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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 beginning. He also looks after the website and application of Imphal Times. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.

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Tulihal AR saves Snake Bite victim


IT News
Imphal April 26,

Tulihal Battalion of 9 sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) saved the life of snake bite victim on 25 April 2019.
On the morning of 25 April 2019, a 38 years old woman of Kawaikeithel village was bitten by a poisonous snake. The victim was evacuated to the Unit Hospital at Tulihal Army Camp where the victim was promptly attended by the medical team under Regimental Medical Officer and was administered life saving treatment.
The timely and swift action of medical team not only saved precious human life but also reinforced good faith among the locals.

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Manipuri Diaspora in Pune organised Sajibu Cheiraoba

IT News

Imphal, April 26,

The AMAND Ladies’ Club which is a ladies wing of the Association of Manipuri Diaspora (AMAND) Pune, organized the unique aged old traditional Sajibu Cheiraoba- 2019 with its firm objective to promote and protect the rich socio-cultural heritage of our state Manipur on Sunday, the 21st April, 2019 at the NCL Community Centre, Pashan Road, Pune.

This program will help not only in promoting & protecting our rich cultural heritage but also in fostering the spirit of unity & co-existence amongst the Manipuri diasporas in this city- a home very far away from home, a statement of AMAND said.

Sajibu Cheiraoba is an annual religious celebration in which certain rites and rituals are observed with a traditional devotion. The name Sajibu Cheiraoba derives from the Manipuri words: Sajibu (the first month of the year which usually falls during the month of April according to Meitei lunar calendar), Chahi (year) and Laoba (declaration). The celebration marks the parting of the old year while welcoming the new year. Since time immemorial, “Sajibu Cheiraoba” has been in the heart of every Manipuri individuals & also has a close connection with our lives and activities. Though it is used to be a family prayer and worship of the deities to safeguard as well as to bring peace, harmony and prosperity for their respective family members, the AMAND Ladies’ Club organized this year, a community Shajibu Cheiraoba-2019 for the families of the Manipuri diasporas in Pune. Around 250 people from many families in and around Pune including Mumbai attended for the celebration of the age-old tradition. The main attraction of the event was the presentation of the Khudol pot (gifts) to all the brothers by the Ladies club members & seek the blessings on this auspicious day. The other part of the of this event was the fun filled entertainment programs like chafu thugaibi, chandon thinba without mirror, bumper housie, along with various stalls for indigenous fresh vegetables (yongchak, ngari, maroi, etc) and traditional clothes. The winners of last year Ningol Chakouba 2018 Selfie Contest were also awarded along with many other lucky draws. All the attendees of the program enjoyed the delicious food (only Manipuri cuisine like nga thongba, makokmaru ngouba, uti, paan eronba, singju, heithongba, kheer, etc) prepared & hosted by the AMAND ladies club members.

The program was organized under the able leadership of the event coordinators. Keron, Emani, Pritam & Sarat.

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NEFIS condemns rising incidence of deaths in government hospitals

IT News
Imphal, April 25,

North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) expressed strong condemnation to the rising incidence of deaths at government hospitals in Manipur especially those in the capital Imphal namely, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) since last many years. A statement Chinglen Khumukcham, member convening committee NEFIS said that the phenomenon has come to a head since many deaths have occurred in the last few months, thereby pointing to a strong possibility of negligence of the hospital staff. “The problem is also emblematic of the way in which the hospitals of the state have been rendered decrepit due to conscious attempts at under-funding them and thereby promoting privatization of health services in the state”, the statement added.
The NEFIS statement further said that deaths, especially delivery deaths due to negligence of the hospital staff have become a common occurrence at JNIMS and other government hospitals of Manipur.
“Shockingly, Manipur government instead of looking into the matter is busy in promoting private hospitals. The government deliberately cuts funds for public-health institutions, in order to promote privatization of health services. Due to the deterioration of health services, people are forced to seek treatment in private hospitals, and thereby leading to a situation where a majority is compelled to live without any access to public-health services”, the statement added.
NEFIS statement said that a delegation of activists would be submitting a memorandum to the Manipur Minister of Health. It would also build a mass movement to ensure that quality health services are provided to people, the statement added.

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Heisnam Basantakumar Award 2019 conferred to Nongmaithem Tombi Singh on World Book Day

DIPR
Imphal, April 24,

Heisnam Basantakumar Award 2019 was conferred to Nongmaithem Tombi Singh on World Book Day 2019 held yesterday at Manipur Hindi Parishad. The function was organized by Sahita Thoupang Lup. On the occasion, Director Tourism Waikhom Ibohal Singh, Director Art and Culture Aribam Shivdas Sharma and Director Social welfare Ngangom Uttam Singh grace as Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honour respectively.
The award carries a sum of Rs.10,000/- a shawl and citation.
It may be mentioned that, in his short period of life, Late Heisnam Basantakumar(1950-1990) wrote a novel entitle ,”Mongpham” and Poetry entitle “Basanta Paojel”. The award was donated by his son Balkrisna Heisnam, Director DIPR, Manipur.

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