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Manipur House condoles Sangma�s death

By Sobhapati Samom

IMPHAL, March 4 - The Manipur Assembly session which came to an end today condoled the sudden demise of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A Sangma. The House also observed a two-minute silence to pay homage to the departed soul.

Sangma died of a heart attack on Friday morning. He was 69 years old. Sangma served the sixteenth Lok Sabha as its Speaker from 1996 to 1998. He was also the Chief Minister of Meghalaya from 1988 to 1990.

Meanwhile, Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh while responding to a call attention motion by opposition Trinamool MLA Dr I Ibohalbi on the reported encroachment of Manipur land from across the international border, proposed an all political parties delegation to apprise the situation to the Central leaders.

�The State�s land should not be compromised unless there is an amicable solution. We have explained our stand clearly to the Central authority including Surveyor General of India officials on two different occasions last year�, Ibobi stated.

Ibobi informed that the construction of border fencing and erection of subsidiary pillars along Moreh sector of Indo-Myanmar international boundary has been stopped following a directive from Union Home Ministry.

Chief Minister said there are a total of 99 Border Pillars (BP) in Manipur which include 90 undisputed border pillars and nine unsettled BPs. The BP number 32 to 48 are in Churachandpur district, 49 to 89 in Chandel while BP 90 to 130 are in Ukhrul district.

The Chief Minister appealed to the Central leaders and Surveyor General of India to bring an amicable solution to the border issues.

He also informed that an official team from Myanmar will be signing an understanding with the State Power department and Central officials for the supply of 3.5 MW -5 MW) to neighbouring Myanmar.

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