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IMPHAL | Nov 6

Legends tell everything, Meiteis and Anals has inseparable centuries-old bond and close connection. During an undisclosed pre-historic era, Ibudhou Wangbren Khana Chaoba, the Meitei deity, who manned the southern frontier of Manipur, dared to compete with strong Anal youths to claim the hand of Shangnu Shanghra (also known as Shangkhurembi), the only daughter of Anal chief Mongyam Ngamba.

It is widely believed among the Anals and the Meiteis that Ibudhou happily settled with the beautiful lady after coming out victorious in the competition.

Centuries have passed and civilization gone, but this legend never gets ruined with the passing of time. It still remains in the rich folklore of Manipur with relics believed to be connected with the legend are still standing tall as testimonies at a picturesque place known as Hungke-pa in Anal Khullen village in Chandel district.

Chief minister N. Biren’s maiden visit to Chandel district headquarters recently, this legend came forth once again with a new vigour when Anal Naga Taangpi (ANTA) requested him to develop a tourist resort at Anal Khullen to commemorate the inseparable age-old hill-valley relationship.

Chief minister, who has championed in forging hill-valley ties, while speaking at a grand reception function attended by thousands of people of different communities at Chandel’s Maha Union Ground on November 4 declared that his government would leave no stone unturned in developing the sacred site no matter how much money it required.

Within 48 hours, N. Biren announced through the media that Rs. 2 crore had been earmarked by the government for the said project. 

Speaking at the same function, N. Biren said, “I was almost in tears when I went through the memorandum submitted by Anal Naga Taangpi. The Anal body requested me to develop the sacred site of Ibudhou Wangbren at Anal Khullen. We can’t overlook such realties and common history that we share together.”

Disclosing that the request was made in a memorandum of the apex Anal body, the Chief minister pointed out that the representation merits attention because it traces our forefathers, and history tells that hill and valley people have common ancestors.

The Chief minister said that his government’s ‘Go to Hills’ slogan is a sincere effort towards identifying the cause of hill-valley divide and resolve all forms of discord through understanding and egalitarian development.

“We can’t solve any problem without going to the root cause”, he opined.

Biren contended that he takes the request as an effort to trace the common forefathers of hill and valley people. “We can’t be united if we don’t know about our ancestors”, he added.

The Chief minister invited the Village Authority of Anal Khullen to meet him and discuss the details of the proposed project.

ANTA’s memorandum said, “We the Anal tribe are one of the most populous tribes in the district, also having firm relationship with the Meitei brethren from time immemorial when ‘Wangbrel’ God of water had a nuptial ties with Anal damsel called Shangnu Shanghra of Anal Khullen village where till now the monolith and some Anal legend still exist. We propose you to construct a tourist resort at Anal Khullen with proper pucca roads for better connectivity from Chakpikarong and Chandel district headquarters.”

Anal Khullen is located at a distance of around only 20 km from Chandel district headquarters. The village can be reached from Chakpikarong as well. The road distance from Chakpikarong to Annal Khullen is around only 8 km.

Expressing hope that Ibudhou Wangbren’s sacred site would become a tourist destination in the near future, N. Biren said that promotion of eco-tourism is a must at places like Chandel, where people’s hospitality is so fine and the landscape is serenely beautiful.

The Chief minister, who also holds Tourism portfolio, stated that many tourism projects are in the offing across the State including Chandel district. The State may earn huge revenue if tourist destinations are developed, he opined.

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IMPHAL | Nov 6

MAHUD minister, Thaonaojam Shyamkumar Singh today said that a loan disbursal office at Ngariyal Chingkhong will be inaugurated on November 20 for the people of Imphal East, especially of Andro region to ease the process of availing loans from Imphal city. This office will give awareness on various loans and schemes of the government particularly for women.

He was speaking as the chief guest at the one day awareness campaign on handlooms and handicrafts delivery and Mudra loans at Lai Manai Multipurpose Hall, Yairipok.

The minister said that there will be no development if there were no women and for the welfare of women who have helped themselves by engaging in handloom and handicrafts, there are different schemes given by government. He urged the women to avail these schemes and loans such as Mudra loan, for these will improve earnings and encourage them to work qualitatively.

He said this awareness programme will give local women an opportunity to explore their talents and idea regarding possible business opportunities. He also said that more loans under various schemes will be given after the identification of beneficiaries is made. He also appealed to the loanees to pay off loans on time so that a cordial relationship is maintained between the bank and the loanees.

Altogether, 1,250 cards were distributed to women weavers of the constituency today.

Shyamkumar also said that loans will be available to the locals of Andro constituency from the new office which is due to be inaugurated in the last week of this month. He also assured the locals that the Imphal-Yairipok road will be blacktopped soon while observing the problems faced by the commuters.

Project Manager (H/L), district handlooms and textiles, Imphal east district, P. Meenakumari Devi, lead district manager, UBI (Imphal East and Ukhrul), Seikai Singsit and other officials of the district handlooms and textiles office, Imphal east district, Prorompat attended the function as presidium members.

