AIR Imphal News -14th May 2011 7.30 Evening

Source:- AIR Imphal; Recorded by:- KO in public interest.

AIR News 7.30 p.m Source:- AIR Imphal; Recorded by:- KO in public interest.

Featured Photo(s) about Manipur – E-Pao.net

Featured Photo(s) about ManipurE-Pao.netPreparatory Work for Contestant at Miss Manipur 2011 on May 13 2011 with visit to historic Khongjom, Thoubal Assam Rifle Camp and distribution of Pamplets for Blood Donation. To encourage the people to preserve c…

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Preparatory Work for Contestant at Miss Manipur 2011 on May 13 2011 with visit to historic Khongjom, Thoubal Assam Rifle Camp and distribution of Pamplets for Blood Donation. To encourage the people to preserve culture, promote education,

The Man Who Keeps His Promises

Original Source: The Imphal Free Press Respected Sir, This refers to the state chief minister Shri O .Ibobi Singh’s pronouncement in public at the session of Seva Dal Cadres organised… Read more »

Original Source: The Imphal Free Press

Respected Sir,

This refers to the state chief minister Shri O .Ibobi Singh’s pronouncement in public at the session of Seva Dal Cadres organised by the Manipur Seva Dal on falgship programme of the Government earlier regarding regularisation of Medical personnels . His statement has come at the time when most contractual staffs tenure particularly under the NHRM are coming round the corner thus giving relief to them. Indeed under his stewardship so many flagship programmes have been exxperimented with a grand success . He has introduced a healthy living styles amongst the people by means of introduce many new projects related to health . As a result many unemployed people got employed on various basis and capacities. The conditions of hospitals particularly Ccpur improved tremendously in terms of infrastructures .

To name a few under the NRHM many new buildings and quarters within the premises of the district hospitals have been constructed since the last few years . Many PHC, PHSC buildings have come up even in a very remote and farflung areas of the district whwich has viidly proved that he has no differrence in setting up of development and health infrastructures . Under the same programme many have been recruited as an ASHA as well as JSY workers thus giving jobs to them . Ccpur distrcit hospital is the only in the state to have got ISO certification under his initiative.

So now if the contractual staffs are being regularised as he has said it will go a long way in the promotion of health for people of the state. Really he is the man who have translated his ideas into action and keep his word while it is to many people things are easy to say than done.

Whats your opinion in this regard Sir ?

Yours faithfully,
D Khuala Vaiphei
Churachandpur, Tualnuam

RIMS Is Playing Fool With Its Patients

Original Source: The Imphal Free Press Sir, Through your highly esteemed daily, “The Imphal Free Press”, I am highly compelled to write that my father approached the RIMS Surgical OPD… Read more »

Original Source: The Imphal Free Press

Sir, Through your highly esteemed daily, “The Imphal Free Press”, I am highly compelled to write that my father approached the RIMS Surgical OPD on 3 May, 2011, Tuesday for a surgical treatment. The doctor advised him for operation. As a preliminary measure, he was advised for ECG and X-ray (CxR-PAV) and to attend the medicine doctors (MOPD) with those results, after which to report back to the SOPD on next Tuesday. The medicine doctor referred my father to the surgery OPD with the test reports as normal. But when my father reported to the surgery OPD on Tuesday, 10 May, 2011, a doctor re-examined him and claimed that his B.P. was 150/100 high.

My father was again, referred to the medicine OPD to take another advice. After a thorough investigation, the medicine doctor referred him back to the SOPD with his advice stating that my father was fully fit to undergo operation and his present BP is 120/80 with cardiopulmonary status as normal. However, it is shocked to learn that the surgery OPD was reluctant to accept that advice and could not believe that the patient’s BP drastically came down to such a normal condition. One doctor checked his BP once again and reported that it was 140/90! Still, various improbabilities were made up and my father was denied admission on the day, turning all our hope of getting admitted for operation to dust.

My father had been advised two investigations and admission for the next Tuesday on 3 May, 2011, after every necessary checked up were done to him. The investigation reports were normal but the SOPD examined him again on his report to the extent of asking his son what his father’s present health condition is all about. By finding fault, he was referred to the medicine OPD but strangely the medical advice of the OPD doctors whom it had referred to were not accepted. So, another checked up was taken for the third time and the final advice is to come back the following week. When we insisted that the patient is fit enough to undergo operation according to the medical advice and sought admission, we were sent to the Head in Charge of the Department but he was not there to meet him.

