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BRIEF NEWS: May 10, 2011

School sports meet opens

IMPHAL, May 9: The 21st inter house annual sports meet of Azad English School, Meitram kick started from today. Imphal West Zilla Parishad Adhakshya Soibam Subhash Chandra Singh, School Governing Body Chairman Loitongbam Janmenjoy Singh, Lamjaotongba GP Pradhan Sumanta Singh, Kodompokpi ZP Member Sharungbam Chaoba Singh, Malom GP Pradhan Ngaseppam Megha, School GB Secretary Thokchom Birendro and Kodompokpi ZP Member Th Nanda were the chief guest, president and guests of honor of the opening function respectively.

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Fire destroys house

IMPHAL, May 9: A sudden fire that ignited from a kerosene lantern devastated a house at Laiphrakpam Mayai Leikai at around 12.30 am today.

The house belongs to one Tayenjam Dhaneshwar Singh of the locality.

Property worth around Rs 3,50,000 including cash of Rs 50,000 was reduced into cinders in the inferno.

Wangoi A/C MLA Salam Joy who rushed to the spot after getting the information of the fire personally supervised the personnel of Wangoi Police Station, Fire Service and local people in controlling the fire.

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Women constables

IMPHAL, May 9: The All Manipur Women Constable Written Test Faced Candidates and Guardians’ Union, Imphal has a convened a meeting on May 12 at 10 am at Kuki Inn, Imphal.

Announcing this in a statement, the Association has called upon all the candidates and their guardians to attend the meeting positively.

According to the statement, the written text for recruitment of women constables was held in November 2008. But the results have not yet been declared so far. The Union had also submitted numerous memorandums to the Chief Ministers and the Director General of Police in the past.  But no positive response has been ever received so far. There is also vagueness in the assurance of the DGP to the Union that the results would be declared within August 30.

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Chandel ADC meet

IMPHAL, May 9: The Autonomous District Council Chandel, Education Department held a meeting today a KCC Assembly Hall, DM Road Imphal with Executive Member, Education S Tongpao Mate in the chair and Inspector of School NL Khamson as moderator.

The meeting agreed to chalk out all necessary steps to uplift and upgrade schools under ADC Chandel.

The EM Education instructed and entrusted all DI’s and AI’s to inspect all the schools within a specific period of time. The EM Education ensured that possible and maximum help would be sought from the Chandel ADC and the State Government.

He said that materials of teaching aid infrastructure would be issued to the Headmaster or Headmistress with the knowledge of concerned MDC of constituencies for effective implementation, conveyed a press release.

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MI Khan clarifies

IMPHAL, May 9: Former PULF leader MI Khan has clarified he has no connection with Md Amir Ahmad alias Md Faza who was arrested by a combined team of Imphal West commandos, 28 AR and 18 Sikh Regiment from Shambrukhong.

Speaking to media persons today, MI Khan said that he only knew Md Amir Ahmad alias Faza was a member of PULF group till December, 2008.

Saying that he has given up rebel and turned to electoral politics, MI Khan said that he has no time to communicate with PULF or any UG group.

Maintaining that he did not know for which group Md Amir Ahmad alias Faza worked, MI Khan said that there is no rebel group or faction by the name of MI Khan.

He went on to guess that there might be some elements that are plotting to revert his transformation from a rebel to a politician.

He also lamented taking his name for unlawful matters even after he has joined electoral politics under the Indian constitution.

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Development works at Shongphel

IMPHAL, May 9: Lenchonghoi NaRM-G Shongphel Village UDCRMS (NERCORMP-II) has been taking various developmental works at Shongphel village and nearby areas. According to a press release, activities of the said group mainly stressed on development of roads, electricity, agriculture and education.

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CORE condemns

IMPHAL, May 9: The Centre for Organization Research and Education (CORE) has strongly condemned the alleged custodial torture leading to the dead of Thokchom Ranjit (48) s/o Thokchom Chinglen of Itham Nungoi.

This was the second event this year in which the high-handed, unlawful practice of arbitrary detention without arrest memo and torture leading to dead has occurred in Manipur, CORE noted in a press release.

The actions of the Manipur Police can never be condoned or excused as a mere ‘mistake’ as the police reportedly told the deceased’s family.

Severest punishment and disciplinary action must be awarded to the perpetrators and their senior officers, it demanded.

While sharing solidarity with the bereaved family, it demanded the Government of Manipur to institute a judicial enquiry at the highest level immediately into the custodial death of Ranjit.

The family of the deceased must be awarded the highest financial compensation and social support must be extended to Ranjit’s widow and the surviving two children, it added.

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Body found

IMPHAL, May 9: A bullet riddled body of a man has been recovered from near a culvert on the road leading to Kholet village of National Highway 39 under Sapermeina Police Station. Personnel of the police station retrieved the body and deposited it at the RIMS mortuary for identification.

The deceased is around five and half feet tall, the ear lobes are not pierced and have facial features similar to that of tribal.

He was found clad in bright color man shirt with a vest underneath and corduroy trousers.

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Mobile towers set afire

IMPHAL, May 9: Mobile phone towers for Aircel, Airtel and Vodafone installed at the residential com- pound of one Md Samshek Ali s/o Hyder Ali in Kwakta Ward No 8 were set on fire by some unidentified persons in the intervening night of May 7 and 8.

Mobile towers for Aircel and Airtel were completely destroyed in the arson though the Vodafone tower was not damaged very much.

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CDSU shuts UBI branch

Lamka, May 9: The CDSU announced shut-down of the district’s sole currency-chest bank, the UBI Churachandpur branch effective from today due to the intermittent exhaustion of currency, inadequate ATM booths and bank staff, a CDSU release said.

‘Mutual agreement to open more ATM booths, supply adequate currency and staff has been made with UBI authorities in the past. In spite of the agreement the same problem have come up again and again creating public nuisance,’ the release made available to the press said.

The union is compelled to close down the UBI branch indefinitely with effect from May 9, 2011 until further order, it added.

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

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