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Sunday, 31 March 2019 - Imphal Times

Assam Rifles conducts drug deaddiction drive, encourages school Children

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Imphal, March 31,

In continuation of de-addiction drive undertaken by Moreh Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles, the medical officer along with team carried out check up and provided medicine at Rehab Hope Centre, Moriah Lhangtheng, Ward no 2, Moreh.

A total of 41 inmates attended the medical camp during which they were educated on the benefits of drug free life and critical withdrawal symptoms associated with drug addiction. Inmates were provided counselling and provided medicines free of cost to alleviate their agony including the replenishment of earlier installed first aid box.

The regular medical camps from Moreh Battalion have ensured significant improvement among patients. The ongoing efforts to have a drug free environment have resulted in phenomenal recovery as per the chairman. A pledge would be taken by all the inmates on upcoming World Health Day to curb this emerging drug menace in the society. The inmates expressed heartfelt gratitude and thanked Assam Rifles for this unique initiative.

On the other hand, Shangshak Battalion under the aegis of HQ 10 Sector, IGAR (S) distributed various sports equipment to St. Paul School at Ramva (Shakpao) on 30 March 2019. The sports equipment included Football, Volleyball, Cricket kit and Carrom board for the children of the school. The sports equipment was aimed to channelise the energy of the children in positive direction and contribute in nurturing the sport talent in the village. The sports items were received with heartfelt gratitude and the school and the villagers conveyed their sincere appreciation for the initiative taken by the battalion.

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Half marathon and quiz for SVEEP campaign in Kangpokpi

Kangpokpi, March 31,

A Half-Marathon was organised yesterday as a part of SVEEP campaign in Kangpokpi District. The half-marathon was flagged off at 6.30 a.m by the Deputy Commissioner/DEO, Kangpokpi District Laithambigai K, IAS. The race was participated by Superintendent of Police, Kangpokpi Hemant Pandey IPS, ADC/ADM Lalramsang Infimate MCS, SVEEP Nodal Officer Chunglienmang MCS, Additional SP Emmanuel Infimate MPS, Major Subrata Debbarma of 38Assam Rifles, SDOs, Election Officer, District Level Officers, staffs of DC Office, students and youths of the district. It was promoted with the tagline “No runners to be left behind.”
The half-marathon completed at Thomas Ground, Kangpokpi District HQ. After the race, a quiz competition was also held at the same venue to give awareness to the public on inclusive voters and free and fair elections.
The DC, SP, ADM and Additional SP gave away the prizes to the winners of the half-marathon and quiz competition. A special prize was also given to a participant who got first among female participants. 
Speaking on the occasion, DC Lalithambigai stated that the half-marathon was organised as an awareness campaign for the use of EVM/VVPAT machines to all voters of the district and the idea of inclusive voters i.e no voters to be left behind. She also appreciated Major all participants and even the small kids who came out and won both the quiz and the race. The DC also extended her appreciation to SVEEP Nodal Officer Chunglienmang and his staffs, who despite of very limited time, organised and made the half-marathon and quiz a successful one.
Addressing the gathering, Chunglienmang stated that three polling stations have been identified as Model Polling Stations and will be manned by women polling personnel. He also thanked Major Subrata Debbarma of 38 Assam Rifles for his immense co-operation in organising the programme.
Later, an awareness programme of EVM/VVPAT was organised at Thomas Ground where the general public was given hands-on training on the use of EVM and VVPAT.

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JFA bats for quality journalism

