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BRIEF NEWS: April 17, 2011

Rogue subedar

IMPHAL, Apr 16: Allegation has been leveled against a JCO holding the rank of Subedar and posted at the Assam Rifles ‘Transit Camp’ located near Minuthong.

According to two persons, who identified them- selves as representatives of a supplier related to military civic action project undertaken by the Assam Rifles, the accused JCO without furnishing any valid reason detained them  for nearly eight hours today when the duo were coming out of the 23 AR (Rear Camp) after handing over certain items to the officer concerned.

Even as the two, who were on foot, explained their position the said JCO identified as Subedar Kunwar and apparently in an inebriated condition was adamant to the extent that even telephone calls from the 23 AR officials were snapped off.

Apart from using abusive languages the Subedar in question reportedly canned the two, the two victims namely Satish Thakur and Ratnesh Kumar Sahi complained to some newspersons near the spot of incident. They further informed that only after the personal intervention by an officer of the 23 AR did the JCO let them out of the Tran-sit Camp at around 5.30 pm

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MNRF accuses NSCN (IM)

IMPHAL, Apr 16: Condemning the ambush laid on the convoy party of MLA of Phungyar Assembly Constituency near Riha Tangkhul village yesterday, Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (MNRF) has accused NSCN (IM) of continuing fratricidal killing.

In a statement made available to the press today, information and publicity secretary of MNRF Max-stone asserted that the am- bush on the MLA and his convoy party was carried out under the leadership of one Lt Paoshim of Ramrei Khullen belonging to Kishimung battalion of NSCN (IM).

Although the ceasefire agreement between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India does not cover Manipur, it is an open secret even to the Government of Manipur that armed cadres of NSCN (IM) continue to operate with security cover provided by Assam Rifles in hill areas of Manipur, Maxstone said, adding that the Government of India should be held responsible for the bloody at- tack on the MLA, who was only demanding creation of Phungyar as a separate district for welfare for his own people.

If the MLA has been ambushed for his demand on creation of Phungyar as a separate district, would the attackers do the same with regard to those who have been demanding upgradation of Jiribam and Sadar Hills into full-fledged revenue district?, Maxstone questioned, while wondering whether objective of NSCN (IM) has come to killing its own brethren in connivance with security personnel.

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Blood banks in all districts

IMPHAL, Apr 16: Blood banks/storage centers would be set up in all the District Hospitals of the State within the current year, Project Director of State Mission Society, National Rural Health Mission Pradip Kumar Jha informed.

Speaking as chief guest of the prize distribution ceremony of the 1st Journalists’ Sports Meet organized by All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) from March 18 to 22, at Manipur Press Club here today, Pradip Kumar Jha informed that to resolve the problem of irregular power supply when the blood banks are set up, steps have also been taken up for installation of Solar Power Plant of 25 KVA capacity in all the district hospitals.

Supply of required medicines in all the districts under NRHM has also been started along with procurement from Tamil Nadu Medical Service Corporation. Of the supply order of 91 truckloads of medicines placed with the Corporation, 22 truck loads have been received so far and the same started dispatching to different districts of the State, the Project Officer added.

Joint CEO N Praveen, who was also presented during the prize distribution ceremony as guest of honor, appreciated the organizing of sports meet for journalists in the State and suggested that more lady journalists should be encouraged to take part in such sports meet in future.

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Stage set for TKS meet

IMPHAL, Apr 16: Under the theme “Change through retrospection,” Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS), the apex student body of Tangkhul community is all set to celebrate its 28th General Conference cum Sports Meet at Thoyee (Thawai) village in Ukhrul district from April 18 to 25 with Thoyee Katamnao Long as the host team.

“The stage is set for the 28th General Conference cum Sports Meet of TKS and we are expecting more than 3000 students studying in Manipur and outside the State to participate in the biggest event of the Tangkhul student community which is held every alternate year,” said the President of TKS Wungnaoshang A Shimray.

As a special feature MACS will be sponsoring a HIV/AIDS awareness camp with PowerPoint presentation during the weeklong event which will also be attended by student leaders of all tribal communities of Manipur as a unique program, informed the president while inviting all to participate in the event.

TNL president Solomon Ningshen, DC Ukhrul district N Ashok Kumar (IAS) and AC Ukhrul district Armstrong Pame (IAS) will grace the event as the chief guests of inaugural, cultural and valedictory program respectively, he further informed.

Besides games & sports, talent hunt and choreography, Tangkhul premier film show, literary session, song & drama, quiz & debate, fashion parade & beauty contest are the special areas of competition in which the participants will vie for during the event.

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MGNREGS wage hiked

IMPHAL, Apr 16: Daily wage for MGNREGS has been increased to Rs 126 from the earlier rate of Rs 81.40 all over the country.

Subsequently, the State Government has decided to implement the new rate from the current financial year.

A decision to this effect was adopted following instruction from the relevant Union Ministry to implement the new rate in Manipur too.

This was stated by Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Director Y Iboyaima during an inspection tour of different works being undertaken by BDO Kakching at different places of Thoubal district.

Iboyaima asked job MGNREGS card holders not to accept wages less than Rs 126 per day. He also advised not to hand over their job cards and bank passbooks to anyone else.

