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Imphal, 20 July 2016 : Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam  said the people of both the hills and the valley need to work together and live in peace for a collective development of the state. Gaikhangam inaugurated a new Administrative Building of the Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council at Kangpokpi. Speaking at the function organised by District Council Administration, Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council, Kangpokpi, Gaikhangam said the present state government works for the welfare of hill people to a uniform development in the hills and valley. He was optimistic that the new office building will help in accelerating welfare programs for the people in Sadar Hills.

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Imphal, 19 July 2016 ( Evening News): Scuffles broke between the police and students of Tamphasana Girls’ Higher Secondary School at the school gate when the students tried to take out a protest rally demanding  implementation of ILPS in the state. The girl students were prevented by women police personnel from taking out the rally. Imphal West SDPO AG Sharma was injured in his temple when students pelted stones during the tussle. Meanwhile students of Johnstone higher secondary school marched towards TG school and police tried to stop them at Nityaipat Chuthek asking them to go back to their schools. In the mean time, students of CC higher secondary school also gathered at Nityaipat Chuthek. Later the students proceeded towards Keishampat Junction and started shouting slogans while a few students of TG school sat on the road and obstructed the traffic at Wahengbam Leikai. Later police came and drove the students away and cleared the traffic. A student was injured in the melee. Police fired tear gas shells and mock bombs near Bhigo hotel to control the mob.

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Imphal, 19 July 2016 : Manipur Fire Service Director, Kh. Chandramani today said the dept. lacks manpower and substations and have been sending proposals for up gradation of the dept.  He said the govt has however failed to convert their proposals  into actions. Speaking during media interaction program organised by DIPR at its complex, Kh. Chandramani said Imphal Fire Service and 16 Sub-Stations are involved in fighting fire, flood and other natural calamities in the state saving lives and properties.  Director of Manipur Fire Service, Kh Chandramani added that the department faces various difficulties and inconvenience in fighting fires in the congested Imphal City and among them lack of water is the major problem.

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Imphal, 18 July 2016 ( Evening News) : A one day free medical camp was held today at Juvenile Learners’ Club Community Hall, Wangkhei Tokpam Leikai. The camp was organised by Former Vice President of BJP Manipur Pradesh and current State Executive Member H Jayadev Sharma in association with District Health Society, Imphal East. OPDs for Medicine, Eye and Skin were opened and free medicines were also distributed during the health camp. H. Jayadev said the health camp was organised in view of the recent flood in Tokpam Leiaki area to give access to healthcare to the needy people. He also added that such camp will be organised at various places under Yaiskul constituency.

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Imphal, 18 July 2016 (Evening News) :The final hearing on former JCILPS convenor Khomdram Ratan case was postponed for the second time in the High Court of Manipur. The final hearing was postponed due to ill health of Chief Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad. Meanwhile the JAC formed against Wanted tag on Khomdram Ratan condemned the postponement of the final hearing for the second time. Speaking to Impact News at court complex, former JCILPS Women Wing Convenor, Lourembam Nganbi Leima said the postponement of the case citing ill health of Chief Justice is 'unreasonable'. She said the wanted tag against Khomdram Ratan is 'un-constitutional'. Nganbi Leima warned of intense agitation in case the final hearing is postponed again. Meanwhile, hunger strike continued at Singjamei Thongkhong demanding revocation of wanted tag on Khomdram Ratan. It is worth mentioning here that the hunger strike began yesterday.

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Imphal, 17 July 2016 ( Evening News) : An earthquake measuring 3.2 magnitude on Richter scale hit Chandel this morning at 8. Another medium intensity earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter Scale hit Gujarat. According to the National Centre for Seismology, the quake occurred at 9:25 am at a depth of 10 kms. There were no immediate reports of loss of life or property in both incidents.

