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Two persons killed in reported poll-related violence at Wangoi Assembly Constituency; CM N. Biren, Wangoi MLA O. Lukhoi share griefs of bereaved families

Two persons including one Havildar of Special Command 2nd IRB were killed in a reported poll-related violence at Samurou Awang Leikai under Wangoi Police Station of Wangoi Assembly Constituency in Imphal West district last night. Deceased Havildar is identified as 40-Year-Old, Abujam Sachikanta alias Tomba, son of late Abujam Mani from the same locality. The second deceased is also from the same locality and is identified as 58-Year-Old, Abujam John, Son of late Abujam Dojo.

Impact News sources said Abujam John is an active worker of Wangoi MLA cum Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi. The incident reportedly occurred at Samurou Awang Leikai roadside at around 9.40 PM yesterday when unknown miscreants shot Abujam John twice on his left chest. He was immediately rushed to Advance hospital but succumbed to his injuries at around 10.30PM. While, Abujam Sachikanta was shot on his right abdomen. He was rushed to Raj-Medicity where he succumbed to his injuries at around 5AM today.

Locals of Samurou today erupted into agitation condemning the incident. Protestors blocked roads and prevented traffic movement. Top Police personnel including Imphal West District SP rushed to the area to contain the situation. Chief Minister N. Biren and Wangoi MLA O. Lukhoi took stock of the situation and condmened the incident. They met with the bereaved families and offered their condolences. JAC has been already formed against the double murder demanding justice. Wangoi Police Station has registered a case and investigations are underway.

New Restrictions in Manipur amid Omicron Scare 

Manipur Government has imposed restrictions in the wake of Covid-19 Variant Omicron case detected in the state. Chief Secretary & Chairman, State Executive Committee of the State Disaster Management Authority, Dr. Rajesh Kumar, IAS, in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 20(2)(a) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 issued an order to this effect today.

As per the order abiding the guidelines and National Directives for Covid 19 Management in view of reported increase of infection by the highly mutant Covid-19 variant B.1.1529 (OMICRON) in the country, Manipur Government has banned activities like Musical concerts, Thabal Chongba, Celebratory feasts, Large gathering of people in enclosed areas or indoor halls in the state.NIGHT CURFEW will be imposed from 9 PM to 4 AM, with exemption for essential services and medical emergencies. Covid Appropriate Behaviours like wearing of face masks in public places, gatherings and crowded areas are to be strictly enforced and violators will be penalised promptly under relevant rules.

Government has directed All District Magistrates to strictly enforce the above restrictions by invoking relevant provisions of law. The order shall remain in force till January 31st, 2022.

 

Centre has delegated six high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams to six states reporting surge in COVID-19 cases. The states are Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Manipur. Union Health Ministry today said, these teams will assist in COVID-19 control and containment measures. It further said, they will gather a first-hand understanding of the challenges and issues being faced by the respective states and strengthen their ongoing activities by removing bottlenecks.

Two-member high-level team to these states consists of a clinician and a public health expert. The team to Manipur will be led by Dr. L Swasticharan, Add. DDG & Director EMR; team to Arunachal Pradesh will be led by Dr. Sanjay Sadhukhan, Professor AIIH & PH; for Tripura Dr. RN Sinha Dir Professor, AIIH & PH; for Kerala Dr. Ruchi Jain, Public Health Specialist Gr. II, RoHFW; team for Odisha will be led by Dr. A Dan, Public Health Specialist AIIH&PH and for Chhattisgarh Dr. Dibakar Sahu, Assistant Professor, AIIMS Raipur.

These teams will monitor the overall implementation of COVID-19 management, especially in testing, including surveillance and containment operations; Covid appropriate behaviour and its enforcement; availability of hospital beds, sufficient logistics including ambulances, ventilators, medical oxygen and COVID-19 vaccination progress. They will suggest remedial actions after monitoring situation for the six states.

Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren has announced a cash reward of 20 lakh rupees for the first assembly constituency to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. He announced the same on his Facebook page today.

It may be mentioned that altogether 6 lakh 47 thousand 632 people in Manipur have been administered COVID-19 vaccine in Manipur till yesterday evening 6PM out of which 5 lakh 63 thousand 662 people have received their first dose and 83 thousand 970 people have received their second dose. Out of the around 20 lakh eligible vaccine beneficiaries, Government aims to  vaccinate at least 75 percent by end of this year. Following which State Government launched mass COVID vaccination drive at various sites in all the assembly constituencies.

Chief Minister Biren has appealed to all the MLAs and Districts Administrations concerned to spearhead in making the COVID vaccination in their respective areas a success.

 

Manipur Education Department will declare the promotion Exam results of Class-10 conducted by Board of Secondary Education, Manipur, BOSEM as well as Class 11 & 12 examinations held under the Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur, COHSEM latest by July 31. Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen announced the same during a press meet held at his office in Babupara today.

Minister S. Rajen said, Class 10 and 12 examinations 2020-21 had to be cancelled owing to the prevailing COVID pandemic, after which Government formed a Committee of 14 members chaired by Education (S) and Higher Education in-charge, consisting of Chairman, Secretary, Controller of Examinations of BOSEM, COHSEM and Government School Principals to come up with proper evaluation criteria to promote the students to the next standard.The Education Minister assured that the relevant Committee has come up with proper modality of assessment of marks and proper checking mechanism to make sure that schools do not award marks of their students at random. He added that students who are not satisfied with their result can appear for examination conducted when conditions are good. Such students will have to give their original mark sheets for cancellation and marks scored in the examination will be final.

