Jeet Akoijam

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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Tuesday, 01 September 2020 18:25

NPP observes Birth Anniversary of PA Sangma

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Imphal, Sept 1:

State NPP, which is also a coalition partner of the BJP led Government in Manipur today observed 73rd Birth Anniversary of PA Sangma , who is the founder president of National Peoples Party (NPP) at its new office at Naoremthong in Uripok Assembly Constituency.

The state office of the NPP was earlier located at Sangaiprou Tiddim Road in Imphal West but shifted  at Naoremthong and formally inaugurated today in connection with the observance of the birth anniversary of PA Sangma.

Floral tributes were paid to the portrait of the departed leader as a mark of respect to him.

Speaking on the occasion interim president of the state NPP Minister N Kyasii said that some people’s obstruction to the party’s activities will have no effect to the party. He said that the NPP will strengthen its party activities.

“The issue raise by the earlier office bearer will have no impact to the functioning of the party” Kyasii said.

NPP Legislator wing leader Y. Joykumar while speaking on the occasion said that the issue in the party have its root on the malpractice of the former office bearer and its attempt to appoint president from backdoor. He said everything is settled and the NPP will strengthen in the near future.

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Imphal, Aug 30:

The Zomi Students’ Federation General Headquarters  General secretary Justine Simte  has taken strong cognizance of the note issued by ATSUM, dated 26th August 2020, wherein, it stated that the state Government has failed miserably to fulfill the charter of demands submitted, although an assurance for implementation of the demands was given by the Chief Minister on 13th August2019. It is Pertinent to note that, the matter is still farfetched even after a year gone by since the agreement reached. The Federation questions the state Government’s indifferent attitude and delay tactics in addressing the genuine demands of ATSUM. It doubted the Sincerity of the Government and termed the assurance as mere Up service to fool the tribal. It is disheartening that, the state Government is least bothered about the predicament faced by the hills, otherwise their genuine demands could have been put in reality immediately. In the education sector, 2006 contract basis teachers were assured to regularize their service within two months period after completion of document verification. However ten (10) months have passed by since the assurance made with no fruitful result. These teachers have been serving diligently with great hope that, their service would be regularized any day soon. The Government is also well aware that due to shortage of teachers, quality education could not be maintained in the hills.ZSF appeals State Government to fulfill the demands of the tribal students  immediately.

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Imphal, Aug 29:

The All Manipur Saw Mill Owners Welfare Association ,Manipur has urged the Principal Chief Conservator , Government of Manipur to allow them purchase the seized timber logs from the Forest department.

It may be mentioned that  the Forest department authority had seized 19 loaded trucks of block size/fanta having  good quality on March 19,2020 for trying to illegally transport outside the state of Manipur. The seized timber are now at the campus of Central Forest  Division , Mantripukhri , Imphal, and source with the Imphal Times said that the department is in the process for auctioning it.

In a memorandum submitted to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest the association urged to publicize the quantity and quantum of cubic metres of the timber log seized and presently in the custody of the Forest department.

“Our Association may have the chance of share / purchase the same and in this regard our association would like to the PCCF, Manipur kindly to notify the quality and quantum of cubic meters of the timber seized by forest Department, so as to provide the seized timber the approved saw  mills in the MIEs on payment of necessary royalty and other taxes under GST ,etc., which is ready to be paid from the owners of the approved saw Mills units in the MIEs”,  a memorandum submitted said.

Thursday, 27 August 2020 15:36

Adding bite to the Nambul saving initiative

In the month of March last year, the Rejuvenation and Conservation of Nambul River Project was launched by Chief Minister of Manipur for treating the present sewage falling into the Nambul river which will enable the transformation of the heavily polluted river into a clean river, as well as protect the Loktak river from further pollution. With the onset of Covid-19 in the state, there has been an increased focus on keeping the city clean and free of garbage- at least in the initial stages of the pandemic in Manipur with the Imphal Municipal Corporation going into overdrive in an apparent attempt to make the city look spic and span. And the state government, in an attempt to showcase its intent on going through with the important project, has also flagged off a one-day Media Campaign “Save Nambul River” on July 2 this year with much fanfare to showcase the state of pollution of the river and to raise awareness about the efforts and steps the state government is planning to take up to address the issue. Yet another show of intent was carried out today with the Chief Minister inaugurating the actual work of planting saplings along the banks of Nambul river.

The continuing efforts of the state government to prevent and reverse the pollution of Nambul river which has been going on unchecked and unacknowledged for more than half a century is a heartening initiative and one which needs to be supported and applauded because the importance of Nambul river to the very existence of this state might have been lost to a lot of people, but that collective ignorance does not in any way reduce or lessen its significance. The fifty-four odd kilometers long river originating at Litan Waiphei of Kangchup hill range at the confluence of Imphal West, Tamenglong and Senapati districts and running through the heart of Imphal city to empty into the Loktak lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the North eastern part of India and a lifeline for the state has been intrinsically associated with the history of the state politically, sociologically, economically and culturally. Add to it the fact that apart from the various surrounding tertiary hills feeding Loktak which is an intermonte lake, Nambul river is still the most important source of water for the lake, and the picture becomes more prominent, besides the effect this river has on the ecology and environment of the lake.

According to a research paper published in Academic Journals (Vol. 5(6), pp. 321-327, June 2013) entitled ‘Influence of Nambul River on the quality of fresh water in Loktak lake’, a population of 0.28 million living within Nambul river catchments generates 31,207 cubic metres of sewage daily. With rapid urbanization, industrialization and increasing population of the city the river gets polluted day by day leading to the increase of pollution levels of Loktak lake. The pollution of the lake is also being increased day by day due to the use of excessive amount of fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides and fungicides by the farmers, cultivators and people around the lake. Trace metals and their compounds are the non-degradable pollutants and they cannot be destroyed. Again, with the consumption of fishes and other edible plants collected from this lake (if it is severely polluted), the people may risk from many diseases due to the food chain.

For effective implementation and fruitful conclusion of the project, more than token display for the benefit of the public will be required. Laws and regulations which could give bite to the efforts for curbing pollution has to be put in place, and more importantly, implemented strictly. Provisions for proper disposal and recycling of wastes should be made as well as conversion of compostable kitchen wastes to organic manure at homes should be promoted with certain incentives to reduce garbage. For all the declarations and intentions, until a proper and well-planned system of waste-management is made functional and backed by necessary regulations, no amount of projects and schemes will bring the desired results. The state government should continue with the present level of enthusiasm but with the added requisites for a truly outstanding and remarkable achievement for everyone in the state.

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