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BRIEF NEWS: April 01, 2011

No aid from Govt on Lui-Ngai-Ni: UNC

IMPHAL, Mar 31 : The organizing committee of 2011 Lui-Ngai-Ni celebration, the seed sowing festival of the Nagas, has said  “as we  have severed all political ties with the Govt of Manipur,” this year’s Lui-Ngai-Ni at Ukhrul was celebrated with-out the state fund from the Tribal Development Department.

Lui-Ngai-Ni is celebrated every year on February 15 by the Nagas in Manipur under the aegis of the United Naga Council (UNC) with the Government of Manipur extending Rs 5 lakhs towards the celebration through the Tribal Development Department.

K Kaikho, a member secretary of this year’s Lui-Ngai-Ni celebration organizing committee who is also the secretary for culture in the UNC set up cautions, “Anybody attempting to draw/extort the Lui-Ngai-Ni 2011 fund from the government of Manipur impersonating as the UNC, the Tribal Development department shall be held responsible.”

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Seized illicit liquor destroyed

IMPHAL, Mar 31: Members of Anal Sinnu Ruwl (Anal Women Organization) in collaboration with Anal Naga Chiefs’ Association and OC Chakpikarong police station seized around 60 liters of locally brewed illicit liquor during a drive conducted in Chakpikarong Bazar area on March 30. According to a statement issued by president of Chakpikarong Sub-Divisional Anal Naga Chiefs’ Association, Chandel district HL Thungam, the seized liquor was later destroyed in the presence of public at Chakpikarong Bazar.

In another statement, the Association president has expressed gratitude to the Project Co-ordinator and staff of Medicines’ Sans Frontiers (MSF), Manipur Project, India for opening a clinic at Chakpikarong and providing free medical treatment and medicines to the poor and needy villagers of the sub-division.

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Science Aquarium opened

IMPHAL, Mar 31: Throwing open to public display, the Manipur Science Aquarium and Edusat Network have been inaugurated inside the campus of DM College of Commerce today.

Commissioner of University and Higher Education K Moses Chalai inaugurated both the Science aquarium and the Edusat Network during a function organized by Manipur Science and Technology Council (MASTEC).

Additional Director of University and Higher Education Dr RK Yaiskul Singh, Principal of DM College of Commerce Ng Brajakumar, Principal of DM College of Science P Ranabir, Director of Science and Technology UC Laishram and Executive Director of MASTEC TH Surendranath were also present at the occasion.

The Manipur Science Aquarium has been established by MASTEC with the support of Department of University and Higher Education, Government of Manipur.

The main objectives of establishing the aquarium have been stated as to study the behavior of different types of fish fauna and to conserve them, to make aware of the available local fishes to the public and to create a place for recreation of the public.

With exception to Fridays and holidays, the gallery of the aquarium would remain open for public viewing from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm in summer and from 10.30 am to 4 pm in winter.

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Training program

IMPHAL, Mar 31: A training program for Forest Department officials and volunteers of Loktak Lake on water bird conservation and management would be held at Central Forest Division, Mantripukhri from April 6 to 8 under the aegis of Bombay Natural Historical Society and the Wild Life Wing, Forest Department.

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HPC slams Mizoram Govt

IMPHAL, Mar 31: The Hmar People’s Convention-Democratic (HPC-D) has slammed the Government of Mizoram for purportedly putting strategic impediments in the run up to the Hmar-Government of Mizoram political talks by insisting on new and narrow pre-conditions and interpretations in clear violation of the mutually agreed ground rules.

In a press release issued by its department of information and publicity secretary John F Hmar, the HPC-D said that the repeated attempts by the Government of Mizoram to dictate terms and conditions outside the purview of Suspension of Operation (SoO) Agreement was an attempt to sabotage the peace process and nip the prospect of a democratic dialogue in the bud.

Stating that HPC-D has been earnestly reminding the Government of Mizoram to respect, adhere to and uphold the SoO agreement, it decried that the pre-conditions set by the Mizoram Government have not only betrayed the spirit and mutual trust but also seriously tarnished the credibility of Mizoram Government and its presumed seriousness for the talks.

It further condemned the attitude of Mizoram Government as divisive and a sinister attempt to further thwart the political aspirations of the Hmar people.

***(BRIEF NEWS- Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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