Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Dimapur, July 29:

As the media swarms the coronavirus story, lost in the shuffle are the important public health insights about how viruses work and humans respond. To help improve understanding of the outbreak’s complex dynamics, Tetso College has reached out to some of the world’s most respected global health experts for their quick “reality checks” on key issues. The college invited internationally recognized, world renowned, one of the most celebrated Microbiologist Prof (Dr) Amar P Garg, Vice Chancellor of Shobhit University to speak on “Covid-19: Emergence, Outbreak and Management” in a Webinar on 28th July, 2020. The talk was facilitated and moderated by Dr. Aniruddha Babar, a Political Scientist and an expert in International Law.
The speaker – Prof Amar P Garg and the participants began to assess the current level of knowledge about the new COVID-19 disease, identify gaps and work together to accelerate and fund priority research needed to help stop this outbreak and prepare for any future outbreaks. From insomnia and stress management to the effect of COVID-19 on the eyes and the kidneys, in this Webinar series, the speaker addressed a host of concerns regarding physical and mental health.
Prof Garg spoke about the origin and the emergence of the Covid-19, which came from China. He discussed in the detail the clinical symptoms of COVID-19, which are bit similar to other respiratory viruses. “This outbreak is a test of solidarity — political, financial and scientific. We need to come together to fight a common enemy that does not respect borders, ensure that we have the resources necessary to bring this outbreak to an end and bring our best science to the forefront to find shared answers to shared problems. Research is an integral part of the outbreak response,” said Prof Garg.
Prof Garg believes that COVID-19 has a capacity for human-to-human transmission, the public has no hard immunity against it, a high mortality rate, which makes it suitable agents for pandemic potential and the modern transport system also helps in its rapid expansion. “Easy mode of transmission, nature of the virus, population density, environmental condition, social culture (like handshaking, etc.) are major contributors to its rapid spreading,” he said. Prof Garg made comparative analysis of the Covid -19 and the earlier diseases like SARS, MERS, Swine Flu and Ebola Viruses.
The speaker stressed the need for the Central Government, State governments as also district administrations to develop an ownership-based mechanism to disseminate information to the community and use it in their governance and development activity. Prof Garg believes that the government has not managed the situation of Covid-19 in a proper way.
The speaker and the participants discussed all aspects of the outbreak and ways to control it including: the natural history of the virus, its transmission and diagnosis; animal and environmental research on the origin of the virus, including management measures at the human-animal interface; epidemiological studies; clinical characterization and management of disease caused by the virus; infection prevention and control, including best ways to protect health care workers; research and development for candidate therapeutics and vaccines; ethical considerations for research; and integration of social sciences into the outbreak response.
The speaker and the participants virtually agreed on a set of global research priorities. They also outlined mechanisms for continuing scientific interactions and collaborations beyond the meeting which will be coordinated and facilitated by WHO.

Monday, 27 July 2020 18:07

CRPF celebrates 82nd Raising Day

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Imphal, July 27:

Group Centre CRPF Imphal, and all CRPF Battalions under the aegis of IGP  Manipur and Nagaland sector, today celebrated CRPF raising day.
CRPF celebrates its raising day on July 27 every year . It is an effort to create awareness about CRPF and to inspire people about patriotism. The Force came into existence as the Crown Representative’s Police on this day in 1939. CRPF was raised as a sequel to the political unrest and the agitations in the then princely States of India following the Madras Resolution of the All-India Congress Committee in 1936 and the ever-growing desire of the Crown Representative to help the vast majority of the native States to preserve law and order as a part of the imperial policy.It became the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on the enactment of the CRPF Act on December 28, 1949. The Force has grown into a mammoth organization with 246 battalions, (including 204 executive Bns, 6 Mahila Bns, 15 RAF Bns, 10 CoBRA Bns, 5 Signal Bns and 1 Special Duty Group, 1 Parliament Duty Group). Each battalion is commanded by an officer designated as Commandant, and consists of seven CRPF companies, each containing 135 men. The Mission of the CRPF is to enable the government to maintain rule of law, public order and internal security effectively, efficiently and to preserve national integrity by upholding supremacy of the Constitution. The CRPF is the leading force in dealing with militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, fighting the Left –Wing Extremism and insurgency in Northeast.
Randeep Datta(PMG), IGP, M&N Sector on this occasion paid homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives while performing their duties. In his speech he mentioned that during the Chinese aggression of 1962, the Force assisted the Indian Army in Arunachal Pradesh. Eight CRPF personnel were killed in action. In 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars also the Force fought shoulder-to-shoulder with the Indian Army, both on the Western and Eastern borders. He emphasized the importance of the day by mentioning the country’s largest paramilitary force’s commitment and dedication in serving the Nation. He also said that our Nation is extremely proud of CRPF valour and courage.
A football match was also organised on this occasion followed by Prize distribution ceremony in which T-shirts presented to the CN paid staff and CT/SK for keeping the campus clean.
A bara Khana was also organized in evening on this occasion. Suresh Sharma , DIGP, H.K Kanaujia, DIGP, I Lokendra Singh, DIGP, Dr Ashok Kumar, DIG(Medical) and Dr. Deepak, CMO(Anesthetist) along with other Officers, Doctors and Staff have organized the programme in befitting manner. During the programme all norms relating to COVID-19 issued by Ministry of Health, MHA, are strictly adhered by all force personnel.

Saturday, 25 July 2020 16:45

Assam Rifles provides assistance

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Imphal, July 24:

Chandel Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) provided necessary assistance to the children of ‘The Mission Blind School’, Heikakpokpi in Kakching District on 23rd Jul 2020.
The school approached the Assam Rifles for provisioning of their dire needs as the school was running short supplies. Acting to the response on humanitarian grounds the battalion provided the necessary supplies including Ration, Reusable Masks, White Cane, Clothes for kids and simultaneously 40 fruit bearing saplings were also distributed for plantation in and around school.
Students were also briefed about various precautionary measures like maintaining basic hygiene, sanitation, maintaining social distance and other precautions to avoid the spread of disease and students were also sensitized about the growing environmental conditions including global warming and suggested ways to protect the environment by means of tree plantation.
Assam Rifles continued its support to the needy since the lockdown started. The students expressed their gratitude for providing necessary assistance and imparting awareness amongst the students.

Friday, 24 July 2020 17:40

AR contributes in Go Green Initiative

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Imphal, July 24:

Mantripukhri and Keithelmanbi Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organised Tree Plantation Drives at Yaingangpokpi Company Operating Base (COB) and Andro Company Operating Base (COB) respectively on 23rd Jul 2020.
The Tree Plantation drives were organised with an aim to raise awareness about the importance of healthy green environment amongst the troops. The event commenced with an informative lecture on importance of trees to control the global warming.
The battalions planted a total of 465 saplings of multiple varieties mostly fruit, flower bearing and other saplings. The battalions had a dual aim of Environment Protection and Soil Conservation and also ensuring that it contributes it’s efforts towards making the society clean and green.

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