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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 - Imphal Times

AMSU condemn granting of bail to drug lord; Question the sincerity of the Govt. and Judiciary

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Imphal, May 26:

The All Manipur Students’ Union has vehemently condemned the release of drug lord Lhukhosei Zou on interim bail on May 20 and simultaneous transfer of NAB’s Additional SP Thounaojam Brinda who is in charge of the case.
A press statement sign by Lhunpao Lupheng, Publicity Secretary of the AMSU said that the release of the drug lord seems to be rather a preplan by taking advantage when the CSOs, students’ bodies, and Meira paibi along with the people of the state are busy fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The students’ body said that the release of the drug lord smell red as the bail hearing was conducted three times during this month when the lockdown to contain the COVID-19 is enforced and released him on bail on medical ground. It said that Lhukhosei Zou had been released on bail earlier and as he failed to appear at the court he had been announced, absconder. At such circumstances the AMSU said that they are not sure whether the court will continue the trial with sincerity.
On the other hand, Manipur Judicial Association had filed a complaint to the Cyber Crime Police in connection with a Facebook post which the Additional SP of NAB, Th. Brinda Devi uploaded, terming it as derogatory. When the case is yet to complete the government to transfer her. This should not be done, the students’ body observe.
The student’s body further said that the granting of bail to drug lord Lhukhosei Zou and transfer of Additional SP Brinda smells not only corrupt practice by the judge by also indicated government’s hand for the release of the drug lord. The AMSU also question of the judiciary can be played by the government at their will.     

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COVID-19: Maharashtra Government’s jumbo plan to increase number of beds

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Mumbai, May 26:
In view of the ever increasing number of COVID-19 patients, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has set up a 1000 bedded (200 ICU beds) field hospitals at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in North West Mumbai within 15 days.
Besides this, 600 bedded (125 ICU beds) Covid Care Centre will be operational at Mahalaxmi in South Mumbai soon. The patients with mild symptoms will be isolated in this centre. Also, a 535 bedded field hospital is almost ready at NSE in Goregaon in North Mumbai. These hospitals will have isolation, quarantine and other facilities. The capacity of these centres at NSCI, Worli, Mahalaxmi Race Course, BKC and NSE, will be cumulatively 2475 beds by 31 May,2020.
In addition, a field hospital with a capacity of 7000 beds will be set up in Mulund in North East Mumbai, to deal with a large number of patients, within next two weeks. In addition a centre to accommodate large number of home quarantine patients is being set up at Dahisar in North Mumbai. In these hospitals, each ward will have 100 beds (20 ICU) fitted with CCTV camera. The beds will be given an unique code and the data will be fed in real time dash board so that there will be computerized control over the beds.
The capacity of beds in Mumbai is expected to be at least 14,000 beds, in coming days, taking into consideration the 80 per cent beds taken over by the state government to treat coronavirus patients.
To augment the strength of doctors, the Maharashtra Government has also called for a team of 50 doctors and 100 nurses from Kerala. Besides this team from Kerala, the doctors from other parts of Maharashtra have also been called in to Mumbai. They include: 45 doctors from Wardha and 50 doctors each from Latur and Ambejogai. Besides, 50 ayurvedic doctors and 250 private practitioner have also agreed to work with state’s team.
Elsewhere in Maharashtra, 91 hospitals and 439 other places including schools/hotels are equipped with 57,136 beds. This capacity will be augmented up to one lakh by 31 May,2020, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said.
In Maharashtra, 70 laboratories, including 40 labs government labs, are functional. Government labs have capacity to test 8500 samples, while private labs can test 10,125 samples per day. Over 348932 samples have been tested so far in these laboratories, even as Maharashtra accounts for 30 per cent COVID-19 positive cases, in the country.

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Manie’s award winning cinematic journey

By Anit Mukerjea
Chennai. May 26:

Somewhat like the ‘tide in the affairs of men’ as Shakespeare would have believed, the young and debonair actor MANIE from the south film industry has made a major progress by winning two national awards and two state awards at a relatively tender age. Aside from being a gifted actor, he is a philanthropist, ambitious, successful, strapping, fashionable and humanist too.
Manie’s rare acumen as a master of multiple regional languages is another feather to his cap as a linguist. The actor’s virtuoso talent scattered even further in showcasing his vocal potentialities in belting out a Bengali song before ace music director Bappi Lahiri in what may be deemed an exceptional assemble that did not go unnoticed by the INDIA BOOK OF RECORDS which presented him a certificate of honour, trophy and a memento in 2015.
His foray as the lead actor in the Bengali film NIRMOK- a purulia based love story directed by Mrinmay Saha saw him    receive with pride the BENGAL EXCELLENCE AWARD in 2014 for his exceptional performance in the best international award winning film.
This accomplished actor has other feathers to his achievement caps. Apart from being a National award winning actor Manie was also accorded the MAHARASHTRA GAURAV SAMMAN award in Mumbai in 2014.
Manie has the rare honour to share august space with cricketer Sachin Tendulkar when he received the exceptional honour of the NATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD in 2014. Sachin Tendulkar got the award for his lifetime contribution to Indian cricket while Manie received this National award for his significant contribution to Indian cinema.
Another turning point in superstar Manie’s career graph was winning the prestigious PARAM SHREE media excellence award for his sizeable contribution to Indian cinema in New Delhi in 2016. Manie takes great pride in being the recipient of this rare honour.
Manie’s debut vehicle as a lead actor was the Kannada film DESIE which took the audience by storm by way of accolades to the actor’s accomplished performance. Manie is inspired by the living legend Amitabh Bachchan.
With so many awards, accolades  and recognition to his acting accomplishments, Manie is all set to conquer the other Indian territories and globe. Manie will be next seen in an untitled action packed Tamil film directed by A Rajaraja and an untitled film directed by Agnibarna Mukherjee and produced by Sanjeev Tiwari.
IMPHAL TIMES wishes superstar Manie all the best for his successful future.

