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, 25 February 2021 18:10

33 Communities pledge to end poppy plantations

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Imphal, Feb 25:

In what could be termed as a rare and historic occasion, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh led the leaders and representatives of 33 different communities residing in the State in taking a collective pledge to work together towards complete destruction of illegal poppy cultivation and checking illicit drug businesses. The event known as ‘All Communities Convention for a Pledge Against Illegal Poppy Plantation’ was organized at Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre by Meitei Leepun in association with the apex bodies of these 33 communities under the supervision of the Chief Minister. The convention was held after people responded to Chief Minister’s call to extend support and co-operation to ‘War on Drugs’ campaign by taking part in the destruction of poppy cultivations.
Leaders and representatives of Kharam Tribe Union, Purum Tribe Union, Koireng Tribe Union, Thadou Inpi, Manipuri Gorkha Association, Kom Tribe Union, Chiru Tribe Union, Thangal Tribe Union, Maram Union, Mao Council, Poumai Tribe Union, Zemei Tribe Union, Anal Tangpi, Lamkang Kaver Kupun, Monshang Tribe Union, Moyon Tribe Union, Aimol Tribe Union, Tarao Tribe Union, Hmar Inpi, Paite People Council, Simte Tribe Union, Zou Tribe Union, Mizo People Convention, Vaiphei People Council, Gangte Tribe Union, Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long, Mate Tribe Union, Maring Uparup, Zeme Tribe Union, Rongmei Tribe Union, Inpui Tribe Union, Liangmai Tribe Union and Chothe Tribe Union took part in the pledge.
The pledge that was administered to the gathering by MBC Pastor Rev. Zuankanmang Daimei was: “Onwards from this day, the 25th of February 2021, in the presence of Almighty God and our beloved and visionary leader Shri N. Biren Singh, our Hon’ble Chief Minister, we solemnly pledge that we will support and contribute our best efforts to transform the War on Drugs to a people’s war. We further pledge we shall work for completely eradicating illegal poppy cultivation and other illicit drug businesses in any areas of our jurisdiction by any person from within or outside”.
It is said that some participants left their villages on February 23 to reach Imphal today to take part in the convention. Volunteers of Royal Riders Manipur received the participants at different locations. Those who came from Senapati and Kangpokpi were received at Sekmai, Tamenglong and Noney at Khuman Lampak, Chandel and Tengnoupal at Thoubal, Ukhrul at Lamlai, Churachandpur and Pherzawl at Nambol Chingmang. They were escorted up to BOAT by RRM volunteers.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that he was moved by the people’s overwhelming response to his appeal for a collective fight against drugs and poppy plantation. He said that the convention was a historic event and it would be remembered forever. When he was elected to the Manipur Legislative Assembly for the first time in 2002, the Chief Minister said, he moved a Private Member Resolution to forgive and forget the past mistakes and live together harmoniously by all the communities of the State. After he became the Chief Minister as well, N. Biren contended, ‘Go to Hills’ to bring equal opportunities and development was his first slogan.
Maintaining that drugs and intoxicants had taken many lives, the Chief Minister said that there is need for a collective effort to uproot it. N. Biren Singh assured that the Government would definitely give alternative livelihood to all the poppy growers. For this, the Chief Minister informed, required funds had been earmarked in the Budget and additional assistance would also be sought from the Centre. Needy poppy growers would be identified in consultation with the Village Chiefs to provide assistance through the DCs concerned under different Government schemes, he added.
Stating that the present Government had taken up various developmental works in the hills, the Chief Minister said that there is no household in Kamjong headquarters which do not get tap water. Understanding people’s inconvenience, the Government had started providing tap water in Tamenglong and Churachandpur district headquarters as well, the Chief Minister said.
Thangal Union president Kaping YK, Mizo People Convention General Secretary L. Paul, Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long president Hopingson Shimray and Joint Tribes Zeliangrong president Kenan Kamei also spoke at the convention. They vowed to extend full cooperation to the Government’s ‘War on Drugs’ campaign.
The Chief Minister also had a candid interaction with the community leaders after the convention.

Thursday, 25 February 2021 18:08

State celebrates Shannaroishingee Numit

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Imphal, Feb 25:

