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Manipur Political, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 14, 2009

Information commissioner raps PIOs for denying information under RTI

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Information commissioner raps PIOs for denying information under RTI
(IFP_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 17: The chief information commissioner, Manipur, RK Angousana,
today expressed disquiet over the misinterpretation of the exemption clauses in
the Right to Information Act 2005 by public information officers, PIOs, in the
state, which had posed obstacles in the way of access to information by the
public.
The chief information commissioner, giving the inaugural speech in a workshop on
the Right to Information, held today at the conference hall, of the Institute of
Cooperative Management, Lamphelpat noted that the RTI Act which came into force
on October 12, 2005 aims at setting out the practical regime of right to
information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of
public authorities in order to promote transparency and accountability in the
working of every public authority. .
.more…

Force to probe tax slur(TEL,
18-2-08)

Imphal, Feb. 17: The Assam Rifles today denied
allegations that its personnel manning one of the posts at Keithelmanbi had
demanded illegal tax from truck drivers heading for Silchar. The paramilitary
force, however, has ordered a probe considering the seriousness of the
allegations.“We have ordered an inquiry to know what exactly has happened. The
investigation will take some time and action will be taken if anybody is found
guilty,” Assam Rifles spokesman Col L.M. Pant said today.Twelve Silchar-bound
trucks loaded with scrap iron were stopped at the checkgate of the 32 Assam
Rifles post at Keithelmanbi along the Imphal-Jiribam highway. .
.more…

Twin
agendas to dominate CPI meet(TEL, 18-2-08)

Party
takes up army act & peace talks(TEL, 18-2-08)

Imphal, Feb. 17: The CPI today began its three-day state
conference in Imphal with an expressed desire to fight against the Armed Forces
(Special Powers) Act in the state.A partner in the Okram Ibobi Singh-led Secular
Progressive Front ministry, the CPI reiterated its commitment towards getting
the army act repealed and creating a conducive atmosphere for peace talks with
the militant groups in the state.CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan, who
attended the inaugural function at Hafta Kangjeibung in Imphal, said the army
act has become an “issue” in the entire Northeast and the party would continue
to press for its repeal. ..more…

6 lakh
unemployed youths in Manipur
(AST_20_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 19 – The number of unemployed educated youths in Manipur was
over six lakhs till January this year, an official statement said today.
The statement said a total of 6,00,949 youths including 1,68,819 females, were
recorded as unemployed educated youths till January. The total population of
Manipur is slightly over 23 lakhs. – PTI

 

Employees`
blitzkrieg paralyses secretariat (IFP_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Work at the state secretariat was paralysed for the day as
the indefinite ceasework strike of the employees of the state secretariat
services commenced Monday.
The ceasework strike is likely to impact the preparation of government agendas
and other issues to be raised during the second part of the third session of the
state Assembly which is scheduled to commence February 20.
The employees are demanding review of an order of the state government seeking
the direct recruitment of section officers of Manipur Secretariat and others on
February 4 this year by the department of personnel. .
.more…

Manipur Assembly Budget
Session to begin today
(SEN_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: The Budget Session of the Manipur
Legislative Assembly will begin tomorrow and continue upto March 12. Official
sources said here today that the Session had started on February one and after
two days of sittings, Speaker Dr S Budhichandra postponed the House till
February 20. ..more…
 
Employees stir affects
State administration
(SEN_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: The functioning in the State Secretariat was affected for the
second day today, following the indefinite strike of the Manipur Secretariat
Service Association (MSSA). The MSSA employees had launched an indefinite strike
yesterday to protest the decision of the State Government to recruit 25 section
officers in the Secretariat.
The MSSA has been demanding to fill the vacant posts of the 25 section officers
on promotion basis. ..more…

Looted
at Nelli
(SEX_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: The delegates of the BJP Manipur Pradesh Mahila Morcha who
were travelling in a bus on their way to New Delhi to attend the Mahila Arakshan
Rally were reportedly loot-ed of their belongings inclu- ding cash, mobile
phones, gold ornaments worth aro-und Rs 3 lakhs by armed goons at Nelli in
Naogaon district of Assam yesterday. .
.more…

 

Bodies
oppose
(SEX_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: Zeliangrong Baudi sent today a memorandum
to Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora to hold the shifting of
Imphal Divisional Office of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd to Silchar. The Union in
the memoramdum mentioned that the shift will create lots of inconvenience to
dealers and general public. Reminding that Assam has the maximum number regional
offices in the North East and the decision may give sentimental impact to the
people of Manipur. ..more…

 


Peddling shame : After Panthoibi,
it’s State House at Kol
(SEX_20_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 19: The condition of Manipur Bhawan which is still under
construction for the last 10 years at Salt Lake in Kolkata is, at best to say
the least, simply deplorable.
On the other hand Nagaland House presents a chic picture.
Instead of seeing any possible sign on completion of the building in the near
future, the iron rods of the foundation too have been cut off and siphoned. .
.more…

 


Lim in NPCC manifesto

Model code of conduct violated : Ex-MLA(SEX_20_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 19 : Contending that the insertion of the Nagalim clause
in the election manifesto of the NPCC violates the election code of conduct as
spelt out by the Election Commission, former MLA and RTI activist L Ibomcha
Singh today accused the AICC secretary Sidarth Patil and the Congress for trying
to foment violence in other States particularly Mani-pur.
In a statement, L Ibomcha said that the insertion of the clause has the
potential to incite violence, it violates Para 1 (I) of the Model Code of
Conduct published by the Election Commission of India. .
.more…

 


Files seized on Day-II of MSSA
stir
(SEX_20_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 19 : Suspected members of the striking Manipur Secretariat
Service Association (MSSA) seized files of various departments as the ceasework
agitation of the MSSA completed its second day today.
Claiming that the files seized today also included those processed from the
Chief Minister’s Office and are being locked up in a safe location, an MSSA
member confided plans are afoot to stage demonstration that could entail Court
arrest. ..more…

 


Tml body backs Lim demand
(SEX_20_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 19: Even as strong opposition has been raised against the
inclusion of the Lim demand in the election manifesto of the NPCC, the Senior
Citizens’ Forum, Tamenglong has endorsed the integration of all Naga inhabited
areas under one administrative unit, reports our Jiribam correspondent. .
.more…

 


State level convention on NREGS
held
(SEX_20_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 19: To discuss necessary measures that need to be taken up for
successful implementation of the third phase of the National Rural Employment
Guarantee Scheme (NRE-GS) in the State, a one-day State level convention on
NREGS was held at Manipur Panchayat Bhawan here at Porompat today. .
.more…

 


Tanker drivers to hold talks with
Govt today
(SEX_20_2_k8)
Newmai News Network
Imphal, Feb 19: The striking All Manipur Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ Union (AMPTDU)
will hold talk with the state government in the presence of officials of the
Indian Oil Corporation (Assam Oil Division) on Wednesday so as to pave way for
the ending of the strike, the AMPTDU president Y. Bhupenchandra informed NNN on
Tuesday.
During the Wednesday’s meeting the drivers’ union will put across their demand
of transferring the depot manager and supervisor of IOC (AOD) Imphal and other
thing regarding the lack of infrastructures for drivers’ community in the IOC
Imphal’s premises. ..more…

 

Strike
enters second day(TEL, 20-2-08)

Imphal, Feb. 19: Employees of the Manipur secretariat
continued their strike for the second day today as they blocked officials of
other departments from attending office. Around 1,000employees, under the banner
of Manipur Secretariat Services Association, went on an indefinite ceasework
yesterday demanding cancellation of the process of recruiting 25 section
officers through the Manipur Public Service Commission. The employees are
demanding that the posts be filled up by promoting officials from the existing
workforce through an internal competitive exam. The agitating employees barred
the entry of files, visitors and officials from other departments after chief
secretary Jarnail Singh asked the principal secretaries, commissioners and
secretaries to use officials from their own departments for emergency work. .
.more…

Peon`s
dilemma ends in nick of time (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: A peon of the Manipur legislative Assembly who entered the
PWD office for collection of files related with the Assembly session from the
chief engineer had to negotiate the fencing wall of the office to leave the
office and reach the Assembly in time.
The peon in question had entered the office from the main gate before the
protestors arrived and blocked to and fro movement to the office. .
.more…

House condoles (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: The Manipur Legislative Assembly today observed two minutes
silence as a mark a respect on the demise of ex-member of the first Manipur
Territorial Assembly, RK Irabot Singh.
The Speaker moved a resolution on the demise of the ex-member in the House
during the obituary reference and the same was passed by the House after many
members of the House spoke on the life of the late ex-member who passed away on
February 3 last. ..more…

State BJP women looted in
Assam(IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: A women’s delegation of the BJP Manipur Pradesh Mahila Morcha
heading for New Delhi in a bus were looted at Nagaon district in Assam before
reaching Guwahati, a statement of the BJP, Manipur Pradesh said today.
A local gang carrying blunt weapons like lathi s stopped the bus at Nelli area
and looted all money, mobile phones, gold ornaments from the women delegates
amounting to Rs. 3 lakhs. ..more…

 

Improved deficit budget
presented (IFP_21_2_k8)

mphal Free Press
IMPHAL, Feb 20: The chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, who also holds the
additional portfolio of finance, presented the state budget for the year
2008-2009, on the first day of the State Budget Session here today. This is the
sixth budget he has presented in the successive two terms of his government. .
.more…

AFSPA to be discussed at CPI
conference (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: The issue of Armed Forces Special Power Act, AFSPA and
territorial integrity of Manipur will be discussed at the national conference of
the Communists Party of India to be held at Hyderabad from March 23 to 27 this
year.
Speaking to journalists in Imphal today, state secretary, CPI, Manipur state
Council, Iboyaima said people of the state could not lead a peaceful life
because of the killings and atrocities meted out by the security forces under
AFSPA. ..more…

Rs. 559.28 cr supplementary
demands for grants tabled (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: A total of Rs. 559.28 crores covering 46
demands and 3 appropriates was presented in the House today as Supplementary
Demands for Grants for the year 2007-08.
Chief minister O Ibobi Singh, who is also minister in charge of finance, while
presenting the Supplementary Demands for Grants for the fiancial year 2007-08
mentioned that out of the total amount sought Rs. 16.53 crores is charged on the
consolidated fund of the state and Rs. 541.75 crores is to be voted by the
House. ..more…

60 secretariat strikers held
during "court arrest" stir (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: Police rounded up around 60 strikers of the Manipur
secretariat service Wednesday on the third day of the ceasework strike as the
employees staged a mass court arrest at the Imphal police station.
Other employees who also converged at the same police station were pushed back
by the police upto the Telephone Bhavan where they continued their sit-in
protest till late afternoon. ..more…

