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    Imphal, May 30, 2017 (DIPR): The State Cabinet approved creation of Internal Finance Division (IFD) in all the Departments of the State Government.

    In its meeting held with Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh in the chair at the Cabinet hall of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat today, the State Cabinet considered that with a view to streamline financial management systems, ensure budgetary discipline internal control across all Departments under the State Government; the existing Accounts, Budgets, Audit, Planning sections in every Department would be amalgamated and re-designated as Internal Finance Division (IFD). The services of Manipur Finance Service officers would be utilised in managing the dedicated finance division.

    The Cabinet also gave its nod to establishment of the Manipur Sports Development Authority.

    The Authority would promote mass participation of youth in annual sports competitions through structured competitions, identify talented youth in the field of games and sports, guide and nurture the talent through existing sports and academies and new set up either by the Government or the State Government in Public Private Partnership mode, create sports infrastructure at Sub-Division, District and State level, and any other activities for promotion and development of sports.

    The Cabinet also decided to conduct the Panchayat elections this year with the creation of two Zilla Parishads with the existing boundaries for the newly formed Kakching and Jiribam districts.

    On special consideration, the State Cabinet also approved the proposal for granting promotion to the popular footballer and Head Constable (Manipur Police) Ms. O. Bembem Devi to the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspector.

    Appointment of martial arts fighter and champion of Super Fight League, Shri Kario Issac Maheo to the post of Sub-Inspector in the Manipur Police Department was also approved under Meritorious Sports Quota.

    He is the son of Shri L. Ashikho Mao of Karong village in Senapati district. He is the first ever champion of Super Fight League Challengers (SFL) India.

    It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Shri N. Biren, during his recent visit to Senapati district, announced to appoint Shri Kario as a Sub-Inspector in Manipur Police Department for his achievements and also to encourage him to perform better in future.

    The Cabinet also gave its nod to the revision of Pay Scales to Rs. 8,000 – Rs. 13,500 (pre-revised) corresponding to the Scales of Pay of Rs. 2,000 – Rs. 3500 (as per ROP 1990) in respect of Shri L. Chaoba Sharma, Ex-Senior Manager in Directorate of Tourism, Manipur.

    In compliance of the High Court order dated 09.09.2011 issued in respect of W.P. (C) No. 890 of 2006 (Smt. S (O) Leimahanbi Devi and ors Vs GoM and ors), the Cabinet also approved payment of special pension with effect from 6.12.1997 to 31.12.1998 to Smt. S (O) Leimahan m/o (L) S. Iboyaima (Ex-Rifleman), Smt. L. (O) Nayani Devi m/o (L) L. Binoy (Ex-Rifleman) and Smt A. (O) Sangaijaobi Devi m/o (L) A. Anand (Ex-Rifleman).

    Shri S. Iboyaima, Shri L. Binoy and Shri A. Anand were killed in an ambush laid by extremists/militants on December 5, 1997. (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 30, 2017 (DIPR): The State Cabinet today discussed at length the suffering to the general public due to frequent bandhs and blockades in the State by various organisations.

                Having considered the judgments passed by the Hon’ble High Courts of Kerala, West Bengal and Meghalaya, the State Cabinet today decided to enact a new law declaring all such bandhs and blockades illegal and fixing responsibility against the sponsors and organisers of the bandhs and blockades for public inconvenience and damage to properties.

                The State Cabinet also considered enacting the law providing recovery of cost of all the damages to properties from the sponsors and organisers and also depriving the organisers and persons involved, if convicted, from getting entry into Government employment and from getting any benefits under the Government schemes in addition to criminal proceedings to be instituted.

                The Cabinet observed that calling bandh and blockade is an invasion to the Fundamental Rights of the people guaranteed under Article 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India.

    The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has declared bandh as unconstitutional and illegal, and to recoup any loss suffered by the citizens from the sponsors and organisers of the bandh.

    If the sponsors or orginisers of the bandh think they have license to take law into their hands, the State Government shall have to mandatorily take action against them in public interest, the Cabinet observed. (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 30, 2017 (DIPR): Union Minsiter of State for Textiles, Government of India, Shri Ajay Tamta has stated that the Central Government will extend all possible help in promoting silk production in the state. Speaking to media person while visiting Regional Oak Tasar Research Station (RTSR) located at Mantripukhri, Shri Ajay Tamta further said Manipur is the largest producer of silk in the entire north eastern state and there are varieties of silk available in the state and Scientist of the Station need to look into the process of producing new breed for higher production of silk.

    Shri Ajay Tamta also said that as silk production is giving employment generation in the state, Central Government will extend possible help in promoting silk production. He also visited Oak Tasar Grainage, where cocoons are kept. The minister had interaction with the farmers while visiting Regional Oak Tasar Research Station (ROTRS). He was accompanied by Commerce and Industries Minister Shri Th Biswajit and officials of Sericulture Department.

    Ahead of the visit, the minister had meeting with officials of sericulture and Textiles Department along with Commerce and Industries Minister Shri Th Biswajit and Parliamentary Secretary of Sericulture Awangbow Newmai at Classic Grande, today. During the meeting officials of Sericulture and Textiles department highlighted various issues concerning the functioning of the department. Union Minister of State for Textiles, Government of India,      Shri Ajay Tamta assured to extend possible assistance in both the department to promote sericultural and handloom and handicraft products in the state. (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 30, 2017 (DIPR) :  The 9th Death anniversary function of R.K. Shitaljit Singh was held at Rupmahal Theatre, Imphal today. The function was graced by Commissioner, IPR Shri Kangjam Radhakumar Singh, IAS and Registrar, Manipur University of Culture Shri Longjam Joychandra Singh as Chief guest and President respectively.

                Speaking on the occassion, K. Radhakumar said that on this day, we should remember him as a teacher, a pioneer of Manipuri short strories writer and as a novelist. We could acknowledge 'devotion becomes a ways of life' from his great contribution during his life.  The words used by him are very familiar to our daily used phrases. A national awardee and noted writer like Shitaljit's simplicity as a style which  make peoples' understand by his writings.

                Some of the awards received by Shitaljit are like, Fellow of the State Kala Academy, national Teacher's Award from the President of India (1967), Doctorate (Honours course) from the Manipur University, Jogendrananda Giri Award of the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Thoibi Award, Scroll of Honour awarded by the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Award by the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad's Diamond Jubilee.

                Longjam Joychandra in his presidential speech recalled  the important roles played by Shitaljit while he was a teacher and urged we should not forget the legacy of the writer, he added. As part of the function, Khwairakpam Bishwamitra read out two short poems while  Loitongbam Doren also read out short strory written by Shitaljit.

                Shitaljit could get a chance of teaching at Bengali High School for three months. Then he work for another one month at Tamphasana Girls' High School. Later, he became the Assistant Head Master at Ram Lal Paul High School. He wrote more than 13 school text books in English and Manipuri. He also compiled two types of Anglo-Manipuri Dictionary.

                The anniversary observation was jointly organised by Sahitya Thoupanglup and Shitaljit Ningsing Seba Samiti. Floral tribute was also paid to the photo of Shitaljit.

                Later, a  film title 'Khujinda Yotpi' directed by Bishwamitra was also screened to the gathering. (DIPR)





    IMPHAL, 30th May, 2017(DIPR):Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh has said that integrated farming, cash crop cultivation and double cropping should be taken up in large scale to increase productivity in the State.

                Speaking at the 23rd Regional Committee Zone III Meeting of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) at City Convention Centre in Imphal today, Deputy Chief Minister said, there have been a lot of problems in the farm sector in the State. He said, lack of proper irrigation system, storage capacity and technological knowhow are some of the major problems that hampered the overall productivity. Although the ideas of integrated farming and double cropping have been introduced, it has not been developed so far.

                Shri Y. Joykumar Singh further said that despite confining only to rice cultivation,

    people should also try to cultivate cash crops from time to time so that it can generate income considerably. He said, alternative farming methods like horticulture and floriculture should be introduced in full scale mostly in the hilly areas to minimize jhuming and terrace cultivation. He insisted to the researchers and scientists to dwell upon in integrated farming, cash crop cultivation and developing double cropping in the State.

                Agriculture Minister Shri V. Hangkhanlian said, with the increasing population the area of cultivation also need to be extended in the State. He said, Rice Research Stations should develop High Yielding Varieties (HYV) suitable in high altitudes and also deep water paddy varieties for partially submerged areas in Ikop and Kharung Pat. He also said that altogether 9 KVK are fully functioning in the State and government is trying to increase it at least one each to all the districts.

                Director General ICAR, Government of India, Dr.Trilochan Mohapatra also spoke in the inaugural session of the two days meeting. Researchers and Scientists from other North Eastern States also took part in the meeting. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, 30th May, 2017(DIPR): A one day Goods and Services (GST) Dissemination Workshop for the Members of Manipur Legislative Assembly was held today at Imperial Hall in Hotel Classic Grande in Imphal. The workshop deliberated on different aspects of GST which is going to be rolled out throughout the country on 1st July this year.

                Speaking at the inaugural session, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh said, the workshop is being organised to facilitate the Members to know about the proposed legislation-State GST Bill which is going to be introduced in the State Assembly on 2nd June this year. He said, it will help the members to understand the Bill so that it can easily be passed in the Assembly.

                Expressing concern over the absence of Opposition Members in the discussion, Deputy Chief Minister said, all members need to know the proposed legislation before introducing and passing it in the Assembly. He said, it will help in resource mobilization in the State as well. He appealed the dealers to register to GST at the earliest so that their business may not be affected.

                Commissioner (Finance), Shri Vivek Kumar Dewangan said, 22 States have adopted the GST legislation so far. The Bill is likely to be passed within first week of June this year in the state also. He said, the new tax regime has proposed to be levied from manufacturers up to consumers in different level. All farm products will be levied 0% tax while the maximum tax slab will be 28% under GST. Handloom – an important sector in North East have not been finalised of how much GST will be levied. It will be finalised in the 15th GST Council Meeting which is slated to be held on 2-3rd of June this year in New Delhi.  Many taxes have subsumed to GST, he added.

                GST Council representative Ms. Thari Sitkil and Anurag Goel, Commissioner of Taxes, Assam deliberated in depth on GST in the Workshop. Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and MLAs attended the workshop. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 27, 2017: Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has greeted the people of the State, especially the Muslim brothers and sisters on the auspicious occasion of Ramadan/Ramzan.

    In his message, the Chief Minister said, “I extend my warm greetings to the people of Manipur, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters, on the occasion of holy month of Ramzan/Ramadan”.

    The sacred month brings about community togetherness and kindles the passion of giving. When fasting during this month one develops the true spirit of social belonging, unity, brotherhood and equality.

    Shri N. Biren said, “Let us imbibe Prophet Mohammed’s teachings of promoting peace and enduring happiness of humanity. I wish this holy month of Ramzan lessens all our burdens and lights up the darkness.” (DIPR)






    Imphal, 30th May 2017 (DIPR): The Seed Processing Unit of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Complex, North East Hill Region (NEH) was inaugurated today by Secretary DARE and Director General, ICAR, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra in the presence of Shri Chhabilendra Roul, I.A.S. Additional Secretary DARE &  Secretary ICAR; Dr. A.K.Singh, Deputy Director General(Agricultural Extension) ICAR; Dr. K.Alagusundaram, Deputy Director General(NRM & Agricultural Engineering) ICAR and Dr. S.V.Ngachan, Director ICAR-RC-NEH Region Meghalaya at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Lamphelpat.

    The foundation stone of the   Farmers’ Hostel for ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region was also laid.

    ICAR scientists, staffs of KVK and other concerned officials were also present at today’s inaugural function. (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 29, 2017 (DIPR): MAHUD Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar inspected the market complex and under construction new water supply scheme in Mayang Imphal Assembly Constituency, Imphal West, today.

    He was accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary (Education and YAS) Shri Kongkham Robindro Singh, also the MLA of Mayang Imphal Assembly Constituency; officials and councillors of Mayang Imphal Municipal Council; officials of PHED, Imphal West Division and local residents.

    Speaking to the mediapersons, Minister Shyamkumar said that, North Eastern Council (NEC), Government of India sanctioned the fund last year for the construction of the Mayang Imphal market complex which will be done under the aegis of Mayang Imphal Municipal Council. He promised that construction work will start soon.

    Minister Shyamkumar said that, until the completion of the market complex, a temporary market shed will be constructed soon for the existing women vendors, including public toilet. He further said that, the MAHUD Department will consult the local MLA, IMC Chairperson and councillors for the purpose.

    He said that, the MAHUD Department sanctioned Rs 23 crore (twenty three crore) for the water supply scheme under the funding of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. Informing that the Centre has released nearly Rs 9 crore (nine crore) till date, the Minister assured to release the State share soon.

    Minister Shyamkumar said that, the government targets to provide drinking water to the residents of Mayang Imphal Assembly Constituency by December this year. Minister Shyamkumar hoped that the implementing agency PHED, Imphal West Division and concerned contractors will work to complete the project on time.

    Parliamentary Secretary and local MLA, Kongkham Robindro Singh said that, the water supply scheme in Sapam is unable to provide drinking water facility to thepopulation of 13 wards covered by the Mayang Imphal Municipal Council. Hoping that the project will meet the December deadline, Robindro Singh said that, he will personally inspect the work progress every week and give report to the Minister. (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 29, 2017 (DIPR): Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister and also local MLA Smt Nemcha Kipgen along with PHED Minister Shri Losii Dikho today visited the family members who were victims of the fire that broke out some days back. It is a residential quarter of Goulen Khongsai, Grade IV employee of PHED, Kangpokpi.

    The Ministerial team also visited and inspected the site that was totally damaged by the ill-fated incident. Fortunately, there are no reports of casualties from this unfortunate incident.

    Social Welfare Minister assured full support and assistance to the family. She handed over various relief materials and essential commodities that include two bags of rice, pulses, oil, sugars, blankets, mattress, to name some.

                During the visit, the PHED Division Office that lies almost on the verge of completion was also inspected by the Ministerial team. As per the sources by the official, staff quarters and compound/fencing are yet to be completed.

    On the way back, Smt Nemcha Kipgen checked the ongoing black topping work at the road (of around 2km) that connects National Highway 39 to Phyapou village. It may be mentioned that the ongoing black topping work is done from the MLA development fund.

     The Minister also visited Kalapahar to personally check the ongoing road construction work. This road once completed, will directly connect to National Highway 39. The road is constructed under the special package sanction for Kangpokpi district by Public Works Department (PWD). During her visit at Kalapahar, she enquired about drainage system in the area and urged the locals to submit proposal for the construction of proper drainage system and also to construct new market shed. The Minister took up such initiatives as she believes that proper roads and connectivity is an essential medium for development in any parts of the state. (DIPR)




    Imphal, 29th May 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam made a visit to the The Churachand Higher Secondary School, today. In the visit he checked the infrastructural condition, the classroom, laboratories and the campus of the school.

                Informed about Th. Loyangamba Meitei who held 4th position in Commerce and the two other students holding position in arts stream in the recently declared Higher Secondary Examination, 2017, the Minister said, more students with good academic records need to be assisted and make their dreams come true.

                 Emphasising on the need to extend extra support to the students with weaker academic record from the teachers’ and the peers’ side, he said, they should be treated with much more care, encourage them to excel in their academics. The best of effort, from teachers and anyone involved with students and their education should be put in, to improve the quality of the Government School and the education system, he added.

    During the visit the teachers and students highlighted about the water logging problems in the school due to drainage block by the newly constructed building in and around the school, requirements of laboratory and the need to increased better classrooms of the school. He advised the students to consider the school as their second home and do all the needful of keeping the school neat and clean by organising social services through the N.C.C., N.S.S. and student unions.

                The visit was made as part of the undergoing survey of the higher secondary schools to be developed. He also informed that a meeting for all the school principals will also be held very soon and thus inform the staffs of the school to prepare a report on needs and requirement of the school. (DIPR)




    Imphal, 29th May, 2017 (DIPR): Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar Singh has said that implementation of Goods & Service Tax (GST) will enhance the overall State resource. He was speaking at the inaugural session of Awareness Campaign on Goods & Service Tax at the Auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society, Palace Compound in Imphal today.

    Shri Joykumar Singh who is also in charge of Finance portfolio said, the new tax regime which is going to be rolled out across the country from 1st July this year will also benefit the State in many ways. He said, the uniform tax regime will mend the loopholes in tax collection avenues and also cover the tax revenue lapses. Deputy Chief Minister said, GST which is the consumer based tax will benefit the people also as it is transparent and many taxes will be subsumed in this tax.

    Citing about the discussions made in the 14th GST Council Meeting held at Srinagar on 18-19th of this month, he said, he had proposed to keep the Handloom Sector at 0% tax slab which is the lowest among the five different tax slabs in GST. However, the Council observed it to be discussed again in its 15th meeting which is going to be held on 2-3rd of next month in New Delhi. On indigenous dried fish (ngari), Deputy Chief Minister said, the Council decided to impose 5% GST on coastal marine dried fish and therefore indigenous dried fish (ngari) may also fall under this tax slab. All farm products will be levied 0% GST, he added.

    While emphasizing the need to co-operate to the new tax regime, Deputy Chief Minister said, people should know the new tax system as well. He said, for speedy passage of the GST Bill which is going to be introduced in the State Assembly on 2nd of June this year, a dissemination workshop for the Legislators will be held tomorrow.

    Chief Commissioner (Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax ) Shillong Zone Shri S. K Panda while speaking in the session said, GST will become the only uniform tax all over the country after independence. Commissioner (Finance) V.K Dewangan also spoke on the occasion. He said, after passing the GST Bill which is going to be introduced in the Manipur Legislative Assembly on 2nd  of June this year, the State will become as one of the State which have passed the bill. He said, GST Campaign will also be conducted in the district level.

    The Campaign was jointly organised by Commissioner of Central Excise & Service Tax, Shillong, Government of India and Department of Taxes, Government of Manipur. (DIPR)




    Senapati, May 28, 2017: A Ministerial team led by Minister, Health & Family Welfare Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh inspected various healthcare facilities in and around Senapati District. The ministerial team, which includes TD & Fisheries Minister Shri N. Kayisii and PHED Minister Shri L. Dikho, was on a two-day inspection tour to inspect the condition and status of several healthcare centres in and around the district.

    As a part of the inspection tour, which started early Saturday morning, the ministerial team first visited the Senapati District Hospital and inspected every section of the hospital. While interacting with the doctors, staff and local leaders present at the hospital, Shri Jayantakumar stated that Senapati District Hospital has all the basic healthcare facilities to be the best amongst the district hospitals in the state. He however expressed his concern on the condition of the expensive equipments and machines lying unused and untouched inside the hospital. He appealed to the doctors and staff to work with full sincerity and dedication and also to properly utilize all the basic facilities being provided to the hospital. The minister further assured that the government will provide all the basic needs required for the hospital. He asked the doctors and staff to come up and fulfill what the government has expected from them. The Health Minister also informed that the hospital will soon have a Trauma Centre, Burn-care Centre and Water Supply Scheme.

    While speaking to the hospital staff and the locals of the area, N. Kayisii, Minister, Tribal Affairs & Hills stated that Senapati District Hospital is one of the valuable gifts that the government has given to the people of the district. He stated that the doctors and staff of the hospital and the people of the district at large should bear a sense of responsibility to properly utilize whatever facility the government has provided to the district.

    Later in the afternoon, the ministerial team also inspected the status of construction of the Nursing College at Tatomei near Maram Bazar and the Primary Health Sub-Centre at Sholitokhu, Mao-Maram Block, where the ministerial team was warmly received by the villagers with presentation of local produce.

    On the second day of the tour, the ministerial team visited PHCs at Maram and Tadubi, where they were received warmly by the staff and locals. The highlight of the tour was the visit at Mao CHC, which recently got the best CHC National Award, where the ministerial team had a grand reception by numerous staff of the health centre. The ministerial team appreciated the warm gesture of the staff and also applauded the management of the CHC for its neat and clean environment. Reacting on the demand from the staff of the CHC, Health Minister assured that he will try his best to upgrade Mao CHC to a Sub-divisional Hospital. The inspection tour within Senapati District concluded with the inspection of the PHSC at Pinanamei near Mao.

    Later in the evening, the ministerial team along with Shri H. Dingo Singh, Parliamentary Secretary and MLA Sekmai AC, visited PHSC at Kanglatombi, PHC Sekamai and Khurkhul. (DIPR)




    Imphal, 28th May 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam inspected the Thoubal College and later, the ongoing work of cleansing the river-bed and restoration of river bank of Heirok Turel, today.      During the visit, he checked the infrastructural condition of Thoubal College walking down through the corridors. He inspected the campus and surrounding areas of the college also.

                    The Minister, later, went to his constituency Heirok to check the ongoing work of restoring the banks and cleansing of river-bed of Heirok Turel. The river, being at the beginning stage, flows rapidly with lots of energy sinking the river banks. In monsoon season with the water level rising, the houses built in and around the river bank gets washed away. The river bed gravel and sand mining done on the river is also one of the main causes, resulting to Heirok Turel bank erosion and change of the river course.

                    In order to avoid, the past calamities caused by the river several steps to better the condition of the river bank is being taken up. In this process, the people of Heirok have come out voluntarily to support the cause. As part of the river bank inspection, he visited Heirok Part 2 Bamon Leikai to Moirangthem river bank.  On the process of restoration of river bank and its surrounding, one bulldozer and JCB truck has been utilised. Mentioned may be made that, on 13th May the Minister had went to Heirok to find out the prevailing condition of his constituency. (DIPR)




    Senapati, May 27, 2017 (DIPR): Health & Family Welfare Minister Shri. L. Jayantakumar Singh has appealed to the officials and staffs of the Health Department to maintain health infrastructures installed in different districts of the state. Attending a free screening camp for Renal Diseases, Cardio Vascular Disease, Hypertension and Diabetes organised by District Health Society, Senapati under the sponsorship of Fortis Hospital, Delhi at Senapati District Hospital today, as Chief Guest, Minister said that we should focus on optimum utilisation of provided infrastructures. We should not forget that the government properties belong to us and it should be maintained properly, he added.

    Minister also expressed that the government is ready to construct a Trauma Centre and a Burn Care Centre for the District Hospital Senapati in the interest of the people of the district. Apart a separate water supply scheme for the hospital, construction of an auditorium hall and the procurement of deficit medical equipments are also on the pipe line, he added. He also heard the grievances of the hospital staffs and assured for  necessary actions.

    Attending the programme, TD & Fisheries Minister Shri. N. Kaiyisii said that it is our loss if we do not fulfil the utility of the District Hospital. Minister also appealed the doctors and staffs to perform their duty with sincerity and dedication.

    PHED & Printing and Stationaries Minister Shri. Loshi Dikho, Health Commissioner PK. Singh, IAS, Deputy Commissioner Senapati Shri. Athem Muivah, IAS, Health Director K. Lokendro Singh and other officials from the health department were also present at the programme. Later the Ministerial team inspected Sub Centres around Maram area and the progress of the construction of Nursing College at Katomei near Senapati Bazar. (DIPR)




    Imphal, 27th May, 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said time management is the key to success. The biggest ability is to use one's time effectively or productively. Time, he said, can neither be spent in advance not later, but once gone will never return.

    The Minister was speaking as Chief Guest on the Prize Distribution Ceremony of Higher Secondary Examination 2017 held at the Millennium Institute of Sciences, Kwakeithel, declared recently. To be positively relevant and a successful person, he said, one has to have the ability to set goal, to sacrifices for others, hard working and be ready with an open mind to grab every opportunity that comes on the way.

    Further he said, the best school is life and the best teachers are the experiences. In every corner of life there will be challenges and thus to be able to face all these challenges of life, he explained, one should equipped oneself with positive thoughts, attitude, perceive things optimistically, developed ability to take decisions and find solutions to be successful. In life, there are no failures but only lessons to be learned, he added.

    Every child has a specific strength and weaknesses, and to identify their strength paving their life towards success is the task of the teachers and parents, he said. Children should never be bind within a limit of what they can and they can’t do but should be tried to bring out their limitless ability by supporting and encouraging them endlessly.  He urged the students to be caregivers, a source of joy imbibe with the positive thoughts and views to lead the society towards the betterment.  

    Children need to be made aware of why they have been admitted to a particular school or any school and why they need to be educated, he said. Education, he elaborated, is not just to score good marks or get a job but to be trained to be able to contribute, to remain positive, compassionate and sacrifice for better future.

    COHSEM Secretary Dr. M. Bidyasagar said the numbers of successful students in the national competitive examinations for admission to higher technical education need to be increased, for the state has been experiencing decline in the number. For the students losing their years in readying for admission to such higher technical education, he said he feels that there is a need of the teaching methodology practiced in imparting education in the state to be improved and upgraded for better development of human resource to be able to safeguard the dreams of the children. Students need to be made to apply in their life whatever they have learned and received in their education, he added.

    Parliamentary secretary, Education Shri K. Robindro Singh said education is the backbone of the society and in pursuing education one should clearly bear in mind that it is one of the means that can make the world a better place to live in with sincere effort. (DIPR)

    Prizes were distributed to the students who stood second and third position and to those who scored letter marks in the recently declared Higher Secondary Education Examination, 2017 result of the school. In the ceremony Parliamentary Secretary Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Th. Dingo Singh, Sapam Leirak Gram Panchayat Pradhan Shri Athokpam Bishorjit Singh, Principal, teachers and students of the school also attended.




    Imphal, May 27, 2017, (DIPR): Minister Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal husbandry Shri V. Hangkhanlian inaugurated Sub Divisional Agriculture Office and Sub Deputy Collector Office located at Salam Mamang Leikai, Imphal West, today. The inaugural function was organised by Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur. The main aim of opening the offices is to solve the problems of the people of the area.

    Dedicating the two offices, the minister said that in line with the government of India, under Ministry of Agriculture policy, agricultural product would be made doubling by 2022. The two offices were today open to meet those shortages for agricultural inputs to enhance the product of agriculture sector especially for Salam and its surrounding areas. The agricultural implements and other essential items could be provided now by the government in plenty. The safety of the offices depends upon the people of the area. He appealed to farmers to work hard with zeal and sincerity so as to bring Green Revolution in Manipur.

                Shri S. Rajen Singh as president of the function said with the opening of two offices now, the people would get various benefits, acquire urgent documents and materials and solve the past problems. Minister CAF & PD, Shri Karam Shyam said that Under Chief Minister policy of development and changes, all defunct government offices in hill areas also would start opening and functioning soon, for this staff would be posted for the advantage and convenience of the people. He told the staff to be punctual in attending office. Deputy Commissioner of Imphal West, Shri C. Arthur Worchuiyo, IAS said that the offices would give advantages in dealing with the officers concern and the need of cooperation for the successful functioning of the offices.

    Director of Agriculture Shri Ph. Rajendra Singh said the opening of the Agriculture and SDC office give a new light to the people, now documents and material would be easily available through these offices. According to the need of the time, the people would get their necessity without going a long distance and appreciates the step taken up by the government.

                The inaugural function was attended by Minister CAF&PD, Shri Karam Shyam Singh, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Shri S. Rajen Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Imphal West, Shri C. Arthur Worchuiyo, IAS and Director of Agriculture, Shri Ph. Rajendra Singh as president and guests of honour respectively. Officials and staffs of Agriculture department, members of Lamsang Mandal and the villagers were also present at the inaugural function. (DIPR)





    IMPHAL, MAY 27, 2016(DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam and CAF & PD Minister Shri Karam Shyam who is also the MLA of Langthabal Assembly Constituency today inspected Lilong Higher Secondary School and Chajing Kanjeibung Government Junior High School in Langthabal A/C.

    Minister Th. Radheshyam and Minister Karam Shyam first inspected Lilong Higher Secondary School and heard the grievances of the teachers. The staff and teachers of the school demanded the Minister to look into their infrastructural needs including toilets and washroom for the female staff. Education Minister assured the Principal and the teachers of the school that all the infrastructural needs will be fulfilled as soon as possible.

    Minister Th. Radheshyam said that, it is unfortunate that almost after 70 years of British rule, there is not a single government college building in the State which is in good condition. Addressing the teachers in an informal meeting at the school, Minister Th. Radheshyam said that, to compete with the private schools, a target should be set, to have two Higher Secondary Schools with adequate infrastructures so that in 5 years, 10 government schools can compete with private schools in the state.

    The Minister sought cooperation from the teachers to make government schools an attractive and prospective option for every parents/guardians.  He also said the maximum amount of the state income is drained outside the state in health and education sector. He called upon all the stakeholders to strengthen health and education sector to keep the money inside the state.

    Speaking to mediapersons after inspecting The Chajing Kanjeibung Government Junior High School, Minister Th. Radheshyam said that, in Manipur the teacher-students ratio is 1:6 which is at par with the global standard. Despite the availability of adequate teachers, the government schools are unable to produce top scoring students in the State. He also called upon the teachers to introspect on the reasons parents are enrolling their wards at the expensive private schools, despite government schools having qualified and talented teachers.

    Minister Th. Radheshyam urged the Principal, teachers and the staff to set a target to produce top scoring students from Lilong Higher Secondary School. He said teachers and students should motivate with renewed vigour and greater focus to produce quality students. The Minister also said they are thinking to make a policy to amalgamate government schools.

