukta  and A. Sardananda Singh portrayed Henjunaha’s mother Khoidon and God Thangjing  respectively. Music direction is given by Haobam Nisheshwor while Oasis Sougaijam designed the lighting of the play.

     Established in 1985, the Rhythms of Manipur, not only an important centre of music and theatre in Manipur but also an expertise in both traditional and fusion arts, has undertaken research works for the revival of rare performing art forms in the region. Some of the remarkable contributions of the group include Heirangkhoinida(based on Pena Music) in 1995, Moirang Sai Opera in 2002, Drums of Manipur in 2009 and the latest Loktak in 2017.                                                                                                                                                                 

                Appreciating the role of the Rhythms of Manipur in promoting art and music of the state, Chief Guest of the function, Shri Meghachandra Kongbam said that the younger generations can learn new innovative elements of literature, music, costume designing and even choreography from folk play.

               Guest of Honour Shri Nameirakpam Tiken Singh, said that the aesthetic value of Classical Art draws its origin to the old days’ Folk Art and that it would be wrong to underestimate the indigenousness of Folk Art at present since it is the mother of all art forms.

    President of the function Shri Manibabu Likmabam, said that the Rhythms of Manipur, though started  as a  small production unit , are now  able to make a mark of itself  & in collaboration with  DDK, Imphal, win prizes at the National level. He stressed on the importance of folk art as a basic foundation to all other art forms including classical


    Imphal, April 18, 2017 (DIPR): After Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today assured that security cover and patrolling along the national highways will be intensified, the All Manipur Petroleum Products Transporters Association and All Manipur Petroleum Products Drivers Association has decided to called off their indefinite cease work strike with immediate effect.

    Demanding punishment of the culprits who fired gunshots at to an oil tanker coming from Dimapur to Imphal today by both the Associations, Shri N.Biren Singh said that intensive combing operation has already been started in the area by a combined team of state and paramilitary security personals and promised that the culprits would be arrested and booked under the law within 15 days period.

    The Chief Minister made the assurance in a meeting with the representatives of the All Manipur Petroleum Products Transporters Association and All Manipur Petroleum Products Drivers Association held at Chief Minister’s Office today in which CAF and PD Minister Shri Karam Shyam, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Shri L. Sushindro Meitei, Parliamentary Secretary( RD& PR) Shri Heikham Dingo Singh, Addl. Chief Secretary (Home) Shri Suresh Babu, DGP Shri L.M. Khaute and other top civil and police officials attended.

    Hearing the grievances of the Associations, Chief Minister also promised that the government would pay due compensation soon to the drivers and transporters who have injured and lost their lives in the line of duty.


    Imphal, 18th April, 2017(DIPR): The Government of Manipur will organize a 5 – Day Shirui Lily Festival 2017 from 16th -20th May, 2017 at Shirui Village, the home of Shirui Lily (Lilium mackliniae). Shirui Lily, discovered by Britisher Frank Kingdon Ward in 1948, grows only in the Shirui Peak and blooms in the month of May and June. The State declared Shirui Lily as State Flower in 1989.

    The meeting of the Organizing Committee of Shirui Lily Festival 2017 was held today at the Cabinet Hall of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat chaired by the Chief Minister, Shri Nongthombam Biren. The Chief Minister stated, “We have three things in Manipur which is unique in the World – Sangai, Shirui and Manipuri Polo. The state Government has already organized festivals in the name of Sangai and Manipuri Polo, but a festival for Shirui is yet to be organized. And I felt that we must organize a grand festival in the name of the Shirui.”

                The Organizing Committee decided that the Opening Ceremony will be held at IFAD Ground, Shirui Village and the Closing Ceremony at Tangkhul Naga Long ground, Ukhrul. Various Sub-Committee, Programme Sub-Committee, Cultural Sub-Committee, Exhibition Sub-Committee, Media Sub-Committee and Transport Sub-Committee were also constituted for a grand success of the festival. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 18, 2017 (DIPR): Development and socio-economic condition in Manipur can be uplifted and improved through the medium of co-operative organisations said Hon’ble Minister, Social Welfare & Coop Smt Nemcha Kipgen while addressing as Chief Guest in inaugural function of the One day State Level Seminar on “Sustainable Development of Manipur State through Cooperatives” sponsored by NCUI, New Delhi at GM Hall today.

    Speaking on the occasion, Minister Nemcha Kipgen said cooperative is one such platform where people from different backgrounds can uplift their socio-economic condition through sustainable and inclusive growth of the society. She further stated that many weaving entrepreneurs with advanced technologies have dominated the market. So, the weavers using traditional means of weaving looms cannot compete with advanced technologies and as such lack behind in terms of their source of income. Keeping in mind about the shortage and weakness of such weavers, Hon’ble CM Shri N. Biren Singh has placed a policy declaring the Cooperative as a government department. She appeals the masses in Manipur to use our own home-grown products.

    Hon’ble Minister also invited the cooperative organisations to be a part of the Shirui Lily Festival which is schedule on 5th May, 2017.

    The inaugural function was attended by Registrar, Coop. Societies Shri L. Nabakishwar Singh, IAS, President, MSCU & Chairman, ICM, Imphal Shri L.Tompishak Singh and Director, ICM, Imphal Dr. N. Ranjana Devi as President and Guest of Honour respectively. It was followed by technical session and discussion hours (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, APRIL 17, 2017(DIPR): Revenue Minister Shri Karam Shyam who also holds the portfolio of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution today inspected banks of Chandranadi in Langthabal Assembly Constituency along with IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip.

    Speaking to media persons Minister Karam Shyam said that, erosion and encroachment in Chandranadi banks which is a tributary of Nambul river is causing man made floods which led to huge loss of cultivable land in Langthabal, Chajing, Karam, Haoreibi and Naran Konjil. He said, water from Langthabal, Singjamei, Thongju and Keirao Assembly Constituencies is being drained into Nambul river at Lilakhong. The culvert at Lilakhong is broken and is unable to bear the huge water volume from these constituencies during rainy season. Revenue Minister Karam Shyam also said that, transfer of land will be restricted and encroachers will be removed and urged the local MLAs to cooperate.

    IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip said that, during the inspection it was found that encroachers have settled in areas along the river banks. He said his department will require the encroachers to be removed and urge the Revenue Minister to take up necessary action. Minister Letpao Haokip said after the inspection it is clear that several people have been suffering man-made flood due to some encroachers and suggested that it is necessary to remove them for safety of the riverbanks and the people where they are inhabited.

    He also informed the media that, the Cabinet has set up a Committee which is headed by IFCD Minister and includes Revenue Minister and eight (8) Deputy Commissioners to look into the matters relating to the land encroachment and relief measures from the flood affected areas. He also said programmes will be taken up to prevent flood in the state.

    Earlier before the inspection tour, IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip and Revenue Minister Karam Shyam visited Lilong Chajing Kangjeibung. Letpao Haokip in charge of YAS Deptt. gave assurance that a mini-stadium will be built at Lilong Chajing Kangjeibung. Officials from IFCD including Chief Engineer, SDO Hiyanglam, SDC Hiyanglam and SDC Wangoi also accompanied the inspection tour. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, APRIL 17, 2017 (DIPR): Two days Buyer and Seller Meet Cum Workshop for Agriculture and Horticulture Products with Special Focus on Organic Products of Manipur began today at the City Convention Centre, Palace Compound in Imphal. The event is being organised by the Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA), Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Government of Manipur. The event is sponsored by the Agricultural and Processed Food Product Export Development Authority and Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India.

    MOMA has been implementing the scheme Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Region (MOVCDNER) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare since 2015-16 in the state. The scheme aims at promotion and production of certified organic commodities focusing on export oriented crops viz. Tamenglong Orange, Kachai Lemon, Pineapple, King Chilli (U-morok), Ginger, Turmeric and Chak-hao (Black Aromatic Rice) covering a total area of 5,000 (five thousand) Hectare with 5,000 (five thousand) farmers.

    Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function, Shri Th. Shyamkumar, Minister of Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Forest and Environment and MAHUD, Manipur, said that, the presence of the dignitaries and officials at the function reflects keen interest and strong political will of the Government of India to make organic farming one of the major drivers of economic and social development. Manipur has bountiful natural resources and human capital. The main occupation of the people is agriculture and horticulture which is dominated by small holdings characterised by low produce and low farm income. The farmers of Manipur are in a unique position to transform its constraints to their advantage by practising organic farming. The farmers of the State use negligible amounts of fertilisers and pesticides in their farm which makes them suitable for quick conversion to Organic Farming, the Minister added. He further said that, by practicing Organic Farming, farmers can improve farm productivity by using natural resources of their own farms and also increase their farm income by accessing new markets while sustaining the farm and the environment of the State. Increasing the income of the farmers is of paramount importance for livelihood, food security and inclusive growth of the State and at the same time making food safe, healthy and nutritious.

    Minister Shyamkumar said that, he is optimistic that the increasing demand for high-value organic products of the State will create market, providing necessary impetus and opportunity for the farmers to generate economic growth and gainful employment. He hoped that the Buyer Seller Meet will lead to fruitful interaction among all the participants and create an enabling environment for marketing organic products of Manipur in and outside the State. Minister Shyamkumar said that, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has conveyed to the farmers of the country that the income of the farmers will be doubled by 2022. He also expressed his belief that, the MOVCDNER scheme will play an instrumental in realising the commitment for the farmers of Manipur.

    Chief Secretary of Manipur, Shri O. Nabakishore Singh, speaking at the inaugural function as the President, highlighted the benefits of Chak-hao (Black Aromatic Rice) and called upon the farmers of the state to increase the yield of the Chak-hao to meet the demand-supply ratio. The farmers of the State need not fear as their products will be bought by the State which will subsequently increase the income of the farmers. Nabakishore further said that, he will personally become an entrepreneur to sell the Chak-hao, which is known as the “Super Food” in USA. He added that, proper packaging, proper labelling and proper marketing are needed to export the products. Chief Secretary appealed to all the farmers to sincerely cultivate their food crops and also to officers/agents to help the farmers get the benefits of Government schemes/programmes.

