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What issues will decide the 2022 Assembly polls ? Gearing up ahead

What issues will decide the 2022 Assembly polls ? Gearing up ahead..

Rapidly climbing cases of new infections Get vaccinated call

The second wave may not yet have reached Manipur, but given the fact that geography is not a barrier to the virus, there is no reason to believe that the State and her people can stay insulated from the havoc played played out across the rest of the count..

Interesting twist to pending ADC elections Enter the UNC

Interesting twist. Waking up the ghost of protest when the then Congress Government went ahead and announced the creation of seven new districts at the fag end of 2016 and the United Naga Council (UNC) has certainly pulled out a card that could well upset..

Unwanted deafening silence The dead tells no tale

The silence of the Government is deafening. Or is this a case of selective silence    with nothing dignified about it ? In as much as the Government has maintained an aloof stand, the cry of the Justice for Sanaton has only been getting mor..

Indifference to the fast spread of the virus Need more than fines

Covid is not a joke. It infects, spreads fast and kills. Yet this simple, one line statement just refuses to sink into the heads of many and this is amply demonstrated by the number of SOP violators rounded up by the police daily and the amount of money c..

Politics surrounding the call for ADC polls Interesting developments

One bandh averted and possibly further course of agitation too. The BJP led Government at Imphal seems to know how to deal with crisis such as this but it should not be forgotten that the core of the issue has not been addressed as yet. Granted the State ..

Second wave spreading swiftly 20,000 to 1 lakh in 25 days !

If this does not jolt the senses of the people then nothing else will. The second surge of the pandemic is much faster and correspondingly this could mean more fatalities. Take a look at the harsh reality. In just 25 days, the country crossed the one lakh..

Rehabilitating drug users Something is wrong

From April 29, 2020 to March 31, 2021 and obviously nothing much has changed at the ground reality. The first incident refers to the allegations that an inmate of  a rehabilitation centre was beaten to death by staff of the rehab centre and the secon..

Straight from the mouth of a BJP MLA Give teeth to war on drugs

Some Ministers, MLAs and police officers seem to be very close to drug lords and kingpins. This is not The Sangai Express or the Manipur media which has said this but an MLA from the BJP who is also the Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board during a..

Creating space for super spreader Violating SOPs with impunity

The figure is disturbing, extremely disturbing. The second wave is on, but it is the rapid spread of the virus that should worry everyone. Twenty four hours after India recorded 72,330 new cases on April 1, the spread shot up to 81,466 on April 2, making ..

Arrest of former Salai Chairman Concern of investors

To thousands of people, the arrest of Narengbam Samarjit, former Chairman of Salai Group of Companies, their main and perhaps only concern would be, ‘What about the money we have invested in the company ?’ Tough to say how the money can be rec..

ADC elections assured, but when ? Stand of ATSUM

Elections to be held. But the more important question is when it will be held. Not surprisingly the All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) has seen red over the alleged failure of the State Government to announce when the election would be held..

Still making waves in the the year 2021 Continuation of 2020

COVID-19-Fifty, sixty, seventy or even one hundred years down the line and if 2020 is ever remembered it will be for coronavirus, the lockdowns, the deaths and the crippling blow that the virus has dealt to the world economy. India will also remember the ..

Climbing cases in the last few days Second wave is on

Make no mistake about it. The second wave is on and the statistics should tell its own story. On March 19 India recorded nearly 40,000 new cases with 39,726. Two days later, that is on March 21, the number had climbed to 43,846 and on March 22 to 46,951. ..

Touch stance with look at past ‘mistakes’ The bloody past !

It has not been spelt out explicitly but in asserting that the Government of India should not commit the ‘mistake’ of the Shillong Accord and the 16 Points Agreement, the NSCN (IM) has more than indicated that any ‘half baked’ acco..

Of forest and water in the world Harvesting rain water

March 21-International Day of Forests and 24 hours later, that is on March 22, World Water Day. Two days and surely the United Nations could not have chosen a better time than this month and observe two days which are intrinsically linked. So while Manipu..

