Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 25+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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Tuesday, 11 May 2021 16:34

Negative impacts of technology in kids


By -Vijay GarG

The technology is everywhere. Just take a look around and think about it. Actually, take a look at your pocket or at this screen, you’re looking at right now. Technology has brought many great things to us! Most of the times, technology helps us things quicker and easier.
Smartphones, tablets, personal computers, video games and so on… our life is surrounded by technology and our children are also using it at home, at school, everywhere. Our children will learn many things we have not even dream about it right now. We know this is an important positive impact of technology.
But there are some negative impacts from technology overuse too, having serious consequences into our children’s life. To get the best of digital devices, parents have to consider its downsides and prevent them. We sorted five negative impacts of technology you have to pay attention:
1. Relationships and Social Skills Issues
Kids are using mobile devices more and more, and they can become addicted to this, not spending enough time with their family and/or friends. They are more likely to be virtually connected with friends, sharing photos and texting online than actually meeting them in person.
The new generation is growing up playing games online, accessing websites (sometimes harmful websites), chatting online on Facebook, sharing photos on Instagram and Snapchat and so on. It doesn’t mean that spending time online is a bad thing, but spending too much time online can really weaken the bond between the parents and the child, and also private the child to improve several social skills.
2. Health Problems
The overuse of mobile devices can be harmful to children’s health. The more they use mobile devices, the less physical activities they do. The problem is that playing games online is combined with snacking, substituting the balanced alimentation. As children spend more time in front of those screens, most of the time in the couch, less time they spend outside playing, running and burning off calories. Over time, those habits can lead to a significant weight gain.
To prevent it from becoming a habit, parents can talk with their children about parental controls and use Screen Guide App to balance screen time. Remember: it’s important to balance the quality and quantity of the time they spend on digital devices.
Teach your children that there is time for everything, even to play games online. But it’s also important to balance it, otherwise many problems come along. Check out tips to have “The Tech Talk” with your children here.
3. Browsing Online Can Be Dangerous
While browsing online we often face harmful things such as phishing, virus and other dangers disguised as advertising. Most of the adults know it and can easily avoid them, but what about our children? Sometimes even the advert can be harmless to them. A study from 2005 says that 70% of teens aged between 15-17 have accidentally stumbled across pornography online. What about nowadays?
The children can go online and search for anything. But with the right monitoring, they will not access dangers websites, avoiding to meet dangerous people. Keep in mind that you can always guide your children to avoid those dangers.
One way to help children to be safe online is to use parental controls and Internet filtering tools to select the content they are able to access or even block browsers for as long as you consider it is appropriated.
4. Mobile Device Overuse Reduce Sleep Quality
According to the article “Kids Are Being Kept Awake by Their Phones Even When They’re Not Using Them” over 72% of all children have at least one device in their bedroom. JAMA Pediatrics published a study with the big question: Is there an association between screen-based media device access or use in the sleep environment, and sleep quantity and quality?.
Well, they found out that there is a strong and consistent evidence of a link between mobile devices overuse and reduced sleep quality. Our children are sleeping less than they should, but what’s the matter with it?
A lack of sleep can have serious consequences on our brain. During the sleep, the brain does some “housekeeping” tasks, clearing things that aren’t important and restoring the nerves networks to wake up again ready for a brand new day. But sleeping less means that we’re depriving our brain of its essential needs and we will struggle on our activities during the day.
To help your children to get a better sleep, you can talk to them about the dangers around it. Also, work on reducing the screen time balancing it with Screen Guide Parental Control App. A balanced screen time can improve children’s sleep quality. Check out 3 tips for your children to have a better night of sleep!
5. Is your smartphone affecting your relationship with your kids?
Take a time to think about it, have you checked your phone for notifications how many times? How many times did you open WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook, or Instagram when you’re with your children?
Well, most of the people we know, do this many times, after all, mobile devices are great to overcome boredom. But checking out mobile devices for notifications when we’re around children has its downsides. According to a study published by University of Michigan Health System, “Parents’ use of mobile technology around young children may be causing internal tension, conflicts and negative interactions with their kids”.
Some of the plans of making family time even better are to get the time to reconnect with children. Use Screen Guide Parental Control App to balance your child’s screen time and spend more offline time with them. Take the time to be with them, and do the stressful tasks later, when you’re not with your children

IT News
Imphal, May 3:

