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Works Minister Thongam Biswajit has assured to release the compensation amount for the families affected by the National Highway 2 Imphal-Dimapur New road alignment at Khongnem Thana in Senapati in the near future. He assured the same on the sidelines of inspecting the October 23, 2020 landslide affected stretch of the National Highway today. The Minister met the village chairman and members of the affected families and heard their grievances. He assured that the government will compensate the affected families at the earliest to help them shift to a suitable place.

Stating that any form of agitation during the ongoing pandemic will cause undue sufferings to everyone,  Minister Thongam Biswajit said that the government has opened its door wide open for the public and called for constructive criticism instead of spreading negativity. He appealed to the residents of Senapati district to make the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive a success by coming out in large numbers.

Additional Chief Engineer, National Highway, PWD Y. Joykumar and relevant officials accompanied the Minister. They also visited the temporary settlement area of the affected families at Khongnem Thana Community Hall.

Chief Minister Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren has expressed belief that there will be a feeling of oneness, peace, harmony and prosperity in the State when the Nongpok-thong (Eastern Gate) of the Kangla Fort is opened. The Chief Minister inspected the ongoing construction of the gate today. Speaking to media, Chief Minister Biren said that construction of the gate was taken after deliberate consultations with historians and experts. He said that the government has set a target of completing the construction of Nongpok-thong, footpath and recreational park by October this year.

Speaking on the sidelines, Chief Minister Nonthombam Biren also stated that the utmost priority of the government is to save precious lives during this pandemic. He appealed to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as it is the only means to protect and prevent from the dreaded disease as well as to follow all necessary precautions, preventive measures and COVID Appropriate Behaviour to overcome the disease.He sought for public cooperation and support for the success of the mass vaccination drive. He said that each one of us has the equal responsibility in the fight against the pandemic. 

Minister for CAF & PD  Th. Satyabrata, Chairman PDA T. Robindro, MP (Rajya Sabha) Leisemba Sanajaoba, Langthabal MLA Karam Shyam, DGP LM Khaute and other top ranking officials accompanied the Chief Minister during the inspection visit.

Even as the State is grappling with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, a second case of MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children) has been reported by Mother's Care Children Hospital & Research Centre, Sagolband Moirang Leirak in Manipur. An Eight year old boy was admitted in the hospital with 5 days of fever and diarrhea, red eyes, red lips and tongue. 

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or fatigue.

The hospital said that the boy was confirmed for MIS-C in laboratory tests ruling out other infections. Press release from the hospital said early intervention saved the boy from the usual complications such as shock, cardiac and other multi-organ involvement. He was discharged well on Day five of illness fully recovered.

It may be mentioned that the first case encountered by the hospital was far more severe. Doctors at the hospital said, early diagnosis and intervention are the keys to good outcome and parents should be on alert, adding that the index of suspicion should be higher especially if a child had COVID-19 infection two to six weeks prior. 

MIS-C can occur in children having no proven COVID-19 infection, as the child could be having asymptomatic infection. There are no known causes of MIS-C. However, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19.

 

Ongoing land controversy has reportedly led to firing of guns between Andro villagers and Sandang Senba Maring villagers. Andro villagers have alleged that Senba Maring villagers crossed into their village and fired into their homes. Impact News sources said that the incident occurred at around 10AM on June 24 at Andro UU Nambol village area. In the incident, a woman who recently gave birth fainted and had to be given medical attention while  some villagers fled the area in dread. As soon as report of scuffle between the villages reached, a police team led by Imphal East District SP Roni Mayengbam, SDPO Porompat Suraj and Irilbung Police Station OC came to contain the situation and prevent further untoward incidents.

Speaking to Impact News, Loumeehal of Andro Pana Loishang, H. Anil alleged that around 30 Sandang Senba Maring villagers came and fired in Andro village when menfolk were out working in their paddy fields. Stating that Imphal East District Magistrate had already promulgated CrPC 144 in the area owing to land disputes between the two villages, H. Anil demanded befitting legal action against those who broke the law. He expressed worry and asked who would take the blame if there had been any death or serious injuries while adding that residents of Andro Village and Sandang Senba Maring Village should remain in peace. 

