Friday, 15 May 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, May 15:

22 insurgents from Northeast India are handed over to Government of India for waging war against the Union of India by Myanmar authority. The insurgents are reported to be brought back to India in a special Indian Air Force plane. The 22 insurgents from Northeast India includes self styled Captain Sanatomba Ningthoujam of UNLF, Lieutenant Pashuram Laishram of PREPAK –PRO, Home Secretary Rajen Daimary of NDFV-S and self styled Captain Sansuma Basumatary of NDFB-S.
It is reported that the 22 insurgents have been brought back to Imphal where 10 will be taken back to Guwahati and the remaining 12 will be detained here in Imphal. All the 22 deportee is reported to be kept at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal.

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Imphal, May 15:

Womenfolk of Andro Assembly Constituency today stormed Andro Police station against the arrest of Lourembam Sanjoy, who is projected to contest against Ex-Minister Th.Shyamkumar who was recently disqualified from the State Assembly by the Speaker’s Tribunal, in the upcoming by-election of Andro A/C. A source close to the matter said “Porompat Police Station detained L.Sanjoy son of L. Shyamjai from Yairipok Mathak Leikai since yesterday and the reason for his arrest is yet still to be ascertained.”  
Protesting against the arrest angry womenfolk held placards that read “Release L. Sanjoy immediately without any conditions, No one vandalised Ex MLA Th Shyamkumar’s residence etc.” Speaking to Imphal Times, a woman protestor alleged that Thounaojam Rabi who is the younger brother of Ex-Minister Th.Shyamkumar of Yairipok Yambem Mathak Leikai filed FIRs against Sanju, M.Tomba and L.Shyamkeshore and the reason is still not known. Further she appealed the CM to intervene into the matter and release Sanjoy unconditionally. “

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Imphal, May 15:

Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons Manipur, along with Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur and AMUCO provided Hijam Jiban of Nongren Mayai Leikai Imphal east District under Sawombung CD Block of Lamlai Assembly Constituency with Hearing Aid and Crutches. Jiban was diagnosed with brain tumor in 2005 and is also suffering from hearing loss as well as visually challenged and needs physical support to move around.  Rehabilitation Officer of the relief centre Karnajit Khoibam and AMUCO President Ph.Nando presented the relief materials to the recipient. The team also visited Differently Abled Persons around Nongren area and distributed Relief Materials to tide over the present Covid-19 pandemic.

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Imphal, May 15:

Residents of Wangdei Meitei Leiki, Langol today submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Manipur requesting protection and rehabilitation of inter-caste families residing at Wangdei Meitei Leikai without giving intentional harassment by Divisional Forest Officer, Central, Imphal West. Reiterating the fact the fact that the village was established on 10th December 1990 with the knowledge of the state government for rehabilitation of inter-caste married families among Meiteis and Naga ladies of Nagaland along with Meiteis scattered around Cachar,  Holjai  and other districts of Assam and in possession of necessary documents and recorded in Dag Chitha of Village No 91-Meitei Langol , Imphal West, issued by Authority of Revenue Department, Imphal West under MLR&LR Act 1960  for the last 50 years and was never a portion of Langol Reserved Forest. The memorandum also appealed to the Chief Minister to advice the DFO not to disturb the boundary and tranquility of Wangdei area in the interest of Meitei, Naga inter caste married families and to foster the bond of love between the two states, further stating that if the enlargement of Reserve Forest Area continues, the residents will be rendered homeless which will risk peace and harmony in the state.

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Mumbai, May 15:

The Maharashtra government has decided to extend the lockdown in Mumbai, Pune and other COVID-19 hotspots until May 31 and reduce containment zones in Mumbai, to ease burden on the staff.
The decision to extend the lock down was arrived at in a meeting held on Thursday morning that was attended by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar among other state cabinet ministers. Aurangabad, Solapur and Malegaon among other hotspots will also come under the extended lockdown. The notification about this will be issued shortly.
As per the revised guidelines being worked out to ease lock down, from 18 May onwards, the  stand lone shops engaged in mobile repairs, repairs to electric and electronics goods, stationery etc will be allowed to remain open. Similarly grocery shops, chemists’ shops, will be allowed to remain open, subject to strict implementation of “physical distancing” norms.  However cinema houses, restaurants, malls will continue to remain closed.
In the meanwhile the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to reduce containment zones to reduce burden on civic staff and police. As of now there are 2,643 containment zones in Mumbai and even if a single positive patient is found in a building,  the entire area is declared as containment zone and it is barricaded. Now instead of sealing the entire area will not be barricaded after the patient is shifted to BMC’s isolation ward. At present several teams of BMC and police officials are deployed to inspect containment zones. If smaller containment zones are clubbed, less manpower will be required.
In case of housing societies, the plan is to mark out a large area as containment zone only if there are many buildings near each other which have positive cases. In case one building in a large housing society has a positive case, the complex may be marked as containment zone. But those on the field can assess the situation and find out if those from other buildings can be sent out. At present the corona positive is kept in the isolation ward for 14 days. Now the BMC is planning to reduce this period to 7 days. This was decided in a meeting which BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal had with BMC group leaders.
The BMC has also decided not to conduct COVID 19 test during discharge for those with mild symptoms. In case of asymptomatic patients, the laboratories have been directed to test only those identified by fever clinics or outpatient sections of private and government hospitals.  The testing will be mandatory only for critical patients. The laboratories have been asked to report all positive cases immediately, within one hour of results so that contact-tracing may be initiated at the earliest.
Further, the BMC has said that no emergency surgery can be denied to patients by the doctors for want of COVID -19 testing. In the context of not denying urgent surgeries, the BMC circular has stated, “Only if there is a strong suspicion of Covid-19 in persons requiring elective surgery or surgery which can wait for 48 hours, a doctor can ask for Covid-19 test. No emergency surgeries should be denied to the patient for want of Covid-19 test.”
The BMC has also allowed home testing in emergency cases. BMC, in a circular, said that it is issuing revised guidelines of testing by superseding all earlier circulars in light of the government of India and the state government issuing their revised discharge policy as per the categorisation of patients.
BMC’s circular stated, “Testing of mild/very mild /pre-symptomatic cases shall not be required before the discharge if there are no symptoms seen on seventh, eighth and ninth days consecutively. In case of moderate symptomatic patients, testing shall not be required if the patient is recovered clinically.

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Imphal, May 15

All Tribal Rights’ Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) and All Tribal Manipur Union (AMTU) expressed strong condemnation to the firing incident that occurred on May 14 at around 3:30 p.m   at “Prayer Mountain” that fall within Mantripantha village under Chandel District, Manipur.
The firing was allegedly made by residents of Mantripantha village led by one person identified as S.S. Bemung Lamkang, Chief of Mantripantha village. As per the report, around 10-20 individuals holding guns and ammunitions started firing against the 50-60 residents of Lambung village who were returning home from their place of jhum cultivation where two women were injured. As per the news report published in a local daily, there is a record of land dispute between the two villages and cases were also filed and obtained orders from the High Court of Manipur.
The ATRPFM and ATMU stated that they have no knowledge of the factual positions of the disputed land in question, however, firing gun against civilians shall not be indulged by any dispute party under any circumstances. 
“It is illegal and criminal act on the part of the culprits who fired arms at the residents of another disputed party and it was not acceptable on totality. The matter shall be settled in accordance with law and not with violence. If there are any court’s order, that shall be complied with and act accordingly”, the statement added.

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The worst is just starting to unfold, and as much as we would love to wish it all away, the fact of the matter remains that we are in it for the long haul. With thousands more yet to arrive in the coming days, this is a very crucial period for the people of Manipur in more ways than one. Understandably, a lot of people from the state are expressing their concerns with quite a number of them speaking up against the efforts of the central and state government to bring stranded natives to their respective homes from across the country. While the timing of the exercise leaves much to be desired, it would be unfair and even downright inhumane to deny the thousands of our fellow citizens their right to seek out a safe and secure place to endure the lockdown which, by any stretch of imagination, is not going to be lifted in the coming weeks or even months. One can only imagine the plight of most of these people who have to endure uncertainty, discrimination and diminishing resources while trying to make sense of the pandemic away from the safety of their homes. In fact, a much less talked-about aspect of this current crisis is the mental and psychological factor which needs to be highlighted and given due recognition if we are to effectively tackle the present situation.
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. Scaling up treatment in the midst of crisis will take creative thinking. Communities and organizations could consider training nontraditional groups to provide psychological first aid, helping teach the lay public to check in with one another and provide support. 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.

