Monday, 17 February 2020 - Imphal Times

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Mumbai, Feb 17

Indian medical graduates including 4 from Manipur doing internship in hospitals, run by the Sichuan University, China, are not being allowed to return to India, even as the Embassy of India in Beijing has taken up the issue with concerned authorities, report reaching here said.
As per the reports, despite Coronavirus outbreak, the students are being told that they will have to complete the course afresh if they return to India and there is a break in duration of the one year course.
According to reports, since more doctors are required to cater to the patients admitted to the hospitals, the doctors already working in hospitals as interns, are being discouraged from returning to India.
In response to a query by Imphal Times , Sanjeeb Chakraborty, Consul(Consular), Consulate General of India, Guangzhou, through e mail stated that “The Consulate has already taken up the issue with the concerned authorities of Sichuan University. The University has noted our concern and has informed that they totally respect these Indian students’ choice of continuing to stay or returning to India. For those who are doing the internship at the university’s hospital currently, they can also choose to return to India after they finish a necessary procedure of asking-leave. Then they can come back to the university to continue their study once the current situation is over”.
“The students can avail the choice of option to travel back to India via Bangkok/Colombo/Kulalampurby Thai/Srilankan/Malaysian Airlines if direct flight is not available from Sichuan”.
The Sichuan University recognized by Medical Council of India (MCI) offers MBBS degree course of ( 5 years + 1 year internship). The internship can either be done at the university hospitals or in the home country in a hospital recognized by the Ministry of Health of the concerned country.
Some Indian students for MBBS course in English medium have already been graduated from West China Medical School, Sichuan University and have excelled in the Screening Test of MCI. If the students want to do internship in the hospitals of the university they must pass HSK examination, as per regulations of Ministry of Education, China, before the 6th year internship.
In addition to MBBS course, the international undergraduate Students are also engaged by different medical institutes, including Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences & Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital, for one year course.

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Imphal, Feb 17

High School Leaving Certificate Examination (HSLC) conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur begins today at 140 selected centers. According to BOSEM, a total of 38664 students submitted forms for appearing in the HSLC examination this year. Out of the total students, 19040 are male and 19624 are female. Only 1 disabled candidate is appearing the board examination this time.
For the first time answers scripts are changed from landscape to portrait format and margins are drawn as announced by the Director of Education (S) a few days back. Watermarks of respective subjects are embossed on science and social science answer scripts, he had stated.
The first day begins with English subject. Students while interacting with this reporter after the examination said that they feel better with the answer sheets as they don’t have to waste time drawing margin.
“The questions are not very confusing and as for me I have done well”, Merilina  a student appearing the exam told this reporter while coming out after the exam. She, however, said that she was worried about finding her parents who were supposed to pick her up as the school front portion was jammed with lots of people and vehicles parking in an unorganized manner.
Brajeshwar, a parent who was waiting for his daughter said the authority should properly arrange the school entrance gate and the front portion as not only the students but we the parents and guardians feel suffocated. Moreover, a school like Keishamthong Model School and Ibotonsana Girls, are located near roadsides and jammed packed of the vehicles near the school severely disturbed the traffic along the road.
Authority should also take up measures to make the students more convenient.

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Imphal, Feb 17

A team of AMSU, while conducting inspection visits to government schools as a part of their campaign for Total Education today found Machi High School in Tengnoupal district Manipur in total disgrace manner with unsatisfactory school infrastructures besides having inadequate teachers.
A press statement, issued by the AMSU Thoubal district committee sent along with video footage of the school campus and classroom showed unfulfillment of promises made by the government for improvement of education sectors.
It said the school which has 146 students from class 1 to class 10 is being allotted with only five teachers. Among the five teachers, 4 are primary teachers and one Graduate teacher.
The building of the Machi High School was inaugurated on December 4, 2006, by the then Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and Education Minister L. Nandakumar. The condition of the school is that the first-floor portion could not be used due to any maintenance of quality.
On April 8, 2018, the present Education Minister Th, Radheshyam visited the school and after inspection assured to improve the school by providing the requirement, however, nothing has been done till today.
AMSU appealed to the government to act as per their assurance to improve the education sectors.  

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Imphal, Feb 17

The Helping Hands for People HHP has been honoured a National Award Utkal Raktavir Samman on a function of National  Blood Donors Conclave[Utkal Raktavir Sammaan ] 2020 at  Conference Hall of  Shri Gopabandhu Ayurvedic Medical College, Puri. The function was organised by Samparan and Odhisa Blood Donors Group on 10 February 2020.

