UPSA, KYC win in Birchandra football tourney

IMPHAL, May 15: UPSA and KYC won their respective matches in the 8th Th Birchandra football academy U-16 state level football tournament being held at Toubungkhok. In the first match of… Read more »

IMPHAL, May 15: UPSA and KYC won their respective matches in the 8th Th Birchandra football academy U-16 state level football tournament being held at Toubungkhok. In the first match of the day, UPSA defeated IFA by 3-0 goals while KYC defeated AUDA by a solitary goal.

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Appointment

IMPHAL,May 1: PA Sangama, National General Secretary, National Congress Party has expressed his pleasure on the appointment of Laishram Ibomcha Singh, ex-MLA, Keishamthong as the vice-president cum spokesperson of NCP,… Read more »

IMPHAL,May 1: PA Sangama, National General Secretary, National Congress Party has expressed his pleasure on the appointment of Laishram Ibomcha Singh, ex-MLA, Keishamthong as the vice-president cum spokesperson of NCP, Manipur.  Laishram Ibomcha will assume his charge immediately, a release said.

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School Vans: Recipe for Danger

By: Chitra AhanthemEver thought of doing a simple head counting of school going children stuffed in Omni Vans? It doesn’t take too much to see school vans packed to capacity… Read more »

By: Chitra AhanthemEver thought of doing a simple head counting of school going children stuffed in Omni Vans? It doesn’t take too much to see school vans packed to capacity going about their business: they are fast becoming a familiar sight in Imphal. Toddlers get ferried in them for play school or kindergarten class, no matter if they are too small to be sitting in a vehicle unattended by adults. To their credit though, some pre schools do have a policy of having adult supervision while ferrying small toddlers back and fro. Most school buses do not have adult supervision and it is often family members who have to monitor their safety while crossing roads or boarding or alighting from the bus.It is disquieting that parents and those in authority related to the education department and road and transport (including traffic police) seem to be totally unaware of how much their children are in the face of danger and how rules are not being followed. Some parents may well feel uneasy about seeing their children all cramped inside an Omni van but are often cautious about pursuing the matter pro actively with school authorities, fearing fee hikes or even the possibility of school authorities asking them to drop their children themselves. Most parents today caught up in the rush and demands of their career often do not have the time to drop their children off to their schools while many do not have a four wheeler that is necessitated by the rainy spells in the state. This then means that parents are the first victims to fall prey to the school van service. The second victim(s) that is directly affected are the children.A school van carrying children sitting in comfort and safety is a sight that is no longer being seen. Rather, it is all too common to see three or even four children sitting in the front seat. I see this sight everyday since my soon to be 6 year old son also sits in the front seat with three other boys of the same size. A total head count gave me 21 children in his school van. The issue here is not just the van that my son travels in, but the fact that the flouting of basic safety standards is being seen as an accepted norm. A front passenger seat should have minimum two kids with the safety belt on or an adult in it. It certainly should not be seating four hyper-active kids! More kids also means that for children studying in a relatively distant place, it would take more time for them to get to school and then back home again. The vans would collect them very early on and drop them off late resulting in more exhaustion, lack of playtime and disrupting eating cycles.The control of school van associations over the passenger service of school children merits a careful study. Things were not the same about ten years back. The unionization of van services is definitely good for their business but it should not be given the position of calling the shots over the safety of children. After all, school van service also falls under a consumer service and any violation of rules must be reprimanded. School authorities must also take pro active action and be firm about balancing van fee and van seat allocation. The Government can also step in by looking into the Manipur Motor Vehicle Act and going through its fine print. If there is no mention of any regulation for school vans and buses, it is time that proper rules are laid down.Some serious reading on the subject of school van and bus services led me to various state laws that have laid down the total number of children that can be carried and other safety norms. Also, the Supreme Court issued certain guidelines following a tragic incident in 1997 when a school van carrying 28 children fell into the Yamuna river. The Apex Court had made it mandatory to equip vehicles carrying schoolchildren with first aid boxes, fire extinguishers, grills on windows, school bag tray under the seat and provision for water. Of these items, none is visible in school vans or buses in Manipur: not the first aid box, not the drinking water though the school bag tray is substituted by the luggage rack on top of the vehicles. But then, the luggage racks are there not to ensure children sit in comfort; without having to carry their heavy school bags but, are a means for their commercial pursuits! More children would fit in without their bags in the way. More children = more money coming in.End-point:This is not to call for a total clamp down on school vans. Those running them need their bread and butter too. But there must not be any compromise on the safety of school going children. There definitely needs to be a system for how much load (inclusive of children and their school bags) school vans and buses can carry. Government agencies need to take a more pro-active role but it is definitely the parents who have to take a stand for their children. Given the number of vehicles on the streets, the blatant flouting of driving norms and rules and massive traffic jams on the roads and streets of Imphal, fatal accidents involving school vans and buses is something that is just waiting to happen. Must we wait for such a spectacle to react?

