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Tuesday, August 28,  2001

Updated at Monday, August 27, 2001 at 10:45:16 PM IST



Economic Blockade to be suspended from August 29
Imphal August 27: The Naga Youth Front has temporarily suspended the economic blockade on the main highways linking Manipur with the rest of the world. The suspension will take effect from 29 August 2001.
The decision to lift the blockade was taken today at a meeting held in Senapati district headquarters, following pressure from the Naga Hoho, Church organisations and the general public.

In a press statement issued from Senapati the Youth Front said, 'It will not hesitate to intensify their future course of action in the event of the failure on the part of the Central government to maintain the status qou of the Bangkok Agreement and embark upon political dailogue to find an honourable solution to the long drawn Indo-Naga ploitical issue.'

According to reports, people in the interior areas of the hill districts had begun to feel the pinch of the economic blockade.

Potato farmers in the northernmost Manipur town of Mao had been crying foul over the loss of their potato harvest which they normally market in the capital Imphal.

Although, there are reports of some businessmen bringing in food and other essential items through circuitous routes, it could not meet the demand of the general public.
(August 27 : 8 PM)

Thousands join Hunger Marchers Day rally
Imphal August 27: Thousands of students including former student leaders took out a rally in Imphal in commemoration of the Hunger Marchers Day and paid homage to the four matyrs of the 1965 Hunger Marchers movement.
Four students including a girl was killed when police fired on students protesting against the artificial scarcity of rice in Manipur on 27 August 1965. On the very next day, the All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) was born.

The main function was held at the Khuman Lampak Main stadium with former President of AMSU Thiyam Gambhir and current President Oinam Shyamchand as the Chief Guest and the President respectively.

Earlier, the rallyists paid floral tributes at the Hunger Marchers memorial at Pishum Chingamacha.
(August 27 : 8 PM)

Ban the Naga Youth Front - AISF
Imphal August 27: The students wing of the CPI, All India Students' Federation has put a demand for banning the Naga Youth Front, in a press release issued here today.
It said,'The Naga Youth Front should be held responsible if communal clashes occur in Manipur.'
(August 27 : 8 PM)

State level meeting on drought situation
Imphal August 27: A state level co-ordination meeting of agriculture and allied departments were held today at Imphal to take stock of the drought situation in the Manipur valley.
Although incessant rains came yesterday and went on till today morning, the crops were already damaged. In Imphal East, where most of the damage was felt, the production is expected to come down to a record low of 10 percent.
(August 27 : 8 PM)






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