Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. An International 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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New Delhi, July 21:

The Indian Journalists Union expresses grave concern over the surveillance of at least 40 journalists, among 300 others, including Opposition leaders, ministers, constitutional authorities, activists, through hacking of their phones by Israeli Pegasus spyware. The snooping on journalists is not just a breach of their right to privacy like any other citizen, but worse seriously compromises their sources, amounting to stifling independent and investigative journalism, said the Union. It demanded the government come clean on the issue, order a judicial probe and refrain from yet another form of intimidation of journalists, especially those critical of its governance.
Stressing that a free and independent media is crucial to the functioning of democracy, the IJU said the government trying to wash its hands off the snooping scandal by suggesting the Pegasus report was to ‘malign the Indian democracy’ was far-fetched and unacceptable. More so, given that NSO claims it sells exclusively to vetted government clients. The data analysed by The Wire, part of an international collaborative investigation titled “Pegasus Project”, shows that most of those targeted were between 2018 and 2019 i.e. in the run-up to General elections 2019 and forensic tests confirmed a number of the potential victims had indeed been spied upon by unidentified sources via the Pegasus app.
In a statement, IJU President and former Member of Press Council of India Geetartha Pathak and Secretary-General and Vice President of International Federation of Journalists Sabina Inderjit said that the Union in November 2019 had expressed serious concern when reports emerged that WhatsApp revealed it had informed several Indian users, including journalists, that they had been targeted by the Israeli spyware in a hacking spree. That too the authorities had denied any involvement.
However, now it appears the snooping operation was far and wide and the government’s resolve to harass and intimidate journalists would have far-reaching consequences for the fourth estate, and in turn India’s democratic society. Given that the monsoon session of Parliament is on, the IJU said the Opposition must ensure its demand for a JPC into the scandal is instituted and the government made accountable.

IT News
Imphal, July 7: 

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said, “As a human being, extending help and serving the poor and needy people is the greatest service among all”. This was stated by him during the launching function of dry ration distribution to 3000 beneficiaries of Churachandpur district via video conference held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister stressed that the objective of the government is to uplift the lives of the people and has introduced various people centric welfare schemes such as CMHT, CMST etc. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Central government has implemented various schemes for needy and poor people of the country, he added. He mentioned that Narendra Modi has successfully launched world’s largest free COVID-19 vaccination for all. The Chief Minister also informed that the State Cabinet has decided to extend monetary support to those families affected by the pandemic. A sum of Rs. 5000 would be given to around 2 lakh beneficiaries under the scheme, he added.

 Minister for Tribal Affairs and Hills Vungzagin Valte urged the auto drivers to get themselves vaccinated as soon as possible as they are dealing with the general public by ferrying passengers. He also said a meeting will be convened regarding mass vaccination drives for the auto drivers of the district soon.

It may be mentioned that Crypto relief ration kits are being supported by Centre for Community Initiative, Highland Group, Sunbird Trust and Umeed Project. It will be distributed to villagers of Muallum and Tuithapi villages, farmers around Suangpi, Khawlmun, Ngurte, Kaihlam and G. Bualjang village, barbers, daily labourers, rickshaw pullers, autorickshaw drivers. Crypto relief ration kit includes 12 kgs of rice, poha, chilli powder, dhaniya powder, cumin and sanitary pads.    

The function was attended by Principal Secretary V. Vumlunmang, DC Churachandpur Pawan Yadav and others.

IT News
Imphal, July 5:

As celebrated week long across the country, the State Government took up mass tree plantation programme at Mangjol Village and Kanglatongbi –Kangpokpi Reserved Forest, Kangpokpi District today in connection with the 72nd Van Mahotsav 2021. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh led the other dignitaries in planting trees during the programme which was organized by Forest Department, Manipur.
It was the first ever tree plantation programme being taken up in a Reserved Forest area in connection with Van Mahotsav in the State.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren Singh maintained that every land in the State belongs to the Government and it has the authority to use those lands for purposes which are meant for the development and welfare of its people. He appealed to the public to co-operate in the development policies and projects taken up by the Government and refrain from thinking that their lands independently belong to them. We shouldn’t be moved by politically and communally provoked thought but should have a mindset of living together with a sense of brotherhood among different communities, he added.
Appreciating the chief and locals of Mangjol Village for their invaluable support in today’s tree plantation programme, the Chief Minister stated that the programme had been taken up as an initiative to restore the natural environment of the region. Such initiative would help in preventing landslides during the rainy season and also facilitate in storing and supply of water to the village without additional measures from the Water Supply Department, he added.
Stating that none is authorized to take up any activity, whether construction or destruction, in Reserved Forest area without the permission of Forest Department, he urged the encroachers to stop carrying out any activity in the Reserved Forest for their living and approach the Government authority for alternative arrangement. He also instructed the Superintendent of Police of the District and concerned authorities to meet those encroachers and make them aware of the schemes and policies introduced by the Government for alternative ways of earning without affecting the forest areas.
With regard to COVID-19, he appealed to the public to get vaccinated and cooperate in the Government’s fight against the pandemic.
Forest Minister Awangbow Newmai, while delivering his presidential speech, raised concern on the alarming rate of deforestation in the State. He informed that about 400 square kilometers of forest had been cleared every year and with this rate, the State would lose almost all its forest cover in near future. He expressed the need for people’s participation in saving forest areas by planting more trees and stopping deforestation as Forest Department couldn’t take up all such activities with its few manpower.
Stating that unless we save ourselves, there is none to save us, the Minister appealed to the public to cooperate and support in mitigating climate change due to environmental degradation. He also appealed to stop clearing forests for earning their livelihood but to access certain welfare schemes of the Government which are meant for providing source of livelihood.
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Leishemba Sanajaoba pointed out that large scale deforestation and environmental degradation must be one of the major factors for certain diseases causing harm to human lives. He stressed on the need to stop unnecessary exploitation of forest and to co-exist with nature by preserving it. He also hailed N. Biren Singh for his initiative to develop both hill and valley regions equally and was hopeful that Manipur would surely rise in the path of development with better law and order under his leadership.
The people of Mangjol village expressed happiness on the visit of N. Biren Singh to their village and appreciated him for his various initiatives to bridge the gap between the hill and valley regions and other development works taken up for the welfare of hill people. The Chief of the village also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister for which the latter assured to look into the matter.
MLA, Kangpokpi AC Nemcha Kipgen, Additional Chief Secretary M.H. Khan, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & HoFF, Manipur Dr. A.K. Joshi and other Government Officials also attended the programme among others.

IT News
Imphal, July 1:

Rina Akoijam, an IA&AS officer of the 1997 batch, has been promoted as Director General of Audit (Infrastructure), New Delhi on June 30, 2021. She is a post graduate in English Literature from Delhi University. Rina Akoijam is the first lady officer not only from the state Manipur but from the entire North East region to hold the top post
Prior to her promotion Principal Director of Audit, Infrastructure New Delhi. Rina Akoijam had served in various capacities including as Principal Director of Commercial Audit & Ex Officio Member Audit Board III, New Delhi, Accountant General (Audit), Sikkim, Gangtok, Principal Director (Central Excise), Principal Director (Northern Region), and Principal Director (GASAB) in the office of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India, New Delhi. She was on foreign assignment as Programme Manager at the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), Oslo, Norway where she managed capacity development programmes for Supreme Audit Institutions in the Asia-Pacific Region. She has a rich and vast experience in public sector audit of both Central and State Governments in Meghalaya, Assam, Manipur, Sikkim, West Bengal and New Delhi. She has also conducted international audits including audit of UNICEF headquarters at New York, UNICEF Supplies Division at Copenhagen, Denmark, and Cooperative Audits in the SAIs in the Pacific Region. She is an INTOSAI Certified Training Specialist and have contributed as resource person in various national and international programmes. She has undergone training on Financial Attestation Audit at the National Audit Office, London, UK (2006) and Management Development Programme on Public Policy and Management at Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley (2014).

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