Saturday, 11 July 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, July 11:

Even as there are rare reports of taking up child rights-related issues, the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) has spent a total of Rs. 9,10,000/- ( Nine lakhs and ten thousand ) for a period of 1 and half years for the hiring of two vehicles owned by the husband of the Chairperson of the Commission, Sunitibala Ningthoujam, whom she appointed as the consultant of the commission.

As per information from the MCPCR, Ibomcha Ningthoujam, who is the legitimate husband of MCPCR Chairperson Sunitibala Ningthoujam, has been appointed as the consultant of the Commission on April 26, 2018. Two four-wheeler vehicles – one Bolero and one Santro car owned by Ibomcha Ningthoujam- have been hired by the Commission on payment of Rs. 35,000/- per month for the Bolero and Rs. 5000/- for the month of January 2020 for the Santro car. Interestingly, the amount spent for the hiring of the two vehicles from the husband of the chairperson, who has been appointed as a consultant to the Commission comes nearly the market price of the vehicles. And the fund has been utilized from the grant sanctioned from the department of Social Welfare Government of Manipur to carry out various activities of the commission which is connected with the issues of Child rights.  

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Imphal, July 11:

Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam today led a cleanliness drive at the Dhanamanjuri University (DMU) campus, which is now a Cluster University of five colleges. He stated that the cleanliness drive has been planned to pave way to welcome the students back to the campus when the lockdown is lifted by the Government. 
The number of positive cases in the state is rising as many returnees are still coming back to the state and once the returnees coming back are over, the condition may become favourable for the lockdown to be lifted. He expressed that the decision for the cleanliness drive was taken during a meeting as a part of Swachh Bharat to start the campus cleaning and keep it ready for the opening when the time comes. 
Organised by the DM University, the cleanliness programme cum social services was held in all higher educational institutions and offices located within the premises of the DM University including the DM Community College, DM College Teacher Training College, Hindi Teachers Training College, LMS Law College, G. P. Women’s college and the Education (S) Engineering Wing office.
Further the minister added that the cleanliness drive will also make the young minds realise the importance of involvement and participation in keeping our society neat and clean. The students should regard the institutions as their own and protect the property, he added. 
Since the lockdown of the educational institutions due to COVID-19 pandemic, there has been no activity taking place in the institutes. 
Commissioner, Higher & Technical Education, M. Harekrishna, Registrar, Dhanamanjuri University, Dr. Nivedita Lairenlakpam principals of the colleges, officials concerned of the Dhanamanjuri University, students, and teachers took active participation in the cleanliness drive. 

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Imphal, July 11:

Extra-judicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) once more demanded speedy delivery of justice to victims of alleged encounter by security force in the state on occasion of its 11th Foundation day.
Altogether, a total of 1528 cases of fake encounter cases, documented with the support of various human rights bodies particular the Human Rights Alert and the matter has been put up to the notice of the Supreme Court to deliver justice to the victims. The Supreme Court has directed the CBI to investigate some of the cases and directed to deliver justice to the victims as soon as possible after a case has been filed in October 2012. But till today none of the victims have been delivered justice by punishing those involved in the extrajudicial killings.
As a part of the observance, floral tributes were paid to the portrait of those victims of the fake encounter. Following that a penal discussion on the issue faced by the EEVFAM was held and the whole penal discussion was uploaded live at social networking site facebook.

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Imphal, July 11:

