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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Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

Police recruits write to CM

Imphal, July 5: Successful candidates in the recruitment tests for 3,000 constables and several police sub inspectors, assistant sub inspectors and Manipur Rifles jamadars have demanded that they be allowed to join service immediately. The recruitment tests were held over two years ago while Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh was in charge of Home. Now, the deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam Gangmei is charge of Home.

Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

Inventing new words

When William Shakespeare completed one of his classic work - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he invented around 1700 words in his plays and poems.

Likewise, some of the renowned newspaper editor of the state like Bharat Bhusan, Former Editor of Huiyen Lanpao had also invented some of the Meiteilon words to make the readers understood what the report was actually meant without losing unnecessary space in his newspaper. The kind of invention if followed decency is perhaps a way to enrich a language.

Some of the writers still felt that they should be allowed the same freedom, and a writer when used a word snitty Microsoft insisted that ‘snitty’ isn’t a word either.

Shakespeare never had to deal with such constraints. Some words Shakespeare had invented are eyeballs, puking, obscene, and skim milk.

Here are some words I wish he would have invented:

Another word for ‘drop’. Oh sure, there’s plunge and plummet, but you can’t use them interchangeably. You can’t have a character plunge her car keys on the floor. No one has ever said, “Hey, plummet the act. I know you’re lying.” Nor has anyone’s mouth ever plunged open.

Another word for ‘door.’ We use them all the time. Character’s are constantly coming in them, stalking out them, walking toward them, and slamming them. It’s hard not to overuse the word. And don’t tell me I could use portal—no one actually thinks of a door as a portal unless they are in spaceship or a submarine.

And  Shakespeare should have invented multiple words for ‘turn’. In your novel, things will turn colors, turn up, or turn from one thing into another. Your characters will take turns, make right turns, turn over, turn back, turn their attention to things, see how something turns out, and turn things down. They will also frequently turn to each other. You can replace a few of those turns with spin, but that only works if your characters are angry or ballerinas. If any word deserves a few synonyms, it’s turn.

On the other hand, there are also words which could be happily axe from the English language to make life easier. Many a time we have mistyped the word rifle in when reporting crime stories and spelled it riffle. The problem is that riffle is a real word. Spell check doesn’t catch it.   It means: to form, flow over, or move in riffles.

How many times have we all written about our riffling habits?

Maybe someone should add a function to the computer so that anytime someone grabs a riffle, a little warning pops up that says, “You amuse our computer brain, silly mortal.  And by the way, you have lightening cuting through the sky while your character is waking to the car.”

IT News

Imphal, July 4: A total of 87 candidates whose name has been declared selected in the direct recruitment of Sub-Inspectors and Jemadar has been withheld following the enquiry report submitted by T. Pachuau, IPS, ADGP (Home Guard).

An official source from the state Home Department said that among the 80 candidates who were declared selected to the mentioned post by the then authority when Y. Joykumar was the DGP, 59 candidates were found to be overage. The source also discloses the name of the candidates who are overage and a copy of it is with the Imphal Times.

The enquiry commission was instituted following allegations by various candidates about the probable misappropriation during the selection process of the direct recruitment. The Home Ministry source further stated that 6 (six) candidates who were declared selected for recruitment to the post were found to have been dubbed themselves as OBC candidates when they belongs to the General category.

Interestingly, another 11 candidates among the 87 candidates declared selected were found to have been applying under the sports quotas. However, during the enquiry it has been found that the certificates that the 11 candidates were using were forge. The certificate they produced were not approved by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sport (YAS) and not found in the YAS records.

The source said that date of birth of a candidate identified as Mongjam Amarjit Singh has been found tampered and the educational certificates of another candidate identified as Bishwo Luwang were found to be faked. Another candidate identified as Mayengbam Arun Singh was found to have been changed to OBC from SC besides changing his height 5’2″ to 5’3″.

The source further said that among the 87 candidate 4 candidates were found to have been selected without attending the Viva-voce and another four candidates were using certificate of physical impairment even though they were not medically confirmed.


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Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

Diverting the issue with development pill

Confidential matters of the government are sometime leaked to the press and media persons published such story tagging the word exclusives. Recently a national daily newspaper published a story base on the report of Intelligence Bureau about some of the NGOs of the country promoting terrorism activities with financial support from foreign country. NGO activists of the country have termed the report to have been intentionally leaked by the IB authority under the directives of the government. So the point trying to figure out is can the official secrete can be leaked out without the support and help of some of the authority who are working for the office.

This is about the news report appeared in a local daily which said the Haolenphai village located near Moreh in chandel district has been listed among 100 villages selected across the country for construction of smart city. It is an open secret that the Myanmar’s authority had encroach the Haolenphai Village and even the border pillar has been moved and reinstalled about one kilometer inside the Country’s territory by the Myanmar’s army. Recently, a vast portion of the country’s forest near the village was totally burnt some weeks back. This was captured to the lenses of a group of media persons who had visited the village recently. On the other hand the Village including Moreh was located inside the territory of Myanmar if one look at the Google Map. Any person who knows how to operate internet if click on the google map would say that Moreh and its surrounding is inside the territory of Myanmar. The matter has been brought up by the Imphal Times some months back, but was diverted by the Okram Ibobi government saying that google map is not official.

The point bringing up here is why the report about selection of Haolenphai among the 100 villages of the country for construction of smart cities has been leaked unofficially to a newspaper. Some fishy seem to be surrounding over its leakage. Earlier the Imphal Times had reported about the state government proposal for construction of model town in Moreh town. The proposal was kept pending due to reason best known to the government authority of that time.

When the Chinese had drawn their boundary line inside the Indian Territory at Arunachal Pradesh there was an uproar in the parliament house. But when similar things happen in this part of the country along the Indo- Myanmar border, the Indian government authority remained silence. And instead of looking after the matter they tried any means to divert the issue no matter to the cost of the erstwhile kingdom Manipur. Do we have to wait for the Indian government authority to safeguard our territory or …….. ?

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