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, April 16:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today inaugurated the new Electrical and Mechanical Workshop Building at Imphal International Airport. Planning and Development Authority (PDA), Manipur was the implementing agency for the construction of the workshop building.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren Singh appreciated the officials of PDA on completion of the building construction with maintenance in quality. Stating that upgradation of Imphal Airport into an International Airport was a long awaited project, he stressed on the need to develop the airport into a fully functional International Airport at the earliest.
The Chief Minister urged every implementing agency to better prepare their man power, technical knowhow and other necessary infrastructures before taking any work contract and also stated that bearing knowledge of ground situation by concerned work agencies is very necessary for timely completion of any project. Quality should always be maintained by every implementing agency while carrying out any project keeping in view the larger interest of the public and the State, he added.  
Maintaining that connectivity of Manipur with other states of India had considerably improved in the recent years, N. Biren said that the Government would consult with the Airport Authorities to develop necessary infrastructure and facilities for extending the operational duration of Imphal International Airport.
Regarding the recent surge of COVID-19 positives cases in many other states, he informed that the government had issued an order making it mandatory for all persons entering in Manipur to produce a COVID-19 negative test report taken within 72 hours from their arrival time with effect from 18th April, 2021. He also urged the public to refrain from unnecessary gatherings and co-operate with the Government’s effort to contain the spread of the second wave of the pandemic by strictly adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued. The SOPs had been made under the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to save the life of the people from the disease, he added.
Chairman, Planning and Development Authority T. Robindro stated that PDA was entrusted for the construction work of the building in November, 2017. However, owing to formalities necessary to be completed priority to the commencement of construction work, it was delayed and started from November, 2018 after a year. The construction of the workshop building was completed in March this year, he added.
Chairman, Loktak Development Authority L. Susindro, Regional Executive Director, North East Region, Airport Authority of India M. Suresh, Director, Imphal International Airport Dr. S. Mariappan, Officials of PDA and Imphal International Airport attended the programme among others.

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Imphal, April 11:

Education Minister S. Rajen Singh has said that education sector should be given priority. He explained that without education the society will move backward.
Minister Rajen was speaking at the inaugural function of the newly constructed (3) ACR and toilet block of Heibongpokpi High School, today. He said that the problem for the shortage of teachers in Government schools will be solved very soon.
He said that the government has understood about the shortage of subject teachers in government schools and colleges. The process of recruiting more than nine hundred (900) Arts and Science Graduate teachers, more than four hundred forty four (400) Hindi graduate and undergraduate teachers will be completed soon. This will help to solve the existing problem of shortage of teachers in schools, he added.
Minister said that in terms of facilities and qualification, the government school teachers are far ahead of private school teachers. The government school teachers should understand their duty and be sincere to their service in order to bring quality education to society. Lamsang Praja High School will also be upgraded to Higher Secondary status in the next academic session, he added.
He said that drinking water will be provided to all households in the Lamsang Assembly Constituency within a few months. Ten numbers of water supply schemes have been taken up under Jan Jeevan Mission in the constituency. Under NEDP scheme water supply schemes is also initiated, the minister added.
Education Commissioner, Schools, Shri T. Ranjit Singh, IAS, graced the occasion as president. An exhibition football match was also played as a part of the inaugural function.

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Imphal, April 11:

Minister of Agriculture, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry and Tourism, Oinam Lukhoi Singh today graced the observance of National Safe Motherhood Day, 2021 under the motto “ Educate, Acknowledge and focus on the problem of diseases, claiming solution and precaution for them,” held at Community Health Centre, Wangoi. It is organized by Community Health Centre, Wangoi under District Health Mission Society, Imphal West.
Stressing on the Motto of the occasion, Chief Guest, Lukhoi Singh stated that for women, pregnancy is the most important as well as critical phase in their lives. It is during this time where knowledge of proper healthcare and essentials diet imparted by the experts/doctors should not be avoided by the pregnant women and their partners to prevent themselves from any complicacy, he mentioned. Lukhoi also called upon the attention of all the men to be supportive and extend maximum cooperation and selfless support for a woman to have a safe motherhood all throughout.
Minister Lukhoi lauded the team of CHC, Wangoi, ASHA workers and Anganwadi workers for their dedication and selfless services for all specially pregnant and lactating mothers.
As part of the National Safe Motherhood Day, 2021 observance, various programmes namely ANC check-up for pregnant women, exercise for ANC, quiz competition, Gestational mellitus diabetics screening for pregnant women, PMMVY enrolment, amongst others were also conducted.
It may be mentioned that India is one of the most high-risk places in the world to give birth, accounting for 15 per cent of total maternal deaths worldwide. Every year, 44,000 women die in India due to improper care during pregnancy. This alarming data required immediate attention. So, the Government of India declared April 11 as the National Safe Motherhood Day in 2003 to create awareness about women’s safety and ensure the right to live life for them under any condition, including safe childbirth and pregnancy.
Medical Officer, CHC, Wangoi, Dr. N. Sushila Devi and CDPO, Inaocha also graced the function as President and Guest of Honour respectively.

