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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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Special train from Mumbai brings back more residents of Manipur

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Imphal, July 4:

Special train from Mumbai, ferrying all together 112 stranded residents of Manipur, due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, reached Jiribam Railway Station at 5.10pm on July 3, 2020.

54 passengers from Ukhrul district, 10passengers from Churachandpur district, 11 from Pherzwal district, 3 passengers from Kangpokpi, 5 from Senapatidistrict and altogether10 passengers from Thoubal, Chandel, Kakching and Tengnoupal districts.15 passengers from Imphal East and Kamjong districts, 1 (one) passenger each from Tamenglong and Jiribam district, 8 passengers from Noney district and 4 from Imphal West were taken to their respective districts.

Altogether 11 State Transport Department buses were utilised for ferrying the 112 returnees to their respective districts.   

At the Jiribam Railway Station, all the returnees travelling in the special train from Kerala were screened by the authorities. The returnees boarded the buses after undergoing necessary screening process and other mandatory procedures under the supervision of the Jiribam District Administration. They will remain in isolation at the respective districts  community quarantine centres for 14 days.

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‘Social stigma against migrants home returnees adds to the ongoing covid 19 pandemic’

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Imphal, July 1:

Manipur Students’ Association Delhi (MSAD) General Secretary Th Singhajit in a press release stated that the problem faced by Corona virus patients, both recovered and unrecovered, and those migrants coming back home from different areas outside the colony (Manipur) has been increasing to a large extent. They including those tested negative are labelled, stereotyped, discriminated against, treated separately and experience loss of status due to which their caregivers, family, friends and communities are also negatively affected. More unfortunately, those recovered, tested negative and home quarantining and their families are facing serious discrimination from their own localities which is due to, as MSAD finds, a huge knowledge gap amongst the people. 
MSAD  further state that those who have been tested corona virus positive and then recovered and again tested negative are supposed to be safer than the rest of people who have never been tested. For the rest of people who have never been tested, they are more risky than those who have been at least tested negative i.e. the former have more chances of carrying the virus at any time than the later. As they have survived the intimation period, they are totally clean. We, people should be aware of this. Without focusing on the authenticity of the test result, we should not be blindly targeting on the number of days quarantined. It is clearly seen that there is a social stigma against the migrant Covid-19 survivors who are coming back home and staying quarantined. However, it should be known that they are safer than those who have been staying home without being tested. Moreover, it is desirable that the returnees are facilitated to be tested before coming back.
 Second, they are to be tested as soon as they have landed. If a Corona virus positive patient who is still not known for the reason that she/he has not yet been tested stays longer without being tested, there is greater chance of spreading the virus during the period of their stay. But, if she/he is tested as soon as arrived, he/she could have been isolated and thus, prevent from spreading the virus. In the meantime MSAD pay sincere condolences for Naoroibam Sarju, who took her own life on Sunday 28 June the last day of her home quarantine as advised after being discharged on June 14 from the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) as she had been found to be Corona virus positive and was lodged in the isolation ward of the hospital.

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PPFA prefers a vivid clarification on Covid-hoax controversy

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Guwahati, June 30:

Patriotic Peoples’ Front Assam (PPFA), while observing a media debate revolving around a city based doctor’s claim that Covid-19 is a hoax, urges concerned authorities to address the issue before it creates unnecessary confusions among the common people. The forum of nationalists also argues that if a practicing physician makes
such comments the medial fraternity should also come forward with necessary clarifications.
It may be mentioned that Dr Satyakam Phukan, a practicing surgeon in local hospitals, recently sent a mail to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with a copy to National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the President (of India) Ramnath Kovind appealing the agency to take steps ensuring that the common people do not suffer in the name
of various strict measures to contain the outbreak of novel coronavirus, which he terms as a hoax citing a number of international media reports in western countries.
“It is shocking that when the human race is fighting the infection of novel corona virus for more than three months with the casualties of five hundred thousand people around the world (over 16,000 in India and 11 in Assam), Dr Phukan has come out with his claim that a seasonal influenza being framed as a pandemic. His views are already
circulated through a number of social and mainstream media outlets of Assam,” said a statement issued by the forum.
Emphasizing on timely and necessary explanations by the concerned authorities including the State government over the debate, the PPFA also urges Indian Medical Association or Indian Medical Council to come with specific inputs over the issue so that it  cannot create misunderstanding  among the people facing the prolonged lockdown and all the efforts to contain the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country do not go waste.

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CSCHR petitions MHRC for ratification of UNCAT

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Imphal, June 20:

Civil Society Coalition on human Rights in Manipur and the United nations (CSCHR) had petitioned Manipur Human Rights commission to Ascertain the position of the Government of Manipur on the issue of ratification of UNCAT; to recommend the Government of Manipur to take a firm stand on the urgent need to ratify the UNCAT and promptly communicate the same to the Union Home Ministry; to Recommend to the Government of lndia to ratify the UNCAT without any further delay.

The commission has registered the petition and proceedings were taken up on June 25, 2020. MHRC has asked the Special Secretary (Home), Government of Manipur to report on the steps taken by the State Government of Manipur regarding the ratification of the UNCAT on or before July 13, 2020.

A statement signed by Phulindro Konsam, Convenor of the Rights body and Co-convenor , Joy Chingakham, while showing solidarity to torture survivors in connection with the observance of the International Day in Support of the victims of Torture said that the  June 26 is the day the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, lnhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) entered into force in the year 1987 and it is observed as a day to highlight the sufferings of the victims of torture worldwide.

“Even though the Government of India signed UNCAT in 1997 and subsequently the Law Commission of lndia as well as the Supreme Court of lndia had recommended its ratification, the Government has not done so till date”, the statement said that added that the  Government of lndia has always accepted the recommendations from several countries to ratify UNCAT in all the three cycles of the Universal Periodic

The statement said that CSCHR will also be submitting a communication to the UN Special Ropporteur on Torture on this undue delay in ratification of UNCAT. lt will also highlight the current practices of widespread prolonged and unnecessary confinements; curbing of liberty, torture, inhumane and degrading treatment of people in the context of the coVlD-19 lock down and mismanagement of quarantine centres of Manipur, the statement added.

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