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BRIEF NEWS: April 26, 2011

Memorandum submitted to CM

IMPHAL, Apr 25: District Level Co-ordinating Team (DCT) Federation, Tamenglong district submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh.

The memorandum said that the present Executive Director of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) under the chairmanship of Autonomous District Councils had committed a gross mistake by accepting the new proposal of Village Development Committee (VDC), Building Construction Committee (BCC) under BRGF/MSDP submitted by the newly elected MDCs after rejecting the earlier proposals approved by the concerned Village Authorities.

The memorandum demanded for cancellation of the new proposal of VDC/BCC submitted by the new MDCs of ADC.

The representation also pressed for approval of the earlier proposals submitted by Village Authorities.

The memorandum further demanded for proper appointment of qualified candidates to the posts of ADC primary teachers.

Maintaining that transfer of power from DC to Executive Directors has greatly hampered the developmental works, the memorandum demanded for revoke of the Cabinet decision in this regard.

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Body seeks action from GOI

IMPHAL, Apr 25: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint program of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) sought urgent intervention from the India Government regarding death threats received by four members of Macha Leima. An urgent appeal was sent to the Government of India following the matter was informed by Centre for Organization Research and Education (CORE) to the Observatory on April 16.

According to the appeal dispatched to the India Government, Ibempishak Takhellambam, Memcha Sagolsem, Anita Konjengbam and Momon Mayanglambam received death threats from unknown miscreants after they sought information on MGNREGS through RTI.

The representation said that physical and psychological integrity of the four Manipuri women and all the human rights defenders in India be guaranteed.

Among other demands, it also pressed for thorough, impartial and transparent probe regarding the threats received by the four Manipuri women.

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Cultural festival for differently abled held

IMPHAL, Apr 25: Underlining the need for encouraging persons with disabilities (PWDs) to nurture their talents, a cultural festival for physically challenged persons was held at Government Deaf and Mute School at Takyel in Imphal West district today.

The festival was organized under the joint aegis of Department of Art and Culture, Govt of Manipur and North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur.

Padmashree Laishram Nabakishore and Director of North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur Som Kamei, IPS, were respectively chief guest and president of the inaugural function of the festival which was also attended by principal of Govt Deaf Mute School, Takyel H Usharani and Director of Art and Culture, Govt of Manipur Dr K Sobota as guests of honor.

Speaking at the occasion, Nabakishore observed that physically challenged persons need to be treated with love and care.

In his presidential address, Som Kamei said that culture is an integral part of human society. So, the NEZCC has embarked on a mission to organize cultural festival for physically challenged persons and give exposure of their talent.

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Lilong tense

IMPHAL, Apr 25: Tension ran high at Lilong and Arapti area over the alleged destruction caused to the repairing work of a bridge over Iril River connecting the two neighboring villages.

According to information culled from the site of the incident, repairing work on the over 30 years old dilapidated bridge was being carried out by the villagers of Lilong Nagar Panchayat till late evening yesterday.

However, some unidentified miscreants were found to have caused destruction on the repairing work in the wee hours today.

In connection with the incident, a public meeting was held at Arapti Lilong Mapal today morning.

Decrying the incident, the meeting decided that such challenges posed on developmental activities of the area should be faced collectively and award befitting action on the perpetrators once they are identified.

Furthermore, the meeting decided to take the help of law court in this regard.

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1 killed, 2 hurt

IMPHAL, Apr 25: At least one passenger was killed while two other sustained injuries when a Tata Sumo in which they were travelling met with an accident along Khongshang- Tamenglong road today afternoon.

According to sources, the ill-fated Tata Sumo bearing registration no. MN- 01W/5037 had left Khongshang for Tamenglong when it met with the accident at a spot around 2 kms from Khongshang.

The identity of the victims, the one who lost his life as well as the other two who sustained injuries have not yet been able to ascertain. The condition of the injured passengers is also stated to be serious.

All three of them were part of a team who had gone together in the Tata Sumo in connection with the work of laying Optical Fiber Cable (OFC).

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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.

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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MNRF accuses IM

IMPHAL, Apr 25: Condemning the ambush laid on  the convoy party of Phungyar A/C MLA W Keishing  that left eight persons killed, Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (MNRF) has stated that the Kamo Tangkhul people of Phungyar areas have realized about the nepotism, partiality and dirty policies of NSCN (IM) even though they are from the same community.