Climbing cases across the country Act while there is time

It is worrying and if the rising graph does not worry the people and jolt the Government into its senses and get its act together, then nothing will. A look at the figures of the last five days should more than say that India is in the grip of a second wa..

Create ADCs first ultimatum Why at this point of time ?

The All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) must be confused. So too the people, particularly the hill people. Definitely not an enviable position for the Government to find itself in. So even as the State Government has assured ATSUM that a Cab..

Disturbing reports of deaths All about human lives

This is disturbing. It is about human lives. In the past few days, people of Manipur have been waking up to news about deaths or rather ‘murders’ with no answers in sight so far. At least five cases of unnatural deaths in different parts of th..

Staring at second wave of the virus Responsibility of all

Avoid statements that may create panic. This was Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the Chief Ministers during the COVID-19 meet on March 17. This however should not be taken to mean that the respective Chief Ministers should shy away from sou..

ST demand : Gearing up for stir Issues before Govt

The Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee, Manipur is under the firm belief that the Meitei community fulfils the need to come under the Scheduled Tribe list of the Constitution of India and this is obviously one primary reason why it has seen red over the ..

From a high of 426 to zero Caution still needed

From a high of 426 cases in 24 hours on October 17, 2020 to ‘no cases’ on March 15, 2021 and this is certainly good news. But this is not the time to break out in a jingle and dance in the rain ! The virus is still out there and no one can pos..

Four years in office and looking ahead Perfect launch pad

To the BJP the moment is the perfect launch pad. Prepare a near perfect report card for the last four years and then kick off the campaigning for the next Assembly elections scheduled for early next year. A perfect opportunity and to be sure the State BJP..

Stand of others on ATSUM’s demand ? Grassroot elections

May not be related to the core issue, but nonetheless it would be interesting to ask what is the stand of the different political parties, particularly the Naga People’s Front, to the demand raised by the All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur th..

Need to save environment Green Manipur

State-wide tree plantation drive to mark  completion of 4 years rule of the BJP led Government and a ban on single use plastics from May 15 this year. Central to both is the growing need to protect the environment. Planting tress is obviously one of ..

A ban on Thabal Chongba Not unexpected

It was not unexpected of the Government to put a ban on Thabal Chongba and Shumang Lila ahead of the coming Yaoshang festival and in the same vein it was also not unexpected of the voices of derision that have come from some of the citizens of the land. H..

Taking coalition partners along Lessons from 2017

Coalition partners. Only time will tell whether the importance of coalition partners will be dictated by the sheer necessity of the number game or by the firm belief in reaching out to as many partners as possible while forming the Government. Early days ..

Less than 20 days for Yaoshang to come, but... The virus is still out there

It is still some days away, less than 20 days to be more precise and this is perhaps where the collective discipline of the people will be put to test. It did not impact on the people’s behaviour last year for Yaoshang festival came before Manipur r..

Give more teeth to War on Drugs campaign Unmask the big fishes

War on drugs. And it goes without saying that the Government will need to do more than just coin some catchy slogans to make the fight against drug abuse and trafficking more effective. The first step obviously is to win over the people, the numerous civi..

ADCs: Election, not undue delay, must follow dissolution

It appears an unseen force is holding back the much delayed election to the six Autonomous District Councils of the State. The six ADCs were dissolved after their usual term of five years was extended by six months. After expiry of the extended six months..

Where will ST demand stand in next election ? Take it to the voters

Still one year away, but if the Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee, Manipur (STDCM), World Meetei Convention (WMC) and others who share the same ideas and thoughts have a sense of timing, then this is perhaps the time for them to gear up in such a way that ..

Of resignation dramas and disqualifications 20, 15 or 10 years hence

The next Assembly election is still a year away and the interesting question is not so much which party will form the next Government at Imphal or even how effective the present BJP led Government has been, but how people will remember the unfolding serie..

More teeth to war against drugs Anti-poppy pledge

Take the people along. This should be the foundation on which the campaign ‘War on Drugs’ should rest and the report that 33 communities have come forward to pledge that they will stop poppy cultivation in the hill ranges must have come like a..

