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15.11.2018, 3:09 PM
The Election Commission has replaced Mizoram Chief Electoral Officer SB Shashank after protests in the state demanding his ouster. Ashish Kundra has been appointed in his place.

The crisis in the poll-bound state stems from Shashank alleging interference by the state government in preparations for the polls, scheduled on November 28. He wrote to the EC in the last week of October, mentioning an “active role” played by the state Home Department in this interference.

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15.11.2018, 3:07 PM

Manipur police has arrested the executive director M/S Woodhill Infrastructure Ltd, a construction company based in Ghaziabad, in a case pertaining to fraudulent issuance of bank guarantee amounting to Rs 6,62,00,000 in connection with the temporary restoration of National Highway-137 (Tamenglong-Khongsang road).

Manish Chaudhary, 33, son of Dheeraj Chaudhary of Sarvodaya Naga, Pilkhuwa, Hapur district, Uttar Pradesh, was arrested by a team of the Imphal West police on November 11 from UP and was remanded in police custody.

On August 6, 2015, M/S Woodhill Infrastructure Ltd was awarded the contract for temporary restoration of a 40-km stretch of the NH-137 after successful bidding. Subsequently, the Ministry directed the company to submit the relevant documents, including bank guarantee to National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), the implementing agency, for signing the contract.

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13.11.2018, 8:24 PM

The Ministry of Home Affairs Tuesday extended the ban on eight Meitei extremist organisations active in Manipur for five more years for their continued involvement in unlawful and violent activities.

In a notification, the Home Ministry cited that the rebel groups had openly declared their objective as the formation of an independent Manipur by secession from India, employing and engaging in armed means to achieve their objective, making contacts with foreign sources to influence the public opinion, and securing their assistance in arms training for the purpose of achieving secession.

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13.11.2018, 8:19 PM

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh opened the National School Games in Fencing for Under-14 and 17 years (boys and girls) at Khuman Lampak Indoor Stadium in Imphal Tuesday. A total of 730 players representing 19 teams including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, CBSE Welfare Sports Organisation, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Indian Public School Conference (IPSC), Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Vidya Bharathi, International Board School Sports Organisation and Manipur are taking part in the five-day long competition, which will come to an end on November 17.

The ceremony began with the Chief Minister declaring the Games open, which was followed by march-past of participating teams and cultural presentations. The competition is being organised by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of Manipur under the aegis of National School Games Federation of India.

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13.11.2018, 8:16 PM

During a regular checking in a Silchar-Agartala passenger train, the Karimganj Railway Police was able to seize drugs in the form of tablets worth Rs 14 crore at Karimganj Railway Station on Tuesday.

According to information, the drugs were found in two bags during a routine checking in the train.

Sources said, as soon as the Agartala-bound passenger train coming from Silcharhalted at Karimganj station in the morning on Tuesday, a team of Karimganj Railway Police, led by Sub-Inspector Benudhar Medhi, started checking each of the bogies of the train.

During the routine checking, the railway police personnel found an unclaimed bag. When checked, the railway police personnel discovered two bags inside the huge bag.

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13.11.2018, 8:01 AM

Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, Nov. 12: The 24th Kolkata International Film Festival (Kiff), which also marks 100 years of Bengali cinema, is underway with more than 300 films from across the world vying for top prizes in various categories. Among those competing for the Best Film award are two films—“Look At The Sky” and “Pony Tale” —directed by two Poumai Naga brothers.

A total of 171 feature films, and 150 shorts and documentaries from 70 countries will be screened at the festival which got under way on Friday, Nov. 10 and runs till Nov. 15.

“Look At The Sky,” directed and written by Ashok Veilou from Purul village of Senapati district, Manipur, is competing for the Best Film award in the short film category. It will compete with several other films, including Shaqyo Dey’s “Head” and Gaurav Madan’s “Sambavtaha” (Probably) for the top price. Veilou’s Tou-Tai (Seed) had won the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger for best Short Film in 2016 at the same festival, so all eyes are on him this time too.

The film is about a man who courageously fights for his rights after being outcast from his own birthplace for not supporting the village candidate in the election. Featuring Ngaole Hepunii of Koide village in the lead role and several others from Purul, Koide, Oinam and Sirong villages in the supporting roles, the film will be premiered at the film festival on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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