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BRIEF NEWS: March 03, 2011

PDS distributes incentive awards

IMPHAL, Mar 2: People Development Society (PDS), an authorized micro insurance agent of LIC, has    identified four villages of Senapati district under Jivan Madhur Bimagram and given incentive awards for its developmental works.

Incentive awards were handed over to Liyai Khullen-A, Liyai Khullen-B, Chingmai Khunou and Chingmai Khullen in a simple function held at DRDA office complex, Senapati today.

Additional Deputy Commissioner H Rupachandra, LIC Kakching Branch Manager Apul Kabui, Paomata SDO L Solomon Pao, Saitu Gamphazol SDO M Gouro and LIC Development Officer Ksh Sarvodayachand were the chief guest, president and guests of honor of the function. PDS Secretary Th Biramangol while speaking at the function said that every village, which has a population of 1000 to 5000 and 25 percent of the villagers are engaged in agricultural activities, can be listed for Jivan Madhur Bimagram.

Five villages from Paomata Block and two from Saikul have been identified under the scheme so far.

Rs 22,500 each is provided to every selected village under the scheme, he added.

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Youth cultural festival begins

IMPHAL, Mar 2: Organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Imphal Zone the three-day long State Level Yuvakriti and Cultural Festival began from today at Khuman Lampak Youth Hostel.

According to District Youth Coordinator of the host Sangathan Y Laksman participants of the three-day event were selected after similar program at the district level.

Informing 14 youths each are representing each of the nine districts, he also stated that apart from presentation of folk songs and folk dances, an exhibition on food products by self help groups of the districts would be the other attraction of the event.

Speaking as the chief guest of the inaugural program, Lamshang AC MLA W Brajabidhu stated that objective of organizing State Level Yuvakriti and Cultural Festival is to provide a common platform to the young participants explore their potential in diverse fields in order to lay the foundation for their future choice of profession.

In her address, Art and Culture Director Dr K Sobita expressed satisfaction that Manipur has made significant progress in the field of art and culture.

Noting that through various art forms Manipur has occupied an important place of its own in the national and global context, she also called upon the participants to strive for continuous excellence.

Zonal Director of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Jackie Rivah stated that the ongoing event is the second of its kind organized by the Sangathan. He said that focus of the Sangathan is to nurture talented artistes from rural areas.

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No definite decision could be arrived at during the Cabinet meeting over the demand raised by COTA.

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Van driver killed in mishap

IMPHAL, Mar 2:  A van driver was killed when it collided with a car near the Singjamei Traffic Point along Imphal-Moreh Road last night.

According to police report, the incident occurred at around 1.30 pm yesterday when the Maruti van (MN-01W/5236) and the Chevolet UV-A car (MN-06L/4631) collided.

The driver of the Maruti van identified as Takhellambam Thaja Singh (45) of Kiyamgei Mayai Leikai sustained injuries in the collision and he was admitted to RIMS at around 10 pm.

However, he succumbed to the injuries after midnight. The body of the deceased has been handed over to the family members after post-mortem examination at the mortuary of RIMS. Singjamei Police Station has started investigating into the incident after registering a case.

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IV fluid banned

IMPHAL, Mar 2: Manipur Chemists & Druggists Association has cautioned wholesalers and retailers against sale/distribution of IV fluid manufactured by Parental Surgical India Pvt Ltd without the knowledge or due consent of the State’s Medical Directorate.

In a statement MCDA informed that issuance of such an advisory has been prompted in the aftermath of a recent incident that occurred in a Jodhpur city hospital wherein 13 pregnant women died.

Investigation into the said case had come to the conclusion that the expectant mothers died due to administration of contaminated IV Fluid manufactured by the Parental Surgical India Pvt Ltd.

The statement further pointed out that representatives of the said company had recently arrived at Imphal to select distributors for sale of their product.

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Biometry data

IMPHAL, Mar 2: Office of the Deputy Commissioner has informed the concerned of EB-001, 002, 003, 004 and 005 that biometry collection would commence from 10 am of March 3 at DC office complex, Porompat.  All the residents of Thawanthaba Leikai, Mutum Leikai and Kshetri Leikai under Porompat Sub-Division must be present for biometry collection camp along with acknowledgement slip and identity proof to get IRIS photograph and fingerprint, said a press release.

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Riazuddin condoled

IMPHAL, Mar 2: MU History Department condoled the death of eminent historian Riazuddin Choudhury by observing two-minute silence as mark of respect to him.

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Body decries

IMPHAL, Mar 2: Chandel Naga People’s Organization (CNPO) has decried the State Government for not providing security to NPF leaders during their visit to Tamenglong and Chandel districts. A CNPO press release said that it was very unfortunate that a democratically elected Govt failed to provide security to the VIPs of a neighboring State. It added that CNPO would welcome NPF and extend full co-operation and support when NPF is launched in Manipur.

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Body urges

IMPHAL, Mar 2: Chandel Naga Civil Society Co-ordination Core Committee (CNCSCCC) has appealed for immediate revocation of the Cabinet decision of posting senior MCS officers as Executive Directors of DRDAs.

In a press release, CNCSCCC demanded for appointing of DCs to the said posts, which according to the body is in the guidelines of DRDA.

CNCSCCC also urged the concerned MCS officer not to take charge of Executive Director of DRDA Chandel. The committee would not be held responsible for any untoward incident, it added.

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Two UG cadres arrested

IMPHAL, Mar 2: Security forces have reportedly arrested two activists of different armed groups in the past 48 hours.

According to a Imphal West district police officer, one KCP cadre namely Lourembam Poncha s/o Lolita of Heirangoithong Awang Maibam Leikai was rounded up from Singjamei area this afternoon.

One .32 pistol and five rounds have been recovered from Poncha’s possession.

It is informed that Poncha was arrested in subsequent operation carried out by the district police commandos in the aftermath of arrest of two other KCP cadres, who were involved in bomb attacks, firing and murders.

The police officer also accused Poncha of involvement in criminal activities.

It may be noted that the two KCP cadres arrested by a combined force were paraded before the media yesterday.

Meanwhile, troops of 28 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector carried out search operation at Bashikhong area during which a PULF cadre was apprehended at around 8.30 pm of March 1.

A PRO IGAR (S) release identified the arrested person as Mujibir Rahaman alias Ethimbi (33) s/o (L) Nazrudin of Sora. Mujibur has been handed over to Imphal East police station.

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

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