Tuesday, 07 April 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, April 7

Human Rights Defenders’ Alert, India has taken serious note to what the organization term as Illegal  detention and arbitrary arrest of Mr. Takhenchangbam Shadishkanta and Khangjrakpam
Phajaton of the Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights  (YFPHR) April 1, 2020 and April 2, 2020 respectively by state government authority for issuing a press statement t on April 1, expressing serious concerns about government  utilising  the  paddy  field  of  Langthabal  Phumlou  Loukol  to  set  up  a quarantine facility which will significantly threaten right to food, food sovereignty and livelihood  of  farmers  and  people  who  are  dependent  on  the  said  field
A complaint lodged to the National Human Rights Commission, the HRDA stated that the Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) is an organisation established in April 2016. It said that YFPHR’s member are the victims of violation committed by the state.
The members include the survivor of sexual violence, victims of armed conflict who lost their parents, internally displaced youth due to developmental projects, victims of  atrocities committed by the state actors. YFPHR works across the seven states of the Northeast Region of India, committed to address the issue of the Indigenous people  rights and human rights in general.
Mr.  Takhenchangbam  Shadishkanta  and  Khangjrakpam  Phajaton  have  been
spearheading  YFPHR  for  the  past  three  years. The HRDA alleges that no arrest memo were provided at the time of arrest but both were forced  to sign the arrest memo without mentioning the time of arrest and other details at Porompat Police Station.
The HRDA appealed to the NHRC, to examine compliance with all the mandatory procedures on arrest and detention  laid  down  in  the  CrPC,  DK  Basu  Guidelines,  NHRC  Guidelines  on
Arrest and applicable judgments of the  Supreme Court.
It urged the NHRC to  Consider initiating an immediate independent inquiry through NHRC’s own  investigation  division  and  direct  the  Director  General  of  Police,  Manipur  to
submit urgently –  All  records  (FIR  copy,  arrest  memos,  medico-legal  certificate,  certified
copy of inspection memo) pertaining to the FIR Number 67(4) of 2020 registered at Porompat PS,  Copies of written summon under Section 160 of the CrPC,  Copies of medical report as conducted under Section 54 of the CrPC among others

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Imphal, April 7

Chief Minister of Manipur in his face book had posted that the Chief Minister Secretariate Manipur has resolved to transfer financial assistance of Rs. 2000/- to the people of the state who have been stranded outside the state during the lockdown from the Chief Minister’s COVID -19 Relief Fund . The money will be transfer to their bank account and those stranded outside the state are appealed to log on to the web portal www.tengbang.in to get more details.

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Imphal, April 7

Members of the International Peace and Social Advancement (IPSA) today distributed edible items to labourers of the FCI and FCS who have been facing extreme difficulties due to the ongoing lockdown and curfew being announced by the government to fight COVID -19 pandemic.
According to official of the IPSa there are 68 labourers in the FCS and 50 I the FCI. Since the lockdown their earning has been stopped and they are unable to find work to buy their daytoday need and keeping stock is out of question as the money they get from a day labour is even not enough to feed their family.
The distributed items include potatoes, salt, Onion and other edible items.
President of IPSA  Joychandra Konthoujamm while speaking to media persons appealed the government to make an immediate arrangement for providing essential commodities to the laborer community during the lockdown.

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Imphal, April 7

 Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen today announced that funds for Care Giver Allowance to the Persons with Disabilities under Chief Ministergi Shotharabasingi Tengbang (CMST) have been released through Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT).
The funds released are for June 2019 to January 2020 for the year 2019-20. Altogether, 4879 beneficiaries will be receiving the amount in their respective bank accounts, Minister informed.
As safety are of prime concern for all during this COVID-19 pandemic, Smt Nemcha Kipgen appealed all the beneficiaries not to rush to banks or ATMs to disburse the funds, but to maintain social distancing and avoid overcrowding in the bank.
Social Welfare Minister reiterated that funds for most of the schemes of the department are now given through DBT to avoid any misappropriation of funds by any third party and to directly reach the funds of the beneficiaries in their bank accounts.

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Imphal, April 7

T.Nandakumar Singh,  Ex-Acting chief Justice High court of Meghalaya and present Chairperson, Manipur Lokayukta has donated a sum of Rs 1 Lakh ( Rupees One lakh) to the Chief Minister COVID -19 Relief Fund  by way of cheque bearing SBI cheque No.899720 date 7-4-2020 to tackle and respond to COVID -19 pandemic.
On the other hand members of the Manipur Civil Service Association has also donated a sum of Rs. 5000/- each from every member to the Chief Minister COVID- 19 Relief fund
A press statement by President of the Manipur Civil Service Association Ng.Uttam Singh said that in view of the Pandemic of Novel coronavirus (COVID -19 ) spreading all over the world various activates have been taken up to tackle its spreads in India and Manipur in particular where funds are required for the same.
Chief Minister secretariat has create chief Minister covid 19 Relief fund where donations are accepted from all the corner and has also made an appeal to all the Government employees Under state Government to donate fund by deducting one day salary from the pay bill of March 2020.

