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BRIEF NEWS: April 16, 2011

MSAD decries racial attack

IMPHAL, Apr 15: The Manipur Students’ Association Delhi (MSAD) has strongly condemned the alleged racial attack on three members of a family belonging to Hmar community of Manipur residing at Munirka, New Delhi by some local people on April 12.

It was a manifestation of the racism deeply ingrained among mainland Indians towards the people of North East, the MSAD alleged in a press release.

It informed that one of the victims who are currently undergoing treatment is critically injured.

Although such inhumane acts have been a daily experience for the North Easterners in the capital city, the law enforcing agencies always remain indifferent.

Many of the racial oriented and sexual harassment cases were twisted by police as ploy to defend the culprits, and in several cases they refused to register even FIRs. The MSAD further called upon all the students and civil organizations from the North East and other democratic bodies elsewhere who believe in progressive movements to join hands in fighting against racial discrimination.

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Guv, CM greet on Mahavir Jayanti

IMPHAL, Apr 15: Governor Gurbachan Jagat and Chief Minister O Ibobi have extended greetings to the people of the State on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti.

Governor in his message said, “The teachings of Lord Mahavir set aside all the social boundaries of caste, creed and left behind an eternal message of peaceful co-existence of mankind as a whole. He showed the path to salvation through love, compassion, benevolence, forgiveness, non-violence and renunciation of materialistic desires. In celebrating the birth of Lord Mahavir, along with paying our pure adoration to this outstanding apostle of peace and non-violence, let all of us pledge to follow his ideal – Live and Let Alve, which has become today more and more important in the world over.”

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has also extended warm greetings and good wishes to the people of the State on the occasion.

In his message, the Chief Minister said, “Bhagavan Mahavir, through his divine life and teachings showed mankind the path of right conduct, non-violence, peace and universal love. His teachings are relevant at all times to emancipate mankind from suffering and to ensure peace and happiness through spiritual excellence. The CM urged to imbibe Mahavir’s teachings for promoting peace and enduring happiness of humanity.

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RPF expresses thanks to general public

IMPHAL, Apr 15: The proscribed RPF has conveyed heartfelt gratitude to all those people who joined the Martyrs’ memorial service at Cheiraoching, Tekcham and Kodompokpi.

Saying that certain changes could be observed in the conduct of police and traffic personnel in this year’s Martyrs’ Day observation, the outfit remarked that this was a welcome change.

“This could be taken as a first step towards removing all misunderstandings between us”, the outfit said in a press release issued by its Publicity Secretary T Leisemba.

“The RPF’s struggle is for the people. Success of the RPF’s struggle means people’s victory”, the outfit asserted.

The movement can make significant strides when the people, people’s representatives, employees and revolutionaries come to an understanding collectively as one.

The supreme sacrifices made by those martyrs would never go in vain. They would go down the history as heroes of the nation. It further conveyed special gratitude to all those people who took pains to ensure that the “Martyrs’ Day” observance was a grand success.

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IMC seat reservation

IMPHAL, Apr 15As draw of lot to finalize reservation of seats for women had never been conducted under some definite rules and regulations, apprehension has been expressed over possible deprivation of  reserved seats to women  in all the wards in the upcoming election to Imphal Municipal Council (IMC) as well.

According to a reliable source, since the reservation of seats for women in local bodies came into force, draw of lot to finalize the reserved seats for women under IMC had never been conducted properly in accordance to lay down guidelines.

The draw of lot to decide the reserved seats for women in IMC, which is divided into 27 wards, is conducted together for all the wards. This has resulted in cases where some wards have remained reserved for women over and over again while some wards only for men.

In connection with the ensuing election to IMC, a similar draw of lot to decide the reserved seats for women is to be conducted at GM Hall on April 20 at 11 am. Since the draw of lot is to be conducted together for all the 27 wards, the possibility of wards, which had earlier been reserved for women, being decided for reservation again for women is very high.

Since the reservation of seats for women was effected, ward no. 14 had twice been reserved for women while it has been an all-male candidates contest in ward no. 19 twice.

