IMPHAL, Jan 20 – A three-member delegation of the World Bank Group on Trade and Transport Facilitation, headed by its Task Leader Ms Diep Nguyenvan Houtte, called on Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh at the CM’s secretariat in Imphal this morning. The other two members of the World Bank are Senior Regional Coordinator Michel Zarnowiecki and Gaigongdin Panmei, IRS (C&CE).
State Public Health and Engineering Department Minister Irengbam Hemochandra, Works Minister Dr Kh Ratankumar, Principal Secretary (Home) Dr J Suresh Babu and Secretary to the Chief Minister N Ashok Kumar were present during the meeting that took place around 10.15 am. However, what had been discussed during the meeting could not be established immediately.
IED explodes: An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near the Khurai Lamlong bridge in Imphal East district around 9 am today. However, there is no report of any harm to individual in the blast.
Till the filing of this report, no individual or armed group has claimed responsibility for the blast. Police, however, suspect the hands of armed organisation in the incident.