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IMPHAL | Nov 23

MAHUD minister, Thounaojam Shyamkumar today announced strict prohibition on storage of goods and use of electric appliances at the basement of Ima Market. He also directed the Imphal Municipal Corporation to strictly follow the instructions.

The minister’s announcement came after a minor fire broke out at the basement of the Ima Market No. 1 (Ima Leimaren Sidabi) today at around 3.30 pm. The cause of the fire was electric short circuit from a machine used by an ice cream vendor. State fire tenders reached the spot in time and controlled the fire.

Speaking to media persons after inspecting the fire at Ima Market, MAHUD minister said under the Imphal Smart City Mission, basement areas of Ima Market (all three buildings) will be converted into parking space and foot over bridge will be constructed to connect both the adjacent markets. The underground parking system is expected to start from next month.

He once again stated that the MAHUD department is committed to hand over the Ima Market buildings to the women vendors on February 22, after complete renovation/repairing work which will be completed before the month of February.

Th. Shyamkumar once again appealed to the shopkeepers, vendors including street vendors to keep the market clean throughout the year, stating that they have a major role in keeping the historic Khwaramband Keithel neat and tidy. He also appealed to the shopkeepers to use dustbins in all the shops to avoid inconveniences.

He was accompanied by Prem Singh, MAHUD commissioner, N. Gitkumar, director MAHUD and IMC officials.

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 23

All Manipur Interstate Taxi Service Welfare Association has appealed to the government to deploy security personnel on National Highway No. 2 for the safety of the passengers and drivers.

While speaking to media here at Manipur Press Club, All Manipur Interstate Taxi Service Welfare Association joint secretary, Laishram Bhonilal appealed to the chief minister to deploy security forces for the safety of the drivers and passengers travelling through NH 2.

He said that the drivers and the passengers travelling on the highway have been facing harassments from unknown miscreants since the beginning of the year.

He continued the drivers have faced much harassment while passing particularly through Taphou village and Keithelmanbi. The unknown miscreants have looted passengers and asked ransom to drivers without informing whether they are from any known UG’s groups, he asserted.

Further he said that on November 1 one passenger of Winger vehicle with registration No. MNO12155 coming from Dimapur was looted Rs.3000 at Keithelmanbi. He said that five more passengers have been looted in the past months by unknown armed men.

Bhonilal lamented that with such harassments and problems faced by the drivers and the passengers cannot be tolerated any more by the association.

He urged the chief minister and other higher authorities to look into the matter within 15 days. He also added that if the government fails to meet their demands, taxi services plying through NH2 will be called off.

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 23

The Liangmaipui Naga Ruangdi along with Namdilong Women development society and Liangmai Naga Katinah Ruangdi (Assam Nagaland Manipur) urged the government and the police to arrest accused Kh. Kashinba in connection with rape and attempt to murder case.

While speaking to the media at Manipur Press Club, Liangmaipui Naga Ruangdi president, Th. Priscilla said that if the culprit is not arrested within 72 hours the civil bodies will impose 12 hours total shutdown on the National Highway No.2 on November 27 from 6am till 6pm.

She said that ‘wanted’ tag for Kh. Kashinba from Karuangmuan village, Nungtek had already been ordered by the Superintendent of police Senapati on September 11. But till now the police have not taken up any issues regarding the case.

It may be recalled that the rape incident took place on August 1 at Senapati.

Since the incident happened the civil organisations and student bodies have met the chief minister and the director general of police regarding the matter. In the meeting they have given their response to catch the culprit at the earliest but till now the culprit is walking scot free, she added.

Priscilla further questioned why the case has been delayed and why the state police have not taken up swift step to catch the culprit? “Is the government corrupted? It’s been four months since the incident happened and the culprit is still walking scot free,” she asked. 

She said that the Liangmaipui Naga Ruangdi and Namdilong Women Development Society and the Liangmai Naga Katinah Ruangdi will not stop agitating until and unless justice is brought to the victim.

Priscilla also urged for public support during the agitation. She also mentioned that stronger agitations will be taken if the government fails to fulfil their demand.

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 23

In yet another shocking incident today, the yearlong harvest of two families, Pukhrambam Birachandra Singh and Michael P. alias Sadu Khuroi were burnt to ashes by am alcoholic today morning.

The incident happened at Laipat Loukon, Ningthoukhong Bazar, Bishnupur district. This incident is the third of its kind and in the state. A fire brigade team tried to stop the fire but their efforts went in vain.

The suspect who committed this inhuman act today was identified as Moirangthem Roben Singh, (35) from the same place. He was caught with psychotropic substance and tablets strip at the same spot.

Enraged by his senseless behaviour, eye witnesses around the area attacked him and turned violent. He was rescued from further mob action by a police team of Bishnupur district who came to the spot.

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 23

All Manipur Petroleum Products Transporters Association (AMPPTA) today staged protest demonstration in front of Malom Oil Depot and subsequently ceased their work against the tender process of the Indian Oil Cooperation Limited.  

The protesters displayed placards bearing slogans like “You are getting 7th pay, and why are we pushing back to 2014 rate”, “IOC tender condition, Hai-Hai”, “Where will the local based transporter, Go”.

Protesters said that unless and until the government rectify the newly floated norms the IOCL to will continue their cease work strike.

Due to their cases work strike most of the petrol pump witnesses panic buying of petrol and diesel.

Yesterday AMPPTA during a press meet had stated that the rate offered in the newly floated tender is much lesser than the rates quoted in the year 2014 and that even after adding maximum price band of 10 percent to it, the amount of transportation rate come much less than what the transporters are getting presently.

IMPHAL | Nov 23

Commerce and Industry minister Thongam Biswajit singh asserted that we need a mechanism to preserve Manipuri pony. The Minister was speaking as chief guest on the second day of the ongoing 11th Manipur Polo International, which is being played as a part Manipur Sangai Festival at Imphal Pologround.

The minister maintained that polo is well known throughout the world and it is very necessary to preserve the Manipuri Pony. The game of ‘polo’ originated from Manipur and was introduced by King Kangba.

According to the Royal Chronicle, the game is known as Sagol-Kangjei in earlier time and as the game is related with pony, we need a mechanism to preserve the Manipuri pony, he added.

Biswajit further stressed that we need to promote other indigenous game like Yubi Lakpi to showcase our rich cultural heritage through the world. He also assured to extend possible help in preserving pony in the state.

In the match played today, Argentina defeated Morocco by 7 - 3 goals. Both are taking part in the tournament for the first time. In another match USA outplayed India A by 3 - 2 goals.

The tournament is being organised by Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association. Altogether 6 teams are participating in the tournament. On the third day of the tournament, India A will take on India B and England will play with Morocco.

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