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Manipur crush Madhya PradeshE-Pao.netImphal, May 03 2014 : Women's Football Team of Manipur crushed Madhya Pradesh by 9-0 goals in a match of the ongoing 20th Women National Football Championship 20-13-14 played at Golaghat, Assam today. Ng. Bala o…

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In the quest of Tourism Development: Tourism Planning

By Soraisam Devajani Recent tourism trend in Manipur needs some careful look to understand the kind of development that is unfolding. Lot of plans for tourism development is being laid

By Soraisam Devajani

Recent tourism trend in Manipur needs some careful look to understand the kind of development that is unfolding. Lot of
plans for tourism development is being laid out but without a proper framework or tourism policy that can guide

Manipur is experiencing hasty development in the field of tourism with the aim to bring a massive change in overall socio-economic condition of the State by exploiting the immense tourism potential of the State and harnessing the benefits of tourism development.  

The Central Government has been providing assistance as projects to promote tourism in North-east States in terms of grant. The joint effort of the State and the Centre to develop Manipur tourism has succeeded in receiving attention with recent developments in tourism sector. Manipur tourism was indeed awarded the ‘Most Promising New Destination Award’ twice in 2011 and 2013 at Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF). There is steady rise in total number of tourist arrival: Foreign Tourists Arrivals (FTAs) grew from 221 in 2002 to 749 in 2012 and Domestic Tourists Arrivals (DTAs) grew from 89683 in 2002 to 134541 in 2012 as per official records.

Marketing development schemes, several publicity and campaigns have been undertaken with the assistance from the Central government to promote Manipur Tourism. The publicity & promotional initiatives such as participation in international and domestic travel fairs and exhibitions, publicity in national and regional magazines, national media coverage, etc. has left many wanting to travel and explore Manipur.

Further, Tourism Secretary of Union Ministry of Tourism, Parvez Dewan, in his visit to the State in March 2014 to inspect the Loktak Lake, had also announced that the Union Government has resolved to direct 56 percent of the total tourism budget of the country to North-East States and Manipur would get 9 percent of the total budget of tourism of India, which is the highest among the North-East States. Interestingly, for the financial year 2013-14, 9 projects under 3 different schemes have already been approved by the central government with a total sanctioned amount of around Rs. 20,238.370 lakhs.

The Manipur Government`s development initiative at this time is very much appreciable but at the same time deplorable. Recent tourism trend in Manipur needs some careful look to understand the kind of development that is unfolding. Lot of plans for tourism development is being laid out but without a proper framework or tourism policy that can guide.

Tourism project planning of our State is done primarily based on the readily available reports generated through studies undertaken by agencies/firms/institutes based in other States and regions. Communities are overlooked throughout the entire decision making process. There is no State level open consultation with stakeholders and experts of the State, nor have any formal research activity been undertaken by the State or outsourced to State agencies/firms/institutes for effective tourism planning. As a result, the projects struggle to adapt with the area and led to failures while the Government still remains unaccountable for the same.

Manipur is projected as a promising destination rich in tourism resources in the form of serene natural beauty, favourable climate throughout the year, fascinating range of flora & fauna, co-existence of several communities in harmony, indigenous sports, lifestyles, arts & culture, fairs &festivals, rich heritage, handlooms and handicrafts, exotic cuisines, etc. On the flipside, there is rampant tourism infrastructure development taking place across the State in the process to make Manipur a tourism hot-spot in the coming years. Land for infrastructure development is created through exploitation of natural habitat &resources and forceful eviction of communities. The climatic condition have reached extreme in both Winter and Summer now, certain flora and species have already become rare and extinct. Indigenous people are left to abandon their traditional lifestyle, fisher folks and farmers end up as labourers in the pursuit for tourism development. At present, there is continuous process of protest against the proposed act of acquisitioning of 130 acres of agricultural land at Yaralpat by the State governmentafter having been acquired 35 acres of land for a tourism project. The traditional fairs and festivals, culture, indigenous practices, arts and craft are continuously being adulterated and commoditised, becoming mere showpieces. These become a big challenge in conservation and survival of the existing rich tourism resources of the State and its heritage.

The government has been swift in implementing schemes of tourism infrastructure development projects including mega projects worth multi crores. However, there is minimal or no proper implementation of various other grass root level schemes which are equally important for overall tourism development of the State.

