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BRIEF NEWS: April 18, 2011

Two UG cadres held

IMPHAL, Apr 17: One KCP cadre identified as Waikhom Tomba alias Naoton (20) s/o W Bokulchandra of Hiyanglam Waikhom Leikai was apprehended by Thoubal commandos from Wabagai Tera Pishak at about 3.30 pm yesterday.

A press release issued by the office of Thoubal SP     further informed about the arrest of one PREPAK cadre from Khangabok Lamlong at about 5.20 pm yesterday.

The PREPAK cadre has been identified as Saikhom Arke (32) s/o late S Khamba of Khangabok Makha Leikai Part III.

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Bomb attack

IMPHAL, Apr 17: Unidentified armed persons exploded a hand grenade at the Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai residence of Soubam Dhanabir (55), who is the Superintending Engineering in the Irrigation and Flood Control Department.

The incident took place at around 6.15 pm yesterday.

The hand grenade landed and exploded at the courtyard of the house.

There is no report of any injuries in the explosion.

In protest against the attack, people of the locality staged a Wakat Meepham at Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai today.

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Road blocked

IMPHAL, Apr 17: Over the death of a 12-year old after being knocked down by a Dumper truck, agitated people blocked the Imphal-Moreh road at Thoubal bridge today morning.

The victim identified as Akoijam Sibash (12) s/o Somorendro of Thoubal Wangmataba Sorok Makha was knocked down by a dumper truck at Thoubal Parking area at around 4.30 pm yesterday. The boy died at the spot.

The unfortunate incident occurred while Sibash was going along with two other friends to attend a Thabal Chongba program at Thoubal Okram.

The involved truck, however, escaped after committing the crime.

Local residents of Thoubal Wangmataba enforced the road block to press their demand for seizure of the involved truck.

On receiving report that the driver of the involved dumper truck came along with the truck to surrender to the Lilong Police Station, the road block was lifted.

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TNAL condemns

IMPHAL, Apr 17: The Tangkhul Naga Aze Longphang (TNAL), the apex body of the southern part of Ukhrul district has strongly condemned the ambush laid on MLA Wungnaoshang Keishing and his convoy party at Riha village on 15th April.

The unfortunate incident took place while Phungyar A/C MLA Wungnaoshang Keishing was returning after attending a one day constituency level convention on HIV/AIDS which was organized by Tangkhul Aze Katamnao Long at Riha village, said a release signed by Vice Chairman M Raymond and Secretary Sr Jonah of TNAL.

Stating that the ambush was carried out by unidentified underground outfit with devilish intention, the release said such act was perpetrated by the concerned outfit to show their high handedness taking due advantage of the function against the will of peace loving citizens of the area.

Drawing the attention of the organization concerned involved in the dastardly act to clarify, the release asserted that the people of the area would indulge in severest form of agitation in the event of failure on the part of the concerned outfit to come out openly. It also demanded immediate ex-gratia and other financial assistance for the victims while urging all concerned not to repeat such act in the future.

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Community hall

IMPHAL, Apr 17: MLA E Suraj today inaugurated   the newly constructed Lizard community hall at Wangkhei Meihoubam Lampak.

The new community hall was constructed in view of the shrinking space for public functions within Yaiskul Assembly constituency.

Speaking at the occasion, Suraj said that five other similar halls are under construction at different places within Yaiskul AC.

He said development of Thumbuthong Bridge has already started. The bridge development work is targeted for completion within the current year.

Moreover, construction work of a water supply scheme has been already initiated at Ningthem Pukhri Mapal.

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Training program organized

IMPHAL, Apr 17: All Manipur Progressive Farmers’ Association (AMPFA) organized a day-long farmer’s leadership training program at its office today.

Deputy Director of Agriculture Department, G Samu Kabui, AMPFA president Joy Nongmaithem, Deputy Director Soil Chemist of Agriculture Department, Ph Rajendra and Man League Manipur president Nongleima Haobam Ongbi were the chief guest, president and guests of honor of the function respectively.

Speaking at the occasion, Ph Rajendra stressed on the need to improve production by educating and imparting modern farming to the farmers.

He added that the State is still relying on other States for food stuff. It is only because of lack of work culture and using of agricultural land for other developmental activities.

Th Tomba while speaking in the function expressed concern over using of too much fertilizer for enhancing production. The farmers must adopt new techniques and scientific ways of farming to avoid relying on chemical fertilizers. He said that SRI method has become an easy way to enhance rice production in the State.

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

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