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Manipur Hosts Business-20 Sessions of Ongoing G-20 Summit; Lui-Ngai-Ni 2023 Celebrated; Popilal gets interim bail; Absence of Doctors at PHC Leads to Death

The first of the four subsidiary G-20 summits to be held in the Northeast has begun in Imphal on Friday. The Imphal summit is code named B-20 (Business 20) and will facilitate dialogues between local and global business communities to they may find common areas of interests and investments.

The aim of these summits is to explore partnerships among business communities from G20 member countries towards developing a common agenda for the development of critical sectors of the economy as a growth driver, CII is organising B20 programmes in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim in partnership with the Union External Affairs Ministry and Northeastern state governments.

The Business 20 (B20) is a group that represents the private sector within the Group of 20 (G20) Forum. The B20 was established to provide a platform for the business community to engage with the G20 and to offer recommendations on policies that can support global economic growth and development.

Lui-Ngai-Ni 2023 Celebrated

Ushering in the joy of spring, several Naga tribes in Manipur celebrated the seed showing festival “Lui-Ngai-Ni” at Kapaam village in Chandel district on Wednesday.

The festival is celebrated simultaneously during the onset of spring to signify the propitious time for the sowing of seeds where the gods are invoked for blessing for yielding bountiful harvest that would ensure the general wellbeing of the people.

During the festival, the blessing of the almighty is beseeched with expression of various cultural dances, songs and rituals performed by troupes from different Naga tribes gathered under the banner of the United Naga Council (UNC).

Popilal gets interim bail

Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress Committee president (MPYCC) Ningthoujam Popilal has been granted interim anticipatory bail in connection with the FIR registered against him at Lamphel Police Station.

The court of Session Judge, Imphal West, on Thursday granted the interim anticipatory bail to  N Popilal, and directed the Lamphel Police to submit the details of the FIR registered against Popilal returnable before February 16.

Ningthoujam Popilal (28), son of Ramesh of Phayeng Mayai Leikai, filed an anticipatory bail application under Section 148 CrPC in connection with the FIR lodged against him at Lamphel police station.

Public prosecutor submitted that OC Lamphel PS requested to fix another date to submit the detailed report of the FIR case.

Absence of Doctors at PHC Leads to Death

An accident patient died on Thursday allegedly due to non-availability of doctors at PHC Noney even as villagers lament the lack of emergency service in the district, especially when doctors across the state are on strike.

According to the source, the victim, identified as KP Dimduanliu (48), wife of Gaikhanghoi Rouangmei of Khumji-3, fell from a truck on Thursday morning near St Joseph Catholic Church, Khumji-3, which is under the jurisdiction of Noney Police Station, Noney district.

The unfortunate incident occurred when they were proceeding to a marriage program at Gairihlong Village Longrang (Nungang).

The victim succumbed to injuries on the way to Imphal for emergency treatment as there were no doctors at the PHC Noney, allegedly due to ongoing strike of the doctors.

The villagers also lamented the lack of emergency service at Noney PHC and the district’s shortage of doctors. A daily wage earner, she is survived by two daughters and three sons.

Manipur Culture Compromised: Meghen

Addiction to smartphones among all age groups has led to a social disconnect, thereby compromising one’s character which is an essential part of culture. As a result, digitisation has become one of the main external influences leading to the downfall of the significant culture of Manipur, former UG leader RK Meghen said on Thursday.

Speaking at the 1st anniversary celebration of Apunba Khorirolgee Malemgee Lup (AKML) at JNMDA in Imphal, Megan pointed out the role of the authors of Manipur literature in reviving the culture of Manipur.

Pointing out the differences between a commoner and an author, he said an author can foresee the outcome of an eventuality, whereas a commoner only observes the present scenario.

He said though infrastructure development is progressing rapidly, the identity of Manipur culture and tradition is fading away.

Striking Manipur Doctors to Seek MP Lorho’s Intervention

Citing the suffering of the people of the 10 hill districts due to the indefinite shutdown of all the district hospitals and health centres in Manipur, the All Manipur Health Services Doctors’ Association (AMHSDA) on Friday drew the attention of MP (outer) Lorho S Pfoze to help fulfil its demands.

In protest against the non-fulfilment of the agreed four demands, the AMHSDA has imposed indefinite shutdown of all district hospitals and health centres in Manipur since February 14.

As a result, the marginalised people in the hill districts of the state are suffering due to unavailability of other healthcare services, though the affordable ones and the valley people can get treatment from private hospitals, RIMS or JNIMS.

The agitating doctors are demanding time-scale promotion, extension of superannuation age of doctors to 65 years as administrative post, 7th pay scale and amendment of MHA Rules.

UCM seeks House resolution on border

Bringing up the case of long standing boundary dispute between India and Myanmar over the 398 Kms long Manipur sector, the United Committee Manipur (UCM) has urged all the 60 legislators of the State to study the issue in the State Assembly and take a firm resolution to resolve it.

A team of the UCM visited the controversial border pillars, both new and old on February 15 and 16 .

The UCM has also urged the State Government to send the State Assembly resolution to the President of India, the Prime Minister, the Union Home Minister and the Minister of External Affairs in order to resolve the boundary issue for good.

GP Women’s College 58th Foundation Day

GP Women’s College, Imphal celebrated its 58th foundation day at the Central Hall of the College today.

The 58th foundation day celebration was accompanied by a prize distribution ceremony to honour toppers of the college, including subject toppers in 2020 and 2022 .

The function was attended by H Dev Shekhar Sharma, retired IAS; Dr Rajkumari Tamphasana, Principal, GP Women’s College and Dr Maisnam Bidyasagar, HoD, Physics Department, GP Women’s College and vice-president of the students’ union of the college as the chief guest, functional president and guest of honour respectively.

As a part of the function, floral tributes were offered on the bust of Ima Ghanapriya, founder of GP Women’s College and on the portrait of her son H Dwijamani Dev Sharma.

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