Sunday, 17 May 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, May 17:

Imphal today saw complete lockdown scenario as streets bore deserted look with only one or two vehicle plying on the road today after the confirmation of 5 new positive COCID-19 cases in the state.
Lockdown has already been imposed in the state, but roads and streets were seen crowded till yesterday as people use to come out either with security pass or other excuses. People in the state seem to take lightly about the COVID-19 pandemic after the two positive cases detected on March 24 and April 1 had recovered after being treated at JNIMS and RIMS.
Even there were criticisms from various corners about the lockdown as it affects the normalcy of the people. The government too had started exempting certain sectors from the total lockdown as the state had no cases of COVID 19. However, after people of the state that were stranded at other parts of the country started arriving, people started to have apprehension as most of them came from red zone area. Besides government machineries failure to arrange proper guidance to the returnee had provoked criticism from various corners. After 5 of the returnee were found COVID-19 Positive, people as well as the government started taking the matter of COVID -19 with a bit seriousness. Government yesterday cancelled all curfew pass that were issued in bulk and stated that fresh pass will be issued. May be due to the cancellation of the curfew pass or due to the consciousness of the people, roads and streets in Imphal and almost all areas of the state bore a deserted look.  

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Mumbai, May 17 :

Three members of a family have been booked by the Ulhasnagar police (Thane district, Maharashtra)  for organising an elaborate funeral for a  59-year-old suspected patient residing at Khanna Compound, about 43 kms from Mumbai city, in violation of  COVID-19 protocol, early this week.
The police have registered an office against the deceased’s two sons and his brother, under section 188  of the IPC (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and provisions of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897. The offence was registered based on a complaint by Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation commissioner Dr Sudhakar Deshmukh wrote to the Central Police station.
Of the 70 people who attended the funeral, 9 have now tested positive and the rest have been quarantined. The deceased was admitted to the Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar for suspected coronavirus. His test report came positive after his death. After his death family allegedly pressurised the hospital and even gave in writing that they would follow all norms and adhere to the specified protocols for a COVID-19 patient, if they were handed over the body.
As per the norms, the body is wrapped in a plastic sheet and the final rites are to be performed at the nearest cremation site. The plastic covering on the body should not be removed. Not more than 5 people are allowed at the cremation site. But the family defied this and gave the body a final bath as per their rituals.
The deceased’s test report came positive after his death. Of the 70 people who attended the funeral, 9 have now tested positive. The rest have been quarantined. “We have booked three people who gave the undertaking to the municipal corporation,” said Senior Inspector Sudhakar Suradkar of the Central Police station said.
The similar incident had occurred when relatives of an aged deceased woman violated COVID-19 protocol and held the pubic funeral two days back in Ulhasnagar. The Assistant Municipal Commissioner Bhagwan Kumawat has reportedly lodged a complaint with police about this incident.

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Imphal, May 17:

Institute of Bioresources & Sustainable Development (DBT-IBSD), India is all set to organise multidisciplinary research approach for promotion and development of bio resources including natural flora and fauna, ethnopharmacology, traditional medicine and natural products during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Society for Ethnopharmacology (SFE)-India and IBSD has come together to launch a weekly webinar series with the leadership of Prof Pulok K Mukherjee, Director of the IBSD, an institute under Department of Biotechnology, Government of India at Imphal, Mizoram, Sikkim, Meghalaya. He is also the President of the International society for ethno pharmacology (ISE), Switzerland and Secretary of the Society for Ethno pharmacology, India.
The focal theme of the webinar is on Reimagine Ethno pharmacology, which is being attended by over 1000 participants from all over the world. The first webinar was held on May 09, 2020, from 6.00 PM to 7:30 PM. Here a stellar line-up of speakers presented wide ranging perspectives on the pandemic. While Dr JLN Sastry, CEO, National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India spoke on the “Role of AYUSH in Covid-19”, Dr. Marco Leonti, Professor, Università di Cagliari, Cagliari (CA), Italy talked about “the Social Impact of Covid-19: A European perspective”. The 2nd webinar, on May 16, 2020, Dr R.K. Ranjan, Member of Parliament representing the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency spoke
on the “intervention of Science and technology to enhance the bio economy of North East India” while Dr Debprasad Chattopadhyay, Director, ICMR-National Institute of Traditional Medicine (ICMR-NITM) spoke
on the “Covid-19 pandemic: battle between primitive virus Vs most evolved Homo sapiens”. Eminent personalities around the world will highlights on several aspects on the use of traditional medicine, ethno
medicines, Medicinal plants and modern medicine in all aspects.
These webinars are being hosted Prof. Pulok K. Mukherjee, Director, DBT-IBSD, who in turn has emphasised on the importance to reimagine ethnopharmacology (Ethnopharmacology is a related study of ethnic groups and their use of plant compounds. It is linked to medicinal plant use and ethnobotany, as this is a source of lead compounds for drug discovery). More interestingly, while the number of cases all over India have crossed 90,000, the entire North eastern region of India has only lesser than 300 cases across all the 8 NE States, which could be attributed to the high biodiversity and the practise of consumption of local plants in their daily diets, which have potential anti-viral and immune boosting properties.
This weekly webinar series on “Reimagine Ethnopharmacology” will bring together leaders, policymakers in the common forum, every Saturday, starting at 6-8pm to adjust with the time zone of maximum numbers of countries of the world. There is no registration fee and it is complementary for all who need to join through the specific link. Further details on the webinar schedule and speakers for the upcoming webinars can be found at

