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BRIEF NEWS: April 25, 2011

Clarification

IMPHAL, Apr 24: Apropos to the news item under the caption, ‘Tamenglong Court inauguration,’ which appeared in the April 24 issue of this paper, it is hereby clarified that the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court and his entourage stopped at Noney for a tea break and to refresh themselves after the long journey, which was hosted by the district administration and not as published. The Chief Justice did not say anything about the road condition to the CO of the BRTF. The report that Rajenlung Pamei is an Advocate of the Gauhati High Court is wrong, as he is an Assistant Registrar in Nagaland who also doubles up as the private secretary to Portfolio Justice M Benoykumar. He was part of the team as Justice M Benoykumar also took the journey to Tamenglong. Moreover the visit to Tamenglong was not to inaugurate the Court there, but to take a firsthand account of its conditions there. Our sincere regrets for the goof up.

*Editor, The Sangai Express

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MSMC conducts medical camp

IMPHAL, Apr 24: The Manipur State Minorities Commission in collaboration with Chief Medical Officer (Thoubal), a team of dedicated doctors, representatives of National Rural Health Mission, various pharmaceutical agencies and volunteers of local clubs/organizations organized a free health check-up camp at Sangaiyumpham (Nungou) Girls Madarsah in Thoubal district.

The medical check-up camp held today from 10 am till 4 pm during which nearly 500 patients were covered, was organized as a part of the Commission’s series of free health check-up cum awareness camps with special emphasis at minority concentrated areas in Thoubal and Imphal East districts, said a Commission release issued by its Secretary.

As the Commission is of the view that Muslim girls pursuing education at Madrasas belong to the most backward community among the minorities in terms of knowledge on health care and hygiene during the period of adolescence and puberty, special attention was given to these girls, the secretary informed adding that Ulemas and the general public were also covered at the occasion.

The Commission release further conveyed of its Chairperson A Halim Choudhury expressing deep gratitude to all concerned who contributed their mite in the successful conduct of the camp in addition to calling upon all to attend such health camps to be organized in due course of time.

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SFs apprehend three persons

IMPHAL, Apr 24: Central security forces have reportedly apprehended two underground activists and a foreigner from different locations on April 23.

A ZRA cadre claimed to have been arrested from Harouthil village by troops of 10 Dogra Regiment of 59 Mountain Brigade has been handed over to Imphal West police station along with one 7.65 mm pistol, one magazine and two live rounds recovered from the individual.

Identifying the arrested person as Mr. Setsi of Harouthil village, a PIB (DW) release said he was involved in masterminding extortion and other illegal activities in the past.

On the other hand, troops of 17 Assam Rifles of 10 Sector arrested one NSCN (K) cadre namely (No. 5866) SS Major Romeo Pomei (30) s/o Inaocha Singh of Thanamba village in Kalapahar (Senapati district) from near Lamlong Gate of Ukhrul district at around 1 pm yesterday, ac-cording to a PRO IGAR (S) release.

Romeo along with one country-made pistol recovered from his possession has been handed over to Imphal police station.

Meanwhile, a Myanmarese national identified as Md Rafiq (27) s/o (L) Hassim of Aikiaf in Myanmar was pulled up by troops of 29 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector from Tengnoupal area while the individual was travelling in a Maruti Van (MN04/A5418) with-out valid documents.

The individual, from whom a fake Indian driving license and Rs 210 Indian currency, has been handed over to Tengnoupal police station, added the PRO IGAR (S) release.

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Training program held

IMPHAL, Apr 24: A one-day training program on Management and Development of Loktak Lake Convergence Scheme 2010-11 was held today at the Directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation at Sanjenthong here.

The training program was organized by the Department of Horticulture under the sponsorship of Soil Conservation Division Office, Mantripukhri.

