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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Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

Nurturing an idea

The announcement by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to set up a Sports University in Manipur has been arguably the best news we have had for a while now. The declaration has started to create a buzz in the sports crazy state, and rightly so. The second most populous country in the world with a population of 1,21,01,93,422  as per the 2011 census of Government of India have not been able to produce proportionate number of international sporting figures even after more than six decades of independence. The statistics is piled against India when it comes to taking up initiatives to develop sports in the country. The condition back home does not fare much better. Inspite of Manipur being recognized as the sporting powerhouse of the country, we haven’t been able to scratch the surface when it comes to infrastructures or technical resources to produce, or more importantly, develop talents that can compete with and be counted amongst the best in the world in any discipline. Agreed, the inherent potential and latent sporting talent amongst the youth of the state is huge, and arguably forms the largest and best pool of untapped talent, the innumerable victories in almost every national level championship in all sporting events bearing testimony to this fact. Yet these very national champions at the sub-junior and junior levels seem to fade into oblivion soon after. The reasons are varied, but amongst the most prominent are the absence of, or inadequate financial support coupled with the limited means of earning their own upkeep while engaging in their sporting pursuits as well as the non-viability of carrying on after a certain point due to mounting financial pressures. The sports university, if materialized, could address a large part of these concerns by providing appropriate job opportunities as well as scholarships. Another vital link which is still missing in the general endeavor of sporting fraternity of the country and the state is the absence of technical inputs during training sessions which limits the ability to fully assess the performance of an athlete. These lacunae in the training and assessment methodology can hopefully be bridged with facilities which will definitely be made available if and when the University starts functioning. Application of various developed technologies to enhance performance as well as the opportunity to develop the mental and psychological aspects of athletes can be fully implemented. The unexpectedly pleasant development augurs well for the future of the sports lovers as well as sportspersons of the state, and by extension, the country. Yet there still remains a lingering doubt on the collective mind of the people of the state, as the persons who are presently bearing the responsibility of developing sports in the state have shown their shortcomings and weaknesses in dealing with critical issues which have resulted in various sporting events remaining obscure, testimony of the grim reality of human frailty and induced judgments for which thousands of aspiring athletes are still floundering without the resources and support they rightly deserve. The University is an acknowledgement of the sporting achievements of the people of the state as much as the unmatched pool of talent that will ultimately propel the country to sporting glory from the present state of obscurity. We will benefit only if we all support and give a hand in making the idea into reality.

IT News
Imphal July 11: Salaries and allowances of the Manipur Legislative Assembly is likely to increase after state cabinet today gave a green signal into the matter. At present salary of an MLA is rupees 18,500/- per month. And constituency allowance is rupees 12,000/- per month at present. Entertainment allowances for an MLA is rupees 6,500/- per month. Secretariat Allowances is rupees 15,000/- per month.Besides the allowances and pay, an MLA also enjoys various privileges for travelling abroad once in a financial year. The Speaker had approved a maximum ceiling of rupees 3,50,000/- as travelling allowance. Other facilities enjoyed by the MLAs are, 700 litres of petrol per month, 3000 litres of SK oil per month, electricity bill, salary for 8 staffs etc.Source close to the CM secretariat said that the cabinet meet may approve the proposal for increase of the salary and allowances for MLAs.The cabinet meeting begins from 3 pm today evening at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. Other issue tabled during the cabinet meeting are preparation fo Budget Estimates for the year 2014-15, creation of temporary post of Officer on Specia; Duty (Home) in the IPS Above supertime HAG Scale of Rs. 67,000- 79,000 and proposal for adjustment to an equivalent post of E.O (Ind) in respect of I Nabachandra Singh, of the Commerce and Industries

Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

Explosion at scrap shop injures 3

IT News
Imphal, July 11: An explosive device went off at a metal scrap shop yesterday around 2.30 pm at Lalambung Makhong Takhellambam Leikai opposite MM Gas injuring three persons. The incident occurred when a worker at the scrap shop was sorting out the scraps when the explosion occured. Arunkumar Bora 20, S/o Sohami Bora of Borpeta Assam, Gola Bora 21, S/o Suresh Bora of Assam and Soibam Modhu 67, S/o Ibomcha of Changangei Mamang Leikai sustained injuries in the blast and were rushed to RIMS and SHIJA Hospitals for treatment. The scrap shop is owned by Seram Deben (55), S/o Ibotombi and is situated inside the homestead of the owner.

Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

Manipur Assembly Budget Session begins

IT News
Imphal, July 11 : The 8th session of the 10th Manipur state assembly begins today with the house of 60 members expressing their sorrow on the sad demise of Md Helaluddin Khan, former member of the assembly from Lilong assembly constituency, at the new assembly complex at Chingmeirong in Imphal West with a two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul. Helaluddin Khan was elected as an MLA from Lilong seat for four terms since 1980. The ruling MLAs who participated in the obituary include PHED Minister I Hemochandra, Agriculture Minister Md Nasir, Social welfare minister AK Mirabai, MLAs Md Fajur Rahim and Paonam Brojen alongwith opposition members Dr I Ibohalbi Singh, Th Shyamkumar Singh and Lukhoi. The speaker of the house Th Lokeshwar also participated in the day’s obituary references. Later Speaker adjourned the sitting of the house till 11 am of Monday(July 14). Sources said the 12 day assembly sittings which is scheduled to conclude on July 28 will resume on Monday(July 14) to discuss the Governor’s address and other government business. The discussion on the presentation of budget estimates 2014-15 will begin from July 15 and will be followed by general discussion on budget estimates, according to provisional calendar of the forthcoming sitting of the assembly issued by Secretary Akoijam Tiken of the Manipur Legislative Assembly.

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