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Karan Sapam

Karan Sapam

Karan Sapam, a resident of Langjing Achouba has been writing for Imphal Times since 2016. He handles mostly Press release and announcement related news. Karan is also a social worker. He can be emailed at [email protected]

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Meiraba triumphs; double delight for Tanisha and Aditi at Yonex Sunrise Krishna Khaitan All-India Junior Ranking Tournament

Panchkula, August 19,

 Maisnam Meiraba continued his dominance in the junior circuit while both Tanisha Crasto and Aditi Bhatt capped a memorable campaign with twin titles at the Yonex-Sunrise 28th Smt. Yonex Sunrise Krishna Khaitan All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament 2019 here on Sunday.
Junior World No. 15 Maisnam Meiraba Luwang, top seeded at this tournament, was unstoppable in his 21-12, 21-11 demolition of second seed Sathish Kumar K. The in-form Manipur shuttler,  who won the White Night Junior last month, was challenged only once in six matches this week, where he dropped a game to eighth seed Sarath D in the quarter-finals.
In girls’ singles, sixth seed Aditi Bhatt showed steely nerves and resilience in her 22-20, 13-21, 22-20 marathon win over the top seed Unnati Bisht that needed 1 hour 18 minutes to complete. This was the second consecutive three-game match that the feisty girl played following her 21-15, 14-21, 21-16 win over seventh seed Aashi Rawat in the semi-finals.’

Bhatt made it a double delight when she teamed up with Goa’s Tanisha Crasto to take the girls’ doubles title as well. The second seeds stormed back from a slow start to eke out a 17-21, 21-19, 21-17 win over seventh seeds Khushi Gupta and Drithi Yatheesh.
Crasto found success in the mixed doubles category as well, where she partnered Ishaan Bhatnagar to outlast Dhruv Rawat and Trisha Hegde 20-22, 21-16, 21-13.
In boys’ doubles, the title went to fifth seeds Iman Sonowal of Assam and Yash Raikwar of Madhya Pradesh in yet another surprising result of the day. The boys put up a brilliant performance to upset the top seeds Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam 21-12, 21-15.
This was the first of the selection tournaments for the BWF World Junior Championships to be held in Kazan, Russia from October 7-13. The second selection tournament is scheduled for next week in Bangalore.

KYKL observes 26th Martyrs Memorial Day; Pays floral tribute

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Imphal, Aug 18,

Proscribed group Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) today observed the 26th Martyrs Memorial Day (Athoubasinggi Ningsing Numit) commemorating the revolutionaries of the state who had sacrificed their life fighting for restoration of the sovereignty of the region.
The Martyrs memorial function was held at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalion of the KYKL, its other units, transit camps and at other area of Kangleipak, a statement of the outfit said.  

The statement further said that at the main observance held at its 1st battalion, CO of the Battalion, captain Dhana of Meeyamgi Yawol Lanmee (MYL) HQ and Chief of the Army staff of the Meeyam gi Fingang Lanmee (MFL) of the KCP, H. Ibomcha attended as Chief Guest and president respectively. Lt. Col.  Ingba, Adjutant of MYL, KYKL and G3, MFL, KCP M. Robin attended as guests of honour.
The party flag of the KYKL was put to half-mast and a two minutes silent was observed as a mark of respect to the martyred revolutionary party, the statement added.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt. Col. Ingba of the KYKL stressed on the need to understand the new war strategy of India terming the country as fascist. He said that the agenda of India to engulf the indigenous people has been finally come to the public domain after the abrogation of article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir besides its attempt to introduce CAB . He called on people to stand together against such strategy of India by strengthening the resistance movement and by continuing the liberation movement.
Chief of the army of the MFL , KCP H. Ibomcha while speaking on the occasion called the present regime of India as Cultural Bomb. By cultural bomb, it is the Hindutva, the Indian Culture that has been invading to this soil, Ibomcha added. The KCP Army chief also stressed on the idea of colonizing the mind by saying that the need of the hour is to liberate the mind from being occupied.

