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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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Education minister Th. Radheshyam inspects school and interacts with students on ‘No School Bag Day’

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Imphal, Nov. 3

On Saturday, Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam visited Budhimanjuri High School, Uripok to personally find out if the students are happy or not to the introduction of the ‘No School Bag Day’. The Minister then interacted with the students about their hobbies and interests.
During the visits, students were found practicing arts and crafts with teachers. The students were making traditional banana leaf bowl (dona), plates and houses design from paper. The students later gathered at the school ground recited poems and sang songs.
The Minister advised the teachers to encourage the students to make them participate in extra-curricular activities for overall improvement.  Head of schools should chalk out list of extracurricular activities for each class in advance through discussion and consultation with teachers and inform students/ parents accordingly.
Th. Radheshyam said that students should be made to feel that the school is their second home where they can live in ease. He also appealed to the teachers to motivate the students even when they are lacking behind. He said that fear and anxiety disheartens the students. He urged the teachers to treat the students as their own, imparting education with affection so that the children are able to express their views and perspective without hesitation.
The students – teacher relationship need to be made friendlier so that the students could approach the teachers anytime when they need. The students should be taught to maintain neatness to instill in them a sense of work culture and cleanliness in school and their surroundings. The Minister said that No School Bag Day policy aims in building positive culture amongst children, providing platform for innovative ideas and to reduce the stress and harmful effects of carrying heavy bags by the young children.
The No School Bag Day policy is implemented by the Department of Education(S), Manipur for the students from class I – VIII to attend school without school bags on all working Saturdays. No School Bag Day is being implemented in school with efforts to add various extra and co-curricular activities to make it a more structured and purposeful in manner.
The ministerial team comprises Director, Education (S), Th. Kirankumar Singh, concerned officials and ZEOs also inspected infrastructure of the school.

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Security forces shifted from Colleges campus after Human Rights bodies, students demand for removal

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Imphal, Nov. 2

After various bodies working for the protection of Human Rights including Committee on Human Rights (COHR), Human Rights Alert (HRA),  Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM), Human Rights Defender, Manipur (HRDM), Manipur, Civil Society Coalition for Human Rights in Manipur and the UN (CSCHR) United People’s Front (UPF), Reachout , Life Watch (Manipur) and students bodies had decried militarization at Educational institute of the state, security forces station at DM College campus and MB College campus have been withdrawn.
Apprehension about upraise in Manipur following the fall out of the NSCN-IM and GoI final agreement which was earlier scheduled to settle yesterday, the state government administration had deployed large number of central security force at the campus of some colleges here in Imphal East and Imphal West district. However, after students’ Union and Civil society organisations including human rights defenders had denounced the deployment and stationing of para military forces inside the premises of educational institutions, the state government administration had removed the para military stationed from DM College and MB College campus.
Large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CMPFs) and regular Army were transported and airlifted to Manipur in the wake of the final settlement between the NSCN-IM and the government of India. Already the state of Manipur have already been deployed large number of Military at various places.
The Human Rights body in their memorandum submitted reminded the state government about the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child under Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict recommend the Government of India in 2014 . It reads:
The Committee urges the State party to take all necessary measures to prevent the occupation and use of as well as attacks on places with a significant presence of children, such as schools, in line with international humanitarian law. It also urges the State party to ensure that schools are vacated expeditiously, as appropriate, and to take concretemeasures to ensure that cases of unlawful attacks on and/or occupation of schools are promptly investigated and that perpetrators are prosecuted and punished.

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DIPR celebrates 71st Foundation Day; Vision to expand DIPR including opening of DIO in all 16 districts: Minister Biswajit

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Imphal, Nov 1

Government spokesperson Thongam Biswajit Singh who is also the Information and Public Relations Minister today said that the government has a firm determination to expand the present Directorate of Information and Public Relations and open well-equipped District Information Offices in all 16 Revenue districts of the State.

Biswajit was addressing the 71st Information and Public Relations Day, 2019 held this morning at the Keishampat office of the directorate.

As part of the foundation day celebration, the directorate also handed over awards in eight different categories for their outstanding service to the department

In his speech, Biswajit elaborated that the department has several shortcomings including lack of manpower, fund constraints, infrastructure and that the government has plans to develop and revamp the directorate by meeting all these shortcomings.

Elaborating further that it is his vision to see well functioning District Information Offices in all revenue districts, the Minister said that the government has been able to bridge the gap between the hills and the valley and that there is no apprehension today while visiting any corner of the State. He said this is a good sign of peace and development in the State. 