    The main objective of organising the Buyer Seller Meet is to provide platform for all the stake-holders viz. farmers, aggregations, entrepreneurs, food processors, exporters and financial institutes to associate and network with each other to create long term linkage for realising the fruits of the value chain. To showcase quality products of Manipur especially organic products to different stakeholders involved in value chain processing and marketing and to enable the farmers to participate in all the steps of organic vale chain. The Meet will also identify constrains of the products, processors and other stakeholders in successful marketing of products of Manipur, to encourage and promote local entrepreneurs for setting up for processing and packaging units and connect genuine local entrepreneurs to potential investors for value chain processing and marketing. It will provide opportunity and inform about the current market and recent developments in organic farming. The event will provide opportunity to meet and interact with new partners, learn from each other and create new connections and facilitate market opening of organic products in the State and promote brand “Organic Manipur” for National and Export market.

    Dr. M. Premjit Singh, Vice Chancellor, Central Agricultural University, Imphal; Smt. I. Rani Kumudini, IAS, Joint Secretary, INM Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India; Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR, Manipur Centre; AK Yadav, Advisor, National Accreditation Board, APEDA were Guest of Honour of the function. Special invitees Marcina Epao, Director DoNER, Government of India; Pankaj Prasad, Managing Director, NERAMAC; Professor Joykumar Laishram, Dean, College of Agriculture, CAU, Director of Horticulture & Soil Conservation and Agriculture,farmers, exporters, experts from different parts of the country attended the inaugural day of the function. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, 17THAPRIL, 2017(DIPR):Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar Singh has said that systematic approach in teaching and learning is very much important in bringing quality education in the State.

    Addressing the inaugural session of four day long National Mathematics Day Celebration at Indoor Stadium, Oriental College, Takyelpat in Imphal today, Deputy Chief Minister said, three basic steps as Learning, Understanding and Application are necessary to bring quality education. He said, applying such a valuable approach will definitely help the students toremember what they learnt and  make it easy to apply it wherever necessary, eventually a fruitful career in their lives.

    While acknowledging the importance of organising National Mathematics Day Celebration, Shri Y. Joykumar Singh said, by organising such a Celebration would bring a change in the mind-sets, especially to the budding talents to acknowledge the importance of Mathematics and to infuse and ignite them. He assured to extend all possible help by the Government to make the Celebration a grand success.

    Parliamentary Secretary (Science & Technology) Shri Th. Satyabarta Singh said, Mathematics is not only a subject to learn by the students but it is becoming a basic component of Human lives. The celebration will enable the students to nurture their minds and to compete each other thereby enhancing their instinct, he added.

    Deputy Chief Minister along with other dignitaries inspected the Mathematics Models being displayed as apart of the Celebration. A series of programmes will be organised in the four daylongcelebration which is jointly organised by MASTEC and Department of Mathematics, Oriental College (Autonomous), Imphal. Around 400 students from various institutions across the state will take part in various competitions.

    Secretary (Science & technology) Shri H. Gyanprakash Singh, Director,  Manipur Science and Technology Council (MASTEC) Shri Th. Surendranath and Th. Devendra, Dean, School of Science, Oriental College also participated among others in the inaugural session. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, April 17, 2017 (DIPR): IFCD, Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Shri Letpao Haokip and Social Welfare & Cooperation Minister Smt Nemcha Kipgen inspected different river banks within Kangpokpi District today.

                The ministerial team accompanied by various officials of IFCD including Chief Engineer Shri Ksh. Pritam Singh and SE (FMC) Shri Md. Liaquat Ali inspected the Twineh river bank near Keithelmanbi Cemetery; Kanggui river bank, Kangpokpi, and Imphal river bank near KBC Centre Church, Kangpokpi.

                IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip assured that his department would take up every possible step to improve the condition of the river banks and its areas. He also said that retaining wall along the river banks that pose serious threats to the residents of the surrounding areas will soon be constructed in consultation with the Chief Minister.

    Local MLA and Social Welfare & Cooperation Minister Smt Nemcha Kipgen expressed optimism that the BJP-led state government will definitely fulfil the grievances of the people.



    IMPHAL, APRIL 16 2017(DIPR): Art & Culture Minister, Shri L. Jayentakumar Singh has expressed his deep concern over the present scenario of art and cultural aspects of the state.

    Attending the inaugural function of the 5th All Manipur Folk Drama Festival-2017 organised by Manipur Dramatic Union at MDU Hall at Yaiskul Police Line, Imphal, as Chief Guest, the Minister expressed his desire to develop and promote the rich cultural heritage of the state. He said art and culture plays a vital role in a society. It is also the reflection of our identity and standard of life, he added.

    Shri  L. Jayentakumar Singh also mentioned about the initiatives of the State Government to develop its culture. He appealed the public to co-operate with the government in its steps to develop art & culture in the state. Minister also released a Souvenir of the festival.

    President MDU Shri  A. Ksheergopal Singh, Sangeet Natak Academi Awardee Shri  E. Joychandra Singh & Director Manipuri Ensemble Shri Kshetri Jugindro Singh attended the function as Special Guest, President and Guest of Honour respectively.

    Director DIPR, Manipur Shri Meghachandra Kongbam and many renowned theatre personalities were also present at the function. The festival is being organised under the financial assistance from Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

  • Hon'ble Minister Nemcha Kipgen Visit to Kangpokpi & Keithelmanbi



    IMPHAL, APRIL 15 (DIPR): IFCD & YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip said that the State Government is putting in efforts to provide viable alternate livelihood source to people involved in poppy cultivation in a bid to wean them away from poppy cultivation.

    Towards this end, the State Government has agreed in principle to replace poppy with lemongrass cultivation, Shri Letpao Haokip said while motivating people involved in poppy cultivation to switch over to lemongrass cultivation for sustainable livelihood.

    Shri Letpao Haokip was addressing a gathering of villagers, Church and village leaders and chiefs at Aihang village, Chandel district today during a felicitation programme held in his honour.

    Considering the adverse environmental impact caused by poppy cultivation --- like clearance of large forest areas which led to soil erosion, the Government is determined to provide alternative livelihood to poppy cultivators, he said while also extending invitation to the chiefs and leaders of the area to attend an awareness and sensitisation programme in this regard to be held shortly in Imphal.

    The Minister said a mini-stadium would be constructed at Aihang village soon at a cost of Rs 50 crore under NLCPR. The Minister, prior to the programme, inspected the site for the mini-stadium.

    Shri Letpao also announced slews of development schemes to be implemented in the area, particularly for the welfare of widows and women.

    Urging the people to be sincere in all their endeavours, the Minister exhorted all concerned to extend maximum cooperation to the development initiatives of the Government.

    Village chiefs, Church and social leaders from different villages of Chandel district attended the function.




    Imphal 15th April 2017(DIPR) :State Health Minister L. Jayentakumar Singh  has appealed to all who are in Medical profession to maintain professional ethics. Attending a “Capping and Lamp Lighting Ceremony “of the School of ANM/FHW, Imphal which was held today at Multipurpose Hall , College of Nursing, Lamphelpat as chief guest, Minister  expressed his deep concern about the need and service of Nursing Staffs in the course of our life and society. He also expressed his mixed feeling on the Nursing students that  may just arise after and before they are put to service. He urged  the students to work hard and be sincere in their profession and also to be a good person in life. From today the capped nurses have started a journey with a responsibility on shoulder, he added. Minister also wished the students to be best in future.

    Attending the function as President P.K Singh , IAS, Commissioner , Health& Family Welfare, Manipur said the state Govt. is ready to take up necessary steps to meet the requirements in the heath sector of the state. Dr. K. Lokendro Singh, Director , AYUS/ Director in-charge, Health Services Manipur/NHM , Mrs. Vungzanem Valte, Joint Director of Nursing(Rtd) Directorate of Health Services, Manipur and P. Landhoni Devi, Nursing Superintendent JNIMS, attended the function as Guests of Honour. Health Services staffs, Medical Directorate officials, guardians of the students and others also attended the ceremony.



    Imphal, April 14, 2017 (DIPR): As a bold initiative to improve the e-governance in the State, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh launched two websites at his office chamber today. The newly launched websites are Digital Application for Review by Public and Nation (DARPAN) and Anti-Corruption Cell .

    Addressing at the formal function of launching the websites, Shri N. Biren Singh said to transform the entire ecosystem of public services through the use of information technology, the new government has taken such a daring step which is committed to giving transparency, accountability and for a corruption free Manipur to the people of the State. He further said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government of India has already launched the “Digital India” campaign, so with the launch of these two websites the new government calls for a new paradigm of ‘Digital Manipur’ to improve the e-governance in the State.

    The Chief Minister stressed that the primary objective of these e-governance projects is to monitor the developmental projects and to curb corruption in the State. He also appealed that the government needs the support and co-operation of the people and media houses so as to promote the digital movement in the state.

    During the function, a demonstration on the technical know-how of the websites and how to lodge a complaint through mobile by using these web applications was also done. The website DARPAN is developed by the Planning Department, Govt. of  Manipur. The objective of this website is to inform the people of the State about various projects being taken up by the Govt. of Manipur regarding the latest information and current status of the projects and to stop any fake or incorrect status report by using GPS location verification.

    The function was attended by Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, Chief Secretary Shri O. Nabakishore, Principal Secretary (Planning) Vineet Joshi, Commissisner IT Shri P.K. Singh and other top ranking government officials. (DIPR)

  • Culmination of DigiDhan Mela at Nagpur; Less Cash, Happy Life: PM Modi



    IMPHAL, APRIL 14 2017(DIPR): The live telecast of the Culmination of the DigiDhan Mela at Nagpur today   by National  Doordarshan Channel was viewed at the Old Secretariat Conference Hall. Chief Secretary Shri O Nabakishore, Additional Chief Secretary Shri M.H.Khan, Principal Secretary Finance Shri Vineet Joshi, Commissioner (IT) Shri P.K. Singh, Commissioner IPR Shri Radhakumar, Heads of Department, Government of Manipur along with other higher officials watched the nationwide live videoconferencing telecast of  the function covering Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s address regarding Digital India for a new economy.

                During the telecast, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi handed over prizes to the Mega Draw winners of Lucky Grahak Yojana and DigiDhan Vyapar Yojna apart from launching several crucial initiatives relating to digital payments. These include the launch of the BHIM-Aadhaar platform for merchants as well as cash back and referral bonus schemes for BHIM. A series of development projects inaugurated today at   Nagpur include IIIT, IIM, AIIMS and Koradi Thermal Power Station.

                Earlier, National Institute for Transforming India(NITI) Aayog , Government of India had launched Lucky Grahak Yojana  for consumers and DigiDhan Vyapar Yojna for merchants. Under these two schemes, lucky draws for consumers and merchants are being held every day since 25th December, 2016.

