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Daily News Digest : Imphal Free Press – 24 October 2011

 

State fire service updates arsenal; inducts Cheetah fire-tenders [Imphal Free Press]

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IMPHAL October 23: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and PDA chairman Kh Loken Singh jointly flagged off 29 brand new fire fighting vehicles from the Manipur Fire Service Headquarters near Polo Ground today. The vehicles include six CHEETAH fire tenders. The CHEETAH machines which are made in Germany uses the most advanced fire fighting (Water […]

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ANSAM bandh supporters torch MR vehicle on ROP duty [Imphal Free Press]

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IMPHAL, October 23: Bandh supporters of the three days total bandh imposed by All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM), today torched a mini truck of the 7 MR after pushing it down the gorge in the morning at Lukhumbi part 2, in Tamenglong district. The incident comes barely a day after several Zeliangrong Naga civil […]

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KCP Noyon army chief arrested at Guwahati [Imphal Free Press]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23: Security forces have arrested the KCP Noyon faction from Guwahati on October 22. A combined team of Imphal east district, Thoubal and Bishnupur commandos assisted by the Assam Police arrested the self proclaimed army chief of Kangleipak Communist Party-Noyon faction from Guwahati on October 22. The Superintendent of Police of Thoubal district, […]

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Pending ADC election to be conducted today amidst tight security [Imphal Free Press]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23: The election commission of Manipur will be conducting the pending Autonomous District Council election to the 17-Phaibung Khullen district council constituency under Senapati Autonomous District Council and 13-Chingai district council constituency under Ukhrul district, tomorrow amidst huge security arrangement. The commission is going ahead with the election amidst the total bandh imposed […]

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Late night SHDDC talk with Chief Minister remains inconclusive [Imphal Free Press]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23: A team led by SHDDC general secretary Tonghem Kipgen and Co-ordinating committee of various valley-based civil organizations, convenor Sunil Karam late in the evening at around 10 pm met with the Chief Minister and submitted a memorandum containing the resolutions taken up by the SHDDC and various other valley based CSOs at […]

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MPP in the process of forming pre-poll alliance with other parties: Nimaichand Luwang [Imphal Free Press]

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IMPHAL, October 23: The Manipur People’s Party Chanura Marup, Heingang kendra today conducted an awareness programme on the theme ‘Ngashi Eikhoigee Khunaisida Nupigee Thoudang’ at the Luwangshangbam Mayai Leikai community hall. Speaking at the programme, MPP president Nimaichand Luwang stated that active role from the women of the state is needed to save the state […]

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Police dispose bomb left at dentist’s residence [Imphal Free Press]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23: Police safely disposed a hand grenade retrieved from the residence of a dental surgeon identified as Leishangthem Nandalal of Iwaibam Leirak, Thoubal. The grenade was retrieved around 8:15 am in the morning from the premises of the doctor’s residence believed to be left as a threat. The bomb was later disposed off […]

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JAC to begin cease-work strike from today [Imphal Free Press]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23: The Joint Administrative Council of AMTUC and AMGEO will begin indefinite cease-work strike from October 24 demanding the implementation of 6th pay and other benefits for the employees. A release of the JAC stated that the employees have finally taken decided to go on indefinite cease work strike following the failure of […]

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Explore and develop more tourist spots says tourism commissioner to Chandel [Imphal Free Press]

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CHANDEL, Oct 23: The Chamdil festival of the Anal tribes was celebrated today under the theme “Cultural Renaissance” at Maha Union Government Higher Secondary School Ground, Chandel. While inaugurating the festival, tourism commissioner KK Chhetri stated that the Chamdil festival not only promotes the old aged traditions of the Anal tribes but also exposes the […]

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UNC calls public meeting on MLR and LR act a wake up call for tribals [Imphal Free Press]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23 (NNN): Reacting strongly to certain comments during the public meeting on Manipur Land Reforms (MLR) and Land Revenue (LR) Act held in Imphal on Saturday, the United Naga Council (UNC) on Sunday cautions that those organisations and individuals will be held responsible if any catastrophic situation arises. “The meeting which was telecast […]

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Daily News Digest : The Sangai Express – 24 October 2011