Of the 60 state assembly seats, eight has been remained vacant after 5 of the members were disqualified while three tender resignations from the membership. However, following High Court intervention in connection with the disqualification of Trinamool Congress MLA Tongbram Robindro, it is likely that the Election Commission of India announces by-election to at least 7 Assembly constituencies as an assembly seat of a constituency cannot remain vacant for more than 6 months.
“Even as our party (BJP) leads the present coalition government in the state we are more occupied in restructuring the party functionaries rather than going to the ground”, a hardcore BJP worker who does not want to disclose his identity told Imphal Times.
Leading the government by BJP is also not likely to help at ground politics as ally political parties in the government seem to be superseding the leading party, he added.
This is all because the newly elected president of the Manipur Pradesh BJP has failed to appoint office bearers of BJP, that he should do he added but put the blame to three important BJP legislatures including a parliamentarian.
“Should it be called ‘incompetency’ of the newly elected State BJP president Prof. Salam Tikendra or is it the interference by the top BJP leaders and the parliamentarian that the state BJP still fails to strengthen the party organization by appointing office-bearer at the earliest time - a matter that the Central BJP leaders need to ponder upon”, another active member of the BJP said.
Prof. S. Tikendra Singh was elected as the president of the Manipur Pradesh BJP on June 2, 2020. With his appointment the term of the office-bearers ends and to strengthen the party the newly elected president should appoint new office bearers, a BJP Karyakarta told Imphal Times.
A source said that the newly elected state BJP President Prof. Tiken had sent proposals for over 3 times but due to indifferences among the top BJP legislatures and the Parliamentarian to the choice of who should be the new office bearers, the central BJP leadership is likely to take time for exclusive consultation on the matter.
State BJP organization is run by 16 (Sixteen) office-bearers excluding the President. After the appointment of Prof. Tiken as the new state president, he should appoint 6(six) Vice president, 2(two) General Secretary, 7(seven) secretaries, among which one should be appointed as Sangathan Mantri (organization Secretary) by the National BJP office and 1 (one) Treasurer.
The source further added that another fresh list prepared for proposal as office bearers of the state BJP includes Nimbus and Sarda as the general secretaries. As for the state secretaries prepared for proposal includes Joykishore, Nongpoknganbam Basanta (Heirok), Inaocha Devi, Meena, Priyokumar ad Premananda Meitei. A source however said that there is no guarantee that all those proposed may be approved by the central leadership. There are possibilities that someone whose names are not in the list but who are acknowledged by the central BJP for their works and dedication may be appointed.
With the party workers busied lobbying for office bearers post, organizational groundworks are left as hollow and some hardcore dedicated BJP workers felt that the party may face the music during the by-election.

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Imphal, July 11:

“Even as we are yet to appoint new office bearers, the organizational works of the party is functioning as usual as I have asked all the former office bearer to continue their respective service until new appointments are made”, the newly elected president of the BJP Manipur Pradesh, Professor Tikendra said while talking to Imphal Times over the phone.

He said that the new office bearers of the BJP Manipur Pradesh will be elected in the next few days and all formalities have been completed. When asked about any interference from the BJP legislatures or the parliamentarian, Prof. Tikendra said that those are rumours and there is nothing as such.

It takes time because of the COVID-19 pandemic, even at the national level too, no new office bearers have been appointed after the appointment of the National President JP Nadda.

The state BJP president said that all organizational structured at ground levels are intact and there is no loophole in the BJP’s strategy to win the seat whether it may be by-election or general election.

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Saturday, 11 July 2020 17:05

20 sub standard drugs disapproved by DCGI

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Mumbai, July 11:

The Drug Controller General (India) has declared 20 medicines as of sub-standard quality/spurious/adulterated and misbranded after testing nearly 790 samples, in June as per an alert list released on 8 July, 
The manufacturers of these medicines have been asked to withdraw the stocks pertaining to respective batches from the market. 
The list of disapproved drugs are- Mometran Cream (Mometasone Furoate Cream), Mfg. date 06/2019, Expiry date: 07/2021,Manufactured by M/s. Mascot Health Series Pvt. Ltd, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, (Reason for failure-Assay), sample drawn by Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation(CDSCO), Mumbai from the Central Drug Testing Laboratory(CDTL), Mumbai. 
Eudox-100 (Doxycycline Capsules), Mfg date 03/2019, Expiry date: 02/2021,Mfd by M/s.Ultra-Chiron Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd, Mohali, Punjab, (Reason for failure- Uniformity of weight), sample drawn by CDSCO), Mumbai from CDTL, Mumbai 
Absorbent guaze cloth, Mfg date 01/2019, Expiry date 12/2021, Mfd by:M/s. Balu Surgicals, Samusigapuram, Tamil Nadu (Reason for failure-length), sample drawn by Drugs Control Department, Kerala from the Regional Drugs Testing Laboratory(RDTL), Guwahati. 
Doxyrap-100 (Doxycycline and lactic acid bacillus tablets), Mfg date 01/2019, Expiry date 12/2020,Mfd by: M/s.Dr. Edwin Lab, Mohali, Chandigarh ( Reason for failure-Uniformity of weight, Assay), sample drawn by Drugs Control Department, Mizoram from RDTL, Guwahati. 
Bhringraj Hair oil 200 ml. (vegetable oil including seasame oil), Mfg date 05/2019, Expiry date : 04/2022,Mfd by: M/s. Ananya Herbal Pvt. Ltd, Sonepat, Haryana ( Reason for failure-Acid value (Type 1 & Type 3), sample drawn by Drugs Control Department, Bihar from RDTL, Guwahati. 
Nitrobact-100 (Nitrofurantoin Capsules), Mfg date 09/2019, Expiry date 08/2021,Mfd by: M/s.Swiss Garnier Biotech Pvt. Ltd, Una, Himachal Pradesh ( Reason for failure-Dissolution) sample drawn by CDSCO, East Zone, Kolkata from CDL, Kolkata. 
Cefotaxime Sodium Injection, Mfg date 07/2019, expiry date 06/2021,Mfd by: M/s.Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd, Pimpri, Pune ( Reason for failure-water), sample drawn by CDSCO, East Zone, Kolkata from CDL, Kolkata.
Glicot -60 (Gliclazide Tablets 60 mg),Mfg date:07/2019, Expiry date: 06/2021, Mfd by: M/s.Mascot Health Series Pvt. Ltd, Haridwar, Uttarakhand),( Reason for failure-Dissolution), sample drawn by  CDSCO, East Zone, Kolkata from CDL, Kolkata. 
Fexcor-120 (Fexofenadine Hydrochloride Tablets 120 mg),Mfg dt: 08/2019,Exp dt: 07/2021,Mfd by: M/s. Akums Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Haridwar, Uttarakhand ( Reason for failure-Description), sample drawn by CDSCO, East Zone, Kolkata from CDL, Kolkata. 
Auditon-MD Tablets( Orally Disintegrating Tablets 8 mg), Mfg dt:10/2018, Exp dt: 09/2020,Mfd by: M/s. Rachil Pharma,Kangra, Himachal Pradesh ( Reason for failure-Description & Disintegration), (Sample drawn by CDSCO, North Zone, Ghaziabad from CDL, Kolkata. 
Telmisartan Tablets 20 mg, Mfg dt:07/2019,Exp dt: 06/2021,Mfd by: M/s.Unicure India Ltd., Noida, Uttar Pradesh, ( Reason for failure-Dissolution), sample drawn by CDSCO, North Zone, Ghaziabad from CDL, Kolkata. 
Setnorm–4 (Ondansetron Tablets 4 mg), Mfg dt:02/2019,Exp dt: 01/2021,Mfd by: M/s.Unicure India Ltd., Noida, Uttar Pradesh, ( Reason for failure-Description), sample drawn by CDSCO, Goa from CDL, Kolkata. 
Ocupol Dx. (Chloramphenicol & Dexamethasone Eye/Ear Drops), Mfg dt:07/2019,Exp dt: 12/2020,Mfd by: M/s.Centaur Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., Margao, Goa ( Reason for failure-Assay of Chloramphenicol), sample drawn by CDSCO, Hyderabad from CDL, Kolkata. 
Pioglitazone & Metformin Hydrochloride Tablets, Mfg dt:08/2019, Exp dt: 01/2022,Mfd by: M/s.Cian Healthcare Ltd, Haridwar, Uttarakhand (Reason for failure-Dissolution of Metformin Hydrochloride), sample drawn by CDSCO, Ahmedabad from CDL, Kolkata. 
Dextromethorphan hydrobromide and Chlorpheniramine Maleate Syrup (Heel-DXSyrup), Mfg dt:08/2019, Exp dt: 07/2021,Mfd by: M/s.Yashwin Healthcare, Sonepat, Haryana (Reason for failure-Assay of Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide and Chlorpheniramine Maleate), sample drawn by Drug Controller, Haryana from RDTL, Chandigarh 
Thyroxine Sodium Tablets (Thyroute 50 Tablets), Mfg dt:11/2019,Exp dt: 10/2021,Mfd by: M/s.Life Vision Healthcare, Solan, Himachal Pradesh(Reason for failure-uniformity of content), sample drawn by CDSCO, Himachal Pradesh from RDTL, Chandigarh. 
Sustained release capsules (Folron Capsules), Mfg dt:10/2019, Exp dt: 09/2021,Mfd by: M/s.Zim Laboratories Ltd, Nagpur, Maharashtra(Reason for failure-.Assay of folic acid) sample drawn by CDSCO, Himachal Pradesh from RDTL, Chandigarh. 
Amoxycillinand Potassium Clavulanate tablets, Mfg dt: 09/2018,Exp dt: 08/2020,Mfd by: M/s.Astam Healthcare Pvt. Ltd, Solan, Himachal Pradesh(Reason for failure-.identification of Potassium Clavulanate and Assay of Amoxycillin Trihydrate) sample drawn by Drug Controller, Himachal Pradesh from RDTL, Chandigarh. 
Calcium and vitamin D3 tablets (batch CVDT, 1384) Mfg dt:04/2019, Exp dt: 03/2021,Mfd by: M/s. Wings Biotech, Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, (Reason for failure- dissolution of calcium carbonate). sample drawn by CDSCO, Himachal Pradesh from RDTL, Chandigarh.
 Calcium and vitamin D3 Tablets (batch CVDT 1653), Mfg dt:07/2019, Exp dt: 06/2021,Mfd by:M/s. Wings Biotech, Baddi, Himachal Pradesh,(Reason for failure- dissolution of calcium carbonate), sample drawn by CDSCO (North-Zone), Ghaziabad from RDTL, Chandigarh.

