Saturday, 13 July 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal July 13,

Considering the enquiry done for the 1528 cases of Extrajudicial killings as too slow, Former Coordinator of Apunba Lup Ph Deban said that there is a need for a special court only to handle the fake encounter cases to complete it rapidly.

This was stated in the 15 Foundation day of Working Committee of Apunba Lup held today at the head office of AMUCO Kwakeithel.

Speaking in the occasion Deban stressed that the current enquiry will need more than 100 years to be completed. Justice will be denied for the victims, he added.

Talking about the special court he said that the cases needs to be completed within the span of two three years or else with the current pace justice will never be delivered.

He further highlighted to initiate a movement demanding such court or else to make the CBI and NIA out of the state.

Reminding the formation of Apunba Lup he said that the atrocities of the security forces were fought by the meira paibis and many other civil organisation. After the Manorama incident various organisations leaving behind their differences united to fight such issues forming APUNBA Lup.

After the formation of Apunba Lup the mothers than staged naked protest at the gate of Kangla against the brutal killing of Manorama, he added. Further Apunba Lup took active participation in various important issues of the state.

He concluded that the main reason for India which cannot be a part of UN Security Council was because of the lies and also because of the mothers who doesn’t take easy on the wrong doings of the army and its brutality. 

Coordinator of Apunba Lup Phulindro Konsam said that the main objective of the organisation was to fight against the brutality of the security forces under the privilege of the colonial law AFSPA. He declared that the colonial draconian law should be repeal where they previously demand was just to remove from the state only.

Even though it clearly states in the vision document of BJP 2017, that the victims of fake encounters will get justice and befitting punishment will be given to those culprit Phulindro said that no justice was delivered till now.

Justice was delivered for the contemporary cases of fake encounter done in Uttarakhand and in other states, he added.

Phulindro strongly condemned the withdrawal of some cases of fake encounter because of failure to give prosecution sanction even though it was charge sheeted. 

Coordinator of Apunba Lup Yumnam Ratan Kumar, Coordinator of Apunba Lup Joy Chingakham, Assistant Coordinator of Apunba Lup Joychandra Konthoujam, President of AMKIL, RK Bina, President of Poirei Leimarol L. Memchoubi, President of WWOK Ksh Bala Leima were the presidium members of the function.

A silent observation was also done in honour to the departed souls who sacrificed in the cause against the AFSPA’s struggle.

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Imphal, July 13,

Former Minister Dr. M. Nara today called on all working class people to unite  for bringing a change in the society.
Dr. Nara , who is also the president of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) Manipur, while speaking on the one day convention of the Union at Manipur Press Club further said that real change for the welfare of the working class people are real socialist  
“The present issue of famine like state and price hike in rice need to be fought united”, Nara said and blame both the center and state government over its silence to the voice of the working class people.
Dr. Nara also lambasted the move of the authority to open a male office at the Khwairamband Keithel market sheds terming it as an attempt to spoil the sanctity of the Ima Keithel which is famous for its uniqueness of being the only women market in the world.

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Saturday, 13 July 2019 17:28

Indo-Myanmar Friendship Tour flagged off

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Imphal, July 13,

Indo-Myanmar Friendship Tour organized by the Patriotic Writers Forum (PAWF), Manipur and IPAK Tours & Travel kick start today around 6: 30 am. The tour which will end on the July 18 was flagged off from Western Gate of Kangla by  PAWF’s Patron Member and Cultural & Social Activist, Dr. S. Manaoton Singh and Social Worker Oinam Romen.
The team which is on the tour consists of seventeen people including writers, social and cultural activists, educationist and senior citizens of Manipur. Dr. S Manaoton said that “PAWF has taken initiative to unite the Meeteis who are settled outside Manipur and develop a good relationship with them. Such tour will also encourage a good relationship between Indian and Myanmar.” Rakesh Naorem, a member of PAWF and also the troop leader of the team, said that “we have heard stories about Meetei in Myanmar long ago and this tour will help us understand their lives. We will meet them and tell those who are in Manipur about our visit to Myanmar.”
Takhellambam Kamala, a Meetei from Myanmar who is the tour guide, said that she is pleased that Meeteis in Manipur are travelling to meet their people in Myanmar and she will put her best efforts to guide them in their way to Mandalay.”
On the way, the touring team was received by Vice Principle Modhuchandra of Slopeland Public School under the guidance of the founder of Slopeland Public School and Principal, Nahakpam Babulin . A wall poster of this tour was released by Vice Principle Modhuchandra, Narengbam Rajiv Kumar Singh, Principal IRE Group of Institution, PAWF President Yaiskul Khwairakpam and Ex Principal of RK Sanatombi Devi Vidyalaya, Haorokcham Nobinchand. 