In a statement, information and publicity of MNRF Leishipam alleged that NSCN (IM) has always nurtured north-west and south-west differentiation and ill-treatment of others.

It is NSCN (IM) which had also laid ambush on Rishang Keishing killing 5/6 of his escort personnel in 1985. It is on account of such past activities that the Kamo Tangkhuls have come out against the diabolic plan of NSCN (IM), which tries to kill Rishang Keishing for just being the Chief Minister of Manipur and now Wungnaoshang Keishing for demanding a separate district for South-east Kamo Tangkhuls, Leishipam said, adding that NSCN (IM) could never be forgiven for all these ill-treatment and discrimination of Kamo Tangkhuls unless it repents for the past misdeeds.

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Drama festival begins

IMPHAL, Apr 25: The 27th All Manipur Drama Festival, 2011, which would go on till May 12, has begun from today at MDU Hall, Yaiskul Police Lane. The inaugural function of the festival was attended by Lok Sabha MP Dr Th Meinya Singh as chief guest and Commissioner of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur Dr RK Nimai Singh as president. Being organized under the aegis of Manipur State Kala Akademi, in all 17 stage plays would be showcased in the festival and there would also be discussion sessions after every show.

The festival opened with Hanglai of Panthoibi Natya Mandir today. Tomorrow, Lamja Pasuram of Elite Group of Performing Artistes would be staged. Other plays  in the festival are Antigone of Theatre Mirror (April 28), Tangaiphadana Loukhibani of Rupmahal Theatre (April 29),Echelgi Maran Leitei of Royal Theatrical Club (April 30), Echasha Ipa Lamboirage of Cosmopolitan Dram Union (May 1),  Imagi Mani of Manipur Artiste Touring Drama Party (May 2), Ashalatagi Hakchang of Banian Repertory Theatre (May 3), Kanana Khuntak-Hankhi of Apunba Saktam Artistes’ Association (May 4), Shari Washak of People’s Artistes and Dramatic Association  (May 5), Mei Amasung Nong  of  Khoriphaba Artistes’ Association (May 6), Khamba-Khamnu of NT Theatre  (May 7), Angangba Kabirei of Paradise Theatre on May 8, etc.

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Painting comp

IMPHAL, Apr 25: Manipur Biodiversity Board will organize a painting competition for students in connection with International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) at Forest head office, Sanjenthong at 11 am on May 15. The theme of the competition is ‘rich biodiversity of Manipur’.

The competition will be held in two categories as Class I to V and Class VI to XII.

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Book released

IMPHAL, Apr 25: A Manipuri poetry book, Nonglei Nungsit (The Storm) written by Lanbon Kabui was released in a simple function held at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound today.

MLA T Mangibabu Singh, President of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, N Tombi Singh and State Kala Akademi awardee Poujairung Thaimei were present in the function as chief guest, president and guest of honor respectively.

Speaking at the occasion, T Mangibabu said that writers contribute to the society a lot by instilling the sense of unity into the minds of the readers.

Dr Saratchandra Longjamba reviewed the book.

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Foundation day celebrated

IMPHAL, Apr 25: Celebrating its 147th foundation day, Allahbad Bank has announced that the bank will install two ATM booths in Imphal soon. Imphal branch office organized a customers’ meet in this connection yesterday. The branch office also donated books to the financially backward students of HRD, Ghari.

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Body formed

IMPHAL, Apr 25: In a joint meeting of all the civil organizations of Zeliangrong held at Tamenglong recently, an organization christened, District Protection Joint Forum, Tamenglong (DIPJOFT) has been formed, reports our Jiribam Correspondent.

The new body aimed at the upliftment and protection of rights of the district. Kariaklung Gonmei and ID Chunlubou have been appointed as Convener and General Secretary respectively.

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Russian film festival

IMPHAL, Apr 25: Manipur Film Development Corporation has informed the State cine lovers that entry passes for the Russian Film Festival will be available at its office till April 27.

Four films would be screened during the festival to be held at MFDC Preview Theatre from April 28 to May 2.

Swan Lake, Stroll, The Cranes are Flying, Ballad of a Soldier would be screened on April 28, 29, 30 and May 2 respectively, said a press release.

The festival is organized by MFDC in association with Russian Centre for Science and Culture, Kolkata.

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

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