    Minister Karam Shyam said that, Lilong Higher Secondary School is among the oldest and prestigious schools in Lilong to Singjamei area. In the past, the school had produced many brilliant and talented students. However the school is in a desperate condition and needs immediate attention from the education department. The Minister also called upon the teachers to regain the faith and trust of parents and guardians in government schools. He also called upon local leaders and volunteers to help in bringing a positive change in the education system in government run schools. (DIPr)


    Imphal, May 27, 2017 (DIPR): As part of the year long Birth Centenary Celebration, the Departments under the State Government are instructed to print the Pandit Din Dayal Upadhyaya Birth Centenary Logo in all state published literary works/publicity works/stationery. It has been made mandatory as many of the departments under the State Government have not complied with the instruction as issued earlier.  

    A notification issued by the Deputy Director, GAD, Government of Manipur, informed that compliance report should be furnish without fail and that non-compliance of the instruction shall be viewed seriously. The logo to be printed is also available in website. (DIPR)





    Imphal, 26th May, 2017 (DIPR): The State Government, today, hosted an Interaction programme of Delegation of Thai businessmen led by His Excellency Shri Jukr Boon-Long Ambassador of Thailand to Myanmar with Manipur Government officials and businessmen at Classic Grande, Chingmeirong.

    The State Government was represented by Public Works/Rural Development and Panchayati Raj/ Commerce and Industries/Power/IPR/Administrative Reforms and Training Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit, Youth Affairs, Sports and IFC Minister Shri Karam Shyam, PHE Minister Shri Losii Dikho, Chief Secretary Oinam Nabakishore and other officials in the function.

    Addressing the function, His Excellency Shri Jukr Boon-Long said the main purpose of the visit was to see the condition of the Trilateral Highway (passing Thailand, Myanmar and India) and the economic opportunities available across the border in India and Manipur.

    He said that, earlier in the evening he had a meeting with the Manipur Commerce and Industries Minister Shri Th Biswajit and talked on several issues including trading, investment and tourism.

     Chief Secretary Shri O Nabakishore said the visit of the Thai Delegation shows the interest of Thailand Government and the Thailand Business community in developing business relations with India, especially with Manipur.

    He said the main thrust of the Act East Policy of the Indian Government is to have much better business relations between India and South East Asian Countries.

    Elaborating on the major problems in improving trade relations, the Chief Secretary said several portions of the Trilateral Highway (passing Thailand, Myanmar and India) is very deplorable.

    He also said that the draft of the India, Myanmar, Thailand Vehicle Agreement is already prepared and once it is signed by the three countries, it will allow seamless movement of people and cargos among the countries which will improve trade relations.

    The Chief Secretary also said that efforts are on to introduced Visa On Arrival and e-Visa facilities at the Moreh Integrated Check Post.

                He added that the rail line will reach Imphal by 2020 and that there are also plans to extend the rail line till Thailand.

    Shri Nabakishore also appealed to the Thai business community to explore the business potential of the State.

    The evening also witnessed a display of Manipuri cultural items for the visiting delegation. (DIPR)

  • Employment Registration in a Downward Trend in January 2017

    Imphal, 30th May, 2017(DIPR): The employment situation in Manipur recorded all round downwards trend as compared to the previous month. A press release issued by the Additional Director of Employment, Manipur, states that at the end of January, 2017, a total of 4, 080 (Four Thousand and Eighty) applicants registered themselves at the employment exchanges in Manipur as against  13,048 (Thirteen thousand  and Forty Eight) applicants of the previous month i.e., December 2016. Senapati district has the lowest number with only 3 applicants registered in the employment exchange. (DIPR)





    Imphal, the 26th May, 2017 (DIPR): Free Counseling and Awareness Programme for admissions to Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral Program for north east students was held today at IBSD (Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development) Campus, Takyelpat Imphal.

                    The Governor Dr. Najma A Heptulla and Director, IBSD Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo graced the  inaugural function of the Free Counseling and Awareness Programme as Chief Guest and President respectively.

                    While delivering her speech, the Governor said that the State has many universities like Agricultural University, Cultural University, Technical University, Manipur University, even Sports University (going to come up), other institutions etc. Students from outside can come here, see the State and learn a lot since the State is very much rich in culture, customs, flora and fauna. If not, students can have exchange programmes and will benefit for national integration which is very much necessary in today’s generation. The Governor also lauded the effort of IBSD for organizing free counseling and awareness programme particularly for young students.

                    Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo stated that at the time of admission, students and parents from north east face many problems. As the admission time comes, they will go out from here for further study. Before they leave the State, both the students and parents should know some of dos and don’ts. That is the reason behind organizing the free and counseling programme, Prof. added.

                    As part of the inaugural programme, resource persons-----Principal Miranda College (DU) Dr. Pratibha Jolly; Principal Sri Venkateswara College (DU) Dr. P. Hemalatha Reddy; Prof. Dr. Aditya Narayan Mishra (Sri Aurobindo college, DU); Dr. Prakask Narayan (DU); Dr. M. Arunjit Singh, Kalindi College DU and Dr. M. Ojit singh, Ramjas College DU were felicitated with mementoes.  (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 26, 2017 (DIPR): AOne Day Advocacy cum Discussion on the National Programme under NHM, Manipur with Media Fraternities under the theme “Learning Together; For a sustainable Development Goal’ was held today at Classic Hotel, North AOC, Imphal.

    Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Health and Family Welfare minister Shri L. Jeyantakumar Singh has said,  Right to Life is one of the most important rights which we must protect and safeguard. Priority should be given to right to life, he added.

                The minister appealed the people of the state to participate and extend co-operation to the Government at its steps for establishing a well facilitated health service in the state. Recognizing the  necessity of modern health care facilities, the minister stressed about the initiative taken  by the government for establishing  Cancer Hospital and Mental Hospital in the state and further said they are  on the pipeline. He also urges the media fraternities to bridge up a cordial relationship with the government and also give constructive suggestion to the government whenever necessary.

    The programme was attended by Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare Shri P.K. Singh and Director, Health Services Shri Dr. K. Lokendro Singh as President and Guest of Honour respectively. Besides, Heads of State Health and Medical department, Medical experts and Editors and Reporters of Print and Electronic media of the state were also present at the function.

    The programme was organized by State Health Society, National Health Mission, Manipur (DIPR)


    Imphal, 25 May, 2017 (DIPR): Forests and Environment Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar said that, the Forest Department is collecting around Rs 20-25 lakhs approximately on an average daily basis from all the Forest Beats in the State. He added that, around Rs 2 lakhs approximately on average is collected daily from the Koirengei Forest Beat Office.

    Addressing mediapersons at his official quarter at Kanglapat today, Minister Shyamkumar said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh, the department started a drive to collect revenue keeping in mind the department’s targeted revenue collection of Rs 100 crore annually. Hoping that the target can be easily achieved, Minister added that, the drive also aims at checking the issues like global warming and deforestation.

    Minister Shyamkumar informed that the youth volunteers, who were helping the MAHUD Department in cleaning the Imphal market areas for the past one month, for the time being are conducting drive at different Forest Beat offices in the State despite facing numerous challenges and without getting any monetary help. He said that, the youths are voluntarily helping the department and checking whether department activities are followed per rules and guidelines, including issuance of transit pass.

    The Minister further said that, the department is planning to launch a website soon where all the details of the department will be available including details on revenue collection. He appealed to the public to file complain in case they come across any wrong doings by department officials or public. He also appealed to the people doing business on forest products to follow guidelines of Forest Department and rules of the Centre. (DIPR)


    Imphal, 25th May, 2017 (DIPR) : Shri Kshetrimayum Bhabananda Singh was elected as RajyaSabha MP  by securing 39 votesin today’s Bye- Election by the Elected Members of the Legislative Assembly and the MPs  to fill in the vacancy of Md. Haji Abdul Salam  held at Manipur Legislative Assembly. The Bye–Election is contested by two candidates  : Shri Kshetrimayum Bhabananda Singh of Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) and Shri Elangbam Dwijamani Singh of Indian National Congress (INC ) while Shri Elangbam Dwijamani Singh of Indian National Congress (INC) has the support of 21 (twenty one ) MLAs.

    Shri Bhabananda Singh was born to (L) Ksh. Dhananjoy Singh and (L) Ksh. Ibeyaima Devi on 1st March, 1960. He is married to Ksh.(o) N. Marina Devi. He studied in Sainik School, Goalpara, Assam from 1969- 1976, he graduated with English Honours from Hansraj College, Delhi in 1980 and he is also a graduate in LLB from Manipur University and is also a registered Advocate of the Bar Council of India, NE region from 1999.

     Shri Ksh. Bhabananda Singh had joined BJP in 1995 and held a responsible post right from the Booth Level to State Level and has been actively participating in the party related activities, he stood first in the Pravesh Prashikhan Varg in the year 2010, he was nominated as the SRO (State Returning Officer) BJP, Manipur Pradesh in the year 2009 for conducting State President Election of BJP. He held the post of Booth Level Secretary, General Secretary and President and was ultimately nominated as President, BJP, Sagolband Mandal in 2008. He was the Treasurer of BJP, Manipur Pradesh under the Presidentship of Dr. Borobabu Singh from 2009-2012. He held the post of General Secretary from 2012 – 2013 and was the Vice- President of the party from 2013 and in 2016, he was elected as the President of the BJP a post which he held till date. (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 25, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh provided financial assistance and other incentives to Shri Thounaojam Loyangamba Meitei of Keibi Khullem Makha Leikai of Imphal East district today.

    Despite belonging to a financially weak family and being a part-time labourer, Shri Loyangamba secured 4th position in the commerce stream of Class XII examination, 2017, conducted by Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur.

    In order to encourage the meritorious and hardworking young student, he along with his mother was invited by the Chief Minister at his office chamber today.

    Shri N. Biren handed over a sum of Rs 50,000 from his Discretionary Fund to the student to meet the immediate financial requirement for his admission in higher class and buying books and stationeries.

    Moreover, the Chief Minister also promised to arrange a bank loan of Rs 2 lakhs for his livelihood so that Loyangamba may give up labour works.

    Shri N. Biren also assured to provide Rs 1.20 lakhs under Government’s housing scheme to him.

    The Chief Minister lauded Shri Loyangamba and encouraged him to work harder and bring laurels for the State and his family.

    He added that the State Government provided the incentives to Loyangamba considering his effort towards securing the highest rank among the students of Government schools despite belonging to a needy family.

    Shri Loyangamba is the son of Shri Th. Banamali Meitei and Smt. Th. (O) Ichal Leima of Keibi Khullem Makha Leikai of Imphal East district. (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 25, 2017 (DIPR): Lt. General (retd) Konsam Himalaya today delivered a lecture on ‘My experience in Kargil War-Role of the Indian Army’ at Raj Bhavan, Imphal. The lecture programme which was mainly arranged for youths/school children was attended by around 200 students from different high Schools and Higher Secondary Schools.

    While giving an introductory speech of the lecture programme, the Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla lauded the role played by the Indian army and para-military forces in protecting borders of the country by sacrificing their lives for. We should respect our soldiers, she added.

    Lt. General (retd) Konsam Himalaya delivered an inspiring and heart touching lecture by mentioning his own experience and power point presentation of Kargil War, 1999. He even highlighted the geographical and historical background of conflict between India and Pakistan. He said he was the Commanding Officer of 27th Battalion Rajput Regiment which was one of amongst the battalion of the Kargil War. Recalling how his boys fought the war with frostbite on above 19,000 feet height from the sea level where even pouring a mug of water turns into ice before it reach the ground and weapons didn’t function due to high altitude.  In the power point presentation, Lt. General (retd) Konsam Himalaya showed his boys valour in fighting the intruders in Kargil sectors. Besides, the picture of the role played by an Indian army in the area of Dras sector, Tiger hill, Ladakh range, Siachen glaciers were shown by slight projector.  He said he had been posted in Jammu and Kashmir for about 12 years. War is something like struggle for humanity existence. It takes courage’s, character and guts to fight in Kargil. The most challenging while fighting a war is that we firmly believed our future generation be protected. How did I contribute, it’s a story about sacrifice and valiant.

    The operation Vijay of Kargil war started on 6th May 1999. The first victory of the war came on 14th June, 1999 and the second victory contributed from his commanding troop on 27th June, 1999, he added.

    He encouraged the students to dreamt about what they wanted to be and push forward to achieve that goal.  He had also authored a book titled ‘Romancing the Line of Control’ in the year 2012. Basically, the book which was based on half of his life that spent as an army over the line of control.

    Interestingly, the Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla received a simple prize from (retd) Lt. Gen. Konsam Himalaya for giving correct answer to a questions put up by him.

    The lecture programme was also attended by BJP National General Secretary, Shri Ram Madhav, Minister of Works, RD & PR, Commerce & Industries, Power and IPR Shri Th. Biswajit Singh, high ranking officials of CRPF among others. (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 24, 2017 (DIPR): Commerce and Industries Minister Shri Th. Biswajit has said that under Commerce and Industries the State Government is targeting to provide employment to 3000 youths. Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department is also targeting to give employment opportunities to 3000 youths under various schemes. This was stated by the Minister in a meeting held at his office chamber at Secretariat New Block. The meeting discussed on – Project for Plantation of improved variety of turmeric in Manipur, Fund matters for the procurement of turmeric mother plant and the actual fund proposed for the project is Eighty Lakhs (80,0000/-) to be provided by the State Government.

    Plantation of turmeric plant was taken up after successful plantation of Stevia and Lemon Grass. Market linkage for turmeric plantation has already been established. 4000 acres of land for plantation of turmeric plant has been identified in Imphal East and Thoubal District.

    Citing on PMEGP, he stressed there is need to give awareness about the scheme to the masses and the department will form screening committee to sanction this particular scheme. The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary and Director of Commerce and Industries, Managing Director, Legal Advisor, Technical Consultant and Officials of Manipur Food Industries Corporation Limited. (DIPR)




    Imphal, 24th May 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam launched the ‘Humari Beti, Humari Shaan’ admission scheme in Manipur along with Prof. Ibohal Meitei. 100% fee waiver is offered to the first 100 girl students, from all over the country, admitted under this scheme of HBHS.

                The Minister claimed the scheme will be a game changer for the girl students from economically poor family who dreams to pursue technical education. He lauded the SATYA Group of Institutions for reaching out to Manipur with the scheme as they found out that there was no student from this part of the country under the scheme. It will surely benefit the girls most in making their dreams come true, he added. Many expectations and concern of the girls, the minister said, need to be addressed to fulfill their ambition to gain the technical education as well as in other fields they aimed to become.

                The scheme has been launched with plans to provide/facilitate the girls’ students in the field of Technical education. The scheme also contributes in the mission of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) launched by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in 2015. In the launching programme CEO, SATYA Group of Institutions, Amrik Singh, students, parents and members of NGOs were also present. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, May 24 (DIPR): As part of the Government’s persistent efforts to bring an amicable and final settlement to issues plaguing the Mapithel dam-affected villagers, IFCD and YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip visited Chadong village today to personally hear and assess the woes of the dam-affected villagers. 

    Addressing the gatherings at Chadong village Church, IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip said that the State government is keen to solve the problems of Mapithel dam-affected villagers once and for all and facilitate early commissioning of the multi-crore project. Towards this end, the Government is setting up a high power committee consisting of Works, Agriculture, Horticulture, Forest, CAF&PD, and Education Ministers. 

    “I have come here today to start the relations between the dam-affected villagers and the government,” Shri Letpao Haokip said while announcing housing for all displaced families and sustainable livelihood sources to them. 

    The Minister also promised to pursue the concerned authorities regarding the various demands raised by the villagers including setting up of a school at Chadong village. “Come forward with your problems. We are with you,” the Minister told the villagers while also urging them to make positive approach. “We are a democratic country guided by the principle of ‘government of the people, by the people and for the people,’ he said. 

    Shri Letpao urged the villagers to extend maximum cooperation to the Government so that the project sees the light of day without any further delay. 

    Representatives of various organizations like Chadong Katamnao Long (students’ body), youth, women society, MDAVO, village elders, etc highlighted their grievances to the Minister.

    Vice-Chairman of Ukhrul ADC, Shri Thanmi Kashung, Engineers of IFCD were present in the meeting. Prior to the visit to Chadong, the Minister along with CE of IFCD G. Robindro Sharma inspected the Mapithel dam.

    On the way back to Imphal, the Minister and the officials inspected the IFCD’s RCC tunnel No. 2 (for water transmission system from Thoubal Dam to Chingkheiching) at Yaralpat. (DIPR)




    Imphal, 24th May, 2017 (DIPR):  The Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla inaugurated Halima Aziz Junior College today at Jamia Halima Aziz Educational Trust Campus Khabeisoi (Azamnagar) Imphal East District. 

    Dr. Najma Heptulla who attended the function as Chief Guest applauded the teachers and parents for encouraging and imparting education to the children especially in the technical line. She appealed to the people for keeping trust on Prime Minister              Shri Narendra Modi’s ‘sab ka saath, sab ka vikash’ and equality for all too.

    It is worth to mention that Khabeisoi Kerang Khomidok village has no government high school and higher secondary school. So, the Jamia Halima Aziz Educational Trust which was established in 2004 with an aim to provide educational facilities to the minority and weaker section of the societies take an initiative to open the Junior College at Khabeisoi. The trust has been providing free education and accommodation to both boys and girls to the orphan and ward of the poor and the needy. Till date number of orphan enrolled is 2400, number of poor students is 6012 and number of students in other category is 3326.   Apart from providing free education, the trust has been sponsoring Medical students of the community, social welfare, adult education programme, Computer training, sanitation programme, annual sports and other vocational training programmes for the benefit of the locals. (DIPR)





    Imphal, 24th May 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said the first and foremost seed of education starts from the family. The building up of a human character, to obey and respect the elders, gearing up for self confidence and to learn to work in team starts from home, he added. He was speaking as Chief Guest on the 12th Foundation Day of the Mega Manipur School, Yaralpat.

     Overall development of the students, he said, is a holistic approached to make them a catalyst for a positive change in positive direction for a society. They should, also, be encouraged for more participation in the competition of extra curriculum activities. On the importance of organizing several competitions in all fields so as to increase their confidence level and make them proactive to be ready to face any uncertainty they will face in life, which will mould them into a leader, and a better human.

    Education is not the only means but what is required to be a successful man is the overall development of the children leading them towards the right direction, he said. Life, he said, is very short but has many hurdles, filled with unpredictable situations. Thus to be able to face all these issues and problems in life one need to learn and be prepare to face them with right decision and with the ability to solved problems, he added.

                But sometimes parents, he said, feels that admitting their child in one of the best school will make the child a fine man, which is not so. He said therefore there is a need to have strong bonding between the parents and the children and between the teachers and students also. Then will only the elders be able to provide the best to the children, nurturing them for better future, he added. (DIPR)

    In the celebration, Parliamentary Secretary, Home, L. Shushindro (Yaima), Retd. IAS RK Nimai Singh, BOG of Mega Manipur, teachers, parents and students were also present. Prizes to the students who had won several competitions were also distributed. 





    Imphal, May 24, 2017 (DIPR): The mortal remains of the eight of the nine who died during the agitation against the three ILP Bills in 2015 in Churachandpur district were, today, laid to rest. Thousands gathered at the Hiangtam Lamka Public Ground, where, a public service was held before the bodies were finally laid to rest at a Memorial Ground at Mata Khuga Dam, Lamka, Churachandpur.

    Public Works, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Commerce and Industries, Power, Information and Public Relations, Administrative Reforms and Training Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit, Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen, PHE Minister Shri Losii Dikho, Agriculture and Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister Shri V Hangkhanlian and Chief Secretary Oinam Nabakishore attended the function.

    Addressing the gathering, Minister Biswajit said, it is of immense pleasure for the present government that today we are able to bring an amicable understanding to all past mistakes through a concerted efforts of the people and government and that the last rites are performed.

    Past governments may have acted in the best of interest, however, what is good or bad is to be decided by the people, he said adding that the present government will act to deliver the people from all their grievances. The government will visit all the districts of the State and look into the grievances of the people, he said expressing firm belief that the relation between the different communities can never be severed.

    Stating that misunderstandings may come up between the different communities at times, the Minister sought cooperation of all to avoid all such misunderstandings. The Minister further assured that, the present government will never hurt the sentiments or interest of any community and consult all stakeholders while making decisions which could affect the people.

    He further sought cooperation of all the communities to bring development in the State. Asserting that different ethnic groups reside in the State, the Minister continued Manipur comprises of both the hills and the valley. He elaborated Manipur cannot be called a developed State if only the valley is developed while the hills lie neglected or vice-versa. The government is for the people and will certainly bring peace and communal harmony in the State, he added.

    Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister Shri V Hangkhalian saluted the sacrifices of nine youths and also expressed grief for those injured in the 2015 agitations.

    He said let the blood shed by the youth for the cause of the tribal rights unite us to work together for a better tomorrow. The Minister also thanked the JAC, DC Churachandpur R Sudhan, SP Rakesh Balwal, 27th Sector Brigadier Ajay Kumar and 25 Bn Commandant for extending support to make the day a success. (DIPR)




    Imphal, 23rd May 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister, Th. Radheshyam declared the examination result of Higher Secondary Examination, 2017 conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur (COHSEM), today. This year’s overall passed percentage is 68.81 higher than the examination passed percentage of 2015 and 2016 which recorded 61.09 % and 65.22 % respectively.  

                Altogether 17987 students passed in arts, science and commerce stream from the total number of 26139 students appeared.  In the arts stream 6322 students appeared the examination out of which 4416 passed the exam. For the science stream 19252 appeared the examination of which 13198 students got through the examination while in the commerce stream out of 565 students appeared 373 students passed the examination.

                District wise Imphal West records 9480 students, the highest appearing for the examination with 6810 passing the exam. While the district with the lowest number of only 172 students appearing for the examination is the Tengnoupal District with 165 students passing the examination. The lowest passing percentage is 29.97% of the Kangpokpi district in which only 297 passed, out of 991 students appeared for the examination in the state. This year the Government institution records 57.16% while the Non – Government recorded 73.5 % passing percentage.

                Declaring the result Th. Radheshyam thanked and congratulated the Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur (COHSEM) officials, teachers and those whoever involved, for their relentless effort, timely conduct and declaration of the Higher Secondary Examination, 2017 result.

                In the announcement of the result of the Higher Secondary Examination, 2017 held at the office of COHSEM, Parliamentary Secretary, Education K. Robindro Singh, Chairman, COHSEM, L. Mahendra Singh, Secretary, COHSEM, Dr. M. Bidyasagar and principals of the different higher secondary schools were also present. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, MAY 23, 2017(DIPR): Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Karam Shyam appealed to the people not to indulge in panic buying of petrol and diesel.

    Speaking to mediapersons at his office at Secretariat South Block, Minister Karam Shyam said that, following the landslide report in Kohima, petrol pumps have witnessed many consumers indulging in panic buying in the State. Informing the media that the landslide area has been partially repaired, Minister Karam Shyam said that, after the initial repairing of the landslide area, 70 vehicles carrying petroleum products have crossed Manipur border.

    A meeting was held today with the IOC (Indian Oil Corporation) officials at the office chamber of the Minister, where the IOC officials gave report that there was enough fuel stock available in the State. According to the IOC officials report the State has stock of 7 days of petrol, 17 days of diesel, 2 days of LPG and 18 days of aviation fuel in IOC Malom Oil depot.

    Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Karam Shyam, who is also the Revenue Minister also held a meeting with the Deputy Commissioners of the valley districts regarding stricter enforcement of Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014. The Minister said that, despite the implementation of the Act, many paddy fields are still being converted into homestead land. He said instructions have been given to the concern officials to conduct a survey and submit a report. Necessary action will be taken against those who have violated the Act, he added.

    Expressing concern over the failure to collect income from land revenue in an efficient manner, the Minister said that, door to door collection of land revenue will be soon initiated in the State. He said the land tax for urban areas is Rs 20 (twenty) and Rs 10 (ten) for rural areas which need to be revised in tune with time. He said he will consult with the concern officials to revise the existing land tax rate of 2002.  (DIPR)




    Senapati, May 23, 2017 (DIPR): The two day Barak Spring Festival with theme “Reclaiming the Responsibilities” concludes today amidst the sound of traditional instruments of the different tribes of the district.

    The festival was started in the year 2013 to form a common platform and to foster the unity amongst the five different tribes of the Senapati District of Manipur, namely MAO, MARAM, POUMAI, THANGAL and ZELIANRONG.

    The closing function was grace by Maj. Gen. U Suresh Kumar, YSM, GOC 57 Mtn. Div. and Mr. Athem Muivah, IAS, DC Senapati as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.

    Speaking as the guest of honour of the function, A Muivah pointed out the relevance of the theme of the festival in today’s society and urges to include the younger generations specially the students to involve them in preserving the environment and also congratulated NPO and the organizers for successfully organizing the festival with the limited resources in hand.

    In his speech the Chief Guest said that the festival is a testimony of the rich culture and love that binds the different tribes of the state and expressed that it is a symbol of love.

    He further congratulates the organizers and said, “The army belongs to you and is committed to bring a peaceful and prosperous state.” (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, May 23 (DIPR): IFCD and YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip has urged village chiefs and farmers of 41-Chandel AC involved in poppy cultivation to switch their occupation to other alternatives like lemon grass cultivation and different farming practices like banana, black and yellow turmeric cultivation.

                IFCD/YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip, who is also MLA of 41-Chandel AC, was addressing village chiefs and CSO leaders of his constituency today at the conference hall of Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak.

                The Minister assured all concerned from his end for the promotion of livelihood diversification by improving access to farm and off-farm income-generating activities on farmers dependent on poppy cultivation. He urged the village chiefs to lease their land to farmers for profitable agriculture and horticultural activities other than poppy cultivation.

                Besides strongly advocating lemongrass cultivation as a viable alternative to poppy cultivation, the Minister also encouraged the farmers to take up activities which have relatively higher return like rearing livestock.

                Some village chiefs, during the meeting, raised strong voice about the need for holistic, integrated response that addresses the various factors that drive farmers to cultivate poppy.

    Shri Letpao Haokip also announced sops to the villagers including electrification of un-electrified villages, providing banking and internet facilities to all areas of the AC within five years.  

                He also promised the gatherings to set up primary health sub-centres at interior areas, improve all the link roads, enhance drinking water supply schemes, and other infrastructural development like construction of community halls in all areas.  

                About 220 chiefs and CSOs’ leaders attended the programme. (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 23, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has said that the Government has taken action against the erring officials, who have been found involved in the irregularities in the installation of LED based traffic signal lights in Imphal.

    Addressing a press conference in the Cabinet Hall of the CM’s Secretariat today, the Chief Minister said that two officials namely, Smt. L. Sunita Devi (the then AE and EE/ED-I for Phase-II) and Shri L. Kumar Singh (the then SW and present SE/EC) had been put under suspension for their involvement in the mess.

    He added that in the same case, the Government would also penalise six other retired officials namely, Shri S. Lokendra Singh (the then SO, PWD Electrical), Shri Kh. Yaima Singh (the then EE/ED-I), Shri Y. Devendra Singh (the then SE/Electrical Circle), Shri W. Kesho Singh (the then Chief Engineer), M. Theimon Singh (the then Chief Engineer – Mech. & Elect. – PWD) and M Lokendro Singh (the then Chief Engineer, PWD) through relevant legal channels.

    He said that in order to deliver transparency to the people, the State Government decided to take prompt action against these eight officials soon after the enquiry committee headed by Additional DGP Shri Pramod Asthana submitted its report today.

    The Chief Minister said that the report mentioned that the prescribed procedure, established norms and extant rules were not observed scrupulously in the installation of LED based traffic signal lights leading to wilful and undue favour to a particular company in allocation of the project.

    Shri N. Biren contended that there was no fair competition as only one company was submitting rate and dictating the terms. It was established that the cost was calculated with pre-disposed mind to spend all available money for lesser number of traffic signals installed rather than discovering the cost by way of fair competition and existing market rates.

    The Chief Minister further said that the involved officials had even categorically admitted this fact during the enquiry.

    The way procurements were made, it led to wrongful loss of public money by way of apparent over-invoice, he added.

    Further, even after selecting a particular company in this way, the equipments and the materials procured and installed appear to be substandard quality and capacity, the Chief Minister said.

    This is evident from the substantial and repeated malfunctioning of the equipments immediately after the installation and wilful change of energy/power source from pure Solar to a Hybrid source, he added.

    The Chief Minister further said that the officers did not make field survey/site inspection nor prepare any ground based estimate with broad details and did not make proper entries in the Measurement Book.

    Regarding enquiry into installation of CCTV cameras in Imphal, the Chief Minister informed the media persons that the enquiry committee had submitted an interim report today, and the final report is likely to receive within a week, he added. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 23, 2017 (DIPR): To maintain transparency and accountability of the judiciary, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today launched the CIS (Case Information System) National Core Version 1.0 for the High Court of Manipur at the Auditorium of High Court of Manipur.

    Speaking at the function as Chief Guest, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren said, “Today is a remarkable day in the history of Administration of Justice in the State as anyone from anywhere can access every detail of cases before the courts through the new version of CIS National Core Version 1.0.” Shri N. Biren said that it is necessary that the Access to Justice to all should reach out to the hill districts of the State. He further assured that the government would not interfere in the work of Judiciary.