Cracking down on ‘errant’ teachers Surprise visits to schools

Education Minister S Rajen Singh appears to be a man on a mission and so far at least 19 school teachers have been placed under suspension for absenteeism. To be sure the swift action taken by the Education Minister will have an immediate effect and schoo..

Not the time to let the guards down Second wave

Second wave. This is the reality in some States of the country, notably in Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh Chhatisgarh, Gujarat and Punjab too and there is a reason why the State Government has made it mandatory that anyone returning home from the nam..

Need to establish cause of death Lead from the front !

It is crucial that the exact cause of the death of the Anganwadi worker be established as soon as possible. It is also equally important that the whole process of working out the cause of her death be as transparent as possible, for that is the way to ear..

A forlorn tale: From wetlands to dry lands

Wetlands per se constitute an ecosystem and wetlands combined with geographical location and topography of a region usually act as a major determinant of the region’s climatic conditions. Wetlands are typically shallow so sunlight can penetrate the ..

Lay off hands on the media Targeting the media

Not the first time and this most probably will not be the last time either, but what has made the latest case all that more diabolical is the point that even after 7 days of the incident, no group has claimed responsibility. For one full week Imphal based..

Impressive shows from young MLAs Rise of the young brigade

It is encouraging to note young MLAs from the Opposition bench, read Congress MLAs, raising significant questions to the Treasury bench, prompting Chief Minister N Biren to ‘personally receive the questions and give the answers’. This is what ..

ST demand for the Meiteis Constitutional protection

Constitutional protection. Chief Minister N Biren is obviously worried that there is no Constitutional protection for the Meitei community but yet at the same time the BJP led Government at Imphal is yet to send a recommendation to the Centre seeking the ..

College teachers on strike ! Think about the students

Time to think about the fate of students-young students who have just passed Class XII and are ready to step into the challenging, exciting world of college life. But unfortunately for many students their dream of stepping into college life, to breathe in..

Starting off on the wrong foot Fate of hostellers

Starting off on the wrong foot. And this does not paint Dhanamanjuri College in any good light. Classes started on January 27, and it is difficult to digest that the college authority has not been able to work out something as basic as fixing the fee stru..

Active cases below 3 figure mark Eyeing nil cases

Active cases below the three figure mark with 99, as on February 7. A reflection of the reality that the number of fresh positive cases has seen a sharp drop in the last many days pushing the recovery rate to above 98 percent. This is good and well and go..

Paoyi village setting an example Unmask those behind

First in Ukhrul district and this is perhaps the first time in the whole of Manipur too. Peh (Paoyi) village in Ukhrul district is right there alone at the top for becoming perhaps the first village in Manipur to come together and voluntarily  destro..

Limping towards the New Normal Fate of the returnees

Limping towards the New Normal and perhaps this is where the challenges before the Government become more and more clear. MPCC president and Congress MLA from Bishnupur Assembly Constituency Govindas Konthoujam was on target in raising the question, ̵..

Stand off over taxi, auto fares Let the Govt step in

A classic case of touningba touba. This is all that more so when the Government is seen to be looking the other way even as the people are being torn apart by the fancy and whims of those who have come under the impression that they can get away with anyt..

ADC polls: Democracy at grassroots level

The much delayed election to the Autonomous District Councils or ADC in short would be held sooner rather than later.  The State Cabinet has already directed the State Election Commission to start due preparations for the election. Candidates as well..

Living with border disputes Call of Shah to end row

Border disputes. These are as old as the understanding of the North East region of India. Mizoram, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh are all States which have experienced border disputes in one form or the other and this is besides the border di..

The business of growing poppy Alternative livelihoods

Special scheme for poppy growers to provide them alternative means to earn their livelihood and this is perfectly in line with the much tom tommed War on Drugs campaign launched by the State Government. Not clear how seriously the appeal of the Chief Mini..

50 years of existence as a State Fifty years hence ?

Fifty years as a full fledged State of the Indian Union and what has been the progress made by Manipur in this half a century ? More importantly what should the State look forward to or work towards to ? Important question no doubt, and this is where visi..

