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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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CM appeals to light candles, diyas today

IT News
Imphal, April 5

To show solidarity in the fight against COVID-19, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh appealed to the people of the State to switch off their electric lights at 9 p.m. tonight for nine minutes and light candles or diyas or mobile flashlights standing at their doorsteps and balconies, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 
Addressing the people of the State, Chief Minister said that amid the darkness spread by COVID-19 pandemic, we must fight collectively and defeat the darkness by spreading the glory of light. He mentioned that we all must abide by the decisions taken by our great leaders for the common good.Stating that some of the most developed Nations have been adversely affected byCOVID-19, he praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his farsighted thoughts, actions and preventive measures which have prevented the worst case scenario in the country. He mentioned that appreciating his efforts and tactics towards fighting the virus, world leaders have asked the Prime Minister to take the lead in fighting the pandemic. 
Chief Minister mentioned that the first COVID-19 patient of the State is recovering and was tested negative yesterday. All her family members and co-passengers of the Air Asia flight have been tested negative earlier, he added. He said that the patient will undergo another round of test on Monday and the result will determine whether she would be discharged or not. He appreciated the doctors, nurses and paramedical staffs of JNIMs for their dedication and hardwork towards treating the patient. 
Citing about the second COVID-19 patient of the State, he said that the patient is undergoing treatment at RIMS, Lamphelpat and all his family members have tested negative. Around 17-18 staffs of Peace Hospital and Research Institute Porompat, where the patient underwent treatment earlier, have been quarantined for 14 days. He urged the doctors, nurses and paramedical staffs of the State to work collectively to fight the dreaded disease. He further appealed to the people of Manipur to continue their support and cooperation to defeat the coronavirus.

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PPFA urges everyone to observe light off & diya on program

From our Correspondent
Guwahati, April 5

Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA), while requesting everyone in India to observe ‘light off & diya on’ moments this evening at nine for nine minutes as appealed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show solidarity for the ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, quashes the ill-motive apprehension that it would create electricity grid problems due to simultaneous switching on & off of home lights across the country.
The forum of nationalists, including some qualified engineers, argues that we should repose trusts on the available technology and capacity of the engineering fraternity of India. They have categorically stated that it was a misplaced apprehension of damaging home appliances once the fluctuation of voltages in grid takes place because of the program.
The robust Indian electricity grid continues to be stable as adequate arrangements are being made to deal with the variation in demands in a particular period across India. The estimated power demand on Sunday will be 115 to 125 giga watt (1 GW =  1,000,000,000 W), where the load of household lights (apparently consumed by LED bulbs) would be around 10 to 15 GW, which is manageable with hydro, coal & gas based electricity resources, said the forum.
PM’s call means only the home lights, but not other lighting equipments in the streets, hospitals, police stations, public utilities, factories etc. Moreover, other household appliances like computers, televisions, refrigerators, fans, air conditioners etc. would function normally during the period, stated the forum adding that after all it is not the first time when India will go for a blackout as we experienced Earth Hour in 2011 and also a grid failure in 2012.

