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Manipur Last Week: Nupi Lal Day observed, and Schools Mission Inaugurated

The Nupi Lal Day was observed on Saturday at the state capital, while a number of events took place during the week including the International Human Rights Day observation and a Cabinet meeting at Senapati. The CM inaugurated the Schools Mission from a school in Imphal, while two student leaders who were arrested from New Delhi were released on bail after being brought to Imphal.

 Nupee Lan Day Observed

Remembering the historic movements waged by the women of Manipur against the British Imperial power in 1904 and 1939, Manipur observed the 81st Nupee Lan Day on December 12. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren along with his ministers paid floral tributes at the Nupee Lan Memorial Complex in Imphal, Manipur.

On the occasion, Manipur Chief Minister Biren also inaugurated Artificial Football Turf at Langjing Achouba in Imphal West.

Nupeelal Day is observed every year on December 12 to pay tributes to the brave women of Manipur who waged wars against the British rulers and sacrificed their lives. They fought against the mass exploitation of the people in 1904 and the famine-like situation created in the state in 1939.

Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla also gave greetings and best wishes to the people of Manipur on the occasion of Nupi Lan Numit on December 12.

Reports said in her message, the governor stated that the Nupi Lan (Woman’s War) which took place in 1939-40 is a landmark event in the history of Manipur. Nupi Lan represents one of the popular agitations against socio-economic and political system executed by the joint feudalistic-colonial rule but also was a movement influenced and to a certain extent supported by the emerging educated elite for political reforms in Manipur, she added.

It may be mentioned that in December of 1939, Manipuri women revolted against the export of rice which had resulted in an artificial famine in the state.

HC Orders Witness Room

The Manipur High Court on December 9 directed the state law secretary to implement witness room without any further delay by January 14.

Reports said the direction was issued by the division bench in connection to the cases taken up by the court for re-monitoring criminal cases against MPs and MLAs of the state.

The court further added the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, government of India as a party respondents in the case in terms of sanction 45 (1) of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, since the sanction for prosecution involves the permission of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

MSAD Leaders Get Bail

Two Manipur Student Association Delhi (MSAD) leaders, who were arrested by a combined team of Manipur Police and Delhi Police on December 8 from New Delhi, were released on bail by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West on December 11.

Reports said the MSAD secretary Kennedy Moirangthem and member Thokchom Singhajit Meitei were brought to Imphal by a police team on Thursday afternoon. They were arrested in connection with a press statement, which was issued by the student body on November 20 that strongly reacted against Education Minister S Rajen’s announcement that the Sanskrit language will be introduced in selected schools and colleges of Manipur.

Left Parties Observe Black Day

Various left parties in Manipur jointly observed ‘Black Day’ on December 11 at Irawat Bhawan, in Imphal as a mark of protest against the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 on December 11, 2019. The observance was participated by Communist Party of India (CPI), CPI (Marxist), All India Forward Block (AIFB) and Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP).

Highway Protection

Manipur Democratic Alliance (MDA) convenor M Tombi on December 11 suggested the state government depute the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) 10th and 11th as National Highway Protection Force along the national highways of Manipur to check illegal activities and collection of illegal taxes by militants.

‘School Fagathansi Mission’

Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren on December 11 inaugurated ‘School Fagathansi Mission’ at Tamphasana Girls Higher Secondary School in Imphal. He also attended the 48th Annual Prize Distribution of HSLC Examination 2020 conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, Manipur and Incentives Award Ceremony 2020 of Department of Education (S), Manipur.

Reports said the mission was launched earlier this year at Moirangpurel High School, at Andro.

100-bedded COVID Block

Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren on December 10 inaugurated the state’s first-ever 100-bedded Dedicated COVID Block at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal.

Biren tweeted “100-bedded Dedicated COVID Block at JNIMS inaugurated today and handed over to the people and the medical professionals who are leading from the front in the fight against #COVID19 pandemic.”

Human Rights Day

Various organisation observed the 72nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which falls on December 10 as International Human Rights Day. The proscribed umbrella organisation CORCOM has extended its greetings to the people of the state and rest of the world.

A release issued by CORCOM stated that the theme of this year’s Human Rights Day is ‘Recover better: Stand Up for Human Rights’ as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better, by ensuring that Human Rights are central to recovery efforts.

Following the independence of India, all the princely states became independent. They were given the option to have relations with India or Pakistan or remain independent, it stated.

Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC), the District Legal Service Authority, Senapati, Kuki Khanglai Lawmpi (KKL), and Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur (CRAM) also observed the day.

