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Guru Aribam Naocha

Guru Aribam Naocha

Guru Aribam Naocha, a resident of Keishamthong Hodam Leirak has been with Imphal Times since Day 1. Naocha is the father of a son and a daughter. He writes mostly about PR and other notices in Imphal Times. he may be contacted at [email protected].

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Returnees of Pune Shramik special train starts to transport

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Imphal, May 25:

As many as 973 including 20 children stranded natives of the State, arrived today at Jiribam Railway Station at around 10.50 in the morning by Shramik Special Train from Pune, departed on May 20,2020 and start transporting the returnees to their respective district quarantine centers.
Under the supervision of Jiribam district administration including SP Jiribam, and Health Department officials, Transport officials, foods were distributed to all the passengers without letting them get down to the railway platform. Returnees maintained social distancing, they used gloves and masks, undergone strictly thermal screening and other mandatory procedures. Passengers of far away districts like Ukhrul, Kamjong, Churachandpur, Pherzawl etc. were sent out first.   
Buses ferrying the passengers will drop them at district common drop points- Ukhrul Headquarter, Churachandpur Headquarter ( Pherzawl/ Churachanpur) Chandel Headquarter ( Chandel/ Tengnoupal), Imphal East Head Quarter/Khuman Lampak (Imphal East/Khuman Lampak), Kangpokpi Head Quarter, Senapati Head Quarter/Noney Head Quarter (Senapati/Noney), Kakching Head Quarter, Tamenglong Head Quarter, Bishnupur Head Quarter, Thoubal Head Quarter, Thoubal Head Quarter, Imphal West Head Quarter and Jiribam Head Quarter.   
District wise returnees are Ukhrul district – 117 (1 baby), CCpur & Pherzawl districts – 157 (8 Babies), Chandel and Tengnoupal districts  – 34, Imphal East and Kamjong districts – 125 (2 Babies), Kangpokpi district – 99 (1 Baby), Senapati & Noney districts – 121 (2 Babies), Kakching – 38, Tamenglong districts - 55 (1 Baby), Bishnupur district - 70 (1 Baby), Thoubal district – 48 (1 Baby) and Imphal West district – 109 (3 Babies). These passengers were stranded due to the nationwide lockdown of Covid19 pandemic.

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Assam: Senior journalists seek justice for lady scribe

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Guwahati, May 24:

At a time when journalists are keeping company with Covid-19 warriors at the forefront so as to keep people informed of the unprecedented crisis, some media houses are displaying rank heartlessness and irresponsibility. In a recent incident in Guwahati which has triggered widespread dismay among the journalist fraternity, a married lady reporter of a TV news channel has been given marching orders after she informed the management of her pregnancy and requested transfer to the news desk.

Taking serious note of the incident, a group of senior journalists based in Guwahati have sought the intervention Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to ensure justice for the lady scribe. A national platform for women journalists, Network of Women in Media, India also called upon the National Commission for Women and the State Commission for Women to take suo moto cognizance of the matter.

The lady reporter as well as her elder brother, a popular theatre personality of Assam, too to social media to detail how she had even offered to go on ‘leave without pay’ so that she could rejoin work at the earliest after childbirth. But the management of Prag News, a city-based satellite news channel, instead asked her to resign forthwith. Meanwhile, she informed that she has been deprived of benefits under  Employees’ State Insurance Corporation  because of the management’s default.

“My sister **** is forced to resign from Prag News (Assam) because of her pregnancy!!! Is there any law?” queried her brother in an anguished Facebook post. It has been reliably learnt that some other employees of the channel were also shown the door recently as a cost cutting measure due to the Covid-19 crisis. It is galling that some media houses are doing precisely this, that too when journalists are risking their health and working round the clock to gather and disseminate news.

“Whatever the reason, a lady scribe should not be sacked because of the natural process of conceiving after marriage,” said a statement issued by Biman Chandra Hazarika, Rupam Baruah, Manas Kumar Mahanta,Girindra Kumar Karjee, Mukul Kalita, Sabita Lahkar, Nava Thakuria, Nayan J Bhuyan, Biswajit Nath, Rajib Choudhury, Digambar Patowary, Anjanil Kashyap, Anirban Choudhury, Dipankar Devsarma, Ranjan K Barua, etc.

