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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Thursday, 21 January 2021 17:22

Manipur Celebrates 50th Statehood Day

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Imphal, Jan 21:

Manipur celebrated its 50th Statehood Day today. Presentation of march past by eight parade contingents was the main attraction of the State-level function held at the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Parade Ground, Imphal.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh informed proudly that Manipur had been positioned in the top three among the Northeast and the hilly states in India Innovative Index 2020, released by NITI Aayog on January 20. He gave credit for the achievement to everyone who had contributed to the development of the State including the Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, every Government employees, CSOs, NGOs, Bank employees and media persons among others.
The Chief Minister further stated that the recognition given by NITI Aayog had proved that the state is moving towards upward growth trend with new ideas, development at grassroots level and considerable improvement in law and order. With the improvement in every field like balanced economic growth in valley and hill regions, good relations amongst different communities residing in the state and positive change in the mindset of the people had made the State an attraction point in the eye of everyone in the country, he added.
N. Biren Singh also observed that Manipur would be one of the best States in the country if everyone, regardless of their position, worked with sincerity and transparency and stood together against the evil of corruption. Expressing that the State had now come up with a trend of thanksgiving and appreciation to any development work being taken up, he appealed to the public to come up with positive suggestions and constructive criticism which are very necessary for a democracy.
Informing that foundation stone for construction of a water amusement park had been laid at Imphal East during December last year, he said that such spaces are necessary for everyone to spend their leisure time and live a better life. Apart from this, the State Government had obtained approval to construct Children Parks in seven different districts including Chandel, Churachandpur, Jiribam, Kangpokpi, Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul. Construction of 47 Primary Health Sub-Centres at rural and hill areas under Minority Department are also in the pipeline, he added.
The Chief Minister also stated that a temporary structure would be constructed at the site of Churachandpur Medical College, apart from construction work of the main building, to make it able to start its classes from the next academic session. Mentioning about the inauguration of Dolaithabi Barrage Project, Thoubal Project and reopening of Loktak Lifting Irrigation, he added that various other projects would also be ready for inauguration soon.
Stressing on the activities taken up for women empowerment in the State, he said that the Ima Markets had been constructed in hill and valley districts to provide exposure to the women, to use their skills and talents and contribute more in the economic development. He also appealed to every Government employee of the state to render their services with commitment and contribute more in making Manipur a successful state.
During the celebration, the Chief Minister also presented a cheque of five lakh rupees to the sister of (Late) Major Laishram Jyotin Singh under Major Jyotin Bravery Award.
Sh. Jugeshore Sharma, Commanding Officer, 10th IRB was the parade commander of today’s march past contingents which includes 5th Battalion Manipur Rifles, Khongjaron; 8th IRB; Combined Civil Police (Male) Imphal East and West; 9th Indian Reserve Mahila Battalion; Home Guard (Male), Combined VDF, Imphal East and West; Traffic Police and CID-Technical and Bomb Squad contingent.
It may be mentioned the Government had earlier planned to celebrate the Statehood Day with large arrangements as this year marks the Golden Jubilee of the attainment of Statehood. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the state cabinet had decided to do away with the plan and to celebrate it with restriction. Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, top civil and police officials also attended the function among others.

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Imphal, Jan 20:

Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla, Ministers and others greets the people of Manipur on occasion of 49th Statehood Day of Manipur.
In her message, the Governor of Manipur wishes to the people of Manipur on the occasion of Statehood Day, 2021.
“It was on this day in 1972 that Manipur became a full-fledged State of the Indian Union. This is an occasion for all of us to introspect on our achievements during the last 49 years. Let us all unite to take Manipur to greater heights of progress and prosperity. Focus should be on every sector to have the desired impact on addressing the needs and aspirations of the people of the State. I wish peace and prosperity to all and hope that our State would achieve all round development for a better tomorrow”, she said.
Minister Th. Biswajit Singh also wish the people on occasion of the day.
“On January 21, 1972, our State attained Statehood, fulfilling a long cherished aspiration of the people. Since attaining Statehood, Manipur has made rapid strides advancing toward development in every aspects keeping pace with the rest of the country”.
“On this year’s celebration let us unite and pledge to work together and bring peace and prosperity in the State. I am certain that each one of us will commit positively to the progress of our beautiful land”, Biswajit said.

