Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and  a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]

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Friday, 07 August 2020 18:33

Need for a suitable pandemic model

The Manipur government yesterday extended the lockdown in the whole of the state till August 15 amid an increasing incidence of corona virus cases, and a rising controversy over whether community transmission is already happening in the state. During the extended lockdown, home delivery of essential items will be allowed while local retail shops can open from 8 AM-12 PM. Wholesale shops, meanwhile, can open on all days, except Sunday, from 10 AM-3 PM so that retailers can replenish their stocks. This latest decision is just an extension of the earlier restrictions imposed on the public based on the recommendations of experts and guidelines from the centre.
Meanwhile, the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide crossed the 700,000 mark on Wednesday with the US alone accounting for more than 160,000 deaths. However, in terms of fresh daily deaths, Brazil (1,322) nudged past the US (1,311) on Wednesday. In daily new cases, India took the top slot with 56,626 cases. However the US data is becoming increasingly dubious following the US administration’s insistence on taking over some aspects of data reporting from the US CDC, but the suspicion is also present in the Indian context as well, with the situation in Manipur getting increasingly alarming despite the continuing lockdowns and restrictions.
A big casualty of COVID-19 has been the education of children the world over. On Tuesday, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world was facing a “generational catastrophe” due to shutting down of schools. According to UN calculations, schools remained closed in around 160 countries in mid-July, impacting more than 1 billion students, with around 40 million missing out on pre-school. This is accentuating the digital divide where relatively affluent children can often use PCs, tablets or smartphones to reach online learning resources, but many in families with marginal incomes cannot.
What work is being done to find treatments?
More than 150 different drugs are being researched in different countries. Most are existing drugs that are being trialed against the virus. The UK is running the the world’s largest clinical trial, called Recovery, with more than 12,000 patients taking part - it is one of the few trials to have given a definitive view on which drugs do and do not work. The World Health Organization (WHO) is running the the Solidarity trial to assess promising treatments in countries around the world. Multiple pharmaceutical companies are running trials of their own drugs
There are three broad approaches being investigated: Antiviral drugs that directly affect the corona virus’s ability to thrive inside the body; Drugs that calm the immune system (severe Covid-19 is caused by patients’ immune systems overreacting and damaging the body); and Antibodies that can target the virus, taken from either survivors’ blood or made in a lab.
The corona virus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has placed epidemic modeling at the forefront of worldwide public policy making. Nonetheless, modeling and forecasting the spread of COVID-19 remains a challenge mostly due to the wide variations in lifestyles and social habits the world over. It has also been observed that there cannot be a common solution or model that can be successfully implemented over a large area or country. Given the lifestyles, social habits and customs practiced in different parts of the state, it would be prudent for the state government to set up a panel and draw up a model which would best suit the state, based on the recommendations of the panel, and ensure that the protocols and guidelines are enforced strictly in such a manner that the rate of transmission is brought under control or halted. It would be pertinent to highlight the fact that the poorest of the common public are the ones who are impacted the hardest, and any policy or guideline that does not provide means for them to meet their daily basic needs will ultimately result in a revolt of sorts and prove every effort a waste of time and energy while throwing the state into jeopardy.

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Imphal, Aug 7:

Apunba Nupi Lup (ANUL) Bishnupur District has demanded to hand over the  Lhukhosei Zou drug haul case to cbi. In a press statement ANUL General Secretary said that the Government of Manipur should act by understanding the sentiments of the people by handing over the case of king pin drug lord Lhukhosei Zou should to Central Bureau of Investigation.  In the month of  January 2013 SI Ranjit arrested huge drug of core and cores from Imphal International airport for this the Government transferred  the SI Ranjit.  In that year February month huge drugs arrested from one Defence PRO Ajay Choudhry  at Pallel  .The government should not try to protect the drug lord who had attempted to spoil; the society, the virus of the society should be punished as per the law of the land. If the drug lord is not punished what is the use of the War on Drug. Government is trying to divert  the case of drug kingpin Lhukhosei Zou  . 

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Imphal, Aug 6:

The Manipur University of Culture (MUC) which was heralded as the platform to showcase the manipuri culture and tradition to the rest of the world in all its glory is now heading towards doom and chaos and the situation is getting grimmer with each passing day. A press release issued by the Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) stressed that the University which was promulgated by the Manipur University of Culture (MUC) Act 2015 and which started functioning in 2016 has not been able to function as a full-fledged University with proper infrastructure whether of human resources or physical infrastructure nor the required faculty despite being in operation for the last five years. There have not been any concrete steps or even arrangements to appoint a regular VC, Registrar, Examination controller, Finance Officer etc. but there has been regular instances of appointing guest faculties without proper recruitment process, the release added. According to the statement, due to the failure of the MUC to maintain the proper infrastructures and required resources, the UGC has considered withdrawing the recognition granted to the MUC in 2019, and there still is the danger of the same coming true in the future. Expressing suspicions of wrongdoings in the recruitment process for filling up the vacant posts, the statement point out that a notification for appointment of the posts of VC and Registrar was issued on May 30 of 2019, and in contradiction to the same notification, another notification was issued for appointment of VC and Registrar in 2020 by an Executive Council even after recruitment process started after the first notification. Citing various other irregularities in functioning of the MUC, the students’ body questioned the fate of the students of this institute and appealed for bringing the institute to its proper ways and declared that DESAM will henceforth take a closer look at the functioning of the MUC.

Thursday, 06 August 2020 18:58

AIYF denounces NEP 2020

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Imphal, Aug 6

All India Youth Federation (AIYF) has stated that the new National Education Policy (NEP) is against Social justice.
A statement said that the decision of the Modi Government to implement the new Education Policy is to undermine the democracy of Parliament itself.
“This NEP is against the social justice. The National Education policy is indirectly Varnshrama system of education nd will take our country hundred years back”, the statement by AIYD said adding that the three language policy adds burden to the students.
It added that imposition of any language on any ethnic people is not acceptable and denounces for promoting Sanskrit like anything in this policy.
The statement further said that public exam for the classes of 3rd , 5th and 8th will be more stressful to the students. In the name of promoting technical education, this policy is undermining the other streams like arts and literature. Virtual education system will be promoted in collaboration with foreign universities. Stressing exam for higher education is injustice to the rural students and will reduce the Gross Enrolment Ratio. The policy decisions will lead to total privatization of education which will further alienate the poor and rural students and will reduce gross enrolment ratio. There is no proper measures to impact skill based education. The government’s idea to merge institutions with less than 3000 students poses a big threat. When world is going towards specialization in education, it is foolishness to abolish single courses and promote only multi-subject institutions.
The statement said that the education is fully taken away from the state government which is anti-federal.

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