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Sunday, August 5,  2001

Updated at Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 04:26:17 PM IST


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General Strike began
Imphal, August 5 : General strike called by the United Committee Manipur began from 5 am today. The strike was called to demand unconditional release of the students and activists arrested during the anti-ceasefire agitation. However, the essential services will be exempted from the general strike, said a press release of the UCM. Meanwhile, another press release fo the UCM said the strike would exempt the rite of passage of the Chabungbam Bhagat who died during the anti-ceasefire movement.
(August 5 : 0800 hrs : Manipur Online/Hueiyen Lanpao News Service)

Many stranded because of Naga blockade
Imphal, August 5 : About 400 persons were stranded at Jiribam and Silchar because of indefinite blockade imposed by different orgnisations in protest against ceasefire limitation. The AMSU Jiribam branch and other NGOs have opened a relief camp to help the stranded persons. About 50 stranded persons are taking shelter in the Jiribam IB while the others are staying at hotels in Jiribam.
(August 5 : 0800 hrs : Manipur Online/Hueiyen Lanpao News Service)

Exchange of fire at Moirang
Imphal, August 5 : There was an exchange of fire at 9.30 pm of August 4 between unidentified gunmen and security personnel at Moirang. The incident occured when the gunmen fired some rounds to the security personnel near the Moirang Police Station. The security personnel returned the fire. No one was injured in the incident.
(August 5 : 0800 hrs : Manipur Online/Hueiyen Lanpao News Service)

Assam Rifles in the role of big brother
Imphal, August 5 : Many Manipuri girls considered the personnel of Assam Rifles as brothers and thronged the Kangla to tie Rakhi to the personnel stationed there. Yesterday, on the occasion of Rakhi Purnima, day in Hindu almamanac, many women as young as two and elderly women as old as 70 came to Kangla to attend the function. The girls and women came from different places including Kakching, Sekmaijin, Heirok, Samurou, Lilong Arapti, Urup, Irilbung, Kongba, Wangkhei, Kwakeithel, Singjamei, Kyamgei and Canchipur.

In another function, members of Prajapita Bramhakumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Kwakeithel tied rakhis to Governor Ved Marwah in Raj Bhavan yesterday.
(August 5 : 0800 hrs : Manipur Online/Hueiyen Lanpao News Service)

Assam Rifles DG inspected the posts
Imphal, August 5 : Director General of the Assam Rifles, Lt. General G.K. Duggal, AVSM, VRC inspected the different battalions and posts in Manipur. He arrived at Ukhrul for a four day journey to Manipur. He had already inspected Samsai, Sansak, Litan, Tolloi, Yaingangpokpi, Thoubal and Kangla. He will left Imphal on August 6 after inspecting the other remaining posts. He had a discussion with Governor Ved Marwah yesterday.
(August 5 : 0800 hrs : Manipur Online/Hueiyen Lanpao News Service)

NSCN (K) members handed over to police
Imphal, August 5 : Two members of NSCN (K) were nabbed by the residents of Kshetri Awang Leikai when they tried to extort money from the locality on August 3. The members were identified as Machungang Maringmi alias Jimmy of Nungba and Gaibolung Kamei alias About of Lamsang Chingkhong. Some demand letters were recovered from them. They are handed over to the Imphal east district police team.
(August 5 : 0800 hrs : Manipur Online/Hueiyen Lanpao News Service)

AMSU refuses conditional release of agitators
Imphal, August 4 : The All Manipur Students Union have refused the conditional release of persons arrested during the anti-ceasefire agitation. An unconfirmed report said that the court gave permission for release of 12 AMSU leaders after signing PR bond. But the highest apex body of the students refused the terms and conditions for these releases. The students body said that the all the agitators including those who are not students should be released unconditionally. As the authorities are not released the persons, the AMSU have geared up for the general strike called by the UCM on August 5. It may be mentioned that the UCM which pioneered the anti-ceasefire movement called a general strike on August 5 demanding unconditional release of arrested persons.
(August 4 : 2000 hrs : Manipur Online/Hueiyen Lanpao News Service)

Manipur Integrity Day observed
Imphal, August 4 : The fourth Manipur Integrity Day was observed today at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium in Imphal. The function was participated by thousands of people coming from different parts of the state. Leaders of different communities graced the function along with the convenors of the UCM. The function began with a homage to martyrs of anti-ceasefire agitation. Many personalities like Kshetri Bimola, Prof., M.U., R.K. Ranendrajit, editor, the Freedom Manipur, R.K. Anand, advisor, AMUCO, Dr. Pardeshi of COHR and many others delivered speech in the function.
(August 4 : 2000 hrs : Manipur Online/Hueiyen Lanpao News Service)

Firing at Lamphel DC Complex
Imphal, August 4 : Assam Rifles personnel fired 5/6 rounds in 5 am in the morning at Naoremthong Khullem Leikai, near Lamphel DC office complex under Lamphel police station, Imphal. AR personnel also picked up one bailed-out member of UNLF, Nameirakpam Nanao alias Meitrabak of Naoremthong Khullem Leikai from his house.
(August 4 : 2000 hrs : Manipur Online/Hueiyen Lanpao News Service)

Goodwill Mission by Naga leaders
Imphal, August 4 : As a move to rebuild the bond of friendship and trust among the people in the North East Naga leaders in Nagaland are planning to undertake a ‘goodwill mission’ to neighbouring states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, said a report in a news portal. "Whatever be the differences, we in the northeast must realize that we shall have to live as neighbours for all times to come. Therefore, efforts must be made to live as good neighbours. So, we are planning a goodwill mission to the neighbouring states to remove misgivings, if any," said the president of the Naga Hoho, M. Vero.

But in Manipur, people are suffering from shortage of essential items because of the continuous blockades and bandhs called  by different Naga organizations in protest against the GOI’s decision to limit ceasefire to Nagaland.
(August 4 : 1200 hrs : Manipur Online/Hueiyen Lanpao News Service)

Sangma not to replace Padmanabhaiah
Imphal, August 4 : The proposal to appoint P.A. Sangma as negotiator for talks with GOI and NSCN (IM) has been scuttled. Meanwhile, the current negotiator of GOI, K Padmanabhaiah, whom Sangma was supposed to have replaced, left for Amsterdam to continue the negotiations with the NSCN (IM) leaders.
"No decision has been taken on Sangma," said an official spokesperson of the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA).
The proposal to appoint Sangma "could not even cross the road" to reach South Block from the North Block, which houses the MHA, said a source.  "Of course, it was loud thinking on the part of the home ministry (to replace Padmanabhaiah with Sangma), but then various other factors have overtaken the issue," a source said.

It may be mentioned that the Naga underground organizations have strong objection to appointment of Sangma as chief negotiator for talks with GOI.
(August 4 : 1200 hrs : Manipur Online/Hueiyen Lanpao News Service)





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