The OPD timing having been over, the Assist. Professor whom we had met asked us to meet her at the Casulty Department. The Asst. Register who had been meddling with us brought us to a private room and murmured endlessly. At last, we were told to see chance for next week and advised some investigations/tests which result should be brought to him. My query is—is it not such investigations were undertaken after the patient had been admitted and not in advance? If those tests are also necessary, why was the advice not given along with ECG and X-ray on the first day? For what purposes these tests are necessary if the patient is not admitted then?

Why the advice of the Medicine OPD not accepted after the patient was referred to there or their advice being sought? How could there be different BP status/results taken by different doctors? If any one of the machines go wrong, why is there not any concern to find out the defect and replace the same? The fact is that we are expected to bribe them for timely admission and operation. We had been brought from one room to another by a doctor. But it must be crystal clear that we are not such a person who bribe others to earn one’s favour.

Though we were aware of such motive, it was far from bending our mind to give bride to obtain admission. And as far as i know, my father is always fit and healthy though he age is 55 or above. And the operation he has to undergo is only a minor one-inguinal hernia.

Yours faithfully,
Thang Hangshing,
Lamka, Churachandpur.

Prayers at over 100 centers for highest level reconciliation meet

By Oken Jeet Sandham KOHIMA, May 14 (NEPS): The Naga people in more than 100 prayer centers across the Nagaland State have been praying for 3 days to make the… Read more »

Neingulo Krome, FNR member. Photo by NEPS.

Neingulo Krome, FNR member. Photo by NEPS.

By Oken Jeet Sandham

KOHIMA, May 14 (NEPS): The Naga people in more than 100 prayer centers across the Nagaland State have been praying for 3 days to make the proposed high level meeting of the Naga political groups—NSCN/GPRN, GPRN/NSCN and FGN—a success. A special prayer as part of these mass prayers would also be held here at “Sisa Hoho” wherein leaders of the Naga political groups had been requested to attend without fail, Neingulo Krome, member of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) told NEPS here Saturday.

The FNR member narrated sequence of not holding the much waited “highest level reconciliation meet” ever since the same could not take place in the month of March this year. He said the “highest level reconciliation meet” failed to take off after Chairman of the GPRN/NSCN SS Khaplang could not come due to the spurt of factional clashes in the eastern Naga areas. “Yet low profile activities among the groups with FNR members kept going,” the FNR member added.

In the meantime, FNR members had series of meetings with GPRN/NSCN Ato Kilonser N Kitovi Zhimomi and Gen Kholie to speed up the process of holding the “highest level reconciliation meet” by bringing their Chairman (Khaplang). “They assured us to bring him (Khaplang) for the highest level meeting as early as possible,” he added.

To strengthen their pursuit, the Naga people in more than 100 prayer centers across the State had been praying for three days with a special one here at Sisa Hoho with leaders of different Naga underground groups requested to attend it, Krome disclosed.

He also disclosed that FNR convener Rev Wati Aier already had conversed with Khaplang and the latter expressed his keen to attend the highest level meet as and when the situation warranted for him to traverse. “So we are seriously working as to how this program would be materialized soon,” he added.

Asked what would be the next step after such highest level meet, Krome said, “It depends on the outcome of the meet.” “Our objective is reconciliation should take place and it should be a continuous process,” he pointed out. “But we leave the matter to the leaders of the Naga political groups as to how they would go about after such highest level meet.”

Any idea to trickle down to other neighboring areas of their reconciliation experience, Krome said, “Reconciliation is for every human being.” As of now their focus was on the infighting Naga political groups, he added.

Asked about State Government’s response towards their initiatives, the FNR member stated they were not “negative” but they could do more than that.

On DAN Government’s “facilitating role,” Krome said they knew what they could do. “I only hope political will should be there in the State Government,” he felt.

Commenting on the remarks made by NSCN/GPRN collective leadership Th Muivah and Isak Chishi Swu that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was sincere towards finding solution to the Naga issue, Krome felt that the duo must have calculated to give such “remarks” on the basis of this whole year’s peace process. So they meant what they said, he said.

