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Monday, 01 June 2020 - Imphal Times

Chief Minister announces Rs. 5 to 10 lakhs ex-gratia for media persons who succumb while covering COVID-19 related report

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Imphal, June 1:

Chief Minister N Biren Singh today announced rupees 5 to 10 lakhs ex-gratia for media persons who succumb to COVID 19 in line of their duties.

The announcement came following a representation from both Editors’ Guild Manipur (EGM) and All Manipur working Journalist (AMWJU) who called on him today to discuss the distresses media houses in Manipur were going through because of the COVID 19 pandemic.

The media team raised the issue of media employees who are at the risk of exposing to COVID 19 while covering news during the pandemic as well as the pressure on the media houses to keep the media houses operating. EGM and AMWJU drew the attention of the CM to various packages announced by other states for journalists and also closing or downsizing of many national media houses in India because of the pandemic.

“In Manipur we have kept the media running, albeit with reduced page numbers, after understanding the need of an active media in combating the COVID-19 pandemic” the team told the Chief Minister.

Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh, after listening to the joint team assured an ex- gratia for any media person who succumbs to COVID -19. He also said that similar scheme for other frontline worriers like the police among others will be given after putting up in a Cabinet meeting. He also directed the Chief Secretary Suresh Babu, who was also present at the meeting, to clear all pending advertising bills owed to various government departments to ease the financial stress on the media houses of Manipur.

Member of Editors’ Guild Manipur and All Manipur Working Journalist’s Union, thanked the Chief Minister for recognizing the contribution of the media in fighting the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

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10 more tested positive with novel Coronavirus; numbers climbs to 81, active cases stands at 70

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Imphal, June 1:

Ten more persons were tested with novel Coronavirus today in the state of Manipur making the number of positive cases to 81. Total active case is 70 and at least 11 people have been recovered so far. There is no report of any casualty and those detected positive with the virus are all from among those who return to the state from outside the state.

According to a statement from the state Health department 7 (seven) samples tested at the VRDL of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) were tested positive of novel Coronavirus in the last 24 hours while the other three were tested positive at the VRDL of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal on Sunday night. Of those confirmed at JNIMS two are residents of Senapati district and were returnees from Chennai. The other two are from Bishnupur district and returnees from Uttar Pradesh. The other three tested positive at VRDL of JNIMS are from Chandel district. 

The three persons confirmed at RIMS were two males of the ages 23 and 22 years and a 22 years old female from Thoubal district and returnees from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Hyderabad respectively. Their conditions are stable and they will be shifted to COVID Care Facilities at RIMS and JNIMS.

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Distribution of rice in Imphal West for May completed

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Imphal, June 1:

A release by the DIPR, Government of Manipur said that a total of 17606.46 quintal of rice has been distributed to the beneficiaries of both AAY and PHH for the Assembly Constituencies of Thangmeiband, Uripok, Keishamthong, Yaiskul, Singjamei, Mayang Imphal, Naoriya Pakhanglakpa, Langthabal and Lamshang in Imphal West district for the month of May.

It added that a total of 204.01 quintal of Dal was also lifted for Imphal West district while 403.03 quintal of Dal has been distributed in Uripok, Singjamei, Keishamthong and Lamshang Assembly constituencies yesterday.

As for rice under NFSA, 2390 quintal of rice has been lifted for Andro  Assembly Constituency in Imphal East district yesterday. For Khundrakpam, Thongju, Khurai, and Lamlai assembly constituencies lifting of rice for the month of June has been reported complete.

All the PDS items are being distributed by the State Government to ensure that none  suffer on account of non-availability of foodgrains on the backdrop of the outbreak of COVID-19 and the ongoing lockdown in the State.

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E-Pharmacy tool dropped from Aarogya Setu

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Imphal, June 1

Manipur Chemists and Druggists Association (MSDA) today welcome the dropping of e-pharmaceutical companies from government-run Aarogya Setu mobile app.

Chemists all over the country including the Punjab Chemists’ Association affiliated to the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists had strongly opposed the promotion of private e-pharma firms on a mobile app promoted by the government.