Budget session likely to be
affected by secretariat employees strike; Important files in hands of
strikers(IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: All is not hunky-dory though the Assembly
session is due to recommence from tomorrow. This is due to the impact of the
ceasework strike of the employees of the state secretariat which commenced from
yesterday.
According to a highly reliable source, concerned officials are running from room
to room to prepare budget and other matters related with the agendas to be
discussed in the House tomorrow.
As lower rank staffs of both old and new secretariats are on ceasework strike
and have not returned to work despite government threats to apply dies-non on
them, the commissioners and other heads of departments were seen doing
compilation of datas for the replies to be given by the concerned ministers on
the questions raised by members of the House. .
.more…

Sect
strikers held
(SEX_21_2_k8)
For disturbing official functions of the State Secretariat, 63 members of
the Manipur Secretariat Service Association who are currently on cease work
strike were pulled up by police today. .
.more…

 


CPI assures to guard State’s
interest

(SEX_21_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 20: Different resolutions adopted in the 19th State Conference of
the CPI Manipur State Council will be put up for deliberation in the party’s
National Conference scheduled to be held at Hyderabad from March 23 to 27,
stated newly elected Secretary of the CPI Manipur State Council Langol Iboyaima.
..more…

 


Crime round up, Imp West Cdos
scalp one UG suspect

(SEX_21_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 20: Imphal West District Commandos shot dead a suspected UG at a
spot in between Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai Leirak Achouba Maning and Longjam
Leirak under Imphal Police Station at around 7.50 pm today. .
.more…

 


Deficit of Rs 46 Crs presented
(SEX_21_2_k8)
CM highlights plus point of 2008-2009 State Budget(SEX_21_2_k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 20 : Presenting the Budget of the Government of Manipur for the
financial year 2008-09 with a projected budgetary deficit of Rs 46.05 crores,
Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has, nonetheless, stated that the State’s finances
have shown considerable improvement during the recent years. .
.more…

 


Balance sheet
(SEX_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: The balance sheet of GPF of the personnel
of Senapati District Police, specially those of the Constables has not been
reportedly released since 2006. According to information received by the press,
unlike in other districts where the balance sheets are.
.more…

 


Pension adalat for NE States(SEX,
22-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: The office of the Principal Contro- ller of Defence
Accounts Pensions, Allahabad will be holding a Defence Pension Adalat at
Guwahati in the third week of May for spot settlement of pension related
grievances of the Defence Pensioners including Defence civilians residing in the
North Eastern States. ..more…

 


Buddha temple inaugurated
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: For the first time in the valley of
Manipur, a temple dedicat-ed to Buddha was inaugu- rated at Meetei Langol,
Wangdei today.
Constructed under the aegis of Buddhist Council, Manipur, the ceremonial
function of inaugurating the temple conducted under the priestship of Bud- dhist
monk Akshyananda Maha Thera, who is also the general secretary of Tripura Rajya
Bikkhu Sangha. His disciple Kodeinya was also present at the occasion. .
.more…

 


Chiru Union condemns
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Reacting against the act of unidentified cadres suspected to
be KRA members who allegedly forced the village authority members of Kangchup
Chiru to sign on a blank document on February 19 at the office of SDC Kangchup,
Chiru Union, NEI has called upon all concerned to respect the law of the land
and condemned such act in its strongest term. .
.more…

 

Sangh
posers on ICDS recruitment

(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: The Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh Manipur State has sought
clarification from the State authorities on what criteria recruitment of
anganwadi workers and helpers for Chandel district and Gamphajol sub-division
ICDS projects was effected.
Contending that the said anganwadi workers and helpers were enrolled without the
slightest adherence to prescribed norms, the Sangh also expressed annoyance over
alleged issuance of forms for the post of CDPOs of ICDS projects in other
districts despite the fact no DPCs would be conducted. .
.more…

 


 Airport defiance support
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Opining that Government plan for expansion of the Tulihal
Airport to upgrade the facility into an international standard airport by
evicting local residents and consuming cultivable land is detrimental to
interest of the general public, Salai Apunba Nupi Lamjing Lup, Singjamei pledged
unflinching support to any movement launched against the plan by the JAC
concerned. ..more…

 

 Samuk
assembly elects, flays
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: The annual assembly of the Samuk (Tucha) Village Authority (Senapati
district) held on February 16 apart from electing Chawangsinang Thiumai and
Wilinlungbou Thumai as chairman and secretary respectively of the new office
bearers also reviewed with all seriousness a particular content in the souvenir
released on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebration of Alingsan (Khundong)
village in Tamenglong district. .
.more…

 


Drivers detained
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: A team of Heingang police station has taken into custody 11
of the striking petroleum tanker drivers from Shangakpham area at around 5 pm
today.
The FCS Minister is informed to be present when the arrests was made. .
.more…

 

LDA
strike
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Expressing strong resentment against
indifferent attitude of State authorities, the Loktak Development Authority
(Retrenched) M/R Employees and Workers’ Association has threatened to launch
fast unto death agitation. Inspite of cessation of LDA activities after the
Association members went on strike since January 28 neither the LDA Minister nor
its Chairman (Chief Minister) accord importance to the matter, the Association
lamented while urging all concerned to extend cooperation in resolving the
issue. ..more…

 


Age limit for State CS, Sectt
strike discussed; Hemochandra backs age relaxation

bid, Let’s see, says CM on upper age relaxation
(SEX_22_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 21 : Following intense pressure from the Opposition bench to relax
the upper age limit to 35 for General category, 38 for OBC and 40 for ST/SC in
the State Civil Services competitive examination sche- duled to be held by the
MPSC on August 3 this year, Chief Minister O Ibobi refrained from giving a
concrete assurance but none- theless said that he would see what can be done.
Significantly Congress MLA, I Hemochandra also supported the motion raised by
the Opposition members. ..more…

 


CM vague on number of
die-harness-case
(SEX_22_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 21: There are in all 1452 candidates who have applied for
appointment in 40 different Departments of the Government under the Die-in-
Harness Scheme and how many cases are pending in the other Departments is not
known as the list has not been submitted, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh informed
the State Assembly today during its question and answer session. .
.more…

 


House passes Supplementary demands
of over Rs 558 Crs
(SEX_22_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 21 : Though the Assembly passed Rs 558.28,11,000 unanimously as
Supplementary Grants during the evening session of the sitting today, the
Opposition advised the Government to ensure that its employees develop the
required work culture as well as to judiciously utilise the funds allotted to
their departments.
Answering to queries on the Supplementary Demands, Chief Minister O Ibobi
explained that the academic session of the National Institute of Technology
(NIT) will start at the Government Polytechnic Institute and asserted that there
is no question of shifting the proposed institute to another State. .
.more…

 


JAC formed against abduction
(SEX_22_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 21: Along with formation of a JAC in connection with the
abduction of Ngangbam Mangoljao who is an Executive Engineer in PWD and his wife
Ngangbam Ongbi Shanti Devi , who is an SO in IFCD, allegedbly by armed cadres of
Kuki Liberation Army (KLA), the JAC has appealed to the outfit to set the couple
free on humanitarian ground within February 23. .
.more…

 

Ibobi review
of exam age limit(TEL, 22-2-08)

Imphal, Feb. 21: Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi
Singh today assured the state Assembly that he would reconsider his decision to
reduce the upper age limit of the upcoming combined service examination. The
decision comes after the members forced the chief minister to look into the
issue. ..more…

Ibobi
seeks help on hostages(TEL, 22-2-08)

Imphal, Feb. 21: The Manipur government has requested
security forces to help secure the release of a couple who hold senior positions
in the Manipur works and irrigation departments from militant
captivity.Ngnangbam Manglemjao Singh, an executive engineer in the works
department, and his wife Shanti Devi, a section officer in the irrigation and
flood control department, were abducted by militants on their way to office on
Monday.The militant group, suspected to be the Kuki Liberation Army (KLA),
allegedly demanded Rs 1 crore from the public works department for their
release. The Kuki outfit has not made any claim to the abductions yet. .
.more…

Attack on
NE TV scribe condemned (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: A statement release by the
secretary of the All Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) has condemned the
firing at Manoranjana Singh of the NE TV in Guwahati city.
The said incident happened at 2.30 am today. Some unidentified persons coming in
a black Tata Sumo suddenly fired at the journalist on the roadside. .
.more…

Tirades against Cong continue
in state (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Seeking to allay public
apprehensions over the reported endorsement of the demand for integration of
Naga inhabited areas by the All India Congress Committee ahead of the Nagaland
elections, the Manipur government has declared that there is `nothing alarming`
about the promises made in the election manifesto of the Nagaland Pradesh
Congress Committee. ..more…

State`s sectoral allocation for
2008-09 finalised (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: The sectoral and sub-sectoral
allocation of the agreed annual plan for the fiscal year 2008-09 which was
finalised at Rs. 1660 crores, including Rs. 550 crores special plan assistance
for the state has been finalized, an official source has said.
As per the finalized sectoral and sub-sectoral allocation, a total amount of Rs.
3976 lakhs has been allocated for various schemes under the major head
agriculture and allied activities, Rs. 8408 lakhs for the rural development
sector, Rs. 26720 lakhs for the schemes under the irrigation and flood control
department most importantly. ..more…

MPP, NCP, UCM flay Nagaland
poll campaign assurances (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: The Manipur
People`s Party (MPP) has expressed strong opposition against the alleged
statement of the AICC general secretary Siddarth Patil that the AICC will be
approving the inclusion of phrases mentioning the integration of Naga Inhabited
areas under one administration in the election manifesto of the NPCC.
.
.more…

Manipur govt fails to
book ride for salary despatch (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: Even though the
Manipur government did not seek further approval for requisition of helicopter
from the Centre for cash remittance in the hill districts, the state government
asked for the requisition of the same to the EAC, Shillong which seems to be a
slip up by the state home department.
.
.more…

 

CPI
political conference ends (IFP_12_2_k8)

 

IMPHAL, Feb 10: A two-day political conference of the
Communist Party of India, Imphal east has passed five resolutions, one among
which urges the state government to declare Imphal east district as a backward
district of Manipur.
Other resolutions which were passed on the concluding day of the conference
today at Porompat Panchayat Bhavan include non inclusion of Manipur in the
delimitation exercise taken up by the Delimitation Commission of India, and
distribution of public distribution system at police stations so as to reach the
people directly. ..more…



Manipur petrol dealers protest
(NPT_12_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb 11: Black marketers had a field day selling petrol and oil at
exorbitant rates after a protest shutdown by oil dealers here on Monday against
huge extortion demands by militant outfits.
All petrol pumps in Manipur remained closed for the day in protest against a
recent bomb attack on an oil outlet. The attack was perpetrated by unidentified
militants after the owner refused to pay monetary demand served by an outfit.
The blast on Tug and Bon Oil Pump caused damage to the window panes at the
counter. ..more…

 

NNC rejects
election(SEX_12_2_k8)

IMPHLA, Feb 11: Disapproving the elections of India as Naga national
affairs, the Naga National Council has directed the Naga people not to involve
in the Indian elections but to stay at home when such alleged proxy election of
India is forced in any part of Nagaland. .
.more…

57 Mt Brigade
felicitated(SEX_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: For its commendable service in NC hills, Assam Governor
Lt Gen Ajai Singh recently felicitated 57 Mountain Ar- tillery Brigade in a
function organised at Raj Bhavan. It may be reminded that the Brigade
facilitated free, fair and peaceful autonomous council elections in the area
last year. ..more…

SCFS condoles
IMPHAL, Feb 11: Senior Citizens for Society, Mani-pur in its meeting held
on February 11 expressed its shock and sorrow on the sudden demise of senior
citizen Prof Maibam Jugeshwar Singh. .
.more…

CPI conference(SEX_12_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 11: CPI Sagolband Local Council convened its 30th local
conference on February 10 at Amudon Khamlangba community hall with the hoisting
party flag by its president Thangjam Ongbi Sha-khi-tombi Devi. The Conference
has also selected a panel of 19 partymen to appoint new office bearers, a
release informed.

