Keller award
Manipur Mail

Imphal, September 23: National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People, New Delhi has invited applications for Hellen Keller Awards, 2002.The application forms can be had from the Directorate of Social Welfare, Manipur.

Well-furnished forms have to be submitted within September 28 to the said office, says a press release, adding that details can be from the said directorate.

SFI demands actions
Manipur Mail

Imphal, September 23: The Students Federation of India, Manipur State committee is demanding to take up actions for the punishment of those staffs involved in the setting of questions of Major Indian Language (MIL) of the TDC third year examination of Manipur University.

In the MIL question, it was found that only 97 marks are questioned out of total 100 marks to be questioned, according to a press release issued by SFI, Manipur.

Weaving course inaugurated
Manipur Mail

Imphal, September 23: A three days technology upgradation programme jointly organized by institute of Cooperative Management, Lamphelpat and Handloom Development Project was inaugurated today at Ikhei Ningthou Women Weavers Cooperative Society, Malom Makha Leikai.

Speaking at the inaugural function, the chief guest, Kh Borekeshore, Chairman, MSCU stressed the need to earn money in the financial constraint state of Manipur.

In her presidential speech, N Ranjana, Principal, ICM, Lamphelpat underlined to maintain self respect amongst the women by earning of their own.

M Devendro, Project Officer, Handloom in his speech in the gathering said Cooperative movement in Manipur will make sure to minimize the problems faced in the rural areas.

Thangjam Rajendra will give the training to the 20 trainees in the said course.

Seminar on problems and prospects of Hr Edn inauguarated.

Handloom employees to intensify stir
Manipur Mail

Imphal, September 23: The employees of the Manipur Handloom and handicraft development corporation today decided to intensify their agitation launched after the government failed to give pay for the last 52 months.

They were advised to meet the Industry minister Th Devendra today morning.

When they discussed, the matter along with the Industry minister they were informed that the government will be in a position to pay salaries for two months only.

The members of the Manipur Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation have decided to call a meeting on September 24 at the Extension office at Keishampat to discuss the matter.

Drivers refuse to take wheel
The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 23: The State Government's security arrangement for shipping petroleum products from Khatkhati, Assam came to nought following non-availability of drivers.

DIG (Operation) Mishra informed The Sangai Express that adequate security were kept ready to escort the oil tankers since early morning today, but as there was no driver willing to go to Assam for transporting the petroleum products, the plan was deferred.

Replying to a question he said he does not have any idea when the oil would be shipped; though the escort party are always ready.

Sources said taking serious note of non-cooperation by the drivers, that authority concerned is considering seize oil and LPG carriers and keep them at 2 MR campus.

Minister boycotted
The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 23: The Bishnupur District Drivers' Welfare Association has boycotted MoS Power L Radhakishore for allegedly beating up a bus driver, whom the association contended has not faulted.

The incident happened at Kha Potshangbam yesterday afternoon.

A vehicle of the escort party of the Minister coming in full speed rammed into the bus near the Potshangbam bridge, yet the Minister without trying to find out who was on the wrong side slapped the driver and ordered his men to beat up the driver.

Association president K Kumar stated.

Condemning the high handedness of the Minister, the Assn has also demanded a public apology from him within Sep 26.

Employees cease work
The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 23: Intensifying their ongoing agitation, embittered employees of the Manipur Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation have launched cease work strike from today.

The employees' union of the Corporation has been agitating for quite sometime demanding payment of salary for the past 52 months.

Decrying Govt's indifferent attitude towards the plight of the employees, the secretary of the employees' union, N Biren said the Minister concerned and the Corporation chairman have given their assurances to pay off at least six months salary after lifting of RBI ban.