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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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Sagang Villagers help daughter in quarantine to attend father’s funeral with due precautions

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Imphal, May 29:

Many young people from Manipur who were living outside the state for years are returning to Manipur due to the rising spread of COVID 19 pandemic in other places of India. We also hear about irresponsible behaviour on the part of those who are returning to Manipur but Sagang Villagers have set an example how during this pandemic, people can be both responsible, maintaining due precaution and at the same time help a daughter fulfil her wish of seeing her father for the last time. 

A young woman from Sagang Village, Saikot Constituency in Churachandpur returned from Chennai and reached Churachandpur on May 24. She reached the district level institutional quarantine centre at Sielmat Christian High School early morning. She talked to her father around 3 am in the morning and was happy thinking that she would be meeting her as they have not met for almost three years. But around 6 am on the same day she was informed that her 67 year old father suffered a heart attack and passed away. She being in a quarantine centre has not be able to meet her father while he was alive and also it seemed to her that she would not be able to attend even funeral even. 

Acknowledging her grief, the village Chief and villagers of Sagang decided to help her see her father for the last time even if it was only for five minutes, with due precautions. The village chief sent for PPE and an ambulance to bring her from the quarantine centre, another PPE was provided by the Quarantine centre and she was brought to the village. When she reached her village, the ambulance was sanitized by the volunteers from the villages and she was allowed to see her father for the last time wearing a PPE. Later the place was sanitized. The village of Sagang, in this manner managed to fulfill the wish of the grieving daughter at the same time fight the pandemic.

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Issue raised over escalation of cost of raw materials of handloom products

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Imphal, May 28:

While the governments both at the centre as well as the state level are taking steps to increase the production of handloom across the nation in view of the impending shortages due to the increased utilization of fabrics for various medical equipments and other necessary accessories for combating the Covid-19 pandemic which is wreaking havoc around across the world, an unfortunate issue is emerging which could very well escalate into a major problem in the state. According to Leima Traders- a business house dealing in handloom products, the price of handloom fabrics has gone up considerably since the lockdown began across the country as a result of a sharp hike in the price of raw materials. According to the traders, a standard bundle of cotton yarn hanks weighing about 4 kilos costs around Rupees 500 more than the normal price, for example a bundle of silk yarn hanks costing Rs 2400/2500 before the lockdown is at present costing Rs 3000. Similarly, Silk yarn hanks costing Rs 820 per bundle now costs Rs 1150. The increase in the cost of inputs has forced a sharp rise in the Retail/ Selling price of the finished products which is affecting not only sales but even production for some weavers. The traders also expressed the need for the state government to inquire into the matter and resolve the matter before things take a bad turn.   

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JFA welcomes NCW move on lady scribe’s case

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Guwahati, May 28:
Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) welcomes the move of National Commission for Women (NCW) to issue a show-cause notice to a city based satellite news channel for forcing a reporter to resign because she was pregnant. The forum also agrees with NCW that the channel management had shown an insensitive attitude towards the cribe, who worked there for over a decade.
Days back, expressing deep shock and concern ‘at the manner in which Guwahati based journalist Ranjita Rabha was forced to resign from her position in Prag News’, the Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) called upon the NCW and the State Commission for Women to take suo moto cognizance of the issue.
Many other organizations namely Indian Journalist Union, North East Network, Asom Mahila Sangha, Sadou Asom Pragatisheel Naari Santha, Assam unit of Students’ Federation of India, State unit of All India Democratic Women’s Association, etc also criticized the channel management asserting that her case showed the violation of rights and entitlements of working women as envisaged in the Constitution.
Taking a serious note of the incident many senior journalists, who are not associated with local news channels, sought intervention Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal  ensuring  justice for the scribe. JFA, along with them, believes that the incident would send a wrong signal against the recruitment of women in offices and it would finally jeopardize the campaign for women’s empowerment in India.

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Kuki Students’ Organisation walks the talk!

By - T S Haokip
Imphal, May 27:
The initiatives, taken by CSOs in the cities outside North-east, to assist stranded individuals to return home and those of the region to assist the Government in the effective implementation of quarantine process are the standout stories that reaffirm the much-needed belief and resolution that ‘Coronavirus can take the lives of human but we should not let it take humanity out of our lives.’
One such is the initiative taken by Kuki Students’ Organisation through its units in the region and different cities outside the North East. According to Seiminthang Haokip, Info Secy. KSO Delhi, ‘We in collaboration with InSIDE - North East, sponsored by Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR) has distributed food items on the 23rd and again on the 25th of May, 2020 at the Railway Station, Delhi to all those heading home irrespective of the community they belong to. A total of 1200 individuals were provided with food items, masks, and water. We also acknowledge the help received from the volunteers of Manipur Naga Forum Delhi for COVID19 MNFDC, for making the initiative a grand success.’
While KSO Mumbai and KSO Chennai epitomized the Good Shepherd by assisting concerned authorities in finalizing the list of stranded individuals by personally contacting and guiding all the stranded individuals from a week before the journey of the Shramik Train till their arrival in Jiribam, Manipur, the KSO Bangalore in collaboration with InSIDE-North East has distributed food items like dry fruits, water, etc. to more than 2000 passengers heading home from Bangalore under a project called ‘Smile’ (Mercy Mission).
Mr. Khaiminlen Dougel, Info, and Publicity Secretary, KSO Ghqtr expressed his gratitude to all the units for their untiring efforts and sacrifices so much so that they have even sacrificed their personal obligations at home for the sake of the society. He added, ‘it is this exact effort, of helping people when they are in need, which defines the ethos we stood for since the inception of KSO. All KSO units both in and outside Manipur have done tremendous work from providing food grains to the weaker section of the society to collection and dissemination of Data and most importantly assisting Govt in the successful arrangement of bringing back stranded individuals outside the region. The KSO volunteers e.g in Churachandpur have volunteered to stay in Quarantine centers for the 14 days displaying true characteristics of the organisation’s motto; to learn, unite and serve.’
There are many other stories of the KSO and other CSOs contributing their selfless services in this fight against Coronavirus. While the State Governments with the co-operation of concerned authorities have taken painstaking efforts for the successful arrangement of the return of stranded brethren outside the region by arranging Special Shramik Trains, the role of the CSOs and individuals both in and outside the region have been tremendous. We can only hope and pray that this partnership of the Government, CSOs and individuals continue in the coming days as we are well-aware that this will be a long drawn battle. The fight is far from over, but together we can. And we shall overcome, someday. Together!

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