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Friday, 07 February 2020 - Imphal Times

 51 RS MP including K Bhabananda of Manipur to be retired in April; 11 hardcore members on the race for the post of President of BJP Manipur Pradesh  

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Imphal, Feb 7

Fifty-one Rajya Saha MPs from various states of the country including K. Bhabananda of Manipur will retire with the completion of their tenure in April this year. 

As for the state of Manipur, K. Bhabananda besides being a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha still is the President of the BJP Manipur Pradesh and rumours are around about his possible return to the Rajya Sabha seat. But source from the BJP said that K. Bhabananda’s tenure for staying as President of the BJP Manipur Pradesh too have expired and the center may take a decision for appointment of a new President of the BJP Manipur Pradesh after the general Assembly Election of New Delhi which will be held on February 8, 2020, and completed on February 22. 

At least eleven aspirants of the post from among the BJP hardcore workers including a Minister and the present president are lobbying the central leadership of the BJP, a source said. But one cannot predict or speculate on who will be chosen for the top post for BJP in Manipur as the political theatre in Manipur is extraordinarily different from other state and BJP central leadership may choose anyone, no matter they apply or lobby for the post as the BJP’s main agenda is to strengthen the party organization.   

Among the 51 members of Rajya Sabha who will be retiring in April 2020 includes Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh, veteran NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Union Minister of State for Social Welfare Ramdas Athawale.

While seven Rajya Sabha seats from Maharashtra will be vacated, six members from Tamil Nadu will be retired. Moreover, 5 seats each from West Bengal and Bihar, four each from Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, three each from Rajasthan, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh and two each from Telangana, Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh will be vacated.

One member each will retire from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur.

 The maximum strength of the Rajya Sabha is 245. While 233 are representatives of the states and union territories, 12 are nominated by the President.

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Bodo Peace accord paves way for permanent peace in North East, says PM

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Imphal, Feb 7

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attended the celebration for signing of the Bodo Accord today.
Nearly 4 to 5 lakh people are attended in the event. A bike rally was taken out by All Bodo Students Union yesterday welcoming the accord and Prime Minister’s visit. Apart from the Prime Minister, Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal and his ministerial colleagues will attend the event.
The Tripartite Bodo Agreement was signed between the Centre, Assam Government and the banned Assam-based insurgent group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) on 27th of last month. The Agreement is aimed at bringing political and economic benefits to the Bodo tribe, which is one of the largest tribes of Assam.
Attending the celebration Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the Kokrajhar rally the largest in Independent India. Modi is in Assam’s Kokrajhar district to celebrate the signing of Bodo Peace Accord. While addressing a huge gathering at Kokrajhar, Modi said, “I’ve seen a lot of rallies in my political and public life, but I have never seen such a large crowd. This is certainly one of the largest political rallies in India in the post-Independence era.”
“Today is the day to remember those martyrs who laid down their lives for the country doing their duty. Today is the day to remember Upendra Nath and Roop Nath Bramha and to pay our respects to them,” Modi said.The Prime Minister announced development package of Rs 1500 cr for Bodo areas of Assam.
“As part of the Accord, Rs 1500 crore will be given as a special developmental package to help the Bodos,” he said.In an apparent jibe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Modi said,”At times some leaders talk about beating me with sticks, but I am shielded by your love and affection, need not fear ‘danda’.”
The Prime Minister termed the Bodo Accord as a way for permanent peace, a new beginning for the region.
“The Bodo accord is to celebrate the efforts of intellectuals of the region towards lasting peace. The historical accord has taken care of all pending issues, now we must hit the road to development. I congratulate Bodo youths for being back in the national mainstream,” Modi said.
Taking a dig at previous Congress government, he said, “Previous government acknowledged problems in Northeast, but shied away from finding a solution.”
With bringing the reference of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Modi said, “I want to assure Assamese people that there will be no mass infiltration.””We won’t allow a situation in Northeast where genuine Indian citizens are refugees in their own homelands,” added the PM.He said that Centre will work expeditiously for implementation of the Clause 6 of Assam Accord once the report is submitted.Modi said that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has been withdrawn from most of the North-eastern state since BJP government assumed power.”Before we came to power, AFSPA was in force in most of the states in Northeast. After we came to power, the Act has been revoked from most regions in Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, & Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.
The government on Monday signed an accord with one of the dreaded insurgent groups of Assam — the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) — providing political and economic bonanza.
The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), which has been spearheading a movement for a separate Bodoland state was also made a signatory to the accord.
The tripartite agreement was signed by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, top leadership of the four factions of the NDFB, ABSU, Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry Satyendra Garg and Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Meanwhile, union Home Minister Amit Shah today said that the Bodo Peace Accord is yet another testimony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decisive leadership and his efforts to bring lasting peace in Assam.
In a tweet, Mr Shah said, Modi Government is a symbol of new hopes.

