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BRIEF NEWS: February 23, 2011

COTA Stir On

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Two hundred teachers from Chandel and Imphal East have carried forward the fast unto death agitation being spear-headed by Council of Teachers’ Association over the demand for implementation of Central 6th Pay in toto, from today.

Co-convenor of COTA M Joykumar has informed that just like 200 teachers from Chandel and Imphal East joining in the fast from today, mass participation of teachers in the fast unto death stir would be witnessed in the days to come.

Acting on a memorandum that COTA has sub- mitted to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development over its demand, the Ministry has sought action taken report (ATR) from the Government of Manipur, Joykumar disclosed, adding that Ministry has also forwarded a copy of the instruction given to the State Government to COTA.

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Students pulled up for pilferage

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Two students of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary School have been pulled up by the Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) for pilfering science equipment from the school’s laboratory.

Speaking to media persons in this connection at their office at Sega Road this evening, KSA general secretary Ph Manao said that they have recovered from two compound microscopes and one telescope from the two students.

Following a complaint, the KSA probed into the matter and managed to pull up the two students from a house of one of them located at Nongmeibung Purana Rajbari this afternoon.

According to Manao, the items reportedly pilfered by the two students were four microscopes, one telescope, one AC adaptor and two flower vases with flowering plants.

The students admitted that they stole these items from Biology laboratory in the evening of last Saturday. They also gave assurance to bring back the remaining items which have not been recovered yet.

On the other hand, some miscreants broke some windows and doors of Ananda Hr Sec School last Friday. But the teachers and students remained silent thinking it might have been done supporters of the ongoing agitation of COTA.

On seeing the broken down condition of the school’s doors and windows, the two students entered the school on Saturday and stole the listed items.

The KSA general secretary said that the two students would be handed over to their respective parents after due counseling.

Meanwhile, the recovered equipment has been handed over to the school authority.

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Orphan home inaugurated

IMPHAL, Feb 22: In a concerted effort to help the poor and downtrodden children of villages located in Senapati district, Brigadier AK Narula, Commander 59 Mountain Brigade inaugurated the newly constructed Orphanage Home & Compassion Residential Academy at village Kathiko Karong on February 21.

Speaking on the occasion, Robin RH, President, Compassion Children Ministries (CCM) extended a warm welcome to the Commander on behalf of CCM.  He expressed that CCM being a non-profit charitable organization, is working voluntarily for the welfare of the downtrodden orphans without any government support and hence needs assistance of the Army for its smooth functioning.

Brigadier AK Narula, in his speech appreciated the effort and initiative taken by CCM to help and educate the poor and downtrodden children of villages and assured them that Army will be ever willing to provide the necessary assistance, added a PIB (DW) release.

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Health Mela begins

IMPHAL, Feb 22: a three day Health Mela organized by District Health Society, Imphal East has been inaugurated today by former Speaker Th Shyamkumar Singh at Azad high School.

Among others, Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East M Lakshmikumar Singh was also present at the occasion.

services available at the health mela include AYUSH treatment, medicine, X-ray, ECG, Ultrasound, Ortho, Gynae, Dental, Malaria, Le-prosy, TB, blood and urine testing facilities, etc, said a District Health Society release issued by its Director Dr Momota Mukherjee.

The total number of OPD record was 750 on the first day (Feb 22), it added.

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Leaders tourney concludes

LAMKA, Feb 22: The first Integrity Leaders football tournament that saw various armed groups based in the district and the DC and SP team clash each other in the game of football concluded today with the KNO team thrashing the other finalist DC Eleven 2-0 at Lamka public ground here.

Langkhanpau Guite, the Chairman of ADC Churachandpur graced the match as chief guest along with his MDC colleagues, district and security officials.

*Reported by S Singlianmang Guite.

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Training program

IMPHAL, Feb 22: A one day training program on rearing of chicken, duck and pig was held today at Kyamgei Khoirom Leikai under the joint auspices of Keirao Bitra Loumi Lup, Krishi Vigyan Kendra Andro and Central Agricultural University, Imphal.

