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Bomb scare at Kwakeithel

Imphal, Aug.1: A bomb like object found at the gate of Dr. Mangi’s residence at Kwakeithel Thounaojam Leikai area today created a panicky situation among the locals of the area.
The bomb like object was found in a polythene bag at the gate. Police which rushed the area later found the object to be a hoax bomb.
The polythene bag was reportedly placed near the gate by some unknown persons.


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IPAK opens scandalous activities of Dr. M. Shyamo

Imphal, August 1: Indigenous People’s Association of Kangleipak (IPAK) Manipur has opened the scandalous activities of Dr. M Shyamo, when he was the director of JNIMS.
Interestingly, the alleged scandalous activities of Dr. Shyamo was opened a day after the former director sought clarification regarding his unexplained prolonged holiday to the concern government authority.

In a pres meet held today at IPAK office, Premkumar Pebam, General Scretary (Org) of the association said that Dr. Shyamo had issued 2 supply orders for purchase of 40 Bed Side Monitors at the estimated cost of Rs. 1,13,27,300/-. According to the order each bed side monitor cost Rs. 2,49,500/- however, as according to the supplier IPAK alleged that the exact cost of each item was Rs. 39,000/- only.
Premkumar further said that the matter was found after during an RTI query to the JNIMS. He said if the concern authority did not cancelled the supply order issued earlier and sanctioned fresh order as according to the actual price, then all those involved will be considered as enemy of the people.

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17th State Handloom Day Celebration

Imphal, Aug. 1: Handlooms Promotion Council Manipur observed the 17th State Handloom Day Celebration today at a function held at Manipur press club. The Chief Guest of the function Govindas Konthoujam, Minister of Commerce and Industries said that Manipur is rich in culture, tradition and sports, however handloom products still lacks exposure and to enhance our handloom products we need to expand our marketing region. He further added that if artisans of our state assure that products can be increased in large quantities, state government can get reserved transportation from Ministry of Railways. The improvement in the handloom sector can also be able to provide jobs to the unemployed of the state he added.
 As part of the celebration, Handlooms Promotion Council present  Handloom Promotion Award’ 2016 to 42 artists from the state. Director of Commerce and Industries IAS B. John Tlangtinkhuma and Chairperson of Manipur State for Women’s Commission Dr. K Sobita Devi graced the function as President and Guest of Honour respectively.

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Under its Rise & Shine campaign, IMA trains over 50 doctors in Imphal on the growing prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency

Imphal, August 1: The Indian Medical Association under its Rise and Shine campaign organized a continued medical education (CME) program in Imphal to discuss the growing epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency amongst the Indian population. The CME was attended by over 50 leading doctors of the city.
Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin plays a crucial role in calcium and bone metabolism. It protects the body against cognitive disorders, diabetes, cancer and CVDs like congestive heart failure and left ventricular hypertrophy. The major problem area lies in the fact that that a large section of the population is not aware of this deficiency and its causes, symptoms, and consequences. As the deficiency is found to be present in over 80-90% of Indians, it has become a huge cause of concern amongst the medical fraternity.
The Rise and Shine campaign is a National movement initiated last year by the Indian Medical Association under an unconditional educational grant from USV. It aims to create sensitivity amongst its 2.5-lakh members across 30 states and 1700 branches over a period of two years about the need to raise awareness of Vitamin D deficiency. The campaign aimed at providing soft skills training to all doctors on topics such as public speaking, managing patient records online, adapting to the new mobile app culture, how to break the news of death to a patient’s family has received an overwhelming response till now. Addressing the CME, Dr. Salam Ranabir Singh, Assistant Professor of General Medicine, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal said, “The constant rise in the incidence of Vitamin D deficiency is a major cause of concern for the medical fraternity. Majority of the patients who come to me with symptoms such as fatigue, muscle pain and weakness, muscle cramps, joint pain, weight gain, high blood pressure, restless sleep, poor concentration, headaches, etc are diagnosed with hypovitaminosis D deficiency. Adding to this, Dr. S.S Agarwal – National President and Padma Shri Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal – Honorary Secretary General of the Indian Medical Association in a joint statement said, “One of the common causes of Vitamin D deficiency is inadequate sun exposure and the consumption of a poor and predominantly vegetarian diet. Heart health is closely associated with Vitamin D. Its deficiency is a risk factor for various cardiovascular ailments such as ischemic heart diseases, congestive heart failure, heart attacks and strokes.Most of the tissues in the human body have receptors of vitamin D and its deficiency is bound to interfere with the normal functioning of organs.People must be encouraged to consume Vitamin D-rich foods, spend more time out in the sun, and take supplements as and when required.”
Dr. Ambrish Mithal, Chairman, Metabolic Disorders & Endocrinology, Medanta – the Medicity and Dr. Sachindra Laishram, Hony. Secretary, IMA Manipur branch in a joint statement said, “There’s very little source of Vitamin D in our diets and thus sunlight is the main source of Vitamin D for humans. There are various factors which are responsible for the synthesis of vitamin D in the body: duration and time of exposure to sunlight, latitude, atmospheric pollution, and skin pigmentation. All doctors must counsel their patients on the importance of sunbathing, consuming Vitamin D rich food and taking necessary supplementation to cure the ailment. This can help in preventing the rising incidence Vitamin D deficiency which is fast becoming a global and national health issue.We are extremely happy that this initiative has been taken by the IMA National body to educate doctors .

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