    In his address, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi appreciated the high ideals and virtues of Dr Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar of a civilized India on the occasion of commemorating his 126th birth anniversary. He said that we are unwavering in our efforts towards creating a strong, prosperous and inclusive India of Dr. Ambedkar's dreams. He further continued  that we are working towards a digital India and one of its most essential aspects is DigiDhan. “Digidhan  is Nigidhan” will be the voice of the people, he added.

    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that with the advancement of technology, we are striving for a cashless society and paperless banking where our mobile phones can replace our ATMs. He stressed on the use of BHIM App and BHIM Aadhar that will pave the way for making digital payments by using the Aadhaar platform. Application of these schemes that   will continue till 14th October of this year will surely help in curbing black money and pave the way for a new technological revolution of the country, he stated. He later assured that these new schemes for a new economy, new India will have a positive impact on people's lives.

                Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Jayram Gadkari, Union Minister of Law and Justice & Information Technology, Shri  Ravi Shankar Prasad, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and other Ministers of the country were present at the DigiDhan Mela Culmination held  today at Nagpur. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, APRIL 14 2017(DIPR): Revenue Minister Shri Karam Shyam, who is also the Minister for CAF&PD today inspected Mayang Lanjing Taning and Haorang Sabal in Lamsang Assembly Constituency and heard the grievances of the landless people of the area who have been demanding patta (land title). Minister Shri. Karam Shyam was accompanied by Lamsang MLA and Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Shri. Sorokhaibam Rajen Singh.

    Speaking to media persons, Minister Karam Shyam said that, in Mayang Lanjing Taning, 85 households are presently occupying 16.4 acre of land and in Haorang Sabal 79 households are occupying 21.37 acre without patta (land title). He said 20 years back, the then government in the interest of the landless people, gave the area for settlement. However the government is bearing losses in revenue from the said areas as the landless people have not given any land tax due to lack of patta. He said that, he will look into the issue on humanitarian ground and follow law of the land in consultation with a committee. Lamsang MLA and Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board Sorokhaibam Rajen Singh said since the landless people don’t have patta they are unable to avail housing benefits. He expressed happiness towards Revenue Minister Shri Karam Shyam for listening to the grievances of the landless locals.

    Minister Karam Shyam along with the team also inspected yet to be inaugurated SDO/SDC office at Haorang Sabal. He said the building will be improved and renovated so that the office can start functioning. Imphal West DC, SDO/SDC Lamsang and other officials accompanied the minster during the inspection. (DIPR)



    Imphal; April 13, 2017 (DIPR): The 126th Birth Anniversary of Baba Saheb Ambedkar was observed today at the Court Hall of Manipur University. The observance was organized by the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), Manipur University.

    Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Minister of Tribal Development & Hills and Fisheries, Shri N. Kayisii said, “Dr. Ambedkar was a victim of caste discrimination, inequality and prejudice. He continuously fought for eradication of social discriminations that had divided the Indian society and made it cripple. He was a brave crusader of social equality and justice.”

    Shri Kayisii further stated that the Hill-Valley division in our State should be addressed in the true spirit of Dr. Ambedkar. He pointed out that unless there is equal distribution, respect and concern for one another, there will not be true development and peaceful coexistence in our society today. The Minister assured that his departments together with the Government will try their best to bring about a just and positive change in the State. He strongly appealed the masses not to promote any form of prejudice and communal feelings at any cause.

    Expressing his gratitude and appreciation to the organizers, the Minister stated that a reputed educational institute like the Manipur University should be a platform of such reforms to bring about positive changes in our society. The Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), Manipur University is one such exemplary initiative which we should appreciate and promote. He also expressed his hope that the observance of 126th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar will bring about some positive changes in our society.

    A book titled “Issues in Gender Discrimination” was also released during the observation. Talking about the book, Shri Kayisii positively stated that the book should be an effective tool to understand such issues and concerns to bring about social and gender equality in our society. He appreciated the authors and contributors for their hard work in bringing out such a useful book.

    As a part of the observance, three resource persons spoke on certain themes related to the life and works of Dr. Ambedkar. Prof. Ksh. Bimola Devi talked on the theme “Ambedkar as Social and Political Leader”, Prof. E. Bijoykumar Singh on “Economic Thoughts of Ambedkar”, while Dr. Yaiphaba Ningthoujam spoke on “Regional Disparities in Development.”

    Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University, Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey, Prof. L. Tombi Singh, Former Director, CSSEIP, M.U. and Prof. N. Lokendra Singh, Dean, School of Social Sciences, Manipur University also attended the function as President and Guests of Honour respectively. (DIPR)


    Imphal, April 13, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said today that the surrender policy for the rehabilitation of the surrendered militants to join the mainstream will be reviewed.

             This was stated by him at the homecoming ceremony of the two cadres of PREPAK (PRO) who surrendered to the Chief Minister, Manipur at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. He further said that the new surrender policy would accommodate more humane features and assured that the government would give protection and shelter to the property, lives and families of those who have surrendered to the government to join the mainstream. He appreciated the two surrendered cadres for coming to join the mainstream with having faith in the new government and hoped that more will follow the suit. 

          The two surrendered PREPAK (PRO) cadres are (1) Sergeant Major Salam Sitoljit alias Seven Kumar alias Seven Star Singh aged 28, s/o S. Phulchand of Uripok Khumanthem Leikai and (2) S/S Corporal Pebam Bishorjit alias Tomcha Singh aged 24, s/o P. Rojit Singh of Kiyamgei Awang Leikai. The former came from Eastern Nagaland, B2 Camp Taka, Myanmar and the latter came from Nongket, NCTF( Nongpok Chingkhei Task Force), Myanmar camps to join the mainstream.

            The homecoming function was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar and Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, DGP, Additional Chief Secretary(Home) and other top ranking police ofiicials.(DIPR)


    Imphal, April 13, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has said that skill development is a must to empower the youths of the State.

    He was speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration of a PMKVY Training Centre at Thangmeiband DM College Road (opposite ABC Godown)  today.

                Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is a flagship scheme of the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). The objective of this Skill Certification Scheme is to enable a large number of youth to take up industry-relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood.

                The Chief Minister said that as per the records provided by different Employment Exchanges, the State now has more than 7 lakh unemployed youths.

    Conveying that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has a dream to provide employment to every Indian, Shri Biren informed that the State Cabinet had decided to operationalise Manipur Skill Development Mission under Labour and Employment Department to make Shri Modi’s dream a reality.

    He said that even private firms would provide jobs to many youths if the Government takes up the onus to give them skill training.

    In order to promote entrepreneurship, the State Government would issue an order to all the Departments to effect the maximum use of ‘Make-in-Manipur’ products in their offices, he added.

    Regarding State Government’s initiative to check corruption, the Chief Minister said that the Anti-Corruption Cell set up by the Government had started receiving many complaints.

    Stating that some of the cases had been forwarded to DCs and SPs concerned for further action, the Chief Minister said that a Monitoring Committee would be formed to assess the activities of the Anti-Corruption Cell.

    Speaking on Churachandpur issue, the Chief Minister said that the State Government is not in a position to fulfil the demand for Lamka district as raised by JAC Against Anti-Tribal Bills for the time being.

    He said that the State Government had told the JAC that the demand can be considered after the District Boundary Commission submits its report.

    Education and Labour and Employment Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam and PMKVY National Co-ordinator Shri Hemanta Larma attended the function as the guests of honour and Manipur Medical Council President Prof. Sinam Rajendra as the president at the function.

    Speaking at the occasion, Shri Th. Radheshyam observed that there is a need to give emphasis to train the youths as per industry requirements/demands. Organising skill development programmes for youths would not serve any purpose if they are not trained according to the requirements of the companies/firms, he said.

    During his speech, he also mentioned about the importance of using ‘Make-in-Manipur’ products in order to promote entrepreneurship in the State.

    He further said that there is a need to impart awareness on various welfare schemes being taken up by the Government. (DIPR)


    Senapati, the 13th April, 2017: An interactive session on ‘Digital India. Next Generation Services- Faceless, Paperless & Cashless’ is held at DRDA Conference Hall organised by the District Administration, Senapati where the Bankers and the business community attended the session. It begins with the keynotes address from the ADC, Senapati, Shri. Ng. Roben Singh, MCS briefed various programme on digitalisation of India under BJP government. The newly posted D.C. Shri. Athem Muivah, IAS also join the session and suggested to carry out more awareness programme. In the discussion, State Bank of India, Senapati Branch, Shri. Hepuni Bismarck and Lead District Manager Shri. Tholi Paul also highlighted some of the programmes through phones app and sms system. In making digitalisation, the D.C. stated that the fund available should be allotted to work out. Awareness programme would be conducted in the near future by District administration, Spt in collaboration with the banks. (DIPR)



    Imphal, 12th April, 2017 (DIPR): Hon’ble Education Minister, who is also the Sympathiser of Manipur State Shumang Leela Council (MSSLC), said the teachings of Shumang Leela should be inculcated within the society. He was speaking as the Chief Guest of the 16th Shumang Leela Day celebration at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound, today organised by Manipur State Shumang Leela Council (MSSLC).

    Minister said there is a need to understand the teachings of story portrayed in the Shumang Leela and its importance in the society as a didactic form. Being an important part of the Manipuri society since it has and always been the medium nourishing the society in varied ways before the evolution of today’s electronic media, the Education Minister said, Shumang Leela can’t be isolated from education as it tries to define every human relation and behaviour prevalent in the society. There is a need to discuss the relevance of Shumang Leela in the society so as to be able to take the society towards a brighter and positive environment by taking the morals from the plays.

    Celebrated every year on 12th of April, the Shumang Leela Day is to commemorate the artiste who had not only preserved and protected the folk theatre, but also to cherish the theatre which has been changing with time. Shumang Leela, thematically religious in the old days, has today become more mature and relishing in the form of an infotainment, more defining as a feature of socio and secular theatre of today.

    Giving the presidential speech, Shri Dr. M. Nara Singh said Shumang Leela is one of the strongest medium for unification of Manipur being the most popular art form of infotainment, successfully conveying the message of oneness and equality.

    Another highlight of the function was presentation of the Iboyaima Award which was conferred to renowned Shumang Leela artiste Ningthoujam Rajen Singh popularly known as Keirao Rajen. The function also witnessed a reception of Padmashree Wareppa Naba.

