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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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Banana & Alternative Natural Fibres and Allied Products are New Hope for North-East - Bhubon

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Imphal, May 3,

AMITY University, Amity School of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (ASNRSD), Noida, India in association with the Shintha Handlooms and Handicrafts, Thongju-2, Manipur has conducted a “One Day Training on Banana/Alternative Natural Fibre Extraction and Product Development” yesterday, the 2nd May, at the “Skills’ Traning Centre” of CSIR-NEIST, Lamphelpat , Imphal west. Dr. H. Birakumar Singh, Principal & Senior Scientist, CSIR-NEIST, Lamphelpat, Prof.B.K.P. Sinha Advisor to AMITY University, Amity School of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (ASNRSD), Noida, India; Jiten Thokchom, Secretary of Manipur Chambers of Commerce and Industries (MCCI) Manipur and L.Sadananda, Treasurer, MCCI attended the inaugural functions as the Chief Guest, President and the Guests of Honour respectively.
The said one day training on Banana/Alternative Natural Fibre Extraction and Product Development” was organized as a part of the ongoing project of the AMITY University, Noida entitled “Natural Alternative Fibre Based Textiles: Assessment Market Potential & Techno-Economics Feasibility in Context of North-East” under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India” said by S.Bhubol of Shintha Handlooms and Handicrafts, Thongju Part-2, Imphal East. Giving the key-note speech of the function, S.Bhubol continued that the banana and alternative natural fibres and their allied products are the new hopes for the North East region’s economic development as such fibres can now be qualitatively produced from a number of indigenous plants and trees abundantly growing in the states of northeast.
Dr.H.Birakumar Singh in his speech of the Chief Guest expressed happiness on conducting the training as CSIR-NEIST has also working in this area in the last few years that is experienced with enormous potential i this field for Manipur in particular and entire North-East in general. He further said that the CSIR-NEIST is still engrossing in research works and possibly the best potential of the indigenous plantain tree (banana) popularly known as ‘Changbi’which can give the longest thread reaching upto 15-20 ft long bearing good qualities that can be easily used as for weaving purposes without much difficulty of offently joining the threads. He added that the two banana fibre extractor machines installing in the CSIR-NEIST campus, Lamphelpat, the Skill Training Centre and all other machine and equipment can now used in free of cost by the entrepreneurs having interest in this field.
Neeraj Sinha Coordinator of the project substituting Prof.B.K.P. Sinha of AMITY University expressed happiness on findings of the project the rich potential of the North-East in the area of producing banana and alternative natural fibre extraction and allied production and more potentials available in Manipur state not only fully grown by natural fibre extractable plants and trees but also populated by highly skilled artisans producing world standard crafts of Kauna and Chumthang  the world is demanding at best.
Jotin Thokchom giving his speech of Guest of Honour expressed that the state has a potentials as traditional knowledge and practices in the field of natural fibre based productions existing as prolonged occupations of the artisans of land and asserted that it is time for taking reference of others South East Asian Countries like Philippines and Malaysia which have been producing maximum production in the sector and also he said that the advanced machines for extraction of natural fibres and joining threads equipment produced by countries like China can be procured in the state for achieving better qualities and products. He added that the Manipur Chambers of Commerce and Industries shall extend support  to this field at best capacities by incorporating in its venture of hunting the South Asian Countries for better economics ties with the state Manipur.

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National Women Social Award conferred to Mayanglangbam Diana

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Imphal, May 2,

International model and Social Activist Mayanglambam Diana was Conferred National Women Social Award by Progressive Thane Residency Welfare Association, Thane on the Occasion of Maharastra Day which is observed every year on the first of May.
The Award giving ceremony was held yesterday at Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha, Auditorium, Thane in honour of the Socially Dedicated Persons of the country.
Mayanglambam Diana was chosen for this Award in recognition of her dedicated humanitarian services she rendered at Delhi for the last three years. The award carries a citation, cash and Shawl.  Mayanglangbam Diana had also received different Awards earlier.

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Awareness Program Organised on Agri, Allied Activities and Kharif Campaign

