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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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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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Entrepreneurship Culture Necessary for Sustainable Business in the State- Governor

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Imphal, Oct. 10

 Dr. Najma Heptulla, Governor,  Manipur inaugurated  the one-day Conclave of Local Craft Entrepreneurs, Traditional Craftsmen and msmes on ‘Promoting entrepreneurship and harnessing untapped potential of geographical indications of Manipur’ at hotel Classic Grande, Imphal today.
The one-day Conclave was organized by Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans and Craftsmen (MEETAC) (An Autonomous body under Department of Commerce and Industries, Government of India) in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PHDCCI) to deliberate on Startup India, Standup India, Government E-market place and Geographical Indications.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor complimented the organisers for their effort and commitment to uplift the local craft entrepreneurs, traditional artisans and craftsmen in the State.  These traditional artisans in the handicraft industry in the State have long struggled due to lack of patronage. She said that the, the charm of hand-woven fabric handicraft has never faded and now there is more awareness among people about such product.
The Governor further stated that to introduce these artisans to newer markets and to the shift in customer preference for sustainable products, the state Government has initiated the Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans & Craftsmen (MEETAC) in 2018 with an aim to revive the lives of Artisans by developing entrepreneurial competencies in them. The Mission concentrates on product development to capture the needs of the younger generation, larger and high-end markets with a special focus on exports. New articles, collections and clothing line through product diversification, in collaboration with well-known institutions like National Institute of Design, Central India Regional Council (CIRC), Indian Institute of Packaging etc will be introduced through MEETAC.
Dr. Najma Heptulla expressing her pleasure said that PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industries (PHDCCI), which is the National Apex Chamber working at the grass- root level with and with strong national and international linkage has joined hands with MEETAC to promote entrepreneurship in the State. The Chamber acts as a catalyst in the promotion of industry, trade and entrepreneurship and through its research-based policy advocacy role, positively impacts the economic growth and development of the nation.  She also expressed her optimism that MEETAC with PHDCCI would be in position to make a long lasting impact on the economy of the State, the craft sector in particular.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched brand names like ‘Make-in-India’   to make the country an economic powerhouse along with programmes like Startup and Standup India. Startups are important for economic growth of a nation and one of the main advantages of Startups is that it creates new jobs. It is necessary to develop an entrepreneurship culture in our State to deliver quality products to the consumers for a sustainable business. Similarly, Standup India scheme ensures that women entrepreneurs, an important cog in the craft sector of Manipur, have a fair chance for setting up their own business.
She further stated that rural folks in various parts of the State possess unique skill and expertise to produce hand crafted products like handicrafts, jewelleries, textiles other related products. Geographical Indications (GI) are tightly interwoven into rural lives which employ traditional methods, practices and know-how to produce these goods. With the protection assured by GI registration, pirates and counterfeiters cannot encroach on the markets and the consumers are guaranteed of the genuineness of the product and quality assurance.
Minister (Textiles, Commerce & Industries) Th. Biswajit Singh speaking as the President of the function, pointed out that Providing Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has been another significant step of the present Government. Handicrafts sector have ample equal opportunity to show its product strength from the rural and urban area. Artisans and their Self Help Groups or Federations with legal identity who can aggregate Women artisans and Micro-entrepreneurs, register them as “Seller” on Government e-Marketplace (GeM). GeM is a one-stop Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to facilitate on line procurement of common use Goods & Services required by various Government Departments / Organizations / PSUs. GeM provides local entrepreneurs a one-stop shop for marketing with minimal efforts.

The Conclave was attended by Dr. D.K. Agarwal President (PHDCCI); Dr. Mahesh Y. Reddy, Secretary General (PHDCCI); Anurag Bajpai, IFS, CEO (MEETAC);Dr. H.P. Kumar, Former Chairman and Managing Director (NSIC); Shri Sanjay Joseph, Deputy CEO (Government E-Marketplace); officials from Ministry of MSME, SIDBI, Bank of Baroda; Quality Council of India; Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks; National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad; Founder of Biswajit Sarkar & Associates, an expert in Geographical Indications; other officials of PHDCCI, senior officials from the State Government, Local Craft Entrepreneurs, MSMEs, students of MBA and Department of Entrepreneurship from Manipur University etc.

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