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Sidhu inspects information centre, Panthoibi emporium in Delhi

NEW DELHI, May 29: Manipur Governor Dr. Shivinder Singh Sidhu inspected the Manipur Information Centre and Manipur Panthoibi Emporium in New Delhi Wednesday afternoon.
The officers and staff members of the two establishments accorded a warm welcome to the visiting Governor. This was the first time the Governor visited the Manipur Information Centre and Manipur Panthoibi Emporium.
During his visit to the Manipur Information Centre, the Governor enquired about the number of staff in the Manipur Information Centre, number of press conferences of the chief minister and information minister conducted at the conference hall of the centre, coverage of the state government information by the national media and tourism promotional activities.
The joint director of the Manipur Information Centre briefed him about the shortage of staff as well as the non-posting of its two staff members appointed against sanctioned posts of the Centre, various efforts made by the Centre for projecting the good imag…

17 tourism projects for Manipur submitted to Centre

NEW DELHI, May 30: Manipur tourism minister TN Haokip called on the Union minister of tourism and culture Ambika Soni in her office chamber at Transport Bhavan this afternoon.During the half an hour meeting, TN Haokip informed the Union minister about the submission of 17 new tourism projects for Manipur to the ministry as the Central prioritized schemes/projects for financial assistance for the year 2008-09. The Manipur tourism minister stated that Manipur had immense potential for development of tourism industry and the state government had recognized tourism as an industry for all purposes of industrial development. For all-round development of tourism in Manipur, the new proposals had been submitted to the ministry, he added.The seventeen projects costing about Rs. 433 crores are - development of Marjing polo complex at Heingang, construction of City View Point Complex with hotel and gift shop at Cheiraoching, reconstruction of Goddess Durga temple complex at Hiyangthang, reconstr…

BSEM to harvest over Rs. 10 lakhs from govt schools as fine for low percentage; Marksheets to be held up in case of default

IMPHAL, May 30: The Board of Secondary Education, Manipur, BSEM is to reap a rich harvest of Rs. 10,60,000 collected as fines this year from 530 high schools which could not achieve 30 percent pass percentage for three consecutive years during the years 2000 to 2003.Students of these schools will not be allowed to obtain their original mark sheets for this year’s HSLC exam, results of which were declared recently, if the school authorities do not clear the fines imposed on them. The board will start issuing the mark sheets within the next few days, officials of the BSEM told this reporter.Out of the 530 schools some schools are to pay double fines as their performance was low both in the first block year (2000, 2001 and 2003) as well as in the next block year (2001, 2002 and 2003).The BSEM authorities imposed a fine of Rs. 2000 each on a total of 224 high schools which could not achieve 30 percent pass percentage in three consecutive years of 2000, 2001 and 2002. Another 306 high scho…

NSCN-IM cadres charged with assaulting civilians

Dimapur, May 30 (MExN): A number of civilians, including a mother and school staffers, were assaulted by cadres of the NSCN (IM) on May 29, in Pimla, Dimapur, the Aqahuto Sumi Totimi Hoho stated in a press statement. Following the assault, the Aqahuto Sumi Totimi Hoho has served a deadline to the NSCN (IM) “commander” to tender an apology, failing which “the ASTH will march to Hebron camp for the justification.”According to the ASTH, on the evening of May 29 at around 7:30 pm, one Mrs. Vikali was assaulted by a group of NSCN (IM) cadres under the command of a certain Howoto. The victim was on her way to buy medicines for her daughter and in the dark, her torchlight accidentally shone upon the NSCN (IM) cadres. On this, the cadres proceeded to assault Vikali by kicking her onto the roadside. She even apologized to the cadres but this did not stop the cadres from assaulting her, the hoho stated. Later, the group of cadres proceeded to Yehovi Memorial School, Pimla, and assaulted two tea…

Nagas resist self-examination: Rev. Wati

DIMAPUR, MAY 30 (NPN): Speaking on the theme, ‘A campaign for a common voice among the Nagas’ during the symposium session of the Naga Hoho at Peren on Friday, Principal of the Oriental Theological Seminary and active church leader Rev. Dr. Wati Aier lamented that Nagas resist self-examination and held this trait responsible for accelerating the ongoing conflicts among various factions.He also said that while Nagas confess and repent about individual sins, yet they have failed to address what he termed, as `collective sin'. He said collective sin become ingrained in the agendas and ideologies that seek to justify and defend one's organization and this makes the constituent members cling tenaciously to such agendas and ideologies. Dr. Wati said Naga Christianity cannot afford to negate the evil of the collective sin. He said there was an urgent need among theologically trained and conscientious people within the church and society, to correct the fallacy that God and the Holy S…

Rio laments ‘senseless’ killings

PEREN, MAY 30 (NPN): Chief minister Neiphiu Rio Friday said the most worrying aspect of the present Naga society was the senseless killings that have deeply hurt the sentiments of the people.“At a time when the cry for of the people is for peace and progress, it is most unfortunate that we Nagas are killing amongst ourselves,” the chief minister said in his inaugural address of the 9th general session of the Naga Hoho held here at Peren Town Hall premise. Thrusting greater responsibility to Naga traditional institutions, Rio said the tribal hohos and mass based civil societies must carry forward the voice of the people who were crying for peace and progress. “It must be made known to all national workers that the people want the killings to come to an immediate halt. Any person or organization that professes to represent the interests of the people should also listen to their voice,” he said.Reiterating the DAN Government’s stance that factional clashes were political in nature and mu…