 

AMUCO
slams ‘two tongued Cong’(SEX_12_2_k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 11: Recalling the UPA Government’s Common Minimum Pro-gramme which
clearly laid down that territorial boundaries of the North Eastern States will
be protected, the All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO) has decried the
reported AICC’s endorsement of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee’s (NPCC)
election manifesto which sought integration of all contiguous Naga inhabited
areas.
It also accused the AICC of maintaining double-standard. .
.more…

 

Report out
of context : Cabinet(SEX_12_2_k8)

 IMPHAL, Feb 11 : Responding to the media
reports as well as the reaction of quite a large number of political parties and
voluntary organisations over the election manifesto of the Nagaland Congress
vis-a-vis the demand for the creation of a Nagalim, the Cabinet today said that
what was reported in the newspapers is totally different and out of context of
what is being written in the manifesto of Nagaland Congress.
.
.more…

 

NIT site;
Kim Gangte makes stand clear (SEX_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Questioning whether the Central Government has given any
condition on releasing the fund if the proposed NIT is not going to be set up at
Langol-Lamphelpat area, the JAC for Protection of Langol Residential Areas and
Preservation of Lamphelpat as Wetlands has categorically asserted that it is the
duty of the Centre to provide the fund and for the State to select the suitable
site. ..more…

 

Nothing
alarming, says Ibobi Singh (TEL_12_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 11:
From someone whom the Congress was close to replacing
as chief minister a few weeks ago, Okram Ibobi Singh has became the man the
central leadership is most likely to thank. Ibobi Singh today averted a rift
between the Manipur and Nagaland units of the Congress over the contents of a
controversial election manifesto that backed the Naga demand for integration. An
“informal cabinet meeting” later, his office issued a statement stating that
“there is nothing alarming in the (Nagaland Congress) manifesto”.
.
.more…

W
Nipamacha demands rescinding of AICC stance (IFP_13_2_k8)

 

IMPHAL, Feb 12: Former chief minister Wahengbam Nipamacha
has demanded the withdrawal of the reported endorsement by the All India
Congress Committee, AICC, of the demand made for bringing Naga-inhabited areas
under a common administration in the election manifesto of the Nagaland Pradesh
Congress Committee.
Speaking to mediapersons at a press conference at his party office at Babupara
today, the state Rashtriya Janata Dal chief said his party was totally opposed
to the move, and is prepared to launch a campaign for its withdrawal. .
.more…

Peace march reaches
Anguri(IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 12: The Lamshang Khongchat march organised by the Young Horizon,
with the objective of reaching out to the indigenous communities of the
north-east region, has reached Anguri village in Jorhat district of Assam today
after setting out from Moriyani town this morning. .
.more…

Attack on NE TV scribe
condemned (IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: A statement release by the secretary of the All Manipur
Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) has condemned the firing at Manoranjana Singh
of the NE TV in Guwahati city.
The said incident happened at 2.30 am today. Some unidentified persons coming in
a black Tata Sumo suddenly fired at the journalist on the roadside. .
.more…

High level probe promised into
killing of Urup youth; Narankonjil victims also civilians, say
families(IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: The state government is to conduct a high level inquiry into
the shooting incident at Thambalkhong, in Imphal east district, on February 7
evening in which a youth who had allegedly been picked up from the Imphal east
DC office complex had been killed by Manipur police commandos. .
.more…

State govt finds `nothing
alarming` in Nagaland Congress manifesto Tirades against Cong continue in state
(IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Seeking to allay public apprehensions over the reported
endorsement of the demand for integration of Naga inhabited areas by the All
India Congress Committee ahead of the Nagaland elections, the Manipur government
has declared that there is `nothing alarming` about the promises made in the
election manifesto of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee. .
.more…

MOBC minister concedes
irregularities but denies his own involvement(IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: State minorities and other backward classes
minister Md. Allauddin Khan has categorically denied any involvement in
irregularities or siphoning of funds in the implementation of various schemes
under the MOBC department.
The minister, speaking to mediapersons at a press conference held at his office
chamber this afternoon maintained that the recent allegations made against him
by the underground PULF of involvement in siphoning of funds for various schemes
under MOBC for the financial years 2004-05 and 2006-07 were totally baseless. .
.more…

Against
UPA’s CMP, asserts RJD
(SEX_13_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 12 : Joining the chorus of protest against the purported inclusion
of creating a Nagalim in the election manifesto of the Nagaland Congress unit,
the State RJD unit today said that such a move violates the Common Minimum
Programme of the UPA Government at the Centre. Speaking to newsmen today, State
RJD president and former Chief Minister W Nipamacha said that the Common Minimum
Programme of the UPA clearly lays down that the territorial boundaries of the
North East States would not be altered. RJD is a partner in the UPA Government
headed by the Congress at Delhi.
.
.more…

 


All pol party meet urges AICC
(SEX_13_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 12 : Following the strong protest
voiced against the inclusion of the demand for a Greater Lim in the election
manifesto of Nagaland Congress, the State Govern- ment today convened an All
Political Party (APP) meeting to discuss the issue, said a statement issued by
the Chairman of the APP, Chief Minister O Ibobi.
During the meeting it was agreed that the AICC would be urged to delete the
controversial line which reads as.. “The Indian National Congress in Nagaland
will continue to urge upon the Government of India the need to implement the
16-point Agreement of 1960 in letter and spirit.”
.
.more…

 


Cong is desperate, says BJP
(SEX_13_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 12 : Going on the offensive
against the Congress, the State unit BJP said that the inclusion of the Lim
demand in the election manifesto of the Nagaland Congress unit proves that the
Congress party is only concerned about staying in power without any care for the
people of the North East.
.
.more…

 


Hills chakka bandh off
(SEX_13_2_k8)
Imphal, Feb 12 : The proposed 24-hour Manipur
hill districts ‘chakka’ bandh on February 13 called by the Communal Victims
Relief and Resettlement Association, Manipur (CVRRAM) has been suspended
following an agreement with the chief minister of the state and the CVRRAM
representatives on Tuesday.
.
.more…

 


 Filmmaker put up case for digital
format
(SEX_13_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 12: Noted Manipuri film maker
Aribam Syam Sharma has reiterated his appeal to the Union Minister of
Information and Broadcasting for allowing feature films in digital/video format
to compete in the National Film Festival and the Indian Panorama (International
Film Festival of India).
.
.more…

 

Govt
considering new norms for enlistment of contractors in PWD (IFP_14_2_k8)

 

IMPHAL, Feb 13: The Manipur government is considering
amendment of rules regulating enlistment of contractors in the state public
works department, an official source said Wednesday.
The proposal for further amendment to the rules regulating enlistment of
contractors came up from the PWD as the amended rules in August 2007 have not
been able to meet the prevailing requirements, the source maintained. .
.more…

Part II of first House sitting
to have 16 sittings (IFP_14_2_k8)

 

IMPHAL, Feb 13: The second part of the first sitting of the
Manipur Legislative Assembly for the current year scheduled to commence from
February 20 will have altogether 16 sittings, and will conclude on the 12th of
next month.
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Business Advisory
Committee of the Assembly chaired by Assembly Speaker Sapam Budhichandra held
today. ..more…

Poumai
meet
(SEX_14_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 13: Poumai Naga Union will conduct its general assembly
on February 28 at Senapati village women hall at 10 am. Political leaders,
public leaders, NGOs, intellectuals and well-wishers are informed to attend the
said conference.

 


CM banned at Khuga Dam
(SEX_14_2_k8)
 Imphal, Feb 13 : The Khuga Dam Local Contractors’ Association has
decided to forbid entry of the State Chief Minister, IFC Minister and officials
of PHED, to the work site of Khuga Multipurpose pro-ject dam in Churachandpur
district so long as the pending bills are not released. .
.more…

 


CM on poll drive
(SEX_14_2_k8)
 Imphal, Feb 13 :A team of Congress Ministers and MLAs has left for
Tripura today to join election campaign there for INC. Tripura is going to polls
on March 23. The team which landed at Agartala this afternoon include Chief
Minister O Ibobi, Rural ..more….

