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, Nov 5:

Textiles, Commerce and Industry Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh today met representatives of the All Manipur Entrepreneurs Association and heard their grievances.
During the meeting at the Conference Hall of the Minister’s Secretariat office, AMEA representatives highlighted certain issues arising due to the present COVID 19 pandemic. The issues discussed included waiving off of power bills and rent in respect of work-sheds/ factory for some months inside the industrial estates. AMEA also urged Biswajit who also holds the Power portfolio to install dedicated power lines for the industrial estates in the State.
Biswajit assured to look into the issue and do all the needful to help the local entrepreneurs. He further said that he will convene a meeting with the business community at the earliest to discuss ways to ensure that local products are made available in the State’s marketplaces.
Further assuring all possible assistance and help from the government in their endeavours, the Minister also said that the State’s entrepreneurs should put efforts to establish a common platform and showcase their products to the outside world.

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Imphal, Nov. 4:

Following assurance by the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh to the member of the All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) and its federating units today morning in connection with the demand for timely conduct of the ADC election, the apex student body has defer the statewide bandh and banned on the construction of National project.

The team of the ATSUM and its Federating unit meet the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues and representatives of Department of tribal Affairs & Hill at 11 am today at the Chief Minister secretariat and discussed about the demand for timely conduct of the ADC election.

As per source , the Chief Minister had assured the tribal apex students’ body to hold the ADC election on time and further assured that no further extension will be given to the ADC and this will be considered immediately in the next cabinet meeting after by-election.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had also posted about the agreement between the government and the ATSUM at social media.  

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BJP is a party that endeavours to promote understanding and peace to usher in good governance as the public cannot be ruled by coercion. The hallmark of a true leader is to make sincere efforts to bring understanding. If conflicts and disputes are to be left unaddressed then the necessity for a leader does not arise. Manipur has managed to move forward ever since BJP came to power in the state. Chief Minister Biren made these remarks during the Political Conference held at Lilong today as part of the Election Campaign of Independent candidate Md.Abdul Nasir who is contesting the upcoming bye election which is scheduled for the 7th of this month from Lilong AC.
Reiterating the declaration that there are many deserving candidates in the BJP led government, the Chief Minister states that there were attempts to lure these persons into the wrong path but the voice of the people have managed to prevent them, appealing the public to stop supporting those who present themselves as people’s representatives in elaborate attire while scheming to kill and murder on the sly. Putting forward his suggestion to stop using the term Minority as we are of the same lineage, Biren also urged those present to work together in earnest so that there is no one living in poverty, starvation or out of work, and to be self sufficient and able to afford for the basic necessities of life which is also the objective of the present BJP-led Government in the state.
Politics is dynamic and changes with time, and even with BJP in power in the state, the decision of Nasir to contest as an independent candidate with the support of BJP will be ridiculed by those who does not understand the reasons behind the decision, but for those who know the reason, the decision is widely appreciated. Revealing the reason behind the decision, Biren said that the step is taken to show the public that politicians are for the welfare of the public and that there is no room for inappropriate action or behaviour from them.

Tuesday, 03 November 2020 17:39

Covid conspiracies- pandemic or opportunity?

Almost eight months into the outbreak of the pandemic which has radically changed the way the whole world functions, Covid-19 has come to mean different things to different sections of the population. While the general public still considers the present contagion as a scourge that still defies and challenges the most sophisticated technological and scientific advancements made to date and therefore one which carries with it a sense of derision and foreboding, not so much from the infection itself but rather from the accompanying sense of helplessness and uncertainty that still surrounds it. While the state authorities are churning out data and ratios on a daily basis to impress upon the improving situation in the state, there are contradicting reports from experienced medical practitioners in the state about the possibility of further spike in the number and rate of infection indicating that the worst is yet to come. On the other hand, the increasing number of daily fatalities succumbing to the infection along with reports of the resources at the disposal of the state to fight the pandemic stretching to its limit has the public in tenterhooks.
For the medical personnel and other frontline health workers, the present contagion is an avoidable tragedy for which they are forced to put their lives and the lives of their near ones on the line. The inability of the public to observe even the most basic and simple acts of keeping on masks at public places, maintaining two metres distance from others and frequent and proper washing of hands despite the obvious and unfortunate consequences for acting on the contrary still remain one of the biggest challenge in flattening the curve. Perhaps just one more instance of the infelicitous display of the defiant spirit. In effect, these frontline health workers are fighting a two-pronged enemy: the virus and the ignorance of the public.
For yet a section of unscrupulous elements, the present pandemic presents an opportunity to cash in on the misfortunes of others. Spurious and dirt-cheap products are being sold to the concerned public at exorbitant rates with little or no evident regulations in place by the state authorities. While the general public is forced to stay home due to the series of lockdowns, few others with connections and influence are busy bringing in tobacco products, betel leaves and such other unnecessary yet highly lucrative items for their personal profits while the people are scampering for meeting the daily requirements of essential commodities.
The most unfortunate display of indifference of the public sentiment is perhaps the increasing tempo of canvassing for the bye election being carried out at present with even national political figures joining in the political melee. Is this just another case of collective political dementia or a symptom of increasing desperation?

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