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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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On Maharaj Chandra Kirti Park

Sir ,

The proposed Maharaj Chandra Kirti Memorial Park at Behiang village Churachandpur bordering Myanmar is one of the right step for stronger ties between Meetei and Kuki.
It was in the year 1885 that Kamhau Suhte from Ava(Burma) captured Maharaj Chandra  Kirti into Burma along with some of his subject .
Upon learned that Maharaj Chandra Kirti was captured by Kamhau Suhte and taken into Burma, the Kuki armies numbering around 500 forces went into Burma and rescued Maharaj Chandra Kirti from captivity and rethrone him as the Maharaj of Kanglei Manipur.
In the same year after returned from Kamhau  Suhte captivity, the Maharaja had a durbar in which he(Chandra Kirti) proclaimed that “ Hills are the wall, Kukis were the defenders ,oh! Manipur  land of jewels” and presented  Kuki armies leaders a swords in recognition of their bravery.
So it is justified that proposed Maharaj Chandra Kirti Memorial Park at Behiang which is going to be International Trade Centre in Churachandpur is to foster more ties between Meetei and Kuki in the days to come
Yours Sincerely,
L. Nehkholien Haokip
Laizon Veng, Tuibong

International Day of Biodiversity 2020

By: M.Asnikumar Singh

‘We share a special relationship with the earth. Betraying it for our own selfish motives amounts to the biggest sin.’

In December 2000 the United Nation adopted 22nd of May as International Day for Biological Diversity. This day is often overlooked and it is understandable as people are busy trying to outdo each other in this age of rapid development and growth.

But growth at what cost? The current trend and trajectory of developmental practices will have serious consequences for the diversity not just of the region but for the globe as a whole.

Biological diversity of a region ensures natural sustainability of all life forms within the region. There is a saying ‘ we are what we make of ourselves’. Our state is blessed with numerous bio resources and I would not be wrong if I say the state’s biological and economic future depends on it.

The statement might seem oxymoronic at first but it is true. There is a greater need to utilise the state’s resources in a bio economic context (this is not going to be easy but it is certainly possible).

This would not only ensure bettter reliance on ourselves but also reduce economic dependence on others. However it would be completely futile and meaningless if the strategy we follow in utilising our bio resources is not sustainable for the long run because it is the children and the younger generations we worry for.

We have two options; either to rely on the outside world for economic avenues or utilise our own bio resources to sustain our people. The latter strategy would be sensible choice even though it won’t be easy and would certainly come with accountability on our part. And this particular strategy augurs well for our state which is blessed with enormous bio resources.

But it is certainly better than being dependent and indebted to the outside world.

The current circumstances has shown the whole world that nothing in life ought to be taken for granted. Also, it has face planted us with the harsh reality that the world is a better place when we do not fiddle with its aesthetic and spiritual originality. An example is seeing dolphins in Venice when the world shut down in the face of the Coronavirus.

Environmentally ethical and sustainable techniques of earth’s bio resources should always be our top priority. It is our duty and responsibility as elders to leave an environmentally sustainable future for our children.

(Writer is an Environmentalist and is also State Vice President of BJP Manipur State Unit )

Industries Minister Biswajit chairs MFICL Board of Directors meeting manufacturing of hand sanitizers by MFICL proposed

IT News
Imphal, May 22:

Trade, Commerce and Industries Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh chaired the 64th Meeting of the Board of Directors Manipur Food Industries Corporation Ltd today at the Conference Hall of his New Secretariat office.

Considering the present COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturing of hand Sanitizers by MFICL with assistance of MSME-TC was also discussed during the meeting.

During the Meeting, Biswajit, who is also the chairman of the MFICL, highlighted the need of reviving pharmaceutical companies in the State and setting up of a power sub-station at the proposed site for Mega Food Park with cooperation of the Manipur State Power Company Ltd.

Several other agendas discussed during the meeting included proposal of clusters under National Honey Mission, including one cluster each at Ukhrul and Jiribam districts.

Proposals discussed for new programmes to be taken up by the MFICL during the current fiscal year include at least three Food Processing Common Facility Centre (CFC) under MSE-CDP, convergence with MGNREGS for lemongrass and citronella plantation and processing and bulk purchase of lemongrass and citronella oil by MFICL.

Other agendas discussed included Project Management Consultant (PMC), Allotment of land plots in the Mega Food Park, Fixation of development fee and maintenance fee amount of plots on lease for the Manipur Mega Food Park.

Regarding repairing of cold storage in Food Park, Nilakuthi, it was highlighted that there are five normal cold storage chambers and a deep freezer of 60 MT capacity each and a blast. Two chambers of cold storage and main electrical fittings have been repaired and two cold storage chambers have been made fully functional now and it has been resolved that the cold storage facility shall be made open for public use at rates fixed by the company on recommendation of committee constituted by the government.

