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IMPHAL | May 26
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West today granted bail to all the 16 personnel of the Manipur Rifles (MR) who were arrested in connection with assault on a police sub-inspector on May 10, 2015. The personnel were then on security escort for the former Speaker , Th Lokeshwar.
The investigating officer (IO) of the case prayed for remanding all the 16 accused MR personnel for 15 days judicial custody but the court rejected the prayer of the IO.
In the meantime the bail plea filed by the counsel of the accused MR personnel was heard and the court granted bail to all the personnel.
Three of the accused personnel Kapai Yruikhai, Tahir Ali and Potsangbam Chaoba furnished PR bond of Rs 10,000 each along with one surety each and the rest 13 accused furnished PR bond of Rs 50,000 each with one surety each.
The rest 13 accused MR personnels are identified as Santa Singh, Thounaojam Lakshamon, Md Maheiruddin, Thingujam Chnadramohon, Th Sumanta, M

Nara lambastes three years of Modi rule

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL| May 26
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government is celebrating its completion of three years of governance in India today, Communist Party of India (CPI) alleged the period as “three years of disaster.”
CPI Manipur State Council’s Secretary Dr Moirangthem Nara during a press meet at Irawat Bhavan here today alleged that BJP government in Indiais raciest, casteist, worst right wing ideology and brutal communal which represent only the interests of Corporate Capital.
In all BJP rule states people are facing more insecurity problems instead of safeguarding and protecting people’s dignity and rights as its dictatorial and Hindu fanatical ideology has been directly attacking on minorities, Dalits and other weaker sections of the society, he charged.
He further urged the new BJP led government in Manipur which came with “corporate funded money” not to act like other BJP ruled states where the Hindu fanatic activist

Jiribam public lock down hospital

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JIRIBAM | May 26
The general public of Jiribam locked down the OPD of 50 bedded hospital of Jiribam today expressing their disappointment over the government for not fulfilling the necessity of the hospital.
The Jiribam public since decades have been demanding a well-equipped hospital with modern facilities and technologies and together with these, specialised doctors. The hospital was eventually upgraded to a 50-bedded facility and was inaugurated by the former Chief Minister of Manipur O Ibobi Singh on October 31, 2016 at Uchathol, Jiribam.
However, the used materials of Community Health Centre (CHC) of Jiribam were installed in the newly constructed hospital and authority concerned seemed not understand the demand of the public, which is specifically on the essential diagnosis facilities but not the new building.
The outraged volunteers of various civil society organisations, students’ organisation and women organisations pulled out th

Editor in court in ambush case

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | May 26
The Sangai Express (english edition) editor Hijam Rajesh Singh appeared before the Special Judge NIA, Manipur Gaiphulshillu Golmei as a prosecution witness regarding the June, 2015 ambushed upon the convoy of the 6th Dogra Regiment.
It may be mentioned that 18 personnel of the 6 Dogra Regiment were killed and 11 were injured during the ambushed by a group of militants.
During the hearing Rajesh said that somewhere in the middle part of June 2015 at team of NIA visited the Sangai Express office and enquired about a press release which was published on June 10, 2015 related with the ambush.
Rajesh said he disclosed to the NIA team that the release was received by their office through the e-mail ID of their office from an e-mail ID miyamgipaodam@gmail.com.
Later the team had seized the computer which was ordinarily used in normal course of business of their news organisation, he added.
Rajesh further claimed that he

Missing man found dead

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | May 26
Hirom Priyokumar alias Yaima 26, son of H Manichandra of Heingang Panthoibi Lampak, Imphal East was found dead in between Moijing Waithou and Thangjing hill in Thoubal district today at around 11.30 am today.
He has been missing since May 17, at around 2.30 pm and his vehicle was left at MG Avenue.
After the body was found a huge number of people from Heingang Panthoibi Lampak came to meet Chief Minister at its bungalow.
Imphal West SP S Ibomcha and his team rush to the spot to subside the situation. Police stopped the protesters in front of Nupi Lal complex. However, 15 representatives were allowed to meet the Chief Minister.
Speaking to the media, Hirom Inaobi, convenor of Joint Action Committee against the Killing of Hirom Priyokumar and uncle of the deceases said they met principal secretary and SP Imphal West as the Chief Minister was out of station. They submitted a memorandum stating that the culprits must arre

Govt reaches CCpur villages after 50 years

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CHURACHANDPUR | May 26
A sense of belongingness was felt by the villagers of Henglep sub-division of Churachandpur when the SDO and his team and other top officers visited them to see the ground reality of the village.
According to sources, 50 years ago, a sub division officer (SDO) visited the village and the recent visit from the government’s side made a big surprise for the villagers.
The SDO team toured for 10 days starting from May 1 and went to almost 10 villages of the northern side of Henglep sub-division which is known as the most backward sub-divisions of Churachandpur district.
The team had to walk on foot for more than 120 kms to different villages where there is no proper road and electricity and the transportation of goods cost 5 times more than the normal rate of other places.
The tour was aimed for a spot identification and a fact finding mission that included checking on how the food security system works in the

Governor to students: Payback to mother earth

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL| May 26
Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla encouraged students to learn to return what they received from the Mother Earth.
She was speaking at the inauguration of ‘Free Awareness and Counselling Program for admissions to Under-graduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral Program for North East students’ organized by Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), a National Institute of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India at its main campus in Imphal today.
Appreciating IBSD director Professor Dinabandhu Sahoo for taking special interest for guiding North East students for admissions in higher studies the Governor urged the students to take up various challenges as they are the future of the country.
More than five hundred students and parents as well as teachers from different North eastern states of India participated in the programme.
Professor Dinabandhu on congratulating students who have succes

Health minister emphasises on right to life

IMPHAL | May 26
A one day Advocacy cum Discussion on the National Programme under NHM, Manipur with media fraternities under the theme ‘Learning Together: For a sustainable Development Goal’ was held today at Classic Hotel, North AOC, Imphal.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Health and Family Welfare minister, L Jayantakumar Singh said right to life is one of the most important rights which we must protect and safeguard. Priority should be given to right to life, he added.
The minister appealed to the people of the state to participate and extend co-operation to the government in its steps for establishing a well facilitated health service in the state. Recognizing the necessity of modern health care facilities, the minister stressed about the initiative taken by the government for establishing cancer hospital and mental hospital in the state.
Jayantakumar further said the process for establishing such hospitals are in the pipeline. He also urged the

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