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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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CCpur’s CSOs, ADC prepares to fight COVID -19

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CCpur, March 31

The Chairman autonomous district council ,ADC, Churachandpur T Paukhanlian has convened a meeting with civil society organisation, CSO, leaders and leaders of students Union of the district  yesterday morning at ADC, Churachandpur office  .
The meeting was attended by all the 26 members of the ADC members besides Village authorities of the town.
The main agendas of the meeting was on as to how to regulate and opened basic necessities providing groceries shops and taking maximum precautionary measures.
The meeting  was attended by leaders of  the Young Paite Association, YPA, Kuki Khanglai Lompi,KKL,Kuki Inpi , Churachandpur,Zomi Youth Organisation ,ZYO, Simte Youth Organisation, SYO, Lamka Block Chief Association, Siamsinpawlpi General Headquarters, Mizo Zirlai Pawl, MZP, Hmar Youth Association, HYAbesides other
During the meeting issues related to opening of shops have been discussed detail
Leaders stated that the issue is about the  fight  against COVID 19 on the one hand and malnutrition on the other
Based on this light suggestions have been made in favour of allowing the opening of shops which has licence with strong instruction to mark distances for social distances and that only one members of person  of family will be allowed to go  and purchased goods .
While another suggestion was again made in such a way as to not opened at all those of the shops for some more time
The ADC will keep in touch the district administration regarding the deliberations ,so that all preventive measures are taken care of and basic requirements of the general public is readily available to the public.

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CM inspects site for construction of new quarantine centre

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Imphal, March 30

The State Government is setting up a new 200-bedded quarantine centre within 10-15 days at Langthabal Phumlou Loukol in Imphal West District as part of the immediate measures taken up to tackle spread of pandemic COVID-19. The new centre is to be set up in addition to the existing centres being opened in different districts of the State. 
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh along with some MLAs and high ranking officials of the State Government inspected the site today. The centre would be constructed in one pari (around one hectare) of land. Half of the land would be donated by the land owner while another half would be bought from him by the Government as per the existing land price. A Government hospital would be developed on the land after the epidemic is contained. 
The Chief Minister instructed the officials concerned to complete construction of the centre within 10 to 15 days. He also instructed the DC Imphal West to begin survey of the land immediately. 
Khurai AC MLA L. Susindro, Yaiskul AC MLA Th. Satyabrata, Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, DGP L.M. Khaute, Principal Secretary (Health) V. Vumlunmang, Manipur Police Housing Corporation Ltd. Managing Director C. Doungel, Health Services Director Dr. K. Rajo, JNIMS Director Dr. Th. Bhimo and other high ranking officials of the State Government were also present at the inspection. 
It may be mentioned that different quarantine centres have already been opened in almost all the districts of the State to accommodate those who have returned from affected states and countries.

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The lone COVID -19 patient at JNIMS improved; Ministry releases advisory to take action on those spreading fake news about coronavirus a

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Imphal, March 29 

The health condition of Vimi Ningombam, the first victim of COVID -19 from the state of Manipur has been reportedly improved. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh in a press conference held today said that she is regaining to normalcy and that after her improvement she has been shifted to ICCU ward from the Isolation ward. 
“Doctors treating Vimi Ningoombam said that her condition is improved and that she had asked to provide her some books to read as well as tea maker electric pot for her convenience”, the Chief Minister told media persons. He reiterated the people of the state not to spread false information through social media that may mislead the people. 
As of today there are no fresh reports of any COVID-19 affected people either from any part of the state or from those who have been kept at various Quarantined centers open in the state. 
Today the State Health Directorate has issued N-90 mask, three layers mask and other Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) to all the health service providers and quarantined centers , a statement said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India has issued an advisory to curb false News about Coronavirus. In the advisory, it has been stated that Social media platforms are intermediaries as defined under section 2(1) (w) of the Information Technology Act 2000 and are required to follow due diligence as prescribed in the Information Technology ( Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 20011 notified under section 79 of the IT Act. They must inform their users not to host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, update or share any information that may affect public order and unlawful in any way. 
The Ministry advisory urges all intermediaries social networking platforms to initiate awareness campaigns in their platforms for the users not to upload /circulate any false new /misinformation concerning coronavirus which are likely to create panic among the public and disturb the public order and social tranquility. The advisory also directed to take immediate action to disable / remove such content hosted on their platforms on a priority basis. However, the advisory urges the intermediaries   to promote the dissemination of authentic information related to coronavirus as far as possible  

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Popular Front welcomes Corona restrictions; Demands adequate support measures

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Imphal, March 27

Popular Front of India Chairman O M A Salam in a press statement welcomed the lockdown aimposed in the country in view of preventing the spread of corona pandemic.  However, he expressed dissatisfaction that enough preparations have not been made along the execution of such large scale restrictions.
The steady increase in the number of infections in various parts of the country indicates that Covid 19 will likely pose serious public health challenge in India too. As of now the only universally accepted means to prevent this catastrophe is social distancing.  Popular Front chairman welcomed the three weeks long curfew imposed by central and other restrictions of state governments in this regard.   He appealed to the people to co-operate with these measures so that we can overcome the challenge together.
However the dramatic way the Prime Minister announced a 21- day-long nationwide curfew without adequate preparations that address the genuine concerns of the citizens was disappointing. There are indications that the announcement caused unhealthy panic among people.
Rs. 15000 crore announced by the Prime Minister is too inadequate to face nation’s Corona medical emergency.  There was nothing in the address to support the vast majority of citizens who are poor daily wage labourers and to ensure food supply.  In order to avoid people dying of virus, we should not let them starve to death. It is the duty of both central and state governments to ensure the fundamental needs of the people.
Popular Front Chairman urged the central and state governments the following support measures with immediate effect till the return of normalcy.
1) To distribute special monthly allowance to all families Below Poverty Line.
2) To distribute free food kits to all those in need through PDS (Ration shops).
3) To declare steps to ensure that there is no food scarcity and that there is no price hike.
4) To ensure that the curfew doesn’t affect the transportation of food, medicine and other basic items across the country.
5)  To allow essential shops to open full day to avoid rush and panic during limited hours of buying.
O M A Salam has reminded that it is primarily the duty of the government and also civil society groups to see that people quarantined at their homes are not turned unrest and lawless due to hunger and denial of basic necessities.

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