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BRIEF NEWS: March 07, 2011

Rickshaw driver held for cheating student

PUNE, Mar 7: An auto rickshaw driver was arrested on Saturday for cheating a student from Manipur. The driver, Chandrakant Prahlad Kharat (34) of Parvati Darshan, had allegedly charged D Kojikholi Dayko Rs 5,800 to take him from Swargate to a housing society in Market Yard on January 7.

Dayko (20), who comes from Song Song in Manipur, lodged a complaint with the Swargate police station and Kharat was nabbed by a police team led by inspector Suresh Kekane of the crime branch (unit-II) at Padmavati.

According to the Kekane, Dayko had come to Pune on December 21 to pursue higher studies. On December 22, he went to Goa to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. On January 7 he returned to Pune by bus and got off at the Swargate bus stand. When he got into Kharat’s rickshaw, Kharat told him they were in Satara and that he would have to pay Rs 13 per km to get to his destination. He also told Dayko that it would take two hours to get there.

Kharat drove Dayko around for more than an hour and on the way another person got in the rickshaw. When Kharat learnt that Dayko only had Rs 300 on him, he told him to withdraw money from an ATM as the fare would be around Rs 5,000. The student withdrew Rs 6,000 and Kharat immediately took Rs 5,800 from him. Dayko, however, had contacted a friend on the cell phone and discovered he was being cheated. When he tried to confront Kharat, the driver would not listen and drove him around for another 10 minutes before letting him off. Dayko then took another rickshaw to get to his destination.

“During investigations police constable Santosh Bhapkar received a tip-off that the rickshaw driver would be coming to Padmavati and, accordingly we laid a trap and arrested the suspect,” said Kekane. “On being interrogated, Kharat admitted to cheating the student.”

(Courtesy: TNN)

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Council alleges

IMPHAL, Mar 6 : While condoling the death of a teenager in the February 5 gunfight between suspected cadres of NSCN (IM) and the newly floated Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) at a Tamenglong district area, the Zeme Council North East India has con-tended that the victim was misled into joining the ZUF.

A statement of the Council issued by its president deplored that the victim namely Paulei Zeme s/o Semabe Zeme of Mabauram village in North Cachar Hills district of Assam was lured with empty promises to the newly floated armed group for he was a loyal soldier of the NSCN (IM) for many years, who later defected from the parent organization to form the ZUF.

Informing that Paulei joined the NSCN (IM) at a tender age and was killed in the March 5 clash that took place at the foothills of Atingba range near Khoupum Valley, the Zeme Council held ZUF authorities responsible for the demise of Paulei at such a young age.

Quoting reliable sources, the Council reiterated that Paulei might not be aware that he was with the ZUF for there is every possibility of those who defected from the NSCN (IM) of alluring him.

Condemning alleged whimsical policy and ‘dirty mindset’ of those responsible for the death of Paulei, the Council also made a fervent appeal to all concerned that peace in the region should not be shattered.

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Health Minister offers benefits

IMPHAL, Mar 6 : Informing that a the new scheme known as Manipur State Illness Scheme has been launched specifically for BPL families, Health Minister L Jayantakumar has asked the people to take advantage of the scheme.

Jayantakumar was speaking at the inaugural function of a newly constructed community hall at Thangmeiband Thingel Pukhri Achouba Mapal.

In case, any member of a BPL family falls ill and requires medical expenditure of Rs one lakh or more, Rs one lakh would be reimbursed to the family under the new scheme, the Health Minister said. Application forms for the scheme may be obtained from Medical Department, he added.

Speaking at the occasion, Works Minister K Ranjit observed that repeated cases of abduction for ransom, extortions and bomb attacks have seriously disturbed public tranquility in the State.

Noting that Imphal Municipal area from where Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has been repealed is witnessing numerous cases of violence and criminal activities, Ranjit questioned whether the prevailing situation warrants complete repeal of AFSPA from all over the State.

The community hall inaugurated today was constructed with Rs 2.40 lakhs from MP T Meinya’s local area development fund and another Rs 6.50 lakhs produced by MPCC secretary Jotin Waikhom.

