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BRIEF NEWS: May 07, 2011

Citizens’ number

IMPHAL, May 6: Along with signing of a MoU between the State Government and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to facilitate issue of Unique Identification numbers (Aadhaar) to all residents of the State, the Planning Department has been chosen as nodal department of the same project.

According to a notification issued by Planning Department Special Secretary Dr Sajjad Hassan, the Unique Identification can be used both as address proof and identity proof documents.

As the UIDAI has already signed another MoU with the Registrar General of India for collection of bio-metric data for National Population Registry, the UIDAI shall issue Unique Identification numbers to all residents of the State.

Further, UIDAI has appointed Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL) as enrolment agency. Collection of bio-metric data is in progress through BEL vendors––MANITRON and In Media.

The ongoing exercise which is being conducted in partnership with Deputy Commissioners of the districts is targeted for completion by October this year.

The notification also asked the DC’s to carry out awareness campaigns in their respective districts about the ongoing exercise.

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Pensioner duped!

IMPHAL, May 6: An old age pension Scheme beneficiary, whose six monthly accumulated entitlement stands at Rs 1200, has alleged that he was paid only Rs 1110 without any explanation from officials concerned on the deduction.

Eighty-three years old Ksh Budhiman of Keishampat Keisham Leikai today trudged into the office of The Sangai Express to disclose that he was denied his actual pension amount.

Informing that officials of Social Welfare Department normally releases old age pension to the beneficiaries for a period of six months and his accumulated amount is fixed at Rs 1200, he also contended that pension amount from May to October 2010 has not been paid so far.

Doubting sincerity of the Social Welfare Department authorities, Budhiman questioned as to whether the denial has anything to do with the Central Government not providing the pension fund.

Asserting that higher authorities of the department should explain as to why Rs 90 has been deducted from the six monthly entitlements and whether the reduction is due to any new policy, the pensioner opined that aged citizens should not be discriminated.

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General strike called

IMPHAL, May  6: Even as All Manipur Rickshaw Drivers’ Welfare and Pullers’ Association (Manipur) has called off its proposed 36-hour general strike, JAC Against the Decision of State Cabinet for Street Vendors has called a 48-hour general strike with effect from 4 am of May 7.

According to a press release of the JAC, the general strike is being called in protest against police action on a group of women street vendors who had been to Raj Bhavan to submit memorandum to the Governor on May 4.

The JAC said that police not only resorted to lathi charge but also fired several rounds of tear gas shells and arrested 25 women street vendors. The JAC also expressed reservations over Government’s decision of allotting space for parking lot at temporary market sheds.

Meanwhile, following release of its arrested office functionaries, All Manipur Rickshaw Drivers’ Welfare and Pullers’ Association (Manipur) has called off its proposed 36-hour general strike. However, all the rickshaw thela pullers including hand thela pullers would suspend service at Khwairamband area if the police do not permit rickshaw thela pullers to park at Thangal Bazar, Masjid Road, Dharmashala, DK Steel, Kalibari, PC Jain, Sani Mandir, Ngari Gali and Bora Gali tomorrow.

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Grenade, firing attacks

IMPHAL, May 6: Some unidentified persons fired two/three rounds of shots at the gate of Catholic School Canchipur at about 7.40 last night.

However, there is no report of casualty in the firing attack, informed a police source.

Denouncing the unexplained attack, students and teachers of Catholic School took out a protest rally today.

The rally started from the school compound and went up to Manipur University main gate before returning to the starting point.

On the other hand, a hand grenade was hurled at the Iroishemba residence of Central Agriculture University Dean Prof Naorem Iboton (59) at about 6 pm yesterday.

However, the hand grenade hurled by some unidentified persons failed to go off.

Subsequently, police retrieved the bomb same night.

It is still unclear which UG group is behind the grenade attack.

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IM condemns

IMPHAL, May 6: Strongly reacting to non-bailable arrest warrants issued against two NSCN-IM leaders namely TR Calvin and Hanshi Ramson by a court at the behest of the Government of India, a joint council meeting of the steering committee members of NSCN and the council of kilonsers of GPRN held at Hebron camp on May 3 resolved to condemn the arrest warrants of the two.

Such act on the part of the Government of India clearly exposed its insincerity and hypocrisy, alleged the outfit in a press release issued by its MIP.

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Officers bound for foreign training

IMPHAL, May 6 : A total of 10 officers of the State Government for Foreign Training at Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok from May 9 to 12.

The 10 members selected for the foreign training are Maranchan Luikham (Addl Secy, Tpt), Lunminthang Haokip (ADC/Moreh), Y Iboyaima (Director RD &PR), Th Kirankumar (Director, Try & Accts), N Praveen (Dy Secy, Edn-S), Yumnam Robita (Under Secretary/DP), Tongbram Priyadarshini (Under Secretary/Home), Vivek Elangbam (ARO/Finance), Ng Roman (Dy Director, Fin/Sat and Nongthombam Sudip (ARO/Finance).

