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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Imphal, Dec. 29:

The Maring Uparap Assembly, an apex body of the Maring Tribe, along with other Frontal Organisations of the tribe reiterate its support to the Historic Framework Agreement signed between Mr. R.N. Ravi, representative of GOI, Mr. Isak Chishi Swu and Mr. Th,. Muivah, Chairman and General Secretary of NSCN (IM) respectively on 3rd August, 2015 in the presence of Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India.
The Maring Uparap Assembly (MUA) appealed the Government of India to recognise the Naga national Flag and Yehzabo (Constitution) as our identity in line with its recognition of the Unique history and position of the Nagas. Solution without Flag and Constitution is not acceptable and honourable to the Nagas.
The Maring tribe hope for early Political Solution which will be honourable and acceptable to the Nagas.

IT News
Imphal, Dec. 22:

Chief Minister today transferred Rs. 15,000/- each to the bank accounts of 900 fish farmers of 10 hill districts totaling Rs. 1.80 crore. The assistance was provided under Paddy cum Pisciculture scheme under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana - Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied Sectors Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR) for the year 2019-2020. A solemn function to mark the occasion was organised by the Directorate of Fisheries at the Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Manipur requires 52,000 MT of fish every year. However, Manipur could produce only 27,000 MT till the coming of the new Government thereby requiring around Rs. 400 crore to import the remaining quantity of fish from other States every year, the Chief Minister informed.
As such, the Government started focusing on enhancement of fish production, he said and added that apart from commissioning of a fish-feed production unit, the State Government has arranged loans ranging from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 7 lakh for hundreds of fish farmers. As a result, State’s current fish production per year has increased to 32,600 MT per year, the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government sent a proposal of Rs. 14 crore to implement Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana to the Centre out of which Rs. 7.04 crore has already been sanctioned.
Moreover, the State Government is planning to submit an ambitious project worth Rs. 400 crore in consultation with the Central Agricultural University, N. Biren Singh informed. In the meantime, cage culture under Loktak Livelihood Mission and fish production through Biofloc system are also going on in full swing. The Government is ready to provide assistance through bank loans, Manipur StartUp and StandUp schemes to accomplish the objective of making self sufficient in fish production, the Chief Minister said. 
In his speech, Fisheries Minister S. Rajen said that the State Government has been trying its best to maintain accountability and provide good governance to the people. It was a part of this effort that monetary assistance was disbursed through DBT, the Minister said. He also exhorted the people to extend cooperation to the Government in making Manipur a self-reliant State.
The main objective of implementing Paddy cum Pisciculture is to double the farmers’ income from the same field through fish rearing, development of these paddy fields by raising peripheral rings and constructing feeding channel across the paddy field with small marketing ponds for paddy cum pisciculture. It is also to encourage and inculcate the interest of farmers to fish culture.
The present scheme is to develop 450 hectare of paddy field in 5 hills districts of Manipur with the total Government subsidy at the rate of 25% to the total unit cost of Rs. 1.60 lakh per hectare. The Government has released a sum of Rs. 1.80 crore with a sharing pattern at 90:10 between Centre and State. And each beneficiary having an area of 0.5 hectare will get a subsidy amount of Rs. 20,000 which will be given in two parts. Rs. 15000 will be transferred through PFMS and the rest Rs. 5000 will be given in the form of fish seed.
Additional Chief Secretary (Fishery) M.H. Khan, Director (Fishery) N. Gojendro Singh and bank officials also attended the function.

IT News
Imphal, Dec 21:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated Spiritual Circuit in Manipur under Swadesh Darshan Scheme at a formal function organized by Department of Tourism, Government of Manipur today at Manipur State Film Development Society, Imphal. He also inaugurated the Construction/Renovation of Tourism Infrastructure Development around Mahabali Temple, Imphal East under NEC. 

The Spiritual Circuit which consisted of five components namely Shree Govindajee Temple, Shree Bijoy Govindajee Temple, Shree Gopinath Temple, Shree Bangshibodon Temple and Shree Kaina Temple was developed, under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, with a sanction amount of around 53 crore rupees and the State Public Works Department was the work agency for the said development projects.   

Speaking as Chief Guest N. Biren Singh said that the State Government had been giving much priority for the development of tourism sector as the State was endowed with natural scenic beauty and it would be easy to bring up at the international level. He further stated that a review meeting was also convened earlier this morning to monitor the progress of development works being undertaken under Prasad Yojana (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Heritage Augmentation Drive). 

He also informed that the Central Government was very much concerned with the preservation of historical sites located in the State and had also given assurance to render any assistance for the development of such sites. 

Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (I/C) Prahlad Singh Patel, while delivering his presidential speech, congratulated the people of the State on completion of the Spiritual Circuit. He stated that although Manipur is a small state, it has rich culture, tradition and tourism potentials since time immemorial which are still not fully explored.  

Asserting the importance of preserving our rich culture and traditions inherited from our ancestors, Patel stated that bringing them up would have a key role in maintaining peace not only in the State but also in the whole world. 

The inaugural function which was attended by Agriculture, Tourism, Vet. & AH Minister Oinam Lukhoi Singh as Guest of Honour was also attended by Water Resources and YAS Minister Letpao Haokip, Education, Fisheries and CADA Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen, TA & Hills, Transport and GAD Minister Vungzagin Valte, CAF & PD, Law, Labour and Employment Minister Thokchom Satyabrata, MAHUD, Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Okram Henry, MPs, MLAs, Chief Secretary and high ranking officials of the State.

