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BRIEF NEWS: February 25, 2011

Yellow mustard

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Cultivation of Yellow Mustard, locally known as Hungam Angouba, has been taken up successfully in Heikrujam area of Bishnupur district.

Dean of Central Agricultural University (CAU) Prof N Iboton today conducted a field visit to inspect the site where Yellow Mustard have been successfully cultivated over one Pari of land since last year.

Interacting with media-persons on the sidelines of the field visit, Prof Iboton explained that consumption of Yellow Mustard is like consumption of refined oil and it can control diabetes, cancer and heart problems.

The seed of Yellow Mustard is also more profitable than other normal Mustard varieties like M-27, he informed, adding that Yellow Mustard has four chambers or pockets of seeds while M-27 has only two.

Another significant feature of Yellow Mustard is that the seeds are drought and insect resistant, Prof Iboton further disclosed, adding that CAU is planning to spread the cultivation of Yellow Mustard over 100 Paris of land next year.

JK Laishram of CAU accompanied Prof Iboton in the field visit.

The inspection team also visited Atom Chaonu Loukon where Yellow Mustard cultivation is being been taken up successfully.

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Husband of deceased woman clarifies

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Irom Herojit of Kyamgei Awang Leikai, who has been accused of murdering his own wife, has asserted that he will accept any form of punishment in case his guilt could be established.

Maternal family members of deceased Irom Ongbi Tombisana (18) had been alleging that Herojit was responsible for the dead of the young housewife, even though Tombisana’s in-laws had been insisting that she died due to consumption of poison.

Speaking to newspersons at Kyamgei Popular Club today, Herojit maintained that he and Tombisana entered into wedlock as they were in love and under no circumstance would he kill her. Reiterating that Tombisana was rushed to RIMS Hospital at around 7.30 pm of February 20 as there was strong suspicion that she had consumed pesticide, Herojit said his wife failed to response to treatment and passed away at around 10.15 pm.

He also stated that on the same evening Tombisana complained of dizziness and went to bed when she was asked to prepare dinner.

After she was found collapsing on the bed Tombisana was rushed to RIMS Hospital, Herojit maintained while clarifying that their relationship was very cordial. He also recounted that there was an instance of asking for a loan amount of Rs 20,000 from Tombisana’s parents.

While rejecting accusation by his mother-in-law that he strangulated Tombisana and put the pesticide in her mouth to pass off the incident as a case of consuming poison, Herojit also clarified that neither poisoned Tombisana nor was cruel to her.

With regard to his in-laws allegations that he gave in to the police due to his criminal conduct, Herojit conveyed that he was summoned to the police station in connection with the case.

While declaring that he would accept any form of punishment if he was found guilty, Herojit also affirmed that he would seek custody of the young daughter and will be take legal recourse if his in-laws raise objection.

Herojit’s mother Tamubi and sister-in-law Anita, who were also present during the media briefing also clarified that there was no confrontation in the family that could have forced Tombisana to take the drastic step and expressed that they would accept all forms of punitive action, if found guilty.

Secretary of Kyamgei Maning Leikai women’s Development Association namely L ibemhal, who was also present at the occasion, informed that if found guilty, entire family of Herojit would be driven out of the locality.

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UG cadres apprehended

IMPHAL, Feb 24: One KCP-MC cadre who reportedly came for extortion has been shot and arrested by Imphal East police commandos today.

According to a police source, Imphal East commandos were keeping a strict vigil as they received specific information that some KCP-MC cadres would be coming to Khundrakpam Awang Leikai for extortion.   At

about 2.30 pm, two people who came on a motorcycle (Bajaj Platina) turned around and fled away on seeing police commandos.

When the commandos shouted to halt, they opened fire towards the security personnel who retaliated immediately.

Even as one of them was hit and fell down, the other managed to flee away. The injured and arrested KCP-MC cadre has been identified as Nongthombam Premananda (27) of Sambei Nongthombam Leikai.

A bullet which hit him on the left side of abdomen exited through. He has been admitted in JNIMS.

On the other hand, one RPF/PLA cadre identified as Ningthoujam Romio Singh alias Naoba alias Jungle Boy (19) s/o N Sudam Singh of Heirok Part II Bazar by a combined team of Thoubal police commandos and troops of 28 AR during a frisking and checking exercise at Tangjeng area at about 4 pm of February 22.

Further, another combined team of Thoubal commandos and 42 AR apprehended one cadre of KCP (MC) namely, Thongam Sohadeva alias Sodin Singh (32) s/o Th Ibomcha of Umathel Awang Leikai but staying at Papan village in Chandel district from Heikakpokpi area at about 6.30 pm yesterday, conveyed a press release issued by the office of SSP Thoubal.

On the other hand, one UNLF/MPA cadre was nabbed by a combined team of Bishnupur commandos and troops of 4/8 GR during a frisking and checking exercise at Bishnupur Bazar at about 7.30 pm yesterday.