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For almost a decade starting from early 2000, front-page stories of almost every newspaper published in the state were about persons killed in encounters with security forces. The first-hand report of almost all news appeared as the front page story goes with the security claimed at which they often term those killed as militants. Follow-up stories following almost every encounter killing related stories turn out to be ‘fake’. Family members, relatives, local residents, and members of civil society organizations would always uproar with different stories on the claimed by security forces about the killing of a person whom they alleged to have been militants and killed in gunfight. The decade shows several bandhs, blockade, and even hostile agitation freezing normal life in the entire state. Local media reports, but intimidations shun their voices many times concealing the truth. Even after knowing the truth that those killed by SF during those days were innocent civilians and were killed in staged encounter, there were not so many people who could voice against such extrajudicial killing effectively. Until a news portal Tehelka exposed about a staged encountered that happened in July 23, 2009, none of the national media had taken up any story about such fake encounter related events. With the Rights bodies of the state like the HRA, HRI putting up those incidents of fake encounter killing in the state to the notice of the world platform, somehow by the beginning of 2011, the torturous inhuman encounter drama reduced. Probe after probe and investigation after investigation by authority slowly revealed the reality and finally, those reported killed in alleged encounter turn out to be cold-blooded murderers. But as the state uses every means to blanketed the matter, only those families of the victims killed shed tears as justice has never been delivered.
During those days the then regime has no respect for the provisions of the constitution of India even though they were serving under that. Article 21 of the constitution of India was a joke. Even though India was then a member of the United Nations, the country’s machineries had no respect for the Article 6 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights which stated that Every human being has the inherent right to life and this shall be protected by law. The so-called security forces as well as those administering the state have no regard for the international provisions which stated that “No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life”.
Extra-Judicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur ( EEVFAM) was an association form by widow, mothers, and sisters of victims of such alleged encounter killing. The association was born today eleven years ago. It is their effort that the total count of victims who were tortured and killed in cold blood has been documented to 1528 cases. They have been fighting for justice for so long and till today even after the Supreme Court has directed to deliver the justice they are still deprived of justice. So far no persons has been punished who are responsible for killing the numerous harmless people.
What is more disheartening is that some among those whom the victims’ family felt responsible for killing for their near and dear ones have even become more powerful by becoming a part of the government. But hopes still stirs, the tears of the mothers, widows, of those victims will surely haunt their memories.

