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Saturday, 16 May 2020 - Imphal Times

COVID-19 – with another two more, number of active COVID-19 cases reaches four in Manipur

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Imphal, May 16:

The graph of the COVID-19 cases in Manipur is rising with the arrival of the stranded Manipuris from outside the state in the last couple of days. With two more new positive cases of COVID -19 today, the number of active positive COVID -19 cases in Manipur reached 4 today.

Two more new cases have been detected at State Level Viral Research & Diagnostic Laboratory of RIMS, Imphal today. Both the patients hailed from Moreh town in Tengnoupal district and were returning from Mumbai.  The two patients reached Manipur on May 14 and have been lodged at IIIT Mantripukhri for quarantine.

Earlier, a patient from Kairang Khomidok in Imphal East who return from Mumbai was tested positive on May 14. Following him another 21 years old girl from Kamjong district, who returned from Kolkata and had undergone quarantine at NIT Takyel, was tested positive yesterday (May 15). Today among 8 persons who have been tested at RIMS’s State Level Viral Research & Diagnostic Laboratory, 2 persons from Moreh who had returned from Mumbai have been tested positive.

Both the positive cases detected today are mother and son, were returning from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.

The first COVID-19 positive case in Manipur was detected on March 24. And the 2nd was detected few days later. Both the positive cases were discharged after being tested negative. Following that Manipur has been declared COVID-19 Free State in the country. COVID-19 positive cases so far detected in the state reach 6, even as active cases stand at 4.

It is likely that the number of COVID-19 cases will climb up in the state with many more returning from the red zone area of the country.

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Despite CM’s directive, parking at Thangal and Paona Keithel road still on

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Imphal, May 16:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s words are not taken seriously by either the state government employees or the general public as his directives are not converted into action many times. The most recent being the directives he had given to the traffic police to make the roads in Paona keithel and Thangal Keithel clean and tidy.

On March 20, during a surprise visit to Thangal and Paona Keithel to sensitize the shopkeepers specially Ima vendors, Chief Minister N Biren had directed the concerned authority to cancel all the parking permits given to private agency by the Imphal Municipal Corporation to discontinue parking at the road side of Thangal and Paona road. Unfortunately, vehicle parking at the said areas are on till today owing to negligence on the part of the concerned officials and the public.

It may be noted that, on Dec. 8 2018 Imphal Times also published a report regarding the financial irregularity in revenue collection of parking fees by Imphal Municipal Corporation.

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Protest erupts in Andro against the detention of Social Worker Sanjoy

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Andro, May 16:

Supporters of Lourembam Sanjoy, projected contender of the upcoming By-Election of Andro Assembly Constituency today carried out mass protest shouting slogans against his detention at Porompat Police Station. Protest were staged at various area of Andro at Angtha Thambalnu Market, Yairipok Tulihal Azad Higher Secondary School ground, Yairipok Ningthounai Mayai Leikai ANBA ground, Yairipok Changamdabi Makha, Changamdabi Mathak, Nongbrang Mayai Leikai Nongbrang Awang Leikai, Yairipok Yambem Keithel Macha, Yambem Leirak Achouba, Yairipok Yambem Laimang and Yairipok Top Chingtha. Placards reading “Transfer Imphal East Additional SP Bishorjit, Release Sanjoy without any condition etc.” were displayed by the protestors. Irate locals also blocked streets in various parts of Andro Constituency. Protestors alleged that disqualified Ex Minister Th Shyamkumar’s daughter Th Sylvia and the minister’s brother Th Rabi filed a false report to the Police accusing Sanjoy of vandalising their house at Yairipok Yambem. The protestors warns of serious agitation in the coming days if Sanjoy is not released unconditionally at the earliest. 

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TSA-GHQ urges for change of medium of teaching in e-Video learning classes

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Imphal, May 16 :

While appreciating the Education department of Manipur for launching e-Video learning classes under the “Samagra Shiksha, Manipur” scheme, the Thadou Students’ Association, General Headquarters (TSA-GHQ) has urged the the Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam to change the medium of teaching on the online video in English language, as students of Hill districts cause hardship in understanding the Manipuri language.

A memorandum submitted by the TSA-GHQ stated that 95% of the medium of teaching in the online video are in Manipuri language caused great hardship for the hills students in understanding the lesson. It said that due to language barriers, students of the hill districts would not receive the true benefits of the tutorial videos.

The TSA - GHQ urged the education Minister to change the medium of teaching to English language so that justice and equality among all the schools in the state is delivered as English is a medium of instruction in all the schools of the state.

