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Manipur House session ends
Correspondent
 IMPHAL, Aug 28 - The eighth Session of the 11th Manipur Assembly was adjourned sine die with the election of three financial committees on Tuesday following a question-and-answer session and subsequent discussion on a call attention motion on the outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the State.

In his concluding remarks, Assembly Speaker Y Khemchand thanked both the members of the Treasury and Opposition benches, officials concerned and the media for their cooperation in conducting the Assembly Session successfully.

In the two-day session, the Assembly had four obituary references, 12 starred questions, six unstarred questions, three call attention motions, three papers laid and assent to six Bills by the Governor.

Earlier, replying to a call attention motion by Opposition Congress MLAs on the outbreak of JE, Health Minister L Jayantakumar Singh informed the House that altogether 232 cases of suspected JE were detected in the State in the current year.

Out of these cases, five persons from four districts succumbed to the disease, Jayantakumar Singh said.

Three persons out of 85 suspected cases lost their lives in 2018, while 11 out of 195 cases in 2017, he added. Similarly, there was a report of one death out of 47 suspected cases in 2016. But no death was reported despite detecting six suspected cases in 2015.

The Health Minister claimed that the situation is “not so alarming” considering the existing facilities and necessary medicines which are in stock.

In the question-and-answer session, Education Minister Th Radheshyam Singh said that his department has been trying to develop higher education equally in both the hills and the valley, adding that there is no shortage of teaching faculty at the Pettigrew College in Ukhrul district. Only 198 students have been enrolled in the college in the current academic session. All 38 sanctioned posts have been filled up and 11 additional guest lecturers have been engaged so far.

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