Tourism in Manipur being in a nascent stage, the indigenous people/locals lack tourism awareness, sensitivity and skills for tourism management. Outsiders intervene and take away the benefits resulting to concentration of tourism benefits within certain privileged firms and individuals at the cost of the host. Also, no attempts have been made by the government to make the indigenous people reap the benefits of tourism.

As tourism in Manipur is rapidly being pushed as a priority industry from several quarters, there is extreme urgency to formula tea proper State tourism policy with crystal clear objectives that will work in its unique setting. Community outrage is hinted in near future when outsiders presume to intercede on community’s behalf with the government in planning and implementation of tourism projects. While developing tourism projects, proper research and monitoring mechanism at the State level should be placed in force to carefully study each of the unique tourism resources that Manipur possess and plan accordingly. Failure of projects should be accounted for and investigated right and then.

Assessment of ‘Carrying capacity’ of a destination, guidelines and regulation to evaluate and monitor tourism projects and its impact becomes a must at this stage for a planned and controlled tourism development.

Tourism in Manipur is in its infancy. As such, beyond infrastructure development there are several other key avenues to be looked upon for a smooth passage of tourism development in our State. Much emphasis should be paid to human resource development and skill development programs. Tourism awareness campaigns and sensitisation programs at grass root level should be initiated and go hand in hand with tourism development project.

Special provision and incentives should be provided to the less privileged population for even distribution of benefits from tourism development. Community participation in decision making process should be sought, suitable model(s) of community entrepreneurship be adopted and encourage local participation in constructive tourism development. Financial leakages should be checked.

Our State should be precise on what type of tourism development Manipuris looking forward to, so that necessary measures could be taken up in time to extract optimal benefit from tourism development.

(Soraisam Devajani is researcher at Indigenous Perspective)

JAC appeals for safe release of mother and son

IMPHAL, May 3: The JAC formed against the alleged kidnapping of Th (o) Sunita Devi and her seven year old son Th Sanamatum, staged a sit in protest today at

IMPHAL, May 3: The JAC formed against the alleged kidnapping of Th (o) Sunita Devi and her seven year old son Th Sanamatum, staged a sit in protest today at Uchiwa demanding the safe release of the two.

Speaking to media persons, a member of the JAC said the mother and her young son were kidnapped on April 25, last from the Uchiwa Primary School campus, where the child was studying.

Sunita had gone to the school to pick her son from the school, he continued.

Later her family had received a phone call from an unknown number demanding Rs 2 lakh for the safe release of the mother and son duo, continued the protestor.

However, the caller declined from disclosing his identity or the place where the money should be delivered, he told the media persons.

The JAC member further appealed to all concerned to release the mother and her young son on humanitarian ground.

The JAC has also appealed to the people of the state, local clubs and other Civil Society Organisations to support the JAC and its efforts to ensure the safe release of the mother and her young son.

Looking Back

By Dr. Jayadeva Phurailatpam My parents were open to whichever field I wanted to pursue. I was lucky in that aspect. Many parents are  there whose choice of profession of

By Dr. Jayadeva Phurailatpam

My parents were open to whichever field I wanted to pursue. I was lucky in that aspect. Many parents are
 there whose choice of profession of their children starts with engineer and ends with doctor.

“I want to grow old, so at least people will not tell me what to do or what not to do!”  This has always been my motto in life.  Now that I am growing older and feeling the responsibilities and the burden of a family man, I wish I was the same old boy who used to ride a broken bicycle and caring least about his torn pants or soiled shirt. The only thing that I cared was the homework from school (which I thought was the biggest problem in life).

My childhood had been fun with all the games, eating every single piece of junks (without even worrying a bit about putting on weights) or playing in the mud, least bothering about falling sick. But one thing I never liked doing was going to school. I actually hated it for the first few years of my life. My first day of school. I obviously don’t remember it. But my parents told me, I cried a lot and never would let them go out of my sight.

After few days I was left under the care of the supervising teacher. But I still would be crying and scream for my parents. This went on for a month. My first teacher that I can remember was Oja Laskmi. She was a thin built lady with big-framed eyeglasses, reminded me of those 1970’s era actresses.  But she was very strict always holding a cane but good thing was she never used to hit any student. She had a high pitch voice that was enough to overcome the noisy classroom at any point of time.

