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Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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UNLF appeals exemption of interest from the debtors by money lenders

IT News
Imphal, April 5

The proscribed United National Liberation Front (UNLF) has appeal all private banks and money lenders of the state to exempt interests from the debtors during this war against the COVID-!9.
A press communiqué issued by M. Sak-hen, Director, Department of Publicity, UNLF mentioned that, the people of the state especially the farmers, daily wage earners and small business persons who earned their livelihood with capital borrowed from the private banks and other money lenders have now been facing serious problems due to the sudden imposition of public curfew and total lock down by the state Government since March 23 with the alarming spreading of dreaded COVID-19 throughout the world.
It is also mentioned that, these categories of peoples in the state are now at the stage of helplessness and more burden will pour if they are going to impose interests by the private banks and money lenders as their business have been already been paralysed due to the imposition of total lock down and imposition of curfew by the State government as part of preventive measures against the spreading of Corona virus. The front also appeal the concerned landlord to exempt any form rents from the occupants during this war against COVID-19.
While concerning over the ferrying of huge quantities of tobacco products (betel leafs) by a special cargo flight in the state on Saturday, the statement further mentioned that, the front has taken such motive as hidden war to abolish the Manipuri nation and time has come for all Manipuris to fight against COVID-19 as well as those perpetrators who are trying to eliminate the Manipuri Nation the statement added.
The outfit said that over one million people across the world are now victims of the dreaded virus and over 60 thousands victims has lost their lives.

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After disqualification of Th. Shyamkumar, portfolios hold by him allocated to CM and Dy. CM

IT News
Imphal, April 4

After the disqualification of MLA Th. Shyamkumar, who was a cabinet Minister in the N. Biren Singh led government holding the portfolio of Forest and Environment and Climate Change , Science and Technololy Department , Horticulture and Soil Conservation and  MAHUD, all portfolios allocated have been re-allocated to Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh.
A notification issued by the Governor of Manipur on the advice of the Chief Minister has re-allocated Forest and Environment and Climate Change , Science and Technololy Department , and  MAHUD to Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar while Horticulture and Soil Conservation has been allocated to Chief Minister in addition to other portfolios.

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Donations to CM’S COVID-19 Relief Fund

Imphal, April 3

Donations to the Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Relief Fund are coming from different sections of the society. Several individuals and organisations have contributed a sum of           Rs. 41,89,174 to the fund.
MSCB Bank  donated Rs. 500,000, Manipur Child Rights Commission Rs. 100,000, Manipur State Women Development Corporation Limited donated Rs. 100,000, Hindustani Samaj donated Rs. 101,000, Devalaya Committee Sujit Kumar Das donated Rs. 100,000, Ch. Debala Devi, Wife of RK Ranjan, MP donated Rs. 150,000, Mayang Imphal Municipal Council donated Rs. 50,000, Dr Rashini Yengkhom, Dy. Secy. (Home) donated Rs. 10,000, Luwangshangbam Awang Leikai Leishabi donated Rs.20,000, Pitambara English School donated Rs. 100,000, Lions Club of Manipur      donated Rs. 150,000, Lions club of Manipur    donated Rs. 150,000, Bhagwati Prasad, Telepati          donated Rs.20,000, National Sports Academy Guardian Assn   donated Rs.  10,000, Pradhan, Hiyanthang CD Block donated Rs. 50,000, Maibam Joykishor Singh donated Rs. 100,000, All Manipur Forest Rangers Association donated Rs. 100,000, Y. NIlachandra, Secretary of THOUNA MANIPUR Rs. 30,000, Govindas Konthoujam, MLA of Bishnupur AC Rs. 80,000, Nongmeikapam Rebjit Singh donated Rs. 10,000, President, AMJOA donated Rs. 152,228, ICAR donated Rs. 50,000, Director, Art & Culture donated Rs. 255,000, Advanced Hospital donated Rs. 100,000, Director, Social Welfare donated Rs. 500,000, Ksh. Premjit, Tera Loukrakpam Leikai donated Rs. 10,000, Kangleipak Students’ Association donated Rs.  51,150, Moreh College donated Rs. 300,777, IRB 1994 Batch donated Rs. 20,000, Dr. Ch. Chandramani & Dr Bilashini of City Hospital donated Rs. 200,000, MD Sharma of Satguru Sadafal Deo Dhyanasthal Kendra donated Rs. 100,000, Chairman of Council of Higher Secondary Education donated Rs. 219,173, Moirangthem Gulamjat Singh of Rs. 10,000, Mini Elangbam,Nagamapal Lamabam Leikai         donated Rs. 100,000, Directorate of Handloom and Textiles donated Rs.  209,846.

