Wednesday, 08 May 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, May 8,

Some eminent Professors and Assistant Professors who are working at RIMS and JNIMS have now stop attending patients who are not known to them as they fear unwanted consequences after receiving extortion threat from an underground organization.

Source with the Imphal Times said that the UG group also served huge amount of monetary demands to five private hospitals.

Interestingly the demand note were delivered to the doctors by way of messaging through mobile phone, three days after Union Home Minister Rajnath had stated that - Curbing insurgency in North East is his highest achievement. In an interview with the PTI, the Union Home Minister was quoted as saying – “Insurgency in Northeast is almost finished” on April 26 this year. The extortion threat to the doctors was reportedly sent on April 29, the source revealed.

Patients in need of specialized doctor now face inconvenience in consulting about their illness as the doctors have to first check on whether it is safe for them to attend the patient as they fear attack from the UG.

The source further added that it was the same UG group that had exploded a hand grenade at the residence of Dr. Chito at Thangmeiband Hijam Dewan Leikai on April 24 this year over monetary demand.

When some of the doctors received the extortion note personally, doctors at JNIMS were reported to have been served through an administrative head of the hospital.

Most of the doctors now are mentally disturbed due to the pressure of the UG group.

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Imphal, May 8,

The Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur (COHSEM) released the results of Manipur Board Higher Secondary Education (HSE) or Class 12 exams 2019 today, (Wednesday 8 May) at 3 pm.

The result is available on the board’s official websites — and  The examination was conducted from 18 February to 20 March.

Of the top 25 students in Science stream none of the students from government school could enter. Micheal Ato a student of MECI Explore Academy Changangei and Laishram Librada Singh, another student of XTRA Edge School Ghari scored 476 marks out of 500 to top the examination.

Sujata Basnet of Herbert School, Changangei scored 474 marks to get 2nd position while Jasmine Heigrujam of Herbert School , Changangei scored 469 marks and is the third position holder.

All the top 25 toppers are from private schools namely COMET, MECI, XTRA Edge, Herbert Higher secondary School. None from the Govt. school could find a place in the top 25 of Science stream.

In Arts stream Oinam Barlin Meitei of Enlighten Knowledge Higher Secondary School Sangakpham scores 445 marks to top the examination, Melody Moirangthem of the same school scores 439 to get second position while LP Tracy of Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School Senapati scores 432 to get 3rd rank.

A Student of Ibotonsana Girls’ Higher Secondary School Lairenjam Linthoingambi Devi and another from TG Higher Secondary School – Leishangthem Brindashi Devi score 429 and 424 marks to get the 6th and 10th position. Both indeed comes to the rescue of the state government image.

In Commerce stream, students of TG higher Secondary school manage to occupy the 3rd , 4th and 5th position. But a student of a private School Sangai Higher Secondary School – Gurumayum Robert scores 416 marks to top the exam another student of the same school Yaikhom Babina Chanu also scores 393 marks to share the 3rd rank with the student from TG higher Secondary School. Ngamsanglen Haokip of Don Bosco Higher Secondary School ( Arts & Commrce) Maram scores 397 marks to get the 2nd rank.

For 2019, a total of 28,024 students had appeared for Higher Secondary Examination (HSE) or Class 12, which was organized by COHSEM, Manipur at various examination centres, spread across the state. After the declaration of COHSEM 12th Result 2019, the Manipur Board will also announce the detailed schedule for Supplementary Exam, Re-evaluation and Rechecking details soon. Students are advised to get in touch with their respective schools to get latest update about it.

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 17:25

Sit in protest staged

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Imphal, May 8,

JAC formed against the injury of Konsam Santosh and the Co-ordinating body of Khurai today staged a sit-in-protest at Tharoijam leirak , Khurai from 11 am to 2 pm today demanding compensation of the injured victim as well as punishment of the culprits involved in the bomb blast.
The twin blast occurred on the evening of April 22 this year near MMTA office where the Assam Rifles Transit camp was also located at close proximity.
Konsam Santosh sustained injury in the blast and government authority still has not provided any assistant of any kind.
The protestor said that no authority of the government had also visited the injured. They urged the govt. to provide adequate security to Santosh until the culprits are arrested.

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Thoubal, May 8,

Manipur State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and 12th Battalion National Disaster Force (NDRF) of Arunachal Pradesh today jointly conducted a mock exercise for rescuing victims of flood at Arong River in Khangabok of Thoubal district.

The mock exercise was conducted under the aegis of the Relief and Disaster Management Department Government of Manipur.