    Condemning the increasing number of cases of mob justice in the State, Chief Minister said, “If we continue to allow mob justice to happen, the Rule of Law has no meaning in the State.” A collective effort is needed so that we can curb such evil practice of mob justice, he added. Announcing that a Judicial Academy of Manipur would be established in Pangei, Shri N. Biren Singh said that the government has also decided to open five full time Family Courts for Imphal East, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Churachandpur and Senapati Districts. He further mentioned that the State government would pursue the Central Government for the infrastructural development and for increasing the manpower such as appointment of Judges etc of the Courts. He said that new courts will be opened for which 40 posts have already been created.

    Addressing the august gathering, Chief Justice of High Court of Manipur, Shri Rakesh Ranjan Prasad said that the ideal goal of Case Information System (CIS) is to have a paperless court so that anybody and everybody can access through internet and get information on the orders passed, progress and status of the pending cases. He stressed that such step would enhance the Access to Justice to all.

    During his speech, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Justice Madan B. Lokur said that such initiative would improve the services of judiciary such as transparency in the entire functioning of the court, accountability of Judicial Officers and to know the case management. With the CIS National Judicial Data Grid, Judiciary could deliver faster and cheaper justice to the people, he added. Justice Madan B. Lokur further said that a mobile application will be launched soon so that people can easily access the status of the cases through their mobile phones. He added, “For Manipur, Rs 4.75 crores have been sanctioned for the purchase of necessary hardwares and to develop manpower to meet the local needs. He requested the Manipur Government to set up a Law Commission for Manipur.

    Minister for Law and Legislative Affairs, Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh, Judge, High Court of Manipur, Justice N. Kotiswar Singh, Judge, High Court of Manipur, Justice Kh. Nobin Singh, Senior Advocates, members of Bar Council of Manipur and officials of High Court of Manipur attended the function.

    During the function, a demonstration on the usage of the Case Information System (CIS) through the website of High Court of Manipur was presented. (DIPR)






    Imphal, May 05, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has announced an economic package of Rs 202 crore for Senapati district to take up different developmental works in the district.

    Speaking as the chief guest at the reception cum inaugural function of Barak Spring Festival, 2017 at Senapati District headquarters today, the Chief Minister said that mending of potholes on Mao-Imphal section of NH-2 had been included in the 100 days programme of the new State Government.

    Much to the delight of the mammoth crowd gathered at the function venue, Shri N. Biren also announced that the State Government would join hand with the local organising committee in celebrating the Barak Spring Festival at the State level in line with Manipur Sangai Festival and Shirui Lily Festival from next year. Stating that the State Government would bear all the expenses of the festival from next year, the Chief Minister also announced that the Government would provide Rs 50 lakh to the organising committee for this year’s celebration.

    He further said that the State Government is also willing to organise similar State level tourism festivals in other districts as well.

    The Chief Minister conveyed that the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) had been entrusted to revamp the Mao-Imphal section of NH-2 at an estimated cost of Rs 301 crore.

    Likewise, the Government had earmarked Rs 64 crore to develop Tadubi-Tolloi road, which connects Senapati and Ukhrul districts, he added.

    Shri N. Biren Singh further announced that apart from taking up a mega project to provide tap water to all the households of the district, necessary tourism infrastructure would be developed at Dzuko.

    Stating that a women’s market would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore in Senapati as well like in other hill district headquarters soon, the Chief Minister urged the people of the district and different organisations to identify a suitable place for the project so that construction works can be started as soon as possible.

    In recognition of the immense talent of Super Fight League champion Kario Isaac, the Chief Minister announced to give a job of Sub-Inspector to the mix martial arts player of the district in the Manipur Police Department.

    In his speech, the Chief Minister also lauded the people of Senapati especially Naga People’s Organisation (NPO) for taking the onus of protecting Barak river by educating the masses through Barak Spring Festival.

    While expressing his deepest condolences to the death of Neli Chakho and Dikho Loshou in an unfortunate incident that occurred on May 6, 2010, the Chief Minister urged the people of the State to forget and forgive the past mistakes and live together harmoniously.

    In his speech, the Chief Minister also mentioned about projects like establishment of IIIT at Mayangkhang, electrification of interior villages, installation of high mast lights at Senapati district headquarters, construction of a hall for an art and culture association of Maram tribe and construction of IBs at different areas etc.

    Speaking at the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar observed that the State would prosper and march forward if the people live together harmoniously with better understanding.

    He said that the Barak Spring Festival not only sensitise the people to protect Barak river but also showcase the rare folklores of the district.

    During his speech, he also shared his memories of his past association with Senapti when he was the SP of the district.

    PHED and Printing and Stationery Minister Shri L. Dikho, who was the chief celebrant of the function, while speaking at the function said that the Barak river originates from the district, as such it is the responsibility of the people of the district to effect necessary steps to sustain the natural state of the river.

    He also requested the Chief Minister to take up mega water supply and sewerage projects in the district.

    Tribal Affairs and Hills and Fishery Minister Shri N. Kayisii, who attended the function as the chief host, in his speech said that Barak river passes through different villages of the five Naga tribes of the district viz. Poumai, Mao, Maram, Zeliangrong and Thangal before it flows down to the valley and hill areas of other districts of the State.

    As such, the Naga People’s Organisation, a conglomerate body of these Naga tribes had taken the initiative to launch a campaign to protect the river through Barak Spring Festival, he added.

    Earlier, on their arrival at the district headquarters, the Chief Minister and his entourage were accorded a warm welcome by a large number of people led by ADC Chairman and members, frontal organisations and tribe Hoho leaders and District Level Officers.

    Various cultural items were also presented at the function.

    After the inauguration function, the Chief Minister and his team visited various stalls opened at the festival venue and had a look of the traditional houses of the five Naga tribes of the district.

    Parliamentary Secretaries Shri L. Sushindro, Shri Kashim Vashum, Awangbou Newmai, H. Dingo, N. Indrajit, S Subhashchandra, MLAs Ngamthang Haokip, S Bira and D Thaisii, former Ministers and MLAs, ADC Chairman and members, top civil and police officers and NPO president Kamba Moses and Tribe Hoho presidents also attended the function. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 22, 2017 (DIPR): The 4-day long silver jubilee ceremony of all communities Guru Puja 2017 organized by Suryabara Sana Kala Kendra kicked off at Malem Ima Community Hall, Thangmeiband Yumnam Leikai today. Hon’ble Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptullah; Chairman (MANIDCO) Dr. Radheshyam Yumnam; Squn.Ldr. T.S.Singh; Undersecretary, Govt. of Manipur Shri Ng. Noren; State General Secretary, BJP Manipur Pradesh, N.Nimbus; Principal SCM English School, Singjamei, Shri Sh Ibohal Singh; Padmashree awardee &  Ex-principal J.N. Manipur Dance Academy, Ksh Thouranishabi Devi  and member of  ISKCON Manipur, Banamali Das attended the function as Chief Guest, President, Guest of Honour and resource persons respectively.

    People from all  the communities of Manipur took part in the auspicious ceremony.

    Governor Dr. Najma Heptullah & Dr. Radheshyam Yumnam   initiated the candle-lighting    phase of the function. The dignitaries present in the function paid floral tribute to the photos of the Gurus. They were also presented a badge and a shawl each.

    Maulana Zakir Hussain presented a beautiful Muslim religious prayer Qirat while Surbala and her party performed Guru Pranam in front of the audience.

    Giving the welcome and keynote address, Secretary of Suryabara Sana Kala Kendra, Shri H Krishnakumar said that today they witnessed a unity of puja of all communities that shows the solidarity and peaceful mindset of all community groups.

    Focussing on the relationship between the gurus and his students, the Governor  said that guru is the creator,  preserver and destroyer by setting the example of the relationship between Arjun and his guru Dronacharya from whom he had learnt the skills of archery and warfare that he is famous for in Indian history. She also stated that Eklavya obeyed his teacher  even to the extent of sacrificing  his thumb to fulfil his guru’s wish.

    Expressing her happiness on celebrating the silver jubilee ceremony of all communities Guru Puja 2017, she said, “Even if we speak in Hindi or Urdu, we are children of one motherland i.e. Mother India. India has given Manipur a rich natural resource, tradition and culture. We get food, clothing, shelther & scenery from the soils of the motherland. It is our duty to return and show gratitude to our motherland.” She  further said, “We can pay tribute to our gurus(guru dakshina)  by planting a tree on every guru puja day and try our best to make the State clean and green.”

    Stressing that the guru puja is the urgent need of the present day society, Shri Sh Ibohal Singh said that the relationship between the teacher and the taught is the highest and it makes  the world thrive under the umbrella of love, humanity and peaceful tranquility.

    Stating that today is a memorable day, Ksh Thouranishabi Devi said that the interaction of all religious communities of the State under one roof is synonymous to flowers of different colours blooming in one common garden. (DIPR)



    Imphal, 22nd May 2017 (DIPR): Health Minister Shri L. Jayanta Kumar along with Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam today inspected schools in Keishamthong constituency. The inspected schools were the Haobam Marak H. A. High School and The Ngasi Rastralipi High School.

    Health and education are two components for development of a society. Education aims for nurturing human values and knowledge and at the same time good health brings calm mind, inner strength and self-confidence, said the Education Minister in the visit.

    Both the ministers heard the grievances of teachers and locals pertaining to the issues being faced by them.  The problems are related with shortage of infrastructure and deterioration of students. 

    Education Minister said that there are certain problems and issues related to the school teachers and he will try his best to solve them. But for an educational institution, he said, students are the soul and their problems are the main concerned and the teachers should try their best to understand them, bringing it up to the concerned authority so that the issues could be addressed and solved in the right time. On the need of motivating and encouraging the teachers to bring a positive change in the education system, he said a brainstorming session will be organised for them as soon as possible in a suitable school.

    Though the numbers of students are very low, the teachers of The Ngasi Rastralipi High School taking initiation provided van service for the students. Unfortunately some rooms of the school were found occupied by a student organisation as their office. The minister expressing dissatisfaction said, such act is not acceptable and the organisation should have taken prior permission from the concern department.

    On demand for abolition of schools, Shri Radhyeshyam stated that schools are like temples where the children are getting knowledge for their future.  To abolish a school will not be a right choice, instead development of the schools should be encouraged for their future course of life and for the generations to come, he said. To the people, he urged to come together and to try to restore back the fame of government schools which has been the core for spreading education in olden days.

    The addresses of the public as has been heard, L. Jayanta Kumar said, nothing can be done on demand of the public or any authority without consideration. Thus, he told the issues will be discussed on all levels by the government and even with the people to carry out the needful. (DIPR)



    Imphal, 22nd May, 2017( DIPR): ‘Clean and Green’ Cleanliness and Tree Plantation Campaign on the occasion of Guru Pujah was organised today at Raj Bhavan by the Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla and the staff of Raj Bhavan. Altogether 210 numbers of saplings of different species were planted at the Raj Bhavan park.

    While planting the first sapling , the Governor said that she returned her obligation  to mother earth  and dedicated the second sapling ( Bokul : Mimosops Elengi) to (Late) Anil Madhav Dave , Minister of State(IC) Environment , Forest and Climate Change , Government of India  who was working for cleaning the Loktak Lake  whom the Governor was working with to make the Lake  the largest Lake in the north east region and requested everyone to plant tree in his memory.

                The Governor stressed the importance of planting trees and appealed to every individual to plant tress on special occasion. Manipur is endowed with rich culture and bio diversity; mother earth has been very beneficial to Manipur because there are various species of orchids and trees.  The state recorded as number 10 in the whole world in terms of bio diversity and said we are thankful to mother earth for creating such a beautiful place. Manipur is not being discovered by the rest of the country and so, decided that Manipur will be a Clean and Green state and these words are the slogan of our Hon’ble PM also and we should respond to it and encourage each and everyone to keep a clean environment in every locality.  The Governor further added that by planting tress we create something and we return something to Mother Nature and that’s the way we can do Guru Pujah and declared that on this day, we keep these objectives.

                The Governor has a plan to develop the park as a Children Park and the reason she choose the park is because children can come and enjoy, it may not be as good as the Mughal Garden, but it should be a place for children to come and see the plants, it may be beginning of some movement where children can learn different varieties of tress and able to identify them and learn to respect them because every tree, every bush , every plant gives us something. The state has more than five hundred varieties of medicinal plants and orchids which we are not aware of  and our children should be told to love and live with nature which is the objective of today’s programme and the Governor declare that this Raj Bhavan will be open to children. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 22nd , 2017 (DIPR): Commerce & Industries Minister Shri Th. Bishwajit has said that the State Government has been trying to promote industries to generate income in the State. He was speaking at the inauguration of Banana Fibre Development Centre and Opening of 5-days Training  Programme on Novel Products based on Ethnic Designs and Fabrics of North East India at CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology Branch Laboratory at Lamphelpat, Imphal today.

    He said Industries is very important Department and therefore there is the need to encourage our entrepreneurs to solve unemployment problems in the State. Inauguration of Banana Fibre Development Centre will help farmers in increasing productivity. He also urged farmers to cultivate Stevia- a medicinal plant in large scale so as to meet  its demand outside the State.

                Shri Bishwajit has further said that the Government will revive Bamboo Chipping Mill and Government is trying to promote cultivation of  Dragon Fruit in the State as the fruit has high content of anti oxidant and it is also anti cancerous.Citing in connection with PMGPY scheme Shri Th Biswajit  said sanctioning will take place only after proper screening of the applicants.

                 Revenue Minister Shri Karam Shyam while speaking at the function said, the trainings conducted by CSIR will be very helpful to the people and it will help to increase productivity and sustain livelihood. He hinted to vacate the illegal encroachers at the CSIR premises once the court verdict comes.

    Inconnection with the  function, pamphlet of CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology Branch Laboratory was also released.

                Director CSIR-NEIST Jorhat, Assam Dr. D Ramaiah also highlighted the scientific intervention extended to the people such as development of Agro-Technology in the region. Around 80 trainees participated among others in the inaugural session. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 22, 2017 (DIPR): International Day for Biological Diversity was observed today on the theme ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’ organised by the Directorate of Environment. The function was held at the auditorium hall of the Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Palace Compound, Imphal.

    Forests and Environment Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar, speaking as the Chief Guest of the function, said that, the day is observed across the world to promote conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. He said that, the day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation of biodiversity. Exploitation of the nature by the humans has resulted in the ecological imbalance and that is why such other events are observed across the globe, he added.

    Minister Shyamkumar urged the Directorate of Environment to organise the day at various locations of the State from next year, in order to create mass awareness. He further expressed his desire that, all the departments need to get involved for successful implementation of the day.

    President of the function, Shri Shambhu Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Forests and Environment, PHE, AR & DG-SAT) sharing his personal experiences, said that, Manipur was a bigger biodiversity hotspot when he first landed here, 32 years back. He termed the events of encroachments of water bodies over the years and gradual conversion into paddy fields as the “loot of the century”.

    Additional Chief Secretary said that, people in the State have played havoc with the beautiful gift of nature and citizens are solely responsible for destroying the biodiversity. He said that, eco-tourism is a fantastic concept which will generate revenue, employment and help in maintaining the ecology. He cautioned that, the tourists need to maintain ecology of the place where they visit. Giving message to the younger generations, Shambhu Singh said that, they have to carry the torch forward in future to ensure that the ecology of the place is kept in balance.

    Resource Person of the function, Professor W. Vishwanath Singh, Department of Life Sciences, Manipur University spoke at length about the history and importance of the observance. He said that, United Nations General Assembly declared 2011-2020 as the United Nations decade on biodiversity. This decade serves to support and promote implementation of the objectives of the strategic plan for biodiversity and the aichi biodiversity targets, with the goal of significantly reducing biodiversity loss, he added.

    As part of the function, an exhibition was inaugurated and a documentary ‘Yelhou Pambi’ was screened. (DIPR)





    Imphal, May 21, 2017 (DIPR): The State Cabinet has approved the revised surrender cum rehabilitation policy for the surrendered militants of the State.

    As per the revised policy approved by the State Cabinet in its meeting held in the Cabinet hall of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat with Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh in the chair, the monthly stipend of the surrendered underground cadres would be hiked from Rs 4000 to Rs 8000 per month for a period of three years. Out of this Rs 8000, Rs 2000 shall be counted as ration money.

    Moreover, one time financial grant provided by the Government to the surrenderees would be increased from 2.50 lakh to Rs 4 lakh, and this amount should be kept as fixed deposit in the bank account of the surrenderee for a period of two years, with an option to withdraw after the completion of three years.

    They would also enjoy the facility of medical reimbursement up to 75 per cent of the total expenditure during stay at rehabilitation camp on the ailments declared eligible and notified by the State Health Directorate.

    Apart from it, there are job prospects as well in the security forces for the physically fit cadres with special relaxation in terms of age and qualification for employment in special battalions.

    The Cabinet also gave its nod to raise a special unarmed battalion for surrendered militants.

    The State Cabinet recommended Legal Advisor to Chief Minister, Shri N Kumarjit Singh’s name for appointment as the Advocate General of Manipur.

    The Cabinet also approved the proposal for the appointment of a Media Advisor and a Coordinator to Chief Minister.

    The Media Advisor will communicate with the public and media affairs to highlight various important works and issues being taken up by the Government. The Coordinator will coordinate with various Government Departments on behalf of the Chief Minister.

    The State Cabinet also decided appointment of next of kin of the eight deceased persons and nine persons, who became disabled due to police firing on August 31, 2015 at Churachandpur in different Grade III/IV posts in the State Revenue Department. In addition to an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each, which was announced earlier, an additional financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each would be given to next of kin of all the eight deceased persons.

    The State Cabinet also decided to convene a special session of the State Legislative Assembly from June 5 to 7, 2017 to enable passing of the Manipur Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017.

    The Cabinet also approved extension of disturbed area status in the State excluding the Imphal Municipal areas for another six months.

    On the other hand, the State Cabinet also gave its nod to re-establishment of the Technical and Promotion (TP) Cell of the State Co-operative Department.

    The Cabinet also approved the draft Manipur Municipalities (11th Amendment) Bill, 2017 to make changes to the nomenclature of Councillor as Corporator in case of Municipal Corporation.

    The Cabinet also resolved to establish the Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA) in order to conceptualise and implement projects in mission mode in the field of social infrastructure.

    The agency will prepare concepts and DPRs and submit to the concerned Ministry and funding agencies for required funding to the State Government. The agency will be established by the State Planning Department under the Societies Registration Act, 1986.

    The Chief Minister, Manipur will be the ex-officio Chairman of the agency.

    Regarding providing of ex-gratia to the victims of road accidents and extension of the revised ex-gratia amount to the families of those killed and to those injured Army/CPMF/Assam Rifles personnel in extremist violence in the State, the Cabinet also decided to consider on case to case basis.



    Imphal, May 21, 2017 (DIPR): Ambassador of Japan to India, His Excellency Kenji Hiramatsu has conveyed his country’s willingness to extend co-operation to the State in the areas like road connectivity, tourism, cleaning of Loktak Lake and school education, sanitation and sewerage system in Scheduled Tribe areas etc.

    The Japanese Ambassador expressed his enthusiasm for enhancing the bilateral relations between Japan and India, especially Manipur during a meeting with Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh in his office chamber today.

    The Chief Minister also assured to extend full co-operation and provide security whenever Japan takes up any venture in the State.

    The Japanese Ambassador and the Chief Minister also discussed mutual co-operation between Japan and Manipur in the areas like skill development and employment opportunities in Japan, especially in the fields of nursing and manufacturing sectors.

    During the meeting, Shri N. Biren expressed his desire to explore the possibilities of introducing courses of teaching and learning of Japanese language in Manipur, upon which His Excellency Kenji Hiramatsu assured to look into the possibilities of providing language teachers and learning materials to the State.

    His Excellency Kenji Hiramatsu also expressed pleasure on witnessing improvement in the relations between the neighbouring States of Manipur and Nagaland recently.

    The meeting also discussed various options to ease traffic congestion in Imphal city. This includes elevated highways, flyovers and underpasses etc. at various congested points.

    Officials of the Government of Manipur also made a Powerpoint presentation on the tourism potentials of the State to the visiting Japanese Ambassador.

    The presentation threw lights on the Cable Car Projects to be developed at two different locations. The first project will be operational between Cheiraoching and Ibudhou Marjing hill while the second project will connect Sendra Hillock with Chaoba Ching at Loktak Lake.

    Among other points, the presentation also mentioned about the House Boat Tourism project of the State. The project, which will have its terminal at Phubala village, will provide the facility of night halt to tourists at Karang Chingdonpok.

    For this ambitious project, facilities like jetty, vehicle parking, amenity block, electric charging, effluent treatment plant, solid waste treatment centre, water storage tanks, drivers’ rest rooms and rest rooms/cottages for tourists will be developed at Phubala.

    Likewise, jetty, cultural complex, amphitheatre, restaurant, gift/souvenir shop, rest rooms and medical facility centre will be constructed at Karang Chingdonpok. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 20, 2017: The 73rd anniversary commemoration of Battle of Imphal, World War-II was held today at Classic Grande, Imphal. The observation was jointly organised by Manipur Tourism Forum and 2nd World War Imphal Campaign in association with Department of Tourism, Government of Manipur.

                  Chief Minister, Manipur Shri N. Biren Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, Nagaland Shri C. Apok Jamir, Ambassador of Japan to India, Shri Kenji Hiramatsu and Chairperson, Burma Campaign Society, Mrs Akiko Macdonald attended as main dignitaries of the function.

                  Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that WWII is one of the greatest events of the world that changed the course of history of mankind. “We all witnessed the unfathomable destructions, human tragedies leaving behind irreparable relationships amidst the transformation in the demographic profiles of many nations,” he added.

                  Stating that peaceful coexistence and reconciliation is the philosophy for living together, Shri N. Biren Singh stressed that the biggest realisation of reconciliation to live in peace, forgive and forget, and look towards humanity of generosity and global fraternity.

                  Ambassador of Japan to India, Shri Kenji Hiramatsu said that we must reconciliate from the bitterness of World War II and strive for peace and prosperity. He stressed that the Japanese government has decided to invite 25 young people from Manipur and Nagaland to visit Japan and also decided to organise an official seminar in Imphal in November this year. These two initiatives of the Japanese government would facilitate and deepen the friendship ties between the two countries, he added. Shri Kenji Hiramatsu further assured that the Japanese Government would provide financial support in the developmental projects taken up in Manipur and other Northeastern States of India.

                Chief Secretary Shri O.Nabakishore, Former President, Manipur Tourism Forum, Dr. Th. Dabhali Singh and delegates from Japan also attended the function. (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 21, 2017 (DIPR): Health Minister, Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh said that in order to streamline the posting of doctors and other staffs working in Health Department, the Government is ready to introduce a new policy of transfer and posting of staffs very soon. Speaking in an interaction programme with doctors and staffs of Ukhrul District Hospital, Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh expressed that incentive schemes for medical staffs posted at remote places will be introduced. He also advocated the State’s initiative about the concept and need of flying doctors in the State. In order to fill up the vacant post of doctors, the Manipur Public Service Commission will be entrusted to recruit required post of doctors, he added. Minister appealed the public and the hospital staffs to co-operate the Government to maintain the hospital. He assured to look after the needs and requirement of the hospital and also the welfare of the staffs.

    Health Minister also interacted with the students and youth wing of Ukhrul. He heard the grievances of the students and the youths and gave assurance to take up necessary actions. Later he visited patients in the hospital and also inspected the Labour Room, Operation Theatre and some portions of the hospital building. The Minister was accompanied by Parliamentary Secretaries Khasim Vashum, and K. Leishiyo. (DIPR) 



    Imphal, May 21, 2017 (DIPR): Lyricist Huidrom Noren’s lyrical poetry – Karigee Leiramli, a selection of 100 (One Hundred) lyrics was released today at a solemn function at the auditorium of the Meitei Mayek High School, Kongba. Renowned lyricist Thangjam Kora, Sahitya Academy Awardee Poet Thangjam Ibopishak and Eye Surgeon and Sculptor Dr. Leishangthem Tondon who were special guests in the function spoke about the writer and his book.

    National Film Awardee on Film Criticism Meghachandra Kongbam stated that a Lyric is different from a Poem. Lyric is enlivened when singer sings the lines. He recalled the immortal texts of Huidrom Noren’s lyrics – Awabada Awaba Piyu, Nungaibada Nungaiba Happu sung by Sanaton Sharma and Nangbu Asum Ningsingduna Leire, Mitkup Khuding Kaoba Ngamdre by Aheibam Shyam in the Manipuri Feature Film – Khonjel (1981) directed by Moirangthem Nilamani.

    Sahitya Academy Awardee Novelist B.M. Maisnamba presided over the function. The presentation of Natya Sankirtana – Nimai Sanyas by Thanga Ashangbi Devi entertained the audience of the function. (DIPR) 



    Imphal, 21st May 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam inspected schools of Ukhrul district. The Minister was anguished to find schools not being built according to the norms of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) and Alternative and Innovative Education (AIE). He said stringent action will be taken against those who have failed to sincerely carry out the developmental work of the school under SSA, EGS.

    The schools supposed to be constructed on the area allocated/provided for school construction through Global Positioning System (GPS) were found to be built somewhere else beyond the permissible distance of EGS. The school as per the EGS was to be built in and around the inaccessible habitation where there is no formal school within the radius of one (1) km.

    Under this scheme, the Mayotang Primary School, an EGS upgraded, was found constructed at the Longthang Cemetery, Hundung Village instead of the area allocated at Mayotang. Another Kharaphung Primary School was also found constructed in the midst of wood one and half kilometre down the steep mountain trek from the GPS site. The school was found not functioning though completed in the year 2016 under 2012-13 programme of SSA scheme.

                In another visit at the Kazripung High School, the school boundary was found encroached by sand miner. Schools, the Minister said, is the place where children comes to gain knowledge which would enlightened and safeguard the future, bringing progress of not only society and state but for the country as a whole. The leaders of the society, he added, should come forward and stop such unwanted activities in and around the school.

                During the visit he look over K.K. Leishiphanit High School, Kasomtang, Pettigrew College Ukhrul, inspected the ongoing construction work of ITI Ukhrul, Modern High School, Greenland Primary School, Tungrei Primary School (Aided), Hungdung also.

                On his way back to Imphal, he visited Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Shangshak which was found in an isolated condition passing down a steep terrain.

                The minister gave assurance to the people residing near Shangshak Government High School constructed in the year 1947, for the renovation of the part of school for the walls were all totally damaged.

                The locals felt honoured as this is the first ever visit by a minister who came to inspect the condition of the schools of the district. They said since the Minister had witness the real dilapidated condition of the school they hope he would surely do his best for the betterment of the education.

                During his visit he was accompanied by the ZEO Ukhrul, officials of SSA, RMSA and the members of School Management Development Committee (SMDC). (DIPR)




    New State Tourism Festival will give a Boost to the Promotion of Tourism in the State - Governor


    Imphal, May 20, 2017 (DIPR): Shirui Lily Festival, 2017, which kicked off from 16th of May, 2017 ended today at Tangkhul Nagalong Ground (TNL), Ukhrul, amidst pomp and gaiety.

    In the closing ceremony, speaking as the Chief Guest of the function, Hon’ble Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla, complimented the State Government and others associated in organizing the festival for their endeavour to make the people aware of the environment, State’s rich bio-diversity as well as rich cultural heritage. The Governor also congratulated the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur for his initiative to organize the festival in State level successfully. She also expressed that the new State Tourism Festival will give a boost to the promotion of tourism in the State, leading to more footfalls of tourists with Shirui Lily and picturesque Ukhrul providing the added attractions. Stressing the need to protect the rare flower which blooms in late May to early June, She lauded the work of ICAR in protecting and promoting the flower from extinction which are facing tremendous threat because of the exploitation of their habitats. Ukhrul Headquarter is also facing serious threat to its water supply because of forest destruction in the Shirui range and so the task at hand is huge, she added.

    Manipur has huge tourism potential and the festival will not only create awareness about the need for protection of environment but can also attract tourists which will not only improve the well being of the local population but also bring advanced knowledge and expertise to improve the environment, she added. Expressing her concern on the economic backwardness of the State, she said that tourism can be the key to economic development with better connectivity. She expressed her hope that peace prevails in the Hills and Valley Districts and the brotherly relations between the Hills and Valley people be restored forever through the festival. Cultural items were presented as part of the Closing Ceremony.

    Hon’ble Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly, Shri Y. Khemchand, Hon’ble Ministers Shri L. Jayentakumar Singh (Health & FW/Law & LA/Art & Culture/CADA), Shri Letpao Haokip (IFCD/YAS) and Shri Th. Radheshyam (Edn./Labour & Employment) attended the closing ceremony as President and Guests of Honour respectively. (DIPR)


    Imphal, May 20, 2017 (DIPR): MAHUD and Town Planning MinisterShri Th. Shyamkumar today gave deadline till next week to the illegal encroachers to remove their respective belongings.

    Minister Shyamkumar asked the illegal encroachers in and around the Greater Imphal areas including Khuman Lampak, DM College, Nagaram River Bank, Imphal Art College, Law College, Market areas, including Thangal Bazar, Paona Bazar, Singjamei, Thoubal and Bishnupur to remove their belongings from the illegally occupied areas.