Krome also did not buy the idea of the Government of India that the settlement of the Naga issue would be found by the end of the year. “I don’t know how they come to that far,” he stated. “That will be only their understanding.”

Such statement was in way good but on the other hand it had surprised the other group (GPRN/NSCN) as they were yet to get involved in the process, he explained.

When asked if one group could bring settlement to Naga issue, the FNR member pointed out that the main point was they should reconcile and have common approach with collective understanding and mutual trust.

He also said they were happy that the Government of India had realized that by keeping the issue in abeyance in cauldron, it only multiplied problems. So some kind of solution should be hammered out but they still appeared to be lacking courage to do so, he added.

DBT-Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) – DBT North-East Twinning program

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No.MU/BCH/LRS/DBT-NE-PRO: Application in plain paper along with bio-data, relevant certificates and testimonials are invited for 1(one) Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for implementation of a project entitled “North Eastern origin silk protein based matrices and nano/microparticles for biomedical applications” under the Twinning Program for the North-East sponsored by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India so as to reach the undersigned on or before May 23, 2011. The application may also be submitted by the email address: rslaishram AT yahoo.com.

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‘Cong victory in Assam will impact polls in NE’ – Assam Tribune

'Cong victory in Assam will impact polls in NE'Assam TribuneIMPHAL, May 14 – Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Gaikhangam said the victory of Congress in Assam Assembly election will have a profound impact in the forthcoming…

'Cong victory in Assam will impact polls in NE'
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IMPHAL, May 14 – Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Gaikhangam said the victory of Congress in Assam Assembly election will have a profound impact in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the North East particularly in Manipur which
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Medical Graduates wanted at JNIMS Porompat Manipur – E-Pao.net

E-Pao.netMedical Graduates wanted at JNIMS Porompat ManipurE-Pao.netImphal, the 11th May, 2011 No.JIMS/Advt./10: On behalf of the President. JN Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Society, Porompat, Imphal, the undersigned invites applications from I…


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Imphal, the 11th May, 2011 No.JIMS/Advt./10: On behalf of the President. JN Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Society, Porompat, Imphal, the undersigned invites applications from Indian citizens for appointment to the following posts as Leave

METEI NATIONAL CHARACTER – 3

Metei kanglupki Lamchat The concept of “national character” was a subject of debate during 18th century Europe. Interest in national character developed among Enlightenment thinkers prior to the great national… Read more »

Metei kanglupki Lamchat

The concept of “national character” was a subject of debate during 18th century Europe. Interest in national character developed among Enlightenment thinkers prior to the great national revolutions. Following the revolutions such as the French Revolution, national character acquired metaphysical status. Later on, it was generally agreed that each nation has its peculiar characteristics. But what constitutes national character and what are the factors in shaping national traits are still not very clear.

In general terms, description of national character ranges from stereotypes to a complex mixture of a series of traits. Each country constitutes a nation with a peculiar set of characteristics. Sometimes, the people of the neighbouring provinces and communities differ
sharply from each other.

For example, Hindu Punjabis differ sharply from the Sikhs, though they speak the same language and live next to each other. The Meiteis differ in certain traits from the Tangkhul
Nagas or the Thadou Kukis.

By the time of the French revolution, the idea of “national character” in France and Germany had been formed. But Britain, because of the nature of the United Kingdom and the Empire,
remained undeveloped in the idea of national character. It took another generation and by about 1,830 CE, the idea of an “English national character” began to evolve, still blurred sometimes by the “British identity”.

The British character differs from the Spanish or the Germans in that their character is generally portrayed (stereotyped) as a mixture of good qualities such as intelligence, fair play,
bravery, industriousness while they have their share of negative characters such as
chauvinism, rudeness and a sense of cultural superiority, and arrogance in speaking another’s
language.

The simpler view of national character is a series of mental and moral qualities in terms of virtues such as pride, courage, loyalty, and vices such as weakness, cruelty, frivolity etc. It is also recognised that women play an important role in moulding the character of a nation and how the changing condition of women would modify national characteristics.

It is noted that the qualities attributed to a nation are not found in every member of the
society. National character does not reflect mean personality trait levels. Nor does it point to a
political destiny.

In the rise and progress of Meitei national character, it is necessary to look if there is any distinctive spirit, character, ceremonies, laws, tastes, quirks, habits and foibles that distinguish them from other people. It is also important to observe how the Meiteis dress, eat, drink, work, play, shop, drive, flirt and fight, as well as their common personality traits, adaptive skills, discipline, disunity or unity.