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Expedition to south Manipur

IMPHAL, May14: A joint expedition organized by Manipur University and DMC to south Manipur was concluded on May 11 as expressed in a press release by the MU.The venture was… Read more »

IMPHAL, May14: A joint expedition organized by Manipur University and DMC to south Manipur was concluded on May 11 as expressed in a press release by the MU.The venture was jointly sponsored by Manipur University and Research Scholars from different institutes and departments and during the venture the team was escorted by Assam Rifles and also enjoyed the welfares provided by AR.As revealed in the press release the first part of the expedition was exploration of Maha Chakpi River from Chandel via Khengjoi, Mombi on to Aigejiang, Bollok to Kathong Chingjao, explored and surveyed the Hlungbana cave. The second part was a scientific study of Khumunnon to Khulen, Phuikon Ningthou cave and Phuikon Haosabee cave, it added.

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Govt to start land acquisition for road widening

IMPHAL, May 14: The state government will soon start the process of land acquisition along the North AOC to Minuthong road stretch as it has decided to widen the road… Read more »

IMPHAL, May 14: The state government will soon start the process of land acquisition along the North AOC to Minuthong road stretch as it has decided to widen the road stretch at the earliest possible.According to an official source, the process for land acquisition for widening of the road will be done as soon as the state revenue department will made the official notification, as the state government has already decided that the road stretch from North AOC to Minuthong will be widened by 15 metres on both side from the centre of the road median.It further stated that the road widening process will involve land acquisition and demolition of structures on the affected pattaland. However, the land acquisition process may take some more time even as works need to be taken up urgently as the monsoon season will soon set in.On the other hand, the state government has also decided to authorized the purchase of the required land for widening of the said road from the respective pattadars on payment of compensation of land as assessed by the Deputy Commissioner, Imphal east, and the compensation for the standing properties shall be made after due assessment by the PWD, the official source added.

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NCC cadets do state proud

IMPHAL, May14: In an award ceremony organized by the Manipur Rifle Assoiation on May14, six cadets were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals for their achievements in various categories during… Read more »

IMPHAL, May14: In an award ceremony organized by the Manipur Rifle Assoiation on May14, six cadets were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals for their achievements in various categories during the XX All Manipur Shooting Competition, 2011 held at Khuman Lampak Shooting Ranges, Imphal from October 14 to October 2010, revealed in a press release by the Bureau(Defence Wing), Government of India.The four cadets from 14 Manipur Battalion NCC are SUO Babloo Raj Kumar who won two golds, one silver and one bronze are UO Roben who won one gold and one silver, UO Kabichandra who won one bronze and UO Md Arjuman who won one bronze. The two girls cadets from 65 Girls Company NCC are Chanumeera who won one gold, one bronze and Inunganbi who won one silver medal, it further disclosed.

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Book on Thang Ta released

IMPHAL, May 13: A book on traditional martial art Thang Ta called “Thanghairol” was released today at GM hall, Imphal. The book was released by legendary Thang Ta master L…. Read more »

IMPHAL, May 13: A book on traditional martial art Thang Ta called “Thanghairol” was released today at GM hall, Imphal. The book was released by legendary Thang Ta master L. Heramot.The book was released by Th. Nandakishore MLA, Kshetrigao A/C in the presence of titular King of Manipur Leisemba Sanajaoba during a formal function organized by the Kanglei Enat Thang Ta Shidam Sanglen.

