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BRIEF NEWS: April 21, 2011

Body expresses concern

IMPHAL, Apr 20: Zeliangrong Students’ Union Manipur (ZSUM) has claimed to have unearthed various substandard Govt construction works during their visit at different Zeliangrong inhabited areas.

ZSUM said that the construction of Old Cachar road/Tongjei Maril between Leimatak Bridge and Luwanglon Khullen has not been done well.

It further claimed that Rs 2.70 crores has been withdrawn by the concerned work agency without even completing 20 percent of the construction of Gaidimjang (I) to Khoupum (II) under PMGSY 2009-2010. Fund for the construction of inspection bungalow at Gaidimjang, Khoupum valley under SPA has been withdrawn without the completion of the work.

Moreover, it added, Zoujantek to Tubung cemetery portion with culvert is left in lurch after the withdrawal of fund.

The union added that the Nungba guest house is also sub-standard.

Staff of electricity department, BDO office, Higher Secondary School and High School never attends their respective offices since last two decades in Khoupum area.

The union warned that it would not remain silent if the State Government fails to take up action against all these irregularities.

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Sub standard works alleged

IMPHAL, Apr 20: Pei (Thoubei), Nungba has alleged the concerned contractor and sub-contractor of withdrawal of fund without proper completion of works in the construction of police barracks, kitchens, water tanks and quarters at Nungba under MPHC.

The body said that the works were not executed as per specifications and used sub-standard materials.

The body also drew attention of the concerned authority to give proper directive to the contractors and monitor the work progress till the work is completed.

Saying that the incomplete structures have posed serious threat to the people with the coming of rainy season, the Pei warned that it may adopt resolution to dismantle the structures if the concerned authority fails to take up necessary action to complete the construction at the earliest.

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MNRF refutes

IMPHAL, Apr 20: Reacting to a news report alleging connection with MLA Wungnaoshang Keishing, Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (MNRF) has denounced the allegation as baseless.

In a statement, Leishipam of the information and publicity of the outfit asserted that MNRF has no connection with any MLA or Minister unlike NSCN (IM) which reaps benefit from such unhealthy nexus. But it encourages and extends moral support to all those who are working for the cause of the people.

Now, the people are conscious enough to know that NSCN (IM) has been bluffing them, Leishipam said, while questioning how long would NSCN (IM) be able to bluff the people in the name of sovereignty and integrity?

NSCN (IM) has done business for the last 20 years. But now it has come down to alternative arrangement, Leishipam said.

It is very unfortunate that NSCN (IM) has ambushed MLA Wungnaoshang Keishing for demanding a separate district. Now that the State Home Department has collective evidences, the Government of India should initiate appropriate action in accordance to the agreed ceasefire fire ground rules, if it is sincere enough, Leishipam said.

MNRF also shared in the pain and grief of the bereaved families and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured personnel, the statement said.

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Gen Hooda decorated with AVSM

President Patil decorates GOC of 57 Mtn Div with the AVSM. Image Credit: Sangai Photo

IMPHAL, Apr 20: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has conferred Red Shield Division GOC Maj Gen DS Hooda with the Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM) in a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on April 18.

The AVSM is awarded every year by the President to all those who have displayed exemplary, sincerity, dedication and devotion to duty in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

An outstanding feature of the ceremony this year was that along with Maj Gen Hooda, former Red Shield GOC Maj Gen Shakti Gurung was also conferred with the same award by the President.

The Army officers were awarded for their contribution toward peace and development in the States of Manipur, Agartala, Mizo-ram and South Assam.

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Text books fiasco continues

Seized text books. Image Credit: Sangai Photo

IMPHAL, Apr 20: Taking serious note over the controversy centering around failure of ensuring availability of prescribed text books of Board of Secondary Education, Manipur to the students, three student bodies, namely AMSU, MSF and KSA have jointly issued stern warning to the printing firms requisitioned for printing the text books.

Addressing a joint press conference at the office of KSA at Sega Road here today, general secretary of MSF Anash Shah informed that in all 62 printing firms have been requisitioned for the purpose of printing the prescribed text books of the Board. But some of the printing firms have not been able to submit the printed text books in time to the Board.

Taking serious note of the matter, a joint meeting of the Board officials and representatives of the printing firms and the student bodies was convened and accordingly it was decided that the text books would be made available within April 18.

As the deadline has expired, representatives of student bodies inspected the printing firms yesterday and found that many of them have not completed the task assigned to them.

The student bodies have demanded that printing firms which would not be able to submit the text books by April 30 should surrender the printing materials to the Board by tomorrow.

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Miss Manipur sets date on May 20

Brains behind the Manipur contest at Press Club. Image Credit: Sangai Photo

IMPHAL, Apr 20: To encourage the people to preserve culture, promote education, spread love and togetherness in the State, Four Hopes under the aegis of MMC will organize Miss Manipur contest at BOAT on May 20.