On the other hand, Sandang Senba Maring Village has totally denied responsibility for the firing incident. Chairman of Sandang Senba Maring Village, KT. Mothil instead blamed the Andro Villagers of causing them inconveniences on their way to paddy fields. He appealed to the government to settle the prevailing dispute without further delay. He opined that lack of proper intervention by the government has led to increased animosity between the villages. Stating that now is the cultivation season, he appealed to Andro Villagers not to hinder or cause any trouble to them. KT. Mothil appealed for help from the Government and Civil Society Organisations in settling the dispute.

It may be mentioned that residents of the two villages are in constant friction over a site called Chaphu Uppi, supposedly a sacred place for Andro villagers but which the Sandang Senba villagers used for burial claiming the site as their own few months back that had led to the land dispute.

Infants and children below the age of 18 years in Manipur are being affected by the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Providing routine immunisation to the children and making sure that their mental as well as physical well-being is not affected is the need of the hour.

Manipur is not an exception to the devastating second wave of Covid 19 pandemic in the country. Experts have expressed apprehension about possible outbreak of third wave of coronavirus pandemic. Children below the age of 18 years will be the most vulnerable group if the third wave hit the country as COVID Vaccination for children has not been approved yet. Over 10 thousand children below the age of 18 years in Manipur alone have been detected positive for covid-19 so far. Speaking to Impact news, Secretary of Paediatric Association of India Manipur State Dr. Shyamkumar Laishram has stressed on the need to follow COVID-safety guidelines by each person as well as for the government to take necessary preventive measures against another devastating outbreak in the state.

According to experts routine immunisation develops antibodies in children which will protect them from various diseases. Unfortunately, COVID-19 Pandemic has hindered routine immunisation for children in Manipur as parents fear stepping out of homes to visit health care facilities. Government should think twice about Covid care centres and covid vaccination sites being set up near Government run immunisation centres.

State Immunisation officer has appealed to parents and guardians in the state to give routine immunisation to their children, as skipping their routine immunisation for fear of stepping out of homes due to covid-19 will have far more adverse consequences upon the children in the future.

Impact of Coronavirus pandemic is far more than we can imagine. Head of ‘Department of Psychiatry’, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences Imphal,- Professor RK Lenin has asserted that impact of Coronavirus pandemic is not only upon those who suffered from Covid-19 but everyone. He warned that the pandemic has the potential of affecting both mental and physical well-being of everyone and especially immature children below the age of 18 years as they stay indoors for almost 24 hours. He stressed on the need for every parents to act responsibly and cater to their children's needs.

It is our responsibility to keep our children, who are the future pillars of the society, healthy and protect them from deadly diseases. Relevant authorities should ensure that children are not deprived of Routine immunisation. Supporting the government's efforts for successful vaccination against COVID-19 and preventing loopholes which led to the first and prevailing second wave of coronavirus pandemic are equally important to ward-off the possible third wave of the pandemic in Manipur. Lets follow COVID-Appropriate Behaviour, Stay Safe and defeat the coronavirus pandemic.

Just a day after Manipur reported more recoveries than new cases of COVID-19, the state  reported a massive hike in COVID-19 positive cases as State's COVID-19  tally crossed 61K mark on June 15.
 
Out of the total 8,074 samples tested during the last 24 hours in Manipur, 785 were detected positive for COVID-19 rising the State's COVID-19 tally to 61,096 out of which 8,744 are active cases. 8 Covid patients died in the last 24 hours and death toll stands at 998.  On the positive note, 476 COVID cured cases were reported in the past 24 hours, rising the total recoveries to 51,354. Manipur's recovery rate has declined to 84.05%.
 
As per Manipur Directorate of Health Services and COVID-19 Common Control room press release on June 15 evening,  newly infected persons are 772 from the general population and 13 are personnel of Central Armed Police Force. Infected persons from the general population are 309 from Imphal West, 114 from Imphal East, 65 from Chirachandpur, 62 each from Bishnupur and Thoubal, 52 from Kakching, 34 from Jiribam, 22 from Tamenglong, 20 from Ukhrul, 14 from Chandel, 11 from Senapati, 4 from Noney, 2 from Kangpokpi and one from Tengnoupal District.
 
