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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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Delimitation exercise to begin based on 2001 census data

Delimitation Commission directed Deputy Commissioners to submit details of revenue villages in Manipur by July 7, 2020

IT News

Imphal, July 4:

The demand for the delimitation process based on the fresh census data by various civil society bodies and the political parties of the state turns deaf ear to the Delimitation Commission of India.

In an urgent communication to all the Deputy Commissioners of the 16 (sixteen) revenue districts of the state, the Joint Election Officer of Manipur, Ramananda Nongmeikapam has written an urgent letter to complete the delimitation of both parliamentary and assembly constituencies based on 2001 census data.

“ I am directed to state that the Delimitation Commission has proposed to complete the work of delimitation of Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies on the basis of 2001 census data as required by Delimitation Act 2002 as expeditiously as possible”, the Joint CEO Manipur in an urgent letter addressed to all the Deputy Commissioners of the 16 revenue districts of Manipur wrote as per directives of the delimitation Commission.

The urgent communication sent on July 2, 2020, to the Deputy Commissioners of Bishnupur, Chandel, Churachandpur, Imphal West , Imphal East, Jiribam, Kakching, Kamjong, Kangpokpi, Noney, Pherzwal, Senapati Tamenglong, Tengnoupal, Thoubal, and Ukhrul district further stated that -though the delimitation exercise is to be based on 2001 census, the positions of the districts, sub-divisions Blocks, Gram Panchayats, Municipal Corporation /Council, villages etc. are to be adjusted as on June 15, 2020.

The Deputy Commissioners have further been directed to submit the list of the recognised revenue villages under their respective jurisdiction latest by July 7, 2020.

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War on invisible enemy

As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly sweeps across the world, it is inducing a considerable degree of fear, worry and concern in the population at large and among certain groups in particular, such as older adults, care providers and people with underlying health conditions. In public mental health terms, the main psychological impact to date is elevated rates of stress or anxiety. But as new measures and impacts are introduced – especially quarantine and its effects on many people’s usual activities, routines or livelihoods – levels of loneliness, depression, harmful alcohol and drug use, and self-harm or suicidal behaviour are also expected to rise.
In populations already heavily affected, issues of service access and continuity for people with developing or existing mental health conditions are also now a major concern, along with the mental health and well-being of frontline workers. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears likely that there will be substantial increases in anxiety and depression, substance use and abuse, loneliness, and domestic violence; and with schools closed, there is a very real possibility of an epidemic of child abuse. However, according to experts, a few steps, taken now, can help us proactively prepare for the inevitable increase in mental health conditions and associated sequelae (a pathological condition resulting from a prior disease, injury, or attack) that are the consequences of this pandemic. First, it is necessary to plan for the inevitability of loneliness and its sequelae as populations physically and socially isolate and to develop ways to intervene. The use of digital technologies can bridge social distance, even while physical distancing measures are in place. Normal structures where people congregate, whether places of worship, or gyms, and yoga studios, can conduct online activities on a schedule similar to what was in place prior to social distancing. Particularly relevant here is the developing and implementing routines, particularly for children who are out of school, ensuring that they have access to regular programmed work. Online substitutes for daily routines, as mentioned above, can be extremely helpful, but not all children have access to technologies that enable remote connectivity. Needed are approaches for ensuring structure, continuity of learning, and socialization to mitigate the effect of short- and long-term sheltering in place.
Second, it is critical that we have in place mechanisms for surveillance, reporting, and intervention, particularly, when it comes to domestic violence and child abuse. Individuals at risk for abuse may have limited opportunities to report or seek help when shelter-in-place requirements demand prolonged cohabitation at home and limit travel outside of the home. Systems will need to balance the need for social distancing with the availability of safe places to be for people who are at risk, and social services systems will need to be creative in their approaches to following up on reports of problems.
Third, it is time to bolster our mental health system in preparation for the inevitable challenges precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Stepped care, the practice of delivering the most effective, least resource-heavy treatment to patients in need, and then stepping up to more resource-heavy treatment based on patients’ needs, is a useful approach. This will require that systems are both well designed and well prepared to deliver this care to patients, from screening to the overflow of mental illness that will inevitably emerge from this pandemic.
Even small signs that someone cares could make a difference in the early stages of social isolation. And health systems, both public and private sector, will need to develop mechanisms for refill and delivery of essential medicines, including psychiatric medicines. A concerted effort will be vital in establishing a new and better system which can adapt and scale up as and when required. Understanding, cooperation and empathy can win this battle.