It pleaded that a website www.aarogyasetumitr.in, linked to the official mobile application Aarogya Setu in ‘illegal, arbitrary and discriminatory’ manner, promotes and act as a marketing tool for e-pharmacies only.

Chemists associations from all over the country had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that it was not mentioned on the website that these medicines could be procured from local chemists. This was misleading and gives an impression that medicines used in the treatment of Covid-19 in India were available only through e-pharmacies. They had alleged that several e-pharmacies were operating illegally and in violation of provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. A number of petitions were pending in the court against operating of these pharmacies already.

Surinder Duggal, president, North India Chemists and Druggists Association, said the Central government had dropped e-pharmacies advertisements from the app and this was informed by the government late yesterday evening.

He said that we appreciate the government decision following the concern raised by the chemists all over the country.

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Despite pending inquiry, “Yes Bank” authorised to collect funds for PMCF

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Mumbai, May 31:
While inquiries by the central agencies about financial mismanagement are still on and RBI’s plan to reconstruct the bank yet to take proper shape, the Union Government has authorised “Yes Bank” to collect funds for “The PM CARES Fund”(PMCF).
The PMCF was created on 28 March, in view of the COVID-19 crisis as the prime minister as its chairperson and senior cabinet members serving as trustees. SBI, Bank of Maharashtra and Axis Bank are the other banks authorised to collect donations for the PMCF.
“Yes Bank” receives donations in its account No 000394600001910, Chanakyapuri branch, New Delhi. The donations are also accepted through digital banking channels ..Net Banking and mobile banking via IMPS, RTGS or NEFT.
Soon after it was given responsibility to collect funds for PMCF, Yes Bank CEO and MD Prashant Kumar, on 7 April tweeted that “As we navigate the COVID-19 situation, we pledge to support fellow citizens. We’ve been given an opportunity to serve the nation through a mandate to collect donations for the @PMCares Fund. We urge you to join our pledge & donate to the cause: https://yesbank.in/donations-to-pm-cares-fund @PMOIndia”.
On March 14, the bank had reported a record loss of Rs 18,564 crore for the quarter ending December 31, 2020, as against a profit of Rs 1,000 crore in the year-ago quarter. RBI had also imposed a moratorium on withdrawals from the bank. However it was lifted on 19 March,  thereby enabling customers to access full banking services.
But the fact is that, the inquiry by Enforcement Directorate and CBI about irregular investment of Rs 3,700 crore by “Yes Bank” in short-term debentures of the scam-hit Mumbai based Dewan Housing Finance Limited (DHFL) is still on and Yes Banks’ former CEO and co founder Rana Kapoor and DHFL promoters- Dheeraj Wadhawan and Kapil Wadhawan continue to be in ED’s custody and have been denied bail by the Bombay High Court.
On 13 March, 2020 central cabinet approved the reconstruction plan of “Yes Bank”, under which SBI is to invest Rs. 7,250 crore,  HDFC and ICICI, will invest Rs.1000 crore each and  Axis Bank will put in Rs.600 crore. SBI will have to retain a minimum 26% stake in “Yes Bank” for three years.
Vishwas Utagi, former General Secretary Maharashtra State Bank Employees Federation and Vice President All India Bank Employees Association said that the plan of reconstruction of “Yes Bank” is yet to be completed. Most of the times such plans remain merely on paper. Besides the setting up of PMCF itself is erroneous, since we already have PM’s national relief fund.
In the meanwhile in response to an RTI application filed on first April, 2020 by a Harsha Kandukuri, a law student at the Azim Premji University in Bengaluru (Karnataka), seeking information about PMCF’s trust deed and government orders relating to its creation and operation of the fund, on 29 May, 2020 PMO replied that “ PM CARES Fund is not a Public Authority under the ambit of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act, 2005. However, relevant information in respect of PM CARES Fund may be seen on the Website pmcares.gov.in”.

