BRIEF NEWS: February 22, 2011


IMPHAL, Feb 21: Around 300 delegates from Manipur will participate in the proposed March to Parliament to be launched under the aegis of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) against rising inflation and corruption on February 23 at New Delhi.

Informing this during a press conference at Irabot Bhavan here today, general secretary of AITUC, Manipur State Committee L Sotinkumar informed that around 10 lakh delegates from different States of India including 300 from Manipur would gather and march upto Parliament to highlight various issues including rising inflation, corruption, implementation of adequate labor laws, working condition of laborers in unorganized sectors.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)


Poison victim

IMPHAL, Feb 21: A young housewife died from alleged consumption of poison at Kiyamgei Maning Leikai under Irilbung Police Station in Imphal East district.

However, her maternal family members suspected foul play over the death.

According to sources, 20-year old Irom Ongbi Tombisana Devi w/o Herojit was admitted to RIMS last night after consuming poison but she passed away at around 10.15 pm.

After attending the Mapam Chakkouba of her brother yesterday, Tombisana had returned home and prepared the supper of the family. When her husband came for the supper, she reportedly said she was not feeling well.

Suspicious of the conduct of his wife, Herojit walked closer to take a sniff and came to know that she had consumed poison. An empty can of pesticide was also found nearby.

Meanwhile, crying foul over the death, a group of women of the maternal family of Tombisana today attacked Herojit at the mortuary of JNIMS where the body of Tombisana had been transferred for post-mortem on account of Kiyamgei falling under the jurisdiction of JNIMS.

Herojit was holding his son and standing near the mortuary when the agitated women attacked him after taking the child from him. Herojit suffered head injuries in the attack. Subsequently, Herojit has been taken into custody by the police. Suspecting foul cry in death, the maternal family members claimed that there were many injuries and bruises on the body of Tombisana.

The post-mortem of the body is yet to be conducted.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)


Students picket Lamka College

LAMKA, Feb 21: Churachandpur students started picketing of Lamka College from today over government’s apathy towards their demand to increase new subjects in its curriculum, reports our Correspondent.

The students have been petitioning the Government since 2008 to introduce Geography, Socialogy, Mathematics, Computer Science and Social Work in their college curricula, but the Government have time and again ignored their petition said Immanuel Mawi Valte, the students’ union secretary.

*Reported by S Singlianmang Guite.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)


Teachers stage sit-in-protest

UKHRUL, Feb 21: Intensifying teachers’ agitation, a sit- in-protest was staged at Pettigrew College here today, reports our Correspondent.

The lecturers said that until and unless the genuine demands made by the teachers are met, they would continue the agitation.

The stir would be intensified by closing down the college and many other steps are in the pipeline if the Government continues to neglect the teachers, they warned.

*Reported by Addie Chiphang.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)


Three UG cadres arrested

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Troops of 23 Assam Rifles and 28 Assam Rifles, in a joint operation, nabbed two UNLF cadres from Singjamei at around 11.30 am today.

The cadres have been identified as s/s L/Cpl Kh Sushil Singh (28) and Winerjit Singh (20).

One .32 mm pistol with magazine and two live rounds were recovered from them who along with the recoveries were handed over to Singjamei police station, said an AR press release.

In another incident, Thoubal district police commandos arrested one active member of KYKL from Hiyanglam yesterday. He has been identified as Soibam Somorjit alias Mangoljao Meitei (25) s/o Shyamjai of Hiyanglam Warak Khong.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)


Tour to Kaziranga flagged off

IMPHAL, Feb 21: With a view to enable them collect firsthand account and learn about the biotic relations between Kaziranga National Park and inhabitants of the surrounding area and how the people there are earning handsome incomes through eco-tourism, altogether 140 villagers of the surrounding areas of Keibul Lamjao National Park have been flagged off to Kaziranga under the aegis of the Wild Life Wing of Forest Department today.

The villagers were flagged off by Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Dr S Singsit and Chief Wild Life Warden A Kharsing from Sanjenthong.

Speaking at the flag off function, Dr S Singsit said that the villagers are being sent to Kaziranga so that they can learn about eco-tourism and help in keeping Keibul Lamjao National Park healthy and undisturbed.

He exuded that the villagers would be able to learn about the responsibilities being shouldered by people of Kaziranga in protecting the national park from this trip.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)


Ako Shaiza passes away

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Prominent social worker of the district, Ako Shaiza breathed his last at around 12:45 pm yesterday at RIMS Hospital.

After taking public condolence service at Chingmeirong in the evening, he was brought to his native place Ukhrul yesterday itself and finally laid to rest today.

Ako Shaiza was one of the most prominent personalities of Ukhrul in particular and Tangkhul in general during his active days.

