Clashes erupted late on Tuesday at Wangjing Tentha in Thoubal district between the police and people who were taking out a torchlight rally in protest against the Naga agreement. All sections of people fear that since the Centre was not disclosing the details of the agreement, there might be clauses against the interests of Manipur.S. Ibomcha, Police Superintendent of Thoubal district, told The Hindu on Wednesday that a large number of men and women took out a torchlight procession in the district. As part of the well-organised agitation under the supervision of the COCOMI formed by five civil society organisations, processionists tried to storm the house of Paonam Brojen, the MLA of the constituency. Police intercepted them to maintain law and order while the people tried to bull through the police barricade.There was a mild baton charge. The processionists retaliated by throwing burning torchlights. Besides, stones were pelted at the police. Some youths were also allegedly used sling shots to attack the police. A few policemen sustained injuries. Later, police arrested 17 processionists.There were reports of such processions at Leishangthem also in the Thoubal district on Tuesday night.Meanwhile, Congress MLAs of Manipur reached Delhi on Wednesday to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demand protection of the interests of Manipur while signing the Naga agreement. Okram Ibobi, the CLP leader and former Chief Minister, said, “The reported assurance of the Home Minister Amit Shah on the issue is nothing new since he made similar assurances in the past. Despite assurances, the stakeholders were not consulted before giving the final shape to the Naga agreement”. However, as Modi is out of the country, it is not immediately known when and if the meeting will take place.Appeals by Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren to have trust in the assurance of the Centre and call off agitations, including the proposed ban on the tourism-related international Sangai festival, had fallen on deaf ears since the COCOMI continues to quarterback the agitations. Taking umbrage at the refusal to summon a special Assembly session to take a firm resolution on the issue, the COCOMI announced that it will not hold any further talks with the State government.
August 4, 2007 To continue our report from 8/1/07, three individual frames have been painted and prepared to be installed in one of the door panels on the east balcony of the Crafts III building at Cafe level. [Photo & text: sa] This photo taken from the inner balcony at the top level of the Crafts III building, the Visitors Center – Gallery, gives some indication of scale of the three-level interior space and of the scale of the door panels. The panels have been installed and welding crew Philip Bonham and Darina Trendafilova fine tune placement and clip in the fly-screens. [Photo & text: sa] In past years, during the summer month, both door panels on the east and south balcony were kept open to allow a natural breeze to flow through the cafe space. Recent feedback from the health department frowned on this easy access for the fly population. To screen these giant doors presented quite a challenge and it was elegantly solved. [Photo & text: sa]
Lithuanian service provider TEO announced a 5.6% year-on-year increase in TV customers in the third quarter, driven by IPTV sign-ups.TEO said that at the end of September it had a total of 171,041 TV service users, up from 161,921 for the same period last year.IPTV users increased 15.2% over the period to 102,658, though DVB-T customers dropped 6.1% to 68,383 customers.Overall in Q3 TEO said that revenue was LTL181 million (€52.4 million), down 4.5% year-on-year. Net profit came in at LTL42.6 million, down 5.9% year-on-year.