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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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FEGOCTA postpones cease work strike

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Imphal, Nov 11

The proposed cease work strike of the Government College teachers which is scheduled to begin from today has been postponed in view of the present situation in the state. A statement by Federation of Government College Teachers’ Associations, Manipur (FEGOCTA) said that the decision to postpone the cease work strike has been taken during an emergency executive meeting of the association held yesterday at GP Women’s College, Imphal.

The statement however said that the teaching community has been demoralized at the failure of the government in fulfilling its own written assurances. It said the government gave written assurance to FEGOCTA to implement the 7th UGC Pay and regulations, 2018 on September 26 and October 15 this year. The FEGOCTA executive after deliberation on the issue expressed dissatisfaction over the failure to communicate by the government after expiry of November 4 dateline to implement the 7th UGC Pay and Regulation, 2018. The FEGOCTA said that it will start the agitation after reviewing the prevailing situation in the state. 

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Fashion Icon and Actress Soma Laishram all set to walk the ramp at Northeast Festival 2019

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Imphal, Nov 10

Top actress and fashion icon of Manipur Soma Laishram is all set to walk the ramp at the ongoing Northeast Festival 2019 at New Delhi. She will be the showstopper at the event for Maxwell Yangoijam, one of Manipur’s top fashion designers who run a fashion label, Kha Nganba. 

Soma Laishram has been part of many fashion shows in the past, the most recent one being an International fashion extravaganza “Asian Designer week” where she was the showstopper for a unique fashion show promoting the handlooms & textiles of North East India and Manipur. A versatile personality known for her unique fashion sense, Soma has also been modelling alongside her career as an actress in Manipur. She has walked the ramp as a showstopper in many fashion and cultural events earlier too. Speaking about the festival Soma Laishram said, “I am grateful for this opportunity to be part of such a big initiative where I get to represent my state and region to the world. I believe this festival is a great platform to showcase the unique cultures and talents of Northeast India.”

At the Northeast Festival which is being held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Janpath, New Delhi, India Soma Laishram will be setting the ramp on fire in Maxwell Yangoijam’s creation which is inspired from the rich indigenous handloom of Northeast India. “My collection is all about bringing out the best of Northeast India’s beautiful cultures and handloom works to the world in the hope to revive the traditional handloom industry packaged in the most modern and fashion-forward designs,” said Maxwell Yangoijam about his collection. 

“I am also very thankful to the organisers for making me part of such a huge event and giving me this opportunity to connect the world with Northeast India through my work,” he further added. 

This is the seventh edition of North East Festival where the entire facets of North East India can be found in one place. Handlooms of Northeast India have always caught the attention of the world and the handloom fashion shows which is part of the festival will extensively display the fabrics and textiles of NER in the works of talented designers from the region.

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Any solutions to the Naga issue that affects Manipur will not be tolerated – O. Ibobi

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Imphal, Nov 9

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Okram Ibobi Singh today reiterated the Congress Party stand to the solution of the Naga issue stating that any solution that affects the interest of Manipur will not be tolerated.

In a press conference held today at his official quarter at Babupara, the former Chief Minister said that the Congress party welcome a permanent solution to the issue of the Naga but will not tolerate if it hurts the sentiments of the people of Manipur who has been living under a single roof since time immemorial. He said under no circumstances there should be any agreement that will disintegrate or will disintegrate the people of Manipur in the near future will be accepted by the Congress party. 

“We are not throwing the ball to the court of the government but we do want to ask what is the use of being a Chief Minister, Ministers or MLA if there is no Manipur,” Ibobi said.

Expressing apprehension to the safety of the integrity of the state Ibobi said that almost 99% of the agreement has been settled except some few like issues of Separate Flag and Separate Constitution and ignoring the fact without revealing the reason for reinforcement and deployment of large number of central paramilitary to the state is an immature act.

“We feel ashamed of the immaturity of this government, every person in the state know the additional deployment of large number of central paramilitary force in the state”, Ibobi said and added that this kind of statement is very immature statement that will be known by one and all. He questioned the government if the additional force of Assam Rifles, CRPF and BSF deployed here are those returning after election duty at Haryana and Maharashtra.

“Maintenance of law and order is state subject but the way the central forces are being deployed here in the state is no different from preparing a war with another country.”, Ibobi said. He added that this kind of security arrangement is done to counter the public at the time when they implement the Frame Work Agreement.

The Congress party leader appealed the people and those in the government to jointly fight to any move that might affect the territorial integrity of the state by cutting across political party.

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BPR Admin bags Digital Transformation Award 2019

Bishnupur, Nov. 9

The District of Bishnupur under Neeta Arambam as the Deputy Commissioner has bagged the Governance Now Digital Transformation Award 2019 in recognition for its efforts to usher the adoption of digital in the district.
Speaking to the media persons in her office today, the commissioner said that the award is the result of the collective efforts of the staffs, CSOs, and the people. She added that in the past two years, debit card holders increased by 47.04% and business Correspondence from the 24 Gram Panchayats has increased from 24 to 35.
It might be mentioned that Bishnupur bagged Apollo Telemedicine Award in 2017 and Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration 2018 on the category of promotion of digital payments in 2018.

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