Uniform academic session Focus on education

The School Education Department has made it clear. The decision to re-open schools from Class IX to XII from January 27 was taken in view of the coming Class X and Class XII board examinations and the same should not be taken to mean that schools can be a..

Shadow of December 8, 2016 Ultimatum from UNC

The ghost of the seven new districts continues to haunt the State Government. December 8, 2016. That was the day when the then Congress Government announced the creation of seven new districts-Jiribam, Kamjong, Kangpokpi, Pherzawl, Noney, Kakching and Ten..

JCILPS for more teeth to ILPS Don’t create vacuums

The ILP System currently extended to the State will not be able to protect the indigenous people. This was the convener of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System, YK Dhiren while taking part in the discussion programme organised on January 17 at ..

‘Solution expected anytime soon’ From 1997 to 2021

Will 2021 be any different ? Will the line ‘solution expected anytime soon’ continue to hog the limelight as it did in 2020 and to a certain extent in 2019, or will 2021 finally see the final deal being inked between the NSCN (IM) and the Gove..

Roll up the sleeves for Covid shot Kickstarting vaccination

The vaccination process has started. 9617 healthcare workers will receive the jab during the first phase of the vaccination programme in 10 centres set up across the State, namely at JNIMS, RIMS, Shija Hospital, District Hospitals of Churachandpur, Bishnu..

Menace on the roads of Imphal Tragic accident

The report was straight and simple. The type which any student of journalism would understand and which are usually taught to cub reporters. That is mention the four Ws of when, where, what and why and the lone H, that is how. At least this is what The Sa..

Creating vacuum for others to rush in ? Students at the forefront

It is a given that whenever any vacuum is created, then nearby forces will rush in to fill the vacuum and it is this truism that The Sangai Express had repeatedly asserted while explaining why it was natural for others to rush in and fill the vacuum in th..

Vaccine and low count of infection Time to look ahead

The vaccine has arrived today (January 13). The infection count has been low in the last couple of days, coming down from as high as 200 plus to below the 50 mark count and no deaths in the last three days. Not that the number of positive cases detected o..

More of a question when, not should Seeking opinions

Chairman of the Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur (COHSEM), Dr L Mahendra Singh has made it clear. The decision on examinations to be conducted by the Council will be taken by the Government based on the feedbacks submitted by the Principals ..

Looking forward to RCC bridges Connecting via Jiri

Turning the verbal assurances to solid, substantive RCC bridges and a few months hence, this may just about become a reality if reports coming in that construction work of Makru and Barak bridges may be completed by April this year is anything to go by. M..

The call for the new normal still stands Date set for vaccine

The date set by the Government of India to roll out the COVID-19 vaccination drive : January 16. India’s immunisation drive will obviously be one of the biggest in the world and Manipur will be part of this huge movement of vaccines and people. A mo..

The twin challenges of poppy plantation & drug trafficking

Large scale poppy cultivation in the hill areas of Manipur is no longer a secret but it has become a serious socio-economic and political challenge. The Government, apparently perturbed by the ever exacerbating drug menace..

Re-opening and rethinking border trade

After a gap of almost one year, Indo-Myanmar border trade through Moreh township is re-opening. It was the COVID-19 pandemic which forced the closure of the border trade and it gave a severe blow to traders, transporters, shopkeepers, hoteliers etc. With ..

Economic growth: A mirage so far

Skill development, innovation and entrepreneurship have been generally accepted as the key foundations for economic development of any society or nation. Even though these three elements are of paramount importance, they are not enough to bring economic d..

Lamphelpat: A victim of unplanned urbanisation

Rapid urbanisation and other anthropocentric activities have been wreaking havoc to almost every single natural body of this planet and Manipur is no exception. The extent of damages done to natural bodies can be mitigated to some extent if urbanisation i..

Disturbed Area status: An unwelcome gift

There was nothing new nor any element of surprise when the State Government decided to extend the Disturbed Area status tagged to the State with the exception of Imphal Municipal area for one more year with effect from December 1, 2020, but of course it c..

