Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh, a resident of Keishamthong Elangbam has been with Imphal Times since its start, 2013. He handles mostly Press release and announcement related news. Naresh is also a social worker. He can be emailed at [email protected]

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Manipur to play critical role in resurgence of economy in post-covid world 
IT Correspondent
New Delhi, June 23:

The creation of special economic zones (SEZs) is key towards providing opportunities to business and people in the north-eastern state of Manipur which is fast emerging as a state with local initiatives going hand in hand with national and global efforts, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) said at an ASSOCHAM virtual conference held yesterday.
“Initiatives of SEZs, technology, innovation and knowledge management are extremely important in the current scenario,” the DoNER Minister in his inaugural address in an ASSOCHAM Interactive Session on ‘Manipur: The Land of Emerging Opportunities.’ 
“In the post-covid India, north-east, including Manipur is going to have a very critical role in the resurgence and supplementation of economy and the path to power post-covid India roadway via north-east is destined to lead India’s post-covid economy,” said Dr Singh. 
He also said that DoNER Ministry is reviewing all the incomplete projects to reallocate the funds that had been parked in these projects. “We are trying to make sure that we make a departure from past practice of leaving many projects in a languishing condition and then forgetting about it.” 
He added, “For all of us, time-bound completion of ongoing projects in roadways, transport, waterways, airways, power and other sectors is ensured and our priority should be to build up required infrastructure right up to the border areas establishing connectivity and communication links with cross-border points to promote trade and economic activities with the neighbouring countries across the north-eastern region.” 
Dr Singh further said, “If we have to engage ourselves with ASEAN countries, we need to empower ourselves proximal to the eastern borders.” 
Highlighting the Government’s policy in this regard, he said “We are no longer looking at but seeking to act East.” 
He informed that the DoNER Ministry, in the last four years or so has introduced a more technology-based mechanism thereby successfully initiating innovative techniques of procuring UCs (Utilisation Certificates) through Space Satellite Imaging Technique. This, he said, not only saves time in terms of subsequent grants but also provides real-time and authentic images. 
“The process which we began about four years ago which got suspended due to Covid-19, I would like to share that we are going to start it again from July 1,” said Dr Singh. 
Inviting the business leaders he said, “The projects of power generation have been prioritised and there is availability of quality power now to help the businesses grow and facilitate their progress.” 
Noting that north-eastern region’s strength lies in its people and natural resources and that government is committed to provide policy support to the industry, Dr Singh said that industry should come forward to partner with the government. 
Sharing his perspective, Dr Rajesh Kumar, chief secretary, Government of Manipur informed that the state government is focusing on tourism and IT as major employment generating sectors. 
Highlighting the various steps being undertaken by Manipur Government and sharing information on various projects that are in various stages of implementation, Dr Kumar appealed the industry to partner and join hands for the state’s economic growth and development. 
“All support of Manipur government will be there, we are very liberal with any concessions the industry wants, the internet connectivity is wonderful and in fact, 5G pilots are also going to start. We want to make Manipur an IT hub to look after business from neighbouring countries Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and others,” he said. 
In his address, ASSOCHAM’s secretary general, Mr Deepak Sood said, “Manipur will play a crucial role in determining the success of the Act East policy, to expanded economic integration and repositioning India’s interest with not just Southeast Asia but to East Asia.” 
Mr Mahendra Agarwal, chairman, Northeast Regional Development Council of ASSOCHAM said that To be socially and economically sustainable, India’s growth must be inclusive and the integration and development of the Northeast region is critical for India’s continued progress. 
Dr B.K. Panda, IOFS, Zonal Development Commissioner, East and Northeast also addressed the industry leaders during the interactive session. 

IT News
Imphal, June 22:

Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) expressed strong dissatisfaction with the Tengnoupal Police Station for its failure to arrest a child rapist namely Charanga Koyaingam of Lamlong Khullen Village of Machi Sub-Div since the commissioning of the crime on the 12th of May, 2021 at around 6:30 pm.