If any of the Pradhans and Members is found indulging in foul play, officials of the department should be informed immediately, Iboyaima said.

The team led by Director Iboyaima and comprising of Kakching BDO Angam Koroung Kom, DRDA Thoubal Executive Officer Th Nabakishore and subordinate staff made field assessment of different works taken up by BDO Kakching within four different Gram Panchayats    in Thoubal district.

They visited Ejei Hangul GP, Langmeidong GP, Waikhong GP and Sekmaijin GP.

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Three boys die in separate incidents

IMPHAL, Apr 16: In two separate incidents, two boys died by hanging and after consuming suicide while another boy died due to electrocution.

Ten year old Soibam Suraj who was reading in class II in a UJB School was found hung to death at the verandah of their Wangkhei Thangapat Mapal house at about 4.30 this afternoon.

He used a loin cloth (khudei) to hang himself.

It is reported that his father Jugindro and mother Joymati quarreled a few days back following her mother went to parental home taking along Suraj’s three sisters.

Meanwhile, a 16 year old boy who was undergoing treatment in a hospital after consuming poison succumbed to the poison yesterday afternoon.

Chabungbam Naocha (16) s/o Kumar of Moirang Khunou was brought to RIMS in the afternoon of April 14 after he reportedly consumed poison.

Meanwhile, a 13 year old boy was electrocuted at Aglapur, Jiribam today.

Dilwar Hussain (13) s/o Moin Uddin was immediately rushed to Jiribam CHC as he was found shocked by electricity. But the doctors declared that the boy was brought dead, reports our Jiribam correspondent.

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12-year-old girl missing

Imphal, Apr 16: A 12-year-old girl identified as Moirangthem Tababi d/o M Leibakchao Singh of Kanglatongbi Ply Factory has been found missing since 1.30 pm of April 15 from her sister’s house at Kadangband. A missing report has been filed at Lamsang police station.

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Mishap kills one

IMPHAL, Apr 16: A motorcycle rider died after he was knocked down by a truck on NH 39 between Damdei and Charhajar under Sapermaina police station at about 4 pm yesterday.

The deceased has been identified as one Mangthang Kipgen (37) of Thangkhen village.

The corpse has been handed over to family members after post mortem at RIMS today.

On the other hand, a case has been registered in Sapermaina police station in connection with the incident.

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Body decries

Imphal, Apr 16: Kuki Chiefs’ Association, Chandel district, in an emergency meeting, condemned the proposed Manipur (Village Authority in the Hill Areas) Amendment Act 2011.

The meeting also resolved to launch a series of awareness campaign and consultation programs in this regard. The meeting also decided to oppose the Act which according to the association aims at uprooting the indigenous people from its own land.

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Body expresses concern

Imphal, Apr 16: Mao Union Imphal has drawn attention of the concerned authority on leaving out of posts of language teachers in Mao dialect in the recently notified advertisement for the recruitment of Graduate teachers under RMSA.

A press of the union said that the dialect had been recognized by BoSEM for learning. However, there is no teacher of Mao dialect in the Government institutes.

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Training on fish farming begins

IMPHAL, Apr 16: A five-day long training program on scientific fish farming and breeding techniques under the sponsorship for Imphal West district from today.

The inaugural function of the training program held at the community hall located near the gate of Fisheries office at Lamphel Sanakeithel was attended by Director of Fisheries K Saratkumar Singh as chief guest, District Fishery Officer of Imphal West L Kumar Singh as president and Fishery Officer of FRC Lamphel A Renubala Devi as guest of honor.

In all 100 trainees from different part of the district are participating in the training programme being organized under the India Government’s scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY).

Speaking at the inaugural function, K Saratkumar Singh informed that RKVY scheme was launched in Imphal during 2007-2008. But it is for the first time in Manipur that such a training program has been organized under RKVY. Starting off with Imphal West district, similar training programs would also be organized in other remaining districts of the State. He said that the main objective of organizing the training program is to increase production of fish in the State so as to stop import of fishes from outside Manipur to meet the demand of the people in the State. Contending that production of fish in Manipur has been going down due to lack of proper knowledge on fish farming, he also stressed on acquiring necessary knowledge by the fish farmers.

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Finer points of CHAHA discussed

IMPHAL, Apr 16: A State level dissemination meeting on CHAHA was held at Hotel Classic here today.

Launched by India HIV/AIDS Alliance in 2007, CHAHA, meaning a wish in Hindi, is a child-centered, community based care and support program that aims to reduce HIV-related morbidity and mortality among children and adults and also to address the impact of HIV. The program is due to be closed by March 2011.

Organized under the aegis of Social Awareness Service Organization (SASO), the main objective of the meeting was to disseminate the key findings, lessons learnt from CHAHA and also to highlight the need for continued care and support interventions and advocate for a sustainable child-centered care and support program within the National program.

Program Officer (M & E) of India HIV/AIDS Alliance Goverdhan Kummarikunta, District AIDS Control Officer of Imphal East Dr Birchandra, Chairperson of Child Welfare Committee, Imphal West Annie Mangsatabam, Director of Program and Policy of India HIV/AIDS Alliance Sonal Mehta were among the resource persons who were present and spoke at the meeting.

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

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