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BRIEF NEWS: March 04, 2011

Legal practitioners to skip work

IMPHAL, Mar 3: The High Court Bar Association (HCBA), Manipur in a special general body meeting held today has resolved that its members would abstain from court works indefinitely with immediate effect till the Union Govt makes a full proof assurance to establish Manipur High Court prior to establishment of Tripura and other separate High Courts in the North East Region. An HCBA statement issued by its president informed that today’s meeting was convened to discuss a report published in State dailies with regard to the Union Law Ministry planning to establish separate High Courts of the State of Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya. While expressing staunch opposition to the Ministry’s move for establishing the High Court in Tripura in the first phase followed by Manipur and Meghalaya, members pre-sent at the meeting resolved to send joint representation addressed to the Prime Minister, Law Minister, Union Home Minister and Chief Minister of Manipur would be submitted by HCBA.

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Three UG cadres held

IMPHAL, Mar 3: Imphal West district police commandos have reportedly apprehended one KCP-MC (Malemnganba) cadre and two UNLF activists from Singjamei Super Market and near Khoyathong Traffic Island today.

A statement issued by SP (IW) identified the UNLF duo as Leishungbam Akber Singh alias Roshan (29) s/o L Gandhi of Seijang Mayai Leikai and Elangbam Ajit Singh (41) s/o (L) E Nandakumar of Khagempalli Panthak.

Both reportedly disclosed to have worked under the command of one S/S Rakesh since two months ago and were involved in collection of huge amount of money from Serap dealers of Imphal area.

The statement also maintained that they were involved in threatening Govt employees through mobile phones under the instruction of Rakesh. Two mobile phone handsets have been recovered from their possession, it added. The statement also identified the KCP-MC (Malemnganba) cadre as Lourembam Bocha alias Atomba Singh (26) s/o L Lalito Singh of Heirangoithong Makha Leikai.

Apart from working under the command of one Thingbaijam Chitaranjit alias Tangba since December 2009, Bocha along with Tangba carried out grenade attack at the residence of Executive Engineer Thokchom Lokeshwor, informed the statement.

Bocha and one Somokanta were also involved in another hand grenade attack at the residence of a Pradhan at Lilong Chajing Karam. One .32 pistol with a magazine and two live rounds have been seized from Bocha’s possession.

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Police refuse to lodge complaint

IMPHAL, Mar 3: With Sugnu Police refusing to take a written complaint against the reported assault on three women and a 62 year old one by one Angom Sobha of Wangoo Tera and his cohorts, the victims has decided to take the case to the Manipur State Commission for Women.

Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club here today, representatives of the Women Development Society Sandangkhong and the Sandangkhong Mayai Leikai Eleven Star Youth Club strongly condemned the assault on the three women by Angom Sobha and his cohorts at about 7.30 pm of February 27.

The two local bodies also decried the refusal of Sugnu Police to receive their written complaint against the assault.

They asserted that the police have been encouraging violence against women by refusing to take the written complaint.  The matter would be taken to the Manipur State Commission for Women so that the guilty persons are punished according to law, they said.

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COHR condemns

IMPHAL, Mar 3: Strongly condemning severe thrashing of one Athokpam Angousana of Napat Mayai Leikai in Bishnupur district by Thoubal district police commandos and subsequent demise of the elderly person as a consequence of the assault, Committee on Human Rights (COHR) has demanded befitting punishment of all those involved in the case.

While recounting events leading to the dead of Angousana, COHR highlighted that similar incidents had already taken place on numerous occasion without any exemplary punishment meted out against the perpetrators.

Observing that ceaseless brutal conduct of security forces is to due to immunity provided by the AFSPA 1958, the Committee reminded that existence of a Government is to protect its citizens rather than patronize unruly conduct of security force personnel.

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HTC thanks

Imphal, Mar 3: While expressing gratitude to Manipur University for conferring Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) to Moreh College Principal SL Lunjapao Vaiphei on the thesis, “The Vaiphei An-Ethno Historical Study”, the Hill Tribal Council, Moreh has congratulated SL Lunjapao Vaiphei for his achievement which has made the people of Moreh proud, conveyed a press release.

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Boy drowns

IMPHAL, Mar 3: A boy was drowned while bathing in Jiri River today, reports our Jiribam correspondent.

The deceased has been identified as T Johny Singh (15) s/o Thambou of Kwakeithel.

