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Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - Imphal Times

Some MU authority violates government advisory for office attendance to contain COVID-19 pandemic

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Imphal, April 28

Manipur University is once more in the news, and this time it is not for any agitation or uprising but for conflicting orders issued by the Registrar and none implementation of the same by Finance department authority of the University.

According to government advisory to contain the Coronavirus pandemic, it is being ordered to make the staff attendance by 33% of the total staffs either at state or central government offices. The advisory has been endorsed by the Manipur University authority and an office order by the registrar Manipur University dated April 17, 2020 stated that following the extension of the nationwide lockdown by the Union Ministry till May, the University will remain close till May 3, 20202. Among others the order stated that during the lockdown the office of the University will however function with 100% attendance of the Assistant Registrar and above level officers. However staffs below the rank of Assistant Registrar are to attend on roaster basis and the number should not exceed 33%.

The office order also sharply wrote that only a minimum number of Officers and staffs below the level of Assistant registrar, as per weekly roster and preferably those residing in the University Campus, shall attend duty with immediate effect.

However, some staffs of the Finance department of the Manipur University while informing to Imphal Times said that the office of the MU Finance section is not following the advisory nor following the office order by the Registrar. As per source with the Imphal Times total staff strength is 40 to 45. The Finance officer verbally ordered all staffs to attend the office during the lockdown and as per source staff attendance at the Finance Office is nearly 100%. Those who cannot attend the office during the lockdown are ordered to apply leave application and they were allegedly threatened to deduct their salary if fail to attend.

However, talking to Imphal Times, Registrar MU, W. Chandbabu said that the MU is strictly following the government advisory to contain the pandemic corona virus. Only 33 percent are attending the office.

The question arises here is- how could the Finance Officer of the MU order all staff to attend when there has already been an office order issue by the Registrar that only 33% should attend the office during this lockdown to contain COIV-19 Pandemic.

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Biswajit joins video conferencing with Nitin Gadkari; Highlights issues regarding movement of construction material for highway projects

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Imphal, April 28

Public Works Minister  Thongam Biswajit Singh today apprised Union Minister (Road, Transport & Highways) Nitin Jairam Gadkari about the issues faced during commodity transportation and implementation of highway development projects in the State due to the ongoing lockdown.

The Union Minister today held a video conferencing with  Minister of PWD/Transport of all States and Union Territories to review various Highway/Transport Sector issues.

Taking part in the video conference, Biswajit highlighted several issues of the State regarding transportation and movement of commodities.

He asserted that the transportation of goods for the State is undergoing smoothly in the State under the Chief Minister’s leadership. However, the State is also facing some issues regarding movement of construction materials for Highway projects and other Non essential commodities while passing through some neighbouring States, he apprised the Union Minister.

Stating that the Manipur government will get in touch with the concerned States on the issue,  Biswajit also urged that it would be better if the concerned States receive instruction about the same from the Union Ministry also.

It may be mentioned that during the video conference,  Biswajit was accompanied by Principal Secretary Transport  P Vaiphei, Works Commissioner  RK Dinesh and other officials of PWD and Transport department. 

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Seva Bharati Donated Medical essential items to RIMS

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Imphal, April 18

Seva Bharati Manipur has donated medical essential items to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal today at Administrative Block  in view of the prevailing COVID 19 pandemic outbreaks.
A team of Seva Bharati led by Ashok Singh handed over mask, OT cap, grown etc to the Director, RIMS, Imphal Prof. A. Santa Singh and officials of RIMS, Imphal.
The representative of the team Surjit Singh said that such help will continue till the outbreak is completely stop. He also thanks the doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and other frontline workers of the institute. The Director Prof. A. Santa Singh also appreciated such gesture during the need of the hour and the institute also will extend all possible helps to the NGOs and other organizations who helped the institute.

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11 Tablighi members from Indonesia held for visa violation