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BJP wants President’s rule in Maharashtra; Congress distances itself from misgovernance” in dealing with COVID-19

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Mumbai, May 26

The simmering discontent between the ruling Shiv Sena led Maharashtra Government and Opposition BJP, came to the fore when former CM and BJP leader Narayan Rane called on Governor  Bhagat Singh Koshyari and demanded imposition of a President’ rule in view of the alleged failure of the Government to rein in COVID -19 moving at galloping speed in the state.
In a memorandum to the Governor, Rane claimed that the government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, had failed to stop the spread of coronavirus epidemic. Last week former Maharashtra CM and leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis and state BJP President Chandrakant Patil had also presented a petition to the Governor, pointing out shortcomings in the measures taken to stop the spread of coronavirus. Fadnavis was to address the media on late Tuesday evening about its stand.
In another development NCP chief Sharad Pawar held a meeting with the Governor on Monday morning. This was followed by one-and-a-half hours long meeting between him and Thackeray at latter’s residence at Matoshri at Bandra in North West Mumbai, on Tuesday evening. Pawar had maintained that he met Koshyari on his invitation and no political issues came up for discussion. However, the timing of the meeting was significant as it took place against the backdrop of strained relations between the Shiv Sena, which heads the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, and the Governor.
The NCP is one of the key constituents of MVA and Pawar was one of the key leaders from Maharashtra who had openly complained about Koshyari’s “intervention” in the functioning of the state administration.
It is abundantly clear that the relation between the Shiv Sena and the Governor have been  strained in view of the recent developments. For example the Governor had not approved the Maharashtra cabinet’s decision to nominate Thackeray to one of the seats of the Maharashtra legislative council from “Governor’s quota”. Besides, he has opposed the idea of postponing college examinations on the ground that the recommendation by the state government violates UGC norms. Also, the governor has demanded a separate administrative machinery to look after Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor. Basically, all the matters related to Raj Bhavan are handled by the general administrative department coming directly under the chief minister.
In yet another development Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray on Tuesday wrote to the Governor stating that instead of holding the college examinations amid, spreading COVID-19,  the performance of students be assessed based on their past performance.

The similar recommendation has already been made to the UGC by Maharashtra Minister for Higher and Technical Education Uday Samant. However the Governor has opposed it. 

As if to make Thackeray’s cup of woes full, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday shielded Congress from the spread of the virus in Maharashtra saying that Congress is not in a decision making role in Maharashtra. During a media interaction, he said that there is a difference between running the government and supporting the government. The Congress can be considered to be in a decision making role in states like Punjab and Rajasthan, but not in Maharashtra. 

However Gandhi’s claim rings hollow considering Congress has several important ministries in Maharashtra including Education, energy, public works, revenue etc. For Gandhi to say that Congress is not a key decision maker in Maharashtra is a shoddy attempt of shielding his party from partaking in the misgovernance that has marred the state during the pandemic. 

Three days back former CM and senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan, had also remarked that the Maharashtra government is not run by the Maha Vikas Aghadi but it is run only by the Shiv Sena. It is apparent that the Congress party, headed by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are all set to pin the blame of the COVID-19 mess in Maharashtra squarely on Thackeray, who had compromised not only politically but also ideologically for the Chief Minister’s chair while forming an alliance with Congress and NCP.

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‘For 2nd installment ex-gratia for NSAP pensioners released’

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Imphal, May 26:

Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen today announced that funds for 2nd Installment of ex-gratia of Rs. 500 under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) have disbursed today for the beneficiaries of Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS), Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS) and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS) under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) as an assistance to the underpriviledged in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing nationwide lockdown.
Minister Nemcha informed that a sum of Rs. 309.87 lakhs was received from the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India as 2nd installment of Central share for  ex-gratia payment of Rs. 500/- under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.  Out of the total amount received, Rs. 277.93 Lakhs are allotted for 55,585 beneficiaries of Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme(IGNOAPS), Rs. 26.90 Lakhs are allotted for 5380 beneficiaries of Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme(IGNWPS) and Rs. 5.04 Lakhs are allotted for 1007 beneficiaries of Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme(IGNDPS), she asserted.
The above amount has been directly transferred to the beneficiaries account through DBT using PFMS to help them fight he battle against Corona virus.  
Social Welfare Minister  Nemcha Kipgen expressed profound gratitude to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi for such initiative for the poor and needy during this pandemic.

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