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BRIEF NEWS: April 28, 2011

Kakching protests

IMPHAL, Apr 27: Police swung into action today to disperse a sit-in- protest at Kakching Bazar and foil an attempt to take out a rally in protest against holding the training program of the Congress party on flagship programs for Chandel district at Khangshim village, which the protestors claim to be a part of Thoubal district.

Since early morning today, all the shops in Kakching and Kakching Lamkhai down their shutters even as members of Joint Non- Governmental Voluntary Organizations, Kakching and local Meira Paibis staged a sit-in-protest at Kakching Bazar.

However, a large number of police personnel descended at the protest site and disperse the protestors.

Afterward, an attempt to take out a protest rally till Kakching Lamkhai was also foiled by the police.

Unhappy over the police conduct, Joint Non-Governmental Organizations, Kakching submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through Deputy Commissioner of Thoubal district.

The memorandum pointed out that settlers in some villages formed very recently within the revenue district of Thoubal have put up signboards indicating their location as Chandel district. In the just concluded Census operation, more than 30 such villages are the bone of contention among the officers in-charge. Subsequently, the matter had been brought to the notice of Gauhati High Court which passed an interim order vide WP (C) No. 675 of 2010 dated 02-11-2010 in favor of the petitioner. Accordingly, the matter was taken to the notice of the Registrar General, Census Operations, India during his visit on February 12, 2011. But holding the awareness program on flagship programs has thrown the petitioners into an embarrassing situation.

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Aspiring candidate urges Maoist against ban

IMPHAL, Apr 27: Expressing surprise after the KCP (Maoist) group proclaimed prohibition on his entry into politics, candidate aspirant for the upcoming Assembly elections from Sekmai Assembly Constituency Ayangbam Oken has appealed to the armed group to enable him and his supporters move without any fear or apprehension.

Talking to some newspersons at Sekmai today, Oken said his decision to contest the election was taken with the firm commitment to serve people of the assembly constituency who have suffered a lot owing to lack of development in various sectors.

Stating that his decision to enter the fray as a candidate has overwhelming support of the people who are aspiring for a better life, Oken said for the past many years he had been contributing his mite for the welfare of the Sekmai masses.

However, as there are still many areas that could not be covered inspite of his endeavor representing the Sekmai AC people have become inevitable to highlight their suffering, he expressed.

Oken also drew attention of the armed group that imposing restriction against him and his supporters is certain to cause various inconveniences and reiterated his fervent appeal for withdrawal of the ban.

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SFs net nine persons

IMPHAL, Apr 27: Troops of Assam Rifles and Imphal West police commandos have reportedly arrested eight persons inclusive of UG cadres and three foreigners in separate incidents.

According to a PIB (DW) release, troops of 11 AR under the Red Shield Division apprehended three hard-core members of the United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA)-Max faction during the course of an operation launched near Keimai village in Tamenglong district.

The arrested persons have been identified as UTLA commander in-chief Ngurkhaho alias Max (23) of Palel village, Lunminthang (20) of Churachandpur and Lulunz (18) of Jiribam.

The PIB (DW) release said the cadres were allegedly involved in the murder of a Railway employee named Pintu Das of Bharat Construction Company, a sub-contractor in Jiribam-Tupul Railway Project in February this year.

Eight packets of explosive material (PEK), two detonators (No 27) and cordex five meters long were recovered from the three, who have been handed over to Porompat police station.

On the other hand, troops of 23 Assam Rifles of 10 Sector reportedly netted one cadre each of the KCP (Nando group) and KNA outfits from Yaingangpokpi area in Ukhrul district at around 12.30 pm of April 26.

A PRO IGAR (S) release identified the two as KCP’s Sagolsem Bimol Singh (29) s/o (L) S Inao Singh of T Yaingangpokpi and KNA’s Army No 1550, 1st Bn Thang Khushad (23) s/o (L) Holet of Semul.

Three live rounds of AK 47 have been reportedly recovered from the two, who along with the recovery, have been handed over to Lamlai police station.

In another instance, troops of 29 AR of 26 Sector apprehended three Myanmarese nationals from Tengnoupal area on April 27 when they were travelling from Imphal to Moreh without valid documents.

The individuals have been identified as Md Noor Islam (22) s/o (L) Sobi Hassan, Zahid Khan (21) s/o (L) Kalu Khan and Fatima Khan (40) w/o Noor Bhushn.

