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 07:

With the aim to promote e-mobility, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh distributed e-autos and e-rickshaws to 65 beneficiaries including nine women at a formal function held today at Kangla. The Distribution function was organized by the Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Manipur.
Raising concern on the water scarcity faced due to large scale deforestation, N. Biren Singh appealed to the people to be responsible and contribute in preserving the nature. He stressed on the need to replace all the diesel autos operating in the State with e-autos providing grants and loans from the Government so that air and noise pollution level could be mitigated at a certain level.
The Chief Minister was moved by the presence of women among the beneficiaries who were distributed e-auto/ rickshaw. He expressed that he felt glad with the courage shown by the women beneficiaries to come up with such occupation on one hand and also felt sad about the circumstances that compelled them to take up such occupation on the other hand.
N. Biren informed that the Government had been providing scholarships for coaching to civil service aspirants of the State to provide the much-needed support to those deserving and meritorious students. He further stated that the Government had consulted with reputed civil service coaching institutes operating outside the state to open its centre in the State. The Government is in process to come up with a proper plan to start the coaching class from June this year to provide adequate grooming to deserving aspirants. Aspirants need not go outside the State, to take coaching classes spending huge amount of money, once the coaching classes start, he added.
He stated that the State had many talented youth with certain innovative ideas and so the Government had also extended assistance and encouragement to hardworking young entrepreneurs through its Manipur Start up Scheme. Under the Scheme, interviews for selection of innovative entrepreneurs for providing loans are in process and will be over within a month. A provision for providing such loans had been put in the budget, he added.
Speaking on the increase of COVID-19 positive cases at an alarming rate in other states, the Chief Minister stated that the Government had taken up certain measures to contain the spread of the pandemic giving utmost priority to saving peoples’ lives. He expressed gratefulness for the support and co-operation shown by the people to the Government in taking up such measures. He also added the Government is committed to bring overall development in the State so that the future generation could live a better and peaceful life.
Forest and Environment Minister Awangbow Newmai, Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen, Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary M.H. Khan, Managing Director, Manipur State Co-operative Bank A. Subhash, Director, Environment and Climate Change Y. Nabachandra and officials of the Department attended the programme among others.
It may be mentioned that an amount of Rs 1,40,000 each is provided to the beneficiaries as grant by the Government for the purchase of the e-auto/rickshaw and the remaining amount is provided through loan by Manipur State Co-operative Bank. The steps to provide such benefit is taken up under Manipur State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC), with an objective to address the existing as well as future challenges of climate change and taking action to reduce the associated risks and vulnerabilities.

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Imphal, April 06: 

Minister in charge of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department Thongam Biswajit Singh, who is also the Government Spokesperson, inspected the 103 km long road stretch from Shirui Village to Kachoupung Village constructed under the Prime Minister’s flagship programme Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), on Monday. The scheme is implemented by the Manipur State Rural Roads Development Agency (MSRDDA)/Rural Engineering Department (RED) in the State.
The road inspection team led by the Minister also included Ukhrul-44/ST MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur, Deputy Commissioners of both Ukhrul and Kamjong districts, DISHA members, MSSRDA/Rural Engineering Department Chief Engineer Pantishing Thaimei, Additional CE Kh.Rajen Singh, local representatives and media persons.
Briefing media persons at the end of the inspection, late in the evening at Khayang Village, Biswajit said that construction of the Shirui Village to Kachoupung road was initiated around 2015-16 under PMGSY Stage I work. However, after locals showed discontentment with the previous alignment, he had assured the House to personally inspect the road and do the needful, he added.
Biswajit said that MP Dr.Lorho S Pfoze and MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur have also shown their deep concern for the said road and to improve connectivity in the area. The Minister said that the target for completion of road works taken up under Stage II is March 2022.
Reiterating that the State is committed to bringing equal development for the people, Biswajit said that the government is committed to provide the people their entitled fundamental rights. He said the government is putting all efforts to ensure that the roads are motorable and all-weathered to ensure that the socio-economic status of the people is enhanced. 
The government spokesperson also lauded Alfred Kanngam Arthur, DISHA, Village chiefs, Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL), and other civil organisations for their cooperation and support.
Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that during the inspection trip, the minister and his team were warmly received at villages located along the road namely Mapum Village, Zingsui Village, Roni Village Chamu Village, Mitiyang Village, Phungtha Village, Kachoupung Village, Khayang Village among others.

