Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh, a resident of Keishamthong Elangbam has been with Imphal Times since its start, 2013. He handles mostly Press release and announcement related news. Naresh is also a social worker. He can be emailed at [email protected]

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Friday, 07 June 2019 18:05

New Hope for Breast Cancer Patients

Dr Meenu Walia, Director- Medical Oncology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Vaishali.

According to GLOBOCAN 2018, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and is a common cause of cancer-related death in women in India. Mortality rates are influenced by the occurrence of the disease and the availability of screening programs and appropriate treatment. Despite lower breast cancer incidence, breast cancer mortality rates are higher in many low income countries because of later stage at diagnosis, suboptimal access to treatment, more aggressive biological subtypes, and younger age at diagnosis.
Advanced breast cancer is an area where the existing drugs are not improving longevity or quality of life of patients. Thus, extensive drug research has focused on this niche area in the past few years and newer targets have come into light. Discussed here are some of the newer therapies that have shown promise for treatment of advanced and metastatic breast cancer.
 Targeted Therapy:
 Targeted therapies target the cancer’s specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes to cancer growth and survival. When it comes to breast cancers some subtypes have too much of a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2, pronounced her-too). This protein makes tumor cells grow. The Drug ‘Trastuzumab’ is an example of targeted therapy and acts by disabling HER2 receptor on breast cancer cell.
Cancer Vaccines:
Cancer cells produce proteins and cells that are capable of eliciting an immune response. These cells are engineered in to vaccines to elicit an immune response against tumor-specific or tumor-associated antigens. Thus, the immune system is enabled to attack cancer cells bearing these antigens.
Adoptive Cell Therapy:
Adoptive cell therapy takes a patient’s own immune cells, modifies them, and then reintroduces them to the patient, where they can seek out and eliminate cancer cells. In CAR T cell therapy, T cells are modified and equipped with chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) that enable superior anti-cancer activity.
Immunomodulators:
Immunomodulators manipulate the “brakes” and “gas pedals” of the immune system. The immune system is guarded by checkpoints to self-regulate itself. Checkpoint inhibitors modify the immune responses against cancer cells.
Oncolytic virus therapy:
Viruses like adenovirus, herpes simplex virus, Maraba virus, etc are known to causes various diseases in human beings. These viruses can be modifies and used to infect tumor cells and cause them to self-destruct. This can attract the attention of immune cells to eliminate the main tumor and potentially other tumors throughout the body.
Chemotherapy and endocrine therapy are still the basic treatments, although optimization of dosage remains an unmet need. Depending on the receptor status, patients’ demand and physicians preference the drug therapy for advanced and metastatic breast cancer varies from patient to patient. For breast cancer when conventional treatments fail, alternative modes of treatment can be helpful to prolong life, especially when combined with chemotherapy. None the less, these therapies are a “New Hope for Breast Cancer Patients!”

By a Correspondent
Dimapur, June 7,

One of the world’s leading integrated providers of telecommunication services, Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), today said that it has further upgraded its 4G network in Assam and North East with the deployment of LTE 900 technology that will enhance the network experience for its smartphone customers.
With the rollout of 4G in the 900 Mhz spectrum band, Airtel will get additional high speed data capacity to serve its customers. 
More importantly, given the high propagation and reach of the 900 Mhz spectrum, Airtel smartphone customers will enjoy improved 4G availability inside buildings - homes, offices and malls. It will also result in wider availability of Airtel 4G across the region.
Raveendra Desai, Assam and North East, Bharti Airtel said, “Our endeavour is to deliver quality network experience to our customers. The deployment of LTE 900 will further boost Airtel 4G coverage, particularly inside homes and buildings. Airtel smartphone customers will enjoy a seamless high speed data and HD quality calling experience on our upgraded network.  We will continue to invest in deployment of latest network technologies to delight our customers.”
 In Assam and NE, Airtel uses a spectrum bank - 2300 Mhz (TD LTE), 1800 Mhz (FD LTE), and 900 Mhz (LTE 900) to offer 4G Volte services to customers. In addition, Airtel has deployed network technologies and tools such as 4G Advanced and Carrier Aggregation to step up high speed network capacity and coverage.       
Recently, the company announced that it will expand its network in Assam and NE by rolling out 2720 new base stations and 3100 Km of optic fiber under its network transformation program.

