Log in

Thursday, 14 May 2020 - Imphal Times

IJU Concern over Govts’ Clampdown on Journos

IT News
Imphal, May 14:

The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) expresses grave concern over rising cases of State governments intimidating, harassing and detaining journalists from reporting the truth by misusing the sedition law as well as Disaster Management Act. The IJU demands authorities in Gujarat, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh refrain from subverting press freedom, respect the citizen’s right to information and drop all charges against journalists, who are risking their health and lives to report on Covid-19. The cases include: Dhaval Patel, editor and owner of Gujarati website, Face of Nation, detained by Ahmedabad Crime Branch on 11 May following an FIR being filed against him under IPC Section 124(a) and DMA for his article of May 7, which said Rajya Sabha MP Mansukh Mandaviya was being called by New Delhi to discuss a change in guard (Chief Minister Vijay Rupani) for his failure in handling the Covid-19. Worse, Patel was being singled out for his report whereas other media outlets had run it too. The Delhi police summoned Indian Express reporter Mahender Singh Manral for questioning on his report of May 9 that an initial probe by Crime Branch had found an audio clip in which Tablighi Jamaat head Maulana Saad is purportedly heard asking his followers not to observe social distancing, may have been doctored. Claiming it to be factually incorrect and purely conjectural imagination, the police emailed a legal notice to the daily, summoned Manral ‘or face legal action amounting to fine and jail term’. The daily has stood by Manral’s story. A detailed report in Newslaundry reveals since lockdown FIRs were filed against six journalists in Himachal Pradesh for their questioning the authorities’ preparedness to meet pandemic challenge. Three FIRs against Om Sharma of daily Divya Himachal for his reportage and posts on Facebook on April 27 on administration’s confusion on curfew timing and opening of shops; on April 26 for sharing a report of Hindi daily Amar Ujala on FB, which claimed government had ordered businesses to shut for a few months in case any employee tested positive and on March 29 for going live on FB in Baddi town, Solan district, showing dozens of migrant workers protesting at the roadside for not getting rations. Sharma was booked under section 54 of DMA, punishment for false warning, 4 sections of IPC 182 (false information), 188 (disobedience to a public servant’s order), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of a dangerous disease,) and 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others). Three FIRs were filed against Jagat Bains, News18 Himachal reporter in nearby Nalagarh for revealing gaping holes in government’s lockdown strategy; 5 FIRs against journalist Ashwani Saini in Mandi district for reporting administration’s failure to supply rations to migrant workers; two FIRs against Vishal Anand in Dalhousie, associated with a national news channel for misrepresentation; FIR against Punjab Kesari’s Somdiv Sharma in Manali for report on administration’s laxity in quarantining interstate travellers; FIR against Dainik Bhaskar’s Gauri Shankar in Kullu district after local SDM termed his story on famished migrant workers, as “fake news.” In a statement, IJU President Geetartha Pathak and former member Press Council of India and Secretary General and IFJ Vice President Sabina Inderjit said all cases reveal a common thread i.e. unabashed arm-twisting of journalists by authorities so as not to cover-up their shoddy handling of the pandemic challenge, terming reports as ‘fake news,’ and misusing DMA, Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 and IPC to gag the media. The IJU demands governments drop all charges against the journalists, let them do their duty and instead set their house in order.

  • Published in News

UPF distributed food items to widows of Imphal West district

IT News
Imphal, May 14:
As part of its ongoing effort to provide relief to the less fortunate people of the state who are feeling the adverse impact due to the Covid -19 pandemic and ongoing lockdown, United Peoples’ Front (UPF) Manipur volunteers of the organization today distributed food items to widows below 60 years residing around areas of Mayanglangjing Taning, Kadangban part–3, Kangchup Chingkhong ,Nongchup keithalmanbi and konthoujam of Imphal west District. The front  further state that during COVID -19 Pandemic the front will continue to distribute relief materials to the people of Manipur.

  • Published in News

Unrest in Andro AC; Villagers appeal CM to intervene

IT News
Imphal, May 14:
Residents of Andro Constituency have urged the Chief Minister of Manipur, N Biren Singh to intervene in the current political unrest arising out of the upcoming By-Election of the constituency. One resident of Andro, Sagolshem Chaoren urged the CM to take necessary action else the matter will be out of hand. He said, “Yesterday at around afternoon, some group of unknown people abducted 3 of them, namely Ningthoujam Okendro from Andro Awang Leikai, Chingakham Shyamkishore from Andro Sanapat and Chaoren himself were blindfolded and beaten in a moving vehicle. Later on, they were dropped at the residence of one Dhiren alias Bobo from Huikap where one Rabi, younger brother of Ex-Minister Th.Shyamkumar was present. Rabi along with Dhiren escorted the 3 to a COVID-19 camp opened at Andro and were later picked up by Andro Police and given First Aid at Yairipok CHC.” Chaoren appealed for a peaceful By-election in the constituency.

