Monday, 09 March 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, March 9

One person suspected of COVID-19 which landed at Imphal Airport on 6 March and put in the isolation ward of RIMS for observation and treatment turns out to be negative. The sample for the suspect was sent by RIMS to the State Level VRDL, Guwahati Medical College and the result which came out today returns negative for the suspect.
After the news of the suspect being put in isolation ward of RIMS went viral in social media, there has been an air of fear psychosis in the state with many buying Mask and Hand Sanitizers in bulk. Also, the prices for these masks and sanitizers have rocketed with it.
It may be mentioned that the Government had relaxed Bio-Metric attendance for some time taking in view of the prevailing situation. CM N Biren Singh had also appealed people to take precautionary measures during Yaoshang festival as the COVID-19 has the potential to spread from large public gathering.
With the advent of Yaoshang festival in the state, many are debating whether to join Manipuri traditional dance Thabal chongba or not. Also, there are instances of people dancing with hand gloves in the said Thabal Chongba.

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Khulakfam Altab Ali
Kshetrigao, Imphal

The CAA, passed by the Indian parliament in December 2019, seeks to grant fast-track citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who arrived in India on or before December 31, 2014 has led to widespread protests in India, starting from northeastern states. And the protest turns into violence and brings more than 50 dead across the country.

The controversial act totally violates article 14, 15 and 21 of Indian constitution and the preamble of India. If the migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh are treated as victims of religious persecution then why the Central govt. ignore Sri-lanka, Myanmar, Bhutan, China in CAA, when many minorities there in these countries are living with hue and cry, why only from three neighboring Islamic countries and why excluding Muslims. The name sake inclusion of Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Buddhist and Jain can neither prove the secularism concept nor hide the hidden agenda of playing religious political game which dream for a Hindustan for Hindu and it clearly shows the intention to isolate.

Since Last week of Feb, the partisanship of the police became clear particularly at the capital of India. They simply looked away and not responding to Muslim pleas for help. They failed to respond on calls for help when Mosque, residential buildings and commercial enterprises were attacked with abandon. Sometimes, there's direct participation on the violence by police. There are many videos viral in social media about direct attacked by police which are quite egregious. So the violence happening is not a riot between two communities but a pogrom that the BJP Govt. want to bring.

The Hindu deity term known for compassion and considered to be the embodiment of the highest morality and ethics “Jai Shri Ram,” has been weaponized to express muscularity, masculinity, and coercion by BJP politicians and their workers & supporters who are well known for anti-Muslim prejudice and fervor and it has been transformed into a battle cry for the establishment of a Hindu nationalist polity.

The situation of attacked with impunity has questioned by many foreign agencies & international bodies from different angle and discuss at many foreign parliament opposing the Act. United Nations right body UNHRC approached the country’s top court challenging the legislation. It’s so unfortunate for India that UN Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet had filed an intervention application in the supreme court of India in respect of the Citizenship Amendment Act, that CAA would be discriminatory and violates India’s commitments made under international law.

At this point of time Civil society Organisations, Student bodies and other inter-religious networks must wake up and condemn whatever happening against the country’s long preserved tradition of secularism and take the important role in creating bulwarks of resistance and peace as the probability of integrated communities coming apart is much lower than the probability of segregated communities coming apart. And also Media fraternity must be very sensitive to minimize the intensity of the violence by reporting courageously and condemning what it find unacceptable. Politicians must immediately stop igniting the people with isolation into different groups. Workers and supporters must also stop activating storm troopers and stop acting like robot that the politicians are operated with remote control.

People must be very clear with the policy and strategies that dissect the society into different section. Irrespective of caste and community people must join hand together and stand firmly to protect the attack on the spirit of the constitution to redefine the meanings of inclusive nationalism in the future.

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Mumbai, March 9

Roshini Kapoor, the daughter of founder and former managing director of “Yes Bank”, Rana Kapoor, booked by Enforcement Directorate for financial irregularities, was detained at Mumbai airport and was stopped from flying to London, even as Rana Kapoor was remanded to ED’s custody till March 11 on Sunday.

The development came after an investigation was launched against Rana Kapoor under money laundering charges in connection with the bank’s loans to the scam-hit Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DHFL) .

Earlier in the day, the Enforcement Directorate released a lookout notice against Rana Kapoor and his family, including his wife Bindu Kapoor, daughters Rakhee Kapoor Tandon, Radha Kapoor-Khanna, Roshini Kapoor and son-in-law Aditya.

Rana Kapoor was arrested around on Sunday under the provision of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act as he was reportedly not cooperating in the investigation.

