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Manipur CM hopeful of end to varsity crisis
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 IMPHAL, Aug 9 - Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh today expressed the hope that the present unrest at the Manipur University would be resolved soon. However, he did not elaborate on it.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a visit to the apparel and garment making centre at Lamboikhongnangkhong here, Singh said that he had a discussion with State Governor Dr Najma Heptulla in this regard after her return from Delhi following a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Academic activities at the Manipur University have been seriously affected since May 30 after the Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) launched an indefinite strike demanding removal of Vice Chancellor Prof AP Pandey over allegations of financial and administrative irregularities.

On August 6, public rallies were held demanding reopening of the Manipur University.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister, after his inspection of the apparel and garment making centre, said that the production of women’s wear started around six months back and around 2,000 pieces with the ‘Made in Manipur’ tag have been produced so far.

Stating that the privately-run unit is currently employing around 50 people, Singh said that the figure may increase to around 300 once the other units start functioning.

The building and machinery of Unit 1 of the Government-owned centre are currently being utilised by a private company.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Manipur Tourism Development Corporation Chairman Dr Sapam Ranjan, MLAs H Dingo (Sekmai), Th Satyabrata (Yaiskul) and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Vumlunmang Vualnam.

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