Sunday, 14 June 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, June 14:

Six major organizations of the state including All Manipur United Club Organisation (AMUCO, International Peace and Social Upliftment (IFSA), United Peoples’ Front (UPF), Heritage Council (HERICOUN, CCSK and LIPUL today said that the organizations derecognized  Leishemba Sanajaoba as the king of Manipur over his failure to announce his stand regarding the mixing of King’s institution and politics.

A statement signed by the leaders of the organizations said that as Leishemba Sanajaoba has stand firm on his decision to contest the RS election besides plea by people of the state , people need not recognize him as the king of Manipur and further any acts by him as king of Manipur should not be attended by the people of the state.

The six organizations had earlier urged the king to make his stand clear on whether to go as MP of Rajya Sabha or to remain as the king of Manipur on or before June 12 . However in view of his decision the six organizations tool the decision to recognize him as king of Manipur.

As per his statement at Print and electronic media he want to hold both the Rajya Seat and the as King of Manipur.

The six organizations compared Leishemba Sanajaoba as Garbaniwaz (Pamheiba of 18 century Manipur). Pamheiba was a successful King who had succeeded in many war fields and had manage to rule the largest kingdom however people do not remember him as a good king.

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Imphal, June 14:

Meitei Leepun , an organization based at Imphal today supported Leishemba Sanajaoba’s decision to to go as member of Rajya Sabha. The members of the Meitei Leepun today visited the titular King at Chongabond and discussed in dept about the situation of Manipur.
Talking to media persons, a representative of Meitei Leepun , Priyananda said that it is the duty of every Manipuri to support the decision of the King. He said that the organization looks ahead for a prosperous Manipur under the leadership fo Leishaemba Sanajaoba.
During the meeting the members of the organization took blessing from the king and appealed people to support Leishemba’s decision to go at Rajya Sabha.

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Imphal, June 14:

Majority of PM-KISAN beneficiaries of Kwasiphai village are found as Muslims, where out of 394 total beneficiaries 263 are Muslims, according to the National Web Portal of the said Government scheme. However, there are no Muslim inhabitants in and around the said village, that is Khoijuman Khullen, Nachou and Kha-Potshangbam, said a press release by Kwasiphai Youths Volunteer Organisation.

The beneficiaries of the PM-KISAN scheme in Kwasiphai are mainly Muslim which comes as a surprise to the people of Kwasiphai, where no Muslim populace inhabits the areas. Contradicting the statement release by the District Commissioner Bishnupur District, President of KYVO in the release said, there are no chances of wrong inclusion of Muslims as beneficiaries in the village as the complete details of the beneficiaries like State, District, Block and Village name are mandatory while filling up the form and he also urged the concerned authorities to look into the matter.

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Our Correspondent
Mumbai, June 14:

India has ramped up COVID-19 testing capacity and within short span the country will be able to conduct at least 2 lakh tests per day, Dr Rajnikant Srivastava, the head of the Department of Research Management, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.
Speaking to “Imphal Times”, Dr Srivastava said that the testing has been scaled up and over one lakh tests are being conducted per day and with augmented infrastructure the testing capacity will be double in short time.
In January 2020, we had only one laboratory testing for COVID-19, at the ICMR’s National Institute of Virolgy (NIV) in Pune in Maharashtra, whereas today there are 555 laboratories across the country, performing molecular tests for diagnosis of coronavirus.
Starting from less than 100 tests per day two months ago, a 1000 fold increase was registered and on 18 May, India reached a landmark of 100,000 tests in one day. This was possible only due to involvement of dedicated teams from research institutes, medical colleges and testing laboratories, he added.
To promote Make in India and facilitate domestic manufacturers to get their COVID-19 diagnostics kits validated, the ICMR-approved validation centres and laboratories have now been increased up to 14 from earlier five.
A taskforce has been set up to ease out challenges in acceleration of production. Three companies can now manufacture up to 200,000 swabs/day. The production of Viral Transport Medium(VTM) has been scaled up to 500,000 units per day as against 500,000 units per year earlier.
The scale up of testing laboratories started with a network of 106 ICMR-funded Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories, (VRDLs), which already had the capacity to conduct testing for viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2. Subsequently, the testing was initiated in partnership with laboratories in Department of Science (DST), DBT Institute, Faridabad, ICAR, CSIR, DRDO,  medical colleges and private laboratories.
Another modality of testing, called True NAAT, an indigenous testing developed for tuberculosis, can also be used for COVID- 19 testing. The advantage of True NAAT is that the virus is paralysed during the testing process, minimising the risk of infection and contamination.  At present 77 True NAAT testing machines are in use for COVID and a total of 1,800 True NAAT machines are ready which can be deployed by states when needed.
Besides this, the indigenous IgG ELISA test for antibody detection recently developed by ICMR-NIV, Pune, has the advantage of testing 90 samples together in a single run of 2.5 hours. The new test “COVID KAVACH ELISA’, a biochemical test known as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay or ELISA, is commonly used to confirm the presence of the HIV virus in an individual, can also be used to detect syphilis and even infection with the Zika virus.

