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BRIEF NEWS: May 11, 2011

Pottery centre at Thongjao

IMPHAL, May 10: A pottery production cum training centre would be opened at Thongjao under Khadi Commission of Government of India. Necessary fund for the centre has been already released by the Khadi Commission and compound fencing work initiated, said a source.

Expressing that the centre would go a long way in enhancing skill and knowledge of the local potters, it noted that though pottery is a very old vocation in Manipur and different designs are produced here, these pots are not very decorative or sturdy enough.

The centre would have the capacity to impart training to 300 to 400 potters in a year for which experts would be invited from outside the State to train local potters on making of strong, less brittle and decorative pots.

Construction of the centre would be completed very soon.

Nevertheless, pots made in Manipur are very popular outside the State.

As such, the upcoming centre would also focus on expanding pottery market by enhancing quality of pots.

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Kuki human rights group demands

IMPHAL, May 10: The Kuki Organization for Human Rights, Manipur has reiterated its demand settling issues related to murder of 900 innocent Kukis including women, children and even invalid; uprooting of over 360 villages and making more than 1,00,000 Kukis homeless in their own land before any agreement is arrived at between the Centre and the NSCN (IM).

In a memorandum addressed to the Union Home Minister, Organization chairman L Lunkim said Kukis are not demanding any special treatment but only asking Govt of India to do its duty and bring about a peaceful settlement. “Without settling the damage done to the Kuki people, we will never be bound by any kind of possible agreement with the NSCN (I-M), which the Government of India classified as ‘terrorist organization”, Lunkim said, while appealing to the Government to do the needful to show that it respects human rights.

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Tsunami aid

IMPHAL, May 10: All Manipur Elementary School Teachers’ Association, Moirang has donated a sum of Rs 10,000 as relief fund for the earthquake and tsunami hit people of Japan.

According to a statement jointly signed by its president A Shanta Sharma and general secretary Sh Tombi Sharma, the amount was donated through the Additional Director of Education (S), Government of Manipur at the latter’s office chamber today.

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Thang-Ta festival

IMPHAL, May 10: Kanglei Enat Thang-Ta Shingdam Sanflen, Kongpal Chanam Leikai would be organizing the 1st North East festival of Thang-Ta from May 15 to 18 at Artistes’ Dormitory, Art and Culture, Palace Compound. Interested individuals may submit their names and other particulars for participation in the festival by May 14

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Youth kills self

IMPHAL, May 10: A 22 year youth reportedly died after he consumed some toxic substances.

The deceased has been identified as AK Premjit s/o Rajen of Thoubal Mayai Leikai.

Premjit was found by family members consuming insecticide Hildan in his own room at about 12.30 pm today.

He was immediately rushed to the Thoubal district hospital.

As his health condition worsened, he was taken to RIMS but succumbed to the toxic substance.

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VA objects to flagship program

IMPHAL, May 10: Objecting to the flagship training program of the Congress party schedule to be held on May 13 at Longmai, the Longmai Village Authority has pointed out that the organizer of the training program or any of the Congress workers have sought formal permission of the village authority to conduct such a program in the village.

In a joint statement, secretary of Longmai village authority Ading Golmei and Village Authority member Gailung Gangmei, asserted that Longmai village is govern by its village authority and Pei in accordance to the custom of the people. So, bypassing the village authority by some politicians for their own vested interest with use of muscle and money power is a humiliation.

Moreover, chairman of ADC Tamenglong Soihiam Haomei is yet to appear in the court of Longmai village authority to give his testimony over the disruption caused to the visit of MP Thangso Baite to inaugurate a BSNL tower at Longmai. So, Soihiam Haomei should not dare to organize, enter and participate in a function at Longmai village. The village authority would have warmly welcome and extend maximum co-operation in the proposed training program if prior permission had been sought.

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

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