The officers would leave Imphal for Bangkok on May 7.

Additional Secretary (AR/Eco & Stats) and Additional Director/SAT Kh Raghumani have been appointed as the course evaluator.

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Dead baby found

IMPHAL, May 6: A newly born baby was found dead at a garbage dumping site near the entrance to the temporary market sheds of Khwairamband Keithel this morning.

The baby boy dumped at the garbage site was found wrapped in a polythene bag.

A team of City Police picked up the corpse and the same has been deposited at RIMS mortuary.

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Anti Imperialist Day on May 7

IMPHAL, May 6: May 7, the day when MAFYF president Sapamcha Kangleipal was arrested by Manipur Police as he was attending a public meeting at Manipur Press Club on ‘fabricated’ charges would be observed as Anti-Imperialist Day in different parts of the world.

An Anti-Imperialist Day organizing committee has been constituted by MAFYF and other like minded organizations.

An Anti-Imperialist Camp would also be organized as a part of Anti-Imperialist Day observance, conveyed a press release issued by MAFYF publicity secretary Yaikhomba Ningthouja.

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ZSUM poll on May 15

IMPHAL, May 6: A joint meeting of the All Zeliangrong Students’ Union-AMN and the Zeliangrong Students’ Union Manipur (ZSUM) held at Namdunlong here yesterday has resolved to hold election for new ZSUM executives for the tenure 2011-13 on May 15 at Khunphung and Dikiuram.

The house also appointed former AZSU general secretary Joshua Dangmei as chairman of the election commission with James Dangmei and Majabung Gangmei as returning officer and polling officer respectively for the forthcoming ZSUM elections.

The same election commission would also be in charge of conduction elections for ZSU Tamei area, informed a press release issued by AZSU joint secretary D Stephen Disuang. The meeting further resolved to expel ZSUM finance secretary Thaingamlung Thaimei from the union with immediate effect for assaulting union executives and his failure to submit a statement of explanation.

Noting the need for improving condition of schools and their infrastructure, roads, transport and communication system of Tamenglong district, the house decided to inspect these sectors whenever deemed necessary, added the release.

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UTLA clarifies

IMPHAL, May 6: The United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA) has clarified that Lunkhohao alias Max was not with the UTLA and is not a C-in-C.

He betrayed the organization and defected, informed a press release issued by the outfit’s information and publicity secretary Anaconda.

It further accused Lunkhohao alias Max of killing Railway (Bharati Railway Company) Supervisor Pintu Das.

Since he was kicked out from the organization on December 7 last year, the party has nothing to do with him, it added.

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Woman kills self

IMPHAL, May 6: A young woman reportedly killed herself by consuming insecticide at Kyamgei Muslim Makha Leikai under Irilbung police station in Imphal East district.

Ruhina Begum (26) was brought to RIMS at about 8.20 pm yesterday after it was found that she had consumed insecticide at her Kyamgei Muslim Makha Leikai home.

She succumbed to the toxic substance at about 9 pm.

Ruhina’s husband Md Joynalabuddin is a VDF personnel. Even though it was eight years since they got married, they had no child.

The corpse is still lying in RIMS mortuary.

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Juice stall inaugurated

IMPHAL, May 6: Boss Juices, a fruit juice stall run by Nahakpam Foods and Beverages was inaugurated at Sagolband Bijoy Govinda Mamang Leikai today.

Manipur State Social Welfare Board Chairperson  RK Nayansana, Manipur Food Industries Corporation Ltd Managing Director S Joykumar and Sanaleibak daily Editor A Mobi were present in the inauguration function as chief guest, president and guest of honor respectively.

Speaking at the occasion, RK Nayansana expressed hope that the stall would encourage addition of fruits in the diet of the people of the State.

Saying that most people in the State are not aware of nutritious values of fruits RK Nayansana said that many diseases can be prevented by having fruits regularly.

A Mobi while speaking at the function lauded the stall for encouraging self employment among youths.

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CEE on May 29

IMPHAL, May 6 : All those candidates who have passed in medical tests at Zakhama, Imphal, Zunheboto and Senapati rally of soldier GD, Tech and Clk/SKT are informed to attend the common entrance examination (CEE) to be held at DN Singha Sports Stadium, Goalpara (Assam) on May 29, 2011. While details can be had from PIB (Defense Wing) notice board, all the candidates are asked to report at Goalpara (Assam) by 0700 hrs on May 28.

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CM presides meet

IMPHAL, May 6: Ahead of the scheduled visit of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to the State on May 10, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi presided a meeting of the Combined Headquarters today and discussed law and order situation of the State.

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary DS Poonia, DGP Y Joykumar and top officers of CRPF, BSF, Assam Rifles and Army.

The Union Home Minister would land at Imphal at 6 pm of May 10. He would go to Ukhrul the next day and inaugurate the mini Secretariat. After returning from Ukhrul, P Chidambaram would hold a meeting and discuss law and order situation of the State.

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

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