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Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and  a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]

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Ode to the silent angels

For long, despite the obvious virtues and sacrifices their work entails, the medical profession and professionals have been regarded as soft targets. Innumerable accounts of unfortunate incidents where aggrieved individuals and parties of the sick and the deceased have summarily held doctors responsible for the misfortunes to their dear ones are still rife the world over. In places such as ours, armed terrorists and banned extremist groups have been targeting the medical professionals for ransoms and monetary demands, often resorting to violent means to intimidate and frighten them into submission. These medical professionals have so far bore the brunt of such unwarranted and often violent intimidations with quite calm and dignity, instead focusing on the very responsibility of saving lives they have been trained and sworn to perform.
Cut to the present- the world is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis and people the world over are bracing for the worst which is yet to come. While the frantic rush to find a cure is on, these silent angels are at the frontline of a war whose enemy is unseen and hitherto unknown. Many of these medical professionals have already lost their lives while many more are fighting for their lives. Amidst the chaos and already overstretched capacity for equipments, provisions and manpower, these brave souls are standing as a bulwark against the onslaught of COVID 19 with nothing much more than their unshakable moral strength and professional courage. The scenario in the state at present is slightly better, but tension is already mounting and there is a growing sense of concern with one more confirmed case of the dreaded Coronavirus infection. The unfortunate development which could have been prevented points to the fact that even with the strictest and most severe steps by the authorities, the ultimate decider of our own fates are ourselves. The present lockdown is expected to be imposed more severely and stringently, and should be so as some of us have failed to perform or neglected our social responsibilities in this time of great crisis thereby putting others at grave danger.
There is however a silver lining to the dark cloud of fear and uncertainty hovering over the state with proactive measures being taken up by the state government as well as the heads of the medical institutions. For instance, at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) which is one of the premier medical institute in the NE region, with the arrival of 15 ventilators which are a necessity in the treatment of COVID 19 patients during the later stages, the total number of ventilators have been pegged at 35, with another 35 arriving within a couple of days. A new ICU, SICU and new Trauma Centre have also been completed as well as a new dyalysis unit while a new Dental College building and a new Nursing College has also been completed construction. Various essential and improved state of the art equipments like X-ray machines, neurosurgical equipments, Ultrasound, MRI etc just to name a few have been procured. New premier and special wards have been prepared while new coursed in DM Nephrology and MD in Sports Medicine has been added. MBBS seats have been increased by 25%. A large number of Personal Protection Equipments (PPEs) which are vital in the treatment process of COVID 19 infected patients are already with the state authorities and provisions for procuring additional quantities to meet any eventualities are already made. In addition, the Chief Minister has announced the construction of a dedicated hospital for treatment of COVID 19 patients.
While the proactive steps taken up by the state government and the medical professionals have helped ease the rising concern to an extent, these should not be cause for neglecting personal hygiene or disregarding the lockdown which is in effect at present. Meanwhile, regarding social distancing, in the USA and European countries, the distance between two individuals have been revised to be two metres as per recommended by experts. We should therefore keep in mind the dos and dont’s and follow then strictly as the outcome of the ongoing war against this deadly and highly contagious unseen enemy will ultimately depend upon the diligence and discipline of each and every one of us. We will be contributing to the fight by remaining indoors and keeping social distancing strictly. Let us show our respect and appreciation for the tireless efforts of the silent angels and others who are out in the streets so that the rest of us can be safe from harm’s way.         

AJUCA volunteers unloading rice bags from train bogie’s in absence of regular labourer

IT Correspondent
Jiribam, March 30

Amid the imposed of lockdown through out the State of Manipur to counter the spread of COVID-19, the All Jiribam United Clubs’ Association (AJUCA), a parental body of all the Clubs’ of Jiribam takes the rigorous challenges to unload the rice bags from the train bogie’s and to load it into the lorries which have to shift to the different District of Manipur.
The steps has taken by the Association due to shortage of labourers for loading and unloading the rice bags from the train wagon on the impact of lockdown.
Around forty volunteers of AJUCA have been takes part in the loading and unloading of rice bags from the bogie’s of train in presence of AJUCA’s President M.Maipaksana Mangang, General Secretary N.Dharmendra Meetei and other executive members.
Speaking with the media person, the President of AJUCA M. Maipaksana Mangang said that due to world-wide pandemic issue of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown, there is a shortage of labourers for loading and unloading of rice bags from the train wagon which reached at Jiribam train station.
He added, the AJUCA volunteers come forward to extend their support to the government for unloading and loading the rice bags from the train bogie’s to the
lorries, so that it might shift to the other District of Manipur in time for Distribution to the general public and which will ease the difficulties of people in a greater extend amid lockdown.

