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Imphal, September 3, 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Thokchom Radheshyam Singh said that knowledge, skill and discipline with consistent hard work is necessary to become successful not only for competition but for life also. He was speaking as Chief Guest at the Closing Function of the 2nd Inter School Arm Wrestling Meet, 2017 at Kakwa Community Hall. The event was organised by The Manipur Arm Wrestling Association.

Participated by nearly 280 students from 35 different schools of the state, Ram Lal Paul Higher Secondary School became team champion with 63 points in the boy's category. The runner - up was bagged by Azad English School with 38 points. In the girl's team, Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School claimed the team Champion with 34 points and with 26 points, Khongjom Standard English School, the runner-up.

            Th. Radheshyam said that the meet is an opportunity for the students from different schools to interact and meet each other, sharing their experiences and ideas. This event will also give the students a chance to develop team spirit to work together, he added.

The deciding factor of the competition is not the final but a chance to better oneself preparing to face for tougher and complicated situation for the bigger challenges that lies ahead, the Minister explained. Any examination or competition should be treated as a moment to identify the weakness and the strength of oneself, he added.

Ex - Minister Shri O. Joy Singh, the Chief Veteran of Manipur Arm Wrestling Association, shedding light on the history of Arm Wrestling said that games and sports have become part of education. He expressed his desire to upgrade the game to district as well as state level and wished the players to bring laurels to the state and country by representing in the national and international competitions.

The three-day event from September 1– 3, 2017, participated by teachers, students and organizing members, concluded today. Prizes were also distributed. (DIPR)






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)