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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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More PDS rice for distribution to people lifted by respective MLAs

IT News
Imphal, June 2:

Assembly Constituencies (ACs) of the State continue lifting of PDS rice allocated for June 2020 from certain godowns located at various parts of the State. The lifted PDS items are for distribution to the beneficiaries of the ACs.
Andro AC of Imphal East District had completely lifting its allocated quantity of 1,554.65 quintal of rice under National Food Security Act (NFSA) for June 2020. Karong AC of Senapati District too lifted 2,018.14 quintal of rice under the same scheme.
In Thoubal District, there was lifting of 2,506.35 quintal of NFSA rice for its Khangabok AC allocated for the month of May on 30th May, 2020.
It may be mentioned that the State Government has been distributing PDS items to every household in all the districts of Manipur under NFSA, PMGKAY and Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS) to ensure none to suffer on account of non-availability of foodgrain due to the ongoing lockdown in the State.

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A Good Samaritan in the form of KSO Mumbai

By- T S Haokip

The Special Shramik Train that left Mumbai for Jiribam, Manipur on the 1st of June has its passengers with all smiles. It was not just the feeling of delight to finally go home amidst #NationalLockdown which have confined them to the four walls of their rooms devoid any source of income; KSO Mumbai in collaboration with InSIDE - North East distributed food items, water, face mask and sanitizers at the Railway Station that would last for the 4-days’ long journey.
Mention may be made that, this trip home from Mumbai is the 2nd phase arranged by Manipur Government in collaboration with concerned authorities. ‘We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and utmost appreciation towards the relentless efforts of Manipur Govt., Maharashtra Govt., Mumbai police, BMC Indian Railways, Nodal officer Anurag Bajpai(IFS) in successfully arranging the much-needed exodus,’ said a press release issued by the Info and Publicity Secy ,KSO Mumbai, Mr. Seigunlien Khongsai.
KSO Mumbai expressed their heartfelt gratitude to three Mumbai based NGOs namely Ghar Bhejo, Madras Dairies, and Khanna Chahiye lead by their founders Neeti Goel, Ruben Mascarenhas and their team for their concern and partnership with us in our hour of need. ‘Through their generous contribution, we could sponsor food items for the strong 1700 passengers today,’ said the statement.
It also acknowledged the wholehearted contribution and assistance given by other sister organizations of North East India and also to Kuki Welfare Association, Mumbai. The KSO Mumbai also acknowledged in no small measures the selfless contributions of the Proprietor InSIDE-North East in providing them the Network with the said NGOs without which the noble work would not have been possible. The same gratitude is expressed to Radio Mirchi in providing them Media coverage
While there were alleged reports of passengers boarding the 1st phase train which left for home on 23rd May 2020, facing shortage of foods on their way, this initiative of the KSO through their humble efforts will at least ensure that the stranded brothers and sisters traveling home will not be starving on the way anymore. ‘It is our endeavor always to serve and we are fortunate that we could be a reason for the smiles in the faces of a few people, who have been rendered jobless, alone and broke by the pandemic,’ said the press release as it wished all the 1700 strong passengers and crew members of the train including the police a very safe journey.

