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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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Assam Rifle inaugurates vocational training centre and distributes solar power systems

IT News
Imphal, Nov. 17

In yet another initiative by Assam Rifles, a new Vocational Training Centre at Hiyanglam was inaugurated on 16 November 2019. The Chief Guest for the event was Major General KP Singh, YSM, IGAR(S) and other dignitaries including Brig Neelesh Bhanot, SM, Commander 28 Sector Assam Rifles. This new centre is an augmentation of success of Vocational Training Centre at Sugnu and will impart training to women on stitching, handloom weaving and embroidery. The skill development initiative is part of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY), for recognition and standardisation of skills.  
To mark the successful handloom training undergone by 250 women at Vocational Training Centre Sugnu, certificates were distributed to sixty beneficiaries. Kakching Sector was able to get accreditation to the Vocational Training Centre with provisional certification from National Skill Development Centre. These acquired skills will equip the beneficiaries to showcase their talent to the best of their abilities.  
As part of Infrastructure Development and with an aim to provide electricity to far flung villages, Sehlon battalion under the aegis of Kakching Sector took initiative and carried out liaison with Luminous Company in Delhi. Following the success of first phase, in the second phase, 60 solar power systems were distributed to six villages namely Phoilen, Gammon, Moljol, Gelmol, Sejang, and S Bongjoi on 16 November at Hiyanglam. This initiative of Assam Rifles will bring the underdeveloped regions of Chandel District at par with the rest of the state which in turn will provide the coming generations a better standard of living and propel them to a path of self-determination in times to come. Infrastructure development and Capacity Building leading to Avenues of employment are the Focal Areas for Development for the Assam Rifles.
The ceremony summed up with Major General KP Singh, YSM conveying his message to the gathering that “Together, we will progress further into the realms of eternal bond of camaraderie tomorrow’.       
On the other hand, Moreh Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) also organised a lecture on precautionary and preventive measures against Malaria and Dengue at village H Mongjang in Chandel District on 16th November 2019.
The Nursing assistant from Moreh Battalion delivered an interactive lecture on Malaria precautionary and preventive measures at village H Mongjang. A total of 70 villagers including children’s benefited from the lecture and shared their views as well. Nursing Assistant shared the awareness on various methods of preventing Malaria at very initial stage.   
The Battalion has always made an endeavour to spread awareness on lifestyle as well as seasonal diseases by organising lectures at various locations. The villagers pledged to take all precautionary measures against Malaria / Dengue and help spreading the awareness among other neighbouring villages also. The village Chief and villagers expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Moreh Battalion for such initiatives and requested for more events in future. The event culminated with distribution of refreshments and group photograph.

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Manipur State Journalist Awards, 2019 conferred to 8 journalists on National Press Day

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Imphal, Nov. 16

Media gives voice to the voiceless, said Information and Public Relations Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh today during the National Press Day 2019 observation.

The National Press Day, 2019 cum Workshop on the theme of this year - “Reporting Interpretation - A journey” was observed at the Auditorium, DIPR New Complex, Nityaipat Chuthek, Imphal. As part of the observation, eight journalists of the State were awarded with the Manipur State Journalist Awards, 2019.

Speaking at the observation, Biswajit said journalists act as information providers and messengers. They give voice to the voiceless and help people know the truth. Journalism is all about dynamism and responsibility, he said explaining further that a reporter’s dynamism is characterised by his activities and progress.

He further asserted that it is also important for the journalists to understand the responsibility they have to take to bring development in the society.

He also talked on the importance of a balanced and unbiased reporting. He said a balanced reporting will only increase the credibility of the media house and the reporter.

While stating that media reports sometimes initiate discussions on the floor of the House, Biswajit explained that it is important for a news report to be balanced and accurate so that the House or the people are not misled by wrong and factually incorrect reporting.

Vision brings achievement, he said, explaining that vision or planning is required to start performing and bring achievement. 

Biswajit also congratulated the recipients of the Manipur State Journalist Awards, 2019.

Director (IPR) H. Balkrisna Singh said the DIPR and private media are two sides of the same coin.

He said the DIPR also plays the role of regulating and monitoring quality contents or irresponsible reporting and as such sometimes some sort of conflicts arises between the DIPR and local media persons.

The department is also committed towards bringing more transparency in its administration and bringing more welfare of the media persons, he added. He also spoke on the role of media in a democracy and further appealed for responsible reporting.

Chairman, MANITRON & MANIDCO Yumnam Radheshyam presided over the observation.

The recipients of the Manipur State Journalist Awards, 2019 are Nepram Krishnamohon Singh, Joint Editor Sanaleibak for Best Editor Award on National Integration & Communal Harmony,  Ashem Babycha Devi, Staff Reporter Hueiyen Lanpao (Science & Technology Reporting), Taorem Bishwajit Singh, Sub- Editor Sanaleibak ( Parliamentary Reporting), Sagolsem Bigyan, Reporter The People’s Chronicle ( Reporting with special reference to Women & Children),  R. K. Bullu Singh, Staff Reporter, Poknapham ( Reporting on Art & Culture ), Nomita Khongbantabam, Reporter, Hueiyen Lanpao ( Rural Reporting ), Heigrujam Sadananda Singh, Staff Reporter Poknapham ( Sports Reporting) and Khwairakpam Naoba, Video Journalist, ISTV News (Reporting on Public Health & Hygiene).

In the second session of the day, Pradip Phanjoubam, Senior Journalist moderated a workshop on the theme “Reporting- Interpretation: A Journey”. Sobhaphati Samom, Member All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union, Yumnam Rupachandra, Secretary General Editors Guild Manipur and Sothing Shimray, Member Manipur Hill Journalists’ Union presented papers as resource persons which was followed by an interaction & discussion session.

The session was attended by members of the journalist fraternity of the State and officers and staffs of the department.

It may be mentioned that the National Press Day is being observed on 16th November every year on different themes. It is symbolic of free and responsible press in India. This was the day on which the Press Council of India (PCI)  started functioning as a moral watchdog to ensure that not only did the press maintain the high standards expected from this powerful medium but also that it was not fettered by the influence or threats of any extraneous factors. November 16 personifies a responsible and free press in the country.

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Manju Diler visits Ccpur, takes stock of manual Labourers’ Plight


CCPUR, Nov.14

Taking cognizance of the plights of Safai Karamcharis of Churachandpur, Manju Diler, Member, National Commission for Safai Karamcharis today directed DLOs concerned to extend benefits to manual labourers/sanitary workers/sweepers.

Addressing a press meet after a meeting with DLOs at the Conference Hall of DC’s Office here, Manju Diler said she directed the DLOs to ensure that the workers get proper uniform/gum boots etc and ensure the workers to have working hours as per guidelines and norms.

She also urged the DLOs concerned to extend benefits such as provident fund, health care facilities and get connected the workers with various Govt welfare schemes such as Ayushman Bharat and Chief Minister Hakselgi Tengbang. Besides, the Hon’ble Minister also urged the DLOs concerned to organise health camp for the workers at least twice a year and other awareness camps for their welfare.

Prior to her meeting with the DLOs and the press, Manju Diler met the sanitary workers of the district at the Town Office of ADC Churachandpur office.

It may be mentioned that there are about 31 Safai Karamcharis in Churachandpur district out of which just one is a regular employee while the others are contractual employees.

The  Member also planted trees to commemorate her visit to the district at DTC premises, Tuibong.

DC Churachandpur Pawan Yadav, Additional DC Thangboi Gangte, CEO of ADC Churachandpur TK Simte and other DLOs accompanied the  Member in the tree plantation programme.

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

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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