 


Assembly session

(SEX_14_2_k8)
The Manipur Assembly will table over Rs 2000 crore amount for
discus-sion in the House in the upcoming full Budget Assembly session. The
Business Advisory Com-mittee in a meeting (BAC) chaired by the Legislative
Assembly Speaker Sapam Budhichandra has decided today to resume the second part
of the 3rd session of the 9th Manipur Legislative Assembly from February 20
which stretch on March 12. ..more…

Gratitude
extended
(SEX_14_2_k8)
Social activist, RS Jassal has extended his deep gratitude to
Education Minister L Jayantkumar for his financial assis-tance to facilitate his
recent trip to Geneva from Jan 27 to January 31. .
.more…


Deadline set for poll
photoshoot(SEX,14-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 13: Along with setting a new deadline for publication of
the photo electoral roll of the State on August 31, the Election Commission of
India has instructed the State Government to appoint IAS officers above the rank
of Commissioner as observers to look after any possible error in the preparation
of the roll. ..more…

 


Cm talks tough, exhorts all to
overcome obstacles(SEX, 14-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 13: Chief Minister O Ibobi has stated that all the
difficulties that may come along the way of developing Manipur and make Manipuri
society a civilised society should be overcome. .
.more…

 

Manipur
suspends 5 officials
(AST_15_2_k8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 14 – Five officials, including two deputy directors, of
Minority and Other Backward Classes (MOBC) department of Manipur were suspended
for alleged misappropriation of funds meant for development of minority
communities, official sources said. .
.more…

 

Governor
visits Somtal villages, Moreh; Promises to take up development issues with state
govt (IFP_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: The Governor of Manipur, Dr SS Sidhu today travelled to the
Somtal salient of Chandel district, meeting village leaders and the public and
assuring them of government commitment to the development of the area.
The Governor, accompanied by the inspector general, Assam Rifles (South), Mj
Gen. BK Chengappa, toured Changjol, Old Somtal and Khengjoi villages, which had
recently been cleared of militant presence, and also visited the border town of
Moreh. ..more…

Spurt in violence continues,
four more shot dead (IFP_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 13: Killings and mayhem continued unabated in Manipur, with at
least four persons shot dead in seperate incidents since yesterday.
Two youths were shot down in broad daylight by four unidentified gunmen at a
spot along the Tairenpokpi to Khunou Ching road under Lamshang police station
around noon today. Another youth was shot dead at around the same time at
Kakching Mairenbam, while the body of a fourth victim was recovered in
Chakpikarong subdivision. ..more…

Bomb
blast
(SEX_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: A bomb hurled by unidentified persons
exploded on the seco- nd floor of a house belonging to one Md Ibohal Shah at
Hatta Yairpok Leikai exploded at about 4 this morning. However, there is no
report of any casualty in the bomb attack.

Shots
fired
(SEX_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: A few rounds were fired by some
unidentified persons at the Mayang Imphal Konchak residence of Mayang Im-phal
A/C MLA Dr Kh Ratan at about 9 tonight. .
.more…

 


Assembly work
(SEX_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: In view of the indefinite cease work strike
being called by Manipur Secretariat Employees’ Association with effect from
February 18, the service of the officials of various Government Departments
would be utilised to ensure that the Assembly session due to begin from February
20 is not affected.

 


Bomb attack
(SEX,
15-2-08)
Unidentified armed person reportedly fired lethode bomb at the
Kongpal Kongkham Leikai residence of Pheiroijam Rajen Singh who is the AO
(Chemistry) in Agriculture Department at around 8.30 pm yesterday. The bomb,
however, missed the  target and the same  was collected by the  bomb squad of
the  Police Department this morning.

 

Sidhu
visits Somtal(TEL, 15-2-08)

Imphal, Feb. 14: Manipur Governor S.S. Sidhu today
visited the Somtal area of Manipur’s Chandel district, where the troops launched
an operation in November to flush out militants. .
.more…

Chakka
bandh called off(IFP_16_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 12: The proposed 24-hour Manipur hill districts `chakka` bandh on
February 13 called by the Communal Victims Relief and Resettlement Association,
Manipur (CVRRAM) has been suspended following an agreement with the chief
minister of the state and the CVRRAM representatives on Tuesday. .
.more…

Armed men launch heavy attacks
on three Cong MLAs` houses (IFP_16_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 15: Unidentified gunmen launched a series of heavy attacks using
guns and bombs on MANITRON chairman Dr Kh Ratan, MANIDCO chairman N Mangi and
sitting MLA M Manindra`s residences in the past 24 hours.
Last night at around 8 pm gunmen coming in a four wheeler fired several rounds
of gunshots and lethod bombs targeting sitting MLA of Wangoi A/C Dr Kh Ratan`s
residence at Mayang Imphal Kontha Leikai. Some doors and windows were damaged in
the attack. However, there were no casualties in the attack. .
.more…

Minister fails to end impasse
in tanker drivers strike crisis (IFP_16_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 15: The All Manipur Petroleum Tanker Drivers` Union refusal to
transport petroleum products from outside the state in demand of legal action
against the depot manager and supervisor of IOC for their harassment of innocent
drivers entered the second day today.
In today`s development, the FCS minister Y Irabot and the All Manipur Petroleum
Tanker Drivers` Union representatives sat together but could not find any
positive solution. The minister instructed the union members to resume work but
the tanker drivers` union were not movrd by his appeal. .
.more…



Manipur sectoral allocation for plan finalized
(NPT_16_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 11 (EPNS): The sectoral and sub-sectoral
allocation of the agreed annual plan size Rs. 1660 Crores of the Manipur
government has been finalized, official source said here on Monday.

Manipur government is giving more priority to the agriculture and rural
development sectors in the finalized sectoral allocation. .
.more…

Strike
called (IFP_23_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 22: Following the kidnapping of the executive engineer of PWD SW
circle Ngangbam Manglemjao and his wife Shanti, who is also serving as a section
officer in the irrigation and flood control department, the JAC against the
kidnapping of Ng Manglemjao Singh and Ng Shanti Devi has called a indefinite
strike from tomorrow 6 am at Imphal-Ukhrul road, Imphal-Saikul road and
Imphal-Tinsid road. ..more…

House resolves to oppose AICC
secretary`s statement; CM says his govt has sought

AICC clarification (IFP_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: The budget session of Manipur legislative
Assambly today resolved to disapprove of the statement made by Sidarth Patel,
AICC secretary and demand that the AICC withdraw the controversial sub-para from
the election manifesto, which reads as `the Indian National Congress in Nagaland
will continue to urge the government of India the need to implement the 16-point
Agreement of 1960 in letter and spirit`..
.more…

 

Govt
college teachers take to the streets in Imphal (IFP_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: A protest rally by the teachers of government colleges in
Imphal Friday supported by students of the colleges which was marching towards
the state Assembly complex where the budget session is in progress was foiled by
the police.

Among others, the teachers are demanding the freeing of education from all sorts
of disturbances in the conflict ridden state and an increase in the retirement
age of the college teachers as per the University Grants Commission, UGC. .
.more…

Racketeers nabbed (IFP_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: The DM College Students Union nabbed two racketeers from its
campus who were trying to get money from passing vehicles, students and teachers
yesterday around at 11.30 am in the morning.
They have been identified as Usha Rai, 20, and Bimla Rai, 14, hailing from
Raipur. A letter was also recovered from them written in English stating that
their houses and properties had been destroyed by natural calamities and were
asking the people to give Rs. 20 to Rs. 2000 to help them. .
.more…

Poll violence victims to get
relief from govt; Govt agrees to pay 48 victims

(IFP_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Though there is no scheme or policy to compensate poll
violence in Manipur, the government after a yearlong consideration, has decided
to grant relief to the victims of post poll violence after the Manipur
legislative Assembly polls on humanitarian grounds, official sources said here
on Thursday. ..more…

Secretariat employees’
stir continues

(SEN_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: The cease-work strike of Manipur Secretariat Service
Association (MSSA) members entered the fifth day today thus affecting the
administrative work.
MSSA members are opposing the Government’s move to appoint 25 section officers
in the Secretariat and demanding to fill the vacant posts through promotion of
the already existing employees. .
.more…

 

AR
recruitment

(SEX_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22 : Despite an Assam Rifles recruitment rally
in progress at Keithelmanbi for all the districts of Manipur, some vacancies are
still to be filled up, said the PRO of Assam Rifles in a statement today and
informed all desirous candidates with the requisite qualification can still come
and participate in the rally. ..more…

 


Pvt resolution
(SEX_23_2_k8)
House for deletion of Lim clause in NPCC manifesto(SEX_23_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 22: A private member resolution moved by the Opposition
MPP to withdraw the 16-point agreement included in the election manifesto of the
Nagaland Congress election as well as endorsement of the same by AICC secretary
Siddharth Patil has been unanimously passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly
today. ..more…

 


Retirement age

College teachers stage protest rally (SEX_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Stepping up their many demands including extension of
service period up to 62 years of age in line with UGC guidelines, college
teachers took out a protest rally today.
The protest rally organised by the All Manipur College Teachers’ Associa-tion
and Government College Teachers’ Association Manipur set out from the campus of
the DM College of Science. ..more…

 


Ibohalbi blasts Govt over MANITRON
(SEX_23_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 22 : Strongly contending that the MANITRON is being
plagued by severe mal-administration and irregular practices, MPP MLAs Ng Bijoy
and Dr I Ibohalbi decried the failure of the Government to comply with the
reported Court order to institute a Departmental enquiry into the irregular
practices. ..more…

 


Assembly hails full Budget of
2008-09
(SEX_23_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 22: Along with commencement of the general discussion on the
Budget Estimate for the financial year 2008-09 in the Assembly today, MLAs who
participated in the discussion hailed finalisation of the full budget of the
next financial year even before conclusion of the current financial as a good
sign. ..more…

 


‘Disappeared’ Abi Chiru freed from
AR custody
(SEX_23_2_k8)
Imphal, Feb 22: After detaining for 24 days, 24 Assam Rifles released Abi
Chiru in the morning of February 20 at an isolated place of Moreh. Peeved with
such blatant act of human rights violating, MAFYF in coordination with the help
of other social organisations is set to file a case against 24 Assam Rifles, who
claims to be the ‘Custodian of the North East’ for illegal detention and torture
in this regard. ..more…
 

Manipur
minister gives a slip to kidnappers(AST, 25-2-08)
From Sobhapati Samom
 IMPHAL, Feb 24 – A former Manipur minister has escaped from the custody of some
unidentified miscreants identifying themselves as activists of a Kuki militant
group. The minister was later rescued by personnel of Thoubal Police. .
.more…

Congress MLA`s house comes
under attack(IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: The house of Congress MLA I Hemochandra Singh at Singjamei
Chingamakha under Singjamei police station came under attack with bombs and
gunfire tonight at around 8.25 pm, a report said. .
.more…

Strike called (IFP_25_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 22: Following the kidnapping of the executive engineer of PWD SW
circle Ngangbam Manglemjao and his wife Shanti, who is also serving as a section
officer in the irrigation and flood control department, the JAC against the
kidnapping of Ng Manglemjao Singh and Ng Shanti Devi has called a indefinite
strike from tomorrow 6 am at Imphal-Ukhrul road, Imphal-Saikul road and
Imphal-Tinsid road. ..more…

House resolves to oppose AICC
secretary`s statement; CM says his govt has sought

AICC clarification (IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: The budget session of Manipur legislative Assambly today
resolved to disapprove of the statement made by Sidarth Patel, AICC secretary
and demand that the AICC withdraw the controversial sub-para from the election
manifesto, which reads as `the Indian National Congress in Nagaland will
continue to urge the government of India the need to implement the 16-point
Agreement of 1960 in letter and spirit`..
.more…

