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William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Shifting tide

The Government of Manipur, or more precisely, the Health Department of the State Government was honoured for being the most successful state in terms of maintaining the lowest infant mortality rate in the country about a year ago. The achievement was no mean feat by any yardstick, and indeed, it can be said that the state, though nestled in one of the most remote and geopolitically challenging corner of the country, yet there has been tremendous improvement in the field of medical advancements. The news is also a moral booster for the numerous public with limited means and accessibility who would otherwise have had to endure torturous journeys to places outside the state for seeking better treatment: or so everyone thought. The mild euphoric feeling, like all good things, soon came to an abrupt ending with the premier medical establishment in the State having had to start battling demons, mostly the ones which are its own making. The rosy picture faded, and soon enough, the public began to see the reality behind the smoke screen. And while one needs to really experience the atmosphere before making any assumptions, the journalistic fraternity indeed had the unenviable experience of going through the descriptions which until that very day was considered over reacting by the worried near and dear ones of those sick and injured. The firsthand experience of the indifferent attitude of a couple of kid doctors, presumably interns, and their apparent feeling of new found self-importance which clearly overshadowed their need for display of kindness and understanding to the infirm, the injured and the sick left a very strong feeling of pity and frustration by a number of media persons and journalists who happened to be present to enquire and keep vigil for a very good friend and acquaintance who sustained serious injuries due to an unfortunate mishap. It is another matter altogether that a major tragedy was averted due to the keen observation of the friends and family and timely shifting of the injured to a nearby private hospital whose doctors, within minutes of arrival of the patient, detected a serious internal bleeding and decided on an emergency operation during which almost two litres of blood was taken out. What is more appalling than the unethical and pathetic attitude of the doctors is the fact that the facilities and machineries utilized inside the emergency block is acutely short of the required number and quality to meet the pressing demands. There has been a spate of renovations and constructions inside the RIMS campus of late, and there must obviously be a reason for doing so. But it does escape common sense when the most important aspect of the whole exercise of saving lives, where the most critical and first aid emergency care is to be given is apparently neglected, as much as the sense of service and help is lacking in those who are supposed to be easing the pain and distress of others. The visible shift in focus is a cause for concern for the people in the state who are still hoping for affordable healthcare service without compromising on the quality. For now, the acute apathy and disregard for social needs on the part of the Government and officials are driving the sick and wounded to seek out costlier but more trustworthy and courteous options.

Bomb threat

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Imphal, July 8: Unknown miscreants today placed hand grenades at two different places in Imphal West and Bishnupur District. The first hand grenade was found at the residence of Laishram Shantikumar (45) son of Late Gourahari at Naoremthong Laishram Leikai in Imphal West at around 5.30 am. The hand grenade was wrapped in a paper and was written as KCP-MC.  Shantikumar runs a canteen inside the premise of Manipur University.The second hand grenade was found at the residence of one Laishram Nirmala Devi (40) daughter of Laishram Heramot at Nachou Mayai Leikai in Bishempur district at around 6.30 am. Nirmala was a leader of the locality.Both the bomb were picked up and safely detonated by police personnel.

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JCILPS demands implementation of ILP before the arrival of railway in the state

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Imphal July 8: Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System in Manipur today demanded implementation of Inner Line Permit System in the state before the arrival of railway in the state.Volunteers of the Joint Committee staged a sit-in-protest at Keishampat Lairembi Community Hall demanding implementation of ILP in the state, resignation of peoples’ representatives for their failure to implement ILP after taking decision in the state Assembly and framing of law to save indigenous people in the upcoming Assembly Session.Speaking to media persons at the protest site Thokchom Ramani, General Secretary of Nupi Samaj said that the number of the indigenous population is becoming extinct as the number of non-locals increasing drastically. She also said that the situation will become worsen if the railway line reached Imphal. So it is high time to take precaution before the arrival of railway in Imphal.

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Police picks up labourers of CAF & PD

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Imphal, July 08:Police picked up 61 labourers of CAF & PD today from the gate of the office where the labourers have been staging sit-in protest as a part of their ongoing cease work strike.Romendrajit Moirangcha, Secretary of CAF & PD Labourer Welfare Association said to the media that there was a proposal made in the last assembly meeting held in Feb, 2014 to increase the wages of the labourers but there is no changes. He added that the labourers of CAF & PD gets minimum wage of Rs. 0.38 for loading a rice bag of 50 kg which is way lesser to those of FCI’ labourers as they get Rs. 3.50 for the same load. The association has been continuing the cease work strike since July 6 demanding the concerned authorities to revise the wages. During their cease work strike the labourers did not allow any transportation of food grains inside the premises of the office. Following the incident Lamphel Police reportedly picked up all the labourers from the site.Director of CAF & PD, Mutum Yaiskul Meitei said to the media that the labourers are not regular employees of the department but hired by a contractor. The department has nothing to do with the ongoing cease work strike because the department cannot fulfil their demands and if required, the department will hire labourers from outside for loading food grains, added Yaiskul.

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