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AR organize seminar

IMPHA, May14: The 17 Assam Rifles of 10 Sector under HQ IGAR (South) organized a seminar on ‘Menace of drugs abuse and proliferation of arms in society’ on May 13… Read more »

IMPHA, May14: The 17 Assam Rifles of 10 Sector under HQ IGAR (South) organized a seminar on ‘Menace of drugs abuse and proliferation of arms in society’ on May 13 at Ukhrul expressed a pres release of AR.The aim of the seminar as revealed was to offer a common platform where leaders from civil, military and social society would mutually engage in curbing the menace. The seminar was introduced by Dr Y L Minthing followed by Commandent,17 Assam Rifles.Many prominent speakers like Dr Nelson, Leishan C, Justice (retd.)WA Shishak, Comdt (retd.) RS Jassal, T Vashum, Ashok Kumar, DC Ukhrul spoke in the seminar elaborating on the need to fight the menace and the seminar was concluded by Brig Narender Kumar, SM, Commander 10 Sector, it added.

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Street vendors protest

IMPHAL, May 13: Reiterating its demands to provide vending space and at the same time demanding the release of their fellow street vendors arrested by the police since the start… Read more »

IMPHAL, May 13: Reiterating its demands to provide vending space and at the same time demanding the release of their fellow street vendors arrested by the police since the start of their agitation, a group of street vendors gathered today in front of the MPP office and blocked vehicular movement along the road for several minutes.The protestors were later dispersed by the city police without any further unwanted incidents.I Debrani, a member of the Khwairamband Keithel Street Vendor Demand committee, speaking on the sideline of the protest to the media persons decried the act of putting her fellow vendors in jail and further urged the government to release them, taking into consideration their family.

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Training on Shumang Leela

IMPHAL May 14: Manipur State Shumang Leela Council in collaboration with Theatre Mirror, Imphal, is organizing a one month training on Shumang Leela, starting from May 17 to June 17,… Read more »

IMPHAL May 14: Manipur State Shumang Leela Council in collaboration with Theatre Mirror, Imphal, is organizing a one month training on Shumang Leela, starting from May 17 to June 17, 2011. A press conference was held today by the organizing committee prior to this training programme at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace compound, Imphal.With an objective to up-lift the heritage of Shumang Leela and a mission to safeguard from withering to obscurity, the one month training programme has been organized since the last four years said Naba Warepa, project director of the programme while briefing media persons. For convenience of student communities, the training programme is organized at this time of the year keeping in view of the summer vacation of various schools, he added. The training programme aims to impart valuable inputs on various aspects in this field to both male and female as well as to traditional male dressed in female attire.He also stated that during the training programme, varieties of project will be taken up. Naba Warepa added that an independent school on Shumang Leela is in the offing, which will be under the administration of Manipur State Shumang Leela Council. The proposed school is expected to have Foundation courses, Diploma courses and Degree courses in this performing art form.Sougrakpam Hemanta Singh, technical director and Gunachandra Sharma, camp director were also present during the press conference.

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National awards application invited

IMPHAL,May14: Applications are invited from writers/editors/artists/social workers and intellectuals for awarding Dr Ambedkar/Mahatma Jatiwa/Krantijyoti/Babu Jagjivan Ram/Moulana Azad/Bir Tikendrajit/Swami Vivekananda/Subhachandra Bose/Shikshak Ratna/Sahitya Ratna/Samaj Gourab/Kalakshetra/Nation pride India/Distinguished Service/Life Time Achievement awards for… Read more »