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Mumbai, April 28

Eleven Tablighi Jamaat members from Indonesia, who had participated in the recent Tablighi Jamaat markaz in Delhi and who were over staying at Bandra in North West Mumbai, were arrested after the end of their quarantine period by the Mumbai police on Monday.
The accused who were arrested for alleged violation of visa rules, were being produced before the Bandra Metropolitan magistrate for remand on Tuesday.
Initially, ten members of Islamic sect “Tablighi Jamaat” were quarantined. One of them had tested positive. Finally all of them tested negative. The accused were a part of a group from Indonesia who were staying at a flat in Bandra, after they returned from Delhi on 29 March. These eleven arrested persons are among 156 foreigners booked for visa rules violations under section 14-B of Foreigners Act and other relevant sections of IPC.
The section 14 (b) of the Foreigners Act, 1946 (Penalty for contravention of provisions of the Act, etc) read thus: “Whoever— does any act in violation of the conditions of the valid visa issued to him for his entry and stay in India or any part there under;”.
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said that all these foreigners were granted a tourist visa for India, but they flouted the norms by visiting the Tablighi Jamaat markaz in Delhi last month. As of now nearly 15 offences have been registered by police in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Amravati, Nanded, Nagpur, Pune, Ahmednagar, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli, and all the foreigners were kept in institutional quarantine
The 18 countries from which they came are: Indonesia 37, Kyrgyzstan 19, Myanmar 18, Bangladesh 13, Tanzania 11, Philippines 10, Kazakhstan and Ivory Coast 9 each, Malaysia 8, Togo 6, Djibouti 5, Brunei 4, Russia 2, USA, Benin, Iran, Ghana and South Africa one each.
The Maharashtra government’s stern action against 156 foreign nationals should be seen in the context of its earlier decision to cancel a two-day Tablighi Jamaat event held along the lines of the one held at Nizamuddin which became hotbed for Coronavirus cases.

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Serum Institute to start production of Covid-19 vaccine within two to three weeks

IT Correspondent
Mumbai: April 28

The Pune based Serum Institute of India Private Limited (SIPL) has stated that it is planning to start production of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University in the next two to three weeks and hopefully bring it in market by October if the human clinical trials are successful.
SIPL has partnered with Oxford University as one of the seven global institutions manufacturing the vaccine. Scientists at the University of Oxford have already promised to make available one million doses of the super fast vaccine by September. As per the WHO’s report of 11 April, over 70 vaccine candidates are in various stages of trial and UK has already started human trials with SIPL as partner.
“Our team has been working closely with Oxford professor Dr Adrian Hill and we are expecting to initiate production of the vaccine in 2-3 weeks and produce 5 million doses per month for the first 6 months, following which, we hope to scale up production to 10 million doses per month,” SIPL chief executive Adar Poonawalla said.
SIPL had collaborated with scientists at Oxford University for a malaria vaccine project in the past and can say with certainty that they are some of the best scientists, Poonawalla said and added that “We expect the COVID-19 vaccine to be out in the market by September-October, if the trials are successful with the requisite safety and assured efficacy”.
SIPL will be manufacturing the vaccine in anticipation of clinical trials succeeding by September-October in the UK, Poonawalla said and added that following that, SIPL would initiate manufacturing at own risk. The decision has been taken to have a jump-start on manufacturing, to enough doses could be made available, if the clinical trials prove successful. We plan to initiate the trials in India for the vaccine with necessary regulatory approvals, which are at present underway.
“In keeping with current situation, we have funded this endeavour at a personal capacity and hopefully will be able to enlist the support of other partners to further scale-up the vaccine production,” Poonawalla said. The vaccines will be manufactured at the company’s facility in Pune. Building a new facility for Covid-19 vaccine would have taken around 2-3 years. The Indian regulatory authorities are working with the company to ensure smooth procedural functioning. “We are in touch with the Department of Biotechnology and ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research),” Poonawalla said.
“We will not patent Serum’s vaccine for Covid-19 and will make it available for all to produce and sell, not just in India but across the world. Whosoever makes and develops the vaccine will need multiple partners to manufacture the vaccine, he said and added that “I hope that whichever company develops the vaccine does not get it patented and makes it available based on royalties or a commercial understanding to as many manufacturers across the world to make billions of dosages at a fast pace”.

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We are sadden to the inhumane act of state Government

