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Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and  a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]

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Smile Train India Strengthens Support To Cleft Patients During COVID19

IT News
Imphal, July 1:

The COVID-19 lockdown affected all non-Covid related health issues since OPDs and regular hospital services had been paused due to government guidelines. This not only led to suspension of time sensitive cleft lip and palate surgeries, but also left cleft patients and their families anxious and confused.
This is where NGO Smile Train India’s Toll Free National Cleft Helpline - 1800 103 8301 - proved to be a blessing. The cleft helpline became a support system during the lockdown to answer queries of parents ranging from how to feed a newborn with cleft lip and palate, when would they be able to seek free cleft treatment for their child, to a young mother calling in after she was abandoned by her family because of her daughter was born with a cleft lip. 300 such calls were received during the lockdown.
Cleft lip and palate, a birth anomaly, can be completely cured but it is important that children get treatment at the right age to live a healthy and productive life. This involves surgery and other related ancillary care. Delayed treatment can lead to speech and hearing problems, besides social stigma and isolation for the cleft patient. Smile Train India is an NGO which supports totally free cleft treatment. In the last 20 years, they have supported more than 6 Lakh free surgeries for children across India.
Talking about the situation, Mamta Carrol, Smile Train’s Vice President and Regional Director for Asia said, “Our Toll Free Cleft Helpline was launched with the objective of creating a readily accessible national resource for cleft patients and it proved to be a huge support to patients and their families during the lockdown. With enhanced safety guidelines to protect both patients and health workers, our partner hospitals across the country are now slowly resuming cleft surgeries. In fact, surgeries have resumed in Manipur and we are supporting free treatment for cleft patients.”
Smile Train Partner surgeon Dr. Kh. Palin Singh, Smile Train Project Director at Shija Hospitals and Research Institute Private Limited said, “Treatment for cleft lip and palate should not be delayed beyond a certain time as it leads to larger problems such as incorrect speech, orthodontic problems etc. With the support of Smile Train, we have been able to provide safe and quality treatment to children born with cleft lip and palate to ensure they lead a productive life. Cleft is treatable and we are committed to help many more children across Manipur and Nagaland.”
Smile Train has supported more than 4,000 surgeries in Manipur and Nagaland through its partner Shija Hospitals and Research Institute Private Limited. Cleft surgeries are also conducted at Oking Hospital, Kohima on a regular basis by Dr Kh. Palin Singh and his team. To avail free cleft treatment, please call Toll Free Cleft Helpline – 1800 103 8301.
About Smile Train
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To learn more about how Smile Train’s India’s sustainable approach, please visit smiletrainindia.org.

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HSLC, 2020 result declared today; two Government school students ranked in top 25 positions

IT News
Imphal, June 15: 

The result of the High School Leaving Certificate Examination, 2020 conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BOSEM) was declared today. Altogether 25,084 students were declared pass. 38,390 students including 18,860 male and 19,530 female students took part in the exam out of 38,664 enrolled this year. This year the pass percentage was recorded at 65.34 per cent.
Two students from Government School were ranked amongst the first 25 position holders. Chabungbam Ishwarchandra Singh, S/o Ch. Shwamichandra Singh and Ch Nirmala Devi of Phubala Awang Maning Leikai of Moirang Multipurpose Higher Secondary School, Moirang was ranked seventh (securing 565 out of 600) and Satmunchon Kipge, S/o Ngamlal Kipgen and Ngahboi Kipgen of S.Jalenmol of Eklavya Model Residential School, Gamnom Saparmeina was ranked 11th position (securing 561 out of 600 marks).
Hon’ble Education Minister Dr.Thokchom Radheshyam officially declared the result at the BOSEM conference hall in the presence of department officials at 11am today. In a short speech after the announcement of the result, the Minister congratulated the successful students and at the same time extended his best wishes to the students who couldn’t succeed this year.
Dr. Radheshyam said students who were unable to clear the exam this year should work hard and come out with better performance in the coming years. He said students should never forget the adage that there are no failures in life, there are only lessons to be learned. He further appealed to the parents and teachers to help the students overcome their weaknesses and bounce back with flying colours next year.
Dr. Radheshyam also said that this year the exams were conducted with an aim to reduce unfair practices and provide a fair evaluation for which certain measures were introduced. The measures include introduction of online form fill up & admit card generation, changes in answer booklets, claims and objections towards the answer keys, uploading of toppers answer booklets in the website, strict vigilance of officials and people involved in conduct of the examination and evaluation.
The Education Minister also said the reason for the small decline in the pass percentage this year is due to the strict conduct of the exam to reduce unfair practices. There were a record number of students expelled this year, he said adding that 102 students were expelled for impersonation and for use of unfair means this year. According to official data, 53 students were expelled last year.
Dr. Radheshyam also explained the struggles and hardships faced during evaluation of papers this year due to the present pandemic. Numbers of examiners, tabulators and staff utilised were reduced by 30-40% due to restrictions in movement and transportation constraints.
He continued that Evaluation Centres were not only increased this year due to need for social distancing but also gets shifted during the process of evaluation as the school has to be used as quarantine centres. Owing to all these factors, Declaration of Result of HSLC 2020 is delayed by around 20 days from scheduled, he continued. He further thanked the student organisations, parents, teachers and all other concerned who helped in the strict and smooth conduct of the examination.
Reshmi Nandeibam, D/o Nandeibam Rishinanda Singh and Rajkumari Sanahanbi Devi of Khongman Zone-V, Imphal East of Pitambara English School, Kwakeithel ranked first (securing 579 out of 600 marks). Huidrom Rohid Singh, S/o H.Premjit Singh and H (o) Sumila Devi of Ishok Mayai Leikai of St.John’s English High School, Nambol ranked second position ( securing 578 out of 600 marks).
Khumanthem Bobosana Singh, S/o Khumanthem Sharat Singh and Khumanthem (o) Asha Devi of Chairel Thoubaltabi of Eureka Academy, Thounaojam and Rahul Naorem S/o Naorem Jibol Singh and Athokpam Shantibala Devi of Arapti Mayai Leikai of Catholic School, Canchipur both ranked third position (securing 572 out of 600 marks).
Out of the 9008 Government School students appearing in the exam, 1106 students passed in first division, 2383 in second division and 173 in third division. 1891 students of Aided Schools appeared in the examination out of which 312 students passed in the first division, 623 students in second division and 40 passed in the third division.
Altogether 27,491 students of private schools appeared in the examination out of which 10466 passed in the first division, 9642 passed in second division and 339 students passed in the third division.
Thoubal & Kakching were the Best Performing districts with a pass percentage of 77.50.
The result declaration was also attended by Commissioner Education (S) Shri T. Ranjit Singh, Chairman BOSEM Shri Th. Kirankumar, Secretary, BOSEM Dr. Chithung Mary Thomas among others.