IMPHAL,May14: Applications are invited from writers/editors/artists/social workers and intellectuals for awarding Dr Ambedkar/Mahatma Jatiwa/Krantijyoti/Babu Jagjivan Ram/Moulana Azad/Bir Tikendrajit/Swami Vivekananda/Subhachandra Bose/Shikshak Ratna/Sahitya Ratna/Samaj Gourab/Kalakshetra/Nation pride India/Distinguished Service/Life Time Achievement awards for the year2011 expressed in a press release by Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi.The awards will be distributed on various functions held on May27 at Dhulia of Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar Rastriya Lokmitra Purushar2011/ National Gourad award conference by Samata Sahitya Akademi on May29 at Mumbai/ 2nd Rastriya Dalit Sahitya Sanamam Sanmelau2011 at Imphal/ 27th National Conference of Dalit writers2011 by Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi in New Delhi, it further added.Interested persons are requested to submit their applications in plain papers with personal bio-data with three copies of passport photo to the State President cum National Secretary, Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi,YADA Complex, Wangjing-725148,Thoubal District before May28 and detailed information can be inquired from the said office and from contact number-98561225656, it added.

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HRI charges CWC of non performance

IMPHAL, May 13: The Human Rights Initiative (HRI) coordinator Satyabati has charged the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of not performing its duty. Addressing media persons at Wankhei Thangapat Mapal today,… Read more »

IMPHAL, May 13: The Human Rights Initiative (HRI) coordinator Satyabati has charged the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of not performing its duty.

Addressing media persons at Wankhei Thangapat Mapal today, Satyabati said that the HRI was intimated regarding a case of abduction of a minor girl.

The minor girl identified as Meisnam Debita Devi, 15, d/o Landhoni, a resident of Keishampat Mutum Leikai was allegedly abducted by one Akoijam Kishmat Singh, 21, s/o Ibomcha, a resident of Wangkhei Akoijam Leirak.

According to Satyabati, even as Kismat`™s father Ibomcha was approached by Landhoni and her family members on May 9 regarding the issue, Ibomcha and his family physically assualted them and also threatened them.

In this regard, the victim`™s families had lodged a complaint against Akoijam Kishmat and his father Ibomcha with the OC of Imphal Police Station for immediate rescue. However, the matter has not been taken up yet by the police, the HRI coordinator further alleged.

She further stated that, the Juvenile Justice Board meant to tackle cases related to criminal offence involving children is not functioning in the state, the CWC officials were also intimated of this case. `They are the concerned body to look after the welfare of children, a girl child has been kidnapped and is in police custody as of present, they have not addressed the issue in spite of a notification tendered to them earlier`, she said.

A special police unit comprising of 20 personnel has been set up under the JJB,they are remaining obsolete as of yet, `where will she be put up, a minor cannot be kept at the police station`, she alleged.

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State games for disables

IMPHAL, May 13: The 1st State Games for persons with disabilities will be held from June 1 to 4 at Khuman Lampak Sports complex informed a statement of the state… Read more »

IMPHAL, May 13: The 1st State Games for persons with disabilities will be held from June 1 to 4 at Khuman Lampak Sports complex informed a statement of the state organizing committee`™s chairman, M. Akshayakumar Singh.

It said that the Games is being organized for implementation of schemes of sports and games for the disabled under the ministry of youth affairs and sports, government of India.

The competition will be held for both men and female category in Sub-Junior (8-11 years) Junior (12-16 years) and senior (17 and above), as per rules of special Olympic Bharat for intellectually disabled, AISCD for athletes with hearing impairment and Paralympics committee of India for athletes with physical and visual impairment in the discipline of Athletics, Aquatics, Badminton, Bocce and Football.

About 290 special athletes and 70 coaches are participating in the games, it said.

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Woman UG activist arrested

IMPHAL, May 13: The Bishnupur District Police commandos conducted search operation at Nambol Makha Leikai and arrested a women activist of PREPAK, identified as Thounaojam (O) Bhanu alias Remina Devi,… Read more »

IMPHAL, May 13: The Bishnupur District Police commandos conducted search operation at Nambol Makha Leikai and arrested a women activist of PREPAK, identified as Thounaojam (O) Bhanu alias Remina Devi, 38, w/o Th Noren from Kongkham Awang Leikai.

A press release of the Bishnupur Police said ten live rounds of 9mm pistol was recovered from her possession.

It further mentioned that she disclosed that she was involved in extortion of money from Govt. officials and businessmen in Bishnupur District under the command of capt. Erei of PREPAK.

