Thursday, September 20, 2012
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Imphal, September 12, 2012
State intelligence unit seem to have been turning as a name sake department as rebels’ hands seem to have no bound in reaching at any place they wanted to strike. After three blasts at different places of the state causing severe casualty to security forces as well as a civilian, a bomb was today found placed inside the complex of secretariat South Block.
|at 4.20 pm Old Secretariat gate|
Monday, September 10, 2012
Imphal Sept 10, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Imphal, August 21, 2012:
Grant-in-aids under National Rural Health Mission for implementation of National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness turns as flop show in Manipur as State health Mission fails to produce utilization certificate. Around rupees 50 lakhs sanctioned under the National Rural Health Mission for implementation of the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness is feared to be cancelled following the failure of the state Health Mission Society to produce utilization certificate.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
|A scene of Kwairamband Keithel|
|Garbage piled up in Kwairamband Keithel|
Friday, June 8, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
New DGP likely on Monday
Friday, June 1, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
By: Rinku Khumukcham
My passion for writing has once more pushed me to take up this odd job of following the back of Manipuri celebrity. To be frank, I am a great fan of Manipuri movies stars as well as the singers. The same energetic blood that runs through the body of my 13 years old daughter still exists in me. Sometime, I still wanna spent night at Beigyachandra Open Air Theater joining the rough audience watching G Boney, Kaiku, Kamala or Bala acting in the digital screen or Sadananda or Sarita Gazmeer performing live on the flat stage. Sometime I even joined the young teenage hot blood dancing at the corner of the open air theater to the tunes of these high voltage Manipuri performers. Sometimes I don’t mind tolerating my wife scolding at me like a kid for doing so after she saw me on local cable TV in live broadcasting. The childhood instinct in me has perhaps turn me down many a time from becoming popular among my colleagues in the same profession that I have been engaged for making a living. And I certainly don’t mind that as long as these diehard fans of Manipur keep on fueling me the energy that I would had lost in this age.
These days Gurumayum Boney has been the talk of the town and I don’t mind joining the youth in sharing about what I feel for this talented performer. His latest film Yaiskul Pakhang Angaoba had hit box office in Manipur and I am sure, the two other upcoming films “Western Sahnkritan” and “Kaiku Vs Heramoti” at which this new kid on the blog had taken major role is going to create another history in the Manipuri feature film. Before, I commented on the two upcoming films let me brief here on how this young talent happened to be my choice for picking up in my first write up on Manipuri Cine stars.
As an employee of a local TV channel which broadcast current affair programme through wire, I am perhaps one of the many persons who are privileged of getting chances to witness any new upcoming Manipuri feature film. Gurumayum Boney Sharma happened to be from the locality that I have been presently staying, (i.e. Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, Imphal) and both his elder brothers G Kalyan Sharma and G Gagan Sharma are both my friends. G. Gagan happened to be our staff and I happened to share most of our time together after office work. At almost all the gatherings (ofcourse with some pack of country made liquor), talking about the performances of Boney would keep us occupied till we say good bye to one another. Boney’s brother Gagan is a typical person. He is straight, his tone would rise whenever he sense wrong doers who tried to sabotage this noble profession of ours. I remember my former boss, Kangujam Modhumangal Singh, who had once said to me that - If Gagan like a person he would lift him upto heaven, if he don’t like then he will pull him down till hell. My former boss was very right, I had seen my friend praising someone to the highest level and sometime throwing down someone deep in hell for little differences of opinion over a simple topic. Being experience in the field of journalism for over 15 years this brother of the young talent Boney Sharma knows bit of every topic. Since, Boney’s name started becoming the talk of the town some two/three years back, he would feel pride talking about his brother. During the last one or two years of our friendship I keep on hearing Gagan telling us about Boney’s new venture. He would tell us about what film Boney had signed to act and what film he had declined to sign.
I definitely know that I should at least spend some time interviewing him if I were to write something about him. But then on second thought, I realized that studying Boney from the angle of what his elder brother Gagan had tell us about him would be an excellent idea as he himself had seen him growing up in this profession. After all he is a journalist with an experience of over 15 years.