    This year’s Iboyaima Shumang Leela Fellowship (2017-18) was awarded to Herojit Nongmaithem of Naharolgi Thoudang daily, while Sanaleibak’s Surjit Maibam was feted on his completion of the Iboyaima Shumang Leela Fellowship (2016 - 17).

    The function was also attended by family members of late Thokchom Iboyaima and members of MSSLC. 



    Thoubal,April 12, 2017(DIPR): A one day Digi-Dhan Mela was held today at Basu Ground ,Khangabok ,Thoubal by District Administration  Thoubal with the support of the Department of information Technology, Government of Manipur in order to give awareness to the general public about the utility of  cashless transaction.

    Education Minister Shri Th Radheshyam, Chief Secretary Shri O. Nabakishore ,Commissioner (IT) Shri P.K. Singh and Deputy Commissioner Thoubal ,Shri Shyam Lal Poonia graced the function as Chief Guest ,President & Guests of Honour respectively.

                Chief Guest of today’s function, Shri Th Radheshyam appealed the people to use local made goods for  boosting  the economy of the state. The use of cashless transaction will   help in curbing the problem of black money, he added.

    President of the event, Chief Secretary Shri O.Nabakishore said that the use of digital card would be immensely beneficial to the public.

    A total of 42 stalls took part in the Mela. State Bank of India and HDFC Bank distributed Point of Sales(PoS) machines to few selected customers. Prizes were given away to the winners of the Digi-Dhan Contest of Poster, Jingle and Slogan competitions held on 31st March, 2017 at the Counting Hall of the DC Office Complex, Thoubal. (DIPR)

  • Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Assam Called on Manipur CM

    Imphal, April 12, 2017: A delegation of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Assam called on Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today at the office chamber of the Chief Minister.

    The delegation led by its President Dr. Karam Ibungohal Singh felicitated Shri N. Biren Singh on his becoming the new Chief Minister of Manipur and presented a gift to him. They also expressed their hope that the Chief Minister would extend his support and encouragement to Parishad in its endeavour to promote and propagate Manipuri language, literature and culture.

    Revenue, PDS & Consumer Affairs Minister Shri Karam Shyam also attended in the meeting.

  • Observance of 126th Birth Anniversary of Baba Saheb Ambedkar on April 13, 2017 at 11am




    Imphal,April 11, 2017(DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh launched isssuance of driving license and vehicle registration document on smart cards under District Transport Office, Ukhrul at a function held at Mini-Secretariat complex, Ukhrul today.
    Vahan and Sarathi softwares are used to make the new development possible.

    Vahan is an integrated solution of vehicle registration which is highly flexible and comprehensive. Processes at RTO/DTO Ukhrul regarding vehicle registration, fitness test, tax collection, permit issunace and enforcement would become hassle-free with the launching of the Scheme. On the other hand, Sarathi will be helpful in providing Learning/Driving licenses to the public. It has other features like issuance of fresh Learner’s/Driver’s license, renewal of Leaner’s/Driver’s license, duplicate Learner’s/Driver’s license, change of name/address in driving license and duplicate driving license and enforcement etc.

    Vahan and Sarathi were first implemented in Imphal West district in 2008. Later, the schemes were launched in Churachandpur, Imphal East, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Kangpokpi and Senapati districts.  Launching of Vahan and Sarathi in Unhrul was delayed due to erratic power supply, connectivity problems and lack of manpower.

    Ukhrul district (before bifurcation of Kamjong) had vehicle population of 1175 as on March 2016 and revenue collection was Rs 11, 39, 671 up to December 2016 for 2016-17 fiscal.Vahan and Sarathi will make Transport Department related datas available real time, systematic and transparent in the National network. This data sharing will be helpful in crime detection as well.

    Later, the Chief Minister also attended a review meeting on development projects undertaken in the district. DLOs of Ukhrul interacted with Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and top bureaucrats at the meeting. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 11, 2017 (DIPR):Chief Minister Shri N Biren has announced an economic package of Rs 201 crore for Ukhrul district today particularly in the felicitation programme of the Chief Minister, organised by the Tangkhul Community at Tangkhul Nagalong Ground (TNG), Ukhrul.

    In his speech, Shri N. Biren said that Rs 10 crore has been earmarked for the construction of womens’ market at Ukhrul district headquarters too. He also announced that Shirui tourism festival would be held on the lines of Sangai Festival every year from this year. He added that the festival would be organised from May 5 this year for five days at Shirui village and TNL ground by the State Tourism Festival. During his spreech, he also directed Works Minister who attended the occasion to blacktop the road of Ukhrul district headquarters at the earliest.

    The CM further said that three additional mast lighting systems would be installed at Ukhrul district headquarters within 15 days. Regarding sinking of land at Sirarakhong village, he said that Rs 1.01 lakh would be provided to the affected villagers. Reiterating that his Govt. would give emphasis to development of hill areas, Shri Biren said that he would reserve the 10th day of every month for interaction with the Chiefs and CSO representatives of hill areas. The Chief Minister directed the Govt employees posted in hill districts to attend office regularly. Those who fail to heed to this directive would be penalised, he cautioned.

    Those who present at the function were ministers Th. Biswajit, Letpao Haokip, L. Dikho, Karam Shyam, Nemcha Kipgen, Thounaojam Shyamkumar, Thokchom Radheshyam, V Hangkhanlian; Parliamentary Secretaries L Sushindro, S Subhaschandra, N Indrajit, K Robindro, H Dingo, Asab Uddin, Khashim Vashum, K Leishiyo, Dr Sapam Ranjan, Satyabrata and Chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board L Radhakishore.

    MTDC Chairman & MLA, Vungzagin Valte, MLA TT Haokip, Chief Secy O Nabakishore, DGP LM Khaute and ADC  Ukhrul Chairman Dr Yaralso were present among others.

    Speaking at CM's reception function at TNL ground, Th Biswajit said that necessary steps would be taken up for large scale production of chilli at Sirarakhong and adjoining villages. The minister said that in order to accelerate developmental works he had instructed PWD and MSRDA officials and employees to attend their respective offices in hill areas.

              He observed that trust brings love, love brings unity, unity brings peace and development is possible only when there is there is peace.Minister V Hangkhanlian stated that developmental works in hill and valley areas would be taken up in equal footing.

             Minister L Dikho said that people of Manipur had given a historic mandate in the recently concluded assembly elections to bring a change, development, peace and togetherness. He assured the gathering that the present State Govt would not disappoint the people.

               As part of the programme, Costume and Head Gear of a Tangkhul Naga warrior was gifted to the CM. (DIPR)


    Imphal,April 11, 2017(DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today inaugurated a tourist resort at Nungshangkhong Hungpung, Ukhrul during his maiden visit to the district.

    The tourist lodge is located just near Nungsangkhong Bridge. It is a part of the Integrated Tourist Circuit for Imphal Mahadev – Lambui – Finch Corner – Hundung – Jessami, Manipur. It is developed by Manipur Tourism with financial assistance from the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and executed by MTDC. At around 15 kms away from Ukhrul town, the tourism spot has already become a favourite picnic spot for the people around the region.

    Besides, the Tourism Department has taken up several initiatives in Ukhrul particularly in the areas like Shirui Hills to attract tourists and to develop it into a tourist worthy destination, given its unique location and the rich cultural heritage of the tribals living in Ukhrul district.

    Since, the best form of Tourism that could be implemented at Shirui is eco-tourism, projects have been taken up at Shirui Hills and adjoining areas of Ukhrul district combining the concept of Eco-lodges, Cafeteria, Trekking, Adventure Tourism and Rain Shelter under the Integrated Tourist Destination at Shirui Hills and Adjoining areas, Ukhrul District, Manipur with MDS as the work agency. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 11, 2017 (DIPR): Large number of people accorded warm welcome to Chief Minister Shri N Biren during his maiden visit to Ukhrul district today. The Chief Minister stopped at Yaingangpokpi, Litan, Ramva (Lambui), Nungshangkhong and Hamleikhong to accept the warm welcome accorded to him by the villagers, student and women bodies.

    The erected giant gates especially arranged for the occasion were imprinted with ‘Welcome Shri Biren Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur’ and the gates were at these villages to welcome the CM and his council of ministers accompanying him.

    The grand reception at Yaingangpokpi was organised by Wunghon Village Authority and Wonghon Shanao Long. The two bodies also submitted memoranda to the CM. The next stoppage was at Litan where Kuki Inpi, Ukhrul and KSO Ukhrul erected a giant gate to welcome the CM and his Council of Ministers.

    Large number of people including women folks and school children stood in long lines on both sides of the road to welcome the CM.

    Memoranda were submitted to the Chief Minister by various organisations during the grand reception. Large number of people including women and school children from 14 villages stood in long lines on both sides of the road to welcome the CM. At Ramva (Lambui) huge number of people turned up to welcome the CM and his Council of Ministers. They sung 'Samkaphang Laa' (welcome song) to show hearty thankfulness and joy to N Biren his ministers.

    Ramva Village Authority and Sapao Village Authority also submitted memoranda to him. Interacting with the villagers, Shri Biren said he visited the district in search of 'blood relations'. The State Govt would translate maximum points mentioned in the memoranda into action, he added.

    People also welcome the CM at Nungshangkhong Hunpung where he inaugurated a tourist resort. (DIPR)


    Imphal 10th April, 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam today inspected government schools of Kumbi in Bishnupur District. The Minister was accompanied by officials of the School Education Department, including that of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

                    The Minister, who was heartily welcomed by the people of Kumbi Assembly Constituency, inspected four schools and a college in the said constituency.In each of the schools, the Minister was accorded a warm welcome by students and teachers. The Minister visited The Wangoo High School, Ethai Khunou Government High School, Kumbi Sandhong Government Primary School, Kumbi College, Kumbi & Saiton Government High School.

                    During the inspection tour, the Minister interacted with the teachers in each of the schools and heard their grievances. The teachers apprised him of the lack of infrastructure in their schools especially lack of teaching staff. The teachers also submitted memorandums to the Minister.             

                    After listening to the grievances of the teachers, the Minister said ever since he was made the Education Minister, he has been approached by several teachers with their grievances. He also assured all possible help to the teachers.

                    Seeking the support of the people, he further said he won’t give any commitment but will try his level best to solve the problems faced by the students and teachers to bring a positive and qualitative change in the education sector and build a better Manipur.

                    Expressing happiness on seeing a large number of students at the government schools, he said the problems faced by all government schools are similar. He explained the issues are mainly lack of teachers, proper infrastructure and drinking water in the schools.

