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BRIEF NEWS: April 19, 2011

Minister’s wife laid to rest with fitting tribute

IMPHAL, Apr 18: The wife of Power Minister T Phungzathang who expired early yesterday at their residence in Paite Veng, Imphal was laid to rest today at their private premises here with a consummate tribute following a prolong illness.

Chhungi, also known as Sungi (65) was diagnosed with an advance stage cancer in early January, according to family sources.

As her condition deteriorated, she was taken to Delhi from Imphal in a chartered flight and subsequently to the United States in the past four months but her condition worsened despite the treatment.

Ultimately her family brought her home with life-supporting technologies in a special US air-ambulance and landed at Imphal on 14 April.

Three days after she was rested at her residence she breathed her last on April 17, at around 8.30 am under the custody of medical staff from Apollo Hospital, New Delhi.

Her lifeless body was taken to her husband’s home Constituency, Churachandpur today with an impressive motorcade rallying behind her and the locals offering an unmatched tribute to the lady.

T Phugzathang struggled to hold back his emotion in many instances throughout their journey and at the condolence service.

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Panel Discussion Held

IMPHAL, Apr 18: Department of Commerce and Industries in association with Shelliac and Forest Products Exports Promotion Council (SHEFEXIL) organized a two-day Indo-Myanmar panel discussion on export opportunities through land customs at Town Hall, Moreh.

Led by Director General Foreign Trade of Department of Commerce, Government of India, K Pujari, a large number State of delegates including 14 State Government officials and Commerce and Industries Principal Secretary O Nabakishore Singh took part in the discussion.

12 Myanmarese delegates led by Union of Myanmar Border Trade Chambers president Uhla Maung took part in the panel discussion.

While taking part in the discussion, Anup Pujari observed that traders and general public are facing inconvenience due to large number of check posts dotted along NH-39.

Various traders, businessmen and entrepreneurs representing BTCCM, AMEA, NEFIT, EXIM Manipur, IMBTU and FAMIECCI participated in the discussion.

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Farmers training program

IMPHAL, Apr 18: A farmers’ training program was held at Unique Education Coaching Centre, Thouda Bhabok Leikai today.

Organized under the aegis of All Manipur Medicinal Plants Development Association, the program was held under the sponsorship of Technology Mission, Department of Horticulture & Soil Conservation.

AO (Mushroom) Y Doren Singh, retired Supervisor MKVIB L Sukhendro Singh Proprietor of  Para Fruit Kh Sanayaima Singh and CMD of The Sui Generesis, Manipur Ragesh Keisham were among the resource persons who conducted the training program during which topics like Mushroom cultivation, Bee Keeping, Fruit Preservation, Lemon Grass Cultivation, etc were covered.

Speaking on Mushroom cultivation, Y Doren Singh explained that artificial plantation of Mushroom is done for its medicinal and nutritional values. Mushroom cultivation can be done through substrate preparation or selection, heat treatment, chemical treatment. Non-edible mushrooms may be toxic.

On Bee Keeping, L Sukhendro explained that there are four types of honey bees namely Apis Dorsata, Apis Floria, Trigona and Apis Indica. Among them, Apis Dorsata produce richest amount of honey and they live in great heights. On the other hand, honey produced by Apis Floria may be good for its medicinal value but it is bitter in taste.

He also explained about various methods experimented to gather bees in an artificial environment.

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ZHRF backs CDSU, slams Assam Rifles

LAMKA, Apr 18: The Zomi Human Rights Foundation today rallied behind the Churachandpur District Students’ Union over what it termed ‘brutal torture of CDSU volunteers by the personnel of 46 Battalion under the 27 Sector Assam Rifles.

The incident carried ominous portents and could have potentially disastrous consequences for the human rights of the indigenous tribal people of Manipur in general and in Churachandpur District in particular, it said.

The fact that one of the victims is feared to lose his hearing is indeed horrifying and heart-rending. The foundation is also equally disturbed by malicious counter claims/reports of the incident that it was a concocted, run-of-the-mill story to defame and malign the Assam Rifles, it added.

Drawing the attention of the district administration, the rights body demanded to know if the State has forfeited law and order, a State subject to the Assam Rifles.

What internal security problem has the district faced that military adventurism is not only encouraged but given a free hand to maintain law and order and, has the administration lose its faith in the credibility of State forces that it has to facilitate and pave the way for the Assam Rifles to intervene in the name of struggle against public security.

“Where truth is replaced by silence, that silence is a lie”, the public deserves the right and accurate answer, the foundation said.

*By S Singlianmang Guite

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Bandh affects

IMPHAL, Apr 18: The 48 hours’ total bandh called by All Zeliangrong Students’ Union (Assam, Manipur & Nagaland) in Zeliangrong areas of Manipur has severely affected vehicular movement along the National Highway 53 with no vehicle plying on it, reports our Jiribam correspondent. However, there is no report of any untoward incident during the bandh so far.

