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Victims of crimes against women including rape, domestic violence, widows and their families have demanded that rapists should be hanged in public places to prevent occurrence of such crimes. Speaking to media persons at the office of Women Action for Development, Palace Compound yesterday, Manbi said they feel sad and get depressed to witness the increase in rape of children, widows and even disabled women. Nurei from Sora village who is yet to get justice for  her sister and brother-in-law who were killed by a mob said crimes are perpetrated against the poor and weaker sections of the society. She said rapists and killers get off scot free in our society. P Captain brother of a girl who was found hanging after her lover allegedly called her out to elope in September 2011 said justice is still a far cry till now. He lamented the delay in filing of charge sheets by the police officers concerned even when Commission for Women recommended to do so. 

National Executive Committee, NEC of Indian Journalists Union, IJU meet will begin in Imphal from 22nd to 25th of this month. Addressing the media persons at Manipur Press Club, AMWJU President Wangkhemcha Shamjai said AMWJU will host Indian Journalists Union meet. Journalists from 26 states will be participating in the meet. He said 200 journalists are likely to attend the meet out of which 160 journalists have confirmed their participation. Journalists from Bangladesh and Bhutan are also going to participate in the meet. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi  will inaugurate the meet at 1st Manipur Rifles banquet hall at 9 in the morning. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijuju is likely to attend the inaugural function.

Human Rights Initiative Executive Director Wahengbam Joykumar said Meira Paibis of Manipur can’t act as a protector of rule of law. Joykumar was speaking at the seminar, ‘Manipur da Meira Paibee gi Ehou’ held at Rupmahal Theatre. Praising the Meira Paibis, he said under the veil of AFSPA 1958 many innocent people would have been killed if Meira Paibi movement did not exist in Manipur. The people of the state is lucky to have Meira Paibis whose involvement in certain issues is incredible. Joykumar, however appealed the meira paibis not to indulged in criminal cases which comes under the jurisdiction of police. The seminar was organised by All Manipur Women’s Social Reformation and Development Samaj (Nupi Samaj). Many intellectuals, academicians and experts participated in the seminar.

Commerce and Industries Minister Konthoujam Govindas appealed to the well to do section of the society to lend their hands in government sponsored construction of Special Economic Zone and Food Park rather accumulating wealth at their homes. The minister made the statement at the inauguration of Shree Balaji Flour Mill. The mill was inaugurated by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi at Nilakuthi Food Park on 17th of this month. The mill will produce products like Atta and Moida. On the occasion Minister Govindas Konthoujam said, the Special economic zones have been implemented in many states, however it has not been successful in Manipur. Konthoujam Govindas added that Rs 10 crore budget of Food Park could not be constructed due to the financial constraints of the government. He also urged for the investors to help in boosting the economic activity for the development of economy. Talking specifically about the State’s inclusion in the country’s Industrial map, he said, the state government would help entrepreneurs and investors.Shree Balaji Flour Mill would produce 100 tons of flour products per day. Managing Director, Y Devendro said, around 70 people are already given employment by the mill. He further said, even if the raw materials are imported from outside the state, the production of the flour products would help in developing the State’s economy.

Relics of Second World War were discovered when a JCB excavated earth from Heingang Hill. Mentioned may be made that Head Quarters of 4 Corp commanded by Feield Marshall Slim was stationed at Heingang Hill during the Second World War. The place from where the relics were found was once used as firing range. Owner of the JCB, K Nilachandra handed over the relics to the representatives of the Imphal War Museum.

Manipur Police is on its toe ahead of the State’s biggest festival ‘Sangai Festival’. To avoid untoward incidents and as part of daily routine Imphal West Police Commandos conducted combing operations from Lalambung Pukhri Achouba Mamang to Soram Leirak. The combing operation was led by Additional SP K. Meghachnadra, Imphal West Commando OC P Sanjoy, Imphal Police Station personnel, Lamphel Police Station personnel. 11 persons without valid identification documents were taken to Lamphel Police Station for further verification and later released.

A Yamaha Showroom named Pakhangba Motors was opened at Chingmeirong. Yamaha Motor India Sales Private Limited, Managing Director Masaki Asano inaugurated the Showroom. Yamaha Motor India Sales Private Limited Sales and Marketing Vice President, Roy Kurian and Pakhangba Motors Proprieter, Lourembam Victor attended the function. The showroom is looking forward to provide two wheelers of the company to the customers easily.

School students today held protests against the rise in rape cases and crime against women in Manipur. They denounced the recent raping and killing of two girls at Tharoijam and Thoubal.  Students of Camp English Academy, Koirengei, Lainingthou Awangba School Khurai and Diana English school staged sit displaying various placards that condemned rape and demanded capital punishment for the rapists. 

India celebrates National Education Day today to commemorate the birth anniversary of the first education minister of independent India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. The day is being celebrated in Manipur too. People paid floral tributes to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad as part of the celebration by Indira Gandhi National Open University, Regional Centre Imphal. Later, a peace rally was taken out from DIET Imphal centre in DM College Campus to IGNOU Regional centre in North AOC. Dr S Dilan Singh, Regional Director of IGNOU Regional Centre Imphal said the National Education Day is observed across the nation in remembrance of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, who played a major role in developing the education system in the country. 

Youth Development Organisation, Pallel Thong Wangma condemned the release of a drug peddler from Pallel by Kakching Police Station. In a press meet at Manipur Press Club, Secretary Youth Development Organisation, Pallel Thong Wangma, Sapam Bikram said a drug user was found under the Pallel Bridge in unconscious state. Pallel police picked up the man and was interrogated. The man revealed that he got the drugs from one Moirangthem Open of Pallel Thong Wangma Maning Leikai. When police conducted search in Open’s residence police recovered SP and N 10 tablet from Open’s mother. After about an hour Open was handed over to Kakching P/S. But the IO released Open on under the pretext that drug abusers cannot be kept in Police station. 

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