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BRIEF NEWS: May 28, 2011

IE SDM to head inquiry panel

IMPHAL, May 27: The Sub Divisional Magistrate, Porompat (Imphal East district) Somorjit Salam has been appointed to head the Magisterial Inquiry instituted to investigate the alleged extra-judicial killing of one Soram Rojit (22) son of S Kamini Singh of Kangpokpi Bazar by personnel of Imphal East police commandos on February 2, 2008 at Hafiz Hatta Minuthong, said a statement issued today by the District Magistrate, Imphal East.

According to the order, terms of reference in the case covers facts and circumstances leading to the incident; analysis of the facts and circumstances; findings based on the facts and circumstance, and analysis thereof; and recommendation to prevent recurrence of such incidents in the future.

The Magisterial Enquiry report is supposed to be submitted to the State Government within two months with effect from May 26, and without further extension of time.

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KSU flays BRO

JIRIBAM, May 27: The Kaiphundai Students’ Union (KSU) has flayed the 115 RCC of 36 BRTF engaged in development of Jiri to Barak section of NH 53 for slackness in executing their work.

The student body urged upon the State Government to exert pressure on BRO to act instantly, reports our correspondent.

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Fear grips food firm workers

IMPHAL, May 27: With the armed KCP-MTF group yet to withdraw its threat against the proprietor of Kangla Food Product KFP), Nambol consequently resulting in the closure of the food firm a large number of workers are suffering severe hardships in running their respective families.

Speaking newspersons at Nambol today, KFP workers’ Union secretary S Meghachandra informed that for the second time the factory ceased work since May 24 following a renewed threat.

Appealing to the armed group to review its decision of shutting down the factory as the prohibition is having direct impact on the livelihood of over 150 workers, he said with most of the workers not reporting for work due to fear KFP is on the verge of bankruptcy.

Conceding that through the media plight of the workers is being highlighted; he reiterated the appeal for lifting the ban to facilitate return of the workers as there are still many orders pending delivery.

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Bus service strike put off

IMPHAL, May 27: The decision of the Imphal Ukhrul Road Drivers’ Union to suspend bus service along Imphal-Ukhrul road from May 28 in protest against the assault on ‘Goodwill’ bus handyman SA Nganchomi and vandalization of the bus at Phungreitang Bazar, Ukhrul     on May 22 has been suspended till May 30.

A decision to this effect was arrived at after a joint meeting with Tangkhul Naga Long and the 2nd OC of Ukhrul police station today.

However, all passenger service including taxi service would be suspended from May 31 if an amicable solution could not be brought within this period.

Nevertheless, essential services, medical and religious functions would be exempted from the purview of the strike, conveyed a press release issued by the Imphal Ukhrul Road Drivers’ Union.

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BJP clarifies

IMPHAL, May 27: With regard to the arrest of two BJP supporters in connection with the brawl between supporters of two rival candidates on the day of Imphal Municipal Council elections at polling station number 19/9 of Ward No 19, the BJP State unit has clarified that the two arrested persons were not its workers/members, said a release.

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Handloom exhibition

IMPHAL, May 27: A seven-day long State level summer handloom exhibition cum sale, 2010 being organized by Manipur Apex Handloom Weavers and Handicraft Artisans’ Co-operative Society Ltd, Paona Bazar has begun from today at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound.

The inaugural function of the seminar being sponsored by the Department of Commerce and Industries, Government of Manipur was attended by Registrar Co-operative Societies T Pamei, IAS as chief guest; General Manager of DIC Imphal West T Rajen Singh as president and president of Manipur Apex Handloom Weavers and Handicraft Artisans’ Co-operative Society Ltd M Satyabhama Devi as guest of honor. In all 107 stalls are participating in the exhibition which would go on till June 2.

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MBG award

UKHRUL, May 27: Cash incentives to beneficiaries of Madhur Bima Gram and Micro-Insurance policy of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) were during a function held at Multi-Purpose Hall of Mini-Secretariat here yesterday.

Deputy Commissioner of Ukhrul N Ashok Kumar, IAS and SDO Ukhrul Rajen Vishal, IAS graced the function with their presence as chief guest and guest of honor respectively.

The function was organized by Action for Rural Development; a New Canaan based organization and was facilitated by the office of Sub-Divisional Officer/BDO, Ukhrul.

*Addie Chiphang

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Seminar held

IMPHAL, May 27: A day-long seminar on ‘Better accountability through legislature audit interface’ was organized under the aegis of Accountant General of Manipur at Hotel Classic here today.

The inaugural function of the seminar was attended by Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly I Hemochandra as chief guest and Chairman of Public Account Committee MLA Radhabinod Koijam as guest of honor.

Speaking at the occasion, Speaker Hemochandra pointed out that setting up of Account Office and its function started very early in Manipur. The office of the Accountant General of Manipur (AGM) has been in operation since 1974.

The Speaker expressed unhappiness over the absent of many Ministers in the seminar today which was participated mostly by MLAs and officials of AGM.

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Workers appeal against UG threat

IMPHAL, May 27: Workers’ Union of Kangla Food Products has appealed to KCP (MTF) to withdraw its threat on the proprietor of Kangla Food Products in consideration of the poor workers whose livelihood depends on the manufacturing unit.

Addressing a press conference in this connection at the office of Kangla Food Products at Nambol today, secretary of the Workers’ Union S Meghachandra said that following the threat of KCP (MTF) on the proprietor of Kangla Food Products, day- to- day activities of the workers who depend their livelihood on the manufacturing unit have been seriously affected so much so that many of the workers are even apprehensive of attending to their normal duty.

Of the around 150 workers employed in Kangla Food Products, majority of them are daily wage earners and sole bread earners of their respective families. So, a possible shut down of the manufacturing unit would not only give a serious impact on the workers themselves but also on members of their respective families, Meghachandra said, while appealing to the KCP (MTF) to withdraw the restriction impose over the proprietor.

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

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