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BRIEF NEWS: April 22, 2011

Maunday Thursday Lessons for today’s rulers

MPCC-(I)-chief-Gaikhangam-and-others-washing-the-feet-of-elders. Image Credit: Sangai Photo

IMPHAL, Apr 21: Centre Church of the Manipur Baptist Convention came alive to the spirit of Maunday Thursday, which is a religious rite before Good Friday and recalls the humility of Lord Jesus Christ, who washed the feet of his disciples during the Last Supper.

The washing of feet, as it has come to be known, was conducted at the Last Supper wherein Jesus Christ washed the feet of his disciples and today this event is literally followed as a way of reminding the rulers that they are here to serve the people. MPCC (I) president Gaikhangam who turned up for the sacred function washed the feet of elderly persons, while a number of ADC Chairmen also followed suit. Secretary of MBC, Dr Rev W Konghar was also present.

Meanwhile Good Friday Service will be held at MBC Centre Church tomorrow at 6.30 am while Easter Sunrise Service of all the Imphal Churches will be held at 5 am at War Memorial Cemetery. Easter Service and Holy Communion will follow at MBC Centre Church at 7 am on April 24.

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Financial aid to promote Manipuri Pony

IMPHAL, Apr 21: Encouraging breeding of Pony, Directorate of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Services, Government of Manipur has extended financial assistance of Rs 7 lakhs to the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association. Principal Secretary of the Directorate IS Laishram handed over the amount to the Association representatives during a simple function held at the office chamber of the Director of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Services located at Sanjenthong today.

Speaking at the occasion, IS Laishram said that the financial assistance is being extended from the side of the Department considering the importance of this magnificent animal. The assistance is meant for maintenance of Ponies as well as organizing of awareness programs and seminars on the importance of conserving Manipuri Ponies. It is said that the present population of Manipuri Ponies in the State is 1218. Appreciating the efforts being made by the Association, IS Laishram noted that through the implementation of One Pony Project, the Association has been able to breed over 100 Ponies.

It has also done tremendous works in popularizing Polo, a heritage game of the State. Manipuri Pony is becoming an endangered species today and unless sufficient conservation works are not taken up from now onwards, this magnificent animal may extinct, IS Laishram expressed apprehension, while announcing that the Department would be providing Rs 300 as assistance to individual Pony rearer through local Pony clubs. The Principal Secretary disclosed that in 2005, the Govt of India sanctioned Rs 77 lakhs to the State Govt through the Directorate for the promotion of Manipuri Ponies. Out of that Rs 77 lakhs, so far Rs 45 lakhs have already been given to the Association and the remaining Rs 32 lakhs would also be provided within May this year, the officer assured.

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ZSUTD flays

IMPHAL, Apr 21 : The Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Tamenglong district (ZSUTD) has flayed Zeliangrong Union, Tamenglong Zone; Zeliangrong Women Union and Zeliangrong Youth Front, Tamenglong Zone for denying knowledge of the 48 hours bandh called by AZSU (AMN) from April 17 to 19 in Zeliangrong areas of Manipur against the alleged high-handedness of 11 Assam Rifles, reports our Jiribam correspondent.

ZSUTD asserted that the four organizations had in fact agreed to launch the bandh in a joint meeting held with ZSUTD at Tamenglong and no decision taken at all to call off the bandh.

ZSUTD lambasted the three organizations for acting against the interest of the Zeliangrong people and becoming puppets of 11 Assam Rifles.

It further urged the said organizations not to become stooges of security forces for the common good of the Zeliangrong people in future.

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Greetings

IMPHAL, Apr 21: Governor Gurbachan Jagat and Chief Minister O Ibobi have extended greetings to the people of the State on the occasion of Good Friday.

Gurbachan Jagat in his message said, “On this occasion of Good Friday, we must rededicate ourselves to the noble task of strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and bringing about peaceful co-existence amongst different sections of the society.”

Chief Minister O Ibobi said, “On this solemn occasion of Good Friday and in rejoicing of Easter Sunday, let us rededicate ourselves to the noble ideas of love, peace and forgiveness and strengthen the bonds of friendship, brotherhood and unity amongst the different groups of people in the State.”

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Body found

IMPHAL, Apr 21: Decomposed body of woman was found in a canal at Heingang Ahallup in Imphal East district at about 3.30 pm today.   The body was found by a group of men who were pumping out water from the canal. A team of Heingang Police has retrieved the corpse.

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BSUP scheme

IMPHAL, Apr 21: Selection of beneficiaries for construction of 1133 houses within the 27 wards   of Imphal Municipal Council (IMC) has been completed.

A source in IMC informed that the houses would be built under Basic Service to Urban Poor (BSUP) Scheme of the Jawaharlal Nehru urban Renewal Mission (JNURM).

The IMC has prepared three designs for these houses, out of which beneficiaries may choose any one. It is estimated that one house would cost around Rs 3 lakhs. Of this amount, the beneficiaries should produce 10 per cent while the State Government and the Central would produce 10 per cent and 80 per cent respectively.  These houses would be of semi-puca type and would have tin roofs.

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Russian film fest

IMPHAL, Apr 21: Along with organizing a Russian Film Festival, Manipur State Council of the Indian Society For Cultural Co-operative and Friendship (ISCUF) is to be set up on April 28.

Addressing a press conference in this connection at Irabot Bhavan here today, Dr M Nara informed that formation of Manipur State Council of ISCUF would be done during a formal function to be attended by general secretary of ISCUF Ghanashyam Patnaik and ISCUF presidium member Bhanu Deb Dutta on April 28 at 2 pm.  Director of Russian Centre for Culture and Science, Kolkata Meneder Mazirka would be the chief guest of the function.

After the formation of Manipur State Council of ISCUF, a Russian Film Festival would be held at the hall of Manipur Film Development Corporation.

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Imposters pulled up: KCP-HTF

IMPHAL, Apr 21: The armed outfit KCP-HTF has claimed that it has pulled up Chongtham Athouba alias Chandrakumar alias Ata s/o Ch Dhanachandra of Singjamei Thongam Leikai for collecting money from the people and taking contract works from different departments using the name of KCP-HTF and its forged documents, taking advantage of the party’s absence in Imphal because of a training program in a foreign country.

Moreover, Saratkumar of Arapti but staying at Lilong Chajing has also been pulled for his involvement in the anti-party activity.

A press release issued by the outfit highway task force commander asked PDA cashier Manglem to come for a talk with the party about the money collected in the name of the party. Any opposition to this arrangement by security forces would be viewed very seriously and the party would fight back in a befitting manner, added the release.

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

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