I am told that Boney began his career as a theater worker under the guidance of renowned theater director cum playwright Rajen Singh. His hard work, dedication and his passion for the performing art had made him enable to come up as a successful artist during his journey from Sumang Leela to digital screen. During his time as Sumang leela (courtyard play) actor, he had mesmerized the local audiences by making them drugged into his excellent heard throbbing performances. Now his unique performances in digital film had once more made way to conquer the heart of Manipuri film lovers. His dialogues are now the favorite of the young tiny tots. My friend Helendro Maibam’s 3 years old daughter, who had just learn to speak language even tried to imitate the dialogue he had delivered in “Yaiskul Pakhang Angaoba”. I had seen many kids performing the same acting that Boney had done in this film during the Yaosang festival. I had also seen my friend Phillip’s daughter and her friend performing to a song that Boney and Bala had done in Yaiskul Pakhang Angaoba. I had also seen couples of youths and mid aged men imitating a dialogue – “DASHAANIHE” which became popular after the film.
The movie perhaps had proved the artistic caliber of Boney Sharma. But now I again happened to see another two avatars of this great artist. I have come across a song album of one of his upcoming film “Kaiku Vs. Heramoti” produced under the banner of PS film production. The song part was just wonderful that I wanted to listen it time and again. But then when I learnt the storyline of this movie it certainly thrilled me. The producer of the film also happened to be a close colleague of mine and I enjoy full opportunity to learn about it. The story was about a transgender boy Heramoti and (his) love affair with Kaiku the lead actor. Boney acted in the film as big brother of Heramoti. Heramoti’s sissy character and his love for becoming a girl had left no option for big bro’ Boney but to transform (him) to the gender of his choice. The film perhaps is going to be one of its only kind in the history of Manipuri film. Contradictory part on whether the love affairs of Kaiku and Heramoti will be accepted by this conservative society of ours’ is kept in suspense as the film is yet to be released.
Another film called “Western Shankritan” which is also yet to be released soon also bears certain exclusive character. Imagine if the western rock singers replaced the old shankritana which had been associated with our traditions and cultures during Marriage or sharadha ceremony. Already the state had witness various changes to the Manipuri Shankritana and also people replacing bhazan singers instead of the Sankritana singers in Marriage as well as Shardha ceremony. Well in these film too, Gurumayum Boney Sharma had done magnificent work by acting as the rock vocalist. He also sings some of the song of this film. Here Gokul, another talent of the Manipuri film is acting as the protagonist.
Versatility of Boney Sharma in all the three films is perhaps a quality that this young artist had enable to arrest the mind and heart of thousand of his fans from across the state. In all these three film boney bear’s different character at which people continue talk about him. So friends let’s not miss these films but not to see Boney’s another excellent skill but to ponder upon what the production team wanted to convey to the people of this society.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Simmering Tensions Among Mpcc Leaders Come To Notice As AICC Takes More Time In Announcing CLP Leader
Imphal March 11, 2012;
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh who went to Delhi on March 10 return back today without bringing any concrete decision of the AICC while two of the leaders of the MPCC still remained in the capital city. MP Dr. Meinya also returned back today. The visit of the MPCC leaders could not be officially confirmed but source available with the ISTV news said all the leaders met AICC leaderships separately to apprise them while making the decision. The source further said that Okram Ibobi Singh had met AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and showed the lists of congress legislatures who had supported him along with their signatures. Okram Ibobi Singh also reportedly presented a list of legislatures who will be Ministers in his government.
With the development in these two days crisis seem to be loomed large among the AICC leadership in electing the top post.