 

Responding to public meet on MLR and LR Act, UNC asserts… Nagas independent of Meitei kings [The Sangai Express]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23 : The public meeting on Manipur Land Reforms and Land Revenue Act (MLR & LR Act) at Imphal on October 22 totally ignored the historical fact concerning the Nagas and tribals in Manipur, said a United Naga Council statement issued today by its Publicity Cell. asserting that the Nagas and the tribals […]

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ANSAM bandh supporters strike MR truck torched on NH-37 [The Sangai Express]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23 : A mini truck belonging to Manipur Rifles was pushed down a river bank and set ablaze by a mob, suspected to be supporters of ANSAM sponsored total bandh at Lukhumbi village in Tamenglong district along     Imphal-Jiribam highway. According to a source, a mini truck painted with the words 7 […]

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MSRTC land at Dimapur : Private players collect rents [The Sangai Express]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23 : Even though the licence for leasing out the land of the Manipur State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) at Dimapur to two individuals have been revoked by the Govern-ment, the two individuals have been collecting rents from other private occu-pants of the complex. Earlier, Nagaland Government allotted the MSRTC complex to seven […]

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United Nation’s Birthday : RPF details genesis [The Sangai Express]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23 : On the occasion of the United Nations’ 67th foundation day, the proscribed RPF has traced the genesis of the UN and elaborated its functions. Greeting the people of the world and the region on the occasion of the 67th foundation day of the UN, the outfit, in a press statement issued […]

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State ignoring food safety steps [The Sangai Express]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23: Despite an official stand of the  Central Government for appointment of food safety officials to check adulte-ration of consumer items, the Government of Manipur is yet to initiate related procedures. It is said that the Centre’s directive for esta- blishing office and appointment of officials on food safety to all the States […]

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ULFA-Govt peace talks on Tuesday [The Sangai Express]

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NEW DELHI, Oct 23: Giving a fresh impetus to the ongoing peace process, the government will hold talks with the banned ULFA on Tuesday with an aim of finding a lasting solution to Assam’s three-decade-old insurgency problem. Top ULFA leaders will discuss with government representatives various aspects of the group’s ‘charter of demands’ which sought […]

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PREPAK invalidates letterheads [The Sangai Express]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23 : Contending that there were 30 letterheads of the party’s  finance department in the possession of Yumnam Bobo alias Masen (49) s/o late Tombi of Khagempalli Panthak when he was arrested by Imphal East commandos on October 21, and not 31 as claimed by police, the proscribed PREPAK has questioned the motive […]

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Chavan Kumhrin celebrated at Chandel [The Sangai Express]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23: The annual Chamdil Fest (Chavan Kumhrin celebration) was organised with much fanfare at the campus of Maha Government Higher Secondary School, Chandel today. Tourism Commissioner KK Chhetri and 42 Assam Rifles Commandant Col Manish Sinha graced the occasion as chief guest and president respectively. The celebration started with the release of colourful […]

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ANSAM states stand [The Sangai Express]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23 : Asserting that ANSAM was compelled to impose the total bandh from midnight of October 21 till midnight of October 24 since there has been no initiative from the Centre on the decision taken during the 3rd Naga People’s Convention for an Alternative Arrange-ment, the student body said that despite being aware […]

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More muscle power for State Fire Service [The Sangai Express]

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IMPHAL, Oct 23 : To add more muscle to the State Fire Service, 18 Advanced Water Tenders, two Foam Tenders and nine Rapid Response Vehicles (Water Mist Technology) have been added to the existing fire fighting equipments while plans are on to dig multi-purpose ponds near the Fire Service Stations spread out across the nine […]

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State fire service updates arsenal; inducts Cheetah fire-tenders [Imphal Free Press]

Chief Minister O Ibobi flagging off the 29 brand new fire fighting vehicle from the Manipur Fire Service Headquarters near Polo Ground, Sunday.

Chief Minister O Ibobi flagging off the 29 brand new fire fighting vehicle from the Manipur Fire Service Headquarters near Polo Ground, Sunday.