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Imphal July, 13,

Encouraging the spirit of the group of women who have come out to disseminate small newspapers published in evening here in Imphal, Humanist Foundation Manipur presented five (5) rain coats to the women hawkers yesterday evening.
Wahengbam Rorkychand, President of the Humanism Foundation while speaking on the occasion said that as soon as he received the news about the launching of Women hawkers by the name Socialist Women Newspaper Hawkers’ Association, he felt exited and took it as an important changing phenomenon .
“The kind of work initiated by the Socialist Women Association (SWA) by setting up a newspaper distributors only for women is not only for empowering of women but also to groom work culture in the state”, Rorkychand said.
The Socialist Women Newspaper Hawkers’ Association was launched on the evening of July 10, with five volunteers taking oath to face all challenges in disseminating the evening newspaper
The SWA had already procured five bicycles and handed over to the women hawkers. The presentation of Rain Coats to the women hawkers will help them working even in the rainy days.
Speaking on the occasion, SWA general Secretary Yumnam Bijenti said that the women hawkers do face some difficulties in distributing the newspaper as they are new in the profession. She appealed the people of the state to encourage the women hawkers by becoming subscribers.
At present the hawkers will be confined in Singjamei area and Khurai area. Interested supporters who are interested in becoming subscribers of the said area can sent their detail address at whatsapp no. 8962860745.

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Imphal, July 13,

A group call National Revolutionary Front, Manipur today said that the outfit will start investigation to the price hike of rice in the state.
A statement by the Information and Publicity Secretary of the outfit said that a task force has been constituted to find out the root of the price hike in the state.
The outfit also recalled on how the people of the region face famine after Awa war and later at 1939 during 2nd world war. The man made famine of the region was the mass exodus of rice from the state by the British agent. In today’s Manipur the people face famine if the rice were not brought from outside the state.  Thousands of paddy field had been destroyed by the Loktak project after the construction of the Ithai Barrage and following that our stomach has been looted.
If one ponder, they would understand on how the artificial famine has been happening in the region. The NRFM warns all those responsible who are the architect of the famine in the state.

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Mother Nature is not so cruel. The moment when the people of this land started crying for water, she pours it from the sky.

But we are so cruel to her that the blessing was sabotage by wasting it at streets and other filthy potholes. In a world where technology had reached its height, where leaders of the western nations talk about building modern cities under the sea or somewhere at the sky, we in this portion of the earth do not know how to make good use of what Mother Nature has gifted us.

It is a known fact that during dry season people of this region faced acute shortage of water and during rainy season the place is normally flooded with the rain water. This phenomenon has been experiencing by the people for the past few decades.

No people of this generation have ever heard our great great grandfather facing such a disastrous phenomenon. This clearly shows that the present crisis of water is the creation of this generation.

One cannot simply blame on the mass deforestation as a result of the drastic situation being faced by the people. Politicians and those who are running the government cannot make their way out of this by blaming the citizens for not following the orders of the government.

Droughts and floods which were once only learnt through geography books and newspapers have now become routine event of this little state since the last two three decades.

As for the Imphalites from a small child who can read and write to those who hold top post in the government departments or those doing doctoral degree in any discipline, everyone knows that the kind of flood or draught that we the people of Manipur are facing every years is a man made one created by lack of proper planning on water management. Every time when the people faced such a situation there will be hue and cry from the side of the general public demanding the government for a proper water policy for the state. Even at the state assembly, some of the MLAs had brought up the issue and drew the attention of the government for proper management of water by framing a water policy. Concerned Ministers in the government every time assured to look into it but nothing visible action was seen taken up.

