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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ 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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Yes we can fight COVID-19 invasion

Among the 2 confirmed case of COVID -19 in Manipur, the  first patient, who was tested positive on March 24 has been reported recovered. The Nijamuddi Markus incident, which alerted and panics the entire state, has also been normalized after family members of the 2nd positive case which was confirmed at RIMS were tested negative. The government is somehow relieved as there are no findings of any community transmission happening in the state. The good news is that all the other persons who had attended the religion congregation have also been tested negative, which means that the fear of community transmission still is not happening. With these certain development, fear psychosis among the people has been somehow minimized. This containment to the spread of the deadly virus should not only be credited to the Chief Minister or his entire team but also to the people who have been co-operating to the measures being taken up by the government. While saying so are we people of the state secure from the pandemic COVID-19? Does the government of Manipur needs more stringent measures to make sure that Manipur remains safe un-infected from the invisible enemy of human kinds?   
To be précised we the people in particular and the government in general have a lot of tasks ahead. The government needs to take more stringent measures to prevent spreading the virus as Manipur has already 2 positive cases (no matter one have been reported recovered). Health advisory issued earlier during initial stage of the COVID-19 pandemic needs to be reviewed. For example, the state government under the directives of the Union government have advice to people to maintain a distance of  at least one metre while buying essential commodities and to use mask approved by the government . The strictures also appealed to stay indoor all persons at home but allowing only those in need to come out. Today, Scientist have started studying the characteristic of the Novel Coronavirus and find many more development day after tomorrow. Initial findings says people to distance only one metre when new findings says that the virus can travel two meters and can survive for three hours .
According to Manipur borne scientist serving at a decorated at US the virus can spread more parameters in rooms – where people enjoy party. The whole of the room may have been filled with the virus if someone affected cough or speak laud with sprinkling his saliva.
In view of the recent development Manipur Government needs to review the health advisory while continuing the total lockdown.  

At time of crisis, Cargo flight that is supposed to airlift essential commodities landed with bundles of betel leaves

IT News
Imphal, April 4

At a time when the whole world is in state of crisis, when government of each country affected by the pandemic COVID-19 are worrying, when people are advice to stay indoor by imposing total lockdown called as such measures is the only means to prevent the spread of the deadly virus and when government air lifts essential commodities using Cargo flight, a special SpiceZet Cargo plane today landed here in Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, Imphal with bundles of betel leaves.
According to source from the airport, the SpiceJet Cargo flight landed at Imphal airport at around 12.30 pm today. When unloaded the items the flight was packed with bundles of  betel leaves. The source said that the betel leaves ferried by the flight (SpiceJet boeing 370) weigh arounf 6,500 kilogram. The Flight reportedly boarded from Kolkata. At a time when any essential item could by transported without proper valid documents from the government authority, one wander how the SpiceJet Cargo flight is allowed to ferry Betel leaves which is not even essential items.
The source further said that two other Cargo Flight – one Air Asia and another Indigo Flight also landed carrying medicines and other essential items. Both the flight departed Imphal Airport after dropping the essential Items at around two pm. Reliable source said that another AirForce   IL 76 Cargo Flight will be landing with essential commodities.

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RCC appeal for help in distress time from people

IT News
Imphal, April 4

Due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus Pandemic and the subsequent “Lockdown” The Realize Rehabilitation Centre (RRC) located at Mongjam Chingjin under Heingang constituency is facing acute hardship in terms of procurement of daily necessities like food and medicines.
The RRC is at the moment catering to the requirement of many drug users and supporting staff and is a Centre dedicated to the cause of Rehabilitation for People Who Use Drugs (PUDs).
The RCC appealed to the general populace to provide whatever help is possible from your end either in cash or kind for which kind act we shall ever be grateful and remain in our prayers.
The RCC also appealed to people all across the state and beyond to help us to cope with the immediate crisis at hand by donating at Bank Account no: 29970110094525, IFSC Code no: UCBA0002997, UCCO porompat Branch.

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Why some people will not be switching their lights off on 5th April at 9PM!

By: T S Haokip

The honourable PM in his address to the nation on the 19th of March 2020 has said, ‘’On March 22, at 5 pm stand on your doors and windows for 5 minutes and clap, ring a bell to salute people who are serving the nation tirelessly.’’ Oh! How they’d wished to oblige the request and stand at their doors and ring those bells. The only problem was that all their doors and windows were no more.
When on the 24th of March the PM declared National lockdown and issued #SocialDistancing and #isolation norms and advised people to stay home, Chassad villagers could not oblige the same because their homes were no more. The possibility of maintaining #SocialDistancing by villagers whose 150 houses were burnt down and who are now housed in temporary camps is near to zero. But what is more dreadful than Coronavirus to them is this virus of homelessness. When people missed going to malls, restaurants, and workplaces,  the villagers of Chassad missed sleeping on their own beds at home, eating home-cooked foods and using their Toilets.
But when the PM, yet again, urged people to switch off lights of their homes at 9 pm for nine minutes on April 5 and light up lamps, candles and mobile flashlights to display the nation’s collective spirit to defeat #Coronavirus, Chassad villagers must have hung their heads in shame because for the 3rd time after their village was gutted to flames on 16th April by the neighbouring villagers of Kamjong and Sampui, they will not be able to oblige the PM’s request again. More than the cries of the women and children who long for the comfort of their homes, the thought of them not being able to follow those advisories must have upset them more.
Believe me; they have full faith in the Party and the present Government. In fact, they have unanimously voted for BJP during the last Lok-sabha elections. Unfortunately, their candidate could not secure a win in the outer Manipur seat but the party’s performance overall filled them with a sense of optimism and hope; a hope for peace and development. Thence they have every reason to enthusiastically follow what the PM says, but for their present plight. The State Government has initiated the process of rebuilding Chassad. The villagers have no doubt in the capacity of the Govt. to rebuild Chassad and ensure that the people are resettled and secured.
On 5th April 2020 at 9 PM, Chassad villagers will not be switching their lights off as all their light bulbs, together with all their belongings in their houses have been reduced to just ashes. While the Nation is in the process of observing ‘staying at home’ for 21 days, they have completed more than 21 days of staying outside their homes. It must be their sincere prayer that while the nation fights this highly contagious disease and are self-isolating at home, any next initiative of the PM if it does not involve staying in tents in groups and walking over burnt remains of houses while children and women wail inconsolably, should excuse them from observing it at least until they got homes to observe the #lockdown.  Until then, messages off #StayHome and #StaySafe could only remind them more of their homelessness!