Consensus of the newly elected Manipur state congress legislatures to hand over the job of electing its CLP leader has now failed to calm the simmering tensions among the runners for the post. The clear picture now slowly draws the attention of the political analysts as the curtain rises spontaneously with the delay of the AICC in announcing the name of the legislature in the post. Quoting reliable sources ISTV News had earlier informed that the AICC leaderships including its president Sonia Gandhi had name Okram Ibobi Singh as the CLP leader. But the return of Okram Ibobi Singh from Delhi today morning “bare hand” and continuance of political lobby by some of the legislatures at New Delhi has painted a sense of instability to the mind of AICC leaderships in choosing the next CLP leader.
Moreover, the staying of two of the congress legislatures – Gaikhangam and Erabot, in New Delhi even after the returned of Chief Minister Ibobi Singh at this crucial juncture make sense in guessing a simmering war for the top post.
CLP meeting of the MPCC on 8th of March had unanimously resolved to hand over the job of electing its leader instead of electing Okram Ibobi Singh, which had led them for two consecutive terms. The resolution taken in the presence of AICC north east in charge Luizinho Faleiro was sent to the AICC leadership on the same day. As AICC failed to make the announcement on the earliest possible time, probably opening doors to congress legislatures who want a changed in the CLP leader aspirant congress legislatures who desired to join the race for CLP leader rushed to New Delhi on the following two days.However, another source close to the ISTV said the AICC will announce the CLP leader on Monday that is on March 12. Swearing of oath might take place on March 15. The source further point figure to Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh to be the CLP leader for the third consecutive term.
Friday, March 9, 2012
The playwright of the script Budha Chingtham, female leading role Nepram Dhanamanjuri, supporting male actor Ningthouja Jayvidya , costume designer T Memma and K Piyobrata, stage designer Takhellambam, Sachikumar, innovative sound designer N Tiken and the director of the play Deepak Ningthouja were nominated for the Mahindra Excellent in Theatre Award. Among them Takhellambam Sachikumar and N Tiken were awarded the Best stage Designer and best innovative Sound designer in the 7th edition of the Mahindra excellent in theater award.
The play was selected along with nine other plays from among the 260 plays screened for the festival by 5 eminent jury member of the country which included noted critic Samik Bandyopadhyay, Chairperson of the National school of Drama Amal Allana and Senior Associate editor of the Hindu, Mukund Padmanabhan. META theatre festival is one of the most prestigious theatre festivals in the country and is being organized every year in the capital city of India New Delhi. In this festival only three Manipuri plays – “Meerel Masinggha” of the Kanglei mime reparatory theater, “Mythical Surrender” of NT theatre and “A Far Cry” of the same group had so far enter the festival. Last year too in the 6th edition of META – NT Theatre’s “Mythical Surrender” was nominated for the award in 9 categories and bagged award in three categories – the best Chorography, the best innovative Sound and the best original script. With two more awards in best innovative Sound and best stage set, the theater group had proved its excellence in the field of modern Manipuri Contemporary theatre. Director Deepak Ningthouja speaking on the occasion said he took almost three month of serious rehearsal to perform for this META theatre festival.
The play was performed at Kamani Auditorium in Delhi on 6th of March this year and the award was distributed on the next day at Taj Hotel with a heart throbbing function. Noted Bollywood actor Kabir Bedi hosted the award distribution function at Taj. Speaking on the occasion Kabir Bedhi highlighted the rising trend of modern Indian theatre and its impact to the societal reformation. He also said that the plays in the festival were selected from 260 entries from across the country.
The colorful evening at Taj hotel was also attended by various renowned theatre and film personalities from across the state. The elegant and heart throbbing performances of many renowned artists from across the country also added flavor the celebration of the META theater festival on that evening.
Mention may be made that the congress party had set a record in the political history of Manipur by winning in 42 seats out of 60 assembly constituencies under the leadership of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and MPCC President G Gaikhangam. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh emerged as a low profile CLP leader of the congress party in Manipur in the year 2002 when most of the Congress heavy weight congress leaders failed to come up in the 8th Manipur Legislative Assembly Election. With 20 congress MLAs and support from the CPI, Okram Ibobi Singh led the then SPF government and completed the first term. Later in the next term too that is in 9 Manipur Legislative Assembly Election the Congress party managed to increase its seat to 31 but Ibobi continues the SPF government for the second consecutive term with partnership with the CPI.