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Sunday, 14 June 2020 17:05

Auditor to audit PM CARES Fund

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Mumbai, June 14:

Delhi-based chartered accountancy firm “SARC & Associates” has been hired to audit the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund, The independent auditor has been appointed for three years.

The PM CARES Fund was registered as charitable trust on 27 March with its registered office at South Block, Delhi(PM’s office). However the fund was not subjected to any audit. Besides the fund also did not come under the purview of the RTI act 2005.

While donations from PSUs/ corporates are allowed (under CSR) to PM CARES Fund, such facility is not allowed for CM’s relief fund and PM’s National relief fund. Besides, the names of the trustees of the PM CARES Fund were also not been made public in the last two and half months. As such now in view of the host of complaints and criticism the auditors have been appointed.

The audit will be conducted at the end of a financial year, as per details given in the set of frequently asked questions on the Fund. The appointment is significant because critics have questioned the rationale for a fund other than the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for relief work and have also sought more transparency about the usage of monies from the Fund. The FAQs posted on the website of the Fund also said it is being administered by two officials in the Prime Minister’s Office on an honorary basis.

Charitable trusts get income tax exemption and therefore need to get audited by a chartered accountant and report to the tax department. Over the last few years, the department has tightened the rules governing charitable trusts to ensure that funds received are used for intended objective and to boost compliance. The department has also stepped up disclosure requirement of trusts in the audit reports.

Contributions made to the PM CARES Fund are exempt from income tax. Also, contributions by profit making firms are counted as corporate social responsibility spending that they are mandated to undertake under the Companies Act.

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Appeal for installation of TrueNat machine in District Hospital, Senapati

Hon’ble Sir,

We deeply appreciate your leadership in handling the Covid19 situation in the State of Manipur. We appreciate your concerns in assisting and bringing the stranded people of Manipur State from other states.

With the incoming of stranded citizens, the proper place for institutional quarantining is a matter of great concern. The long days of waiting for the returnees to get their swab test result in the transitional quarantine centres could infect and spread virus within the inmates. It is to mention that most of the villages in Senapati Districts have prepared quarantine centres to host the returnees. Therefore, it is observed that there is an urgent need to speed up the swab test and send returnees with negative results to their village quarantine centre.

We bring to your honourable table the following points signed by more than 1300 citizens in less than 48 hours for your benign urgent perusal and further necessary action. The large number of people signed within a short period of time shows the urgent need to install Truenat machine in the District Hospital, Senapati.

1.       That, we appeal you to urgently set up a Covid19 testing Unit in District Hospital, Senapati starting with TrueNat testing facility to speed up the swab test of those returnees. As the experts opined that the TrueNat Testing machine can be used to test over 30 disease condition including TB, malaria, typhoid, HIV, Covid19 etc. Therefore, taking up this step will be a landmark history of Manipur in particularly for the people of Senapati District.

2.       That, we also appeal you to provide Ambulances to transport the sick patients and other emergency patients to the District Hospital or Imphal.

3.       That, we also appeal you to set up an emergency treatment facility having isolation ward with ICU facilities in the district hospital.

4.       That we also appeal to install TrueNat Testing facilities in all the PHCs of Senapati District.

We pray that the above points 1-3 may be taken up on priority basis pooling in resources from fund such as MLA-LADP, MP-LADS, Disaster Management Relief Fund or from any other fund to meet the immediate needs. We repose our trust that all the points that we have mentioned here through this humble representation will receive your kindest attention and prompt action.

As concerned citizen we are willing to mobilize for crowd funding so as to support the immediate need of the District in our own capacities.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr. R.B. Thohe Pou

Senapati, Manipur / 13 June 2020

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I would like to add a few words here. Yesterday my daughter and son who after three months of the lockdown arrived here in Imphal in the early morning flight from Delhi. Being concerned about them as a parent I took lots of trouble to get a room in Imphal hotel by the classic for their quarantine. Everything went smoothly from the airport and I followed them to HRD Academy and waited for the concerned authorities to send them where all the returnees were supposed to be sent as per where they needed to go. I was informed by my daughter that they would be first sent to the screening centre at porompat as we belonged to Imphal East District and after the necessary screening there they would be transported and dropped at Imphal hotel. The point I would like to highlight here is about the precautions and adherence to the SOPs the govt had announced. I was very pained and distressed to see that the officers / in charge at HRD Academy from where all the returnees were to be sent to their respective quarantine centres failed to follow the protocol of social distancing. He jam packed a group of around seventeen people in a tempo traveller mini bus to transport them to porompat screening centre. So who is breaking the protocol of social distancing?? There's been a lot of controversies lately about inmates of quarantine centres breaking protocol and some of them have been even sent to jail. But who is accountable when the very protocol of social distancing is not maintained from the side of the authorities in charge of transporting the returnees?? The govt has a lot of constrains and I too understand the problems faced by it but who is mainly responsible for the spread of the pandemic raises a lot of questions. I wish the designated officers do their duty sincerely so that we may be able to contain the disease.Maibam Dhanabir
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