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, 12 September 2020 18:40

Noney Forest Division Complex inaugurated

IT News
Noney, Sept 12:

Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister Awangbow Newmai today inaugurated Forest Division Complex Noney in the presence of. M.H. Khan, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest, Environment and Climate Change,. Kereilhouvi Angami PCCF and HoFF and Namsinrei Panmei, Chairman, Autonomous District Council, Tamenglong.
Awongbow Newmai express his happiness and gratitude to the Longmai (Noney) village authority for donating the land generously for constructing the Noney Forest Division Complex. He also thank the public of Noney for extending support and taking keen interest in various development project work taken up by the forest department in Noney District.
He also urged the villagers to take the maximum benefits from the God given forest nature and also request the villagers to give cooperation to the forest department in the various projects and schemes which is taking up now in Noney District.
While visiting the Bamboo Processing Centre at Khumji Village Shri. Awongbow stated that as bamboo is vastly available in the forest of Noney district this bamboo processing centre will serve and give various benefits to the villagers in an around of Noney district in uplifting their socio-economic condition. He request the villagers to take the maximum benefits from this machines.
Forest and environment minister also launch a Solid and Waste Management project today in Noney district, while launching he praise the youth, clubs, volunteers and social workers of Noney District for taking up this kind of initiative in managing the waste so as to make the town, forest and river clean. This kind of voluntarily service is the first of its kind in the hill district that has been taken up and I’m happy that this kind of positive work or service will be followed by many people in our society for developing healthy and environment friendly society added. Shri Awongbow.
Noney Forest Division Complex and the Barracks has been constructed at the total cost of ¹ 51 Lacs.
District Forest Officer Noney, Napoleon Rongmei MFS also make a power point presentation on the achievements of Noney Forest Division for the year 2020-2021.
Longmai nature club also made a power point presentation on the solid waste management.

IT News

Imphal, Sept 11:

Even though the Union government has constituted an SOP for partial opening of the schools from September 21, there is no provision for opening of the schools as for the government of Manipur, Education Minister Th. Radheshyam today said speaking to media persons clarifying the doubts among the people of the state.

He said that the Director General of the Health Services of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (EMR Division) issued an SOP on September 8 for partial reopening of Schools for students of class IX to XII on partial basis on a voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers in the context of COVID-19.

The Education Minister said that the SOP is to take voluntary guidance from the teachers and not to conduct classes. The Health Ministry after taking assessment of the situation across the country issued the SOP as they are the authority. This SOP will be again issued by the Home ministry and after receiving the SOP the state government after consulting the situation will decide on whether to open the schools or not.

Unfortunately this SOP, without going into details has been misinterpreted and rumours which has not been stated are being spread.

The Minister said that the government has not yet decided to open school as of now and spreading rumours without proper understanding may create chaos to the students and their parents.

He said that the department is rolling head on how to arrange the seats for students if in case the schools are open. Discussion are on which class will first open at which kind of schools as some schools have large number of students while some don’t have much. As there may by problem in seat arrangement in schools like Johnstone, Ram Lal Paul and some other private school the department authority has been discussing about it with various stakeholders and students’ bodies at present.

“There is no question of opening the school right at the moment”, Education Minister Radheshyam clarified speaking to media persons.

The Minister further said that if in case there is a need to open the school, it will be base on the SOPs which says to take voluntary guidance from the teachers. And for that the state Education department in consultation with the Chief Minister will prepare another SOP for the state. He also stated that the condition will be on voluntary basis. The student if refuse can restrain from attending the school for taking guidance. On the other hand the school will also take consent of the parents.

He appealed all school authorities not to open the school or hostels until the state issue a new SOP

Friday, 11 September 2020 18:23

CM graces Manipur Startup Conclave 2020

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Imphal, Sept 11:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh handed over a total monetary assistance of Rs. 525.09 lakh to 272 StartUp beneficiaries at the Manipur StartUp Conclave - 2020 organized by the State Planning Department at City Convention Centre, Imphal today. Those who received assistance included eight beneficiaries in StandUp category, five in Revenue Stage and 259 in Idea Stage of the scheme.

Manipur StartUp scheme was launched in 2017-2018 to build a strong eco-system for nurturing startups with an aim to drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities. Three rounds of selection of beneficiaries have been conducted so far since 2017-18 and provided benefit to 877 StartUps. A beneficiary can avail up to Rs. 1 crore with 30% subsidy depending on the scale of their business. 