BJP, ally to retain power
in Nagaland: Rajnath

(SEN_25_2_k8)


DIMAPUR, Feb 24: The BJP has exuded confidence that it will retain power in
Nagaland and better its tally in Tripura and Meghalaya assembly in the ongoing
elections.
The mood of people shows that Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) is the
obvious choice of the voters here, BJP president Rajnath Singh told reporters
here last night after addressing a series of election rallies in three districts
of Longleng, Tuensang and Wokha where the party fielded maximum number of
candidates for the March 5 election. He claimed that DAN government, where BJP
was a coalition partner, had been working for peace and development in the
state. ..more…

 

PM, Sonia to campaign
in Nagaland

(SEN_25_2_k8)

Sonia to arrive on March 1


KOHIMA, Feb 24: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC president
Sonia Gandhi will arrive here on a daylong visit to campaign for their party
ahead of the March five Nagaland Assembly elections. .
.more…

 

 Attack on Koza
condemned

(SEN_25_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 24: The Kohima Baptist Youth Fellowship (KBYF) has condemned
the physical assault on Vetso Koza, secretary of Chakhesang Baptist Church,
Kohima and his family by some police personnel at Kohima on February 22, stated
a press release. ..more…

 

Bandh
threat
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Taking strong exception to the failure of the State
Government to put up the MAHABEA project proposal on bamboo plantation and
centralised nursery to the National Bamboo Mission, Ministry of Agriculture,
Govt of India, the Manipur Hill Areas Bamboo Entre-preneurs Association
(MAHABEA) has decided to two days hill district bandh on March 3 and 4, conveyed
a release. ..more…


Drivers’ stir off
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

After the agitating oil tanker drivers have finally come to an agreement
with the IOC authority today, the drivers’ stir to stay off the roads has been
called off. The drivers have been agitating since February 22 against the
reported harassment meted out to them by IOC’s marketing manager of Chingmeirong
depot Amar Jyoti Bordoloi and supervisor PC Kumar. .
.more…


Ex-MP points out loopholes, error
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Even as elections to District Councils have been
scheduled on February 25 and 28, ex-MP (Rajya Sabha) and ex-MLA BD Behring has
pointed out several alleged loopholes and incompatibility of statistics
regarding the number of villages listed as per 2001 census and those listed in
the electoral roll revision of Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies
conducted in January this year. .
.more…

 


HERICOUN, UPF observe Ereipak
Kanba Numit
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

 IMPHAL, Feb 24: In recommendation of the signing of Treaty of Yandaboo
between the British and the Burmese on this day in 1826 which recognised the
independence of then princely State of Manipur, Ereipak Kanba Numit was observed
today.
Organised jointly by Ethno-Heritage Council (HERICOUN) and United People’s Front
(UPF), Manipur, the commemoration function was attended by president of HERICOUN
Renghang Chothe and president of UPF Th Mangi Singh as presidium members. .
.more…

 


‘UNC’ MLAs for NPCC Lim clause
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24 : Throwing a spanner to the resolu- tion adopted by the
State Assembly on February 22 to urge the AICC to drop the Lim clause from the
NPCC election manifesto, the five independent MLAs, sponsored by the United Naga
Council, today maintained that they are against the resolution. .
.more…

 

Tanker
drivers call off strike
(AST_26_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 25 – The All Manipur Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ Union (AMPTDU)
has called off its off-the-wheel strike on Sunday after reaching an agreement
with the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) authority. .
.more…

Five held for impersonation at
recruitment rally (IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: At least five youths who were appearing in the recruitment
rally for civil constables in the Manipur police department have been caught
red-handed by the recruiting authority since last Saturday and handed over to
Heingang police station for investigation, an official source .
.more…

Moreh
residents serve ultimatum for settling of compensation claims(IFP_26_2_k8)

MOREH, Feb 24: Residents of the border town of Moreh have served an ultimatum
to the state government on Saturday setting a deadline of February 29 for
payment of adequate compensation to the people who were displaced due to the
occupation by the personnel of the Manipur Rifles, even as another separate
memorandum to the chief minister called for proper implementation of child
education, child health policies and rights of the children in Moreh. .
.more…

Congress MLA`s house comes
under attack(IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: The house of Congress MLA I Hemochandra Singh at Singjamei
Chingamakha under Singjamei police station came under attack with bombs and
gunfire tonight at around 8.25 pm, a report said. .
.more…

Striking secretariat workers
thinking of mass voluntary retirement, No sight of rapprochement from govt side
too (IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Striking employees of the Manipur secretariat services have
resolved to apply for mass voluntary retirement if the state government does not
consider meeting their demand as the ceasework launched by them entered the
eighth day Monday with no government response so far. .
.more…

Anti-NIT protestors stopped
near Assembly (IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Another bid to register their strong opposition against the
decision to establish the National Institute of Technology, NIT at Langol by the
residents of the area was foiled today by the police who stopped the protestors
who were trying to forcibly march towards the Assembly complex this noon. .
.more…

Legislator seeks action against
UNC backed MLAs (IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Ruling Congress MLA E
Kunjeshwor today demanded an explanation call to the five UNC backed MLAs on
their denouncement of the resolution adopted by the House on February 22 urging
the Nagaland Congress to withdraw the 16-point programme contained in the
election manifesto. ..more…

 


General discussion on budget ends
in House (IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: The general discussion on the estimated budget of Rs. 4142.41
crores for the financial year 2008-09 for the state of Manipur concluded today
and department-wise discussion will commence from tomorrow. .
.more…

 

Attack flayed(NPT_26_2_k8)

Meanwhile, the CLP Leader and Congress candidate from Jangpetkong
constituency have vehemently condemned the assault on some party workers by
unidentified armed youths at Khar village in the wee hours of Monday.
.more…

 

Frauds
pulled up

(SEX_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: After pulling up of two non-Manipuri frauds who were
trying to sopped up gold from jewellery on February 21, AMADA again pulled up
three other non-Manipuris on February 23 for the same case. .
.more…

 

Jeep
torched
(SEX_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: A jeep was set ablaze by some unidentified
persons at Kameng under Lamshang police station at about 12.30 pm today,
informed a police source.       

 


‘U NC’ MLAs

(SEX_26_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 25 : Congress MLA E Kunjeshore has sought to initiate legal
actions against the five independent MLAs sponsored by the UNC for their stance
against the resolution of the Assembly adopted with regard to the election
manifesto of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee during zero hour of the
Assembly session today. ..more…

 

MPP slams
Cong for ‘double standards’(TEL_27_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb. 26: The Manipur Peoples’ Party (MPP) today
accused the AICC of trying to break up the states in the Northeast in violation
of a clause in the common minimum programme of the UPA government at the Centre.
..more…

Naga MLAs
criticised. (TEL, 27-2-08)

The United Committee, Manipur (UCM) today slammed the five Naga
MLAs, who criticised a resolution adopted by the Manipur Assembly on February 22
demanding the withdrawal of the controversial part in the Nagaland Congress
manifesto. ..more…

UNC backed
MLAs` taunts may invite Speaker`s proceedings(IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Speaker Dr. S Budhichandra has assured to initiate
appropriate procedures in the House after a close scrutiny of the matter of
provocative statements by five UNC backed MLAs made in some local dailies
against a resolution passed by the Assembly recently. .
.more…

MPP holds dharna against AICC
stand (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Marking a strong protest against the recent statement of AICC
secretary Siddarth Patel supporting the Naga integration, several hundred
workers of Manipur People`s Party, MPP staged a one-day sit-in protest in front
of the MPP office today. ..more…

CM admits secretariat
subordinate staff slow with official work (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: State chief minister O Ibobi Singh has admitted that there
has been slow disposal of official files from the state secretariat due to the
negligence, irregularity and inefficiency of the various lower subordinate
staff. ..more…

Fiscal health not upto the
mark, points out CAG (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Even though the revenue surplus of the state has shown a
marginal improvement, other key fiscal parameters like the fiscal and primary
deficit exhibited significant deterioration, said an overview statement of the
report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India ending March 31, 2007 for
the state of Manipur on the finance accounts which were tabled in the House
today. ..more…

UCM lambasts UNC backed MLAs
(IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: The United Committee, Manipur, UCM while
reacting to the statement given by the "UNC-sponsored" MLAs outside the Assembly
on the resolution passed by it, said that it takes them as having no morals and
without any knowledge of what is democracy. .
.more…

Amin escapes firing by
miscreants (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: A sit-in-protest was held today at Sagolband Thingom Leikai
Lampak to protest against the firing at one Thingom Shanta of Sagolband Thingom
Leikai who is presently working as an Amin in the SDO department of Bishnupur.

According to Shanta, yesterday evening (25 February) two youths who seemed to be
around 18 to 20 years came to his residence and suddenly fired at him without
asking anything. The bullets missed him and he ran back to his house before they
could shoot further at him. After hearing the firing the locality raised an
alarm and the youths who are suspected to be underground elements ran away from
the spot. ..more…

Striking secretariat workers
thinking of mass voluntary retirement, No sight of

rapprochement from govt side too (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Striking employees of the Manipur secretariat services have
resolved to apply for mass voluntary retirement if the state government does not
consider meeting their demand as the ceasework launched by them entered the
eighth day Monday with no government response so far. .
.more…

Anti-NIT protestors stopped
near Assembly (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Another bid to register their strong opposition against the
decision to establish the National Institute of Technology, NIT at Langol by the
residents of the area was foiled today by the police who stopped the protestors
who were trying to forcibly march towards the Assembly complex this noon. .
.more…

Manpower shortage impeding
revenue dept: Debendra (IFP 28_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 27: The revenue minister, Th Debendro said the failure of the
state revenue department to meet revenue targets was on account of lack of
manpower and infrastructure in the department since more than one decade. .
.more…

Four state Cong MLAs head to
Nagaland for poll campaigning (IFP 28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Four MLAs of the state Congress along with an MLA of the
state NCP today left for taking part in the Congress election campaign in
Nagaland.
Their participation in the Nagaland Congress election campaign comes amidst the
strong demand in Manipur for a review the AICC support to the Nagaland Congress
election manifesto which promises in a controversial sub-para that "the Indian
National Congress in Nagaland will continue to urge the government of India the
need to implement the 16-point agreement of 1960 in letter and spirit." .
.more…

Home gaurds unit to be
improved: CM (IFP 28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Chief minister O Ibobi Singh today said that the government
would look into the matter of setting up of a border wing along with a
commandant general of home guard and provision of allowance to the home guard
personnel.
Ibobi while replying to a call attention motion moved by the Opposition MLA Dr.
Ng Bijoy and I Ibohalbi of MPP from the Opposition bench, said recalling a
memorandum submitted by the Manipur Home Guard Welfare Association, that the
government had recently revised the duty allowance. No question of unwillingness
to pay allowance to them arises, he added. .
.more…

