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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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State government ensures PDS items reach its beneficiaries

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Imphal, June 29:

With the aim to ensure PDS items reach its beneficiaries during the ongoing lockdown, the Government continues to provide rice and dal to certain Assembly Constituencies of the State.
In Imphal West District, 70 quintal of rice was distributed to 1,400 migrant workers on Sunday. 10 quintal of Chana was also distributed to the beneficiaries in the District.
Apart from distribution, 4,807.25 quintal of rice under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) was also lifted today in Imphal West District. The rice was lifted for distribution to the beneficiaries of Sagolband AC (1,431.3 quintal), Singjamei AC (500.2 quintal), Naoriya Pakhanglakpa AC (1,895.4 quintal) and Mayang Imphal AC (980.35 quintal). With today’s lifting, all the ACs in Imphal West District, except Sekmai-Saitu, had completely lifted their allocated quotas of PMGKAY rice for the month of June.
It may be mentioned that the State Government had been distributing PDS items to every households of the State under National Food Security Act , PMGKAY and Open Market Sale Scheme.

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‘Support. Don’t Punish’ global campaign begins in Manipur

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Imphal, June 28:

The individuals and like minded groups who are working on drugs related issues in the state begin to observe the ‘Support. Don’t Punish’ a global grassroot-centred initiative in support of harm reduction and drug policies that prioritise public health and human rights in a subdued manner by holding a press briefing on Friday.
The campaign which seeks to put harm reduction on the political agenda by strengthening the mobilization capacity of affected communities and their allies, opening dialogue with policy makers, and raising awareness among the media and the public,was usually organized since 2013 on June 26 to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.T
he Association of drug users Manipur (ADUM) and Harm Reduction Network Manipur (HRNM) Advisors and functionaries of ADUM and HRNM have made their appeal during the day’s event at the office of Social Awareness Service Organisation (SASO), one of the pioneer organizations in implementing hard reduction programs in dealing with people who use drugs (PUD) and people living with HIV in the state.Commenting on the occasion, ADUM Advisor H Dinesh expressed the need to reform the drug law in the region instead of giving priority to penalizing measures while RK Tiken, General Secretary,SASO observed that HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus) prevalence rate among the people who use drugs (PUD) was 76.9 percent in Manipur when punitive measures were at height in 1997 but it reduced to 7.2 percent when harm reduction programs were at height in 2019.
On the other hand L Deepak of Manipur Network of Positive People who is also part of ADUM expressed concern over the drugs scenario in the state due to lack of proper policy while ADUM Co-Convenor Raj Nongthombam said the association was formed under the initiative of 17 individuals who are well skilled in providing services right from harm reduction to highest level advocacy etc. A quarantine centre for drug users to fight community spread of COVID was set up with the support of the government,he said.“So far we have also provided training programs to handle the drug issue to many health workers stationed at quarantine centres in Ukhrul and Churachandpur districts,” says Sadananda of ADUM. “We have also opened a 24X7 helpline for tele-counselling at the quarantine centres.”

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TrueNat machines installs in Tamenglong

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Tamenglong, June 27:

At times of fear spiking of COVID-19 positive cases in Tamenglong district TrueNat machine is finally installed at the Tamenglong District hospital .
On arriving at the chief medical office complex Tamenglong, the doctors team headed by Chief Medical Officer Tamenglong Dr Chambo Gonmei welcomed the technician team and installation was immediately conducted.
Molbio company technician Pantho Bhorali installed the TrueNat machine in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Tamenglong Armstrong Pame and Medical officers, lab technicians.
After installing the machine Pantho Bhorali demonstrated on how to use the machine.
Meanwhile Chief Medical Officer Tamenglong Dr Chambo Gonmei expressed his sincere thanked to the government for providing TrueNat machine considering difficult situation of Tamenglong.

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IBSD Sikkim Centre distributes hand sanitizers

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Gangtok, June 25:

Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Sikkim Centre, Tadong have handed over locally made hand sanitizers as per guidelines of World Health Organization, to Traffic Police and Police Head Quarters, Gangtok today.
The initiative of free distribution of the above items was taken up under the guidance of Director of the institute, Prof. Pulok K Mukherjee. The distribution was made in view of the shortage of supply and high cost of hand sanitizers in the market area.
Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Sikkim Centre has been distributing hand sanitizers to frontline workers to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and is ready to help in the future to fight the pandemic. This is in continuation in the effort of distribution of hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant to frontline workers of Sikkim and providing help to STNM in the form of consumables for COVID testing.

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