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Multi-media campaign

IMPHAL, May 13: A multi-media publicity campaign held in accordance with the SPF government`™s achievements and flagship programmes was inaugurated today at Mayangkhang village community hall, Senapati district inaugurated by… Read more »

IMPHAL, May 13: A multi-media publicity campaign held in accordance with the SPF government`™s achievements and flagship programmes was inaugurated today at Mayangkhang village community hall, Senapati district inaugurated by H.Rupachandra, executive director, DRDA, Senapati said a press release by DIPR, Manipur.

The campaign was organized by district information office, Senapati. H Rupachandra and RK Luikang, chairman, Mayangkhang village attended as the chief guest and guest of honour respectively, the release further added.

150 birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore
IMPHAL, May 13: The Lairenkabi Youth Dramatic Union, Kanchup Road, Imphal West, is commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore from May 16 to May 20 at LYDU Hall, Imphal West District, under the financial assistance of the Ministry of Culture (TCGS), Government of India, said a release.

There will be competitions of recitation and painting for the students of class III to XI, under three categories i.e. from class three to five, six to eight and nine to eleven.

Participants are to report at LYDU Office within 10am to 1pm on May16 and further information may be inquired from the mobile number-8974010291, the release added.

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Manipur beat Kerala, enters quarter final round in Santosh Trophy

IMPHAL, May 13: Manipur stormed into the quarter final league round of the 65th national football championship for Santosh Trophy after defeating Kerala in a pre-quarter final match played today… Read more »

IMPHAL, May 13: Manipur stormed into the quarter final league round of the 65th national football championship for Santosh Trophy after defeating Kerala in a pre-quarter final match played today in Assam.

According to a release of the AMFA detailing today`™s match report, Manipur beat Kerala in the tie-break with 6-5 score as both the teams were locked in a goalless draw during normal time and extra time.

As the spot kick begins, L Tiken who took first spot kick failed to capitalise but four remaining spot kicks taken by L Thoiba, L Ratan, Th Santosh and K Naoba found the net and the score were levelled at 4-4.

In the sudden death both the teams were levelled at 5-5 and K Reagan who took the spot kick converted.

Y Hemanta scored in another sudden death spot kick while Manipur custodian Premkumar saved sudden death spot kick taken by Kerala player.

Manipur is grouped with Tamilnadu, West Bengal and Chattisgarh in the quarter final league round.

Manipur will play its first quarter final league round match against Tamilnadu on May 17 and again play West Bengal on May 19.

Manipur`™s last match of the quarter final league round will be against Chattisgarh on May 21.

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`Effective Youth Policy` a way curve out Social unrest in the state

Leader Writer: Sukham Nanda The youths have been at the forefront of National Progress in all ages as they play a significant role in the process of social change. They… Read more »

Leader Writer: Sukham Nanda
The youths have been at the forefront of National Progress in all ages as they play a significant role in the process of social change. They have contributed immensely to fight against economic exploitation, social and political injustice and discrimination based on religion, caste, sex, and are engaged in creative activities to develop their personality and functional capability and thus make them economically productive and socially useful.

Perceiving the versatile role being undertaken by the youths and the imperative need to harness their potential in the national development process, the Government of India framed the National Youth Policy in the year 2003. Further, framing of a State Youth Policy in the line with the National Youth Policy is imperative, keeping in view the varied dimensions of social, economic and political situation of the state. The very policy in the state is to facilitate a multidimensional ad integrated approach towards formulation and implementation of youth programmes in the state and also to give emphasis to greater participation of youth in the process of decision-making and execution of welfare programme of the Government at the local and higher level.

It is also learned that, the State Youth Policy will cover all youth of the state in age group 13-35 years. The number of youth in this age group is about 8,83,795 (37%) out of total population of 23,88,643 as per 2001 census. On the other hand the expert and researchers of the state are of the opinion that Youth development effort in the state have been hampered due to lack adequate information and research facility. The policy therefore suggests establishment of a well organized information and research network concerning various youth related issues to facilitate formulation of and updating development schemes and programmes. The information and research network envisaged by the policy should be extended as far as possible, to the village level so that youth in rural and hill areas could get the full benefit.