Staffs of the District Administration Thoubal, Thoubal Municipal Council, District Health Society Thoubal, District Hospital, Thoubal, Thoubal Police, District Traffic Police, Indian Red Cross Society Manipur, Fire service, among others were present during the mock exercise conducted at Arong River at Athokpam Makha Ibudhou Arong Ningthou and Ibenthou Shandrik Chaningkhombee Shanglen area.

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Imphal, May 8,

A girl student from Manipur bagged third position (Arts stream) in the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations conducted Class XII or ISC (Indian School Certificate) exams 2019, sources  said on Wednesday.

The girl student identified as Ningombam Tampha Chanu got 398 marks out of 400 and best four subjects (100 in economics history and psychology and 98 in English),99.50 %.

Ningombam Tampha,a student of Mayo College Girls’ school, Ajmer in Rajasthan, is the daughter of N Meiraba of Singjamei Chongtham Leikai in Imphal.

She shared the 3rd position in all India ranking with 35 others while the second position of the exam was jointly shared by 16 students.

The first position holder titles were jointly shared by two students namely Dewang Kumar Agarwal of La Martiniere for boys, Kolkata and Vibha Swaminathan of Mallya Aditi International school, Bengaluru of Humanities, both scored 100% marks. Girls performed marginally better than boys in ISC board examinations. The report of Tampha Chanu’s success in the ISC was appeared in the Jaipur based National newspaper..

The result of the ISC exams results 2019 were declared on Tuesday. The pass percentage of candidates who appeared in the exam was 96.52%.It is up by .031% according to Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of the council for the Indian school certificate examination, report added.

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 17:20

Understanding Consumers’ rights

More often than not, the immediate necessity for the preservation of the self and family (read: staying alive) in these uncertain times have relegated a very vital issue which should have been of much concern for the people of this state to a mere inconvenience. Perhaps, the rising sense of desperation or the expectation of worsening social conditions has made the public alter its sense of priorities. The issue; the rights and interests of the consumers of the state and measures to protect them. The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 was enacted to provide a simpler and quicker access to redressal of consumer grievances.
However, in India, it has been found from a number of independent analyses carried out over the years that the agencies at the district level are working more efficiently than those at the national and state level. Therefore, there is still need of agencies functioning at state and national level to dispose of the pending cases as early as possible by creating supplementary benches as per the provisions of Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
Consumers are very often at the receiving end of the poor, inefficient and negligent services and substandard goods on offer. Modern technological growth and complexities of the sellers  techniques, existence of a vast army of middlemen and unethical and untruthful advertisements as well as hoarding and creation of artificial scarcity during difficult and troubled times in the society have aggravated the situation of consumer exploitation. And yet, these blatant exploitations can be brought down or at least curtailed only with proper awareness and involvement of the consumers about their rights.
Under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, Redressal Forums have been established at three different levels namely District Forum, State Commission and National Commission or National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. A complaint can be filed with the district forum by a consumer, any recognized consumer association, a group of consumers or The Central /State Government as the case may be, either in its Individual capacity or as a representative of interests of consumers in General. Moreover, any person aggrieved by an order made by the District Forum may appeal against such order to the State Commission within a period of 30 days from the date of the order. The State Commission may entertain an appeal after 30 days if it is satisfied that there was sufficient cause for not filing it within that period. The same process can be repeated with the national commission if the consumer is still not satisfied with the rulings of the state commission.
It must be said that there already exist a strong setup designed to protect the interests and rights of the consumers of the state, at least in principle. The state forum situated at Sangaiprou should avail the legal and other assistance to the public which can be had from this centre if there is any instance where the sellers of goods or providers of services are felt to have used unfair means or cheated the consumers. It is we the consumers whose proactive ways can send a clear message saying that no one can shortchange us.

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A global change in dietary habits has occurred over the last few decades resulting from the introduction of sweeteners such as fructose and sucrose by the food industries. For example, regular soft Drinks (SD) and fruit drinks, major source of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) or sugar have increase from 3.9% of the total energy intake in 1977 to 9.2% of the total energy intake in 2001, worldwide soft drinks are the leading cause of added sugar. Recent evidence suggested one association between the intake of sugar sweetened Soft drinks and the risk of obesity and diabetes resulting from large amounts of HFCS used in their manufacture, which raises blood glucose similar to sucrose. In addition, diet Soft Drink contains aspartame sweetener caramel coloring, which are rich in advanced glycation end products for a potentially increase insulin resistance and inflammation.

