Sunday, 07 June 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Jun 7:

The number of people infected by the Novel Coronavirus in the state of Manipur has reached 172 today with 15 more detected late yesterday night. So far 52 people have been recovered leaving the number of active positive cases to 120.

According to a released from the state health department the 15 new active cases were detected last night, at both VRDLs of RIMS and JNIMS.

In neighbouring Assam, as many as 92 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, said Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.  Total cases in the state now stand at 2,565. However, 27 more patients  were also discharged, taking the total number of those discharged to 615 and the number of active cases stands at 1,943.

There are 1,20,406 active COVID cases across the country and all are under active medical supervision.

During the last 24 hours, a total of 5,220 COVID-19 patients have been cured in the country. So far, a total of 1,19,293 patients have been cured taking the recovery rate to 48.37 per cent.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has further ramped up the testing capacity for detecting the novel Coronavirus. A total of 759 testing facilities exist in the country as on date with 531 government and 228 private labs.

On the other hand the worldwide death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 4,00,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University that health experts say is still an undercount because many who died were not tested for the virus. Worldwide, at least 6.9 million people have been infected by the virus, according to Johns Hopkins. The US has seen nearly 110,000 confirmed virus-related deaths and Europe has recorded over 175,000 since the virus emerged in China late last year.

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Mumbai, June 7:

While the number of COVID- 19 positives is still on the rise, the over all percentage has come down to 3.50 from earlier 6.62 per cent and the viral infections will peak in Mumbai around 10 June, according to BMC Commissioner I S Chahal.
Chahal said that the percentage has come down to 1.6 to 2.4 percent in earlier hotspots like Byculla, Worli and Dharavi. Besides the daily addition of patients has come down in areas including Tardeo, Mahim, Prabhadevi, Dadar, Sion, Matunga and Santacruz, where nearly 3200 patients had tested positive earlier.
The number of positives are zooming in Dharavi, a sprawl of shanties spread over 240 hectares with a population of 8.5 lakh and over 13,000 small businesses. However there is reduction in number of patients in Dharavi. In Worli and Prabhadevi nearly 2200 patients had tested positive earlier. Now the percentage has come down up to 2.2 in these areas.Similarly the percentage has come down to 2.6 to 2.7 in Grant Road and Colaba in South Mumbai.
At present the percentage is 4.5 to 6.7 in suburban areas including:  Ghatkopar (4.5), Mulund, Bhandup, Kandivali, Borivali and Dahisar (6.4). The status in other areas include:  Byculla (E ward)-1.6 percent, Dharavi (G North)-2.4, Worli(G South)-2.2, Bandra (H East)-2.3, Colaba (Award(2.7), Grant Road (D ward)-2.6 and Matunga(F North)-1.9.
On hospitals facing a shortage of ambulances, Chahal said, Mumbai has 456 ambulances. Besides 300 Innovas (Toyota Innova MUVs) have been hired from transport department. Also 50 mini buses have been hired from the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) and converted into ambulances. The BMC’s procurement of PPE kits has gone upto 4.5 lakh from earlier 40,000.
Mumbai has conducted 1.75 lakh tests, the highest number of tests done in the country by any one city. Mumbai tested 13,000 people per million-higher than Delhi’s 7000 people per million, 2000 in Gujarat or 1800 in Bengaluru, Chahal added.