Meanwhile, villagers of Yairipok Ningthounai , Yambem and Changambi Khul alleged that Peace and tranquility in the 3 villages in Andro Assembly Constituency have been disturbed greatly by Ex-Minister Th. Shyamkumar in hands with Imphal East District Police by firing Mock bomb and Tear Gas creating an environment of chaos and fear among the people and appeal no to repeat such act in future which is creating a fear psychosis among the people.

  • Published in News

Offence registered for violation of physical distancing norms

IT Correspondent
Mumbai, May 14:

An offence has been registered against 158 people for not adhering to physical distancing norms, during the funeral of one of the office bearers of “Raza Academy” , who died at Dongri in South Mumbai, on Wednesday night.

Over 250 persons took out a funeral procession before burial and mingled freely with each other. Barring one or two, most of them did not  wear a face mask and did not adhere to “physical distancing norms” in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the police said and added that as of now, the offence has been registered against 158 people and more information is being collected about the others.

There are over 40 containment zones and the entire Mumbai and Navi Mumbai falls in Red Zone. As such not more than 5 persons are allowed to be present at the cremation site/ burial ground, for the last rites of the COVID-19 patients. Besides, there is restriction even on the number of persons attending routine funerals. The number of persons permitted to attend the funeral is also specified by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). However the BMC officials and police find it difficult to implement these rules in most of the minority dominated areas like Mankhurd in North East Mumbai and also in areas of South Central Mumbai like Nagpada, Madanpura, which was a hot bed of non-stop anti-CAA agitations few months back.

  • Published in News

Tml Journo body donated Veggies to AMWJU

IT News
Imphal, May 14:
Tamenglong District Working Journalists Union (TDWJU) donated vegetables to All Manipur Working Journalists' Union (AMWJU). AMWJU in return provided the TDWJU with hand sanitizers at Manipur Press Club, Imphal. Tamenglong District Working Journalists Union (TDWJU)  President Ramkung Pamei, AMWJU president Bijoy Kakchingtabam, Editors' Guild Manipur President Khogendra Khomdram and General secretary Yumnam Rupachandra and AMWJU General Secretary Naoba Khwairakpam were also present.

  • Published in News

Foundation stone laid for water supply

IT News
Tamenglong/Tamei, May 14:

Under HADP (Hills area development fund) Tamei MLA, Awongbow Newmai today laid the foundation stone for water supply scheme at Tamei headquarter in the presence of Namsinrei, Tamenglong ADC, Chairman, SDO, Tamei and EE, PHED.
During the function Awongbow Newmai expressed that he is very happy to see HADP pilot project implementing first in Tamenglong district which will benefit the people of Tamei area. He also stated that the completion in time and success of the project will give impact for further implementation of the program in other district of the state.
At the function he also stressed the work agency to maintain the lockdown relaxation norms for the workers such as social distancing. Due to lockdown which the project is to be completed by October, 2021 (18 months time) it has been delayed by 2 months added Newmai.
The water project targets to supply water to Tamah, New Tamah and Tamei headquarters.
After the inaugural function , Sub Divisional level consultative meeting on Covid-19 and preparation of quarantine center was also held at community hall, Tamei SDO quarter campus along with Awangbow Newmai, MLA, Tamei AC, Namsinrei Panmei, Tamenglong, ADC Chairman, SDO, Tamei, government officials and village chairman and Secretary of Tamei subdivision.
After the meeting SDO Tamei and PHED team inspected Water and Sanitation facilities at Quarantine centers at Tamei. SDO who is taking care of the centers expressed that more facility and more centers will be needed as more people are expected to come.

  • Published in News

Minister Nemcha Kipgen announces hikes in honorarium for Anganwadi workers and helpers

IT News
Imphal, May 14:
Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen today announced that there will be honorarium hikes for Anganwadi Workers (AWWs), Anganwadi Helpers (AWHs) and Mini Anganwadi workers and provision of Performance linked Incentive to Anganwadi helpers under Anganwadi Services (Umbrella Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme) under Social Welfare Department, Manipur w.e.f 1st October, 2018.

The Social Welfare Minister informed that the honorarium for Anganwadi workers will be increased from ₹ 3,000 per month to ₹ 4,500 per month. For Anganwadi workers at mini-centres and Anganwadi helpers, it has been hiked from ₹ 2,250 to ₹ 3,500 and ₹ 1,500 to ₹ 2,250, respectively. There will be ₹ 250 performance link Incentive per month for AWHs for facilitating proper functioning of Anganwadi Centres.

Claiming that various important welfare programmes and services were being initiated by them at grassroots level, Minister Nemcha expressed happiness over the increase of honorarium for Anganwadi functionaries. They contribute greatly for the welfare of all the Anganwadi beneficiaries and also in the socio-economic progress of the State, she added.

As per the reports of the Social Welfare Department, there are 11, 510 Anganwadi centres in Manipur, out of which 9958 are Main Anganwadi Centres and 1552 are Mini Anganwadi Centres.

It may be mentioned that Anganwadi workers/helpers fall under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme administered by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD), Government of India.