Arguing that the incident would send a wrong signal against the recruitment of women in offices and it would finally jeopardize the campaign for women’s empowerment in the country, the senior journalists also appealed to media workers, particularly women workers, to rise to the occasion so that the discriminated scribe gets due justice at the earliest.

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Lifting and distribution of PDS Rice completed for May in IE District

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Imphal, May 21

PDS rice allocated for the month of May continues to be lifted from several godown in the State. The lifted rice were under the scheme of National Food Security Act (NFSA), Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) and Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS).
With the lifting of 645.30 quintal of rice under OMSS and 1828.05 quintal under PMGKAY for Andro Assembly Constituency on Thursday, lifting of rice allocated for the month of May, 2020 is completed for Imphal East district.
It is also reported that, 28.67 quintal of Dal under Non NFSA and 82.84 quintal of Dal under PMGKAY for the month of April, 2020 was also lifted today for Kshetrigao AC in Imphal East district.
In respect of Tamenglong district, 845.50 quintal of rice under OMSS and 113.77 quintal of PMGKAY-Dal (for the month of April) for Tamei AC was lifted from  FCI and FCS godown, Sangaiprou respectively. 827.12.340 quintal of rice under PMGKAY for Tamei AC (Tousem Sub-division) was also lifted from FCI godown, Jiribam.
In Imphal West district, 1935.7 quintal of rice under NFSA (AAY & PHH) for Lamshang AC and 90.58 quintal of Dal for the district were lifted today while, 2012.85 quintal of rice under PMGKAY was distributed in Patsoi Assembly Constituency.
In Thoubal district too, 753.55 quintal of rice under PMGKAY,151.90 quintal under OMSS and 105.70 quintal of Dal was lifted  for Lilong AC. The following quantities of Dal was  also lifted today, 104.20 quintal for Thoubal AC, 99.30 for Wangkhem AC, 97.87 quintal for Heirok AC, 108.59 quintal for Wangjing Tentha AC and 114.80 quintal for Khangabok AC. The District Administration of Thoubal district has distributed 53 quintal of rice under OMSS to Govt. Children Home, Charangpat, Observation Home, Samaram, Open Shelter Home, Wangbal & Phouden, Children Home, Wangmataba, Children Home for Mentally ill, Sabaltongba & Langathel and Specialised Adoption Agency, Langathel.

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NSCN (IM) reacts to Manipur Govt statement on unauthorized camp

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Imphal, May 21:

The NSCN (IM) has asked the Manipur Government and political leaders that are at the helm of affairs in Manipur to exercise caution and restrain from giving out any “irresponsible statement to provoke the Nagas.”
The NSCN (IM) was reacting to the Manipur Chief Secretary’s letter to Union Home Secretary regarding “unauthorized camps of NSCN-IM in Manipur.” “NSCN-IM have taken note of the Manipur Chief Secretary writing a letter to Union Home Secretary (Govt. of India) as prodded by the UCM, wherein he mentioned that the Indo-Naga ceasefire does not extend to the state of Manipur. He has taken strong exception to what he said as unauthorized camps of NSCN-IM in Manipur. We are, however, constrained to point out that the ceasefire covers all Naga territories and thus, peace process covers all Naga territories. This spirit has guided the 22 years of Indo-Naga political talks throughout. It was this mutual understanding and respect that has carried the talks this far,” said a NSCN (IM) statement. The NSCN (IM) regretted that amidst the worldwide battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Committee Manipur (UCM) has fired a salvo against the NSCN-IM in particular and to the Nagas in general. “Such a repeated spiteful remark by UCM against the Nagas is not going anywhere to reverse the historical reality and movement that has brought about the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks running more than twenty two (22) years. More than that, such an absurdity shall not succeed the final scrutiny of Naga people’s sacrifice for over seventy (70) years that is recorded in blood, sweat and tears,” it said. The statement said notwithstanding the UCM’s attempt “to create volatile situation we have the dignity to say that NSCN-IM have great respect and good relationship with the Meitei people.””Therefore, UCM should restrain itself from inciting its own people,” it stated.The NSCN -IM stated that it has the foresight that Indo-Naga political solution will bring about peace in the northeast region of India and will immensely benefit the people of Manipur, politically and economically.”Meanwhile, Manipur government and the political leaders that are at the helm of affairs should exercise caution and restrain themselves from giving out any irresponsible statement to provoke the Nagas, lest it turn out to be a historical blunder and undo the age old relationship detrimental to all,” it added.

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