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Mumbai, June 7:  
The Maharashtra government is in the process of procuring 10,000 vials of the investigational drug “Remdesivir”, to cure coronavirus and is in price negotiations with various suppliers, State health minister Rajesh Tope stated here on Saturday.
He said that the Government is trying to mobilise Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds to buy the expensive medicine, which is an anti-viral drug used on moderately ill to severely ill patients to stop the spread of the virus in the body. It was manufactured in 2014 to treat “Ebola” and has since been used to treat patients of “SARS” and “MERS”.
While Tope said a Bangladeshi company may be selected to procure medicines, Directorate of Medical Education and Research Director Dr T P Lahane, said state government has reached out to the US and some Indian companies to procure “Remdesivir”. Manufacturers are quoting Rs 20,000 for a single vial, which means for a five-day regimen the cost per patient will go up to Rs 1 lakh and for a 10-day regimen Rs 2 lakh, Lahane added.
Another senior official said if Bangladesh provides “Remdesivir” as donation, India can accept the stock. At the same time, there needs to be a check on how authentic and effective the product manufactured by this company is.
In India, drug-makers like “Cipla” are learned to have already sought approval to manufacture and supply “Remdesivir” as part of a voluntary licence signed with “Gilead”. However, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), is still performing audits of their facilities and awaiting sufficient data from these companies to ensure that their generic versions of “Remdesivir” adhere to the quality and safety standards for this medicine.
Earlier this week, the Drug Controller General of India approved the use of “Remdesivir” as a five-day regimen to treat COVID-19 patients. “Gilead Sciences”, its manufacturer, has signed licence agreements with five generic pharmaceutical manufacturers — with Cipla, Ferozsons Laboratories, Hetero Labs, Jubilant Lifesciences and Mylan — based in India and Pakistan to expand the supply of the drug in Southeast Asia. So far, Drug Controller General of India V.G. Somani, who heads the CDSCO, has only given an approval to Mumbai-based “Klinera Global Services” to import “Remdesivir” from three manufacturing sites in the US.
According to infectious disease expert, Dr Om Srivastava, the two anti-viral drugs “Remdesivir” and “Favipiravir” have shown promise in Covid-19 treatment, so far. But it is too early to comment on their efficacy. “Remdesivir”, is being allowed as part of treatment though clinical trials, to test its effectiveness. As such its use has to be heavily restricted and monitored in India.

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Sunday, 07 June 2020 17:30

Drug peddlers arrested

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Imphal, June 7:
A team of Kakching police comprising of women police personnel arrested two women drug peddlers from Laimangai Chingjin near Forest Gate Pallel at around 10.30 pm of June 6. Police source said , 250 grams of Brown Sugar and a Canda bike was seized from their possession . The arrested drug peddlers have been identified as Vahneihing Bolsom (32) @ Thingneimoi @ Mangung Chinneithing Haokip D/o (L) Janglet Haokip of Moreh Ward No. 9 and Nengneikim (38) yrs @ Martha Nengeikim Haokip D/o (L) Janglet Haokip of Moreh Ward No. 9. Both women along with the seized drug were handed over to Kakching Police station.

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Mumbai, June 7:

As a sequel to Maharashtra Government’s decision not to allow the artists above the age of 65, to participate in the shooting of film and TV serials, as a precaution against COVID-19, many senior artists, including megastar Amitabh Bachchan are in a fix, since the decision will adversely affect their career and will also stall many projects.
The Maharashtra Government on May 31 permitted the media fraternity to resume shooting of films, advertisements, TV and web shows with immediate effect. However according to the new guidelines, no person above the age of 65, pregnant women can come on the set. It is necessary to have doctors, nurses and ambulances on every film set to treat any suspected/ corona positive patient.
Besides no one is allowed to say hello by shaking hands, kissing or hugging on the set. At the same time, heavy make-up should be avoided. The sets should be sanitised. Not more than 5 people can stay in a tent at one time and shooting the scenes like marriages in movies or serials is forbidden. An elaborate dance scene cannot be shot. Apart from this, everyone has to strictly follow social distancing.
With these guidelines many artists above 65 years, who are still active in the industry will be rendered jobless. The session 12 of the “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, a quiz show, hosted by Amitabh Bachchan was slated to start shortly. However now under these new guidelines, it is doubtful whether or not Amitabh Bachchan, who is 78 years old, will be able to host the show. Besides this Bachchan is also involved in a sizable number of ad films and feature films.
 The Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA), Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) and other bodies have urged Thackeray to modify the guidelines. They have also shared the guidelines issued by the Karnataka Government which they find more practicable.

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Imphal, June 7:

The proscribed CORCOM has condemn the threat to a media house by the volunteers of Bharitya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) on June 2 terming it as autocratic act.