    MAHUD and Town Planning Ministeralso asked the people in the said area to possess house deeds/land deeds and asked those who do not have the house deeds/land deeds to contact their concerned Municipal offices so that they can show it during the time of inspection/drive. Giving ultimatum till next week to the encroachers, Minister Shyamkumar said that, action will be taken according to the law. (DIPR)


    Kangpokpi, May 20, 2017 (DIPR): The district administration, Kangpokpi observed Anti-Terrorism Day today at Conference Hall of DC Office, Kangpokpi.

                Speaking on the occasion, DC Kangpokpi Shri T. Ranjit Singh recalled the death of former Prime Minister of India Shri Rajiv Gandhi and highlighted the significance of observing the day.

    Later the DC led the gathering in taking the pledge to oppose all forms of terrorism and uphold and promote peace, social harmony and understanding among all fellow human being.

                SP Kangpokpi, Addl. SP, District Level Officers and Staff of DC office attended the programme. (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 20, 2017 (DIPR): Forest and Environment Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar today came down heavily against department official following seizure of two trucks, loaded with logs last night. The department suspended Md. Altaf Ali Khan, Deputy Ranger, Beat Officer of Molnoi Forest Beat Office, Chandel Forest Division with immediate effect from today for dereliction of duties.

    During the period under suspension, the headquarter of Md. Altaf Ali Khan shall continue to be the Divisional Forest Officer’s Office, Chandel Forest Division, said a suspension order dated 20th May, 2017 issued by Kereilhouvi Angami, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Head of Forest Force Department.

    Speaking to mediapersons at Central Forest Division, Range Forest Office at Mantriphukhri, Minister Shyamkumar said that, a team led by DFO Central Forest Division, L. Joykumar seized two truckload of logs at the Matai Garden, Khabam last night at around 8 pm. Lauding the team for the timely action, Minister Shyamkumar said that, the trucks were brought from Khudengthabi in Chandel District to Imphal without submitting proper documents.

    Minister Shyamkumar informed mediapersons that, Md. Altaf Ali Khan issued hammer marks (a clearance sign from the Forest Department) on the logs which were to be issued from the department’s Moreh Range Office.The two trucks easily crossed various entry posts with the help of the hammer marks without submitting proper documents at various entry posts. The trucks crossed Khudengthabi Army Post, Tengnoupal Army Post, Tengnoupal Police Post, Tengnoupal Forest Post, Molnoi Forest Office Post, Pallel Police Station Post, Kakching Forest Office Post, Thoubal Forest Office Post, Thoubal Haokha Range Post, Lilong Police Station Post, Singjamei Police Station Post and reached Khabam in Imphal East.

    The Minister said that, the department is conducting continuous drive to stop illegal activities which is hindering in the revenue collection. He said that, if the department officials sincerely perform their duties then the set revenue target of Rs 100 crore annually can be easily achieved. Minister Shyamkumar further said that, the revenue collected can be used to fulfill the other requirements of the department.

    Forest and Environment Minister appealed to the general public to continue their business as usual, following the law and guidelines of the department. On the other hand, Minister Shyamkumar expressed his displeasure over the poor maintenance of the office premises of the Central Forest Division, Range Forest Office at Mantriphukhri.

    Later, Minister Shyamkumar visited the office of the Forest Beat Officer, New Keithelmanbi and raised the matter of non-issuance of transit pass to the trucks carrying sand and stone. The Minister ordered the officials to issue transit pass to all the trucks carrying forest products in order to help in the revenue generation of the department. On the other hand, the officers shared their grievances to the Minister. (DIPR)





    Imphal, May 20, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has said that the new Government has a firm objective to bring a positive change in the State but this aspiration needs support and co-operation from every section of the society.
    He was speaking as the chief guest at the Anti-Terrorism Day function, organised by the State Government at the Banquet Hall of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles today.
    During his speech, he strongly condemned the IED attack that injured four police commandos near Kwatha village yesterday. He said that hitting somebody from behind is an act of cowardice, and the State Government can’t remain silent if such senseless activities continue to happen.
    Apart from looking into the activities of cadres of the organisations which are under Suspension of Operation, there is need for restructuring the rehabilitation package for surrendered cadres as well, he added.
    He reiterated that the new Government came into being with a message of peace and development and it is ready to sort out all the misunderstandings and problems through talks, but it will never compromise with any organisation at the cost of territorial integrity of the State and unity of the people.
    In this regard the Chief Minister urged various civil society organisations of the State not to make unnecessary clarifications or claims/counter-claims on the media which may create enmity among the people of different communities.
    The Chief Minister exhorted the public to live together and put in joint effort to bring equal development in all parts of the State.
    Stating that holding ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ on the 15th day of every month testifies the new Government’s firm effort of becoming a People’s Government, the Chief Minister said that all sorts of miscommunication would cease automatically when the gap between the Government and people is reduced.
    Regarding the alleged delay in the release of files by some bureaucrats and officers of the Manipur Secretariat, the Chief Minister said that he knows who are holding back the files because his (Chief Minister’s) Whatsapp number is open to the public.
    Stating that the Government does not have any desire to forcibly impose anything against any official/Government employee, the Chief Minister urged them to discharge their duties without forgetting their responsibilities of serving the people.
    Shri N. Biren said that every citizen and employee should inculcate discipline into themselves so that the State may take a leap towards advancement.
    He further said that the new Government has a firm objective to bring a positive change in the State but this aspiration needs support and co-operation from every section of the society including bureaucrats and Government employees.
    Speaking at the occasion as the functional president, CAF & PD Minister Shri Karam Shyam said that nothing is more valuable than human lives.
    He added that observing the day assumes lots of significance in the States like Manipur where unwarranted killings and violence are happening every now and then.
    The Minister observed that terrorism would not serve any purpose but it can only give hardships to the common people.

    Later, the Chief Minister administered the Anti-Terrorism Pledge to the gathering.

    The Anti-Terrorism Day is observed on May 21 all over the country every year. It was on this day in 1991 that former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi died in a terrorist attack at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu (DIPR)





    Imphal, May 19, 2017 (DIPR) :  Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandary Minister       Shri V. Hangkhanlian inspected Agriculture Office of Wangbal, District Agriculture Office, Thoubal, District Agriculture Office of Porompat, Imphal East and District Agriculture office of Lamphelpat, Imphal West District, today.

    The Minister was given a warmed welcome by the Staff members where he  went  to inspect departmental offices. At Wangbal the Minister inspected the building which was under construction for Rice Research Institute, Rice Breeder House, Farm Science Centre, Krishi Vigyan Kendra. During the inspection, the Minister interacted with the staff members about the requirement of infrastructures for the offices, man power, shortage of experts for soil  testing, need of extention of rooms, fencing, repairing buildings etc. After patient hearing, as new government was formated, whatever possible way would be look into, the Minister assured. The Minister asked the staff of each department to work sincerely for the overall development of Agricultural Sector in the State.  

    During his inspection of a Godown of Agriculture office at Lamphelpat, the member of the staff requested him to extend help for repairing the bad condition of the approach road. The Minister said that according to the availability of fund, he would look into the matter in future. (DIPR)


    19th May, 2017, DIO, Senapati : In continuation of the tripartite talks between Government of India, Government of Manipur and United Naga Council in order to consider issues related to the economic blockade called by the UNC on the National Highways, a tripartite meeting was held at DRDA conference Hall, Senapati distict headquarters, today.

    The following were the agreements taken in the tripartite talk:

        1) The focal point No.1 of the agreement arrived at in the tripartite talks on 19th March, 2017 is reaffirmed by all the parties.

        2) It was all agreed that the Government of Manipur would be represented at the political level in the next round of talks.

        3) Till such time an amicable settlement to the issue of creation of the new districts is arrived at, the Government of Manipur and United Naga Council will mutually respect the points agreed upon in the tripartite talks held on 19th March, 2017.

     It was also agreed that the   next round of talk will be held at Senapati within a month.

    The meeting was represented by Gaidon kamei, President, UNC, S.Milan, Gen. Secretary, UNC, Seth Shatsang President All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur, Asha Wungnam, President Naga Women’s Union from UNC’s side, O. Nabakishore Singh, Chief Secretary, GOM, Dr .J. Suresh Babu, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), GOM, K. Radhakumar Singh Commissioner (Works), GOM and Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary (NE), Ministry of Home Affairs,  GOI from the side of Government of India. (DIPR)



              Hon’ble Chief Minister, Manipur today attended the launch of Football Balloon in Connaught Place, New Delhi as Chief Guest. The function was organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports during the occasion of India being, host to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup India 2017 from 6th to 28th October 2017.

              The function was graced by Shri Vijay Goel, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (IC) for Sports, famous Cricketer Md. Kaif and Shri Vijender Singh, Boxer among others.

              The Chief Minister expressed his gratitude for recognising the Football talent of Manipur by inviting him to the event. He also expressed hope that sometime in near future the Manipur could also be the venue for FIFA.

              On the occasion, Hon’ble Chief Minister emphasised the need to tap the immense talent possessed by India. Football is an extremely useful sport for physical fitness. He also said that in modern times of fast food, unhealthy life style and huge pressure on academic performance, we need to emphasis on physical fitness of children in India. Football is a great and cheap way to promote physical fitness.

              Further, he informed that recently it has been decided to start a Chief Minister’s Football Cup in Manipur in the name of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya from this year. He also urged the State Cabinet colleagues, MLA & MPs of Manipur to encourage Football in their respective constituencies.

              Shri Vijay Goel, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (IC) for Sports expressed his thanks to the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Manipur for gracing the occasion. He said that since Manipur did not approach earlier to host this event, this FIFA could not be organised at Imphal. But in future, he would definitely see to it that the event is also organised in Imphal. (DIPR)

    (Vineet Joshi)
    Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Manipur
    Camp: New Delhi


    Imphal, 17 May, 2017 (DIPR): Horticulture & Soil Conservation and Forest & Environment Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar today visited the pineapple farmers of the Leikouching village under Kangpokpi district.

    Speaking to the mediapersons, Th. Shyamkumar said that, the Government both in the Centre and the State has taken up various welfare projects for the people but it is unfortunate that some villagers are yet to get the benefits. Minister Shyamkumar said that, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department will give Rs 3,000 each to the pineapple farmers to buy saplings, also assuring that benefits will be given to the farmers under various schemes.

    The Minister further said that, his department will provide monetary help to the villagers for tree plantation and maintenance of the trees which will help in covering the Hills. He also promised to help the farmers in providing loans.

    Deputy Director of Horticulture & Soil Conservation Department provided monetary help to the 86 pineapple farmers of the area from the department’s side. The villagers have planted pineapples at 17-20 hectares of land in the Ukhalouchon area under Leikouching village.(DIPR)



    Imphal, 17 May, 2017 (DIPR): Forest and Environment Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar pulled up 14 trucks loaded with logs, illegally brought from Myanmar via Kamjong District in Ukhrul today. The truck drivers, carrying fake transit pass, were taking the logs to the neighbouring state of Nagaland.

    The trucks, carrying pine wood and kangara wood logs, were intercepted at the Finch Corner, 26 kms from the Ukhrul Town. Minister Shyamkumar was on his way back to Imphal after attending the opening ceremony of Shirui Festival 2017 which kicked off yesterday.

    On his way back to Imphal, Minister Shyamkumar inspected the office of the Beat Forest Officer, Finch Corner under Forest Division Ukhrul. After coming out of the office, Minister Shyamkumar came across 3 trucks with registration number of Nagaland. After driving few meters above the mountain, 11 trucks with registration number of Assam and Nagaland were found seized by DC Kamjong, Shri Armstrong Pame and SP Kamjong, Shri L. Ragui. The documents of truck drivers were seized by the officials.

    Minister Shyamkumar revisited the office of the Beat Forest Officer, Finch Corner and thoroughly checked the seized documents of the truck drivers along with the DC Kamjong, Shri Armstrong Pame in presence of DFO Ukhrul, Shri Manglem Singh, Range Officer, SW Siusa and AS Tuishang, Deputy Ranger. Fake signatures were found in many documents including fake transit pass.

    Speaking to the media persons, Shri Shyamkumar appreciated Kamjong DC and SP Kamjong for pulling up the trucks which were illegally carrying the logs. He said that, officers of the Forest Department need to perform their duty diligently and sincerely so that the department can achieve the set target revenue of Rs 100 crore annually.   

    Stating that there was information of logs being stock up at the Kamjong district, Minister Shyamkumar warned that, no illegal activities will be allowed in the department. He also assured that the department will take up activities to conserve the forest land to check the global warming.

    The seized trucks loaded with logs were handed over to the DFO Ukhrul and RO Kamjong. The officers will take further necessary legal action. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 17, 2017 (DIPR): Commerce and Industries Minister Shri Th Biswajit inspected the Tera-Urak Industrial Estate, Bishnupur District, today, and said the units of the estate already allotted to the entrepreneurs should be made fully functional within a month.

                Briefing media persons during the inspection, the Minister said altogether 60 units are to be constructed of which 27 have been already completed. He continued the required electricity will be provided to the estate at the earliest in order to make the units functional. He elaborated once electricity is provided the units should be made fully functional within a month. This will encourage the entrepreneurs and help in generating employment which is part of the government’s commitment of providing jobs to every family in the state, he observed.

    Reacting to reports about some entrepreneurs being left out during allocation of units in the estate, the Minister said he can assure to expand the centre or number of sheds if required, after proper consultation with the Chief Minister and other concerned officials of the department. Minister Biswajit also directed the officials to highlight the department’s grievances and requirements to ensure that the estate is made functional within a month’s time. He said the government’s aim is to provide full cooperation to the entrepreneurs and encourage them.

                The Minister was accompanied by Director of Trade, Commerce & Industries M Luikham and other officials of the department during the inspection visit. (DIPR)





    Imphal, 17th April, 2017 (DIPR): Works Minister Shri Th. Biswajit said working with coordination and unity will bring success. Misunderstanding among the employees delays developmental work. He was speaking on the reception ceremony held at the conference hall of Public Works Department office, Khoyathong .The reception ceremony was organised by Public Works Department,Manipur.

    He said the new government is trying to bridge the gap between the employees and the ministry. He stressed the important roles taken up by the Public Works Department. In the field of technical, Manipur is leading in the entire north east. The central government is giving special emphasis in the north east and Jammu and Kashmir in restoring peace and development. He further stated that the new government will request to the central government to wipe-out the deficit of our state at one time.

     Upgradation of state high ways will be taken up very soon under Public Works Department. He also appeal to all contractors to give cooperation to engineers so that development works could be finished on time. He also said that the site for constructing performing Art, located at Gurgaon is retendered to construct a multipurpose building which will generate income of our state. The government is working for the welfare of the people. He also appeal to all to think globally and act globally.

                Addressing the gathering, Commissioner (works) Shri K. Radhakumar said image building is very necessary and coordination and unity is needed to form unified Department .He also appeal to all newly joined employees to learn from their superiors and to contribute for the welfare of the department.

    The reception ceremony was also attended by parliamentary secretaries Shri Awangbow Newmai, Shri L. Rameshwar and officials and staffs of Public works Department. (DIPR)





    IMPHAL, MAY 17, 2017(DIPR): Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Karam Shyam today inspected FCI (Food Corporation of India) godown in Bishnupur district and Sawombung in Imphal East. Speaking to media persons after the inspection, Minister Karam Shyam expressed satisfaction at the work progress of the State PWD (Public Works Department) in Sawombung and Bishnupur. He said the State Government has set a target to set up a total of 15 FCI godown with 6 currently under progress and 9 godowns in the pipeline.

    Pleased with the work progress of State PWD, the Minister said he will write to the Union Government to award additional work to State PWD for construction of godowns in Churachandpur and Chandel district. Urging all the officials, engineers and workers involved in the godown construction to work with dedication and sincerity, he said that rewards will be given from CAF&PD department as a token of encouragement.

    He said the FCI godown at Sawombung with a capacity of 10,000 MT (metric tonne) is expected to be completed by December 2017 at an estimated  cost of Rs. 16,54,98,645 (sixteen crore fifty four lakh ninety eight thousand six hundred forty five). The FCI godown at Bishnupur will be built with a capacity of 5000 MT(metric tonne).

    The Minister was unhappy at the work progress in the hill districts of Chandel, Churachandpur and Tamenglong. The Minister urged the FCS and FCI officials to settle all the disputes which are hindering construction of FCI godown in Tamenglong. He said the construction work which has been awarded to Central Public Works Department (CPWD) is far from satisfaction. The FCI godown at Tamenglong district is estimated with a cost of Rs. 11, 89, 18,300 (Eleven Crore Eighty Nine Lakhs Eighteen Thousand and Three Hundred).

    In Chandel district, the 2500 MT (metric tonne) FCI godown will be constructed after finalisation of land and other issues. The Minister said the work progress of MDS (Manipur Development Society) is also not satisfactory in Churachandpur and Thoubal district. He will soon inspect 2500 MT (metric tonne) FCI godown in Churachandpur which is built at an estimated cost of Rs 6, 39, 73,600 (Six Crore Thirty Nine Lakh Seventy Three Thousand and Six Hundred).

    Stating FCI godown as assets of the state, the Minister directed the officials and engineers to complete the construction work on time with special emphasis on quality control. CAF & PD Commissioner Shri K. Radhakumar Singh, CAF&PD Director Shri Ranjan Yumnam, Imphal East DC Shri Ningthoujam Geoffrey, Deputy General Manager, FCI Manipur Ksh Thoiba, and other officials accompanied in the inspection.  (DIPR)





    IMPHAL, May 17th 2017, (DIPR): The Minister for Social Welfare and Cooperation Smt. Nemcha Kipgen today assures better and up-to-date infrastructures for Government Ideal Blind School, Government Deaf & Mute School, Government Legal Aid Clinic/ School and Observation & Special Home for Juvenile in conflict with law at Takyelpat during a surprise inspection to the said locations.

                During the spot inspection at the institutions, Smt. Nemcha Kipgen witnessed the various loopholes and drawbacks. She checked the dilapidated conditions like seepage, water leakage from the ceiling or roof, construction of common hall atop the condemned building, flooring, hostel buildings, kitchen, electricity problem, drinking water supply/tank and poor drainage system in and around the institutions. The security post and fencing wall at the Observation & Special Home for Juvenile in conflict with law was also inspected.

    Addressing the media, the Minister urged the heads of the institutions to submit a written proposal of whatever is required to be done for the institutions and the problems they are currently facing. She makes sure that the Braille machine which is an essential medium for education of the blind school will be replace with the new one. She also stated that the beds and furniture used at the hostels are all in bad shape and should be replace with new ones at the earliest. She strictly instructs the Heads and in-charge of the institutions to consider the students and those in juvenile home as their own children and to keep the institutions in a hygienic condition.

                    The heads of the institutions expressed their gratitude towards the Minister for personally visiting the institutions to check the various shortcomings presently faced by them. (DIPR)





    IMPHAL, May 17,2017(DIPR): Krishi  Vigyan Kendra, Churachandpur, Pearsonmun Village Lamka ,organised under the theme Participatory Meeting on Development Srategies for Double Farmer`s Income today. The meeting was graceed by Minister Agriculture and Animal Husbandary Shri V.Hangkhanlian, Joint Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Narendra Prakash, Senior Scientist and Head KVK, Churachandpur, Lamka, Dr. Niranjan Lal as Chief Guest, President and Member Secretary respectively.

    The Minister applauded KVK for conducting such important Programme to give awareness about the process and system of agriculture and animals rearing for the progressive farmers of the district. Highlighting that seven strategies of Prime Minister Modiji’s doubling farmer’s income by 2022, the chief guest said that integrated agriculture and improvement of livestock system is the need of the hour, to improve the livelihood of the farmers is the ultimate goal, for this line department should work together for the upliftment of our daily life. The present shifting cultivation system carried in the hill areas was also needed to change for improvement of our livelihood, the minister added.

    Jalkund Polysheet, Ginger and groundnut Decodicator were also distributed to 16 progresssive farmers from Churachandpur district by the Minister.

    Senior Scientist and Head, KVK, Churachqandpur Dr.Niranjan Lal also spoke about the major backwardness in the field of agriculture of the district. There was an interaction session between the participants and the dignitaries where some important questions were raised and replied by the minister.

    The meeting was attended by DAO, Sericulture, DFO, NABARD, SBI Manager of Churachandpur, NYK, NECROMP, NGO, from different village chiefs, Farmers clubs, Progressive Farmers and staff and experts from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Churachandpur. (DIPR)


    IMPHAL, MAY 17, 2017(DIPR): A 2-day Demonstration Workshop on ABC of Film Making was inaugurated by Shri Nilotpal Majumdar, Director, Manipur State Film and Television Institute, Imphal, in presence of Ng. Ngashanngam, President of Tangkhul Music and Film Association, Ukhrul, and Shri Salam Rajesh, Vice President, Film Society of Manipur who were present as Guest of Honour and President of the function, today, at Town Hall, Ukhrul. Around 50 film enthusiasts attended the workshop which was organized by Film Society of Manipur in association with Tangkhul Music and Film Association, Ukhrul, Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur and Department of Tourism, Government of Manipur. 

    Shri Nilotpal Mazumdar, Director, Manipur State Film and Television Institute, Imphal, Chief Guest of the function said that, the workshop would give a boost to Tangkhul Cinema. He told the participants to know oneself, their people and their environment to relate their stories to others. He also asked the participants to watch films constantly to become a good Film Maker.

    Guest of Honour, Ng. Ngashanngam, President of Tangkhul Music and Film Association, Ukhrul, appreciated the venture of Film Society Manipur for organizing such an important Film Workshop with Film Festival in the district.

    President of the function, Shri Salam Rajesh, appealed to the participants to learn whatever the film was about during the workshop. He also said that the Film Society of Manipur would organize bigger workshop in collaboration with The Tangkhul Music and Film Association in future to enhance knowledge of the film enthusiast of the district.

     During the workshop session, Shri Nilotpal Mazumdar lectured on the importance of cinema for projecting the cultural heritage of one’s community. He also narrated on how a film had to be made and circulated to the masses. Meghachandra Kongbam, President, Film Society of Manipur, delivered lecture about the history of World Cinema, Manipuri Cinema and Tangkhul Cinema. He said that the cinema is the most effective medium of mass communication which a smaller community can tell its story to the whole world. Film has universal language to tell a story to anyone.

    Documentary film ‘My Grandpa’s Village’ directed by Alexander Pou, feature film from Myanmar titled ‘Lett Pan’ directed by Wyne, and Thai feature film titled ‘The Overture’ directed by I Vichailak was screened today at the Film Festival. (DIPR)





    Imphal, 17th May 2017 (DIPR): Family acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people is necessary to protect the young LGBTI from the alarming situation including harassment and discrimination they face from those who misunderstand them, said Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam. He was speaking as the Chief Guest of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia And Biphobia (IDAHOT), 2017 observation today.

                    He said everyone living in the society has equal rights irrespective of birth, religion and gender, thus no one has the right to discriminate or defy anyone from their right to live freely, independently and enjoy the best of facility available for everyone on ground of gender biasness.

    Family, he added, should act as shield to defend the LGBTQI members of one’s family who had been created by god’s grace as a nature’s gift. He said they should not be treated as embarrassment but rather as a member who need the utmost love and care like any other member.

    Such programme as today’s, he added, need to be organised in public places targeting schools and colleges, and public in order to make the general people aware of the LGBTQI as gift by nature rather than a sickness or psychological problem which was once regarded so.

    One of the resource person pointed out that there is a need to put more effort to bring out the hidden communities and fight away their self stigma to bring the best change in them and for society as well.

    The function was also attended IGNTU, Regional Campus Manipur director (i/c) Dr Ng Ngalengnam as president and Advisor to Chief Minister P Saratchandra Singh as guest of honour. The observation was organised by the The Humsafar Trust, Mumbai in collaboration with Department Of Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Regional Campus, Manipur at the Auditorium, Tribal Research institute, Imphal. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 16, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh inaugurated the five-day Shirui Festival, 2017 amidst dazzling display of cultural items and modern art and music today.

    The colourful opening function was held at Vangayan ground, Shirui village in Urkhul district wherein hundreds of people from across the State took part with great enthusiasm despite incessant rain.

    Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh graced the joyous occasion as the chief guest and Forest and Environment Minister Shri Th Shyamkumar as the president.

    Speaking at the occasion, Shri N. Biren said that the Tangkhuls, once known as head hunters, have now become the soul hunters of the State.

    He said that the State is now approaching to a new Manipur which does not have any differentiation on the lines of caste, religion, rich and poor.

    The Chief Minister said that he is happy to learn that Shirui villagers are ready to donate the village land for use in the works meant for protection of the endangered Shirui Lily.

    Stating that every citizen of the State should encourage and appreciate this bold step of the villagers, Shri N. Biren Singh announced that Rs 5 crore had been included in the State Budget for the construction of a guest house, road expansion, a public gathering house and cafes etc. to attract domestic and foreign tourists to the village.

    In addition, another Rs 15 crore would be sought from NEC for the development of other infrastructures, he added.

    Moreover, Kangkhui cave, which is already a popular tourist destination of the district, would be developed at an estimated cost of Rs 4-5 crore, he said.

    The Chief Minister contended that a new Government had come into being in the State to deliver due justice to the people which they have not been getting since the past many years.

    The Chief Minister announced that Shirui Festival would be celebrated from May 16 every year.

    Observing that action is required rather than making rhetoric statements, Shri N. Biren confided that bringing egalitarian development to all parts of the State is the objective of the new Government.

    He also observed that tranquillity would be restored only when there is good rapport between the Government and people.

    He promised, “We will work for the welfare of the people, we will work as per the aspirations and wishes of the people”.

    The Narendra Modi-led Central Government always lends his hand to bring development in the State. As such, the State should not miss this golden opportunity, he added.

    The Chief Minister also stated that his Govt is committed to translate all the promises made earlier into action.

    During the function, he also released a book entitled, ‘Brief Introduction to Shirui Kashong: Abode of Shirui Lily' authored by Philasan Shangh Shimray.

    Later in the afternoon, Shri N Biren flagged off the Shirui Lily Grand Prix competition, organised as part of the festival.

    Speaking at the occasion, Forest and Environment Minister Shri Th Shyamkumar expressed concern that Ukhrul does not look green unlike past. As such, the State Government would put in effort to rekindle greenery in the district, and in the process the rare Shirui Lily can also be protected.

    Public Health Engineering Minister Shri Losii Dikho, Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Parliamentary Secretary (MAHUD) Shri N. Indrajit, Parliamentary Secretary (IFC) Shri L. Rameshwor Meetei, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Shri L. Sushindro, Parliamentary Secretary (Transport, Planning) Shri Khasim Vashum, Parliamentary Secretary (Agriculture, Works) Shri Awangbow Newmai, Parliamentary Secretary (PHE, Horticulture) Shri K. Leishiyo and MLAs Shri Y. Surchandra, Shri S. Bira, Shri O. Lukhoi and Shri Ngamthang Haokip were also present at the function as the guests of honour.

    Moreover, Minister Counsellor of Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi, Shri Tharadol Thongruang and NEC Secretary Shri Ramnganing Muivah, top civil and police officials and Chief Minister Shri N. Biren’s wife Smt. N. Hiyainu also attended the occasion as special guests.

    On behalf of the organisers, Tangkhul portraits were presented to the dignitaries by Secretary (Tourism) Shri N. Ashok Kumar, IAS before the function began with the opening Shirui Lily song entitled, 'Goddess of all Goddesses', composed by late CM Piyo. Later, declamation prayer for Princess Shirui Lily was performed by Ms. Khanyalian Zimik.

    It may be mentioned that different programmes like cultural items of different communities of the State, modern music, rock and fashion shows etc would be organised at three different venues viz. Tangkhul Naga Long ground (Ukhrul), Pakshi ground (Ukhrul) and Vangayan ground (Shirui village) (DIPR)






    Imphal, 19th May 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam flagged off a two-day Field Exposure Visit to Ukhrul for 10 students each from eight districts to witness the Shirui Lily Festival, 2017. Another 10 students from Ukhrul district will join the team at Ukhrul District Headquarter.

    The students accompanied by officials of Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan, State Mission Authority, Manipur, will halt a night at Ukhrul Higher Secondary School, Ukhrul. As a part of the visit, the students will participate in an interaction programme with local students and people at the Ukhrul Higher Secondary School.

    While interacting with the students before their departure, the Minister said, such field visits are always interesting and they will find quite a lot to learn from the visit. He elaborated, the students should not only enjoy the trip, but at the same time absorb all the positive knowledge they can so that they could act as catalyst for a positive change and sow the seed of integration, peace and harmony in the state.  

    The Shirui Festival is an annual festival and this time the government has put maximum effort to bring communal harmony among the people, he added. The Field Exposure Visit is being coordinated by SSA, SMA as part of certain exchange programme for students to provide them with an opportunity to explore new things, he said. (DIPR)

    State Project Director SSA/SMA and Director, Education (S), Manipur Shri N. Praveen said another group of 52 students of Irilbung High School will leave Imphal on a similar trip today. The team will return to Imphal in the evening. (DIPR)




    Imphal, 18 May 2017 (DIPR): Labour and Employment Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam inspected State Labour Department at Deputy Commissioner Office, Lamphel and conducted a meeting with the concern officials, including the Commissioner of Labour, today.

