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Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and  a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]

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Thousands throng to Ukhrul to witness live performance of Extreme

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Imphal, Oct 19

Meanwhile, American rock band Extreme is all set to perform at the  ShiRock festival which is being organised as a part of the Shirui Lily festival. The already crowded Ukhrul district headquarter is reportedly facing trouble with the number of visitors raising unexpectedly today evening.

 Gary Cherone and lead guitarist and founding member Nuno Bettencourt are today the talk of Ukhrul town and people are eagerly waiting to witness their performance .

Many fans from various parts of the country had already arrived to watch the band perform at decorated Bakshi ground in Ukhrul.

Over two dozen rock bands are competing for the coveted title ‘Shirock 2019’, which carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and the voice – the solo hunt for the individual prize competition.

On the opening day of ShiRock on Wednesday night, popular Scottish hard rock veterans Nazareth captivated thousands of rock music lovers for nearly two hours during their debut performance in Manipur.

The fifty-one-year-old rock band took the stage around 8.30 pm with a new number along with their evergreen ‘Shot me down’ etc as their opening track with Carl Sentance as lead vocalist.

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CCSK commemorates the first session of the Manipur Legislative Council

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Imphal, Oct 18

In commemoration to the First session of the Manipur Legislative Council, Committee of Civil Societies Kangleipak (CCSK) today observed the day as “Manipur gi Puwarida Meeyamgi Ahanba Leingak Leikhiba Numit” (The first day of peoples’ government in the history of Manipur) at GM Hall today.

In 1948, October 18 after the British Paramountcy left the erstwhile Kingdom on the midnight of August 14 , 1947, the first adult franchised of the government of Manipur was held during July of 1948 and the first sitting of the state Legislative Council was held on October 18 of 1948.

The commemoration function was attended by Dr. T. Lunkim, Chairman, The Kuki Organisation for Human Rights Trust, KS . Raihing, Headman, Wunghon Village, Ukhrul district, Abdul Hakim Shah, Asst. Professor , GP Women College, Filson Y. Lunghar , Social Activists  and Jeetendra Ningombam , president CCSK as presidium Members.

Manipur was the 2nd Asiatic Country to hold adult franchise to run democratic form of government and to have a constitution of its own. Philippine is the first country to hold adult franchise to form a peoples’ government.

Speakers on the occasion recalled the democratic characteristic of the Manipur Nation in 1948 before merger to the Indian Union. The Manipur government was abolished in October 15 , 1949 after the then King of Manipur, the Nominal head of the state was forced to signed the Controversial merger agreement with the dominion of India on September 21 , 1949.

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JFA expresses dismay over relentless journo-murders

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Guwahati, Oct 17

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed dismay over relentless incidents of killing of scribes in different parts of the country and urged the Union government in New Delhi to formulate special protection laws to safeguard the media personnel and ensure justice to the bereaved families.

The latest incident of  journo-murder has been reported from Andhra Pradesh, where a young reporter was hacked to death by miscreants. K Satyanarayana, 50, who worked for  Telugu daily ‘Andhra Jyothy’, was targeted  at Annavaram village of East Godavari district on the night

of 15 October 2019.

“Local scribes revealed that Satyanarayana was targeted in an earlier occasion too and it was reported to the police. We appeal  AP chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to take personal initiative to identify the culprits along with their motives and punish them under the law,”

said JFA in a statement issued to the media.

Previously, a Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh) journalist was murdered allegedly by his neighbours. Radheyshyam Sharma, 55, a local reporter of Hindi daily ‘Aaj’ and also a part-time teacher in a private college, was killed by slitting his throat on 10 October. The police have already nabbed an accused and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath has reportedly asked them to solve the case urgently.

Prior to these incidents, a Thiruvananthapuram based scribe (K Muhammed Basheer, 35) lost his life as a running vehicle, driven by IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman had mown down the Malayalam daily ‘Siraj’ reporter on the street on 3 August. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had already  made it clear that proper actions would be taken against Venkitaraman, who is presently under suspension.

Earlier three incidents were reported from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh this year, however, all three cases need specific investigations if the journalists were targeted because of their

journalistic exercises. A magazine editor of Nityanand Pandeyand a news channel contributor Anand Narayan of Maharashtra were killed in separate incidents. Similarly an MP freelancer, Chakresh Jain was found dead with severe burn injuries.

“We as a nation lost six journalists (Navin Nischal, Vijay Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Syed Shujaat Bukhari, Achyuta N Sahu and Chandan Tiwari) to assailants last year. We also demand a national action plan to safeguard our interest in the line of military, police and physicians on duty” added the JFA statement issued by its president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

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Harvesting the green gold

There have been innumerable workshops conducted on sustainable development of medicinal plant that showcased the rich potential of the state regarding the abundant availability of medicinal plants. Experts opined that of about six thousand varieties of plants containing medicinal properties, about one thousand two hundred varieties are found in the state, a staggering amount by any yardstick. The possibilities these revelations throws up would only be limited by one’s imagination. Such valuable information also presents a very positive prospect for the mushrooming entrepreneurs who are gearing up to make a mark in various fields, given the fact that employment generation rate by the state government is nothing to write about. And yet, if and when one decides to act on those possibilities, it takes much more than a fertile imagination, or even detailed knowhow and enthusiasm. One would certainly need a certain amount of investment. One would also require a support system from the government which is conducive to the initiative, hassle-free licensing and other formalities to speed up the activities. And above all, there would be a necessity of assisting the marketing of such products by the government so that the entire effort pays off. This is easier said than done, especially in as volatile and uncertain a state as ours. The government, to start with, could bring out a compendium on the available medicinal plants, their uses, local names as well as their natural places of occurrence which would give a very good idea of the significance of such medicinal plants to the general public. This will, in turn, enable them to help in the conservation and production of these valuable resources. There has been much talk on ushering of industrialization in Manipur, and yet precious little has been done for sustainable progress and economic development. Construction of a few sheds or buildings and labeling them as trade centers or business houses, without even the basic requirements and facilities for the proposed objectives does not count as contributing to development or industrialization, nor does the organizing of melas, fairs and festivals where the main emphasis has always been on displaying a few local products for the benefit and knowledge of the local people.
The world is waking up to the benefits and significance of natural and organic products, be it for food, cosmetic or medicinal purposes. There cannot be a better time to seize the opportunity to harness the yet untapped potential these vast resources of medicinal plants represent in terms of economic gains. In fact, it could prove to be the most profitable and sustainable means of income for the whole of the state. It only remains for the state government to draw up a roadmap to enlighten, encourage and ensure that such an opportunity to provide an easy, sustainable and limitless economic benefit to its people does not go wasted by setting up a Research & Development wing, an economic support system, an incubation unit to provide assistance regarding management and other administrative matters to the start-ups and a marketing cell to make sure the products are properly advertised and dispersed to every corner of the country and beyond. 
The farmers and potential entrepreneurs need to be shown the bigger picture and their role in the whole system as well as the benefits they stand to enjoy which is one of the biggest incentives for taking up such initiatives. Given the track record and the penchant of the state government for promoting itself, the task should not pose any problem if it applies the same enthusiasm and effort.