Thursday, 07 May 2020 - Imphal Times

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Mumbai, May 7

Saya Begum, a 58-year-old woman from Manipur, who had accompanied her husband to Mumbai’s KEM Hospital for the treatment of her husband for COVID- 19, reportedly passed away on late Tuesday night.  

Begum and her husband Ali Ahmed from Kairang Khomibok Maning Leikai in Manipur were residing in a local hotel here for the last couple of days. 

Dr Pravin Bangar, Senior Administrative Medical Officer, KEM Hospital said that whether Saya Begum died of COVID-19 or other morbidity complications is being verified. 

As per the formalities, the last rites are required to be performed at the nearest crematorium/ burial ground and only 5 persons are allowed to be present at the funeral. Besides, the body has to be packed in a plastic bag, if it has to be buried. The burial of a body packed in a plastic bag delays early decomposition of the body and prevents further transmission of the virus. If the body has to be taken out of the Mumbai city’s limits, the relatives of the deceased have to make own transport arrangements, following all the mandated guidelines and all advised precautions, as given for the disposal of dead bodies of Covid-19 patients. Further details are awaited.

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 17:10

Blood donation camp held at Thoubal

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Imphal, May 7

A One day Voluntary Blood Donation Camp was held today at Blood Bank and Transfusion Unit, District Hospital, Thoubal. The blood donation camp was organized by Indian Red Cross Society Thoubal District Branch in connection with the observance of World Red Cross Day 2020. The camp was organized under the theme, “Keep Clapping for Volunteers”. Dr. Ksh. Manglem Singh, former Chief Medical Officer, Thoubal, W. Ibohal Singh, former District Youth Coordinator, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, and K. Sadananda Singh, Secy. IRCS, Thoubal District Branch were attended in the inauguration of the Blood bank. 25 persons including 4 female donated their blood voluntarily during the camp.  K. Sadananda Singh, Secy, IRCS, Tbl Br. explained about the importance of voluntary blood donation and need for regular donation. He also thanked all the blood donors for donating their blood voluntarily.

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Guwahati, May 7

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses grief at the demise of  senior journalist Padmeswar Chitrakar last evening (6 May 2020) in the city after suffering from a brief illness. The forum also wishes an early recovery to another city based scribe Mozahidul Haque, who is presently undergoing treatments at Dispur Hospital, Ganeshguri.

Chitrakar was working for a news channel NewsTime Assam till his demise. Earlier he was engaged with Dainandin Barta, Gana Adhikar, Dainik Janasadharan, Dainik Pratibedan, Aji, Jagrita, Amar Pragati, Saptahik Krishak Bondhu etc. Born at Simaluguri in Sivasagar district,

 Chitrakar left behind his wife Bina Chitrakar with a host of close relatives and well-wishers.

On the other hand, Haque started his journalism career with Sandhya Batori (Natun Dainik) and later worked for Asomiya Khabar for a longer period. He is suffering from nephrology related complications for some time. Financial limitation and ongoing lockdown have prevented him

from adopting next phases of treatment which is otherwise emerged very much essential.

“With Chitrakar, we have lost the third journalist to ailments in Assam (after Pranjal Hazarika from Jorhat and Bhaskar Dutta from Lakhimpur) during the nationwide lockdown,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria adding that

media persons should not ignore necessary (healthcare) preventive measures for themselves along with their families.

