President of United Naga Council Gaidon Kamei was arrested today from Phiedinga, Imphal West along with UNC Secy Information Thomas. To protest the arrest the UNC is likely to intensify the stir, sources said. The UNC has been blocking the two national highways of Manipur for the 26th day without any sign of intervention from the Centre. The arrest came after Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh requested the Central government to take action against the NSCN(IM) and UNC for calling the blockade. He had earlier indicated that the state will be compelled to take action. As the NSCN(IM) has signed a framework with the government the state government was reluctant to take action against NSCN (IM) and its frontal organisations, including UNC.Police had to release all NSCN(IM) cadres and supporters who were arrested with arms and while doing illegal activities in the state on the intervention of the Centre.People of the state, including Zeliangrong community of Tamenglong district, had been opposing the blockade. The UNC belongs to Tamenglong district where there is strong protest against the blockade. The chief minister had informed that he went to New Delhi to request Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene as the ball is in the court of the central government. R N Ravi, the interlocutor to the peace talk with the NSCN-IM had informed the Manipur CM that the NSCN (IM) will be asked to lift the blockade, however, there is no report of lifting the blockade.

The state government was asked by the people to upgrade two sub-divisions to full district status for administrative conveniences and the UNC has opposed any move to upgrade the two sub-divisions. The CM clarified that there is no question of granting district status on ethnic lines. The apex court had also directed the Central government not to allow any form of blockade on the highways, Mr Ibobi reminded.Using security personnel some trucks carrying oil, medicines, food are brought in on the Imphal Jiribam highway. Some oil depots provided petrol to government vehicles and vehicles transporting students to enable transportation of students. Streets remained deserted as there is shortage of oil. Prices of essential commodities have reached sky high. There is shortage of medicines, food and essential commodities. Petrol is now sold at Rs 300 per litre and price of LPG has reached Rs 2,500 in the black market.

Source: WebIndia 123

Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has said that the state’s government has taken steps to initiate the establishment of an exclusive sanctuary for the Manipuri Pony.

The chief minister was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of the 10th Manipur Polo International 2016 at the historic Mapal Kangjeibung, also known as the Polo ground. The event was organised as a part of the Manipur Sangai Festival 2016.

Ibobi said that the Manipur government was taking action to declare the Manipuri Pony as an endangered breed ‘to be preserved for future generations in Manipur, India and the world.’ The Manipuri Pony is one of the five species of ponies recognised by the government of India. The pony is considered the most sacred of all animals in Manipur and is associated with religion, arts and culture, martial arts etc of the state.

Ibobi expressed belief that the polo fraternity all over the world would appreciate the initiative of the state’s government. Further, the chief minister said that Sagol Kangjei (polo) has been played in Manipur since time immemorial.

“We are indebted to our forefathers who have handed down to us this game which has become a popular game of the present world,” he said. Wishing the foreign players and visitors a comfortable and memorable stay in Manipur, the chief minister also invited foreign polo teams besides Indian polo teams to join the 11th edition of the tournament next year.

Four foreign polo teams, one each from Australia, England, Kenya and the USA, and two Indian teams–India (A) representing the Indian Polo Association and India (B) from Manipur are taking part in the 10th edition of the Manipur Polo International. The event has been organised by the Manipur Horse Riding & Polo Association. The tournament will continue till the 29th of the month.

Earlier, the chief minister took the salute of a March Past of the participating teams. A cultural performance was also organised by the Rhythms of Manipur as a part of the inaugural function.

Source: Eastern Mirror

Ambassador of Japan Kenji Hiramatsu told Manipur governor Najma Heptullah that his country is looking forward to enhance cooperation with India, especially with Manipur in the field of education, sports, arts and culture.

“Japan can arrange to send trainers to Manipur for sportspersons and sportspersons from Manipur can also go to Japan to have training in various sports,” he stated.

The governor further availed the opportunity to discuss with him variety of issues pertaining to Manipur. She sought the cooperation to clean Loktak Lake using Japanese technology, developing eco-friendly tourism, commercial cultivation of orchids, developing cherry blossom gardens in the state and to increase sports and cultural exchanges between Japan and Manipur.

Heptulla also underlined that the Prime Minister’s Look East Policy and his recent visit to Tokyo has strengthened the ties between the two countries and people to people contact will further cement the historical relations of India and Japan. He also invited the Governor to visit Tokyo during Cherry Blossom Festival.

