Saturday, 01 August 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Aug 1:

Amidst allegations over doctors’ refusal to provide health care facilities to the patient in need owing to COVID-19 scare, doctors at Shija Hospital and Research Institute (SHRI) Imphal brave the dreaded virus and saves life of a 46 years old man by performing emergency operation at midnight yesterday without waiting result of whether the patient is infected by COVID-19 or not.

Report said that the 46 years old man from Takyel Khongbal was rushed to Shija Hospital after some hospital refused to provide treatment at around 10.30 pm yesterday (July 31). A write up along with two photos of doctors and nurses performing surgery at the operation theatre of SHRI caught the attention of this newspaper and inquired on how the team at SHRI took risk and save the life of the patient when there were talks around the state about doctors’ refusing treatment to needy patients.

“It was our duty to save life and we are not taking risk but doing our duty at our best”,  Dr. Ajit Lukram, Consultant Surgeon at Shija Hospitals who led the operation team told Imphal Times over phone.

“After I received a called from the hospital about a patient who need emergency surgery at around 11 pm , I rushed to the hospital and by around midnight we performed the operation and successfully save him”, Dr. Ajit told Imphal Times.

When he received the called from the hospital he was resting with his two beloved daughter and son of around 7 and 5 years old after returning from the hospital.

The life saving operation on the 46 years old man was conducted at midnight for hollow organ perforation in the abdomen, he said.

Consultant Surgeon Dr. Ajit Lukram expressed his apprehension as well as his responsibility as a doctor to perform the life saving operation. His team comprised of a junior doctor, two theatre staff, a consultant anesthetist and two theatre technicians who were all in PPE and other protective gear.

Dr Ajit Lukram said that if we take the basic precautions meticulously, and necessary protective gear is used than emergency life-saving surgeries can be taken up safely. But having a COVID test before the operation is more helpful to reduce the anxiety among the caregivers, all the while taking all the necessary precautions irrespective of the test results. A mixed feeling of emotions was felt among the team yesterday when contacted by Imphal times today.

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Imphal, Aug 1:

One more patient succumbed to COVID-19 today morning at Catholic Medical Center (CMC) Hospital, the number of fatalities due to COVID-19 reached six (6) in the state of Manipur.

The sixth COVID 19 victim is a 76 years old man from Chakpikarong in Chandel district. He has been undergoing treatment in the CMC hospital since last Thursday evening. He has been undergoing treatment for diabetes and  Hepatitis, a source from the hospital said. On the advice of the doctor he had tested for COVID -19 and found to be positive yesterday morning.

Meanwhile number of active COVID-19 cases reached 931 till today afternoon. The total positive case is 2621 and among this 1689 have been recovered. The recovery rate is 64.44% , state Health department source said.

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Imphal, Aug 1:

A statement from the RIMS said that ever since the second case of Covid-19 patients admitted to RIMS hospital COVID block March 31, RIMS hospital authorities have been tracking the issue of covid-19 well., Clarifying to a news report published in a newspaper today, a statement by Prof Ch Arunkumar Medical Superintendent RIMS hospital said that the RIMS authority has been working tirelessly round the clock along with other frontline workers i.e. Nurses, Technicians, attendants, Cleaners, etc. to contain the menace of Covid-19.
The statement further said that so far RIMS hospital has treated 285 COVID-19 patients and 241 got well and discharged. Thanks to the Doctors and Nurses and other frontline workers who had worked tirelessly round the clock and on whose shoulders patients got well.
“At the time of writing this clarification there are 44 patients in RIMS Hospital COVID ward”, the statement by MS RIMS said.
It further said that due to increasing number of positive cases among Health care workers the authority issued a circular and tested large number almost all the staff for COVID-19 on 23rd,24th,25th,29th,and 30th July 2020 and nearly 2000 employees including the patients has been tested so far by available resources. Still the testing process is going on at the VRDL through Flu clinic.
RIMS is doing what it can and people should think of what can be contributed instead at this time of crisis, an authority talk to Imphal Times saying that any sort of criticism to demoralized the health worker should not be encouraged.
The MS statement further said that RIMS authority has been issuing the large number of PPEs for the personal safety of the Frontline workers and so far 5758 PPEs has been issued as per Hospital record while trying to contain this menacing contagion disease. There is no shortage of PPEs , N-95 mask, whenever on demand, promptly issued.
Quarantine is one area where RIMS authority is talking kin interest. So far RIMS authority has opened up Quarantine sites at New Nursing college, Old Nursing College, Gymkhana, Guest House and recently some of the ward inside RIMS Hospital and so far 213 are in Quarantine centre of RIMS as per the prevailing protocol.
Regarding the nursing duty there is no bias in arranging COVID-19. It is done on lottery system and by concerned ward Nursing sisters and staff.
RIMS authority appealed to all the staff to co-operate the authority to fight the disease unitedly and only working  unitedly the COVID-19 can be contained.