As statement by M.Sak-hen, Media Co-Ordinator of Publicity committee CORCOM said that on June 2, volunteers if the youth wing of Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) - the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) forcibly entered to the office of a Electronic Media based in Imphal.

The statement said that media is the forth pillar of democracy and the freedom of press has been violated by the BJP showing its autocracy habit. The intrusion to the media houses and intimidation to the staffs challenges the media freedom ad expression. Media institute is included among essential service and right to freedom of opinion and freedom of expression according to Universal Declarations on Human Rights (UDHR) article -19 clearly indicates that it should be protected. The CORCOM statement said that such attitude showed that the BJP want to suppress the media houses and convert it into their mouthpiece.

The statement further said that according to the world press freedom index 2020, India stands at 142 position in terms of Press Freedom among the 180 countries .

The CORCOM further said that it recognize the role of media in the war for freedom.  The rebel body also appreciated the media personnel for disseminating information to the people during this crucial juncture of covid-19 pandemic.


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Imphal, June 7:

United Peoples’ Front (UPF), Manipur has expressed strong opposition to delimitation conducted based on the 2001 census report, the organization however welcome the delimitation based on fresh census report.
A press release of UPF, Manipur said that, the delimitation which is on process currently will be the fourth delimitation after India got independent. The first delimitation was conducted on 1952, second on1963 and third on 1973.
The statement further said that as per provisional census report of 2001, the decennial growth rate of population in the densely populated Imphal West and Imphal East districts is 15-19 percent while in less populated areas like in hill region, the decennial growth rate of population is 41-169 percent.
So, process of delimitation according to the above census report will be unacceptable as the 2001 census is not based on factual account, the UPF said.
Delimitation is conducted for convenience of administration and it should be based on Central Government Unique Identification Number based on Aadhar card.
Under Delimitation Act 2001 based on 2001 census data, the Delimitation Commission of India has completed the process of delimitation in other states and Union Territories in the year 2008 but four north eastern states of India namely Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam has been kept in freeze till 2026 by the then President of India because it can effect in law and order situation of the four states, it stated. Suddenly amid this critical  Covid-19 pandemic, the President of India issued a Gazette notification to commence the process of delimitation in four NE states also which has created Commission comprising of five sitting MLAs and 2 MPs and formed Delimitation Commission and waiting the delimitation should be conducted based on true census report in the interest of the entire citizens of Manipur if not the relationship can come in a worst situation between hill and valley which has been living with peace and love for years.

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Sunday, 07 June 2020 17:25

WESEA should not be in India – KCP

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Imphal, June 7:

Rebel group Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) has stated that people of WESEA region can never be part of India. The rebel group stated this in connection with the series of racial slur towards the people of the WESEA region by the Indians.

A statement signed by S. Mangal , Secretary-in-Charge- Information and Publicity , KCP, said that even as COVID -19 pandemic is bringing a major changes in the socio-economic and governance across the globe and simultaneously calls for behavioral changes, India still stands firm with its earlier atrocious attitude.

“During this time of crisis that arises due to the COVID-19 pandemic Indian community are having racial discrimination towards the people of the WESEA. The attitude shows that people of the WESEA are never included to the idea of India”, the KCP statement said.

People from the WESEA region are not allowed to buy essential items during times of COID-19 crisis at major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai etc.. This means that the people of the region are never treated as citizen of India  and if that is the condition why this region should be in India, the KCP asked. The outfit also questioned the reason for exodus of people of the region during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The KCP also asked the people to ponder on why the cases of COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the state . It is due to the exodus of the people from Delhi, Mumbai and other main cities of India and it is happening because the people cannot consider Indian cities as their own places.

The KCP also questioned on the reason for released of a person whose mother had died due to COVID-19 at a Mumbai hospital without following the the World Health Organisation advisory.

At the series of happening why the WESEA region should be in India, the KCP questioned.  

