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BRIEF NEWS: May 29, 2011

General strike

IMPHAL, May 28: Normal life in Manipur remained affected today on account of the general strike called by United Committee Manipur to boycott the visit of Nagaland Chief Minister Nephiu Rio to Senapati in connection with the formal launch of the Manipur unit of Naga People’s Front (NPF).

The general strike was enforced from 5 am to 6 pm today.

With exception to damaging some auto rickshaws and Tata Magic ferrying passengers in Imphal area by the strike supporters, there is no report of any violence during the strike, which was by and large peaceful.

In response to the call of general strike, inter-district passenger bus services stayed off the road today and shops in Khwairamband Bazar area downed their shutters.

Schools and colleges as well as oil pumps in Imphal area also remained closed for the day.

Strike supporters also intercepted Tata Magics and auto rickshaws which were ferrying passengers in defiance of the strike call at different points of Imphal East and West district like Hicham Yaichampat, Mayai Lambi, Khurai Lamlong and along Imphal Airport road and caused damages to the windshields.

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Plea to call off stir

IMPHAL, May 28: Chairman of ADC and DRDA Chandel Lhunkhosei Zou has appealed to the Village Authority of Leibi to call off the ongoing-bandh being imposed along Pallel-Moreh section of National Highway 39 and facilitate an amicable solution with Kwatha Village authority in the larger public interest. In a statement, Lhukhosei Zou observed that there can be no solution unless both the conflicting parties come to a negotiating table. But the members of Leibi village authority have been simply refusing to participate in any talks to resolve the present deadlock, he lamented.

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Bombers will regret one day: Ibobi

IMPHAL, May 28: Condemning the powerful car fitted bomb blast in front of the temporary office of ADCs at Khuman Lampak today, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has stated that the perpetrators would surely repent one day.

Talking to media persons today, Chief Minister O Ibobi described the blast as an act of cowardice and pointed out that any issue, if there is any, can be resolved peacefully through dialogue.

Just as the chairman of ULFA has asked forgiveness of the people over the bomb blast at Dhemaji that claimed lives of many innocent people mostly children, all those who are behind today’s blast would surely repent one day, the Chief Minister said.

The law and order situation in Manipur cannot be said to be completely normal. But every possible effort is being made to improve it, the Chief Minister added.

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Accused held

IMPHAL, May 28: Imphal West district police have arrested one cadre of the armed group KCP (Ningamba), who was directly involved in the killing of caretaker of Airtel Oinam Borbabu at Wangkhei.

Disclosing this during a press conference at his office chamber today evening,  DSP N Madhunimai of Imphal West District Police said that involvement of the arrested cadre, identified as Laishram Gunamani alias Guru (31) of Kongba Laishram Leikai in the killing, was confirmed during the course of interrogation.

Gunamani is a cadre of KCP (Ningamba) group and he works along with one Jiten under the command of one Banita.

In addition to his involvement in the killing of Airtel caretaker Oinam Borbabu at Wangkhei, Gunamani had also a hand in the setting on fire tower of the Airtel at Langol and opening fire at the residence of a Vodafone caretaker at Kongpal Laishram Leikai, the DSP said, adding that Gunamani was arrested from North AOC area on May 19.

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Meira Paibis feted

IMPHAL, May 28: On the occasion of Meira Paibi Day today, Loktak Brigade under the Red Shield Division felicitated Meira Paibis of the entire region and adjoining area at Ningthoukhong, Bishnupur district. The occasion was attended by Commander of Loktak Brigade Brig Laove Verma, Sena Medal. Around 100 Meira Paibis turned up at the event, according to a PIB Defense Wing statement.

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Plea to call off stir

IMPHAL, May 28: Chairman of ADC and DRDA Chandel Lhunkhosei Zou has appealed to the Village Authority of Leibi to call off the ongoing-bandh being imposed along Pallel-Moreh section of National Highway 39 and facilitate an amicable solution with Kwatha Village authority in the larger public interest. In a statement, Lhukhosei Zou observed that there can be no solution unless both the conflicting parties come to a negotiating table. But the members of Leibi village authority have been simply refusing to participate in any talks to resolve the present deadlock, he lamented.

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Campaign on

IMPHAL, May 28: The National campaign on Yoga & Naturopathy for holistic health has been launched from today in Manipur along with a formal function at CC Higher Secondary School here. The inaugural function of the campaign was attended by Lok Sabha MP Dr T Meinya, MLA of Kakching A/C Y Surchandra Singh, former MLA M Manihar Singh, AYUSH officer of the Government of Manipur Dr M Shyamjai Singh and Dr SK Kejariwal, who is a professor in JNU, New Delhi and also the vice president of International Naturopathy Organization, New Delhi were among the dignitaries who attended the function.

The campaign is being launched by the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), New Delhi (Depart of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India) in collaboration with Department of Education (S), Government of Manipur and in association with Anandasingh Yoga & Nature Cure Research Hospital, Kakching; The Yoga Physique Institute and Studies, Manipur (HO Sagolband Tera) and Indian Naturopathy & Yoga Medical Graduate Association, NE Branch, Manipur.

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Awareness program

IMPHAL, May 28: A one day farmer’s awareness program on artificial insemination for cattle crossbreeding was held at Talui village, Ukhrul district yesterday under the aegis of the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Services, Govt of Manipur.

The awareness program was graced by the village authority members led by acting headman Solomon Vashum. The program was organized in order to promote cattle crossbreeding program through artificial insemination of cows. Veterinary Officer Ukhrul Dr Ngahorshai Luithui spoke on the beneficial advantages of cattle crossbreeding through artificial insemination. He urged cattle owners to get their local scrub bulls castrated so that artificial insemination of cows can be carried out effectively.

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Invocation ceremony

IMPHAL, May 28: Blessing cum invocation ceremony for LS Haokip who is being projected as candidate for 52 Saitu Assembly constituency in the forthcoming 10th Assembly elections was held today at T Laijang village playground. During the ceremony organized by the Saitu Kendra Development Forum, Rev Paokhosei Kipgen conducted blessing and invocation for the aspiring candidate. Speaking at the occasion, LS Haokip strongly denounced the gun culture associated with the politics of Kukis.

Saying that gun culture would not bring anything positive, he appealed to the leaders to guide politicians in the right path.

He also called upon all to practice such politics which would be acceptable to god, the law and the people.

Lein Gangte said that the Saitu Kendra Development Forum was set up with the primary objective of bringing speedy development in Saitu AC. He said that the forum has decided to put up LS Haokip as a candidate in the next Assembly elections from Saitu AC.

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

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