If ‘Transparency’ is an alien concept?

A one-line statement incorporated with the updated report of COVID-19 cases issued yesterday by the state health department, it is stated that the Health Department has maintained complete transparency on the important facts related to COVID-19 pandemic and the department also re-iterated that there is no concealment of or intention to conceal facts from the public or media.
If this statement from the state health department is related to yesterday’s editorial of this newspaper, it is very unfortunate that the authorities in the state health department have failed to understand what actually was this paper revealing about. There are certain reports of the health department authority holding back reports of samples that were tested and releasing only some at both the VRDL, for reason known the authority. However, such holding back of tested samples instead of letting the people knew about it, as they are anxiously waiting for it, people, particularly the media have reason to believe some false play as details of why such reports are withheld.
Well, as per source the health department authority could announce the result of the tested sample hours before the publication of the evening newspapers as it was earlier done. Remember, the result was announced at 11 am and later at 7 pm a day some days back. Now , as the department has stopped sending out press statements containing the updated report of COVID-19 cases, evening newspaper which has been equally delivering service by joining the war against the COVID pandemic have been left unaccountable.
Well, the announcement of the number of COVID-19 positive cases is not only what is required for the public to know. Announcing the numbers and concealing the facts on how the department is taking up in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be simply coined as ‘Transparency’ unless and until it is an alien concept.
It is known to every persons, forget about those working with the media, that simply releasing the number and mentioning nothing about who are those persons affected and how they have been contacted with the virus is not what we usually understand by the concept ‘Transparency’.
Other than releasing some notes containing the number of people affected by the virus and people who have been recovered, had the state health authority ever convened a press conference or interaction program with the media persons. Had there been any press briefing regarding the development which perhaps should be conducted on daily basis mandatorily.
The manpower utilized for COVID care centers and the amount spend in treatment of those either symptomatic or asymptomatic, has been kept in secret and the Health Dept. said they are maintaining transparency.


MHRC Directed DGP to submit all relevant documents in connection with the arrest of Advocate Chongtham Victor

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Imphal, July 2:

Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has directed the Director General of Police (DGP) to instruct concern officer in charge of Heingang Police Station to submit reports and all relevant documents for arrest of advocate Chongtham Victor on June 20 evening by July 10 of this year.

Acting Chairperson of the MHRC Khaidem Mani took up the case following a complaint filed by Chongtham Victor stating that he have apprehension of being arrested on false ground once more. In his complaint to the MHRC, Chongtham Victor stated that he was arrested by a team of Heingang Police Station in connection with an FIR No. 39(06)HNG-PS/2020 under section 186/465/468/471/120-B of Indian Penal Code and Section 84(C) IT Act. However he was released on bail by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East on the ground that there is no prima facie evidence against him.

After receiving the complaint, the Commission considered the view that the complainant’s complaint has made out a prima facie case of inquiry under section 12 of the protection of Human Rights Act 1993.

It may be mention that  Advocate Chongtham Victor, who had raised his voice against corruption by an official of the Custom Division Imphal and later received serious life threatening mobile calls from person who identified himself as an official of the Custom division was arrested by a team of Heingang Police at around 10.30 pm on June 20. He was however released on bail by the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East on the ground that the charges leveled against him are unfounded.

Chongtham Victor was arrested in connection with a complaint by a staff of the Custom Division Imphal, by the Heingang Police under section 186, 465, 471 and 120 B of the Indian Penal Code and also under section 84(B) and 84(C) of the IT Act. A similar FIR under the same sections of the IPC and the IT Act was also filed against advocate Amom Malemsana, however, he was yet to be picked up till today. Both Victor and Malemsana had exposed the corrupt practice being underway at Custom Division Office after capturing an official of the Custom Division asking money for refund of deposited money using cell phone through this newspaper and social media. 

Heingang police today produced advocate Victor at the residence of the CJM Imphal East Ningthoujam Lanleima. The police team pray for custodial remand of Victor however, after the CJM I/E heard the counsels of Victor, the CJM released Victor on the ground that she did not find any sufficient ground for remanding Victor. 

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