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Monday, August 13,  2001

Updated at Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 10:47:45 AM IST



Two hurt when AR fired upon pro-ceasefire activists
Imphal, August 15 : Two pro-ceasefire activists were injured when security forces fired upon them at Tadubi under Mao police station yesterday. The incident occurred when the personnel of 3 Assam Rifles asked the villagers not to carry out any form of agitation on the national highway. The villagers from Mao to Tadubi were trying to form a human chain along the national highway in protest against the GOI’s decision to withdraw ceasefire extension. At the same time, the rallyists asked the security personnel to come back in uniform not in civil dress. A brief scuffle occurred between the activists and the Assam Rifles personnel. The later resorted to firing. Two persons were injured in the firing. They were identified as A. Lolia, 40 of Shajouba village and Bukem of Makhen village.

After the incident, a meeting attended by DC Senapati, SP Senapati and CO 3 Assam Rifles and villagers was held at Tadubi. The Naga People’s Organization, Senapati District and the Senapati District Naga Women’s Union strongly condemned the alleged highhandedness of the Assam Rifles personnel. Both the organizations demanded immediate removal of the 3 Assam Rifles from Tadubi. Meanwhile, the personnel of 3 Assam Rifles have reportedly left the post yesterday evening.
(August 15 : 9 AM)

Arrested Agitationists released
Imphal, August 15 : Manipur Government released 41 persons including 12 leaders of the All Manipur Students’ Union who were arrested in connection with the anti-ceasefire agitation from Sajiwa Jail yesterday evening. On the other hand, the mass court arrest programme called by the UCM to demand release of the arrested persons was withdrawn in view of the release. The released agitators were given warm receptions by thousands of peoples who thronged the streets from Sajiwa Jail to historing Palace Ground at Imphal. The released persons along with the general public marched to Kekrupat and offered tribute to the martyrs of anti-ceasefire agitation. Lateron they marched to Palace Ground where a reception function was held. Convenors of the UCM, Udoy Thongam, Kh. Ratan and Sapamcha Jadumani presided over the function.
(August 15 : 9 AM)

Independence Day message of Governor
Imphal, August 15 : The Governor of Manipur, Ved Marwah greeted the people of Manipur on the occasion of Independence Day of India. In a message, The Governor urged the people to promote peace and harmony and to work together for the prosperity of the state and the country. Manipur has been passing through a difficult time during the past decade due to political instability, ethnic conflict and insurgency which shattered human and social fabric of the society to some extent and put democratic values and norms under serious strain, he said. It is time for all citizens to find out as to what ails the society at this critical juncture, when all our age old values of love for peace, tolerance, brotherhood and understanding are under strain, he said.
(August 15 : 9 AM)

Jel Shyam passes away
Imphal, August 15 : The former chief secretary of the state, Hauzel Jel Shyam passed away yesterday at the Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore after a prolonged illness. He was 59. He joined the Indian Administrative Service as a direct recruit in 1966 and served in UP and Delhi before being transferred to Manipur. After holding various posts in Manipur, he was promoted as principal secretary in 1990 and later as chief secretary in March 1996.
(August 15 : 9 AM)

MUTA launched indefinite ceasefire strike
Imphal, August 15 : Teachers of the Manipur University launched an indefinite ceasework strike from yesterday to remove Vice Chancellor of the University. A statement issued by the Manipur University Teachers Associatgion said that the association has demanded the resignation of the VC in view of the fast acdelerating degeneration of the core university sectors leading to erosion of autonomy, vitiated academic milieu, inefficient and indecisive administration, unscrupulous finance section, mismanaged examination branch, poorly maintained library, poor infrastructural facilities, unfilling of vacant faculty positions and meager faculty initiatives. The association demanded a leadership that has the ability, determination and vision to lead the university.
(August 15 : 9 AM)

Tourists buses to stop plying
Imphal, August 15 : Transporters of Manipur have decided to stop all truck and interstate tourist coach serves plying on the two national highways on August 16 and 17 demanding the release of abducted drivers. It can be recalled that the two drivers L. Dhamendra and Ch. Ibungo were abducted by unidentified persons in Nagaland and their whereabouts remained unknown. The decision of the transporters was taken by the All Manipur Drivers Welare Association. Then the association will observe an indefinite ceasework strike in all districts. The association will however relax the agitation for incoming trucks and other stranded on the highways due to current Naga blockade.
(August 15 : 9 AM)






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