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IMPHAL |Nov 16 (NNN)

All Tribal Contractors’ Association of Manipur (ATCAM) has informed that it will not go ahead with its proposed bandh scheduled to begin from November 20 midnight following an assurance from the chief minister to look into its grievances.

According to ATCAM, its decision not to go ahead with the agitation was taken today after the assurance from the chief minister to review and consider the issue of concessional deposit of 50 percent of the standard amount of security or earnest money deposit extended to SC/ST for the purpose of any contract works.

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 16

The 41st Indian Folklore Congress Manipur University (MU) begins its three-day national seminar on Folklore of Northeast India at the conference hall of Manipur Institute of Management Studies, MU here today.

Speaking as a chief guest in today’s inaugural function, vice chancellor MU, Prof. Adhya Prasad Pandey said, “Folklore can stimulate our thought, relax our mind and represent our culture and tradition. It is not an easy task to preserve our oral discourse but our people are still following their ancestral tradition.”

He further assured of opening a folk study department, which is rarely offered in Indian higher studies Institutions, in MU in near future.

“Although India have large number of folklore, only a few number of institutions provide course of folk study”, said Prof. Jawaharlal Handoo in his presidential speech. He stressed the need of preserving our folklore in archival form.

The present generation should learn the folklore which was gifted by our ancestor and convert it into printed form so that our folklore becomes more vibrant to be passed it on to

The inaugural function was attended by vice chancellor Manipur MU Prof. Adhya Prasad Pandey, director Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore Prof DG Rao and Indian Folk Congress (IFC) and president Prof. Jawaharlal Handoo among others. Several delegates and research scholars from different parts of India attended the seminar programme as well.

The programme was sponsored by North Eastern Council (NEC) Shillong, CIIL Mysore, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Shillong and Manipur University.

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Nov 16

A one-day legal awareness programme was held today at Legal Aid Clinic, Manipur Central Jail, Imphal with an aim to give education about legal rights to jail inmates. It is being held in connection with the observation of Legal Services Campaign – ‘Connecting to serve’ from November 9 to 18.

The awareness programme was organised by Legal Aid Clinic, Manipur Central Jail, Imphal West and sponsored by District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Imphal West.

District and sessions judge, Imphal West cum chairman of DLSA-IW, Maibam Manojkumar, chief judicial magistrate, IW cum secretary of DLSA IW, Lamkhanpou Tonsing, superintendent of Manipur Central Jail, Ch. Subhaschandra Singh and additional superintendent of MCJ, S. Touthang attended the programme as presidium members.

Advocate Ch. Momon Singh delivered a lecture on “Prisoners Right”. He observed that jail inmates face problems such as not getting trial, bail not being granted, inhuman treatment, lack of medical treatment and so on. He also highlighted on Prisoners Act, 1894, Model Manual Prison India and its beneficial provisions.

The Prisoners Act, 1894 sanctioned a medical doctor for jail inmates to maintain good health conditions, he cited.

IMPHAL | Nov 16

Curtain raiser of Sangai Festival will be organised by state forest and tourism departments at Keibul Lamjao in Bishnupur on November 19, said a release by forest department.

It said, chief minister N. Biren Singh will be the chief guest of the event, which will be followed by cultural and musical programmes on November 20 and 21 and an exhibition of local craftworks till November 30. A fashion show on local handlooms and cuisine will also be part of the celebration.

The forest department has also produced a short film titled ‘Manipur: A Paradise Unexplored’ to publicise the event and provide a glimpse into the culture and biodiversity of Manipur, said the release.

The curtain raiser is significant as it is being organised for the first time in the original single habitat of Sangai in the world, it added. 

IMPHAL | Nov 16

Narcotics and affairs of border PS made three arrests in drug-related offences today, said a release by PRO police.

Drug peddler Mansuanching Paite (66), wife of late Sianlianmuang from Ngathal, Churachandpur sub-division was arrested from Yaingangpokpi Magic parking, Nagamapal in Imphal with 30 grams of heroine powder. A case has been registered at narcotics and affairs of border police station.

Drug seller RL Horthingla alias Athing (42), daughter of RL Ningkhalem of Teinem village, Tuinem, Ukhrul, was arrested from her current residence in Thangmeiband Leirenhanjaba Leikai in Imphal West with six grams of heroine powder. On her disclosure, her associate Leiyachon RB (37), wife of Ramyathing TN Torachangta from Ukhrul was arrested from Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai. A case has been registered at narcotics and affairs of border police station.

IMPHAL | Nov 16

Upper Primary Teacher (SSA) 2016 Tribal Fraternity has appealed for immediate issuance of posting order in respect of the SSA-UPT appointed in 2016, said a release.

The release has mentioned that the teachers were selected by then government of Manipur following due process of selection. But the posting order of the said post was halted due to election code of conduct, in view of the Manipur Legislative Assembly election 2017, it added.

The present government instituting a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate any alleged misconduct by the recruiting authority and delaying the issuance of posting order, has only aggravated the plight of the selected individuals for no fault of their own, said the release.

It further stated that if the grievances are not taken care by November 20, there will be a severe agitations and the state government will be held responsible for any untoward incidents.

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