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AMCTA condoles demise of Prof. Th. Oliver Monsang

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Imphal, June 15:

The All Manipur College Teachers’ Association (AMCTA) has condole the sudden and untimely demise of Prof. Th. Oliver Monsang, Former Principal, United College, Chandel; former OSD, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University and one time Nodal Officer, RUSA Government of Manipur who was an active member of AMCTA.
Executive members of AMCTA at their residences observed a 1-minute silence in honour of the departed soul praying for eternal peace and rest in the heavenly abode at their respective residence today at 2 p.m.
Keeping in view of the present situation in the state and complying the government orders for lockdown in the state as the precautionary measures on the Coronavirus Outbreak, today, at 2 pm the Executive Committee of AMCTA conducted online CONDOLENCE through AMCTA-EC Representatives WhatsApp group participated by the participant Executive Members at their residences and observed a 1 – minute silence in honour of the departed soul praying for eternal peace and rest in the heavenly abode.

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Need for empathy, understanding and responsibility

‘Remember we are fighting the ailment, not the ailing’- an empathic reminder of how our response should be towards the returnees who are undergoing the mandatory quarantine period at various institutional and community centres across the state. Unfortunately, there has been increasing reports of mismanagement by the authorities running these centres as well as unwarranted actions by the inmates. There still are a lot of people who are evidently unaware of the purpose of such centres, and perhaps the level of awareness and sensitization amongst the public remains much to be improved. How would one otherwise explain the recent incidents of people in these quarantine centres venturing beyond the restricted area to meet their girlfriends and friends, of friends from the locality trying to sneak in things to the inmates not allowed within the centre as well as the inmates turning the centre into a place of revelry thereby putting themselves and others at risk of transmitting the virus? Given the present circumstances, it would not be an exaggeration to state that a lot of people who really matters have lost the plot, from those who are entrusted with organizing and arranging the centres to the returnees who are eagerly waiting for the moment when they can be with their family and friends in the safety of their homes. The single most important thing that can successfully stem the spread of the present contagion are understanding and empathy, and what should have been the easiest of prerequisites have turned out to be the most deficient traits.
It is such inexplicable thoughtlessness pervading the society that makes the act of a few worth mentioning, not to glorify the individuals but to try and make the significance of their actions known. After laying his profession on the line to help a returnee under quarantine to bade her last farewell to her departed father while observing the safety protocols to the letter, the SDO of Samulamlan under Saikot constituency of Churachandpur District has once again put humanity before everything else and made possible the transfer of a lady police employed with the CRPF outside Manipur who came back to the state on maternity leave and in her eight month of pregnancy from the institutional quarantine centre to the community quarantine centre much closer to her home so that she can avail of help and assistance, given the advanced stage of her pregnancy while following the prescribed protocols. Such acts of understanding and empathy has shown once again that given the unprecedented nature of the present crisis, what really matters is the ability to go beyond the call of duty to try and find ways to bring solace and relief to people in need.
People who are coming back should be treated with sympathy and understanding and should be made to feel comfortable given the fear and uncertainty with which they have to spend their mandatory period in these quarantine centres. The inmates should also understand the pressure under which the authorities are operating in order to run these centres and take it upon themselves to follow the prescribed protocols so that the dreaded epidemic can be eradicated from the state and beyond. The biggest impediment to the whole effort to contain the epidemic still remains the mindset of a few returnees who are either expecting to be treated as guests of the state or are behaving like detainees. Everyone of us should understand that we all have a stake in taking up the fight against the pandemic, and our actions will determine the safety or otherwise, not only for ourselves but also for those who are near and dear to us.