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Imphal, April 7

North-East  Forum  for  International  Solidarity  (NEFIS) NEFIS expressed strong condemnation to the incident of racist attacks on the North-east people at various part of the mainland Indian states.
“ It should be noted that many incidents have happened in the last few days in  which  people  from  North-east have been called ‘Corona’ and have been span upon”, a statement of the Forum said.
It added that  NEFIS  had  earlier  written  to  the  Union  Home  Ministry  regarding  the  racist attacks  being  faced  by  the  North-east  people  during  the  lockdown.  Despite  the caution,  such  attacks  are  continuing  across  the  country.  Such  incidents  are unfortunate  and  highlight  the  widespread  bias  against  North-east  people,  and  as such should be strictly dealt with.
On the other hand the Forum appealed  to  the  Manipur Chief Minister  to  increase  the  amount  being  given  to  stranded  workers  in  various  cities across  the  country.  The  NEFIS  had  yesterday  written  to  the Manipur  CM  regarding  the  plight  of  the  workers  stranded  in  Bangalore  and  other cities during the lockdown. These workers with their respective families do not have the  means  to  buy  subsistence  and  as  such  are  in  a  very  pathetic  condition.  The workers are not receiving any wages in the lockdown and have little savings left to last them during the lockdown.
Meanwhile, the NEFIS called on for donations from civil society to help organize relief for the stranded people of Manipur and North-East during this time of crisis. The funds so collected  would  be  used  to  distribute  food  and  other  essential  items  tomorrow  to stranded workers in Bangalore and other cities across the country.

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Guwahati, April 7

North East Union of Working Journalists (NEUWJ), while appreciating the Union government in New Delhi and province governments of all northeastern States for supporting  the frontline health workers including doctors, nurses, asha workers, paramedics, sanitation staff, etc who are fighting against Covid-19 outbreak with Rs 50 lakh insurance cover per person, request the authorities to extend the supports to media persons on duty.
“As those professionals are taking risks to attend duties for saving the Covid-19 patients and also alerting others from getting infected with novel corona virus, the scribes and other media employees are also running for duty hours in the ongoing crisis,” said a statement issued by NEUWJ president Joikanta Sarma, working president Naba Thakuria and general secretary Manoj Agasti.
Lauding Assam government for extending the said insurance benefits to the State police personnel and also doctors, nurses, paramedics, etc of private hospitals (those have signed agreements with the authority to support all patients as the government hospitals were converted
into corona specific healthcare centers), the forum now advocates for same benefits to scribes of the region.

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 21:29

On World health Day

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Imphal, April 7
 
State Vice President of BJP Manipur Pradesh M.Asnikumar Singh today said that BJP Manipur Pradesh is also a key leader for Combat Covid-19 team while appreciating all health workers and security forces who are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic  in connection with the World Health Day observance.
In a statement Ashinikumar said today the April 7 will be remembered in the near future as a hugely significant day as it falls as the World Health Day . The day is celebrated to honour the selfless and heroic work of nurses and midwives, reminding the world leaders of the paramount role they play in keeping the world healthy.

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Mumbai, April 7

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Mumbai Police have sealed off the Kalanagar area in Bandra East, in North West Mumbai, home to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, after a tea vendor tested positive for Covid-19.

The tea seller tested positive after showing symptoms like cough, fever and cold for the last few days. He has been admitted at the Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care Municipal Hospital in Jogeshwari in North Mumbai. Since Thackeray’s security staff  and police personnel deployed at his private residence “Matoshree” have been frequenting the tea stall, authorities are in the process of making all of them to undergo required tests to assess whether they too are infected. Around 50 personnel from the CM’s staff including his bodyguards, gardening staff, police forces deployed at his private residence are believed to have visited the tea stall.  
As a precautionary measure, BMC has sealed the entire area and imposed restrictions on all kind of movement. It has pasted a notice in the area, warning that action will be taken against violators. The BMC has disinfected the area to avoid probable spread of the coronavirus.
 “The tea seller was not feeling well for the last four days. On Sunday he was admitted to hospital and underwent the test. He tested positive for novel coronavirus and has been kept in an isolation ward, Deputy Director, BMC’s health department Dr Daksha Shah said and  added that each and every person who came in contact with the tea vendor will be tested for possible symptoms.
 Basically the official residence of the CM is at “Varsha” in South Mumbai. However Thackeray has been operating from both the places and prefers to handle the work from “Matoshri”.
In another development BMC has temporarily sealed off two private hospitals following detection of active Covid 19 cases. Three doctors and 26 nurses tested positive in
Wockhardt Hospital located at Mumbai Central and 10 staff members including nurses  tested positive in Jaslok Hospital in South Mumbai.
In the meanwhile, with 23 new cases recorded on Tuesday, the number of active Covid 19 patients, has climbed to 891 in Maharashtra. A total of 52 people have died of coronavirus in the state so far.)

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Imphal, April 7

Civil body United peoples’ Front (UPF) Manipur today expressed strong condemnation to the import of huge consignment of betel leaves when the people are in state crisis not only because of the total lockdown to fight COVID -19 but also due to shortage of essential commodities.
A statement issued by UPF President W. Second  demanded the State Government to strictly deal with those involved in the incident. Explaining that the extended lockdown has severely depleted stocks of numerous saving drugs, W.Second President UPF further urged the State Government to do the needful and bring inample quantity of drugs and medicines for the people who need them.
He appealed to the transporters and drivers concerned to refrain from illegally bringing in any outsiders, mainly labourers, into the State If any driver accidentally brings in any labourer who happens to be infected by the deadly COVID-19, then it will potentially lead to an outbreak in the State thus rendering the lockdown measures of the Government completely useless, it cautioned. UPF continued that all should acknowledge and appreciate the immense contribution of doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, health workers, Medical Department, press, water supply, electricity and police in the fight against the pandemic and thanked the said individuals for their efforts.

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