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Saturday, 07 August 2021 21:34

MANIPUR LIFTS TOTAL LOCKDOWN FOR 15 DAYS

Manipur Cabinet decides to end total lockdown for fifteen days in the state with few restrictions; micro containment zone approach to be adopted to curb COVID-19 infection 

In a big relief to people of Manipur, especially daily wagers, the State Cabinet today decided to end Coronavirus induced total lockdown imposed for the past 21 days during the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic. The decision came in the wake of recent arrival of Centre's Multidisciplinary Expert Team to check COVID-19 situation in the state.

The State cabinet reportedly took the decision to balance with livelihood and economic activities. As to curb the pandemic, it has decided to adopt micro-containment zone approach in line with the Central Government advisories. Government has instructed Deputy Commissioners to fully involve all the Gram Panchayats, Village Authorities and local clubs, etc in ensuring micro containment zones and isolation of new Covid-19 cases. Media Coordinator to Chief Minister confirmed the same to Impact News this evening.
 
As per the latest updates, Manipur Chief Secretary who is also the chairman of State Executive Committee, Dr Rajesh Kumar, in exercise of powers conferred under Section 20(2)(a) of the Disaster Management, 2005 on Saturday issued an order lifting total lockdown with some restrictions for the entire State to be in force for fifteen days w.e.f from August 8 till August 22. During these 15 days, there will be Night curfew from 6 P.M. to 5 A.M. Unavoidable customary and religious rituals can be performed in open sheds by restricting the number of invitees to twenty only.
 
Police and Health Department will strictly monitor containment zones. Fresh cases of Covid-19 infections shall be isolated as soon as possible. Health Department shall arrange mobile medical team for regular health checks and scale up vacination, contact tracing and testing. Secretariat and Directorate offices will function with e-service and 33 per cent staff. Fire Service, PHED, CAF&PD, Home, Health, Relief & DM, Forest, Environment & Climate Change, Finance and Treasuries and Police departments and District Administration will function normally. Imphal airport shall remain open and movement of staff and passengers are allowed.
 
Opening of Rice mills and Bakeries, Petrol pumps and LPG outlets Spare parts shops one each out of three spare parts shops, three tyre shops and three battery shops of heavy vehicles in Thangal Bazaar are allowed to open from 10 AM to 2 PM on all days except Sunday. Authorized dealers of spare parts, tyre and batteries of heavy vehicles located outside Thangal Bazaar will open from 10 AM to 2PM. Vehicle workshops may open from 9AM till 3PM on all days. Stationery shops and authorized service centres of mobiles and personal computers will open from 10 AM to 2 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
 
Local vegetable vendors from 7AM to 10AM on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. One out of three grocery shops of the total shops/vendors in one location can open on rotational basis from 7AM to 10AM. Shops selling fish, poultry and poultry products will open from 8 AM to 11 AM on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and shops selling millk and fresh milk products will open every day from 6 AM to 9 AM. Whole sale shops of grocery and food essentials located in Thangal Bazaar and  Masjid Road will open from 7AM to 1200 noon following a schedule. Hotels for lodging can open with minimum staff but restaurants will remain closed. Home delivery of various goods and services (food items, vegetables, groceries, medicines, etc) including e-commerce platforms are allowed.
 
Manipur logged 699 new Covid-19 cases, 908 recoveries and 12 deaths in the past 24 hours. So far, the virus has infected a total of one lakh, 3,588 people out of which 93,802 people have recovered. Covid related death toll has reached 1,640 and there are 8,146 active cases as on August 7. State's recovery rate stands at 90.55%.
 
 

LTT Cadres shot dead by unidentified persons in Kangpokpi District

Unknown miscreants have killed three suspected members of Proscribed Kuki outfit, Liberation of Tribal Tigers (LTT) including the outfit's Commander-in-Chief Khaikhohao alias Haopu Khongsai.

Their bodies were found at a paddy field near Moujang Village and Tingpibung Village under Saikul Police Station in Kangpokpi District, Manipur at around 9AM yesterday.

Reportedly, one of the deceased is Khaikhohao’s son and the other one, his bodyguard. Reasons behind their killings are still unknown. Saikul Police has registered a case and investigations are underway.