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State BJP press statement in connection with the war against COVID-19

By -M. Asnikumar Singh
State Vice President/
For Combat Covid -19 Team
BJP Manipur Pradesh

The BJP Manipur Pradesh highly appreciates the cooperation, cohesion and support shown by the people of the state so far in the fight against COVID19. The selfless duties performed by the state’s medical professionals and security personnel in such uncertain times is nothing short of heroic.
BJP Manipur Pradesh earnestly appeals to the fellow citizens of the State to maintain  SOCIAL DISTANCING and regular HAND HYGIENE to combat the deadly COVID-19. It is an earnest appeal to the people of the State to support and co-operate with the nationwide lockdown and comply with the guidelines and preventive measures laid down by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India , Govt of Manipur and medical experts to fight the deadly disease. We empathise with the hardships faced by certain sections of the people of the state due to the lockdown but it is in the interest of general public safety.
We would like to place the following detailed status of the Relief work undertaken by BJP Manipur Pradesh on COVID-19 in Manipur:
•Till now, 4 State office bearers meetings in presence of State Party President, K Bhabananda Singh have taken place regarding the COVID-19.
•A 24*7 control room is functioning from old party head office Nityaipak Chuthek, Keishampat Imphal.
•A monitoring team of party workers led by a team under S Joy Singh, Vice President of state unit is overseeing the relief work being undertaken by the party as well as the State Government machineries at various level across the state .
•’Feed the Needy’ under the supervision of M Asnikumar,Vice President of the state unit - the party has already decided to mobilise a minimum of 10,000 dedicated karyakartas from across the state. Each karyakarta is to support one distressed family with essential commodities like rice, dal etc in their respective polling booths on their own. Till now, 5500 low income households have been covered by the party karyakartas. This is still in progress and will be accelerated. Reaching out to shelter homes for the elderly, working women, orphanage, disabled children, destitute and stranded students from far flung areas of the state;
providing them with essential commodities and logistical support has already commenced. This is being assisted by two Vice Presidents of the party’s state unit Z Kikhonbou Newmai and Benjamin Mate.

•Call for volunteer- 10 volunteers from every mandal to help facilitate distressed fishermen, farmers and livestock owners with putting their products in the market in coordination with the government agencies. This is being undertaken by a 5 member team under supervision of Kh Jibon Singh, State secretary in coordination with State Agricuture and Animal Husbandry Minister,V Hangkhalian.

•Helpline numbers have been opened for 24 hours at district and mandal levels in all the districts and mandals of the state.
•Distribution of masks, hand sanitizers, gloves by party karyakartas at state, district, mandal and booth levels in coordination with state government agencies and local authorities.

•Support and relief to migrant labours; provision of essential commodities as well as logistical support led by the following members - Premananda Meetei, Sangathan Mantri , Jyotin Waikhom, Vice President, Robin Blackie, Treasurer in coordination with Seva Bharti Imphal.

•The party is coordinating with different social organisations to combat covid-19 in the state .
•Reaching the issues of common people to the right platform: constant touch with the Chief Minister and Chief Minister’s Office, Minister of Agriculture, V Hangkhalian who is the party in charge minister for COVID-19, other concerned ministers, State and district administration. The party is working hand in hand with all the aforementioned individuals and apparatus to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and provide relief to distressed people.
•STATE CENTRAL COMMAND CENTRE under direct supervision of the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh  is functioning 24*7 at the CM Secretariat, assisted by Chief Secretary and other senior bureaucrats and a dedicated team of experts.
•Regular reporting: day to day activities undertaken by the party and its karyakartas in relation to COVID-19 are reported to the Party Head Office, in charge central leaders.
•M.Asnikumar Singh, Vice President and Premananda Meetei, Sangathan Mantri are available 24*7 for any assistance related with relief work of Combat Covid-19 in the state.

PM CARES fund for the battling COVID19 pandemic has been set up for Manipur as well. A committee has been set up by State Party President with Shri P Somojit  Singh, President Yuva Morcha as the convenor. It is a humble, honest and heartfelt appeal to anyone and everyone who are willing and capable of donating, to start contributing to the fund. Each and every contribution to the PM CARES fund will make a difference in India’s battle against COVID-19.
It is now clear that the Tablighi Jamaat Congregation is linked to the newly reported cases in the Northeastern States of Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh. This is an earnest appeal on behalf of the party to those individuals from our state who attended the congregation in Nizamuddin, Delhi. It is in the interest of general public health safety to voluntarily report themselves for testing to the concerned authorities. There is no stigma attached with the virus, it does not discriminate amongst its victims. Unwillingness or hesitation to come out voluntarily will further endanger public health safety.
The BJP Manipur empathises with and stands with the people of Manipur in the battle against COVID.