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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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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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Nemcha Kipgen Signs MOI with Government of Bangladesh

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New Delhi, Oct 13

Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen today signed Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh represented by its Secretary, Md. Gyas Uddin Ahmed at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on the Valedictory occasion of India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF), 2019.
The MOI is intended to build mutual business cooperation mainly in cooperative sectors between Manipur and Bangladesh so as to learn, assimilate and develop further on the strengths, experiences and objectives of the respective parties in the interest of trade and business.
Minister Nemcha expressed that the MOI signed will definitely expand and open wide scopes for the Manipur Cooperatives to spread its trade to the other neighbouring countries in future as well. Manipur’s handloom and handicrafts products are widely known in the world for its fine and unique quality, she asserted.
Amongst the North Eastern states of India, Manipur and Mizoram have already signed this MOI.

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Nemcha Kipgen graces the 1st India Intl. Cooperatives Trade Fair, 2019

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New Delhi, Oct 11

Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen today graces inaugural ceremony of the first ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF), 2019 was held today at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
Briefing the Media, Minister Nemcha Kipgen highlighted on how the cooperative sector in Manipur have significantly revived under the leadership of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi whose vision is inclusive development for all through effective cooperative. The government have come up with various new schemes to energise the cooperative sector in the state. At present, there are 10, 916 cooperative societies having 8,06,105 members in all the 16 districts of Manipur, she reaffirmed.
Nemcha also stated that though Manipur belongs to least developed states in cooperative movement, some of the cooperatives categories like handloom & handicraft, transport, dairy, agriculture, horticulture, thrift and credit, fisheries, piggery, poultry, amongst other are working at the best level.
Minister also stated that efforts to implement all important schemes of the government for the benefit of the people of our state are also being taken up so that there are visible impacts in our society.
During the inaugural ceremony of IICTF, Yuva Sahakar, Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme 2019 was also launched. This scheme is in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s focus on programmes like Start-up India and Stand-up India that aims at young entrepreneurs with new and innovative ideas. Minister Nemcha Kipgen is optimistic that once this scheme reaches the youth of Manipur, it will definitely solve the problem of unemployment of youths.
The Renu Handloom Cooperative Society, Mantripukhri of Imphal East District was the only cooperative society from Manipur representing the state amongst those 120 Indian cooperatives and 20 organizations from Centre / States / UTs and as many as 35 countries from six continents.
The function was also attended by Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Parshottam Rupala, Ministers of Cooperation from all participating States, Senior Officials of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, and Senior Officials of Department of Cooperation of all participating States and International delegates. Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Government of Manipur, Ksh Robert Singh and officers of Cooperation Department, Manipur represented the state.
It may be mentioned that IICTF is aimed at taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government’s vision and goal of promoting cooperative-to-cooperative trade within India and abroad and promoting exports of key agriculture commodities and products leading to enhanced rural and farm prosperity. It also offers a great opportunity for the industry and business organizations from India and abroad to build alliances, business networking, product sourcing and above all, interacting with the primary producers of a wide range of products and service providers.

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