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, Nov 28:

The Kakching High School, 1984 Matric Batch, as a part of their “One Activity One month,” have conducted a road mud cleaning work on the Louyai Lambi road, the only life line road of Kakching town, popularly known as the granary of Manipur was organised today, the 28th of November from 7AM to 10AM. The sole aim & objective of today’s mud cleaning program was to give awareness to the farmers and Tractor/truck drivers/owners that the muds left unattended on the road after the harvesting create a lot of difficulties to the passers by even to the loss of valuable human life to the commuters.
In the sideline of the road mud cleaning program, the Secretary of the Batch, Songaijam Manihar told that it is a great achievement on the part of the Matric Batch to be able to carry out such a social activity  when it’s the pick time of the harvesting season and such activity will surely give a big message to the general public and some of the valuable lives will surely be saved with our such activity in future.

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Imphal, Nov 24:

North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) today organized a Mass Mailing Campaign regarding the problems which have been plaguing the Manipur University community since quite some time, and which need to be taken into consideration and resolved urgently. It had yesterday submitted a memorandum to Union Education Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ concerning the same issues and had demanded that these be looked into earnestly. The campaign received enthusiastic support of Manipur University community.

The organisation stated that Manipur University is functioning without a regular Vice Chancellor since last many months. The lack of a regular V-C has led to ad-hoc functioning of the university administration and is the cause of great anxiety for the university community. Moreover, there is the issue of unjustified fee being levied from the students. It should be noted that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, no physical classes have been conducted during the past year. Even the exams have not been conducted in the physical mode and assessment has been done only through online assignments. As such, levying of examination fee for the second semester for which assessment has been done only through assignments, is unjustified. Also, due to widespread suffering and loss of jobs during the pandemic, a large section of students coming from marginalised backgrounds is unable to pay fees, and is being unduly put under duress with unjustified fee.

NEFIS demanded appointment of a regular Vice Chancellor from among the university academics, and putting an end to the ad-hoc manner in which the university is functioning. NEFIS also demands that unjustified levying of fee from the students should be stopped, and fee should be refunded to those who have already paid it. NEFIS would be intensifying its movement if its demands are not met immediately.

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Jiribam, Nov 23:

MP Dr. RK Ranjan expressed shock and displeasure in witnessing the present condition of Jiribam Tea Estate located at Jiribam. The MP was speaking to Imphal Times on the sideline of his visit to Jiribam.

Dr Ranjan said, “ The Jiribam Tea Estate was initiated by Manipur Plantation Crop Corporation and infrastructure was built during the tenure of A.Biren. However the present condition of the estate is very unfortunate. Neglecting the tea estate, which is a matter of pride and source of income for the state is a loss for the state as a whole. “

Recalling his last visit to the estate in 2014, the MP said the present condition is very much different to what he witnessed last time and many items from the estate including iron, tin roof etc are missing and questions the motive behind such uncivilized act. He further said, with an aim to revive Manipur Tea, a formal request was sent to Assam Tea Board and to then Union Minister of Trade and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman, wherein the Assam Tea Board gave assurances to help in every possible ways in reviving Manipur Tea. Consequent with this request, a total survey was conducted by Assam Tea Board at Jiribam, Tamenglong and Ukhrul where Jiribam is identified to be highly potential for Tea Plantation and Production. With some training for pruning and plantation, it has the potential for export quality, states the report by Assam Tea Board and this report was sent to Manipur Government. MP Ranjan asserts, there was no BJP Government at that time and the letter sent by the Tea board was neglected by the then Congress Government of that time.  Reviving this tea estate was included in the Vision Document of 2017 by the BJP and however no action can be initiated so far in this regard.

MP Dr.Ranjan recalled the origin of Tea to Manipur, as included in the Britannica Encyclopedia. He feels that much needed to be done in regard to the present condition of infrastructure in Jiribam Tea Estate, which is a matter of pride and income source for the state of Manipur.

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Imphal, Nov 21:

MP Dr. RK Ranjan of Manipur today expressed his strong commitment to extend all possible help to Manipuris living in Brak Valley of Assam from his side today. He assured to provide all possible support to improve the socio- economy and political issued being faced by the Manipuris living in Assam.
The Manipur’s MP from the inner parliamentary constituency said this while talking at a one day discussion programme on the various issues living in Assam held today at Ghandhi Bhawan at Park road Silchar.
Among others, Manipuri language issue is the priority issue of the Manipuri people living in Assam. Dr. RK Ranjan said that he had been trying all his support to the issue in favour of the Manipuris living in Assam but he was sometime helpless as there are certain loopholes in putting his argument in connection with the language issue.
“Showing love and doing nothing to improve the language is not clear indication of the love of their mother language”, Ranjan said adding that the Manipuris in Assam should first retrospect on what went wrong to the Manipuris which has been living in the Barak Valley in promoting the language even after so many years.
Earlier the All Assam Manipuri Students Union (AAMSU) had submitted a memorandum to the MP who has been at Silchar since the day before. Among other the AAMSU details the grievances over the negligence to the matter of Manipuri language by the Assam Government.
This language issue is a priority issue as it directly concern to job and employment opportunities of Manipuri students of Barak Valley as such. 
The memorandum urged the MP to convince the Assam Government for inclusion of Manipuri language along with Assamese, Bengali, and Bodo in all written examinations, conducted by different Departments of Government of Assam, including the Combined Competitive Examination (CCE) conducted by APSC.
Dr. Ranjan said he had already put up the issue and had discussed with the Assam Government but due to disunity and lack of commitment among the Manipuris to promote it he sometimes had no answer to give when the Assam government responded in a logical way.
What we need is introspection of what went wrong. The Manipuris have been in the Barak Valley for quite a long time and it was legitimate settlement.
The MP appealed the gathering to show more concern and seriousness to preserve not only language but also the culture and tradition of the Manipuri people.

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