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CM launches website www.tengbang.in Govt committed towards people’s welfare in such hard times: CM

IT News
Imphal, March 29

With an objective to address the grievances and help the Manipuris who are stranded outside the State due to the nationwide lockdown and pandemic COVID-19, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched the website www.tengbang.in at a simple function held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. The website is developed by CubeTen in coordination with IT Department, Government of Manipur free of cost as their CSR activity.
Speaking at the function, Chief Minister said that the website is being launched with an aim to reach out to the Manipuris who are stranded outside the State and require help to overcome various hardships in such difficult times due to the nationwide lockdown and outbreak of COVID-19.
Chief Minister maintained that the website is integrated with a payment gateway so that people who wish to contribute to the Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Relief Fund can donate online. A mobile application of the website will also be available soon in Google Play and Apple store, he added.
Clarifying about the rice quotas being distributed in all the constituencies of the State, Chief Minister said that with the objective to work for the welfare of the people in such hard times, he had requested the Cabinet Ministers and MLAs to distribute the total rice quotas of their respective constituencies free of cost to the people without fail. A minimum of 20 kilograms should be provided to every family where five members live together, he added. This sums up that each member of the family would get four kilograms of rice.
N. Biren Singh also clarified that such measure was taken to cover all the people of the State irrespective of having  NFSA cards and not in view with the outbreak of the coronavirus and total lockdown in the country. He mentioned that for those who are living in a rented house, he has directed the respective MLAs to identify the tenants in their constituencies so that the government could provide the rice quotas to them.
Urging the people of the State to stay at home to break the chain of spreading the coronavirus in the State, Chief Minister stated that the government has taken certain steps like food home delivery services to provide essential items to people at their doorsteps.
Informing about the COVID-19 patient who is undergoing medical treatment at JNIMS, the Chief Minister stated that the patient is improving and stable now. He urged the people of the State to pray for the speedy recovery of the patient.
Chairman of MANIDCO Dr. Yumnam Radheshyam, Chairman of LDA Shri L. Susindro, Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Director (IT) Shri Nambam Deben, Shri Haobam Joyremba of CubeTen and others were present during the function.
Meanwhile, several individuals and organisations have contributed a sum of Rs. 12,50,000/- to the Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Relief Fund today.
MLA of Khurai AC L. Susindro Meitei donated Rs. 50,000/-, Babina Healthcare and Hospitality industries Private Limited donated Rs. 5 lakhs, Manipur Cricket Association donated Rs. 5 lakhs, Kangabam Roogeet contributed Rs. One  lakh and Dhanaraj and family donated Rs. One lakh to the Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Chief Minister expressed his profound gratitude to all those individuals and organizations who have generously donated to the Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Relief Fund till now.

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Construction Workers' Federation of India urges CM to use the Cess collection for unorganised construction workers in the state

IT News

Imphal, March 26


National Secretary of the Construction Workers' Federation of India, Kshetrimayum Santa has urged the Chief Minister of Manipur to order the state Labour Department and the concerned authority to immediately transfer Rs.2000/- each to the account of the registered unorganised construction workers through the DBT mode from the Cess Fund collected by the Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board under the BOCW Cess Act, 1996.

In a letter submitted to the Chief Minister, Kshetrimayum Santa said that the Labour Ministry, Government of India has issued an ADVISORY on  March 24 afternoon to all the states and Union Territories to use the Cess Fund collected by the respective welfare boards (a copy is enclosed for your reference) in the backdrop of the outbreak of pandemic Covid-19 in the country.


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