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Tribal “martyrs” laid to rest, finally

From Our Correspondent CHURACHANDPUR | May 24 The last rites of the eight tribal martyrs was done today at the Khuga Dam near the old helipad and the longest preservation of eight dead bodies of about 632 days at the morgue of Churchandpur District Hospital came to an end with their burial. The burial was done in accordance to Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the government of Manipur with the Joint Actions Committee Against Anti Tribal Bills (JACAATB). The funeral service witnessed a gun salute in the honour of the eight “martyrs.” The tribal “martyrs” lost their lives in protest against the three bills passed in the Manipur State Assembly on the August 21, 2015 by the then Congress government led by former Chief Minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh. No movement has gathered such momentum and support in the hills of Manipur as the three anti-tribal bills, having mass support from different communities and crossing district boundaries, tribes and language
By A Staff Reporter IMPHAL | May 24 In the final hearing whether to conduct ossification for all the alleged juvenile accuses of the infamous Phaknung gang-rape case who had been in the juvenile home, Juvenile Justice Board today ordered to conduct ossification test only for one accused and rejected the plea to conduct ossification test for other five alleged accuses. During the hearing the petitioners’ council submits that as the ages recorded of the alleged accuses in the authentic documents, certificates and the testimonies have differences, conducting ossification test would be the right step considering the gravity of the crime. However, three accused should exempt from test as they fall within the limit of juvenility even though the ages recorded had differences. The other three should have the test to determine their ages in the interest of justice. Ld. Government Counsel on the other hand submits that the preference must be given to other evidence rather than schoo

Striving for the best: Guneshwori N

By A Staff Reporter IMPHAL | May 24 Guneshwori Nongmaithem who got the second position in the Higher Secondary Education (HSE) exam 2017 conducted by Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM) is on cloud nine. The second child of N (O) Bineshwari Devi and N Shantakumar Singh of Kumbi Tera was a bright student of E K Higher Secondary School and managed to get only the best even in her school days. In an interview with Guneshwari and her parents, she revealed that her parents have helped hera lot to achieve and strive only for the best. She also credited her success to the tireless effort given by her teachers, siblings and friends for the continuous support for her. She scored 87.88 aggregate and got letter marks in English, Manipuri, Geography, Economics and Political Science. Her parents have proudly declared that their daughter is the first person to achieve such a position in their Kumbi constituency. Guneshwori sees herself as a civil servant in the ne

An activist with a difference: Bruce Pebam

By A Staff Reporter IMPHAL | May 24 “Strong foundations of my high school education have been a blessing to me. I wish to continue student activism and also at the same time study hard to pursuit civil services examinations as my future plans.” This was stated by Bruce Pebam, 8th position holder of this years’ COHSEM higher secondary examination in arts stream, who is also a leading member of the All Manipur Students Union. In a brief chat with the Imphal Free Press over the phone, Bruce said he devotes at least 2 to 3 hours daily for studies besides his activism. “I did my schooling at St Joseph High school, Sangaiporou. I am thankful to my alma mater for building my foundations strong. Without those foundations, it would have been difficult for me to understand my lesson in higher studies”, said Bruce, who did his higher studies at CC Higher secondary school. Bruce is born to Lewis Pebam and Boibi Pebam, of Sega Road Takhel Leikai. The young student activist co

A fighter against all odds: Th Loyangamba

By A Staff Reporter IMPHAL| May 24 Life has never been easy to Thaonaojam Loyangamba Meitei, the fourth position holder in Commerce stream in the Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur result announced yesterday. Normally as usual including media, everyone’s first attention goes to first position holders but the struggle of this talented, hard working young boy has won everyone’s heart when his life story uploaded in social media especially Facebook by his well-wishers. Loyangamba as usual was working at his jugalli (wage labour) site at Singjamei when he heard of the exam result from one of his friends through mobile phone yesterday. Being born to a poor family, this boy had been struggling between livelihood and study since very childhood. Loyangamba is the third child of Thaonaojam Banamali Meitei (53) and Thaonaojam Ichal Leima (45) of Keibi Mayai Leikai under Sawombung sub-division of Imphal East. He started taking tuition classes since he was studying in

Letpao assures proper resettlement of Chadong

By A Staff Reporter IMPHAL | May 24 Irrigation and food control department (IFCD), youth affairs and sports (YAS) minister, Letpao Haokip assured to build schools and repair the road to the village during his visit today at Chadong village, Phungyar Tehsil in Ukhrul District. Speaking on the occasion, IFC minister said the government has created a high power committee which comprises of PHE minister and ministry concerned. Before the visit the committee had analysed the condition of the village and decided to manage a sustainable resource for the villagers. He also said, for the dismantled houses, fields, and other essential commodities, though the government had already given compensation, but without a sustainable resource for the people it is difficult to survive and to manage for their livelihood. Under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yogjna (PMGSY), housing for all and with other government schemes each villager will get home, proper road for transportation and many others wh

Citizen groups say no to oil exploration

By A Staff Reporter IMPHAL | May 24 Citizen orgainsations today demanded withdrawal of the plan to explore oil and drilling activities in the state. The organisations held a public consultation programme at the Nupi Lan Complex, Imphal. The consultation was organised to protect, preserve and manage the land and resources of the state. After the meeting the organisations resolved to apprise the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, government of Manipur and related oil companies to reconsider and withdraw all plans to explore and drilling activities in the state. The meeting resolved to initiate all appropriate measures to stop oil exploration plans by oil companies in the state. Moreover, the organisations of the state have committed to collectively strive together to protect the land and resources of the state and to advance indigenous peoples’ right. They have also decided to apprise human rights officials concerned of the United Nations, indigenous people and environment

Kumarjit is new Advocate General

IMPHAL | May 24 Senior advocate, Naorem Kumarjit Singh, has been appointed as the Advocate General (AG) of Manipur with immediate effect from today. An official order was issued by the Law and Legislative Affairs department appointing the senior advocate with the post of AG. Naorem Kumarjit Singh, son of late Naorem Sanajaoba Singh, hails from Keishampat Mutum Leikai Born in January 1, 1959 he obtained his degree in Bachelor of Laws in fist division from Lucknow Universiy, Uttar Pradesh in 1981. He has been designated as senior advocate by the then Guwahati High Court in September 6, 2010. N Kumarjit has been practicing for the last 35 years in Supreme Court and High Court of Manipur and others. He is actively associated with the Manipur State Legal Service Authority, served as a Member, National Lok Adalat, High Court of Manipur and secretary of the association during 1997-1999. He was also appointed as chairman, Rule Committee and Administrative Committee, Bar C
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