                In the visit, the Minister inspected the office premise of the department and expressed dissatisfaction on the condition of the office and asked if the staff can’t treat their office as their own home. The Minister enquired the officials about the possibility of shifting the said office at the ITI Complex, Takyelpat. He also looked into the conditions of the construction works of his department undertaken in the DC Complex.

    For the need of smooth functioning of the department the Minister discussed with the officials on how to make better implementation of labour laws and several other schemes provided by the government for the upliftment of the labourer of both the organised and unorganised sector. In the meeting matters related to labour, employment service, craftsman training, manpower planning & development, co-ordination of various Projects for educated unemployed were also discussed. (DIPR)



    Imphal, 18 May 2017 (DIPR): Labour and Employment Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam inspected State Labour Department at Deputy Commissioner Office, Lamphel and conducted a meeting with the concern officials, including the Commissioner of Labour, today.

                In the visit, the Minister inspected the office premise of the department and expressed dissatisfaction on the condition of the office and asked if the staff can’t treat their office as their own home. The Minister enquired the officials about the possibility of shifting the said office at the ITI Complex, Takyelpat. He also looked into the conditions of the construction works of his department undertaken in the DC Complex.

    For the need of smooth functioning of the department the Minister discussed with the officials on how to make better implementation of labour laws and several other schemes provided by the government for the upliftment of the labourer of both the organised and unorganised sector. In the meeting matters related to labour, employment service, craftsman training, manpower planning & development, co-ordination of various Projects for educated unemployed were also discussed.  (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 18, 2017 (DIPR): International Nurses Week Celebration under the theme “Nursing: A Voice to Lead-Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” was held at Jubilee Hall, RIIMS, Lamphelpat, Imphal, today. Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister V. Hangkhanlian attended as Chief Guest of the function which was organised jointly by The Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) and Student Nurses Association (SNA), Manipur State Branch. In his speech, Minister Hangkhalian said that nurses are the pillar, skeleton, part and parcel in the health care sector of humanity. He appreciated those nurses for choosing nurse as a profession and encouraged to serve with dedication and take care of the poor and needy patients. Go forward, keep it up and should not forget the great contributions made by Florence Nightingale, the lady of the lamp, in caring of the sick peoples, he added.

    Attending the function as President, Parliamentary Secretary, Health and Family Welfare  Shri Soibam Subhashchandra Singh said, the new government proposed to give the Best Nurse Award to the best nurse workers from this year to enhance and strengthening the duty of nurses towards sick persons and increase the bond of love between nurses and the patients.

                    Former Deputy Nursing Superintendent, RIMS and former Vice President, TNAI, Manipur Branch, Smt. Ng Binodini Devi encouraged the nurse community saying that during treatment of the patients positive thinking and good observation should be maintained, keep on a smiling face and show sincerity to the patients for their satisfaction that would bear accurate success in the work of humanity.

                    Director RIMS, Shri R.K. Dinesh Singh, IAS, Director of Medical & Health Services,                   Dr. Karam Lokendro Singh, Former Deputy Nursing Superintendent, RIMS, Former Vice-President, TNAI, Manipur Branch also attended the function as Guests of Honour respectively and gave encouragement to the trainees.

    The Chief Guest and other dignitaries distributed prizes to the first rank holders of various events which were held during the observation week. Among others, doctors, nurses, students of the nursing colleges also attended the function. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 18th, 2017 (DIPR): Education, Labour and Employment Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said language and script can set and define the standard of a society. He was speaking on the 11th Mayek Chatpa Numit 2017 as chief guest oragnised by Meetei Erol Eyek Loinasilol Apunba Lup (MEELAL) at G.M. Hall, imphal. The minister also launched the website of MEELAL

    He said the challenge of non availability of books for the student pursuing graduation in Meitei Mayek will be made available on the website as softcopy where everyone can access to read the books. Pointing out the need of time for the books to be made available Meitei Mayek, he said, books in Bengali script need to be converted in Meitei Mayek so that the children who are now known to Meitei Mayek could access the rich literature of Manipuri Literature of Manipur.

    For such huge challenge of conversion of Bengali script to Manipuri books in Meitei Mayek the minister urged the people of state to come together and worked out together.
    In the programme Dr. K. Sushila, Director Art & Culture, Dr. L. Mahabir Singh, Director Lanaguage and Planning and implementation and other officials and oragnising committee were also present. The minister also distributed prizes to the winners of Meitei Mayek competition. (DIPR)



    Imphal, April 17, 2017 (DIPR): Literature and culture are reflections of a society, said Education, Labour and Employment Minister Shri Th Radheshyam today. He was speaking at the 59th Foundation Day Celebration of The Cultural Forum, Manipur at Lamyanba Shanglen, Konung Lampak.

    The Minister continued preserving and encouraging our literature and culture will strengthen the society. Words spoken, he said, can influence one’s life a lot, and added word if can encourage someone then it can also destroy.

    He further said he will discuss the three points brought up by Cultural Forum, Manipur with the Chief Minister and other cabinet ministers. The three points are requirement of a hall for cultural activities and increase in the grant-in-aid of the forum and to work to take the Manipuri language to the status of Classical Language of India.

    He said though he can’t give any commitment at the moment, he will do his level best.

    The Minister also released three books ‘Lalhouba amasung Atei Sheireng’ a Manipuri translation of Najuru Islam the Bengal author, ‘Rajkumarigi Satin’ by BK. Pansimayum and ‘Imagi Maithong’ of Meisanam Kamal.

    The function was presided over by The Cultural Forum, Manipur president Prof. Huirem Behari Singh. (DIPR)


    IMPHAL, MAY 16, 2017(DIPR): 5-day Festival of South East Asian Films began today at Town Hall, Ukhrul. The Chief Guest of the festival, Dr Yaronso Ngalung, Chairman, Autonomous Council, Ukhrul District inaugurated the festival. The festival is organized by Film Society of Manipur in association with Tangkhul Music and Film Association, Ukhrul, Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur and Department of Tourism, Government of Manipur. 

    Chief Guest of the festival Dr Yaronso Ngalung said that, films are a medium of highlighting the culture and lifestyle of the people and the importance of films in the society needs to be promoted. He appreciated Manipur government and Film Society for bringing the festival to Ukhrul.

    Guest of honour of the function was Ng. Ngashanngam, President of Tangkhul Music and Film Association, Ukhrul and President of the function was Meghachandra Kongbam, President Film Society of Manipur. The Minister Counsellor (Commercial) of Royal Thai Embassy Mr Tharadon Thongraung also attended the opening day function.

    During the festival, various films from Manipur, Thailand, Myanmar and Taiwan will be screened. On Day-1 today, Tangkhul documentary film titled ‘Kungyee’ directed by Chaoba Thiyam and feature film titled ‘Thotkha Mirin Khani’ directed by Riyo Varam were screened.

    On day 2 (May 17, 2017) documentary film titled ‘Battle of Shangshak’ directed by Rajeshwor Yumnam, ‘My Grandpa’s Home’ directed by Alexander Pou, feature film from Myanmar titled ‘Let Pan’ directed by Wyne, and Thai feature film titled ‘The Overture’ directed by I Vichailak will be screened.

    On day 3 (May 18, 2017) documentary film titled ‘Recent Souls of Tangkul’ directed by A Raikhan, feature film from Taiwan ‘The Shoe Fairy’ directed by Lee Yun-Chan, and ‘Dream Flight’ directed by Li Gang will be screened.  A 2-day Demonstration Workshop on ABC of Filmmaking will be held on 18th and 19th with lectures by Shri Nilotpal Majumdar, Director, Manipur State Film and Television Institute, Imphal, noted personality Salam Rajesh, Meghachandra Kongbam, President Film Society of Manipur, and National Film Awardee Maipaksana Haorungbam.

    On  day 4 (May 19, 2017) Tangkhul feature film ‘Ashang Eina Aton’ directed by A Raikhan and feature film from Thailand ‘Tang Wang’ directed by Kong Dej will be screened. Valedictory function of the film festival will be held 20th May, 2017, the last day of the festival. (DIPR)





    IMPHAL, May 16 (DIPR): IFCD and YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip has appealed to all concerned stakeholders to take a proactive role in solving the imbroglio surrounding the nine dead bodies over the three Bills passed by the State Assembly about two years back.

    Minister Shri Letpao Haokip was speaking at the 27th Hmar Martyrs' Day observance cum closing ceremony of State level Hmar Martyrs' Trophy 2017 today at Saikawt playground, Churachandpur.

    He urged concerned denizens of Churachandpur to play their parts in bringing a final settlement to the issue surrounding the dead of nine persons so that the district sees more progress and development.

    Mentioning that Manipur is a sports powerhouse, Shri Letpao Haokip, who himself was also a footballer representing the State in the national level, said the State Government is committed to harness the full potential of sports.

    In its attempt to identify sporting talents from the grassroots, the State government has been working on to construct playground at all block and sub-divisional headquarters in the State, Shri Haokip said.

    He also mentioned that Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of National Sports University after the completion of State government's 100-day programme.

    The function today was marked by offering of floral tribute, football final match and gun salute to Martyrs who laid down their lives for the cause of Hmars' autonomous district council demand in Mizoram in the late 1980s. (DIPR)





    Imphal, May 15, 2017 (DIPR): Hundreds of people turned up to take their grievances to the notice of Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh on the first ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

    The Chief Minister attended to as many as about 350 complaints personally and met nearly 1000 people from 10 am to 5:30 pm.

    Despite bad weather, people gathered in huge numbers at the gate since early morning to get inside the CM’s Secretariat complex.

    On the other hand, the CM’s Secretariat made elaborate arrangements for the convenience of the general public.

    A huge CGI-sheet roofed makeshift Mandab (hall) was constructed at the parking space located inside the complex where adequate seating arrangements, water, tea and snacks were provided to the visitors.

    A medical team along with an ambulance were kept ready for any medical emergency at the complex.

    Among different issues, demands like appropriate compensation of agricultural land acquired for the construction of Mega Tourist Circuit, Khongjom, enquiry into non-receipt of pension under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme and pension to the former Members of Autonomous District Councils etc.

    All the visitors/groups were issued tokens having serial numbers and called in inside the newly constructed annexe building where the Chief Minister was meeting them one by one.

    Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the Government decided to organise ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ on the 15th day of every month in order to identify the wishes and aspirations of the common people who are at the grass-roots level.

    He further said that the day was held to maintain transparency and make people understand about the activities being done by the new Government.

    The Government would listen to the grievances of the common people and study what could be done and what not, he added.

    The Chief Minister informed that he would be forwarding the written representations, submitted by the people, to the Ministers and officials concerned after writing side-notes on it for necessary action.

    He further said that a file of photostat copies of all the representations was also maintained in his office so that the Minister or official concerned may be contacted for follow-up action anytime.

    Stating that there was a massive turnout because of the wide publicity given by the media, Shri N. Biren expressed hope that misunderstandings between the people and Government would be sorted out, and loopholes on the part of the State Government can also be identified easily if such Govt-public interactions go on regularly.

    Informing that he has taken the points raised by a group of differently-abled persons seriously, Shri N. Biren said that from now onwards, physical verifications and medical tests for the differently-abled persons would be done in all the district headquarters.

    Maintaining that the State Government is putting in effort to solve the problems faced by the common people at the micro level, the Chief Minister said that Imphal Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd had been entrusted to do the needful including providing loans to the villagers of Kwatha to enable large scale production of Soibum (fermented bamboo shoot).

    Works, Information and Public Relations, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Commerce and Industries, Power, Administrative Reforms and Training Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit also met the public as part of the ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ in his New Secretariat office chamber, today.

    The Minister said that ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ aims to bridge the gap between the public and the Government. Under the initiative, the public can meet any of the elected representatives on the 15th day of every month and air their grievances so that the Government could act accordingly, he said.

    He continued that most of the issues highlighted before him today were related to lack of development in the hills and other development works in different Assembly Constituencies. The Minister met the public from around 10:30am and continued till late in the evening.

    Health and Family Welfare, Art & Culture, Law and Legislative Affairs Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh today joined the new initiative of the present Manipur Government by freely meeting with the public at his office chamber at Old Secretariat Complex.

    Around 250 visitors came to meet Shri Jayantakumar Singh and all the visitors were given the opportunity to interact with the Minister. Officials from different departments also interacted with the Minister. The Minister also heard the grievances of the visitors and assured for necessary actions.

    Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Karam Shyam also met the public as part of ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ (People’s Day) at his office at Secretariat South Block. Speaking to media persons, Shri Karam Shyam said the decision of the Chief Minister is a noble step and it will help in ending the VIP culture in the State.

    The Minister said that the day will help the elected representatives to have close interaction with the general public.

    He appealed to the people of the State to take advantage of the day and meet their elected representatives, bureaucrats and top officials and express their grievances.

    He also appealed to the elected leaders to extend cooperation to the Government in changing the old political system and hoped that close connection with the public will help in bringing better governance. He also expressed the need for mass awareness against misuse of rice under NFSA.

    The Minister today heard many grievances ranging from PDS, relief and revenue matter. A man from Canchipur Langthabal Kunja who lost his house in a fire incident was assured further action as the Minister contacted the official concerned and was given telephonic assurance that the matter will be solved at the earliest.

    Education, Labour & Employment Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam also met the public as part of the announcement made by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren.

                The Minister met more than 300 people at his residence and temporary office located at RMSA complex, Babupara.

    Memoranda submitted by the employees of his departments and complaints made by the general public were attended to on the day. Listening to grievances, he said, he would try his best to reduce the problems which had been brought to his notice. (DIPR)



  • Journalists should share their Experiences through Writing – Meghachandra Kongbam


    Imphal, 14th May, 2017 (DIPR): A book entitled “Modi Walking on Elusive Naga Peace”, authored by prominent Senior Journalist based in Nagaland Shri Oken Jeet Sandham, was released by Shri Meghachandra Kongbam, Director, Information and Public Relations, today, at State Information Centre, Palace Gate, Imphal.

    Shri Meghachandra Kongbam, Director, IPR, in his speech as Chief Guest, he said that writing the issues of the north eastern states by ourselves may enable others to understand our issues thoroughly instead of outsiders who wrote about the issues without knowing the base of the issues. Quoting former Governor S S Sidhu’s speech in N-E Investors’ Meet in Delhi, “If you want to invest in north eastern state you should know the north eastern region first and you will succeed in investing in the region”, he said, “We need to know our people and make our people known to other parts of the country”.

    Highlighting the contributions made by prominent journalists of the north-eastern states about the issues occurring in the region, he appealed to the journalist community to write books, after retirement, to share experiences gained through their works, for the future generation.  Expressing his word of appreciation for the work done by the author, he wished him success in his future endeavour.

    President of the function, Shri Ahongsangbam Mobi Singh, President, Editors’ Guild of Manipur, appreciating the work done by a journalist who was born and brought up in the soil of Manipur but settled in Nagaland, called on the journalist of the state to penned their experiences in the form of a travelogue or book after retirement to share their knowledge to the future generation even though writing a book is a difficult task as it needs monetary and physical inputs.  

    Shri Irengbam Arun, Resident Editor, Imphal Free Press, giving his speech as Guest of Honour, said that the author knows the sentiment of the people of both the States and is perfectly placed to write such a book.

    Author Oken Jeet Sandham said that, he was known only for his contribution in the field of sports in Manipur and Nagaland rather as an author. Knowing and writing is better than listening and writing and so he started writing about the issues of the north eastern region mainly the Naga-Manipur issue to make the people understand the situation of the N-E people, he added.(DIPR)


    Imphal, May 13, 2017 (DIPR): Necessaryarrangements have been put in place for holding the first ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ (People’s Day) on May 15 at Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

    As announced earlier, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh will meet the general public to attend to their grievances on the day from 10 am to 4 pm.

    In addition, all the Ministers, Administrative Secretaries, DCs, SDOs and HoDs etc. will also meet the general public at the same time in their respective offices.

    The noble step has been taken up by the State Government in order to make elected leaders, top bureaucrats and officials of the State Government easily accessible to the general public.

    It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh made the announcement of setting aside the 15th day of every month as ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ while speaking as the chief guest at a reception function hosted by the women vendors of Khwairamband Keithel in his honour on April 9, 2017. (DIPR)



    Imphal, 15th May, 2017 (“DIPR): Education, Labour and Employment Minister Shri. Th. Radheshyam today inspected the ongoing construction works of the Girls hostel of Chaoyaima Hr. Secondary School, Thoubal, Block, Block Institute of Teacher Education (BITE), Ningshing Khul, District Institute of Education & Training, Keikol Koirengei and HASK Skill Development Centre Pvt. Ltd. Lilong.

    While inspecting the building constructions, Shri Th. Radheshyam said those buildings are being developed for better implementation and to fulfil certain requirements and criteria of education system in the state. He also warned the people involved in the construction should maintain the standard quality. During the visit he also inspected various government schools located within Heirok Assembly Constituency.

    He also expressed his dissatisfaction over the dilapidated condition of the Community Health Centre, Heirok.

    Further, the Minister inspected the water supply of Heirok Part 1,2 & 3, rivers, dams and canals. Discussing with the local people to improve the poor irrigation facilities in the area, he said that a proper plan is needed to develop a better irrigation, water harvesting and flood control system in the constituency.

    In regard to the utilization of the Fund of Local Area Development or any developmental projects, he assured that he would give priority to the people or area that need the most.

    The Minister was accompanied by officials of Education Engineering Wing, PHED, and Minor Irrigation Department. (DIPR)



    Imphal, 14 May, 2016, DIPR: Forest and Environment Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar, today, inspected the Forest Check Post at Mantripukhri in Imphal West and seized around 10 trucks, illegally carrying stones and sands for not paying toll tax. Later, Minister Shyamkumar also inspected the Forest Check Post at Sekmai and Kanglatombi in Imphal West.

    Speaking to media persons, Minister Th. Shyamkumar said that, Forest Department has set a target to generate a revenue of Rs 100 crore annually and today’s inspection was a part of the target. The Minister further said that, the revenue generated by the Forest Department can check and control the damage to the natural resources like rampant felling of trees, breaking of mountains and rivers. The Minister also warned the department officials to perform their duties with honesty and full dedication so that the revenue generated by the department can be used for other developmental activities in the state.

    Around 10 trucks which were seized for carrying illegal stone and sands were later released after paying the necessary toll tax in the presence of officer at check post near Information Technology Park in Mantripukhri. (DIPR)



    Imphal,14th May,2017.(DIPR).Minister of Textiles, Commerce & Industries  Shri Thongam Biswajit has stated that handloom and handicraft emporium will be opened very soon in every district of the state with an aim to attract more tourists in the state. He was speaking on the occasion of reception ceremony cum opening of new bank account of weavers held at uchekon, Laikon Lampak. The function was jointly organised by department of Textiles,Commerce& Industry and Directorate of Handlooms & Textiles.

    He said that handloom and handicraft products of our state is well known over the country.The spinning mill located at Loitang Khunou will be revived very soon .Ministry of textiles is going to provide 70% subsidy for reviving the spinning mill as it is the only spinning mill of cotton in the entire northeast he added.

    He also stated that central government is going to provide 4 lakhs of solar power looms to the weavers of the state with an aim to increase their production as well as their income .Inorder to save times for the weavers,delivery system of raw materials will be launched very soon in the state.There are 4.5 lakhs of household in the state without employment. And the present government is targeting to generate employment of 1 lakh people in a year under various departments .Handloom and handicraft is very important because as it is main source of income in our state .And opening of bank accounts of weavers will check transparency of any implementing agency.

    Speaking on the occasion Project Manager (handloom),Imphal east ,Smt P. Meenakumari  said it is necessary for the weavers to open bank account for applying various schemes under  central government .She also appeal to all weavers to possessed idendity card while applying for the schemes .In connection with the function lead District Manager, UBI ,Imphal East Shri Seikai Singsit also highlighted the benefits of UPI (Unified Payment Interface APPS) to the gathering. Around   300 weavers opened their accounts.

    Additional Director (handloom) Shri K.Lamlee Kamei,women Empower ,Thonju A/C Smt  Thongam (o) Juneiwon ,officials of commerce and industries and locals of Uchekon attended the function.(DIPR) 



    Imphal, 13th MAY, 2017(DIPR): Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh has said that literature & culture along with dance and music can play a key role in bringing emotional integration in the State.

                Addressing at the 82nd Annual Convention of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Imphal at Maharaj Chandrakirti Auditorium, Palace Compound in Imphal today, Deputy Chief Minister said, literature, art & culture can reflect everything in the society and therefore for a societal change, people from all walks of life should know the culture and traditions of all the communities living together in State. By knowing it, we can respect each other sharing the responsibilities we have.

                Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh further said that we are proud of having more than two thousands year old rich Manipuri literature but only a few people know its importance and beauty. To further develop the aged old literature and let it be known to the masses, we, the present generation, should retrospect its immense beauty and heritage to disseminate it to the future generations again. He suggested the inclusion of folklore, folkdance and martial arts in the school curriculum as optional subjects so that younger generations could inculcate it in their minds.

                Deputy Chief Minister also announced to institute “Yumnam Kesho Singh Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature, Art & Culture” in the name of his father from this year. The award carries a cash of rupees one lakh, a Certificate and a Plaque.

                Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh while speaking at the convention said, every citizen should contribute in their fields to the society so that peace, prosperous and stability can persist for long. He said, literature has the unique principle to deliver good moral discipline in the society. Therefore, to maintain discipline among ourselves, we should know it and co-operate each other to flourish the rich Manipuri literature in the days to come, he added.

                Deputy Chief Minister along with Education Minister published two books- “Life and Works of Pandit Khelchandra” and “Ningshinghouba Khara Libiramba Khara Pandit Ningthoukhongjam Khelchandra” on the occasion.

                A seminar on the topic “Pandit Ningthoukhongjam Khelchandra Bu Nouhouna Masak Leppa” was also organised in commemoration with the birth anniversary of the Pandit. Four resource persons presented papers on the topic.

                President of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Imphal Professor Thoidingjam Tombi, President of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Assam Shri Karam Ibungohal and President of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Meghlaya also participated among others in the function. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 14, 2017 (DIPR): “Meiteis should play the role of a big bother and should give up the Meitei centric mentality to bring peace, harmony and feeling of togetherness among the different ethnic communities of the State”, said Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh. This was stated by him at the 82nd Annual Meet cum Award distribution ceremony of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Imphal organised jointly by Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Imphal and Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur at Maharaja Chandrakirti Auditorium, Imphal today.

    The function was graced by the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh, Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Art and Culture, Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh and President, Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Professor N. Tombi Singh as the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and President respectively of the function.

    Stating that the new government is fully committed to deliver good governance in the State, Chief Minister said that we should share each other knowledge so that we could build up the feeling of oneness among ourselves. He further said that the government aims to ensure transparency and accountability and is always open its door for the people to discuss their grievances and problems. He assured that the people of the State would see some visible change in terms of development of the State soon.

    Shri N. Biren Singh stressed that it wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support from the people of the state in resolving the four month long economic blockade issue and the two and half years old agitation against the “Anti Tribal Bills” recently. He said that media should play a positive and constructive role in the society. He further appealed the media houses not to publish only the violence related news or anti-government news that can shape a bad image of the State to outside world.

    On the ocassion, Chief Minister assured that the government would provide a recurring grant of Rs 5 lakhs every year to the Manipur Sahitya Parishad. Altogether 26 awards which included Sahitya Bhusan, Sangeet Bhusan, Natya Bhusan, Kala Bhusan and cash awards were distributed to eminent persons for their contribution in the field of literature and art and culture of Manipur. Late Yumnam Yaima, Sagolsem Tijendra Singh, Lourembam Bedabati, Gangmei Aluna Kabui, Rani Khidir Devi were among the recipients. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 12, 2017 (DIPR): A one day workshop on Mission Water Conservation-Natural Resource Management under MGNREGS within the overall framework of PMKSY was held at Classic  Hotel today .The workshop was organised by Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department, Government of Manipur with the main aim of facilitating interdepartmental convergences centre around MGNREGS.

    Chief Secretary Shri O. Nabakishore Singh; Chief Conservator of Forests, Government of Manipur, Shri D.J. Anand; Undersecretary, MGNREGA Shri Rajeev Sharma;Deputy Secretary(RD & PR) Smt. Valentina Arambam and Secretary(RD&PR), Shri Sumant Singh attended the workshop as Chief Guest ,Guests of Honour & President respectively.

    Shri Pankaj Shrikant Duberkar,Project Executive Alternative Technologies, MGNREGA Division,MORD,Government of India and Shri Sonal Kulshrestha, MORD briefed the participants of the workshop as resource persons.

    Delivering the welcome address, Shri Sumant Singh stated that the workshop has been in the pipeline for quite a long time and that all departments concerned with taking up the task of mission water conservation are invited. Talking about the whole paradigm change  of programme implementation in the current state in the country, he said, “ MNREGA  is supposed to provide 100 days employment including supplying low-cost toilet at about Rs. 20,000. All these programmes under MNREGA talk to each other in terms of their aims, objectives & structure but the implementers of these programmes don’t talk to each other: not in a literal but in a metaphoric sense. Stand Alone Programmes are all implemented in isolation and are linear in nature. Madhya Pradesh has done wonderful work in converging NREGA programme and PMGSY. It had multiplicative non-linear impact.” He further said, “The whole idea of today’s  workshop is to integrate and think i.e. monitoring of funds in an integrative way.”

    Focussing on two main points:  convergence of the schemes and water conservation, Rajeev Sharma said that while implementing one particular scheme, we should consider the benefits of other schemes as well. He stated that we should consider all aspects like-housing , pools, irrigation, water conservation, water recharge , toilet, Swach Bharat Abhiyan while planning on one specific scheme. There is a constant need to shift our approach from Crisis Management to Resources Management in  order to prevent crisis in future. “Out of all the 100 National Resource Management projects which are allowed in the MGNREGA,71 pertains to water conservation or water preservation or management only like ground water recharge, flood protection, afforestation, rain-water harvesting, soil and moisture conservation etc.”

           Highlighting  that Life is water and Water is life, D.J.Anand  said that, human life is made of 70 % water and that the main reason for food security in the world is not man but water.

    Questioning the actual implementation of water conservation measures at the ground level in the State, Chief Guest Shri O. Nabakishore Singh  said that efforts for the task at hand should start at the grassroots level by adopting innovative methods like digging a pond even in the hills if the public  are to witness a long-lasting change. He said that he would like to appeal the elected people to adopt new techniques for water management on a quite aggressive and different line.

    Giving the vote of thanks, Smt. Valentina Arambam thanked all dignitaries   present today for throwing light on the issue of mission water conservation and working hard persistently to realise the set targets and objectives of natural resource management under MGNREGS in the State.

    Resource person of the workshop, Shri Pankaj Shrikant Duberkar gave a detailed presentation to the participants on the topic “Works under Convergence with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA)” followed by another technical session from Shri Sonal Kulshrestha.

    State Nodal Officer, PMKSY, N Sanatomba Singh and concerned staffs of RD & PR of all the districts took part in the one day workshop. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, MAY 12, 2017(DIPR): Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Karam Shyam today conducted a meeting with All Manipur Petrol Pump Dealers Association at his office at Secretariat South Block.

    Speaking to the media persons, Minister Karam Shyam said that, all the misunderstandings have been cleared and in the interest of the people of Manipur, all petrol pumps will resume its services as usual. He said that, both the parties today reached an understanding keeping the interest of the public as the first priority. The government is committed to work for the welfare of the people and expressed his believe that the officials and the association will cooperate in the future too, he added.

    Shri K. Radhakumar, Commissioner (CAF&PD) and Y. Ranjan, Director, also attended the Press Meet. (DIPR) 


  • Notification from Council of Hr Sec Education

  • News on Functions attended by Health and Art&Culture Minister Jayantakumar on May 12



    Imphal, 12th May, 2017(DIPR): The Minister for Social Welfare and Cooperation Smt. Nemcha Kipgen today inaugurated New Hostel Building of Institute of Cooperative Management (ICM), Imphal and Exhibition of Cooperative/SHG Products in the premises of the institute at Lamphelpat.

    While delivering an inaugural speech as Chief Guest, the Minister gave a positive note that she will try her best to make Manipur the centre for Cooperative Institution in North East, India.

    The Minister lauded ICM, Imphal for successfully rendering excellent services since its inception in 1988 for developing cooperative movement and self employment programmes in the state by conducting various training programmes. She further stated that the newly inaugurated 32-bedded hostel comprising of 16 rooms will be an added advantage to the institute to accommodate more participants for any training programmes conducted by the institute.

    She highlighted that the institute has been catering to the needs of the training for the cooperative department and so far the institute conducted more than 80 training programmes with over 3000 participants. She urged the institute to further expand and work for the development of the cooperative movement in the state.

    It can also be noted that the inaugurated exhibition of cooperative/SHG products comprises of 25 stalls altogether with handloom, handicrafts, and food items.

    The inaugural function was attended by Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha who is also the President, National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) and Chairman, National Council for Cooperative Training (NCCT) Dr. Chandra Pal Singh Yadav as President while Secretary, NCCT Shri Mohan Kumar Mishra, Registrar, Cooperation Shri L. Nabakishore Singh and Joint Registrar, Cooperation Shri Michael Bepol Lamkang as Guests of Honour respectively. (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 11, 2017 (DIPR): Additional Chief Secretary (Home)Dr. J. Suresh Babu has said that preliminary investigations have begun to determine the veracity of the reported claim made by a Supreme Court lawyer, who is providing legal assistance to late Irom Roger’s family.

