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BRIEF NEWS: March 02, 2011

Shyamkr cleared of all charges

IMPHAL, Mar 14: All the charges leveled against MLA Th Shyamkumar have been squashed by a Delhi Court.

An elected representative from Andro Assembly Constituency, Shyamkumar, who even went on to become the Deputy Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, was arrested along with two members of the proscribed UNLF by Delhi police from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi on October 2, 2006.

Among others, Delhi police have charged the MLA with sheltering and extending support to the banned outfit and registered a case against him under FIR No. 70/2006 under Section 121/121A/122/419/420/47/120 B-IPC read with sections 18/19/20 under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

However, after hearing of the case today, Tees Hajari Court, Delhi has squashed all the charges leveled against him.

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Youth found dead

IMPHAL, Mar 14: Amidst contradictory claims, a youth was found dead inside a community pond at Khurai Konsam Leikai today.

A police source informed that Yendrembam Naoba alias Hao (17) s/o Bankimchandra of Khurai Kongpal Laishram Leikai was found dead inside the pond at about 8.46 am today. The corpse has been taken to JNIMS for autopsy.

While one party claimed that Naoba drowned as he accidentally fell into the pond while trying to escape  the wrath of the people after he was caught stealing, another party has been contending that Naoba was killed first and the body thrown into the pond later.

Information received from the spot said that Naoba was caught while burgling stationery cum mobile phone recharge voucher shop owned by Ngangkham Brajamohan (40) at about 10.30 pm yesterday. Soon some people started beating Naoba. Escaping from his captors, Naoba jumped into the pond but he was found dead this morning.

On the other, Naoba’s distant family brother Yendrembam Brojendro claimed that Naoba was called out by some individuals at about 10.30 last night. Then he was assaulted severely and pushed him into the pond. About a week back, Ngangkham brothers––Ranjit, Brajamohon and Loken came asking for Naoba because Naoba once asked Raghu’s daughter her mobile phone number, Brojendro said. Raghu is said to be the eldest brother of Ranjit, Brajamohon and Loken. Contending that Naoba’s case was not drowning but murder, Brajamohon demanding fitting actions should be initiated against the three Ngangkham brothers. Meanwhile, a large number of people belonging to Khurai Kongpal Laishram Leikai tried to storm the Ngangkham colony this afternoon but they were pushed back by Imphal East police using tear gas shells and mock bombs. The crow asserted that Naoba was killed by Ngangkham families and that the culprits should be booked.

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ST concession denied

IMPHAL, Mar 14: All Tribal Disables’ Union, Manipur (ATDUM) has said that staff of Zonal Education Office, Zone-I, Imphal West denied concession in obtaining forms for filling up of vacant posts for Sarva Sikhsa Abhiyan (SSA).

In a press release issued by its President, ATDUM said that the price of forms for general category is Rs 100 and that of SC/ST category is Rs 50.

However, Zone-I staff charged Rs 100 for each forms from an ATDUM volunteer who went to the office to collect forms for four ST candidates.

When enquired about ST concession, the Zone-I staff assured him to refund the amount at the time of form submission if submitted with photostat copies of ST certificate, the press release added.

On the day of form submission, it further said, the staff again told him that the amount would be refund on the day of collection of admit card.

However, denying the right and privilege entitled to ST candidates, the staff denied to refund the concession amount even after showing of ST certificates.

ATDUM warned that the union would fight back such constitutional violations if the higher officials fail to instruct the staff to refund the amount for four ST candidates.

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Forest Dept begins training on working plan

LAMKA, Mar 14: The State Forest Department today began a three-day training program on various aspects and pre-requisites of implementation of working plan at the office of the southern forest division here.

Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest RK Thambou Singh, graced the training on working plan which was the first in the State as chief guest while he also cleared doubts of the participating officers and staff of the department from the southern division and Bishnupur division.

The stress of the training was on the need for preparation of the working plan and its implementation. Addressing the media on the sidelines of the training, RK Thambou Singh said the working plan was implemented as per the directive of the Supreme Court and there is no question of whether one likes it or not.

*S Singlianmang Guite

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Craft training

IMPHAL, Mar 14: Integrated Economic Development Society (IEDS), Thongju would be organizing 12-month craft training for OBCs starting from April 11, 2011 to March 31, 2012 at its Thongju Heijigang Super Market training hall.

The training is to be organized under the sponsorship of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt of India. Unemployed OBC youths in the age group of 18 to 40 years and residing in Imphal East district and who have passed class X and above may participate in the training program. Interested persons may contact the Assistant Project Co-ordinator, IEDS (OBC scheme) for further details.

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ZSU flays

IMPHAL, Mar 14: Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Barak Valley has slammed the militant outfit United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA) for using the name of tribal in vain, reports our Jiribam correspondent.

The student body charged that the outfit has been floated by some opportunists belonging to a particular tribal community for their selfish end and it does not represent the tribal community as a whole nor serve any purpose to the interest of tribal people in Manipur State in particular.

