Wednesday, 04 March 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, March 4

The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has directed the Registrar of the Manipur University to start the process for the appointment of Vice-Chancellor of the Manipur University which has been  vacant after the dismissal of Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey with effect from February 21, 2020.

In an official communication letter from the MHRD signed by Vijay Kumar, Under Secretary to the Govt. of India, the Registrar of the Manipur University has been directed to convene the meeting of the Executive Council of the University at the earliest possible time and also to provide two nominees of the Executive Council of the Manipur University to the member of the Committee for making panel for selection to the post of Vice-Chancellor, Manipur University.

As per the Provision of the Statute 2(1) of the Manipur University Act 2005, the Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed by the Visitor from a panel of not less than three persons who shall be recommended by a Committee. Statute 2(2) of the Manipur University Act, 2005 provides that the Committee shall consist of three persons, out of whom two shall be nominated by the Executive Council and one by the Visitor and the nominee of the Visitor shall be the convenor of the Committee.

After the prolong protest, Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey the then VC was put under suspension and Jarnail Singh IAS has been appointed as the Administrator to act as the VC of the Manipur University by the High Court of Manipur on October 11, 2018.

During the tenure of Administrator Jarnail Singh, 209 posts including teaching and non-teaching staffs have been advertised for recruitment and some already had been recruited. The recruitment process was challenged following various anomalies found in the process by a person from Guwahati. In response to the complaint the University Grant Commission (UGC) had directed the Registrar of the Manipur University to look into the recruitment process and also to take appropriate action as per the rules and action as per the rules and to intimated the action taken report to the complainant and the UGC on January 31, 2020. However, According to a source, the Manipur University still fails to comply with the directives of the UGC. 

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Imphal, March 4

The novel Coronavirus-affected countries as of on March 4 stands at 78 including China, following the outbreak in Wuhan in December 2019, an agency report said. In India, the number of confirm cases of Coronavirus affected people reached 28. So far global death toll from the new Coronavirus epidemic surpassed 3,000.

As of now Manipur still has no confirm case of Coronavirus even though some suspected cases were found. As of now, all tests conducted were negative as per information from the Manipur State Health Directorate.

Neighbouring country Myanmar which was not in the list of the killer virus affected country now reported 9 suspected cases with one positive case.

Report reaching here from inside Myanmar said that 3 suspected cases affected by COVID 19 have been admitted at a Hospital in Yangon. Among them, 2 are Chinese who came from China and one, a tourist from New Zealand.

In addition to this 6 Myanmarese who returned from outside the country were also under quarantined. One reported admitted at Mandalay Hospital after his wife was confirmed affected.   Among the 6 Myanmarese who were quarantined, 3 returned from South Korea, 2 from China and 1 from Singapore.

According to an agency report, the first suspected Coronavirus case of a Chinese visitor in Myanmar was reported on 31 January. The visitor arrived in Yangon on a China Southern Airlines flight, from Guangzhou. Out of the remaining 78 passengers the flight carried, only two were allowed to disembark the plane, while the rest 76 were not, reported Anadolu Agency.

Myanmar, however, announced that the suspected case tested negative for the virus.

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Imphal, March 4

Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) expressed serious concern over the negligence of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and District Child Protection Unit, Imphal East District by not giving serious attention to the victim of Sexual Assault which occurred on the February 26, 2020 at 11:30 pm at Hiripak Loukol, Nongada Shantipur by two person and leaving the victim unconscious on the field.
A statement said that as the victim girl is undergoing serious trauma, the DCPU and CWC Imphal East failed to provide proper psychosocial support to the victim neither failed to processed for the interim compensation when it is in need for the medication of the victim girl. It is in need of the hour to provide proper care, counselling, medication, etc, which is still yet to be provided by the mentioned institutions.
Such inaction of the Child Institution of the state is not the first time being witnessed by YFPHR in the state of Manipur but have witnessed in many instances in connection with sexual assault cases occurred in Manipur. 
The YFPHR appealed the Social Welfare Minster, Chief Minister and Manipur Human Rights Commission to review the functioning of the Child Institutions of Imphal East District and the state in general which are presently being remained as name sake child institution.

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Imphal, March 4

A special one day seminar on issues related to empowerment of Women will be held at Central Agricultural University, Manipur tomorrow (5th March). Ms. Nemcha Kipgen, Minister for Social Welfare and Cooperation, Government of Manipur will be the Chief Guest on the occasion. Renowned writer and former Chairperson of Manipur State Commission for Women, Smt Jamini Devi will give the keynote address.

The seminar will be addressed by the Vice Chancellor of CAU, Professor M Premjt. Singh and Head of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Andro, S. Molibala Devi, on the theme - Role of Nutrition in Women Empowerment. Eminent journalist Smt. Ng. Liklaileima Arambam, will speak on ‘Women in North East: Issues & Achievements’.

