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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Monday, 02 November 2020 17:35

By-Election 2020: Hands-On Training Held

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Imphal, Nov. 2:

In connection with the ensuing By-Election to fill Casual Vacant Seat in State Legislative Assembly Election, 2020, a Two-day Hands-on Training of Videography for all the deputed staffs for videography kicks off today at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Lamphelpat, Manipur.
Senior Consultant – PM, SEMT, Manipur, also in-charge of Videography of Polling Stations, Shri Bankimchandra Maisnam informed that step by step procedures on how to operate the videography equipment were thoroughly explained during the training. Each of the deputed staff was assigned with all videography equipment including handy-cam with memory card, tripod stand, extension cord etc. to be used on the poll day, he asserted. He stressed that the main objective of using videography during elections is for submission of videographic evidence to the Election Observers on the following day of the poll.
Abiding the SOPs laid down for COVID-19 pandemic, all the 203 deputed videography staffs will be trained in a batch of 20 deputed staff per session, which will continue till tomorrow. Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur has also taken up various safety measures to ensure voters a Covid-safe election for the upcoming Bye-Election in Manipur.

Monday, 02 November 2020 17:33

Disconnected dreams

Four-season highways connected by makeshift bridges whose technologies are as recent as those used during the Second World War, even in the face increasing evidences of trucks and other transport vehicles getting overturned, bogged down or plunged into the gorges and rivers resulting in injuries and even death of numerous persons who are risking their lives trying to bring in various essential commodities which the state is incapable of producing due to the lack of effective agrarian policies . Handing out cabinet portfolios to persons with criminal cases pending in the courts of law even as promises of political reforms and assurances of transparency in governance flies thick and fast. Persistent assurances of adequate arrangements and facilities even with overflowing cases of covid-19 positive cases threatening the already stressed healthcare system in the state to spiral out of control. Selected for implementation of the Smart City Mission but still without a practical system of waste collection and management or effective solution to the waterlogged drainage system in and around the city. An erratic power supply that still evidently eludes a lasting solution or entertain enquiries from the consumers by the authorities. Warring tribes in the hills continuing their disputes with neighbouring villages over contentious land boundaries, while standing steadfastly united against the prospect of city dwellers given the right to own land in the hills.
The state of Manipur is indeed a land of contradictions, with its myriad and often intertwined and complex history, diametrically opposed views and aspirations forged by necessities and conveniences through the changing social, political, traditional and economic landscapes through the centuries. It would not be a easy task for even the most determined government and public leaders to try and straighten out the differences and misunderstandings, but it would invariably prove to be the Achilles sword for any politician to try and use them as an excuse for neglecting their sworn duties.
It is indeed ironic that with so much technological advancements bringing the world together and disseminating information within a fraction of a second, public leaders on whose words the people of the state have reposed their faith and power have continued to shape and secure their personal fortunes and future at the expense of the public welfare, taking the pubic for a ride all these while. Development projects and schemes which, if implemented in right earnest and with the required integrity in execution, have continued to be delayed and neglected, or even when completed, remained unable to provide the intended benefit to the public. Somewhere, somehow things that started with a bang almost invariable continues to end with a whimper, and the trend is sadly not a new or isolated one associated with any particular government or political party.
The need of the hour for the state government is not a knee-jerk reaction to the situations arising from time to time but a concerted effort in the form of a comprehensive and pragmatic plan drawn up taking into perspective the future of the state. A just and sometimes uncomfortable decisions need to be taken, and take stands which might seem unpopular. Deeds not words ultimately decide and results will ultimately idolise or demonize the leaders in the course of history. Meanwhile, we the public will have to contend with the disconnected dreams we brought upon themselves through the leaders we have elected themselves.

Saturday, 31 October 2020 16:33

CM inaugurates new AJWJU office building

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Imphal, Oct. 31:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated a newly constructed office building of All Jiribam Working Journalists’ Union (AJWJU) via video conferencing from the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
In his speech, the Chief Minister said that once a neglected area in the past, Jiribam has now become a key location and the western corridor to the State. There were lots of inconveniences when the State mainly relied on Imphal-Dimapur highway. However, the situation had drastically changed after Imphal-Jiribam road was revamped, he added.  
Moreover, railway is expected to reach Imphal via Jiribam soon, he said and added that people and the media of Jiribam should play key roles in the strict enforcement of Inner Line Permit System by remaining vigilant and promptly informing the authority whenever any wrongdoing happens. Media should be strengthened and at the same time, people and the authority should also be sincere in this regard, the Chief Minister observed. Stating that media is known as the fourth pillar of democracy, Shri N. Biren Singh opined that media should not concentrate only on negative reporting.
Among others, Forest and Environment Minister Awangbou Newmai, Social Welfare Minister Okram Henry, Advisor to CM (Health) Dr. Sapam Ranjan and Manipur Building & Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board Chairperson Heikham Dingo were also present at the function.

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Imphal, Oct 26:

Chief Whip of Congress Legislative Party Govindas Konthoujam said that the Indian National Congress stood for democracy to save Manipur and to save India. The Congress put up the most reliable and people friendly candidate Salam Joy Singh for the bye-poll of Wangoi Assembly Constituency.  He said, “We’ll help him. We’ll stand for him. I appeal to everyone to support him and cast your valuable vote to Salam Joy who will work for you and for the welfare of the constituency.”

He was speaking at the one-day political conference of INC candidate Salam Joy held on Sunday at Maulana Maourubi Ground, Paobitek Mayai Leikai, Wangoi Assembly Constituency.

Govindas honestly stated, “Don’t judge candidate based on bribery. You can accept the bribe given by other parties, but to save our country, our state Manipur and democracy, we must give support to INC candidate.”

Referring to when BJP candidate O. Lukhoi Singh once wrongly mentioned the date of poll as November 17 in his speech; Govindas, in a comic tone,  appealed to the people of Wangoi to cast their valuable vote to Salam Joy on November 7, the actual date of poll; whereas for BJP candidate O.Lukhoi Singh, the people can cast their vote on November 17.

The conference was attended by many distinguished Congress leaders including K. Ranjit MLA, N. Loken MLA, Kh.Joykisan MLA, Fajur Rahim MLA, Amin Shah, General Secretary MPCC, Hareshwar Goswami, General Secretary MPCC, Binarani, Secretary MPCC and the Congress candidate Salam Joy Singh.

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