Guru Aribam Naocha

Guru Aribam Naocha

Guru Aribam Naocha, a resident of Keishamthong Hodam Leirak has been with Imphal Times since Day 1. Naocha is the father of a son and a daughter. He writes mostly about PR and other notices in Imphal Times. he may be contacted at [email protected].

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IT Correspondent
Geneva, Jan 8:

Nearly 2000 journalists died of Covid-19 in 94 countries since March 2020. Last year, in 2021, at least 1400 media workers succumbed to the virus, that is to say 116 par month or some 4 per day on average, announced Friday in Geneva the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC).
No continent is spared by the pandemic. Of the 1940 journalists dead registered by the PEC since March 1, 2020, Latin America leads with half of the victims, or 955 deaths. Asia follows with 556 dead, ahead of Europe 263, then Africa 98 and North America 68.
More than 50 casualties are still under investigation. The actual number of victims is certainly higher, as the cause of journalists’ deaths is sometimes not specified or their deaths not announced. In some countries, there is no reliable information. The 2000 figure is a low estimate. According to PEC India representative Nava Thakuria, the vast south-Asian country might have lost over 400 media workers to the pandemic, but a hundred of them are yet to be authenticated.
Slowdown in the number of victims
After a spike in deadly infections in the first half of 2021, the death toll thankfully slowed in the second half thanks to advances in vaccination, said PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen.
For the second half of 2021, 225 deaths were registered, with an increase in Europe, ans a sharp decrease in Latin America and Asia (in December 25 journalists died, in November 28, in October 27, in September 33, in August 42 and in July 70). In the first half of 2021, 1175 journalists were killed by the virus.
The PEC hopes that this slowdown will continue in 2022 but is worried by the high number of infections caused by the Omicron variant. It calls all media workers to take the necessary precautions including the booster vaccine.
Brazil, India and Peru with the heaviest death toll
Since March 2020, Brazil is the country with the heaviest death toll with 295 media workers who died from the coronavirus. India is second with at least 279 victims, ahead of Peru 199, then Mexico 122, Colombia 79, Bangladesh 68.
In the United States of America at least 66 journalists died with Covid-19. Italy is the first european country with 61 dead, followed by Venezuela 59, Ecuador 51, Argentina 47, Indonesia 42, Russia 42, Iran 34, United Kingdom 33, Turkey 29, Dominican Republic 29, Pakistan 27, Nepal 23, Egypt 22, Bolivia 20, Honduras 19, South Africa 19, Spain 19 and Ukraine 19.
Next are Panama 17, Poland 14, France 11, Guatemala 11, Nigeria 11, Afghanistan 10, Nicaragua 10, Zimbabwe 10, Algeria 9, Cuba 9, Paraguay 8, Philippines 7, Uruguay 7, Kazakhstan 5, Kenya 5, Romania 5, Morocco 4, Cameroon 4, Iraq 4.
At least 3 journalists died of complications with Covid-19 in 6 countries : Albania, Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, Portugal, Salvador, and Sweden.
Two victims were registered in 14 countries : Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and Uganda.
At least one in 30 countries : Angola, Barbados, Bosnia, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kirghizstan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malawi, Mali, Moldova, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Palestine, Saudi Arabia,  South Korea, Thailand, Togo, Tajikistan, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.
The PEC tally is based on information from local media, national associations of journalists and regional PEC correspondents.

IT News
Imphal, Jan 3:

The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur in collaboration with the Directorate of Health, Manipur organised a One Day Certified Medical First Responder and Basic Life Support (BLS) Training for Medical Officers of Rapid Response Teams (RRT) (Health) for first batch in connection with the upcoming State Assembly Election, 2022, today at Indian Medical Association Hall (IMA), Lamphelpat conducted by St. John Ambulance (India), Manipur State Centre.
Priorities of First Aid & Incident Management, Basic Life Support (including CPR & Recovery Position), Choking & Drowning, Bleeding Wounds, Shock, Dressings & Bandages, Burns & Scalds, Musculo-Skeletal injuries including head injuries, Heart Attack & Angina, Poisoning, Animal Bites & Stings, Transportation of a Casualty were among the topics discussed with PowerPoint Presentation by the Health Experts (Doctors) during the training.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer, Naorem Praveen Singh while delivering the inaugural speech said that the training programme is being conducted in compliance with the instructions laid down by the Election Commission of India regarding Health Emergency to be followed during Election, the medical facilities to be provided to polling personnel and to enable timely response in case of medical emergencies.
He said that to ensure a systematic and planned manner of response in case of any emergency; various facilities have been prepared in consultation with the State Nodal Officer, Health, Dr. Tomcha and related health experts.
N. Praveen, sharing his experience of Medical urgency during Election duty of poll personnel, highlighted the plan of introducing cashless treatment for Polling Personnel and other health facilities including the stocking of medicines, 24/7 medical services and RRT arrangements for the upcoming Election.
Training and motivation, he added, is also essential for Health officials on duty. Preparedness for Election in view of Health facilities are being carried out under the supervision of SNO, Health.
He said that once the Model Code of Conduct is enforced in the state COVID19 protocol/SOP guidelines of ECI will be strictly followed during election meetings, rallies, door-to-door election campaign, nomination process and other poll related activities and procedures.
State Nodal Officer (Health) Dr. L. Tomcha Khuman informed that a dedicated 24/7 State Command Centre under his supervision to promptly respond to the casualty/incident is in place. District Command Centres under the supervision of District CMOs and Assembly Constituency Level Rapid Response Teams (RRT) have been set up for all the 60 ACs with 1 Medical Officer and support staff. Two Helicopter RRTs service will be utilized for emergency casualties for far flung areas.
During the training, demonstrations and movies related to Basic Life Support (BLS) were displayed.  
State Nodal Officer (Media), W. Phajatombi Devi, Professor & Head of Community Medicine Department, RIMS, Dr. Brogen Singh, Health Officials of 14 Assembly Constituencies - Andro, Keirao, Thongju, Kshetrigao, Yaiskul, Wangkhei, Khurai, Heingang, Lamlai, Khundrakpam, Ukhrul, Chingai, Phungyar, Tengnoupal and Chandel, and concerned officials of CEO attended the training.
A booklet on First Aid by St. John Ambulance (India), Manipur State Centre was also released during the programme.

 

IT News
Imphal, Jan 3:

Members of the United Committee Manipur (UCM) have presented gifts to the elders of the Wairangbam Village in Tamenglong Village while attending the Annual Traditional and Cultural Day on January 2.
President of the UCM Joychandra Konthoujam attended the cultural programme as Chief Guest while Vice Chairman of the Wairangba Village Authority presided over the function . Secretary General of the UCM Ng. Deba also graced the occasion as Guest of Honour.
Leaders of the UCM expressed happiness towards the villagers for their kind gesture and for inviting the UCM to attend the joyous moments. Joychandra Konthoujam while speaking on the occasion said that such a traditional cultural day is the need of the of the hour as it protect one’s identity.

IT News
Geneva, Jan 2:

Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the global media safety and rights body, wishes all media workers around the world a happy, secured and prosperous new year. The bygone year witnessed the killing of 79 media employees by assailants in 29 countries marking an improvement in journo-murder index by 14% (where 92 were killed in 2020).
PEC has lately confirmed the death of Burmese journalist A Kay Sai (also known as Sai Win Aung) because of serious head injuries by the shell operated by the Myanmar military junta at Maekheewar village of Karen State on 25 December last. Sai (38) was trapped in crossfire between the junta forces and KNLA rebels and finally hit by artillery from Tatmadaw.
“We strongly condemn the killing of journalists by the Burmese military personnel. Prior to him, Yangon-based freelance photojournalist Ko Soe Naing died under military custody on 14 December. PEC condolences their demise and urges the military dictator Min Aung Hlaing to deliver justice to the bereaved families,” said Blaise Lempen, secretary-general of PEC.
Myanmar (also known as Burma or Brahmadesh) is witnessing a series of unpleasant incidents since 1 February 2021 military coup that deposed the democratically elected Aung San Suu Kyi-led government in Naypietaw, where the media fraternity also faces unprecedented atrocities. The military personnel detained nearly 125 journalists in the last 11 months and nearly 30 are still behind bars.
Afghanistan emerged as the most dangerous country for journalists with 12 casualties in 2021, followed by Mexico (10 dead), Pakistan (7), India (6), the Philippines, Yemen (4 each), Democratic Republic of Congo (3), Myanmar, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Burkina-Faso, Turkey (2 each), etc.
“India has otherwise lost a huge number of scribes to Covid-19 complications since March 2020, only following Brazil (294 corona-media casualties). India (279) is followed by Peru (198), Mexico (122), Colombia (79), Bangladesh (68), USA (66), Italy (60), Venezuela (59), Argentina (46), Indonesia (42), Iran (34), United Kingdom (33), Turkey (29), Pakistan (27), Nepal (23) etc,” said Nava Thakuria, PEC’s Asia representative.

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