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IMPHAL | Nov 6

Chief Engineer-1 (National Highways ) Nongmaithem Noren has assured that the potholes which have been reported not to be repaired along the Imphal-Churachandupur highway will be completed by this month. Addressing media persons in this regard at PWD office located at Khuyathong today, he said that the repairing of potholes have been held up due to the incessant rain.

He said that the department had inherited an unfortunate legacy of of unfinished work and the department will finish the unattended pothioles along the airport route highway as soon as possible.

He also lamented that that the positive work of the department has not been highlighted in the media and only certain lapses which have occurred due to environmental situations have been blown out of proportion.

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DESAM decries selection of non Manipuris

IMPHAL | Nov 6

Strongly condemning the selection of five non – Manipuris in the result of the written test conducted for the nine post of Manipur Judicial Service – III under Manipur High Court, the Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) said the selected five must decline themselves from attending the DPC.

A release said DESAM had been continually taking strong measures against the selection of non locals for posts in Manipur and making protests that no form of advantages should be given to them. It is unfortunate that five non locals had been selected in the result of the written test for the nine vacant posts under Manipuri High Court, it said. The release demanded that the selected five must decline themselves from attending the DPC to be held on November 11 and 12.

The authorities must not allow the non Manipuris to sit in the DPC and the government ought to take the matter seriously, it continued. If the candidates and the authorities go against the stated demands, then DESAM will take up extreme measures in order to save the indigenous people of the State, it said. The government, authorities of the high court of Manipur and the candidates must be held responsible for whatever the outcome, it added.

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IMPHAL | Nov 6

Under the department of horticulture and soil conservation and department of agriculture, 24 progressive organic farmers and eight officials of the two departments left for Delhi to participate in the 19th Organic World Congress to be held from November 9-11 at Greater Noida.

In the flagging off ceremony of the farmers, director of department of horticulture and soil conservation, K. Kipgen said that this is the first time for the state farmers to get international exposure in organic farming.

In the world event, the farmers will showcase and promote potentials of organic produce of the state and will be a platform to share experiences, innovations and knowledge about organic world, said Kipgen.

The director also said that this will provide opportunities to attract investments on production and processing aspects and would play instrumental in building future market linkage of organic products of the state. The organic farmers will be benefitted with enhanced knowledge of quality organic products and information on its demand through the exposure, he added.

Ginger and turmeric, Kachai lemon, Chak hou, oranges are some of the state produce to be taken for the world meet, said Kipgen.

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IMPHAL | Nov 6

Chiang (Liangmei) Students’ Union today complained about the irregularities of mid-day meals in Langmei High School and for exempting two lecturers from attending school since July 28.

President of Langmei Students Union, Poujengdinbou Newmai told IFP that mid-day meal was served at the school only for two days for 2017 session.

He said it is to their surprise that such governmental scheme which is supposed to be delivered every working day was served only two days for a whole academic year of 2017. The students are deprived of the fundamental right as per Right to Education Act, 2009, he alleged.

Poujengdinbou also said that classes XI and XII Arts are handled by only two teachers in the school and the terminal examination for 2017 was conducted without History and Political Science subjects.

A memorandum was also submitted to the education minister on November 3 by the student body urging the authority concerned to look into the matter and take up necessary actions against the default teacher according to RTE norms 2009.

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In an agitation against non-declaration of viva voice result, the Joint Action Committee for All Manipur Police Constable Civil Male Viva Voice Completed Candidate 2016 10+2 Fresh Batch today declared to impose bandh on November 10 from 5 am to 5 pm.

Speaking to media at Manipur Press Club today, the general secretary of the committee, Chanambam Manichandra said that the dateline of declaring their result was on November 4 but the authorities concerned did not declare on the said date and remained deaf to the demand. The general strike will be imposed by the JAC to show discontentment with the negligence of the government, he added.

He said that on August 18, the JAC went to CM bungalow in order to take an appointment of meeting with the chief minister, however, the JAC was told to come on August 23 and discuss the matter along with CM, N. Biren Singh and OC, Shubon of Imphal police station. But unfortunately the JAC failed to meet them.

The JAC finally submitted their memorandum on October 22 stating that if the authority concerned did not declare their result before November 4, the JAC will be imposing bandh and blockade for three days continuously, said Manichandra.

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AMTU submits memorandum

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IMPHAL | Nov 6

All Manipur Tribal Union (AMTU) has submitted a memorandum to the Chairman of Hill Areas Committee (HAC), Government of Manipur seeking feasibility to promulgate an Act to enable “hill tribal people” of Manipur to own land ownership patta under Autonomous District Council (ADC) Act.

“With profound gratitude for your esteemed relentless service in safeguarding the interest of the Hill Areas, we have to state a few lines seeking your wisdom on the above stated matter”, the memorandum said.