The arrested cadre has been identified as Lance Corporal Amom Kunjeshore alias Nganba (25) s/o Wangoo Sandangkhong Makha Leikai.

42 Assam Rifles troops nabbed one KCP (MC) cadre from Pallel yesterday. The cadre has been identified as Army No 695 s/s Pvt Thingnam alias Soden (32), s/o Th Ibomcha of Umathel Awang Leikai. One Pistol with magazine and two live rounds were recovered from the apprehended who along with recoveries was handed over to Kakching Police station, said a press release issued by PRO Hqs IGAR (S).

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Workshop on protection of children held at MU

IMPHAL, Feb 25: A workshop on protection of children for media and community based organizations was held today in the conference of Anthropology Department, Manipur University under the aegis of the Childline Imphal.

Giving key-note address of the workshop, Childline Imphal director Dr S Jibankumar said that the Childline is a project taken up under the Ministry of Women and Child Development. This project has a provision of giving free counseling on different issues and problems related to children through toll free telephone line 1098.

Observing that media and community based organizations are two groups which receive and encounter issues related to children at the first place, Jibankumar said that the workshop was organized to understand whether or not media houses should disclose names and identities of children when any incident or issue related to them should be published. The workshop was also aimed at resolving trivial issues related to children at the local level without compromising their rights, the director said.

The workshop was also addressed by Associate Prof MC Arun of Anthropology Department, MU and Editor of the Sanaleibak daily A Mobi.

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Dimki Session

IMPHAL, Feb 24:  The 34th Dimki Session of the All Zeliangrong Students’ Union (Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland) was held today at Yangkhullen village of Senapati district.

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PSU flays

JIRIBAM, Feb 24: The Puiluan Students’ Union (PSU) has flayed the 83 RCC of 25 BRTF for its failure to repair the dilapidated stretch of NH 53, particularly between Kambiron and Nungba which is considered at the worst stretch of the highway, reports our correspondent. The PSU said that it would not remain as a silent spectator if the BRTF fails to speed up the road construction works at the said stretch.

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Ambulance donated

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Power Grid Imphal has donated one ambulance to Kangpokpi Christian Hospital under Corporate Social Responsibility Scheme yesterday.

In a simple attended by Kangpokpi ADC, District Council leaders and Church leaders Power Grid chief manager SI Singh handed presented the ambulance to Medical Superintendent KP Rongmei.

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KSO condemns

IMPHAL, Feb 24: The Kuki Students’ Organization, Sadar Hills has strongly condemned the kidnapping of Sagar Prasad (14) s/o Suresh Prasad of Kangpokpi Ward No 8 allegedly by KCP-MC as well as the harassment meted out to innocent Meitei families of Motbung by SoO signatory UG group.

The student body also appealed to the UG group concerned to release the student without any condition safe and sound.

It further appealed to the fleeing villagers to stay calm at their own villages without any fear.

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Body decries

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Kharao-Khaorui-Yairum Naga Students’ Association has decried the Ukhrul district administration for giving recommendation to construct a primary school at Kachai Ngamrei.

A press release issued by its President Z Reithingam said that the school must be constructed at Shimphungrim as consented by MOBC Minister and CEO of Ukhrul Autonomous District Council (UADC) in January 2011.

He added that the Headman of Kachai Ngamrei had also agreed to construct the said school at Shimphungrim in January 2010 as there is already a primary school under SSA at Kachai Ngamrei.

Although, there is also a primary school at Shimphungrim, it is in a pathetic condition having only a single room, he said.

Reithingam also urged the right thinking citizens of the State to join hands in condemning the recent decision of the district administration to construct the school at Kachai Ngamrei.

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COTA’s demand

IMPHAL, Feb 24: A Cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh this evening has discussed the demands of both COTA and FECTAM but no definite decision was adopted.

Besides discussing COTA’s demand for implementation of 6th Central Pay and FECTAM’s demand for implementation of UGC Revised Pay, the Cabinet gave assent to the Governor’s address which would be read out in the opening session of the State Assembly scheduled to commence from March 8.

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Scheme complaints

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Rural Development (State) Minister Pradeep Jain Saditya today informed the Lok Sabha that the Ministry of Rural Development received 23,632 complaints about irregularities and

discrepancies in the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Manipur during 2009-10, conveyed a PIB press release.

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Book released

IMPHAL, Feb 24: A book entitled ‘The Chronology of Meetei Monarch’ (From 1666 to 1850) written by RK Somorjit Sana has been release along with a simple function at Manipur Press Club today.

The book release event was graced by the presence of Prof Gangmumei Kamei and former Minister Dr L Chandramani Singh as the chief guest and president respectively. Prof Lokendrajit and Dr M Ranjana were the guests of honor of the occasion.

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

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