Sunday, 12 January 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Jan 12

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s auspicious scheme CMHT – (Chief Minister Gi Hakshelgi Tengbang), which he launched with human touch to assure treatment facilities to marginalize citizens of the state turn out to be another joke after a heart patient admitted to JNIMS hospital have to be discharged without getting appropriate treatment as the CMHT card she had, was told to have been limited at Rs. 1500/- per day and that a medicine which cost around Rs. 5000/- and is stated to have been her life saving medicine could not be given under the CMHT.

Moreover, the consultant doctor advised her to take all sort of test including Kidney Function Test (KFT), Liver Function Test (LFT) and ECHO test among others at Babina Diagnostic Centre – which is a private clinic. The Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and Health Minister L. Jayantakumar had time and again had stated that almost all testing facilities including those directed by the doctors from JNIMS are available in the hospital and are done at hospital at free of cost for in patient.

The patient, L. Ronibala today lost all hopes, she is now counting her days on which date she will be leaving this world filled with promises of political leaders who never convert it into action.

Talking to this reporter, Ronibala said that she was admitted at JNIMS hospital on December 24, 2019 under one doctor identified as Dr. Rajendro. Since then she has been admitted to the hospital. Dr. Rajendra after examination adviced her for KFT, LFT and ECHO test at Babina Diagnostic Centre. Ronibala and her family even though is living on hand to mouth were left with no choice but to do the test on apprehension that if they question about the free testing facilities at JNIMS the doctor may not like to treat her.

As per the result Dr. Rajendra advised her for injecting Albumin medicine that cost around Rs. 5000/. As Ronibala  have CMHT card she and her family thought that the government’s blessing for the poor like her will be safe. But to her surprise, those officials at JNIMS implementing the CMHT told her that they could not gave the medicine (ALBUMIN) , as facilities provided under the CMHT card does not cover it. Those implementing officials of the CMHT at JNIMS also told them, a patient with CMHT card can spend only Rs. 1500/- per day and excess amount should be borne by them.     

As per the government notification the CMHT scheme covers cashless health protection up to Rs 2. lakh per family in a year. And Ronibala is the lone family with the CMHT card.

The government further said that by producing the CMHT-Manipur Health card at the empanelled hospitals, a beneficiary can get cashless treatment without making any payment to the empanelled hospitals up to Rs. 2 lakhs for secondary and tertiary health care per year per enrolled family on floater basis. The benefit will be applicable on hospitalization procedures only.

JNIMS is a government run hospital, since her admission to the hospital on Dec 24 , 2019 not even 1 lakh of rupees has been spend under the CMHT scheme.

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Jiribam, Jan. 12

The Nongpok Ningthou Erat Thouni, a holy site, which is located at the middle of Jiri river at Leingangpokpi, Jiribam was thronged by devotees today and offered their prayers. 

The prayers was jointly organised by Nongpok Ningthou Erat Thouni Lup of Leingangpokpi and Samupunbi Gularthol, Jiribam. 

Speaking with the media person at the holy site,  G. Sarat Sharma, Chairman of Nongpok Ningthou Erat Thouni Lup said since from previous 19 years, prayers were offered at the holy site by the villagers and people of different localities of Jiribam on the month of January . He added, as the site is located at the middle of Jiri river and it was submerged by flooded river water every year and the villagers renovate the place to offer the prayers every years. 

Further he stated that till day the people of Jiribam make their efforts to protect and preserved the Holy site but it is hard to maintain, he also sought the attention and support of government for the preservation and protection of the Holy site for all seasons. 