 While speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul today Secretary of HHP, Premjit Moirangthem said that the HHP could give any required blood to those people who need blood out of emergency when they go aboard for further treatment. And he further said that after he suggested the inconveniences in helping people of Manipur going for treatment in other Indian states like Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai ,Kolkata etc . In that conference,  a network of Indian Organisations that conduct blood donation camps would be formed after the meeting of Union Health Minister Dr.Harsh Vardhan and the second conference would be conducted.

 He further added that  the HHP  would always be there till last for the service of people. For instance, when  a girl named Tina who was a cancer patient went operation in Guwahati ,8 volunteers from Manipur with their own expenses went to help her when she needed more blood out of emergency. And after the network was formed, the HHP could help in supplying the demand of blood of people at the stage of Manipur pan India . he also showed gratefulness to Dr. Surjit Konsam ,MO of  JNIMS Blood Bank, Dr. Barindra Sharma, HOD of RIMS Blood Bank and Dr. Bijoy, Senior MO of Shija Hospital and the Regular Blood Donors of HHP for their help in the long run in bagging the award.

Dr . Bijoy and Dr. Surjit also attended the press conference at Manipur Press Club today.

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Monday, 17 February 2020 16:55

Medalists felicitated at Khangabok

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Imphal, Feb. 17

Medal winner of the 35th Women Sr. National Weightlifting Championship 2020 at Kolkata and 41st Masters Athletics Championships  2019-2020 at Imphal were felicitated  at  Khangabok ,Thoubal district, yesterday evening.

The felicitation program was organised by Youth Organisations Khangabok [YOK]  and was attended by former Vice President  of BJP Manipur Pradesh Th. Jadumani, Kh.Rajamohon member of Khangabok Zilla Parishad ,N Mala Devi Pradhan of Gram Panchayat  and founder of Wisdom Foundation school L.Sobha .

 Kh .Roshibina daughter of Kh Tomba from Khangabok Khulakpam Leikai bagged bronze medal  in the 35th Women Weightlifting Championship 2020 .And  Tunabi devi w\o L.Kumarjit bagged 4 gold ,1 silver,1 bronze medals and M. Pramo devi, w\o M .Kumar singh bagged 2 gold,1 bronze medals in the 41st Masters Athletics Championships 2019-2020.

 Besides the Empowerment Organisatioms of Youth of Khangabok  also felicitated by visiting the respective houses of  other winner  athletes of  41ST Athletics Championships 2020 . 

