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BRIEF NEWS: May 08, 2011

Road mishap claims couple

IMPHAL, May 7: A couple has been killed in a fatal road mishap that occurred at Utlou along ImphalChurachandpurroad at about 8 am today.

The couple was travelling in an auto-rickshaw when the auto-rickshaw was rammed by a Tata Winger passenger van(MN-05C/0254).

Five others including a child sustained injuries.

A police source informed that one tire of the Winger van’s rear wheel got burst near Utlou Chanura Keithel.

The driver lost control of his van as the tire got burst and it rammed the auto-rickshaw (MN-01B/1485) coming from the opposite direction.

Atom (O) Sorojini (60) of Thounaojam Leikai, Tidim Road died on the spot.

Her husband Atom Dinachandra (60) was rushed to RIMS in critical condition. But he succumbed to the injuries in the afternoon.

Driver of the auto-rickshaw Pukhrambam Anilkumar (40) who happens to be son-in-law of Sorojini and Dinachandra was taken to Shija Hospital.

The fatal mishap occurred as the family was going to Nambol Thiyam for offering prayer.

The other injured victims were passengers of the Winger van.

They included a mother and one 18 months old infant.

The driver of the van fled away from the scene leaving the van which was subsequently seized by police.

In connection with the incident, a case has been registered in Nambol police station.

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Yarra festival

IMPHAL, May 7: Yarra, a traditional festival of Tangkhul community was celebrated for three days at Yidah village located in Kamjong sub-division of Ukhrul district.

The festival is marked by sharing and feasting among the villagers divided into batches according to age.

The festival which was celebrated from May 5 to May 7 also featured cultural dance and music items as well as competition in different sport disciplines.

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Bodies demand

IMPHAL, May 7: Several bodies have demanded for immediate release of 25 women street vendors who were taken into custody by police on May 4.

The women were arrested as they tried to throng the Raj Bhavan to submit a reminder memorandum to the Governor in protest against the allotment of vendor space at Lamphel Supermarket.

Life Care Foundation, Kiyam Wangmataba Youth Welfare Association, Thoubal Kiyam Wangmataba, Earth Care Foundation, Kiyam Siphai Khong Ahanbi Leikai and Centre for Child Development Organization, Heirok pressed the Govt to free the arrested women as many of them are lactating mothers.

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Aonglenden A/C by-poll

Dimapur, May 7: Stray incidents have marked the by-poll to the Aonglenden A/C in Mokokchung district of Nagaland today.

Former Governor of Goa and Maharashtra SC Jamir is seeking to get re-elected from this Constituency which he once reigned for several terms.

SC Jamir of Congress and Toshipokba Longkumer, a two time contestant of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) are contesting the by-election in a straight fight.

The NPF has accused the Congress workers of detonating three explosives at polling number 5 and 6 this morning at around 9. The NPF also alleged that the Congress workers fired upon the two polling stations to disrupt the polling process. Several NPF workers got injured in the incidents, said Abu Metha, press secretary to chief minister Neiphiu Rio. On the other hand, the Congress party accused the NPF of using militants in the polling today.

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Lokeshor hailed

IMPHAL, May 7: The villagers of Chingmang expressed gratitude to the MLA of Khundrakpam A/C Thokchom Lokeshor for providing 60 bundles of GI sheet and black topping of a 2 km road stretch that leads to the village. The generous contribution of MLA Lokeshor will always be cherished by the villagers, said the village chief Demmang Kipgen in a release.

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Alauddin condoles

IMPHAL, May 7: Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Md Alauddin Khan have expressed shock and sadness at the tragic demise of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in a helicopter crash.

Recalling Khandu as a great and dynamic leader not only for Arunachal Pradesh but also for the entire nation, Alauddin said he could comprehend the departed CM’s unique and visionary qualities with a national character at the recently held Review Meeting of RD and PR Departments of the North Eastern State held at Tawang on April 20.

“His demise is an irreparable loss to the nation. I deeply condole his death and share the pain of the bereaved family,” conveyed the Minister in a statement.

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Sony performers

IMPHAL, May 7: A seven-member team of Pung and Dholok artistes of Manipur left for Mumbai yesterday to record their performance for Sony entertainment Channel’s ‘Entertainment Ke liye Kushbhi Karega’ show.

The Mumbai-bound artistes, who are all from Yumjaomayum Living Art Academy, Bamon Leikai included Y Homeshor, N Boinao, M Khomeiton, N Manao, A Ibohanbi and S Ranjit.

It is informed that based on the pung/dholok performance of the Academy’s artistes at an audition test event organized by entertainment television network at the Manipur University Centenary Hall in March 14 this year, the seven-member troupe was selected for live recording at the network’s Mumbai studio.

The television network had been organizing audition testing throughout the country under the objective of facilitating artistes/performers showcase their talents.

Winner/s of the grand finale of the event would be based on the maximum number of votes generated through SMSs by the viewers.

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

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