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By- Paojakhup Guite         
Saihenjang, CCpur    

The global infamous COVID-19 has gripped humanity with two extraordinary sufferings: while some people suffer from the ordeals of the pandemic, others the orders of the lockdowns. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic disease, which is caused by a novel coronavirus called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV-2). The lockdowns spawned by the pandemic have back-to-back been imposed thrice. The orders and ordeals have stretched out to over forty days and forty nights in toto, leaving us to our fate. Humankind does not have the immunity or antibodies or antigens so as to practically endure through the pestilence and hunger marathon. Nor can we starve, excepting a divine intervention. We are not prophets, but merely believers, if not atheists or agnostics.
The lockdown in its third phase has wreaked mind havoc. The first two too were of great existential threats both in and out-stomach half-filled, at best for some hapless people, and social life brought to a screeching halt in general. Changing its paradigm, Lockdown 3.0 has shifted its affects. That, now it has sensitised human mind to one emotional romanticizing that is, developing a sense of familial love, especially to those who are being stranded or have stayed outside their home. Similarly, family members back home are no less eager for reintegration with their stranded kith and kin. Fingers crossed, they are now being taken home by country roads! This is the sweetness of home.
Fear and Fare: Beyond Politics
Fear overwhelmed the psychosis. Up till Lockdown 3.0, we saw no sign of progress. The pandemic outbreak containment curve continues to rise exponentially on a daily basis unabatedly. Till date, the recovery rate has reached 31.74%. However, this gives no rest to the people either, and their mind raged with sleepless night. The fatality rate stands at 3.2 %( Acc. to the Union Home Ministry report). Their home-sickness was at its apogee.
The Central Government stands by its aggrieved citizens across the country. It provides an enabling environment. The State Governments with the Centre work in unison cutting across political lines. Logistic supports are being arranged across the country. Meanwhile, the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre failed to assure the returnees of their logistic charges and fares while made announcement. They drew flaks from the Opposition parties. The Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi took advantage of this loophole to render her Good Samaritan works to the returnees by giving them financial supports. Immediately, in retaliation the Centre calibrated its decision and came up with another sort of helping hand to contribute 85% of the returnees’ fare expenses. In this way, fortunately or unfortunately the returnees fell victim to politicisation on issues of train fares.
The fare friction is fair. This shows a sign of a mature democracy. This backlash between the BJP and Congress cannot be construed as a political vendetta. India exhibits its maturity in democracy in this hour of global health crisis. For a governance to be efficient, effective and robust in democracy, Opposition has a humongous task. By doing so, Opposition keeps government in the right track. That’s why Opposition is also sometimes known as Shadow Cabinet (Britain). Therefore, with these proactive steps of both the Government and the Opposition, the stranded passengers have the chance to travel with a smile on their faces. Their fear psychosis is all gone and hoping to hitch a ride back to their home town.
Home and House
Human beings are pilgrims for the family, or home for that matter. We leave home for a certain prospect in the hope that we could bring back some sort of blessings which are beneficial to the family members. Since pre-historic times, human beings practised hunting of animals and gathering of food items. Ever since they had a sedentary life, they started to enjoy the fruit of their hard labour at home.
Similarly, in modern times, we leave our home for outside to explore new worlds other than hunting and gathering alike. We enjoy these showers of blessings with our family members. Apart from our family members, we can also share our blessings to the needy and near & dear ones. Thus, the adage, “Charity begins at home”, meaning that a person’s first responsibility is for the needs of their own family and friends. In the simplest term, home can be defined as family members, while house means the physical structure or platform wherein we stay.
But, this time situations are weird. Our minds are reined in more by suspicions than expectations. To reach home is their expectations and we should not be hesitant to welcome them with open arms.
Fate and Faith
In this uncertain period of COVID-19 outbreak, the poor are always at the receiving end and seem to be nearing their fate. But, they have the faith that they do not abjectly surrender to this seeming fate, not to die hunger.
Vulnerable to fate are not only the poor, but humanity as a whole. The deadly novel coronavirus does not caste us. Nor does it cast its eyes on humanity based on the rich, poor or creed.
The common fate all human beings have is death (God forbids!). This mortal human body might be disposed of in any form with or without certain cultural rites and rituals. Disposal could be through burial or cremation or any other forms. To perform this rite, we need home. COVID-19 has taken a toll of lives where family members are not allowed to participate in the funeral. Only medical doctors, paramedics and few select people participate in the funeral. This is the very pain humanity feels, because no decent funeral can take place according to one’s customary rite. This acts as an alarm in the people’s mind to rush towards home so that we can reunite with our family members both awesome and oddsome times.
Global to Local
Early 1990s, India was proud of the rising high tide of globalisation. This was considered a breakthrough as far as its economy was concerned. It tried to join the elite club of global powers. At the turn of the 21st century, globalisation brought with it huge impacts to India in myriad ways. Economy was growing in leaps and bounds. Exports were sky-rocketed. Industries, factories and various multi-national companies (MNC) were mushrooming in the country. Service sector made a significant headway, thus employment rate was encouraging. Migration pattern changed. In-Migration within the country was at its record high. Rural seasonal labours migrate to towns and cities and eke out their living.
However, upon the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, growth trajectories and migration pattern have become otherwise. Globalisation is back to her village. A huge chunk of migrant workers have taken every risk to reach their natal villages by hook or by crook. Hundreds trudge along the road with pit stops en route. The Centre is mulling over prioritisation of indigenous goods. Swadeshi politics has always been a cherished dream of the current dispensation at the Centre. Modiji and his stooge Amith Shahji are working hard to make the country self-reliant and be more vocal about (being) local. A Rs. 20 lakh crore is just a beginning of this venture.
Therefore, while a mass exodus is happening proper care has to be taken. The receiving states should not be hesitant to accept them, because this is unavoidable circumstance happening out of their love affairs with their home. Destination accommodations have to be well managed with strict protocols. Home quarantine won’t do. A minimum of 14-day community quarantine has to be undertaken by the Government. Before we receive them, we wish them a happy and safe journey. Bon voyage and Godspeed!

