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BRIEF NEWS: April 27, 2011

Folk songs recorded

IMPHAL, Apr 26: The Natural & Cultural Heritage Conservation Initiative (NCHCI), a Delhi-based NGO organized a two-day documentation of Naga Folk Music at Ringui (Tongou) village in Ukhrul district on 22nd and 24th April.

Altogether 50 songs from Zingtun (West) area were recorded at the event and the various types of songs included Rai Laa (war song), Thisham Laa (song to departed soul), Yangyir Laa (spring song), Chapchat Laa (song of lamentation) etc, said a release issued by the director of NCHCI Tuisem Ngakang.

The history of Nagas is deeply attached with their songs and legends.

Naga folk song was one of the medium through which education was imparted to young generation and it also taught the young people about the norms and conduct of heroes, method of building houses and technique of agricultural activities, the release informed.

As its first adventure, the NCHCI is all set to compile all the recorded songs into audio-visual and printed form, it said.

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Hornbill Cable Network attains 25 years

LAMKA, Apr 26: Hornbill Cable Network, a leading cable-distributed television channel distributor in this restive township today attains a record twenty-five years after making a daring debut in 1986, when the entire township has just three televisions on its own.

‘As televisions were still very rare even in the north-east, there was no sight of such networks even in Guwahati when I launch cable based network,’ Mangpu Tonsing, its founder and proprietor said. He did suffer initial blues as many relatives disapproved his move as he had sold a commercially profitable land for accumulating the required capital. ‘They lashed at me for exchanging land with an iron box,’ he said adding, ‘because they lack the vision I have.’

Commemorating the HCN’s historic anniversary at its premises, Tonsing declared a hike in the pay of all his employees effective from January 2011, with arrear benefits and exonerate all fee defaulters till December 2010.

Planning a year-long celebration, the network has instituted a celebration committee comprising of eminent personalities to make their feat a memorable one.

HCN has charged a meager monthly fee of Rs. 100 from its subscriber in exchange for supplying them over 50 channels through its network. It has at least five channels with local contents. Besides, the network runs an orphanage home name ‘Tabitha Home’ from its returns.

*S Singlianmang Guite

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DMC Science students confused over admission fee

IMPHAL, Apr 26:  Students of DM College of Science have been confused on admission fee for semester systems.

Speaking to media persons at DESAM office this afternoon, DMC Science Students’ Union general secretary Haobijam Purnachandra said that semester system was introduced from 2010-2011 session.

After completion of the first semester, the Principal issued an order saying that admission fees would be collected for the second semester creating confusion among the students.

The students are confused over whether or not admission fees for the second semester were included in the admission fees of the first semester.

Demanding that the college should not take admission fees for the second semester, students staged a protest demonstration within the college campus on April 9.

The Principal was also appealed not to collect admission fees for the second semester but to no avail, Purnachandra said.

On the other hand, an order issued by the Additional Director, University and Higher Education on June 17 last year specified that admission fees would be collected on yearly basis for two semesters collectively.

Observing that there were some points in the Additional Director’s order which were not very clear, Purnachadra appealed to the Additional Director to make things clearer and understandable.

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AR-UGs clash

IMPHAL, Apr 26: Assam Rifle troops and suspected PLA cadres were engaged in an intense and heavy gun fight near Skipe village along Indo-Myanmar border in Ukhrul district last evening.

Suspected PLA cadres ambushed troops of 12 AR who were patrolling near Skipe village which is located at a distance of about 6 hours walk from Nambashi at around 4.30 pm yesterday, informed a source.

The two sides exchanged fire for several minutes though there was no casualty on the side of Assam Rifles. However, it is reported that there might be some casualties on the side of the UG cadres.

When The Sangai Express contacted the PRO of Assam Rifles, Major Kamat in the evening, the officer admitted that they have received of the gun fight which occurred last night. There is no casualty on the side of the troops, he said and added that search operations have been launched. Since communication with Ukhrul is poor, the details are still being awaited.

