Monday, 06 April 2020 - Imphal Times

Imphal, April 6,

 

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has assured the people of the State that action will be initiated as per legal procedures against those who have transported betel leaves through Air Cargo at this hour of grief due to the spread of COVID-19. This was stated by him in a video message sent out to the media from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

The Chief Minister informed that as per the orders issued by the State Government, transportation of any non-essential item will not be allowed during the total lockdown in the State without prior permission from the Deputy Commissioners concerned and no one will be allowed to transport the betel leaves outside the airport.

The Chief Minister maintained that betel leaves business is not illegal in the State. However, at this crucial hour when people are distressed due to the pandemic COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown, the government also feels the same angst of the people how the betel leaves which is not an essential commodity are being airlifted in the cargo planes.

Biren Singh said that the government has taken up stringent measures to keep an eye on the consignment being held up at Imphal airport. A surveillance team has also been deputed to keep vigil on the police personnel who are posted at the airport, he added. Urging people to support and trust the government, the government will not compromise anything which is against the rule of law. Any update on the issue will be informed to the public through media, he added.

The Chief Minister appealed the people to fight the pandemic COVID-19 collectively and urged people to stay at home, maintain social distancing to contain the dreaded disease. He opined that under the directives of the Union Government, consignment of medical items and essential commodities consisting of PPEs, hand sanitizers, face masks etc. has been airlifted by Indian Air Force aircraft, Indigo etc at three intervals in the State till now.

 

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Imphal, April 6,

 

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has assured the people of the State that action will be initiated as per legal procedures against those who have transported betel leaves through Air Cargo at this hour of grief due to the spread of COVID-19. This was stated by him in a video message sent out to the media from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

The Chief Minister informed that as per the orders issued by the State Government, transportation of any non-essential item will not be allowed during the total lockdown in the State without prior permission from the Deputy Commissioners concerned and no one will be allowed to transport the betel leaves outside the airport.

The Chief Minister maintained that betel leaves business is not illegal in the State. However, at this crucial hour when people are distressed due to the pandemic COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown, the government also feels the same angst of the people how the betel leaves which is not an essential commodity are being airlifted in the cargo planes.

Biren Singh said that the government has taken up stringent measures to keep an eye on the consignment being held up at Imphal airport. A surveillance team has also been deputed to keep vigil on the police personnel who are posted at the airport, he added. Urging people to support and trust the government, the government will not compromise anything which is against the rule of law. Any update on the issue will be informed to the public through media, he added.

The Chief Minister appealed the people to fight the pandemic COVID-19 collectively and urged people to stay at home, maintain social distancing to contain the dreaded disease. He opined that under the directives of the Union Government, consignment of medical items and essential commodities consisting of PPEs, hand sanitizers, face masks etc. has been airlifted by Indian Air Force aircraft, Indigo etc at three intervals in the State till now.

 

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Imphal, March 6

The MCS Association, officers belonging to the State's Civil Services has contributed a total of Rs. 8.20 lakhs and donated to the Chief Minister's COVID-19 Relief Fund of Manipur. Around 170 MCS officers posted throughout the length and breadth of Manipur voluntarily contributed for the cause of combating the outbreak of corona virus in Manipur.
It may be mention many individuals and organisations have contributed to the CM's COVID-19 Relief Fund from Day 1.

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Imphal, April 6

In order to make sure that the country successfully fight the unseen enemy the Union government has resolved to cut down salary of MPs and Ministers.
Union minister Prakash Javdekar today said that the Union cabinet on today approved an ordinance to cut the salaries of members of parliament (MPs) by 30 percent for a year.
The decision has been made in view of the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The cabinet has approved the ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954, reducing allowances and pension by 30 percent with effect form April 1, 2020 for a year.
Further, the president, vice-president and state governors have also expressed a willingness to take a salary cut of 30 percent, Javadekar said.
The government has also suspended the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme, or MPLAD funds, for a period of two years. Rs 10 crore from each MPLAD fund will now go to the Consolidated Fund of India. The overall amount for the consolidated fund adds up to Rs 7,900 crore.
The period for MPLAD fund diversion to the Consolidated Fund of India applies for FY21 and FY22.
The PMLADS funds are used to take up developmental work in an MP’s constituency.
The decisions come a day after the country answered Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to observe a nine-minute switch-off at 9 pm on Sunday in a unique attempt to fight coronavirus.
Coronavirus cases in India have crossed the 4,000 mark and 109 deaths have been recorded so far. Globally, total number of cases is inching close to 1.3 million mark, while the death tally has soared past 70,000.

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Imphal, April 6

Meanwhile, Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla has donated 30 % of her salary for one year starting from April 2020 in the Prime Minister’s citizen Assistance & Relief in Emergency situation Fund ( PM CARES Fund ) the total amount of which is Rs. 12,60,000/-. She expressed that relentlessly endeavouring to follow the instruction of the media experts and also follow the appealed of the prime Minister to remain at home and maintain social distancing which is for safety and security of our peoples and the country. And she request of few Indian social activities in USA. She made an appeal to our Indian community in USA to contribute generously for the PM (CARES Fund). Lastly she appealed to stand together we will survive and successfully overcome the pandemic.