    While addressing a press conference held at the CM’s Secretariat today, Dr. Suresh Babu said that the State Government takes the news report appeared on some sections of the National and State media on the alleged threat received by lawyer Shri Utsav Singh Bains seriously.

    Maintaining that an SDPO-level officer had already started investigating the case, the senior bureaucrat officer contended that the State Government is even ready to hand over the case to National Investigation Agency (NIA) if required.

    He further said that adequate security would be provided to the lawyer whenever he visits the State in connection with the case.

    Taking part at the press conference, Director General of Police (DGP) Shri L.M. Khaute said that within a few days, Manipur Police would be able to identify the points centering around the whole issue.

    He further said that Manipur Police provided adequate security to Shri Bains when he came to the State and will do the same in future as well. (DIPR)


    Imphal, 11th May, 2017 (DIPR) : The District Magistrate, Kakching District Shri Th. Kirankumar, IAS  in an orders  dated, 8th May, 2017  under sub- section 2 of Sec. 144 Cr.P.C. of 1973  imposed prohibitory orders within the periphery of 100 meters from the Examination Centre of Kakching Khunou College, Kakching Khunou and Kha Manipur College, Kakching where BA/BSc/BCom/BTT/BFT/BSW 2nd/4th/6th Semester examination, 2017 are being commenced from  09.05.2017.

    The prohibitory orders would be effected from 8 am to 5 pm of everyday of 09.05.2017 to 07.06.2017 or till the examination are over. However, the order shall not apply to Government Officials/machineries involved in the conduct of the Examinations and also to individuals with specific special permit issued by the District Magistrate, Kakching District and SP, Kakching District. (DIPR)

  • CM Press ConferenceToday

    No.10/3/90-DIPR (Vol.11)



    Imphal, the 10th May, 2017


                1 .All Editors, Local Media

                2. All Correspondents of National/Regional Dailies

                3. All Correspondents of Electronic Media

                4. News Editor, AIR, Imphal

                5. News Editor, DDK, Imphal

                6. News Editor, ISTV

                7. News Editor, Impact TV


    Subject: Press Conference


    I would like you to inform that Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Nongthombam Biren Singh would like to meet the Media Community today at 6.00 pm at CM’s Secretariat, Imphal.

    It is, therefore, requested to send one of your representatives from your agency to attend the Press Conference on time.

    Thanking you.


                             (N. Krishnakumar Singh)

    Assistant Publicity Officer (Press)

            Information & Public Relations

           Government of Manipur



    Imphal, May 10, 2017 : The State Cabinet today has decided to give an ex-gratia compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs each to the next of kin of the two personnel who were killed and Rs. 50 thousand each to the injured two personnel of the Territorial Army in the bomb attack by suspected militants near Lokchao in Tengnoupal District on 8th of this month.

    The decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister shri N. Biren Singh held in the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

    The Cabinet approved the proposal for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of Manipur and M/s. India Foundation to prepare “Strategic vision for Manipur in the Act East policy of India”. M/s. India Foundation is a New Delhi based independent research centre which focuses on the issues, challenges and opportunities of the Indian polity. The MOU pertains with the seeking of professional services of the Foundation in helping the State develop and formulate the Strategic Vision for the benefit of the State Government  under the broad objectives of Government of India’s “Act East Policy’.

    In view of keeping adequate stock of urea fertilizer in the State , the Cabinet also approved the proposal for transportation of 1(one) Rake of Urea fertilizer from Dimapur to Imphal Departmentally by the State Agriculture Department.

    In another decision, the Cabinet had given its nod for transfer of the Drawing and Disbursing Authority from the Pension Disbursing Officer to the High Court of Manipur in case of extending post-retiral benefits to the retired Chief Justice(s) and retired Judge(s) of the High Court of Manipur and the erstwhile common Gauhati High Court.

    The cabinet further approved the Compassionate appointment of Usham Gojen Singh( tanker driver) who is physically disabled because of injury inflicted in discharging duty during economic blockade in the Consumer Affairs  Food & public Distribution Deptt. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 10, 2017 (DIPR): In yet another major achievement of the new government after bringing an end to the 130 days of economic blockade, the 618 days long agitation against the “Anti Tribal Bills” which killed 9 civilians in Churachandpur District came to an end after the Shri N. Biren Singh led government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Joint Action Committee against Anti Tribal Bills (JACAATB), Churachandpur today.

    Expressing his happiness on the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding which broke the impasse of 618 days long agitation, in a press conference held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said, “Today is a delightful day for the people of the State that the consensus has finally arrived after the new government held a series of negotiation with the JACAATB, Churachandpur.

    Hailing as a historic move, Shri N. Biren Singh appreciated the dedicated and relentless effort of the Churachandpur based CSOs, MLAs, President and Executive members of JACAATB, the people of Churachandpur and Media houses on the fruitful outcome of the talks.

    Showing grateful to the people of the State, Shri N. Biren Singh said that the new government believed in inclusive and human value approach with no disparity among the ethnic communities living in the State. He said that the government would always keep its door open for dialogue with anyone before they take recourse to bandhs or blockades. He stressed that bandhs are illegal and befitting punishments would be given to those who supports bandhs and blockades under the law.

    As per the Memorandum of Understanding, the government would provide ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs and permanent employment to next of kin of dead persons and compensation of Rs 50,000 to 48 injured persons on or before 25th May, 2017. The government also agreed to provide employment to eight disabled persons in the incident along with compensation of Rs 2 lakhs each on or before 25th May, 2017.

                The State Government would provide financial assistance for the establishment of a Memorial Park at Lamka and a Memorial Hall at Singngat.


                Further, it was agreed that the government shall ensure proper investigation on the incident of police firing and subsequent death of civilians and take up actions as per law.

                It was brought into the consensus that honourable burial of eight dead bodies by JACAATB on or before 25th May, 2017.

                In the agreement, it was mentioned that the State Government acknowledged the demands of the JACAATB regarding the administration of the indigenous tribal people of Manipur. The government would also extend all possible help and co-operation in the tripartite talk with SOO groups where various other issues and interests of indigenous tribal people of Manipur will be protected.

    The State Government also acknowledged the demand for creation of a new district by the JACAATB for administrative convenience and better delivery of services to the people. However, the matter will be considered by the State Cabinet after the submission of report by District Boundary Commission.

                It may be mention that the “Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015” was withheld by the President of India. On the other hand, the two bills, namely “The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (7th amendment) Bill, 2015 and “Manipur Shops and Establishments (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2015” are still pending with the Government of India. Both the sides agreed that the State government would follow due procedure as laid down in the Constitution of India and relevant rules in consultation with all stakeholders, if any new bill which affects the interest of indigenous tribal people.

    The agreement was signed by Chief Secretary, Manipur Shri O. Nabakishore Singh, Under Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, Shri A.N Jha, Chief Convenor, JACAATB, Shri H. Mangchinkhup, President, Simte Tribe Council, Shri B. Dongzalian Simte, President, Mizo People Convention, Shri Vanlalrinliana, President, United Zou Organisation, Shri Chinlunthang, President, Youth Paite Association, Shri T. Khailianthang, President, Shri Tedim Chin Union, Shri H. Pauzachin at Churachandpur. (DIPR)




    Imphal, 10th May 2017 (DIPR): The trophy of OORJA CAPF U-19 Talent Hunt Football Tournament 2017 has been fetched by the Imphal East Club today by defeating the Thoubal Club by 6 – 3. Thoubal Club managed to score just 1 goal in the second half of the tight match.

                    In the final match for girls, KRYPHSA, Naoremthong wins the match against ESU (Eastern Sporting Union ,Wangkhei).

    A  cash prize of Rs. 50,000 was given to each of  the above  winning teams.

                    After the final match for boys’ over, the closing ceremony of the OORJA CAPF U-19 Talent Hunt Football Tournament 2017 under the theme ‘Arise, Awake and Stop Not Until The Goal is Reached’ organised by the Assam Rifles was held at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium.

    Education, Labour & Employment Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam, as chief guest of the function , handed over the prizes to the winners of the tournament.

    The Oinam Bembem Devi Running Trophy for 2017 for girls was presented to N. Ratanbala,  captain of KRYPSA while the P. Rennedy running trophy for 2017 for boys was given to Imphal East Club. Y. Gopi of Thoubal Club grabbed the player of the tournament trophy.

                    YAS Commissioner H. Deleep, Major General, Virendra Singh ,VSM, IGAR South, Laishram Sarita Devi Brand Ambassador of OORJA CAPF 2017, Manipur and Brigadier HK. Chauhan , Deputy GOC 57th Division attended the function.

                    Giving the vote of thanks, Virendra Singh, appreciated Shri Th Radheshyam for gracing the grand finale of OORJA CAPF U-19 Talent Hunt Football Tournament 2017.He also thanked the players  of the tournament  for taking part in this great talent hunt for football in the State. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 10, 2017 (DIPR): As announced earlier, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh met various leaders of civil society organisations and village chiefs of hill districts at his official residence today.

    It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister announced during his recent visit to Ukhrul district on April 11 that the 10th day of every month would be reserved for meeting with the leaders of civil society organisations and village chiefs of hill areas.

    The Chief Minister attended to the grievances of around 500 people representing around 50 different civil society organisations and villages from 8 am to 1 pm today.

    Shri N. Biren said that he took the decision of exclusively earmarking a day for hill people in view of the inconvenience faced by them in approaching the Chief Minister to directly highlight their woes.

    Maintaining that no community is small or big, the Chief Minister contended that every ethnic community of the State should live with dignity and pride, and there is the State Government to help them.

    The Chief Minister further informed that a file of photostat copies of all the written representations submitted by different CSO leaders and village chiefs would be maintained in his office so that he may contact the official concerned anytime for follow-up action.

    He appealed to his Council of Ministers and MLAs to resolve people’s woes by consulting them in a transparent manner.

    Urging the elected leaders and Government officials to listen people’s complaints on ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ (15th day of every month), Shri N. Biren also urged them to publicise the schedule and venue of holding the day on the media one day in advance.

    He further said that elaborate arrangements would be made in his official residence as well to organise the day on May 15. (DIPR)





    Imphal, 10th May, 2017(DIPR): Social WelfareDepartment is an important department for the welfare and development of the society and for the state too, said Minister for Social Welfare and Cooperation Smt. Nemcha Kipgen while addressing on the reception function by the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur today at Bal Bhavan, Khuman Lampak.

    Nemcha further stated that the department should be a torch bearer for bringing development for all. As Social Welfare is one such department that directly deals with all sections of the society including children, women, old-age, differently able groups and the weaker sections of the society, she added.

    Social Welfare minister strongly condemn corruption in any forms within the department and the staff and if anyone is found involve in such act, there won’t be any excuse. It may be mentioned that the BJP led government under the leadership of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh aims at transparency and a corrupt free society.

    The function was attended by Principal Secretary J.C. Ramthanga, IAS, Director, Social Welfare, Surrender A.Shishak and officials of the department.(DIPR)





    Imphal, 10th May 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said for growth and progress, updating of main personnel employed in any organisation with latest knowledge is a requirement and a must for education department as it plays an important role of shaping the society by educating the human minds. The minister was speaking as Chief Guest in the inaugural function of one month Induction Training Programme of Manipur Education Service Officers at State Academy of Training, Takyelpat, today.

    The Minister said the Manipur Education Service Officers should act as a catalyst of positive change for better development of education and as a whole to enhance the society towards progress. He also suggested to the participants of the training to carry out an assessment, in groups, by giving a specific topic related to education and its issues, which can help them, gain more knowledge and understanding of education as well as to build seriousness towards such training programme. The feedback should also be collected with the winding up of the programme in order to utilise such feedback for better planning in future, he added.

    Education is a task that requires familiarisation of new concepts and ideas. Thus he said the trainees who will be imparted such task should try their best to mingle with each other by changing teams frequently. For whosoever present here for the training, he said, is getting a big chance to share the experiences, the knowledge and the skill amongst each other. He is delighted to find out that there is maximum number of interaction programme in the session. The session has been imbibe with varied topics like office procedure, introduction to services in the government, organisational structure of the deptt., leave rules, national pension system, income tax, SSA & RMSA, mid day meal prog., national educational policy, etc.

    Director Education (S) N. Praveen said the MES Officers has been brought into service after much struggle to introduce such service, which we dreamt of, in order to make the better functioning and implementation of education in the state, the dream which has now come true.

    L. Nandakumar Singh, Deputy Secretary Education (S) E/O Additional State Project Director, RMSA stated that the Education department is now ready to go ahead for the better growth of education by carrying out their duties and roles overcoming their shortcoming through today’s induction training.

    W. Chandra Kumar Additional Director State Academy of Training, Educational Deptt. Officials, resource persons were also present at the inaugural programme. (DIPR)





    IMPHAL, May 9, 2017 (DIPR): Works Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh has expressed concern over delay in shifting of offices into the Tamenglong Mini Secretariat.

    The Minister said this on Tuesday when, he together with Tamenglong MLA Shri Samuel Jendai, Commissioner Works Shri K Radhakumar, visited Tamenglong district Headquarter and inspected the Mini Secretariat at Farm Land. On the way to the district headquarter, the Minister also stopped along the road and inspected the road restoration work presently underway there.

    Minister Biswajit also expressed worry about the delay in shifting of offices into the Mini Secretariat which was inaugurated by the previous government in 2011, and called for the concerned officials to chalk out a work-map to restore the structures so that it could serve its purpose at the earliest.

    He said construction of the Mini Secretariat was started around 2007-08 and inaugurated in 2011 with an estimated cost of Rs.39.29 crore. However, today a major concern of not only the present government, but also of the public is why there has been such a prolonged delay in shifting of government offices into the Mini Secretariat, he added. Although the place was neglected for long, it is the objective of the new government to make the government department offices freely accessible to the people, he said.

    Minister Biswajit further said he is disheartened by the neglected condition of the buildings and non-maintenance of quality during construction. Fortunately, there are no major damages in the structures including on the pillars and the beams, he said. He added the government will renovate the buildings and provide all essentials services including barracks, quarters for the staff, water supply, power supply after proper discussion with the Chief Minister at the earliest to ensure full functioning of the Mini Secretariat by 2018.

    The Minister also expressed concerned over the quality of road repairing work at various stretches of the Khongsang to Tamenglong Headquarter road.

    Speaking on the bad condition of the road connecting Khongsang to the district headquarter, the Minister said the government had proposed extension of the National Highway till Kangpokpi via Tamei, However, the concerned authorities had approved only the present stretch. Following the approval, restoration work of the Khongsang to district headquarter road has already been initiated as was witnessed during today’s visit, he said.

    Regarding the government’s earlier assurance to make the Imphal-Jiribam highway motorable by May-end, the Minister said the assurance was given as per the report of the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL). He said it is the commitment of the government to make the road atleast motorable by a set timeline, preferably by May-June if the weather allows. The Minister also expressed strongly that the government will not tolerate absence of concerned engineers and supervisors at work sites and non-maintenance of quality in works.

    He further appealed to the people of Tamenglong to provide support and co-operation to the new government in bringing a new change.

    During today’s inspection visit, the Minister was also accompanied by the Chief Engineer Works, other officials of the department, Water Supply and district administration. (DIPR)





    Imphal, May 09, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has said that the State Government is going to organise Shirui Festival at State level with the objective of promoting the uniqueness of Shirui flower and encouraging brotherhood and oneness among the people of different communities of the State.

    The Chief Minister made the statement while speaking at the launch of official website of Shirui Festival, 2017 held in the Cabinet Hall of CM’s Secretariat today. The site is now available at

    Conveying that around Rs 1.5 crore would be spent in holding the event, the Chief Minister said that people’s participation and enthusiasm in making preparations for the festival is immense.

    Shri N. Biren said that apart from delegates from foreign countries, cultural troupes from other North East States like Sikkim and Nagaland would also perform during the five-day festival.

    Reminding that Shirui is found only in Manipur, the Chief Minister stated that necessary steps would be taken up by the Government to declare its habitat, Shirui Hill as a National Park.

    He further said that efforts would be put in to organise Shirui Festival at National level from next year.

    On the other hand, he further said that the State Government is considering shifting the venue of Manipur Sangai Festival from Imphal to Keibul Lamjao, which is the original habitat of the brow-antlered deer, from next year.

    Shri N. Biren also disclosed that the State Government is also planning to organise Loktak Festival at State level from next year.

    Moreover, the new Government had also decided to earmark a fund of Rs 50 crores in the budget to develop and revive 50 heritage sites like Wangbren at Anal Khullen, Kankhui caves, Ingourok, Thangjing, Kaina and Marjing etc.

    The Chief Minister further said that efforts are being made to construct a rest house at Dzuko. Apart from that, the State Government is also exploring the possibilities of constructing a road up to Dzuko from Manipur side, he added.

    In an interaction with media persons after launching the website, Shri N. Biren expressed confidence that the impasse with JAC Against Anti-Tribal Bills, Churachandpur will be resolved very soon.

    He said that the State Government is likely to sign an MoU with the JAC to end around two-year-old impasse tomorrow.

    Shri N. Biren further said that a State Government team led by Chief Secretary Shri O. Nabakishore would visit Churachandpur to ink the MoU. Under Secretary (Home) of the Central Government would also be present as a Central Observer, he added.

    Responding to a query on Combined Headquarters meeting held at CM’s Secretariat today, Shri N. Biren said that opening of a 24-hour quick response cell comprising officers of different security agencies to diffuse unwanted incidents on the National Highways was discussed. He further informed that points like recording biometric attendance of cadres of different UG organisations which are under Suspension of Operation and drafting of a new surrender policy were also discussed at the meeting. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 9, 2017 (DIPR): “Peaceful co-existence of different cultures and ethnic groups would bring development in the region”, said Nagaland Chief Minister Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu at a press conference held today at Classic Grande, Imphal. Stating the meeting with Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh just a courtesy call, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu said that different ethnic communities should learn to live together and should strive to retrieve the bond of living together peacefully as a good neighbours in the region.

    Chief Minister of Nagaland said that people of the Manipur have seen a new ray of hope in the new government and the Meiteis should play the role of big brother to create peace and friendship among the different ethnic communities. He further said, “We must realize that it is our due responsibility that the peace would be uphold to usher development in the both the States”. Talking about the responsibility of media, he stressed that the media has a constructive role and responsibility to project the positive image of the people and government to the outside world.

    He appealed that the people have to live together as good neighbours as existed since time immemorial between our forefathers.

    Prior to the press conference, Chief Minister, Manipur Shri N. Biren Singh warmly welcomed Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu at his office chamber. On the occasion, Shri N. Biren Singh presented paintings to Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu. Later Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu gifted a traditional Gong to Chief Minister, Manipur. Chief Minister of Nagaland was accompanied by former CM, Nagaland who is also Advisor Finance and Chairman DAN, Shri T.R Zeliang, Minister for School Education, Shri Yitachu, Commissioner and Secretary to CM, Shri I. Himato Zhimoni, Vice President, NPF  Shri Zaku i/c Manipur State, Personal Secretary to CM, Shri Diethoselhou Sachu and Press Secretary to CM, Shri Sebastian.

    Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu who visited Manipur for a few hours to meet Chief Minister in a private helicopter landed at Kangla Helipad. Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu and his associates were received by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh, Minister for Education, Th. Radheshyam, Minister for PHE, Shri Loshii Dikho, Parliamentary Secretary, PWD, Awangbow Newmai, Parliamentary Secretary (Home), L. Sushindro, Parliamentary Secretary (Planning) Shri Khasim Vasum, Parliamentary Secretary (PHE), Shri K. Leishiyo. After attending the lunch hosted by the State Government at Classic Grande, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu left Imphal for Kohima. (DIPR)





    Imphal, May 9, 2017 (DIPR): Manipur Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today paid his tribute and placed wreaths on the dead bodies of the two Territorial Army jawans who were martyred in Tengnoupal District yesterday. The solemn wreath laying ceremony conducted in the true traditions of the Indian Armed Forces was held at 165th Territorial Army Company located at Koirengei airfield, Imphal.

    Condemning the unfortunate incident in strongest terms, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that those martyred soldiers laid down their lives to serve the people as well as the country. 

    Honouring the supreme sacrifice made by two valiant soldiers in the line of duty, floral tributes were also paid to the martyred soldiers by DGP, Manipur Shri L.M. Khaute, IGAR (South) Major General Virendra Singh, GOC, 57th Mountain Division, Major General U Suresh Kumar, Dy GOC, 57th Mountain Division, Shri SKS Chauhan, IGP, Manipur, Shri Clay Khongsai and other top Army and police officials. (DIPR)





    Imphal 9th May, 2017: Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said children should be encouraged with optimism imbibing them with infinite courage to make them become a better human rather than setting limits of what they can and can’t do. Admission of a child in one of the best school by a parent, he said, is not an end to their task but is just providing them a means whereas the real need to become a better human for the child lies in their overall up bringing by the family and society. He was speaking as Chief Guest of the Annual Day Function of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Imphal Lamphelpat.   

    To be a good human, Th. Radheshyam said, one must have a good mind and body. Time spend as much as on body must also be spent for the betterment of the mind. Appreciating the different facets of the function, he said, it was really delightful to have been part of witnessing the young students showcasing different asana of yoga with diverse cultural program of the nation. The co - curriculum activities, he pointed out, are basic parts of education for overall development of the student and an ideal routes to sowed the seed of nationalism. Annual function is also a moment to retrospect and find out the greatness and weakness for any institute and plan for betterment by overcoming the weak points, he added.  

    Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Minister Shri Karam Shyam said to provide the best and safeguarded the future of youths,  education system needs to be properly planned to make it job oriented so that the issue of unemployment faced by today’s generation won’t be repeated in the future. For better and strong state, the minister said, knowledge with relentless efforts and support from all sections of the society are a must to make one able to have the courage to take the right decision. Emphasising on the need to have well educated and cultured leaders, he encouraged, the students to equip themselves with best knowledge through education and gain overall development to become leaders the one who can bring a positive change by doing what is right and the best for the society.

    Congratulating the school for numerous achievements and great performance in co – curriculum activities Principal Secretary (Education - S) Shri Vineet Joshi, who is also the  Chairman of Vidyalaya Management Committee, said, performance of students in such function helps them in building confidence, how to behave and in tackle any situation in groups.

    Today’s Annual Day Function was attended by the students, staffs and parents. (DIPR)





    Imphal, May 9, 2017 (DIPR): A 7 day basic course in News Reporting which commenced from May 3rd to9th May 2017concluded today here in Tamenglong District Headquarter.

    ADC, Tamenlong, Estimate Committee Chairman Charles Liangdiang and Tamenglong Times Editor Jimmy Panmei attended as a Chief Guest and President of the closing ceremony and distributed the certificates to the students.

    Speaking on the closing function the chief guest highlighted the importance of journalism in the District. He also advised the students to work as a real professional in the line of duty.

    The President of the function also encouraged the students to take up journalism as a career since it is a very promising profession.

    Altogether 26 students from different parts of Tamenglong District participated in this training. (DIPR)




    Imphal, May 8, 2017: Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today strongly condemned the violent attack on the Territorial Army killing army personnel and leaving many casualties by the suspected militants in the Lokchao area of Tengnoupal District. Chief Minister further expressed deep grief and anguish over the killing and casualties of Army personnel in the unfortunate incident. He said that such attack is an act of cowardice and should be condemned by every section of the society. He conveyed his deep sympathies with the bereaved families of the soldiers and prayed for speedy recovery for those injured persons. 

                He also expressed his concern over the recent killings of civilians including those killed by the militants in the State. Those culprits would be booked and punished under the law soon, he assured.

               On the other hand, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh also condemned the recent cases of rape including the gang-rape of minor girls that took place in the State last month. Condemning these incidents in the strongest terms, Chief Minister said that such beastly and barbaric acts will not be tolerated by this government. The government is committed to give befitting punishments those perpetrators who are associated with such inhumane crimes. (DIPR)


    IMPHAL, 8 May, 2017 (DIPR): Forest & Environment, Horticulture & Soil Conservation, MAHUD and Town Planning Minister, Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar today visited Nungba Assembly Constituency on his way back to Imphal after a 3-day visit to Jiribam district. The Minister was in Jiribam to review departmental activities.

    At Nungba in Noney District, the Minister met Forest department officials and discussed welfare programmes of the department. He also interacted with the local residents.

    Minister Shyamkumar also visited Noney where, he was given a grand welcome by the officials of the Forest department at the Longmai Community Hall. A memorandum with a list of demands was also submitted to the Minister. The demands included setting up of Forest department guest house at Noney, setting up of bio-diversity park, setting up of a nursery centre, package for horticulture and farming, public toilets at different locations among others.

    The Minister said that, he will discuss with the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh regarding the infrastructural development of the area out of the Rs 150 crore sanctioned by the Central Government for the development of the Hills. Encouraging the people of Noney district to grow King Chilly (u-morok) and oranges, the Minister promised that the government will provide funds to the farmers.

    Addressing media persons, Minister Shyamkumar assured the local residents and Forest officials that, transparency will be maintained regarding welfare schemes undertake by the department with the help of the media and others. He said that, the government under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh is working towards giving benefits of various schemes directly to the beneficiaries. The Minister also assured that concrete steps will be taken up to strengthen the Forest department. The Minister also stopped at Keithelmanbi Forest Beat office, where he spoke with the officials regarding problems faced by the department officials.

    It may be mentioned that Minister Th. Shyamkumar on Day-1 of his visit to Jiribam District on Saturday (May 6, 2017), visited Jirimukh Forest Officers’ Office by taking a boat ride at Jiri River. Addressing the media persons, Minister Th Shyamkumar said the forest officials are looking after revenue collection from the forest products including bamboos which are transported through Jirimukh. The Minister said that, manpower will be increased so that the officials can collect forest revenue and implement the Forest Act.

    The Minister was accorded warm welcome at Jiribam Municipal Council Office, where he had discussions with the office bearers regarding welfare programmes implemented in the area. The Minister also inspected Jiri Bazar and inspected the surroundings of the market area.

    On the second day, Minister Shyamkumar visited Jiribam Horticulture Office and Progeny Orchard cum Nursery farm. He also inspected the Borobekra Forest Beat office under Chaudhrikhal range office at Kaisel Punji. Minister Th. Shyamkumar also visited Lamtaikhunou and interacted with the locals including women of the area. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 08, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N Biren presided a review meeting on the progress of biometric capturing in hill districts for Aadhar enrolment in the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

    Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, top bureaucrats of the State Government, DCs of hill districts and officials concerned attended the meeting.

    Biometric enumeration (BME) for Aadhar card generation is being undertaken by MANITRON and In-Media Computer in the State now.

    Stating that the rate of biometric enumeration in almost all the hill districts is very low when compared with valley districts, the Chief Minister observed that BME must be expedited in hill areas as direct benefit transfer (DBT) of Government-sponsored welfare schemes would require Aadhar cards/numbers.

    During the meeting, the Chief Minister instructed MANITRON and In-Media officials to depute all its BME teams in hill districts leaving only 4-5 teams in the State Capital.

    The Chief Minister also directed the respective MLAs of hill districts and DCs concerned to co-ordinate with MANITRON and In-Media officials to chalk out a schedule for commencing on-the-spot biometric capturing in different villages within a week.

    Principal Secretary (Planning) Shri Vineet Joshi, who is also the Principal Secretary to CM, will monitor the progress of BME and Aadhar generation.

    Further directing the DCs to submit a copy of BME schedules to Shri Vineet Joshi in a week’s time, Shri N. Biren stated that he would also personally monitor the whole process every alternate day.


    The Chief Minister also urged the MLAs, ADC Members and villagers to extend co-operation to the Government officials and personnel of MANITRON and In-Media during their stay in different villages for biometric capturing. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, MAY 8, 2017 (DIPR): Anyone found guilty of selling PDS items in the market will be punished. This was stated by Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri KaramShyam during a felicitation programme held at the Directorate Complex (CAF & PD), Sangaiprou, Imphal West. The felicitation of the Minister cum farewell programme for the retired employees was organised by Employees Union (CAF&PD) and Directorate of CAF & PD, Manipur.  Speaking during the function as the Chief Guest, Karam Shyam said Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has given strict instructions that, punishment should be given to those found selling PDS items in the market.

    The Minister urged the Director to provide rest room for labourers which has been occupied by the security personnel stationed inside the complex. The Minister also said officials of the department as well as elected representatives of the people must take ownership and responsibility in providing maximum food grains to the poor and the needy. Karam Shyam said, Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Ram Vilas Paswan also belongs to the same political party ( Lok Janshankti Party), and that we must take advantage and construct maximum godown and fulfil other grievances for the development to the state. He also urged the officials and employees to work together in the interest of needy people which will be remembered by the future generations.

    Speaking during the function as Guest of Honour, Commissioner, CAF&PD, Shri K Radhakumar Singh said, the directorate needs image building exercise so that the public have confidence with the department.

    Speaking during the function, Director, CAF&PD, RanjanYumnam said the main responsibility of the department is to timely provide rightful amount of rice under National Food Security Act (NFSA) to the targeted beneficiaries. Computerisation of Public Distribution System in the state will be fully implemented which will decrease the leakages in the distribution system. He also said Fair Price Shops with Internet Enabled Point of Sale (POS) devices will be introduced on pilot basis. Ten (10) Fair Price Shops each in Imphal East and Imphal West respectively will be introduced on pilot basis as part of sensitisation programme.

