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BRIEF NEWS: March 29, 2011

Inferno that broke out in North AOC. Image Credit: Sangai Photo.

Devastating fire at North AOC wreaks havoc

IMPHAL, Mar 28: At least 10 kiosks were razed into cinders in a fire that broke out at North AOC this evening.

According to information received from Manipur Fire Service, the fire broke out at around 6 pm and ravaged the wooden kiosks which are on the fringe of Naga River.

Most of the kiosks were tea shops, ticket counters of inter-State bus services and pan shops.

One foam tender, two water tankers, one water buzzer, one pumpset and one mini truck were pressed into action to control the fire.

The source of the fire is yet not ascertained. Loss property could not be evaluated although it would easily run into several lakhs according to eye witnesses.

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Murder of Dr Kishan and two staff HC asks for case diary

IMPHAL, Mar 28: The Gauhati High Court has asked respondents of the murder case of Dr Thingnam Kishan and his two subordinate staff to produce excerpts of the case diary of the CBI relating to any enquiry/investigation, if there is any, made by the investigating agency with regard to the involvement of the Ukhrul DC Pankaj Kumar Pal.

The Court issued this ruling today after perusing a complaint filed by Dr Kishan’s father Thingnam Surendro seeking registration of an FIR against Pankaj Kumar Pal.

The respondents listed in the case include the State of Manipur, represented by the Chief Secretary, the DGP, SP Ukhrul and OC Ukhrul PS. Advocate S Risom is appearing on behalf of respondent No 1 while senior Govt Advocate Th Ibohal is appearing on behalf of the other respondents.

Advocate Khaidem Mani is appearing on behalf of the petitioner.  Notably, trial of NSCN-IM Lt Col Hopeson Ningshen, the prime accused in the triple murder case has been already started.

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Godown handed over to Tourism Dept

IMPHAL, Mar 28 : Although the Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Department has not adequate number of godowns required for the increasing population of the State, a godown of 7000 metric tonne capacity built during British period at Koirengei has been handed over to Tourism Department.

A reliable source informed that the CAF &PD Department handed over to Tourism Department to make way for the latter’s initiative to construct a Hotel Management Institute.

At present, the largest godown is located at Sangaiprou and it has capacity of 7000 metric tonnes.

The State’s requirement of rice for a month is 7887 metric tonnes and sugar is 1803 metric tonnes.

Incidentally, the Home Ministry has already directed the State Government to keep four months requirement of rice in buffer stock in view of the poor transport infrastructure and frequent blockades.

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Rising Star

IMPHAL, Mar 28: Doordarshan Kendra Imphal will soon air a musical reality show christened Rising Star.

Producer of the show, Effective Television is set to commence post production works.

Production Controller of Effective Television, RK James in a press conference said that the show is based on traditional song and music. Youths who are of 16 years and above may participate in the program.

James said that audition would be held at Imphal Hotel at 9.30 am from March 30 to April 3.

Eighteen contestants would be selected for the first round of the show which would have 10 episodes.

Nine contestants would enter the second round and the winner would be awarded with Rs 40 thousand, James said.

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Awareness program

IMPHAL, Mar 28: A one-day awareness program on maize cultivation and SRI farming under ICDP and Accelerated program at Purul Atongba village today.

Interaction with officials and farmers was held and paddy and maize seeds were also distributed to the villagers in the program.

Speaking in the program, CDO of ICDP (Rice), L Ibomcha said that SRI method has benefited a lot to the farmers in the State.

He also appealed the villagers of Purul Atongba to join in reaping benefits from the method.

As the climate of the village is good for cultivation, Ibomcha added, villagers must cultivate high yielded maize varieties like PAC-740, HQPM and rice varieties like IR-64 and PAC 807.

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Workshop on embroidery begins

IMPHAL, Mar 28: A 6-month integrated design & technical development workshop in embroidery craft has kick started at Tera Lukram Leirak today. The workshop is being organized by Socio-Economic and Cultural Development Organization under the sponsorship of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, GoI.

Fifty artisans are taking part in the workshop and 40 different designs would be produced.

Speaking as chief guest at the inaugural function, Patsoi A/C MLA Sapam Kunjakeshwar (Keba) said that unemployment problems can be solved upto some extent by introducing the sense of self employment to the minds of the youths. He also expressed hope that the training program would prove beneficial in this regard.

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Foundation Day celebrated

IMPHAL, Mar 28: The 35th foundation day of Keibul Lamjao National Park was celebrated today.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests A Kharshing, Chief Conservator of Forest and Member Secretary of Manipur Biodiversity Board, RK Shrivastava, noted environmentalist Dr Kh Shamungou and President of Social Reformation and Sangai Protection Forum, Tongbram Budhi graced the function as chief guest, president and guests of honor respectively. A Kharshing in his speech explained the problems being faced by sangai and phumdi (floating biomass). A Kharshing informed the gathering that he had initiated to set up an armed forest protection force. RK Shrivastava while speaking in the function stressed on tackling poachers and encroachers in the park with modern means. Dr Kh Shamungou in his speech emphasized on preserving both food and shelter of sangai inside the park. Two motor cycles, 17 cycles, one mobile handset was handed over to Forest staff in the function.

Later, one life sized model of Sangai was unveiled and one country boating facility was inaugurated to promote eco-tourism in the park.

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JAC urges

IMPHAL, Mar 28: Joint Action Committee (Nungba Kendra) has contended that it would not remain as a silent spectator and would not compromise under any circumstance unless screening for implementation of BRGF and MSDP conducted by ADC Chairman of Tamenglong, Soihiam Haomei is revoked.

The JAC also demanded for adhering to DRDA guidelines in screening process with full knowledge of ADC members.

In a press release, the JAC alleged that the ADC Chairman carried out all the administrative works in his private residence at Neikanlong even though the State Government had opened an office at Khuman Lampak.

It further accused the Chairman of conducting the screening process of his own without the knowledge of concerned ADC members.

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

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