Manipur Current Affairs - 2020

Cleared of Doping Charges, K. Sanjita Chanu to receive Arjuna Award

Secretary of Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) has informed on 25th June 2020 that K. Sanjita Chanu will receive the Arjuna Award for 2018. The two time Commonwealth Games Gold medalist was cleared of doping charges earlier this month by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). The Secretary of IWF has also informed that the Sports Ministry has confirmed that K. Sanjita Chanu will be awarded Arjuna Award for 2018.

Doping Charges and Non-Conformities by USADA Laboratory

In May 2020, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had suspended the accreditation of the laboratory of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was the sample of the Indian weightlifter was tested positive for testosterone (a banded anabolic steroid) back in  November 2017 prior to the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, United States. Following this, Sanjita Chanu was provisionally suspended on 15th May 2018.

WADA suspended the accreditation of the laboratory citing certain ‘non-conformities’ in handling the test samples of the Indian weightlifter by the USADA laboratory during analysis. This was informed to IWLF by WADA on 28th May 2020 after which in June 2020 Sanjita Chanu was cleared of all doping charges by IWF.

Sanjita Chanu

Born in Kakching district of Manipur, 26-year-old Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu has won Gold Medal in Commonwealth Games twice in 2014 (48 Kg category) and in 2018 (53 Kg category).

“Khongjom Day” commemorated by Manipur

On April 23, 2020, the state of Manipur commemorated Khongjom Day. The day is marked to pay tribute to the warriors who fought in the 1891 Anglo-Manipur war.

Anglo-Manipur War

The Anglo-Manipur was an armed conflict between the British Government and the Kingdom of Manipur. The war was fought between 31 March and 27 April of 1891. It resulted in the victory of British.

The war has its significance in the Indian history for the bravery of the soldiers that fought against three sides of British attack, that is, from Silchar, Kohima and Myanmar. The battle was fought at the Kheba hills of Khongjom in Manipur and hence the name Khongjom Day or Khongjom war.

Khongjom War Memorial Complex

The Complex is a historical site that holds the tallest sword statute in the world. The site was constructed in remembrance of the brave souls who fought in the war. The place is one of the greatest tourist attractions in the North East.