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BRIEF NEWS: March 28, 2011

UPPK refutes

IMPHAL, Mar 27 :The United People’s Party of Kangleipak (UPPK) has categorically refuted any connection whatsoever between the party and Amom Rajesh alias Raju Singh (18) s/o A Pishak of Wangoo Tera and Laishram Thoi alias Tomba s/o L Ranjit of Wangoo Chairen Sabal.

Amom Rajesh and Laishram Thoi surrendered to the IG AR (S) and the DGP as UPPK cadres.

Moreover, the two 9 mm pistols, two magazines and 11 live rounds they reportedly laid down did not belong to the UPPK or the KP Army, said a press release issued by the outfit’s information and publicity department secretary in-charge Khuman Laishramcha.  However, five cadres ran away from the party’s Heikhol base camp on December 18 last year taking along with them a large number of arms and ammunition.

The deserters identified as Seilung Mang alias Hallakpa (25) s/o Seilung Ngun of Makokchung, Nagaland, Md Ningkhaipham Salam Khan alias Naobi (25) s/o Md N Kuttuk Khan of Bishnupur Ward No II, Ahanthem Jason Singh alias Meikappa (20) s/o A Angousana of Sawombung Gate, Sanasam David alias Thoupuba (25) s/o late S Shamu of Sawombung Gate and Md P Thalak Khan alias Wathoiba (21) s/o Md P Amu Khan of Bishnupur Ward No II surrendered to 29 AR in the morning of December 19 last year, the outfit disclosed.

The outfit further questioned the motive of Assam Rifles in keeping the real surrender a secret while deceiving and forcing innocent civilians to enact surrender drama.

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Seminar on Hindi underway. Image Credit: Sangai Photo.

Hindi seminar throws up new insights

IMPHAL, Mar 27: As in the previous years, a State level Hindi seminar on the theme “Hindi Prachar Prachar” was held today in the hall of Manipur Hindi Parishad under the aegis of the Parishad.

The inaugural session was presided by Manipur Hindi Parishad president Anoubam Binodchandra Sharma while the Parishad’s vice-president Ramnath Prasad and general secretary Aribam Brajakumar Sharma delivered speeches in connection with the function.

In the technical session of the morning which was moderated by Prof Ibohal Singh Kangjam of Manipur University, Dr Kanchan Sharma, Associate Prof of Hindi Dept, MU and Assistant Prof Dr Elangbam Vijyalaxmi of MU and Sinam Tondon presented papers on different topics.

In the afternoon session, Dr Kshetrimayum Premila Devi of DM College of Arts and Acharya Radhagobind Thongam presented papers.

The session was moderated by Dr Takhellambam Kunjakishore, retired Principal, Hindi Teachers’ Training College, conveyed a press release issued by the Manipur Hindi Parishad.

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NIPCO decries killing

IMPHAL, Mar 27: National Identity Protection Committee (NIPCO) has condemned the killing of Irom Roger (21) of Wangkhei Angom Leikai.

In a press release, NIPCO demanded for befitting punishment to the involved persons in the incident.

Maintaining that it was not the first instance of involving kins of higher echelons of the State Government in such incidents, the committee observed that the SPF Government is no more a government which aspires for the welfare of the general public.

NIPCO contended that providing arms license and security escorts not only to MLAs and Ministers but also to their kins and relatives escalate crime in the State.

Remembering the shooting incident in which Advocate General Koteshwar was critically injured; NIPCO added that the culprit was not booked in the incident as well although the Chief Minister promised to punish the involved person.

It added that people are waiting for awarding punishment to the culprits this time.

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Retd cop eyes poll

IMPHAL, Mar 27: Formally announcing his decision to enter the election ring in the upcoming Assembly election, former IPS officer IGP N Kipgen interacted with the youth, womenfolk, Church leaders and elders of Keithelmanbi Military Colony and from the adjoining villages at KYA Hall yesterday. The former cop announced that he has set his eyes on contesting in the next election from Kangpokpi AC and stressed that his intention to contest the poll is to serve the people and not to gain fame or power.

“This I have already had the privilege while I was in service,” he quipped while talking to media persons today.

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Gas explosion

IMPHAL, Mar 27: At least three persons have been injured when the gas cylinder of a balloon hawker exploded at Pishumthong near Manipur College at about 9.10 am today.

