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

Shrewd Game planner; Who could it be?

The recent development in the Okram Ibobi Si ngh lead congress government need to be seriously look upon by each and every citizen of the state. For the first time the people of the state has been witnessing a political drama at which the descendents attacked to their fellow colleagues who are holding ministerial berth. The remarks of the chief minister regarding the movement of the congress MLAs at which he had assumed the development as another strategy of his MLAs to strengthen his government is something like saying that “my father is not hiding under the bed”. Being the Chief Minister for third consecutive terms, Okram Ibobi might have known the consequences of differences among MLAs of his party. He had seen and witnessed some of the past government in the state crumbled due to disunity among the MLAs. So, why did he said that the demand of the congress MLAs for reshuffle of the minister as another steps towards strengthening his government? Chief Minister Okram Ibobi had also shrewdly diverted the ball to the court of the congress high command when everyone knows that he is the full authority in considering whom to give ministerial berth. Everybody knows that 27 MLAs are demanding for reshuffle of the cabinet ministers whose number is 10. And it will not be easy task for the Chief Minister to select 10 out of the 27 as there is no guarantee that the remaining MLAs will not revolved against the newly elected one. It will be wrong to assume that the 27 MLAs do not have any understanding of the logic but seems like something fishy seems to be going on. Why should the 27 MLAs joined together for reshuffle of the ministers when each of them knows that only 10 among them will be the ministers? As for the Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, there is nothing lost to the demand for reshuffle. Whoever, comes to the cabinet seat, he will always hold supremacy towards them. So let’s wait and watch who really the game planner for this episode is.

Caffeine is a bitter substance usually found in coffee, tea, chocolate or soft drinks. Caffeine intake has many effects on the body’s metabolism such as stimulating the central nervous system thereby making us more alert and giving a temporary boost to the energy.

The amount of caffeine in two to four cups of coffee a day is not harmful. However, too much consumption of caffeine can cause various health problems such as insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, dehydration, headache or dizziness, faster heart beat etc. Caffeine is hazardous for pregnant ladies as it increases foetal heart rate and can even link to miscarriage.

Increased acidity is one of the ill effects of caffeine. When your body is acidic, it tries to neutralize itself in several ways. It removes calcium from the bones (osteoporosis) and magnesium from the muscles. If your body fails to neutralize the acid, it gets stored in your fat cells. If the fat cells are full, your body actually creates new fat cells and stores more fat in order to safely store the acid. This increased acidity also causes increased ageing and decreased immune function which are not favourable conditions for any individual.

Caffeine may reduce control of fine motor movements resulting in shaky hands. High caffeine consumption accelerates bone loss at the spine in elderly postmenopausal women. Caffeine consumption may also raise blood pressure to those who are already suffering from hypertension. Indigestion is another major problem associated with caffeine intake. People who consume caffeinated beverages often report an upset stomach or indigestion. This usually happens when the beverages are consumed on an empty stomach. It has been researched on that some people are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than others. These people should limit their use of caffeine and find an alternative option of beverage.

Green Tea- A Saviour!

It is easier said than done to reduce caffeine intake for many of us. Well, there is a gradual solution to refrain from the caffeine habit which may one day force us to pay a heavy health toll.  Remember, health is wealth. And it’s never too late to start a healthy habit. Cutting down on caffeinated beverages and switching to green tea would be a brilliant idea to avoid many unwanted health effects.

An apple a day keeps diseases at bay is now a little passé.  The redefined version is “A cup of green tea a day keeps diseases at bay”.  Green tea can be unanimously considered a saviour for many who have health issues due to high intake of caffeinated drinks. Green tea also offers a plethora of wonderful health benefits. From easing insomnia to soothing a troubled tummy and calming a disturbed mind, green tea has all sorts of healing powers. Also considered world’s healthiest drink, green tea contains the highest amount of antioxidants.

Green tea may also promote weight loss in overweight and obese adult. Other studies have found that green tea is helpful in preventing stress, relieving constipation, keeping the eyes and skin healthy, improving liver function and lowering uric acid level.