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Painting, slogan contest

IMPHAL, Apr 26: As a part of the painting and slogan competitions organized in 12 selected schools across the country in connection with the Earth Day under the aegis of the Ministry of Earth Science, a painting and slogan writing competition was held at Regina English School, Chingmeirong today.

The theme of the competition organized by the Learning in Geography, Humanities, Technology and Science (LIGHTS) and participated by 150 students was Save Earth.

The competition divided into two categories was participated by students of Regina English School, St Anthony English School and Kiddies Corner.

The participating students also planted saplings inside the campus of Regina School.

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MACS staff

IMPHAL, Apr 26: Application forms for engagement of contractual staff under Manipur State AIDS Control Society can now be downloaded from its website www.manipursacs.nic.in.

The last date for form submission is May 9, 2011, informed a press release.

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Grenade attack

IMPHAL, Apr 26: A hand grenade was hurled at the Sangaiprou Mamang Leikai residence of one Lalmenlien John (45) by some unidentified persons at about 7.30 pm today. Lalmenlien John is said to be an Accountant in the office of Treasury, Imphal West district.

Lalmenlien is a native of Saikot village, Churachandpur district. His residence also served as an office of the North East Region Finance Limited.

At the time of filing this report, police are trying to retrieve the hand grenade which failed to go off.

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Free vaccination on April 30

IMPHAL, Apr 26: A vaccination program for pet dogs and cats would be held on April 30 from 7.30 am to 11.30 am at different places across the State at free of cost.

The vaccination program would be held at State Veterinary Hospital, Sanjenthong, GM Hall Imphal, district veterinary hospitals of Bishnupur, Thoubal, Churachandpur, Chandel, Senapati, Ukhrul, Tamenglong and sub-divisional veterinary hospitals of Moreh, Kangpokpi and Jiribam.

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Fish farmers training prog

IMPHAL, Apr 26: A five-day fish farmers’ training program organized by District Fishery Office, Ukhrul under RKVY project was opened at the conference hall of District Forest Office, Ukhrul yesterday.

Altogether 50 farmers from different sub-divisions of Ukhrul district are participating in the training program which would continue till April 29, conveyed a press release issued by Ukhrul District Fishery Officer David K Shimray.

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SRI symposium

IMPHAL, Apr 26: A district level symposium on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) was organized by People’s Endeavour for Social Change (PESCH) at its office located at Kamranga in Jiribam today, reports our Jiribam correspondent.

ADC Jiribam S Achoubi Singh, director of PESCH Dimgong Rongmei and Sub-Divisional Agriculture Officer, Jiri G Indramohan Sharma were respectively chief guest, president and guest of honor of the inaugural function of the symposium attended by many social activists and farmers coming from different parts of Jiribam.

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Natural health food fair

IMPHAL, Apr 26:  With the main objective of popularizing Yoga and Naturopathy among the people for wellness as well as to inculcate the habit of taking the right foods, National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN) Pune is all set for organizing a Natural health food fair, 2011 cum Yoga-Naturopathy seminar, Manipur from April 28 to May 1 at GM Hall here. Addressing a press conference in this connection at Manipur Press Club today, Director of NIN, Pune Dr Babu Joseph said that NIN Pune is organizing the event to encourage the people to take to Yoga and Naturopathy for wellness as well as to inculcate the habit of taking right foods and right habits.

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MMC complains

IMPHAL, Apr 26: Mongkhang Lambi Modern Club, Singjamei Wangma has complained against alleged wrong process in the construction of Mongkhang Lambi RCC Bridge.

In a statement, Club secretary L Kumar pointed out that the construction of the foundation of the bridge has been carried out under the proportion of 1:4:3 although the exact proportion is claimed to be 1:2:4.

Moreover, the construction materials being used are questionable and there seem to be no one to supervise the work, the secretary pointed out, while drawing the immediate attention of the authorities concerned into the matter.

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

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