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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 - Imphal Times

Corona Virus : As of now no case recorded; result for 2 suspected case awaiting –Health Minister

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Imphal, Feb 18

The state of Manipur having porous border with Myanmar and its proximity with China which is currently haunted with the outbreak of Corona Virus (2019-nCoV) has been taking up various measures to prevent the spread of the virus from reaching to Manipur.

Replying to a question by Congress MLA Okram Surjakumar during question hour today, Health Minister L. Jayantakumar said that since the outbreak of the deadly virus total number of people living in China either for study or working who had returned to Manipur is 248 as on February 17. Of the total 248 people 9 persons were suspected to have been infected by the virus however result of the test samples of 7 persons that was sent on February 14 were found negative. Test result for 2 cases which were sent on February 17 is still awaited, the Health Minister said.

In connection with a question on the measures taken up to fight the spreading of the epidemic in the state, L. Jayntakumar said that even as there is no specific budget in the medical Directorate for tackling of Coronavirus issues, expenditure for taking up the measures are being taken up from available fund and will be utilized from the available fund  under the head of the office /contingency/ office expenditure.

He further added that screening of passengers arriving at Imphal Airport has been started from January 18, 2020. He also added that Medical team had been alerted at Indo Myanmar Border town Moreh and concern department had even restricted edible items from Myanmar side.

He added that two referral hospitals with isolation wards and ventilators identified at RIMS and JNIMS and the sample collection and testing is done as per standard operating procedure of the Government of India.

Rapid Response Teams at both state and district level are on alert besides Information Education and Communication on Print and electronic media by Directorate of Health Services are being underway.

However, such media education through advertisement have never been received by Evening daily newspaper base in Imphal which is popular among the workers and hand to mouth earners.

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NE students at TISS allege racial discrimination

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Mumbai, Feb 18

Amid the global panic over the novel Coronavirus [COVID-19], students hailing from the North Eastern states, studying at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences [TISS], located at Deonar in North East Mumbai, have complained of racial discrimination in and around campus in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
In a letter to the institute, the Northeast Students’ Forum of TISS alleged racial profiling of some members of the forum as potential carriers of the virus (Covid-19), which originated in China, owing to their facial features. “Many students from TISS have recently been subjected to racial treatment due to their distinctive identities and features,” the letter said.
The letter also said that students from north-eastern states have faced name-calling, such as “corona” and “coronavirus”. Around 200 of 2,900 students at TISS are from the North-East.
“We would like to bring this matter to the notice of concerned authorities of TISS to adopt adequate measures to ensure safety of students from North-East who are vulnerable to racial discrimination. We request the general student body, faculty, and staff to deter any practices of casual and structural racism and promote a sensitive approach towards students. We also request the concerned government bodies to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of people from north-east states in Mumbai and to deter cases of harassment and racial discrimination,” read the letter.
A student from Nagaland said, “I was travelling in a share cab when I coughed and suddenly the fellow passengers started discussing the virus. Nothing was directed to me per se but it just showed a complete insensitivity.”
 ”In the midst of the ongoing global health crisis due to an outbreak of Coronavirus, purportedly originating in the Wuhan province of China, we have seen a disturbing trend of discrimination and racial profiling across the world towards people of China origin and other Asian nations bearing Mongoloid features. It is a grim reminder of inherent racial prejudices and stereotyping of particular peoples based on their physical features and perceived cultural inferiority, manifested by subjecting them to various forms of hostilities, slurs, and suspicions which is now being played out in the pretext of health concerns. We condemn this form of discriminatory behaviour and call for a sensitive approach for addressing the outbreak without racial profiling of people. This is especially to bring to light the increasing instances of racial discrimination within India being faced by people from the North Eastern states due to distinctions in socio-cultural traits and physical features,” reads the NESF statement.
The group also had a meeting with the institute authorities regarding the insensitive behaviour. “The Dean of Students’ Affairs at the institute gave us a patient hearing and has assured that specific steps will be taken to create awareness and to ensure safety of students from northeast,” a research student from the institute who also hails from northeast said.
Asha Banu, dean, student affairs, confirmed that students approached her office to discuss the matter adding that the administration is mulling ways to spread awareness within the campus and in nearby areas.