 

IMPHAL October 23: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and PDA chairman Kh Loken Singh jointly flagged off 29 brand new fire fighting vehicles from the Manipur Fire Service Headquarters near Polo Ground today.

The vehicles include six CHEETAH fire tenders. The CHEETAH machines which are made in Germany uses the most advanced fire fighting (Water Mist) technology and are a new arsenal to the state fire department. It is ten times more effective in fire-fighting than any ordinary water tender.

The flag off ceremony held at the Fire Service Headquarters was attended by the Chief Minister as the chief guest and Kh Loken as the president among other top officials belonging to various government departments.

The Chief Minister in his address announced that sufficient manpower will be provided to the department before the election code of conducts comes to effect. He stressed that the interior areas of the state need better fire fighting capabilities.

“ It will be a fruitful initiative for the Manipur Development Society if reservoirs are dug out at thill areas, which would provide potable water and also act as filling stations for the fire tenders”, he said.

The Chief Minister also addressed the need to modernize the structure of the administrative block of the department . It may be mentioned that the present building was constructed in 1946.

N Noren, director of the Fire Service Department in his address mentioned that the department was established with only a skeleton staff of 27 personnel led by one station officer with only three vehicles.

“Today is a significant day in the history of Manipur Fire Service Department since no Chief Minister or a home minister have stepped in this campus since the inception of this department in 1957”, he said.

At present, there are 16 fire stations/sub stations distributed at all district headquarters and sub divisional headquarters except for Porompat.  Till today, except for Ukhrul, Jiribam and Moreh, all other sub stations are functioning with only one water tender each. The department has to encounter many awkward situations whenever there is a big fire outbreak or receives simultaneous calls at a time, he mentioned.

He further stated that with the aid of the government, 18 Advanced Water Tenders, 2 Foam and CO2 Tenders, 6 CHEETAH (Water Mist Technology) tenders and 3 Mini Water Tenders along with state of the art rescue gears have been purchased at a total cost Rs 7,60,70,000  out of which Rs 5 crores was sanctioned under SPA scheme and Rs 2,60,70,000  from another central sponsored scheme. The tenders will be distributed to the outlying sub stations and headquarter stations.

The director mentioned the need of additional manpower for the department with the increase of vehicles stating that both man and machine has to be in an equal ratio to effectively tackle hazardous situations. At present, there are only 205 active personnel out of the total 281 sanctioned posts for the entire state. It may be mentioned that according to the norms of the Standing Fire Advisory Council, 39 personnel has to be stationed at a post and a main station must have the capacity to respond to six fire calls.

Afterwards, personnel of the department gave an impressive demonstration of the effectiveness of the new CHEETAH Water Mist fire fighting tender.

Source: Imphal Free Press

ANSAM bandh supporters torch MR vehicle on ROP duty [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 23: Bandh supporters of the three days total bandh imposed by All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM), today torched a mini truck of the 7 MR after pushing it down the gorge in the morning at Lukhumbi part 2, in Tamenglong district.

The incident comes barely a day after several Zeliangrong Naga civil bodies openly declared to fully support the total bandh yesterday at Noney bazaar.

The ANSAM imposed the bandh in all Nagas inhabited areas since midnight of October 21 against the failure of the government concerned to materialize the UNC demand of ‘Alternative Arrangement’.

According to information collected from various sources, the incident occurred around 10 am.

A convoy of a road opening party (ROP) comprising of MR, CRPF, commandos IRB was on routine patrol coming towards Imphal intending to clear the way for trucks stranded in between Awangkhul and Jiribam, informed the source.

On reaching Lukhumbi a mini truck among the convoy belonging to the 7th MR hit a Maruti car, bearing registration number MN01W-6753, parked their inviting a mob who forced the convoy to halt.

It has been further reported that the security personnel tried to disperse the mob but in the process ended provoking them, which further made the mob larger and subsequently outnumbered the security personnel.

The mob turned violent and pushed down the mini truck into a gorge of Ijei river and later set it on fire. In the meantime, the outnumbered security personnel took refuge at the 10 Assam Rifles camp nearby the area, further reported the source.

