Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar 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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Imphal, Aug 5:

Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency MP Dr. RK Ranjan stated that All weather roads for border areas is a must as it will boost the economic activity of the area. He was speaking at the one-day awareness programme on cane and bamboo and its application at Nongkam Satang Village in Tengnoupal district yesterday, jointly organized by Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal, Manipur; Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS), Manipur and Nongkam Satang, Choktong and Machi Village Authorities, Tengnoupal District.

The awareness programme is supported by Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), Guwahati, Assam under North Eastern Council, Ministry of DoNER, Government of India.

The Dr. Ranjan said that a proposal will be sent to the ministry of road transport and highways through the state government to construct an all-weather road.

“Without better road, health infrastructure border areas cannot be developed”, he said and added that the Maring community are master craftsmen in cane and bamboo products. They have a special talent in this and more awareness is needed to promote this.

The MP said, the agro climate of the area is suited for multiple cropping. As the team from CAU have tested the soil, it’s suited for planting litchi and agar trees besides bamboo which are abundantly grown in the area. By planting this, it will help in boosting the economy of the villagers. He said, people living in the border areas are the guardian of the border and they have been guarding the areas. The MP said, he will try to help in all possible ways to boost the economy of the people.

President of the programme, Dr. Lorho S. Pfoze, MP said that the connectivity in the region is very terrible and need to construct a better road between Lamlong Khunou to Nongkam Satang. It is urgent to need to make an international market place at Nongkam Satang to develop a formal trade between India and Myanmar. For this, it is necessary to talk with Burmese and Indian governments.

Prof. M. Premjit, Vice-Chancellor, Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal expressed that Nongkam Satang village is a suitable place for Lychee, Coconut, Cane and Bamboo. That is why he is willing to set up a centre for scientific plantation and skill development of these plants at Nongkam Satang in consultation with the Members of Parliament (MPs) present today. It also needs for establishment of Tissue culture for mass production of nursery plants.

Mr. Rajkumar Mayanglambam, DC, Tengnoupal District also attended as one of the guests of honour in the programme. He also stated that there is a plan to construct a road between Lamlong Khunou to Nongkam Satang under a programme of Assam Riffles and also issued no-objection certificate on it. He will urge it for a speedy process. The issues of no telephone network, lack of health facilities and primary school in the region and he will take it up to solve these problems through a new scheme of Prime Minister.

Th Krishnatombi Singh, the Additional Superintendent of Police of Tengnoupal district also expressed that after crossing the border, all the road in the Myanmar are motorable road, but in the case of Manipur, there is no road from pillar nos. 71 to 87. Such situation is threatening to our national security.

During the programme, hand sanitizer, masks, hydroxide and hand gloves were distrusted to the villagers which were provided by the Directorate of Health Services, Government of Manipur and Manipur university. Mr. Morung Makunga, Former Minister, Government of Manipur was also presented as one of the guests of honour of the programme.

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Imphal, August 4:

Women Action for Development has expressed its discontentment to learn the untimely demise of a pregnant woman in Manipur amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
A press release by the Women body said “Since the hospitals in the state are entirely occupied for treating the COVID patients, other non COVID patients and pregnant women in particular are facing the hardships at the most during this time, especially those in the containment zones. The state Health department must take up necessary arrangements to deal with such issues during the pandemic. “ 
“We truly are thankful to the front-liners for their devotion to help cure the COVID patients but at the same time , doctors to treat non Covid patients are to be assigned separately. If not then the probabilities of death among the non COVID patients will be higher than that of the death of non COVID patients due to the lack of such urgent medical facilities specially required by the pregnant women for delivery which cannot be stopped or postponed, “ it added.
WAD working for the course of women and children deeply show concern and sorrow about the death of women while giving birth during this pandemic, Longjam Basanti (34) and Thoudam (O) Malemnganbi, both from Thoubal district. Mention may be made, under the Indian Governmental scheme of women’s health, which are broadcasted every time at the radio ( Angang Unnaba basi di hospital khwai dagi   henna phare ), needs to be restored amidst the pandemic, if not than the numbers of maternal deaths will increase in the coming days. WAD also has information of 8 pregnant women in I / E who may be expecting the delivery in the couple of weeks and months.
The press release further said “We have been informed by the ASHAS from different districts, that most of the pregnant women belong to really poor families with no proper food and care since they are the daily wage earners and could not work during the lockdown. The state must be inclined to give the other non COVID patients and pregnant women, specifically, the assurance that they would be taken care on medical grounds.”
WAD urged the government to provide temporary maternity hospital and special gynae ward at every district which can be access to the needy women, to identify the pregnant women and nursing mothers in every district and provide them proper supplementary nutrition and other health care essentials, to announce the citizens, the medical facilities implemented by the State government to treat the non-COVID patients during this pandemic, to initiate helpline numbers to handle other such medical emergencies specially for the delivery of child, to arrange a well equipped ambulance with a team to meet the needs of medical emergencies and delivery cases as such and to assign  separate doctors and nurses  to  attend the delivery of child and non COVID patients.

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Tamenglong, August 4:

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the district administration of Tamenglong will celebrate the 74th Independence day of Republic India at the Jadonang Park, Tamenglong district headquarter as notified by Armstrong Pame, IAS, DC of Tamenglong,
Due to this pandemic the celebration will be limited to the District Level Officers (DLO), leaders of CSO, Organisations and Chairmen, Secretaries of the villages and wards of the district. And those participating in this celebration are to follow the Standard of Operating Procedures (SOPs) such as wearing of masks and social distancing.
Further, the DC of Tamenglong also notified to all the District Level Officers/Officials who will be participating for the celebration to report on 13th August latest by 2.00 pm also to undergo compulsory medical check-up of COVID 19 through True NAT machine on payment basis to those who will be travelling from other Districts/places to Tamenglong District Headquarter. All the DLOs will be accommodated at circuit house PWD, Tamenglong and also advised to stay alert and confine till the results of COVID-19 is known.

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Imphal, Aug. 3: 

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated a 300 bedded Covid Care Centre (CCC) at Manipur Trade and Expo Centre, Lamboi khongnang khong in Imphal West District today.
Briefing the media persons, Chief Minister stated that there is evidence of local transmission of COVID-19, however there is no community transmission of the disease in the State. He maintained that awareness among the people is very much needed to contain further spread of the disease. He also appealed to the people to come out openly for early treatment instead of concealing their COVID-19 status if tested positive.
The Chief Minister said that presently, a total of 300 beds have been installed in the CCC, Lamboi khongnang khong and it will be upgraded to a 1000-bedded Centre as it has enough space for extension. He appreciated the Health Department and other officials for setting up the Covid Care Centre so that infected people can get timely treatment.
Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar and Health Minister L. Jayantakumar, Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Health) V. Vumlunmang, Director (Health) Dr. K. Rajo and other officials were present during the function.

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