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BRIEF NEWS: May 15, 2011

Locals banish incestuous couple

IMPHAL, May 14: A case of incestuous relation, 53- year old man, who is related as a grandfather, has reportedly gone hiding along with a 33-year maiden.

Denouncing such relationship, which is considered to be against social mores, the local residents have decided to banish the couple from the locality.

According to information received by the press, 53-year old Oinam Ibomcha alias Meghachandra of Pishumthong Oinam Leikai has gone hiding after taking along with him a 33-year old maiden from the same locality.

They are related as grandfather and granddaughter. Father of the missing maiden has lodged a complaint with the local club (United Pioneer Club) in this regard. Based on the testimonials of some eyewitnesses who saw them (grandfather and granddaughter) going together, the volunteers of the Club served an ultimatum to the family members of Ibomcha for producing the missing incestuous couple within May 11.

As the missing incestuous couple could not be produced even after expiry of the deadline, a meeting of the locality has decided to banish them from the locality and taken up strong action against anyone found sheltering them, sports secretary of the Club RK Manisana has informed.

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Parents claim age-test folly

IMPHAL, May 14: Parents of upcoming football players have cast serious doubt over the authenticity of medical check-up test conducted to select players for a stint at the reputed Manchester United Football Club of England.

Speaking to newspersons at Manipur Press Club today, parents and family elders of Social Welfare Club, Heirangoithong players said under the aegis of All Manipur Football Association (AMFA) medical test to select under-15 team members of the Club for the training cum competition stint at Manchester United was conducted at Sapam X-ray clinic.

Out of 26 SWC players who underwent the medical test only nine were declared eligible thereby invalidating the Club due to inadequate team strength, the parents informed while confiding that when authorities concerned were approached to furnish the medical test report the proposal failed to evoke any positive response.

Further informing that most of the SWC players were declared to be 17 years of age as per result of the medical test, the parents described the test outcome as ridiculous with the assertion that the same players were team members of the Club that had participated in an under-15 tournament organized by AMFA in January this year.

While ruing the missed opportunity of young players to further hone their skill at the famous club (Manchester United), the parents expressed hope that future age-proof test would be genuinely conducted and in a fair manner.

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Protest still on

IMPHAL, May 14: Protesting decision of the Government to shift street vendors from Khwairamband Bazar to Lamphel Super Market complex, a large number of women street vendors today took out a rally here today.

Starting from western side of Mapal Kangjeibung, the rallyists were proceeding north towards BT road when police stopped and dispersed them.

It may be noted here that the State Cabinet had taken the decision of removing the street vendors from Khwairamband Bazar area to Lamphel Super- market complex located in front of Shanker Talkies. Subsequently, all the street vendors who were earlier selling vegetables and other consumable items in different parts of Khwairamband Bazar have been evicted.

In protest against the eviction, women street vendors launched a series of agitations and many of them have been arrested and put behind bars on two occasions.

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Orphan’s Day

IMPHAL, May 14: The second annual Orphan’s Day celebration of Agape Christian English School was held today at the Kangpokpi Campus of the institute where a prayer session invoking blessing of the almighty for a better future of the students was the highlight. The blessing prayer was conducted by Rev KS Seiboi.

Orphan students along with their more fortunate school-mates also presented various cultural items as a part of the celebration which was held with Khoken village Chief Paotong Doungel as the chief guest and IGP (Retd) N Kipgen as the functional president.

Speaking on the occasion, N Kipgen called upon all concerned to establish orphanage centers with the stated objective of providing solace to the parentless children.

Highlighting that there are many orphanage centers in Manipur with individuals running such an institution mostly interested in utilizing funds donated from various sources as personal wealth, he cautioned that diluting sanctity of orphanage centers would have serious repercussion and negative impact on future of the parentless children.

The retired IPS officer also posed as to why the Social Welfare Department could not chalk out a mechanism to ensure that funds meant for welfare of the orphans bring benefit to the deprived section (orphans) of the society.

He also reminded that present-day inmates of orphan centers emerging as leaders in the future could not be ruled out and expressed hope that authorities of such centers take all possible steps in guiding these children.

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Woman found dead hanging

IMPHAL, May 14: Even as the death of a young housewife, found hanging inside her own room at her husband’s house at Singjamei is still fresh in the mind of the people, another woman was also found dead hanging at Thongju Part-I Nameirakpam Leikai today morning.

Tensubam Ningol Laishram Ongbi Memcha Devi (50) w/o (L) Ibohal of Kha Maibam Leikai Liwa Lambi was found dead hanging from a rope at a tree growing inside the homestead of her maternal home at Nameirakpam Leikai early morning today. The homestead where she was found dead is said to be an unoccupied plot as all the occupants have shifted elsewhere.

Memcha’s husband reportedly passed away some years back. The couple left behind two sons. Police have taken down the body and taken custody of it.

