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Imphal, 11 August 2016 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Okram Ibobi today inaugurated newly constructed houses of January 4 earthquake victims at Chalbung and Charhajare villages in Senapati district. Speaking on the occasion O. Ibobi expressed satisfaction over the peaceful coexistence among Kuki and Nepali communities in the villages. He also lauded the Deputy Commissioner of Senapati for the construction of new houses for the earthquake hit families on time using the funds available. The chief minister appealed to the people to remain united to achieve development and progress in the state. Mention may be made that 1055 houses were completely destroyed and 622 houses were partially destroyed in the earthquake that rocked the state on January 4 this year. Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, RD & PR Minister M. Okendro, IFCD Minister Ngamthang Haokip, Saikul MLA Yamthong Haokip and Kangpokpi MLA Nemcha Kipgen among others also attended the function.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam said natural calamities are beyond man's control, but all must put maximum efforts to minimise the damage caused by natural calamities. Gaikhangam also stressed the need for imparting adequate skills in facing the eventuality of any natural calamity.

Media persons tried to ask questions to the Chief Minister, however, Okram Ibobi avoided media query. Instead, Govt’s spokesperson and Minister M Okendro replied to the queries asked by media on the sidelines of the function. Replying to a query Minister Okendro said Manipur Govt will bear the expenses incurred in the treatment of Irom Chanu Sharmila at JNIMS for the time being.

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Imphal, 09 August 2016 ( Evening News ) : Irom Chanu Sharmila has decided to open a new chapter in her life as she decided to end her 16-year old fast today. She was today produced in the court the Chief Judicial Magistrate Imphal west, Lamkhanpao Tonsing. Sharmila told the judge that she wanted to end her fast and appealed for her release. She signed a PR bond of Rs 10,000 for her release. The court is yet to issue the release order. After she came out of the court, Sharmila tried to speak to the media about the end of her fast and her decision to join politics and contest election. She told the media that she wants to be the chief minister of Manipur. However she got perturbed by the noises as the media persons asked her questions at the same time and refused to speak. She left the room in a huff. Sharmila sat on the step outside the court and once again tried to speak to the media persons. This time also she got disturbed by the persistent media persons who hurled questions at her and panned their cameras on her. Suspecting trouble the Police personnel escorted Sharmila to the ambulance and took her to JNIMS judicial custody.

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Imphal, 08 August 2016 ( Evening News ) : Imphal West Additional SP Th. Vikramjit conducted a press conference at Imphal West Complex, Minuthong where he termed the recovery of three IEDs as a great achievement of the Imphal West police and 25 Assam Rifles. Th. Vikramjit said the IED recovered from a bus contained RDX. He said full investigation is being conducted regarding the IED blast that occurred near State Museum on August 5. The press conference was leo attended by Imphal West DSP Operation S. Sachidananda, Imphal West Officer In-charge Potsangbam Sanjoy along with 25 AR Major Radha Krishnan.

Meanwhile, Search operations continue in and around Imphal city ahead of the Independence Day celebration on August 15. A team of police under the supervision of Imphal West DSP Commando Soibam Sachidananda conducted search operation at Uripok Khoisnam Leikai. Male persons at the area were verified after checking their identification documents.

 

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Imphal, 08 August 2016 ( Evening News ) : 3 low intensity IEDs exploded today at 10:45 in the morning at Kangpokpi. The blast injured 2 BSF personnel. The blast occurred 3 kms ahead of Kangpokpi town along National Highway-1 under Kangpokpi Police Station in Senapati district. Both the injured BSF personnel suffered splinter injury and were given first aid by Assam Rifles. During the blast the BSF personnel were boarding a mini- bus. Top officials of BSF and Manipur Police rushed to the spot to take stoke of the situation. A case has been registered at the Kangpokpi Police Station.

Acting on tip-off, personnel of 25 Assam Rifles intercepted an IED during a frisking at around 5:30 am at KCM Brick Field, Tengdouyan under Sekmai Police Station. The IED was found carried in an Imphal-Senapati bus SHOWY Travels bearing registration number MNO1, 1823. The IED was found hidden among 40 bags of rice loaded from Khuyathong. Leithangbam Shakhi, age 50 of Huikap who was carrying the bags of rice said 22 out of the 40 bags were hers and the rest 18 was loaded by another woman. The woman told Shakhi that she will come by next bus and asked Shakhi to look after her bags. Manipur Police Bomb Squad rushed to the spot and retrieved the IED. There were arguments between Assam Rifles and state police as Assam Rifles personnel wanted to explode the IED at a safe place which was not supported by the state police. Later state police brought the IED and the bus along with all the passengers at Sekmai Police Station. Passengers were verified one by one and allowed to leave. However, Police seized the bus and detained Shakhi for further verification.