Like every stripling of my days, I always decanted with pleasure by a relative peculiarity of a Meitei ideology – a manner of thinking, characteristic of the Meiteis. It was a fighting ideology on moderate provocations, which superseded any other character. This was an obsessive Meitei ideology in which I was very deeply immersed. It had its own virtues and vices, as all national characters have.

Is this identification? Is this part of true Meitei national character or a false representation? Is it simply grandiose Meitei narcissism? Can the Meitei nation have a coherent character?

In this bizarre parody, I allow myself to be a role playing model, in speculating on the nature of Meitei aggression with almost tautological concern. In Meitei anthology, this character is considered the most profound, from the several angles of the conditions of its existence and its symbolic capacities.

Having graduated from the rough and tumble fights of my school days, for which I was not cut out physically but through sheer Meitei narcissism, the fighting trait filtered through my university days, with paroxysmal scraps.

Looking back, the trait became prominent only when I was under the impression that I was either intimidated or my character was assassinated. This was not what my mind that was tabula rasa, a clean slate, at birth had acquired from experience. Nor was it an idea that was admitted to the brain through conditioning. It was an inherited trait.

In the formative years of my life I had a few serious near-misses in my tryst with destiny that links my behaviour to this Meitei trait. One such incident took me to the edge of a precipice. I am far from being proud in re-enacting the story. I was not a new hero who stood apart from the narrow confines of my time. It was a compulsive trait.

I was a young student at St Edmund’s College, Shillong, where I beat up a College Professor for his act of “injustice” that was done with my character.

Back in Imphal, as a young doctor, I went to see a Priest at the Don Bosco School at Chingmeirong. I recognised him as the Principal of St Anthony’s College in Shillong, at the time of my incident, 10 years before.

This aging Catholic priest was very familiar with the notoriously pugnacious behaviour of Meitei students, prior to my arrival in Shillong. As he did not know me I broached the subject. He simply told me that the Meiteis (students) lived in cloistered Manipur. When they came outside, they tended to be aggressive by over asserting themselves because of an inherent ‘inferiority complex’.

I had a feeling then he might be right. To my surprise, my eldest brother agreed with him.

In my undergraduate English language classes, I did learn that people with inferiority complex, suffer from an unrealistic feeling of general inadequacy, caused by real or supposed inferiority in one sphere. It is sometimes marked by aggressive behaviour in compensation.

Meitei men who were trained for fighting in war and traditional farmers in peace time had no tolerance skills. They regarded most of what passes for tolerance today are not tolerance at all, but rather intellectual or physical cowardice and those who hide behind that word are often afraid of intelligent or physical engagement. They were unwilling to be challenged by alternate points of view, to engage contrary opinions, or even to consider them.

Meiteis even now find it easier to hurl an insult than to confront the idea and either refute it or be changed by it.

As a recent example: a Meitei, true to our inherited trait (nangna kari khangdana : you don’t know anything) sent me an email disagreeing with what I wrote in my article – “How did the Meiteis come from Africa?” He wrote: “Your research seems to be at the initial stage, do not assume that other people will accept easily your hypothesis; I feel that you need to review it in the light of the fossil finds in China and Southeast Asia, and also I suggest to acquaint with the formation of ….

“Further you have also mentioned that phenotypical (sic phenotypic) similarity does not indicate genotypic relationship of the people. But in genetics phenotype is the outward expression of the inherent gene. By writing such unfounded information are you trying to divide the people of Manipur?”

In normal non-Meitei behaviour ie with a lack of significant deviation from the average, he could have simply asked me to cite references. Or he could have politely rephrased it like: “I would have thought your hypothesis is not in keeping with the fossil finds in China (?which) and genetics”.

I could have explained advanced genetics that not all organisms that look alike (phenotype) necessarily have the same genotype. (Ref. Wilhelm Johannson 1911; more recently, Francis Crick’s Central dogma of molecular biology).

Meitei behaviour tends to maximize the survival of the genes for aggression whether or not those genes happen to be in the body.