The meeting was attended by Addl. Chief Secretary (Textiles, Commerce & Industries) Suhel Akhtar and board members of the MFICL.

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Has COVID-19 wrecked world economy ?

By - Marina Seyie Narendra

Concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus have translated into an economic slowdown.The world economy will go into recession with a predicted loss of trillions of dollars of global income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a serious trouble for developing countries with the likely exception of India and China, according to a latest UN trade report.The coronavirus pandemic is set to leave 170 countries with lower GDP per capita by the end of the year, but the projection may be actually a more optimistic picture than reality produces. One of the reason is that the America is constituting less than 5 percent of the world’s population. Americans generate and earn more than 20 percent of the world’s total income. America is the world’s largest national economy and leading global trader but worse part is that they are badly affected due to Corona Virus. India is on the verge of an unprecedented economic catastrophe as the humanitarian disaster from the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds. The sheer scale of disruption from the ongoing national lockdown to contain the outbreak is unprecedented in Indian history.The greater part of the non-agricultural work force will have no livelihood for the duration of the lockdown and it may continue beyond May 2020. In the absence of massive public intervention, there will be widespread increases in poverty. The macroeconomic concern now is to stabilise an economy that is in free fall, which requires measures to sustain some demand as well as to ensure supplies. Restrictions on movement of people, goods and services, and containment measures such as factory closures have cut manufacturing and domestic demand sharply all over the world. The impact have also seen on business travel and tourism, supply chains, commodities which has lower confidence in growing. Following the pandemic, the shortage of manpower led to a rise in the daily wages of labourers, as they were able to market themselves to the highest bidder. Negative impacts of the coronavirus disease are mainly borne by people working specific industries, such as restaurants, hotels, transportation companies, movie theaters and tourism.  Infrastructure investment will not directly absorb many workers who worked in the industries mostly impacted by the disease.
There is need of all countries to introspect and re-evaluate their supply chains to become less dependent on China. The world is opening its wallet to fight the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. The United States unveiled a $2 trillion rescue package. European countries have announced their own spending blitz, and Japan approved a nearly $1 trillion economic stimulus plan. The Indian government has announced a $22.6 billion stimulus plan to directly aid poorer communities affected by the coronavirus lockdown. The Asian Development Bank has assured India $2.2 billion in its fight against the Covid - 19 pandemic. The International Monetary Fund recently announced the “Great Lockdown” recession will drag global GDP lower by 3% in 2020, but its managing director now thinks the gloomy outlook could be too positive. A look back at history can help us consider the economic effects of public health emergencies and how best to manage them. In doing so, however, it is important to remember that past pandemics were far more deadly than coronavirus, which has a relatively low death rate. A fully-funded health system is key to fighting both virus and stemming the economic impact. Following points of concern can be looked into to overcome present crisis:-

1. Strengthening health systems financially:-
 (a) Full funding for core public health measures such as case-finding, testing, contact tracing, collecting data, and communication and information campaigns.     
(b) Strong financial supporting for health systems to ensure that health workers are paid their salaries, and health facilities have the reliable funding and need to purchase essential medical supplies.
 (c) The removal of financial barriers to provide free testing and care for coronavirus patients regardless of insurances.
(d) Need to have more number of medical colleges and Hi-Tech hospitals.
 (e) Need to establish more number of research laboratories.
(f) Requirements of Hi-Tech ambulances for speedy transfer of patients without endangering lives.
(g) Sharing of case studies of patients between states and countries.
 (h) Mandatory to have medical treatment cashless cards for every citizen. Premiums of poor can be funded by government whereas middle and rich class can purchase themselves.

2. Strengthening the world’s economies:-
 (a) Prioritized help for emerging markets and developing economies which are hard hit by the crisis.
 (b) Emergency financing to the countries running out of lively stock.
 (c) Eased debt obligations for the IMF’s poorest members through the Catastrophe Containment Relief Trust.
 (d) Need promote economic growth of state or country through innovation. We must have national policies that promote innovation to ensure that there will be enough prosperity to carry on into the next generation.
 (e) Countries have to aggressively reach out own skilled labours to reduce dependency on other countries. We have to made it more difficult for foreign entrepreneurs to come to and stay in India.
 (f) Eradicate illiteracy by compulsory education system for every citizen and also providing skills for various job options to eradicate employment.
 (g) Lower interest rates – reduce the cost of borrowing and increase consumer spending and investment.
 (h) Increased real wages – if nominal wages grow above inflation then consumers have more disposable to spend.