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 22:

Troops of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) apprehended  Rs 20 Lakhs worth of Pinewood illegally transported to Imphal through Ukhrul and Kamjong districts.

Based on specific inputs received from reliable sources regarding move of smuggled timber in the area, a vehicle check post at Lambui was activated at    09:00 PM on 20 Aug 2020. At around 10:00 PM, 05 Tata Trucks were intercepted. 02 trucks were moving from Kamjong bearing registration number MN-01-8251, MN-04-3175 and 03 TATA trucks bearing registration number MN-01-8017, MN-05-3905 and MN-04-0889 were travelling from Ukhrul to Imphal.

On carrying out thorough checking of the vehicles and inspection of their documents, it was found that the consignment of timber was being illegally transported. On enquiry, it was found that the Tata Trucks were being driven by Santosh Bhandari, r/o Ukhrul; Prem Singh, r/o Khurei vill; Lukhoi Singh, r/o Lamkai vill; Ngaraipam Kashung, r/o Ukhrul and Tomba Singh, r/o Imphal. The drivers were not in possession of any documents or bills.

 The vehicles, timber along with the drivers and Co-drivers were handed over to the Shangshak Police Station at 07:30 AM on 21st Aug. The total quantity of pinewood is 2300 cubic feet and its value is estimated at Rs 20 Lakhs.

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Imphal, Aug. 22:

Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam today held a meeting with the representatives of the students’ organisations to discuss how the new National Education Policy, 2020 can be effectively implemented in the state. The meeting was held at the Conference Hall of Samagra Siksha, Manipur.

The Minister appreciated the important roles played by the students’ organisation in improving the education system in the state. He said that the meeting was held to understand the new education policy and analyse in detail for effective implementation of the policy in the school, teacher’s training and higher education section. He hoped that suggestions and views would be shared by the representatives of the students’ organisations in the meeting.

Pointing out the need for understanding the new education policy for effective implementation, the Minister said that a series of meetings are being organised by the Department of Education. He expressed that the better understanding of the National Education Policy, 2020 will help in bringing the best education system in the state based on the Indian ethos.

During the meeting Dr. Th. Radheshyam also highlighted some of the major reforms in the National Education Policy, 2020 as such the new 5+3+3+4 school curriculum, teaching of students of upto Grade 5 in mother tongue / regional language and multiple entry / exit to be allowed with appropriate certification in UG education.

The Minister appealed to all the stakeholders to analyse the policy and contribute in implementing the policy with suggestions and opinions.

The meeting was attended by Commissioner, Education-S, T. Ranjit Singh; Director Education (S) L. Nandakumar Singh; Additional Director, Education (S) Hills, Lerte Hmangte Kom, Additional Director, Education (S) Valley,. Ch Sachi Devi, and the officials concerned of the department.

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Imphal, August 21:
COROBOI, a 3D Corona based game was developed and uploaded in the Google Play Store by a 13 year old boy from Manipur. The young developer Baldeep Ningthoujam is the son of Kishan Ningthoujam and Nebedita Ningthoujam  from Kha-Naorem Leikai, Pechu Lampak. Born in a family with a strong IT and Mechanical Engineering background, Baldeep started using computer at a very early age of 4 and is presently studying class 9 at Premier English School, Canchipur. Baldeep is fluent with many programming languages such as  Javascript, PHP, JAVA, Kotlin etcetera just to name a few. In the past he designed websites and apps for many private companies, among them mention may be made of eThabak app, Manipur Times delivery app, Hello Food Express app and the website of Temple of Learning. Baldeep has also developed a voice recognition car robot which recognizes Manipuri and English command and for this he received support from Karam Shyam, MLA of Langthabal Assembly Constituency.
About the game COROBOI, Baldeep developed the game solely using software like Unity, Blender and was coded in C#. A description of the game uploaded in Google Play Store described it as “Coroboi is from Manipur (India). He is stranded and wants to return home amidst the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN.  Wearing Leirum Phee (Manipuri traditional cloth) and a Mask, he will run towards his goal trying to avoid  Corona Virus and Police. He will be earning points during his journey.”
Baldeep wants to emphasise the use of Leirum Phee in the game, as it will let more people know about the origin of the traditional wear of Manipur and his appreciation towards indigenous artisans and most importantly the historial and cultural significance of it. And through this game Baldeep wants to give awareness about the COVID-19 precautionary measures.
In a telephonic conversation with Imphal Times, Rakeshor Ningthoujam, uncle of Baldeep said, “The Game is now available as stable rollout inthe Android platform but was unable to release for iOS platform because of the hefty fees imposed for a developer account to upload an app, even though the iOS version of the game is ready. “
It may not be wrong to say that Baldeep Ningthoujam is the youngest software developer in Manipur. As a parting statement, the budding IT wizard expressed his intention of continuing with the development of Apps in the future both for entertainment and utility.
COROBOI game can be downloaded from Google Play store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.baldeeningthoujam.coroboi
As of now the game is having a 4.8 star review from users of the game.

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Imphal, Aug. 20: 

Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam said that the Chairman of the National Testing Agency (NTA) has assured that the numbers of examination centre for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) set to be held on 13th September 2020 will be increased and that the state government schools will be utilized as examination centres along with the schools under Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). 
He said that through telephonic conversation on Wednesday the Chairman of the National Testing Agency (NTA) was highlighted about the grievances of the parents and aspirants of the State. He stated that many queries have been raised by the stakeholders regarding the examination centres and conduct of examination with the prevailing pandemic and lockdown in the state. The minister was speaking at his Office Chamber at New Secretariat.
Dr. Th. Radheshyam said that the Chairman of the NTA has given assurance on increasing the number of the examination centres for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) and that provisions will be made to enable the state candidates to appear in the examination in the state as well. He added that necessary arrangement to abide the SOP and other needed precautionary measures have also been taken.
The Minister appealed to the aspiring students for the said examination to prepare well in studies and come out in the flying colours.

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