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Imphal, Aug 1:

Local Meira Paibi and club members of Waithou area of Thoubal district seized huge quantity of foreign made cigarette worth around rupees 5.76 lakhs at Waithou Chiru Konjin area today morning at around 6.30 am. The foreign made cigarette ESSE Lights, made in Korea was ferrying in two four wheelers vehicle - a Gypsy bearing registration No. NM-04A-4121 and a numberless car. The seized cigarette was set ablaze by the local Meira Paibis and the club members.

Report said that the cigarette were carried by three persons including a couple identified as Mayengbam Utam Meitei (42) and his wife Mayengbam Sushita Leima (39) from Keithel Manbi Awang Leikai Andro and another person identified as Thangjam Kesho from Keithelmanbi Bazar.

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Saturday, 01 August 2020 17:39

Dr. Rajesh Kumar appointed as the new CS

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Imphal, Aug 1:

ACS of the Government of Manipur Dr Rajesh Kumar has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Manipur, succeeding his predecessor J Suresh Babu. Kumar is currently serving as the Additional Chief Secretary (finance) of the state. An order issued by Governor Najma Heptulla said that Kumar will hold the charge of Chief Secretary of Manipur with immediate effect until further orders in public interest.
In addition to the Additional Chief Secretary post, Kumar, who is a 1988 batch IAS officer of Manipur cadre, will take charge as the Chief Secretary of the state, it said. As per report, Kumar ranked 10th among the Manipur cadre officers of 1988 batch.
Former Chief Secretary Suresh Babu retired on July 31 after having served the illustrious position since 2018. A farewell programme was held for the outgoing Chief Secretary by the general administration department in Imphal on Friday.
The latest development comes after the state-based student organisations had been demanding the government for an appointment of native IAS officer for the post.

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Imphal, Aug. 1:
 
The International Human Rights Association Manipur, expressed strong condemnation terming the murder of Niangtuankim as horrendous. The Right body while showing solidarity with the families and relatives of the deceased urged the state government to compensate the family of the deceased on the basis of social justice, equality, and the respect for women’s rights and integrity 
A statement by the rights body alleged that late Niangtuankim @ Kim was murdered by her own husband, identified as Siammuansang of Joshua Road, Zion Veng, New Lamka on the fateful night of July 28, 2020 at Singat Sub-division. 
“ It is concerning that notwithstanding the progress in the state’s legislation and institutional structuring; violence against individuals, especially women is still pervasive. It must also be noted and taken into genuine concern that violence that is often threatening to the life and liberty of a person has serious consequences as it negatively affects families, the community and the country at large”, the statement said. 
It further added that the notion of women welfare and empowerment has yet again come into question. As such, we, the International Human Rights Association Manipur, welcome the lone female MDC of ADCC and women right activists Grace Zamnu condemning of the murder and asking of a stringent action from the law enforcement agencies. 
“We would like to add that violence of any kind, and against anyone, must be discouraged, and strict actions must be taken against any offender. Therefore we earnestly request the Government of Manipur to look into the matter and put an end to such intolerable crime in the state in promoting and strengthening the Social Welfare and Women Empowerment Act, 2015”, the statement said.

