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Friday, September 18, 2009

Bishnupriya Manipuris call off stir temporarily

SILCHAR, Sept 18: The proposed public convention of September 21 and the 501-hour road-and-rail blockade from October 21, 2009, in support of the demands for broadcast and telecast of Bishnupriya Manipuri programmes in AIR and Doordarshan respectively has been temporarily withdrawn following the intervention of Governor Sayed Sibte Razi.

On September 16, a meeting was held between the Governor and representatives of the community’s 11 organizations, including the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Students’ Union and the Bishnupriya Manipuri Ganasangram Parishad. The decision to temporarily withdraw the proposed agitation was taken at the meeting.

The Governor assured the representatives of the community of all assistance in fulfilling their demands. The Governor appealed to the leaders of the community to withdraw the agitational pragrammes. The Governor further assured the leaders of the community that he would inform the Central Government of the community’s demands and recommend for their fulfilment. He said that he would also direct the State Government for implementation of the long-standing demands. THE SENTINEL

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