Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday extended condolences on the passing away of veteran journalist Nongmaithem Deven Singh, who was a founder member of the All Manipur Working Journalists' Union (AMWJU).
In his message, Biren stated that he was deeply aggrieved to learn about the sad demise of veteran journalist Nongmaithem Deven Singh at his private residence, Keishampat, Imphal, this morning.
Popularly known as Khollao Deven, he served as a noted journalist in various newspapers in different capacities during his career spanning around five decades since the 1970s, he stated.
Till his last breath, he worked tirelessly for the cause of the media fraternity, he added.
“In his death, our state and the media fraternity have lost an upright journalist. I deeply condole his demise and share grief with the bereaved family. May the Almighty give them the strength to withstand this loss,” he added.
N Deven Singh began his career in journalism in the year 1969 as he joined Khollao daily newspaper, the Communist Party of India organ and went on to become its Joint Editor.
He also worked in other daily newspapers like Hueiyen Lanpao, Imphal Free Press, Sangai Express and Matamgi Yakairol in different capacities.
He was honored with Laishram Joychandra Award for Investigative Reporting in 1998-99 by AMWJU, Thiyam Premkumar Award in 2020 by Sahitya Thoupang Lup.
He is the last born child of Nongmaithem Brajabidhu, a renowned Pung Guru. He is survived by his wife N Nabamani Devi and four daughters.
Being a sports enthusiast, he was a member of the Manipur Table Tennis Association and Vice-President of Manipur Olympic Association (MOA). In the 2007 National Games he was the Deputy Chief de Mission of Manipur contigent.