CAG report finds flaws in State
administration(SEN_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: There was a large number of discrepancies in the work
carried out by various departments of the Government. This was revealed in the
report for 2006-07 of the Comptroller and Auditor General that was placed in
Manipur Assembly yesterday.
Accountant General of Manipur Rajbir Singh said it was found that there was an
excess expenditure of Rs 282.79 crores in 13 Grants which required
regularization under Article 205 of the Constitution. .
.more…

 

Govt
blamed for absence of Passport cell
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Social worker Amrik Singh Pahwa has blamed
the inaction of the State Government for the absence of a Passport cell in the
State.
Even as the whole North East region has a single Passport office at Guwahati,
every State of the region except Manipur has opened their passport cells in
their States, said Amrik Singh Pawha while addressing a press meet at Press Club
here today. ..more…

 


Ibobi empathises Home Guards
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Along with having hiked the monthly duty
allowance of the Home Guard employees to Rs 2600, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh
today assured the Assembly that the State Government would look into the
possibility of appointing a separate Com- mandant General for the Home Guards. .
.more…

 


Minister’s house attacked
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: In continued violence characteristic of
lawlessness in the State, unidentified persons left a hand grenade at the
compound of a newly constructed house belonging to Revenue Minister Th Debendra
at Khurai Lairikyengbam Leikai even as the residence of an inspector in the
Sericulture Department came under firing attack of unidentified gunmen at
Thangmeiband today. Footwear shops in Paona Bazar also remained shut since
yesterday following monetary demand from a particular UG group.
According to information received by the press, uni-dentified persons left a
Chinese made hand grenade at the residential compound of Revenue Minister Th
Debendra at Lairikyengbam Leikai at around 12. 25 pm today. .
.more…

 


MPP for probe into tax collection
by SFs
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Taking grim note of alleged illegal
collection of money from transporters along NH 53 at Keithelmanbi by Assam
Rifles and at Makru and Barak by the CRPF, opposition leader O Joy has urged
upon the Government to re-gister a suo moto case and to probe into the illegal
practice.
Asserting that the As-sam Rifles and CRPF have been levying illegal taxes
against transporters plying on NH 53, MPP MLAs O Joy and RK Anand raised a call
attention motion on the mat-ter in the Assembly session today. .
.more…

 


UNC backs, flays
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Reacting sharply to the resolution adopted
in the Manipur Le-gislative Assembly against a particular clause in the election
manifesto of the Nagaland PCC, the United Naga Council decried what it termed as
persistent ob-jection raised by the Mani- pur Assembly detrimental to wishes of
the Naga people. ..more…

House
passes four demands
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Four demands pertaining to land re- venue,
stamps and registration and district adminis- tration amounting to Rs
241,56,80,000 were passed by the State Assembly this afternoon.
While discussing the de-mands, MPP MLAs O Joy, Dr Ng Bijoy, Dr I Ibohalbi and RK
Anand raised a cut motion. Moving the motion, O Joy asserted that the Re-venue
Department is the backbone of a Government but the State Revenue De-partment is
plagued with serious flaws and irregu-larities. .
.more…

 

AR DG
visits
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: The Director General of Assam Rifles Lt gen
Paramjit Singh accompanied by ARWWA president Mrs Mona Prakash Singh arrived on
a day’s brief visit to Imphal today. .
.more…

 

AR
assistance
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Timely medical aid provided to a woman by
the medical officer of 18 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector saved her life, said a PRO
IGAR (S) release adding that the woman from Saivom village was electrocuted
while working in a field yesterday. .
.more…

Bandh
called

(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Taking strong exception to the reported
statement of the Chief Minister that grants to aided schools would be replaced
by incentives to a few schools with good academic record and enraged with the
failure of the State Government to fulfil their long standing demands, the All
Manipur Government Aided Schools’ Employees Co-ordinating Committee has called a
State-wide bandh from midnight today till midnight of February 28. .
.more…

 


JAC seeks clarification
(SEX_27_2_k8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 26: Setting February 29 as the deadline to all concerned for
coming out with an explanation over the killing of Heken Singh, the JAC formed
in protest against the killing and the family members have warn-ed of launching
various in- tense agitation if the demand is not met. .
.more…

 


Kidnapped boy found abandoned
(SEX_27_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 26: A 12-year old boy who had been kidnapped by some unknown
persons was found abandoned at Mongsangei Ma- mang Leikai under Sing-jamei
Police Station at around 7 pm today. .
.more…

 


Five demands passed
(SEX_27_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 26: The State Assembly today passed five demands amounting to
Rs 62,97,71,000. The five demands and their amounts are State legislature-Rs
16,86,17,000, Council of Minister-Rs 2,90,78,000, Secretariat-Rs 27,94,48,000,
Election-Rs 9,06,01,000 and General Economic Services-Rs 6,20,27,000. discussing
the demands, MLA O Joy who moved a cut motion, observed that for an effective
governance, Manipur Public Servant Personnel Liabilities Act should be
implemented judiciously. ..more…

 


Airport expansion

Effigies of CM, Union Minister set ablaze(SEX_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26 : Amid shouting of slogans like ‘No to acquisition of more
land for airport expansion’, ‘Don’t deprive rights of the people’, ‘Livelihood
should not be bargained with compensation’, etc, aggrieved locals of Ningombam
set aflame the effigies of Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Union Minister of
Civil Aviation, Ahmed Patel this afternoon. .
.more…

 


Lim clause in manifesto

MPP blasts AICC stand(SEX_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26 : The Opposition Manipur People’s Party convened a protest
meeting at its office complex today to denounce the AICC stand of endorsing the
‘Lim’ clause in the election manifesto of the Nagaland PCC.
The MPP congregation criticised AICC’s General Secretary Margaret Alva, who is
also the party’s in-charge of Nagaland, upholding the reported comments of AICC
secretary Sidhharth Patil with regard to implementation of the 19-point
agreement that demands the integration of Naga inhabited areas of Manipur, Assam
and Arunachal Pradesh with the present State of Nagaland. .
.more…

 

Ibobi to
penalise troops(TEL_28_2_k8)

– Jawans
posted along highway accused of taking ‘illegal’ tax

Imphal, Feb. 27: The Okram Ibobi Singh government is
contemplating legal action against Assam Rifles and CRPF personnel deployed
along the Imphal-Jiribam highway for allegedly collecting “illegal tax” from
truckers. The chief minister, also the chairman of the unified command, assured
the Manipur Assembly of legal action against the personnel after the issue
rocked the House today. Truckers along the national highway have accused troops
of the 32 Assam Rifles post at Keithelmanbi and CRPF post at Makru along
National Highway 53 of collecting “tax” ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000. .
.more…

UNC in
manifesto chorus(TEL_28_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb. 27: The United Naga Council (UNC) has
“condemned” the Manipur Assembly’s resolution taken against the Nagaland
Congress manifesto, saying there was nothing wrong in including the demand for
integration of Naga-inhabited areas. The Manipur Assembly on February 22 adopted
a private members’ resolution asking the AICC to withdraw the demand for
integration from the Nagaland Congress manifesto. The manifesto said the
Nagaland Congress would continue to remind the Centre of the need to implement
the 16-point statehood agreement, including Clause 13 concerning Naga
integration, in letter and spirit. .
.more…

Minimum
damage to people in airport upgradation assured (IFP_29_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 28: Transport minister Jayentakumar has said that expansion of
the Imphal airport is a sensitive issue but nevertheless important.
Responding to a question raised by MPP MLA Dr. Ibohanbi on the night landing
facility at Imphal Airport, Jayentakumar said that work has already started to
enable night landing. He said that the Airports Authority of India and
government of Manipur have decided to install solar lamps to facilitate night
landing. ..more…

CM asks JACs to refrain from
coming directly to his residence, Police hunting for

woman CDPO`s killers (IFP_29_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 28: Chief minister O Ibobi Singh
today expressed his displeasure at agitators targetting his official bungalow
over killings taking place in the state, even as he claimed that the police were
looking for the two KCP(MC) cadres who were behind the murder of CDPO, Moirang
Rasheswori in November last year. .
.more…

Over Rs. 150 cr demands for
grants passed (IFP_29_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 28: The Manipur Assembly today passed demand for grants for
transport, labour, tribal and scheduled caste development and animal husbandry
and veterinary amounting to Rs. 1,50,46,12,000.
Replying to the query raised by MPP MLA Dr. Ng. Bijoy on the possibility of
starting a state owned transport system for the welfare of the people, transport
minister L Jayentakumar said that it was a very pertinent issue and would be
considered after taking the opinion of the experts. .
.more…

Demands
amounting to 150 crores passed
(SEX_29_2_k8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 28: A total amount of Rs 150,46,22,000 on four different
demands was passed by the State Assembly today. The total amount includes Rs
8,81,25,000 for Transport, Rs 105,61,42,000 for development scheduled tribes and
scheduled castes and Rs 3,27,79,200 for Veterinary and Animal Husbandry (dairy
farming).
While discussing the demands MLA Awangbow noted that there was bus service
between district headquarters and sub-divisional headquarters. He called upon
the Government to resume the bus service in public interest. .
.more…

 

Lady
CDPO killers identifed
(SEX_29_2_k8)
Red alert sounded : CM

IMPHAL, Feb 28: The identities of the two KCP (MC) activists who killed
CDPO, of Moirang, Yangambam Ningol Saikhom Ongbi Rameshwari inside her office
chamber on November 14 last year have been identified and efforts are being made
to trace them even if they are hiding outside Manipur, Chief Minister O Ibobi
Singh today informed the Assembly.
.more…
.

