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BRIEF NEWS: March 02, 2011

6.8-magnitude quake strikes NE Myanmar; 1 dead

YANGON, Myanmar – A powerful earthquake struck northeastern Myanmar on Thursday night, killing one woman and shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok. No tsunami was generated.

The quake hit in an area where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) from Chiang Rai. The northern Thai city sustained minor damage, according to Thai television.

A woman in an area north of Chiang Rai, just two miles (four kilometers) from the border, died when a brick wall collapsed on her, according to police Capt. Weerapon Samranjai.

“It was like somebody was running on the roof. Everybody was in a panic. They came out of their houses and wondered what happened,” said Maj. Gen. Mongkol Sampawapon, a police chief from another district near Chiang Rai.

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TB campaign

IMPHAL, Mar 24: A one day campaign on the move against TB as part of the World TB Day was held under the District TB Society at YUVA Hall organized by YUVA Thanga Ngaram. Dr Imoba Singh, District TB Officer presided over the function.

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Identity issues

IMPHAL, Mar 24: Former Professor in the Delhi School of Economics, Patricia Uberoi of the Sociology Department will present a film on Identity as well as deliver a talk on the same theme. The event is being organized by the Centre for Manipur Studies, Manipur University and will be held at 1 pm tomorrow at the New Conference Hall of Manipur Institute of Management Stu- dies.

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Longmai Keithel

IMPHAL, Mar 24: All plot holders of Longmai (Noney) Keithel should renew their cards at the office of the Longmai Bazar Board between March 15 and April 10, said a press release issued by the Board chairman K Dinthangchung.

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Woman kills self

IMPHAL, Mar 24: A young woman reportedly committed suicide by consuming poison at Kha Naorem Leikai in Imphal West district today.

A police source informed that Athokpam (O) Nanao Devi (22) w/o Milan was rushed to RIMS after reportedly consumed poison today.

Nanao was RIMS but she died due to the effects of the poison at about 12.30 pm.

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Legal practitioners protest Bill

IMPHAL, Mar 24: Denouncing Legal Practitioners (Regulation and Maintenance of Standards in Profession, Protecting the Interest of Clients and Promoting the Rule of Law) Bill 2010 legal practitioners/advocates of Manipur staged sit-in-protest.

As a part of the protest held today across the country under the aegis of Bar Council of India, a sit-in-protest was organized by All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA) at premises of Cheirap Court Complex.

Speaking to newspersons on the sideline of the protest, AMBA general secretary Y Priyokumar said the new Bill was brought out by the Government in place of Advocates Act 1961 and once the Bill becomes an Act, the latter would be invalidated.

Contending that the new Bill is an affront to the right, autonomy and interest of legal practitioners/advocates, he asserted that on becoming an Act right of advocates would be severely diluted. Further informing that a meeting convened by Bar Council of India at Jaipur (Rajasthan) on March 12 had deliberated at length on the Bill, Priyokumar said decision to stage the protest against the Bill was adopted at the said meeting. He confided that plight of the legal practitioners would be conveyed to the Prime Minister.

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

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