IMPHAL, Mar 5: The Nambul River Project Affected Pattadars’ Association has demanded appropriate and expeditious release of compensation due to land owners.
Interacting with media persons at the Manipur Press Club today, Association’s secretary N Jogendrakumar contended that residents on either side of the Nambul river stretch upto Naoremthong are yet to receive land compensation after the Project was activated in 1994 when the State was under the President’s Rule.
The Project envisages development and widening of road on either flank of the Nambul river.
The secretary insisted that the affected landowners, till date, had been refusing to accept the compensation as the Government fixed the amount at the rate of Rs 22 per square feet. Pointing out that in the Government gazette on Manipur Land Tax one square feet commands Rs 500, he proposed that compensation to the Project affected people be paid in consonant with the said rate.
While maintaining that inspite of establishment of road network along the Nambul river banks poor maintenance and invisibility of certain area from view of the same route is being allegedly capitalised by security forces to commit atrocities against arrested youths, the secretary said nearby residents have to frequently endure unwanted events.
Kanglei Khudol exhibition
IMPHAL, 5: Khurai Puthiba Leikai Handloom and Handicrafts Co-operative Society today opened Kanglei Khudol handicraft exhibition at Nupilal Memorial Complex. DIC Imphal East S Thoiba, All Manipur Co-operative Handloom Weavers’ Co-operative Society chairman S Satyaprabha and Marketing and Service Extension Centre assistant director (handicrafts) A Sahadeva graced the function as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.
Post Matric scholarship
IMPHAL, Mar 5: Principal of DM College of Arts has informed the ST students that the post Matric scholarships for the year 2007-2008 will disburse from March 12 at 2nd MR. BA-III students may come with their identity cards on March 12, while March 13, and 14 are fixed for BA-II students. BA-I students can get their scholarships on March 15 and 17.
IMPHAL, Mar 5: On the backdrop of the ongoing HSLC and HSSLC examinations, Maram Students’ Union expressed strong exception over the erratic power supply at Maram area. The students’ body warned to seize power infrastructures if the Electricity Department does not take up necessary actions in this regard.
ZSU appoints new executives
IMPHAL, Mar 5: ZSU Nungba area on March 2 appointed Poukhon and Rajianglung Gangmei as its convenor and organisation secretary respectively. The students’ body also expressed gratitude to 25 Bn CRPF for extending help in dousing fire broke out on March 1 at the area.
Consumers’ Rights Day
IMPHAL, Mar 5: Consumers’ Club Manipur will observe World Consumers’ Rights Day on March 15 at GM hall. A two-day consumer awareness workshop will also be organised as a part of the observance.
IMPHAL, Mar 5: The election of new office bearers of the NPO will be held at Senapati Village Women community hall at 11.30 am of March 15, informed an NPO release.
Nomination papers should be field with the election commission between 9 and 11 am of the same day.
Nomination papers of intending candidates shall bear endorsement of respective tribal Hohos with seconded details and all the intending candidates shall report promptly at the venue by 10.45 am.
Respective tribal Hohos shall submit on Hoho letter head the list of individuals representing the tribe to the electoral college before 10 am of the March 15, it added.
IMPHAL, Mar 5: The ATSUM has pledged support to the ongoing agitation of the Students’ Union Pettigrew College (SUPC) who have demanding positing of adequate teaching staff and installation of requisite infrastructure in the college. A press release issued by the ATSUM cautioned that negligence of such genuine demands of the students may result in uglier phases and unwanted incidents for which the authority concerned should be held solely responsible.
ZEO Wangoi : Z EO Wangoi will distribute rice for midday meal on March 7 and 8 for the month of February. All the headmasters/headmistresses for all the schools under ZEO Wangoi are informed to collect their share.
IMPHAL, Mar 5: Troops of the Assam Rifles have arrested two suspected PULF cadres and same number of UNLF cadres from different areas yesterday.
According to a PRO IGAR(S) release, the PULF activists were nabbed by 34 AR from Changamdabi and Wangkhem Bazar areas during a search operation.
The arrested duo have been identified as SS Cpl Md Zakir Hussian (35) of Changamdabi Mathak leikai and Md Ahamed Ali (34) of Wangkhem Muslim Mayai Leikai.
The UNLF cadres were apprehended from Lam-deng Khunou area by 39 AR during an operation yesterday. Detailing the arrested persons as 30-year-old SS Pvt Ibomcha Singh alias Surjeet (Army No 1133/Batch No 17) s/o Nilamani Singh of Lamdeng Khunou and 23-year-old SS Pvt Naothoi Singh (Army No 1147) s/o Babu Singh also of Lamdeng Khunou, the PRO informed that both captives have been handed over to Lamsang police station yesterday itself.
IMPHAL, Mar 5: Star Volunteers Corps, Heirangoithong Maibam Leikai in collaboration with Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Imphal West Joint director vaccinated 200 cows, 90 dogs and 40 pigs as a preventive measures from animal diseases like FMD, rabies and swine fever.
IMPHAL, Mar 5: East West Center, Honolulu, Hawai invites application from young leaders aged between mid-20s and late-30s for 18th New Generation Seminar.
The programme will be organised from September 21 to October 5 in Honululu, Hawaii and Washington DC on the theme, “The Politics of Globalisation”.
