Imphal Current Affairs - 2019

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Sports Ministry inks MoU with NBCC to develop National Sports University at Imphal

State-owned construction firm NBCC (India) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Department of Sports under Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS) to provide Project Management Consultancy for development of National Sports University at Imphal, Manipur. The approximate cost of project would be Rs.400 crore.

About NBCC (India)

It is a Central-owned Public Sector Navratna Enterprise. Its operations are spread across India & Overseas.

It was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in New Delhi.

NBCC is organized into 3 market focused segments-

  1. Project Management Consultancy (PMC)
  2. Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC)
  3. Real Estate

About National Sports University (NSU)

It is a sports university in Imphal, Manipur. The foundation of National Sports University was laid down by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 16 March 2018. However, the University is presently functional from  its temporary campus at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex of  Imphal.

The University, once developed, will be the first one of its kind to promote sports education in areas of sports sciences, sports medicine, sports technology, sports management, and sports coaching.

NSU will have the flexibility to open new schools or departments in consonance with the advances and developments in sports science, sports medicine, as well as allied areas. It will also function as national training centre for selected sports disciplines by adopting best international practices.

Nagaland observes 75th anniversary of Battle of Kohima

Nagaland observed the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Kohima. The event was attended by the representatives from the UK and Japan who spoke on the theme of ‘Remembrance, Reconciliation and Rebirth’.

The dignitaries from the UK and Japan sought reconciliation and forgiveness for the sufferings and pain caused against each other at the Battle of Kohima, that was fought in three stages during the Second World War in 1944.

Battle of Kohima

Battle of Kohima is considered as the turning point of the Japanese U Go offensive, or Operation C mission launched in India in 1944 during the Second World War. The Battle of Kohima was fought in three stages from 3 April to 22 June 1944 around the town of Kohima in Nagaland in northeast India:

  • From 3 to 16 April, the Japanese attempted to capture Kohima ridge, a feature which dominated the road by which the besieged British and Indian troops of IV Corps at Imphal were supplied. By mid-April, the small British and Indian force at Kohima was relieved.
  • From 18 April to 13 May, British and Indian reinforcements counter-attacked to drive the Japanese from the positions they had captured. The Japanese abandoned the ridge at this point but continued to block the Kohima–Imphal road.
  • From 16 May to 22 June, the British and Indian troops pursued the retreating Japanese and reopened the road. The battle ended on 22 June when British and Indian troops from Kohima and Imphal met at Milestone 109, ending the Siege of Imphal.

The battle is often referred to as the “Stalingrad of the East”. Kohima was the theatre of the War in 1944 and the Nagas were drawn into it on both sides some with the British and some with the Japanese.