While, the COVID-19 victims are 4 from Imphal West, one each from Imphal East, Kangpokpi, Chandel and Kakching District.
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Imphal, 24 May ( Evening News) : Girls have outdone the boys as in previous years  in this year's High School Leaving Certificate Examination. The results of High School Leaving Certificate Examination 2016 conducted by Board of Secondary Education Manipur were announced this afternoon. Sohana Laishram of Nirmalabas High School has topped the examination while Naoram Sujana has bagged the second place. Vasundhara Devi of Little Flower School Examination has stood third. The govt schools are conspicuous by their absence in the top 20. The pass percentage this year is 65.37. Pass percentage of boys  is 68.69 while that of girls is 61.95. Government aided Gokul High School, Bishnupur managed to claim the 21st position among the 25 toppers. Altogether 31 thousand, 749 students appeared in the examination and 20 thousand 753  passed. Topper Sohana Laishram got 576 out of 600 marks and letter marks in all the subjects. Sohana is the daughter of Laishram Birendro and RK Praneshori of Heirangoithong Bazar. Naorem Sujana got 570 and letter marks in all the subjects. She is the daughter of Naorem Rameshor of Kakching Khunyai Leikai. Third topper Maibram Vasundhara obtained 569 and letter marks in all subjects.

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Imphal, 20 May 2016 : JCILPS  Students Wing strongly condemned the police action against the protestors who took part in a democratic rally on Tiddim Road this afternoon where 5 persons were injured. Speaking at a press meet held at the office of JCILPS at Konjeng Hazari Leikai, Convenor of the Students’ Wing Nandababu Oinam said time has now come to teach the  govt a lesson and appealed to the people to intensify the agitation. He said people are also requested to shout slogan ‘No ILP, No Govt’ during the protest tomorrow. Nandababu however appealed to the volunteers not to give trouble to patients, media persons, people going for religious functions and students appearing in Indian Council of Agricultural Research examination scheduled for tomorrow.

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Imphal, 19 May 2016 ( Evening News) : Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System, JCILPS has called for 38 hour Manipur bandh from 4 tomorrow morning to press the demand for ILP in the state. The bandh begins at 4 am of May 20 and ends at 6 pm of May 21. JCILPS  Convenor Khomdram Ratan today reiterated that the lack of interest shown by the govt towards the protection of indigenous people has necessitated the bandh. Speaking to media at the JCILPS office at Sega Road Khomdram Ratan said the abolition of entry and exit pass by the centre and the failure to give assent to the 3 bills passed by Manipur Legislative Assembly indicate that the centre is not interested in protecting the indigenous people of Manipur. He maintained that the BJP govt at the Centre and Congress govt in the State are more interested in election than in protection of the indigenous communities. Ratan appealed to all to support the ILP movement.

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Imphal, 17 May 2016 ( Evening News ): Manipur joins the rest of the world in observing  world Hypertension day today. The day was observed on the theme Know your Number at JNIMS auditorium by Manipur Heart care society. World Hypertension Day is observed every year on May 17 to create public awareness about hypertension, its preventive measures and complications and distribute the message of maintenance of normal blood pressure among the common people. High Blood Pressure causes various complications in the body and may lead to the major risk to the heart stroke, kidney disease, eye disorders, coma or even death. As part of the observance workshop on ‘How to do it-measuring BP by automatic machine’ and ‘Know something Basic about ECG’ was held for the community leaders, interns and Junior Residents. Community leaders from Ukhrul, Chandel, Senapati and Imphal were distributed BP instrument to encourage them identify High BP patients in their communities and create more awareness. The event was attended by members of Manipur heart care society, staff and students of JNIMS. Addressing the gathering JNIMS Director, Prof, L. Deben stated that by doing regular exercise  and leading healthy lifestyle one can prevent the deadly disease.

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