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Saturday, 11 July 2020 17:03

“Prejudices for unalike religions”

By - Taniya Khangembam

How many people know that all Muslims are terrorists, oppress women and hate India, that all Catholic priests are pedophiles and are Bible-thumpers trying to get you to convert to their point of view, and that all Hindus are caste-oriented and practice purity and pollution?
Human beings are strongly attached to a system of beliefs and practices which help the whole world to be unified according to this belief system. Exceptionally, there are a few people who believe to be themselves as atheists. Most of us get anxious when we hear something against our own persuasion but we feel content when a good thing is heard for our faith. Have you ever questioned to yourself, “why the opinions from others upon our religion is not always positive or always negative?” Thoroughly we have not raised the question because we are much inclined to our own creed that we do not go beyond the boundary of our religious unification.
We are living in a country where the oldest religion in the world that is Hinduism is known for its majority. India had experienced a long history of discarding false practices such as Sati System by Governor-General Lord William Bentick on 4th December, 1829, Child Marriage under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 which came into force on 1st November 2007 and Abolition of Untouchability under Article 17 of Indian Constitution which came into force on 1st June 1955. Recently the practice of Triple Talaq is declared as illegal, unconstitutional and made it punishable act from 1st August 2019 which is deemed to be in effect from 19 September 2018. Indians accept these developments as a new way of guiding their religions. If a particular religious practice is not meant for human rights and social equality we must castaway that piece of practice from a large belief system. Change is inevitable. The only thing we must do is to choose the right persuasion and not to stop the change.
A common prejudice which is made by non-Muslim community towards Muslim community is Islamophobia. Some of them think that the aim of every Muslims is to work with arms and ammunitions and to destroy other nations. Particularly in Manipur, there is a preconception of this community as ‘good at stealing products’. However when we move out from our creed system and started to think, there are many more phobias other than Islamophobia, even our religion has given a lot of stress unconsciously that we have not realised it. At the same time, you can find any thieves everywhere irrespective of religion or gender or caste.
In terms of prejudice for Hinduism, some people think that Hindus are inclined towards Social Stratification and promote caste system along with purity and pollution practices. According to religious activist P.N. Benjamin, some Christian Evangelist denigrate Hindu Gods and consider Hindu rituals barbaric. Simultaneously some Muslim leaders has been charged several times for hate speeches denigrating Hindu Gods. Some people even mocked Hindu cremation by saying that when Hindus die, they become air after burning and go astray. However, Mahabharata recommends us to be obedient as well as the absence of wrath, adhere to purity and peacefulness.
A Christian in India might be facing an awkward phrase: trying to be western. Nowadays Indian Christians are increasing and those who belong to North East India are ridiculing of reservation seats in various educational institutions situated at mainlaind India. They have been ill treated with the ideology that they spread Christianity everywhere through missionary. Dalit Christians are being mistreated and they face untouchability and discrimination. Many of them do not come under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes ( Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989.
Instead of taking possibilities from our religion to preconceive someone’s faith, we must explore individually to understand the nature of human beings. We need to know the real people in our classrooms, neighbourhoods, gyms, fields, work environments to fight the bias, discrimination and prejudice that is so common in our society. Through exposure to real people from different traditions than our own, we are better able to understand and appreciate each other. Perhaps we can even be in solidarity and love with each other.
(The writer is pursuing B.A Honours in Sociology at Assam Downtown University)

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Saturday, 11 July 2020 16:36

Let the child LIVE!!!

