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Maheshwar 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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Minister Biswajit inaugurates Regional Saras Fair, 2020

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Imphal, Feb. 28

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh inaugurated the Regional SARAS Fair, 2020 at the Hapta Kangjeibung, Palace Compound today. The Fair, organised by the Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission (MSRLM) under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission will continue till March 8, 2020.

Speaking as the Chief Guest of the inaugural function, Biswajit said that the fair will be held twice a year from this year. He said in previous years the fair couldn’t be conducted twice due to certain factors like lack of man-power, financial constraints. 

He said that the Mission is currently implemented in some blocks of Tengnoupal and Imphal East. He also asked the concerned officials to check whether blocks can be clubbed together for inclusive implementation of the Mission in the State.

He continued that we are facing the unemployment problem, however, today under the mission trainings have been provided to many women and helped them form not only Self Help Groups but also created Village Level Federations. The DDU-GYK is also a part of the NRLM, he added.

Biswajit also expressed the need for value added trainings and said that in the beginning, people tend to consider quantity more important, however, once they receive the required trainings and financial assistance they should focus more on quality to gain market for which value added training is required.

MANITRON & MANIDCO Chairman and MLA Hiyanglam Dr. Radheshyam Yumnam said that the fair provides a marketing platform for the artisans as well as encourage and promote them. This fair also provides a platform for the artisans to exchange ideas.

Manipur State Khadi Village Industries Board Chairman and MLA Oinam Constituency L. Radhakishore Singh said that the Khadi Village Industries Board has initiated cotton plantation at 10,000 acres of land in Jiribam this year. He continued that these will help in reviving the State’s Spinning Mill.

He continued that the Khadi Village Industries Board will also take up coffee plantation in the hills to substitute poppy plantation and aiming to plan 7 lakhs saplings this year.

The inaugural function was also attended by Manipur Handloom & Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd Chairman and Lamsang MLA Sorokhaibam Rajen Singh, Additional Chief Secretary RD & PR M.H. Khan, State Mission Director, MSRLM Yumnam Robita. Altogether 106 stalls including six stalls of offices are opened in the fair.

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MCI approves MD Sports Medicine in RIMS

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Imphal, Feb. 26

Board of Governors of Medical Council of India (MCI) has permitted Regional Institute Of Medical Sciences (RIMS) to start MD, Sports Medicine from this year academic session, 2020-2021. It may be mention that RIMS is among the first few institute in the country to offer such course in Sports Medicine. In this regard, Director of RIMS Prof A. Santa said “The Course will greatly benefit the states of NE India especially Manipur as it is a Sports Powerhouse of the country.”

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Assam Rifles Seized Huge quantity of cigarettes in Moreh

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Imphal Feb.26

Troops of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) seized huge quantity of Cigarettes near Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate No- 2, Moreh on 24th Feb 2020.
During an Area Domination Patrol (ADP), at around 11:30 pm, troops of Assam Rifles recovered Cigarette packets worth Rupees 8 Lakhs near Indo-Myanmar Gate No- 2, Moreh. Troops of Assam Rifles   observed suspicious move close to border and challenged the person, the person dropped the package and ran away from the spot.
On through searching of the area 04 cartons were recovered.  However next day in the morning on detailed search of the area 19 more cartons were recovered.
The seized items has been handed over to Preventive Customs Office Moreh for further investigation.  

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ECI announces Rajya Sabha election for 55 members including Manipur on March 26

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Imphal, Feb 25

The Election Commission today announced that biennial elections of 55 members of Rajya Sabha from 17 states including the lone seat of Manipur, retiring in April 2020, will be held on March 26. The counting of votes will also take place the same day.

Rajya Sabha MP of Manipur Kshetrimayum Bhabananda Singh along with three RS MP of Rajasthan , 3 from Madhya Pradesh, 2 from Jharkhand, 1 from Himachal Pradesh, 2 from Haryana, 4 from Gujarat, 2 from Chhattisgarh , 5 from Bihar, 3 from Assam , 2 from Telangana and 4 from Andhra Pradesh will retire from the RS MP on April 9, 2020.

While notification for the biennial elections will be issue on March 6, March 13 is the last date of filing nominations.

Prominent among those retiring are NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale (RPI-Athawale), Congress veteran Motilal Vora and former Union Minister Vijay Goel (BJP).

In Gujarat, the terms of the four seats expire on April 9. While the ruling BJP currently holds three of the four seats, one of them is held by Congress. The three BJP MPs whose term will end include Chunibhai Gohel from Junagadh, Shambhuprasad Tundiya from Ahmedabad and Lalsinh Vadodia from Anand. Madhusudan Mistry is the Congress MP who will retire on April 9.

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