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Maheshwar Gurumayum

William 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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CM opens MITCON 2020

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Imphal, Jan 23,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has exhorted the youth of Manipur to have entrepreneurial spirit so that they can give employment to many other youth instead of looking for government jobs alone.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the 1st MITCON 2020, a conference of IT companies of the State, at Hotel Imphal today. The conference was organized by Information and Technology (INCOTE) Foundation, a conglomerate body of 16 IT companies of Manipur.
The Chief Minister pointed out that most of the parents wish their children to get government jobs after giving education spending huge amount of money and time. This mindset usually destroys the entrepreneurial spirit of thousands of talented youths, and on the other hand making huge rush for government jobs, he observed. As such, this notion should be given up so that young talents are not hindered to get into innovative ventures, the Chief Minister said.
N. Biren Singh also said that the present Government is ever ready to extend all possible supports to young entrepreneurs and self-employed youths. Apart from StartUp Manipur and bank loans, the State Government had recently launched StandUp Manipur to provide assistance to motivated, hardworking and talented youths.
Expressing satisfaction on building up a collective strength of different IT companies by INCOTE Foundation, the Chief Minister said that such gesture of showing willingness to flourish together would certainly yield dividends in the days to come. He said that the Government is ever ready to extend co-operation in all their endeavours.
Stating that modern development requires uninterrupted power supply, the Chief Minister said that the State Government is looking for a suitable site for setting up of a Solar Energy Park in order to supplement to State’s power requirement.
Maintaining that the BJP-led Government has been trying to reflect ‘human service’ in its governance, the Chief Minister said that different noble schemes are being implemented towards this end. The Chief Minister also urged INCOTE Foundation and different other IT companies to share their ideas and suggestions in applying IT in the execution of Government policies like biometric attendance system for Government employees, Go to Village Mission, Inner Line Permit System, School Fagathansi Mission, e-marketing etc.
Former Ambassador of India to Syria, Afghanistan and Myanmar Gautam Mukhopadhyay, Secretary (IT) Smt. Jacintha Lazarus and INCOTEF President Piyananda Wahengbam were also seated on the dais as dignitaries.

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‘Hepatitis to be eliminated by 2030’

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Imphal, Jan. 23

Health Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh has informed that the government sets its objective to eliminate Hepatitis Disease by the year 2030. Speaking at the Empathy Campaign cum awareness programme of Viral Hepatitis with free vaccination held at the conference hall of JNIMS today Minister Jayantakumar Singh said that National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme was launched in 2018 by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India with the objective to provide free screening, testing, diagnosis and treatment of all varieties of Hepatitis.

Minister also maintained that there are two centres in the state at present to avail the mentioned facilities, one at RIMS and another at JNIMS. The government has also inaugurated treatment centres and testing laboratories for Hepatitis in another seven districts i.eThoubal, Bishnupur, Chandel, Churachandpur, Ukhrul, Tamenglong and Senapati. Free testing and diagnosis has already been started in these seven districts also, he added.

Minister said that the main objective is to eradicate this deadly disease from our soil. He said that only an united effort can defeat this horrible threat. To fulfil this objective coordination amongst the different layers of staff and social organisations is necessary. He also lauded the efforts put by the Airport Authority of India, National Health Mission, Manipur, Authority of JNIMS and ILPS, India.

Taking a note on the report of death of three persons at Kamjong area of Ukhrul District, Minister Jayantakumar said that expert medical team has been sent to the affected site for investigation and preparation of a detailed report for taking further necessary action. Minister has also spoken to the Minister of health, Government of India, he added.

The occasion of Empathy Campaign cum awareness programme of Viral Hepatitis with free vaccination was jointly organised by Airport Authority of India, National Health Mission, Manipur, Authority of JNIMS and ILPS, India.

Director JNIMS, Dr. Th. Bhimo Singh, Medical Superintendent, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Director, Airport Authority of India, Imphal and others also attended the programme

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The Great Security Circus

With the coming of 71st Republic Day of India, there has been whole lot of security measures being taken up in the state particularly in Greater Imphal area and the justification for these measures are to curb anti social activities.

One can see many security personnel frisking and checking commuters in important locations and at times performing Combing Operation in different localities in early morning.  This is good in one way taking in view of the law and order of the state and other past incidents.

In spite of all these whole security measures, bombs have blasted in different places in this month alone. This can be termed as a complete failure on the part of authorities whether it may be Intelligence or Manipur Police department. What is surprising is that, such types of incidents have occurred before in the rundown to Independence Day and Republic Day. Here, mention may be made of the security measures taken Post 9/11 attack in the United States, more than 263 organizations were either created or reorganized after the attack and many security measures were taken up to prevent any unwanted activities and terror activities did minimized to lowest low after this. Doesn’t mean we need to act like what is being done in the US, but at least security thing could be taken a lot more seriously and prevent such untoward things from happening. If they cannot prevent such unwanted activities and protect common people lives and properties, then there is no point in conducting activities like frisking and Combing Operation in the name of security. The whole setup can be termed as a charade or a way to harass the common people in the name of security, if such unwanted activities keep on happening. Commuters, mostly teenagers are stopped by the police and frisked as if they are some petty criminals. How far is this frisking and Combing Operations fruitful?

The need of the hour is to beef up Intelligence activities and a complete recheck of the whole setup and not to stick on just some aged old activities for namesake. After all, it is the sworn duty of the Police department to protect the public and not to trouble them.

Tourism not effected due to CAA or removal of Article 370: -Prahlad Singh Patel

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New Delhi, Jan 22

Union Minister of State for culture & tourism (Independent Charge) Prahlad Singh Patel released the numbers indicating that more foreigners have arrived in India in last two months of 2019 compared to the corresponding period in 2018.

On the increasing tourist inflow, Patel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is our brand ambassador and therefore the numbers of tourist arrivals have been increased. He said that the tourist arrival at Mamallapuram also known as Mahabalipuram, near Chennai in Tamil Nadu, increased 35 per cent after the Prime Minister hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Patel further said that tourist arrivals increased in 2019 despite ruckus over abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, the Supreme Court’s decision on Ram temple and the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). According to the Tourism Ministry data, the sector has seen an upward trend at the time when nine nations have issued travel advisory to their citizens.

As per the numbers shared by the Minister, compared to 10,12,569 in November 2018, 10,91,946 foreign tourists arrived in India in November 2019, a jump of 7.8%. Similarly, compared to 11,91,498 in December 2018, 12,25,672 foreign tourists visited India in December 2019.

The numbers also suggest that the foreign exchange earnings increased in November and December in 2019 compared to the months in 2018. In November 2018, the earnings were Rs 16,584 crores while it was Rs 19,831 crores in 2019. Also, in December 2018, the foreign exchange earnings were Rs 19474 crores which increased to 22,617 crores in December 2019.

According to the tourism ministry data, FTAs grew by 4.3% in September 2019, a month after the abrogation of Article 370, as compared to the same period in 2018. Similarly, Forex grew by 11% during the same period.

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