November 1st, 2011
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Economic blockade in Manipur lifted

manipur blockadeImphal: The 93-day economic blockade on two national highways in Manipur lifted at midnight after the State government assured that the district status will be accorded to Sadar Hills. The Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC), which had launched economic blockade on two national highways — Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati (NH 39) and Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar (NH53) had demanded for conversion of Kuki-majority Sadar Hills area in Naga-majority Senapati district. They called off the economic blockade after talks with the government.

The blockade by the United Naga Council (UNC) on the two highways opposing the demand of the SHDC was still continuing. Representatives of the SHDDC and the government held discussions over the issue last night. The government had agreed to grant district status to Sadar hills area after receiving the report of the District Reorganisation Committee headed by Chief Secretary D S Poonia.

The committee would study the boundaries of all the districts in the State before taking any decision on Sadar Hills issue.



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