By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | May 28
The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has termed Centre’s decision to ban the sale of cattle for slaughter as a show of contempt of the minority Muslim and tribal communities residing in the country.
Addressing the media in this regards, Wabagai MLA Md Fajur Rahim, said India is a secular state, which is home to different indigenous population with diverse culture and tradition.
However, the decision of the BJP led NDA government has stained the sanctity of secularism by imposing bias rules in favour of a particular section while disregarding the sentiments of several others, he said.
The act is nothing but an act of dictator, opined the MLA.
The MLA explained that there are certain food items enjoyed by other groups but considered as a taboo for the Muslim religion. But, the Muslims never criticise on food habits of other community.
Further lamenting the government’s decision to ban slaughter of cows

Oue Bureau
IMPHAL | May 28
A ministerial team led by minister, Health & Family Welfare L Jayantakumar Singh inspected various healthcare facilities in and around Senapati district. The team which includes TD & Fisheries, minister N Kayisii and PHED minister, L Dikho, was on a two-day inspection tour to assess the condition and status of several healthcare centres.
As a part of the tour, which started early Saturday morning, the ministerial team first visited the Senapati District Hospital and inspected every section of the hospital.
While interacting with the doctors, staff and local leaders present at the hospital, Jayantakumar stated that the district hospital has all the basic healthcare facilities to be the best in the state.
 He however expressed his concern on the condition of the expensive equipment and machines lying unused and untouched inside the hospital. He appealed to the doctors and staff to work with full sincerity and dedication and

Husband caught trying to cremate wife

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | May 28
A man along with his first wife was caught by the public while he was trying to cremate the body of his second wife this morning at a crematorium located at the river bank of New Lambulane, Checkon Imphal East.
The deceased was identified as Thounaojam Shanti Devi, 38 daughter of Th Lala Singh of Mayang Imphal Ani Longbi and currently staying in a brick firm at Patsoi. The husband who is suspected to have murdered the second wife is identified as RK Modusana, 43 son of RK Gunisana Singh of Singjamei currently staying at a rented house at Sagolband Soyam Leirak. The first wife is identified as Oinam Shanta Devi, 44 daughter of O Yaima of Singjamei.
The deceased is with a new born baby of 25-day-old and  also has a five-year-old daughter born before she was married to Modusana.
From the statement of their family members and the husband, Shanti was found hanging at their room today early morning at around 1 am.
The hus

‘No helmet, no petrol’ flunks on day one

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | May 28
Petrol pumps of the state started implementing ‘No helmet, no petrol’ system from today following an order passed by the state government on May 24.
The rule was implemented for safety of two wheeler users, as wearing helmet reduces the chances of getting serious head injuries during a crash.
Though the safety rule is implemented, many two wheeler riders who do not use helmet were seen filling petrol in the petrol pumps, as there was no proper measure taken up by the authority concerned.  
According to studies by experts, the risk of getting a head injured during crash is 4.35 times higher when helmet is not used.
Speaking to the Imphal Free Press, Kusum Service Station manager, Thangjam Tomba said that such rule will be more effective if it is followed strictly in all the petrol outlets of the state.
In the state out of 100 two wheeler users only 20 use helmet so mass awareness is needed to let the public k

New challenges ahead for Meira Paibis

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | May 28
Manipur women Meira paibis have been at the forefront on so many social issues. They have been working relentlessly towards the realisation of social emancipation in so many ways, observed Prof Ksh Bimola on the 19th Meira Paibi day observation.  
Speaking as the chief guest of the function at Khurai Tharo Devi lampak today, Prof Bimola said the day is observed to pay tribute to Sinam ongbi Piyari, who led down her life on May 28, 1980.
Prof Bimola continued that the situation in Manipur has changed a lot since the days of 1980, the time when Meira Paibi movement was at a different stage. She pointed out that the shadow of AFSPA is still lurking in the state and there is rise in atrocities against women. There has also been escalation of drug abuse amongst the youth and drug smuggling activity for easy profit by a section of the society without considering its harmful effects, she added.
She also noted that misunderstandi

From Our Correspondent
Rebutting Manipur Chief Minister’s statement on Anti-Terrorism Day, in terming the Suspension of Operations agreement between the Kuki underground groups and the governments ‘a failure’, the Kuki Inpi Manipur, apex body of the Kuki community, expressed discontentment over the chief minister’s statement.
Political affairs chairman of Kuki Inpi Manipur, Sominthang Doungel said that the Kuki Inpi has moralistic hope over BJP coalition government in Manipur led by N Biren Singh to resolve the aged political issue of the Kukis through dialogue with the Kuki militant groups UPF and KNO.
He also said that the Kuki Inpi Manipur and the Kuki community as a whole have been consistently supporting tripartite SoO agreement between Government of India, Government of Manipur and UPF and KNO with a mood that the militant groups through dialogue can only ensure self-determination for the Kuki people.
However, the statement o

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