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Monday, August 27,  2001

Updated at Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 11:10:14 PM IST



UCM submits ultimatum to GOI
Imphal, August 26 : The United Committee, Manipur has submitted an ultimatum to the Prime Minister of India, Home Minister of India and the Governor of Manipur to take up necessary action against economic blockade in national highways 39 and 53, according to a press release. If the Government could not open both the national highways within the next 48 hours, the UCM would take up measures to open the highways said the release.

The UCM also calls for a public meeting to discuss the further course of action on 29/8/2001 at Khuman Lampak Indoor Stadium, Imphal. The UCM appealed to different joint action committee, coordinating committee, meira paibi, NGOs, representatives of different communities to participate in the said meeting.

The UCM also demanded the resignation of Union Minister of State for Food processing, Th. Chaoba Singh and two sitting MPs W. Angou and Holkhomang Haokip on moral ground for their indifferent attitude to the sufferings of the public.

The UCM strongly reacted to the statement of R.K. Anand, advisor of AMUCO. In an earlier press meet, R.K. Anand said that the UCM and the Naga Hoho have started negotiation regarding the blockade in the national highways. There is no such negotiation from the side of the UCM, said the release. Terming the statement as baseless, the UCM sought the clarification from the side of the AMUCO in this regard.
(August 26 : 7 PM)

Counter blockade intensified in Kakching
Kakching, August 26 : Counter blockade to Naga-dominated districts intensified today as people of Kakching burnt down several rice bags destined for Chandel district. According to a newspaper report here, the personnel of 8th Manipur Rifles collected rice from different rice mills and businessmen at Kakching area today morning. While the MR personnel were loading the rice bags to their vehicles, several people collected and unloaded the rice bags. Then the rice bags were burnt down at Lagolai ground in Kakching. It can be mentioned that a Kakching-based organization called Peace and Harmony strongly warned the business community in Kakching not to transport any type of food and provision to Chandel district in retaliation to the economic blockade by the Naga NGOs in national highways.
(August 26 : 7 PM)

Oil Scarcity hits Manipur life
Imphal August 26: Since the imposition of economic blockade on NH 39 and 53, normal life in Manipur state has been severely affected due to scarcity of petrol and deisel. Due to unwarranted acts of violence and arson by blockade supporters, the driver of trucks carrying LPG cylinders and oil tankers have refused to ply on the two highways despite the government's repeated assurance to provide 'adequate' security cover.

At least two truck drivers were kidnapped and detained in Nagaland for 9 full days and a truck full of filled LPG cylinders were recently blasted on the highway by blockade supporters.

The scarcity of oil has affected other sectors like transport and communication, food supply and economic activities. Buses, trucks and taxis are off the road, resulting in sharp price hike of food items and essential commodities. Markets are deserted after 8 o'clock in the morning.

Market women from the rural areas come to the capital Imphal during the night bringing in fresh vegetables and farm produce using every available transpost from carts to tractors and trucks and return home after disposing the same to Imphal based marketwomen.
(August 26 : 10 pm)







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