I appreciate her patience of managing so many crying children at a time in a single classroom! I would have flip and ran away. Learning A,B,C had been fun and reciting poem was delightful, but never really understood the meaning of it in during those times. It was like a parrot reciting words. My elder sister was very proud that she has learnt her part of rhyme called, “chubby cheeks, rosy lips” and you would not believe she would recite the entire rhyme with her two fingers placed on both her cheeks and swaying her head to any guest that would come to the house!

I was kind of shy or introvert. I could not even think of doing something like that for the guest in our house. But one fine day, I suddenly got the courage from nowhere and told my mother that I wanted to participate in the children program being held at the GM Hall, Imphal for which my seniors had gone with our teacher. I was not allowed because they have an age limit and I was a year shy. I insisted so much that my mother took me directly to the function, requested the authorities to put me in non – competitive section and just let me recite my poem and be done with it. They obliged after much requesting. But when they called out my name in the loud speaker, I froze.  Suddenly all the hot air went out.

I went to the stage very reluctantly and for my first time in life I spoke through a mic. The first word I told was lingering all the corner of the hall! I got a shit nervous. No words were coming out. Then, I did what a 6 year old can do best; almost teary eyed I was searching for my mother in the crowd. And there she was standing on my right side below the stage. She was making gestures to comfort me, telling me to do what I came for and that she is here only standing by the side. Then there, I told the whole poem was recited at one full stretch.  I knew I was just another ordinary boy next door who stammers while recitation but the whole audience clap for me that day, for the first time in my life. It was delightful moment and ran upto my mother and hugged her tightly. Later that day, I got a pen and notebook from mother. She told me that I got these as first prize for my recitation. I was very happy because yet again I got a pen and a notebook for scoring ‘first’.

But I never knew until recently that all those ‘first prizes’ that mother used to give was given by her only!! I must say that, after receiving those pens and notebooks as ‘prizes’, I wanted to do more. Maybe I never got a real prize but those fake prizes that my mother gave were probably one of the few reasons for what I am today. In those times, Children’s day was celebrated in Pologround, Imphal with many children from different schools coming from all the parts of Manipur.

I went along with my grandmother and many other students from the kinder garden. We were supposed to stand in line along with my fellow students. But instead I came out of the ground without informing anyone and followed some of my seniors and went home walking with them!  I really don’t know why I did that till now. I came home happily and was eating the snacks that I got from the function.

On the other hand, my name was being announced on loudspeaker and all were much tensed. When they ultimately came home dejected that I am lost, they saw me playing happily with my cousins. Oh boy! I got the nicest scolding but thankfully no beating.  Watching TV was my favorite pastime. And my father was very strict about completing studies then only watching TV program. In those times, we never had the varieties of choices they have in television nowadays. ‘Dordarshan’ was the only option.

Sunday was the best day for watching TV. The day will start with ‘Rangoli’ at 7:30 AM and many other mythological series like Ramayana, Mahabharat and Chandrakanta followed by Disney’s Cartoon like Duck tales and Tailspin! It feels nostalgic whenever I see those programs in Youtube or in some other channels nowadays.  My siblings and I were very addicted in TV. This made my father very furious as none of us would study, except for my eldest sister (who is still a bookworm with glasses so thick that you can burn ants with those!!) that he look the fuse of the TV off and would repair it only on Sundays.  But still we had our own ways. We went to my aunt house, which was just next to us, and watch it there!

We had many cousins in our group- boys and girls, of similar age groups. Once we decided to play cricket. My sister was bowling. When the batsman hit her ball out of the courtyard, she instead of catching the ball caught hold of the batsman so he should not make runs!! We still make fun of her till today. Shifting to a new school and getting adapted with the new rules and new friends had always been hard for me. Being a person who interact less with classmates, it was not an easy task to make friends. Spending 6 hours in an unfamiliar place with no one you knew was really hard for 8 years old boy. But in every class there is always some few friends who somewhat comes out a bit similar as you are. Lucky for me, I found mine. Timid, quite and bad at sports was the similarities that we had. My friend was a boon to me. Every day, we would share our lunch and play together. We always call that friend ‘best friend’ who sits next to you and share your lunch. So, needless to say, he was my very own best friend!

Time went by smoothly, I became more acclimatized. I had many other friends with whom I shared my lunch. So technically, I had many ‘best’ friends. Then all of sudden things started changing.  The year of 1995, I was in my 6th standard. I was just a boy next door who would drool on good food and good games. Our only priority was to watch cartoons, bring GI Joe and He-man figurines in class as it was considered ‘cool’ and later play some destructive war games with it. Until one day, priority changed. As it goes with any Karan Johar movie, where a new girl comes to tinsel town, a new student came to the class and she was not bad looking. On the contrary, she was cute.