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NEFIS organizes candle light march at Delhi University demanding justice for Babysana

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Imphal, Aug 18,

North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) activists along with students from different parts of the North-East as well as other parts of the country had organized a Candle Light March at Arts Faculty of Delhi University condemning the attitude of the Manipur police administration in the case of death of a minor girl, Babysana in Imphal last month.

A statement from the Forum said that the police has so far been unable to crack the case and has therefore served to cause anger among the people regarding its insensitive and apathetic attitude. Instead, the police is deploying delay tactics to let the public outcry subside. It has even tried to divert public attention by using force on the protestors who were demanding justice for the victim, a few days back.
The statement further said that NEFIS believes the present incident as a result of the way in which private schools have been provided leeway to operate. These private schools in the absence of government regulations have been following unprincipled practices. The government has also abdicated its role in educating the masses through making government schools better and curbing privatization of education, it added.
NEFIS demanded to arrest the culprits immediately and award strict punishment. It also demanded to ban privatization of education in the state and to implement policy for providing quality compulsory government education from KG to PG.
Through the Candle Light March, NEFIS reiterates its determination to continue its struggle in the present case, till justice is provided to the victim.

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Private hospitals – in imperative call for a robust CGHS system

In order to improve the healthcare structure in India, Government has come up with one of the world’s largest public healthcare programs – Ayushman Bharat, which being an insurance scheme will provide with cashless transaction. While the question remains unclear regarding the reimbursement, when even a much smaller scheme for the central Government employees, CGHS, is already suffering and is in a muddle.
Recently, the hospitals empanelled under CGHS have been issued notices for refusing to admit CGHS beneficiaries and that the government is bound to take strict action against the hospitals. While still the question remains that most of the private hospitals have not yet received the reimbursement amount for rendering services   from the government and the value now amounts to around Rs 700 crores.
Again the setback remains with the payment terms, while the CGHS payments are not made for months together or the hospital receives fewer amounts without any indication of the reasons for deduction. In this view, many hospitals have been closed and some are on the verge fearing to be closed. Even the corporate chains are facing the same concern.
Understanding the CGHS muddle
Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) runs under the administration of ‘ Ministry of health and Family Welfare, was introduced with an aim to provide complete healthcare services to the Government servants at subsidized costs in cashless mode through a network of hospitals empanelled under CGHS( 70% in the private sector), which shall further claim their reimbursement from the Government later.
No Legal Agreement - Since 2014, CGHS has entered into an agreement with the empanelled private hospitals valid for two years, but neither the agreement was ever signed and provided to the hospital nor the extension took place. This clearly indicates that there exists no such legal agreement validly signed by both parties.

Unbothered pricing for Hospitals – After the arbitrary agreement for voluntary participation of hospital in the CGHS, the pricing agreed upon during 2014 remains unchanged even in 2019. There seems no justification for the prices provided by the Government to the hospitals as the hospital’s costs surely increases with every year. 
Repudiated credit terms – As it is evident from the outstanding reimbursement amounting to approx Rs 700 crore, CGHS has never paid the hospitals as per the agreed credit period. While the foremost duty and responsibility of the hospital is to treat the patient, but the Government never thinks that the hospitals end up locking their working capital for the sole purpose of treating CGHS beneficiaries as the payments are delayed for months. According to the agreement, CGHS has agreed upon to pay 60% of the bill value within one week of submission, which until now remains hypothetical.
The need of the hour – A Robust CGHS system
Evident enough, currently CGHS system is monumentally inefficient and under-funded. The Government should come forward and take responsibility to enhance the reimbursement process and make things insync. Being an indirect blame game on the part of both Government and Private Hospitals, patients and society is the ultimate sufferers.
There should be transparent, clear cut directions along with a robust reimbursement system in this scheme to be implemented. The rates for various medical procedures should be decided in consultation with various stakeholders. Abysmally low unaffordable or unmanageable rates will breed corruption and make this scheme unviable.
In order to clean up the mess around the CGHS and improve the current condition, there is an incessant need for improvement and quality control, along with a streamlined reimbursement process which will make CGHS as desired for all.

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