Year Ender: What made ‘Headlines’ in Manipur in 2018
Dec 29, 2018:
This Northeastern state has witnessed a series of activities (in varied forms) this years, some of which are pleasant while others are quite ugly.
Here's what made Headlines in Manipur in 2018:
1. A University under siege
The Manipur University impasse and the way it was initiallyhandled was the cause of massive uproar in the state this year. The crisis wasarguable the university's worst in its 38-year history.
The University was shut down for months on end after studentbodies began protesting against vice-chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey, demandinghis immediate removal.
Several protestors were injured while rallying their causefor weeks but perhaps the worst of it all was the blitzkrieg on the midnight ofSeptember 20 when police and paramilitary forces entered the campus in convoysand raided the five boys hostels of the university, arresting 89 students andsix teachers, on the basis of an FIR lodged by Professor K. YugindroSingh.
The impasse has since been resolved as the High Court ofManipur intervened and appointed former chief secretary of Manipur, JarnailSingh as "administrator" who is fully empowered to discharge the functions of theVice-Chancellor.
Read about the incident here: Manipur University under siege: future of students at stake
2. Mary Kom createsboxing history
2018 was undoubtedly Mary Kom's year as India's boxing acecreated history by becoming the first ever boxer to win six AIBA Women's WorldBoxing Championships in New Delhi on November.
The 35-year-old Indian legend got the better of UkrainianHanna Okhota in the 48 kg gold at the 2018 AIBA Women's World BoxingChampionships held in New Delhi.
16 years after winning her maiden World Championship – andeight years since her last – Mary overtakes Ireland's Katie Taylor as the firstfemale boxer to win six gold medals, and becomes only the second pugilist ever(male or female) to achieve the feat after Felix Savon.
The Olympic bronze-medallist Mary Kom was presented the AIBALegends award for her trailblazing boxing career at the International BoxingAssociation's 70th anniversary gala in Montreux, Switzerland.