Until now, girls were considered ‘untouchable’. We never even go near them. If some guy speaks to a girl then all the other friends would poke fun and make him an outcast. But this time it was different. Or so I thought. She was not the most beautiful girl in the class. But somehow she was very charming. I used to quietly watch her from my bench at the last corner of the classroom. But she doesn’t even know that I existed. I never had tried speaking to her for fear that no words will come.

Time really picked up. We came to 7th standard. I dare not to speak a word still.  As the bell rang for the end of a hectic day, I realized that I was late and almost going to miss my school bus. I ran till my legs would carry me fastest. Suddenly, of nowhere I almost bump into her! She just looks up and said sorry and ran back to her bus.

A long lasting palpitation followed; I thought my heart was going to jump out of my mouth. Ironically, it was the closest contact ever, never spoken to her in my life till now.  My priority changed and I got new meaningful friends in later years to come. Every classroom will always take you down the memory lane. Some funny, some sad or some mixed emotions. One of the few memorable stories is the shocking revelation of the biology textbook. This was on 7th grade. Many of my friends including myself got shock to see the diagrams with male and female reproductive system that too with labeling!  Some of the girl’s books had shirt and pants drawn over both of the pictures as if the publisher forgot to cloth them!  

I can never forget our biology teacher shouting on any of the student whom she found giggling in the classroom during that chapter. Poor teacher, she had to deal the same thing every year herself. Class 10th board examination has always been the most important turning point in every student’s life. Mine was no different. Going for multiple tuitions was a trend. Best thing about going to tuitions was that you are not wearing uniforms! Next thing has always been the interaction with students from other colleges, if you know what I mean.  I still don’t understand how much you can benefit from going to 4 tuitions in a day and not getting any time for self-study. But who cares at that time. I was going to tuition riding my bicycle with my friends!

But now I am seeing that the trend is little different. They prefer bikes. I heard recently that some youngsters urged for a bike so much, their parents had to sell stuff for it. That is a bit overboard. We were far more than happy with my aunty old broken bicycle, a pair of jeans and a Bata sandal. Daily continuous night outs were indeed exhausting, that too with every relative asking me about my preparation for the board exams turn out to be bit annoying at times. What if I didn’t score good results? What if my relatives make fun of me? Will my parents be ashamed of me if I didn’t not do well this exam? So many questions keep lingering inside my head, but never dared to ask anybody. Getting good grades in my 10th exam was the topmost priority of my life. Now that when I look back, I see how trivial an issue it was. Everybody knows that 10th mark card is used only for seeing the date of birth. How ironic!

When the result came, all were happy. At least I did not screw up as I thought I would. Mom got a big fish and we had a small family get together feast. Everyone knew I would choose science field as I was interested in Biology and wanted to pursue my carrier in that field, maybe a doctor, zoologist or botanist. My parents were open to whichever field I wanted to pursue. I was lucky in that aspect. Many parents are there whose choice of profession of their children starts with engineer and ends with doctor. Different students have different talents and different thinking. They are all very unique in their own ways. Parents should be more acceptable in this issue by not clipping their wings. Let them decide what they want. Not what the parents want.

Last day of the school has always been emotional. All the students knew that they might never see his/her friend again. But still wishing them the best in whichever direction they go. We have written our best wishes in the white school shirts with markers so that it will always be a permanent memoir. After completion of my 12th board exam, I left my home for the first time. Leaving your loved ones behind was always an unwanted feeling. But we don’t have much choice. We had to leave to make a carrier, which will help me give back what I have taken till now. Coming to a new place, getting adapted and making new friends reminded me of my first day in the kinder garden.

People from different places of India with different background and culture were there. We had our own set of agreements and disagreements. But it taught me to be more interactive and to be patient. Being a junior in our college was like a war criminal.  Dancing and singing was a daily routine.  I was good at drawing sketches. But, it came as a curse rather than a boon. I had to draw diagrams of their assignments that consist of around 12 diagrams each for 8 seniors. Life was a hell during the first few months. I was missing my home terribly. The mess food was a torture. You cannot swallow. Until, few months passed and you no longer felt alien to the new place. I have got some very good friends and seniors alike. Ragging became milder and we could breathe the open year. Then suddenly realized that exam is right in front of you!