He served the public in many capacities including President of Tangkhul Naga Long. He also served as a Councilor and wrote many books.

In the last book he wrote about the customary Laws of Tangkhul Naga, Wungram Ngashan, Riyan and Shiyan-Chikan Shongza and Avaram Wungram Reimei, Juimeiranu, Phamei Yameiranu.

His last book on Shiyan-Chikan sold like a hot cake. He is survived by his wife, one son and four daughters.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)


Teachers’ sit-in-protest

IMPHAL, Feb 21: The lecturers in Tamenglong College under Tamenglong College Teachers’ Association, in support of the steps being undertaken by FECTAM has started sit-in-protest from today and would continue till February 26, said N Daimei Principal Tamenglong College. The teachers sat in front of the college main building holding banner and placards that read as ‘implement revised UGC pay scale’, ‘follow National Education Policy’.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)


Phungyo Baptist Church

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Phungyo Baptist Church (PBC) is set to organize a conference from February 24 to 28. Organizing Committee of PBC, Tangrei and the Congregation has also invited the entire interested person for the Conference. Founder and President, Strategic Mission Partner and Larry Walker, Evangelist Vision Walk International Ministries, Dr Danny Karren Souder will be the main speaker of the conference.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)


Monsang workshop

IMPHAL, Feb 21: A one-day workshop on Monsang literature and language was held at Changning community hall with Prof Scott Delancey, an American from University of Oregon, USA, who is a specialist in linguistics, as the resource person on February 19.

The workshop was organized by Sirti Upa Ruh (Monsang Tribe Union) and co-ordinated by research scholar in Department of Linguistics, Manipur University as W Koning Monsang.

Advisor of SUR, retired ZEO Chandel E Khartu, president of SUR Ng Benithan and general secretary Ng Konising and president of Sirti Sanuw Ruh Renie Wanglar, etc were also other dignitaries who were present in the workshop. Another round of the same workshop is expected to be held during the second visit of Prof Scoot Delancey, according to a statement issued by SUR general secretary.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)


College teachers

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Teachers in different colleges today demonstrated to demand implementation of revised UGC pay scheme.

At DM College campus, the protest demonstration was held under the aegis of Teachers’ Forum DMC, Science, Commerce and Arts.

Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the protest demonstration held inside the college campus, president of the Forum Dr Th Ibohanbi pointed out the pay scale prescribed by UGC for teachers in colleges is being revised from time to time since January 2006 to encourage the teachers and  promote higher education. While the UGC pay scale has been implemented in 27 States of the country, the same is yet to be implemented in Manipur despite a Cabinet decision on November 4, 2010 for its implementation.

Ibohanbi warned that they may be constrained to launch various intense agitations including cease work strike from February 28 if the Government does not consider their demand.

Similar protest demonstrations were also held at other colleges of the State where placards with slogans like ‘Follow National Education Rules’, ‘Implement revised UGC pay scale’, ‘Save higher education’, etc were displayed.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)


Agarwal hearing

IMPHAL, Feb 21: The hearing of the Justice PG Agarwal Commission which is probing into the July 23 Khwairamband Bazar firing incident was held today at Hotel Imphal. Though the counsels of both sides were present in the hearing, it was submitted that they do not want to adduce any oral evidence; hence, recording of the evidence has been closed. The Commission has fixed March 7 for hearing arguments of all sides. The hearing would commence from 10.30 am.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)


KSA urges Governor

IMPHAL, Feb 21:  Along with submitting a representation today, Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) has exerted pressure on the Governor to save the academic career of the students through resolution of the standoff between the Government and the teachers over the latter’s demand for implementation of Central 6th Pay, in toto.

Talking to mediapersons in this connection at its Sega Road office here today, KSA general secretary Ph Manao Meitei informed that a delegation of the student body today submitted a representation to the  Governor praying for resolution of the issue and save the academic career of the affected students. After giving a patient hearing to the plea, the Governor assured the delegation of doing the needful, Manao said. In its representation submitted to the Governor, KSA highlighted the difficulties being faced by the students after the teachers have taken up fast unto death agitation in pursuance of their demand under the banner of Council of Teachers’ Association (COTA).

Furthermore, the student body pointed out that the issue has been made all the more serious after the Govt arrested the agitating teachers and put them behind the bar instead of taking up necessary measures towards resolution of the matter or bring about an amicable solution with the agitating teachers.

Lodging of teachers in the jail is first of its kind in the history of Manipur. In the ongoing standoff between the agitating teachers and the Govt, the innocent students have been made the scapegoats and their Constitutional right of right to education has been deprived, the student body said in its representation. Manao further announced that the proposed agitation of KSA over the present issue would remain suspended in view of the upcoming HSLC and HSSLC exam.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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