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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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13th foundation day of Manipur State Commission for Women held; State to Host Two Days United Nations Conference: Guv Najma Heptulla

IT News
Imphal, Sept. 15
Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla announced that State will host the United Nations International Conference to discuss the issues related to drug menace, HIV/AIDS problems in the region on 30th September- 1st October, 2019. She made such announcement at the 13th Foundation Day Celebration of the Manipur State Commission for Women held at Hotel Imphal today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Governor said that delegates from around seven countries would be participating at the International Conference. Governor urged the Chief Minister, Manipur to invite the Home Ministers of all the NorthEastern States to the Conference so that we can have a comprehensive policy to deal with such issues in the region.
Mentioning that atrocities like molesting, gang-rape, sexual assault have been alarmingly increasing in the State in the last few years, she stated that all stakeholders belonging to different cross sections of the society are fighting as one to set right the wrongs against women.    She opined that women also suffer from other debilitating challenges which put them at a serious disadvantage. HIV/AIDS infected mothers, sisters, widows and orphans are soft targets for social stigma and discrimination and various forms of related human rights violations, she added.
She stated that many women specific and women related legislations to protect women against social discrimination, violence and atrocities etc. have been enacted. However, the full implementation of such laws is still hindered or delayed due to lack of awareness of the existence of such legislations.
She urged the Commission to explore the ways and means on how to eliminate all man-made social aberrations and means to prevent all crimes against women with the help of Law Enforcing Agencies of the State.  The Commission may also take up the issue of non-implementation of laws enacted to provide protection and also persevere to achieve the objectives of equality and development of women, she added.
Speaking at the gathering, Chief Minister said that women of the State are at the forefront in various fields including sports. Highlighting that the State government has introduced many welfare schemes for women and is focussed on women empowerment in the State, he stated that the present government is committed to uplift the lives of the women and encouraging women to live with dignity in the State. Several women are being given key positions in various departments including DCs and SPs in the State, he added.
Under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the State government is giving special priority for girl students in educational institutions. Women markets have been constructed in the hill districts of the State, he added. He stated that a Fast Track Court to deal Crimes against Women has been established to accelerate delivery of justice. Women Police Stations have been established in various districts of the State, he added.
Stating that rampant drug menace and alcoholism has huge adverse impact in our society, Chief Minister appealed the mothers and women of the State to fight united to root out such problems from the State.
The dignitaries released a newsletter titled “Women News Horizon- Vol-III” during the function.
Member of National Commission for Women Soso Shaiza, Chairperson of Manipur State Commission for Women Prof. Binota Meinam, former Chairpersons and members of Manipur State Commission for Women and others attended the function.

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Health Minister Jayantakumar Singh flags off Ayushman Bharat Pakhwara Rally from Kangla

IT News
Imphal, Sept. 15

Health and Family Welfare Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh has flagged a rally in connection with Ayushman Bharat Pakhwara today. Starting from western gate of Kangla the rally continued up to JNIMS, Poromopat where a function was organised in relation with the observation of Ayushman Bharat Pakhwara. The rally was also joined by Ravindra Singh, IAS, CEO, State Health Agency, Manipur, Joint Director Health, Rang Peter, Director, Health & Family Welfare, Manipur Dr. K. Rajo Singh, Additional Director Health, Dr. Shyamsunder Singh, Y. Rajiv Singh, State Programe Manager, National Health Mission, Manipur. Officials and staff from health and NHM, Manipur, Doctors, Nurses, medical and nursing students etc. also joined the rally.
Before flagging off the rally Minister Jayantakumar expressed to the media persons that the rally was being organized as a mark to celebrate the completion of one year of Ayushman Bharat which was initiated by Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. Minister also maintained that such rally will help to highlight the health schemes introduced by the government.
Speaking at main the function held at JNIMS hall as Chief Guest, Jayantakumar Singh said that the direction of health service and its system has been changed towards a new course. Health service is now, no longer limited to the treatment or medication of a sick person. The new concept of health service includes wellness of the people. It aims to let the people live healthily and happily. Many welfare schemes of the people have been covered under the new health policy of the government, minister added.
Jayantakumar said that the government has introduced many health schemes with the objective to maintain hygine of the people covering right from childhood to adult. District Early Intervention Centre, DEICs and Geriatric Centre have been opened at many hospitals including sub-divisional hospitals with the aim to provide health care and preventive care service to the newly born children and aged adults. People also need to have awareness about the beneficial health schemes of the government, he added. He also appealed the medical professionals to maintain professional ethics so to build understandings with the public.
The Ayushman Bharat Pakhwara at JNIMS Hall was also attended by Ravindra Singh, IAS, CEO, State Health Agency, Manipur as president. Joint Secretary, Health, Rang Peter, Director Health, Dr. K. Rajo Singh, Director, JNIMS, Dr. TH. Bhimo Singh also attended the function as guests of honour.

