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 June 26: In what could be termed as one of the biggest ever cheats to the people of the state, sub standard conductors are found used in the up-gradation work of 33 KV Transmission Line between 33/11 KV Sub-Station, Nilkuthi and 33/11 KV Sub-Station, Leimakhong. Sources said that the up-gradation work of 33 KV Transmission Line between 33/11 KV Sub-Station, Nilakuthi and 33/11 Sub-Station,

Leimakhong had been taken up by a firm called Indo Power Company Ltd based in Kolkata under the supervision of the office of the Executive Engineer, Transmission Construction Division No. II, Electricity Department, Govt. of Manipur during the year 2010-2-11.  The source also said that the Commissioner (power) has the knowledge of using of ACSR (Weasel) conductors which is meant for the 11 KV transmission line instead of ACSR (Raccoon) which is recommended in the work order. ACRS (Raccoon) conductor is specified conductor for 33 KV lines. The source further said that out of the total circuit length of 15 km between Nilakuthi and Leimakhong, an approximate circuit length of 5 km has been found using ACSR (Rabbit) which is also meant for 11 KV transmission line.  The source also hinted that there may be possibility of swindling a huge amount of money as the rate of ACSR (Raccoon) is double the rate of the sub standard conductors. Approximate cost of one km of ACSR (Raccoon) is estimated to be Rs.1,03,000 whereas the cost of one km of ACSR (Rabbit) is 51,000.

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Imphal, July 05:

Democratic Students of Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) today organised a one day academic discussion on disturbance free educational zone at the conference hall of DM college of Science, Imphal.
Professor, N. Joykumar Singh, Department of History, Director Centre of Manipur Studies, MU was the moderator of the function.
P. Premchandra, General Secretary of DESAM said in his key note address that in a financially deprived state like Manipur there is a need of building knowledge capital and improvising knowledge industries. The reason for the prevailing unwanted situation of the state is due to lack of proper education. He also laments against monetary demands by various organisations from educational institutes in the state as it hampers educational atmosphere of those institutes. He also urges to restructure and re design the curriculum of school, colleges and universities, to stop corruption and politics free in the education sector.
Giving solidarity to the demands of DESAM for a disturbance free educational zone, students of many educational institutes of the state staged sit-in-protest in their respective campuses. Students of Manipur University also staged a sit-in-protest in front of the Main Gate of the University. Mayanglambam Shaolin who took part in the sit-in-protest said that the students of Manipur University support the demands of DESAM. He said that there are many disturbances inside the campus of the University such as frequent frisking by security while entering the gate of the University, opening up of paramilitary forces’ camp inside the campus etc.

Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

The surrogate teachers

Education - an enlightening experience, so says the experts. In our society mired with deep rooted beliefs and traditions, the one means of lifting the veil of superstition and bringing the public to their senses turns out to be enlightening the common people to the realities of the present world. The role of education cannot be emphasized enough in bringing about a change in the mindset of the people. Yet, and as we have been experiencing it, the critical role of education has been missing, leading to a slow progression and a hindrance to the fast paced race for development in the present world. In a welcome move by the present minister who is in charge of education, various changes have been mooted- and many have been implemented. Yet the fact remains that the system is still in need of a holistic overhaul- not so much for want of regulations as it is for want of an effective implementation of the various policies and programs drawn up to boost the quality of education being dispensed at present in the state. In what can be termed as a mass malpractice of reformation, the present practice of substituting local individuals in connivance with the appointed teachers to take their place in various far flung places is becoming an accepted way of escaping the harsh realities of the actual hardships that comes with the trade. An undeniable fact that has been conveniently overlooked- the end result felt only by the students. Promises have been made to make state run educational institutions an ideal place of study- a brave attempt to challenge the monopoly of private educational institutions. Though the move is a welcome one considering the exorbitant fees being levied by these private educational institutions of which there has been such a hue and cry about, the fact remains that almost every parent or guardian still prefers to enroll their wards in such private schools. Isn’t it then reason enough for the state agencies and concerned authorities to delve deeper into the matter to find out the reason behind all these fiasco? What has the so called “model schools” become? What are the checks and balances that have been put in place to ensure such model schools perform to their optimum?  How are the teachers, selected after much hype and controversies performing? Or are those selected teachers really performing their entrusted duties to the best of their abilities? Questions only those in the know of things can give a definitive answer to. Yet the undeniable results showed otherwise. It is time to question the facts and admit the lapses to bring about the desired result. The open secret of the surrogate teachers needs to be busted in time to prevent the decaying rot in the education system in the State. The media is ready- is the Government ready to take the fall?

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Imphal, July 05: Third winner of state level crop competition on Rice Paddy of 2013-2014 refused to accept the prize which was distributed today by Agriculture Department.
A prize distribution ceremony of ‘Rice crop competition’ for the year of 2013-2014 was organised today by the department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur at Directorate of Agriculture, Sanjenthong, Imphal. The competition was organised to encourage the farmers in producing more products on Rice Paddy, said S. Gunija Devi, Director of Agriculture, Government of Manipur who also attended the function as President. She said the farmers must attain the training programs on modern farming techniques organised by the Government.
Attending the function as Chief Guest, M.D. Abdul Nasir, Minister of Agriculture/Fisheries, Manipur, said the achievement of farmers means the achievement of Agriculture and all the farmers and the departments’ associates should cooperate and work together for the betterment in Agriculture Industries.
Rajesh Agarwal, IAS, Commissioner of Agriculture, Government of Manipur also attended the function as Guest of Honour and said the state can produce more crops as the land is rich with fertility. The department’s effort is to see improvement in their productivities. He further said there needs to have a procurement system for the farmer’s benefit.
Later, prizes were distributed to the winners of district and state level crop competition on Rice Paddy of 2013-2014.
It could be noted that the third winner of the state level crop competition Ahsem Priyokumar Singh from Sangdangkhong, Bishnupur district did not accept the prize. Addressing a press conference today at Manipur Press Club, Ashem Priyokumar said that he is a National Awardee of crop competition for the year of 2012-2013 and he is disappointed for awarding him the third winner of the state level competition. He said that he will not accept the prize distributed by the Agriculture Department.

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