By - James Haokip
General Secy. ATRPFM

All Tribal Rights’ Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) is saddened the inhumane act of the State government for eviction of 3 (three) houses of Macheng Village, Lamlongei, Mantripukhri, Imphal East District, Manipur on 24th April 2020 during the ensuing lockdown. As per the press release dated 24.04.2020 of the Forest Department, Govt. of Manipur, the houses were constructed during the lockdown, however, when we contacted the village, the houses were constructed in 2017. The allegation of constructing houses during lockdown is shameful claims of the State Government and DFO, Central Division, Forest Department. There is no compulsion to demolish any house during the lockdown, the government can evict them after the lockdown if the occupancy is illegal. In fact, it is the duty of the State Government to provide shelter to the residents of the State at least during such a horrible and difficult time. The DFO, Central Division just took the decision for eviction on Facebook after going through a comment / post of an individual in violation of the lockdown guidelines and orders of the Government. In his Facebook comments, DFO, Central has written that taking advantage of the forest burning and lockdown, the houses would be demolished which is extremely inhumane on his part and without application of mind just because the occupants belong to tribal community.
It may be mentioned here that the Macheng Village was established under dereservation of 2’75 acres out of the Langol Forest Reserve for the rehabilitation of the villagers of Nagaching and the Under Secretary to the Government of Manipur has written a letter to that effect and all of them have land pattas issued by the State Government.
In every State, there are many illegal and unregularized occupants but the governments give best effort to regularize them and provide shelter homes with all facilities. However, in case of Manipur, the Government is always ready to demolish and left the residents homeless, even during national lockdown which is inhumane.  
Almost 2,000 informal settlements in Delhi were set to be legalized that would give more than 4 million residents the right to own their homes in India’s capital and the decision of the government was published in newspapers on October 24, 2019 under a headline “Four million slum dwellers in Delhi to win property rights”.  India’s cabinet passed a bill to regularize 1,797 unauthorized slums in the country’s most populous city, giving residents ownership rights at “minimal rates” that would enable them to build and sell properties and take loans. “It will transform the lives of more than 40 lakh (4 million) residents who came to Delhi in search of a better life and livelihood but were forced to live in squalor,” said Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. “Besides providing a legitimate claim to the property, the decision will encourage property holders to invest in safe structures, thereby improving living conditions in these colonies substantially,” he said at a press briefing. Most inhabitants are migrant workers from other parts of India who cannot afford regular housing in the city of more than 18 million people. Authorities have built roads and drains in some settlements, but many lack basic facilities and residents face the constant threat of eviction, according to housing rights activists. “It must ensure equal access to basic services, adequate housing, and protection from demolition and eviction,”  it was observed.    In 2012, as many as 895 colonies were regularised by the then Congress government led by Sheila Dikshit. In other States, the Government gives its best efford to provide equal shelters and facilities to the illegal occupants equal to regularized households. However, in Manipur even the land patta holders with Dag No. are evicted during the national lockdown and social distancing due to Covid-19 disease epidemics.
Whenever the issue pertaining to eviction of tribal forest dwellers come, the provisions of the Forests Rights Act. 2006 shall be reflected, however, the State government only mentioned the Forest Act, 1927 and 1971 which is illegal. And the Commissioner of Director of the TA&Hills shall be made a part in decision making. However, the State Government has failed to do so. The eviction notices were served on 21st and 23rd April respectively and the eviction was done on 24th April which is extremely inhumane and also violate right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution and Human Rights.

Ways to eliminate boredom and revive our lives amid lockdown

BY - Marina Seyie Narendra

Boredom is the state of feeling disinterested in one’s surroundings and having nothing to do or feeling that life is dull. boredom is also an emotional and occasionally psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do or not interested in their surroundings and feels that a day or period is dull or tedious. Too much time is often worse than no time at all. It can be difficult to adjust to the boredom when you suddenly have a schedule vacuum. Boredom isn’t the same as exhaustion but it occurs when you have an abundance of one form of energy but are exhausted in the energy you would find useful.
 *1. What causes boredom?*
   (a) Procrastination - Figure out what tasks you are putting off and nuke the procrastination.
  (b) Inadequate rest or nutrition.
  (c) Lack of useful energy.
  (d) Sudden change in schedule and don’t have the flurry of busyness to protect you anymore.
  (e) Low levels of mental stimulation.
  (f) Lack of choice or control over your daily activities.
  (g) Lack of diversified recreational interests.
  (h) Poor perception of time.
   (j) Lack of motivational tricks.
 *2. Following ways will eliminate boredom to revive our lives and bring happiness:-*
   (a) One hour exercise or yoga in morning.
   (b) Helping hands to family members in households work. Be a role model for kids by doing households work.
   (c) Discussion with family members on various topics including steps taken by state government and central government.
   (d) Taking care of pets by giving food and bathing them.
   (e) Gardening or watering plants in evening for one hour.
   (f) Walk in evening for one hour and listen to latest songs.
   (g) Create a task for yourselves on daily basis like reading novel, story book, autobiography, listening music etc
   (h) Engage kids in gardening, indoor games, drawing & painting etc
   (j) Speak to relatives and friends through normal/ video call on daily basis.
   (k) Anyone from family is going out to buy essential commodities, he/she must follow guidelines given by state and central government strictly for safety of himself/herself and family members.
   (l) Do a family prayer everyday and pray for everyone living on this earth.
 *3. Following suggestions for helping needy ones of our society:-*
   (a) Give helping hands to needy ones by providing free ration & water.
   (b) Donate old clothes including bed sheets and blankets.
   (c) Generate work for poor people to stand on their feet.

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