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Imphal, May 7

During the ongoing crisis owing to Covid-19 Pandemic, one of the most important initiatives of Govt. of India is the announcement of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) providing free food grains to the affected population. The salient features of the scheme are:
·Government of India would not allow anybody, especially any poor family, to suffer on account of non-availability of food grains due to disruption in the three months.
·80 crore individuals, i.e, roughly two-thirds of India’s population would be covered under this scheme.
·Each one of them would be provided double of their current entitlement over the next three months. 
·This additionality would be free of cost.
 Under the scheme, about 120 Lakh Metric Tonnes (LMT) food grains are being distributed to the vulnerable sections of society across the country affected by the pandemic. Government of India has ensured that all priority households (PHH) under NFSA gets double their usual allocation during three months of April, May and June 2020 along with each Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) beneficiary getting an extra 5 Kg/month than their normal quota of 35 Kg per card per month. There has been enthusiastic response from the state governments against this scheme and a quantity of 69.28 LMT has already been lifted upto 06.05.20.
Govt. of India is incurring an expenditure of about Rs. 46,000 crores covering the cost of food grains, costs of its procurement, storage & transportation as well as distribution upto the point of delivery to the intended beneficiaries at the fair price shop (FPS).  Total cost of operations starting from cost of the grain paid to the farmer upto payment of commission to FPS shop owners is borne by Govt. of India at the rate of about Rs 39 per kg for rice and about Rs. 28 per kg for wheat. This entire food support scheme is implemented by the Government of India without any financial burden on the State Governments.
The PMGKAY covers 24.57 lakh beneficiaries in Manipur (AAY 2.01 lakh & PHH 22.56 lakh) which is about 87 percent of the total population of the state as per 2011 census. The allocation of rice under PMGKAY for Manipur @ 5 kg per beneficiary is 12283.91 MT (AAY 1002.500 MT & PHH 11281.405 MT) per month for three months (April to June). In terms of monetary value of the food grain allotted to Manipur at economic cost of Rs. 39 per kg comes to Rs.47.91 crore per month.
The Government of Manipur has fully lifted allocation for the month of April 2020 but no grain has been lifted under the scheme for the month of May as on 06.05.2020.

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Imphal, May 7

Tulihal Bn under the aegis of 9 Sect AR and IGAR(S), distributed essential food items to the labourers and needy villagers at Bomdiar Mayai Leikai on 06 May 2020.

In continuation of its sustained efforts to help the local populace in these grievous times, all necessary efforts are being made by the Bn to assist the civil populace.

Tulihal COB of Tulihal Bn distributed essential grocery and food items to 140 households. The goodwill drive was followed by a lec on precautionary measures to stop spread of COVID-19.

The local populations were briefed about the importance of hygiene, sanitation and social-distancing. They were also made aware about various steps and precautions to be taken to avoid the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The goodwill gesture of Tulihal Battalion under 9 Sect Assam Rifles was welcomed by the local population. They also expressed gratitude for the continued and relentless support and help extended by the Bn under the aegis of 9 Sect AR and aspired for such endeavours to be continued in these times of acute struggle.

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 17:02

Normalizing the act of humanism

The biggest travesty of humans is arguably its delusions of invincibility. If anyone still has any lingering doubts about this unfortunate fact, one doesn’t have to look no further than the public places across the country right now. Just a little over a month ago, the world withdrew into its shell as the Covid-19 pandemic started wreaking havoc and the most brilliant minds and all the technologies failed to bring out a definite cure. The much-talked about vaccine or cure is still eluding the scientists, researchers and laboratories. There has been growing instances of re-infection which poses a very grave risk in itself, and while even the most advanced and developed nations are grappling with the unfortunate fact of their helplessness against the ravages of a virus, our country has been fairly successful in containing the transmission of the disease to a manageable level as of now. Manipur has had it easy so far as only two infected persons have successfully been treated and cured, and no new case of infection of Covid-19 has been reported so far. And with the gradual lifting of the crippling lockdown imposed by the central government in the wake of the initial spread of Covid-19 a little over one and half months back, it is clearly evident that while we have started shedding the panic and fear we experienced at the outset, we have failed to learn our lessons, and that it is human nature to resist change if it is beyond our comfort zone. And despite the obvious fact that the new regulations regarding the social interactions, personal hygiene and resource utilization is the future, we still try and reclaim our old habits. We have failed to learn to embrace the new future in all aspects of our lives- social, personal, professional or financial. It would do well for the general public to be reminded about the Spanish Flu of 1918, considered the most severe pandemic in history which lasted for two years, in three waves with 500 million people infected and 50 million deaths. Most of the fatalities happened in the second and third waves. The people felt bad about the quarantine and social distancing measured imposed at that time and rejoiced when these restrictions were lifted after the first wave, and the rest is the unfortunate history we should not forget. It would be our greatest folly if we forget this present crisis also.   
 It would also be pertinent to mention, and perhaps, share the lessons learnt from ‘Event 201’- a high-level simulation exercise conducted on October 18, 2019 for pandemic preparedness weeks before the Covid-19 outbreak in China, by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation along with John Hopkins Centre for Health Security and the World Economic Forum (WEF). The exercise revealed that governments, businesses and public health leaders were all woefully unprepared. Indeed, the new pandemic has revealed the need to devote resources for prevention of future pandemics as well as develop new models of implementation of shutdowns and other emergency measures that does not disrupt or excessively impact economies. Any and every policy should complement nature and not compete with it. Let us leave a better world than the one we inherit. We owe this to our children.

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