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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IT News
Imphal, Jan 4:

President of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, N. Loken today hits hard on BJP saying that they will not able to win even 15 seats in the upcoming state assembly election.
“I challenge if the BJP can tell any seat that they will win in 10 assembly constituencies of Thoubal and Kakching districts”, Loken said to media persons at Congress Bhavan in Imphal today. He said that the BJP had speculated the number of seats to cross 40 during the poll campaign but there is no chance for the BJP to win at even 15 seats in the upcoming election. The MPCC President is confident that the BJP has no chance of winning at any of the seats at Ukhrul district, Senapati, and Tamenglong district. He also said that at Churachandpur district too, of the 6 constituencies the BJP may hardly come back at one or two assembly constituencies, the MPCC president said. Regarding the 40 assembly seats in valley districts, Loken said that the BJP may win at not more than 9 seats.
At a time when the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi was inaugurating 13 projects that is worth Rs. 1850 crore and laying the foundation stone for 9 new projects worth Rs. 2950 crore at Hatta Kangjeibung here in Imphal, the MPCC president questions the developmental works taken up by the BJP government during the 4 and half years tenure.
“Those projects inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India today are all taken up during the Congress government and were almost completed before the last Assembly election. However, due to blockade called by some people or organizations over the creation of 7 more districts in the state, the than Congress government could not inaugurate it on time”, Loken said. He further said the BJP led government took 4 and half years to inaugurate projects that were nearly completed during congress’s government.
Loken further took at the central government under the BJP saying that no people-oriented programmes were taken up by the BJP during their 7 and half years tenure. It was during the Congress-led Government led by the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh that 100 days jobs to each of the BPL families were provided by passing the MGNREGA. He also said that it was during the UPA that the Right to Education Act was passed to ensure free and compulsory education to all the children upto class VIII and also various schemes to ensure food to all the citizens living below the poverty line. Loken also asked if the present BJP led government can show any one of the houses built under any government scheme and not from the pocket of the MLAs in Rural areas of the state.
In connection with the media critics over the silence of the opposition party, N. Loken said that the voice of the people have not listened and the suggestion from the opposition party are taken to the left ear and thrown at the right ear. It is useless arguing with them but it is better to throw away the BJP from power in the upcoming state Assembly election.

Govt. will never Curtail Press Freedom: CM
IT News
Imphal, Nov 16:

National Press Day was observed today in Manipur with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh as the chief guest at the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) complex, Nityaipat Chuthek. Information and Public Relations Minister Th. Biswajit Singh was the functional president while Fisheries Minister S. Rajen Singh, Commissioner (IPR) M. Joy Singh and All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) president Wangkhemcha Shamjai were the guests of honour of the function.
Presentation of State Journalist Awards, 2021 in eight different categories and holding of workshop on the topic, ‘Who is not afraid of Media?’ were the main highlights of the observation organised by DIPR, Manipur.
Speaking at the occasion, N. Biren Singh stated that the State Government would always uphold Freedom of Expression and would never curtail Press Freedom. However, one should also ensure that Freedom of Expression does not violate morality and decency, he observed.
Being a leader from the media background, the Chief Minister said, he fully understands the problems faced by the media persons of the State. Stating that he has a deep honour for media persons, N. Biren Singh said that various steps had been taken up by the present Government for the welfare of the media fraternity of the State. The Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme had been introduced to provide one-time financial assistance to the accredited and recognized journalists of the State and their families. A total of Rs. 25 lakh had been utilized from the interest incurred from Corpus Fund of Rs. 10 crore till date, he added.
Pension amount for retired journalists had been hiked from Rs. 5000 to Rs. 8000 and from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 4000 for family pensioners, besides approving one-time age relaxation for enrolment for applicants from the age group of 45 to 65 years, he added. The Chief Minister also said that coverage of CMHT had been extended to the families of the recognized media persons as well.
In addition to these schemes, the Chief Minister said, the media fraternity may also suggest to the Government how it can help them in other matters. He also asked them to have healthy competition among them. The Chief Minister further urged the media fraternity to have proper verification of news before it is published or broadcast. He also requested them to collect detailed facts and figures from the concerned Government Departments.
Apart from the media fraternity, N. Biren Singh said, the Government had also introduced many welfare schemes for the people of other professions as well like artistes, sportspersons, entrepreneurs, etc. as well. He stated that all-round progress can be achieved only when the Government attends to the grievances of each and every individual.
Th. Biswajit Singh said that to acknowledge the contribution of Journalist in the State, the Manipur State Journalist Award was instituted in 1994 with only one category of award, i.e. Best Editor Award carrying cash prize of Rs 5,000. Stating that the Award now has eight different categories, Th. Biswajit Singh said that winners of the award are decided under laid down rules by an independent panel of juries.
Among the achievements accomplished by the present State Government, the Minister mentioned the completion of the new DIPR office building in 2021. He also said that DIPR staffs are attached to the office of the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and all the Ministers to highlight the activities of the present Government and enhance news coverage. The present Government had also opened District Information Offices for Kangpokpi and Pherzawl districts.
Stating that the media has a great role in educating the masses, Th. Biswajit urged the media fraternity to do balanced reporting. He requested them to include the versions of both sides while reporting to avoid confusion. Maintaining that National Press Day is observed every year to strengthen the media’s stand to be impartial in rendering service to the society, the Minister further said that a responsible media has great roles in building up a civilized society.
Minister S. Rajen Singh said that the media plays a great role in guiding the society to the right path. He also said that it also makes people understand about the efforts and works done by the Government for them.
Later, the Chief Minister presented the Best Editor Award on National Integration and Communal Harmony to Editor of Poknapham daily Aribam Robindro Sharma. The award carries prize money of Rs. 40,000, a memento and a shawl. Other State journalist award winners were Staff Reporter of Sangai Express Sapam Aruna Devi (Women and Children), Resident Editor of Hueiyen Lanpao daily Dr. Khaidem Athouba Meitei (Parliamentary Reporting), Staff Reporter of People’s Chronicle Oinam Mission Singh (Art and Culture), Staff Reporter of Sangai Express Sapam Aruna Devi (Science and Technology), Staff Reporter of Sanaleibak daily Khangembam Shanker Singh (Rural Reporting), Senior Staff Reporter of Sangai Express Mayanglambam Romen Singh (Sports Reporting) and Reporter/Anchor of Impact News Kshetrimayum Premchand Singh (Public Health and Hygiene). These awards carry prize money of Rs. 25,000, a memento and a shawl each.
Later, a workshop on the topic, ‘Who is not afraid of media?’ was also held with Editor-in-Chief of Impact TV Yumnam Rupachandra as the moderator and Imphal Times Editor Rinku Khumukcham as the resource person.

IT News
Imphal, Aug 16:

At the 75th Independence Day ceremony organized by the Indian Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, Dr. Shachi Gurumayum who hails from Manipur was felicitated by Her Excellency Ambassador Monika Kapil Mohta and presented with a citation and medal on behalf of the President of India. Dr. Shachi was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians, at this year’s Pravasi Bharatiya Divas event, held online on 9th January.
Dr. Shachi is a Director of Switzerland-based AgriMayum GmbH which provides strategic and implementation support to agribusinesses looking to expand into emerging markets. He is also a Trustee of the MaolKeki Foundation based in Imphal, Manipur, which works in the areas of agriculture, education and healthcare.
MaolKeki Foundation has undertaken a range of initiatives in Manipur to train thousands of farmers, provide last-mile healthcare to farmers and their families, and award scholarships to students to support their educational pursuits. The organization and its partners are currently developing multiple Agri Entrepreneurs, conducting a value chain study of different crops in eight districts of Manipur as well as installing an oxygen plant at Bishnupur District Hospital.
Dr. Shachi has also worked with smallholder farmers in rural parts of many African countries and sits on the advisory boards of multiple organizations focused on agriculture in emerging markets. He is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College (Delhi, India), and completed his Master’s and PhD from the University of Bristol (England).
He also holds an MBA from HEC Paris (France) and is currently pursuing an advanced degree in healthcare from the Swiss TPH (Switzerland).

Thursday, 12 August 2021 18:16

CM releases Special Cover on Kachai Lemon

IT News
Imphal, Aug 12:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has launched the Special Cover on Kachai lemon for department of Posts, Manipur Division in a simple function held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. The Department releases Special Covers on diverse themes from time to time in order to celebrate/commemorate an event, recognize the importance of a place or thing or promote a local indigenous product/flora or fauna, or a brand for wide publicity.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren Singh said that it was indeed a matter of great pride and privilege to release a Special Cover on the local indigenous fruit, Kachai lemon.
Stating that this variety of citrus fruit is chemical free as it grows in the wild in Kachai village of Ukhrul district, the Chief Minister said that its unique taste and nutritional value are known to the world. He further said that Kachai lemon had already received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag as well. The Chief Minister also expressed hope that bringing out of Special Cover would create more publicity for the lemon variety all over the country.

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