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Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

Fair mob justice

By : Nganthoi Lourembam
If I am not mistaken ‘mob justice’ means breaking the law and giving punishment to any culprit by a mob. According to you is that a right decision to take? I meant there are cases of setting fire to houses, properties, even beating the culprit to death. But how accurate the incident was and what if the culprit was the real victim? You never know the consequences. Setting a house on fire must be easy for the mob and the victim gets relief from it, but what was the family’s fault? Giving birth to a culprit was their fault, was it? I can understand people’s frustration, and it is true there are tons of pending cases and the police might take action very slow but setting someone’s house on fire without knowing the dire consequences isn’t really a good decision to me. Just imagine, a culprit stole some money from his friend’s house and ran away. The victim’s family calls for a mob justice and the mob break everything inside the house of the culprit costing more than what he had stolen and above that they beat the culprit to death. The culprit is dead but the loss to his family is infinite and here the culprit’s family is the real victim. I am not saying that mob justice is totally bad. If they don’t give hard punishment such as setting someone’s house on fire or beating someone brutally, then it is a good practise, cause they won’t have to wait for the police’ action. If mob justice is practised in a right way then I am sure it will help in building a good society.


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By: S. Herojit Singh

Faculty Member, ICM

The concept of entrepreneurship has a long and rich tradition within economic theory and has a wide range of meanings. On one extreme, an entrepreneur is a person of very high aptitude who pioneers changes, possessing characteristics found in only a very small fraction of the population. On the other extreme of definitions, anyone who wants to work for him or herself is considered to be an entrepreneur.

The work entrepreneur originates from the French word “entreprendre” which means, “to undertake”. In a business context, it means to start a business. The Merriam Website dictionary highlights the definition of an entrepreneur as one who organizes, manages and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise. The Collins Cobuild dictionary defines it as “a person who set up business and business deals”

The concept of entrepreneur was highlighted by different scholars from time to time and is an important to discuss how these concepts is considered in the past.

In the early 16th century, the Frenchman who organized and led military expeditions were referred to as “Entrepreneurs”. In the 17th century, it was applied to others types of adventures mainly civil engineering like construction of roads, bridges, harbor and building etc. However, it was in the 17th century the connection of risk with entrepreneurship developed.

Then in 18th century, Richard Cantillon (1725) a French economist of Irish descent was the first person to use the term “Entrepreneur” in economic theory. He describes “an entrepreneur as a person who pays a certain price for a product to resell it at an uncertain price, thereby making decision about obtaining and using resources while consequently assuming the risk of enterprise.

In the 19th century, Francis Walker (1876) distinguished between those who supplied funds and received interest and those received profit from managerial capabilities.

In the 20th century, another economics, Joshep A Schumpeter (1934) was the first economist to identify the human agent as a centre of the process of economic development.

According to Joshep, an entrepreneur is an innovator who introduces a new product, a new production process, and find out new market, a new source of raw material or introduces a new type of organization.

At a conference and entrepreneurship in the United States, entrepreneurship was defined as follows:

“Entrepreneurship is the attempt to create value through recognition of business opportunity the management of risk taking appropriate to the opportunity, and through the communicative and management skills to mobilize human financial and material resources necessary to bring a project to function.”

The definitions recognize that entrepreneurship involves the fusion of capital, technology and human talent. It is a dynamic and risky process.

Entrepreneurship is both an art as well as sciences.

Though people call it by various names or interpret according to their choice such as adventurism risk taking, thrill seeking, innovating etc., let us try to interpret in a very simpler form.

Who is an Entrepreneur?

An entrepreneur is a person who perceives a need and then brings together the manpower, materials and capital required to satisfy that need. An entrepreneur either originates a new business. Venture or carries out productive changes in an existing venture.

In the definition, entrepreneurs identify a need required by the masses or an opportunity identified for which he organized and coordinate various factors to fulfill the needs. He either creates a new business or makes changes in an existing venture as per requirements.

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