Deputy CM Y. Joykumar says NPP's stand will be taken along with NPP National President Conrad Sangma upon his arrival
Imphal, 25 September 2020 (Evening News ) : Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar has said that NPP will take their decision on whether to continue supporting the BJP led State Government only after NPP National President Conrad K. Sangma arrives in Manipur. In a telephonic conversation with Impact news, Y. Joykumar said that they have not made any decisions yet. It may be mentioned that in the 2017 general election, BJP won only 21 seats out of the 60 seats and they took support from the NPP, NPF, LJP, Trinamool Congress and Independent MLAs to form the coalition government. But BJP has been empowered after some Congress MLAs recently joined the party. NPP legislatures had recently withdrawn their support but joined back in support of the BJP led government after a reconciliation meet. However, out of the 4 NPP Ministers, 2 Ministers namely Health Minister L. Jayantakumar and Fishery Minister N. Kayisii were dropped out of the State Cabinet yesterday against their earlier agreement.
Ex Minister Karam Shyam says LJP Central Leaders and Advisors of Langthabal will decide whether to support BJP led State government or not
Imphal, 25 September 2020 (Evening News ) : Ex Minister Karam Shyam has said that Lok Janashakti Party will decide whether it will continue supporting the BJP led Coalition State government or not only after a meeting between (LJP) Central Leaders and Advisors of Langthabal Assembly Constituency. Karam Shyam said he has no grudge for being dropped from the Cabinet, however dropping him without any prior information is against the ethics of a Coalition government. He said fate of the 2022 General Election will be clearly visible in the upcoming By-Election. Speaking to media at Chajing Mairenkhong Community Hall today, EX Minister Karam Shyam asserted that he had given his full support to strengthen the BJP led Coalition State Government right from the start. He added that he had never approached to give him a Ministerial post. Karam Shyam assured that he will continue to work for the welfare of the public in his capacity as an MLA. He also said that party hopping without ethics for personal gains is the end of one’s political career. Minister Karam Shyam wished well to the newly appointed State cabinet ministers.
Dropping of Kangpokpi MLA, Nemcha Kipgen from State Cabinet leads to mass upheavals in Kangpokpi District
Imphal, 25 September 2020 ( Evening News ) : Dropping of Kangpokpi MLA, Nemcha Kipgen from State Cabinet has led to mass upheavals in Kangpokpi District. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren led BJP Coalition State Government's claims of building cordial relations among hill and valley inhabitants are at stake. Following yesterday’s Cabinet reshuffle, various Women Organisations, Civil Society Organisations, Private Organisations & Associations of Kangpokpi carried out protest demonstrations at Kangpokpi Women’s Market today against the removal of the lone woman minister from the State Cabinet. Enraged mob even burnt down Chief Minister N. Biren’s photo. They demanded to re-appoint Nemcha Kipgen as Cabinet Minister failing which they warned of launching even more intense agitations. Taking part in the protest, General Secretary of Kuki Women Union Sardar Hills, Hethem Kipgen lambasted Chief Minister Biren led BJP State Government for claiming to empower women in the State when the lone woman minister was removed from Cabinet. Speaking on the sidelines, KWWO President Hekim Hangshing asserted that Nemcha Kipgen initiated various welfare and developmental activities during her tenure as a Social Welfare Minister. Many members of Kuki Women Union Sadar Hills, Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organisation, Kuki Town Committee, Kangpokpi Youth Union, representatives of Kangpokpi Kuki Chief and various Women Organisations of Kangpokpi District took part in the protest demonstrations.
Thadou Inpi – General Headquarter in the name of Kangpokpi District condemned the dropping out of the lone woman Minister of Manipur Nemcha Kipgen of Kangpokpi Assembly seat in the recent Reshuffling of State Cabinet Reshuffle. Press release from Thadou Inpi – General Headquarter expressed discontentment against the BJP led State Government for the same.
Imphal, 24 September 2020 (Evening News) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren has reshuffled his Council of Ministers. He has dropped off 6 ministers and inducted 5 New Ministers. Lamsang MLA Sorokhaibam Rajen, Thanlon MLA Vungzagin Valte, Yaiskul MLA Thokchom Satyabrata and Ex Congress MLAs who have joined the BJP recently, Wangoi EX MLA Oinam Lukhoi and Wangkhei EX MLA Okram Henry have sworn-in as the new ministers. However the new ministers’ portfolios are yet to be announced. Governor Dr Najma Heptulla administered them oath of office and secrecy at Raj Bhavan this evening. One Minister's post is still vacant. Sources said the vacant ministerial post might be filled up only after the upcoming bye election. BJP National Vice President Baijayant Panda, BJP North East General Secretary Ajay Jamwal, Chief Minister N.Biren, Manipur Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Kongkham Robindro, Sekmai MLA Heikham Dingo, Top Civil and Police Officials were present on the occasion. The Six ministers who have been dropped off from the State Cabinet are Agriculture Minister V. Hangkhalian, Education Minister Dr Th. Radheshyam, Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen, CAF & PD Minister Karam Shyam, Health Minister L. Jayantakumar and Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister N Kayisii .
Speaking to media on the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhawan this evening, BJP National Vice President Baijayant Panda said the Ministerial reshuffle will strengthen the BJP led State Government. He added that the reshuffle was done after a thorough consideration for future. Commenting about the one vacant Ministerial post, Baijayant Panda said the post was kept vacant deliberately in view of the upcoming bye election and pending court cases of some MLA seats.