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CRPF distributes Water Storage Tank to marginalized peoples of Mongsangei area

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Imphal, Sept 13

109 BN CRPF under the aegis of IGP  Manipur and Nagaland sector conducted a civic action programme on 13th Sept 2019 at Mongsangei area. In this programme  water storage tanks  were  distributed to the marginalized peoples  of  Mongsangei area. This programme was held with an  objective  to extend a friendly and helping hand to the villagers.

R.K.Taruni Devi, President District Council,  Imphal West, graced the occasion as  Chief Guest and  distributed water storage tanks to the marginalized peoples  of Mongsangei Arubam Leiki, Konjeng Leikei, Langthabal Mantrikhong, Mongsangei Matai Leikei and Mongsangei Makha Leikai  in presence of dignitaries of local administration and  Village Headman. Commandant Vinod Kumar, Deputy Commandant Vinod Sawant, Deputy Commandant Alok Ranjan  organized the programme in befitting manner with an aim to connect the people. A  cultural program  was also organized  on this occasion

In his speech, Vinod Kumar, Commandant 109 BN thanked  the Chief Guest R.K.Taruni Devi and A.k.Singh, Guest of Honour  for extending  CRPF an opportunity to serve them and urged the local administration to fulfil the needs of the local people.

Vinod kumar,  Commandant 109 Bn expressed his happiness  in getting this opportunity  to fulfil the   longstanding need of villagers of Mongsangei area.  He stated that unit will continue to serve the people of Manipur by carrying such humanitarian activities. He draw the attention of villagers by mentioning that fresh water sources are becoming scarce with the passage of time. He further emphasised that considering  the current climatic condition,  preventive measures are required to be taken. Rainwater harvesting is a sustainable process that helps in preserving rainwater for different purposes and for the future needs as well. It is a method of collecting and storing rain water to be used for various purposes.  In past,  109 Bn CRPF has distributed walking stick, wheel chair, walker and hearing aid to All Manipur handicapped School and Old Age Home of the locality. 109 Bn has  constructed one passenger  shed at  Karong , Senapati and has carried many such  civic action programme  in last couple of  years in Imphal west and Senapati  Dist.Village president of various villages and distinguished guests present on the occasion praised the concern of the unit Commandant for its virtuous affiliation.

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ARMY recovers large quantities of weapons and warlike stores in Namsa

IT News
Imphal Sept. 12

Based on specific information regarding presence of NSCN (IM) cadre, troops of Indian Army along with police representative launched an operation in general area Namsa on 09 Sep 2019 and recovered large quantities of arms and ammunition.
On specific search of the house of SS Lt Akho of NSCN(IM) in the area, troops recovered two AK 47s, one HK and one Semi Automatic rifle, six magazines, four grenades of Under Barrel Grenade Launcher, one Improvised Explosive Device with Remote Control, assorted ammunition (191 rounds of 5.56 mm and 478 rounds of 7.62 mm), two radio sets with one spare bty, Rs 2,18,000/- in cash, extortion slips and other warlike stores.
Inspite of the peace talks with Government of India, NSCN(IM) has continued to resort to forced extortion and illegal activities which are in gross violation of Ceasefire Ground Rules, thereby violating the peace and tranquility in the region.
The recovered items have been handed over to Tizit Police Station at Namsa for further investigation.

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