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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Imphal, June 28:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has stated that the utmost priority of the government is to save precious lives during this pandemic. This was stated by him during the inspection of the construction of Nongpok-thong (Eastern Gate) of Kangla Fort today.
Speaking to media persons, the Chief Minister maintained that the government has started the mass vaccination program for all eligible persons in every constituency with the support of elected members such as MLAs, Pradhans, Zilla Parishads etc. in the State. He appealed to the people to come forward and get vaccinated as it is the only means to protect and prevent from the dreaded disease. N. Biren Singh sought the cooperation and support of the people during the mass vaccination drive.
The Chief Minister said that each one of us has the equal responsibility in the fight against COVID-19 disease. At such critical times, one should know their responsibility and refrain from unreasonable arguments, he added. He urged the people to take all necessary precautions, preventive measures and COVID Appropriate Behaviour to overcome the disease.
On the construction of Nongpok-thong, Chief Minister said that we have a belief that there will be feeling of oneness, peace, harmony and prosperity in the State when we opened the Nongpok-thong (Eastern Gate) of Kangla Fort. The government decided to construct Nongpok-thong after deliberate consultations with historians, experts etc., he added. He maintained that the government has set a target of completing the construction of Nongpok-thong, footpath and recreational park soon and it will be dedicated to the people by October this year.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Minister for CAF&PD Th. Satyabrata, Chairman PDA T. Robindro Singh, MP (Rajya Sabha) Maharajah Leisemba Sanajaoba, MLA of Langthabal AC Karam Shyam, DGP LM Khaute and other top ranking officials.

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Imphal, June 25:

With the aim to maintain quality education under the School Fagathansi Mission, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today distributed free school uniforms for students of Government and Aided Schools of the State. The distribution function was organized by Samagra Shiksha, Manipur at its office campus located at Babupara, Imphal.
The Chief Minister also distributed items including K-Yan System (Projector), sports equipments, blankets and cooking utensils among others through the concerned Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs) of different districts. The items will be provided to students of Government schools studying in Class I to VIII.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren Singh appreciated Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his serious concern for the people of the Country. He maintained that the Central Government had taken up certain schemes for development in health sector, farmer’s welfare, education and others and added that such initiatives taken up for the welfare of the people should be appreciated rather than just criticizing.
Stating that Children are the foundation and pillars of society, he stressed on the need to nurture and impart better education to children from the very beginning of their lives. He further stated that for providing quality education to children we need schools with proper infrastructure, experienced teachers, better teaching and learning equipments and so on. With this thought, the State Government had come up with the School Fagathansi Mission covering 120 schools till now and such initiative would help children to become creative and bring up certain innovative ideas which would be useful for overall development of the State at large, he added.
N. Biren informed that the Government is planning to provide free education to students of higher classes too and added that such step would help to imbibe a sense of nationalism among students. Maintaining that Manipur is moving forward swiftly in its path of development with the support of people, he said that all the communities of the State had now come forward with the sense of oneness and unity leaving behind all odds and differences. One should try to preserve our self identity and pride of their own community and also pay respect to others for peaceful existence, he added.
Informing that construction of 32 tribal museums for preserving the cultural heritage of the diverse hill communities inhabiting the state is nearing completion, he announced for providing Five Lakh Rupees each for construction of toilet and almirah in addition to 10 Lakh Rupees which was sanctioned earlier for the construction of each museum.
Delivering his presidential speech, Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen stated the distribution of free uniforms had been taken up under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan. Under this scheme, students of Government schools consisting of 76,185 girl students, 42,344 boys belonging to Schedule Tribes, 2,899 boys belonging to Schedule Caste and 27,436 students from Below Poverty Line would be provided free uniforms, he added. He also stated that the scheme also covers distribution of blankets, sport equipments and other items to Residential Schools.
He further said that confidence of parents over Government schools had gone up and thus the enrollment of students had also increased significantly with the initiatives taken up by the State Government under the School Fagathansi Mission. He added that the Government is now on its mission to improve infrastructure of Government schools. He also informed that the Government had placed proposals to the Project Approval Board for construction and upgradation of school buildings under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan.
He also sought the attention of the Chief Minister on the need to increase the number of Higher Secondary Schools for accommodating students which is likely to increase in the year with the cancellation of High School Leaving Certificate examination.
Commissioner, Education-S M. Harekrishna, Director, Education (S) L. Nandakumar, ASPD, Samagra Shiksha T. Phullen and Officials of Education Department also attended the function among others.