Giving key-note address of the program, scheme in-charge Th Nimaichand said that two programs are being taken up under the same scheme. One scheme is about settled agriculture and the other about livelihood improvement. The settled agriculture program is aimed at developing foothills and other non-arable lands into cultivable lands. Under livelihood improvement scheme, youth would be trained to cultivate mushroom so that they can earn money within 60 days.

The scheme is being taken up with the State Development Fund, Nimaichand said.

He also spoke in length on Construction and Management of B/T, D/C at Slopeland Areas and Cultivation Practices of Some Vegetable crops for the Control of Fertility and Erosion.

APPO Y Dorendro spoke on Cultivation Practices of Different Varieties of Mushroom and Its benefits.

Later, tools and equipment for mushroom cultivation were distributed to eight individuals.

The trainees were also taken to Khonghampat and Lamban to see the successful cultivation being done there.

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Market sheds at Thanga

IMPHAL, Apr 24: A fish market would be built at the crossing between Thanga Part I and Part II together with a village market within the current year, stated the Government’s chief whip T Mangibabu.

The MLA was speaking at a distribution of old age pension function.  The pensioners got Rs 2400 each for two years.

Mangibabu said that the plan to construct a fish market and a common village market between Thanga Part I and Part II is in line with the Government’s plan to develop Loktak Lake as a tourist centre.

The fish market would be constructed under the sponsorship of DoNER Ministry. He went on to declare that there would be no roads in Thanga constituency which has not been black-topped by the end of the current year.

To take up water supply schemes which can supply potable water throughout Thanga constituency, necessary funds have been earmarked under NLCPR.

There is no provision in the Loktak Protection Act which prohibits fishing in Loktak, Mangibabu clarified.

Old age pension being given by the Social Welfare Department would be increased to Rs 200 per month from the current month, equivalent to the old age pension being given by the Central Government.

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Beneficiaries of IMC Ward No. 6 receive house designs

IMPHAL, Apr 24: For the first time, beneficiaries of the Basic Service to Urban Poor (BSUP) belonging to Imphal Municipal Council (IMC) Ward No 6 have been given the designs of the house which would be built under the same scheme.

The house designs were given to the beneficiaries at a simple function held at the residence of IMC Chairperson Ranisana at Uripok Achom Leikai today where MLA L Nandakumar was the chief guest.

L Nandakumar said that the Central Government has been closely monitoring the implementation of the housing scheme.

Informing that the fund for building the houses would be released on installment basis, Nandakumar cautioned that in case one of the beneficiaries out of the 45 selected from Ward No 6 stop building the house midway or does not build the house at all, all the 45 beneficiaries would suffer equally.  Ranisana said that no one would be able to interfere in the distribution of the BSUP fund as the same would be transferred to bank accounts of the beneficiaries themselves.

Saying that construction of the houses should be completed within 18 months, she appealed to all organizations not to pose any disturbance.

She further appealed to the beneficiaries to build their houses according to the approved designs.

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Heroin seized

IMPHAL, Apr 24: 200 grams of heroin worth Rs 15 lakhs in international market have been seized from one Sajan Hussain (28) s/o Kamaruddin Mazumdar of Silchar, Assam by troops of 22 AR while frisking vehicles at Tatbung village along NH-53.

The drug peddler along with the substance has been handed over to Jiri police station, reports our correspondent.

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Fawn rescued

IMPHAL, Apr 24: One Irungbam Chinglensana (40) of Moirang Oksobung Leikai has handed over a fawn to authorities of Manipur Zoological Garden today.

According to Chinglensana the fawn was bought at Rs 400 from some individuals who had brought it for sale at near Biyang Gangte village under Churachandpur district but falling under the jurisdiction of Moirang police station. He reportedly went to the said village for an inspection of his paddy field.

Chinglensana claimed to have negotiated price of the fawn at Rs 400 even though its captors were asking for Rs 1500.

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Body set up

JIRIBAM, Apr 24: A new organization christened Minority Educational Development Council of Jiribam (MEDCJ) has been formed.

