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BRIEF NEWS: March 01, 2011

Sagar Prasad after his release. Image Credit: Sangai Photo.

Sagar Prasad set free, bandh called off

IMPHAL, Feb 28: Sagar Prasad of Kangpokpi who was kidnapped by unidentified persons has been freed today. With the release of the young 14 year old student, bandh called in Sadar Hills area from this midnight has been called off.

Speaking to media persons today, Ngamlien Haokip, convener of the JAC Against Kidnapping of Sagar Prasad, said that the student was abducted from Sapermeina on February 20 by some unidentified persons in connection with a demand of Rs 50 lakhs.

Sagar Prasad was freed by the kidnappers at Koubru Leikha at around 2 am today.

He reached Sapermeina by bus this morning.

While in the custody of his captors which lasted for a week, Sagar Prasad was given meal only once and water three times.

After the abduction of Sagar Prasad who is reading in class IX at KT Higher Secondary School Kangpokpi, one group of KCP- MC reportedly served a demand of Rs 50 lakhs to his father, the JAC convener said.

He said that the proposed 24 hours bandh against abduction of the young student has been called off as the abducted student has been freed safe and sound.

But the media persons could not meet Sagar Prasad as he was away at hospital for health check-up.

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Kindergarten Graduation ceremony held

IMPHAL, Feb 28: The 6th Kindergarten Graduation ceremony 2010-2011 of Blossom School, Changangei was held at GM Hall today.

MLA Ng Bijoy Singh was the chief guest of the function.

While delivering his speech, the MLA stressed on the need to give good education to children from their early age.

Every child is a unit of the society, and today’s children would decide the fate of tomorrow’s society.

So it is must to groom every child in an unspoilt way for the betterment of the society, he added. Providing good foundation of knowledge and education to children is the best social work that one can do, the MLA opined.

Mentioning teachers’ role in molding good students, Ng Bijoy also observed that discouraging things like paying of salary late to teachers and taking of frequent leaves by teachers and bad infrastructure facility in educational institutions must be avoided at any cost. Former Additional Director of Education Department was the president of the function. Certificates were distributed to 108 students.

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Knocked down

IMPHAL, Feb 28: An elderly man died after being knocked down by a convoy vehicle of the Assam Rifles heading towards Imphal at Yaikhongpat along National Highway 39 at around 2.40 pm today. Infuriated over the incident, local people reportedly pelted stones at the convoy vehicle. According to police report, the deceased has been identified as D Kairambam (65) of Tumnoupokpi.

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Cultural fest

IMPHAL, Feb 28: A district level cultural festival was organized under the aegis of Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), Imphal at State Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak here today.

Deputy Director of Sports, Ch Shantikumar Singh and Guru of classical dance Thiyam Surajmukhi Devi attended the inaugural function of the festival as chief guest and president respectively.

On the objective of organizing the festival, Imphal district youth co-ordinator of NYK L Chitra said that many of the youngsters seem to have forgotten the cultural heritage of their forefathers and pick up the habit of imitating the lifestyles of other people. So, the festival has been organized to make the youngsters know their cultural identity.

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Antique bomb

IMPHAL, Feb 28: A hand grenade belonging to antiquity was recovered from near the Kangjabi Bridge connecting Thangal Bazar and Nagamapal of Imphal today.

The bomb was detected at around 8 am and it has been subsequently retrieved by the police.

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General conference

IMPHAL, Feb 28: Kuilong Area Students’ Union conducted its first general conference from January 14 to 16 at Lemta village under the theme, ‘retrospection of our society’.

NTTU President Kevise Sogotso and DCC General Secretary Z Kikhonbou were the chief guests of opening and valedictory functions respectively.

Esther Zeliang was crowned Miss Conference, while Maroubuiliu and Valley Rose adjudged first and second runners up respectively, said a press release.

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PIB staff bid adieu

IMPHAL, Feb 28: Two staff of PIB Imphal retired from service today. S Ibomcha (Projectionist) and N Memcha (Receptionist) bade adieu to Press Information Bureau (PIB) Imphal with the expiry of their service period. PIB gave a farewell party to the duo, said a press release.

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LB Sona elected ZC Chairman

LAMKA, Feb 28: Veteran figure in the Zomi community, a former MDC Chairman and four times elected as the Chairman of Zomi Council, LB Sona was again elected unopposed as the Chairman of Zomi Council on Saturday at PTC Hall here. The Zomi Council is an apex body of eight Zomi tribes consisting of the Vaipheis, Zous, Simtes, Paites, Thangkhals, Mates, Koms and a recent entrant, the Gangtes.

*Reported by S Singlianmang Guite

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Hindi training

IMPHAL, Feb 28: State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) will conduct a one-year Hindi teacher’s certificate course for the academic session 2011-2012. Details can be had from Hindi Teachers Training Institute, said a press release.

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Memorandum submitted

IMPHAL, Feb 28: All Government School Teachers’ Association Sadar Hills (AGSTASH) submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister O Ibobi conveying that the association was compelled to pledge support to the ongoing stir spearheaded by COTA. The memorandum said that the Sadar Hills teachers under AGSTASH would not execute any Government works and assignments including Census works until the demands of implementation of the 6th Pay Commission are fulfilled.

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Seminar postponed

IMPHAL, Feb 28: Liangmai Naga Council (LNC) has postponed indefinitely its annual assembly cum seminar slated to be held from March 8 at Bena village (Thonglang).

According to the LNC, the new development has been prompted by the fact that the Liangmai apex body is currently pre-occupied with handling the various inter-village boundary disputes under its jurisdiction. President of the LNC Dithinbou said that the Liangmai apex body is dealing with six villages at the moment regarding their respective village boundary dispute.

The LNC said that when the work-load of the council is reduced, it will notify about the Liangmai tribe annual assembly.

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

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