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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Imphal, July 05: Licensed vendors of Purana Bazar Khwairamband Market today staged a sit in protest at three different sides of the Market demanding the government to provide an arrangement of the non-licensed street vendors or they will stop paying tax to Imphal Municipal Council.
Speaking to the media persons, Secretary, Khwairamband Nupi Keithel Sinpham amadi Saktam Kanba Lup, T. Ibenu Devi said there has been a lot of disturbance caused by the non licensed street vendors coming from different parts of the state. She further said that it’s been four years that the licensed vendors reoccupied their respective stalls in the markets. However, many problems including the dispute of vending space and street vendors still remained pending in the state. The government and IMC are responsible for all these. She also said that the increasing number of street vendors adversely affected the business of licensed vendors and ultimately reduced the importance and uniqueness of the market.
Government should take up actions to stop building of innumerable shops in the temporary shed meant for the street vendors. If the government make an arrangement for the street vendors there will not be any unwanted incident among the vendors and the markets will be neat and clean.

Imphal, July 5: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has submitted charge sheets against six former rebels, including two women cadre, for waging a war against the Indian Union.  This was stated in an official statement issued on Wednesday by the NIA. But the former rebels had come overground after signing deals with the government.  In other words, the charge sheets submitted on June 30 in the NIA special court, Guwahati, has caused confusion and suspicion among the former rebels, now lodged in designated camps scattered in Manipur. 

Some tribal outfits had signed the Suspension of Operations (SoO) on August 1, 2005 with the Army under which the militants had come overground. However the Manipur government maintained that it was not taken into confidence and is not aware of the agreement. Police and paramilitary forces continued to arrest and kill some militants of these outfits.  A formal agreement was signed on August 22, 2008 between the representatives of the governments of India, Manipur, and the leaders of 16 tribal outfits in Delhi. Some other outfits had later signed the SoO.

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.”

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