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BRIEF NEWS: February 27, 2011

‘Gift of Life’ beneficiaries leave for CSD treatment

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Under the ‘Heart to heart’ project of Rotary club Imphal and ‘Gift of Life’ project of Rotary International, three children with Congenital Heart Disease (CSD) left Imphal for Fortis Escorts heart Institute, Delhi where they will undergo open heart surgery.

According to an RCI statement issued by its Public Relations Committee chairman W Kened Kumar, 29 children who needed similar treatment had already been sponsored by the Rotarians with the latest batch seen off at Tulihal Airport on February 25 by RCI president Dr Madhumangal Singh, secretary L Manoranjan Singh and other Rotarians of the Club.

The latest beneficiaries of the RCI endeavor have been named as M Yoiheiba (3 years/male) of Wabagai in thoubal district, S Mercy Kabui (7 yrs/female) of Uchiwa Kabui village and P mercy (17/female) of Nongdam village in Ukhrul district.

Further informing that next screening of children will be conducted soon, the statement also conveyed that RCI will organize cancer awareness program and distribution of crutches at Moreh on March 5, in association with Meetei Council Moreh. Meanwhile, RCI felicitated its past presidents Rotarians Dr Kh Palin Singh of Shija Hospital and Dr Th Dhabali of Babina Diagnostic Centre at Classic Hotel on February 25 on being conferred the prestigious North East Excellence Award in its first and second editions (2009 & 2010) respectively.

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Independence Demand Day

IMPHAL, Feb 26: As in the previous years, the 32nd raising day of the proscribed Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) was observed yesterday as Independence Demand Day.

The 32nd anniversary was observed as Independence Demand Day at all the departments/units of the party, and also together with the people, conveyed a release issued by the outfit’s assistant publicity secretary GM Changjou.

As a part of the raising day observance, a sports meet on 13 different disciplines was also organized at the party GHQ since February 19.

Along with offering tributes to the revolutionaries who have laid down their lives, the party president’s message was also read out.

This was followed by speeches by PLA leaders followed by distribution of prizes to winner PLA players/fighters by the camp commander.

Similar sports competitions were organized by Manipuris in some other countries on the occasion of the Independence Demand Day.

There the Manipuris resolved to contribute whatever they can to the freedom struggle.

The outfit also conveyed gratitude to all the people who participated in the Independence Demand Day observance.

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Search Ops

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Based on inputs received about the location of certain unclaimed communication stores, a search party of 5 Assam Rifles under Hqs 59 Mountain Brigade launched in Maram Bazar on February 21.

On further search, communication network stores with packing and markings of Airtel were found at Maram Project Weaving Centre located ahead of Rai Basti which has been obsolete since long.

On investigation, a PIB (DW) press release said, it was found that these stores were taken away by NSCN (IM) around six months back and kept hidden there.

The recovered items are estimated to cost more than Rs 1 crore and have been handed over to Senapati police station in the presence of Basant Singh, Assistant Manager, Supply Chain Management, North East Service Airtel, added the press release.

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Bandh threat

IMPHAL, Feb 25:  Pheidinga Nupi Lup has threatened to launch various intense agitations including imposition of bandh along National highway 39 if the National Highway stretch from Tengdongyang to Khonghampat turning is not repaired at the earliest possible in a time-bound manner.

Talking to mediapersons in this connection, president of the women body H Nandini pointed out that after stone chips were laid three years back, no repairing work has been taken up all these years. This is despite that all types of vehicles have been plying along this route day in and day out. As a consequence, there is dust everywhere so much so that when one vehicle passes by, the driver coming behind it could not see anything.

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UCM demands

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Decrying alleged silence of the State Government over the fate of Longjam Suresh Singh whose whereabouts remains unknown after he had been picked by suspected Army personnel from his Top Siphai Makha Leikai residence on the intervening night of February 18 and 19, United Committee Manipur (UCM) has demanded the Government for ensuring safe release of Suresh.

In a statement, information and publicity secretary of UCM Kh Nilamani Kha-Nganba observed that en- forced disappearance of arrested people may not be new in Manipur, but the failure of knowing the where- abouts of Suresh even after Ch Manglemba who was arrested along with Suresh was set free indicate the inherent weakness of the State Government over resolving such cases.

As a responsible Government, it should find out whereabouts of Suresh and ensure his release at the earliest possible, UCM demanded, while announcing its decision of supporting any agitation launched by the JAC over the issue.

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Annual meet

IMPHAL, Feb 26: The first annual conference of Zou Chiefs’ Association, Singat Block was held at the residence of the chief of Singhat today.

At the occasion, the village chiefs took a decision to the effect of supporting local MLA Hankhanpao in the upcoming election to 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly and taking up necessary works in this regard from now onwards. In all 35 village chiefs coming from different parts of Singhat block that has 14 polling stations attended the conference.

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Two UG cadres, extortionists held

IMPHAL, Feb 26: 39 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector under Hqs IGAR(S) nabbed two UPPK cadres from Maibung of Imphal West district today.

The cadres have been identified as Santrok Aten Kom (25) s/o Lalpul Kom of Maibung and Aseibam Tomcha Singh (36) s/o A Poihalam Singh of Maibung, said a press release issued by PRO Hqs IGAR (S).

In another incident, 43 AR under the aegis of Hqs 59 Mountain Brigade apprehended three extortionists carrying out extortion activity on NH-39 near Thengjang village of Senapati district.

They have been identified as Wakambam Barnard (23) s/o Dino Singh of village Laipham Khounou Mayai Leikai, Shehkosat Kipgen (27) s/o Thongpao Kipgen of Kholpenphai village and Satminthang Kip- gin (24) s/o Hembau Kipgen of Thomjang village.

One Hero Honda Hunk motor cycle (MN 01D9256) two rubber stamp pads bearing title ‘NREGA’ four mobile phones with SIM and cash amounting to Rs 390 were also seized from them.   They have been handed over to Saparmaina police station, said a PIB (DW) press release.

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CCpur teachers

LAMKA, Feb 26: Govt teacher in the district today took to the street their demand for implementation of the sixth pay in toto, and avowed not to perform duties in the ongoing census operation until their demands were met. With the fast unto death protests having no effect we the teachers of Churachandpur have made stern decision not to execute any govt related works and assignments until our demand is fulfilled, said the association.

*Reported by S Singlianmang Guite

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

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