The student body has also appealed to the tribal populace to reject dubious outfits like UTLA for common good.

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Thang-Ta gains Inlt recognition

IMPHAL, Mar 14: Thang-Ta, the indigenous martial art form is now no longer confined to Manipur where it originated and developed to perfection. In   fact, it is becoming a very popular sports event in many countries across the world.

The first ever World Thang-Ta Championship which concluded here today gave a strong impetus to the effort’s of Thang-Ta exponents aimed at popularizing the martial sports at the international level.

Thang-Ta is closely associated with the life and history of Manipuri nation both at the national level and individual level since ancient period.

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Foundation laid

IMPHAL, Mar 14: Works Minister K Ranjit Singh today laid the foundation stone for construction of an RCC bridge over the river running in between Hiyanglam Assembly Constituency and Mayang Imphal Assembly Constituency.

The bridge is to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 8 crores.

Speaking at the occasion, Ranjit observed that absence of a proper bridge has been causing lot of hardship to the people of the two neighboring Assembly Constituencies.  So, the construction of a 180- feet long RCC bridge at the adjoining point of Khellakhong and Soren would ameliorate the difficulties of the people. He appealed to the people for co-operation,

MLA Dr Kh Ratankumar and Chairman of Manipur State Pollution Control Board E Dwijamani were also present and spoke at the occasion.

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VC appointed

IMPHAL, Mar 14: MPP President Dr Nimaichand Luwang appointed Md Tomba of Khangabok A/C as Vice-Chairman of MPP Minority Cell.

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Maring Clans Forum clarifies

IMPHAL, Mar 14: Maring Clans Forum (MCF) has said that Lamthakka title is not a major clan in Lamlong Khullen village but it is just a sub-clan of Charang. It was found out in a case study conducted by the forum, said a press release. Charang-Dangsa, Makung-Tantng (Shillei), Darlei, Makung (Yourshung) and Parshung are the only major clans of Maring, it added.

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TSA-SH extends wish

IMPHAL, Mar 14: Thadou Students’ Association, Sadar Hills (TSA-SH) has extended warm wishes to all the students who are to appear in the upcoming HSLC and HSSLC examinations. The students’ body would inspect all the examination centers within Sadar Hills for the smooth conduct of the examination, said a press release.

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Union deplores

IMPHAL, Mar 14: Zeliangrong Union (Assam Manipur Nagaland) has condemned the gun fight occurred at Gangluan (Luwanglon) village of Tamenglong district on March 5 that led to the death of a ZUF cadre. The union in a press release said that it had already made clear that there should be no more bloodshed particularly when the peace talks are in progress. The union urged that the factions must shun violence and peaceful solutions must be brought through negotiation.

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Finance Dept

IMPHAL, Mar 14 : In  an effort to avoid rush of expenditure at the fag end of the financial year and to facilitate examination of the expenditure proposals, the State Government has decided to fix time limits/date of disposal of various types of works/transactions for the current year.

Submission of proposals to Finance Department for examinations/E/S concurrence/authentication of sanction orders/issue of AC bill withdrawal permission/deposit under MH-8449/submission of CDA proposals to Finance Department will be done till March 19.

Last date for submission of bills to the Treasuries/Sub-Treasuries is March 24. Validity of CDA cheques (until specifically stated) will be done upto March 28, said a press release.

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CBS introduced

IMPHAL, Mar 14: Core Banking Solution (CBS) has been rolled out in the Kongba Branch of the Manipur Rural Bank from today. The roll out of Core Banking Solution in the Kongba branch of Manipur Rural Bank was attended by Dronacharya awardee and National boxing coach of Sports Authority of India L Ibomcha as chief guest. Presided over by Chairman of Manipur Rural Bank Umesh Prasad Singh, the function was also attended by retired IAS officer Kh Dhirendra as guest of honor.

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Foundation day organized

IMPHAL, Mar 14: The 58th Kumbirei Village Foundation Day and Blessing Prayer Service of 2nd prize in song competition of the 6th ABA Fellowship was held yesterday.

Presentation of gifts to village elders, ritual ceremonies and erection of memorial stone were the main highlights of the celebration.

Representatives from National Identity Protection Committee (NIPCO) were also present in the function, said a press release.

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NSCN/GPRN condemns

IMPHAL, Mar 14: The CAO of Zeliangrong Region of NSCN/GPRN has condemned the formation of Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF), reports our Tamenglong Correspondent.

The CAO said that there is time for war, peace, separation, integration, love and hatred but formation of such ‘unwanted’ group is condemnable by all.

As Zeliangrong people pray for peace and unity among three groups, formation of ZUF is not right.

He said that such creation would only bring bloodshed in the land of Zeliangrong.

So, unwanted groups are to be chased out as such formation is not only against the will of the Zeliangrong people but also an enemy of the National principle, he added.

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

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