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Imphal, 08 August 2016 ( Evening News ) : Former Managing Editor of Tehelka and Former Editor today appeared at the Court as Prosecution Witnesses in the Sanjit Rabina case. Prosecution Witness Number 85, Former Managing Editor, Souma Chowdhury and prosecution witness Number 86, Former Editor, Tarun Jit Tejpal appeared before the Court of District and Sessions Judge, Imphal West at Cheirap Court. They informed the Court that the pictures published in their tabloid were real and not fabricated. Former Manipur Police Head Constable Thounaojam Herojit who is an accused in the alleged Sanjit Rabina fake encounter case also appeared at the court. After the hearing the prosecution witnesses, the Court ordered to hear other remaining witnesses on August 29.

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Imphal, 07 August 2016 ( Evening News ) : Volunteers of Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur today disrupted the written examination for the recruitment of Assistant Registrar of Manipur University and damaged examination hall and administrative hall of MU. Leaders of DESAM and volunteers stormed Manipur University campus barging the main gate of the University and marched towards Social Science New Block. As soon as they reached the examination centre, volunteers of DESAM pelted stones towards examination hall. Police personnel led by Singjamei Police station OC dispersed the volunteers from the area. The volunteers then rushed towards Administrative Block of the University and caused some damage. Additional security forces were called in and put the situation under control. Compelled by the prevailing situation, Paper 1 and 2 which were supposed to be held differently were conducted simultaneously. Volunteers of DESAM shouted slogans such as ‘Resign Manipur University Vice Chancellor’ and ‘The Written Test is Unacceptable’. DESAM President Moirangthem Angamba said the written test was held in the interest of the Vice Chancellor who is to retire in 10 days defying the UGC norms of restriction of recruiting any staff by a VC who is to retire in 2 months. DESAM President also demanded to clarify on the matter at the earliest.  

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Imphal, 06 August 2016 ( Evening News ) : An IED weighing about 2.5 Kg was discovered today at a place just 50 metre away from where a powerful IED exploded yesterday injuring 1 CRPF personnel and a 2 year old girl. Personnel of 109 CRPF manning Raj Bhavan discovered the IED between Johnstone Higher Secondary School and M-Sector this morning around 6.15 while patrolling the area leading to BT Park. Two sniffer dogs detected the location of the IED. Top officials of Maipur police and a team of bomb squad rushed to the spot and tried to defuse the IED. The bomb squad had a hard time trying to defuse the IED which had a dual mechanism trigger. The team managed to defuse one of the triggers. Signal Jammer of Bihar Regiment and Bomb Basket were used and the IED was safely removed. Mention may be made that a sentry post of M-Sector stands just opposite the spot where the IED was found.

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Imphal, 06 August 2016 : 1 CRPF personnel and a 2 year old girl were injured in a suspected IED blast that occurred in front of Manipur State Museum and south-east of Imphal Polo Ground around 5:45 this evening. The injured CRPF personnel is identified as Head Constable SM Naik age 48 of Karnataka posted at (E)Coy 109 Battalion, Mongsangei. Both the injured were rushed to  RIMS hospital and they are reported to be out danger. Some portion of the wall of State Museum and 2 cars parked nearby were damaged in the explosion. Top CRPF and state Police officials rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation.

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Imphal, 04 August 2016 ( Evening News ) :2 Manipur police personnel have been arrested with a huge amount of drugs in Guwahati. Sources in Guwahati today said two Manipur police personnel along with another person were arrested at Beltola in Guwahati. The sources also said a huge consignment of drugs was also seized from the possession of the three arrested persons. Meanwhile, the Assam police are interrogating the arrested  police personnel to get information on the drug trafficking nexus. The arrested three persons hves been identified as Manglemjao Singh, Inao Singh and Saibom Raym, all from Manipur.

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Imphal, 04 August 2016  : Forest Department yesterday evicted encroachers from a Reserved Forest area at Lamlongei Lokchao Nepali Basti under Heingang police station. Staff of the department dismantled about 20 houses constructed in the area yesterday morning.  Officials said the department has repeatedly asked the encroachers to leave the Reserved Forest area. They also said despite the warnings the encroachers constructed more houses in the area forcing the forest department to evict them. About 20 houses were dismantled . On the other hand, an evicted man said they were not given notice ahead of the eviction by the authority. He said they were suddenly evicted without warning. The evicted people urged the authority concerned to give them some more time to shift their belongings to another place.

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