This is perhaps those in power responsible or looking after this section of department – say , for example the then Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) now converted into Water Resource department and Public Health Engineering Department  (PHED) seems to be deliberately waiting for occurrence of flood or drought.

Everyone knows that when there is flood the Ministers or the authority of the government department looking after it are entitle to spend huge amount of money in the name of taking up relief measures. This fund utilized, only benefitted to those who are actually assigned to utilize it. So, if no draught or flood no special package or huge fund to utilized it at which they can manage to arrange to get their share.

Which means that those in the government never wanted a permanent solution to solve either flood or drought in this state which have adequate amount of rainfall every year.

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Saturday, 13 July 2019 17:22


Dr. Amitabh Gupta, HOD Neurosurgery Batra Hospital, New Delhi.

Spasticity is a condition in which certain muscles are continuously contracted. This contraction causes stiffness or tightness of the muscles and can interfere with normal movement, speech, and gait. Spasticity is usually caused by damage to the portion of the brain or spinal cord that controls voluntary movement. The damage causes a change in the balance of signals between the nervous system and the muscles. This imbalance leads to increased activity in the muscles. Spasticity negatively affects muscles and joints of the extremities, and is particularly harmful to growing children.
Prevalence and Incidence
Spasticity affects more than an estimated 12 million people worldwide.
About 80 percent of people with cerebral palsy (CP) have varying degrees of spasticity. With an estimated 500,000 people in the United States with some form of CP, this equates to about 400,000 people with some degree of CP-related spasticity.  
About 80 percent of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have varying degrees of spasticity. With an estimated 400,000 people in the United States with MS, this equates to about 320,000 people with some degree MS-related spasticity.
Other conditions that may cause spasticity include:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Spinal cord injury (SCI)
Brain damage due to a lack of oxygen
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Spasticity may be as mild as the feeling of tightness in muscles or may be severe enough to produce painful, uncontrollable spasms of the extremities; most commonly the legs and arms. Spasticity may also create feelings of pain or tightness in and around joints, and can cause low back pain.
 Adverse effects of spasticity include:
Muscle stiffness, causing movements to be less precise and making certain tasks difficult to perform
Muscle spasms, causing uncontrollable and often painful muscle contractions
Involuntary crossing of the legs
Muscle and joint deformities
Muscle fatigue
Inhibition of longitudinal muscle growth
Inhibition of protein synthesis in muscle cells
Treatment Options
There are several types of treatment available which must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, depending on the underlying cause, age of the patient, and severity of the spasticity. Different treatments share the common goals of:
Relieving the signs and symptoms of spasticity
Reducing the pain and frequency of muscle contractions
Improving gait, hygiene, activities of daily living, and ease of care
Reducing caregiver challenges such as dressing, feeding, transport, and bathing
Improving voluntary motor functions involving objects such as reaching for, grasping, moving, and releasing
Enabling more normal muscle growth in children.

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Mumbai July 13,

To promote skilling and employment opportunities in the Western Region, Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC) constituted HSSC Western Region committee that in collaboration with CII organized a conclave in Mumbai. The main agenda of the conclave was to identify skill gap, suggest ways to bridge the skill gap and align skilling as per industry expectations to enhance employability of youth in healthcare sector in the region. HSSC also conducted first meeting of the HSSC Western Committee in Hinduja Hospital. It was attended by the nominated members from the region. Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, Secretary, Department of Medical Education & Drugs, Maharashtra, the Chief Guest for the conclave stressed upon the need for skilled healthcare professionals. He appreciated that it’s a great initiative by HSSC and participation by local stakeholders would supplement state government’s efforts to further augment skill development of healthcare professionals in the state.

 “HSSC, the implementing partner for Skill India is focusing on providing skills to youth for healthcare sector. By leveraging the experiences and perspectives of pioneering professionals, we intend to facilitate the exchange of ideas and opinions on the dynamically changing role of Human Resources in healthcare ” said Dr Shubnum Singh ,Chairperson HSSC.

Mr Ashish Jain, CEO, HSSC shared details about the Skill India, Apprenticeship, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and an update on activities in the state on skill development in healthcare. He emphasized that ‘Skill India’ focus is on providing ‘Hands on Skills’ and training youth of the country on the standards that meets employer requirement to ensure gainful employment.