On stepping into a brand New Year The next 365 days

2021 is now upon us and like other years earlier, this New Year too will come with its set of challenges and obstacles and how these challenges are met will go a long way in deciding how Manipur opens its doors to the later future. The first challenge wil..

2020 : Decisive for the BJP in Manipur Looking forward to 2022

Decisive for the BJP. That is perhaps how the saffron party will look back at 2020 when the world steps into 2021 in 24 hours from now. Despite the global pandemic and the increasing number of deaths and positive cases, despite the huge economic losses an..

New virus strain : The world is worried Awaiting results from NIV

The world is worried. India too is worried. But is Manipur worried ? This question has been raised in the backdrop of the fact that compulsory testing of incoming air passengers has been done away with, save for passengers who have had a travel history to..

Significant 2 hours delay in leaving Imphal Conflicting demands

United Naga Council (UNC) backing the demand for a separate flag and Constitution and integration of all contiguous Naga areas to take the negotiations between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India to a logical conclusion. The Kuki Inpi, Manipur (KIM)..

Blow out the old, ring in the new The new normal

Out the old, in the new. This is what the global pandemic has stipulated and what was once normal will no longer be so and how well a society adapts to the understanding of the new normal will largely depend on the understanding..

The reality : Virus is still out there Unwanted relaxations

Let it be very clear. The virus is still out there. The number of positive cases may have seen a downward trend in the last couple of days, but the latest report of 20 people out of 41 testing positive from a single locality should more than..

No test for incoming passengers Stand of APSCS

The stand of the Association of Premier State College Seniors (APSCS) makes absolute sense and this is something which the State Government should take note of. Daily fresh cases of COVID-19 has seen a gradual downward trend..

High profile arrest, high profile acquittal Building a strong case

Apart from the COVID-19 global pandemic, if at all 2020 will be remembered for years to come it will obviously be for the infamous Lhukhosei Zou, who today stands acquitted of the drug smuggling charges levelled against him by the Government of Manipur. It also stands that any reference to Lhukhosei Zou will come with the addendum of former Additional SP of Narcotics and Affairs of Border, Th Brinda, who incidentally has returned the gallantry award bestowed on her by the State Government under its ..

Dissolved but not ready for polls? The case of ADC Chairmen

The Chairmen and Members of the Autonomous District Councils have reasons to be peeved. Dissolving the ADCs without making any visible preparations for holding the elections is somewhat like putting the cart before the horse ..

Time to read between the lines Study all possibilities

Read between the lines. Not the time to take everything at face value. The circumstances demand it, the politics at play demands it. Study all possibilities. It can be more than a rant and this is how Manipur should take the outburst of the NSCN (IM)..

Reckless sense of ‘bravado’ Shopping for Covid?

Stupidity written in bold in all the reckless sense of ‘bravado’ and exhibited by the people with each passing day at the major shopping areas of Imphal. No doubt, Ningol Chakkouba is one of the biggest festivals of the people of Manipur..

Four out of five in by elections Shot in the arm for BJP

Four out of five is not bad at all and Chief Minister N Biren has reasons to be pleased with the by elections, results of which have been declared on November 10. And in as much as the Chief Minister has every reason to grin from ear ..

Politically crucial by polls for some Understanding the stake

It is more than a by election and for reasons which are politically crucial. The results of the by elections to the four Assembly Constituencies can go a long way in determining how Chief Minister N Biren stands within the BJP..

By poll over, now focus on the virus Govt should set example

Time for the Government to now turn their undivided attention to COVID-19 and concentrate all its resources to the fight against the virus which has claimed close to 200 lives and is seemingly spreading at will...

Out Surchandra, in Rameshwar Other side of second best

Negating the oft repeated line, ‘Voteta second taba kannabro’ (No point in coming second best in an election and often used as an example to deride a half baked idea, but somehow when translated into English, the punch is lost)..

Preparing for post Covid era The time is now!

If at all there is something that can and should be learnt from the global pandemic then it should be the sense of responsibility. And this sense of responsibility should go beyond the understanding of I to We. ..

DESAM, AIMS, ANSAM on target Nail the guilty

The Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Apunba Irepakki Maheirol Singpanglup (AIMS) and All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) are bang on target. The High Court of Manipur has already spoken..