Thursday, 06 June 2019 17:04

Budding Malwares in Manipur University

By – Sh. Ajit

Manipur University, one of the eminent places for higher education, is really in a volatile condition. Multiple issues are on picture now. Just after the expression of discontents by some research scholars, by locking office-rooms of relevant authorities, for their almost two year long pending university fellowship, university contractual staffs also held sit-in-protest demanding to give them priority in the present regular recruitments. It may be reminded that delay in disbursing the scholarship for research scholar is not a new one but it has becomes a periodic problem in this university.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the high level committee of the university was held day before yesterday to discuss on different agendas and issues including new academic calendar, new recruitments and admission, new UGC guidelines for central universities.
After the MU authority was compelled to cancel recruitment advertisement for many times, the new advertisement just published a couple of days before is also in unhealthy position. It is also likely to be cancelled again in view of the UGC Guidelines of Faculty Recruitment, 2018. This may hamper the heart of many aspirants. Stabilizing normalcy in Manipur University is becoming a hundred million dollar question.
On the other side, the university is facing a huge problem financially in settling accounts in connection with Indian Science Congress, over-expenditureQ in travels of the former VC, fund deficit regarding some UGC-JRF scholars whose tenure is on the luminal phase when funding system was converted to DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer). When DBT was effected, university undermines the UGC instruction and goes on its traditional mode of disbursing fellowship that created denial and unacceptable to UGC. Within this few months or a year, university had recruited several contractual positions, opened new departments, increases student intake without sanctioning the minimum post and infrastructure, on which denial of UGC is very much expected.
At present, UGC is not ready to   recognize those guest faculties as bonafide one whose recruitment was not done by following UGC criteria, like proper advertisement in media, UGC-NET qualifying, presence of VC nominees in selection process. This is a big question and a big issue to those who were selected in response to the departmental requirements without fulfilling these criteria. Therefore, those who were selected in compliance with UGC norms and those who were not will give another assignment to authorities. These are really multiple small but issues which need to work out at the earliest. Otherwise, it may kick off the second episode of crisis in Manipur University.

By a Correspondent
Imphal, June 6,

A textile and handicraft company launched by a woman from Manipur has successfully started spreading eco friendly textile products of Manipur to the entire country and abroad. A company, Natural Textile Collections (NTC)  founded in 2004 by Ms.Keisham Babita Devi primarily concentrating on handicraft made of ‘Kauna’ and other natural fiber based products produces  bags, baskets and other household products. Currently, the company has expanded to handloom products like garments and home furnishings, containers and laundry basket of many shapes and sizes. The company focuses primarily on eco-friendly products.   The USP of the NTC Company is of mixing the traditional material ‘Kauna’ with the current modern designs making it fashionable to everyone.
Today NTC’s business is increasing day by day and looking for in house design production to create own brand label.
NTC is a success story in promoting Manipur handicraft and handloom products to the world and generating income to the state.
  In the beginning, the company started from a humble background and focused mainly on the retail of the products. However, the company has currently expanded from only retail to wholesale and export.
The founder, Ms.Keisham Babita Devi  born in a family with a strong tie to the Manipur handloom and handicraft industry was supported by her parents  Keisham Manaobi Singh and  Haobam Ranibala Devi  of Khwai Nagamapal Paonam Leikai, Imphal West Manipur.
It was an inherited family trade and love as Babita’s grandfather, late Keisham Tombi Singh is considered as the pioneer of Manipur Handloom and Handicraft. He founded the Pineapple fiber in the early 1960s which is also one of the main resources of the industry. He also introduced “Lashing Phee” (a type of blanket with cotton) in the late 1930s which became one of the popular types of household product in the state.
Ms. Babita’s parent worked in the Manipur Handloom & Handicraft industry and contributed immensely to the promotion of the industry and the products. Keisham Manaobi, father of Ms. Babita, introduced ‘Kauna’ to the European market in the late 1980s. Because of the exposure to the industry from an early age, Ms Babita has been inspired to work in this sector. The inspiration behind the formation of NTC was from the   time where she used to work in various export house where people from all over the world could find the handicraft and handloom products from various states of India. Even though the Manipuri handloom and handicraft products are unique in the world, it was not getting the exposure it needed and people were not aware of the products. This gave her the idea and interest to promote the Manipur handloom and handicrafts to the world. The seed to start the company started getting shape.
  Keisham Babita a  recipient of Vasundhara NE Woman Entrepreneur award 2014 – 15   started joining exhibitions and fairs with her family to test out the retail market for Manipur Handloom and Handicraft Products. Later on, she branched out her own company to venture as an independent woman entrepreneur.
By attending various exhibitions and fairs she got the opportunity to expand her market. Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) provided one such platform. The EPCH organised Indian handicraft and Gift Fair (IHGF) twice a year and on both occasions the NTC was given the opportunity to particate and display her products.
Milestones
Since the early humble but steady start, the company has grown stronger and achieved
substantial milestones on the way. Some of the noteworthy milestones are,
·    First Manipur handicraft (made of ‘Kauna’) export assignment to Jamaica.
·    First invitation to attend international exhibition for Handloom and Handicraft representing Manipur.
·    Showroom opened in Delhi and other branches.
·    Regular export consignment to France, Italy, Germany, United State of America, Japan and Malaysia.
NTC plays a key role in the promotion of handicraft products especially ‘Kauna’ craft in the
national and the international market. NTC has earned recognition amongst the overseas
exporter/buyers.
NTC has appreciated  EPCH  for providing the buyers and seller platform and giving it the much needed boost to reach out to the whole world. The platform generated a high level of awareness to overseas buyers and resulted in high demands of handicraft products from our state. These activities have enhanced our state economies, which also help in creating employment, especially to the women.
 NTC also helps in creating new product lines by introducing innovative designs and producing  quality products to meet the international market standard.
EPCH  
Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) was established under Companies Act in the year 1986-87 and is a non-profit organisation, with an object to promote, support, protect, maintain and increase the export of handicrafts. It is an apex body of handicrafts exporters for promotion of exports of Handicrafts from country and projecting India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality of handicrafts goods & services and ensured various measures keeping in view of of observance of international standards and specification. The Council has created necessary infrastructure as well as marketing and information facilities, which are availed both by the members, exporters and importers.

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