                    Saiton Gram Panchayat Pradhan said it is really heart-warming that an Education Minister has visited the schools of his GP in more than four-five decades. (DIPR)

  • State Govt holds second round of talk with CCpur JAC

    Imphal, April 11, 2017 (DIPR): The second round of talk between the State Govt and JAC Against Anti-Tribal Bills was held at CM Secretariat today.
    The Govt side led by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh included his Council of Ministers, Chief Secretary Shri O. Nabakishore, DGP Shri LM Khaute and Churachandpur DC R Sudhan.
    The 14-member team of the JAC was led by its Chief Convenor Shri Mangchinkhup.
    Talks between the two sides will continue further in the next round. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 10, 2017 (DIPR): Forest and Environment Minister, Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar today inspected the periphery of the Loktak Lake, the largest fresh water lake in the North East India, in Bishnupur district. He was accompanied by the Principle Chief Conservator of Forests - Shri PN Prasad, Loktak Development Authority (LDA) Project Director -  Shri L. Bhagaton Singh along with other officials.

    Minister Shyamkumar along with the Oinam MLA L. Radhakishwor Singh, officials of LDA and Forest Department visited Toubul Village in Bishnupur district and interacted with the villagers where the locals shared their grievances. From Toubul Village, the Minister along with the team headed towards Keibul Lamjao National Park, where the Minister spoke with the officials of the Forest Department. Later, the Minister and the team headed towards for Sendra Park and Resort in Bishnupur.

    Speaking to the media persons at the Sendra Park and Resort, Minister Th. Shyamkumar said, he will take up the matter of development work along the periphery of Loktak Lake with Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh. He added, the local MLA along with subject experts will be consulted for the development work of the area.

     Expressing grave concern over illegal encroachment, Minister Th. Shyamkumar said, illegal encroachers pose a big threat to the Loktak Lake and Keibul Lamjao National Park. He said the issue of encroachment can be tackled only by creating income generating jobs for the locals. He said Rural Tourism is an excellent way to create income generating jobs for the locals under which, a tourist can enjoy the experience of daily lifestyle of the locals by staying in indigenously built huts along the Loktak Lake periphery, fishing at the lake and eating delicious local cuisines. The Minister was hopeful that developing Rural Tourism will boost the economy of the state.

    Minister Shymakumar further said, the main objective of the inspection of Loktak Lake periphery along with the experts is to consult and discuss all the possible steps and projects which can be undertaken by each department. He said the problems can be easily tackled at the earliest if all the departments take simultaneous action. Apart from co-operation among various departments, there is a need for public awareness, the Minister added.

    Speaking on the issue of pollution of the Loktak Lake, Minister Shyamkumar said, cleaning only the surroundings of the Loktak Lake will not solve the problem of pollution. The Nambul River carrying waste products, including hazardous materials made of plastic,  drains into the Loktak Lake, contaminating the lake. The Minister added, there is an urgent need to look into all the water sources which is polluting the lake. (DIPR)


    Imphal, April 10, 2017 (DIPR): The game of Polo originates in the State and there is a need to keep our heritage alive. We have to make Polo popular throughout the country and the world. This was stated by Hon’ble Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla at the felicitation function of Veteran Polo players Shri Yumnam Jila Singh and Kshetrimayum Joykumar Singh, today, at the Raj Bhavan.

    In the state, the game of Polo is played with only the Manipuri ponies, known for its sturdiness. In other parts of the country and the world, bigger horses are used in the game which is difficult to adjust for the players of the State. Arrangements should be made to send players for training in other parts of the country to make them familiar with the game played using bigger horses to enable them to compete in the International arena, she added. Showing her keen interest in the game, Hon’ble Governor extends her desire to talk to the Sports Minister and the Union Minister of sports to take up necessary steps to revive grasslands and Pony Farms to increase the number of ponies in the State in order to survive the game.   

    Governor also suggests convening a meeting for all the Polo Associations of the country to discuss issues on how to survive the game, which is known only to a specific group of the people, as it is a game of the royal families. Corporate people should be roped in to promote the game like that of Cricket, which is a sport of the elites. Not only to promote the game but for survival of the players and the ponies, there is a need for financers.

    Hon’ble Governor handed over an amount of Rs. 10,000/- each to the two veteran players from the side of Manipur Horse Riding & Polo Association, Manipur. Representatives of the Association also attended the felicitation programme. (DIPR) 

  • Invitation to Hon'ble Minister Radheshyam visit to Bishnupur


    Imphal, April 9, 2017 (DIPR): In a noble step of the newly formed BJP-led coalition State Government towards providing easy access to the elected leaders and top bureaucrats, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has announced to hold ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ (People’s Day) on the 15th of every month.

    He made the announcement while speaking as the chief guest at a reception function hosted by the women vendors of Khwairamband Keithel in his honour today.

    The Chief Minister said that public would be allowed to meet the Chief Minister, Ministers, Commissioners, Secretaries, Deputy Commissioners and SPs to lodge their complaints and air their grievances on the 15th of every month.

    Conveying that a formal official order would be issued soon in this regard, Shri N. Biren Singh said that his Government is fully committed to work tirelessly in the interest of the people of Manipur.

    He said that ending UNC-sponsored economic blockade, resolving Churachandpur issue and revamping NH-37 were the three tasks which he had decided to do first soon after he was sworn-in as the Chief Minister.

    Stating that the first round of talks with Churachandpur JAC ended on a positive note, the Chief Minister expressed hope that the impasse would be resolved within a few days.

    Maintaining that repairing works on the Imphal-Jiribam highway had begun gaining pace, Shri N. Biren said that he would personally inspect the condition of the road and work progress soon.

    Regarding the problems of vending space, pollution and traffic congestion in Imphal city, the Chief Minister said that the State now has a competent and dynamic MAHUD Minister and all the problems would be sorted out soon by chalking out a long-term plan.

    Every hill district headquarters would now have a women’s market each, he said.  The Central Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had already sanctioned funds for the said project, he added.

    Taking serious note of question leakage of Physics subject in Class XII examinations conducted by Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM), Shri Biren asserted that an independent body would probe the matter and his Government would not spare those who are involved in the mess.

    The function was also attended by Works, RD&PR, Commerce and Industries, Power and IPR Minister Shri Th. Biswajit as the president and MAHUD, Forest and Environment and Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Shri Th Shyamkumar, Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) Mayor Shri Soram Sunil and senior women vendor Smt. Ch. Ibemnungshi as the guests of honour.

    Speaking at the occasion, Shri Th. Shyamkumar urged the women vendors and public to extend cooperation and give some time to the State Government in making the Imphal city and Ima Keithel neat and tidy.

    In his speech, Shri Th. Biswajit assured the women vendors to complete the repairing works of Ima Keithel No.2 and 3 before September this year. He also promised to complete construction of market shed undergoing at the Tombisana High School complex at the earliest.(DIPR)

  • Invitation to CM's Visit to Ukhrul on April 11, 2017


    IMPHAL, April 8, 2017 (DIPR):  Public Works Department Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh visited and inspected the landslide affected area in Sirarakhong Village, Ukhrul district today. The Minister was accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary Awangbou Newmai, engineers of the PWD and a team of the India Red Cross Society.

                Addressing a gathering of villagers at the village community hall, Minister Biswajit said it is his firm belief that everyone is equal and that everyone should work together to bring development and move forward.

    The Minister also said he has been briefed that there is only one transformer in the village. Stating that it is just ten or so days since he took office, he said he has no idea of the total number of houses in the village and how much power is required to electrify the entire village. The Minister continued, however, there is a need to identify where Power Grid lines are yet to reach and to set up a MANIREDA unit in such a place to provide the required power in the area at the earliest.

    Expressing that his first priority is total electrification of the entire village, the Minister explained he will send engineers at the earliest to look into all the issues regarding power supply in the village.

    He also spoke on the issue regarding the sinking of four houses during the recent unfortunate landslide in the area. He said according to the village headman experts who surveyed the area have identified another 25 houses which could face similar fates as the four houses.

    Minister Biswajit said it is required to shift the affected families to safer areas and to provide proper rehabilitation which can be carried out under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Grameen which will be launched by April last in the State. However, we can say that this scheme has been allocated to the 30 or so houses in principle, he said.

    Further in his speech, the Minister elaborated on the need to develop local handicraft and handloom skills.

    He also said he will send engineers for survey works to construct and repair roads in the area. The Minister also said that the road from Mahadev to Tolloi needs restoration.

    Minister Biswajit further assured to construct a new community hall in place of the old village community hall and further urged the villagers to contribute a minimal amount for the construction so that it could be constructed with contribution from all.

    Parliamentary Secretary Shri Awangbou Newmai in his speech said he will support the people and share their grievances. He further appealed to the people to work together and bring development in the State.

    He said any problem in the world can be solved provided we understand each other, we love each other. There is nothing impossible in the world if we respect, understand and love each other, the Parliamentary Secretary said.

                Minister Biswajit provided financial assistance, while the India Red Cross Society team provided kitchen items to the landslide affected families.

    Altogether four houses were damaged in Sirarakhong Village in a recent landslide triggered by heavy rainfall in the state. (DIPR)


    IMPHAL, April 8, 2017 (DIPR):  Minister of Works, Power, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Commerce & Industry, IPR, Administrative Reforms & Training Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh inaugurated the Charei Khudol Exhibition at Panthoibi Arcade, Wangkhei opposite Eastern Ground, today.

                The felicitation of the Minister cum inaugural function was also attended by Deputy Chairman State Planning Board S Rajen Singh as president and Chingtam Luwang of Handloom Promotion Council and Smt P. Meenakumari Devi Project Manager District Handloom & Textiles, Imphal East as guests of honour.

    The Minister inspected the various stalls opened as part of the exhibition. (DIPR)


    Imphal 8th April, 2017 (DIPR): Hon’ble Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said due to the abuse of modern technology, though important in modern times, is becoming a way for an unfair means. He was speaking on a press briefing regarding the leakage of question paper of Physics in the recent Council of Higher Education Manipur Examination, 2017 at his office at Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Babupara.

    Expressing his concern on the issue he said, unfortunately previous years also similar incidents took place and to curve such incidents many suggestions and proposals were made though couldn’t be implemented due to lack of time but next year everything will be implemented to avoid such unwanted incidents. Inorder to avoid unfair and unwanted situation in and around the examination centres, he added, flying squads were provided to inspect 92 examination centres. Along which many student’s organisation also work by with the government to conduct free and fair examination.