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Bodies clarify over bandh

IMPHAL, Apr 18: Zeliangrong Union, Tamenglong Zone, Zeliangrong Women Union and Zeliangrong Youth Front, Tamenglong Zone have clarified that the bodies do not have any knowledge about the bandh called by AZSU from April 17 to 19 against the alleged high handed attitude of the AR troops.

Various organizations like ZU, ZSUM, ZWU, ZYF, ZSUTD, TAT and Truck Owners Association and social leaders etc conducted a joint meeting on April 9 and 12 and decided to call off the bandh, said a press release. Bandh gives more negative impact than positive ones to public especially poor people.

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Parasailing

IMPHAL, Apr 18: In a rare opportunity for the drug dependents to have a thrill without drugs, 39 Assam Rifles organized a day-long Parasailing program for inmates of SHINE IRCA (Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts), Thangmeiband Yumnam Leikai at Koirengei Airfield today.

Altogether 37 individuals including 26 inmates who are undergoing rehabilitation treatment and 11 staff participated in the adventure program.

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CBI office

IMPHAL, Apr 18: The foundation stone for construction of a new office cum residential complex of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Imphal was laid by its Special Director Balbindar Singh at Lamphelpat today. Director General of Police, Government of Manipur Y Joykumar, DIG in-charge of CBI North East region Sh Nongpu, DIG L Kailun, who is also looking after the office of SP Imphal West and local SP of CBI were also present at the foundation stone laying ceremony.

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House gutted

IMPHAL, Apr 18: Properties worth lakhs of rupees have been loss in a devastating fire that engulfed a house at Arapti Maning Leikai under Thoubal police station last night. The fire reportedly broke out at around 11.30 pm yesterday. The gutted house belonged to one Yumkhaibam Lata Devi (37) d/o Kulla.

The fire was believed to have been ignited from faulty electric short circuit but the intensity increased from the explosion of an LPG cylinder kept inside the house.

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Water woes

IMPHAL, Apr 18: With the fall of water level at Singda Dam and slimming of water flow in Leimakhong River, water supply in and around Imphal city may be seriously affected in the coming days.

The treatment plants at Singda and Kangchup, which supply water to various  localities of the city, are running short of water, said a press release issued by Executive Engineer of Water Supply Maintenance Division-I of PHE Dept.

Kangchup plant feeds the zonal reservoirs   of Nepra Menjor, Irom Pukhri, Sangaiprou and Chingtham Leikai, while Singda plant caters water to the reservoirs at Lalambung, Cheiraoching and Manipur Legislative Assembly complex.

In addition to the localities where these reservoirs supply drinking water, neighborhoods like Khagempali, Kwakeithel areas, Tera and Sayang road would be seriously affected, added the press release.

Anticipating the possible crisis, the PHE Department urged the general public to use water economically and bear with the inconvenience.

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Body formed

IMPHAL, Apr 18: An organization christened All Jiribam Muslim Welfare Society (AJMWS) has been formed. Faiz Ahmed and Asaf Uddin Laskar have been appointed as chairman and secretary of the organization respectively.

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Attack decried

IMPHAL, Apr 18: Phungyar Block Congress Committee has condemned the ambush on MLA Wungnaoshang Keishing on April 15. The committee urged the concerned group not to repeat such attacks in future.

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Basic reporting course

IMPHAL, Apr 18: Directorate of Information and Public Relations has informed that the last date for submission of applications for undergoing training in 15 days basic course in news reporting has been extended upto April 25. Interested candidates must submit their applications along with attested copies of educational certificates, mark sheets and two passport size photographs.

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Youth Congress Executive

IMPHAL, Apr 18: Th Albert Chothe has been appointed as the president of Chandel District Youth Congress Committee for smooth functioning and strengthening of the party organization.

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Office executives

IMPHAL, Apr 18: The election of Zeliangrong Women Union, Manipur was held on April 16 at Zeliangrong building, Paona Bazar. Aniliu Gangmei, Nambonliu Moita, Ramtingyile Pamei and Ranjita Gonmeipui were been appointed as president, general secretary, finance secretary and information and publicity secretary respectively.

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Debating comp results

IMPHAL, Apr 18: Manipur University’s Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSE-IP) has declared the results for the Ukhrul district level debating competition held on the topic, ‘No Pro-Active Social Exclusion Prevails in Manipur’ at Pettigrew College, Ukhrul on April 15.

Yungeichon Chiphang of Alice Christian Higher Secondary School, PA Sharon of Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School and Yozori Keishing of Alice Christian Higher Secondary School got first, second and third prizes respectively.

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Talk prog

IMPHAL, Apr 18: Centre for Manipur Studies of Manipur University will organize a talk on ‘India- Myanmar relationships’ at 1 pm at Senate hall of the varsity on April 19.

The talk would be delivered by Dr Marie Lall of London University, said a press release.

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Information campaign

IMPHAL, Apr 18: District Information Officer, Churachandpur will organize a two-day public information campaign on April 20 and 21 at Synod Hall, Churachandpur. Various resource persons will speak on RTI Act, NRHM, MGNREGS, Total Sanitation, Midday Meal etc.

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

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