 

Manipur CM for probe into
AR-CRPF excesses on NH-53 (SHT_29_2_k8)

Imphal: Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh told the Manipur assembly on
Thursday that his government would enquire into the alleged excesses committed
by the personnel of Assam Rifles (AR) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on
National Highway-53.The chief minister was replying to a calling attention
motion moved by O. Joy Singh and R.K. Aannd both opposition MLAs from Manipur
Peoples Party (MPP) adding that he would also place this matter for discussion
in the meeting of the Unified Command in which all the top brass of the Assam
Rifles and CRPF would be present. .
.more…

Freedom
for R-Day protestors (IFP_3_2_K8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: The eight women who were rounded up for reportedly protesting
the last Republic Day in support of the boycott of the day called by underground
groups within the jurisdiction of Lamshang police were released today.
They were released unconditionally, said the meira paibis who were taking part a
public meeting held at Mayang Langjing in connection with the rounding up of the
women of the locality. ..more…

 
Mystery enquiries over VVIP
movements land several in lock-up (IFP_3_2_K8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Several persons have been picked up by the state police in the
past few days after suspicious phone calls from a mobile number issued in
Manipur were found to have been made to a neighbouring state making detailed
enquiries concerning the movements of a prominent VVIP. .
.more…

Manipur overall champs again in
NE Games (IFP_3_2_K8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: The 22nd North East Sports Games, concluded today in Guwahati,
with regional sports powerhouse Manipur retaining the overall championship
title.
On the last day of the meet, which began from January 30, the Manipur women`s
football team once again underlined their class, trouncing hosts Assam 6-0 in
the final to take gold in the event.
Their male counterparts, however, would have to return home empty handed. They
were badly defeated in the third place playoff today against Meghalaya by a
score of 0-6. ..more…

 
Abducted Manipur engineer freed(AST_4_2_K8)
IMPHAL, Feb 3 – An engineer in Manipur, who was detained in the custody
of a Muslim underground organisation for five days, was set free on Friday night
near Lilong area in Thoubal district.
Sorokhaibam Menjor, an assistant engineer with the Public Works Department, was
abducted from a place near Ushoipokpi village under Thoubal district when he was
on a field trip under the directive of his divisional headquarter in Thoubal on
January 28 evening...more…

 

Manipur parties condemn AICC
endorsement
(AST_12_2_K8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 11 – Major political parties in Manipur today strongly
condemned the reported statement of AICC general secretary Siddharth Patil that
AICC endorsed the Nagaland unit’s demand for the integration of all contiguous
Naga-inhabited areas. ..more…

NYC worried over law and
order
(SEN,
10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: The Manipur unit of the Nationalist Youth Congress, youth
wing of the Nationalist Congress Party, at its state level convention held today
has evinced serious concern over the present law and order situation, and the
slow pace of development in the State. .
.more…

 

Police killing leads to
protest at CM’s house(SEN, 10-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 9: Residents of Urup village, in Imphal east district,
have raised a ruckus over the killing of a local youth by State police commandos
yesterday evening at Thambalkhong insisting that he had been picked up from the
office complex of the DC, Imphal East yesterday afternoon by the police, only to
be shot later. ..more…

 

Secretariat staff
threaten to cease work
(SEX,
9-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 8:
Raising objection to the move being made by the Government to recruit 25 Section
Officers (SOs) through MPSC, Manipur Secretariat Services Association has anno-
unced its decision to go on an indefinite cease work strike with effect from
February 18 if the Government does not retract its move.
.
.more…

 

Relaxation appeal(SEX,
9-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 8:At
least aspiring candidates for the forthcoming MCS/MPS examination scheduled to
be held this year under the Manipur Public Service Commission have submitted a
memorandum to the Chief Minister to relax the upper age limit by five years.
..more…

NYC
meet calls for pro-active steps from Govt
(SEX,
9-2-08)
By Our Staff
Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 8: While taking serious note of the pre- sent law and order
situation and slow pace of development in the State, a State level convention of
the Nationalist Youth Congress, Manipur State unit held at GM Hall here today
adop-ted various resolutions in this regard drawing the attention of the
Government of Manipur in particular and the people of the State in general.

..more…

 


CPI lambasts
Congress
(SEX,
10-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 9:
Coalition partner of the SPF Govern-ment CPI has accused the Congress party of
insinceri-ty in their approach to solve issue of insurgency in the State.
This was stated by for-mer Minister Dr M Nara at the inaugural session of the
9th conference of the CPI Imphal West District Coun-cil held at Khurkhul seri-
culture hall under Sekmai Assembly constituency.
.
.more…

 

AICC seal
on Nagalim(SEX, 11-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 10 : A number of voluntary organisa- tions and
political parties have come out strongly against the reported decision of the
AICC to endorse the demand for the integration of all Naga inhabited areas under
one administrative unit.
The seal of approval was included in the election mnifesto of the Nagaland
Pradesh Congress Committee for the ensuing State election there. .
.more…

 

Staff
threaten to halt work(TEL_9_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 8: Nearly 1,000 employees of the Manipur
secretariat today threatened to bring work to a halt in order to bulldoze the
Okram Ibobi Singh government into cancelling the direct recruitment procedure
for 25 posts of section officers. “We have decided to cease work with effect
from February 18 if the government fails to repeal the direct recruitment
procedure ,” S. Joykumar, president of Manipur Secretariat Services Association,
said today. ..more…

Manipur
fumes over AICC seal(TEL_11_2_K8)

Parties
condemn Cong manifesto

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Imphal, Feb. 10: The organisation that had
spearheaded a violent uprising to protest extension of the NSCN (I-M)’s
ceasefire to Manipur in 2001 today warned the AICC against putting the state on
the boil again with its endorsement of the Naga demand for integration.The
United Committee, Manipur (UCM), demanded a clarification from the AICC
regarding the Nagaland PCC’s poll manifesto, which states that the Congress will
continue to remind Delhi about the need to implement the 16-point statehood
agreement, including the controversial clause on the integration of all
contiguous Naga-inhabited areas. .
.more…

Strike
freezes secretariat (TEL_19_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 18: Work at the Manipur secretariat
screeched to a halt today with 850 employees declaring ceasework to protest a
recruitment drive for section officers.The employees have been demanding that
the posts of 25 section officers be filled up by promoting officials from the
existing workforce following an internal competitive examination. The
government, on the other hand, has initiated recruitment for the posts through
the Manipur Public Service Commission. .
.more…

Ibobi
presents tax-free budget(TEL_21_2_K8)

– CM hopes
for better financial position

Imphal, Feb. 20: Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi
Singh today presented a tax-free budget estimate of Rs 4,142.41 crore with a
closing deficit of Rs 46.05 crore for 2008-09 and a promise that the state’s
fiscal position would improve next year. Presenting the budget estimates, Ibobi
Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio, said of the total estimate, Rs
2,301.20 crore had been fixed under non-plan, Rs 1,660 crore under state plan
and Rs 181.21 crore under centrally-sponsored schemes, central plan schemes and
North Eastern Council schemes. ..more…

Striking
staff detained(TEL_21_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 20: Manipur police today rounded up 60
striking secretariat employees and detained them at Imphal West police station
as the workers’ indefinite ceasework entered the third day today. The police,
however, said they were not arresting the employees. All the office bearers of
the employees’ body have gone “underground” after the crackdown. Nearly 1,000
employees of the north and south blocks under the banner of Manipur Secretariat
Services Association went on an indefinite strike on Monday demanding the
cancellation of a direct recruitment procedure for the post of 25 section
officers. ..more…

Bardhan
demands probe into alleged extortion by AR jawans
(AST_19_2_K8)
IMPHAL, Feb 18 – CPI national secretary AB Bardhan has demanded an
inquiry into the alleged attempted extortion by Assam Rifles personnel from
trucks transporting scrap metals along NH-53 in Manipur.
According to All Manipur Truck Owners’ and Drivers’ Welfare Association, 12
trucks from Imphal heading for Jiribam with a consignment of iron scraps had to
return to Imphal on Saturday after being held up for two days at Keithelmanbi
village on NH-53 because they failed to pay an exorbitant ‘tax’ demanded of them
by personnel of 32 Assam Rifles manning a post there. .
.more…

 


Lathicharge on protesters(TEL_24_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 23: More than 10 persons were injured when
police caned protesters opposing a survey work at Langol in Manipur’s Imphal
West district today. The survey was being carried out by officials of the state
settlement and land revenue department for the construction of the National
Institute of Technology at Langol. The residents are opposed to the
construction. ..more…

Manipur
Naga MLAs draw flak(TEL_26_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 25: A senior Congress legislator in Manipur
today demanded disciplinary action against five Naga Independent legislators for
criticising a resolution that was unanimously adopted by the Assembly on Friday.
The private member’s resolution, moved jointly by four Opposition members of the
Manipur People’s Party, demanded withdrawal of the “Naga integration” part from
the Nagaland Congress’s election manifesto. .
.more…


Legislator’s residence attacked(TEL_26_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 25: Suspected militants lobbed a hand
grenade at the private residence of a Congress legislator and gunned down two
civilians in two separate incidents while transporters called an indefinite
passenger service bandh along the Imphal-Jiribam highway from tomorrow. Police
said suspected militants hurled a hand grenade at the private residence of
Congress member Irengbam Hemochandra Singh in Singjamei Chingamakha in Imphal
West around 8.30pm. ..more…

LDA
threatens agitation(SEX, 11-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 10: Loktak Development Authority (Retrenched) M/R
Employees and Workers Association has threatened to adopt intense agitation if
the authority concerned fails to meet its demand by February 11. .
.more…

 

13 AR to
celebrate jubilee(SEX, 11-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 10: The 13 Assam Rifles of 10 Sector under HQ IGAR (S)
will celebrate its 50th raising day on February 15, informed a release of PRO
IGAR (S) that also highlighted a brief history of the unit’s service in guarding
the North East frontiers, maintaining internal security and carrying out various
civic action programmes for the welfare of the people in remote parts of
Nagaland and Manipur in the past five decades.
According to the PRO, the battalion was raised in Gaya of Bihar on February 15,
1958 and the unit deployed in Ghaspani (Nagaland) in March 1959 and then at
Dimapur in September of the same year. .
.more…

 

Strike
cripples Secretariat office(SEX, 19-2-08)

 IMPHAL, Feb 18: Following the cease work strike by the Manipur
Secretariat Service Association (MSSA) against the State Government’s decision
to recruit 25 Section Officers in the Secretariat on direct recruitment basis,
normal functioning of the office was severely affected today. .
.more…

 

UPF’s
gratitude(SEX, 19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: After conducting Mega Marathon 2008 successfully, United
People’s Front (UPF) has expressed gratitude to prize donors, Athletic
Association of Manipur officials, Youth Affairs and Sports Department officials,
Sports Authority of India officials, Manipur Olympic Association and its
affiliated associations. ..more…

 

Truce
inked, bandh off(SEX, 19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18 : Following an understanding arri- ved at during a meeting
with Chief Minister O Ibobi Sin-gh today, the Joint Action Committee (JAC)
formed in connection with the killing of Soram Rojit of Kang-pokpi who was shot
dead by Imphal East District Police Commandos during an alleged encounter at
Hapta Golapati on the night of February 15, has called off its proposed bandh on
February 19. ..more…

 

Meet
decides against compensation(SEX, 19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: A public meeting held today at Langol Phaipijang
community hall has resolved not to accept any compensation provided by the
Government in connection with the proposed construction of NIT at Lamphelpat. .
.more…

