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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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Governor meets with Sehlon Villagers

IT News
Imphal April 23,

The unheard voice of tribal villagers echoed at Raj Bhawan, Imphal in the presence of Hon’ble Governor of Manipur on 22 Apr 2019. In yet another initiative of Assam Rifles under aegis of IGAR (South), a 24 member delegation of tribal villagers of Sehlon region had an interaction with Hon’ble Governor. During this historic meeting, various issues pertaining to civil administration were brought into notice of the government. The delegation conveyed that the lack of basic amenities such as electricity, communication and education exists in the extremely remote region surrounding Sehlon.    Lack of employment opportunities was also flagged in the isolated region contiguous to the Indo-Myanmar border.
The Governor was also briefed by officers of Assam Rifles on additional initiatives taken by Assam Rifles under aegis of 28 Sector to encourage the locals in terms of commercial crop cultivation, export of exotic spices like cinnamon, creation of arts and crafts centre for employment generation and to provide alternatives to the locals for timber trade.
The Governor lauded the efforts of Assam Rifles and vowed uninhibited support to the villagers for bringing development in possibly the remotest region of the state.

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Assam Rifles Celebrates World Earth Day

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Imphal April 23,

Under the theme of this year’s World Earth Day “Protect Our Species”, 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR(South) organised various activities on 22 April to acknowledge the role of earth which sustains and nurtures all living beings.

Keithelmanbi Battalion celebrated the Earth Day with the students of Lilong Higher Secondary Madrasa. An attempt was made by Lilong Company Operating Base (COB) of the Battalion to create awareness and motivate the young minds to contribute significantly towards nature preservation. As part of the awareness capsule, the COB organised an interactive lecture for the students to highlight the significance of “World Earth Day” and importance of pollution control and environment friendly measures. Subsequently a cleanliness drive was undertaken in the area of Lilong by the students of the Madrasa along with locals of the area. Over 300 locals including the students from the Madrasa as well as Police personnel from Lilong Police Station avidly  participated in the event.
Mantripukhri Battalion celebrated the World Earth day at Sawombung High School wherein over 60 students and teachers of the school enthusiastically participated in the event. An interactive lecture was delivered by teachers and personnel from Assam Rifles on “Environment Upkeep, Maintenance and Upgradation”. The lecture was a progressive step towards spreading awareness and an initiative to educate the future generation of the State. The event concluded with tea and refreshments for all.
The series of activities by the units of the Sector received an overwhelming response from the local populace. The staff of both the schools expressed profound gratitude and further appreciated the righteous gesture of the Assam Rifles in putting the environmental issues in spotlight and recurrently taking initiatives to foster the environment friendly measures in the state.

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Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla pays floral tribute to the heroes of Khongjom War

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Imphal, April 23,
Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla today paid floral tribute to the martyrs of Khongjom War.
Seen in the next waiting for paying floral tribute is the Chief Minister of Manipur followed by deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar and other Ministers including Th. Bishwajit, Karam Shyam etc.
The Governor of Manipur also joined in offering tarpon to the martyrs earlier.

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Following is the speech by Dr. Najma Heptulla delivered on the occasion of Khongjom Day

It gives me immense pleasure to be with you all on this solemn occasion and at this place of great reverence. Today is the 23rd of April and we are observing Khongjom Day to remember those Manipuri heroes who fell in the Khongjom War, fighting against the British soldiers. It is also a day to pay our homage and tribute to these patriots who laid down their lives for the sake of their motherland in the war of 1891. In the battle of Khongjom, the Manipuris showed to the world their indomitable courage and spirit of patriotism. The historic and gory battle that took place at Khongjom where the brave sons of Manipur laid down their lives almost to the last man still reverberates and remembered in every home in the State.
The Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891 is of great historical significance for the people of Manipur as it changed the course of history of the State. From an independent princely State, Manipur became a colonial subject of the British empire after it lost the war. Historical records amply bear out the fact that a handful of Manipuri soldiers with primitive weapons fought ever so valiantly against an overwhelming number of British soldiers with far more superior weapons attacking from different directions. But the brave Manipuri soldiers stood their ground and never gave up even in that hopeless situation. The raw courage and love of their motherland demonstrated by our forefathers deserve praise and accolades from one and all. Paona Brajabashi and other freedom fighters like him have found their place in history and their heroic exploits have become over the years stuff of the folklore. The battle of Khongjom is not only a glorious saga of the freedom struggle of Manipur but is truly representative of the spirit of freedom that engulfed the whole country in a later part of history.  
The Khongjom Day also reminds us of the hard historical reality that the British rule was the result of our own misadventure and misdoing. It was brought upon ourselves by the disunity and enmity among the Manipuri princes who craved for the throne and the British capitalised on this mutual mistrust by applying their ‘divide and rule’ policy.     It is a lesson learnt the hard way that we put our sovereignty at peril whenever the people are disunited and disorganised. In a fast changing global environment, the present generation is confronted everyday by new challenges which are no less formidable. We have to learn from the pages of history and must not repeat our mistakes. All effort should be made to overcome the obstacles and put ourselves on the path of progress. Today, while remembering those who died for the cause of freedom of our motherland, we should also take a resolute stand to work with renewed vigour, dedication and selflessness for a better and brighter future. Manipur is an integral part of free India which shook off the British shackles after a long drawn out freedom struggle. We are today the proud citizens of this vibrant democracy in the world. We should stand united as one and should not allow our differences come in the way. Let us focus on building a country of our dream where every Indian can live with honour and dignity. India is a vast country with full of diversities, be it geographical, social or cultural but these diversities should not be allowed to transform into adversities. On the contrary, these diversities should be converted into assets for building a robust and prosperous country. Our hard won freedom would only be meaningful when we can build for ourselves a harmonious and prosperous society. We need to remember that India’s freedom is not a gift from the colonial rulers but was achieved through countless sacrifices made by our forefathers.
Our State is full of potential blessed generously by nature and all concerned need to be focused and work with religious commitment so that the State can actively participate in the developmental race. Let us all work for the common goal of making Manipur a peaceful and developed State and this way, we would be paying our true respect and tribute today to those brave souls who sacrificed their lives for their motherland.

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