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The Manipuri Leirum Phi- in our cultural legacy

By N. Munal Meitei
Now-a-days, there has been many claims of Manipuri Leirum being manufactured and sold allover the country as a popular fashion in the brand name of Modi Scarfs. The matter is discussed widely among the intricacies. Such is really a big point of objectionable. Getting UNESCO recognition on our Nat Sankritan and also bagging Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Manipur Chakhao, Safi-Lanphi, Moirangphi and Wangkhei phi have something mental relives to our pastimes. But a lot more like the Umanglai Haraoba which being the greatest single key and original source for all our cultural, historical and traditional value of the Meitei and other associated tribes are still yet to be streamlined. The same is the fate for Ngari, Soibum, Hawaijara, Eronba, Singju, Kakching Bora etc. etc.

Manipur is famous for its special fabrics like the moiraingphee, leirum and phanek mayek naibi etc. Earlier weaving was universal and every girl knows how to weave. The loom forms were the part of their lives. There was an aura of religion and romance on weaving,highlighting with every legend and connected to the ceremonies. Ningthou phi,akoibiphi and samilami phee have the motifs and the designs of well fabrication. In our culture, maximum of lucrative designs are found on the phaneks worn by women because they are the primary producers.

Manipur is said to be the original home of the mulberry silk worm, and it is said that it went from here to China. Its own art-forms and cultural expressions and ramifications distinctly showcase the state to the World. Its famous classical dance remains unique in all dance forms whether it’s folk, classical or modern and has a different style and gesture of movement. Manipur is are artistic and creative by nature. This has found expression and big images in their handloom and handicraft products also. Our handloom and handicraft are world-famous for their designs, ingenuity, colorfulness and usefulness.

Since time immemorial, the Meiteis have used different types of clothes having unique ceremonial values. The Leirum phi which was used by our P.M. Modiji is smaller size of Leirum phi used as lengyan. In our original, Leirum phi is traditionally big and coarse shawl used as wrappers, but with a peculiar woven design. It has been an indispensable item of gift given by parents to their daughter on her marriage ceremony.

The story of the evolution of the Leirum phi can be traced back to the reign of Khui Tompok(154- 264),the Meitei king of Manipur. As recorded in the Cheitharol Kumbaba,on the occasion of the marriage of Nongmoinu Ahongbi, an Angom princess to Khui Tompok, the parents of Nongmoinu Ahongbi presented her a Leirum cloth as her wedding gift. It is believed, since then, it has become a tradition to gift leirum cloth in the Meitei marriage.

There is another reference of the Leirum cloth which claimed to be given as gift by a Tangkhul King during the marriage of his daughter, goddess Ireima to King Irengba (984-1074). There are many stories associated with the Leirum cloth and many communities have different versions which need an extensive research and findings. As time passed, the designs on this cloth changes from the original design of Leirum that survived among the Tangkhul Naga tribes of Manipur. Thus, the Leirum Phi also signifies the unity in diversity among the communities. The Leirum phi also symbolize the purity, strength, trust and unity of life.

On 15th August, 2019, the Honble Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the leirum lengyan while on addressing the nation from the Red Fort. On 14th April 2020, Prime Minister again wore the leirum lengyan while on announcing for 2nd phase of lockdown over the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. And many more occasions also, the Hon’ble P.M. used the Manipuri Leirum Lenyan phi.

On seeing repeatedly, the Hon’ble Prime Minister Modiji with a familiar but a distinctly colourful scarf, people started to ask about the cloth and search the origins of the cloth. Latter, people realized the cloth is the Leirum Phi, a traditional religious cloth of Manipur.

This Manipuri traditional cloth, the Leirum Phi is commonly made from cotton fabric designed by using three colours; black, red proportionately designed onthe larger white clothes, signifying the three guardians of the Universe, the Khuman, Mangang and Luwang respectively. All the Meitei clans (sageis)are originated from these three Gods. Therefore the Leirum phi is the symbol of oneness, peace, stability, power, might and belongingness.

Leirum Phi is also use while honoring the dignitaries and in functions. John Keats once said, beauty is joy forever.Now, the beauty of Leirum has invited and evoked the hearts of every Indians which again has enhanced the proud for Manipur signifying our rich culture and traditions.The long fascinated tales hiding behind in its every tread will always retold the aged history of love and romance to everyone to come by.

Now, we should immediately go for Intellectual Property rights or G.I tag for our Leirum to provide the rights through patents, copyrights and trademarks. These legal systems will safeguard our rights of monopoly on protection of Leirum phi forever for Manipur. Therefore, we cannot allow anyone to copy and steal our age old cultural and traditional emblem, the Manipuri Leirum phi which long been embedded rich inside our cultural legacy.

