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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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COVID-19 positive case in Manipur reaches 2; CM appeals not to panic

IT News

Imphal, April 2

The number of positive COVID-19 case reached 2 here in the state of Manipur with a person from Lilong area tested positive today. 10 (ten) persons who have attended the religious congregation held at Nizamuddin area in Delhi from March 12 to March 15 have come up voluntarily after report about people attending the gathering spread across the country with 6 people died in Talengana and as many as 200 of them including 13 from Assam tested positive till yesterday.

“We have received report from the Union Home Ministry saying that 105 persons from the state of Manipur have attended the gathering or were passing close to the place, but on further investigation we have learnt that 10 people who have joined the gathering have returned and 35 identified persons are staying outside”, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said in a recorded message sent to media houses.

He further said that among the 10 people two are suspected and when tested one among the two who is at JNIMS tested negative. The other 8 have also been tested negative however, they will be kept in quarantine as the window period is 14 days minimum.

“When we found our 23 years old girl tested positive we were worried but after confirming that there was no community transmission from her as all her family members are tested negative we were somewhat relieved as her health was improving”. The Chief Minister said that when the report about the  religious congregation held at Nizamuddin area in Delhi reached with report about many people from Manipur attending the mass prayer we were worried”. He further added that all the family members of the second COVID-19 positive case have been brought for quarantine at RIMS. Besides, the authority concerned is taking history of the patient to make sure that that virus didn’t go out.   

The Chief Minister appealed the people to follow the social distancing by staying at home assuring the people that no person will remain hungry during the total locked down call.

“We will make every effort to make sure that each family get minimum food supply”, the Chief Minister assured. 

Meanwhile, following the report of one person from Lilong area tested COVID -19 positive on April, the district administration had contained the area under the Manipur Epidemic Disease, COVID -19 Regulations 2020.

In an order issued by the Thoubal district Deputy Commissioner, N. Bandana Devi, the geographical area of Lilong in Thoubal district has been shielded. All entry and exit had been restricted at the containment area. No individual including vehicular movement has also been banned and schools, offices and public gathering of any type have also been totally banned.   

On the other hand a shocking post uploaded at Social networking site Facebook said that the affected person had admitted at a private hospital before he came for testing at RIMS. He reportedly stayed at the hospital from March 20 and discharged on March 22. The matter is however yet to be confirm.

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Stop Communalising India’s War Against COVID-19

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Imphal, April 2

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has stated that the meetings of the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi  which spread coronavirus was an irresponsible on the part of the Jamaat  leadership to have organized the meeting in mid-March when  restrictions were already in place about size of gatherings. The left party also questioned on how the authorities allowed a second gathering on  March 2O-21.
A statement said that the  CPI (M) condemns the efforts and the campaign in social media to give this a communal color and to target a community. The Coronavirus  does not differentiate on the basis of religion. All efforts to  communalise the issue must be rebuffed. All big gatherings, social,  religious and political, that have been held in many parts of the  country after the March 13 order prohibiting assembly of more than 200  people must be investigated thoroughly. Those attending must be traced  and tested. We must learn from South Korea and Singapore in  meticulously tracing all those attending large congregations,  isolating them after aggressive testing and containing the community  spread of COVID-19. India today has a very low testing rate i.e. 241  times lower than South Korea. This must be rectified urgently.
This is India’s war against COVID-19. All efforts to communalise this  fight will only undermine our early triumph in containing the virus. 
This would be self-defeating and all efforts must be made by the  government to end the spread of such dangerous communal polarisation.
The PB appeals to all not to fall prey to provocations and strengthen  our united efforts to defeat this pandemic.

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Covid-19 infection cases rise in NE, Positive cases reach 20with 2 in Manipur

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Imphal/ Ghy, April 2

With stringent measures being taken up by almost all government of the North East Indian states people of the entire region finds somewhat relief with no case of positive COVID -19 reported till March 23. The entire region was shocked after 2 (two) persons coming from abroad were tested positive, but luckily in both the case doctors and medical experts found no community transmission and the fear of adding the number was subsided with the Prime Minister of the Country announcing a total lockdown in the entire country for 21 days started from March 24 midnight.

The entire region once more is shocked with the exposure religious congregation on day 5 of the total locked down which was held from March 13 to 15 at Nizamuddin area in Delhi  as mobile tracker suggested 465 people from North East including 85 from Manipur and 7 from Meghalaya either attended the religious gathering or loitering around the area.