Source: Northeast Today

The Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla today sought cooperation of the Japanese government to clean the Loktak Lake during a meeting with the Ambassador of Japan Kenji Hiramatsu.

According to a press release of the Governor’s Secretariat, Raj Bhavan, Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu called on the Governor today.

It said the Governor availed the opportunity to discuss with him variety of issues pertaining to the state.

The Governor, it said, sought the cooperation to clean Loktak Lake using Japanese technology, developing eco-friendly tourism, commercial cultivation of orchids, developing cherry blossom gardens in the state and to increase sports and cultural exchanges between Japan and Manipur.

The Governor also underlined that the Prime Minister’s Look East Policy and his recent visit to Tokyo has strengthened ties between the two countries and people to people contact which will further cement the relations between India and Japan.

The Ambassador of Japan assured the Governor to explore possibilities to extend support to clean up the Loktak Lake and also mentioned that Japan is also looking forward to enhance cooperation with India specially with Manipur in various fields like education, sports, arts and culture.

He added that Japan can arrange to send trainers to Manipur for the training of sportspersons and sportspersons from the state can go to Japan to have training in various sports, it said adding that he further invited the Governor to visit Tokyo during the Cherry Blosson festival.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Locals of Pallel Thamnapokpi today shut down Imphal-Moreh road without any warning in connection with the death of a male motorcyclist and injuring one woman in yesterday incident which took place at round 4:30 pm at Pallel Thamnapokpi under Tengnoupal Police station.

According to a report, many passengers' vehicles and heavy truck have been put hold at Thamnapokpi by the locals.

The motorcyclist who succumbed to his injuries was identified as Kh Moshing Tarao, 48, son of (late) Kh Kochung Tarao of Tarao Laimanai village under Chandel district.

His motorcycle collided with a passenger bus along the Imphal-Moreh road.

Source: E-PAO

Around 30 people who reportedly claimed themselves as volunteers of AMSU allegedly thrashed one Kongbrailatpam Bidyananda inside the class room of Physics (Honours), DM College of Science.

The AMSU volunteers also allegedly thrashed another DM College of Science student Khaidem Santosh (fifth semester) inside the college campus.

K Bidyananda (first semester) is said to be a candidate for Boys Common Secretary of DM College of Science Students' Union.

Later students of DM College of Science, DM College of Arts and DM College of Commerce staged a protest in front of DM College of Science against the physical assault of the two fellow students.

Some of the protesters said that the AMSU volunteers went on thrashing the two students despite repeated intervention by teachers.

Strongly condemning the alleged excesses committed by AMSU volunteers, they demanded that the AMSU office located within DM College campus should be shifted.

Even though AMSU is said to be a student organisation, they don't respect teachers.

Rather they have been challenging the student community, said the students.

The protesters declared that they would boycott classes of all the three colleges from today.

As Bidyananda sustained injuries on different body parts including head, he is undergoing treatment in a hospital.

Meanwhile, a press release issued by the JAC Against the Assault of Two Students of DM Science said that all institutions located within DM College campus would be shut down until the AMSU office is shifted.

It demanded that all the assailants should be pulled up by 6 am tomorrow.

On the other hand, a press release jointly signed by DM College of Science Students' Union social and culture secretary Kh Sushilkumar and magazine secretary Chanamthabam Martin said that the call for class boycott from October 5 is implausible.

It also appealed to all students to avoid any form of violent confrontation.

Informing that exam schedules for 5th semester and 1 st semester have been already fixed, it appealed to all students and teachers to attend classes regularly as usual.

Source: E-Pao

Kwakeithel eased to a 3-0 victory over Sagolband United (SU) while FC Zalen edged past SSU 2-1 today in the ongoing 11th Manipur State League at Mapal Kangjeibung. In the first encounter of the day between TRAU and SU, the former dominated possession and were in control of the match. Sh Meiraba of TRAU broke the deadlock in the 19th minute as he found no difficulty in converting a brilliant attempt off a pass from Amir Khan. TRAU extended the lead in a span of three minutes as L Sanatomba found the net of their opponents through a long pass from M Meino. The first half ended with the team taking an easy 2-0 lead. Even as SU put up a spirited fight to equalise the goals, their attempts turned out bootless. Rather they ceded one more goal in the 80th minute as TRAU’s Th Vandona was bang on target.