According to medical science report, a normal person can hardly live without oxygen for 3 minutes (general) forget about those infected by Covid -19. For a person whose oxygen saturation level drops below 90% or when the oxygen saturation level drops by 3% every 6 minutes (say if the level is dropped from 96% to 93%) than the person is definitely in need of medical oxygen support.
During this 2nd wave of COVID -19 pandemic, since April last week, the spike in positive cases is again climbing double every day with the maximum number crossing 250 in the last couple of days. Leaving aside the private hospitals with COVID-19 care ward- the two giant hospitals – RIMS and JNIMS are overcrowded with COVID-19 positive patients. Except for a few almost all patients either in ICUs or in the COVID-19 care wards in these two hospitals needs proper medical oxygen supply that these hospitals demand. However, the recent order by the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare of the government of Manipur dated May 1, 2021, for allocations of Medical Oxygen to the two major government Institutions – RIMS and JNIMS, is likely to put at risk of those severe Covid patients undergoing treatment in the respective hospitals.
As per the order of the Principal Secretary ( Health and Family Welfare) V. Vumlunmang, the number of D-type cylinders allocated for RIMS Hospital is 120. The same is also allocated for JNIMS. A source said that the allocation is made after the crash on the Oxygen Generator Plant taken up under the initiative of the Shija Hospital and Research Institute, depending on the availability of medical oxygen production capacity from the two private Oxygen generator firms – HVS Oxygen Plant, Patsoi and M/s Manipur Gas Pvt. Ltd. Bishnupur.
However, the allocation of medical oxygen by the state authority has been prepared without going into details on the immediate requirement at RIMS and JNIMS. According to source from RIMS hospital alone, a total of 270 D type Oxygen Cylinder is required per day. After the commissioning of the 5 PSA Oxygen Generator plants at RIMS, 50 D-type Oxygen Cylinders has been produced per day but these have been used for the non-Covid patients at Casualty and other non-COVID sections. Still, then the RIMS required 220 number of D-Type Oxygen Cylinder per day. RIMS at present has 10 ICU beds and 62 non – ICU beds for COVID-19 patients at present and all have been occupied, a source from inside RIMS said.
Similar is with JNIMS. The Covid care wards have 98 non-ICU beds at which all are occupied and of the total 98, 94 beds are giving Oxygen Support. There are also 10 ICU beds at which all the patients have been supported by Medical Oxygen. That means the total number of D type Medical Oxygen is nearly or over the requirement at RIMS. But when contacted with the JNIMS authority, they are still yet to find out the exact number of Medical Oxygen requirement per day.
Leaving aside the private hospitals, it is on record that both JNIMS and RIMS required over 200 numbers of D-type Oxygen cylinders. However, the allocation of just 120 –D type Oxygen Cylinder per day by the state government authority has raised serious questions on the safety of COVID patients undergoing treatment at both the hospitals.
It is likely that Manipur may see at least 10 to 15 COVID -19 patients dying due to the non-availability of medical oxygen in the coming days.
When Imphal Times contacted the HVS Oxygen Plant, Patsoi, an authority there informed that they produced 220 D Type Cylinders per day. These Oxygen plant even though is private, has been put under control by the state authority to make sure for compliance with the order of the Principal Secretary.
As for the M/s Manipur Gas Pvt. Ltd. Bishnupur, a source said that they can hardly produce 50% of the total needs of the state. The source also was hesitant in revealing the total medical oxygen that they produce per day and also refuse to comment on the number of oxygen cylinders they supply to their clients.
With all these facts, it is come to know that due to lack of proper preparedness from the site of the government in the allocation of oxygen, the life of those Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment RIMS and JNIMS are at risk and there is a possibility of massive casualty due to shortage of oxygen.

IT Desk
Imphal, May 03:

Even as many states across India including the state of Manipur fail to start the mass vaccination of people who are above 18 years of age from May 1 due to non-availability of vaccines. A report appearing in the All India Radio said that Centre has provided over 16 crore 54 lakh vaccine doses free of cost to states, UTs as of today.
The report said that of the total consumption of doses including wastages is over 15 crore 79 lakh. The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry have said that more than 75 lakh vaccines doses are still available with the States and Union Territories. 
The Ministry has assured that more than 59 lakh 70 thousand vaccine doses will be provided to States and Union Territories within the next three days.
The Health Ministry has said, vaccination is a crucial pillar in the fight against the coronavirus and the third phase of Covid-19 vaccination has already started in the country. The Ministry has informed that the highest numbers of over 14 lakh 25 thousand vaccine doses are available in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar wherein eight lakh 69 thousand doses are left to be administered to the beneficiaries.
However, for those who have registered through the COWIN to get vaccination which was announced on May 1, people in the state could not start vaccination due to the unavailability of the vaccine in the state. The Shija Hospital and Research center have also stopped vaccination today after there was no stock of vaccine in the hospital.
According to source from the State Health department, private hospitals have been directed to procure the vaccine from the Serum Institute of India. However, a source from the private hospitals based in Imphal said that when they contacted the Serum institute to procure the vaccine they were told to get it from their respective state government. Nothing has been clear as of now and the vaccination may delay in the state as there is no way that any private hospital can procure the vaccine without a prior deposit before 7 days, a source said.
It may be mention that the CEO of the Serum Institute of India, Mr. Adar Poonwalla, had gone to the United Kingdom following threats and pressure from various Chief Ministers and powerful Indian Corporate figures. Due to this there are various problems and challenges faced by the Institute in producing and supply of the vaccine to private parties, However, as reported by Telegraph, the CEO is all set to return to India to continue his service in a few days. A source said that after his return the problem of vaccine shortage may be sorted out soon.
Still, people above the age of 18, as well as those above 45, are unlikely to get vaccine in the coming seven days. 