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The last few days Imphal Times received several calls from various people enquiring about the changes in the distribution of PDS items particularly Rice to marginalized people during the lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Minister of CAF and PD during a press conference had announced that there will be no free distribution of rice under PMGKY . However, what class of citizens are entitled to get how much share of rice under which scheme has not been properly mentioned by the Minister K. Shyam while briefing the reporters. In addition to this, no official circulation in connection with the distribution of essential items during COVID crisis has been made available from the concerned government department. People are not informed properly on how much amount of rice are they suppose to get at which price.
Right at the moment, people with AAY cards are getting only 5 kg of rice at various places for July. When enquired by the beneficiaries those agents distributing told them to enquire at the Deputy Commissioner office, which is next to impossible for the marginalized people who live on hand to mouth. 
It may be mentioned that a division bench of the Manipur High Court on July 16 has directed the state government to furnish all information relating to all kind of action taken up for combating  
COVID-19 crisis including the one relating to spending public money, infrastructure, manpower, facilities etc. in the quarantine centers and in particular, the institutional quarantine centers. These include the dissemination of detailed information on what the people should get during the pandemic.
Only a few days back the union government had stated that people are benefitting from PMGKY ( Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana ), and stated that the scheme will continue till November this year. However, on contrary to the Union government commitment, CAF and PD Minister said that the government will stop the distribution of rice under PMGKY. 
In an awareness campaign conducted by the Human Rights Alert, Babloo Loitongbam stated that all people have the right to food and under this people cannot be denied of their food share allotted by the government. According to him AAY, BPL, and NFSA cardholders are entitled to get 35 KG of rice per month. 35 kg of Rice under the Right to Food guaranteed by the constitution of India is being mocked by some so call agents distributing the PDS items under the CAF and PD Minister by distributing only 5 kg of Rice to cardholder.  
Looting peoples’ share and that too during crisis time is no less than the most heinous crime. 

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Saturday, 01 August 2020 17:33

