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BRIEF NEWS: February 28, 2011

CM reaches out to teachers on strike

IMPHAL, Feb 27: While appealing to the teachers to suspend their agitation in view of the Class X and Class XII examinations, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has stated that both the Government and the agitating teachers should retract their positions a bit.

Speaking to media persons at Maphou Dam site during an inspection tour of the dam construction work today, Ibobi said that all demands cannot be fulfilled 100 per cent.

Stating that the State has no resources to fulfill the teachers’ demand in totality, Ibobi lamented that the teachers rejected the Government’s offer for increased DA and other allowances equivalent to the amounts being received by Central Government employees.

Nevertheless, the teachers’ demand is being examined very seriously, Ibobi said.

Meeting the teachers’ demand would entail serious problems for the State as the Government is bound to extend the same benefits to other employees who have been getting similar pay scales, the Chief Minister reiterated.

Citing the difficulties of the Govt, the Chief Minister urged the teachers to return to their duties.

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FECTAM calls off agitation

IMPHAL, Feb 27: The proposed indefinite cease- work strike planned by teachers of 28 Government colleges of the State has been called off temporarily following an understanding between the Government and the Federation of College Teachers’ Association, Manipur (FECTAM).

With the cease-work strike scheduled to begin from February 28 now cancelled, FECTAM has appealed to students to attend classes regularly.

FECTAM has been demanding review of the Cabinet decision of November 4, 2010 which modified UGC Pay Scale and implementation of the National Policy on Higher Education in Manipur.

Pursuing these demands, college teachers under FECTAM, took mass casual leave on February 18 and 19 before staging sit-in-protest from 1 am to 2 pm in their respective colleges from February 21 to 26.

Talking to reporters at Manipur Press Club about suspension of the proposed cease-work strike, FECTAM convener M Lokendro said that FECTAM officials held a meeting with SPF spokesperson N Biren. During the meeting, N Biren assured that the Government would look into the demands of FECTAM. Following this assurance, FECTAM convened an emergency general council meeting and unanimously resolved to call off the proposed cease-work strike.

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ASHA training held

IMPHAL, Feb 27: The 1st batch of 4 days VI module ASHA Training was held from Feb 21 to 24 at PHC Somdal in Ukhrul district under Ukhrul Block Program Management unit of National Rural Health Mission.

Staff nurses of Ukhrul District Hospital Sirala and Kaphungwon, Block Program Manager Wontharla, Block Finance Manager S Songachan and Medical Officer In-charge Dr R Ningsang were the main resource persons of the training program participated by ASHA members of PHC Somdal, said a release issued by Block Program Manager S. Wortharla.

Leprosy Department of Ukhrul District Hospital also sensitized the ASHA members on leprosy, the release said.

The main topics of the program were : Role of ASHA, essential skills for an ASHA, importance of village health and nutrition day observance, maintenance of ASHA records for village health and sanitation committee, pregnancy diagnosis, essential components of AnteNatal check-up, safe deliverance, management of anemia, post-partum care, new born baby health care and breast feeding, it said.

Expressing satisfaction over quality of ASHA training and functioning of the PHC by ensuring proper maintenance of records as per guidelines laid down by the ministry while interacting with Program Manager Rajeev Irengbam, an evaluation team from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare New Delhi led by BB Sinha and A Arapha encouraged Ukhrul Block Program Management unit and PHC Somdal to continue their work with great strides towards turning PHC Somdal as a model PHC for the country, it conveyed.

Informing all ASHA members concerned that the 2nd batch of VI module ASHA training under PHC Khangkhui and PHC Somdal will be held at TTA Conference Hall, Ukhrul from March 2 to 5, it said grievances faced by these two PHCs were taken note of in the presence of the central health ministry team during the training program at PHC Somdal.

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Abhishap staged at National festival

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Media Theatre Institute Imphal’s production Abhishap has been successfully staged at the 8th National Drama and Dance Festival organized by the Jagran International at Deogarh from January 24 to 30.

The play directed by KB Sharma had already won several prizes at the 42nd National Folk Dance and Drama competition held at Allahabad from November 10 to 19 last year.

The principal theme of the play is that seeking happiness by bartering one’s soul is like digging’s one’s own graveyard.

At the Deogarh festival, 10 different plays were staged.

Talking about the Deogarh festival, playwright and director of the Media Theatre Institute Imphal, Kakchingtabam Birhari Sharma, popularly known as KB Sharma said that hospitality of the festival organizers was highly remarkable and quite attentive to every need and details.

They also paid TA/DA to the Media Theatre Institute Imphal troupe for their travel from Imphal to Shambalpur railway station in addition to paying Rs 3500 as production cost.

At Deogarh, the troupe was provided an impressive rehearsal hall and also five rooms of a guest house.

Kakchingtabam Birhari Sharma said that Deogarh is a place of natural beauty with little signs of human transgression.

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Red carpet awaits players

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Rolling out the red carpet for the sportspersons who recently put in a commendable performance at the National Games, a red carpet welcome for all the athletes who topped in the medals tally of the Jharkhand National Games excepting Services may in the offing, stated Chief Minister Okram Ibobi.

Informing that the Govt is also discussing the incentives that may be given to the players who participated in the National Games, the CM opined that the IOC would not be willing to allot National Games to Manipur in the coming years as there are many first time contenders.

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Kangla aircraft

IMPHAL, Feb 27: The decorative Gnat fighter aircraft kept at the western gate of Kangla under the supervision of Archeology Department and Kangla Fort would be shifted to Manipur Science Emporium located inside DM College campus under the aegis of Science and Technology Department, Government of Manipur in the next couple of days, informed a source. The aircarft has been a landmark of Kangla.

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NCC decries

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Nungba Citizens’ Council has flayed the Tamenglong DC for not extending support to the two-day special seminar on development of the district.

A press release issued by its Information and Publicity Secretary alleged that the DC completes all the paper works regarding developmental works under BRGF at his residence and not at the DRDA office, Tamenglong.

The body also alleged the DC that he selected IAY beneficiaries recommended by his favored groups.

It further said that 5 percent is deducted from CSS schemes from some work agencies by the DC before the works are started.

NCC also urged the DC not to administer the district in such a manner in future.

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Stir suspended

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Manipur Forward Youth Front (MAFYF) has suspended the 12-hour general strike proposed to be imposed from 5 am of March 1. The student body said that it would announce different forms of agitation to be taken up against the State Government at the earliest.

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KCP-MC denies

IMPHAL, Feb 27: The armed outfit KCP-MC has categorically clarified that it has nothing to do with the abduction of Sagar Prasad.

A press release issued by the outfit’s military affairs secretary Lanheiba Meitei said that KCP-MC’s operation Clear Cut is for prevention of influx by non-local people and driving off non-locals from the State.

But this operation does not envisage any intention to kidnap or harass minors.

The party would never violate human rights or go against international norms and principles. It also declared that the outfit has full faith in the revolutionary armed struggle of Kangleipak. It appealed to all concerned to release the young student without any further delay.

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

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