Speaking at the occasion as the Chief Guest, N. Biren Singh said that there is no dearth of talent and competence in the State. Manipur StartUp was introduced to extend assistance and encouragement to hardworking young entrepreneurs. They had gained the much needed impetus in their business ever since the scheme was introduced in 2017, he said and added that he is pleased to see that many local entrepreneurs are able to enter the global platform now after receiving assistance from the State Government through the scheme. 

Expressing satisfaction about the good understanding being maintained between the Government and different banks in this regard, the Chief Minister said that it is due to this understanding that Manipur has been able to improve its economy in the past three years and a half. Apart from StartUp, N. Biren said, these banks are kind enough to provide different loans to hundreds of hard working and deserving people on State Government’s request. That’s how the present Government has been able to build up a sound eco-system within a short span of time, he observed. 

Informing that the State Government is planning to provide bank loans to around 20,000 vendors whose business had been adversely affected by the prolonged lock-down, the Chief Minister urged the banks to expedite the process so that the vendors may restart their vending activities soon. Mentioning further about Manipur StartUp, he said that applicants need not have any tension about closing dates from this year onwards because applications would now be received the whole year. New applications for the 4th Round will be opened very soon. It will serve as an opportunity to those, who have returned from outside the State leaving their job due to COVID-19 pandemic, to set up their own business units here, the Chief Minister said. 

N. Biren Singh also informed that the Civil Secretariat Complex located at Chingmeirong would be completed soon. For this, the Chief Minister said, the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) has agreed to provide Rs. 150 crore. With the financial assistance from the same corporation, a guest house would also be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 260 crore at Old High Court complex, he said and added that an Art and Culture complex would also be set up on the State’s land recently retained at Gurgaon (Haryana). The Chief Minister also said that construction of a new Manipur Bhawan at Dwarka in Delhi would begin soon. 

Textiles, Commerce and Industries Minister Th. Biswajit, CAF and PD Minister Karam Shyam, Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip, Public Health Engineering Minister Losii Dikho, Agriculture Minister V. Hangkhanlian, Forest and Environment Minister Awangbow Newmai and State Planning Board Deputy Chairman S. Rajen were also seated on the dais as dignitaries. MLAs, Chief Secretary and other high ranking officials of the State Government also attended the function. 

Manipur StartUp has four categories (i) Revenue (ii) Idea (ii) Entrepreneurs Support Scheme (ESS) and (iv) Stand Up Manipur (added in 2019-20 to promote first time venture of SC/ST/OBC/women/Minority/ differently-abled entrepreneurs). 

Case studies of 20 Revenue StartUps/companies before funding 2017-18 and after funding 2019-20 under Manipur StartUp revealed that these companies have generated direct employment to more than 917, increased its customer outreach to 196,720 from 69,596 and increased its revenue from Rs. 7.41 crore to Rs. 24.60 crore. New business registration in Manipur (VAT & GST) has also increased from 5080 in 2015 to 16381 in 2019 with a percentage increase of 222% as per Ministry of MSME report (2018-19).

Thursday, 10 September 2020 18:37

‘After Whisky, Driving Risky’

IT Desk
Imphal, September 9:

“Wettest Dry State” is the title given to Manipur owing to its present scenario of availability of booze although being a dry state. It is an open secret that booze both IMF and local made are available in all nooks and corner of the state. From time to time, crackdown on vendors selling booze is seen on news either on some higher authorities whim or some other reasons best known to them. There are allegations from different sections of the people that, the Government cannot touch those black marketers doing in huge amount and volume, as they are connected with some powerful people and have huge amount of money to bribe their way out. So, how far is this whimsical crackdown on some sections fruitful?
The other day, saw a billboard at the heart of Imphal city with the slogan “After Whisky, Driving Risky” which I reckon is put up by the Traffic Police. So what does this mean? Does it mean, booze is now legal in Manipur? The billboard speaks a thousand words about the present scenario in Manipur.
It would be better to remove the Dry State tag if booze are going to be available in the Black market at a hefty price. There are many allegations of some black marketers selling adulterated booze, produced in Manipur and some neighbouring state. Also, there have been incidents of Police nabbing such illegal liquor producing unit in Manipur. Adulterated booze poses a grave danger to one consuming it, whether taken in large quantity or little. There have been news about people dying from adulterated booze in different parts of the country. If the authority think they can stop all sale of Alcohol in Manipur, it is okay to continue with the Dry State status whereas if the authority cannot control the sale of alcohol in the Black market, it would be wise to remove the Dry state status and let the people have quality and genuine products instead of risking the lives of many.

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