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CMHT card holders reaches 6,95,601; spent Rs. 10 crore in 2018-19

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Imphal, Feb 18

Answering the question  being  asked by MLA  K. Ranjit Singh in the ongoing Manipur Legislative Assembly budget session ,  Health and Family Welfare Minister L. Jyantakumar said  that The number of card holders of Chief Ministergi  Hakshelgi  Tengbang [CMHT] and of AYUSMAN Bharat have reached 6,95,601 and 2,14,121 respectively and the State Government has spent Rs. 10 crore in 2018-19 for treatment under the Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi  Tengbang [CMHT] .

The  CMHT Scheme assisted upto  Rs 2 lakh to its card holder  for the  treatment  in a year. Some private Hospitals like  Advanced Speciality Hospital And Research Institute, Iboyaima Hospital and Research Centre, Jivan Hospital, Maipakpi Maternity And Child Hospital, Raj Medicity, Shija Hospitals And Research  Institute  and Sky Hospital And Research Centre Pvt Ltd  and Narayana Super Speciality Hospital  which is at Guwahati  are given privileged  for all card holders to do their treatment in these mentioned hospitals.

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Youth Congress staged protest against price hike on LPG Cylinder

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Imphal, Feb 18

A Protest against price hike on LPG Cylinder was held with the members of Youth Congress and Mahila Congress of Uripok led by Ms Sarifa Rahman , Secretary IYC in charge Manipur , Amir Hussain, President Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress, Ng Dilipkumar Meitei , VP MPYC , N Mahananda Singh , Gen Secy MPYC , Sh Tonton Iromcha , President , City DYC , AYC President of Uripok , Keishamthong, Yaiskul .
The protester demanding to roll back immediately the price hike on LPG with placards and raised voices against Modi BJP Govt.with many placards and Gas Cylinder.
The placards with slogans against the government and price hike of LPG were displayed during th protest.
Speaking to media persons member of youth congress Sarifa Rahman said  that with steep hike in LPG prices, Modi government has attacked the budget of India’s women. Modi government with one stroke of pen has increased the price of gas cylinder by Rs. 149 taking the price of non-subsidised gas cylinder to Rs. 858.50.
when Congress demitted power on 16th May 2014 a non-subsidised gas cylinder price was only Rs. 414. It is Rs. 858.50 today i.e. an increase of over 100% in less than 5-1/2 years.
The negative impact of PM Modi’s harebrained, vision-less policies are becoming more and more evident every passing day. Economy of our country is going to dogs, GDP growth is consistently dropping, while inflation is touching the sky.
Earlier today it has been announced that LPG prices have been hiked by about Rs. 149 in different states across India. Prices of essential commodities too keeps increasing.

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Over  two lakh Muslim pilgrims to proceed on Haj pilgrimage without Govt subsidy

