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William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Children should be acquainted with the beauty of nature for harmonious living: Deputy CM

DIPR
Imphal, Nov. 14

Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh has stressed the need to acquaint with the beauty of nature and its importance in human lives to children for a peaceful and harmonious human existence. He was speaking as Chief Guest at the State Level Children’s Day Celebration held at the auditorium of Tribal Research Institute at Chingmeirong, Imphal today.
Deputy Chief Minister said, celebration of Children’s Day is to commemorate the birthday of late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, has a significant connotation which has to be rendered upon towards the society. He said, we all know that children are the assets of future, but we are not fully aware of how we are responsible not only to our own children but also to the children of our society. Every child is born free and they should equally be treated by giving access to their rights irrespective of their status. They should be made aware of the importance of nature to human lives and the need to preserve it for a peaceful co-existence and harmonious living. He said, there have been many issues pertaining to children with disability, mentally retarded, orphans etc. in our society which has to be sorted out by giving proper attention from time to time. He said,    special schemes and welfare measures for giving them good education, proper healthcare and other advantages in various sectors of social life should be introduced. Special care should be given to the children in Children Homes, Orphanage etc. by treating them with parenting zeal so that they can feel the joy of home too. He also wishes children in the state for bright and responsible citizens in future.
Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen said, Pandit Nehru’s vision to nurture children by fulfilling their rights to education, healthcare etc. has to be delivered and it is in this direction that Department of Social Welfare has taken up many welfare schemes for children especially for marginalized, differently abled, mentally retarded and orphans in the state. She said, there have been many cases of exploitation, harassment and sexual exploitation to even differently abled children in the state which needs special attention. She said, the problem of children drug abuse has becoming a challenge to deal with and she urged parents to take extra care and love so that it can be minimized to a larger extent. She also appealed to the children in the State to be obedient and loyal to their parents, teachers and elders, punctual in life so that they can be a successful and responsible citizen in their lives.
L. Rameshor Singh, MLA also spoke on the importance of nurturing children for a better society in future. Bantee Singh Konthoujam, Joint Director, Social Welfare, students from different schools and children homes, parents, teachers participated among others in the celebration.

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Minister Shyamkumar launches green bag at Ima Market; 2 Lakhs Green Paper Bag Distributed To Curb Plastic Pollution

IT News
Imphal, Nov 14

As part of concerted effort to curb plastic pollution in the State, Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar today launched Green Bag a local product of the Usham Group at the Khwairamband Ima Market. Apart from launching the programme, 2 lakh paper bags were distributed in and around the Khwairamband market today.
Addressing the media persons, Th. Shyamkumar said that plastic pollution is currently one of the biggest concerns facing the world. He said the plastic pollution negatively impacts the natural environment, creating problems for the plants, wildlife and human population. The threat of plastic pollution includes killing plant life and posing dangers to local animals, he added.
Speaking on the long term long-term effects of plastic pollution, he said the plastic pollution upsets the food chain, causes groundwater pollution, land and air pollution. He further said as plastic is made from toxic compounds causing illness and because it is meant for durability, it is not biodegradable.
He said the problem can be addressed by individuals and companies around the world agreeing to implement practices that reduce waste on every level. He said as an initiative for reducing plastic waste we can carry reusable or biodegradable bags which can be used for every purpose such as grocery shopping. Even shops and business involving packaging and storing items can replace plastics by biodegradable or reusable products.
He appealed to the citizens of the State and all the stakeholders to support the Government to help in beating the plastic pollution. He said local support is needed to make all the initiatives of stakeholders such as today’s Green Bag launch programme a grand success.

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AR Celebrates Children Day

IT News
Imphal, Nov 14

Keithelmanbi Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under aegis of IGAR (South) celebrated  the 130th birth anniversary of Late Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, which is celebrated on November 14th and widely known as Children’s Day.   
On the occasion of Children’s Day Canchipur Company Operating Base (COB) organised Painting, Debate and Essay writing competitions for the students of Royal Mission School, Canchipur.  
The event commenced with a motivational speech by Karam Shyam, Minister of PDS, Consumer Affairs, Weights and Measures, Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation followed by a cultural programme organised by the school children. Post the cultural programme, Painting, Debate and Essay writing competitions based on the theme of the event were organised for the students. Students enthusiastically participated in the events and expressed their thoughts through colours on the paper. Winners of the competitions were felicitated with prizes by Karam Shyam and Commandant of Keithelmanbi Battalion Assam Rifles.  
In addition, various sports items including footballs, volleyballs, football gloves were also handed over to school authorities to promote sports in the area. The event concluded with tea and refreshment for all the attendees
The event witnessed an attendance of over 240 students and staff. The students and staff appreciated the efforts of the Assam Rifles in organizing such events which infused the values of belongingness in the children and the youth of the region. 

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AR conducts security meet

IT News
Imphal, Nov 13

Chandel Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) conducted security meet at Battalion Headquarter, Chandel on 11th November 2019.
The security meet was attended by 60 villagers to include village chiefs and village authority members from Chandel. During the meet, the locals were sensitised and updated on the current situation existing in the area of responsibility. Discussion on necessary measures to be undertaken for maintaining a strict vigil against illicit activities in the area as well as future action plan of civic action projects was undertaken.
The Commandant also enlightened them about the various schemes being undertaken by the Assam Rifles. Commandant apprised them about the inauguration and establishment of various skills training centre at Battalion Headquarter location under the aegis of National Development Skill Corporation. Emphasis was laid on the modalities of enrolment in these skill classes and the benefits of the same in improving one’s personal and financial status. He also briefed them regarding BADP projects, Op Sadbhavana projects and Assam Rifles Civic Action Projects.
This effort was appreciated by the attendees and they requested to conduct such informative gathering frequently.

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