Wednesday, 20 January 2021 18:07

START UP Manipur Outreach Program Launched

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CHURACHANDPUR, Jan 20:

The START UP Manipur Outreach Program was launched today at YPA Hall, HiangtamLamka by Devesh Deval, IAS, Commissioner (Planning/PHED/Tourism) Government of Manipur under the initiative of the District Administration, Churachandpur District.

Devesh Deval speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest maintains that START UP means we have to encourage entrepreneurship, encourage people who want to do some business and instead of just looking for a job somewhere and thinking in terms of setting up something ended up being employed.  He asserted that the main objective is to build a strong eco-system for nurturing innovation that will drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities. The focus at the national and state level is to promote entrepreneurship so that people make a better life for themselves and their families and also contribute to the country economy, said the Commissioner.

Pawan Yadav, IAS, DC Churachandpur stated that from the impact of 2020 Pandemic, START UP Manipur Outreach Program Scheme will be crucial as this will boost our economy and definitely help the talents of Churachandpur in achieving various milestones.

Stalls were opened by NERCOMP, SBI, District DIC, District Horticulture, District Agriculture and District Veterinary Churachandpur.

Amongst other dignitaries attending the programme included N. Kulkarani Devi, Director (Planning), Amrita Sinha, IPS SP Churachandpur, Esther Laltankim Serto, IFoS, DFO Churachandpur, JanggoulenHaokip, CJM Churachandpur and other DLOs of the District.

Later, a program on e-office was launched at BRGF Hall, DC Office by Devesh Deval,  IAS,  Commissioner (Planning/PHED/Tourism) Government of Manipur in the presence of District Administration Officials, Director (IT) Nambam Deben and Officials of IT Department.

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Imphal, Jan 18:

Transport Minister Vungzagin Valte inaugurated the observation of National Road Safety Month today on the theme ‘Sadak Suraksha-Jeevan Raksha’ at the Manipur State Transport (MST) Complex, Moirangkhom to disseminate awareness regarding road safety and reduce road accidents.

Speaking on the occasion as the Chief Guest, Minister V. Valte expressed his gratitude to the traffic police, transport department, NGOs and individuals who are instrumental in the awareness campaigns and implementation of road safety rules in the states. He urged the public to maintain road safety guidelines by wearing helmet, seatbelt or not using mobile phones while driving. He asked the concern authorities who issue driving licence to only the qualified and trained drivers for the safety of the individual and the public.

The Minister also instructed the different transport organisations/associations to actively participate in the campaign for road safety months and asked the transport department to organize awareness campaign related to road safety in all the district headquarters.

The Minister also released a pamphlet on 10 golden rules for road safety published and distributed by Department of Transport & IDTRC, Manipur.

Distribution of certificates and memento to traffic control police, enforcement officers of transport department, media persons, NGOs and individuals for their outstanding contribution in road safety related activities marked the event.

Giving a keynote address, P. Vaiphei, ACS (Transport) cautioned parents not to allow children to drive vehicles as this can cause loss of lives due to accidents and the parents can be penalized to the extent of 3 years of imprisonment. Registration of vehicles, which has been put on halt, should be registered within March 21, 2021 as this will be the last date for extension through the dealers as registration of vehicles will be done by them and not the DTOs, he added.

Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Chief Secretary, L.M Khaute, Director General of Police graced the function as President and Guest of Honour apart from P. Vaiphei, ACS (Transport), Dr. Nivedita Lairenlakpam, Director (Transport), officials from Transport department and Traffic police attended the functions.

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