On receiving the report, the Superintendent of Police Tamenlong and concerned SDO rushed to the incident spot where a public hearing took place. With the intervention of the SP and administrative officials, the tension was neutralized, however.

The bandh supporters also reportedly claimed to have informed the SP of their stance against violation of the bandh, further asserted the sources.

On the other hand, several hundreds of trucks were reportedly left stranded and waiting for rescue in between Awangkhul to Jiribam. They are likely to be escorted back to Imphal on October 25.

Source: Imphal Free Press

KCP Noyon army chief arrested at Guwahati [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, Oct 23: Security forces have arrested the KCP Noyon faction from Guwahati on October 22.

A combined team of Imphal east district, Thoubal and Bishnupur commandos assisted by the Assam Police arrested the self proclaimed army chief of Kangleipak Communist Party-Noyon faction from Guwahati on October 22.

The Superintendent of Police of Thoubal district, K. Jayenta Singh, in a statement revealed that the combined team acting on specific intelligence input about the presence of the top ranking leader of the outfit, conducted a search operation at Hatigaon area and arrested him at about 7:30 pm.

The arrested militant leader has been identified as one Waikhom Chittaranjan Singh alias Achouba alias Pibarel Mangang, 38, s/o (l) W. Imo Singh of Ningom Thongjao Pebia Pandit Leikai.

The team also recovered incriminating articles along with a lap-top and a mobile phone, it revealed.

As per preliminary interrogation, the arrested individual disclosed himself to be the army chief of KCP (Noyon) faction and has been operating from Guwahati since the past 3 to 4 months.

He has been handed over to the Hatigaon Police station, Guwahati for further investigation, further informed the release.

On the other hand, a combined troop of 23 Assam Rifles and 30 Assam Rifles claimed to have arrested two cadres of the proscribed KYKL today from Ukhrul district.

The PRO IGAR (S) in a statement has reported that on discovering movement of some militant cadres in the general area of Sanjeeban Saban Leikai and Takhel Maning Leikai, Ukhrul district and conducted a counter insurgency operation.

It claimed that during the operation the troops apprehended two cadres of the KYKL identified as one Akojan Sarat Singh, 40, s/o A Leimungba of Thertha Khunou, Imphal and Aharthem Ibochouba alias Panngak, 27, s/o A Thomba Singh of Gwaltabi, Imphal east.

The duo have been handed over to the Lamlai Police station, further informed the release.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Pending ADC election to be conducted today amidst tight security [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, Oct 23: The election commission of Manipur will be conducting the pending Autonomous District Council election to the 17-Phaibung Khullen district council constituency under Senapati Autonomous District Council and 13-Chingai district council constituency under Ukhrul district, tomorrow amidst huge security arrangement.

The commission is going ahead with the election amidst the total bandh imposed by the All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) and much opposition to the ADC election from the United Naga Council (UNC).

Sources said all the polling personnel including security forces have reached their respective polling stations since yesterday.

Apart from state security forces, altogether 32 companies of CRPF are will be deployed during the poll.

A total of 8444 voters are going to exercise their rights in the two district council constituencies in 10 polling stations. 4475 voters alone will cast their votes in 17-Phaibung Khullen district council constituency and 3169 voters in the 13-Chingai district council constituency.

The result of the election is likely to declare on October 31.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Late night SHDDC talk with Chief Minister remains inconclusive [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, Oct 23: A team led by SHDDC general secretary Tonghem Kipgen and Co-ordinating committee of various valley-based civil organizations, convenor Sunil Karam late in the evening at around 10 pm met with the Chief Minister and submitted a memorandum containing the resolutions taken up by the SHDDC and various other valley based CSOs at Kangpokpi recently.

However, the late night meeting which ended at around 11:45 pm remained inconclusive.

Speaking to media persons, Tonghem Kipgen informed that the team will meet the Chief Minister again tomorrow at 3pm.

On being asked about the sufferings of the people of the state due to the prolonged economic blockade imposed along the national highways, he appealed to the people of the state to bear with the people of the Sadar Hills for a little bit longer.

He also informed that the committee will take its agitation to the next level incase of failure on the part of the government to bring an amicable solution on the issue during tomorrow’s meeting.

Source: Imphal Free Press