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, Aug 25: 

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh distributed loans to a total of 817 vendors of different districts to support them in resuming their vending activities which have been affected by the lockdown. 368 street vendors were benefitted under the Pradhan Mantri Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi - PM SVANidhi and 449 regular licensed vendors including 14 from hill districts were provided assistance under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) - SHISHU.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Manipur is comparatively better in COVID-19 situation when compared with other States. It was due to the timely decision taken by women vendors to close the three Ima Keithels, he observed. N. Biren Singh said that he visited Khwairamband Ima Keithel on March 19, 2020 and discussed with women vendors about the gravity of the situation, upon which they readily agreed to close all the three Ima Keithels from the next day.

N. Biren Singh said that the Government understands the financial difficulties which the vendors have been facing since the past five months. As such, the Government has decided to extend financial help in the form of loans to them under two different Government schemes in consultation with different banks so that they may start their livelihood anew, he added. The Chief Minister further said that loans would be provided to a total of around 20,000 vendors from different parts of the State.

N. Biren Singh further said that he had requested the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to allow utilization of funds from the Ministry in hill district headquarters as well.

PM SVANidhi was launched by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on June 15, 2020. It is a special micro credit scheme for providing affordable working capital loan to street vendors to resume their livelihoods that have been affected due to COVID-19 lockdown. The scheme is valid until March 2022. Under this scheme, the street vendors, who were vending within the limits of an urban local body as on 24th March, 2020, can avail working capital loan of up to 10,000, which is repayable in monthly installments within the tenure of one year. On timely and early repayment of loan, an Interest subsidy @ 7% per annum will be credited to the bank accounts of beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) on quarterly basis. The scheme promotes digital transactions through cash back incentives up to an amount of Rs. 7100 per month. The vendors can avail the facility of escalation of the credit limit on timely / early repayment of loan.

Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) - SHISHU was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 8, 2015 for providing loans to non-farm small micro enterprises. The amount of loan disbursed ranges from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 1,50,000.

Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar, Health Minister L. Jayantakumar, CAF & PD Minister Karam Shyam, Public Health Engineering Minister L. Dikho, Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister N. Kayisii, Agricultural Minister Hangkhanlian, Forest and Environment Minister Awangbow Newmai and MLAs of different Assembly Constituencies also attended the function. 

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Kohima, Aug 25:

In a major breakthrough to prevent illegal activities, security forces apprehended one arms dealer near Kholeboto in Zunheboto on Aug 22.
Based on specific intelligence regarding presence of arms dealer in the area, the security forces alongwith Police representative launched an operation and apprehended the individual. The troops also recovered one AK-47 Rifle, three Mag of AK-47, 60 live rounds of AK-47, one MK 3 Rifle, one Mag of MK 3 Rifle, three live round of MK 3 Rifle.
The apprehended individual along with recovered items was handed over to Zunheboto police station for further investigations.

Monday, 24 August 2020 17:24

Sensitisation programme on NEP 2020 held

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Imphal, Aug 24:

Education Minister, Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam today chaired a Sensitisation Programme on National Education Policy, 2020 organised by the Directorate of University & Higher Education held at the Conference Hall of the Directorate. 

Addressing the sensitization programme, the Minister said that it is important to disseminate and analyse the new education policy in detail to ensure effective implementation in its spirit and intent through coherence in planning and synergy across all bodies involved in education. The programme conducted specially for the college principals, teachers along with the officials concerned of the directorate discussed the higher education sectors with respect to the National Education Policy, 2020.  

Commissioner Higher & Technical Education M. Harekrishna; Joint Director, University & Higher Education, T. Ojit Singh also attended the programme. 

Briefing the media, Dr. Th. Radheshyam said that with the new education policy approved by the Union Cabinet on 29, July 2020, series of brainstorming discussions are being organised with the stakeholders to find best possible ways for effective implementation of the National Education Policy, 2020 in the state. 

The Minister said that the sensitisation programme focused on the different provisions of higher and technical education - the colleges, universities and role of the teachers - that may be needed to be addressed and ensuring the preparedness for transforming higher education institutions into multidisciplinary universities, colleges and HEI clusters. He believed that regular discussions will bring a detailed effective implementation of the policy. 

Power points presentation on National Education Policy, 2020 was also given during the meeting by three resource persons.

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Imphal, Aug 23:

Troops of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) recovered contraband items at MVCP Tengnoupal on August 22 in two separate incidents.

At around 09:30 AM, during the routine vehicle checking, a team of Tengnopal Battalion stopped an Echo Van bearing Registration no ML 02 G 0376 (White colour) travelling towards Imphal.

On thorough checking of vehicle, suspicious items were found hidden inside the vehicle. The vehicle was stripped & checked thoroughly and suspected brown sugar in 23 soap cases worth Rs 48 lakhs were found hidden in bonnet of the veh. The vehicle was also carrying 152 packets of Myanmarese medicines.  The vehicle was driven by an individual named Mr Letkhohao Haokip , Age- 35 yrs, S Molcham vill, Churachandpur.

In another incident, at around 02:00 PM, the team of Tengnoupal Battalion stopped an Alto car bearing Registration no WB 20 Z 0716 (grey colour) travelling towards Imphal. On carrying out  checking of the vehicle 18 packets of suspected Brown Sugar worth Rs 45.2 lakhs were found hidden inside the bonnet of the Van. The Van was driven by an individual named Lamkam Baite, Age- 49 yrs, S/O Khupsei Baite , District Headquarter Tuibuong, C’Cpur.

The contraband items were being transported to C’Cpur. The Apprehendees and the recovered items have been handed over to the PS Tengnopal for further investigations.

At another incident at around  09:00 AM , based on specific input,  the team of Tengnoupal Battalion stopped a suspicious  Maruti Eeco Van with registration number WB 02 AD 1637(Silver Colour) driven by Mr Nurul Hasan, Age-30 yrs, S/o Mr. Noor Md of Lilong Chingkham Makha, Thoubal district, Manipur.

On thorough checking of the vehicle, 34 packets of Suspected  Brown Sugar worth Rs. 80 Lakhs  were found concealed  in various  parts in the vehicle.

The detained individual and the recovered items have been handed over to Police Station Moreh for further investigation.

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