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AR personnel arrested with huge quantity of contraband WY tablet in Imphal-Moreh Route

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Imphal, Feb 7

When heated arguments are going on the credibility of Manipur Police after state cabinet resolved to replace Assam Rifles at Khudengthabi Check post by State police, in the aftermath of an incident at which a lady IPS officer was reportedly harassed by a personnel of the AR at the Check post on January 19, state police team under the supervision of Thoubal District Police SP Dr. Ibomcha, seized huge quantity of contraband WY tablet from an Assam Rifle personnel. 

Yengkhom Bikram Singh, personnel of 6th Assam Rifles (recently shifted to Arunachal Pradesh from Manipur) was caught while smuggling contraband drugs popularly known as WY tablets worth over Rs. Two lakh at Wangjing area in Imphal-Moreh route yesterday evening at around 8.30 pm. Police source said that the contraband drugs were seized while checking a silver colour Maruti Swift car, at which he was driving towards Imphal .

“Yesterday i.e. 6/02/2020 at around 8.30 pm, our QRT team of CDO Thoubal at Wangjing Bazar on the Imphal- Moreh highway while conducting random checking of vehicles detained one car Maruti Swift Dzire silver in colour, bearing registration number MN 01AG 2307. On proper checking found one black airbag in the back of the car. On opening the airbag found 23 packets containing 2,30,000 (2 lakhs 30 thousand) WY tablets in total. The detained person is found to be a personnel of 6th Assam Rifles(recently shifted to Arunachal Pradesh from Manipur), GD number 5003963 M, namely Yengkhom Bikram Singh(35 yrs) s/o Y. Chandramohon @ Mohon Singh of Kakching Moirangthem Leikai, presently posted”, media intercepted the communication sent by the QRT team of Manipur Police to their higher authority.

It is not mentioned on how the AR personnel crossed the Khudengthabi Check post and others located along the route with the huge quantity of Contraband drugs. 

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Students of DM Arts appeals to resolve FEGOCTA’s agitation

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Imphal, Feb 7

Student Union of the DM College of Arts today appealed the government authority to end the present class boycott agitation by teachers by resolving the issue demanded by the FEGOCTA.

Federation of Government College Teachers’ Associations, Manipur (FEGOCTA) has been undergoing class boycott agitation since the last 4 days affecting academic activities at many of the government colleges. The College teachers’ body has been demanding implementation of 7th UCG Pay and Regulations, 2018. The teachers’ body had begun their agitation some three days back by staging sit-in-protest at various colleges. Class boycott agitation is a harder agitation that they began today.

The student body while talking to media persons today afternoon said that if the students are not allowed to study due to the result of the class boycott agitation then, the students’ body may launch unwanted agitation, said student representative  Suraj Takhelmayum .

He further said that a meeting of the DM College of Arts students was held on Feb 5 and as per resolution in the meeting the students’ body had demanded to start the class immediately by solving the issue of the FEGOCTA. The student body also demanded to fill the vacant post of faculties in the colleges besides the installation of required infrastructures.