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Mumbai, Feb 18

For the first time after Independence, over two lakh Muslim pilgrims will be proceeding to Mecca-Medina in Saudi Arabia without government subsidy, on more than 500 flights and from 21 embarkation points across the country for Haj pilgrimage this year, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here on Monday.
This year, a total of two lakh Indian Muslims will perform Haj (between July-August). About 1.23 lakh Muslims will go through Haj Committee of India and remaining through Haj Group Organisers, he said. This year over 2100 Muslim women will go to Haj without Mehram (male companion).
Addressing a training programme of “Haj 2020” trainers at Haj House in south Mumbai, Naqvi said the unprecedented reforms undertaken by the Modi government ensured that the entire Haj process has been made digital and transparent and the Haj pilgrimage has become affordable. Making the Haj process 100 per cent digital/online has removed middlemen ensuring Haj pilgrimage becomes affordable in comparison to the cost incurred in last several decades, he said.
Even after removal of Haj subsidy, no additional financial burden has been put on the pilgrims, Naqvi said. India has become the first country to make the entire “Haj 2020” process 100 per cent digital. Online application, e-visa, Haj mobile app, E-MASIHA health faciility, E-luggage pre-tagging providing information in India itself regarding accommodation/transportation in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina have been provided to Indian Muslims going for Haj, he said.
For the first time, facilities have been provided for digital pre-tagging of baggage of Haj pilgrims. Linking SIM card to the mobile app ensures Haj pilgrims immediately get the latest information regarding Haj in Mecca-Medina on their mobile phone.
Haj Group Organisers (HGOs) have also been connected with the 100 per cent digital system which has ensured transparency in their functioning and has  led to better facilities to Indian Haj pilgrims. A portal (http://haj.nic.in/pto) for Haj Group Organisers has been developed. It contains details of HGOs and their packages. India in coordination with Saudi Arabia is working to ensure safety and better medical facilities for the pilgrims during Haj 2020, he said.
A total of 650 trainers participated in the training programme. They will train Haj pilgrims in their respective states regarding the pilgrimage, accommodation in Mecca and Medina, transport, health facilities and safety measures. The trainers included a large number of women trainers. Officials from the Haj Committee of India, Customs, Air India, Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation, various banks and disaster management agencies guided the trainers.
Starting in 1954, the government for decades offered subsidies amounting to billions of rupees to poor Muslims wanting to perform Haj. In 2016, the sum was about $75m, down from about $100m in 2013. Muslim pilgrims were given the subsidy through concessionary airline fares. However in 2018 the government announced the end of a decades-long policy of giving subsidy to thousands of Muslims heading to the holy city of Mecca to perform the annual Haj pilgrimage. The decision followed a 2012 ruling by the  Supreme Court, which directed the government to gradually reduce the subsidy and abolish it by 2022.
Haj and Umrah are religious pilgrimages to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Islamic religious doctrine dictates that every able-bodied adult Muslim who can afford to do so is obligated to make Hajj at least once in his or her lifetime. Haj takes place from the 8 th through the 12 th day of the last month of the Islamic year (Dhul Hijah). The timing of Haj (based on the lunar Islamic calendar) varies with respect to the Gregorian calendar, occurring about 11 days earlier each successive year (for example, it was held August 19–24 in 2018 and in 2019, August 9–14). This year it will be between July-August. Muslims may perform Umrah, the “minor pilgrimage,” any time of the year; unlike Haj, Umrah is not compulsory.
Every year, the Air India has been organising special 200 flights from seven destinations across the country to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Despite ongoing process of disinvestment in Air India, this facility will be continue, Naqvi said.

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Bharti Airtel pays Rs 10,000 crore AGR dues to DoT

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Mumbai, Feb 18

Even as an imbroglio over payment of pending AGR dues worth Rs 1.47,686 crore, by 15 entities, including three major telecom companies continued, Bharti Airtel on Monday said it has paid Rs 10,000 crore to the telecom department towards statutory dues.
“The amount of Rs 10,000 crore has been paid on behalf of Bharti Airtel, Bharti Hexacom, and Telenor,” the Sunil Mittal-led company said in a statement. As much as Rs 9,500 crore has been paid on behalf of Bharti Airtel (including Telenor India which merged with the company), and another Rs 500 crore for Bharti Hexacom. As per the government’s assessment, Airtel owes nearly Rs 35,586 crore in statutory dues, including licence fee and spectrum usage charge.
On Monday, the company rushed to make part payments and said, “we are in the process of completing the self assessment exercise expeditiously and will duly make the balance payment upon completion of the same, before the next date of hearing in the Supreme Court. The company said it will also submit supporting details at the time of making balance payment.
In another development Vodafone Idea Limited in a letter to PM and telecom minister of India, stated that it has no plans to leave India and that Vodafone was engaged in talks with the government.  Vodafone Group’s CEO Nick Read reaffirmed that the company would stay in India and apologised to Indian government saying that his earlier remarks were misquoted by media. Earlier he had said that Vodafone’s India venture is in a perilous state and could see a shutdown. Vodafone Idea Ltd is confronted with the dues worth Rs 53,000 crore - its liabilities add up to Rs 24,729 crore of spectrum dues and another Rs 28,309 crore in licence fee.
 A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice M R Shah of Supreme Court, last week directed the managing directors and directors of telcos and other firms to explain why contempt action be not taken against them for non-compliance of its order to pay adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues to the DoT.
In all, 15 entities owe the government Rs 1.47 lakh crore — Rs 92,642 crore in unpaid licence fee and another Rs 55,054 crore in outstanding spectrum usage charges.