By Our Correspondent
Guwahati, March 31,

 Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing concern over a recent court order sentencing a city based scribe for the inappropriate media coverage, made nearly a decade back, urges the media fraternity to pursue quality journalism with authentic facts.
The scribe’s body, in a statement issued today, pointed out that over enthusiasm as well as unwanted activism would only spoil the medium, which is facing tremendous challenges from the alternate/social media around the world.  The mainstream media should be more cautious now as
it starts losing public supports, it added.
Notably, Bikash Sarma, former editor of a city based English daily, was convicted by the Kamrup district court following a defamation case filed in 2010 by Himanta Biswa Sarma, then a Congress minister in Tarun Gogoi’s cabinet and presently the State finance minister of BJP led government in Dispur.
The court imposed a fine of rupees 5,000 and simple imprisonment for one month to Bikash Sarma, as his newspaper quoted Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity leader Akhil Gogoi as making a statement that RH Khan, an accused scam star, gifted a car to the minister. But during the trial, Gogoi denied making any such statement, even though similar content was aired by few news channels too.
“Unauthenticated quotes or betrayal of sources may put the scribes in troubles and it should be our moral responsibility to crosscheck the facts before reporting. We must understand that more people may want to use media space for selfish interests, but it should be our priority to proceed with the wisdom only,” concluded the JFA statement.

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Kidambi Srikanth digs deep to enter the second final at Yonex-Sunrise India Open Ratchanok Intanon one win away from the third title

From a Correspondent
New Delhi, March 31,
 Kidambi Srikanth remained on course for a second title by entering the final of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2019, a BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament, here on Saturday. The 2015 champion was made to work hard by the 30th ranked Huang Yuxiang before he could pull off a gritty 16-21, 21-14, 21-19 win in 1 hour 4 minutes.
This is Srikanth’s first final on the BWF circuit since the French Open in October of 2017.
The former winner was troubled early on by Yuxiang’s speed, quick change of direction and superior net play, despite having a 3-1 edge in their head-to-head record. From 14-14, the Chinese went up to 19-14 due to unforced errors from the home hope. Srikanth did save a couple of game points but his effort fell short as Yuxiang wrapped up the opener 21-16.
Amid deafening cheers from the crowd, the World No. 7 started showing flashes of his aggression in the early part of the second game and built a 7-4 lead. By regularly finding the lines, the India No. 1 held on to go up to 13-6 and kept up the same approach to close out the second game 21-14.
Srikanth broke away from a deadlock in the third game to inch ahead to 11-10 but errors at the net proved costly as Yuxiang grabbed 3 points on the trot to go up to 13-11.
The former World No. 1 then found his firepower from a 14-17 deficit to draw level at 18-18 and then a beautiful touch at the net helped him finish the win.
“I gave too many easy points after that 11-point break in the third set. In the end, I was just thinking I was playing safe and working hard for every point,” said Srikanth after the victory. “Even yesterday, I lost the first set. I have not been able to pull out the first sets but really happy I was able to pull out third sets,” added the top-ranked Indian.
Intanon back in the final after 3 years
Thailand’s former world champion Ratchanok Intanon survived a tough duel with the seventh seed Han Yue, eking out a 21-15, 19-21, 21-18 win in 1 hour 6 minutes. For the highly popular Thai, this is her fourth final at this prestigious tournament after earlier wins in 2013 and 2016. Her only loss came in 2015 against Saina Nehwal.
The women’s doubles section witnessed a mini-upset as the third seeds Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean beat the second seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai 18-21, 21-19, 21-19. They will take on the top seeds Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu who needed three games to see off compatriots Della Destiara Haris and Tania Oktaviani Kusumah 21-9, 19-21, 21-5.
In mixed doubles, the top seeds Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping set up a summit clash with fifth seeds Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti. The Chinese, winners of the BWF World Tour Finals title last year, beat fourth seeds Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja 21-13, 21-16 while the Indonesians prevailed over Lee Yang and Yang Ching Tun 21-9, 23-21. 


Key Results:
Men’s Singles
KIDAMBI Srikanth (IND) (3) bt HUANG Yuxiang (CHN) 16-21, 21-14, 21-19
Women’s Singles
INTANON Ratchanok (THA) (4) bt HAN Yue (CHN) (7) 21-15, 19-21, 21-18
Women’s Doubles
CHOW/LEE (MAS) (3) bt KITITHARAKUL/PRAJONGJAI (THA) (2) 18-21, 21-19, 21-19
POLII/RAHAYU (INA) (1) bt HARIS/KUSUMAH (INA) 21-9, 19-21, 21-5
Mixed Doubles
WANG/HUANG (CHN) (1) bt FAIZAL/WIDJAJA (INA) (4) 21-13, 21-16

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