    With all these efforts also, the minister said, unfortunately the physics question paper got leaked and was circulated on watsapp and facebook by 9:20 am on the examination day which was opened on 9:15 am by concern authority. Hinting about the originating place of the leak question paper, the minister said, it is from inside, and could even be from any of the examination centres of COHSEM which will be find out as soon as possible. He further pointed out if it was an act of student the paper would have been leaked around 10 am but it is at 9: 20am that the paper got leaked, thus confirming the involvement of an insider.

    In connection of the case registered, the minister said  till now the Cyber Crime Branch has arrested sixteen persons out of which fourteen are juvenile, while the four  are adults already released on bail as they are not the originator though got involve. He also mentioned that though one of the organising secretary of DESAM was also involved with the group admin but the police are still hunting for the originator the main culprit of the crime.

    He further claimed that the originator as well as whoever is involved in such crime will be punished according to departmental enquiry and law of the land as a criminal.  From department’s side the fast and foremost target is to improve the process and proceedings of the examination of the state in the best way, he added. The minister also urged everyone for support and assistance to be able to make the education department a better department so as to able to make a better Manipur.

    The minister expressed that constant hard work, honesty and dedication is the need of time to bring a positive and constant change towards a qualitative development especially in education. To bring such change in education so as to brighten the future of state he said we need teachers who can dedicate themselves, come forward voluntarily to contribute their best to the student and help in creating a better education for bright future. The teacher’s unwillingness to go for posting, paying off of one-third of their salary to the substitute needs to be address as soon as possible. To solve this problem the minister said only inspection won’t help but the teachers need to be encouraged and motivated to be able to carry out their duty anywhere in the state.

    Expressing education and health are the most important department, the minister said, if one nurtures the future the other secures the present of the society. And it is these two departments that take away most of the revenues of state outside and thus to avoid so, much attention need to paid to theses department.

    In the press briefing Commissioner of University and Higher Education, Chairman of Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur and officials of education department were present.


    Imphal, April 4 (DIPR): A nine-member team of United Committee Manipur (UCM) today called on Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh in his office chamber today.

               The UCM executives submitted a Fact Finding Report on Haolenphai incident and border issue with Myanmar during the meeting.           

    After patiently hearing the points raised by the members of the civil society organisation, the Chief Minister assured them to do whatever possible to resolve the issue at the earliest.

    Shri N. Biren also told the UCM executives that he had taken a pledge to selflessly work for the people of Manipur. (DIPR)


    Imphal, the 7th April 2017 (DIPR): The 64th National Film Awards 2016 was announced today by the Chairpersons of the juries on Feature Films, Non Feature Films, Best Writing on Cinema at National Media Centre, New Delhi. Director and Producer Haobam Paban Kumar’s 72 -minute long ‘Loktak Lairembee’ (Lady of the Lake) was awarded for Best Film on Environment Conservation/ Preservation.

    The award carries one Citation, Rajat Kamal and Rupees 1, 50,000/- each to the producer and director. The National Film Awards would be presented by the President of India on May 3rd, 2017 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

    The citation says, “The film brings out the nuances of an environmental issue in a heart wrenching and touching manner.”

    About the film, Paban Kumar stated, “Loktak Lake is a unique ecosystem where fishermen lived in huts built on floating biomasses. In 2011 the authorities, in the name of protecting serenity of the ecosystem, burnt down the huts leaving thousands of fishermen homeless. Tomba, one of the victims, lives with a harrowing nightmare of looming displacement since then. He is haunted by seamless fear of further intervention of authorities that would make him homeless forever. Confined in his makeshift hut, Tomba senses the spirit of evil around, while his wife Thambalsang works hard to make their living.”

     “One fine morning Tomba accidentally finds a gun hidden within the biomass. He marvels with the gun as his power of self-protection. He transforms himself to an assertive man who is looking for an appropriate offense. One day an old lady who mysteriously wanders in the lake, knocks at his door in the middle of the night. Fearful Tomba, anticipating the lady as the spirit of all evils, chases her and commits an unintended crime.”

    Expressing his joyousness on the announcement of the award, Director Haobam Paban Kumar said this is the first time in the history of Manipuri films that a Manipuri Feature film has won an award in one of the main categories of the National Awards.So far in the feature film category of National Film Awards, Manipuri film have only won award in the Best Manipuri language category.His film will have Los Angeles premiere tomorrow on 8th April and will have its Hong Kong premiere on 13th April 2017.  He said, “Decades of insurgency and socio-political uncertainty have thrown my society into disarray leaving the people to recede into a cocooned existence devoid of any space for free and visible self-expression that evokes compassion and concern for others. Today when I look at my birthplace Manipur, I see guns all around. Gun – a symbol of authority and ownership regimen others… be it the insurgents or the state authorities. We forgot that fear and anxiety instill further worries resulting in cross violence! I sincerely believe in resumption of our cultural values that propagates an inclusive society imbued with love, trust and tolerance and my film symbolically delves into the ‘fear psychosis’ that leads to mistrust and irresponsible conflicts”.

    Loktak Lairembee‘s journey started with the world premiere at 21st Busan International Film Festival 2016. In the India Premiere at the 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2016, the film got the top prize- Golden Gateway award.  Besides screened at 67th Berlin International Film Festival 2017, the film travelled around the globe and took part in many major international film festivals

    Haobam Paban Kumar is one of the leading documentary filmmaker of the country. He has a 3 Year Post Graduate Diploma in Direction & Screenplay writing from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. Haobam came to limelight with the film ‘AFSPA 1958’ winning the International Jury and FIPRESCI award at the 9th Mumbai International Film Festival 2006. The film also won the ‘Swarna Kamal’ for the Best Documentary at the 56th National Film Awards 2008. Some of his other notable films are ‘Ngaihak Lambida’, ‘A cry in the dark’, ‘The first leap’, ‘MR INDIA’, ‘Ruptured Spring’, ‘Nupishabi’ etc. Haobam has 5 National Film Awards and 5 Indian Panorama Selections to his credit. His latest film ‘Phum Shang’ is one of the successful Indian films in recent years sweeping almost all the major awards in the country including the prestigious Golden Conch for the Best Documentary at the 14th Mumbai International Film Festival 2016. The film Loktak Lairembee (Lady of the lake) is his debut fiction feature film.

    The film is based on a short story written by Sahitya Akademi awardee Sudhir Naoroibam.  Sudhir Naoroibam and Haobam Paban Kumar are scriptwriters of the film. Shehnad Jalal is the cinematographer and Sankha is the editor. Main cast are Ningthoujam Sanatomba and Sagolsem Thambalsang. (DIPR)


    Imphal, April 7, 2017 (DIPR): “The Government is fully committed to bringing inclusive development in the State and no disparity should be there among us”, said Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh. This was stated on an inspection visit of the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus at Makhan village, Kangpokpi District today.

    During the inspection, an interaction programme with the faculties and students was held at the Library Hall of the University. Stating that education is the future of the society, the Chief Minister said, “Establishment of such Tribal University in the State is the need of the hour as many students who cannot afford to study outside the State can have a better place to get education within the State.” He further stated that the new Government believes in practical approach and its foremost mission is to bring development equally in both hills and valley.

    After discussing the grievances of the faculties and students, Shri N. Biren Singh promised to construct the security barracks and deploy security personnel in the campus.

    The Chief Minister also assured that the approach road leading to University from Kanglatongbi would be blacktopped soon. He further stated that he would do his best to pursue the Union HRD Ministry for the upgradation of the present Regional Campus into an autonomous/full-fledged University.

    Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister Shri N. Kayisii, Social Welfare and Co-operation Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen, Higher and Technical Education Commissioner Shri Vineet Joshi, Director Education (U) Smt. Th. Chitra Devi, Tribal Development Director Smt. Mannuamching and other top civil and police officials accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit.(DIPR)


    Imphal, April 7, 2017 : First round talk of State Government with the Joint Action Committee Against Anti Tribal Bills(Churachandpur) was held today at Chief Minister’s Secretariat chaired by the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh which resulted a positive outcome.

    In the first round of talk with the JAC, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh  expressed his desire to let the families of the victims perform the last rites to the dead bodies considering the mental trauma families of the victims might be having which cannot be measured. Saying that there is no country/state or even a family without any problem, he said that any crisis or any problem can be resolved through a series of meetings. He appealed earnestly the JAC and the people of Churachandpur to come to the negotiating table and said that the Government is ready to have series of negotiations for resolving any issue for the betterment of the State and its people. He also thanked the JAC for responding to the appeal of the govt. for talks. He reiterated that Manipur is made up of Hills and Valley and without hills and tribals there is no Manipur. Pointing out that government is for the people, Chief Minister said that his government just after assuming power has been successful in resolving the longest economic blockade through negotiation. He expressed his thankfulness to the United Naga Council for lifting their economic blockade.

    In the talk, the JAC Against Anti Tribal Bills also submitted their charter of demands to the government and discussed. After the discussion, the meeting resolved to have a next round of talk tentatively on April 10,2017.

    The State Government side led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh consisted Works Minister Shri Th. Biswajit Singh, Agriculture/Veterinary Minister V. Hangkhanlian, Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen,TD & Hills Minister N. Kayisii, Chief Secretary, O. Nabakishore, DGP L.M. Khaute, Law Secretary Th. Kamini Kumar and Deputy Commissioner Churachandpur R. Sudhan. The 11 member delegation of the JAC Against Anti Tribal Bills led by its Chief Convenor, H. Mangchinkhup consisted representatives of various tribal bodies and organisations like Young Paite Association, United Zou Organisation, Tedim Chin Union,Mizo People Convention etc. (DIPR)


    Imphal, April 6, 2017 (DIPR): Ambassador of India to Myanmar Shri Vikram Misri called on Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today at his office chamber. In the meeting both have discussed about the Indo-Myanmar trade and International relations between the South-East Asian countries. They also stressed on finding the ways to strengthen the ties between the two countries.

    During the meeting, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh also pointed out the border issue with Myanmar and appealed to the Ambassador Shri Vikram Misri to take up the matter with the Myanmar Government. Shri Vikram Misri assured the Chief Minister that he would put up the matter at the appropriate level.

                Shri Vikram Misri along with the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of Tengnoupal would visit the border town, Moreh tomorrow  During the visit they will take stock of  the ongoing construction works of Integrated Check Post and other infrastructure related with Indo-Myanmar border trade and the existing border between the two countries.


