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William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum

William 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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Minister Shyamkumar distributes vegetable seeds to 32 selected farmers of 12 districts

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Imphal, Oct. 17

Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) scheme today distributed vegetable seeds to 32 registered farmers of 12 districts. The vegetable seed distribution function was held at the Training Hall, Khonghampat, Horticulture Complex, Imphal West.

Speaking as the chief guest of the function, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Th. Shyamkumar said that the department is distributing winter seeds to the registered farmers every year so that they can plant the seeds at their respective land or courtyard.

Th. Shyamkumar further said very soon a meeting will be held with the officers of the department and the farmers in order to address to the grievances and to discuss for the welfare farmers. He advised that the farmers should keep the habit of collecting and preserving some portion of the seeds for the next season to become self-reliant.

Rajen Singh, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, MLA Lamsang Assembly Constituency highlighted the imported food products which are occupying the market in the State. He said it is alarming situation which is threatening the indigenous and locally grown food products of the State.

Hareskrishna, Commissioner, Horticulture and Soil Conservation stressed that timely distribution of the seeds to the farmers is necessary for better yield of crops. He said the Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department is focused on early disposal of grievances. He also spoke on organic farming and conventional method of farming.

The function was also attended by Kh. Sayakiran Devi, Director, Horticulture and Soil Conservation (H&SC), N. Premananda Singh, Mission Director, MIDH, (H&SC), N. Joymati Devi, Deputy Director of Agriculture (H), Directorate of H&SC, farmers among others.

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Shirui Lily Festival – Shechef celebrates with a cause

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Imphal, Oct 17

Almost all visitors in the grand Shirui Lily festival have visited Shechef corner at Tangkhul Naga Long Ground. The venue is now the talk of the Shirui Lily Festival for two reasons. One – young or old chaps finds beautiful flat nose, small eye, yellow skin charming young lady serving exotic food items both traditional and international, and two – the venue celebrate the festival to empower women of the region under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s auspicious “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” scheme.

SheChef 2019 (earlier known as ShiChef) is a cooking competition organised by Popa Restaurant in collaboration with Exotic School of Cooking as part of the Shirui Lily Festival 2019. Even though all male visitors visited the venue tt is opened for only women under the banner of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”, an organiser said.

SheChef competition started yesterday right after the inaugural ceremony of Shirui Lily Festival 2019 at TNL Ground, Ukhrul. The inaugural ribbon cutting of the SheChef venue was done by MP Dr. Lorho Pfoze. He was accompanied by W. Ibohal Singh, Director, Department of Tourism, Manipur and MLA Leishiyo Keishing, 43-AC Phungyar, Ukhrul District.

The theme of the first day of SheChef was Signature Dish. Contestants prepared their own versions of commonly known indigenous dishes for an hour, after which there was a judging round.

The competition will continue for three more days with different themes for cooking.

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Nazareth to rock the opening day Shirui Lily festival, Extreme band to perform on October 19

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Imphal, Oct 16

The much awaited Shirui Lily Festival was inaugurated today by the Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge), Prahlad Singh Patel at Bakshi ground in Ukhrul is likely to be rocked with the performance of the internationally acclaimed hard rock band Nazareth. MLA Dr. Sapam Ranjan, who is the over all incharge of organizing the festival said that another internationally acclaimed rock band Extreme is on its way to perform at the festival on October 19.

“Love hurts” “Dream On”, Love Leads to Madness” “Where are You Now” , Nazareth’s numbers that won the heart of million people across the globe is what people have been expecting to listen live, even as the band’s lead vocalist Dan McCafferty will be replaced by Carl Sentence.

The Scottish hard rock veterans Nazareth arrived here in the state yesterday afternoon to perform in the ensuing four-day ShiRock 2019, an annual rock music competition- cum-festival held as part of the Shirui Lily Festival. The band members are attending the inaugural function of the Shirui festival.

Nazareth – which first gained international fame after their cover of American songwriter Boudleaux Bryant’s number, “Love Hurts”, that featured on their sixth studio album, Hair of the Dog – had earlier performed in Mizoram in April 2017, sources said. However, American group Extreme, which was formed in 1985, will make its debut performance in India with the Ukhrul show.

In recognition of the importance of the Manipur State flower Shirui Lily, the Shirui Lily Festival, which was upgraded to a State-level event in May 2017, is aimed at spreading awareness about conservation of the bell-shaped flower and also “to develop and implement sustainable and responsible tourism in the State”. It also serves as a platform to promote Ukhrul as a tourist destination of the North East.

Live music, cultural shows, beauty pageants, exhibitions, programmes folk songs, traditional dances, and indigenous games and sports competitions will be the highlights of the festival, which will showcase the age-old traditions and culture of the inhabitants of Ukhrul district.

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Neurosurgery ward inaugurated at JNIMS; Foundation stone for 18 private Wards laid

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Imphal, Oct. 14

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated the Neurosurgery Ward of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and laid the foundation stone for the construction of 18 Private Wards of JNIMS at JNIMS, Imphal today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that we need to work from micro level so as to bring inclusive development in the State. It is our collective responsibility to find out the loopholes in the system so that we could move forward in the path of development, he added.
Mentioning that the present government is trying its best to improve the health sector in the State, he maintained that the government was keen to expand Neurosurgery department of JNIMS so that poor and needy people could avail the healthcare facility at affordable rates. He said that huge money is being incurred for treatment of Neurosurgery related cases in private hospitals.
Stating that JNIMS has well qualified specialist Neurosurgeons, he appreciated the Neurosurgeons of JNIMS for successfully operating various critical patients in the hospitals during the last 3-4 months. He announced that 5-6 Medical Ventilators would be procured for JNIMS soon. He said that JNIMS will soon have 18 Private wards.  
Citing the frequent road accidents in the State, Chief Minister said that more than 70 people have died in road accidents in last four months in the State. Some of the factors for such road accidents are violation of traffic rules and regulations, corruption while issuing driving licence etc., he added.  On the occasion, Chief Minister appealed the people of the State to keep their surroundings neat and clean by organising routine cleanliness drive. He maintained that the construction work of the Private Wards have been awarded to the Manipur Police Housing Corporation (MPHC) and hope that it would be completed on time.
While delivering his Presidential address, Minister for Health and Family Welfare L. Jayantakumar Singh appealed the doctors to serve the people with sincerity, integrity and to maintain professional ethics. He said that health is the most important sector among all the sectors. The government has introduced various health schemes such as PMJAY, CMHT etc. to provide affordable healthcare in the country.
Chairman of Loktak Development Authority and MLA L. Susindro, Principal Secretary (Health V. Vumlunmang, Managing Director MPHC C. Doungel, Director JNIMS Prof. Th. Bhimo, teaching and Non teaching staffs and students of JNIMS attended the function.

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