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Bishnupur, April 01:

Neeta Arambam, IAS Deputy Commissioner Bishnupur today officially launched thenewly developed mobile app called mAnganwadi under District Governance Mobile Challenge (DGMC) and guidelines from State Informatics Officer (SIO), NIC Manipur at her office Chamber in the presence of L. Bobby, AC to DC, K.Jadumani Singh, BDO Bishnupur, and  T. Shantikumar Singh, DIO, NIC.
Explaining the app, T. Shantikumar said that The basic objective of the app is to provide complete information on AWC (AnganwadiCentre) improving service delivery and eliminating all the manual intervention. System will allow citizen to directly view the AWC details thus finding ground-level employees in an easy and fastest way. Also, citizens will able to check the ration supply from the Government and ensure target distribution to the beneficiaries thus paving a way of transparency between citizens and Government. It will help to improve governance by decentralizing planning at a micro level.
Deputy Commissioner appreciated efforts of NIC team for developing the app in a very short period.
The app can be downloaded directly from Google Play Store by searching for the name mAnganwadi

Holi is a festival of colours, reminding us about this whole world that is so colourful. Just like nature, there are different colours associated with our feelings and emotions: anger is associated with red, jealousy with green, vibrancy and happiness with yellow, love with pink, vastness with blue, peace with white, sacrifice with saffron and knowledge with violet. Each person is a fountain of colours that keep changing.

There is one story related to Holi in the Puranas which is very interesting. An asura king, Hiranyakashyap, wanted everyone to worship him. But his son Prahlad was a devotee of Lord Narayana, the king's sworn enemy. Angry, the king wanted Holika, his sister, to get rid of Prahlad. Empowered to withstand fire, Holika sat on a burning pyre holding Prahlad on her lap. But it was Holika who was burnt, Prahlad came out unharmed.

Hiranyakashyap symbolizes one who is gross. Prahlad embodies innocence, faith and bliss. The spirit cannot be confined to loving only matter. Hiranyakashyap wanted all joy to come from the material world. It did not happen that way. The individual "jivatma" cannot be bound to the material forever. It's natural to eventually move towards Narayana, one's higher Self.

Holika symbolises past burdens that try to burn Prahlad's innocence. But Prahlad, so deeply rooted in Narayana Bhakti, could burn all past impressions (sanskaras). For one who is deep in devotion, joy springs up with new colours and life becomes a celebration. Burning the past, you gear up for a new beginning. Your emotions, like fire, burn you. But when they are a fountain of colours, they add charm to your life. In ignorance, emotions bother you; in knowledge, the same emotions add colour to your life.

Like Holi, life should be colourful, not boring. When each colour is seen clearly, it is colourful. When all the colours get mixed, you end up with black. So also in life, we play different roles. Each role and emotion needs to be clearly defined. Emotional confusion creates problems. When you are a father, you have to play the part of a father. You can't be a father at the office. When you mix the roles in your life, you start making mistakes. Whatever role you play in life, give yourself fully to it. 

Any the joy you experience in life is from the depth of your Self -- when you let go of all that you hold on to and settle down being centred in that space. That is called meditation. Meditation is not an act; it is the art of doing nothing! The rest in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep that you can ever have because in meditation you transcend all desires. This brings such coolness to the brain and it is like servicing or overhauling the whole body-mind complex. 

Celebration is the nature of the spirit and the celebration that comes out of silence is real. If sacredness is attached to a celebration, it becomes total, complete. It's not just body and mind but also the spirit that celebrates.

In a state of celebration, the mind often forgets the Divine. We should experience the Divine’s presence, the Divine’s light around us. You should have a desire to experience something by which the whole world is running. To experience this through your prayers, there should be total involvement. If the mind is preoccupied elsewhere, then that is no prayer at all.

When you are faced with obstacles, deep prayers can work miracles. Prayer happens in two situations. When you feel grateful or when you feel utterly helpless. If you are not grateful and prayerful, you will be miserable. The feeling that ‘I am blessed’ can help you overcome any failure. Once you realize that you are blessed, then all the complaints, all the grumbling and all the insecurities disappear.

Only then we are able to understand the uplifted state of being and see that the whole world is all spirit or consciousness. And in that state of being, celebration dawns spontaneously and life becomes colourful.

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