CBI Raids MU Asst Prof

A team of CBI Officers of Imphal Branch on December 9 carried out searches in the official quarter as well as office premises of Manipur University assistant professor N Sanatomba of Manipuri Department at Manipur University and also in the residential premises of SP Thaisii at Poumai Colony, Sangakpham on the strength of Search Warrants issued by the Special Judge (Prevention of Corruption Act), Imphal West.

According to sources, the CBI, Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), Imphal registered a case against Assistant Professor/Security Officer of Manipur University (MU) N Sanatomba and the then Commandant, Home Guards (V/A) (since retired) SP Thaisii on the allegation that the accused Sanatomba entered into criminal conspiracy with SP Thaisii and in pursuance thereof Thaisii had issued four fake Office Orders, all dated April4, 2017 for deployment of Home Guards at MU, reports added.

Cabinet Meeting at Senapati

Manipur Cabinet Meeting was held at Senapati for the second time on December 9. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren also inaugurated eight projects in Senapati district and also laid foundation stone for five new projects for the district.

Reports said the second cabinet meeting held at the Senapati Mini secretariat resolved that the 15 km Mao-Dzuko road would be constructed within three to four months.

Myanmarese Held with Drugs

A combined team comprising Assam Rifles troops, Manipur police and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) seized over Rs 165 crore worth of narcotics drugs and contraband items during raids in two different locations of Moreh town on December 7 morning.

Reports said two Myanmarese nationals and four Indian drug traffickers were apprehended. The team also recovered a foreign made pistol and a gun along with ammunition.

Meanwhile, troops of Assam Rifles intercepted brown sugar worth about Rs 2.92 crores at Larong-Khongjol road in Chandel district being smuggled from Myanmar on Tuesday.

JAC Demands Action on Rapist

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) against rape and attempt to murder of a woman from Tangkham Awang Leikai has expressed its discontentment towards the authority concerned for delay in taking action in the case. It strongly appealed to take up legal procedure against the culprit by December 15.

Reports said the victim was called out by accused Chandam Rabichandra from Uyumpok Awang Leikai on November 19 evening with the false promise to elope with her.

PM’s Loans for 3,362

Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren on December 7 disbursed loans to another 3,362 street vendors under PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) and Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA) schemes in a function held at the chief minister’s secretariat.

48-hr Shutdown in Kwakta

The 48 hours total shutdown called by All Kwakta Coordinating Committee (AKCC) that started from 5 am of December 7 affected normal life in the areas along Tiddim road and three police personnel and seven protesters, including one woman sustained injuries during the protest.

Reports said the Committee called the shutdown on the issue of drinking water facilities in Kwakta. Though the state government had introduced water supply schemes for the area in order to provide drinking water, the facilities are defunct in the area since long.

MST Bus for Singhat Thanlon

Manipur Transport Minister Vungzagin Valte on December 7 launched three new Manipur State Transport (MST) buses for villages within Singhat and Thanlon Assembly constituencies.

The bus service will run along Churachandpur to Bukpi, Churachandpur to Sangaikot and Churachandpur to Behiang.

Drug Duo Convicted

Special Court (ND&PS), Manipur sentenced a couple to 12 years’ rigorous imprisonment with fine. The couple was convicted in November.

Reports said the convicts have been identified as one Sougaijam Robindro, 28, son of Ibotombi of Kakching district and his wife Lalrozami Duhlian, 27, daughter of Chalmawii Duhlian of Tengnoupal district.

Considering that Lalrozami Duhlian is three-month pregnant, the jail authority has been directed to provide adequate care, the order mentioned.

Best Police Station

Nongpok Sekmai Police Station of Thoubal District Police celebrated its glorious moment at Thoubal SP Office Complex on December 5 after being conferred with ‘Union Home Minister’s Trophy for Best Police Station in the Country 2020’ to Nongpok Sekmai Police Station.

Female UNLF arrested

A combined team of Imphal East district commando and 16 Assam Rifles arrested one female cadre of the proscribed UNLF from Thambalkhong Laishram Leikai, Imphal East, near East Garden on Friday.

The UNLF cadre was identified as Oinam (O) Memtombi alias Chingsangleima alias Malemleima, 43, wife of Oinam Ibomcha of Awang Khunou Maning Leikai, Imphal West.

During questioning she disclosed that she joined UNLF in 1997. She also revealed that the same year she completed her basic military training at Chamnu camp, Myanmar.

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