By our correspondent
Guwahati/Imphal, Dec 20:

Assamese feature film ‘Bridge’, directed by young film maker Kripal Kalita, Bobby Wahengbam and Maipaksana Haorongbam’s Manipuri feature film- Eigi Kona(Stallone My Pony) and Maibam Amarjeet Singh’s Manipuri non-feature film- Highways of Life were selected for the Indian Panorama of the 51st International Film Festival of India 2020 which will be showcased on the big screen during 51st International Film Festival of India scheduled for 16-24 January in Goa. Announced by the Union information and broadcasting (I&B) minister Prakash Javadekar recently in New Delhi, the list also includes Manipuri movie ‘Eigi Kona’ by Bobby Wahengbam in the feature films section.

I&B minister Javdekar announced the selection of 23 feature and 20 non-feature films in Indian Panorama comprising many outstanding movies like ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ (Hindi) by Tushar Hiranandani, ‘Up Up & Up’ (in English) by Govind Nihalani, ‘Namo’ (Sanskrit)  by Vijeesh

Mani, ‘Kalira Atita’ (Oriya) by Nila Madhab Panda, ‘Prawaas’ (Marathi) by Shashank Udapurkar, ‘A Dog And His Man’ (Chattisgarhi) by Siddharth Tripathy etc.

The list of non-feature films includes ‘Highways Of Life’ (Manipuri) by Maibam Amarjeet Singh, ‘Ahimsa- Gandhi: The Power Of The Powerless’ (English) by Ramesh Sharma, ‘Green Blackberries’ (Nepali) by Prithvirag Das Gupta, ‘Oru Paathiraa Swapnam Pole’ (Malayalam) by

Sharan Venugopal, ‘Radha’ (Bengali) by Bimal Poddar, ‘Paanchika’ (Gujarati) by Ankit Kothari, ‘Jhat Aayi Basant’  (Pahari/Hindi) by Pramati Anand, etc.

Assamese movie Bridge narrates the story of a struggling woman in rural Assam on the bank of a Brahmaputra tributary. The 87 minutes film depicts the relentless efforts by villagers to rebuild their lives every time after the annual waves of flood and erosion. Produced by Rama Kumar Das and Sabita Devi under the banner of Kristipathar, the movie has cinematography by Ramen Rabha, editing by Kishore Deka, sound design and mixing by Amrit Pritam and music by the director himself. Casts include Shiva Rani Kalita, Partha Protim Bora, Swapnil Nath, Anindita Das, Suren Mahanta, etc.

Eigi Kona was among 20 feature films selected from a wide pool of 183 contemporary Indian films by a jury of 12 members headed by acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter John Mathew Matthan.

The 90- minute Eigi Kona is an index of how polo players and ponies are leading pathetic lives in the birth place of polo. Thawai, a young boy loves to play Polo riding Stallone, a pony. Like him, Stallone is descendant of the horse his famous grandfather rode on playing polo. Again, like him, horses are in shabby positions for want of food and shelter. His father can’t help but to sell Stallone out of poverty where Thawai becomes sick with the pangs of separation from the horse. Such a wonderful and skilful polo pony is now using to ferry liquor as it is commercially more useful. Unable to see Thawai’s suffering, all including the coach, mentor, and family members try to bring back Stallone. The owner, who used to be a great player, finally hands over the pony to Thawai for the love of the game. The film is produced by Dr. K.Sushila Devi, former Director of Art & Culture, Government of Manipur.

Highways of Life was among 20 non-feature films selected from a diverse pool of 143 contemporary Indian non-feature films by a jury of seven members headed by acclaimed feature and documentary filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar.

The 52-minute film- Highways of life is a detailed look at the high octane lives of Manipur’s Highway truckers. Manipur is literally connected to the rest of the world only through two National highways. But frequent economic blockade lightening general strike, armed ransom extortion, and bad road conditions make these lifeline life-threatening for truckers. The film journeys a group of truckers through these unfavourable highways putting their lives on the frontline, ferrying essential commodities to serve the three million people of Manipur. The film is produced by the Films Division.

Bobby Wahengbam was the Swarna Kamal awardee of the Best Writing on Cinema in his book-Matamgi Manipur: The First Manipuri Feature Film in the National Film Awards 2017. An active member of Manipur Film Journalists and Critics Association and Film Society of Manipur, he graduated from St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai and obtained Master degree from University of Mumbai. A Diploma on Film production from Xavier’s Institute of Communication, Mumbai, he had three-year stint as Assistant Director in Mumbai under Gyan Correa and Sanjay Talreja. He acted as protagonist in Manipuri feature film- Meichak (2000) directed by L. Banka Sharma. His documentaries- Joseph’s son and Roshni were screened at Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) organised by the Films Division in 2008 and 2010 respectively.

Maipaksana Haorongbam was a national award winning film maker whose feature film- Eibusu Yaohanbiyu bagged the Best Regional film in Manipuri in the National Film Awards 2015 and was also screened at the International Children Film Festival of India , Hyderabad organised by the Children Film Society of India in 2017. His Tangkhul- Manipuri feature film- Wonnam (2018) was selected in the Itanagar International Film Festival 2019. Maipaksana received the three-year Diploma Course in Film Editing from the Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Film and Television Institute, Guwahati in 2004. He was a Master Degree in Manipuri Literature from Manipur University in 2014.

Amar Maibam is the  son of legendary film maker M.A. Singh. After learning the nuances of filmmaking from his father and Graduation from Manipur University, he learned a one-year Cinematography course from Kolkata Film and TV Institute. He made his directorial debut with a documentary entitled City of Victims (2009). Highways of Life has been recently conferred with the best film award at the Liberation Doc fest 2020, Dhaka and shown in competition section of many other reputed film festival including Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival. 

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