The best way to prepare, as for me, was to catch hold of a person who studies well and compete with him! I got my competitor. I would study till the room in his light is off. This sound insane, I know, but at finals, I got better grade than him!! My student life was over. Now I have to find a job and get married. I am going to take my first step in the real world. I am reluctant. Why can’t I be like the same old boy who roams around carelessly and only worry about his school and homework?

Once we are done and come out to the bigger pond, we started to understand the different aspect of what life is. As I grew older, I realised studies is important so as family values. The real sacrifice was with our parents, who save every morsel to feed us instead. As some wise man had once said, “you will not know the weight of an object until you carry it”.  Now that I am a family man, I started to slowly realize the weight of it: the weight of your familial responsibilities. Time changes everything. You have to go with the time or she will not wait for you. Childhood comes once in a lifetime. It is not going to come back. But it will always stay as pleasant memories till the very last breath.  And lastly I wish, if I could change my previous motto to – “I want to grow younger, so at least people will tell me what to do or what not to do”.

God bless.

(Dr. Jayadeva Phurailatpam is based in Bangalore).

VDF personnel accidentally shot

IMPHAL, May 3: A VDF personnel was hit by a bullet, shot accidentally by another personnel around 8.45am inside the sentry tower of the VDF post at Thoubal Kshetri Leikai

IMPHAL, May 3: A VDF personnel was hit by a bullet, shot accidentally by another personnel around 8.45am inside the sentry tower of the VDF post at Thoubal Kshetri Leikai today.

He has been admitted at RIMS for treatment.

The injured has been identified as Sougrakpam Premjit, 24, son of (L) S Chinglen of Thoubal Nongangkhong with VDF no 1475.

Premjit was hit by the bullet of a Self Loading Rifle on his left wrist and is stated to be out of danger.

The other personnel who had ‘accidentally’ fired at Premjit has been identified as Samurailaptam Premananda, 27, son of S Modhuchandra of Yairipok Kekru Makha Leikai with VDF no 921.

Revenue minister gives nod to Jiri Press Club

JIRIBAM, May 3: Representatives of the All Manipur Working Journalists` Union (AMWJU) and All Jiribam Working Journalists` Union (AJWJU) met with the Forest, Law and Revenue minister Th Debendra Singh

JIRIBAM, May 3: Representatives of the All Manipur Working Journalists` Union (AMWJU) and All Jiribam Working Journalists` Union (AJWJU) met with the Forest, Law and Revenue minister Th Debendra Singh at his office today around 11 am in regard to the construction of a press club in Jiribam.

During the meeting the Revenue minister gave his assurance regarding the issue and had said he will help from to the best of his level. However, it would be best to inform the Chief Minister, he said.

AMWJU was represented by president W Shyamjai Singh, vice-president Ratan Luwangcha whereas AJWJU was represented by its advisor Th Sarat Kumar Singh and general secretary M Romeo Singh. United Committee Manipur (UCM) was represented by its president Y Nabachandra Singh during the meeting with the minister.

AMWJU president W Shyamjai Singh said the Chief Minister has been apprised on the need for the establishment of a press club at Jiribam in the past.

There are also instances when the Chief Minister, himself had showed interest in the establishment of the Press Club in Jiribam.

Meanwhile, the representatives of the AJWJU has decided to stay in Imphal for some more days to press for their demand.

AMRPSWA condemns rape of minor

IMPHAL, May 3: The All Manipur Recognised Private Schools’ Welfare Association has said that it shares the sorrow and grief of the Poumai colony rape victim’s family. It said that

IMPHAL, May 3: The All Manipur Recognised Private Schools’ Welfare Association has said that it shares the sorrow and grief of the Poumai colony rape victim’s family.

It said that the young girl was raped on April 17 by SN Mapuni Panmei following which, the victim has been undergoing severe trauma.

The association will provide for all expenses for the studies of the young girl till class XII, it said and further lamented the death of a protestor in police firing during an agitation against the rape incident.

It will also support all kinds of actions taken up in connection with the incidents, in case justice is not delivered, the association said.