Among those attended in the religious congregation 13 are reported affected by COVID -19 while one is reported affected in the state of Manipur. 9 persons who had reportedly attended the gathering have been reported negative but they are under quarantined.

Till yesterday, the State reported only a positive case  as a middle-age individual from Barak valley was diagnosed with the deadly virus. State health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed, “A 52-year old man from Badarpur in Karimganj district in south Assam has been found positive for Covid-19. This is the first positive case of Covid-19 in Assam. He is undergoing treatment at Silchar Medical College Hospital.”

The individual, reportedly a cancer patient, was suffering from  high fever for some days after returning from New Delhi. The attending doctors at Srigouri PHC near Badarpur sent his blood sample to Silchar Medical College Hospital, where it was found positive for the virus.

Later the Pune based National Institute of Virology  confirmed the report.

Earlier, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal asserted that norms of the 21-day nationwide lockdown declared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi till 14 April have not been relaxed in the State.  The State government has taken only some measures to   ensure availability of

essential items & services to the people, added Sonowal asking everyone to strictly follow the norms of social distancing and make the lockdown a success.

In response to Lin Laishram’s irresponsible statement


Secretary General


It is with a heavy sense of disappointment that we are coerced to issue this Statement. It pertains to the recent statement issued by Ms Linthoingambi Laishram aka Lin Laishram daughter of Laishram Chandrasen Singh of Palace Compound, Wangkhei , Imphal. In a film  event hosted at Pune recently she had stated that the Manipuri Meiteis are also “Racists” by their own right. With this one statement she has justified the over 70 years of Cultural subjugation and racial attitude of the Indian Mainlanders towards not only the Manipuris but to the people of the entire North Eastern region of India. Her assertion was that the Meiteis are “Racists” because they use the term “Mayang” to describe “Mainland Indians”.

It is most unfortunate that she not only failed to understand the term Mayang but went further to misinterpret the meaning to heap insult upon the entire race into which she was born into.

For the kind information of Ms Lin Laishram Mayang is a collective term used by the Meiteis of Manipur to describe any Indian Mainlander  be it a Tamil from South India or a Sikh from  the North or a Maharashtrian from the West or a Bengali from the East. The term applied by the Mizos of Mizoram is “ Vhai” to connote the same meaning. The individual reference to a “Mayang” or a “ Vhai”  in person is Bhaiya or brother

What connotes racism is the fact that the  “Mayangs”  ranging from Bangalore to Delhi has been constantly using the term “ Chinky” ,”Momos” and more recently “Corona “ to describe the North-easterners. Perhaps if she had read the Newspapers she would have realised that a Manipuri Lady studying in Delhi University was spat upon with Pan( Kwadang) by a Mayang calling her Corona.. Will she justify this insult on the collective body of the North Easterners because she believes that we are “Racists”.

Racism as understood by sociologists is a specific cultural ideology invented to justify slavery  and other forms of systematic institutionalised inequality. It’s a very powerful instrument to frame a particular cultural group of race as superior to others. E.g. framing of Aryan race as  superiority to others such as Hitler’s Nazis upon the Jews in Germany, the Dravidians or Mongoloids in India. Racism   manifest in a variety of ways differences in culture perceived as superiority and inferiority, imperialism and political subjugation of a community in the name of law and order. E.g.. AFSPA Act in North East India.

We would like to inform Ms Lin Laishram that the Manipuri Society although conservative in nature is indeed very tolerant and that is the reason that no one murmured a word of protest when she exhibited her body almost full naked on the ramps of her modelling shows and silently we were proud of the fact that she got two supporting roles in the Bollywood productions of “Mary Kom” and “Rangoon”.

But that doesn’t mean that she can cross the line.It is akin to the Blacks of South Africa being termed as “Racists” or that of the Jews six millions of which were killed by the Hitler and his Nazis trying to establish Aryan Supremacy over them as also being Racists.

Having failed to get a response from her, we would like to inform Ms Lin Laishram that she should give an Unqualified apology to the people of Manipur and the rest of the North Eastern region within a week from now, failing which we regret to inform her that she would not be allowed to return to Manipur again till further notice. And she should also be prepared for a possible Police case to be filled against her for her  demeaning an entire race of people, namely the Manipuri Meiteis and the entire North Eastern people of the region as a whole.