Abdul Hasim Bharbuiya and Nazrul Islam have been elected president and secretary respectively, reports our correspondent.

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MNRF urges

IMPHAL, Apr 24: The MNRF has asked all the ADCs of Ukhrul district to distribute Indira Awaj Yojana items for 2010-11 to the poor villagers at the earliest.

A press release issued by the outfit’s claimed that all the ADCs have been mobilized by NSCN-IM resulting in the undue delay.  Appropriate actions would be taken up against those refusing to pay heed to the outfit, it added.

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Khongjom Day

IMPHAL, Apr 24: As observed in the State, Khongjom Day was observed in Shillong too under the aegis of the Meitei Community Development Society Shillong (Meghalaya) at the residence of its president Moirangthem Ibomcha.

The observance was marked by paying of floral tributes to Paona Brajabashi and other martyrs.

Khongjom Day was also observed at Kamangkha in Cachar under the aegis of Lai Tangol Maru Khubam Poramlen Thouda Lup.

A large number of Manipuri people living in Cachar offered tributes to the martyrs and observed two minutes’ silence in honor of the national heroes.

BJP Manipur Pradesh also observed Khongjom Day at its Nityaipat Chuthek head office with its president Sh Shantikumar in the chair.

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Solidarity campaign

IMPHAL, Apr 24: The North East Students’ Organization (NESO), of which AMSU is a constituent member, is launching a solidarity campaign to Irom Chanu Sharmila’s struggle across the North East region.

In this regard, there would be a one day candle lightening in every part of the North East in the evening of April 25, conveyed a press release issued by AMSU.

It also appealed to all the general public, Meira Paibi, clubs, organizations and civil society organizations to support this expression of solidarity to Sharmila’s ten year long crusade by lighting candles in every locality.

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Chemically treated nets distributed

IMPHAL, Apr 24: Social worker N Itomba Meetei along with local elders Aliemie Kamei and Bijoy Golmei, and Keirao Bitra Loumee Lup advisor W Suresh handed over chemically-treated mosquito nets to residents of Karpursungba village on the Baruni Hill range.

Speaking as the functional president Aliemie Kamei expressed gratitude to the social worker for taking the initiative to protect the villagers from vector borne diseases apart from highlighting problems of clean drinking water in the locality. He also claimed that the local representative had already been apprised to install a hand-pump for ameliorating the chronic problem but to no avail till date.

In his address, W Suresh demanded a white paper on welfare programs, if any, undertaken by the MLA concerned under the Tribal Development Department. Noting that tribal villages in Keirao AC are deprived of development, with problem of drinking water the most severe, Suresh called upon the people to chose their representative who would work in tandem with the people and in their interest rather than some individuals whose only concern after election would be to amass wealth.

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Raj Bhavan shifting proposed

IMPHAL, Apr 24: Noting that shifting of Manipur Assembly Secretariat by the Government was with a view to lessen traffic congestion in the capital town, Naharol Chaokhathanba Kanglup; Uripok has proposed that similar measure be initiated to shift the raj Bhavan from its present location. A Kanglup release highlighted that due to everyday increase in the number of vehicles traffic jam in Imphal areas, particularly in and around market places has become a daily menace. As it has become inevitable that Government establishments including offices and schools located at congested areas need to be relocated in the outskirts of the capital town, the same yardstick should be applied to the Raj Bhavan for there is no substance in the area being described as ‘silent zone’ because of the very fact that its location is surrounded by important roads.

Further proposing that a suitable location could be chosen for the Raj Bhavan, the body highlighted that apart from the security aspect inconveniences caused to the public as a consequence of traffic/police measures could be redressed to a great extent. It also suggested that as imposing monetary fines for violating traffic norms only to let off the defaulter after paying the penalty cannot solve the problem, pro-active measures such as construction of smaller market complexes at the outskirts should be examined as well as implemented.

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

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