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Thoubal Jan.12

The KET Scholarship Awarding Function  2020 named as “TUNGLAMCHATKEEDAMAK” was held on 12th January 2020 at 11 am at the Auditorium of Representatives of Lois, Kakching. The function was graced by N. Priyokumar Singh, Retd Librarian, Thoubal College, P. Raghu Singh, Principal, Kha- Manipur College, Kakching and  Dr. N. Giridhari Singh, Retd. Librarian, RIMS, as Guest of Honour, Chief Guest and President respectively. The scholars of KET 2020  in open Category are (1) Ksh Alfred Singh, Padma Ratna English School, Kakching- awardee of 1st KET Scholar (2) Mayanglambam Vidyananda Singh, JNV Umathel- awardee of 2nd KET SCHOLAR (3) Mayanglambam Vidyasagar Singh, JNV Umathel- awardee of “ late Mayanglambam Birachandra Singh Memorial KET Scholar” (4)Yengkhom Kenneth Singh, Padma Ratna English School, Kakching- awardee of “ Late Yengkhom ongbi Achoubi Devi Memorial KET Scholar” and in the Govt. School category, (1) Elangbam William Singh, Kakching Model High School, Kakching- awardee of “ Sh. Tomei and Madhumati Devi Meritorious Scholarship” (2) Yendrembam Jenith Singh, Kakching Model High School, Kakching- awardee of “Ksh Apabi Devi Ningshing Manaa” (3) Mayanglambam Jenifer Devi, Kakching Model High School- awardee of “Nongmaithem Yaima Singh and Tomal Devi Meritorious Scholarship” (4) Mayanglambam Tamana Devi, Kakching Model High School, Kakching- awardee of “ Nongmaithem Kumar Singh Memorial Scholarship.

The one time award includes a cash prize of Rs. 2000/-, a certificate and a trophy, the awardees are (1) E. Wangambi Devi, Padma Ratna English School, Kakchign awardee of “ Late Ningthoujam Nimai Singh Appreciation Award. (2) Moirangthem Devarani Devi, Martin Grammar School, awardee of “ Late Yengkhom Nelson Singh Capability Award” (3) Mangte Mangkhoikim Kom, Padma Ratna English School, an awardee of “Late Yengkhom Budhachandra Siingh Meritorious Award” (4) Yendrembam Bidyasagar Singh, Martin Grammar School an awardee of “ Late Ksh. Iboton & Ibetombi Devi Meritorious Award” (5) Naorem Realson Singh, Victory High School awardee of “ Late Ksh Tikendrajit Singh Memorial Award” (6)Ashamina Mayanglambam, Padma Ratna English School, an awardee of “ Late Naorem Ruhini Devi Memorial Award.”

In addition to it, those qualified for interview in both Open and Govt. School category and not qualified for one time Award and scholarship are given consolation prizes. The Function was concluded at 1.30 pm.

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 17:04

Paytm wallet users will have to pay more

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Mumbai Jan 12

The Paytm has began charging a fee of two percent, besides compulsory GST, on the wallet loaded in excess of Rs 10,000 using a credit card during a month.
According to the information available on the official website on Paytm, the customers will have to pay 1.75 per cent plus GST for credit card transactions exceeding Rs 10,000 per month limit. However they will not have to pay anything extra if the transaction value or
amount is less than Rs 10,000.
The new charges have been updated on the Paytm website and are applicable on all transactions done on or after January 1, 2020. If a customer desires not to pay this extra amount, he/she can add money to the Paytm Wallet through debit cards, UPI, net banking and other wallets, since there are no charges for using debit cards or the unified payments interface (UPI) system.
How does the charge work?
Assume one adds Rs 15,000 in the Paytm wallet using the credit card and as the first top-up in the month. A two percent charge on this means one pays Rs 300 extra, which goes to the firm. The remaining Rs 15,000 gets added to one’s  Paytm wallet. However, if the amounts are added into the wallet gradually, say, Rs 3,000, followed by Rs 4,000 a few days later and then Rs 3,000, the user will not face any charge till he/she breaches the free top-up limit of Rs 10,000. But if an amount of Rs 3,001 added instead of  Rs 3,000, a charge will be levied.
Experts in the payments space have observed that Paytm has noticed users loading their wallets using their credit cards and soon transferring the funds their bank accounts. This amount would then be spent or invested. In other words, the wallet user would take advantage of the 40-day interest free period available on credit cards.
Paytm’s charge is meant to plug a loophole that some users were taking advantage of, by borrowing sums in a circuitous way to benefit from the 40-day interest-free period that credit cards give. One can maintain one or two mobile wallets and divide the funds between them if one really wish to avoid these charges. Of course, other mobile wallets may follow the Paytm route eventually.
This is not the first time that Paytm has imposed a charge for credit card fund transfers. In March 2017, the firm had announced that it would levy a two percent charge on adding funds to the wallet using credit cards. However, the company later withdrew these transaction charges stating that it would cause inconvenience to a majority of its customer base.
In the same month, MobiKwik had said that it will continue to offer free loading of funds using credit cards. Sunil Khosla, Head Digital Business, India Transact Services Limited says, “Other wallet companies may introduce loading charges using credit cards after taking into consideration feedback from Paytm customers. They may charge for loading amounts more than Rs 5,000 or Rs 20,000 using credit card. It will be interesting to watch.”

