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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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Justice Committee remembers the patriots of Anglo Manipuri War; urged the govt. to remember other martyrs also

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Imphal  Aug 13.

Justice Committee on Anglo-Manipur War 1891 Martyrs and Freedom Fighter remembers the brave soldiers who died defending Manipur on August 13. 

 Speaking on the occasion Ibotombi Khuman , Chairman of Justice Committee, said that “the government celebrates this day to remember only Tikendrajit and Thangal General.” However, it stated that we should also remember those who were exiled after the war in Andaman Island, such as Chongtham Mia who was never allowed to come back to Manipur and died in Tripura.

He added that there were other five soldiers who also were hanged after the war.

“Anglo Manipuri war consists of many battles and Khongjom is a site of just one battle and it is a battle of among other battles in this war”, he added.  

Justice Committee considers those soldiers who died in Anglo Manipuri war facing the three British columns who invaded Manipur as patriots.

He highlighted that around 400 were martyred in this war at battle sites such as Machin Manao Ching, Thoubal Athokpam, Laimaton Ching and Mayangkhang.

The government has made no effort to built memorial sites and statues of the brave soldiers who laid down their lives at these battle sites. It is only at Kakching’ s Machin Manao Ching where memorial site is built.

Ibotombi  urged the government to take necessary step to built the memorial sites for the martyrs  and further appealed the people of Manipur that all those who laid down their lives must be remembered as patriots and not only remember just two martyrs.  

The function was attended by the relatives of some of the patriots who were martyred as the presidium members along with the Chairman of Justice Committee.

Floral tributes were also paid to the martyrs of Anglo Manipuri War of 1981.

Also various institutions, student bodies and civil society organization observed the Patriots Day remembering the martyrs who died fighting for Manipur against British Colonialist.

Joint Student Co-ordination committee also observed the patriots Day at Imphal College.

Similarly Waikhom Leikai Government Upper primary School also observed it.

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Chief Minister assures to punish the murderer of Achou Meitei

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Imphal, Aug 11,

Representatives of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) formed against the death of Khangembam Achou Meitei along with relatives of the deceased met  Chief Minister N. Biren Singh at Chief Ministers Secretariat, Babupara, lmphal in the presence of Kumbi A/C MLA S. Bira Singh and Government officials concerned on Saturday evening.

The JAC members and relatives of the deceased had a lengthy discussion with the Chief Minister regarding the unfortunate incident which occurred at Kumbi Setupur Mayai Leikai in Bishnupur District on 6th August 2019.
During the meeting, the JAC members also submitted a memorandum which contained a charter of demands. After a thorough discussion with the Chief Minister, the JAC and family members agreed to claim the body of Achou Meitei. On the other hand, Chief Minister instructed the 500/500 concerned to resolve the land dispute in question at the earliest.
It was assured also from the side of the Government that necessary swift action be taken up to punish the accused person as per law of the land.
The Chief Minister also handed over some financial assistance to the family of the deceased.

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Youths from Eastern Himalayan region meets and discussed on Climate Change

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Imphal, Aug 10,

Youths from the Eastern Himalayan Region (Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland, Assam and Bangladesh) during a 3 days meeting held at DSSS, Mantripukhri from 7th to 9th August had agreed that  the present crisis of Climate Change in our respective region.

The meet considered Climate Change as one of the greatest challenges humankind has ever faced. Rising temperatures and changing weather patterns exacerbate existing natural or human-made hazards or generate new ones. The poorest inhabitants of our planet are among the most vulnerable, mainly due to weak natural, financial, social, human and physical capacities to deal with the consequences of climate change and natural or human-made hazards. The rights of the world’s Indigenous Peoples, local communities, youths and the women within these groups is a scalable climate solution, and that all actors should make us partners in climate protection efforts. Our traditional knowledge and sustainable stewardship of the world’s lands and forests are key to reducing global emissions to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees by 2030. We have cared for our lands and forests—and the biodiversity they contain—for generations. With the right support we can continue to do so for generations to come.

During the meet it has been agreed that various dimensions on the impacts and contributing impacts on the global climate crisis such as (1) the indigenous plants leading on the verge of extinction, (2) changing period of agricultural practices leading to less production, (3) increase in work load on indigenous women in the community in order to manage the domestic work as the indigenous women has to go far to fetch water, (4) destruction of indigenous people’s forest due to large scale infrastructural projects, (5) climate refugees leading to demographic changes in our region, (6) increase in exploration and extraction of fossil fuel, (7) increase in natural resources mining activities without the free prior and informed consent of the IPs, etc are some of the major facts arises during the meet. 

The meet also discussed some major goals of SDGs 2030 like-  Goal No.13 Climate Change Take Urgent Action To Combat Climate Change And Its Impacts; Goal No. 15 life on land protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss;  Goal No 16 peace justice and strong institution promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels; Goal No 17 Partnership for Goals Strengthen The Means Of Implementation And Revitalize The Global Partnership For Sustainable Development

The meet also lambasted the authority for not consulting the stakeholders while preparing the  National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) .

The Eastern Himalayan Youth Meet on Climate Change (Imphal), 2019   has agreed to focus and work on     Judicious   stewardship    of  land    utilization and  resources   so   as   to   maintain   and perpetuate    intergenerational   legacy  in  that extractive   industries should be  discouraged /phased  out/stopped;  “development”, industrial activities contributing to  loss  of  biodiversity, deforestation,   desertification,   loss   of   land   and   livelihood,   water  contamination, land   degradation   and air   pollution,   genetic   mutation    should   undertake  environment   impact   assessment   and   social   impact   assessment   periodically,   this  includes    GM   foods,   GM   seeds   and   GM   livestocks.   

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DM college of Arts celebrates its 74th Foundation day

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Imphal Aug 6,

Dhanamajuri College of Arts, DM University today celebrates its 74th Foundation day held at the premise of the college.
Addressing the function as Guest of honour President of DM College Alumni Association N. Ibohal asserted that Manipur lies in the hands of the youths. He added that several profession were made from the college.
He urge the students to learn from the teachers.

Being an advisor of CM he said that to give their grievances of any infrastructure and development and added that he will help in their best efforts.
He further urged to give inputs and suggestions from the teachers and other various stakeholders.
Ibohal appealed the students to respect the teachers and said added that teachers love their students more than their sons and daughters. 
University toppers in BA 6th Semester, MU were also felicitated with cash and certificates during the function.
The function was attended by Retd IAS RK Nimai, Retd Chairperson of BOSEM W. Ibempishak, Retd Principal of DM College of Arts A. Nungshitombi and Principal of DM College of Arts Ch. Sheelaramani as the Chief Guest, Guest of honour and President of the function respectively.
Floral tributes were also paid to founding members of the college.

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