Needy For Water

By M.C. Linthoingambee Air, water, land and soil forms the basis of survival of all human beings. And if any in the list goes awry, we will only be trying

By M.C. Linthoingambee

Air, water, land and soil forms the basis of survival of all human beings. And if any in the list goes awry, we will only be trying to shine light on barren lands. While we wait and sit alongside the edge hoping and praying for rain in Manipur, the  government initiatives to avail of water to the people is simply not enough to cope up with the large amount of water shortage. It is indeed too late of an answer at the end moment and it is perhaps time to initiate the use of effective measures of water storage if such shortage should repeat itself once again. If ever things turn so ugly as to drown us to the reality of water shortage all around then we would have to turn nomadic in search of a little water source. It could be one of the strongest calamity in the present day.

We have long been hearing this phrase over and over again, “Water, water everywhere but not a single drop to drink”. Perhaps it is time to realize and feel the consequences of being stranded at sea or the ocean amongst the salt water. It would turn out to be total roadkill if it continued. The situations cannot be compared but at the state where the largest freshwater lake in India exists, the people are left with the consequences of a drought if things persists in its usual state. Even if we wanted to, we can hardly value water at a price whereby it is becoming difficult to even avail of everyday drinking water. When we awake  to nature’s warning of a drought, one wonders if we had indeed began with the practicality of rain water harvesting long ago then would the results be the same. Would we have been left with more water for use if we had done so before?  

In the channel of exercising effective governance, water comes under the backdrop of a state authority therefore it is the duty of the State to govern its people with a certain conduct ethic on its water sector. For constructing a certain framework law for governing water, the Ministry of Water Resource has referred to the Terms of Reference while stating that: “Even while it is recognized that States have the right to frame suitable policies, laws and regulations on water, there is a felt need to evolve a broad over-arching national legal framework of general principles on water to lead the way for essential legislation on water governance in every State of the Union and devolution of necessary authority to the lower tiers of government to deal with the local water situation. Such a framework law must recognize water not only as a scarce resource but also as a sustainer of life and ecology. Therefore, water needs to be managed as a community resource held, by the state, under public trust doctrine to achieve food security, livelihood, and equitable and sustainable development for all.” While we all have the basic right to attain water it is almost impulsive to regulate ground breaking rules to regulate and create a framework law to settle all matters of territorial water disputes in case such situations arise. We should not leave the authority to decide for our waters to the Centre completely, but work to protect and provide water to the people. The fundamental rights views the paradigm of giving equal right for all people but if we project the idea of only providing water for rich homes who can afford to buy packaged water while others struggle with the idea of thirst. This is certainly not the correction we intend to preach. While we leave it on nature to decide the future of our problem, it is time to preserve for the present.

From the needless evils of scarcity, to water becoming stale under cemented grounds we are in dire need to construct a board to help scare away ill-water therapy. Pollution has filled the once lush green fresh water rivers into dumping grounds. With the Pollution Control Board existing there are real help into cleaning away and penalising polluters. On hopes to construct a place pollution free amongst various awareness, we need a certain authority to discipline and restrict the use of pollutants.

There is a recent trend of making water available in ponds from one locality to another but are these water fit for use or tested with the ISI mark and deemed assurances for drinking. Even with the coherent request by the Imphal Municipal Council we add on to polluting our environment all over. This is not the expected inter-generational equity we plan to uplift for the future. Till the time that we humans are able to create water for large scale and long term use, we must save and cherish it. This is the value of water, which  gives us the gift of life.

Meeting on International Humanitarian Law recommends repeal of AFSPA

IMPHAL, May 3: The North-East Dialogue Forum in collaboration with the Farmer’s Welfare Association, Komlakhong Youth Development Association, youth clubs, women societies and meira paibi lups of the Imphal West

IMPHAL, May 3: The North-East Dialogue Forum in collaboration with the Farmer’s Welfare Association, Komlakhong Youth Development Association, youth clubs, women societies and meira paibi lups of the Imphal West district organised a rally cum public meeting on International Humanitarian Law and Crimes against Humanity today.

The meeting, attended by around 300 individuals, was held at Komlakhong, Ereima Community Hall.

The meeting had made recommendation for the governments of India and Manipur to repeal the AFSPA.

During the meeting, the organisations had also recommended the governments of India and Manipur to ratify the Convention against Torture and implementation of the United Nation Security Council’s Resolution 1820 June 2008 of rape as an instrument of war; special investigation police officer for Crime Against Women and Children and implementation of the Geneva Conventions, 1949’s common Article 3 and Additional Protocol II of 1977.