    During the function today, fourteen (14) retired employees were presented with mementos. Former Principal Secretary, CAF & PD, Shri B.B. Sharma, District Supply Officer, CAF & PD Shri S.A. Halim, District Supply Officer-Imphal West, CAF & PD Shri N. Jayanta Singh and other officials attended the function. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 8 (DIPR): To address the grievances or issues of the general public, the officers of Jail Department including Medical Officers are to meet the general public in their respective offices from 1000 hrs to 1600 hrs on the day ofMeeyamgi Numit (Peoples’Day), which falls on the 15th of every month or the next working day as per an order issued by the Jail Department, Government of Manipur. Necessary security arrangement, if required, may be taken up on this day by Jail security staff and IRB personnel posted at the Jails. (DIPR) 




    Imphal, 8th May, 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam inaugurated a One – Day Regional Seminar Cum Workshop on “Sustainable Skill Development in Higher Education: Problems and Prospects”, today at The Dhanamanjuri College of Science, Imphal. The seminar, organised by Dhanamanjuri Community College approved under Deen Dayal Upadhyay Centre For Knowledge Acquisition And Upgradation Of Skilled Human Abilities And Livelihood (DDU KAUSHAL), aims to sensitise the progress and issues of sustainability of the skill based programme in Higher Secondary Education Sector.

    Pointing out that unemployment is one of the biggest challenges in today’s world Radheshyam said education, a medium for imparting knowledge, should be made to be able to address the concern issue of unemployment prevailing in the society. He added, youths of today should be imbibed with skills and education to make them able to furnish their goals in life with an aim to utilise the best of what they have gained through such programme and training classes.

    The Minister also encouraged the students and delegates present at the seminar cum workshop, and said youth should be guided with a holistic approach to make themselves have clear vision of what they should choose from the variety of placements available. The minister said, once the students complete the training, they should not remain idle but work with all seriousness to contribute positively towards the society.

    Joint Secretary UGC (NERO), Dr. Mohd Arif said, as compared to other developing and developed countries, India has a unique 20 – 25 years window of opportunity called the “demographic dividend”, meaning India has a higher proportion of working age population. Thus properly planned educational can increase national gross products, cultural richness, build positive attitude towards technology, increase efficiency and effectiveness of the governance, strengthening competencies and developing commitment, he said.

    The Dhanamanjuri Community College was started in 2014 with two trades of Advanced Diploma in Medical Lab Technology and Advanced Diploma in Fruits & Vegetables Technology. It was expanded in 2015 and another trade Advanced Diploma in Television and Media Productions was approved for the Scheme of DDU Kaushal Kendra under University Grants Commission recently upgraded to the Centre for Research & Development Activities. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, May 7, 2017 (DIPR): Makhan Village in Senapati District is going to host a 6-Day

    Yongchak Plantation Festival from 8 th to 13 th May, 2017. The Inaugural function of the festival

    will be held on May 8, 2017 at Ekhratotsufii (Makhan Centre). The festival is being organized

    jointly by All Makhan Women’s Society and Khrasi Welfare Forum. The main objective of the

    festival is to give awareness to the people the importance of yongchak, and that plantation of

    yongchak will not only bring sustainable development and but also help in combating climate

    change. Cultivation of yongchak could also enhance their economy and living standard. The

    festival will also showcase to the people the health benefits of yongchak. Makhan which is

    located along the NH-2 has been a thriving place for the yongchak trees locally known as

    ‘Siihrapree’ over the last few decades.



    Imphal, May 7, 2017(DIPR): Forest & Environment, Horticulture & Soil Conservation Minister Th. Shyamkumar today visited horticulture office at Jiribam. The Minister accompanied by officials and media persons spoke with the officials at Jiribam regarding welfare of the office and the department. He also visited Progeny Orchard cum Nursery farm.

    Minister Th. Shyamkumar also visited Borobekra Forest Beat office under Chaudhrikhal range office at Kaiserpunji which has a population of 400 mostly dominated by Hmar community. The Minister was accorded warm welcome by the locals. Minister Th. Shyamkumar also visited Lamtaikhunou which is inhabited by people with 60 different surnames. The Minister interacted with the locals including women of the area. He also visited the New Durgapur Primary School at Lamtaikhunou.

    The Minister advised the villagers to plant organic food crops and vegetables for which the funds will be provided by Horticulture department. The Minister said the government will buy the organic products from the villagers and sell it to organic outlets. He also promised that his department will construct a water conservator for the villagers of Lamtaikhunou. He also asked the women of the village to set up self help groups to avail benefits from various government schemes. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, MAY 6, 2017(DIPR): Art and Culture Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh today expressed his desire for taking up necessary actions to develop Art and Music of the state. Attending the 55th Foundation Day Celebration of Shri Shri Bal Mukunda Dev Music College (SSDBMC), Palace Compound, Imphal as Chief Guest, Minister said music speaks without boundaries and connects the heart and the mind. Old cultural tradition of our state is reflected in our Folk and Traditional Music. Urging the Musicians and Musicologists of the state to go for further research for the indigenous form of music of the state, minister said it is our responsibility to keep the standard of our form of music high.

    Speaking about the site of art & culture of the state at Gurgaon (Gurugram) in Haryana he said that a team of the Government of Manipur has already visited the site. Necessary steps to develop the site will soon be taken up, he added.

    He appealed the people of Manipur to co-operate with the Government in developing the art of music of the state.

    Floral tributes to the founders of the Music College, lighting of the inaugural lamp, presentation of music ensemble by the students of SSBDMC were the main events of the day. Prizes were also distributed to the winners of the Manipur Folk Music Competition 2016-17. A souvenir was also released by the Chief Guest.  

                Shri M. Lakshmikumar Singh, IAS Commissioner Art & Culture, Manipur and Dr. K. Sushila Director, Art & Culture attended the function as President and Guest of Honour respectively. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 6, 2017 (DIPR): “To bring equality in development is the first priority of the new government”, said Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh. This was stated by him at the reception cum inauguration of one day seminar on “Communal Harmony: Bridging the Gap” held today at Lamka Press Club, Churachandpur. The function was organised by Editors’ Guild, Manipur and Manipur Hills Journalists Union under the sponsorship of The Directorate of Information and Public Relations and supported by District Administration, Churachandpur.

    Extending deep sorrow and condolences to the bereaved families of the nine civilians killed in the unfortunate incidents happened last year, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said, “Let us forgive and forget our past mistakes and let us start a new beginning, a new Manipur without having any differences and hatred among the different communities living in the state.” He further said that the government seek support and co-operation of the people to resolve the issue at the earliest. 

    Chief Minister said that the differences among the communities are seriously affecting the day-to-day lives of the masses rather we should strive for progress and development in the state. He further said, “The government can’t concentrate only on problems and issues, it has also its principal responsibility to look after the people who are starving, youths who are longing to become successful ones.” He further said that the government will have a special plan for each district and the government would have a review meeting to monitor various developmental programmes taken up in Churachandpur and Pherzwal District soon.

    On the occasion, Chief Minister assured that a new building of Lamka Press Club would be constructed soon.

    During the function, The Chief Minister also handed over the ex-gratia payment of Rs. 5 lakhs to each family member of the two labourers who were killed after militants attacked a General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) vehicle at Behiang along the India-Myammar border in Churachandpur district last month.

    In the technical session of the seminar, H. Doungel, Shri Ramkung Pamei, Dr. Ibomcha, Shri Sothing Shimray and Shri Peter Adani delivered lectures as Resource Persons and was chaired by President, Editors’ Guild, Manipur, Shri A. Mobi.

    Chairman, Hills Area Committee, Shri T.T. Haokip, Parliamentary Secretary (MAHUD), Shri N. Indrajit Singh, Parliamentary Secretary(Health and Family Welfare), Shri S. Subhashchandra Singh, Parliamentary Secretary(IFCD) Shri Lourembam Rameshwor, MLA (Singhat) Shri Ginsuanhao, MLA (Thanlon) Shri Vungzagin Valte, Commisioner, IPR, Shri K. Radhakumar, Deputy Commissioner, Churachandpur, Shri R. Sudhan, President, Manipur Hills Journalist Union, Sothing Shimray and President, Editor’s Guild, A. Mobi attended as Guests of Honour and President of the function. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, 6th May, 2017(DIPR):Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar Singh today reviewed the current status of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and Financial Inclusion relating to various welfare schemes which are being implemented in the State.

                The meeting which was held at the Conference Hall of Manipur Secretariat (South Block) and chaired by the Deputy Chief Ministerdiscussed in length the technicalities of

    implementation of DBT for various schemes implemented by the departments.

                Head of departments including from Rural Development, Social Welfare, Tribal Affairs & Hills and School Education deliberated on issues pertaining to the cent-percent implementation of DBT and seeding of Aadhar & Mobile number with beneficiaries’ bank accounts in the State.

                While acknowledging the difficulties faced by various departments in implementing schemes through DBT, mostly in the remote areas where banking facilities have not been provided, Shri Joykumar Singh instructed the bank officials to expedite means to open branches wherever necessary. He maintained that all major issues like infrastructure, connectivity and communication while opening bank branches would be addressed if all the stakeholders co-operate each other.He appealed to all the stakeholders to co-operate with the government to attain the target as it is one of the target set by the government.

    Regarding the opening of bank branches in the unbanked blocks in the State, Commissioner (Finance) Shri V. K. Dewanggan said, of the 32 unbanked blocks in the State, initiative have been started for opening bank branches in 21blocks. Of these, banks will be made operational in four blocks-T.Vaichong, Phungyar, Nungba and Sangaikotfrom first June this year and remaining blocks will also be covered very soon, he added. He also instructed the officials to complete Aadhar& Mobile number seeding with beneficiaries’ bank accounts as early as possible.

    The meeting which was attended by the bank officials also discussed issues about financial inclusion/ opening of bank accounts in the State. The total Saving Accounts opened in the State as on 31/03/2017 are 26, 85,430 of which Aadhar seeded accounts are 10, 38,895 only. Out of the total 1, 23,599 beneficiaries under different schemes in Social Welfare Department, only 2,370 beneficiaries are yet to open/register their bank accounts. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 05, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh launched Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) by opening the first Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra (PMBJK) of the State at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) today.

    The scheme was launched by the Government to ensure access to good quality medicines at a cheaper price.

    Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh, Union Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilizers Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya and Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar attended the launching function held at JNIMS auditorium as chief guest, guest of honour and president respectively.

    Speaking on the occasion, Shri N. Biren Singh said that human lives are infinitely precious and the Central Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is committed to providing quality medicines at an affordable price to the people of the country.

    As such, the State Government decided to launch the scheme at the earliest possible time soon after Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya discussed the matter with him during his last visit to the State about two weeks back, the Chief Minister said.

    He added that people would now get generic medicines, which have same compositions with branded drugs, at a much cheaper price from Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs).

    Stating that sincerity is the key to good governance, Shri Biren conveyed that he had directed his Council of Ministers to serve the people with utmost honesty and sincerity.

    Regarding his Government’s commitment towards bringing egalitarian development in the State, the Chief Minister said that he would convene review meetings of developmental works and projects being undertaken in all the districts regularly.

    In his speech, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya stated that the Central Government had vowed to take on the mantle of making healthcare affordable to the middle class and poor people of the country.

    Saying that people need not to worry about the quality of generic medicines available under PMBJP, the Union Minister clarified that these medicines/drugs had been tested at multiple levels and certified by WHO.

    Observing that healthcare usually requires huge sum of money and it sometimes gives a big burden to poor families, Shri Mandaviya expressed hope that PMBJP would give a great relief of sigh to the people of the country as selected medicines and medical devices would now be available at affordable prices under the scheme.

    Stent makers had recently expressed ire to the Government for hugely slashing the price of bare metal stents, the Minister said.

    However, this move had benefitted to millions of poor people, he added.

    He also urged the doctors to prescribe generic medicines instead of costly branded medicines in order to help the poor people.

    Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI), which is the nodal implementing agency of PMBJP, also provides one-time financial assistance of up to Rs 2.5 lakh to those who wish to open a PMBJK, he said.

    During his speech, he also mentioned about Central Government and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s commitment to pay more attention to less developed parts of the country.

    Speaking at the occasion, Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri L Jayantakumar urged the public not to spread wrong propaganda against generic medicines. He said that quality had not been compromised in manufacturing generic medicines, which are to be distributed under PMBJP.

    He expressed hope that the medical fraternity of the State would join hand with the Government in making PMBJP a success.

    The dignitaries present at the function also distributed licences for opening 26 PMBJKs at different parts of the State.

    Later, the Chief Minister opened the first PMBJK of the State at the Block adjacent to JNIMS OPD.

    It may be mentioned that the Government provides more than 600 medicines and 154 medical devices at an affordable price through PMBJKs.



    IMPHAL, May 5, 2017 (DIPR): MAHUD Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar instructed the Nambol Municipal Council officials to start the repairing work of the historic Nambol Bazar. He was speaking at a reception function at the Municipal Town Hall organised by the Nambol Municipal Council (NMC) at Nambol Bazar.

    Stating that the plan for the new market building will take more than a year, Minister Shyamkumar said that, during the time period MAHUD department will give 40 per cent and remaining 60 percent of the share of the total expenditure for the repair work of the market will be bore by the NMC. Minister Shyamkumar said that, revenue can be generated from the historical market if it is developed with proper planning.

    Minister Shyamkumar further added that, a market building should have all the modern facilities including fire safety apparatus, drinking water, toilet and rooms to stay for the vendors. He said that, the proposal of a new market building with all the modern facilities will be send to the Centre.

    He further stated that, the government has already sent a proposal to the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India for the development of markets in Lamlong, Kongba, Kwakeithel, Lamsang, Nambol, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Andro and Yairipok.

    The Minister also added that, he has asked the MAHUD and PDA to make a concept paper for development of the market so that he can discuss it with the Centre. Highlighting the importance of toilet facilities, the Minister added that, the Government will give 40 per cent share of the total cost incurred in the toilet cleaner machine. He added MAHUD department will give 40 percent and remaining 60 percent will be bore by the NMC.

    Stating that highest number of female councillors won in the Nambol Municipal Council, Minister Shyamkumar insisted the councillors to take benefits of the National Rural Livelihood Mission. Minister Shyamkumar also said that, his department will not delay any files and asked the people of the State to inculcate habit of planting fruit bearing trees and other plants.

    The function was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary Dr. S. Ranjan Singh who is also the MLA of Konthoujam A/C, BJP leader Th. Chaoba Singh, officials of MAHUD, PDA and NMC officials and councillors. Ahead of the reception function, Minister Shyamkumar along with the team visited Nambol Municipal Council office and inspected the Nambol Bazar. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, MAY 5, 2017(DIPR): The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana which provides LPG connection to poor households will be introduced soon in the state. This was stated by Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Karam Shyam during a press meet today at his residence at Lilong Chajing Mairenkhong, Imphal West.

    Minister Karam Shyam said he met the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gases, Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi on May 3, 2017. Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is likely to inaugurate the gas bottling plant at Malom on May 14, 2017. Minister Karam Shyam said 3.5 lakhs active consumers and 2.62 lakhs BPL consumers are being covered by distributers in 80 locations. Till now 4,552 consumers have been covered under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. More than 1.5 lakhs consumers can avail benefits under the scheme which provides free LPG connections to women belonging to BPL (below-poverty-line) households he added.

    Minister Karam Shyam also met Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan in New Delhi on April 27, 2017 and urged the Minister not to cut subsidy on sugar. The central government had discontinued sugar subsidy from March 1, 2017, however PDS sugar subsidy for AAY (Antyodaya Anna Yojana) families was restored on May 3, 2017.

    Minister Karam Shyam also handed over a letter written by Chief Minister Shri N Biren Singh highlighting the serious effect to the state government and to the common man with regard to cut in subsidy on sugar. Minister Karam Shyam requested for regular and uninterrupted provision of subsidy on sugar. During the meet, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan gave assurance that he will put up the grievances to the Union Cabinet and advised that the Chief Minister should also put up the grievances with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    In view of the commitment given by the government to provide adequate food grains to the people, Minister Shri Karam Shyam said that, the Centre has approved construction of wheat Silo (storage) with a capacity of 50,000 MT (Metric tonnes) to be built on 11 acres of land and rice Silo with storage capacity of 5,000 MT in 7 acres of land. He said the government will soon decide on the locations where the Silos will be set up.

    Minister Shri Karam Shyam also said rice Silos with a capacity of 2,000 MT will be set up in seven (7) districts. The Minister said that he will soon visit Chandel district and Tamenglong district, where the Silo construction has been delayed due to land settlement and other issues. Minister Shri Karam Shyam also appealed to the elected members to work for the welfare of the people and said he will consult with elected members so that maximum benefits reach the poor and needy people of the state. (DIPR) 


    Imphal, May 4, 2017 (DIPR): To monitor various developmental projects and inadequacies of different government departments of Tamenglong and Noney District, a review meeting cum discussion of all the Administrative Secretaries, District Administrators, Head of Departments and District Level Officers of Tamenglong and Noney District was today held at CM Secretariat. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh and was attended by Cabinet Ministers and two MLAs of the Tamenlong district.

    In order to ensure effective governance in the hills districts of the State, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the special meeting is convened to keep an eye on the functioning of the Government machineries in the Hill Districts. The Chief Minister said, “Such meeting would be held district wise and we are starting with Tamenglong district as it is the most backward district in the State”. The primary objective of the discussion is to bring visible changes in the hill districts in terms of development which have been neglected by the previous governments for many decades, he added. The Chief Minister further said that such kind of meeting would be able to examine the problems and grievances of the government officials posted in the hills districts and to review the developmental projects so as to have inclusive development in the State.

    During the review meeting, Deputy Commissioners of Tamenglong and Noney District made a detailed power point presentation highlighting the major problems in the districts.  Briefing at the meeting, Deputy Commissioner, Tamenglong, Shri L. Kiran Kumar, MCS said that Tamenglong district is the most backward district in the Backwardness Index of the State. He brought forward many major problem areas and existing facilities of the district administration in terms of infrastructure, power supply, health, education, banking sector etc. of the district. At the meeting, Chief Minister also heard the grievances faced by the District Officers.

    Taking serious note on the dilapidated conditions of the district Mini-Secretariat, Chief Minister directed the Commissioner, Works to send Joint Secretary, Works for inspecting the said building and submit a concrete report with photos within ten days. Though the Mini-Secretariat was inaugurated in 2011, it has not been utilized yet.

    Chief Minister also instructed the Commissioner, Health and Family Welfare, Shri P.K. Singh to inspect the condition of the 50 bedded district hospital which has been upgraded to 100 bedded.


    The Chief Minister appealed the concerned DLOs and officials of the different departments posted in hill districts to be stationed at their respective districts. He further said that the Administrative Secretaries should instruct the concerned Head of Departments to issue a notification to ensure regular attendance and take their job seriously. Chief Minister also advised to launch the bio-metric system of registering attendance in the District Headquarters of the hill districts. The Chief Minister instructed the DLOs and HODs of different departments to table the action-taken reports in the next review meeting. Such special meeting would be held once a month or every two months to assess the progress of developmental works for other districts as well, he added. He appealed to the people of the State to co-operate with the government officials for smooth functioning of the government departments. (DIPR)



    Imphal, the 4th May, 2017 (DIPR): The Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla today kicked off the 13th Governor’s Taekwondo Cup, Manipur 2017 at the Indoor Stadium Khuman Lampak, Imphal. The Cup which is being organized by the All Manipur Taekwondo Association (AMTA) will continue till 7th of May 2017.

                Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Dr. Najma Heptulla stated Taekwondo is an old form of self-defence using only bare hands and feet. No weapons are ever used in the discipline. The knowledge of Taekwondo is dangerous if the high moral character and discipline are not maintained by the practioners. It inculcates respect towards elders. Taekwondo helps us to concentrate and become more self confident and self-reliant. In this discipline of sports, emphasis has always been given not only to the development of strength and skill but also to self-discipline and personal character of the practitioners. Respect for the opponents and human values are also treated as equally important by the Gurus of these sports. Over the past 50 years, more than 40 million people in 142 countries have taken to Taekwondo. Now, it is an official Olympic event and was introduced at the Sydney Australia Olympic Games in the year 2000.

                Saying that the 13th Governor’s Taekwondo Cup, Manipur 2017 will help in popularizing and promoting the discipline in the state, the Governor added that the players will compete in the tournament in the true spirit of sportsmanship for fulfilling the lofty objectives of the game.

                Shri Yumnam Khemchand, Speaker Manipur Legislative Assembly and Shri Letpao Haokip, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister graced the inaugural function of the Cup as President and Guest of Honour respectively. AMTA’s president Bobby Waikhom was also on the dais.

                In the Cup, boys and girls of Sub-junior (under 12); Cadet (under 14); Junior (under 17) and Senior (above 17) are competing in different weight categories.



    IMPHAL April 4, 2017 (DIPR) :Thongam Biswajit Singh, Power Minister who attendedthe two-day State Power Ministers’ Conference at the Convention hall, Ashok Hotel in New Delhi on May 4-5, 2017 said that all un-electrified villages in Manipur would be electrified by December 2018 and all the construction works of transmitters in the State would also be completed by December 2018. Manipur has 85 un-electrified villages out of 4141 un-electrified villages in the country. 

    The Power Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh along with the Chief Secretary O. Nabakishore Singh attended the two-day conference which reviewed the work done in the sectors of power, coal, renewable energy and mining by State Governments/ Union Territories in last six months. The Conference was chaired by the Union Minister of power Piyush Goyal.

    The Power Minister Biswajit Singh said that the conference intended to forge new policies for achieving the goal of providing 24x7 quality and affordable power for all in the stipulated time, upholding Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘New India’.

    He said that 70 per cent subsidy is available for Solar Photovoltaic lights (SPV) as per the guidelines of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) with a view to promoting solar energy projects in the state.

    He appealed to that public to opt for grid- connected rooftop solar panels/power plant which would be benefited within 70 per cent subsidy and the surplus power would also be sold out.

    Th. Biswajit Singh also stated that the Centre agreed to open a Mega Solar Park in Manipur. He said, “Solar Park is a concentrated zone of development of solar power generation projects and provides developers an area that is well characterized with proper infrastructure and access to amenities and where the risk of the projects can be minimized”.

    He expressed that the mining resources available in Manipur were not yet explored properly and it was the time to explore it.(DIPR)



    Imphal, May 4, 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam visited the Sainik School Imphal, Pangei today and inspected portions of the school building affected during the 2016 January 4, earthquake.

    During the inspection, the Minister said he will provide all possible help, though he is unable to make any specific promise or assurance at the moment.

    He said that his visit today was the part of a survey he had been making with his team of officials to identify the real issues concerning overall infrastructural development of the educational institutes in the State. He continued a Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be prepared and submitted to the Central government to seek assistance for the developmental process of educational institutes.

    For this purpose certain schools with maximum number of students are being identified in all districts and a proposal will be submitted to the Centre for approval, he said. The Minister said even if the Centre doesn’t approve the proposal in one time, he is confident that the Centre will approve at least one or two components of the proposal in a year which could be implemented in any of the districts.

    Once the State Government implements these projects successfully during the stipulated one or two years, we are confident that the Centre will further approve projects to develop educational infrastructure in the State, he said. 

    During the inspection of the school building, the Minister went inside classrooms, the top floor where the morning Assembly is conducted and hostel rooms which were affected by the earthquake. He also inspected library, computer room and the under construction auditorium having a capacity of 950 students.

    The Minister appealed to those concerned to maintain proper quality in their construction work and at the same time suggested that the vast area in and around the auditorium could be utilised with proper planning. He also suggested for landscape beautification and to plant more trees in the available spaces. The Principal and the Vice-Principal of the school submitted a memorandum to the minister.

  • Notification from Kangpokpi DC DIPR



    Imphal, 4th April, 2017 (DIPR) : A Two days State Level Youth Convention, 2017 under the theme ‘Role of Youth in Socio-Economic Development” was today inaugurated at Gandhi Memorial Hall, Imphal.

    The inaugural function was graced by the Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma A. Heptulla and Executive Chairman, MASLSA & Justice, High Court of Manipur N. Kotiswor Singh as Chief Guest and President respectively.

    Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said it is significant and appropriate that this Youth Convention is being organized and she strongly believe that this Convention will surely deliberate and come up with a roadmap for a more meaningful role of the youth for the socio-economic development of the state.

    She further said that, the youth in India comprises 27.5% of the population. Youth if properly trained is an asset for the country but if not, can create multifarious problems. The youth of the country and the state have done everyone proud with their achievement. This Youth Convention being organized is in the right direction and it has done a commendable job in uniting the youth of different parts of the state on a single platform. Such Convention should also be organized at different parts of the state spreading the right message and infusing the right spirit, the spirit of love, peace, compassion, hard work and commitment in youth for the socio-economic development of the state.

    The Governor also stated that State Government has already framed Manipur State Youth Policy from the year, 2011 in which important objectives were highlighted such as to foster among the youth a spirit of national consciousness; fight against all forms of substance abuse; to provide the youth proper educational training opportunity to equip them with working skills for employment and self-employment opportunities including financial assistance.

    In his Presidential speech, Justice N. Kotiswor Singh said this Youth Convention is important for the students and youngster to know the basic fundamental law of the land. He also encourages the students to read Constitution of India and understand Rule of law which implies respecting the democratic institution.  He also said that the topic chosen for the Convention are relevant for the present society. Kotiswor further said that Manipur State Legal Services Authority provides free and competent legal service to the weaker sections of the society to ensure that opportunities for securing justice, free legal advice, free counselling and preparation of legal documents.

    The Youth Convention was organized by Service Bridge Agency in collaboration with Manipur Legal Service Authority and attended by many students. In this two Day State Level Youth Convention, eminent lawyers and experts would attend as resource persons. Various  topic like ‘Legal Aids’, Law Relating to Cyber Crime, Importance of Voluntary Blood Donation & Blood Bank, Adolescents in School need, Earthquake resistant structure & Seismic Retrofitting, Youth & Law, Depression and its impact on Youth, Entrepreneurship Skill Development, Self Employment, Financial and Digital Literacy Programme, Youth Policy and Law will be discussed in the technical session. (DIPR)


    Imphal, May 2, 2017 (DIPR): In view of the Central Government decision to roll out the Goods and Services Tax in the Country with effect from 1st July, 2017, the State Cabinet today approved the proposed formulation of Section 173 and 174 for the finalisation of Draft Bill of the State Goods and Services Tax by the GST Council.


                The GST Council has approved the model draft State GST bill on 31/03/2017 has requested the State Government to make available to the Council, precise formulation of Section 173 and section 174 of the SGST Bill of the State of Manipur after incorporating the Acts to be repealed/amended.

                The Manipur State Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017 would be introduced in the State Assembly. The Bill, inter alia, would provide (i) to levy tax on all intra-State supplies of goods or services or both except of alcoholic liquor for human consumption at the rate to be notified, not exceeding twenty percent as recommended by the Goods and Services Tax Council; (ii) at present tax on sale of petroleum crude, high speed diesel, petrol, natural gas and aviation turbine fuel will be levied under the existing Manipur VAT Act, 2004 till the Goods and services Tax Council recommends the date on which the goods and services tax will be levied on these items. (DIPR)


    Imphal, May 2, 2017 (DIPR): With the objective of ensuring gainful Employment, Housing and providing treated tap drinking water to each of the household in the state within the period of five years starting from 2017-18 onwards, the State Cabinet today decided to launch State Mission on employment, housing and drinking water for each household by 2022.

                The decision was taken at the State Cabinet Meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The mission will be based on three pillars of Community Mobilization, Transparency and Universal coverage with the primary focus on cluster based approach. The mission is to be implemented by leveraging funds from the funding window of different Ministries of Central Government under various Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS). The mission aims to provide 100 percent employment, housing and treated tap water which is to be ensured in selected cluster of villages covering all the Blocks of Manipur.

                The mission is proposed to be implemented in five phases, with the total tentative targets of covering around 7,50,000 households for providing gainful Employment, 86,000 households for Housing and 4,63,620 households for treated drinking water. The targeted number of households for Employment, Housing and Piped Drinking Water in each phase are 1,50,000, 17,200 and 92,724 respectively. 


                The Mission would comprise of a Governing Council to be headed by the Chief Minister, an Executive Council to be headed by the Chief Secretary and District Executive Council with Deputy Commissioner concerned as the Chairperson. The Mission would also have a Cluster Level Monitoring Committee to be headed by the concerned MLAs as the Chairman. The formal launch of the Mission would be held in the month of June this year.

                At present, there are over 7 lakh educated unemployed youth in the State having a population of about 28 lakh with approximately 5.07 lakh households. About 1 lakh households are dependent on Government services or Government related activities and an additional around 60,000 households may have come out of medium income group. The focus group for enhancing the income level through of gainful employment would be about 3.47 lakh households.

                As per Census 2011, for Households by condition of Census houses occupied by them, the total number of Households living in dilapidated condition house is 23,510 out of total households of 5,07,152 while 2,74,551 and 2,09,091 households live in good and liveable condition houses respectively. Out of the total households 3,35,752 households are in rural area while the remaining 1,71,400 are in urban area.