Budget session(SEX, 19-2-08)
Resuming from February 20, the full Budget session of the Manipur
Legislative Assembly would be held till March 12. There would be in all 16
sittings during the resumed session. The Budget session of the State Assembly
began along with the address delivered by Governor Dr SS Sidhu on February 1. .
.more…

 


DGOS BS Sisodia visits state
(IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Jan 4: Lt Gen BS Sisodia, AVSM, VSM Director
General Ordinance Services (DGOS) visited Manipur on February 4 where he was
briefed on the ongoing operations at Leimakhong. The General also visited the
Kangla Tongbi War Memorial on NH-39 and paid homage to the valiant soldiers of
221 Ordnance Depot who had put up a heroic resistance against the invading
Japanese army in April 1944. ..more…

Opposition MLAs tear apart
Governor`s address to House (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 4: The debate on the motion of thanks to the
address of the Governor of Manipur to the house began today, with Opposition
MLAs picking large holes in the achievements claimed on behalf of the
Congress-led SPF government.
The discussion on the motion of thanks for the Governor`s Address was moved
during the morning session by MLA, E. Kunjeswar Singh and seconded by MLA, N.
Mangi Singh from the treasury bench. .
.more…

Bandh called over engineer`s
abduction (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 4: The joint action committee formed in
connection with the abduction of assistant engineer Naorem Keshwar of the
electricity department, has called a 24-hour state-wide bandh tomorrow starting
from 5 am tomorrow denouncing the failure of his captors to release him.
The JAC had yesterday set a deadline of 2 pm today for Keshwar to be released by
his captors, but that deadline expired without any word of his release. .
.more…

Khuga dam work ban called
(IFP,6-2-08)

Lamka, Feb 5: The Khuga Multipurpose Project Contractors
and Sub Contractors Association has said in a press release today that it has
lost confidence, trust and faith in the state government as it had failed to
carry out the commitments made to them.
The release said the association is therefore constrained to impose a total and
indefinite ban on the ongoing works on all components of the Khuga dam from the
5th of this month. ..more…

Marriage bill sent to House
committee for scrutiny; No penal provision, say opposition MLAs (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 5: The Manipur Compulsary Registration of
Marriages Bill, 2008, has been referred to a select committee of the state
Legislative Assembly for further examination after a threadbare discussion in
the House today.
The Bill was moved for consideration and passage in the House this afternoon by
social welfare minister N Loken Singh.
.more…

Kidnapped engineer released
(IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 5: Abducted electricity department engineer
Naorem Keshwar Singh, hailing from Kakching Senapati Wairi Leikai, was released
by his captors this evening somewhere in Thoubal district, shortly after the end
of the 12-hour general strike called in protest over his abduction.
According to reports, Keshwar was handed over to members of the JAC formed in
connection with his abduction by cadres of the People`s United Liberation Front,
PULF, at around 6:45 pm somewhere in Thoubal district. .
.more…

Governor`s address passed
without amendments(IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 5: The motion of thanks to the Governor`s
address to the Manipur Legislative Assembly was passed unanimously this
afternoon after two days of discussion in the House.
Members of the opposition, who had sought to move a large number of amendments
to the motion of thanks to the Governor`s address agreed to withdraw their
amendments after the chief minister O Ibobi Singh gave a long statement in the
House this afternoon addressing many of the points raised by them. .
.more…

 


SF deny hand in IED
blast(IFP,7-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 6: The PRO, HQ, IGAR (South) has
categorically refuted the allegation by the United National Liberation Front,
UNLF, accusing the security forces of being behind the IED explosion near New
Somtal in interior Chandel district on February 4 that claimed at least four
lives. ..more…

Rebel MLAs start heading back
to New Delhi (IFP,7-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 6: After temporarily keeping their oust-Ibobi
campaign in abeyance during the just adjourned Assembly session, three dissident
Congress MLAs, namely Y. Surchandra, M. Hemanta and K. Govindas have left Imphal
this morning on an Indigo flight to New Delhi with the apparent intention of
renewing pressure on the Congress High Command on their demand. .
.more…

DGP inaugurates new Bishnupur
police building (IFP, 8-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 7: The newly constructed office building of
the superintendent of police, Bishnupur district, was inaugurated today by the
director general of police, Manipur, Y Joykumar.
Speaking at the gathering after formally inaugurating the office, the DGP noted
that the building had been constructed at a cost of Rs. 50 lakhs, the project
being taken up as part of modernisation of the state police. .
.more…

8 rebel MLAs join Delhi camp
amidst air of intrigue (IFP, 8-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 7: Amidst intense speculation of a possible
split in the ranks of the rebel Congress MLAs, another eight rebels, including
MPCC chief Gaikhangam left Imphal today to join the rebel camp at Delhi.
In the meantime, chief minister O Ibobi, who is already in New Delhi, met the
AICC north-east in charge, Prithviraj Chauhan, briefly today. .
.more…

NCP youth wing worried over law
and order, development collapse (IFP, 10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 8: The Manipur unit of the Nationalist Youth
Congress, youth wing of the Nationalist Congress Party, at its state level
convention held today has evinced serious concern over the present law and order
situation, and the slow pace of development in the state.
After day-long deliberations at the GM Hall, Imphal, the youth body adopted a
series of resolutions outlining its stance on the insurgency problem in Manipur,
as well as other issues and problems affecting the state. .
.more…

Top state bureaucrats head for
Delhi; Centre focuses on state law & order, plan progress(IFP, 10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: Even as the chief minister O Ibobi Singh
arrived at Imphal today from the national capital, the state chief secretary and
principal secretary (home) left for New Delhi to attend meetings with officials
of the Prime Minister`s Office and ministry of home affairs respectively on
February 12.
Sources said that the chief secretary will attend a meeting with officials of
the PMO to discuss issues related with law and order and plan progress of
Manipur while the principal secretary (home) is to attend a meeting with the
officials of the MHA on the same day. .
.more…

 CPI political
conference ends (IFP,
11-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: A two-day political conference of the
Communist Party of India, Imphal east has passed five resolutions, one among
which urges the state government to declare Imphal east district as a backward
district of Manipur.
Other resolutions which were passed on the concluding day of the conference
today at Porompat Panchayat Bhavan include non inclusion of Manipur in the
delimitation exercise taken up by the Delimitation Commission of India, and
distribution of public distribution system at police stations so as to reach the
people directly. ..more…

Manipur govt fails to book ride
for salary despatch (IFP,11-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: Even though the Manipur government did
not seek further approval for requisition of helicopter from the Centre for cash
remittance in the hill districts, the state government asked for the requisition
of the same to the EAC, Shillong which seems to be a slip up by the state home
department. ..more…

AR denies, but says it would
probe allegation (IFP, 17-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 16: The underground organisations, it seems,
are not the only ones committing extortion and levying illegal taxes on
transporters plying on the national highways. Given the chance, even the Assam
Rifles are also doing it, going by an allegation made by the All Manipur Truck
Owners` and Drivers` Welfare Association. .
.more…

Mega Marathon today in Imphal
(IFP, 17-2-08)

IMPHAL, Jan 16: The Mega Marathon, Manipur, 2008
organized by United People`s Front (UPF) is scheduled to be held tomorrow,
starting at Khuman Lampak.
Nongthombam Biren Singh, minister, YAS and IFCD will flag off the marathon at 8
in the morning. ..more…

Armed men launch heavy attacks
on three Cong MLAs` houses (IFP, 17-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 15: Unidentified gunmen launched a series of
heavy attacks using guns and bombs on MANITRON chairman Dr Kh Ratan, MANIDCO
chairman N Mangi and sitting MLA M Manindra`s residences in the past 24 hours.
Last night at around 8 pm gunmen coming in a four wheeler fired several rounds
of gunshots and lethod bombs targeting sitting MLA of Wangoi A/C Dr Kh Ratan`s
residence at Mayang Imphal Kontha Leikai. Some doors and windows were damaged in
the attack. However, there were no casualties in the attack. .
.more…

Left party reiterates
opposition to AFSPA in Manipur (IFP,19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 17: The Communist Party of India`s general
secretary, AB Bardhan today strongly censured the Indian National Congress for
its apparent endorsement of the demand for integration of Naga-inhabited areas
of the north-east under a single administration in the election manifesto
released for the forthcoming Nagaland elections.
Bardhan, who was speaking at the inaugural session of the 19th state conference
of the CPI, Manipur unit, at the Hapta Kangjeibung, Imphal, today, said the
inclusion of the matter in the election manifesto was in violation of the common
minimum programme of the United Progressive Alliance, UPA, in power at the
Centre. This election gimmick will not have good consequences, he warned. .
.more…

Employees` blitzkrieg paralyses
secretariat (IFP,19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Work at the state secretariat was
paralysed for the day as the indefinite ceasework strike of the employees of the
state secretariat services commenced Monday.
The ceasework strike is likely to impact the preparation of government agendas
and other issues to be raised during the second part of the third session of the
state Assembly which is scheduled to commence February 20. .
.more…

Langol residents vow to oppose
NIT plan at any cost (IFP,19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Residents of the Langol area who are
expected to be affected by the proposed National Institute of Technology, NIT
project have reaffirmed their stance to oppose the project tooth and nail.
..more…

 


186 fake teachers/staff in
education department, says vigilance commission (IFP, 24-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: The state vigilance commission has
detected 186 fake teachers/staffs while verifying service records in respect of
1010 teachers/employees of the state school education department in a record
time of less than seven months, the annual report of the commission tabled in
the Manipur Legislative Assembly Friday stated. .
.more…

House resolves to oppose AICC
secretary`s statement; CM says his govt has sought AICC clarification (IFP,
24-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: The budget session of Manipur legislative
Assambly today resolved to disapprove of the statement made by Sidarth Patel,
AICC secretary and demand that the AICC withdraw the controversial sub-para from
the election manifesto, which reads as `the Indian National Congress in Nagaland
will continue to urge the government of India the need to implement the 16-point
Agreement of 1960 in letter and spirit`.
Today`s motion in the House during the afternoon session was jointly moved by
four MLAs from the Opposition bench led by O Joy Singh, RK Anand, Dr. Ng Bijoy
and Dr. I Ibohalbi as private members` business. .
.more…

Strike called (IFP, 24-2-08)

Imphal, Feb 22: Following the kidnapping of the executive
engineer of PWD SW circle Ngangbam Manglemjao and his wife Shanti, who is also
serving as a section officer in the irrigation and flood control department, the
JAC against the kidnapping of Ng Manglemjao Singh and Ng Shanti Devi has called
a indefinite strike from tomorrow 6 am at Imphal-Ukhrul road, Imphal-Saikul road
and Imphal-Tinsid road. ..more…

 

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