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Parijat inspects

IMPHAL, Mar 6: Command Area Development Authority (CADA) Minister Ph Parijat today inspected agricultural fields located around Khuga Multipurpose Project which have high potential to get the benefits of irrigation.

CADA started taking up necessary measures since last year to provide irrigation facilities to agricultural fields located around Khuga Project in Churachandpur district.

Parijat said that CADA has set a target of irrigating 9575 hectares in Churachandpur district and some areas in Bishnupur district.

Presently, Khuga Dam is supplying water through the 8 Kms long canal.

Parijat said that a joint meeting of IFCD, CADA, Agriculture Department and local farmers would be organized very shortly to identify the areas where irrigation facilities can be provided to enable double cropping in a year. Till date, around Rs 2 to 3 crores have been spent on CADA’s initiative for irrigation.

Churachandpur DC Norbet Disinang, CADA Addl Chief Engineer K Manoranjan and other CADA officials accompanied the Minister during his inspection visit.

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ASHA training ends

IMPHAL, Mar 6: Ukhrul Block Program Management Unit of NRHM con- ducted the 2nd batch of four days long Module-VI ASHA training at TTA conference hall from March 2 to 5.

ASHA trainers Sirala and Kaphungwon were the main resource persons of the training program supervised by BFM S. Songachan and BPM Wontharla with active participation of 55 ASHA members under PHC Khangkhui and PHC Lambui.

Besides practical demonstration about hand washing, wrapping child, weighing child, birth preparedness and testing by using nischay kit, ASHA drug kit stock card, the social health activists were also armed with in-depth knowledge about the role of ASHA, significance of village health nutrition day, maintenance of ASHA records, pregnancy diagnosis, essential components of Antenatal and Postnatal check up, safe child delivery, management of anemia, postpartum and breast feeding.

Quiz competition was also conducted during the program with the winner prize going to ASHA of Tongou Wonreila.

The program management unit informed that the 3rd batch of Module-VI ASHA training will be held sometime in the last week of this month.

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Four hurt in mishap

IMPHAL, Mar 6: At least four people sustained injuries when a passenger bus in which they were travelling met with an accident near Tonsen at about 3.45 pm today.

The bus was heading towards Kakching from Sugnu.

The injured victims were given first aid and treatment by 27 AR at their Pangaltabi post.

While one of them is still undergoing treatment at the AR post, one has been referred to Kakching CHC and the third has been shifted to a hospital at Imphal.

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MTC Assembly

IMPHAL, Mar 6: The annual assembly of the Mate Tribe Council, Manipur was held on March 5 at the Multipurpose Community Hall, Lamphel, Imphal. Apart from adopting four resolutions, the assembly also elected its new office bearers for the new term with Ph Letsei Mate as the president and Jamkhapao Mate as the general secretary.

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Helipad sites

IMPHAL, Mar 6: In line with the recommendation of the development seminar held for Imphal East district, for launching helicopter service between Imphal and Jiribam, the State Government has identified two possible helipad sites at Jiribam and the same has been conveyed to the Union Home Ministry.

After the Jiribam ADC identified two possible sites for helipads, the Imphal East DC submitted a report to the Home Department.

Based on the report submitted by the DC, the Home Department, in turn, sent a letter to the Union Home Ministry for further necessary action. Notably, the development seminar was attended by Union Home Secretary GK Pillai.

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AMSU executives

IMPHAL, Mar 5: All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), in its 41st general election, today appointed 13 office bearers for the term 2011-13. Thokchom Suresh, Ningthoujam Dipanjit, Longjam Herojit and Soibam Anil have been appointed as president, secretary general, finance secretary and information and publicity secretary respectively.

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Body expresses concern

IMPHAL, Mar 5: Care Me Group, Moreh has expressed concern over Government’s indifferent attitude towards its demands. In a press release, the group said that the State Government has failed to improve health facilities at the border town. The Government has also failed to set up a rehabilitation centre for drug users, it added.

The group said that it would resort to agitation if the demands are not fulfilled.

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Birth anniversary

IMPHAL, Mar 5: As a part of the platinum jubilee celebration of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, the 111th birth anniversary of Dr Lamabam Kamal was celebrated at JN Manipur Dance Academy today. Apart from paying floral tribute to the late poet, a poet’s meet was also organized.

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

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