In the second encounter, FC Zalen scored a goal each in both halves to scrap past SSU 2-1. Even as both sides started the match formidably, the Sadar Hills team were visibly in an advantageous position. Paolenlal Khongsai banged in the opener for FC Zalen in the 38th minute and the first half ended with the Sadar Hills side taking a 10 lead. SSU struggled hard to restore parity in the second half. However, they felt wanting in converting some chances. Lamgoulen extended the goal account of FC Zalen as he booted home a superb one in the 88th minute that eventually earned full points to the team. Penalty was awarded against FC Zalen in the 90th minute. L Gogocha of SSU stepped up and converted the penalty to reduce the goal difference.

Jason Yengkhom scripted a history when he won a gold medal at the ongoing 6th World Junior Wushu Championships 2016in Bulgaria. The championship which started on September 25th will

Son of Geetchandra and Memcha, Jason is a four times national champion and a silver medallist in wushu sanshou. He started his campaign well to become the first ever champion from India in the history of World Junior Wushu Championships in boy’s 52kg Sanshou event.

Jason beat HesronKenediSimangungsong of Indonesia by 2:0 and Mohamed Meslhih of Egypt by another margin of 2:0 in quarter final and semi-final bouts respectively. The final bout was a contest against a strong contender Jun Yang of China. However, he was too quick and landed beautiful kicks and blows to his Chinese opponent and won the bout comfortably with 2:0 points.

In the championships, two other Manipuri girls won silver and bronze medals. Thoudam Malemnganbi won a silver medal in girl’s 52kg sanshou event while Roshibina Naorem won a bronze medal in girl’s 48kg sanshou event.

Source: TNT

NISA, Thangmeiband cruised past TRUGPU, Nambol 3-1 while NEROCA FC drubbed YPHU 3-0 today in the ongoing 11th Manipur State League at Mapal Kangjeibung. Wary of each others, NISA and TRUGPU started their match cautiously. None could succeed in breaking the deadlock till the end of the first half. After careful observation of the match in the first half, NISA coach who after identifying the weaknesses of TRUGPU teed up his players in the second half. Kh Naoton converted a penalty in the 54th minute to give the lead to NISA. Naoton scored his second in the 69th minute. Undaunted after ceding two goals, TRUGPU players put up a spirited fight to restore parity. They got rewarded when S Ratan pulled one back for TRUGPU in the 71st minute.

Even as TRUGPU strug gled hard to find the equaliser, they ceded another goal to their opponents as Y Ibomcha slotted home a goal for NISA in the 74th minute.

In the second encounter, NEROCA FC maintained their unbeaten streak as they drubbed YPHU 3-0. NEROCA FC played in the attacking mode right from the beginning of the match. However, YPHU defenders were cautious in marking the forwards of their opponent. Ch Sushilkumar who taking advantage of the defence split of YPHU slotted home the opener for NEROCA FC in the 34th minute. The first half ended with NEROCA taking a 1-0 lead. YPHU bounced back with more vigour in the second half and were making all out efforts to equalise the goal. However, NEROCA’s lead was extended by Chinedu Emanuel in the 61st minute. Gobin completed the score for NEROCA FC as his brilliant header found the net of his opponents in the 79th minute.

Source: The Sangai Express

The SP of Senapati Police Station, Kabib K has been alleged to have severely beaten three innocent protesters who were taken into custody recently.

On August 17, around 200 youth of Senapati district of Manipur joined the state-wide protest regarding the declaration of Manipur Police constable recruitment results which the Government assured to do earlier.

During this protest, three youth were arrested and taken into custody. While the youths were remanded in police custody the Superintendent of Police, Kabib K (IPS) allegedly tortured them inhumanly by thrashing the youths. On hearing about the news, a brother of one of the three youths who is an Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) Rifleman rushed to the station to meet his brother but instead he was also allegedly beaten up by the SP.

YouthAct, an Ngo has voiced their concern over the matter and condemned the custodial torture by the SP. “The SP’s action unconstitutional as it amounts to the deprivation of the fundamental rights of the three victims as guaranteed to them by the constitution of India under article 32, 20, 21 22,” a release by the group stated.

The NGO also stated that the SP’s action is also criminal in nature as it is in contravention of section 46 and 49 read with section 50-56 of the criminal procedure code, 1973.

The NGO while demanding justice for the three youth also stated that such inhumane custodial torture finds no place in a modern society.

Source: TNT

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