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Manipur: ‘If you celebrate Christmas, we’ll burn down your Church’

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Manipur: ‘If you celebrate Christmas, we’ll burn down your Church’

Manipur: Who is inflaming Hindu Manipuris against Christians under the guise of Naga-Manipuri clashes? How is it that Christians, who  have never been attacked in this northeastern state, are suddenly facing mobs trying to desecrate their churches? Christians in Manipur, north-east India, have been warned off celebrating Christmas, according to a report by  World Watch […]

No helmet, no fuel in Manipur

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No helmet, no fuel in Manipur

Imphal : Under the Manipur government’s ‘no helmet, no fuel’ rule, petrol pumps were strictly advised to not give fuel to drivers without helmets. Cracking the whip on those who do not obey the rule to wear helmets while riding two-wheelers, Manipur government on August 16 last announced introduction of ‘no helmet, no fuel’ rule […]

World’s longest hunger strike ends

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World’s longest hunger strike ends

Manipur’s Satyagrahi,  activist Irom Sharmila Chanu finally ends her hunger strike against a controversial law after 16 years, today (August 9). She has been on a fast since November, 2000 as a mark of protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (1958) which gives soldiers the power to arrest without warrants and even shoot […]

Kangchingba: Manipuri Fest of Lord Krishna

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Kangchingba: Manipuri Fest of Lord Krishna

Rath-Yatra or Kangchingba is a festival of Meitei Hindus. The idols of Shri Jaganatha (lord Krishna), Shri Balarama and Shri Subhadra ( the replicas of the Lord Jagannatha, His brother Balarama and sister Subhadra of Puri, Orissa) are paraded in public. This festival always falls on the second day of Engel-Tha (June-July) per Meitei Calender […]

A new agitation brews: give the affluent Meitis tribal status!

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A new agitation brews: give the affluent Meitis tribal status!

IMPHAL:  A mass rally will be held on May 22, to demand a special ’tribe’ status to the Meiti community, but the AMSU objects. The All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) has strongly objected to the demand for granting the Scheduled Tribes (ST) status to the Meiteis, a majority community in Manipur. Manjit Sarangthem, secretary general […]

Manipur Nagas to block National Highways from Feb 17

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Manipur Nagas to block National Highways from Feb 17

IMPHAL:  Bad news for tourists wanting to visit the green hills of Manipur.  The Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) and All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) have decided to block  National Highways indefinitely from February 17 midnight. The  two student bodies  decided to do this at a  joint meeting held on Friday, say local media. The […]

Manipur ILP issue : heading towards civil war?

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Manipur ILP issue : heading towards civil war?

The Manipur bills to curtail the rights of ‘non-locals’ has ruffled feathers beyond the state boundaries. It has become a hills versus valley issue. Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla and several organisations based in Assam and Manipur have urged the Centre not to give consent to the three controversial bills passed by the Manipur Assembly […]

Deeply divided Manipur: Valley peaceful, Hills burn,

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Deeply divided Manipur: Valley peaceful, Hills burn,

Imphal: The Inner line permit monster still stalks Churachandpur town. It has sharply divided the hills and the valley. It doesn’t go away. Protests. Violence. Arson. Protesters set fire to two government offices at Churachandpur town in Manipur late Thursday afternoon . Now the death count has risen to eight in the on-going agitation over […]

Schoolboy killed, Manipur tense, Outsiders unwelcome!

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Schoolboy killed, Manipur tense, Outsiders unwelcome!

Imphal: Curfew is imposed, even as Imphal turns into a war zone, with thousands of youngsters almost rioting in support of an inner-line permit system for Manipur. Sapam Robinhood, a Class XI student of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary Academy, Imphal East died and several people were injured as supporters clashed with police. Schools and Colleges […]

Mx Sandra and DM College Imphal: Making Gender History

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Mx Sandra and DM College Imphal: Making Gender History

Imphal: DM College of Arts, one of Manipur’s premier colleges, has admitted their first transgender student. Mx Sandra Nandeibam , makes gender history by becoming the first Northeasern transgender to enrol in a Manipur College. In fact, Mx Nandeibam and DM College have made Northeastern gender history ! The college provided three columns to identify […]

Will Mapithal, swollen by Monsoon, swallow Chadong village?

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Will Mapithal, swollen by Monsoon, swallow Chadong village?

Imphal: The rising water level in the Mapithel dam, which has already submerged crops and roads threatens to swallow the Chadong village in Ukhrul district, fear the villagers. One villager, Rebika Kasum observed, “The water will reach our dwellings soon. The road, including the only bridge that connects Chadong with other villages, is submerged. “The […]

Protests in the northeast over Yoga Day

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Protests in the northeast over Yoga Day

The ‘over-promotion’ of International Yoga Day has resulted in vocal protests against it in Assam and other parts of the Northeast. The ‘surya-namaska’r element is raising hackles in certain quarters. Muslims point to the fact that the holy month of Ramadan is on, while some Christian sects object to being coerced to participate in such […]

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