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Govt keen to resolve Manipur issue
Tribune New Service

New Delhi, August 18
The Centre today indicated that it was ready to take “more measures” to keep the oil prices under check.

Finance Minister P. Chidambram told UPA Coordination Committee meeting, held at the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, of the steps taken by the government to curb the rising oil prices in view of the spiralling prices of crude. He said more steps would be taken as and when required.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil told the members that the Centre was keeping a close watch on the situation in Manipur. He said the government was willing to talk with any person or political party to find a way for restoring of peace there. He said there was no shortage of funds for the development of North-Eastern states.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters after the three-hour meeting of the committee that flood and drought situation in various parts of the country was also discussed.
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Manipur bandh hits life

Imphal, August 18
A truck was set ablaze and 17 persons were arrested in the continuing stir for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Manipur as an indefinite bandh crippled normal life for the second day today.

Official sources said a truck carrying stones and sand from the Sekmai river was set afire in the Khabam Lamkhai area, about 20 km north of here, by purported supporters of the bandh called by 32 organisations (locally known as ‘Apunba Lup’).

The cremation could not be held yesterday because the state authorities did not permit a protest demonstration carrying the body in important areas.

With the indefinite bandh entering the second day, markets and shops remained closed and transport services suspended. Official sources said attendance in government offices was nil. — PTIBack

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