Lockdown phobia

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the first lockdown in the entire nation on March 24 as a preventive measure to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus appreciations pours from all sections of people irrespective of the differences in political ideology. When the second and the third lockdown was announced, sensible people across the country considered it as a wise decision as lockdown is the only means left to counter the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The step taken up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was appreciated by many socio-political observers from across the world. But when the fourth lockdown was announced people started questioning the chemistry behind the lockdown as the number of people tested with novel Coronavirus increased like a flash flood.

When the 5th lockdown was announced it was coined as ‘Unlock -1’. For three months live across the country has been put to a standstill.  And unlocking of the lockdown perhaps is the need of the hour as people will die more not because of the virus but because of hunger if the lockdown continues. Even as there is no cure for the COVID-19 till today, people have to live and for that people should be now equipped with all knowledge, equipment, and practice to live with the virus.

What concerns this newspaper is the extension of the lockdown till June 30 by the government of Manipur. New Delhi which has a large number of people affected by the virus have now started unlocking almost all necessary sectors, Kerala, which once has the largest number affected people in the country now had formulated measures to make sure that life continues amidst the attack by the novel Coronavirus and Maharashtra, which have the largest number of affected people to have decided to open up its factories. However the state of Manipur, even after knowing that those affected by the virus are from those which return from outside the state, cannot make any decision to open the lockdown to run the society. Moreover, some medical expert had already questioned the Manipur government on the kind of preventive measures that the government had taken up to counter the spread of the Novel Coronavirus during the prolong lockdown. The loopholes in the management of running the quarantine center has already been brought to the lime light even by an MLA of the ruling BJP. Today people are fed up and want to resume life as done in other part of the country. Already voices to open market had come up and more voice may likely come if the government takes no measures to unlock the lockdown.

We cannot run away from the virus, but have to live with it.

COVID- 19: untested homeopathic drug in great demand in Mumbai

IT Correspondent
Mumbai, June 1:

The homeopathic medicine “Arsenicum album 30”, recommended by the Union AYUSH ministry, as a prophylactic medicine against infections, is in great demand as a preventive medicine against COVID-19 in Maharashtra, including Mumbai.
The demand for this medicine has grown after some patients in Malegaon stated to have got relief from infectious diseases and now the medicine is sold for heavy price. The bottle which used to cost Rs. 175 to Rs. 195 is now sold for Rs. 350 Rs.400.
The Ayush ministry had first recommended it on 29 January as a prophylactic against Covid-19. Its advisory had recommended one dose of “Arsenicum Album 30”(AA)  for three days in a row on an empty stomach.
Following an advisory by the Ayush ministry, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued a circular stating that AA is a “preventive medication” for coronavirus, and allowed its use for high-risk contacts at quarantine facilities in BMC’s certain awards. On May 8, BMC said it will distribute AA, commonly used for respiratory tract infections and flu, for free in the quarantine facilities.
As a result, some of the corporators and NGOs distributed thousands of bottles of AA,free of cost to the people. One of the corporators Bharati Khursunge said that she had procured a bottle of AA at Rs.12 per bottle. Before such a mass distribution, we did our due diligence by talking to doctors.  A local homoeopath is making the medicine for us. Now the  demand is so high that chemists are selling it an inflated price.
Maharashtra Food and Drugs Administration Joint Commissioner D R Gahane said that there is no evidence on whether the medicine, which is given for a broad spectrum of respiratory illnesses, holds any preventive properties for COVID-19, yet its demand has skyrocketed. There are no side effects of this medicine, the efficacy of which as cure for COVID 19 is yet to be ascertained.
The State government has set up a new committee to exclusively look at AYUSH remedies. Dr. T.P. Lahane, who is a part of the committee, said that merits or demerits of the medicines are not known.
One bottle of AA has around 90 tiny pills, enough for a family for several months. The pills consist of the water memory of arsenic trioxide, otherwise a highly toxic substance, which is diluted to a point that only the nano particles remain in the solution and nullify the toxicity.

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