Meanwhile, meeting between the FEGCTA and the Education Minister yesterday fails to arrive at an amicable solution and FEGOCTA stands firm with their demand saying that they will continue their agitation until their demand is fulfilled

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5-day Cultural Holiday Peace Camp organized by UFO begins

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Thoubal, Feb.7

5-day Cultural Peace Camp organized by Universal Friendship Organization (UFO) at a place called Universal Home at Serou in Kakching District yesterday.
MLA Dr. Y Radhesyam, MLA L. Rameshwar Meetei and members of BAR Council Manipur , who is also the chairman of the Dedicated Legal Services Council Manipur Kh.Iboyaima Mangang and Vic President of NPP Laishram Subash attended the inaugural function as dignitaries.
MLA Dr. Yumnam Radheshyam while speaking on the occasion lauded the effort of the UFO which has been dedicating for bringing peace and prosperity among the people of this planet. He wishes the UFO attained their goal with the blessing of the almighty.
Radheshyam also expressed his worried over the degradation of our traditional culture among the people particularly the youths of today. He said the society is fortunate enough to have an organization like the UFO which has come forward to protect the identity, culture, and tradition of Manipur.
MLA Rameshwar while speaking on the occasion expressed worried about the systematic decline of Meitei population due to either in-fertilization or family planning. Besides, the culture of the divide among our people is a serious issue that the people of Manipur should consider, the MLA said.
Cultural Holiday Peace Camp will be concluded on February 10. Members from 36 battalions of the UFO are taking part in the camp.

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Environmentalist criticize cutting of unnecessary trees for developing Eco-Park; ADAM to organise a brainstorming session

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Imphal, Feb. 7

An organization called Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Committee, Manipur has expressed serious concern to the excessive cutting of fully grown-up trees at Cheiroaching Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai, as a part of the ongoing Eco-Tourism Development works by Manipur Police Housing Corporation Ltd. beyond the requirement. A press statement of the organization said that their members while visiting the spot found many fully grown trees being cut down unnecessarily even as they have got Environmental clearance.
Stating that such unnecessary cutting of trees beyond requirement is likely to make meaningless about the development works taken up for Eco-Tourism. The organization appealed to government authority to check over the matter.
Meanwhile, Alliance for Development of Alternative Manipur (ADAM) Kakching which had to turn a tonsured Hill - Angan Ching also known as Mahadeva Ching into a greenery zone with many trees being grown restoring the hill into another forest in Kakching district is organizing a brainstorming session for the conservation of the natural resource in the state.
According to Surjit Kshtrimayum, the man behind the innitiative said that after ADAM was established in 2002 they began Sunday Eco Club since 2004 and has been taking up various activities to protect the environment by way of planting trees, cleaning the environment and by spreading awareness campaigns.
The Sunday Eco Club is organizing the brainstorming session at Angan Ching Eco Park on Sunday, February 9. Prof. N. Rajmuhon will be the moderator of the brainstorming session, said Surjit Kshtrimayum , who is the man behind converting the tonsured Angan Ching into a dense forest.

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Medical records of nearly one million Indians leaked through the internet