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UPF distributes food items to widows

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Imphal, May 16:

As a 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 distributed food items to widows below 60 years residing around areas of Yumnam Huidrom of Imphal west District and Bishnupur District Nambol Naorem and Maibam. The UPF said that during the COVID -19 Pandemic the front will continue to distribute relief materials to the people of Manipur.

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Press meet and other public gathering banned at Press Club

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Imphal, May 16:

All Manipur Working Journalists Union General Secretary Khwairakpam Naoba in a press release statement state that due to COVID -19 pandemic in the state an emergency standing committee had a special meeting and discussed about the journalists who are in the frontline. The meeting also reiterated its earlier resolution of March 22 jointly with AMWJU and EGM. The resolution AMWJU and EGM on March 22 had at Manipur Press club are- All press meet, conference and public gathering at Manipur Press Club has been banned for the time being. All reporters and correspondents have been advised against participating in press meet called by any individual or organisation. All the organisation and individual wishing to hold or release press statement are requested to self record and send the press release or video clips through electronic means via mail or Whatsapp of individual media firm or to the authorised given Whatsapp number 8974283214 or email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All reporters are advised against participating in any media tour or pickup programme for the time being. And all the Government press communications are requested to be sent through the DIPR.

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AAI releases guideline for air passengers during post lockdown period; A physical distance of four feet from a co-passenger is must

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Mumbai, May 16:
As India prepares to enter the fourth phase of lockdown, the Airport Authority of India (AAI)  on Saturday issued six-pointers guidelines, indicating the resumption of domestic flights operation in the country.
The guidelines laid down the rules one needs to follow while choosing to travel by air, stipulating, Aarogya Setu app, wearing a mask, and maintaining a physical distance of four feet from a co-passenger.
Taking to Twitter, AAI said ‘’With the possibility of resumption of domestic flights soon, #AAI has released some steps that must be followed so passengers are fully geared up while travelling. Wear a mask, carry a hand sanitizer, keep documents handy & register on #AarogyaSetuApp. #AAICares.’’
In the guidelines, AAI also asked people to wash and sanitize their hands frequently and cooperate with the airport staff during this tough and critical time. An air traveller will also have to do web check-in and carry a printout of the boarding card.
Also, the post COVID-19 lockdown opening of air travel, will also see passengers not having to get their boarding cards stamped by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) , which looks after security at airports around the country. A passenger will also be allowed to carry liquid hand sanitisers up to 350 ml.
AAI looks after the development and maintenance of the airports across the country and reports to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation. The domestic and international flight operations were suspended in March, to contain the spread of the COVID-19.  However, the government is now mulling to resume the domestic flight operations with certain restrictions.
While the government is said to be open to allowing flights between two cities which are termed as green zones, the industry is not too keen on this as it feels that such flights will not be a viable proposition for the airlines. Before the lockdown came into force, Delhi and Mumbai were the two airports which handled the maximum number of passenger traffic domestically. With both these cities being in the red zone, it is not clear as to how flights will operate between these two metros.

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Wild bird rescued; complaint lodged against killing of wild animals

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Imphal, May 16:

A  Co-Ordination Committee on Wildlife and Biodiversity (JCCWB) Manipur  and Kakching Range Forest Division today rescued two birds that were trapped in nets and also seized several nets from Khoidum Pat of Sekmaijing Maning Leikai in Kakching district at around 5 am today morning.
Co-convenor of the JCCWB  Irengbam Sanaton said that the joint team raided the area as they have information about some selfish persons using nets to trap birds during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is very unfortunate.
He appealed the general public  not to trap the wild birds as we cannot survived without friendly nature.
Meanwhile, the Kangpokpi Forest Division Officer, Chinpilhing Kipgen had lodged a complaint against the alleged killing of two barking deer and one wild boar under Kangpokpi district that has been uploaded at social media (Facebook) on May 15. The post was uploaded from a Facebook user Mangcha khongsai.
The barking deer and wild boar falls under schedule III Animal Protection Act 1979.

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DeMaS extends moral support and monetary help nurses from Manipur, lodge complaint against Physical assault to Manipuri girl at Delhi

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Imphal, May 16:

Delhi Manipuri Society (DeMaS) has extended both moral and monetary support to around 16 nurses from Manipur who are working at New Delhi. Among the 16 nurses, four are nurses who had voluntarily tested for coronavirus at their own expenses before starting their journey for Manipur and later cancelled their journey as they were found COVID-19 positive.  
The DeMaS also facilitated to lodge a complaint to Mrs. Soso Shaiza, Member, National Commission for Women regarding physical assault on a Manipuri - Ms. Nengchoghoi Misao by a local family in Fazilpur, Sector 72, Gurugram on Many 10.
A statement of the DeMaS said that the 4 nurses from Manipur who cancelled their return journey Manipur after they were tested positive are  working in Pentamed Hospital, Model Town, Delhi.
Among the four, one Moirangthem Jenita was the first to be found positive. The other three nurses, namely Narmada, Ronibala and Dhnamanjuri, were also tested earlier at the beginning of this month but their results were found to be negative of COVID19(SARS-COV2) at that time. The four nurses are staying together in the same hostel. On finding positive of co-worker and co-mate in the hostel, families of the other three nurses insisted to return to Manipur. They also requested for quarantining immediately, which could not be facilitated by the Hospital. Consequently, the three girls put in their papers and planned for return to Manipur in a bus at a cost of Rs. 10,000/- per person. However, not to leave any stone unturned about novel coronavirus, as one of one of their co-mate in the hostel is covid19 positive, they underwent for retests at prognosis laboratories at their own cost of Rs. 4500/- per patient. The test result showed positive for all the three nurses. Consequently, they abandoned their plan of returning to Manipur.
Senior Members of Delhi Manipuri Society communicated the Delhi Police and Hospital authorities for proper treatment of them. Thereafter, all the four nurses were taken care of by the Pentamed Hospital for treatment in isolation wards. A sum of Rs. 10,000/- each has also been given to each of the four nurses as an encouragement and showing solidarity to the frontline warriors. Together with this, DeMaS has extended solidarity and monetary contribution Rs. 10,000/- each to 12 Nurses to encourage them as frontline warriors.
The Delhi Manipuri Society also wrote a letter to Sh. Muhammad Akil, Commissioner of Police, Gurugram, Haryana on May 12  to book the perpetrators of the crime against Nengchoghoi Misao.
A statement from the DeMaS said that the three accused - a lady, his son and daughter in law – all have been arrested by the Gurugram Police.
Nengchoghoi Misao has been shifted out to another place by volunteers of the North-East helpline in a home of a Manipuri family.

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The silver lining

The present pandemic is wreaking havoc the world over cutting through economies, cultures and geographies. People are losing their loved ones to the virus with no clear solution yet in sight despite reports of promising developments in the relentless search for a cure and the dreaded infection is still spreading despite the best efforts around the globe. Healthcare systems of even the most developed countries are overloaded and proving ineffective in containing it, schools are shut with children caught in the uncertainty and their academic schedule in complete disarray. Employees are losing their jobs and companies are staring at bankruptcies in the very near future with no possible solution in sight. Economies around the world are turning their undivided attention to containing the pandemic and pumping in considerable resources for the same while billions are being spent on bailouts and medical aids.
On an individual level, Covid-19 is proving to be a huge stressor tormenting the collective psyche and triggering fears and apprehensions the world over.
However, amidst the uncertainties and overarching fear, there are still a few things that should brighten up our lives and make it that much more bearable. Perhaps the biggest positive change and one which is the most visible would be the change in the environment. With the drastic decrease in industrial activities and almost zero traffic, be it road, rail or air, the atmosphere has improved and pollution is at its lowest level ever since the industrial revolution around the world. The present pandemic has proven to be a boon in disguise for the environment and nature has been given an opportunity to heal itself.
Another upside is the amount of time we get to spend with our families and near ones which, a few months ago would seem such a difficult task what with all the social and professional obligations and schedules. Right now, despite almost all these social activities being curtailed or completely forbidden, life goes on.
We have learnt to adapt and improvise for all the gyms, shopping, meetings, social engagements and even office which occupied almost all our waking hours. We also have the opportunity to sit back and reflect on our priorities, and make changes as the world after the current pandemic would need to adapt and evolve. The virus has also forced governments and organizations across the globe to break the bureaucratic and organizational hurdles and red-tapism and act swiftly, proving effectively that if there is a strong enough stimulus, things can change and old systems can be discarded instantly.
Challenging times such as the present pandemic also offer a great opportunity for social bonding and other ways of reconnecting and extending help. Despite the inability to physically travel and meet people, the feeling of being together against the fight has fostered a feeling of oneness, and as evident in the state and elsewhere, individuals and groups have been extending help and assistance to others by way of cash and kind thereby increasing social coherence. The biggest gain perhaps, from the psychological point of view is the fact that humans are put into our rightful place and are being taught that we cannot and do not control everything around us. All it takes is a virus to drive home the point. Like it or not, we need to accept the fact that things cannot always go the way we want, and no matter how much we live in the Anthropocene- the era characterized by significant human impact- we are not in control. This virus is also making us realize the people who make a difference to our lives and learn to appreciate their roles and efforts. It has made us more conscious of our surroundings and learnt to live with less. In a way we are at the juncture of an important point of evolution.     

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