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Imphal, 16 July 2016 ( Evening News) : At least 4 school students have been injured in the protest against construction of an Power Station on Yairipok High School campus yesterday. Police arrested 3 members of the JAC in connection with the protest. Yesterday around 12 noon students of Yairipok High School launched protest against the installation of a Power Station on the School campus. They damaged the temporary shed used by the labourers. Personnel of Yairipok police station fired into the air to disperse the agitating   students injuring 2 of them. The protest became intensified after police arrested 3 members of the JAC formed against the installation of the power station on the school campus. Students stormed the Yairipok police station and shouted slogans demanding release of the arrested JAC members. Scuffles occurred between the protesting students and police personnel. Two girl students fainted in the scuffle and they were rushed to  Yairipok Primary health centre. The situation in and around the school has become tense after students opposed the construction of the power station on the High School campus. Police personnel are keeping a strict vigil to prevent untoward incidents in the area. Sources said the JAC members were not released till late last night .

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Imphal, 16 July 2016 : Head of department of Education, Manipur University, Dr. Premlata Meisnam today remarked that recruitment of Primary, Upper Primary and Graduate Teachers under the SSA and RMSA based on mark basis does not meet the full criteria structure. She was participating in the one-day discussion on “Recruitment Process of Primary, Upper Primary and Graduate Teachers under SSA & RMSA”. The event was organised by Kangleipak Students Association, KSA at Manipur Dramatic Union auditorium. Dr. Premlata further said the primary level is the foundation stone and backbone of Education. She said marks do not confirm the aptitude and competence of a teacher. She said since 2011 teachers are recruited on basis of marks which she termed as ‘unfortunate’. One of the resource persons, Dr. S. Gunadhor, former Associate Professor of Imphal College said recruitments done on basis of marks is a wrong step. He said the marks of Class 10, 12 and graduation do not show how qualified a person is for teaching. Many teaching staff of colleges and Manipur University took part in the event as resource persons. Students from various colleges and Manipur university attended the discuusion. Professor N. Mohendro Singh, former Director of College Development Council, Manipur University chaired the discussion.

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Imphal, 16 July 2016 : Commissioner of State Excise Department, Dr. Shailesh Kumar Chourasia today stated that there is no proposal of legalising country liquor produced in Andro, Sekmai and Phayeng. Speaking to media at the press conference  organised by DIPR at its complex to sensitise the works taken up various department of the govt, Dr Chourasia also said shortage of staff makes it impossible for the dept to effectively curb the menace of drugs and alcohol. He maintained that excise department is an ageing department, facing a slow death. There  are 704 sanctioned posts in Excise Department but there are only 409 post existing while 295 are lying vacant. He said every month 20 to 30 personnel retire from service and there has been no fresh recruitment. The department has 39 Excise Stations and doing its best to prevent smuggling of foreign liquor into the State and has collected Rs 10 crore as fines from illegal sale of liquor in 2015-16.  Dr Shailesh Kumar Chourasia added that collective effort of Home Department, Civil Society Organisations and Excise Department is needed for effectively implementation of the Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act 1991.

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Imphal, 16 July 2016 : Chief Electoral Officer, Oinam Nabakishore,  today stated that any Indian citizen can enjoy voting rights at the place where he or she has been living for 6 to 12 months. Participating in the press meet organised by DIPR, CEO Nabakishore said as per the People’s Representative Act, anyone who comes from outside of Manipur can vote in Manipur if he has been living in the state for more than 1 year and there is no term as Manipuri citizen but it is Indian Citizen. He also added that the term of current state govt ends on March 18 and Election Commission of India has already intimated to the state authority to hold the general election before March 18. Preparation of the free and fair conduct of the election has also begun and appealed to all to co-operate with the authority. He said the electoral roll revision has started and the draft electoral roll will be published in September, 2016. The checking of EVMs will begin from tomorrow. Joint Chief  Electoral Officer N. Praveen and Assistant Chief Electoral Officer N. Angang-jao also attended the press meet.

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