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Mumbai Feb 7

Nearly one million medical files and 107 million related medical images of Indian patients, including X-rays and scans, are freely accessible on the internet, as per the report titled “Information Security Report, Unprotected patient data in the Internet – a review 60 days later” released by German security firm  “Greenbone Networks” engaged in handling vulnerability management.
The records and images include details such as patient name, date of birth and ID, name of the medical institution, ailment, physician names and other sensitive details. A German security firm “Greenbone Networks” has claimed that globally 114 crore medical reports have been leaked.
As per “Greenbone”, the servers storing these records are vulnerable due to the system used by many healthcare providers. Overall, the company found 1.19 Billion images in its review this year, which is a 60% increase, compared to last year.
In India the states whose medical files were impacted : Maharashtra, Karnatak, West Bengal, Telangana, Gujarat, Punjab, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chandigarh.
Mumbai’s high-end Breach Candy Hospital and “Utkarsh Scan Centre”(Dombivali, Thane district) are among the providers impacted. The leak is a result of bad password practices at these hospitals and medical service providers. The servers on which these records are stored have been left vulnerable, says Greenbone’s report .
Medical practitioners use a file format known as Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) to store and share medical images. These DICOM images are typically stored in a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) server, which allows for easy access and storage. But in this case, the security protocol to be followed in securing these servers, was not followed and the images were directly available on the internet without a screening process or a password.
Reacting to Greenbone’s report a spokesperson for the Breach Candy Hospital said that the data that accessed by the “Greenbone”, was not from the hospital’s “secured servers” since the patient data is secured with “SSL certification.” The server can only be accessed by qualified physicians with usernames and passwords. The data accessed by the security firm may have been from links forwarded by “patientssharing their medical data” with other people. The hospital follows a system where patients and the referring doctors are sent a link with the medical image and report data. The access to such links was earlier indefinite, but has now been restricted to 48 hours. We are also going to put a disclaimer now that it is intended only for the particular patients and his referring doctor and not for anybody else”.
 “Utkarsh Utkarsh Scan Centre” couldn’t be reached.
“Greenbone”s study came across 97 vulnerable systems in India and noted that the systems located in India, allow full access to related images. The particulars of Greenbone’s report are: Maharashtra-studies conducted- 308.451, images studied-68.789.685, images accessible-68.789.685, studies with image access-308.451, systems examined-46. Karnatak-studies conducted- 182.865, images studied-13.731.001, images accessible-13.731.001, studies with image access-182.865, systems examined-07. West Bengal-studies conducted- 172.885, images studied-3.441.255, images accessible-3.441.255, studies with image access-172.885, systems examined-02.Telangana-studies conducted- 126.160, images studied-5.997.360, images accessible-110.160, studies with image access-7344, systems examined-03, Gujarat-studies conducted- 111.408, images studied-13.997.757, images accessible-13.997.757, studies with image access-111.408, systems examined-19, Punjab-studies conducted- 45.973, images studied-7.156.545, images accessible-7.156.545, studies with image access-45.973, systems examined-06. Delhi -studies conducted- 40.709, images studied-2.105.605, images accessible-2.105.605, studies with image access-40.709, systems examined-04.
Andhra Pradesh—studies conducted- 17.302, images studied-446.870, images accessible-446.870, studies with image access-17.302, systems examined-02, Haryana  -studies conducted- 10.713, images studied-1.548.165, images accessible-1.548.165,  studies with image access-10.713, systems examined-02. Uttar Pradesh  -studies conducted- 6.013, images studied-1.749.150, images accessible-1.749.150,  studies with image access-6.013, systems examined-04.
Madhya Pradesh-studies conducted- 4.329, images studied-432.900, images accessible-  studies with image access- systems examined-01 and Chandigarh  -studies conducted- 1.121, images studied-672.600, images accessible- 672.600 studies with image access-1.121 systems examined-01.
As India moves towards data protection with the “Personal Data Protection Bill”, insecure healthcare institutions are expected to be held liable for using unsecured servers and weak password practices, since the  PDP bill is likely to govern all healthcare data.
Besides the government’s National Digital Health Blueprint report has proposed the creation of district-level electronic databases of citizen’s health data and registries for all diseases of public importance and has proposed a National Health Information Architecture to roll-out and link systems across public and private health providers at state and national level.