The IPR Minister said it is to everyone’s knowledge that media houses face several limitations and pressures; however, we should ensure that our media houses are independent so that their reporting is clear and unbiased. At the same time, media houses and journalists should maintain a balanced reporting, he said.

The IPR Minister also expressed the need for the DIPR and media houses to work in close proximity. He said that the DIPR and the media should strengthen their relation to win the trust of the public. He said that the DIPR and media should go together and share a positive and constructive relation to develop Manipur, he said.

It is time for all section of the society to take responsibility and co-operate with each other to develop Manipur, he added.

 Meanwhile, highlighting some initiatives and achievements of the DIPR, the Minister said that the DIPR has introduced the Manipur Journalists’ Welfare Schemes, Manipur Journalists’ Pension Scheme for the welfare of the media fraternity of the State.

DIPR has been educating and sharing information on various government programmes, policies and schemes through social media platforms like You-tube, Facebook and DIPR apps, he added.

Commissioner IPR Kh Raghumani said that DIPR plays and important role in sharing information about the various departments and their schemes to the public.

Adding that the directorate is facing various shortcomings at the moment, the commissioner also reiterated the need to expand the directorate and strengthen it.

He further highlighted the initiatives of the department including educating public on government schemes, conducting internal and external tours for media persons, etc.

Director IPR, H.Balkrisna Singh said DIPR is in a transitional phase now. The directorate is moving to its own office building at Keishampat from the temporary office at Manipur State Transport office complex.

Seeking cooperation of all, he said that the directorate is also hoping to complete the shifting process by the end of this year.

The award for staffs of the department is being given to motivate and encourage the staffs who work round the clock, he added.

He further said that the award is a kind of recognition and acknowledgement of the staffs to boost their moral. He said this will also act as a realization to our responsibilities. He further encouraged the staff to continue performing and to perform better.

As part of the function, Biswajit also released the October issue of Manipur Today.

The recipients of the awards are Tenshubam Ranita (Reporter), Nongmainganbi Maibam (Reporter) and Irungbam Prabin (Information Assistant) for Outstanding Performance in News Reporting; Joshep Longjam (Translator) for Outstanding Performance in News Reporting (District); Keithelakpam Kiran and Pukhrihongbam Romesh (Photographers) in Outstanding Performance in Photo Video Service; Banabanta Ngangom (Data Entry Operator) Outstanding Performance in Publication Works; Thangjam Dhananjoy Singh (Cinema Operator) and Wangkheirakpam Panorama Devi (Announcer) in Outstanding Performance in Field Work; Akoijam Chinglen (LDC) and RS Ngasaiphung (LDC) in Outstanding Performance in Establishments & Accounts; urikhinbam manitomba Singh, Ningthoujam Tomba Singh (Drivers) and L.Samamnanda Singh and S.Jitendra Singh (Grade IV staffs) for Outstanding Performance amongst Class-D staffs and Singam Peter (Grade-IV) in Special Commendation Award.

Biswajit alongwith officials of the department also inspected the new building

Today’s function was attended by retired officials and staffs of the directorate, present officials and staffs of the directorate, representatives from media firms of the State among others.

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NSCN-IM, NNPGs and GoI continue talk for the third consecutive day

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New Delhi, Oct 30

With time ticking fast, hectic parleys continued for the third consecutive day to find a lasting solution to the decades old insurgency problem in Nagaland with the Centre’s interlocutor and Governor R N Ravi holding separate talks with the NSCN (IM) and a conglomerate of seven organisations, NNPG, officials said.

The first session of meeting between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM has ended today as reported by Northeast Live Web Desk. The report said that both the parties will be sitting for the second session of the meet later today. The meeting comes after the round of talks ended on an inconclusive note on Tuesday.

Today’s meeting is the third meet between both the sides in a span of three days. Both sides are looking to come at a consensus on the key issues of a separate flag and constitution before tomorrow’s deadline.

As per sources, a 15-member delegation of the NSCN-IM led by its General Secretary Th Muivah is conducting the talks with Nagaland Governor and central interlocutor RN Ravi. Both the NSCN-IM and the Government of India have so far refused to budge from their respective stands on the separate flag and constitution issue.

The dialogues were convened in Delhi in a bid to iron out differences, particularly on the NSCN (IM)’s demands for a separate flag and Constitution for the Nagas that have already been rejected by the Centre.

NNPG ready to sign final pact

On the other hand, the meeting between the Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) and Interlocutor, RN Ravi Tuesday morning in New Delhi ended positively with the NNPG willing to sign the final pact.

Since all issues on the NNPG’s part have been resolved, they are willing to sign the final pact any day, sources said.

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