The organisations had further urged to the political armed opposition groups to implement the Geneva Conventions, 1949’s common Article 3and to reconcile among the different factions and stop inter-factional fighting in the interest of the common people. The armed groups were further urged to sign and commit to the Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment.

Malem Leishemkol appeals for developmet of Tombisana High School

IMPHAL, May 3: The Malem Leishemkol has appealed to the government and to the Thangmeiband Kendra MLA for the development of the Tombisana High School instead of establishing a market

IMPHAL, May 3: The Malem Leishemkol has appealed to the government and to the Thangmeiband Kendra MLA for the development of the Tombisana High School instead of establishing a market in its place.

In a statement, the Malem Leishemkol Kangla has said that further actions will be taken up if no necessary steps are taken up by the authorities.

The statement has instead appealed to the government for the development of the markets at Lamlong, Tera, Singjamei, kakwa, Chingmeirong, Pureiromba and Lamphel Sana keithel.

It has further requested the government to bring an amicable solution with the Tombisana High School Managing Committee at the earliest for the renovation of the historically relevant school instead of dismantling it.

Oinam MLA distributes water

IMPHAL, May 3: Oinam MLA Dr.  I Ibohalbi with the assistance of PHED have been distributing water for the last three days as the assembly constituency is grappling with an

IMPHAL, May 3: Oinam MLA Dr.  I Ibohalbi with the assistance of PHED have been distributing water for the last three days as the assembly constituency is grappling with an acute shortage of water for drinking and other domestic purposes.

It is reported that the distribution drive will continue till the water scarcity problem improves. Meanwhile, the ferrying of water from Waroiching by using tankers still continues.

Chongtham Ibohal, ex-chairman of Oinam Nagar Panchayat said that he appreciated the arrangements made to meet the demands of water for daily usage amidst the present water scarcity but, however, requested the government to take preventive measures to avoid the occurrence of such water problems by putting in place proper policies.

Martyrdom of Neli, Dikho

The 4th Anniversary of the ‘martyrdom’ of L Mr Source Hueiyen News Service Newmai News Network

The 4th Anniversary of the ‘martyrdom’ of L Mr Source Hueiyen News Service Newmai News Network

Water crisis discussed, Govt asked to come up with policy

A one day discussion on ‘water scarcity in Manipur’ organized by DESAM on Saturday among others recommended Manipur Government to formulate a State water policy and take steps to ensure extensive drinking water supply to the public Source Hueiyen Ne…

A one day discussion on ‘water scarcity in Manipur’ organized by DESAM on Saturday among others recommended Manipur Government to formulate a State water policy and take steps to ensure extensive drinking water supply to the public Source Hueiyen News Service

Naga UG leaders meet at Kolkata to reconcile

The five day long Naga underground leaders from various groups concluded today in Kolkata under the aegis of Forum for Naga Reconciliation FNR Source Hueiyen News Service Newmai News Network

The five day long Naga underground leaders from various groups concluded today in Kolkata under the aegis of Forum for Naga Reconciliation FNR Source Hueiyen News Service Newmai News Network

Laughing away the blues HL celebrates World Laughter Day

With the main objective of highlighting the importance of laughter to one’s health and well being, Hueiyen Lanpao Columnists’ Forum HLCF in association with Hueiyen Lanpao Group of Publications observed World Laughter Day 2014 at the Literary Hall of…

With the main objective of highlighting the importance of laughter to one’s health and well being, Hueiyen Lanpao Columnists’ Forum HLCF in association with Hueiyen Lanpao Group of Publications observed World Laughter Day 2014 at the Literary Hall of the newspaper’s office located at Sega Road, Thouda Bhabok Leikai here today Source Hueiyen News Service

2 UGs held from different places

Troops of Red Shield Division have apprehended armed cadres of KCP MC and PLA during the early hours of today Source Hueiyen News Service

Troops of Red Shield Division have apprehended armed cadres of KCP MC and PLA during the early hours of today Source Hueiyen News Service

Bottling plant goes idle

On account of the two day strike under taken by LPG transporters across the country, Sekmai LPG Bottling Plant has ceased its functions Source The Sangai Express

On account of the two day strike under taken by LPG transporters across the country, Sekmai LPG Bottling Plant has ceased its functions Source The Sangai Express

Water scarcity grips Laii

People of Laii village are reeling under acute scarcity of water Source The Sangai Express

People of Laii village are reeling under acute scarcity of water Source The Sangai Express