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BRIEF NEWS: April 29, 2011

No let up, NIA continues raid

IMPHAL, Apr 28: After raiding Lamyanba Pakhang publications yesterday, the NIA (National Investigation Agency) team raided two private residences at Wangkhei today.

A reliable source informed that the house located near Eastern Ground belongs to one Yumlembam Brajabidhu.

Notably, the NIA team after raiding Lamyanba Pakhang seized some documents and a hard disk of the main computer of the vernacular daily Ireibak.

Brajabidhu is a relative of Wangba, a leader of the proscribed UNLF.

He is also a proprietor of a fruit processing industry called Aegis, located at Luwangshangbam Matai village. The complex of Aegis was raided by the NIA team yesterday.

Brajabidhu also owns an oil pump, informed an independent source.

However, it could not be confirmed whether the NIA seized anything from his house.

The same team further raided another house located at Wangkhei Ayangpalli which belongs to one Ibomcha. Details of the raid could not obtain till the time of filing this report.

It is reported that the NIA conducted the raids acting on a search warrant issued by the Special Judge, NIA Guwahati on April 19.  The raid at Lamyanba Pakhang complex was conducted with reference to the case registered under FIR No 10/10, 17/09/2010 u/s 120 (B), 121 (A), 122, 468 IPC and 10,13 UA (P) Act 1967.

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Plebiscite call evokes positive response

IMPHAL, Apr 28: A public discussion session on ‘Manipur-India conflict and its resolution through public participation’ was organized jointly by UMO, Moirang Khunou Branch and Hougrampat Meira Paibi Apunba Lup at Hougrampat Mandap, Moirang Khunou today.

Presided over by president of Moirang Khunou Meira Paibi Lup Hemam Angoubi, the discussion session resolved that people of Manipur should be allowed to participate in the resolution of Manipur-India conflict and plebiscite should be conducted to ensure participation of the people. Furthermore, it was resolved that the proceeding of the discussion session and the resolutions adopted would be submitted to United Nations Organization and other International human rights bodies for support and co-operation towards resolving the conflict.

Among those who participated in the discussion session as resource, social worker Abujam Ibobi observed that there can be peace and development only when the people are allowed to live without any fear or intimidation.

Pointing out that the number of armed outfits in Manipur are more than enough, he also called upon all armed groups come and work together as one.

Vice president of NIPCO Sunil Karam and advocate Angomcha Araba were participated and spoke in the discussion session as resource persons highlighting the root causes of the conflict and its urgent need for resolution. Social workers L Tondon, L Ningthemjao and retired Government employee Seram Momon were also present at the occasion.

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IMC Chairperson Appeals

IMPHAL, Apr 28: Imphal Municipal Council Chairperson Ranisana has appealed to all the vendors to review the concept of hawking or selling things only in Khwairamband Keithel.

She specifically appealed to the street vendors to accept the Government’s plan of decentralizing markets.

Speaking at an awareness program organized by Traffic Police at Dharamsala today about keeping Imphal city clean, Ranisana sought public cooperation towards the Government’s initiative.

It would be impossible for the Government to provide seats for all the 15,000 street vendors in Khwairamband Keithel.

As for the vacant floors of the three market complexes, it would be used for opening banks, canteens, crèche centers etc.  There was an understanding at the time of building the three markets that no vendor plots should be allotted on the first floors of the market complexes.

The program was also attended by Additional SP Herojit and DSP (Traffic) Victoria.

Members of Bazar business community, parking agencies, laborers, rickshaw pullers and shopkeepers participated in the awareness program.

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NEREFS clarifies

IMPHAL, Apr 28: Reacting to the news report on grenade attack at the office of North East Region Finservices (NEREFS) Limited located at Sangaiprou Mamang Leikai, NEREFS secretary has clarified that one Lalmenlien John (45) serving in the Treasury office, Imphal West has been erroneously quoted in the issue. There is no such person either serving in the Treasury office or living in the NEREFS office premises.

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Spicmacay

IMPHAL, Apr 28: A group of classical musicians led by renowned vocalist Dr Raja Kale presented a mesmerizing performance in the Manekshaw auditorium of Sainik School, Imphal yesterday. The band of musicians enthralled the audience with classical songs and classical vocal recitals. The program was organized by the school as part of Virasat series 2011-12 of SPICMACAY, Imphal Chapter to promote Indian classical music, dance and culture amongst the youth.

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SF-UG exchange firing at Skipe

IMPHAL, Apr 28: At around 4.30 pm on April 25, troops of Assam Rifles patrolling near Skipe village along Indo-Myanmar border noticed a group of armed UG cadres and engaged them with firing, according to a statement issued by PRO Assam Rifles.

The firing was brief and the terrorists fled across the border into Myanmar. The villagers across the border have informed that the armed cadres belong to PLA and were searching for two of their cadres who had deserted their camp in Myanmar, the PRO said.

It has also been highlighted that all the terrorist groups have been facing severe problem due to large number of cadres deserting their camps in Myanmar and the UG groups are reportedly resorting to harsh measures to prevent their disillusioned cadres from deserting, the PRO added.

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Farmers’ training

IMPHAL, Apr 28: A three day long training program on ‘Human resource development of farmers including women’ for Imphal West district has begun from today.

Being organized under the aegis of District Horticulture Officer, Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Imphal West, in all 158 farmers coming from different part of the district are participating in the training program.

The inaugural function of the training program held at Manipur Press Club was attended by  Deputy Director (SS), Imphal East S Prafullo Singh as chief guest; DSCO (IPP), Imphal West Md Hafizuddin Khan as president and Assistant Professor of Central Agricultural University Dr Kh Ibohal as guest of honor.

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Sanction orders given away

IMPHAL, Apr 28: Sanction orders for construction of houses under Basic Service to Urban Poor (BSUP) Scheme have been distributed to 180 beneficiaries of Yaiskul Assembly constituency in a simple function organized by the Yaiskul Block Congress Committee. The function was attended by Yaiskul Assembly constituency MLA E Suraj and Yaiskul Block Congress Committee president W Ibotombi.

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Art exhibition opened

IMPHAL, Apr 28: The inaugural function of the third annual Exhibition of Art was opened today at the Manipur State Art Gallery, Palace Compound by Commissioner Dr RK Nimai.

Dr RK Nimai also distributed the Arts Society Manipur Annual Award 2011 and the biennial A Jandhavi Devi Memorial Award.

The Arts Society Manipur Annual Award 2011 was bagged by Shijagurumayum Imobi for his painting ‘Pilgrim II’ while the A Jandhavi Memorial Award was won by Wairokpam Robin Khaba for his wood carving ‘Red in Center’.

They got Rs 5000, a citation and a shawl each.

A total of 42 items including 10 sculptures and 24 paintings/drawings are being put on display at the exhibition.

Eight items on display are non-competition items.

The exhibition was being organized under the aegis of the Arts Society Manipur.

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Sinakeithei office bearers

IMPHAL, Apr 28: Sinakeithei village headman ZV Samuel appointed Shangkahao Muivah and H Phungreiyo as chairman and secretary respectively of Sinakeithei Village Authority during a public meeting held at Sinakeithei public ground on April 26.

Moreover 15 other members of the village authority were also appointed who were administered oaths to office during the meeting.

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

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