MY IDEA OF JUSTICE

By- Joyshree Heisnam

We hear the word ‘Justice’ everyday but the idea of justice is different from one another .Political thinkers since earliest time have been formulating the concept of justice. Under the influence of the principles of democracy and socialism, this view of justice has been thoroughly transformed along with the dawn of modern consciousness. If we lived in a world of abundant unlimited resources, then perhaps the question of justice would not have arisen. Since we don’t the question of who should get what and why will always be an important one. We live in a society full of differences, inequalities and different capabilities and non-capabilities. A society where rich , poor, strong, weak, man, woman, capitalists, workers, etc share a huge gap between them in matters of rights, opportunities and use of resources socially, politically and economically.
Justice is architectonic principle, which means foundational principle. Because all other values such as liberty, equality, rights, dignity etc are derived from justice. It is the foundational principle of state in normative sense. Justice is about giving each person what he/she is due. However it is not an easy task to define what that due might be. Justice thus, remains an essentially contested concept. On the other hand, it is quite impossible to construct an overriding principle of justice applicable to all areas of life as Michael Waltzer argued different principles of justice may be appropriate in different spheres of life.
In everyday life, justice is seen as an attribute of law or part of judicial system. But if we think closely, we shall realize that all laws are not always just. In fact, many great political and social movements the world over have focused upon opposition to unjust laws .The other commonly held belief about justice is that it is always impartial. Thus, impartiality and fairness are understood to be aspects of justice. Search for justice would be relevant only in an open society in a situation of scarcity. The question of justice is significant in a situation where there is a widespread demand of social advantages that are in short supply, and where the criteria of allocation of these advantages can be openly discussed and adopted.
Mainly we can categorize justice into two broad types: Procedural justice and Distributive justice.
Procedural justice: It believes that it is necessary to determine a just procedure for the allocation of social advantages then its outcome will automatically be accepted as just. Demands of justice are justified if certain rules are followed. They reward and give punishment according to merit. The procedure of laws in a court is such an example.
Distributive justice: It believes that the allocation or distribution of social advantages among various sections of society itself should be just. Affirmative action is a form of distributive justice for example reservation of Schedule Castes, Schedule Tribes and Other Backward Classes in India.
The core concern of political theory is justice. Through the ages political thinkers have portrayed a good society as a just society. One of the earliest accounts of justice is found in Plato’s ‘Republic’. Its subtitle being ‘concerning Justice’. For Plato, justice was one of the four principles of virtue- the other being temperance, wisdom and courage. To him, Justice in state means that the society should recognize and educate every individual’s talent according to their aptitude. Justice, according to Plato is “one class, one duty”; one man, one work. He believed that doing one’s own duties without interference among them would bring peace in the state; and that would be justice for everyone.
Aristotle’s justice lies in incorporating concerns of equality, proportionality and maintenance of equilibrium in society. Later, Utilitarianism made the greatest happiness of the greatest number as the principle of justice and public policy. Contemporary debates began with the publication of John Rawls’ “A theory of Justice” in 1971.
Rawls argues that any theory of justice has to base on the inviolability of the individuals neither liberty nor dignity should be sacrificed. He attacked Utilitarianism because in calculating the greatest happiness of the greatest number, utilitarian does not care if it leads to extreme hardships to any particular individual. He postulated two theories: the principle of maximum equal liberty and the difference principle. According to this principle, any departure from equal distribution can be justified only when it brings greatest benefit to the least advantage. Inequalities should be so arranged that they benefit the worst off.
Amartya Sen has certain reservation about Rawls freedom oriented evaluation of justice. According to him, it is not just access to primary goods but the extending of capabilities that each individual has, to convert the primary goods into the kind of life that a value living would determine freedom and ultimately justice. Similar access to primary goods does not necessarily mean that people will have similar capabilities to convert the goods into freedom. There can be physical limitations and challenges that impose restrictions on capabilities. Equality of freedom to pursue our self appointed goals cannot be guaranteed by equal distribution of primary goods. There is the need of examining the inter personal variations in people’s capabilities to achieve ends and objective.
Feminists like Sushan Moller Okin has criticized Rawls as he has taken women for granted in his theory of justice, he has not explicitly mentioned that women were also an active participant in the process of contract. Any theory of justice which is silent about inequalities within the families is an incomplete one. Rawlsian theory fails to consider the working of the family as being significant for his discussion on justice. In Rawls scheme it is only men who come together and argue to accept the principles of justice. The model of a self interested, rational and individualistic person is typically a male conception; female qualities are not represented and so feminists do not consider it appropriate to accept justice agreed to by man alone in the absence of women participations.