List of Reputed Essay Competitions in India for Writing Lovers

By- Mousumi

Let’s face it - even in the world of technology, people still hesitate to put all of their trust in online platforms. Essay competitions in India have always been a physical event when visualize through the lenses of rural India and traditional writers. Partly, it may be true, because finding really authenticate writing contests organizers is bit difficult. Essay writing is actually good for not just the students, but the creative writers as well; as it will help stimulate their brains while honing the writing skill. A lot of online essay contests have cropped up for people.  Here are the list of five trustworthy competitions based on the google reviews, longevity, and organizer’s reputation.
Dhai Akhar Letter Writing Competition 2020
Dhai Akhar is an annual letter writing competition, put forth by India Post. There are some rules one has to follow in order to participate in this contest. Anyone can participate in the competition, with two categories allotted to the groups - the letters are supposed to be in the limit of 1000 words, under envelope category, or an ILC (Inland Letter Card), with the limit being 500 words in this category. The theme for 2019’’s competition was ‘Dear Bapu, you are Immortal’ and is conducted on National level as well as circle level. Winners will get a huge cash prize.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Level Essay Writing Contest
The Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Level Essay Writing Contest has been successfully conducted for three years by the Institute of Finance and International Management (IFIM) College.The contest is conducted with two categories, one of them comprising of 10th to 12th standard, whereas the other being for UG and PG students, including all Medical & Engineering Students too. The first prize is of INR50,000, while the second and third places, as well as 7 concept prizes get some good amount of cash prize too. The theme of Season 3 was ‘Education Ecosystem for 21st Century’. No plagiarism, the essay should be of 800 words and in MLA format, are some of the rules for the contest.
Vikram Sarabhai Competition for Concept – Essay Writing
On the occasion of Dr. Sarabhai’s birth centenary year, Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) conducts a pan India level essay writing competition. Students of grade 8 to 12 can take part in the contest, from the two different categories provided, where the first one is 8th-10th standard and 11th-12th standard. Word limit is 3000 words, written in MLA format and the essay is to be sent in PDF format. The judgementwillbe carried out in two phases.The topic for 2019 was ‘Innovative experiments for space station’ and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and additional 5 prizes would be getting cash prizes.
Monomousumi Monthly Essay Writing Competition
The essay writing competition, put forth by www.monomousumi.com, is a monthly one, where prompts/topic are handed out by the start of the month thorough their website. Open for all, this competition is being organized since May 2018 every month without any break and fetched attention from various school, college goers and creative writers across the country. There are two categories, namely above and below 18 years old. The reward for the below 18 years old category is a trophy, a printable certificate and a physical educational prize, while the above 18 years old category get the trophy, printable certificate and a book/novel every month. The most attractive point about this contest is that all the eligible participants get participation certificate signed by the president organizing committee and renowned personality.
Pan India Online Essay Contest 2020
UNESCO New Delhi, in collaboration with Takhte, writers and publishers, has come up with a fun Pan India Online Essay Contest 2020, which will be conducted in two categories, i.e. for Children (aged 11-14) and Youth (aged 15-24). The topic is ‘Year 1 AC (After Coronavirus)’. Entries are welcome even now and best entries from the categories mentioned will be promoted and highlighted on the UNESCO New Delhi and Takhte’s websites and social media profiles. The winning entries will later be published in a book by the same name as the topic, and all the 100 published essayers will be getting certificates for their contribution.
The above-mentioned platforms are more than just authenticate; they have, in fact, successfully conducted competitions before, with a large amount of people enthusiastically responding to them. You can, therefore, surely opt for these essay contests and just stimulate your brain!

An Open Letter to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur

Dear Sir,

This is with special reference to the earlier news item published in many local dailies of the State dated 30th May 2020, under the title, “Letter to Governor claims ‘blatant abuse of power’ in IPS Gonglin’s case”.

That, we seek your kind intervention to ensure that Shri Faumei Gonglin’s promotion is acted upon at the earliest without further delay.

The Rongmei Chamnac Phwam Delhi (Rongmei Students’ Organization, Delhi) want to point out strongly that All India Services such as IAS or IPS is guided by Service Rules/Promotion Rules and bypassing these prescribed rules is against the rule of law of the country.

The Students’ Body also would like to bring to your kind notice that delay in giving promotion to a deserving officer like him is a clear violation of established rules which will not only hamper his career growth but will leave a precedent extremely rare and harmful for the Manipur State.

The people of Manipur are aware of Shri Gonglin’s contribution during his time as SP in many hill districts when social unrest and ethnic conflicts engulfed the State. His sharp vision, efficiency and timely decision have resolved many issues and even today his expertise in the field is still unmatched to many Officers of the State. Not only, Shri Faumei Gonglin is the pride of our community but the true son of the soil.

Therefore, we submit our kind (but firm) petition to you, Sir if he is innocent consequential relief, including promotion, may be immediately given.

We are also aware of your serious effort to building new Manipur of peaceful co-existence and communal harmony and for that we sincerely appreciate the steps. However, such effort will only bear fruit if all communities of the State become the strong pillars of society. Therefore, as we appreciated all the good efforts of yours, we also appeal to you that Shri Gonglin’s promotion related case be settled once for all.

Looking forward to your immediate and positive intervention, Sir.


Rongmei Chamnac Phwam Delhi

(Rongmei Students Organization Delhi)