The Enforcement Directorate is mainly investigating Kapoor, his wife, and three daughters over a Rs 600 crore fund received by a company allegedly “controlled” by them from an entity associated with the scam-hit DHFL. The firm, DOIT Urban Ventures (India) Private Limited (DUVIPL), allegedly received the funds when “Yes Bank” had a exposure of over Rs 3,000 crore loans to the DHFL that were already being investigated for financial irregularities.

The charges under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and sections 7, 12, and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act have been filed against Rana Kapoor, DHFL and its promoter Kapil Wadhawan and DUVIPL. Radha Kapoor-Khanna and Roshini Kapoor are the directors of the DUVIPL.

“Yes Bank” allegedly did not begin to recover the non-performing assets-tuned loans from DHFL, adding that the Rs 600 were funds part of alleged kickbacks received in exchange.

investments to the tune of more than Rs 2,000 crore, 44 expensive artwork, and a dozen alleged shell corporations have been a part of the Enforcement Directorate’s inquiry against Kapoor.

On Thursday, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had placed “Yes Bank” under a moratorium till 3 rdApril and abolished its board. RBI also imposed a limit of Rs 50,000 on withdrawals for every account. The RBI had said that it took the decision due to the “absence of a credible revival plan, and in public interest and the interest of the bank’s depositors”.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has also begun its investigation into “Yes Bank” and is looking into charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, and corruption. The CBI is reportedly looking into links on how Rana Kapoor entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kapil Wadhwan  with regard to financial assistance for DHFL through “Yes Bank” in exchange of significant undue benefit.

In another development, the CBI has taken over investigation into the Rs 2,267-crore Employee' Provident Fund scam in Uttar Pradesh, where hard-earned savings of the employees of the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited, were invested in the DHFL, facing a probe. The CBI has re-registered the FIR filed by the Uttar Pradesh police at the Hazratganj police station, according to officials.

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Mumbai, March 9

Number of passengers tested positive for coronavirus reached up to 40, when five of a family (three returned from Italy and their two relatives) from Pathnamthitta district in Kerala tested positive on Saturday night..

The three had returned from Italy on February 29 but had not declared themselves. As such they were not screened. All the five have been isolated in Pathnamathitta general hospital and are under observation. Earlier, India's first three positive patients, medical students from Wuhan (China), from Kerala, have been treated and discharged from hospitals.

The latest update of positive cases is: 40 (3 medical students from Kerala, returned from Wuhan, fully recovered and discharged),  15 patients receiving treatment at ITBP health facility, Chhawala, New Delhi,  10 patients receiving treatment in New Delhi (Safdarjung and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital), 01 patient receiving treatment at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad (Telangana), 02 patients (Italian tourists) are receiving treatment at Sawai Mansingh Hospital in Jaipur, Rajasthan, 05 patients are receiving treatment at Pathnamathitta general hospital, Kerala, 02 patients including a Forty five year old man (from Kancheepuram) admitted to hospital in Tamil Nadu and one more passenger tested positive on 7 March and 02 patients from Ladakh (returned from Iran) receiving treatment at Leh District Hospital.

In the meanwhile Bhutan banned the entry of tourists for two weeks when a 79-year-old American who reached Bhutan by air from India on March 2 tested positive for the virus. The Ladakh ministry said the patient, who had entered India on Feb. 21, had been put in quarantine in hospital in the capital, Thimpu

In a related development Lok Sabha has issued a safety advisory to the Members of Parliament in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak in India. The primer on preventive measures was issued on March 6, 2020 and comprised hygiene basics such as hand and respiratory hygiene and avoiding visitors for unofficial reasons strictly. MPs and visitors were also told to avoid large gatherings within the premises of the Parliament completely. These directives were circulated to the offices of all those parties who had their offices in the precincts of Parliament.

Movement of visitors and their entry to Parliament will also be restricted due to coronavirus outbreak when it resumes after Holi on March 11. From the next week, MPs won't be able to meet visitors inside the Parliament. All those who are coming to meet the MPs at the reception will be allowed to stay for an hour and the restriction will be adhered to in word and practice, according to news agency ANI. The Lower House also issued a notice to keep visitors away from party offices in the Parliament premises.

The visitor passes have been colour coded for this very specific purpose. Visitors who want to witness the Parliament proceedings will get white colour passes and they aren't allowed to visit any other areas of the parliament. Casual visitors have a blue pass. This pass will be valid only for the outer precincts and non-restricted areas of the Parliament where all the party offices are located.

Globally, there have been more than 98,000 cases and more than 3,300 deaths.  Most of the cases and deaths have been in China but the virus is now spreading in numerous countries.


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