    UKHRUL, 6th APRIL, 2017 (DIPR): Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar, Minister of Forest and Environment, Horticulture & Soil Conservation today visited landslide affected village of Sirarakhong in Ukhrul district, which is 85 kms from Imphal. Four (4) houses were damaged and fifteen (15) houses were affected due to the landslide on Wednesday (5th April, 2017) following incessant rain, which also damaged Mahadev-Tolloi road - an inter-state road. Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar and Minister of Tribal & Hill Areas Development, Shri N. Kayisii provided a total of Rs 6.5 lakh monetary help to the landslide affected villagers.

    Speaking to media persons, Th. Shyamkumar said, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh directed the minister himself and the minister of Tribal & Hill Areas Development, Shri N. Kayisii to visit the village at the earliest to inquire about the calamity. He promised the villagers that, all necessary help will be provided from all the departments concerned. Lack of proper drainage system, deforestation and climate change are some of the main reason that has caused the landslide, the minister added. Th. Shyamkumar said, there is a fear that the entire village may be wiped out, if there is incessant rainfall. The minister further said, a football ground was made without consulting the experts and added that disasters can be avoided in future if the villagers consult experts before constructing houses and building structures.

    Minister N. Kayisii said, as the visit to Sirarakhong Village was an immediate one, he could not bring relief materials for the landslide affected villagers. He however, assured the villagers to give maximum help and said that, he will talk to Tribal & Hill Areas Development officials to build retaining wall and take up rehabilitation work for the affected villagers.

    During a felicitation function of the ministers at the village church, Minister Shyamkumar handed over Rs 3.5 lakh (Rs 50,000 from Principle Chief Conservator of Forests, Rs 2 lakh from Forest and Environment department and Rs 1 lakh from Horticulture & Soil Conservation department). Meanwhile Minister Kayisii donated Rs 3 lakh to the affected villagers.

    The felicitation function was attended by officials of Horticulture & Soil Conservation, Forests & Environment, Tribal & Hill Areas Development, Police officials, former MLA Khasim Ruivah, church leaders, village chief and villagers of the area. (DIPR)


    Imphal, 6th April, 2017 (DIPR): Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh distributed relief materials to the hailstorm affected families of Meitei Langol Yumjao Manbi area today.

    After paying visit to the affected families, Shri Joykumar Singh distributed essential commodities including Rice, Dal, Mustard Oil and Candles to 121 members of 29 Households in the area. The area was badly affected due to recent spate of rain and mainly by hailstorm which occurred in the midnight of April 2 last. Due to the calamity, many families have been taking shelter to the relief camps opened in the area. After the calamity, Deputy CM rushed to the area on April 3 to take stock of the situation.

    Later, talking to media, Deputy CM said, keeping in view of frequent flood like situations in and around Imphal City, Short term and Long term measures have been formulated and in due course of time it will be implemented. He said, low lying areas in the city and low embankments of Nambul and Waisel Maril have been identified and reinforcement work is on.(DIPR)



    Imphal, 4th  April, 2017 (DIPR): The closing ceremony of filmmaking workshop organized by the Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, Department of Information & Public Relations, Government of Manipur, Manipur State Film Development Society and Film Society of Manipur was held today at the Auditorium of the  Manipur State Film Development Society, Palace Gate, Imphal.

                Eminent Filmmaker Shri Aribam Syam Sharma, Secretary, Manipur State Film Development Society Dr. K Sushila ,  Director, Manipur State Film & Television Institute, Shri Nilotpal Majumdar, , Deputy Director General, Films Division, Kolkata,  Shri Joshy Joseph and President, Film Society of Manipur & Director IPR, Shri Meghachandra Kongbam graced the occasion as chief guest, president and guests of honour respectively.

               In his welcome address, Meghachandra Kongbam appreciated the 30 participants including 5 from hilly areas for making the nine day workshop a grand success. He said that the Film Society of Manipur is playing a big role in contributing to the film movement of India. Two important things are required for giving know-how of a film to the audience, first is imparting education to filmmakers and second conducting appreciation course, he added.

    He later said, “The Film Society of Manipur is planning to organise workshops in collaboration with the Federation of Film Society of India and screen foreign films in the state by co-ordinating with the respective Embassies.”

                Chief guest of the function Shri Aribam Syam Sharma said that a filmmaker should be honest, loving to oneself and to the medium otherwise it would  be a futile exercise. He added that Manipur is an immensely fertile place in   terms of creativity as it is an abode of peace, conflict, subtleness and a mixture of differentiating ethos.

                Guest of honour Shri Nilotpal Majumdar commented that attending a film workshop is a fundamental step to seek inspiration and budding filmmakers can find themselves in a different mode thereafter. Film workshops provide a great platform for discovering ourselves and inspires us to become future story tellers after exposure by breaking the enigma, he added.

                Films Division staffs Joshy Joseph, Ravi R, Atish Nandy, Farha Khatun,Kumar Tapas Ranjan, Govinda Chandra Sahoo, Dilip Kumar Das, Himadri Kumar Jana, Bijaya Kumar Nishanka and mentors Sumit Ghosh, Arijit Mitra, Manesh Madhavan were felicitated.


                An environment related film that has its origin in Punshilok Forest by Farha Khatun followed by two workshops films “ Leichreng Leichang” & “Pony Tale” were screened today. Leichreng Leichang is based on mud pottery in Andro while the later is a  story of a young boy’s attachment with his pony and his realisation of its value only when he experiences its loss in his dream.  

                Award-winning documentaryFloating Life(Phum Shang) by Haobam Paban Kumar was also screened. (DIPR)


    Imphal,4th April,2017(DIPR): The 7th Shaheed Manoranjan Singh Memorial Football Tournament organised by CRPF & Imphal West District Football Association concludes today at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium with Neroca FC claiming the winner’s trophy of the tournament.

                    Dr. Najma Heptulla, Hon’ble Governor, Manipur, who graced the closing function as the Chief Guest, praised the contribution of CRPF in giving relief to the people during natural calamities and ensuring law and order in the state. The Governor further applauded the active role of CRPF in ensuring peaceful process of the recently concluded 11th Manipur State Assembly Election, 2017 and also appreciated Manipur’s sportspersons for their contribution in bringing the name of the state in the international arena.

                    The Governor also mentioned that bandhs, strikes, blockades and issues of militant groups will hinder development in the state and instead talks and dialogues will bring solution to any problem.

                    Cultural programmes of Thougal Jagoi, Bihu Dance and Bhangra Dance were showcasted by the personnel of the force. The programme also included a dance performance of the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya. Prizes of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 75,000 were  distributed to the winner and runner-up of the tournament respectively and  cash awards of Rs 5000 were also given each to the Best Player, Highest Scorer, Best Goal Keeper and First Scorer of the Final Match.

                    The Closing ceremony was also attended by Smt. MC Mary Kom, MP Rajya Sabha and Vikram Sehgal, IGP Manipur & Nagaland Sector, CRPF as the Guest of Honour and the President respectively.(DIPR)


    Imphal, April 4, 2017 (DIPR): The DIPR Manipur has uploaded press releases issued by this Directorate in the website – with effect from April 3, 2017. The step is in order to promote and disseminate Government related information and activities to the masses in time. Director IPR Shri Meghachandra Kongbam has appealed to all the public to visit the website and get the utmost facilities.

                As a way to impart maximum number of government’s programmes, policies, information and schemes, information staff of this Directorate has been attached to each and every Ministers including Chief Minister. These information staff shall make media coverage of the Government Departments under the respective Ministers, so as to establish a good relationship between the public and the Ministers. (DIPR)


    Imphal, April 4, 2017 (DIPR): Hon’ble Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla, flagged off Expedition (XPD) 2470 Roadtrip 2017, an all women team travelling 24 countries in 70 days covering 24,000 kms, in a function held at Sangai Conference Hall, Hotel Imphal, North AOC, today. The team lead by Rtn. Meenakshi Aravind, which was started from Coimbatore, wrapped up its Indian tour in Imphal, Manipur and will travel further from the State to reach its destination, London. The flag off function was organised jointly by Rotary Club of Imphal and Rotary Club of Polo City Imphal (Rotary International District 3240) as part of the Rotary Literacy Campaign which was mainly taken up to spread awareness to eradicate illiteracy among girl child.

    In her speech as Chief Guest of the function, Dr.Najma Heptulla said that Rotary Club has done a great humanitarian service apart from its discussions and meetings. It is indeed amazing to learn that women Rotarians are travelling to 24 countries in 70 days to spread awareness to the people on girl education. This campaign, to spread awareness to educate girl child, is very much related to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme. But one should be aware of what kind of education one should give to a girl child. It is time to go out and explore the world to know the life of the people living in other parts of the world. And we should also make the people know about our people. We should be proud of our own culture and history and carry forward the ancient legacy. We should be proud to be an Indian, she added.

    Women Achievers of the State Smt. MC Mary Kom, MP, Rajya Sabha, Mrs. Jacintha Lazarus, IAS, Special Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Km. L. Tonthoingambi, National Awardee, Km. Bombayla, Archer, Km. Asem Romabati, Women Polo Player, were also felicitated as part of the function. (DIPR)


    Imphal, 3rd April, 2017 (DIPR): Minister Education, Labour & Employment, Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh and Parliamentary Secretary of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri K. Robindro Singh were felicitated at D.M. College of Arts, today. The felicitation function was organised by the Federation of Government College Teachers’ Associations, Manipur (FEGOCTA).

    Speaking as Chief Guest, Minister Th. Radheshyam Singh said education is not just to get jobs, but a tool to become a constructive and productive citizen to make one and all live a meaningful life. He added education is to make one relevant all the time throughout and become a catalyst for a positive change of the society.

    Addressing the problems of teachers, he stated there are many problems related with teachers and believe that the solutions to these problems lies with the teachers, for they are the most experienced ones who has been carving the society towards development with tools of sincerity, honesty, devotion and hard work, hence producing many great personalities. Thus, the problems will no longer prevail for we will work together to find the solution and solve the problems related to Education Department, he exclaimed.

    Saying there is no better profession other than a teacher, he said infrastructure and good constructions are a must for education but making the best out of the available resources and working for the betterment in the limited resources will lead the society in a better and positive direction. Calling upon the teachers and students, he urged everyone, to come together to solve the problems and, give a better direction to the education system with a change towards positivity, which will be appreciated by one and all.

    He further urged the teachers that to bring out the best, a little more efforts from the side of teachers with devotion and hard work is a must. Speaking on economy of the state he said everyone, especially the students should be encouraged to use indigenous products in schools, offices, or home to be able to retain the economy.