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Imphal,May 2,

 FXB India Suraksha, Imphal and KVK, Imphal East jointly organized a one day awareness program on “Agri and Allied Activities and Karif Campaigned” at Conference Hall of Kanghuchingjin Village, Imphal East, Manipur on April 30, 2019.
The main objective of the programme was to sensitise the villagers about the available services under Krishi Vigyan Kendra,KVK; latest technologies in agriculture, and other available short and long term vocational training courses on vegetable, floriculture, beekeeping, dairying, mushroom, organic farming and protective cultivation etc. for rural youth for self-employment. Over 50 villagers especially women and men participated during the a day long awareness programme.
Smt. Monibala Devi, I/C Head KVK, Imphal East; Nandini Chongthama, SMS, KVK, Imphal East; Gunajit Oinam, SMS, KVK, Imphal East; Dr. Th. Sushikumar Singh, Prog. Asst, KVK, Imphal East; Dr. H. Ramananada Singh, SMS, KVK, Imphal East; and Dr. Priyadarshini Salam, SMS, KVK, Imphal East, were the chief guests cum resource persons for the programme.
The sessions were organised on crop strategies for increase productivity of crops, diversification during Kharif for doubling farmer’s income, water harvesting for increase productivity, integrated pest management, High Value horticulture crops, value addition for enhancing rural livelihood and economy and entrepreneurship development through livestock and poultry.
The day long training programme started with a session of Mr. Sunil Meitei, Project Officer, FXB India Suraksha introducing the purpose and objective of the training programme. He stressed upon the fact that People in the rural area are mainly believe on their hard works. Most of them don’t know the advance method of agriculture, and the allied activities they can do beside the agriculture. They don’t know the available existing government services which leaded them not to get the services.
He further said that such awareness program is very much important so that people can know and tide up with the government schemes. But, most of the people in rural area don’t feel interest in any awareness program by losing their daily wages.
Dr. Th. Sushilkumar Singh, Prog. Asst. KVK Imphal East (Andro) delivered that the KVK, Imphal East trained many famer on Livestock farming like piggery, dairy farming, poultry and Duckery etc. Many farmer club have been facilitated to get fund/loans in convergence with other institution like NABAARD & other Banks.
He further encourages the villager to have similar facilities under KVK. Nandani Chongtham, SMS, KVK, Imphal East (Andro) delivered her speech on crops strategies for increasing productivity. She said many new verities of paddy have been introduced by Central Agricultural University (CAU). Selecting the best paddy for agriculture is good idea and it will increase in productivity.
The SRI methods will also help the farmers to get more products. People should aware the required quantity of fertilizer for the crops. The department now have the rice transplantor which can be used in advance cultivation. She also introduced some other livelihood activities like Soya beans & green gram cultivation, Mushroom farming which can be done at home beside the main crops which may help the family to get more income. Mr. Gunaji Oinam, SMS, KVK, Imphal East (Andro) introduce the difference structure of wall water harvesting in three different type of land like hills, upland & lower land.
Smt. S. Molibala Devi, Program Coordinator I/C, KVK, Imphal East (Andro) delivered that people can earns money from food processing and adding the values. Villagers can established food processing unit with the available resources like tomato, Mango, Gooseberry, plums and other seasonal food and vegetables. She also suggested following the precaution and guideline under FSSI. It is good that people of Manipur have started earning money through food processing.
She also suggested to all the people who are doing the food processing to mention the integrants, manufacturing and best before date. She further said that people can do banana plantation from where fruits can be sold to the market, yarn can be produce from the banana trees and many products can be made of the yarns.
Dr. H. Ramananda Singh, SMS, KVK, Imphal East (Andro) took his session on important of integrated pest management. He said farmers may get lost if the pests are not managed in time. So integrated pests management is required. People used to focus on control of the pest which leaded side effect to present cultivation. Dr. Priyadarshini Salam, SMS, KVK, Imphal East (Andro) delivered her speech on important of high value horticulture crops. It includes growing vegetables, fruits and flowers. Nowadays strawberry, which was considered a fruit can be grown only in other state; have been produced in our state Manipur.
The day long programme which was jointly organized in association with KVK, Imphal East, CAU, (Andro) in with suggestions and recommendations. The villagers were asked to select suitable livelihood activities for vocational training program. The KVK, CAU, Imphal East (Andro) gave their commitment for organising the vocational training on their selected livelihood activities soonest.

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Poster campaign against corruption begins

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Imphal April 28,

With the main objective to eradicate corruption Manipur People Democratic Front (MPDF) all sets to begin poster campaign at various significant places.

Speaking in a press meet Secretary of MPDF Sapam Samungou said that fighting against corruption and eradicating it is the only hope for the people.

He said that even though everyone said that they don’t want corruption but everyone lacks the knowledge on how to remove and eradicate it. He said that how to eradicate corruption should be the question everyone should asked.

He further said that pamphlet will also be distributed to highlight the details of the corruption and also the drawbacks of corruption. He said if the corruption is not stopped that there is no future for the nation and added that eradication of corruption is the only way to achieve good governance.

Highlighting the needs for a firm stand by the legislature regarding corruption Samungou said that legislatures firm stand can eradicate it easily in a few minutes time.

He also said that the government has already sanction huge amount to deliver safe drinking water to deliver to the people by Singda project but it fails to deliver  it and added that such is the example of corruption.

He further questioned who else rectify such wrongdoings and added that it should be done by the government.

President of MPDF N. Nodiachand said that not only Manipur, India all its states under it faces a lot of problems because of corruption.

He added that in order to remove corruption he highlighted the need for the intellectual to eradicate it.

He said that if the intellectual plays an important role in it.

He further stressed that if corruption is not eradicated than younger generation will become a habit and subsequently becomes hereditary to the younger generation.


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