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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 12 (MExN): The Khango Konyak led NSCN (K) today issued a statement expressing its willingness to resume the previously abrogated ceasefire and pursue the Naga political issue with the Government of India.
A press note from the MIP of the Khango led NSCN (K) informed that this is in response to the “appeal of the Government of India, the state government and the Naga people.”
It said that the Government of India has “through the NGBF and NMA responded positively stating that GoI is more than happy to have NSCN return to peace since it is the NSCN who unilaterally walked out of ceasefire, whereas the Government of India still upholds the cease fire agreement that was signed between the NSCN and GoI in the year 2001.”
At the height of the face-off between Arunachal Scouts (AS) personnel and Arunachal Pradesh Police in Bomdila earlier this month, an Armyman carrying a light machine gun pointed and “cogged” his weapon at the local SP and others fired shots in the air to intimidate the police and district administration.
Detailing the confrontation with Armymen on November 2, a day after two AS personnel were detained for disorderly behaviour, in a report to the state DGP, Bomdila SP Raja Banthia also said that several other AS personnel brandished “daws, khukris and cogged their weapons” and that officers of 2 Arunachal Scouts were “inciting the group of armed personnel”.
Banthia’s report to the DGP is likely to be submitted to Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Governor B D Mishra. Police have registered at least five FIRs against Armymen in West Kameng district after soldiers of 2 AS allegedly vandalised premises of a police station, assaulted policemen and a civilian.
The first North East Tourism Festival 2018 will kick off on November 15 at the river bank of Huishu Village, Ukhrul district and will wind up on November 17.
Managing director of Ukhrul Hills Development Foundation (UHDF) and Mikpingla Industries (MPI), Achui Graceson Shatsang informed that the three-day long tourism festival is being held in association with North Eastern Council (NEC). It will showcase musical nights from various bands, artistes and DJs, and will also provide an opportunity to the visitors to explore the scenic beauty of Huishu mountain, river and neighbouring ranges, he added.
He also said that there will be fishing, mountain trekking, and rifle shooting and photography competition activities during the festival.
After only three days of the killing of the released radio-tagged migratory bird Amur Falcon named ‘Manipur’ by miscreants in between the districts of Tamenglong and Noney, at Puching village, there has been another incident of killing of migratory birds at Ukhrul.
A large number of migratory birds ‘Grey Heron’ was reportedly seen perching at the tall tree inside the Duncan Park located at Ukhrul on November 7, and the birds were hunted down by unknown local hunters on the same day.
Upon investigation and confirmation of the killings, the divisional forest officer (DFO) of Ukhrul Forest Division has suspended the chowkidar stationed at Duncan Park, whose negligence in his duties has been the cause of the incident. An order dated November 8 signed by DFO of Ukhrul has immediately terminated the service rendered by R. Leishipam as chowkidar, and the duties and responsibilities to look after the park on muster roll basis has been entrusted to Semmi Ragui until further orders.
Tangkul Music Forum (TMF) is set to present the first Tangkhul Music Award on December 15 at Town Hall, Ukhrul.
A release signed by general secretary of TMF, RR Dueleng stated the main objective of the event is to promote and appreciate the local singers and give them platform to showcase their professional skills and talents.
President of TMF, Nobert Khayi stated that the executive and board members, in its meeting, had decided to organise the said event to honour local artistes. The awards will be presented for different categories including rock, pop and country music. Besides, there will be solo award for best male and female artiste, best music video, best lyricist and life time achievement award.
Tamenglong, November 06, 2018 (DIPR): Forest and Environment Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar today inaugurated Information & Interpretation Centre and five Amur Falcon watch towers at Phalong (Bhalok), Part III at the Tamenglong district. The function was part of the 5th Amur Falcon Festival which was held yesterday under the theme ‘Honour the Treasured Wings’.
Phalong (Bhalok) village, Part III is home to the Zeliangrong community and it has population of over 800 people. The total population of the Phalong villages Part I, II and III is recorded over 1,500 people. Every year large number Amur Falcon (known as Akhuaipuina locally), migrate to the village.