In the book, “The Selfish Gene” (1976), Richard Dawkins pursues the theory that, “to regard an organism as a replicator is tantamount to a violation of the ‘central dogma’ of the non-inheritance of acquired characteristics.” (p.97)
This Meitei gene – the ‘intolerance’ gene passed on without mutation from generation to generation along with the gene that makes them ‘aggressive’. Their lack of tolerance skills combined with a short fuse and impatience invariably turned their behaviour to aggression at the slightest provocation.

These are two prominent traits that were firmly embedded in the vocabulary of Meitei national character.

The Maharajas wanted to keep the Meiteis illiterate. So did the British except Johnstone. One can understand that the British were not in Manipur on a mission to civilise the Meiteis. On the contrary, they were forced to rule Manipur. The general political principle of occupying someone’s country is to follow the dictum that the more the population is illiterate the easier is to keep them subdued, and wherever it is possible, eliminate the intellectuals.
Education brings civilisation. Civilisation and culture are related with each other intricately. A change in the former creates a great stir in the later. Civilization advances with renewed ideas of thinking, behaviour changes, rationality and morality. The advanced ideas are bred in the mind of those educated though the rest of the society do not share such advanced ideas. They stick to the traditional ideas which form their culture of the society.
When the whole society is educated, like the evolution of biological organisms, culture too can be viewed as following three Darwinian principles: variation, differential fitness, and inheritance. It is an evolutionary system subject to the selective and non-selective forces. Darwin wrote about in The Origin of Species: that there is a vast amount of variation within a species, which leads to selection for particular traits, and that these traits are then inherited by successive generations.
With the establishment of English education in those days, the aggressive Meitei trait could have possibly altered as it happened among the Vikings and Sioux Indians. Advancement in education would have brought civilisation, which in turn would have initiated a change in Meitei culture. Meitei culture has now visibly changed because of education.

The rajas that were equally illiterate (Vir Tikendrajit could speak some Hindustani) took no interest in the education of Meiteis. Their contact with the outside world depended on a couple of Bengali translators from Sylhet, who could speak Meitei lon. The illiteracy of the Meiteis prevailed until James Johnstone started a middle school to train the Meiteis in the running of the state machinery, such as clerks and Amins.
There were however, quite a few functionally literate Meiteis known as maichou (court scribes), who were literate in their own language and wrote Cheitharol Kumbaba and other chronicles in the Meitei alphabet. We owe them deeply-felt gratitude for writing our history. It is the ‘Pierian spring’, that metaphorical source of knowledge and inspiration for the Meiteis.

The Meiteis were happy-go-lucky people, an ingredient of their national character. One hardly saw any Meitei male or female suffering from depression. They were happy in living life with the most basic needs. Their staple food was vegetable but they ate freshwater fish that were available aplenty, though seasonal. As a result there was no fat Meitei man or woman and the men were muscular.

This unique Meitei national character was once summed up jokingly by my witty friend N. Brajakishore from Sagolband: “Eikhoidi khudei ama shetlaga pangnung nungaiba jatni. In English: I can be quite happy even though I wear only a khudei – wrap-around indigenous Meitei male apparel.

Actually he might have a point, purely in terms of happiness. In evolutionary terms, the humans were not programmed to have happiness as a default but we are now because of technological advances.

Meiteis have now come a long way from the days of the Kiratas 3,000 BCE. I agree with social anthropologists that in general the Meiteis have shown that “primitive” societies like the Meiteis are no longer fundamentally different from “civilised” societies.

Nationality is the greatest social trait. The long inherited cultural traits of the Meiteis, though in the throes of disappearing, still exist besides the distortion of the landscape they inhabit. It is no longer politically correct to talk of Meitei nationhood.

Regrettably, while anatomising the Meitei mass, in spite of advancement in education and civilisation, the variations between individuals in terms of unity have not diminished. Identity of individual interest and ego underlie the contradictions among us. It is not injustice in the society that causes disunity.

The intrinsic challenge to a unified Meitei nation with a series of perceived ideas of disharmony however, will not rank so high when there is an extrinsic threat to the whole Meitei community. The Meitei national character will bind them together to defend their right of coexistence.