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Monday, 06 April 2020 18:32

3 shops and a house gutted

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Imphal, April 6

At a time when when the whole country is struggling to fight the invasion of COVID -19, at a time when the state of Manipur is in complete lockdown, at a time when people are worried of getting day today needs, three shops attached to a house were gutted in accidental fire at Khurai Sajor Leikai in Imphal East at around 9 am today.
Fire fighter of the Manipur Fire service which rushed the spot along with local volunteers extinguished the fire but after burning almost all the valuable items in the shops as well as in the house. Total lost in the fire is yet to be estimated however first hand report said that property worth around 7/8 lakhs may have been destroyed in the arson . The root of the fire is also not known as of now.
The house belongs to one Ningobam Medhapati Devi w/o late Ningombam Biro Singh and the three (3) shops were rented and run by Ningombam Medhapati , Takhelmayum Ongbi Uma Devi w/o Babalu and Yambam ongbi Mangal ,W/O Y Jashobanta Singh. All three shopkeepers are from Khurai Sagor Leikai .

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Imphal, April 6

The Manipur Ex-MLA welfare Association expressed heartfelt condolence to the sudden demise of former Deputy Chief Minister Dr L. Chandramani Singh at around midnight of April 4.
A press statement by BD Behring, president of the The Manipur Ex-MLA Welfare Association while sharing the pain of the bereaved families of (L) Dr L. Chandramani singh , said that he was elected ( 6 ) six six time from Patsoi Assembly constituency during 1972, 1974, 1980 , 1984 ,1995, 2000 state assembly election . He also served as President of Federal party, Manipur and Manipur Peoples party. He passed away at the age of 85 years at his residence Patsoi part –IV in the evening of 4th April 2020.
Late Dr. L.Chandramani singh was one of the distinguished Historian and parliamentarian in Manipur .it will be a great challange to replenish the gap due to his lost. He left his beloved wife and a daughter, the statement said.
The Manipur Ex-MLAs welfare association, observed one minute silence as respect to the departed soul, and at the same time the Association presented a sum of Rs 10,000/-( Rupee ten thousand) only and lastly we prayed that his soul may rest in peace.

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Imphal, April 6

A hoax message which went viral on social media about giving free recharge to MSPDCL consumers has compelled the MSPDCL authority to clarify on the matter.
A clarification from the MSPDCL said that there is no provision of Free electricity to the consumers and appealed the people to not fall as victim to such Hoax message and audio clip, being circulated by unknown miscreants.
It may be mentioned that many had ignorantly followed the hoaxed message spread through social networking site whatsapp.

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Imphal, April 6

BJP Manipur Pradesh today observed the 40th Foundation Day od the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at its office premises which is under construction at Nityapat Chuthek here in Imphal. Unlike other years only few member of the party attended the ceremony as the nation is restricting any form of mass gathering in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Members of the BJP Manipur Pradesh and its karyakartas had a simple but meaningful flag hoisting ceremony and paid floral tributes to Dr.Syama Prasad Mukherjee and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya at the old party head office, Nityaipak Chuthek. In these unfortunate and testing circumstances, it was unanimously decided by the party to refrain from organising any form of extravagant ceremony/ mass gathering or function for the occasion. Also, each and every karyakarta of BJP Manipur Pradesh hoisted the party flag in their houses.
State Vice President of BJP Manipur Pradesh, M.Asnikumar Singh while speaking on the occasion said that in these 40 years, BJP has had an eventful journey full of highs and lows but always stuck true to its fundamentals of creating a united, prosperous and strong India, enlightened in outlook. Today, we are the largest party in the world in terms of primary membership.
“This itself is a testament to the faith people have in the originality of this great party’s beliefs and ideology”, he said.

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Imphal, April 6

Proscribed group Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF), which is waging war against the government of India today showed serious concern to some individuals who always think of making profit even during the time of crisis.
A statement by Roben Khuman, Secretary Publicity, RPF, said that at a time when the people of the state are confined to their home to make sure that the chain of the dreaded coronavirus is contained, Manipur government has been doing extraordinary work to make sure that people do not suffer during lockdown period. Health workers, Manipur Police, CSOs, Students bodies etc. have been rendering service to help the government in containing the spread of the COVID-19.
The RPF salute medical staff for bringing back to normalcy to the first COVID-19 affected 23 year old girl and the party expressed full faith to the medical fraternity in curing the second positive patient. The outfit, however, said that when all the people have been working hard to contain the virus and when the state is in need of medicines and equipments (PPEs), masks and other essential daily needs some individuals who only think of making money are transporting betel leaves by hiring Cargo flight.
The RPF taking the matter with extreme seriousness appealed the traders not to repeat such act in the future. The outfit also appealed to the truck drivers who are transporting non-indigenous people from outside the state to immediately stop bringing them to Manipur. Issuing of ILPS has been suspended and that those non-local whom they smuggled may create a catastrophe in the state as they may turn out to be carrier of the virus.
The state also appreciated the government in its effort to protect the state from the dreaded virus when most developed countries are facing extreme difficulties in controlling the disease.
When a country like Spain, Italy USA have risen the number of the positive case, the state of Manipur have reported only two cases at which one had been cured. The RPF thank the government for taking up such precautionary measures.

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