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Block level program held

LAMKA, May 14:  The block level training of the Congress party on the UPA’s flagship schemes held today at Kangvai village under Henglep AC here observed repetitive calls for electing more congress MLAs from the district in the next Assembly election.

“It is time we have six Congress MLAs from the district and not just three as is the case now. We need to adopt a stronger and better Congress Government,” IPR Minister TN Haokip told the gathering.

Ensuring a proper implementation of the 15 schemes which the party has identified as the UPA and SPF Government’s flagship programs will instinctively alleviate us and our society, said T Manga Vaiphei, the local MLA.

The block level workers have to ensure that the schemes are rightfully implemented and that they have reached the targeted population, he added. Echoing the call for electing more number of Congress MLAs from the district, MPCC (I) President Gainkhanngam had an elaborated discussion of what he said is the basis and inspiration behind the flagship programs and claimed that choosing the party is the only condition for development.

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SDSA urges

IMPHAL, May 14: Saying that quality control is not being maintained in the black topping of NH-39, Senapati District Students’ Association (SDSA) has urged the Government to take up necessary action in this regard.

SDSA in a press release said, work between Maram and Senapati manifest poor quality and many areas between Maram and Mao re- mains tattered and deplorable. The students’ body warned that it would close down all the machineries and stop work if necessary measures are not taken up at the earliest.

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Petrol price to go up by Rs 5

NEW DELHI: In the steepest hike ever, state-owned oil companies on Saturday increased petrol price by about Rs 5 per liter with effect from midnight tonight.

The increase in petrol price, which the oil firms had been holding since January even though crude oil had touched a two-and-a-half-year high, came a day after election results of five state assemblies were announced.

Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum will hike rates between Rs 4.99 and Rs 5.01 per liter in Delhi with effect from midnight Saturday.

Petrol in Delhi currently costs Rs 58.37 per liter.

The government had freed petrol price from government control in June but the state-owned oil firms had not raised prices on an ‘informal’ dictate from the oil ministry.

“The hike needed to make domestic rates at par with international prices was Rs 9.

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Aid distributed to students

IMPHAL, May 14: 5/16 Women’s Committee of Thongju A/C distributed exercise books to school children under the aegis of social worker Thongam Bishwajit Singh in a function held at Singjamei Wangma Kongba road today.

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Body decries abduction

IMPHAL, May 14: Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS) has strongly condemned the abduction of one KS Ramshing of Chatric Khullen village by UG groups on May 12. A press release claimed that Ramshing is innocent and the President of Sambu Raiping Katamnao Long. The student body also urged for his early release without any condition.

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Miss Manipur contestants

IMPHAL, May 14: The 22 contestants of Miss Manipur 2011 visited Khongjom war memorial and paid tributes to the martyrs today. The contestants also interacted with the students of Chaoyaima Higher Secondary School, Thoubal as a part of their outdoor activities. A blood donation camp will be organized at 9.30 am at Hotel Imphal on May 15. The contest is organized by Four Hopes.

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Awareness camp held

IMPHAL, May 14: The Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Barak Valley organized a one-day awareness camp on the ill-effects of drug and alcohol for the Zeliangrong students of Jiribam and adjoining areas at tribal community hall, Jiribam today.

The awareness camp was conducted under the theme, ‘towards better life’ and attended by around 150 students, reports our Correspondent.

Resource persons advised the students to abstain from harmful chemicals and to lead a healthy and productive life.

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SRI method

IMPHAL, May 14: System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method is being implemented successfully in Imphal West district.

It was come across during a field visit conducted by a team of State Agriculture Department officials and representatives of Apunba Loumee Lup, Thoubal, Young Progressive Farmers’ Association and All Manipur Young Progressive Farmers’ Association.

The team was led by Deputy Director (Soil Chemist) Ph Rajendro today. The method is also being implemented at around 250 paris of Shantipur, Elang Khangpokpi and Wangoo Sagol Lambi. Speaking to reporters, Ph Rajendro said that SRI method would bring prosperity in the State as it enhances production with less expenditure.

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Dance competition

IMPHAL, May 14: Toijam Jayatek, Urika Yurembam and Ningthoukhongjam Alocia, who secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively in the junior section while Suchitra Takhellambam, Ningombam Jonnybala and Kshetrimayum Tomba Mayai, who respectively clinched the top three positions, have been selected to represent Manipur in a Mega Dance competition to held at Assam.

In all 8 competitors in senior section and 24 in junior section have participated in the competition, Dance Manipur Dance, organized under the aegis of Sanaleipak Nachom Artistes’ Association. The prize distribution function of the competition was held at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound today. The function was attended by Minister of Tourism TN Haokip as chief guest and Deputy Chairman of State Planning Board Bijoy Koijam as president.

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

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