By -Mayanglambam Merina


Innocent hands muddling in muddy water...
parched boats made from newspapers..
sailing down the local nalla
those were the days which we still treasure deep down in our hearts
The only painting we were made familiar was to draw hills beautifully surrounded with finely chopped medium size trees on the foothills and then the river stream gently paving its way through those maiden hills down the village.
How many of us have seriously drawn such pictures just to get good marks? How many of us have seriously drawn it from our heart directly into those white papers ???
The present pandemic has started crawling into our heads and our minds. It has started invading our given social spaces be it socially and psychologically to a large extent..
Going outside and getting things for the family has now become a robotic act . As if we all are tuned to go-comeback and wash our clothes – than take a bath. Life has become like a reel to be get over. Cases of suicides coming in headlines and making our day muskier with a heavy thought lingering in all our minds. In this juncture after thinking a lot I strongly believe that  Music, Dance and Art therapy .. in short I call it as “MAD” therapy would surely do some kind of miracles in all our lives.
We do know that it has done wonders. Why not use such things during this time in all our Quarantine Centres by letting all the Quarantine Centre inmate express their vivid thoughts through such medium?  
My experience way back during Tsunami 2004 where some of us volunteered to help during that time. Some of us didn’t know the local language , despite of that we formed a psychosocial support team and started teaching the childrens some rhymes, some songs . They also taught us some local games. Our  2004-2006 batch did volunteer. There were days we even fought with the District collector for not giving proper water and food to the victims.
Coming to the point where I would like to stress more on the intrinsic importance of Music and Art therapy which we land up experimenting right in the field. We made all the children put their creativity on sand my making huts, schools.
Some did draw well and explained the pain which they had gone through during Tsunami. Some just forgot their past and just made things from their courtyard sand and coconut leaves. After retiring from the days engagement our energy used to get drenched. Since I had a classical music background I somehow land up singing and which started helping our minds .Yes we did apply it and it worked. I used my “Allaaaps” to healed my friends to some extent.
After this episode I started doing some research on Music ,Art and Dance therapy and how does it heals stress, depression and anxiety.
My practical experience was just within oneself and I got an opportunity to express and heal more when I was given a chance to conduct a workshop at Sana Sangoi, yaiskul. Then my innate crave for this started evolving around. My purpose for stating such incidents was soley to give and idea on how one should absorb MUSIC and Art therapy during this physical and social distancing period.
For Music therapy  either to put some instrumental music in all the Quarantine Centres which would surely  soothes all the inmates. Since Music has no boundary nor a definite language to its listeners.
Things we need: a loudspeaker , instrumental music downloaded  from a mobile phone of the guards or incharge played in a normal volume.
For Art Therapy : Drawing papers or books with small pencil colours should be distributed to all QC ....those who draw will surely benefit and those who don’t do it’s their problem.
Benefits of Art Therapy: 
1) It will soothes ones own emotion and when one starts sketching or colouring it does make one’s self happier.
2) For those who are far from their families and who are going through such phase they could start expressing their thoughts in a creative way...
3) This arts could be later complied if the Govt wants to make a ‘narrative album on Covid warriors’..by naming it like ‘ An art by the Covid-warriors’
Art Therapy can help on mental and physical health.
It helps reduce pain, decrease symptoms of stress and improve quality of life in adult cancer patients.Improved ability to deal with pain and other frightening symptoms in children with cancer.Reduced stress and anxiety in children with asthma. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensory motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.
Scientific studies tell us that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. ... Art and music affect every cell in the body instantly to create a healing physiology that changes the immune system and blood flow to all the organs. Art and Music also immediately change a person’s perceptions of their world.  
 My appeal to the concern authority is to imbibe this method at the earliest. Who knows we could save more lives by making them emotionally stronger. This therapy would literally help children, adolescents, and adults explore their emotions, improve self-esteem, manage addictions, relieve stress, improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and cope with a physical illness or disability. Let’s start this small step...let’s save more lives.....let’s try this out...any suggestion on this I would like to encourage.

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