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The changing face of RIMS: A ray of hope for the common public

The world over, the impending threat of the Novel Coronavirus has been occupying the minds and hearts with unconfirmed reports of the actual number of casualties- both the death and the infected being way more than has been officially declared. The unfortunate event once again shone light on the critical importance of continuously improving and maintaining the public healthcare system as to keep the preparedness of the medical practitioners at the highest level to contain and combat any medical outbreaks or emergencies.
More than the actual damage done by the virus to the human body, what terrifies the people of the world over is the grim fact that there is no effective and proven treatment procedure in place since the virus is a totally new strain. Experts and researchers around the world are still scrambling to bring out a standard treatment procedure as well as an effective antidote, but it will take time. Amidst such a grim backdrop, a new ray of hope is emerging in our very state in the form of a perceptibly re-energised Regional Institute of Medical Science (RIMS).
After what seemed to be an eternity of uncertainty and snowballing scandals involving the administration, there is an unmistakeable sign that the current administration is taking the task of improving the overall efficiency and management of the hospital with utmost seriousness. The brisk activities around the campus carrying out constructions and repairing of various facilities is a much needed and welcome change for the common people who cannot afford the exorbitant fees of the swanky private hospitals mushrooming around the state capital.
Application of technological advancements for improved patient service is another major improvement being enjoyed by the public in the form of Online Registration System, Digital Payment as well as Electronic Display units etc. The Out Patient Department has also seen a lot of improvements from hygiene to ticketing to patient interaction. Perhaps the most heartening development effected by the present administration is the availability of testing facility of Influenza (H1N1 or Swine Flu) and seasonal H3N2 free of cost for the deserving and needy patients of the state, along with other facilities at the State Level Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at the Department of Microbiology, RIMS. The positive turnaround has garnered much appreciative opinions with even a large number of posts at various social media expressing gratitude for the improved experience.
The unfolding positive developments once again underline the possibilities that can be realised when a determined and progressive-minded leader is at the helm of affairs. The motivated attitude of the staffs speaks volumes about the leader, the administration and the management working in sync and understanding which has a reassuring and calming effect on the patients. One can only hope that the good run continues and that the future leaders of the institute can only improve further on the overall development of the Institute.
There is however still a sore point which needs to be addressed- the traffic arrangement inside the campus. Perhaps a dedicated emergency corridor would ease the present situation to some extent even though parking space is at a premium and is bound to grow troublesome in the near future if something is not done in time. The public transport parking right outside the campus is another point that needs to be addressed, given the evident lack of civic sense by the drivers.
Being an important entity at the forefront of public services, the media should also take periodic stock of the functioning of the institute and highlight the developments as well as the shortcomings so that the general public can be informed about the various facilities available at the premier medical institute of the North East region.

Golden Jubilee Celebration of Aimol Ngairong Baptist Church held

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Tengnoupal,Feb.7

Aimol Ngairong Baptist Church Celebrated it’s Golden Jubilee under the theme “From Darkness to Light” at Aimol Ngairong Village in Tengnoupal District today.
The inaugural programme was participated by Member of Autonomous District Council (ADC) Chandel Ch.Chanthoi, Director incharge CRC Guwahati Dr.W.Lanu, DI of ZEO Chandel Ch.Thangkholen, Retired Banker Ch. Neitingir Aimol and Retired Range Forest Officer Ch.Rangeilow as the presidium members.
As part of the celebration, a memorial stone (Jubilee Monolith) for the golden jubilee was unveiled by Rev.Semi Serto Executive Secretary ABA, Rev.S. Rengkhol Pastor 1EME Center Church & Rev.Lt.Ruitorkhup Paster ABA and Souvenir & History Released by Rev.Kh. Thangkhupchung Finance Secretary ABA in the morning session, after which S. Thangboi, Deacon pronounced the Invocation Prayer.
Rev. Boipu Serto Secretary of Youth & Education MBC attended the programme as Speaker. Wife of Founder of Aimol Ngairong Baptist Church L.Achimpi Cutting the Cake.
During the evening session, several artistes and local youth presented cultural songs and dances for the audience.
Chiefs of Several Village, Local Leaders, Pasters also took part in the celebration among others. A grand feast was also prepared for all.

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