Meghalaya and Manipur are now connected through the UDAN scheme direct air service. IndiGo has started operating flights on the Imphal-Shillong route cutting travel time significantly. From now onwards, people can easily fly between the two cities by opting for a flight of just 60 mins from Imphal to Shillong and 75 mins from Shillong to Imphal.
The first direct flight operations between the two states flagged off on Tuesday under the Regional Connectivity Scheme -- Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN), Government of India. Ministry of Civil Aviation announced the same on Wednesday. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has also posted about the same on his Facebook page. Shillong is the second city to be connected with Imphal under the UDAN scheme.
Aimed at enhancing regional connectivity through fiscal support and infrastructure development, the maiden flight under UDAN scheme was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Shimla for the national capital on April 27, 2017.
Road mishap claimed one life and injured 4 near Thoubal Wangkhem Bazaar along Yairipok Thoubal road this morning at around 8:50. The deceased is 50 year old Md.Tayeb Ali, son of Late Shaokat Ali of Ngariyan Awang leikai.
According to police reports, the accident occurred when a Tata DI DX bearing registration number MN-05C/1830 coming from Thoubal towards Yairipok collided with a passenger auto rickshaw bearing registration number MN-01Y-9209 coming from the opposite direction. The deceased and the injured persons are occupants of the Auto-rickshaw.
Injured persons were rushed Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences JNIMS, Imphal and the deceased at JNIMS morgue. Yairipok Police Station has registered a case.
Massive mudslide submerges 30 hectares of land in Kangpokpi District
Heavy mudslide at Twilang area in Kangpokpi district has brought immense plights to the local residents. Tujang Waichong and Selsi village areas in the district have been severely affected.
Approximately 30 hectares of land including paddy fields have been submerged under the mudslide. The devastating mudslide occurred around 3.30 AM yesterday. It streches from Lamlenkon, Tujang Vaichong of Selsi village along the Imphal-Tamenglong road.
Speaking to media today, President of KSO Twilang Block Enock Kipgen appealed to the relevant authorities to start necessary relief measures at the earliest
Bihar man arrested with 441 vials of possibly fake Remdesivir in Imphal
Imphal East District Police has arrested a man hailing from Bihar along with 441 bottles of Remdesivir, a medicine used for COVID-19 treatment. It maybe mentioned that the Centre has already put a ban on export of the medicine without necessary approval from the relevant authority.
Speaking to media at Imphal East SP Conference Hall today, Imphal East District SP N. Herojit said that a team led by Porompat Police Station ASI Md. Akhtar Hussain seized the medcines while detaining curfew violators at New Checkon area yesterday.The arrested man is 55-year-old, Lalu Shah from Sasam village in Samastipur District of Bihar. SP N. Herojit said that the police team then informed State Drug Controller of Directorate of Health Services when the arrested man was unable to produce any prescriptions or documents related to purchase of the drugs. Health Directorate officials have said that the seized Remdesivir bottles might be possibly fake.
SP N. Herojit said that the arrested man is now in the custody of Porompat Police Station for further actions. During the preliminary interrogation, Lalu disclosed the name of another person from Guwahati suspected to be behind fake drugs business. The SP added that State Police Department is putting all out efforts to nab other miscreants involved transporting the medicine from Guwahati to Imphal. He also appealed to the public to aware of such racket.
Imphal West Police arrests 3 men with betel leaves worth around 5 lakh 40 thousand Rupees during frisking at Kanglatombi
Police seized 18 baskets of betel leaves worth around 5 lakh 40 thousand Rupees in the wee hours of August 2. Acting on a tip off, a team of Imphal West Police under the overall supervision of Imphal West SP Dr. S. Ibomcha arrested three miscreants along with the illegal consignment.
The police team led by Jamandar of Commando Unit SR Shimmy intercepted two Maruti vans bearing registration numbers MN-01W-9120 and MN-01W-8725 and a Maruti Wagon-R bearing Registration number MN-03 A-2837 at Kanglatombi and recovered the items upon checking the vehicles. As per police report, the drivers are 24-Year-Old Chingakham Surchandra, son of Ch. Ningthoujao from Tairenpokpi Awang leikai, 27-Year-Old Wangkhem Sanjit, son of W. Sanaton from Changangei Awang leikai and 34-Year-Old Khwairakpam Manglem, son of Kh. Ponam from Kangpokpi Bazaar.
Police investigation further revealed that the consignment was lifted from a godown in Keithelmanbi, Kangpokpi District and it belongs to RS Transport. Arrested persons, the seized betel leaves and the vehicles have been handed over to Sekmai Police Station for further legal actions.
Locals blame Imphal East Commando for Md Farish's drowning; Manipur Muslim Council demands government to pay compensation to bereaved family
Residents of Hatta Golapati today erupted into agitation in connection with Md. Farish Khan's drowning in the Imphal River. Protestors said, Imphal East Commando should be held responsible for the missing youth. They said that if the Commando team had to inform them about the incident on time, Farish could have been saved. Protestors alleged that the Police team frightened him leading to the unfortunate incident. Speaking to Impact News today, President of Manipur Muslim Council Haji Arafat expressed sadness over the incident. He appealed to the police to stop creating fear psychosis in the name of curfew. Haji Arafat also urged the Government to provide necessary aid to the bereaved family.