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Occupancy Day observed

IMPHAL, Apr 27: Along with paying befitting tributes to all those Manipuris who sacrificed their lives fighting against British for the sake of safeguarding the independence of Manipur, the 6th Occupancy Observation Day was held at GM Hall here today.

Organized under the aegis of Occupancy Day Observation Committee, the observance function was attended by Agriculture Minister Ph Parijat Singh as chief guest, Chairman of ADC Tamenglong G Soihem Haomei as president and Senior Grade Lecturer P Inakhunbi Devi, principal of TG Higher Secondary School K Sumati Devi and editor Mangisana as guests of honor.

Speaking at the occasion, Minister Parijat explained that Occupancy Day is being observed because it is on his day of April 27 in 1891 that Manipur became a colony of the British.

The Minister said that Manipur was a peaceful and independent kingdom. But the British took advantage of disunity among the Manipuri princes and took control over the administration of Manipur. So along with paying respect to the departed Manipuri heroes who fought against the British for the sake of safe- guarding the independence of Manipur, we should learn lessons from the past and work for development of both the hill and valley areas of Manipur.

Shouting slogans for unity between the hill and the valley people would be meaningless without ensuring development of the hill areas as well. The Government of India has been sanctioning financial assistance for the development of the State. So, more funds could be allotted for development of the hill areas on par with the valley areas, the Minister suggested.

Among others who spoke at the occasion, principal of TG Higher Secondary School K Sumati Devi pointed out that standard of education in Government schools has come down over the years as the teachers have not been performing their duties properly.

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Street vendors

Women street vendors demanding allocation of permanent slot at Khwairamband Keithel area confront security personnel near the Raj Bhavan. Image Credit: Sangai Photo

IMPHAL, Apr 27: Along with taking out a protest, members of Khwairamband Bazar Women Vendors Yaipha Lup today submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Manipur exerting pressure for reviewing the Cabinet decision of shifting the street vendors to Lamphelpat.

The women vendors started rallying from behind Mapal Kangjeibung and proceeded hastily towards the Raj Bhavan. Just after crossing Johnstone School, some police personnel tried to stop them. But the women vendors managed to move ahead till the gate of Raj Bhavan without any interference.

However, not long after that, a reinforcement of State Police including top ranking officers rushed in and herded off the protestors from the gate of the Raj Bhavan. Nonetheless, some of the representatives were allowed to go and submit the memorandum to the Governor.

Meanwhile, Khwairamband Keithel Street Vendors’ Co-ordinating Committee has demanded that the Cabinet decision on shifting the street vendors should be revoked.

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ZSUM demands

IMPHAL, Apr 27: Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Manipur (ZSUM) has demanded adequate Science teaching staff for the lone Tengkonjang Higher Secondary School at Longmai (Noney), reports our Jiribam correspondent.

The Union rued that the school is ill-staffed of Science lecturers and the recent transfer order of the lone Physics lecturer would affect the Science students.

The Union has urged the authority concerned to revoke the transfer order until a replacement is made in the interest of the students.

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Agro workshop

IMPHAL, Apr 27: A day-long workshop on ‘Strategies for increasing farm income in Senapati district’ was held at the Indoor Stadium of Senapati district headquarters today.

Organized under the aegis of Agricultural Techno- logy Management Agency (ATMA), Senapati, the inaugural function of the workshop was attended by Deputy Commissioner of Senapati district Nidhi Kesharwani as chief guest.

Speaking at the occasion, Nidhi stressed on the need for setting up more and more agro industries and food processing units to ensure livelihood of the farmers and meet the ever growing demand of the people for food.

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School bags distributed

IMPHAL, Apr 27: Under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), school bags have been distributed among 1608 students of Poiroukhongjil Junior High School, Huikap Junior High Court, Moirangpurel Junior High School and Andro Junior High School under Andro Assembly Constituency today.

Local MLA Th Shyamkumar joined hands with the Additional Director of School Education and ZEO Zone-II in distributing the school bags during a function today at Poiroukhongjil Junior High School today.

Speaking at the occasion, MLA Shyamkumar said that the school bags are being distributed to ensure right of education to the students.

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Found body

IMPHAL, Apr 27: The body of an unidentified man was found at Khudeiband under Lamshang Police Station in Imphal West district at around 1 pm today. Police have retrieved the body and kept at the mortuary of RIMS Hospital. There were some bruise marks on the private part of the man.

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

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