Imphal, 22 September 2020 (Evening News ) : Police has arrested three miscreants involved in looting 1 crore and 15 lakh Rupees and murder of Arambam Ranjan Meitei on September 4 near SBI Main Branch Churachandpur. The arrested persons are 40 year old, V.Thangkhanmaun, Son of late V.Tunkhokam from Munhoi village in Churchandpur District, 36 year old, K.Somen, Son of K Achouba from Khuga Tampak in Churachandpur District and 40 year old, Khongkham Brojen, Son of late K Sahen from Bamon Kampu, Imphal East District. All three of them are employees of Writers Safeguard Group. An amount of 20 lakh rupees, one point 32 revolver gun and some live bullets have also been recovered from them. Police interrogation revealed that mastermind of the incident is Khongkham Brojen and he gave his point 32 license revolver and 6 bullets to K.Somen and Thangkhanmaun to carry out the crime. It further revealed that they have swindled around 2 crore rupees meant for depositing in ATMs over the span of last 5 years.
After a long protest to deliver justice for late Arambam Ranjan, who was shot near SBI main branch Churachandpur on September 4, police has arrested the suspects. Furious locals stormed the residence of accused K. Somen, Son of K.Achouba at Khuga Tampak, Zoveng Churachandpur this morning. Police, CSO and JAC leaders tried to pacify the angry mob who tried to attack and demolish the accused person’s house and even tried to set the house on fire. Police along with JAC leaders have shifted the family to a safer place. Curfew has been imposed in the area. A meeting of the JAC and other civil societies are underway till the time of filling of this report. A press conference will be convened this afternoon after the joint meeting is over.
Residents of Langdum carried out a protest rally today chanting various slogans condemning the authorities concerned for failing to punish culprits involved in the killing of Driver cum Security of Writer Safeguard Company Agency- Arambam Ranjan alias Kuku, even after identifying them. Protestors started the rally from Langdum village but police intercepted them at Langdum Lamkhai. Scuffles occurred as protestors forcefully tried to continue their rally. Later, Imphal East Additional SP and SDO Keirao Bitra arrived and intervened. Following an agreement, police allowed the protestors to continue the rally till Irilbung Thongkhong.
Imphal, 21 September 2020 (Evening News) : Bail Hearing of Md Faiz alias Mohamad who is the prime accused in the rape and death case of ‘Echal Thambou’ Mayang Imphal has been postponed to September 29. The hearing has been postponed since the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case, Additional SP Rattana Ngaseppam failed to submit the bail objection report for today’s hearing in the court of Judge RK Memi of the Special Judge POCSO, Imphal West. Prime accused Md Arish alias Maza Khan, Son of Md Sikandar Ali and Majida Begum and two other accused namely Md Salim and Md Faize alias Mohamad are under judicial remand. Agitators chanted various slogans in-front of the Cheirap Court against the bail hearing of Md Faiz alias Mohamad. Scuffles ensued as Officers of City Police tried to disperse the protestors. Police resorted to spraying tear gas to disperse the mob, but they remain unmoved at the Court Gate.
Imphal, 20 September 2020 (Evening News ) : Revenue Minister Karam Shyam has handed over land documents to 122 households of Rongmei Kabui Community who have been residing at Langthabal Khoupum for the past 200 years. Speaking at the event held at Langthabal Community Hall today, Minister Karam Shyam assured to provide land documents if a community inhabits a certain area for years and if it deems fit. He disclosed that efforts are underway to provide land documents to residents of Langthabal Chingkha and Chingthak soon. He added that as per Manipur Hill People's Regulation Act 1947 and Manipur Court’s Act 1947, villages in Sadar Hills have been paying House taxes since 1947. Later, from 1984 onwards the villages were under Imphal West Revenue. Stressing the importance of having land documents to acquire land ownership, Minister Karam Shyam appealed to extend co-operation to ensure Digitisation of land records in the hill areas. Responding to the memorandum submitted by the villagers on the occasion, Minister Karam Shyam assured to provide clean drinking water in the village. He also aasured that roads in Khoupum will be repaired under PMGSY without further delay. Revenue Commissioner R.K Dinesh and Joint Secretary of Revenue Department- Y. Rajen attended the event.
Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup, AIMS President Kh. Romen demands unconditional release of 4 arrested AIMS members within 24 hours
Imphal, 19 September 2020 (Evening News ) : President of Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup, AIMS, Kh. Romen has demanded the unconditional release of the 4 arrested members of AIMS within 24 hours. It maybe mentioned that Imphal West Commando team has arrested them for locking up the Engineering Wing of the Education Department yesterday against Government’s alleged failure to take actions against corrupt officials of the wing. Police arrested AIMS Finance Secretary Nickerson, Publicity Secretary Saiyonba and members Thonglen and Nonganlakpa from AIMS office in Kwakeithel last night. Speaking to media today, Romen alleged Chief Minister N. Biren of supporting corrupt top bureaucrats and of giving false assurance to the public of uprooting corruption in the State. He asserted that the Government’s failure to look into the misdeeds involved while coming up with the architectural drawings for the construction of Engineering Colleges of DM University and at Heirok by the Engineering Wing of the Education Department is a clear example of corrupt deeds. He maintained that people are losing their faith in the Government following such series of misconducts. Romen warned that AIMS will launch intense agitations if the arrested members were not released within the stipulated time.