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Even thought the public seem to have come to terms with the reality of the still surging Covid-19 pandemic that has reached every district of the state, the evident lack of social discipline and disregard for the Standard Operating Procedures or SOPs is a very serious cause for concern, one which needs a new approach of implementation given the fact that the relentless and almost annoying- though necessary, bombardment of announcements on basic public safety measures in all the available forms of media and even the mobile phones have not been able to prevent a huge number of the people from crowding up without any caution or concern. Along with the surge in the positive cases of Covid-19 infection in the state, there is also a growing suspicion that community transmission might have taken place in the state-a situation which will render the pandemic uncontrollable. Though the state authority has yet to make an official announcement on the matter, if the insensitivity of the public on the present situation continues, it would not be long before the dreaded possibility becomes a reality.
However, amidst the emerging picture of gloom, one incident from the recent past will remains as a beacon of hope for every one of us in the state, a glaring example of what can be accomplished if in such difficult and dangerous times, each one of us come together and contribute to the fight against the dreaded scourge. A few days back, in a first of its kind after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state, a young woman from Sagang Village, Samulamlan Tehsil in Saikot Constituency of Churachandpur District returned from Chennai and reached Churachandpur on May 24 and was put up at the district level institutional quarantine centre at Sielmat Christian Higher Secondary School early morning. She talked to her father at around 3 am and was looking forward to meeting them after her mandatory quarantine period after almost three years away from home but a heart wrenching tragedy struck and at around 6 am the same day she was informed that her 67 year old father suffered a heart attack and passed away. When she expressed her utmost desire to pay her last respect and bid her final farewell to her father, the Village chief got in touch with the government authorities. What followed was indeed a tale of triumph of humanity over adversity.
The SDO of Samulamlan, after receiving the request, went out of his way and immediately got down to discussing the possibilities in consultation with the experts, the village chief as well as the volunteers at the centre numbering around 90, who have incidentally been given a three day intensive training and sensitization course prior to opening the centre. Given the delicate and dangerous nature of the issue which is unprecedented, the SDO took a huge professional and personal risk by granting permission for the young woman to finally have a final glimpse of her departed father albeit for only a few minutes, even though the strictest SOP was maintained during the whole exercise with each and every one involved following the guidelines to the letter. This incident paved the way for the authorities to develop a protocol for people under such restraining circumstances to fulfill such emotional and psychological needs which are as necessary, if not more, than our physical requirements. This incident also showed that there still are people in position of authority and power who would rise beyond their call of duty to perform extraordinary acts of kindness and humanity. The Chief of Sagang village also showed exemplary leadership by not only motivating but also preparing and equipping the volunteers with the right knowledge and equipments to successfully fight the pandemic and do their bit with determination and vigour. It is these acts of humanity and cooperation that is sorely needed in the society even more at this present times of uncertainty. And the best we can help and contribute to the noble cause of these brave souls is by following the social norms of wearing and keeping our masks on at all times in public places, washing our hands frequently with soap and using hand sanitisers whenever necessary, social distancing of at least three feet or one metre which, incidentally has been increased to 2 metres in most European and other western countries which are worst hit by the pandemic. These simple exercises will make life much easier and safer for everybody. Every single one of us matters so let us all mindfully do our part to defeat this pandemic.  

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Sunday, 07 June 2020 17:21

“Quarantine Dilettante”

By: Mandakini
All my bags are unpacked ,
All my things are scattered,

It’s time to pick up a paint brush,
Affirmative & paint under languish!

It’s not just a paper that will swing and fly by,
Where dear one may not ask why?

It’s a memoir that forever going to be treasured,
That no other means and ways could measured!

To the one Melophile!
You’ve old tracks medley in a file’

To the one acoustic standing!
You’ve guitar strings and banjo waiting’

To all Vocalist be freeway!
Let the medley relay’

To all Baker!
You’ve Charlotte to assay’

To all knitters!
You’ve weave to shaped in’

To all Gardener!
Fertilize & cultivate your prolific for better tomorrow’

And yes! Not to forget
To all the writers in brye,
Your Journal has been on Standby!

Waiting for a while,
An indigenous Chronicles reaching aisle!

High cheers to all dilettante !
Amateur in Quarantine

It’s not Adieu to your creativity
It’s a new beginning for an end

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