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Imphal, Jan 12

In a press release by Extrajudicial Executive Victim families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) President Renu Takhellambam and Human Rights Alert (HRA) Executive Director Babloo Loitongbam welcome the order of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East, directing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct further investigation on the Pangei killing of 9 April 2002.

 The Order clearly brought out the casual nature of the CBI investigation carried out on the extrajudicial execution in Manipur conducted in pursuance to the Supreme Court judgment in EEVAM vs. Union Of India case. In this judgment CBI was directed to constitute a special established prima facie extra-judicial execution and lodge necessary FIRs and to complete the investigations by 31 December 2017 and prepare charge sheets. In pursuance to the judgment 39 FIRs were lodged. More than two years have passed since the deadline is gone, yet only 13 charge sheets and 7 closure reports were filed.

The case of killing of Asem Romajit and Yumnam Robita at Pangei Bazar is one such case where the closure report was submitted to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East (CJM). EEVFAM and HRA find this finding unacceptable as the District judge had already found prima facie extrajudicial execution in the judicial inquiry conducted in 2012 on the direction of Guwahati High Court, Imphal Bench. The family of Romajit and Robita along with EEVFAM, therefore, filed a protest petition challenging closure report on the ground that CBI intentionally chose not to appreciate the statements of key eye witnesses. It is a perfunctory investigation as the CBI is trying to shield the personnel of CRPF from criminal prosecution.

It is highly disturbing to note that in the 13 charge sheets filed till date more than 70 Manipur police personnel are indicted; but not a single personnel of the armed forces of the Union. No charge was pressed against the armed forces of the Union despite clearly laying out evidences of their armed forces of the Union are the accused. EEVFAM is currently challenging six such closure reports in different magistrate court of Manipur.

EEVFAM and HRA sincerely hope that the CBI/SIT will carry out an independent, impartial through and prompt investigation in the interest of justice.

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 16:57

Assam Rifles Conducts Security Meet


Imphal Jan 12

Mantripukhri Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organised a Security Coordination Meet at Kameng village. The security forum was attended by village Pradhans, Headmen and Members, Chingmeirong Police OC, Youth Club Secys, Meira Paibi councilors, members of village Youth Club and locals of the area.

During the meet the locals were sanitised and updated on current situation existing in the area of responsibility. There was also an interaction carried out on necessary measures required to be undertaken by locals in synergy with Assam Rifles for maintaining a strict vigil against illicit activities in the area.  In addition to the security issues, future action plan in respect of Civic Action Projects like Medical Camps, Recruitment in Assam Rifles and Army and Career Counseling for youth were also discussed during the meet.

The locals expressed their gratitude and appreciated the efforts of Assam Rifles for conduct of such security meetings and ensuring peace in the area and assured their commitment and assistance in maintaining the same. The security meet concluded with tea and refreshments for all the attendees.

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Imphal Jan 12

Moltuk Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organised a sports meet to assist Border Sports Area Association in Molcham village, Chandel District from 06th January to 11th January 2020.
It has always been an endeavor of the Assam Rifles / Indian Army to identify and promote talent in the field of sports. With the aim to encourage and promote budding players from the remotest area of Manipur, Moltuk Battalion helped Border Area Sports Association to organise their Annual Sports Meet in village Molcham from 06th January to 11th January 2020.
The Battalion ensured a safe and secure environment for the successful conduct of the event and also helped Border Sports Area Association (BASA) with administrative arrangements for the players and guests. The Minister for Water Resource and Youth and Sports Letpao Haokip also paid a visit during the conduct of the meet.
Officer Commanding Molcham Company Operating Base felicitated the performers and promising sportspersons in various events at the end of the meet.

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