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BRIEF NEWS: May 04, 2011

Rickshaw Pullers Decry Govt Action

IMPHAL, May 3 : Whereas entry and parking of all kinds of rickshaws in Thangal Bazar have been prohibited from today, the  All Manipur Rickshaw Drivers and Pullers Welfare Association have decried the same initiative of the Government contending that an alternative parking site be arranged first.

Earlier different spots of Thangal Bazar like Sani Mandir area, PC Jain area, Alu Gali, Dharamsala, Prajatantra road were used by rickshaw pullers as their parking lots. But the Government has prohibited parking any rickshaws at these erstwhile parking zones without making any alternative arrangement.

Speaking to media persons about this prohibition at Manipur Press Club today, president of the All Manipur Rickshaw Drivers and Pullers Welfare Association L Subash reminded that the Transport Directorate issued an order in 2002 whereby 52 zones including Alu Gali, Dharamsala, PC Jain, Sani Mandir were designated as parking lots.

The Government’s new order which bans parking at these zones is tantamount to forfeiting the means of livelihood of around 400 rickshaw pullers.

He also appealed to the Government to make an arrangement for parking rickshaws at the earliest.

Until an alternative parking space is given, no rickshaws would pass through Thangal Bazar and it is also banned from today, Subash declared.

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Meet focuses on climate change

IMPHAL, May 3: The second inter-departmental consultative meeting on ‘climate Change, which was held today with Additional Chief Secretary PC Lawmkunga presiding over the session has called upon departments concerned to submit their respective action plan proposals within May 15.

The consultative meeting held at the conference hall of Old Secretariat was reportedly attended by top officials of Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Agriculture, Public Health Engineering Department, Power Department, Rural development, Forest, MANIREDA, Horticulture Department, Tourism Department, Health, and Environment and ecology Wing.

Among others the department representatives were advised to forward, within the specified date, their respective action plan recommendations as contained in the ‘state Action Plan‘ on climate change to the Environment and Eco- logy Wing, which is the Nodal Agency on the said issue, said an informed source.

In another development, a policy program with regard to allocation of water of the Loktak Lake, which is a RAMSAR site, has been sent to the Wetlands International South Asia. As per information received here, the final draft report of the policy is said to classify the Lake’s water allocation for the purpose of power generation, irrigation and provision as drinking water.

The draft report further highlighted gradual decaying in the character of the lake and the threat posed to its habitats and dependants.

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House of hubby set aflame

IMPHAL, May 3: Alleging that Meena Devi took the extreme step of ending her own life by consuming pesticide on account of ill-treatment, house of her husband Deepak alias Kondumba located at Wabagai Kadajit was set aflame by the infuriated local residents today morning. A large number of local residents gathered at the house of Maibam Deepak alias Kondumba and set it on fire at around 9.30 am today.

The house of Kondumba’s father is at Hiyanglam Lai Panganba. After his mother passed away while Kondumba was still a child, he was taken to Wabagai Kadajit where her maternal grandmother brought him up and he subsequently settled there along with marrying Meena Devi of the same locality.

Maibam Ongbi Meena Devi reportedly consumed pesticide in the afternoon of May 1 and she succumbed at RIMS Hospital yesterday morning. Before she took the extreme step, the couple reportedly had a fight.

On the other hand, a meeting of the local residents held today resolved that Deepak would be banished for life from Wabagai and no one should give him shelter.

The meeting also decided that all the properties of Deepak would be transferred in the name of his 4- year old daughter and ensured that the fugitive Deepak gets the due punishment in accordance to the law of the land.

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Student activists recover text books

IMPHAL, May 3: A joint team of AMSU, MSF, DE-SAM and KSA today inspected the ZEO offices of   Bishnupur, Thoubal and Imphal East from where they recovered large stocks of SSA text books which have not been distributed.

Speaking to media persons at AMSU head office this afternoon, AMSU HRD secretary Romen Leishangthem, MSF general secretary Anash Shah, DESAM assistant secretary general Arambam Thoithoi and KSA education secretary Surchand Ningthouja said that they recovered large stocks of SSA text books supposed to have been distributed to students.

These text books have been brought to AMSU office.

The way how these text books were stored in the godowns was also not very orderly.

The failure of the Government to distribute the text books even as the academic session is already on indicates that the Government has little concern for education, they asserted.

It seems the Government is more interested in distribution of crop seeds, GI sheets etc from where they can pocket certain percentage for their own.

Demanding that the Government should take up befitting actions against the SSA officials who failed to distribute the text books, they said that the recovered    text books would be distributed to students after fixing a date.

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IMC elections on May 25

IMPHAL, May 3: Elections to 27 wards of the Imphal Municipal Council would be held on May 25 and the election notification would be issued tomorrow.

Addressing a press conference this afternoon, State Election Commission Secretary Th Chitra said that elections for Imphal Municipal Council would be held from 8 am to 4 pm of May 25. If the necessity of re-poll arises, the same would be held on May 27 and counting would be done on May 29.

From Imphal East, seven Councilors would be elected and another 20 Councilors would be elected from Imphal West district.

In addition, polling for election of 54 Ward Development Committee Members would be held on the same day. For the IMC elections, Imphal East would have 66 polling stations whereas there are 175 polling stations in Imphal West.