The injured persons included the balloon hawker Janathan Sinha (42) of Chappra district, Bihar but staying in a rented room at Nagamapal Kangjabi Leirak. He was admitted to RIMS as he sustained injuries on different parts of the body. The other two injured victims included a woman. They have been discharged from RIMS after first aid.

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Grenade attack

IMPHAL, Mar 27: Unidentified persons lobbed a hand grenade at the official quarters of the Imphal West I Block Development Officer Keisham Rajendro near Lamphel Fishery office gate at about 3.30 pm today.

Even though the hand grenade landed at the courtyard of Rajendro, it failed to go off and it has been retrieved by police.

This was the fourth time hand grenades were lobbed at Rajendro’s quarters. Meanwhile, Rajendro’s family have appealed to all concerned to explain the attack if any UG group is behind it.

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ZU clarifies

IMPHAL, Mar 27: The Zeliangrong Union (ZU) has clarified that the demand for removal of 11 Assam Rifles from Zeliangrong areas was not the decision of the Zeliangrong people and the ZU (AMN).

Referring to the incident of March 13 resulting from the arrest of one NSCN-IM cadre by the Assam Rifles, the ZU said that the signatories of the Indo-Naga cease fire––NSCN/GPRN and the Government of India are the proper authorities and the concerned parties to consider it so that the ongoing peace talk is not disrupted.

Saying that the tension between the Assam Rifles and the public was due to misunderstanding of the cease fire ground rules, the ZU, in a press release, stressed on the need to peruse and understand the ground rules by all the public.

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VACC decries

JIRIBAM, Mar 27 : The Village Authority Chairmen Council (VACC), Tousem sub-division has slammed the district administration of Tamenglong district for misusing schemes like BRGF and MGNREGS by DRDA Executive Director Joseph Pauline and ADC Chairman Soihem Gonmei for their selfish ends, reports our correspondent.

VACC chairman G Issac rued that final bills for the works of 2009-10 under BRGF are yet to be cleared and work order for the said scheme for 2010-11 have not been issued.

Moreover, MGNREGS wages for 55 days of 2009-10 have not been paid to the people of Tamenglong district till date, Issac alleged.

The VACC would be compelled to launch various forms of intense agitation if the Govt fails to take up corrective measures at the earliest, he added.

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PHSC inauguration

IMPHAL, Mar 27: Newly constructed Public Health Sub-centre (PHSC) at Dongsum Khunou will be inaugurated on March 30. Saikul A/C MLA Doukhomang Khongsai, MDC Executive Member Zithang Thonthan and Medical Officer of Senapati district, Dr S Kunjakishwar will grace the inauguration function as chief guest, president and guest of honor respectively.

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Career counseling

IMPHAL, Mar 27: A career counseling program was organized for the students of Imphal College, Kwakeithel by 12 Maratha LI of 9 Sector AR during which officers of the Battalion guided the participants on types of entries, job profiles, selection procedures, payments and perks in the Indian Army.

Conveying that the session was very interactive and the youth, forthcoming with questions, were keen to seek guidance, the release also said the event was well received by a packed attendance of 125 inquisitive students and 10 staff members of the College who were present.

They expressed the desire that more such events should be conducted with respect to all the professional spheres, it added.

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Handicraft expo begins at Naoremthong

IMPHAL, Mar 27: A 10-day long Cheiraoba Exhibition cum Sales of Handicraft has been inaugurated by Uripok AC MLA L Nandakumar Singh at Epathoukok complex today.

Inaugural program of the exhibition organized by Socio Economic and Cultural Development Organization, Uripok Achom Leikai under the sponsorship of Development Commissioner (Handicraft), Ministry of Textiles was also graced by the presence of Imphal West Deputy Commissioner K Radhakanta as the president along with Investigator of Marketing and service Extension, Imphal Th Rajen, Epathoukok president H Murali Meitei and principal (Retd) of NG College K Tombi as the guests of honor.

In all handloom and handicraft products by the local artisans are being put on display for sale in 18 stalls in connection with the forthcoming Cheiraoba festival.

Speaking at the occasion, dignitaries present expressed that such an event would not only facilitate the artisans to showcase their produce to enhance income generation avenue but also boost in promoting handloom and handicraft products.

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Awareness camp

IMPHAL, Mar 27: An awareness camp on the socio-economic upliftment of women in Manipur was held at Chingdong community hall, Jiribam today, reports our Correspondent.

The camp was organized by Human Resource Development Institute under the sponsorship of Manipur State Women Development Corporation Ltd.

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

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