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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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Legal action to be initiated against betel leaves transporters

Imphal, April 6,

 

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has assured the people of the State that action will be initiated as per legal procedures against those who have transported betel leaves through Air Cargo at this hour of grief due to the spread of COVID-19. This was stated by him in a video message sent out to the media from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

The Chief Minister informed that as per the orders issued by the State Government, transportation of any non-essential item will not be allowed during the total lockdown in the State without prior permission from the Deputy Commissioners concerned and no one will be allowed to transport the betel leaves outside the airport.

The Chief Minister maintained that betel leaves business is not illegal in the State. However, at this crucial hour when people are distressed due to the pandemic COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown, the government also feels the same angst of the people how the betel leaves which is not an essential commodity are being airlifted in the cargo planes.

Biren Singh said that the government has taken up stringent measures to keep an eye on the consignment being held up at Imphal airport. A surveillance team has also been deputed to keep vigil on the police personnel who are posted at the airport, he added. Urging people to support and trust the government, the government will not compromise anything which is against the rule of law. Any update on the issue will be informed to the public through media, he added.

The Chief Minister appealed the people to fight the pandemic COVID-19 collectively and urged people to stay at home, maintain social distancing to contain the dreaded disease. He opined that under the directives of the Union Government, consignment of medical items and essential commodities consisting of PPEs, hand sanitizers, face masks etc. has been airlifted by Indian Air Force aircraft, Indigo etc at three intervals in the State till now.

 

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Legal action to be initiated against betel leaves transporters

Imphal, April 6,

 

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has assured the people of the State that action will be initiated as per legal procedures against those who have transported betel leaves through Air Cargo at this hour of grief due to the spread of COVID-19. This was stated by him in a video message sent out to the media from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

The Chief Minister informed that as per the orders issued by the State Government, transportation of any non-essential item will not be allowed during the total lockdown in the State without prior permission from the Deputy Commissioners concerned and no one will be allowed to transport the betel leaves outside the airport.

The Chief Minister maintained that betel leaves business is not illegal in the State. However, at this crucial hour when people are distressed due to the pandemic COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown, the government also feels the same angst of the people how the betel leaves which is not an essential commodity are being airlifted in the cargo planes.

Biren Singh said that the government has taken up stringent measures to keep an eye on the consignment being held up at Imphal airport. A surveillance team has also been deputed to keep vigil on the police personnel who are posted at the airport, he added. Urging people to support and trust the government, the government will not compromise anything which is against the rule of law. Any update on the issue will be informed to the public through media, he added.

The Chief Minister appealed the people to fight the pandemic COVID-19 collectively and urged people to stay at home, maintain social distancing to contain the dreaded disease. He opined that under the directives of the Union Government, consignment of medical items and essential commodities consisting of PPEs, hand sanitizers, face masks etc. has been airlifted by Indian Air Force aircraft, Indigo etc at three intervals in the State till now.

 

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COVID-19 effect: MP’s salaries cut by 30%; MPLAD funds suspended for 2 years

IT Desk
Imphal, April 6

In order to make sure that the country successfully fight the unseen enemy the Union government has resolved to cut down salary of MPs and Ministers.
Union minister Prakash Javdekar today said that the Union cabinet on today approved an ordinance to cut the salaries of members of parliament (MPs) by 30 percent for a year.
The decision has been made in view of the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The cabinet has approved the ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954, reducing allowances and pension by 30 percent with effect form April 1, 2020 for a year.
Further, the president, vice-president and state governors have also expressed a willingness to take a salary cut of 30 percent, Javadekar said.
The government has also suspended the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme, or MPLAD funds, for a period of two years. Rs 10 crore from each MPLAD fund will now go to the Consolidated Fund of India. The overall amount for the consolidated fund adds up to Rs 7,900 crore.
The period for MPLAD fund diversion to the Consolidated Fund of India applies for FY21 and FY22.
The PMLADS funds are used to take up developmental work in an MP’s constituency.
The decisions come a day after the country answered Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to observe a nine-minute switch-off at 9 pm on Sunday in a unique attempt to fight coronavirus.
Coronavirus cases in India have crossed the 4,000 mark and 109 deaths have been recorded so far. Globally, total number of cases is inching close to 1.3 million mark, while the death tally has soared past 70,000.

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Guv’ 30% of her salary for one year to PM CARE Fund

IT News
Imphal, April 6

Meanwhile, Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla has donated 30 % of her salary for one year starting from April 2020 in the Prime Minister’s citizen Assistance & Relief in Emergency situation Fund ( PM CARES Fund ) the total amount of which is Rs. 12,60,000/-. She expressed that relentlessly endeavouring to follow the instruction of the media experts and also follow the appealed of the prime Minister to remain at home and maintain social distancing which is for safety and security of our peoples and the country. And she request of few Indian social activities in USA. She made an appeal to our Indian community in USA to contribute generously for the PM (CARES Fund). Lastly she appealed to stand together we will survive and successfully overcome the pandemic.

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