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IT Correspondent
Mumbai, May 15
Advocate Digvijay Trivedi (32) who was a part of the legal team representing the deceased seers in the Palghar mob lynching case (Maharashtra) passed away in a car accident on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway on Wednesday.
Trivedi was killed on the spot when his car turned turtle near Manor, at around 10.30 AM, while his co-counsel was critically injured in the accident. She has been admitted to the Kasa government hospital.
He was travelling with his co-counsel Preeti Trivedi in a four wheeler, driven by him on National Highway No. 48. They were on way to the Dahanu Sessions Court. Prima facie he lost control of the vehicle and met with an accident. The Kasa Police have registered an accidental death report and are making further inquiries.
Trivedi was the chief of the legal cell of the Hitendra Thakur-led Bahujan Vikas Aghadi party. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad, which had raised voice, soon after the mob lynching case and had demanded a CBI probe, has reiterated its demand, raising suspicion, about the accident.
Trivedi, representing the sadhus on behalf of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, was scheduled to present his case before the Dahanu Sessions court. He was a resident of Bhayander  (about 26 kms from Mumbai).
While the mob-lynching is being handled by Maharashtra CID, till now the police has arrested 116 people in the case where a mob of over 300 people lynched 2 sadhus and their driver to death. Those arrested have been remanded to police custody till 19 May and the minors among them have been sent to Bhiwandi juvenile home.
The brutal lynching of 2 Sadhus in Palghar in Maharashtra on 16 April had shocked and angered the entire nation.  The sadhus -Kalpavriksha Giri (70) and Sushil Giri(35) who belonged to the “Juna Akhara” were beaten to death by a murderous mob of  with sticks in Gadchinchale village of Palghar, when they were on their way to Surat (Gujarat) to attend a funeral of their guru. The incident came to light only when the video of the incident was shared on social media.
The reports suggested that the villagers lynched them on suspicion of theft and kidnapping of children based on whatsapp rumours. Some groups claimed that certain religious sects  brainwashed the local tribals about the people coming in disguise and spoiling well water, during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
In a video that was shared on social media, the Sadhus were seen accompanying the police but the mob snatched them and started to beat them. The police who were outnumbered were mute spectators as the three were lynched.  They did not deter the mob which was determined to kill them. Subsequently 5 police personnel, including 3 officers were suspended and the 37 staffers were transferred out. Lately SP Gaurav Singh of Palghar in charge of the area was also sent on compulsory leave, on charges of dereliction of duty.

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Friday, 15 May 2020 17:49

Brutal attack on policemen in Mumbai

By Raju Vernekar
Mumbai, May 15

In a shocking incident, three policemen, including two CRPF jawans and an officer, were attacked with stones and sharp weapons by a group of nearly 20 people in Antop Hill area in Central Mumbai, when they were questioned for violating lock down norms on Thursday night.
While the injured policemen have been admitted to local hospital, one person has been arrested and a hunt has been launched for 17 other unidentified assailants.  
The scuffle ensued when the police patrol party found the people in large number on the streets late night. They were not maintaining physical distancing norms and were also without face masks, mandatory during ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.  
During the wordy duel, 5 to 7 women and 10 to 12 men attacked policemen with lethal weapons due to which the policemen suffered grievous injuries on head, hands and legs.
The police have filed an FIR under Indian Penal Code Section 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily  causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty his duty), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 344 ( wrongful confinement for ten or more days), 271 (disobedience to quarantine rule), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and other sections of National Disaster Management Act 2005, police spokesperson Pranay Ashok said.

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