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Limitation of freedom sometime required

The digital landscape is expanding everyday and the people of the state, like any other having access to internet, is jumping on to the social networking bandwagon. True, these social networking sites serves as a platform for the members to keep in touch with each other and to update oneself on the happenings around the world as and when it happens. The digital connect has brought the world closer together, speaking from a psychological perspective.
The phenomena, however throws up many challenges and potential threats to the very societies it attempt to connect and serve. This is the time we all should make a collective conscious effort to maintain personal discipline and integrity while harnessing the wonderful and beneficial facilities provided by the digital communication service. But as with all things good and beneficial, there turns up a side with darker undertones- the side that threatens to undo and negate all the good and beneficial things offered by these social networking sites, not so much as an inherent defect, but as a result of a section of the members who are misusing and abusing the service.
One such instance is the rise in communal based comments and opinions regarding the agitations and the movement for implementation of the Inner line Permit System in the state. Various groups emerged on these social networking sites which were formed to post updates on a particular event, with opinions and comments from the members. Internet users witnessed a gradual shift in opinions from the regular to tones that risk of communal tension. The resulting heightening of tension is a clear manifestation of the diametrically opposite views taken and professed by the leaders of different communities and groups in the state.
The incident also highlighted the stark failure of those initiating the movement in controlling and steering the emotions and energies of the people into a constructive and democratic manner rather than turning on the hapless members of the public. The feeling of alienation as expressed by various groups and communities also shows the lack of coordination and understanding which led to the absence of support from these groups.
The present social development in the wake of bridging peace with armed rebel group , poses a serious threat to the smooth passage of the ongoing process initiated by Government of India.
 We as a collective whole needs to tread with caution when it comes to anything concerning the fate of those in the state. The opinions, remarks and support of every community need to be communicated and retained. For such a culturally diverse and distinct state as Manipur, adopting an attitude of exclusivity or aloofness is the surest way of alienating oneness and creating discord amongst the many groups and communities cohabiting. The only way to overcome such superfluous differences is to increase communication, understanding and tolerance.
An introspection of our personal and social behavior will lead the way to proper etiquette and behavior which can maintain the integrity and sanctity of the wonderful and efficient social networking sites.        

Are provisions of CAA, 2019 discriminatory and communal?