A statement of the forum said that a written complaint was submitted on the 15th of May, 2021 by the eldest sister of the victim mentioning that her younger sister was raped by the said accused person at his residence  and requested the police to take up legal action. Concerning the same FIR was lodged, however, the said accused person is yet to be arrested till date.

It has been more than 37 days, the accused person is roaming scot free and the Tengnoupal Police Station is not able to arrest the said accused person which is very unfortunate.

The Forum urged the Manipur State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, DGP and CWC Tengnoupal District to make an urgent intervention to arrest the accused person at the earliest.

IT News
Chandigarh/Imphal, June 21: 

Manipuri actor and model Sushanta Rajkumar popularly known as R.K Sushant has organised the 2nd round of vaccination camp for Northeast Indians residing in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali concluding the vaccination drive on 20th June 2021 with 200+ people getting vaccinated in total. The 2nd vaccination camp which had a turnout of 175 people was arranged as promised during the launch of the vaccination drive, for the people who have missed the 1st vaccination camp that was organised on 30th May 2021(Sunday) where 40 people from various parts of Northeast India were vaccinated.  
For the convenience of the people who had reached out to him for the vaccination, the actor had also arranged a bus service from his residence in Chandigarh to the vaccination site in Zirakpur, Punjab. The vaccination was organised at Zirakpurwhich had a better facility where all the Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) could be strictly followed during the vaccination. 
“Being healthy and safe during this pandemic is the top priority for everyone. However, what about those staying away from home for work and studies? Their families are equally concerned about their health and safety too but when you are in a different place and environment you become helpless. And that is why I took up the initiative to start this vaccination drive for people from Northeast India staying in and around Chandigarh but have not been able to get vaccinated yet. I believe this is the least I can do for all the love and support the people from the region has given me,” said Sushanta on the vaccination drive. 
He further added, “I am considering the rollout of such vaccination camps across major cities in India where Northeast Indians reside. We are still monitoring the responses and will take a call basis the requirement after consulting experts to ensure that the best support can be given to the people from the region.”
Covid-19 vaccination drive for people of Northeast India in Punjab was initiated by the actor who also runs a foundation called Pink Foundation after he learned about many Northeast Indians in Punjab struggling to get vaccinated from his fans and followers. 
The vaccination drive was supported by team doctors and medical professionals from the Punjab Health Department. The two-phased vaccination drive has successfully inoculated 215 people in total who had contacted the actor from the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim in Northeast India. This second vaccination camp will conclude the vaccination drive in Punjab.
About R.K Sushant 
Sushanta Rajkumar, also known popularly as R.K Sushant, is an Indian actor, model and international Taekwondo champion who has brought laurels for India on multiple occasions. A fashion icon popular among the youths of Northeast India, Sushant has participated in many international fashion events as a model and jury. He has been “Youth Icon” for the Govt of Manipur awareness campaign around the Electoral Process for the last 3 years and has also been actively participating in awareness campaigns in Imphal (Manipur) and Chandigarh (Punjab).

IT News
Imphal, June 19:

It happens and there is nothing to be surprise of, wife of late Wangkheimayum Brajabidhu – who was elected 3 times from Lamsang Assembly constituency , and had even served the government at the capacity of Minister, Wangkheimayum Ongbi Sumati Devi is contesting in the forthcoming state assembly election. Wangkheimayum Brajabidhu died due to Covid-19.

According to a report Sumati , wife of Brajabidhu will be contesting as a Congress candidate. The Lamsang Block Congress Committee had already taken a resolution to choose Wangkheimayum Ongbi Sumati Devi as their candidate.

President of the Lamsang Block Congress Committee, Yumkhaibam Kumarjit said that the decision to nominate Wangkheimayum Ongbi Sumati Devi as a congress candidate in the upcoming election was taken after a meeting which was attended by congress representatives from all the 49 polling station of Lamsang Assembly constituency.

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