The week-long campaign ahead of International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2020, is being organized all over the country by the Union Ministries of Information & Broadcasting, Women and Child Development, Health and Family Welfare, Human Resource Development, Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, Rural Development, Housing and Urban Affairs, Finance, Defence and Home.         The themes of the campaign are: education, health and nutrition, empowerment of women, skills & entrepreneurship, participation in sports, special circumstances, rural women and agriculture and urban women.

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 17:55

Arrested KCP leaders brought to Imphal

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Chairman of banned KCP-PWG, Laishram Mangoljao Singh @ Lamyanba Khuman S/o Laishram Mano Singh of Awang Khunou Mayai Leikai and his associate Hijbur Rahman @ Ithemcha Lokhon @ Boby S/o Md. Babu R/o Sora Maning Leikal from district Kakching, Manipur who were arrested from Delhi by a team of Manipur Police and Delhi Police were brought today at Imphal.
Lamyanba Khuman was brought at Air Asia flight N. I5- 783 that landed here in Imphal Airport at 10.30 am today while  Hijbur Rahman was brought at another Air Asia flight No. I5-788 that landed at 1.30 pm

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Imphal March 4

A three days training programme on ‘Scientific Cultivation of Mushroom’ concluded today at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Lamphelpat, Imphal. This training programme was jointly organized by the Centre and ICAR-Directorate of Mushroom (DMR), Solan during 2-4 March, 2020. ICAR-Directorate of Mushroom (DMR) is the apex government body of the country working on research and development solely on mushrooms. Dr. Anupam Barh, Scientist from ICAR-DMR, Solan, HP represented Directorate of Mushroom in the training programme and conducted hand-on-training on advanced mushroom production technologies. Dr. Susheel K. Sharma, Scientist (Plant Pathology) of ICAR Manipur Centre along with his team conducted demonstration of different mushroom production technologies and hands-on-practical.
A total of 70 participants from Imphal East, Imphal West, Churachandpur, Chandel, Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Bishnupur, Thoubal and other districts comprising of farmers, women, rural youth and entrepreneurs participated in the training programme. Training programme focused on skill development on spawn production, cultivation of oyster, shiitake, button mushrooms, management of mushroom crops and value addition. Hand-on training to all the participants was provided in the training programme. The trainees were taken to the ICAR, Manipur Centre beneficiary progressive mushroom growers units at Moirang Kampu (Binita Mushroom Farm) and Malom, Taobungkhok (Leima Mushroom), where they interacted with the progressive growers and learned their success stories. Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director of ICAR and Dr. I. Meghachandra Singh briefed about the Centre’s work and achievements in dissemination of mushroom production technologies among farmers of Manipur.
In the feedback, trainees expressed their satisfaction on the training module and assured to take up mushroom cultivation a big way.

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L Dhananjoy Singh, forester, Thoubal Forest Division bagged one gold medal in the Men’s Sr. Veteran Free Style and one Bronze in the Men’s Veteran free style in Swimming Event to open the account of Manipur in the ongoing five days 25th All India Forest Sports Meet, 2020 which got underway since yesterday at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
A total of 45 players from forest department representing Manipur are participating in the tournament while 2500 players from across the 28 States and seven Union Territories are participating in the event.
The tournament will be held in different disciplines which include athletics, archery, badminton, basketball, billiards, snooker, carrom, chess, cricket, cycling, football, golf, hockey, kabbadi, lawn tennis, shooting, squash, swimming etc.
Naveen Patnalk Chief Minister Odisha, Bikram Keshari Arukha Minister Forest & Environment and Parliamentary Affairs Govt. of Odisha and Tusharkanti Behera Minister Sports & Youth Affairs and Electronic & IT Govt. of Odisha were present during the opening function of the sports meet as chief Presidium members respectively.

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Imphal, March 4

Several government departments have started making arrangements to highlight their respective achievements during the visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah on coming March 15. It may be mentioned that the BJP-led state government is planning to showcase its achievements during the last three years through the performances of these various departments.

Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip today chaired a meeting at the Conference Hall of Secretariat (South Block) to discuss about the arrangements to be taken by the WR department during the visit of the Union Home Minister.

Jacintha Lazarus (IAS), Secretary of the department; Chief Engineer Songput N Albert and many top level engineers of the various divisions of the department took part in the inter-departmental meeting.

Minister Letpao advised the officials and engineers to prepare tableaux and miniature models of the various dams and multi-purpose projects taken up under this department for better and effective highlighting of the performance of the WR department.