The source said that the performances of the congress party in the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly by winning in 42 seats had impressed the AICC president Sonia Gandhi and also other leaders of the AICC high command. And hence the party had no other choice but to elect Okram Ibobi Singh as the CLP leader. On the question of the probable crisis that may arise in the distribution of Ministerial berth the MPCC had already resolved to follow the wisdom of the CLP leader appointed by the AICC.
Meanwhile, Y Erabot today left for New Delhi to apprise the central leadership for change of CLP leadership. A highly placed source said that Y Erabot might Lobby the leaders of the AICC to regain a cabinet post in the incoming government whoever be the leader.In yet another development Secretary of the CPI Dr. M Nara today said that there is no question of dissolving the Peoples’ Democratic Alliance, the alliance of the non congress political party. In a press conference held today at Irabot Bhavan the CPI leader who is also the convener of the PDA said that PDA will remain as it is. Dr. M Nara defeated in the election from Wangjing Tentha Assembly Constituency. Mention may be made that the main partner of the non congress group – the CPI and MPP failed to regain in any of the seat in the 60 assembly constituencies. Nara said that the massive victory of the congress party in the just concluded election is suspicious as there were probabilities of manipulating the Electronic Voting Machines.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Imphal 9 February, 2011.
2009 July 23 indeed is a turning point in the history of Manipur. After a Delhi based news journal Tehelka exposed fake encounter story of a local youth in broad daylight, number of fake encounter story, life in the trouble torn state of Manipur somehow relieved from the painful cries of widows and mothers of the land. Earlier before the July 23 incident of 2009 there were not even a single day at which an alleged militant would be killed in encounter by security troop. Most the encounter story and situations were almost similar. In almost all case of encounter, the police version had said that “some armed youth were found loitering in a specified area. Then the youth fired on them and at least one of the militant would get killed in security forces retaliatory action.” However in almost such case family members would claimed the person killed to be innocent and in some of the cases the alleged militant would have been picked up from his owned home, as claimed by the family.
After almost a gap of over a year or so, encounter between combined troop of Assam rifles and Manipur Police commando started reporting in the wake of the series of bomb attacked by armed militants to the candidates of the ended 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly Election polling.
After the election commission announced the poll notification on January 4 this year the rebel groups operating in the region intensified their stands to ban the congress party. A press release was issued by the Corcom, a committee of the the 7 rebel groups – KYKL, PREPAK, PREPAK (Pro), KCP, UNLF, RPF and UPPK.
After the rebel group started attacking the congress candidate without stopping a single day security force had been alerted in all the state to counter the rebel attacked. After much bomb had been reported blasted and found unexploded, the first encounter was reported on the night of 13 January. In the encounter SFs killed a suspected militant, identified as Thongam Bungbung (37), at Heibongpokpi in Imphal West District. On the following day another two alleged militants were also gunned downed by the security force. Since then state security forces along with the central forces had killed at least 15 alleged militants in different encounter.
The latest being the one killed by combined troop of Assam Rifles and Manipur police commando at Phayeng on 6th of February. The alleged underground cadre killed by combine troop of Imphal West Commando and Assam Rifles at Phayeng on that evening has been identified as Wahengbam Jayenta age 43 from Kumbi Kangjeibung Mapal Bishenpur District. He was residing at Kwakeithel Sayang Kurao Makhong. According to wife of the deceased husband left home at around 7am on Monday morning to look after their newly constructed house at Takyel after dropping his son for tuition. She said her husband was carrying 30 thousand rupees for buying bricks and sand for their newly constructed house at Takyel. She claimed that her husband is innocent and had not linked with any anti social element. Following the killing a sit in protest was staged at Kumbi in Bisnupur district demanding punishment of those SFs involved in the killing of Jayenta.
However, except for the case of 2009, 23 July Khwairamband keithel incident there were no evidences of proving the any encounter story of the police as fake and set up story.
