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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The global pandemic has turned the world upside down. It has forced people to be confined in the comfort and safety of home. It has affected many businesses, especially those relying on the influx of people on a day-to-day basis. On the other hand, some businesses thrive because of the pandemic, and one of them is the online gambling industry. As people are confined in their homes, chances are they would search for ways to keep themselves entertained while making money too.

Online gambling platforms like sports betting and casino thrive during a pandemic. It has paved the way for many casinos to transition from operating land-based to operating online. Some created their own mobile casino app to give more comfort and convenience to players. A quick search online will give you tons of options for online casino sites. However, you need to be wary as not all of them can be trusted, let alone deliver the kind of gaming experience you are looking for. To narrow down your choice, you have to consider all important factors such as the license and registration, game selection, bonuses, payment solutions, and customer support. This is why 10Cric is one of the best choice as it has all the elements mentioned above. Hence, it explains why it is one of the most trusted online casino sites for Indian players.

Why does online gambling continue to thrive despite pandemic? 

Pandemic has fueled the rise in online gambling, and the reasons behind the continued growth of online gambling despite pandemic are the following:

  • Combat boredom – If you are the outgoing type, you surely get bored staying at home in this time of the pandemic. Not to mention, some people get depressed and anxious, thinking that their movement will be restricted. Fortunately, online casinos and betting sites enable people to have fun in the comfort of home. They also have features where players can communicate with each other, thus having some social interaction while playing their favorite casino games.
  • Closure of land-based casinos and ban on live sports – The surge in Covid-19 has forced land-based casinos to close for a moment, although some are already allowed to function, but to a minimum capacity. Regardless of the number of players in the land-based casinos, there is a high possibility that casinos can be a hotspot for the spread of the virus. The suspension in land-based casinos and sporting events has enticed many bettors and gamblers to switch to online gambling.
  • Offers a different kind of excitement – Gambling online brings a different kind of entertainment and excitement. Online casino sites have been successful in delivering games that resemble a true casino experience. So, people won’t really tell the difference between a land-based casino and an online casino experience when playing casino games or participating in sports betting activities. The addition of live casinos has made online casino gaming all the more exciting and entertaining.
  • Play distraction-free – Another reason for the popularity of online gambling in times of pandemic is the opportunity to play without distraction. Let’s admit it; if you’ve been in land-based casinos, you know how noisy the ambiance can be, especially if you play slot machine games. With online gambling sites, players can play free from the distraction of other players.
  • Convenience – One of the main reasons many people resort to online gambling is its convenience. Players can play their favorite casino game anytime and anywhere they want to. The comfort and convenience brought by online casinos are unbeatable that even after this pandemic situation is over, still many players would prefer gambling online over brick and mortar casinos.
  • Versatility – When talking about versatility, you can never discount the versatility that an online gambling site brings. With just a few clicks, you will be able to find a wide array of games. You can even participate in sports betting events and lottery draws happening from different parts of the world. In the online slot machine games alone, you will have hundreds of variations to choose from.
  • Safe and secure – safety and security are the top-most concern, especially in this time of the pandemic. With online gambling sites, players can assure their safety. They will not be exposed to other people who might carry the virus. More so, their personal and financial information are in safe hands, provided they choose a legit online casino site. Therefore, it is a must to conduct thorough research so you will be able to sort out the best casino sites for Indian players.

The Covid-19 situation may take some time to completely eliminated, but it does not mean that fun and excitement end. Casino and sports betting lovers can still gamble right in the comfort of home. Thanks to online gambling sites. However, it is a must to remain updated on the current Covid-19 situation. Visit the covid 19 status page for more info.

Saturday, 24 July 2021 19:16

Minister organized mass vaccination drive

IT News
Imphal, July 24:

To crush and curb the rumours and apprehensions regarding the on-going coronavirus vaccination in Minister (TA & Hills, GAD and Transport) Vungzagin Valte, who is also in-charge of Churachandpur and Pherzawl districts, organized Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Drive at his residence in Dorcas Veng, New Lamka today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that once a person is immunized, he or she is incapable of transmitting the disease to other thereby paving the way to eradication of the disease altogether. He added that home quarantine is good, but without immunization, the virus can still be transmitted to the larger society he or she interacts with.

Reminding the people about the importance of wearing masks, maintaining safe distance and hand and face hygiene to combat Covid-19, the Minister also urged them to take vaccines for social benefit to the larger society we interact with, our near and dear ones.

Thienlaljoy Gangte, ADC, Dr. Mang Tunglut, DIO, Zenngaihlun, DPM of Pherzawl district and other CSO leaders, village chiefs attended the event.

Agriculture, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry and Tourism Minister, Oinam Lukhoi Singh also stressed on the importance of COVID-19 Vaccination to totally eradicate this deadly disease. This was stated by the Minister during the visit to various Mass Vaccination Campaign held in and around Wangoi, AC, Imphal West today.

 While interacting with the masses, Minister Lukhoi appealed to all the people to get vaccinated at the earliest at the nearest vaccination centres.

