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BRIEF NEWS: May 22, 2011

NSCN (I-M) cadres

IMPHAL, May 21: The five NSCN (IM) cadres arrested by troops of 5 Assam Rifles from Senapati have been reportedly handed over to leaders of social organizations yesterday late in the evening.

According to a source, troops of 5 Assam Rifles arrested the five NSCN (IM) cadres from Monday Market area of Senapati district, which is not covered by the ceasefire agreement signed between the Government of India and the Naga rebel group, in the afternoon yesterday.

Two AK Rifles, one Carbine Stengun and one pistol which were seized from the possession of the arrested five NSCN (IM) cadres however have been taken into custody by the Assam Rifles. Whether the arrested cadres were in possession of any money at the time of the arrest is yet to be established. The identities of the arrested cadres are also yet to be disclosed, the source added.

It may be recalled that protesting the arrest of the five NSCN (IM) cadres, a large number of women came out and blocked National Highway 39 for some time at Ningthoupham area yesterday.

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Health centers get new lease of life under PPP model

IMPHAL, May 21: Running of the primary health centers at  Borobekra  under Jiribam Sub-Division of Imphal East district as well as at Tousem under Tamenglong district, which are lagging far behind in health care sector in comparison to other parts of the State, have been started under Public Private Partnership (PPP) along with entrusting the task to an NGO.

According to an official source, the onus of running the two primary health centers have been taken up by the Bangalore based Karuna Trust with effect from May 1. The initiative has been taken up by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India for the first time in Manipur with an eye on ensuring proper health care services to the people living in remote and backward areas under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

The expenses on running the two health centers are to be borne by the Government with funding from NRHM while the required staff is to be appointed by the NGO at its own discretion. In running these two health centers, the NGO would not be charging any fee from the patients, the source explained, adding that the step has been taken up to ensure proper health care service to the people.

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Candidate aspirant assures development

IMPHAL, May 21: Inspector General of Police (Retd) N Kipgen assured residents of Manedara Nepali village to contribute his mite in the overall development of the tiny hamlet, which is situated close to Keithelmanbi Gopibung village in Sadar Hills.

Attending an interaction program with the locals today, N Kipgen, who had already announced his intention to contest the next assembly election, iterated that his preference to work for the welfare of the people is the driving force behind his decision to leave aside a comfortable life after retirement.

On behalf of the villagers, Manedara GB Chandra Prasad Parajuli highlighted various grievances of the local residents who had been settled in the area before World War II. He also stated that no development work has ever been initiated by the Government in the village and assured the former police officer of all possible assistance and cooperation in N Kipgen’s future endeavor.

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Probe ordered

IMPHAL, May 21: The Government of Manipur has ordered a Magisterial Inquiry into the alleged custodial death of Md Sirajur Rahman (30) s/o Md Gujar Rahman of Lilong Haoreibi Sambrukhong in Lilong Police Station on March 14, 2011 with Sub-Divisional Magistrate/Sub-Divisional Officer, Lilong as the authority to conduct the inquiry.

The terms of reference of the inquiry are facts and circumstances leading to the incident and findings based on the facts and circumstances and analysis thereof.

In this regard, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Lilong Kimjalhai Kipgen  has issued a notification inviting any person (2) willing/desirous to give any evidence or product any relevant material/document before the inquiry officer to submit his/her particulars in plain paper addressed to Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Lilong on or before June 10.

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Errata

Apropos to the news item which appeared in the May 21 issue of this paper under the caption, “Meghen sets record straight on plebiscite,” it is hereby clarified that the last sentence in para four of the news story, which was continued on page 4, should read as “…said Meghen and added that there can be no solution without the active participation of the public.”

* Editor

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Public holiday

IMPHAL, May 21: All Government offices and educational institutions located within Imphal Municipal areas will remain closed on May 25 in order to enable Government employees to vote during the Imphal Municipal Council elections, an order was issued today.

Further, a Public Holiday for banks/financial instituted located in Imphal Municipal areas on May 25 has been declared.

