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Debate over NH through Kakching market on

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL |May 28
The news of upgradation of present state highway passing through the district into National Highway by an India Government gazette notification on January 12, 2015 was one of the happiest moments for the people of Kakching and surrounding area.
But a debate is raging on whether the state highway which runs through the heart of aged old Kakching market will bring more development to the society after upgrading it to a National Highway.
Considering with the ground realities and likely impact on social, cultural and economic perspectives many sections of the people have been raising the issue urging to construct the national highway by-passing the market either on northern or southern periphery of the town.
With the objective to highlight and create awareness on the pros and cons of the developmental project at public platform a debate on "Making of National Highway through Kakching Market will bring more development to ou

PDDC calls on deputy CM

IMPHAL | May 28
The Pherzawl District Development Committee yesterday called on Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur, Y Joykumar Singh, at his office chamber and submitted a memorandum to highlight the issues and problems faced by the people of the remote district.
A release said during the meeting, the deputy Chief Minister assured the PDDC that he will take appropriate actions in the future so that Pherzawl district can become an example of the government's conviction towards development of the entire state of Manipur.
The PDDC team also met secretary to the Chief Minister, N Ashok Kumar. During the meeting the secretary informed the delegation that their invitation cum reminder has been forwarded to the CM, it added.
The delegation included Lalhmangpui, member, Churachandpur ADC, Chinlian John Simte (PDDC vice-chairman), Paotinkhuol Gangte (PDDC Vice-Chairman), Mangcha Haokip (PDDC vice-chairman), Pu Timothy Z. Zote (PDDC public relations secretary) and social wor

Maoist against failing health sector

IMPHAL | May 28
Taking serious note on the current status of health services in Manipur, the outlawed Maoist Communist Party of Manipur in a statement said that there has been rapid rise of commercialisation in the health sector in the past few years.
The statement further alleged that the nexus between the doctors, medical representatives and pharmaceutical companies in an attempt to earn big money has resulted in prescribing harmful medicines to the public.
It said the practice of medical representatives presenting costly gifts to the doctors to increase the sales margin of their respective pharmaceutical companies is a well-known fact to everyone.
This practice has been also on the rise, it said, adding that in this regard the civil voluntary organisations and other local bodies are not paying due attention to the pressing issue. The outfit will keep a close watch and start to act on with serious effort, it added.

‘Ei Amuk Leerakke Taro’

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | May 28
A Manipuri folk story book, ‘Ei Amuk Leerakke Taro’ written by Lalitkumar Moirangthem was released today at Manipur State Film Development Society, Palace Gate, Imphal.
The book was released by parliamentary secretary of Municipal Administration, Housing & Urban Development (MAHUD), Nahakpam Indrajit who also attended the function as chief guest.
The publisher of the book is Moirangthem (O) Manbi Leima. As part of the release function, Asst Prof of Nambol L Sanoy College, Salam Shantibala Devi spoke about the book.
Advocate and president of Young Women Help Organisation, Th Shanti and Prof, M Dhaneshwar Singh attended the function as guest of honour and president respectively.

Mutuwa Bahadur’s ‘Kate’ launched

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | May 28
A book entitled ‘Kate’, written by Mutuwa Bahadur was launched by Moirangthem Lakshmikumar Singh, commissioner Art and Culture today at Archaeology office here today at Kangla.
Speaking on the occasion Bahadur said the Manipuri settling in Burma needs to be re connected through the past history. The values of culture and tradition of being a Manipuri is slowly fading away from their society, he added.
“The need to be reconnected them with the roots urged me to write the book and disseminate the book to them at free of cost. And also for their information, in the book I have maintain historical chronologically in a crisp form,” said Bahadur.
The book is being written in three languages English, Burmese and Manipuri.
Mention may be made that the book was first launched in January 2014 at Mandalay entitled as ‘Awa Kate and Paona’.
‘When the book was released at that time, there were feedbacks to remove

Legal Aid Clinic inaugurated at Jiribam

JIRIBAM | May 28
A Legal Aid Clinic at Sejang Village, Jiribam district, Manipur was inaugurated today and the para legal volunteers were awarded with certificates on completion of the induction training programme.
The legal aid clinic was jointly inaugurated by A Guneshwar Sharma, registrar general, High Court of Manipur and RK Memcha Devi, member secretary, Manipur State Legal Service Authority, and the occasion was attended by Nungshitombi Athokpam, joint secretary (Law), Government of Manipur, Shanta Athokpam, deputy secretary (Law), Government of Manipur, Y Somorjit Singh, deputy registrar (Judicial), High Court of Manipur and Janggoulen Haokip, judicial magistrate first class, Jiribam.
A literacy club at Jiribam Higher Secondary School, Jiribam was also inaugurated by RK Memcha Devi in the presence of students, teaching and non-teaching staff of the school.

Dailong biodiversity heritage site

IMPHAL MAY 27
The Manipur government has declared Dailong village of Tamenglong district as a Biodiversity Heritage Site of the state, officials said. A notification in this connection was issued on Tuesday by joint secretary of forest and environment, Kengoo Zuringla.
Dialong village, covering an area of 11.35 sq km, has been declared as Biodiversity Heritage Site under Section 37(1) of Biological Diversity Act, 2002. The declaration was made after the recommendation of Manipur Biodiversity Board, the state government said in the notification.

KCP (MC- Progressive) demands clarification

IMPHAL | May 28
The proscribed KCP (MC- Progressive) has alleged that the arrest of its red army cadres, Okram Ajit, Ashem Romen and Salam Ayingbee from Sawombung Pourabi Oil Pump by Imphal East police commando team a few days ago was carried out in collusion with Bijoy, owner of the said oil pump. A release said the owner of the Sawombung Oil Pump must clarify before the public within 5 days’ time. The cadres were on a mission to teach a lesson to the local MLA as well as the Panchayat representatives of the area for alleged misuse of public welfare funds when the arrest was made, it added.

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