The writer is based in the UK.
email: imsingh@onetel.com
website: www.drimsingh.co.uk

Tribal turmoil in Churachandpur dist – Times of India

Tribal turmoil in Churachandpur distTimes of IndiaIMPHAL: Several tribal chiefs in Churachandpur district have stated that the proposed Manipur ( Village Authority in Hill Areas) Second Amendment Act, 2011, is posing a threat to the existing tribal chi…

Tribal turmoil in Churachandpur dist
Times of India
IMPHAL: Several tribal chiefs in Churachandpur district have stated that the proposed Manipur ( Village Authority in Hill Areas) Second Amendment Act, 2011, is posing a threat to the existing tribal chieftainship institution and the tribals' right over

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AIR Imphal News -14th May 2011 7.30 Morning

Source:- AIR Imphal; Recorded by:- KO in public interest.

AIR News 7.30 a.m Source:- AIR Imphal; Recorded by:- KO in public interest.

Mamata, Jaya crush Left, DMK; Congress sweeps Assam

New Delhi, May 13 (IANS): India was poised to get two more women chief ministers as Mamata Banerjee’s tsunami destroyed 34 years of Left rule in West Bengal while veteran… Read more »

New Delhi, May 13 (IANS): India was poised to get two more women chief ministers as Mamata Banerjee’s tsunami destroyed 34 years of Left rule in West Bengal while veteran J. Jayalalithaa pounded the corruption-tainted DMK in Tamil Nadu in a manner not predicted even by pundits.

The Congress, on the winning side in West Bengal but a loser in Tamil Nadu, managed a remarkable hat trick in Assam after decimating a divided opposition, but huffed and puffed before narrowly overcoming a fighting Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala.

In Puducherry, the last of five provinces which went to the polls in April-May, the Congress was unseated by a breakaway group which had teamed up with Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK.

Although it put up a brave face, there was more bad news for the Congress in the two Lok Sabha by-elections.

The Congress was humiliated in Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh — a development bound to cost the party dearly in the politically crucial state — and defeated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bastar in Chhattisgarh.

In Kadapa, the Congress candidate came second but lost his deposit after Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, son of the late chief minister Y.S.R. Rajasekhara Reddy, retained the seat with a record margin of 543,053 votes — three times the winning margin of 2009.

‘The Congress will have to introspect very seriously because it must be feeling a southern discomfort,’ political analyst G.V.L. Narasimha Rao told IANS. ‘Assam is very good news for the Congress but it deserves no credit for Bengal. The south seems to be slipping away.’

Southern India had accounted for a solid 60 of the Lok Sabha seats the Congress won in 2009 — a contribution that helped it retain power in New Delhi.

Without doubt, the most dramatic of victories Friday came from West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.

Riding on a wave of discontent against the Communists who had been in power in West Bengal since 1977, Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress delivered a mortal blow to the Left. The Trinamool bagged 181 of the state’s 294 seats while its ally Congress won 42. The Left got 61 seats, one of its worst performances in decades.

As tens of thousands of Trinamool supporters celebrated the fascinating win, particularly outside the Kolkata residence of Banerjee, Biman Bose of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) admitted it was a rout.

Banerjee, who is expected to resign as the railway minister to move to Kolkata to be the first woman chief minister of West Bengal, met Governor M.K. Narayanan Friday evening.

The Trinamool wave crushed the Marxists all over West Bengal, even in areas where the Communists had never before tasted defeat.
Even Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, whose aggressive policy of industrialization sparked off protests in rural areas that helped Banerjee to ultimately cripple the Left, was humbled in Jadavpore.

Equally sensational was the AIADMK juggernaut in Tamil Nadu, which swept away the DMK and its allies that included the Congress. After a landslide victory, AIADMK leader Jayalalitha vowed to rebuild the state even as the party made it clear that it would not share power with its allies.

Needing 118 seats to form a government, the AIADMK had captured 153 seats on its own while its alliance, which included actor Vijayakanth’s MDMK and the two Communist parties, had crossed the 200-mark.

A stunned DMK retreated into silence.

AIADMK MP V. Maitreyan said the Tamil Nadu vote was against ‘family rule’ — referring to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, his son and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, central minister and elder son M.K. Alagiri and daughter M. Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP who faces possible arrest in the spectrum allocation scam.

The only cheer for Congress came in Assam where it bagged 78 of the 126 seats, a vast improvement on the last election, to come back to power for the third consecutive time.

While Congress Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi credited it to good governance, the opposition said the main reason were its divided ranks.

In Kerala too the Congress tasted victory but after many anxious hours — managing a majority of just one seat in a house of 140.

