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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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“I feel regret about Steffie” MLA Sushindro on war against COVID-19

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Imphal, May 29:

Khurai Assembly constituency MLA, L. Sushindro (Yaima) expressed regret about sending away a young girl call Steffie (not real name) who wanted to stay at a quarantine center opened at his constituency after returning from Guwahati on May 10.

Steffie who hailed from a place in Churachandpur district and returned back along with her friends from Khurai area, wanted to stay along with them as quarantine is mandatory for returnee from outside the state. However, as per the quarantine centers regulatory system in the state of Manipur she could not stay at the quarantine center opened at Khurai Assembly constituency. The shocking part is that she was tested Coronavirus positive along with 11 others from Churachandpur district on May 20.

“I feel regret about Steffie, had I allow her to stay with her friends at the quarantine center open in my constituency she could have been saved”, MLA Sushindro said. The MLA said this as none of her friends who came along with her were tested positive.

The MLA opined that she may have contracted the virus from carriers whom she travelled along with after she was taken from Khurai the day she returned to Imphal.

Steffie was first taken to Institutional Quarantine Center opened at JNV Navodaya and after there were no seat, she was again taken to Sainik School and then to Chrachandpur Quarantine center along with others.

Sushindro said that the present quarantine system need to be reviewed to make sure that those who come clean do not contracted the virus from carriers after reaching here in the state.

It may be mentioned that at some quarantine centers people who came in separate vehicles were mixed up with those who came in different vehicles. They were even deported to centers without segregation who came first or who came later.

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AIYF condemns denial of reservation for OBCs in Medical education

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Imphal, May 28:
All India Youth Federation (AIYF) has condemned the denial of OBCs in the allocation of medical seats for the past 3 years since 2017.
A statement of the student body signed by its President Aftab Alam Khan and General Secretary Thirumala Raman said that reservation policy is being undermined by the BJP government controlled by RSS which is always against social justice and reservation.
“Since 2017, under NEET, OBCs are not provided mandatory 27% reservation in all India polled quota of medical seats”, the statement said. It added that those seats have been transferred to general category and hence 10,000 OBC students have been denied opportunity for medical education for last 3 years.
The left wing student body blamed the BJP government terming it as a policy to benefit the upper class students only.
The AIYF demanded allotment of 27% reservation seat to OBCs in the All India Medical Seat allotment.

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Terror charges framed against Arakanese editor

By - NJ Thakuria

Guwahati, May 28:

Interviewing a leader of an armed outfit in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and publishing its substance through a portal can be termed as a serious offence against the concerned editor. The fate of Khaing Mrat Kyaw, chief editor of Narinjara news portal, based in Sittwe of Rakhine (also known as Arakan) province in western Myanmar indicates the state of media’s freedom in the Southeast Asian country.

While the world is fighting against Covid-19 pandemic with over a hundred thousand casualties, the Myanmar authorities have framed charges of glorifying terrorism against the editor for uploading an interview with Khaing Thu Ka, spokesperson of Arakan Army, an ethnic revolutionary group, which Myanmar federal  government in NayPieTaw recently denounced as a terrorist organization.

The rebels are reportedly fighting for a homeland for Buddhist Rakhine people in the line of ancient Arakan Kingdom. Rich in natural resources, the Arakan province drew the attention of international media three years back with Rohingya Muslim issues. Myanmar military,

known as Tatmadaw, launched a violent campaign against  Rohingya people forcing over seven hundred thousand Muslim settlers to leave for Bangladesh.

Presently the Arakanese editor is hiding to avoid impending arrest.

The police on 31 March 2020 raided Narinjara’s  office in Sittwe and even temporarily detained three scribes namely Thein Zaw, Aung Lin Htun and Htun Khaing  for questioning. Later on  7 April, they reached to the apartment belonged to KM Kyaw in Yangon and also interrogated his wife on his where about.

Narinjara group that publishes news bulletins both in Burmese and English covers various issues particularly related to Rakhine including the ongoing armed conflicts between Myanmar security personnel and rebel ethnic outfits who remain active in Arakan and Chin provinces.

Various media rights bodies have criticized the NayPieTaw regime  for charging  KM Kyaw under the counter-terrorism laws and urged Myanmar’s special branch to immediately withdraw the procedures. Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) stated that if convicted, the editor would face at least 10 years of imprisonment with heavy fines.

CPJ representative Shawn Crispin commented that the authority should stop threatening journalists who were covering enduring armed conflict and rebel groups in Myanmar. Branding those journalists as terrorists is none other than assaulting the press freedom, she asserted. Earlier Myanmar Press Council  also sent a letter to the President Win Myint along with State counselor Aung San Suu Kyi with an appeal to withdraw charges against KM Kyaw.

Rs. 50 lakh Life Insurance Scheme for COVID-19 frontline warriors announced under PMGKP

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Imphal, May 27:

Union Government of India has announced Rs. 50 lakh Life Insurance Scheme for Health workers fighting COVID-19 under the prime Minister Garib Kalyan Package.

An office memorandum issued by the Deputy Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) of the Government of Manipur said that the insurance scheme will be available for health workers who have lost their life due to COVID-19 and to those who died accidentally while performing duty related with COVID-19.

The insurance scheme covers public healthcare providers including community health workers, who are directly contacting while taking care of the COVID-19 patients and who may be at risk of being impacted by it. The insurance also covers private hospital staffs and retired / volunteers/ local urban bodies/ contracted / daily wage/ ad-hoc/ outsourced staffs requisitioned by the state/central hospitals/ autonomous hospitals of centers, states or Union territories, AIIMS and INIs / hospital   of Central Ministries.

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