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The Indian Navy on Tuesday postponed a multi-nation mega naval exercise ‘’Milan 2020'’ which was scheduled to be held off the coast of Visakhapatnam, from 18 March to 28 March, as part of precautionary measures against the coronavirus outbreak.
In a biennial, multilateral naval exercise, over 40 countries were schedules to participate.. China was not invited to the drills. “MILAN” started in 1995, was conducted at the Andaman and Nicobar Command for the last several years.
The exercise was traditionally staged off Port Blair but was moved to the eastern seaboard this year as it offered better bandwidth for conducting bigger drills. The latest edition of Milan was organised in the backdrop of China’s growing naval activity in the Indian Ocean region.
“It is for information that “MILAN 2020” - a multilateral naval exercise scheduled to be conducted by the Indian Navy from 18 to 28 Mar 20, at Visakhapatnam, has been postponed taking into consideration the safety of all participants and travel restrictions imposed by the spread of COVID-19,” an official statement said.
“The decision to put off the drill was taken after several navies indicated their inability to take part in the exercise because of new coronavirus cases being detected in different parts of the world. The conduct of “MILAN 2020” had generated a very enthusiastic response, with Navies around the world having expressed their desire to participate and in deference to this interest, the Indian Navy looks forward toward scheduling “MILAN” at a later convenient date,” it added.
The Indian Navy would like to whole heartedly thank the numerous navies from near and far for having accepted invitation to participate in “MILAN 2020”, as also for the unstinted support provided in the run-up to this event,” the statement said.
The countries to whom invitations were sent included: Indonesia, France, Mozambique, Sudan, Israel, Qatar, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Somalia, Kenya, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Myanmar, New Zealand, the US, Tanzania, Comoros, Maldives, Brunei, Philippines, Japan, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Mauritius, Cambodia, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Kuwait, Iran, Madagascar, Bangladesh, Russia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Bahrain, UAE and Seychelles. Some of the countries invited have reported a rise in coronavirus cases.
“MILAN” is a multilateral naval exercise hosted by the Indian Navy under the aegis of the Andaman and Nicobar Command. It features professional exercises and seminars, social events and sporting.  
Apart from the Indian Navy, the navies of Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand participated in the inaugural edition held in 1995. The event has been held biennially except for 2001, 2005, and 2016. The 2001 and 2016 editions were not held because of the International Fleet Review, while the 2005 event was postponed to 2006 due to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Seventeen nations, including India, participated in Milan 2014 making it the biggest edition of the event.The most recent edition of Milan was held at Port Blair from 6 March-13 March 2018. Sixteen foreign nations participated in the event.

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The world today is in state of fear due to the outbreak of COVID 19 (CoronaVirus). According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are more than 90,000 coronavirus cases across the globe. More than 80,000 of those cases are in China, WHO said. Now, the killer Virus has already reached India with 7 confirmed cases as reported in National media. Manipur is lucky that the killer virus has not yet reached. Those suspected case has been reported negative. The concern and the seriousness of the Manipur State Medical Directorate in preventing the spread of the killer virus not only need appreciation from the people but requires support to the initiative taken up by the department authority, as we now have information about the virus reaching the neighbouring country Myanmar.
On February 20 of this year, no case of Coronavirus affected people had been reported among the 30 countries as reported by the South China Morning Post. However, as per a report from inside the neighbouring country, Myanmar has confirmed 1 case affected by the virus and 9 more under quarantine. And thus the number of the country reaching the virus is on the rise.
We all know that Myanmar shares 1,624-kilometre of a porous border. The country is a friendly neighbor of India with a trade agreement signed and still going on. Entry from Myanmar to India through Moreh town and up to 16 Kilometer inside Indian territory without a passport is permitted by the Indian authority.
The country Myanmar is also a friendly neighbor of China sharing as 2,129 kilometers borderline. Restriction of border trade is reportedly nil as Chinese dominates the market. As the virus reached our neighbouring country Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram government should take up immediate effective measures to put restrictions on cross border trade or entry until a solution to the virus is found.
More stringent measures to prevent the spread of virus should be initiated immediately. However, people of the state need not be panic as there are ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
Besides WHO, the state government, as well as the government of India, had issued some preventive measures to protect from the virus and the people need to be serious about the kind of instructions.
As per information by UNICEF Coronavirus is large where the cell diameter is 400-500 micro and for this reason, any mask prevents its entry. The virus does not settle in the air but is grounded, so it is not transmitted by air. Coronavirus, when it falls on a metal surface, will live 12 hours, so washing hands with soap and water well enough.
Corona virus when it falls on the fabric remains 9 hours, so washing clothes or being exposed to the sun for two hours meets the purpose of killing it. The virus lives on the hands for 10 minutes, so putting an alcohol sterilizer in the pocket meets the purpose of prevention. If the virus is exposed to a temperature of 26-27 ° C. it will be killed, as it does not live in hot regions. Also drinking hot water and sun exposure will do the trick. UNICEF also appealed to stay away from ice cream and eating cold is important. It said that gargle with warm and saltwater kills the tonsils’ germs and prevents them from leaking into the lungs.

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