Robert Nozick, Michael Waltzer, Mac Intyre, Charles Taylor and Michael Sandel also has given different views on justice against Rawls. The idea of justice is really vast and inclusive from just knowing one’s duties to environment rights; it has evolved a lot. We must bear in mind that justice is not a static thing but a dynamic one. It can change according to the sphere of time that we used.
My idea of justice would be by making people realize their abilities and errors, by acknowledging their worth at the same time not abusing power and respecting others too. Each of us must recognize the other as a person and not as an object. The other way to fail justice is by judging ourselves to be less worthy than we truly are. This is sadly common among oppressed people. Each one of us must have a moral and ethical reasoning and enhancing it through education is the role of government. The societal practice of dominance of elder people over younger just because they provide financial assistance is not just. Justice is when one acknowledged mutual differences and respecting younger too is really important. Determining income based on the merit system of society where they determine who gets what and how much needs to be changed. Equal respect regarding of the work we do, regardless of gender is important. Women are often abused by in laws and their works are not appreciated. But if we convert the household activities and chores done by women into income, it would huge amount. Respecting women and paying them back is important as society exploits them in both ways. We need equity not equality. Women being an income earner as well as engaging in household activities and at the same time being a victim to discrimination, harassment, sexual abuse is a really unjust thing. Thus justice can only be understood within a communal framework and not on the basis of abstract universal principles.
Social goods should be distributed for different reasons according to different procedures and by different agents in other words social goods should be determined according to the right reason as applicable in each sphere for example; the sphere of politics should not be corrupted by domination of money because money should be in the sphere of commodities. The sphere of office should not be contaminated by nepotism because it belongs to the sphere of kinship and love. The kinship and love should not be contaminated by the consideration of profits and laws since they are relevant only on the sphere of market. We should not mix different spheres into one. Family organization should not be patterned after male domination because male domination belongs to the sphere of military organization.
Justice when implemented fails in many strata, from state machinery , institution level, individual, societal level ; everyone is responsible for the abuse of power and the delayed of justice. In India, there are more than 3 crores cases pending, so delaying a due process is also an injustice. Leadership without an inner moral compass inevitably ends in abuse of power. The biggest controversy involving the Chief Justice of India as a potential threat to the institutional purity and purity of the biggest judicial office is not only highly desirable as well as witnessed by The Ranjan Gogoi case on April 2019. The slow delivery of justice, pending in courts also often attributed to the lack of facilities for judicial functionaries. It is time to dispassionately examine the functioning of courts and signs of an increasing loss of public faith in judiciary. The prosecution failure to establish the charges beyond reasonable doubt, an alleged criminal of limited means get acquitted but only after suffering incarnation for a term that ends up being longer than the maximum punishment under law. But resourceful defendants are seen escaping culpability not necessarily on merit but due to their ability to quickly manage judicial processes to their advantages. Judges are often found focusing on procedural rituals rather than substantive issues. The purge of malpractices has to come from within as no real judicial reform can be enforced from outside. The judiciary needs to overhaul and regulate itself as none other is empowered to do this under the constitutional architecture as interpreted by apex court. When we all try to correct ourselves justice will be served.
Despite of all these, judiciary has given a battled from human rights, privacy, women’s right even as it stumbled over archaic laws and entrenched patriarchy. From declaring un- Islamic the 1400 year old practice of instant talaq and holding privacy as a fundamental right to challenging the logic behind banning women of a certain age from entering Sabarimala temple to playing the indulgent uncle to an adult Hadiya and condemning to death the four rapists in the Nirbhaya case, the Supreme court has shown nerve even as it searched for sure footing. The court swayed to populism in 2016 when it forced citizens to stand up in cinema halls for national anthem and later to retract saying one does not have to wear patriotism on one’s sleeve. The court bat for human rights by declaring that sexual intercourse with minor wife is rape, freezing a government more to deport over 40,000 Rohingya refugees, giving convict Perarivalan a second chance to present his case in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination probe and coming down on corruption and crime in public life. It sent to prison those convicted in Jayalalitha wealth case.
There is no best system in the world. But to reform on the existing government and inflicting our minds with ethical values is the best way to solve the existing problems. We need the coordination of the individuals and the government and its machinery to bring justice to solve the problems.
***** The writer, Joyshree Heisnam is a student of B.A 6th Semester , Political Science Department at DM College Of Arts