   Human studies and animal models suggest that dietary factors can affect fatty infiltration and lipid peroxidation in various type of liver disease including Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). More recently increased ingestion of soft drinks was found to be linked to NAFLD independent of metabolic syndrome, with NAFLD patients consuming 5 times the amount of carbohydrates from soft drinks as compare to healthy persons. It is reported that individual consuming more than one soft drink daily showed a high prevalence of metabolic syndrome than those consuming less than one soft drink per day. This review emphasizes some hard fact about soft drink reviews fructose metabolism and explains how fructose contribute to the development of obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and NAFLD.

       The term soft drink more commonly known as soda, soda pop, pop, coke-Pepsi or tonic refers to a nonalcoholic beverage that is usually carbonated. Two types of soft drinks are used: regular SD which are sweetened with sugar (fructose) and diet SD which are sweetened with non-caloric sweeteners (aspartame). Upto 1980s, SD contained most of their food energy in the form of refine can sugar or corn syrup. Today High- fructose corn syrup (HFCS) s used almost exclusively as a sweetener in the United States and in other countries, because of its lower cost. Added sweetener in regular SD is an important components of our diet, representing 318 Kcal of dietary intake or 16% of all calorie intake. HFCS made by enzymatic isomerization of glucose to fructose was introduced as HFCS-42(42% of fructose) and HFCS-55(55% of fructose) in 1967 and 1977 respectively and opened a new frontier for the sweetener and SD industries. The use of sweetener has increased considerably worldwide and soft drink beverage seem to be a major contributor for obesity, diabetes mellitus, hyper lipidemia, insulin resistance, hypertension metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. In this review, we sought to focus attention on the impact of soft drinks on the accumulation of fat in the liver. This has significant clinical implications as the percentage of NAFLD correlates strongly with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and diffuse atherosclerosis.


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Imphal May 8,

Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) saved lives of two snake bite victims.   
In two separate incidents, a 52 year old man of Uchiwa village and a 39 year old woman of Kounthoujam village were bitten by poisonous snakes. Both the snake bite victims were evacuated to the Unit Hospital located at Tulihal where they were readily attended by the medical team under Regimental Medical Officer and were administered necessary life saving treatment.
The locals have expressed profound gratitude and appreciation for the noble gesture and prompt response of the Assam Rifles at a crucial time to save the precious life.  
Keithelmanbi Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) conducted a friendly volleyball match at Andro Company Operation Base (COB) on 07 May.   
With an aim of strengthening the bond and mutual trust between locals and security forces, Andro Company Operating Base organised a friendly volleyball match between the team of Litan Pipham Youth Club and troops of Andro COB. Both the teams played with great zeal and enthusiasm and displayed great sportsmanship during the course of the match. The match was followed by tea and refreshments for all.
The event provided a forum to the youth of the area to interact with the troops of Assam Rifles. The villagers and youth appreciated the efforts of Assam Rifles to promote sports and interact closely with the local populace.

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 17:16

Media OPD clinic concluded at Press Club

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Guwahati, May 8,

Assam’s well-known healthcare institution Dispur Hospital conducted a media OPD clinic at Guwahati Press Club on 7 May 2019, where Dr Drapan Dutta (medicine) was available for free consultations to the participants. Member-journalists of the press club also checked their blood pressure & sugar by nurse Maina Das in the camp.

Moreover, the participants of the blood screening camp for lipid profile, RFT, LFT, RBS etc on 10 April last by MMCH, Panbazar at the press club  premises, also consulted their blood reports with the attending doctor.

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Imphal May 8,

Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised a “Career Counseling and Know Your Army” programme at Wangoi Higher Secondary School in Imphal West on 07 May. The awareness programme was organised by Mayang Imphal Company Operating Base to generate awareness about the Indian Armed Forces.  
As part of the programme, an informative lecture followed by an interactive session was conducted by a team of the Battalion. Young students were informed about the glorious history and the timeless traditions of the Indian Army and the Assam Rifles as well as the types of entries to enroll and obtain commission in the Indian Armed Forces. The Battalion team shared their experiences and made the event more interactive by clarifying all the queries raised by the students regarding procedure to join the Indian Army and Assam Rifles as a career option. Information on the upcoming recruitment rallies along with career counseling were also provided to the attendees during the programme.     
The students were captivated after listening to the lifetime experiences shared by the Battalion team. They were highly inspired by the life style, thrill, adventure, job security as well respect of the forces. Having enthused by the glorious history of the Indian Armed Forces, students were highly motivated to join the forces and serve the motherland. The event concluded with tea and refreshments for all the attendees.    
The event provided a platform for the students and the Indian Armed Forces to create a bond of mutual understanding and further enlightened them about the immense career opportunity in the Indian Armed Forces. The students and staff of the school appreciated the earnest endeavour of the battalion and requested Assam Rifles to continue such meaningful association with the youth and conduct such events in future as well.

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