On the finer details of the beauty pageant, Four Hopes General Secretary Maj Karan Nameirakpam in a press conference said that the title winner will be richer by Rs 1,11,111.

He added, Rs 70, 000, Rs 50, 000 and Rs 10, 000 each will be given to the first runner up, second runner up and subtitled winners of the contest respectively, which will be organized under the theme, ‘beauty with compassion and a mission’.

There will also be a designer round for the young designers who are keen to preserve and promote the rich culture and tradition of the State, he added.

The contest is open to State damsels who are at the age group of 16 to 25 years; Maj Karan said and added that the girls who are residing outside the State can also vie for the coveted contest. The event will witness five rounds as – contest introduction, casual, traditional, questionnaire and final round. The forms for the contest will be available at Four Hopes office at Keishampat junction from April 21 between 11 am and 4 pm.  The last date of form submission is April 27, while screening will be held at 9 am at Hotel Imphal on April 30.

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Bomb threat

IMPHAL, Apr 20: Unidentified armed persons left a hand grenade at the Chajing Awang Leikai residential gate of Dr Khagembam Radheshyam Singh (48), who is the Medical Superintendent in Chandel District Hospital.

The incident has created fear and apprehension in the mind of the local residents, who staged a protest demonstration denouncing such threats. According to police report, the hand grenade was detected at around 5.30 am today.

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Recycle plastics

IMPHAL, Apr 20: Even as there has been no let up to the use of harmful recycle plastics brought in from outside Manipur, the challenges posed on the health of the people and the environment has been further compounded through steady inflow of sub-standard plastic products from Myanmar.

According to an official of the Manipur Pollution Control Board, as of now the Government machineries have not been able to stop use of harmful recycle plastics brought in from outside Manipur.

The official explained that among the recycle plastics which are commonly in use, the black ones are even more harmful not only to the environment but also to the health of the people.

Disposal of plastic wastes has been serious problem in Imphal city. But the situation has been compounded further through steady inflow of sub-standard recycle plastics from Myanmar which are thinner than 40 micron, the official said, and added that the District Magistrates and the Police have not been able to stop the inflow of these harmful products successfully. The official disclosed that the Pollution Control Board has been conducting inspection periodically in the eight registered plastic manufacturers operating in Manipur for giving the required consent. These manufacturing units have also been given instruction for proper labeling and displaying the thickness and weight of their respective products.

On the other hand, the Pollution Control Board has reportedly made necessary preparation for issuing a notification in connection with implementation of Plastic Wastes Management and Handling Rules, 2011.

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Fire at Jiri

IMPHAL, Apr 20: One tea shop was reduced to ashes in a fire that broke out in the wee hours today at Jiri Keithel, reports our Correspondent. Property worth Rs 1.5 lakh is said to have been destroyed in the inferno. Cause of the fire could not be ascertained. An FIR has been lodged with the Jiri PS in connection with the incident.

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Inquiry ordered

IMPHAL, Apr 20: The Govt has ordered a Magisterial Inquiry into the killing of Hawaibam Amujao Meetei s/o Ibobi of Sekmaijin Mamang Leikai on March 19 last year in a reported encounter by the troops of 28 AR at Kongba Irong, Imphal East.  It is pertinent to mention that 28 AR had claimed that one .32 pistol loaded with three live rounds in the magazine and one Chinese hand grenade were found on Amujao.

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HAC decries

IMPHAL, Apr 20: Hill Areas Committee, Manipur Legislative Assembly has strongly condemned the attack on Phungyar A/C MLA Wungnaoshang Keishing. The committee condoled security personnel and civilians who lost their lives in the deadly assassination bid. It also appealed the concerned not to repeat such attacks in future. It also decried planting of bomb at the residence of MLA Dr Khashim Ruivah.

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Congratulated

IMPHAL, Apr 20: Poumai Tsiidoumai Me (PTE) has congratulated Sapunii Stephen Hanah s/o late Houba Sele Purul village for his achievement in the field of animal husbandry. He is the first JRF holder and first Agricultural Research Scientist (ARS) among STs of the State, said a press release. The union also wished him for his bright future.

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Foundation day celebrated

IMPHAL, Apr 20: Kanglei Economic Development Organization (KEDO) celebrated its 4th foundation day at New Market Phouoibi Ima Keithel today.

SDPO Imphal West N Madhunimai, Khwairamband Ima Keithel Semgat Sagatpa Lup secretary Paonam Ongbi Ibemu Devi and Imphal Public Higher Secondary School principal Kennedy Singh were the chief guest, president and guest of honor of the function respectively.

KEDO feted the producer, story, director and actor of the Manipuri film, Nangi Ashadi for making a film which is based on work culture in the celebration.

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

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