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Friday, August 17,  2001

Updated at Friday, August 17, 2001 at 10:30:07 AM IST



MSF to begin counter blockade from August 18
Imphal, August 17 : The Manipuri Students Federation calls an indefinite economic blockade on the all highways in Assam leading to Nagaland with effect from 6 am of August 18. At the same time, the federation imposed blockades on the roads connecting Imphal with Ukhrul, Senapati, Tamenglong and Chandel districts. According to a press release issued by Ashirjit Luwang, general secretary of the federation, the blockade will be lifted as soon as Naga NGOs lift their blockade on the national highways. The blockade was in response to the ongoing economic blockade on the national highway by Naga organizations. The federation warned against any defiance of the blockade and said any untoward consequence will be the responsibility of the concerned. The MSF has consulted several students organization in Assam who assured the federation of their cooperation.
(August 17 : 9 AM)

MLAs demand for a popular ministry
Imphal, August 17 : MLAs of Manipur had decided to pressurize the central government for formation of a popular ministry. In a meeting presided over by former chief minister, Rishang Keishing in a State Guest House held yesterday, the sitting MLAs discussed the possibility of formation of another ministry. The meeting also paid homage to the 18 people who laid down their lives in the anti-ceasefire agitation. According to the statement issued by Dr. L. Chandrmani, the meeting was about the restoration of the fraternal relations between people of hills and valley.
(August 17 : 9 AM)

Transporters to stay off roads indefinitely
Imphal, August 17 : In a major development, Manipur Transport Joint Coordinating Committee has decided to stay off the roads indefinitely in protest against the government’s failure to supply fuel oil. In a release issued by the general secretary of the committee, all passenger services in the state will be stopped indefinitely until Manipur Government could supply adequate fuel oil to the transporters.
(August 17 : 9 AM)

UCM draws attention of Home Minister
Imphal, August 17 : The United Committee, Manipur has sought the intervention of the Union Home Minister, LK Advani to secure the safe release of two Manipuri drivers abducted by unidentified persons in Dimapur on August 10. The two drivers, Longjam Dharmendra of Keisamthong Longjam Leirak and Chingsubam Ibungo of Singjamei Bachaspati Leikai were kidnapped along with their trucks at Dimapur on August 10. Their trucks were later looted and set ablaze but their whereabouts remain unknown till today. The UCM quoting eye witness account said that several well armed men in full police uniform had come in a police gypsy and a 407 truck and abducted the two trucks along with the drivers. The Nagaland chief minister SC Jamir had denied the involvement of the Nagaland police in the incident and expressed his belief that the abduction was the handiwork of the NSCN (IM), said the release of the UCM. In this connection, the UCM urged the Union home minister to take necessary steps to release the drivers. The UCM also said that if the GOI failed to take action to secure the release of the two drivers within the next 48 hours, the ‘UCM will not be in a position to calm down the anger fo the people of Manipur’.
(August 17 : 9 AM)






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