    Speaking as a Guest of Honour, Shri K. Robindro Singh said Manipur is lacking behind others and hope that the government will try their best to uplift in every field.

    The program was attended by Principal DM College of Arts, Acting President FEGOCTA and Principals from different colleges and students.


    Imphal, 3rd April, 2017(DIPR): The 63rd Foundation Day Celebration of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA), Imphal which was commenced from 1st April, 2017 concluded today with a formal function at Open Air Theatre, JNMDA.

                The closing function was graced by Director, IPR, Government of Manipur, Shri Meghachandra Kongbam and  Professor(retired), Manipur University, Dr. P. Nabachandra Singh as the Chief Guest and President respectively.

    Speaking at the function, Meghachandra Kongbam said that Manipuri Dance with its uniqueness and high value is associated with Meitei rituals and culture and its survival is mainly due to its uniqueness. He further stated the need to highlight many dance forms of various ethnic groups which remain unknown to a layman to bring unity and peace among masses of the state.

    In his presidential address, Dr. P. Nabachandra stated that Manipuri dance takes an important role in the social development of the state. He also expressed the need of interaction of native artist with that of other states to bring exposure of the various state’s art forms.

    The closing function, attended by artists and students of JNMDA was followed by cultural programmes of Nupa Pala and Gourleela.  (DIPR)


    IMPHAL, April 3 (DIPR): Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) Minister Shri Letpao Haokip along with local MLA Shri Karam Shyam, who is also holding the charge of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution today inspected flood situation in Langthabal AC including Manipur University campus.

    Holding the construction of a small dam inside Manipur University campus responsible for worsening the conditions of locals residing in and around the campus in the wake of heavy downpour over the last few days, the two Ministers urged the authority concerned to dismantle the dam immediately.

    They said that the dam—which is being constructed inside MU campus for water preservation, has prevented free flow of water in the river thereby causing flood and putting the residents to greater risk.  Taking serious note of the adverse impact of the dam, the Ministers instructed the authority concerned to do away with the dam.

    IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip solicited the cooperation of all concerned in order to ease the hardship faced by people of the area due to man-made factor. He also urged all concerned not to put up illegal structures along the river/waterway that could block the free passage of water.

    Asserting that the incessant downpour for the last few days which has raised water level in many parts of the State is a cause for concern, CAF&PD Minister Shri Karam Shyam said most of the causes of the flood are man-made. The Minister urged all concerned not to encroach river area by constructing toilets and other structures and not to dump waste materials into river so as to avoid disaster in times of heavy downpour.

    Officials of IFCD and Manipur University were present during the inspection. 


    IMPHAL, April 3, 2017 (DIPR):State Government spokesperson Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh said the State cabinet has decided to discontinue re-engagement of retired government employees in different departments, with exception of some technical posts. The Minister was briefing media persons at his official quarter this evening.

    The decision was taken during a State Cabinet Meeting held earlier in the evening at the CM Secretariat with Chief Minister Shri N Biren Singh in the chair.

    The Minister highlighted the decision was taken considering opposition from different sections including government employee associations on the ground that re-engagement of retired officials blocks promotion line of deserving junior officials.

                The State Cabinet also resolved to restore the public transport system in the state and that detailed modalities will be deliberated in the next cabinet meeting, he said. The Minister further explained that this will not only help improve movement of people from one place to another but will also help in establishing the presence of a government in the state.

                Minister Biswajit said the cabinet has also decided to look into the complaints regarding the administration of the Manipur Bhawans in different States of the country. The Cabinet also approved to depute Deputy Resident Commissioners in all Manipur Bhawans, he added.

                The cabinet, he said, discussed how to explore the talents available in the state and decided to initiate a skill development mission under the Prime Minister Kaushal Vikas Yojana to improve the economy of every family as well as provide livelihood to everyone.

                Further briefing media persons, the Minister also said that another issue which was seriously deliberated upon in the Cabinet meeting was the border issue. He said Chief Minister Shri N Biren Singh has assured that the State government will not allow loss of the State’s territory. He continued that the Ministry of Home Affairs has already been apprised on the border issues of the State and all steps will be taken up to protect the territory of the State.

    He said steps have also been taken up to fight corruption in the state to help the poor and to bring a balanced development by reaching out equally to both the hills and the valley of the state.

    The Minister said the government will also look into any injustice meted out to the people and take proper action after considering the issue in the Cabinet meetings. He explained that the Cabinet has approved to provide a suitable job to a woman identified as Smt. Moirangthem (o) Imem Devi wife of (L) M Rupachandra Singh, who was earlier denied a job under the die-in-harness scheme.

    He said the Cabinet has also decided to look into the lack of teachers in the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya. (DIPR)


    Imphal, April 3, 2017 (DIPR): The closing ceremony of the 9-Day Filmmaking Workshop organised by Films Division, Ministry of Information &  Broadcasting, Government of India, Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Government of Manipur, Manipur State Film Development Society and Film Society of Manipur will be held at the Auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society, Palace Gate on Tuesday, 4th April, 2017 at 3 p.m.

    Shri Aribam Shyam Sharma, Eminent Filmmaker, Dr. K. Sushila, Secy, MSFDS, Shri Nilotpal Majumdar, Director, Manipur State Film & Television Institute, Shri Joshy Joseph, Deputy Director General, Films Division, Kolkata and Shri Meghachandra Kongbam, President, Film Society of Manipur will grace the function as Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honours respectively. A documentary film directed by H. Paban Kumar “Phum Shang – Floating Life” will be screened as part of the closing ceremony. (DIPR)


    Imphal, April 3, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today said that his approach will be humanity approach to regain the lost trust among people of different communities living in the State and his slogan to bridge the gap between hill and valley is “Go to Hill”.

    This was stated by Shri N. Biren Singh to the members of the Manipur Hill Journalists’ Union (MHJU) when the latter called on him at his Office Chamber today.

    “Whatever the diversities among different ethnic communities in the State we are one and the media has to play a great role in bringing together all the communities”, he continued.

    Assuring that transparency will be there in his Government, the Chief Minister also appealed the members of the MHJU to give their suggestions so as to regain the trust among ourselves. He also said that as a measure to ensure delivery of benefits to the beneficiaries under various schemes of TD & Hills Department, he is planning to distribute them personally at the respective Hill District HQs with the concerned Minister.

    Regarding the demands mentioned in the memorandum submitted to him by the MHJU, the Chief Minister instructed the Chief Engineer of PWD to take up the renovation work of the existing Press Club at Churachandpur and for allotment of land and establishment of a Press Club of the Union at Imphal, he gave his nod but told the members of the Union to first identify the land.

    Regarding establishment of a Press Club each at the district headquarters of all the Hill districts, the Chief Minister suggested them to request the respective district administration to provide a room to the Union in the Mini Secretariats of all the districts.

    The six member delegation of the MHJU was led by its President, Sothing Shimray and the General Secretary, S. Nengkhalun. The meeting was also attended by Director, IPR, Shri Meghachandra Kongbam.


    IMPHAL, April 2, 2017 (DIPR): Municipal Adminstration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) Minister, Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar Singh inspected the Khwairamband Keithel and its surrounding areas today. The Minister also inquired the repairing work of the Ima Keithel building, which was damaged in the earthquake on Jan 4, 2016.

                The Minister inspected the Temporary Market Shed, the three Ima Markets, BT Park and its surrounding areas. After inspecting the Temporary Market Shed, Minister Shyamkumar said that, an arrangement will be soon made for the street vendors so that they can sell their products peacefully. He suggested that, the street vendors can be relocated near the Nambul River area particularly opposite to the stretch of the Nagamapal. The parking space at the Temporary Market Shed can be removed to accommodate the street vendors. A policy will be made in consultation with the concerned departments for the vendors soon, he added.

                Minister Shyamkumar gave assurance that, within a span of a month not a single waste material would be seen littered at all the market areas under the Imphal Municpal Corporation (IMC), including Lamlong Keithel, Kwakeithel Market and Kongba Keithel. He also warned that, a person can even lose his/her shop license in case of absence of dustbins in their respective shops. The Minister appealed to the vendors, shopkeepers and the citizens of the state to help in maitaining the cleanliness of the city.

                Speaking on the parking issue and double parkings in the busy market areas, Minister Shyamkumar assured that, things will be streamlined within a week's time and subsequently necessary action will be taken up. On the other hand, vendors and shopkeepers shared their grievances with the Minister.

                Shri Shyamkumar was accompained by Parliamentary Secretary (Home), L. Susindro Meitei, Mayor of IMC, OSD Solid Waste Management and others.


    IMPHAL, 31ST MARCH 2017(DIPR): To promote cashless modes of payment in Manipur, Digi-Dhan Mela will be organised at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound, Imphal on April 2nd, 2017. This was announced by Chief Secretary, Shri Oinam Nabakishore Singh at a press meet held at the Conference Hall, Old Secretariat today. He said that the Digi-Dhan Melas will be held across 100 different cities in the country, which will also promote awareness among the consumers and the merchants. Hon’ble Minister of State for Home, Shri Kiren Rijiju and Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain will grace the event, he added.

    O. Nabakishore Singh further said tha,t in order to promote cashless payment, various channels/platforms have been launched viz. RuPay, Aadhar enabled Payment system (AePS), Unified Payment Interface (UPI), Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), e-wallet and POS machine. Most of the banks have also launched mobile apps to enable consumers to make cashless payments in digital form.

    The Government of India has launched two schemes namely Lucky Grahak Yojana (for consumers) and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana (for merchants) w.e.f. December 25th, 2016. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi will give prizes to the winners of the mega draw to be held nationally at a function in New Delhi on the last day of the campaign on April 14th, 2017. The highest prize for the Lucky Grahak Yojana is Rs 1 crore and Rs 50 lakh for the Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana.

    Shri PK Singh, Commissioner (IT) said, during the Digi-Dhan Mela around 30-35 stalls will be open to impart knowledge about digital payment. A special draw will be held during the mela and 8 (eight) lucky winners who have used digital modes of payment in the mela will get prizes. The first prize winner will get a two-wheeler Scooty, LED TV for the 2nd prize winner, RO Filter for the 3rd prize winner and 5 (five) smartphones as consolation prizes.

    Shri N. Ashok Kumar - Secretary (IT), Assistant General Manager of SBI and UBI Manipur among others also attended the press conference.