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BRIEF NEWS: March 02, 2011

JAC serves ultimatum

IMPHAL, Mar 1: JAC of AMGEO and AMTUC has set March 9 as the deadline to translate into action agreements reached between employees’ bodies and the State Government on two earlier occasions, failing which employees will resume/relaunch cease work strike from the next day.

In a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, the JAC reminded the CM that after a prolonged agitation, memorandum of under- standing was signed between the Government of Manipur with the Manipur Secretariat Services Association and JAC of AMGEO and AMTUC on May 14, 2010, and then with the COTA five days later.

Though more than nine months have lapsed since signing of the agreements the progress of execution of MoUs is not satisfactory, maintained the JAC representation while  reiterating that the demands included implementation of 6th Central Pay in toto; rectification of pay anomalies; regularization of ad-hoc, casual, muster roll and work-charged employees; and restoration of die-in-harness scheme, etc.

Further mentioning that  orders of six months arrear out of 51 months had not been issued properly, the JAC asserted that under such circumstances, the general body meeting of all employees, workers and pensioners held on February 24 at Kali Mandap resolved to launch/resume ceasework strike after a 10 days of submission of the memorandum, unless the Government execute the provisions of the MoUs during the stipulated time.

In the interest of the Govt and the people, the cease-work strike will not cover those employees directly involved with the Assembly sessions, it added.

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KCP-MC calls for concerted efforts to check influx

IMPHAL, Mar 1 : Asserting that the incessant influx of non-local people has become a serious issue in Kangleipak, the proscribed KCP-MC has called upon the people to make concerted efforts to check the influx and also re-enforce the Inner Line Permit System.

A press release issued by the outfit’s military affairs secretary Lanheiba Meitei alleged that many non-local people have been indulging in criminal activities like rape, molest and abduction of girls.

The outfit appealed to the older intellectuals of the State to hold pane discussion on the issue of foreigners in Kangleipak.

It further called upon the student community to organize debating competitions at the State level on the topic, “Inner Line Permit System is Required in Kangleipak (Manipur)” in order to create mass awareness about the issue of non-local people.

In addition, people need to take some firm decisions about the issue after holding open discussions with leaders of different communities, Lanheiba asserted.

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Sectoral allocation approved

IMPHAL, Mar 1: A meeting of the State Cabinet today has given its approval to sectoral allocation of the plan amount of Rs 3210 crores granted to the State by the Union Planning Com-mission for the financial year 2011-12. The Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh also further gave its approval to allocation of Rs 800 crores for Special Plan Assistance (SPA).

Taking into consideration of the Supreme Court order restricting construction of religious structures, quarters and vehicle parking lots in public places, the Cabinet has recommended constitution of a committee comprising Deputy Commissioners concerned as chair- men and SPs, District Town Planners and Panchayat members concerned as members for necessary action in this regard.

The Cabinet has also given its approval to expansion of the ART services in the district hospitals of Bishnupur and Senapati and appointment of  16 staff including MO and pharmacists on contract basis in this connection. A final decision on requisition of services of contact, part time and aided teachers in connection with the conduct of Class X and XII exams, however, has been deferred.

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Body yet to be claimed

IMPHAL, Mar 1: Though the post-mortem examination on the body of Angousana, who allegedly died from excessive torture in the custody of police commandos, has been conducted, it is yet to be claimed by the family members.

The post-mortem was conducted today at RIMS after an inquest in front of a magistrate.

A resident of Napat Mayai Leikai, Athokpam Angousana had been reportedly arrested by a team of Thoubal Police Commandos from his house in the night of February 27.

As his condition was serious when the family members got him out from the police custody yesterday morning, Angousana was brought for treatment. But he succumbed .

The JAC formed in protest of the incident yester- day submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister demanding among others, dismissal of the personnel involved in the incident, appointment of one of the family members to a suitable Government job and payment of Rs 5 lakh compensation to the bereaved family members.

As the JAC had announced that the body would not be claimed until all these demands were fulfilled, the body of Angousana is still laying in the mortuary of RIMS even though the post-mortem examination had been conducted.

MLA N Mangi, while describing the death of Angousana as custodial death, has assured that the matter would be brought in the State Assembly.

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Hatta bomb blast decried

IMPHAL, Mar 1 :Decrying the bomb blast in front of a hardware shop at Hatta in Imphal East district on February 27 that left eight people injured, people of the surrounding area today staged a protest demonstration at the very site where the blast took place.