East-West Center will provide all air and ground traveling fares including air transport to and from the home country, meals, lodging and other per diem expenses for the participants. Details for the said seminar is available on the website: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/ngs.
IMPHAL, Mar 5: The Hmar Students’ Association has strongly condemned the alleged coward act of placing a hand grenade in the residential quarter of RIMS Director Dr L Fimate on March 1, conveyed an HSA release. It appealed to all concern not to undertake such acts in future. Further the HSA denounced the decision of the State Government to construct NIT at Langol area. In another press release, the Hmar Youth Organisation has also condemned the act of placing a hand grenade at the quarter premises of RIMS Director Dr L Fimate.
JIRIBAM, Mar 5: All Jiribam Working Journalists Union convened a meeting today at IB Leikai. The meeting unanimously elected Ksh Prem Kumar, A Lukhoi and Balaram Nath as president, secretary and finance secretary respectively for two years.
IMPHAL, Mar 5: IGAR (S) Maj Gen Chengapa and all ranks of the Assam Rifles conveyed very warm greetings and sincere goodwill to the people of Manipur on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri. IGAR (S) sends its message of peace, harmony, unity and understanding on this auspicious occasion, said a release of PRO and added that the Maj Gen wished that all the goodwill and harmony will bring together all.
IMPHAL, Mar 5: With a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the State Government and representatives of Manipur Secretariate Service Association today in the presence of Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh at the CM’s Secretariate, the association has called off the cease work strike and its staff would resume their work with effect from tomorrow (March 7), said a release of secretary to CM Dr Prem Singh.
Pettigrew college agitation, Talk fails, crisis deepens
Ukhrul Mar 5 : The talk between Students’ Union of Pettigrew College (SUPC) and the Principal Secretary the Education Department, P Saratchandra broke down today, with no sign of any resolution.
The talk was held today at the Pettigrew College staff room from 11.45 am to 2. 25 pm.
However during the talks no tangible solution could be arrived at the students were not satisfied with the assurances given by the Principal Secretary to 14 points charter of demands tabled by the SUPC.
During the talk, the Principal Secretary, on behalf of the Government appealed to the students to call off their stir and suspend the hunger strike.
In a bid to convinced the students, Saratchandra assured that their demands are under serious consideration and promised that he would do all he can within his capacity.
On the demand to the improve infrastructure of the college, the Principal Secretary informed that the Government has already earmarked a sum of Rs 1 crore for the college for the current fiscal and another Rs 50 thousand have been given to the Principal to meet the immediate requirements of the college.
Despite all the assurances given made by the officer, the students refused to budge and demanded to know why the authority continue to turn a deaf ear ,without any consideration, inspite of the genuineness of their grievances.
To pacify the agitated students, the officer said that he is just a public servant and informed that all the decision should came through committee officials headed by the Chief Secretary.
To another question raised by the students why the two teachers posted at the college transferred by the government are yet to report for duty, officer was frank enough to admit that these two teachers may have failed to attend to their duty as they wield political clout. He however assured that necessary action will be taken against the erring teachers..
On the demand for adequate lecturers, Sarat- chandra said that it will take another 2 to 3 months without giving any specific date.
As the assurances and appeal of the Principal Secretary failed to convince the students, they walked out of the talk after 2 hours of negotiation. The adamant students said that they will continue with the hunger strike until their demands are met.
At present five students of the college including four girls have been hospitalised after the hunger strike began on February 27.
The SUPC started the indefinite college bandh on February 25 and intensified their stir by launching a hunger strike participated by ar- ound 20 students of the college. Eight of them fainted one after another during the hunger strike, which has en-tered its 8th day today.
The exhausted students were rushed to Leishiphung Christian Hospital and later shifted to Ukhrul District Hospital (UDH).
The hospitalised students, included general secretary of SUPC, Longreiyo Keishing.
However, he was dischar-ged as his condition improv- ed and he insisted for immediate release.
Expressing anguish and disappointment over the step motherly treatment towards the students community, he asserted that the fast unto death agitation will continue till the State Govt implement the 14 points charter of de-mands. The students will not be taken in by verbal promises, he claimed.
Meanwhile, considering the gravity of the situation and the pulse of the SUPC, a number of organisations ha-ve extended their support including HKL, ZKL, RKL. SANSA, Aza Katamnao Long, Zingtun Katamnao Long and Ato Katamnao Long and Tangkhul Katam-nao Saklong, the apex body of the Tangkhul students.
Taking serious note of the situation as well as the attitude of the Govt a 24 hour general strike spearheaded by the TKS was called today (March 5). Govt offices were warned to remain shut for the day. Pettigrew college tho- ugh one of the oldest colle-ges in Manipur has been lying in a state of neglect for the last many decades.
The students of this college had been demanding adequate lecturers and other infrastructure for long but the Govt has turned a deaf ear to their demands.
General secretary of TKS Jolyson said that on February 29 the Additional Chief Se-cretary had come to the co- llege for negotiation. How-ever, it was turned down by the SUPC. The students who were being kept at UDH for treatment are insisting that they be discharged and war-ned that if the hospital au- thority continue to ‘confine’ them than they will resort to the extreme step of self immolation.