By Saroj Bala

Ever since the notification of Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, after being debated and passed in both houses of Parliament, the people of India are in turmoil; with many  protesting against the legislation and many others agitating in support of the CAA and NPR. English media has been heavily biased in favour of anti-CAA protesters. In this article, I propose to give a very objective analysis and interpretation of CAA, including all its pros and cons.
The right to citizenship of India is governed by the Part II of the Constitution of India (Articles 5 to 11). According to Article 5, all the people that were resident in India at the commencement of the Constitution were citizens of India. The conferment of citizenship on persons who migrated from Pakistan after partition was regulated under The Citizenship Act, 1955, which provided citizenship by Birth, by Descent, by Registration and by Naturalization. This Act has been amended by the Citizenship (Amendment) Acts of 1986, 1992, 2003, 2005, 2015, and 2019.
The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 has no applicability on the citizens of India but has only provided an easier path to citizenship for minorities persecuted for their religious belief, i.e Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians from the neighboring Muslim-majority countries of Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, who entered India before December 2014 and thus have been living as refugees for more than 5 years.
It is against this provision that many political parties like Congress and CPI, many leftist bastions i.e. universities like JNU, Jamia and AMU have become the epicenters of revolt against CAA 2019, calling it discriminatory. They have resorted to violent agitations, while the government has responded with extreme caution and restraint. They have been demanding that all Muslims who are living in India, including those who have come as intruders/infiltrators, seeking economic opportunities from neighboring countries, should also be awarded citizenship. They have also been vocal in asking that India should neither have any account of its inhabitants nor of its citizens i.e. they are opposed to both NPR and NRC.
It is essential that the issue is examined in its historical perspective. Until 1945 both Hindus and Muslims were fighting against the British for the freedom of India from the British rule. However under the command of Jinnah, Muslim League floated the Two-nation theory in 1940 and demanded a separate state of Pakistan. Most of the Muslims supported this demand and refused to listen to liberals like Maulana Azad. After the failure of the Cabinet Mission, Jinnah raised the pitch for demand of a separate Islamic State and finally proclaimed 16th August 1946 as Direct Action Day. H. Shaheed Suhrawardy, Muslim League’s Chief Minister of Bengal, openly incited the Muslims to resort to violence against the Hindus. The kind of violence which ensued thereafter still makes anyone shudder.
Congress Leadership was initially very reluctant to accept the division of the country, but after watching the deep divide which had got created in the minds of majority of Muslims of united India, finally agreed to accept this division by accepting the 3rd June 1947 Mountbatten Plan. As per this Plan, a separate Dominion of Pakistan was carved out of India by including the Muslim majority areas of Punjab and Bengal and also including Sindh, Balochistan, and NWFP.
Unprecedented massive violence erupted thereafter. Five million Hindus and Sikhs out of a total of 5.9 millions (as per 1941 census) were either killed, got converted to Islam, or migrated to India in 1947 itself. As a result according to 1951 census, population of Non Muslim minorities got reduced to 3.44% in West Pakistan; it was 29% as per 1941 census in Muslim majority areas of undivided Punjab. Those left behind were mostly poor, under privileged and backward people who either did not have the means to migrate to India or misjudged the treatment which would be meted out to them by Muslim majority in West Pakistan. Non- Muslims left in East Pakistan (known as Bangladesh after 1971) were 23.20%. By 2011, the percentage of Non-Muslims (Mainly Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians) in Pakistan had got reduced to 1.8% and in Bangladesh it accounted for only 10.2% of population.
On the other hand, the total population of India in 1951 was about 36 Crores and in 2011 census it was 121 Crores. The population-share of Hindus and Sikhs in 1951 was 86% and those of Muslims 10% However, by 2011, the percentage of Hindus and Sikhs had got reduced to 81.5% and those of Muslims had increased to 14.5%. The reason is clear and unambiguous; Pakistan treated its minorities with cruelty and brutality whereas Hindus of India treated Muslim minorities equally with extra care and concern for their welfare added.
It is rather strange that the details of such horrendous carnage were and are mostly hidden from the people of India as the History as well as the English media scene in India was dominated generally by the Communists and they included most of those people of Muslim League who did not/could not shift to Pakistan at the time of partition in 1947. The tragedy is that even after the creation of Pakistan based on two Nation Theory, they still hung on to this two-nation theory probably hoping to carve another Pakistan out of present territory of India. That is why the protesters in Jamia, AMU, and Shaheen Bagh shouted slogans demanding ‘Jinnah-wali Azadi’.
In 2003, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had expressed an unambiguous opinion in Parliament saying that if minorities in Pakistan and Bangladesh continue to face prosecution and if they are forced to flee, it would be the moral duty of Govt. of India to give them Indian citizenship and provide decent living.
In 2003, 107th Report of Committee on Home Affairs, Citizenship Amendment Bill of 2003 was submitted to Parliament recommending that Indian Citizenship should be granted to Pakistani and Bangla Deshi refugees belonging to minority communities and not to the refugees belonging to majority community i.e. Muslims. This Committee consisted of Pranab Mukherjee, Kapil Sibal, Hans Raj Bhardwaj, Moti Lal Vora and Ambika Soni. Were they all communal at that time? No, not at all! They were only recognizing the historical reality and India’s moral responsibility towards these persecuted religious minorities of those countries which were carved out of India as Islamic states.
Thus granting of citizenship under CAA, 2019 to persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians minorities who are living as refugees for more than 5 years in India is only discharge of a moral obligation and fulfillment of a promise made at the time of partition which was thrust on these poor backward people by the top leadership, which suddenly accepted the creation of Pakistan.
I appeal to the conscience of all the Muslims of India to search their conscience and ask if any Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh could ever resort to the protests in the manner in which they have resorted to in India in Jamia, AMU and Shaheen Bagh etc.
 (Author is former Member of CBDT)