  • Published in News

COVID-19 claims 283, infects 1041 in Bangladesh

By Our Correspondent
Dhaka, May 14:

Bangladesh on Thursday logged 1041 new COVID-19 positive cases and 14 deaths in the last 24 hours until 8:00am. The country’s confirmed cases now stands at 18,863 and of them, 283 have succumbed to the deadly disease.
Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services Nasima Sultana disclosed the information on the regular online briefing.
The global death toll stood at 298,165 on Thursday morning, according to data compiled by Worldometer. There have so far been 4428,236 confirmed coronavirus cases around the world.

  • Published in News

Railways cancel regular train tickets booked till 30 June 30, special trains to continue

IT Correspondent
Delhi/Mumbai, May 14:
Indian Railways has cancelled all regular train tickets booked for travel till 30 June and has announced that and full refunds will be issued to all passengers who had booked tickets for travel in these special trains.

These measures, however, do not include the “Shramik Special” trains and special trains that started running from 12 May. “Shramik Special” trains are taking migrant labourers from different states to their home states, while the special trains are running on 15 routes to ferry stranded Indians across the country.

On 12 May, Indian Railways had started 15 special trains in the ongoing lockdown with an aim to gradually resume the train services in India that are a lifeline for transport and communication in the country. The tickets of regular trains, which are being cancelled, were booked during the lockdown period when the railways was allowing bookings for journeys in June.

Regular mail, express, passenger and suburban services of the railways had been suspended from March 25 due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown. On the first day of bookings on IRCTC, the Indian Railways had booked tickets for 80,000 passengers, earning a staggering amount of Rs 16 crore.

Railway Board on Wednesday issued an order (TC II/2003/2020/Refund Corona dated 13 May,2020) introducing the provision of waiting list starting May 22 for journeys not only on its presently operational special trains but also on all its forthcoming services.

In an indication that it might soon start mail, express as well as chair car services, the Railway Board on May 13 issued an order introducing the provision of waiting list tickets not only for its operational special trains but for more such trains "to be notified in due course".

However in this order, Railways also capped the waiting list on these trains -- up to 100 for AC 3 tier, 50 for AC 2 tier, 200 for Sleeper Class, 100 for chair cars, and 20 each for First AC and Executive Class.

While in present special trains only confirmed tickets are booked, the wait listed tickets will now be available for bookings opening on May 15 for journeys beginning from May 22.

The order from the railway board to zones indicates that the railways is planning to run mixed services instead of the presently all air-conditioned trains. This also means that it could begin services to smaller towns along with the major cities that its Rajdhani specials are catering to now.

Neither “Tatkal” or “Premium Tatkal” Quota nor senior citizen quota will be available on these trains. Reservation against Cancellation (RAC) tickets will also not be allowed. No waiting ticket holder will be allowed to travel, officials said, adding that they will get full refund.

  • Published in News

The first of its kind Covid-19 test bus launched in Mumbai

IT News
Mumbai, May 14:

As coronavirus cases continue to surge in Maharashtra, especially Mumbai, India’s first Covid-19 test bus which facilitates affordable and rapid testing in dense urban areas, was recently launched by the alumni council of Indian Institute of Technology (B) at an isolation centre at Worli in South Central Mumbai.

The bus is capable of conducting 5 million tests per month and  will also be able to carry out large scale testing during the monsoons, a statement issued by IIT Alumni Council stated. A bus with mobile digital X-ray machine will go to containment zones so that X-rays can be done on the spot.  The medical equipment on board, comprises a low dosage digital X ray, real time tele- radiology, contactless swab collection and instant RNA testing. The bus has been configured keeping in mind heavy rains during monsoon in Mumbai. The bus has 384 sq ft of lab space onboard and also  has a wireless robotic  tele-operated ultrasound lung probe.

 “The IIT Alumni Council has taken a pro-active approach to support the Government’s efforts in fighting the Covid-19 challenge. We have set up the IIT C-19 task force to channelize the energies of the global IIT Alumni for this fight, IIT Alumni Council President Ravi Sharma said.

“The Covid-19 Test Bus is based on indigenous technology and to the best of our knowledge, this is the first vehicle of its kind in the world with onboard genetic testing, AI-based tele- radiology and contactless sample collection. We chose Mumbai as the launch location given the relatively high number of cases in the city,” Sharma added.

The IIT C-19 Test Bus is based on the indigenous “Kodoy Technology Stack” and executed by partner organisations led by IIT alumni. The Kodoy architecture involves e-vehicles for sample selection and telemedicine, algorithm-based pooled genetic testing and indigenous megalabs capable of carrying out, nearly 5 million tests per month per lab.

The bus is an initiative by the C19 Taskforce of IIT Alumni Council, supported by the  Health Department of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai(MCGM), bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakadawala and and Krsnaa Diagnostics.

 

The move is aimed at supporting the health department in tackling the pandemic that has caused over 400 deaths and  nearly 20,000 infections in Maharashtra  alone. India’s testing capacity stood at 177 tests per million, as on 15 April, 2020.

 

In a country of 1.3 billion people, a pandemic such as this necessitates solutions that are affordable, accurate as well as scalable to millions. In the absence of any proven treatment, there is a desperate need for increased levels of testing, particularly in clusters or containment zones, Sharma said.

  • Published in News
Subscribe to this RSS feed