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Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National 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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Roshan, Premila bags Manipur Mega Marathon titles

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Imphal, Feb 16

Marathon runner Kh Roshan bagged the winner’s title while S Premila retained her winner’s title of the 13th Mega Marathon Manipur in the men’s and women’s open category today. The annual mega marathon was organized by United People’s Front Manipur under the aegis of Athletic Association of Manipur(AAM).Roshan, a personnel of 3rd Assam Regiment Shillong clocked 1 hr 06 min 32 sec to bag first position in the men’s of the 21.5 kms long half marathon while S Premila of Yairipok Kekru Mayai Leikai also under Thoubal district reach the finishing line in 1 hr 21 min 08 sec to bag the first position in women’s category. Both the athletes also won a cash prize of Rs 40,000 each. Another athlete Y Inao,also from 3rd Assam Regiment  (1hr 06 min 38 sec) and Romajit Kh of Khundrakpam(1 hr 06 min 43 sec) finished the second and third positions of the men’s category.

In the women’s category H Bhumeswaori Devi of Sports authority of India touched the finishing line in 1 hr 22 min 58 sec and bag the second position while Th Babita of Yairipok under Thoubal district reached in 1 hr 26 min 17 sec to bag the third position in the same category of this year’s event. The second position holders of the marathon also got a cash prize of Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively. The other position holder’s runners (4th to 15th rank position holders) of both the men’s and women’s competition which was participated by a good number of athletes, also went home richer with a cash prizes of Rs 3000 each. The prizes were distributed during the closing function of the marathon which was attended by Director Of Social Welfare Ngangom Uttam Singh, President of United People’s Front W Second and President of AAM Leishangthem Ajit besides other prize donors. Youth affairs and sports commissioner Bobby Waikhom and the key functionaries of organizing body and others also present during the day’s marathon flagging off ceremony held at Khuman Lampak sports complex in the morning.

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Rights body comes up for street vendors’ Right 

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Imphal, Feb 14

Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR), while showing serious concerns to the rights of the street vendors here in Imphal says that the ongoing issues has now become a threat to the livelihood of the street vendors.

A statement of the YFPHR said that a communication letter has been submitted to the Chief Minister of Manipur drawing his attention to the problem being faced by the street vendors. The Right body stated that      Since January 15, 2020, the street vendors of Khwairamband Keithel are not allowed to sell any products for the last 29 days till the submission of this letter which has now become a threat to their livelihood.

As per the statement that has brought to the notice of the Chief Minister, the YFPHR said that  there are more than 2000 women Street Vendors earning their daily basic livelihood for their survival and to meet the daily needs of their family and children. The street vendors earn minimum of Rs. 200/- and Rs. 400 – Rs. 500/- at the maximum which is once in a blue moon. Since not allowing the vending by the Government they are facing the hardship to meet their daily basic needs. 

The YFPHR also stated that they have learned that a sum of Rs. 1,300/- to Rs. 2,000/- are now being collected from these suffering women in the name of issuing Street Vendor’s ID Card by some women among the street vendors being an agent of an unknown person assuring the same which is in need to be identified at the earliest.

This was not the ultimate issue, earlier too a sum of Rs. 250/- to Rs. 500/- were informed to have been collected to obtain a street vendor card and nothing such happened till date, it added.  

The Rights body requested the Chief Minister to allow the Street Vending at the earliest to avoid violations of one’s livelihood  by providing compensation for the entire period until allowing the Street vending and also urged to direct the Police department to investigate on the collection of cash from the street vendors in the name of issuing Street Vendor’s ID Card.

The Right body also urged the Chief Minister to formulate proper Street Vendor Policy.

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Bhutangkhal bazaar of Jiribam District burnt to ashes

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Jiribam, Feb. 13

A major fire broke out at Bhutangkhal bazaar which lies at Jiri- Tipaimukh (JT) road around 20 kms towards the southern side of Jiribam District headquarter.
The fire burnt down thirteen shops and belongings at bazaar.
As per locals report, the incident occurred at around 5 AM of today morning. The cause of fire is still uncertain.
Local people tried to douse the fire but it was vain, as fire engulfed thirteen shops.
The fire tender from Jiribam Fire Station reached at the spot but due to worse condition of JT road, it couldn’t reached the place in time, prior to reach the fire tender the shops burnt into ashes.
The burnt shops are- Grocery shops, tea stall, pan shops, cloth store, cycle work shop, pharmacy, mobile repairing shop and other accessories shop were included in it.
One cruiser vehicle and auto rickshaw which were parked nearby the shops were also burnt down. Around 15- 20 lakhs worth of properties damaged in the fire.

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Prof. Pulok Kumar Mukherjee takes charge as Director IBSD

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Imphal, Feb. 10

Prof. Pulok Kumar Mukherjee has taken charge as Director of the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), an autonomous institute of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. Earlier he was working as Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology and Director of the School of Natural Product Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
Prof. Pulok Kumar Mukherjee is working on traditional medicine inspired drug discovery and development from Indian medicinal plants with major emphasis on their validation, formulation and standardization, metabolomic profiling, safety documentation and related aspects. He has made significant contributions on translational research in biomedical sciences for drug discovery and development through evidence-based validation and documentation of traditional medicine for their quality, safety and efficacy. He has made several innovative and outstanding contributions in academics and research in the area of natural product studies, related to the bioprospecting of medicinal plants leading to the development of safe and efficacious products. He has contributed a lot on evaluation and validation of drugs and pharmaceuticals from medicinal plants including their chemo-profiling, quality evaluation, safety documentation, ethnopharmacology and evidence-based validation of herbs used in traditional medicine.
His multidisciplinary concerted efforts for drug development from Indian Medicinal Plants (IMPs) and their validation with special emphasis on quality control, safety-related quality issues, synergy, value-added formulation development, metabolomics, marker profiling and related aspects have been appreciated by several industries and products have been developed, technology has been transferred through University-Industry collaborations. His works on systematic data mining for validation of Indian medicinal plants are useful bio-prospecting tools for developing safe and effective products with scientific evidence. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Science, India (FNASc) and the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (FRSC) and The West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (WAST). Prof Mukherjee is the President of International Society for Ethnopharmacology, Switzerland and Secretary of the Society for Ethnopharmacology, India (SFE-India), Kolkata, India.
Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) was established as an autonomous institute by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India in April, 2001 at Imphal, Manipur.  Presently, IBSD also has its centres at Gangtok, Sikkim; Aizawl, Mizoram and Shillong, Meghalaya.

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