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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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Compensation to Bilkis Bano: Popular Front hails Supreme Court order

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Imphal, April 25,

Popular Front of India has hailed the Supreme Court order directing the Gujarat government to pay compensation of Rs 50 lakhs and government job to Balkis Bano.   Chairman E Abubacker stated that the court order is a slap on the ugly faces of BJP top brass who were in power in Gujarat during the dreadful days of anti-Muslim riots in 2002.
The court has also directed the Gujarat Government to provide Bilkis a government job.  Bilkis was 21 years old and pregnant when she was gang-raped and her family members including her three year old child was mob lynched. The SC also directed the Government to provide her accommodation at a place of her choice, after noting that she had been living a nomadic life since 2002.  The court has rejected the stand taken by Gujarat government that it has taken appropriate measures including action on guilty police officers and the offer of Rs. 5 lakh to the victim.
BJP leaders including Narendra Modi and Amit Shah who were at the helm of state affairs in Gujarat at that time must get ashamed and make a public apology at least now in the light of the strong signal of Supreme Court against blatant misuse of power and discrimination. E Abubacker hoped that the latest exposure of the true face of RSS-BJP politics will serve a reminder for the people in the context of the ongoing elections to Indian parliament.

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KEDO completes 12 years; observed foundation day

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Imphal, April 20,

Kanglei Economic Development Organisation (KEDO) today observed 12th Foundation Day as it completes 12 years today.

The organization is a body of educated but unemployed youth who believe in work culture as the only means to progress towards development.
Vice Chancellor of the Central Agricultural University, Dr. H. Premjit Singh while appreciating the spirit of the members of KEDO said that he will provide all assistant from the University for Improvement of the members of KEDO. He said that he is ready to provide training on poultry and agriculture farming to make the members self sustain economically.  
Manitomba, President of KEDO, while talking to media persons said that KEDO’s aim is to built a work force of the state.

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Dr. Heptulla is the first Governor of Manipur to cast vote in the state

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Imphal, April 18,

Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla, who is the first governor to have her name included in the voters’ list of the state, today exercised her franchise in Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency for the 17th Lok Sabha Election.

Governor Dr Heptulla was earlier enrolled in New Delhi. She enrolled in the electoral roll of the state and cast the vote at all women polling personnel manned 11/34 Old Lambulane (B) polling station which have 436 voters including 231 males and 205 females, located in the heart of Imphal town at 7:15 am.

Dr Heptulla became the first voter to cast at the well decorated western wing of old lambulane Polling station.

Speaking to reporters after casting the vote, Dr Heptulla said one should cast their vote and that no one should waste their votes. On less participation of women in electoral politics, she said she had been fighting for this since she started to vote. After Beijing declaration, she said she had made a statement in Parliament for more representation of women in Parliament.

Chief electoral officer (CEO), of Manipur P K Singh who accompanied the Governor to the polling booth said that the Governor’s move can be considered a good sign of being a responsible citizen.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has even launched a national campaign recently titled ‘It’s so easy’ to encourage people to move their vote to their present place of residence.

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Total shut down at Senapati against opening of Strong room

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Imphal, April 17,
Total shut down called by the Naga Peoples Coordination Committee (NPCC) in protest against the opening of strong room at Churachandpur district a day after polling took place has severely affected normalcy for two hour in Senapati district head quarter. The NPCC has been demanding non inclusion of the 50-Saikot Assembly Constituency, 58-Churachandpur Assembly Constituency and 60-Singhat Assembly Constituency to the counting of the votes for the Outer Manipur Parliamentary constituency.
The NPCC has been alleging violation of the code of conduct by the state government machineries by opening the strong room which has to be kept sealed till the counting dates. The CEO Manipur had however in a clarification stated that the strong room was open after a document of the security service has been left inside. The clarification also stated that video coverage was done at the time when the room was open to collect the security related document.

Earlier NPF had stated that the CEO has no knowledge about the opening of strong room.
The total shut down begins from 10 am today till 12 noon. During the period almost all shops and business establishment shut down. A protest demonstration was also staged in the district head quarter.
Similar protest will also be staged tomorrow at the same timing, an NPCC spokesperson said.

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