As a human being surviving on the mother earth, all should have a specific geographic location. Nowadays with the advancing technology, not only the humans, all motile living creatures can be geo tagged for monitoring their real time moments. These are possible through the SATNAV system of which the most popular and advanced is the Global Positioning System (GPS).
A satellite navigation or satnav system is a system that uses satellites to provide autonomous geo-spatial positioning. It allows small electronic receivers to determine their location (longitude, latitude, and altitude/elevation) to high precision (within a few centimeters to metres). The system can be used for providing position, navigation or for tracking the position of something fitted with a receiver (satellite tracking). The signals also allow the electronic receiver to calculate the current local time to high precision, which allows time synchronisation. These uses are collectively known as Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT). These systems operate independently of any telephonic or internet reception.
A satellite navigation system with global coverage may be termed a global navigation satellite system (GNSS). The United States’ Global Positioning System (GPS) and Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) are fully operational GNSSs, with China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) and the European Union’s Galileo scheduled to be fully operational by 2020.  India has the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), also known as Navigation with Indian Constellation (NAVIC), an autonomous regional satellite navigation system that provides accurate real-time positioning and timing services, with plans to expand to a global version in long term.
The Global Positioning System (GPS), originally NAVSTAR GPS, is a satellite-based radio navigation system owned by the United States government and operated by the United States Space Force. It is one of the global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) that provides geo-location and time information to a GPS receiver anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites.
The uses of the GPS are primarily developed for military purposes during the 1960’s by the Americans. However, the utilities are now opened to the civilians as well though the interfaces are restricted.  The uses can be grouped into civilian and military purposes. Many civilian applications use one or more of GPS’s three basic components: absolute location, relative movement, and time transfer. Some of the civilian uses include: Astronomy for positional, Automated vehicle for applying location and routes for cars and trucks to function without a human driver, Cartography, Cellular telephony for clock synchronization, Radio occultation for weather and atmospheric science applications. Geofencing in vehicle tracking systems, person tracking systems and pet tracking systems use GPS to locate devices that are attached to or carried by a person, vehicle, or pet. Telematics where GPS technology integrated with computers and mobile communications technology in automotive navigation systems are also becoming popular. The military uses include: Navigation, Target tracking, Missile and Projectile guidance, Search and Rescue and real time patrol movement monitoring.
In our society, public consider that GPS are used only by few scientists, students and military personals. However its a misnomer, which one should realise. The present day smart phones, automated vehicles, (artificial intelligence) AI operated robotics all have GPS interface which record, save and memorise even the tiniest movements. Sharing a personal experience, the Google Company memorise all the personal moments. It even classify all the moments, whether on flight, vehicle, on foot. So to unquote, each one of us using the smart phones, automated vehicles are being constantly spied by Google. This is applicable even for the chief minister, military chief, or the insurgent party. Its high time that our government should frame a legal procedure to monitor these encroachment to one’s personal space. Otherwise, these data may at any time be landed to unwanted social elements. Once that happens everybody might lose social and political integrity. While in the present context, please do be careful using these smart phones and automated vehicles. Be safe for a better future.

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CORONAVIRUS: Hey Manipur, are we prepared?

By-  Jimmy Pamei, Tamenglong
The Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) which made its appearance at the end of 2019 is now taking its toll at an alarming rate in China and spreading widely across the globe. Manipur, including the whole district at the valley and the hills, is no exception! No excuse. We are connected to Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram; and in our state, we are neighbour to Moreh, Myanmar, Thailand and other Asian countries that can pass on the virus at any moment. And studying the map of the world we are just some thousands of kilometers away from Wuhan, Hubei province of China where the deadly disease is said to have originated. It is likely to be ‘very soon arriving’ in this tiny part of the world. And this is very very serious!
Is all the District Administration and the Medical Department doing beyond the Advisories given out by the Health Department of Manipur? Are we prepared with a ‘Quarantine Hall’ in case a district has even a single case of Coronavirus? Are we making efforts to screen persons arriving or returning from metro cities, or other places of India and the world to our districts?
 We cannot afford to be mere a sitting duck. It is high time we do something about it. We simply cannot be complacent or wait for the appearance of the first case of Covid-19 to swing into action. Let us press a pause button to other issues of development, even education and focus ourselves on the protection of our lives. Coronavirus is a threatening matter now that could wipe out the whole population along with our precious cultural heritage. Each District of Manipur can be a giant model to other districts if we take a small step today!-         

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