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Mumbai, Feb 17

Even as Department of Telecom (DoT) began issuing notices to telecom companies to recover pending adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues worth Rs 1.47,686 crore, three companies were in the process of making part payment by Monday.
The deadline to pay the amount ended on January 23, but none of the telecom operators, except Reliance Jio, paid the amount. Even state-owned BSNL and MTNL did not pay the dues. Vodafone Idea on Saturday said that it is assessing the amount that can be paid towards AGR dues, even as it flagged concerns over the continuation of its business.
Earlier on Friday, Bharti Airtel offered the DoT to pay Rs 10,000 crore by February 20, but a DoT official refused to grant extension. Reliance Communications and Aircel are going through insolvency proceedings. Public sector companies, that do not sell telecom services, owe DoT around Rs 2.65 lakh crore, with GAIL India alone owing around 65 per cent of the total amount. However, these PSUs have the option to approach court for a legal recourse.
Telecom operators -Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Tata Teleservices, were in the process of making payment to avoid stringent punitive action from the DoT, official sources said. The dues are: Rs 53,000 cr -Vodafone Idea, Rs 35,586 cr -Bharti Airtel, Rs 13,800 cr-Tata Teleservices, Rs 4,989 cr- BSNL and Rs 3,122 cr- MTNL. In all, 15 entities owe the government Rs 92,642 crore in unpaid licence fee and another Rs 55,054 crore in outstanding spectrum usage charges (Rs.147,686 crore).
A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice M R Shah on Friday rapped the telecom companies, for not following its earlier directions and asked why the contempt proceedings should not be started against them. Now the matter has been posted  for hearing on 17 March, 2020, with a rider that if the companies fail to clear the dues before that date, then their CMDs/MDs will have to be personally present in the court.
SC’s order hits Vodafone Idea the most, as it had only Rs.12,530 cr reserves as of December 2019. The promoters of Vodafone Idea are unlikely to infuse any additional capital to pay its dues to the government and it will have to dip into its modest reserves and tap short-term loans to pay its dues.
In its order, dated 24 October 2019, the SC had ruled that the statutory dues need to be calculated by including non-telecom revenues in AGR of telecom companies. While rejecting appeals by the telecom companies, the SC had directed them to clear dues by 23 January 2020.
A few days back, DoT had directed its circles not to take a coercive action against telecom companies defaulting on statutory dues payment. However that circular was withdrawn by the DoT immediately after the SC took a strong view of non-compliance in payment of dues. Some of the DoT circles had directed the telecom companies to pay dues by midnight of 14 February 2020.
Last week, Vodafone Idea had sounded out warnings on “material uncertainty” casting “significant doubt” on its ability to continue as a going concern. The company’s ability to continue as a going concern is essentially dependent on a positive outcome of its modification application in the SC on the AGR matter and any relief from the telecom department on payments, it had said. Vodafone Chief Executive Officer Nick Read had said the situation in India is critical, following the AGR ruling of the SC. The British telecom major holds 45.39 per cent stake in VIL.
Vodafone Idea had suffered staggering Rs 50,922 crore loss in the September quarter (highest ever loss posted by any Indian corporate), when it had made provisions for statutory dues following the SC’ order in the AGR matter, although its losses in December quarter narrowed to Rs 6,439 crore.
 Bharti Airtel’s liabilities added up to nearly Rs 35,586 crore, including licence fee and spectrum usage charge dues. But, Airtel had already said that the previously-mentioned material uncertainty on the group’s ability to continue as a going concern “no longer exists” after the recent Rs 21,502 crore fund raising by it.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government at present is facing multiple criticisms from many intellectuals and political parties having different ideology, particularly in the mainland Hindi belt area. Perhaps he is the only Prime Minister of the country who received so much criticism from people of the mainland states. 
After India became a republic in 1950, criticism and anger to almost all the Prime Ministers until the Narendra Modi led government replaced the regime in 2014 were from states like Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, and Meghalaya. No Prime Minister who had ruled the nation had ever taken the issues in these states before 2014. Perhaps it will be no wrong to say that Narendra Modi is the one and only Prime Minister of the country who felt that a strong India need to make the people of the North-Eastern states of India as citizens of an integral part of India. There may be differences of opinions among the people in the way that BJP led government under Narendra Modi work out to make sure that people of Manipur, Nagaland, and Assam abrogated the idea of alienation. But the kind initiative towards North-Eastern states indicated Modi led NDA government’s romance with this part of the country which was later joined in the Indian Union. And for that Modi government understand that a permanent solution with armed rebel groups waging war against the government of India demanding restoration of its sovereignty is a major task needed. 
It may be perhaps for this reason that the Modi government had started discussing bringing peace through dialogue with the armed rebel group of the region. Picking up Chief Minister of Mizoram Zoram Thanga, a one time leader of the armed rebel group the MNF, which have years of experience is perhaps the right choice. And many including journalists, scholars, political analysts, etc. appreciated terming Zoram Thanga as the only person who is qualified for such a negotiation. 
The period from 1950 to 1970 was different. There were full of frustration among various learned youths of the region. The period from the 1970s to 1980 was also different. North-Eastern states particularly the state of Manipur face the worst time. Civilians faced the most inconvenient time as the then government of India utilized their military might in the name of suppressing the armed rebel groups. Controversial AFSPA, that empowered the Indian military to shoot on mere suspicion which is still on at various part of NE states still angered and aggravated the feeling of alienation among the people. When the Modi government talk about one nation, one constitution and one law, the people in this part is still not enjoying the kind of freedom provided under the Constitution of India at other part of the states as AFSPA still enforce in this part and such actions were not enforced at any other state which is even more affected than the state of Manipur due to Maoist and Naxal movement. 
It is appreciating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had shown his government desire of bringing an end to the rebel movement, but how could it be when nothing that could be trusted by the rebel group has been taken up. Zoram Thanga may have had full of experiences but a peace initiative for Manipur, in particular, needs another mechanism. 
Series of meetings, seminars, workshops need to be conducted to find a way for the roads ahead by inviting all sections of people. It will be the peoples appealed that the rebel groups will only respond positively. The context of Manipur is different, it cannot be treated similarly to NSCN-IM, MNF or the Bodo rebel which recently signed an agreement with the government to join the mainstream.
This could have been done easily if the current situations of anguished among the scholars have been sorted out by streamlining the Manipur University. Narendra Modi’s love and admiration to Manipur and NE states will be acknowledged by all if he interferes the serious wrongs that have been going on at Manipur University. 
Everyone knows education is the backbone of the society and the society moves towards the direction with the kind of wisdom that gets through education. Manipur University is an asset of the country that may help to solve complex social issues as the institution is the temple of education for a better society. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s romance with the state of Manipur will not be completed had he not taken up any measures to heal the wound that the University is suffering now. It would be not a good memory of the next generation to remember Prime Minister Narendra Modi  by the future generation to be a Prime Minister who had left the ails in Manipur University by placing the university under an administrator for over two years. Perhaps the longest ever interim VC appointed across the country..