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Gen strike called off

IMPHAL, Apr 15: The decision of the All Manipur DPC Faced Candidates’ Association for Primary, Hindi Primary and Hindi Graduate Teachers, 2006 to call a general strike from midnight of April 15 to midnight of April 16 has been withdrawn following an assurance from the State Government to declare the results of the DPC within the current month officially/through official channel.

Announcing the withdrawal of the proposed general strike at Manipur Press Club here today, spokesperson of the Association Moirangthem Rajendro said that the general strike has been called off after the Government gave the assurance of declaring the result within this month officially and based on merit.

Rajendro informed that the a delegation of the Association met Education Minister DD Thaisii on April 13 and the latter assured that the selection of the DPC faced candidates would be done in a fair manner and  that a Cabinet meeting would be held to discuss the matter very soon. Rajendro, however, warned that the Association would be taking up the matter with a law court if the Government fails to declare the results within the assured deadline.

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Birth anniversary held

IMPHAL, Apr 15: Manipur Buddha Foundation Imphal observed the 120th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar at Laishram Khullem Leikai community hall. Former VC of Manipur University, Dr IS Khaidem, former Director of College Development Council, Dr Y Mohendra Singh, former chairman of BoSEM, Dr Salam Nabachandra Singh and former Mr. India Nongthombam Maipak were present at the occasion as presidium members.

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Shelter home opened

MOREH, Apr 15: A Swadhar shelter home and help line centre was opened here today in the conference hall of De-Khunai Hotel under the Ministry of Women and Child with ADC Moreh Lunminthang Haokip as chief guest.

The opening function was also attended by Kha-Nongpok Apunba Nupi Lup president Kh Keina Leima, 7 MR A/C M Mubi, Meetei Council Moreh president N Pulindro, Manipuri Muslim Council Moreh president Md Hussain, Tamil Sangam president S Ravichandran, Nupi Khunai Chaokhat Lamjing Lup secretary M Asharani and Muslim Women Development Association president Jubeda Begum as presidium members.

The main purpose of the Swadhar shelter home and help line centre is to provide assistance to destitute women and empower them to fight for their rights, reports our correspondent.

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RMSA teacher age limit

IMPHAL, Apr 15: The upper age limit for recruitment of 536 Graduate Teachers under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) is relaxable for Government servants under the Government of Manipur to the extent of the period of continuous service put in the post/service.

A notification issued by Chairman, Executive Commission SIS, RMSA Dr J Suresh Babu said that Manipur Government employees should furnish No Objection Certificate in original issued by the concerned Departments while submitting application forms.

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NCC gold medals

IMPHAL, Apr 15: Governor Gurbachan Jagat conferred Governor’s Gold medals to the NCC cadets of Imphal Group NCC today. The award winners are Senior Under Officers Maisnam Luwangba Meitei, Takhelmayum Napolean and Heikrujam Melody Devi. Governor’s Gold medal is awarded to boy and girl NCC cadets for their excellent performance in NCC activities like blood donation, social service, and training every year.

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Mahavir Jayanti

IMPHAL, Apr 15: The shops, business establishments and other institutions belonging to the members of Shree Digambar Jain Samaj will remain closed on April 16 due to Mahavir Jayanti celebration. The Samaj also extended greetings to the people of the State on the occasion.

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Stir suspended

IMPHAL, Apr 15: Government Polytechnic Gazetted Staff Association (GPGSA) has suspended its protest after State Govt has reinstated Kh Rajchandra as Controller of Technical Education, Manipur.

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Security beefed up

IMPHAL, Apr 15: Following heightened tension between Mao and Angami people over land dispute and the subsequent restrictions imposed on the entry of Mao people in Southern Angami area in Nagaland, police have been alerted and security stepped up.

Information received from Mao Police said that police patrolling has been stepped up and stringent security measures put in place after Mao people were restricted from entering the Southern Angami areas in Nagaland.

Mao and Angami people have been at loggerheads over the possession of land in Koziiri located near Dzuko valley.

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

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