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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Sunday, 24 January 2021 17:14

Wide Angle organizes friendly Soccer match

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Imphal, Jan 24:

A friendly Soccer match of young adolescent girls was organized by Wide Angle at Yurembam playground today between Heinoupok Girls 11 and Yurembam Girls 11 with the support from Youth Development Club - Yurembam and Youth Cultural Welfare Organization- Heinoupokwith the theme “Soccer for Social Change’.
The Soccer coaching started in 3 villages namely Heinoupok, Yurembam and Changangei with a total of 60 young girls ranging from 12 years to 16 years since October 2020. The children were coached by Banti Sanglakpam and R.K. Janaki (both are National Players), the overall initiative was initiated by CRY (Child Rights & You).
The rationales behind conducting of such Coaching for young girls amid the COVID-19 pandemic is to engage them through soccer to motivate and impart positive coping skills to the children, whose mental and emotional wellbeing have been largely distressed by the COVID related traumatic environment, that literally pushed them into a disrupted lifestyle risking various devastating drawbacks.It will also protect them from inclining into other unhealthy outlets such as smartphone addiction, substance abuse, becoming the victims of cybercrime, child trafficking, issue of early marriage, drop out from school or falling into other harmful ways.
Flagging off the match Montu Ahanthem stated that he believe, engaging the children into the game of Soccer will definitely enhance and empowers adolescent girls to move towards an active and healthy living. He also stated that he will try his best to call Bala Devi the renown International player to meet the young girls as she was a CRY campaigner last year. The friendly Soccer match ended with Heinoupok Girls 11 winning 2 – 0.

Monday, 18 January 2021 18:04

Illegal encroacher evicted

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Imphal, Jan 18:

A team of Imphal East District police led by Addl.SP (Ops) and District Administration led by SDO Porompat evicted the illegal construction of four houses belonging to Leihaothabam Joykumar Sharma S/o (L) Rajmani Sharma of Nagamapal Paonam Leikai, Yengkokpam Priyokumar Singh S/o Y. Singhajit Singh of Khabam, Telem Jayenta Singh S/o (L) Chandra Singh of Matai Mamang Leikai and Meitan Keishangbam Raghumani Singh S/o (L) Nongyai Singh with reference to DC/Imphal East Order of Eviction Case No. 1 of 2021 dated 15th January, 2021 regarding the eviction of illegal encroachers/fake pattadars of Jamabandi Patta No (i) 438(New), (ii) 115(0ld), 439/910(New), (iii) 438/1251 (New), (iv) 238(Old)1251/ 1268 (New) and (v) 238(Old),1251/1269(New), at Khabam Lamkhai.

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Imphal, Jan 14:

The Wide Angle Social Development Organisation, Sagolband Moirang Hanuba Leirak and CRY Child Rights & You have launched a Free Chess Coaching programme today, especially for the underprivileged children of Imphal West and Kangpokpi district of the State.
S. Saratkumar Sharma - Former Chairperson, Manipur Commission of Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) flagged off the program as the Chief Guest of the function.
Montu Ahanthem Secretary -Wide Angle in his Key note address highlighted that the specially designed online coaching, is initiated in collaboration with the renowned India’s Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua for the first time in the region, aiming to train 25 children in two subsequent batches. The coach Tamal Chakrabarty will mentor the participating children during the coaching.
Montu Ahanthem, Secretary – Wide Angle stated that the rationales behind conducting of such an online Chess Coaching for children amid the COVID-19 pandemic, are to motivate and impart positive coping skills to the children, whose mental and emotional wellbeing have been largely distressed by the COVID related traumatic environment, that literally pushed them into a disrupted lifestyle risking various devastating drawbacks.
“We believe, engaging the children into such a mindful game will definitely enhance their mental capacity to remain “Focussed”, prevent them from brooding over “ Negative thoughts” unnecessarily. It will also helpful to protect them from inclining into other unhealthy outlets such as smartphone addiction, substance abuse, becoming the victims of cybercrime, child trafficking or falling into other harmful ways”, Montu said.
Trina Chakrabarti, The Regional Director – Eastern Region of CRY highlighted that all the children participating will be inspired on how to adopt the vital mental skills of chess; such as ability to remain focussed, sustaining a set of strong organised imaginations , skills to foresee multi-dimensional possibilities and consequences and to used such teachings techniques as the functional life skills so that they could achieve their set goals of life and become successful persons in future.
The launching function was attended by Keisham Pradipkumar, Former member MCPCR, Yurembam Indramani, District Child Protection Officer, DCPU Imphal West, Thiyam Rajkishore, Chairperson, CWC, Imphal West, Laishram Helenchandra Singh, Secretary, Youth Development Club, Yurembam Awang Leikai, Imphal West as the Guest of honours respectively.

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Imphal, 10 Jan:

A one–day National Seminar on “Dying of Tree Bean (Yongchak) in Manipur: Remedies and Steps Toward Conservation” will be held at the V.C.’s Court Hall, Manipur University, Canchipur on the 16 January 2021 with the Governor of Manipur, Dr.Najma Heptulla as the Chief Guest.
The main purpose of the seminar is conservation of tree bean from dying and promoting its local market in Manipur. The seminar is organised by Manipur University in collaboration with Central Agricultural University, Iroishemba, CSIR-NEIST, ICAR, MOMA and Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS), Manipur.
A press release by AIMS said “Yongchak (tree bean) forms a staple part of the traditional diet of the Manipuri people. Apart from having high nutritional values, it is also a good source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. It is claimed that it eases depression, anemia, blood pressure, constipation, heartburn, strokes, eye-illness and indigestion. Growing yongchak is also an excellent business in the state as a yongchak tree can provide an income of lakhs of rupees in a single season.”
The release further said, “However, withering of Yongchak due to various reasons including insect and fungus attack, unavailability of water source, change in ecosystem, reduction of plant pollinated animals like bats and lack of proper management etc. on a large scale in different parts of Manipur in the recent past is a big issue.
Now, locally produced yongchak totally disappeared from the markets in Manipur. Many cases of mass-death of yongchak have been observed during the last decade that seriously affect the socio-economic situation of the growers. So, the farmers have been compelled to look for alternative means of livelihood. Plantation of opium-poppy is also another reason for withering of yongchak. There is an urgent need for scientific and biotechnological intervention for strategizing short-term and long­term plans for propagation, bringing socio-economic impact and sustainable production of this important tree. It is time for the Government to frame a clear-cut policy to fight the disease and to activate relevant machinery to save the economy of the state as crores of rupees are lost from the dying of yongchak. It is therefore necessary to take up timely remedial measures and proper steps for the conservation of yongchak before it is too late.”
The seminar will be opened to all the stakeholders, Farmers, researchers, scientists, academicians, individuals, functionaries, NGOs, Financial Institutes, Line Departments etc who are interested in conservation of yongchak from Manipur soil.

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