In the meantime, State Youth Policy is recognised that education, training and employment, health, preservation of environment, ecology and wildlife, recreation and sport, science and technology, arts and culture and civic and good citizenship are the key sector concern for the youth of the state which the state government need to implement properly. Considering the multiple disorders in the implementation of development schemes and programme touches the key sectors of concern for the youths of the state in terms of education training and employment, health etc. resulted failure in reaching the target to deliver full responsibilities of youths in upholding unity and integrity of the Nation and the State, maintain peace and harmony among various communities and ethnic groups of the state, to have respect of law, respect others`™ faiths and beliefs in the religious, cultural and social spheres, uphold the dignity of the individual, and fight against exploitation of fellow citizens, promote good ethical conduct in individual and social life, to maintain honesty and integrity of character and be committed to fight against all forms of corruption and social evils, preserve and protect the environment, aware of the values of democratic and constitutional processes, including conduct of elections and formation of government and most importantly respect for elders and seniors, including teachers and parents, in consonance with each respective culture and traditions.

Over and above, the State Youth Policy need to accord priorities for the development for the group of young people including Rural youths, Out of school youth, Adolescents, particularly female adolescents, youths with disabilities, youth under special difficult circumstances like victims of trafficking, communal riots and conflicts etc.

Besides it is of the general observations that, once the adopted State Youth Policy are implemented properly in the state by the government very sincerely the chronic problems of the state including insurgency, drug abuses, communalism with be eliminated to a great extend, considering how important is the State Youth Policy, state government need to pay special attentions in proper implementations of various schemes and programmes by framing a Plan of Action for the proper implementation of State Youth Policy.

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SSA, COSMO win in state hockey league

IMPHAL, May 13: SSA Charangpat and COSMO Wangkhei have won their respective matches in the 35th mens and 17th womens state hockey league being held at Khuman Lampak. In the… Read more »

IMPHAL, May 13: SSA Charangpat and COSMO Wangkhei have won their respective matches in the 35th mens and 17th womens state hockey league being held at Khuman Lampak.

In the first match played today SSA defeated YCPA Chandel by 6-0.

M Sapana scored two goals for SSA in the 1st and 48th minute while M Pushparani scored three goals in the 7th, 25th and 44th minute. Ch Abesana scored one goal too.

In the 35th mens league, COSMO had an easy win against SYUC, Uchekon Khunou.

Rahul scored four goals for COSMO in the 43rd, 51st, 59th and 69th minute. while K Boy scored two goals in the 52nd and 66th minute. Momo too scored one goal in the 35th minute.

The only goal for the SYUC was scored by Dhananjoy in the 64th minute.

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IFA wins in Birchandra football tourney

IMPHAL, May 13: In the ongoing 8th Th Birchandra Football Academy U-16 state level football tournament, ESU got walk-over as their opponent NEROCA failed to turn up for the match…. Read more »

IMPHAL, May 13: In the ongoing 8th Th Birchandra Football Academy U-16 state level football tournament, ESU got walk-over as their opponent NEROCA failed to turn up for the match.

In other matches played today, IFA defeated NAMSU by 2-1 goals while SKDC beat UPSA by the same margin.

In the fourth match, AUDA defeated YWC by 3-0 goals.

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Recruitment woes

IMPHAL, May 13: The Thadou Students`™ Association expresses displeasure with the State Govt. for recruitment of only six post for Graduate Teachers in Thadou-Kuki under RMSA, albeit it welcomes the… Read more »

IMPHAL, May 13: The Thadou Students`™ Association expresses displeasure with the State Govt. for recruitment of only six post for Graduate Teachers in Thadou-Kuki under RMSA, albeit it welcomes the proposal of the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India, for the implementation of `Total Literary Mission`™ under the auspices of `Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan`™, stated a press release by the association.

It further states that it is a matter of disgrace that the language of the second most populous tribe which produces the largest number of candidates appearing in the language subject every year in HSLC and HSLC examination is allocated only six posts of teachers. The association urges the concern authority to rectify the anomalies and the association is willing to take up intense agitation if the grievances are not addressed, it added.

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