William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum

William 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

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.

Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

Maoist bans nine NGO to work under MACS

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Imphal July 5: Maoist Communist Party Manipur, in a press statement released today by Comrade Nonglen Meitei, Secretary Publicity and Propaganda of the outfit, said that it has banned nine NGS operating in the field of HIV/AIDS in the state to work under Manipur State AIDS Control Society.
The statement said that the Maoist Communist Party have learnt that the Chief Minister of Manipur and some other Ministers are trying to revive these nine NGOs (7 RIAC and 2 MSM). It said that NGOs should stop conspiring with the Ministers for this.
It further said that the Manipur State AIDS Control Society should recover the money swindled by these nine NGO. Maoist statement also appealed to all the NGO operating in the state in the field of HIV/AIDS to be sincere so that they can effectively fight with HIV/AIDS.

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Imphal, July 5: Rebel group Manipur Naga Peoples’ Front (MNPF) said that the V.Daihe alies Welson S/O (L) Ph. Vio of Sorbung Village of Senapati District who was claim by the NSCN-IM as the general secretary of MNPF and to have join NSCN-IM as wrong and baseless report. In a press statement sign by Thomas Newmai, Asst. Publisity MNPF said that V.Daihe was discharged from the party on Jan 8 2014 due to his bad moral character, Financial corruption and trying to form a new organization under the leadership of his brother V. Jocob. The outfit also question -  How many MNPF cadres are coming with him to surrender before the NSCN-IM? It also asked who elect him as the General Secretary, when and where?. The statement said he was arrest by MNPF/MNPA cadres due to above reasons on 5th Jan.2014 and kept in the organization custody for 139 days. His discharged order also been publish in all the major newspapers of Manipur on 13th Feb.2014.
MNPF/MNPA is a non EX-NSCN-IM revolutionary Organization. He join in the MNPF after a long request from his elder brother V.Jocob the former under Secretary NSCN-IM, who is also having a kidnapping case in Nagaland high court presently staying in Mao gate and Senapati area after putting up a petition to the court that he is already missing. In the beginning we trust and have confidence to V.Jocob, because he gave many suggestion and advice for our organization. Saying that as a long sufferer of the NSCN –IM and Unification cadre I know their character, that they have no more issue for the public.

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