ISTV news had however shows video evidence of how a person was killed by SF. Please take a look. This video just attempt to reinstall the human instinct to the inhuman lesser God.
Monday, February 6, 2012
MPCC President alleges NPF and MSCP candidate of Nungba Assembly constituency to have nexus with rebel groups
MPCC President G Gaikhangam today alleged NPF candidate G Gaingam and MSCP candidate Adim Panmei to have strong nexus with the Underground outfit operating in hill district. Speaking to a group of media persons, G Gaikhangam who has contested from the Nungba Assembly constituency as INC candidate has accused NPF candidate G Gaingam to have been sponsored by the NSCN-IM and MSCP candidate Adim Panmei to have been supported by armed group Zeliangrong United Front, ZUF.
Earlier MSCP had alleged the MPCC president G Gaikhangam to have manipulated EVM in 59/9 Tupul polling station in the re-poll held on 4th of this month. Clarifying the allegation Gaikhangam said Tupul polling the area.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Private schools’ body sort out fee payment mode for students
Imphal, Feb.4, 2012:
Parents and guardians of students going to private school finally get relieved as the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) and the All Manipur Recommended Private School Welfare Association today reached an agreement over the school fee structures.
With the low profile standard of the government run schools, parents and guardians of the state has been depending on the private school since the last many years disregarding of their poor economic condition. However, with the sudden announcement for increase of school admission fees as well as the monthly tuition fees by some of the private schools, parents and guardians had been worried over the fate of their children. Taking the matter seriously the All Manipur Students’ Union AMSU, a major student body of the state has been approaching the private school authorities to think over the matter. As the matter remained unsolved for a couple of month the student body finally held several rounds of meeting with the All Manipur Recommended Private School Welfare Association and the two finally arrived at a situation at which both the school authorities and the parents would bear.
The matter was made known to the media persons in a press conference held today at AMSU head quarter. Both authorities of the Private school bodies and the student bodies were present in today’s press conference. The agreement reached between the private school body and the students’ body was announced by the advisor of the All Manipur Recommended Private School Welfare Association. President of the Association S Memcha Devi was also present in the press conference. Speaking to media person Memcha devi said the private school body had finally agreed to the proposal made by the student body in view of the burden that would be lifted to the parents and guardians of the students.
As according to the agreement admission fee from Pre-Nursery to Kg should not exceed rupees 1000/- and the monthly be not exceed rupees 250/-. As for the class 1 to 5 admission fee should not exceed rupees 1500/- while the monthly fee should not exceed Rs. 300/-. And for the class 6 to 10 admission fees should be not more than Rs. 2000/- and the monthly fee should also be not more than Rs. 350/-. Speaking to media person AMSU general secretary Dipaljit said any private school which failed to comply with the new strictures will be taken stringent action. Parents could compliant if any such thing happened at the mobile phone number 857121936, he added.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Tension erupted in Chingai Assembly constituency of Ukhrul dstrict after suspected militants of NSCN-IM kidnapped 18 congress workers ahead of the poll scheduled. According to an active worker of the INC candidate M.K. Preshow, they had prepared to challenge the dictate of the NCN-IM and were even ready gheroa to an undesignated camp of the NSCN –IM cadre located at the proximity of Assam riffles camp. Earlier, the state government as well as the central government had refuted media reports about the existence of any camp being set up by the NSCN-M.
The outfit is currently in peace deal with the government of India for over decades and is reported to have field candidate of their own under the banner of Naga peoples’ Banned. The MIP of the NSCN-IM however refuted the allegation. The 18 congress workers reportedly kidnapped by the NSCN cadre were released late and night, report reaching here said. The problem arose out of the kidnapping of Congress workers was later consoled late on Tuesday night.At another development a protest rally was held on Tuesday at Ukhrul district condemning the imprisonment of NSCN-IM’s head of foreign Affair Ninkhan Simray. Ninkhan Simray was arrested by RAW agents at Kathmandu on 9th September 2010. Ninkhan Simray is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.