The Government employees/bank employees/employees of private sector undertaking serving elsewhere but residents of Imphal Municipal areas are also allowed to avail Special Casual Leave on May 25, the order added.

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Mobile tower guards

IMPHAL, May 21: All Manipur Aircel Security Guards Welfare Union has decided to remain in duty from 6 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 9 pm only from May 26 if their demands are not met by May 25. It was resolved in a meeting held today. The meeting urged the Aircel authority to increase the salary of caretakers from the current amount of Rs 2300 per month. It also demanded for appointment of required number of caretakers.

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Course admission

IMPHAL, May 21: Department of Physical Education and Sports Science of Manipur University invited application for admission to four-year BPEd (Integrated) for the session 2011-12. Details can be had from the department, said a press release.

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Electrocuted

IMPHAL, May 21: A BRTF driver was electrocuted when the truck he was driving came into contact with loose hanging high tension (HT) wire near Kaiphundai village along NH-53 at around 10 this morning, reports our Correspondent. He was rushed to CHC Jiribam but declared brought dead. The deceased has been identified as Sarimul Islam Laskar (25) s/o Md Aliuddin Laskar of Sonabharighat, Silchar.

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NYC interview

IMPHAL, May 21: The interview for recruitment of National Youth Corps has been rescheduled to May 24 at 10 am at the office chamber of Chandel District Youth Coordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra, informed a release while adding that the interview earlier fixed for May 19 had to be differed due to the bandh call.

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Awareness campaign

IMPHAL, May 21: With an aim to ensure the elections of Imphal Municipal Council free and fair, Manipur Innovation Society has kick started an awareness campaign christened ‘Vote for Manipur’ today.

The campaign kicked off at IMC complex and carried forward to BT Park, Singjamei Supermarket and Keishampat, said a press release. Pamphlets were distributed with shouting of slogans like, ‘elect the right candidate’ and ‘stand against proxy voting, bribing, booth capturing and dummy candidates’.

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Forum alleges UTLA

JIRIBAM, May 21: The Chikims Human Rights Forum, Jiri Zone has charged the armed outfit United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA) of unleashing ‘reign of terror’ in Phaitol area of Tamenglong district and Vangai Range in Churachandpur district.

The Forum also urged security forces deployed in these areas to check anti-social activities being allegedly carried out by UTLA cadres at the earliest in the interest of the innocent villagers who are at the receiving end of atrocities perpetrated by cadres of the armed group.

*Jacob Panmei

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Shumang Leela School

IMPHAL, May 21:  Giving a new impetus to the state’s rich art and culture, a school of Shumang Leela (SL), traditional Manipuri courtyard theatre is coming up in Imphal.

The Manipur State Shumang Leela Council (MSSLC) is extending all possible efforts to open the school by the end of the current year.

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District demand

IMPHAL, May 21: A meeting of the Jiribam District Demand Committee held at the office of JIMPAL today has decried the failure of the State Government to upgrade Jiribam sub-division into a full-fledged revenue district despite repeated assurances given in the past.

Setting May 30 as the deadline to the Government for meeting the demand positive, the meeting has also warned of taking recourse to various intense democratic agitations if the demand is not fulfilled, according to a statement issued by convener of Jiribam District Demand Committee M Maipaksana.

The Government of Manipur should be held responsible for any eventuality in this regard, the statement added.

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Judicial remand

IMPHAL, May 20: Two vehicle lifters, who were arrested by Senapati district police along the way to Imphal while bringing a motorcycle stolen from Delhi, have sent to judicial custody.

In connection with the case, Md Abdul Faruque Khan (24) and Md Iqbal Hussein (24), both residents of Lilong Turel Ahanbi, have been remanded to judicial custody after being produced before the court in District Magistrate of Senapati district today.

Both of them were arrested by a patrolling team of Senapati district police from Senapati town area on the night of May 16 and recovered one Bajaj Pulser motorcycle bearing registration number DL-7S-BK/5063, which has been stolen and brought from Delhi. Since arrest, they have been in police custody till today.

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

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