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BRIEF NEWS: May 16, 2011

Training program concludes on optimistic note

IMPHAL, May 15: The State level training program of field investigators on documentation of local health traditions concluded at Manipur University today.

The program was organized by Centre of Advanced Studies in Life Science of Manipur University in collaboration with Centre for Local Health Traditions, Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, FRLHT, Bangalore.

Chief Conservator of Forest and CEO of Manipur Biodiversity Board, RK Srivastava, IAIM-FRLHT Bangalore Assistant Director Dr Abdul Kareem, Researcher of North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine, Pasighat, Hemen Hazarika, Apunba Manipur Maiba Maibi Phurup president N Tombi Raj and former HOD of MU Life Sciences Department, R Varatharajan were chief guest, guests of honor and president of the function respectively.

RK Srivastava while speaking at the function said that quacks or healers are playing significant role in health care.

As they recognize almost all the plants with medicinal values, their contribution to the society is important.

Thirty quacks took part in the training program sponsored by NEIFM, Department of AYUSH of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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Holiday court

IMPHAL, May 15: A high level committee with chief Secretary as the Chairman has entrusted Law Department to consult Gauhati High Court for setting up of Holiday court to facilitate expeditious disposal of pending cases in the State.

It is informed that the committee at meeting on May 9 held to deliberate on the 13th Finance Commission award discussed on the issue of Holiday Court and consequently recommended the Law Department to take up the matter with the Gauhati HC.

The Department representatives were specifically advised to prevail upon the Court for relaxation of its condition that there should be at least 2000 pending cases for setting up Holiday Court and to set the specification at 200 cases.

The Committee also took serious note on the failure to utilize funds earmarked for morning/evening shifts of relevant courts.

Another issue taken up for discussion by the Committee related to utilization of the fund provided by the Central Government for the School Education Department with compliance to the Department’s

Action Plan and subsequently directed the Department authorities to ensure submission of utilization certificate of Rs 3 crores provision to the Finance Department within the current month.

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Racket busted

IMPHAL, May 15: A combined team of 18 Sikh and Bishnupur police commandos has reportedly busted a fake army recruitment racket with the arrest of an individual identified as Sorokhaibam Romi Singh alias Romichandra.

A statement issued by 18 Sikh, said Romi had been fooling the general public by posing as an army officer (captain) and deceiving the people into believing that he would recruit them into the Army.

The racket was busted in the early hours of May 15 in front of the Maibam Company operating base of 18 Sikh, when the combined team cornered the individual while he came to ask for the money from a betel shop right next to the Japanese War memorial, maintained the statement listing a combat uniform, two mobile phones, a 9 mm pistol (fake) and few SIM cards.

Photocopies of an identity card attached to the statement indicate that it was issued to Romi by a private security service called Detect Security Force, Chingmeirong and the individual’s address entered as Nongpok Kakching.

With the arrest of Romi Singh the people of the area have heaved a sigh of relief as they had been terrorized by his extortion demands for long, expressed the statement.

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Vehicle snatched

IMPHAL, May 15: Unidentified miscreants snatched away a Honda Activa scooter in between Langthabal Phura Makhong and Hiyangthang Bazar under Singjamei police station at around 8 last night. The maroon color two-wheeler (MN01D/6055) was snatched from one Sarangthem Joykumar of Hiyangthang Maning Awang Leikai.

According to him, he was stopped by three motor cycle borne unknown youths at the place while returning home last night.

His wallet and mobile handset were also taken away when the trio drove away, Joykumar said.

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Man found dead

IMPHAL, May 15: In a suspected case of drug over- dose, body of an unidentified man was found along a roadside drain at Hatta Minuthong under Porompat Police Station of Imphal East district at around 11 am today. According to a statement issued by OC of Porompat Police Station, the deceased is suspected to be a victim of drug overdose and the identity of the deceased is yet to be established. But the body has been picked up and deposited at the mortuary of JNIMS.

The deceased appears to be about 30 years of age and of 5.5 feet in height with lean body built, wheatish complexion and oval face. There is also a large skin color wart on the left side eye. The deceased was found clad in a black nylon half-pant and collared T-shirt with solid red color on sleeve portion and strips of red and black on the body portion.

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Bodies decry

IMPHAL, May 15: Nupi Khunai Chaokhat Lamjing Lup, Moreh, Minority Women’s Development Society, Moreh and All Community Development (ACO- DOM), Moreh have decried bashing up of RK Sanayaima, Chief Advisor of ACODOM. Condemning the incident of placing of hand grenade at Sanayaima’s residence, the bodies also urged not to repeat the same in future.

A sit-in-protest will be staged at Moreh Ima Keithel from 8 am to 10 am tomorrow in this regard.

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MNRF claims

IMPHAL, May 15: Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (MNRF) has claimed that Ramshing of Chatric Khullen and his associates are in the custody of the outfit.

According to a press release issued by Max Stone of Information and Publicity, they have been picked up from the work site of PMGSY by the cadres of MNRF.

Max Stone said, such unwanted incident occurred as the contractors failed to heed the repeated request of the outfit.

He added that all the contractors working under PMGSY at MNRF’s operational area must contact the outfit to avoid such incident.

The outfit is ready to take up action against those contractors who fail to heed to MNRF’s request, he added.

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Royal Riders

IMPHAL, May 15: As a part of its month-long environment awareness campaign, ‘Ima Mahousha Ningshing Tha’, volunteers of Royal Riders Manipur planted saplings at Manipur Zoological Garden, Iroisemba today. Different programs including poster campaign have been conducted as a part of the campaign that kick started on May 6. Spot painting competition and saplings plantation at Langol would be held in coming days.

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Hall inaugurated

IMPHAL, May 15: Khurai A/C MLA Ng Bijoy inaugurated a newly constructed community hall at Khurai Nandeibam Leikai today.

The hall was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 10 lakh by Manipur Development Society (MDS).

MLA Ng Bijoy, Salam Biramangol and Maibam Iboyaima were the chief guest, president and guest of honor of inauguration function respectively.

Speaking at the occasion, Ng Bijoy urged the gathering to take care of the hall as one’s own asset.

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Court directs absconders

IMPHAL, May 15: CJM Thoubal has directed Md Audrim s/o Iboyai and Md Ibomcha alias Ibocha s/o Iboyai of Sangaiyumpham Sabal Leikai and Md Iboyai s/o Jabar alias Abdul Jabar of Sangaiyumpham Mamang Leikai to be present before the Court of CJM Thoubal at 10.30 am on June 1 without fail. According to the directive, the trio has committed an offence of U/S 147/148/149/436/506/427 IPC.

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

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