Manipur: bomb explodes near police commando complex

A powerful bomb exploded near the police commando complex at Pallel area in Manipur's interior Thoubal district but there was no casualty, police said on Tuesday.

The bomb, planted by suspected militants in front of the police complex, about 40 km from Imphal, went off on Monday night.

It was a very powerful bomb and the sound of explosion could be heard some kilometres away from the spot, police said.

All police and security posts in the state have been put on alert.

Driver shot dead in interior Manipur


Shot deadThe police on Wednesday said Liangson Muan Muan was gunned down  by the assailants from point blank range on Tuesday night amid tight security deployment in the area.
      
Official reports from Churachandpur district said there was heavey security deployment in the district headquarters following putting up of some hand-written notice at some places asking members of a particular community to leave the district.

Ibobi urged to sign deal with Myanmar on drug smuggling

A civil organisation in Manipur Tuesday said if an agreement was entered with Myanmar government for working together towards curbing cross border drug smuggling menace during Manipur chief minister’s proposed visit to Myanmar, the visit would be a meaningful one.

A high level State delegation led by state chief minister Okram Ibobi was likely to visit Saigang division of Myanmar in the latter part of May in an effort to strengthen trade relationships between the two countries through Manipur and other northeastern states of the country. 

The chief minister O Ibobi was scheduled to visit the neighbouring country to attend a seminar on May 28 at Mandalay that would deliberate on issues concerning development of surface transport network to link South East Asian countries with Manipur as well as discuss means to enhance trade potential in the region.

All Manipur Anti-Drug Association (AMADA), in a statement, observed that the drug smuggling has become a big issue in Manipur when even personnel of the law enforcing agencies like the police department were involved in the recent cases of drug smuggling in Manipur.

If the chief minister brings up the matter and signs an agreement to work together between the two countries, the visit would be a meaningful one and people would be thankful to the chief minister, the statement asserted.

According to media reports in Imphal, the chief minister was likely to be accompanied by commerce and industries minister Govindas Konthoujam, works minister Dr Kh Ratankumar, education minister M Okendra and top department officials.

The state chief minister has got a formal invitation from the chief minister of Saigang division of Myanmar U Thar Aye which was provided through the Union ministry of home affairs.

On the sideline of the seminar that would be followed by a buyers-buyers meet Ibobi was likely hold a meeting with his Saigang counterpart Thar Aye.

Foreign models join crusade against AIDS in Manipur

IMPHAL: A day ahead of their gala event in Imphal, eleven foreign models on Friday joined the people's crusade against the spread of HIV/AIDS and crime against women at several public places.

Manipur is one of the six HIV prevalence states of the county. According to the state-run Manipur AIDS Control Society (Macs), the state has over 40,000 people living with the disease.

In the face of the spread of the epidemic, crime against women is also on the rise in the state prompting hordes of civil bodies to fight the menace. Women Action for Development (Wad) secretary Sobita Mangsatabam said over 300 cases of violence against women, including rape, murder, molestation, trafficking, brutal physical assault, abduction, intimidation, abandonment and immolation took place in Manipur last year.

The models - five from Russia, three from Ukraine and one each from Moldova and Brazil - distributed leaflets and pamphlets highlighting awareness tips on combating spread of HIV and crime against women at various markets, including Nambol and Bishnupur.

On Saturday evening, the models along with six Manipuri models, will walk the ramp at Bheigyachandra Open Air Theatre (Boat) here. The event has been organized by the Imphal-based Blue Wings and sponsored by Manipur Development Society (MDS) and Manipur Skill Development Society.

Highway blockade continues in Manipur

Imphal: Indefinite blockade by a student’s union on two national highways continued for the fifth day on Thursday in Manipur, leading to a sharp rise in prices of essential commodities brought from the neighbouring states.

Members of Zeliangrong Students Union began the blockade on two national highways -- Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar and Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati -- from April 21 demanding release of a girl student identified as Alice Kamei by an insurgent outfit Revolutionary People's Front (RPF).

Transport services between Manipur and its neighbouring states remained suspended since the start of the blockade shooting up the prices of essential and other items brought in from other states, officials said.

Meanwhile, petrol tank driver Surajit Singh, released by his abductors on April 23, told reporters last evening that he had been told by the kidnappers that such incident would recur if tank owners did not respond to their extortion demands.

The president of All Manipur Petroleum Drivers' Association Bhupenchandra Ghosh, who was present at the press meet, made an appeal to all for the security of the drivers.

Highway blockade continues in Manipur

Imphal: Indefinite blockade by a student’s union on two national highways continued for the fifth day on Thursday in Manipur, leading to a sharp rise in prices of essential commodities brought from the neighbouring states.

Members of Zeliangrong Students Union began the blockade on two national highways -- Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar and Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati -- from April 21 demanding release of a girl student identified as Alice Kamei by an insurgent outfit Revolutionary People's Front (RPF).

Transport services between Manipur and its neighbouring states remained suspended since the start of the blockade shooting up the prices of essential and other items brought in from other states, officials said.

Meanwhile, petrol tank driver Surajit Singh, released by his abductors on April 23, told reporters last evening that he had been told by the kidnappers that such incident would recur if tank owners did not respond to their extortion demands.

The president of All Manipur Petroleum Drivers' Association Bhupenchandra Ghosh, who was present at the press meet, made an appeal to all for the security of the drivers.

Drivers calls off strike, blockade continues in Manipur

The strike by the All Manipur Petroleum Tanker Drivers' Union (AMPTDU) was called off following release of the kidnapped driver even as a student union sponsored blockade on two national highways continued today.
Driver Surajit Singh, abducted by militants from Khujuma area in Nagaland while he was bringing petrol along with others to Imphal on April 22, was set free by its abductors last evening, a spokesman of AMPTDU told reporters this morning.
Drivers would start plying petrol tankers along with security personnel from today, he said. Official sources said petrol pumps are closed since April 22 last and petrol was selling at Rs 110 per litre.
Singh was kidnapped by a militant organisation, which collected Rs 8000 to Rs 10000 per year from each oil tanker, when his employer did not pay the amount in time.
Meanwhile, Zeliangrong Students Union (ZSU) have been continuing its blockade on two national highways Imphal Jiribam Silchar and Imphal Dimapur Guwahati since April 21 last demanding release of a girl student identified as Alice Kamei by an insurgent outfit Revolutionary People's Front (RPF).
RPF had earlier said that Alice had joined the organisation on her own. Official sources said transport services between Manipur and neighbouring states remained suspended for the past few days because of the blockade.
The government was considering to provide security to vehicles but a decision was yet to be taken. Prices of essential and other items brought to the state from other states had skyrocketed because of the blockade, the sources said.