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BRIEF NEWS: April 14, 2011

AMWJU election

IMPHAL, Apr 13 : In connection with the election of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) scheduled to be held May 1, two candidates have filed their nominations to con-test for the post of president  while 10 other for the post of the Standing Committee members.

According to a notification issued by the returning officer AK Sanaton, two candidates who have submitted their nominations for the post of president area Mobi Singh of Sanaleibak and Bijoy Kakchingtabam of Poknapham.

For the post of Standing Committee members, in all 10 candidates have submitted their nominations. They are S Surjeswar of Sangai Express, GA Naocha of News X, S Enaomacha Meitei of Hueiyen Lanpao, S Manitomba of Kangla Pao, Ksh Meghajit of Naharolgi Thoudang, Y Nikesh of Ireipak, B Sanjoy of Ekhoigi Panthung, Kh Naoba of ISTV, K Sarat Sharma of News Live and W Dhamendro of Kangleipakke Meira.

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Devi Dhrumel Mahotsav

IMPHAL, Apr 13: The three-day long Devi Dhrumel: Basanti Puja Mahotsav organized by Gulapi Nat Sankirtan Academy under the sponsorship of Cultural Function Grant Scheme of Ministry of Culture, Government of India concluded at Kalimai Mandir, Yaiskul Police Lane today.

On the last day of the program today, scholar Sanakhya Ibotombi Haorokcham delivered a lecture on Devi Dhrumel. Afterward, artistes of Sangeet Natya Mahavidyalaya, Sega Road, Imphal performed Devi Dhrumel.

On the first day of the program on April 11, artistes of Shri Shri Govindaji Natya Sankirtan Academy (Palace Compound), Gulapi Nat Sankirtan Academy and Guru Ksh Mangi Singh and his party presented similar performance of Devi Dhrumel.

On the second day, Guru Taorem Yaiskul Singh, S Kalachandbi, Th Nilakanta and their parties as well as artistes of Education Cultural Harmony Organization, Thangjing Mamang Leikai have given performance of Devi Dhrumel.

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Mobile service

IMPHAL, Apr 13: With the operation of one mobile service provider remaining shut down after the killing of a caretaker as well as burning down a tower, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh today evening met the officials of mobile service providers operating in the State to discuss the development.

According to a reliable source, Chief Secretary DS Poonia and DGP Y Joykumar were also present in the meeting during which the officials of the mobile service providers requested for putting in place necessary security measures.

To help the Government in ensuring security measures, the mobile service providers have also directed to submit the names of their respective caretakers and the sites where their linked towers are located to the police, the source said, adding that police patrol has been stepped up to prevent violent incidents of targeting mobile towers and the staff of mobile service provider companies. Mobile service providers in the State have been facing a number of threats from many armed groups over monetary demands. Some time back Aircel too was badly hit when one of its security guards were shot dead by unidentified miscreants.

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Fired upon

IMPHAL, Apr 13: An unidentified armed person reportedly opened fire on a team of personnel from Reserve Line of Imphal West District Police while they were on duty at Namthilok near North AOC Point today in the afternoon today.

After opening fire, the armed attacker fled from the scene immediately. While chasing after the armed attacker, the police retaliated the fire. However, there is no report of any human casualty in the incident.

A reinforcement of Police Commandos rushed in to the area and conducted a massive search operation. But the armed attacker could not be arrested.

It is said that the unidentified armed attacker was clad in black color leather jacket, green T-shirt and jean pant.

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NRHM aid

IMPHAL, Apr 13: To provide medical assistance to the people of Tamenglong, Churachandpur, Imphal East and Imphal West under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), four trucks carrying medicines have been flagged off from here today.

Health Minister L Jayantakumar flagged off the trucks from the complex of RD Wing at Lamphel during a simple function organized by State Health Society. Health Minister L Jayantakumar was the chief guest of the function presided over by Health Commissioner V Vumlunmang. State Mission Director of NRHM PK Jha, Health Director S Ibomcha and Family Welfare Director L Joykumar were also present at as guests of honor.

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Mitkap Thokpa Numit observance

IMPHAL, Apr 13: As in previous years, Mitkap Thokpa Numit would be observed under the aegis of All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) at Singjamei Pishum Chinga on April 17.

AMSU has been observing April 17 every year as Mitkap Thokpa Numit in remembrance of Lukhoi and Loken, two students, who were killed in police firing during anti-foreigner agitation launched by students on April 17, 1980.

Apart from offering floral tributes at the memorial of Lukhoi and Loken, blood donation camp and discussion on the impact of influx of foreigners on the socio-economic condition of Manipur would be organized to mark the occasion, secretary general of AMSU Dipaljit Ningthoujam detailed during a press conference at AMSU headquarters today.

He also appealed to all the people for participating in the observance.

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YASPETA decries

IMPHAL, Apr 13: While condemning the incident of setting on fire the files of the Directorate by some unidentified miscreants yesterday, Youth Affairs and Sports Education Teachers’ Association (YAS- PETA) has asserted that untrained staff have been dominating the Directorate of Youth Affairs and Sports for more than 30 years now.

Addressing a press conference at Johnstone Hr Sec School today, secretary of YASPETA Th Tomba informed that files related to the annual confidential report (ACR) of 119 Graduate PETs (Physical Education Teachers) have been destroyed in the fire set fire unidentified miscreants yesterday. The destruction has struck down the prospect of promotion of Graduate PETs.

He alleged that Directorate of Youth Affairs and Sports is being dominated by untrained staff for more than 30 years.

Staff in the Sports and Youth Sections have undergone training only for 10 months even as some untrained staff are holding important posts in the administrative section while the qualified Graduate PETs are working in the field, he pointed out.

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Tributes paid

IMPHAL, Apr 13: The Martyrs Day has been observed as Manipur Integrity Day in Jiribam where hundreds of people paid floral tributes at the memorial stone of the martyrs located at Chingdong Leikai today, reports our Jiribam correspondent.

Candles were also lit in several places of Jiribam in the evening to mark the occasion.

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

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