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World at War: Virus Vs Man

Khrotsolo Rhako, d
B.A. 2nd Semester,
Unity College, Dimapur, Nagaland

The warlike situation that we are trapped in right now might be the dead end for humanity and covid-19 is the source of it. We are still not certain when the cure will be discovered, I don’t mean to frighten you, however it is important to acknowledge the sad truth that covid-19 is taking over the world in a matter of days, however, let us look at the brighter side, we humans can be the anti-virus for this covid-19 by just doing simple thing that is- we simply need to be more hygienic and clean. To tackle this covid-19 is very easy at the same time very difficult and complex task because the tragic truth is that we are human beings and we have a tendency to ignore and forget simple things but these days we have to be precise and disciplined in everything that we do because the key to survive in this grief hour is to do simple things in simple ways, let us not forget that this fight is personal and only we can save ourselves, government is doing its job, sanitary workers, medical doctors and nurses will remain as frontline warriors however at the end it is you and you alone who will be battling and protecting yourself. Also, I wish to remind you that the time has come for each and every one of us to have more faith in God rather than be victimised of fear because by faith we can do miracles and now we are desperately in need of it. Before covid-19 there was plague and influenza which killed millions and then came MERS and then SARS but we managed to find a solution through faith, scientific rigor and intellectual hard work and this time also we will find a solution but ‘When’ that remains a mystery as of now, but let us not lose hope and keep our faith strong- in God, Doctors, Government, frontline workers and medical science.
We are going through a very difficult time. We should be more alert and cautious of our surrounding and maintain the law and social distance which can help contain covid19. If we follow the rules and regulation of the government then it will increase our chances to fight against this pandemic. There have been complaints coming from different parts of India regarding highhandedness of Police, however, we should understand a fact that our police officials have been involved in the most stressful job in the world. We Indians are basically undisciplined and lazy people. We are not socially or culturally accustomed to follow rules and regulations. We love to spit, we love to cough, we love to smoke, we love to urinate, we love to defecate openly in public places. Where in world do we find such unique example? Go to Bihar, Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Assam or our Nagaland or any other state in India we will discover that, we all have developed similar characteristics in terms of certain unhealthy and dangerous habits which (whether you like or not) actually unites us in strong bond as Indian. This is another way to see unity in diversity in India. We truly have been living in a very sad state of affairs, and therefore, when epidemic like Covid19 compel us to change our life style and habits we find it difficult to do so and try to escape from our social responsibilities, legal obligations and consequently getting beaten up by the police who at this point of time are legally armed with special powers under 144 Crpc, Sec. 188, 269, 270 of IPC, Epidemic Act 1897 and Disaster Management Act 2005 and Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 (Applicable in Nagaland) etc. However, I wish to make one thing very clear that, it is not police who is beating us up, but rather our bad habits which resulted into illegal actions are compelling them to do the unpleasant acts. In different parts of country there have been incidents of attacks on Doctors and Police have been documented. How do you expect police to handle such situations? As reports shown in various news channels, it seems people are jumping regulations under 144 CrPc and Disaster Management Act in such a sensitive and crucial time. As you can see that India is not simply facing challenge of Coronavirus but also from its own people who it seems (after watching reports on various news channels and print media) I believe, may not be in a best psychological condition to understand the nature and gravity of the pandemic.
Moreover, when on one hand India has locked itself safely, on the other; thousands of people are stranded on streets. They are daily wage labourers, migratory workers, homeless people and beggars. People who does not have money to buy food and water, how will they be able to afford expensive hand sanitizers and masks? While fighting an epic battle against virus we should not forget the plight of people who are on the streets, sleeping on the roads, dwelling beneath the sky. Government agencies are all out to help these people, many organizations and individuals are also working for them, however, the number of such people at this point of time is very less. Government machineries has its limitation, and therefore, more and more civil society groups, Churches and individuals must come forward through proper government channels and contribute to the relief endeavours. It looks like we are so much engrossed in protecting our own lives we are forgetting that the lives of helpless people on the streets matters too. I am not saying that we all should come forward, it is not possible, and of course not feasible too, however, what we simply can do is to strengthen the hands and backs of people who are working out of their protected comfort zones. We can send messages of gratitude and love to those who are working for us and those people who have nothing else to lose but their lives. We can donate grocery items to government agencies. We can also donate cooked meal to poor, helpless, stranded people under the proper guidance and instructions from government authorities. We can donate masks and sanitizers too. We can donate money to the right individuals and right organizations (after proper background check) who are working in support of government efforts in fight against Covid-19. Let us not become selfish and self-centered. UK, Italy, USA, Germany, Spain are few mighty and richest countries in the world, but in the time of corona epidemic their wealth, riches and might did not help them. Covid-19 killed poor as well as rich. One news report said that, an Italian Billionaire committed suicide after seeing all his family members succumbing to the death due to the wrath of this deadly virus. Natural calamities and pandemics like what we are facing today always come with a hidden message- “material wealth, money, power, beauty, lust cannot protect you from death”. Death is a great leveller, isn’t it? When we make choices we are either influenced by fear, lust, power, selfishness or self-centered interests. Let us try to make choices purely based on compassion. Can we do that? Yes we can do that. This artificial gap of US & THEM must be bridged with unconditional love and compassion. Mankind has a huge potential to become more loving, kind, compassionate and caring. We are not born to accumulate wealth and power but to give them away unconditionally when others who are more helpless, more unfortunate than us need. Wealth, Power, Money actually does not define how human you are; rather your ability to give them away decides your real character. If you really wish to know how human you are, then test your ability to ‘give unconditionally’ to strangers, nameless, faceless-identityless people. Let me tell you, your ability to ‘give’ will bring the divine satisfaction, happiness and bliss that you have been searching for years in family, religion, money, wealth, love, relationships, sex and power.
Therefore, the time has come to invoke our human heart. Let us not be the victim of fear, nor the angels of arrogance, stubbornness and selfishness. Let us all be a good citizen and kind, compassionate human being. And if anyone of us carries this virus (God forbid) then let us please be a person with a good mentality and a kind heart and try to isolate ourselves. Let us be responsible and protect ourselves from spreading the virus to others either knowingly or unknowingly because it will make the situation worse and at the end of the day we will be ashamed of ourselves and hold grudges against each other. And if anyone of us have the virus then try to remember our religious teachings and have faith and at the same time remember the guidelines issued by government. Let us all start to live a hygienic and selfless life to make this burning world a better place to live in for us and for our future generations and also increase our chances of victory against thus covid19. Here I am not assuring that the world will immediately be freed from disease but our sensible and responsible behaviour will definitely increase the chances of us not getting the disease, so let us stay safe, stay healthy and be compassionate.

Amidst Sorrows and Hopes

By - Lipavi Yepthomi
6th Semester Pol Sci. Hons
Tetso College, Dimapur, Nagaland

All the houses are getting close.
People are doing their work themselves.
It’s a good thing indeed.
21 days lockdown!! Seems fine.
You are lucky to be home.
You are lucky to have your family with you.
You are lucky to have all the food supplies and water.

But what about those labourers and poor people!
Who rely on daily wages for food?
If there is no work, what will they eat and where will they stay?
How they will earn their daily wage, as all those small works we give them has now stopped because of the lock down. Are you listening to me?

What about those poor people who are now jobless.
How will they be able to afford food and water.
Now staying put is a bigger problem for them.

Labourers are now more scared of dying of hunger than dying of virus.
They are travelling kilometers after kilometers to reach their home town,
Just with the little hope that they might get some food there.
They are getting kicked out from the house by their landlord.
They don’t have enough money to survive this 21 days lockdown

We should now stop thinking about oneself.
As it is the time for us to help others.
What if it was You and me.
What If you were far away from home?
How would you feel if others does not help you?
Will you still believe and have faith in Humanitarian ideals of world?

This is the right time to come together.
To remove all those barriers, those walls of hatred that were built years ago.
We can do this. We can remove all those.
Only if we come together and help each other.
Forget about the castes, the religion, colour and creed
As at the end of the day we are all human beings
Let’s all help our brothers and sisters, to fight this virus, to survive, to live.

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