Sh Ajit

Sh Ajit

Sh Ajit, a resident of Khongman, Imphal East is a regular contributor of Imphal Times mostly news photo and articles. He is a father of a lovely son. His favourite quote is " A Picture is worth Thousand words". He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Imphal, Oct 30:

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Works Minister Th Biswajit, CAF and PD Minister Th. Satyabrata among others has greeted the people on occasion of the Mera Hou Chongba, which falls on October 31 this year. The festival is celebrated annually on the full-moon of the month of Mera in the Manipuri lunar calendar since time immemorial.
The festival endeavours to promote brotherhood, peace and unity among indigenous communities living in the hill and valley of the State.
It marks solidarity among different ethnic groups in Manipur and Symbolises our belief in the principle of pluralism and co-existence. Let us together reaffirm our unyielding commitment to maintain.
The Chief Minister extended its warm greetings and best wishes to the people of the State on the joyous Occasion of Mera-Houchongba .
Mera-Houchongba is a festival in which people from both hills and valleys participate with the sense of brotherhood and oneness.

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Imphal, Oct 29:

While appreciating the government for its effort in developing the interior part of the state, the Chramram (Saramba) Segment Voice, has appealed to the concern authorities to review the reported new alignment of Tamenglong-Halflong road by the office of Deputy Commissioner, Tamenglong.
The Chramram (Saramba) Segment Voice on behalf of the people of 11 (eleven) villages including Tousem and Mandiu villages has appealed the Chief Minister and all the concern authorities to re-examine the decision taken by the office of district administration of Tamenglong. It is our earnest request to re-survey the process of road alignment to connect the Tamenglong-Halflong road through Achintiang, old NEC road.
“It is a fact that the existing old NEC road (i.e. Barak bridge to Achintiang) popularly known as the “Gupta Alignment” started its construction in 1960s-70s and is the only road in the area with good gradient connecting to Tousem areas”, a statement of the Chramram (Saramba) Segment Voice said.
It added that the Segment villages want the Tamenglong-Halflong road to be constructed and pass through “Achintiang’’ (border between Thiulon and Chramram Village), a strategic location on old NEC road where people of the area can be easily connected in the surrounding 11 (eleven) villages and beyond. However, the Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong have ignored the request made by the area people and re-routed to Phelong-Jeichiktiang which has already been rejected and abandoned by the BRFT in 1 990s.
The statement further stated that for many generations have been waiting for this road to pass through it. With compassion the villagers have given NOC for the zero-land compensation but it seems that the district administration is just manipulating the innocent people without considering the value of land in this era. Despite the request being made by the villagers the Deputy Commissioner sought to re-route to a new alignment of Phelong-Jeichiktiang, a new alignment and new cutting which is not better than the NEC alignment. There are high suspicions that the Deputy Magistrate has convinced the young engineers of National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) who came for the road survey and inspections. We appeal and request the engineers of NHIDCL to take a better look of how good the grade is in old NEC alignment (from Barak bridge point to Achintiang—Makhu river) and compare it with the new proposed alignment.
“In a participatory democracy, ignoring the people’s mandate and going against the wishes of the people is like genocide. The DC has even by-passed the appeal put forward by the elected representative of the Chramram ADC Segment. Accountability and transparency are the core of good governance. We expect the office of deputy commissioner to be more transparent. The Chramram ADC segment is the only Rongmei speaking area in the whole Tousem-Tamei constituency. And none of the Rongmei speaking villages will be connected in the proposed new alignment. If the Highway is re-routed, then it is a great injustice done to the Rongmeis living in Tousem sub-division. The Tamenglong -Halflong road will eventually become a Trans Asian Highway, therefore public opinion and mutual consensus should be taken as the utmost important”, the statement said.

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Imphal, Oct 28:

A one-day Congress Workers Meet was held today at Leirabakhong in 30-Lilong Assembly Constituency in connection with the forthcoming by-poll for Lilong Assembly Constituency.
The meeting was attended by M. Prithiviraj, Ex-MLA, Md Amin Shah, Ex-MLA, HareswarGoswami, General Secretary (Admin) MPCC, MdSiraj Ahmad, Samina Begum, office bearers of Lilong Block Congress Committee, office bearers of Minority Department of MPCC and a huge number of Congress workers and sympathizers.
Those key speakers in the meeting criticized the One Nation and One Culture theory of the BJP government which severely affected to the secularism of the nation. All religion says about how to become a good human being and how an individual can inculcate values which are helpful to society. They appealed to the people of Lilong Assembly Constituency to cast their valuable vote to the Congress Candidate Md. Azizul Haque Khan to save democracy and strengthen secularism.
The Congress candidate Md Azizul HaqueKhan, in his speech, promised to serve the people to his best ability and work for the welfare of Lilong Constituency. He emphasized on the importance of being free and fair to all citizens and not be biased to any one community or religion. He requested to the people of Lilong Constituency to cast their valuable vote in his favour in the coming by-election on 7th November.

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Imphal, Oct 27:

Late Journalist Khelen Thokchom was remembered today on his 60th Birth Anniversary today. A memorial function cum felicitation function of the ‘Khelen Thokchom Trust’ media fellowship was held at Manipur Press Club here in Imphal under the theme “Remembering Khelen Thokchom” organised by the Khelen Thokchom Trust (KTT).

Fitting tributes were also paid to the portrait of the late journalist as a mark of respect by the members and well wishers who were present on the occasion by maintaining SOPs of the COVID-19 Pandemic. In connection with the memorial function the KTT announced this year’s media fellowship for the topic Challenges and Opportunity of Urbanisation in Manipur” Ng. Liklaileima of Sangai Express.

The media fellow of the KTT for the year 2020-21 was announced by  All Manipur Working Journalists Union President Bijoy Kakchingtabam .

Speaking in connection with the observance, Bijoy Kakchingtabam lauded the contribution of the KTT in promoting journalism in the state.  

“Fellowship is an opportunity for the journalist to explore in specific field”, he said.

“I still remember those days with Khelen Thokchom and wish the Trust to to make his dream come true”, the AMWJU President said.

RK Bobichand Executive Editor of Free Press School of Journalism expressed that late Khelen Thokchom is a man who didn’t compromise the news.

“In this conflict area he contributed many things so we need to remember late Khelen Thokchom and his quality . From different angles many pressures come to the journalist both state and non state in this situation he did not compromise and he hunted the news in good quality” Bobichand said.

Speaking on the occasion, member of the Youth forum club Tera, Maibam Britiya recalled the dedication of late Khelen Thokchom in his profession as well as his encouragement to the local youths to serve the society.

KTT fellow  of 2018-19 Heikrujam Sadananda (Poknapham ) and ST Lelen Vaiphei,  Babie Shirin of Imphal Free Press 2019 -2020 also shared their experience while exploring at the respective field given by the KTT for filing of news stories.

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