Mr. Joy Chakraborty, Chairman Western Region, HSSC said, “it is important that all stakeholders including the industry, training partners, academia and the concerned representatives come together to understand the dynamic aspects of the job market and collaborate to improve employability “.

The conclave had eminent speakers from various healthcare institutions like PD Hinduja, Bombay Hospital, Jupiter Hospital, Tata Strive, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS),KokilabenDhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH), Bombay Nursing Home Association , Association of Hospitals  etc participated in the event .The highlights of the event included panel discussions directed towards role of allied health professionals in transforming health care delivery and to understand the challenges in skill training faced by training institutes / hospitals . The panel was aimed to highlight the expectations of the employers in terms of the training gap if any and the changing demands of the industry. Employers also highlighted on the required subsets which need to be included in the learning objectives for students in future.Participant from various organizations like LIHS , Saifee Hospital , Meril , GE , Nanavati Hospital , Suburban College of Paramedical Education , Portea Health ,Breach Candy Hospital etc. attended the conclave.

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Imphal, July 13,

Agriculture, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Minister V. Hangkhanlian visited Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Thoubal and introduced the latest 3 new methods of nursery seedlings for Manipur. The three methods used are Wet Method, DAPOG method and Modified, which is prepared by Agriculture Department (KVK) Thoubal.
The Minister also informed that on July 16, 2019, there will be an interaction programme for the farmers from all the districts including the four valley districts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishnupur district for finding ways to solve the problems being witnessed by the farmers. He also urged all the farmers to take active participation in the interaction programme.
Addressing the media at the site of Community Nursery seeds demonstration, the Minister said that under the initiative of KVK, Thoubal, three new methods for nursery seedling has been introduced to bring immediate relief to the farmers in situations where there is lack of sufficient irrigation water. The new seedling method can be easily adopted in the State when faced with drought like situation. By using the modified and latest methods like DAPOG and Modified Mat method, a nursery measuring 1.5 hectares of land area has been allocated for the seedling process which will solve problems faced by the farmers of the State. The use of the new method can supplement the requirements of the farmers and the nursery seedlings can be transplanted within 15 days from seeding.
The Minister also informed that there is enough stock of fertilizers for Thoubal District which is distributed to the farmers through District Agriculture Officer (DAO) and staff of Agriculture department, KVK, Thoubal. Farmers who are facing problems in procuring the fertilizers can approach the concern department.
N. Tomba, SMS, Agronomy, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Thoubal, highlighted on the new methods used in producing various varieties of rice. He stated that a target has been set to transplant the prepared modified nursery seeds of Tampha Phou R-1 and Noren-18, which can be harvested in a short span of 120-125 days. Preparation is underway to transplant the seedlings to paddy fields covering nearly 2.5 hectares within Thoubal area. The new modified system of seeds is popular across the world as the product yield is more and takes lesser time to harvest. KVK, Thoubal is preparing to transplant seedlings which will cover paddy fields of around 5 hectares across the Thoubal district. He appealed to the neighbouring farmers who have limited space for sowing seeds due to water shortage to collect the modified seedlings from the nursery for transplanting in their fields.
The KVK,Thoubal, Agriculture Department Officials and Staff are present in the demonstration of nursery seeding for yesterday.

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Saturday, 13 July 2019 17:13

AR organises tree plantation drive

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Imphal July 13,

Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised a tree plantation drive at Pole Star Public School, Patsoi, I/West on Yesterday.
In continuation with the efforts to educate the youth regarding the importance of trees and natural resources, Patsoi Company Operating Base (COB) organised a tree plantation drive under “Go Green Initiative”. The drive commenced with an informative lecture on “Global Warming” in which the students were enlightened on global warming, its harmful effects and benefits of tree plantation to counter it. It was followed by a plantation drive in which importance of trees and saving the environment through plantation was emphasised upon. The students came in huge numbers and enthusiastically participated in planting saplings in the area. They also pledged their contribution to make the environment clean and green for future generations. The event concluded with tea and refreshments for all the attendees.
The students and staffs of the school appreciated the efforts of Assam Rifles for educating them on conservation of natural resources for the future generations and further requested to organise more such events for benefit of the society in future as well.

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