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Imphal, June 21:

The 7th International Day of Yoga is being observed today. The main theme for this year is – Yoga for Wellness, which is aligned to the current pre-occupations. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent restrictions on congregational activities, the lead event of the International Day of Yoga was celebrated by broadcasting on all channels of Doordarshan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the lead event at 6:30 this morning and after that all yoga related programmes will be held. The event will also include an address by Minister of State for Ayush Kiren Rijiju and a live Yoga demonstration by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga.
In Manipur the day celebrated almost every where in simple way.
The BJP Manipur Pradesh also observed the International Yoga day at its its Party office today.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, National BJP spokesperson Sambit Pattra, who is also the Prabhari of Manipur, Sangathan Mantri of the BJP, Abhay Giri, Works Minister Th. Bishwajit, Lok Sabha MP Dr. RK Ranjan along with other state BJP leaders attended the observance.
Renowned boxer Sarita Devi also attended the International Yoga Day observed the the BJP office.
Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptula also observed the day and sent message to encourage Yoga to the people of Manipur in Particular.
The 7th International Yoga Day was observed in Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal celebrated the day at Jubilee Hall, RIMS, Imphal.
Medical Superintendent, RIMS Hospital, Prof. H. Priyoshakhi Deviwhile speaking on the occasion stressed on the importance of yoga in our daily life. The Medical Superintendent stated that the theme of the International Yoga Day “Yoga For Wellness” is very relevant in the current pandemic as we are all fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Prof. AK. Joy Singh, Head of PMR Department, Prof. Th. Sachin Deba Singh, Deputy Medical Superintendent, Mr. Kaikam Doungel, Deputy Director (Admn.), Physical Instructor, officials and staff attended the session.
BJP Keishamthong MANDAL also observed the International Yoga Day at its office located at Keishamthong Hodam Leirak.
The International Yoga Day was also held at the residence of Mrs. Jeevanmala Devi (special invitee State Executive Committee , BJP Manipur Pradesh), at Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai , Imphal, under the guidance of former secretary BJP state executive committee Ulka Salam in a simple way. Due to Covid Pandemic the the Yoga day was held by maintaining Covid-19 SoP.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal also observed the International Yoga Day at the Auditorium of the Academy. The Programme is organized under the guidance and the Instruction of the  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Ministry of Culture Government of India.
Oja Y Nando Luwang Instructor (Yoga) conducted the Yoga Class for 45 minutes. Prof. H Tombi Singh, Former Vice-Chairman JNMDA and P. Bilash Singh, Director (i/c) JNMDA along with artistes of the Production Unit, JNMDA attended the programme. A Manipuri Solo Dance (Neela Kamala and the Krishna gi Wajarabi Yasoda) was also presented by N. Amusana Devi, a renowned Manipuri Dancer, Choreographer, Guru and also Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee. It may be mentioned that the Academy has been celebrating Yoga Day for the last seven years.
International Yoga Day is being observed in about 190 countries across the globe.
International Yoga Day is being observed in about 190 countries across the globe. Talking enews agency, Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said, his ministry will celebrate Yoga Day this year under the ‘Yoga is an Indian Heritage’ campaign. He said his Ministry has identified 75 cultural and historical places in the country where Yoga Day will be celebrated by following Covid protocol.

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Imphal, June 18:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today launched AYUSH-64, a polyherbal formulation, in the State at a simple programme organized by the Directorate of AYUSH, Government of Manipur at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The same can be used in the treatment of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients and those with mild and moderate symptoms.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren stated that the use of AYUSH-64 (tablet) had been approved by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India for use by adults (above 18 years of age) in treatment of COVID-19. Maintaining that the tablet had been approved after proper clinical trials, he said that it would be useful in treating asymptomatic, mild and moderate COVID-19 patients as the same is purely organic and will not have any side effects.
Regarding the rapid spread of positive cases in the State, he stated that 20 samples were sent for testing to know the variant of the virus, of which 18 samples came out to be of the new variant called Delta variant. Stating that the said variant had been the major cause of rapid spread, he informed that home isolation patients would be provided additional medicines useful in treatment of this variant. Apart from this, home isolation patients would also be provided 20 triple-layer masks each, hand sanitizer with extra medicines from today, he added.
He appealed to the public to come up with constructive criticisms and encourage the work of health and frontline workers rather than just pointing out mistakes and taking up negative propaganda in this crucial hour of the pandemic. Maintaining that saving precious lives of the people is the utmost priority of the Government, he further urged people not to believe in misleading information regarding the pandemic and to get vaccinated at the earliest.
He urged the public to be more careful and follow COVID Appropriate Behaviours and Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Government from time to time to prevent infection from the new variant. He stressed the need to be more responsible on the part of the public and even to not go to public spaces until he or she got vaccinated. He also added that the State Government had been taking up all the necessary measures to curb the spread of the pandemic and also sought support of all the stakeholders in its fight against it.
It may be mentioned that Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Kiren Rijiju had earlier launched the AYUSH-64 on 7th May this year for nationwide distribution campaign for benefit of the vast majority of out-of-hospital COVID-19 patients.
The Ministry of AYUSH in collaboration with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) had also recently completed a robust Multi Centre Clinical Trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of AYUSH-64 in the management of mild to moderate COVID-19 patients. It was found that AYUSH-64 reduces the duration for clinical recovery in terms of diseases, symptoms and severity.
Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi, Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen, Advisor to Chief Minister (Health) Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Deputy Chairman, Manipur State Planning Board Lourembam Rameshwor, Chairman, MANIREDA Ginsuanhau, Chairman, Loktak Development Authority L. Susindro, MLA, Kshetrigao AC Nahakpam Indrajit, MLA, Wangjing Tentha AC Paonam Brojen, Principal Secretary V. Vumlunmang and Director, AYUSH Y. Lukhoi also attended the programme among others.

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