During the protest demonstration organized jointly by various local clubs, a Joint Action Committee (JAC)   was formed.

A memorandum has also been submitted to the Deputy Commissioner of Imphal East district highlighting the plights of the injured victims.

In the blast that took place in the afternoon of February 27, eight people including two personnel of Traffic Control Police, Imphal East and six civilians sustained injuries.

The memorandum signed by the president of  Hatta Makha Leikai Social and Youth Development Organization and submitted to the Deputy Commissioner highlighted the fact that most of the civilians who sustained injuries in the blast are manual workers. All of them are still undergoing treatment in the hospital. But they have not received any assistance from the Government.

The memorandum pleaded for extending necessary financial assistance to the injured victims at the earliest possible.

On the other hand, the statement of the JAC constituted to protest the blast incident, has appealed to the Chief Minister to extend help to the injured victims. It has also warned of taking recourse to agitation  if the Government fails to give any definite and positive response to the demand.

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Govt colleges for exam centers an option

IMPHAL, Mar 1 : Exam centers for Higher Secondary Examination 2011 to be conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM) may be given at Government colleges.

Speaking to The Sangai Express, the COHSEM Chairman informed that the matter of conducting Higher Secondary Examination was discussed at the level of the Chief Minister yesterday with reference to the ongoing agitation of COTA.

It was decided to allot exam centers at Government colleges and also to take service of  college teachers as invigilators in case the Government and the agitating teachers could not strike an agreement in the next couple of days. Incidentally, the Higher Secondary Examination is scheduled to commence from March 16. In accordance to the decision taken at the level of the Chief Minister, due permission has been obtained  to use Government colleges as exam centers. The COHSEM Chairman went on to claim there would be no problem in conducting the exam according to schedule.

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Cabinet decision

IMPHAL, Mar 1: A Cabinet decision would be adopted tomorrow with regard to the ongoing agitation launched by teachers. Government representatives today held separate meetings with representatives of COTA and FEC- TAM at the official quarters of SPF spokesperson N Biren. Works Minister K Ranjit also attended the meetings. It is reported that the State Cabinet will take a decision tomorrow regarding the demands of the teachers.

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Promoted to IFS

IMPHAL, Mar 1: Five officials of Manipur Forest Service have been promoted to the Indian Forest Services by the Ministry of Environment and Forest today.

According to an official source, five officers of the Manipur Forest Service namely W Yaiskul, A  Bonbirdhwaja, L Lukhoi, L Jayanta and KS Tawmbing have been promoted to Indian Forest Service by an order of the Ministry of Environment and Forest today. On the other hand, Additional Chief Wildlife Warden of Manipur A Kharsing has been appointed as the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest.

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Health camp

Jiribam,, Mar 1: The Child Welfare Ashram (CWA), Jiribam conducted a free medical camp at Jairolpokpo village in Jiri today, reports our Jiribam correspondent. At least 189 people were treated and medicines freely distributed in the camp.

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Book release

IMPHAL, Mar 1: A book titled ‘Chandrashekhar Venkataraman: A Life in Science’ compiled by Prof N Rajmuhon of Chemistry Department, Manipur University was released on February 28 at Senate Hall, Manipur University.

The book released to mark observation of National Science Day organized by Manipur Association for the Promotion of Science, is based on the work and life of Nobel laureate CV Raman, the brainchild of ‘Raman Effect’.

The national Science Day is observed every year in honor of the eminent scientist.

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UKLF greets

IMPHAL, Mar 1 : The United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF) has conveyed special greeting to the tribal people of Manipur ahead of the auspicious Manipur Tribal Cultural Exchange program slated to be held from March 4 to 6 at Ukhrul district Hqs.

A press release issued by UKLF information and publicity secretary stated that since its formation in 2000, the UKLF has been fighting for re-unification of  all the Kukis as well as for restoring harmony with the rest of tribes in Manipur.

It remarked that such cultural exchange programs would pave way for more mutual understanding and collaboration.

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Senior Citizens condole

IMPHAL, Mar 1: Senior Citizens for Society, Nagamapal RIMS Road Corner and Manipur Cultural Integration Conference, Palace Compound have conveyed deep condolence over the untimely demise of eminent social activist Prof Riazuddin Choudhury.

A founder vice-president of Senior Citizens for Society and life member of Manipur Cultural Integration Conference, besides being a noted academician, Prof Choudhury passed away at Minuthong Hatta residence today morning.

The bodies also expressed solidarity to members of the bereaved family.

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

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