IT Desk
Imphal, May 2:

Ruling parties were poised to return to power in three states with Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress striding way ahead of the BJP in West Bengal while the BJP was comfortably ahead in Assam as was the LDF in Kerala, Election Commission trends indicated on Sunday.
As votes were counted for the assembly polls in four states and one union territory with strict Covid protocols in place, trends indicated that Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK could cede power to arch rival DMK. In Puducherry, the AINRC-led NDA was headed towards power.
The BJP has spearheaded the NDA’s way well beyond the majority mark as the saffron party is leading in more than 74 Assembly seats against Congress-led alliance’s 42 out of a total of 126 seats in Assam. While incumbent Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and state Finance and Health Minister and BJP’s star campaigner Himanta Biswa Sarma won from Majauli and Jalukbari constituencies, respectively, incarcerated anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi is leading in Sibsagar seat, suggests initial trends of Assam assembly election results.
The Election Commission began counting votes for the 126 assemblies in Assam elections amid a three-tier security arrangement and strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.
Despite display of all its might, the BJP ruling the centre was unable to oust reigning queen Mamata Banerjee, who remained well entrenched with her party Trinmool Congress (TMC) retaining/leading in 210 seats out of  292 seats in the assembly elections, the results of which were announced on Sunday. The Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday defeated her BJP rival Suvedu Adhikari in Nandigram by over 1,200 votes. 
As the counting of votes for the West Bengal election continues on Sunday, the Election Commission data showed that Trinamool Congress is all set to return to power in the state. Commenting on the possible poll outcome, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya credited Mamata Banerjee for TMC’s win, saying ‘it seems Bengal has chosen Didi’.
“The TMC won because of Mamata Banerjee. It seems people have chosen Didi. We will introspect what went wrong, whether it was organisational issues, lack of face, insider- outsider debate. We will see what went wrong,” Vijayvargiya said.
Meanwhile, Babul Supriyo and actor Yash Gupta are trailing from Tollygunge and Chanditala constituencies respectively. Locket Chatterjee is also trailing from Chunsura.
TMC ministers Firhad Hakim, Partha Chatterjee and Subrata Mukherjee are leading in Kolkata Port, Ballygunge and Behala West constituencies respectively. 
The Election Commission of India will declare the West Bengal Election Result today. The politically charged state witnessed a high voltage campaign by Mamata Banerjee’s TMC and the resurgent BJP. Though the Left, Congress and Indian Secular Front (ISF) are also in the fray, the West Bengal Assembly Elections are a bipolar contest between the ruling party and the saffron party.
According to the latest figures released by the Election Commission, Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool has extended its lead in 207 Assembly seats, while the BJP is ahead in 78.
On the other hand in Tamil Nadu, with DMK coasting towards victory in the 2021 Tamil Nadu assembly polls on its own as it leads in 119 seats and allies further beef up the tally, the Dravidian party is all set to form government in the state of Tamil Nadu after a decade. 
As per the Election Commission, the DMK is leading in 119 seats on its own. 
If the trend continues till the end, then it will have the majority on its own to form the next government.
 To get a simple majority in the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, a party should win 118 seats.
In Kerala, the LDF is leading in 95 of the state’s 140 constituencies. The UDF is leading in 43 seats.
The 2021 Kerala assembly election was a one-phase election held on April 6, 2021. The Kerala assembly has 140 seats – so a party or alliance needs to win 71 to form the government, a number the LDF seems to be comfortable crossing.
In these elections, the LDF was looking to retain power while the United Democratic Front (UDF) was hoping to make a comeback. The BJP-led National Democratic Front (NDA) has also launched a vigorous campaign, hoping to improve its vote share.
LDF’s Pinarayi Vijayan has been the chief minister since 2016.

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