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PHSCs inaugurated

IMPHAL, Mar 3: Two newly constructed Primary Health Sub-Centers (PHSCs) have been inaugurated today in different parts of Wangkhem Assembly Constituency in Thoubal district.

The PHSCs have been constructed under National Rural Health Mission.

MLA Keisham Meghachandra Singh inaugurated the two PHSCs as chief guest.

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IPR awareness

IMPHAL, Mar 3 : The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute Imphal in association with Patent Information Centre (PIC) Manipur would be a organizing a one day sensitization/awareness program on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on March 16 at Hotel Classic, North AOC, Imphal.

Micro and small enterprises, individuals, Government officials etc interested in attending the program may submit application to MASTEC Executive Director Th Surendranath on or before     March 11, conveyed a press release.

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CRA accuses of UKLF

IMPHAL, Mar 3: The Civil Rights Alert (CRA) Chandel has accused the UKLF of deducting 20 per cent from the salaries of Chandel District Council teachers recently.

A press release issued by information and publicity secretary of CRA Jathang Haokip alleged that the salaries were deposited in the bank accounts of teachers only after 20 per cent was deducted through the concerned cashier.

Noting that UKLF is a signatory of SoO pact, the CRA questioned the silence of the Government to such unlawful activities of the UKLF.

It also recalled that Khopibung village Chief Ngamlet Baite was shot dead by UKLF cadres right in front of his wife on November 24 last year.

The CRA further urged upon the authority concerned to check and stop such illegal activities of SoO signatories.

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APSCS condoles

IMPHAL, Mar 3: The Association of Premier State College Seniors, Manipur (APSCS) has condoled the demise of Md Riyazuddin Choudhury, an eminent retired teacher and member of the Association. A condolence meeting was held with K Chandradhon Singh in the chair on March 1. Apart from recalling the contribution made by Md Riyazuddin to the society during his lifetime, the members present observed two minutes silence as mark of respect to the departed soul.

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Lamka College reopens

Lamka, Mar 3: The students’ union of Lamka College today announced their decision to reopen the college after a brief closure after they were assured by the State Govt that their demand for introduction of new subjects was under active consideration. A statement of the students’ union said, in

view of the written assurance by the Additional Director (University & Higher Education), Govt of Manipur, the college will reopen temporarily from tomorrow.

*Reported by S Singlianmang Guite

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By-poll oath

IMPHAL, Mar 3: The oath taking ceremony of Konthoujam Sharat Singh, who was elected in the by-election to the Ninth Manipur Legislative Assembly from Konthoujam AC will be held on March 8 at 10 am at the Assembly Hall, said a Manipur Legislative Assembly Secretariat statement. All members of the Assembly have also been informed to attend the said ceremony in time.

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Preparatory meet

IMPHAL, Mar 3: Ahead of the two day visit of President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil to the State scheduled from March 10, a preparatory meeting presided by the Chief Secretary was held this morning.

It is informed that today’s meeting focused mainly on the President’s itinerary to visit Mantripukhri for laying the foundation stone of an Information Technology Park.

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AMUCO condoles

IMPHAL, Mar 3: All Manipur United Clubs’ Organization has deeply condoled the untimely demise of social activist Prof Rijajuddin Choudhuri, who left for the heavenly abode on February 28. We soulfully grieve the loss of Prof Rijajuddin and share grief of the bereaved family, said an AMUCO release while adding that a two minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

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Water connection

IMPHAL, Mar 3: As shifting and restoration of distribution pipelines along Wahengbam Leikai to Keishampat and Wahengbam Leikai to Tera is nearing completion, supply of water to eligible consumers will be resumed from the new pipelines, said a Public Health Engineering Department statement issued by its EE, Water Supply Maintenance Division-I. Furthering informing that an exercise consisting of on the spot verification, reconnection, regularization of consumers and collection of water tariff will be conducted in the areas of Wahengbam Leikai to Moirang Leirak machin and from Wahengbam Leikai to Kangabam Leirak machin from March 4 onwards, the PHED statement also conveyed to the eligible consumers to furnish connection order along with latest tax receipt as well as to arrange 12.50 mm GI pipes for reconnection. Official staff for collection of water rent will be available at Wahengbam Leikai Lairembi and Ebudhou Khamlangba Laikol Moirang Leirak from March 4 to 10 during office hours, it added.

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

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