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New Delhi/Mumbai, Aug. 1:

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has revised its seven broadband plans(out of its 17 plans)  with an increased monthly rental by up to Rs. 30 and the new revision will be applicable on a pan-India basis across all telecom circles where the state-owned operator provides its services starting Saturday, first August. 
BSNL is also notifying its existing broadband users about the update. Alongside the changes with respect to its broadband plans, the operator has also increased its fixed landline plans for both new and existing subscribers. The Chennai division of BSNL has released a notice on its site to announce the revision in its broadband plans. The changes are there for seven broadband plans for new as well as existing subscribers. 
As per the tariff revision, the 2GB BSNL CUL plan that is available at a monthly charge of Rs. 349 will be available at Rs. 369. The plan offers 2GB data allocation for up to 8Mbps speed as well as unlimited voice calling on BSNL network and Rs. 600 worth of talk time for other networks. It also provides benefits including free night calling between 10:30pm and 6am as well as unlimited calls on Sunday. 
The second plan that has been revised by BSNL is the 2GB CUL, which has been hiked from Rs. 399 to Rs. 419. It offers 2GB high-speed data, just like the 2GB BSNL CUL. However, there is also unlimited voice calling support across all networks in the country. BSNL has also increased the monthly rental of the 3GB CUL plan from Rs. 499 to Rs. 519. It has 3GB high-speed data quota as well as unlimited voice calling benefits. 
Further, the 4GB CUL plan that is currently available at Rs. 599 has been revised to Rs. 629. It comes with 4GB data allocation for up to 10Mbps speed. The plan also provides unlimited voice calling. 
BSNL has also changed the monthly rental of the 5GB CUL broadband plan from Rs. 699 to Rs. 729. It comes with up to 10Mbps speed until 125GB and unlimited voice calls. Similarly, the Superstar 300 plan that was launched last year with Hotstar subscription has been revised to Rs. 779 from Rs. 749. The plan delivers up to 10Mbps speed until 300GB and has unlimited voice calling. 
The last plan of the latest revision is the 15GB CUL that is available only to existing BSNL subscribers with 15GB high-speed data per day. It has been revised from the monthly rental of Rs. 999 to Rs. 1,029. In addition to the revision for its broadband plans, BSNL has revised its 10 landline plans that are starting from Rs. 129 and going up to Rs. 495. The increased prices are applicable starting Saturday.

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Kangpokpi, Aug. 1:

In a time when people are all hearts and hands to felicitate the successful candidates of the recently declared board and council examinations, “With Love”, a small group of youths from Saitu Gamphazol Area, devoted to humanitarian services had organized career guidance and counselling, and a prayer for the unsuccessful candidates. 
 According to Lalcha Haokip, a member of the group, every year various individuals and groups, and CSOs and government are engaged in felicitating the successful candidates and organizing career guidance and counselling. However, the plight of the unsuccessful candidates remains unaddressed. Consequently, we as individuals and society fail to uphold the very essence of our humanity that is to love and have concern for all. 
He added that we as a society tend to ignore the mental and emotional stress that these students must be going through. We, as parents and teachers, and as the society fail to be kind and considerate but instead we become pressure sources rather than understanding and encouraging them. This grows to be detrimental as it can affect their lifelong mental and emotional health. 
The career guidance and counselling cum blessing prayer was organised under the theme “Towards inspiriting the youth”. The programme seeks to educate and guide the students towards exploring well beyond academic opportunities. It aims to impart the fact that not everybody will be good in academics, but that there is something else for each of us to explore for our own. 
Pastor Khuptinlal Hangshing, Pastor KBC no.4, and Letginlen Doungel, a research scholar from Delhi University attended as resource persons. 
In his speech, the pastor reminded the students that their failure is only a stepping stone to greater heights. He also encouraged the students to refrain from unfair means especially inside the examination hall. On the other hand, Letginlen Doungel enlightened the students with the possibilities of different career choices beyond academic opportunities, while also inspiring the youth with his own story of hard-work and persistence. 
According to a member of the organising committee, they had decided to organise the small programme with a goal to set a trend and shift ourselves towards inspiriting despairing students and giving hopes to the hopeless. In addition, they opined that it is the duty and obligation of every concerned individual and group to encourage and help students to discover their dreams. The committee stated that it is their hope and prayer that more programmes and initiatives as this will be taken up all over the state, with Love. 
The programme ends with a blessing prayer.

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