O. Lukhoi also the Local MLA of Wangoi AC lauded the Medical Team headed by MO, COVID Task Force Team, Volunteers and local club members for their unwavering support towards Mobile vaccination drive with an aim to fully vaccinate all this AC soon.

Minister Lukhoi also vaccinated with a second dose today.

IT News
Imphal, July 10,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh announced that the State Government would provide loans with 50 percent grant to fish farmers who produce local Sareng and instructed the Fisheries Department to introduce a scheme in this regard soon. N. Biren Singh stated this while attending the 21st National Fish Farmers’ Day, 2021 organised by Directorate of Fisheries, Manipur at its office Complex at Lamphelpat today.
Stating that Manipur is a State with its cuisine marked by abundant consumption of fish, he stressed on the need to carry out advanced fish farming in order to meet its people’s demand for fresh fish which are healthy for consumption. He added that the State Government, since its formation, had earlier identified some sectors which needed prioritization in which fisheries was one of them. With the aim to increase fish production in the State, the Government had also provided financial assistance to many fish farmers under certain schemes.
Appreciating the Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd. for providing loans of around 22 Crore Rupees to fish farmers till now, he maintained that the Government had now made access to loan by farmers easier in lesser time with its single clearance window system and added that this initiative had convinced borrowers to timely repay the loan too. He also added that the production capacity of fishes in the State had also increased from 31,000 MT to 33,000 MT per year now with the joint efforts of the Government and the fish farmers. The production capacity had been affected to some extent by the pandemic which otherwise would have increased significantly, he said.
The Chief Minister further informed that the Government is putting in best efforts to produce sufficient quantities of fingerlings for supply to fish farmers at a lower rate. He stressed on the need to make fish feed locally available in order to reduce the cost incurred in fish farming. This would help in making fish products available to the people at lower prices, he added. Instructing the Department Officials to inquire if the machine for producing fish feed was working properly, the Chief Minister asked them to procure a new machine if it was found not working.  
Delivering his presidential speech, Fisheries Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen stated that the production capacity of fish in the State had increased to 33,000 MT in recent years under the innovative ideas and supervision of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh.  
He informed that the Government had also provided land for three years, to those landless farmers who want to carry out fish farming, on lease amount of Rs. 20,000 per acre per year under the Loktak Livelihood Mission. This would help in increasing fish production in the State, he added. The Minister further informed that he and his department officials met the Union Fisheries Minister and briefed about certain necessary projects on his recent visit to Delhi. He also announced that one cold storage each would be constructed at Imphal West and Bishnupur District to prevent wastage of fish.
Giving Key-note Address, Director, Fisheries Heisnam Balkrisna Singh said that National Fish Farmers Day is celebrated on 10th July every year in memory of scientists Dr K. H. Alikunhi and Dr H. L. Chaudhary for their successful demonstration of Hypophysation (technology of induced breeding) in Indian Major Carps on 10th July 1957.
During the function, cash rewards to ‘Best Fish Farmers – 2020’ were also distributed. The Highest Producer in Group Category was rewarded with Rs. 1 Lakh cash amount. First, second and third highest Producer in Individual Category was also rewarded with Rs. 1 Lakh, Rs. 70,000 and Rs. 50,000 respectively. The other awards included Highest Individual Fish Producers, Highest Fish Production Officers in Valley and Hill Districts and Consolation prizes among others. The awardees were also provided certificate and coffee table book of Four Years Citizen Centric Government. 

IT News
Imphal, July 9: 

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today announced that the government would take up stringent preventive measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 disease in the State. The Chief Minister said this while paying inspection visit at the two-day-mass vaccination camp for women vendors of 3 Ima Keithels and 1 temporary market held at Ima Market No.3 of Khwairamband Keithel.
Briefing the media persons, the Chief Minister informed that no family members/attendants would be allowed to support or assist the patients who are undergoing medical treatment at Covid Care Centres (CCCs) and hospitals. No family members would be required to provide meals for patients at hospitals/CCCs as meals would be provided by the government, he added.
Maintaining that the government had decided to take up rigorous COVID-19 testing in the State considering the current situation of COVID-19, Shri N. Biren Singh further stated that if one person of a family was infected then all the family members would also be tested. He also said that these measures had been decided after thorough discussion with experts and health officials. An official order would be issued shortly in this regard, he added.
Regarding the imposition of curfew, the Chief Minister said that curfew hours might be extended with certain relaxations during day time and night curfews will be clamped with strict vigilance.
Seeking support and cooperation of the public in the fight against COVID-19, he appealed to the people to come out and get vaccinated for protection against the dreaded disease. 
 Advisor to CM (Health) Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh, Principal Secretary (Health) Shri V. Vumlunmang, DC Imphal West Shri Th. Kirankumar, Director (MAHUD) Shri Th. Harikumar, Chief Medical Officer, Imphal West, officials of Health department and others were present during the inspection.
 The two-day-mass vaccination camp for Ima market vendors on 9th and 10th July, 2021 is organized by District Administration, Imphal West and Chief Medical Officer, Imphal West.  
 Later, the Chief Minister also inspected the mass vaccination drive being conducted at Ibemcha High School, Khabam and Mongjam Community Hall, Imphal East.

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