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Imphal, April 09:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today inaugurated the year-long Golden Jubilee Celebration of Manipur Cinema at the Palace Auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Imphal. The function was organized by the Manipur State Film Development Society. The Chief Minister also unveiled the Monolith of Manipuri Cinema and inaugurated S.N. Chand Cine Archive & Museum at the campus of MSFDS.
Addressing the gathering, N. Biren stated that the Government had taken up certain steps for the welfare and development of Manipuri Cinema by introducing Manipur State Cine Policy, 2020 and setting up a Commission for follow-up procedures. To provide benefits to artists who brought laurels to the State and encourage them for future development, the Government had also come up with Chief Ministergi Artistessing gi Tengbang (CMAT) providing financial assistance to talented artistes, he added. He further stated that Artistes Pension under CMAT had also been introduced to make easier the life of aged reputed artists who have contributed in making the tradition, culture and art forms of Manipur more vibrant by working in various fields of arts.
Recalling the contribution of pioneers of Manipuri Cinema who had made tireless efforts to uplift Manipuri Films to greater heights, he stressed that cinema had taken a big role in shaping society and giving a face to the State in the field. He also expressed his proud feelings that the State had passed through a long journey in film making and is now celebrating its Golden Jubilee despite being a small state with less resource. He was also glad to the opening of the Cine Archive & Museum which would be of useful inputs to the younger generation for learning film making.
Stating that the State had many talented youths in every field, he stressed on the need to unite and work together for a better Manipur. He further informed that the Government is ready to render necessary support and assistance to those who sincerely work for the development of the State.
Delivering his presidential speech, Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh said that celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Manipuri Cinema was a proud moment for the people of the State. He also added that the pioneers of Manipuri Cinema had contributed much to promote the State’s culture and art forms in their films rather than the motive of making money. Stating that Manipuri Films had now got less audience to watch compared to the olden days, he appealed to the present day filmmakers to take into consideration how to attract an audience while making films to revive its popularity.
During the programme, a short video on Glimpses of Manipur Cinema was screened. Apart from felicitating veteran filmmakers, pioneers of Manipuri Cinema and artists, the Chief Minister also distributed pension and financial assistance to beneficiaries of CMAT. A souvenir was also released on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebration.
Filmmaker Manju Borah, Founder Director, Film Heritage Foundation Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Director of first Manipuri Feature Film Matamgi Manipur Debkumar Bose, Manipuri Feature Film actor Yengkhom Roma and renowned filmmakers, artists, technicians and members of different film organisations attended the function among others.

MSFDS to sign MoU with Film Heritage Foundation for setting up a Film Archive in Manipur

The Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), a Government of Manipur undertaking, is signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Film Heritage Foundation (FHF), Mumbai for setting up the film archive of Manipur on April 10, 2021 at 9.15 am.
MSFDS partnering with FHF will be setting up the film archive to save the cinematic heritage of Manipur. Film Heritage Foundation being a non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting the conservation, preservation, and restoration of film heritage in India will provide technical and intellectual consultancy and support to MSFDS in starting the archive particularly in restoration, preservation and digitization of the cinematic heritage of Manipur.
The areas of collaboration between MSFDS and FHF will also include training on film preservation and restoration, consultation on film repair and digitisation of film, conservation and preservation of non-filmic materials, and support in connecting with the fraternity of film archives and international bodies of film archives.
MSFDS represented by the Secretary, Sunzu Bachaspatimayum, and Film Heritage Foundation represented by Founder-Director, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur will sign the Memorandum of Understanding will be in the MSFDS complex, on April 10, 2021 at 9.15 am.

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