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World Cup fever grips Manipur
Published on 6 Jul. 2010 11:53 PM IST
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As the countdown to the final match of the FIFA World Cup 2010 began, people of Manipur are being gripped by the football frenzy, which even the frequent loadshedding has failed to dampen, with alternative arrangements made to watch the matches.
Manipur Police and troops, as part of civic action programmes, have started distributing DTH and television sets to various localities to enable people watch the football matches, specially in rural and hill areas.
Most clubs and organizations have arranged common public viewing places as there is improper supply of power, reported UNI.
Pradeep Kumar, Project Director of Manipur State AIDS Control society, said the society has started live telecast of FIFA World Cup matches from the quarter finals stage in all district headquarters and some subdivisional head quarters.
The occasion has also been used fruitfully to make people aware about HIV and AIDS. Documentaries on HIV and AIDS were screened before the matches. Five mobile integrated counselling and testing centres (ICTC) vans were stationed in five hill districts.
Manipur power officials said arrangements were made to make power available after midnight during the two semi-final and final matches. The Power department was not able to provide power specially during the 1930 hours matches earlier.

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