At the rate of five polling official in each polling station, altogether 1205 polling officials would be detailed for duty for the IMC elections. The total number of electors is 1,52,264 comprising of 77,913 males and 84,355 females.

Imphal East and Imphal West DCs would act as District Municipal Election Officers while SDO Porompat and SDO Lamphel would act as Returning Officers. SDC Porompat, SDC Lamphel and SDC Imphal West (Central) would act as Assistant Returning Officers.

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Assn felicitates retired teachers

IMPHAL, May 3: All Manipur Elementary School Teachers’ Association Zone-I today felicitated 50 retired teachers during a function held at GM Hall here today.

Delivering the key note address of the function, general secretary of AMESTA S Gunamani said the felicitation function has been hosted to honor 50 teachers who have retired from service in 3009 and 2011 as well as to pay respect to the family members of departed teachers thro-ugh presentation of some simple gifts.

In his address as chief guest of the function, Additional Director of School Education Chandra Bahadur Pandyai called upon the teachers working in various schools in Manipur to dedicate themselves to their service of giving the light of knowledge to the students and make every possible measure to ensure good relationship between the teachers and the students.

Teachers can also play an important role in developing the Government schools which are on the decline these days, he said, while appreciating felicitation of the retired teachers. The function was presided over by president of AMESTA Zone-I T Rameshwar.

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Power drive continues

IMPHAL, May 3: Starting from May 6, Electricity Dept would launch its drive against defaulting and unauthorized consumers as well as regularization of illegal connection in areas under the jurisdiction of Central sub-division no. I, II and III of Imphal Electrical Division no. I

Issuing a notice in this connection, Executive Engineer of the Dept T Ibochouba Singh has informed that defaulting consumers can clear of their outstanding dues in three installments (50:25:25)  within three months.

As for new connection, the applicants may contact EE/IED-I, the notice said, while seeking the co-operation of the consumers in the ongoing drive of the Department.

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ASSIST aid

IMPHAL, May 3: Financial aid under Project ASSIST of National Foundation for Communal Harmony, New Delhi has been distributed among the beneficiaries of Senapati district.

Deputy Commissioner of the district Nidhi Kesarwani distributed the financial aid meant for families affected by communal clashes or armed conflict during a function held at the campus of Lodestar Public School located at Khongsai Veng in Imphal East district.

The financial aid was provided to the beneficiaries in the form of checks.

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Body to be disposed off

IMPHAL, May 3: The body of an unidentified man who was found dead in the afternoon of April 27 at Lamdeng Khunou Khudeiband under Lamshang police station of Imphal West district was be disclosed off on April 6 if no one comes to claim it by April 5.

According to a statement issued by OC of Lamshang police station, the man could be possibility a victim of hit and run case. He was possibility hit by a truck and he died at the post. But no one could witness the driver of the truck or its registration number.

The body of the unidentified man who is of medium built, around 5 feet and 3 inches tall with brown complexion and slightly long black hair is still lying at the mortuary of RIMS and he was found clad in a dark blue shirt with ‘Converse’ printed on it and a red color half pant. Interestingly, the body had been earlier identified as one Md Muktabir of Kairang by his family members.

Md Muktabir was reportedly admitted to the Psychiatric ward of RIMS for treatment but he went missing.

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SDSA thanks

IMPHAL, May 3: The Senapati District Students’ Association has conveyed heartfelt gratitude to the Centre for sanctioning requisite amount for development of NH 39.

It also appealed to all social organizations not to interfere in the ongoing work on NH 39 in the form of donation or percentage share so that the road development work can be executed expeditiously with due emphasis on work quality.

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MSAD fetes

IMPHAL, May 3: The Manipur Students’ Association Delhi (MSAD) organized a felicitation function in honor of champion boxer Sarjubala Devi of Manipur who won gold at the World Youth Boxing Championship held at Antalya, Turkey from April 23 to April 30.

Along with Sarjubala, MSAD also felicitated Md Farooq Alam (13) who won gold medal in the All Delhi District Level Taekwondo Championship held at New Delhi on May 1.

The felicitation function held at Delhi University and participated by around 80 students was very lively with the champion boxer sharing her experience and inspiring story behind her success with the students, conveyed a press release.

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One injured in RIMS scuffle

IMPHAL, May 3: A quarrel over entry into RIMS Chest Ward turned nasty resulting in scuffle between a patient party and RIMS security. One of the patient party suffered injuries in the scuffle. The ugly incident happened at about 10 am today when one Leishangthem Bocha alias Khogendra (27) s/o Ito of Nongren Mamang Leikai tried to enter Chest Ward to look after his uncle Tarpon who is currently undergoing treatment in the hospital.

According to the patient party, Bocha requested the security man on duty for entry into the ward so as to replace his aunt.

As the security personnel steadfastly refused to make way, the two exchanged heated arguments and soon came to blows.

In the next moment, other security personnel rushed in and started raining blows at Bocha. Bocha had his skull fractured besides suffering bruises on the but- tock and back. He was treated at the same hospital.

However, according to RIMS Medical Superintendent Y Mohen, it was the patient party who first made the physical assault. As for the fracture in the skull, it might have been caused due to stumbling, he said.

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

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