Climbing cases and deaths A hard look at the reality

How well is Manipur coping with the pandemic ? This question is important and may be viewed against the climbing number of deaths and infection. Ever since Manipur threw open its doors and organised special trains and buses..

Highway of bailey bridges ! Second lifeline

Imphal-Jiribam Highway or National Highway-37 sounds more like a misnomer. National Highway Bailey Bridges would sound more apt. The difficult terrain is understandable but it is highly amusing that the 200 km stretch between Imphal and Jiribam is adorned..

Raising the call for a Greater Lim Opening two fronts?

In transitional phase, prepared to give time to fulfil it, but it is the right of the Nagas to be integrated or to come under one administrative unit. This was Thuingaleng Muivah while speaking to Karan Thapar for The Wire on October 17. ..

Team from Delhi speaks sense ! Imphal has to listen

Delhi speaks, Imphal listens. Good this is, for listening to sane advice and suggestion is always welcome and much better than to strike a ‘know it all’ posture and bungle in everything possible. And so it is that after the suggestion ..

Putting a ban on six schools The school fees conundrum

Wonder how this would have been noted by the State Government. This question may be better understood in the backdrop of the fact that a student organisation has ‘banned’ six private schools ostensibly for charging fees from ..

Mantra of trace, test and treat Running low on testing kits

Test touba hek leppadi covid, novid naba amatta thengnaroi. A tongue in the cheek exchange between friends, to express their helplessness over the never ending increase in the number of positive cases ever since the virus landed..

Call of ATSUM to hold ADC polls Hold elections on time

Let it be very clear. The All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) has not called off the proposed 48 hours bandh, but merely deferred it by ten days. Unstated but clear in the decision of the student body to defer the proposed ..

From October 22 to October 25 Waiting for new SOP

This is not the time for ‘file pushing,’ not the time for ‘red tapism’ and certainly not the time to let the ‘excess adipose’ lull the Government machinery to an ‘afternoon siesta’. It was on October 22 that..

Straight from the NSCN (IM) leader Take 50 paise first stand

Whether the talk between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM) breaks down or not is a different matter, but it is significant to note that the outfit is still very much wedded to the idea of a Greater Lim, Naga Integration..

Looking beyond another spell of lockdown Points for new SOP

Looking beyond lockdowns. This is clear from the decision of the high level meeting convened at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on October 22 and this should not come as a surprise for lockdown is something which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on..

Politics of peace talk Pressure of push and pull

The politics of peace talk. Dicey and not exactly clear which way the politics of push and pull will take the peace talks between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM) on the one hand and the NNPGs on the other. ..

Ahead of high level meeting Points to ponder

The reality somewhat sums it up. Galloping number of positive cases, on an average running into more than 300 cases per day, Chief Minister N Biren himself declaring that there are signs of community transmission in the State..

‘Signs of community spread’ Over 15 thousand cases

Chief Minister N Biren must have weighed his words carefully before announcing that there are indeed signs of community transmission in the State. The Chief Minister did not exactly go to the extent of proclaiming that there..

Partners in coalition Govt Witty exchange of words

Not exactly weird but strange bedfellows. No love lost and it is the maths of keeping the Congress out of the frame of any Government formation that the BJP and the NPP are still there together in the coalition Government. And making things more worse wou..

Tough talk from Th Muivah ‘Till last man standing’

Will never join Indian Union nor accept India’s Constitution. Tough talk and not surprising that it should come from Thuingaleng Muivah, the general secretary of the NSCN (IM) during an exclusive chat with The Wire on October 16...

Rising number of deaths and infections Containment zones

The situation is grim. Hundred and four deaths, as on October 15 and this is without adding the 53 year old woman who was rushed to the hospital not for anything related to COVID-19 but due to a severe abdominal pain..

Consultative meet sans NNPGs, NSCN (IM) Taken into confidence ?

It is interesting and something to be noted. Consultative meeting convened by the Government of Nagaland to discuss the ongoing peace dialogue and the political issues that go along with the talks but the two principal parties, that is the ..