The training program was inaugurated with social worker N Itomba Meetei, Toijam Ibopishak and KVK Andro’s program coordinator Dr T Medhapati as the chief guest, president and guest of honor respectively.

Program Assistant of KVK Andro Th Sushil and SMS Home Science S Nonibala deliberated at length on ways to rear and breed domestic animals and birds for economic prosperity of a family.

One of the training program participants out of about 100, namely Wangkheimayum Jenita expressed gratitude to social worker Itomba for his initiative in facilitating conduct of the training program which she opined would help in generating additional income.

In his address to the gathering, Itomba pledged to ensure socio-economic development of the locals and called upon people of Kyamgei to avail various welfare schemes being implemented by departments concerned.

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CDSU thwart ED’s attempt to assume charge

LAMKA, Feb 22: The CDSU today thwarts the newly appointed Executive Director of ADC Churachandpur Kulachandra Singh from assuming charge, according to a reliable source.

The union which has for long insisted that the state government appoints the Deputy Commissioners and not Senior MCS officers as the executive directors in the district councils allegedly on hearing that the MCS officer was trying to assume the charge allegedly enter the deputy commissioner’s office and prevented him from doing so. ADC Chairman Langkhanpau Guite told local reporters that despite the abortive attempt of the students today the ED will still assume it in the first opportunity available.

‘So as to avoid a direct confrontation, we have delayed the handing over of ED charge today,’ he said.

*Reported by S Singlianmang Guite.

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Protest staged

IMPHAL, Feb 22: A protest demonstration was staged today at Thongkhong Laxmi Bazar, Mayai Lambi demanding safe and immediate release of Longjam Suresh of Top siphai.

Whereabouts of Suresh remain unknown ever since he was picked up from his home on the intervening night of February 18 and 19 by unidentified well-armed persons, suspected to be Central security force personnel. Newspaper distributor, Manglemba, who was also picked up by the same group of unidentified persons had returned home yesterday after being abandoned at Koirengei area in the early hours of Feb. 21.

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Bomb found; wall breached

IMPHAL, Feb 22: A Chinese hand grenade has been found at the Tera Tongbram Leikai residential compound of Thokchom Lokeshwor, who is the Superintending Engineering of IFCD. The explosive device spotted at around 9.30 am today has been subsequently retrieved by a team of Imphal West district police.

Meanwhile, some iron rods implanted in the RCC pillars of a school boundary wall have been reportedly stolen on February 20 night as per complaint lodged by founder secretary of Iboton Modern School, Top siphai at Wangoi police station, under Imphal West district.

According to the complainant about 100 feet long area of the boundary wall of the School, having nursery to Class X, was found breached and the iron rods plucked out. It is informed that as the school was closed after completion of the annual examination, the chowkidar took leave and such a situation might have been taken advantage of by the unidentified looters. The secretary also appealed to the locals to remain vigil and ensure that sanctity of the educational institute is not defiled again.

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Book released

IMPHAL, Feb 22: A book titled “The Middle Space” authored by Dr Dhanabir Laishram was released at Manipur Press Club here today.

The book release function was graced by Prof Ksh Bimola of Manipur, Regional College Principal S Tilakchand and secretary   of the United NGOs Mission U Nobokishore as chief guest, guest of honor and president respectively.

Dr Chinglen Maisnam presented a brief introduction of the book.

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Baudi endorses

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Endorsing the third Naga People Convention’s declaration that the ADC elections were null and void    and that all political ties with the Government of Manipur have been severed, the Zeliangrong Baudi iterated that all MDCs, MLAs and Ministers are not welcome in Naga areas.

A press release issued by Zeliangrong Baudi’s assistant information secretary M Akham apprised the Zeliangrong people of Manipur that MDCs, Ministers and MLAs should not be invited to any function.

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Confluence 2011 begins

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Confluence 2011, the silver jubilee conference of Komrem Students’ Union cum 3rd Khurpui festival (cultural festival of the Komrem people) was opened today.

The opening function was attended by MLA Doukhomang Khongsai, ADC Member Roingam Thanga and IG AR (S) Maj Gen CA Krishnan as chief guest, president and guest of honor respectively.

The silver jubilee celebration would continue till February 28, conveyed a press release.

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

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