 

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Imphal, Feb 17

Members of the Youth Congress of Heirok AYC and Thoubal DYC yesterday staged a March protest Rally starting from Heirok Part II Mayai Leikai to Heirok Bazar on LPG price hike.
The protest was led by IYC National Secretary Ms Sarifa Rahman , Sh Amir Hussain, President , Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress, Ng Dilip Kumar Meitei, VP MPYC, Sh N Mahananda Singh, General Secretary MPYC , Shri The Ranjan Singh, President Heirok BCC and N Dilip Singh , President , Heirok AYC
The protesters demanded that the government should rollback the LPG cylinder price hike.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had on Thursday taken a dig at the BJP over the price hike by tweeting a UPA-era picture of the saffron party’’s leaders, including Irani, protesting an increase in prices of cooking gas at the time.
The protesters also displayed gas stove and cylinder at Heirok Bazar .
The Youth Congress members demanded the hike be rolled back and accused the union government of “electrocuting” household budgets held held many placards and raised many slogans against BJP Govt on price hike in LPG .
IYC national Secretary Sarifa Rahman said that increasing Rs 149 is “unethical”
“The current government has increased the price of LPG. This will directly affect the lower section of the society. This has to be taken back,” Sarifa Rahman said.
State-owned oil marketing companies increased the prices of non-subsidised LPG cylinders to the tune of Rs 149 per cylinder from 12th of February. On one hand there is unprecedented crisis of unemployment and inflation in the Country and on the other hand, Modi Government by increasing the prices of LPG cylinders have pinched the pocket of the people of the Country. The price hike was effected immediately after the declaration of Delhi assembly election results. From the timing of the price hike it is writ evident that the price hike is unleashed as revenge against BJP’s crushing defeat in the assembly elections.
Amir Hussain, President Manipur PYC added that  BJP is trying to take revenge for the defeat in the Delhi assembly polls. Just because people did not vote in BJP’s favour, they are punishing them by increasing the LPG price. This decision is cruel and harsh against poor and also shows anti poor mindset of Prime Minister Modi.”The prices of LPG in 2013 have gone up to levels of almost the double of it. Pradhanmantri Ujjal Yojna is also an illusion, to spread in public for votes. No poor would be able to afford to refill cylinder at this cost.
And also held a District level launching of National Register of Unemployed ( NRU) organized by Heirok AYC in association with Thoubal District Youth Congress at Heirok Part II Mayai Leikai to highlight the issue of rising unemployment in India and also to give a voices to the plight of Young IIndians .
The District level of NRU was launched by IYC National Secretary Ms Sarifa Rahman , Sh Amir Hussain, President , Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress, Ng Dilip Kumar Meitei, VP MPYC, Sh N Mahananda Singh, General Secretary MPYC , Shri The Ranjan Singh, President Heirok BCC and N Dilip Singh , President , Heirok AYC

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Imphal, Feb 17

Mantripukhari Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis HQ IGAR (South) celebrated Luira Phanit festival and organised Community Service at Riha village, Yangangpokpi in Ukhrul District yesterday
The festival commenced with offering of prayers followed by a cultural programme in which various traditional songs and dance were performed by the locals.  During the event, interaction with locals was also carried out with an aim to familiarise and orient troops with the locals customs and traditions. Locals also willingly shared their various issues of concern with the troops of the battalion.
In addition, a sports equipments distribution ceremony was also organised in which the battalion distributed sports equipments related to Handball, Volleyball, etc to the youth of the village in order to promote sports and fitness under Fit India Movement.
On the other hand, Thoubal Battalion of 9 Sect Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) in conjunction with Social Educational and Cultural Development Organisation (SECDO), Thoubal Khetri Leikai and Kshetri Leikai Women Development Association organised a Health Awareness Campaign at Thoubal Khetri Leikai yesterday
The event commenced with an informative lecture on importance of blood donation, health hygiene and sanitation by the Regimental Medical Officer (RMO) which was followed by medical checkup of local by the battalion medical team. The medical team provided consultation on various diseases, health related issues and distributed free medicines to the needy patients.
A blood donation camp was also organised by District Hospital, Thoubal and Krisnaa Diagnostic, Thoubal. The camp received overwhelming response of locals and over 50 locals donated blood during the camp. The blood donors were also given Donor Cards after donation of blood. The battalion also participated in the Blood Donation Camp.
The Health Awareness Campaign received an overwhelming response from the local populace and over 175 locals patients benefitted from the camp. All the attendees conveyed their heartfelt gratitude to Social Educational and Cultural Development Organisation (SECDO), Thoubal Khetri Leikai, Kshetri Leikai Women Development Association and Assam Rifles for facilitating the outreach of the medical facilities and requested for more such camps in the future as well.

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