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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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JFA insists on mass Covid-19 screening for media employees

By our correspondent
Guwahati, July 3:

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing serious concern over increasing number of city-based media employees infected with novel corona virus in the last few days, urges all media houses to go for mass Covid-19 screening for their employees including the working journalists.
Days back, a printer-publisher of Hindi newspaper  Nishpaksha Samachar Jyoti tested positive for Covid-19. City-based Prahlad Kumar Agarwal thus became the first  corona virus infected media person of the State. Unconfirmed reports claim that around ten media employees working in the city lately tested positive for Covid-19.
“We are now worried as our health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma himself stated in public comment that journalists of two news channels tested positive for Covid-19,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.
The forum also appeals to the State health minister to facilitate all media houses to organize mass screening camps for their valued employees at the earliest. After all, the media persons are playing the role Covid-19 warriors with discriminating necessary information in the time of a pandemic, it concluded.

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NEFIS demands subsidy for fertilizers

IT News
Imphal, July 2:

North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) has released a North-East People’s Charter of Demands to tackle the sharp increase in Corona Cases in North-East states. The Charter of demands was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office and to Chief Ministers of eight North East States (Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura).
Through the Demand Charter, NEFIS demands immediate action on the most pressing issues of the people from the Central Government and governments of the states of the North-East. Timely action on issues related to life, livelihood and liberty would help the people, especially those in the North-East, to tide over the present crisis.

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Nagaland declared disturbed area for 6 more months; ‘Law and order situation in Nagaland, disturbed and dangerous’ – Home Ministry

IT News
Imphal, July 1:

The Union Home Ministry today declared extension of disturbed area tag to the entire state of Nagaland for 6 more months till December end of this year. The ministry in a notification had termed the prevailing law and order situation in the state as disturbed and dangerous, which necessitates the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power.
“Now therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the armed forces (Special powers) Act., 1958 (No.28 of 1958) the central Govt. hereby declares that whole of the said state to be a ‘disturbed area’ for a period of 6 months with effect from 30th June, 2020 for the purpose of that Act,” a notification by the Home ministry said. It may be mentioned that the state has been under the coverage of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 ever since the formulation of the Act.
This new development comes aftermath a 4 page letter written by the Governor of the State RN Ravi who in a scathing remark had termed the Chief Minister Nephiu Rio led government as mute spectators to rampant extortion and violence by armed gangs in the states. Governor RN Ravi also the chief Interlocutor of the Naga peace talks in his letter written to the Chief Minister on 25th June had quoted provisions of Article 371 (1)(b) of the Indian Constitution through which he seeks to usurp the powers of the Government with matters to law and order in the state. He had said the State Government has been unable to reign in the illegal activities of the armed groups. It has failed to safeguard the legitimacy of the Constitutionally-elected state government which was being “challenged on a day-to-day basis by the armed gangs who question the sovereignty and integrity of the nation.

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IBSD Sikkim distributes surface disinfectant to GMC

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Gangtok, July 1:

As an initiative taken by Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (DBT-IBSD), Regional centre, Sikkim to help fight the corona virus pandemic in Sikkim State. IBSD, Sikkim team today distributed surface disinfectant as per World Health Organization guidelines to the employee of Gangtok Municipal Corporation.
The initiative of free distribution of the above items was taken up under the guidance of Director of the institute, Prof. Pulok K Mukherjee. The distribution was made in view of help the state to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
IBSD, Sikkim centre has been actively distributing hand sanitizers, consumables to fight the pandemic, COVID – 19.

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