The new chief minister is expected to be Oommen Chandy of the Congress, which heads the victorious United Democratic Front (UDF). Most players in the state credited the Marxists’ stunning show to Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, who at age 87 proved to be the Left’s biggest vote catcher.

Woman UG activist arrested

IMPHAL, May 13: The Bishnupur District Police commandos conducted search operation at Nambol Makha Leikai and arrested a women activist of PREPAK, identified as Thounaojam (O) Bhanu alias Remina Devi,… Read more »

IMPHAL, May 13: The Bishnupur District Police commandos conducted search operation at Nambol Makha Leikai and arrested a women activist of PREPAK, identified as Thounaojam (O) Bhanu alias Remina Devi, 38, w/o Th Noren from Kongkham Awang Leikai.

A press release of the Bishnupur Police said ten live rounds of 9mm pistol was recovered from her possession.

It further mentioned that she disclosed that she was involved in extortion of money from Govt. officials and businessmen in Bishnupur District under the command of capt. Erei of PREPAK.

Assurance to MGNREGS card holders distributed

Life and health assurance amounts were distributed to the nominees of 20 death MGNREGS card holders in two separate functions held in Bishnupur district today Source Hueiyen News Service

Life and health assurance amounts were distributed to the nominees of 20 death MGNREGS card holders in two separate functions held in Bishnupur district today Source Hueiyen News Service

No widow pension scheme forms at Tamenglong, bodies take serious note

Taking serious note of non availability of District Social Welfare office staff and non availability of widow pension scheme forms at the concerned department, the Zeliangrong Student Union Manipur and Zeliangrong Youth Front Tamenglong zone have deman…

Taking serious note of non availability of District Social Welfare office staff and non availability of widow pension scheme forms at the concerned department, the Zeliangrong Student Union Manipur and Zeliangrong Youth Front Tamenglong zone have demanded to that the District Social welfare Officer Tamenglong and ICDS officials should be remain at station within five days with immediate effect from today Source The Sangai Express

600 primary schools will be converted in to model school CM

Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh, today said that his government is considering for conversion of 600 primary schools into model schools with funding from the Centre Source Hueiyen News Service

Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh, today said that his government is considering for conversion of 600 primary schools into model schools with funding from the Centre Source Hueiyen News Service

Singngat meet rejects HAA amendments

Alleging that the proposed the Manipur Hill Areas District Council Fourth Amendment, Act, 2011 has failed to address the core issue of giving legislative, judiciary and financial power to the ADCs and that the Manipur Village Authority in Hill Area…

Alleging that the proposed the Manipur Hill Areas District Council Fourth Amendment, Act, 2011 has failed to address the core issue of giving legislative, judiciary and financial power to the ADCs and that the Manipur Village Authority in Hill Areas Second Amendment Act, 2011 posed a direct threat to the existing traditional tribal Chieftainship institution and tribal right over land a tribal conclave held at Singngat rejected the said proposals in toto Source The Sangai Express S Singlianmang Guite

Nine child labourers in hotels rescued, owners penalized

At least nine underage children, found engaged in hotels, were rescued in a series of drives conducted by a team of officials of the Labour Department in hotels in greater Imphal area Source Hueiyen News Service

At least nine underage children, found engaged in hotels, were rescued in a series of drives conducted by a team of officials of the Labour Department in hotels in greater Imphal area Source Hueiyen News Service

Keirao demands better road

Lamenting over the deplorable condition of the roads in Keirao Assembly Constituency, denizens of the Assembly constituency have demanded the Government to take up construction work of the roads before the onset of rainy season Source The Sangai Exp…

Lamenting over the deplorable condition of the roads in Keirao Assembly Constituency, denizens of the Assembly constituency have demanded the Government to take up construction work of the roads before the onset of rainy season Source The Sangai Express

State presses Centre for increasing PMGSY beneficiaries to 1000

Manipur government has submitted a proposal for increasing the number of beneficiaries of Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme PMGSY from existing 500 to 1000 and enhancing of margin money to Rs 14 crore a year, said principal secretary …

Manipur government has submitted a proposal for increasing the number of beneficiaries of Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme PMGSY from existing 500 to 1000 and enhancing of margin money to Rs 14 crore a year, said principal secretary Commerce and Industries , O Nabakishore today Source Hueiyen News Service