Saturday, 07 August 2021 19:27

3 ARRESTED WITH OVER 25 KG OPIUM IN IMPHAL

Imphal West Narcotics Cell nabs three including a woman with more than 25 kgs of opium near Imphal International Airport

Imphal West Narcotics Cell under the overall supervision of Imphal West SP Dr. S Ibomcha has arrested three miscreants with 26 plastic packets opium weighing more than 25 kilograms.

The Police team led by Narcotics Sub Inspector - M. Sunzu under the command of Officer in Charge Narcotics Cell Imphal West L. Bikramjit arrested them during a frisking operation along Tiddim Road near Imphal International Airport around 3 AM today. The trio came riding a Duster SUV bearing registration number MN02G-1282.

According to police report, arrested persons are 35-year-old Jangminlen Vaiphei, son of Late Thangtilal Vaiphei, 49-year-old Mangsat Haokip, son of Late Thanglet Haokip, both from Motbung in Kangpokpi District. The third miscreant is 32-year-old Nemneilhing Touthang, wife of Jangthang Touthang from KS Lhangnom Village in Kangpokpi District. Lamphel Police Station has registered a case against them.

Education Minister S.Rajen says, rationalisation of school and college teaching staff will be held ahead of new academic session; State government helpless about JNV entrance test

Manipur Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen today announced that rationalisation of teaching staff of High Schools, Higher Secondary schools and Colleges in Manipur will be carried out ahead of the new academic session 2021-22. Speaking exclusively to Impact news at the Minster’s office in Old Secretariat, S. Rajen also said that the state government has nearly completed monitoring on the number of seats in Higher Secondary Schools and Colleges across the state so that every students promoted in the recently declared class-10 examination conducted by BOSEM and Class-12 examination conducted by COHSEM will get admission to these educational institutions.

He further informed that there are 57 Government run Higher Secondary Schools and 139 Private Higher secondary schools in Manipur. He maintained that 7 more government schools will be upgraded to Higher Secondary level to accommodate around 54 thousand students. Minister S. Rajen also said that the government is planning to upgrade more schools to Higher Secondary if need arises. He added, there are 45 government and government aided colleges at present, and the process of converting 7 private colleges to aided colleges is over.

Regarding demand for cancellation of the entrance test scheduled on August 11 for admission to class 6 in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, JNV across Manipur, Minister S. Rajen said,  the State government is helpless on the issue since the entrance exam will be held nation-wide.  He said that the state government had earlier requested the centre to postpone the entrance test in Manipur in view of the pandemic but the centre has not responded till date.

Corona induced lockdown for over a year in a bid to control the spread of Covid-19 pandemic outbreak has forced to shut commercial establishments including book stores in Manipur. Closure of Book stores is an immense plights for students. Some of the students and parents told Impact News they are finding it hard to find textbooks and the same is hindering their education. They have appealed to the government to re-open book stores across the State.

 

Covid norms take backseat at Johnstone Higher Secondary School in Imphal West District as students swarm to get class-12 mark sheets and provisional certificates

COVID-19 SOPs took backseat at Johnstone Higher Secondary School in Imphal West District today. Imphal West District has the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in Manipur. Relevant authorities allegedly failed to make sure compliance of COVID-19 protocols in the school when many students who have recently passed class 12 examinations swarmed to collect their mark sheets and provisional certificates.

Impact news team came across a rush of students in the school almost like that of devotees gathering at Hiyangthang Lairembi temple during normal times. Many students stood in long queue at the school gate without maintaining safe-distance. One of the students told Impact news that they followed COVID-19 related SOPs inside the school campus but as the number of students increased, school authorities drove them outside the campus and as they tried to get ahead of each another, COVID protocols took back seat.

When Impact News started interacting with the students, a team of City police arrived at the scene and ordered everyone present to follow COVID-SOPs. It maybe mentioned that issuance of Mark sheets and provisional Certificates for the recently declared class 12 examination 2021 conducted by Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur, COHSEM began today.

Manipur reported 742 New Confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of 5 Thousand 55 samples tested in the last 24 hours. State added 742 more COVID-19 Cases, 1,047 recoveries and 14 Deaths. Covid Positivity rate on August 6th stands at 14.67 per cent and recovery rate at 90.28 per cent.

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