The drowned youth is 26-Year-Old Md. Farish Khan, son of late lslau Wangmayum of Sangaiyumfam, Mairen village. Reportedly, he was staying at his sister Romina's place at Golapati Maning Leikai. Impact News sources said that at the time of the incident, Farish was playing football with his friends near KR lane, Golapati GESCDO ground. When he saw a team of lmphal East Commando tightening COVID curfew in the area around 5PM yesterday, he ran away from the police and jumped in the Imphal river. Locals then approached Imphal East DC office, upon which Additional Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East District, Shamim Ahmad Shah requested to the Director of Relief and Disaster Management, Manipur to send NDRF and SDRF search and rescue teams. Combined team of NDRF and SDRF frantically searched for the body till late last night but couldn’t find his body. The team continued search operation using two boats since 7 this morning but couldn't find his body till the time of filing this report.
National Disaster Response Force Team Commander H. Thang Joshep told Impact News that water level has risen owing to rain and his body might have been swept away. He said, they will try their best to find his body though it might take couple of days.
Man running out of fright upon seeing police clamping corona curfew falls in the Imphal River near KR lane, Golapati GESCDO ground, Imphal East District; Search by SDRF team remains fruitless till the time of filing this report
COVID-19 infection and deaths are not receding in Manipur with 832 new cases, 10 deaths and 957 recoveries in the past 24 hours. Death toll reached 1,566 and active cases are 10,405. Meanwhile, unwanted incidents related to the Coronavirus induced curfew are on the rise. After the intense scuffles of July 30 between curfew violators and police, yet another unwanted curfew related incident occurred in Imphal East District this evening. A man fell in the Imphal river as he was reportedly running away from the police who were tightening Coronavirus induced curfew in the area around 5PM today.
MPCC Ex-President Govindas Konthoujam joins BJP; CM N. Biren calls Govindas his long lost friend; Biren calls Congress, a bus with sleeping driver
Ending days of speculation, Ex-President of Manipur Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, MPCC Govindas Konthoujam officially joined the Bharatiya Janata Party today. The Ex-Bishnupur MLA who had recently resigned from Manipur Legislative Assembly and from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress days after resigning from the MPCC President post was formally inducted into the BJP at the Party National headquarters in New Delhi this afternoon. Chief Minister Biren presented a welcome party stole, a bouquet and the official joining letter to Govindas in the presence of Union Minister of State RK. Ranjan, Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba, President of BJP Manipur Adhikarimayum Sharda, BJP Manipur In-charge Sambit Patra and other party leaders at the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister N. Biren claimed that other state MLAs are also joining the party very soon. He called Govindas his longtime friend since their membership together in the congress party before joining the BJP. On a sarcastic note, the chief Minister asked, if the driver is asleep, how will the bus move? Biren said that they had worked together in the past and will work together again to strengthen the party's foothold in Manipur to bring political reformation for the welfare of its citizens. Biren mentioned that Govindas was to join the BJP earlier but couldn't owing to some inconveniences.
Chief Minister N. Biren lauded the BJP led Central Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving due emphasis on the North East region of the Country. He said that the BJP led Central government created history by recently appointing 5 political leaders from the North East states as Union Ministers. Biren also claimed that the BJP led State Government under the guidance and support from Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally restored peace in the state which was earlier plagued with violent incidents, fake encounters, General Strike, Blockade and unrest during the regime of the previous Congress government. He mentioned that it was the Prime Minister Modi led government that extended Inner Line Permit System in Manipur, for which people of the state will extend their gratitude to the centre by voting for BJP candidates in the upcoming general elections.
Welcoming Govindas Konthoujam to the party, BJP Manipur In-charge Sambit Patra said, Govindas is a well-known political figure in the region and his entry in the BJP is a boon to the party. He expressed happiness that a capable politician has joined the party. Speaking at the event, President of BJP Manipur Pradesh A. Sharda reiterated that people's faith in the BJP goverment is growing everyday owing to various welfare flagship programs that it has launched since it came to power. She heartily welcomed Govindas to the party and said that together, they will strive to ensure BJP's victory in the upcoming elections. After the reception program, Govindas Konthoujam along with N. Biren called on BJP National President JP Nadda.
It is worth mentioning that Govindas Konthoujam had won elections on Congress Ticket for 5 terms and he had cited personal reasons for leaving the party. Interim President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, MPCC N. Loken had stated that there is no way that the Congress Party will lose its strength because of losing Govindas and had claimed that the BJP led State Government might face turmoil in August. He had also refuted rumours on social media that around 8 Congress MLAs might leave the Party as baseless.
Meanwhile, there is heavy trolling on social media about N. Biren calling Govindas his friend on Friendship Day today. Netizens are also commenting about the fate of Intending Congress Candidate of Bishnupur A/C Oinam Nabakishore's political career upon Govindas' entry in the BJP. Some have even termed it as the murder of Nabakishore's political career.