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Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and  a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]

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IBSD extends support to Sikkim govt.

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Gangtok, June 10:

Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (DBT-IBSD), Regional centre, Sikkim has provided essential consumables to VRDL STNM Hospital as per the requirement to support Govt. of Sikkim’s effort to fight the corona virus pandemic.

The initiative of distribution of the above items was taken up by Scientist of IBSD Sikkim centre under the guidance of Director of the institute, Prof. Pulok K Mukherjee. IBSD contribution of the consumables was made in view of the requirement for the newly established state’s first Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL) at STNM hospital, Gangtok.

Dr. Tara D Sharma, PI VRDL STNM Hospital expressed her sincere thanks to Prof. Pulok Mukherjee, Director IBSD and Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India for their kind support.

IBSD team is ready to extend any possible help with the available resources at the institute for fighting the COVID-19. Director of our Institute would like to congratulate the whole team of State Health department and VRDL STNM Hospital who are doing yeoman’s service in this tough time of fighting the COVID 19 pandemic.

 Earlier, DBT-IBSD, Sikkim Centre has also distributed hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant to frontline workers of Sikkim. It may be mentioned that IBSD centers in different parts of North East India are actively contributing in respective state by assisting in COVID-19 testing by providing equipments facility and consumables apart from distributing hand sanitizer to fight the pandemic, COVID – 19. DBT-IBSD is an autonomous institute under Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India with head office at Imphal and Centre’s at Gangtok, Aizawl and Shillong.

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Compassion and cooperation amidst the Covid gloom

Even thought the public seem to have come to terms with the reality of the still surging Covid-19 pandemic that has reached every district of the state, the evident lack of social discipline and disregard for the Standard Operating Procedures or SOPs is a very serious cause for concern, one which needs a new approach of implementation given the fact that the relentless and almost annoying- though necessary, bombardment of announcements on basic public safety measures in all the available forms of media and even the mobile phones have not been able to prevent a huge number of the people from crowding up without any caution or concern. Along with the surge in the positive cases of Covid-19 infection in the state, there is also a growing suspicion that community transmission might have taken place in the state-a situation which will render the pandemic uncontrollable. Though the state authority has yet to make an official announcement on the matter, if the insensitivity of the public on the present situation continues, it would not be long before the dreaded possibility becomes a reality.
However, amidst the emerging picture of gloom, one incident from the recent past will remains as a beacon of hope for every one of us in the state, a glaring example of what can be accomplished if in such difficult and dangerous times, each one of us come together and contribute to the fight against the dreaded scourge. A few days back, in a first of its kind after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state, a young woman from Sagang Village, Samulamlan Tehsil in Saikot Constituency of Churachandpur District returned from Chennai and reached Churachandpur on May 24 and was put up at the district level institutional quarantine centre at Sielmat Christian Higher Secondary School early morning. She talked to her father at around 3 am and was looking forward to meeting them after her mandatory quarantine period after almost three years away from home but a heart wrenching tragedy struck and at around 6 am the same day she was informed that her 67 year old father suffered a heart attack and passed away. When she expressed her utmost desire to pay her last respect and bid her final farewell to her father, the Village chief got in touch with the government authorities. What followed was indeed a tale of triumph of humanity over adversity.
The SDO of Samulamlan, after receiving the request, went out of his way and immediately got down to discussing the possibilities in consultation with the experts, the village chief as well as the volunteers at the centre numbering around 90, who have incidentally been given a three day intensive training and sensitization course prior to opening the centre. Given the delicate and dangerous nature of the issue which is unprecedented, the SDO took a huge professional and personal risk by granting permission for the young woman to finally have a final glimpse of her departed father albeit for only a few minutes, even though the strictest SOP was maintained during the whole exercise with each and every one involved following the guidelines to the letter. This incident paved the way for the authorities to develop a protocol for people under such restraining circumstances to fulfill such emotional and psychological needs which are as necessary, if not more, than our physical requirements. This incident also showed that there still are people in position of authority and power who would rise beyond their call of duty to perform extraordinary acts of kindness and humanity. The Chief of Sagang village also showed exemplary leadership by not only motivating but also preparing and equipping the volunteers with the right knowledge and equipments to successfully fight the pandemic and do their bit with determination and vigour. It is these acts of humanity and cooperation that is sorely needed in the society even more at this present times of uncertainty. And the best we can help and contribute to the noble cause of these brave souls is by following the social norms of wearing and keeping our masks on at all times in public places, washing our hands frequently with soap and using hand sanitisers whenever necessary, social distancing of at least three feet or one metre which, incidentally has been increased to 2 metres in most European and other western countries which are worst hit by the pandemic. These simple exercises will make life much easier and safer for everybody. Every single one of us matters so let us all mindfully do our part to defeat this pandemic.  

Manipur COVID-19: Nurse with no travel history tested positive; Total case reached 121 with 19 new cases

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Imphal, June 4:

For the first time in the state of Manipur, a nurse working at Churachandpur district hospital with no travel history has been tested positive with Novel Coronavirus. The number of people tested with Coronavirus has reached 121 with 19 more people tested confirmed with the virus today.

A statement from the State Health Department released at 11 am today said that of the 19 confirmed cases, 13 were confirmed by the Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL) of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and six were confirmed by VRDL at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

A total of 28 people have been recovered so far leaving the number of active positive case to 83.

Among them five are from Kangpokpi district, two from Churachandpur, three from Tengnoupal district, two each from Tamenglong and Kakching while one each from Imphal West, Chandel, Bishnupur, Kamjong and Thoubal. All those tested today are returnee from outside the state and also reported to be asymptomatic.

The total number of people confirmed with Coronavirus in India has reached 2,17,965. Total number of recovered persons is 1,04,242 leaving the number of active case to 1,07,621. The number of fatalities from COVID-19 has reached 6,091.

Meanwhile the Central Government today said that the recovery rate reached to 47.99 per cent in the country and the total number of recovered people from Coronavirus reached to 104107. During the last 24 hour, 3,804 people have been cured.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said 9304 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the last 24 hour taking the total number of cases to two lakh 16,919 in the country. This is the highest spike in new cases in one day since the outbreak of the corona pandemic in India. During the last 24 hour, 260 deaths have been registered taking the nationwide toll to 6075. The fatality rate is 2.80 per cent.

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All India Tanzeem-e-Insaaf urges for fair delimitation process

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Imphal, May 30:

All India Tanzeem-e-Insaaf questioned the ongoing delimitation process in their recent statement. It states that the Delimitation Commission Manipur State does not have representative from the Pangal community. The commission does not have an associate member from the pangal community which is essential to the unity of Manipur, the statement added. The statement also point out that learned representative from Meitei, Naga, Kuki and Pangal must be made associate members in the commission.

The present commission in Manipur state does not take into account the unity of Manipur, according to the statement. It only reflects that smaller ethnicities are discriminated by the larger ones and it is in general anti-people, it added.  The statement accuses that design of the commission is such that it is targeting a particular community. It is an attempt to clearly violate the unity and integrity of Manipur, it said.

All India Tanzeem-e-Insaaf demands that a leader  from the Pangal community must be made an associate member of the Delimitation commission Manipur State and claim that it opposes the attempt to harm the unity and integrity of Manipur through this delimitation process.

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