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Thoubal, May 17:

Wangjing Tentha Farmers Development Association (WATEFADEAS) as a part of their campaign under the theme “Work and Fight COVID-19 has distributed lunch pack to security forces deployed at various part of Thoubal and Kakching districts who are fighting the COVID-9 invasion.
The lunch pack were distributed to security forces deployed at Thoubal Thong, Melaground, Ushoipokpi, Tangje, Wangjing, Khongjom, Sora, Kakching Lamkhai amasung Kakching Bazar and various other places.  
Talking to media persons, chief functionary of the association , Moirangthem Hemanta said that the lunch box were distributed as a part of the promotional campaign for the “Work and Fight Covid-19”  programme which kick starts yesterday at the office og the Association located at Khongjom. Under the “Work and Fight Covid-19” programme the association has been providing all form of support and assistant to farmers who are  working without any fear of COVID -19 and those who are in quarantine centres.
Hemanta further assures to distributes equipments for farmers that they may require while producing food for the people
He urged the government to provide water to the field instead of blaming the rains.

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By Raju Vernekar
Mumbai, May 17:

The COVID-19 pandemic claimed lives of two more policemen in Mumbai, thus taking number of police personnel becoming victim to the deadly virus to 11, with 1154 police personnel getting infected.
A 32-year-old assistant police inspector (API) Amol Kulkrani, posted at Shahu Nagar police station in Dharavi, a coronavirus disease hotspot, and a 57-year-old police assistant sub-inspector (ASI) from Nagpada Police(Motor transport) died of the killer viral infection.
API Amol Kulkarni was suffering from fever and cough and was sent on leave. On May 13, his sample was taken for Covid-19 at Sion Hospital, which proved positive, DCP Niyati Thaker said. At around 5 AM  on Saturday, he accidentally fell in the bathroom at his Pratiksha Nagar residence in Central Mumbai and lost his consciousness. He was rushed to the nearby Sion Hospital, where he was declared dead even before the doctors could treat him.
While the deceased ASI was working as a driver and was posted in the motor transport (MT) section of the Mumbai Police in Nagpada.  He was sent on leave about 15 days ago, as at 57 he belonged to the high-risk group.
Those deceased till now include: Amol Kulkarni, ASI Madhukar Mane, ASI Murlidhar Waghmare, Naik Bhagwan Parte, Sunil Kargutkar,  and constable Chavan.
On April 27, Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh had announced that the personnel, who are above 55 years, need not report for work after three policemen died due to Covid-19. Singh also allowed the personnel, who are above 50 years and suffering from medical issues, to proceed on leave.
So far, 1154 policemen have tested positive for Coronavirus, which includes 128 officers and 1026 police constables. While 174 police personnel have successfully recovered from COVID-19.
A large number of policemen have also been put in self-quarantine, which has left a staggering shortage of personnel in the police department. To match present requirements of police personnel, the union government on Saturday sent 9 companies of rapid action force to Maharashtra. The state government had asked to send around 2000 additional policemen from the Central Armed Police Forces to provide some respite to its own fatigued officers.
In the meanwhile the officer of the rank of the Inspector General was admitted to St George’s Hospital in South Mumbai following suspicion of COVID-19 infection on Saturday.

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Mumbai, May 17 :

The first trains carrying migrant workers to Bihar and West Bengal, which had so far disallowed labourers to come back, departed on Saturday from Mumbai, after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP president Sharad Pawar spoke to respective CMs to resolve the dispute.

The migrant workers from Bihar and West Bengal were stranded in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra since these states had not given clearance for their return. “We could not send trains to Bihar and West Bengal since these states did not allow it. As such Pawar and  Thackeray spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, to resolve the dispute, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said.

Notably, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had on Thursday had hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for not allowing migrants to return and had appealed to all the states to give railways approval to run more trains.

On Saturday, a train carrying migrant workers to West Bengal and Bihar was flagged off.  Pawar has also expressed the need to operate at least 10 trains daily each to West Bengal and Bihar. Thackeray has sanctioned Rs 55 crore from the chief minister’’s relief fund for sending these workers ad the ticket fare is not being sought from any worker,” Deshmukh added.

He said the Maharashtra government has so far transported about 2.45 lakh migrant workers to their respective home states, by running 191 special trains services till now, amidst the coronavirus-induced lockdown” Deshmukh said in a video message.

The trains are being run from parts of Maharashtra to Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. As of now  3,71,310 migrant workers have been camped in 3,884 shelters in Maharashtra and the state government has being arranging for their food.

In the meanwhile additional 1.21 lakh migrant workers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have sought permission from Pune collector to return to their native places and required clearance has been sought from both the states, Pune Collector Naval Kishore Ram informed officers during a video conference on Saturday. No sooner the clearance is received, arrangement will be made for special trains, in coordination with railways, he added.

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