Manipur today celebrated Shannaroishingee Numit (Players’ Day) in commemoration of the State’s historic win of Raja Bhalendra Singh Trophy of overall team championship in the 5th National Games held in the State in 1999. The State-level function was held at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh as the chief guest and Youth Affairs and Sports (YAS) Minister Letpao Haokip as the functional president. Commissioner (YAS) Bobby Waikhom was also seated on the dais as the guest of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister stressed the importance of playgrounds in moulding budding young players and promoting them up to the international level. As such, people should give up the notion of developing community halls in playgrounds, he observed.
Stating that Manipur is known to the world because of its sporting talents, he said that sports associations and clubs have been taking pivotal roles in producing good sportspersons in the State. The Chief Minister said that the State Government already has a policy to provide monetary assistance to the clubs which produce national and international players. He also informed that Rs. 50 lakhs each had been handed over to NEROCA-FC and TRAU-FC which are currently playing in the I-League. He also said that the same amount would be given to the girls’ team KRYPHSA-FC as well.
The Chief Minister also said that the Government is currently putting in efforts in mission mode to promote Thang-Ta. He informed that 3000 mats have been procured for distribution to various Thang-Ta organizations.
Stating that the State Government has been working hard towards the development of sports, he said that Khuman Lampak Main Stadium and Hockey Stadium now have floodlighting systems. He also added that all the districts would have hockey astroturf apart from developing playgrounds in different villages under the Khelo India scheme. In addition to the existing 5 per cent reservation in Government employments, prize money for medal winners in the Olympics and International championships had also been hiked. He said that Manipur had so far produced 17 Olympians, 19 Arjuna awardees, 26 Asian Games medalists and 30 Commonwealth Games medalists. Moreover, Manipur is the most represented State in the Indian Super League with 43 players, he added.
In his speech, Letpao Haokip said that the Government is considering to include sports-related classes in the syllabus. He also thanked the sports bodies for bringing the youths to the right path and contributing its might to building up a healthy society. The Minister said it is heartening to see that veterans and retired sports persons usually extend full co-operation every time Government organizes any sports-related programme. This spirit should sustain for the development of sports culture in the State, he observed.
The Chief Minister also flagged off a mass run in connection with the celebration. He also gave away a prize to the maintenance team of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in recognition of their hard work.

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Imphal, Feb 24:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated Eco Tourism Project at Thangmeiband Cheirao Ching in Imphal West District today. The Eco Tourism Project was developed under the Minister of DoNER (NLCPR).
Speaking at the occasion, N. Biren Singh said that people in Manipur used to live amidst tensions within the confines of their homes and there was limited leisure in life. As such with the improvement of the situation in the past few years, the Government had been trying to give leisure spaces by developing such sites which could also attract tourists, he added.
The Chief Minister informed that the foundation stone for Cheirao Ching Eco Tourism Project developed at an estimated cost of around 15 crores rupees was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit in March 2018. The project was completed within three years though it was hindered for quite a long time due to delay in getting Forest/Environment clearance and COVID-19 pandemic.
Observing that development projects should always be planned with a farsighted vision, he stated that various localities are now frequently flooded due to rampant constructions in Lamphelpat which should have been kept as a wetland.
Stating that it is heartening to learn that local clubs of Thangmeiband are ready to get involved in running the tourist site, the Chief Minister said that a modality would be formulated soon in consultation with the local MLA and local clubs for the operation and maintenance of the site. He further said that the Government is planning to install electric cars for old-aged and differently abled people, who wish to reach the towers located in the hill-top.
He also said that solar lamps would be installed up to the hill-top and security would be deployed for the convenience of the visitors for night seeing as well. Expressing hope that the project would definitely benefit local people, he sought support and co-operation from them regarding proper maintenance and running of the site.
Regarding COVID-19, he said that people still need to be careful and strictly maintain COVID Appropriate Behaviours because some States are currently facing the second wave of the pandemic. As a preventive measure, Biren said, testing of passengers coming from five States has already begun at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.
Tourism Minister Oinam Lukhoi, CAF and PD Minister Thokchom Satyabrata, Deputy Speaker Kongkham Robindro and Thangmeiband AC MLA Kh. Joykishan, Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar and other high ranking officials also attended the function among others.

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Chandel, Feb 23:

Chandel Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under aegis of IGAR (S) foiled timber smuggling attempt in Libong-Duthang Junction yesterday.
The troops recovered a large quantity of smuggled goods/timber(Burma Teak Wood planks) and apprehended 08 smugglers close to Libong-Duthang Y Junction.
Acting on specific information regarding smuggling of timber across the Indo-Myanmar border into Chandel, at 02:40 A.M a team intercepted four Shaktiman trucks. On thorough checking, timber worth Rs 1.32 Crore was recovered and eight smugglers were apprehended.
The smuggled timber alongwith smugglers and vehicles were handed over to DFO Chandel for further legal action.
Meanwhile, Thoubal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) apprehended three persons from Saram village of Thoubal district on yesterday.
On receiving a specific input regarding move of contraband items along Thoubal–Hongi axis, troops of Assam Rifles established a Mobile vehicle check post in Saram and apprehended three suspected smugglers alongwith two Tata trucks loaded with 13 logs of teak wood and one truck loaded with 94 blocks of teak wood.
The apprehended persons have been identified as Lourembam Ito Singh, Md Shafiq and Roustom Khan residents of Thoubal district.
The seized timber and persons have been handed over to DFO Kasom Khullen for further legal action.

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