According to the memorandum, under the purview of Acticle 371(C), MLR/LR Act.1960 cannot be extended in the Hill Areas of Manipur. “This had prompted many land owners and homestead owners of the Hill Areas to register such lands under MLR/LR Act.,1960 which records are maintained in the neighbouring valley districts,” it said, adding, “This was done so, inadvertently just to acquire land ownership patta for ownership, security and collateral purposes”.

According to AMTU, now it has become a matter of dispute for land records between hill districts and their neighbouring valley districts, which sometimes ignites communal flare-up and disharmony.

On the other hand, people of the Hill Areas face inconveniences in absence of land ownership patta system upon which their lands are huge but no valuation or cadastrally surveyed and recorded, the memorandum also said. Such lands cannot be used as collateral or mortgaged on certain essential cases such as bank loans or industrial government’s financial aids, it added.

“Hence, you are persuaded kindly to see into the matter by constituting a sub-committee and find out feasibility to amend the District Council Act to enable hill tribal people of Manipur to acquire land ownership patta under ADC which could also lend premium revenue exchequer and incorporate or accommodate the land records lying in some valley districts under the same,” the memorandum said.

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IMPHAL | Nov 6

The Giving Tree, an environmental conservative organisation that provides performance and event venue, is bringing a new dimension to Manipur’s state tourism festival this year.

Sangai Khunung Festival, which will be an authentic village fair, will be held as part of Sangai festival from November 21 to 30. With theme titled ‘Taking the festival’ to the villages of Manipur and to their hearts; it aims to bring an opportunity for people in villages of Manipur to interact with visitors and show them the richness embedded in their villages - its people, culture, its field, stream, traditional way of living and livelihood. Sangai festival is a favourable platform to showcase these potentials.

Sangai Khunung Festival will be a junction of ideas, skill and wisdom; an arena where rural meets urban, and vice versa. The basic principle is to take the festival to the villages of Manipur, which in entirety will mean – bringing the visitors to the villages.

The festival will be organized by The Giving Tree with full support and participation of Matai villagers. Village representatives and the Giving Tree team had several consultations discussing minutes of the festival. The Matai Village Authority and the management team will coordinate the festival.

This particular event will help bridge the gap of connecting values of our ethnic past with present youth, and exchanging the experience of village lifestyle with the urban visitors.

Matai Village in Luwangsabam assembly constituency will be the ‘Khunung destination’ for this year. Matai is a small village of 280 households, with a population of 1150 people, approximately. Located at a distance of 8kms from Kangla Gate towards North on AH1 (NH-2),  it is a pleasant 15-18 minutes drive from Kangla Gate, which takes the visitors to this village settlement where the Langol hill range surrounds the periphery from three sides.

Indigenous games, bird-watching, nature’s trails, camping, folk based music, dance and theatrical performances, film-screening, art-installations, flea-market, village area tour, village area fair, panel discussions, will be highlights of this event.

Matai Village – situated in the foothill of Langol Hill Range; offers a scenic setting for the main events, for which the village community halls will be used for certain theatrical performances. It is expected that the warm hospitality at the home-stay will be a gratifying experience for the visitors.

The Giving Tree family is a group of young enterprising motley crew with creative and constructive ideas for a futuristic Manipur. The team plans to spread this event across the villages of Manipur in the long-run.

Line up for folk music will be Guru Rewben, Laihui, Sampaa, Atingkok to name a few. Other performances will be Sumang leela, khongjom praba and khulang Eshei.

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IMPHAL | Nov 6

The second phase of Intensified Mission Indradhanush is set to kick start tomorrow in four hill districts of the state by Family Welfare Department. The districts covered under this mission are Churachandpur, Chandel, Ukhrul and Tamenglong.

In a media sensitisation workshop held today at its B.T. road office, director of health and family welfare, Dr. K. Rajo stated that the mission aims for vaccination of children from 0-2 years to prevent from deadly diseases such as diphtheria, measles, whooping cough and Japanese encephalitis.

He said that the main focus is in the hill districts of the state, which are the lowest immunised districts. The second phase will go on for seven days straight, he added.

He further said that the mission will cover around 3104 children under 0-2 years of age and also targets in giving two doses of Tetanus and Tetanus booster for 936 pregnant women. The previous phase that started on October 18 managed to get 88.8 per cent with total site plan of 369 sessions and achieved 325 sessions. While the second phase aims to complete and cover all the left out of first phase of immunisation in the state, he added.

Dr. K. Rajo said that just like the famous slogan of Manipur chief minister ‘Go to the Hills’, the mission’s motto will be ‘Go to the hills, and work and immunise’.

Responding to a query, state nodal officer of immunisation, Dr. Nandakishore said that the other districts of the state are better immunised than these mentioned districts.

He said that diphtheria is one of the deadliest diseases that kill every 30,000 children every year in the country and also one of the biggest threats to the state. There is an urgent need to wipe out the disease, he added.

Nandakishore also said that the state is already on a plan to eradicate Measles Rubella and the mission will start by February 2018.

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