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Imphal, September 2, 2017 (DIPR): Manipur Governor Dr.Najma Heptullla graced the 239th Shri Shri Govindaji Heikru Hidongba organised by Bijoy Govinda Sevayet Committee at Bijoy Govinda Thangapat,Sagolband  today.

Titular king Leishemba Sanajaoba and Chief Justice Shri N Koteshwor also attended today’s  Heikru Hidongba event as dignitaries.

Southern Side team led by Ph Padmakumar of Takhellambam Leikai beats the Northern Side team led by Salam Johnny of Salam Leikai in the boat race held today. About fourteen players participated in each team.

Winner Southern Side team was awarded a cash prize of Rs.5000 donated by Shri Achom Kholendro while runners up team Northern Side received Rs. 4000 from Shri. R.K.Roychand.

Congratulating both the teams, Governor Dr.Najma Heptullla announced that a Governor’s trophy for Heikru Hidongba is likely to start from next year.

Titular king Leishemba Sanajaoba expressed his happiness in witnessing today’s event stating that it’s really an auspicious moment to be a part of Heikru Hidongba at the right time and right place and said that he felt deeply honoured to receive invitation for this old cultural festival.

It may be mentioned that Heikru Hidongba is performed at the moat of Bijoy Govinda every year on the 11th day of the Manipuri Calendar Month Langban with elements of religion, custom and other traditional beliefs of creation. It holds an important place in Manipuri history as it is one of the several festivals started during the reign of King Bheigyachandra in 1779 A.D. that was believed to bring prosperity to the community. Heikru Hidongba denotes a twin boat sanctified by the presence of deity amidst chanting of Sankirtana and music during the course of which arti is offered. (DIPR)




Imphal, 1st September 2017 (DIPR): Public Works Department Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh has instructed officials of the department to submit land details of all Institutional Buildings of PWD within seven days.

Chairing the 4th monthly review meeting of the department at the conference hall of his New Secretariat Office, the minister said it is very necessary to have land patta/records of all institutional buildings of the department after the implementation of Good Service Tax.

Further taking up the issue of machineries of the department lying unattended at work sites but yet to be returned, the Minister said only 16 has been returned to the department so far although the concerned officials have already been instructed to locate and identify all machineries lying defunct and unused.

Meanwhile, following an instruction of the Minister to complete construction and improvement of the Moirang to Sendra Road, the concerned engineer committed to complete the same within the month of October before the commencement of the Manipur Sangai Festival.

Minister Biswajit also instructed the concerned officials and engineers to repair minor damages and identify major damages of roads under their jurisdictions on their own level and to inform the same to the Minister.

He further instructed the concerned officials to submit the estimate details of the renovation works of the PWD complex at Khuyathong, GAD and State Guest House.

During the meeting, the officials also apprised the Minister that cleaning/ clearing of drains around Raj Bhavan and Nupilal Complex have been conducted.

                The Minister also assured to provide the required staff of Jiribam Division by October.

He further said that the department should erect hoardings displaying the Central schemes and projects under the department along the National Highways to create awareness and provide information of the same to the public.

He further suggested the PWD circle to implement paperless functioning as a model for other departments. He said officials should also ensure that there is no communication between the different sections of the department for its smooth functioning. (DIPR)




IMPHAL, September 1 (DIPR): Arjuna Awardee boxer Shri L. Devendro was accorded a warm welcome today at YDC Community Hall, Yurembam.

Speaking at the reception function organised by Youth Development Club, Yurembam Awang Leikai, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Shri Letpao Haokip said that he had considered Arjuna Award or any other National awards unachievable for sports persons of the NE region. However, the spirited and dedicated sports persons of the region particularly Manipur proved it otherwise.

Shri Letpao Haokip said that it is matter of pride for the State to see recipients of National Awards including the prestigious Arjuna Award galore thereby putting the State into more prominence in the Indian sports map.

He also praised the patience, perseverance and strict discipline maintained by boxer and Olympian L. Devendro in the boxing arena and elsewhere. All these characters in the sportsperson have earned him the prestigious award, he said.

The Minister further said that Devendro would be an inspiration for many talented sports persons of the State.

Addressing the gathering as the guest of honour, Dr. Sapam Ranjan, MLA of Konthoujam A/C said that the feat achieved by boxer L. Devendro is worthy of celebration. The local MLA also handed Rs. 50,001/- from his monthly salary to L. Devendro as a token of encouragement to achieve higher accomplishment in future.

Delivering his speech as the guest of honour, Shri Sorokhaibam Rajen Singh, MLA of Lamshang A/C and Deputy Chairman, Manipur Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation Limited said sports can be a panacea to drug abuse menace in the society. He urged all concerned to encourage and promote sports in order to attain a healthy society. (DIPR)




IMPHAL, 1st SEPTEMBER, 2017(DIPR):            Deputy Chief Minister Shri YumnamJoykumar Singhhas assured to consider 22 Points Charter of Demand made by Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of All Manipur Trade Unions’ Council (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees’ Organisation (AMGEO). He assured to consider theirdemandswhile he was interacting with the representatives of JACtoday at his Official Chamber at Manipur Secretariat in Imphal.

            Altogether 14 representatives including four women, headed by Secretary General of JACLaitonjamBiken Singh had an hour long interaction with Deputy Chief Minister who is also in charge of Finance Portfolio highlighting 22 Points Charter of Demand.

The Charter of Demand includes implementation of the 7thCentral Pay in-toto revision and extending all its benefit to all the State Government Employees, Pensioners and Family Pensioners without delay. To revise the rate of minimum wage from time to time at central norms, no re-employment/extension of services beyond the age of superannuation against the Government of India’s O.M., discontinuation of holding/assigning several posts as in-charge or look after basis, to lift ban on direct recruitment to fill up all the sanctioned regular posts resultant vacancies lying in various Departments, to enhance duty allowance of Home Guards, to increase Ration Money for Manipur Police, IRB, security personal as paid to the Central Security Forces, to establish Manipur State Staff Selection Commission for recruitment of Group ‘C’ employees and to extend Medical re-imbursement facility to pensioners and family pensioners are some of the main demands that the Council has been made to the Government.

            After a brief discussion, Deputy Chief Minister said, State Government will try to implement the 7th Pay Recommendations after a detail discussion on resource mobilization have been made. He said, since its inception, State Government has been trying to enhance revenue resources in all sectors. But, implementation of 7th Pay Recommendations will incur a huge financial involvement to the Government and therefore, a detail exercise on revenue resources has to be made to ensure its implementation, he added.

            Shri Joykumar Singh further said, with the implementation of new taxation system i.e. GST in the country, State Government will also look into the technicalities of its collection and overall revenue generation to the State. On demandsmade by JAC regarding policy matters, and grievances faced by the State Government employees, he assured to take up and addressed their grievancesat the earliest.(DIPR)