                Manipur is seriously lagging behind other States in terms of water supply infrastructure development as well as proper operations and maintenance of existing infrastructure. As a result, Manipur is among the worst performers with regard to total households having access to drinking water source with premised in the north-eastern region with coverage of just 16% of the total households in the State. Out of the total rural households of 3,35,752 in the State, 15,529 households are having piped water connection. In the case of urban households, 28,000 are having access to piped water connection out of total urban households of 1,71,400. (DIPR)


    IMPHAL, May 3, 2017(DIPR): In the line with the announcement and commitment of the new government; the State government decided to take up various works for completion in 100 days. These works mainly related to various sectors under Health & Family Welfare, Information Technology, Science & Technology, Agriculture, Horticulture, Transport, Public Works Department, Home, Art and Culture, Public Health Engineering Department, Finance Department, Power, Department of Information and Public Relations, Tourism, Rural development and Panchayati Raj, Education, Planning, Social Welfare, MAHUD, Minorities and Backward Classes, and Department of Personnel.

    In the Cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh  today approved the list of 57 works of the various departments to be completed in 100 days.

    Few important works under Home, DP, MAHUD, Social Welfare and Labour are opening of Cyber Crime Police Station and Community Policing System, Discontinuation of interview in Direct recruitment of Grade-III and IV posts, Extension of PMAY (Urban) to Greater Imphal, Opening of accounts for all old aged persons beneficiaries and door step delivery of pension, Welfare benefit to 6000 building and construction workers, Action plan for ensuring one job opportunity to every household.

    Few important works under MOBC, SCERT, Health and Family Welfare, IT, Science and technology and Agriculture are Construction of 46 classrooms and 14 hostels with 645 beds, Start of DIET Imphal East, Rationalisation of transfer and posting of health staff especially in hill areas and putting in place a policy for transfer and posting, Special immunisation drive for full immunisation of about 8000 children of 0-2 years in Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Churachandpur and Chandel districts, Connecting all district headquarters through wireless, connecting government offices within district headquarters under SWAN, Setting up 50 seated Digital Planetarium at Manipur Science Centre, and preparation of strategy for doubling farmers’ income by 2020.

    Few important works under Transport, Education, Rural Development, PWD and DIPR are Revival of Manipur State Transport and operationalisation of ISTB at Dewlaland, Regulation of private schools and private tuition centres, Starting vocational courses in 40 colleges, Establishment of video conferencing facilities between Chief Minister/ Education Minister/ Director Education(U) and government colleges, E-payment system under MGNERGS in all 161 Panchayats, Commissioning of office Complex of all four Zila Parishads of the State, Mending of pot holes in all District Headquarters and roads within, Restoration of damaged stretches of Mao-Imphal National Highways  and Launching of Manipur State Journalists Welfare Fund.

    Important works under Horticulture, Art and Culture, Power, Finance, Planning, PHED and Tourism are Introduction of organic farming to 5000 farmers, support of musical instrument and teaching of music to school children, Electrification of 77 census villages in Chandel, Churachandpur, Senapati, Ukhrul and Tamenglong, Direct Benefit Transfer for all State Funded Schemes, Launching og website for monitoring of development activities for effective and efficient utilisation of fund, preparation of Vision 2032 for the State of Manipur, Action plan for giving piped drinking water to every household , organisation of Shirui Festival and Development of Andro Tourist Park.

    It may be mentioned that series of consultations with various line departments were undertaken by the Government in the past few days to facilitate the identification of works. Taking into account the availability of funds, adequate time for completion of works, nature of works and impact of works; 57 works were shortlisted in the first instance.

    To ensure timely completion of those identified works in 100 days; the overall progress of works will be monitored by the Chief Minister’s office.(DIPR)



    Imphal, May 3, 2017 (DIPR): TheWorld Press Freedom Day -2017 was observed today at the State Information Centre, DIPR, Palace Gate under the theme “Promoting the media’s potential as a catalyser of peace and mutual understanding”. The observation was organised by the Editors Guild Manipur.

    IPR Commissioner Shri Kangjam Radhakumar, Director IPR Shri Meghachandra Kongbam, Secretary General, Editors Guild Manipur Shri Yumnam Rupachandra and President Editors Guild Manipur Shri Ahongshangbam Mobi Singh attended the function as Chief Guest, Guests of Honour and President respectively.

                Addressing the gathering, Commissioner Radhakumar said the observance of the day reminds the people about the importance of freedom of press. He added this year’s theme is also an appropriate theme for the present times. The IPR Commissioner continued that the media plays an important role in bringing out the grievances of the public before the government.

                Stressing on the role of the media in bringing good governance, IPR Director Meghachandra Kongbam said the media has a big role to play in achieving Sustainable Development in the world by 2030 which was adopted by the UN in 2015. He elaborated the media helps in reaching out the various development programmes of the government to the masses. The IPR director also spoke on the various grievances faced by the media in carrying out their duties.

                AIR News Editor Dr. Aribam Ibomcha Sharma said whether media brings peace or create war has become a major topic of debate in today’s world.

                EGM Secretary General Rupachandra said today there are certain issues affecting the working of journalist fraternity. He further elaborated that earlier paid news was a major issue, however, today, the issue of fake news is fast becoming a major world-wide menace.

    He continued this year the World Press Freedom Day is observed under three sub-themes, which are justice for all as a prerequisite for freedom of expression and sustainable development; promoting the media’s potential as a catalyser of peace and mutual understanding; and freedom of expression and freedom of information foster more inclusive societies. (DIPR)



    Tamenglong, May 3, 2017 (DIPR) : A 7-Day Basic Course in News Reporting was opened today by Course Coordinator, State Institute of Journalism, DIPR Chongtham Noyon Singh at Tamenglong District Information Office.

    The President, Tamenglong District Working Journalist’s Union Ramkung Pamei and the President of Manipur Hills Journalist’s Union Sothing Shimray were the President and Guest of Honour of the inaugural function.

    The Course Coordinator who is also Dy. Director, IPR in his speech stated that the present training course was the third program conducted in the hill district of Manipur. In the last year such training program were conducted at Ukhrul and Senapati District Headquarter.  The 7 day basic course will be conducted in Churachandpur district Headquarter soon, he added.

    He further appealed to the course participants to attend classes regularly so that they can learn more knowledges in the field of Journalism and mass communication.

    In his Presidential address Ramkung said, it is a first of its kind in Tamenglong District. Though it is the beginning it will pave the way for revival of Journalism in the District, he said. He also appealed the department for organising such training program in the hill areas.

    Altogether 26 youths are participating in the course which will concludes on 9th May, 2017. (DIPR)


    2nd May, 2017, Senapati: A joint meeting under NPO and Civil Society Organisation, Senapati is held today at DRDA Conference Hall. PHED, Printing & Stationery Minister, Losii Dikho, Tribal and Hill Areas, Fisheries Minister, N. Kayisii, and Senapati ADC, Chairman ML Markson along with his colleagues attended the meeting. Tribal & HA Minister Kayisii assured that he would avail the fund to the maximum under the various Tribal schemes. PHED Minister Dikho appreciates the initiators of Barak festivals and he also opined that Barak River has got lots of potentiality like providing water to the whole state through proper water storage set-up and making a good attraction for tourist.   The convener of the meeting briefs some of the programme taken up in the past. The meeting also discussed on the recognition of Barak Festival as state and chocked out programmes to be taken up during the festival. (DIPR)


    Imphal, May 02, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh met the members of All Manipur Petroleum Products Drivers’ Association and All Manipur Petroleum Products Transporters’ Association in the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

    During the meeting, Shri N. Biren Singh made his earnest appeal to the two associations to call off their steering-down stir launched after the recent gun attacks on petroleum tankers between Kangpokpi and Changoubung in Kangpokpi district.

    After patiently hearing the grievances aired by the association members, Shri N. Biren assured to enhance security for the oil tankers and transporters to ensure the safety of the drivers and handymen.

    He said that a dedicated 24X7 hotline number (0385-2450214) will be opened at DGP’s office from tomorrow to attend the calls of transporters and drivers of oil tankers, LPG bullet tankers and trucks operating service on the National Highways in case of any emergency. Another hotline mobile number having Whatsapp facility will also be activated soon.

    The Chief Minister said that drivers, transporters and handymen may directly inform to these hotline numbers if they face any problem on the National Highways. During the meeting, Shri N. Biren also conveyed that the State Government would open life insurance accounts for the drivers and handymen of inflammable trucks carrying petroleum products, for which the annual premium would be borne by the State Government.

    Moreover, the State Government would also provide ex-gratia and job to the next of kin of the drivers and handymen, who lost life due to militant or anti-social element attack in the line of duty, the Chief Minister said.

    Shri N. Biren also directed the Transport Commissioner, who also attended the meeting, to issue an order to the officers concerned not to take more than two days in renewal and issuance of driving license and hazardous license.

    As reported harassment of drivers and handymen of petroleum tankers of Manipur in Assam, the Chief Minister of Manipur contacted Assam Finance Minister Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma over the phone on the matter.

    Shri N. Biren told the association members that Shri Himanta had assured to convene a joint meeting of five SPs of different districts of Assam regarding the matter tomorrow. (DIPR)




    Imphal, 2nd May, 2017 (DIPR): Interacting with teachers while inspecting government schools at the Hiyanglam Assembly Constituency, Education, Labour and Employment Minister Th. Radheshyam said teachers should say ‘no’ and stop the construction of school infrastructure if it is done without maintaining proper quality, as it is against the principle and moral values of teachers and a true citizen. Noting the students need good leaders and role models abided by values of principle, he said, voices need to be raised against the wrong.

    During the visit in five schools - Sekmaijin Primary School, Dhabali High School (aided), Langmeidong Higher Secondary School, Langmeidong Girl’s High School (aided), The Khoidum Primary School at various locations of the constituency the Minister said though the condition of government schools will be improved, the teachers should also contribute voluntarily towards betterment of school by taking care of school properties or by approaching concern officials. In any proposal for construction or renovation of school, the Minister said a proper reasoning on certain criteria fulfilling necessary requirements to establish a school at an exact location or a locality should be brought to the notice.

    Enquiring about school library funds he said it should be utilised only on books giving priority as required for reference not only for students but even for teachers. Speaking about teaching technique, the Minister suggested of accelerated teaching to be introduced which use audio-visual for better understanding of the subject. The quality of government schools need to be improved and thus everyone involve in education need to work as team and set a target to produced the best students within a time frame, so that the hesitation of sending one’s kid in government school could be cured, the Minister added.

    Gracing an inaugural function of a newly constructed school building, The A. N. K. English Academy, Langmeidong, the Minister said good schools and institution are a must as education is an important department nurturing mankind, the future of tomorrow. Education these days, he added has become a race running after the marks pressuring the children. Thus, he said children need to be made to feel learning as pleasure and making them realise the real essence of education. Students, teachers and parents, he said are the main three pillars for education and to pave education in the right direction all these three need to come together as team to understand the wants and requirement of the student to make them better for their life ahead.

    In the function MLA Hiyanglam A/C Dr. Radheshyam Yumnam, officials of education department, ZEOs were also present. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 2, 2017 (DIPR): Local MLA and Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister, Nemcha Kipgen along with Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister, V. Hangkhanlian today inspected the site for Henu (Ema) Market in Kangpokpi District.

    The proposed site for the market is now a part of the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department, Manipur. So, a new site at Regional Cattle Breeding Farm in Kangpokpi Ward No.14 will be allotted for the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department.

    It may be mentioned that the said construction of this market was announced by Hon’ble Chief Minister N. Biren Singh during his recent visit in the district. Minister Nemcha expresses her gratitude to the BJP led government for making such developmental project in the district, a reality.

    During the visit, both the Ministers were also felicitated by Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council, Kangpokpi.



    IMPHAL, May 2, 2017 (DIPR): IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip presided a meeting between IFCD officials and Mapithel dam-affected Chadong villagers today at the Secretariat Conference Hall.

                Highlighting their woes during the meeting, Chadong villagers demanded fair compensation to the villagers who have been displaced by the Mapithel dam like providing alternative livelihood schemes. They also extended invitation to the Minister and the IFCD officials to inspect the village and assess the grievances.

                IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip assured the delegates that the Government is committed to solving the prolonged issued plaguing the Mapithel dam-affected villagers. He also told the villagers that a High Power committee comprising of Works, Agriculture, Fisheries, PHED and CAF&PD Ministers has been constituted to solve the problems of Mapithel dam-displaced villagers.

    The Minister also assured the delegates from Chadong that he would personally visit the village along with Members of the High Power Committee in the immediate future to assess the woes and grievances of the dam-affected villagers and settle the matter once and for all.

                Shri Letpao Haokip further sought the cooperation of all concerned so that the Mapithel project may be completed soon.

                Shri Gopen Meitei, Secretary of IFCD; Shri Ksh. Pritam Singh, Chief Engineer (IFCD); Shri P. Ingocha Singh, SE/TC-I), Shri Ibomcha Sharma, EE/TPD-I and Shri L. Tamocha Roy, AE/TPD-I  represented the department in the meeting.

                Shri Kahaosang Mahong, Secretary of Chadong Village Authority (R&R Committee) led a 12-member delegation of Chadong Village Authority in the talk.

                It may be mentioned here that the Minister had similar meeting with chiefs/Headmen of about 17 villages affected by the upstream and downstream of Mapithel Dam under the auspices of Mapithel Dam Affected Coordination Committee (MDACC) on April 27 last. (DIPR)

  • Notification from High Court of Manipur


    Imphal, 02 May, 2017, DIPR: MAHUD Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar today announced a plan for a new market shed with modern facilities will be constructed at Lamphel Super Market. He was speaking as the Chief Guest of the function at the 7th Foundation Day of the Lamphel Super Market Chaokhat Thourang Nupi Lup and Khwairamband Bazar New Market Non-Licence Holders Association held at Lamphel Super Market, Imphal West. Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar told the women vendors of Lamphel Super Market that he will discuss with the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and his Council of Ministers regarding the construction of a new market shed.

    Praising Chief Minister N. Biren Singh as a dynamic leader of the state, Minister Shyamkumar assured to the women vendors that he will put up a report to the Chief Minister regarding the problems, demands and suggestions of the women vendors. He was optimistic that the Chief Minister will address the grievances of the women vendors, including those coming from Mao.

    Minister Shyamkumar said that, the State needs cold storage facility for storing perishable products. The Minister also said that, he will discuss with the Chief Minister on buying vegetable and other products including unsold ones, to reduce the number of street vendors. He also added that, the Horticulture Department is planning to open an organic outlet (shop) at Sanjenthong at the earliest.

    Speaking on the illegal encroachment issue around the Lamphel area, Minister Shyamkumar said that, the public need to protect the land as it is the asset of the State. The Minister further said that, Manipur cannot be called developed only by developing Imphal city. He also appealed to the public to maintain cleanliness around the market area.

    The function was attended by Shri H. Nutanchandra, Corporator of Ward No. 3, IMC; Ima S. Ibetombi, President of Lamphel Supermarket Chaokhat Thourang Nupi Lup; Ima Ibemhal, President of Non-License Holders Association, President of Mao Union; women vendors and local residents. The event was organised by Lamphel Super Market Chaokhat Thourang Nupi Lup and Khwairamband Bazar New Market Non-Licence Holders Association.(DIPR)


    2nd May 2017( DIO-CCP) : 5(Five) Days Awareness Workshop on “E- WASTE MANAGEMENT “ i.e.1st – 5th May 2017, organized by NIELIT Imphal was inaugurated yesterday at Churachandpur Government College. The Inauguration programme was graced by Shri R.Sudhan IAS Deputy Commissioner of Churachandpur District, Shri Ricky Vanlallawm, Principle of Churachandpur Govt.College and Shri Th. Prameshwor Singh, Executive Direction NIELIET Imphal as Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and President respectively.

    Speaking on the inaugural function, Shri R.Sudhan emphasized the importance of disposing the waste Gadgets and Electronic property. Every household have e-waste,even out here in Churachandpur ,many people use Electronic goods so we need to be awared of how to re-cycle our e-waste product. He hope and said that the Workshop will bring good impact in the near future.
    Shri Ricky Vanlallawm mentioned the value of re-cycling of waste product by taking the example of the Japanese ways of re-cycling of the skin of sugar-cane into an useful material in place of just throwing away as most of us practice.

    Presiding over the function, Shri Th. Prameshore Singh mentioned the danger of disposing e-waste product and said that we should not mixed dumping e-waste and domestic product together in the dust-bin. Dumping e- waste product to our plantation field or kitchen garden and by consuming the products of such crops and plants causes toxic for health and hazardous for human beings, he added.

    The inaugural function was attended by about 50 Govt. Employees . The technical session was started instantly after the inaugural function under the topic “ Introduction to e-waste and its composition”. (DIPR)


    Imphal, May 2 (DIPR): Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh chaired the 1st meeting of the State Employment Guarantee Council (SEGC) for the FY 2017-18 today. The meeting was held at the Conference Hall of the Old Secretariat, South Block, Imphal.

    Addressing the meeting, the Minister said co-operation of all stakeholders is required for the successful implementation of all government schemes in the State. Expressing that all schemes of the government should be implemented successfully, the Minister also invited suggestions from the concerned DCs for the same.

                    He further appealed to the concerned DCs and officials to convince and properly educate the local governing bodies like the Zilla Parishads on the schemes for their proper and successful implementation.

                    The agendas discussed during the meeting include post facto approval of the Labour Budget proposed for the FY 2017-18; review of financial and physical progress for the FY 2016-17; approved (PDs) Persondays and Fund requirement for the remaining period; commitments of the State/ Districts with regards to Focus Areas; completion of Incomplete works; delay in payments of wages; GeO MGNREGA; more focus on creation to Natural Resource/ Quality and Durable Assets creation; creation of Individual Assets; construction of roads in accordance with the standard specification; job card verification and updation; adoption of seven register in the Gram Panchayat/ Villages; Aadhaar seeding; SECC data and deprived households; social audit; framing of Grievances Redressal Rules and appointment of Ombudsman; e-FMS Universalisation; Barefoot Technicians (BFTs) training and deployment; status of compliance of audit observation of C&AG; constitution of State Employment Guarantee Council (SEGC) and status of the meeting; deployment and training of technical personnel’s; capacity building of the technical personal- DTRT & BTRT training; issues pertaining to livelihood and convergence and others.

                    The meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary (Finance), Principal Secretary (Labour), Secretary (RD&PR), all DPCs/DCs and non-official members among others. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 1, 2017 (DIPR): “OORJA” Central Armed Police Forces U-19 Talent Hunt Football Tournament 2017, started today at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium, Imphal. The tournament is an initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a prelude to the U-17 FIFA World Cup to be held in New Delhi in October, 2017. The tournament is organised by IGAR (South) in association with All Manipur Football Association and Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of Manipur, under the aegis of All India Police Sports Control Board. The tournament, which had its curtain raiser on 28th April, is mainly organised to encourage young boys and girls to develop their inherent talent in the field of football to achieve the aim of “Mission XI Million Football Players”. The tournament to be held in three phases – State level, Zonal Level and National Level will select promising players to represent India at the Asian Championship and also to recruit them in the CAPF.

    Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function, Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla, said that, the boys and girls of Manipur have excelled in games and sports bringing numerous laurels from national and international tournaments thus getting the sobriquet “Power House” of sports. In almost every big football club, one can come across Manipuri football players significantly and also in Services, she added. Games and sports create a platform for moulding the personality of a person besides providing oneness, team spirit, sportsmanship and fellow feeling among the participants. In any game one wins and one loses. One should not always think of winning the game but play in true spirit of a sportsmanship. The tournament will inculcate and fulfil all these objectives and will nurture the budding talents of the state, she further added. She also said that the initiatives taken up by the Government of India in the recent past in the field of games and sports will boost up the future of all sports loving persons of the country.

    In his speech as Guest of Honour, Deputy CM, Shri Y. Joykumar said that the quality of football in the state has gone down comparing to other North East states. There is lack of international standard coaches to guide the players to flourish in the field, he added. Lack of proper infrastructure also added to the downfall of the quality of the football game. There is necessity to build a football ground in each district to encourage the youths to join the sports of football in the state, he added.

    World Boxing Champion Smt L. Sarita Devi, International football players P. Rennedy and O. Bembem were also present in the opening ceremony along with Civil and Top Police officials.  P. Rennedy and O. Bembem rendered oath to the participants of the tournament. The winner of the tournament will be given a running trophy along with a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- each to the girls and boys team in the name of the international football players. Kangchup Road Youth Physical Sports Association (KRYPHSA) won the opening match against Eastern Sporting Union (ESU) with 4 goals. The tournament which kicks off today will continue till 10th of this month with a total of eight (8) girls and boys team taking part. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 1 (DIPR): State Works Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh inspected the condition of the Mao section of the National Highway 2 today, and said road restoration work for this section will be initiated at the earliest.

    Minister Biswajit said filling up of potholes along this section especially along the Tadubi to Maram stretch will be initiated in a day or two if the weather condition allows.

    Stating that the Mao section of the highway is considered the lifeline of the State, the Minister elaborated today’s tour was made to inspect the deplorable condition of the highway section and to see what needs to be taken up before the arrival of the monsoon season so that the plights of the drivers and people plying along the road are minimised.

    He continued, if the weather condition improves in the next few days, filling up of potholes along the highway section especially in the Tadubi to Maram stretch will be taken up on a priority basis and complete the process within two-three months and make the road “traffic worthy”.

    He further said, in the second phase more development works will be taken up along the whole stretch of the highway including construction of drainage systems and culverts. This will be followed by four laning of the highway, he continued. The Minister also said that work on the highway has been assigned to only the state PWD and the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).

    Stressing that the objective of the new government is to bring a change in the State, Minister Biswajit said it is the responsibility of the government to provide good roads and improve the economy of the people and not just inspect road conditions on receiving complaints. It is the priority of the new government to visit all places of the State and reach out to the people and improve their condition, he added.

    Regarding the recent issue on the non-maintenance of quality in construction of a road in Ukhrul, the Minister said the work is not under the purview of the PWD. It was taken up by a private firm Bharti Infrastructure Construction Company under the NHIDCL, he said, and further added that the State government has already urged the concerned authorities to look into the issue and check whether the fault lies with the contractor or whether it happened due to lack of supervision and to take necessary actions if required.

    The Minister, who was accompanied by engineers including the State PWD Chief Engineer and other concerned officials, also inspected some spots affected by land sliding along the highway. (DIPR)



    Imphal, May 1, 2017 (DIPR):  The XVII EIMI Meet, 2017 of tribal students of Manipur University was held at Centenary Hall, Manipur University, Imphal today. The Meet, under the theme”, “Peace, Love and Unity Among the EIMI” was organised by Manipur University EIMI Welfare Society (MUEWS).

                The function was graced by Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister, V. Hangkhanlian as Chief Guest and Asst. Prof. CSSEIP, Manipur University Dr. Thathang Vaiphei as functional President.

                Minister V. Hangkhanlian handed over meritorious awards to two gold medallists and Ph.D. awardees. The Minister said that for peace and happiness in the society, one should not forget the theme and maintain love, passion and unity among the different communities. For equality, love and peace, let us try in every possible way. Students who would become leaders should try to increase capability and talent in various ways; contribute the skill by students and workers that would bring peace and development to our state. Let’s strive for peace, love and unity, he added.

                Entertainment items like cultural dance in traditional attire echoed the ears of the audiences and the hall.

                Special invitees Addl. Principal Conservator of Forest, Dr.Khaizalian, CEO CCPur District Council Soiminlen, MCS, Principal, RK Sanatombi College of Teachers’ Education, Dr. K.P Guite and Advocate Serto T. Kom gave their speeches encouraging the Tribal Students. Around 300 students and other dignitaries were present in the meet.



    Imphal, 01 May, 2017, DIPR: The ‘10thFoundation Day cum May Day Celebration’ was organised by the Kanglei Economic Development Organisation (KEDO) at the Khwairamband Ima Keithel, Imphal today. Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function, Shri Th. Shyamkumar, Minister of MAHUD, Town Planning, Forests and Environment, Horticulture and Soil Conservation appealed to the citizens of the State especially youths not to be ashamed while taking up any kind of work.

    Stating that the youths of the State have a big role to play in improving economy of Manipur, Minister Shyamkumar was hopeful that the State will progress once the citizens take up all kinds of work with emphasis on self-employment.

    Minister Shyamkumar said that, the Government has come across many illegal pattas for spaces covering the drains of the Khwairamband Keithel during the last 15 years. He added that, the new government is firm to take legal action against the wrong doers. The Minister appealed to the public to imbibe civic sense to maintain cleanliness and said that, 200 dustbins will be kept in different locations across the market.

    Speaking as the Guest of Honour at the function, Shri L. Susindro Meitei, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) appealed to the government to provide 24X7 toilet service in the Khwairamband Keithel as the workers of the KEDO are facing inconveniences working during the night time. Susindro also drew the need for toilet facility for the shoppers.

    Susindro Meitei assured that, a loan of Rs 20,000 each will be given to KEDO workers in collaboration with Bandhan Bank, promising the same to the women vendors in case of requirement. He further said that, a new market shed with 500 shops will be soon constructed at Khurai to be open 5 days a week. A day will be used for cleaning the market while the next day will be an off day for the workers. Assuring that KEDO workers will be contacted for the purpose, Susindro Meitei promised to construct a new place for the workers at Khurai Lamlong Keithel.

    As part of the function, Minister Th. Shyamkumar along with Parliamentary Secretary L. Susindro handed over a four-wheeler vehicle – ‘Mahindra Jeeto’ to KEDO worker Thockchom Sanathoi which will be used for ferrying drinking water. He bought the vehicle with loan from KEDO Finance. The annual souvenir of KEDO was also released on the occasion. Awards and certificates were also presented to KEDO workers under best discipline and best worker categories. The function was attended by women vendors of Khwairamband Keithel and workers of KEDO. (DIPR)



    Imphal, 01 May, 2017, DIPR: On the occasion of May Day, MAHUD Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar today announced that, the new government under the leadership of the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh will discuss on increasing the wages for the employees of Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) based on recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission. He was speaking as the Chief Guest of the function at ‘May Day Celebration 2017’ organised by the Imphal Municipal Employees’ Union (IMEU) at IMC Office, Imphal.

    Minister Shyamkumar, who is also the Minister of Town Planning, Forests and Environment, Horticulture and Soil Conservation, stressed on the importance of giving equal rights and treatment to the workers for better productivity and to boost morals of the workers. Stating that the world will progress when we give respect to the workers, Minister Shyamkumar added that, the workers also need to perform their duties with honesty and discipline.

    The Minister asked all the employees to work together to maintain cleanliness in and around Imphal city and added that all the necessary requirements of the workers will be fulfilled by the government. He also said that, maintaining punctuality and discipline are the key to success.

    The function was attended by IMEU President, Shri N. Nimbus Singh as the Guest of Honour; IMC Mayor, Shri S. Sunil Singh as the President; M. Joy - Special Secretary MAHUD, Manipur; Ng. Uttam Singh – Joint Director MAHUD, Manipur and Th. Harikumar Singh - Municipal Commissioner of IMC as the special invitees along with employees of IMC. (DIPR)



    Imphal 1st May, 2017 (DIPR): Honouring the labours, with gifts for their struggle bringing certain change, on the particular day of labours ‘The May Day’, Labour and Employment, Education, Minister Th. Radheshyam said celebration is a chance for oneself to retrospect of how far the conditions of the labours as well as the society has improved in the last 130 years since the struggle of 1880s (1886) in Chicago demanding for the 8 hour work day spreading in India and in Manipur in 1939 (under the leadership of Hijam Irabot Singh). Organised by Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Labourers’ Welfare Association under the theme “Securing Decent Work for Sustainable Social – Economic Development” the May Day was observed at Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak.

    Appreciating the celebration of May Day the Minister said, the celebration would have been more impactful if all the labours of Manipur working in all organised and unorganised sectors were brought together under one umbrella at such function. Mentioning the most unfortunate incident of Bhopal gas tragedy, the Minister said the labourers need to be aware of all the welfare schemes of health, social security, education, housing, recreation, water supply, etc., provided by the government for the welfare of labourers of the country. Making an announcement of certain plans to organise a Labour Mela in the state the Minister said, the fair will be organised with an aim to create awareness on the various central schemes for the welfare of labour.

    Highlighting the importance of having labour unions the Minister said, unions have to carry out certain needful work for the welfare of the labourer that plays a major role in the progress of society. The main task for such union should be to address the needful and check the implementation of the government schemes of the labour for the upliftment of those whoever belongs to this class of people who are the enforcer of the development progress of the state, the minister added.

    Stating the need to set a target for the upliftment of the working conditions of the working class citizen so that the future does not suffer the hardship like today the minister said, all the labours and concern authority need to come together to work together to improve the working condition within the minimum time frame. Thus to achieved the goal the Minister said, proper analysis of the prevailing conditions need to be discussed so that a favourable condition or newly implementation if required for the welfare of the labourer be propagated in the state of Manipur.

    In the function Parliamentary Secretary Tourism & IT, Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh and president and members of CAF&PD, Labourers’ Welfare Association was present at the function. As part of the function the 5th Voluntary Blood Donation Camp was also held sponsored by National Health Mission, Manipur. (DIPR)

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