S. Rajen said that full marks of each subject for class 10 students are 100 out of which 20 marks will be accorded as per internal assessment based on school works. Out of the remaining 80 marks, 50 marks will be calculated based on unit and weekly tests, attendance and other assessments given by their school teachers since admission to class 10, and the last 30 marks will be based on accumulated percentage of class 9 promotion examination.Class 11 students will be promoted to class 12 for which their respective schools shall submit the marks to the council. While, assessment pattern for class 12 students will be 30 per cent from class-10, 20 percent from class-11 and 50 per cent from class 12 based on term tests, pre-final, assignments, projects, viva voce and attendance.

It maybe mentioned that the Supreme Court of India on Thursday directed all the state boards to declare results of internal assessment of Class 12 examination by July 31, making it clear that each board is free to formulate its own evaluation method for students and there can't be a "fit-all" scheme.

 

Manipur reported unbelievable 4 Thousand 83 COVID recovered cases in the last 24 hours rising the total recovered cases to 59 thousand 995. State reported 585 New Confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of  4 Thousand 587 samples tested in the last 24 hours. Manipur's COVID Positivity rate on June 25 stands at 12.75 per cent.
 
As per State Health Department and COVID-19 Common Control Room press release at 5 PM today, total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Manipur have reached 66 Thousand, 756 out of which active cases are 5 thousand 668. Eight COVID patients died in the past 24 hours rising the death toll to One thousand 93.
 
All the necessary medical precautionary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place.
 

In an unfortunate incident, two brothers died after their boat capsized in Kumbi Khuga river this morning.

Impact News sources said that three sons of one Laishram Chandrakumar of Kumbi Uyungmakhong, went for paddy works when their boat capsized and 2 of them got drowned. The deceased brothers are 17-year-old, Laishram Solomon and 15-year-old Laishram Joshua.

Kumbi Urban Development Committee (KUDC) members and locals have appealed to the relevant authorities to extend necessary help to the bereaved family.

A team of ENT Surgeons of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal today successfully conducted surgery for Mucormycosis also known as " Black Fungus". The team comprising of Professor Th. Sudhiranjan, Dr O. Priyokumar and Dr N. Jiten successfully conducted the surgery for Mucormycosis involving the nose and paranasal sinuses in a post COVID patient.

The patient is undergoing treatment at RIMS Hospital under Professor Ch Dhanaraj. Anaesthetist team of the operation was led by Professor L Pradip and Dr. Eshori Longjam. During the surgery, mucormycosis was found to involve the right maxillary sinus, ethmoid sinuses, middle and inferior turbinates and posterior part of the nasal septum of the patient.

Sphenoid sinus was found to be oedematous but clear of gross disease. The lamina papyracea or the thin wall separating orbit and nasal cavity and floor of the brain was found to be intact in the patient. All parts affected by mucormycosis were cleared. Patient is reportedly stable after the surgery.

 

 
Delta variant of Coronavirus has been detected in Manipur. 18 out of 20 samples sent for variant testing from Manipur turned out to be Delta variant of coronavirus. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren disclosed the same at the launch of AYUSH-64, a polyherbal formulation for COVID treatment in the state today. The launching event was organised by Directorate of AYUSH, Government of Manipur at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
 
The Delta variant has been listed as the fourth Variant of Concern by the World Health Organization and is believed to have led to the resurgence of COVID-19 infections in many countries, including the devastating second wave in India. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Biren assured that additional medicines uselful in treatment of Delta variant and 20 triple-layered masks each, hand sanitisers with extra medicines will be provided to Home Isolation patients from today.
 
The Chief Minister appealed to the public to come up with constructive criticisms and encourage the work of health and frontline workers rather than just pointing out mistakes and taking negative propaganda amid the crucial hour of coronavirus pandemic. He also appealed to stop believing in misleading information and to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at the earliest.
 
It may be mentioned that Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Kiren Rijiju earlier launched the AYUSH-64 on May 7 this year for nationwide distribution campaign for benefit of the vast majority of out-of-hospital COVID-19 patients.
 
The Ministry of AYUSH in collaboration with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) had also recently completed a robust Multi Centre Clinical Trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of AYUSH-64 in the management of mild to moderate COVID-19 patients. It was found that AYUSH-64 reduces the duration for clinical recovery in terms of diseases, symptoms and severity. 
 
 
Manipur Government has slashed tuition fees and teachers' salary of all Aided and private schools in the state in the wake of prevailing second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. State Education (s) Director L. Nadakumar released an order to this effect today.
 
As per the order, all Private and Government Aided schools in the state can collect only 50 per of tuition fees from students starting from the month of May this year and to pay 70 per cent salary to the teachers.The order further said, schools are prohibited from collecting tuition fees from students who have been orphaned or have lost either parents due to COVID-19. It also said schools should continue  imparting education to students through online mode.
 
On the other hand, President of United Association Recognised Schools of Manipur, Laishram Joy told Impact News that private schools have not decided whether to accept the government's order or not. He said that the association members will hold a meeting at the earliest to discuss the matter.
 
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